On Hello Cruel World, Sole aka Tim Holland returns with the Skyrider Band for his first full length since the split with Anticon, and his third album with the Skyrider Band. While much was made of Sole leaving the Anticon empire he helped create, there's a refreshing, new found confidence and focus not seen since his now-classic albums Selling Live Water and Bottle of Humans. On Hello Cruel World sees Sole has assembled an army of the most exciting voices in indie culture to be apart of the new record, recruiting everyone from Lil B THEBASEDGOD, Xiu Xiu, Pictureplane, Sage Francis, Ceschi, and more, to create a pretty stunning tapestry that is a new high water mark in Sole's creative output. The first single, "Hello Cruel World," is now streaming on Sole's Soundcloud page. The album drops July 19th on cd, vinyl, and digital via Fake Four Inc., with the European release being handled by Equinox Records.
Perhaps even more interesting, listeners will notice that Sole has adopted the most deliberate flow of his career--abandoning the freewheeling, hyper-timed assaults of his earlier work in favor of a biting clarity and all around accessibility. The record draws on the wealth of his newly found freedom, tapping into the positivity and ethics of a DIY tradition he has always known and embraced throughout his career - transforming his past cynicism into a call to arms and personal empowerment. The Skyrider Band itself has been similarly transformed; trading in their dense soundscapes and organic touchstones for an impeccable attention to detail and more studio-centric productions.
On Sole and the Skyrider Band's last record, Plastique, Sole claimed, “I've been digging my grave since age 15.” Since then, he's been hard at work converting his grave into trenches that span from California to Barcelona, and the bottom of the ocean to the moon. Hello Cruel World occupies these trenches, steadfastly refusing to be flushed into a niche.
Sole and the Skyrider Band - Hello Cruel World Out July 19th on CD, LP, Digital via Fake Four Inc. Tracklist:
Napoleon (feat. Xiu Xiu) D.I.Y. Hello Cruel World Fire Bad Captain Swag (feat. Lil B & Pictureplane) We Will Not Be Moved (feat. Ceschi & Noah23) Possimism Home Ain't Shit (written by Pedestrian) Formal Designation 134340 Immortality Progress Trap (feat. Sage Francis) Vaya Con Diablo (feat. Isaiah Toothtaker, Metizo & Ceschi) Villon
TonyAs describes himself as an artist that has evolved over time, inspired by many and has now ultimately come into his own. The art started as a musician- Rapper turned Singer but TonyAs has also embraced his other passion- writing (as a song writing and feature writer). Formerly known as theSaint - TonyAs has taken it one step further opting to strip it $bare, go back to basics, whereas theSaint was a straight talking hip-hop artist, TonyAs the musician has embraced other influences and as well as rapping- also sings, adding another dimension to his works.
As a musician the style is charismatic, easy listening emotional type music, in his own words 'he wants people listening to be able to feel what he's saying- to empathise, whether having experienced it or witnessed the content of his verses'. Sound wise it's fundamentally hiphop- though his evolution as an artist has lead to incorporations of Reggae, Soul, Funk and other such genres. Lyrics are still his forte if you like, and he prides himself on being a vivid and lyricist. 2011 promises to be an interesting year, the SexDrugsPoetry brand grows from strength to strength, there's the music, the 'Y Is It' articles and videos that TonyAs himself produces. 2011 will see the release of his free download EP 'Introducing TonyAs' project. Singles to look out for include 'Back Into My Groove', 'Real Money' and 'Loving It'.
Atari Blitzkrieg - The Moments: Anniversary Sampler
Atari Blitzkrieg's "The Moments That Unfold Before Me In Life," is an EP that was set in motion a day after the devastating earthquake hit Japan to provide support to those affected and those who just want to vibe to new music. The sampler features production from Speech of Arrested Development, Krohme and Hiden Beatz, based out of Japan.
The full EP features guest appearances by Breez Evahflowin' and Walt Elson and production from Speech, Krohme, Hiden Beatz, magOwl, DJ AI, Jazz Spastiks, Digital Fiend & Atari Blitzkrieg.
Revolution Media Group brings to you the third video of the 3 part Formal Introduction video series for Phil The Thrill. In this video Phil gets a chance to let people know about his future aspirations.
Rapper KeeM The FranchiZe (Detroit, MI native | Houston, TX resident) and Producer D. DoRohnGough (Detroit,MI) join forces to present to you: Channel 1.
This free album is Hip Hop like you’ve never seen before. The concept is simple: Taking TV shows, both past and present, and creating a Hip Hop master piece.
Hip Hop’s newest phenom KeeM The FranchiZe along with new highly acclaimed producer D. DoRohn Gough, has created a superior album laced with dope tracks and lyrical content that’s unparalleled! This combination of TV shows, production, and rhymes is a force to be reckoned with.
Video: Juice McCain Performing at Fader/VitaminWater Show
Juice McCain was the headlining act for The Fader / VitaminWater uncapped LIVE show in Phoenix, AZ on March 30, 2011. Club Red in Tempe was sold out and packed all night. Check out the video below of Juice McCain shutting the show down. Special thank you to Photos By Gates for providing the exclusive video.
Block Starz Music LLC is proud to announce the signing of beautiful Indianapolis, Indiana recording artist Lynda Sayyah to rap icon Snoop Dogg's newly-formed Dogg Town Music Group.
Lynda, whose debut single "Tickin'" is featured on Block Starz Music's first all-female compilation, "She Got Next 2011" (June 21), is a trilingual (Spanish, Arabic, and English) singer with 5-octave range. Voted "Indy's Sexiest Musician" by Metromix Magazine, Lynda's sound is a fusion of Pop, Rock, R&B, and contemporary middle eastern melodies combined with lyrics that reflect her own life struggles.
"I come from a very strict Arab-Muslim family," says Lynda, who is of Palestinian and German descent. "I grew up feeling suffocated by double standards against women and just trying to be a normal kid. A lot of my music exudes these struggles and I think a lot of girls of every nationality can relate to me."
Lynda Sayyah's undeniable beauty and talent immediately caught the eyes and ears of Dogg Town Music Group, a new Los Angeles/Long Beach, California-based record company founded in 2010 by Jason "Cup" Brown, his cousin Calvin "Snoop Dogg" Broadus, Charles "Beach Dogg" Howard II, and Shatto Brown, who promptly signed her to the upstart label.
"We are looking for one timers or one-in-a-million talent, meaning talent that can only exist once in a lifetime,” says Dogg Town COO Shatto Brown of the decision to sign Lynda as the First Lady Of DTMG. "There can only be one Michael Jackson, one Madonna, one Snoop Dogg, one Metallica -- we only want talent like that. Lynda is every bit of that. She is an amazing vocalist, beautiful, a great songwriter, and she deserves the opportunity to have the world know all of this."
In addition to Lynda Sayyah, the Dogg Town Music roster includes rap artists Poppa Heat, M-Dot, and the label is currently working a merger with T-Pain's Nappy Boy Productions to release the incredibly talented quartet One Chance.
"We feel very strongly about working with T-Pain on this [One Chance] project," says Shatto Brown. "We feel that Pain is an amazing talent and to get Dogg and Pain to come together with Dogg Town we can do things unheard of."
Lynda Sayyah's explosive dance single, "Tickin'", will be available for download on iTunes June 21 as part of Block Starz Music's anticipated "She Got Next 2011" compilation EP.
MP3: J Rawls f/ Diamond D, Kev Brown, Oh No - "Best Producer on the Mic"
The Almighty J Rawls, the Ohio-based producer responsible for bangers from the likes of Lone Catalysts, Black Star (Mos Def & Talib Kweli), El Da Sensei and Masta Ace releases his new album "The Hip Hop Effect" via Green Streets Int. on May 17th 2011.
Check out J Rawls new banger featuring some of Hip Hop most legendary and illest producers!!!!
"Best Producer On The Mic (ft. Diamond D, Oh No, & Kev Brown)"
Coalmine Records Presents - Can You Dig It? (4.19.11)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PRLog (Press Release) – Apr 09, 2011 – In celebration of Coamline Records five year anniversary, the Brooklyn-based indie is pleased to present you with their latest offering, Can You Dig It? This digital only, full-length compilation contains 15 tracks of the label’s singles catalog that has spanned over the past five years. Can You Dig It? boasts an impressive song roster from artists signed to the boutique label, in addition to a noteworthy line-up of guest features, both of which represent a wide brush-stroke of today’s underground hip-hop scene. Featured artists include El Da Sensei, Heltah Skeltah, Evidence, Saigon, Inspectah Deck, Bekay, Skyzoo, Supernatural, Big Noyd, Brown Bag AllStars, Torae, Custom Made & more!
From Coalmine’s 2005 inaugural 12-inch release of the “The Raw”, to El Da Sensei’s lead album single “Knowledge Be The Key” (featuring Rakaa Iriscience), Can You Dig It? is a testimony to Coalmine’s vow to provide quality, buzz-worthy records to the masses.
Matt Diamond, C.E.O. of Coalmine Records makes the following statement regarding the release of the anniversary compilation. “I decided to compile this release for two reasons. For starters, it’s only right to release a compilation that best represents the quality, buzz-worthy music that we’ve released over the greater part of the past decade. The second reason is a bit more personal; this release is an ode to the single. For many artists and labels, the 12-inch single represents a humble beginning. Consider Def Jam’s inaugural ‘dorm room’ release of the single “It’s Yours” from T La Rock & Jazzy Jay. For others, it may signify a come back or fresh start, as was the case with Pharoahe Monch’s transition into solo artist stardom with his hit single “Simon Says” off Internal Affairs. For all of us, it represents the epitome of what we have to offer musically.”
“Can You dig It? embodies the essence of the 12-inch single, bundled for consumption as a 15 track digital-only release. We invite you to take a walk with us through the past five years and familiarize yourself with our singles catalog. On behalf of Coalmine Records, I can assure you – there’s much more to come…” Diamond concludes.
As Coalmine Records continues to gain momentum into the second decade of the millennium, the burgeoning indie provides a thorough overview of their past and current catalog, while giving you a glimpse into their promising future with Can You Dig It?
Tracklisting: 01. Dutchmaster – “The Raw” feat. Saigon, Inspectah Deck & Bekay (prod. by Street Orchestra) 02. Supernatural – “Altitude” (prod. by Marco Polo) 03. Big Noyd – “All Out” feat. Phil The Agony, Krondon & Mista Sinista (prod. by Shuko) 04. CL Smooth – “Perfect Timing” feat. Skyzoo (prod. by M-Phazes) 05. Armyfatique – “The Game Don’t Change” feat. Trife Da God (prod. by Armyfatique) 06. BURNTmd – “Microphone Doctor” (prod. by Reef Ali) 07. XL – “Violate” feat. Juganot & Dutchmaster (prod. by Shuko) 08. Heltah Skeltah – “Midnight Madness” feat. DJ Revolution (prod. by Shuko) 09. Skyzoo – “Strung Out” feat. Dutchmaster (Small Professor Remix) 10. Bekay – “I Am” feat. DJ Revolution (prod. by The Alchemist) 11. Brown Bag AllStars – “League of Intoxicated Gentlemen” (S.2 Remix) 12. Cimer Amor – “Another Classic” feat. Burke, Torae, Side Effect & DJ Waxwork (prod. by Cimer Amor) 13. El Da Sensei & The Returners – “Knowledge Be The Key” feat. Rakaa Iriscience 14. Custom Made – “Watch That” feat. Mac Lucci (prod. by THX) 15. One Dae – “Play By Play” feat. Evidence & Dutchmaster (prod. by JBL the Titan)