The untagged version of the successful mixtape series "Classic Cadence" with the 3rd and final instalment. For fans/supporters in Michigan, Nametag is performing as headliner, Saturday July 23rd @ The Berkley Front along with special guests. $5, ages 21+. Doors at 9PM. The Berkley Front is located at 3087 W.12 Mile Rd., Berkley, MI 48072.
01.) The Hundreds (Produced By Nameless) 02.) Break Even (Produced By Peace Of Mind) 03.) Tunnel Vision (Produced By Black Bethoven) 04.) Raw-Dirty-Filth (feat. Guilty Simpson) (Produced By Nameless) 05.) Award Winner (feat. ONPoint & Gratiot Jones) (Produced By Flawless Tracks) 06.) S.I.N. (feat. Quest MCODY & Buff 1) (Produced By Black Milk) 07.) Hard Rock Cafe (feat. ONPoint) (Produced By Flawless Tracks) 08.) AutoPilot (Produced By Black Bethoven) 09.) A Toast (feat. Gratiot Jones & TGL) (Produced By Black Bethoven) 10.) Back With Heat (feat. Praverb) (Produced By Teddy Roxpin) 11.) Raw-Dirty-Filth (Remix) (Produced By Black Bethoven) 12.) Blaaaow! (Produced By Nameless)
Hip-Hop/Rock'n'Roll Artist Notar Drops "Devil's Playground" 9/13
Tyrannosaurus Records’ artist, NOTAR, a rapper, musician and producer whose talent defies description, has announced the release date of his eagerly awaited debut full-length CD, Devil’s Playground, as September 13, 2011. Devil’s Playground follows NOTAR’s self-titled 2010 EP, which garnered much attention from press and fans alike. Counting Crows’ Adam Duritz who discovered and signed NOTAR to his label, Tyrannosaurus Records, found NOTAR’s “words so clear, so lucid, and so brilliant” that he knew he had no choice but to work with the gritty genre defying performer.
Last year’s self-titled EP received rave reviews from the press. Revolt Media Magazine claimed, “Variety can be a strong suit of any artist, and NOTAR shows precise mastery of this on his EP,” while The Cutting Edge Culture stated, “NOTAR pushes boundaries with a refreshing, honest sound.” Says Duritz, “My favorite thing about the EP is that we left some of his best tracks off. NOTAR has enough good songs in him that we left some of my favorites off the EP and it was still great. Think of it as a ‘virtual Side 1.’ With Devil’s Playground, you’ll hear Side 2.”
On Devil’s Playground, NOTAR pushes the boundaries of hip-hop music, unafraid to blend rock, funk, and pop, with his roots in jazz and formal training as a trumpet player. NOTAR adds, “ When your father, who has sat in with legends like Maynard Ferguson and Chicago, is listening to Earth Wind & Fire in one room and your older sister to Slick Rick in another room, I realized that music comes in all different form and sounds, so I was inspired to combine as many as I could into my interpretation of music.” His music inhabits a spot where the gutter meets the church choir, where harsh, raw beats settle nicely behind gritty hook-driven rock melodies. And above all, his instinct for emotionally honest lyricism and diverse flows radiates throughout the album. “I like cutting up a beat eight different ways so it doesn’t become boring,” says NOTAR.
During the summer of 2010, NOTAR joined Counting Crows and Augustana, among other artists, on the “The Traveling Circus and Medicine Show,” performing for hundreds of thousands of fans during the 25-city tour. Rather than a traditional show format, the Traveling Circus took a communal approach with all of the musicians onstage together at the very beginning of the show, performing covers such as Van Morrison’s “Caravan,” Bob Dylan’s “Just Like A Woman,” or The Rolling Stones’ “Sweet Virginia.” With a revolving potpourri of musicians taking turns playing original songs and joined by the other featured artists, Duritz served as the ‘ringmaster’ of the evening. NOTAR dominated the stage with his unmatched energy, and as Duritz told an interviewer, “I can’t keep guys off the stage when he’s playing. Everybody wants to play with him.”
Devil’s Playground was produced by NOTAR, Grammy winner, Ken Lewis (Kayne West, Beastie Boys, Usher), hip-hop producer MGeezy (Wyclef Jean, T-Pain), and Kevin Augsburg, an up and comer out of Brooklyn, New York. The album consists of 13 songs, written and performed by NOTAR and features such talent as Young Cash, Chris Carrabba of Dashboard Confessional and Adam Duritz. Tour plans will be announced at a later date. http://www.NOTARnyc.com/ .
New Mixtape To Receive Special Limited Edition Physical Release This August
Critical Praise for Roach Gigz:
"Here’s to the new age of rap. And Roach Gigz. Who is awesome." - The FADER
To begin 2011, Roach Gigz released Roachy Balboa 2, and in the short time between then and now, the Bay representer has been back to work, whipping up a brand new release, Bitch, I'm A Player. The fourth mixtape from Roach, and the first since moving on from his popular Roachy Balboa series, Bitch, I'm A Player is available now for free download.
Bitch, I'm A Player continues to show off Roach's growth as an artist, something he attributes, in part, to recording the entire tape with only one producer, C-Loz. "It's only been six months since the release of Roachy Balboa 2, not a real long time, but this one is different, because it's just me and C-Loz – me and one producer," explains Roach. "And you can tell that by listening; it flows like that."
Similarly, Roach kept the guest list short, carefully hand-picking the rappers he collaborated with, a list that includes DB Tha General, 1.O.A.K., Husalah, and Lil B, the latter two of whom show up on the recently released single "Stupid (Remix)." The fifth and final guest, Lil 4Tay, shows up another recent single, and personal favorite for Roach, "Wild Child." "'Wild Child' is like a reunion track for me and Lil 4Tay," explains Roach. "And I was just feeling the fuck outta my verse, remembering all those things I did as a kid – it was funny to play it for friends and reminisce."
Despite the forwardness of the title, the mixtape actually came, in part, from Roach's fans. "The title, Bitch, I'm A Player – it's not to be taken super literal," says Roach, explaining that the title was actually came to be through various Twitter conversations with fans. "I said something like, 'I'm gonna answering interview questions the same every time: Bitch, I'm a player.' It was just a confidence thing, but people just started running with it, saying things like 'I got an A on my test, 'cause bitch, I'm a player,' or whatever. It's just about being yourself and doing what you want to do."
On August 23rd, fans can also look forward to a limited edition physical release of Bitch, I'm A Player, joined in special packaging by Roachy Balboa, Roachy Balboa 2, and Buckets & Booty Calls.
Kottonmouth Kings will embark on the Welcome To Stonetown Tour throughout July and August. The tour is set to bring a special evening with the Kottonmouth Kings to each town as the group performs all the classic tracks fans have grown to love, as well as new tracks from their upcoming album. Each tour date will also feature special solo performances by Dirtball, Johnny Richter, Kingspade, DJ Bobby B and D-Loc.
KOTTONMOUTH KINGS TOUR DATES: Jul 19 - Austin, TX @ Emos Jul 20 - Dallas, TX @ Trees Jul 22 - Tulsa, OK @ Marquee Jul 23 - St Louis, MO @ Pops Jul 24 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade Jul 25 - Orlando, FL @ The Social Jul 27 - Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theater Jul 28 - Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live Jul 29 - Foxboro, MA @ Showcase Live Jul 30 - West Chester, PA @ The Note Aug 01 - New York, NY @ Highline Ballroom Aug 02 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr Smalls Aug 03 - Detroit, MI @ Clutch Cargos Aug 05 - Thornville, OH @ Legend Valley (Woodshock Festival) Aug 06 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabodys Aug 07 - Chicago, IL @ HOB Aug 08 - Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue Aug 09 - Duluth, MN @ Clyde Iron Works Aug 10 - Sioux Falls, SD @ The Vault Aug 12 - Cave-in-Rock, IL @ Gathering of the Juggalos Aug 13 - Kansas City, MO @ Beaumont Aug 15 - Denver, CO @ Summit Aug 16 - Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex Aug 17 - Billings, MT @ Shrine Auditorium Aug 18 - Missoula, MT @ Wilma Theatre Aug 19 - Seattle, WA @ Hempfest Aug 20 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Aug 22 - Bend, OR @ Domino Room Aug 23 - Reno, NV @ Knitting Factory Aug 24 - San Francisco, CA @ Slim's Aug 25 - Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades Aug 26 - Chico, CA @ Senator Theater Aug 27 - Los Angeles, CA @ Key Club
Video: Savant & Big Meridox - "The Beast & The Best" Promo Trailer
Liquid Sound Productions & Passamore Powerplays Present the forthcoming "The Beast & the Best" music video. An Aglofellaz reprise of Savant's January #CrashCourse record reunites the emcee with Tucson, Arizona staple, Viet.Kong.General stalwart and renown microphone bully, Big Meridox and together the two emcees provide cinematic illustration of the rousing jawn while spotlighting several spots integral to the city's simmering yet burgeoning hip hop scene.
Fdot1 joins N-Dubz, Tinchy Stryder, Roll Deep & Tempa T for LIVE FEST @ O2, London - Saturday 23rd July 2011
Catch Fdot1 live on stage at Live Fest, London's biggest indoor festival this Saturday 23rd July 2011. Fdot1 will be performing alongside N-Dubz, Tinchy Stryder, Roll Deep, Tempa T and many, many more...
Fdot1 will be performing tracks from his new album "Money MusicK" with special guests 2Amplified, Dray Delta, David Mensah and Kyra Simone, including the new single "She's So" due for release Monday 25th July 2011.
Hip Hop Holdem - Biz Markie, Ed Lover, Zab Judah, The Game
I'm not sure how during the online casino boom I missed out on the phenomenon of hip-hop stars playing poker, but for a short period of time from 2006-2007 you could catch Hip Hop Hold 'Em late at night on the ESPN family of channels. Sadly there's little information out there about this show - a very incomplete IMDB entry and a few random articles that either suggest the show was badly done or possibly even racist, but very little written about it from a hip-hop head's point of view. You can watch hip-hop legend Biz Markie play a hand of Texas hold' em in the clip below. Do the cards have what Biz needs?
The show featured Ed Lover of Yo! MTV Raps fame as a host and Deric 'D-Dot' Angelettie as a commentator, who started out his career in the seminal group Two Kings in a Cipher but quickly gained more fame as a producer for Bad Boy Records. He subsequently used that tenure to portray a character called The Madd Rapper in a series of skits on Bad Boy releases, which ultimately led to a full length album and a mixtape about a decade later. I bring this up because it appears the mixtape came out after Hip Hop Hold 'Em had already gone off the air, which would have given D-Dot more to be MAD about. You can hear D-Dot sounding like Madd Rapper in this clip, commentating on a showdown between boxer Zab Judah and singer Ruben Studdard. I've seen a few poker shows and I feel like he does fine in the role. Shecky Greene (unheard here) also doles out tips.
Now if you've never played Texas hold 'em or video poker before, I realize the card action may be a little much to keep up with. Not surprisingly most of the articles online about this show are quick to jump on the players for that, criticizing them for not knowing whether they are winning or losing a hand. Quite honestly those people are missing the point of this show, and of most celebrity poker shows in general - it's about THE CELEBRITIES. I mean when or where else are you going to watch The Game, Lord Finesse and Rahzel the Human Beatbox sit down and play a hand of cards together?
If you're looking for a show with some true poker wizards, watch 'The Magician' Antonio Esfandiara or Phil 'The Unabomber' Laak on any late night poker show. If you're a hip-hop head who wants to see rap stars and celebrities from R&B and boxing play a few hands while Ed Lover cracks jokes, this show is just fine. Unfortunately this show was very clearly an attempt to cash in during the poker boom of the 2000's by marketing the game as "cool" to a demographic where it wasn't a good match, and the traditional poker players who caught this show are more likely to listen to Frank Sinatra than Big Poppa, so it's not surprising they took a big crap on it and the show quickly vanished from the airwaves. Thanks to the magic of YouTube though, Hip Hop Hold 'Em lives on.