"On Friday, July 8th, 2006, the landmark independent hip-hop program BET Uncut aired for the very last time. It was a sad moment for those of us who enjoyed the oftentimes NC-17 rated videos by artists such as Black Jesus, Joker The Bailbondsman, and Mighty Casey. Almost two years to the day, on Friday, July 4th, 2008, emcee Chaz Kangas was a guest on my radio show and we put together a half hour tribute to the legendary late night program. Now, on the fourth anniversary of the cancellation of Uncut, and the second anniversary of my and Chaz' tribute to the show, we bring you our half hour tribute in podcast form for your listening pleasure. Enjoy! Hit me up with feedback at AdamB@RapReviews.com." The Adam B Experience is 100% PODSAFE and TOTALLY FREE so tell your friends to download ABX right here at RapReviews.com!
PS: For more on Uncut, check out Adam's in-depth 2002 story on the show, complete with interviews with artists, dancers, and BET staffers, at The Reality Box at http://tinyurl.com/BETUncut . Chaz has also prepared a bonus Uncut Top Ten you can check out HERE.
The crew makes a music video to their new single "Gun In My Hand." There's some pretty funny stuff going on in this one! Their mixtape, Mashed Potatoes, is set for Fall release with several singles on SoFlo Entertainment.
The Master Fader as Lazy Cop The What's Good? as Grandma Parable as The Purse Bandit Spits as...The Perv, The Skater, The Bum..in other words, as Himself!
7 Grand Records once again pays homage to one of the greatest emcees who ever graced the game, GURU. This time around, you have the chance to listen to an outstanding and very rare remix from GURU and Bob Marley .
In 1999, GURU was asked to record a remix to Marley's hit song "Johnny Was", which was originally released in 1976 on Marley's album "Rastaman Vibration". GURU's version was featured on "Chant Down Babylon" (1999), a full remix album by various Hip-Hop and Rock artists covering songs by Bob Marley & The Wailers.
"GURU was asked by the younger Marleys to record the remix song for 'Johnny Was' from their legendary father, Bob Marley, in 1999. GURU had never done anything of that sort in his career but he had tremendous respect for Bob Marley as a historic Black man," 7 Grand Records reminds.
"GURU felt honored to be involved in the project so GURU flew to Kingston, Jamaica and met the Marley family at their compound in the city. After greeting and engaging in traditional rituals, everyone was well inspired. GURU recorded his part for 'Johnny Was' and felt it was a high point of his career and one of his most favorite works."
Almost 10 years later, in 2007, GURU linked up with Damien Marley, Bob Marley's son, also an aspiring and extremely talented musician. Both collaborated on the song "Stand Up", which was featured on GURU's "Jazzmatazz Vol. 4" (2007) project
"GURU came back to Jamaica in 2006 to record a collabo with Damien Marley titled 'Stand Up' for the 'Jazzmatazz Vol. 4' album. When we gave Damien the track, we were not sure what his response would be but he killed it. GURU was blown away at the skills of Damien on the vocals he delivered and the rest is history. GURU has often said that it was a blessing to work with the Marley family."
ABOUT YO! PROMOTIONS
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You may remember a few weeks ago I told a story about meeting two artists while waiting for the 6 train. The first artist was the recently featured Truth Now. The artist that was doing the beatboxing during their freestyle session was Grey Matter. After honing his craft and linking up with Kid Lucky and Beatboxer Entertainment, Grey Matter, although he still loves a good session on the train, has become one of the leading beatboxers in NYC. This week I caught up with him to find out more about how he became interested in beatboxing, why we see so few great beatboxers today, and the secret power of beatboxing that was revealed to him in Paris.
TONIGHT: After the fireworks pop off and the BBQ settles in your stomach, come celebrate the 4th of July Brooklyn-style with J.Period & the Lyrics To Go All Stars, rocking the house from 11PM - 3AM at Brooklyn Bowl! Hosted by the world-famous Greg Nice of Nice'N'Smooth, music will be provided by DJs Cosmo Baker, 4th Pyramid, Chela... and fresh off his West Coast trip, J.PERIOD! Stay rocking all night long and be treated to a late-night surprise, as LTG imports a secret all-star DJ from Philly to help turn the party out...!
Order tix in advance today for a discount. Plus be one of the first 25 people to purchase advanced tickets and receive a FREE J.Period mix CD. For advanced ticket purchases, cliick here - http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/12011 .
Those who been following my blog since last year may remember a few posts about the group i produced pre-Panacea- The Crossrhodes. The tandem of longtime friends/music collaborators Wes Felton & Raheem Devaughn comprised the group, with yours truly handling the production. The first album we did back in 2002, Limited Budget, Unlimited Quality, has been one of THE MOST fan-requested albums for me to sell in my merch store, BUT the problem was, i didn't have any for the longest time... UNTIL i unearthed a small box of Crossrhodes' CDs during my recent move! So, being that it is 4th of July weekend and in keeping with the theme of celebrating "independence", I am now selling the last 10 copies of one my first & favorite independent releases! As a bonus, i'll even autograph the CD per request, and once they're gone... they're GONE as we haven't pressed any new copies since 2003.
By the way, for those who aren't familiar with the sound (think equal parts soul & hip-hop), here's a video of one of my favorite tracks off the album, which i feel totally captures the synergy Wes & Rah have...
Random - New Music/Help Choose the New Forever Famicom Name
Happy Saturday and Happy 4th of July. I'm in the birthplace of America (and Random), Philadelphia for the next week or so, and I must say I'm happy to be here. So happy, that I want to share a new song with you all for being so supportive.
I recorded with recent El Paso to Phoenix transplant producer Hexsagon of the group Visions of the Sun, and the following came of it... a track called "The Rock."
He sampled an NES game for the beat, and the first person that gets back to me with the title of the NES game he used for the beat will get a FREE Random/Mega Ran CD of his or her choice SIGNED, SEALED and snail - mailed to them.
LISTEN TO "THE ROCK" by Random, aka Mega Ran and DOWNLOAD it here!
As we approach the release of Moe Green's Rocky Maivia: Non-Title Match, the Vallejo, California emcee continues to release content to give fans a chance to preview the project. This time, Moe Green puts out a teaser in which he raps the first verse from his song "KIM (Keep it Moving)," a track featured on the album. The video is an intimate face-to-face with the camera with the Bay Area rapper delivering his rhyme in a gritty, raw style, and showcases the skills that have landed Moe on KMEL's Bay Area Freshman Class of 2010 and fast growing recognition for the 22-year old rhymer. Green's unofficial debut, Rocky Maivia: Non-Title Match, out via Interdependent Media, will be available in July, offered as a free download/pay-what-you want on Moe Green's bandcamp.
The rap game is overflowing with aspiring new MCs, all crammed into a single ring fighting for that lone heavyweight title. One particular competitor who has fully dedicated himself to the good fight is 22-year old Moe Green from Vallejo, California. His forthcoming debut album, Rocky Maivia: Non Title Match, is titled after Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's first professional ring name and perfectly embodies Moe place in today's hip-hop circuit - the newcomer who is one day going to hold the championship belt. Like any fighter, years of training, dedication, and discipline are required to claim the top spot. Moe has been training for this his entire life. Having competed in speech and poetry meets growing up, Moe found himself genuinely attracted to the creative freedom music imparts early in his life, even writing rhymes in kindergarten with his childhood best friend and E-40's son, Droop-E. Listeners of Rocky Maiva can expect to hear tales from a young man from a hard hit city trying to find his way in the world the best he can. On growing from Rocky Maivia to one day standing amongst the greats, Moe says, "I need to win a couple belts first. I have to prove that I have the skill to do that and this album is like my wrestling debut." And so, the journey begins.
About Interdependent Media:
Founded in 2006 in the Bay Area by Evan Phillips, Interdependent Media has built unique strengths in the development, production, and marketing of recorded music via new methods of marketing and promotion. Armed with a comprehensive understanding of both traditional and emerging methods of marketing, iM has successfully created multi-faceted methods of raising awareness and interest in their projects. Industry veterans Ian "ID" Davis and Dominic Del Bene head operations at iM and are credited with discovering and/or developing artists such as 9th Wonder, Little Brother, Tanya Morgan, Blackalicious, Del the Funky Homosapien, the Hieroglyphics and more. In 2010, iM will be releasing multi-media projects from artists Donwill, TRUTHLiVE, Canibus, Von Pea, Moe Green, A-Plus, and more. For more information, please visit http://www.imculture.com .