AKON'S LABEL, KONVICT RECORDS, FINALLY RELEASES GRAMMY-NOMINATED R. CITY AKA ROCK CITY FROM THEIR DEAL
DUO TO RELEASE "FREE AT LAST" ALBUM THIS SUMMER
Atlanta, GA ~ It's been five years since Virgin Islands songwriter/performer duo, R. City aka Rock City signed to Konvict Records/Interscope under Akon; five years, eight mix tapes and a string of hits written and released for the albums of others; Rihanna, Justin Bieber, Chris Brown, Jennifer Hudson (Grammy nominated), R. Kelly and Akon to name a few. Yet despite all of that success, a release date for their own album was not forthcoming, causing the guys to launch a very public campaign they gallantly called PTFAO (Put the F**king Album Out) to make the industry aware of their plight. Finally, in March 2011, after two years of campaigning, Akon met with the duo and offered them the option of remaining with the label and working towards dropping an album or being released from their contract. Grateful as they were to Akon for the opportunities afforded them, the guys snatched the chance of finally gaining their freedom and are now officially free agents, able finally to PTFAO. R. City aka Rock City's debut album, "Free At Last" is set to drop later this summer on their own label, Rebelution Records.
Immediately upon leaving that meeting with Akon, R. City aka Rock City's manager, Ray Daniels, called long-time friend Wendy Day, who has made a name for herself assisting artists with the release of their own projects and within 5 hours the team was strategizing the drop of the album. After years of writing hit songs for other people, R. City aka Rock City is, at long last, able to showcase their amazing talent in the first person. "We On", the first single from "Free At Last", was serviced to mix show just last week and is already at over 30 spins a week. With its unmistakable bounce, expect the song to make its way to every club deejay's playlist nationwide within weeks.
These guys have all of the ingredients for stardom. They are already proven songwriters. Their live show is second to none. All they wanted was a chance. Now that they are ‘free at last' the sky is the limit and there's not a dark cloud in sight.
WEBISODE "No Days Off" Part #1 in which the guys talk about what it was like to sign with Akon and why they decided they wanted out.
01. Hopes And Dreams Feat. Big Cakes & UK Charisma (Prod by 7th Dan) 02. Kick Back Feat. Kinetik (Grand Central) & Superior Thought (Prod by Superior Thought) 03. Let It Rain Feat. Supar Novar & Big Frizzle (Prod by Wizard) 04. So What Feat. JAI (Prod by Agent Of Change, Cuts by Terry Hooligan) 05. Home Is Where The Hatred Is Feat Cyclonious (Prod by Jabba Tha Kut) 06. Caught Up In The Hype - Locksmiths (Prod by Nutty P) 07. A Long Way To Go - Phoenix Da Icefire & Iron Braydz (Prod by Beat Butcha) 08. Ain't F*cking Wid Us Feat. Yung (Prod by 7th Dan) 09. Hold It Down Feat. Kal Sereousz & Major (Prod by 7th Dan) 10. Let You Know Feat. Dukus (Prod by Crankz) 11. Tight Circle Feat. Cons & Cobane (Prod by 7th Dan) 12. Flow Fitness Feat. Loudmouth Melvin & Pyro Barz (Prod by Wizard) 13. Time Has Passed Feat. Mangaliso Asi (Prod by 7th Dan)
Bonus Tracks 14. Taking Steps (Prod by Deadman Walkn) 15. 64 Bars (Prod by 7th Dan)
Mr 13 Presents 'Firts Featuring' is the brand new project from Mr 13 and is out for free download on Friday the 13th Of May 2011. It features some of the most talented underground Hip-Hip artists the U.K. has to offer, with 20 MCs and 9 Producers making a guest appearance. Rapper & Radio Presenter Mr 13 has built up a good understanding of the U.K. Hip Hop scene through his radio show alongside DJ Bones on the well respected BANG 103.6FM. For this project Mr 13 reached out to artists whose music he respects and managed to bring together some of the best underground MCs to make their mark over top quality production from critically acclaimed U.K. producers. The project is out for free download at mr13.bandcamp.com On Friday The 13th of May 2011!
Download: Mr. Miranda & Muta - "La Bamba: The Ritchie Valens EP"
In honor of his legendary status in the music industry, Mr. Miranda and Mute decided to do an entire tribute EP for the man and releasing it on May 13th, his bday. This is something that has never been done in Hip Hop so please enjoy and always remember the legendary Ritchie Valens for his mark he made in the world, even for his short period on this earth! Thank you.
MP3: Elusive & Spon - "The Pinnacle" (Fly Def Music)
Fly Definition Music is proud to announce the new instrumental album from L.A. producer Elusive who has worked with Planet Asia, Aceyalone, Eligh and many more. Elusive returns with a new instrumental album titled "Beat Placement" that was recently released on Fly Definition Music. In promotion for the new album, Fly Definition Music has paired up the producer with emcee's who will be releasing projects of their own on Fly Definition in the near future. The latest track from the promo series is from the Tampa based Beat Fanatic emcee/producer Spon titled "The Pinnacle".
Cassidy has been named a suspect in a murder case and two attempted murder cases in Philadelphia this according to law enforcement.
Cassidy was arrested in Hackensack, New Jersey this weekend on a probation violation and according to the Hackensack PD, the arrest was made in connection with the alleged crimes in Philadelphia.
Cops tell us police in Philly had phoned in a favor to the Hackensack PD telling them to arrest Cassidy on the probation violation and warned them “to consider Cassidy armed and dangerous,” saying it was a “high-risk warrant”.
Undercover officers with the Hackensack PD followed the 28-year-old rapper real name Barry Reese and arrested him during a felony motor vehicle stop.
Cassidy previously did an eight month jail stint for involuntary manslaughter, aggravated assault and possession of an instrument of crime. He was released in 2006. Cassidy is still in custody in NJ bail was set at $200,000.
Rapper M-Bone, member of popular rap group Cali Swag District, was murdered Sunday night in a drive-by shooting. M-Bone, whose real name is Montae Talbert, was only 22 years old. Although the investigations are currently pending, TMZ.com reports that M-Bone's incident appeared to be a random act of violence and his murder wasn't premeditated. They further added that M-Bone was "just in the wrong place at the wrong time."
Fellow Cali Swag District members tweeted on M-Bone's death, with member C-Smoove stating, "Ma life changed drastically in the. Blink of an eye rip mbone." Lil' Twist, an artist currently signed to Young Money, tweets, " R.I.P M-Bone of Cali Swag District! Got the homie and his family in my prayers!! To the whole crew keep y'all heads up!" Friends and families of M-Bone even received condolences from many respected hip-hop artists ranging from Game, Edo. G, and to legendary DJ Premier who tweeted, "R.I.P. M-Bone of Cali Swag District.....so sad !!! And I learned how to "Dougie" because of these youngsters....Love To his Family"
Cali Swag District is best known for their platinum-selling single "Teach Me How to Dougie," which recieved major airplay during 2010. Their upcoming debut album "The Kickback" is currently being prepped. RapReviews.com sends our condolences to the family, friends, and to all those affected by the tragic death of M-Bone. Whether one likes the song or not, this video below will be imminently played for summers to come. R.I.P. M-Bone.