London songwriter and rapper Baby Blue, whose name came about from sporting everything from clothing to contact lenses in the colour baby blue, has tastes that fuse the influences of Hip-Hop, Grime, R&B and Pop, to create a unique sound with crossover potential.
UK Superstar Estelle picked up on Blue’s talents from day one and flew her to New York to record tracks on her debut album “The 18th Day” including the “Hey Girl” track which featured Grammy award winner John Legend. NYC inspired Baby Blue to release her first mixtape, “Out of the Blue Vol 1”, which blew up in the UK underground and featured members of So Solid Crew, Shystie, Sway, and Akala.
She toured with Estelle for 4 months, taking in dates in the US and Europe where she gained experience and developed her skills as a songwriter. Later that year Blue worked with British legends Madness on their comeback single 'Sorry'.
Switch it up to summer 2011 and Baby Blue is back with a bang, currently working on her debut album featuring names like DJ Khalil & Davinche. 730 Promo are proud to present the official first video from the LP - “Play” - produced by UK favourite Donaeo.
Sweatshop Union is the undisputed heavyweight of North Western hip-hop, and has earned a reputation as the hardest working collective in the region. Having performed over five hundred shows internationally, their live performance has become a mainstay of Canadian music. In 2002, a concept album was recorded called: Sweatshop Union. The record was released internationally on Battle Axe Records and the new group began their relentless touring schedule that has proven to be a key catalyst in their success.
The next three records solidified Sweatshop Union's presence in rap music. The group co-signed to EMI and went out on the road touring with the Black Eyed Peas, Swollen Members and the Living Legends as well as opening shows for Snoop Dogg, De La Soul, and The Roots. Both college and commercial radio gave the albums substantial airtime and soon after came nominations for Juno Awards, a Canadian Radio Music Award, Much Music Video Awards and more. By 2006 Sweatshop Union had begun headlining shows in the U.S. and appearing at major festivals across North America.
Recently, URB Magazine featured them in their next top 100. They're not alone in thinking that Sweatshop Union is a band worth keeping an eye on. Their consistently poignant music continues to become more relevant daily and the group shows no signs of slowing down.
May 31st, 2011, marked the release of the group's most ambitious record to date, an experimental concept album best described as a runaway mushroom trip through the inner and outer cosmos. They titled the record simply: Bill Murray. Along with recent releases from Sweatshop Unions' Dirty Circus and Pigeon Hole, the group aims to become the most prolific collective in hip hop.
Upcoming Tour Dates: 07/16/11: Moscow, ID - Johns Alley 07/19/11: Saskatoon, SK - Amigo's 07/20/11: Regina, SK - Cultural Exchange 07/21/11: Calgary, AB - The Distillery 07/22/11: Nelson, BC - Spiritbar 07/23/11: Fernie, BC - The Central Bar 07/29/11: Vernon, BC - Komasket Festival 08/07/11: Salmo, BC - Shambhala Music Festival
Yes, free music overload on this one! I got LOADS of them to give away and they're all FREE AND DOPE!
Christopher Michael Jensen :: The Chris Tape, Vol. 1
One of the few rappers to go by his government name along with the middle name, Christopher Michael Jensin is releasing a mixtape, which contains all original productions. This should've been called "The Chris Free Album" then! Aw well, it's dope! Peep the CMJ Tape below.
Tracklisting: 1. Stick It in Your Ear 2. Memoirs (f/ Erok Foret) 3. The Serum 4. Aimin' For Success 5. Shadow 6. Lucid Dreams (f/ Bobby Phiser) 7. Christopher Explains It All 8. Rain 9. Throw Caution to Wind 10. Anarchy to the U.S. 11. I Just Wanna Go to the Show 13. Do It Again 14. Wings of an Albatross 14. Kill Screen 15. I've Been Down (f/ Panash, .dB, and Mary Ngunu) 16. Wake Up (f/ Andre Lipseyy, RawGee, and T.O.N.E.) 17. Hangin' Out (f/ Nickle Nelly) 18. Endorphins (f/ MC Harv) 19. Built to Last (f/ Model Citizen) 20. Late Night Thoughts
J-Lie, not to be confused with underground NY rapper J-Live, is a Cali-raised, ATL-stayed rapper who's currently signed to Glasses Malone's Blu Division Records. He's gained some co-sign from his coastal areas and he's looking to be co-signed worldwide and this tape may be a good start for him to do so!
Tracklisting: 1. Letting Go (f/ Conflict) 2. Champion 3. Fresher Than (A Muf*cka) 4. get it On the Low (f/ Glasses Malone and Laron) 5. Whoa (f/ Sean Ray) 6. Stay Fly (f/ Nobel) 7. Let Me Hit (f/ Laron) 8. Cuffin' Season (f/ Verse Simmonds) 9. In the Club (f/ Hott) 10. Dying to Live (f/ Mickey Factz, Nonstop, and Laron) 11. Rhythm of my Life 12. Double XL (f/ Curren$y, Mickey Facts, and Kendrick Lamar) 13. No Plaxico (f/ Nonstop) 14. Picture of You (f/ Laron) 15. Like Me 16. I Knew (f/ Jae B)
Kanye released "G.O.O.D. Friday". Timbaland released "Timbo Thursday". Rock (Heltah Skeltah) released "Monsta Monday". Lloyd Banks released "Blue Fridays". Here's Swizz Beatz' "Monster Monday" in full! Vol. 1, that is. It's SHOWTIIIIME!
Tracklisting: 1. DJ Play the Beat (f/ Estelle) 2. Bang Bang (f/ Pusha T and Pharrell) 3. King Tut (f/ Rakim) 4. Ya'll Don't Really Know (f/ Busta Rhymes and DMX) 5. Bad One (f/ Busta Rhymes) 6. Diddy-Dirty Money - Ass on the Floor (f/ Swizz Beatz) 7. Hot Steppa #1 (f/ Eve) 8. We Keep Ut Rockin 9. Hustle Hard (f/ Ace Hood) 10. Alicia Keys - Speechless (f/ Eve_ 11. Rick Ross - The Transporter 12. Kevin McCall - Freaky I IZ (f/ Diesel and Chris Brown) 13. Musiq Soulchild - Anything 14. DMX - Time to Get Paid 15. Colin Smith - Love 16. Nas - TOp Down 17. Co-Pilot (f/ Snoop Dogg and J.R. Reid) 18. Freaky 19. Sean Cross - Ready Ready (feat. Swizz Beatz) 20. Eve - Man Down (Rihanna Remix) 21. Seizz Beats - Live from Paris (MGMT Freestyle) 22. Bone Thugs-n-Harmony - We Workin' 24. Earthquake 25. Nicki Minaj - Cath Me (f/ Swizz Beatz) 26. Reebok Back (f/ Rick Ross and Meek Mills) 27. Jim Jones, Juelz Santana, and Cassidy - My Hood
If you visit RapReviews.com, there's a high chance that most of you know Ras Kass as one of the illest lyricists. While many believe that the lyricists are endangered while being ruled by the talent-lacking and money-"havin'" rappers, Kass is here to show that they're still alive!
Tracklisting: 1. Hello Iraq 2. Oral Sex 3. Inner G (f/ Killah Priest) 4. Skit 1 5. No Love 6. Elevate (f/ Crooked I and Odious) 7. Behind the Music (Original) 8. Not Give a Fuck 9. Articulate 10. Is This Love 11. The Seance 12. Go Crazy (f/ Talib Kweli) 13. I Ain't Fuckin' With You 14. Lyrical Swords (f/ GZA) 15. 4 The Love 16. 3 Card Molly (f/ Xzibit and Saafir) 17. Skit 2 18. Reelishymn
Wais P the P-I...M-P... is giving away his "Random Pimp" mixtape which serves as a homage to the supergroup Random Axe, composed of Black Milk, Sean Price, and Gulity Simpson. P gives his own Pimp flavor over the Milk-produced tracks and it's the pimpin' you'll definitely respect.
Tracklisting: 1. Zoo Drugs 2. Player Call 3. Pimp Ops 4. Hans Solo 5. Hexhawking 6. Everybodysomebodynobody
Zo! is back with "...just visiting three". And if you're not familiar with the "j.v." series, Zo! remakes many classic and soulful songs along with his Foreign Exchange folks and other friends. It may be not necessarily hip-hop, but track 1 + 7 will have y'all heads nodding if you're a hip-hop head indeed! It's good music to enjoy regardless on what genre they decide to cover.
Tracklisting: 1. Black Cow feat. Phonte and Sy Smith 2. Let It Go feat. Nicholas Ryan Gant 3. Driving feat. Sy Smith 4. Marzipan feat. Eric Roberson and Phonte 5. Everything She Wants feat. Phonte 6. Same Ole Love (f/ Jeanne Jolly 7. Playing Your Game, Baby (f/ Anthony David)
That's it for the "SU...PER..FREEEE! Edition" of "Free Music Fridays." If you have any free music you would like to share with the world, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you're an artist with your free mixtape/album shown on this page and you want to send me a link re-up, corrections, and/or questions, e-mail me at email@example.com, as well. Thanks for reading and enjoy y'all! Two fangas, one love....
Latest Single From The Kelly & Jessie EP Puts On For Dustin's Hometown
It's far from uncommon for an artist to pay homage to their hometown, and Dustin Prestige does just that with his new single "Mo. City Rock." The song, produced by Chris Rockaway, is from his latest project The Kelly & Jessie EP and he portrays the end result of a kid (himself) who grew up on "both sides of the fence" in Houston, Texas and the influence that it has had on his music.
"The main inspiration for the song was my rock and roll influence growing up," explains the emcee. And the influence is evident throughout Dustin's crafty word play as he drops the names of some of his favorite Rock and Rap artists, highlighting their role in the diversity of his musical upbringing.
The song is backed by a spacey beat, providing room for Dustin's lyrics to shine. "The song was produced by Chris Rockaway, as was the entire The Kelly & Jessie EP," explains Dustin. "When I create with a producer, I like doing more than one song, really building some sense of artistic rapport. When the chemistry is good, the end result is almost always positive." Indeed.
Trek Life Update: This Sat. 07.16 Wouldn't Change Nothing Listening party @ Pig N' Whistle
Good day to ya'll, we hope this message finds you well & good this summer. We Invite you to join us, DJ Buddy TV, for our 2nd Summefling at Pig N' Whistle this Saturday. We will be celebrating the release of Trek Life's album "Wouldn't Change Nothing."
Wouldn't Change Nothing is a sonically perfect re-work of last year's critically acclaimed Oddisee produced Everything Changed Nothing. With production from Apollo Brown, J Bizness, ST MiC, MarvWon, Audible Doctor, Has-Lo, Captain, Slimkat78, Duke Westlake, A3, Bombay, and of course long time friend and collaborator Oddisee, this project has breathed new life into an already great album. Wouldn't Change Nothing is available now on iTunes and will be released on CD on July 19th via Mello Music Group. You can also buy it from Amazon here: Wouldn't Change Nothing.
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