The lack of female presence in hip-hop today is nothing less than astonishing. Enter emcee and vocalist Janelle Corpuz aka JNatural. Executively produced by southland icon Aceyalone, her debut LP Love Is On Hiatus is a rousing, jazzed inflected album. Following in the tradition of uncompromising and strong emcees like Jean Grae and Medusa, Love Is On Hiatus features Aceyalone and Abstract Rude. Production is by San Diego beat maker Jeff Wonder.
Love Is On Hiatus contains universal themes of love, desire, and heartbreak. The track “I Am Where the Music Is” is a celebration of true love and the work any good relationship takes. JNatural who founded her own LA based design consulting firm, Halseyan International LLC explains, “I used to work a 9-5 and then grind till the wee hours of the morning to complete my music projects or do gigs. All the money I made from my job goes right back into my musical projects.”
On “Limber Slinky” JNat employs a sultry inflective hook alongside sharp choppy verses to releases her emotional wounds at a past love. It took time for me to understand what it really meant to love yourself and know that I was worth more than that.”
Raised in Los Angeles, JNatural’s immigrant parents were strict but also so busy with careers in the medical field that they left her in the care of her grandmother and aunt. “They were very musical and wonderful story tellers,” JNatural recalls. Negating the cliché that all-girls Catholic high schools are breeding grounds for wild girls, JNat says that there were major benefits to not having boys around to distract her, not the least of which was that she learned to speak her mind.
It was around high school when JNat tried her hand at turntables and discovered SLAM poetry. By college, JNatural and her friends were staying up late night dissecting the lyrics of Freestyle Fellowship, Living Legends and Hiero and scratching out rhymes of her own.
Eventually she formed an eight piece hip-hop band called Sonic Tongue. After years of shows in San Diego and opening up for people like Brother Ali, Jeru the Damaja, Elroneous, CMA and Slug, she moved back to LA and ventured out on her own. In 2002 she released her first solo EP For Clarity, and in 2004, continuing to find her own voice, JNat wrote and produced a 5 track acoustic guitar EP called LA Virgen.
In 2005 during a chance meeting with one of her icons Aceyalone at a Medusa show, she slipped him her latest CD. “He called the next day and asked me to come in to the studio to record and be part of the (SIS)tem, an all female group he was putting together.”
In 2006, JNatural teamed up with producer/photographer Jeff Wonder to produce her first globally distributed project Escape From Babylon. In 2008 she released Sex Lies and Sextape mixtape, mixed by DJ Ray Ray Raw and featuring The A-Team (Aceyalone & Abstract Rude.)
All the while, JNat continues to develop her career in fashion. She was designer for Roxy/Quiksilver and the Director of Design for Fox Womens. She recently founded her own design consulting firm called. Currently, she is VP of Design and US Sales for U&K Fashion Ltd, a china-based fashion group.
Love Is On Hiatus drops June 28, 2011 on Project Blowed.
MP3: DJ JS-1 - "Side Streets" Ft. Illa Ghee, Nutso, Guilty Simpson
Prolific DJ/producer DJ JS-1 is celebrating the release of his latest full-length LP, No One Cares, today by dropping his latest single, "Side Streets." Not only is the highly anticipated album, complete with 40 guests, including artists like KRS-One, Kool G Rap, Sadat X, and Joell Ortiz, and many more, now available for purchase, but fans can stream the full album for free all week as part of AOL Music's Listening Party.
Helping celebrate the release are Illa Ghee, Nutso, and Guilty Simpson, three notable MCs who champion the underground scene alongside JS-1 with the new single "Side Streets." "This song represents how we do the underground shit but get respect," explains JS-1, "while others take Easy Street on the Main Boulevard, but everyone knows they suck." JS continues, "We still enjoy making hardcore hip-hop while others are making very commercial, radio-friendly, pop-dance stuff." The song has an uncharacteristically basic production, made up of two blended samples and a dash of hard drums and bass, because JS-1 wanted people to focus on the hard-hitting verses and the very rare scratch hook. "I used a line from Guru that is from an unreleased acapella DJ Premier gave me," says JS-1. "It's the main vocal that ties it all in: 'I can go to any city/ Get respect in the street.'"
Fans of JS-1 can also watch him live on USTREAM today, from 1:45pm EST to 4:00pm EST, alongside Crazy Legs and Rahzel for their Lunch Breaks show. Says JS-1, "I'll be cooking lunch – chicken cutlet heroes – and then spinning some breaks, saying silly things with Rahzel, and harassing people about my new album. Should be fun!" Fans can watch live by going to http://www.crazylegsworkshop.com or by searching for the term "Lunch Breaks" on USTREAM.
DJ JS-1's new album, No One Cares, is now available via a joint venture between Fat Beats Distribution and JS-1's own Ground Original.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- New Jersey rhymespitter Newmoney is excited to debut his full length mixtape "Just My Thoughts" that recounts the Garden State rapper's most inner feelings and workings in a brutally honest way.
"My new mixtape 'Just My Thoughts' is an up close and personal project. I’m getting things off my chest and mind," explains Newmoney.
Riding high on the success of his latest mixtape "No Holding Back", Newmoney's new mixtape "Just My Thoughts" once again proves that the aspiring emcee and future alumni of the XXL Freshmen class, is a star in the making. Known for his to the point flow and jaw dropping lyrical ability, Newmoney is set to take the industry by storm, never taking a backseat, always rocking in the frontline.
Spearheaded by the lead single "The Root Of Evil", "Just My Thoughts" is now available for your listening pleasure.
Born in the mid 80s, Newmoney, who grew up idolizing emcees like Jay-Z, Biggie, Big L, AZ, Redman, and DMX, is a true product of his environment. From the breakup of his family to multiple evictions and the traumatic death of his mother from cancer on Christmas morning, his life experiences have shaped the person and recording artist he is today.
Newmoney spent his early years in Irvington, New Jersey, a small township of a little over 60,000 people in Essex County, but with a violent crime rate six times higher than the entire state. Located outside of Newark, the city was hit hard by the crack epidemic during the 1980s, the time Newmoney was born, and still struggles from the effects today. Irvington is also credited with producing some of Hip-Hop's most groundbreaking (Lords of the Underground), infamous (Tupac Shakur's “god brother” and Outlawz member Yaki Kadafi) and influential (Queen Latifah) recording acts.
Newmoney is a breath of fresh air to true Hip-Hop heads in a time when the art form is hardly recognized or represented for that fact. As Newmoney continues to poor his heart and soul out in his music for the world to hear, it’s only a matter of time before he is felt by the masses.
TRACKLISTING 1. Just My Thoughts (Prod. by Skillz) 2. Feel The Kid (Prod. by Track Pros) 3. Bad Weather (Prod. by Track Pros) 4. Life I Lead ft. Excel (Prod. by Krazy Kaotic) 5. I Ride ft. Castro The Don (Prod. by Krazy Kaotic) 6. The Root Of Evil (Prod. by Krazy Kaotic) 7. It’s Gonna Come (Prod. by Krazy Kaotic) 8. This Way (Prod. by Track Pros) 9. Peace Of Mind (Prod. by Track Pros) 10. As The World Turns (Prod. by Skillz)
In the lead-up to the album Co$$ has released a video for the single "Spaceman" and a prequel to the album with his Sleepwalking mixtape. Sleepwalking has already been named one of the Top 10 Mixtapes of 2011 by About.com and was featured on NahRight , TheSource, 2DB, Smoking Section, HypeTrak and more. Before I Awoke was chosen for XXL's Chairman's Choice, LA Weekly's Music To Pick Up/Download, Los Angeles Times, and more.
Before I Awoke is a very personal project that Co$$ painstakingly worked on for 3 years. The title represents Co$$' awakening from a haze of sleepwalking through life. On the album he throws out think piece after think piece on the state of his relationships, creative expression, dreams, his father's passing, lost lovers and more. Co$$' lyrics cut deep with a sense of poetic urgency that is both reflective and brutally honest. Album features include Aloe Blacc, Blu, Sene, and Shawn Jackson and production credits from Exile, Fonetik Simbol, J83, Cook Classics and more. Co$$ has previously, according to the Los Angeles Times, "quietly assassinated the few guest appearance he's been on." Co$$ was also featured on Fashawn's critically acclaimed Boy Meets World and Exile's album Dirty Science.