Blestenation Debut 'In A Hurry' Video On MTVU Freshman
Blestenation have released their new video for "In a Hurry" online at http://www.mtvu.com/music/the-freshmen/nominees-52410/ . The video has been selected as this week's MTVU Freshman video, alongside new videos from Sam Adams, Sons of Sylvia, Cali Swag District, and Wiz Khalifa. Fans are encouraged to vote for their favorite MTVU Freshman video at the link above.
"It's dope that MTVU picked up on this video for their Freshman show," commented FAFU from Blestenation. "I'm glad they're finally giving us a shot and they like the video. We're always trying to do something different and not just rehash the same ideas that everyone before us did. Please take a second and check out the video and vote for us."
Blestenation recently released their debut album, "MBugout City", through Suburban Noize Records. The album ranges from arena rap anthems to dark melodic acoustic songs, as the group creates their own brand of misfit hip-hop.
Wu-Tang Clan Return w/ Pollen: The Swarm Part Three June 22nd
The lineup for the 7th annual rap tour Rock The Bells was just announced yesterday, and headlining the bill this year are hip-hop heavyweights performing their seminal albums in full. Wu-Tang Clan is very excited to be among them, doing all of their legendary 1993 debut Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) live at each date.
After yesterday’s announcement, we received some more good news from the Wu camp: this letter from the guys which describes their upcoming album, Pollen: The Swarm Part Three, that’s due June 22nd from Wu Music Group. Here it is, in their words, unedited and raw, just the way they like it:
Read the Letter Below:
In the uncertainty of the new age industry and wake of new media one thing is for sure and that being there’s never a shortage of WUTANG WANNA BEEZ, imposters, opportunists, posers and fakes rushing in to imitate, cash in and lay claim to the “WUTANG” name. WARNING: don't be fooled or duped! There is only one WUTANG CLAN AND BRAND. With the surge of official authentically branded Wutang products, projects and a wave of critically acclaimed album releases in the last year such as Raekwon’s Only Built for Cuban Links franchise and the follow up of “Wu Massacre “ featuring the Wutang Clan’s Method Man , Raekwon and Ghostface, The Wu Music Group in following and furthering WUTANG tradition in its truest and purest form will release the 3rd installment of the official swarm franchise dubbed POLLEN: THE SWARM PART 3 due this SUMMER JUNE 22, 2010. Why Pollen? Because it’s WUTANG authentic! Word to Shaolin!! This installment is complete with new songs from the RZA as Bobby Digital, MEF MAN himself Johnny Blazing a track with the GZA, GHOSTFACE “Smooth Sailing” on the remix featuring Trife and Solomon Childs, and unlocked from the Wutang vault, the late great ODB with a fresh splash from his son and new comer BOY JONES on “Dirt’s the Boogie”.
The SWARM represents the Wutang Killer Beez on the move. The first album in the trilogy introduced fans to other emcees in the Wu empire from east to west coast and across the seas. In true killer bee fashion, this album wouldn't be complete with out new music from the Killer Beez themselves 12 o clock, Prodigal Sun, Killer Priest, Street Life, Remedy, JoJo Pelligrino, the Rev Burke, and others. This is history once again in the making with the Wutang massive disciples and its affiliates aligning to swarm, bringing the ruckus and creating a frenzy to massacre the masses across the globe. This album will effectively pollinate and enter your senses and is guaranteed to inspire and buzz the ears of any true Wu fan looking for that real WUTANG indulgence and experience without leaving out the this generation’s expressions of hip hop and those still to come. At press time the RZA of the Clan says “Wutang is forever and we will continue to shine light and spread music to the world.” The Swarm executive producer Power adds “As for anyone and anything else you may need to refer back to the WUTANG’S first suggestion which is to certainly ‘PROTECT YA NECK ”. Wutang Killers Bees and Yellow Jackets are on the Swarm part 3 and in full effect!!
01 ROLL WITH KILLER BEES - YELLOW JACKETS 02 HEADLINE - ARMEL, 12 OCLOCK, P SUNN, REV BURKS 03 ASSED OUT - WUTANG CLAN 04 DIRTS THE BOOGIE - O.D.B & Y.D.B. BOY JONES 05 YOU MUST BE DREAMING - BOBBY DIGITAL, KINETIC 06 M.E.F. - JOHNNY BLAZE 07 SMOOTH SAILING - GHOSTFACE, TRIFE, SOLOMON CHILDS 08 GET IT STARTED - KING JUST, NATE, Y.C. 09 FACED DOWN - STREETLIFE 10 THE TESTIMONY - REMEDY & KILLER PRIEST 11 ACTION - SOLOMON CHILDS 12 NO GAME AROUND HERE - KILLER BEES 13 INTO YOU - REV BURKE & RUGGED MONK 14 TRANSPORTING - REMEDY & JO JO PELLIGRINO 15 FLIGHT OF THE KILLER BEES - PRODIGAL SON & REV BURKS
Atlanta's Favorite Hometown MC's Collaborate w/ De La Soul
Atlanta, GA US – May 14, 2010 – Atlanta’s favorite hometown emcees, Señor Kaos and 4-Ize, have collaborated with Hip Hop legends De La Soul for a catchy new track with a fresh take on the streets.
The song, titled “Concrete Jungle,” is from a street perspective and highlights many of the challenges of growing up in the inner city aka the concrete jungle. It was recorded in Atlanta’s Upstairs Studio and produced by Morgan The Mexican.
“Concrete Jungle” will be released on 4-ize’s new project “Off The Top Rope” with DJ Don Cannon, available on May 17, 2010 at www.4ize.com . Señor Kaos is also featured on the track, “Ultra Beast Part 2″ along with New York City’s Punchline.
Señor Kaos has been recognized by numerous media outlets as one of Atlanta’s finest emcees and has worked with many Hip Hop greats, but he was honored to collaborate with De La Soul, who celebrated their 20 year anniversary last year. Atlantans can catch Señor Kaos in action on June 14, 2010 at The Loft, when he opens for (Reflection Eternal) Talib Kweli and Hi-Tek.
I just finished my new album which will be entitled "The Kaos Effect." The project was produced entirely by Illastrate and features guest appearances from: J-Live, Punchline, 4-Ize, Binkis Recs, Dynas, Fresh Daily, Dj Dainja, and Ozy Reigns. It will released soon. To get you guys ready for what to expect, I knocked out a lil something for you to ride around too.
And Finally... Dj Grandman Presents: 4-Ize, Señor Kaos, & Boog Brown
Here's a new record from Dj Grandman featuring ATL emcees: 4-Ize, Señor Kaos, and Boog Brown. The song is called "The Real ATL" and is produced by Lee Bannon.
MP3: Apollo Brown - "Streets Won't Let Me Chill Remix"
Apollo Brown Celebrates New Album With New MP3 Leak, Fat Beats In-Store
To celebrate the release of his new album, The Reset, which drops today, Apollo Brown is excited to give fans another treat from the album, this time the "Streets Won't Let Me Chill Remix." For the track, Apollo Brown remixed Diamond District's "Streets Won't Let Me Chill," originally produced by Oddisee and featured on the group's debut In The Ruff, and provides a darker perspective on the song when compared to the original's brass-lined soul beat. The James Brown drum break, which Apollo uses along with an eerie guitar riff, creatively compliments vocals from Oddisee, yU, and X.O. "I wanted the remix to have the same gritty feel to it. The original is drum heavy to me so I wanted to keep that going with a classic drum break. You can't go wrong with 'funky drummer'", says Apollo. "I picked something that I know I could have done a lot of justice to. The lyrics on that song are ill as hell."
Apollo Brown's The Reset is now available via Mello Music Group.
In further celebration of today's release, Apollo Brown is inviting all of his fans out tonight for a special meet-and-greet in-store at the legendary Fat Beats New York. Joining Apollo Brown at the in-store will be Hasaan Mackey. Come out, grab a CD, get it signed, and chop it up with Apollo and Hasaan tonight from 7pm - 9pm EST.
Born into a bi-racial family in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Apollo Brown's early influences skewed more toward the music of Journey and The Carpenters than the urban genres his peers often cite as inspiration. This is not to say that once hip-hop came into play, Apollo wasn’t all in. Just as easily as he can praise the virtues of yacht rock, the 29-year-old beatsmith can name personal heroes - Gang Starr, Wu-Tang, Mobb Deep, M.O.P., Nas, and Black Moon - from the early 90s period in which, for him, beats and rhymes became life. Apollo began making his own music in 1996 using Voyetra audio software, then upgraded to Cool Edit 2000 in becoming a self-described bedroom beat-maker for roughly the next eight years. It was the mid-2000s, and the upstart producer saw no future for his work - work he had dedicated his life to - in an industry where radio was setting a formulaic pattern for mainstream music. But he eventually began to miss the creativity in his craft and began producing once again, releasing the instrumental albums Skilled Trade (2007) and Make Do (2009). He went on in 2009 to win the Detroit Red Bull Big Tune Championships and competed in the national finals. Apollo then signed as a producer with the Mello Music Group in December of 2009. His debut album, The Reset, will be released May 25, 2010 via Mello Music Group.
About Mello Music Group:
Like Lao Tzu in hip-hop, Mello Music Group provides music for the soul, from the heart of American culture, opening the realm of the intelligent hip-hop experience through melodic evocations, beats that corroborate the truth, and voices that roar above the rising void and impose order on the terrible & triumphant moments of everyday life. This is the compelling sound of Mello Music Group. Industry newcomer Michael Tolle founded MMG in 2007 and is acting Director of Operations. MMG will be releasing projects from Oddisee, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Kenn Starr, Finale, Trek Life, Dudley Perkins, Sareem Poems, UPS, and YU in 2010. http://www.myspace.com/mellomusicgroup .
Emerging artist J. Keys is dedicated to providing Hip-Hop lovers with the genre's true essence through his clever lyrics, witty wordplay and dynamic storytelling.
We introduce J. Keys to you with the first leak off his upcoming mixtape The Dead Horse entitled "I Like It (Keys to the City)" featuring R&B/Pop singer Adeline via Anonymous Records. Keys has a good time rhyming over Grand Puba's classic, while Adeline's vocals on the hook complete the song.
Exclusive Interview: RefinedHype.com "My City: J. Keys is New York Now, Forever Detroit"
Polished and sophisticated, the people at RefinedHype.com know good Hip Hop when they hear it. That said, the website recently featured Detroit-bred, New York resident emcee J. Keys as part of their "My City" series where Keys spoke about being influenced by the rich musical cultures of Motown and the Big Apple.
Also, be on the look out for J. Keys upcoming mixtape The Dead Horse dropping June 15th courtesy of RefinedHype.com and DJBooth.net. Visit iTunes.com today for J. Keys official single "The One Two" here.
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La Coka Nostra's Slaine in New Freddy Madball Video
La Coka Nostra's Slaine has joined forces with New York hardcore legend Freddy Madball in the video for the song "Gunshots", which can be viewed online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVHC_G5NFXI&feature=youtu.be . The track appears on Freddy Madball's hip-hop solo album, "Catholic Guilt", which was released through Familia Entertainment.
"I'm excited to be working alongside my homie Slaine and my man Jaysaun. I think these guys are some of the best MC's in the game, and they happen to be family,” commented Freddy Madball. “As I embark on this hip-hop journey, I intend to make a statement, and who better to do that with then these guys and with this song. The video speaks for itself. Respect."
“Aside from being the frontman to one of the greatest hardcore bands ever, Freddy Madball has been a friend for damn near 15 years now. He always had wisdom and encouragement for me when I first started doing my thing as an MC in the late nineties,” commented Slaine. “When he was working on this hip-hop project he reached out to me, and Jaysaun to do a joint, and we made a banger. I’m sure this won’t be the last time you see us collaborating. For the video, we shot it in Brockton, Boston and New York, and visited the gravesite of our fallen brother ‘Boston’ Mike Foster.”
Slaine has been grinding his way throughout the underground hip-hop scene since 2001 when he cut a demo in a studio operated by the Lordz of Brooklyn. Since then, Slaine has been traveling the world performing for his growing fan base, and working with hip-hop icons such as DJ Premier, House of Pain, Cypress Hill, and The Alchemist. Slaine is currently touring in support of, "A Brand You Can Trust", the debut album from hip-hop supergroup La Coka Nostra.
In honor of the legendary MC Guru aka Mr. GangStarr, his record label 7 Grand Records will pay homage with a special tribute campaign over the next few weeks to celebrate Guru's outstanding legacy as one of the greatest MCs of all times.
The iconic rap legend will be honored with exclusive and before unseen video footage, behind the scenes memories of music productions, video shoots, and concert performances, and much more to highlight the legendary career of Guru aka Mister "Gifted Unlimited Rhymes Universal."
Guru, whose real name was Keith Elam, most known from being one half of the Hip-Hop duo GangStarr, was a worldwide celebrated emcee who created numerous classic albums, especially "No More Mr. Nice Guy" (1989), "Step In The Arena" (1990), "Daily Operation" (1992), "Hard To Earn" (1994) and "Moment of Truth" (1998) are well-respected among critics. During Guru's pioneering career, which officially started in 1987 with the foundation of GangStarr, the Boston MC has collaborated with artists from a variety of music genres such as Common, Talib Kweli, Zion I, Kelis, Angie Stone, Damian Marley, Slum Village, Raheem DeVaughn, Styles P, Jean Grae, B-Real (Cypress Hill), Pharrell, Jamiroquai, and many more.
As a solo artst, Guru found fame in 1993 with his critically acclaimed and groundbreaking "Jazzmatazz", an album series where he and his longtime partner and producer Solar collaborated with icons such as Chaka Khan, Herbie Hancock, Isaac Hayes, Erykah Badu, The Roots, Macy Gray and David Sanborn, just to name a few, while merging Hip-Hop with Live Jazz for the very first time. Not only did the "Jazzmatazz" music challenge the boundaries of Hip-Hop, Jazz, Soul, and R&B, the live aspect was something that none of these genres had ever seen. Since its inception there has been no credible comparison to the originality and broad appeal of a Guru "Jazzmatazz" concert.
As a true pioneer of Hip-Hop, Guru will always be remembered as a fabulous musician whose lyrical style and social commentary on politics, women, being a Black man in America, knowledge and consciousness, will never be forgotten.
His legacy was timeless and he invented music that will shine forever long after he’s gone. In our lasting and fragrant memories, we will never forget the MC who raised the bar and paved the way for many rappers without the exploitative and negative stigma that has seeped into this generation of Hip-Hop.
Guru died on April 19, 2010 at age 48 while battling cancer for over a year and a half.
R.I.P. Keith Elam and may his legacy continue!
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