Adam Yauch, one-third of the pioneering hip-hop group the Beastie Boys, has died at the age of 47, Rolling Stone has learned. Yauch, also known as MCA, had been in treatment for cancer since 2009. The rapper was diagnosed in 2009 after discovering a tumor in his salivary gland.
Yauch sat out the Beastie Boys' induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April, and his treatments delayed the release of the group's most recent album, Hot Sauce Committee, Pt. 2. The Beastie Boys had not performed live since the summer of 2009, and Yauch's illness prevented the group from appearing in music videos for Hot Sauce Committee, Pt. 2.
Yauch co-founded the Beastie Boys with Mike "Mike D" Diamond and Adam "Ad-Rock" Horowitz in 1979. The band started off as a hardcore punk group, but soon began experimenting with hip-hop. The band broke big with their first proper album, Licensed to Ill, in 1986, and further albums Paul's Boutique, Check Your Head and Ill Communication cemented the band as a true superstar act.
In addition to his career with the Beastie Boys, Yauch was heavily involved in the movement to free Tibet and co-organized the Tibetan Freedom Concerts of the late Nineties. Yauch was also directed many of the Beastie Boys' music videos under the pseudonym Nathaniel Horblower. In 2002, he launched the film production company Oscilloscope Laboratories.
For Immediate Release: Friction Goes Hip Hop May 12
Friction, a wildly successful Electronic Dance Music night produced by Queen City Cartel, has teamed up with the preeminent Buffalo based hip hop label, DTR45, to present a 100% local hip hop night, Friction Goes Hip Hop. Two of the most popular companies in the city lured the top talent in the city to come out and rock what will undoubtedly be a fun filled night of positive vibes; all provided by homegrown artists.
WHO: Nationally acclaimed phenom, Billy Drease Williams, performing in a Buffalo venue for the first time in over two years. Tag team party rockers, Kinda Like Dreamin'; newcomers Natural Ingredients; plus DJ Cutler and DJ Sandpaper providing funk, breaks, hip hop and r&b all night long.
WHEN: Saturday May 12, 2012 at 10pm
WHERE: DBGB (Duke's Bohemian Grove Bar) 253 Allen Street, Buffalo NY
HOW: Just 5 bucks at the door.
WHY: Because different styles of music and different companies in Buffalo should always find reasons to work together, not against each other. Plus the talent in the this city is second to none.
Free DL: The Promise (Squair Blaq & Mulatto Patriot) - "The New Deal"
The long awaited, highly anticipated "New Deal" album is Here! Inspired by the current recession MC Squair Blaq (of Animate Objects & the Chicago Afro-beat Project) tells a story of a man who looses his employment to outsourcing, then while heading to the unemployment office his car breaks down and to top it all off after he finally makes it home he discovers that his personal belongings were thrown in the dumpster by a former girlfriend. The album produced and mixed by Mulatto Patriot has plenty of warm summertime sample based production infused with a good amount of live instrumentation. The 16 track Album features Psalm One, Pugs Atomz, Primeridian, Neak, S-Star and Charlie Coffeen of Sidewalkchalk, Kiara Shackelford, Lester Jay, Chris Paquette, The Fail, DJ Limbz & DJ Mr. Krime. Album Artwork by Enzo Moscarella.
Video: B.o.B. Gets Bashed By His Buddy Playboy Tre
Despite being on both of B.o.B.'s albums "The Adventures of Bobby Ray" and the recently released of"Strange Clouds," Playboy Tre playfully bashes his partner B.o.B. in this exclusive back room banter in the green room of Fuse before B.o.B. album release.
Last month, Hieroglyphics rapper Casual announced that his new album, He Still Think He Raw, will be released on May 22nd. The album is produced entirely by DJ Fresh & The Whole Shabang, and is a sequel of sorts to Casual's 2001 album, He Think He Raw. To go along with that announcement, Casual released the first single and visual for HSTHR, "Tears." Today, Casual is excited to release the second single off the project, "Rock My Shit."
"Rock My Shit" serves as the opening track from He Still Think He Raw, and for an album with such a bold title, the song offers an equally powerful mission statement. DJ Fresh delivers an assorted collection of plucked and washed out synths, each raining down atop 808 claps and thundering kicks, for a beat that, according to Casual, inspired the Hiero rapper's direction on the song. "It was DJ Fresh's beat," says Casual, "that inspired the 'mean mug' style on this song."
Accompanying the song, Casual took some time recently to sit down and discuss his forthcoming album, break down what it was like working with DJ Fresh, discuss his recent video for "Tears," and more. Watch the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LwIlbJSQ1RU .
In a climate of posturing and pomp, it is refreshing to see an artist like Topeka, Kansas’ Stik Figa unafraid to come As Himself. After spending years gaining prominence in his hometown and love from the likes of Miles Bonny and Oddisee, Stik Figa steps up to the national stage with his debut Mello Music Group album As Himself. The album is blue-collar rap, at times somber and at times jovial. There is no hyperbolized varnish here, just the raw grain of Stik’s mental flow.
Here is the brand new single and music video from Harvi that is already getting superb on-line reviews as well as being championed by BBC Radio deejay Bobby Friction on BBC Asian Network as well as Tom Robinson on BBC Radio Six. This is something that you need to get up on! Harvi is a British rapper, singer, songwriter, producer, recording artist and video maker who toured extensively in the late nineties under the 'Asian Underground' flag playing all across Europe as 'Charged'. He has also worked with various other artists across the musical spectrum releasing music on the well respected Nation label alongside label mates ADF (Asian Dub Foundation), Talvin Singh, Transglobal Underground and many more.
Event - Stereo Boyz live in Chicago @ Morseland / May 04th
Back from their three-month Europe tour, the Stereo Boyz (Detroit) are well prepared for the "Midwest Neighbors Tour", which will take them from their hometown across the midwest throughout March & April 2012. Rocking stages, recording and networking all over Europe added to their 10 years of performance and recording experience. Mixo and Mic Audio are no rookies to the game and their stage presence always wins both fans and critics over. Their EP "Live from the Ghettoblaster" with singles "Circus Act" and "Robots & Miniskirts" has gotten praise from listeners worldwide and after laying down the groundwork they are now ready to take the Midwest by storm. Following the overwhelming requests of fans in Chicago to see them perform live, the Stereo Boyz want you to become part of the movement, let them rock your stage!
MP3: Mic Audio (Stereo Boyz) & Sacramento Knoxx - "Pebble in Hand"
Mic Audio (Stereo Boyz) and Sacramento Knoxx release the third video "Pebble in Hand” off their collaborative effort “Mi Vida Es Como Un Pelicula ( My Life is like a Movie). The album has received praises from all over the globe. PrefixMag calls it: "one of the finest rap albums we've heard so far this year." and listed it in their Top 5 albums of the month.
Regarded as one of the finest lyricists in all of Hip-Hop with a career spanning over 2 million records sold, Canibus is now prepping his newest release Rip the Jacker 2. As the first lyricist to bring the world 100 bars followed by the fanfare known as the 1,000 bars of infinity “Poet Laureate”, Canibus’ newest release Rip The Jacker 2 provides fans with the unprecedented feat of 10,000 bars featured as a Double Disc DVD bundle pack available exclusively at www.canibuscollection.com .
On Monday we leaked a portion of those 10,000 bars you will find on Bis’ Rip The Jacker 2 and today, as pre-orders for the new project are being closed out, Bis unveils another section as well.