Continuing to build anticipation for his latest full-length album, From The Black Pool of Genius, dropping this summer, Dres of Black Sheep is releasing his Prelude Remix EP. Having announced the remix contest winners last month, the first track off the EP is the song, "Doin' It Wrong Remix," produced by Jim B.
As the video, "Doin' It Wrong," starts, the camera follows Dres into a neighborhood playground while he raps around the new beat, laden with upbeat drums, smooth chops, and vocals from the track's title paired against a range of dynamic camera angles. From Dres' perspective, he explains, "It's a feel good video and I like that. You know a song is powerful when it can point out something that's wrong, but make you feel good at the same time." Throughout the video, there are mirror images, cut scenes, and a fisheye lens shot, yet the videography doesn't take away from Dres's ability to reach out with the thought-provoking lyrics of the song over the infectious beat.
It all began with a thundering baseline and an unmistakably classic phrase - "this or that." One of the most widely recognized songs in rap music history, the 1991 classic "The Choice is Yours" was hailed by VH1 in 2008 as one of the best rap songs of all time. The highly respected Queens emcee Dres, along with DJing partner-in-crime William "Mista Lawnge" McLean took the music industry by storm in the early 1990's as part of the groundbreaking collective Native Tongues. Penning such Billboard standouts as "Flavor of the Month" and "Strobelight Honey" for the duo's platinum-selling debut album A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing in 1992, Dres would continue to crank out the hits on the group's second release, Non Fiction. After a brief reunion with Mister Lawnge in 2000, Dres again set his sights on recording. He released the innovative online-only album 8WM/Novakane in 2007. Now he's back in the studio, writing the next chapter of his storied career. Dres' highly anticipated new project, From the Black Pool of Genius, out Spring 2010, promises to pair thought-provoking lyrics with astounding beats constructed by a corps of new and established beatmakers. They include Bean One, Showbiz, Tough Junkie, P. Locke, Urban Soul Music Group, and Willie Evans. He's also got an impressive line-up of guest stars, including De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest, Rhymefest, AZ, and Tough Junkie, among others. Leading up to the release of his next full-length, Black Sheep have released a precursor EP, From The Black Pool Of Genius: The Prelude, available now. From The Black Pool Of Genius will be available this summer.
As you may be aware he has done alot of work for many charities around the globe as well as in his local community and it is great to see the love coming back now at this time.
We would like to thank all the DJ's too who have upped his music on your playlists and who are supporting him like he has supported so many others. Keep playing his music!
We hope soon to have a statement from him as he goes through his recouperation. If you would like to download any of his tracks for your shows or simply to show love (as the money from these tracks all go to charity), then please do... (you can use the link below or use your usual Digital Supplier, iTunes etc)
A couple months ago I was at an event in the city when a friend of a friend started telling me about Jon Braman. Now, bear in mind, I hear a lot of people telling me about a lot of artists, so it takes something really interesting to get my attention. As soon as she said Braman was a rapper who played the ukulele, getting my attention was no longer an issue.
After what seemed like dozens of missed opportunities to check out Braman’s work, his album, Climatastrophunk, finally arrived in my mailbox. Really interested in knowing if combining the ukulele and hip-hop could work, I put it on. It was an oddly perfect marriage, at least with Braman at the helm. His lyrics are meaningful, and at times downright beautiful, and his vibe matches those qualities perfectly. Braman describes some of the inspiration behind his music, saying “being able to sing out your fears as well as your hopes and dreams is a pretty good feeling.” This week I caught up with Jon Braman to find out more about the man, his music, and what exactly a Climatastrophunk is.
On May 1, 2010, the Rebel Diaz Arts Collective stormed Union Square in New York City for the 2010 May Day Freedom Festival. Thousands of people arrived to march and protest against the SB 1070 Law in Arizona granting police officers the right to racially profile "suspected immigrants" and deport them upon absence of their citizenship papers. Artists such as IMMORTAL TECHNIQUE, REBEL DIAZ, HASAN SALAAM, DIVISION X, FASCIOUS and many more performed in support of protesting this law. This video below shows what CNN, ABC, NY1, and other news stations refused to report...The truth in the form of Hip-Hop.
On top of the Panacea pandemic spreading with the release of 12 Step Program, i am also gearing up to do some heavy promoting this summer for my album with Arizona emcee (by way of Philly) Random. Our project, Forever Famicom, is done and the double-single we released top of this week has been getting some buzz around the internet. The website Nerdy Rotten Scoundrels is currently running a promotion that will land 1 lucky winner a copy of the soon-to-be released album, by naming ALL the songs Ran mentions in the track "Epoch". Check NRS for all the details & while you're racking your brain for the answers... peep this video of Ran performing the other half of the double-single, "Dream Master", LIVE the night of Cinco de Mayo!
May 07th, 2010 -- Veteran Grammy nominated rapper, Yukmouth, returns with his highly anticipated, sixth solo collection, Free At Last.
Fueled by the set's warm-up single, "211," featuring Chi-Town's L.E.P./Bogus Boys, Free At Last is Yuk at his absolute finest. The album, and follow-up to last year's star-studded The West Coast Don, is currently scheduled for June 1st 2010.
Free At Last contains a stellar line-up of Hip-Hop heavyweights; including, Messy Marv, Choppa Young City, Mistah F.A.B., 2Eleven, Roccett, Curren$y, Dru Down, Lee Majors, Richie Rich, Beeda Weeda, Agerman, Shady Nate, Kafani, C-Bo, Stevie Joe, Philthy Rich, Chop Black, Country Black, G Stack, Lucci, Lil Hyfe, as well as The Regime. Standout tracks are plentiful, most notably, the Jannine V assisted "The Hard Way," "Smell It On Me," with Young Money's Gudda Gudda, Tity Boi from Playaz Circle & D-Gloder, and the just released "official" lead offering, "The Life," a bangin' collabo with Ya Boy, Jay Rock & vocalist London, which should be taking over all internet, radio, and video outlets any moment now.
Yukmouth, nee' Jerold Dwight Ellis III, literally burst onto the music scene as one-half of the platinum-plus, Bay Area rap duo Luniz. The group is most famously known for their popular marijuana anthem, "I Got 5 on It," which samples the Club Nouveau classic, "Why You Treat Me So Bad," and appears on their platinum-plus, '95 debut, Operation Stackola.
1998 saw the release of the Oakland, California, pair's sophomore effort, Lunitik Muzik, which spawned the Raphael Saadiq assisted "Jus Mee & U," and "Hypnotize," a fiery duet with Redman. Shortly thereafter, Yuk split from his, then, partner-in-rhyme, Numskull, taking his Smoke-A-Lot imprint down south to J Prince's Rap-A-Lot Empire.
Thugged Out: The Albulation, a, then, ground-breaking double CD, was the self-proclaimed "Worldwide Mobb Figga's" first solo outing, selling over 500,000 units, and garnering favorable reviews from fans and critics alike.
Flash forward over the course of the last eleven years, and four records, later, and Yuk, who also moonlights as a member of the Thug Lordz, alongside the above mentioned C-Bo, is back with, possibly, his most well rounded project-to-date, Free At Last.
Yukmouth is currently available for: Interviews, Show Bookings, Voice-overs, Songwriting, Features & Hooks, DJ Show Commercials, Event Hosting, Radio/TV Hosting, Acting & Commercials, and Public Speaking… ###