With an overwhelmingly positive response from the first episode, Film School with R.A. The Rugged Man is now in full swing on MTV's Film.com. In the latest episode, the legendary underground rapper and longtime film buff speaks on directors that he doesn't want to see die. In the process, R.A. touches on Woody Allen's brilliance, Clint Eastwood smacking women, Ron Howard's ugly brother, and more. R.A.'s new album Legends Never Die is due out later this year on Nature Sounds.
Video: DJ Touré - "Freestyle Sessions: Episode 1" Ft. Erk Tha Jerk
Later this summer, producer and official Hieroglyphics tour DJ, DJ Touré, will release his new album, Touré's Theory: Session One. Touré is handling production across the album, which will be released via the crew's long-standing indie imprint Hiero Imperium, and Touré has already released the album's lead single, "She Like It" featuring B-Legit, D-Lo, and London.
PR: Cashmere's New Single, "730 Project" Coming Soon
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Fast rising New York rapper Cashmere unveils his new single, "730", from his upcoming mixtape titled "The 730 Project", which is set to be released this summer. The release is hosted and presented by renowned DJ/producer seven3zero as an appetizer for Cashmere's eagerly awaited sophomore album, "Take Me Higher", which is the follow up to the much hyped rapper's debut album, "Take Me Away", that won "Underground Album Of The Year" at the prestigious 2010 Underground Music Awards.
Cashmere (born Tywan M. Harris) is a versatile rapper, songwriter, and entrepreneur, and no newbie to the music industry as he's already rocking the underground Hip-Hop circuit since years as one of the most sought after rappers from New York.
Once hailed as the next superstar from the Big Apple with official support from DJ Kay Slay, Notorious B.I.G.'s official deejay, DJ Enuff, Hot 97's Funkmaster Flex and Mister Cee, and DJ Clue, Cashmere is back on his grind, backed by his label The Cash Administration.
Cashmere has worked with many major artists including UGK member Bun B, old school legend Big Daddy Kane, The Diplomats' head honcho Jim Jones, Lil Boosie, Akon, Maino, Shady Records signee and Slaughterhouse member Joell Ortiz and a host of others.
On August 21st, prolific singer/songwriter Shawn Rosenblatt, better know as Netherfriends, will release Middle America on pink vinyl via Chicago-based Kilo Records. The previously digitally-released album, a rarity for strictly wax Kilo Records, will now be available in local record shops for all consumers that appreciate the tangible. From the spring of 2010 to 2011 Shawn, sole creator of Netherfriends, toured the United States writing and recording a song in every state. This is the first collection to be released in LP format.
During the months of August and September Netherfriends will embark on a cross country tour. What better way to promote a two year-long touring project than more touring? Previously with short stints of additional backing members, Shawn has turned his act into a one-man show that is undeniably fun. Using sampler, drum pad, keyboard, guitar, and self-made percussion box (equipped with pots, metal poles, and wood-blocks) Shawn is able to create intricate layers of sounds that evolve into songs that even the late great James Brown would shake a feather to. As a special treat to the city that helped create Netherfriends, Chicago, Shawn will perform Middle America in its entirety with full backing band. This will be a one night only record release celebration not to miss.
MIDDLE AMERICA TRACKLISTING: 1. St Louis, MO 2. Bloomington, IN 3. Columbus, OH 4. Kalamazoo, MI 5. Des Moines, IA 6. Madison, WI 7. Chicago, IL 8. Rapid City, SD 9. Omaha, NE 10. Minneapolis, MN 11. Fargo, ND 12. Lawrence, KS
MIDDLE AMERICA TOUR DATES Aug 18 Chicago, IL / Schubas (Record Release Performance w/ Full Band) Aug 23 Terre Haute, IN / The Verve Aug 30 St. Louis / Firebird Aug 31 Columbia, MO / TBD Sept 2 Kansas City, MO / Front/ Space Sept 3 Des Moines, IA / Gas Lamp Sept 4 Omaha, NE / Side Door Lounge Sept 5 Lincoln, NE / Zoo Bar Sept 6 Fort Collins, CO / GNU Gallery Sept 7 Denver, CO / First Acenders Sept 8 Casper, WY / TBD Sept 11 Boise, ID / The Red Room Sept 13 Seattle / Comet Tavern Sept 14 Portland, OR / Mississippi Studios MORE DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED
Just wanted to share with you the flyer for the upcoming event at Cameo Galley in Brooklyn, NY. And please if you are a blog based in NYC let me know if you are interested in covering this event. Thank you.
Open Mike Eagle makes his "4NML HSPTL" tour stop in Brooklyn's Cameo Gallery with AZ's Mega Ran and joined by the likes of billy woods, PremRock & Wilie Green, ADAM & Brzowski. Mo Niklz will handle the Dj duties for the night including some unique visual spinning.
JJ DOOM’s debut collaborative album, KEY TO THE KUFFS, will feature Beth Gibbons, Khujo Goodie and Damon Albarn.
JJ DOOM is the artist name for producer/vocalist Jneiro Jarel and masked hip-hop maverick DOOM (previously MF DOOM). After unveiling BANISHED in February, the duo have been busy finishing KEY TO THE KUFFS, which is now set to be released via Lex Record on 20th August. The album sees DOOM rapping typically intricate, witty, head-spinning rhymes over JJ’s rugged and innovative beats.
DOOM will headline his own show at London’s Forum on 12th October.
JJ DOOM KEY TO THE KUFFS tracklist:
1. WATERLOGGED 2. GOV’NOR 3. BANISHED 4. BITE THE THONG ft Damon Albarn 5. RHYMIN SLANG 6. DAWG FRIENDLY 7. BORIN CONVO 8. SNATCH THAT DOUGH 9. GMO ft Beth Gibbons 10. BOUT THE SHOES 11. WINTER BLUES 12. STILL KAPS ft Khujo Goodie 13. RETARDED FREN 14. VIBERIAN SUN PART II 15. WASH YOUR HANDS
DOWNLOAD: Sofrito: International Soundclash preview (mixed by Sofrito)
Sofrito's Hugo Mendez takes you as close as you can get to being at one of his crew's legendary warehouse parties without actually being there in-person. On this preview for Sofrito's new International Soundclash collection, he effortless takes you from Trinidad to the island of Dominica, from Haiti to Colombia and back again. Make sure you have something cold to drink, and dive in. It's going to be a hot one.
Strut link up again with Sofrito, leading lights in the new generation of collectives celebrating heavy Tropical music. Fuelled by the unquenchable thirst of DJs Hugo Mendez and Frankie Francis to turn up new music and explore sounds from across the ages, Sofrito has built a unique reputation since it began life in the warehouses of East London in the mid 2000s.
Now, following the success and critical acclaim of their debut compilation in association with Strut, Sofrito: Tropical Discotheque, Hugo and Frankie bring the long-awaited follow-up, Sofrito: International Soundclash.
The new selection effortlessly mixes the old with the new, plucking dusty gems from Trinidad, Colombia, Dominica, Congo, Cameroun and beyond. Exclusives include the deep Pacifico sound of Grupo Canalon’s “La Zorra y El Perol” - a new project from Nidia Góngora, singer with Quantic's Combo Barbaro - a previously unreleased track by UK/Kenyan sensations Owiny Sigoma Band, and a Tropical Treats edit of Haiti’s dynamite Les Difficiles de Petion-Ville.
Other highlights include an incendiary lesson in Soca groove from Lord Shorty, stunning up-to-the-minute carnival sounds from Guadeloupe's Mas Ka Klé, all backed up by deep bassline Cadence, synthed-out Soukous and other Afro Latin encounters.
Over the last year Sofrito have brought their inimitable vibes to clubs across the world - sharing the stage with Haitian Ra Ra collectives in Paris, running all-night sessions in Bogota alongside Quantic, warehouse parties with the Owiny Sigoma Band in London and sweaty parties in illicit lofts in Brooklyn.
Their "Sofrito Super Singles" vinyl series continues to make waves on the underground, unleashing raw dancefloor edits and attracting the likes of Daphni (aka Dan Snaith), DrumTalk and Sweden's Tropical Treats to contribute guest re-works.
For this release, visual maestro Lewis Heriz interprets Sofrito's fresh perspective on the world with a specially designed cut-out globe on a pull-out poster to accompany the CD and Double LP.