Hip-Hop Duo Zion I Announce 2012 Shadowboxing Tour & Ready 7th LP
Courtesy Ballin PR.
Oakland, CA-Hip-hop duo Zion I invite live music fans from all over the country to spar at the 2012 Shadowboxing Tour. Beginning October 4 in Fresno, California, the duo, consisting of emcee Zumbi and producer Amp Live, will hit 30 cities from Brooklyn to Boulder and Atlanta to Orlando with up and coming Santa Cruz Dubstep DJ Minnesota.
The Shadowboxing Tour will kick-off in conjunction with Zion I's newest album, Shadowboxing coming out October 2 on Live Up Records. A move from the live instrumentation of their last record towards the gritty, beat heavy sound, Zion I continue to forge new ground musically. Attached is Float, a track from the forthcoming LP. But thematically, Shadowboxing is signature Zion I: "This is an album about metaphorical kicks and throws at oneself," explains Zumbi, "looking inward at the shadow self, and seeking awareness in the darkness of one's own psyche."
On the group's 7th LP they've enlisted guests such as Bassnectar, Grouch and Eligh, Clyde Carson and Goapele.
Since 1999, Zion I has released six critically acclaimed LPs, including Mind over Matter (1998), Deep Water Slang (2000), True & Livin’ (2003), The Take Over (2009), and Atomic Clock (2010). They also have two highly acclaimed albums under the name Zion I and The Grouch with long time collaborator The Grouch, Hereos in the City of Dope and Hereos in the Healing of the Nation. Voted best Bay Area hip-hop group by the SF Weekly numerous times, Zion I have been featured in media outlets from XXL, The Source, Vibe, YRB, 944, Prefixmag.com, Popmatters, 7+7, SF Chronicle, and SF Bay Guardian.
Christian Bauhofer, known by his fans as his party crushing alter ego Minnesota, is a producer and DJ heralding from Santa Cruz, CA that has been lighting up venues across the country with his frantic energy and pounding bass. At 23 years old, Minnesota has recently spent his time touring with acts such as Big Gigantic while artists like Bassnectar and PANTyRAID have been incorporating his tracks into their sets. His first EP, Panda Snatching Tycoon, found critical acclaim when it was released under Tycho Records in January 2011. His follow up to this album, Ancient Machines, was released by Mal Label and became number nine on addictech.com’s best seller’s list for the year while every track from the album charted on the beatport.com glitch hop charts.
10/4 – Fulton 55 – Fresno, CA 10/5 – The Mezzanine – San Francisco, CA 10/6 – Ace of Spades – Sacramento, CA 10/11 – Senator Theater – Chico, CA 10/12 – Humbolt Brews – Arcata, CA 10/13 – The Catalyst – Santa Cruz, CA 10/16 – WOW Hall – Eugene, OR 10/17 – Domino Room – Bend, OR 10/18 - The Royal Lounge – Olympia, WA 10/19 – Refuge – Portland, OR 10/20 – City Arts Festival – Seattle, WA 10/22 – TBA 10/23 – TBA 10/24 – Aggie Theatre – Fort Collins, CO 10/25 – Boulder Theatre – Boulder, CO 10/26 – TBA 10/27 – TBA – Denver, CO 11/8 – Brooklyn Bowl – Brooklyn, NYC 11/9 – Middle East Downstairs – Cambridge, MA 11/10 – The Blockley – Philadelphia, PA 11/11 – Higher Ground – South Burlington, VT 11/12 – Pearl Street – Northampton, MA 11/14 – Baltimore Soundstage – Baltimore, MD 11/15 Amos’ Southend – Charlotte, NC 11/16 – The Music Farm – Charleston, SC 11/17 – Terminal West King Plow Arts Center – Atlanta, GA 11/18 – Jack Rabbits – Jacksonville, FL 11/19 – The Social – Orlando, FL 12/14 – El Rey Theatre – Los Angeles, CA 12/15 – Porter’s Pub – San Diego, CA
Muscle Car Maxi-Single by Sontiago f/ Therese Workman, Ango, Alias
Portland, Maine based hip-hop artist, Sontiago drops her first release in nearly five years. Sontiago’s 2007 sophomore album earned her a number six spot on the CMJ hip-hop charts, landed her on the pages of URB’s Next 100 and was named “your Ipod’s best friend,” in Bust Magazine.
After a US/Canadian tour with her last album, Steel Yourself, Sontiago returned home and focused her creative passions on working with youth in her community. Busying herself as a teaching artist with a local non-profit writing center, Sontiago has spent a significant amount of time leading songwriting and video workshops for area high school students. The results can be seen in a series of recently completed video shorts titled, “The Whole World Waiting.”
Returning to her own music, Sontiago found some inspiration with a group of influential collaborators. Lucky Me Records producer Ango saw Sontiago perform in his hometown of Halifax in 2003 and after relocating to Montreal years later,sought out Endemik Music’s Scott Da Ros, who helped get the two artists together. Ango, who had just returned from the Red Bull Music Academy in Barcelona, was armed with energy and a thundering palette of beats, while Sontiago, revitalized, was bursting with ideas.
Back in Portland, Maine, Sontiago was bar-tending at a local venue when a girl in a bluegrass band caught her eye. She was wearing a pair of sneakers that suggested she was more than a bassist in an all-girl folk ensemble. Indeed, she was. The two exchanged music the next day and Sontiago found out that Therese Workman was one half of Oh My Goodness, a brilliant duo that made songs infused with humor, future-pop, R&B, and a healthy dose of Cosby Show. From there it was on. The two pushed each other, wrote together, recorded together and cheered from the sidelines as Anticon’s Alias mixed their vocals.
Muscle Car Maxi Single is the kind of music that might cause groups of strangers to burst into spontaneous and elaborate dance numbers as it flows from the stereos of cars cruising the Saturday night strip. Sontiago is back. Life is good. It’s time to have a bit of fun. Without sacrificing her ability to make a point, Sontiago steers Muscle Car with a carefree abandon that is both infectious and exhilarating. On the b-side, Okay Okay’s anthemic beat and fierce determination is the perfect counterpoint to the title track – the moment when everyone suddenly realizes they’ve been caught up in unconscious choreography but shrugs off their inhibitions and keeps dancing anyway.
Sontiago's Muscle Car is a digital maxi-single including two new songs produced by Ango, a remix by Alias and two instrumentals. Muscle Car will be released through Endemik Music and is available at http://www.endemikmusic.com and other online retailers August 14, 2012.
NEW YORK, NY -- Iron Solomon presents a new music video for his song, "The Empire" feat. Talib Kweli (Produced by Iron Solomon). The song is from his debut album, 'Monster,' which is available now on iTunes: http://bit.ly/GWXkX7 .
The star of the video is New York City itself, featuring portraits of New Yorkers from all walks of life, both famous and anonymous, engaging in the daily routines that epitomize this great city. Cameos include Talib Kweli, Joell Ortiz, Maino, and legendary graffiti writer Chris “Freedom” Pape, but the first person to correctly guess all of the cameos in the video by emailing email@example.com will receive this exclusive Iron Solomon prize pack: http://bit.ly/N0uoa9 .
Directed by Steven Pristin for a KIDS TABLE PICTURES (kidstablepics.com) Photography by Lyon Taylor Produced by Iron Solomon and Jon Coplon
Video: Full |REBEL| Jacket - "Purple Lights" Ft. B.J. The Chicago Kid
Courtesy Audible Treats.
On September 3rd, Phoenix, Arizona – by way of Dallas, Texas, and Anchorage, Alaska – duo Full |REBEL| Jacket, will release their forthcoming EP, the REBEL EP. Already, rappers G and Q have released the video for lead single "Stay Bullet," a song that features legendary Dungeon Family member Big Rube, and just the other week, Full |REBEL| Jacket unveiled the EP's second single, "Purple Lights," which features recent Motown-signee B.J. The Chicago Kid. Today, Full |REBEL| Jacket is releasing the video for "Purple Lights."
Link: El Da Sensei - "2 the Death (M-Phazes Remix)"
After originally being featured on both the iTunes edition and CD of El Da Sensei's Global Takeover 2 as well as The Nu World Remix EP, that was released this past November, the Nu Jeru veteran unfurls the visuals for M-Phazes remix of "2 The Death," originally produced the The Returners. Directed by Darius Waters for ODC TV, the video documents footage taken in the day of the life to the Boom Skwad affiliate, using Newark as its backdrop; from the streets to the lab to the stage. Be sure to watch it all the way through and see if you can pinpoint all the cameos.
Nomis, IAME, & Ruslan of theBREAX - "Push Thru (REMIX)"
Courtesy Heaven Noise.
West Coast artists Nomis, IAME (of Sandpeople/Oldominion), & Ruslan of theBREAX dropped this fresh remix to Talib Kweli's new single, "Push Thru." Inspired by the original (which also features Curren$y & Kendrick Lamar), the three emcees decided this would be a perfect platform to further the good fight.