To mark their 20th year, famed hip-hop collective Hieroglyphics are set to release a project unlike anything they have done before: the creation and release of a fine art piece. The artwork titled “The Valley of Kings” will debut to the world on November 1, 2010 at www.whenartimitateslife.com, with only 300 canvas prints available. Created over the course of the last 12 months, the piece - said to represent the “supernatural” union between the crew and their musical journey - has been shown to no one outside of the Hieroglyphics camp. An extensive process involving storyboarding, photography, greenscreen, and graphic art was executed in its creation of the art, as well as tapping the talents of world-renowned aerosol artist EAZ ONE. The result is a masterpiece that will be numbered and signed by each member in the crew for every piece in the collection. All 300 will be shipped with authenticity certificates. Upon purchase, an exclusive download link will also be sent to your email address containing a Hieroglyphics megamix by DJ Equal, and a never-before-heard Hiero posse cut, "Reputation".
Sign up for more information today at whenartimitateslife.com and you stand to win The Valley Of Kings' original artist proof, the very first canvas delivered to the crew for final review. The artist proof is 40" x 40" and is signed by all Hiero members. The winner will be announced on November 28.
For almost twenty years, Hieroglyphics has been one of hip-hop’s most beloved entities. The one-two punch of Del Tha Funkee Homosapien’s 1992 debut album I Wish My Brother George Was Here (Elektra) and Souls Of Mischief’s ’93 Til Infinity (Jive) introduced listeners to a new kind of West Coast rapper. In an era where gangsta rap was standard issue, Del, Casual, Opio, Tajai, A-Plus, Phesto, Domino and Pep Love offered music from ordinary people with extraordinary skills. Casual’s debut Fear Itself (Jive) and Del’s sophomore album No Need For Alarm, both released in 1994, were Hiero’s last major-label albums save for Souls of Mischief’s 1995 offering No Man’s Land before the crew made the decision to go fully independent, releasing their own albums and coordinating their own tours. 15 years later, that three-eyed logo is a global brand, and Hieroglyphics is one of the undisputed forefathers of the sound, the hustle, and the ideology of underground hip-hop. Their most recent release was last year’s Montezuma’s Revenge.
The Valley Of Kings makes Hieroglyphics the first hip-hop collective to release artwork under When Art Imitates Life (WAIL), the brainchild of King Tech of the World Famous Wake Up Show, MTV’s Sway Calloway, and Los Angeles creativity house Scene Four. Previous releases from WAIL include collaboration pieces with RZA of the Wu-Tang Clan as well as Shavo of System Of A Down. There will be an early viewing opportunity taking place on October 29, 2010 via a GOLDEN TICKET sent to the first 500 people signed into the interest list for more information. Sign up at www.whenartimitateslife.com.
That was the question that turned T.R.U.M.P. away from hustle that many young men raised in inner cities find themselves thrust into. In many ways, T.R.U.M.P. is just another person in search of wealth hoping that in his travels he will find himself, and in music he has.
Raised in Paterson, NJ, T.R.U.M.P. (born Donald Jordan Wash) underwent some tough times after his father left his mother before the young rapper was even a teen. Without a man in the house, he became a self-supportive youth, turning to the streets, where he soon made a name for himself as a fledgling rapper. Known as "Donald Trump" in his neighborhood, he soon shortened his moniker to T.R.U.M.P. and did all he could to break into the rap game.
As he vividly discusses in his lyrics, T.R.U.M.P. also became a street hustler around this time, doing what needed to be done. He learned how to navigate through the rap industry and what moves to make on his own because he realized early that no one can believe in you as much as you believe in yourself! He also participated in a local rap group for a short time but that would be soon ended when life handed T.R.U.M.P a dose of reality called probation. Taken away from his music and the streets he was given time to reflect on the direction he had taken and chose to make a change. T.R.U.M.P met with Stephon Reed aka Teqneeq to discuss starting their own label rather than sign with an established one like many had done before. Together with friends Miguel "Leto" Rodriguez and Tim "Gamble" Grayson, they created Bleuprint Entertainment, a risky strategy for cutting out the middleman and making not only money but also history in the process...and here we are!
With their latest Brick Records/Pollymore Music Group mix tape, Smokin' Cigarettes & Tellin' Lies, the City Slickers return bringing more true Hip Hop for the people. "Dusty" is the first piece from the project which is largely produced by group member Mr. Moses. A perfect example of his masterful blend of live instrumentation and killer samples, "Dusty" has the CS at their best trading promises to keep true to the art form.
(VP RECORDS, NEW YORK) - The reggae community mourns the loss of one of its legends, Gregory Isaacs. Best known for his lovers' rock anthems, the versatile and velvet-voiced crooner was recognized by the international masses for his talent and contribution to music for decades, and remains an icon for the genre.
Isaacs was born on July 15, 1951 in Kingston, Jamaica andgained appeal and acclaim in the 1970s and 1980s for hits such as "Night Nurse" and "Rumors." Nicknamed the 'Cool Ruler' by his fans, Isaacs pioneered his own sound by fusing traditional reggae with dancehall, thereby reinventing the genre and expanding its global fan base into what it is today.
"Gregory Isaacs leaves behind an iconic history and catalog that is unparalleled," reveals VP Records CEO, Christopher Chin. "He devoted his entire life to music and his memory will forever live on with us - through his music and the legacy he leaves behind."
Isaacs fought a year-long battle with lung cancer before passing away on October 25, 2010 at his home in London, at the age of 59. Condolences and prayers go out to his family and loved ones during this trying time.
I did this mix back in 2001 and MUDD was the Host of the MIX. This mix was alot of fun and I thought I would bring it back. This was some of the early years underground hip hop where you shopped on sandboxautomatic.com and the previews took forever to load because they were streaming real audio files on dialup! hahahahaha good times! thank you!
Midwest rocketman Smokes released his freestyle version off Wiz Khalifa's "Black and Yellow" smash hit -- which is a chest pounding nod to the colors of his football-crazed hometown Pittsburgh, just in time for Steelers season -- only this time Mr. Asian Pride reps for Wisconsin in its signature colors "Red and White". "Black and Yellow" is Wiz Khalifa's first single off of his yet-to-be-titled Rostrum/Atlantic Records debut album, produced by hit-making team Stargate.
In related news, Smokes just released his banging "The Bidding War" mixtape featuring exclusive tracks with Oscar-winning Hip-Hop duo Three 6 Mafia, Philly's own Tone Trump, West Coast's new rap star Nipsey Hussle, and veteran Midwest rapper Coo Coo Cal. Production credits include Grammy Award-winning beatmaker Vudu Spellz (Ludacris, Montell Jordan), DJ Pain 1 (Young Jeezy, Yo Gotti, Bun B), !llmind (50 Cent, Eminem, Lloyd Banks), Sean Divine (Jadakiss, Sonny Rich), and others.