New Orleans rapper Dee-1 broke onto the scene just under two years ago with the scathing yet insightful "Jay, 50, And Weezy." The video on YouTube now has over 500,000 views, and since then, Dee-1 has released a collection of mixtapes, seen his videos featured on MTV Jams, and has toured across the U.S. on three nationwide tours. Starting in October, and continuing throughout the rest of 2012, Dee-1 will join Macklemore on the road for a 50-date national tour, and before then, on October 9th, Dee will release his new mixtape, #TheFocusTape, which will be hosted by hometown hero and hip-hop legend Mannie Fresh.
Earlier this month, Dee-1 released the first single from #TheFocusTape, "Shut Up And Grind," and today, he's releasing a new track, "The Very Best," which features mixtape host Mannie Fresh, along with some guest vocal assistance from Mos Def. The track, produced by The MVP's, and, according to Dee, was written on the spot in a recent studio session Mannie Fresh and Mos Def. "That alone," says Dee, referencing the shared studio session with two hip-hop legends, "gave me the adrenaline rush that inspired everything listeners hear in the song."
Originally, says Dee, the track was supposed to be a posse cut, with Fresh and Mos both taking a verse, but as Dee spit back his verse, the two vets knew the song deserved to largely be a solo track. "They told me to just finish it off," recalls Dee, who used the push of inspiration to open his second verse by rapping, "I'm in some kinda zone/ I ain't trying to leave." Most of all, for Dee, the track serves as a statement for where he is in his music career right now. "I'm having fun, making meaningful music with real people in my circle," says Dee-1. "Life is too short to do anything less."
Download "The Very Best" here:http://soundcloud.com/dee1music/the-very-best .
M-Phazes is giving YOU a collection of some of his best remixes of artists like Cee-Lo, 360, Justice, Lil Wayne, The Presets, Michael Jackson & more as part of the launch for his brand new website MPHAZES.COM!
Last week, Thizzler On The Roof and Atlanta production crew SMKA released "Greatness," the latest single from Darkest Before Dawn, which pairs a mix of the Bay Area's most talented established and up-and-coming rappers atop SMKA production. The song starred Oakland fast-rap specialists Shady Blaze and Young Gully, and Shady Blaze and SMKA's Mike Walbert recently chopped it up with SF Weekly about the track. Today, as the October 4th release date for Darkest Before Dawn approaches, Thizzler and SMKA are releasing the tape's latest single, which pairs Roach Gigz and IamSu! for the song "Ain't A Thing."
Everlast Announces Canadian Tour In Support of New Album Songs of the Ungrateful Living
Courtesy Kerosene Media.
Grammy-winner EVERLAST has announced the dates for his upcoming Canadian tour throughout September. Everlast is currently touring in support of his sixth studio album, "Songs of the Ungrateful Living", which was released through Martyr Inc. Records in partnership with EMI.
“Songs of the Ungrateful Living” was released via Everlast's own label, Martyr Inc. Records, and is the spiritual follow-up to his 1998 breakthrough, the multi-platinum “Whitey Ford Sings the Blues”. Everlast's latest single, “I Get By”, has been hailed as an anthem for these troubled times, and prompted Vibe Magazine to proclaim, “On his sixth solo studio work the groundbreaking white MC is making a no-nonsense return-to-form.” Everlast's new video for "Little Miss America” can be seen online at http://yhoo.it/MiM0xC .
Everlast also recently released a new digital EP entitled "More Songs of the Ungrateful Living" online at http://bit.ly/RlGwSe. The EP features classic Everlast songs like "What It's Like", "White Trash Beautiful" and "Long Time" performed acoustically for the first time on record, as well as previously unavailable tracks that fans have been clamoring for.
EVERLAST TOUR DATES:
09/16 - Victoria, BC - Royal Athletic Park (Rifflandia Music Fest) 9/17 - Vancouver, BC - Fortune Sound Club 9/19 - Edmonton, AB - The Union Hall 9/20 - Lethbridge, AB - Average Joe's 9/21 - Calgary, AB - Dickens Pub 9/22 - Regina, SK - The Pump
Rockie Fresh's 'Life On the Otherside Series' 2 New Episodes
Courtesy Greg Miller.
In this episode, Rockie finishes his support run on Meek Mill's "Dreams & Nightmares" tour and begins his own "Electric Highway" tour. Also in the video, Rockie previews an unreleased track "I'm Wit It" for the Chicago crowd on the "Dreams & Nightmares" tour.
The previously released episode below features the trailer for the upcoming music video to Rockie's "You A Lie" Remix (Feat. Rick Ross). The music video will mark Rockie's first as a member of Maybach Music Group. The trailer includes information on Rockie's "Electric Highway" Tour.
8/30 - Annapolis, MD @ The Whiskey 8/31 - Vienna, VA @ Jammin? Java 9/03 - Boston, MA @ Middle East 9/05 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat?s Cradle 9/06 - Wilmington, NC @ Soapbox 9/08 - Atlanta, GA @ Vinyl 9/11 - Miami, FL @ Grand Central 9/12 - Orlando, FL @ Firestone Live 9/13 - New Orleans, LA @ Hookah 9/15 - Austin, TX @ Lamberts 9/16 - Houston, TX @ House of Blues 9/18 - Dallas, TX @ House of Blues 9/20 - Oklahoma City, OK @ Industry 9/21 - Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad 9/23 - Tempe, AZ @ Club Red 9/24 - Los Angeles, CA @ Key Club 9/25 - Pomona, CA @ The Glass House 9/26 - San Francisco, CA @ 330 Ritch 9/27 - Sacramento, CA @ Sole Collective 9/28 - Sparks, NV @ The Alley 10/2 - Seattle, WA @ Barboza 10/3 - Vancouver, BC @ Fortune Sound Club 10/9 - Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater 10/10 - Colorado Springs, CO @ Black Sheep 10/12 - Indianapolis, IN @ Cloud 9 10/13 - Iowa City, IA @ The Blue Moose 10/18 - Milwaukee, WI @ UW - Milwaukee 10/20 - Chicago, IL @ Metro 10/22 - Toronto, ON @ The Hoxton 10/23 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Barbary 10/24 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Shadow Lounge 10/25 - Lansing, MI @ The Loft 10/26 - Detroit, MI @ Shelter
The moment you've all been waiting for is finally here! The Brown Bag AllStars have officially dropped their sequel to The Brown Label EP available exclusively at BrownBagAllStars.Com. Check it out HERE
And, MTVHive.Com recently interviewed J57 & debuted 2 tracks off the upcoming "Brown Label: Part 2" EP. Check the full interview with J57 and stream the tracks from the link below.
J57 Says Brown Bag AllStars’ New EP Goes Well With Whiskey HERE
Audible Doctor just dropped the newest leak off his upcoming FREE EP "I Think That..." today! The song "(((((Resonate)))))" features west coast TUS crew member Chuuwee and is produced by Audible Doctor. The full "I Think That..." EP drops 9/25. Check out the track below.
Stream & Download the REAL version of "(((((Resonate)))))" HERE or Stream & Download the CLEAN version of "(((((Resonate)))))" HERE
Also, Koncept, J57, Mike13, & Parks teamed up to create the new New York Mets Anthem. If you are a Mets fan, &/or from Queens, here is the new anthem! Wait till you hear it in CitiField!
Watch: The 7 Line presents "It's Amazin" - Koncept (produced by J57, Mike13, Parks) Official Video HERE
Da Camp falls thru with a comical video for their Benny Beats produced "Hero" off their previous Mixtape, VII Day Vacay, shot and edited by Unkleluc. Watch as each member of Da Camp plays the role of a different super hero to save the women of the world from the less fortunate lame dudes they are forced to deal with. Call 1-800-555-HERO and maybe you can be saved too. Timeless and olDCool Pt 2 coming up next... Stay tuned for more from the Miami team in the near future.