WITH UPCOMING PROJECTS FROM ROMEO, LIL’ MAMA AND BRANDY
LOS ANGELES, CA – Music producer/engineer Riley Urick and singer-songwriter, Trevion “Tempo” Stokes have combined their talent to form Checkmate Music Group, a music production company poised to take the music industry by storm with the release of new projects from Romeo and The College Boyys, Lil’ Mama and Brandy.
Urick and Tempo formed Checkmate Music Group to provide Hip Hop, R&B, Pop and Rock artists, as well as media companies, with a one-stop shop for innovative music production, writing, mixing, and mastering. Since founding the company, the duo has worked with an impressive roster of clients that also includes Soulja Boy, Teyana Taylor, Tierra Marie, Casha Monet, Kurtis Blow Jr. and Araci.
Urick has built a stellar reputation for himself in the music industry as a recording, mixing and mastering Engineer alongside Grammy award-winning engineer, Eddy Schreyer at Oasis Mastering. He has worked on projects for Kanye West, Christina Aguilera, Akon and many more. The 28-year-old’s production skills secured him four song placements on a platinum-selling album overseas, and earned him a number one song on the CMJ Charts and Sirius XM Radio. Romeo recently called Urick “the best producer alive,” while working on his upcoming album. Urick’s music has also been featured on Everybody Hates Chris, King of Queens, Girlfriends and One on One.
21-year-old Tempo has been surrounded by music all of his life so it comes as no surprise that he developed into a skilled songwriter and vocal producer. Growing up, nothing interested him more than music, so he focused all of his energy on doing what he loved. He joined the First AME church youth choir, regularly competed in talent shows and perfected his writing skills. Tempo’s hard work paid off. With Royalty Statement Publishing, he has written for a growing number of artists including Romeo (Next Generation), Lil Mama (Jive), Tierra Marie (For Reel/Warner Bros.), The College Boyys (Next Generation), Chantelle Paige (Kon Live), Casha Monet, K. Smith and Araci.
The partnering of Urick and Tempo to form Checkmate Music Group has created a writing and production powerhouse. Checkmate is poised to change the music game with placements on a number of high-profile albums slated for release in 2010.
Gearing up for the summer release of his newest mixtape, Kragenoff, Washington, D.C. emcee Kenn Starr is proud to leak the first single, "The Notti Joint." No stranger to the hip-hop scene, Starr, who in addition to his solo work, is 1/5 of D.C.'s Low Budget Crew alongside Oddisee, Kev Brown, Critically Acclaimed, and Cy Young, has been making waves in the hip-hop scene for quite some time.
With this single, Starr is excited to be newly collaborating with the likes of Dave Notti who handled production on the track: "‘The Notti Joint‘ is my first time working with Portland-based emcee/producer Dave Notti. We linked recently and I found his production to be the perfect backdrop to the brand of hip-hop I strive to create and maintain," says Starr. The track features soul sample splicing reminiscent of the late great Dilla, gritty low-fi drums, and a characteristically consistent smooth flow. "The Notti Joint" clocks in at just under 2 minutes but represents the mixtape as a whole quite well according to Kenn, saying, "I felt like this was the perfect straight-to-the-point introduction to what people can expect from my upcoming mixtape." Elsewhere, the Kragenoff mixtape features production from underground heavy-hitters Oddisee, Apollo Brown, M-Phazes, 14KT, Kev Brown, and more.
Furthermore, in addition to the song appearing on Starr's Kragenoff mixtape, you can also find it on Mick Boogie's latest mixtape celebrating his forthcoming Asia tour for Nike. It's based on their "Changemakers" campaign, and features a host of rising emcees bringing originality and quality to hip-hop.
Kenn Starr's forthcoming full-length album, Two Track Mind, will be available via Mello Music Group this fall.
Hailing from Suffolk, Virginia, and currently part of the Washington D.C. hip-hop scene, Kenn Starr first released his debut album, Starr Status in 2006. Having already been a part of Low Budget Crew with Oddisee, Kev Brown, Critically Acclaimed and Cy Young, Starr was quickly living up to his namesake and becoming a star in his own right. Working with producers like Khrysis, M-Phazes, Illmind and more, his Starr Status album received widespread praise and attention while instantly becoming a DJ favorite. With extraordinary mic skills, the emcee's talents are on heavy rotation with many producers. Releasing his second mixtape, Kragenoff, this summer, followed by his sophomore LP, Two Track Mind, in the fall, Starr is on the rise.
About Mello Music Group:
Like Lao Tzu in hip-hop, Mello Music Group provides music for the soul, from the heart of American culture, opening the realm of the intelligent hip-hop experience through melodic evocations, beats that corroborate the truth, and voices that roar above the rising void and impose order on the terrible & triumphant moments of everyday life. This is the compelling sound of Mello Music Group. Industry newcomer Michael Tolle founded MMG in 2007 and is acting Director of Operations. MMG will be releasing projects from Oddisee, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Kenn Starr, Finale, Trek Life, Dudley Perkins, Sareem Poems, and YU in 2010. http://www.myspace.com/mellomusicgroup
MACY'S GETS INTO THE MIX WITH KIPLING USA ANNOUNCING THE KIPLING COLOR JAM TOUR FEATURING LIVE APPEARANCES FROM THE SCRATCH ACADEMY'S TOP DJs!
Tour coming to select MACY's retailers across the country!
If you've ever wondered what it's like to be a DJ, here is your chance to "drop it on the one!" MACY's gets in the mix with Kipling USA to announce The Kipling Color Jam Tour featuring live appearances from The Scratch Academy's Top DJs.
Join young, hip, fashionistas at MACY's Kipling's stores across the country to learn the art of scratching and mixing from The Scratch DJ Academy, the world's leader in DJ and Music Production, while checking out the coolest handbags and accessories from Kipling's Spring & Summer line.
The tour kicks off this Saturday, April 10th @ Macy's Garden State Plaza in Paramus, NJ and travels to select Macy's across the country:
The Kipling Color Jam Tour Dates & Cities
Saturday, April 10 - 2PM Macy's Garden State Plaza (Paramus, NJ) DJ - Djay Jung Saturday, April 10 - 2PM Macy's Santa Anita (Arcadia, CA) DJ - Excel Thursday, April 15 - 5PM Macy's Herald Square (New York City) DJ - Vida Ventura Thursday, April 15 - 5:30PM Macy's State Street (Chicago, IL) DJ - Dani Deal Saturday, April 17 - 2PM Macy's Woodfield (Schaumburg, IL) DJ - Megan Taylor Saturday, April 24 - 2PM Macy's Florida Mall (Orlando, FL) DJ - Dave Barona Saturday, April 24 - 2PM Macy's Union Square (San Francisco, CA) DJ - DJL Saturday, April 24 - 2PM Macy's Stanford Center (Palo Alto, CA) DJ - Quantum
Featuring: " Live performances from The Scratch DJ Academy's top DJs. " FREE "Scratch & Burn Sessions"- Learn the art of scratching and mixing. " Free "Kiptinis" and "Minis" " Mini-manicures and makeovers from Kipling's stylists. " Cool prizes: Macy's gift-cards, Kipling wristlets, coin cases & passport holders. " A Free Gift of The Cimio 2.0 DJ Mixtape software to mix your digital music files like a professional DJ with any Kipling purchase of $50 or more.
Taking a break from a crazy week at SXSW, Von Pea linked up with fellow Tanya Morgan emcee Donwill as they recreated "Ian's Song," a track featured on Donwill's recently released solo effort, Don Cusack In High Fidelity. As one third of acclaimed Tanya Morgan, the producer/rapper has close ties to Donwill and his recent release. In the video, Von Pea remakes the beat live using Native Instrument's Maschine midi controller while Donwill handles the vocals as he and Von lightheartedly recant the song's verses track alongside input from Interdependent Media General Manager and A&R Dominic Del Bene.
Von Pea's solo album, Pea's Gotta Have It, drops this summer via Interdependent Media
Tanya Morgan is back with their third project, Brooklynati, following the success of Moonlighting and The Bridge. Since Von Pea, Ilyas, and Donwill formed Tanya Morgan in 2003, they have received high praise from media elites such as Spin, The Source, XXL Magazine and a resounding seal of approval from the blogosphere. Considered by many to be our generation's torchbearers for De La Soul and A Tribe Called Quest, Tanya Morgan will once again put their skills on display with the unique hip-hop Americana sounds of their Brooklynati album this spring. Based on the fictitious city of Brooklynati, this release pushes the boundaries of a concept album by incorporating not only lyrical imagery but also cultivating a culture and mindset, which can be experienced through the City of Brooklynati Chamber of Commerce website: http://www.brooklynati.com/home.html. The sites, sounds, memories, and events of Brooklynati were unleashed via Bay-Area based record label Interdependent Media, the architects behind the funding and development of Brooklynati. Wanderlusts can feed their souls at http://www.Brooklynati.com
About Interdependent Media:
Founded in 2006 in the Bay Area by Evan Phillips, Interdependent Media has built unique strengths in the development, production, and marketing of recorded music via new methods of marketing and promotion. Armed with a comprehensive understanding of both traditional and emerging methods of marketing, iM has successfully created multi-faceted methods of raising awareness and interest in their projects. Industry veterans Ian "ID" Davis and Dominic Del Bene head operations at iM and are credited with discovering and/or developing artists such as 9th Wonder, Little Brother, Tanya Morgan, Blackalicious, Del the Funky Homosapien, the Hieroglyphics and more. In 2009, iM will be releasing multi-media projects from artists Finale, Canibus, K'naan, Truthlive, and Tanya Morgan. For more information, please visit http://www.imculture.com
With over seven million albums sold, Scarface returns with his latest release Dopeman Music, a tribute to the streets. This is number twelve for the legendary Houston lyricist who had previously declared 2008’s Emeritus his final album.
With a career that started in the 90's, the former Geto Boy has worked with everyone from 2-Pac to Jay-Z to Miri Ben-Ari and has gained unmatched respect amongst his peers, as he has been dubbed The Godfather of the South. Dopeman Music is due out May 4th on Scarface’s own Facemob Music label, distributed by Deep Distribution Worldwide.
Scarface shed some light on the new album in a video piece, posted recently on MTV.com.
"I feel that I need to move on to another stage with the way I deliver my music to the public. I got a lot of sh*! and I'm using about 3 percent of what I know about music. I'm not using it all. I'm music. I can play that sh*! long enough for a real musician to catch it and feel me, where I'm going, and we make magic like that."
It’s officially spring, so your kick game better be on point. Benjamin Hooks knows a thing or two about sneakers, he’s a featured artist on the Know You Got SOLE soundtrack, and he’s leading off my Season of Sole series here at Adam’s World. Season of Sole is a monthlong co-promotion with Ope Entertainment where all throughout April I’ll be featuring artists from the Ope Ent. project, Know You Got SOLE, as Artists Of The Week. The album has three previous Artists Of The Week on it in Substantial, Fresh Daily and Loj, so you already know the caliber of the talent is high.
This brings us to Benjamin Hooks, who was actually the first artist signed to Ope Entertainment, way back in 1996. Credited with discovering Pack FM, Benjamin Hooks had an album ready to go in 2002, but it was completed just a little too late for him, as at that point he was ready to leave music, which he did. Know You Got SOLE brought him out of retirement and relit the fire in him.
This week I caught up with Benjamin Hooks to find out about the ups and downs of the game, how and when he discovered Pack FM, and how Q-Tip stopped him from buying a pair of Jordans.
Check out the new ScholarMan video for "Hopes & Dreams," a track from his 2010 album Free Spirit of a Troubled Soul b/w "So Origi-NOW," a new track produced by Lagbara that will be on a new ScholarMan mixtape coming this Spring. This video features the lovely Karmia Berry and North Carolina producer Lagbara. It is directed by Marques Green of Que Films.
For those new to ScholarMan, he is a Maryland based hip-hop artist and producer known for socially conscious and soulful music. For more information about ScholarMan or to contact us please visit www.scholarman.com or www.soganimusic.com
I just wanted to make sure I let you guys hear one of the latest songs from two very talented artists from Columbus, Oh. This track is called "Church!"by Trek Manifest feat J Osceola, produced by Rare Komm Beats, and it's definitely worth the listen. Hit us back on the Team Osceola twitter page @TeamOsceola and let us know what you think!