New Mixtape To Receive Special Limited Edition Physical Release This August
Critical Praise for Roach Gigz:
"Here’s to the new age of rap. And Roach Gigz. Who is awesome." - The FADER
To begin 2011, Roach Gigz released Roachy Balboa 2, and in the short time between then and now, the Bay representer has been back to work, whipping up a brand new release, Bitch, I'm A Player. The fourth mixtape from Roach, and the first since moving on from his popular Roachy Balboa series, Bitch, I'm A Player is available now for free download.
Bitch, I'm A Player continues to show off Roach's growth as an artist, something he attributes, in part, to recording the entire tape with only one producer, C-Loz. "It's only been six months since the release of Roachy Balboa 2, not a real long time, but this one is different, because it's just me and C-Loz – me and one producer," explains Roach. "And you can tell that by listening; it flows like that."
Similarly, Roach kept the guest list short, carefully hand-picking the rappers he collaborated with, a list that includes DB Tha General, 1.O.A.K., Husalah, and Lil B, the latter two of whom show up on the recently released single "Stupid (Remix)." The fifth and final guest, Lil 4Tay, shows up another recent single, and personal favorite for Roach, "Wild Child." "'Wild Child' is like a reunion track for me and Lil 4Tay," explains Roach. "And I was just feeling the fuck outta my verse, remembering all those things I did as a kid – it was funny to play it for friends and reminisce."
Despite the forwardness of the title, the mixtape actually came, in part, from Roach's fans. "The title, Bitch, I'm A Player – it's not to be taken super literal," says Roach, explaining that the title was actually came to be through various Twitter conversations with fans. "I said something like, 'I'm gonna answering interview questions the same every time: Bitch, I'm a player.' It was just a confidence thing, but people just started running with it, saying things like 'I got an A on my test, 'cause bitch, I'm a player,' or whatever. It's just about being yourself and doing what you want to do."
On August 23rd, fans can also look forward to a limited edition physical release of Bitch, I'm A Player, joined in special packaging by Roachy Balboa, Roachy Balboa 2, and Buckets & Booty Calls.
Kottonmouth Kings will embark on the Welcome To Stonetown Tour throughout July and August. The tour is set to bring a special evening with the Kottonmouth Kings to each town as the group performs all the classic tracks fans have grown to love, as well as new tracks from their upcoming album. Each tour date will also feature special solo performances by Dirtball, Johnny Richter, Kingspade, DJ Bobby B and D-Loc.
KOTTONMOUTH KINGS TOUR DATES: Jul 19 - Austin, TX @ Emos Jul 20 - Dallas, TX @ Trees Jul 22 - Tulsa, OK @ Marquee Jul 23 - St Louis, MO @ Pops Jul 24 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade Jul 25 - Orlando, FL @ The Social Jul 27 - Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theater Jul 28 - Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live Jul 29 - Foxboro, MA @ Showcase Live Jul 30 - West Chester, PA @ The Note Aug 01 - New York, NY @ Highline Ballroom Aug 02 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr Smalls Aug 03 - Detroit, MI @ Clutch Cargos Aug 05 - Thornville, OH @ Legend Valley (Woodshock Festival) Aug 06 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabodys Aug 07 - Chicago, IL @ HOB Aug 08 - Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue Aug 09 - Duluth, MN @ Clyde Iron Works Aug 10 - Sioux Falls, SD @ The Vault Aug 12 - Cave-in-Rock, IL @ Gathering of the Juggalos Aug 13 - Kansas City, MO @ Beaumont Aug 15 - Denver, CO @ Summit Aug 16 - Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex Aug 17 - Billings, MT @ Shrine Auditorium Aug 18 - Missoula, MT @ Wilma Theatre Aug 19 - Seattle, WA @ Hempfest Aug 20 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Aug 22 - Bend, OR @ Domino Room Aug 23 - Reno, NV @ Knitting Factory Aug 24 - San Francisco, CA @ Slim's Aug 25 - Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades Aug 26 - Chico, CA @ Senator Theater Aug 27 - Los Angeles, CA @ Key Club
Video: Savant & Big Meridox - "The Beast & The Best" Promo Trailer
Liquid Sound Productions & Passamore Powerplays Present the forthcoming "The Beast & the Best" music video. An Aglofellaz reprise of Savant's January #CrashCourse record reunites the emcee with Tucson, Arizona staple, Viet.Kong.General stalwart and renown microphone bully, Big Meridox and together the two emcees provide cinematic illustration of the rousing jawn while spotlighting several spots integral to the city's simmering yet burgeoning hip hop scene.
Fdot1 joins N-Dubz, Tinchy Stryder, Roll Deep & Tempa T for LIVE FEST @ O2, London - Saturday 23rd July 2011
Catch Fdot1 live on stage at Live Fest, London's biggest indoor festival this Saturday 23rd July 2011. Fdot1 will be performing alongside N-Dubz, Tinchy Stryder, Roll Deep, Tempa T and many, many more...
Fdot1 will be performing tracks from his new album "Money MusicK" with special guests 2Amplified, Dray Delta, David Mensah and Kyra Simone, including the new single "She's So" due for release Monday 25th July 2011.
Hip Hop Holdem - Biz Markie, Ed Lover, Zab Judah, The Game
I'm not sure how during the online casino boom I missed out on the phenomenon of hip-hop stars playing poker, but for a short period of time from 2006-2007 you could catch Hip Hop Hold 'Em late at night on the ESPN family of channels. Sadly there's little information out there about this show - a very incomplete IMDB entry and a few random articles that either suggest the show was badly done or possibly even racist, but very little written about it from a hip-hop head's point of view. You can watch hip-hop legend Biz Markie play a hand of Texas hold' em in the clip below. Do the cards have what Biz needs?
The show featured Ed Lover of Yo! MTV Raps fame as a host and Deric 'D-Dot' Angelettie as a commentator, who started out his career in the seminal group Two Kings in a Cipher but quickly gained more fame as a producer for Bad Boy Records. He subsequently used that tenure to portray a character called The Madd Rapper in a series of skits on Bad Boy releases, which ultimately led to a full length album and a mixtape about a decade later. I bring this up because it appears the mixtape came out after Hip Hop Hold 'Em had already gone off the air, which would have given D-Dot more to be MAD about. You can hear D-Dot sounding like Madd Rapper in this clip, commentating on a showdown between boxer Zab Judah and singer Ruben Studdard. I've seen a few poker shows and I feel like he does fine in the role. Shecky Greene (unheard here) also doles out tips.
Now if you've never played Texas hold 'em or video poker before, I realize the card action may be a little much to keep up with. Not surprisingly most of the articles online about this show are quick to jump on the players for that, criticizing them for not knowing whether they are winning or losing a hand. Quite honestly those people are missing the point of this show, and of most celebrity poker shows in general - it's about THE CELEBRITIES. I mean when or where else are you going to watch The Game, Lord Finesse and Rahzel the Human Beatbox sit down and play a hand of cards together?
If you're looking for a show with some true poker wizards, watch 'The Magician' Antonio Esfandiara or Phil 'The Unabomber' Laak on any late night poker show. If you're a hip-hop head who wants to see rap stars and celebrities from R&B and boxing play a few hands while Ed Lover cracks jokes, this show is just fine. Unfortunately this show was very clearly an attempt to cash in during the poker boom of the 2000's by marketing the game as "cool" to a demographic where it wasn't a good match, and the traditional poker players who caught this show are more likely to listen to Frank Sinatra than Big Poppa, so it's not surprising they took a big crap on it and the show quickly vanished from the airwaves. Thanks to the magic of YouTube though, Hip Hop Hold 'Em lives on.
Apathy is preparing to take his career to another level with the release of his third-solo LP, Honkey Kong, which will be released on 8-23-2011. The Connecticut emcee and The Get Busy Committee (Apathy, Scoop Deville and Ryu released Uzi Does It in October 2010) and AOTP member has undeniably crafted his best project to date and it includes production from Apathy, DJ Premier, DJ Muggs, Statik Selektah, Evidence, Da Beatminerz and Teddy Roxpin (Mac Miller) among others. Guest appearances on Honkey Kong include Xzibit, Slaine, Vinnie Paz, Esoteric, Ill Bill, Celph Titled, Action Bronson, General Steele (Smif N Wessun) and Mad Lion.
Tracklisting & Credits for Apathy’s Honkey Kong LP:
1. Honkey Kong featuring Vinnie Paz (produced by Vanderslice) 2. Holy Ghost featuring Slaine (produced by Apathy) 3. The Villain featuring Ill Bill (produced by Apathy) 4. Check to Check (produced by Evidence) 5. Stop What Ya Doin featuring Celph Titled (produced by DJ Premier) 6. The Recipe featuring Xzibit (produced by Stu Bangas) 7. Fear Itself (produced by DJ Muggs) 8. Who Got Da Juice starring Blacastan (skit) 9. It's Only Hip-Hop featuring Brevi (produced by Statik Selektah) 10. I Dedicate This To You featuring Tosha Makia (produced by Smoke The World) 11. All I Think About featuring Action Bronson (produced by Vanderslice) 12. Never Say Never featuring General Steele & Mad Lion (produced by Teddy Roxpin) 13. Albino Gorillas featuring Esoteric (produced by DJ Wayne Ski) 14. Peace Connecticut cuts by Evil Dee (produced by Da Beatminerz) 15. Army Of The Godz featuring Esoteric, Blacastan, Reef The Lost Cauze, Planetary, Crypt The Warchild, Motive, Celph Titled & Vinnie Paz (produced by Teddy Roxpin) 16. 1:52 AM (produced by Apathy)
Attention all "rappers" - THE FAT LADY HAS SUNG HER LAST NOTE... it's OVER. Here's an exclusive FREE "deleted" track for all my fans and a warning shot to everybody else. EAGLES DON'T FLY WITH SEAGULLS! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VbLzLfZ9MXw .
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Project Pat and Hypnotize Minds Team for Loud Pack ft. Rick Ross, Brisco & Three 6 Mafia on Select-O-Hits
Memphis, TN -- July 2011 -- Few names channel the essence of Memphis street rap like Project Pat. A true veteran in the "Dirty South" movement, Pat has delivered a slew of hits in the past decade, backed by the intoxicating production of Hypnotize Minds.
On July 19, 2011, Project Pat will deliver his eighth studio album Loud Pack in association with Select-O-Hits.
Guest appearances from Rick Ross, Brisco and Oscar-winners Three 6 Mafia accent the album's 15 booming basslines, fully produced by DJ Paul and Juicy J. Fans purchasing Loud Pack via iTunes will be treated to an exclusive bonus track.
There is no denying the chemistry between Project Pat, his brother Juicy J and DJ Paul. From their collaborations on Three 6 Mafia's "Sippin on Some Syrup" and "Poppin' My Collar" to Pat's own "Chickenhead" and "Don't Call Me No Mo," the trio has created timeless rap classics.
"The thing about Hypnotize Minds is that they know the style you're going to come with," explains Project Pat. "Working with them over the years, we just know how we're going to do it. They already know the beats. Say DJ Paul makes 10 beats, I may mess around and use all 10 of them. He already knew what I was looking for."
With Loud Pack, the lead single "Flashin'" stands out to Pat as a song that fans will gravitate to when they listen to the album.
"Flashin'" has something scary that DJ Paul put into it," explains Pat. "It's like an awareness song to let you know that you shouldn't be so flashy out here. It's ok to be flashy at a party or something, but no need to on a regular day, in a poverty stricken neighborhood. That's not good."
With nearly 15 years of music under his belt, seven albums thus far, and dozens of mixtapes, Pat has more than established himself in the memory of Hip Hop fans. But does he see where a passing of the torch will happen with new artists? Although he can find some fault with the growth of hardcore rap he loves, Pat often finds new talent in his travels to appreciate.
"When I first got in this game, I did it like this old guy told me: 'You got to get it quick and get it fast because it may not last!'" expresses Pat. "I stay blessed. Right now the industry is messed up as far as 'street music.' Me personally, I do reality street music and I have a fan base, so I'm good. The newer music is different, but it's whatever that comes. I listen to people like Curren$y and Wiz Khalifa. I like their music, it's bumping to me."
Also an active real estate investor, Project Pat attests that the recession has been good to him in every way.
"Music has been really good, but the real estate has been really good too though," Pat beams. "Houses have been really cheap to buy. So they kind of go together - I've been getting good shows, and I've been getting good money to buy real estate. I've been really blessed; I'm super good."
01. Duffle Bag 02. I Play Dope Boy 03. I Ain't Got Beef 04. Guess Who 05. Flashin' 06. Bloodhound 07. I Got a Question 08. Everythangs High 09. Gang Signs 10. Ni**as So Cut Throat ft. Juicy J & Brisco 11. 7 Days a Week 12. Kelly Green ft. Juicy J 13. Money on My Mind 14. Penitentiary Chances 15. Dollar Signs (Remix) ft. Rick Ross & Three 6 Mafia *16. Roll Over - iTunes exclusive bonus track
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