PR: Jimmy Cliff & Matisyahu Bring Reggae Cheer to the Holidays
Courtesy 'Stache Media.
REGGAE SUPERSTARS JIMMY CLIFF & MATISYAHU SUPPORT INDEPENDENT MUSIC RETAIL WITH LIMITED EDITION VINYL RELEASES AVAILABLE AT PARTICIPATING INDIE RECORD STORES NATIONWIDE ON BLACK FRIDAY (NOVEMBER 25TH)
Record Store Day was conceived four years ago as a celebration of the independent record store. It's the one day a year that artists and retailers come together to celebrate the unique culture of the record store, and during that day (celebrated on the third Saturday every April), there are tons of exclusive titles made available specifically to independent music retail.
As an adjunct to Record Store Day, there are several titles being released exclusively to participating record stores on November 25th, otherwise known as Black Friday. This date is generally acknowledged to be the official kickoff to the holiday season, and is also the biggest shopping day of the year. Two of these titles come from a pair of legendary artists who have achieved success in the reggae and pop genres.
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Jimmy Cliff will be releasing his first studio effort in seven years, the Sacred Fire EP, through Collective Sounds on November 29th . It was produced by Rancid's Tim Armstrong and features a combination of originals and covers. For Black Friday, fans will be able to purchase a limited edition colored 12-inch vinyl version of the EP, which will feature an exclusive track entitled "World Upside Down." Rolling Stone magazine reports that "working with Rancid's Tim Armstrong, Cliff cuts his best music in decades." Jimmy Cliff will be releasing a brand new full-length studio album in early 2012.
Meanwhile, Matisyahu is releasing an uplifting song entitled "Miracle," which was produced by Dr. Luke protégé Kool Kojak (Katy Perry, Ke$ha, FloRida). MTV.com has already called "Miracle" "the greatest Chanukah song ever," and Matisyahu himself says "I wanted to try to get across some of the depth and spirituality inherent in the holiday in a fun, celebratory song." A limited edition 7" vinyl version of the song is being released through Fallen Sparks/Thirty Tigers on Black Friday, which features a B-side remix with a guest appearance by The Dub Trio.
For those in the New York area, Matisyahu will be doing a special performance Looney Tunes in West Babylon, NY on Black Friday (November 25th) at 12 PM.
>> Matisyahu in-store performance @ Looney Tunes Friday, November 25th 12pm Store address/#: 34 Brookvale Ave, West Babylon, NY 11704/ (631) 587-7722
* in order to get access to this event, you must purchase a copy of the "Miracle" 7" single
BasedGod back! BasedGod back! That's all these BasedBelievers screamin' that BasedGod back! And he's apparently in the form of the late 2Pac, where he gives his own "BasedGod Velli," which fans could love or hate (as of this time, no comment has been made from the Shakur estate). This mixtape/album/whateveritiz includes his self-proclaimed classic single "I Got Aids," which actually does encourage STD testing. It may be the dopest song he ever wrote in '11. Holler if you hear him! BASED LIFE~!
Tracklisting: 1. BasedGod Velli 2. The Realist Ever 3. What You Think About It 4. I Got Aids 5. Thugs Jurnal 6. Ghetto Dreams 7. Never Came Out 8. Crabs N A Bucket 9. King Cotton 10. Cold Nights In Boston 11. Clouds 12. Up In Smoke 13. Let Shit Slide 14. Goodby BasedGod Velli
Ludacris :: 1.21 Gigawatts: Back to the First Time
Man, I've heard plenty about this Ludacris mixtape before I even downloaded it! I heard that there were tracks that allegedly dissed Big Sean, Drake, and even his own Field Mob crew. Word?! Well, whether it's true or not, Ludacris took his style back to 1999 - where he was hungry to be a huge star that he is now. Let's take it back into time!
Tracklisting: 1.Intro (Produced by Tone Mason) 2.Save It For Another Day (Produced by M 16) 3.Rich & Flexin' ft. Waka Flocka (Produced by FKi) 4.Muthafucka Can U Buy That (Produced by Drugs) 5.History Lesson (Interlude) 6.Bada Boom (Produced by Wonder) 7.Say It To My Face ft. Meek Mill (Produced by Juicy J) 8.I Aint The One ft. 2 Chainz (Produced by Fat Boi) 9.Shake and Fries ft. Gucci Mane (Produced by Fat Boi) 10.Do Sumthin Strange ft. Rick Ross (Produced by Drumma Boy) 11.I'm On Fire ft. Big K.R.I.T. (Produced by Mike Will) 12.What U Smoking On ft. Wiz Khalifa (Produced by Big K.R.I.T.)
Producer E-Leven is from France and the rapper Continental T is from Houston, yet it's interesting that the both can connect to form a rap group simply known as ME. Discovered by platinum producer/singer Ryan Leslie, ME takes time to release this album-quality mixtape to make sure everyone discovers their sound as well. Check ME out!
Tracklisting: 1. Declaration 2. Wannabeez 3. Momentum 4. The Courage 5. SBS 6. The Fsaud (f/ Medi) 7. In the City of Angels 8. Mister T 9. My Life is a Friday 10. H.I.S 11. Subliminal 12. iPhone 13. D Day 14. Mr. Unlucky 15. Transition 16. The Journey
So Mick Boogie got a mixtape sponsored by Adidas. What does he do with it? Gathers many producers and emcees to pay homage to Adidas-rockin' Run-D.M.C., one of the greatest rap groups in history, with tracks that are remakes of many of their greatest hits. Rapper Big Pooh, Bun B, Skillz, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Money Making Jam Boys, Kidz in the Hall, and more gives respect wehre it's due to the three kings from Queens. Forever salute to JMJ.
Tracklisting: 1. 6th Sense - Intro 2. Rapper Big Pooh & Skillz - Run's House [prod. by Mick Boogie & nVMe] 3. Interlude: Rapper Big Pooh 4. Tanya Morgan, 6th Sense & Nitty Scott, MC - Down With The King [prod. by 6th Sense] 5. DJ Jazzy Jeff f/ Señor Kaos - Peter Piper [prod. by DJ Jazzy Jeff] 6. Interlude: DJ Jazzy Jeff 7. Kidz In The Hall - Sucker MC's [prod. by Double 0] 8. GLC - Rock Box [prod. by Makeshift] 9. Interlude: GLC 10. Bun B, The Kid Daytona, & Chip Tha Ripper - It's Like That [prod. by Amtrac] 11. Money Making Jam Boys - Beats To The Rhyme [prod. by nVMe] 12. Interlude: Sugar Tongue Slim (MMJB) 13. Bonus Track: Travis Porter - My Adidas (produced by Greg Street and FKI)
Many may recognize Quan from Nas's 2004 hit "Moment of Silence." Quan has been doing his thing since then, including this mixtape titled "The Struggle." This mixtape serves as an appetizer before his main course album, "Glorious Struggle," drops in 2012. Many emcees and producers guests on this mixtape such as Asher Roth, Jake One, and Nottz Raw.
Tracklisting: 1. Struggle (Intro) 2. There'z Been a Murder (Freestyle) 3. Gotta Let Me Go [prod. by C.O.D.] 4. Feel So Good [prod. by Jake One] 5. Won't Tell Dat (Freestyle) 6. I Do It [prod. by Nottz Raw] 7. Get Away [prod. by Nottz Raw] 8. Summertime (f/ Asher Roth) 9. Merry Go Round [prod. by C Duckettz] 10. Boyfriendz Room (Freestyle) 11. Struggle (Outro)
Yeah, this beat tape is garbage alright. Garbage meaning DOPE! If anyone's looking for dope instrumentals to rap over or just to sit back and mellow to, then this one is for you. You won't throw this away to your recycle bin, trust!
Tracklisting: 1. Interlude One (Intro) 2. Do You (I'm Gonna) 3. A Bend 4. Durt (Love is No Play Thing) 5. Interlude Two (Large 2 Car Garage) 6. iKnow Nothing 7. Seven and a Half 8. Where is God 9. The Ohm 10. Interlude Three (The OVER Explanation) 11. Still (Instro feat. King Tut on Flute) 12. El(o)hsee 13. Ahh (feat. King Tut on Sax) 14. A Box Beat 15. Interlude Three (The Strike of 1968) 16. The Pretender 17. Interlude Five (10x Outta 10) 18. Land of Hopes 19. Indi-er 20. MelloDeeze 21. Outro
That's it for the "Red Edition" of Free Music Friday. If you have any free music you would like to share with the world, please e-mail me at email@example.com. If you're an artist with your free mixtape/album shown on this page and you want to send me a link re-up, corrections, and/or questions, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org, as well. Thanks for reading and enjoy y'all! Two fangas, one love....
Audio: Shawn J of Field Mob Calls Ludacris a Bitch
Courtesy HHA and Futuristic Blogger.
Former DTP member Shawn J of "Field Mob" Finally break his silence after hearing Ludacris diss record Yesterday "Say It to my Face" On The New Mixtape 1.21 giga watts "Luda Is Pu**y and I will say it to his face. I seen my ringtones on sale on BET and wanted to Know where my check at. ludacris is a Bitch, He's Pu**y and I'm Going in on him from here on out."
yU, the DMV emcee and member of Diamond District and The 1978ers, is preparing for the release of his follow up to last years critically acclaimed Before Taxes. On December 13th, yU will release his sophomore album The EARN. To kick off his campaign yU has decided to show off of his skills as a producer by giving away a free 23 track instrumental project humorously titled "A Garbage Beat Tape."
yU's foray into production on A Garbage Beat Tape is nothing short of stellar. The wordsmith puts in work with ASR-XPro to produce a concept driven instrumental album on par with Prince Paul and Madlib productions. The project makes light of how seriously people can sometimes take things. "It's a thin line between quality and garbage. It's really up to each person to decide. One man's trash is another man's treasure," says yU. Refuse recycled into royalty.
Upcoming: The EARN: After garnering success with Oddisee and Diamond District, then his solo debut Before Taxes, which was named to the Best of 2010 List by HipHopDX, Al Lindstrom, About.com, Passion Weiss, and Above Ground Mag, yU sharpened his skills through performances on a European tour and appearances at CMJ, SXSW, A3C, and the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival. Now, yU is back with his sophomore pro ject The Earn a progression that is as fluid, lyrical, and thought provoking as his critically acclaimed debut. His new album, The E arn, is a timely meditation on the struggle to advance, set afire by yU's potent wordplay. The EARN features production from Grammy Nominated Kokayi, Kev Brown, Charlie Ross, Slimkat78, Roddy Rod, 00Genesis, The Unknown, Usef Dinero, Cho ppy Chope, and yU himself. The new album also features vocals from Nicholas Ryan Gant, Duff, Imani Bilal, King Tut, Bilal Salaam, Danedra Rowell, and Diamond District. Save room on your Best of 2011list for The EARN!
J. Keys goes in with lyrical precision reflecting on today's economy and social structure. In the climate of global protest, Keys drops this potent homage to the Occupy Wall Street movement entitled Occupy Music. The production is power by the sounds of 9th Wonder.
Consisting of members Diwon, Y-Love and Kyle Rapps, the multi-cultural producer/emcee trifecta fuse their skills, inspiration and credentials for the creation of their forthcoming FreEP, Honey Dijon…stay tuned.
Kyle Rapps: Princeton NJ native and former poetry slam champ Kyle Rapps is eager to show people the benefits of combining Hip-Hop with education, unifying strong concepts with socially-sharp raw hip-hop delivery.
Diwon: Diwon is a worldwide DJ, tastemaker, and CEO of Shemspeed Entertainment, one of the most innovative and versatile Producer/DJs performing and recording music today. Diwon's music is known for fusing elements of Diplo and Cheb i Sabbah.
Y-Love: "Y-Love keeps his songs ready for the mainstream while still pushing positive and constructive energy in his signature multi-lingual style — making hip-hop kosher” (XXL Magazine)