Trenton, NJ outfit MONEY FIRST will make its Block Starz Music mixtape debut on February 10 with "The Blog Goon Mixtape". The monster lead single, "Rap Juggernauts" featuring Uncle Murda and produced by group member ILL Kayn, has been circulating the underground and major Hip-Hop websites for weeks and promises to continue the rap quartet's all out assault on the music industry.
"We titled this project 'The Blog Goon Mixtape' because the way we bullied ourselves into the game to make people notice us without any major co-signs was pretty goonish," laughs frontman Boom Blake. "It all just came together. People started calling us the goons on the blogs. It stuck [and] we ran with it."
MONEY FIRST, which includes members Tranzatick and JP, were winners of "Best Rap Group " at the 2009 Underground Music Awards and have graced stages with notable emcees like Styles P, Cassidy, J.R. Writer, Freeway, and DMC of Run DMC. The crew has appeared on "The Round Table Show " with Lenny S, Maya the B, and Big Lite, the Rutgers Radio show MNMixture (88.7 FM) and NYC's Next Up Radio (91.9 FM).
In mid-March, MONEY FIRST will shoot the video for "All-Star Dough", which is featured on the celebrated "East Coast Block Starz" compilation, now available at Amazon, iTunes, and Rhapsody.
Download the first single from "The Blog Goon Mixtape", "Rap Juggernauts" featuring Uncle Murda, now and look for exclusive free download of the mixtape at www.blockstarzmusic.com on February 10.
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New York, NY FEBRUARY 3rd, 2010 – In light of the recent devastation caused by earthquakes in Haiti, New York born singer, songwriter, producer and son to Haitian parents, Rob Murat, has dedicated his Lennon Award winning song, “Souls,” to awareness building efforts in Haiti. “Souls” is a powerful piece that evokes perseverance in the face of poverty and catastrophe. It serves as an emotional tribute to the many families, including his, affected by the tragedy. “We must ensure that attention does not fade as the need for assistance persists.” Rob says, “It is imperative that we remain engaged.”
Along with the song, Rob has personally created a visual montage of stirring photos from the ground in Haiti which is available via his official website and on Youtube.
Rob Murat is currently in the studio working on his next recording release. He has most recently been noted for the success of his debut album, So Much to Say, available now on iTunes. The video to the album’s lead single, Dilemma Remix 1.0 ft. Kidz in the Hall, has been featured on VH1, BET, and MTV stations. It is also currently available OnDemand in over 30 million homes via Music Choice.
Enemy Soil and Babygrande Records are proud to announce the upcoming release of the new Army of the Pharaohs album: Jedi Mind Tricks Presents "Army Of The Pharaohs: The Unholy Terror" on March 30th, 2010. After 8 years of close partnership and hundreds of thousands of albums sold with Babygrande Records, Jedi Mind Tricks is proud to be releasing "Army Of The Pharaohs: The Unholy Terror" on their own label, Enemy Soil, in a unique partnership with Babygrande.
The Unholy Terror is a return to form for true Jedi Mind Tricks and Army Of The Pharaohs fanatics. AOTP, the ever-evolving crew of Hip Hop’s heaviest hitters, is the culmination of a vision devised by Jedi Mind Tricks’ frontman Vinnie Paz. Initiated over twelve years ago, the group (following in the long-standing tradition of crews like Wu-Tang and The Juice Crew) has thrived for over a decade. Past members and contributors have included Bahamadia, Chief Kamachi, 7L, Virtuoso, Shuko, and Undefined, to name a few. With two full-length albums and a slew of singles under their collective belt, AOTP has established itself as the premier collective of diverse MCs showcasing viciously precise and dynamic skills. Lead by the inimitable Paz, AOTP is a reflection of the volatile MC’s staunch belief in the tradition of Hip hop’s most sacred tenets and aesthetics. Individually the styles of the Pharaohs compliment each other, ranging from strictly lyrical to bloodthirsty battle rhymes, all fused within a construct based on energy and sonic power.
"The Unholy Terror," delivers the same disemboweling brand of hard-core boom-bap and battle rhyming that this veteran crew is known for. Constant touring through Europe and the United States has primed the outfit for their third full-length release. As tradition dictates, the new face of the unit is comprised of a potent arsenal of formidable MCs and producers. It is a unique mixture of Philadelphia’s best home-grown talent and outside affiliations, with verses from the likes of like Vinnie Paz, Outerspace, Reef the Lost Cauze, Des Devious, Demoz, Doap Nixon, Jus Allah, King Magnetic and King Syze teaming up with Apathy, Celph Titled, Esoteric, Block McCloud and Journalist. The Pharaohs’ sound is guided by the deft hands of well-known and heavily respected beat-makers like Philly’s own DJ Kwestion, while Apathy and Celph also show their production chops on this album. Contributions also come from producers Vanderslice, Crown, Undefined, DC the Midi Alien, Grand Finale, Hypnotist, JBL the Titan and MTK.
With their continuing success, the last few years have seen new and debut solo efforts from various group members, but now, they throw their lots in together again, to give the fans what they have been craving. The Unholy Terror continues on in the same vein as AOTP’s earlier efforts: epic, grimy beats and raw rhymes. Having spent their entire existence as a self-contained unit, AOTP exhibits a tightness and a complexity that only comes with years of crafted experience. Once again the Army proves itself to be more than the sum of its parts. Seasoned by the road and their respective careers outside AOTP, the members return with focused intensity to what has become more than just a collection of rappers: it is now a tradition.
CHECK OUT THE FIRST TWO TRACKS OFF THE ALBUM NOW!
Contra Mantra Featuring Crypt The Warchild, Esoteric & Celph Titled
Godzilla Featuring Celph Titled, Jus Allah, Apathy, Planetary, King Magnetic & Vinnie Paz
CHECK OUT UPCOMING TOUR DATES: 3/24/10 – New Haven, CT – Toad’s Place 3/25/10 – Providence, RI – Jerky’s 3/26/10 – Northampton, MA – Pearl Street 3/27/10 – Buffalo, NY – Mohawk Place 3/28/10 – Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop 4/1/10 – Madison, WI – The Annex 4/2/10 – Chicago, IL – Subterranean 4/3/10 – St. Louis, MO – Firebird 4/8/10 – Louisville, KY – Uncle Pleasant’s 4/9/10 – Pittsburgh, PA – Diesel 4/10/10 – West Chester, PA – The Note 4/13/10 – Richmond, VA – Canal Club 4/14/10 – Greensboro, NC – Greene Street Club 4/15/10 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade (Hell Room) 4/16/10 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle 4/17/10 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
Jedi Mind Tricks Presents... "Army Of The Pharaohs: The Unholy Terror" Enemy Soil / Babygrande Records Available in Stores And Online March 30th, 2010
“I don’t like to stop,” Wayne tells RS‘ Chris Norris. “I believe you stop when you die.” So in the weeks before he reports to Rikers Island, Wayne is keeping busy — recording tracks bound for Tha Carter IV (the album Cash Money staffers call “C4″ because it’ll be the bomb), shooting videos with his Young Money protégés, spending time with his growing family, and deliberately not asking anyone for advice about life on the inside. “This is Lil Wayne going to jail. Nobody I can talk to can tell me what that’s like,” he says. “I just say I’m looking forward to it.”
(February 3, 2010 - Brooklyn, NY) Newly signed Mello Music artist Boog Brown and producer Apollo Brown join forces to form UPS with their forthcoming album The Brown Study LP, due for release in the summer of 2010. In anticipation of their debut Boog Brown is releasing a mixtape entitled The Grind Season Vol. 1.
The Brown Study LP will be the debut release from UPS, comprising Atlanta-based emcee Boog Brown and hip-hop producer Apollo Brown. Recently signed to Mello Music Group, the two artists joined forces to create an album that Boog describes as "the most vulnerable" she has ever been musically. Due for release in the summer of 2010, The Brown Study LP will showcase the truth, confidence, style, and strong sense of hip-hop integrity that UPS represent.
In anticipation of the UPS album, Boog Brown entices fans with a taste of things to come on her latest mixtape The Grind Season Vol. 1. A collection of music from the Atlanta-based artist, this latest project features production from Illastrate, Lex Boogie, 14KT and appearances from staHHr, Fluxwonda of Binkis Recs, and Mojo Swagger. "Grind Season is a state of being," says Boog on the meaning behind the mixtape's title. "Every day you must grind for your vision. Mine is making honest music." Tracks on the mixtape, including "Grind Season," "Anymode," and "The Essence" serve as perfect examples of Boog's smooth flow and propensity for delivering strong rhymes over laid-back beats. It's all the reassurance you need that, as Boog herself says, "The Boys Club is non-existent to me."
DaVinci - "Real N*ggaz Remix" Feat. Kaz Kyzah And ROD
As DaVinci Prepares Debut Album, The Fillmore Native Teams With Fellow Bay Area Artists For New Track
As DaVinci continues to prepare for the March 9th release of his official debut album, The Day The Turf Stood Still, the rising Fillmore talent is dropping another pre-album song, "Real N*ggaz." Featuring a guest verse Kaz Kyzah, formerly one half of the duo The Team along with Clyde Carson, as well as production from up-and-coming Gary, Indiana beatsmith Kris Styles and singer ROD. The message of the song, drawing from the track's title, finds DaVinci and his fellow artists speaking on character issues. But rather than petty finger-pointing, in DaVinci's own style, he spends his verses in lyrical confrontation against, as he calls it, "The saturation of superficial, dishonest, and redundant content in the streets, media, and politics." DaVinci's lyrics contrast the beat's soul sample, as the song combines sped up vocal samples and DaVinci's raspy baritone as he raps, "Since Jigga ain't my bigger brother, and 9th Wonder ain't my Little Brother/ I don't sit and wonder how I'm fin to get on/ I just shit on, the phlegm on, any track I spit on." Indeed, and with forthcoming videos and singles from The Day The Turf Stood Still on the way, if DaVinci's warning doesn't quite resonate yet... it will.
DaVinci's The Day The Turf Stood Still will be available for free download March 9th via SWTBRDS Creative Collective.
The Fillmore District has bred more rappers per capita than any other district in San Francisco, and although the older generations recall its rich musical history rooted in Jazz, the Fillmore today is rife with drugs, turf wars, and mass gentrification. DaVinci, a young MC raised in the Fillmore, is a prime example of the duality of this area, who at the age of 13 was homeless, hungry, and hopeful for a way out. Explains DaVinci, "My music has everything to do with my environment: from robbing, killing, pimpin' to selling and abusing drugs," he explains about his heavy content. "It's a direct reflection of what my friends and family have been through and are still going through." While his story is similar to many other young rappers upbringings, DaVinci was surrounded by an incredible pool of Fillmore talent and by studying with the greats, he was able to sharpen his skills and aim higher than most, cultivating his story-telling abilities beyond mere drug-and-gun-talk. Growing up in the same 10-block radius as Bay Area rap legends San Quinn and JT the Bigga Figga, DaVinci was content in merely watching the next generation follow in their footsteps, until he received overwhelming praise from his peers from a mixtape appearance, which then prompted him to pursue rap professionally. In 2006, San Quinn welcomed him onto the "Pressure Makes Diamonds Tour" with rap veterans Xzibit and Tech N9ne. Since the tour, DaVinci has kept busy appearing on numerous mixtapes and compilations, as well as preparing his official debut album, The Day The Turf Stood Still. The Day The Turf Stood Still will be available March 9, 2010 via SWTBRDS Creative Collective.