MP3/Video: DaVinci - "D.R.E.A.M." + Feast Or Famine Video
Courtesy of Audible Treats.
Feast Or Famine EP Scheduled For August 24th Release Date
In 2010, DaVinci, a largely unknown rapper from the historic Fillmore District of San Francisco, California, took the rap world by storm, releasing his debut album, The Day The Turf Stood Still. The album was a breakthrough, showing the mind state of a young black male – one who grew up hustling to survive – who watches uncertain as his beloved neighborhood changes in front of his eyes due to gentrification and urban renewal that forced many of his peers out. And now, DaVinci is excited to release the follow-up, his new Feast Or Famine EP, which will be made available for free download on August 24th through DaVinci's label, SWTBRDS.
On TDTTSS DaVinci largely went it alone, eschewing high profile guests and choosing instead to let his voice be heard. And while Feast Or Famine finds DaVinci working alongside a variety of his peers throughout the eight tracks, lead single "D.R.E.A.M.," an acronym that plays off Wu-Tang's "C.R.E.A.M." and stands for Dope Rules Everything Around Me, finds DaVinci going for dolo as he brings listeners into a world of harsh realities and conflicted decisions.
"I wanted to bring people into the mind of a young man whose entire world – his friends, family, school, community – is flooded with drug abuse and dope distribution," explains DaVinci. "The song isn't a celebration; I wanted to give people a clear visual of the events that lead up to making a 'hustle or die' decision," and DaVinci provides a clear visual, indeed, with lines like, "Dream first ask questions last/ Trying to do my best to stay awake in class/ Teacher can't show me how to make no cash/ But my ni**as on the block sure make it fast."
To accompany the single, and help break down what Feast Or Famine is all about, DaVinci is also releasing the "Feast Or Famine" video. A collaboration between Chasen Paper and Johan Thomas, the video offers a chilling, black-and-white visual that plays out like a mini-documentary as DaVinci narrates many of the same dichotomies detailed in "D.R.E.A.M.," and throughout Feast Or Famine: "A single right or wrong decision can be the difference between eating and starving."
Nicki Minaj & J Dilla Updates on OHHLA.com: August 18th, 2011
Albums from J Dilla and Nicki Minaj were updated, plus we have new lyrics by Black Thought, Diz Gibran, Lil' Fame, Killer Mike, Nicki Minaj, Pete Rock, Pusha T, Shannell, Ruthless Bastardz, and more today on OHHLA.com!
The critical praise for A.Dd+'s When Pigs Fly speaks volumes, with outlets like the Dallas Observer calling it "Nothing short of a classic" and "The best rap album that Dallas has ever seen, front to back." The months passed since the album's March release have only helped to solidify the quality and replay value of Dallas duo's debut, and now, as a friendly reminder to those who may have forgotten just how good the album is - or for those still a little late to the party - Slim Gravy and Paris Pershun are releasing the video for "Under," one of the more solemn tracks from When Pigs Fly.
"With the video for 'Under' we wanted to push the envelope of creativity," explain the duo, who enlisted director Israel 'Izzy' Isas to shoot the visual. "We were able to show an inner conflict, a conflict with self, and the cause and effects of what we choose to do in our everyday life." Dustin Cavazos, who opens the song with a poignant verse that speaks to sidetracked aspirations, joins in the video, before Paris and Slim close out the song, each building atop producer Picnic Tyme's melancholy, piano-driven beat, which samples Little Dragon's "Twice."
Big K.R.I.T., Jean Grae, Rapper Big Pooh, Added To A3C Hip-Hop Festival Line-Up
Update courtesy of Audible Treats.
(Brooklyn, NY– August 2011) The A3C Hip-Hop Festival is excited to announce updates for their seventh annual gathering this year, taking place at The Masquerade in Atlanta, Georgia, October 6-8. Included in these announcements are artist additions, discussion panels, and a host of new and returning competitions that offer cash prizes, gear, and more. Tickets for the festival are now available, with 3-day passes priced at $40 online and $45 at the door, and daily passes available for $15/day.
New artists confirmed to perform at the 2011 festival include Jean Grae, Big K.R.I.T., Rapper Big Pooh, Smoke DZA, Homeboy Sandman, REKS, Termanology, Action Bronson, Nottz, Diamond D, GLC, Trademark da Skydiver, Marz Lovejoy, Bronze Nazareth, Saigon, Chris Webby, El Da Sensei and DJ Puerto-Roc, One Be Lo (of Binary Star), J. NiCs, Gods'Illa, Backbone, Moke and Tone, Lyric Jones, The Away Team, The Regiment, Bodega Brovas, Raven Sorvino, and Second Sight Crew. A3C also continues to give up-and-coming artists the chance to perform, and artists have until August 19, 2011 to submit to play at the A3C through Sonicbids.
Needle To The Record DJ Competition (N2TR) presented by Traktor, returns for its second year at the A3C. Produced by Kimberly Stewart of Absolutely Divine Events, this year’s competition is hosted by Fort Knox of Strong Arm Management and includes a $500 cash prize along with DJ equipment and products. A few competing spots are still available. Click here for the application and agreement to participate in the battle.
Also making it's return this year is the iStandard Producer Showcase presented by Native Instruments. Now in its fourth year, the showcase will provide 20-24 up-and-coming producers the opportunity to display their talents for a mix of multi-platinum producers, industry executives, songwriters, and engineers. All participants receive constructive feedback, and the winning producer will receive a prize package complete with production software and hardware from a variety of brands, in addition to interviews and other industry-oriented perks to assist in furthering their craft. Previous iStandard Producer Showcase judges have included such heavyweight producers as The J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, DJ Toomp, Tha Bizness, Needlz, Don Cannon, and iStandard alumnus Symbolyc One aka S1. Former participants have had the opportunity to work with Rick Ross, 50 Cent, Diddy, and The Clipse. Click here to submit for the iStandard Producer Showcase at the A3C.
The A3C has a tradition of producing cutting-edge and novel breakdance content and this year’s Deuces Wild 45′s Edition is no exception. A combination of 2010′s 45′s event and the popular Atlanta Deuces Wild competition, the unique competition will allow b-boys and b-girls to compete 2on2 for $1,000 cash, all while world-class DJs go head-to-head, competing for the best 45 record set. Dance judges include renowned b-boy Ssun of Korea’s Gamblerz Crew, Atlanta’s own b-boy Totem of Burn Unit and New York City’s Honey Rockwell of Rock da Floor. B-boy and b-girl competitors can register onsite at the event on October 8.
In addition to live performances and contest, the Festival will feature educational and professional development content, including panel discussions, workshops and equipment demonstrations that will include panelists such as DJ Burn One, Wendy Day (founder of the Rap Coalition), John Gotty of The Smoking Section, Ricardo Spicer (Universal Music Group), Miss Rivercity, Motion Family, and A Tribe Called Quest’s Jarobi. Panel topics include, “The Team - Building the infrastructure you need to succeed as an artist!”, “The Visual: How can I create a great visual that reflects my music?”, “Marketing/Branding - Beyond the Music: How do I get paid to be me?”, “What’s the role of a DJ in 2011?” and “Publishing and Licensing: The 401k plan for the songwriter.” Panelists and additional themes will be announced.
Artists previously announced to perform at the 2011 festival include Random Axe (Sean Price, Black Milk and Guilty Simpson), Freeway, Aleon Craft, MURS, XV, Elzhi (of Slum Village), Cory Gunz, Freddie Gibbs, Kid Daytona, Laws, Skyzoo, Rapsody, Thee Tom Hardy, Big Remo, Actual Proof, Jon Connor, Young Scolla, Tabi Bonney, ski beatz, Soul Khan, Jarren Benton, Chancellor Warhol, J-Live, Percee P, Ras Kass, Chase N Cashe, Rockie Fresh, Shawn Chrystopher, Rittz, SL Jones, Moe Green, KD, LE$, Ethereal, Willie Evans Jr., P Dukes, Nice Guise, LidoLido, Eternia, Eyezon, Shokanti, The reMinders, Boog Brown, Ultra Beast (Senor Kaos and 4-Ize), Dillon, Paten Locke, Dee-1, Big Rec, Danny!, Goines, Johnny Spanish, Lyriciss, YONAS and Neak.
A3C Hip Hop Festival tickets are available on the A3C website. 3-day passes are $33 and daily passes are $15/day.
In the past decade, artists from the South have added an addictive urban twist to pop music around the world. From Cee-Lo and Andre 3000 to Flo-Rida and Pitbull, dance floors everywhere have ignited with mashups of hip hop, rock, pop, dance, soul and world music in futuristic ways. Since his debut in 2008, Florida native 2P (formerly known as 2Pistols) has been creating his own vision of new era urban pop.
Now independent from Cash Money, 2P is reveling in the opportunity to release his own brand of musical passion. His new single "Private Dancer" is out now via BMU/SIMM Music Group.
While 2P has been open about his troubled past, the young lyricist admits that the full scope of his experiences has brought him to a better place in life. After balancing dreams of sports and songwriting as a teen, 2P took up with some illegal dealings that led him to incarceration and eventually probation. By 2006, he was promoting concerts and nightclub events in his home of Tarpon Springs, Florida and surrounding areas near Tampa.
Always locked in on his desire to perform, 2P built a network of local music industry professionals, DJs and artists, which he dubbed Blood Money Union. The young songwriter's musical track record eventually caught the eye of the Justice League, which led to a distribution situation with Universal Republic in 2007.
By 2008, 2Pistol's T-Pain assisted single "She Got It" was at #7 on the Rhythmic Top 40 chart, and hit #2 on the Billboard Hot Rap Tracks chart. By 2009, 2P signed to Cash Money Records, and opted for independence in 2010.
In addition to learning the high stakes of business in the past few years, 2P has also seen his personal life blossom in ways he never thought possible.
"I feel that I see life through a different pair of eyes now – I see what life should be like," 2P asserts. "I feel very blessed to know that a small town guy with a big city hustle can beat the odds if he sets his mind to it. Because of my experiences, I've also got a better relationship with my daughter. I really made an impact on her by becoming successful, and she knows that she can become anything she wants to become."
Every good artist will credit mentors in their careers, and 2P found that some of his most valuable life advice came from prolific songwriter and producer David Banner when they toured together.
"Banner said to me, 'God can give it and God can take it away – it's all about what you do with it when he gives it to you'," recalls 2P. "Knowing that a person that sold 20 times more records than me can still be human, not let the limelight control them and still keep God first is amazing. That's why personally, I'm humble. But musically, I'm arrogant!"