An overwhelmingly positive response to The Sandwich Shop helped propel it to a bandwith busting 10K+ downloads and for that we thank you all. Surely you have downloaded your free copy by now and if not click here to check it out. Don't worry we'll wait for you. And while we wait we wait for the "late pass holders" to catch up take a look at the music video for Headphone Rock featuring Che Grand. The clip is basically just us on an average night in Brooklyn hanging out and having a rooftop cookout with a bevy of beauties but this time around we had the 24KaratMilkcrate on hand to capture the magic.
In promotion of my album Don Cusack in High Fidelity (which is in stores and on itunes right now) I became a guest blogger at XXL & a columnist at Honey Magazine. Feel free to drop by both sites to see what I had to say about film, women, music and a number of other topics. While all of this was going on Von Pea was hard at work releasing So Motivational: The Most Skullduggery of Mixtapes which you can download right now from his bandcamp page. This comes in preparation of his forthcoming solo release Pea's Gotta Have It which is set to hit stores on October 12th. For more information check his website.
It seems like only yesterday that we returned from Europe. Since that short run we have had an Ohio homecoming and select east coast dates and next up we are returning to the west coast for the first time in years. Be sure to stop by and check us out in your city!
August 20th - Dallas, TX at The Green Elephant
August 21st - Albuquerque, NM at Moonlight Lounge
August 24th - Los Angeles, CA at Spaceland w/ TiRon, Afro Classics
August 25th - San Francisco, CA at 330 Ritch w/ Freddie Gibbs
August 26th - Portland, OR at The Fix w/ Blu, J*Davey
August 27th - Salem, OR at The Riverfront
August 28th - Seattle, WA at Columbia City Theater
September 1st - Sacramento, CA at Sol Collective
Ticket prices may vary. Contact the listed venues for further infomation.
Once again thanks for your time. We appreciate your support and have some very cool things planned in the future from music to merchandise. If you think someone you know would enjoy this email feel free to forward this email to a them. Talk to you again sooner than later!
Donald "My Last Name Isn't Actually Williams" Williams
You know I couldn't get out of here without giving you guys a little something extra so as a token of appreciation here is a link to a snippet of New Pair from Peas Gotta Have It. Enjoy and remember it drops on October 12th!
Ominous Red "kills" The Notorious B.I.G., Jay-Z, Nas, Aesop Rock, LoDeck, Common, ODB, Ice Cube, GangStarr, and EPMD --- Tossing his own contribution into the rare collection of conceptual albums that Hip-Hop has provided over the years, Ominous Red drops an independently produced and performed album that attempts to do something that has never been done before or has it?
The art of storytelling is nothing new. A format of songs outlining a sequence of events is nothing new. Fantasies about cops, robbers, strippers and drug kingpins is nothing new. Wordplay is nothing new. Heavy kicks and snares is nothing new. But arresting an old dirty hobo who has 8 different personalities with hints of what appear to be a tribute to Wu-Tang... well that is unique. Take that idea and bury it into a book of several chapters of tributes to great emcees like Nas, Jay-Z, Biggie and Aesop Rock while telling a story that is a metaphor for the journey that Ominous Red took to from starting out as a fan to becoming an emcee and you have a very clever audio book in the form of a Rap album.
After remixing over 100 songs, Ominous Red took a page from Common's album "One Day It'll All Make Sense" and continued the art of storytelling by weaving an intricate murder mystery of a cop on the trail of a serial killer.
Underneath the story is a concept. The album "SERIAL" is a metaphor for what Hip-Hop is to Ominous Red. It is a tribute to the artists who have had the greatest impact on his definition of the art form.
The key to understanding the concept of "SERIAL" is identifying the 2 main parts of the metaphor. Fans are like police. They decide what is allowable in the world of Hip-Hop. They determine what is law and what is criminal. You cannot steal lyrics. You cannot be corny. You cannot sell out. Emcees are like serial killers. They kill the microphone. They slay any emcee who challenges them. They publish their albums in a series and fans/police are always on the lookout for public enemy number one.
You can listen to the whole album via YouTube and download all of Ominous Red's beats thus far on Bandcamp. "SERIAL" is available for purchase now on iTunes or Reverbnation.
Former Bad Boy Artist, G. Dep, To Release New Album, "Ghetto Legend", Due In September
* * * * * * * * * Former Bad Boy Records Rapper, G. Dep’s Recently Completed New Album, Scheduled For September Release.
Miami, Aug. 11 /QuickTrackz/ - Famous Records president, Jeffrey Collins is happy to announce that former Bad Boy recording artist G. Dep, recently signed with Famous, for the distribution & promotion of his new album “Ghetto Legend”.
G. Dep’s first commercial release for several years will be released worldwide in late September, through the Universal digital network and will be available on iTunes, Amazon, Rhapsody and over 100 other online retailers.
G. Dep says “I am thrilled that I finally chose Famous Records as my new label and am quietly confident that with Mr. Collins vast experience in the Music Industry, that Famous will be my home for some time to come. Only good things will come from this move”. Jeffrey Collins added “G. Dep is a welcome addition to the Famous Family that includes:- Father MC, KRS-ONE, Ernest Kohl, Colonel Abrams, Frukwan from the Gravediggaz, Ram Squad, Shan Shizzy and a host of up & coming new artists, in every genre of music."
G. Dep, “Ghetto Legend”, available in September. .
DJ Automatic's "Common: Theater of the Mind" Mixtale
There are many who say the mixtape game has become formulaic and certainly, there are few names in the mixtape world that stand head and shoulders above the crowd but once in a while someone's imagination is sparked with an idea and something brilliant emerges. This would be one of those moments.
While listening to the limited edition of Michael Jackson's Thriller album, which features interviews with some of the legendary people he had worked with over the years like Quincy Jones and Rod Temperton, DJ and music afficianado, Merritt Reiland aka DJ Automatic (Shadyville/Vinyl Pushers DJ's) got the idea to make mix tapes with established artists that let them tell the story behind their career, catalog and inspirations, interspersed with blends of their music chronologically, and the MixTale was born.
Multi-Grammy-winning Chicago native, Common, was a natural selection for this conceptual CD, not least of which because he's one of Automatic's favorite MC's. Common is now a household name, not only because of his tremendous success in music and affliliation with some of the best to ever do it, but also because of his burgeoning acting career. This edition of MixTales, for there will be many, is entitled Theater of the Mind and will become available for download on August 24th. It's a chronology, both spoken and musical, of the artist that is Common, in his own words, past to present and beyond.
A self-proclaimed music geek who avidly studies the credits of all the albums he buys, Automatic aims to educate. "The reason I chose Common for this project is that he is not only one of my favorite MC's of all time," says Automatic, "but he has an entire career of music behind him that young music lovers don't necessarily know. They see him in movies and have heard his newer releases but have no idea that Common was one of the rawest MC's throughout the 90's. Although I have followed his career from jump, it was still an honor to sit down with him in person and let him take me on his personal journey."
With an on-air career at several radio stations over the past few years, gigs across the nation and several eclectic mix tapes, including 2008's MixTales featuring TI (2008) under his belt, DJ Automatic's love of music is a given and he wants it made clear that his MixTales opportunities are open to artists of all genres. As he so eloquently puts it, "I am officially married to Hip Hop, but I cheat on her all the time."
Everyday's SpringBreak Entertainment is proud to announce the official release of CanKoone's first Single "My City Never Sleeps" featuring Juelz Santana AND the launch of his website WWW.CANKOONEMUSIC.COM. "My City Never Sleeps" is also the first single to be taken from his forthcoming mix tape, titled "30-year Old Virgin", which is expected to be released in September 2010. CanKoone is set to perform several shows in the US and Europe in the months to come including such venues as club Mondial in Beek, Netherlands and the finale of New Voices Tour at Apollo Theater in New York.
CanKoone is an American rapper, song writer and record producer. Born in the Bronx, New York, CanKoone started writing lyrics at the age of 11 and decided to pursue a professional career in music at 20. While performing in college and beyond it, he released two successful mix tapes and had numerous performances in different states. His recent accomplishments include being the opening act for Rapper Fabolous at the Howard Homecoming 2009 Concert, being featured on Global Grind's "Moguls in the Making" reality show alongside Aaron Reid and New Voices Tour Executive Producer James Smith, and having sold his songs to different artists including Pleasure P, just to name a few.
Now after almost six years in the music business CanKoone has a wide variety of songs in his repertoire and is set to release his newest mix tape titled "30-year Old Virgin" in September 2010. His first single of the mixtape "My City Never Sleeps", which features Juelz Santana, has received overwhelming acclaim from industry insiders so far. The single and the mix tape will no doubt catapult CanKoone to the next level of his career.
Iraqi Born Detroit raised rapper ToNe has just released the music video to the song “Want To Be A Rapper” the song tells of all the struggles ToNe goes through trying to make it in the music industry and also sheds light on the fact that everyone and their mother wants to be a rapper these days.
On coming up with the song “Want To Be A Rapper” ToNe says
“Just seeing thousands of people on My Space that are rapping but aren’t very good brought it to my attention that everyone thinks they can be a rapper, I was also watching a few reality shows at the time on TV about rappers trying to make it and of coarse most of them had no talent, it made me want to make a song about everyone that was trying to rap, no disrespect to anyone that’s actually good and making music but just to the people that should remain Hip-Hop fans”
ToNe and his family moved to Detroit, MI in 1991 barely escaping the gulf war alive, ToNe was only 4 years old at the time, he started rapping at the age of 13 and since then has created quite a buzz working with artists like Young Noble, Sean Kingston and also opening up for artists like Trick-Trick, Kevin Lyttle, and more!
Harrisburg, Pa. emcee J. Monday has been building a steady presence for himself and his city. With his mixtape The Sequel on deck for Monday, August 23, The Capital Kid expresses the thrill of living life in the "Fastlane." The track is produced by Harrisburg producer Trizz.