Emerging Midwest rap sensation Smokes aka Mr. Asian Pride is thrilled to present his latest joint in a series of blockbuster collaborations titled "Get Down" featuring West Coast's hottest new artist Nipsey Hussle.
"Get Down" is featured on Smokes brand new mixtape, "The Bidding War", hosted by DJ Johnson, besides collaborations with Oscar-winning Hip-Hop duo Three 6 Mafia, Philly's own Tone Trump, and veteran rapper Coo Coo Cal. Production credits include Grammy Award-winning beatmaker Vudu Spellz (Ludacris, Montell Jordan), DJ Pain 1 (Young Jeezy, Yo Gotti, Bun B), !llmind (50 Cent, Eminem, Lloyd Banks), Sean Divine (Jadakiss, Sonny Rich), and others.
Legendary Hip-Hop Duo Zion I Gets Live With Atomic Clock
September 21, 2010—After delving into upbeat, electronic music on 2009's The Takeover, Oakland hip-hop stalwarts Zion I enter a new phase of their chameleonic career with Atomic Clock (November 9th, Gold Dust), a moody, emotional record inspired by the group's longtime admiration for reggae and dub.
While the group's roots are still firmly planted in hip-hop, Atomic Clock’s cavernous, atmospheric vibe recalls both the classic roots reggae of Max Romeo and The Congos and forward-thinking dub mixing of UK artists such as Adrian Sherwood. "The Takeover was a very external record and we wanted to focus on fun, party music," says emcee Zumbi AKA Zion. "This one is much more reflective and internal. We didn't want to just recreate what we did last album. Art is not about living in the past."
For Atomic Clock, the duo employed live musicians to flesh out producer Amp Live's original beats and thicken the overall sound. For many of Atomic Clock's tracks, Amp would create the skeleton of the beat himself for the initial direction before collaborating with the group's live musicians to complement the sound and, in certain cases, redo the track live. In stark contrast to The Takeover, which saw Amp and Zumbi e-mail verses and beats to each other to constantly tweak each song, the group and their collaborators engaged in days-long jam sessions, for the first time in their career, to best enunciate Amp's initial idea.
For Zumbi, the writing style on Atomic Clock was much more instinctive than on past albums, and the result is a litany of emotionally introspective, brutally honest songs that both relay the emcee's personal experience and delve into weighty topics including the transient nature of time.
This extends to the title. "The Atomic Clock is the most precise timing device on the planet and I thought that applied to the immaculate timing and rhythm it takes between musicians in one room to make good music," says Zumbi. "But also, I feel that time is speeding up on the planet and it seems like it's dilating and contracting really quickly. We're living in such an interesting time and I think time is on everyone's mind in one way or another. Everything is exponential now."
On Atomic Clock, the group employs their usual mix of sonic exploration and unbridled creativity. "4U," with its choir vocals, soulful keyboards, and rock guitars, could be a lost Sly and the Family Stone track, while the horn blasts and heavy, electric guitars of "Always" supplement Zumbi's optimistic hook of "Love conquers always/Gotta keep your head up." "Many Stylez," featuring reggae band Rebelution (the album also features guest spots by emcees Locksmith and Macklemore and vocalists Courtney Holiday and Crystal Monee Hall), deftly defers to the genre's roots, and the atmospheric beat of "North Star" complements the central idea of being open to guidance in one's life.
On "History," the group's most insightful and candid track, Zumbi recalls the duo's autobiography from prior to the group's formation until now. "We've been doing music a long time and sometimes you forget how long you’ve been at and how many places you've been," admits the emcee. "I think it's good to look back for a second before keeping it moving." Keeping it moving is something Zumbi and Amp Live have never had problems doing andAtomic Clock stands as another engaging expression of the group's mind, heart and soul.
Zion I On Tour
9/24: Santa Barbara, CA – West Beach Festival 2010 9/25: Page, AZ – Powellapolooza 10/5: Flagstaff, AZ – Orpheum Theatere 10/6: Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theater 10/7: Santa Fe, NM – Santa Fe Brewing Company 10/8: Seaside, CA – CSU Monterey Bay 10/9: San Francisco, CA – Summersalt Music Festival 10/12: Baton Rouge, LA – Varsity Theatre 10/13: Oxford, MS – Proud Larry’s 10/14: Athens, GA – Last Call 10/15: Tallahassee, FL – Floyd’s Music Store 10/19: St. Louis, MO – Gargoyle 10/20: Columbia, MO – Blue Note 10/21: Carbondale, IL – Copper Dragon 10/22: Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre 10/23: Grand Rapids, MI – Orbit Room 10/25: Millvale, PA – Mr. Small’s Theater 10/27: State College, PA – State Theatre for the Arts 10/28: Syracuse, NY – Wescott Theatre 10/29: Providene, RI – Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel 10/30: Towson, MD – Recher Theater 10/31: Norfolk, VA – Norva 11/1: Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl 11/2: New Haven, CT – Toad’s Place 11/4: Charlottesville, VA – Jefferson Theater 11/5: Richmond, VA – The National 11/6: Ashville, NC – The Orange Peel 11/7: Boone, NC – Legends
The Niceguys Release The Song That Started It All With Latest Single, Unveil Album Artwork For The Show
The Niceguys' new single, "It's Like That," is the latest from their inclement debut album, The Show, and, in some ways, the most important yet. "Without recording this song there would absolutely be no album," reveals Christolph, one-half of the group's producer core (along with Free). "It sparked something inside us to continuously make good music and to push our talents and start taking music more seriously." This decision to get serious was a good one, as "It's Like That" will be the latest single to garner video treatment in the coming weeks and will also serve as the first official remix from The Show, with some exciting soon-to-be-announced guests.
The song makes no attempt to be anything other than a good time. The lyrics are fun and breezy and serve to show off the skills of Yves Saint, the rapper of the group. "One deep / Two Swisher Sweets / You can't move like I move / It's like I got three feet" he rhymes effortlessly, calling to attention his own expertise with the mic. Complimenting Yves' rhymes is a complex but equally enjoyable instrumental featuring brass, woodwinds, vocal chops, and other instrumentation contributing to a sometimes upbeat, sometimes relaxed backing track. "Basically, we were just having fun," explains Christolph. "This is our soundtrack to the fun we will continue to have while pushing the album." It's clear that, no matter how seriously The Niceguys take their work, their goal in making music will always be to entertain themselves and their fans.
Also, check out The Niceguys' brand new website, thenicelook.com, for all news, music, and media from the Houston foursome, including their recently launched Nice Look t-shirt line, seen recently on model Maliah Michel.
The Niceguys epitomize the law of dynamics. They stimulate development and progress, and they also thrive off their own original ideas. The Niceguys' MC, DJ, and Producers consist of four young men by the names of Yves (MC), Candlestick (DJ), Free (Producer), and Christolph (Producer), respectively. Experiencing The Niceguys' chemistry live on stage is when the audience can witness that there is more to the group than meets the ear. The guys' personality and talent, as well as the lyrical content of their music, combine to provide a feel-good atmosphere for whoever is around. Having released The Green Room EP for free download in late 2009, The Niceguys have been quickly garnering attention from writers, bloggers, and tastemakers alike. The Niceguys' debut LP, The Show, will be dropping in the fall of 2010 via The Pi Group.
FEAT. SINGAPORE KANE x ALEGORY x HOME TEAM x TOZU PROD.
"RAISED IN THE GHETTO, SCHOOL IN THE BURBS COMING SOON"
Boston emcee Re-Surch has teamed up with Kevin Nottingham and One Three Music to present his latest mixtape, "Alcoholic College Kidz: The Collective Vol. 1." Forgoing the current hip hop stereotypes, Re-Surch has crafted a compilation for hip hop fans who just want to party and have a good time.
Mixed by Ryan Todd and DJ Liberty, the brand new mixtape boasts 20 tracks from Re-Surch and his Alcoholic College Kidz crew, including the KN-premiered leaks “Mic In My Hand” featuring Singapore Kane and “Dropping Shit Like A Pigeon (Slow Flow)”.
With production from the likes of Tozu Productions, Alegory, Home Team and more, this project should hold you over until Re-Surch drops his upcoming album "Raised In The Ghetto, Went To School In The Burbs" on ACK Ent./One3 Music.
01.) Showin' My Ass (feat. DJ Liberty) (Produced By Tozu Productions) 02.) G Problems 03.) Proceed With Caution (feat. Neb-T & Flem) (Produced By Tozu Productions) 04.) Be First 05.) Sex, Drugz & Rock 'N' Roll (Produced By DJ Evil Dee) 06.) The World At Large 07.) Droppin' Sh*t Like A Pigeon (Produced By Home Team) 08.) Alcoholic College Kidz (Produced By Beatdown) 09.) Every Dorm We Go Through 10.) Boston Sound (feat. J-Pup & Neb-T) (Produced By Tozu Productions) 11.) Fake Records (Produced By Home Team) 12.) Love Me or Leave Me (Produced By Home Team) 13.) Never Fall For A White Girl (Produced By Brian Burns) 14.) Deep Dreamin' 15.) Mic In My Hand (feat. Singapore Kane) (Produced By Alegory) 16.) Old School (Re-Mix) (feat. Napoleon The Great & Bill Blast) (Produced By Bill Blast) 17.) ACK The Collective (feat. Sam Cook, Toddy Muffins, Kahdy & Dirt Jones) 18.) Your Girlfriend's Boyfriend (feat. Toddy Muffins) (Produced By Alegory) 19.) This Time (feat. Shannon Gallagher) (Produced By Beatdown & Re-Surch) 20.) Showin' Respect To Below The Line (Produced By Chance One)
Trapped out alongside DJ Holiday and company last week, SL Jones is turning up the volume on his No Expiration Date series. This time up, Jonesy destroys Soulja Boy's "Turnt Up" with some sick wordplay on this freestyle.