Sweatshop Union are heavyweights of North Western hip-hop, and have earned a reputation as the hardest working collective in the region. Having performed over five hundred shows internationally, they have changed the perception of what live hip-hop can achieve. The group’s most ambitious record to date and award winning Bill Murray EP, (2011 Western Canadian Music Awards’ Hip Hop Recording of the Year) brought a whole new level to their steadily growing underground following. Building on this they will release another two new albums in 2012.
PR: Outside Lands 2012 f/ Big Boi, Skrillex & More
Courtesy Ken Weinstein.
OUTSIDE LANDS MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2012 LINEUP FEATURING: STEVIE WONDER, METALLICA, NEIL YOUNG & CRAZY HORSE, JACK WHITE, FOO FIGHTERS, BECK, SKRILLEX, SIGUR ROS, JUSTICE, NORAH JONES, THE KILLS, GRANDADDY, BIG BOI, FUN., OF MONSTERS AND MEN, ALABAMA SHAKES AND MORE!
April 17, 2012 -- San Francisco, CA -- Another Planet Entertainment, Superfly Presents and Starr Hill presents, in a partnership with the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, are proud to announce the lineup for the fifth annual Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival. The world's only gourmet music festival will once again take place in San Francisco's historic Golden Gate Park August 10 - 12, 2012. Tickets will go on sale Thursday April 19 at 12 noon PDT via www.sfoutsidelands.com. A significant portion of every ticket sold will directly benefit San Francisco's Recreation and Park Department.
Outside Lands' fifth anniversary lineup represents a palpable expansion on the traditions of the festival Rolling Stone called last year, "One of America's best." Consistently setting the standard in Northern California for intelligence and diversity in its programming, Outside Lands will up the ante once again and feature a staggering array of sets from established artists, newcomers, and the icons who inspired them. Featured this year are two Bay Area giants, Neil Young & Crazy Horse and Metallica, the latter of whom, on the heels of their 30th anniversary, will be performing in their home park for the first time ever. The festival also welcomes Stevie Wonder's first Bay Area appearance in many years, Jack White, who is celebrating the release of his first solo record, and Foo Fighters and Skrillex, both enjoying a multi-Grammy award winning year. Notables also confirmed are: Sigur Ros, Justice, Norah Jones, Grandaddy, Bloc Party, Die Antwoord, Amadou & Mariam, Fun., The Walkmen, Two Gallants, Alabama Shakes, Tame Impala, Sharon Van Etten, Bomba Estereo, Tennis, White Denim, Caveman and more.
Outside Lands has quickly become known for being as much about the food as it is about the music. As The Huffington Post reported, "unlike, well, every other music festival in the country, the culinary offerings at Outside Lands are truly spectacular." This year, the festival will see its most expansive line-up yet. In total, ticket holders will discover approximately 100 food and wine options including organic, kegged wine; food trucks and bites from some of the city's hottest chefs. Over 50 restaurants will gather in A Taste of the Bay Area and fans can expect to enjoy returning favorites like Maverick, Farmer Brown's Little Skillet, Pacific Catch, American Grilled Cheese Kitchen and 4505 Meats. Wine Lands will celebrate over 30 of the region's wineries and welcome back standouts like Long Meadow Ranch, Scribe, Bonny Doon, Kermit Lynch and Paul Grieco's Summer of Riesling 2012.
Now in its fifth year, the Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival has become a cherished event that the city of San Francisco has embraced as fans from across the country flock to spend a incomparable weekend in one of America's greatest parks. Each year, festival organizers ensure that every facet of the event highlights the Bay Area and all of the components that make it one of the most desirable places to live and visit. They also like to the say thank you to the city and the local communities surrounding the park by giving back in substantial ways, raising a total of $4.3 million for the San Francisco Recreation And Park Department. Last year alone, the festival had a $68 million impact on the city as a whole. Outside Lands would like to thank its partners Heineken, StubHub, Toyota, eSurance and PayPal.
Confirmed Outside Lands 2012 lineup is below:
Stevie Wonder Metallica Neil Young & Crazy Horse Jack White Foo Fighters Beck Skrillex Sigur Ros Justice Norah Jones Dispatch The Kills Regina Spektor Passion Pit Andrew Bird Grandaddy Big Boi Bloc Party Explosions In The Sky Franz Ferdinand Mstrkrft Rebelution Die Antwoord Fitz and The Tantrums Portugal. The Man Amadou & Mariam Wolfgang Gartner Fun. Dr. Dog The Walkmen Washed Out City and Colour Two Gallants Of Monsters and Men Mimosa Alabama Shakes Reggie Watts Trampled By Turtles Tame Impala Jovanotti The Be Good Tanyas Geographer Sharon Van Etten Yacht Sean Hayes Bomba Estereo Dirty Dozen Brass Band Big Gigantic Thee Oh Sees Wallpaper Tennis Zola Jesus White Denim Allen Stone The M Machine Michael Kiwanuka Tanlines Father John Misty Electric Guest Caveman Yellow Ostrich Papa Honey Island Swamp Band Animal Kingdom
PR: Q-Tipokratiya by TenDJiz (Q-Tip Meets Soviet Soul/Jazz)
Courtesy Funk Florida.
Q-Tipokratiya is a mash-up album by TenDJiz (Miami-based producer/sound-engineer) created by blending the acapellas of Q-Tip and instrumentals composed from Soviet Soul and Jazz samples. The title of the album is a portmanteau of the name Q-Tip and the Greek word “Kratia” (“Power”).
The previous mash-up album "De La Soulviet" by TenDJiz released in October 2011, has received positive reviews from critics and was featured in The Los Angeles Times, Miami New Times, etc.
PRESS RELEASE: Stretch Money Joins Forces With Veteran Producer Nick Speed For The April 24th Release of '25 Miles Per Hour'
Burgeoning Detroit-based emcee Stretch Money gears up for the April 24th release of his sophomore album 25 Miles Per Hour, through Hot Lava Records. Stretch, an artist defined by overcoming the odds of emerging from the trials and tribulations of the Motor City’s street life, expresses a myriad of themes and issues found throughout this LP. The production featured on 25MPH is composed entirely by G-Unit affiliate beatsmith Nick Speed, who has crafted songs for the likes of 50 Cent, Lloyd Banks, Talib Kweli, M.O.P. and Danny Brown, among others. The collaborative efforts of Stretch and Speed on 25MPH showcase the successful fusion of emcee and producer, which is made evident from the album’s introduction all the way through the outro.
In recent years, there resurgence of the one emcee, one producer album has permeated back into the fabric of the genre, remindful of celebrated combinations such as Pete Rock & CL Smooth, Scott La Rock & KRS-One, Dr. Dre and Eminem, Gangstarr (DJ Premier and Guru), Atmosphere (Slug and Ant) and Lord Finesse and DJ Mike Smooth, for example. 25 Miles Per Hour is representational of these successful combinations and is the first of a series of projects to be released by these two Detroit natives, with a follow-up 45 Miles Per Hour already in production.
In release of 25 Miles Per Hour, Stretch issues the following statement on the significance of this release: "25MPH means a lot to me. I'm cool and laid back and by teaming up with Speed, we average out to 25 Miles Per Hour (laughs), so this album is symbolic of that emcee/producer chemistry. This project is especially sentimental because it's my chance at creating something on the level of the artists that I've always looked up to."
Weighing in at twelve tracks with limited guest features, the creative narration of Stretch Money's lyrical abilities displayed on 25 Miles Per Hour transcends effortlessly to his audience. "Smile,' the album's flagship song serves as a powerful reminder to keep your head high and smile despite life's hardships. "It's a green light, you got to go just do your thing, If you woke up this morning, then there is no need to complain, baby try to live stress free, forget the strain, listen close to what I'm saying to you, cause this is game..."
On "They Aint Listenin'," Stretch details the dichotomy in what today's rap audience seems to prefer from their artists, verses both the artistry that he portrays and the message that he delivers. "And I'm sick of this fake shit, the ni@@as who can't spit, be gettin' recognition, they treat me like I ain't shit...I guess if I had a chain and put shoes on the Range, I'd look up and hear my music bang, but nah, they ain't listenin." On the infectious street banger "What's Hapnin," Stretch breaks down where he stands lyrically amongst his competition: "It's just how I'm feeling at the time, and these ni@@as need to put some feeling in their rhymes, instead of all that rappin' and tappin', I guess that's what's hapnin..."
Speed, whose production work started in the late 90's as a founding member of Detroit's 9-2-5 Colony describes his experience with working with Stretch as "exciting." "I was able to witness an artist document his own life and create a musical time capsule through his words. Stretch brings a fresh new approach to the game and he has the support of people everywhere!" As for pairing up with Speed, Stretch states: "Working with Nick seems like we've been friends for years. The creative process has been interesting cause on the one hand it's a very natural and smooth process to rhyme on his tracks, but on the other hand, I'm on my toes to make sure that I'm bringing my A game."
With this release, Stretch continues to prove why he is one of the most promising artists to emerge from Detroit's flourishing Hip-Hop scene in recent years. Both a previously featured ‘Next To Blow' (Hip Hop Weekly) and ‘Show & Prove' featured emcee (XXL Magazine), Stretch is eager to both feed his fan base and build upon his brand.
01. Intro 02. Work Of Art 03. Smile 04. They Aint Listenin' 05. Listen 2 Some Music 06. Let's Get High 07. What's Hapnin 08. Damn (feat. T-Dot) 09. Blow Ya Mind 10. Bury Me In My D Fitted 11. You Just A Bitch (feat. Jake MC & Moe Dirdee) 12. Outro
Download: Gypsyphonic Disko, "Booty Poppin'" f. Katey Red
Courtesy Dunn Deal PR.
Producer/dj Quickie Mart and Ben Ellman of funk/jazz band Galactic are Gypsyphonic Disko, presenting a free download of "Booty Poppin'", a song from their new free full-length NolaPhonic Volume 2, the New Orleans natives' second foray into their unique fusion of bounce and Balkan music. "Booty Poppin'" features bounce star Katey Red, widely regarded as the first homosexual rapper and pioneer of "sissy rap". Quickie Mart produced three volumes of the Haze Diaries mixtape series with East Coast emcee Gotham Green, and recently released Space Monkey Radio EP, five artist-approved dubstep remixes of tracks from Freddie Gibbs, Ricky B,Slightly Stoopid and more. Galactic's most recent studio album is Ya-Ka-May featuring Irma Thomas, Rebirth Brass Band, Trombone Shorty and more. Volume 2 also features Juvenile, Gift of Gab, Lateef the Truthspeaker and Big Freedia. The GD crew performs Sunday April 29th at Republic New Orleans (828 S. Peters).
A 22 year old rapper from Chepstow, Wales, who describes himself as "pretentious white boy who who's main influence is getting rejected by women."
A one-time stand-up comic and a full-time writer of rhymes filled with quick-witted metaphors, similes and hokery-pokery, echoing the sentiments and tomfoolery of a generation under the influence of modern life, Elro gained notoriety when his F64 for SBTV quickly became one of the highest viewed videos in the channel's history.
Whilst Elro was clocking up 1.5 million views and perfecting his rhymes in his Mum's backroom, down the M4 a small but noisy label called The Beats was stirring from a slumber.
Having witnessed that very SBTV performance, Mike Skinner felt finally there was a rapper in Elro who could live up to the standards of The Beats. As part of their new project The D.O.T. Mike was in the studio with Rob Harvey and after reaching out to Elro, a studio session was swiftly booked in. It soon became clear that "Bad News" produced by Mike, was a track finally worthy of The Beats seal of approval, and the label was re-born.
Iconic, shambolic and ahead of it's time The Beats was the record label founded by Mike Skinner and Ted Mayhem in 2004 that kick-started a revolution in the UK rap scene. Building on the success of Mike Skinner's own musical persona The Streets, The Beats record label gave birth to some major recording artists such as Example and Professor Green.
With the release of Greenball 3.5 on Fieldwerk Recordings, Jel has further established himself as one of the most solid producers of our time. Each song— crafted on a SP1200 and meticulously laced with live MPC drums, leading to an unmistakably distinct feel—features an industrially grimy sound yet the craftsmanship hints at a profoundly nimble dexterity on the pads.
Much like the other Greenball albums 3.5 slices through the muck and mire like a brooding symphony, but what separates this project from the others is the intensity in which the message is delivered. Songs like "Montro", "Shock Lock" and "Ignition Key" snap hard with crunchy boom-baps, and one would be hard-pressed to call them anything less than classic Jel. "Eclip", "Bloop Bit" and "94's" provide a nice melodic counterbalance to the hard edge, but even those smack with a certain sort of understated venom. Greenball 3.5 sits 13 tracks deep with each song moving hard and fast, which makes putting it on repeat a must.
*Included with the album is a digital download card as well as a slick 11×17 Jel SP1200 poster.
Video: Sheek Louch Performing at Eve Ultra Lounge in Staten Island, NY
Courtesy J Melo.
Here goes a video of Sheek Louch performing alongside Hell Fire & DJ Haze, a track titled "Lifestyle" off DJ Haze's recently released "The Color Purple" album. The performance occurred at Eve Ultra Lounge in Staten Island, NY at DJ Haze's record release party.