With a new album coming May 17th, J Rawls is ready to re-introduce himself to the hip-hop masses. For those who aren't familiar with Rawls' discography, we've got a history lesson. DJ O-Sharp of the Usual Suspects crew has put together a mix full of Rawls' classic productions for the likes of Talib Kweli, J-Live, John Robinson, All Natural, Middle Child, as well as his own groups, Lone Catalysts and The Liquid Crystal Project. Available free on iTunes. If you don't know, now you know.
The Hip-Hop Affect is the first solo hip-hop album from J Rawls in nearly 10 years. Featuring appearances from Rhymefest, Sadat X, Tanya Morgan, J Sands (of Lone Catalysts), Copywrite, Bad Azz, Edo G, Stalley, Casual, Count Bass D, Wise Intelligent (of Poor Righteous Teachers), El Da Sensei, John Robinson, Fat Jon, and more, the album will be in stores everywhere on May 17, 2011. More info here.
Video: Zion I & The Grouch - "Healing Of The Nation"
As Zion I & The Grouch wrap up the last few dates of their nationwide Healing Of The Nation Tour – a tour that kicked off March 19th with a sold out show in the Bay and will wrap up this Sunday in Santa Barbara, CA before the trio heads to Hawaii for a handful of dates – the Bay Area trio is releasing the latest video from Heroes In The Healing Of The Nation, this time for quasi-title track, "Healing Of The Nation." The video for "Healing Of The Nation" is a fun one, with kids running around the city covered in reel-to-reel tape, throwing bricks and causing havoc, alongside choppy footage of Zumbi and The Grouch as they rap atop Amp Live's raucous, synth- and rock-influenced beat. Full of twists and turns, the video comes back to the memorable hook, as Zumbi spits, "Check me out, I'm on your station/ Coming live with a new vibration... Feel it in your middle, it's the healing of the nation."
--== LAST CALL TO SEND IN YOUR RECEIPTS FOR GNOME SANE ==-- --== TRANSFORMERS, THE T-SHIRT ==-- --== PENGUICON AND EARWORM ==--
--== LAST CALL TO SEND IN YOUR RECEIPTS FOR GNOME SANE ==-- If you took part in the iTunes Rush on April 1st and want your physical CDs of Gnome Sane and Nah Mean you have until April 30th to send in your receipt from Apple. If you haven’t gotten your receipt you can send me a screenshot of your recent purchases from iTunes. For help on doing that please contact your personal IT guy.
Send the receipt or screenshot to email@example.com. I’m going to be shutting down that account when I get back from Penguicon because I can only take so much Russian porn.
--== TRANSFORMERS, THE T-SHIRT ==-- Many people have commented on how much they liked the Transformers logo I did for myself where I took the Autobot symbol and gave it a red beard to make it look like me. Well now this design is available in convenient t-shirt form for all your upper body covering needs.
The shirt is a 2 color print on black and comes in sizes from S to XXXL. And I’ll get it posted on DevoSpice.com at some point as well, but for now you can get it from The FuMP.
--== PENGUICON AND EARWORM ==-- Finally, just a couple quick notes. For those of you coming to Penguicon this weekend my concert will be Saturday night at 9:00. I will only be there for Saturday and a few hours on Sunday morning.
And today (Thursday, April 28th) is the last day you can download my song “Earworm” from The FuMP for free. Tomorrow it gets bumped to the archive. “Earworm” features a guest appearance by MC Lars and is about really annoying songs that get stuck in your head. Hopefully this isn’t one of them.
It's not always easy to sell out a show that involves a bunch of dudes playing some beats on a stage; but Beat Society isn't a collection of your everyday dudes, and they sure as hell don't make your everyday beats. Following a five-year hiatus, the heralded producer showcase, presented by Native Instruments and SoulSpazm Records, made its grand return back in February at Tammany Hall in NYC. The 400-person venue was packed from start to finish, but for those who couldn't make it, or haven't had an opportunity to see what the event is all about, Beat Society and SlopFunkDust are excited to share a new video highlighting the February event.
"Beat Society is kind of a unique event that started about 10 years ago," said !llMind, one of the select producers of Beat Society. "It's a live producer showcase with about four to six producers. The event is basically a way to show people what we do in a cool, fun, live setting." Along with Slop and !llMind, notable producers like DJ Revolution, Nottz, Buckwild, Don Cannon, and Khrysis played material for the masses, also sitting down to discuss beat making and what makes Beat Society special.