Interscope Records plan to profit off an additional Eminem album before the year closes out one way or another. Em's label plan to re-release the lukewarm "Relapse" album next month, December 22nd just in time for Christmas. The re-jiggered "Relapse" album will feature seven brand new tracks. There's been no word if seven of those new tracks features the records that was due to pop up on a "Relapse 2" album mostly produced by Just Blaze. Just a few months ago MTV released their annual "Hottest MCs In The Game" project that omitted the highly praised rapper from the top ten.
Beginning Of The End For 50 Cent?
Or is this a sign of the times. Queens rapper and Soundscan bully 50 Cent's latest album "Before I Self Destruct" is expected to make a different type of splash on next week’s Billboards charts in a strong contrast from his previous efforts. According to hits daily double Fif's last contractual album on Interscope Records will move a staggering 150-160 copies in it's first week on shelves. 50 suffered a major setback when the album was leaked almost a month early forcing the rappers label to move the release date up with a unique offering: a digital release on iTunes followed by the albums full release one week later accompanied by the movie "Before I Self Destruct."
Black Sheep To Release From The Black Pool Of Genius: The Prelude + "Forever LuvLee" Video 11.19.2009 Dres Of Black Sheep Drops EP In Advance of Spring 2010 Full-Length
(November 19, 2009- Brooklyn, NY) Dres, of the legendary Queens outfit Black Sheep is proud to announce the first of two brand new Black Sheep projects to be released in the next several months. The Native Tongues veteran is gearing up for his first full length since 2006, the forthcoming From The Black Pool Of Genius. Before the album is released in Spring 2010, Dres has decided to whet Black Sheep fans' appetites with From The Black Pool of Genius: The Prelude, a five song EP to be released on December 1st, 2009.
The Prelude finds Dres showcasing his extraordinary skills without appearing to break a sweat. He manages to sound effortless while walking a lyrical tightrope- wielding his uniquely bouncy flow while addressing serious, deeply thought-out issues. Dres, one of the most experienced and insightful voices in hip-hop today, is using the album as a means of communicating what he believes the meaning of hip-hop truly is. "I once heard a poet say that 'hip hop backward is 'pih poh (people)'- the way I see it, many artists are a lot more hip-hop than they ever realized. I would dare to say that any artist over time, regardless of genre, that makes music for the 'pih poh'... is hip-hop." This type of inclusive, outside the box thinking is a hallmark of Black Sheep's music and is very much on display on From The Black Pool of Genius.
As for the title of the album, Dres explains that, "'Black Pool' doesn’t refer to black people. It refers to the color black's unique ability to absorb light. This deep, vast pool of soul, of artistic insight; although it's not always understood, the light it reflects back to the 'pih-poh' is necessary."
Watch out for From The Black Pool of Genius: The Prelude on December 1st, and From The Black Pool of Genius full length in Spring 2010.
It all began with a thundering baseline and an unmistakably classic phrase - "this or that." One of the most widely recognized songs in rap music history, the 1991 classic "The Choice is Yours" was hailed by VH1 in 2008 as one of the best rap songs of all time. The highly respected Queens emcee Dres, along with DJing partner-in-crime William "Mista Lawnge" McLean took the music industry by storm in the early 1990's as part of the groundbreaking collective Native Tongues. Penning such Billboard standouts as "Flavor of the Month" and "Strobelight Honey" for the duo's platinum-selling debut album A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing in 1992, Dres would continue to crank out the hits on the group's second release, Non Fiction. After a brief reunion with Mister Lawnge in 2000, Dres again set his sights on recording. He released the innovative online-only album 8WM/Novakane in 2007. Now he's back in the studio, writing the next chapter of his storied career. Dres' highly anticipated new project, From the Black Pool of Genius, out Spring 2010, promises to pair thought-provoking lyrics with astounding beats constructed by a corps of new and established beatmakers. They include Bean One, Showbiz, Tough Junkie, P. Locke, Urban Soul Music Group, and Willie Evans. He's also got an impressive line-up of guest stars, including De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest, Rhymefest, AZ, and Tough Junkie, among others. Leading up to the release of his next full-length, Black Sheep will be releasing a precursor EP, From The Black Pool Of Genius: The Prelude, available December 1st.
MYSPACE MUSIC'S "THE RELEASE" CELEBRATES 50TH CONCERT WITH SPECIAL PERFORMANCE BY 50 CENT IN NEW YORK CITY
To celebrate the momentous 50th installment of "THE RELEASE," MySpace Music will be hosting a special performance by the one-and-only 50 Cent on Monday, November 23 at Highline Ballroom in New York City in conjunction with Hot 97. This special concert for "THE RELEASE" will be a performance to celebrate the release of 50 Cent's Before I Self Destruct, an album that debuted #1 on iTunes. Doors for the 21+ show will open at 8 p.m. and entry can be obtained by sending an RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org only.
For Before I Self Destruct, 50 Cent's fourth full-length album, he returned to working closely with Dr. Dre and Eminem as he did on Get Rich Or Die Tryin', his first official album. With Dr. Dre and Eminem producing and guesting, Before I Self Destruct is darker and harder than 2007's Curtis, as shown by the grimy single and video for "OK, You're Right" (produced by Dr. Dre), which was released earlier this year. In early September, 50 released the hit single "Baby By Me" produced by Polow da Don (Fergie, T.I., Ludacris). Before I Self Destruct continues 50 Cent's phenomenal rise from street culture hero to pop culture icon. For more information, tour updates and news, please visit 50 Cent's official MySpace Music profile: http://www.myspace.com/50cent .
"THE RELEASE" is a live concert event where MySpace users are provided a chance to see the biggest urban music artists for free simply by responding to a series of blogs and bulletins posted from the program's official profile at http://www.myspace.com/hiphop. Past events have included record release performances by Jay-Z, Eminem, Nas, Ice Cube, T.I. (with Kanye West & Rihanna), Ghostface Killah, David Banner, The-Dream, T-Pain, Raphael Saadiq and 40 other top-tier artists. For additional info on MySpace Music's "THE RELEASE," please visit: http://www.myspace.com/hiphop .
Highlights from past performances for "THE RELEASE":
Rostrum Records, Frank Radio, and iHipHop Distribution are proud to announce the upcoming release of Wiz Khalifa’s “Deal Or No Deal.” The album will be available in stores and online November 24th.
After leaving Warner Bros. Records in July, Wiz’s career has continued to take off independently. This past summer he released a now classic mixtape, “Flight School,” and teamed up with Curren$y for the “How Fly” project. He has toured relentlessly and has continued to connect with his ever-growing fanbase in new and innovative ways.
“Deal Or No Deal” is a new 15-track album that displays Wiz’s growth and progression as a world-class MC. Contributing producers include E. Dan, Josh Everette, Ryan M. Tedder, Johnny Juliano and Sledgren. Wiz also enlists Curren$y, Kev Da Hustla, Lavish, and Josh Everette as featured guest artists.
FRANKRADIO, ihiphop and Rostrum Records Present:
Tuesday November 24th
Wiz Khalifa - "Deal Or No Deal" Release Party
Live In Performance:
Wiz Khalifa Ninjasonik Trouble Andrew
Hosted By Angela Yee (Lip Service/XM/Sirius Radio) & Combat Jack (XXL)
With DJs Jasmine Solano and Schoolboy
At The Highline Ballroom 431 W. 16th St. (Btw 9th and 10th Aves) New York, NY
Be sure to Pre-Order "Deal Or No Deal" below on iTunes and support real hip-hop. Also, if you're going to be in New York, buy tickets now for the "Deal Or No Deal" Release Party at the Highline Ballroom on November 24th. With Angela Yee (Sirius XM) and Combat Jack (XXL) to host, and Trouble Andrew and Ninjasonik added to the bill, the event promises to be truly one-of-a-kind.
Obie Trice And MoSS Form New Dynamic Duo & Team Up For Special Reserve LP
SPECIAL RESERVE TO BE RELEASED ON 12-15-09
Returning with his first LP since his departure from Shady Records (where he was one of the label’s top selling artists), Obie Trice readies a new street LP, Special Reserve, which finds him collaborating solely with rising producer MoSS.
With a very strong fanbase, a strong presence on commercial radio and having sold in excess of 1.5 million albums to date (including the certified Platinum Cheers), Special Reserve is a departure from Obie’s typical sound, as a wide range of gritty audio mosaics are provided by MoSS, as he continues to not only raise his profile, but the bar he’s set from his previous work with Raekwon, Ghostface, Joell Ortiz, Joe Budden, AZ, Sean Price, Slum Village, Havoc, Kool G Rap, KRS-One/Buckshot etc. MoSS is also the first producer signed to the legendary DJ Premier’s “Works of Mart” production company.
Obie Trice's Special Reserve will be released on 12-15-09.
Tracklisting and credits for Obie Trice Special Reserve:
2.) Got Hungry
3.) You’ve Been Slain
4.) On & On
5.) I Am
6.) 4 Stories
7.) Roughnecks f/Deuce Wonder
8.) Cool Cat
9.) What You Want
10.) Jack My Dick
11.) Dope, Jobs, Homeless (alternate take / Bonus Song)
*All Tracks Produced by MoSS
To obtain a press copy of Obie Trice & MoSS’ Special Reserve for feature or review purposes, please contact:
LEGENDARY MC GURU AKA MR. GANGSTARR & HIT PRODUCER SOLAR RELEASED NEW TRACK "AFTER TIME"
Legendary emcee Guru (GangStarr, Jazzmatazz) and super producer Solar, the teaming that has already produced three hit albums ("Version 7.0: The Street Scriptures", "Jazzmatazz Vol. 4" and "The Timebomb/Back To The Future"), have released a new track titled "After Time" from their critically-acclaimed album "Guru 8.0 Lost & Found". "After Time" is available for free download below! A video for the track will be shot soon so watch your inbox for more Guru and Solar related information.
When you support real Hip-Hop, please post Guru's "After Time" on your websites, blogs, message boards - we appreciate it! If you need drops, interviews etc., contact email@example.com and we will take care of it asap.
The homie Damu is set to release a new EP next week on the London-based label, Kilawatt Music. This project, aptly titled "Kilawatt V1", is extra special because it was a Panacea-affair, featuring Raw Poetic on both the vocal tracks and yours truly handling its' mastering. The EP also features some instrumenta-lude tracks and will be available in both vinyl and digital formats, however, the digi version will actually contain less tracks so the wax is definitely the move! You can go HERE to download some snippets and preview the project, and please make sure to support when it drops on November 23rd! AND... since I'm in a Damu state-of-mind, make sure you also cop the "Travel At Your Own Pace" Instros from his group Y Society.
LYRICS BORN RELEASES NEW SINGLE, “OH BABY,” EXCLUSIVELY ON BRAND SPANKING NEW LBFM
Lyrics Born’s New Online Radio Player, LBFM, Will Feature Exclusive Mixes, World Premieres, a Personal Playlist Chosen by Lyrics Born Himself, Multiple Channels and Much More!
Lyrics Born’s new single, "Oh Baby," is available exclusively on LBFM and is the latest track from his forthcoming new album, AS U WERE, slated for a Spring 2010 release. The eclectic song continues to build upon LB's pre-album-launch campaign which has already spawned videos and singles for the tracks "Funky Hit Records" (featured on YouTube) and "Pushed Aside, Pulled Apart" featuring Latyrx partner, Lateef the Truthspeaker (premiered on URB.com.)
LBFM is a fully embeddable flash player which can be added to websites, blogs, Myspace pages and more. The new online radio player adds to the MCs extensive online presence which currently includes pages at Myspace, Facebook and Twitter (which he personally updates himself) as well as LBTV, a weekly internet video show featuring artist interviews, live footage, behind-the-scenes moments, studio exclusives and more! All of this in addition to the official website, www.lyricsborn.com .
Lyrics Born recently released the fourth mixtape in his hit Variety Show franchise, The Lyrics Born Variety Show Season Pho -- featuring Kasabian, Gift of Gab, Lateef the Truthspeaker, Clyde Carson, Trackademicks, Joyo Velarde and many other guest artists. The mixtape is currently available digitally at The Lyrics Born Downloads Store, http://downloads.lyricsborn.com and physically in record stores and online at Lyrics Born's online shop, The Lyrics Born Variety Store http://store.lyricsborn.com .
Lyrics Born's unique voice has also allowed him to step outside the world of music and lend his talents to radio and television projects including Cartoon Network's #1 Friday Night Franchise, You Are Here, of which he is currently the voiceover announcer.
One of the most licensed hip-hop artists in the world, Lyrics Born has had placements on Diet Coke, Motorola, Nokia, and Vans commercials, TV shows such as "Entourage", "Six Feet Under", "What About Brian", "Gossip Girl", and "Gilmore Girls", films like Michael Mann's "Collateral" and Justin Lin's "Fast And The Furious: Tokyo Drift", "Friday the 13th," and videogames by EA Sports, 2K Sports and Atari. He has had sponsorships with Puma, Adidas, Diesel, and Evisu.
As the MC and Host of November's Deadliest Catch Tour featuring The Gift of Gab (Blackalicious), Chali 2na (Jurassic 5) and Mr. Lif as well as plans for a tour of Australia this winter with wife Joyo Velarde and his full band, The Lyrics Born Re-View, LB is never one to sit still for long.
• Wed-Nov-25 San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall • Tue-Dec-01 Austin, TX - Aces Lounge • Fri-Dec-4th Tampa, FL - Tampa Skate Park • Sun-Dec-06 Seattle, WA - Neumo's • Tue-Dec-08 Spokane, WA - The Blvd • Wed-Dec-09 Missoula, MT - The Palace • Thu-Dec-10 Bozeman, MT - Zebra Lounge • Fri-Dec-11 Salt Lake City, UT - Urban LoungeE • Sun-Dec-13 Sparks, NV - Vixens
Del The Funky Homosapien is a veteran of the road, having proved himself on countless stages the world over. With his collaboration album with Tame One, Parallel Uni-Verses, a new shoe from Osiris, and several free album download packages out this year, he's showing no signs of slowing down. Check the video for "Flashback" below for a taste to what to expect at one of his live shows.