Groups like Brand Nubian and Poor Righteous Teachers epitomized the socially conscious, Five Percent Nation-inspired edutainment that dominated hip-hop's golden era. This era had such an impact on Ohio producer J Rawls that he knew it had to be represented on his new album, The Hip-Hop Affect. The result is the first ever collaboration between the two legendary crews, and a soon-to-be classic record. On "Face It", Sadat X and Wise Intelligent trade knowledge, wisdom, and understanding back and forth over a soulful J Rawls instrumental, while Rawls himself offers a few words of inspiration. The video was shot in front of Harlem's legendary Allah School in Mecca (where the Nation of Gods and Earths has been headquartered since the 1960s), and features a cameo from fellow hip-hop veteran John Robinson of Scienz Of Life. Watch it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JHHd571Xljw.
West Virginia‘s own J.Fraze is hitting retail stores this week with his national debut,“Brighter Dayz” through Infinity Music/Central South Distribution. The album will be hitting many retailers including, Family Christian Stores, Mardel Christian & Education Stores, FYE Stores, Independent Stores, and a host of Online Retailers everywhere! This project features some of the biggest names in music like legendary producer, Marley Marl, Grammy Award Winner Billy Beck (Ohio Players), Milliyon (Cajo Records), Humble Tip, Big Ran (Canton Jones), Krazy Figs (Akon), Doc Sizzo(John P. Kee, Deitrick Haddon) and Jody Daniels(Levert, Ohio Players, Shirley Ceasar) and more! ”I will be the first artist to come out of West Virginia into the national spotlight, this is just huge not only for my state but, for me personally to be representing a positive message to this generation through music. I hope that it transforms lives and instills a new sense of purpose for millions throughout the world” says J.Fraze. The first single,“Jehovah Jireh” is now hitting radio stations nationwide and features the Generation Yes Choir who were regional finalists on the 2010 Verizon’s “How Sweet the Sound.” The single will be serviced through Noble Productions by Patrick Noble(Da Truth, Beverly Crawford) to Gospel Radio everywhere. Also, along with the radio single the music video for “Jehovah Jireh” is going to be hitting television and internet programs very soon. The music video was shot by Cucumber & Company and directed by J.Fraze at the New River Gorge in West Virginia which is a breath-taking landmark.
J.Fraze is gearing up for a summer/fall tour that will take him all across America to places like Florida, North Carolina, Tennessee, Ohio, Texas, and many more stops to get the word out on the new album, “Brighter Dayz.” J.Fraze has also been doing a lot of press all over the nation on radio interviews, magazines, internet websites, and television interviews with ABC, NBC, CBS, and Fox, affiliates and is in preparation to be on Bobby Jones Gospel, and soon on TBN’s “Praise The Lord.” J.Fraze had this to say about the busy schedule, “It looks like an extremely busy year but, I am really excited to get out to meet people all over the country, that’s what it’s all about relationships and connecting with people where they are!” J.Fraze has been doing performances all over the country with national recording artists like, Canton Jones, Tye Tribbett, Group 1 Crew, Martha Munizzi, Nappy Roots, William McDowell, just to name a few. J.Fraze had this to say when asked about the album and what impact he wants listeners to receive, “I want my fans to know that this is a great project that people from ages 8 to 80 can listen to and enjoy because there is something from smooth R&B blends to straight Hip Hop beats, to Contemporary Praise & Worship. So, hear my journey through these lyrics and understand that I am in the world but not of it I am in Christ. I feel that we need to open doors to people who would not necessarily be open to Christ’s message but, through song, this message does show them that His Word is applicable through real life stuggles and issues.”
Beatrock Music and Just Bombin Films are proud to present the debut video of The CounterParts Crew. "What We Do" is a track off of the group's self-titled debut album. We hope you enjoy the video as well as the song, which can be downloaded for free at beatrockmusic.com.
"Hip Hop in the Soul Documentary" is a peek into Cymarshall Law & Skit Slam's hip hop way of living their regular lives. Doing it without any big advances, they are still able to succeed in the music industry. Freedom is the record label, Slam Shot Media is the film production company. Thanks for supporting us and stay tuned because we have a lot more to show you!
Central California’s Moonshine Bandits have released their video for the track “Shine With Me” online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=am9AmG5aQMM. The song is just a swig of what fans can expect from the Moonshine Bandits new album “Whiskey and Women", which hit stores this week on Suburban Noize Records. Fans excited to hear the Moonshine Bandits intoxicating new album can head over to AOL Music where the band is streaming the record in its entirety online at http://music.aol.com/new-releases-full-cds/#/24 .
"’Shine With Me’ was inspired by Johnny Cash's ‘I've Been Everywhere’, as it tells a story of some of the types of fans and different places we have performed at,” commented Bird from Moonshine Bandits. “We wanted the video to be a mini documentary and a toast to all the people that support us. The video was filmed by Director Robert Brown and it brings you a backstage pass to some of the types of events we do."
Moonshine Bandits new album “Whiskey and Women" is the soundtrack to late nights in dive bars and truck stops. Moonshine Bandits brand of misfit country hip-hop is fueled by women, whiskey, and 4 wheel drives to create the bastard child of Johnny Cash and the Beastie Boys. “Whiskey and Women" features guest appearances by Danny Boone of Rehab, Big B, Dirtball & Daddy X from Kottonmouth Kings, and country superstar Colt Ford.
A3C Hip Hop Festival Now Accepting Artists Submissions
For Limited Time Festival Attendees Can Purchase Tickets At Special Discounted Rates
(Brooklyn, NY– May 10, 2011) The annual A3C Hip Hop Festival is now accepting artist submissions to take the stage October 6-8, 2011 at The Masquerade. Festival attendees can also purchase tickets now at a special discounted rate for a limited time.
The A3C has not only become the largest Hip Hop festival in the southeastern United States, but is the premier gathering place for MCs, DJs, and producers that create Hip Hop music as well as participants and fans of the culture. The 2010 festival included such exemplary artists as Jean Grae, 9th Wonder, Rhymefest, Camp Lo and Killer Mike.
Artists can submit for the 2011 event through either Sonicbids or ReverbNation. The A3C staff listens to every submission and is looking for talented artists from across the country who can bring something unique to the festival. All artists that submit receive a 3-day festival pass. There is a fee for submissions, and artists can submit before June 1, 2011 at an early bird rate of $10.
Three-day passes for the 2011 A3C Hip Hop Festival are on sale through the A3C website for $25 until May 31, 2011. 3-day passes will increase to $33 after June 1, 2011. Daily passes are also available for $15/day.
In addition to live performances and showcases, the A3C Hip Hop Festival features turntable, producer, and break dance competitions as well as educational and community programming including panel discussions and workshops.
Specific showcase, panel, artist and event updates will be announced through the A3C website on a rolling basis and continuing through the event’s start on October 6, 2011. More information about becoming involved in the A3C as an artist, partner, volunteer or media representative can be found at www.a3cfestival.com .