Fresh off of his Sandwich Shop collaboration with fellow Tanya Morgan member Donwill, Von Pea has been keeping himself busy with his own solo project, preparing Pea's Gotta Have It, slated for release September 2010. In order to whet the appetites of awaiting fans, Von Pea releases his free mixtape today, So Motivational: The Most Skullduggery of Mixtapes.
Consisting of a selection of new solo tracks and a host of current and past collaborations featuring talented artists like Trackademicks, XV, Che Grand, The Lessondary, and more So Motivational offers listeners a chance to catch up on much of the work Von has been doing outside his work with Tanya Morgan. "This started out as a collection of all of my recent collaborations," explains Von of the mixtape, "but I decided to use the ones that fit best as well as record a few new tracks." The result is a collection of tracks that to come together with fluidity. With "Lookin Fly" featuring Trackademicks and Donwill, the three rap over a funk-inspired Von Pea-produced track, while, elsewhere, "Year Of The Other" finds Von trading verses with fellow emcees Max Mega and Justin Battle over the track's smacking drums, wobbling bass, and hazy synthesizers. The mixtape is also accompanied by special artwork, created by Shake of 2dopeboyz.com/ArtByShake.com.
Von Pea's Pea's Gotta Have It will be released September 7th via Interdependent Media.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Von Pea has been emceeing since 1991 and producing since 2000. Initially attracted to hip hop by the likes of Another Bad Creation and many other young rappers that were near his own age, Von would eventually shift his interest to those who would become his strongest influences – A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Big Daddy Kane, DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, and Biggie. In 2002 Von Pea began an alliance with the original members of North Carolina rap group Little Brother (Phonte, Rapper Big Pooh, and 9th Wonder) which lead him to being featured on such projects as Phonte and Nicolay’s Foreign Exchange Connected album (“Von Sees”), and Little Brother’s The Minstrel Show (“Cheatin” interlude). In addition to his group’s music, Von has released acclaimed projects such as 2003’s “Custom Fitted”, 2007’s “Grand Vonye” and his late 2007 remix project “American Angster” which has been considered one of the best of the Jay Z remix albums. Von Pea is also a member of the rap group Tanya Morgan. Von Pea's latest solo album, Pea's Gotta Have it, will be released September 7th.
Ralphy Boy's introduction to the world continues as he presents his new video for the track entitled 'Tell Me'. In this video, Ralphy starts off by explaining what he wants from listeners then the video takes a slight twist.
'Hear Me, Feel Me' is a collection of tracks recorded by the Brooklyn artist from '08 until now. The project is compiled of both released and unreleased music to create Ralphy's story of his personality traits, love, pain, fun and being fly which stands the test of time. Includes fan favorites such as 'Tell Me', 'Get It' and 'Brooklyn Bullshit' (Fly, Fresh, Free).
Potluck To Release “Greatest Hits With Our Buds” Featuring Tech N9ne, D12, E-40, Chali 2na, and The Luniz On July 20th
Since 2001, Humboldt hip-hop duo Potluck has been cultivating an army of pot smoking hip-hop heads who crave the group’s head nodding beats. Throughout their decade career, Potluck has created some sticky musical chemistry with the aid of some of their closest musical comrades. Now the group has collected their greatest collaborations into one career spanning package entitled, "Greatest Hits With Our Buds", for release on July 20th, 2010 through Suburban Noize Records.
"We have been blessed to work with a lot of well known rappers throughout our career. We are always getting questions from fans about what album certain songs are on, so we decided to put out a 'Greatest Hits' of all the collaborations we have done," commented 1 Ton from Potluck. "We went through all of our albums and picked out all of the best collaboration tracks, as well as some unreleased songs we have with D12, King Gordy, and (Hed)pe. If you like Potluck or never heard of us before, this CD will be sure to entertain you. Welcome to the Movement!!!"
"Greatest Hits With My Buds" will be a 2-disc set that includes classic tracks from the Potluck back-catalog, as well as the previously unreleased song, “I Ain’t Crazy”, featuring none other than D12 & King Gordy. The second disc in this explosive set will include the Potluck EP, "Pothead Music Vol. 1: The Dank Alumni Experience", which was previously only available digitally. The EP features tracks the group recorded alongside Absolute on End, and Garth "Culti" Vader. The album is available for pre-order online at http://www.subnoizestore.com/Potluck-Greatest-Hits-With-My-Buds-p/nze190.htm?Click=23938.
POTLUCK “GREATEST HITS WITH OUR BUDS” TRACK LISTING:
1 - "What We Are" feat. Tech N9ne & Big Krizz Kaliko
2 - "Sports Junkies" feat. Equipto
3 - "Stoner Bitch" feat. Kottonmouth Kings
4 - "Humboldt County High" feat. Al Roc Ski & Automatic
5 - "Say What U Wanna" feat. Tech N9ne
6 - "Mary Jane" feat. The Luniz
7 - "You Ain’t That Fine" feat. E-40
8 - "Hip Hop" feat. Mystik Journeymen
9 - "Hot Box Anthem' feat. Absolute on End & Garth Culti Vader
Video: Big Boi's Advice on Juggling Music & Family
Big Boi, one half of the legendary group, Outkast, gives DJ Smallz a glimpse into his family life and explains how he juggles between the music business and his family duties. His new Def Jam project, "Sir Lucious Left Foot... The Son of Chico Dusty" is in stores now.