Savage Readies "The Tribal Council" for October 5th Release
San Francisco, CA - By now, the signing of the South Pacific's #1 Urban entertainment company, Dawn Raid Music Ltd., to an exclusive 3-year distribution deal with SMC Recordings/Fontana is old news. The new news is that Dawn Raid's flagship Platinum artist, Savage, is readying his second US release, Savage Presents The Tribal Council, for an October 5th street date. The 2-disc set is a compilation of 32 songs showcasing the world's best R&B, Hip Hop & Reggae artists from the South Pacific region, alongside an A-list of Platinum US stars; Akon, Pitbull, Baby Bash, E40, Talib Kweli and Bobby Valentino.
For those of you for whom Savage's name doesn't ring an immediate bell, take your minds back to the club scene in a little movie called, Knocked Up.....no? Not coming to you? Well, here is the video to Swing, which garnered well over 2 millions views on YouTube alone http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sgZOQVV-tmI The song was a #1 smash for Savage and catapulted him to overnight success in the US.
As wonderful as overnight success stateside was for Savage, fame was nothing new to him at all. In fact, if you ask a native of the South Pacific about Savage, you will be regaled in much the same way as if you had asked a native of Brooklyn about Biggie Smalls. Savage first stormed the New Zealand charts back in 2002 with the group he founded, The Deceptikonz, and their #2 debut album, Elimination. First released back home in New Zealand in 2004, his solo single, Swing, went instantly to #1 there, followed by Moonshine ft. Akon, which not only spent 7 weeks at #1 but introduced the world to the now super star (Akon). Moonshine was certified Platinum in June 2005 and was Akon's first #1 hit anywhere in the world.
Back in the US, and with the help of Universal Republic and the placement of the song in Knocked Up, Swing was certified Platinum, with over 1.8 million units sold, by August, 2008. It became the highest selling New Zealand single in US history.
Now, after a brief sojourn in New Zealand for the release of his solo album, Savage Island, which had debuted on the US' Billboard Heatseekers chart at #12, Savage is back with his brand new single, Twerk. Produced by Twice As Nice, who have several tracks on The Tribal Council, Twerk has an ass-shaking vibe that is very reminiscent of Swing.
Regardless of its origins in the world, Hip Hop's mission to keep 'ya ass on tha floor' stays true. Twerk is no exception so you can definitely expect to hear it soon, in a club near you.
Just a year after the release of his Underground Prince Mix CD, Tek has returned in full force, allying with a bevy of battle-tested MC's and producers to put out a record sure to live up to its gold-plated name.
This project comes in anticipation of Pete Rock & Smif N Wessun's newest studio album, Monumental, scheduled to hit stores in late Fall.
Smif N Wessun fans can hear the duo rhyme on Tek's 24KT Smoke album on the track,"Death Is Forever," which also features Havoc of Mobb Deep. The song addresses what each artist feels are the key issues in coping with man's inevitable mortality. Click Here To Wach The Music Video
Aside from General Steele and Havoc, the project features Wu-Tang Clan member Inspectah Deck on "That Barrel Go Bang." Beyond Deck, fans can also catch a special appearance from Sheek Louch of The LOX fame, as well as Freeway.
The mix CD features production from the likes of !LLMIND, who is currently working on a new project with Duck Down artist Skyzoo, as well as Statik Selektah, Drawzilla, Coptic and Tek himself. Click Here To Purchase "24KT Smoke" at iTunes
Official Track Listing:
1. Hey Gurl Intro (Produced by TEK)
2. Smoke's Theme (Produced by Cocaine Cowboys)
3. Pushin' Game (Produced by Illmind)
4. Touchin' That Green (Produced by Music Mystro)
5. Grind Wit Me featuring Sheek Louch (Produced by S-Type)
6. That Barrel Go Bang featuring Inspectah Deck and Fes Taylor (Produced by Drawzilla)
7.Shottaz featuring Freeway and Jakk Frost (Produced by Gsuz187)
8. Eyes On The Prize featuring MBusi (Produced by Gsuz187)
9. Trunk Fulla Bang (Produced by Coptic)
10. Death Iz Forever 2 featuring Steele and Havoc of Mobb Deep (Produced by Don Notz)
11.New Luv featuring Drawzilla (Produced by Drawzilla)
12. Forever featuring Iman Jaunte (Produced by Cookin' Soul)
13. Courtesy featuring D'Shaun (Produced by Shawneci)
14. Toast To The Good Life (Produced by Statik Selektah)
15. Grind Wit Me G-Mix featuring Sheek Louch and Drawzilla (Produced by Drawzilla)
Babygrande Records is proud to announce the upcoming release of GroupHome’s “Gifted Unlimited Rhymes Universal” on September 28th. Honing their skills for over 20 years, GroupHome is back to pay homage to their longtime friend and collaborator, the legendary Guru.
GroupHome has unquestionably proven that they are one of the most important groups to come out of hip-hop’s revered “golden age.” Appearing on Gang Starr’s 1994 album “Hard To Earn,” GroupHome released their critically acclaimed debut album “Livin’ Proof” in 1995. Now, Lil Dap has returned with partner Melachi The Nutcracker, enlisting the help of legendary hip-hop icons Jeru The Damaja, Lord Jamar (Brand Nubian) & more as well as some unreleased heat from former partner in rhyme Guru himself, to bring experience, perspective and their unique flavor to the game with their new album “G.U.R.U.”
Set for release on September 28th by Babygrande Records, GroupHome’s “Gifted Unlimited Rhymes Universal” is a tribute to the movement that birthed hip-hop’s most celebrated emcees and a must-have for any true fan of hip-hop.
Be sure to check out the video below where Dap and Mel talk about coming up hard in the Bronx with Guru and DJ Premier. Mel touches on slinging crack at 14 years old, and Dap recalls an incident when he was chilling with Biggie, Guru and Lil Cease, when Guru got arrested, and Dap had to drive Guru's Jaguar around all night figuring out how to bail their friend out of jail.
VIDEO: LIL DAP (GROUP HOME) TALKS ABOUT COMING UP HARD IN NY AND HANGING WITH BIGGIE, GURU + LIL CEASE
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GroupHome "Gifted Unlimited Rhymes Universal" In Stores September 28th, 2010 Babygrande Records
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Mr. Green & DJ Critical Hype to Release Wu-Tang Project This Fall
Following in the footsteps of legendary producers 9th Wonder (God's Stepson) and Danger Mouse (The Grey Album) Mr. Green and DJ Critical Hype combine forces to blend some of the best Wu Tang lyrics of all time with Mr. Green's unforgettable beats. No official release date has been set but the project is slated to come out this fall.