By all means am I excited for this adventure. In April Sadistik and I will embark on a 3 week long journey through Europe. While we are there we will be writing an EP together, which will be available in May. Also joining us on the trip will be my wife, Sharri (Satori Photography); she will be photo-documenting our trip, which will be available to view on my blog: HERE.
*For more information on this tour, or to RSVP, please visit the Facebook Event: HERE.
Miami, FL ~ As anyone who spotted Yung Berg on his media travels in NYC this week can tell you, his star-studded, all-original mixtape, "Mr Ward", finally hits the streets March 17th. Berg produced almost 75% of the 20-song effort and is assisted by cameos from an extensive cast of players including long time buddy Ray J, Roscoe Dash, Lil Scrappy, Veronica, Diamond, Pleasure P, Ya Boy, Shawty Lo and many more. The final song, "The Cypha" includes appearances by Brisco, Chad, Young Chris, Ice Berg, Freddy P, Guyana, Jordan Hollwood, Ball Greezy and Diego Cash.
Videos will abound for "Mr Ward", some of which have already hit the airwaves and net; "72 Hours" being the first. Other songs from the tape we can expect to see visuals for include "The Cypha", "Loving You Like Me", "So Amazing" and "My B*tch Badder Than Yours."
Media coverage has already been extensive, with love being shown by 106 & Park (airs today), Global Grind, AllHipHop, HipHopDX, The Source, ThisIs50, Vlad TV, Dr. Jays and MTV News so far, with the help of Cornerstone Promotions.
Brooklyn rapper D-Banga is no stranger to the hardships of life. Growing up in Brownsville, he was privy to the trials and tribulations of street life from a young age. But rather than succumb, this confident and worldly wise lyricist opted to give Hip-Hop fans everywhere positively charged music which would encourage euphoria and optimism, even through the hardest of times.
PUT YOUR HANDS UP, produced by Philly 'CASH' is a definite hit. The melodic sound scape adorned with an infectious hook and uplifting verses, crafted by D-Banga is worthy of a place on any play list or iPod. The track is a testament to those who manage to shrug off life's hardships and allow music to provide an escape, even if it is just for three minutes and fourteen seconds.
"Put Your Hands Up is a track that I hope will encourage people to step away from the drama of their day to day and allow my music to give them an opportunity to have a good time. Whether it is in the club or on the radio, this track is all about giving folks something to enjoy." - D-Banga
And as his other hit Shorty, featured on AllHipHop.com, makes its way up the College Radio charts, D-Banga and his team are making sure all bases are covered. With a jam packed summer lined up for the Brownsville rapper, you can guarantee you will be hearing a lot more from him.
An established rapper from the heart of Brooklyn, New York, D-Banga is the voice of the streets. Born, bred and raised in Brownsville, Damon Rouse has been able to bring his street living attitude to Hip-Hop and the mainstream. His ability to lift people’s spirits with his reflective optimism, while delivering content that his peers can relate to has not gone unnoticed.
D-Banga landed a deal with MCA in the late nineties through his unrivaled work ethic and his undeniable talent. Having been on the road with Nice-N-Smooth, the bourgeoning wordsmith had been privy to the world of how life as a successful Hip-Hop act could be. The passion was ignited and his first song, The Projects, was independently marketed securing excessive sales. A distribution deal was inevitable. But unfortunately his ethic outdid that of his label, which closed its doors shortly after D-Banga was brought into the fold.
But never one to give up on his mission, D-Banga opened up for the likes of Mary J Blige, Jay Z, ONYX and made sure his presence was felt both on stage and in the streets. D-Banga continued to record both alone and with his crew from the Tilden House projects in his native Brownsville. The Dead, as his crew are known, are a collective of family members and friends with whom Damon has been an active member over the years.
Instrumental in the music compositions of The Dead and of many other artists from his area, D-Banga was adamant that he was not going to let label politics hinder his progression. Securing press from some of the most influential media platforms in New York, including the New York Times, Vibe Magazine and many more, D-Banga has enthusiastically appeared on show bills with the likes of The Roots, Fat Joe, N.O.R.E, Goodie Mobb, Dead Prez, Papoose and more during the last few years.
Eager to secure a new label home, he has caught the eyes and ears of various execs and has been working on new material with producer Philly ‘Cash.’ With songs such as Shorty and Put Your Hands Up maintaining the balance that D-Banga has worked hard to create for his ever increasing fan base and an intense radio and PR campaign lined up, this artist is one you need to get familiar with.
MP3: Pep Love, Cold Showda & LB Select - "We Pull Rank" Prod. By Unjust & SK
Forthcoming Hiero Albums From Pep Love, Opio, Chosen Few Preceded By New Song Series
Mixing, mastering, artwork – we all know that it takes a while to finish a project. In the meantime, creativity doesn't stop, and new music must be made. So Pep Love, Cold Showda (Chosen Few), and LB Select have decided to skip all that and start funneling their new music straight to the listener, literally as soon as the song is done. "We Pull Rank" is the first in a series, which has been dubbed The Mansion, of free songs to be given away in coming months that feature guest appearances from fellow Hiero crew members and other notable artists. In the midst of Pep Love finishing up his new album, The Rigamarole, and Chosen Few working on their new album, Far Between, this new music is meant to hold fans over as official releases are completed. This new track is produced by Unjust and SK, no strangers to producing for Pep Love having handled the lion's share of the production on Pep's new album, as well as a forthcoming collaborative album from Pep Love and fellow Hiero member Opio, who is also prepping his own solo album, Vulture's Wisdom 2, for release this year.
Potluck Reveal Cover Art For New Album & Post Video Tour Diary From Strange Noize Tour With Saigon & Krizz Kaliko
Potluck are currently on the road as a part of the Strange Noize Tour 2011 alongside Johnny Richter, Krizz Kaliko, Saigon, Kutt Calhoun, and J Hornay. Potluck’s own UnderRated is currently documenting all the behind the scenes insanity in a new video tour diary which can be seen online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VmyeRDdQfrE .
Potluck will release their new studio album “Rhymes & Resin” on June 21st , 2011 through Suburban Noize Records. The album is set to feature guest appearances by Glasses Malone, Murs and Mr. FAB King Gordy, Ill Bill, Slaine, and Blaze Ya Dead Homie.
Mar 11 - Worcester, MA @ Palladium Mar 12 - Hartford, CT @ Webster Theatre Mar 17 - Crest Hill, IL @ Bada Brew Mar 18 - Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave Mar 19 - Fargo, ND @ Aquarium Mar 19 - Fargo, ND @ Aquarium - 21+ Mar 20 - Omaha, NE @ The Slowdown Mar 21 - Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theatre Mar 22 - Des Moines, IA @ People’s Court Mar 23 - Sauget, IL @ Pop’s Mar 26 - Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom Mar 28 - Tucson, AZ @ The Rialto Mar 29 - Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre Mar 30 - Flagstaff, AZ @ Orpheum Theater Apr 01 - Magna, UT @ The Great Salt Air Apr 03 - Casper, WY @ Downtown Grill Apr 05 - Billings, MT @ The Railyard Apr 05 - Billings, MT @ The Railyard - 21+ Apr 06 - Bozeman, MT @ Zebra Cocktail Lounge Apr 06 - Bozeman, MT @ Zebra Cocktail Lounge - 21+ Apr 07 - Missoula, MT @ Top Hat Apr 08 - Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory Boise Apr 11 - Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory Spokane Apr 12 - Seattle, WA @ Nectar Lounge Apr 13 - Bellingham, WA@ Sportsplex Apr 18 - Reno, NV @ The Knitting Factory
Kottonmouth Kings' Dirtball Debuts On Billboard Rap Chart At #23
Without the aid of mainstream press or radio, the Kottonmouth Kings' own Dirtball registered a monstrous first week of sales for his new solo album "Nervous System". Dirtball's new studio album debuted at #23 on the Billboard rap chart and #47 on the independent albums charts to give him his biggest first week of sales as a solo artist.
“After working so hard for so many years to reach musical goals, this is definitely an accomplishment for me,” commented Dirtball. “Hitting the charts for any artist is always a big deal and a huge honor. “Having my album recognized by Billboard is very empowering and I’m celebrating hitting #23 on the rap chart by doing 23 shots of Jameson! It's a new year, a new time for rap music and I am stoked to be pushed up into these realms of rap!”
The Kottonmouth Kings’ own Dirtball is asking fans to join him on a journey through the complex, twisted psyche of his mind on his new solo album “Nervous System”. The album plays out like a twisted audio sequel to "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas", as Dirtball uses his machinegun delivery to attack a collection of banging West Coast beats with monstrous results. Dirtball is joined on the album by Psychopathic Records’ Blaze Ya Dead Homie, Big B, and Kottonmouth Kings’ alumni Johnny Richter and Daddy X. Dirtball's video for the song "I Came To Party" can be viewed online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ZIsNoFhhtE .
Dirtball will be appearing on House of Pain's upcoming “He Who Breaks The Law” reunion tour alongside Big B and Sozay throughout March and April.
DIRTBALL TOUR DATES:
3/15 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore 3/16 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues 3/17 – Las Vegas, NV @ TAO Nightclub 3/18 – Los Angeles, CA @ House of Blues 3/19 – Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues 3/22 – Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom 3/23 – Dallas, TX @ South Side Music Hall 3/25 – Tyler, TX @ Clicks Billiards 3/26 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live Studio 3/27 – Corpus Christi, TX @ Brewster Street Ice House 3/28 – Baton Rouge, LA @ The Varsity Theatre 3/30 – Sebastian, FL @ Capt. Hiram’s Resort 3/31 – Orlando, FL @ Beacham Theater 4/01 – Miami Beach, FL @ LIV Nightclub 4/02 – St. Petersburg, FL @ The State Theatre 4/04 – Charlotte, NC @ Amos Southend 4/05 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club 4/08 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza 4/09 – Toronto, ON @ The Sound Academy 4/10 – Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club 4/13 – Dekalb, IL @ Otto’s 4/15 – Chicago, IL @ Cubby Bear 4/16 – West Des Moines, IA @ Val Air Ballroom 4/17 – Minneapolis, MN @ The Cabooze