Check out the new music video for "Mass Effect" from Spectac & Amiri's album Almost Famous, out now on HiPNOTT Records!
For the third official single from Spectac & Amiri's album Almost Famous, the duo releases the Rick Foy-directed video for "Mass Effect". Paying homage to hip-hop's past, this video is sure to take you back to that golden age when hip-hop was pure and absolute. The album, Almost Famous (which also includes the singles "As If" and "My God") is available now on iTunes.
Director Rick Foy of Dvid Films, who previously directed the duo's video for "As If", has also directed videos for Jay ARE, Kam Moye and Kaze and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Spectac Returns with Solo Album
It might seem ironic that someone who got tricked into going to college would go on to become a school principal, but for South Carolina native, Mervin Jenkins, it was just nature taking its’ course. Known to his former students as "Jenks", the streets know a freestyle fiend named "Spectac" (short for Spectacular). Born in Eutawville, S.C., the University of Hip-Hop was the only education that interested the young rapper who fell in love with rhyming at a very young age. With aspirations of graduating so he could move to New York and live with his aunt to pursue music, his mother had other plans for the young visionary. “I was all packed and ready to go, I had my Greyhound ticket and everything,” remembers Spec, “and my mother comes and says, ‘you’re not going to New York.’ She had applied to two colleges on my behalf and I got accepted, so I finally conceded and ended up going to Benedict College in Columbia.”
By the time he completed his masters in education Jenkins had entwined his love for hip-hop with his newfound love for education and began teaching middle school. Being immersed in hip-hop since he was the age of the students he was now teaching, allowed “Jenks” to connect to the kids on a completely different level; so much so that he uses comparisons between hip-hop and Renaissance artists as tools to help his students better understand historical figures using modern examples. Spec, as he’s called for short, uses his own life experiences as examples to his students who are wrestling with peer pressure by rhythmically telling of his own perseverance. Using hip-hop as his umbilical chord he connects to a generation dictated by the now grossly commercial engine. Jenks and Spec become interchangeable as he drops science using his gift to give Life Through Music. He created Life Through Music (LTM) as a way to use his own life to get a message out to young people. LTM is a lecture-performance designed to provide today's youth, in both public and private institutions, the opportunity to hear how he, overcame the negative influences of drugs, alcohol, and the numerous other temptations often associated with peer pressure. “My focus is on raising student achievement and self-esteem.” Says Spectac; “I tell the kids that you cannot change a system while on the outside of it. I let my audience know that I understand how hard things can be during their critical teen years. The key is to let them know that I am with them, yet stepping forward while maintaining those connections. The goal of my presentation is to show them, through my experiences, the limitless possibilities that life has to offer. I believe that too often educators get caught up in things that appeal to the head and not the heart. Young people tend to gravitate to that which is heart-felt. Unfortunately this simple technique has become almost non-existent in today's education arena. What I bring to young people is first-hand knowledge of two worlds that many felt could never co-exist: EDUCATION and HIP HOP."
Though he sports a suit and tie during the day, the nighttime brings out the real lessons as he schools new cats about what’s really good on the mic. Charting on Billboards top 100 singles chart with the first release from his five song EP, “Lessons From The Ghetto, Spectac is bringing a new curriculum to the game. He puts it down on several mix tapes including: Spitkicker mix tapes (www.spitkicker.com) "The next Spit" vol. 1, hosted by Phife Dog and vol.3 hosted by MF Doom, The Enyce Experience Mix Tape, Deejay Mr. Cee’s mixtape and the UNC (University of North Carolina) internet radio cd compilation. Over the years Spectac has been interviewed by countless radio stations across the US and overseas. He was also interviewed on National Public Radio (NPR), by Dick Gordon of ‘The Story’, regarding his dual role as an educator and hip hop artist.
With the help of long time friend and business partner Jonathan McLeod (JD), the edutainer is set to release his full-length album "Spectac Returns: Spectac Starring as Superman for a Day, Clark Kent for Life" through Domination Recordings this coming August. Critically acclaimed artists Phonte and Big Pooh of Little Brother, 9th Wonder, Big Daddy Kane and a host of others contribute masterfully to help accompany Spectac's enlightening wordplay. Rooted in old school, and well versed in the new school, Spectac describes his sound as a Kanye West meets Pete Rock reality. Such is the case with the first single "One Day Remix" where "classic royalty" Big Daddy Kane chimes in on this tale of rising to the top. The reality that penetrates the baselines of the slickly produced tracks cover topics from his relationship with his father, to his step grandfather who wherever he laid his hat was his home; and everything in between. Known for his impeccable freestyle, coming off the dome is what captivates his audiences as they get tangled in his eloquently crafted stories garnering him street cred for his flow as well as respect for keeping it real...positive.
For more information visit the Facebook fan page: Spectac Returns
NEOSONIC News - Subsoniq Re-airs BK Hip-Hop Festival Performances
I'm very proud to announce that my radio show, Subsoniq, has just posted up a FREE downloadable episode of the recorded performances from this past weekend's Brookyln Hip-Hop Festival! Shouts to Wes Jackson & the whole Brooklyn Bodega crew for allowing us to be involved since YEAR ONE of the festival in 2005 when myself & fellow Subsoniq personality KB hosted it. This special episode features performances from: Black Milk, Black Moon, Smif N' Wessun, Nice & Smooth, Pete Rock & CL Smooth (together again), AND last but never least... my heroes... DE LA SOUL!
Also, just for future notice since i have had a few people inquire about this, from here on out Subsoniqradio.com will be the ONLY place to download episodes of Subsoniq: "Instru-mentals". For those of you who just wanna listen while on your computers, all episodes will be streamed on my mixcloud page as well as right here on my blog under the "Listen" section (on the right-hand side).
Legendary artist Greg Nice leaked a brand new track today from his upcoming album, The Popcycle, due out later this summer via One Haven Music/Industry Rule 4080. Popcycle introduces a different side of Greg to fans and newcomers alike, with his catchy rhymes and hooks dropping over Electro, Bmore, Dubstep, club tracks and classic boom-bap hip-hop.
Video: DaVinci Hits The Radio With Cypress' DJ Muggs
New Clip Finds San Francisco Rapper Making Eventful Pilgrimage To L.A.
DaVinci, the Bay Area emcee, has been receiving incredible amounts of attention after delivering his critically acclaimed album, The Day The Turf Stood Still, and more recently being named one of the Bay's best new rap talents on KMEL's Freshmen 10 list. The rapper's label, the quickly rising Sweetbreads Creative Collective just released a video (in conjunction with hip-hop site 24K Milkcrate) showcasing DaVinci's recent trip to L.A., an eventful trek for the young emcee.
DaVinci drops in on legend DJ Muggs (Cypress Hill) for an appearance on Muggs' Soul Assassins radio show on Shade 45. His appearance instantly landed DaVinci the honor of being the first San Francisco artist to appear on both the Soul Assassins program and Shade 45. The clip shows the emcee and a clearly pleased Muggs chopping it up. The video also captures footage of DaVinci in the studio with two of L.A.'s go-to producers. Tycoon, known for his work with Anthony Hamilton, Pussycat Dolls and more recently pegged as a co-conspirator of Dr. Dre's upcoming Detox album, spends time auditioning beats for the Bay Area rapper. DaVinci also catches up with J-Thrill (Talib Kweli, Strong Arm Steady, Planet Asia). It looks like DaVinci has a lot of big things in the works.
Watch out for DaVinci's "Concrete Jungle Juice" video, the next single from The Day The Turf Stood Still dropping next week.
The Fillmore District has bred more rappers per capita than any other district in San Francisco, and although the older generations recall its rich musical history rooted in Jazz, the Fillmore today is rife with drugs, turf wars, and mass gentrification. DaVinci, a young MC raised in the Fillmore, is a prime example of the duality of this area, who at the age of 13 was homeless, hungry, and hopeful for a way out. Explains DaVinci, "My music has everything to do with my environment: from robbing, killing, pimpin' to selling and abusing drugs," he explains about his heavy content. "It's a direct reflection of what my friends and family have been through and are still going through." While his story is similar to many other young rappers’ upbringings, DaVinci was surrounded by an incredible pool of Fillmore talent and by studying with the greats, he was able to sharpen his skills and aim higher than most, cultivating his story-telling abilities beyond mere drug-and-gun-talk. Growing up in the same 10-block radius as Bay Area rap legends San Quinn and JT the Bigga Figga, DaVinci was content in merely watching the next generation follow in their footsteps, until he received overwhelming praise from his peers from a mixtape appearance, which then prompted him to pursue rap professionally. In 2006, San Quinn welcomed him onto the "Pressure Makes Diamonds Tour" with rap veterans Xzibit and Tech N9ne. Since the tour, DaVinci has kept busy appearing on numerous mixtapes and compilations, as well as preparing his official debut album, The Day The Turf Stood Still. The Day The Turf Stood Still is available now via SWTBRDS Creative Collective.
El Gant, the former four time MTV Direct Effect battle champion is back with a new heater "You Ain't This", produced by Belgium's DJ Iron. For good measure, Gant enlists a verse from Bekay & cuts from the Brown Bag AllStar's DeeJay Element.
Moe Green Announces Release Of Unofficial Debut Album, Rocky Maivia
Acclaimed Bay Area Emcee And KMEL Freshmen 10 Pick Releases New LP As A Free Download
Critical Praise for Moe Green:
Selected as a member of 106 KMEL's (the biggest Bay Area hip-hop station) Freshmen Class of 2010.
(July 15, 2010 - Brooklyn, NY) With a series of single and video leaks, Vallejo, California emcee Moe Green, has been building a steady following and buzz for his new album, Rocky Maivia: Non-Title Match. As Moe Green and his label, Interdependent Media, take a bold step forward with the rapper's first supported release, starting today fans can download the entire album free of charge on Green's bandcamp page.
For Moe Green, the move is a simple matter of strategy. "Why would I make somebody pay for the new guy when they're already getting their favorite rapper's work for free," says Moe as he cites recent material from Wiz Khalifa, Rick Ross, Curren$y, and others. While a wave of support is growing around the budding rapper, including recently being named to KMEL's 2010 Bay Area Freshmen 10 class, Moe Green and Interdependent media look to continue to capitalize on the early buzz, giving listeners the chance to get their hands Moe's music hassle free. The internet isn't the only place that benefits from free music. If you are in the Bay Area you can pick up a free CD at selected stores while supplies last. In San Francisco, fans can grab the album from Amoeba, while in Berkeley and Moe's hometown, Vallejo, supporters can find the album at Rasputins.
Nods of approval have been rolling in for the artist's leaked tunes "Non-Title Match" and the scorching "Going In For The Kill". The build-up to the album was also bolstered by the video for "Ride," directed by Chris Kiker, giving viewers a tour around Vallejo. The album is replete with tracks that illustrate where the 22-year old Green is as an artist and a young man. "Emerald City" discusses the hardships of being a new artist, where skipping meals, and spending savings on recording time are the risks and realities of trying to make it. "Day Dreamer," featuring songstress Raygen Fykes, offers more insight to Green's life and dreams over a dusty drum loop, while the similarly forward-looing "Keep It Moving (KIM)" finds Moe highlighting the need for perseverance, focusing on the ultimate goal rather than being consumed with the inconsequential.
The album gains its name from superstar wrestler/actor The Rock - Rocky Maivia served as The Rock's moniker when he first debuted in the ring. Green sees his debut album as the Rocky Maivia phase in his own career. "It's a metaphor for the newcomer with great potential entering the professional leagues," says Green. The album's title may actually have more meaning right now as Moe Green finds himself already a budding star complete with fan and industry support. The album finds an artist utilizing little more than his dreams to make things happen as the fuel to create a dense and expertly produced set that can hold its own among releases from other members of hip-hop's emerging talent.
Download Rocky Maivia: Non-Title Match (courtesy of Interdependent Media) here: http://moegreen.bandcamp.com/album/rocky-maivia-non-title-match
Please contact Michelle or Dan if interested in talking with Moe Green.
The rap game is overflowing with aspiring new MCs, all crammed into a single ring fighting for that lone heavyweight title. One particular competitor who has fully dedicated himself to the good fight is 22-year old Moe Green from Vallejo, California. His forthcoming debut album, Rocky Maivia: Non Title Match, is titled after Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's first professional ring name and perfectly embodies Moe place in today's hip-hop circuit - the newcomer who is one day going to hold the championship belt. Like any fighter, years of training, dedication, and discipline are required to claim the top spot. Moe has been training for this his entire life. Having competed in speech and poetry meets growing up, Moe found himself genuinely attracted to the creative freedom music imparts early in his life, even writing rhymes in kindergarten with his childhood best friend and E-40's son, Droop-E. Listeners of Rocky Maiva can expect to hear tales from a young man from a hard hit city trying to find his way in the world the best he can. On growing from Rocky Maivia to one day standing amongst the greats, Moe says, "I need to win a couple belts first. I have to prove that I have the skill to do that and this album is like my wrestling debut." And so, the journey begins.
About Interdependent Media:
Founded in 2006 in the Bay Area by Evan Phillips, Interdependent Media has built unique strengths in the development, production, and marketing of recorded music via new methods of marketing and promotion. Armed with a comprehensive understanding of both traditional and emerging methods of marketing, iM has successfully created multi-faceted methods of raising awareness and interest in their projects. Industry veterans Ian "ID" Davis and Dominic Del Bene head operations at iM and are credited with discovering and/or developing artists such as 9th Wonder, Little Brother, Tanya Morgan, Blackalicious, Del the Funky Homosapien, the Hieroglyphics and more. In 2010, iM will be releasing multi-media projects from artists Donwill, TRUTHLiVE, Canibus, Von Pea, Moe Green, A-Plus, and more. For more information, please visit http://www.imculture.com .
Video: Behind the Scenes w/ Michael Franti on His New Album
MICHAEL FRANTI & SPEARHEAD SET TO RELEASE THE SOUND OF SUNSHINE ON AUGUST 24TH
Michael Franti & Spearhead return with their much anticipated album, THE SOUND OF SUNSHINE, on August 24th through Capitol Records/Boo Boo Wax. THE SOUND OF SUNSHINE is Michael Franti & Spearhead’s seventh studio album and the follow-up to 2008’s Top 40 hit All Rebel Rockers. For a sneak peek at the THE SOUND OF SUNSHINE album cover, head to www.michaelfranti.com .
THE SOUND OF SUNSHINE was conceived after Franti was hospitalized for a ruptured appendix in August 2009. “Music is sunshine. It gives us new energy and a stronger sense of purpose. You can’t hold it in your hands, smell it, taste it or even see it, yet somehow just coming together and feeling these little vibrations that tickle our eardrums can somehow lift us all up out of our most difficult moments in life to unimaginable heights,” says Franti.
Franti and Spearhead have no doubt succeeded in creating perhaps what is their most cohesive, romantic and life-affirming album to date. THE SOUND OF SUNSHINE opens with the album’s title track – a breezy sing-a-long that seeks to “bottle that experience of waking up in the morning, pulling the blinds and seeing that there’s a sunny day in front of us,” explains Franti. It is this optimistic energy that flows throughout the record’s eleven songs from the happy groove of “Shake It” to the joyously anthemic “I’ll Be Waiting.”
The band began recording in Jamaica with legendary producers Sly and Robbie (Bob Dylan, Carlos Santana, No Doubt) as well as in Franti’s home in Bali and hometown of San Francisco. With the record still not complete, Franti decided to bring a mobile studio on the road with him while he toured with John Mayer this past winter. The album was finished in dressing rooms and hotel rooms along the way with Franti playing songs he had recorded earlier in the day to the audience that evening. THE SOUND OF SUNSHINE continues to showcase Franti’s desire to communicate directly with his fans.
Michael Franti is the creator and lead singer of Michael Franti & Spearhead. For over two decades, the Bay Area born Franti has been bringing our world exceptionally powerful, deeply felt music. Franti first formed the punk band The Beatnigs while studying at the University of San Francisco, and later the far more hip hop-inflected The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy. In the mid-Nineties, Franti created Spearhead, and increasingly in recent years, he’s found his own voice musically and his own organic brand of popular success. Franti’s impressive series of recordings have vividly reflected his status as a musical citizen of the world.
Franti & Spearhead will be touring throughout the summer. For tour dates, ticket information, official Michael Franti news and to check out the latest v-blogs on FrantiV, go to www.michaelfranti.com .
Thu 15 Jacksonville, OR Britt Festival Fri 16 Berkeley, CA Greek Theater Sun 18 Alta, WY Targhee Fest Thu 22 Edmonton, AB Windspear Fri 23 Calgary, ALB Calgary Folk Festival Sat 24 Vancouver, BC The Vogue Theater Sun 25 Corning, CA Mystic Garden Party Tue 27 Salt Lake City, UT Deer Valley Thu 29 Aspen, CO Belly Up Fri 30 Aspen, CO Belly Up Sat 31 Morrison, CO Red Rocks Ampitheater
Sun 1 Durango, CO Animis Cliffs Wed 4 Reno, NV Knitting Factory Concert Hs Thu 5 Bend, OR Les Schwab Ampitheater Fri 6 Eugene,OR Cuthbert Amphitheatre Sat 7 Redmond, WA Marymoor Amphitheatre Tue 10 Eagle, ID Eagle River Pavilion Wed 11 Missoula, MT The Wilma Theater Thu 12 Missoula, MT The Wilma Theater Fri 13 Sandpoint, ID Festival At Sandpoint Sat 14 Billings, MT Magic City Blues Festival Sat 21 Las Vegas, NV Mandalay Bay/The Beach SOS Festival Thu 26 Atlanta, GA The Tabernacle Fri 27 Live Oak, FL Blackwater Sol Revue/Spirit of the Suwanee Sat 28 Myrtle Beach, SC House Of Blues Sun 29 Richmond, VA The National Tue 31 Charlotte, NC The Neighborhood
Thu 2 Tampa, FL to Grand Cayman ZAC BROWN CRUISE - Sep 2–Sep 6 Sun 19 Laytonville, CA Earthdance: United Beats of Peace Festival