These two ladies totally get what I’m feeling right now. Just look at their reaction to the music that's coming through their headphones. That's some true elation! I’m happy to say I finally have that feeling again, too. (Incidentally, thank you Google Image Search for coming up with that picture when I typed in “happy headphones.” My headphones are officially happy!) 2009 has been one of the worst years on record (pun intended) for new music, which is exactly why I’m so excited to listen to music again. Confused? Think I’ve gone crazy? Let me explain.
The month of May saw two legendary artists, Busta Rhymes and Eminem, release new albums. Unfortunately, despite sales numbers (which we all know are hardly a reflection of greatness), all the releases proved was that Busta and Em's best days are behind them.
After the underground 2007 classic Only Death Can Kill You, emcee Awol and producer Factor are releasing their latest LP, Owl Hours. A self-professed party album, the instrumentals on Owl Hours move from electronic pop to folk hop with a number of live musicians contributing their talents. Guest vocalists on their latest effort include Aesop Rock, Myka 9, Tha Alkaholiks and executive producer Xzibit.
Topics on Owl Hours range from curious celebrations, to nostalgic odes to former loves to straight up drunken party anthems all told through the eccentric eyes of Walrus One.
Awol and Factor have been working together for some time. While touring through Canada a few years ago Awol met the Producer/DJ named Factor and began building a friendship. Awol and Factor even rocked to packed crowds of teenybopper indie rock fans when they toured with Montreal band Islands in 2008. Through the years Awol continues to gain respect from artists and fans of all genres and never fails to keep his art and music completely real and original.
Over his nearly 15 year career Awol One has built a strong grassroots fan base from touring extensively throughout the US, Canada and Europe by himself and as a member of the legendary Shape Shifters crew. He has collaborated on tracks with very high profile hip hop artists such as KRS one, Kool Keith and Atmosphere just to name a few.
AWOL ONE, born Anthony Martin in East L.A. California, was born like any other kid...in a manger. His father, Portuguese, and his mother, Irish, grew up poor on the east coast and moved to California where they met and conceived a little walrus. The walrus grew to love music and knew that he would do it forever, now in his early 30's he feels that he has recorded his best album yet.
Out 7/21 on Fake Four Inc. Awol cover Tracklisting: 1. Glamorous Drunk 2. Celebrate 3. Official 4. Stand Up ft. Aesop Rock and Myka 9 5. Up Downtown 6. Waste the Wine ft. Tash & E-Swift (Tha Liks) 7. Back Then ft. Gregory Pepper and Ceschi 8. Desitination 9. Darkness ft. Sunspot Jonz, Gel Roc and Jizzm 10. Brains Out ft. Xzibit 11. Sunset Sandwhich
For the second volume of the Dillanthology series we present a collection of his uniqure remixes for artists including Busta Rhymes, The Pharcyde, De La Soul, Spacek and Slum Village along with rare versions of tracks from The Artifacts and Masta Ace.
1. De La Soul - Stakes Is High ft. Mos Def & Truth Enola (Remix) 2. The Pharcyde - Y? (Be Like That) (Jay Dee Remix) 3. Masta Ace - Sitting On Chrome (Ummah Remix) 4. Slum Village - Fall In Love (Remix) 5. Four Tet - As Serious As Your Life (Jay Dee Remix) 6. Busta Rhymes - Whoo Ha (Jay Dee Remix) 7. Artifacts - The Ultimate (Jay Dee Remix) 8. Moods - Secrets Of The Sand (Remix) 9. Spacek - Eve (JayDee Mix) 10. DJ Cam -Love Junkie (Jay Dee Remix) 11. Brother Jack McDuff - Oblighetto (J Dilla Remix) 12. Brand New Heavies - Sometimes (Remix)
MP3: Pseudo Slang - "Walkin' (feat.) Grap Luva" 06.01.2009 "This be that fly jazz sh!t so open your mind to it / Embrace the bass and come and relate the crime to it"
Pseudo Slang's new track "Walkin'" feat. Grap Luva is placed right in the middle of their new album We'll Keep Looking for a reason: they want it to be one of the cornerstones of the project. The Buffalo-based duo of Emcee Sick and producer Tone Atlas use this track to give praise to the jazz-tinged side of their many influences. The lyrics are a mission statement - citing their favorite jazz aesthetics (which, conveniently, Atlas uses in synch) while laying down the reasons they were meant to be "reinstatin', invigoratin', integratin', DJ fadin'" music via their brand of hip-hop. They utilize a jazz standard walking bass line from samples and bump it to a simmering shuffle drumbeat. Top this off with the occasional piano trill, horn lick, or guitar riff and suddenly you are "walkin' back to ill tracks."
Pseudo Slang is a hip-hop duo from the Buffalo, NY music scene. Emcee Sick of the Xtracts of Slang and Tone Atlas of the Pseudo Intellectuals teamed up about a decade ago to form Pseudo Slang - a side project that took on a career of its own. After their debut release, The Catalogue (a compilation of tracks PS laid down from 1999 to 2004), Pseudo Slang switched to full time. After being quickly signed to stalwart hip-hop label Fat Beats Records, Pseudo Slang released the single "Broke and Copasetic" in 2006. National and international tours followed, and the build towards their first complete studio release as a duo is almost at its apex: We'll Keep Looking drops June 16th via Fat Beats Records.
Warren G Readies Sixth Studio Album With 2 Street Singles
(May 31, 2009 - 2SPR) – West coast rapper Warren G is close to finishing his much-anticipated sixth studio outing, The G Files.
The album is still a work in progress however, two new street singles are now in circulation. The classic G-Funk anthem, 'Mr. DJ,' is already receiving good reviews online, and the brand new, infectious 'Gigolo's Get Lonely 2,' both expected to be given airplay in the near future.
The G Files, Warren's first album in four years, will feature appearances from Nate Dogg, Bishop Lamont, Ice Cube, Paul Wall, and Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker. The first official single is due to be released soon, called 'Swagga Rich' featuring Snoop Dogg.
The Long Beach bred, Grammy Award-nominated, music producer/rapper grew up listening to jazz, soul and funk records, and hanging out at the local V.I.P. record store in Long Beach. He soon pioneered a sound that would take rap to a new plateau. In 1994 G-Funk became a worldwide phenomenon, as the most musical and enduring strain of gangsta rap.
Warren G exploded onto the scene in 1994 with the single 'Regulate,' a duet with long-time friend Nate Dogg. It's accompanying album, Regulate...G Funk Era went triple platinum and peaked at #2 on the Billboard charts. A slew of hit records, and global sell-out tours would follow, and in 2004 saw the reunion of childhood friends, and superstar trio, 213 (Snoop Dogg, Warren G & Nate Dogg), with their album The Hard Way, achieving platinum status.
In support of Fuse Fest: Bonnaroo 2009 Fuse has built “Tweetaroo - Mashing Twitter and Music since 2009,” a new page which features continued updates from artists of the 2009 Bonnaroo Festival and other Fuse favorites. Head to http://fusefest.fuse.tv to stay up-to-date on the 2009 Bonnaroo Festival and for a chance to create your own personal Bonnaroo line-up. The 2009 Bonnaroo Festival, will be televised on June 20th only on Fuse, and will include featured artists like the Beastie Boys, Nine Inch Nails, Snoop Dogg, Bruce Springsteen and more! Additionally Fuse will feature a month of Fuse Fest programming (June 15-19) culminating with the highlight show “Fuse Fest: Bonnaroo 2009” on June 20th. “Fuse Fest: Bonnaroo 2009” programming will include live performances, backstage interviews, and documentary footage from various Bonnaroo artists. Viewers can also join the celebration by sharing the Bonnaroo Nabbr widget: http://media.nabbr.com/fuse_bonnaroo_2009.html. Additional information about “Fuse Fest: Bonnaroo 2009” can be found on Fuse.tv: http://www.fuse.tv/tours/bonnaroo .
Fuse is covering the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival to bring you exclusive coverage of the 2009 event on June 20th at 9:00pm ET. The eighth annual festival will be held on June 11-14 with this year’s lineup including Bruce Springsteen and Phish, The Beastie Boys, Snoop Dogg, Nine Inch Nails and many more. Fuse is kicking off their coverage of the 2009 Bonnaroo Festival with Fuse Fest original programming starting June 3rd. This years Fuse Fest Bonnaroo programming includes Fuse Fest: Bonnaroo 2008, No. 1 Countdown: Bonnaroo All Stars, Beastie Boys: Awesome, I Shot That!, and Bruce Springsteen: Making Of Working On A Dream. Fuse Fest provides viewers with live performances, backstage interviews, and documentaries featuring Bonnaroo artists and highlights from the 2008 Bonnaroo festival all leading up to “Fuse Fest: Bonnaroo 2009” highlight show of this year’s greatest performances, premiering June 20th at 9:00pm ET.
Fuse will once again have its headquarters set up in the landmark Fuse barn in the middle of Centeroo, bringing the Fuse experience directly to fans on-site. The Fuse Barn will be the place to catch that elusive shade, cool down, check email and charge a phone. It is not only an oasis of modern conveniences in the fields of Manchester but a place to test your music IQ with music-themed game shows and relax to tunes played by the video DJ. Festival goers can also stop by to sing karaoke with a live band.
Tune-in to Fuse and watch Fuse Fest for a front row seat at this year’s biggest and best music festivals including Vans Warped Tour coming in July and the Voodoo Experience Halloween weekend.
Fuse Fest: Bonnaroo 2008 – Wednesday, June 3rd at 10pM ET
Get ready for Bonnaroo 2009 with the best performances from Fuse’s coverage of Bonnaroo 2008. Don’t miss performances by Metallica, Pearl Jam, Jack Johnson, Mastadon and The Raconteurs in this one-hour special.
No. 1 Countdown: Bonnaroo All Stars –Wednesday, June 3rd at 11pM ET
Tune-in to this special edition of “No. 1 Countdown” featuring past and present Bonnaroo artists including Bruce Springsteen, Kanye West and many more.
Beastie Boys: Awesome, I Shot That! –Sunday, June 7th at 6PM ET
50 fans were given the opportunity to shoot the Beastie Boys live concert on October 9, 2004 at New York’s Madison Square Garden and what they shot became “Beastie Boys: Awesome, I Shot That!” Featuring hits from all six of their albums, this concert special is like no other.
Bruce Springsteen: Making of Working on a Dream - Thursday, June 11th at 10:30pM
Get a behind the scenes look at the making of Bruce Springsteen’s latest album, Working on a Dream, with this half-hour special featuring in-studio footage, never-before-heard demos and early versions of songs made famous by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.
Fuse Fest: Bonnaroo 2009 – Saturday, June 20th at 9pM ET Fuse is front and center at Bonnaroo 2009 with this year’s biggest artists in a Fuse exclusive concert special. Don’t miss this exclusive concert special featuring the best performances and moments from this year’s festival.
RANDOM AXE: Duck Down Records announces the finalized deal of its newest group "RANDOX AXE." Consisting of Sean Price, Guilty Simpson and Black Milk, the trio of artists are in the studio finishing their untitled collaborative effort.
On describing 'Random Axe' Guilty Simpson states " it's a union of families from two different cities (Detroit to Brooklyn). "Run," from my album, was the first sample of where the music is going but just a small dosage of what the whole album has to offer. It's not a record made to divide, nor ignore the accomplishments made by Sean Price and Heltah Skeltah. It's two families merging to make incredible Hip Hop records."
Black Milk, who will be doing the entire production on the album, further laments the new found group mentioning that it "represents the new formula for future hip hop albums, as artists form super groups. Guilty Simpson, Sean P and I have individual vibes, delivery, flow and voices, but the chemistry works. So far everything in the studio has felt natural."
Only in true Sean Price fashion he claims the Random Axe collaboration came about when "I was on tour with Special Teams and my man Dan Green asked me would I do a song with Guilty Simpson, so I said yeah. Then I asked everybody in the van who's Guilty and the driver (big up ughh.com for the van usage) said he's fuckin dope and played me every song Guilty made that was out . I was like fuck a song. Let's do a full LP. Guilty and I actually found Black Milk sleeping on a corner beatboxing his beats cause he had no equipment, so we brought him in, gave him a sandwich, some soup and an orange fanta. And a beat machine and he wound up doing the whole lp....I joke I joke I kid I kid!!!" Bottom line, I wanted to do an entire LP because I need to do different things. And this is just the first project of me going outside my solo reach. I have an album with Ill Bill coming soon and another collab LP with........ stay tuned...............
p.s. thanks Dru Ha...the watch is beautiful."
This signing comes on the heals of Duck Down inking recent deals with Marco Polo & Torae, set to release their "Double Barrel" album in stores June 2nd, Skyzoo, who is working on "The Salvation" album with 9th Wonder for an August 25th street date, and upstart group Team Facelift.
Hip-Hop Shop is the precursor to K4D every week on Sunday night. On episode 34 we're giving you more and more of what you bargained for with songs by the Ancient Astronauts, Keeley & Zaire, J-Eye and Sandpeople among others. If you would like to sponsor Hip-Hop Shop please send an e-mail to email@example.com for more information. The Hip-Hop Shop is 100% podsafe so distribute to your friends and tell them to visit RapReviews.com!
* Ancient Astronauts f/ Raashan Ahmad - Risin High * Keelay & Zaire - Alright With Me * Frank Nitti - Love * J-Love - DJ Threat's Still Missed * Sandpeople - Hate Aside * J-Eye - Follow Me (The Twitter Song) * El Michels Affair - Duel of the Iron Mics