Rapper M-Bone, member of popular rap group Cali Swag District, was murdered Sunday night in a drive-by shooting. M-Bone, whose real name is Montae Talbert, was only 22 years old. Although the investigations are currently pending, TMZ.com reports that M-Bone's incident appeared to be a random act of violence and his murder wasn't premeditated. They further added that M-Bone was "just in the wrong place at the wrong time."
Fellow Cali Swag District members tweeted on M-Bone's death, with member C-Smoove stating, "Ma life changed drastically in the. Blink of an eye rip mbone." Lil' Twist, an artist currently signed to Young Money, tweets, " R.I.P M-Bone of Cali Swag District! Got the homie and his family in my prayers!! To the whole crew keep y'all heads up!" Friends and families of M-Bone even received condolences from many respected hip-hop artists ranging from Game, Edo. G, and to legendary DJ Premier who tweeted, "R.I.P. M-Bone of Cali Swag District.....so sad !!! And I learned how to "Dougie" because of these youngsters....Love To his Family"
Cali Swag District is best known for their platinum-selling single "Teach Me How to Dougie," which recieved major airplay during 2010. Their upcoming debut album "The Kickback" is currently being prepped. RapReviews.com sends our condolences to the family, friends, and to all those affected by the tragic death of M-Bone. Whether one likes the song or not, this video below will be imminently played for summers to come. R.I.P. M-Bone.
Far East Movement Join 2011 Billboard Music Award Performance Lineup!
AR EAST MOVEMENT JOIN LINEUP OF ARTISTS TO PERFORM AT THE 2011 BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS, AIRING MAY 22 ON ABC
Los Angeles, CA - May 12, 2011 - Far East Movement have joined the list of musical artists announced to be perform at "The 2011 Billboard Music Awards," hosted by Ken Jeong, which airs live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on SUNDAY, MAY 22 (8:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. They join announced musical artists Black Eyed Peas, Cee Lo Green, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, Keith Urban, Pitbull, Lady Antebellum, Taio Cruz, Ke$ha, One Republic, and Ne-Yo. Far East Movement are nominated for the Billboard Top Rap Song category at the awards.
Far East Movement found mainstream success after building a following in the Downtown Los Angeles club scene. They triumphed when their song, "Girls On The Dance Floor," co-written by Grammy-award winning singer/songwriter Bruno Mars, topped radio charts across the country. The success led to a record deal with CherryTree/Interscope Records and release of their debut album, Free Wired, in October 2010. The album's lead single, "Like A G6," exploded on radio and sales charts, reaching triple platinum-plus status and the top spot on Billboard's Hot 100 chart making them the first Asian-American group with a #1 song in the country. "Rocketeer," the second single featuring Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic, became another platinum selling Top 10 Billboard charting that connected with new fans of all ages. "Like A G6" took home Top Pop Song of the year at the 2011 ASCAP Awards.
Far East Movement's current single off Free Wired, "If I Was You," is climbing Top 40 radio charts across the country, already at the top of many playlists.
Finalists are based on key fan interactions with music, including album, single and digital sales, airplay, touring, streaming and social interactions on MySpace, Facebook and many of the other most popular online destinations for music. The awards will be based on the reporting period of February 28, 2010 through March 1, 2011.
"The 2011 Billboard Music Awards" is a production co-executive produced by Richard D. Beckman, CEO Prometheus Global Media and Don Mischer Productions. Louis J. Horvitz is directing. David Wild and Jennifer Mischer are the writers.
The special will be shot in high definition and broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HD format, with 5.1 channel surround sound. This program carries a TV-14 D, L parental guideline.
PR: Reggae 4 Japan Benefit Concert June 5th in Queens
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(VP RECORDS, NEW YORK) - Three-time Grammy Award-winning artist Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley has officially joined the line-up of "Reggae 4 Japan," a benefit concert to support the Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami Relief Effort of the American Red Cross on June 5, 2011 at the York College Performing Arts Center in Queens, New York. The addition of this world-renowned Reggae artist further solidifies the commitment of the Reggae music industry to aid Japan. "Reggae 4 Japan" is produced by Japanese sound system and ambassador of Reggae music Mighty Crown and their management team Irish and Chin with executive sponsorship from VP Records. Additional sponsorship for the concert is being provided by Irie Jam Radio (official media sponsor), Scion, Rocker's Island, 24x7 Records, Woofin', NRL, Far East Connection, Nesta Brand, Bennett Limo, Riddim Driven and Conkur Printing.
"Japan has always had a great amount of fans support Reggae music and culture through out the years," says Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley. "It's only right that we give forward to lend some support to Japan in this much needed time."
Popular Reggae artist Mr. Vegas is also new to the line-up. The singjay's involvement in "Reggae 4 Japan" injects a Dancehall element. In addition, "Reggae 4 Japan" has a roster heavy-hitting Reggae artists, who boast exceptional catalogues of music, including Freddie McGregor and the Big Ship Family (Stephen Di Genius, Chino and Laden), Maxi Priest, Tarrus Riley, Capleton, Fire Ball (Japan's #1 Dancehall/Reggae group), Tanya Stephens, Alaine, Gramps Morgan, Peter Morgan and Etana. Overall, Japan has played a strong role in the careers of most of the artists billed for the show. The artists deem their involvement with "Reggae 4 Japan" as a way of saying thanks and giving back.
The increased interest and support of "Reggae 4 Japan" by Reggae artists and industry professionals clearly displays that Japan is in the hearts and on the minds of the Reggae music industry. It brings Mighty Crown pleasure that the Reggae music industry boldly and swiftly responded to their heartfelt plea for help. "I am really happy to see so many artists participating in this charity event..........this increase of involvement shows the love toward Japan and Reggae music," says Masta Simon, co-owner of Mighty Crown. "Respect to all artists who are supporting the event!"
"Irish and Chin has worked with Japan for well over a decade......a large part of our stronghold in the industry is due to our unique relationship with Japan's Reggae market," says Garfield "Chin" Bourne of Irish and Chin, co-producer of "Reggae 4 Japan" and Mighty Crown's manager.
"Playing the role as producer for this benefit concert and lending my resources to this worthy cause is the least I can do to show my gratitude."
"We are showing our care and appreciation for Japan and thank our artists for donating their time and talent for such a good cause," says Chris Chin, owner of VP Records. "Ultimately, we would like to see large numbers of people come out to support this extremely important event."
"Reggae 4 Japan" will be an intimate staging with limited seating (less than 1500 seats). This unprecedented and historical benefit concert will mark the first official stage show of the summer in the New York Tri-state area and one of the strongest line-ups that New York has witnessed in quite some time. While the benefit concert is a U.S. based fundraising effort for Japan, Mighty Crown and members of their family have been on the ground in Japan lending their time, energy, effort and resources to provide assistance to people in the affected areas in the form of food, water, toys and music/entertainment. The Japanese sound system recognizes that there is still a lot of work to be done.
"Almost two months have passed and things are sill rough for the victims......lots of people are waiting for the government to build tentative houses, as things are moving slower than schedule," says Masta Simon. "Furthermore, the newspaper states that it will take at least three years to clean up the heap of rubble caused by the earthquake and tsunami."
"What the victims need is caring and love....this benefit concert will definitely be a relief for the victims in more ways than one....it shows a bond through Reggae music," adds Masta Simon passionately.
Immediately following the event, Mighty Crown and Irish and Chin will donate profits from "Reggae 4 Japan" in the form of a check to the American Red Cross, specifically to their Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami Relief Effort. To date, the American Red Cross has supported their partners the Japanese Red Cross with $100 million. Additionally, the American Red Cross is funding half of the UN World Food Programme's logistical operation in Japan for the delivery and storage of relief items at a cost of $500,000. The American Red Cross will continue to support their Japanese partners as they help survivors take an important step toward early recovery. Since March 11, the Japanese Red Cross has been providing tens of thousands of Japanese with emergency relief, medical services, emotional counseling and now it's helping to equip 70,000 temporary homes with essential appliances like refrigerators, washing machines, rice cookers and microwave ovens. Additionally, the Japanese Red Cross, through local municipalities, will soon start to distribute cash grants to survivors.
Birmingham's Tusche De Costa returns with his second collaboration with ex-D-Block Rapper J-Hood with production once again from the talented Beatbusta. Tusche De Costa has been on the grind writing and recording new material ready for his next project that will be mixed & hosted by the award-winning DJ Ames. Tusche De Costa has been getting a lot of support from the world's leading on-line magazines and blogs as well as frequently being supported DJ Ames, DJ Mega Stress, Global Status, UK Runnings, HHB Radio and more. Tusche De Costa also supported Klashnekoff, Malik MD7 & Sykes in Birmingham recently as well as collaborating with 2Pac's Outlawz. Check out 'Gears Of War'. big things!!!
Tusche De Costa Feat J-Hood - Gears Of War (Produced by Beatbusta)
Ghostpoet "Survive It" Single & Survive It EP Out Now
Set within a minimalist calm of only a muffled piano, light tapping and an airy melodic hook that coos "I just want to live life and survive it," Ghostpoet's "Survive It" is the story of a man who is rattled by his fears and hopes. The video, released a few weeks back, garnered a lot of attention for Ghostpoet. Fader wrote, "The pacing on Ghostpoet's "Survive It" video is beyond perfect." In the video, Ghostpoet - wearing his night robe and holding his tea mug for the entirety of the video - wanders around the courtyard of his London apartment complex in the middle of the night while his demons literally and figuratively attack him.
This week the "Survive It" single is officially released and available for purchase as well as a special Survive It (feat. Fabiana Palladino) EP project. The EP features remixes of "Survive It" by Koreless, Automatics dBridge, Deep Medi's Quests, and none other than Roots Manuva to lay a verse.