MP3: Isaiah Toothtaker - "Faith No More" Prod. By Mainframe
ITT Partners With Johnson & Johnson Producer For Third Single From Illuminati Thug Mafia
Critical Praise for Isaiah Toothtaker:
"I am fairly certain that my former scripture teacher would confirm that this is, beyond a reasonable doubt, the devil's work." - Cool'eh Magazine
Relentless: not a bad word to describe rapper, (semi?) reformed street brawler, and sought after, Hells Angels-trained tattoo artist, Isaiah Toothtaker. And with his latest album, Illuminati Thug Mafia, the Tucson, Arizona-hailing rapper continues to be just that, keeping the punches rolling with yet another single, this time one of the more understated songs from an album that has supplied neck-snapping previous singles including "Intruder" and "Baby," both of which were accompanied by lo-fi, not-so-safe-for-work videos. The latest single, "Faith No More," for which Isaiah will also be releasing a video, kicks off like a horror movie, with tapes wheeling, organs squealing, and rolling cymbals running through the background. Hopping into the chorus, the gritty production, provided by Mainframe, best know for his work as one-half of Johnson & Johnson with LA rapper Blu, continues as a thick brass line provides a heavy stomp. All the while, ITT's vocals are heard, blaring overhead like a siren, calling out, "It's over, over, overboard / Run for cover, swim for shore / Forewarned, before the storm / Good lord, faith no more." Queue, then, the verses, with Isaiah once again providing dark, vivid imagery to accompany his slick flow, as he raps, "Nobody can hide, no one can run/ It's kingdom come, for old and young/ Even the deaf, dumb, and blind succumb... Money grip pack gun/ But can't take it when done, under the black sun."
Isaiah Toothtaker's newest album Illuminati Thug Mafia is available now via Machina Muerte/Alpha Pup.
Saigon Brings Conscious Hip-Hop to Billboard Charts
Conscious Hip-Hop returns to Billboard Top 100 as Saigon's The Greatest Story Never Told lands on sales charts alongside Eminem, Lil Wayne, and Kanye West
2011 Strange Noize Tour Dates Announced
Despite a lengthy 5 year hiatus, Saigon finally released his highly anticipated debut album, The Greatest Story Never Told, and was welcomed by a massive outpouring of fans hungry for conscious hip-hop. The album quickly shot to the top of the sales charts alongside Eminem, Lil Wayne, and Kanye West, while Saigon dominated the iTunes hip-hop sales charts for the week. Critics have already begun calling The Greatest Story Never Told one of the best hip-hop albums of 2011, as rave reviews pour in from The Source, HipHopDx, Village Voice, AllHipHop, and IGN.
"I'm very thankful to all those that went out and supported me by picking up a copy of The Greatest Story Never Told in stores or on iTunes. After all the struggles I've had trying to get this record out, it's the best feeling in the world to know you have fans that will support you unconditionally," commented Saigon. "I never in my wildest dreams thought I would ever see my record up there on the Billboard charts right alongside all the major players in the game. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for supporting Saigon and helping score a victory for conscious hip-hop music."
Saigon's The Greatest Story Never Told was produced primarily by Just Blaze, the talented producer behind smash hits for Jay-Z, Eminem and T.I. The disc also features contributions from Jay-Z & Swizz Beatz ("Come On Baby"), Faith Evans ("Clap") and Kanye West and former Floetry member Marsha Ambrosius ("It's Alright").
Saigon will be joining the 2011 Strange Noize Tour set to kick off this spring. The 3rd annual Strange Noize Tour brings together artists from two powerhouse record labels, Strange Music and Suburban Noize. With performances from artists representing both labels, Saigon will be touring alongside Johnny Richter of the Kottonmouth Kings, Krizz Kaliko, Kutt Calhoun, Potluck and J Hornay.
STRANGE NOIZE TOUR DATES:
Mar 05 - Detroit, MI @ Harpos Mar 08 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's Mar 10 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Diesel 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
MP3: Virtuoso f/ Akrobatik, Casual - "No Fear" (prod. Blue Sky Black Death)
Hip-hop legend Virtuoso is back with another display of his trademark tongue twisting lyricism over concussive production. This time he has enlisted the assistance of long time collaborators Akrobatik (of The Perceptionists) and Casual (of Hieroglyphics). “No Fear” is a sure-fire fan favorite combining two of Virtuoso's closest collaborators over production from iconoclastic indie production powerhouse Blue Sky Black Death.
"No Fear" is available for free download at any of the following urls:
Illin' P is one of the most respected lyricists in the underground. After having memorable guest appearances on projects by artists such as Krs-One, Mr. Lif, The Snowgoons, and Ripshop, Illin' P is set to release his debut album in Fall of 2011. Titled "Gentleman Sings The Black And Blues", Illin' P will be serving his fans plenty of appetizers as he plans on releasing a free download every week for 3 months straight leading up to the release of a new mixtape called "3 Lefts 2 Make a R1ght ". The 2nd free download is called "Iye Get Busy" and is a lyrical lecture put to a raw Legendary Roots Crew kick and high hat.
Malibu, CA – With the release of the Value Pack 2: Cream & Sugar project nearing, Chris Young The Rapper has released the video “Mood Swing Intro,” complementing his latest single, “Fancy Things.”
In his latest video, shot by TalkboyTV, Chris Young looks back to his roots as a rapper by highlighting his Mood Swing EP. Following its release, the EP caught the attention of Bananabeat Records founder, Cisco Adler, who went on to sign Young to his label.
Young released the single “Fancy Things” off of Value Pack 2 alongside the video “Mood Swing Intro.” The pairing of the Mood Swing video with Value Pack 2 material offers fans a glimpse of where Chris Young’s journey as an artist began as well as how he has developed.
“I’ve put so much work into Value Pack 2 and I’m really excited to get it out there. At the same time, I thought that this would be a great opportunity to take a look back at where it all started.”
The official release date for Value Pack 2: Cream & Sugar will be announced on air March 1st at 3pm on DJ Skee’s "SkeeTV."
Staying true to his prolific reputation, Chris Young The Rapper has also contributed material to his collaboration with artist Rossy, Vibe. The two have put together the viral freestyle, “Wish I Never Met You.”