yU released the first single from The EARN titled "If U Down" The track debuted this afternoon on Al Lindstrom with an Interview discussing yU's musical progression and the business of making records. The EARN hits stores everywhere December 13th. Enjoy the song!
"If U Down" starts with the question what's going on? yU then reveals the struggle and march of life he's been living through. With a keen eye yU comments upon Uncle Sam's destructive forces, prayer, honest living, and asking people who are down if they want to get up. The musical backdrop is laid by yU's 1978er collaborator SlimKat78 who uses piano keys to pull a rainy heartstrings while the drums drive the beat forward into a fruitful blossoming of chorus "Hearts frozen, why do we be on that cold sh*t, We used to be cultured, influenced by the vultures they've been scoping, analyzing with a motive/Its.. like we've been tied up with an invisible rope and, Them jails open, they get paid when they put month in-side, kinda currupt.. Its time for us to just expose them/Its wild, especially when ur skintone's brown, but right now we boutta turn it around, U wit me? Hit me if u down.."
Upcoming: The EARN: After garnering success with Oddisee and Diamond District, then his solo debut Before Taxes, which was named to the Best of 2010 List by HipHopDX, Al Lindstrom, About.com, Passion Weiss, and Above Ground Mag, yU sharpened his skills through performances on a European tour and appearances at CMJ, SXSW, A3C, and the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival. Now, yU is back with his sophomore pro ject The Earn a progression that is as fluid, lyrical, and thought provoking as his critically acclaimed debut. His new album, The E arn, is a timely meditation on the struggle to advance, set afire by yU's potent wordplay. The EARN features production from Grammy Nominated Kokayi, Kev Brown, Charlie Ross, Slimkat78, Roddy Rod, 00Genesis, The Unknown, Usef Dinero, Cho ppy Chope, and yU himself. The new album also features vocals from Nicholas Ryan Gant, Duff, Imani Bilal, King Tut, Bilal Salaam, Danedra Rowell, and Diamond District. Save room on your Best of 2011 list for The EARN!
Whiteboy Wasted by Alligator City Produced by The Team Dir. By Lightworks Films
Alligator City NEW SINGLE "Whiteboy Wasted" 2 Kegs, 4 cases of Miller High Life, 2 cases of Budweiser, countless Jagerbombs, an ounce of Purp, 2 bottles of Qream, 2 bottles of Ciroc, 1 bottle of Corzo, cameo by Grafh, 1 hell of a night.
Artist Mini-Bio: Tucson, AZ resident, by way of El Paso, TX and Chicago, IL, Gregory "Savant" Daggett has always possessed a passion for music and literary arts. Involved in general music since age 7, and a trumpet player since age 10, he wasn't officially exposed to hip hop until age 12. Although no particular emcee caught his ear right away, he was intrigued with the entire concept of an individual or a group of people speaking over instrumentation in an intensely rhythmic lyrical form, oftentimes telling semi-autobiographic tales relating to a fictionalized counterpart. He became inspired to write and partake of the art of emceeing after hearing the 1999 classic "Black on Both Sides" by Dante Smith and honed his emceeing chops at the lunch room ciphers of Chicago high schools Whitney M. Young Magnet and George Washington Carver. He has since dedicated every verse, every bar and every word to achieving the ever elusive sense of balance in this hallowed art form. Follow the flow...
Song Info: Fresh off of the release of his first music video ever, Savant's #CrashCourse series begins to wind down at check point 12 by way of the high energy, Kevin Nottingham assisted jawn "Here We Go". Featuring bars from fellow word wizards Ohini Jonez and John Public, Savant's love affair with international beatsmiths continues as he tabs Polish maestro BennCart to lace the bombastic banger.
MP3: Mistah F.A.B., Short Dawg and Mac Lucci Free Music
Courtesy INgrooves Hip Hop.
I Found my Backpack 2” is the second installment in the series from Mistah F.A.B., which features Jadakiss, N.O.R.E., Talib Kweli, Royce Da 5’9”, and many more. Mistah F.A.B. has released three studio albums and 15 mixtapes since 2003. Volume 1 dropped in January 2011 and sold over 700 albums and 2K digital tracks. F.A.B. is no new man to the game, having worked with Snoop Dogg, E-40, Paul Wall, Too Short, and many other high profile artists.
Here's a great new tune of the album from Short Dawg - " The Adventures of Drankenstine" featuring Z- Ro. The 15 track album from Houston native Short Dawg (aka Elvis Freshley), also known mostly as one of the members of Lil Wayne's Young Money crew drops on 11/22. The album features Birdman, Mack Maine, Timbaland, Gudda Gudda, Z-Ro, Lil Keke and many more.
Mac Lucci (one half of Hustle Boyz) was signed to Doggystyle Records by Snoop Dogg in 2008. The Pre Hustle, features 9 new tracks (lead single is “Cali Life”) and is the prelude album to California Hustle (coming early 2012), which will feature Macy Gray, Snoop & Tha Dogg Pound. Touring with Snoop most of the year and promoting his music heavily.
Lil Cali releases a new freestyle over Future's "Tony Montana" record. Promptly titled "Cali Montana", Cali is working on his new alum with guest appearances from Sean Kingston, Nipsey Hussle, Lil Boosie and more.
PR: Wiz Khalifa & Snoop Dogg - Young, Wild & Free - Mac and Devin Go to High School - 12/13
Courtesy BF Blasts.
Doggystyle recording artist Snoop Dogg and Rostrum/Atlantic recording artist Wiz Khalifa have teamed up to release the soundtrack to their upcoming film, “Mac and Devin Go To High School.” The collaborative album, which features the Bruno Mars-assisted first single, “Young, Wild & Free,” will be available everywhere on December 13th. The Smeezingtons-produced track serves as the first offering from the companion soundtrack to the film, which the two rappers are dubbing a “buddy film.” The video for “Young, Wild & Free” was shot in Los Angeles and was directed by the film’s director, Dylan Brown.
What’s more, the two rappers have announced an exclusive, 6-city tour, being dubbed “The High School Tour.”
After releasing a shlew of singles with DJ Khaled's We The Best Music Group, including the Rick Ross featured single "Sitting On Top Of The World", the L.I. native Kasual is back with a Floyd Mayweather tribute song, appropriately titled "Floyd Mayweather" (#TheMoneyTeam). Focused, cocky and sounding like money, this track celebrates everything Mayweather over Ballistik Beatz triumphant production.
Executive VP of DuBose Music Group MC Lyte says “I'm in great anticipation for the world to hear Joshua Gunn. His lyrics cut through and are worthy of acknowledgment. I'm excited for him and his career"!
“Golden Age” is taken from the North Carolina representatives upcoming debut mix-tape Faithful Struggle which will be dropping in early 2012.
Sellassie announces the release of Stop Hatin' in the Bay Remix on January 1, 2012. You may ask yourself, what does Sellassie mean when he says "Stop Hatin' in the Bay." If you're a native to the San Francisco bay area, you've seen the posters. They are on thousands of poles in your neighborhood and on hundreds of liquor store and smoke shop windows across the Bay Area. Stop Hatin' in the Bay is Sellassie's plea to independent artists to support each other's music and movement, by first and foremost; LISTENING TO EACH OTHER. Stop Hatin' in the Bay is not just Sellassie's new single, it's a representation of who he is as an independent artist and entrepreneur, making marks in the bay area scene and nationally. It is a movement. Sellassie has built a name out of no name, a career from scratch as one of the most progressive and popular independent emcees in the Bay Area, while dealing with the same issues he describes in the song. As an innovator, Sellassie is the creator of the 2Racks Rap Contest and We All We Got Independent Concert Series. He has booked over 85 events with over 1,000 independent artists from across the country since mid-2009, creating opportunities as a young entrepreneur. At these shows, he's been exposed to upcoming, talented artists, some that can be easily be household names if the industry was more inviting and had the intentions of exposing new talent. Creating his own movement, Sellassie's trademark is to include not to exclude.
An aggressive and progressive lyricist, Sellassie's message in this song is positive and inspirational. It puts you in the shoes of the struggling independent artist trying to make it in today's unwelcoming and uninviting rap industry. Sellassie says, "I don't speculate on someone's music if I haven't listen to it, I think that's the fundamental problem with Hip Hop today. From mainstream to independent, somewhere along the line, we stopped listening to each other"
Initially released on the Sins of Your Forefathers Album, Stop Hatin' in the Bay remix offers a new sound to those familiar with Sellassie. The beat, produced by one of the West Coast's hottest music producers, Traxamillion is so unique, full of energy and sonically charged. Sellassie is defining as a voice of an independent artist, and as the underdog, consistently working to bridge gaps. Sellassie travels with his music and sees the same challenges across the country and plans to release additional remixes this fall for Stop Hatin' in LA and Stop Hatin' in the A (Atlanta).