Philadelphia's Lushlife has always thrived on pushing listeners' buttons when it comes to their perceptions of what hip-hop can be. Whether it's building a boom-bap rap track out of hyper chopped samples of lo-fi indie songwriter Ariel Pink, incorporating instruments like mandolin and live horns into his stage show, or soliciting remixes from psychedelic pop artists, it's clear that Lushlife has an all-encompassing view of hip-hop that he wants to impress on the world. With his latest leak, the emcee/producer repurposes a track from Georgia glo-fi outfit Washed Out, transporting the track's beach side vibe to the street corner, & improbably conjuring images of Nas rapping over the 80's synth heavy "Wild Style" soundtrack.
Don't miss Lushlife's performance at this year's SXSW, performing as a part of Favorite Gentlemen's eclectic showcase. Details & RVSP info below. The Cassette City album and Leisure Class / Stick Up Kids remix project are out now on Rapster.
Jedi Mind Tricks MC Vinne Paz has pulled together yet another Army of the Pharaohs album after a nearly three year hiatus. The collective now features Vinnie Paz & Jus Allah (Jedi Mind Tricks), Planetary & Crypt The Warchild (Outerspace), Apathy, Reef The Lost Cauze, Esoteric, Doap Nixon, King Magnetic, Des Devious, Block McCloud, Celph Titled, Demoz, King Syze, and more on an album titled Jedi Mind Tricks Presents… Army of the Pharaohs: The Unholy Terror.
Jedi Mind Tricks will hit the road later this month for a 21-date tour across North America.
03/24/10 Jedi Mind Tricks in New Haven, CT Toad’s Place United States 03/25/10 Jedi Mind Tricks in Providence, RI Jerky’s United States 03/26/10 Jedi Mind Tricks in Northampton, MA Pearl St. United States 03/27/10 Jedi Mind Tricks in Buffalo, NY Mohawk Place United States 03/28/10 Jedi Mind Tricks in Cleveland, OH Grog Shop United States 03/30/10 Jedi Mind Tricks in Newport, KY Southgate House United States 03/31/10 Jedi Mind Tricks in Ann Arbor Blind Pig United States 04/01/10 Jedi Mind Tricks in Madison, WI The Annex United States 04/02/10 Jedi Mind Tricks in Chicago, IL Subterranean United States 04/03/10 Jedi Mind Tricks in St. Louis, MO Firebird United States 04/06/10 Jedi Mind Tricks in Omaha, NE The Waiting Room Lounge United States 04/07/10 Jedi Mind Tricks in Columbia, MO Mojo’s United States 04/08/10 Jedi Mind Tricks in Louisville, KY Uncle Pleasantss United States 04/09/10 Jedi Mind Tricks in Pittsburgh, PA Diesel United States 04/10/10 Jedi Mind Tricks in West Chester, PA The Note United States 04/11/10 Jedi Mind Tricks in Virginia Beach, VA The Jewish Mother United States 04/13/10 Jedi Mind Tricks in Richmond, VA Canal Club United States 04/14/10 Jedi Mind Tricks in Greensboro, NC Greene Street Club United States 04/15/10 Jedi Mind Tricks in Atlanta, GA Masquerade – Hell Room United States 04/16/10 Jedi Mind Tricks in Carrboro, NC Cat’s Cradle United States 04/17/10 Jedi Mind Tricks in Washington, D.C. 9:30 Club United States
The homie Random & myself will be rockin' Austin, Texas next week during South by Southwest 2010. Our project, "Forever Famciom", is practically done and we are gearing up for its' (tentative) Spring release. SxSW is known for attracting a great mix of hip-hop heads as well as gamers, so we may even perform a couple tracks off the project for those lucky enough to be in attendance! Either way, catch me holding Mega Ran down on the LIVE music tip next week at the following venues...
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony are gearing up to release Uni5: The World's Enemy. The April 27 album will mark the full reunion of the group (with Flesh-N-Bone and Bizzy Bone). The release is also the Ohio group's first on Warner Brothers, after a one-album release with Interscope Records.
In celebration of the album, the quintet announced their North American tour. The dates are below:
Wed Mar 24 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue Thu Mar 25 Milwaukee, WI Eagles Fri Mar 26 Sauget, IL Pop’s Sat Mar 27 Chicago, IL Congress Sun Mar 28 Cleveland, OH HOB Mon Mar 29 Indianapolis, IN The Vogue Wed Mar 31 Pittsburgh, PA Mr. Smalls Thu Apr 1 Columbus, OH Newport Fri Apr 2 Buffalo, NY Town Ballroom Sat Apr 3 Lancaster, PA The Chameleon Mon Apr 5 Boston, MA Middle East Tue Apr 6 New York, NY Irving Plaza Wed Apr 7 State College, PA Mezzanine Thu Apr 8 Baltimore, MD Rams Head Live Fri Apr 9 Wilmington NC The Rox Sat Apr 10 Charlotte, NC Amos Southend Sun Apr 11 Charleston, SC The Music Farm Tue Apr 13 Athens, GA 40 Watt Club Wed Apr 14 Atlanta, GA Masquerade Thu Apr 15 Orlando, FL Firestone Fri Apr 16 Los Angeles, CA Gibson Amphitheatre Tue Apr 20 New Orleans, LA HOB Wed Apr 21 Dallas, TX HOB Thu Apr 22 Houston, TX HOB Fri Apr 23 San Antonio, TX Scoutbar Sat Apr 24 Austin, TX Emo's Mon Apr 26 Tulsa, OK Cain's Ballroom Tues Apr 27 Colombia, MO The Blue Note Wed Apr 28 Council Bluffs, IA Harrah's Thu Apr 29 Kansas City, KS Harrah's Fri Apr 30 Denver, CO Gothic Theatre (Englewood) Sat May 1 Albuquerque, NM Sunshine Theatre Sun May 2 Phoenix, AZ Celebrity Theatre Mon May 3 Tuscon, AZ Rialto Theatre
MP3: Georgia & Declaime - "SomeOthaShip Connect Game" Feat. Kazi
Picking Up A Beat By Black Milk, Georgia & Declaime Release Title Track From SomeOthaShip
The f0nk duo, Georgia & Declaime, has busied themselves with the delivery of another single off their album, SomeOthaShip. Featuring Kazi and produced by Black Milk, the song "SomeOthaShip Connect Game" delivers on beats that Declaime AKA Dudley Perkins just couldn't resist. "SomeOthaShip was unexpected - originally, Dudley, Kazi, and Grap Luva were going to do a track over a Kev Brown beat, but when D sat down and heard Black's beat, they recorded right away," says Michael Tolle, founder of Mello Music Group. Declaime rides a piano-laden f0nkdified beat to drive home the message about the sometimes-inauthentic hip-hop industry. An eerie melody accompanies Declaime's description of a life consumed by partying, alcohol and drugs - a life the public has come to expect from those in the industry. The emcee chooses to remind listeners that regardless of facades and fronts, real hip-hop is still alive. Reintroducing a verse from the song "Get Up", Declaime affirms his position in the game as a respected artist and emcee by declaring, "Return the war vet / Bet your bottom dollar that/You ain't seen nothing yet."
SomeOthaShip is available at all digital and physical retailers now.
In a world made of plastic, Georgia Anne Muldrow & Declaime (AKA Dudley Perkins) breathe. Georgia radiates light into the west coast hip-hip scene with her vocal mixture of social revolution and raw street wisdom. Her choruses echo the voices of yesterday while her beats explore the cosmic sounds of tomorrow. Having already worked with the likes of Erykah Badu, Mos Def, and Madlib, Georgia finds herself taking a well-deserved turn in the spotlight and ready to keep up her collaborative efforts in 2010. Declaime is a veteran to the hip-hop game, with a voice that overflows with bluesy, syncopated veracity. Characterized by his impossible range and stirring cadence, Declaime has the ability to captivate with the unmistakable sound of experience, breathing a spiritual wind back into the funked out vibrations of hip-hop. Combined, Georgia & Declaime have created an impressive catalog of work including Georgia's Worthnothings, Umsindo, and Kings Ballad, plus Declaime's Conversations With Dudley, A Lil Light, Expressions, and Holy Smokes. SomeOthaShip is available now digitally via Mello Music Group.
About Mello Music Group:
Like Lao Tzu in hip-hop, Mello Music Group provides music for the soul, from the heart of American culture, opening the realm of the intelligent hip-hop experience through melodic evocations, beats that corroborate the truth, and voices that roar above the rising void and impose order on the terrible & triumphant moments of everyday life. This is the compelling sound of Mello Music Group. Industry newcomer Michael Tolle founded MMG in 2007 and is acting Director of Operations. MMG will be releasing projects from Oddisee, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Kenn Starr, Finale, Trek Life, Dudley Perkins, Sareem Poems, and YU in 2010. http://www.myspace.com/mellomusicgroup .
One of the most explosive tracks from his No Said Date album, "Digiwarfare" is an uptempo ode to the architects of hip-hop culture, delivered with the signature grit and cadence of one of the Wu-Tang's most consistent solo artists. The track is a staple of Masta Killa's live shows, and is one of the highlights of his upcoming Live album, which also features high energy versions of Wu classics including "Duel Of The Iron Mic" (see below), "The Mystery of Chessboxing," "Triumph" & more. Live will be released April 13th on Gold Dust.
Masta Killa- "Duel of the Iron Mic" featuring GZA [download] (mediafire) (zshare)
Gold Dust is proud to present Live, the new live album by original Wu-Tang member Masta Killa and the first recorded concert effort from a member of the group in over five years. Live culls together some of the best verses the versatile rapper has offered in his 17-year career, ranging from his 2004 solo debut No Said Date and classic Wu-Tang albums to memorable spots on GZA's Liquid Swords and Legend of the Liquid Sword. Featuring guest appearances by GZA and Inspectah Deck, among others, Live offers new spins on tracks long embedded in the consciousness of most hip-hop fans, including "Duel of the Iron Mic," "Guillotine" and "Mystery of Chessboxin'."
Hip-hop fans know that live performances are dicey at best, with late starts, no-shows, and 30 people on stage (for no apparent reason) commonplace. Members of the Wu-Tang, however, have always prided themselves on an unending amount of talent, energy and charisma, ensuring that every show they do leaves the crowd salivating for their next appearance. “A lot of fans have never heard Masta Killa live and never had the chance to see a Wu-tang show, so I thought it would be a good idea to release live audio for them. It would also really entice people to come out to witness the next wave of live shows we do,” Masta Killa explains. It's this heightened level of excitement that permeates all of Live, kicking off with a blistering a capella version of "Mystery of Chessboxin'" right down to the last dominant verses of "Triumph" (which sees the crowd in unison keeping pace with every word, rhyming Killa's verse for him.)
No Said Date, providing the material for close to half of Live, is one of the most critically acclaimed Wu projects in the group's history. Allmusic stressed that "[Killa's] aggressive but nimble flow is all over each of these songs." Stylus called it "a return to the Wu sound," impressed with the emcee's "energy, switches in cadence, speed and stress" and that "lyrically, [Killa] mixes up the styles of the premier Wu membership…into lines packed with thoughts and images that never sound crammed in, jam-packed or rushed." And Pitchfork called it "the most fully formed Wu solo effort," noting that "Masta is a rapper's rapper, forsaking high-flown gimmicks for Spartan flows and carefully considered rhymes."
All of these accolades are only enhanced by listening to Live. This is an essential addition to the canon and mandatory listening for any true Masta Killa fan or Wu head.
Tracklist 1. Da Mystery Of Chessboxin (Accapella) 2. Armored Truck 3. Silverbacks (feat. Inspectah Deck & GZA) 4. Duel Of The Iron Mic (feat. GZA) 5. School 6. Grab The Mic 7. No Said Date 8. In The Hood 9. Love Spell (feat. Startel) 10. D.T.D. 11. Street Education (feat. Streetlife) 12. Whatever (feat. Streetlife & Prodigal Sunn) 13. Fam Members Only (feat. GZA) 14. Digiwarefare 15. Guillotine (Swordz) (feat. GZA) 16. Triumph (feat. Inspectah Deck & GZA)
Donwill, one third of critically acclaimed Tanya Morgan, is proud to release the latest single off his upcoming album, Don Cusack in High Fidelity. "Love Junkie" maintains the album's theme of love and loss with the soulful vocal styling of Peter Hadar, a verse by Harlem NY's own, Harlems Cash, and production by Aeon. "Aeon sent me the beat and I reached out to Harlems Cash because I had been playing his mixtape pretty heavy," says Donwill. "I pulled Peter Hadar in on the hook because I just enjoy working with him in general. I tend to usually only collaborate with people that I know because its usually easier to work that way for me." With animated synthesizer lines and well placed distortion, the upbeat track and its club feel are the foundation of the song's story - while a rebound girl may be fun for the night, she cannot replace a long-time love. When asked where the inspiration for the song came from Donwill responds, "This song is inspired by one night stands and the way that you use them to feel loved temporarily. Its not always just about sex sometimes, it's about just wanting a connection to a person even if its temporary."
After heartbreak with his girlfriend, Donwill goes out for a much needed night on the town, rapping, "If love is a drug, than I need a new prescription". While embracing his newfound freedom, the emcee is fighting an inner battle about the benefits of a fling versus a relationship. Donwill lightheartedly portrays this with lines like, "A well done fling is a beautiful thing," and "A girl this bad shouldn't be in my bed tonight." When Laura calls frantically about her dad passing, the story takes a turn as Donwill realizes the importance of love over physical satisfaction and rescues her.
Donwill's debut solo album Don Cusack In High Fidelity drops March 23, 2010, via Interdependent Media.
Donwill is one-third of hip-hop group Tanya Morgan, formed in 2003, who recently released their third full-length album Brooklynati in 2009. With the high praise from Rolling Stone and Time Out New York that Brooklynati garnered,Donwill is now ready to release his own album, Don Cusack in High Fidelity on March 23rd, 2010. The maxi-single of "Laura's Song," complete with the album version, radio edit, instrumental and a couple of remixes is now available for purchase on iTunes. The album will be released by Bay Area label Interdependent Media.
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, A-Plus, and more. For more information, please visit http://www.imculture.com .
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Paul Wall & Chamillionaire Headline SXSW "Best In Texas"
PAUL WALL AND CHAMILLIONAIRE TO HEADLINE AS THE KICK-OFF TO THEIR NATIONAL “IN LOVE WITH MY MONEY” TOUR
Austin, TX – OGPR and AllHipHop have joined together for this years SXSW festival to bring you the “Best In Texas” showcase at La Zona Rosa on Wednesday, March 17th. Headliners for the showcase are Paul Wall and Chamillionaire as they kick off their national “In Love With My Money” tour. The tour currently runs through mid-April, with more dates being added. Tour information can be found at www.Chamillionaire.com. Both artists have albums dropping this Summer.
The rest of the line-up for “Best In Texas” is comprised of acts representing various regions of the Lone Star State with performances by Houston’s Trae Tha Truth, who is currently pushing his single, “Inkredible ft. Lil Wayne & Rick Ross”, Chalie Boy, who hails from the Calvert/Hearne region and came to national attention via the hit single, “I Look Good” and Dallas artists Dorrough, who made a big splash with his single, “Ice Cream Paint Job” and Fat Pimp. Austin’s League of Extraordinary Gz, Kyle Lee and Question? for San Antonio and Big Sid repping San Angelo round out the night’s event. Swisha House’s Michael “5000” Watts will provide the hosting duties with DJ’s Grip and Hella Yella spinning between sets.
A staple in the industry, OGPR has provided public relations services to a host of Hip Hop artists over the past 10 years, representing names both regional and national including Chamillionaire, Paul Wall, DJ Whoo Kid, Pimp C, Slim Thug, Yo Gotti, Bobby Valentino, Trae Tha Truth and 3-6 Mafia. AllHipHop has been online for the past 11 years. Having worked together closely over the years, it just made sense for the two companies to collaborate for one of music’s biggest annual showcase events – SXSW, and help Paul and Chamillionaire kick off their tour with a bang.
"When I heard that Chamillionaire and Paul Wall were reuniting again on stage at SXSW I knew this was a marquee event AllHipHop had to be a part of, this is history" said Steve Raze.
"I remember performing at my first SXSW and not really even speaking to Paul, and now in 2010 we will be touring together and sharing the same SXSW stage" remembers platinum, Grammy-winning artist, Chamillionaire. "I’m sure our collective fans would be proud to see how far we have come and excited to see us together again live."
"It feels great to have the opportunity to be back on stage with Cham" adds Paul Wall. "To start our tour together in Austin, at SXSW means a lot because that’s one of the 1st places we used to do shows coming up trying to be discovered. We started out as an opening act, now we're the headliner. Hopefully this will inspire the up and coming artists to follow in our footsteps."
DJ KHALED’S “VICTORY” DEBUTS AT #1 ON BILLBOARD INDEPENDENT CHART
(New York, NY) – Miami hip hop star DJ KHALED debuts at #1 this week on the Billboard Independent Chart with his E1 Music album VICTORY. The album sold almost 28,000 copies and was #14 on the Billboard Top 200, and was the #2 Rap Album (just behind Lil Wayne). Additionally, he has sold over 300, 000 digital transactions from Victory.
VICTORY, DJ Khaled’s fourth studio album, contains the hit singles “Fed Up” and “All I Do Is Win.” All I Do Is Win,” features T-Pain, Rick Ross, Snoop Dogg and Ludacris, and impacted at urban radio this week, with over 31 stations adding the record. The video for “All I Do Is Win” has been added to BET, MTV2 and MTV Jams.
DJ Khaled has sold over 800,000 albums via E1 Music (formerly KOCH Records).
About E1 Entertainment
E1 Entertainment (AIM: ETO) is a leading independent entertainment content enterprise that acquires and exploits world-class film, television and music properties around the globe. Its four primary businesses units (E1 Television, E1 Films, E1 Music and E1 Distribution) operate in Canada, the U.S., the UK and Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Holland and Belgium, providing extensive expertise in film distribution, television and music production and distribution, kids programming, and merchandising and licensing. E1's growing content library, which currently includes more than 4,000 feature films, 2,700 hours of original television programming and 15,000 music tracks, are distributed across all media formats in more than 190 countries.