Video/MP3: Torae - "Do the Math" (prod. Large Professor)
Courtesy Matt B.
Torae performs the first leak from his highly-anticipated debut LP, For The Record, live from Brooklyn's Public Assembly.
Torae will be releasing his debut LP, "For The Record," on 11-1-2011, featuring production from DJ Premier, 9th Wonder, Khrysis, Marco Polo, !llmind, Pete Rock, Diamond D, Buckwild, Nottz, Large Professor, Fatin (and Torae as well). I have included the essential LP information below.
Hip hop recording artist Torae announces his upcoming debut offering; For The Record, on his Internal Affairs Entertainment imprint. Slated for release on November 1, 2011 the album is an ample fifteen tracks worth of high-caliber production and impeccable rhyme.
For The Record is sure to transcend the expectations of new listeners and staunch supporters alike, with veteran MCs like Masta Ace heralding it as his greatest contribution thus far.
"The combination of stellar production and a focused and more introspective Torae makes this his best work to date," the fellow Brooklyn native stated.
Known for a roster of impressive collaborations, Torae has assembled an awe-inspiring crew of beatsmiths for accompaniment. From the renowned Pete Rock, DJ Premier, Diamond D and Large Professor; to those Torae labels "new legends," 9th Wonder, Khrysis, Fatin, Illmind, Eric G., Marco Polo and Nottz.
For The Record raises the bar Torae has set with previous releases. A refreshing return to the multifarious nature of 2008's "Daily Conversation", the project is a notable change from 2009's Double Barrel with Marco Polo, and this year's mono-thematic Heart Failure EP. Fans will hear his skills sharpened; an array of cadences and intricately weaved rhyme patterns. He is also at his most vulnerable and transparent; providing a view through a wide-angle lens at the man behind the MC, as heard on "Panorama" and "Reflection." Still there's no shortage of the hard-hitting audacity we love on tracks like "Shakedown" and "You Ready."
Los Angeles, CA -- August 30, 2011 - With 97,528 copies sold since it was released on August 23rd, Game's fourth studio project The R.E.D. Album dethroned Jay-Z and Kanye West's Watch the Throne as the #1 album on the Billboard 200 chart. The R.E.D. Album (short for REDedication) is Game's third chart topping debut following 2005's The Documentary and 2007's Doctor's Advocate which both went on to sell millions of copies worldwide. Game's last album, LAX, started at #2 in 2008 and went on to gold certification.
"It feels amazing to be back on top," exclaims Game. "My fans are incredibly loyal. I was able to step away from music for some much needed personal time with my family. And now that I've returned with a new album, they've come out strong to support me. I wouldn't be where I am today without my fans. Period."
The official lead single "Pot of Gold," featuring Chris Brown, charted on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and soared at urban radio. The music video, shot on location in downtown Los Angeles, reached more than 2 million views just days after its VEVO debut.
The album is executive produced by Pharrell Williams and co-executive produced by Game and producer extraordinaire Mars of 1500 or Nothin'. It also features legendary producers Dr. Dre and DJ Premier and established south region stunners Big Boi, Young Jeezy and Rick Ross, complimenting Game's west coast collaborations with Snoop Dogg, E-40 and newcomers Kendrick Lamar and Odd Future's Tyler the Creator. Drake and Nelly Furtado round out the heavy hitting features. The Compton-bred MC delivers the type of Hip-Hop unification album we have come to expect in a classic.
Fans have eagerly waited for a Game and Dr. Dre reunion in the studio. "Drug Test" showcases Game straight west coastin' alongside his gangsta' rap mentor Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, over a speaker rattling Dr. Dre production that reminds listeners of the three G's collective California chemistry.
Game created a viral buzz for The R.E.D. Album with "Red Nation" which featured long time collaborator Lil Wayne. After being banned from BET and MTV networks, the "Red Nation" music video, debuted on VEVO debut and went on to garner more than 9.4 million views. MTV has since included the music video in rotation due to its high demand.
MP3: J Gunn f/ MC Lyte & Brandon Pierre - "Applaud Me"
Courtesy of Matt B.
Many of you may not know that MC Lyte has been at DuBose Music Group for the last three-years supervising all of the projects that are produced there and that are forthcoming (more on that in the next week or so). Although she's had a blast supervising, she's ready to blast off with four new artists, the first of which I now present to you on behalf of DMG (Lyte just happens to be featured on it—which is strictly a coincidence).
First up, J Gunn from North Carolina this single, "Applaud Me," is from his upcoming mixtape "Faithful Struggle".
Dru Ha to Run NYC Marathon to Raise Money for Alzheimer's
It will be a run to remember when Drew "Dru Ha" Friedman, Co-Founder & CEO of Duck Down Music, attempts to run the ING: New York City Marathon on November 6, 2011. Dru, whose father Harvey L. Friedman passed away from Alzheimer's this past January after a brave 9 year battle with the disease, has been training this summer to prepare for the 26.2 mile race.
Dru explains: "I wanted to do something extremely challenging in memory of my father and to raise awareness about this compassionless disease. Fans of Duck Down may not realize how instrumental my father was in assisting with incorporating and founding Duck Down. While he was a respected real estate attorney, he had little legal entertainment background yet found the time to learn enough about the business to help negotiate our early contracts and offered unconditional guidance for Buckshot and myself. To properly train for a marathon, I'm quickly learning it takes dedication, perseverance and sacrifice of your personal time. All qualities my father exemplified; it's a fitting way to pay tribute to him."
Dru will be running and raising donations with the NYC Alzheimer's Chapter Team: "Run 2 Remember." People can visit Dru's donation page by clicking here.
In support of Dru's run; Duck Down Music plans to release two exclusive songs created by select Artists from the labels roster. All proceeds will be donated to the foundation.
Alzheimer's Disease (AD), is a form of dementia that gradually gets worse over time for the inflicted. It affects a persons memory, thinking, and behavior. Ultimately, Alzheimer's is disabling, fatal and without cure. Alzheimer's disease has recently made it's way into the news with the revelation from University of Tennessee women's basketball coach Pat Summit who announced she had an early diagnoses of dementia.
Hailing from Oakland, CA, YG Stunna has had to overcome many obstacles in his life. While music ha always been his true passion, YG's initial path to success looked as if it would be on the football field, as he was a highly-recruited player who had offers from a host of D-1 programs; including Oregon St, Nevada & San Diego St. Unfortunately, YG did not meet the academic standards required to gain entrance and saw his dreams of gridiron greatness and a free education seemingly slip from his grasp; the devastation eventually lead him to stop going to High-School altogether.
These events also lead him back to the streets in search of fast money and after being kicked out of his Mom's house, he lived with various friends and in some cases his own car. Upon scraping up enough money to get his own place, things seemed to be turning for YG, as he was back on his sports and education grind and training to recapture his football dreams. Yet, after tearing his ACL training, YG underwent a vigorous six-month rehab program and finally landed that sought-after scholarship. However, YG then re-tore his ACL on the first day of spring practice and his football dreams came to an abrupt halt.
Back in the streets, YG began concentrating on his music and it brought him peace, as he was making lots of waves locally and even reconnected with his Mother and family and brought a son into the world. Yet, tragedy struck again, as YG was shot by an automatic rifle and the bullet was lodged just a centimeter away from his spine. Though he was lucky to survive he still has particles from the bullet in his lungs.
Undaunted, after a lengthy recovery process, YG dove head-first back into music with an unwavering devotion. Now buzzing in the streets of Oakland, YG eschewed offers from a few high-profile labels and instead, invested in himself and at the age of 20 started his own imprint CME.
The fruits YG's labor are evident on his "Cash & Tattoos" mixtape is hosted by DJ Holiday.
Included is the first leak from Cash & Tattoos "One Girl" produced by Grammy award-winning producer/songwriter Bobby Ozuna & Donye'a Goodin: http://hulkshare.com/o25zkznlgw7o .
***Additional information on Bobby Ozuna; he won a Grammy for co-writing Eyrika Badu's "Love Of My Life" in 2004 and has also produced, written and arranged tracks for Mary J Blige, Anthony Hamilton, Floetry, John Legend, Kelis. Musiq Soulchild, Joss Stone, Snoop Doog, Bobby V, Freeway & Jake One, Angie Stone, Devin The Dude, Dwele).