Duck Down & 2K Sports - NBA 2K11 Producer/MC Contest
Duck Down Music and 2K Sports have partnered to present an exciting contest for all aspiring producers and MCs to create unique and original music, along with the special opportunity to have their song included in the upcoming soundtrack for NBA 2K11, the next iteration of the hugely popular NBA 2K series.
Phase 1: NBA 2K11 Producer Contest
Starting today, March 8th, producers will have two weeks to create one sample-free instrumental.
Producers are also encouraged to record video of their beat making process, which can be included with their final submission.
The top ten instrumentals will be selected by Duck Down Music A&R and representatives from 2K Sports. Each instrumental will also be streamed online via a link at XXLMag.com, as fans will have the chance to vote for their favorite track. The winner will be announced on April 5th.
Phase 2: NBA 2K11 MC Contest
Starting on April 6th, MC's will have four weeks to submit one clean track using the winning producer's instrumental.
All submissions must be sent to email@example.com by May 4th. After the top ten songs are determined by Duck Down Music and 2K Sports, they will again be posted via a link on XXLMag.com for fans to hear the tracks. The winner will be announced on May 11th.
The grand prize winners of the contest, which will consist of one producer and one MC, will:
* Have their song placed in the music soundtrack for NBA 2K11. * Receive an all-expense paid trip to New York City, where they will have the special opportunity to perform the song live at Duck Down's CMJ Showcase in October 2010.
SOLAR ISSUES OFFICIAL STATEMENT ABOUT GURU'S HEALTH STATUS & FALSE RUMORS
There are a lot of rumors and wrong information circulating around about Guru's current situation and health status. Hit producer and Guru's longtime producer and best friend, Solar addresses these false rumors in an official statement and during an interview with CNN.
"Guru is recovering and his doctors are guarded, but hopeful for his recovery," Solar told the news network.
Solar said the rapper has a history of lung problems and asthma and has been guarded about revealing his health issues. "Guru has entrusted me to be accurate and truthful in relaying information to the media," Solar said.
The legendary MC always tried to keep his private life behind closed doors and Solar said he was confused as to why Guru's nephew, Justin Nicholas-Elam Ruff, accused Solar of withholding information about the rapper from his family and not allowing them to see him, given that Ruff's mother, Trish, and other family members have visited with Guru.
"It's very, very baffling to me because his mother [Trish] was at the hospital not even a week ago with Guru's brother and his sister," Solar told CNN. "I speak to Guru's father and his brother daily. This is amazingly untrue and I have no idea what this is about."
"I have nothing but the deepest love and respect for the Elam family but I have not stopped them from seeing Guru!" Solar added.
Doctors have not given any indication as to when Guru might be released, Solar said, and the rapper is touched by the fan support.
"The outpouring of love from around the world has been tremendous," Solar said. "I'm reading some of the best e-mails, texts and Twitters that come in and he enjoys them. I think that's what has been helping his recovery and what's got him in there fighting."
During what must be an incredibly hard and stressful period in life, keep sending your prayers, thoughts, and wishes to Guru, Solar and his loved ones.
Guru, the sole founder of the world famous Hip-Hop group GangStarr and the legendary Jazzmatazz series, has suffered a heart attack and Hip-Hop fans around the world have shown massive love and support to one of the greatest rappers of all time.
Black History Month Continues Through February, Celebrated Year-Round
A local emcee teaches black history through music
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DETROIT –March 8, 2010– Black History Month has ended, but why not have a continuous celebration, even beyond February? A Detroit emcee and Michigan State University journalism graduate, Jahshua “JYoung The General” Smith has spearheaded Black History Year –a series of songs aimed at educating black history in a contemporary, but yet entertaining approach throughout the entire year. JYoung teams up with hip-hop music producer, Nick Speed and clothing line and sponsor, Dangerous Negro Apparel, to promote black history in sets of 365 days instead of 28. Today, JYoung releases the first installment of Black History Year.
"I've been studying black history since I was a teenager, and I know firsthand that there's more than enough information for just 28 days,” said JYoung. “With Black History Year, I want to educate and entertain for twelve months - and hopefully, even more than that.”
JYoung has researched black history since he was a high school student, and he counsels children that have been to jail and prison. After seeing how well many people of all ages respond to music more readily than they do to books or class lectures, he decided to record music that would educate while entertaining at the same time. He approached fellow Detroiter Nick Speed—platinum-certified producer for G-Unit, Talib Kweli and others—and they recorded songs throughout February.
The result is Black History Year, named after a t-shirt campaign by Florida-based clothing line Dangerous Negro Apparel. The first installation begins with “The Meeting (Malcolm Vs. Martin),” a song with Lansing emcee James “P.H.I.L.T.H.Y.” Gardin simulates a face-to-face conversation between black history’s two most storied leaders over a dusty, percussive soundbed. What follows are songs about Kenneth Clark’s “doll study” that investigated self-hate and promoted desegregation, odes to black comedians and the jazzy speakeasies of the 1920s, and poet Phillis Wheatley. The EP ends with “Haitian Fight Song 2010.” The empowering anthem uses a gripping mix of chants, pianos, guitar plucks and poignant lyrics to tell the story of Haiti’s struggle for independence and continued perseverance through tough times.
Future installments will tackle other historically black issues such as gentrification, the Black Panthers, the AIDS epidemic and more.
Some people call it nu metal, some call it rap-rock, still others call it rap-metal. Bassist Ahmed (pictured far right) has a slightly different title for the music he and the rest of Game Rebellion make, “I call it Riot Music.” Guitarist/vocalist Yohimbe (pictured far left) seconds this, adding “we are artists, and collectively, like all artists, we have some concepts, energy, love and experiences to share. It’s because of who we are that our sound comes out sounding like a rumbling avalanche of mammoth skulls.” And that rumbling avalanche of mammoth skulls happens to embody everything that’s great about the nu metal genre as Game Rebellion covers a full range of emotions and topics with their music. From politics, to ideas of self, to the occasional party jam, their upcoming EP, Sounds Like a Riot, shows Game Rebellion are intelligent headbangers with lyrics that are on point.
The rest of Game Rebellion consists of (from L to R in-between Yohimbe and Ahmed) keyboardist/vocalist Emi, vocalist Netic, and drummer Aaron. All of the members cut their teeth working as session musicians, producers, songwriters, and members of house bands from coast to coast. This week I caught up with Ahmed and Yohimbe to find out more about the group, why they’re rebelling against the game, and what their thoughts are on combating some of the negative stereotypes of nu metal. They also surprised me with a couple of crazy stories, relating the time they took over a stage from a signed artist, and an incident when a fan caused a near death experience for one of the members of the group.
Hand'Solo Records is excited to host the Toronto stop of the Lucid Dreams Vernal Tour. Chillin Villain Empire's Riddlore?, Dis.eased Wrekkids' MC Homeless, and experimental multi-instrumentalist richardbenjamin will be joined by Backburner's Wordburglar, Toolshed and special guests when they rock Rancho Relaxo. History in the making...
Monday, March 22, 2010 Early Show - Doors at 9:00 PM Rancho Relaxo (300 College St @ Spadina Ave), Toronto, Ontario, Canada Only $8 19+
Riddlore? (CVE/Project Blowed) A member of Chillian Villian Empire and a pioneer of Los Angeles underground hip hop, Riddlore? helped popularize freestyling as an improv artform along with Rifleman and Freestyle Fellowship. He regularly host the Good Life Cafe in South Central, Los Angeles where MCs such as Kurupt (Dogg Pound) and Charli2na (Juraasic 5) honed their skills. In the mid 90s he started Project Blowed along with Aceyalone and Abstract Rude. Riddlore? has collaborated with Dilated Peoples, Living Legends, The Shapeshifters, Freestyle Fellowship and many other crews worldwide. With his music heard everywhere from American Pie movies to Yo! MTV Raps, Riddlore? has managed to stay independent and never compromise his artistic integrity, always continuing to push the limits of what people perceive hip hop music to be. (www.myspace.com/riddlore)
MC Homeless (Dis.eased Wrekkids) A diy hip hop artist from Youngstown, Ohio, MC Homeless grew up attending punk shows and singing in grindcore bands before starting a rap career at age 18. While attending college at the infamous Kent State he became active politically as well as musically, sharing the stage with such acts as The Coup and Spank Rock, and playing many events including those put on by Anti-Racist Action. While in college he gained attention in the Ohio media as Cleveland's Scene Magazine named his Pink Unicorns EP one of the best releases of 2005. He would later drop Trapped Under an Ohio Sky, earning him 4 out of 5 stars in Alternative Press and garnering him international attention leading to a relentless tour schedule and split 12-inch record with Indonesia's Homicide on Diseased Records. Homeless is currently working on projects with Riddlore? from Los Angeles and Zoen from France. (www.myspace.com/mchomeless)
richardbenjamin Born Richard Benjamin Faulkner, instruments followed – piano at 8 years old, then brass and woodwind instruments, trumpet at 12, drums at 13, guitar at 15 – as did awards. He joined a famous group, MOHEAD, at age 16 and toured with them until he was 18, at which point he went to college to study history and religion. He has since realized the whole world is his playground, and has performed on four continents and in seven countries. richardbenjamin plays at weird times and it doesn't matter if people are listening to him or if he is all alone, the vibe is sent out and combined with those already swirling above. He has no control and is at his best when he lets go completely. (www.myspace.com/shakazulu1)
Backburner A cross-Canada crew composed of producers, DJs, MCs, and graffiti artists, Backburner are putting the finishing touches to their currently untitled debut album, their first combined effort since their What Have You Done For Rap, Lately? mixtape. Known for his stand-up routine between songs, Halifax rhyme machine SJ the Wordburglar won CBC Radio 3's Bucky Award for Best Lyrics in 2006, was nominated for Favourite Urban Artist at CMW's Indie Awards in 2007, and was listed in Urb Magazine's illustrious NEXT 100 in 2008. His album, Burglaritis, featuring Project Blowed rapper Pigeon John, was listed as Earshot's third most played hip hop album on Canadian college radio in 2006, and his new album, Burgie's Basement, is currently being distributed through Urbnet. London rappers Toolshed are well on their way to becoming world class party rockers, as a group, as solo artists (Choke just debuted solo with Hypergraphia), and in collaboration with others (check any of Timbuktu's recent posse cuts with Ghettosocks). (www.myspace.com/wordburglar / www.myspace.com/dehsloot) /> LUCID DREAMS VERNAL TOUR, all tour dates:
March 4th in Youngstown, Ohio at the Lemon Grove March 5th in Cleveland, Ohio at Bela Dubby March 6th in Pittsburgh, PA at Most Wanted Fine Arts March 7th in Waterbury, CT at Freigh Street Gallery w/Ceschi March 10th in Portland, ME at The Big Easy (hosted by Brzowski) March 11th in Boston, MA at The Western Front w/HW March 13th in Great Barrington, Ma at Bat Barn March 14th in Brooklyn, NYC at Beauty Bar March 15th at Nobodys Art in Buffalo, NY w/Jack Topht March 16th in Ithaca, NY at Pixel Lounge March 17th in Rochester, NY at Dub Land March 22nd at Rancho Relaxo in Toronto, Ontario w/Toolshed & Wordburglar March 23rd at Pirahna Bar in Montreal, Quebec