New York, NY (February 5, 2009) – After seven months of intense competition, SRC Records CEO Steve Rifkind and Loud.com have formally announced the winners of Loud.com's $100,000 Rapper Challenge and their $15,000 Producer Challenge. Underground mainstay Kaze from North Carolina and Philadelphia upstart LF Daze split the grand prize for the Rapper Challenge, each getting record deals with SRC Records, while luminous producer J Cardim took home the grand prize and three-song deal for the Producers.
Both contests were run concurrently, but operated as separate entities. Each contest featured 10 rounds, with a single round consisting of one week for submissions and one week for voting. Thousands of rappers and producers went head-to-head for the 10 Finalist positions available in each contest, and the competition was heavy throughout. Once the Rapper and Producer contest each had their 10 Finalists, challenges were set before them to determine who wanted the grand prize more. Tasks for rappers ranged from creating a song and video to throwing a show, while Producers were faced with software and remix challenges. And even as the contest was going on, collaborations and communication were happening organically between other users of the site.
“We want people to feel like they can succeed at Loud.com,” CEO Joe Safina, said. “We are a site where people can come to have fun, to network, to get opinions and promote themselves, to gather ideas and information. We’re backed by a major label and Steve Rifkind, and we’re doing good things. This is the place for upcoming artists to be, and we’re seeing a successful new business model for the music industry emerge while we’re doing it.”
With the site continuing to evolve on both the technology and editorial fronts, Safina and Rifkind expect the site’s community to continue working together and support each other’s efforts, using the tools in front of them. The groundswell effect served Loud Records incredibly well during the 90’s, and that approach hasn’t changed with the latest digital incarnation.
“Loud.com is the only place on the web where independent artists can find major label support,” Safina said. “Congratulations to our winners and everyone that participated. The industry will certainly see what we’re bringing to the table in 2009.” #
LOUD.COM, backed by Steve Rifkind and SRC Records, is an on-line, social hip-hop community that features exclusive video interviews, industry-related Q&A’s, insightful articles and exclusive blogs, and is the biggest sponsor of competitions for unsigned artists and producers on the web. Registration is open to everyone. Users have the ability to upload their own music and videos or download professional beats from Hip Hop’s hottest producers (placements with 50 Cent, Mary J. Blige, Kanye West, Busta Rhymes, Lil Jon and many more) and use an on-line recording studio to compete for $100,000 and a record deal during contest times with SRC Records (Akon, David Banner, Asher Roth, Shontelle, Melanie Fiona). LOUD.COM has also featured a Producer contest, which gave away $15,000 and a three-song production deal. Past winners and associates of Loud.com have worked and made connections with Ski Beats, Matthew Santos, Psycho Les, Quran Goodman, Lil Wayne and many others. Log on and get involved now!
Kaze - "Spirit of '94" (produced entirely by 9th Wonder) Available Now At Amazon.com
J. Cardim - "Your Favorite Rapper's Favorite Producer" Hosted by DJ Envy Available Now At iTunes, Visit www.dicemusicgroup.com For Links And Info! ***
LF Daze - Philadelphia, PA
* Emcee/Producer, worked with Lil Kim, Cease and more * Co-sign from multi-platinum producer Quran Goodman * True underground success story
Kaze - Raleigh, NC
* Former member of The Rawkus 50 * Released an album "Spirit of '94" with 9th Wonder * Toured With Gza, Souls of Mischief, opened for G-Unit and many more
J Cardim - New York, NY
* Produced for Lil Wayne, Cassidy, Fat Joe, Styles P, Paul Wall Red Café, Sheek Louch, Little Brother, Jae Millz, Gorilla Zoe, Saigon, Uncle Murda and more * Diverse, consistent, hard-hitting and sample-free beats
Born and raised in the City of "Souf Land" (Ft. Smith, AR), Mr. Bobby Lopez "America's Favorite Cool Guy" is one of Arkansas' premier rap artist and entertainers. He began his career in 1996 rapping over popular hip hop instramentals with answering machines and tape recorders. Now more the ten years, 23 states, and a half a million people later Mr. Bobby Lopez "America's Favorite Cool Guy" continues to dominate his region. Influences such as Outkast, T.I., Jay-Z, Ludacris and 50 Cent as well as being the co-originator of the Dusty Souf movement and Arkansas' grit and gloss style of music is what makes Mr. Bobby Lopez: America's Favorite Cool Guy. With the help of his brother II Tre and good friend LS(Lord Soldier), Mr. Bobby Lopez "America's Favorite Cool Guy" has taken the rap scene on his side of the state to unparralled heights. Along with groups like Tripple Threat, Souf Land, and Drop Squad Boiz; artist like II Tre and Lord Soldier, Mr. Bobby Lopez "America's Favorite Cool Guy" has raised the bar and set the standard for Arkansas Hip Hop and entertainment. Feel free to holla at "America's Favorite Cool Guy", Mr. Bobby Lopez at www.myspace.com/mrbobbylopez .
As you all know, January was a crazy month for Chamillionaire. There was the drop of Mixtape Messiah 6, which fans came out in droves at every in-store to support (in some instances causing Fire Marshall issues), the judging of the MLK High School Battle of the Bands, the victory over 97.9 The Box's J-Mac at his Fly Rydes in-store, his role as Co-Grand Marshall of the Houston MLK Grande Parade (which drew a record 350,000 spectators) and his trip to D.C. to witness the historic Inauguration of President Obama.
Much of what went down was documented in true Chamillitary fashion and you can witness some of it for yourselves with the links below -
As part of their plan to Take Over the airwaves in '09, Zion I want to give their fans a chance to get in on some of the spoils. Next week the duo will be launching a remix contest using an innovative new widget from MixMatchMusic that gives fans access to the stems, or individual parts that make up their track "DJ DJ." Remixers can create a new version of the song, upload it to the widget, vote on their favorites, and embed their versions wherever they like. There's even a basic production interface for users who don't have professional remixing software.
Zion I will be choosing three of their favorites for a variety of prizes including track placement on Zion I web pages and mixes, rare Zion I merchandise, autographed discography, & more. Look for details coming soon on the group's site (http://www.zionicrew) and check out the video introduction below. The TakeOver will be out February 17th on Gold Dust.
Lord Gang Worldwide, LLC Newark, NJ – February 4, 2009
Prior to leaving for Europe and the "Check the Rhyme Tour", Doitall of the infamous Lords Of The Underground released "THE ME YOU NEVER HEARD", a 20 track compilation of songs recorded by Doitall never previously released. "I've been recording so much music over the years and never released any of it, that I thought it was time to give the Loyal LOTUG/DOITALL fans a taste of "THE ME YOU NEVER HEARD." – Du "Doitall" Kelly
Mixed at Alkatraxx Studios in Elizabeth, NJ, Doitall worked with a collection of producers from around the world including Makro Polo from Croatia, K-Def (Funky Child & Chief Rocka), Sedeck Jean (Wyclef's brother), Yes Sir (who's most know from Soundclick), DJ Lord Jazz, The Medics, and Incredible Hawk. "THE ME YOU NEVER HEARD" is a soundscape of Hip-Hop with appearances from Wyclef, Treach (of Naughty By Nature), B Easy, Melky Jean, Fam, G Smoke, Salute, and of course LOTUG. This is Hip-Hop in a classic sense with tracks ranging from the b-boy favorite "Are We Clear" to the storytelling of "Bonita" to the bounce of "Do It" to the testimony of "This is What Men Do" to the Lord Jazz produced "There's a Time For Play".
This mixtape is being offered as a free download exclusively through That Crack at http://www.thatcrack.com/view-listing.php?id=2538. Doitall is the founder and CEO/President of Lord Gang Worldwide LLC, along with Director of A&R with Michael Bivens' Sporty Rich Enterprises. He also has a weekly radio show on 96.5 Streetz 96 every Saturday from 4 to 6pm & an internet TV show on www.youtube.com/alkatraxxtv with ALKATRAXX TV. For more information on Du "Doitall" Kelly please visit www.myspace.com/doitall and/or facebook: Doitall Du Kelly. For more information on Lord Gang Worldwide, LLC and the Lord Gang DJs you can visit www.lordgangdjz.com. For more information on That Crack visit www.thatcrack.com .
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Potluck Stream Entire New Album Online *** Check Out Potluck’s “2 Minute Drill” Jaw-Dropping Video
Humboldt County California’s Potluck have streamed their entire new album “Pipe Dreams” online at www.MySpace.com/Potluck. The album will be released February 10th through Suburban Noize and feature guest appearances from Strange Music’s Krizz Kaliko, Cool Nutz, counter-culture icons Kottonmouth Kings and Twiztid.
"It is a great situation to be able to give all of our fans a sneak peak of our new CD," says Potluck's James '1 Ton' Kerri. "This is hands down the best album we ever done I hope the people have as much fun listening to it as we had making it. WELCOME TO THE MOVEMENT!"
Crowned the hip-hop royalty of Humboldt, CA, Potluck’s infectious brand of rhyme has been reigniting an otherwise extinguished hip-hop game. The group released a series of independent albums that are now considered underground classics, before joining forces with Suburban Noize Records for the release of “Straight Outta Humboldt”. Since then Potluck has soared to the upper echelon on the hip-hop underground collaborating and touring with E-40, Tech N9ne, hip-hop legends X-Clan and Jurassic 5.
Potluck recently released the video for the track “2 Minute Drill” featuring Potluck’s own Underrated flexing his jaw dropping mic skills by spitting 40-bars of fast rapping in just over 2-minutes with no computer edits, punch-ins or second tracks. The video can be seen online at www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ryb-vauFzX0&feature=channel_page .
Potluck recently wrapped up a sold-out tour with (Hed)pe and will join Kottonmouth Kings and La Coka Nostra on the Bring Tha Noize Tour alongside Blaze Ya’ Dead Homie and Big B.
POTLUCK ON BRING THA NOIZE TOUR 2009:
Feb 25 Petaluma, CA @ Phoenix Theater Feb 26 Chico, CA @ Senator Theatre Feb 27 Portland, OR @ Roseland Feb 28 Seattle, WA @ Showbox Mar 01 Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory Mar 03 Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory Mar 04 Billings, MT @ Shrine Auditorium Mar 05 Rapid City, SD @ Rushmore Hall Mar 06 Omaha, NE @ Sokol Auditorium Mar 07 St. Paul, MN @ Myth Mar 08 Fargo, ND @ Playmakers Mar 09 Sioux Falls, SD @ Ramkota Exhibit Hall Mar 11 Chicago, IL @ House of Blues Mar 12 Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Club Mar 13 Detroit, MI @ Clutch Cargos Mar 14 Cincinnati, OH @ Bogarts Mar 15 Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall Mar 17 Mokena, IL @ Pearl Room Mar 18 Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues Mar 19 Cheswick, PA @ Gravity Nightclub Mar 20 Worcester, MA @ The Palladium Mar 21 Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Mar 22 Philadelphia, PA @ Theater of Living Arts Mar 23 New York, NY @ BB Kings Mar 26 Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution Mar 27 Saint Petersburg, FL @ Jannus Landing Mar 28 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade Mar 29 Sauget, IL @ Pops Mar 31 Tulsa, OK @ Cains Ballroom Apr 01 Kansas City, MO @ Beaumont Club Apr 02 Wichita, KS @ Cotillion Ballroom Apr 03 Denver, CO @ Fillmore Auditorium Apr 04 Magna, UT @ The Great Salt Air
MYSPACE MUSIC PRESENTS EPMD AT THE RELEASE SHOW IN HONOLULU ON FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 6 NEW ALBUM "WE MEAN BUSINESS" ON EP RECORDS IN STORES AND ONLINE NOW SHOW TO BE HOSTED BY YOYO OF VH-1's MISS RAP SUPREME
February 4, 2009 - MySpace Music is proud to announce that hip-hop superduo EPMD will be performing a free show for their MySpace Music friends at the Pipeline Cafe in Honolulu, HI, on Friday, February 6, 2009. The free show will be hosted by Yoyo of VH-1's Miss Rap Supreme and powered by Dig Lifestyles. Admittance for the 21+ show will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis with 200 slots available for fans who bring a printout of their MySpace profile displaying the group in their top selection of friends.
Regarded as hip-hop's first great duo, EMPD are one of a few combos to excel at both the rapping and production aspects of the musical element of hip-hop culture. As one of the most sampled acts in hip-hop history, EPMD has been referenced by an innumerable amount of contemporary hip-hop's great acts, and with their new album, "We Mean Business," the Long Island, NY, outfit is continuing to cement their already-legendary status.
Erick Sermon and Parish Smith's first five albums went gold -- 1988's "Strictly Business," 1989's "Unfinished Business," 1990's "Business As Usual," 1992's "Business Never Personal," 1997's "Back In Business" - thanks to the group's tag-team rap style and groundbreaking production. Now, after more than 20 years in the game, EPMD returns with their first album on their own EP Records and their seventh overall. The new collection is a testament to the group's obvious Business plan.
About MySpace Music: MySpace Music is a landmark joint venture among MySpace, The EMI Group, Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group, and Sony ATV, and whose independent music partners include Alternative Distribution Alliance, Caroline, Fontana, RED, The Orchard, IODA, Nettwerk Music Group, INgrooves, IRIS Distribution, Royalty Share and Wind-up Records. MySpace Music offers an ever-growing catalog of freely streamable audio and video content, user-friendly e-commerce solutions, personal music players, and user and artist playlisting. MySpace Music aims to empower major, independent, and unsigned artists to monetize their content through multiple revenue streams by allowing the MySpace community to freely stream premium content in an ad-supported environment, purchase MP3s and ringtones, create and share playlists, and ultimately buy merchandise, concert tickets, and other digital and physical goods. MySpace Music also connects artists and fans in the offline arena through various concert series and live events including Secret Shows, MySpaceLIVE!, Transmissions, The Release, Front to Back and The List.
Keelay & Zaire - Wake Up Show w/ Supastition Video 02.04.2009 "Homie, if you let it, these streets could be a death trap / Either it could be your motivation or your setback"
The versatile production duo, Keelay & Zaire, are not just whetting our appetites this month with their free EP Prelude to Drive, but are filling us up with goodies in anticipation of the full album drop. Gain some insight on how they got into the production game and the processors they were inspired by in the Wake Up Show interview. The video also includes Supastition freestyling over Keelay & Zaire's beats. Supastition brings us three rounds of creative flow, each distinctly different from other. Who ever said southern boys can't rap? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=McL217A8Nuk .
The Prelude to Drive EP is now available to download for FREE at the freshly launched MyxMusicLabel.com.
Keelay & Zaire's full-length Ridin High will be available for release on March 10, 2009 on Myx Music. The Background:
Keelay & Zaire are a bi-coastal team that operates with only one concrete rule; creating music with unlimited range. Complementing each other's styles with precision, Kee & Zee work as a sole production machine that spawns gritty classic hip-hop, soulful R&B, and any other medium that requires an exclusive sound from the team. With Keelay out west in San Francisco, and Zaire in the east, holding it down in Virginia, the two have almost unlimited resources from which to draw talent and inspiration. In their debut LP Ridin High, the pair's versatility takes center stage, backed up by a talented cast of emcees and singers including Phonte of Little Brother, Supastition, Blu, Cali Agents, Darien Brockington, Tash of Tha Liks, Saafir, Fortilive, The Park, Emilio Rojas, Surreal ,Slo-Mo, Mario Dones, The A.V.E., J.Fish, Jony Fraze, Whooligan, and Tiffany Paige. Keelay & Zaire's Ridin High will be released in early 2009 by MYX Music Label.
ABOUT MYX® MYX®, the only music and lifestyle channel that embraces the entire Asian American community through music, culture and entertainment, has been added recently to the second phase of RCN’s Global Passport, an exciting digital tier of international programming.
MYX® is a nationally distributed television channel focusing on the influential Asian American youth community and a broader audience hungry for music fashion. The channel fills a giant void in television and addresses a cultural reality that Americans listen to more than just pop, hip-hop, and rock music produced in the U.S. MYX® fuses mainstream hits, the biggest jams from Asia and a healthy dose of independent music.
With its U.S. headquarters in Redwood City, California, MYX® was developed by ABS-CBN Global, an affiliate of ABS-CBN Broadcasting which is the largest media company in the Philippines and among the largest in Asia. MYX® is the only music and lifestyle channel dedicated to the Asian American community, utilizing music, culture and entertainment. MYX® can be seen on DIRECTV 2067, Comcast ON DEMAND, Cox Digital Basic Cable and RCN. For more information, visit http://myx.tv .
ACEYALONE PREPS FOR RELEASE OF ACEYALONE & THE LONELY ONES & pays tribute to the influential doo-wop genre
New York, NY– The Los Angeles rapper and founding member of Freestyle Fellowship, Haiku D’Etat and Project Blowed, Aceyalone returns with Aceyalone & The Lonely Ones, which draws on Phil Spector, 60s girl groups, the J.B.s and a slew of raw, dirty funk for sonic inspiration.
For legendary emcee Aceyalone, being out of the norm has paradoxically always been the norm. After indulging his love of Jamaican music for 2007’s Lightning Strikes, the musically diverse emcee brings his admiration for doo-wop, blues and funk to the forefront. On the title track, finger snaps, falsetto choruses and Rickenbacker guitar dominate the production, a sound closer to Phil Spector’s Wall of Sound than today’s by-the-numbers beats. “What it Wuz” recalls the same era, but looks more towards Motown and Holland/Dozier/Holland production to emulate and update classic soul groups (think Martha & the Vandellas, Four Tops). “To the Top [Remix],” with its classic Bo Diddley beat, conjures up images of an early-20th century juke joint on Saturday night, while “Can’t Hold Back” is pure grimy funk, showcasing Aceyalone’s faux-bandleader personage as much as his emcee side. In true James Brown form, the emcee genially barks instructions to his band and engages the crowd in a rowdy call-and-response.
“I’m not from that era, but this is my ode to it,” says the emcee of the album’s feel. “I’m just putting myself into that character as a showman and bandleader. But I can still rhyme with the best of them. Artists are going to experiment and go different places and I love that whole era anyway.”
In stark contrast to the quantity-over-quality approach favored by so many emcees, Aceyalone has always prided himself on quality control. Aceyalone & The Lonely Ones is no exception. With Lonely Ones, Aceyalone along with producer Bionik, strikes down sonic boundaries and throwing the listener back to a time when music was pure, energetic, and fun. Aceyalone & The Lonely Ones isn’t just a collection of songs, but an album where every part is essential to its meaning.
In 1995, the emcee released his debut solo album All Balls Don’t Bounce, earning massive critical acclaim and Allmusic.com declaring Aceyalone “one of the greatest lyricists the West Coast has ever produced” and Bounce “a spectacular lyrical milestone.” Since then, the emcee has released eight more solo albums, with 2006 alone seeing the release of two albums. “You might say I’m prolific,” says Aceyalone, “but I’m still a work in progress. I’m just a conveyer of what’s already out there and people just don’t see it. I just interpret it.”
Aceyalone & The Lonely Ones represents another chapter in a consistently evolving career for the emcee. And after nine solo albums and countless more with others, there’s still a whole novel to go.
Aceyalone & The Lonely Ones will be in stores March 31, 2009.
Keak Da Sneak and San Quinn - "Hot 'N Cool" 02.03.2009 "My Garage is a Car Mecca..." Keak and Quinn Give a Glimpse Through Tinted Windows on the New Single from Welcome To Scokland
"Hot 'N Cool," the new single from Keak Da Sneak and San Quinn's album Welcome To Scokland, brings a Bay Area club to your speakers. Opening with thick drums, gutter horns, and slinky synth lines, Keak Da Sneak and San Quinn's vocals glide over the bouncy beat. An ode to their favorite cars featuring a catchy chopped hook, "Hot 'N Cool" is another display of the inspired work found throughout their new album.
San Quinn, originally from San Francisco and Keak Da Sneak, originally from Oakland, are each legends in their own right who have been hustling in both the underground and mainstream hip-hop scenes for more than 15 years. Keak Da Sneak has been a staple of the Bay Area hip-hop scene since performing in Oakland talent shows as a youngster. With a debut EP (Sick-O) under his belt at only sixteen, and a contract with Virgin Records the next year, Keak has an album for almost every year of his life since, now totaling a whopping 18 solo albums. As for Quinn, born in San Francisco and growing up on the once formidable streets of the Fillmore, he looked to writing and rapping to prevent trouble from knocking down his door at a young age. While most kids at the age of 14 were playing sports and video games, Quinn recorded his first song called "SFC" with GLP and RBL. Since then, Quinn has been nothing short of prolific: he holds a Guinness World Record for the Most Appearances on Recorded Albums Before the Age of 21. The pairing of these two Bay giants brings together Oakland and San Francisco in a way that has yet to be seen in the Bay's illustrious hip-hop history, and is sure to set the standard for future epic collaborations.