RAPPER HOPSIN DIRECTS, SHOOTS AND EDITS HIS OWN VIDEO FOR $400!!! HE’S A “MOTHERFU*KER”
The days of artists being signed and turning all of the budget worries and marketing work over to the record label have been over for some time. Ruthless Records’ Hopsin understands the current industry climate and is proactive about jumping in and doing his part to market his album, “Gazing At The Moonlight,” virally.
Hopsin recently acted as director, camera man, editor and artist on his most recent video for the edgy street single, “Motherfu*cker.” Shot entirely guerrilla style on his privately owned mini cam and edited on his home computer, Hopsin’s creativity shines in the finished piece which cost as much as most flossy lunch meetings at the major labels.
Riding on the success of his recently released album, Don Cusack In High Fidelity, Donwill is excited to present a live in-studio video recording of his latest remix, "Love Junkie," featuring The Park and Wallpaper. Shot at Different Fur Studios in San Francisco, CA by YoursTru.ly, the video confirms the phenomenal vibe between everyone involved with the recording. With shoulders bouncing and hands moving everywhere, Donwill spits his rhymes as The Park step-claps to the beat for live effects. Different instruments are also highlighted as the synth player manipulates his sound while playing lines and the piano solo zooms in on the flawlessly energetic piano player's hands.
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. 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. Don Cusack in High Fidelity is now available everywhere via Bay Area label Interdependent Media. About Interdependent Media: http://www.imculture.com
Public Enemy's Chuck D Releases Statement, With New Record "Tear Down This Wall", As Mistachuck
* * * * * * * * * Chuck D Addresses The Growing Tangible And Intangible Wall Existing Between The Black And Brown People In North America
NEW YORK, May. 4 /2SPR/ - 1989 US President Ronald Reagan chastised the then Iron curtain of communist countries about the separatist existence of the Berlin Wall. There presently is a multi billion dollar wall funded by the United States with similar isolationist separatist policies ...the wall between the US and Mexico. Chuck D addresses the growing tangible and intangible wall existing between the black and brown people in North America.
In Mexico, new figures have been released showing more than 5,000 Mexican migrants have died trying to reach the United States since 1994. Mexico’s National Human Rights Commission says an average three migrants lost their lives every two days in the US-Mexico border region in 2007 and 2008.
And now by default its attached to being a themed commentary to the recent passed one sided racist immigration LAW in the State of Arizona... This statement from Chuck D and his wife Dr Gaye Theresa Johnson Professor Of Black Studies and Chicano Studies UC Santa Barbara.
'Jan Brewer's decision to sign the Arizona immigration bill into law is racist, deceitful, and reflects some of the most mean-spirited politics against immigrants that the country has ever seen. The power that this law gives to police, to detain people that they suspect to be undocumented, brings racial profiling to a new low. Brewer's actions and those of Joe Arpaio, Russell Pearce, the Arizona State Senate are despicable, inexcusable, and endorse the all-out hate campaign that Joe Arpaio, Russell Pearce, and others have perpetrated upon immigrants for years. The people of Arizona who voted for this bill, as well as those who crafted it, demonstrate no regard for the humanity or contributions of Latino people. And for all of those who have chosen not to speak up, shame on you for silently endorsing this legislated hate.
In 1991 I wrote a song criticizing Arizona officials (including John McCain and Fife Symington) for rejecting the federal holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The same politics I wrote about in "By the Time I Get to Arizona" are alive and well in Arizona today, but this time the target is Brown people.
These actions must stop. I am issuing a call to action, urging my fellow musicians, artists, athletes, performers, and production companies to refuse to work in Arizona until officials not only overturn this bill, but recognize the human rights of immigrants. This should include the NBA playoffs, revisiting the actions of the NFL in 1993, when they moved the Superbowl to Pasadena in protest against Arizona's refusal to recognize Dr. King. We all need to speak up in defense of our brothers and sisters being victimized in Arizona, because things are only getting worse. What they’re doing to immigrants is appalling, but it will be even more damning if we remain silent.'
CREDITS: Song writers : C Ridenhour ,B.Dixon,J.Moss Producers: Brent Dixon & Chris"Spanky" Moss for Divided Souls Ent.,LLC Vocals Produced by Johnny Juice Rosado Publishers: Brenda's Game Manifested Publishing, LLC(BMI); Bring The Noize inc(BMI), administered by Reach Global, Inc/ MPCinema(BMI),JACKSON WONDERFUL PUBLISHING(ASCAP) Musicians: Brent Dixon & Chris Moss Scratching: DJ Pain1 Mixed by DJ Johnny JUICE Rosado @ The Terrordome - Strong Island, NY Recorded & PRE Mixed by: Brent Dixon & Chris Moss @ Divided Souls Studios(Baton Rouge,La./Douglasville,Ga.Mixed at Divided Souls Studios(Baton Rouge,La); Divided Souls Studios Southeast(Douglasville,Ga.); Vocals Recorded @ The Terrordome - Strong Island, NY Track produced by Divided Souls from Baton Rouge LA.upon a tip from the great MC ...Scarface.
LYRICS: SOMEBODY'S SOULS BEEN EXPOSED IN THIS HOUSE OF BLUES THE REAL EMPEROR WITHOUT CLOTHES HAS MUCH TO LOSE ROAD WEARY TROUBADOUR / MAYBE I'M AN AMBASSADOR NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH SOME SPOOK OR BASTARD BY THE DOOR
BEFORE I GOT PAID BY THE WORD NOW ITS DEFERRED NEW DUST BOWL POET YOU AIN'T HEARD IT NOW YOU HEARD
SHOWED YALL I AIN'T TIRED DAMN SURE AIN'T QUIET PLENTY OF THINGS TO TEACH ABOUT I'M REACHING TO THE CHOIR
DAMN MY MAN ONE AT A TIME THIS BEATS FIRE FACE TOLD ME BRENT YOU BE BOMBIN THE PLACE THE BOB TO THE BOB THE BOB IS BACK WEAVIN BOBBIN AND SPILLIN LIKE WOMACK, MARLEY AND DYLAN
DEEP SONGS FRONT PAGE OF YOUR LIFE THIS IS YOU INVASION OF YOUR MENTAL VACATION AND YOUR CREW
THIS AIN'T BRAND NEW JUST BECAUSE YALL AIN'T NEVER KNEW
I SPIT POLITICS ON THAT WALL WHERE THE PEOPLE GET SCREWED
HIP HOP SUPPORTIN NON STOP SWEATSHOPS SO YOU CAN RETAIL YOUR ASS OFF WITHOUT FAIL
THEN SOME OF YOU GET SETBACK BLAME THIS IMMIGRATION EXPLOITATION WITH YOUR THE LACK OF INFORMATION BY YELLING WETBACKS
SOMEBODY ACTIN FOREVER 21 CANT HIDE CANT CRY CANT RUN CANT BLAME IT ON THE CRACK
OR FIGHT BACK WITHOUT A PASSPORT MILLENNIUM GESTAPO BORDER CONTROL THE NEW CONTACT SPORT
YALL CALL EM IMMIGRANT AND TAKE EM TO COURT BUT LOOK AT YOUR HOOD AND YOUR LACK OF SUPPORT
SOME OF THESE DJS HAVE NO IDEA WHAT THEY'RE PLAYIN SOME OF THESE RHYMERS DON'T REALIZE WHAT THE HELL THEY'RE SAYIN SO I LET EM CHASE THE CASH HONEY WITHOUT A PLAN FORGET JOHNNY WAS THE MAN IN BLACK BUT I'M THE BLACK IN MAN
THIS IS MODERN DAY SLAVERY AND PART OF THE PLAN
WITH ALL DUE RESPECT SIR ,TEAR DOWN THAT WALL MAN!
UNDERSTAND THESE PRESSURES IN THIS SO CALLED RECESSION
FOR THE BLACK BROWN WOMAN AND MAN
ROSTER OF THE STRICKEN BERNIE MADE OFF WITH THE MONEY NOW THE HIDDEN HAND IS BITTEN SO NOW IT AIN'T FUNNY
I BEG YA PARDON WHO'S SAVIN YA YOU CALLIN THEM LABORERS WALK ON BY AND NEVER SAY HI OR CONSIDER THEM NEIGHBORS
SOME GOT THE NERVE TO LIVE IN TEXAS ARIZONA, CALI AND NOT KNOW EVEN MISSIN THE CLUE IN,.. NEW MEXICO
DISS THE BROWN BROTHERS AND SISTERS ON WHAT THEY WHAT THEY DONE DID THIS SIDE OF THE EARTH
THEY BUILT PYRAMIDS
MY PASSION COMES AND WHAT I KNOW AND WHO I AM I REFUSE TO LOSE OR TO BE
CONFUSED BY THIS NEW SCAM SCARRED BY SARCASM UNCLE SAMS RACIST ORGASM WAS JUST A SPASM SCARED OF ENTHUSIASM
OF THE BLACK AND BROWN PLANET THE JEALOUS SAY DAMN IT
July 30 & 31 Hollywood Bowl - Los Angeles, CA August 7 River Rock Casino - Richmond, British Columbia, Canada August 14 Mount Airy Casino and Resort - Mount Pocono, PA
More than forty years after his genre-bending – and ultimately groundbreaking – work with Brasil 66, Brazilian producer/keyboardist/composer/bandleader Sergio Mendes continues to borrow elements of traditional as well as contemporary styles from either side of the Equator and all points on the globe and seamlessly graft them to his deep Latin jazz foundations. “Every time I make a new album,” says Mendes, “it’s a new musical adventure.”
His latest adventure is Bom Tempo, an album that represents the next artistic step on his prolific Concord journey that began with Timeless in 2006, followed by Encanto two years later. Borrowing from the songbooks of great Brazilian composers like Antonio Carlos Jobim, Gilberto Gil, Milton Nascimento and others (plus one offering penned by American pop icon Stevie Wonder), Bom Tempo expands Mendes’ use of color, texture and street-derived energy, highlighting his mastery of authentic Brazilian rhythms and composition. The Portuguese title succinctly captures the spirit of the music within, says Mendes: “This is bom tempo music, good times music.”
But the good times get even better when a crew of cutting edge producers take Mendes’ innovative blueprint a step further. Bom Tempo Brasil is a collection of remixes that push Mendes’ original vision and passion to a new level by laying additional shades of soul, funk, electronica and hip-hop onto the maestro’s already rich palette. Bom Tempo Brasil is scheduled for a simultaneous June 1st release on Concord Records along with Bom Tempo.
There’s plenty of energy from the get-go, as producer Paul Oakenfold puts a thumping groove underneath the Afro-Brazilian beat of the lead-off track, “Maracatu Atomico.” The result is an urgent backbeat that propels Seu Jorge’s spirited vocals to an almost hypnotic level. Oakenfold is back much later in the sequence, adding a layer of sheen to vocalists Nayanna Holley and Carlinhos Brown in their delivery of “Emorio,” a composition that tips its hat to earlier Mendes hits like “Mas Que Nada” and “The Frog.”
Chuckie remixes and re-imagines “Ye-Me-Le,” the title track to Mendes’ 1969 Verve recording. The track positions the vocal work of Gracinha Leporace (Mendes’ wife) and Katie Hampton atop a churning undercurrent that flirts with numerous effervescent crescendos before slipping into an understated fadeout.
Roger Sanchez puts a frenetic spin on “Pais Tropical,” a Jorge Benjor composition that Mendes first borrowed for his 1971 album of the same name. In this outing, Sanchez wraps the rhythm around a virtual chorus of vocalists: Leporace, Hampton, Mendes, Jessica Taylor and Kleber Jorge.
In “Waters of March,” producer Paul Harris injects the Jobim classic with a persistent and intriguing electro-African beat that underscores the mesmerizing work of Afro-Belgian vocalist Zap Mama (aka Marie Daulne).
Marc Jackson Burrows and Lee Dagger – otherwise known as Bimbo Jones – bring a fresh perspective to Stevie Wonder’s “The Real Thing” by positioning Hampton’s lead vocals in a tight arrangement of keyboards, horns and percussion. “When I met the 20-year-old DJ guys Bimbo Jones in London, they were totally into watching YouTube videos of Brasil ’66,” Mendes recalls. “It just goes to show you that Brazilian music has a universal appeal and it is timeless.”
Olivia and Miriam Nervo close the set by taking Mendes’ iconic1966 hit, “Mas Que Nada,” to an otherworldly place with countless layers of pulsating electronic effects, a stunning, adventurous take on a Brazilian classic.
Paradoxical as it might seem, that kind of juxtaposition is what Bom Tempo Brasil is all about. “I wanted to create a collection of songs that are mostly uptempo, fresh and danceable, so that young people can relate to them,” says Mendes of his work on Bom Tempo. “I want to reintroduce great Brazilian melodies in a different way and communicate with a new audience.” Aided by a crew of innovative producers, Bom Tempo Brasil takes a huge step forward in that endeavor.
Bom Tempo Brasil – Track Listing:
1. Maracatu Atomico – Paul Oakenfold Club Mix 2. Ye-Me-Le – Chuckie Remix 3. You and I – Cutmore Remix 4. Orpheus (Quiet Carnival) – Funk Generation Mix 5. Magalenha – Moto Blanco Remix 6. Pais Tropical – Roger Sanchez Release Yourself Mix 7. Waters of March (Les Eaux de Mars) featuring Zap Mama – Paul Harris Remix 8. Maracatu (Nation of Love) – Mario C. Remix 9. The Real Thing – Bimbo Jones Remix 10. Emorio – Paul Oakenfold Club Mix 11. Só Tinha De Ser Com Você – Nicola Conte Zona Sul Version 12. Mas Que Nada – NERVO Remix
Bom Tempo – Track Listing:
1. Emorio – featuring Nayanna Holley & Carlinhos Brown 2. Maracatu Atomico – featuring Seu Jorge 3. You and I 4. Ye-Me-Le 5. Magalenha – featuring Carlinhos Brown 6. Orpheus (Quiet Carnival) 7. Pais Tropical 8. Maracatu (Nation of Love) – featuring Seu Jorge & Gracinha Leporace 9. The Real Thing – featuring Katie Hampton 10. Caminhos Cruzados – featuring Gracinha Leporace 11. Caxanga – featuring Milton Nascimento 12. Só Tinha De Ser Com Você – featuring Gracinha Leporace
CURTIS YOUNG SETS THE WEST COAST ON FIRE WITH HIT SINGLE "MUZIK"
The West Coast has a long history in Hip-Hop, but only one name is synonymous with that typical Cali sound: Andre Young aka Dr. Dre. Now, his son, Curtis Young, one of the hottest artists from West Coast's new generation of rappers, is gracing the Hip-Hop game with his top-notch music that is following the king-size footsteps of Dr. Dre's legacy.
Curtis, currently in the studio working on his anticipated debut album "Product Of My DNA", just released his lead single "Muzik", produced by St. Nick, which is heavily impacting radio, not only on the West Coast, but nationwide.
"I represent a new era of positive feel good music for the West Coast -- I am a new generation of Left Coast artists who can not only rap but produce as well."
Curtis Young is a true product of his environment and he will reanimate West Coast Hip-Hop like his legendary father, Dr. Dre, once did. Watch out for his debut album "Product Of My DNA" that will be released this summer!
Few artists can combine uncomfortable with catchy; paranoiac with head-nodding; morbid with springy. It's hard to scare the sh!t out of you while simultaneously keeping your foot moving. Rapper, producer and Def Jux founder El-P knows how to get to parts of the brain others can't. As a solo artist and frontman for seminal hip-hop group Company Flow or producer of Cannibal Ox, Cage, Mr. Lif, Aesop Rock, NIN, Beck, The Mars Volta (and many, many more), an El-P production can drive you to hide underneath the bed, punch a wall and nod your head all at the same time. Which brings us to Weareallgoingtoburninhellmegamixxx3 (August 3rd, Gold Dust), the sort of, kind of but not really follow-up to his past two mixes of the same name previously released at live shows.
It's another unique release in the artist's catalog. In the tradition of Company Flow's Little Johnny From The Hospitul (1998), El's own Collecting The Kid (2005), and more recently Weareallgoingtoburninhellmeggamixxx2 (2007), Hell3 is a fully realized suite of instrumentals that continues to exemplify the producer's versatile, otherworldly, futuristic and wholly original sonic worldview.
"I wanted to do little mini-movements that had a real beginning, middle and end and then moved on," says El-P. "The challenge for me was taking all these seemingly unrelated little pieces of music I had laying around and fitting them together as a cohesive piece. I wanted to craft a record that had an arc."
Given this format, Hell3 both sounds similar to and nothing like anything you've heard before. "Drunk With a Loaded Pistol" starts off woozy and deranged before evolving into a warning alarm/drum attack. "Time Won't Tell" opens as a soundtrack for the apocalypse followed by the layering of guitar-driven pop over boom-bap drums. As the album title implies, El-P creates a dark, dystopian sonic universe filled with ominous basslines and thumping, punishing drums.
Comprised of original instrumentals as well as remix instrumentals to Kidz in the Hall's "Driving Down the Block" and Young Jeezy's "I Got This," Hell3 represents songs that were meticulously crafted yet never found a home on a proper release. While sonically different from J Dilla's instrumental masterpiece Donuts, that album would prove inspirational to El-P. "Like Donuts, I wanted to keep things short and to the point. I think that's an aspect of instrumental music that so many more people can relate to. I didn't want anyone to listen to this record and at any point get bored."
While the producer is currently working on the follow-up to 2007's I'll Sleep When You're Dead, Hell3 functions as both a stopgap and standalone album. "This was a chance for me to give something to my fans as a reward for their patience as I worked on my new record. With the past Megamixxes, I never sat down and really tried to make a record. It was more like, 'Here's a bunch of cool stuff you haven't heard.' I look at this new one as a proper album. Me calling it a Megamixxx is just an excuse to get to Volume Three of anything."
Tracklist: 01. Take You Out At The Ball Game 02. Whores:The Movie 03. Meanstreak (In 3 Parts) 04. DMSC 05. Drunk With A Loaded Pistol 06. Time Won't Tell 07. Secret Police Man's Ball 08. I Got This (El-P Remix) Redux 09. Jump Fence, Run, Live 10. He Hit Her So She Left 11. Driving Down The Block (El-P Remix) Redux 12. Honda Redux 13. How To Serve Man (Stripped) 14. Contagious Snippet (Wilder Zoby Feat. El-P) 15. Eat My Garbage 2
yU Instrumental 2-Pack "Almost Time" And "Lunchin'"
In Celebration Of Vinyl And Instrumental Release yU Leaks A 2-Pack Of Instrumentals From Before Taxes
After the success of his solo album, Before Taxes, yU of Diamond District is proud to release two instrumentals from the album for consumption, "Almost Time" and "Lunchin'." Following the trend of many artists, yU wanted to give aspiring rappers the chance to spit rhymes over a couple of mastered tracks. "Almost Time" serves as a standard for rappers with a straight drumbeat, swelling horns, repeating guitar vamp, and spoken ad-libs inserted to push the song forward. "Lunchin'" requires a more interpretive verse with its spoken introduction, popping drums, electronic sounds, and synthesizer induced vamp. The Before Taxes album is available in vinyl through Fat Beats, with a bonus track from fellow Diamond District member, Oddisee, and a digital copy of Before Taxes Instrumentals is available for purchase on iTunes.
Don't forget to get your copies today via Mello Music Group.
Stemming off the success of Diamond District's In The Ruff, emcee yU has branched out with his solo album, Before Taxes. Embodying the musical influences surrounding him, yU brings listeners tastes of the district, Maryland, and Virginia with his own classic brand of hip-hop. Showcasing his depth of talent and skill, yU expands on Diamond District's love of boom-bap and the golden era with this forthcoming release. Before Taxes is available digitally via Mello Music Group.
I been busy all day replying to emails and sending out download codes to the awesome bunch of backers we had for our Kickstarter campaign, so im a bit late to my own party... BUT on behalf of Raw Poetic, i wanna say "THANX" to ALL the fans worldwide who been listening & copping the album on Bandcamp! 12 Step Program will also be up for download on Amazon, iTunes, etc. SOON, but we really hope that you all go buy it via Bandcamp since its the best way for us to retain the most profit from the album- which by the way is the FIRST official release on the newly LLCed Neosonic Productions imprint.
CDs, vinyl & t-shirts in support of the album are all on their way, so all my Kickstarter backers, sit tight and know we will be emailing you with all the details & updates shortly. AND speaking of details, Raw P. & I sat down this past weekend to shed some candid insight into the creation of 12 Step Program on Subsoniq Radio... LISTEN UP! I also spent last night playing the album in its entirety on my Ustream show, which you can SEE HERE! There's lots more on deck as there's already a glut of amazing reviews and fan feedback pouring in, so in the meantime, let's "keep marching" as 12 Step Program is officially HERE yall!
MP3: Declaime - "Declaime MC" Feat. Georgia Anne Muldrow
Dudley "Declaime" Perkins Leaks Single, "Declaime MC" To Celebrate Album Release
After a couple pre-album goodies, Declaime is back with another leak off his album, FONK, in celebration of today's release date. "Declaime MC," his latest track, stays true to the artist's eclectic style starting with a sporadic and bizarre intro, ironically featuring cowbell, and finally leading to all pieces falling together as Declaime enters, "Now let me reintroduce myself to the game / What's your name? Declaime / It's all the same, same, can't complain / Still the same old dude / Still no fortune, still no fame." A jazz piano melody compliments Declaime's naturally distorted voice and tapers off to make way for an eerie hook and chorus featuring Georgia Anne Muldrow preaching, "Limited time here on Earth / Is so precious indeed / We need to stop eliminating folks and make it happen / Cuz they lackin' while we're trapped / Doing bad deeds for thieves." With wobbling synth lines, courtesy of Quazedelik who handled production duties for the entire album and prior credits include George Clinton and Snoop Dogg, coming and going, "Declaime MC" urges fans to keep holding on and always project the happiness you wish to feel inside.
Declaime's FONK is available today as the first release off Georgia Anne Muldrow and Declaime's new label, SomeOthaShip Connect.
In a world obsessed with immature desires a man in his rarest form must rise and stir against the tide of conformity. Heeding the call is Declaime, an incredible artist talent hailing from Oxnard, California. The visionary poet first amazed his family with his musical aptitude at age two, and with no father figure in sight, started a lifelong fascination with superheroes at an early age. Experiences with gang life left Declaime disillusioned, and he emerged a transformed man ready to begin a mission of enlightenment through the power of sound. The producer/emcee/visual artist began his journey on a track with Tha Alkaholiks, and he went on to work on with Lootpack, Oh No and KanKick to name a few. Declaime has been prolific in bringing metaphysical hip-hop into being for the masses, previously releasing Illmindmusik, Andsoitissaid, Mad Men On Arrival, A Lil' Light, Conversations With Dudley, The Dank And Jammy Show, Expressions 2012 A. U., Beautiful Minds, The Message Uni Versa, Holy Smokes, and SomeOthaShip. His latest album FONK is available now via Declaime's own label imprint SomeOthaShip Connect.
For more information on Declaime please contact Michelle or Dan at Audible Treats. Streams: