In preparation of his upcoming release, Declaime is proud to release the second leak off his album FONK, entitled "Gangsta." True to Declaime's self-proclaimed style, the track overflows with off-kilter effects and a swelling electro-synth line that challenges a ghostly piano melody. Producer Quazedelic, whose accolades include projects with George Clinton and Snoop Dogg, balances the warped funk vibe with a straight drumbeat and a faint electric bass line. However, even with such an active setup, Declaime's signature style shines through as he raps that "There'll always be someone more gangsta than you." To him, "Gangsta" is about shedding light on on the untold struggles of gang life. Declaime explains, "It's a message to the gangsters to wake up. This is not how we're supposed to be, and this music should heal, uplift, and cause harmony - not disharmony."
This album will mark the first release from Declaime and Georgia Anne Muldrow's new label SomeOthaShip Connect. It will drop in conjunction with Darryl Moore's debut album Where I'm At on May 4th of this year.
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 slated to drop on May 4th via Declaime's own label imprint SomeOthaShip Connect.
In conjunction with the release of his debut album, Patience, TRUTHLiVE is proud to release his latest album cut, "Remind Rewind," produced by Jake One and featuring Von Pea of Tanya Morgan. A constant theme throughout TRUTHLiVE's album, the track serves to remind listeners of a more exciting, golden era in hip-hop, working to reestablish some of the long forgotten ideals of the music and culture as TRUTHLiVE and Von Pea trade verses over Jake One's decidedly boom-bap production. TRUTHLiVE explains, "'Remind Rewind' is a reflective homage to hip-hop, primarily focused on my deep appreciation for the art of emceeing, and its profound impact on me as a kid/young adult." He continues, "It is also a track about the emergence of a new generation of emcee's carrying on the tradition." Very relaxed, the orchestral background symbolizes a classic age in music while the scratching, courtesy of DJ Sharp, represents a rewind of time. The hook, rapped by both TRUTHLiVE and Von Pea, is, "Sometimes it doesn't feel like it's worth it / Till I put on headphones and play classic verses," The rapper chose Von Pea as his counterpart for this track because TRUTHLiVE believes the dialog perfectly suited Von Pea's ideals as a torch bearer for those who have come before and a true student of the art form.
For those fans yet to have a chance to scoop one up to date, in addition to the release of his album, TRUTHLiVE is offering fans a Deluxe Kit through the Interdependent Media label website: http://imculture.com/shop-2/truthlive-patience-deluxe-preorder/ . At a $20 price point, the Deluxe Kit includes one copy of the Patience CD, a TRUTHLiVE red baseball tee, original TRUTHLiVE sleep mask, a physical copy of The UnLearning EP, a 45" split record featuring fellow iM artists Tanya Morgan and Finale, posters, stickers, flyers and more.
Evan "TRUTHLiVE" Phillips, owner and founder of Interdependent Media, has certainly made his mark in the music industry with his wide range of talents. As an emcee, DJ, entrepreneur, and artist, TRUTHLiVE has had his hands in everything from a very young age. After a traumatic adolescent period where his health was at risk, three heart surgeries proved the artist to be quite a fighter. He explains to his new listeners, "The name TRUTHLiVE doesn't mean that I'm proclaiming myself as the truth, end-all be-all; it's more of a reminder to myself on how to conduct my life and career." The MC best summates, "My music is my truth and my life." That meaningful music is available nowin the form of Patience, TRUTHLiVE's debut release, courtesy of Bay Area label Interdependent Media.
Masta Killa's No Said Date is a slept on Wu-Tang classic whose enduring fan enthusiasm is only recently starting to give it the position it deserves in the Wu cannon. With razor sharp lyrics and production from throughout the clan as well as Killa's trademark consistency, it remains a favorite of die-hard Wu fans. Much of the material on Live, MK's latest, is taken from this album, and with the overdriven and guest-laden performances captured on tape, it's easy to see why. Check out "Silverbacks" for a front row seat. Live is out now on Gold Dust.
...And in case you missed them:
Masta Killa- "Triumph"live video feat. GZA & Inspectah Deck
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)
Little Brother Hit the Road in Support of Final Album, LeftBack
North Carolina duo Little Brother released their fourth and final LP, LeftBack, today. Phonte and Rapper Big Pooh were joined by producers Denaun Porter, Symbolic One, Jbizness, Zo!, and longtime collaborator Khrysis as well fellow Hall of Justus members Chaundon, Darien Brockington, and Trunk North.
The group has been a force to be reckoned with since their 2003 debut, The Listening, with producer 9th Wonder at the helm. That album garnered critical acclaim, received nods from hip-hop legends such as DJ Premier and Pete Rock, and landed them on tour alongside The Roots. Little Brother’s following album, The Minstrel Show earned a coveted 4.5 out of 5 stars from The Source magazine and an XL from XXL Magazine.
LeftBack finds the MCs saying goodbye after more than 7 years in the game. Phonte and Rapper Big Pooh will be hitting the road this month to give fans one last performance as they close the curtain on their time together as Little Brother.
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GRAMMY NOMINATED, PLATINUM RAPPER PAUL WALL BOUNCES OUT OF THE CORNER WITH 4TH MAJOR RELEASE HEART OF A CHAMPION, JUNE 29TH
CLOSE FRIEND TRAVIS BARKER PRODUCES HALF OF ALBUM
April 20, 2010: Los Angeles, CA:
Fresh off a month-long tour with former partner-in-rhyme, Chamillionaire, Houston rapper, Paul Wall, is all set to drop his 4th major label album, Heart of a Champion, on June 29th through SwishaHouse/Asylum Records. Almost half of the tracks featured on the album are produced by long-time friend and Expensive Taste band-mate, Travis Barker. The album will also feature several songs from Expensive Taste, the group which includes Skinhead Rob (Transplants) in addition to Paul and Travis.
Houston-based production duo, Beanz N Kornbread, are credited with the majority of the tracks not produced by Travis, including lead single “I’m on Patron”, a lyrical documentary of a feeling that most of us have experienced - and greatly regretted the next day - that of simply having too much fun of the liquid variety. “I'm On Patron” is the perfect accompaniment to that 'blame it on the alcohol' kind of night and sure to be a party staple.
Feature duties for “Heart of a Champion” include a diverse list of cast members including Jim Jones, Yelawolf and Raekwon but do not ignore Paul’s Houston roots; Bun B, Chamillionaire, Slim Thug, Devin the Dude and Lil’ Keke each get their turn at the mic. Another Houston feature is Johnny Dang aka TV Johnny with whom Paul Wall shares a grills and jewelry business which caters to A-list celebrities and average Joes alike.
Always an advocate for the Texas music scene, Paul Wall was recently tapped as President of The Recording Academy’s Texas Chapter. In this role, he hopes to educate and enlist the help of Texas musicians from every genre, to ensure that the state is well represented in the Grammy’s voting body. The natural politician in Paul Wall makes him the perfect candidate for this role. He embodies his moniker, “The Peoples Champ.”
With two #1 album debuts, a Platinum plaque and a Grammy nomination under his belt, not to mention having some of the hottest celebs in the nation rocking his signature diamond-encrusted grills at one point or another, Paul Wall is the embodiment of the Hip Hop success story. His journey began humbly enough as a promoter for hometown indie label, SwishaHouse, and culminated with him being largely instrumental in the growth of the Houston rap movement and its rise into the national arena.
There have been a total of 7 albums since then and the journey continues with no sign of slowing down. 10 years in and Paul Wall remains in the game and in the hearts of the people. Without question, he truly has ‘The Heart of a Champion.’
We received news this morning that The Legendary Guru has joined the trailbrazers who inspired him. Although we are not currently representing him, 4Sight Media was selected as the publicity firm to handle the publicity for his last three projects: Guru 8.0 Lost & Found, Guru's Jazzmatazz/The Hip-Hop Messenger: Back To The Future and Guru's Jazzmatazz/The Timebomb: Back To The Future Mixtape.
While 7Grand and Solar are handling their publicity internally with several messages that have been released including Guru's last statement, we wanted to offer our own deepest sympathy to the fans of Guru who support the Jazzmatazz legacy around the world. We honor Guru for leaving us with music that reaches into higher places, for coloring outside the lines of hip-hop, and recognizing the musical masters who inspired him. Through Guru's eyes, there was no division between hip-hop & jazz, hip-hop and neo-soul, hip-hop and history.
Guru's Jazzmatazz endeavors with Premier enabled him to collaborate with a who's who list of legendary musical icons including Roy Ayers, Donald Byrd, Chaka Khan, Isaac Hayes, Herbie Hancock, Branford Marsalis and popular cross-over favorites including Macy Gray, The Roots, Erykah Badu and Angie Stone. In recent years through a new partnership with Solar, he collaborated with reggae artist Damian Marley, Aceyalone and Zion I from the West Coast, Blue Scholars from Seattle, Mr. Lif from Boston, Yungun from London, Lord Tariq from the Bronx, Nature from Queensbridge, C. Knowledge from Digable Planets, Tony Touch, and up-and-comers from Guru's label, 7 Grand Records, K. Born & Highpower, and Young Pablo.
When asked how he has been able stay such a viable force in the music industry Guru stated matter of factly, "be honest with yourself, be original, be open to criticism and don't be afraid to reinvent and recreate yourself." We pray that his vision is upheld and the legacy of music that he created in his career is kept alive. Let's continue to celebrate our legends while they're here!
The homey Wais P The Pimp drops a gem with "How To Pimp", adding a new twist to 50's "How To Rob". Wais pimps out the o.g. version, using the same Trackmasters produced beat as the first time around, even enlisting The Mad Rapper to splash a pimped-out "how to" intro, hook & outro!! If you're diggin it, feel free to snag the banner, blurb & dl links below.
Prolific Athletic Mic League emcee Buff1 and World Famous Beat Junkie DJ Rhettmatic head overseas for the first time together to tour as Crown Royale, in promotion of their upcoming album release and in support of the debut single “We Gotcha,” due out in May via Fat Beats.
The album, also titled Crown Royale (release date TBA), is fully produced by Rhettmatic himself with Buff1 handling vocals and a slew of worthy guest appearances highlighted by a hand-selected posse cut featuring Bishop Lamont, Guilty Simpson, Ras Kass, Chino XL, One Be Lo, MED, Marv Won, Fashawn and Tre Styles of AML.
Starting May 14 in Linz, Austria, the tour stops in six countries over a two-week span, and includes fellow Athletic Mic League member 14KT showcasing his “illustrious” beats with a live solo set. The second half of the tour includes dates with veteran hip-hop stars Evidence (Dilated Peoples), LMNO (Visionaries), Kev Brown and People Under The Stairs.
May 14: Linz, Austria @ Kapu May 15: Vienna, Austria @ Roxy May 16: Prague, Czech Republic @ Lucerna Music Bar May 20: Cologne, Germany @ Subway May 21: London, UK @ Plan B May 22: Zurich, Switzerland @ Stall 6 w/ People Under The Stairs May 23: Leipzig, Germany @ Conne Island w/ People Under The Stairs May 24: Paris, France @ La Bellevoise w/ Kev Brown & LMNO May 26: Duisburg, Germany @ Hundertmeister w/ Evidence
“Crown Royale is a genius combination of Michigan and California influences in one DJ/emcee act” - AOL/Spinner
“14KT is the best producer to come out of Detroit since Black Milk and Dilla” – Kevin Nottingham
DJ Premier has posted as many details as he can reveal on his website, DJPremierBlog.com.
EDITOR'S NOTE: The letter/statement sent by Guru's publicist is now included below.
I, Guru, am writing this letter to my fans, friends and loved ones around the world. I have had a long battle with cancer and have succumbed to the disease. I have suffered with this illness for over a year. I have exhausted all medical options. I have a non-profit organization called Each One Counts dedicated to carrying on my charitable work on behalf of abused and disadvantaged children from around the world and also to educate and research a cure for this terrible disease that took my life. I write this with tears in my eyes, not of sorrow but of joy for what a wonderful life I have enjoyed and how many great people I have had the pleasure of meeting.
My loyal best friend, partner and brother, Solar, has been at my side through it all and has been made my health proxy by myself on all matters relating to myself. He has been with me by my side on my many hospital stays, operations, doctors visits and stayed with me at my home and cared for me when I could not care for myself. Solar and his family is my family and I love them dearly and I expect my family, friends, and fans to respect that, regardless to anybody’s feelings on the matter. It is my wish that counts. This being said I am survived by the love of my life, my sun KC, who I trust will be looked after by Solar and his family as their own. Any awards or tributes should be accepted, organized approved by Solar on behalf myself and my son until he is of age to except on his own.
I do not wish my ex-DJ to have anything to do with my name likeness, events tributes etc. connected in anyway to my situation including any use of my name or circumstance for any reason and I have instructed my lawyers to enforce this. I had nothing to do with him in life for over 7 years and want nothing to do with him in death. Solar has my life story and is well informed on my family situation, as well as the real reason for separating from my ex-DJ. As the sole founder of GangStarr, I am very proud of what GangStarr has meant to the music world and fans. I equally am proud of my Jazzmatazz series and as the father of Hip-Hop/Jazz. I am most proud of my leadership and pioneering efforts on Jazzmatazz 4 for reinvigorating the Hip-Hop/Jazz genre in a time when music quality has reached an all time low. Solar and I have toured in places that I have never been before with GangStarr or Jazzmatatazz and we gained a reputation for being the best on the planet at Hip-Hop/Jazz, as well as the biggest and most influential Hip-Hop/Jazz record with Jazzmatazz 4 of the decade to now. The work I have done with Solar represents a legacy far beyond its time. And we as a team were not afraid to push the envelope. To me this is what true artists do! As men of honor we stood tall in the face of small mindedness, greed, and ignorance. As we fought for music and integrity at the cost of not earning millions and for this I will always be happy and proud, and would like to thank the million fans who have seen us perform over the years from all over the world. The work I have done with Solar represents a legacy far beyond its time and is my most creative and experimental to date. I hope that our music will receive the attention it deserves as it is some of the best work I have done and represents some of the best years of my life.