Accompanying Remix Release, "RoxTar" Video Selected For mtvU's Freshmen 5 Competition
Kokayi is back to work, dropping the latest from Robots & Dinosaurs, his highly regarded sophomore album, and with the remix of "RoxTar," Kokayi enlists QN5 labelmate and Baltimore emcee Substantial and Maspyke/Low Budget Crew producer DJ Roddy Rod. While the original track offered smatterings of hip-hop, rock, and electro sounds, this remix is decidedly more hip-hop. Roddy Rod's track maintains a rock feel, largely due to the distorted electric guitar chops that provide the remixed beat's primary melody, but he also brings heavy drums, syncopated and crashing percussion, and energy-filled vocal samples to flesh things out. Substantial kicks things off, incorporating Kokayi's lyrical style from the original, name-dropping bands including Good Charlotte, Chuck Berry, Twisted Sister, and more as he weaves his story. Kokayi's own verse keeps up the tongue-in-cheek wordplay, rapping, "Spinal taps that you fear to face, and/ Leave a type O-negative leaking in the pavement."
Seattle Hip Hop Label Goes Green, Launches Special Sale
SEATTLE, WA – Feb. 9, 2011 – Sportn’ Life Records announced today the launch of its 2011 digital campaign with a special sale for a limited time only. The label’s entire digital catalog will be on sale for the next 30 days, with all Sportn’ Life albums offered for just $3.99 each.
This Special $3.99 offer is available only at the Sportn' Life Records BandCamp page for a limited time only:
In 2011 and 2012, Sportn’ Life will also release the majority of its music in digital format. The first releases include Fatal Lucciauno “Respect,” and free EP’s by Spac3man “Beyond the Stars” and SK “Late Arrival.” Next up will be new music from D.Black and RnB artist Marissa.
“Our fans are consuming music in different ways – mostly in digital format – and our digital campaign is Sportn’ Life’s way of responding to that shift by giving listeners what they want.” Says DeVon Manier, the Label Owner and President.
All major Sportn’ Life releases will include digital booklets. When the album is purchased on iTunes, listeners receive the digital booklet with liner notes, photos, and more. In some cases, albums will be digi bundled with video ; including music videos, interviews and behind the scenes footage.
About Sportn’ Life Records:
Sportn' Life Records celebrates nine years as an independent record label based in Seattle, Washington. The mission of Sportn’ Life is to establish successful careers and financial stability for its staff and artists, in conjunction with making a memorable contribution to music, art and the Hip Hop culture. With President and Co-Founder DeVon Manier and Damian Black (D.Black), the label’s most well known artist, at the helm Sportn’ Life Records is focused on building its roster and developing unique investment partnerships to expand its reach. For more information, visit www.sportnlife.net.
More deconstructing sounds from 3:33's upcoming debut."333n4"a eerie breakbeat twisting track inspired by the sounds of the Mahavishnu Orchestra, turning into a disturbing display of boom-bap. Bonus vocal version featurings the acid tab dipped vocals of Del The Funky Homosapien & Tame One.
Too frequently, experimental music has automatically fallen under the generic label of “new” or “different”. Perhaps what is needed is a return to primitive principles, a devolution of sorts. 3:33 is a group that looks to do just that. Evolving from the groundwork of Musique Concrete composers like Pierre Shaeffer and John Cage, their music is tense and fiercely experiential; a roller coaster ride through moody beats, haunting jangles, and shrieks that will disquiet the soul. Their sounds are other-worldly, guttural, deeply primal, and sometimes mad; 3:33 masterfully brings this motley of noises into communion, and the listener is transported into a world of dark imaginings. Whether entrancing the listener with bone rocking percussion or sending shivers down the spine, the music spins itself seamlessly together into a masterpiece of purposeful chaos. Spinning wild tales, opening trap doors, and shedding light into dark recesses of the soul, the soundscape ultimately leaves the listener with a sense of unnamable disquietude.
3:33 shrouds its identity in mystery, letting the music speak for itself. The group is currently working with Parallel Thought, which has created a solid reputation over the past decade for their work with underground hip-hop notables such as MF Doom, Aesop Rock, and most recently Del the Funky Homosapien. Parallel Thought believes 3:33will introduce the world to a new style of music altogether, pushing the boundaries of experimentation by sending their audience into an abyss of musical discord.
When Philly MC and teacher Random donned the "Mega Ran" moniker and began rhyming over classic video game samples, no one would've guessed it would have worked out well, let alone taking Ran to stages all across the world.
Ran's project caught in the ear of Panacea producer K-Murdock, and the two began working on Forever Famicom, a 14-track journey through Nintendo bliss, which dropped in June 2010 and continues to thrive.
Now, as the duo prepares to rock on the 25th Anniversary of the South by Southwest (SXSW) Festival next month, director Mo Money shot a new video for the 3rd single off of the project, "Forever." enjoy!
1.INTRO 2.DOIN' MY THING 3.FOOTPRINTS ON THE MOON 4.TO BE CONTINUED PART 1 5.DO THAT SHIT 6.LIVIN' THE LIFE FEAT. RELL 7.EARLY IN THE MORNING 8.CAN'T PIMP FOREVER FEAT. LATIF 9.I'M PROUD 10.DON'T TRUST EM 11.ABOUT ME FEAT. RELL-N-SCHEME 12.THAT'S MY BITCH 13.SCREAM FOR LIFE (BONUS TRACK) 14.SO APPALLED (BONUS TRACK) 15.POWER (BONUS TRACK)