"Hurricane Chris can lay claim to being one of the most successful digital artists of the 21st century, with his hit single "A Bay Bay" being downloaded over 3.5 million times as a song or ringtone. Commercial success not being equivalent to artistic merit, our writer Justin 'Tha Shiznute' Chandler found his debut album "51/50 Ratchet" to be more than a little bit underwhelming. That being said the amount of focus and determination Chris shows as a young artist in a crowded marketplace and his willingness to embrace new media distribution make him a hip-hop entrepreneur to watch, and Adam Bernard's interview shows we haven't stopped paying attention."
"From what I understand Block Starz Music offers various services to musicians along the lines of promotion and distribution, specifically tailored to the digital age. "East Coast Block Starz" is a compilation that isn't given away for free like so many mixtapes these days but instead promises to deliver your money's worth. Ten months ago RapReviews writer DJ Complejo was hoping for an East Coast edition while reviewing the "West Coast Block Starz," and here it is, 17 single tracks of contemporary East Coast rap."
"Just as marijuana is alleged to be a gateway drug to a more serious and expensive drug habit, "The Harder They Come" soundtrack might be a gateway to a serious and expensive addiction to reggae music. At the very least it was one of the principle albums that introduced reggae music to the Western mainstream, and along with the Wailer's 1973 album "Burnin'," cemented many people's love for the then-nascent genre. "
"Jesal 'Jay Soul' Padania first introduced the RR readership to Bisc1 a/k/a Bisco Smith in 2008. Although Padania was of the opinion Bisc wasn't his cup of tea he did describe the previous effort as a "tightly sequenced, short twelve-track offering that flows together well, punctuated only by the crispness of the drums." That alone was reason enough for RR to give his follow-up release "The Broadcast" a chance. Early listens convinced me that Smith had enough potential that I picked his "Railroads" song featuring Esen and Human Grimace for an episode of Hip-Hop Shop entitled Watch Dem in 2010. The musical backdrop sounded like a hip-hop take on Audioslave's "Show Me How to Live," while the rhymes dropped had the dark and gritty sound of late 1990's era Rawkus Records, particularly Company Flow. I could dig it."
Boss :: Born Gangstaz :: Def Jam West ** RapReviews "Back to the Lab" series ** as reviewed by Emanuel Wallace
"For the record...she doesn't give a fuck, not a single fuck, not a single solitary fuck. This is the mantra in play for the entirety of the 1993 debut release from Boss, "Born Gangstaz". For what it's worth, Boss was actually a duo consisting of Lichelle "Boss" Laws and her DJ partner Irene "Dee" Moore, but much like the currently re-emerging Sade, the group took the name of the premier artist. The story of Boss (the group) is filled with valleys and peaks, and are only slightly eclipsed by the story of Boss (the individual). As a group, trying to secure a deal took Lichelle and Dee from their native Detroit, to New York, back to the D and off to California. "
Dood Computer and Stir Crazy :: Penny Dreadfuls :: All In Merchandise as reviewed by John-Michael Bond
"You can't knock the hustle of hungry dudes willing to put themselves out there to get their music heard but, like any reviewer will tell you, when it comes to self released, self promoted records the number of hungry cats without the talent to make it spamming your mail box is simply massive. Drive is great. There have been shit tons of fantastic artists who've never made it simply because they didn't have it. If you're one of the rare exceptions though you'll stick out like a diamond in the rough; glistening in the pile of "hey dude would you review my record?" submissions. My latest addition to the exceptions list is Dood Computer and Stir Crazy, and their simply ridiculous "Penny Dreadfuls" tape. "
"As it turns out this isn't even the first time we've written about Dillz - Justin 'Tha Shiznute' Chandler covered his "Freestyle vs. Written" release with C-Rayz Walz back in aught-eight. Aight. I'm sold. Let's find out why Kosha Dillz has suddenly gone Beverly Hills and see if it's a change for the better or for the worse. "Beverly Dillz" opens with the stripped down "DooDoo," plucking one to two isolated notes over echoing drums. "
"Swell and Sentence, the duo behind the pseudonym Metermaids, list a diverse range of influences to their rap style - Otis Redding, Modest Mouse, Stevie Wonder and The Roots among others. Well then! From that list I'd expect the Metermaids to be soulful, alternative rock style live hip-hop musicians with poignant lyrics. Amazingly their previous release "Nightlife" seems to have struck most of those chords, being described by one of our own staffers as "cater(ing) so perfectly [to] the more open-minded kids that love rock AS MUCH as they love hip-hop. "
We learned from HipHopDX today that Killa Sha passed away due to complications from diabetes. Our condolences to his family and friends. Sha was a long-time collaborator with Tragedy Khadafi, an integral member of the Juice Crew affiliates The Super Kids and had recently been working on a new project with Large Professor of Main Source fame. You can see/hear a music video from Large Pro featuring Killa Sha below.
Thievery Corporation's Rob Garza and J Boogie of OM Records performing at Vessel SF on Monday, January 18th
Terrorbird Media + the Vessel SF join together for "Rebound" a Haiti disaster relief project by SF nightlife and music
SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- "Rebound" will be featuring Rob Garza of Thievery Corporation on Monday, January 18th from 7-11pm at Vessel. As part of an artist duo that sells out arenas of thousands of fans anywhere in the world, Rob Garza has chosen to share his talents and perform for the San Francisco audience in efforts to raise as much money for the World Food Programme http://www.wfp.org/ .
J Boogie from OM Records and other artists from the bay area will be joining Garza and as a combination this event is destined to be a huge success and raise thousands to feed the disaster stricken community in Port-au-Prince. Donations at the door and from the bar will go directly to the World Food Programme.
Duck Down iTunes Sales Donated to Yele for the Haiti Relief Effort Starting January 16th at 12:00AM, for a 24 hour period
Starting January 16th at 12:00AM, for a 24 hour period, Duck Down's complete iTunes Catalog sales will be donated to Yele to assist in the relief effort occurring in Haiti after the devastating earthquake struck on Tuesday, January 12th.
When a consumer purchases either full album downloads or singles, Duck Down will donate the proceeds.
Participating Artists Music includes: SEAN PRICE, KRS-ONE & BUCKSHOT, B-REAL OF CYPRESS HILL, KIDZ IN THE HALL, 9TH WONDER, SKYZOO, MARCO POLO, TORAE, RUSTE JUXX, BOOT CAMP CLIK, SMIF N WESSUN, HELTAH SKELTAH, BLACK MOON, GENERAL STEELE, BLUE SCHOLARS, & DJ REVOLUTION. Fans can search for these artists' catalog at iTunes and donate to the Haiti relief effort by purchasing the music.
My SUBSONiQ co-host KB sent me a link to this fresh blog called "The Marketing Muse", which chose Panacea's "A Mind On A Ship Through Time" as 1 of its "Top 5" albums of 2009! The ironic thing is "A Mind On A Ship... " dropped October of 2k8 but we're not complaining, just humbled (that somebody is listening). The other 4 picks are just as interesting, so check out the link!