It's safe to say Toronto has become somewhat of a hotbed for hip-hop. From Drake to The Weeknd – Marco Polo to Saukrates – and more, the T Dot has been spitting out a variety of talent over the years. And the latest to emerge is 4th Pyramid, who will release his official debut solo album The Pyramid Scheme on March 13th via Silk Ivory/Lyrics To Go/Universal Music.
Despite The Pyramid Scheme serving as Pyramid's official debut, the rapper/producer/engineer has cut his teeth behind the scenes for some time now, collaborating with a list of artists that includes names and labels such as Wu-Tang Clan, Definitive Jux, MF Doom, Pete Rock, and even the Black Eyed Peas. He's also one half of the DJ/production team The Sheen Bros, along with Cosmo Baker, and the duo released their 2011 EP through Scion's A/V label. Pyramid's new album, The Pyramid Scheme, will include features and production from the likes of Greg Nice, Marco Polo, Saukrates, Rich Kidd, and more, and to kick things off, Pyramid is excited to release the album's debut single and video, "Webslinger." The song, a lyrical assault produced by Simahlak, is backed with a video directed by Adrian Parks and Pyramid, himself, with co-direction and set design by Johnny Nghiem, and the clip contains some dangerously appropriate visuals, centered around a tarantula crawling loose across a woman's naked, heavily tattooed body. "I wanted to do something a little more intriguing than the average video so I thought, 'why not?'" explains Pyramid. "And what better canvas than the female body?"
Produced by Benny Blanco, producer of the multi-Platinum #1 smashes: “Stereo Hearts” Gym Class Heroes” and “Moves Like Jagger” Maroon 5 and collaborator on hits from Katy Perry, Ke$ha, Taio Cruz and more!
For the sixth year running London’s No.1 party promoters are celebrating the life and work of the incredible James “J-Dilla” Yancey but this year take the show on the road with three seperate events in London, Brighton and Manchester.
This year our dream teams of DJs (all spinning for free) are joined on stage at all three events by last year’s surprise guest, Dilla’s mother, Maureen ‘Ma Dukes’ Yancey. For the first time we have one of Dilla’s close friends & collaborators in the shape of Detroit’s own Phat Kat to come and host proceedings and maybe even perform a couple of his Dilla produced classics. Having rocked for The Doctor’s Orders three times before we all know what to expect of the dynamic Ronnie Cash.
As ever we have an incredible all-star line up in each city all spinning sets of exclusive J-Dilla related sets for free to raise as much money as possible for The J-Dilla Foundation and Lupus UK. This year we are joined by Mr Scruff, Spin Doctor, Mr Thing, Sarah Love, Harry Love, Morgan Spacek, Kutmah & DJ LOK to name just a few.
5 years after his untimely death from complications brought on by Lupus disease J-Dilla’s status and appeal continues to grow so we expect what is widely regarded as “THE” Hip-Hop event of the year to be even more popular than the previous 4 years in London and for the second year running in Brighton where it filled both venues to capacity and we expect nothing less of Manchester. Those lucky few in attendance will not only be treated to an incredible night of music but also presented with the chance to get their hands on t-shirts exclusively printed by Dephect clothing for the event with all proceeds from these and the door going to charity.
Standing alone as THE Hip-Hop event of the year it is hard to better it year on year but with refreshed line up of DJs and an extremely special guest lined up there is no doubt this is going to be another party to remember in a packed to capacity Scala and as ever those wise enough to attend will have the chance to get their hands on another t-shirt designed exclusively for the event.
DJs Spinnin on the night.... Mr Scruff (Dilla breaks set), Spin Doctor (The Doctor’s Orders) Illum Sphere and Jonny Dub (Hoya Hoya), Oscar Wildstyle and Wiggie Smalls (Juicy), DJ A-UP and Agent J (In The Loop) & Mr E (Taste The Diff’rence)
DJ's Performing on the night... Room 1- Dedicated to the work of J-Dilla Mr Thing (BBE / Extended Players), Spin Doctor (The Doctor’s Orders), Harry Love (Extended Players) Morgan Spacek , Kidkanevil, Kutmah, DJ LoK (Dilla breaks set) & very special surprise guests!!!
Trenton, New Jersey emcee Honors English presents the Josh Milowe-directed music video for "Crazay", the new single from his forthcoming album State Of The Art, dropping February 22 on Dry Rain Entertainment. Dry Rain is the production company of Needlz, the Grammy-winning producer behind tracks for G-Unit, Ruff Ryders, Busta Rhymes, Fabolous, Bruno Mars and more. Needlz produces every track on Art, which is also slated to feature an appearance by Lupe Fiasco.
Press Release: Krumbsnatcha to Retire from Music Biz
Courtesy DJ Lord Ron.
I met Krumb back in 2001 or 2002 through my Europe brudda Milan who designed/created Krumbsnatcha's website and mine. Milan told Krumb about my beats & introduced us to each other. Krumb & I did some buildin' over the phone and emails. We knocked out two joints which I truly appreciate re working with Krumb & Guru.
I've worked with Guru, Krumb, Lil Dap (solo) & Group Home. How many DJ/Producers can say that? re Gang Starr Foundation when in fact they have the best hip hop producer ever in DJ Premier. It all started with Krumb for giving me a chance and I will always be appreciative, word up.
When I heard the news about Krumb who just retired from the music biz in 2012, I had to show my respects by spinnin' some of the dope music he has created since I've first heard Krumb in 1997. One of the illest to touch a MIC!
Krumb will now work with the youth and that's a powerful energy. Krumb, thanx for sharing your expressions through ART. All the best to you brudda! Big up to the W.O.L.V.E.S. & Big up to the Gang Starr Foundation & The North Alliance...To all who bang out this mix, give the brudda Krumb a SOUL CLAP!
Video: Brenton Brown f/ Ghostwridah - "Lemme Know"
Courtesy Juan Neal.
The definition of rap's isotope. Brenton Brown, Formerly Boogs Milli, came from the suburbs after a life in Brooklyn, moved to Miami and is did his thing at the University of Florida. Don't count him out and don't box him in, because he’s been steadily spreading his music all over Florida and Atlanta’s college campuses.