First of all, I got my money back from Uncle Louie! Thank you so much for your support and your help in putting pressure on him. I couldn't have done it without you.
In other news, I'm working on putting together a Best of Sudden Death 2-CD compilation album. The plan is to fund it with a Kickstarter campaign and release it at Con on the Cob.
After deciding what songs I wanted to put on it several people on Facebook started giving me input about their favorite songs and I realized they didn't match. So I set up a poll. What are your favorite Sudden Death songs, and which ones do YOU want included on this album?
I'm planning a couple special things such as some updated versions of a couple songs. There will also be a third digital-only compilation with additional content for Kickstarter supporters. And yes, one of the rewards will be "all the albums" (digitally).
I plan to master the songs from Fatal Accident Zone that are included. Older songs, wherever possible, will be remixed and remastered from whatever source materials I can find.
I've got some cool stuff planned for this release. Tune in to the next episode of The Insider for details, and keep an eye out for the Kickstarter campaign which will be launching soon.
Two of Long Island's most celebrated emcees, the god Rakim and the legendary R.A. The Rugged Man, spent yesterday at Manhattan's No Mystery Studio working on new music together. In this clip, the pair chop it up about Rakim's contentious history with Big Daddy Kane, including the fateful phone call that prevented the feud from escalating. R.A. and Ra are working on a song for a movie soundtrack, and will soon be shooting a music video for the track. More details on the project coming soon.
The Niceguys "Magick" Trailer + "265" From James Kelley
Courtesy Dove @ Tygereye.
Last night at the Houston Press Music Awards, The Niceguys took home the "Best Rap Group" award for the second year in a row, and Niceguy DJ Candlestick was awarded "Best Rap DJ"!
In celebration today, The Niceguys have unveiled the new track "265 (Inglorious Basterds)" from their album James Kelley, slated for release on 9/11, as well as a slick, mystical visual for their upcoming video for "Magick".
By trade they are a rapper (Easy Yves Saint), two producers (Christolph and Free) and a turntablist (DJ Candlestick), but the Texas-based quartet blends their collective talent to deliver cohesive, cutting edge songs. Find out more about The Niceguys at TheNiceLook.com, and follow them on Twitter @265Nice and Facebook/TheNiceguysMusic.
PRODUCED BY SENSEI WALINGH // TRIBUTE TO JEREMY LIN UPCOMING ALBUM 'THE CODE' AVAILABLE AUGUST 21ST, 2012
Here's a FREE-Throw from one of Hip-Hop's MVP's and most seasoned veterans, C-Rayz Walz. Walz slam dunks raw metaphors, life's fast breaks and the fouls of the industry regulations. 'LINsanity' is a dedication track to Jeremy Lin and the spirit of 'The Underdog' in sports and music. The tribute is assisted by Sensei Walingh on productions.
"LINsanity was supposed to be a huge theme song for Jeremy Lin and the New York Knicks." After being traded to the Houston Rockets. 'LINsanity' is over in NY for good. This track is also dropped from the tracklisting roster on the Suncycle MC's August 21st offering... "THE CODE"
We're back again with new Project Pat music. This time him and Nasty Mane grabbed Juicy J to lend some bars to the new single "Polo" that is produced by Crazy Mike and Lil Awree. I know a lot of you guys are into the Polo clothing hard right now so this is your theme song. DJ's download the clean and dirty versions above. If you need drops or anything from Project Pat then hit the phone number listed right below. Let's continue to work and keep breaking hits in 2012!
PR: Sportn' Life - 10 Years of Rare & Unreleased Music
In celebration of our first decade in business, Sportn' Life Records is offering up some goodies from the past. For the next few weeks leading up to our 10 year anniversary party on October 18th at Barboza (Seattle,WA), we'll be releasing two rare or unreleased songs per week.
This weeks songs feature unreleased music by D.Black, Fearce Villan and S.E.V. of Dyme Def, Fatal Lucciauno, Spac3man, Marissa, Toxic and Mo Betta
Sportn’ Life Records and Management is an independent label and management company based in Seattle, WA and is home to some of the Pacific Northwest’s most talented Hip Hop, Soul, and R&B artists. Co-founded by DeVon Manier in 2002 as a vehicle to foster young urban artistsand shed much needed light on the music they were creating.
Currently, the label boasts an impressive roster of recording artists that include D.Black, Fatal Lucciauno, Spac3man, Marissa, Fly Moon Royalty and SK. Each exemplifies a unique sound and an unparalleled stage performance; as a result, they have received an extensive amount of local and regional success, garnering coverage in national publications, MTV-2 video rotation, Top 5 CMJ and Media Guide chart positions, placement and licensing to film, MTV, ESPN Action Sports, and Under Armor. In conjunction, several of them have been invited to perform at some of the worlds’ most notable music festivals like SXSW, CMJ, and Bumbershoot, and have been asked to share the stage with top tier international recording artist such as; Nas, Ice Cube, Big Boi, Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, and the Wu Tang Clan to name a few.
The 2007 release of Fatal Lucciauno’s “The Only Forgotten Son” was instantly hailed a local classic. The album landed itself onto URB Magazine’s “NEXT 1,000” and it was named Best Solo Hip Hop album of the year by The Stranger Magazine. After obtaining a distribution deal in 2008 the label was able to expand its reach, and in 2009 saw larger scale movement upon partnering with San Francisco based MYX Music Label for the release of D.Black’s nationally accepted and critically acclaimed sophomore album “Ali’ Yah”. The project gained many accolades including a music video debut on XXL Magazine.com and was named number twelve on Amazon’s list of “Outstanding Albums” that same year.
2011 sees continued growth for Sportn’ Life as it has diversified its operations and created a Management, Consulting & Artist Development division. That along with the recent signing of the Electro-Soul duo Fly Moon Royalty has allowed for the label to broaden its scope in the music industry. Continuing to please its reverent community of fans with its reputation for authentic, sincere, and quality music, Sportn’ Life aims to resonate within underground indie markets & major mainstream demographics.