San Diego, CA -- On the heels of his successful run with The Christening mixtape in December 2010, Midwest lyricist Chris Clay is now preparing to release a new EP on iTunes. The project is aptly titled For My Listeners (FML), a dedication to the legion of Hip Hop fans who have been appreciating the young rapper's innate gifts. FML is slated for release on April 26, 2011 via California-based label M.I.M Entertainment.
Chris Clay, a native of St. Paul, Minnesota, is proud to bring such a well-rounded sound to his music on FML. Guest appearances from Slaughterhouse's California rap vet Crooked I and acclaimed Detroit spitter Kid Vishis add intense lyrical posture to Clay's trademark fiery verses. R&B singer Emanny, known for his work with Joe Budden and Jadakiss, also brings his silky vocals to "Sex Appeal."
Producers on the project include J.Cardim (Talib Kweli, Royce da 5'9, Maino), J-Skillz da Bandman (50 Tyson, J-Kwon) and Emazin of Minnesota's Trakhouse International (Freeway, Twista, Lil Flip).
"Each producer is very special to me for a number of reasons," Chris explains. "J-Skillz was one of the main producer I started building my sound with, he made the track for my 2010 anthem "M.I.M. (Money is Motive)." In my opinion, Emazin's team is the best production squad out of Minnesota. Working with J.Cardim has been special for me because I feel like it's another good step toward the mainstream. I feel like the chemistry with each of these producers is great, and as an artist I know it's only making me better."
Since moving to San Diego to work with M.I.M. Entertainment CEO Pat DiBello, Chris Clay has been opening doors for himself across the country. He teamed with G-Unit/Shadyville personality DJ Whoo Kid for the globally appealing mixtape The Christening, and followed with a unique hometown sound on Sotafied: Looped, Locked & Loaded with Minnesota's DJ Reeg.
Additionally, Chris has been releasing freestyles for his "100 Bars" series, and has received accolades from some of Hip Hop's most discerning music critics for his lyrical abilities.
"The responses from the work I've done in the past six months has been incredible," says Chris. "It means so much to me to actually see that I'm gaining some recognition from respected tastemakers, and it motivates me to step my game up everytime I create and perform. This is what I'm most passionate about, and to see my dreams coming true is what drives me to become the artist I want to be."
The six tracks on FML are all important to Clay for different reasons, although "The Oath" stands out to him as a more introspective touch on the EP. "This song is a much more intimate look into my life and whats going on with me, and at the same time it is a promise to my listeners to always give you 'me' and tell the truth, and nothing but the truth. I love it!
"I want the fans to know this EP is exactly what it is: 'For My Listeners', Chris continues. "I used the FTW (For The Wholeworld) EP in December 2010 as an introduction, and this one is a lot more personal. It's geared toward specifically telling people who I am, where I stand on certain things, my feelings and some of my qualities all mashed together in that special 'Chris Clay way' for my audience. So if I got your attention on the last one, and you are now a listener, this one is for you!"
01. The Oath - prod by J.Cardim 02. Dreamin - prod by Emazin 03. Party Song - prod by J.Cardim 04. Sex Appeal ft. Emanny - prod by Emazin 05. Rewind That ft Crooked I - prod by J-Skillz 06. Ugly ft Kid Vishis – prod by J-Skillz
When your first appearance on a song makes it an anthem you set the bar pretty high for yourself. This is exactly what Dev did when she first came on the scene singing the hook on Far East Movement’s “Like A G6.” She followed it up with the club songs “Bass Down Low” and “Booty Bounce,” but when I caught up with her she let me know that she’s not a fan of “party girl” label. During our interview Dev also revealed she’s in no hurry to complete an album just to have product to push. She does, however, have some future plans with her sisters, and she also discussed her Twitter interaction with DJ Pauly D of Jersey Shore fame, and the strangest thing anyone has ever handed to her at a club.
Gorilla Zoe's "King Kong" Releases June 14th, 2010
FIRST SINGLE “TWISTED” DEBUTS AT #9 ON ITUNES HIP HOP SINGLES CHART
(New York, NY) --- Hip Hop star Gorilla Zoe announces the new release date for his long-awaited and aptly-titled third solo album, King Kong. The album will be released on June 14, 2011 and teams Zoe up again with Russell “Block” Spencer, the mastermind behind hip hop powerhouse Block Entertainment.
“Twisted,” the anthemic first single on King Kong features Lil Jon and has already skyrocketed to #9 on the iTunes Rap Singles Chart, selling over 33,000 units. The single is also #5 most added at urban radio this week.
What’s more, Zoe will be a major force involved with the newly-formed Urban Wrestling Federation, which will hold its first major TV event in late spring. Both eOne and Russell “Block” Spencer will be involved with marketing and promoting the UWF by providing A-level talent to be a key part of the UWF. Gorilla Zoe’s music can already be heard in the national advertising campaign, and he will be one of the first featured performers.
By combining his true-life stories about growing up in Atlanta with an avant-garde sensibility for beats and lyrics, Gorilla Zoe has quickly become a defining force in southern hip hop. One of the most prolific rappers today, Gorilla Zoe released a mixtape every day for the month of February 2010.
After Zoe hooked up with hip hop impresario Block, it led to his collaboration with Yung Joc on the hit single “Coffee Shop.” Zoe then replaced Young Jeezy in supergroup Boyz N Da Hood before releasing two wildly successful solo albums, Welcome to the Zoo, and Don’t Feed The Animals. The albums peaked at # 20 and #8, respectively, on the Billboard Top 200.
Finding women at hip-hop shows is like trying to find salads in Fat Joe’s diet. Sure, they’re there, but they’re few and far between. Female emcees can be even more scarce. Othello, who co-hosts the long-running monthly open mic, Enter the Cypher, in Danbury, says that only about 10 percent of the emcees that pick up the mic during one of his shows are female. “Hip-hop has always been more of a man’s game,” he says, “but it seems even less diverse now than ever.”
It’s a disturbing trend in an already male-dominated craft.
Wispers recently opened up for Class Of 2011 XXL Freshman members Yelawolf and Cyhi The Prynce while they visited the famed Paradise Rock Club in Boston.
During his performance Wispers decided to unleash on the audience a brand new, never before heard track called "Sh*t On Ya'll". The Mp3 will be available soon and features St. Da Squad's Ea$y Money (formally known as Ed Rock).