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DJ Premier's Official Statement on Guru's Passing


Even though some of the things said about Primo this week weren't kind, it seems he chose to take the high road. This official statement comes from the DJ Premier Blog, "The Only Fansite Approved by DJ Premier" on the web:

    IT WAS A SAD DAY FOR ME TO GET CONFIRMATION ON THE DEATH OF A MAN WHO I WILL CONTINUE TO CALL MY BROTHER, KEITH ELAM, BETTER KNOWN AS GURU OF THE LEGENDARY GANG STARR.

    FROM 1988-2004, WE EXPERIENCED SO MUCH SUCCESS TOGETHER THAT WE WERE ABLE TO EXPAND OUR BUSINESSES INDEPENDENTLY AND GIVE EACH OTHER WHAT GURU CALLED “CREATIVE SPACE”, BEFORE PLANNING TO REUNITE FOR OUR 7TH LP WHEN THE TIME WAS RIGHT. TRAGICALLY, WE WILL NEVER REACH THAT DAY.

    I’VE BEEN ASKED TO COMMENT ON A LETTER SPEAKING ILL OF ME WHICH WAS SUPPOSEDLY WRITTEN BY GURU IN HIS DYING DAYS. ALL I WILL SAY ABOUT IT IS THAT OUR TIME TOGETHER WAS BEAUTIFUL, WE BUILT A HIP HOP LEGACY TOGETHER, AND NO ONE CAN RE-WRITE HISTORY OR TAKE AWAY MY LOVE FOR HIM. ONE THING I WOULD NEVER DO IS PLAY AROUND WITH THE TRUTH ABOUT HIS LIFE.

    I WILL CELEBRATE GURU’S LIFE… I WILL HONOR HIS MEMORY… I WILL GRIEVE WITH THE ELAM FAMILY OVER HIS UNTIMELY DEATH… I WILL REMEMBER THE GANG STARR FOUNDATION AND ALL OF THE ORIGINAL MEMBERS OF GANG STARR WHO CAME BEFORE ME – WE ALL KNOW EACH OTHER… MOSTLY, I WILL CHERISH EVERYTHING WE CREATED TOGETHER AS GANG STARR, FOREVER. I’M GONNA MISS HEARING HIS SIGNATURE MONOTONE VOICE WHEN HE WALKS IN THE ROOM, BUT THE SONGS WILL ALWAYS BRING IT BACK TO ME….HIS RHYME FLOWS WERE INSANE, AND I WILL NEVER REMOVE HIM FROM MY HEART AND SOUL…….REST IN PEACE TO THE MAN WHO FELT “SATISFACTION FROM THE STREET CROWD REACTION” … I LOVE YOU GOO…….DJ PREMIER

BURNTmd - "Stand Back" f/ Krondon, Phil The Agony & Planet Asia


From Matthew Diamond at Coalmine Records:

BURNTmd - "Stand Back" (feat. Krondon, Phil The Agony & Planet Asia)



The Brooklyn-bred, Vermont transplant BURNTmd releases his EP Lets Get Ill today, 4.20 through his newly formed imprint GTD Entertainment. The EP features guest appearances from several noteworthy artists & producers including DJ Green Lantern, Copywrite, Akrobatik, Planet Asia, Phil The Agony, Krondon, Illmind, J. Glaze, Reef Ali & more! Click on either of the links below to download the album 2nd leak "Stand Back" featuring Krondon, Phil The Agony & Planet Asia, produced by J. Glaze. If you like what you hear, go out & support by coppin the EP off iTunes, here.  


BURNTmd - Stand Back (feat. Krondon, Phil The Agony & Planet Asia)

Previously Released:
BURNTmd - Lets Get Ill (feat. Reef The Lost Cauze, Copywrite, Reks & Phil The Agony

 

Video: DaVinci - "Ben"


The Video:

After hitting listeners with a flurry of tracks, DaVinci is back with a second video off The Day The Turf Stood Still, "Ben". For this video, Fillmore's own created an all-encompassing metaphor through money, Ben Franklin, and the $100 bill.

With samples from the King of Pop's, "Ben", DaVinci, paired with producer Big D., takes Michael Jackson's lyrics and sets them to a common theme, but with a twist. Ben Franklin, the King of the Streets, is seen throughout with a smile drawn on his $100 bill face; in DaVinci's town, without Ben in your pocket, you're nothing.

"My main inspiration behind "Ben" was to express the growth of my relationship with money from the moment I started hustling as a teen, until I became a man," says DaVinci. "I wanted to show how far one goes to have material things for both right, and wrong reason." While the video follows different stories of gambling, drugs, and prostitution, the message is all the same - with one's back up against the wall, the quest for financial sustenance leads down many different paths. Such a message is made clear by lyrics such as, "You got your mind on your money / And you climbing in deep / Well just remember who the King of the Streets / Clockin' cold hard cash / Running fast from police / Hey you running with the King of the Streets." This track off of DaVinci's debut ablum, The Day The Turf Stood Still, is now available both for purchase and free download via SWTBRDS Creative Collective.

Watch the video here: http://vimeo.com/11100802
Alt Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=brLXnACtoc4

To Download DaVinci's The Day The Turf Stood Still, please visit: http://www.swtbrds.com/davinci
Alt Link: http://swtbrds.bandcamp.com/album/the-day-the-turf-stood-still

Streams:

"Ben":
http://vimeo.com/11100802
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=brLXnACtoc4

TheSmokingSection Interview:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8CFKa_fgfE

D2S/Top Billin' "Ben" Video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUMDno2Z2NE

"Gettin' Money In My Sleep":
http://media.audibletreats.com/DaVinci-Gettin_Money_In_My_Sleep.mp3

Igantwitted Interview:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HuTiXeS1hpE

Thizzler On The Roof Interview:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCxEHnafRT4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YL83pLxr1HM

"Idle Mind" (Studio Footage Video):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8a5QzVIaFo
http://vimeo.com/10251291

"Hustler's Theme" (Prod. By Blunt):
http://media.audibletreats.com/DaVinci-Hustlers_Theme_Prod_By_Blunt.mp3

24KMilkCrate.Com TV: DaVinci Interview Pt. 1:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJVELfOPNA0

24KMilkCrate.Com TV: DaVinci Interview Pt. 2:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-uLGeNy9dS0

"Real N*ggaz Remix" Feat. Kaz Kyzah and ROD:
http://media.audibletreats.com/DaVinci-Real_Niggaz_Remix_Feat_Kaz_Kyzah.mp3

Video montage:
http://vimeo.com/88705653
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=icopGNwzXGg

"Trickle Down" Prod. By Blunt:
http://media.audibletreats.com/DaVinci-Trickle_Down_Prod_By_Blunt.mp3

"It's On Me" Prod. By Blunt:
http://media.audibletreats.com/DaVinci-Its_On_Me_Prod_By_Blunt.mp3

Bio, pictures, and streams available here:
http://www.audibletreats.com/download/davinci/

Twitter:
http://twitter.com/donjohnDaVINCI
http://twitter.com/sweetbreadscc

MySpace:
http://www.myspace.com/jdavinci

Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sweetbreads-Creative-Collective/46070018327

Official Site:
http://music.swtbrds.com/artists/davinci/

Label Site:
http://music.swtbrds.com/

Video: Tanya Morgan - "Bang N Boogie"


The Video:

After making a number of End Of Year lists with their latest group effort, Brooklynati, Tanya Morgan is proud to release the official video for the 2009 favorite "Bang N Boogie." Shot in Brooklyn and at Gray's Papaya in Manhattan, the video depicts younger versions of Von Pea, Donwill, and Illyas being young, wild, having a good time, and of course experiencing some unintended consequences, all while surrounded by beautiful women. Von Pea explains, "We all decided to just tell the story this time and stay away from costumes and comedy." However, even that concept couldn't take away from Tanya Morgan's obvious chemistry and charisma. For Donwill, as the weather gets warmer and spring arrives, the fun vibe of "Bang N Boogie" makes it perfect for a springtime release.

Von Pea's solo album, Pea's Gotta Have It, drops this summer via Interdependent Media

Watch The Video For "Bang N Boogie" Here: http://www.vimeo.com/10362594

Check out Tanya Morgan's "Bang N Boogie" featured on Billboard.com: http://bit.ly/bZZhBo

Please post buy links for Brooklynati, if you can: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/brooklynati-bonus-track-version/id314766861

Also, Be Sure to Support Donwill's Debut Solo Effort, Don Cusack In High Fidelity: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/don-cusack-in-high-fidelity/id362341315

The Background:

Tanya Morgan is back with their third project, Brooklynati, following the success of Moonlighting and The Bridge. Since Von Pea, Ilyas, and Donwill formed Tanya Morgan in 2003, they have received high praise from media elites such as Spin, The Source, XXL Magazine and a resounding seal of approval from the blogosphere. Considered by many to be our generation's torchbearers for De La Soul and A Tribe Called Quest, Tanya Morgan will once again put their skills on display with the unique hip-hop Americana sounds of their Brooklynati album this spring. Based on the fictitious city of Brooklynati, this release pushes the boundaries of a concept album by incorporating not only lyrical imagery but also cultivating a culture and mindset, which can be experienced through the City of Brooklynati Chamber of Commerce website: http://www.brooklynati.com/home.html. The sites, sounds, memories, and events of Brooklynati were unleashed via Bay-Area based record label Interdependent Media, the architects behind the funding and development of Brooklynati. Wanderlusts can feed their souls at http://www.Brooklynati.com


About Interdependent Media:

Founded in 2006 in the Bay Area by Evan Phillips, Interdependent Media has built unique strengths in the development, production, and marketing of recorded music via new methods of marketing and promotion. Armed with a comprehensive understanding of both traditional and emerging methods of marketing, iM has successfully created multi-faceted methods of raising awareness and interest in their projects. Industry veterans Ian "ID" Davis and Dominic Del Bene head operations at iM and are credited with discovering and/or developing artists such as 9th Wonder, Little Brother, Tanya Morgan, Blackalicious, Del the Funky Homosapien, the Hieroglyphics and more. In 2009, iM will be releasing multi-media projects from artists Finale, Canibus, K'naan, Truthlive, and Tanya Morgan. For more information, please visit http://www.imculture.com
Audio: Declaime - "Gangsta"


The Song:

In preparation of his upcoming release, Declaime is proud to release the second leak off his album FONK, entitled "Gangsta." True to Declaime's self-proclaimed style, the track overflows with off-kilter effects and a swelling electro-synth line that challenges a ghostly piano melody. Producer Quazedelic, whose accolades include projects with George Clinton and Snoop Dogg, balances the warped funk vibe with a straight drumbeat and a faint electric bass line. However, even with such an active setup, Declaime's signature style shines through as he raps that "There'll always be someone more gangsta than you." To him, "Gangsta" is about shedding light on on the untold struggles of gang life. Declaime explains, "It's a message to the gangsters to wake up. This is not how we're supposed to be, and this music should heal, uplift, and cause harmony - not disharmony."

This album will mark the first release from Declaime and Georgia Anne Muldrow's new label SomeOthaShip Connect. It will drop in conjunction with Darryl Moore's debut album Where I'm At on May 4th of this year.

Check out "Gangsta," the second single off of FONK: http://media.audibletreats.com/Declaime-Gangsta.mp3

Please post iTunes buy links for Fame EP ("Fame" + 3 album tracks) if you can: http://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/fame/id360323563

Please post iTunes buy links for Georgia Anne Muldrow's live rendition of "I Had A Revelation" if you can: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/i-had-a-revelation-single/id360323568

The Background:

In a world obsessed with immature desires a man in his rarest form must rise and stir against the tide of conformity. Heeding the call is Declaime, an incredible artist talent hailing from Oxnard, California. The visionary poet first amazed his family with his musical aptitude at age two, and with no father figure in sight, started a lifelong fascination with superheroes at an early age. Experiences with gang life left Declaime disillusioned, and he emerged a transformed man ready to begin a mission of enlightenment through the power of sound. The producer/emcee/visual artist began his journey on a track with Tha Alkaholiks, and he went on to work on with Lootpack, Oh No and KanKick to name a few. Declaime has been prolific in bringing metaphysical hip-hop into being for the masses, previously releasing Illmindmusik, Andsoitissaid, Mad Men On Arrival, A Lil' Light, Conversations With Dudley, The Dank And Jammy Show, Expressions 2012 A. U., Beautiful Minds, The Message Uni Versa, Holy Smokes, and SomeOthaShip. His latest album FONK is slated to drop on May 4th via Declaime's own label imprint SomeOthaShip Connect.

Streams:

"Gangsta":
http://media.audibletreats.com/Declaime-Gangsta.mp3

"Fame":
http://media.audibletreats.com/Declaime-Fame.mp3

Bio, pictures, and streams available here:
http://www.audibletreats.com/download/declaime

Twitter:
http://twitter.com/DECLAIME

MySpace:
http://www.myspace.com/dudleyperkins

Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/declaime

Label Site:
http://www.youtube.com/user/someothashipCONNECT

Audio: TRUTHLive - "Remind Rewind"


The Song:

In conjunction with the release of his debut album, Patience, TRUTHLiVE is proud to release his latest album cut, "Remind Rewind," produced by Jake One and featuring Von Pea of Tanya Morgan. A constant theme throughout TRUTHLiVE's album, the track serves to remind listeners of a more exciting, golden era in hip-hop, working to reestablish some of the long forgotten ideals of the music and culture as TRUTHLiVE and Von Pea trade verses over Jake One's decidedly boom-bap production. TRUTHLiVE explains, "'Remind Rewind' is a reflective homage to hip-hop, primarily focused on my deep appreciation for the art of emceeing, and its profound impact on me as a kid/young adult." He continues, "It is also a track about the emergence of a new generation of emcee's carrying on the tradition." Very relaxed, the orchestral background symbolizes a classic age in music while the scratching, courtesy of DJ Sharp, represents a rewind of time. The hook, rapped by both TRUTHLiVE and Von Pea, is, "Sometimes it doesn't feel like it's worth it / Till I put on headphones and play classic verses," The rapper chose Von Pea as his counterpart for this track because TRUTHLiVE believes the dialog perfectly suited Von Pea's ideals as a torch bearer for those who have come before and a true student of the art form.

For those fans yet to have a chance to scoop one up to date, in addition to the release of his album, TRUTHLiVE is offering fans a Deluxe Kit through the Interdependent Media label website: http://imculture.com/shop-2/truthlive-patience-deluxe-preorder/ . At a $20 price point, the Deluxe Kit includes one copy of the Patience CD, a TRUTHLiVE red baseball tee, original TRUTHLiVE sleep mask, a physical copy of The UnLearning EP, a 45" split record featuring fellow iM artists Tanya Morgan and Finale, posters, stickers, flyers and more.


Listen to "Remind Rewind" here: http://media.audibletreats.com/TRUTHLIVE-Remind_Rewind.mp3
Please post buy links: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/patience/id366911805

Download The Unlearning EP: http://www.djbooth.net/index/mixtapes/entry/truthlive-the-unlearning-ep

The Background:

Evan "TRUTHLiVE" Phillips, owner and founder of Interdependent Media, has certainly made his mark in the music industry with his wide range of talents. As an emcee, DJ, entrepreneur, and artist, TRUTHLiVE has had his hands in everything from a very young age. After a traumatic adolescent period where his health was at risk, three heart surgeries proved the artist to be quite a fighter. He explains to his new listeners, "The name TRUTHLiVE doesn't mean that I'm proclaiming myself as the truth, end-all be-all; it's more of a reminder to myself on how to conduct my life and career." The MC best summates, "My music is my truth and my life." That meaningful music is available nowin the form of Patience, TRUTHLiVE's debut release, courtesy of Bay Area label Interdependent Media.

Streams:

"Remind Rewind":
http://media.audibletreats.com/TRUTHLIVE-Remind_Rewind.mp3

"Catalyst For Change":
http://media.audibletreats.com/TRUTHLiVE-Catalyst_For_Change.mp3

EPK 4:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tlQ0qSucUNU
http://vimeo.com/10904023

EPK 3:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RwmnAQmgs7A
http://vimeo.com/10726392

"Coors Light and Ski Boats" (DJBooth Exclusive Freestyle):
http://djbooth.cachefly.net/freestyles/downloads/DJBooth.net_Exclusive_Freestyles_-_TRUTHLiVE_-_Coors_Light_Ski_Boats.mp3

EPK 2:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SpqPc5LQg5Y
http://vimeo.com/10560986

EPK 1:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ualklyNOiU

The UnLearning EP Download:
http://www.djbooth.net/index/mixtapes/entry/truthlive-the-unlearning-ep

"The UnLearning":
http://media.audibletreats.com/TRUTHLiVE-The_Unlearning_Prod_By_Vitamin_D.mp3

"Can't Hold Me Back":
http://media.audibletreats.com/TRUTHLiVE-Cant_Hold_Me_Back.mp3

"Broken" Prod. By The ARE:
http://media.audibletreats.com/TRUTHLiVE-Broken.mp3 />
"Tormented Genius" Prod. By Martin SLO:
http://media.audibletreats.com/TRUTHLiVE-Tormented_Genius.mp3

"Shoot Me Down" prod. by Tha Bizness:
http://media.audibletreats.com/TRUTHLiVE-Shoot_Me_Down.mp3

Bio, pictures, and streams available here:
http://www.audibletreats.com/download/truthlive

Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/TRUTHLiVE-EVAN-PHiLLiPS/14477104518

Twitter:
http://twitter.com/Truthlive

Myspace:
http://www.myspace.com/truthlive

Label Site:
http://www.imculture.com/
 

Masta Killa's "Silverbacks" from Live w/ GZA, Inspectah Deck


From Gold Dust Hype:

Masta Killa's "Silverbacks" from Live w/ GZA, Inspectah Deck

Masta Killa- "Silverbacks" (mediafire) (soundcloud) (zshare)
From: Live (Out NOW, Gold Dust)
 
Masta Killa's No Said Date is a slept on Wu-Tang classic whose enduring fan enthusiasm is only recently starting to give it the position it deserves in the Wu cannon.  With razor sharp lyrics and production from throughout the clan as well as Killa's trademark consistency, it remains a favorite of die-hard Wu fans.  Much of the material on Live, MK's latest, is taken from this album, and with the overdriven and guest-laden performances captured on tape, it's easy to see why.  Check out "Silverbacks" for a front row seat.  Live is out now on Gold Dust.

...And in case you missed them:
Masta Killa- "Triumph" live video feat. GZA & Inspectah Deck
Masta Killa- "Digiwarfare" live video
Masta Killa- "Duel of the Iron Mic" featuring GZA [download] (mediafire) (zshare)
 
Gold Dust is proud to present Live, the new live album by original Wu-Tang member Masta Killa and the first recorded concert effort from a member of the group in over five years. Live culls together some of the best verses the versatile rapper has offered in his 17-year career, ranging from his 2004 solo debut No Said Date and classic Wu-Tang albums to memorable spots on GZA's Liquid Swords and Legend of the Liquid Sword. Featuring guest appearances by GZA and Inspectah Deck, among others, Live offers new spins on tracks long embedded in the consciousness of most hip-hop fans, including "Duel of the Iron Mic," "Guillotine" and "Mystery of Chessboxin'."
 
Hip-hop fans know that live performances are dicey at best, with late starts, no-shows, and 30 people on stage (for no apparent reason) commonplace. Members of the Wu-Tang, however, have always prided themselves on an unending amount of talent, energy and charisma, ensuring that every show they do leaves the crowd salivating for their next appearance. “A lot of fans have never heard Masta Killa live and never had the chance to see a Wu-tang show, so I thought it would be a good idea to release live audio for them. It would also really entice people to come out to witness the next wave of live shows we do,” Masta Killa explains.  It's this heightened level of excitement that permeates all of Live, kicking off with a blistering a capella version of "Mystery of Chessboxin'" right down to the last dominant verses of "Triumph" (which sees the crowd in unison keeping pace with every word, rhyming Killa's verse for him.)
 
No Said Date, providing the material for close to half of Live, is one of the most critically acclaimed Wu projects in the group's history. Allmusic stressed that "[Killa's] aggressive but nimble flow is all over each of these songs." Stylus called it "a return to the Wu sound," impressed with the emcee's "energy, switches in cadence, speed and stress" and that "lyrically, [Killa] mixes up the styles of the premier Wu membership…into lines packed with thoughts and images that never sound crammed in, jam-packed or rushed." And Pitchfork called it "the most fully formed Wu solo effort," noting that "Masta is a rapper's rapper, forsaking high-flown gimmicks for Spartan flows and carefully considered rhymes."
 
All of these accolades are only enhanced by listening to Live.  This is an essential addition to the canon and mandatory listening for any true Masta Killa fan or Wu head.
 
Tracklist
1. Da Mystery Of Chessboxin (Accapella)
2. Armored Truck
3. Silverbacks (feat. Inspectah Deck & GZA)
4. Duel Of The Iron Mic (feat. GZA)
5. School
6. Grab The Mic
7. No Said Date
8. In The Hood
9. Love Spell (feat. Startel)
10. D.T.D.
11. Street Education (feat. Streetlife)
12. Whatever (feat. Streetlife & Prodigal Sunn)
13.
Fam Members Only (feat. GZA)
14. Digiwarefare
15. Guillotine (Swordz) (feat. GZA)
16. Triumph (feat. Inspectah Deck & GZA)

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Little Brother Hit the Road in Support of Final Album, LeftBack


From Tonia Samman:

Little Brother Hit the Road in Support of Final Album, LeftBack

North Carolina duo Little Brother released their fourth and final LP, LeftBack, today. Phonte and Rapper Big Pooh were joined by producers Denaun Porter, Symbolic One, Jbizness, Zo!, and longtime collaborator Khrysis as well fellow Hall of Justus members Chaundon, Darien Brockington, and Trunk North.

The group has been a force to be reckoned with since their 2003 debut, The Listening, with producer 9th Wonder at the helm. That album garnered critical acclaim, received nods from hip-hop legends such as DJ Premier and Pete Rock, and landed them on tour alongside The Roots. Little Brother’s following album, The Minstrel Show earned a coveted 4.5 out of 5 stars from The Source magazine and an XL from XXL Magazine.

LeftBack finds the MCs saying goodbye after more than 7 years in the game. Phonte and Rapper Big Pooh will be hitting the road this month to give fans one last performance as they close the curtain on their time together as Little Brother.

Download and share Little Brother’s “Curtain Call” from LeftBack [Hall Of Justus]: http://www.dailyrindblog.com/audio/LittleBrother_CurtainCall.mp3 .

Little Brother on Tour

04-24 Riverside, CA - UC Riverside
05-11 New York, NY - Highline Ballroom
05-14 Washington, DC - Black Cat
05-19 Chicago, IL - Double Door
05-26 San Diego - 4th & B
05-27 Los Angeles, CA - Key Club
05-28 San Francisco, CA - Independent

BUY Little Brother’s LeftBack [Hall Of Justus]: iTunes, eMusic, Amazon

For More Information: http://www.myspace.com/littlebrother and http://www.hallofjustus.com/ .

Paul Wall to Drop "Heart of a Champion" on June 29th


From Nancy B:

GRAMMY NOMINATED, PLATINUM RAPPER PAUL WALL
BOUNCES OUT OF THE CORNER WITH 4TH MAJOR RELEASE
HEART OF A CHAMPION, JUNE 29TH

CLOSE FRIEND TRAVIS BARKER PRODUCES HALF OF ALBUM


April 20, 2010: Los Angeles, CA:

Fresh off a month-long tour with former partner-in-rhyme, Chamillionaire, Houston rapper, Paul Wall, is all set to drop his 4th major label album, Heart of a Champion, on June 29th through SwishaHouse/Asylum Records. Almost half of the tracks featured on the album are produced by long-time friend and Expensive Taste band-mate, Travis Barker. The album will also feature several songs from Expensive Taste, the group which includes Skinhead Rob (Transplants) in addition to Paul and Travis.

Houston-based production duo, Beanz N Kornbread, are credited with the majority of the tracks not produced by Travis, including lead single “I’m on Patron”, a lyrical documentary of a feeling that most of us have experienced - and greatly regretted the next day - that of simply having too much fun of the liquid variety. “I'm On Patron” is the perfect accompaniment to that 'blame it on the alcohol' kind of night and sure to be a party staple.

Feature duties for “Heart of a Champion” include a diverse list of cast members including Jim Jones, Yelawolf and Raekwon but do not ignore Paul’s Houston roots; Bun B, Chamillionaire, Slim Thug, Devin the Dude and Lil’ Keke each get their turn at the mic. Another Houston feature is Johnny Dang aka TV Johnny with whom Paul Wall shares a grills and jewelry business which caters to A-list celebrities and average Joes alike.

Always an advocate for the Texas music scene, Paul Wall was recently tapped as President of The Recording Academy’s Texas Chapter. In this role, he hopes to educate and enlist the help of Texas musicians from every genre, to ensure that the state is well represented in the Grammy’s voting body. The natural politician in Paul Wall makes him the perfect candidate for this role. He embodies his moniker, “The Peoples Champ.”

With two #1 album debuts, a Platinum plaque and a Grammy nomination under his belt, not to mention having some of the hottest celebs in the nation rocking his signature diamond-encrusted grills at one point or another, Paul Wall is the embodiment of the Hip Hop success story. His journey began humbly enough as a promoter for hometown indie label, SwishaHouse, and culminated with him being largely instrumental in the growth of the Houston rap movement and its rise into the national arena.

There have been a total of 7 albums since then and the journey continues with no sign of slowing down. 10 years in and Paul Wall remains in the game and in the hearts of the people. Without question, he truly has ‘The Heart of a Champion.’

Jackie O & 4Sight Media Say "We Honor Guru"


From Jackie O at 4Sight Media:

We Honor Guru

We received news this morning that The Legendary Guru has joined the trailbrazers who inspired him. Although we are not currently representing him, 4Sight Media was selected as the publicity firm to handle the publicity for his last three projects: Guru 8.0 Lost & Found, Guru's Jazzmatazz/The Hip-Hop Messenger: Back To The Future and Guru's Jazzmatazz/The Timebomb: Back To The Future Mixtape.

While 7Grand and Solar are handling their publicity internally with several messages that have been released including Guru's last statement, we wanted to offer our own deepest sympathy to the fans of Guru who support the Jazzmatazz legacy around the world.  We honor Guru for leaving us with music that reaches into higher places, for coloring outside the lines of hip-hop, and recognizing the musical masters who inspired him. Through Guru's eyes, there was no division between hip-hop & jazz, hip-hop and neo-soul, hip-hop and history.

Guru's Jazzmatazz endeavors with Premier enabled him to collaborate with a who's who list of legendary musical icons including Roy Ayers, Donald Byrd, Chaka Khan, Isaac Hayes, Herbie Hancock, Branford Marsalis and popular cross-over favorites including Macy Gray, The Roots, Erykah Badu and Angie Stone. In recent years through a new partnership with Solar, he collaborated with reggae artist Damian Marley, Aceyalone and Zion I from the West Coast, Blue Scholars from Seattle, Mr. Lif from Boston, Yungun from London, Lord Tariq from the Bronx, Nature from Queensbridge, C. Knowledge from Digable Planets, Tony Touch, and up-and-comers from Guru's label, 7 Grand Records, K. Born & Highpower, and Young Pablo.

When asked how he has been able stay such a viable force in the music industry Guru stated matter of factly, "be honest with yourself, be original, be open to criticism and don't be afraid to reinvent and recreate yourself." We pray that his vision is upheld and the legacy of music that he created in his career is kept alive. Let's continue to celebrate our legends while they're here!


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