Welcome back for another new edition of Hip-Hop Shop! On Episode 59 - The Remix we feature new takes on songs you may already know by Random, Bisco Smith, El Michels Affair and more! If you would like to sponsor Hip-Hop Shop please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Hip-Hop Shop features podsafe music, so distribute the show and tell your friends to check us out every week at RapReviews.com! Special thanks to Odin Smith Labs for providing background music for our show.
* Sandpeople f/ El Michels Affair - Can It All Be So Simple (Remix) * V!rtu f/ Mad Skillz - Back Pack So Well (ePZ Remix) * Random f/ Mr. Miranda, Pennywise - Worst I Ever Heard (AZ Remix) * Bisco Smith - Freshwater (Blockhead Remix) * Del f/ El Michels Affairs - Bring Da Ruckus (Remix) * Diamond District - I Mean Business (yU Remix) * DJ Food - All Covered in Darkness (Mr. P Remix)
Houston, TX - Wanting to end a successful career year by giving back to the needy in his beloved community, Trae Tha Truth, spent his weekend playing Santa to many of his city's needier constituents. His first stop was an appearance at Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee's 15 Annual Christmas Party, where he handed out toys, signed autographs and took pictures with the thousands of kids in attendance.
Trae ended that afternoon on a high note by buying out the ice-cream truck that was parked outside so that all departing children received a treat as they left.
Trae's next stop was the Community of Faith Church in North Houston, where he was joined by SDS members, JDawg, Mugg and Clarence. The guys helped church leader, Pastor Dixon, distribute lots of Christmas cheer in the form of toys and 5,000 pairs of shoes to those in need.
Trae ended his day with the Tiara Foundation which benefits children who are terminally ill, confined to wheelchairs or have parents afflicted with AIDS. Reindeer being somewhat thin on the ground in Houston, this Santa arrived ABN-style; on candy paint, just as you'd expect a loc-wearing Santa to do. There Trae helped Founder, Olivia West, make a lot of very brave kids' last wishes come true.
"Just being able to be a part of that experience was a blessing for me." Trae said of his time with the children. "Being there with those kids had me forget about a reputation, an image or any part of being an entertainer. I was just proud to be there. I recommend a lot of people do the same when it comes to tha less fortunate and remember, it's always somebody out there doing worst than me and you.............."
...and they heard him exclaim, as he drove out of sight, Merry Christmas Houston and may your 2010 be bright!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Okay, YOU try to think of a better rhyme!!)
I have officially begun a new guest-blogging venture over on "The Couch Sessions", along with my homegirl/fellow Subsoniq contributor Monica aka "Gangsta Mittens", aptly titled "Mittens & Murdock". This recurring monthly feature showcases (us) two very opinionated individuals commenting on all things pop-culture related, but with a progressive hip hop-minded slant. So, as way to demo what readers will be getting beginning next month, we decided to dole out some handy last-minute Xmas gift ideas... Check the link and leave us some feedback (please)!
(Philadelphia, PA- Dec. 21, 2009) Saturday, December 19th rapper Beanie Sigel was leaving a Baltimore studio and was side swiped by a tractor trailer on I-95 that fled the scene. The vehicle that Sigel was traveling in was totaled and he escaped with several injuries to his face, arms and legs.
Bruised, battered, scarred but hard, Sigel declined hospital treatment and miraculously performed the next day in Norfolk, VA and is tentatively scheduled to go on an up coming tour with 50 Cent in 2010.
I guess it's safe to say that the Mack is built Ford tough!
If you haven't already checked our Hurricane Chris interview, feel free to do so before you read this press release from his record label.
Hurricane Chris is Unleashed! New Album December 22 Top 10 R&B/Hip Hop Single "Headboard" Ft. Mario and Plies Sophomore Album Unleashed on Polo Grounds Music/J Records
New York, NY -- When Hurricane Chris hit the scene in 2007 with his Top 10 hit single "A Bay Bay," he opened the world up to the "ratchet" sound of his hometown Shreveport, Louisiana. His new single "Headboard" featuring Mario and Plies has shown fans a different side of the young rapper, all leading up to the release of his Polo Grounds Music/J Records sophomore album Unleashed on December 22, 2009.
Touting appearances from Beenie Man, Mario, Bobby V, Plies, Cherish and Superstarr, Unleashed has been a work in progress for Hurricane Chris. Production on the album includes tracks from Shawty Red, Play N Skillz, Don Vito and The Inkredibles amongst other amazing talent.
The idea behind the album title is pretty straight forward, as Hurricane explains: "You’re going to be held back in a lot of minor ways. Now I’m unleashed. I’m off the collar. I’m off the chain. I’m not held back by anything anymore."
The media has championed the young MC, realizing that there is more to him than meets the eye. "Hurricane Chris can no longer be looked at simply as a radio rapper," wrote Eric Perrin of Ozone Magazine in their July 2009 issue."He has gotten to the point where his lyrical prowess, uncanny freestyling ability, and knack for creating club bangers is undeniable - even his biggest critics can't argue with the fact that HC has talent."
Needless to say, Polo Grounds Music President Bryan Leach is thrilled with the young star's second release on the label: "It's been a journey to see Hurricane go from where he was when Mr. ColliPark bought him to Polo Grounds as a 17-year-old freshman to where he is now, entering into his sophomore album. Letting him find himself through this album was important to Hurricane, and I hope the fans enjoy the ride. He's still so young, and has a huge career in front of him."
With over 3.5 million combined ringtones and downloads for "A Bay Bay," and his second single "Hand Clap" certified Gold, the young lyricist's debut album 51/50 Rachet made quite an impression on fans. 2009 has also proven to be an exciting year for Hurricane Chris as he gears up for the release of Unleashed.
In early 2009, Hurricane Chris returned in a big way with another hit single, "Halle Berry (She's Fine)," which hit #7 on both the Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs and Hot Rap Tracks Charts. In March, Ellen DeGeneres and Oscar winner Halle Berry made up their own dances to "Halle Berry (She's Fine)" on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, resulting in a YouTube video that received over 330k views in its first week. To date, the video has received nearly 1.6 million views, and became the #3 most watched in the Music category, #23 overall.
Along with astounding radio play reaching over 56 million listeners, there have been several career moves that have positively impacted Hurricane Chris' ability to reach fans. Between albums, he toured with Chris Brown, Soulja Boy, Bow Wow and Sean Kingston on the Chris Brown tour. The demand for his unique style led to collaborations with various stars, including Mike Jones on "Drop N Gimme 50" and with Chris Brown and Bow Wow on "Picture Perfect."
Despite formidable successes so early in his life, Hurricane Chris stays focused on giving back to his community and advancing his entrepreneurial opportunities. He started a foundation aimed at helping his community, and has facilitated giveaways to hundreds of people during the holidays. Chris and his mother have delved into real estate, and he also launched the Helsman sneaker in affiliation with FILA, selling over 400,000 pairs nationwide.
01. I’m Back - prod. by Shawty Red 02. Beat It Out The Frame - prod. by Phunk Dawg 03. Halle Berry (She’s Fine) ft. Superstarr - prod. by Play N Skillz, Q Smith & Superstarr 04. Coke Bottle ft. Mouse - prod. by Mouse 05. Headboard ft. Mario & Plies - prod. by The Inkredibles 06. Last Call ft. Bobby V - prod. by prod. by Rodnae 07. I Want It ft. Fiend 4 Da Money - prod. by Fiend Crack Alley Music 08. Secret Lover ft. Cherish - prod. by Don Vito 09. No Worries ft. Beenie Man - prod. by Don Vito 10. Hot Like Lava - prod. by Raphael RJ2 *iTunes pre-order bonus track: Touch Bases ft. Bobby V
Battery Records Signs Rapper D.C. Don Juan / Video Premiere 12.21.2009 Freshly Signed D.C. Rap Star Releases Video For Hit Single, "Lookie Looky"
(Brooklyn, NY- December 21, 2009) Battery Records has signed Washington, DC based rapper, D.C. Don Juan. The label is set to launch his first single, "Lookie Looky," and is now proud to release the official video for the song.
Neil Levine, GM and Senior Vice President of Battery Records, states, "D.C. Don Juan is a rare and distinct talent who appeals to a broad audience. His first single 'Lookie Looky' has an incredibly innovative video with an extremely strong hook. We are eager to develop his considerable potential and to make him a full-fledged star."
D.C. Don Juan states, "I've worked hard to get this point and I've proven myself. I plan to raise the bar. The possibilities are endless with Nu Entertainment and Battery behind me."
The 23 year-old Bronx-born rapper Maurice Campbell moved with his family to Washington, DC. when he was 12. A prolific artist who has recorded over 4,000 songs during the course of his eight-year career, he channels the harshness of urban street life into hip-hop developing his persona as D.C. Don Juan.
His vantage point was broadened with time spent in different regions of the country. In 2004, he moved to Denver where he was squarely on the Denver Nuggets team radar, playing in the Allen Iverson celebrity game and recording in Dermarr Johnson's studio. He moved onto Atlanta in 2006 to collaborate with Polow Da Don and Boo, and it was there that he caught the eye of Nu Entertainment CEO Reggie "Big Reg" Turner, who promptly signed him, leading to his recent signing with Battery Records.
Battery Records is an imprint under Sony Music Entertainment's RCA/JIVE Label Group umbrella formed in July 2008 to develop and nurture young urban hip hop talent, in an age where such development is more crucial and necessary than ever. Under the leadership of industry veteran Neil Levine, Battery's mission is to uncover and cultivate organic young talent, thereby creating an indispensable niche in the marketplace.
Hailing from the small town of Dallas Center, Iowa, Coolzey’s life story is an interesting one. How else would you describe a life that has involved a headlock on MC Paul Barman, a tour with Vanilla Ice, and a friendship with Sadat X? Over the past few years Coolzey’s work has been showing up on my desk pretty regularly. This is due, in large part, to his love of the EP format. It’s a love that stems from a dream that he’ll one day be able to release all of his work on vinyl. This week I caught up with Coolzey to find out more about his wild ride, what went into the making of his upcoming EP, The Honey, and where you can find him with Fred "The Hammer" Williamson.
The hip-hop scene here in Connecticut made some impressive strides in 2009 — the kind of strides that can help provide a strong foundation to grow from as long as they’re utilized correctly and built upon throughout 2010.
[If you love hip-hop, you'll download this. If you love soul, you'll download this. If you love both, YOU'LL DOWNLOAD THIS. Enough said, it's Illmind on productions, of course.]
Tracklisting: Disc 1: Blaps, Rhymes & Life 1. Thoth - Get Your Game Right (Produced By Illmind) 2. Clap Cognac - I'm Gonna Do It (Produced By Illmind) 3. Fortilive (!llmind, Mushmouf & Slo-Mo) - Gimme (Produced By Illmind) 4. Mistah F.A.B. - Follow Me (Produced By Illmind) 5. Brooklyn Academy - Hide (feat. Fresh Jones & Keith Murray) (Produced By Illmind) 6. Seer - Ill Mind (Produced By Illmind) 7. KNGDM - Gazillion (Produced By Illmind) 8. KRS-One & Buckshot - Survival Skills (feat. DJ Revolution) (Produced By Illmind) 9. Contra - Fall Back (Produced By Illmind) 10. Skyzoo - Say What You Say (feat. Rapper Big Pooh & Naledge) (Produced By Illmind) 11. Verbal Kent - Examples (feat. Lance Ambu) (Produced By Illmind) 12. Truck North - Hot! (Produced By Illmind) 13. BURNTmd - Let's Get ILL (feat. Reef The Lost Cauze, Copywrite, Phil Da Agony & Reks) (Produced By Illmind) 14. Naps N Dreds - Call It Quits (feat. Thirstin Howl III) (Produced By Illmind) 15. Roscoe Umali - Blow Your Mind (Produced By Illmind)
Disc 2: Blaps, Soul & Life 1. D-Black - No Ordinary Love (Produced By Illmind) 2. Gliffics - Call Me Crazy (feat. Chanj) (Produced By Illmind) 3. Strange Fruit Project - Get Live (feat. Erykah Badu) (Produced By Illmind) 4. Jared Evan - They Don't Know (Produced By Illmind) 5. Eric Roberson - Remember When (Produced By Illmind) 6. Daria Jones - Stay (Produced By Illmind) 7. Rae - So Sexy (Produced By Illmind) 8. Grynch - The Right Way (Produced By Illmind) 9. 3D - If I Want To (Produced By Illmind) 10. Naeem Oba - Julia (feat. BrikAbrak) (Produced By Illmind) 11. Hydroponikz - The Blues (feat. Jay Legaspi) (Produced By Illmind) 12. Sleek - We Rock The Mic (Produced By Illmind) 13. Last Days Fam - What You Doin It For (Produced By Illmind) 14. Naturel - We Don't Play (Produced By Illmind) 15. Black Irish - Kick Rocks (Produced By Illmind)
[Guess what? My favorite rapper wears a skirt and her name is Eternia. This Canadian femcee been in this game for a good minute and her skills prove that she ain't going NOWHERE but on top! Check this mixtape if you've been complaining about the lack of female emcees lately.]
Tracklisting: 1. Re-Introducing 2. Dynomite 3. Foul CHild 4. Stuck Up 5. Spring Fever 6. Real Frequency 7. God's Story 8. Perfection (feat. Promise and Grimace Love) 9. Day in the Life (f/ Tona and Maestro Fresh Wes) 10. Victorious (feat. G. Knight) 11. Destiny 12. On and On 13. Bakance 14. Everything 15. Herstory 16. Let Go (Outro)
[Straight from the Motherland is this sista named Nneka. J.Period linked up with her to create this free mixtape to help support her upcoming major label Epic debut. THis is definitely worth a listen.]
Tracklisting: 1. Can You Hear? (Intro) 2. Let the Madness Begin (J.Period Exclusive) 3. Wake Up World (Interlude) 4. Wake Up Africa (J.Period Remix) 5. The Uncomfortable Truth 6. Untainted Love feat. Damian Marley (Interlude) 7. Spread Love (Brooklyn to Zion) (J.Period Remix) 8. Human Rights (Interlude) 9. Changes (J.Period Remix) feat. M-1 & General Steele 10. Conscious Lyrics (Interlude) 11. Gypsy/Infamous (J.Period Exclusive) 12. Hip Hop Comes From Africa (Interlude) 13. Walking (J.Period Remix) feat. Jay Electronica 14. In Transit (Interlude) 15. Show Love (J.Period Remix) f. Rakaa (Dilated Peoples) & Aceyalone 16. For the Good of Humanity (Interlude) 17. God of Mercy (J.Period Remix) f. Zumbi (Zion I) 18. Suffri (Nigerian in Berlin Remix) feat. Fela Kuti 19. Perseverance is Character (Interlude) 20. Strength/Kangpe (J.Period Dubplate) f. Big Boi (Outkast) 21. Heartbeat (J.Period Remix) feat. Talib Kweli 22. In the Heart of Man (J.Period Exclusive) 23. Symptoms of My Madness (Outtro)
[Bonus Mix: J.Period Dubplates] 24. Mind vs. Heart (J.Period Dubplate) f. 2Pac 25. Changes 2 (J.Period Dubplate) feat. Lauryn Hill & John Forte 26. Walking 2 (J.Period Dubplate) feat. Nas
[Here's another word from the Motherland, Ghana rapper M.anifest has this free album for all to download and if you think that real hip-hop music won't translate well from Africa to here, then this mixtape'll prove you dead wrong.]
Tracklisting: 1. Born Free 2. How I Used to Be 3. Golly Gosh 4. Get Away (Shafiq Husayn Re-fix) 5. 2nd Coming PSA 6. Hubris 7. Still Hungry 8. Walk Away 9. My Lady Oh 10. I Love it PSA 11. Just Like a Lion 12. Ghana, 52 13. The Birds and the Beats 14. Pardon Me 15. Slow Your Roll 16. D'Angelo Said (Africa Re-fix)
[Vermont is one of the last place you'll think of when it comes to hip-hop. But these four tracks is all you need to hear some of the fastest and crazy lyrics to come out of Vermont that's as fresh as their water bottles. Hear this one!]
1. Vilify 2. Crosswind 3. Where Wolf 4. Write Away
That's it for the "12/18" edition of "Free Music Fridays." Check these out and let ya man know if they was fyah! If you have any free music you would like to share with the world, please e-mail me at email@example.com. If you're an artist with your free mixtape/album shown on this page and you want to send me a link re-up, corrections, and/or questions, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org, as well. Thanks for reading and enjoy y'all! Two fangas, one love....