Zion I & The Grouch Hit the Road for "Healing of the Nation" Tour
W/ SPECIAL GUESTS BLU & SHOTGUN WEDDING QUINTET
February 8, 2011 (SAN FRANCISCO, CA) To kick off the release of their much anticipated album Heroes in the Healing of the Nation, West Coast hip-hop crew Zion I & The Grouch are excited to announce a nationwide tour, starting March 19 at the historic Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco. The trio, long since known for tackling weighty topics, are donating 100% of all ticketing fees sold through ZioniAndTheGrouch.com to local community organizations. The group has partnered up with different organizations in every city, such as Totem Star, Project Commotion, Self Enhancement Center, and Urban Peak.
“Touching people with our music is the main thing we can do," explains The Grouch of the motive behind the donations, "but contributing in a monetary way is taking things to the next level.”
"This album is intended to stimulate positive change in people's lives," says Zumbi. "Whether that be a smile during hard times, or a shift in perspective, the idea is that we help to facilitate a soulful healing session. This record is like a massage for the mind, body, and spirit."
The Healing of the Nation Tour also features Blu, and The Jacka on select dates, with The Shotgun Wedding Quintet (Jazz Mafia) opening each show. Heroes in the Healing of the Nation features Freeway, Fashawn, Casual, Mystic, Eric Rachmany, Jacob Hemphill of Soja, Eligh, Marty James, Los Rakas, Codany Holiday, and the R.O.D Project and is due out March 22, 2011.
For a full list of organizations, go to ZioniAndTheGrouch.com.
ZION I & THE GROUCH HEALING OF THE NATION TOUR DATES
* w/ Blu % w/ The Jacka # w/ The Shotgun Wedding Quintet (Jazz Mafia)
3/16/11 Austin, TX @ Mohawk (SXSW) 3/18/11 Austin, TX @ Beauty Bar (SXSW) 3/19/11 San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore * % # 3/21/11 Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades * # 3/23/11 Arcata, CA @ Humbrew * # 3/24/11 Eugene OR @ McDonald Theatre * # 3/25/11 Portland, OR @ BRANX * # 3/26/11 Seattle, WA @ Nectars * # 3/27/11 Missoula, MT @ Palace Lounge * # 3/29/11 Park City @ Star Bar * # 3/30/11 Aspen, CO @ The Belly Up * # 3/31/11 Ft Collins, CO @ Aggie Theater * # 4/01/11 Boulder @ Fox Theater * # 4/02/11 Denver, CO @ City Hall * # 4/15/11 Madison, WI @ Majestic # 4/17/11 Chicago, IL @ Abbey Theater # 4/18/11 Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop # 4/20/11 Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground # 4/21/11 Boston, MA @ Middle East Club # 4/22/11 Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory # 4/23/11 Baltimore, MD @ The Quarter # 4/24/11 Philadelphia, PA @ The Blockley Poorhouse # 4/25/11 Tempe, AZ @ The Club House # 4/26/11 Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre # 4/28/11 San Luis Obispo, CA @ SLO Brewing Co. # 4/29/11 Santa Clara, CA @ The Avalon #
Jimmy 2 Tymes exploded onto the online scene last week with a fresh joint alongside Mr. 2 Chainz himself, Tity Boi. This week, Jimmy continues to take his street buzz in the underground Atlanta rap scene to the mainstream without alienating his original fan base. "Throw Tha Money" features Bun B, Tracy T & P. Black. The ever so popular Zaytoven produced it.
Jimmy's mixtape "Da Real 2 Tymes" hosted by DJ Bobby Black coming soon.
"Throw Tha Money" (ft. Bun B, Tracy T & P. Black) (Prod. by Zaytoven)
Features with Lil Wyte, Crime Mob, Juney Boomdata & More!
Atlanta, GA -- Since his victory in VH1's reality competition The White Rapper Show in 2007, $hamrock has been gearing up for his official debut album, and has also done some good deeds with his $100k prize money. On March 15, 2011, the Georgia native will finally release his full-length solo album in conjunction with Hypnotized Minds member Lil Wyte's WyteMusic imprint and Select-O-Hits.
$hamrock's album, aptly titled The WyteRapper $how, will feature appearances from Lil Wyte and WyteMusic's Partee, Asylum's Juney Boomdata, Crime Mob and more. Production includes tracks from Luney Tunez (Gucci Mane, Gorilla Zoe, Shawty Lo), Ribah On The Beat (B.o.B., Killa Mike), Lil Jay (Crime Mob) and WyteMusic beat maestros Lil Awree and Marco Dane.
After his win on The White Rapper Show in early 2007, $hamrock appeared on various shows like Nick Cannon’s Wild N Out, Wilmer Valderrama’s Yo Mama and BET Black Carpet. He donated $10k of his prize money to Smile Train to help children born with Cleft Lip, and began working on his first official release.
In the summer of 2008, G.E. Entertainment released $ham’s debut EP Live From Decatur, which included “Entourage,” a club-friendly hit that received airplay on radio stations across the country. $hamrock also toured the country, and developed relationships with recognizable brands such as Texas-based YUMs footwear and apparel, which boasts successful campaigns with the likes of Soulja Boy, Sean Kingston and Dorrough.
For his work on his full-length debut The WyteRapper $how, teaming with Lil Wyte and the Select-O-Hits team in Memphis made perfect sense to $hamrock.
“WyteMusic and Select-O-Hits are incredible because they actually watched the TV show and understand completely where I come from, and who I am trying to reach,” $hamrock explains. “They are working towards the vision I have, and the support has been amazing because they hustle hard and grind like artists instead of traditional labels. Not to mention, they have legendary resumes so they know what they’re talking about!”
While $hamrock is confident the new album represents this stage of his life and career properly, he does have some personal favorite songs on the project.
’Str8 From Tha Dec’ is my life story, and its produced by Lil Jay of Crime Mob,” $hamrock say. “’Penitentiary’ is the first song me and Lil Wyte recorded together for the project. The topic is real as hell, and it’s the reason things came together in the first place. ‘Name In Lights‘ is also important, because it epitomizes the dream of all lyricists to one day be recognized by the world as an incredible talent. I’ve had that moment before, and I hope every aspiring rapper gets to experience it in their career. The beat is by a female producer, Amber Cheri, who also sings the hook.”
$hamrock fuses elements of his college education (University of Georgia) and intense grass roots hustle to create various levels of unadulterated Hip Hop. Dedication to his craft shines through in every lyric $ham writes, and the young entertainer feels assured that people will be able to relate to his music on a personal level.
“I want people to know that this album is a product of my grind, my struggle, my success and my pain,” $hamrock expresses. “As an artist, I want people to understand that making great songs is about being true to yourself and telling your story. People will def hear the hustler in me, but they will also hear the knowledge that I have picked up from the game."
01. Yung Irish Intro - prod. by Luney Tunez-N-Yo Area 02. Count Your Money - prod. by Luney Tunez-N-Yo Area 03. Name In Lights ft. Lil Wyte, Partee & Amber Cheri - prod. by Amber Cheri 04. Str8 From Tha Dec - prod. by Lil Jay 05. Penitentiary ft. Lil Wyte - prod. by Ribah On The Beat 06. Big $tacks ft. Juney Boomdata - prod. by Juney Boomdata 07. Old Skool - prod. by Lil Awree 08. Round Tha Corna ft. Lil Wyte & Partee - prod. by Crazy Mike 09. Stomp a Ho - prod. by Lil Awree 10. 5 To 10 ft. Crime Mob & Luney Tunez-N-Yo Area - prod. by Luney Tunez-N-Yo Area 11. Top Notch ft. WyteMusic Contest Winner - prod. by Ribah On The Beat 12. Right Now - prod. by Marco Dane 13. Million Dollar Outro - prod. by Lil Awree
Northwest Urban music radio station Juice Radio (gojuiceradio.com) announced today that the station's wednesday night program "Tre'dmarks Radio", which is hosted by local Grammy nomination finalist MC/Producer Q Dot (Quincy Henry) along with business partner Maurice Thornton (aka Tha Bizni$ Man) is set to join soon-to-launch online radio station NWCZradio.com March 4th 2011.
Tre'dmarks Radio will air weekly on NWCZradio.com during the Friday evening 6-7PM (PST) slot. The show, named after Thornton and Henry's Northwest Based recording label -Tre'dmarks Music Group- highlights independent Hip Hop and R&B as well as discussions on the modern Music Business.
Accompanying Remix Release, "RoxTar" Video Selected For mtvU's Freshmen 5 Competition
Kokayi is back to work, dropping the latest from Robots & Dinosaurs, his highly regarded sophomore album, and with the remix of "RoxTar," Kokayi enlists QN5 labelmate and Baltimore emcee Substantial and Maspyke/Low Budget Crew producer DJ Roddy Rod. While the original track offered smatterings of hip-hop, rock, and electro sounds, this remix is decidedly more hip-hop. Roddy Rod's track maintains a rock feel, largely due to the distorted electric guitar chops that provide the remixed beat's primary melody, but he also brings heavy drums, syncopated and crashing percussion, and energy-filled vocal samples to flesh things out. Substantial kicks things off, incorporating Kokayi's lyrical style from the original, name-dropping bands including Good Charlotte, Chuck Berry, Twisted Sister, and more as he weaves his story. Kokayi's own verse keeps up the tongue-in-cheek wordplay, rapping, "Spinal taps that you fear to face, and/ Leave a type O-negative leaking in the pavement."
Seattle Hip Hop Label Goes Green, Launches Special Sale
SEATTLE, WA – Feb. 9, 2011 – Sportn’ Life Records announced today the launch of its 2011 digital campaign with a special sale for a limited time only. The label’s entire digital catalog will be on sale for the next 30 days, with all Sportn’ Life albums offered for just $3.99 each.
This Special $3.99 offer is available only at the Sportn' Life Records BandCamp page for a limited time only:
In 2011 and 2012, Sportn’ Life will also release the majority of its music in digital format. The first releases include Fatal Lucciauno “Respect,” and free EP’s by Spac3man “Beyond the Stars” and SK “Late Arrival.” Next up will be new music from D.Black and RnB artist Marissa.
“Our fans are consuming music in different ways – mostly in digital format – and our digital campaign is Sportn’ Life’s way of responding to that shift by giving listeners what they want.” Says DeVon Manier, the Label Owner and President.
All major Sportn’ Life releases will include digital booklets. When the album is purchased on iTunes, listeners receive the digital booklet with liner notes, photos, and more. In some cases, albums will be digi bundled with video ; including music videos, interviews and behind the scenes footage.
About Sportn’ Life Records:
Sportn' Life Records celebrates nine years as an independent record label based in Seattle, Washington. The mission of Sportn’ Life is to establish successful careers and financial stability for its staff and artists, in conjunction with making a memorable contribution to music, art and the Hip Hop culture. With President and Co-Founder DeVon Manier and Damian Black (D.Black), the label’s most well known artist, at the helm Sportn’ Life Records is focused on building its roster and developing unique investment partnerships to expand its reach. For more information, visit www.sportnlife.net.