On March 6th, Pep Love will release his long-awaited sophomore solo album, Rigmarole. The album, being released through the Hiero Imperium label that Pep was instrumental in co-founding, is Pep's first official album in 11 years, and is a deeply personal project, one that often deals with the trying times Pep went through as he figured out where music and life were taking him.
Pep's latest single and video, "Hip-Hop, My Friend," plays directly to that sentiment. Featuring a funky guitar riff throughout, along with scattered, triumphant horns and soulful crooning vocals, "Hip Hop, My Friend" is the perfect backdrop for Pep Love's intricate tale of his long lasting companionship with the music he views as confidant. And while Pep certainly isn't the first rapper to write an open letter to hip-hop, he keeps it refreshing by focusing on the positives that hip-hop music and culture have provided him over the years, and particularly in trying times.
Pep Love's new album, Rigmarole, will be released March 6th via Hiero Imperium.
Here goes the official remix to the last track on I-20's "Celebrity Rehab" mixtape which dropped last week. The introspective track produced by DJ Pain 1 is titled "God's Plan" and sees New York emcee Sha Stimuli join the party.
This remix is set to appear on DJ Pain 1's "Painkillerz Vol.1" which is set to be a unique mixtape series both mixed and produced entirely by DJ Pain 1. Each project will contain original productions, both brand new and familiar, with two prolific hosts to add extra energy. The first volume is being released by MC Lyte and Black Rob, and will be released soon.
MP3: Fatal Lucciauno - "Black Hoody Rap" ft. Spac3man
Courtesy Audible Treats.
Today, Fatal Lucciauno is excited to celebrate the release of his sophomore album, Respect. February has been a brief but busy month for Fatal, who has been dropping a string of singles from the album, in addition to his free collaborative EP with super producer Jake One, The Message. To help celebrate the release Respect, Fatal is serving up “Black Hoody Rap,” the album's latest single.
Unless you've been living under a rock, you probably know that 19 year old Miami talent Cris Cab has just released his first mixtape Echo Boom, presented by Billionaire Boys Club. As the project is quickly making the rounds online, one of the standout tracks is the bass booming, dub step tinged "Rihanna's Gun" featuring reggae royalty Mavado and produced by Wyclef & Sedeck Jean.
Today, we bring you the video for "Rihanna's Gun" shot over the course of three weeks while in the studio recording the record with Mavado and Clef, as well as on tour around the country. Play it. Post it. Share it!
MANHATTAN LIVE MUSIC LANDMARK S.O.B.’s TO CELEBRATE 30TH ANNIVERSARY WITH CELEBRATION CONCERT AT SXSW PARTNERED WITH NOIZY CRICKET!! & INTERNATIONAL CREATIVE MANAGEMENT TO PRESENT ALL STAR LINE-UP
New York ~ 2012 marks Manhattan live music landmark S.O.B.s' (Sounds of Brazil) thirtieth year in existence and to celebrate, they have partnered up with their talent booking and marketing team, Noizy Cricket!!, and world-renowned International Creative Management (ICM) as well as OGPR Marketing & Public Relations to provide an all star anniversary concert at this year's SXSW, on Wednesday, March 14th. The show is to be held at 6th Street's Malaia World Lounge.
The performance line-up, meant to showcase S.O.B's commitment to musical diversity, includes acts like Miguel, Machine Gun Kelly, and 2 Chainz, as well as rap supergroup Slaughterhouse [Joe Budden, Joell Ortiz, Royce Da 5'9, Crooked I], Elle Varner, Nikki Jean, Maya Azuceña, Airplane Boys & Hoodie Allen. Opening honors will be performed by warm-up alumn, Anthm. AllHipHop, who have supported S.O.B.'s with on-the-scene media coverage for the past decade, is the event's media partner. YouHeardThatNew's infamous founder, Low Key, will host the evening with 2DopeBoyz's DJ Meka providing the musical backdrop in-between sets.
Founded in June of 1982 by owner and director, Larry Gold, on what was then a barren stretch of land at the corners of Varick and Houston Streets, to expose the musical heritage of the Afro-Latino Diaspora, S.O.B.'s has gone on to become renowned as the premier venue for not only World Music, but all genres, in New York City and the world over. The list of music legends to have graced the stage in the past thirty years is too extensive to list but the venue's contributions to connecting music to fans doesn't stop there. S.O.B.'s has also developed a reputation in the industry as a breeding ground for up-and-coming artists and trends. A show at S.O.B.'s can be a springboard for emerging artists, garnering them press from mainstream local, national and even international media as well as attracting attention from music industry professionals. This has been the case with uncounted artists including John Legend, Erykah Badu, Kanye West, Common, Drake and Ryan Leslie. In fact, the venue spawned the long-standing Breeding Ground feature on AllHipHop, on which the site has highlighted its picks from the crop of Hip Hop hopefuls over the years.
The partnership between S.O.B.'s and International Creative Management to present the venue's thirtieth anniversary made perfect sense as the two, working closely with Noizy Cricket!!, have collaborated for many years to provide amazing live entertainment to New York audiences.
“We could have provided an entire month's worth of concerts with all of the talent that has stepped on to the S.O.B's stage over the past thirty years.” shares Noizy Cricket!! founder, Le'Roy Benros. “We've gathered some of the freshest talent out today who've put on legendary performances here in New York and brought them to SXSW for a night to remember!"
“After 30 years of building S.O.B's into one of the elite music venues in NYC we are honored to finally be showcasing some of the best of Urban Music at SXSW.” adds owner, Larry Gold.
“We have been working with Larry and the S.O.B.'s family for many years and this will be a great way to celebrate their 30th anniversary,” says ICM Agent, Zach Iser. “Our clients are proud to be a part of this special evening of live music.”
RA THE RUGGED MAN ANNOUNCES LEGENDS NEVER DIE - THE UNDERGROUND RAP ICON REVEALS INFO ON HIS LONG AWAITED NEW ALBUM
From the infamous nine-record-label bidding war in the beginning of his career to his notorious blackballing from the industry, R.A. The Rugged Man has gone from a mysterious cult figure to a full-blown underground rap superstar, touring the globe, producing movies, murdering verses alongside hip-hop's biggest names, and drawing praise from peers and critics alike. Now, he's getting ready to unleash the highly-anticipated official follow-up up to Die, Rugged Man, Die. In this exclusive clip, R.A. reveals the title as Legends Never Die, and speaks on the title's meaning, the album's content, maintaining his legendary status, and more. Legends Never Die coming soon, stay tuned for more details as they become available.
PR: Governors Ball Music Festival Announces 2012 Lineup
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THE GOVERNORS BALL MUSIC FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2012 LINEUP FEATURING BECK, PASSION PIT, MODEST MOUSE, DUCK SAUCE, EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY, CHROMEO, DEVENDRA BANHART, SANTIGOLD, BUILT TO SPILL, MAJOR LAZER, CULTS, ATMOSPHERE, SPECIAL DISCO VERSION (JAMES MURPHY & PAT MAHONEY) AND MORE
- Founders Entertainment is excited to announce the lineup for the 2012 edition of the Governors Ball Music Festival. Expanding to two days in its second year, the festival will take place on June 23rdand 24th, providing attendees with a full weekend's worth of good times and great music spread across two stages with no overlapping sets. Building upon the inaugural year line-up that focused on Dance, Hip Hop, and Electronica, Governors Ball 2012 will also incorporate Indie Rock, Americana, and Pop acts. There will be a distinct vibe to each day, with Saturday mirroring the lineup featured at Governors Ball 2011, and Sunday's bill focusing primarily on the expanded genres. Single and Two Day tickets will be available, as well as VIP packages.
A limited quantity of Pre-Sale tickets for the event will go on sale this Wednesday, February 22nd at 5 am EST via Living Social. A direct link to this pre-sale will be made available on GovBall.com.
General On Sale will begin Friday February 24th at 10 am EST via GovBall.com and feature a limited amount of Advanced Purchase GA tickets.
Full pricing and on-sale breakdown at GovBall.com.
The expansion of Governors Ball in both number of days and variety of performers further establishes the festival as the premier gathering for music fans, not only in New York City, but the entire Northeastern United States. This coming years festival will also be moving to Randall's Island Park, an oasis of green space on the East River, nestled between East Harlem, the South Bronx, and Astoria, Queens. Founders Entertainment is excited about the opportunities presented by the new location including improved venue facilities and expanded transportation options for attendees. In addition to being accessible by bus, foot, bike, car, and cab, the festival will provide shuttle bus service from Williamsburg Brooklyn, and ferry service from Mid-Town Manhattan to and from the festival grounds. The venue will be limited to a capacity of 25,000 per day, creating a unique and intimate festival experience when considering the world-class artists on the bill, and Governors Ball's location within the largest metropolitan area in the United States.
Beyond amazing performances from some of today's premier musicians, Governors Ball 2012 will feature unique art installations throughout the festival from local and international artists. Highly regarded New York City based food trucks and restaurants will be on hand to provide a variety of cuisine options, high-end beer, wine, and spirits. Details on additional festival activities similar to last year's will be unveiled in the coming weeks.
Bucking the prevailing trend of ill fated NYC area music festivals, in its inaugural year Governors Ball was a stunning success, drawing over 20,000 attendees to bask in the sun and take in 12 hours of non stop music from artists including Girl Talk, Pretty Lights, Big Boi, Neon Indian and Empire of the Sun among others. Founders Entertainment looks forward to building upon this success with Governors Ball 2012.
2012 Governors Ball Music Festival Confirmed Artists:
Saturday, June 23rd
Passion Pit (First NYC show in 2 years)
Duck Sauce (feat. A-Trak and Armand Van Helden)
Special Disco Version (James Murphy and Pat Mahoney of LCD Soundsystem)
Walk the Moon
Art vs Science
Nobody Beats the Drum
Sunday, June 24th
Beck (First NYC show since 2008)
Explosions in the Sky
Cage the Elephant
Built to Spill
Stay tuned for further Announcements over the coming weeks!