LEGENDARY MC GURU AKA MR. GANGSTARR & HIT PRODUCER SOLAR RELEASED NEW TRACK "AFTER TIME"
Legendary emcee Guru (GangStarr, Jazzmatazz) and super producer Solar, the teaming that has already produced three hit albums ("Version 7.0: The Street Scriptures", "Jazzmatazz Vol. 4" and "The Timebomb/Back To The Future"), have released a new track titled "After Time" from their critically-acclaimed album "Guru 8.0 Lost & Found". "After Time" is available for free download below! A video for the track will be shot soon so watch your inbox for more Guru and Solar related information.
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The homie Damu is set to release a new EP next week on the London-based label, Kilawatt Music. This project, aptly titled "Kilawatt V1", is extra special because it was a Panacea-affair, featuring Raw Poetic on both the vocal tracks and yours truly handling its' mastering. The EP also features some instrumenta-lude tracks and will be available in both vinyl and digital formats, however, the digi version will actually contain less tracks so the wax is definitely the move! You can go HERE to download some snippets and preview the project, and please make sure to support when it drops on November 23rd! AND... since I'm in a Damu state-of-mind, make sure you also cop the "Travel At Your Own Pace" Instros from his group Y Society.
LYRICS BORN RELEASES NEW SINGLE, “OH BABY,” EXCLUSIVELY ON BRAND SPANKING NEW LBFM
Lyrics Born’s New Online Radio Player, LBFM, Will Feature Exclusive Mixes, World Premieres, a Personal Playlist Chosen by Lyrics Born Himself, Multiple Channels and Much More!
Lyrics Born’s new single, "Oh Baby," is available exclusively on LBFM and is the latest track from his forthcoming new album, AS U WERE, slated for a Spring 2010 release. The eclectic song continues to build upon LB's pre-album-launch campaign which has already spawned videos and singles for the tracks "Funky Hit Records" (featured on YouTube) and "Pushed Aside, Pulled Apart" featuring Latyrx partner, Lateef the Truthspeaker (premiered on URB.com.)
LBFM is a fully embeddable flash player which can be added to websites, blogs, Myspace pages and more. The new online radio player adds to the MCs extensive online presence which currently includes pages at Myspace, Facebook and Twitter (which he personally updates himself) as well as LBTV, a weekly internet video show featuring artist interviews, live footage, behind-the-scenes moments, studio exclusives and more! All of this in addition to the official website, www.lyricsborn.com .
Lyrics Born recently released the fourth mixtape in his hit Variety Show franchise, The Lyrics Born Variety Show Season Pho -- featuring Kasabian, Gift of Gab, Lateef the Truthspeaker, Clyde Carson, Trackademicks, Joyo Velarde and many other guest artists. The mixtape is currently available digitally at The Lyrics Born Downloads Store, http://downloads.lyricsborn.com and physically in record stores and online at Lyrics Born's online shop, The Lyrics Born Variety Store http://store.lyricsborn.com .
Lyrics Born's unique voice has also allowed him to step outside the world of music and lend his talents to radio and television projects including Cartoon Network's #1 Friday Night Franchise, You Are Here, of which he is currently the voiceover announcer.
One of the most licensed hip-hop artists in the world, Lyrics Born has had placements on Diet Coke, Motorola, Nokia, and Vans commercials, TV shows such as "Entourage", "Six Feet Under", "What About Brian", "Gossip Girl", and "Gilmore Girls", films like Michael Mann's "Collateral" and Justin Lin's "Fast And The Furious: Tokyo Drift", "Friday the 13th," and videogames by EA Sports, 2K Sports and Atari. He has had sponsorships with Puma, Adidas, Diesel, and Evisu.
As the MC and Host of November's Deadliest Catch Tour featuring The Gift of Gab (Blackalicious), Chali 2na (Jurassic 5) and Mr. Lif as well as plans for a tour of Australia this winter with wife Joyo Velarde and his full band, The Lyrics Born Re-View, LB is never one to sit still for long.
• Wed-Nov-25 San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall • Tue-Dec-01 Austin, TX - Aces Lounge • Fri-Dec-4th Tampa, FL - Tampa Skate Park • Sun-Dec-06 Seattle, WA - Neumo's • Tue-Dec-08 Spokane, WA - The Blvd • Wed-Dec-09 Missoula, MT - The Palace • Thu-Dec-10 Bozeman, MT - Zebra Lounge • Fri-Dec-11 Salt Lake City, UT - Urban LoungeE • Sun-Dec-13 Sparks, NV - Vixens
Del The Funky Homosapien is a veteran of the road, having proved himself on countless stages the world over. With his collaboration album with Tame One, Parallel Uni-Verses, a new shoe from Osiris, and several free album download packages out this year, he's showing no signs of slowing down. Check the video for "Flashback" below for a taste to what to expect at one of his live shows.
This winter, The Grouch returns with his highly anticipated annual, "How the Grouch Stole Christmas Tour". After the overwhelming success of last year's outing, The Grouch raised the bar by going outside his usual cast of characters, and enlisting a handful of the West Coast's most promising talents. Stacked with goodies and en route to the next city, the tour vehicle may "lose" a few gifts, only to be found by following The Grouch on Twitter (@therealgrouch).In addition each event will hold a Toys for Tots drive, participants will receive a free gift for bringing a new toy to be donated.
TOUR DATES PR Inquiries:
Dec. 2, 2009 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge Dec. 3, 2009 - Denver, CO @ Bluebird Dec. 4, 2009 - Boulder, CO @ Fox Theater Dec. 5, 2009 - Santa Fe, NM @ Fusion Nightclub Dec. 6, 2009 - Scottsdale, AZ @ Chasers Dec. 7, 2009 - San Diego, CA @ Belly Up Dec. 8, 2009 - Santa Barbara, CA @ Velvet Jones Dec. 9, 2009 - San Luis Opispo, CA @ Downtown Brew Dec. 10, 2009 - San Francisco, CA @ Slim's Dec. 11, 2009 - San Jose, CA @ Avalon Dec. 12, 2009 - Sacramento, CA @ Empire Events Center Dec. 13, 2009 - Arcata, CA @ Humbrew Dec. 14, 2009 - Eugene, OR @ WOW Hall Dec. 15, 2009 - Portland, OR @ Backspace Dec. 16, 2009 - Seattle, WA @ Nectar Lounge Dec. 18, 2009 - Reno, NV @ The Underground Dec. 19, 2009 - South Lake Tahoe @ Bar 24
RJD2 Reissues His Def Jux Material with Previously Unreleased Tracks In Advance of New 2010 LP
RJD2 fans rejoice. The producer/musician/singer extraordinaire has just released three deluxe reissues of his groundbreaking albums originally released on Definitive Jux Records. 2002’s Deadringer, 2003’s The Horror and 2004’s Since We Last Spoke, lauded as one of Spin Magazine’s Top 40 Albums of the Year, are now all in stores with two previously unreleased bonus tracks per album.
All three reissues are streaming in full at AOL Spinner through the end of the week.
This year has marked a turning point in the innovative producer’s 10 year career. After scoring the theme to the hit AMC show, “Mad Men,” and starting his own label RJ’s Electrical Connections, RJ reissued 2001’s Your Face Or Your Kneecaps as well as a box set entitled RJD2 2002-2010 and announced that his first new LP in three years, The Colossus, will hit stores on January 19th, the same month RJ hits the road for a massive cross country tour.
And as if that’s not enough, he also decided that he’d spend his holiday season giving free gifts to all of his fans! On October 29th, RJ announced via his RJ’s Electrical Connections website that he’d be giving away free records, MP3s, and more each Monday until the release of The Colossus. Visit http://rjselectricalconnections.com/ for this week’s contest.
Listen to Deadringer, Since We Last Spoke & The Horror on AOL Spinner:
Visionary, Hyper-Creative iLL-Literacy Crew Prepared To Change The Way You Listen To Music 11.17.2009 iLL-Literacy Releases First Chapter Of Three-Part iB4the1
(November 17, 2009 - Brooklyn, NY) Short on attention span but long in ultra-creative, psychedelic rhymes, Oakland trio iLL-Literacy has some ambitious plans for the next few months. iLL-Lit is aiming to reshape not only the way that music is made but the way it's distributed. Emcees Drizzleton, Dahlak, and N.I.C. are proud to release the first part of three "chapters" for their new album iB4the1 (pronounced I Before The 1). Confused? Don’t be. It's just the future.
iLL-Literacy will be releasing iB4the1 in three chapters. The first, Chapter 1 (iB4the1.1), is available today. Because iLL-Literacy believes that traditional means of marketing and distribution have become obsolete, they are releasing all three chapters for free on their website (www.ill-literacy.com). In an effort to further obliterate the mold, iLL-Lit has partnered with street fashion legend C+ Jewelry to create USBiLL (pronounced "Us Be iLL"), a line of custom limited edition flash drives. A convenient and reusable alternative to CDs, USBiLL will be the primary physical form of the complete iB4the1 trilogy of releases.
iB4the1 may be their debut "album," but the members of iLL-Literacy have known each other since birth and it shines through on their tracks. They boast a fully formed vision and aesthetic that few groups, especially young groups, can match. When asked about iB4the1.1, Drizzleton described it as an epic. He postulates that the ideal listening context for Chapter 1 would be on "either a short car drive... or upon the back of a spiny-toothed wombat in Africa, while watching Planet Earth on mute."
In case you were somehow still worried that the iLL-Literate trio was lacking in ambition, allow Dahlak to describe Chapter 1: "Despite its brevity, .1 is grand in its effort to bridge sampled voice and original instrumentation, experimental music, and hip-hop narrative. The sound of iLL-Literacy draws character from an unusual blend of influences, spanning funk, afro beat, alternative, soul, and of course hip-hop. This is iLL-Literacy before the start. The prequel to the saga. iLL-Lit before the One. Take that how you want."
For musicians today, a record deal can be like a used car; it might get you from point A to point B, but most likely the salesman took your money and poured sawdust in the transmission. Fortunately, while the industry is gridlocked in filesharing, the members of iLL-Literacy can teleport. And by teleport, they mean "make music that would inspire passionate love with a Silverback gorilla... if it was socially acceptable." Enter the world of digitiLL funk - an ever-expanding sonic universe piecemealed together by the ever-shrinking attention span of Oakland trio iLL-Literacy. Members Dahlak, Drizzletron, and N.I.C have known each other since birth, and since then have been mutating words and sounds, invading concert halls, off-Broadway stages, and college arenas throughout North America and Europe and infiltrating networks from HBO, MTV and beyond. Toggling between daydream and full-blown hallucination, the result is iLL-Literacy’s first record, iB4the1 ("I Before The One"). Colliding influences from afrobeat and hip-hop as much as Plato and X-Men, their freshman effort plays more like the soundtrack for a never-ending shroom-trip than a standard rap album. It pays homage to a wide range of inspirations, while constantly reaching for the new. From a record that is political in scope but never heavy-handed to an intersecting live show that can boast life-size Lego-men, iLL-Literacy is both a product of its time, and a defining feature. The first chapter of the forthcoming album, IB4the1, IB4the1.1 is available now.
Expecting sophisticated lyrics from Mannie Fresh is like expecting KRS-One to record a Shawty Lo record or Soulja Boy to start dropping Ras Kass style illuminati references. Nevertheless this is a serviceable self-produced track from Fresh, playing to his strengths as a producer first and foremost, with an electronic beat that sounds like the club without imitating the current "snap" and "jerk" trends. "Got this white girl y'all and her name is Lindsay/She like to party hard every time she with me/She do a lot of drugs and she always tipsy/And then she take me over to her other friend Brittney." This one probably sounds better in the car than it does on my headphones, but even there it's not that bad. I'm not hatin'.
Artist: Big Boi f/ George Clinton, Too $hort Title: For Yo Sorrows Label: Def Jam
"I say stank you very much, cause we appreciate the hate." Big Boi must, because he's been through developmental hell trying to get out a solo album, finally having to link forces up with Def Jam to get the job done. To celebrate the pending release, he's leaked a super-chunkafied single with George Clinton funking it up and Too $hort pimping - or is that the other way around? Regardless when Clinton declares this "the dope on dope, smoke but don't choke on it, it's the shit" he's not exaggerating. Sir Luscious L. Leftfoot is going to please OutKast fans tremendously when this one finally breaks at retail.