Cali Swag District's "Teach Me How to Dougie" Certified Platinum
DEBUT ALBUM 'THE KICKBACK' SET FOR RELEASE FEBRUARY 15
Cali Swag District's massive single "Teach Me How To Dougie" was just certified platinum this week hitting over 1 million digital downloads to date. The four members, Smoove Da General, Yung, JayAre and M-Bone who are all long-time friends from Inglewood, CA have just released their follow-up single "KickBack." Cali Swag District will drop their highly anticipated debut album 'The KickBack' on February 15, 2011.
"Going platinum is definitely a highlight of our career and we appreciate all the love from our fans. We're excited to keep the Cali Swag party going with "Kickback," states Smoove Da General.
Cali Swag District exploded onto the music scene and the radio airways this past summer with the Top 5 infectious hit "Teach Me How To Dougie" that pays homage to a dance created by legendary rapper Doug E. Fresh. Cali Swag District turned the song and dance into a pop culture phenomenon with everyone including Ellen DeGeneres, CNN 'Situation Room' host Wolf Blitzer, Wendy Williams, Monique, Chris Brown, Justin Bieber, and Kim Kardashian getting their Dougie on.
Even more widespread is the sports worlds' celebration of the Dougie movement. NBA Washington Wizard's rookie sensation John Wall did the Dougie during the starting line up this season that has received almost 2 million YouTube streams. In addition to Wall, athletes from Cleveland Cavaliers, NY Jets, Philadelphia Eagles, Kansas City Chiefs, New Orleans Saints, San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys, Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, Oklahoma City Thunder, Golden State Warriors and Portland Trailblazers all have been seen doing the Dougie celebration. College teams are also embracing the dance as seen by the Oregon State Duck mascot doing the Dougie on a nationally televised game this season. All in all, The Wall Street Journal has declared 2010 "the year of the Dougie."
The "Teach Me How To Dougie" official music video has generated over 20 million YouTube streams.
Paul Wall & Diego Cash Use Freeload App to Go Viral
In order to feed fans' ever-growing demand for digital content, artists find themselves forced to source tech-savvy individuals creative enough to devise ways to keep the supply flowing in a way that is user-friendly and best utilizes the already-existing captive audiences that social media sites like Facebook have created. Toward this end, Colorado's Digi Jeff has created the Freeload app for just such a purpose. Its flagship artists are Paul Wall, who is readying the 12/14 drop of his new mixtape, "Politics As Usual" and Diego Cash, Carmelo Anthony's up-and-comer on his Krossover label, whose "Honorable Mention" mixtape is also dropping next week.
Paul Wall will be dropping 10 songs; 5 at regular speed and 5 Michael "5,000" Watts remixes, from his mixtape early, provided he gets 200 fans via http://facebook.com/paulwall by clicking on his Freeload tab. The tape, which will also include a DVD features Slim Thug, BIG K.R.I.T., Yo Gotti, Baby Bash, Ali, Yung Chill and more. Paul's single, "Still On ft. Yung Chill" has a video that has enjoyed being BET's "New Joint of the Day" on 106 & Park as well as being in rotation on MTV2/Jams.
Atlanta native Diego Cash's mixtape features offerings from Rick Ross, Fat Joe, Juicy J, Gorilla Zoe, Joel Ortiz, Cool & Dre and of course, Carmelo Anthony and can be accessed by downloading Freeload via http://facebook.com/thisisdiegocash and clicking on his Freeload tab.
"What I would really love to see is an artist use my Freeload app to premier a new music video or as a way to leak a new album cover." says Digi Jeff, the apps creator. " I think it would be exciting to hear an artist say 'Once I get X amount of people to unlock my Freeload, I will premier my new music video.' This will help create hype and make a Freeload go viral."
Kokayi Explores The Lack Of Originality In Art With The Latest Single From Robots & Dinosaurs
Coming off the success of his sophomore album, Robots & Dinosaurs, Grammy nominated jack-of-all-trades Kokayi is proud to release the latest track from the album "Chanticleer." The self-produced song – Kokayi produced all of Robots & Dinosaurs, save "Autumn Rules," produced by Oddisee – again shows off Kokayi's ability to blend a variety of musical styles to create a unique and infectious beat. Breaking away from the norm, Kokayi's main inspiration for "Chanticleer" derives from the lack of originality in art. "Be original and break out of the boxes; stay way from the margins and labels that people try to apply to you or your art," says Kokayi, and while it's a topic that's been explored before, Kokayi's original approach, both lyrically and musically, breathes life into the topic. Enlisting his own children for the chorus, Kokayi gives the song a touch of Jay-Z's "Hard Knock Life, while using the verses to spit witticisms, with lines like, "You try to box me Rocky/ I May Weather storms, golden boy cocky."
Kokayi's new album, Robots & Dinosaurs, is available now via QN5.
Kokayi (Carl Walker) is a Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter, emcee, producer and educator. Koyaki (pronounced "Ko-Kah-Yee") has already independently released his debut album Mass Instructions (2007), toured the world and snagged the 2009 Grammy-nod for Best Urban/Alternative Performance for his work as a vocalist and co-producer on "Lovin' You (Music)" by Ethiopian singer Wayna. He also produced Wayna's "Moonlight Rendezvous" which spent 7 consecutive weeks on Billboard's Top 10 R&B/ Hip Hop Singles and 100 Hot Singles Sales charts. Kokayi keeps busy on multiple fronts with several side-projects - as one half of the electro-hop duo, Dastardly (with DJ/Producer Sharkey), and his long-time Afropunk outfit, TheCaesarz. In 2009, Kokayi signed to NYC's independent hip-hop beacon, QN5 Music as an in-house artist and producer.
Boston rapper Slaine, of the rap super group, La Coka Nostra, has been cast in an upcoming episode of the ABC television drama 'Body Of Proof', alongside Dana Delany (Desperate Housewives) and John Carroll Lynch (Gran Torino, Shutter Island). The episode will be broadcast on the series’ first season, which is scheduled to air on Tuesday, March 29th, 2011 at 10pm EST.
“As a lot of people know I have branched out from hip-hop to acting and this will be my first venture into network television. I’m really looking forward to working on this, as it’s a great show with a fantastic cast. I look at everything I do from music to acting, as a means to expand my reach as a storyteller,” commented Slaine. “On the music side of things I’m currently clearing samples and putting the finishing touches on my upcoming solo album ‘A World With No Skies’, which will be out in early 2011.”
ABC’s “Body Of Proof” is the story of Dr. Megan Hunt (Dana Delany) a brilliant neurosurgeon whose world is turned upside down when an accident puts an end to her time in the operating room. In her new career as a Medical Examiner, she is determined to solve the puzzle of who or what killed the victims. Along the way, Megan finds their lives and the lessons they hold can be applied to her own personal journey of redemption and forgiveness.
“Body Of Proof” stars Dana Delany as Dr. Megan Hunt, Jeri Ryan as Dr. Kate Murphy, John Carroll Lynch as Detective Bud Morris, Nicholas Bishop as Peter Dunlop, Sonja Sohn as Detective Samantha Baker, Geoffrey Arend as Dr. Ethan Gross, and Windell D. Middlebrooks as Dr. Curtis Brumfield. The series is created by Christopher Murphey and executive-produced by Murphey, Matthew Gross, and Sunil Nayar. “Body of Proof” is produced by Gross Entertainment and ABC Studios.
Slaine recently released his video for the track ’99 Bottles’, which was directed by Danny Boy O'Connor from House of Pain/La Coka Nostra, online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kIJ88VWlo3c . The track is the first single from his new solo album, "A World With No Skies", which is available for pre-order online at http://bit.ly/gw6n0v .
PR: Dialectrix to Support De La Soul in Sydney, Australia
It’s with great excitement that we announce DIALECTRIX to support the SYDNEY stretch of the highly anticipated De La Soul Australia tour, celebrating the 20th anniversary of De La Soul’s classic album, ‘De La Soul Is Dead’
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This song in particular is very dear to me because of where I'm from and what my people in that part of the world are currently going through. There's been a lot of uproar and attention to environmental disasters arising from the Gulf Oil Spill that came about this summer and towards the latter part of the year but what has gone unspoken is disasters of this ilk that occur on a more frequent basis in parts of the world particularly Africa that don't even register a blip on the radar.
The good folks at DJBooth.net have featured the song in its own column and have left room for your listening pleasure, comments, thoughts and reviews.