MP3: DJ JS-1 - "Side Streets" Ft. Illa Ghee, Nutso, Guilty Simpson
Prolific DJ/producer DJ JS-1 is celebrating the release of his latest full-length LP, No One Cares, today by dropping his latest single, "Side Streets." Not only is the highly anticipated album, complete with 40 guests, including artists like KRS-One, Kool G Rap, Sadat X, and Joell Ortiz, and many more, now available for purchase, but fans can stream the full album for free all week as part of AOL Music's Listening Party.
Helping celebrate the release are Illa Ghee, Nutso, and Guilty Simpson, three notable MCs who champion the underground scene alongside JS-1 with the new single "Side Streets." "This song represents how we do the underground shit but get respect," explains JS-1, "while others take Easy Street on the Main Boulevard, but everyone knows they suck." JS continues, "We still enjoy making hardcore hip-hop while others are making very commercial, radio-friendly, pop-dance stuff." The song has an uncharacteristically basic production, made up of two blended samples and a dash of hard drums and bass, because JS-1 wanted people to focus on the hard-hitting verses and the very rare scratch hook. "I used a line from Guru that is from an unreleased acapella DJ Premier gave me," says JS-1. "It's the main vocal that ties it all in: 'I can go to any city/ Get respect in the street.'"
Fans of JS-1 can also watch him live on USTREAM today, from 1:45pm EST to 4:00pm EST, alongside Crazy Legs and Rahzel for their Lunch Breaks show. Says JS-1, "I'll be cooking lunch – chicken cutlet heroes – and then spinning some breaks, saying silly things with Rahzel, and harassing people about my new album. Should be fun!" Fans can watch live by going to http://www.crazylegsworkshop.com or by searching for the term "Lunch Breaks" on USTREAM.
DJ JS-1's new album, No One Cares, is now available via a joint venture between Fat Beats Distribution and JS-1's own Ground Original.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- New Jersey rhymespitter Newmoney is excited to debut his full length mixtape "Just My Thoughts" that recounts the Garden State rapper's most inner feelings and workings in a brutally honest way.
"My new mixtape 'Just My Thoughts' is an up close and personal project. I’m getting things off my chest and mind," explains Newmoney.
Riding high on the success of his latest mixtape "No Holding Back", Newmoney's new mixtape "Just My Thoughts" once again proves that the aspiring emcee and future alumni of the XXL Freshmen class, is a star in the making. Known for his to the point flow and jaw dropping lyrical ability, Newmoney is set to take the industry by storm, never taking a backseat, always rocking in the frontline.
Spearheaded by the lead single "The Root Of Evil", "Just My Thoughts" is now available for your listening pleasure.
Born in the mid 80s, Newmoney, who grew up idolizing emcees like Jay-Z, Biggie, Big L, AZ, Redman, and DMX, is a true product of his environment. From the breakup of his family to multiple evictions and the traumatic death of his mother from cancer on Christmas morning, his life experiences have shaped the person and recording artist he is today.
Newmoney spent his early years in Irvington, New Jersey, a small township of a little over 60,000 people in Essex County, but with a violent crime rate six times higher than the entire state. Located outside of Newark, the city was hit hard by the crack epidemic during the 1980s, the time Newmoney was born, and still struggles from the effects today. Irvington is also credited with producing some of Hip-Hop's most groundbreaking (Lords of the Underground), infamous (Tupac Shakur's “god brother” and Outlawz member Yaki Kadafi) and influential (Queen Latifah) recording acts.
Newmoney is a breath of fresh air to true Hip-Hop heads in a time when the art form is hardly recognized or represented for that fact. As Newmoney continues to poor his heart and soul out in his music for the world to hear, it’s only a matter of time before he is felt by the masses.
TRACKLISTING 1. Just My Thoughts (Prod. by Skillz) 2. Feel The Kid (Prod. by Track Pros) 3. Bad Weather (Prod. by Track Pros) 4. Life I Lead ft. Excel (Prod. by Krazy Kaotic) 5. I Ride ft. Castro The Don (Prod. by Krazy Kaotic) 6. The Root Of Evil (Prod. by Krazy Kaotic) 7. It’s Gonna Come (Prod. by Krazy Kaotic) 8. This Way (Prod. by Track Pros) 9. Peace Of Mind (Prod. by Track Pros) 10. As The World Turns (Prod. by Skillz)
In the lead-up to the album Co$$ has released a video for the single "Spaceman" and a prequel to the album with his Sleepwalking mixtape. Sleepwalking has already been named one of the Top 10 Mixtapes of 2011 by About.com and was featured on NahRight , TheSource, 2DB, Smoking Section, HypeTrak and more. Before I Awoke was chosen for XXL's Chairman's Choice, LA Weekly's Music To Pick Up/Download, Los Angeles Times, and more.
Before I Awoke is a very personal project that Co$$ painstakingly worked on for 3 years. The title represents Co$$' awakening from a haze of sleepwalking through life. On the album he throws out think piece after think piece on the state of his relationships, creative expression, dreams, his father's passing, lost lovers and more. Co$$' lyrics cut deep with a sense of poetic urgency that is both reflective and brutally honest. Album features include Aloe Blacc, Blu, Sene, and Shawn Jackson and production credits from Exile, Fonetik Simbol, J83, Cook Classics and more. Co$$ has previously, according to the Los Angeles Times, "quietly assassinated the few guest appearance he's been on." Co$$ was also featured on Fashawn's critically acclaimed Boy Meets World and Exile's album Dirty Science.
On his second leak off of "Essential", Esohel brings forward some verbal journalism over production by Serious titled "Let Me Show You". Take a vivid stroll through three different tales that eS covers which seldom make the front page news. Make sure to download Esohel's "Essential" free in its entirety 7/12/11 on UDotFam.com.
Press Release: DJ Absurd - "Flying Colors" on June 28th
DJ Absurd Gears Up For The Release of His Extended Play Producer Compilation, 'Flying Colors'.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ew Jersey native DJ Absurd gets set for the June 28th release of his debut producer compilation, Flying Colors through his newly formed Absurd Entertainment imprint under Diamond Music Group. The project boasts a consortium of both legendary and underground icons such as Craig G, Ransom, Armegeddon, Termanology, Pacewon, Jaz-O, Trife Da God (Trife Diesel), Big Lou, Copywrite and Blaq Poet, among others.
Absurd, who grew up during Hip-Hop’s Golden Era, has been both a fan and an active participant of the culture ever since. By the mid nineties, Absurd’s passion for hip-hop would manifest into an ambition to become a disc jockey. Absurd caught on quick, where he spent the greater half of the decade honing in on his technique, expanding his record archive and establishing his musical niche. It was around the turn of the millennium where Absurd’s skill set as a deejay evolved into the role of producer. Influenced by beat smith legends such as The RZA, DJ Premier, Dr. Dre & Mobb Deep’s Havoc, Absurd began to concoct his own production formula that would soon become sought after by much of the local New Jersey underground hip-hop scene.
Over the next several years, Absurd would go onto launch his own series of street albums titled The Resume (Volumes 1-5) that exhibit his diverse production talent coupled with an impressive lineup of guest appearances that include Afu Ra, Killah Priest, Kaze, Cymarshall Law, Pumpkinhead, and REKS, in addition to some of the most aspiring talent in the Garden State.
By 2011, Absurd’s tireless work ethic and production talent would achieve new heights, landing the scratch composition based intro track for The Undergods (Canibus & Keith Murray) acclaimed LP, In Gods We Trust (Rbc Records). As the summer quick approaches, Absurd gets ready to drop some more heat with his opus Flying Colors, an EP that cleverly distinguishes itself from the typical producer based compilation albums. The project’s singles include the Jersey themed “Ain’t Hard to Find”, featuring Dead Poets & Pacewon, the album titled “Flying Colors”, featuring the originator Jaz-O, underground word smith Copywrite and the soulful Mela Machinko (Pharoahe Monch) and finally, “Slap Nerds”, the Craig G enlisted battle track that fires warning shots to those that tarnish the culture.
Flying Colors is undeniably stockpiled with tremendous talent and conceptually driven music. Songs such as “Audio Evolution” skillfully breakdown the evolution of musical formats from its analog roots as vinyl to our digital future of MP3s and file sharing, while songs like “In My World” featuring the lyrical Termanology and Big Lou paint vivid pictures of the world in which they live, dissecting compelling imagery that accentuate a darker side of an otherwise colorful album. When asked about his approach to making music in today’s hip-hop generation driven by gimmicks and carbon copied singles, Absurd humbly states “I just follow my heart, and not what's hot at the moment".
With all of Absurd’s accolades and involvements, he is quite deserving of being categorized as one of the next great producer deejays on the come-up. Check out DJ Absurd every Monday evening from 10pm-12am through his “Ear 2 The Streets” radio program that broadcasts live from Kean University (Union, New Jersey).
01. "East Coast Assault" - feat. Ransom, Snype Lyfe & Cyssero 02. "Aint' Hard To Find" - feat. Dead Poets & Pacewon 03. "Flying Colors" - feat. Jaz-O, Copywrtie & Mela Machinko 04. "Slap Nerds" - feat. Craig G 05. "Audio Evolution" - feat. Joey Dynomite, A.U.R.C., Tone Live & Pryme Prolifik 06. "Life Is Hard" - feat. Armageddon, Trife Da God & Blaq Poet 07. "In My World" - feat. Termanology & Big Lou