PR: Afro-Punk Festival Adds Das Racist, Gym Class Heroes
The Unbeatable Line Up of the Summer Now Includes Gym Class Heroes, Das Racist, Kenna, Tamar-kali, Bad Rabbits, Joe Jordans Experiment, & DJ's Stack-Aly, Jillionaire, Dances with White Girls, D://BOi, shErOck & toni*K
The Afro-punk Festival is returning to Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park for the 7th Annual Afro-punk Festival on August 27-28. The festival is free this year thanks to our sponsors Nike, Beats By Dre, Boost Mobile, Harley Davidson, and Sesac.The best festival line-up of the Summer just got better with the addition of Gym Class Heroes, Das Racist, Kenna, Tamar-kali, Bad Raddbits, Joe Jordans Experiment, featuring DJ's Stack-Aly, Jillionaire, Dances with White Girls & D://BOi, dj.shErOck, toni*K! The 2011 festival was already stellar with Cee-Lo Green, Santigold,Janelle Monae, Fishbone, Toro Y Moi, Toshi Reagon, Ninjasonik, Cerebral Ballzy, Gordon Voidwell, Reggie Watts, Res, Joi, Rocky Business, Straight Line Stitch!
In addition, the NikeBattle For the Streets Skate and BMX Competition, the largest street skate and BMX competition in NYC will return this year with the nation's top amateur skaters and BMX riders in a competition to be judged by top professionals in both sports including Nigel Sylvester & Theotis Beasley. As always, the festival will include a market with over 60 local vendors selling their custom jewelry, t-shirts, and wares.
There are some very exciting new additions to the festival this year! Over 20 of the NYC area's hottest food trucks and vendors have been brought together for the Afro-Punk Bites and Beats Food Truck Festival ,which will bring cuisine from around the world and the 5 boroughs to the festival. In addition, Chef Marcellus Coleman, Executive Chef of Alias Restaurant in NYC, will provide his eclectic contemporary American cuisine to the festival artists, athletes and VIP's.
Afro-punk has invited Harley-Davidson and Brooklyn Black bike scene documentarians, Denim and Chrome, to collaborate on a custom bike show featuring dozens of exotic custom bikes created by black riders in the NYC area. THE 1st prize winner for best show bike will win a 1800cc Screamin Eagle Twin Cam 110A engine. The custom bike show will also serve as the backdrop for the Afro-punk Harley-Davidson/Denim and Chrome 2012 Calendar, photographed by Darius Vick, which will featureexquisite tattooed beauties each month for bike fans across the country.
The festival has commissioned an artist to paint over 300 skateboards as part of one large mural aka The Skate Artwall. The boards will be contested to Afro-punk fans at the Festival and Afro-punk will follow the life of the boards over the next year whether on the wall, the street or the half-pipe.
Described by the New York Timesas putting "rock and rebellion squarely in the category of African-American music," the Afro-punk Festival has become a Brooklyn intuition, the focal point for the burgeoning Afro-punk movement. Over the past seven years, the festival has presented new artists before they hit it big, such as Grammy-nominated Santigold, The Noisettes and Janelle Monae. Afro-punk mainstays like Saul Williams, The Dirtbombs, and Dallas Austin have also graced Afro-punk's stages.
Rapper G-Eyez (originally of Cambridge, MA) released his "Retro Series" mixtape (available below) in late 2010, on which he reinterprets ten classic Hip-Hop tracks with a few original beats thrown in as well.
Currently G is working on his anticipated forthcoming album entitled "Chasing History" Exec prod. by J. Cardim from which we have the latest leak; the song "How Am I To Live" featuring rising Boston R&B singer Cyrus DeShield. This follows their last collaboration together on G-Eyez' "Picture Me Rollin", which also featured Certified G'z (Chief C & Young Don).
Raised in NYC in the '80s and L.A. in the '90s, Dominican-American emcee Rheteric Ramirez has been making a home for himself at the sweet spot where brains meet fist for the last fifteen years. His unique brand of 'intellectual mauling' has made him one of underground hip-hop's most most unique emcees much like Nocando, resident host of L.A.'s notorious Low End Theory weekly and founder of Hellfyre Club, the new imprint under Alpha Pup Records now presenting Rhet's first single "Break Tha Bank". Hellfyre is also home to emcees Intuition, Open Mike Eagle, Sahtyre and VerBS. "Eric was one of my top 3 influences in the L.A. rap scene as a teenager," says Nocando. "He was original, witty, and passionate about everything he said. I really believe that there are no lies in his music. He has always been a polarizing guy, either you love him or you hate him. If you show love for him he'll fight for you, if you show hate for him you might get your a*s kicked."
Mello Music Group released "Tell Me," the second single from Apollo Brown and Hassaan Mackey's "Daily Bread" album this Tuesday via DJ Booth. The track will be available today for free download. Upon its July 19th digital release, "Daily Bread" debuted at #29 on iTunes' Top Hip-Hop Albums Chart and features guest appearances from Sean Born and Finale.
"Tell Me" features a visual performance from rapper Hassaan Mackey, who uses his descriptive abilities to set a vivid scene for his musings on the eternal paper-chase and struggle just to get by, "A nightmare on my street is always a reoccurring theme / Arguing with a fiend 'bout a dollar and a dream." Using a low-key yet commanding delivery, his verses bring into question many of the circumstances listeners take for granted in their daily travels, with allusions to maturation, poverty, and one's place within a grand scheme.
Musically, "Tell Me" is classic Apollo Brown, featuring hard-hitting percussion, punchy horn blasts, a lively bass line, and a dusty vocal sample. Like he did with Journalist 103 on The Left's 2010 debut "Gas Mask," Brown flashes his singular ability to build real chemistry with his partner-in-rhyme, catering to Mackey's contemplative verses with a deep and soulful musical backdrop. Brown says, "It's bassline heavy, with a guitar and one of my faux synth stabs that I create with the sample itself. Of course, the drums remain tough, and the overall beat has a great feel." The rich track echoes equal measures of Apollo's hometown of Detroit and Hassaan's native New York. "Daily Bread" is now shipping early on CD from FatBeats and digital download and will see a vinyl release August 16.
"They say the music is too loud, but Radio Raheem's theme is keeping Hassaan attached to his dreams"
The city of Houston, known for its vitality in hip-hop, has been the hometown for a plethora of extraordinary artists, and John Dew's name sits comfortably amongst the group. Since the 2009 release of his debut EP Summertime Johnny and a mixtape in 2010 with GoDJ StarrSkywalka, Dew has been hard at work perfecting his craft while sharing the stage hip-hop heavyweights such as Talib Kweli, Blu, Raekwon, and Black Thought of The Roots. But now, in 2011, he has linked up with DJ Cozmos for his newest project Tech-NASA (which stands for Taking Earth Children Higher, Navigating Audio Sonic Amplifications), and light's the torch with the first single "King On A Throne."
The track draws inspiration from the idea of a king, John Dew in this case, being the master of his domain, rather than simply being used as a pawn in the game. "I control my destiny, and I approach the music industry in my own way and style," Dew explains about the boastful track. For him, "King On A Throne" is a "declaration of independence" with the ability to inspire others to be kings and queens in their own right, and to take their destiny in their own hands. With defining lyrics such as "Make an impression, Denting the game, Put a fence around, We jump it and get in that thing, It aint nothing that they can sale me" and an up tempo synth heavy beat from DJ Cozmos, John Dew's message is a powerful one.
Los Angeles, CA - Meet Aundrus Poole - athlete, college graduate, actor, music artist - the kind of guy in fact that guys wish they were and ladies wish they could be with. It's not hard to see why. Aundrus was born to this. Cast as a series regular for three seasons in NBC's hit TV show, Friday Night Lights (Reggie Seale), after his first ever audition and quickly adding commercials for brands such as Nike, AT&T, Dodge & Southwest Airlines to his resume, Aundrus proved early that he was a natural entertainer. Armed with this resume, and a BA in Criminal Justice from Angelo State University, Aundrus and his father, an accomplished piano player and artist manager, packed up a U-Haul and moved to L.A. where Aundrus was commited to accomplishing his real dream - music.
Like so many aspiring artists, Aundrus began in his high school cafeteria, hosting freestyle battles. It was a college friend and football teammate that encouraged him to begin writing his material down and recording it. The two formed a group and local success came quickly. Upon graduation, Aundrus' mother hoped he would remain in Texas and continue his education but he had been bitten by the music bug and instead, Aundrus built a studio in his bedroom closet, teaching himself to engineer and honing his rhyming skills. With a steady stream of acting gigs as the vehicle, Aundrus found himself in the City of Angels; and that is only the beginning of the story.
Aundrus has spent the past year or so dedicated to perfecting his talents; acting classes by day with Lesly Khan and studio sessions by night with producer, Redwine, and a whole host of the industry's top producers and songwriters, traveling back to Texas briefly for a triumphant performance at SXSW in his hometown of Austin. He now feels he is ready.
Aundrus' first single, "Doin the Most", truly sums up his life mantra, "I don't care if you're rapping, if you're fishing or you're Steven Spielberg, do the most." Words to live by and Aundrus is truly off to a great start. Stay tuned. Chapter two is gonna be great.