In the past decade, artists from the South have added an addictive urban twist to pop music around the world. From Cee-Lo and Andre 3000 to Flo-Rida and Pitbull, dance floors everywhere have ignited with mashups of hip hop, rock, pop, dance, soul and world music in futuristic ways. Since his debut in 2008, Florida native 2P (formerly known as 2Pistols) has been creating his own vision of new era urban pop.
Now independent from Cash Money, 2P is reveling in the opportunity to release his own brand of musical passion. His new single "Private Dancer" is out now via BMU/SIMM Music Group.
While 2P has been open about his troubled past, the young lyricist admits that the full scope of his experiences has brought him to a better place in life. After balancing dreams of sports and songwriting as a teen, 2P took up with some illegal dealings that led him to incarceration and eventually probation. By 2006, he was promoting concerts and nightclub events in his home of Tarpon Springs, Florida and surrounding areas near Tampa.
Always locked in on his desire to perform, 2P built a network of local music industry professionals, DJs and artists, which he dubbed Blood Money Union. The young songwriter's musical track record eventually caught the eye of the Justice League, which led to a distribution situation with Universal Republic in 2007.
By 2008, 2Pistol's T-Pain assisted single "She Got It" was at #7 on the Rhythmic Top 40 chart, and hit #2 on the Billboard Hot Rap Tracks chart. By 2009, 2P signed to Cash Money Records, and opted for independence in 2010.
In addition to learning the high stakes of business in the past few years, 2P has also seen his personal life blossom in ways he never thought possible.
"I feel that I see life through a different pair of eyes now – I see what life should be like," 2P asserts. "I feel very blessed to know that a small town guy with a big city hustle can beat the odds if he sets his mind to it. Because of my experiences, I've also got a better relationship with my daughter. I really made an impact on her by becoming successful, and she knows that she can become anything she wants to become."
Every good artist will credit mentors in their careers, and 2P found that some of his most valuable life advice came from prolific songwriter and producer David Banner when they toured together.
"Banner said to me, 'God can give it and God can take it away – it's all about what you do with it when he gives it to you'," recalls 2P. "Knowing that a person that sold 20 times more records than me can still be human, not let the limelight control them and still keep God first is amazing. That's why personally, I'm humble. But musically, I'm arrogant!"
For the past year, Boston emcee @SeanHines02119 has risen in the ranks as one New England's most promising Hip-Hop stars. After releasing his debut album The Sean Hines Story", he is preparing the release of his second L.P. "The Sean Hines Theory". Already building a buzz through the leaks of "Nancy Reagan" and "I Got To Have It 2011", and "Up Top Boys", Sean Hines is releasing another track, this time by the name of "It Feels Good".
STAY TUNED FOR "RUSHIN ENEMY NUMBER 2", "THE SEAN HINES THEORY" AND "ORPHAN LIFE" COMING SOON!!!!
Video: Slaine f/ Checkmark & Lu Balz - "Borrowed Time"
Courtesy of James @ Kerosene.
Boston rapper Slaine, of the rap super group La Coka Nostra, has released his new video for the track "Borrowed Time" online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t1ZmWolwqlw . The track is the newest single from Slaine’s new solo album, "A World With No Skies 2.0", which landed in stores this week courtesy of Suburban Noize Records, and online at http://itun.es/ig43j4 .
"I've been trying to take my videos to a higher level and have them be more like short films. The song ‘Borrowed Time’ is definitely in that vein and director Los Silva captured that perfectly," commented Slaine. "With the video we aimed to give it a surreal dream like quality, and give it kind of a sentimental lonely feel. This track is definitely different than anything else on the record, but the song is an honest portrayal of a real life situation, which is why I decided to shoot a video for it."
Slaine is currently streaming "A World With No Skies 2.0" online in its entirety at AOL Music at http://music.aol.ca/new-releases-full-cds/#/7 . To execute his dark musical vision on his new solo album, Slaine enlisted the help of his La Coka Nostra brothers Everlast and ILL BILL, and Cypress Hill’s B-Real to create a dark hip-hop album that hits squarely in the jaw.
Slaine will meet with fans at the following in-store appearances in support of "A World With No Skies 2.0":
8/17 - Auburn, MA @ FYE Time: 5:30pm 385 Southbridge St. Auburn, MA 01501
8/18 - Boston, MA @ FYE Time: 5:30pm 411 Washington St. Boston, MA 02108
8/23- Philadelphia, PA @ FYE Time: 5:30pm 100 South Broad St. Philadelphia, PA 19110
SLAINE TOUR DATES: Aug 20 - Cambridge, MA @ The Middle East Aug 26 - Clifton, NJ @ Dingbatz Aug 27 - Philadelphia, PA @ Redz Aug 28 - Worcester, MA @ Tammany Hall Sep 29 - Santa Ana, CA @ Yost Theater w/ (Hed)p.e. Sep 30 - Las Vegas, NV @ Cheyenne Saloon w/ (Hed)p.e. Oct 01 - Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades w/ (Hed)p.e. Oct 02 – Santa Clara, CA @ Avalon w/ (Hed)p.e. Oct 04 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon w/ (Hed)p.e. Oct 05 - Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory w/ (Hed)p.e. Oct 06 - Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory w/ (Hed)p.e. Oct 11 - Denver, CO @ The Summit Music Hall w/ (Hed)p.e. Oct 12 - Colorado Springs, CO @ Black Sheep w/ (Hed)p.e. Oct 13 - Kansas City, MO @ The Beaumont Club w/ (Hed)p.e. Oct 14 - Omaha, NE @ Waiting Room w/ (Hed)p.e. Oct 15 – Waterloo, IA @ The Reverb w/ (Hed)p.e. Oct 16 – St Louis, MO @ Pops w/ (Hed)p.e. Oct 18 - Minneapolis, MN @ Cabooze w/ (Hed)p.e. Oct 20 – Joliet, IL @ Mojoe’s w/ (Hed)p.e. Oct 21 – Columbus, OH @ Al Rosa Villa w/ (Hed)p.e. Oct 22 - Flint, MI @ The Machine Shop w/ (Hed)p.e.
We at GodChaserz Entertainment are excited to present the new music video "I'm Breaking / Going God" by Brinson. Filmed and directed by SpaceCherry Films. Special thanks to all of the cast and a special shout out to the Drumline from "The Marching 200" of Jean Ribault Senior High School.
Video: GT Mayne "Hip Hop 4 HIV" Live Performance w/ Z-Ro
Courtesy of Nancy B.
Houston, TX (Live footage) - Reliant Arena was the setting for this year's 'Hip Hop 4 HIV' concert; a show which fans can only obtain tickets to by submitting to a confidential HIV test at one of The Box's various screening locations. GT Mayne, who double duties as a weekend on-air personality, took the stage in addition to Romeo, Ace Hood, Big K.R.I.T., Kirko Bangz & more, to perform his single, "Hold of Me ft. Z-Ro & Dallas Blocker", both of whom were on hand to round out the performance. "Hold of Me" is steadily gaining traction at radio and the video is at almost 40,000 views -http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EbC18E9XE6c&feature=youtu.be .
Video: Big Skilly Films TV Ep. 1 - "R.I.P. Huddy Combs"
Courtesy of Big Skilly.
Harlem's Most Hated Mo Barz Performs His Tribute Song To Huddy Combs (H6) Make Sure He Is Not Forgotten... Big Skilly Gets His Big Skilly Films Logo Tattoo Shows You No Pain To It Introducing Dee Dee Tyler See Her Perform Her Song "Circles" With Mo-Barz New Music from Mo-Barz & Easy Production By Mec One Productions
WAKE UP is the new single by London based singer/songwriter CHROME. Best known for his vocal contributions to two UK number 1 records with Dizzee Rascal (Holiday and Dance Wiv Me) Chrome sets out on his own with this genre blurring smash.
Produced by LP and JC (Devlin, Aggro Santos, Pixie Lott, StreetDance 3D) the track draws on the roots of both producers – JC started producing Drum n Bass records when he was 12 and by 14 was working with the legendary MCs Det and Skibadee whilst LP is a classically trained musician/composer turned urban and pop producer. Between them they have crafted an uplifting and energetic track beautifully complimented by Chrome's thoughtful melodic prose and infectious chorus. It's a feel-good conscious record with club sensibilities sure to be setting the airwaves and dance floors alight this summer.
Tyrone Emmanuel Paul, best known as CHROME, is a young free spirit who has turned his energies to singing and song writing in the last few years. Recently described by one record label exec as an edgier Taio Cruz with the vocal presence of John Legend, Chrome has collaborated with Dizzee Rascal on his first and third UK number 1 records and helped him become the pop megastar he is today.
Alongside the original is a killer remix package that includes a DnB remix by Digital Soundboy's Benny Page, a Dubstep mix by hotly tipped up-and-comers Stinkahbell and a Moombahton mix by Girls Music's (Toddla T's record label) David Heartbreak.