For those who may not know, today is my birthday. It’s not just any birthday, though, it’s the big three-oh. That’s right, your boy Adam B (pictured above in-between Sav Killz and Conscious) is thirty. I think there’s an aura about being thirty that makes people think that one must have some kind of higher level of maturity (i.e. you're all done having fun), but with my Facebook status set at “Adam Bernard is showing you his Three-Oh face,” perhaps I'm not a shining example of that idea. Societal notions of maturity aside, this birthday involves a much bigger issue for me – how to deal with being thirty and working in Hip-Hop.
On this third episode of The Adam B Experience (ABX) almost the entire show is dedicated to the AOK Collective and the large crowd of emcees that were in attendance to see them open for Jeru the Damaja and Das EFX on 10/10 at The Knitting Factory in NYC. There were so many talented artists surrounding me that I felt it was only right to give them all some props right here. Sit back, relax and enjoy some of NYC’s finest! Don't forget to let Adam know which artists you're feeling, who you'd like to hear more of, and who you'd like to know more about. You can reach him at AdamB@RapReviews.com. The Adam B Experience is 100% PODSAFE and TOTALLY FREE for listeners at RapReviews.com so no worries about downloading or sharing this show. Tell your friends to check it out at RapReviews.com!
P.Casso is an emcee that first came to my attention when former Artist Of The Week Homeboy Sandman mentioned him to me. I was finally able to see him live a few weeks ago and it didn’t take long before I figured out why he was so highly recommended. A part of the AOK Collective with Fresh Daily, Homeboy Sandman, 8thW1, Nola Darling, 2 Hungry Bros. and Print, P.Casso wowed the crowd even though he only was only on stage for a few verses. It was technically Homeboy Sandman’s set, but since they have a group together, Dubble Dragons, the name being an ode to one of the greatest NES games ever, he had P.Casso join him for a couple songs. On November fourth people will be hearing a lot more from P.Casso as he’ll be releasing his latest album, For Your Consideration…A Hip-Hop album by P.Casso, which is why this week I caught up with him to find out more about his music, how he earned his title as the Earth-Tone King, and why he feels the visual aspect of being a musician can be just as important as the audible.
I won't BS you, a lot of things went wrong during this edition of HHS. McFly didn't call in until over halfway through, and for some reason I was unable to patch him in. To make matters worse my internet connection died, so I lost the switchboard on BlogTalk and had to cut the show short by a couple minutes. Nevertheless new songs by Asher Roth, Evidence, Termanology and Wordsmith all made the cut and we had a good live audience for the show! Join us every Wednesday night at 10:00 PM EST, 9 Central via blogtalkradio.com/angrymarks and if you miss the live show be sure to look for the replay here on RapReviews.com or via our sponsor mrobandthecancer.com. Enjoy!
Multi-platinum producer Johnny "J." Jackson, producer of well known hits such as 2Pac's "All Eyez on Me" and Bizzy Bone's "Thugz Cry", died on October 3rd from an alleged suicide in the Los Angeles County Jail.
According to numerous reports, while Jackson was serving time for DUI charges, he allgedly jumped from a tier in prison, ultimately causing his death. The official cause of death, however, has not been determined.
Johnny J was born in Mexico and raised in South Central L.A. where he started his music business at the age of 16. His first taste of success came after producing "Spanglish" rapper Candyman's Grammy-nominated 1990 hit "Knockin' Boots." Around 1993, Johnny J started an affiliation with Tupac Shakur, which would eventually produce hundreds of recordings land the producer work on a number of high profile releases.
He produced tracks on albums such as "Above The Rim" soundtrack, as well as Tupac’s "Thug Life" album, "Me Against The World", and "All Eyez On Me", which contained the Johnny J produced hit single "How Do U Want It".
Johnny J was prolific as well, having produced or scored music for movies like "Blood Diamond," "The Fan," and "The Big Hit."
Johnny J also released a solo album in 1995 titled "I Gotta Be Me" and many of his productions on Tupac Shakur ended up on posthumous releases like "Until The End Of Time," "Better Dayz," "R U Still Down (Remember Me)" and others.
Johnny J also worked with a number of artists, ranging from Tatyana Ali and The Outlawz to Lil' Eazy E's group The Kings of L.A.
A documentary on his life was also being produced at the time of his death.
Weird Al brings the jokes again; hopefully T.I. has a sense of humor about it! Thanks to Zomba Label Group for sending us the audio and press release.
“WEIRD AL” YANKOVIC DIGITALLY RELEASES A PARODY OF THE CURRENT #1 SONG IN THE COUNTRY
“Whatever You Like” will be available exclusively on iTunes for 2 weeks starting October 7th
3-time Grammy Award-winning artist “Weird Al” Yankovic adds his signature brand of humor and style to T.I.’s current #1 smash hit “Whatever You Like.” Al’s version – also titled “Whatever You Like” – topically mashes together the swagger of the T.I. song with the cold, hard realities of our current economic climate. And by utilizing the immediacy of the Internet, for the first time in his career Al is releasing a parody of a song on iTunes while that song is still #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Al shared his excitement with his fans in a recent MySpace blog: “One of the hardest things I’ve had to deal with in my career is keeping my material topical even though I only release albums every 3 or 4 years. Now, with the advent and popularity of digital distribution, I don’t have to wait around while my songs get old and dated – I can get them out on the Internet almost immediately. It kind of boggles my mind – I thought of the idea for this new song a week ago, and next week it’s getting released!”
Weird Al’s new single will be available exclusively on iTunes for two weeks starting on October 7th and then made available at all major online retailers.
Over the last three decades, Yankovic has sold more comedy recordings than any other artist in history. His last effort Straight Outta Lynwood debuted in the Billboard Top 10 and went on to receive Gold certification and two Grammy nominations. The album spawned the Platinum single and hit video “White & Nerdy” which went to #1 on VH1 and iTunes, and also became a viral phenomenon on the Web, racking up over 80 million views.
New York, NY (October 7, 2008) - What's good, Loud.com?
Our contest is entering the last few rounds, and we're looking forward to letting you know what we have planned for the Finals. Before we do that, though, there's still have a few slots to fill. That said, we'd like to announce the winner of our Round 6 Producer Winner: VBeats07, aka VDub!! We had to dig a little bit to find a sound that hit us hard, but it was worth the search. Check back next Monday for the start of Winners Week, when we'll be launching interviews each day with our most recent Finalists.
SRC artists Akon and David Banner have been busy these last few days. Akon debuted his new single, "I'm So Paid" featuring Lil Wayne, exclusively through Loud.com. Be sure to hit the stores or iTunes to cop "Freedom" when it drops 11/25. Earlier in the week, Banner dropped an exclusive track called "When You Hear What I Got To Say" on Loud.com; peep that here.
Don't forget... Sunday, October 12, Loud.com and Strong Arm Management will be out at Don Hills on 511 Greenwich Street for the King of NY Beat Battle, sponsored by Dynamic Producer and Strong Arm Management's Producer Swap Meet. There will celebrity judges, prizes and a chance for you to play your beats for prospective consumers, artists and business-people alike. Bring that FIRE!! Get over here for details.
Grafh stopped through the SRC Offices for his turn on Loud.com Favorites last week (you can check the footage here), and this week, we'll be featuring a Full Volume segment from Killer Mike. Make sure you get back to Loud.com this week to check out the interviews we did with each emcee, as well.
After a few delays, the Beats By Dre Contest is now officially set to launch at midnight TONIGHT (or more accurately, 10.8.08), exclusively on Loud.com! Aftermath & Interscope Records, in association with Imeem.com, are giving any MC that enters the contest the opportunity to get their songs heard by an Aftermath A&R, as well as the chance to win Dr. Dre's new headphones. Find out more details on Loud.com tomorrow!!
For even more, check out our exclusive 12" of The Week from none other than Loud.com's Tommy Ruffin, Mr. B, and Supe, "We Came A Long Way," as well as new editorials looking at ticketing options for mobile users, Imeem's challenge to MySpace Music, and iTunes threatening to close it's doors.
A few other quick items of note:
EMCEES! Round 7 Voting IS COMPLETE!
* A winner will be announced October 14th * Submissions for Round 8 Begin TODAY! * You only have three chances left to get into the battle for $100,000 and a record deal from SRC/Universal Motown - GET ON YOUR GRIND
PRODUCERS! Submissions for Round 7 are CLOSED!
* Voting begins today; a Round 7 winner will be anounced on Oct. 21st! * Congrats to Vbeats07 aka Vdub (Mr. Music)! His unique, layered approach blew our judges away, and his technical precision in creating songs was impressive * With only four chances left to enter, now is the time to break out your best beats and GET INVOLVED!!!
For Immediate Release MURS ANNOUNCES OCTOBER 14TH RELEASE OF "MURRAY'S REVENGE: THE DVD"
The L.A.-based underground phenomenon Murs announces the upcoming October 14th release of "Murray's Revenge: The DVD." Having collaborated with the likes of Snoop Dogg, will.i.am, Humpty Hump (of Digital Underground), Slug, El-P, Aesop Rock, RJD2, Hieroglyphics, Little Brother, 9th Wonder, E-40, Mr. Lif, Jean Grae & many more, Murs is well known as a lyrically potent MC. Having cut his teeth on the underground circuit (and earning the credibility and respect that have kept him at the top of the indie hip-hop world) the self-proclaimed eclectic and genre-bending, politically charged and musically adventurous rapper is ready to be the spokesman for the future of hip-hop.
Fresh off the hype from numerous appearances on the legendary "Rock the Bells" tour, multiple engagements with his own "Paid Dues" tour and the release of his new album "Murs for President," Murs offers an exclusive peek into life on the grind with "Murray's Revenge: The DVD." Catch Murs on tour, in concert, behind the scenes, making music videos, starring in short films and much more. Experience the road, the life, the fantastic and the mundane with none other than the king of L.A. underground.
It seems you just can't keep a good song down as more and more people are taking their own stab at flipping the 'Love Lockdown' track by Kanye West. Through a publicist we were directed to www.twurl.cc/5m2 (Vicarious Music), who have put up a remix gem from Fresh Prodeuce, a hot production team on the scene. Their description of the new adaption of Mr. West is as follows: "Makes the song club-ready, perfect music to kick off the weekend." Check it out for yourself and see if you agree.
DIAMOND D (D.I.T.C.) SPEAKS ON FORTHCOMING ALBUM "THE HUGE HEFNER CHRONICLES," RARE FREESTYLE & MORE (VIDEO)
Diamond D, the legendary co-founder of seminal hip-hop group D.I.T.C. (Diggin' in the Crates) speaks on his forthcoming album, October 14th's "The Huge Hefner Chronicles." An industry giant, Diamond is a grammy-winning producer, who has collaborated with and/or produced for the likes of The Fugees, A Tribe Called Quest, Mos Def, Busta Rhymes, Too $hort, Sadat X (Brand Nubian) & many more.
In this rare and candid piece, Diamond speaks on the origins of the album title: "...it's not on no playboy sex shit, it's just basically like my status in the game. Even though I haven't had nothing out in a while, motherf^&*ers still respect me like that..."
And the proof is in the pudding. From fevered blog buzz to both college and commercial radio (NY's Hot 97, Seattle's KUBE & more), everyone's been feeling his new single "D-I-A-M-O-N-D," produced by none other than the legendary Nottz (Kanye West, The Game, Notorious B.I.G., J. Dilla).
Diamond also speaks on the production for the album. Aside from Nottz, expect beats from DJ Scratch (50 Cent, LL Cool J, Talib Kweli, Pharoahe Monch, The Roots, Busta Rhymes), Def Jef (Snoop Dogg, Tupac), Illmind (Little Brother, Boot Camp Clik) & many more.
And stick around to catch Diamond's freestyle at the end of the piece!