Raised in the Sunset Park section of Brooklyn, a neighborhood rigidly defined by cultural identity, where a stroll down the streets is a kaleidoscopic merge of colors, cultures, and flavors, Krista used her roots as inspiration to release debut album, Taking Back Brooklyn on J Records in September 2009 and opened for Kelly Clarkson's summer tour months before its release. She's back with a brand new video to kick off summer in style.
Krista's new single, "Hypnotized," is a catchy summertime party jam with a driving beat, the perfect soundtrack for a hot, carefree summer night out with friends. Shot at various locations in Brooklyn and NYC, the video chronicles an urban journey from Krista's basement house party into the streets of the city. As news of the impromptu party spreads through word-of-mouth, more friends of friends join the party, which quickly outgrows the basement and spills onto the streets and subways of NYC. Soon, they end up at the famous Canal Room where Krista performs "Hypnotized" for a packed and sweaty crowd, singing, "Take me where the music is loud so I can break free / That's the place where I wanna be."
PR: ApRock Joining Forces w/ Viral Music Management
We are proud to annouce the release of 'ApRock Joining Forces with Viral Music Management' underground Hip Hop compilation album. ApRock (A&R of The Hitfamers producer team, editor and creator of the 'Joining Forces' artists network) and Viral Music Management (who represent several underground hip-hop heavyweights) have teamed up to bring you this compilation compiled of various tracks from their rosters and affiliates.This compilation is being released by Real Recognize Real Records, and will be available for free download all over the internet. With features from artists such as Vinnie Paz, King Magnetic, Planetary, Virtuoso, Sadat X, White Shadow, Hitfarmers, Banish, Mesidge, Savage Brothers, Demoz, Doap Nixon, Chief Kamachi, Psych Ward, Little Vic, IDE, Alucard, Ill Bill, Brooklyn Academy, and many others, this compilation is bound to be an instant classic for any fan of underground hip-hop.
01. Lt. Mana & White Shadow – The Blitz [produced by White Shadow] 02. Little Vic – Creme De La Creme [produced by The Hitfarmers] 03. King Magnetic feat. General Steele, Esoteric, Ali Armz, Godilla, Jus Allah, & Vinnie Paz - Watch Out [produced by Astronote] 04. IDE & Alucard - Drunken Masters [produced by Tzar] 05. Low Cut feat. Shaz Illyork - Skeleton Key [produced by Low Cut] 06. Banish feat. Aims - Scan Your Soul [produced by Aims] 07. Savage Brothers & Lord Lhus – Step On Us [produced by The Hitfarmers] 08. EQ & Writersblock – Back In The Days [produced by The Hitfarmers] 09. Words & Rhymes feat. Chief Kamachi & Psych Ward – Gods On The Mic [produced by JNyce] 10. Sick Six – Waiting [produced by The Hitfarmers] 11. Doap Nixon – Pistol Gang [produced by The Hitfarmers] 12. Mesidge feat. Block McCloud – Legend [produced by PhaizRok] 13. Kwote1 feat. Sick Syllables – Known Killers [produced by Grim Reaperz] 14. Banish feat. Demoz & Planetary – Better Than Ever [produced by Vherbal] 15. VonMeista feat. Sadat X – Rhymes [produced by SBG] 16. The Society Of Invisibles & Virtuoso – We Back On It [produced by Eversor] 17. Kaos13 feat. Ill Bill & G-Fella – Pounding Metal 18. Shallow Pockets – The Code (Remix) [produced by Weirdo] 19. Brooklyn Academy feat. Jean Grae – Blackout (Remix) [produced by The Hitfarmers] 20. Juz Kiddin feat. Mesidge & MDK – Live Big
Viral Music Management specializes in developing the careers of underground hip-hop artists through management, promotions, and public relations. We currently represent several heavyweights including King Magnetic (Army Of The Pharaohs), Psych Ward, Banish, Mesidge, and Sammy Gallows.
Mid-Fi Bop and Roll Band Drops First Single and Announces EP Release
New York City duo, Marlon Rando, is the brainchild of singer/guitarist Greg Timmes (member of the garage rock band Web Dating) and jazz drummer Jeff Wilkins. The two coin their music as Mid-Fi (middle of the road fidelity) as opposed to the Lo-Fi style that has become well known in the Brooklyn indie rock scene. The band makes music "that all the kids can bop to," claims Greg Timmes.
With their upbeat single, "Weird Science," the tongue-in-cheek lyrics go hand in hand with the band's name. Despite the group's seemingly adolescent demeanor, Timmes describes "Weird Science" as "a purging of emotions" with relentless drum fills, washed out vocals, and an overdriven guitar. The song emphasizes minimalism with a two chord vamp as the verse and the delightfully simple guitar riff featured in the intro and breakdown while there is an absence of any traditional solo. The off-putting last line of the track will leave you dumbfounded with the bold testimony "If only you would fall in a k-hole and never come back ever again."
Marlon Rando will be releasing their five song, self titled EP June 29th with more singles to be dropped along the way.
To celebrate his stint on this summer's Van Warped Tour, Las Vegas based Big B has released his new single “Bad Girl” online with AOL Noisecreep at http://www.noisecreep.com/2011/06/08/big-b-bad-girl-song/. The track appears on Big B's new album "Music For Misfits" which hits stores on June 21st via Suburban Noize Records. The album collects all the classic songs that fans have come to love, along with a smorgasbord of new tracks and his collaborations with Everlast, Scott Russo from Unwritten Law, and Tech N9ne.
“I've grown musically over the years but I still have some classic songs on my past albums,” commented Big B. “This is just an album for new and old fans alike to enjoy, and learn a little bit about me and where I come from.”
Big B's eclectic style of alt-rock transcends genre barriers, as he prepares to unite fans of rock, hip-hop and punk-rock each day on this summer's Vans Warped Tour. Big B joins a diverse line-up for this year's tour that also includes A Day To Remember, Pepper, Less Than Jake, Gym Class Heroes, Yelawolf and Unwritten Law.
“No disrespect to any artists but I feel like I'm more punk than a lot of the bands on this year's Warped Tour,” he says. “I know going into this tour that some people won't be into my music and I'm cool with that. For the people that like what I do, I can only go out and give them a good show every day. To me music is music; it's all about what you like. You shouldn't have to worry about what other people think or have to dress a certain way just because it's the in thing to do.”
Big B's laid back grooves and infectious hooks have been spreading like an epidemic as fans have seen his performances on sold-out tours with punk-rock legends Pennywise, reggae rockers Pepper, and hip-hip pioneers House of Pain. Big B's latest studio album “Good Times & Bad Advice” debuted at #13 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart and features collaborations with Everlast, Cisco Adler (Shwayze, Whitestarr), Pepper, and Cash Money rapper Glasses Malone.
CATCH BIG B ALL SUMMER LONG ON THE VANS WARPED TOUR 2011: Jun 24 – Dallas, TX @ Superpages.com Center Jun 25 – Houston, TX @ The Showgrounds at Sam Houston Jun 26 – San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center Jun 29 – Las Cruces, NM @ N.M.S.U. Practice Field Jun 30 – Las Vegas, NV @ Union Plaza Parking Lot Jul 01 – Pomona, CA @ Pomona Fairplex Jul 02 – Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre Jul 03 – Ventura, CA @ Seaside Park Jul 06 – Bonner Springs, KS @ Sandstone Amphitheater Jul 07 – Noblesville, IN @ Verizon Wireless Music Center Jul 08 – Detroit, MI @ Comerica Park Jul 09 – Tinley Park, IL @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre Jul 10 – Shakopee, MN @ Canterbury Park Jul 12 – Darien Center, NY @ Darien Lake P.A.C Jul 13 – Mansfield, MA @ Comcast Center Jul 14 – Scranton, PA @ Toyota Pavilion Jul 15 – Mississauga, ONT @ Arrow Hall Jul 16 – W. Montreal, QUE @ Parc Jean Drapeau Jul 17 – Hartford, CT @ Comcast Theatre Jul 19 – Milwaukee, WI @ Marcus Amphitheater Jul 20 – Cuyahoga Falls, OH @ Blossom Music Center Jul 21 – Camden, NJ @ The Susquehanna Bank Center Jul 22 – Burgettstown, PA @ First Niagara Pavilion Jul 23 – Uniondale, NY @ Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum Jul 24 – Oceanport, NJ @ Monmouth Park Racetrack
2Pac 40th Birthday Celebration Concert on June 16th
Concert to be hosted by Mike Epps and Afeni Shakur
Headlined by Erykah Badu
JUNE 8, 2011 - Afeni Shakur and the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation announce details for the 2PAC 40th Birthday Celebration Concert, at the Atlanta Symphony Hall in Atlanta, GA, June 16, 2011. Hosted by comedian/actor Mike Epps, this star-studded event will feature a headlining appearance by GRAMMY® award-winning artist Erykah Badu, as well as performances by legendary soul artists Roy Ayers and Eric Roberson, and hip-hop heavyweights Too $hort, Bun B, and 8 Ball and MJG. Proceeds from the event benefit the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation.
"I am deeply honored to have been invited by Afeni Shakur to celebrate her son's remarkable life," says Badu. "I don't take this distinction for granted."
Since 2009, presenters, Mike Epps and Afeni Shakur have drawn thousands of 2Pac fans from around the globe to Atlanta for an annual day of music, art and culture in recognition of the icon's lasting impact and influence. The event aims to not only revive Tupac's spirit through art, but offer a prophetic representation of the late artist at age 40 – complete with a musical soundtrack that spans the soulful jazz sounds of Roy Ayers and to West Coast rap contemporaries such as Too $hort.
"With this event, we help keep Tupac's legacy alive," says Epps, "not only by bringing together the fans that know and love his music, but also by supporting his organization, and the causes he worked so hard for during his lifetime."
Past celebrations have included performances by Rick Ross, Wacka Flocka, Lil' Scrappy, M1 of Dead Prez and more. At last year's concert, Dekalb County officials presented Afeni Shakur and Mike Epps with a proclamation officially naming June 16th as "Tupac Day."
This June 16 will mark the 40th birthday of Tupac Shakur, a man whose impact on culture worldwide through his art, activism and passion is felt to this day. This year, fans, family, artists and performers alike will gather at the Atlanta Symphony Hall to both celebrate the life and further the cause of this remarkable individual.
The Tupac Shakur Foundation is home to The Tupac Amaru Shakur Center for the Arts and Peace Garden, just outside of Atlanta in Stone Mountain, Ga. The Center is dedicated to providing youth and the community with educational programs in the arts. It is a fact that early arts education improves school grades, as well as offers invaluable life lessons while building self esteem and confidence. For over 10 years, the Foundation's programs have served youth of all social and economic backgrounds, giving countless young people the courage to get off the streets and learn vital skills that have the potential to positively impact their communities. The Center is open to the public and hosts several noteworthy events throughout the year. For more information or to make a donation visit: www.TASF.org .