J*DaVeY's New Designer Drug (Album + Digital Book) Now Available
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(November 2011 - Brooklyn, NY) Your favorite genre bending duo, J*DaVeY is proud to announce today's release of their long-awaited, New Designer Drug on self-built creative imprint ILLAV8R. New Designer Drug marks Jack Davey and Brook D'Leau's first official album in nearly four years and consists of songs recorded while entertaining a major label deal with Warner Bros.
New Designer Drug contains 11 tracks and will be available as a free bonus when fans buy NDD: The Liner Notes digital booklet via jdaveybaby.com for $2.99. The Liner Notes features lyrics, exclusive tour photos, a foreword from LA Weekly's Rebecca Haithcoat, and a detailed explanation of the group's journey from before they were signed to Warner Bros. until now, as told by Miss Jack Davey. "Seeing this project through has been a test of strength, will, and ultimate patience. On this day of final delivery, I feel the same empowerment I felt the day we started this long awaited album," says Jack. The album features guest appearances and influences from an army of talented producers, songwriters, and vocalists including Polyester The Saint, Khari Ferrari, Thundercat, Kenneth Crouch, ?uestlove, Greg Wells, Dave Sitek, and more.
Revolutionary Juke Music: That's what BBU does. The Chicago-based group, made up of MC's Epic, Illekt, Jasson, and Perez, along with DJ Esquire, first turned music on its ear in 2009, when they released "Chi Don't Dance," a fun-filled record that positioned them firmly as the frontrunners for city's ever-steady and always interesting Juke scene. The local hit wound up garnering the group national attention, including a Best New Music nod from Pitchfork, and helped lay the foundation for the true direction of the group, mixing upbeat and synth-heavy production with social and political commentary reminiscent of Public Enemy and dead prez.
It's that sound that shows up, now fully developed, on the group's new mixtape, bell hooks, which will be released February 2012 and offered to fans for free download. Already, songs like "Please, No Pictures," a track that features Das Racist and production by The Hood Internet, have made their rounds, and now Mad Decent and Mishka are joining forces to help present the tape, while DJ Benzi will mix the project.
The latest single from bell hooks is "Outlaw Culture," a song that encompasses the breadth and diversity that BBU cover throughout their music. The song pairs a raucous club beat with the crew's powerful, poignant lyricism. "One of the most challenging moments was making the vocals sonically able to compete with such a huge beat." explains Epic, while Perez notes that the direction, lyrically and topically, was just as important. "We wanted to have a song that covered all the aspects of the working class; and folks of color, sisters, and queer folks that are overlooked within the movement but who are imperative to the movement," he says. "We wanted to make a song for everyone, but one that still sounded dope." Mission accomplished.
Blurb Pages unleashes a blatant challenge to all pseudo-rappers and Hip-Hop posers with the release of his latest single, "Mainstream Nightmare." The song features strong yet soothing vocals by Juliet, contrasting the edginess of Pages' lyrics and backed by the glitch-heavy drums and eerie, distorted sounds of Nick Fury (of Liquid Shields), whose resume includes production with the likes of Anthony B., Ras Kass, Skam2?, Omniscient, and countless others. Pages has spent the last several years making his mark in the South Florida scene with consistent shows alongside the Out Of Hand band, who, together, have created a nationwide movement coined "Hip-Hop-N-Roll," merging the worlds of Indie Hip-Hop, Alternative Rock, and Skating. Look out for more from Pages in the upcoming months, including the official music video to "Mainstream Nightmare," which was partially filmed underwater and contains heavy, cinematic visuals.
yU released the first single from The EARN titled "If U Down" The track debuted this afternoon on Al Lindstrom with an Interview discussing yU's musical progression and the business of making records. The EARN hits stores everywhere December 13th. Enjoy the song!
"If U Down" starts with the question what's going on? yU then reveals the struggle and march of life he's been living through. With a keen eye yU comments upon Uncle Sam's destructive forces, prayer, honest living, and asking people who are down if they want to get up. The musical backdrop is laid by yU's 1978er collaborator SlimKat78 who uses piano keys to pull a rainy heartstrings while the drums drive the beat forward into a fruitful blossoming of chorus "Hearts frozen, why do we be on that cold sh*t, We used to be cultured, influenced by the vultures they've been scoping, analyzing with a motive/Its.. like we've been tied up with an invisible rope and, Them jails open, they get paid when they put month in-side, kinda currupt.. Its time for us to just expose them/Its wild, especially when ur skintone's brown, but right now we boutta turn it around, U wit me? Hit me if u down.."
Upcoming: The EARN: After garnering success with Oddisee and Diamond District, then his solo debut Before Taxes, which was named to the Best of 2010 List by HipHopDX, Al Lindstrom, About.com, Passion Weiss, and Above Ground Mag, yU sharpened his skills through performances on a European tour and appearances at CMJ, SXSW, A3C, and the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival. Now, yU is back with his sophomore pro ject The Earn a progression that is as fluid, lyrical, and thought provoking as his critically acclaimed debut. His new album, The E arn, is a timely meditation on the struggle to advance, set afire by yU's potent wordplay. The EARN features production from Grammy Nominated Kokayi, Kev Brown, Charlie Ross, Slimkat78, Roddy Rod, 00Genesis, The Unknown, Usef Dinero, Cho ppy Chope, and yU himself. The new album also features vocals from Nicholas Ryan Gant, Duff, Imani Bilal, King Tut, Bilal Salaam, Danedra Rowell, and Diamond District. Save room on your Best of 2011 list for The EARN!
Whiteboy Wasted by Alligator City Produced by The Team Dir. By Lightworks Films
Alligator City NEW SINGLE "Whiteboy Wasted" 2 Kegs, 4 cases of Miller High Life, 2 cases of Budweiser, countless Jagerbombs, an ounce of Purp, 2 bottles of Qream, 2 bottles of Ciroc, 1 bottle of Corzo, cameo by Grafh, 1 hell of a night.