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Bisc1 Releases The Strange Love Project

Bisc1 Releases The Strange Love Project, A Study of Audio and Visual Relationships      01.28.2009
20 Visual Artists and 10 Producers Reinterpret Bisc1's When Electric Night Falls; Music & Art Available as Free Download

(January 28, 2009) Brooklyn, NY- Emcee, graphic artist, and wall painter Bisc1 has joined forces with twenty visual artists and ten producers to reinterpret his 2008 offering When Electric Night Falls (Embedded Music). The result, The Strange Love Project, is a multimedia experience of beats, rhymes, and stunning visuals, and is available now for free download from Bisc1’s website (

Not just a collection of songs, The Strange Love Project is a study of the individual experiences that many can have with same music. As Bisc explained it himself, “As a writer, a designer, and a lyricist I was curious to see what others saw when the record was played.” For the remix portion of The Strange Love Project, Bisc gave ten producers the vocal tracks from WENF. The rest was up to them. Visually Bisc took a similar approach, enlisting the help of twenty artists to create pieces with the only requirement being that the artwork be square in shape. Featuring musical reinterpretations including the work of Cassettes Won’t Listen and Snafu (of Junk Science), and visual reinterpretations by renowned artists, including James T. Murray, Karla Murray, Cern, and more, TSLP invites fans along for a ride of intertwining audio and visual relationships that breathe new life into an already stellar album.

A native of Massachusetts by way of Connecticut, Bisc1 moved to NYC 10 years ago and quickly made a name for himself DJ'ing at clubs, distributing mixtapes, and in graffiti circles. Soon, Bisc1 picked up the mic and won several battle raps including the Whose Line Is It monthly at the Knitting Factory in NYC 4 consecutive months in a row. His debut release, The Basics EP (2006), gained the favorable attention of music critics and his subsequent release, The Stay Up Projectmixtape (2007) was downloaded over 5000 times. Bisc's penchant for capturing our chaotic reality with his narratives, images, and collaborations has earned him a reputation as one of the most honest and creative artists of today. Going beyond music, Bisc1 is also an accomplished graphic artist. He's done cover art, designed promotional materials and spearheaded art direction for artists such as Aesop Rock, The Perceptionists, C-Rayz-Walz, Murs, El-P, and others. His art has been featured in several magazines and art house coffee table books and in galleries, such as Danny Simmon's Rush Arts Gallery. 2008 was a big year for Bisc. He released the critically acclaimed album When Electric Night Falls, toured the US, and performed at CMJ, SXSW, Scribble Jam, and NXNE. With the release of The Strange Love Project, 2009 promises to be even bigger.

Track Listing of The Strange Love Project Remixtape

1. NightFall Remix (Prod. By Le Parasite)
2. Turbulence Remix Blend (Prod. By Scott Thorough/Cassettes Won’t Listen)
3. Remixtape Interlude 1
4. Pandemonium Remix feat. Broke MC (Prod. By Broke MC)
5. Remixtape Interlude 2
6. Unconditional Remix (Prod. By Core Rhythm)
7. Sidelines Remix (Prod. By Coole High)
8. Great Escape Remix Blend (Prod. By Esen/Omega One)
9. Remixtape Interlude 3
10. Another Day Remix (Prod. By Kils)
11. Remixtape Interlude 4
12. Strange Love Remix (Prod. By Snafu)


"Turbulence" RMX Blend by Scott Thorough and Cassettes Won't Listen
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"Nightfall" RMX by Le Parasite
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The Strange Love Project
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Sankofa Press Release on "Music With Friends 4"

Courtesy of Sankofa and Obese America.

The latest in Sankofa's franchise of free is now available to download.  Featuring production from Purify and guest raps from RhymeWise37, Music with Friends 4 finds Sankofa asking important questions like "Why do rappers hold invisible guns?" and laughing at hapless fools hitting on his wife.  Want to bust out some new slang?  Look no further than the Muggs-flavored "Birkencrocs," where a friend's footwear is mercilessly mocked.

The promotional video, featuring a snippet of the track "Birkencrocs," is located at

Jupiter Rising - Making Hip-Hop Worth Moving To

Jupiter Rising has been on the scene in some way, shape, or form, since 2006, but don’t feel too bad if you don’t instantly recognize them, founder Spencer Nezey has gone through a number of lineup changes with the group. Enter singer Jessie Payo. Suddenly Jupiter Rising’s lineup is rock solid. The California duo, he from Sacramento and she from Los Angeles, immediately saw the potential in their teaming and started recording together. The resulting sound they’ve created is a mix of pop, Hip-Hop, rock, downtempo, drum n bass and funk. In other words, it’s some really fun, danceable, music most anyone can get down to. With Jupiter Rising’s upcoming album, The Quiet Hype, which happens to be Nezey’s first with Payo, due out in March I caught up with both of them to find out more about their coming together, what makes their teaming work, and the inspiration behind their extensive genre-mixing.

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'Notorious' Writer Preps Run-D.M.C. Film

According to, Cheo Hodari Coker, screenwriter for "Notorious," the Notorious B.I.G. biopic, will be adding another Hip-Hop movie to his resume.

The writer is attached to adapt a film for legendary rap group Run-D.M.C. from Bill Adler's "Tougher Than Leather: The Rise of Run-DMC -- The Authorized Biography," reports

The movie will be made on DJ Classicz, the urban division of Davis Entertainment.

"It's an extraordinary rags-to-riches journey that I'm eager to bring to the screen," sauid Dallas Jackson, president of DJ Classicz. "And I'm hoping to have Run, DMC and Russell Simmons' involvement. This will be a big movie about the 1980s Hip Hop movement that took over the world."

Run-D.M.C. is known for their success of platinum albums and numerous hits such as "It's Like That," "King of Rock," and "It's Tricky." The group is also known for their praises such as Grammy nominations and, most recently, a nod for the 2009 inductee at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Coker recently signed on to write the Imagine/Universal project "Lowriders."


Charlie Murphy Says Obama's Fair Game

In this week’s edition of the New Haven Advocate I have an in-depth interview with legendary comedian/actor Charlie Murphy. In it we discuss how standup comics will treat Barack Obama, why he feels nothing should be off limits when it comes to comedy, and what people can expect from his upcoming autobiography, The Making of a Stand Up Guy, which is due out this fall.

Check out the feature at:

Champion's Hoodie Remix Contest Is Launched

From Special Ops:

Hoodie Remix website: .
Champion on Facebook: .

             Champion, a leading athletic apparel brand for men and women, announced today the launch of Hoodie Remix,, an interactive on-line contest in self-expression that serves to pay tribute to the hooded sweatshirt; an ongoing sports and cultural phenomenon introduced by the Champion Brand.  Beginning January 20, 2009, fans and faithfuls of the hoodie are invited to log on and create their own unique design through a user-friendly template that offers a mix of color, pattern and overall style options.  With interchangeable hoods, sleeves, pockets and more, consumers are free to customize and create their own version of a Champion classic.

            All Hoodie Remixes are submitted to the site and made available for public consumption and voting.  Banner ads supporting the contest will run on Web properties including: ESPN, MTV, People, Daily Candy and Men’s Health, etc.  Consumers are also encouraged to push their own product via voter widgets ideal for Facebook, MySpace, and other populated community sites.  On May 29, 2009, the single design with the most votes will be named the winner of the Hoodie Remix contest and may also be produced and sold as a limited-edition hoodie by Champion.

            "The Hoodie Remix campaign is one of Champion's innovative media initiatives in 2009," said Claire Edgar, Champion Brand Marketing Director.  "We're excited to launch this interactive site as it fits perfectly with our "How You Play" advertising campaign as the contest will definitely challenge the creativity of our consumer, while engaging them and strengthening their connection with the Champion brand".  "We're the authentic Hoodie brand and this initiative can help to build that heritage." states Edgar.

            Hoodie Remix is the first online branding effort set forth by Champion since engaging New York-based digital shop, Night Agency, as its digital agency of record in November 2008.   This serves as a kickoff to a series of upcoming initiatives that will work to help engage the influential online consumer.

            Champion is known for innovation in athletic apparel, we're excited to partner with them to bring their innovative ideas into an interactive online initiative,” said Darren Paul, co-founder of Night Agency.  “We look forward to helping the brand continue its innovation."

About Champion

Champion offers a full line of innovative athletic apparel for men and women including sport bras, activewear, team uniforms, sweats and accessories.  Champion can be purchased at most sporting goods and department stores.  For more information about Champion for men and women visit Champion is a brand of Hanesbrands Inc.

About Hanesbrands Inc.

Hanesbrands Inc. is a leading marketer of innerwear, outerwear and hosiery apparel under strong consumer brands, including Hanes, Champion, Playtex, Bali, Just My Size, barely there and Wonderbra. The company designs, manufactures, sources and sells T-shirts, bras, panties, men’s underwear, children’s underwear, socks, hosiery, casual wear and active wear. Hanesbrands has approximately 50,000 employees in more than 25 countries. More information may be found on the Hanesbrands Internet Web site at .

About Night Agency

Founded in 2004, Night Agency is an independently-owned creative digital agency headquartered in New York.  Night Agency specializes in interactive brand strategy and consumer engagement.  A roster of clients includes: Dial Corporation, Estee Lauder, Filene’s Basement, MTV and STA Travel. .

DJ Shadow x Dr. Suzuki Slipmats

From DJ Shadow:

DJ Shadow, Dr. Suzuki, and Stokyo have teamed up to bring you the limited Shadow x Suzuki Mix Edition slipmats.

Dr. Suzuki is credited as the inventor of the DJ Slipmat and provides the standard for DJ slipmats worldwide.

Whether you mix, mash-up, scratch, party DJ, battle, or just play records for the fun of it, these are the best slipmats you can put on your turntables.

With the 4-track Era tape logo across the front of the slipmat jacket and on the slipmat itself, and the DJ Shadow tag across the top of the mat, these are some sleek looking slipmats.

Don't miss your opportunity to grab these high quality, limited Mix Edition DJ Shadow x Dr. Suzuki slipmats!!

Check them out:
We can't believe we are still telling you this, but we have a batch of 4-Track Era Vol 3 CDs left!  That's right, the deal remains (but really, not for long). Purchase any 2 tees at and receive DJ Shadow's "The 4-Track Era Vol 3" CD + The 4-Track Era Collection slip-case for FREE. Purchase any 1 tee, and receive the FREE CD. Go here to check out the tees:

Don't miss out on this special limited CD offer.
Stay up to date on new Shadow news at and stay tuned for some BIG announcements coming soon!

Pitbull Takes a Bite Out of Los Angeles

From The 3 Collective:

January 27, 2009     For Immediate Release

Los Angeles, CA  - This past Saturday, January 24, 2009, Cuban,hip-hop heavy hitter, Pitbull took Los Angeles by storm with a SOLD OUT performance at Club Nokia, one of the  city's hottest music venues located at LA Live.
The scene was "Krazy" as scores of fans lined up early around the venue eagerly waiting for what proved to be an incredible show.  This impressive turnout set a new attendance record for Club Nokia.
Those lucky enough to get tickets enjoyed an opening set by DJ Ane' from famed art and lifestyle group, Automatico, as well as Pitbull's amazing performance of his hits, which included his blazing new track, "Calle Ocho (75 Brazil Street)."  The energy generated from the capacity crowd was electric. 
Club Nokia continues its support of quality music by presenting Los Angeles Latin hip-hop luminaries, Akwid, featuring special guests Psycho Realm, Chino XL and Baby Boy on February 21st, followed by Babasonicos on March 12th and Rakim and Ken-Y on March 20th.
For more details and calendar information for Club Nokia, please visit .
Club Nokia, a multi-use music, entertainment and concert venue, located in the heart of the acclaimed LA Live Complex, accommodates over 2,300 guests.  Featuring state-of-the-art acoustics designed for live entertainment, Club Nokia is the perfect venue for emerging music acts and cultural shows while also providing excellent space for corporate events and private parties.  The theatre brings the latest technology to music enthusiasts including an innovative interactive experience embedded in foot-controlled floor interfaces, touch screens, and a large LED installation within the lobby of the Club Nokia space.  This interactive experience allows users to scroll through the history and the future of Club Nokia events and interact with pictures, video, and text messages submitted by fellow concert fans.

New Havoc Album to Be Released February 24th

From Koch Records:


(New York, NY) – E1 Music (formerly KOCH Records) is pleased to announce the release of Hidden Files, the brand new album by rapper/producer Havoc (of Mobb Deep). Hidden Files is scheduled to be released on February 24, 2009.

The Queens duo Mobb Deep (comprised of Havoc & Prodigy) is one of the biggest groups in rap music, having sold over 4 million albums worldwide. With classic albums like The Infamous, Hell On Earth, Murda Muzik, and Infamy, Mobb Deep have become household names in the hip-hop community. Prodigy has also garnered success as a solo artist, releasing 3 critically albums (H.N.I.C., Return Of The Mac, and H.N.I.C. 2) and selling over 600,000 units combined.

Now, Havoc is set to bless the masses with Hidden Files. Not only a respected MC, Havoc is also a distinguished producer, having produced the bulk of Mobb Deep’s discography as well having created the sonic backdrops for the likes of 50 Cent, Nas, Diddy, Lil Kim, G-Unit, Jadakiss and more.

With production from platinum producer Havoc himself, as well as guest appearances by Prodigy and Cassidy, this album is sure to be a must get for hip-hop fans everywhere. The first single, “Watch Me” feat. Ricky Blaze, is being serviced to all radio outlets across the country.

Track listing

1.   Can’t Get Touched                                                                            8.         The Hustler
2.     I Clap’em Up                                                                                     9.         The Millennium
3.     Watch Me (feat. Ricky Blaze)                                                        10.       Walk Wit Me
4.     Heart Of The Grind                                                                          11.       On A Mission (feat. Prodigy of Mobb Deep)
5.     You Treated Me… (feat. Cassidy)                                                12.       This Is Where It’s At (feat. Big Noyd)
6.     My Life                                                                                              13.       Don’t Knock It Til You Try It
7.     That’s My Word                                                                              14.       Tell Me More (feat. Sonyae Elyse)

About E1 Entertainment

E1 Entertainment (AIM: ETO) is a leading independent entertainment content owner that acquires film, television and music rights and exploits these rights in all media in more than 190 countries.

The company currently operates in Canada, the U.S., the UK, Holland and Belgium through its four primary businesses units: E1 Television, E1 Films, E1 Music and E1 Distribution.  These businesses collectively represent E1’s extensive expertise in film distribution, television and music production/distribution, Kids content, Licensing and Distribution.

E1’s content library includes more than 3,700 feature films, 2,700 hours of original television programming and 15,000 music tracks.

John Forte Is Home - New MP3 Feat. Kanye & Talib Kweli

After 7 long years away from family, friends, and the world at large, John is home, writing, recording new music and embracing life again. Today marks the debut of his new bi-weekly column for The Daily Beast, with his note “First Day Out of Prison.” Accompanying the post is video footage of Forté’s first day home – “Morning One” – along with a new song, “Life Has Just Begun” which you can check out here.

Fans of Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter and producer John Forté, know him best for his work with the multi-platinum group “The Fugees” and for two solo albums, PolySci (Columbia; 1998) and I, John (Transparent; 2002), which featured guest appearances by Herbie Hancock, Esthero and Tricky, and included a duet with famed singer/songwriter Carly Simon on the song “Been There, Done That.” A classically-trained violinist and graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy, Forté recorded his last album while under house arrest awaiting trial; the album was released just as he was being sent to prison.

On November 24, 2008, Forté was granted a commutation by President George W. Bush after having served more than seven years of a fourteen-year federal prison sentence. Those who campaigned on his behalf include Carly Simon and Senator Orrin Hatch (R) of Utah. On December 22, 2008, Forte walked out of Fort Dix Correctional Institution to resume his life and tell his story through music, film and prose. 

As noted in “First Day Out of Prison,” Forté wasted no time in returning to the studio – he was there by nightfall on his first day home, eager to begin recording the dozens of songs he’s written over the past few years, and being joined by many friends and fellow musicians. One of the first to drop in and drop guest vocals was Talib Kweli, who helped John celebrate his newfound freedom with “Homecoming”, featuring Kanye West on the backing track. Check out a behind the scenes video of the recording of Homecoming, in which Talib discusses the borough from which he and his childhood friend, Forté, were raised, while Forté brings a broader frame of reference to the meaning of “home.”  Bloggers and fans, we invite you to post and share the MP3 and videos to help us celebrate John’s homecoming!

Forté’s column for The Daily Beast will cover everyday matters through the eyes of a man who has been removed from everyday matters for so long.  While working on his album and other projects, Forté is also working with at-risk youth through organizations such as “In Arms’ Reach,” a community-based arts, counseling and mentoring program for the children of incarcerated parents.

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