Also - CONGRATS TO OUR LABEL MATE AND STRANGE MUSIC BIG BOSS - TECH N9NE - FOR HAVING THE #4 RECORD IN THE COUNTRY!
INDEPENDENT KINGPIN TECH N9NE HAS THE #4 ALBUM IN THE COUNTRY!!!
June 15, 2011
"Am I in the Twilight Zone?" wonders Tech N9ne on the song "Strangeland" from All 6's & 7's, his new album. "‘Cause my mic’s on but I never thought the world would buy my songs!”
Surpassing personal expectations and those of the entire record industry, Tech N9ne's decade-plus of fanbase-building pays off with the phenomenal out-of-the-box success of his new album All 6's & 7's, released on the revered rapper's own label, Strange Music, last Tuesday 6/7. A first week Soundscan total of 55,715 units landed All 6's & 7's at the #4 spot on the Billboard Top 200 album chart as well as the #1 Independent album chart and #1 Rap album chart, overall.
"Tech will never go mainstream/ Mainstream will go Tech," Tech N9ne promises on the new album's "Love Me Tomorrow." On All 6's & 7's this is a prophecy fulfilled with stunning appearances by Lil’ Wayne, T-Pain, B.o.B., E-40, Snoop Dogg, Busta Rhymes, Twista, Yelawolf, Chino Moreno and Stephen Carpenter (Deftones), Jay Rock, Kendrick Lamar, Stokley Williams (Mint Condition) and others. Standout track "Worldwide Choppers" (co-starring Yelawolf, Twista, Busta Rhymes plus an explosive coterie of international MCs) has already been hailed as a classic anthem, pushing hip-hop into new territories.
But don't take our word for it. Check out Tech N9ne live this summer on "All 6's & 7's — The Tour."
Everybody's a critic, but not necessarily an expert, and although DJ JS-1 has been in the game for years, he still has to endure a seemingly endless amount of empty advice and double-talk. The other week, JS-1, along with featured guest and long-time collaborator Tonedeff, released the video for "Last To Know." The single, now being released for fans as an MP3, is from JS-1's forthcoming album, No One Cares, dropping June 21st, and takes aim at all of the external second-guessing the two have had to endure throughout their careers, and, as it's explained in “Last To Know,” despite the pair's accomplishments it sadly doesn't stop the know-it-alls at record labels, naïve fans, and the just plain simple-minded from unloading their opinions on JS-1 and Tonedeff. Instead of sounding bitter and jaded, though, JS-1 provides a light, jazzy beat for Tonedeff's animated delivery and tongue-in-cheek lyrics.
DJ JS-1's No One Cares will be available for purchase on June 21st via a joint venture between Fat Beats Records and JS-1's own Ground Original.
Recently signed to Bystorm/Jive Records as an artist, I.C. Green has been in the business doing production and playing on other artist's records for years. With production credits with Akon, writing nods with Whitney, and playing keys for Beiber being just a few highlights, Green has made his rounds on the liner-note side of the business for the last decade.
"From the club to the streets, make it your runway"
Complex Web Exclusive with Eminem and Royce Da 5'9"
Check out the Complex.com web exclusive featuring an in-depth, behind-the-scenes interview and photos with Eminem and Royce Da 5'9" on the making of the classic "Bad Meets Evil" 1999 song and the 2011 sequel EP- as "Bad Meets Evil's Hell The Sequel" hits stores this week.
The feature package includes a colorful and personal take on the lives of the duo then and now, written by Complex's editor-in-chief Noah Callahan-Bever, who takes us back to the summer of 1998 (photos and all) where he witnessed the creation of their first classic single - to the present day with the two reuniting after a falling out to create the sequel. The story opens with Complex's first-ever animated cover built for your browser, inspired by a Bugs Bunny cartoon.
New content will be added to this week-long web package.
"Pacewon and Mr. Green are back with a triumphant new single from the highly anticipated follow up to their classic album "The Only Color That Matters is Green" The new album "Only Number That Matters is Won" is coming late this summer and will feature guest appearances from Snoop Dogg, Lee Scratch Perry, Masta Ace as well as some special surprises. Be on the lookout for 'The Only Number That Mattes is Won'"
Video Credits: Pacewon and Mr. Green "Ever Since" Raw Poetix Records/The Orchard
Directed by jimmy Giambrone Executive Produced by Aaron Green
Athletes: Montre Livingston Big Ken, Colin Varanyak and Dirty Sanchez