Zion I & The Grouch are still riding high on the success of their new album, Heroes In The Healing Of The Nation. The album dropped in late March, and since release the Bay Area trio have been hitting the road, making stops across the country as part of their "Heal The Nation Tour," which just wrapped a string of sold-out shows throughout the West. This Friday, April 15th the second leg of tour kicks off, running through the Midwest and along the East Coast, and to celebrate the second leg and give fans a chance to get a behind the scenes glimpse into a day in the life of Zion I & The Grouch on tour, the group teamed up with satostudio.com and thefgtv.com, filming their recent show at The Tropicana in Sacramento, California.
In other Z&G news, the trio are excited to announce the launch of their “Drop It On The 1” Dance Contest, giving fans and dance enthusiasts the chance to submit a video of themselves breaking to Z&G's new single for a chance to win two tickets to any upcoming Zion I & The Grouch show as well as the opportunity to perform on stage with the group. For more information, including rules and submission requirements,please visit: http://www.zioniandthegrouch.com/dropitonthe1/ .
20 years after releasing his debut Platinum selling album with group Above The Law entitled 'Livin' Like Hustlers,' the 'Dr. Dre understudy' and G-Funk originator Big Hutch a.k.a. Cold 187um sets out to retain his Platinum status with his highly anticipated album release entitled 'Only God Can Judge Me' releasing on April 26, 2011 through Big Hutch's own West World Records label and distributed by Big Shot Music Group/Empire Distribution.
Big Hutch made history working alongside the late Eazy-E, Dr. Dre, NWA, D.O.C., J.J. Fad and is known for discovering rap lyricist Crooked I and the group 213, which members were made up of Snoop Dogg, Warren G, and the late Nate Dogg. Also, for about two years, Big Hutch was made V.P. of the infamous Death Row Records by then music mogul Suge Knight, replacing label mate Daz Dilligner, and was the music supervisor for the late 2 Pac's 'Till The End of Time' album and the Outlaws's E.D.I. Hutch produced, remixed, mixed and appeared on the double-disc set, which has sold more than 1.6 million copies, according to SoundScan, all the while still pushing his group Above The Law that consisted of childhood friends KMG and DJ K-Oss from Pomona California.
After serving time in prison for drug related offenses in 2004, Big Hutch released yet another solo album entitled 'Fresh Out The Pen' once again staying true and tending to his long time fans. Now, with a new outlook on the music business of today and concentrating solely on West World Records, Big Hutch has teamed up with music marketing strategist Michael 'Big Shot' Oronde Wright, whom also is the C.E.O. of the Big Shot Music Group record label, and with both labels working in conjunction, with the history of the one and the music marketing expertise of the other, makes for the ultimate machine to continue the legacy of Eazy-E's Ruthless Records and generate the success in the manner of the original Death Row Records. The 'Only God Can Judge Me' album is just the album to do such a thing.
The album features upcoming West World Records artists as well as newly reformed group and label mate LeVert 2 on the titled track 'Let's Get Neked' featuring original LeVert legend Marc Gordon and LeVert 2 newcomer Blaq Rose. Big Hutch will be leading the album off with his hit single entitled 'Lord Have Mercy' along with a video that was direct by Big Hutch himself. For a snippet preview of the album, log onto www.nwmppromo.com/ogbighutch. Album releases April 26, 2011 and will be distributed by Empire Distribution. For more information, log onto www.bigshotmusic.net.
Riz is an emcee from Harlem who represents real hip-hop in it's finest art form. His latest video "War Call" was featured on http://www.vladtv.com/, www.worldstarhiphop.com and more. The video was produced by the legendary Mr. Boomtown and directed by McKinley Presents (Scarface, Slim Thug, Gucci Mane, etc). Riz has worked with DJ Drama, DJ Whoo Kid, Sha Money XL, Lloyd Banks, Trey Songz and more.
Central California’s Moonshine Bandits have released their video for the track “Get Loose” featuring Derrty D online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5MnDQHevsdA. The song is the first single from Moonshine Bandits new album “Whiskey and Women", which hits stores on May 10th through Suburban Noize and is available for pre-order online at www.WhiskeyandWomenCD.com .
"We were stoked to work with director Robert D. Brown and his vision to capture the reality of how we live. We wanted this video to show the Shiner lifestyle, so we filmed it in our little hometown of Los Banos on the back roads at one of our shop parties,” commented Tex from Moonshine Bandits. “We always keep things true to who we are. We don't need fancy Ferraris and Lamborghinis or any of that bling-bling; we just wanna raise hell."
Moonshine Bandits new album “Whiskey and Women" is the soundtrack to late nights in dive bars and truck stops. Moonshine Bandits brand of misfit country hip-hop is fueled by women, whiskey, and 4 wheel drives to create the bastard child of Johnny Cash and the Beastie Boys. “Whiskey and Women" features guest appearances by Danny Boone of Rehab, Big B, Dirtball & Daddy X from Kottonmouth Kings, and country superstar Colt Ford.
MOONSHINE BANDITS TOUR DATES: Apr 09 - Jacksonville, TX @ River Run ATV Park Apr 16 - Clovis, CA @ QN4U BBQ House May 07 - Modesto, CA @ Copper Rhino (CD Release Party) Jun 18 - Copperopolis, CA @ Lake Tulloch Resort
North Carolina natives Tab-One, Rapsody, Charlie Smarts, Foolery, The Sinopsis, and DJ Ill Digitz, together known as Kooley High, have hit the ground running with their new video for "Pedals," the second single off Eastern Standard Time, an album critically acclaimed since being released for free earlier this year, leading to a deal with Fat Beats Records to re-release the album at retail with a number of add-ons and new content for fans.
For "Pedals," Kooley High pairs the new single with a dizzy, dream-like chase scene. The fuzzy bassline and trippy laser sounds are accented with slow-mo, washed out cinematography. To shoot the video, Kooley High kept it close to home, bringing in fellow Raleigh, NC director Kent Williard of Depth of Sound Productions, shooting the video on the N.C. State campus, where the group originally met and formed. "The most enjoyable thing about the video was that we shot it on campus at our Alma Mater," says DJ Ill Digitz. "The most challenging thing was trying to create an interesting video that was not your average 'stand in front of the camera and rap' video. We thought it would be funny to keep the viewer guessing what it was we were running from the entire clip, only to realize that we all started running for no reason."
Block Starz Music LLC is proud to announce the signing of beautiful Indianapolis, Indiana recording artist Lynda Sayyah to rap icon Snoop Dogg's newly-formed Dogg Town Music Group.
Lynda, whose debut single "Tickin'" is featured on Block Starz Music's first all-female compilation, "She Got Next 2011" (June 21), is a trilingual (Spanish, Arabic, and English) singer with 5-octave range. Voted "Indy's Sexiest Musician" by Metromix Magazine, Lynda's sound is a fusion of Pop, Rock, R&B, and contemporary middle eastern melodies combined with lyrics that reflect her own life struggles.
"I come from a very strict Arab-Muslim family," says Lynda, who is of Palestinian and German descent. "I grew up feeling suffocated by double standards against women and just trying to be a normal kid. A lot of my music exudes these struggles and I think a lot of girls of every nationality can relate to me."
Lynda Sayyah's undeniable beauty and talent immediately caught the eyes and ears of Dogg Town Music Group, a new Los Angeles/Long Beach, California-based record company founded in 2010 by Jason "Cup" Brown, his cousin Calvin "Snoop Dogg" Broadus, Charles "Beach Dogg" Howard II, and Shatto Brown, who promptly signed her to the upstart label.
"We are looking for one timers or one-in-a-million talent, meaning talent that can only exist once in a lifetime,” says Dogg Town COO Shatto Brown of the decision to sign Lynda as the First Lady Of DTMG. "There can only be one Michael Jackson, one Madonna, one Snoop Dogg, one Metallica -- we only want talent like that. Lynda is every bit of that. She is an amazing vocalist, beautiful, a great songwriter, and she deserves the opportunity to have the world know all of this."
In addition to Lynda Sayyah, the Dogg Town Music roster includes rap artists Poppa Heat, M-Dot, and the label is currently working a merger with T-Pain's Nappy Boy Productions to release the incredibly talented quartet One Chance.
"We feel very strongly about working with T-Pain on this [One Chance] project," says Shatto Brown. "We feel that Pain is an amazing talent and to get Dogg and Pain to come together with Dogg Town we can do things unheard of."
Lynda Sayyah's explosive dance single, "Tickin'", will be available for download on iTunes June 21 as part of Block Starz Music's anticipated "She Got Next 2011" compilation EP.
...Born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida, "Sean Stylez" a.k.a. "Iconn" began writing rhymes in 1993 and recording in 2000. Having a zero tolerance for the bubble gum commercialized rap scene that is present in today's hip hop community, Iconn breaks this cycle with a unique and aggressive style that is loaded with the lyrics fans crave.
Even with constant struggles, adversity, and obstacles in his life, Iconn has still managed to reach over 47 million plays on MySpace, since 2008, and steadily crank out hardcore tracks for his fans, while dealing with the death of his grandfathers, losing his home, eating out of his trash can, and living without power and water for over 60 days during the winter of 2009. In addition to conquering these demons, Iconn sold over 1,000 units of his self-entitled in one week during this extremely dark period God allowed him to face. Knowing that true success in this world doesn't come without a price; Iconn has paid the toll and welcomes new pain and heartache, believing that it will only make him and his music stronger.
Now the Duval County MC simply looks to give the hip hop community music they can relate to while at the same time escaping reality. There is something on the albums for everyone. While there is a parental advisory warning on the records and the majority of the content is not for the faint of heart, the compilation of the messages as a whole will definitely not disappoint the listener.
MP3: Eclectic Duo Dinner At The Thompson's Announce US Release
Sophomore Album To Be Released May 17 On Earth At Work Records; Leak New Song "How Can I"
(April 12th, 2011 - Brooklyn, NY) American-Francophone duo Dinner At The Thompson's, comprised of New York-born, California-raised, and France-based singer Lucille Tee and Le Havre, France-based producer and multi-instrumentalist Fablive, is excited to announce the release of their new album, Off The Grid. A mix of smoky, jazz-, soul-, and spoken word-influenced vocals with hip-hop-, funk-, and electro-influenced beats, Off The Grid is a working blend of nu-soul, electro, and groove, influenced by afro-beat, hip-hop, jazz, and cinematic ambiances. Off The Grid will be released May 17, 2011 on Earth At Work Records via FB Distribution.
Clocking in at 16 tracks, the Dinner At The Thompsons’ sophomore album boasts a variety of genre-swapping tracks that showcase the duo’s penchant for the creative. The lead singles "It All Began" and "Running" adequately display the group’s diversity. The former begins with a bevy of sirens and before moving the listener with a steady infectious bass line, complimentary percussion and muffled keys, and tales of seedy underworld characters, courtesy of Lucille's story telling. The latter, in contrast, is a frenetic, string- and horn-driven track that races along, as Lucille's lyrics "Quest for that special something/ Keeps him running, keeps him running," spin a tale of the never-ending search for fulfillment. Previously released exclusively in France and Germany in late 2010, Off The Grid has already garnered amazing reviews and was played on Nova (Paris), Radio Eins (Berlin), BBC 6 (UK), and even snuck onto KCRW’s Top 50 Charts here in the US at #6.
Dinner At The Thompsons’ got its start in 2005 when Fablive's band was playing a show in France and Lucille, then living in Prague, hopped up on stage to sing with the group. The chemistry that then ensued was so powerful that Fablive ended up inviting Lucille to the studio with him and the three songs they laid down during the session became the start of their first album, Lifetime on Planet Earth. Now, four years later, Off The Grid offers listeners a logical extension of the sounds heard on their debut LP while continuing to push boundaries and defy genre.
With the release of Off The Grid, Dinner At The Thompson's has plans to hit the road, first taking their new collection of songs across stages in Europe this month and then in the US in late May. “This album was something I've wanted to do for a long time. The concept was to mix DATT's diverse musical influences of rare-groove, jazz-funk, hip-hop, soul & nu-beat to create a unique universe of sounds, moods, and ideas,” says Fablive.