MP3: Shane Eli - "Us vs. Them (W.A.R.)" prod. Jon Parker
Courtesy Shane Eli Music.
"As the Republicans fight to see who will ignore our needs next, on his new promo single L.A. producer/rapper Shane Eli reminds us that when it comes to fighting for freedom, it truly is "Us vs. Them." Keep an eye out for two new projects from Eli - "The Flip" and "Enough Love" - coming soon."
"The block is burning, they must have missed us / screaming from the roof with our fists up."
Shane Eli | "Us vs. Them (W.A.R.) | Prod. by Jon Parker and Erik Belz | Promo Single
Follow Cris Cab as he hits the road touring the Northeast in support of his new project, Echo Boom (January 31st) . In Episode 1 of his "Winter '11" tour blog, Cris kicks off the tour rehearsing in New York City, rocking Webster Hall, and hanging with his band before making their way to Boston to do it all over again!
Audio: Billy Danze's "Raps United Nation" (RUN) Project
Courtesy Matt B.
NEW AUDIO FROM BILLY DANZE’S “RAPS UNITED NATION” (RUN) PROJECT, FIRST LEAKS INCLUDE D-DUB’S “GROWN MAN B.I.” & DUTCH’S “BATTLEFIELD”
"RUN" (Raps United Nation) is the brainchild of M.O.P.’s Billy Danze who throughout the course of his illustrious career and years of extensive international touring could not help but notice and acknowledge how many talented artists he met during his travels who simply lacked a platform to be heard. Who better then a fellow artist to spearhead the charge and give them that platform, as Billy explains “As an artist I understand the frustration. There are so many artists out there that possess the talent of being able to produce and record good music. They are determined; they have the drive and dedication, but feel as if no one notices. I’ve seen and heard what’s out there from an artistic level. These artists need to be heard and have a united voice. I am very passionate about giving them that opportunity and will do anything in my power to help those that really want to win.”
The Music industry has undeniably changed and evolved and artists have been forced to either adapt with it, or go the way of the dinosaur. While the Internet and the proliferation of social media platforms are viable assets for new artists desperately looking for exposure, using those mediums alone is still equivalent to trying to “catch lighting in a bottle.” Billy Danze’s ambitious plans for “RUN” are to create an army of incredible artists from all corners of the globe and to unify and raise awareness for them by creating projects which are loud enough to be heard by the masses; as Billy details “my aim is to get every talented artist a deal. Support on a globalized scale is all an artist really needs or could ask for. I have contacted all my resources and they in return have done the same. A vital key to success in this business is alliance; and I personally have a team in every corner of the world. We can build a team of thousands and support each other.”
There is no disputing the artistic contributions Billy Danze has contributed to the culture as a member of M.O.P., yet, while still in its early infancy, his greatest contribution may still lay in front of him as the founder of “RUN,” as he eloquently states “as a fellow artist, these projects will enable me to be a vital cog in a family of worthy artists that simply need a platform and a voice and to oversee that lends the potential to be the biggest accomplishment of my career. From a business perspective, I believe “RUN” (Raps United Nation”) is a vehicle the industry is desperately lacking. The way to find new talent is to go get it. Industry executives no longer believe in the artist, or artist development, how can the industry grow if we don’t allow new artists to showcase their talent?”
The first leaks from the debut installment, “First Wave,” of “RUN” are available for download here:
Washington, D.C. rhymesayer SmCity has joined forces with The DJBooth to bring fans his debut full-length, The Indie Life: Hate, Love & Money. The project features 12 original cuts from the up-and-coming emcee, including previously-featured, reader-approved cuts “Watch Me,” “About a Hater” and “Mr. IDGAF.”
Joining SmCity on the guest tip throughout The Indie Life are Trey Dupree, Derek Olds, Skyzoo, Kokayi, Pro’verb, DB, Oddisee, Phil Adé, Uptown XO, Sam Trocki. Beats come courtesy of The Best Kept Secret, Heartbeat, Charlie Heritage, The Drumatiks, DB, Ab the Pro and Preston Hart.
For songwriter, producer, and singer ZAKEE, 2011 turned out to be an outstanding year. In September, the triple threat released his debut album, Assimilations, a project that showed off a mix of ZAKEE's new sounds and earned him acclaim from a variety of outlets, not to mention year-end list nods from the likes of OkayAfrica and MTV Iggy.
Now, having parted ways with his former label, Green Owl Records, and having entered into new management under Jay Jackson who also manages Santigold and SPANK ROCK, ZAKEE is looking forward to an exciting 2012, and is kicking off the new year with a trippy new, TriggerHappy-directed video for "Snakes."
Madchild from Swollen Members will release his “Little Monsters” EP digitally on January 24th through Suburban Noize/Battle Axe Records. Madchild’s heavily anticipated debut solo album, "Dope Sick", will land in stores later this year and his video for the track "F@#k Madchild" can be seen online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M66URGg8qJc .
La Coka Nostra are touring in support of their critically acclaimed 2009 debut "A Brand You Can Trust", which AllMusicGuide hailed as "one all-star album that doesn't disappoint." The album is in stores now on Suburban Noize Records and features guest appearances by Snoop Dogg, Cypress Hill, Bun B, Psycho Realm, Q-Unique, Immortal Technique and the Alchemist. La Coka Nostra recently dropped their new video for the track "Malverde Market" online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I7q7_VNBam4 .
SWOLLEN MEMBERS TOUR DATES: Jan 20 - Williams Lake, BC @ Overlander Hotel Jan 21 - Langley, BC @ Troubadour w/ La Coka Nostra Jan 24 - Calgary, AB @ The New Black Youth Center *** Madchild Solo Jan 24 - Calgary, AB @ Dickens Pub w/ La Coka Nostra Jan 25 - Edmonton, AB @ Diesel w/ La Coka Nostra Jan 27 - Lethbridge, AB @ The Stone w/ La Coka Nostra Jan 28 - Regina, SK @ The 306 Hip-hop SK8 Shop w/ La Coka Nostra Jan 29 - Saskatoon, SK @ The Odeon Events Centre w/ La Coka Nostra Feb 04 - Toronto, ONT @ Rockpile w/ La Coka Nostra Feb 06 - Quebec City, QC @ Dagobert Nightclub w/ La Coka Nostra Feb 09 - Sydney, NS @ Joan Harris Cruise Pavilion w/ Royce Da 59' Feb 10 - Saint John, NB @ Tonic Feb 11 - Moncton, NB @ Oxygen Feb 12 - Halifax, NS @ Toothy Moose