Born and raised in Columbia, South Carolina, Ozy Reigns made his name as an enigmatic lyricist on Atlanta's underground scene alongside talents like Clan Destined, Boog Brown, Stanza, Methuzulah, Senor Kaos, staHHr and Binkis Recs, all of whom appear on Exciting Times, his followup to 2010's The Last Dragon Mixtape, also released under his Moondox Ltd. imprint. Production is handled by D.R.U.G.S., Illastrate, Jae Scott, Koda, Amdex, Rock Most, Mr. Q, C-Dubb and DJ Shakim.
PR: Afro-Punk Festival Adds Das Racist, Gym Class Heroes
The Unbeatable Line Up of the Summer Now Includes Gym Class Heroes, Das Racist, Kenna, Tamar-kali, Bad Rabbits, Joe Jordans Experiment, & DJ's Stack-Aly, Jillionaire, Dances with White Girls, D://BOi, shErOck & toni*K
The Afro-punk Festival is returning to Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park for the 7th Annual Afro-punk Festival on August 27-28. The festival is free this year thanks to our sponsors Nike, Beats By Dre, Boost Mobile, Harley Davidson, and Sesac.The best festival line-up of the Summer just got better with the addition of Gym Class Heroes, Das Racist, Kenna, Tamar-kali, Bad Raddbits, Joe Jordans Experiment, featuring DJ's Stack-Aly, Jillionaire, Dances with White Girls & D://BOi, dj.shErOck, toni*K! The 2011 festival was already stellar with Cee-Lo Green, Santigold,Janelle Monae, Fishbone, Toro Y Moi, Toshi Reagon, Ninjasonik, Cerebral Ballzy, Gordon Voidwell, Reggie Watts, Res, Joi, Rocky Business, Straight Line Stitch!
In addition, the NikeBattle For the Streets Skate and BMX Competition, the largest street skate and BMX competition in NYC will return this year with the nation's top amateur skaters and BMX riders in a competition to be judged by top professionals in both sports including Nigel Sylvester & Theotis Beasley. As always, the festival will include a market with over 60 local vendors selling their custom jewelry, t-shirts, and wares.
There are some very exciting new additions to the festival this year! Over 20 of the NYC area's hottest food trucks and vendors have been brought together for the Afro-Punk Bites and Beats Food Truck Festival ,which will bring cuisine from around the world and the 5 boroughs to the festival. In addition, Chef Marcellus Coleman, Executive Chef of Alias Restaurant in NYC, will provide his eclectic contemporary American cuisine to the festival artists, athletes and VIP's.
Afro-punk has invited Harley-Davidson and Brooklyn Black bike scene documentarians, Denim and Chrome, to collaborate on a custom bike show featuring dozens of exotic custom bikes created by black riders in the NYC area. THE 1st prize winner for best show bike will win a 1800cc Screamin Eagle Twin Cam 110A engine. The custom bike show will also serve as the backdrop for the Afro-punk Harley-Davidson/Denim and Chrome 2012 Calendar, photographed by Darius Vick, which will featureexquisite tattooed beauties each month for bike fans across the country.
The festival has commissioned an artist to paint over 300 skateboards as part of one large mural aka The Skate Artwall. The boards will be contested to Afro-punk fans at the Festival and Afro-punk will follow the life of the boards over the next year whether on the wall, the street or the half-pipe.
Described by the New York Timesas putting "rock and rebellion squarely in the category of African-American music," the Afro-punk Festival has become a Brooklyn intuition, the focal point for the burgeoning Afro-punk movement. Over the past seven years, the festival has presented new artists before they hit it big, such as Grammy-nominated Santigold, The Noisettes and Janelle Monae. Afro-punk mainstays like Saul Williams, The Dirtbombs, and Dallas Austin have also graced Afro-punk's stages.
Rapper G-Eyez (originally of Cambridge, MA) released his "Retro Series" mixtape (available below) in late 2010, on which he reinterprets ten classic Hip-Hop tracks with a few original beats thrown in as well.
Currently G is working on his anticipated forthcoming album entitled "Chasing History" Exec prod. by J. Cardim from which we have the latest leak; the song "How Am I To Live" featuring rising Boston R&B singer Cyrus DeShield. This follows their last collaboration together on G-Eyez' "Picture Me Rollin", which also featured Certified G'z (Chief C & Young Don).
Raised in NYC in the '80s and L.A. in the '90s, Dominican-American emcee Rheteric Ramirez has been making a home for himself at the sweet spot where brains meet fist for the last fifteen years. His unique brand of 'intellectual mauling' has made him one of underground hip-hop's most most unique emcees much like Nocando, resident host of L.A.'s notorious Low End Theory weekly and founder of Hellfyre Club, the new imprint under Alpha Pup Records now presenting Rhet's first single "Break Tha Bank". Hellfyre is also home to emcees Intuition, Open Mike Eagle, Sahtyre and VerBS. "Eric was one of my top 3 influences in the L.A. rap scene as a teenager," says Nocando. "He was original, witty, and passionate about everything he said. I really believe that there are no lies in his music. He has always been a polarizing guy, either you love him or you hate him. If you show love for him he'll fight for you, if you show hate for him you might get your a*s kicked."
Mello Music Group released "Tell Me," the second single from Apollo Brown and Hassaan Mackey's "Daily Bread" album this Tuesday via DJ Booth. The track will be available today for free download. Upon its July 19th digital release, "Daily Bread" debuted at #29 on iTunes' Top Hip-Hop Albums Chart and features guest appearances from Sean Born and Finale.
"Tell Me" features a visual performance from rapper Hassaan Mackey, who uses his descriptive abilities to set a vivid scene for his musings on the eternal paper-chase and struggle just to get by, "A nightmare on my street is always a reoccurring theme / Arguing with a fiend 'bout a dollar and a dream." Using a low-key yet commanding delivery, his verses bring into question many of the circumstances listeners take for granted in their daily travels, with allusions to maturation, poverty, and one's place within a grand scheme.
Musically, "Tell Me" is classic Apollo Brown, featuring hard-hitting percussion, punchy horn blasts, a lively bass line, and a dusty vocal sample. Like he did with Journalist 103 on The Left's 2010 debut "Gas Mask," Brown flashes his singular ability to build real chemistry with his partner-in-rhyme, catering to Mackey's contemplative verses with a deep and soulful musical backdrop. Brown says, "It's bassline heavy, with a guitar and one of my faux synth stabs that I create with the sample itself. Of course, the drums remain tough, and the overall beat has a great feel." The rich track echoes equal measures of Apollo's hometown of Detroit and Hassaan's native New York. "Daily Bread" is now shipping early on CD from FatBeats and digital download and will see a vinyl release August 16.
"They say the music is too loud, but Radio Raheem's theme is keeping Hassaan attached to his dreams"