Okay, we don't normally do this, but I caught myself listening to this project from Castle that he just released on his Bandcamp page and felt like I ought to tell some people about it. This isn't an MMG album, simply something we were listneing to that was dope. Ditch Effort is not a project of bangers, it is a project with a lot of introspective joints for laid back relaxation. So, if you're into checking out new independent artists, this one's worth your time.
A little background on how we came about hearing the project: Castle is the guy who did the graphic design and artwork for Has-Lo's "In Case I Don't Make It". So, when I heard he had created a new project, I went to listen. Turns out, he's a dope musician. The album was written and produced entirely by Castle. Here's what his Bandcamp page says about his new project:
""Ditch Effort" is a loose-concept album about me leaving planet Earth behind and venturing off into space. It's very existential, moody, and self-indulgent. I actually had no intention of releasing this album, but it didn't feel right bidding everyone farewell with another instrumental album.
This is the last solo project I'll be releasing for a while. After performing for almost 20 years (since I was five), I've grown tired of seeking a record deal or independent recognition. Giving up music is not my intention. I don't think I ever could. I can, however, give up the "grind."
I don't plan to leave the grind behind forever either, but I have no idea when I'll return to it. To those who've paid attention to me over the years, I appreciate your love and support."
I got the sense after reading the description that Castle just needed an audience with open ears. I know MMG fans are some real music connoisseurs, so I figured a lot of you might appreciate this one. If you have some time this weekend and dig homegrown, quality Hiphop, take a listen. Peace.
PR: A.R.A.B. x Mike Dash E - "Music For Hire Tour 2011"
First Dirt artist / founder, A.R.A.B., and Bay Area emcee Mike Dash E are teaming up for the Music For Hire Tour 2011. These 2 up-and-coming emcees have been on their grind heavy for years and are now on the verge of breaking into a nationwide market. A.R.A.B. and Mike Dash E bring a breath of fresh air to hip-hop by combining mainstream elements with raw underground swag. These rising stars will be gracing the stages of SF, Sacramento, and Reno. More dates are TBA. Support these hard-working young talents and don't sleep on their movements.
Los Angeles, CA – Singing sensation Latoiya Williams has long been a favorite of music fans across the world. From her work with music heavyweights like Jay-Z, Dr.Dre, Snoop Dogg, Warren G, Busta Rhymes, Talib Kweli, Anthony Hamilton, and countless others, the soulful artist has given life to songs with her unique voice and style.
She's appeared on a variety of well-known projects, including soundtracks for major motion pictures ("Baby Boy, Soul Plane, Fat Albert, The Wash, Bones" and more) and critically-acclaimed best sellers like Jay-Z's "The Blueprint 2.1" album.
In addition to these memorable guest features, she was heavily showcased on the 2002 "Doggystyle All Stars" album released on Snoop's label and background appearances live for Gladys Knight and Yolanda Adams, earning her a large following.
As a sure treat for all those fans, she's released a new song titled "Happy" produced by Terrace Martin and is yet another classic expression of her talent.
This is the second preview she's given fans of the upcoming album, with the first being a video she released for a song called "I Can't Leave You Alone" that's already been seen by thousands. You can watch the video by clicking the link below.
(VP RECORDS, NEW YORK) - Get ready to jump and wave to the sounds of the Caribbean with the latest installment in the award-winning franchise series Soca Gold 2011, scheduled for release fromVP Records on June 14, 2011. Packing tropical heat for the summer, Soca Gold 2011 is the definitive Soca collection featuring artists from throughout the Caribbean and spreading the sounds of carnival to the rest of the world, year round.
This year's compilation has the latest sizzlers from the trailblazers of the genre and is a collection Soca fans traditionally turn to each year to get their fill on the hottest Soca tunes. "This is the 15th anniversary for the Soca Gold franchise," reveals Edwin Howell, executive producer and A&R of the project. "It's the most acclaimed Soca album worldwide and we are proud to deliver all the different artists and singles that excite the Soca massive each year."
The 18-track collective showcases the kings and queens of mas including Machel Montano on his anthem "Coming Again," Iwer George on his carnival smash "Come To Me," Bunji Garlin and Problem Child on "Party Cyan Done," Edwin Yearwood and Patrice Roberts on "Neighbors," and Alison Hinds and Ziggi Rankin on "Baddest Wine," to name a few. It also features Reggae star Gyptian with his "Nah Let Go" Soca remix, Dancehall slayer Busy Signal with "Touch Road," and Chutney Monarch Rikki Jai with "White Oak and Water," to round out the full spectrum of sounds from across the Caribbean and is bound to electrify Soca fans worldwide.
1. Come To Meh - Iwer George 2. Guh Down - Lil Rick 3. Party Cyan Done - Bunji Garlin & Problem Child 4. Coming Again - Machel Montano 5. White Oak And Water - Rikki Jai 6. Touch Road - Busy Signal 7. Tight Spot - Luta 8. Neighbor - Edwin Yearwood & Patrice Roberts 9. Feel Like Wukkin - Destra 10. Nuttin Undah - Lyrikal 11. Drop It - Mr. Dale 12. All Of Your Body - Skinny Fabulous 13. Baddest Wine - Alison Hinds & Ziggy Ranks 14. Mashing Up - Iwer George 15. Nah Let Go (Soca Refix) - Gyptian 16. Buss Ah Lime - K.V. Charles 17. Soak It - Buffy 18. Leave De Cyat - Sean Caruth
Coming off of last months debut of his new album, The Proven Theory, Bronx, New York emcee YONAS is releasing his latest video, this one for the album's new single "Shy Kidz." It's a dizzying, conceptual video that offers visuals as striking as the song is catchy. Which is to say, very. The song, built around a four-to-the-floor, distorted beat, courtesy of producer Sean Divine, and a chorus that features YONAS' voice heavily effected as he sings, "My mind is a runway lately and you are my runaway," pits YONAS on a quest as he searches, perhaps endlessly, for what it is in the world that will fulfill him. Drawn out in metaphor through the video, which is directed by Nat Prinzi and produced by Better Days Productions, YONAS finds himself surrounded by masked women, continually eluded by what he desires most, the lady in red.