Eyedea: Sixth Sense CD Available + Soundset Wrap-Up
We're pleased to announce that for the first time ever, the Sixth Sense (Eyedea & Abilities before they went by that name) album Grand's Sixth Sense, is available online through the official Micheal Larsen web store! Recorded on a 4-track when Mikey and Max were 14 and 16 respectively, the album captures songs from the group's formative years, and from the pre-First Born era.
Soundset was an emotional day, and we'd like to thank everyone who made and wore an "Eyedea shirt" as a tribute. If you have photos of you or your friends wearing an Eyedea shirt (even if it wasn't at Soundset), please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can get them all in one place and add them to our own. Read the City Pages coverage of the shirts and Face Candy set. Thanks to Lauren Alford for putting together the awesome video.
Louis LaPierre, who did the amazing artwork (which is also interactive) for the Face Candy Outtakes CD packaging, will be displaying his work at Beep Beep Gallery in Atlanta, Georgia from June 4th-25th. If you're in the area, please stop by and see his incredible work. More details here.
Cali Swag District to Release "The Kickback" on July 12th
NEW SINGLE "BURN OUT" AVAILABLE NOW
Los Angeles, CA, June 6, 2011 - Inglewood rappers Cali Swag District set July 12th release date for their debut album The Kickback on Sphinx Music Entertainment/319 Music Group distributed by Sony RED. "Burn Out (Drive Fast),"' will be the next official single off the album and a music video will follow soon after.
Cali Swag District, nominated for Best Group at the upcoming 2011 BET Music Awards, exploded onto the music scene last year with the platinum selling first single "Teach Me How To Dougie." The Dougie dance sensation has swept the nation captivating American Idol's Ryan Seacrest and Jennifer Lopez while the first lady Michelle Obama did her own version during her "Let's Move!" initiative.Altogether the Dougie movement has taken over YouTube with over 100 million video streams.
Their new single "Burn Out (Drive Fast)" is an adrenaline pumping car and street anthem produced by Sanchez and Disco."This is one of my favorite songs on the album.I hope the fans have as much fun rockin' out to it as we did making it," states Smoove. "This is the type of song that I blast in my car to get amped up for the clubs." adds JayAre.
The group will be releasing their debut album in memory of fallen member M-Bone who was tragically murdered on May 15, 2011. "We're sure that M Bone is doin' the Dougie at the gates of heaven and we know he would want us to keep the movement goin' here," says Yung. Cali Swag District recently released the Deeper Than The Dougie mixtape hosted by DJ Kay Slay that features the M Bone tribute song "How To Do That."The mixtape is available for download from their official Twitter (@CaliSwagDstrct) and Facebook (Facebook.com/CaliSwagDistrict).
Bio: Durand James Somerville, better known by his stage name, “The Virghost Poet,” is a Spoken Word Artist/ Rapper/Singer/Songwriter/Producer/Promoter based in Memphis, Tennessee. His stage name has a double meaning, with the “Virgo” being his zodiac sign and the “Ghost,” representing him living eternally through his words. He draws inspiration from the likes of Gil Scott-Heron, Nas, Marvin Gaye, and Lauryn Hill. He is best known for his powerful stage presence and how he demands and grabs the attention of the crowd during his breathtaking performances. He is also known for his brilliant studio mind using his creativeness to produce many classic underground hits. He has a unique ability to merge the rhythm of Hip-Hop music with the poetics of the Neo-Soul genre, displaying thought-provoking lyricism and composing beautiful pieces of written and spoken art.
After years of standing by as a spectator, a fan and avid lover of Hip-Hop, Natural, also known in many circles as Nasty Nat, felt it was no longer enough just to listen. A writer his entire life, Natural had produced various forms of storytelling through many different mediums. From novel writing to screenplays, poetry classes to philosophy groups, Nat always felt the need to share his personal experiences along with the people around him. It wasn't until 2009 that he finally recognized hip-hop as his true calling.
Born in Boston, Natural split time between his household in Milton and his cousins residence in Dorchester. The oldest of five in a close knit Irish-American neighborhood, Natural was responsible for his siblings from a very young age. He credits the high level of responsibility his parents entrusted to him along with his entire family's unwavering support in all avenues of artistic creativity as major reasons for his progression as an artist.
In late 2009 Natural began the beginning stages of recording. He started small with a cheap mic and industry beats in his bedroom. He slowly started to show recorded material to people he knew would give it to him straight, and the high level of positive response gave him the final push of confidence he needed.
He contacted Peter "Needy" Needham, a friend of his cousin, who had majored in audio production in college and created the "Stay Puft Productions" group. Within weeks, Natural began to write and record original material over these beats, and the two began a blueprint for the future--It was here they found a Natural fit.
Nat's music invites listeners into his own world, one guided by family and the close bonds within his small circle. His words are marked with a realistic portrayal of himself and feed off of his surroundings in the small city of Boston--his story is just one of the many tales shared through his music.
Despite his suburban background, Nat's deep routed connections with the inner city have allowed him lines of sight from both sides of the tracks. Employments and experience range from his current position at an inner city public school all the way to working with troubled youth groups over in Ireland. Bartending and bouncing in some of the roughest areas of the city while also holding down jobs in some of the trendiest spots downtown. Either way you spin it, Nat draws from a plethora of experiences and carries a unique ability to connect with many different demographics of people.
On June 21st Natural will be dropping "The Bartender". In his first release, Natural shares stories from his personal life and the lives of others, lending people a voice to confront the harsh realities and problems we all face on a daily basis. Nat also leaves room for the good times shared with the fast living collective of family and friends around him. The 16 track release encompasses life from all angles: Happiness, struggle, love, hate, employment, stress, the illegal dealings of the underworld, corruption, politics, sports, police brutality and community. It is an uncompromising vision from an artist that has finally found his calling. His style is a mix of aggressive wordplay, sharp lyricism and heavily sarcastic whit that creates a deeply honest and passionate vibe. Armed with a keen sense of self awareness and an unapologetic flow, Nat epitomizes confidence with the microphone. Hip-Hop has a new voice, and Natural's uninhibited honesty and no holds barred approach refuses to be silenced. Listen up and watch the rest unfold.