Powerhouse KMEL Announces The Bay Area's 10 Freshmen
Top Urban Radio Station in California's Bay Area Lauds Up and Coming Emcees
(June 4, 2010 - Brooklyn, NY) KMEL 106.1 FM, one of the nation's premier Urban Contemporary stations serving over 1 million listeners in California's Bay Area, released their first annual list of the Bay's fastest rising hip-hop stars. The list, patterned after XXL Magazine's widely celebrated annual list of the nations best new rappers, is the brainchild of DJ Amen, one of the station's on-air talents.
The full KMEL Freshmen 10 list in no particular order is:
When asked about the criteria for choosing artists, DJ Amen commented, "We searched for artists who, despite having little to no radio play, have a strong presence and the potential to be the next big thing locally, and hopefully beyond." With growing national recognition for artists like DaVinci and international buzz for artists like Nio Tha Gift, KMEL's choices echo a growing consensus from the global hip-hop community on who will be the next generation of stars from Northern California.
KMEL has been instrumental in launching the careers of other Bay Area greats like Tupac, MC Hammer, E-40, and Too $hort. The station's Freshmen list is likely to follow in this tradition, by tipping off record executives and media outlets nationwide to Bay Area acts they should be aware of. DJ Amen will host a media mixer on June 17th at SOM in San Francisco to celebrate the list and allow the press to become more familiar with these rising stars
Bay Area based record labels Interdependent Media and SWTBRDS, who both have artists on the coveted list are pleased with KMEL's commitment to supporting local talent. Says Interdependent Media’s Ian Davis, "The Bay Area has always had a strong rap scene and it is always growing. Every so often we have a wave of new artists who come out and leave their mark. This latest batch selected by KMEL, including our artists Moe Green and TRUTHLiVE, are some of the most exciting, creative, and talented artists to hit the scene in some time.” SWTBRDS artist DaVinci adds, “To have a major radio station like KMEL support me is immensely humbling and motivating because we are as indie as it gets, we don¹t have deep pockets; we just have ears for making good music and market ourselves well.”
While the labels that represent The Freshmen see the marketing and commercial potential of inclusion on the elite list, some artists are simply proud to receive the honor. “Its a blessing. You remember listening to 106 when you were just a kid, and then to hear yourself on that same station... its unexplainable. I just appreciate people like DJ Amen, the people at KMEL, and everybody else involved for taking notice to what I got going,” exclaimed San Francisco based rapper Roach Gigz.
The Freshmen list is another benchmark for KMEL which celebrated 20 years of urban programming in 2007. The Clear Channel Communications company was instrumental in popularizing the Bay Area's "hyphy" movement in the early 2000’s, and is the longest tenured urban station in California. Fans can request their favorite Freshman by logging on to http://106kmel.com/pages/equest.html .
DJ Amen notes a sampler containing music from all the Freshmen will soon be available on the following sites:
Summertime is here and it already started on a good run for me. I performed at the pre-rally for the National Day of Action Against the SB-1070 Bill signed in Arizona. I spoke about the mobilization of the Hip Hop community against this bill and performed my single "So Special" produced by No ID. The next day I marched with over 100,000 people from across the country on a 5 mile trek to the Capitol. It was a huge success!! Also my fans started a facebook campaign to get me and female rappers on this years Rock The Bells. I am truly grateful for them here is the link http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=124489484236206 So please add yourself and post me and other femcees you think should be on this tour.
Then soon after that I received a call from a promoter to perform with .....
Queen YoNasDa Opens for 50 Cent's "The Invitation" US Tour
(Phoenix, Arizona)--Female hip-hop emcee and activist, Queen YoNasDa, has been selected to open and perform for 50 Cent's "The Invitation" US tour in her hometown of Phoenix, Arizona on Monday, June 7, 2010 at the Celebrity Theatre 40 N. 32nd St., Phoenix, Arizona. The show begins at 7 p.m. MST.
One of the new singles Queen YoNasDa will perform from her new album "God. Love. and Music" is titled, "So Special," an alluring song that serves as encouragement and inspiration for the hip-hop community. "So Special" featuring Nyhtee was written by Queen YoNasDa and produced by No ID who has produced tracks for major artists like Common, Kayne West and Jay-Z.
"No Nation Can Rise Higher than its Woman," is a saying that breathes truth. Queen YoNasDa epitomizes this energy as a hip-hop artist, curator, and activist. She got her start in the entertainment industry by choreographing BET's Teen Summit, Planet Groove and Soundstage then eventually moved on to open nationally for Wu-Tang Clan's 8 Diagrams Tour (Winter 2008-2009). Along the way she has performed with many other artists that include Lloyd, Ginuwine, Method Man & Redman, Jurassic 5, and Christina Aguilera. Queen YoNasDa recently completed her first national co-headlining tour with Wu Tang Clan's Raekwon alongside Capone N Noreaga "Built For Cuban Linx 2 Tour" (Nov.13-Dec 19,2009). She performed songs from her highly-respected album "God. Love. and Music." As the grand-daughter of the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan and daughter of Wauneta Lonewolf, Queen YoNasDa has proven to be a leader by spearheading movements like "Hip-Hop for Haiti" and leading the hip-hop community in Arizona to protest the new immigration law which she considers to be racial profiling and separates families. The Arizona protest song is a remake of Public Enemy's "By the Time I Get to Arizona" and has been featured on AllHipHop.com: http://allhiphop.com/stories/features/archive/2010/05/06/22204547.aspx /> For more information about Queen YoNasDa, visit her website at http://QueenYoNasDa.com, become a Facebook fan at http://Facebook.com/QueenYoNasDa and follow her on Twitter at http://Twitter.com/QueenYoNasDa />
Florida's Hottest Rapper Misses Event Honoring "The Dirty South"
NEW YORK, N.Y., June 3rd, 2010 - Contrary to the music industry buzz, Florida's hottest rapper Plies has announced that he will not be performing at the 2010 VH1 Hip Hop Honors airing on Monday, June 7 at 9:00 PM ET/PT. For the first time ever, VH1 is honoring a particular geographic region for its contribution to hip hop and this year's theme is "The Dirty South", celebrating the music, influence and artists of The South.
As a real southern icon in the Hip Hop world right now, Plies was a key addition to the performance line-up that was announced in March 2010. However, there is now a scheduling conflict since Plies had to push the release date of his most anticipated album from May 25th to June 8th in order to lower the album street price for his fans. As a result, Plies feels that it is important to focus on his fans and the days leading up to the release of his fourth album Goon Affiliated.
"I had to make a choice between personally meeting with my fans during my album promo tour or performing at the VH1 Hip Hop Honors and the choice was easy -fans come first," explains Plies.
Ironically, not only will Florida's biggest rapper Plies not be attending or performing, but Young Jeezy, Georgia's hottest rapper right now will also not be in attendance at VH1's Hip Hop Honors specifically celebrating The South. Young Jeezy is one of the rappers featured on Plies fourth album dropping June 8th with their collaboration Look Like also featuring Fabolous.
Plies promises his fans of the South that he will make this up to them as he has recently announced that he will be headlining his first national tour being kicked off weeks after the release of Goon Affiliated. As a Florida native and lover of the south, it is certain that there will be a Florida stop along his upcoming tour. For up to date information about Plies and his Goon Affiliated tour, please visit www.PliesWorld.com or follow him on Twitter: Twitter.com/GoonAffiliated.
Suave House CEO Tony Draper has been a major trendsetter in Southern Hip Hop for over two decades, giving birth to the artist known as 8Ball & MJG, initiating the monumental Universal Cash Money deal and awakening Ice Cube's independent roots and sound – resulting in Cube scanning over 1 million units, netting him more money than he's made selling records since the inception of his music career. It's therefore only ﬁtting that Draper's latest artist and creation, Jigg, pays respect to the South with new track "STILL ON IT" just days before VH1 is poised to acknowledge Southern Hip Hop with their annual Hip Hop Honors ceremony.
Download and share Jigg’s “Still on it” from Conversation with the Heart:
Jigg ﬂows over a soulful bass line and guitar, reminiscing about the inﬂuence that southern luminaries like Uncle Luke, Goodie Mob, Outkast, Trick Daddy, UGK, Ghetto Boys, 8Ball & MJG, Field Mob, T.I, Lil Wayne, Juvenile, Mannie Fresh, and more have had on his own development as an artist. Jigg's current single "WHAT I WANT" ft. Ice Cube & Lil Wayne can be heard on urban/rhythmic stations across the country and is growing in spins daily. Jigg is certainly poised to quickly become one of the brilliant hip hop artists that newcomers can look up to. "STILL ON IT" will be featured on Jigg's forthcoming album, Conversation With The Heart, due later this year.
Rapper Blakkat Releases Two Singles from Album, "On My Way" Tracks "On My Way" and "West Representa" Released Digitally This Month via Island/Def Jam
Blakkat releases fire in the first singles from his label Blaque Kat Inc. (BKi). With major names and artists from his own label, this Rapper and songwriter is coming onto the scene with some of the best producers in the industry, and he is about to bring West Coast love to the Summer with “West Representa” and a little somethin' special for the ladies as well with the title track, “On My Way”.
The full album, featuring 13 tracks, will be digitally released on June 29 and will be distributed by Island Def Jam Music Group. The disc features such artists as Jagged Edge, Love (formally of Isis), MC Eiht, Mak Dope, CcServa, Nonsense, Illatary & others.
“On My Way” also features hard hitting production from some of the best up and coming producers in the industry such as Rocwilder protégé The Presidentz, ATL based Eargasm Productions, BBP, Auditory, XLRG, & Dope House Productions. Blakkat named his album “On My Way” to show the major record labels that he is… literally. The release is destined to be a hit for clubs and streets. Fans appreciate his music, and his message: “Do You! No matter what it is you do for a living, bring you to the table.”
Living in California, but influenced by Roger & Zapp, Marvin Gaye, Babyface, Charlie Wilson, MC Eiht, Scarface, and a California favorite, Snoop Dogg himself, Blakkat isn’t afraid to dig deep to get into the music, while still keeping up his business end as the CEO of the Blaque Kat record label.
Unlike most artists, Blakkat was intent on releasing two very diverse singles to launch the release. “On My Way” is a song for real women, letting them know that “Rappers love their women, too”. “West Representa” is the summer anthem for “keeping it West”, although he acknowledges that the East Coast family is where he first found Rap and fell in love with Hip Hop. “I wanted this to be an album for the streets, clubs, ladies and thugs; there is something for everyone on this release.”
Dedicated to his growing fan base, Blakkat makes a point to perform once or twice a month, usually in the Los Angeles area. But plans are also in to the works for a tour to support the release of the new disc. “Fans can expect a genuine show from me. I give an engaging performance; I like to get the crowd involved I like to see people having fun.”
The two singles, “On My Way” and “West Representa” are available now through iTunes, Napster, Rhapsody, eMusic, DFJams, and many more. Internet radio has already caught the buzz, with fans who listen to Jango and Live365 are requesting the tunes and leaving hundreds of positive comments.
Blakkat has what it takes to make it. He knows what the streets want. He handles the misconception that Hip Hop artists are thugs that don't handle business, but as someone on the stage and signing checks as CEO, Blakkat is clearing the way for big time success.
MP3: Apollo Brown - "Hungry" f/ Rapper Big Pooh & Black Milk
Apollo Brown's Latest Single Features Two Exceptional MC's
Last week Detroit producer, Apollo Brown, delivered us his latest album, The Reset. The project features a variety of exceptional MC's atop Apollo's soulful production, including Rapper Big Pooh and Black Milk, on the track "Hungry". With a hard-hitting beat and rhymes from the two MC's to match, the track is filled with energy. "Hungry" leads off with a verse from Big Pooh, who recounts his hard work and also takes some time to celebrate his successes. The second verse comes from Black Milk, as he lays a series of bragadoccio rhymes over Apollo's heavy drums and mix of vocal, horn, and organ chops. Following each verse is the repeating mantra of the song, rapped by Black Milk, "I can't sleep, I'm on the grind, I'm hungry"; a simple hook that’s pounded into the heads of listeners as a firm proclamation of ambition.
Apollo Brown's The Reset is now available via Mello Music Group.
Born into a bi-racial family in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Apollo Brown's early influences skewed more toward the music of Journey and The Carpenters than the urban genres his peers often cite as inspiration. This is not to say that once hip-hop came into play, Apollo wasn’t all in. Just as easily as he can praise the virtues of yacht rock, the 29-year-old beatsmith can name personal heroes - Gang Starr, Wu-Tang, Mobb Deep, M.O.P., Nas, and Black Moon - from the early 90s period in which, for him, beats and rhymes became life. Apollo began making his own music in 1996 using Voyetra audio software, then upgraded to Cool Edit 2000 in becoming a self-described bedroom beat-maker for roughly the next eight years. It was the mid-2000s, and the upstart producer saw no future for his work - work he had dedicated his life to - in an industry where radio was setting a formulaic pattern for mainstream music. But he eventually began to miss the creativity in his craft and began producing once again, releasing the instrumental albums Skilled Trade (2007) and Make Do (2009). He went on in 2009 to win the Detroit Red Bull Big Tune Championships and competed in the national finals. Apollo then signed as a producer with the Mello Music Group in December of 2009. His debut album, The Reset, is available now via Mello Music Group.
About Mello Music Group:
Like Lao Tzu in hip-hop, Mello Music Group provides music for the soul, from the heart of American culture, opening the realm of the intelligent hip-hop experience through melodic evocations, beats that corroborate the truth, and voices that roar above the rising void and impose order on the terrible & triumphant moments of everyday life. This is the compelling sound of Mello Music Group. Industry newcomer Michael Tolle founded MMG in 2007 and is acting Director of Operations. MMG will be releasing projects from Oddisee, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Kenn Starr, Finale, Trek Life, Dudley Perkins, Sareem Poems, UPS, and YU in 2010. http://www.myspace.com/mellomusicgroup .
"MR. WORLDWIDE'S CARNAVAL" WILL CONTINUE TO AMAZE WITH UPCOMING DATES
LOS ANGELES (June 2, 2010)... Global sensation Pitbull was busy over Memorial Day weekend setting cities like San Diego (May 27), Los Angeles (May 28), San Francisco (May 29) and Las Vegas (May 30) on fire with an electrifying stage show on his "Mr. Worldwide's Carnaval" tour in association with top promoter, AEG Live.
The first dates include kick-off shows at the San Diego Sports Arena in San Diego, San Francisco's Warfield and sellouts at Los Angeles' Nokia Theatre L.A. Live and Las Vegas' Mandalay Bay. Performances were filled with the lights and sounds of a true carnaval as "Mr. 305" brought the house down with his swagger and various show stopping surprises, including choreographed light-wielding performers on stilts, stunning sexy-costumed dancers and Pit's amazing live band and DJ keeping the crowd hyped and dancing in the aisles.
It was only a year ago in Los Angeles at his sold out show at Club Nokia, across the LA Live Plaza, where Pitbull laid down the foundation for the "Mr. Worldwide's Carnaval" tour. The performance turned out to be a foreshadowing of the sellout at the much larger Nokia Theatre on May 28 with his performance to a jam packed house of over 4000 people. Not since its opening has the Nokia Theatre hosted such a dazzling evening filled with excitement, sexiness and sabor! This is truly a spectacular way to start Pitbull's first ever US Tour...and it's just the beginning.
June 4 El Paso, TX El Paso Coliseum June 5 Laredo, TX Laredo Events Center June 6 McAllen, TX KAI June 9 Corpus Christi, TX Concrete Street Amp June 10 Houston, TX Club Escapade June 11 Dallas, TX Palladium June 12 Austin, TX Austin Music Hall June 16 Norfolk, VA Norva June 18 Atlanta, GA Six Flags June 19 Orlando, FL Universal June 22 Jackson, NJ Six Flags June 23 Springfield, MA Six Flags June 24 New York, NY Nokia Theatre June 25 Washington, DC Six Flags June 26 Detroit, MI Royal Oak Theatre June 27 Chicago, IL Aragon Ballroom June 28 Milwaukee, WI Summerfest
"It's always good to be home," announces rapper MF DOOM to a New York crowd on the new live album Expektoration feat. Big Benn Klingon, Gold Dust, September 14 2009. "It's like a big-ass family reunion in here."
For over 20 years, MF DOOM has existed on his own planet in the hip-hop universe, entertaining and confounding listeners with his unique mix of playful samples, outrageous showmanship, and esoteric lyrical references.
Gold Dust is proud to present Expektoration, the new live album that documents a show in the life of the most mysterious rapper in hip-hop and gives an ultra-rare glimpse into this enigmatic figure.
Lost amid all the talk of imposters and substitutes is the rapper's own innate ability to rock a crowd. Broken up into two acts, complete with intermission, Act 1 draws mainly from 2004's MM..FOOD and Madvillainy, the latter of which Pitchfork called "one of the most anticipated releases in underground rap history" and "inexhaustibly brilliant." DOOM breathes new life into tracks like Food’s "Kon Karne" and Madvillainy's "Accordion," constantly working the crowd while never letting his intricate, tongue-tying rhymes get the best of him live.
After a "Star Trek"-themed intermission (Don't ask. Just listen.), the man behind Vaudeville Villain, Born Like This and Unexpected Guests revisits his 1999 debut solo album Operation: Doomsday on Act II. "Hey!", which deftly flips the theme song from "Scooby Doo" and has become one of the rapper's best-known tracks, dovetails right into the smooth "Rhymes Like Dimes" for a balance of the absurd and soulful. Listen closely at times and you'll hear the audience recite every lyric along with the emcee. Also included on Act II are the 2003 single "Change the Beat" and an appearance by DOOM's alter ego King Geedorah on "The Fine Print."
While nothing can replace the live experience, Expektorationoffers the best mix of DOOM's intense and sustained energy with joyful absurdity (the opening shots are a man stating, "Expectoration, or spitting, is a common side effect of speaking Klingon. Until you are used to it, keep a napkin or handkerchief nearby.")
BP Your Heart Is Black! New York artists release protest video "Top Kill" Press Release - June 2nd 2010 - For Immediate Release More Info: www.bpyourheartisblack.com
The song "Top Kill" and the accompanying protest video against British Petroleum is a project by New York City musicians and film-makers (www.bpyourheartisblack.com). It is dedicated to humanity's endless struggle to overcome mass insanity, and to the global community victimized by the greatest act of theft in recorded history.
Planned as a performance art piece by New York's blues-rock band Electric Black, the Flash Protest at the BP station on Houston and Lafayette on May 28th turned out to be the largest of its kind. Earlier that week the band, joining forces with activist group CodePink, took the streets with 7000 flyers. With no time to procure a protest permit, a few mobilized many.
"We organized this protest with the intention of creating a multimedia performance piece aimed to fan the fires of outrage against BP, TransOcean, and Halliburton, and so spread consciousness about this abomination," says organizer and lead singer of Electric Black Johnny B. With the support of accomplished film-makers and artists such as Shoja Azari, Nariman Hamid, and Tommy Mokas, a powerful protest video was turned around in 48 hours.
The works vent our frustration and encourages others to do so as well. Though the feeling amongst most people seems to be of a helpless paralysis, such attitudes are counterproductive in the effort to punish the companies responsible, and attempt to prevent future acts of catastrophic negligence.
Just a couple quick things. First, the latest episode of The Insider is posted. This is a rather big one. I talk about some changes to the show itself, so even if you're not a Spice Rack subscriber head over to the site and check it out. If you ARE a Spice Rack subscriber definitely watch it because after the public portion of the video I talk about a couple exciting new things happening with my stage show and a new radio network that's launching soon.
The other thing I want to mention is I have a show this Friday in Trenton, NJ. And the announcement I talk about on The Insider concerning my stage show will be in full effect at this show. Things will be quite different and I'm really excited about this. It's going to be a fantastic show so if you're anywhere near Trenton this Friday do come check it out.
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