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.
Championship Sports Bar & Grill 931 Chambers Street Trenton, NJ 08611 21 and over. $8 cover.
Necro recently released his sixth full-length album, DIE!, and is excited to give fans the third single from the album, "Thugcore Cowboy." While the title conjures images of the Wild West, Necro flips the concept admirably and in the way only he can, paralleling Wild Western times with modern-day drama.
Experiencing the thugcore cowboy life himself, Necro raps the hardcore truth of the streets. "I get in and I am not someone to play games with," says Necro. "I feel like an outlaw and desperado when I get into beef in the street and get into confrontations with enemies - I never fold." Producing the song himself, as he did for each song on the new album, Necro also takes violent words and turns them into art, speaking on truth and showing poignancy through his rhymes.
Necro creates the most extreme brand of hardcore hip-hop available. It's violent, explicit, insane and at times, pornographic. The music is mental (psychological) but also insane (psycho) and intelligent (logical), hence Psycho+Logical-Records. Launching his label in Nov. 1999 with five albums - I Need Drugs, Gory Days, The Pre-Fix For Death, The Sexorcist and Death Rap - it is rap at its most brutal. With DIE!, that is exactly what fans will get and more. Available everywhere via Psycho+Logical-Records / RBC / Fontana, Necro's 6th solo album is the ultimate in his self-made genre of hardcore hip-hop.
Latest Episode Of C'mon Has Ed Lover Joking On More Athletes And Celebrities
Once again, Ed Lover attacks the shamefulness and embarrassment of pop culture with his latest episode of C'mon Son. His victims this time include media icons such as LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Tiger Woods, and Justin Bieber, among others, as his ruthlessly hilarious criticism continues. Now 14 episodes into the hugely popular web series, Ed recently visited LA for a meetings with a variety of TV networks. Introduced with a sarcastic conversation between Ed and T.I., C'mon Son Episode 14 keeps the iconic cameos coming.
Ed Lover is a multi-faceted talent who has been a steadfast presence in hip-hop culture for the past twenty years. He began his career as a rapper with the group No Face, before going on to co-host Yo! MTV Raps with cohort Doctor Dre. Ed Lover and Doctor Dre teamed up again to star in the hip-hop whodunit Who's The Man? and later went on to host the highly rated Morning Show With Ed, Lisa and Dre on Hot 97. Currently being heard as on-air personality at New York's Power 105.1FM, Ed Lover has also recently made appearances on television shows on VH1 in addition to his popular 'C'mon Son' web series.
Slum Village to Release "Villa Manifesto" on July 27th
VILLA MANIFESTO IS FIRST ALBUM FROM GROUP TO FEATURE VOCAL CONTRIBUTIONS FROM T3, J. DILLA, BAATIN AND ELZHI
(New York, NY)- E1 Music and NE’ASTRA Music Group is happy to announce the release of Villa Manifesto, the new studio album by Detroit hip hop group Slum Village, on July 27, 2010. The album is the group’s first to feature vocal contributions from all four members: T3, J Dilla and the late Baatin and Elzhi. The album also features Dwele, De La Soul, Little Brother, Colin Munroe and Phife and production by Young RJ, J. Dilla, Dave West, Hi Tek, and Mr. Porter. The first single, “Faster,” features Colin Munroe and was produced by Young RJ will be serviced to radio shortly.
Slum Village’s 6th studio album serves as both a reunion and a memorial album. "I wanted to pull the whole squad together," explains T3. "The reason why we call it Villa Manifesto is that it was a statement we want to give our people because we had been away for so long. What we're doing, what's going on, how we're feeling and where we're at today."
In its earliest incarnation, Slum Village was a trio: T3, Baatin and would-be production legend J. Dilla (then Jay Dee). When Dilla left the group to pursue a solo career in 2002, the syllable slamming upstart Elzhi was brought in to supplement Baatin and T on the Trinity LP. Shortly thereafter, Baatin himself would split as well, citing health issues, and leaving just the duo of T3 and Elzhi. In 2006, Dilla passed away from complications stemming from his long battle with Lupus. Then, last summer Baatin was found dead in his home, the cause unknown.
After forming in the late ‘90s, the group quickly earned critical acclaim with Fantastic Vol. 1 and Vol. 2. Their third album Trinity (Past, Present, Future) propelled them even further as it included the hit single “Tainted,” which featured fellow Motowner Dwele.