Philadelphia’s Power 99 Catches up with Rapper/Producer/CEO Kwame
Kwame is best known for his success producing Lloyd Banks' break-out single "On Fire," Will Smith's international smash "Switch," and for scoring scenes in films such as "Step Up," "Stomp the Yard," and “Fantastic Four.”
In addition to producing and contributing to records selling over 30 million copies, Kwame is also the President and CEO of his own label, Make Noise.
Last week, Power 99’s Cosmic Kev caught up with Kwame in Philly for an on-air interview.
The two discuss Kwame’s changeover from artist to producer, the “notorious” polka-dot diss, and his new artist, Beyond Belief.
Kwame also graces us with some brand new bars during a 10:00 minute back-and-forth freestyle with Beyond Belief.
This week on Hip-Hop Shop we're featuring new music from Dan-e-o, Little Brother, Louis Logic and more! If you like what you hear be sure to e-mail email@example.com with feedback or to get more information about sponsoring the show. Hip-Hop Shop features podsafe music, so give a copy to your friends and tell them to check us out every week at RapReviews.com! PS: Be sure to check out our good friends mrob & The Cancer at K4D too!
* Little Brother - Star * Louis Logic f/ Black Mask - Broken Record * Bekay - Realest That Run It (BLESTeNATION Remix) * Fatnice of 84 - My Favorite Things * DJ Concept & DJ Mickey Knox f/ Chaundon & Little Vic - Story to Tell * Dan-e-o f/ Conwell - Last Minute
LB Invites Fan Interaction With IAmLittleBrother.ning.com, Big Pooh Comments On "Star," Twitter Situation
For all the fans of Little Brother, there's now something new to check on everyday besides personal Facebook accounts, MySpace pages, and Twitter handles. A website for Little Brother fans is now up and running, for everyone to post their own Little Brother tidbits, share their stories, and interact both with the group and fans of the group worldwide. "The site is a thank you. Come and be a part of the Little Brother experience by posting your stories, pictures, favorite songs, homemade videos put to Little Brother songs, and more. Interact with other fans of Little Brother from across the globe," says Big Pooh. A Little Brother shopping trip is also available as the site includes new, official LeftBack shirts, GetBack shirts, CDs, and all kinds of Little Brother items. It's a one-stop shop, or rather one-stop site, for all things Little Brother.
News on Little Brother's iTunes Bonus song, "Star," has been much discussed over the weekend. Having heard from Phonte, here is Big Pooh's take on the situation.
From Big Pooh:
"We decided to give that song to people for two reasons. First, the people have been asking for another 9th/Little Brother song since this is the last Little Brother album. We had intended for that song to be an iTunes bonus track but certain circumstances led us to leak it, which leads to the second reason: We got word late Friday from our distribution company that iTunes took the song down following a call from 9th or someone in his camp. I feel that if he didn't want the song out then he could have easily contacted any one of us (Big Dho, Phonte, or myself) and explained his reasoning and the issue would have been dealt with accordingly. Instead we find out on some "oh yeah, I forgot to tell" type shit while trying to figure out other information. "Star" was recorded in 2005-2006 for use by 9th on his Wonder Years album that has yet to get a release date.
A lot of people have been asking and waiting for my response regarding the twitter outburst over the weekend. I posted a few statements via twitter myself, but, for the most part, I have chosen to remain silent. I have never believed in airing out business on the internet. I have tried to be as diplomatic as possible when answering questions about the situation in an effort to move on. Unfortunately, the same passion that people have had for Little Brother since we came on the scene in support of us is the same passion that fuels a lot of the extra back and forth between parties. You would have never witnessed what you did over the weekend if 9th actually spoke to us instead of speaking to you, the fans, via social network about the situation. Telling people, "You don't know the REAL story," and "It ain't on me, they wanted me out the group," and other comments of that nature does nothing but agitate the situation. It's only so much you can take before you finally explode and ask, "Why not talk to me instead of talking to those who have nothing to do with our problems?"
Phonte and myself have always been made to look like the mean, jealous, bitter, former group members in the situation when that is far from the case. 9th has taken the "high road" because at the end of the day, there isn't too much he can say if we really started throwing out the facts behind his departure from the group. We have issues that can and will only be worked out by us, if at all. Some of your outside input is appreciated but not necessary as we sort through this situation. At the end of the day it doesn't help, it only adds fuel, regrettably. As always, we appreciate you support and thank you for listening."
For more information on Little Brother please contact Michelle or Dan at Audible Treats.
Little Brother, the Durham, North Carolina group formed in part by Phonte and Rapper Big Pooh, released their debut album The Listening on ABB Records in 2003. They are now gearing up for the release of their fourth album, LeftBack, which will be the last of Little Brother’s illustrious career, available April 20th via Hall Of Justus. Continuing the tradition they set with the critically acclaimed third release GetBack, Big Pooh and Phonte have enlisted multiple producers for LeftBack, both from within and outside of the Justus League camp. The album features production from the likes of Khyrsis, Denaun Porter, J.Bizness and guest vocals from Torae, Truck North, Jozeemo, Chaundon, Median, and more.
Kottonmouth Kings Take a Trip in New ‘Mushrooms’ Video
The Kottonmouth Kings newest member, the Dirtball, is currently tripping on psychedelics in the group’s new video for the track “Mushrooms”, which can be seen online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6sdmzzD_MTU. The song is part of the group’s new album, “Long Live The Kings”, which hits stores on April 20th, 2010 through Suburban Noize.
“Making music videos is one of the dopest parts of being in the rap business,” commented Dirtball. “I have always wanted to do a green screen, psychedelic video to one of my songs, particularly a more technically patterned one like ‘Mushrooms’. Obviously the name warrants the special attention, and I am stoked on the end result which is pure visual mania! Expand your mind on this chunk of entertainment!”
Kottonmouth Kings are riding a creative high after announcing they have added Oregon based rapper the Dirtball to the group as a full-time member. Dirtball’s motor mouth can be heard all over the group’s new album, including tracks like “Stomp”, “Rampage” and “Party Monsters” featuring Tech N9ne. Kottonmouth Kings' "Long Live The Kings" is currently available for pre-order with a bonus CD and exclusive DVD online at www.SubNoizeStore.com .
On February 15, 2000, I released my debut album "The Book of Daniel" on One Rock Records - a label I co-founded with my crew, Monolith. As announced on the 10 year anniversary of this album's release, I would be commemorating this landmark occasion with the release of a brand new mixtape.
On the first video from Breakestra's Dusk Till Dawn album, Miles Tackett, Mixmaster Wolf and vocalist Afrodyete lead the funk outfit through their bumping soul burner as a young lady walks the streets of Los Angeles with a portable turntable in her hand. Fresh off of performing at this year's SXSW, you can also check for a 2 page feature on Breakestra in the current issue of Wax Poetics. Dusk Till Dawn, a tribute to the late DJ Dusk, is in stores now.
And for the Los Angeles folks:
Friday April 2nd @ Los Angeles Natural History Museum
Breakstra w/ Fitz & The Tantrums, Them Jeans, Cosmic Kids