This week on Hip-Hop Shop we're featuring new music from Bisco Smith, Chaundon, TRUTHLiVE 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!
* DJ Concept & DJ Mickey Knox f/ Chaundon & Little Vic - Story to Tell * Diabolic - I Don't Wanna Rhyme * TRUTHLiVE - The Unlearning * Fel Sweetenberg f/ Tanzania Lateef - Panzie * Bisco Smith - Vibrations * Block Exchange f/ Push Montana - I Don't See 'Em
Tomorrow, on March 23 at 8 PM EST, WWE Superstar John Cena will appear on legendary rapper Bumpy Knuckles' (a/k/a Freddie Foxxx) UStream radio show, KRUPT-MOB RADIO. John Cena, who gained notoriety as a rapper/wrestler, established a good friendship with Bumpy Knuckles over the last decade. Cena's gold-selling debut record, "You Can't See Me," includes many appearances from Bumpy Knuckles, including the hit single "Bad, Bad Man." UStream, a video chat website, has been home of many stations of hip-hop artists and wrestling fans alike. Many fans are able to chat with many celebrities and superstars through the use of UStream. Bumpy Knuckles' UStream website can be found here:
We are excited to share with you our feature in the Source Magazine (the April-May 2010 issue that just hit the stands). While we are certainly not putting the Source above your support, we wanted to share this with you because (1) this is our first feature in a major print publication and (2) it it because of your support over the past months that the Source gave us such a strong endorsement!
No song pitches this time around. Just wanted to share the news and say THANK YOU!
Alexei & Kom
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Fly Gypsy’s admiration for hip-hop dates back to their adolescence. Russian producer Alexei became a mixtape aficionado, while Jamaica-bred MC Kowboy Kom embraced the ’90s rap scene. The microphone fiend would soon meet his PNC in a cipher at DC’s popular Bar Nun open mic spot, where the duo clicked. “Though from different cultures, we grew up on the same music, from the Fugees to Nina Simone, Nirvana to Buju Banton,” explains Kom.
The tandem’s The Vodka & Rum Mixtape became a staple across nationwide dorms in ‘09, tallying up downloads from mixtape giant datpiff.com. Critical acclaim soon followed. On their latest LP, Change for a Dollar, which features college radio favorite “2 Step” and the alternative -infused “Go,” stimulating diversity amid today’s musical medium was a no brainer. “We are musicians, first and foremost, and we rock hard,” says one-man band Alexei.
Surpassing expectations, Fly Gypsy set their own standards for success. “As for what we’re trying to accomplish, long-term we’re shooting for Jay-Z/Kanye West/Lil Wayne level in terms of popularity and, probably, more importantly, longevity and impact. We want to leave a mark, take hip-hop in new directions.” As leaks from their FG*XL:remixtape surface, and their galvanizing stage shows continue to gain mass appeal, Fly Gypsy illustrates that they’re way above the clouds.
March 22nd, 2010 -- West Coast Living Legend, Richard "Richie Rich" Serrell returns to the limelight after a more than nine year musical absence.
On his just released mix-tape outing, the appropriately titled Town Bidness, Dubble R continues to bless the masses with his reality fueled street narratives, delivered in that all-too-familiar raspy vocal tone. On the thirteen track extravaganza, Rich enlists the help of a few of his homies and colleagues in the biz; Snoop Dogg ["I Fux Wit You"], B-Legit & Erk Tha Jerk ["Doe (Remix)"], but in true actuality this audio affair is strictly about the man himself. Summing it up best on "#1," He professes, "40 Water sprinkled me, $hort blew the whistle, Dubble got caught with a half thang and a pistol. Now, I'm an ex-felon with a gun, but in my mind, shit, I'm still #1."
Richie Rich first rose to prominence as a lead member of the popular Oakland, California, quintet, 415, back in the late eighties. The underground collective's heralded debut, 41Fivin, which spawned a succession of popular singles; "415," "Groupie Ass Bitch," & "Side Show," is still considered, to this day, a Bay Area classic. It also sparked plenty enough interest and fanfare to enable Rich with the opportunity of recording his first solo LP. That project, Don't Do It, with its excellent title track, followed in 1990, and was an instantaneous success.
Unfortunately, with triumph often times comes tragedy, and while 415 were in the midst of signing with, then, indie giant, Priority Records, Richie Rich was arrested for drug possession. For him, everything came to a complete standstill.
Upon his release from incarceration, Rich quickly began building up his name again by appearing on records from the likes of Tupac Shakur, who was one of his best friends till the very end, and the Luniz. Soon, he found himself in the midst of a vicious bidding war, with Def Jam Records eventually coming out the victor. Richie Rich's, then, highly anticipated Seasoned Veteran bowed in November '96, and was met with gracious reviews. The set's second offering, "Do G's Get To Go To Heaven?," was dedicated to the memory of his fallen comrade, 2Pac.
A follow-up release was recorded for the label, but due to problems with the company's infrastructure at the time, it was ultimately shelved. So, Rich, along with his longtime business partner, producer Lev Berlak, formed their own imprint, Ten-Six Records. The Game, which featured several tracks left over from the Def Jam era, dropped in 2000, and Nixon Pryor Roundtree, followed nearly two years later.
Currently hard at work on his "official" still untitled, solo release, consider the more-than-impressive Town Bidness a true gift of appreciation from Richie Rich to his die-hard fans, as they anxiously await the arrival of his upcoming sixth studio opus...
Rapper RBX Finally Speaks Out About The Current State Of Death Row Records
* * * * * * * * * Veteran Rapper From Long Beach, RBX, Issues New Statement On Death Row Records.
LONG BEACH CA, Mar. 22 /2SPR/ – Back in the original days of Death Row, producer, writer, tastemaker RBX could be found pushing the line on the streets of Southern Cali. Known for his work with Dr. Dre, The Dogg Pound, Snoop Dogg, Korn, Brother J, Eminem and many more, RBX rarely speaks to the press, but when he does it is the truth.
In a statement made today, RBX asks the question every hard-core Death Row fan wants to know;
"I have been watching the three ring circus of these Canadians buying Death Row for the last year or so. I just read a crazy article on line where the guy in charge now - some banker Robert Thompson-So and his sidekick John Payne announced to the world they are looking for someone to buy them out because they don't to be in the Death Row records business any more (http://blogs.wsj.com/bankruptcy/2010/03/11/drama-continues-for-death-row/).
I just have one thing I have to ask these guys. What tha f--k were you thinking .......seriously? We all had a little bit of hope when this game started but due to the shananigans, optimism is dwindling. Word on the street in Southern Cal is that Lara Lavi, the woman these guys kicked out of the mix is seriously backed by new heavy hitters on Wall Street. I have received phone calls confirming Lavi has a new deal. I don't know whether she on to something new or trying to buy back her company. I don't know the woman but damn she is truly unfadeable.
So I have to ask, why do these New Solution guys continue to beat on her in court if she might just be the most likely candidate to buy them out given they asked for it last week.
I just don't get it. The fans and the artists deserve better than this mess. Uncut...."
RBX first joined Death Row Records in 1992, with his cousin Snoop Dogg. After a noteworthy appearance on Dr. Dre's The Chronic, he then made cameos on various Death Row Records releases, and has released several acclaimed solo projects that have drawn many dedicated fans and admirers of his unorthodox sound.
Coast 2 Coast Release Star Studded Warren G Mixtape, Featuring Street Anthem 'Do You Think About G', As Part Of Mixtape Series
Volume 16 Of Mixtape Series, Includes New Music From West Coast Veteran Warren G.
LOS ANGELES, Mar. 20 /2SPR/ – Veteran rap superstar Warren G issues a new statement for 2010 in Do You Think About G, G-Dub's own take of 50 Cent's latest single Do You Think About Me, which sees the Long Beach, California emcee add a west coast perspective to the silky Rockwilder produced anthem.
The track is featured on Warren G - Coast 2 Coast Exclusive Series Vol. 16, a new mixtape, which boasts collaborations and remixes with Gucci Mane, Nate Dogg, Ludacris, Drake, Timbaland, Travis Barker, Black Nic, and Lloyd Banks.
Coast 2 Coast Mixtapes are the world's largest online mixtape distributors, with over 100 millions downloads/plays, and a presence on thousands of websites and blogs. Warren G exploded out of the burgeoning Long Beach rap scene in 1994 with the smash single ‘Regulate’, a duet with long-time friend Nate Dogg. Through years of continued excellence, Warren G has attained iconic status in the world of Hip-Hop. With a best-selling platinum and gold certified catalogue, boasting such classics songs as “Regulate,” “This DJ” and “I Want It All”.
Warren G - Coast 2 Coast Exclusive Series Vol. 16 is available to download now at Coast2Coastmixtapes.com.
The publicist who sent me this video swears this is a HILARIOUS Jay-Z parody. If you think so too feel free to leave comments on their YouTube page HERE and tell 'em RapReviews sent you. The song features Narubi Selah, Baron and Beautybyuche.
Army Of The Pharaohs "Agony Fires Feat. Vinnie Paz, Planetary, Celph Titled & Apathy" & Fan Video Contest
ARMY OF THE PHARAOHS ANNOUNCE NEW TRACK "AGONY FIRES" FEATURING VINNIE PAZ, PLANETARY, CELPH TITLED & APATHY & FAN VIDEO CONTEST FOR CHANCES TO WIN!
For Immediate Release March 19th, 2010
Check out this hot new track, "Agony Fires" Feat. Vinnie Paz, Planetary, Celph Titled & Apathy off of the forthcoming album Jedi Mind Tricks Presents... Army Of The Pharaohs: "The Unholy Terror." Along with this track, Enemy Soil, Babygrande Records and AOTP are proud to announce a fan video contest for the song:
1. Create Your Own Video for "Agony Fires" 2. Upload it to YouTube 3. Tweet a link to your video @jmthiphop , @babygrande or @enemysoil with the hashtag #jedivideocontest Or just post a link to your video in the comments section of the video below for a chance to win: 2 Concert Tickets to a JMT show near you 1 Hoody, 1 Hat & 1 Shirt (of your choosing) of JMT Gear 5 CDs and 5 LPs of JMT, AOTP and affiliate classics and get your video featured on the JMT YouTube page
Also, Check out this promo trailer for Jedi Mind Tricks Presents... Army Of The Pharaohs "The Unholy Terror"
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Not interested in emulating rappers currently in the game, Jola set out the gate striving for originality.
At a mere 20 years old Jola is already making a name on the mixtape circuit. Jola’s stage presence is undeniable and his passion is evident, strategically placing him on a path to dominate the music industry.
Frequently known as “The Home Town Hero”, Jola is nothing like his rap predecessors. Born and raised in the Suburbs of Dayton, Ohio. Jola is from a two-parent home where his father worked 16 hours a day at General Motors and his mother retired from her career to focus on Jola’s success. Jola was poised for greatness when he discovered his love for music at the age of 6. While others may profess to being raised on the likes of Notorious BIG or Tupac Shukar, Jola was influenced by artist like John Mayer, Cold Play, and Lil Wayne.
Jola is not your typical rapper. Unwilling to categorize himself, Jola’s style of music is broad and covers an array of genres, creating a lane of his own called the “Trunk”. With his single “She Say” already making moves across the nation, Jola is an exceptional contribution ready to invigorate the music and entertainment industries with a new look and sound. Energetic, edgy, and fun are just a few words that describe this extraordinarily talented songwriter and rapper.
At the age of 16, Jola relocated to Atlanta and again to Miami in search of a record label deal. Frustrated with constantly hearing that he had the talent and looks, but the music didn’t translate into his image, Jola was forced to come up with his own brand and as a result, the “I Rep the Trunk” movement was created. Carefree and unapologetic, Jola references his upbringing as privileged. “I Rep the Trunk” is a movement described best by Jola as, “On one end of the car you have the hood, on the opposite you have the trunk”, he states “I’m not from the hood, so I rep the trunk”, and with the memorable and anthem-like chorus of “She Say”, Jola will have everyone singing “Yall can have the hood, I rep the trunk!”
While new to many, Jola is no stranger in the Rap game. Jola generated a major buzz with his mixtape “I Went to Private School” released in November of 2009. This is no one hit wonder; Jola is preparing to take total control of the game.