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
PUSH MANAGEMENT/GRAND HUSTLE/E1 MUSIC TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM BY MEMPHIS HIP HOP DUO 8BALL AND MJG
TEN TOES DOWN TO BE RELEASED ON MAY 4th, 2010
(New York, NY) –Push Management/Grand Hustle/E1 Music is happy to announce the release of Ten Toes Down, the highly anticipated new album by Memphis legends 8Ball & MJG. The album will be released on Push Management/Grand Hustle/E1 Music on May 4th, 2010. Grand Hustle co-founder and hip hop icon T.I. states, “I’m happy to be working with America’s #1 independent, E1 Music.”
Ten Toes Down features Snoop Dogg, T.I., Bun B, David Banner, Young Dro with production by Frank Nitti of Nitti Beats, Drumma Boy, David Banner, Nard & B, and Mo B. Dick.
Ever since the duo’s 1993 successful debut, “Comin’ Hard,” 8Ball & MJG have been at the forefront of the southern rap movement. They went on to release 11 albums, several of which went gold. Their 2004 Livin Legends album peaked at #3 on the Billboard Top 200. The duo later teamed up with Three 6 Mafia for the latter’s hit single “Stay Fly,” which brought both Memphis groups much success.
Grand Hustle’s Jason Geter comments, “T.I and I were thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Ball & Gee from the very beginning. We've both been fans, and this new album is classic Ball & Gee material & we're excited for the world to hear it.”
8Ball adds, “Ten Toes Down, in my opinion, is one of the best 8Ball & MJG albums ever. It's a heart-felt, soul-filled, portion of the lives of 8Ball & MJG. 8Ball & MJG sounds and feels like 8Ball & MJG on this album 4sho!" Dewayne "Duprano" Martin, CEO, Push Management says, “The 8Ball & MJG / PUSH Management / E1 Music /Grand Hustle partnership is all about bringing the Urban Legends' music back to the streets.” E1 Music President Alan Grunblatt adds, “I’m thrilled to work with 8Ball & MJG again. E1 and Grand Hustle will be unstoppable.” For more information, go to: www.e1music.us.
Here's Episode 13 of Under The Bay part 1, with San Francisco emcee Orukusaki. You may not have heard of him, as he's part of the Bay Area underground scene, but he is a dope emcee and a vicious freestyler/battler (he's battled everyone from Jin to Dirtbag Dan). Part 2 will be up Wednesday, at http://www.thizzlerontheroof.com/UnderTheBay/.
Under The Bay Episode 13 sneak preview with emcee Orukusaki:
San Francisco freestyle monster Orukusaki answered a few questions with Em Dub while getting his new album Japan-Francisco mixed down at BPos Studios. He talks about the meaning of the name Orukusaki, how he got into hip-hop, his song making process, and the story behind his Japan-exclusive album, Japan-Francisco. You can check out more of his music at www.orukusaki.com but don't expect to see him around SF: he's currently touring in Japan. Part 2, with more freestyle antics, will be up Wednesday at 11:00 AM at ThizzlerOnTheRoof.com/UnderTheBay/!
"Picking up right where "Malice N Wonderland" left off, Snoop Dogg's "More Malice" feels like a bonus disc that should have been packed in with the original and shipped to select retailers. Some reports even suggest that might be an option, although on my copy it's hard to see how since "More Malice" comes with its OWN bonus disc, a special "Malice N Wonderland" movie on DVD. If you're the consumer who buys all of your albums digitally, I've got good news - you'll get a copy of the movie for the video player of your choice. Sadly there is neither the time nor space to review the new Snoop Dogg flick here, and to be honest I'm a little leary of doing so after how wretched "The Adventures of Tha Blue Carpet Treatment" turned out to be."
"Chalie Boy as an artist, is a bit hard to classify. In essence, he's a younger version of Big Moe, the larger than life Texas legend who passed away in 2007. His size and propensity to mix singing and rapping make the comparisons easy. Chalie Boy will readily tell you he was influenced by Big Moe, but he is no cheap imitation. Grinding on the independent scene since 2000, Chalie Boy has used that time to refine and advance his style. Big Moe was the O.G., but Chalie Boy has taken the style to new heights. His singing is smoother, his rapping is more fluid, and his overall style is more appealing to a wider audience. That became apparent last summer when Chalie Boy experienced his first real hit with "I Look Good." "
"Back in 2000, there was a film released that told the story of a guy going through a mid-life crisis of sorts, brought on by the failure of yet another relationship. The movie was called "High Fidelity" and apparently Donwill of Tanya Morgan felt a strong parallel between his own life and that of Rob Gordon, played by John Cusack. According to Donwill, his album of the same name is about a year or so in his life and can be enjoyed whether or not the listener has any prior knowledge of the movie. Going even deeper, Donwill has cast supporting characters to parallel those in the movie. The album features Von Pea and Che Grand in the roles of musical moron twins Dick and Barry. Opio of Hieroglyphics fame portrays the villain, Ian Raymond and Nicky Guiland takes on the role of Marie De Salle."
Freddie Foxxx :: Freddie Foxxx Is Here :: MCA Records ** RapReviews "Back to the Lab" series ** as reviewed by Matt Jost
"Guest appearances come a dime a dozen in rap music. There are, however, a handful of artists who make themselves so rare and have so much to add with a cameo that each appearance is cherished by the fans. Bumpy Knuckles, formerly known as Freddie Foxxx, falls into that category. In the early '90s he added a string of reputable guest verses to his name. Kool G Rap & DJ Polo's "Money in the Bank" ('91), Boogie Down Productions' "Ruff Ruff" ('92), Naughty By Nature's "Hot Potato," The Flavor Unit MCs' "Roll Wit Tha Flava" ('93) and The Almighty RSO's "One of Those Nightz" ('94) raised expectations high for what many people thought would be his solo debut."
Geto Boys :: The Resurrection :: Rap-A-Lot/Virgin Records ** RapReviews "Back to the Lab" series ** as reviewed by Pete T.
"Although the original 1980s Ghetto Boys consisted of an entirely different lineup, by 1991 J. Prince had assembled the Houston trio we know and love of Scarface, Bushwick Bill, and Willie D for the monumental "We Can't Be Stopped," the group's best-selling album which featured the classic single "Mind Playing Tricks on Me" and an iconic cover photo of the group rushing 3'8" Bushwick Bill through a hospital hallway after he shot his right eye. Geto Boys became Rap-A-Lot Records' go-to act on the strength of "We Can't Be Stopped" and found international fame for their gruesomely violent content, sexual explicitness, militant anti-political rants, and funky southern-fried production. More than just controversial, Geto Boys proved themselves to be among rap's most compelling and indeed talented artists, spinning startling narratives with chillingly visual imagery as they took listeners inside the singular realm of their horrific ghetto fantasies. "
"A few words I'd use to describe Hotbox's sound are upbeat, bouncy, and rich. There's lots of horns scattered throughout "Number Theory"'s nine tracks, but the effect is very un-jazz-like. What I like best about his production is the balance he achieves; despite his frequent employment of soulful instrumentation, dramatic string arrangements, and sped-up vocal bytes, his tough, rigid percussion patterns give his beats a driving, heavy quality. The effect is a steady boom bap sound, but it doesn't sound nostalgic—it's remarkably fresh and clean. There are a few samples here and there, and his soundscapes are marked by great spacing. "
"Funny how things work out sometimes. Kyle Lucas is a member of the group Vonnegutt, which as of now is signed to Big Boi's Purple Ribbon label. If this a revelation to you, don't feel bad. Seeing Big Boi has trouble finding a home for his own solo, it's no surprise his roster has been on a the back burner for a while. The funny thing about all this is, it wasn't the Big Boi affiliation that got me to peep Kyle Lucas. Instead, it was the title, as being a big fan of the show "It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia" I couldn't pass up a mixtape from an emcee who shared the same interest. For those curious, the mixtape contains little for avid fans of the show. The theme song on the intro and a few audio clips scattered towards the end tie the music to the title, but there is nothing essential. "
"Otis Jackson, Jr., aka Madlib, aka Quasimoto, aka Yesterday's New Quintet, is nothing if not prolific. In late 2009 he announced his Medicine Show idea for 2010. Simply put, he's going to release an album a month. Odd numbered months will be original productions, and even numbers will be mixes from his TWO TONS of vinyl. He started the year off with remixes of Guilty Simpson, and his second entry in the series is "Flight to Brazil." The subheading says it all: "Brazillian Funk, Psych, Jazz, Mixed by Madlib." The album is divided into 9 tracks over 74 minutes, with each track clocking it at 5-12 minutes. I'm used to mix albums that either highlight a dozen or so songs, or blend a couple dozen songs to create a steady, coherent groove. That ain't Madlib's style. "
Richh J :: Profile :: CDBaby as reviewed by Guido Stern
"Richh J (née Richard Jenkins) resides in Columbus, Ohio and loves late '80s/early '90s hip hop. That's about the extent of which I know about the guy from the CD case, the Internet, and the album itself. I challenge any reader to find another legit hip hop site that has covered the record; the fact is, this kind of obscure basement rapper is only going to get his fifteen minutes of fame on RapReviews.com. But you probably knew that, and I'm guessing that's one of the reasons you even bothered to click on the review of an album by a guy with a name like Richh J. Now and then we make a justifiable discovery and a Shad or a Roosevelt Franklin is introduced to a portion of the hip hop world. Most of the time, though, these acts are average or worse, either due to uncultivated talent or a lack thereof. "
Souls of Mischief :: No Man's Land :: Jive Records ** RapReviews "Back to the Lab" series ** as reviewed by Matt Jost
"Souls of Mischief came back with a vengeance in '95. But why? They came off a critically acclaimed debut, had been nationally present on one of the regionally most diverse record labels and must have enjoyed at least some of the perks that come with being a teenage rap star (all aged between 18-19). How does that translate to a harsh, dark, single-minded second album only two years later? There are battle raps at every turn of "No Man's Land." Roughly 90% of the content simulates some type of battle situation. You can identify this as Rap Rhetoric 101, or even dismiss it as the least common denominator for a group of MC's who had already shot their bolt. You can champion it as an attempt to shake stereotypes (think "De La Soul Is Dead"), or as judgement day for clones and copy cats (think Bone's "The Art of War")."
"Saul Williams is perhaps the world's most acclaimed spoken word poet. With his incredible talent, it should be easy for him to make a good album. He needs three simple ingredients: 1. his voice; 2. his words; and 3. beats he can play with. His lyrics are so profound and his investment in his message so apparent that he can effortlessly challenge his listeners. He just needs to talk. On "The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of Niggy Tardust," produced largely by Nine Inch Nails mastermind Trent Reznor and released for free in 2007 at NiggyTardust.com, when Saul Williams just talks, he is brilliant. But there is far too little talking and far too much singing, edgy production, and general gimmickry for the album to properly zero-in on Williams' incredible talents as a poet. Put otherwise, instead of synthesizing their natural gifts, Saul and Trent try to do much too much. The result is a highly unfocused record which teases the listener with moments of bliss but ultimately never delivers. "
Ty Fyffe :: Ty Fyffe presents... The Pyrex :: TyFyffe.com as reviewed by Matt Jost
"Southside Jamaica native Tyrone Fyffe may not have the celebrity profile of other producers, but his career is one of the steadiest in East Coast hip-hop. You'll find his beats on albums by 50 Cent, Busta Rhymes, L.L. Cool J, Cam'ron, G-Unit, Redman, Method Man, Foxy Brown, Ja Rule, Fat Joe, AZ, Slick Rick, Canibus, Keith Murray, Craig Mack, Royce Da 5'9", Beanie Sigel, EPMD, or MIMS. Ty Fyffe learned the ropes from new jack king Teddy Riley, being involved in Wreckx-N-Effect's '92 album "Hard Or Smooth," most importantly its hit single "Rump Shaker." He still shared credits on MC Lyte's "Brooklyn," but would soon sign tracks like Redman's "Rock Da Spot" or L.L. Cool J's "Papa Luv It" solo. During the '90s he left the early funk fixation behind, hitting a commercial peak with A+'s classical-tinged "Enjoy Yourself," before steering towards a more dramatic sound with "Murdergram" and "It's Murda" for the original Murder Inc. (Jay-Z/DMX/Ja Rule). "
THE KOTTONMOUTH KINGS TO RELEASE LONG LIVE THE KINGS ON 4/20
Tour With Insane Clown Posse Confirmed
It is the dawn of a new era in the Kottonmouth Kingdom, and on April 20th, 2010, the Kottonmouth Kings will unleash their eleventh studio album Long Live The Kings. For the release of this epic recording, the Kottonmouth Kings have reinvented themselves yet again by adding the Dirtball, who joins the fold as a full-time member. Powered by the machine gun attack of his motor-mouth, Dirtball injects the group with a newfound firepower that takes the group’s sound into uncharted territories. Previously a solo artist who recorded for Suburban Noize Records, Dirtball’s ability to snap off raps with jaw-dropping results has forced critics to think twice about the capabilities of white rappers.
The group spent eight months in the studio producing over 45 songs to create the next chapter in the ongoing legacy of the Kottonmouth Kings. The end result is the next dimension in the group's ongoing reign as kings of the underground. Long Live The Kings is propelled by the bounce of the album’s lead single “Stomp,” while “Rampage” runs some sonic destruction with the Kings’ trademark rip-hop sound. As always, the Kottonmouth Kings are on the frontlines in the fight for legalization and have recorded two new stoner anthems in “Reefer Madness” and “Let's Do Drugs”.
The planets have aligned perfectly for the release of the Kottonmouth Kings’ new studio album, which coincides with the counterculture pot-smoking holiday observed each April 20th. The album’s mind-bending mixture of hip-hop, punk-rock, and melodic acoustics will surely be the soundtrack to countless bong rips throughout this year’s stoner holiday.
April 19th West Hollywood, CA – Roxy Theatre
April 23rd Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre (420 Freedom Fest w/ (hed) p.e., & Big B)
April 24th Las Vegas, NV – Fremont East (420 Freedom Fest w/ Unwritten Law & (hed) p.e., & Big B)
May 7th San Diego, CA – House of Blues
May 8th San Bernardino, CA – National Orange Show (w/ Method Man & Redman)
w/ Insane Clown Posse, Coolio, Kittie, & Necro
May 10th Dallas, TX – The Palladium Ballroom
May 11th Tulsa, OK – Brady Theater Outdoors
May 13th Louisville, KY – InnPlace Hotel and Conference Center
May 14th Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
May 15th Rochester Hills, MI - Meadowbrook Amphitheater
May 16th Columbus, OH – Lifestyle Communities Pavilion
May 17th Charlotte, NC – The Uptown Amphitheatre at The Music Factory
May 19th Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
May 20th Baltimore, MD – Pier Six Concert Pavilion
May 21st Worcester, MA – The Palladium
May 23rd Pittsburgh, PA – Amphitheatre at Station Square
May 24th Cleveland, OH – Nautica Pavilion
May 26th Minneapolis, MN – The Cabooze
May 27th Council Bluffs, IA – Westfair Amphitheater
May 28th Sauget, IL – Pops Outdoors
May 29th Bonner Springs, KS – Cap Fed Park at Sandstone Amphitheater
May 31st Morrison, CO – Red Rocks
June 1st Magna, UT – Saltair
June 3rd Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory Concert House
Georgia & Declaime recently dropped their debut LP, SomeOthaShip, on Mello Music Group, and to keep the freshness flowing here come two brand new remixes of one of the album's many standout tracks, "Heaven Or Hell," which also served as the title track of their pre-album, vinyl-only EP. Enter: The Re-Bop, and Queen G Remixes. Both versions are produced and remixed by Georgia Anne Muldrow herself who originally only intended one new remix, but ended up delivering more than she planned. "Georgia wanted to take the reins and create a new remix for the track," says Michael Tolle, founder and head of Mello Music Group. "She ended up creating 3: the album's street version and these two incredibly unique interpretations of the track." The remixed versions find the song with a slightly beefed up head-nod factor, and some choice melodic change-ups. But don't spend too much time figuring out which version you want, grab them both.
During a recent New York stop, when they performed their album release show at SOBs in Februrary, Georgia & Declaime stopped by the Out Da Box TV studios for an in-depth video interview where the duo share their thoughts on everything from the yin-yang type of relationship they have making music together, what inspires them as people and artists, the message in their music, who they enjoy collaborating with, the legacy they hope to leave behind, and much more.
Bay Area fans of Georgia & Declaime can also look forward to seeing the duo perform live when they take the stage Saturday, April 10th alongside Common, The Black Keys, N.E.R.D., and more for Yuri's Night at the NASA Ames Research Center at Mott Field in Mountain View, California. Advance tickets are $49.50 and can be purchased at www.ynba.org.
SomeOthaShip is available at all digital and physical retailers now.
In a world made of plastic, Georgia Anne Muldrow & Declaime (AKA Dudley Perkins) breathe. Georgia radiates light into the west coast hip-hip scene with her vocal mixture of social revolution and raw street wisdom. Her choruses echo the voices of yesterday while her beats explore the cosmic sounds of tomorrow. Having already worked with the likes of Erykah Badu, Mos Def, and Madlib, Georgia finds herself taking a well-deserved turn in the spotlight and ready to keep up her collaborative efforts in 2010. Declaime is a veteran to the hip-hop game, with a voice that overflows with bluesy, syncopated veracity. Characterized by his impossible range and stirring cadence, Declaime has the ability to captivate with the unmistakable sound of experience, breathing a spiritual wind back into the funked out vibrations of hip-hop. Combined, Georgia & Declaime have created an impressive catalog of work including Georgia's Worthnothings, Umsindo, and Kings Ballad, plus Declaime's Conversations With Dudley, A Lil Light, Expressions, and Holy Smokes. SomeOthaShip is available now digitally 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, and YU in 2010. http://www.myspace.com/mellomusicgroup