Buzz has been a keyword in the music world, especially in Hip-Hop, for quite a while now. It’s supposed to indicate that there’s a lot of talk swirling around an artist and that he, or she, is on the verge of stardom. As we near the end of the decade, however, it seems that having buzz has almost become a negative thing as the majority of the artists that are buzzed about never even come close to living up to their hype. Today I’m going to take a look at why we might be better served by ignoring all the buzz.
If you haven't heard of Viro the Virus, now's your chance to get an exclusive taste of his older work with Snowgoons plus a brand new joint you've never heard before that you'll be hearing plenty of on HDNet every Saturday night! Here's "Starlight" - a 2008 track produced by the Snowgoons.
And you don't want to miss this AMV for "The Sharpest Blade" synced to Afro Samurai.
And here's a brand new joint you never heard before, done exclusively for international wrestling superstar Chris Hero, and this one is entitled "Chris Is Awesome!"
Street Sweeper Social Club is the new band unifying Tom Morello and Boots Riley (The Coup). Their debut self-titled album is in stores and online this week through Warner Music Group's Independent Label Group. The 11-song set was produced by Tom Morello and features Boots Riley on vocals, Morello on guitar and bass, and Stanton Moore (Galactic) on drums. SSSC's debut tour with Nine Inch Nails and Jane's Addiction wrapped up this past weekend. Look for August/September Tour details coming soon. Finished copies are available by request.
SSSCmade their national television debut last night on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, check out the performance here
MTV is world premiereing SSSC's video for"100 Little Curses" today on MTV2's Unleashed and via an All Day Premiere on MtvU. Check out the video here
SSSC is confirmed for MTV2's The Drop for the week of June 22nd and Tom and Boots are set to co-host MTV2's Rock The Deuce on Saturday, June 27th. "100 Little Curses" is New & Active on the Mediabase Alternative charts thanks to early support for KROQ/LA, 91X/San Diego, Q101/Chicago, KJEE/Santa Barbara, KEDJ/Phoenix, KTNI/Denver and KFMA/Tucson among others.
"If rap-rock seemed to have played itself out, Rage Against the Machine/Audioslave guitarist Tom Morello and Boots Riley of hip-hop's The Coup could reinvigorate it."USA Today
"Morello's guitar still thrills. The riffs he came up for SSSC land hard and heavy."New York Daily News
"Tom Morello and Boots Riley form the perfect marriage on the fiery, politically charged 'Street Sweeper Social Club.'"Associated Press
"'SSSC' is a fiery mix of Rage Against the Machine guitar riffs and The Coup's anthem-like hip-hop couplets that are sometimes blatantly in your face ('Clap for the Killers') and sometimes catchy and slyly engaging ("The Squeeze"). The hard-hitting single '100 Little Curses' shows the promising duo can even do both simultaneously."Newsday
"Street Sweeper Social Club completely crushed during its 30-minute opening set. The brainchild of Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine), the five-piece rock band found the guitar hero hammering out impossibly heavy and funky riffs alongside The Coup's gifted rapper Boots Riley, who spit an array of witty, inflammatory satirical rhymes largely concerning the social injustices of the day. SSSC unveiled cuts from its excellent, self-titled debut disc, which drops June 16." Live Review From the NIN/JA Tour/Metromix Tampa
Upcoming Tour Dates:
Sat/Aug 29th - San Francisco, CA - Outside Lands Festival
U-GOD (OF WU-TANG) GOES DRIFTING IN JERSEY... DOPIUM IN STORES JUNE 23RD ... AND ALBUM RELEASE PARTY (NYC)
For Immediate Release
Legendary MC and founding member of Wu-Tang, U-God, embraces his wild side as he takes a trip to a New Jersey raceway and rides shotgun with a professional race car driver and street drifter. Check out the video now!!! http://www.ihiphop.com/viewVideo.hhc?videoId=5303 .
Also, be sure to check out U-God's forthcoming album, Dopium. Set to release June 23, 2009 on Frank Radio / Babygrande, Dopium features an all-star supporting cast, including Wu-Tang affiliates GZA, Ghostface Killah, Method Man, Raekwon, Cappadonna and Killah Priest, and heavy hitters like Jim Jones, Large Professor, and Sheek Louch of D-Block. The album also includes exclusive bonus tracks by Yuksek and The Bloody Beetroots.
U-God "Dopium" In Stores June 23rd, 2009 Frank Radio / Babygrande Records
Official Release Party U-God & Grand Puba Performing Live! New York Thursday June 18 at Le Poisson Rouge 158 Bleecker St. 11PM with DJ BIG KAP & DJ SYNAPSE Free With RSVP to email@example.com
CAGE LEAKS NEW TRACK FROM FORTHCOMING ALBUM Depart From Me
Cage – Depart From Me – Definitive Jux Release Date: 07/07/09
Cage unleashed a new track on Twitter today from his forthcoming album, Depart From Me, due in stores on July 7th from Definitive Jux Records. The track “Look What You Did” is the third to surface from Cage’s highly anticipated follow-up to 2003’s Hell’s Winter and was produced by Hatebreed’s F. Sean.
Cage released the album’s first single “I Never Knew You” with a Shia LeBeouf produced video last month on MTVu along with a free EP by the same name.
Download and Share Cage “Look at What You Did” (Depart From Me)
Definitive Jux is proud to present Depart From Me - the latest full-length album, from underground/indie-rap legend Cage, a/k/a Chris Palko. The follow-up to Hell's Winter, his 2005 critically-acclaimed LP, Depart From Me continues Cage's musical saga of a no-holds-barred, brutally autobiographical journey through his past and present. Cage explains, "The idea of making a positive change in my life and getting clean, that was Hell's Winter. Depart From Me is the struggle in implementing those ideas."
Cage began his career on the legendary Bobbito Garcia and Stretch Armstrong radio show and with the release of the single "Agent Orange" in 1997 on Garcia's label Fondle Em' Records. His talent led him to a deal with Eastern Conference Records, where he dropped his renowned full length LP, Movies For The Blind, one of the classic independent hip hop albums of this decade.
Plagued by abuse, institutionalization, drugs, and violence throughout his life, these nightmarish experiences have permeated his art and defined the music he makes today. Cage's music is truly reflective of a reality far stranger than fiction, he explains; "I want only to make music that is true to life, making a record that people can relate to. This would prove harder than I ever imagined."
By 2005, Cage had paired up with rap legend El-P and his label Def Jux to produce Hell's Winter, a dark walk towards the light at the end of a tunnel. With the upcoming Depart From Me and I Never Knew You EP Cage illuminates the struggles he's faced upon entering a world that continues to be a source of loss and confusion. He's helped along in this task with production by El-P, F. Sean (Hatebreed), Aesop Rock, and the late, great Camu Tao (R.I.P.).
"Pain and loss, obsession and anger... Love, depression and insecurities... Growth as well as failure and the ever challenging battle with addiction. These things are the very soul of my record. Depart From Me is about knowing what is destroying you and struggling to get those things out of you. This is my life. This is my record. I hope you enjoy it."
DEPART FROM ME out June 30th on Definitive Jux records
Plies Releases Debut Single “Becky” this Friday June 19th, 2009 Creating National Discussion About Who Becky Really is…
NEW YORK, N.Y., June 19th, 2009 –Rap sensation and recording artist Plies is releasing his newest and most anticipated single “Becky” this Friday June 19th, 2009 from his 4th album titled “Goon Affiliated” after just a short six months after releasing his third album, Da REAList, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Rap Charts Plies just can not get himself out of the studio, having released three best selling albums since just August 2007 all featuring chart-topping singles like “Shawty” featuring T-Pain, “Hypnotized” featuring Akon and “Bust It Baby Pt. 2” featuring Ne-Yo.
Plies’ forth album “Goon Affiliated” is slated to drop in September 2009 featuring this debut single “Becky”. Not only are we all waiting to hear the new sound of Plies, but another big question is, who is Becky? When asked, Plies responded, “Some of you all will be mad at me for saving this, but I’m in love with BECKY!”
Another mystery leaving fans anxious for the release of “Goon Affiliated” is that Plies is not leaking the names of the top artists who have recorded rap features on the album as this will be Plies’ FIRST album to ever include a rap feature of a different artist.
When it comes to Plies, he knows how to keep it real, fresh and always current. “I’ve been blessed to be able to come back with three albums in 16 months,” “I feel like it’s something that hadn’t been done in the new era” states Plies. Now in his forth album “Goon Affiliated”, Plies promises yet another certified classic, full of new sounds, technology, and a new group of top notch producers that Plies himself hand-picked.
Plies forth album “Goon Affiliated” is anticipated to be his most celebrated album to date, which is hard to imagine after his success with previous albums “The Real Testament”, “Definition of Real” and “Da REAList”. “The Real Testament” and “Definition of Real” are both RIAA certified gold albums having sold over 500,000 copies each. Plies debut single “Shawty” featuring T-Pain peaked at #1 in Urban & Rhythmic Radio; “Hypnotized” featuring Akon peaked at #3 on Billboard Hot 100; “Bust It Baby Pt. 2” featuring Ne-Yo also peaked at #1 on Billboard Hot 100. “Da REAList” debuted at #1 on the Billboard Rap Charts with the chart topping single “Put It on Ya” featuring Chris J.
PLIES, born in the controversial streets of Ft. Myers, Florida, began his musical career in 2003 with the guidance of his older brother Ronell “Big Gates” Levatte. Signed to Big Gates/Slip-N-Slide/Atlantic records, PLIES made an impressive national debut in August of 2007 with his certified gold album The Real Testament which spawned chart topping singles such as “Shawty” feat. T-Pain, “Hypnotized” feat. Akon and “I Am the Club” and sold over 3 million ring tones collectively. The rapper has launched an interactive, dual purpose fan club, and kicked off a nationwide “Street Elections 08” campaign in preparations of his 3rd album Da REAList. Plies is currently preparing for the release of his 4th album “Goon Affiliated” set to release in September of 2009. To find out more information about PLIES and his movement visit www.PliesWorld.com, www.myspace.com/plies, or www.BigGatesRecords.com .
Yak Ballz Leaks First Track Off Forthcoming EP And First Leak From Def Jux Presents 4 (Sept. 1st Release Date) Gas Galaxy
As he prepares for his nationwide tour with DJX recording artist and close friend Cage this summer, Yak Ballz is putting the finishing touches on his upcoming release, Gas Galaxy, and EP due out on Definitive Jux sometime in fall of 2009.
Queens-born and bred Yak has spent a decade in underground hip-hop making two promising LPs; 2004's My Claim and 2009's Scifentology 2 (Available for digital download from www.definitivejux.net).
Although a newcomer to some Def Jux fans, Yak Ballz has long been part of the DJX family and Weathermen crew (along with label mates and friends; Cage, El-P, Aesop Rock, Tame One, Camu Tao, and others). In fact, Yak's work with Aesop Rock, who did the production for his song Dirt Empire, has seen great success for both artists; proving once again Aesop's talents as a producer, and helping Yak's MTVu Freshman winning video to land over 40,000 views.
And catch Yak Ballz and Cage in your home town this summer!!!
Thu 2-Jul Brooklyn, NY Southpaw Fri 3-Jul Brooklyn, NY Southpaw Southpaw Sat 4-Jul Toronto, ONT El Mocambo Sun 5-Jul Cleveland, OH Grog Shop Tue 7-Jul Chicago, IL Reggies Wed 8-Jul Minneapolis, MN Triple Rock Fri 10-Jul Denver, CO Marquis Sat 11-Jul Salt Lake City, UT Urban Lounge Mon 13-Jul Seattle, WA Nectars Tue 14-Jul Vancouver, BC Richards Wed 15-Jul Portland, OR Hawthorne Fri 17-Jul San Francisco, CA Great American M Hall Sat 18-Jul Los Angeles, CA El Rey Theater Mon 20-Jul San Diego, CA Belly Up Tue 21-Jul Phoenix, AZ Chasers Wed 22-Jul Albuquerque, NM Launchpad Fri 24-Jul Dallas, TX Haileys Sat 25-Jul Austin, TX Emo's Sun 26-Jul New Orleans, LA Parish at House Of Blues Mon 27-Jul Atlanta, GA Masquerade Tue 28-Jul Carboro, NC Local 506 Wed 29-Jul Washington, DC DC 9 Thu 30-Jul Philadelphia. PA First Unitarian Church Fri 31-Jul Boston, MA Harpers Sat 1-Aug Providence, RI Living Room
E1 MUSIC TO RELEASE NEW WU-TANG PROJECT CHAMBER MUSIC ON JUNE 30TH, 2009
ALBUM FEATURES RZA, GHOSTFACE KILLAH, INSPECTAH DECK, U-GOD, KILLAH PRIEST AND MORE
NEW SONGS “HARBOR MASTERS” AND “ILL FIGURES” ALREADY HAVE THE STREETS BUZZING!
(New York, NY) - New York stand up! Staten Island put one fist in the air! On Tuesday, June 30th, 2009 E1 Music is set to release CHAMBER MUSIC, a brand new project from the Wu-Tang which pairs original Clan MCs with classics ‘90s rap veterans.
The project is Executive Produced by RZA.
CHAMBER MUSIC features: Ghostface Killah, Raekwon, RZA, U-God and Inspectah Deck, plus affiliate Killah Priest, alongside classic hip hop MCs such as AZ, Havoc (Mobb Deep), Cormega, Kool G Rap, Masta Ace, Sadat X (Brand Nubian) and Sean Price (Heltah Skeltah).
The return-to-form sound of CHAMBER MUSIC is the album hardcore Wu-Tang fans have waited years for.
CHAMBER MUSIC’s throw-back sound is inspired by classic soul and kung fu imagery. It features a combination of new beats and live instrumentation by Brooklyn soul band The Revelations (all supervised by RZA) shaped in a classic vibe, reminiscent of the group’s 36 Chambers album but with a completely updated, modern twist.
Wu-Tang supreme architect RZA weighs in, “This album has a very live element of today’s musicians playing the vibe of Wu-Tang, know what I mean? The vibe we would normally sample, the vibe of things that we would accumulate through old soul songs, jazz songs, kung fu movies whatever, now you’ve got musicians that can play this vibe with Wu-Tang MC’s rapping over it. The goal of this album is definitely paying homage to our early sound. In the old days, we had to sample and find snares and things like that or chord changes just to make a beat. Now, this is being done it with a band. A lot of times, you hear rappers over a live band and that loses the hip-hop because a lot of those bands from the old days wasn’t from the hip-hop generation. On this album, we make it sound like it was in the 36 Chambers era. To me, what also adds to this album, you’ve got the Wu-Tang MCs but you also got your other favorite MCs from that era like Havoc, Cormega and others. This album can be played with a live band and it will sound BIG.”
The album’s first focus track “Harbor Masters” featuring Ghostface, AZ and Inspectah Deck brings back that gutter real hip hop from back in the day.
The track listing for CHAMBER MUSIC is as follows:
1. Redemption 2. Kill Too Hard Ft. RZA, Inspectah Deck, U-God, Masta Killa 3. The Abbot Ft. RZA 4. Harbor Masters Ft. RZA, Ghostface Killah, Az, Inspectah Deck 5. Sheep State Ft. Rza 6. Radiant Jewels Ft. RZA, Raekwon, Cormega, Sean Price 7. Supreme Architecture Ft. RZA 8. Evil Deeds Ft. RZA, Ghostface Killah, Havoc 9. Wise Men Ft. RZA 10. I Wish You Were Here Ft. RZA, Ghostface Killah, Tre Williams 11. Fatal Hesitation 12. Ill Figures Ft. RZA, Raekwon, Kool G Rap 13. Free Like ODB Ft. RZA 14. Sound The Horns 15. Enlightened Statues Ft. RZA 16. NYC Crack Ft. RZA 17. One Last Question Ft. RZA
Artist: Yung Ralph Title: Bought That D Label: Money Maker/Big Cat Records
The title here is a little mystifying. On the song Ralph brags over and over again that he "bought that bitch," which makes me think the peeps who leaked this to me either made a typo, or the label decided that would be too explicit of a title for his single. The song isn't edited so it really doesn't make difference, as the only way this would get radio play is to be heavily cleaned up. My advice would be not to bother - it's another AutoTune chain swangah song with aspirations to be the next hybrid of Lil Wayne and Kanye. These songs aren't just a dime a dozen any more - they're a dime a thousand. Skip this one unless you're riding in the car, it comes on XM, and you can't take your hands off the wheel long enough to change the station.