David Banner & 9th Wonder Release Their First Video From Death Of A Pop Star Full Of Action And Adventure
As they prepare to drop their highly anticipated album, Death of A Pop Star,, this summer, the super duo of David Banner and 9th Wonder are releasing the video for the album's lead single, "Slow Down." Featuring R&B chanteuse, Heather Victoria, who also doubles as David Banner's leading lady in the video - who just so happens to get kidnapped, leading David Banner and sidekick 9th Wonder through a maze of unforeseen twists and unexpected turns. "At some point the artist shall be held accountable to his or her self," says David Banner. "This is me understanding that and doing something about it." Fitting in with that theme, David Banner is aided throughout the video by a special pair of sunglasses, allowing the rapper to a glimpse into the dark underworld of the kidnappers he's chasing.
David Banner and 9th Wonder's Death Of A Pop Star will be released this summer via David Banner's Big Face Ent.
Johnny Richter Offers Fans Download From Solo Album
For Immediate Release:
Kottonmouth Kings’ Johnny Richter Offers Fans FREE Download From Solo Album; Johnny Richter “Laughing” In Stores July 6th
Kottonmouth Kings' frontman Johnny Richter is offering fans a free download of the track "Let's Go" online at http://t.opsp.in/Hzxy. The track appears on Richter’s upcoming solo album, "Laughing", which hits stores on July 6th through Suburban Noize. Johnny Richter will be appearing on this summer's Strange Noize tour alongside (Hed)pe, Kutt Calhoun, Big B and Blestenation throughout June and July.
“This record has been in the works for years, as I was actually one of the first solo artists signed to Suburban Noize Records back when Kottonmouth Kings were still signed to Capitol Records,” said Johnny Richter. “Now just seemed like the right time to finally release a solo record.”
Drawing from his personal and professional experiences on the road for the past decade, Johnny Richter had a rich palette to paint his solo masterpiece. The piano driven melody of “Evolution” takes listeners on a journey down memory lane, while the breezy acoustics of “Remember That Summer” resurrects the feel-good vibrations of Sublime. The album is bolstered by Kottonmouth Kings alumni the Dirtball who drops by on "Nice Cold One" the soundtrack for kicking back with good friends and cold drinks, while things slow down when Daddy X spits on "Hello World".
STRANGE NOIZE TOUR 2010 TOUR DATES: Jun 21 - Colorado Springs, CO - Black Sheep Jun 22 - Denver, CO - Marquis Theatre Jun 23 - Omaha, NE - Waiting Room Jun 24 - Maplewood, MN - The Rock Jun 25 - Elgin, IL - The Roadhouse Jun 26 - Detroit, MI - Harpo's Jun 27 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody's Jun 28 - Columbus, OH - Al Rosa Villa Jun 29 - Allentown, PA - Crocodile Rock Jun 30 - Worchester, MA - The Palladium Jul 01 - West Springfield, VA - JAXX Jul 02 - Jacksonville, NC - Hooligan's Jul 03 - Fayetteville, NC - Jester's Pub Jul 04 - Goose Creek, SC - The Dive Jul 06 - Orlando, FL - Firestone Jul 07 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade Jul 08 - Jacksonville, FL - The Pit Jul 09 - Fort Lauderdale, FL - Culture Room Jul 10 - St. Petersburg, FL - State Theatre Jul 12 - Houston, TX - Scout Bar Jul 13 - Dallas, TX - Trees Jul 14 - San Antonio, TX - Back Stage Live Jul 15 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theater Jul 16 - Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theatre Jul 17 - San Luis Obispo, CA - Downtown Brew Jul 18 - Ventura, CA - Majestic Theatre Jul 20 - San Francisco, CA - Slim's Jul 21 - Medford, OR - Main 1 Arts Center Jul 22 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theatre Jul 23 - Seattle, WA - Studio Seven Jul 24 - Spokane, WA - Knitting Factory Jul 25 - Boise, ID - Knitting Factory Jul 27 - Casper, WY - Downtown Grill Jul 28 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Complex Jul 29 - Reno, NV - Knitting Factory Jul 31 - Orangevale, CA- The Boardwalk Aug 01 - Modesto, CA - Fat Cat Aug 03 - Petaluma, CA - Phoenix Theatre Aug 06 - Bakersfield, CA - Tilted Kilt Aug 07 - San Bernardino, CA - National Orange Show
Krayzie Bone Revives "Lyrical Paraphernalia" for July 27th
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LOS ANGELES, CA (June 22) – Being one of the greatest hip-hop artists of all time, you have to come correct in nearly every project released. With the competition that is prevalent in this era of hip-hop there is no room for releasing a monochromatic or sub par product. Consistency is king and Krayzie Bone of the legendary Bone Thugs-N-Harmony has been a model of consistency for nearly 20 years. Proof can be seen in his newest solo endeavor “Lyrical Paraphernalia” hitting stores July 27th. With the success of the last two Bone Thugs albums “Strength & Loyalty” (which sold over 500,000 copies on the strength of the smash single “I Tried” featuring Akon) and their most recent album “UNI-5: The World’s Enemy” (which peaked at #3, is currently #18 on Billboards Rap Charts, and has production by DJ U-Neek), Krayzie Bone finds himself in an ideal position to give his fans more of what they obviously been yearning for.
Including appearances from the rest of the iconic crew from Cleveland, Krayzie keeps it all in the family by including his fellow Bone Thugs-N-Harmony on several tracks on the album. “Lyrical Paraphernalia” also features the single “What Have I Become (Trouble)” where Krayzie takes on his life’s decisions and how they affect him on his day to day grind.
Founded in the early 90’s, the group was awarded the Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance with their song "Tha Crossroads" from their E 1999 Eternal album.
In 1998, Krayzie recorded his solo debut, Thug Mentality 1999. The album was released as a double disc set, featuring a large selection of guest appearances and was certified platinum by the RIAA. In 2001, Krayzie released Thug On Da Line with the album receiving positive reviews from music critics and went gold. Amazon.com also labeled it as one of the best albums of 2001. In 2006, Krayzie Bone was featured on “Ridin'” by Chamillionaire and received the "Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group" at the 49th Annual Grammy Awards.
They always say third time is a charm. With “The Fixtape Vol. 3: Lyrical Paraphernalia”, Krayzie Bone is making sure that holds true.
Eternia & MoSS - The Half - "Your Daddy Is My Daddy!"
For Immediate Release: Eternia & MoSS "The Half" (Audio)
Eternia & MoSS are now 1 week away from the official release of "AT LAST," and they wanted to share a more personal, content-driven track with the listeners. The track is called "The Half;" a half-siblings anthem, which Eternia says is...for those moments in life when you find yourself saying..."Your Daddy Is My Daddy!" Check it out...
Statement Issued on Behalf of Joseph Cartagena (aka Fat Joe)
From Dawn Florio Esq. on behalf of Joseph Cartagena:
Rapper Joseph Cartagena, known as Fat Joe, members of his entourage and security staff were briefly questioned by members of the Madison, Wisconsin Police Department who were investigating false allegations made by a woman who initially posed as a fan and later claimed to be the victim of an assault after demanding money.
At no point did Mr. Cartagena or any member of his entourage assault or have any improper contact with the woman. It is truly unfortunate that false allegations such as these cause the public to doubt the claims of actual victims of sexual assaults.
EVERLIVEN SOUND RELEASE VIDEO FOR "GET UP, STAND UP (SURVIVALIST)" FROM FREEDOM II, RELEASED TODAY ON HiPNOTT RECORDS
To celebrate the official album release of Freedom II, Cymarshall Law and Skit Slam (better known as Everliven Sound) unveil the music video for the album's lead single "Get Up, Stand Up (Survivalist)." The album is now available on Amazon and iTunes.
1. Get Up Stand Up (Survivalist) 2. Christening 3. Elements (feat. El Da Sensei) 4. Waiting Too Long 5. Hook Them 6. Walk Away 7. Crack & The Electric Chair (feat. Hakim Green) 8. All Right All Real 9. Days of Faster 10. Come Correct 11. Holes in they Shoes (feat. C Rayz Walz) 12. Ms. Liquor Spliff 13. Sun, Moon & Stars (feat. Stahhr) 14. Follow My Lead 15. Can You Relate (feat. John Robinson) 16. Don't Believe 17. Dumbflows 18. Know No
About the Album
Freedom II is the new album by group Everliven Sound consisting of Jamaican-rooted, UK-raised brothers Cymarshall Law (New Jersey) and Skit Slam (UK), coming to us at the exact time its needed to bring balance to the force known as Hip-Hop. Freedom II carries a vibe similar to their last album, Freedom (Freedom Entertainment, 2008), which was released to outstanding reviews across the globe. Both projects are overflowing with the same essential and rare musical quality – substance.
Songs “Get Up, Stand Up (Survivalist)” (mentioned above), “Days of Faster”, “Elements” (feat. El Da Sensei) and “Know No” stand out amongst Freedom II’s 18 consistent tracks marked by good ole’ raw, original boom-bap hip-hop. The lyrical talent, immaculate wordplay and clever topics from the MC’s ensure they continue to compete with the best in their field. Entirely produced by The Beatnikz, described as Sweden’s finest, this beat team stays true to their own original production style – a sound that is fresh and forward, but still very accessible.
* Everliven Sound’s premier album Freedom (Freedom Entertainment, 2008) was embraced domestically and overseas, and featured the talent of Pace won, Wordsworth, Mary-Lou and Ty-chee. * Cymarshall Law and Skit Slam have independently released and appeared on several successful projects and have toured internationally dozens of times in the last decade. Single “Ghosts of Hip Hop” from Cymarshall Law’s most recent project, Creator’s Kid EP, received an indie spotlight feature and a placement of #4 on iTunes Top Indie Tracks Chart. * The Beatniks are one of the most well known production teams out of Norrkoping, Sweden, consisting of Lil Jay and Frank Blank.
Rappers & "Stop Teen Violence" Rally at 3rd Annual Trae Day
PERFORMERS TO INCLUDE TRAE THA TRUTH, LUPE FIASCO, YO GOTTI, WACKA FLOCKA & MEMBERS OF YOUNG MONEY
Houston, TX – July 22nd marks the 3rd anniversary of “Trae Day”, an honor bestowed upon rapper Trae Tha Truth by City Hall for his never-ending support and charitable works within Houston’s less fortunate communities. This year’s celebration will be held at the former International Ballroom, located at 14035 Main Street, Houston, TX and will be Trae’s biggest event yet. The roster of performers expected include Lupe Fiasco, Yo Gotti, Wacka Flocka, Sean Garret, Young Buck and members of Young Money, as well as Trae himself, brother Jay’Ton and Big Pokey. Hosts for the event include DJ Khaled, Sirius’ Angela Yee, former Party 93.3 jock Crisco Kidd and comedian, Lil Duval and the entire event is once again free to the public.
Trae and his non-profit, Angels By Nature/A Better Neighborhood, will also be sponsoring a host of family entertainment to include train rides, pony rides and face painting as well as free school supplies and uniform items. Booths will also be set up for free HIV testing, immunizations and blood and glucose level screenings.
With last year’s Trae Day event being marred by an act of senseless violence, in which several people were injured, this year the entire event will be dedicated to a rally aimed to “Stop Teen Violence”, a growing problem in our nation, in the hopes that Houston’s young people can be encouraged to find alternative outlets to express their anger and frustration, by the people they most admire.
Donations for Trae Day’s school uniform and supplies giveaway are being accepted at both Houston locations of SF2 (North side location - 215 West Greens Road, Houston 77067) and (South side location - 7204 Southwest Fwy, Houston, 77074.) They will be accepting donations of school uniform items and school supplies such as backpacks, notebooks, binders, crayons, pencils, math supplies etc. and the drop-off locations will be active until Tuesday, July 20th. A full list of donation items needed is below.
"Harsh words from one of hip-hop's most venerated statesmen - and not exactly unprecedented either. Lawrence Krisna Parker learned one of hip-hop's most important lessons over 25 years ago, and though his philosophy has taken many (and some would argue contradictory) forms over the years, this one lesson is still taught by The T'Cha every semester: HUMILITY DOESN'T PAY THE RENT. There are many words ending in -ist you can describe KRS-One with: humanist, spiritualist, activist, antagonist, but the most apt word is egotist. It's not a diss to say Kris is obnoxiously arrogant - it's a compliment. His belief in self has been both sword and shield, stabbing lesser foes who attempted to take his crown while protecting him from a music industry that tried to beat the defiant rapper into submission. His fame and fortune have risen, fallen and risen again with over 20 albums, hundreds (perhaps thousands) of lyrical and media battles, and millions who have seem him rock live worldwide. His contributions to hip-hop culturally and musically put him almost beyond reproach, and he's paid far more dues than most. In short when The T'cha speaks, I listen. "
"The Greensleeves compilation "From the Roots" documents Jammy's production career prior to "Sleng Teng," with an emphasis on roots reggae, the prevalent form of reggae in the '70s. In hip-hop, the equivalent of roots reggae would be conscious rap, with the difference that too much spiritual content would quickly cast it into the gospel rap category. With the rastafari ideology emerging in Jamaica and reggae music being an internationally recognized vehicle to praise Jah, spiritual songs are a sure thing on any compilation focusing on that period. "
"Ironically, it's the stuff that's not fresh that's best on this album. The records which pay homage to early nineties east coast Hip Hop are those I enjoyed the most. Also ironic is that the finest songs on "Never Not Fresh" come from two acts that are at the opposite side as far as their career. One artist just stopped, and the other's just begun. "Ducky boy" by the late Jurassic 5 is straightforward Hip Hop, with four verses and no chorus. Even though it is an eight year old mixtape freestyle, I was glad to hear J5 one last time."
"Much like Dilla's "Donuts" each track is a very short but incredibly well crafted sugary treat of a beat, with only the album's finale "Black N Gold" clocking in at over three minutes. The patterns are as undeniable as they are enjoyable: the way 14KT stops, starts and stutters the staccato melody of "The Meaning," the friendly vibes that open and permeate "Hello" and are scratched back in just when you might forget the song's origin, the quiet storm meets hip-hop chop shop attack of "Cherish," some lovely "Sweet Tee Ish" that goes "on and on" and could have you sipping the flavor for days. Much like the album's title, 14KT feels these are songs you can savor, and thanks to the fact they are both free and a worthy tribute to the man he considers his inspiration, I'd have to agree."
"Because at his core, Mr. Otter is American roots music spit over highly-distorted, minimalist boom-bap. He spits with an earnestness seldom heard. Fortunately, this Great Laker's earnestness is not a sterile, doesn't-know-any-better sort of mundane sincerity. It's more that his whole vibe has a truthfulness to it, free of gimmicks and polish, from that moment in "Blacklist" when our poet-MC decides to quit bitching and declares to the world, "My name is Cecil Otter, and I represent Doomtree!" to the downhome party-anthem "Lake Shore Drifter," which tells the autobiographical tale of a transient beer hound. A wise man once said, "Midwesterners are progressive because they can see so far," and I think, in a sense, C.E. typifies that sentiment. "
Cold Men Young :: Champagne Nights/Red Stripe Budget :: Bandcamp.com as reviewed by Emanuel Wallace
"Although facing tough times economically (along with the rest of the country), the City of Detroit has a rather rich hip-hop culture. Many of its iconic figures, both past and present, can be recognized by the mentioning of a single name. Eminem. Dilla. Slum. Royce. Trick. Milk. Guilty. Esham. Boss. Obie. Proof. The list goes on and on, that's just a handful. Looking to add themselves to the list of the greats is the four man hip-hop/spoken word collective, Cold Men Young. The group's name is a derivative of Detroit's first Black mayor, Coleman Young. While other contemporaries such as current mayor (former NBA star and Hall of Famer) Dave Bing and the troubled (read: incarcerated) Kwame Kilpatrick seem to be more recognized across the country, Coleman Young was a legend in the City of Detroit"
"Despite staying busy as a producer, Don kept fairly quiet in the new millennium, although he was rumored to have recorded hundreds of unreleased tracks in his time out of the spotlight. In 2007, No Sleep Recordings released "The Nineties Sessions," a collection of vaulted tracks, demos, and b-sides, and its success led to renewed interest in his catalog warranting reissues of his '90s LPs. Now Traffic Entertainment seems to be subscribing to the better-late-than-never philosophy, releasing "Donnie Brasco," a shelved album recorded between 1999 and 2001, in 2010. Godfather Don is celebrated for both his beats and rhymes that embody a classic New York sound. "
"Music is a culmination of roots, culture, and poetry, all of which rapper/singer Kae Sun consists of. Born in Ghana and relocating to Canada, Kae Sun's influences are unmatched. At an early age, he was exposed to cultural influences of Ghanaian folk chants, roots reggae in Accra, and soul music from his family. With this inspiration, Kae Sun uses this to express his music through poetic verses both sung and rapped. His deep rooted cultural influences flourish throughout his music as he incorporates his values of community and faith into his lyrics while maintaining a perfect balance. Backed by endless knowledge and influence, Kae Sun gathers his experience in the release of his debut album "Lion on a Leash." "
"Even though we can always make a good case for reserving this space for rap, we're known to make exceptions, and even when it comes to contemporary mainstream R&B there have been some careers (mainly: Mary J. Blige, Beyoncé, Erykah Badu) that have been so intertwined with hip-hop that it would be foolish to ignore them as a rap publication. And who's to say Lauryn Hill, Cee-Lo Green, or Drake are not hip-hop because they are vocally ambidextrous? I will still fight the notion that it's all the same, a confluence of urban styles just made for cross promotion, but even with a healthy distrust of all things R&B we do have some reason to be thankful for the additional exposure these singers gave to a lot of our rappers over the years. "
"It's been a minute since Shade Sheist came across my desk or through my headphones. Somewhere in the stacks there's a copy of Damizza's "Where I Wanna Be" compilation. With Nate Dogg singing a chronic filled hook, Kurupt providing a cameo verse and a music video celebrating love of the West coast, Sheist had an undeniable hit with the title track in 2000. Not long afterward Sheist dropped his debut CD "Informal Introduction," it charted briefly, and then Sheist disappeared off the national radar. There were allegations Sheist got an undue amount of airplay on Power 106 in L.A. due to financial ties between his label Baby Ree and KPWR owner Emmis Communications."
Oxcyde :: The Aphorism EP :: Oxcyde/Boom Troops as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon
"Let's take a trip on a bizarre ride to the Oxcyde. Ox is the latest rap export coming to us from Melbourne, Australia - a city and a country that both thrive on the ruggedly independent hip-hop spirit that was beaten out of many parts of the U.S. years ago. Eventually their scene may too fall prey to the woes of those who try to put on hip-hop shows here without a top ten chart hit, but for now their D.I.Y. cred is as good as any Bay Area rapper from California. The liner notes on the one sheet insert for this compact disc are short and to the point: "Produced, written, recorded and mixed by Chad 'Oxcyde' Waldron." I think it's fair to say that Waldron has put it all on the line here - if he succeeds he deserves all the praise and if he fails there's no one else he can blame."
"While I don't really care for this poorly drawn class of Nickelodeon rejects and their wannabe virtual insanity, I do enjoy the reality behind some of their better songs. The short "Off the Hook" lives up to the description, a stomping heavy hip-hop anthem that you'd almost think was screwed and chopped. "Lately" is a sultry enough ballad that I'd like to meet the woman behind Topaz and not her insect alter ego. "Daymare" featuring Will Tell is a well produced appropriately menacing melody, and "Ultimatum" is some new era Soul II Soul that takes full control and (pun definitely intended) brings you back to life and back to reality. There is clearly talent hidden behind their masks, but this new attempt to cash in on the Gorillaz' success seems so poorly conceived I wish they'd drop the facade altogether. "