Murphy Lee's makes his triumphant return to the center-stage of hip-hop with the video for "My Shoes" off his much anticipated and yet to be released album, You See Me. As if just Murphy Lee wasn't enough to get you clicking over to the video, you'll get a peek at Kanjia and a cameo from fellow St. Lunatic, Nelly. The video takes you right back to the glory days of the St. Lunatics and is a portent of the revival to come with Murph's new album. With honeys and whips aplenty, the boys show off their kicks and steeze in true southern style. Stick around 'til the end for a real drrty breakdown.
Before being known as a hip-hop hitmaker, Murph joined his friends, including Nelly, to create the St. Lunatics when he was still in his teens. After appearing on Nelly's first release, the multi-platinum Country Grammar album in 2000, Murph went on to release his solo album, Murphy's Law, in 2003. He has worked with legends such as Jermaine Dupri and Lil Wayne and won a Grammy for the song "Shake Ya Tailfeather" featuring Nelly and Diddy. Look out for second solo album You See Me soon on Derrty Ent. / Universal Records. Streams:
Yes it's double the pleasure, double the fun, two episodes of Hip-Hop Shop condensed into one! Due to technical difficulties experienced on last week's show we've combined the two episodes together and taken out all the dead air and snafus, which you'll no doubt appreciate. New songs heard during the first half include EPMD's "Listen Up" and Slim Thug's "I Run." New songs heard during the half include Skillz' "Y'all in the Way" and Shaya's "Impeccable Concepts" remix. Join us every Wednesday night at 10:00 PM EST, 9 Central via blogtalkradio.com/angrymarks and if you miss the live show be sure to look for the replay here on RapReviews or via our sponsor mrobandthecancer.com. The shows are 100% podsafe so distribute to your friends and tell them to visit RapReviews.com. Enjoy!
Rapper Lil Goonie provides Girls Gone Wild with new theme song Battery/ByStorm/Jive artist to film video for TV outlets and perform on national tour
New York, NY- Lil Goonie provides the music background for Girls Gone Wild tour. The song titled “Girlz Gone Wild” also appears on Lil Goonie’s Album.
Battery/Bystorm/Jive artist Lil Goonie has teamed up with America’s favorite guilty pleasure, Girls Gone Wild, as part of the new “Hollywood Gone Wild” campaign. Fittingly, the campaign will feature Lil Goonie’s anthemic single “Girlz Gone Wild” in a series of commercials and infomercials, to be run on major networks such as SpikeTV, Comedy Central, MTV, and FUSE. The song will also be touted on the inundated Girls Gone Wild website; www.GirlsGoneWild.com. An accompanying video captures a live performance by Lil Goonie in his home state of Tennessee.
“This is an amazing marriage, pairing the strong Girls Gone Wild brand with Lil Goonie and his anthem “Girlz Gone Wild,” remarks Battery Senior Vice President and General Manager Neil Levine. “It should instantly give us the right visuals in the marketplace along with some great marketing opportunities. This is a win-win for everyone involved.”
“Hollywood Gone Wild” is a new venture for Mantra Films, the makers of the storied DVD series, which rakes in $100 million per sales annually. “Hollywood Gone Wild” marks the new face of Girls Gone Wild. A national tour will follow in support of the DVD release. At 19, Lil Goonie is one of the youngest members of the national campaign, which will serve an apt showcase for the fast-ascending star.
The limelight is nothing new to the Nashville native, who’s been rhyming since age 12. By 15, he had an exclusive production deal. In 2007, he caught the eye of vaunted talent scout and President of Urban Music for Jive/Zomba, Mark Pitts. Pitts, the former manager of the Notorious B.I.G., Faith Evans and Nas, and current A&R for Usher, Ciara and Chris Brown, immediately signed Lil Goonie to Bystorm Entertainment, his label imprint through Jive Records.
Eric Deutsch, Senior Vice President of Production for Mantra Films, who’s been instrumental in the arrangement, adds: “Of all the Girls Gone Wild songs we’ve received over the past 10 years, this has to be the best one. In a new age of innovative deals that co-brand music with other media entities, this is very exciting for us and we look forward to doing more cross promotion with Jive, Battery and Sony Music Entertainment”.
Goonie is now preparing his hotly-anticipated major label debut for an early 2009 release. Stay tuned. Lil Goonie is coming.
Illa J pulls out the funk and soul for "Strugglin'," off his freshly dropped album, Yancey Boys. Over one of Dilla's more minimal beats, Illa J raps (and shows off his singing voice a bit) about an artist trying to make it in the biz. As he says in the chorus, "I'm 'bout to take you on a ride / of a struggling artist / It ain't no easy slide / You gotta hustle the hardest." With a brother like J Dilla, Illa had a good model to look up to, but that doesn't mean it was smooth sailing trying to get his message out there. With a fierce dedication to his music and lyrical skill that he continues to hone, Illa J delivers his art on Yancey Boys, saying "Let me tell you my mission / I'm here to inspire / to bring together the earth, wind and fire."
When Jay Dee passed away from complications relating to lupus in February 2006, he left behind an extraordinary legacy of production work, including hits for Common, Janet Jackson, and Busta Rhymes. One mother lode of previously untouched beats dates from his time working on the Pharcyde's sophomore album, Labcabincalifornia (Delicious Vinyl, 1995). As Delicious Vinyl owner and founder Michael "Mike Floss" Ross explains: "From '95 through '98 Jay Dee was my go-to guy for hot beats and remixes. He was always making beats, always. So there was a select amount of tracks that he composed for me during that time, tracks as good as anything he'd done, only they never got used. When I finally met Illa J last year, I gave him a CD containing those unreleased beats."
In a case of pure serendipity, 21 year-old Illa J had just relocated from Detroit to Los Angeles and constructed a studio built using Jay Dee's recording equipment. He dubbed it Yancey Boys Studios in tribute to their fraternal bond. "Dilla was 12 years older than me," Illa J says. "So back in the day in Detroit I was just a little kid, sitting on the stairs in our house, watching him make those first beats for Slum Village. I always felt my brother's tracks and had an instinct for what I wanted to do over them." When Illa J set to work in early '08 recording the album, the project flowed quickly as he entered the proverbial can't miss zone. The name of the studio rightly became the title of the finished album, Yancey Boys, available online and in stores everywhere on Delicious Vinyl Records.
Keelay & Zaire's "The Times" To Premier On mtvU 11/21
(November 17, 2008 - Brooklyn NY) Keelay & Zaire, producers extraordinaire, will be debuting the video for their socio-politically charged single, "The Times," exclusively on mtvU this Friday. The duo takes the video back to San Francisco where they invite viewers on a tour of where “the streets define stars” to the backdrop of their signature soulful soundscape. With rhymes from San Fran inhabitants Slo Mo, Mush Mouf, soultry vocals from Nino Moschella, along with LA emcee Blu, the track is a motivational call-to-arms, and the video captures the vibrancy of the citizens and sites of the Bay Area. The video is premiering this Friday November 21st on mtvU.com, which will feature the video exclusively for 24hrs, so be sure to check it out and so be sure to check it out and help drive it up their charts. We will be servicing the video online the next day on 11/22.
Also check out the Kee & Zee podcast and feature just posted on URB.com!
Keelay & Zaire are a bi-coastal team that operates with only one concrete rule; creating music with unlimited range. Complementing each other's styles with precision, Kee & Zee work as a sole production machine that spawns gritty classic hip-hop, soulful R&B, and any other medium that requires an exclusive sound from the team. With Keelay out west in San Francisco, and Zaire in the east, holding it down in Virginia, the two have almost unlimited resources from which to draw talent and inspiration. In their debut LP Ridin High, the pair's versatility takes center stage, backed up by a talented cast of emcees and singers including Phonte of Little Brother, Supastition, Blu, Cali Agents, Darien Brockington, Tash of Tha Liks, Saafir, Fortilive, The Park, Emilio Rojas, Surreal ,Slo-Mo, Mario Dones, The A.V.E., J.Fish, Jony Fraze, Whooligan, and Tiffany Paige. Keelay & Zaire's Ridin High will be released in early 2009 by MYX Music Label.
Akon to Release New Album FREEDOM Available on slotMusic™ cards on December 2nd
SRC's Multi-platinum Artist will make His Music Available via DRM-Free MP3 Music on microSD cards
(Los Angeles, CA, -November 19, 2008)- Upfront/Konvict/SRC/Universal Motown multi-platinum selling artist, producer and entrepreneur, Akon, announced today that his third album - Freedom - will be available on "slotMusic™, a new form of DRM-free MP3 music on a microSD card beginning Tuesday, December 2nd - the same date his album will be released digitally and on CD. The new slotMusic card will give fans a chance to enjoy Akon's album in a variety of ways and on a host of devices - from their microSD-enabled mobile phones to their computers and MP3 players.
Going beyond the original thirteen songs that are on the CD version of the album, the slotMusic Freedom card will carry a mini-documentary video on Akon's life and influences, the new video for "Right Now (Na Na Na)," and exclusive hi-res images and songs including fellow SRC artist Tami Chynn's debut single "Frozen" featuring Akon.
"When I went into the studio to put together Freedom, I focused on making more than just a collection of songs; I made an album that tells a story from the first track to the last," said Akon. "To me, slotMusic is the return of the album in all its glory, but updated for today's mobile world."
Steve Rifkind, Chairman of SRC Records and SRC Marketing, who was instrumental in establishing the slotMusic and Akon partnership stated "SRC has always offered its artists the freedom to share their music through new technology. slotMusic will allow Akon's fans to listen to his new record on their phones, MP3 players and PCs that support the microSD format," he added.
"The release of Freedom on the slotMusic card is a chance for me to give my fans a full entertainment experience using devices they already have in hand," added Akon.
slotMusic is an innovative physical format for music with a pre-existing install base for DRM-free music. The plug-and-play slotMusic card eliminates the compatibility questions and the hassles of managing files, downloading here, transferring there by offering music in a physical format that is simple to use, works well with many different devices.
The near ubiquity of microSD slots makes slotMusic cards the ultimate format for creating a true portable music experience. SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK), inventor of the microSD format, is leading the technology development and standardization behind slotMusic.
To preorder Akon's slotMusic card and for more information please visit www.slotmusic.org .
About Akon An internationally recognized Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum selling artist, producer, entrepreneur, and philanthropist, Akon is one of the most influential voices in music today. In addition to having two multi-platinum albums, 21 songs on the Billboard Hot 100 and over 145 guest appearances with artists such as Michael Jackson and Gwen Stefani to his credit, Akon is the only artist to ever accomplish the feat of holding both the number one and two spots simultaneously on the Billboard Hot 100 charts twice.
In addition to the anticipated December 2nd release of his third album Freedom, 2009 is shaping up to be the biggest year of Akon's career as the Konvict CEO is prepping releases for T-Pain, Lady Gaga, Kardinal Offishal, Flipsyde Dolla and Colby O'Donis. His fashion line, Konvict Clothing is set to launch in January with an upscale line, aptly named Aliuane, is set for release in the Fall. Finally, Konfidence Foundation, the charity Akon has personally funded for four years, has teamed up with songwriter/philanthropist Peter Buffett to launch IsThereSomethingICanDo.com, a Google of sorts for charitable foundations. For more information, please visit: www.akononline.com .
About SRC Group
SRC (Street Records Corporation) is a division of Universal Music Group, the world's leading music company with wholly owned record operations or licensees in 77 countries. UMG's businesses also include Universal Music Publishing Group, the industry's leading global music publishing operation.
New York, NY (November 12, 2008) - Well, we’re almost there! After four months of constant competition, the Loud.com Finalists 2 is only two weeks away! The tasks have been determined and we’re all looking forward to see who’s going to come out on top.
That said, we’d like to formally congratulate our Round 9 Producer Winner, J Cardim! We were ready to give it to our runner-up MRockFromScionBeats, but the monster with the crazy synths and strings was unfortunately not a U.S. citizen, and rules are rules. Big ups to Jordan105 and all the other producers who raised the bar in Round 9, though. We expect an even better showing for Round 10!
We’ve got some great content planned for the site these next few weeks, so stay tuned to read, listen and watch as we search for the next hip-hop superstar. All of us up at SRC and Loud.com appreciate your involvement and look forward to building on a successful Finalists 2 for more competitions in the future!
Before we get to some of the highlights and notes, we want to reiterate that we’ve opened up a Loud Favorites blog for all the users on the site to promote any projects, shows, collabs, placements or general career news. Click here to submit your information. Knonam recently hit us up about his inclusion as a Finalist in the Jake One Rhymesayers Remix competition! No winner has been announced yet, but congrats homie and keep that momentum rolling!
Now, a few other quick items of note:
EMCEES! Round 10 Voting IS COMPLETE!
* A winner will be announced November 25th * Submissions are now closed until the next competition! * Someone is going to win this contest and be $100,000 richer with a sweet record deal from SRC/Universal Motown!!
PRODUCERS! Submissions for Round 10 are CLOSED!
* Voting begins today; a Round 10 winner will be announced on December 2nd * Congrats to Round 9 Winner J Cardim! His blend of hard drums and aggressive melody, coupled with an obvious R&B versatility, had the judges amped up! * After this voting period closes, the finals begin. Set your calendars to December 2nd!!
Shaya - "Impeccable Concepts" Remix f/ Trek Life & Finale
Shaya's come a long way from his start-up years of handing out demo cassettes on the street. With his debut album, Fallen Awake, he's showing no signs of stopping. In the fresh new remix of "Impeccable Concepts" featuring Trek Life and Finale, Shaya brings the heat off the street and to our ears. In the past, he's tried to create "thinking man's music", and in this single he continues on that higher plain, describing his goals in eloquent lines like "Impeccable concepts / We move on a global conquest." This swanky strut is classic in style, but redefined in its lyricism. The funky, acoustic feel of the beat mixed with Shaya's airtight rhymes make the remix prefect for any seasonal soundtrack. Shaya's debut album, Fallen Awake, is available in stores and online everywhere on Interdependent Media. The Background:
Prior to signing with Interdependent Media, Shaya spent nearly ten years hitting the pavement in his native Bay Area slanging handmade CD's and mixtapes at shows and on street corners. Shaya's lyricism, determination, and charismatic personality caught the attention of many industry leaders but personal obstacles often prevented him from taking his craft to the next level. He did, however, perform regularly and opened up for Bay Area luminaries such as the Hieroglyphics and the Living Legends. Shaya is currently under the mentorship of iD, the same A&R guru who introduced the world to Little Brother. Now, backed with the support of Interdependent Media, home to Canibus, K'naan, Tanya Morgan, Eyezon, J*Davey, and other artists, Shaya and iD are proud to finally release the fulfillment of the potential that others in the industry have always seen in Shaya with Fallen Awake. The album features production from Jake One (50 Cent, Freeway) and The ARE (Lords of the Underground, K-Otix). Under the manifesto of resurrecting “thinking man’s music,” Shaya considers Fallen Awake to be not only an open-palm to his listeners, but a chance to lay to rest the pains of his own life.
Join Guerilla Union and Hip Hop Official in the fight against Diabetes! The Rock the Bells Charity Auction for Diabetes encompasses a unique collection of autographed memorabilia, donated by various 2008 Rock the Bells artists. All proceeds will be donated to the American Diabetes Association (ADA) in honor of Phife Dawg (A Tribe Called Quest). Contributions will also be made in memory of J Dilla, legendary Hip Hop producer and emcee, as well as Jheryl Busby, former president and chief executive of Motown Records who revived the label in the 1990’s.The Rock the Bells Charity Auction will begin on December 1, 2008 and close on December 15, 2008.