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!!!
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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.
Put two of my favorite rappers from V-Town and Chicago on a track and you're guaranteed to catch my attention. Unfortunately for Renz Julian that's ALL that is notable about "Pop N Lock." There's no reason to even listen to the second verse - you could cut it entirely and the song would be just as good if not a little better. 40's verse at the end is a little too short but he manages to outspeed Twista with the flow AND be twice as interesting as Julian. Obviously this is an up-and-coming rapper with a very big bankroll to spend on guest appearances but nothing about his rhymes on this song or the track that he flows on is worth mentioning again after this review. See you next time Renz, and come with some better ish.
"You can find me in the streets, even in a drought/My mattress is full, why shouldn't I be out?" Nothing has changed in 2009. Malice and Pusha T are still as braggadocious as ever, and to keep things even more familiar, Pharrell is on the track and the beat. You can't really blame Clipse though - there's no reason to reinvent the wheels they've been riding on when they've rolled this far to date. Far from hating, I'm happy to hear silly raps like "Cruisin' on them 22's got me sittin pretty/You should hear that engine purr - hear kitty kitty!" If Clipse suddenly decided to get profound, I'd get worried. This is a light track over a whistling electronic beat that as stated in song is "no offense to you" - it's just Clipse doin' what they do.
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