Archive for February, 2011

Dallas, Texas duo A.Dd+ (pronounced A.D.D., with the plus sign silent) is finally gearing up to release their long-awaited new project, When Pigs Fly, an album that will be released for free on March 28. The group, comprised of rappers Paris Pershun and Slim Gravy, worked diligently for the past year with producer Picnic Tyme, a member of Erykah Badu’s Cannabinoids who has also produced for Devin the Dude and Johnny Polygon. When Pigs Fly flows through a mix of slang anthems, flirtatious tales, and more serious issues (financial struggle, incarceration) with a creative edge, both musically and lyrically, that has made the duo one of the most progressive groups to come from the scene in some time. “When Pigs Fly represents the impossible,” explains Slim. “We’re doing what people are scared to do in this Dallas music scene. We’re making the impossible possible.”
For “Likeamug,” the lead single from When Pigs Fly, A.Dd+ brought along friend and fellow Dallas native Brown, of Sore Losers. “The song originated from a phrase we used when we were younger,” says Paris. “Of course, it’s a euphemism for ‘like a muthaf*cka.’ Brown of Sore Losers brought the phrase back on Twitter, and right at that same time we received a beat from Picnic titled ‘Mugg,’ so we ran with it.” With a half-sung chorus courtesy of Paris and a beat comprised of thick synth bass lines and pounding drums, “Likeamug” immediately pulls fans into the group’s unique, infectious sound, with Paris exclaiming that, “You ain’t never seen nothing like this,” before reassuring listeners: “Everything is A-OK when you’re rocking with us.”

In the coming weeks, fans can also look forward to a video for “Likeamug.”

Download “Likeamug” feat. Brown of Sore Losers for free here:

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Apollo Brown – Time Passed Autumn

Posted: February 28, 2011 in hip hop

Apollo Brown’s upcoming instrumental album “Clouds” drops March 1st, 2011 via Mello Music Group. His previous work with “The Reset” “Brown Study” and “Gas Mask” developed this Detroit producer a solid following from both fans and critics alike.

Today, enjoy the mp3 download of “Time Passed Autumn” a track from “Clouds”.  The track is representative of the album, as “Clouds” is more like a mood piece than an album full of ‘bangers.’  Please stay tuned for the upcoming music video for the song “Time Passed Autumn” dropping NEXT WEEK!
Click here and enjoy and feel free to download.

I am really excited about this event. Why? Because I was able to be a part of this project. Baron from Red Clay asked me about 1.5 years ago to do the mastering for the album(thanks to T.R.A.C. for linking me up). Can I tell you how anxious I was for this album to drop? Not only because it will look good on my resume, but because the album is a sure fire classick!. For me, I was real proud of my work on “Rugged Souls.” Its also has open other doors and opportunities for me. For that, I am thankful. Special shout out to Baron and the rest of Red Clay for trusting me with their album. Hope to see you suckas there. Click HERE for more information and “LIKE” them on Facebook.

p.s. No offense Baron, but I”m more excited to meet Lewis Parker

I’m trying to be more proactive about posting events that I will be involved with and or attending. February 23rd in Redbank, NJ I will be djing for the homie Solo For Dolo at Fixx. Click HERE for more information.

 

(February 15, 2011 – Brooklyn, NY) Rah Digga is excited to announce her upcoming show, Ladies First, at Southpaw in Brooklyn, NY. The show, taking place Thursday, February 24th, will be Digga’s first headlining performance in NYC in some time, and she will be joined by performances from Eternia, Nitty Scott MC, Likwuid, Zarinah, and Kalae Allday. Tickets for the event are $10 in advance and $15 the day of the show.

For Digga, this upcoming show date offers the perfect opportunity for her to show off her brand new secret weapon: her live band. “This is my first show in New York with the band, so I’m really excited about that,” says Digga. “It’s been a long time since people have seen a Digga show, so I wanted to make sure the audience is truly entertained. Plus, I’m into live bands, anyway — it offers fans a much more sophisticated experience.”

In addition to the upcoming show, Digga is also releasing the latest remix from Classic, her highly-acclaimed, Nottz-produced sophomore album released in the fall of last year via Raw Koncept Media Group. The track, “Check Me Boo (9th Still Checkin’ Remix),” is 9th Wonder’s own take on the fan favorite “Check Me Boo.” While, as with previous Digga remixes from the likes of Khrysis and others, the lyrics remain untouched, 9th Wonder brings a new feel musically, with understated soulful boom-bap to match the forceful lyrics and contrast Nottz’ heavy drums, deep bass, and organs.

Download the “Check Me Boo (9th Still Checkin’ Remix)” for free HERE

Check Below for ticket and more show info:

What: Ladies First: Starring Rah Digga & Eternia
Who: Rah Digga; Eternia; Likwuid; Zarinah; Nitty Scott, MC; Kalae Allday
When: Thursday, February 24
Where: Southpaw — 125 5th Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11217
What time: Doors @ 8pm, Show @ 9pm
Ticket info click HERE

Rapper Yves Saint, producers Christolph and Free, and DJ Candlestick, the Houston-based foursome known as The Niceguys, are excited to drop “Somebody,” the Lee Lonn Walker featuring love-themed new single from their debut album, The Show – and just in time for Valentine’s Day. Following the triumphant and celebratory sounds of “Toast,” released with an accompanying video in early January, “Somebody” mellows things out, with a sound reminiscent of the mellow tones of old school soul, complete with understated percussion and reverb heavy instrumentation.

“Love is not a choice. So when you do love, love well,” says Yves, the Queens-born emcee who has spent the last number of years in Houston after meeting the rest of The Niceguys while in school together at the University of Houston. “I wrote the whole song, but the most poignant parts were the bars that I wrote for Lee Lonn to sing: ‘We won’t live if we don’t try/ And love is life, so we won’t die.'”

Fans can also look forward to a video for “Somebody,” to be released later this month.

Download “Somebody” HERE

Download album here:

http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-show/id395148098

Kokayi is back to work, dropping the latest from Robots & Dinosaurs, his highly regarded sophomore album, and with the remix of “RoxTar,” Kokayi enlists QN5 labelmate and Baltimore emcee Substantial and Maspyke/Low Budget Crew producer DJ Roddy Rod. While the original track offered smatterings of hip-hop, rock, and electro sounds, this remix is decidedly more hip-hop. Roddy Rod’s track maintains a rock feel, largely due to the distorted electric guitar chops that provide the remixed beat’s primary melody, but he also brings heavy drums, syncopated and crashing percussion, and energy-filled vocal samples to flesh things out. Substantial kicks things off, incorporating Kokayi’s lyrical style from the original, name-dropping bands including Good Charlotte, Chuck Berry, Twisted Sister, and more as he weaves his story. Kokayi’s own verse keeps up the tongue-in-cheek wordplay, rapping, “Spinal taps that you fear to face, and/ Leave a type O-negative leaking in the pavement.”

Download Kokayi’s “RoxTar Remix” HERE

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When he’s not tattooing the likes of MURS, Jean Grae, 2Mex, Big Pooh, members of Arcade Fire, and others at his popular tattoo shop STARING WITHOUT CARING, Tucson, Arizona rapper Isaiah Toothtaker continues to turn heads with his latest album, Illuminati Thug Mafia, released late last month as part of a joint venture between Alpha Pup Records and his own label Machina Muerte. Now the Tucson native is treating fans with the latest single, “Baby,” which fans can also expect a video for in the coming days.

Convicted multiple felon and participant in over 400 witnessed street fights — all after being kicked out of his home at the age of 11 and having his father murdered by Tucson Police — it’s no secret that Isaiah Toothtaker has seen and experienced plenty of violence’s shady underworld. And the combination of heavily reverberating drums, high-speed crashing percussion, deep bass, and shrill organ stabs, create a perfectly grim and sinister backdrop for the Machina Muerte Capo to unwind his tales, starting with his off-kilter, semi-melodic chorus, as he sings, “Dear mama, didn’t mean to kill your baby, is that your baby?/ Holy father, I’m waiting for you to save me, so can you save me?” Later referring to himself as the “Only undertaker that overachieves,” Toothtaker, on “Baby” as with the rest of the album, mixes mayhem with deft wordplay, and leaves it up to listeners to decipher their own meanings.

Isaiah Toothtaker’s newest album Illuminati Thug Mafia is available now via Machina Muerte/Alpha Pup.

Download Isaiah Toothtaker’s “Baby” here:
Isaiah Toothtaker – “Baby”

Buy album here:

http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/illuminati-thug-mafia/id414431551

Coming off the recent success of his collaborative EP with Asher Roth, RAWTH, released in late 2010, and the release of his debut solo album, You Need This Music, before that, the Virginia-based Nottz is back in the studio doing what he does best. Earlier this year Nottz brought fans a track with Compton rapper A-WOLL, and now Nottz is releasing a new collaborative track “Temptation”, with fellow Virginia native and long-time collaborator Ivory Keyes. Nottz and Keyes’ friendship stems from their young days as group members of D.M.P., and with this new track Nottz shows off his signature style, as he layers pounding drums, thick, rolling bass, and guitar plucks to compliment Keyes’ street oriented bars.

Check out the song here: http://media.audibletreats.com/Ivory_Keyes-Temptation_Ft_And_Prod_Nottz.mp3

Re-Edutainment, the upcoming debut EP from Kyle Rapps, is the New Jersey native’s own take on Edutainment, the highly regarded Boogie Down Productions classic released over 20 years ago. Bringing his own lyrical and thematic touches to this eight-track EP, Kyle enlisted the production efforts of Kev Brown for the entire project. Brown produced a reinterpretation of his own; he researched and only used the dusty loops, chops, and breaks that were sampled on the BDP original. Fittingly, the EP features KRS-One, on “Rent Remix,” in addition to Cali crew U-N-I, and Brooklyn’s own Joell Ortiz, who is one-fourth of the recently Shady Records-signed group Slaughterhouse, and is also featured on the EP’s first single, “Hard Knock Children.”

On “Hard Knock Children,” Kyle Rapps brings you back to the good ol’ days of grade school. The lyrics conjure up images of all your favorite parts of those forgotten times: recess, trikes, Lite Bright’s, and candy cigarettes. Kyle Rapps credits these often fleeting memories, and the revisiting of these memories with engineer and long-time friend Nate Greenberg, to what made the song so much fun to create, “The most enjoyable part of the song was reminiscing with my dude Nate G about our childhood experiences that made us who we are today.”

But nostalgia aside, the lyrical content of “Hard Knock Children” also has a greater meaning. Beyond the superficial reflections, it offers Kyle Rapps, who performs throughout the year at high schools, universities, and juvenile detention centers, the chance to reach out to today’s youth, offering his support. “Overall, its clear to me that although technology is different, the inner-struggles of coming of age remain similar,” says Kyle. “I want today’s youth to know that I see them, respect them, and believe in them even during times when they don’t believe in themselves.”

Kyle Rapps’ debut EP, Re-Edutainment, will be dropping March 29th.

Download Kyle Rapps’ “Hard Knock Children” featuring Joell Ortiz here: