Archive for March, 2011

Hip-hop veterans Large Professor and Neek the Exotic are excited to announce the release of their first true full-length collaboration, Still On The Hustle. The album, which will also feature production from Lord Finesse, Marco Polo, and Carnage, as well as guest appearances from Joell Ortiz and Satchel Page, will be released May 17th via Fat Beats Records/Distrolord Inc.

While the new album is just now being announced, the official alliance of Neek and Large Pro has been long overdue. The Queens natives and childhood friends have been sporadically working together since 1992, when they both worked on “Fakin’ The Funk” for the classic film White Men Can’t Jump, and consequently became names to watch in the hip-hop world. But their path to becoming two of hip-hop’s biggest names wasn’t paved with gold, which inspired the title Still On The Hustle. “We chose the title because we’ve been on the hustle since day one,” says Neek. “For me, it’s really been a hustle because I never got a [record] deal, so it was hard for me to come out and make noise like I wanted to.”

On the other end, Large Pro is balancing his hustle with raising a family and being a father, and his sentiment is shown in his more recent work. “Songwriting is different for me now,” explains the producer/emcee. “I ain’t this young kid running around out here buggin now. I got my daughter and my family, so I just want to make sure I’m progressing with time and my songwriting is progressing with time, too.” Keeping in theme with family, Neek and Pro wanted to keep the project “close knit,” so they limited guest features and producers, working only with Lord Finesse, Joell Ortiz, Marco Polo, Carnage, and long-time friend Satchal Page. “I wanted the world to focus on what we are doing and I didn’t want to get a lot of features just because be can,” explains Neek.

The album’s first single and title track, “Still On The Hustle,” is a reflection of how their never ending grind, and how it’s just matured as the two have grown. “My progression from previous work is up like a million percent,” says Neek. “I didn’t really express myself like I knew I could, so this time I made sure people will know I’ve grown.” Large Pro’s soulful piano-sprinkled beat gets a good dose of scratches and screeching samples, and they both lace the track with smart and nostalgic lyrics.

Neek the Exotic and Large Professor’s Still On The Hustle will be available on May 17th.

Download “Still On The Hustle” HERE and check the video here: http://www.nodfactor.com/2011/03/26/8951/

(March 28, 2011 – Brooklyn, NY) Following a string of single and video releases, Dallas, Texas duo A.Dd+ (pronounced A.D.D., with the plus sign silent), a group comprised of rappers Slim Gravy and Paris Pershun, is excited to finally release their debut album, When Pigs Fly. Beginning today, the album, which the Dallas Observer recently hailed as “Nothing short of a classic,” is being offered to fans for free download, available through the group’s Bandcamp page.

For When Pigs Fly, Slim and Paris partnered with producer Picnic Tyme, also of Erykah Badu’s Cannabinoids crew, to create a 15-track effort that seamlessly flows, even as it offers listeners a mix of slang anthems, flirtatious tales, and more serious issues (financial struggle, incarceration). And it does so with a creative edge that has made the A.Dd+ one of the most progressive groups to come from the Dallas hip-hop scene in some time, defying both the sounds fans are used to hearing and the restrictions that artists are used to creating within. “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.”

And despite When Pigs Fly being the group’s first official full-length, there is a cohesiveness and completeness to the album that allows A.Dd+’s words, of making the impossible possible, to ring with sincerity and honesty. While the addition of Picnic Tyme’s production continues to help A.Dd+ develop and define their sound, there is also a natural growth present throughout When Pigs Fly. “We seriously feel like there was a great leap between this project and our first project, Power Of The Tongue,” explains Paris and Slim. “We pride ourselves in putting out the best music we can, and dealing with more and more everyday life situations only pushes us toward natural growth.”

Fans can download When Pigs Fly for free here:
http://addplus.bandcamp.com/album/when-pigs-fly

Yves Saint, Cristolph, Free, and DJ Candlestick, otherwise known as The Niceguys, have been putting in work. You may have seen them “Toast” back in January, or maybe you’ve been keeping up with Yves’ guest blogging for SLAM Magazine, but that hasn’t stopped the Houston-based foursome from staying busy. With a string of SXSW performances around the corner, The Niceguys have been made the cover feature of leading alternative weekly, Houston Press. The feature, hitting newsstands citywide today, can be read online here: http://www.houstonpress.com/2011-03-10/music/meet-the-niceguys/.

To celebrate the milestone, The Niceguys are now releasing “Ari Gold,” the lead single from their forthcoming project, The James Kelly EP, which will be released for free download this Spring. As the title of the single might suggest, kicking things off is a fiery quote from everybody’s favorite asshole, the song’s namesake Ari Gold from Entourage. “It’s about taking that Ari Gold mentality — not only being an asshole, but embracing it,” explains Free, who also produced the distorted, guitar-heavy track. “It’s about using it to your advantage and not being apologetic for any of it.”

Playing off the verses, which appropriately incorporate plenty of Yves’ now patented, wordplay-heavy brashness, the chorus drives home the song’s key sentiment: “Fuck around and get lost in it/ When I say something right, something’s wrong with it/ What I need to say sorry for?/ I’m an asshole…Ari Gold!” For an added touch, Yves brings out his alter ego, Chevy Lauren, for Caribbean inflected and his Queens, NY-inspired second verse.

Download “Ari Gold” HERE

If The Father, The Son and the Holy Spirit got together to write a track about Hip-Hop’s Holy Land, it would sound like Trinity’s “The Bronx.” The three members of hip-hop’s new supergroup play up to their name: AG, of Digging In The Crates (D.I.T.C.) fame, Sadat X, pivotal member of Brand Nubian, and DJ Jab, owner and founder of NYC’s Fat Beats Records. It’s difficult to say which Holy Trinity role each artist embodies, but it’s undeniable that their formation as Trinity is a breath of fresh air. The triumvirate burst onto the scene at Audible Treats’ 2009 CMJ Showcase, where they performed together for the first time, and they premiered their first single, “Roc Raida Tribute,” shortly there after, in honor of the fallen DJ.

Since then, the trio has been working on the project’s full album, which includes their single “The Bronx.” The fuzzy, electronic beat with dashes of violin and high-hats provide a dramatic instrumental for the song. Verses include shout-outs to the borough’s hot spots, as well as the group’s favorite places: “Up 49th St., known as The Hub/ Used to go Elliott, and spin a little dub/ They tore down the stadium and put it across the street/ Cedric Ave., home of the hip-hop beat.” The single was also recently used in a national New Era commercial about the Bronx, which was played at Yankee Stadium for the New Era-sponsored Pin Stripe Bowl.

Download Trinity’s new single, “The Bronx” HERE

El Gant links up with the Brown Bag AllStars & Smif-n-Wessun for his new single, “Problems.”

El Gant feat. J57 & Tek (Prod. by J57)  Download “Problems” HERE

 

Brown Bag AllStar affiliate: YC the Cynic, is set to drop his new mixtape Fall FWD on 3.1.’11, here’s the final leak from the project.

YC the Cynic feat. Soul Khan, Von Pea (Tanya Morgan), Sene “More & More” (Prod. by J57)
Download “More & More” HERE

Today, West Coast trifecta Zion I & The Grouch drop the latest single from their forthcoming album, Heroes in the Healing of the Nation, “Rockit Man” which features Bay Area singer/rapper Silk-E. This album is this super group’s sophomore album and follow-up to 2006’s critically acclaimed Heroes in the City of Dope, and will be released on March 22, 2011.

“‘Rockit Man’ is loosely based on maturation and ascension as a person,” explains The Grouch. Zumbi further explains, “This song is about struggling to shake old fears and misgivings. Once we let them go, we make way for the next level of transcendence. This is what a Rockit Man does… daily.”

Download “Rockit Man” here: http://zioniandthegrouch.com/download/

Another heater from Detroit’s own  Apollo Brown, straight off his release, “Clouds.”  Also click the Vimeo link for the mini video.
“Clouds” Video: http://vimeo.com/20270291

Don’t get it twisted; Donwill is still very much a part of Tanya Morgan, but since last year’s release of his album Don Cusack In High Fidelity, the Cincinnati-born, Brooklyn-based rapper has been taking out time to carve out his solo niche. One of the standout tracks from Don Cusack was “Love Junkie,” the ode to one-night stands, which featured Peter Hadar and Harlems Cash. After hearing the remix, which features Wallpaper and San Francisco’s premier rhythm section, The Park, founding member of the renowned DJ crew The Rub DJ Eleven recruited Donwill to officially release a full Love Junkie EP on his own 11 Inch Records.

“I’ve been a Tanya Morgan fan for a minute, so when I heard the remix Donwill did with Wallpaper, I was sold” says DJ Eleven. In addition to the Wallpaper remix of “Love Junkie,” the EP also includes “Look At Me,” an all new b-side produced by 1-O.A.K of The Honor Roll, and a So Shifty remix of “Love Junkie.”

The “Love Junkie (So Shifty Remix)” is easily the most adventurous remix on the EP, with the Hamburg, Germany-based DJ and production duo providing a House-infused thumping, syncopated drum beat, along with a mix of fluttering and stabbing synth lines to accompany the chopped and often pitched and effects-laden vocals placed throughout the track. Download HERE