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Next week we will drop an exclusive interview with Big Prodeje of South Central Cartel fame.

Today though we wanted to bring you his new single “California Classic” produced By DJ AK which will feature on his upcoming release “Ganxta Rap.” Listen to the track below and then check back on Tuesday to read our exclusive interview.

Big Prodeje – California Classic (Audio)

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Fresh off a recent collaboration with Fashawn & Elzhi, California hip-hop producer Markis Precise drops a new single featuring founding member of Living Legends, The Grouch!

“Forever & Always” is the second single off Markis Precise’s upcoming compilation “The Feeling Of Flying”, which is shaping up to feature an impressive list of hip-hop artists. Behind a smooth melodic backdrop, The Grouch shines on “Forever & Always” as he showcases a free-form flow of introspective thoughts.

This is DubCNN’s track of the week! Listen below and support via iTunes.

Markis Precise – Forever & Always (Feat. The Grouch)

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Niqle Nut – Treacherous C.O.B’s latest signee – teams up with Tabu, the label’s in-house production team, to release a new record.

On the song “RuPaul Nigga”, Niqle informs listeners of his authentic Inglewood, California roots and how he differs from others in the music industry.

Niqle Nut – RuPaul Nigga (Audio)

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It’s been a little while since we had a new cut from Inglewood spitter Element Rhymes – last time out he dropped “King Slayer” – but today he returns with a raw street banger featuring New Orleans Kara Juelz.

Listen to the track below and drop a comment!

Element Rhymes – Real Niggaism (Feat. Kara Juelz) (Audio)

 

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Souls Of Mischief have announced a fourth date to their Canada tour coming next month! They will be performing in Calgary, Vancouver, Victoria, and Kamloops between February 11th ’til the 14th. They’ll be joined on all four shows by special guest Aileron.

2/11 Commonwealth Bar Calgary, AB: Purchase Tickets
2/12 The Venue Vancouver, BC: Purchase Tickets
2/13 Distrikt Victoria, BC: Purchase Tickets
2/14 Cactus Jack’s Kamloops, BC: Purchase Tickets

Legendary West Coast Crew Souls of Mischief are touring their new album which featured the single “There Is Only Now” featuring Snoop Dogg.

Souls of Mischief – There Is Only Now (Feat. Snoop Dogg) Audio

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It’s the raw and grungy passion in Summarae’s voice that first captivates you when you hear her. Her unique sound is new, stimulating and unquestionably distinct. For over ten years audiences have been fantastically stunned with Summarae’s sultry, vocal techniques and sheer sexy presence

Summarae has that natural, uncanny ability of being able to reach deep within herself, as she continually draws from her own very personal feelings and experiences, which in turn allows her to write thought-provoking, heartfelt lyrics about those specific stories in her life that we all, as listeners, fortunately come to know through these meaningful words. These touching lyrics and unmatched melodies then become part of a creative collaboration.

Her smooth and sensual delivery can be heard courtesy of her premiere single, the ideally titled “Love Hurts,” with its powerful simplicity and sincerity, aptly telling of the intense pain and emotion that “love” can actually bring. It is truly a musical treat, a gift if you will, that any and every one can and should be able to relate to, move to and, of course, sing along to.

“Love Hurts” was co-written by Summarae, her Grammy-nominated cousin, R&B/Pop veteran, Shanice Wilson (“I Love Your Smile”), along with multi-platinum producer, Stephen “Bud’da” Anderson (Aaliyah, Tank, Ice Cube, Dr. Dre), with both ladies handling the lion’s share of the lush vocal arrangement.

In this exclusive DubCNN “A Woman’s Touch” interview, Summarae sits down with us to discuss her latest Bud’da-produced single “Love Hurts”, how she connected with pioneering Bud’da and what it’s been like working with the famed Westside Connection/Ice Cube/Dr. Dre/Aaliyah producer on her project, working with her cousin and Grammy-nominated singer Shanice (“I Love Your Smile”), and much more!

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Interview conducted in April 2014.

Questions Asked By: Chad Kiser
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DubCNN: You worked with multi-platinum producer Bud’da for the “Love Hurts” single, how did that collaboration come together? 

The collaboration between Bud’da and I was definitely unplanned but destined. The union was actually facilitated by Shanice – my Grammy nominated cousin and reality television co-star of OWN’s Flex and Shanice. Two months prior to meeting Bud’da, my aunt arranged for me to work with a different producer in the Los Angeles area. I had multiple conversations with him and I tried, without success to move forward with my song. This producer had a different excuse as to why the track wasn’t completed or at least started. Even after his excuses, he assured me he would have the song completed upon my arrival.

I arrived in Los Angeles on a Thursday, we called the producer on the phone and the track still wasn’t done. Friday morning, we called him back and guess what – no track!
At this point, Shanice said, “I’m going to call my friend and ask him to produce your song.” Her friend, just so happened to be multi-platinum producer extraordinaire – Bud’da! She said, “my cousin is here from Pittsburgh and needs to record a song.” He asked, “How soon do y’all need it?” She replied, “by tomorrow.” All I remember is Bud’da saying “y’all are gangsta!” When we arrived at the studio the following day, the musical framework for Love Hurts was complete. The song was so hot, I began recording immediately. Bud’da is so dope! I honestly believe that God orchestrated the musical union between Shanice, Bud’da and I. I love them both so much! It has been such an amazing ride and I am excited about the future.
DubCNN: Share with us the experience of recording your debut single, “Love Hurts”.

Recording “Love Hurts” was an amazing experience! This song is very special to me. In addition to working with super-producer Bud’da, I was blessed with the extraordinary opportunity to record with three of my favorite vocalists, my phenomenal cousin Shanice Wilson and my equally phenomenal aunts – Crystal Wilson Blackmon and Penni Wilson on background vocals as well as a host of accomplished musicians.

DubCNN: Was “Love Hurts” written for anyone specifically?

It sure was! I wrote “Love Hurts” after an intense argument I had with my man. During our argument I was thinking, damn he’s sexy hell when he’s mad [laughing], but because I was angry, I refused to tell him what I was thinking. After a few days of not speaking, we made up and let me say this; he made me forget why we were arguing in the first place. Thus, the words in the chorus, “Love Hurts so bad but feels so good.” were created.

DubCNN: Working with a well-known and accomplished producer like Bud’da, what does that do for your confidence?

Honestly, I was initially a little overwhelmed and nervous by his prestige, creative pedigree and musical genius. It’s funny because Bud’da knew I was a little nervous and he never let on that he knew. He is such a humble person and a standup guy that it didn’t take long for me to feel comfortable. In addition to both of us being from Pittsburgh, PA, we have a lot of common life experiences. I think those experiences connect us spiritually and creatively. What I appreciate about Bud’da is that he didn’t know me and still treated me with respect; he was receptive to my ideas and took a chance on me when he didn’t have to. He wanted to know my life story and understand who I was as a person and artist. These type of insights helped Bud’da and I form creative synergies to enable our music to breathe. Needless to say, I am very grateful to work with him. He is my spiritual brother!

DubCNN: In light of this “Love Hurts” single, what is the plan for an upcoming album?

I am currently in the studio working on new material, constantly meeting with my management team and planning to release new music early 2015.

DubCNN: Who else are you working with currently on your upcoming project?

For this particular project, I’ve been working exclusive with Bud’da and Shanice, although there other elements of this project that may have some surprise. You gotta stay tuned!
Going back to your beginnings, how did you get started in the music business? I always had an affinity with singing. I started singing in church and in all through middle and high school. Right after high school, I joined my first R & B Band – Top Flight with whom I remained with for 5 years. After my 5 year run with Top Flight, I joined Pittsburgh’s number 1 R&B Funk Band- House of Soul. During that period of time, I was also writing and recording demos with other local artists. In retrospect, I realize that God has been preparing me for this very moment.

DubCNN: Who were some of your early influences growing up?

My greatest musical influencer growing up would have to be my mom, Belva Odom Salik. My mom is an excellent poet and singer. Back in the day, my mom and my aunts, Crystal Wilson Blackmon and Penni Wilson, had a group called Universal Freedom. Their group was a 9 piece R&B band that toured regionally and packed venues in Pittsburgh, PA. When I was a little girl I would watch them in amazement and say, “that is going to be me one day.” They just had so much fun performing and entertaining while giving the audiences great soulful music. They were considered celebrities, to me.

DubCNN: Who is your favorite singer, and why?

One of my favorite singers is the late great high priestess of soul- Nina Simone. I love her music immensely! She delivers so much passion and emotional intensity during her performances, that you can feel every part of her soul in each song. Her stories are absolutely spellbinding and thought provoking. She sang with such purpose, passion consciousness and conviction. I get chills each time I listen to her.

DubCNN: Bud’da was recently collaborating with Dr. Dre again, were you a part of any of those studio sessions? And are there any artists or producers you’d like to collaborate with in the future?

Yes! I would love the opportunity to collaborate with both Bud’da and Dr. Dre simultaneously. The musical creativity would be so hot! Straight fire! Unfortunately, I was not part of those studio sessions Dre and Bud’da; however you never know what the future may hold. Maybe they’ll include me next time!

DubCNN: How would you describe your music, sounds and/or sonic personality?

I describe my music as sexy, soulful and edgy. When you listen to my music, you are going to get that R&B flair infused with a hip-hop vibe. My sound can also be described as a musical vehicle that touches the soul through authentic lyrics and dope sound without conformity.

DubCNN: Besides your own, what other projects are you currently working on?

I have been so consumed with releasing my new single – Love Hurts and promoting it, in addition to basically living in the studio to solidify my other songs that I haven’t had any time to work on other projects.

DubCNN: Several artists today have a variety of means to establish their brand. Which branding opportunity would you most like to see yourself doing in the future?

The possibilities are endless and I am open to explore any and all wholesome and organic business opportunities that are in alignment with my personal goals. I am multi-dimensional and I don’t want to focus on just one opportunity. I definitely see myself acting in major films and television shows, writing a few television scripts and books, motivating our youth, all while challenging myself to do something I never did before. That being said, music creation is where I am right now and I want to maximize that opportunity extremely well. Everything else will follow in due time.

DubCNN: The music industry is so competitive, what separates you from all the other female artists out there?

God created everyone with unique talents, strengths and gifts. What separates me from all other female artists is – me. There is only one me and my creative uniqueness and individuality is what sets me apart.

DubCNN: Where can our readers catch up with you?

Everyone can catch up with me at summarae.com or they can follow me @summarae via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Also, download my hot new single: Love Hurts – available now on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon and most online distributors. Please continue to follow me as more music is on the way.

DubCNN: Are there any lasting words you’d like to leave with our readers?

You’re special, unique, and deserving of greatness! Never compromise your morals and values for the sake of someone else’s happiness. Stay true to yourself! I would like to thank my family, friends and fans! Your support means so much to me. Also, thank you to my team and all of the amazing musicians that helped to bring Love Hurts to fruition. Lastly, thank you DUBCNN for your time, support and media platform. I appreciate all that you do!

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DubCNN caught up with Lil Fame of M.O.P. (Mash Out Posse) for a long overdue exclusive interview!

In the interview we find out how the duo got their break, they discuss their take on music now vs when they first set out and even delve into how regions influence each other.

Ever wondered who was the groups favorite collaboration? Want to know who on the West M.O.P. rate in their top artists? Their Top 5 of all time? Find out all this and more…

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Interview conducted in October 2014.

Questions Asked By: West Haven Blast
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DubCNN: We’re checking in with the Legendary New York hip-hop group M.O.P. (Mash Out Posse). What’s good y’all? 

What up yall!

DubCNN: M.O.P. is definitely a legendary brand in the hip-hop game…while dominating the underground scene for quite some time, and gaining commercial success on songs such as the classic, riot starting anthem “ANTE UP”, feat. REMY MA. As veterans in this game, what is your view on hip-hop today?

Hip hop today, I mean it is a different thing now then what it used to be. The quality and the production equipment has changed and that all plays a part in the difference of the music. Nowadays you can go online and download everything you need to make a beat. My era you had to do the reel to reel and every tape that you did on the mic and every take had to be perfect. You had to do the chorus every time when you were recording a song. There was no sending vocals from California to New York for example to make sure a song was done. The style of the music has also gotten younger to me. I am into it all, all styles of music, now some of it I can’t f*ck with because I am from that Golden Era. It was about lyrics but today it is not about that, it is more about how you look and what kind of clothes you have on and you know when I am in the club and ladies are dancing I don’t mind listening to trap music. Me personally I would throw on some Biggie, Nas or
NWA. The DJs be acting like they into the music that they be playing but they all play the authentic sh*t when they go home too.

DubCNN: Being artists on several major labels throughout your career (LOUD RECORDS, ROC-A-FELLA RECORDS, G-UNIT RECORDS, etc.), M.O.P. has rocked the mic with several of hip-hop’s luminaries. In retrospect, what was your experience like on some of these labels? And what is your current label situation?

Right now we are on Nature Sounds Records. We just dropped an EP, and for the new era this is pretty much considered a mixtape and we are too old to be dropping mixtapes. We have been away for a minute and it is just letting people know we still here. We just dropped a video with Busta Rhymes and the EP is called Street Certified. As far as the features, I have done songs with pretty much everyone in the industry except 2 Pac. Everytime I am in the booth it feel like he is in there.

DubCNN: That leads into my next question. M.O.P. has collaborated with some of the greatest MC’s in our day (JAY-Z, 50 CENT, BUSTA RHYMES, JADAKISS, STYLES P, REDAMAN,etc.). Do you have a favorite collaboration?

I got to say Big Pun.

DubCNN: Nice!

That is how we met Remy Ma. Pun was just so down to earth and we would just be in the studio talking so much that we would never get the songs done. It was like that for a week, and Pun is so funny that he would have you in fucking tears. We did the song and it worked out for us because Pun is not an energetic rapper, that is more our lane.He played his part, because we have had alot of rappers that have tried to do songs like us. The dopest song I believe I have not made it yet.

DubCNN: Who is your Top West Coast MC of all time?

WC is my n*gga, got to give it up to MC Eiht, Eazy E and the whole Ruthless click, Ice Cube is one of my all time favorites, Kendrick is bad as a muthaf*cka. The dopest rappers are ones that come up with ideas I wish I came up with.

DubCNN: If I am correct, LIL FAME recently produced/executive produced on several WU-TANG related projects (WU-TANG CHAMBER MUSIC, LEGENDARY WEAPONS,etc.). Have you always been a primary producer on M.O.P. projects and who else have you produced for?

Yeah shout out to Wu Tang, I did work on Ghostface’s new album. Styles P, Cam’ron, Foxy Brown, AZ, Cormega, alot of the greats. Even Ray J I did a joint for. I just love good music.

DubCNN: How did each of you (BILLY DANZE and LIL FAME) get your start in the game?

Lazy Laze is one of the dudes in my neighborhood had connects in the game. He had a cousin that used to hustle in the building that we grew up in. I used to make demo joints in D.R. Period’s crib and I did a tape and he passed one off to Lazy Laze. He got me out the hood and would take me to clubs and studios. Around this time Billy was away on vacation and that was my road dog so he was running with me. Billy was rapping before me but I had the access to the studio off 4th and Broadway. That is where we did How Bout Some Hardcore. M.O.P. was already our street name, you know mash out posse means an ass whooping.

DubCNN: Oh yeah for sho!

We just ran with that name as a group and we repped that in our music.

DubCNN: How did M.O.P. develop that trademark, adrenaline laced, energetic flow?

Me and Danze grew up on the same block. I cuss alot and I think I get that from my Mom! My Mom is from Trinidad and she will cuss your ass out. The flow is from ping ponging ideas off of each other and I know when he go hard, I need to compliment what he is doing and vice versa.

DubCNN: What is your opinion on certain urban West Coast culture behaviors, influencing urban New York as well as other parts of the country?

When you had the whole so called east coast west coast beef, outside of Wu-Tang and Mobb Deep, it was not who New York was. It was real shiny at the time, and shout out to Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg because their music at the time was raw, street sh*t .They would curse a motherf*cker out and I love that kind of rap. It ain’t just ignorant, they will tell you why also!

And they say it so poetically. That played alot in my upcoming. Now we had in New York Kool G Rap that would spit the raw shit as well, KRS One also, but the west coast commerically had monster street records. Partying and bust your head sh*t all on the same song.

It stayed street but without getting jiggy. How was it growing up for you in New York? I am from the crack era and everyone has a story to tell. I am sure my hood is just as hard as someone else’s hood with similar stories, but in my hood we grew up around certified killers man.They would be chilling in the hood after knocking someone off and just be chilling like nothing happened. My moms getting shot, all types of crazy sh*t going on. My avenue was like a car show, our shit was hands on with it.

DubCNN: What is your opinion on the radio politics that plague the hip-hop game today?

It is what it is, I am not a cry baby about it. They never gave us love in our 20 year career, Ante Up they did jump on that record because it was so big in the clubs. For the most part, radio has been threatened by our music and that is never going to change.The mixtape DJs that is more our lane. These are the people that break records and the DJs that are just playing what they think is hot, they are not hot anymore. It’s not even like they can play the records they want in the first place. It’s more of a playlist format on the radio now. This is FM radio I am talking about. Out here DJs be screaming keep real New York music alive. They do that for about 2 songs and go back to playing what everyone else is playing. It is what it is, people got to pay they bills and I can’t change that. I just don’t change up what I do. Unless you are part of the machine, do not expect heavy spins on the radio. I know when I walk down the block the real people know what time it is with the music.

DubCNN: Top 5 MC’s of all time?

I might piss some people off, let me see. Kool G Rap, Rakim, Grand Puba, Eminem, and Nas. That ain’t my main order, I just came up with that right now.

DubCNN: Any advice for aspiring artists?

Nope, f*ck them.

DubCNN: *Laughs* That is the best answer I have got from that question, on my momma.

Figure it out yourself.

DubCNN: What does M.O.P. have on deck for 2014-2015?

The new album will be dropping right after the EP so be on the lookout for that.

DubCNN: Tell the people where they can reach you on social media?

@famemop on Twitter and Instagram!

DubCNN: Any last words y’all? And thanks again from DubCNN.

Shout out to yall for f*cking with me man.

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Last year Bay Area crooner Rayven Justice established himself at home and abroad as an R&B talent to watch with his EP “I Have A Dream” via iTunes.

Rayven starts 2015 off right with the release of the visuals to the stand-out track “How I Do It” featuring Pleasure P.

The track bridges the gap between two generations of R&B greatness – check the visual within the update and drop a comment!

Missed the album? Stream it below!

Rayven Justice – I Have A Dream EP‏ (Stream)

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