1214956495 - January 1, 1970 By : There is no doubt that Double-0 and Nalledge aka Kidz In The Hall have an unconventional success story compared to what you hear most of the time when talking to rap artists. The Chicago/New Jersey duo released their debut album "School Was My Hustle" in 2006 through Rawkus Records, and later aligned with Duck Down Records to release their latest album "The In Crowd".
Some refer to their style as "hipster hip-hop", but you don't have to categorize them in order to dig their music. Incase you aren't familiar with Kidz In The Hall, we have just what you need to get introduced to them.
They just released a West Coast remix to their current single "Driving Down The Block", using the "Nuthin' But A G Thang" sample. They reached out to fresh Universal signees Pacific Division, Young Money's Tyga, Blu Division's Glasses Malone and the Prince of the Bay Mistah FAB to jump on the remix with them.
Shouts out to okayplayer.com for the exclusive, check out the "Driving Down The Block" West Coast remix:
Kidz In The Hall - Driving Down The Block (West Coast Remix) (ft. Pacific Division, Tyga, Glasses Malone & Mistah FAB)
To hear more from Kidz In The Hall, check out their MySpace page.
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1227302538 - January 1, 1970 By : Kidz In The Hall, currently on a 35-City National Tour sponsored by Microsoft ZUNE, are continuing to build off the success of their sophomore album, The In Crowd. The group's second single and video for their song "Love Hangover" featuring Estelle is going to be The New Joint on BET's 106 & Park today, Friday November 21st airing at 6PM EST. The video debuted on BET's new show The Deal last week and the group will be an invited guest on the show in early December. Few Independent artists have had the opportunity to break into the national spotlight that 106 & Park provides. This is yet another stepping stone for Kidz In The Hall, reaffirming their premier status in Hip Hop.
"Love Hangover" is also in rotation at MTV 2, MTVU, MTV Jamz, VH1 Soul, Music Choice & FUSE. The video has been added into programming for United Airlines and US Airways as well. Furthermore, starting December 26th and running for one month, Kidz In The Hall will be the featured artist highlighted on Nordstrom’s website. The promotion consists of reviews, and a stream of their LOVE HANGOVER video. It's a way for Nordstrom's to offer a spotlight to music and videos that they believe their customers will appreciate.
"Love Hangover" is also receiving radio support with mixshow spins from marquee DJs such as Envy, Self, ENUFF, Mr. Cee, and Cocoa Chanelle to name a few.
In other recent news, Kidz In The Hall's first single "Driving Down The Block" has been included in the soundtrack for Rockstar Game's Midnight Club LA. This is Kidz In The Hall's second major gaming licensing deal, after their song "The Blackout" was featured as only one of twenty tracks in EA Sports Madden 09.
Double O of Kidz In The Hall is excited about the promotions, saying "this is another great milestone for Kidz In The Hall, Duck Down Records, Major League Entertainment and our overall team. The album and its music has exceeded our expectations and proves that good, quality music can rise to the top."
View the “Love Hangover” video here
As always, hit me up on Myspace or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any thoughts, ideas, comments and stories, and be sure to drop your feedback in our forums.
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1207919853 - January 1, 1970 By : This years Paid Dues independent hip-hop festival, promoted by MURS 3:16 in association with Guerilla Union (Rock The Bells, Cypress Hill Smoke Out), powered by SanDisk - and proudly sponsored by Dubcnn - has announced it has expanded throughout June.
A new series of festivals will take place in New York, Ft. Lauderdale, Denver and San Francisco. Tickets to these additional dates go on open sale Saturday April 19th however at the foot of this update you can see all ticket sale/pre-sale information.
After wrapping up its third sold-out annual Southern California festival date on March 22 [full event gallery and media coming to Dubcnn soon] artists included on the line-up such as Sage Francis, Little Brother, Hieroglyphics, Buckshot of Boot Camp Clik and Yak Ballz will appear on these additional festival series dates as well. Also confirmed to join on select dates are Rakim, De La Soul, GZA, Blackalicous, Supernatural & Scrath, Kidz In The Hall, Solillaquists Of Sound and Braille - with Murs and 9th Wonder to host. For further details check out guerillaunion.com/paiddues.
Dates and venues for the June Paid Dues Festival Series are: Wed June 4, Nokia Theatre in New York, NY. Sat June 7, Club Cinema in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Fri June 13, Fillmore Auditorium in Denver, CO. Sat June 14, Berkeley Community Theatre in Berkeley, CA.
Artists Buckshot, 9th Wonder, Kidz In The Hall and Braille have all signed onto the festival series in support of their upcoming album releases. Braille's "The IV Edition" is expected to hit stores April 15 with a release by Buckshot & 9th Wonder titled "The Formula" to follow on April 29. Kidz In The Hall are set to put out "The In Crowd" on May 13 to close off the pre-festival series releases.
Rolling into its third year, Paid Dues supports a fan base of a vibrant scene of underground hip-hop artists all on one platform. Called "A conscious hip-hop love-in…" by Flavorpill, it supports this genre of music largely shunned by the mainstream media. Here, advanced lyricism, stinging political commentary and quality DJ performances flourish in a seemingly parallel universe. In 2006 the first Paid Dues festival with a line-up featuring Felt, Aesop Rock, Living Legends, El-P, Hangar 18 and more, sold out with over 5,000 concert goers packing the Shrine Expo Center in Los Angeles. The following year MURS and Guerilla Union, along with performers Felt, Living Legends, Sage Francis, Brother Ali and others, teamed up again for the Paid Dues festival tour for over ten dates across the country. This summer, Paid Dues seeks to expand its national presence with its festival series in select cities.
"“We are very proud to continue this partnership with Murs by expanding the Paid Dues independent hip hop platform to a festival series in select cities. We are introducing Paid Dues as a festival series with acts whom we feel champion the independent hip hop scene. Rakim and De La Soul not only pioneered the hip hop movement, they epitomized the DIY spirit long before the trend became common," states Chang Weisberg of Guerilla Union. "Add in the rest of the bill and you have a platform of artists that truly illustrates what Paid Dues is about. With SanDisk’s ongoing support, the mission to both educate conscious music fans to capture and share content; and empower artists to produce and share that content in new ways continues to strengthen our community to ‘Wake Up Your Phone’."
Murs adds short and sweetly, "It’s summer. It’s Hip Hop. It’s going to be a good time."
Pre-sale tickets will be available through guerillaunion.com/paiddues on Thursday, April 17 and through myspace.com/paidduesfestival on Friday, April 18. After, general on-sale begins Saturday, April 19. See guerillaunion.com/paiddues for on-sale information in your area. Dubcnn is once again sponsoring and supporting Murs, Guerilla Union and the Paid Dues festivals.
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1213553117 - January 1, 1970 By : A little over a year ago, we first introduced you to a duo from Seattle, WA called the Parker Brothaz, who dropped their debut "Meet The Parkers" at that time. A year later, Stretch and Eclipse have stayed on the grind and recently released their new album "So Freshcoast" which is on iTunes now.
They have an incredible track they just did with Rapper Big Pooh of Little Brother, a remix to their track "Text Me", which convinced me to re-introduce these guys to our dubcnn viewers. Make sure to check out the Kuddie Mak produced track below:
Parker Brothaz - Text Me (ft. Rapper Big Pooh of Little Brother)
The "So Freshcoast" album is executive produced by Dow Jones and J-Hen aka Tha Bizness, who also handled most of the production. Additional production was handled by Jake One, Vitamin D and the aformentioned Kuddie Mak.
Dubcnn has teamed up with Tha Bizness to give away 5 exclusive copies of the "So Freshcoast" album. All you need to do is email email@example.com with your full name and mailing adress, the 5 winners will be picked randomly. Good luck!
Be on the lookout for another "Text Me" remix to drop soon, featuring Talib Kweli, Glasses Malone, Mistah FAB and Naledge of Kidz In The Hall. Parker Brothaz just got off a Northwest tour with E-40, so be on the lookout for the full remix on dubcnn soon!
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1216320520 - January 1, 1970 By : Regular visitors will have noticed the removal of the "Western Hospitality 9" update shortly after its release on the 7th of this month. The removal was due to a mistake on the tape which has since been rectified and re-released. We are re-posting the update below with the new covers, tracklist and of course - free download link!
Oh boy! Its the 7th of the month so you already know its time for us to release the latest installment of "On The 7th With The 7th" - with his 9th edition of the acclaimed "Western Hospitality 9" mixtape series!
Each month since February, and for a whole year, Cali Untouchable's very own DJ, September 7th, hits Dubcnn readers with his latest mixtape for exclusive free download! Month to month may differ, you could have a tape with the latest new music, specific to an artist or even - as in todays case - the latest "Western Hospitality" release he is working on.
Today, to mark July 7th we have the exclusive download of the eagerly awaited "Western Hospitality 9" mixtape which is hosted by G. Malone and K Boy and it subtitled "Blu Division Edition." The tape features artists including Bishop Lamont, Tha Dogg Pound, K Dot, Warren G, Kidz In The Hall, Pacific Division, Tyga, G Malone, Mistah F.A.B, K Boy, Wing, Crooked I, Wiz Khalifa , Bloc Boyz, Quiz, Roccett, Young Buck, Killer Mike, Ice Cube, Joe Moses and many more.
We also have all previous editions in the "Western Hospitality" series, 1-8, available using the link below.
September 7th - Western Hospitality 9 (Hosted By G Malone & K Boy) (Free Download)
Enjoy the new music and please drop your feedback on our forums. Fans please be aware that there will be no "Western Hospitality 10" on August 7th. Instead September 7th will wait until the day he is named after to release a double CD for all his fans - right here on Dubcnn!
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1217402474 - January 1, 1970 By : DJ Revolution is getting ready to release his latest album "King Of The Decks" via Duckdown Records on September 16th, 2008. The new project is set to include appeararances from artists including KRS One, Dilated Peoples, Alchemist, Royce 5'9", Defari, Kidz In The Hall, Buckshot, Bumpy Knuckles, Planet Asia, Crooked I, Bishop Lamont and Stylistic Jones.
The latter three, Crooked I, Bishop Lamont and Stylistic Jones, all feature on one track in particular - a remake of the 1990 classic "Played Like A Piano" by King Tee featuring Ice Cube and MC Breeze. The new version is entitled "Funky Piano" and can be downloaded below.
DJ Revolution - Funky Piano (Feat. Bishop Lamont, Crooked I & Stylistic Jones
Enjoy the new music and look for more news and media from DJ Revolution in the future. Don't forget "King Of The Decks" is in stores on September 16th, 2008 via Duckdown Records.
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1219430238 - January 1, 1970 By : Back in January 2008 we caught up with B-Real for an exclusive interview where we discussed his long awaited solo album "Smoke & Mirrors." In that interview he told us how he hoped to have it out in May and described it as "...it's definitely different from Cypress Hill. Different content a little bit, different sounds and all that stuff. With Cypress Hill it's a certain formula, but with my stuff I had to be different, cause if I'm doing the same stuff, then I'm really not doing a different album, it would just be an extension of Cypress, and I don't want it to be an extension of Cypress. I want it to be able to stand on its own, that way when the Cypress shit comes, that stands on its own too."
Since then news on "Smoke & Mirrors" has been scarce however today we have news that B-Real has found a home to release the project on next year. January 27th, 2009 will see the long awaited release of "Smoke & Mirrors" via Duck Down Records
As B-Real indicated exclusively to us in early 2008 the project is set to feature Snoop Dogg, Damian Marley, Buckshot, Sean Price and Sen Dog of Cypress Hill. Production on the release is set to include tracks from DJ Quik, Fredwreck, Scoop Deville and B-Real himself for Audio Hustlerz Inc.
B-Real is the latest addition to Duck Down Records, who just recently announced a group project with KRS-ONE & Buckshot, that will be in stores in 2009, along with upcoming projects from DJ Revolution entitled "King Of The Decks" (September 16th) and a re-united Heltah Skeltah, comprised of Rock and Sean Price, aka Ruck, who, after ten years, are releasing their third album, "D.I.R.T." (Da Incredible Rap Team) on September 30th.
Dru Ha, co-owner of Duck Down Records told Dubcnn; "Adding another living legend in B-Real to our roster is really giving Duck Down a "dream team" line up for independent Hip Hop. Buckshot and I have been strategic with our label partnerships mixing the right blend of emerging artists with proven veterans. When you add the upcoming Random Axe Project (Sean Price, Guilty Simpson and Black Milk collaboration set for a 2009 release) we're excited about our ability to continue contributing quality Hip Hop albums to the game."
B-Real is currently on the Dubcnn Sponsored Rock The Bells Festival Tour with Nas, Tribe Called Quest, Method Man, Ghostface, Immortal Technique, Kidz In The Hall and more. Stay tuned to Dubcnn for more on the "Smoke & Mirrors" project.
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1224426890 - January 1, 1970 By : Dubcnn has once again teamed up with a DJ that our Forum Members and some regular readers will be familiar with. DJ R-Tistic is the L.A. based DJ and Producer that was one of the first to record material with Black Wall Street including tracks with G Malone, Game, Kam, Billboard and Ya Boy.
More recently he has graduated from Florida A&M where he was an official campus DJ and, since May of this year, he has been found across Los Angeles DJing events in Long Beach, Compton, Gardena and Hollywood with his Technics 1200s.
He is also now affiliated with T-Pain's Nappy Boy Entertainment and working at E! Entertainment. With all this going on he still found time to link up with Dubcnn to release a brand new mixtape featuring some of the hottest new music professionally mixed. "DJ R-Tistic Presents: U.S.C. (Universal Sounds of California) Volume 1" is a free release project that features music from, and is introduced by, Murs.
The mixtape also contains tracks from Snoop Dogg, DJ Quik & AMG, Clyde Carson, The Game, Kidz In The Hall, Pacific Division, G Malone, Mistah F.A.B, Rick Ross, T-Pain, Terrace Martin, Kurupt, JAG, E-40, Dubb Union Too Short, Problem, Xzibit, Blu & Exile, Ice Cube, Omar Cruz, Mack 10 and many more.
DJ R-Tistic has teamed up with Dubcnn to release the mixtape via the Dubcnn Digital Distribution Network. This 27 track project is available now for download or to listen to track by track via our Embeddable Flash Audio Players.
Dubcnn & DJ R-Tistic Present - U.S.C. Volume 1 (Free Download)
Dubcnn & DJ R-Tistic Present - U.S.C. Volume 1 (Streaming Audio)
Enjoy "U.S.C. Volume 1" - spread the download and streaming page links around - no direct linking - and drop your thoughts for R-Tistic to read on our the forums. Stay tuned for more R-Tistic on Dubcnn very soon when we have an announcement to make.
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1227360081 - January 1, 1970 By : Guerilla Union, the promoters for the 2008 Rock The Bells International Festival Series has partnered with Hip Hop Official to present the first-ever Rock the Bells online charity auction. Dubcnn is honoured once again to have been asked by Guerilla Union to be a Partner for the Auction from which all proceeds will benefit the American Diabetes Association (ADA).
From December 1 through December 15, 2008 — just following Diabetes Awareness Month (November) — fans can go online to bid for various pieces of memorabilia from the 2008 tour.
Featured items include two custom limited-edition Rock the Bells skateboard decks signed by all 2008 RTB artists including Nas, Mos Def, members of De La Soul, The Pharcyde, ATCQ and more. In addition, several 2008 RTB artists and labels are getting involved by donating special autographed pieces, such as Tribe’s Low End Theory vinyl signed by Phife Dawg, sneakers from Supernatural and Wale, a prize pack from Duck Down records (Kidz In The Hall), plus many more.
Inspiration for getting involved with this great cause is Phife Dawg, member of A Tribe Called Quest and a diabetic. During the 2008 Rock the Bells festival series, he displayed tremendous strength and resilience through his current battle with the disease. According to Phife Dawg "Believe it or not, Diabetes affects us all. Until we find a cure it will continue to affect us. I was lucky to have a 2nd chance at life, others aren’t so lucky, so please help us find a cure for this madness we call DIABETES!"
Chang Weisberg, Guerilla Union founder, states; "Phife was an absolute inspiration to myself and our staff. His courage and strength to perform night in and night out for Rock The Bells was nothing less than extraordinary. We are extremely excited to join his fight against this serious and deadly disease by giving back to the community through this auction. With November being Diabetes Awareness Month, our goal is to bring national attention by sharing a piece of hip-hop history with our fans."
Contributions will also be made in memory of J Dilla, legendary hip-hop producer and rapper, as well as Jheryl Busby, former president and chief executive of Motown Records who revived the label in the 1990’s.
To read more about the auction and learn about diabetes, people can visit the Official Auction Website. Instant updates about new items up for bid will also be available by texting CHARITY to 44688.
Dubcnn is proud to Partner with Guerilla Union and Hip Hop Official for this Charity Auction and we urge all our readers to support the auction by visiting the Official Auction Website and bidding when the auction opens on December 1.
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1085559008 - January 1, 1970 By : Los Angeles, CA- Lawyers for the hip hop artist Ras Kass, (John Austin), filed a civil complaint in the Los Angeles County Superior Court against Priority Records today. The music industry’s common practice of binding recording artists into contracts for an extended period of time is being specifically attacked by the complaint.
Ras Kass, who has been signed to Priority since 1995, is demanding that he be released from his recording contract based on specific acts of breach by Priority Records, Capitol Records and EMI and intentional and malicious misrepresentations made by Priority Records, as well as Priority Records executives Wendy Goldstein and Andrew Shack. In the past, Ras Kass has formally and informally sought release from the label based on specific provisions in his contract, which allow him to do so; still Priority Records has refused to release him.
The civil complaint alleges the following causes of action: 1) Declaratory Relief Re Labor Code Section 2855(b); 2) Unfair Competition; 3) Restraint of Trade; 4) Rescission of Agreement; 5) Breach of Contract; 6) Breach of the Implied Covenant of Good Faith and Fair Dealing; 7) Intentional Interference with Prospective Economic Advantage; 8) Negligent Interference with Business Relationships; and 9) Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress and alleges damages in excess of five million dollars.
Courtney Love, 311, Metallica, Prince and others have filed similar civil complaints challenging record labels over contract terms. Courtney Love had particularly similar issues when Universal failed to promote her album and held her to her contract for more than 7 years. Love’s case settled in late 2003.
In 1995, Ras Kass signed onto Priority with goals of using his craft to teach people about religion, politics and his art. To date Ras Kass has had only two albums officially released. Priority never released the anticipated Van Gogh and/or Goldyn Chyld albums. Critics from The Source Magazine described his debut album Soul On Ice (1996), as “spectacular.” Rolling Stone magazine gave it 4-1/2 stars. His second album, Rasassination (1998) received similar reviews. Rahiem Shabazz, writer and critic claims “Rasassination is a testament of true hip-hop.” Over 3,000 Internet based fans have signed an on-line petition in order to “Free Ras Kass”. The list was presented to the label in 2002, but was never taken seriously.
Ras Kass’ career has the support of many industry professionals. Hip Hop artist and host of MTV’s Pimp My Ride, Xzibit, stated that “Ras Kass is THE SPITTER; I respect him as an artist, and he takes Hip-Hop and music seriously. His skill and his talent come from a genuine place. The West Coast is waiting to hear something that explosive.”
Hip Hop pioneer, KRS-1 had this to say “First of all Ras Kass is my man. All 25,000 members of the Temple Of Hip Hop are down with Ras Kass. He’s the only MC to give me, KRS-1 a run for my money!”
Other artists/producers who have supported his talent, and have worked with Ras Kass, are Eminem, Dr. Dre, Busta Rhymes, Twista, David Banner, Pharoahe Monch, Mos Def and many many more. Multi Platinum producer, Mike City claims “I just want Ras to make music and be able to provide for his family. He’s one of the best rappers out!”
Supporters also include former VP executive at Priority/Capitol, Mr. Dave Weiner. He recently stated that “Ras Kass is one of the best MC’s on the West Coast, and in the world. It’s a shame that Ras Kass hasn’t been given the opportunity to present his talent to the masses. Compared to the talent that is getting support from the major label systems in place today, none of them can stand up to Ras Kass’ talent.”
Former manager and Founder of Rap Coalition, Wendy Day stands behind what Ras Kass is doing and said, “I am happy to hear Ras Kass taking back control of his life and career by refusing to be bullied anymore by Priority Records. The artist has been the underdog in this industry for far too long and it is about time that an artist held their label accountable for damages in a court of law. I stand in solidarity with Ras Kass and support his efforts to regain his freedom from this Goliath!"
EMI/Capitol is a major record label and home to such artists as Coldplay, Radiohead, The Vines, Chingy, and Snoop Dogg. Over a course of 9 years, Priority has only distributed two of four Ras Kass albums and failed to promote either properly, with promises of much more. Lack of promotion and marketing on Priority’s behalf, left Ras Kass no choice but to seek other means. “I want what is fair; all I want is to create great music, have the proper team behind me, and be the artist that I am. I am prepared to do what it takes in order to be released from this ugly situation.”
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1085585770 - January 1, 1970 By : From Yuks official website SmokeAlotRecords.com:
The original thug lord has done it once again. With his flawless perpetual style and untouchable verbal heat on the mic and stage, Yukmouth AKA Godzilla prepares to release his latest project United Ghettos of America Vol. 2 DVD along with a scorching soundtrack to back it up. You may most likely recognize him from the platinum Bay Area rap sensation The Luniz (also known as Luni Toonz) and their never-faded ganja anthem I Got 5 on It & The Ice Cream Man. You probably own Thugged Out: The Albulation, Thug Lord: The New Testament, Godzilla, or one of his previous power packed projects. It’s nothing new. Yukmouth has a bigger body of work than Frank Sinatra and is one of the heaviest international rap sensations out there. Gaining ultimate exposure across the world throughout America, Europe, etc, Yukmouth portrays himself as the one of a kind real life thugged out west coast rapper. When it comes down to it, he has seen and done it all. Who started out in the ghettos of Oakland, California selling drugs, getting locked up, and writing his first song (The Ice Cream Man) in jail, ended up touring with Puff Daddy, Biggie, Mary J and some of the biggest names in hip hop history. During the period when recording Lunitk Muzik he landed into the hands of J. Price (CEO of Rap a lot Records in Houston, TX) who then offered him a solo record deal for which he released Thugged out: The Albulation which sold over 250,000 units with no video nor airplay. He then dropped Thug Lord: The New Testament which did just as good. In 2003 Yukmouth dropped Godzilla, his third album with Rap a Lot Records which is said to be his best album ever. What makes him flawless and one of the most respected rappers in game is the fact he stays loyal to the real and original figures in the industry and stays connected with the underground. He is mainstream but not commercial. Under his own label Smoke a lot Records, his most recent project was United Ghettos of America Vol. I the DVD and soundtrack which was one of his best works as well.
Though the critically acclaimed United Ghettos of America Vol. 1 was a sensation, volume II is said to be a hundred times better. The project will come in a DVD plus Soundtrack together in one pack unlike the first which the two was sold separately. On the soundtrack you will find the likes of exclusive songs from The Régime, Eastwood, Young Roscoe, Tha Realest, C-Bo, Spice 1, Dru Down, Ms. Toi, Outlawz, Mac Dre, Numskull, & Tech N9ne. The soundtrack also include the singles Kalifornia G’z – Yukmouth, Crooked I & E-40, Stunt 211 (50 Cent diss track) – Yukmouth, Silverback Gorillas, & Bang ‘em Smurf, We Just Wanna Thug – Yukmouth & Noreaga, and I love Dro – Yukmouth & Bun B. The DVD will include exclusive footage, lots of females and XXX Eye Candy Scenes, live events, performances, interviews and basically footage of how celebrities do it big. You can expect to see raw footage with Dennis Hall (Bunny Ranch), Eddie Griffin, Cedric The Entertainer, The Diplomats, Yin Yang Twins, Lil John, Too Short, Scarface, Kurupt, Tech N9ne, The Luniz, Floyd Mayweather, Suge Knight, Devin The Dude, Bishop Don Juan, Keak Da Sneak, Lil Flip, David Banner, Lisa Ray, Nelly, P. Diddy, and much more. United Ghettos of America Vol. 2 DVD will come with the soundtrack and the project is expected to drop around June/July of 2004 and will be nationally distributed. For more information on this release and/or any other Yukmouth related material, visit the official Smoke a lot Records website at www.smokealotrecords.com / www.rapalotrecords.com. For articles and/or interviews with Yukmouth, please visit Worldwide Westside Magazine at www.wwsmag.com
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1088535771 - January 1, 1970 By : The Pedestrian is walkin’ it like he talks it on this hookladen, jeep ready album slated for release by Blak Ice Records. Third Degree, who hails from South Central Los Angeles, grew up living right around the corner from Dub C of Westside Connection. “I went to Hiphop High,” says Third. “Washington High School was where I came up. A lot of hiphop people have gone there, like Dub C, Crazy Tunes from The Maad Circle, YoYo, DJ Alladin, and Sir Jinx, who DJ’s for Xzibit, and more. Crenshaw High may have had the sports people locked up, but Washington has had the music people.” Third Degree is destined to be the next hiphop alumni to speak with authority.
With rhymes constantly flowing out of every pore of his being, Third is definitely at no loss for words. The album, which is largely produced by the musically eloquent Yabie, is tightly packed with 21 serious tracks, including the runaway single “Do My Thang.” This quotable album is consistent all the way through, with no fillers or throwaway tracks. “I like real writers who have subjects and topics,” he professes. “I’m a purist kind of guy.” Third points out that Yabie’s work “sounded like music, it didn’t just sound like beats. He had a whole band of people available to play guitar, bass, all that. He thinks in a very musical way.” In this manner, he compares Yabie to DJ Quik. “He’s got a unique style. I can’t quite figure out his formula.” The single, "Do My Thang," will be out soon.
The battle-ready rapper’s name came his basketball days. “We called ourselves the Burn Unit,” he says. “We had names like Thermostat, Third Degree and Lava Rock.” Third’s government name is Wayne Guillory. “Like guillotine. It’s French,” he explains. “All my people come from Louisiana.” Either way, the world is his. It’s Wayne’s world, as he’s young, gifted and black, and prolific to an extreme.
His father was a coach, who lost his life to cancer. “My mom was real concerned about me after he died. That year, she asked me what I wanted for Christmas, and I told her. Had my father lived, I would have definitely not gotten those turntables!” he reminisces, shaking his head with a smile. Third became obsessed with hiphop with gospel-like devotion, and he began interpreting the world through the mind of a rhymesman. It seemed that every event in life was suddenly transformed into a searing rhyme by the verbal prodigy.
The prolific Third notes, “The single “Do My Thang” is a way to introduce me to people. I felt it was representative of where I was coming from. It lets people know a couple things about me, and I feel it describes me,” explains Third.
“My raps give people another view of Los Angeles. People who don’t live here think it’s all either gangbanging or Hollywood. L.A. is not all about being a gangsta. I just wanted to make this record about the regular person in L.A,” he concedes. Third believes there’s a lot of pressure to rap about banging, because some of the earlier great L.A. rappers before them. “People who don’t even gangbang,” he points out. “I think rappers should talk about what they do. If you gangbang and you rap, talk about gangbangin’ in your rap. If you sell crack all day, talk about selling crack all day. Whatever it is that is you. That’s what “Do My Thang” is all about. Just be yourself. If it’s you, do it. If not, don’t do it.” He adds, “Some of my best friends bang. But that’s them. It just never occurred to me to do that.”
As far as his home front, Third’s neighborhood is well-known for being Crips territory. “NHC, Neighborhood Crips. Them and Watergate Crips. They’re kind of borderline,” he observes. “Slip from Comptons Most Wanted, he stayed in the Watergate for a while. As far as the NHC, Dub C, Cube and Crazy Tunes stayed there.” He comments that there’s just one little street that separates everybody.
The intersection on the album’s cover is the nearby corner of Imperial and Western. However, in many ways, Third’s songs reflect corners all over the country, so his rhymes hit home with those who are both near and far.
Jay Z and Ice-T may have “99 Problems,” but Third says he has “Problems” of his own. “The reason I wrote the song “Problems” is that for some reason, people always come talk to me about things they need to get off their chest. So I listen a lot. One day I was arguing with my mother, and that was one of the things that came out. I’m not saying don’t talk to me about your problems. I’m just saying come back in a while, because I have mine to figure out.” Some of Third’s own deepest, personal predicaments are revealed in the song, including the fact he has a handicapped brother.
The inspired “Stylistic” is one of Third’s favorite tracks on the album. “I was listening to “Betcha By Golly Wow,” and I like to make up words to songs, so that’s how that came about. It’s basically telling people I have a new style here in L.A.,” says Third. “I studied niggas’ style and found what not to do, it’s the total opposite, I rock it better than you, whoever you are niggas bite and get trophies, a Grammy for their best Tupac on Karaoke.”
“Hit This 40” is a party song, and it’s also an anti-gold diggers song. Its 40 proof melody came about much in the same way, but it comes from a Chaka Khan song called “Night In Tunisia,” which Third used that part for the song’s chorus. Going even deeper, he explains, “It’s actually a remake of a Coltrane song or something like that she was doing.”
Observes Third, “The culture of Los Angeles is gangs, and people get influenced by it a lot, like the white t-shirts and all, so it definitely isn’t all hip hop here. However, I can take you to places here that are definitely hiphop. But yes, a lot of it is gang culture here. People in the parks out here aren’t breaking and rapping against each other; it’s probably drinking and smoking weed, and a fight is going to break out any minute. But still, there is definitely a hiphop community in this city.” The disc’s determined track “The One” is Third’s way of saying, “I’m entirely here for hiphop.”
With “Favorite Shade Of Brown,” it’s all good, and love comes in all shades to Third.
“Eye Candy” features Pupa Don, one of the illest West Coast dancehall cats.
There are a slew of other radio driven songs on the album, and the Pedestrian is no doubt, walking tall. You’re now at that intersection of hiphop beats and masterful rhymes, as the Pedestrian is making his way through your speakers.
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1090545723 - January 1, 1970 By : The folks of Nomadic Sound Systems, which is the home of L.A. Undergound artists: Slowrider, Re.4m, Acid Reign, JRoz and more, sent me this heads up.
The Pink and The Almighty, first issue hits the streets in August.
Pink & The Almighty is a magazine focusing primarily on the underground. Underground culture influences the mainstream of which we are always one step ahead. It is the all-preview source for the Los Angeles alternative lifestyle: music, art, movies, sports, fashion, clubs, nightlife and anything else relevant. We’re creating an informative and entertaining magazine that provides a thorough listing of events, spotlighting “hot” bands, art openings, movies, theater, action sports, and misc. oddball happenings. Our Magazine also provides a forum for various mediums of expression including profiles, compelling fiction, political essays, and the like. The magazine is actually a two-parter, making it two physical magazines in one.
Clubs and promoters
- The Almighty is the ultimate listing for events in greater Los Angeles.
- Your ad will make your event stand out in a sea of line listings of hundreds of other that same night.
- Ads are cheep and can be bought in any size to suit your event.
- Because first and foremost, Pink & The Almighty is a music magazine.
- We will be featuring your bands, reviewing your records, and listing their shows.
- We will have the eyes of a very large market of record consumers.
- Are you seeing fewer and fewer new faces walk in to your store? That’s because no one knows where you are or what you do. We can change that for you with an ad in Pink & The Almighty.
- Great way to publicize sales, in stores and other events!
- Do I have to spell it out? Our readers have money and they need to know about your shop and what you do.
- Do you have a great cool restaurant that you want everyone to know about? We can get them word for you.
- The Pink features local restaurants and coffee houses. Don’t you want your ad right next to review?
Pink a full-sized 11” x 17” magazine with a clean, visually driven aesthetic with insightful, captivating feature articles written by well-informed journalists. A tasteful blend of controversial, relevant subject matter and lighthearted entertainment makes for a good read. We cover music, art, sports, politics, theater, film, fashion and LA lifestyle.
The Almighty: a comprehensive guide to all things happening in the greater LA area. Events are listed day-by-day starting on the first of the month covering concerts, art openings, theater performances, stand up comedy, independent movie showings, civic events, and everything else entertaining. We spotlight 90+ events (each month) with concise stories and sharp photos of the subjects. Shaping up at 6” x 9”, it’s the perfect size for your glove box, back pocket, or purse (or “murse”—wussy!). The Almighty is the great resource for a hot date or the cure to a dull night. It’s the definitive guidebook giving you informed, connected options on what you can experience each night.
All you hip hop artists that want to get stuff on there e-mail Joel at firstname.lastname@example.org and he'll fill you in or mail your stuff to:
530 Colonia de las Magnolias #37
Los Angeles, CA 90022
Also, they got some shows on the way:
Jul. 22.04 @ BB King's Club
Universal City Walk, Studio City, CA 91608
8:00pm / $10 / 21 + / free gifts to the first 100 people
Artists:: Jroz & DJ Ethos(9PM) , Monte Carlo 76(9:50PM), Orixa + more
Jul. 24.04 @ Hall of Fame
195 Valley Blvd., Colton, CA 92324
9PM / $TBA / 21 +
Artists:: Jroz & DJ Ethos with Semiotics, Translu, DJ's - Chez & Metronome
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1090935615 - January 1, 1970 By : F.B.I. Indicts Rapper Big Hutch of Above The Law For Conspiracy To Traffic A Controlled Substance, Rapper Says Music Business Is Special Target For Feds.
(Los Angeles, CA)---Federal authorities have indicted Big Hutch (AKA Gregory “Hutch” Hutchinson) for conspiracy to traffic one thousand pounds of marijuana in a case pursued by agents the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Hutchinson will begin serving his sentence on July 28. Hutchinson says, “I was driving, and federal marshals pulled me over, and picked me up. They told me I had been indicted for drug trafficking.” Hutch, who is a member of the rap group Above The Law, recently released his second solo album, Live From The Ghetto. He first came into prominence when his group was signed by the late Eazy-E to his Ruthless Records label.
Hutchinson explained, “Some other guys had been arrested, who I hadn’t had any contact with for a while. They gave the feds my name, and said I financed their drug operation, which isn’t even true. When the feds interviewed me, they didn’t ask me who I knew who was involved in drugs. Rather, they asked me who in the music industry was involved in drugs. They were just interested in people who worked in music business. So I kind of wonder if that’s why these other guys used my name, since that is what the feds want to hear.”
“Since hearsay is admissible in federal trials, unlike in other court criminal proceedings, I knew it would be impossible to fight this, so my attorney advised me to cop a plea,” said Hutch. He added, “There was never any trial. A motion was simply filed to determine what my sentence would be.”
He further contended, “One of the other peoples’ phones who was tapped was someone who was working at my company. So I became a victim through that. The feds should have known from the conversations I had nothing to do with it. There was no reason for me to be put under scrutiny.”
Hutch commented, “It was ridiculous. They were trying to claim that I financed their drug operation, and that I was the beneficiary because I have a record label. No one could prove it, but because of the association with these guys, they charged me with conspiracy. I never put any money up for their activities. However, the federal process allows hearsay, and there was hearsay that I knew what these guys were doing. So that alone, according to the feds, makes you part of the operation, even if you have utterly no function whatsoever in it. You essentially become a criminal, solely based on the fact that you have knowledge of an illegal activity being committed. I ended up getting charged for several years for a crime I had nothing to do with.”
Hutch also said, “Hearsay that is based on the claims of government witnesses who are trying to get sentenced less time on their case, and who therefore give people up like this, is all the feds have to have. Then the feds can make a conviction, solely based on that.”
A music video for Hutch’s single “Lyrical Murder” has just been released through West World/Activate Entertainment.
We did a video interview with Big Hutch recently. Lookout for that Exclusive video interview in the coming days
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1093032584 - January 1, 1970 By : Philly Underground duo Jedi Mind Tricks, along with 7L & Esoteric and Outerspace are going on tour. Outerspace have one of the hardest albums this year. Jedi Mind rarely dissapoints. This tour should be hot. Here are some dates.
9/26/04 Chicago, IL - Abbey Pub
9/27/04 Minneapolis, MN - Ascot Room
9/29/04 Boulder, CO - Boulder Theatre
9/30/04 Ft. Collins, CO - Aggie Theatre
10/1/04 Colorado Springs, CO - 32 Bleu
10/4/04 Eugene, OR - Wow Hall
10/5/04 Seattle, WA - Chop Suey
10/7/04 San Fran, CA - Independent
Los Angeles, CA - TBA
San Diego, CA - TBA
Phoenix, AZ - TBA
Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theatre
San Antonio, TX - Sanctuary
10/16/04 - Austin TX - Emo's
also feat. De La Soul
10/19/04 New Orleans, LA - HOB
10/28/04 Northampton, MA - Pearl St
10/29/04 Cambridge, MA - Middle East
10/31/04 Philadelphia, PA - Trocadero also with special guest: Del The Funkee Homosapien
More dates are coming in.
Also, just prior to this tour starting Jedi Mind Tricks will be dropping their album Legacy Of Blood. Keep an ear out for the first single with Gza.
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1095126044 - January 1, 1970 By : Since Arsen & Mista CaNE's "High Risk, High Rewards" was pushed back due to label politics, they decided to hit y'all with this blended mixtape. They hit the streets with it this week and been getting alot of great reviews. Everyone's luvin it, download & post ya opinions at our Forum.
And watch out for that Arsen & CaNE duo album dropping soon on SERVN U 151 MUSIC/ANNIHILATION ENT./ALLIANCE-MUSIC with nation-wide distribution on CITY HALL (Mac Dre, San Quinn, Andre Nickatina etc etc.)
Download and Peep the CD Cover
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1095733434 - January 1, 1970 By : Lil Jon and The Eastside Boyz album is titled "Crunk Juice".
The undisputed champ of Southern-flavored dancehall rowdiness has mixed it up with T.I., Ice Cube, Bad Brains, Suga Free, Nate Dogg, Trillville, Jazze Pha, R. Kelly, Ludacris, and fellow boardsmen Scott Storch and the Neptunes.
According to his label, TVT, the first official single from the project will be "What You Gon' Do," with Lil Scrappy.
Dubcnn brings you "Roll Call" featuring Ice Cube the song has also been released to a few mixtape DJs, but Jon said the album will also feature a remix of the song with the original members of Washington, D.C., reggae-punk legends Bad Brains.
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1095802123 - January 1, 1970 By : Look out for Los Angeles-based hip-hop production squad, Da Riffs, as they're fittin' to BLOW!! They're wrappin up two song deals with EA Sports where they've scored all the music for NBA Street, over 10 songs, and have completed 4 more songs for NFL Street, with westcoast "New LA" mic assaulter, Bishop Lamont, Fresno underground king-pin Planet Asia, the D's Royce da 5'9, and Brooklyn's one half of Heltah Skeltah, Rock. Their tracks are also featured in Madden, NBA Live, Need 4 Speed, NHL, etc. Da Riffs just laced a Circuit City commercial which is being aired nationally, they're putting the finishing touches on their full length LP with Planet Asia's alterego - King Medallions, are working on dancehall cuts for Don Yute, Tanya Stevens, & VP Records, and have completed records with Shady/Aftermath's Stat Quo. They've got featured exclusives from West Coasts' finest King Tee, Crooked I, Sly Boogie, Roscoe, Maylay, Planet Asia, Game, Balance, plus Capone, Rah Digga, Method Man, Young Zee, Ali Vegas, Stat Quo, all on forthcoming PNC Mixtape release Coast Control; Defend Your Borders, featuring "Best West Coast Mixtape King" DJ Warrior and "Brooklyn's Most Treacherous Mixtape King" DJ Sickamore. On the Streets next week. Stay tuned to www.DaRiffs.com
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1095959063 - January 1, 1970 By : ESPN Video Games presents the Cali Comm 2004 Tour which features Del The Funky Homosapien, Haiku D'Etat, Zion I. Get fuckin' ready for one of the illest tours to come from the West in years.
Del The Funky Homosapien is back working on his new album "11th Hour" and look for Del to be a character in the new NBA 2K5, put out by ESPN Video Games. For those who don't know, Haiku D'Etat is Aceyalone, Abstract Rude & Mikah 9. That's what most people would consider a Supergroup. Well, they're back with a new album, "Coup D Theatr." This is their first nationwide tour together. And, don't sleep on Zion I, they're well known for their amazing shows.
Sun-Oct-10 S. LAKE TAHOE, CA WHISKEY DICKS SALOON
Wed-Oct-13 SANTA BARBARA,CA UC SANTA BARBARA
Thu-Oct-14 SANTA CRUZ, CA THE CATALYST
Fri-Oct-15 SACRAMENTO, CA COLONIAL THEATER
Sat-Oct-16 LOS ANGELES, CA EL REY THEATER
Sun-Oct-17 POMONA, CA THE GLASS HOUSE
Tue-Oct-19 SAN DIEGO, CA EPICENTER
Wed-Oct-20 TEMPE, AZ OLD BRICKHOUSE
Thu-Oct-21 ALBUQUERQUE, NM SUNSHINE THEATER
Fri-Oct-22 SAN ANTONIO, TX THE SANCTUARY
Sat-Oct-23 HOUSTON, TX ENGINE ROOM
Sun-Oct-24 AUSTIN, TX EMOS
Tue-Oct-26 ORLANDO, FL THE SOCIAL
Wed-Oct-27 ATLANTA, GA EARTHLINK LIVE
Thu-Oct-28 CHARLOTTESVILLE,VA STARR HILL MUSIC HALL
Fri-Oct-29 WASHINGTON, DC 930 CLUB
Sun-Oct-31 PHILADELPHIA, PA TROCADERO
Mon-Nov-01 NEW YORK, NY BB KINGS
Tue-Nov-02 NEW HAVEM CT TOADS PLACE
Wed-Nov-03 NORTHAMPTON, MA PEARL STREET
Thu-Nov-04 BOSTON, MA THE PARADISE
Sat-Nov-06 TORONTO, ONT PHOENIX THEATER
Sun-Nov-07 LONDON, ONT PHOENIX NIGHTCLUB
Tue-Nov-09 DETROIT, MI ST. ANDREWS HALL
Wed-Nov-10 CHICAGO, IL HOUSE OF BLUES
Thu-Nov-11 BLOOMINGTON, IN BLUEBIRD THEATER
Sat-Nov-13 MADISON, WI THE BARRYMORE
Sun-Nov-14 MINNEAPOLIS, MN THE QUEST
Tue-Nov-16 BOULDER, CO FOX THEATER
Wed-Nov-17 FT. COLLINS, CO AGGIE THEATER
Thu-Nov-18 COL.SPRINGS, CO 32 BLEU
Fri-Nov-19 SALT LAKE CITY, UT SHAGGYS
Sat-Nov-20 PORTLAND, OR ROSELAND
Sun-Nov-21 BEND, OR DOMINO ROOM
Mon-Nov-22 SEATTLE, WA SHOWBOX
Tue-Nov-23 EUGENE, OR MCDONALD THEATER
Wed-Nov-24 SAN FRAN, CA THE FILLMORE
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1096014112 - January 1, 1970 By : If you live in the Sacramento area, make sure to check out the NorCalUnderground presents HYPHY HALLOWEEN show October 29th 2004 at the Colonial Theater (click here for maps and directions).
Performers will be The Federation, Turf Talk, Laether Face & The Executioner and more.
The event starts at 8pm, tickets are for sale at $20. All ages, and 21+ for the full bar next door.
Should be a HYPHY night!
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1097438263 - January 1, 1970 By : Like the cars featured on his MTV show "Pimp My Ride", Xzibit's career is being made over. After suffering a career-threating injury at the hands of some eses last year, and fresh from his stint riding shotgun with the Aftermath camp towards platinum and gold plaques on his last two albums, respectfully, Mr.X to the Z's driving solo for a change.
Weapons Of Mass Destruction kicks off with a slew of George W. sound bites, leading us to believe X's political voice will be omnipresent throughout the record. Over producer Thayod's swinging drum track and church organs, "Judgement Day" finds the former Likwit Crew member spitting : "At first there was a war on Blacks, and then there was a war on crack/And now there's a war in Iraq". Then on "Criminal Set", over Battlecat's stripped-down four on the floor drum pattern, X flexes on politricks and his lyric-deficient Left Coast peers: "I run a race with the West on my back/While Ya'll the reason why they say niggas from the West can't rap" It seems all good until "Motherfucka", where X's creative wheels fall off. His tired lines like "Smoke like a chimney" and "it's not a fucking game, you know my fucking name" lose over Rick Rock's lazily swinging claps and synthesizers. Luckily, "Tough Guy" finds a revamped Busta Rhymes in the passenger seat, as both MCs spit hot mixtape-ready bars over an Oompa Loompa-inspired Hi-Tek track.
Though Xzibit's flow consistently impresses, "Scent Of A Woman" finds him sounding too formulaic and contrieved, as his mid-tempo chick rhymes are off pace with Hi-Tek's swirling violins and lagging drum track. In the end, Weapons political statements are scant, leaving him sounding as if he's trying to pimp his fans as well
XXL Dec. '04 issue.
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1097753463 - January 1, 1970 By : Zion I are on the road in conjunction with the "Family Business Mixtape".
Dates are below. If you live near any of the shows, make sure to hit it up, Zion I got a good show.
October 13, 2004 SANTA BARBARA,CA UC SANTA BARBARA
October 14, 2004 SANTA CRUZ, CA THE CATALYST
October 15, 2004 SACRAMENTO, CA COLONIAL THEATER
October 16, 2004 LOS ANGELES, CA EL REY THEATER
October 17, 2004 POMONA, CA THE GLASS HOUSE
October 18, 2004 OFF
October 19, 2004 SAN DIEGO, CA EPICENTRE
October 20, 2004 TEMPE, AZ OLD BRICKHOUSE
October 21, 2004 ALBUQUERQUE, NM SUNSHINE THEATER
October 22, 2004 SAN ANTONIO, TX THE SANCTUARY
October 23, 2004 HOUSTON, TX ENGINE ROOM
October 24, 2004 AUSTIN, TX EMO'S
October 25, 2004 OFF
October 26, 2004 ORLANDO, FL THE SOCIAL
October 27, 2004 ATLANTA, GA EARTHLINK LIVE
October 28, 2004 CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA STARR HILL
October 29, 2004 WASHINGTON, DC 9:30 CLUB
October 30, 2004 OFF
October 31, 2004 PHILADELPHIA, PA TROCADERO
November 1, 2004 NEW YORK, NY BB KINGS
November 2, 2004 NEW HAVEM CT TOADS PLACE
November 3, 2004 NORTHAMPTON, MA PEARL STREET
November 4, 2004 BOSTON, MA THE PARADISE
November 5, 2004 KILLINGTON, VT THE PICKLE BARREL
November 6, 2004 TORONTO, ONT PHOENIX THEATER
November 7, 2004 LONDON, ONT. PHOENIX NIGHTCLUB
November 8, 2004 OFF
November 9, 2004 DETROIT, MI ST. ANDREWS HALL
November 10, 2004 CHICAGO, IL HOUSE OF BLUES
November 11, 2004 BLOOMINGTON, IN BLUEBIRD THEATER
November 12, 2004 COLUMBUS, OH LITTLE BROTHER'S
November 13, 2004 MADISON, WI THE BARRYMORE
November 14, 2004 MINNEAPOLIS, MN THE QUEST
November 15, 2004 OFF
November 16, 2004 BOULDER, CO FOX THEATER
November 17, 2004 FT. COLLINS, CO AGGIE THEATER
November 18, 2004 COL.SPRINGS, CO 32 BLEU
November 19, 2004 SALT LAKE CITY, UT SHAGGYS
November 20, 2004 PORTLAND, OR ROSELAND
November 21, 2004 BEND, OR DOMINO ROOM
November 22, 2004 SEATTLE, WA SHOWBOX
November 23, 2004 EUGENE, OR MCDONALD THEATER
November 24, 2004 SAN FRAN, CA THE FILLMORE
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1100729325 - January 1, 1970 By : MC Eiht has long been considered a “Menace II Society” by his fans, and his crime spree continues with his role in the Rockstar Playstation II video game, “Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.” The gangsta game title is currently topping sales statistics around the world. On it, the veteran rapper, Eiht, plays the role of the featured character, Ryder, and the song, “Hood Took Me Under” from his group, Comptons Most Wanted is included on its soundtrack. Just a few weeks ago, he also released a solo album, “Veterans Day” on West Music/Native Records and the album made its way on the “Billboard” Top 100 R&B Albums chart.
Although in addition to his music, Eiht is also famous for his role as A-Wax in the feature film, “Menace II Society,” the rapper says, “I would compare Ryder’s character more to O Dog from the movie than to A-Wax, because he’s more reckless, and he’s more drug induced. A-Wax was still down for the neighborhood, but Ryder is an instigator, and he likes to pump up the other characters, especially his homeboy CJ. Ryder likes to instigate and get trouble started. He’s on dope and he’s always smoking, plus he’s hyper about getting trouble started.”
Rockstar Games’ Dan Houser, the executive producer of the game, which market analysts predict will help make this holiday buying season a record breaker for new games, says, “Eiht’s powerful and funny delivery insures that Ryder steals the show. From the moment we walked into the studio, we knew he was going to blow us away with his performance.”
“Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas” debuted at the Number 1 spot on the UK game charts, and according to industry estimates, the gangsta title sold more than 2 million copies during the first 2 weeks of its release. “Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas” was developed by Take-Two Interactive Software, an imprint of Rockstar Games.
Eiht says the combination of West Coast elements with the game world makes perfect sense. He observes, “Basically, one game was pretty much East Coast, and there was Vice City, which was Miami-based, or whatever. So now basing one on the West Coast, which is where the name San Andreas fits in, that is taken from our earthquake fault, and then hooking up with people like me and DJ Pooh, and getting that West Coast feel, you can only base the game around gangs and the element of the West Coast lifestyle. That means it is essentially gang bangin,’ drive-by shootings, drugs, police corruption and police brutality, all of that element. So it was only right, and this is not to say that is how all people live out here, but that element and culture would fit right here.”
As far as both the exponential success and the reaction to the gangsta phenomenom that is being incorporated into the game world, Eiht notes, “In the other games, you’re playing the stereotypical characters named Joe or Bill, and he’s been robbed by the mob. But in making it West Coast originated, and by putting gangs and drive-bys in it, activities that normally go on in the West Coast, it makes the game more realistic for people to play. Kids relate to the game because they know that stuff is what really happens. It is more realistic to them, because this stuff is going on everywhere, and not just on the West Coast, either, so it appeals to them. With this game, you really put yourself in the settings of living in Los Angeles and living in the gang scenario. This game shows what’s really going on in the streets.”
As far as the game’s music soundtrack, Eiht says, “They took a classic Comptons Most Wanted song, “Hood Took Me Under,” and they put it on the game. That song describes the scenario the players are dealing with. You’re stuck in the ‘hood, you’re having rivalries and shootouts, and you have enemies. Back in the day, that was the perfect song, and one that people felt, because there were so many black people, who were stuck in the neighborhood, stuck in poverty, stuck in the struggle, so that song fit what so many people were going through. When Rockstar was looking at all the possibilities of what songs to use in the game, they knew you could not do a West Coast video game without a classic Comptons Most Wanted song. Originally, they had contacted me because they needed to have permission to use the song in the game. Everything was good. We built a relationship, and they asked me to play the character, so it just fell into place like that.”
Eiht also says he wants it to be known that the success of “Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas” is important for hiphop. He points out, “It will touch a lot of people who maybe weren’t previously interested in hiphop. The game introduces them to a whole new realm, and it will help open the door of hiphop to expand to a whole new era. Millions of people will have this game, and it’s significant, whereas it becomes incorporated into the rap game. So it’s beautiful for all who are involved. It gets more people exposed to hiphop, even if they never really wanted to before.”
Eiht says he is constantly approached these days by “all kinds of people,” who have asked him to autograph the game. “Kids come up to me saying they heard my song in the game,” says Eiht. “It happens on the streets, just everywhere. Not just kids have the game, but even old people have the game.” Eiht adds, “There are also people who come up to me and tell me it’s a challenge to get to my character.”
It has all been very rewarding to the players of the game, as well as to Eiht, himself. He contends, “It’s another experience that people get to indulge in, especially when it incorporates hiphop, and one of their favorite rappers who represents the ‘hood.”
MC Eiht’s West Music signed an alliance with Native Records to distribute his current release, “Veterans Day,” through Penalty Associated Labels/Ryko. Ken M. Smith, president of Native Records states, "Eiht's current album, "Veterans Day," could also be the soundtrack for the game, because the tales that Eiht raps about on the album coincide in many ways with the story line of the game. Lovers of the game will definitely be lovers of "Veterans Day."
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1100862930 - January 1, 1970 By : As front-man for the celebrated rap quartet the Lost Boyz, Mr. Cheeks helped his Queens, N.Y.-based crew climb the charts and etch themselves in the hip-hop hall of fame with a Platinum-selling album Legal Drug Money (1996) and the Gold-certified Love Peace And Happiness (1997).
The gritty party flavour that typified Cheeks' music with the Lost Boyz has carried over to his equally successful solo career, which has been highlighted by the smash single “Lights, Camera, Action!,” included on Cheeks’ acclaimed debut solo album, 2001's John P. Kelly. The song's explosive remix, featuring P. Diddy and Missy Elliott, reached No. 1 on both the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles Chart and Hot Rap Singles Chart.
After nearly a decade in the major label system, Cheeks decided in 2004 to stake out on his own, forming independent label Legal Drug Money Records. The first release on the imprint is Mr. Cheeks' highly anticipated third solo album, Ladies and Ghettomen.
The album's first single is the pulsating “It's Alright,” featuring Truth Hurts. The legendary Pete Rock, producer of Busta Rhymes, Public Enemy, and Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth, produced the radio and club ready “All I Know,” along with several other tracks on the album. Elsewhere, Cheeks continues his party ways on the celebratory "Tonight" and the clever "The Girl Is Mine," an update of the classic Michael Jackson/Paul McCartney tune. Cheeks says, "We're just regular street guys that like to party, spend money, love the women and enjoy life. That's what the album is mainly about."
Legal Drug Money Records, Contango Records and local label Barcode Records have joined forces to release the album in Australia on November 19th 2004, when it will be available through JB Hi-Fi stores nationally.
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1101565254 - January 1, 1970 By : Oh shit! Our good friend XL Middleton is getting ready to unleash his newest album "Music 4 A Drunken Evening" which is dropping December 14th (available for pre-order December 7th) and it will be available at CrownCityEntertainment.com.
Here's the newest single "Shotgun" featuring Rev & Bo-Rocc of The Doveshack:
XL Middleton - Shotgun (ft. Rev & Bo-Rocc Of The Doveshack)
Here's the Tracklisting:
1. The Dark Chambers Of Sir Middleton Hollawell (Intro)
2. Music 4 A Drunken Evening (feat. Big Saccs)
3. Feel So West Coast
5. If I Dont Get Paid (feat. Rev & Bigg Steele)
6. Long As We Maintain (feat. S-Dee)
8. Cant Get Enough (feat. Foesum & E-White)
9. If You Let Me (feat. Sharon Hall)
10. Do It If It Feels Good (feat. Dr. Stank)
11. Zoom Zoom
12. Tuck You In
13. From My Eyes
1. Drunken Hooligans (feat. Non-Cents)
2. Shotgun (feat. Rev & Bo-Rocc)
3. Are You High???
4. Slacker Pad Fridays (feat. Firstborn, K-Duece, Non-Cents, & Matix)
5. All Three
6. Gotta Get Up (feat. BQ)
7. Blow It That Way
8. One Or The Other (feat. [sic] sense)
9. Throw Ya Cups Up
10. This Must Be Heaven (feat. D'Zire)
11. Last Call (feat. Tha Shock Doctor)
12. Relive It All
Production on this project was handled by XL Middleton & [sic] sense for Crown City Productions, Firstborn for Herban Liquor Productions, Matix for Herban Liquor Productions, Big Moz for 21 Gun Productions, Mike Sheist for 8th Starr Entertainment, Big Saccs for Westbound Entertainment, Inc.
So all you drunkies out there, make sure to cop this when it's out!
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1102125945 - January 1, 1970 By : Yes yes, as promised here's some snippets for your listening enjoyment from the upcoming album "Music 4 A Drunken Evening" by XL Middleton... dont forget, if youre feeling these, they're going to take pre-orders starting this Tuesday, December 7th, just hit up crowncityentertainment.com to get it.
1. Long As We Maintain (feat. S-Dee)
Produced by XL Middleton
2. If You Let Me (feat. Sharon Hall)
Produced by XL Middleton
3. Do It If It Feels Good (feat. Dr. Stank)
Produced by XL Middleton
4. Are You High?
Produced by XL Middleton
5. All Three
Produced by Sic Sense
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1106247375 - January 1, 1970 By : Bone Thugs-N-Harmony member Layzie Bone is set to release his new album, "It's Not a Game", on March 29th through Cleopatra Records.
"It's Not a Game" features 13 all-new tracks with guests such The Outlawz, fellow Bone Thugs member Krayzie Bone, his (and Flesh-N-Bone's) brother Stew Deez and the Mo Thugs Family as well as some of Layzie's favorite past collaborations ("Midwest Invasion" with Twista, "Smokin' on Information" with Snoop Dogg, among others).
01. Intro - It's Not A Game
02. There They Go - feat Aaron Hall
03. Midwest Invasion - feat Twista
04. Ain’t No Waitin’ - feat Thin C.
05. Thug Nation - feat Krayzie Bone
06. I Don’t Remember - feat Thick & Thin C.
07. Stayin’ Alive - feat Thin C.
09. Connectin’ The Plots - feat WC
10. Skit - Layzie Bone Choppin’ Game - With L. Burna
11. Way Too Many - feat The Outlawz & Stew Deez
12. Thugged Out - feat Thin C. & D.J. Dre Ghost
13. 2 Step - feat Thin C.
14. She Came Ta Party - feat Thin C. & D.J. Dre Ghost
15. Do You Want Me
16. It’s On - feat the Mo Thugs Family
17. Smokin’ On Information - feat the Mo Thugs Family, Snoop
Dogg & Joe Little
18. Run Game - feat Dogzilla & Stew Deez
19. The Movement - feat the Mo Thugs Family
Shouts to Zack for the news.
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1107665057 - January 1, 1970 By : Dubcnn brings you a preview of another bangin Bone member album.
This time we are letting yall listen to 3 tracks from the upcoming Layzie Bone solo album "It's Not A Game".
The album comes out on March 31st so mark your calenders & make sure you go and cop that. As for the feature list he got some big names on here from Snoop Dogg and Twista to Aaron Hall and The Outlawz.
Layzie Bone "Stay Alive" featuring Thin C
Layzie Bone "Way Too Many" featuring The Outlawz
Layzie Bone "Smokin On Information" featuring Snoop Dogg
Lookout for our exclusive video interview with Layzie Bone going up soon.
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1108098853 - January 1, 1970 By : On his first tour through Europe, The Game sparked alot of controvery. Myself and Yash went to the Snoop Dogg & Game show tonight in Amsterdam at the Heineken Music Hall, and it was definitely worth it. Having trouble with the security guards, we weren't able to take any pictures or film the show, but I'm gonna give ya'll a detailed review of what went down.
We got there a little late, missing the beginning of Game's performance. As we entered the arena, Game was on stage with his shirt off, the pants sagging extra hard, and his Aftermath chain shining around his neck. He had a very good stage presence, and a very solid performance overall. After doing Dreams and Church For Thugs, where he already took shots at the likes of Yukmouth, Memphis Bleek, Joe Budden and Murder Inc, he told DJ Quik on the 1's and 2's to stop the music and announced something that could be the start of a huge battle in HipHop.
As ya'll saw on here the other day, Jay-Z recorded a little song going at Game on Funk Flex radio show (Hot97). "I got an email from the USA, saying that JayZ been on the radio dissing Game...", Game spoke. "Now I told ya'll I don't take shots at legends, but how many of ya'll think Game should record a diss song for Jay-Z"?, he asked the cheering crowd.
That's when the beat to "How We Do" started, and Game started a little chant that he then repeated about 10 times.
"Ja Rule Can SUCK MY DICK, Ashanti can SUCK MY DICK, Irv Gotti can SUCK MY DICK, Murder Inc can SUCK MY DICK, Joe Budden can SUCK MY DICK, Memphis Bleek can SUCK MY DICK, Beanie Sigel can SUCK MY DICK, Jay-Z can SUCK MY DICK, Rocafella can SUCK MY DICK, if you a hater nigga SUCK MY DICK".
At that point Game was totally pumped up, and went into "How We Do", followed by "Hate It Or Love It". After a little interlude by DJ Quik where they played the beat to "Pitch In On A Party", Game came back to Jay-Z again, visibly even more heated. He ended his set by doing the "Suck My Dick" chant a couple more times, and left the crowd hyped, but shocked at the same time.
Did Game bite off more than he can chew with this one? Will G-Unit ride with him through this beef? This will be interesting to see in the coming weeks.
Let's get back to the show, after about 15min of break, DJ Jam took the stage and announced Snoop Dogg, Soopafly and Uncle June Bugg. Daz, however, couldn't make it due to problems with his passport. Snoop walked on stage dressed in blue and white, to the intro of Paid The Cost, "Da Bo$$ Would Like To See U". As always, he went through all his old hits, performing every single song off Doggystyle except for "For My Niggaz & My Bitches, Serial Killa and G-Funk Intro". They rapped Kurupt's verse on "Ain't No Fun", throwing in a little Fuck Kurupt! at the end. "Deep Cover, P.I.M.P remix, Bitch Please, Drop It Like It's Hot, Let's Get Blown, Down 4 My Niggaz" were also part of the set. After blazing a huge joint during his chronic break and doing his obligatory "Smoke Weed, Get High, and FucK" chant, bringing his Uncle Reo" on stage to help him out, he let his band The Snoopadelics go into a little reggae instrumental, making the crowd singing along with him. He finished it off with "Who Am I", Snoop and his crew exited the stage.
Overall it was a great show, I missed the other opening act Flipsyde, and the songs "Higher, Westside Story and Put You Up On Game" off of Game's set.
We will be uploading pictures that our forum member Mauzip took, anybody else with pictures, feel free to email me them.
Dubcnn will also be present at one of the Germany shows, this time bringing ya'll some exclusive footage and interviews, so look forward to that!
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1108157829 - January 1, 1970 By : Thanks to Engelwood for allowing us to use this to let you all hear, this is the audio from last night's concert at the Heineken Music Hall in Amsterdam where as we revealed yesterday, The Game responded to Jay-Z's track on the radio. Since then Jay-Z has denied the track was directed at Game so lets wait and see how that pans out but till then check out the mp3 below of what was said.
The Game - Amsterdam Concert Audio
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1108741172 - January 1, 1970 By : Bing from Lifestyle is going on a tour in europe. Here's the dates and events for Bings concerts in Germany:
19.02.05 Köln - Germany
20.02.05 Berlin - Germany @ at the OFFICIAL PLAYBOY Club - confirmed
21.02.05 Frankfurt, Festhalle
If you're in the area make sure you hit him up!
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1108875005 - January 1, 1970 By : So quick, so fast! I said I'd be back with the dates for the Psychopathic Hatchet All-Stars Tour and here I am!!!!
The Psychopathic All-Star Tour hits the road on March 11th, 2005 and has co-headlining the event a selection of Psychopathic Records artists Esham, ABK, Blaze, and Jumpsteady. The Psychopathic All-Star Tour will also be featuring a special guest performance opening for each show. Make sure to get your tickets as soon as they become available because tickets are expected to sell fast!
F.I.L.T.H.E.E. Immigrants are going to be performing on all dates! So, even if you're not a huge fan of any of the aforementioned artists, go out and support some hard working West Coast Hip Hop artists!!!
And, here the dates are! Expect DubCNN to come with that Exclusive coverage!!!
City/State: Columbus, OH
Venue: Newport Music Hall
Location 1722 North High St., Columbus, OH 43201
City/State: Cincinnati, OH
Location 2621 Vine St., Cincinnati, OH 45219
City/State: Pittsburgh, PA
Venue: Mr. Smalls Theatre
Location 400 Lincoln Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15209
City/State: Worcester, MA
Venue: The Palladium
Location 261 Main St., Worcester, MA 01608
City/State: Ausbury Park, NJ
Venue: Stone Pony
Location 913 Ocean Ave., Ausbury Park, NJ 07712
City/State: Philadelphia, PA
Venue: Theater of the Living Arts
Location 334 South St., Philadelphia, PA 19147
City/State: Towson, MD
Venue: The Recher Theatre
Location 512 York Rd., Towson, MD 21204
City/State: Norfolk, VA
Venue: The Norva Theatre
Location 317 Monticello Ave., Norfolk, VA 23510
City/State: Atlanta, GA
Location 695 North Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30308
City/State: St. Petersburg, FL
Venue: State Theatre
Location 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, FL 33701
City/State: Dallas, TX
Location 2709 Elm St., Dallas, TX 75266
City/State: Albuquerque, NM
Venue: Sunshine Theater
Location 120 Central SW., Albuquerque, NM 87102
City/State: Phoenix, AZ
Venue: Marquee Theatre
Location 730 North Mill Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85099
City/State: Long Beach, CA
Venue: The Vault 350
Location 350 Pine Ave., Long Beach, CA 90803
City/State: Henderson, NV
Venue: Roadhouse Casino
Location 2100 N Boulder Hwy., Henderson, NV 89015
City/State: San Francisco, CA
Venue: The Pound
Location Pound SF at Pier 96, San Francisco, CA 94124
City/State: Seattle, WA
Venue: El Corazon (formerly Graceland)
Location 109 Eastlake Ave., Seattle, WA 98109
City/State: Salt Lake City, UT
Venue: Club Sound (formerly Bricks)
Location 579 West 200 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84101
City/State: Denver, CO
Venue: Ogden Theatre
Location 935 East Colfax, Denver, CO 80218
City/State: Lawrence, KS
Venue: The Bottleneck
Location: 737 New Hampshire St., Lawrence, KS 66044
City/State: Minneapolis, MN
Venue: The Quest
Location: 110 North 5th St., Minneapolis, MN 55404
City/State: Davenport, IA
Venue: Quad City Live
Location: 421 West River Dr., Davenport, IA 52806
City/State: Sauget, MO
Location: 1403 Mississippi Ave., Sauget, MO 62201
City/State: Chicago, IL
Venue: House of Blues
Location: 329 North Dearborn St., Chicago, IL 60610
City/State: Detroit, MI
Venue: St. Andrews Hall
Location: 431 East Congress, Detroit, MI 48226
City/State: Cleveland, OH
Venue: Agora Ballroom
Location: 5000 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44103
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1109215756 - January 1, 1970 By : "The story of the legend who inspired the biggest name in rap."
On March 8, 2005, Vision Plant Pictures, in association with Czar Entertainment, will release The Infamous Times - Volume I: The Original 50 Cent on DVD to eager home entertainment audiences everywhere. A powerful music-driven video magazine chronicling the nation’s most reputed street figures, notorious neighborhoods and the alluring frills of the fast life, this explicit exposé goes behind the stereotypes typically associated with legendary hustlers to uncover the true tales of pain and betrayal that all too often destroys their lives and, most times, finds them dead or in jail. Volume one of The Infamous Times has already shipped platinum to major retail outlets throughout the U.S. and is on pace to quickly become one of the best selling urban DVD’s to date.
Running 120 minutes, the main feature of this landmark series tells the true story of Kelvin “50 Cent” Martin, a cold-blooded crook who, armed with an arsenal of weapons, robbed, killed and extorted many of Brooklyn’s biggest hustlers at the height of New York’s brutal crack cocaine epidemic and from whom the multi-platinum rap superstar, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, borrowed his moniker. This is the true story of the legend who inspired the biggest name in rap.
Hosted by venerated columnist, actor and convicted felon, Bonz Malone, the subject matter echoes the insight, candid perspective and journalistic intensity of esteemed investigative programs like Dateline NBC and 20/20. Likewise, The Infamous Times is poised to be one of the preeminent urban DVD series of the decade, revolutionizing the genre with its blend of in depth coverage accompanied by a hard-driving soundtrack. Superbly helmed by pioneering video director, Froi Cuesta and the brainchild of acclaimed music impresario, Jimmy Henchmen, along with entertainment industry veterans, Tone Boots and Griff, the series aims to enlighten “at-risk” youth on the hazards of street life as it contrasts the glamorization of criminal behavior that is all too common in rap music and mainstream film and television nowadays.
“We’re taking them all to task…politicians, parents, the young generation,” says series co-creator Tone Boots, who is also the Producer of MTV’s Direct Effect. “This story is very dear and close to me because I knew the original Fifty-Cent,” adds Jimmy Henchmen, the project’s Executive Producer and manager of platinum recording artists such as The Game (Aftermath/G-Unit), Mario Winans (Bad Boy) and Black Rob (Bad Boy). “I’m honored to tell a story like this that influenced the biggest name in rap as we know it today.”
In addition to the true story of the original 50 Cent featured in The “G” Chronicle segment of the DVD, the Danger Zone profiles the Brownsville section of Brooklyn and uncovers the influx of the LA-based ‘Bloods’ street gang that has besieged the neighborhood’s housing projects. In the Paper Dolls segment of The Infamous Times their cameras go behind-the-scenes of one of the most popular gentlemen’s clubs in the country, Sue’s Rendezvous – made famous in the lyrics of many rap artists over the past few years. Also, the DVD’s bonus content includes an exclusive interview with Jimmy Henchmen; a profile on celebrity jewelers from Manhattan’s famed ‘Diamond District;’ and a photo gallery featuring the work of award winning photographer Jamel Shabazz – author of the celebrated photo essay, Back in the Days.
Check the Cover and the Trailer
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1110441475 - January 1, 1970 By : Just researched into the kid Oowee and got some information on him for those interested, here's a feature that was done on him in by OZONE Magazine in December 2004.
“I’m a real street nigga, shawty,” Oowee brags, puffing on a cigarette. “A real street nigga is any man that’s willing to hold his own under any circumstance and be true to his word.” Of course, this is a standard claim coming from any rapper. But Oowee can back it up – even though he’s only nineteen, he’s already got stories for days. Still a teenager, he confidently approaches grown women with a swagger and demonstrates the mannerisms of a grown man. Oowee’s always been ahead of his time. At age thirteen, he was already driving. He recalls a situation where he’d picked up an older friend and they got pulled over. “I got caught up in some stuff that I ain’t got nothing to do with,” he remembers. “I didn’t even know he had work on him. I almost had to do a bid. He finally told ‘em [the drugs] had nothing to do with me.” Despite the street influences around him, Oowee was able to get focused on a more positive career by making use of his musical talents. Born and raised in North Carolina, he moved to Atlanta a year later at age fourteen – alone. He quickly became the flagship artist of Bogard Music, who signed a deal with Warner Bros’ “incubator” for independents, Asylum Records. His single, “Chain Swangin’,” features fellow Cak-A-Lak native Petey Pablo and has been getting play on radio stations throughout the Southeast. The video, in which Oowee and Petey party side by side in a club he’s probably not even old enough to get into, also appears on BET Uncut. His upcoming album, the appropriately named Mannish, will be an ample platform for the young’un to flex his superstar skills." Photo and words courtesy of OZONE Magazine.
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1110515662 - January 1, 1970 By : Los Angeles has two new heirs to the hip-hop throne, Reese One and Basik MC aka, Bleu Collar. Bleu Collar has been compared to duos such as UGK and Outkast for their astounding chemistry and dissimilar rhyme styles. "We run a fine line. We are not gansters, but we are not backpackers either" Basik says.
Basik, first gained underground fame in a group by the name of Loe Lyfes at the age of fourteen. From there he went solo and eventually hooked up with Eligh of the infamous Living Legends. Basik was featured on two of Eligh's projects before releasing his first solo effort, Apex Predator. The extended EP became one of the top sellers on the LLCrew.com website. After being featured on several projects including the Righteous Brothers project Metropolitan Music Group released his first full length solo album entitled, At the Mercy of the City, which sent his underground fame through the roof.
Introduced by a mutual friend, Basik linked up with Reese One who he felt complimented his style unlike no other which now represents his best work yet.
Reese One who brings his extremely clever and blunt rhyme schemes has been rapping since the tender age of 12. Reese One holds no cut cards for any song, topic, or issue. Known as one of the most feared battle rappers in Los Angeles, the constant challenges sharpened and honed his rhyme skills into, Reese One. In 1994 Reese collaborated with the legendary Tupac and Bay Area star, Mac Mall on a song titled, "Young Black Brothers". Since then, he has written for various artists. Now Reese One has his heart and Soul behind Bleu Collar. "To me Bleu Collar's chemistry is like that of Kobe and Shaq, or better yet. Magic and Kareem" says Reese One.
Bleu Collar is the essence of what Los Angeles is truly about. "When Los Angeles came in to the music scene with gangster rap it blew up the spot, that's the only sound that has been exploited and stamped as West Coast sound" explains Reese One. However, he feels gangsters are a small minority in Los Angeles, and Bleu Collar's style represents the majority with a unique and complex rap style untapped by the mainstream market.
Creatively, rap is at a stand still, and Bleu Collar brings an end to the stagnation with songs like, "Makin the Rounds" and "And a night with the Mayor and Chuck Taylor" that showcase the group's intriguing personalities and personifies their 'ahead-of-our-time style. There is no question as to why their music is so magnetizing.
Bleu Collar addresses the issues of the common folks, not the "iced out jewels" or drug dealer stories that are ears are currently saturated with. Bleu Collar represents the real issues we all go through with an undaring flair and creativity.
Sit back, relax and be prepared for the next reigning heirs to the hip-hop monarchy. Basik and Reese One are on one accord when it comes to purpose. "Bleu Collar is solely interested and dedicated to bringing innovative and creative music to the masses.
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1111439795 - January 1, 1970 By : DubCNN back in the house! Some new heat from my boy Scipio. The song is called "Ghetto Trivia". Scipio is currently on tour with Xzibit, Ras Kass & Strong Arm Steady in the States, so make sure to catch him, I have the tour dates at the end of the update. But first, check out the song below:
Scipio - Ghetto Trivia
Enjoy, and check out the tour dates below:
03/18/05 San Francisco (Fillmore)
03/20/05 Los Angeles (House of Blues)
03/21/05 San Diego (4th & B)
03/24/05 Houston (Numbers)
03/25/05 New Orleans (House of Blues)
03/26/05 Atlanta (Roxy)
03/28/05 Miami (Mansion)
04/01/05 Washington DC (Dream)
04/02/05 Detroit (St. Andrews Hall)
04/04/05 Chicago (House of Blues)
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1116119853 - January 1, 1970 By : The Hip Hop world has just been struck with a huge blow, Justo Faison, the founder/creator of The Justo's Mixtape Awards, has passed. According to sources, he was in driving in Richmond, Virgina, doing promotions, which ended in a fatal car accident, early Saturday morning.
I was getting my Oil changed when I got the phone call from DJ Warrior about Justo's passing. It was saddening to hear, to say the very least. I had the pleasure of meeting Justo twice when he was out here in L.A. recently. He showed me a lot of love. I thanked him for showing the West Coast love at a predominatly East Coast function. I knew, just by talking to him, he had no cares about East Coast/West Coast or anything of the sort. He wanted to see Hip Hop progress, as a whole. He will be missed.
"Justo is a person that gave me, not only business, but personal advice, as well. He made Mixtapes official to the industry. He took it to another level for a person like me, who came from nothing and had been grinding so long. I can say that I got my break, to a certain degree, because of him. The Mixtape Awards got me recognition throughout the Hip Hop world. Rest in Peace to him. My Condolences to his family. This is Big loss for Hip Hop today. He was a legend." - DJ Warrior of Cali Untouchable DJs.
As the news came in, so did the phone calls and E-Mails of people sending their condolences and speaking on this tragic news. Here's some quotes from DJ's and Artists.
"Justo made mixtapes happen, he was the one who brought the industry to love mixtapes, to get their artists out. He gave the DJ the strive to make a good mixtape, he brought the awards where the DJs would think if I made a hot mixtape and if I was consistant maybe I would win one. Justo is a legend to the DJs and a great man he will be missed. May Justo R.I.P.." - DJ Papa Smirf
"Big ups to my man Justo, the true Mixtape King. He helped make Mixtape DJ's and Artists. He was able to break down the barriers and bring together the East Coast, West Coast, South, Midwest, Reggae, Reggaeton, etc. He'll be missed. My condolences go out to him and his family." - DJ Hideo of Cali Untouchable DJs.
"Rest in Peace to one of the coolest niggas. He was a real good brotha from the streets to the corporate shit. My condolences." - Chace Infinite of Self Scientific.
"Rest in Peace to Justo. Condolences to him and his family from Strong Arm Steady. He had a great vision for Hip Hop. Furthering everything cats were doing in the U.S. and took it all over the world. Justo gave a platform, something to look for, more so than other hierarchy of award shows. He set tone for real cats in the street makin' names for themselves. From East Coast to West Coast to London. He'll be missed, gotta keep his legacy pushing and alive." - Krondon of Strong Arm Steady.
"Salutes to Justo. This is a tragic loss to Hip Hop. He did a lot for Mixtape DJs when he didn't have to. To be nominated and apart of the Award's is an honor. On behalf of all Cali Untouchable DJs. Condolences to him, his family, friends. I wish it didn't happen. Again, this is a big loss for Hip Hop. He was a Father figure. Hope to see legacy live on. Hope its like Oscar's of Hip Hop for DJs." - DJ Strong of Cali Untouchable DJs.
"In 2003, I moved to NY from Oakland, California, dead broke with dreams of making it in the DJ business. After only being in NY for a week, totally unknown, Justo reached out to me and offered to drive me around to all the boroughs and educate me in the Mixtape game. From that moment on, Justo became my homeboy. Throughout my DJ grind, whenever I had a question or problem, Justo was always ready to listen and help out. If you were real with Justo, he would ride with you no matter what. Those that didn't like him, he didn't do that industry bullshit and pretend to like them either. In 2004 I won a Mixtape of the Year Award. This was an incredible feeling. But my greatest Hip Hop moment was being nominated for a Mixtape Award in 2003, where I sat at Justo's Mixtape Awards at the plushed out Manhattan Center alongside legends like Kid Capri and Redman. At the moment, I went from being a Hip Hop fan to feeling like I was part of the Hip Hop movement - my greatest award ever. I owe all that to Justo." - DJ Vlad.
Tragic loss! I never met him personally but heard nothin' but good things about him. Justo was the pulse of the street, his Award was something that represented hard work and really what this music is: The Streets." - Balance.
"He was doing something good for the community and had a good outlook on Hip Hop. Rest in Peace." - Styles P of The Lox.
“Devestating. He had plans to do the Awards in Madison Square. That was his goal to get there. That was the hugest thing for Hip Hop. He had been working on that. He wanted the world to know what the Mixtape awards were about. Its gonna be hard to replace him. He did the most for Mixtape djs. He put money in DJs pockets. There was nothing like the Mixtape Awards. Huge loss to the Mixtape world. Its gonna be hard to do anything he ever did. He had plans to do a Justo Mixtape every week. He started it last week. He was gonna be on Rap City on May 22nd. He had a good heart. For some to recognize DJs, you have to have a good heart. Hes gone be missed and it’s a big loss he made Mixtapes commercial, nobody ever did that.” - DJ SynCity
"You can't measure what he has done for Hip-Hop on a whole. He is a big reason why we have moved 101,000 since 2001." - Annonymous Records.
Justo recently released a DVD Documentary about the Mixtape Awards. For those who never knew him and those who did, PLEASE Cop The Mixtape Documentary!!!
Let's keep the Legacy alive and keep his dream intact! R.I.P. to a true legend and great person. Dubcnn sends our condolences to Justo and his entire Family and Friends.
We will be Editing this post, adding more shout outs, as well as Pictures and Audio, over the next few days. Continue to pay attention to this.
R.I.P. Justo Faison
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1118065263 - January 1, 1970 By : One half of Gang Starr, Guru will drop his solo album June 17th and Dubcnn is here to give you a little preview of this hot album titled "Version 7.0 the Street Scriptures".
The album has 19 tracks and guest appearances from Styles P, B-Real, Talib Kweli and more.
Here's 2 tracks from the album:
Guru "Hall Of Fame"
Guru "Real Life" featuring B-Real
If you are feeling any of the songs above Click Here to order the album!
Click Here to check out our video interview with the legendary Guru.
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1120246024 - January 1, 1970 By : Busting onto the scene from the gang-riddled Crenshaw area of Los Angeles, we have Mic Check. Three charismatic, talented, young men with great flow and stellar personalities to match. They free-style, dance, act, write, produce and completely entertain. In the words of Big Red from the Five Heartbeats, “What don’t you do?” And the answer to that is…they simply do it all.
Comprised of high-school friends Jonathan Wellman (J-Double), Robert Marshall (Gizmo) and Brian Allen (B-Cautious), the 17-year olds are getting a great head start on their visionary rap careers. They have a deal with Los Angeles based label Ex Recordings, their debut album is complete, national radio promotions are about to kick off, and a banging video for their single “I’m Fresh” is ready to hit screens everywhere. Their live set is none too shabby either ~ their tours of Los Angeles Middle and High schools have caused near riots as word of their skills got around ~ especially amongst the young ladies.
Mic Check came to Ex Recordings after founder Michael London, an entertainment attorney and film producer, began a talent search for his start-up label. With his finger in many entertainment endeavors, Michael’s reach was wide and he received hundreds of submissions from young hopefuls looking for their break. “When I started Ex Records we received countless submissions by many groups and solo artists. Michael muses. “There was just something about Mic Check though that was undeniable. They are the whole package.”
These young men have begun to build an impressive buzz on the streets. Some of the highlights of their zooming career have been performing at the Inglewood Forum for “Battle Zone 3 ½”, ‘krump dancing’ with Tommy the Clown, who stars in David Lachapelle’s directorial debut “Rize”, performing at the Geneva Awards and opening for The Ruff Ryders in Oakland, CA.
These kids haven’t missed a beat stepping into the game at this point and their plan is to continue getting rave reviews for the next ten years to come and then some. Their debut album “Guaranteed”, which drops July 19th, 2005, will speak for itself, and we’re sure it has a lot to say.
Keep your dial set to Mic Check. You don’t want to miss what’s next. ExRecords.com
Here's some songs to preview.
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1121737877 - January 1, 1970 By :
Designer Marc Ecko is throwing one hell of a festival in Toronto. If you have plans on August 13th & 14th, cancel them. Confirmed artists for this event are: Ludacris, Kanye West, Lil Jon & The Eastside Boyz, Nas, Busta Rhymes, Ciara, Fat Joe, Mos Def, Kardinal Offishall, Brooke Valentine, Rascalz, and Keisha Cante. Now these are just the confirmed performers. Expect more to be announced soon.
In addition to the epic concert, the festival will include a sneaker gallery, a car show, a video vixen contest (with Lil X & Melyssa Ford), a gaming arena, a graffiti expo, artist meet and greets, b-boy and b-girl crews, MC & DJ battles, retail shops and more.
If you live in the Toronto area and you aren't going to this, you better be in the hospital.
Tickets available at Ticketmaster.
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1121905980 - January 1, 1970 By : A few months ago, we updated ya'll on a new talent out of Atlanta by the name of Al Gator. He's been hard on the grind working with some of Hip Hop's major players. From Ludacris to Aftermath Records Producer Focus.
After making his devoted following wait for over a year, Atlanta’s very own Al Gator finally delivers his highly anticipated sophomore mixtapes. The Mixtape Kings of the South, the industry’s most sought after producers and the hottest emerging artist in the game join forces in creating mixtapes capable of industry destruction.
Still riding on the success of his debut “Lock Out Season Vol. I,” Da Free Agent is ready to emphasize just why he is the best. The featured tracks will take you places you never thought a mixtape could take you, but take note, as these are not your conventional mixtapes.
Al Gator takes the beats from some of the most definitive tracks in Hip-hop and R and B and injects them with his captivating wordplay, laces them with his unique delivery and infuses them with energy like no other artist. Old School classic remakes such as Marvin Gaye’s “Inner City Blues” and Luther Vandross’s “Any Love” will give you a sample of what you are to expect from Al Gator.
Like a jab from Winky Wright, the creativity will smack you in the face. It is apparent that he and his corner are not about overpopulating the market with mediocre mixtapes. They are about top quality tracks and collaborations, strategic promotion and effective marketing to complement the commodity that he truly is.
With industry executives already paying close attention to his every move, we will be counting down the days it takes for Al Gator and label Black Ice Music to explode. They will become the dynasty that has been missing from the game. Al Gator shall be the emcee Hip-hop fans have longed for and their ingenuity will take the Hip-hop culture to a higher plateau. “The Journey” and “The Underboss” are just the beginning.
Here's some Audio from Al Gator Produced by Super Producer Rick Rock:
Singz Of The A Produced by Rick Rock
Peep the Al Gator Coming Soon Promotional Poster
Pre-Orders and Orders can be made for Al Gator's Mixtapes at StreetSweeperz.net
Look for our Interview with Al Gator very soon.
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1122576955 - January 1, 1970 By : For the past couple years, I been bigging up an L.A. promoter by the name of Juda Starr. He's put on shows with everyone, from KRS-One to Too Short to Bone Thugs. And he's showed consistant love to DubCNN as far as coverage for these shows go.
But, now, Juda is slowly making his move into Mixtapes. He's releasing a Mixtape called "Pre-Paid Pimpin'" which is hosted by himself and is mixed by DJ Gloss. With tracks and shout outs from Guru, Techniec & Dynamic Certified, Spitfiya, Bad Azz, C-Bo, Guerilla Black, King Tee, Kam, 40 Glocc, C-Bo, Locura Terminal, Scan, Wallet, Christ Bearer, Flako, Monstah Ganjah, Mykill Miers and a host of others.
It doesn't stop there though. To promote the Mixtape, Juda is taking some of the artists on a mini Promotional Tour of the Metro L.A. area.
Here's just SOME of the Pre-Paid Pimpin' West Coast Tour Dates:
Aug 19 @ Vault 350 in Long Beach: Bone Thugs with Pre-Paid Pimpin' artists opening.
Aug 21 @ BB Kings in Universal City
Aug 25 @ The Hall of Fame in the I.E
Aug 26 @ The Pig & Whistle in Hollywood
More dates on on the way. We'll keep you updated on this, as usual.
For those interested, here's the Full size Cover.
For more info on this Mixtape peep out Juda's Official Website
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1126639266 - January 1, 1970 By : As i am sure you are all aware (as you will have no doubt all gone today to your local store to buy), DJ Quik's long awaited 7th solo album, "Trauma," hit shelves! If you have not already bought the album then this is the only time i am going to allow you to get up and walk away from dubcnn to go and buy the record! If you already bought the album then skip to the bottom of the update to listen to the legend that is Julio G interviewing DJ Quik last night on K-Day. If not read on before you enjoy that!
DJ Quik returns from a 3 year solo album hiatus to release his latest album, "Trauma." Many of you will have already heard the singles on the radio and have some idea of the musical direction DJ Quik went on this record. Once again he takes the westcoast sound to a new level, one which pushes boundaries and challenges opinions on how sounds should be interpreted. The album is fresh, funky and innovative, something which fans hold DJ Quik in high regard for. He does not disappoint on a record which slides smoothly through genres yet still at its core outlines the love and passion DJ Quik has for Hip-Hop. If you still need convinicing of a reason to purchase the album check out the tracklist below and some audio as a temptation! After that please go support the time and effort he has put into the album, you the fans, craved.
01) Doctor's Office
02) Intro For Roger
03) Fandango (Feat. B-Real)
04) Til' Jesus Comes
05) Black Mercedes (Feat. Nate Dogg)
06) Get Up (Feat. The Game)
07) Get Down (Feat. Chingy)
08) Ladies And Thugs (Feat. Wyclef Jean)
09) Catch 22
10) Indiscretions In The Back Of The Limo (Feat. T.I.)
11) Spur Of The Moment (Feat. Ludacris)
12) Quikstrumental (Feat. Jodeci)
13) Jet Set
14) California (Feat. AMG)
Now as i said earlier we have the audio from last night's Julio G show on K-Day where he interviewed DJ Quik. Huge thanks to Engelwood from the Forums for the audio!
Julio G - DJ Quik Interview (September 12th) : Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3
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1127347645 - January 1, 1970 By : As you already know Hurricane Katrina has devastated not only New Orleans, Mobile and Gulfport, it has devastated our great nation! We at DubCNN.com, AD² Inc., RapTalk Media Group, Ignite Films, iamonfiya Productions, World Promotions, Mac Billion Records, Eventworks and the Blue Relief Fund have banded together to assist in the relief effort with a series of concerts taking place nationwide.
These events will raise funds for: housing, food, water, rebuilding the cities in need and most important jobs and stability. We urge you to please support our benefit concerts we are setting up venues all around the country. This will help to generate capital that can be distributed directly to the victims. We are presently working with several non-profit organizations such as: The Blue Relief Fund, Red Cross, Salvation Army, Urban League, PAL and many churches across the nation.
We will throw benefit concerts in different cities and distribute resources to the appropriate non-profit per city (all non-profits are thoroughly screened before selected). Our plan is a simple one all we need is support from any non-profit that is willing to help.
We will allow the non-profit to receive their proceeds directly after the event. A representative from the non-profit will be present when the event is over and they will receive their proceeds directly from the venue. This will insure that the non-profit organizations get the funding immediately so it can be disbursed properly.
We will basically charge a ticket fee for each concert, 70% will be donated to the victims and 30% will be used to compensate the organizations involved that are not non-profit. We have to pay all of their workers who work with us on these benefits per city. We will also collect other resources such as food and water etc. I hope that you see the vision here, people are in great need! This is a tragedy that can get worse if we don’t address it immediately. Please contact us if you'd like to donate ASAP.
Prince Domonique: email@example.com
Venues/Dates are as follows:
Club Underground on Thursday October 20, 2005.
802-806 East Whiting Street, Tampa, Florida 33602
Phone: (813)-221-2582 / Fax: (813)-228-6217
Cowboys Dancehall on Sunday November 13 and Tuesday November 15, 2005.
NE Loop 410 @ I-35, San Antonio, TX 78218
Phone: (210) 646-9378
Great Western Forum TBA
3900 West Manchester Boulevard, Inglewood, CA 90301
Tropicana Field TBA
One Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg, FL 33705
Toronto Skydome TBA
One Blue Jays Way Suite 3200, Toronto, Ontario M5V 1J1
Please contact us if you'd like to donate ASAP.
Prince Domonique: firstname.lastname@example.org
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1127720138 - January 1, 1970 By : Kardinal has changed many preconceived notions of what a hip-hop artist is. He doesn't hail from New York, L.A. , or Atlanta; he embraces his Canadian Jamaican heritage. He is the unofficial ambassador of Toronto.
At least when it comes to hip-hop, Kardi's positive outlook was strained by label drama that saw his then-label, MCA, absorbed into Geffen in 2003 right before the release of the now-scrapped "F-Word Theory", the official follow-up to 2001's "Firestarter Vol. 1: Quest for Fire". While shopping around for a new deal, the patois-spitting, triple-threat rapper/producer/singer guested on a slew of remixes from Neptunes affiliates Clipse's "Grindin" to UK grime star Lethal Bizzle's "Pow!".
Now with a new home, Kardi is getting ready to relase his new LP "Fire & Glory". We have the tracklisting and a preview track for you to check out.
1. Last Standing Soldier
2. E.G.G. (Everybody Gone Gangsta) ft. Vybz Kartel
3. Heads Up
4. Everyday (Rudebwoy) ft. Ray Robinson
5. The Best Man
6. Freshie ft. Ro Dolla
8. Kaysarasara ft. Estelle
9. Neva New (Till I Kissed You)
10. Mr. Officer ft. Rene Neufville (formerly of Zhané)
11. Whatchalike ft. Busta Rhymes
12. Fire and Glory
13. Feel Alright
14. All the Way
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1127865593 - January 1, 1970 By : Hip-Hop is in for a change of guard. Two young artists are currently cultivating their talents, while in the last leg of their college careers. They are Tec Beatz and Juice, collectively known as The Replacementz. The two, who are both lyricists and producers, have been a team since the respect of their peers brought them together during their sophomore year at Clark Atlanta University.
Each of them had transformed their dorm rooms into makeshift production studios; and though they did not know each other, Tec and Juice were making music in sync. "My friends came down and told me there was some dude down the hallway making beats too," recalls Tec. "I got down to his room, and he was doing the same stuff I was doing. Same type of music and all that." Since then, The Replacementz have fallen into the perfect dynamic with Tec as the producer and Juice as the lyricist of the group.
What gives them an edge over many other young up-and-comers is that each artist understands the other's style and skill. "I can do things to his beats that other people probably would be scared to do," says Juice. Their unique sound, which Tec defines as "futuristic," combines the soulfulness of the Midwest with the crunk rhythms of the South and the lyricism of the East Coast; a versatility which comes from Tec and Juice's individual musical backgrounds.
Born and raised in Chicago, Juice's interests in the music business were sparked by his brother, who is ten years older than him. "He was one of my role models," he explains, "so everything he did, I wanted to mock." When Juice was in the 8th grade, his brother released a single, which inspired Juice to seriously consider a career as an MC. While Chicago artists like Twista, Do or Die, and Crucial Conflict were exposing the world to "fast rap," Juice felt at a young age that the game needed something new. Thanks to his older brother, he had been exposed to more than just the Chicago sound, listening to MC Eiht, Geto Boyz, Nas, Jay-Z, and Three 6 Mafia. In high school, Juice and his best friend formed a group and took the underground scene by storm. Once he relocated to Atlanta, though the distance put a strain on his group, Juice's personal career goals remained undeterred.
Tec Beatz grew up in Gainesville, GA in a family of musicians. Fascinated by the sounds to which he was constantly exposed by his uncles, he knew at a young age that the music itself was what he was interested in making. After one of his uncles gave him a drum sequencer when he was in the 7th grade, Tec started making beats and never looked back. His natural talent was strengthened by a formal education acquired through years as a percussionist in both his high school band and the Clark Atlanta University marching band. When other lyricists were slow to catch Tec's vibe, he made himself into the MC needed to navigate his sound. "I'm looking ahead to the future. I might not live to see it, but that's how my mind set is," he states. "I try to make the most futuristic sounding music as possible."
Less than two years since The Replacementz got together, they have attained an impressive level of success both in and outside of Atlanta. Supported by their management, Division 1 Entertainment, they have performed on stages ranging from college talent shows to the first annual Vibe Music Fest, and have collaborated with such mainstream artists as T.I. and Stat Quo. And so impressed was the latter, that he endorsed and hosted The Replacementz first mixtape, The Panic Room Mixtape, Vol. 1. In addition to their own mixtapes, The Replacementz have also been featured on mixtapes by some of the most respected DJs in the game, including DJ Drama, DJ Don Cannon, and DJ G-Spot. In March of 2005, the group released The Panic Room Mixtape Vol. 2, featuring their first single, "Worldwide." They are in the studio constantly, taking advantage of every opportunity to continue to hone their skills, while expanding their already impressive catalogue. The group has gotten the attention and support of several major players in the game. As Stat Quo said, "The Replacementz are the real deal! Check for anything these young cats are doing along with the Division 1 Entertainment staff."
"If you want something you've never had, you must do things you've never done"
Check The Replacementz Out Here...
The Replacementz- Im A King Freestyle
The Replacementz- Murder Was The Case
More Info Check Out Division1Ent.com
Here At Dubcnn.com We Are Breaking New Artists! Every One Needs To Learn A Thing Or 2
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1129607561 - January 1, 1970 By : 9pm on 98.9 VOTE 4 I-Rocc and Mike Jones battle of the beats were Bac on Again TONITE !!!!! LETS KEEP PUSHIN!!!!!!! 3 wins so far.. 2 more and were in the BATTLE OF THE BEATS HALL OF FAME.. With An on AIR INTERVIEW..
9pm on 98.9 VOTE 4 I-Rocc and Mike Jones*battle of the beats. IN THE SAN DIEGO AREA..tune into 98.9 at 9pm 2nite for the BATTLE OF THE BEATS. I-Rocc feat. Mike Jones & Smigg Dirtee "Come On" won last night up against Twista and Mariah..So were BAC as the Champion 2nite..keep us on there!
Call and VOTE 619-864-1989 tonight 9:00pm-9:30pm
Even if your not in San Diego but u support our movement, Call and VOTE anyways at around 9:15pm... 619 864 1989
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1130133033 - January 1, 1970 By : Black Jays is the Team! Kardinal Offishall, one of Canada's most energetic lyricists has taken his rhymes and camera on the road. He's currently in the middle of a 5 city Canadain tour. The Daily magazine Dose is covering the tour, and providing a Tour Diary, Exclusive Pictures, a Blog, and Exclusive Audio.
Click Click here to launch exclusive audio
Click here to Check out Dose
Make sure to Pick up Dose every day if it's available in your city! And don't forget to pick up Kardi's album "Fire and Glory" in stores November 15th.
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1130197972 - January 1, 1970 By : I wanna introduce two artists to ya'll, that the Hip-Hop crowd might not be familiar with. I'm talking about Ms. Triniti, a Carribean Dancehall artist, and E-Dee, originally from Jamaica, living in Los Angeles for the last 4 years. They've been creating a large buzz in the Reggae/Dancehall scene, specially in Japan, where Ms. Triniti has been having alot of success.
Ms. Triniti has her album "Ragga Hop" in stores now, I have three preview tracks from the album for ya'll, one of them featuring Kojo, from The System, who I updated ya'll on a while ago. For more information on Triniti, and to order "Ragga Hop" online, check out her website mstriniti.com.
Ms. Triniti - Fa Da Love Of Da Dancehall
Ms. Triniti - Hot Again (ft. E-Dee & Junior P)
Ms. Triniti - Dangerous (ft. Kojo & E-Dee)
Now on to E-Dee. He moved to L.A. from Jamaica 4 years ago and has since been building a loyal underground following. He has performed on every major reggae festival to come to California. The list of aritsts he’s opened for reads like a who’s who list in Dancehall-Reggae music like Beanie Man, Sean Paul, Elephant Man, Lady Saw, Bouty Killer. He is featured on three songs on Ms. Triniti’s EMI-Toshiba’s top selling release that is still climbing the charts.
He is currently finishing up his album "JA 2 LA Di World". The single “R U Ready?” is in rotation at many radio stations. Again, I have three tracks for ya'll to check out. The song "Between The Sheets" uses the same sample as Biggie's "Big Poppa", they flipped it Reggae style, it's off the hook! Check out the music below:
E-Dee - R U Ready?
E-dee & Jahzmyne - Between The Sheets
E-Dee - Enemies
For more information on E-dee, hit up his official website e-deeonline.com.
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1130525705 - January 1, 1970 By : The Harlem Diplomat Juelz Santana is done with his album What The Game's Been Missing which is dropping on November 22nd on Def Jam. His video for "Mic Check" was entirely funded by himself, his new video "There It Go" is currently on rotation on your Video channels, but he's going to be dropping a new video soon.
Juelz recently shot a video with Dancehall staple Sizzla for his Reggae inspired "Shotta." Look for that very soon. In the mean time, as a precursor to his album, Juelz dropped the third installment to his Back Like Cooked Crack series. Back Like Cooked Crack 3: Fiend Out is hosted by DJ Green Lantern and has a few songs off the new album.
Juelz shows his versatility when he borrows the DJ Muggs laced Cypress Hill track "How I Could Just Kill A Man" for his track "Kill A Man." He goes on to use Warren G's 1994 classic "Regulate" for his song "Regulator." We have both of those songs below in the tracklist for you.
02. Kill A Man
03. Pop Off
05. Favorite Things feat. Lil' Wayne
06. Never Half Stepping
08. Pick It Up
09. This Is That feat. Jim Jones & Game
10. O.K. I Got This
11. Hi My Name Is
12. Take Notes
13. King Of Ny
15. You Don’t Know
16. Never Seen A Man Cry
18. Fat Bitch
19. Santana On Fire
20. On The Block
21. Rest In Peace
22. Make It Work For You feat. Young Jeezy & Lil' Wayne
23. Murder feat. Cam'ron & Jim Jones
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1133055461 - January 1, 1970 By : Those who visit our DUBCC Forums already know about Pomona aritst 4Five, who's recently challenged Infamous/G-Unit's 40 Glocc to a song off battle on dubcnn. I have 3 tracks from the man here for ya'll to check out, including a track featuring Kokane & 380 aka Gurilla Dog.
4Five is fully recovered from 6 AK47 shots, after being operated on by the same doctor as 2Pac in Las Vegas. He's a producer/MC and is eager to show what he's got to offer. So judge for yourself, check out some of his work below:
4Five - Westlife
4Five - Respect (ft. Kokane & 380 aka Gurilla Dog)
4Five - How Many MC's
All tracks are produced by 4Five himself. I'm about to put up an update on 40 Glocc with some new audio aswell, so join the discussion, hit up the world famous DUBCC Forums!
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1133971291 - January 1, 1970 By : October was the month we first exposed you to Bad Lucc, the acclaimed Watts MC who has been making moves on the mixtape circuit both as a solo artist and with his group effort The Westurn Union with Damani. The group mixtape, "Jackin 4 DJ's," was so well received they are working on the second installment due for release in 2006. Also being prepared for next year is Bad Lucc's solo album and a new project titled, "Watts City."
"Watts City." aims to bring together Watts MC's to highlight the talent in the city. The project being created by Bad Lucc, Halla and Stix aims to have appearances from artists including Glasses Malone & Kam.
Until then Bad Lucc and "Stay Fresh Ent." are hosting the Official "Battle Zone Afterparty" this friday, December 9th at CC's Roadhouse, (see flyer.) If you attend tell them dubcnn sent you!
With all this material being worked on we have been allowed to release to you a new track from Damani which has been produced by Warryn "Baby Dubb" Campbell and DJ Reflex, "Gotta Stay Paid." Check the track below, drop feedback at the forum. We will have more news and audio from the various projects soon. Shouts to Bad Lucc and the city of Watts.
Damani - Gotta Stay Paid (Produced By Warryn "Baby Dubb" Campbell & DJ Reflex)
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1135758902 - January 1, 1970 By : Nickee Gee & Stix in association with Watts City, ALLiAnce, GEE Squad Ent, StayFresh Ent, Imapct Record Pool, Interscope Promotions, Brand7Marketing and Brand7Music presents The Final PIT of the Year. On December 30th The PIT hosted by STIX will see elite westcoast artists including, STIX, Bad Lucc, Halla, DRO, RicRude, Damani, Glasses Malone, Jag, Duke Gutta and more in one spot. Emcee battles, Producer battles, and any kind of battle that needs to go down all go down at The Pit located at Rehab Record Store on Pico and Cotner st. It is only $5 entry fee all night and show time is at 8.00pm with doors opening at 7.00pm.
Any artists wishing to join the list contact STIX on Brand7promo@yahoo.com
Directions: Come from the EAST': Take 110 N to 10 W exit Overland make right..Go down to Pico make left..Go to Cotner make right it'll be on your right hand side
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1136749346 - January 1, 1970 By : Hip Hop Film Festival, the UCLA Working Group on Hip Hop Studies, UCLA Departments of Ethnomusicology and Musicology, and J.U.I.C.E.(Justice by Uniting In Creative Energy), a non-profit hip-hop community center are collaborating to bring LA it’s 1st official annual hip-hop festival kicking off January 19th – 22nd, 2006 in Royce Hall 314, 306 from 12-10pm on the UCLA campus. Admission and attendence is FREE and open to all!
Featuring films from around the world coupled with discussion panels and workshops regarding hip-hop culture and its influence on film and on society at large. The Hip-Hop Film Festival will present films that speak with a true voice to all generations and cultures worldwide, representing the real values of hip-hop: Knowledge, Wisdom, Understanding, Freedom, Justice, Equality, Respect, Unity, Love, and Peace. The festival serves as a dedicated forum in which these values (and the people who live by them) can be celebrated, examined, and understood.
The four day festival will screen numerous feature films, shorts, experimental, and documentaries such as the classic hip-hop films Style Wars, Wild Style, and Freestyle: The Art of Rhyme (www.organicfilms.com). While also premiering theatrical films such as Henry Chalfant’s From Mambo to Hip Hop: Music and Survival in the South Bronx and Doug Pray’s Infamy. Panelists will include a unique mix of renowned filmmakers, artists, professors, writers, leaders, and activists from around the world.
The UCLA Department of Musicology will also dedicate an issue of its online academic journal, ECHO, to interviews with participants and articles regarding the films and the festival. The Department of
Ethnomusicology will also be able to add recordings of the interviews to their Ethnomusicology Archive, where future generations of scholars will be able to make use of the material for research and educational purposes.
The festival will culminate with a closing night party on Sunday Jan. 22nd @ Cinespace in Hollywood, featuring live MC's, DJ's, breakers and graph writers.
Check out the officail website at HipHopFilmFestival.com.
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1136974659 - January 1, 1970 By : In November of 2005, rapper/producer Daz Dillinger, Kurupt and Arnold White announced they were launching DPG Idols, a TV and online reality show that is seeking new artists to be included in the group DPGC. The contestants have been narrowed down to 6 finalists that represent different regions of the United States.
The finalists are Lix, Meko, Chaotic, J Tripz, Dangerous Rob and Brian Taylor. DPG Idols will be televised on DPG Television as well as streamed on the internet as webisodes.
“We want DPG to continue to live on. We know that we need some fresh new faces and new talent to bring the fire back into the group," Daz explained. “Yes there will be drama, but our contest has a learning element that I don't think other reality shows have. We are actually training all the artists, [if] they make it or not, to be business savvy [and] artistically developed.”
Audience members will be able to participate in the grueling competition as they are invited to suggest missions, vote members off, and even get to give feed back live.
While contestants will be faced with seemingly impossible missions and the most eccentric methods of challenges, DPG maintains that each artist will walk away with solid skills and will make valuable connections with industry leaders.
The winner of contest will join DPGC family, as well as, win a record label deal.
DPG Idols will begin airing February 2006 and can be seen on d-p-g-c-.com.
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1137681241 - January 1, 1970 By : This past Sunday night Snoop Dogg visited the House of Blues here in Orlando,Fl. for the 3rd time in 4 years, unfortunately dubcnn.com couldn't make the show, so I decided to post the review that Orlando Sentinel's Jim Abbott wrote. *enjoy*
Jim Abbott | Sentinel Pop Music Critic
How time flies.
It seems like only yesterday when I was waiting for Snoop Dogg to take the stage at House of Blues in 2005. Waiting and waiting and waiting . . .
Snoop, who apparently operates on Paris Hilton time, took that stage after 1 a.m. last February, reportedly sprinting to the hall past a crowd of disgruntled fans lined up for refunds at the box office.
So the biggest question about the rapper's return visit to HOB on Sunday wasn't about the show, but about when he might show. Word was that Snoop wouldn't be paid if he started after 11.
Fortunately, there was additional information that Snoop actually was in Orlando, unlike last year, when he apparently spent part of the evening traveling here from Jacksonville.
Still, it was surprising when he sauntered into the spotlight only a little more than an hour after the final opening act -- and well-ahead of his paycheck deadline. Like last year, he made it well-worth the wait.
Dressed casually in dark sweats and never relinquishing his rhinestone-encrusted microphone, Snoop commanded attention without breaking a sweat. It's the combined strength of his charisma and the relentless beats that makes the show compelling, even when there aren't many surprises:
On Sunday, as in previous stops, Snoop touched on a few hits, such as a funky "Beautiful,'' and went old-school for a rowdy sing-along to "Gin and Juice.'' He praised Tupac and easily coaxed the crowd to thrust middle fingers in the air and wave them around as if they didn't care.
He talked about sex and weed, although he didn't partake in any of the joints tossed to him by the crowd, whining that he "wasn't allowed to smoke.'' Apparently, there were no such constraints on the audience, because Snoop tossed a joint into the front row and encouraged everyone to pass it around.
Even without a band in tow this time, the songs were unleashed with power and precision that benefited from a remarkably clear sound mix. Musically, it was one of the Snoop's best performances here in recent memory.
Before the main attraction, the Full Impact All-Starz, an array of emerging acts, set the tone with short, energetic sets. Orlando-based Treal bolstered its rhyme-spitting with an impressive sense of rowdiness.
Snoop, meanwhile, unleashes his energy much more carefully, whether it was twisting his lanky limbs with rubbery ease or delivering a short monologue in his own signature slang.
Whatever he does, whenever he arrives to do it, the result is still a party -- fo' shizzle.
(Originally posted by mrtonguetwista; reposted due to news loss)
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1138227939 - January 1, 1970 By : D.N.A. now has two meanings; DeoxyriboNucleic Acid and Oakland & San Francisco's self proclaimed Dopest N*gaz Alive; a group which consists of two 26 year olds - TufLuv and MaasBlak. The duo have been rapping together since the mid 90's and when listening to their material thus far that is evident as both possess an unspoken understanding of each other that comes across on the mic. Meeting in high school the pair formed a group they opted to call D.N.A. (Dopest N*gaz Alive) their reason; simple: "'cause all the legends are no longer living in the physical form."
The group have high aims and desires, they have a will and a need to make music that the masses will hear, music that will last for generations yet still touches people on a personal level no matter their background. With the ambition and dream firmly set in their sights they are working on breaking into the music industry through hard work and grind. After a hand full of mixtapes in the local Bay Area their buzz has spread, reaching as far as Malmoe in Sweden which has landed them 2 feature tracks on El Sheffio's (Large Money Entertainment) compilation album which is due to drop in the 2nd quarter of 2006 nationwide as well as Flipcyide's Most Slept On Vol. 2" compilation album.
D.N.A. are currently working on their debut album which will features soulful tracks such as "Searchin' 4 Luv" featuring Otis Cooper who is well known for doing songs with E-40 & Devin Tha Dude as well as the summertime focused "Slo' Down" which features Mike Marshall who is well known for his work with Timex Social Club and the Luniz smash hit "I Got 5 On It."
2006 is shaping to be a big year for the duo and as ever dubcnn is pleased to support new talent looking for an outlet to a large audience prepared to listen. So check out the three exclusive tracks we have for you below and please take time to drop feedback over at our official forum.
D.N.A. - Humble Pie
D.N.A. - One Way Out
D.N.A. - See What It Do
As ever we will bring you more news and audio from the group over the coming months.
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