newswrapup: october 29th 2004
Birthwrite Records is at it again.
The best release of 2004 so far, yes Thaione Davis' "Situation Renaissance" (read the review) is now available on vinyl and is in stock. Should be out there at all good record stores.
Psalm One gears up for "Bio Chemistry 2:esters & essays" in stores 11/30/2004. Psalm One is by far the next level of the female emcee. Formerly a member of the Chicago crew Nacrobats, she has been releasing music independently for nearly 4 years recording with the likes of Casual (Hieroglyphics), Brother Ali & Ant (Rhymesayers), Illogic, Maker, Overflo, Offwhyte, Thaione Davis, Chester Copperpot, Longshot, Lord 360, and others! This album was originally released in 2002 independently (read the review), but now is being released through Birthwrite with 5 new exclusive songs and new artwork.
Psalm is also going on tour with Brother Ali of the Rhymesayers. Go to birthwriterecords.com for the complete lists of shows.
win Wu-Tang Clan DVDs...
Back in the days, the Wu-Tang Clan was known to be booked for shows, with only three members showing up. Heck, I myself have seen a supposed-to-be-a-Wu-Tang show with solo Meth and Raekwon performances, that ended up being Ol Dirty Bastard and Buddha Monk performing everything from their own material to "C.R.E.A.M." and "Bring The Pain". For all those with similar experiences, Sanctuary Records come to the rescue with this DVD: "Disciples of the 36 Chambers". On July 17th, 2004, the whole Clan regrouped to perform at the Rock The Bells festival in San Bernardino, CA. All nine original members: RZA, GZA/ Genius, Method Man, Ghostface Killa, Inspectah Deck, U-God, Raekwon, Masta Killa, and even Ol' Dirty Bastard shared the stage for the first time in years. Joined by special guests Redman, Street Life and Cappadonna.
If you wanna catch a glimpse of what went down [and to answer the question], watch the trailer: Quicktime: Large Medium Small Windows Media: Large Medium Small
Thanks to Sanctuary, we can offer two copies of the DVD to two lucky winners. Just answer this simple, oh so simple, question.
The hook of one Wu-Tang song plays in the trailer for a couple of seconds. Name that song.
So, if you know, send the answer, along with your post mail address to email@example.com before November, 12th 2004. the winners will be drawn from all the correct entries. only the winners will be contacted. Unfortunately we can only offer this give away to our friends and residents in the USA. Sorry friends and residents in the rest of the world.
Formula Werks looking for artists to sponsor.
Formula Werks, who you might also know from this interview are looking for new artists to sponsor with their clothing. So if you are a more or less accomplished artist, then check out this link and get in touch with the guys.
"American Pimp" documentary (w/ Snoop Dogg) Raw Outtakes.
You can view here, concerning:
- Ever been in love?,
- When did you start pimping?,
- Explain some of the slang,
- Snoop talking about Mack of the year,
- Snoop talking about getting pimped.
Snoop give away on urbansmarts.com
Speaking of Snoop: his next album "R & G: Rhythm & Gangsta (The Masterpiece)" on November 23rd, 2004. Just like the first single, it will feature The Neptunes production and most certainly some illustrious guests too. You can view the video of the first single "Drop It Like It's Hot" by clicking one of these links: Windows Media: Lo Hi; Real Video: Lo Hi; Quicktime: Lo Hi
We have three t-shirts and three singles to give away, so three winners will win one each.
In order to win, just answer this easy question (at least easy if you've watched the video):
Snoop has something in his back pocket: now what would that be?
So, if you know, send the answer, along with your post mail address to firstname.lastname@example.org before November, 6th 2004. the winners will be drawn from all the correct entries. only the winners will be contacted.
The Frontline's Debut album "Who R You" makes Billboard charts first week.
If you checked tadah's "Year 2003 in retrospect" list, you might saw him bigging up Locksmith (of The Frontline) "KMEL Battle (Made You Shook)". Locksmith is a monster. And he's part of the Bay Area rap duo the Frontline. Their LP "Who R You" charts at no. 48 on Billboard Independent Albums chart the first week of release. "The record just dropped last week and only select, local indie outlets have it," remarks Locksmith of the albums' quick charting, "so we're as surprised as anyone that the record already made Billboard." But the albums' quick success is no surprise: MC's Left and Locksmith's debut album "Who R You" is a highly anticipated project after the albums' single, "What Is It," featuring platinum rapper-producer E-A-Ski was one of the most requested songs in the country on top rated commercial radio stations last year. The track was a club-favorite from Atlanta to Los Angeles and as far as Australia. The Frontline were catapulted onto the national scene when the duo appeared on the first "MTV Battle (May 2003)", where Locksmith was awarded runner-up, though clearly he was the crowd favorite. What's more, the group has been mentioned in national publications such as XXL, XLR8R, and Murder Dog, to name a few. The national release for "Who R You" is December 16, 2004.
New Xzibit video
You can view the Video to Xzibit's official single "Hey Now (Mean Muggin')" off his "Weapons Of Mass Destruction" album (in stores December 14, 2004).
Windows Lo : Hi Real Quicktime
Roots Manuva returns with new album and internet only single.
Rodney Smith aka Roots Manuva has completed his brand new album, "Awfully Deep". The album isn't due to drop until the very start of 2005. Luckily, Mr Smith completed around thirty tracks from which his album was whittled down and some real stunners missed the cut. So Big Dada offers you an exclusive mp3 of a track that won't even be on the final record. The track in question is "Double Drat". This track will be available for the knockdown price of 99p (a little more if you're using SMS) from rootsmanuva.co.uk from November 15th for two weeks only. There are no plans to release this track on any of Mr Manuva's forthcoming singles so this represents your best and indeed only chance to own it.
On top of that, Roots Manuva is officially going digital. On November 1st, the official Roots Manuva website rootsmanuva.co.uk, no less, will be launched. Along with that, Big Dada will run a remix competition to see who can come up with the best beats for the number 1 UK Hip Hop single of all time (as voted for by Hip Hop Connection) "Witness (1Hope)". So not only are prizes aplenty for the lucky winner, but everyone wins with the previously unreleased acapella becoming downloadable.
A live track from the Montreux Jazz Festival "Conversations" will also be readily available for download for free. For a limited period only and exclusively on rootsmanuva.co.uk you will be able to listen to the man performing live, just before we release the dates... exclusively on the site of course.
Other website features include: a video diary of Mr Roots Manuva talking about the forthcoming album in three parts, SMS texting and picture messaging enabling Roots Manuva and the fans to send messages onto the site, exclusive artwork previews and exclusive tour dates.
Dälek, Norbert Möslang, Bit-Tuner & Göldin mega-show.
Make sure you're in the Kugl in St. Gallen on December 17th, when Dälek (USA, Ipec Recordings), Norbert Möslang (CH, Ex-Voice Crack), Bit-Tuner & Göldin (CH, Quiet Records), Projekt084 (CH, Local_Form Records), Klangforscher (CH, Local_Form Records), DJ La Bombe (CH, Quiet Records) and DJ Coerl (CH, Grime, Local_Form Records) perform there. Kieler-Meteorschaua of Local_Form and Gang Production will do the Visuals.
Typql Clothing...in case you're naked right now
If you are, then hop on over to http://www.blogger.com/app/www.typqlclothing.cofor new new t-shirts, baby ts and hoodies. And while we're properly dressed over here, tell 'em to send us some stuff anyways...
Wordsworth Joins the Spitkicker Family
Halftooth recording artist Wordsworth is now officially a member of the Spitkicker family. Spitkicker was founded in 2000 as a collective unit that, through the power and use of words, sets trends, unifies cultures, and creates positive standards for communities. The Spitkicker movement consists of musicians, actors, and athletes who can positively influence youth in all communities and includes the impressive roster of artists including Kanye West, De La Soul, Talib Kweli, Dave Chappelle, Blackstar, Pharoahe Monch, and J-Live.
Spitkicker artists have participated in the Rock the Vote program and other voter registration programs to encourage young Americans to vote. Recently, Wordsworth played an instrumental role and gained a lot of attention by participating with the Slam Bush organization and making a hilarious video 'battling' George W. Bush. You can also read a Wordsworth interview on urbansmarts.com here.
Fredwreck goes political and teams up with Mobb Deep, KRS One, WC and many more...
Fredwreck has put up two audios of monsterous posse cuts, as the S.T.O.P. Movement, on his website www.fredwreck.com, talking about how Bush needs to go. The tracks include artists like Everlast, Mobb Deep, The Alchemist, Mack 10, WC, Evidence, Defari, KRS-One, B-Real, Tray Dee, Daz, J-Ro, RBX, Soopafly and Bad Azz.
And finally, we're currently listening to (and recommend):
- Rob Sonic "Telicatessen"
- Masked Avengers feat. Maylay Sparks "So Wonderful" EP
- Cadence "presents State Lines"
- Avatar "Deux Ex Machina"
- ArcSin "The Wrath Of Saigon"
- Blueprint "Chamber Music"
- J-Zone "A Job Ain't Nothing But Work"
Oh, and while we're at it...
Read these two articles "FBI Investigating Halliburton Contracts" and "IAEA Says It Warned U.S. About Explosives". And ask yourself if you have done enough to make sure that Bush does not get reelected.