By Quibian Salazar-Moreno For the past year, Ghostface Killah has been the only Wu-Tang member to really uphold the clan’s standards. But now, Wu-Tang producer Mathematics is hoping to lend a helping hand in keeping Wu’s standards at a high level. The producer announced that he’ll be releasing Mathematics Presents… Wu-Tang and Friends Unreleased, a collection of previously unreleased music produced and compiled by Mathematics featuring members of the Wu-Tang Family. The album features rare recordings, remixes, unreleased tracks and outtakes that never made the final versions of various Wu-Tang albums. Appearances from Ghostface, Raekwon, GZA, Method Man, RZA, Masta Killa, U-God, Inspectah Deck, Killah Priest, Hell Raza, Shyhiem and others. The album will hit stores on February 6 on Nature Sounds Records. Here’s the track list: 1 – Intro ft. Buddah Bless 2 – Maxine (rmx) ft. Ghostface Killah & Raekwon 3 – King Toast Queen ft. U-God, Buddah Bless, Masta Killa & Solomon Childs 4 – Where’s Brooklyn @? ft. Bad Luck, All Day & Allah Real 5 – Treez ft. Raekwon 6 – Eggs, Hash & Grits ft. M-Speed, Streetlife & Drama 7 – Pop Shit (skit) 8 – Queens Day ’88 (rmx) ft. Eyes Low 9 – U Don’t Care ft. Killah Priest, Hot Flames & Buddah Bless 10 – Masked Avengers ft. Shyhiem, Superb & Hell Razah 11 – Luv (skit) 12 – Wanna Believe ft. Allah Real & Bad Luck 13 – Wu Banga 101 (rmx) ft. GZA, Ghostface Killah, Raekwon, Cappadonna & Masta Killa 14 – Da "W" (rmx) ft. GZA, Method Man, U-God, Raekwon & RZA 15 – Violent (skit) 16 – Street Chronicles ft. M-Speed 17 – Non-Equivalent ft. Shyhiem 18 – Outro 19 – Wise (rmx) ft. Ghostface Killah 20 – Rap Burglars ft. Raekwon & Insepctah Deck
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By: Rizoh After an embarrassing outing with their first G-Unit album, it appears that Mobb Deep will not be witnessing any generous budget plans from Curtis "Billion Dollar" Jackson (as Prodigy calls him). Prodigy, one half of the New York duo Mobb Deep, is now set to drop two albums this year, none of them on G-Unit Records. The first, Return of the Mac, finds P teaming up with The Alchemist throughout the LP. It’s slated for release on March 27th. "Alchemist and I put this CD together to get people ready for my new solo album ‘H.N.I.C.2.," Prodigy said in a statement. " I’m ’bout to turn it up hot with ‘H.N.I.C.2.’ I decided to ride with Koch Records cause I got a lot of sh*t to do and say, and I know Koch won’t hold me back or censor my sh*t plus the entire company will push the CDs to the maximum because they truly love and respect my music. We’re all very excited about the whole thing." Here’s the tentative tracklist for Return of the Mac 1. Intro 8. Intermission 2. Return of the Mac 9. 7th Heaven 3. Mac 10 Handles 10. Bang On Em 4. Raining Guns and Shanks 11. Nickel and a Nail 5. The Rotten Apple 12. Legends 6. Words From Majesty 13. Stop Fronting 7. Take It From The Top 14. Stuck On You
By: Rizoh 50 Cent expressed his opinion on various rappers—including Nas, Jay-Z, Diddy, Lil’ Wayne, The Game, and Lil Kim—while speaking to Funk Master Flex on Hot 97 last night. When asked why he’s still feuding with Nas, 50 stated that Nas exhumes an inconsistent persona which makes him a perfect match with The Game. He tossed additional shots at his fellow Queens native, saying that his latest album has failed to move units. "N***as say ‘You’re hip-hop, Nas, because you’re lyrical’. Where are those lyrics now, ’cause he’s not selling records," said 50. "Nas should have kept those lyrics…in his head." He also added that he doesn’t understand how "Nas and Jay-Z could be cool." 50 also described some of Jay-Z lyrics supposedly aimed at him on "30 Something" ("Y’all respect the one who got shot, I respect the shooter") as a punk move. 50 Cent’s third album, Before I Self Destruct, is scheduled for release this summer.
Label name: TVT Records Founded (Date):1985 Founders: Steve Gottlieb Backstory (What’s the story behind the launch of the label? How was it launched? Why was it launched?): TVT began when President and founder Steve Gottlieb, launched the label out of his New York City apartment in 1985 with the release of Television’s Greatest Hits. This eight volume series chronicling the history of the TV theme song sold millions of copies worldwide, and from this TVT Records grew into a powerhouse label with a reputation for discovering, nurturing and breaking all types of music. With its own distribution system, a staff of seasoned professionals including an all-format promotion staff and experts in grass roots marketing and generating trends, TVT’s history of quality and distinction is second to none. The label’s eclectic roster runs the gamut of today’s popular music — from Platinum crunk masters Lil Jon and Grammy-nominated Ying Yang Twins, indie rock royalty Ambulance LTD, Latin hip-hop star Pitbull, hard rockers Default and R&B songstress Teedra Moses. New artists making noise include rock bands The Cinematics, The Holloways, controversial UK punks Towers of London, and rappers O-Solo and Twisted Black. TVT is also the home of TVT Soundtrax, a leading label for motion picture and television soundtrack albums. Recent releases are the soundtracks to the #1 box office hits Starsky & Hutch and Transporter 2. Greatest Achievements (What are the label’s proudest moments? Going platinum? Releasing a classic? Signing a legend?): Ending 2006 TVT Records is recognized for a remarkable fifth year straight as the nation’s #1 independent label by industry authorities Billboard Magazine and SoundScan. And entering 2007 the label is on the eve of another massive release with Crunk Rock from Lil Jon. His preceding 2005 album Crunk Juice was the #1 independent album of that year, which made history upon its release when it had the biggest first week sales ever for an independent album. “That an album so massive was financed, produced, marketed and distributed 100% independently makes a point bigger than the sales mark it set,” said Steve Gottlieb. “It shows the sea change in the music industry which has given a level of power to independent labels never before seen.” Current and Future projects (What current projects are you pushing and what’s planned for the next year?): TVT looks forward to releasing ‘Crunk Rock’ from Lil Jon, as well as the follow-up to Pibull’s ‘El Mariel,’ released in 2006. Additionally, albums from The A’z, Keke Wyatt, Lumidee, Twisted Black, O-Solo, Teedra Moses, New Years Day, Ambulance, The Cinematics, The Holloways and more. Goals and Purpose (What kind of impact are you hoping to make on the industry? What goals do you have for the label?): TVT’s goals are to continue to provide the credibility and focus of an indie label, and the marketing and distribution power of a major label. Priding itself on grass roots artist development and innovative promotion and marketing techniques, the label’s breakthough rate is astounding. Handling its own international affairs with offices in Canada, the United Kingdom and Germany, TVT is the only independent that commits to its artists through worldwide releases. TVT Records also looks forward to strengthening its role as a pioneer in digital music distribution, as TVT was the first label to make its entire catalog available for download when it launched its digital store in November 1999 from TVTrecords.com. The company was also the first to make its entire repertoire of music videos available for streaming. The label has been at the forefront of the evolving music market online through strategic partnerships with Microsoft, Yahoo!, Real Networks, Napster and others. Recent digital licensing deals include partnerships with Qtrax, MusicMatch, PressPlay and Zingy. And in the massive Ringtones market, TVT often tops the charts. Two of last year’s top 10 Mastertones were TVT recordings, and the current smash from Lil Jon, “Snap Yo Fingers” is a Platinum-certified Ringtone. TVT Music Publishing, the label’s publishing division retains some of the most prolific and successful songwriters of the day including Grammy winner Scott Storch. Storch, one of the top pop and urban songwriters of the last decade has penned hits for Dr. Dre, Christina Aquilera, Busta Rhymes, Beyoncé, The Game, Snoop Dogg, Justin Timberlake and Lil’ Kim. TVT Music Publishing holds copyrights for some of the biggest singles in recent memory, including smashes from Usher, Ciara and Mario. In each quarter of 2006, TVT Music Publishing has been in the Top 10 of Billboard’s Publisher Airplay Chart. It is not a surprise that TVT Records has taken a leading role in the newly formed American Association of Independent Music (A2IM.org), a coalition formed to represent the interests of independent labels. This crucial organization will act as a counter-balance to preferential treatment toward major labels in the areas of digital music distribution, copyright law, radio regulation, piracy, CD manufacturing and even health insurance. Within the Game (How does the label fit within the current climate of hip-hop? Or does it even fit in at all? What’s the label’s personality in relation to the rest of hip-hop?): TVT fits into the current climate of hip-hop by seeking out and supporting distinct hip-hop artists. As the world of hip-hop expands and evolves, TVT looks to sign artists representative of this progression. As an independent label, TVT understands the value of perseverance, which is in the spirit of great hip-hop and great hip-hop artists. CLICK HERE FOR THE A’z INTERVIEW
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno If you’ve been wondering why Master P’s son, Romeo (formerly Lil Romeo) hasn’t been actively promoting his upcoming album, God’s Gift, chilled on the movie roles, and is possibly ending his Nickelodeon show “Romeo!”, it’s because he is setting his sights on basketball. The 17 year-old rapper/actor recently joined the Beverly Hills High School varsity team and is ballin’ out of control averaging 17 points and 5 assists a game. "I’ve been playing basketball since the age of 2," Romeo told the L.A. Times. "I’m real committed to it. It’s a serious game for me. I put everything on hold. I’ve got people mad at me. I’ve put the whole Hollywood thing behind me right now. This only comes once in a lifetime.” Romeo’s pops Master P parlayed himself onto a couple of NBA teams for pre-season and summer league game but never made the cut, but he’s pretty much behind his son and his NBA dreams. "Whatever he wanted to do, I’d support him as a parent," P told the L.A. Times. “I think it’s a great thing. It’s hard work." If you want to check out Romeo’s skills, you can check out the Varsity Boys game schedule at BEVERLYHILLSK12. The regular season ends in February.
By: Rizoh Chicago’s favorite R&B son R.Kelly has dropped his feud against Olympia Fields after claiming that the suburban community improperly denied him the right to build a guardhouse outside his mansion. Kelly also agreed to pay the village residents more than $20,000 to cover attorney fees and code-violation fines. His attorney John Touhy chalks it up to R.Kelly’s graciousness "Robert Kelly wants to be a good neighbor," Touhy told reporters. The community of 4,700 residents, 20 miles south of Chicago, doesn’t allow guard shacks at houses and sued Kelly after the building was constructed without approval. Kells counter-filed, arguing that he should be granted an exception to village code because of his status as "a nationally known, Grammy Award-winning recording artist." R.Kelly is currently awaiting trial on 14 counts of child pornography stemming from a tape that allegedly shows him having sex with an underage girl. He was arrested in June 2002 after police received the tape anonymously.
By: Rizoh If you google "Jerry Heller" you’re likely to find the name Eazy-E in the same breath as Heller’s. That’s no surprise because Heller was the co-founder of Eazy’s Ruthless Records, and a former manager of N.W.A. For those wondering what Heller has been up to lately, he has just joined forces with veteran producer Johnny J, who produced over 150 songs with Tupac Shakur, to form a new record company Streetlife/Klockwork Records. Heller’s third partner in the new venture is Pablito Vasquez, who will serve as a liaison between the artistic and the business ends of the company, and heads up Streetlife Productions. "Our goal is to bring back economic integrity to the music business," Heller toldHIPHOPCRACK.COM. He added that the record industry was supposed to be a win-win situation between the artists and the labels. "The way the business is structured now, however, many artists on major labels have to sell close to a million and a half units to recoup and break even. That is not what our label will be about. The music industry is supposed to be about everyone involved making money." The label’s legal representation will be handled by Jay L. Cooper, Chair, West Coast Entertainment Division, Greenberg Traurig, LLP. Johnny J, who owns Klockwork Entertainment, compared the label’s aspirational legacy to that of Tupac Shakur. , "Just like Tupac’s music, this will be universal," he declared.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Hosting a new show about white rappers being watched by millions every week on VH1 is something you have to milk in every way you can. That’s probably why MC Serch, host of VH1’s “The White Rapper Show”, is releasing an album he recorded over a decade ago. The album, M.any Y.oung L.ives A.go: The 1994 Sessions, features seven songs Serch recorded in 1994 for a follow-up album to 1992’s Return of the Product, as well as three previously unreleased 3rd Bass reunion tracks recorded in 2000. The album will be released digitally-only on March 6 for download at his company’s website at SERCHLITEMUSIC where you can also listen to snippets from the album.
Label name: Rhymesayers Founded (Date): 1995 Current and Future projects (What current projects are you pushing and what’s planned for the next year?): Brother Ali -The Undisputed Truthto be released on 4/10/07 IN STORES NOW Psalm One – The Death of Frequent Flyer Soul Position – Things Go Better With RJ & AL P.O.S – Audition Atmosphere – You Can’t Imagine How Much Fun We’re Having I Self Devine – Self Destruction Felt – Felt 2: A Tribute To Lisa Bonet Boom Bap Project – Reprogram Blueprint – 1988 MF DOOM – MM…Food Greyskul – Deadlives Check P.O.S on tour: Jan 19 2007 7:00P POS @ Pizza Luce Duluth, Minnesota Jan 20 2007 7:00P POS @ Fargo Theater Fargo, South Dakota Jan 25 2007 9:00P POS @ Hollywood Alley Mesa, Arizona Jan 26 2007 8:00P POS @ Knitting Factory Los Angeles, California Jan 27 2007 8:00P POS @ Bottom of the Hill San Francisco, California Feb 1 2007 8:00P POS @ the Annex Madison, Wisconsin Feb 2 2007 7:00P POS @ Abbey Pub Chicago, Illinois Feb 3 2007 7:00P POS @ Rhino’s Bloomington, Indiana Feb 17 2007 4:30P POS @ Avalon Ballroom Boston, Massachusetts Feb 18 2007 6:00P POS @ Revolution Hall Troy, New York Feb 20 2007 6:00P POS @ Ohio Room Indiana, Pennsylvania Feb 21 2007 6:00P POS @ 9:30 Club Washington, Washington DC Feb 22 2007 5:30P POS @ Webster Hall New York, New York Feb 23 2007 7:00P POS @ Douglas Hall Rochester, New York Feb 25 2007 6:00P POS @ Trocadero Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Feb 26 2007 5:30P POS @ Norva Theater Norfolk, Virginia Feb 27 2007 6:30P POS @ Freebird Live Jacksonville Beach, Florida Feb 28 2007 7:00P POS @ Culture Room Fort Lauderdale, Florida Mar 1 2007 5:30P POS @ Club at Firestone Orlando, Florida Mar 2 2007 6:30P POS @ The Masquerade Atlanta, Georgia Mar 3 2007 6:30P POS @ Rocketown Nashville, Tennessee Mar 4 2007 6:00P POS @ Bogart’s Cincinnati, Ohio Mar 6 2007 6:00P House Of Blues Cleveland, Ohio Mar 7 2007 5:00P POS @ The Intersection Grand Rapids, Michigan Mar 8 2007 5:00P POS @ St. Andrews Hall Detroit, Michigan Mar 10 2007 6:30P POS @ Le National Montreal, Quebec Mar 11 2007 6:00P POS @ Babylon Ottawa, Ontario Mar 13 2007 6:30P POS @ Newport Music Hall Columbus, Ohio Mar 14 2007 6:00P POS @ The Irving Theater Indianapolis, Indiana Mar 15 2007 5:00P POS @ House Of Blues Chicago, Illinois Mar 16 2007 6:30P POS @ Pop’s Sauget, Illinois Mar 17 2007 5:30P POS @ Granada Lawrence, Kansas Mar 18 2007 4:30P POS @ First Ave. Minneapolis, Minnesota Mar 20 2007 6:30P POS @ Gothic Theater Englewood, Colorado Mar 21 2007 6:00P POS @ Avalon Theater Salt Lake City, Utah Mar 23 2007 6:00P POS @ El Corazon Seattle, Washington Mar 24 2007 6:00P POS @ Hawthorne Theater Portland, Oregon Mar 25 2007 6:30P POS @ The Boardwalk Orangevale, California Mar 26 2007 6:30P POS @ House Of Blues West Hollywood, California Mar 27 2007 6:00P POS @ The Fillmore San Francisco, California Mar 28 2007 6:30P POS @ Soma San Diego, California Mar 29 2007 7:00P POS @ House Of Blues Anaheim, California Mar 30 2007 6:30P POS @ Marquee Theatre Phoenix, Arizona Mar 31 2007 6:30P POS @ Rialto Theatre Tucson, Arizona Apr 1 2007 7:00P POS @ Sunshine Theater Albuquerque, New Mexico Apr 3 2007 6:30P POS @ Gypsy Ballroom Dallas, Texas Apr 4 2007 6:30P POS @ White Rabbit San Antonio, Texas Apr 5 2007 6:00P POS @ Meridian Houston, Texas Apr 6 2007 5:00P POS @ House Of Blues New Orleans, Louisiana Atmosphere will have a cameo appearance on MTV’s show "I’M FROM ROLLING STONE". The air date for the episode that Atmosphere is interviewed on is February 4th more details coming soon… For a sneak peek at this episode check out: www.ihiphop.com/atmosphere
Once again we are bringing Philly what it needs and wants the most! Raw Beats and ill rhymes! This month’s showcase is a very special one for both 215hiphop.com and for one of Philly’s most celebrated MC’s: Reef The Lost Cauze. All the producers in the showcase are Reef’s most used producers throughout his very successful career in making music. The producers staring in the showcase are long time beat makers for Reef: Eyego/Direct & Emynd who have been working with Reef since his first EP “The High Life”. Producer Emynd is also well known for his DJ/Party skills with the monthly party, “White Belts, White Tees” that goes down every 1st Friday at a Northern Liberties warehouse. Also showcasing beats is KRU Records Happ G, who has worked with Reef on several projects dating back to 2002. The 4th and final Producer not only has provided Reef with beats, but was also a featured MC on the Feast Or Famine album with the song “Crumbs”, along with providing the beat for the Philly anthem “Sound Of Philadelphia”. King Magnetic will be both performing on the mic and on the drum machine, along with a hand full of special guests throughout the night! This event so far is gaining interest of Reef The Lost Cauze fans from all over. Watch Our Previous Video’s September Video: November Video: Sat. January 20th @ The Khyber (2nd & Chestnut St.-Old City) 21+ Cover: $10 9pm-2am 215.238.5888 CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS TO REPOST IMAGE CLICK HERE Both Reef The Lost Cauze & Justin are available for any interviews or questions regarding the event. Contact: Justin@215hiphop.com 267.265.1986
By: Rizoh Kanye West, Fergie (of The Black Eyed Peas), and John Legend are among the special guests billed to perform at "The Pepsi Smash Super Bowl Bash." Pepsi and NFL teamed up to host the bash in Miami, Florida in honor of the 41st Super Bowl championship. The one-hour tribute show will be hosted by actor Taye Diggs. "The Pepsi Smash Super Bowl Bash" will also feature appearances by various big league NFL players. The concert will be recorded at the NFL Experience (adjacent to Dolphin Stadium) in Miami on Thursday, February 1st. It will air then air on VH1 two days later, on February 3, at 10PM. Fans will also have the opportunity to stream exclusive performances from all three acts on VSPOT, VH1′s broadband channel, at VSPOT beginning Saturday, February 3.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno It was a somewhat quiet 2006 for Mike Jones, but that’s because he’s been busy working for 2007. Jones has announced that he will release his new album, The American Dream in April on Swishahouse/Asylum/Warner Bros. Records. The first single from the album, “Mr. Jones”, was produced by Myke Diesel and is already making its way around the web. In addition, Jones will drop The American Dream the movie – straight to DVD – around the same time as the album. Jones not only stars in the film, but also produced it and co-directed it with director Derrick Dixon. The story is loosely based on Jones’ life growing up in Houston to becoming a rap star.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Starting this week your favorite music mogul, Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, will begin auditions nationwide for the fourth season of ‘Making the Band.’ This season, Diddy will try to replicate Danity Kane’s success with an all-boy band. Even though auditions start today in Los Angeles, fans wanting a shot at getting on the show can upload a video of themselves doing their thing at www.makingtheband.mtv.com. From January 13 to January 27, Diddy is asking that fans record themselves singing “Can’t Stand The Rain,” “My Cherie Amour” and “Got to Be There” and upload it to the site. If you get the most votes from site visitors, then the better your chance to make the cut. Still, if doing your thing in front of Diddy is more comfortable to you, here’s the schedule for the nationwide auditions: LOS ANGELES: DATE: Wednesday 1/17 – Open Call TIME: Line forms at 6 am, Open call begins promptly at 8 am LOCATION: KNITTING FACTORY 7021 Hollywood Blvd Hollywood, CA 90028 HOUSTON DATE: Saturday 1/20 TIME: Line forms at 7 am, Open call begins promptly at 10 am LOCATION: MERIDIAN 1503 Chartres St. Houston, TX 77003 ORLANDO DATE: Tuesday 1/23 TIME: Line forms at 7 am, Open call begins promptly at 10 am LOCATION: CLUB PARIS 122 W. Church St. Orlando, FL 32801 ATLANTA DATE: Saturday 1/27 TIME: Line forms at 7 am, Open call begins promptly at 10 am LOCATION: VERVE LOUNGE 511 Peachtree St. NE Atlanta, GA 30308 CHICAGO DATE: Tuesday 1/30 TIME: Line forms at 7 am, Open call begins promptly at 10 am LOCATION: CLUB 720 720 North Wells St. Chicago, IL 60622 DETROIT DATE: Saturday 2/3 TIME: Line forms at 7 am, Open call begins promptly at 10 am LOCATION: PLAN B 205 W. Congress Detroit, MI 48226 NEW YORK DATE: Tuesday 2/6 TIME: Line forms at 7 am, Open call begins promptly at 10 am LOCATION: BLVD 199 Bowery (at Spring St) New York, NY 10002
Brick Records Founded 1996 Members: Truth Elemental (Josh Gagne) Papa D! (Adam Defalco) KARMA (Trevor Gendron) Will C. (William Curley) Back Story/Mission Statement: SCIENCE Once translucent glass shattered into web-like shapes upon the impact of a simple brick thrown with angry defiance. This brick was stained with the blood of the downed officer who lay next to his vandalized vehicle. A black and white photo of this scene, brick lying next to the damaged windshield, appeared in the following day’s paper, with propaganda stating "police officer wounded in the line of duty." A news story that could only be justified if an officer’s duty includes the beating of a handcuffed 16 year old girl while breaking up a party, which is why the brick was utilized. This single brick, a mark of defiance, is the basic symbol of Brick Records, a Boston, MA based hip-hop label. Brick Records is a reaction not only to the oppressive social structure of America as a whole, but also to the current state and structure of the hip-hop industry. Many ideological and vinyl "bricks" are being launched. . . . The individual who velocitized that first brick in the above narrative passed away in a mysterious "accident" shortly thereafter. He was a personal friend of mine. Brick’s first release, the "Respect Due" 7" compilation was done in tribute to him. It was released in January, 1996 and is since out of print. This release was also the first brick laid in the construction of an underground empire. Brick Records is truly an independent operation, originally financed with student loan loot and run out of my bedroom in between work and classes. In a little over a year of operation, the label had significantly grown. So much so, that I could no longer bear the workload by myself. In 1997 Papa D signed on as a partner. Soon after, Karma signed on as art director, but also plays a more active role in the label as well. As a triad, Brick Records has been unstoppable, and has outlasted many of the other major independent labels throughout the years. This is because we are primarily fans first. The love of, and belief in, our artists and their music has kept us strong and allowed us to perservere through any trying times. In the early years, Brick Records was known as the home of the Rebel Alliance crew, and also as a cornerstone of Boston hip hop. The Rebel Alliance made mad noise in the rapidly growing indie/underground hip-hop scene starting with the release of the AOI/God Complex split 12" EP in early 1996 (God Complex, without Karma, have since changed their name to 7L & Esoteric). In the past, the label had concentrated primarily on releasing works by Rebel Alliance members (7L & Esoteric, Mr. Lif, etc), and helped get them recognized worldwide as some of hip-hop’s most innovative artists. Since then, the label has expanded and has put out many classic releases from artists nationwide. The hard, abrasive brick is not only used as a tool of destruction, it is also a basic building block. Urban monoliths rise from the laying of the first single brick. The brick is like knowledge, it can be used to build or to destroy. We use it for both, to build a new foundation, to pave the way for a new breed of hip-hop artists, and to take out those who suppress/oppress us. TRUTH ELEMENTAL Originally written September, 1997 Updated October 2004 Press Release 2007: In 1996, Brian Coleman (author of "Rakim Told Me" and noted Hip Hop journalist) wrote in CMJ magazine that the God Complex/AOI split 12" single was one of the most refreshing and important independent records that year (the 100 pressed on the green and orange marble wax are coveted). Ten years and eighty releases later, the same upstart label that brought you that split 12", Brick Records, presents "X: A Decade Of Independence." Surviving a decade in this fickle independent hip hop climate is next to impossible these days. Brick did it pre-internet, pre-international distribution and pre-pro tools. Sounds crazy, yet true. The imprint would lead a resurgence in the Boston hip hop scene and would establish artists to carry on the torch initially lit by legendary acts like Gangstarr Posse, Edo G., The Almighty R.S.O, Top Choice Clique and TDS Mob. Brick Records launched the careers of every notable "new school" act to come out of the commonwealth in the last ten years, most importantly The Rebel Alliance, 7L & Esoteric, Mr. Lif, Insight, Skitzofreniks, Beyonder, D-Tension and currently Raydar Ellis and Termanology. Not limited to ‘Murda’ Mass, Brick expanded it’s operation and it’s wings releasing projects worldwide with a pre-mask wearing MF DOOM, Ras Kass, Scratch (The Roots), 9th Wonder (Little Brother), brooklyn rhyme legend and Wu Tang affiliate Shabazz The Disciple, Mood frontman Main Flow, Louis Logic and super producer Chops (Mountain Brothers). The label would pair up it’s stable producers and artists with some of the best in the industry leading to collaborations with Slug (Atmosphere), Cormega, Talib Kweli, Black Thought, Z-Trip, Boot Camp Click, A.G., Jedi Mind Tricks and more right up to the current hit single from Termanology "Watch How It Go Down (Remix),", produced by legendary producer DJ Premier and featuring Lil Fame from M.O.P. and recent Jive signee/Kay Slay protegé Papoose. "X: A Decade Of Independence" is a celebration of an accomplishment; of a respected history and brand. Seamlessly mixed and blended by the newest and very talented additions to the Brick family Raydar Ellis and Will C. and with precise cuts and scratches by DJ Rugged One, "X" takes the listener on an interesting journey over two discs and 27 of the best Brick has to boast, starting with the first future retro sonics of God Complex’s "Strontium 90" right up to the Term and Preemo current classic "Watch How It Goes Down." Thorough and historic stuff. Here’s to the next decade… Greatest Achievements: I think our greatest acheivement is being able to look back at the last ten years and say that we are proud of and stand behind every release that we have put out. We have been lucky enough to have had talented, motivated, hard working, influencial artists like 7L & Esoteric, Mr. Lif, Insight, Raydar Ellis and Termanology and have had the oppurtunity and garnered the respect to work with bigger more established artists and legends like Premier, DOOM, Mega & Ras Kass. Just surviving in this game from 96 on with all the changes is an achievement in itself. Current Projects: We are still promoting are full-lengths from: King Syze – "Syzemology" D-Tension – "Contacts & Contracts II" Raydar Ellis – "Late Pass" Main Flow and 7L – "Flow Season" Termanology – "Hood Politics IV: Show & Prove" On 2.13 we will release Brick Records – "X: A Decade Of Independence", our 2 Disc Compilation of the history of the label from ’96 to present. (See Press Release Above) in the Spring we will release Raheem Jamal (Of Project Move) – "Boom Box" produced entirely by Raydar Ellis…this is our promo tag for the album: "This is how rap albums used to be. This is how rap albums should be. One MC, one producer, and a couple of their boys. Songs about life, love, struggle and strength. Brick Records proudly presents Raheem Jamal, "Boom Box. " As far as goals and personality, we at Brick want the same thing we have always wanted, to put out good, quality music with talented people that we like ourselves and that we can be proud of. We aren’t re-inventing the wheel here. We are a small independent label that works hard, stays honest and releases quality records, plain and simple. We aren’t trying to own or beat our artists. We aren’t trying to "Save Hip Hop", or "Keep It Real" or find the "next" Pac or Biggie…we are trying to find Raydar Ellis, we are tying to find Termanology and find Raheem Jamal, and we are trying to get people to find them. We are not exploiting the culture, we are enhancing it. CLICK HERE TO READRAYDAR ELLISINTERVIEW CLICK HERE TO READRAHEEM JAMALINTERVIEW CLICK HERE TO READD-TENSIONINTERVIEW CLICK HERE TO READMAIN FLOWINTERVIEW
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno DJ Rob Swift left turntablist crew the X-Ecutioners shortly after the release of their 2004 album, Revolutions. The crew, who had already lost Mista Sinista a couple of years before, dwindle down to two and a couple of replacements but hardly heard from. Swift went onto release more solo projects, including War Games and several mixtapes. Now he’s releasing a DVD titled, As the Tables Turn, that not only documents he start as a DJ and his rise within the industry, but also the real story of what happened within the X-Ecutioners. “The complete story of the X-ecutioners is addressed in ‘As the Tables Turn,’” Swift told HipHopCrack.com. “There are exclusive interviews with Roc Raida and Mista Sinista candidly speaking about all of the events that affected the group. Will there be a reunion? Watch the movie and find out…” The DVD is set to hit stores on February 27 and also features performances and interviews from DJ Q-Bert, Mix Master Mike, Shortkut, The Large Professor & Neek the Exotic, and Bob James. Swift said that most DJ documentaries only focus on the technical side of DJing and hardly the career-side so he felt that this was a great angle to dive into. "As the Tables Turn’ revolves around all of the pivotal moments in my career,” Swift said. “From winning my first battle to hitting the mainstream with the X-ecutioners to ultimately leaving the group and pursuing my solo career. It’s an in depth look into the events (good and bad) that brought me to this point in my career.” Check out the trailer here:
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