“Juicy” is the first single from Candy Hill’s upcoming debut album, which will be released on Latium/Universal Republic Records label later this year.ï¿½ Slick, playful, and infectious, this melodic girl anthem has all the makings of a summer smash-hit.ï¿½ All production, vocals, and engineering are handled by the trio, who prove that they can craft catchy R&B and pop as well as any professional artists while retaining an a high level of undeniable sexiness and originality.
PHAROAHE MONCH’s next single, “Body Baby” out now.
Album ‘DESIRE’ In Stores June 26th
Pharoahe Monch – Body Baby (Audio)
8Ball & MJG – Ride Out Video
Rhyming is an art form. Just like painting, dancing and hustling. If you don’t know the techniques of the genre you can easily be swept off your feet. Enter Hip Hop staple, Poison Pen, a battle MC turned street prophet. The Brooklynite started in 1996 at the first online radio station 88HipHop.com, before tearing through the streets as the undefeated champ of the NYC MC battle circuit. After participating in the Blaze Battle, Pen decided to retire in 1999 and later host the most popular lyricist competition to date, Da Cypha Emcee Battles featured throughout NYC including special showcases at Kevin Powell & Russell Simmons’ Hip Hop Speaks.
It was hunger, not chance, that brought Poison Pen to the forefront. Founder of indie rap clique Stronghold, members including Breez Evaflowin’ C Rayz Walz, Immortal Technique and DJ Static before the group released the acclaimed mixtape Stronghold Volume 1. The result was a classic collaboration. “As far as the recording, I don’t do Pro Tools rap. I don’t do a record & send it out to a nigga I don’t know and have him email me a verse back… Naw, I don’t make music like that.”
Good music has always been his focus. His first appearance on wax “On the Mic” floated off the shelves in ’98 just two years before receiving his own distribution through Landspeed Records for his debut single “Top of the Food Chain”. But the microphone monster didn’t stop there. He lifted Rainmakerz Records with his second solo joint “Fall Back” before slaying the video game industry lyrically. Lending his voice to high selling vids The Warriors and Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories Pen’s rhyme schemer duality would keep fans thirsting for his own album. “I been on everybody’s else’s shit – but never my own”, says Pen, with more fervor and honesty than agitation. “I did MF Doom’s “Bloody Chain”, the Beatminerz album, Apathy’s “Eastern Philosphy” album and both of Immortal Technique’s Revolutionary Volume 1 and 2.” He smiles that wicked wattage unusual for a grimy street survivor. “We helped the whole NYC come up…. Now NYC needs to let me do the same”.
He makes it look easy. Making records, appearing in Dave Chapelle’s Block Party, VH1 Hip Hop Honors and MTV’s The Shop, & DFX, spitting countless bars on albums not your own. Pen has a way of keeping his name on the tongues of Hip Hop heads without breaking a sweat. Poison Pen continues to tour Hungary, Amsterdam and Norway with the gutter mentality and linguistics that fans have grown to love, and has completed his unofficial first solo album, titled “Pick Your Poison: The Mark Of The East” available in the spring on Fontana/Universal records. “The Money Shot” album will be available soon after . This rhyming life is definitely an art form.
Check out Poison Pen on myspace: www.myspace.com/poisonpen
“College Girl,” the single off Federation’s new album It’s Whateva, is a hilarious shout-out to all the college girls from across the nation that have given the raucous group love, knowledge, and brain as they’ve gone from town to town spreading the hyphy movement. With an infectious beat produced by Rick Rock and a ridiculously catchy hook: “She’s a college girl – she’s nasty!” This song is sure to be a favorite across college campuses. To make sure of this, Doonie Baby, Goldie, and Stresmatic shout-out girls from as many college campuses as possible. The list includes students from Cal state, Sac State, Washington, Spielman, UCR, Howard, USC, AUM, NYU, Tuskeegee, Washington State, TSU, CSU, UNLV, Solano College, CSM, USF, Cal Berkeley and Alabama
V.C. ANDREWS RAIN
Merv Griffin Entertainment / Big Headz Entertainment / Codeblack Entertainment
Faye Dunaway (Bonnie and Clyde, Mommy Dearest)
Robert Loggia (Scarface, Prizziâ€™s Honor, HBOâ€™s The Sopranos)
Brooklyn Sudano (ABC’s My Wife and Kids)
Giancarlo Esposito (Usual Suspects, Derailed)
Khandi Alexander (CBS’ CSI Miami)
RAIN is the story of a 19-year old African-American girl (named Rain) who lives in the inner-city projects with her younger sister Beneatha; her older brother, Roy; and their mother Latisha. When Rain’s sister becomes involved with gang members, she is drugged at a party and becomes the subject of sexually explicit photos that are used for blackmail. Rain tries to intervene but is unsuccessful, and she ultimately witnesses her sister’s murder, thus becoming a threat to the gang. In order to protect Rain, her mother secretly contacts Rain’s biological mother – who happens to be white, all unbeknownst to Rain. A meeting is arranged and Rain discovers her true roots: She is the secret child of a bi-racial union and was then put up for adoption. Rainâ€™s biological mother reluctantly agrees to protect her, and Rain is placed in the home of her grandmother, a wealthy white woman. While their relationship is initially uneasy, with the result of her grandmotherâ€™s assistance, Rain is placed in a private boarding school for the gifted, which culminates in her emergence as a talented singer and musician.
RAIN is written by world-renown author V.C. Andrews, the worldâ€™s most successfully franchised author.
Running Time: 106 minutes
ABOUT V.C. ANDREWS
* V.C. Andrews is the worldâ€™s most successfully franchised author
* V.C. Andrews is published in 95 countries and 22 languages
* All 57 V.C. Andrews titles have made the Top 10 New York Times Best Sellers list
* V.C. Andrews is the # 1 best selling Author of Popular Horror and Occult Paperbacks, even surpassing Stephen King.
* V.C. Andrews’ first two novels, Flowers In The Attic and sequel Petalâ€™s In The Wind sold over 7 million copies in less than two years.
T-Pain got his big break when, after doing an unofficial remix of Akon’s “Locked Up,” the African sensation signed T-Pain to his Konvict Music imprint. Since then, the soulful Florida native has had a meteoric ascension topping charts in the mainstream, hip-hop and R&B genres. T-Pain’s first solo effort, Rappa Ternt Sanga (2005, Jive/Konvict Musik) brought the smash hits “I’m Sprung,” and “I’m In Love With A Stripper,” which sold over five million ring tones combined. Coming back strong in 2007, T-Pain has been hard at work constructing his sophomore joint Epiphany. “There has been a growth inside of me since I made that first album,” T-Pain explains. Personal without being pretentious, Epiphany offers the listener a variety of musical styles that ranges from the snappin’ first single “Buy U a Drank” (featuring Yung Joc) to the rebel reggae furor of “Shotz” to the deep message of “Suicide.” In addition to Epiphany, T-Pain is currently gearing up to start working with various artists on outside projects including R. Kelly, Kanye West, Usher, Britney Spears and tour/label mate Chris Brown. “I’ve gotten so many calls from artists who want to work with me,” T-Pain explains. “Right now, it’s a very exciting time.”
From “Curtis” coming at the end of June, the official first single’s video.
From “Curtis” coming at the end of June.
“Straight To The Bank”
Brooklyn, NY March 29, 2007 â€“ Room Service and Brooklyn Bodega announce plans for the 3rd Annual Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival. Expanding to a completely FREE 5 day celebration, G.O.O.D. Music artist Consequence is the first artist announcement for this yearâ€™s lineup.
Queens, New York native Consequence is the first addition to the 3rd Annual Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival lineup. First introduced in 1996 on Tribe Called Questâ€™s Beats Rhymes and Life, Consequence has been diligently honing his craft as an MC, and has become one of the genreâ€™s best story tellers. Teaming up with Kanye West in 2001, Consequence has released several mixtapes, and has appeared on collaborations with West, Q Tip, Andre 3000, Seleena Johnson, The Last Poets, John Legend, Lilâ€™ Kim, among others. He recently released his solo album, â€œDonâ€™t Quit Your Day Job.â€
The Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival is a celebration of Hip Hop music and culture and the borough of Brooklyn. A series of free events held throughout the month of June, the 3rd Annual Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival looks to celebrate Hip Hop culture in Brooklyn and beyond. Showcasing performances from legends to the genreâ€™s newest and brightest talents, the BHF has hosted the likes of Big Daddy Kane, Lupe Fiasco, Rhymefest, Little Brother, Sleepy Brown, Leela James, Brand Nubian, Talib Kweli and many others. 2007 is no different as the BHF staff keeps the Festival the highlight of the Summer.
This year the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festivalâ€™s programming has been expanded to a five day celebration. Here is a brief rundown of what to expect during this yearâ€™s festivities:
When: Thursday, June 7th
What: BHF Kickoff Party celebrating 50 years of Stax Records!
Join us for a night of funky soul all night long at the powerHouse Arena in Dumbo, BK. Stax Records was home to legendary acts such as Otis Redding, Booker T. and the MGs, The Bar-Kays, Isaac Hayes, The Dramatics, The Staple Singers, The Emotions and so many more. Celebrate 50 years of Soul magic, as well as the re-launch of the label.
When: Thursday, June 14th
What: Hip Hop around the globe, featuring photography from David Alan Harvey at the powerHouse Arena
Hip hop, which first began on the streets of the South Bronx in the early 1970s, has traveled the globe, finding a home in every corner of the planet. Hip Hopâ€™s versatility speaks to its accessibility and universality. In 2005, Magnum Photographer David Alan Harvey began photographing local emcees in the Bronx River Projects, home of hip hop pioneer Afrika Bambaataa, whose legendary Zulu Nation parties inspired a new generation of b-boys and -girls. It is their descendants that Harvey has captured in hereâ€”from Boogie Down thugs and Hollywood celebs to the local cultures of Spain, France, Gambia, Senegal, South Korea, and Thailandâ€”revealing how hip hop has always spoken to the guy on the corner and the girl at the club, because skills and style comes from love.
When: Thursday, June 21st
What: BHF Under The Stars
Celebrate the longest night of the year with the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival. This event is held in conjunction with Make Music New York, a city-wide music festival presenting free music from around the globe. More info can be found at www.makemusicny.org.
When: Friday, June 22nd What: Wild Style:The Sampler book release celebration and screening. In 1982, a small independent movie written, produced, and directed by Charlie Ahearn was released, first in Germany, Japan, and Cannes, then finally in Times Square. Wild Style, the first film to unite the underground urban art forms of nascent hip-hop cultureâ€”DJing, MCing, b-boying, and graff writingâ€” was filmed on location in the South Bronx without permits or pretensions. Some twenty-five years after its release, Wild Style is truly a classic, having inspired countless artists, musicians, and writers with its unforgettable scenes starring the eraâ€™s most memorable personalities. We’re celebrating in conjunction with the powerHouse retrospective book Wild Style The Sampler to be released.
When: Saturday, June 23rd
What: Performance Day
The big day. Everyone who has been there before remembers Big Daddy Kane tearing it down in â€™06 or Little Brother rocking their 1st Brooklyn performance. Well, here we go again. Join us for a day of performances and festivities under the sun. Consequence is just the tip of the iceberg. Stay tuned to www.brooklynbodega.com for further confirmations