Skillz - 2008 Rap UpI’m always looking forward to Skillz’ annual (W)Rap Up, in part because it caps off the year with a lighthearted moment, and in part because it inspired the name of this blog. Victims of this year’s Rap Up include: R.Kelly, Kanye, K-Ci & Jojo, Bow Wow, Jim Jones, George Bush, and [...]
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While we’re all griping about yet another handout to the least-deserving, worst-performing businesses in this country, there’s something especially galling about this one to many of us who cover the auto biz. See, while we often get accused of rooting against the domestics, that’s a downright lie. The problem isn’t that American carmakers can’t build [...]
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Tired of pandering to OkayPlayer crowd, the Roots are now vying for support from Yo Gabba Gabba watchers everywhere. Their latest video finds ?uesto and company performing “Lovely, Love My Family” for the Nick Jr. network. It’s funny and pleasant at the same time.Watch the video here. [Thanks, Q]
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Vintage Imperial representative Señor Kaos is riding the buzz of his newest release, Swagger Is Nothing, Talent Is Everything Version 2.0. The free project is an unmixed mixtape with plenty of proof that substance and content still count. URB.com, Creative Loafing, TheOvun and DJBooth.net have all co-signed the release as must-have. Bloggers are also supporting tremendously, with plugs on Smoking Section, Rock The Dub, Lavish Life Social Club, and tons more. The mixtape features production from Kanye West, SL One, DJ Rob Wonder, Johnny Euphonic, and a posse of extraordinary beat conducters, alongside cameos from Grand Agent, Amdex, Collective Efforts, and Jax (Binkis Recs).
Content, Delivery, and Showmanship are the three core values for Atlanta emcee Señor Kaos, an emerging lyricist whos unique approach to hip hop has sent him around the Globe. As an Emcee, Marketer, and Blogger, this artist’s persona and work ethic makes it hard to disagree with his self-proclaimed title as “Cultural Influencer.”
Señor Kaos emerges from a dissolving Hip Hop world where who you know, means more than what you do, representing what Hip Hop was and what it should be today.
With Hip Hop culture changing across the board and becoming over – saturated with the same stories of poverty, violence, and ignorance, the opportunity for a new voice to be heard is evident. “What you are all witnessing is the metamorphosis from a young hopeful to the leader of the new school. Señor Kaos is a true undergound monarch.” – Performer Magazine
Kaos got his start in the music business at just 15 years old where he would sneak into local nightclub’s, and enter MC battles, open mics, etc. At 20 years old Kaos was able to finance, secure distribution and release his own record independently. “I worked a telemarketing job to finance my first project. After securing distribution for it’s release, it went on to sell 2,000 copies with no major radio play, no video, and no press. “
By the age of 22 with clever content and a great stage show, Kaos’ music has allowed him to see crowds all over, from the U.S., Australia, and Japan.
Over the years Señor Kaos has shared the stage with artists and DJ’s such as:
MF DOOM, Jazzy Jeff, Big Daddy Kane, Pharoahe Monch, Slum Village, Clipse, Little Brother, Masta Ace, Wordsworth, Punchline, Maskpyke, Maseo(De La Soul), Pete Rock, Biz Markie, Raekwon and Ghostface (Wu-Tang), Ali Shaheed Muhammed(ATCQ), Termanology, Prince Paul, Tony Touch, Dj Premier, Questlove, Mad Skillz, Akrobatik, Jeru The Damaja, Del The Funky Homosapien and many others.
In 2003 as Kaos became more frustrated with the stagnant state of the music industry, his passion for promotion and coordinating led him to create Vintage Imperial Marketing and Promotion a lifestyle marketing company that specializes in Branding, Consulting, Sampling, and Guerilla Marketing.
At 25 years of age this young self -made businessman shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon.
“I have a passion for being around good music and good people, and I’m lucky enough to make a living being around both.”
Señor Kaos’ advice to other aspiring artist: “You have to define what you own definition of success is. For some artist selling a million records defines success, for others touring the world is success. You have to figure out what works for you. My goal as an emcee is to share my perspective of life through musical poetry that will appeal to all open minds. Making a living doing what I Love, that’s success to me.”
“Learn the name. Remember the face. This man deserves respect.” – The Smoking Section
“This is music made by someone who really believes in music, and the results are astonishing.” – The Signal Newspaper
“The music grabbed me as soon as it came on.” - Southeasthiphop.com
“Kaos offers a strong single that fits into the best of hip hop traditions of good beats and good rhymes.” - Urbansmarts.com
“One of the most complete joints I’ve heard this year.” Undergroundhiphop.com
“Remember those Kellogg’s cereal variety packs back in the day? Well…this record is sort of like those, no matter what you are looking for, it’s got it.” - Manhunt.com
“He rhymes like he’s still in the park and rap never made it to Madison Square Garden.” - Southeast Performer Magazine
“Maybe someday he’ll help lead a revolution of artistic integrity in Hip Hop, but for now he’s an explosive and eclectic force to be reckoned with.” – Southeast Performer Magazine
“This young man has put in too much work to not get put on.” – Dj Booth.net
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Andre 3000 of Outkast and the Cartoon Network are sued over allegedly stealing the premise Dre's "Class of 3000" cartoon.
Where would the Internet be without 1200 new music videos? This latest one comes to you via Yak Ballz, whose Scifentology II is in stores now. “Dirt Empire” was produced by the one and only Aesop Rock.
Erik Parker and MTV2 dissect the west coast with The Game and Xzibit, while 40 Water offers gifts to remixers.
Busta Rhymes' new single caused a commotion in England and Scotland, causing a suspension and apologies.
Michigan, Flint rapper, MC Breed, was found dead on Saturday (November 22) his manager confirmed. The rapper was just 36 years old.
Eric Breed (ca. 1972 - November 22, 2008), better known as MC Breed was a Flint, Michigan-based rapper best known for his singles "Ain’t No Future in Yo Frontin", which peaked at #66 on the Billboard Hot 100, and "Gotta Get Mine", featuring 2Pac, that made it to #6 on the Hot Rap Singles.
Born in Flint, Michigan, Breed is also known as the first commercially successful rapper to come out of the Midwest. MC Breed’s first album was released with rap group DFC and was entitled MC Breed & DFC for independent record label, SDEG Records. His solo debut was 1992’s 20 Below, after which he released 1993’s The New Breed. He would go on to have a very extensive discography and have a very long career that was at times successful, but he never fully broke into the mainstream. His highest charting album was 1994’s Funkafied, which peaked at #106 on the Billboard Hot 200. Through his career he would align himself with various rap scenes.
Early in his career with DFC him and the group were rather independent, as one of the first groups out of the midwest. However, later in his career he aligned himiself with the West Coast, taking on more of a G-Funk sound and befriending West Coast rapper Too Short. Still later, he realigned himself once again with the Dirty South for 1995’s Big Baller.
On April 2, 2008, Breed was arrested in Flint, Michigan after repeatedly failing to keep up his child support payments. His bail was set at $18,000.
On September 5, 2008 the rapper was hospitalized and placed on life-support after he collapsed when his kidneys failed during a game of pickup basketball.On November 22, 2008, Breed reportedly died in his sleep.
Looks like the shell game over at Interscope Records won’t be ending any time soon. After several false starts and unspecified release dates regarding Dr. Dre and Eminem’s long-delayed projects, label head Jimmy Iovine recently provided some hope for at least one of the discs to hit shelves before 2008 fades away. In a recent interview with Billboard, Iovine revealed that Dre is putting the freeze on Detox to help put the final touches on Marshall’s next opus.
“Eminem was always coming next year,” he revealed. “But what happened was, I lost Dr. Dre to Eminem. Dre had to stop making his album to finish Eminem’s album. Eminem hit a streak, and when a guy like Eminem gets on fire, you stop everything. That’s how we lost Dre.”
Don’t fret, though, as Iovine says we’ve only lost the Good Doc for a few months. “Dre’s going back in in January. He’ll be finished with Eminem by then, and he’ll finish his album.”
While Iovine provided forward progress regarding his marquee artists’ releases, he was still tight-lipped on specific release dates and a title for Em’s fifth solo LP.