Number one UFC Heavyweight contender Cain Velasquez – who faces champion Brock Lesnar at UFC 121 on October 23rd – has taken a lot of heat over the years for his “Brown Pride” tattoo, but he tells Mike Straka on this Friday’s edition of “Fighting Words” that he got it to honor his parents, who are migrant farm workers who emigrated from Mexico.
“I got the tattoo for all the hard work they did to come over here to this country,” he said. ”They wanted to raise their family here, for a better life for us. Another reason, growing up, I didn’t really have anybody that I could look up to in the media. I never thought that I could be in the limelight or play professional sports. So the reason I got the “Brown Pride” was to show people like me that it can be done.”
Velasquez also tells Straka he’s not too concerned about Lesnar’s submission victory over Shane Carwin in his last title defense.
“I’m pretty well aware of what could happen if he gets me in that type of submission,” says Velasquez. “I know what to do to get out. I’ve worked a lot on my submissions to know what’s bad and what’s good.”
Velasquez (8-0) knocked out submission specialist Antonio “Minotauro” Nogueira in his last bout.
Velasquez, the 240-pound, former NCAA All American from Arizona State, also opens up to Straka about being a father, and proposing to his fiancée while walking on the beach in Sydney, Australia.
A preview clip of the show is available at:
“Fighting Words with Mike Straka” airs every Friday on HDNet at 8:30pm ET on HDNet – your home for MMA!
W/DJ PSCHOLOGY (MONTREAL), DJ TANNER (FACTION)
LOTUS AWARDS AFTER PARTY
Wednesday, Nov.10 at Fortune Sound Club (147 E. Pender at Main in Chinatown) doors 9pm, free before 11pm
Get FU’d up with this special Remembrance Day edition of S’UP FU? Wednesdays. The next day’s a holiday!! We are bring in DJ Psychology (http://psychology77.blogspot.com/ ) from Montreal so expect some good tunes as he rips the decks in Montreal’s hottest spots.
Your hump day is about to get humpier and jumpier with a killer clan of rotating DJs, but like you’ve never heard ‘em before! They’ll be round house kicking your eardrums with devastating flash technique and pure fun; there’s no limit to what our DJs will throw onto the most official sound system. And since we’re all disciples of that good stuff, you can expect the Fortune Sound Club quality you’ve come to know and love. So train, train hard, and then train harder because S’UP FU? Wednesdays are comin’ at ya for a round of hand-to-hand combat. Join the FB event http://www.facebook.com/#/event.php?eid=147889035253580&ref=ts Tickets are at door or FREE before 11pm and 12am to industry with biz card
We love sequels. Even the bad ones like The Land Before Time 2-12, and that new Wall Street flick, YIKES! Some sequels are good though, like X-Men 2, Nas’ Stillmatic and Young Jeezy’s Thug Motivation 102. So with a third sequel in Jeezy’s soapbox series fast-approaching, the question becomes: can it best the original and go down in history, or go straight to DVD like Aladdin 2: The Return of Jafar? Well, if “Rap Game” make the final cut, then Jeezy’s surely got another heater on his hands and we’d rather have that prove our whole sequel theory.
Hey, check for some new Salem music in this podcast they did for XLR8R: http://www.xlr8r.com/podcast/2010/09/salem
Gargamel Music, Inc. is pleased to announce that Reggae superstar Buju Banton’s prophetic new album, Before The Dawn is in stores and online in North America today. While the release date for the UK and France is set for next Monday, October 4, the album will be available in the rest of Europe this Friday, October 1.
The ninth studio album by the international music icon, Before The Dawn boasts 10 powerful tracks that comprise some of the most powerful songs written by Banton since his professional entry into the music business over twenty years ago. In an exclusive interview featured in the new issue ofHip-Hop Weekly magazine, Buju says, “All the songs on this album were written before I and I found I self in this current situation, yet they all speak profoundly to what I and I am going through right now… You might can lock the flesh but you can never lock the spirit of Rasta.” The album has already catapulted to the #2 position on iTunes’ Top Reggae Albums Chart.
Recorded at Banton’s own Gargamel Music studio in Kingston, Jamaica, Before The Dawn literally pierces the soul with traditional roots on the track “Do Good,”classic rock on the tune “No Smoking At All,” and heartfelt Reggae on the especially potent “Battered & Bruised.” The album’s unofficial anthem, “Innocent”strikes a highly personal chord that will resonate deeply with longtime fans.
Despite his current incarceration, Buju was heavily involved in putting together this latest offering – from choosing the final track listing and laboring over the phone with the producers and engineers to get the mixes just right, to conceptualizing the project’s distinguished packaging. Physical copies of the album contain a special note written from inside the Pinellas County Jail in Clearwater, Florida, where he has been housed since January.
Buju Banton finally had his day in court when the trial, which had been riddled with delays, kicked off on Monday, September 20, in Tampa, Florida. An esteemed team of federal criminal defense attorneys, led by David Oscar Markus of Markus & Markus Law, represented the four time Grammy-nominated artist. After four days of testimony and 15 hours of deliberation by a 12 person jury, the Honorable Judge James Moody declared a mistrial. The case will be retried this December. In the meantime, Mr. Markus has filed a motion for bond in an attempt to spring Banton out of jail while he awaits his new trial. A hearing on the motion has already been set for Wednesday, October 6.
This is a megamix of Montreal’s hottest local song of the year “Expos Fitted”.
It features some of Montreal’s best established and Up & Coming artists.
In the last last year MTL hiphop has made the most progress ever and this track is just another step towards receiving the recognition we deserve.
Thanks for the all the support, We couldn’t do any of this without the DJ’s…
The DJ pack includes a Clean and Dirty edit.
Nindy Kaur & RDB, The Bilz & Kashif Featuring World Premieres of New Music Videos at FILMI Film Festival
The 11th Annual FILMI South Asian Film Festival (FSAFF) will be presenting world premieres of “Akhian” by bhangra superstars Nindy Kaur & RDB ; “Obsession” by JUNO nominated R&B artist Deesha ; “Take Your Picture” by rap artist Blitzkrieg ; and “Tera Nasha” by The Bilz & Kashif, off their latest chart-topping album “Breaking Barriers”.
The 3rd annual music video segment at the FILMI South Asian Film Festival is programmed by Canadian music personality Raoul Juneja (a.k.a. Deejay Ra). The festival is currently the longest running South Asian film festival in North America, and the first to introduce a music video segment to celebrate South Asian artists from across Canada and around the world.
FILMI 2008 featured a world premiere of the “Singh Is Kinng” director’s cut starring rap legend Snoop Dogg in his Bollywood music video debut, while FILMI 2009 saw #1 Billboard artist Jay Sean receive the inaugural FILMI Music Video Award.
A special South Asian themed remix of the hit single “So Much” by Calgary R&B artist Raghav and Konvict recording artist Kardinal Offishall will also be premiering at FILMI 2010, now featuring UK bhangra star H-Dhami.
FILMI 2010 will also be featuring Canadian premieres of “Nach Le” by Philadelphia bhangra artist G-Deep alongside Wu-Tang Clan rapper Cappadonna ; “Teri Aankhon” by MTV Award-Winning Montreal group JoSH ; the Streetsville inspired “My Hometown” by rock artist Zameer ; and “Hypnotize” by Canadian actress/singer Karen David (of BBC’s “Waterloo Road” series fame).
Vancouver bhangra band En Karma, as well as UK singers Navin Kundra and Kazz Kumar, round out the line-up of artists with music videos premiering in Canada at FILMI 2010.
The vision of the FILMI South Asian Film Festival is to promote, discover, introduce and celebrate cinematic endeavours by talented South Asian filmmakers, actors and musicians, and to highlight works with South Asian themes that can be brought to a mainstream audience.
The festival is from Sept. 30 – Oct. 3
D-Sisive – I Love A Girl (Grizzly Bear:Hijacked)
Produced by: Muneshine
**Contains music from “Two Weeks” by Grizzy Bear**
For immediate release.
Grizzly Bear…meet D-Sisive.
Dear DJ’s, Press, Music Listeners & Friends,
I make music. I steal music. I make music with stolen music. And so do you.
Derek From Northcliffe
Just wanted to send you some brand new music from the French band Adam Kesher (nope, it’s not one guy). This crew is produced by Dave One (Chromeo) with additional mixing from Zdar, A-Trak and Pierrick Devin
The band is dropping the “Gravy Train” EP on October 4 and I‘d like to offer you a look at the band’s new video plus a download of the “Fortune Remix.”
“Gravy Train (Fortune Remix)”
To keep you in the loop we’re looking to release the “Attraction EP” in December and it will feature remixes from Nacho Lovers, Jacques Renault and more. We then look forward to releasing the new full length album in the US early in 2011 with a small tour around the SXSW season.
Mixtape: A3C Partners With SMKA For Part One Of Official 2010 A3C Mixtape + New Showcase Announcements
The 2010 A3C Hip-Hop Festival is fast approaching. Kicking off Thursday, October 7th, the two-night, three-day festival will feature a number of exciting panel discussions and performances from a who’s-who of rappers — legends and up-and-comers, alike, will be rounding out the festival’s performance schedule.
With over 200 artists taking one of the festival’s many stages over the course of the weekend, A3C has teamed up with SMKA to present a two-part Official 2010 A3C Mixtape, featuring tracks from a sampling of the artists scheduled to perform. Showing off the regional diversity of artists in attendance, part one of the series features tracks from 1982 (Statik Selektah & Termanology), Crooked I, Killer Mike, Chaundon, The Jacka, and more.
In other news, A3C continues announce exciting showcases as the festival approaches. Highlighting the all-day festivities on the festival’s final day are showcases from AllHipHip.com and OkayPlayer.com. The AllHipHop.com showcase will be headlined by Atlanta native Killer Mike, and will feature performances from such heavyweights as Kidz In The Hall, Donnis, Nappy Roots, Mistah FAB, Killa Kyleon, Stalley, and Willie Joe. The OkayPlayer.com showcase will also be hitting the stage Saturday with their own who’s-who line-up of performers, including STS, Truck North, Spree Wilson, Brittany Bosco, TiRon, Homeboy Sandman, and J-Live. Closing the OkayPlayer showcase will be crowd favorite Diamond District.
Fadia Kader and The Smoking Section have teamed up to present their own showcase, Perfect Attendance, a three-day showcase featuring a total of 79 artists broken down by region. Up first, on October 7th, is the West, with performances from Dom Kennedy, Pac Div, DaVinci, TiRon, and more. The Mid West will be featured on Friday, with performances from Mac Miller, Fly.Union, Stalley, LEP Bogus Boys, and more, and closing things out on Saturday will be the East, with performances from Tanya Morgan, The Kid Daytona, Jackie Chain, Hollyweerd, and more.
Download Part 1 of the Official 2010 A3C Mixtape here:
1. 1982 (Statik Selektah & Termanology) ft. Bun B & Masspike Miles – “You Should Go Home”
2. Chaundon – “Y’all Don’t Want It”
3. Diamond District – “I Mean Business”
4. Aleon Craft – “Yoga Flame”
5. Mistah FAB ft. Lil Boosie & Yo Gotti – “Done It All”
6. Sha Stimuli – “Am I Different pt. 2″
7. Soul Khan ft. Akie Bermiss – “Fahrenheit”
8. Crooked I – “Everythang Dirty”
9. Cymarshall Law & Skit Slam (Everliven Sound) ft. El da Sensei – “Elements”
10. Punchline ft. Wordsworth – “Don’t Get Married”
11. Jean Grae ft. Styles P & Talib Kweli – “R.I.P.”
12. Killer Mike & T.I.P – “Ready Set Go”
13. RE ft. Short Dawg – “Feelin’ Some Kinda Way”
14. The Jacka ft. Andre Nickatina – “Glamorous Lifestyle”
15. Spectac & Amiri – “As If”
16. Senor Kaos ft. Fresh Daily – “You Couldn’t Relate”
17. Young Scolla – “Stare”
18. Thee Tom Hardy – “I’m Grinnin’”
19. Joe Scudda – “Open For Business”
20. Cloudeater – “Decade”
Epic re-envisioning of North American drum and bass don Dieselboy’s seminal drum and bass anthem “N.V.D.” (first drum and bass track to chart on Billboard) world renowned indie electro producers Le Castle Vania (Dylan Elland of Atlanta) and Computer Club (Mike Diasio, Atlanta). Relooping critical elements of the original and re- energizing them with grinding distorted disco punk, Le Castle Vania and Computer Club reinvent “Invid” as a churning, funky, dark and dirty electro party banger.
Irresistibly frenetic and completely out of control.
Visit Beatport to preview / purchase by clicking HERE
Danko Jones has introduced the second in the soon to be music video trilogy from the album Below the Belt. The new highly-stylized, film-like music video noir for the track “Had Enough” stars Ralph Macchio (The Karate Kid), comedian Don Jamieson (That Metal Show/VH1) and is the prequel to “Full of Regret.” Described as “one-part ‘Sabotage,’ one-part Guy Ritchie, one-part Quentin Tarantino,” by MTV Buzzworthy “Full
of Regret” starred actor Elijah Wood and actress Selma Blair as assassins with cameo roles by Lemmy Kilmister (Motörhead) and Mike Watt (Minutemen, fIREHOSE, Stooges). “Had Enough” will also feature actor Frank Drank (who also stars in the upcoming Seth Rogen movie “The Green Hornet”), reprising his role as Lemmy’s henchman. View an exclusive behind-the-scenes video here:
In “Had Enough,” a “mad scientist” (portrayed by Macchio) has found a way to clone himself and the band of Danko Jones is ordered off to deal with it. Their failure is ultimately what leads henchmen Frank and Lemmy to send Elijah and Selma after them in “Full of Regret.” Directed once again by the Diamond Brothers and shot on location in New York (Yonkers and Brooklyn) the full video will be available next week! “Full of Regret” has been on the Canadian BDS Rock Radio Charts for 26 weeks, 16 of them in the Top 10 (peaking at #5). It is likely to end the year as one of the most played tracks at Rock Radio with 10,000 spins to date and is also featured in EA Games NHL 11. Danko Jones will be performing at the season opener between The Sharks and The Blue Jackets in Stockholm Sweden on October 9th.
Rony Seikaly – former NBA and current DJ and Production Superstar announces his debut artist album: Subliminal Essentials Presents: House Calls by Rony Seikaly out on Subliminal Records October 19, 2010. This digital-only release will be available on Beatport, Traxsource, iTunes and all other digital download outlets. This will be the first in a series of releases from Seiklay on the venerable independent label.
After years of travelling the globe on the international DJ circuit, the Lebanese-born star, who made US his home on the court with the Miami Heat, now makes his home behind the turntables. With a thumping rhythm that carries throughout Seikaly takes you on a journey from the clubs of Ibiza to Miami, London, Paris, NYC and beyond. This is dance music with global influence. This is Rony’s dance music; in your ears, in your house.
Seikaly who earned the nickname “The Spin Doctor” while playing with the Miami Heat – will be bringing his signature brand of house music on the road with the House Calls US Tour (full dates TBA), launching October 23rd at LIV in Seiklay’s adopted home city Miami.
Seikaly released his first single “Come With Me” on August 3, 2010 which reached the House Top 40 on Beatport. Shortly after that he followed-up with a track titled “Let You Go” which released on September 9, 2010. Originally titled “Mila’s Theme” it plays as a tribute to his daughter. Both tracks are climbing the electronic charts and rocking dancefloors across the globe.
Speaking knowledgeably about various musical eras, Seikaly has an inherent understanding for the music that has inspired him and influenced his unique style. Dubbed “Rony Style” by such electronic music heavyweights Morillo, Seikaly himself loosely defines it as “happy underground.”
Seikaly himself is possibly the one having the most fun in any nightclub. His enjoyment in playing music and seeing the crowd’s reaction is a huge part of the experience. Although Seikaly has been a long time partner in numerous bars, lounges, and clubs around the Miami area (Bar None, Mynt, Mokai, Club Wall at the W Hotel), his talents go far beyond that locality. LIV (Miami), Spybar (Chicago), Pacha (NYC),Playhouse (LA), Queen (Paris), and Amnesia (Ibiza) are a few spots that have experienced Seikaly’s sought-after inimitable style.
Two unsung heroes from 2 of Michigan’s most influential crews combine forces to author a coming of age story inspired by the infamous era of high top fades, eye brow parts, and house parties. The album revolves around life, love, women and fashion as a solute to artists such as Teddy Riley, Bobby Brown, Michael Jackson, New Edition and Kid n Play who made songs that everyone could relate to.
In addition to being conceptually refreshing, the album is just as musically intriguing as producers Vaughan T, 14KT, Nick Speed, ZO!, and Forkcast sample and “flip” classic new jack swing records in a way that keeps listeners engaged.
Features and contributors include: Buff 1, Mayer Hawthorne, Big Tone, 14KT, Ro Spit, Nick Speed, Aloe Blacc, Zo!, Ella, and Sole Deacon. And even better, its available for FREE DOWNLOAD.
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Duck Sauce, the eminent producer duo comprised of A-Trak and Armand Van Helden, are primed to drop their second official single, “Barbra Streisand” on October 12th. If 3 million YouTube views of last year’s debut “aNYway” are any indicator, the official release of “Barbra Streisand” will be met with rabid anticipation as fan-recorded bootlegs have fueled blog excitement all summer.
“Barbra Streisand” continues to perfect the Duck Sauce sound, which joyously mashes classic disco house with forward-thinking dancefloor energy and expert production. A-Trak and AVH are bona fide DJ heroes whose team-ups are fueled by anything-goes samples, an almost childlike sense of fun, and 100% NYC attitude. This approach has made Duck Sauce fans-for-life out of partygoers around the globe, and will continue to convert anyone within earshot of “Barbra”‘s instantly addictive, whistling hook.
For the video, director So Me (Justice, Kid Cudi, MGMT) uses the song to soundtrack a hyperactive, ecstatic New York City travelogue. Shot over a week of long nights out with A-Trak and Armand (including live footage from the Fool’s Gold “Day Off” labor day block party), the clip is a pop-art adventure starring commandeered taxis and hotdog stands, sexy strangers, and a who’s-who of famous friends: rappers, producers, indie rockers, graffiti writers and nightlife icons all take turns adding their own special sauce to the song, turning “Barbra Streisand” into one of this year’s must-rewind clips.
Watch the video and see just how many cameos you can catch, then pick up the “Barbra Streisand” single (featuring striking sleeve art from Fool’s Gold art director Dust La Rock) on October 12th.
Shad features Von Pea and Donwill on the first and third verse, respectively, on the top song on the album. Shad also brings a new verse with his remarkably witty lines.
If you haven’t heard it yet, here it is:
Shad: “Rose Garden” (Remix) f. Von Pea & Donwill (Prefix Premiere) by prefixmag
Erk Tha Jerk certainly knows how to satiate his fans. Despite his debut album, Nerd’s Eye View, close on the horizon with a slated November 9th release date, Erk has decided to give away a brand new EP for free. The Prelude includes songs from his forthcoming LP in additon to tracks that will only be available on this free release.
The Prelude premiered through SF Weekly and marks a new high in the anticipation leading up to Nerd’s Eye View. “I’ve always released free music,” Erk explains of the EP’s price tag. “I guess I do it so when the people finally have to pay for something they’ll look back at all the free music and won’t mind spending with me. They know I’m good for it.” Between mixtapes, music videos, and unreleased tracks, some might argue that Erk is spreading himself too thin – that he can’t have much up his sleeve for his upcoming LP. One listen toThe Prelude, though, and it becomes evident that Erk Tha Jerk is just getting started.
Download The Prelude for free here: