Check point 6 of 2011… #CrashCourse 9. Fresh off of the Abstract Music Group’s Spring Tour 2011 of the United States’ northeastern region, AMG’s Savant (aka Stanstro) links with Donuts & Milk to bring you the latest addition to his Crash Course Leak Series, the 7 emcee posse cut “State Bar AZ Cypher”. Laced, scratched and cut by Visions Of the Sun beatsmith Marvel76, and featuring bars from Visions Of the Sun emcees (Hexsagon, Fred Free & Casto), Random (aka MegaRan), Mr. Miranda and Medaforacle, the jawn serves as the definitive answer to the question: “What’s Arizona’s hip hop scene like”?
State Bar AZ Cypher (prod. by Marvel76) by Savant aka Stanstro
When he’s not tattooing the likes of MURS, Jean Grae, 2Mex, Big Pooh, members of Arcade Fire, and others at his popular tattoo shop STARING WITHOUT CARING, Tucson, Arizona rapper Isaiah Toothtaker continues to turn heads with his latest album, Illuminati Thug Mafia, released late last month as part of a joint venture between Alpha Pup Records and his own label Machina Muerte. Now the Tucson native is treating fans with the latest single, “Baby,” which fans can also expect a video for in the coming days.
Convicted multiple felon and participant in over 400 witnessed street fights — all after being kicked out of his home at the age of 11 and having his father murdered by Tucson Police — it’s no secret that Isaiah Toothtaker has seen and experienced plenty of violence’s shady underworld. And the combination of heavily reverberating drums, high-speed crashing percussion, deep bass, and shrill organ stabs, create a perfectly grim and sinister backdrop for the Machina Muerte Capo to unwind his tales, starting with his off-kilter, semi-melodic chorus, as he sings, “Dear mama, didn’t mean to kill your baby, is that your baby?/ Holy father, I’m waiting for you to save me, so can you save me?” Later referring to himself as the “Only undertaker that overachieves,” Toothtaker, on “Baby” as with the rest of the album, mixes mayhem with deft wordplay, and leaves it up to listeners to decipher their own meanings.
Isaiah Toothtaker’s newest album Illuminati Thug Mafia is available now via Machina Muerte/Alpha Pup.
Download Isaiah Toothtaker’s “Baby” here:
Speed Technologies Announces the Arrive and Drive Program for Off-Road Race Fans Looking to Get Behind the Wheel and Race in the Lucas Off-Road Race Series SuperLite Championship
Speed Technologies has just made off-road racing a lot easier. The company, a leading team in the SuperLite Championship series, has launched a rental program that puts drivers behind the wheel of one of its fleet of SuperLite trucks, while removing the logistical nightmare of race support, heavy start-up costs and post-race shop time.
“Arrive and Drive” offers racers and aspiring racers a ready SuperLite truck delivered for race weekend with on-site crew and support. Drivers need only jump behind the wheel and hit the gas.
Nearing the end of its first season of rental program, Speed Technologies said its fleet of five trucks has been in high demand in 2008. “We started this in April,” Singleton said, “but even starting late for the season we’ve been selling out races, and we’re booked through the end of the year.”
And the program has already attracted big-name racers, like Andrew Comrie-Picard, the X Games competitor best known for his dominance in the rally circuit. “As someone coming from another racing discipline, I know how important preparation is,” he said, “and with Speed Technologies everything is ready to go, the trucks are very well built and the crew is awesome.”
Although the driving style took some getting used to, Comrie-Picard placed third in his first SuperLite race. And he plans to run the truck again before the season is over. As for the future of the SuperLite class in the series, he likes the affordability.
Comrie-Picard’s experience racing SuperLite is typical. Singleton said he expects the bulk of the fleet in 2009 to go to racers who will reserve them for all seven series races.
“If You’re on the outside of this style of racing looking in, this is just about the only way to walk on and get a full racing experience without too much preparation or cost,” Singleton said. “Plus you get all of the benefits of racing in the SuperLite Championship – visibility for sponsors, TV time, etc.”
For single-race SuperLite rentals, racers pay a fixed $7,500. For the season (seven races), the cost is $52,500.
What racers get:
• Fully prepared SuperLite Race Truck, delivered to the race venue ready for Friday qualifying, and Saturday and Sunday racing
• Professional pit assignment
• Race crew, including a designated chief and spotter
• All race support equipment
• Hospitality for driver and one guest
• Signage for personal sponsors (limited to established space)
• One set of race tires
• Race fuel
• Inclusion in series marketing and promotions
• Inclusion in Lucas Oil Off Road Racing television coverage
• Inclusion in SuperLite television series
* Drivers must provide their own Lucas Oil-approved race suit and helmet, and are responsible for damage beyond normal wear and tear.
The SuperLite Championship series is held at venues in California, Arizona and Nevada. Drivers compete for a portion of $80,000 in prize money over the course of the series.