Detroit’s leading Mixtape DJ, Young Mase releases another promotional video ft. Obie Trice, Willie The Kid, L.A.D, and Quest MCODY. The official Michigan Remix for DJ Khaled’s “I Did For My Dawgz” was filmed at Detroit’s west side Community Recreation Center by Mula Films.
“BED,” is the full length debut album from BEVERLY FRE$H, known for, ”working his pussy off to feed the kids.” The album was produced and recorded by DIAL81 in his grandparent’s basement and it comes off like a smile from a mouth full of jacked up teeth. For this record, Beverly worked with one of his all time favorite rappers, NatureBoy Jim Kelly, formally Nosaj of New Kingdom on the track “What the Fuck,” and Detroit rapper / producer Skrapz on “Liquor& Churches.” Bed, is part of a
series of limited edition vinyl-only releases from Detroit artists on sUPERIORbelly Records.
Known for his on and off stage antics, confrontational humor and bizarre mix of hardcore rap, a cappella crooning and baritone screams the press has attempted to describe his style through such desperate comparisons
as: ”MC Serch meets Dan Deacon in the alley behind a Detroit art gallery for a dance-off. We all win,” and “Beck meets the early Beastie Boys and Cypress Hill at a wine bar and invites them to smoke a fat one in his VW Bug.”(Detroit Metro Times) Beverly prefers Tevin Campbell on angle dust.
At a recent live performance he was described as: “the debatably rabid Beverly Fre$h, who owns a look straight out of Thunderdome, spitting out lyrics like he just gargled gasoline, which may not be an exaggeration.” (youknewblog.com)
Beverly brags of an extensive tape collection and is influenced by artists from Ganksta Nip to Cab Calloway. His new record and live stage show are equally intense and enjoyable and his style is a bastardized hybrid and reflection of the urban and rural landscape of ghetto flea markets and backyard barn parties.
Through the winter he will be continuing his unannounced performances at remote locations throughout the Midwest documented by photographer Travis Roozee, and kicking off the release of Bed with a late summer pig roast in Detroit.
!PORK KNUCKLE! by BEVERLY FRE$H
DL link to Elzhi’s “ELmatic” free LP: https://www.yousendit.com/transfer.php?action=download&ufid=MFo3c0x5d0lsMHhFQlE9PQ
01. The Genesis
02. Detroit State of Mind (Houseshoes Shout)
04. Memory Lane
05. The World Is Yours
07. Life’s A Bitch feat. Royce da 5’9″ and Stokley Williams of Mint Condition
08. One Love
09. It Ain’t Hard To Tell (Pete Rock Shout)
10. Pete Rock Shout
Detroit, Michigan has, for at least the past decade, been one of the hottest breeding grounds for hip-hop talent. And following in the footsteps of those that came before them is Clear Soul Forces, a four-person group comprised of Ilajide, Wimpy, E-Fav, and J-Roc. Clear Soul Forces first hit the scene in early 2010 with the release of their free mixtape, Clear Soul Radio. This past fall, CSF released The Departure EP, and while the project has already amassed over 10,000 downloads, the Motor City upstarts aren’t slowing down and are now prepping the release of a handful of videos from the project. Joining the new video, Clear Soul Forces is excited to announce the launch of their new website, www.ClearSoulForces.com, which fans should visit regularly to keep up on all things CSF, including new media, show announcements, and more.
The first video released is for the EP’s lead single, “Gon’ Get ‘Em.” Directed by Gerard Victor, whose previous work includes videos with Black Milk, Royce Da 5’9, eLZhi, Ro Spit, and more, the video places CSF into the world of comic books, with each scene incorporating washed and pixelated images as special effects graphics surround the guys throughout. “Before we had even talked, Gerard actually came to us with the comic book idea not knowing we had the same type of vision for the video,” explains J-Roc.
“With the song,” says E-Fav, “we just wanted to showcase everyone in the group’s lyrical abilities. We want you to know for certain that we can rap.” And those lyrical flourishes are on display early and often with lines from Wimpy like, “I’m the Scottie Pippen of the verb/ Put in the same amount of work, don’t get the credit I deserve.” And as is par for the course with Clear Soul Forces, the line, in addition to the witty wordplay, holds a deeper meaning for the group. “That’s a really strong line, because we feel like that applies to us a little bit,” explains E-Fav, adding, “But we’re out here making a name for ourselves and it seems to be working.” Indeed.
Download The Departure EP and more music from Clear Soul Forces here:
Dear friends, fans and members of the music industry
Today I’m giving away as a free download one of the productions I am most proud of:
“The Sound” – Reese & Santonio (1987, KMS Records)
Click Here To Download Now From My Website
I recorded “The Sound” back in 1987 and released it on my own KMS Records label. It was a massive hit at New York’s Paradise Garage and in Chicago and of course Detroit. Once it hit the UK it became one of the earliest Detroit anthems all around Europe, a huge underground record across the globe – a true desert island techno track. It is such a special record to me because it was one of my first really successful productions and I hope that you all will enjoy this free, fresh digital download of my original 1987 version.
The reason I have decided to give this track away for free is because of a situation that recently developed involving the unauthorized sampling of “The Sound” by Italian producers Giacomo Godi & Emiliano Nencioni (Supernova) in their release “Beat Me Back” on Nirvana Recordings. It came to my attention that they are licensing and selling, with considerable success, this track which is nothing more than a continuous loop of the main hook from “The Sound.”
For me to hear ‘Supernova’ taking an extended loop of “The Sound” and claiming that this is their own original composition and production is both dishonest and disrespectful. My first thought was that they were perhaps naïve, but as they have apparently been recording together since 2002 this seems unlikely. In any event this is completely unacceptable, we cannot continue to let this kind of wholesale rip off go unchallenged and tolerate “artists” who completely sample recordings, add nothing of their own and then release the results as their own work.
I have a huge affection for sampling, it’s how some of the most inspiring and ground breaking tracks of our times were created. We’ve pretty much all sampled records at some time, and cleared the sample so we can use it on our releases, but it is just not cool to take someone else’s music, create a big old loop of it and then put your name on it and try to have success entirely off the back of another artist’s efforts. This really has got to stop. For this reason, I have uploaded the Godi/Nencioni version of “The Sound” to Soundcloud so that you all can download this for free if you so wish. These producers and their record label should not be profiting from my back catalogue… this is not their track to sell.
LISTEN TO THE RIPOFF TRACK HERE
Kevin Saunderson – KMS Records, Detroit USA
While regularly teaming up with some of the newest up-and-coming acts in electronic music, Scion A/V takes a look back to honor one of the most influential veterans of the genre with the upcoming release of Scion A/V Remix: Juan Atkins. The hard-copy version drops on February 15, while the digital version arrives March 29th.For this project, Atkins shares three new tracks, liberally referencing the golden age of Detroit Techno and the Belleville Three. Additionally, the release will also feature remixes by some of the most respected names in modern EDM. Detroit-based musician and co-producer of Atkins’ album Infinity, Terrence Dixon, gives us his hyper take on “Dayshift”. DJ Worthy, the San Franciscan behind Anabatic Records and a string of ground-breaking remixes and EPs, lends his touches to “Marz”. Finishing out the record is a track by DJ Oliver who created a thumping accompaniment to “Dayshift” entitled “Oliver’s Nightshift Remix”. In its ongoing effort to show support for the arts, Scion covers all production, licensing and distribution costs for the A/V projects, and all proceeds go directly back to the label and artists involved. http://www.scionav.com/juanatkins
Download Kevin Saunderson’s most recent WKQI Channel 955 Detroit Live Radio Mixdown Here
Watch the trailer for the forthcoming Kevin Saunderson Vs Derrick May 2011 World Tour Here
Respected and acknowledged around the world as one of the three Detroit Techno innovators (along with Juan Atkins and Derrick May), Kevin Saunderson is a legend who helped to reshape the future of Dance music as we know it today. It’s been over 20 years of incomparable DJ sets, live shows, productions, remixes and alter ego’s, but perhaps 2010 was the busiest time in Kevin Saunderson’s career. With a global resurgence in the techno genre and on the heels of his 2009 two-disc retrospective History Elevate, Kevin shifted into another gear by offering a constant flow of exciting new music via his KMS Records label, relaunching (with Paris Grey) the most celebrated Inner City project and by touring, producing and remixing more than ever before.
There’s no doubt that 2010 was highlighted by the reunion of Inner City at the Detroit Electronic Music Festival in May. In fact, Kevin’s biggest achievement to date – and his most commercially recognized project – is Inner City. Considered one of the World’s most influential Dance acts of all time, the Detroit duo is known for pioneering hits like “Big Fun” and “Good Life”, “Ain’t Nobody Better”, through to “Hallelujah”, “Pennies From Heaven”, “Till We Meet Again”, “Do Ya”, “Your Love” (to name but a few) plus the Spanish re-recording of their 1989 hit “Good Life”,(Buena Vida), which became a Number One Club hit in Europe and entered the Top Ten on the UK Pop Charts. To date, Inner City have had 12 Top 40 hits in the UK, as well as having had two Top 20 albums, with combined sales of more than six million. Inner City also received four Gold singles, one Gold Album and one Platinum Album.
Inner City’s legend is reaching a whole new generation of fans thanks to a series of new remixes being released through Kevin’s own KMS records. In November the “Future EP” was released featuring a series of three brand new remixes from Dutch producer Orlando Voorn, while on December 5, a brand new “Good Life” package was released featuring the “2011 Live Tour Remix” and “Paul Anthony and ZXX Remix.” Kevin’s A&R skills are also evident in the November release of Brandon Decarlo’s “Upside Deficient EP” and his co-production with nephew Kweku Saunderson entitled “Roll On.” This truly is the next generation of Saunderson!
In 2011, Kevin Saunderson joins forces with Derrick May for a world tour featuring a four-turntable tag-team battle – techno like it oughta be. Kevin’s also preparing a bunch of new tracks under his own name and for Inner City while a very special collaboration with another techno legend is in the works (more on that down the road.) In the meantime, an essential listen for any techno and dance music fan is Kevin Saunderson’s History Elevate compilation. The first Disc features Kevin’s own remixes of tracks from Wee Papa Girl Rappers, Cameo, Cerrone, Hercules & Love Affair and Simian Mobile Disco while the second disc features artists (including Luciano, Carl Craig, Jesse Rose, etc) remixing Kevin’s originals tracks. Get it here
Astronote – Astronomix
New Astronote, the French Producer, called “Astronomix”. The project includes mainly original songs that he produced over the last year, with a couple remixes and exclusives that are previously unreleased thrown in as well. It includes songs by Donwill, Marv Won, Ro Spit, Invincible, Ill Bill and remixes of joints by Drake & Jay Electronica. The front and back covers and track list are in the zip file.
Magestik Legend – The Great Escape
Astronote produced the majority of Michigan emcee Magestik Legend’s new album, “The Great Escape”. Our fam, recent Red Bull Big Tune US winner 14KT produced the two songs Astronote didn’t.
DJ Graffiti aka The Mangler – Mangladesh Radio Show
I personally, started a Hip-Hop radio podcast on http://www.SpineTV.net called Mangladesh. The downloadable or streamable mixshow features the best records that I come across each month and always ends with 20 minutes of Detroit & Michigan Hip-Hop.
Detroit-based musicians Joshua and Daniel are two men making up a band named after one man – Dale Earnhardt Jr. However their moniker, Dale Earnhardt JR JR, is a fictional addition to the Earnhardt Nascar dynasty, and this habit of blending of fantastical imagination with a firm grasp on mundane and real-world events is a prominent theme for the band. They are infinitely playful and earnest, which is enough for this to be incredibly charming.
Their music is rather endearing too – “a quasi-psych mix of folk, hip-hop inspired drum programming, and effervescent pop” – that fills up the greenscreen recording studio with melodic Beatles-like simplicity. It is catchy and cute but heartfelt and cool as well. Visually, Josh and Daniel are in the zone, beginning to sweat under the lights in their eBay-sourced Nascar suits. Both the outfits and the video, which is for the song “Simple Girl,” are covered in logos, making it clear that the visuals act merely as an extension of the band itself.
Watch Dale Earnhardt JR JR perform “Simple Girl” as a part of the Green Screening project here:
An exclusive mp3 of the performance is available here:
One of hockey’s most iconic phrases – “he shoots, he scores” may soon be replaced by “he shoots, he shares” – as Cisco’s Flip Video(tm), and the National Hockey League(r) (NHL) team up to offer 30 uniquely designed NHL team Flip video cameras. In addition, Flip Video will offer Facebook fans a chance to win Flip cameras and a trip to the 2011 NHL All-Star Game presented by Discover. Select NHL.com reporters will also receive NHL-branded Flip video cameras to capture all the hockey action on and off the ice.
Beginning December 7, fans can choose their own official NHL Flip video camera with a custom design from any one of the 30 NHL teams from the U.S. and Canada. A perfect gift for hockey lovers, the new Flip designs are available through the Flip Video online store: theflip.com/NHL
<http://www.theflip.com/NHL> . The NHL-branded Flips will be offered on all of the latest Flip video cameras including the Flip UltraHD and MinoHD
starting at $159, for anytime shoot and share fun.
Edmonton Oilers right wing Jordan Eberle and Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin are among the many celebrities and sports icons featured in the Flip Video 2010 holiday campaign ‘Do You Flip?’
“Flip is the only video camera on the market that consumers can customize and select from thousands of unique designs. Our ability to offer customization has enabled us to team with the NBA and now the NHL, which was a natural extension for our brand,” said Jodi Lipe, director of marketing for Cisco’s Consumer Products. “Whether it’s at the Stanley Cup Final or an afternoon snowball fight with friends, Flip video cameras are a fun and simple way to capture and share videos with friends and family.”
To help promote the new NHL designs, Flip is hosting a contest called the Flip Video Fan Face-off that will give away one grand prize trip for two to the 2011 NHL All-Star Game in Raleigh, North Carolina, January 30, as well as daily prizes of NHL-custom designed team Flips every day in December. Hockey fans can face-off for these cool prizes starting on December 9, 2010 at www.facebook.com/flipvideo.
With four of the best fighters in Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) history set to battle at UFC 123:RAMPAGE vs. MACHIDA, which is presented by Bud Light and live on Pay-Per-View on November 20th at the Palace of Auburn Hills in Detroit, Michigan, the card will also feature a number of top up-and-comers and experienced veterans. To bolster the long-awaited return to Detroit, the UFC confirms that, in addition to Quinton Jackson vs. Lyoto Machida and Matt Hughes vs. B.J. Penn, the remaining bouts at UFC 123 include the following: George Sotiropolous vs. Joe Lauzon, Phil Davis vs. Tim Boetsch, Gerald Harris vs. Maiquel Falcao, Matt Brown vs. Brian Foster, Aaron Simpson vs. Mark Muñoz, Karo Parisyan vs. Dennis Hallman, Darren Elkins vs. Edson Barboza, Paul Kelly vs. T.J. O’Brien and Tyson Griffin vs. Nik Lentz
In a lightweight matchup sure to be thrilling, up-and-coming star George Sotiropolous (fighting out of Vancouver, Wash. / 13-2) has been on a tear since his UFC debut in 2008, winning all six of his fights in the Octagon, including 2010 wins over Joe Stevenson and Kurt Pellegrino. Sotiropolous matches up with Joe Lauzon (fighting out of Bridgewater, Mass. / 18-5). “J-Lau” is coming off one of the most dominant performances of recent years, when he pummeled Gabe Ruediger for two minutes before securing a first-round submission victory via armbar at UFC 118. In his eight UFC fights, the always-exciting Lauzon has received three Submission of the Night, two Fight of the Night and one Knockout of the Night award.
Looking to stay undefeated, Phil Davis (fighting out of San Diego, Cali. / 7-0) is seeking his fourth consecutive UFC win. A four-time NCAA Division I All-American wrestler and 2008 National Champion for Penn State, “Mr. Wonderful” will face his toughest test yet in a light heavyweight matchup with Tim Boetsch (fighting out of Sunbury, Pa. / 12-3). As a four-year varsity wrestler for traditional powerhouse Lock Haven University, “The Barbarian” will be anything but a pushover. Boetsch has finished 11 of his 12 wins, and, with five knockouts and six submissions, he is a threat wherever the fight goes.
Boasting a ten-fight winning streak that includes knockout victories in each of his three UFC fights, Gerald Harris (fighting out of Tulsa, Okla. / professional record: 16-2) plans to continue working his way up the middleweight ranks. “Hurricane” already has two Knockout of the Night awards to his name and will look to add a third in an attempt to spoil Maiquel Falcao’s (fighting out of Brazil / 25-3, 1 NC)debut in the Octagon®. A member of the legendary Chute Boxe Academy, “Big Rig” has put together an impressive streak as well, with seven straight wins and victories in 11 of his last 12 bouts, none of them making it through the second round.
Welterweight Matt Brown (fighting out of Cincinnati, Ohio / 13-9) has battled with many of the UFC’s best throughout his career. Known as “The Immortal”, the well-rounded fighter has been in the Octagon with the likes of Chris Lytle, Dong Hyun Kim and Ricardo Almeida, and he has another tough test ahead of him in Brian Foster (fighting out of Granite City, Ill. / 16-5). Not one for boring fights, Foster has never had a fight go to the judges’ scorecards. Just two months after a knockout victory over Forrest Petz that earned him Knockout of the Night honors, Foster hopes a win over a seasoned veteran like Brown can elevate him in the always tough welterweight division.
One of several Arizona State University All-American-wrestlers-turned-MMA-stars, Aaron Simpson (fighting out of Phoenix, Ariz. / 7-1)plans to follow in the footsteps of fellow Sun Devils Cain Velasquez and Ryan Bader in a sprint up the MMA rankings. In his young career, “A-Train” has already received Fight of the Night and Knockout of the Night awards in wins over Tom Lawlor and Tim McKenzie, respectively. Mark Munoz (fighting out of Vallejo, Cali. / 8-2) is a stellar wrestler himself, winning an NCAA Championship at Oklahoma State. “The Filipino Wrecking Machine” is 3-1 in the Octagon since dropping to middleweight, with his only blemish a split decision loss against top contender Yushin Okami. Munoz has also shown excellent power, knocking out Kendall Grove to win Fight of the Night earlier in 2010.
Someone whose talent has never been doubted, Karo Parisyan (fighting out of North Hollywood, Cali. / 27-5, 1 NC) has defeated many of the best 170-pounders in the game. “The Heat” has recorded victories over Chris Lytle, Matt Serra and Nick Diaz, and looks to put himself back into contention in his return to the Octagon with a win over Dennis Hallman (fighting out of Yelm, Wash. / 65-13-2, 1 NC). The submission specialist has unprecedented experience, even tapping out UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes on two occasions. Coming off a win over Ben Saunders, a win for Hallman will continue his career resurgence.
In a lightweight battle that seems destined to end early, Darren Elkins (fighting out of Hobart, Ind. / 12-2) is known for finishing fights. With only two fights ever going to decision, Elkins has the power and grappling to end his opponents. Holding a win over Duane Ludwig in the UFC, “The Damage” is set to take on Edson Barboza (fighting out of Jupiter, Fla. / 6-0). The highly-touted Brazilian prospect is a Muay Thai ace who has used his talents in the art to knock out five of his six opponents, finishing the other by submission. He has been competing in MMA for just under two years, and hopes his rise will continue in his UFC debut.
Paul Kelly (fighting out of Liverpool, England / 11-3) has become a staple in the Octagon for UFC fans. With seven UFC fights already under his belt, “Tellys” looks to establish himself as a lightweight contender. The 26-year old member of the Kaobon camp will be taking on UFC first-timer T.J. O’Brien (fighting out of Prole, Iowa / 16-3). This submission guru has finished all his victories via tapout, specializing in the triangle choke, which has brought him 11 of his 16 wins. Currently on a six-fight winning streak, “The Spider” has ended five of those wins in the first round.
One of the most exciting fighters in the UFC, Tyson Griffin (fighting out of Las Vegas, Nev. / 14-4) has won Fight of the Night in five of his 11 bouts in the Octagon. Griffin has defeated some of the game’s top stars, including Clay Guida, Urijah Faber, Gleison Tibau and Rafael Dos Anjos, while battling Sean Sherk and current champion Frankie Edgar to decisions that earned Fight of the Night honors. Opposing Griffin will be Nik Lentz (fighting out of Eden Prairie, Minn. / 21-3-2). “The Carny” is undefeated in his last 12 fights, including a 3-0-1 record in the Octagon. A former Division I wrestler, Lentz has used his grappling skills to dominate his opponents.
The second single from the Brown Study album, “Friction”, is an unadulterated, rough, and hard-hitting track. Apollo Brown takes no prisoners on this “heat rock,” as Boog Brown best illustrates it. “Friction” opens with intensity and aggressiveness that leads into a firestorm of lyrics from Boog Brown. With a no nonsense line of attack, Boog shows off why she is quickly establishing herself as a lyrical heavy weight and holds her own along side longtime friends and lyrical specialists Invincible and Miz Korona, showing off wit and dexterity with lyrics like, “The goddess is all this and then some/ Thumbin’ my nose at hoes and all critics – you can all get it/ I’m authentic, arsenic wit a flow all liquid/ No argument/ Heavy weight lyrics like I move large shipments/ Bo-guard the diction/ Good God it’s sickening.” Like steel sharpening steel, the lyrical onslaught of Boog, Korona, and Invicible perfectly compliment Apollo’s unrelenting samples and heavy drums. The message of “Friction”? Boog puts it best: “No message per-se, just enjoy the dopeness and the next time you say ‘she’s dope for a female’ remember this joint.”
Boog Brown and Apollo Brown’s album Brown Study will be available September 28th via Mello Music Group.
Download Boog Brown & Apollo Brown’s “Friction” here:
Detroit based producer Apollo Brown and Atlanta based rapper Boog Brown are at it again. The pair’s first collaborations resulted in the enchanting mixtape The Grind Season Vol. 1, a tantalizing taste of what was soon to come. The wait will finally be over when the duo release their first full-length album Brown Study on September 28, 2010, viaMello Music Group. The long-awaited album will feature the likes of Miz Korona, Invincible, Kam Moye, and Kenn Starr.
The first single off of Brown Study is the sensual “Just Be,” an intimate whisper that floats over Apollo Brown’s shimmering samples and passionate groove, inspiring the intense pleasures of living in the present and savoring every moment. Boog expressed that desire, advising us to “Live in the moment. In all things, intimacy, joy, pain, hurt, loss, gain, triumph. All of that — be in it. Feel it, because it’s the fabric of life. Blink and it’s gone.” Powerful and vibrant lyrics such as “Enraptured in the scent/ This is bliss at length/ From start to the finish/ Euphoric/ Absorbed in the ebullience/ Elegant every sense awakened” meld with Apollo’s sampled soft horns, sweeping strings, and chimes, echoing his thought that “‘Just Be’ is one of those songs that exude passion and feeling. We don’t have a lot of true feeling in the music now days. Emcees and producers shouldn’t be afraid to express themselves exactly how they please.”
Boog Brown and Apollo Brown’s album Brown Study will be available September 28th via Mello Music Group.
Download Boog Brown & Apollo Brown’s “Just Be” here:
Detroit will be infused with adrenaline on Saturday, November 20, as the Ultimate Fighting Championship® returns to the Motor City for the first time since UFC IX in 1996. In the main event, two former UFC® light heavyweight champions collide as Quinton “Rampage” Jackson takes on Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida at UFC 123: RAMPAGE vs. MACHIDA, presented by Bud Light and live from the Palace at Auburn Hills in Detroit, Michigan.
Also on this stacked UFC 123 card, former welterweight champions will settle their score as UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes and former two-division champion BJ Penn face off in the rubber match of one of the greatest trilogies in fight history.
“When you think of Detroit, the first names that come to mind are legends like Joe Louis and Tommy Hearns,” UFC President Dana White said. “This is a real fight town with diehard fight fans, so I’m happy to be the guy bringing big fights to the Motor City.”
“We’re bringing the best UFC fighters here on November 20th,” added White, who is heading to Detroit on Thursday, September 16th, to meet with the media and officially announce UFC 123. “Rampage Jackson and Lyoto Machida are two of the top light heavyweights in the world. I expect this fight to be a war, as both of these guys want to get back in the title run. The co-main event is Matt Hughes vs. BJ Penn, two of the best fighters in UFC history. They have both beat each other and jumped at the opportunity to fight a third time.”
Tickets for UFC 123 will go on sale Monday, September 20 at 10 a.m. ET and will be priced at $400, $300, $200, $150, $100 and $50. Tickets are available at Palacenet.com, Ticketmaster.com, charge-by-phone (800.745.3000) and all Ticketmaster retail locations.
A ferocious competitor known for his aggressive slams and knockout power, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (fighting out of Memphis, Tenn. / professional record: 30-8) has been in there with the best and has beaten the best. A former Pride® veteran and UFC light heavyweight champion, the Memphis native’s UFC stint has seen him score knockout victories over Chuck Liddell and Wanderlei Silva and decision wins over Dan Henderson and Keith Jardine, making it clear that the 32-year-old can stand in the Octagon with anyone.
“I started this camp very early,” Jackson said. “I stayed in shape from the last fight and the weight hasn’t been an issue this time. Every single minute of this camp will be focused on technique, not getting back in shape or shaking the ring rust after a long time off.
“If Machida decides to fight me, it will be an exciting fight for one round before he goes to sleep. I am expecting him to run from me, though. He’d wear sneakers into the Octagon if he could! But don’t worry, I will hunt him down and get him anyway.”
A black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and Machida Karate, Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida (fighting out of Belem, Brazil / 16-1) has proved he is dangerous anywhere the fight goes. The former UFC light heavyweight champion won his first 16 professional fights and is focused on getting back into the title picture. Winning five of his first six fights in the UFC, the 32-year-old has finished three bouts, including a submission win over Rameau Sokoudjou and knock out victories against Thiago Silva and Rashad Evans.
“I know what it’s like to be the champion and I want to be the champion again,” Machida said. “I respect Rampage and I think he is an incredible fighter, but I’m going to expose his weaknesses – I’m going to win this fight on November 20 and go after the light heavyweight title.”
A fighter that is seeing a renaissance during an already brilliant career, Matt Hughes (fighting out of Hillsboro, Ill. / 46-7) has won his last three fights, putting himself back in the title picture once again. After a unanimous decision win against Matt Serra, a KO victory over Renzo Gracie and a submission victory over Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt Ricardo Almeida, the 36-year-old has cemented his UFC Hall Of Fame status as he looks to get his welterweight title back.
In a move back to the 170-pound class after a very successful run as champion at 155 pounds, former UFC lightweight and welterweight champion BJ Penn (fighting out of Hilo, Hawaii / 15-7-1) will meet Hughes in a highly-anticipated rubber match. After Penn won their first fight via submission at UFC 46 and Hughes evened the score via TKO at UFC 63, both fighters are hungry to break the tie. Penn, a highly decorated Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt, has always been known as a finisher, and with fighters such as Kenny Florian, Diego Sanchez, Sean Sherk, Joe Stevenson, Jens Pulver and even Hughes on that list, the 31-year-old Hawaiian is one of the sport’s most dangerous competitors.
Hey – Black Milk just leaked another track from his record dropping next week.
Black Milk, Detroit’s latest heir to a long musical legacy, has partnered with indie hip-hop purveyors Fat Beats and New York creative agency/record label Decon to release Album Of The Year. Expounding on his sample-based approach, the title serves as a double entendre; Album of The Year is his greatest professional achievement and is the immediate product of his experiences during the last 12 months. Taking into consideration the loss of several loved ones, it is easy to assume his music would reflect a certain emotional state. Though he addresses these personal difficulties, Milk interprets them as an opportunity to reflect on life’s virtues; Album Of The Year is celebratory and vibrant.
Black Milk’s last effort, 2008′s Tronic, was amongst the most celebrated of the late aughts, and he has only refined his approach since. The sonic nuances of Milk’s previous, sample-heavy albums are still in tact but Album Of The Year doesn’t stop there. Black Milk has employed bassist Tim Shellaberger, the versatile horn player and string arranger Sam Beaubien and drummer Daru Jones to help flesh out an album that is simultaneously classic and forward thinking.
Not satisfied with simply providing auditory landscapes for others, Milk laces each and every track with his own introspective lyrics. The only guest verses come from fellow Detroit heavy hitters Royce Da 5′ 9″, Danny Brown, and Elzhi of Slum Village. Vocalists such as Mr. Porter, AB, Melanie Rutherford, and Monica Blaire contribute harmoniously,but the spotlight is firmly affixed on Black Milk. Album Of The Year is his opus and we’re fortunate to watch a master at work.
ALBUM OF THE YEAR TRACK-LISTING
2. Welcome (Gotta Go)
3. Keep Going
4. Oh Girl feat. AB
5. Deadly Medley feat. Royce Da 5′ 9″ and Elzhi
6. Distortion feat. Melanie Rutherford
7. Over Again feat. Monica Blaire
8. Black and Brown feat. Danny Brown
9. Round of Applause
10. Warning (Keep Bouncing)
11. Gospel Psychedelic Rock
12. Closed Chapter feat. Mr. Porter
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Frank Nitt Celebrates EP And Single Success, Offers Aspiring Entertainers A Chance To Win Private Party, Video Appearance
Following the May 25th release of Jewels In My Backpack, Frank Nitt is excited to announce the filming of his upcoming webisode series, The Go Girl Show. The casting call will take place this Friday, June 11th at Freak City inLos Angeles, California. Filming will take place the evenings of Monday, June 14th through Thursday, June 17th. All competitors must be available for duration of the filming to be eligible for selection.
Throughout the course of The Go Girl Show, Frank Nitt will lead aspiring entertainers and female fans through a series of challenges as they compete to become Frank Nitt’s Go Girl. Inspired by “Go Girl,” the lead single from Frank Nitt’sTerrace Martin produced Jewels In My Backpack EP, the webisode series serves to match the song’s positive message of female empowerment and independence, giving aspiring entertainers and Frank’s female fans the chance to take part in a variety of challenges that show off their intelligence, talents, and natural beauty, while offering the winning contestant the chance to gain awareness and to build their portfolio. Says Frank, “Ladies, I’m looking for a strong, beautiful, and intelligent woman – the essence of a ‘Go Girl’ – is that you?”
The judging panel, made up of a combination of celebrities and industry veterans, will choose one lucky winner, who will have a dinner party and private party in her honor hosted at Freak City. Frank’s Go Girl will also have the opportunity to make an appearance in an upcoming Frank Nitt or Delicious Vinyl video.
Casting Call Details:
What: Frank Nitt’s The Go Girl Show
When: Friday, June 11, 2010
What time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm (PST)
Where: Freak City – 6613 Sunset Blvd., LA, CA 90028
Last week Detroit producer, Apollo Brown, delivered us his latest album, The Reset. The project features a variety of exceptional MC’s atop Apollo’s soulful production, including Rapper Big Pooh and Black Milk, on the track “Hungry“. With a hard-hitting beat and rhymes from the two MC’s to match, the track is filled with energy. “Hungry” leads off with a verse from Big Pooh, who recounts his hard work and also takes some time to celebrate his successes. The second verse comes from Black Milk, as he lays a series of bragadoccio rhymes over Apollo’s heavy drums and mix of vocal, horn, and organ chops. Following each verse is the repeating mantra of the song, rapped by Black Milk, “I can’t sleep, I’m on the grind, I’m hungry”; a simple hook that’s pounded into the heads of listeners as a firm proclamation of ambition.
Apollo Brown’s The Reset is now available via Mello Music Group.
Check out “Hungry” feat. Rapper Big Pooh and Black Milk here:http://media.audibletreats.com/Apollo_Brown-Hungry_Feat_Big_Pooh_And_Black_Milk.mp3
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Detroit’s Gritty Frank Nitt Enlists Shiny Cali Kings Terrace Martin, Kurupt, & DJ Quik for Jewels In My Backpack
Underground mastermind MC Frank Nitt of Frank-n-Dank, has teamed up with L.A. rap dons for a six-track EP that transcends styles, proving that Frank Nitt holds the verbal dexterity to rock over any beat. The EP is being released by the legendary label,Delicious Vinyl, known for their classic releases from The Pharcyde,Masta Ace, Tone Loc, and many more. Frank Nitt’s Jewels in my Backpack hits virtual shelves today.
The beauty of Jewels is in the organic chemistry of Terrace Martin and Frank Nitt’s fusion of sound and style. A highly accomplished producer, Martin has arranged tracks for such artists as Snoop, Talib Kweli, andWarren G to name a few. His highly developed musical technique provided a bright array of beats on which Nitt unwound his signature gritty prose. The EP is a blend of the artists’ two worlds. “He’s [Martin] much more glossy than where I come from. His production has a shinier sound, which are the jewels. And here I am as this underground artist, a backpack MC who can rock over these jewels” explains Nitt. The end result is a powerful hip-hop hybrid that seamlessly blends regional aesthetics of both their hometowns.
Having released four albums as the Detroit-based duo Frank-n-Dank with Dankery Harv, Frank Nitt is no stranger to the rap game. His previous works boast the production mastery of hip-hop legend J. Dilla, and command attention and respect across the globe. Breaching into the realm as a solo-artist, Nitt now has full control of his musical endeavors. “It’s all on me. Being solo raises the stakes but I’m confident in the music I make,” professes Nitt. The EP has guest appearances by Kurupt and DJ Quik, beefing up the credentials to this classic-in-the-making.
Frank Nitt’s Jewels In My Backpack EP boasts 6 songs that cover topics from partying n’ bullshit to girls to love to adjusting to the LA party scene and more. “Psychedelic Freaky Girls” is a technicolor steamer trunk of a track, bursting with Terrace Martin’s musicality and the randy croon of J. Black. The single, “Go Girl,” featuring The Problem pays homage to the ladies and delivers a deep riding bass that drives Frank’s true-to-life lyrics through the speakers.
Frank Nitt’s contribution to the future of hip-hop is available starting today on iTunes and Amazon while the vinyl version will be availbale soon.
Delicious Vinyl kicks off Summer 2010 with the release of Frank Nitt’s Jewels In My Backpack EP with lead tracks “Go Girl” (feat. Problem) and “Zoned Out” feat. Kurupt. The 6-track EP is produced by Terrace Martin. Read more…