Daily Archives: December 11, 2008

Prince’s Sister Tyka Nelson Releases Second Album

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Anyone wondering if there’s still a “Minneapolis sound”—a line of continuity between the Time and Big Jess, Mint Condition and Lazerbeak—should hear the new album by Tyka Nelson, Prince’s only full-blooded sibling. She has a better excuse than most for sounding like her brother, amid the icy funk of A Brand New Me (on London’s Gospel Frontiers), but her allure goes beyond the uncanny resemblance she can’t help. On “Touch from Heaven,” a synth dirge among insinuating pop songs, Nelson’s high overdubbed vocals sound like a small choir of herself, swirling over a computer-blue throb like a reverie above a daydreamer’s aching head.
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Meshell Ndegeocello- Chocolate City

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Russell Simmons, LL Cool J, T.I. and the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network launch the first Hip-Hop Inaugural Ball on 1/19/09 in Washington DC

New York, NY, December 11, 2008: Russell Simmons, Valeisha Butterfield, Dr. Benjamin Chavis and the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network (HSAN) announced today plans to sponsor the first Hip-Hop Inaugural Ball on January 19, 2009 at the prestigious Harman Center for the Arts, 610 F Street, NW, Washington, D.C.

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Bay Area Legends Keak Da Sneak and San Quinn Present Welcome To Scokland

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(December 11, 2008 – Brooklyn, NY) This year represents the official return of the Bay Area as the vibrant epicenter of an ever-changing, multi-layered West Coast sound. In the middle of this re-birth is the Bay Area record label E-HUSTL Entertainment and the release of their latest project, Welcome to Scokland, from Bay Area legends Keak Da Sneak and San Quinn. Possessing the ability to join together the musical and lyrical subtleties of San Francisco (the “Sco”) and Oakland, San Quinn and Keak Da Sneak have produced an album that highlights the distinctive sound of the next generation of Bay Area emcees. Welcome to Scokland is available now online and in stores everywhere via E-HUSTL Entertainment.

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Drumma Boy Receives 2 Grammy Nominations & Stars in “Welcome to Dreamland”

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Los Angeles, California – December 11, 2008 – The 2009 Grammy Ceremony is coming up and hip-hop music from the South takes over the list of nominees with artists like Lil Wayne, T.I., Young Jeezy, Ludacris, T-Pain, Andre 3000 and Flo Rida. Multi-platinum producer Drumma Boy who has worked with all the aforementioned artists as well Yung Joc, Rick Ross, Paul Wall, Gorilla Zoe and Plies has received two Grammy nominations for his musical ingenuity. The nominations come in the form of work for T.I.’s platinum selling Papertrail (Best Rap Album) where the young Atlantan beat maker produced a total of four songs on the fourth highest debut album of 2008 including the hit single “What Up, What’s Happenin” as well as “My Life Your Entertainment” f/ Usher, “Ready for Whatever” and “You Ain’t Missin Nothin” while T.I. called Drumma Boy “the next big thing.” Additionally Drumma Boy composed the blazing track “Put On” f/ Young Jeezy and Kanye West which has been nominated for “Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group.” The song which became the hit anthem of the summer reached #12 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the Billboard Hot Rap Tracks and Mainstream R&B/Hip Hop charts. Drumma Boy says the nominations come from his “work ethic and consistency.” He says, “I have practiced my craft faithfully for 11 years – a routine that has lead me to opportunities such as producing for T.I.’s Papertrail as well as Young Jeezy’s “Put On” featuring Kanye West. I believe that any dream can be accomplished with proper follow through.”

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