Daily Archives: April 29, 2009

Raekwon-New Wu (Featuring Method Man And Ghostface Killah)

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Interview With Erik Rico

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A little over a year ago Erik Rico released Journey Back To Me, a blithe mash-up of Timbaland, Prince and Stevie Wonder’s verve championing pure soul music. Rico’s favor with finicky R&B fans comes during the third phase of his music career after earlier stints writing and producing for others and being an artist under contract with a major corporation. He produced music for a Tupac project, Jurassic 5 and Ladybug Mecca while being signed as an artist to Columbia Records. The latter gig arranged by American Idol judge Randy Jackson who was vice-president of the A & R department. But the North Carolina native’s creative discontent spurred him to leave the Sony owned subsidiary for the responsibilities and freedoms of being an independent artist. This year he has a few releases coming out under his Lifenotes label including The Higher Frequency EP that continues his expedition into the possibilities of organic and synthetic shaped R&B.

How did you get discovered by Randy Jackson?

My relationship with Randy came as a result of he and my cousin having a music production company based in LA. and them bringing me in as a staff producer/writer. After my initial meeting with Randy, he took my music to a quarterly brand meeting at Sony in New York to pitch songs/ production for artists on the label, he was informed not to break up my music but to sign me as a self contained artist to Columbia records, at which he was the VP at the time.

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Hip Hop Heavyweight, Del the Funky Homosapien, Releases Free Album: Funk Man: The Stimulus Package

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(April 29, 2009 – Brooklyn, NY) Less than a year after the release of his last album, Hieroglyphics member and co-founder Del the Funky Homosapien joins the ranks of Radiohead and Nine Inch Nails with the free release of his new album, Funk Man: The Stimulus Package via Funnyman Entertainment. Del is currently on a nationwide promotional tour for the album and will be playing in over 30 cities.

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