San Clemente, CA – February 28, 2011- C1RCA Select is proud to announce the collaboration with Hip Hop pioneer, Afrika Bambaataa, on the Spring 2011 tee and sneaker collection entitled the Zulu Collection.
Bronx native Afrika Bambaataa is one of the originators of break-beat deejaying, and one of the architects of Hip Hop Culture. In fact, he is credited for coining the phrase, “Hip Hop” to name the whole culture, pulling all of the five elements together. He also helped fuel the development of other musical genres such as Freestyle or Latin Freestyle, Miami Bass, House, Hip House, Electronic and early Techno. He was the first to use a synthesizer on a Hip Hop record, ultimately creating the Electro Funk sound.
“I would describe my style as laid back, realistic, and honest.”
The battle over the soul of hip-hop is always a pessimistic one. Questions of authentic prescriptions to folk art get posed and then disposed by the dominant argument that capitalistic imperatives have to be the ultimate concern. But the human spirit will never tire of the need to hear stories that speak to the heart. Signif the Gift is answering that question with her brand of no-frills hip-hop that recalls the early days of MC Lyte with a timbre in line with Jean Grae. Her video for “Drifting” is a pared down aesthetic sustained by her coherent rhyme style, self-affirming lyrics and the background of New York City. The former Milwaukee resident has laid down her music manifesto with her Beautifully Flawed EP from 2009 and 2010’s The Transition. Unsigned and free to follow her creative whims, the artist is looking to make her sound translate to hip-hop’s conflicted mass of fans.
Where are you from?
Born and raised in Milwaukee, WI.
How did you start rapping?
After watching my brothers partake in rapping I decided to try it. I was already writing poetry so I tried converting some of my favorite poems I had written previously, and it sounded awful. So I figured I better start from scratch. I quit more than a few times it was frustrating knowing what I wanted to say but not executing it on paper properly.
Harvey Mason began his study of the drums at the age of 7 in his native Atlantic City, New Jersey. At 16 he had his first drum set and he would later attend the Berklee School of Music and graduate from the New England Conservatory of Music. By the late ’60′s he was performing with Erroll Garner and Duke Ellington. In the ’70′s he became a much sought-after studio musician and he also did a lot of film and television work. He made notable appearances on Herbie Hancock’s Headhunters, Donald Byrd’s Black Byrd and George Benson’s Breezin’. Clive Davis signed Mason to his Arista label in 1976. Five recordings came from this deal including 1979′s Groovin’ You of which the title track was sampled by house music producer Gusto in 1995 for “Disco’s Revenge.” Marching In The Street was his first solo release and the title track and “Modaji” are foundations of jazz fusion. Mason’s last recording as a soloist was 2004′s With All My Heart. Quincy Jones, Carlos Santana, Aretha Franklin, James Brown and Ray Charles are a handful of the artists he has performed with on a list that is too long to name. He has received multiple Grammy nominations and is a founding member of the smooth jazz group Fourplay. His son is Harvey Mason, Jr. who is one-half of the production team The Underdogs who have produced tracks for people like Fantasia, Mariah Carey and Beyonce. Father and son worked together on the soundtrack for the 2006 film adaptation of “Dreamgirls.”
Fashawn, Buff 1 and Scheme have collaborated on “Theme Music” from the Closed Sessions project. DJ Babu produced the song from the ATX titled CD that was recorded last year in Austin, Texas. The CD and mini documentary will be released on March 15th. Listen to it here.
On the heels of his highly successful US tour this January & February, Bay Area indie rap stalwart Lyrics Born has answered popular demand and added an additional run of dates to his already rigorous itinerary. The shows he’s played in support of 2010′s acclaimed As U Were album so far have been a veritable marathon of irresistible dance grooves and virtuoso vocal delivery. Losing none of the momentum from the initial leg of the tour, which saw LB playing across the mountain, midwest, & northeast regions, the newly confirmed dates fill in the gaps along the east coast and across the south with more dates to be announced in coming weeks. Full tour dates are listed below.
In the persistent pursuit of keeping things fresh and new, he has enlisted the talents of Skins & Needles, the Bay Area duo comprised of DJ Zeph (Oakland Faders) and drummer Max MacVeety (Crown City Rockers), as his backing band for the coming shows. Regarded as one of the greatest performers in the history of the game, Lyrics Born is putting on some of the best performances of his career. These select appearances will prove no exception.
TOUR DATES (MORE DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON):
Feb 26 – Los Angeles, CA – El Cid (hosting only)
Mar 5 – Taos, NM – Martini Tree
Mar 19 – Denver, CO – The Fillmore (special guest of Galactic)
Mar 30 – Philadelphia, PA – The Blockley
Mar 31 – Baltimore, MD – 8×10
Apr 1 – Blacksburg, VA – Awful Arthurs
Apr 2 – Asheville, NC – Pisgah Brewery
Apr 4 – Orlando, FL – The Social
Apr 5 – Tallahassee, FL – Engine Room
Apr 6 – Jacksonville, FL – Jack Rabbits
Apr 7 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
Apr 8 – Hunstville, AL – Crossroads
Apr 9 – Jackson, MS – Martin’s
Apr 11 – New Orleans, LA – One Eyed Jacks
Apr 12 – Birmingham, AL – Zydeco
Apr 13 – Nashville, TN – Exit/Inn
Apr 14 – St. Louis, MO – 2720
Apr 15 – Oxford, MS – Proud Larry’s
Apr 16 – Little Rock, AR – Sticky Finger
Jennifer Hudson’s “Where You At” is rooted in Ebonics and supported by
a generic pop arrangement. R. Kelly wrote the song and Harvey Mason Jr. produced it but what could Raphael Saadiq or even Dallas Austin do with her vocals? Her new CD I Remember Me will come out March 22nd.
Alex Lattimore and Avery Sunshine channel Marvin Gaye, Tammi Terrell, Cheryl Lynn and Luther Vandross for a rendition of “If This World Were Mine.” The sound is exceptionally good for an outdoor concert.