Daily Archives: March 29, 2011

Dragon Eye Seven-Cool All Day

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Dragon Eye Seven are having an Afro-punk experience in a sci-fi setting run by the punk princess.

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Kyle Rapps-Me

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The month of March has been a busy one for Kyle Rapps. The hip-hop artist took a break from the 15 shows he has booked this month alone (!) to be the sole host and to perform songs from his debut EP, Re-Edutainment, at SXSW for Audible Treats’ annual showcase. Now, just a week and half later, Kyle Rapps releases Re-Edutainment, his revisit of the Boogie Down Productions classic. Clocking in at eight tracks, the EP features the Edutainment originator himself, KRS-One, as well as Joell Ortiz and U-N-I and producer Kev Brown, who pays homage by incorporating some of the same loops, chops, and breaks found in the original.

Also out today is the new music video for “Me,” a single off Re-Edutainment that was first previewed last week. The funky track serves as an ample introduction to the world of Kyle Rapps, including set-backs, realizations, and accomplishments, “I got a Bill Gates grant and a Today show feature.” Rapps also explained that on the track there was some heavy influence from his slam poetry group, Mayhem Poets, formed in college days, and the visual direction of Alex F. Ghassan reflects this well. The video throws a rhyming, edutaining Rapps in front of likely backdrops, a classroom, a library, a schoolyard, etc., complete with a visual filter reminiscent of crumpled notepaper. Throughout the video one thing is made clear, this is Kyle Rapps’ assembly and he’s announcing his debut to hip-hop on the auditorium stage, “I’m in the building chillen’/ trying to make a killin’/ Doin’ what I’m feelin’/ If you got a hand go and lift it to the ceiling.”

Kyle Rapps’ debut EP, Re-Edutainment, is available for purchase here.

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2011 SXSW Audible Treats Wrap-Up

(March 29, 2011 – Brooklyn, NY) Returning to Austin, Texas for the third time, premier marketing and publicity firm Audible Treats is happy to announce the success of not only one but two official showcases. Audible Treats produced their 2nd annual hip-hop showcase in conjunction with Blacksmith Music with headliners Talib Kweli, Jean Grae, Zion I & The Grouch, Black Milk, and Opio and Casual on Thursday night, followed by their first hip-hop and electro-indie hybrid showcase, co-curated by PrefixMag.com the following night with headliners Acrylics and J*Davey. Both showcases were marked by major giveaways and a number of special guests who helped to pack the venues.

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Shad Wins Juno Award For TSOL

Vancouver based MC Shad, whose TSOL album was met with almost universal acclaim in hip hop circles upon its release by Decon/Black Box Recordings last year, unexpectedly beat out fellow countryman Drake for “Rap Recording of the Year” at Saturday’s Juno awards, the Canadian equivalent of the Grammys. Though the record was a favorite amongst fans and critics alike, most considered Drake a shoo-in after taking the award home last year. In his acceptance speech the clearly dumbfounded Shad remarked “Wow, I’m very surprised. It’s like the Emmy going to Theo’s friend Cockroach,” in a telling display of the humility and cultural cross-referencing that have long been the hallmarks of his work.

Shad took to his blog Monday afternoon to pen a thank you note to his fans and release a new collaborative single with Skratch Bastid, the joyous and smooth soul of “Give You All I Can”.

Shad w/ Skratch Bastid – “Give You All I Can”

Download: http://www.shadk.com
Stream: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ywv2XhBl7vM&

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Has-Lo-Fiber-Optics

Today is the official release of Has-Lo’s full length project In Case I Don’t Make It via Mello Music Group (Oddisee, Diamond District, Finale).In support of the official release of In Case I Don’t Make It, there is a free mp3 download for the song “Fiber Optics.” Download the song here.

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