Daily Archives: March 30, 2011

Jean Grae-R.I.P.

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Jean Grae has Cookies or Coma coming but “R.I.P.” will tide us over till then. Talib Kweli and Styles P are keeping her company on this one.

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Lyrics Born Kicks Off Next Leg Of As U Were Tour


Today, March 30th, Lyrics Born hits the road with Skins & Needles, the Bay Area duo comprised of DJ Zeph (Oakland Faders) and drummer Max MacVeety (Crown City Rockers), for the 2nd US leg of his rigorous AS U WERE 2011 World Tour. LB and crew start in Philadelphia and make their way down the east coast, rounding out the bottom half of the United States including North Carolina, Florida, New Orleans before making their way east to hit Alabama, Arkansas and Mississippi and more. Not long after, LB and crew will hit Whistler, BC as part of the The TELUS World & Ski Snowboard Festival on 4/20 along with Dilated Peoples before heading back to the Bay Area with a show in Modesto, CA at the Fat Cat on April 22nd. Finally bringing it full circle, LB will be performing a very special tribute to James Brown and Curtis Mayfield at Yoshi’s in San Francisco on April 23rd.

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The Dance Scene Premieres April 10th On E

( Los Angeles , CA , March 29, 2011) – When the curtain rises and the lights shine on some of music’s biggest stars, she’s the one woman you don’t see in the spotlight. Yet Laurieann Gibson ’s blood, sweat and tears are obvious everywhere on stage. This acclaimed choreographer and creative director has worked with A-listers from Lady Gaga to P. Diddy to Alicia Keys, making her one of the most powerful women in music today. Helmed by Ryan Seacrest Productions, “The Dance Scene” follows the lives of Gibson and her team of aspiring dancers and choreographers, (aka Team Boomkack), as they tear up the dance floor preparing for a variety of A-list performances around the world. Whether it’s dancing with Katy Perry at a USO event, or performing in Keri Hilson’s latest music video, Gibson demands perfection from her performers, her team and herself. Grab your backstage pass for a look inside this exclusive and high energy world of dance and witness what it really takes to survive on stage…and in Laurieann’s studio when she challenges her crew to “dance for your lives, muffins!” The new E! series, “The Dance Scene,” premieres on April 10 at 10:30 PM only on E!

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MP3/Video: Neek the Exotic & Large Professor Join Forces For New Album Still On The Hustle

(March 30, 2011 – Brooklyn, NY) Hip-hop veterans Large Professor and Neek the Exotic are excited to announce the release of their first true full-length collaboration, Still On The Hustle. The album, which will also feature production from Lord Finesse, Marco Polo, and Carnage, as well as guest appearances from Joell Ortiz and Satchel Page, will be released May 17th via Fat Beats Records/Distrolord Inc.

While the new album is just now being announced, the official alliance of Neek and Large Pro has been long overdue. The Queens natives and childhood friends have been sporadically working together since 1992, when they both worked on “Fakin’ The Funk” for the classic film White Men Can’t Jump, and consequently became names to watch in the hip-hop world. But their path to becoming two of hip-hop’s biggest names wasn’t paved with gold, which inspired the title Still On The Hustle. “We chose the title because we’ve been on the hustle since day one,” says Neek. “For me, it’s really been a hustle because I never got a [record] deal, so it was hard for me to come out and make noise like I wanted to.”

On the other end, Large Pro is balancing his hustle with raising a family and being a father, and his sentiment is shown in his more recent work. “Songwriting is different for me now,” explains the producer/emcee. “I ain’t this young kid running around out here buggin now. I got my daughter and my family, so I just want to make sure I’m progressing with time and my songwriting is progressing with time, too.” Keeping in theme with family, Neek and Pro wanted to keep the project “close knit,” so they limited guest features and producers, working only with Lord Finesse, Joell Ortiz, Marco Polo, Carnage, and long-time friend Satchal Page. “I wanted the world to focus on what we are doing and I didn’t want to get a lot of features just because be can,” explains Neek.

The album’s first single and title track, “Still On The Hustle,” is a reflection of how their never ending grind, and how it’s just matured as the two have grown. “My progression from previous work is up like a million percent,” says Neek. “I didn’t really express myself like I knew I could, so this time I made sure people will know I’ve grown.” Large Pro’s soulful piano-sprinkled beat gets a good dose of scratches and screeching samples, and they both lace the track with smart and nostalgic lyrics.

Neek the Exotic and Large Professor’s Still On The Hustle will be available on May 17th.

Download “Still On The Hustle” here.

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Kia Muze-El Lay

Kia Muze is a singer from Harlem who has made El Lay, California her home. Kia Muze-EL LAY as a tribute to her new nesting place and the song is on the Fusicology collection What Is Good Music Compilation.

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