Daily Archives: May 6, 2011

Songbird Crystal Johnson Drops Debut CD “The Day Before Heaven”

Atlanta – When Crystal Johnson sings, we can feel her soul stirring ours in every note she hits. Her voice is laced with the nuances of a woman who has been there and done that. Grown, sexy, seductive and serious, Crystal Johnson is no newcomer to the game. And we get that. We feel that. We can hear it! With her debut CD “The Day Before Heaven” Crystal is releasing her testimony about life, about nurturing, about giving and getting. Fierce, yet feminine, it is music that fills you, served straight up, no chaser!

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Blaq Poet Ushers In The Return Of Gutter NYC Hip-Hop With Blaq Poet Society

While Blaq Poet has chosen to remain out of the spotlight over the course of his long and storied career, there is no disputing his place in the NYC street-hop pantheon.

Blaq Poet was first heard at the age of 17, when he released a blistering diss track, “Beat You Down,” aimed at KRS-One in 1987 at the height of the “Bridge Wars” (they ended their feud a few years ago by appearing on a track together “Victory”) and would later go on to head the group PhD who released their debut effort, Without Warning, (which contained very-early guest raps by Queensbridge notables Havoc of Mobb Deep and Cormega) in 1991 on Tuff City Records. After a series of 12 inch releases and an EP the group disbanded and in 1996 Blaq Poet joined forces with fellow Queensbridge emcees KL, Hostyle and Kyron to create the legendary underground group Screwball, which was quickly signed to Tommy Boy Records.

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Animal Farm Releases Culture Shock on May 17th

Portland, OR – May 6th, 2011 – Somewhere within a city known for its indie rocking, coffee drinking, bike riding hipsters, the True School Hip-Hop group Animal Farm has spread its infectious sound and won over a wide variety of listeners. Portland, OR’s favorites are back with their new album, Culture Shock, set for release on May 17th. The album features a host of legends including Talib Kweli, X-Ecutioners’ DJ Rob Swift as well as Abstract Rude. The first single, “Test of Time”, which features the incomparable Talib Kweli, has been featured on Nah Right, 2dopeboyz, djbooth, hiphopsite, hiphopdx, okayplayer, and more, and is a great example of Animal Farm’s ability to blend a soulful, funky sound with potent lyricism. According to Okayplayer, “Talib Kweli jumped on this soulful track with Portland’s hip-hop kings Animal Farm with predictably strong results. If they keep growing joints like this down on the farm, the Pacific Northwest could be a new mecca for true-school rap.”

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Vakill-I Came 4 U

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Vakill’s Armor Of God will be in stores on June 14th.

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