Monthly Archives: July 2009
Lisa Ruffin Celebrates
Sweet Sixteen with
Little Miss African American
Scholarship Pageant Acknowledges
Sasha and Malia Obama
Following the success of “All in a Day’s Work,” Saigon has partnered with Amalgam Digital, known for being hip-hop’s first digital retail store, to release the much anticipated “Warning Shots 2″—which he guarantees will be his best album yet—September 29, 2009 in both digital and CD formats. “Warning Shots 2” promises to build on the rapper’s highly successful “Warning Shots 1” independent release, ultimately leading into the entirely Just Blaze-produced album “Greatest Story Never Told.” Saigon has emerged as a leading pioneer in the music business by reclaiming artistic control over his work, and he is often commended for finding an innovative means to release his work by utilizing new media outfit Amalgam Digital.
Saigon’s phenomenal body of mixtape work and creative talent quickly gained popularity in the underground circuit and on the internet, as he has been listed in many “Artist to Watch” columns (including Time magazine) and graced the covers of a variety hip-hop publications throughout the early to mid -2000s. In recent years, Saigon has become more recognizable to the mainstream due in large part to his recurring role in the popular HBO series “Entourage” and his charitable efforts to support the children of incarcerated parents through his nonprofit foundation Abandoned Nation, which was established in 2000 and also helped him and associated artists pursue their music careers.
His latest album “All in a Day’s Work” was recorded in 24 hours, put out in week, and heralded as a groundbreaking digital release, setting an impressive stage for Saigon’s newest project. Building off of the same forward-thinking approach that recently helped “All in a Day’s Work” bridge the gap between mixtapes and studio albums, Saigon explained his landmark efforts with burgeoning new media outfit Amalgam Digital:
” I’m enjoying my experience with Amalgam Digital and being creative to give music to my fans without all the bullshit. It’s a new way of thinking and it feels good to partner with an innovative company that’s ahead of its curve. I’m excited to get this album out!”
His self-produced “For Some P**** ” details the lengths some men will go for the chase and will serve as the lead single from “Warning Shots 2,” with the remix featuring up-and-coming artist O.J. Da Juiceman, who was recently highlighted as an artist to watch in Vibe Magazine’s June issue. The single’s clean version, “For Some Cookie,” will be targeted for mainstream media circuits, and it will be promoted through a “What Would You Do for the Cookie?” game show launched by Amalgam Digital. Despite the radio-friendly single, Saigon assures fans that his newest album, which features contributions from famed superproducer Just Blaze (who has worked with the likes of Jay-Z, Mariah Carey, Busta Rhymes, Snoop Dogg, etc.), will deliver the same street-geared music that he has built his career around. With his song “Spit” recently featured in the newest edition of the award-winning Grand Theft Auto video game series and his creative range virtually limitless, both Saigon and Amalgam Digital are confident that “Warning Shots 2” will reinforce the innovation and sheer dedication displayed on his past projects.
Saigon – “Warning Shot 2” (Amalgam Digital)
01. Nothing Comes Easy
02. That’s Not What’s Up Feat. G.Soul
03. Fatherhood (Rayne Dior) feat Lokz
04. All Around The World Feat G.Soul
05. For Some P*ssy Part 1 feat O.J. Da Juiceman
06. Cookies & Milk Introducing Young Boombaya & A.P.
07. Be On Time
08. G Optified (Tommy Tee’s Theme Sampler)
09. F*ck Me, F*ck You Feat Quan And Ransom
10. Rusty Gunz feat. Lil Fame from M.O.P.
11. Aye Aye Aye N*gga
12. Who Can Get Busy feat Grand Puba
13. Copping Pleas
14. For Some P*ssy Part 2
15. Saiiiiii Outro
16. Gotta Believe It
New Album by Hip Hop Supergroup Slaughterhouse (Joell Ortiz, Joe Budden, Crooked I and Royce Da 5’9″) Dropping Soon!
E1 Music is set to release the highly anticipated self-titled debut album by Slaughterhouse on August 11th, 2009. The hip hop super-group features four of the most lyrical MCs in the game — Joell Ortiz, Royce Da 5’9″, Joe Budden and Crooked I.
The group’s first single, “The One” can be heard now at radio and the video for “The One” is being played on MTV Jams.
The sum of Slaughterhouse’s parts is incredible. Jersey City, NJ’s Joe Budden, a former Def Jam signee who rarely holds his tongue, is one of Hip-Hop’s most controversial, yet lyrically gifted artists. Detroit, MI’s Royce Da 5’9″ came up with Eminem out of the Detroit rap scene as a steel witted MC and has carved out a renowned solo career independently. Brooklyn, NY’s Joel Ortiz, formerly an Aftermath Records signee, has been long considered the torchbearer for Latin MCs in the footsteps of the late Big Pun. Long Beach, CA’s Crooked I, the West Coast representative of the crew, is a former Death Row signee whose musical output over the years, despite the lack of a proper release, is unrivaled.
The group came together only 10 short months ago when Joe Budden was working on a song for his Halfway House album and enlisted the services of Crooked I, Joell Ortiz and Royce Da 5’9″ for a song called “Slaughterhouse.” Inspired by the vibe of track and the immediate chemistry of the four rappers, a plan was immediately made to form the super-group. Several songs and a handful of viral videos later only created increased demand and curiosity from fans. Hip-hop heads demanded to hear more! And now they’ll be able to.
Slaughterhouse features production by The Alchemist, Streetrunner, DJ Khalil and Denaun Porter.
Slaughterhouse is currently touring, on both the Rock The Bells tour and on a club tour around the RTB’s dates.
For frequent video updates, go to http://www.youtube.com/joebuddentv or http://www.youtube.com/KochRecords
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Wednesday July 28th marks the opening event for Hip Hop Congress’s 8th annual 2009 National Conference to be held in SEATTLE, WA. With a bubbling hip-hop scene easing its way onto the national radar, Seattle provides a prime location. The conference will focus on solution-based skill and network building to create sustainable social and economic progress for the Hip Hop generation and the communities from which it emerges.
In the spirit of coalition building and community support, Hip Hop Congress has partnered with such groups as the Umojafest P.E.A.C.E. Center, Dope Emporium, Seattle Hip-Hop Youth Council, 206 Zulu, Global Fam, B-Girl Media, the Bassmeant, Mothers Outreach Movement, Reclaim the Media, Urban Teachers Network, Silicon Valley DeBug, Hip Hop Without Borders, 2nd Nature, Women’s Economic Agenda Project, Women In Transition, the Poor Peoples’ Economic Human Rights Campaign, Obese Productions, SportnLife, and more. The conference will be hosted at Umojafest P.E.A.C.E Center, Garfield Teen Life Center, Hidmo, and other neighborhood institutions in the Central District of Seattle.
Through trainings, film screenings, and workshops ranging from “Marketing in the Digital Age” to “Hip Hop and Healthcare,” the conference will provide tools for artists and entrepreneurs to strengthen independent Hip Hop economy, as well as provide strategies for using Hip Hop as an platform for Human Rights advocacy, education, community organizing, and youth leadership development.
“Hip Hop is social glue for today’s youth,” said Seattle Hip Hop Youth Council member J-Infinite, “It’s something that the majority of us have in common and can relate to, so we use it to teach a positive message. It’s a tool for empowerment.” Seattle mayoral candidate Wyking Garrett and Umojafest P.E.A.C.E Center co-founder added, ” It’s time for Hip Hop to focus its energy on the healing and building of communities from which it came. Hip Hop can lead the way.”
::Thursday Workshops Include:: Filmmaking :: Hip Hop without Borders- International Coalition Building :: Hip Hop in the Green Economy :: Youth Center Building:: Shaping the Hip Hop Electorate :: Movement and Culture :: Hip Hop and Healthcare :: How to Write Grants :: Working with Incarcerated Youth :: Youth Organizing :: Self-Management for Artists :: How to Organize Your Own Tour :: Starting and Building your Hip Hop Business, Plus more!
::Friday Workshops Include:: Hip Hop without Borders :: Hip Hop and the Green Economy :: Taking the Money: Ethics in the Movement :: Urban Teacher’s Network :: Vibrational Realities :: Marketing Hip Hop in the Digital Age :: From Campus to Community :: Bloggers Roundtable :: Facilitating Quality Youth Programs :: Q&A with Jacka & Umojafest Hip Hop Rally :: Plus more!
“The New Muslim Cool” SPECIAL FEATURE
“The Beat” feat. Rahman Jamaal, 2003 Sundance
“Masizakeh” a documentary film by Scott Macklin about hip hop & education in South Africa.
“Coolout Network” presented by local Hip Hop historian Georgio Brown
::Special Guest Artists in attendance::
Akil of Jurassic 5, The Jacka of Mob Figaz, Raashan Ahmad of Crown City Rockers, DLabrie, Knox Fam, Quanstar, Toki Wright, Black Stax, Dee.aLe of DMS, Penny Pinchin Records, Skurge, Stress, YDMC, Darkside, Mic Crenshaw, Wyzdom, Sellasie, Shamako Noble, Suntonio Bandanaz, Block Teamsters Union and more…