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Hip-hop collective, Hiero Imperium, recently announced their new line of high end jeans for men, set to hit butts in August.
The first release, which consists of a hand-numbered, limited edition, vintage indigo â€œBasicâ€ style denim, will be available online exclusively, at least at first. Eventually ,there will be four different denim jean styles including an organic jean, a resin-coated jean, a soft grey denim, and an all-black formal â€œPhantomâ€ jean.
“We canâ€™t keep our t-shirts and other Hiero paraphernalia on the shelves – itâ€™s time to offer fans more with high end, top-of-the-line ‘fits.â€ said Casual, Co-owner of Hieroglyphics and Conceptual Designer of Hiero Jeans. â€œWeâ€™ve received strong interest from buyers and stores all around the world. Itâ€™s an exciting time!â€
Three years after the release of his solo debut Undeniable, Detroit-based hip-hop artist Phat Kat has announced the dates for his Carte Blanche Tour.
Taking place May through June, the tour will support his upcoming album Carte Blanche, set to drop May 8.
Joining him are Slum Village, Illa J, (younger brother to the late great J Dilla), and DJ’s Dez and Design.
VIDEO: “Cold Steel”
Phat Kat Tour Dates:
Fri., May 11 â€“ Poleng Lounge, San Francisco – CA
Sun, May 13 â€“ Key Club, Los Angeles â€“ CA
Mon. May 14 â€“ The Glass House, Pomona â€“ CA
Tue. May 15 â€“ Launchpad, Albuquerque â€“ NM
Wed. May 16 â€“ Cervantes, Denver – CO
Thu. May 17 â€“ Suede, Park City – UT
Fri. May 18th â€“ Berbati’s Pan, Portland – OR
Sat. May 19th â€“ (Venue TBA) Vancouver – BC
Sun. May 20th â€“ Chop Suey, Seattle – WA
Wed. May 23 â€“ Alvins, Detroit – MI
Sat. May 26 â€“ Little Brothers, Columbus – OH
Mon. May 28â€“ Sonar, Baltimore â€“ MA
Tue. May 29 â€“ Southpaw, Brooklyn – NY
Thu. May 31 â€“ The Middle East, Cambridge – MA
Sat. June 2 â€“ The Saints Show Bar, Montreal – Quebec
Sun. June 3 â€“ Grog Shop, Cleveland â€“ OH
Super producer El-P is preparing a North American tour scheduled to hit this spring. The 25-date trek starts April 27Â at the Indio, California Coachella fest (along with Rage Against The Machine). Fans are split in their reactions to his latest release, I’ll Sleep When You’re Dead, with some calling it his best work, while some saying it doesn’t include enough hip-hop. Either way, you’ll be able to hear him perform tracks from this set and more until June 8 when the trek ends in Washington, D.C.
04-05 Geneva, Switzerland – Electron Festival
04-06 Paris, France – Palladium
04-07 Bourgoin-Jallieu, France – Abattoirs
04-08 Mulhouse, France – Noumatrouff
04-10 Nantes, France – Lieu Unique
04-11 Brussels, Belgium – Wieloobar at Botanique
04-12 Amsterdam, Netherlands – Melkweg (Old Hall)
04-15 Dublin, Ireland – Crawdaddy
04-17 Leeds, England – Leeds University
04-18 London, England – Dingwalls
04-19 Oslo, Norway – Fabrikken
04-20 Madrid, Spain – La Casa Encendida (Minifestival Electronica)
04-27 Indio, CA â€“ Empire Polo Field (Coachella)
05-01 Cambridge, MA – Middle East Underground
05-02 Montreal, Quebec – Le National
05-03 Toronto, Ontario – The Opera House
05-04 Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom
05-05 Columbus, OH – Little Brother’s
05-06 Detroit, MI – Magic Stick
05-07 Cincinnati, OH – Top Cat’s
05-08 Chicago, IL – Abbey Pub
05-10 Lawrence, KS – Granada
05-11 Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater
05-12 Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot
05-14 Seattle, WA – Neumos
05-15 Vancouver, British Columbia â€“ Richard’s on Richards
05-16 Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
05-18 San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall
05-21 Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theater
05-23 Tempe, AZ – The Clubhouse
05-24 Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
05-27 Austin, TX – Emo’s
05-28 Houston, TX – Numbers Night Club
05-30 New Orleans, LA – The Parish
06-02 Gainesville, FL – Common Grounds
06-07 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
06-08 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
06-14-17 Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo
and winds down June 8 in Washington, D.C. … The oft-delayed Lost Tracks of Danzig, a two-disc box set of previously unreleased material, has been slated for a May 29 release. The set will come with a 12-page booklet of photos and a short anecdote about each song as remembered by frontman Glenn Danzig. …
Jumbo, Vursatyl, and Chief Xcel, otherwise known as Lifesavas, bring a signature style of underground hip-hop characterized by funky soul beats, classic team-based rhyming, and high energy performance.Â The Portland, Oregon trio will soon release their sophomore album, Gutterfly: The Original Soundtrack.
The set’s lead track is “Dead Ones” which features legendary funk punk band Fishbone. The remix below borrows a verse from the Nas’ “Hope” off of Hip Hop Is Dead.
Gutterfly: The Original Soundtrack drops April 24 on Quannum Projects. Check out the entire album here.
Download “Dead Ones” remix feat. Nas & Fishbone
Fans of underground backpacker kings Hieroglyphics will drool over their latest release Over Time.
The set, dropped today, features b-sides and remixes many of which were released on the groupâ€™s vinyl only singles. The usual suspects include Del The Funky Homosapien, Souls Of Mischief, Casual, and Pep Love as well as one previously released song, â€œBattle Of The Shadow,â€ featuring Del and A-Plus. Don’t sleep.
AUDIO: Hieroglyphics – “You Never Know” (Domino Remix)
Over Time Tracklist:
01 You Never Know (Domino Remix)
03 Prose Officially
05 Phoney Phranchise (Domino Remix)
06 Soundscience (Remix)
07 Itâ€™s About Time
08 The Scandle
09 Battle Of The Shadow
10 Fight Club (Remix)
11 Unseen Hand
12 If You Must (Automator Remix)
Om Records really puts it down with this great compilation of progressive hip-hop.
Having built a rep as the place to go for soulful electronica and hot chill-out beats, the label has also released quality hip-hop for over a decade. Om takes pleasure in announcing they introduced the world to Peanut Butter Wolf, Cut Chemist and other underground giants. Now, with their new imprint, Om: Hip-hop, they claim they’re “committed to discovering and releasing the dopest forward thinking hip-hop around.”
On February 27th you can check out the debut from German producer team Snowgoons, German Lugers.
Guests on the set feature indie hip-hop greats such as Sean Price, O.C., Edo G., Living Legends, Rasco, Chief Kamachi, Last Emperor, Jus Allah, El Da Sensei, Wise Intelligent, Reef The Lost Cauze, Doujah Raze, MED, Craig G., Celph Titled, Baby Blak, Pumpkinhead, Afu Ra, Wordsworth, Edi Amin, Breez Evahflowin, Majik Most, Kreators, Born Unique, Mitchell Hennessey, Virtuoso and more.
For more info, go to: www.snowgoons.de, www.crackspace.com/snowgoons and www.babygrande.com
ThugLifeArmy.com recently announced the launch of a hip-hop record label. The website, originally designed as a dedication to preserving the memory of Tupac Shakur formed Thug Life Army Records “to help Hip-Hop and Rap indie artists, who have finished projects, get those projects out to the public.”
The first release date has been reported as being March 27, however at press time it was unknown who the artist is.
Some might recognize Stimulus from NYC’s The Real Live Show with MC Dionysos. Others might just be hearing him for the first time, courtesy of Myspace‘s Featured Artists.
Either way, just be glad you heard about him. He classifies himself as “Hip-Hop/Indie/Alternative,” however, he also adds some reggae on tracks like “Racing Against The Sun.”
With classic beats comparable to Mobb Deep and storytelling lyricism, i.e. “The Story,” his music is inspiring and intelligent.
His debut album, A King’s County Tail, is currently available on Rhapsody and iTunes. For those who still enjoy tangible albums, stay alert for the album’s release coming soon!
The largest Independent Music AwardsÂ Show is back! TheÂ 2007 PLUG Awards will be held February 10th, at Irving Plaza in New York City.
We are happy to announce that World’s Fair Label Group has an astonishing 15 nominations! These include: J Dilla, Alice Smith, El-P, Mr. Lif, Midlake, and FabricLive.
Now it is YOUR turn to VOTE!
If you sign up for J Dilla’s mailing list, via Myspace, IMEEM, or OkayPlayer, you are automatically entered to win The Shining prize package.
This package includes: The Shining on CD, a J Dilla t-shirt, and The Shining 12″ EP Picture disk. Only one winner will be selected.
However, if you are a DJ be sure to include that info. A second winner will receive a copy of J Dilla’s “Wild b/w Make’Em” NV 12″ white label. This is a sneak preview of two tracks featured on the upcoming 2-disc Ruff Draft.
El-P’s I’ll Sleep When You’re Dead is now available for pre-order at Definitive Jux.
Not only will you be guaranteed a copy upon it’s release on March 20th, but you will receive an autographed copy of the album!
According to Rolling Stone and XLR8R, El-P’s follow-up to Fantastic Damage, is one of the “Most anticipated albums of 2007.”
Be sure to check out the new reality show on MTV, “I’m From Rolling Stone,” on January 14th to catch a guest appearance by El-P, himself!
Stones Throw Records kicks off their Ten Year Anniversary with Chrome Children 2.
The original Chrome Children paired up STR with Adult Swim and created one of the most innovative musicals in cartoon history!
The release coincides with the crafty plastic doll of Madvillain. Learn more about Stones Throw in this L.A. Weekly article.
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Talib Kweli has teamed up with indie super producer Madlib to offer fans a late holiday/New Year present.
Their collaborative album, Liberation, is free to anyone on the Internet.
Simply download the 9 track release (along with cool cover art) for a vintage Kweli experience that also features guests Consequence and Strong Arm Steady. As Michelle pointed out, this is definitely one to watch in the ’07 and a great way to kick off the year.
Download it now!