New music from Scumbag Sav! – “House of the Wicked” and interview part. 2

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What’s going on with you and your music right now?

Basically my current situation with this music business bullshit. First I would like to say that to all the Artists who think they need any kind of deal, either distribution or through a label, you don’t by any means. Find your own way of promoting & building up your name & your brand. Find who you appeal to & attack those demographics like a parasite haha If your music is dope you don’t need nobody to “help” because eventually people will find you.

People talk, word of mouth is the most powerful promotional tool period. Especially these younger generations, if they like shit they homies are playing while they riding around in mom’s stolen Lexus they will Google the shit out of you & try to find any means to download your shit. So with that being said, lets move along haha

Who are you working with?

I have a distrubution deal with 101 Distrubution. A couple years ago they made a merge with We Rock Entertainment, a record label, which is distrubuted through Koch. Since I technically had a contract with 101 Distribution, I was forced into a label that I wanted nothing to do with. I no longer had a marketing director, nor anyone who actually gave a shit about myself or my music.

I requested an opp-out of contract around May of last year but came to no agreement, other than just give them my 1 album, which is the contract agreement with 101 Distribution, & then they will release me from the label, but not owning any of the masters of that album, which was never in my initial contract with 101 Distribution.
So basically I have been like fuck it, just release mixtapes until these court dates come.

What do you got comin out?

I have an album that’s been release ready for almost a year now. As soon as I got outta jail I recorded my ass off but then got locked back up. So I took a little bit of time off recording to focus on myself & re-evaluate my life choices a little bit. That’s when Melo & myself started working alot again. He keeps me motivated & is a dope producer/rapper.

Shoutout to Animoss as well. He has done some production for us as well & dude is a beast. I will forever be in debt to Melo & Animoss for just helping me grow as an artist. I soaked up alot of game from these dudes especially from Animoss, I used to kick with him on a daily, just watching him flip beats is amazing & his work ethic is disgusting. No days off.

Me & Melo got another mixtape we working on at the moment & still finishing up our debut album ” Golden Harvest”. Shit we got over 30 records already but we just trying to time everything right & make sure every record bangs.

Aside from that, I got 3 solo mixtapes I’m dropping before the years over. “Cellophane Sacks,” “Dispensary Dealin,’” and “House of the Wicked.”

Pancho Rucker – “Long Time Coming” from Shogun Music Group. Let’s go.

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Pancho Rucker brings it full circle on these squares as he drops a heavy, full length Lp. The brand new album, aptly named “Long Time Coming,” shows a hungry, young veteran side of P. Rucker.

Tracks #1 “Die,” #2 “#Turndownforwhat,” and #5 “Aramareduh!,” are a straight party which is a Shogun Music specialty, crew members OPK and Smurf also appear on the album.  It definitely wouldn’t be a P. Rucker record without some nice Cadillac trunk music, see Tracks 4 &15 “The Landing” and “Hot Commodity” for all the Low-Pro details there.

“Long Time Coming” also brings us plenty of classic P.Rucker shenanigans, Benson, Cleveland Brown, and one of my favorite movie songs ever (see Track 9) all make an appearance but, some new ground is also broken in subject matter and production.

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Tracks like #13 “In The Moment,” #17 “Lay It Down,” and #18 “No Promises,” all blaze new trails in both departments.  Pancho has always been one of my favorite young gunner emcees.  I still rock to 2011′s “Kurt Cobain Music.” On this album though, he validates the stripes he’s been collecting over the years, with his clever and often comical style. I don’t know nobody else rapping about Quaaludes and tapedecks…and homie ain’t never lying. I’m gonna be bumpin this album for a while.

Washington’s PlagueDoctor has a new remedy entitled “Hooded Headed Medics”

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Imagine if you will, if the Beastie Boys were born in a cold, heavily wooded area and then were raised by the Gravedigga’z.  What would that album sound like?  Well friends, let me introduce PlagueDoctor and their freshest vaccine “Hooded Headed Medics.”

This Rhythmic, folky, poetic crew is made up of Lighthouse, WilneverTell, APD and 8 Track Mind. The good doctor is Bellingham, Washington’s answer to the plague of boring, predictable Hip-Hop.  Right when the air is getting cold, trees are dying and a season known for wickedness is upon us, our anti hero-hero’s roll in like the fog with their new project.

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“Hooded Headed Medics” is filled with sounds atypical to modern Hip-Hop music, like the sound of glass breaking, bells, weird toy piano’s, real piano’s and all kinds of intriguing things.  While all these things are meticulously placed, it is all threaded together by deep drums, cryptic scratching and a heavy dose of samples from early psychedelic theater.

The emcees are distinct but resonate on the same wavelength, sometimes passing verses back and forth, sometimes rapping symbiotically, passing along medical secrets as they take us on a walk through the woods at night. One might think they were being led to their doom but, sometimes the best cures are the most unconventional. This is the medicine, let it work. You will come out the other side feeling much better.  Here’s the album, listen to it twice, don’t call me in the morning. I already know.

Plaguedoctor are also the newest members of The Frozen Food Section record label

Get “Hooded Headed Medics” at Zapnow Records Bandcamp

Check the brand new video for “The Rowboat (Sunk)”

Saint Louis’s own Scumbag Sav! is back on it with “Cellophane Sacks” Interview Part.1

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Yo, I’ve been rockin with Sav for like 6 years now.  I don’t always know where he’s at, I think only the lord knows (or maybe satan) sometimes but, I do know one thing…he’s got some new music comin out.  He always does.  He’s one of those rare people who is overflowing with artistic expression.  I think if he couldn’t make music he might spontaneously combust, even then he would rap in all of our faces from the afterlife with a quick whiff of Hennessy when his spirit left the room.

I recently got to catch up with my homie. The questions are simple, but the answers are always good.

Sav…what the fuck have you been up to?

“Shiiiiiiit, I been good, stayin outta jail, keepin myself busy w/ this music shit. Just trying to be as productive as possible basically. Mista Melo & myself dropped a mixtape called “Sleeze Rap” back in December that did real well, close to a 100,000 downloads, about 30,000 of them solely on Datpiff.com alone so that was a blessing.”

“S/O to Melo & Animoss! Dropped my forth solo mixtape back in like April I believe, called “Art Monster” & that has also done pretty good. Just been recording alot more than usual the past year, I have 3 projects that will drop before the year is over… As long as I don’t get locked up again haha”

Quit playin fool. What are the projects called?

“Cellophane Sacks,” “Dispensary Dealin,’” and “House of the Wicked.” I just leaked a song & a teaser vid for one of the projects, “Cellophane Sacks”, about a week ago.”

“The House of the Wicked mixtape I’m donating all the proceeds to a halfway center that house paroled convicts that help them back into the real world. Since I can’t legally profit off any of my own music*, then I will use the profits to help better the lives of others.”

Check out the video for “No Contest” off the upcoming “Cellophane Sacks” project and follow SAV on Soundcloud for the latest.

*Full disclosure in part 2 of this interview coming soonly soon.

Lyrics of Saint Louis is goin down this Thursday! Ft. Jah Orah & KD Assassin and special guests Family Affair

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On Thursday Oct. 23rd, the Lyrics of Saint Louis showcase is poppin off in downtown STL.  Headlining the show will be Jah Orah and KD Assassin who just dropped Their smashing debut album “Used to Bobby and Darrick” also performing are MC923, Chris Ware, Prospect, Thee Zado, Allen Gates, Royal & Geo Davis, Camus Cren, J Skillz and special guests Footklan’s Family Affair.

Event hosts PHATPheezy & DJ Reminise invite all wordsmiths and Hip-Hop heads to join them at STL’s premier Dark Bar the Crack Fox on 1114 Olive

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Charlotte’s Stranger Day drops brand new visuals for “BORN BAD” (Official video)

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Charlotte, North Carolina emcee Shane Coble a.k.a. Stranger Day presents the Shamus Coney-directed music video for his new single “Born Bad”. The beat is produced by Joel Khouri, who handles the majority of production on Graves, Stranger’s forthcoming album set to feature Lotta, Elevator Jay, Reese, Terrence Richard (Junior Astronomers), Jams F. Kennedy, Ally Hoffmann, Ducko McFli, Justin Aswell (Mr. Invisible), Little Bull Lee, Lotta, Elevator Jay, Travis Phillips (Modern Primitives), Scott Weaver, Mykal Star & Alex Kastanas.

The “Born Bad” video follows on the heels of the music video for first single “All In Together Now.” Shane followed up his first project Young, Dumb & Dope with the Barstool Bounce EP which included production from Mad Decent’s DJA, and included “Not Playin” which was featured on MTVU, Fuse and AOL Music. Bounce also included production from Philadelphia’s EMYND who Day teamed up with for the rock ‘n roll sample-fest A Sunday Drive With The Windows Down. Day dropped his first full-length album Vice Matters in 2012, and Greedmont Park and We Are The Process presented his 2013 album You’re Welcome. – James Dunn

My DJ friend AHUF was sitting around stoned watching Natural Born Killers,” says Stranger. “He heard the sample, gave it to our friend Joel Khouri and he made a banger. I just took my ’66 Riviera out for a ride and created a cool visual; something a bit haunting to fit the vibe of the song.

 

Hip-Hop 4 Justice free show! Talib Kweli X Dead Prez X Tef Poe X Jasiri X #FergusonOctober

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October 10th starts a nationwide Weekend of Resistance against police brutality and misconduct, it is centered in Saint Louis Missouri, ground zero in the fight for justice for Micheal Brown and others.

Text ‘handsup’ to 90975 for real-time action updates

Protesters are planning peaceful demonstrations, marches and educational gatherings. Police presence is expected to be heavy and militarized.  The whole world is watching. On Sunday October 12, Fubar at 3108 Locust St, St Louis, MO 63103. will be hosting a free 18 and up show featuring Talib Kweli, Dead Prez, Tef Poe and Jasiri X.  Now more than ever it’s bigger than Hip- Hop

 

 

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Depressed Billionaires Release New Album, Premium Fantasy

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San Francisco, California, October 8, 2014— Brothers Ian and Winn O’Donnell grew up in Omaha, Nebraska in a rich art and music scene that birthed Saddle Creek Records and bands like Cursive, The Faint and Icky Blossoms. After relocating to Brooklyn, NY in 2004 they started releasing a handful of EP’s on smaller labels such as Melbourne’s Idiot House, Classic NYC house label Nervous and more recently did a remix for Dave Sitek produced band Icky Blossoms. After smaller releases they forged ahead with their first full-length Club Paradise, which they self released in 2012. In New York City, they continued to immerse themselves in music; creating the lush soundscapes that makes up their new album, Premium Fantasy.

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Over two years in the making, Premium Fantasy is an emotional journey, one that combines analogue and digital music through the ebbs and flows of their lives. Drawing on inspiration outside dance music norms like John Talabot, Bjork, Tycho, Everything But The Girl, Beck, and Fleet Foxes they set out to make something new and different. Underground techno stalwart Mark Verbos mastered the album in between building analogue synths for NIN and running his studio. Now with half of the group based in San Francisco, they figured out a songwriting system that works well.

We’ll send demos back and forth over months and develop them, and then each song has its own timeline and story and process,” Ian explains. “Even though there’s a continuity to our sound, we try to be open to different processes in making music. Working on trivial details in our music becomes a joy. Riding that tight rope between broken and fixed, strange and perfect.”

Standout tracks like “Nectar,” “Sunset Strip” and “Goodnight,” and the accompanying artwork paint a beautiful picture swollen with meaning.

“The name Premium Fantasy came from the scene in the movie Lost in Translation when a call girl is sent to Bill Murray and she refers to what she offers as “premium fantasy.” So in finding that phrase funny, and subtracting the source, we set out to find images from friends that we thought were indicative of something abstract from a fantasy. We sent many of those images to graphic designer Xiang Lan, and after treatment, design and then typographical treatment, the result was our cover and the accompanying booklet.”

“Our biggest aspiration was to have a self produced album that wasn’t controlled by any organization or pre-existing culture, but merely our own creativity,” Winn adds. “In self-releasing an album, we were free of any constraints.

~ Kyle Eustice

Wane Enterprises CEO and New York artist Bruse Wane presents “Hercules”

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Wane Enterprises CEO and New York artist Bruse Wane presents “Hercules”, his new single produced by Baltimore beatsmith Dollars Tha Producer. The latest leak off Bruse’s forthcoming album Earl Manigault Of Rap, “Hercules” comes off the heels of the Sean Price-assisted “Beast Inside,” his “Who Shot Ya” freestyle and “Return Of The Spitters (RMX)” featuring Keith Murray and Fam-Illy.

I got the track and I felt the energy immediately, so I went in,” Bruse says. “I wanted to make sure that when people heard this they felt that same intensity. I’m sending a clear-cut message to the whole industry on this one, from the top of the totem pole down. Straight up. I’m not playing when it comes to laying these bars. I’m shooting for the best album of 2015.

A native of the Bronxdale Houses Projects in the Soundview section of the Bronx, Bruse founded Wane Enterprises in 2001, hosting events featuring Styles P, Papoose, N.O.R.E, Buckshot and Remy Ma. ~ James Dunn

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311′s SA Martinez Launches New Side-Project, Los Stellarians

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SA Martinez (vocalist / DJ of 311) and musician/producer Ryan Siegel have joined forces as Los Stellarians. Los Stellarians’ debut album Cholo Soul is a collection of covers of soul songs from the ‘70s – and a tribute to some unheralded masters of classic soul and funk. Martinez curated the project and is lead vocalist. Siegel handled recording and production along with rhythm guitar, bass, keys and backing vocals.

In many ways, this has been a dream album,” Martinez admits. “I’ve always wanted to do a covers record of songs that inspire me on a soul-enriching level. There was a definite focus in mind, which was to cover some of the more underplayed sides of the American Soul canon.”

“I’ve been an avid vinyl collector for many years and it’s allowed me to discover some hidden gems that never really received the attention they deserved,” he continues. “All of the artists covered on the album are stars in my eyes and the songs of theirs, which we chose, to me are hits.

The first single, “Didn’t I,” is an inspired cover of late soul singer Darondo’s 1973 classic. Martinez fell in love with it the first time he heard it.

It’s the type of song to cast a spell on a listener to want to hear it over and over again,” he says. “Mesmerizing is an understatement. I would literally play it non-stop on repeat night after night. When the idea of Los Stellarians came about, “Didn’t I” was the very first track I thought about taking on.

Besides touring and recording with 311, Martinez also has plans to follow-up the Los Stellarians covers debut with a collection of soulful originals later this year. Los Stellarians have landed with el mas chingon— Cholo Soul. – Kyle Eustice

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