Once best known for his tenure in the rap unit House of Pain, Everlast successfully reinvented himself in 1998 with the best-selling Whitey Ford Sings the Blues, a largely acoustic, hip-hop-flavored effort in the genre-crossing mold of Beck. Born Erik Schrody, Everlast first surfaced in Los Angeles as a member of Ice-T's Rhyme Syndicate Cartel, issuing his debut album, Forever Everlasting, in 1990. When the album failed to find an audience, he formed House of Pain with Danny Boy and DJ Lethal; carving out an image which drew heavily on Everlast and Danny Boy's shared Irish heritage, the trio managed to overcome the stereotypes facing white rappers and scored a massive hit with their 1992 single "Jump Around." Their self-titled debut LP also went platinum, but when such follow-up efforts as 1994's Same as It Ever Was and 1996's Truth Crushed to Earth Shall Rise Again failed to repeat House of Pain's early success, the group disbanded.
Everlast then returned to his solo career. While recording Whitey Ford Sings the Blues, however, he suffered a massive cardiac arrest stemming from a congenital defect, resulting in heart bypass surgery and an artificial valve implant. Following his recovery, he completed the album, which appeared in the fall of 1998 to strong commercial notices. It entered the Top Ten, went platinum, and launched the pervasive Top 40 single "What It's Like." After appearing on Santana's vaunted comeback album Supernatural, Everlast began work on a follow-up album with an eclectic group of guest artists. Titled Eat at Whitey's, the album was released in late 2000, and enjoyed critical notice (even if it wasn't quite as succesful as Whitey Ford). Everlast then signed with Island/Def Jam before releasing the the moody, song-driven White Trash Beautiful in 2004. The album featured a strong country influence, but its new sound failed to boost Everlast's record sales. He was dropped from the label soon after, but Everlast bounced back by joining his House of Pain alums in a hip-hop supergroup named La Coka Nostra. The group released several recordings via MySpace in 2008; that same year, Everlast issued his fifth studio album, Love, War and The Ghost of Whitey Ford, on his own label. The album featured a cover of Johnny Cash's "Folsom Prison Blues," which Everlast released as a single.
Originally known for their sample heavy hip hop production as members of Sweatshop Union, the two MCs / producers started getting exposed to electronic music around the same time they were looking to change their sound. They were looking to trade in their original blueprint for a heavier, bass-driven, more energetic sound – something more exciting that could translate over to live shows.
Pigeon Hole have carved out a home for themselves somewhere between Hip Hop and electronic music as they get deeper into DJing, releasing mixes and expanding their sound. All the while blending in their Hip Hop background and influence. Borrowing from a wide range of genres such as trap, moombahton, twerk, house and even dancehall – they’ve put together a high energy brand of music and have blurred the lines of what they’re capable to doing next.
This year Big K.R.I.T has been paving the way for the release of his highly anticipated sophomore studio album, Cadillactica. K.R.I.T. is continuing to reeve up excitement for the release, and showcase his unique style of production and rhyming abilities, with the announcement that tickets for his new North American Pay Attention Tour will go on sale tomorrow, August 15, 2014.
The 31-day tour will start off in Charlotte, NC on October 2nd and end in Atlanta, GA on November 15th, 2014. Fans across the United States, as well as in Canada, will get the chance to witness some of K.R.I.T.’s newest material and past classics. They will also get the opportunity to catch performances by Atlanta artists’ Two 9 as they open for K.R.I.T.
“I am excited to get on the road,” said K.R.I.T. “This tour will give fans a little taste of what is to come. I am traveling with a message, a message about our culture-where we were and what we have come to. I want to make sure people are paying attention to what is happening in their lives and in hip-hop today.”
This announcement comes just after the release of his first official single, “Pay Attention,” off Cadillactica. The single debuted last month to rave reviews. With Rico Love providing a feature and production by Jim Jonsin, the new track was a perfect way to showcase K.R.I.T.’s versatility and provide contrast to previous works. This is only the beginning, however. With this new album K.R.I.T. is out for blood. He plans to solidify his status as a reigning king of southern rap while he takes music listeners on a journey through sound and lyricism they will not soon forget.
The next king is ready to take up his crown. Make sure you are there to witness it. Check out the list below for concert dates and cities.
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Brother Ali - Work Everyday: http://youtu.be/LwgwI_Inglo Brother Ali - Uncle Sam Goddam: http://youtu.be/OO18F4aKGzQ Brother Ali - Take Me Home: http://youtu.be/jxUQ07NXB4c Artist Info: Brother Ali is a highly respected Hip Hop artist, speaker and activist from Minneapolis, MN. His decade long resume includes six critically acclaimed albums, mentorships with Iconic Hip Hop legends Chuck D and Rakim and performances on late night talk shows with Conan O Brien and Jimmy Fallon. He’s been the subject of Al-Jazeera and NPR pieces and was a keynote speaker at this year’s Nobel Peace Prize Forum. He’s landed coveted press features such as Rolling Stone’s 40th anniversary “Artist to Watch” and Source Magazine’s “Hip Hop Quotables”.
Ali has won the hearts and minds of Hip Hop fans world wide with his intimate song writing, captivating live performances and outspoken stance on issues of Justice and Human Dignity. In 2007, Ali was flagged by The US Department of Homeland Security for his controversial critique of America’s human rights violations in his song/video “Uncle Sam Goddamn”. In the summer of 2012, Ali was arrested in an act of civil disobedience as an organizer of Minnesota’s Occupy Homes movement to defend Twin Cities homeowners from unjust foreclosures. Brother Ali’s latest album, Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color is his manifesto on the political, socioeconomic and cultural suffering in modern American life, as well as a declaration of hope and possibility for a brighter future. The album is introduced by Dr. Cornel West.
Dr. West had this to say about Ali and his work. “Brother Ali is fundamentally committed to truth and justice. He’s part of a great tradition in this country and around the world that highlights the wretched of the earth, allows them to undergo an awakening and shatters their sleepwalking. I want the world to know that Ali is my brother and I have so much great love and respect for him. We’re part of the same tradition concerned with Truth and Justice. He does it in his own smooth, sophisticated way. Sometimes he’s funky and sometimes he’s direct, but I love the way he tells the truth. The album itself (Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color) is such a force for good and a food source for people’s souls. People can feel the love on the vanilla side of town and on the chocolate side of town. It’s a human thing. A love thing.”
In 2008, Masta Ace, Wordsworth, Punchline and Stricklin formed eMC. The self-proclaimed supergroup debuted The Show to high praise but subsequently put the brakes all activity after an international tour. Now, following a sufficient hiatus, they’re back with new album The Turning Point and they’re heading to Band on the Wall.
EMC is comprised of four spectacular lyricists: the Midwest phenom “Stricklin”, the widely respected Lyricist Lounge duo “Punchline & Wordsworth”, and the legendary Brooklyn bred Juice Crew member “Masta Ace.” What makes this group so special is that it was basically formed at the request of the fans. Touring together, Strick, Punch, and Words all became very close and realised how natural it became to be on stage together. The fans recognized this chemistry as well and often asked if there was a group album planned in the future. Well ask no more! EMC is here and ready to take Hip Hop to places it has never been before
Great rhymes plus great beats equals great music! This is the formula and creed that these four emcees have chosen to live by. http://www.mastaace.com/