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Theaftrparty Drops 3 New Tracks
Although he's been damn near living in the studio working on his debut album, Theaftrparty will not let us forget about him. Check out his three most recent soundcloud drops below. Hit him up on twitter @theaftrparty and let him know what you think.
HOTNEWHIPHOP PREMIERES NEW U-GOD SINGLE "EPICENTER"
PRE-ORDER THE ALBUM: http://fanlink.to/ugodvenom
Tracklisting For U-God’s Venom:
Exordium (Produced by ILL TAL)
Unstoppable (Produced by Powers Pleasant)
Epicenter f/ Raekwon, Inspectah Deck & Scotty Wotty (Produced by Green Lantern)
Bit Da Dust (Produced by DJ Homicide & Jose Reynoso)
Elegance f/ Nomdiq (Produced by Green Lantern)
Climate (Produced by Jose Reynoso)
Venom (Produced by DJ Homicide & Jose Reynoso)
Felon (Produced by Large Professor)
Legacy (Produced by DJ Homicide & Jose Reynoso)
Whole World Watchin’ (Produced by Lord Finesse, The Bossmen, K Ford & Davel McKenzie)
XXX f/ Method Man (Produced by DJ Homicide)
Jackpot f/ Scotty Wotty (Produced by DJ Homicide & Jose Reynoso)
Wisdom (Produced by Jose Reynoso)
COMPLEX PREMIERES SMOKE DZA'S "THE MOOD" F. JOEY BADA$$
PRE-ORDER SMOKE'S NEW ALBUM: https://fanlink.to/smokedzanfs
U-GOD'S NEW BOOK IN STORES NOW!!!
Buy the Book:
Lamont “U-God” Hawkins, a founding member of the WuTang Clan, will write a memoir detailing his difficult childhood and revealing the untold story of the rise of the Wu-Tang Clan. North American rights to RAW: My Journey into the Wu-Tang Clan were acquired by Stephen Morrison and Pronoy Sarkar, who will edit the book, from Marc Gerald and Kim Koba of UTA, on behalf of U-God’s long-time collaborator and manager Domingo Neris of DNES Marketing. Publication is planned for March 2018, coinciding with the 25th anniversary tour of the Clan and a new solo album from U-God entitled VENOM, released by Babygrande Records. Meredith Miller of UTA sold UK rights to Faber & Faber UK—publisher of Quentin Tarantino, Junot Diaz, Billy Bragg, and Moby, who will publish simultaneously—and will sell worldwide rights.
The Wu-Tang Clan are considered hip-hop royalty. Rolling Stone called them the “best rap group ever,” and their debut album, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), is considered one of the greatest hip-hop albums of all time. Since 1992, the group has released seven gold and platinum studio albums, with global sales of more than 40 million copies. In addition, nearly all the original members have gone on to have their own solo careers. Remarkably, none of the founding members have told their story—until now.
Lamont “U-God” Hawkins was born in Brownsville, New York in 1970. Raised by a single mother in Brooklyn and Staten Island, Lamont learned from an early age how to survive in some of New York’s most ignored and destitute districts. Along the way, he met and befriended what would eventually form the Clan’s core: RZA, GZA, Method Man, Raekwon, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Inspectah Deck, Ghostface Killah, and Masta Killa. Raised by the streets and bonded by their love of hiphop, they pursued the impossible: music as their ticket out of the ghetto. The rest is rap history.
Hawkins says of RAW: “It’s time to write down not only my legacy, but the story of nine dirtbomb street thugs who took our everyday life—scrappin’ and hustlin’ and tryin’ to survive in the urban jungle of New York City—and turned that into something bigger than what we could possibly imagine, something that took us out of the projects for good, which was the only thing we all wanted in the first place.”
Stephen Morrison, Publisher and Vice President of Picador US: “RAW is an incredible piece of writing. When Lamont’s manuscript came into the Picador offices, we were immediately floored by it. His voice is propulsive and powerful. The stories of his early life and of New York in the 70s and 80s, of his friends and future Wu-Tang members, and of the development of his own artistry—both in music and in life—make for an incredible read. Readers will find the book rich and rewarding—whether as lovers of great memoir, Wu-Tang fans rabid for glimpses of their origin story, or anyone looking for the story of a life lived with grit, creativity, humility, and attitude.”
RAW is the explosive, never-before-told story behind the historic rise of the Wu-Tang Clan and a compelling look at New York City in the golden age of hip-hop.
Since its launch in 1995, Picador has rapidly established itself as one of the leading trade imprints for fiction and nonfiction in the country. In addition to publishing original titles in hardcover, paperback original, and eBook, Picador is the literary trade paperback imprint for Macmillan, publishing paperbacks from Farrar Straus & Giroux, Henry Holt & Co., and St. Martin’s Press.
Macmillan Publishers is a global trade book publishing company with prominent imprints around the world. Macmillan publishes a broad range of award-winning books for children and adults in all categories and formats.
U.S. publishers include Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Flatiron Books, Henry Holt & Company, Macmillan Audio, Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, Picador, St. Martin’s Press and Tor Books. In the UK, Australia, India, and South Africa, Macmillan publishes under the Pan Macmillan name. The German company, Holtzbrinck Deutsche Buchverlage, includes among its imprints S. Fischer, Kiepenheuer and Witsch, Rowohlt, and Droemer Knaur.
Macmillan Publishers is a division of the Holtzbrinck Publishing Group, a large family-owned media company headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany.
U-GOD RAW/VENOM TOUR DATES
Barnes & Noble Rutgers
03/08/18 Philly, PA
Free Library of Philadelphia
03/08/18 Philadelphia, PA
Kung Fu Necktie
LIVE w/ Kool Keith
03/09/18 Washington, DC
B&N Howard University
03/09/18 Washington, DC
Black Cat Backstage
03/10/18 Atlanta, GA
Barnes & Noble @ Georgia Tech
03/10/18 Atlanta, GA
Purgatory at Masquerade
03/12/18 Houston, TX
03/13/18 Ft Worth,TX
The Rail Club
03/15/18 Austin, TX
SXSW Convention Center
03/15/18 Austin, TX
03/16/18 Denver, CO
03/16/2018 Denver, CO
03/17/18 Seattle, WA
03/17/18 Seattle, WA
03/19/18 Sacramento, CA
03/20/18 Oakland, CA
03/21/18 Fullerton, CA
03/23/18 Pasadena, CA
03/25/18 Chicago, IL
03/26/18 New York, NY
Housing Works Cafe
03/27/18 New York,NY
LIVE w/ Tony Touch
3/30/18 Brooklyn, NY
Venom Release Party @ Gold Sounds
And if you haven't checked out U-God's latest single....
GZA track "The Spark" goes Wide Prod. (by Paul Ryder & Jesse Pritchett)
Originally released as an Apple Music Exclusive with NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration for the JUNO Mission. The track is now available everywhere.
BUY / STREAM HERE: https://fanlink.to/gza-spark
Ellen O Releases new Single, "The Marriage Plot"
Artist: ellen o
Title: The Marriage Plot
Label: Babygrande Records
Over 126,000 Soundcloud and over 52,000 Spotify streams for previous track 'Uneven'
ellen o is a Brooklyn-based producer and vocalist. Originally trained as a classical pianist and composer, she now writes with a vintage MPC and Juno-106, crafting tracks equally inspired by Chicago footwork and dense modernist harmonies.
ellen o released her debut album, Sparrows and Doves in 2014 on Brooklyn label Gold Bolus Recordings. ellen o is also a member of the experimental synth pop band, Erica Eso, where she plays synthesizer and sings.
ellen o draws from influences of Hip-Hop and trap beats surrounded by swirling electronics and voices within deep pools of strange chords, and ominous beds of synthesizers. The Marriage Plot was mastered by acclaimed producer and engineer Daddy Kev. ellen o recently signed with Babygrande Records and plans to release singles en route to what will become her second full-length project.
BUY / STREAM HERE: https://fanlink.to/themarriageplot
Babygrande Signs Atlanta's Drako, Premieres First Single "Watch Me Do It"
Drako, the rising 24 year-old Atlanta artist, grew up in a household where drug and alcohol abuse permeated all aspects of his existence. From a young age, Drako was in-and-out of juvenile detention, as he became involved in drug dealing and robberies in order to support his siblings. In order to escape the hardships of life, music became Drako’s therapy, and he moved around his neighborhood rapping for any audience he could find. He was recruited to join a group called 138, and through his experiences with the group, he knew that he wanted to rap professionally. It wasn’t long before Drako went solo, capitalizing on his talent by dropping a mixtape every week. His persistence earned the attention of local radio and club DJs around Atlanta. However in order to maintain his musical output and support his family, Drako continued to hustle and commit robberies which led to a massive roadblock in his career. Drako was arrested and spent over a decade in and out of prison.
Released from prison in 2015, Drako moved to West Atlanta and once again focused on music. Word spread fast and through a network of friends and fans Drako’s music hit the radar of the 15 year-old seminal record label, Babygrande Records. Babygrande tracked Drako’s recordings for almost a year, and as a final test of Drako’s skill the label invited him to share a SXSW stage with Ugly God, Peewee Longway and others. No one in the Texas audience had ever heard of him or his music, but by the second song, Drako had The Mohawk venue TURNT UP!
Realizing Drako’s presence was undeniable, Babygrande signed him on the spot. In 2017, Drako and Babygrande plan to unleash multiple singles and videos, the first of which is the Yoksta (Future, Ralo, OJ Da Juiceman) produced banger “Watch Me Do It.”
Check out the single Below:
More info on Drako on HIPHOPDX