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Formerly known as Cherry, New York’s rock-meets-electronica duo Ratatat feature multi-instrumentalist/programmer Evan Mast and guitarist Mike Stroud. Mast is also the brains behind the pretty laptop pop of E*vax, and with his brother E*Rock he runs the indie electronic label Audio Dregs. Between these duties (and Mast’s job as a graphic designer), the duo found time to work on their collaboration. Mast worked beats and song ideas in his bedroom studio, which he gave to Stroud to develop while the guitarist was on the road. Though Mast and Stroud began working together in 2001, things began to really come together for the pair in 2003: in May, while they were still called Cherry, they played their first gig; by September they changed their name to Ratatat; and that November they issued their first single on Audio Dregs, which had a limited run of 1,100 copies. Dates with Franz FerdinandInterpol, and Battles followed, and Ratatat signed to XL Records. The duo’s self-titled debut album arrived in spring 2004, coinciding with another round of dates with bands including !!!,Electrelane, and Tortoise. Classics appeared in 2006, followed by a self-released remix album. Ratatat then took a different approach to their third full-length effort, emphasizing live percussion and keyboards while toning down their familiar mix of programmed beats and guitars. Recorded in several short weeks, LP3 was released in July 2008, followed by LP4, released just shy of two years later in 2010. Ratatat contributed two songs to the debut album by Kid Cudi entitled Man on the Moon: The End of Day.. Also in August 2011, Ratatat was featured in the song “Red Alert” on CSS's new album La Liberación. 

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Theophilus London - GG$

Theophilus London is an alternative rap artist from Brooklyn, NY, whose genre-bending approach draws from a range of styles, from soul-pop and post-punk to electro and contemporary R&B.Citing influences that include Michael Jackson and Prince as well as Kraftwerk and the Smiths.His debut EP Lovers Holiday, released on Warner Bros. Records on February 7, 2011, features TV on the Radio’s Dave Sitek, Sara Quin from Tegan and Sara, Glasser, and Solange Knowles.His full-length debut album Timez Are Weird These Days, mixed by noted producer Dan Carey, was released by Warner Brothers on July 19, 2011.

Theo’s style it’s more like a direct ode to the past, 96% vintage and 4% new school . He likes layers– lots of em, swanky college or NBA snap-backs (90s style), blazers, button ups, jean outerwear, corduroys, classic frames (he usually sports brown tortoise shell by Oliver Peoples, clubmasters, or classic clear wayfarers), and whichever kicks complete his raw vintage 70s/90s look. Mr.London’s style is actually reminiscent of past local urban gentleman Curran Swint.

  Albums

  • 2009: This Charming Mixtape (Unofficial)
  • 2011: Timez Are Weird These Days
  • 2011: Breaking Dawn: Part 1 Soundtrack.  

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SBTRKT

   

SBTRKT is Aaron Jerome, is a musician/producer. He allows the music to speak for itself. He performs behind a mask every time he plays out.He began his career as a DJ in the east London club “Plastic People”..

SBTRKT sound: The main thing are the synths, arrangement and syncopation. I tend to play around with chords or pads first, and then start applying some drums to it. Even though I guess I write ‘bass music’ I tend to add bass in last; rhythm and arrangement are most important for me. A lot of people seem to mention ‘2 step’ alongside my name guess it’s just because of the syncopation that genre entailed.

SBTRKT has remixed songs by artists such as MIA, Radiohead, Modeselektor, Basement Jaxx, Mark Ronson and Underworld, and has released singles, EPs, and a self-titled album.His music is a mixture of two-step, UK funky,dubstep, US RnB and Chicago house..

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Stalley - Fear the beard

Kyle Myricks aka Stalley is self described “great American writer” from Massillon, Ohio. He left home to play Division 1 basketball in Michigan, injuring himself shortly after. That set back brought him to NY to play for Long Island University but a second injury derailed his athletic plans. He change his focus to music. In 2008, he connected with Ohio’s own, Terry Urban on the mixtape release “Goin Ape” as well as toured opening for Mos Def. His 2nd project MadStalley: The Autobiography brought attention to his transition from small time griot to rap star. He’s since worked with brands like Nike, ESPN, 10Deep and Mishka. Currently, Stalley has been working with Creative Control, the media collective associated with Dame Dash, DD172 and fellow rap artist Curren$y. His recent release titled Lincoln Way Nights (Intelligent Trunk Music), he carefully illustrates a typical night out on his popular hometown strip. He’s appeared on BET’s 106 and Park as a part of the Music Matters campaign and premiered his video for “SLAPP” on the countdown.Stalley has also recently signed with Maybach Music Group.

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J. Cole - Cole World


Jermaine Lamarr Cole
(born January 28, 1985), is a German born American rapper, singer and record producer. In an era saturated with upstart MCs all vying for the coveted status of “next big thing”,J.Cole is a refreshing exception to the quick route for fame and success. The first artist signed to Jay-Z’s new Roc Nation label, Cole made himself notable through a scholarly approach to the game – no small feat considering his Magna Cum Laude distinction upon graduating from St. John’s University.

If his sudden christening by JAY-Z shocked the haters, their doubts were quickly refuted when J. Cole dropped his recent mixtape The Warm Up, as well as a coveted guest verse on JAY-Z’s Blueprint 3 with “A Star is Born”. Soulful and strong, J. Cole’s lyrics touch on everything from his upbringing in North Carolina to the poverty and hopelessness that affect his community. The mixtape encapsulates not just who J. Cole is as a rapper, but who he is as an artist and a person.

Taking from his favorite artists a love for powerful storytelling with an intense inner-strength, J. Cole advanced to writing his own lyrics at 15, soon amassing stacks of notebooks filled with rhymes and observations. Without a DJ or producer to provide a beat, he industriously started creating his own using a beat machine given as a present by his mother. From then on J. Cole was constantly creating new music and lyrics leading to his current and flow.

Studio albums
  • Cole World: The Sideline Story (2011)

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FRANK OCEAN - THE (ODD) FUTURE

Christopher Francis Ocean (born October 29, 1987), better known as Frank Ocean, is an American singer-songwriter from New OrleansLouisiana.Ocean was evacuated from the University of New Orleans to Los Angeles California just as Hurricane Katrina hit in August 2005, and stayed to pursue a music career. 

He is a member of OFWGKTAOcean has written songs for Justin Bieber, John Legend, Brandy, and Beyoncé Knowles (‘I Miss You’ from the album ‘4’),Ocean has also worked with Nas and Pharrell Williams.On February 18, 2011, Ocean released his first mixtape, Nostalgia,ULTRA., to critical acclaim.His music mostly focuses on interpersonal relationships, personal reflection and social commentary.

Rolling Stone magazine’s Jonah Weiner calls Ocean a “gifted avant-R&B smoothie”.

On May 19, 2011 Ocean’s record label Def Jam announced its plans to re-release Nostalgia, Ultra as an EP.The single “Novacane" was released to iTunes on May 31, 2011, and the EP originally was set to be released on July 26, 2011, but through his Tumblr blog on July 24th, he stated that it would not be released on that date
 In an April 2011 interview, Ocean intimated that his relationship with Def Jam has strengthened since the release of his mixtape. Frank Ocean With 2011 The Island Def Jam Music Group Released Swim Good. 

Mixtapes

  • nostalgia,ULTRA. (2010)
  • The Lonny Breaux Collection (2011)


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Damu the fudgemunk

    

 Damu the Fudgemunk (born Earl Davis on June 8, 1984, in Washington, DC) is an American hip hop music artist and producer.In addition to his career as a solo artist, music producer, and DJ, he is a member of the groups Y Society and Panacea.Damu released his official debut album as a member of Y Society, Travel Your Own Pace, on October 10, 2007, to positive reviews.The album is reminiscent of true-school hip-hop with its liberal use of jazz and soul samples and scratching throughout. In 2008, Damu released two free albums primarily composed of instrumental music, titled Spare Time and Overtime. He built himself a respectable and loyal fan base through his unique YouTube videos and live street performances around Washington, DC, and New York City,which require him to use a portable electricity generator to power his sampler and speakers..

    

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Onra

    

Onra is a French beatmaker currently residing in Paris.He released his first album with other french producer and friend Quetzal (Al Quetz) in 2006. A hip-hop tribute to soul music which was played several times by Gilles Peterson, Benji B..At the same time, he started collaborating with American keyboard player called Byron The Aquarius and released an album under the name of The Big Payback in 2007, project full of different influences such as futuristic hip-hop, spaced out and jazzy broken beats.. Currently his most critically acclaimed album, “Chinoiseries” became the trademark sound of Onra since the song The Anthem has been chosen to illustrate a Coca-Cola TV commercial for Beijing Olympics.

He recently started touring with his two mpc1000’s to play some beats live, and has already been performing in Japan, China, Spain, Scotland, Ireland, Lithuania, Poland, England, Austria, New Zealand, Vietnam, Switzerland, Netherlands, and France.

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Good Music

                                

Good Music is a record label , and a management firm that was founded on 2004 by music producer and artist Kanye West. ”GOOD” is an acronym for “Getting Out Our Dreams”.John Legend and Common were the first to sign to the management and production company; their albums, Get Lifted and Be, respectively, (both executive-produced by West) were both critically acclaimed and combined were nominated for 7 Grammy Award nominationsGet Lifted had three nominations and Be had four.

 Genre : Hip-hop, R&B, Alternative Hip-Hop

Artists :

Kanye West  (Founder) -   John Legend - Common - Kid Cudi - Big Sean - Malik Yusef - Mr Hudson - Mos Def - Teyana Taylor - Cyhi Da Prince - Pusha T - Hit Boy - D’Banj - Snick Silva

Upcoming Releases

  • Kanye West - Watch The Throne (with Jay-Z) (tentatively August 2, 2011)
  • Common - The Dreamer, The Believer (2011)
  • Kid Cudi - TBA (with 2 Be Continuum) (2011)

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Watch The Throne

              COMING AUGUST 2nd

First single: H.A.M. (Hard As A Motherfucker)

iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/h-a-m-single/id414431115

2nd single: Lift Off (feat. Beyoncé & Bruno Mars)

Tracklist :

1. No Church in The Wild (Feat. Frank Ocean)
2. Lift Off (Feat. Beyoncé)
3. Niggas in Paris
4. Otis (Feat. Otis Redding)
5. Gotta Have It
6. New Day
7. Prime Time
8. Who Gon Stop Me
9. Murder to Excellence
10. Welcome to The Jungle
11. Sweet Baby Jesus (Feat. Frank Ocean)
12. Love You So (Feat. Mr Hudson)

Bonus
13. Illest Motherfucker Alive
14. H*A*M
15. That’s My Bitch
16. The Joy (Feat. Curtis Mayfield)


Preorder the album here : www.watchthethrone.com

Kanye West Interview on WTT http://www.2dopeboyz.com/2010/10/26/kanye-west-on-watch-the-throne-video/

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The Weeknd

The Weeknd is a Toronto-based R&B singer named Abel Tesfaye. Songs recorded under The Weeknd name first leaked in late 2010, though the identity of the individual behind the project was initially unknown.The Weeknd released a nine-song album, House of Balloons, on 21 March 2011. The album is a part of a trilogy which includes Thursday and Echoes of Silence, to be released in the summer and autumn respectively. In late 2010, The Weeknd uploaded three songs - “What You Need”, “Loft Music” and “The Morning” - to YouTube. Hip-hop artist Drake has been partly credited for generating public awareness for The Weeknd.In a review of the House of Balloons album, Pitchfork Media’s Joe Colly wrote that “all the thematic and sonic pieces fit together - these weird, morning-after tales of lust, hurt, and over-indulgence … are matched by this incredibly lush, downcast music.

Support the Artist here :

http://the-weeknd.com/

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Yelawolf - Trunk Music

Michael Wayne Atha (born December 30, 1979), better known by his stage name Yelawolf, is an American rapper from Alabama. He is currently signed to Ghet-O-Vision Entertainment, Interscope Records, and Eminem’s Shady Records label. Yelawolf signed to Columbia Records in 2007, but was released from the label the same year. In 2010, he made a guest appearance on Bizarre’s Friday Night at St. Andrews, as well as albums by Big Boi,Paul Wall, and Juelz Santana. His mixtape, Trunk Muzik 0-60, was his first project with a major label, and was released on November 22, 2010 under Ghet-O-Vision Entertainment and Interscope Records. 

Eminem and Jim Jonsin are working together with Yelawolf, for his debut studio album “Radioactive”, which will be released on Interscope and Shady Records.On April 14, Yelawolf revealed that he will release his upcoming album this summer, and producers include Eminem, Jim Jonsin, Kawan “KP” Prather, Travis Barker, Chuck Inglish, Diplo, The Neptunes, The Audibles, Pooh Bear and WillPower.

On May 18, Yelawolf announced his first single off Radioactive will be titled “Gangster of Love”, featuring Cyhi Da Prynce. In June 10th, Yelawolf revealed the release date of "Radioactive" in London, England before his first performance, saying that it will be released in September 27th.

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Wiz Khalifa-TGOD

Cameron Jibril Thomaz (born September 8, 1987), better known by the stage name Wiz Khalifa, is an American rapper based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He released his debut album, Show and Prove, in 2006, and signed to Warner Bros. Records in 2007. His eurodance-influenced single, “Say Yeah”, received urban radio airplay, charting on the Rhythmic Top 40 and Hot Rap Tracks charts in 2008.Khalifa parted with Warner Bros. and released his second album, Deal or No Deal, in November 2009. He released the mixtape Kush and Orange Juice as a free download in April 2010,The Cabin Fever mixtape also released online as a free download.Later on he signed with Atlantic Records. He is also well-known for his debut single for Atlantic, “Black and Yellow”, which peaked at number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. His debut album for the label, Rolling Papers, was released on March 29, 2011.Pittsburgh has long been searching for it’s first major Hip Hop star. Some have flirted with success, while others have floundered in the masses. Wiz Khalifa has developed into the prodigy that Pittsburgh has been looking for, and he plans to represent his city to the fullest. 

Personal life : Khalifa is dating Amber Rose, the former girlfriend of Khalifa’s fellow hip-hop star Kanye West.

Studio Albums :

Show and Prove (2006)

Deal or No Deal (2009)

Rolling Papers (2011)

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TYGA

Michael Nguyen-Stevenson (born November 19, 1989),better known by his stage name Tyga, is an American rapper  struggling to rise above the negativity that surrounded him. Born and raised in the infamous Compton, CA armed with nothing but an amateur mixtape and hunger, he built solid local buzz through impressive live shows and an online hustle. Still, a kid with lofty dreams wondered if he’d ever catch that “big break”.Signed to Young Money Entertainment, Cash Money Records and Universal Motown Records. He first received recognition with his debut single “Coconut Juice”. He was nominated for a Grammy, with Chris Brown for “Deuces”, for the 2011 Grammy’s. After recording a mixtape and promoting it around the city, Tyga ran into Cody Ulm and Scott Bolinger, in the Flight Club L.A. sneaker shop. Their conversation went from shoes to rappers, and as Cody and Scott’s group went from unknowns to MTV stars, he would always remember that talk and his unique style. Cody and Scott signed Tyga to his Bad Squad label and then invited him along when the punk-pop group Fall Out Boy came calling. Cody, Scott and Tyga would appear on the remix to Fall Out Boy’s “Arms Race,” which also featured Kanye West,Paul Wall, Skinhead Rob, Lupe Fiasco, and Lil Wayne. When the remix became a hit, Tyga found himself performing the track on MTV’s Video Music Awards in 2007. He soon entered the studio to do some guest shots for his new friend Lil Wayne before shifting the focus to his solo career. His first single became the hooky “Coconut booty,” a S*A*M & Sluggo production that borrowed a bit of Harry Nilsson’s hit “Coconut.” As the club track was climbing the charts in the spring of 2008, Tyga was hard at work on his debut album, No Introduction, which was officially released on June 2008. David Jeffries, Rovi Tyga is mixed race(Vietnamese and Jamaican).

Studio Albums

  • 2008: No Introduction
  • 2011: Careless World

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REKS

Born and raised in Lawrence, MA, street lyricist Corey Isiah Christie, better known as just Reks, started out as a breakdancer in his teens and was part of a local B-boy crew called Funk Town Connection. By the time he entered college at University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Reks had built a reputation for himself in the local Boston rap scene, but then eventually quit school to begin recording for Brick Records. A few 12” singles, “I Could Have Done More” and “Fearless,” arrived first in early 2001, before Brick issued his debut LP, Along Came the Chosen, later that year. A cult favorite in Beantown rap circles, the album earned Reks nominations for Hip-Hop Album and Artist of the Year by the Boston Music Awards. Even with all the accolades as well as press features running in Source, XXL, Vibe, and URB, Reks’ career didn’t ascend to the national stage. In fact, he self-released his second album, Rekless (2003), and had no distribution other than from the trunk of his car. In 2004, he turned to the mixtape circuit, releasing Happy Holidays (2005) and the Rash Music series, the latter of which was under his new group, M Diesel (which included Lucky Dice and Chi Knox). In this time period, he also hooked up with fellow Lawrence, MA, native and national mixtape guru Statik Selektah, eventually signing on to the DJ’s ShowOff Records imprint. Reks made several appearances on Selektah’s Spell My Name Right (2007) LP as well as on material by the DJ’s up-and-coming protégéTermanology. Executive produced by Selektah, Reks’ ShowOff debut, Grey Hairs, arrived in 2008.

Influenced by: KRS-One, Slick Rick, Kool Moe Dee

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