Re-Up Gang – “Zen:”
Jedi Mind Tricks frontman, Vinnie Paz, releases “Drag You To Hell,” the first track from his upcoming debut solo album The Assassin’s Creed, and is going on tour for the release starting August 19, 2009!
Philadelphia, PA (July 20, 2009) – Jedi Mind Tricks frontman, Vinnie Paz, unveiled the first track, “Drag You To Hell,” from his upcoming debut solo album, The Assassin’s Creed. “Drag You To Hell” is now streaming on vinniepaz.com and jmthiphop.com and will available for sale on iTunes tomorrow, July 21, 2009. Vinnie Paz’s debut solo album, The Assassin’s Creed, is coming soon on Vinnie’s own record label, Enemy Soil.
Since 1996, Vinnie Paz has been best known as the fiery frontman of renowned indie rap group Jedi Mind Tricks. After more than a decade of critical and commercial success under both the Jedi Mind Tricks banner and with his underground rap supergroup side project, Army of the Pharaohs, Vinnie finally felt the time was right to take on the challenge of making a solo record.
“This solo record isn’t a matter of being unhappy with Jedi Mind Tricks or me needing to satisfy my ego, it’s just an artistic challenge that I’ve wanted to tackle for awhile now and the timing is right,” says Vinnie. “People will probably wonder why I’d bother doing a solo record when most of the recent JMT material, aside from our last record, has basically been ‘solo’ music with Stoupe on beats and me rapping.” Vinnie adds, “Well, we’ve been fortunate to have a long and successful career as JMT, and our fans are some of the best fans in independent music, but that success creates certain expectations of what Jedi Mind Tricks music should sound like, which as an artist is a blessing and a curse. This solo record is about stepping away from those expectations for a minute and challenging myself to try new things as an artist.”
With that goal in mind, Vinnie headed back to the lab to cook up a new recipe of hardcore rap music. The Assassin’s Creed features guest appearances from some of the most recognized names in rap including Beanie Sigel, Clipse, Freeway and Paul Wall paired with a stellar lineup of producers including Madlib, Lil Fame (M.O.P.), Da Beatminerz, MoSS (Ghostface Killah), 4th Disciple (Wu-Tang), Bronze Nazareth (Wu-Tang), Shuko (Saigon) and more.
Vinnie Paz will be peforming his new solo track “Drag You To Hell” live on stage during Jedi Mind Tricks’ “Hell Awaits” Summer Tour. Tickets are on sale now at jmthiphop.com/tours.
Jedi Mind Tricks “Hell Awaits” Summer Tour w/MC Esoteric & Reef the Lost Cauze
*shows with MC Esoteric & Reef the Lost Cauze
8/19/09 – San Diego, CA – Cane’s Bar & Grill*
8/20/09 – Los Angeles, CA – El Rey*
8/21/09 – Pomona, CA – Glasshouse*
8/22/09 – San Francisco, CA – Independent*
8/24/09 – Fresno, CA – Starline*
8/25/09 – San Luis Obispo, CA – Downtown Brewery*
8/26/09 – Santa Barbara, CA – Velvet Jones*
8/28/09 – Salt Lake City, UT – Murray Theatre*
8/29/09 – Boulder, CO – Boulder Theatre*
8/30/09 – Colorado Springs, CO – Black Sheep*
9/1/09 – Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theater*
9/2/09 – Chicago, IL – Subterranean*
9/3/09 – Detroit, MI – St. Andrews Hall*
9/4/09 – Toronto, ON – Opera House*
9/5/09 – Ottawa, ON – Ritual Nightclub*
9/6/09 – Montreal, QC – Telus Theater*
9/9/09 – Burlington, VT – Higher Ground*
9/10/09 – Portland, ME – The Asylum*
9/11/09 – Boston, MA – Paradise*
9/12/09 – Long Island, NY – Crazy Donkey
9/13/09 – New York, NY – Highline Ballroom
9/18/09 – Philadelphia, PA – Trocadero w/Immortal Technique
9/19/09 – Towson, MD – Recher Theatre w/Immortal Technique
So we just came across two artists that we’re pretty into. You know those moments where you hear tracks and straight from the beginning you know you’re onto something? That’s the impression we got with Lunice and Lazer Sword. More from Lazer Sword to come.
“Hood Rich [Chilly C]:”
“Throw Some D’s [Rich Boy]:”
“The Boss [Rick. Ross ft. T-Pain]:”
“Lazers at Night [Lunice]:”
“Ante Up [MOP]:”
“Wamp Wamp [Clipse ft. Slim Thug]:”
“Pop Lazers [Birdman ft. Lil' Wayne]:”
Diplo is Philly-based Wesley Pentz. In case you were wondering, Hollertonix is a club and music collective. Pentz was born in Mississippi. He has DJed at the famous Fabric Club in London, which is where he was approached by his future girlfriend and colleague, M.I.A.: a British songwriter, record producer, vocalist and artist. Diplo has actively remixed a number of songs and is arguably more active in his remixing than in his production of original tracks. However, with fickle and scattered nature of people’s taste in music these days, remixing is becoming more common than ever before.
“Clipse – Queen Bitch (Diplo Remix):”
“Rhythm Feat. Sandra Melody, Vybz Cartel & Pantera Os Danadinhos:”
“Rhythm (Newsflash Instrumental):”
“Roots Manuva ‘Seat Yourself’ (Diplo Remix):”
“Don’t You Evah (Diplo Remix):”
Let’s talk about Clipse. Virginia-based hip-hop duo who started making music in 1992. The group is actually brothers “Malice” (Gene Thornton, born in The Bronx, New York, in 1973) and Pusha T (Terrence Thornton, born in The Bronx, New York, in 1977), the group has close ties with multi-platinum production team The Neptunes.
Clipse on the Black AMEX:
When have famous hip hop artists not been all about cash and status though? And before we go any further, here’s my favorite Clipse track to date. Bladow:
The track “Zen,” is from the We Got It 4 Cheap Vol. 2 Mixtape:
But, more than record releases, Clipse has had a ton of guest appearances.
Exclusive Audio Footage (1993–1999)
Clipse began its career in music in 1993 when the Thornton brothers met Pharrell Williams, one half of the production team The Neptunes. Impressed with their lyrical talents, Williams formed a working relationship with the duo. He eventually helped them secure a recording contract with Elektra Records in 1997. Under Elektra, and with The Neptunes handling its production, Clipse recorded its debut album, Exclusive Audio Footage. Its first single, “The Funeral”, helped to generate fan interest in the album, but failed to make a significant commercial impact. With “The Funeral” deemed a failure, Exclusive Audio Footage itself was shelved indefinitely. Clipse was released from its record contract shortly thereafter.
Lord Willin’ (2001–2002)
In early 2001, Williams signed the duo to Arista Records through his recently established Star Trak Entertainment imprint. Clipse released its commercial debut Lord Willin’ on August 20, 2002. The album opened at #1 on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-hop Album chart and #4 on the Billboard Hot 200, fueled by the strength of the first two singles, “Grindin’” and “When the Last Time”, which peaked at #34 and #19 respectively on the Billboard Hot 100. Third single “Ma, I Don’t Love Her” (featuring Faith Evans) was a modest hit, reaching #86 on the Hot 100. On October 1, 2002—only a month after its release—Lord Willin’ was certified gold by the RIAA. Clipse made another dent in the pop music world that year by providing rhymes for Justin Timberlake’s first solo single, “Like I Love You,” another Neptunes-produced crossover radio hit.
Hell Hath No Fury (2003–2007)
In late 2003, Clipse began recording material for its second album, Hell Hath No Fury. However, further work on the album ground to a halt in 2004, when Arista Records was dissolved into its sister label Jive Records as part of a larger merger between Sony Music Entertainment and BMG. Due to contractual requirements, Clipse was forced to stay on Jive, while Star Trak and the rest of its roster moved to a new home at Interscope Records.
While Clipse resumed work on the album, and eventually finished its recording, the duo became increasingly frustrated with Jive, as the label overlooked them in favor of the more “pop” oriented acts on its roster, causing numerous delays in the release of Hell Hath No Fury. As delays continued, the group asked for a formal release from its contract. When Jive refused to grant this request, the duo sued the label. While the litigation took place, Clipse released new material through its We Got It 4 Cheap mixtape series. The mixtapes featured Clipse and two Philadelphia rappers: long-time friend Ab-Liva (of Major Figgas) and newcomer Sandman, known collectively as “The Re-Up Gang”.
On May 9, 2006, Clipse finally reached an agreement with Jive Records to release the album through its own label, Re-Up Records, along with Jive. After two more changes in its release date (originally August 29 and then October 31) Hell Hath No Fury was finally released on November 28, 2006. It spawned two singles: “Mr. Me Too” with Pharrell Williams and “Wamp Wamp (What It Do)” with Slim Thug. While the album received a great deal of critical acclaim, its sales were modest, at 78,000 in the first week. The hip hop magazine XXL gave the album a “XXL” rating, marking it as a five-star album. Only five albums had previously received that honor.
Columbia Records (2007–present)
In a May 19, 2007 interview with Eye Weekly, Clipse revealed that the group had been officially released from its recording contract with Jive. After this, the duo began discussions with several record labels, eventually signing with Columbia Records on October 26, 2007. On August 8, 2008, the duo released the Re-Up Gang’s self-titled debut studio album through Koch Records. The album’s first single, “Fast Life”, was produced by Scott Storch. The single was originally slated for the duo’s third album, but they felt it would be better used for the Re-Up Gang album. Only Malice and Pusha-T appear on the track. After the release Sandman left the group.
The follow-up to Hell Hath No Fury, titled Till the Casket Drops, is slated for a January 2009 release date. In a departure from the group’s previous works, which only featured production from the Neptunes, the album will feature production from Timbaland, Danjahandz, Scott Storch, Dame Grease, Sean “Diddy” Combs’ production team The Hitmen, Kanye West and Rick Rubin.
In November 2008, Clipse announced the launch of their fashion line, Play Cloths. A mixtape called Road To Till The Casket Drops was released on December 1st in promotion of their new fashion line.