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PURE ETC, “STILETTO STONER”

single: PURE ETC, “STILETTO STONER”
produced by Breahlyn Marquez | from the forthcoming EP Water and Sound

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on Soundcloud at soundcloud.com/pure-etc/stiletto-stoner
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Los Angeles rapper Pure ETC presents Stilleto Stoner, the new single from his forthcoming EP Water and Sound. Pure has opened for Busta Rhymes and Rick Ross, and recently signed a distribution deal with InGrooves Fontana/Universal. He describes his style as “vintage Hip Hop with a twist of lime. The 4 tenants of hip hop are peace, love, unity, and having fun, and this is what I want people to feel when they hear my music.” “Stiletto Stoner” is produced by Dallas-bred, NYC-based Breahlyn Marquez, currently working with Styles P and Aftermath artist John Connor. “I wanted to expand on that theme of the working woman who smokes,” says Pure regarding “Stoner”, which he says “expands on the idea that weed is becoming accepted by the mainstream and people don’t have to be shamed to not smoke. This song is about that successful woman who throws it down in all areas of her life, and still can kick back and smoke freely.” Water and Sound is set to drop late spring.

Interview with creator of clothing line “Local Tourist” – Eric Fobair

How did you get into fashion?

I graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in fine arts. To start a clothing company was a dream of mine since I was a teenager. In the last year of college, I just had to do it.

Tell us about your collections.

This new collection is based around our new mantra GUARD YOUR HEART FEED YOUR MIND. That was an organic personal statement that worked itself into the brand. Its something I truly believe in and am trying to live by. We’re trying to put out a positive message without being overt, ie PMA (positive mental attitude).

How would you describe your design
Aesthetic?

I’ve always been a simplified in my design aesthetic. The new wave recently has been about stripping down to black and white but that as always been the Local Tourist style, maybe moving forward to go left of the curve we’ll start doing color. The brand started as simplified line drawings of female faces, moved into repetition of the Local Tourist logo, collaborations and now we’re motivated to put out our own message of positivity.

Where do you go for inspiration?

I’d like to think I get my inspiration from my personal life, as I’ve undergone a discipline of personal growth recently and started reading a lot of books, hence FEED YOUR MIND. I’m also influenced in what I see, what I listen to, sometimes its to add to those influences and sometimes it is in reaction to those as to do something different because I’m seeing a lot of the same thing. One of our newest tees coming out very soon simply says ORIGINAL CONTENT

How much does travel influence your designs?

Local Tourist isn’t necessarily about physical travel in that respect. More so, to travel in your mind, thoughts and notions. As to not become localized so much in your thinking or way of being. To not be afraid to become a tourist in your thoughts, explore new influences and ways to approach situations.

How does that inspiration turn into reality?

One just can’t sit and think, it is really about doing. That’s what I encourage my peers to do, more doing than thinking. What we do this week, sets up next weeks results. If you want a bigger bank account, deeper relationships, or weight loss; one just can’t think about it, read about it…after the research one has to put that plan into action and in that the process may be unfamiliar (Tourist) but soon it will become a Local way to do your new program and you’ll start getting positive results.

What’s your connection to Minneapolis today?

Geographically I’m closer to the capital and sister city St. Paul. I was born in the suburbs, moved to North Dallas as a teenager; graduated high school there and went to OU. Lived 7 years in Los Angeles, had a pop up store in DTLA for almost 2 years, I like to say I’m a Local Tourist. Minneapolis is a great city, lots of culture and influence; one of my favorite places to go is the Walker Art Center.

Is there any place in the world you haven’t been to yet but would like to visit from a professional perspective?

I’ve never been over seas; I definitely need to see the world, something overdue.

Who do you think is the ideal “Local Tourist” women?

I’d say a woman that holds the same core values as the brand does. One that is mindful of their heart and one that feeds her mind with knowledge.

How would you describe your personal fashion style?

My personal style is definitely simple, lol. Nike Air max 90s all day, Levi’s 501, polo and other Nike tops. There was a time in my life where all the tops I wore was Local Tourist but then it got to feel like a uniform, it’s freeing to support others who I admire.

Can you tell us about your Spring 2014 collection.
What’s next for you professionally?

One thing we’re really excited about is these next three months (March-May) are mixes with Spintelect, League of Starz, and Fat Tony. I’ve had personal relationships with all and to finally do a project together is a win win situation. I’ve been getting a little more involved in music and its exciting. We’re also developing a high-end accessory line for Local Tourist. The future is bright!

We were graced with the opportunity to have Eric Fobair share his thoughts with us and would like to share with you all some other links to continue to follow the entrepreneurial mind behind “Local Tourist.”

Visit the action below.

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Local Tourist has released a number of promotional mixtapes, most recently The French Kiss Playlist Pt. 1 by Aei (click to stream on Soundcloud). Click here for a promo video of the spring line. Keep up with Local Tourist on their Karmaloop Kazbah page.

single: MURS, “CHRISTMAS RULES EVERYTHING AROUND ME”

single: MURS, “CHRISTMAS RULES EVERYTHING AROUND ME”

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single at soundcloud.com/murs316/christmas-rules-everything
MursWorld.com | Twitter [@murs] | Facebook | Instagram [@label316] | Twitter [@curtissking]

Los Angeles rapper Murs presents “Christmas Rules Everything Around Me”, his new single produced by Curtiss King. “If you know me you know I LOVE Christmas,” says Murs. “I’ve always wanted to make Xmas song. It’s corny it’s silly it’s fun and I LOVE it! Thanks Curtiss King for the beat. Click the link to DL of course is FREE it is Christmas after all! God bless us everyone! PS: yes, this is the real Carter family Christmas card.”

Written By: James Dunn

MURS, “S.O.S.”

video: MURS, “S.O.S.”
f. Kosha Dillz, Jabee, Reverie, Cash Lansky, Marley B, Optimal

video at http://youtu.be/DWiifSrpzIw
download “S.O.S.” at soundcloud.com/murs316/sos
MursWorld.com | Twitter [@murs] | Facebook | Instagram [@label316]
@reverielove | @koshadillz | @cashlansky | @mynameisjabee | @marleyb_520

Label 316, the new imprint headed by Los Angeles emcee Murs, presents the Pharaoh Davis-directed music video for “S.O.S.”, featuring Kosha Dillz (NJ), Jabee (OKC), Cash Lansky and Marley B (Tucson), Optimal (Phoenix) and Reverie (L.A.). The video was shot in Reno, Nevada at the Beach Hut Deli. to meet in Reno, Nevada at the Beach Hut Deli to shoot the video. “I started this label as a platform for all the hard working artists out there I felt deserved a more. I for one believe that this game is 10% talent and 90% work ethic. And you won’t find one lazy artist on this roster.”

Written By: James Dunn

JONEZEN – “DEDICATIONS”

video: JONEZEN, “DEDICATIONS”
from the forthcoming album Beautiful Disaster dropping March 2014

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on Youtube at youtube.com/watch?v=Mj-nATEM2fQ
JonezenMusic.com | Twitter [@jonezenmusic] | Facebook | Soundcloud

Los Angeles rapper/songwriter/guitarist/producer Chris Jones a.k.a. Jonezen presents the Raul Perez/Red Zone L.A.-directed music video for “Dedications”, the first single from his forthcoming album Beautiful Disaster, the followup to his Live From Rehab mixtape. “Dedications” comes hot on the heels of Jonezen’s win at the Los Angeles Music Awards for Best Hip-Hop Artist. Told by doctors after an arrest that he may not live another year due to excessive drinking, Jonezen refused to go to rehab unless he could bring his recording studio. He found a treatment center in Los Angeles that would let him do just that and upon entering he began working on Live From Rehab. After leaving treatment Jonezen landed a distribution deal with Famous Records/ Fontana/ Universal. His single “Buried By Six” was produced by Father MC and released on Famous Records in August of 2012. This year Jonezen has done two independently booked tours, performed at the Speak Your Mind Hip Hop Festival alongside Blackalicious, been featured on several radio stations including The Weekend Top 30 ‘What’s Poppin Next’ and has been nominated for two Los Angeles Music Awards for Best Hip Hop Artist and Best Social Media. This year Jonezen released videos for two Live From Rehab singles, “On Me” (click to watch) and “If I Die Young” (click to watch). “I wrote ‘Dedications’ intending for it to be the intro song for my shows…it just turned out too dope to not put it on the album. The name says it all…this is my dedication…to the fans..my city…my people!” Beautiful Disaster drops March 2014.

Written by: James Dunn

MALKOVICH, “GREAT EXPECTATIONS”

video: MALKOVICH, “GREAT EXPECTATIONS”
produced by Josh The Goon
from Great Expectations f. Omni | Gotham Green | Yamin Semali | Chris Clarke | Sum

video at youtube.com/watch?v=1PHZJBA-6_0&list=PL1EABC6B368E5A512&index=8
download Great Expectations free for a limited time at malkovichmusic.bandcamp.com
MalkovichMusic.com | Twitter [@malkovichmusic] | Facebook | Soundcloud | Instagram

Irangeles (Iran/Los Angeles) lyricist Malkovich presents the music video for “Through The Trees”, from his new album Great Expectations, written and recorded in New York City, New Orleans, Atlanta and Los Angeles after Malkovich gave up his home and possessions to travel indefinitely. “Expectations” is produced by L.A. beatsmith Josh The Goon, best known for his work with Freddie Gibbs and DaVinci. The video was shot in Queens, New York City by Mazzi of S.O.U.L. Purpose and was edited by J Spealz. Expectations is Malkovich’s followup to his Ayatollah Presley mixtape hosted by deejay/producer House Shoes (watch the video to the Dibia$e-produced “WTF”), and videos to four Expectations tracks – “Lies” (watch), “What I Know” (watch), “Palms” (watch) and “Through The Trees” (watch) have already been released. “[Malkovich] is owning everyone in the current scene, and you better believe it,” says HitTheFloor Magazine. DJ Premier played the Great Expectations cut “Bedbugs” on the January 18 edition of his Live From Headqcourterz mixshow (listen). Great Expectations is available as a free download for a limited time.

James Dunn

E MAJOR, “TSRH”

video: E MAJOR, “TSRH”
produced by Sham Dibiase | directed by E Major | featuring Rome Cee, Kane Mayfield
from Baltimore Bruin, out now

video at youtube.com/watch?v=dNDGQix_UAI
download the full version of “TSRH” at soundcloud.com/emajor/tsrh-feat-rome-cee-and-kane
download Baltimore Bruin at undersoundmusic.bandcamp.com/album/baltimore-bruin
UnderSoundMusic.net | Facebook | Twitter [@etothemajor]

Baltimore-bred, Los Angeles-based emcee E Major presents the self-directed music video to “TSRH”, the Sham Dibiase-produced single from Baltimore Bruin, his new album featuring Marc Evan, King’s Khrysis, Kaimbr and UllNevaNo as well as original production from Rexamillion, Khrysis, Roddy Rod, IllMeasured, Minus Nine and Eddie Pearson. E’s album Better Than Yours had already made Baltimore City Paper’s top ten albums of 2011 – two years after dubbing his Majority Rules album “a classic” – by the time his hit “Paper Runnin’” started doing the rounds on 92Q, later remixed by local legend DJ Booman. Wielding common-sense lyricism and a relaxed, persistent flow which presides on equal footing over boom-bap and trap alike, E’s shared stages with Lupe Fiasco, Wale, and Little Brother and has gotten the nod from Okayplayer, MTV, VH1 and DJ Booth. Three videos from the project have already been released: “Outrageous” (watch here), “Feature Presentation” (watch here) and “Zodiac Freestyle” (watch here). “Just vibing off the beat, this track turned into a nostalgic piece where I started to rhyme about all types of stuff from Hip Hop’s 90’s hey day,” says E. “I brought on Rome Cee and Kane Mayfield for the track, although the version for the video only has Rome. Both Rome and Kane know how to paint vivid pictures and were able to bring that clear imagery of what 90’s Hip Hop was really like. I used the Katt Williams sample because I always loved that bit and how he said that. It just struck me one day to make that a hook so I ran with it.” Baltimore Bruin is available now on E’s Bandcamp page.

James Dunn

 

E MAJOR, “SLOW IT DOWN

video: E MAJOR, “SLOW IT DOWN”

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produced by August Flight Gordon | directed by E Major
from Baltimore Bruin, out now

video at youtube.com/watch?v=y96EuFt6AZQ
download Baltimore Bruin at undersoundmusic.bandcamp.com/album/baltimore-bruin
UnderSoundMusic.net | Facebook | Twitter [@etothemajor]

Baltimore-bred, Los Angeles-based emcee E Major presents the self-directed music video to “Slow It Down”, the August Flight Gordon-produced single from Baltimore Bruin, his new album featuring Marc Evan, King’s Khrysis, Kaimbr, UllNevaNo, Rome Cee and Kane Mayfield as well as original production from Rexamillion, Khrysis, Roddy Rod, IllMeasured, Minus Nine, Eddie Pearson and Sham Dibiase. E’s album Better Than Yours had already made Baltimore City Paper’s top ten albums of 2011 – two years after dubbing his Majority Rules album “a classic” – by the time his hit “Paper Runnin’” started doing the rounds on 92Q, later remixed by local legend DJ Booman. Wielding common-sense lyricism and a relaxed, persistent flow which presides on equal footing over boom-bap and trap alike, E’s shared stages with Lupe Fiasco, Wale, and Little Brother and has gotten the nod from Okayplayer, MTV, VH1 and DJ Booth. Three videos from the project have already been released: “Outrageous” (watch here), “Feature Presentation” (watch here) and “Zodiac Freestyle” (watch here). “This video was actually the first one I made after moving to Los Angeles,” says E. “Visually and sonically I was exploring my new surroundings. The track has a woozier, more mellowed out feel that was influenced by the laid back feeling I get being in LA and I wanted to represent that feeling visually as well so we went all the way from Joshua Tree to the beach shooting images.” Baltimore Bruin is available now on E’s Bandcamp page.

Author: James Dunn

 

MALKOVICH – “THROUGH THE TREES”

f. Ali Abnormal, BLVME, Sum, Chris Clarke | produced by Computer Jay | directed by Hashim Thomas
from the free album Great Expectations f. Omni | Gotham Green | Yamin Semali

download Great Expectations free for a limited time at malkovichmusic.bandcamp.com
MalkovichMusic.com | Twitter [@malkovichmusic] | Facebook | Soundcloud

Irangeles (Iran/Los Angeles) lyricist Malkovich presents the Hashim Thomas-directed music video for “Through The Trees”, from his new album Great Expectations, written and recorded in New York City, New Orleans, Atlanta and Los Angeles after Malkovich gave up his home and possessions to travel indefinitely. “Trees” is produced by L.A. beatsmith Computer Jay, whose Savage Planet Discotheque EP features Gaslamp Killer. “Trees” also features a verse from Sum, whose Dragon album features Ski Beatz, and Chris Clarke, whose The Handpicked full-length features Thundercat, Blu and Sleepy Brown. BLVME and Ali Abnormal also contribute verses. Expectations is the followup to his Ayatollah Presley mixtape hosted by deejay/producer House Shoes (watch the video to the Dibia$e-produced “WTF”), and videos to three Expectations tracks – “Lies” (watch), “What I Know” (watch) and “Palms” (watch) have already been released. “[Malkovich] is owning everyone in the current scene, and you better believe it,” says HitTheFloor Magazine. DJ Premier played the Great Expectations cut “Bedbugs” on the January 18 edition of his Live From Headqcourterz mixshow (listen). Great Expectations is available as a free download for a limited time.

Author: James Dunn

Janelle Monáe – PrimeTime ft. Miguel [Official Audio]

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“THE ELECTRIC LADY” NORTH AMERICA 2013

OCTOBER
13 Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
14 Washington, DC – Lincoln Theatre
16 Boston, MA – House of Blues
18 Montreal, QC – Olympia Theatre
19 Toronto, ON – Kool Haus
21 Chicago, IL – Vic Theatre
22 Minneapolis, MN – Skyway Theater
24 Englewood, CO – Gothic Theatre
25 Salt Lake City, UT – In The Venue
29 Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
30 Seattle, WA – Showbox SoDo

NOVEMBER
1 San Francisco, CA – Warfield Theatre
2 Los Angeles, CA – Club Nokia @ L.A. Live
5 Anaheim, CA – House of Blues
6 San Diego, CA – House of Blues
7 Phoenix, AZ – The Crescent Ballroom
9 Dallas, TX – House of Blues
12 Austin, TX – Austin City Limits Live @ The Moody Theater
13 Houston, TX – House of Blues
15 Kansas City, MO – Uptown Theater
17 Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
19 Raleigh, NC – The Ritz
20 Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore Charlotte
22 Orlando, FL – Hard Rock Live
23 Miami Beach, FL – Fillmore Miami Beach @ The Jackie Gleason Theatre
26 Atlanta, GA – The Tabernacle

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