The Burn Unit
Smoke DZA, Trademark Da Skydiver & Young Roddy Announce Collaborative Album with Statik Selektah, Release First Single “How Many?”
Three of hip-hop’s most prominent high-rollers – Smoke DZA, Trademark Da Skydiver and Young Roddy – have come together for a joint project entitled The Burn Unit, produced entirely by super-producer Statik Selektah whose long list of credits include Nas, Eminem, 2 Chainz, J. Cole, Joey Bada$$, Mac Miller, Action Bronson, Jadakiss, and Ab-Soul, just to name a few. Scheduled for a release later this year via Babygrande Records, The Burn Unit is a celebration of the tightly-wrapped union between hip-hop and cannabis culture.
“How Many?” the soulful lead single from The Burn Unit, which premiered via HipHopDX, is a marijuana marathon in itself. Over a melodic sample-driven beat, DZA, Trade and Roddy question how quickly they can burn through pounds of indulgent strains while simultaneously paying homage to their favorite herbal remedy
The Burn Unit is slated to hit stores worldwide via Babygrande Records later this year.
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ABOUT SMOKE DZA
Amassing a loyal fan base, Smoke DZA has been blazing trails for many years with his elevated brand of medically blessed lyricism. His loyal social media following continues to grow each day alongside his impressive grass roots movement. DZA hails from Harlem and is the son of two Guyanese immigrants. After dropping out of high school to pursue a music career, DZA began battle rapping. DZA was ultimately discovered by Jonny Shipes of Cinematic Music Group in 2002. He went on to ghostwrite for numerous artists including, Sean Kingston and Hi-Tek. His past albums/mixtapes have included: George Kush Da Button, Rolling Stoned, Rugby Thompson, K.O.N.Y, and a collaborative EP with Curren$y. His 2011 album Rolling Stoned was awarded the High Times- Doobie Award for Hip-Hop Album of the Year. DZA has recorded with Kendrick Lamar, A$AP Rocky, ScHoolboy Q, Big K.R.I.T., Wiz Khalifa, and various other artists in recent years. Smoke DZA is also the founder of R.F.C. Music Group on which he released his 2014 group album The Outsiders via its partnership with iHipHop Distribution. In 2016, he released the critically acclaimed collaborative album Don’t Smoke Rock, with legendary produce Pete Rock. Don’t Smoke Rock features guest appearances from Rick Ross, Jadakiss, Styles P, Mac Miller, Royce Da 5’9”, Dave East, and more, and is in stores worldwide via Babygrande Records.
ABOUT TRADEMARK DA SKYDIVER
Trademark Da Skydiver was born and raised in New Orleans, LA. He was introduced to hip-hop when he was eight years old by an older cousin who brought back a variety of music from his travels in the Navy. His cousin exposed him to all types of hip-hop including the Wu-Tang Clan. Two of Trademark’s childhood friends were the rappers Curren$y and Young Roddy. Early on in his career, a mutual friend brought Trademark into a studio session and Curren$y was there. Curren$y got him to appear on a friend’s mixtape and from there, they both realized that their styles meshed well and continued to work in tandem on a variety of projects. Soon after that studio day, they formed Jet Life.
Jet Life grew to include (at different points) Trademark Da Skydiver, Curren$y, Young Roddy, Corner Boy P, T.Y., Fiend, Street Wiz, Marygold, and producers Monsta Beatz. Trademark played a prominent role in the conception and execution of Jet Life’s Jet World Order series which were both released via Jet Life’s partnership with iHipHop Distribution. Throughout the years, Trademark has become renowned for his Super Villain album series alongside his two albums released under his alter-ego Flamingo Barnes. Following a nationwide tour on the Smokers Club, Trademark Da Skydiver released his latest solo album Return of the Super Villain to acclaim in December 2014. In 2016, Trademark joined Young Roddy on the collaborative album Family Business which featured Kevin Gates, Cozz, Smoke DZA, Mick Jenkins, and more.
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ABOUT YOUNG RODDY
A New Orleans native, Roddy was an avid basketball player and aspired to play professionally. After Hurricane Katrina, Roddy remained in his hometown though his mother left for Texas. Roddy began to freestyle in ciphers with his friends, but he never looked at rapping as a serious profession. However Roddy’s friends were impressed by his skills, and encouraged him to continue to pursue music. Roddy was eventually goaded into visiting a studio when his cousin told him that Young Money’s artists would be recording in the same space. Roddy would go on to meet Curren$y at that time. After hearing Roddy freestyle, Curren$y asked Roddy to join a new group that he was assembling and the two began to collaborate. Since then, Roddy has released a slew of projects including his Good Sense mixtape series and he has worked with everyone from Styles P to Juvenile. He released his debut album The Kenner Loop in December 2015 via GOOD$ENSE / iHipHop Distribution, and followed up in 2016 with his collaborative album Family Business alongside Trademark Da Skydiver
About Statik Selektah:
Statik Selektah is widely regarded as one of the torch bearers of boom-bap production. Initially rising to prominence in the Boston hip-hop scene, Statik became one of the most sought-after producers in the underground, eventually earning the attention of regarded artists and labels like Nas and G-Unit based on his self-promoted collaborations. In 2009, after releasing two studio albums featuring artists such as Q-Tip, Jadakiss, Styles P, Redman, AZ, Cormega, and Royce Da 5’9”, Statik’s profile grew further when he released All In A Day’s Work, a collaborative album with Saigon, recorded in a single day and for which the recording process was streamed online, making it the first of its kind. Statik has gone on to create three other collaborative records in a 24-hour period; The Evening News (2010, with Termanology), Statik-Free (2011, with Freeway), and Lord Giveth, Lord Taketh Away (2011, with Freddie Gibbs). Statik Selelktah has also released collaborative projects with Action Bronson, Jarad Evans, and KXNG Crooked (of Slaughterhouse), while further producing eight separate studio albums. Statik’s credits are a proverbial who’s who list on hip-hop artists including Nas, Eminem, 2 Chainz, J. Cole, Joey Bada$$, Mac Miller, Action Bronson, Jadakiss, and Ab-Soul, among many others. He is also the host of ShowOff Radio on Eminem’s Sirius XM station Shade45
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ellen o the Brooklyn-based producer and vocalist was originally trained as a classical pianist and composer, she now writes with a vintage MPC and Juno-106, crafting tracks. She 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. “ellen o’s unique blend of pop makes her an unstoppable force in the experimental scene,”says Kristi Shinfuko of Magnetic Magazine.
“Another killer tune from ellen o,” tweeted Gilles Peterson of BBC radio, when he heard ellen o’s most recent single “The Marriage Plot”. After achieving success with her first two singles “Uneven” and “Marriage Plot”, indeed both of her singles are off of her forthcoming album “You/Sonata” which was mastered by acclaimed producer, Daddy Kev.
“You/Sonata” ellen o’s Babygrande Records debut, is now available worldwide.
Babygrande Signs Atlanta’s Drako; Premiere’s 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 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.”
Las Vegas producer Ghasper accumulated heavy success after releasing his first distributed single “Forgive Me” which charted on Worldwide Top 50 Spotify charts and also received massive attention from artists, radio stations and a cosign from Label & Influencer MrSuicideSheep. Ghasper was able to keep the flame alive with his other single titled, “Brand,” which took the internet by storm and also climbed European record charts. Ghasper’s singles “Forgive Me” and “Brand” have since reached 3 million streams combined!
Now, Ghasper recently signed to New York indie powerhouse, Babygrande Records. Not only is he signed to a new record label, but Ghasper is returning with new music! Ghasper released his anticipated debut EP titled, Mima on February 2, 2018.
The Genius, aka the GZA, is the most cerebral MC in the Wu-Tang Clan, as well as perhaps the most acclaimed. His cool, precise flow and intricate, literate rhymes weren’t as theatrical as Method Man or Ol’ Dirty Bastard, but among hip-hop aficionados, The Genius was revered for his flawless technique and lyrical dexterity, and was considered by many to be the best pure rapper in the entire Clan. The Genius was born Gary Grice in Staten Island, NY, and shuttled between several other New York boroughs with various relatives during his childhood. He started learning rhymes by the earliest hip-hop MCs while spending time in the Bronx, and returned to Staten Island to share them with his cousins, who later became Ol’ Dirty Bastard and the RZA. In fact, the three of them first teamed up in the early ’80s as part of an obscure group called All in Together Now.
Time passed, and The Genius landed a recording contract with Cold Chillin’, which, unfortunately, was nearing the end of its brilliant run. In 1991, he became the only future Wu-Tang member to release a solo album prior to the Clan’s formation, with Words From the Genius. Produced mostly by Easy Mo Bee, the album flopped badly and, creatively, did little to hint at The Genius’ future standing. Conflicts with the label sent The Genius packing, and he reteamed with a similarly disenchanted RZA (fresh off a failed stint with Tommy Boy) and Ol’ Dirty Bastard to co-found the Wu-Tang Clan. Adding six other friends and associates, the group became an underground sensation and took the rap world by storm with its 1993 debut, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). Their innovative contract allowed each member to sign a solo deal with whatever label they chose, and The Genius wound up on Geffen. In 1994, his first post-Wu solo track, “I Gotcha Back,” appeared on the soundtrack of the film Fresh. His second solo album, Liquid Swords, followed in 1995 and was hailed as a hip-hop classic thanks to its coolly understated menace. While it didn’t make him a star on the level of Method Man, the album did sell well, reaching the pop Top Ten and falling one spot short of the top of the R&B charts. There were no big mainstream hits, but the title cut, “Cold World,” and “Shadowboxin'” all did well on the rap charts.
Following the Clan’s 1997 sophomore set, Wu-Tang Forever, The Genius returned to the solo arena with 1999’s Beneath the Surface. While critics didn’t praise it quite as lavishly as Liquid Swords, it was another well-received effort (especially compared to some of the lackluster follow-ups elsewhere in the Wu-Tang camp), and it topped the R&B album charts. After reconvening with the Wu for 2000’s The W and 2001’s Iron Flag, The Genius dropped his fourth solo effort, Legend of the Liquid Sword, in late 2002, consolidating his reputation as one of the most skillful rappers around. Grandmasters, a collaborative project between himself and Cypress Hill DJ Muggs was released in 2005, followed the next year by an instrumental version and then a remix version in 2007. A year later, GZA signed to Babygrande Records & released the solo album Pro Tools, featuring guest shots from Wu affiliates RZA, Masta Killa, and producer Mathematics. Dark Matter, GZA’s next solo album for Babygrande Records, is due out in 2015.
U-God (Wu-Tang) Announces New Solo-Album, Venom, Which Will Be Released On 3-30; Premieres DJ Green Lantern Produced First Single “Epicenter” featuring Raekwon, Inspectah Deck and Scotty Wotty
As 2018 marks WU-TANG CLAN’s 25th Anniversary, founding member U-GOD aka Golden Arms reminds us that the Clan members get better with age with the release of his new solo album Venom, which will be released on 3-30-18 via of Babygrande Records.
The essence of that classic Wu-Tang sound we love so much comes full circle on the God’s fifth studio album, Venom. Led by the gritty DJ Green Lantern produced single, “Epicenter” featuring Raekwon, Inspectah Deck and Scotty Wotty, U-God wastes no time setting the tone for what’s to come on the album. “Wu-Tang is forever and will always represent the epicenter of hip-hop, me and my brothers throwing darts back to back that’s that Park Hill $h*t, watch out we causing Tsunamis of swagger up in this motherfucka..” says U-GOD
In addition to his new solo-album, U-God will be releasing his new memoir/book Raw: My Journey Into The Wu Tang on 3-6-2018 and will immediately embark on his first solo U.S. tour in five years (the RAW/Venom Tour – Dates below) in support of both his new album Venom and his new book RAW: My Journey Into Wu Tang. The RAW/VENOM Tour will feature both intimate Q+A sessions with U-God and live performance dates.
Smoke DZA Announces New Solo-Album, “Not For Sale”, Which Will Be Released On 4-20-18
Hailing from Harlem, Smoke DZA is often regarded as one of the most respected artists of hip-hop’s new generation. Seamlessly straddling the boundaries of new school and traditional hip-hop, Smoke DZA has already garnered the attention and respect of artists like Wiz Khalifa, Snoop Dogg, A$AP Rocky, Kendrick Lamar, Rick Ross, Joey Bada$$, Mac Miller, Curren$y, Dave East and Big K.R.I.T., all of whom he’s collaborated with over the course of his illustrious career.
Despite the notoriety that Smoke DZA has received, he has never sacrificed his artistic integrity and that sentiment cannot be more evident than on DZA’s highly-anticipated new album Not For Sale; which serves as the official follow-up to his critically acclaimed Pete Rock-produced album Don’t Smoke Rock.
Not For Sale is undoubtedly DZA’s most conceptual album to date and it features a diverse assortment of guest appearances from rap’s elite; including Joey Bada$$, Ty Dolla $ign, D.R.AM., Dom Kennedy and Cozz (Dreamville) among others.
Today, Smoke DZA premiered the first single, “The Mood,” featuring Joey Bada$$ from Not For Sale via an exclusive premiere with Complex. “It’s a really cool fucking era we in” Smoke laments on “The Mood” and as they trade bars, Smoke & Joey do more than create a mood; they give you a vibe! “This is the mood of the youth. This is the mood of NYC we cherish and love,” said Smoke.
Not For Sale will be released on Smoke’s favorite day of the year (4/20) on Babygrande Records, just in time for you to partake in his most intoxicating body of work to date; one that is sure to thrill any hip-hop listener.
Tracklising and Credits For Smoke DZA’s Not For Sale:
1. “The Legacy” (Produced by BobGnarly)
2. “The Mood” f/ Joey Bada$$ (Produced by 183rd)
3. “The Come Up” f/ D.R.A.M. (Produced by DJ Steel)
4. “The High” f/ Velous (Produced by DJ Relly Rell)
5. “The Hustle” f/ Bodega Bamz & LevyGrey (Produced by LevyGrey)
6. “The Love” f/ Ty Dolla $ign (Produced by DJ Relly Rell)
7. “The Lifestyle” (Produced by Cardo)
8. “The Antidote” (Produced by LevyGrey)
9. “The Game” (Produced by LevyGrey)
10. “The Glow” (Produced by LevyGrey)
11. “The Soul” f/ Vado (Produced by BobGnarly)
12. “The Hookup” f/ Cozz & Dom Kennedy (Produced by Girl Talk)
Smoke DZA x Pete Rock
Babygrande Records is proud to announce Don’t Smoke Rock, the upcoming release from Smoke DZA and Pete Rock. Due on December 2, 2016, Don’t Smoke Rock shares the effortless production of legendary and prolific hip-hop producer Pete Rock and the lyrics of the critically acclaimed Harlemnite Smoke DZA aka George Kush.
The first taste of the 13-track offering comes via “Limitless,” featuring Mass Appeal/Def Jam’s newest signee Dave East who, alongside Smoke DZA, adeptly rides Pete Rock’s ominous, gritty production while establishing themselves as unstoppable. The single premiered via Billboard.
“It’s a vibe, it’s a painting, it’s a moment,” he says. “Something that comes around once in a while. I come from old Harlem, before it was a Chase Bank & Starbucks on every corner. Before gentrification.”
Pete Rock shares the sentiment, “As diehard New Yorkers, It was important for us to make a record that embraces what New York truly feels like. We wanted to bring the listener into our world.”
With pre-gentrified Harlem in mind, the production on each song bleeds that Uptown attitude: subdued swagger that could turn against you at any moment. Smoke DZA completes the picture with rhymes steeped in daily Harlem life, where old meets new without ever confusing who actually runs the block.
In the lyrical department, Smoke gets some assistance from Pete Rock himself on “1 Of 1,” with Pete serving as the elder statesman encouraging the young gunner to take the lead.
Having rapped on some of hip-hop’s classics of the past, Pete felt that his work with Smoke was the perfect project to reintroduce his voice to an audience who may not be so familiar with his skills on the mic.
Pete Rock shares, “Smoke’s youthfulness and energy was contagious, it brought out the best in me, this classic gritty soulful sounding project is the result of our collaboration.”
“Moving Weight Pt. 1” featuring Cam’Ron and NYMLo continues in the voice of Harlem as established by Dipset years ago. And “Milestones” featuring BJ The Chicago Kid, Jadakiss and Styles P takes you back to the soulful sounds of 90’s hip hop where dope lyrics and feel good music ruled.
“It’s not to often that you get the features that you actually want. We went 9 for 10 with the features so this is as close to a perfect album that I’ve ever done in my life,” states Smoke DZA.
FULL TRACK LISTING:
2) Limitless – Featuring Dave East
3) Black Superhero Carr – Featuring Rick Ross
4) Hold The Drums – Featuring Royce 5’9″
5) Moving Weight PT1 – Featuring Cam’Ron & NYMLo
6) Wild 100s
7) Last Name
8) 1 of 1
9) Milestone – Featuring BJ The Chicago Kid, Jadakiss, & Styles P
10) Show Off – Featuring Wale
11) Dusk 2 Dusk – Featuring Big K.R.I.T., Dom Kennedy, & theMIND
12) I Ain’t Scared
13) Until Then – Featuring Mac Miller
Havoc x The Alchemist
It has been said that real gangsters move in silence. In the case of Havoc (of Mobb Deep) and legendary producer The Alchemist, the duo chose to let their music speak for themselves. On the newly announced collaborative album, The Silent Partner, Havoc serves as the smooth-talking, gangster mouthpiece to the Alchemist’s gritty, one-of-a-kind instrumental backdrops.
One of the most decorated producers in hip-hop today, The Alchemist’s relationship with Mobb Deep dates back to 1999 when Cypress Hill’s DJ Muggs introduced the then-upcoming producer to the revered New York duo. The Alchemist would go onto forge a strong bond with the group, resulting in a myriad of classic tracks throughout the years.
The Silent Partner is a magnificently organic album that brings together one-half of the Mobb with their favorite producer for a modern day hip-hop classic. The Silent Partner features guest appearances by Method Man, Prodigy (of Mobb Deep) and Cormega and was released on May 20, 2016 via Babygrande Records.
Just saying “Electronic” is not enough. The different aspects of the genre are endless, and for NYC based producer Lee Bannon, exploring new directions is exactly his mission. Not being tied to one genre is a trend of Bannon’s. Gaining his popularity initially in Hip-Hop by working with Joey Bada$$, Kendrick Lamar, Curren$y and others, Lee then ventured off to pursue a solo project, bridging Drum & Bass with Ambient production. Lee’s movement into the electronic realm seemed too simple. His latest LP titled Alternate/Endings catapulted Lee’s career while making him a popular staple, not only to press and other musicians, but fans alike.
With positive reviews in major outlets like Pitchfork, Stereogum, Spin and other tastemakers, the name Lee Bannon became a household one for the lovers of Drum & Bass and other lanes of Electronic music. Coming off the tsunami of praise for his album Alternate/Ending Lee immediately hit the studio and began the creation of what is now known as Main/Flex.
Lee Bannon’s Main/Flex is not simply a Drum & Bass EP; It combines Ambient aspects with hypnotizing melodies that capture the listener and cause them to think about more than just the music. Lee’s inspiration for most of his work comes not only from other musicians but from film, art, and worldly matters. It is very clear that Lee Bannon is on the rise as one of the industry’s top producers, and as Pitchfork justly said, “Bannon can call wherever he rests his head home, be it D&B, Hip-Hop, or elsewhere.”
Main/Flex features appearances by Hak of Ratking, Charlie Benante of Anthrax and Deejay Earl of TekLife, and was mastered by acclaimed producer and engineer Daddy Kev. Main/Flex was released worldwide on November 4, 2014 via Babygrande Records.
Hailing from the birthplace of Hip-hop, New York native Liam Tracy is ready to make a first great impression. Under the tutelage of his production company Taylor & Co the 21-year- old emcee has honed a unique sound studying and fusing elements from the Golden Era of hip hop along with some of today’s modern influences. Liam’s promising talent as a lyricist and producer grabbed the attention of independent label, Babygrande Records,. Immediately after signing, Liam hit the touring circuit by storm opening for Cannibal Ox in 2015 and landing a coveted spot on the 8th Annual SXSW Takeover last March performing on an all star bill with the likes of Kevin Gates, Wale, DJ Drama and more.
Liam’s first audio leak, “Fake Smile,” received great reception leaving fans asking for more he now follows that up with his first single/video a retrospective gem, “Reminisce.” The project, entitled Drugs and Alcohol, dropped May 24, 2016 via DatPiff.com.
21 year-old SoCal artist, THEAFTRPARTY, hit the scene with his debut EP, Close Your Eyes. Close Your Eyes features the lead single “You Forever” along with five additional tracks showcasing THEAFTRPARTY’s unique songwriting ability, which stylishly blends R&B and hip-hop. THEAFTRPARTY had a monumental 2016. After catching the the ear of New York indie powerhouse Babygrande Records, who quickly signed the rising California artist to its roster, THEAFTRPARTY performed at the annual SXSW Takeover with Erykah Badu, Kehlani, D.R.A.M., Mick Jenkins, and others. He then released his debut EP, Close Your Eyes, later in the year. Be on the lookout for more music from THEAFTRPARTY in 2018.
British producer, Ben Frascina, has been tuning in ears with the beautiful atmospheric music he brings to life under the moniker Skylab 3. Influenced by a myriad of dynamic music pioneers from DJ Shadow to Massive Attack to Wu Tan Clan, he cultivates an eclectic and entrancing catalog that allows fans to transcend reality. Skylab’3’s debut album, A View From Above, was released via Babygrande Records on June 10 , 2016.
Skylab 3 comes from a musical family and was exposed to a great many kinds of music and instruments. Skylab 3, aka Ben Frascina, learned to play keyboards at the age of 9 and guitar at the age of 11. “I’ve always been compelled to create music and share it with others,” he states. His love for hip-hop beats played a huge part in the creation of the featured tracks on the A View From Above album.”
Whether the album name refers to the feeling you get when looking at a landscape from a tall building, mountain, airplane, from outer space, whether it refers to being happy or even being in an altered state of mind as a result of drugs or other spiritual methods practiced by different cultures is up to the listener entirely. Frascina’s intent is to take the listener on a journey – a sonically dynamic escape from reality by getting lost in the spacey, atmospheric soundscapes that make up the album.
A View From Above was recorded in Sheffield, England and at Frascina’s home in Cardiff, Wales. He produced and engineered the album using his MacBook and a pair of KRK Rokit 5 monitors. The main DAW used was Logic 9, and many VST instruments, Plugins (for compression, effects, re-amping etc) and audio samples containing drum hits, vocals, various sound effects and speech, which he used in tracks on the album. In addition, the album was mastered by Daddy Kev at Cosmic Zoo.