HANiF TO TOUR NATIONALLY WITH PETE ROCK AND SLUM VILLAGE BEGINNING MARCH 7TH
THE PORTLAND TO HARLEM TRANSPLANT IS RIDING THE SUCCESS OF SINGLES “FEELS SO GOOD” AND “GENTRIFY”
The EP is making waves, thanks to the neck-snapper “Feels So Good,” which chronicles HANiF’s road to the present:
“Back in ’99, I was a young whippersnapper with hoop dreams/ A ratty Timberland coat, a Portland fitted and Wu jeans/ Had only just begun to meddle with rap / For the ciphers I killed at parties but they said I was wack.”
Well, no one’s calling him wack now. Having built a powerful underground rep under former stage name Luck-One, HANiF stepped out from behind the persona and embraced his faith and the power of his government name. With trademark bravado, he challenges societal convention to its very core—case in point, the tongue-in-cheek didacticism of “Gentrify,” a commentary on America’s displaced ghettos.
For more on 12 Inch Vinylsand newcomer HANiF visit iAMHANiF.com and make sure to follow him on all social media outlets @therealhanif.
Death Row Records co-founder Suge Knight was involved in a hit-and-run in Compton, Calif., that left one man dead and another injured on Thursday.
Knight’s attorney, James E. Blatt, confirmed that Knight ran over two bystanders when he tried to escape an altercation with two other men on the set of a film project where Dr. Dre and Ice Cube were present.
Blatt confirmed that the victim is TV actor Terry Carter (of McCloud and the original Battlestar Galactica) and was a close friend of Knight’s. Sources say Carter was in the process of walking to the passenger door of Suge’s vehicle, but happened to be in the rear when Suge gunned it. The second victim, whom Blatt identified as Cle Sloan, who’s appeared in “Training Day” and “End of Watch” is in unknown condition, according to the Sheriff’s Department.
The incident is still under investigation by the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department.
The original don daper of Hip Hop, John Forte shares some highlights from his new movie. On another note, this man can tell you about the real coke boys, not birds or bricks. This man had gallons my small fry friends. He said it in his raps:
I am more than just a rhymer/you still a small timer
In The Russian Winter, recently released inmate, John Forte, travels to Russia in an effort to “jumpstart” his career as a musician. Forte, who began his career as a musician during the last decade of the Twentieth Century as the protégée of Lauryn Hill, was at the height of his career in the United States, having released his first solo album and being nominated for a Grammy Award.
In the year 2000, however, he was caught by the authorities at Newark International Airport (in New Jersey) with two bags full of liquid cocaine valued at millions of dollars. Forte, consequently, was sentenced to fourteen years in a Federal Prison (Fort Dix) although it was a first offense for Forte. By the year 2009, however, he had caught the attention of musician Carly Simon who passionately advocated for his release. She even posted bail for him.
As a result of good behavior, Forte was released into the society-at-large after doing seven-and-a-half years in prison (commuted by George W. Bush) despite the criminal record he sought to make a musical comeback, but time after time his efforts were stonewalled. Undaunted, Forte secured permission from his parole officer to go on tour in Russia during some of its harshest winter months. The reception he got overwhelming and marked by sold-out crowds.
The buzz on Dominic Lord is one I haven’t witnessed since I’ve been working in the music industry – way over a decade now.
Dom, only 19 and already achieving what many work their whole careers for – Recently inking a deal for his own label venture with Geffen/Interscope – Dominic Lord Recordings (DLR).
Defying the odds – releasing no music before his deal – word of mouth from one executive to another created a bidding war for this talented Harlem native. So talented he hasn’t even come close to what he’s capable of doing or becoming.
No doubt in my mind Dom will reach Stardom – the buzz is worth it. #HarlemRising – Get Familiar..
LISTEN: NEW MUSIC – DOMINIC LORD “DEAL WIT IT 2013”
(produced by Young Chop)
If you haven’t checked out his recently released “Fashion EP” – hear it below:
Keep a look out for his next music video – “Mozart, Go” and more music at the top of the year ‘2013 – as Dom readies his highly anticipated debut LP.