The artist known as The Doctor and Ras Moses, and who takes the stage as Beenie Man (real name: Moses Davis), has had his share of personal ups and downs recently. But salvaging his career is something he has become a pro at, and this week, amid DNA paternity tests to verify if he is the father of child Marco Dean, Beenie Man announced a gift to children–education scholarships. Read more »
Previously signed to Rawkus, who released their debut album School Was My Hustle, the Chicago-meets-New Jersey hip-hop duo Kidz in the Hall (or Naledge and Double-O, if you prefer their solo names) have jumped over to Duck Down Records for their sophomore full-length, The In Crowd. In a press release, the two talked elevation, spreading of wings, and fresh air, so it sounds as though the switch to Duck Down was a much-needed one.
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You may or may not be aware that Portland-based freak-out act Panther is comprised of more than the inimitable Charlie Salas-Humara and his spastic dance moves. Though a recent press release states that "even when [Panther] was Charlie's solo effort, he was never really alone... there was a sense that Panther was being overtaken by something," fans will be introduced to a more literal version of multiple band members with 14kt God. Read more »
Upon its release three years ago, Mahjongg's Raydoncong EP garnered a slew of live shows for the band, as well as captivated K Records founder Calvin Johnson, who signed the group to his now legendary label. We've heard little from the Chicago-based art-punk outfit since, but rumor has it a new full-length is on the way. Slated for release February 12, Kontpab will contain more of the post-industrial, afro-beat, art-pop that has various media outlets in full-on jock mode.
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