Friday, January 28, 2011
Gene Stovall is a talented mc, musician, producer and artist just to name a few skills. His debut LP titled "2+2=5" will be released on February 25th. I spoke with Gene about this exciting new release.
This will be your first LP release and you are not only the featured artist, but the executive producer as well. How difficult was it to essentially be responsible for everything on this album?
Having complete creative control, make the planning, writing, arranging, and producing of 2+2=5 was easy. It was hard to find the right engineer to dedicate undivided attention to my methods of madness in the studio. Soy Sos seemed to understand what I wanted to give my listeners. His patience made him the perfect engineer and co-producer of this album. His studio felt like home, and I finished my creation in his sound booth. Everything that I had been experimenting with for so many years is finally ready to be listened to.
How long did you work on this album?
I was originally going to release the beats on an all instrumental album called Muppetface, which took 3 years to create and fine tune. The lyrics were written over a 15 year period. The recording process of 2+2=5 took 2 months.
Are there any features with other artists or producers?
2+2=5 features performing artists SMI Swig Art, Jack Wilson, Kid A, Reverrb, Varsity Squad, Shade Cobain, Cory Eaux, G. Ryin Gaines, and Big Brown. Soy Sos is the co-producer of this project.
Who are some of your biggest musical influences?
Radiohead, Stevie Wonder, Nirvana, A Tribe Called Quest, Black Sheep, Alice In Chains, The Time, Prince, Beck, MF Doom, Chicago, Earth Wind and Fire, Pink Floyd, Syd Barrett, David Bowie, Talking Heads, Oasis, Wu Tang Clan, Gil Scott Heron, The Beatles, The Pharcyde, Nas, The Kinks, The Rolling Stones, Biggie Smalls, Jodeci, Boyz II Men, New Edition,The Jackson 5, Strawberry Alarm Clock, Fleetwood Mac, De La Soul, Digital Underground, Kid and Play, D'Angelo, The Fugees, Snoop Dogg, Bob Dylan, Jimmie Hendrix, Michael Jackson, Guy, George Michael, Mary J. Blige, Public Enemy, Justin Timberlake, R. Kelly, Aaliyah, The Isley Brothers, Run DMC, Jay Z, N.E.R.D., and Tony Toni Tone.
Where can we purchase the album?
720 Records, The Record Exchange, The Gene Stovall Store on www.genestovallmusic.com, and at any and all Gene Stovall concerts and social events.
Where can we see you perform next?
You can see me and members of Team Stovall at the New Amsterdam Pub every Monday night for my very own Open Mic.I also host Smoke Ritual at New Amsterdam Pub every second Saturday night of each month. The 2+2=5 CD Release Event is at the Shadow Lounge on February 25, 2011. Doors open at 9pm.
Single from 2+2=5 titled "Electro Pop Memoir".
ELECTRO POP MEMOIR REF 1 by Gza3030
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I know myself as well as many other people are excited to check out this new release. Much luck and great success to you Gene!
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Alright hip hop heads we're switching gears today to bring you some rock shit. Basick Sickness newest video "Attack" off the album "Before It's Too Late." This scumbag can really bring it and I'm showing you guys some music with heart. Shout out to DJ B-Tips, Joe Palermo and Rick Topping for making this group an exciting live act. I recommend anyone in the Pittsburgh area who loves and appreciates great live music to check out Basick Sickness.
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Tuesday, January 25, 2011
"Hip Hop isn't dead, it's under the stairs." - Cody Totin
I absolutely love this quote from my friend Cody. So here ya go people, bob your head to those funky brothers under the stairs in L.A. Here is "Time To Rock Our Shit".
Download People Under The Stairs - Time To Rock Our Shit
Monday, January 24, 2011
MH The Verb is showing some love to the Burg as he shot this video for "Money Can't Save You" while back in Pittsburgh for a weekend of shows. DJ B-Tips is in the house, literally. Putting in some work in his own living room, this will surely want to make you want to bob your head and move your feet.
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Friday, January 21, 2011
Thursday, January 20, 2011
720 Records is opening their doors at a new location this Saturday, January 22nd. Come join the celebration and show support at 4405 Butler Street in Lawrenceville, Pittsburgh. Starting at 12 p.m. they'll be unveiling loads of new music, vinyl & CDs, clothing designs, books & magazines, fresh accessories, edible treats, coffees, teas, etc. There will be a star studded line up of dj's on rotation all day long, the list includes:
Nate Da Phat
Aaesir St. James
The Get Down Gang
and many more!
Good luck with the new home James Scoglietti.
Check out their website for all your hip-hop needs.
Saturday, January 15, 2011
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Friday, January 7, 2011
We are going to switch up gears today. My brother Matt is going to be shipped off Monday to Paris Island, South Carolina for Boot Camp to start his service with the Marines. I love you bro and will miss you. Stay strong! This one is for you...
Thursday, January 6, 2011
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
The J Pitts Show with DJ Nice Rec gives their best of 2010. Go check it out becasue if you like hip hop then you will like this show. Simple as that.
J. Pitts & Nicerec’s Top 13 songs of 2010:
Intro song – X.O. – 1.1.10
13. Junk Science – Really, Man
12. Mayer Hawthorne – Thin Moon
11. Danny Brown – S.O.S.
10. Med – Classic
9. J-Live – The Way that I Rhyme
8. Reflection Eternal – Just Begun
7. Kanye West – Runaway
6. Red – I Should Tell Your Momma
5. Aloe Blacc – I Need a dollar
4. Kanye West – Dark Fantasy
3. The Roots – Radio Daze
2. Black Milk – Black and Brown
1. Blu – Til We Die
J. Pitts’ Top 5 albums of 2010
5. Black Milk – Album of the Year
4. Kid Cudi – Man on the Moon 2: The Legend of Mr. Rager
3. Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
2. Aloe Blacc – Good Things
1. The Roots – How I Got Over
J. Pitts’ MC of he Year: Kanye West
DJ Nice Rec’s Top 5 Albums of 2010
5. Domo Genesis- Rolling Papers LP
4. Kanye West- My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
3. Black Milk- Album of the Year
2. The Roots- How I Got Over
1. Blu- The Godlee Barnes LP
DJ Nicerec’s Anything but Rap Album of the Year: Umberto- Prophecy of the Black Widow
DJ Nicerec’s MC of the Year- Danny Brown
DJ Nicerec’s Producer of the Year- Black Milk
DJ Nicerec’s Rookie of the Year- Doppelgangaz
Zemba’s LP’s of the Year
5. Flying Lotus – Cosmogramma
4. Exile – AM/FM
3. Kanye West – My Beautiful Twisted Dark Fantasy
2. The Roots – How I Got Over
1. Black Milk – Album of the Year
Zemba’s EP’s of the Year
5. Tokimonsta – Cosmic Intoxication
4. Computer J and Dam Funk – LA 7
3. Freddie Joachim – AM
2. Fulll Crate & Mar – Conversations with Her
1. FS Green and Full Crate – Hi Hat Club Vol. 5: Eggs and Pancakes
Zemba’s Mixtape of the Year:
Letherette – Beat Showcase 003
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