Pharoahe Monch returns to the UK for a one off concert at the Scala. Originally with Organized Konfusion he then joined Rawkus Records and had a worldwide smash with "Simon Says". His latest album "W.A.R." features Jill Scott, Citizen Cope, Immortal Technique and more.
Pharoahe Monch W.A.R. (We Are Renegades) is a 13-track album with an eclectic mix of feature artists such as Jill Scott, Styles P, Immortal Technique, Vernon Reid, Citizen Cope, Phonte, Jean Grae, Mr. Porter, Idris Elba, Royce Da 5'9" and more. The album has production from Marco Polo, M-Phazes, Diamond D, Exile, Pharoahe Monch himself and more...
Canadian engineer and producer Marco Polo now resides in New York. Coming up through his internship at the Cutting Rooms where he engineered tracks by Talib Kweli, Fat Joe and Carl Thomas. At this time he was working with Jean Grae, Block McCloud and Pumpkinhead. He then connected with Master Ace for the ‘Do It Man’ beat on ‘A Long Hot Summer’…
Chicago MC, Verbal Kent, returns with "Fist Shaking", his 3rd installment to his concept started in "What Box" and followed up in "Move With The Walls". This concept consists of sticking to the script of dropping raw underground Hip Hop without the glamour and glitz. Hardcore lyrical wordplay overlaps polished, gritty beats with drums that bang the box.
Rawkus, the brand synonymous with groundbreaking hip-hop returns to their roots in artist development. The Rawkus Network (http://www.rawkus.com), home to blog favorites and taste-makers such as realtalkNY.net, smokingsection.net, therapup.net, and fatlacemagazine.com, recently announced the all digital launch of The Rawkus 50, a who’s who of the hottest underground artists in Hip Hop today.
Rawkus Records will celebrate its 12th year in business in 2008. In 2007 the label continued to develop many important new artists including Kidz in the Hall, Panacea, Marco Polo, and Hezekiah. Unlike the original core roster's (Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Pharoahe Monch) New York City base, the releases of 2007 focused on artists from Chicago, Washington DC, Philadelphia, and Toronto.
Veteran MC's Black Attack and Butta Verses have just release their new respective singles on a single 12" each taking a side each. Black Attack's single, "Black Man", is a hypnotic song that takes the listener on a journey through Black's world as a veteran rapper. Many people will have the tale of label set backs, but it is unusual for someone with Black Attack's skills to still be struggling to get his work out there some twelve years later.
Beats are life. Marco “Polo” Bruno, by way of Toronto and now making his home in Brooklyn, lives by this mantra. In a few short years the T. Dot native has gone from green producer with a new MPC 2000XL to a highly sought after purveyor of boom-bap, laying down tracks for the likes of Masta Ace, Boot Camp Clik and Sadat X. Now the 27 year-old production wunderkind is set to release his own debut album, Port Authority on Soulspazm / Rawkus.