T-Pain

With 60 hit songs under his belt and two Grammy trophies on his mantle, T-Pain has cemented himself as one of the most influential artists of all time. But even he needed a bit of time to himself to reload. After an eight year run of #1 hits, albums, tours and a plethora of cameo appearances, T-Pain found himselfliving a life full of exactly what his name implies.

Upon releasing his 2011 album rEVOLVEr, the “Rappa Ternt Sanga” took an abrupt, but well-deserved, break from the spotlight. But it wasn’t to enjoy his spoils. His non-stop lifestyle was beginning to take a toll on his personal life and it was beginning to affect his creative “I was becoming somebody that I didn’t like,” he says. “I was living an unhappy lifestyle and it started affecting my family. I was hurting and scaring a lot of people.” At the height of his career that included a popular smartphone app and a Super Bowl commercial, T-Pain decided to take a two year hiatus from releasing music. Where that would be a death knell for other artists, it wound up being a second birth for T-Pain. In the fall of 2013 a rejuvenated T-Pain returned with one of his biggest hits to date, the DJ Mustard-produced single “Up Down (We Do This All Day)” featuring B.o.B. After returning to his familiar spot in the top ten ofthe charts for 28 straight weeks and counting, he’s continuing the comeback in 2014 going with the club smash “Drankin Patna.”

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Suicidal Tendencies

Judging from their name, Suicidal Tendencies were never afraid of a little controversy. Formed in Venice, CA, during the early '80s, the group's leader from the beginning was outspoken vocalist Mike Muir. The outfit specialized in vicious hardcore early on -- building a huge following among skateboarders, lending a major hand in the creation of skatepunk -- before turning their focus eventually to thrash metal. Early on, the group (whose original lineup included Muir, guitarist Grant Estes, bassistLouiche Mayorga, and drummer Amery Smith) found it increasingly difficult to book shows, due to rumors of its members' affiliation with local gangs and consistent violence at their performances. The underground buzz regarding Suicidal Tendencies grew too loud for labels to ignore though, as the quartet signed on with the indie label Frontier; issuing Muir and company's classic self-titled debut in 1983. The album quickly became the best-selling hardcore album up to that point; its best-known track, "Institutionalized," was one of the first hardcore punk videos to receive substantial airplay on MTV, and was eventually used in the Emilio Estevez cult classic movie Repo Man, as well as in an episode for the hit TV show Miami Vice (for which the group made a cameo appearance)

Suicidal Tendencies proved influential for future speed/thrash metal bands, but despite its early success, the quartet's reputation preceded them, as no other record label was willing to take them on (in addition, Los Angeles banned the group from playing around this time, lasting until the early '90s). Not much was heard from the group for several years afterward (leading many to believe that Suicidal had broken up), butMuir and company eventually found a home with Caroline Records. By this time, half of the original lineup had left; Muirand Mayorga were the only holdovers, while guitarist Rocky George and drummer R.J. Herrera rounded out the group. 1987 saw the release of Suicidal's sophomore release, Join the Army, which spawned another popular skatepunk anthem, "Possessed to Skate," as more and more metal heads began to be spotted inSuicidal's audience. Soon after, Suicidal was finally offered a major-label contract (with Epic), as another lineup change occurred: Mayorga exited the band, while newcomer Bob Heathcote took his spot; and a second guitarist, Mike Clark, was added as well. This Suicidal lineup's first album together, 1988's How Will I Laugh Tomorrow When I Can't Even Smile Today, showed that their transformation from hardcore to heavy metal was now complete, as did a compilation of two earlier EPs, 1989's Controlled by Hatred/Feel Like Shit...Déjà Vu.

Suicidal's first release of the new decade, 1990's Lights, Camera, Revolution, was another success; its video for the explosive "You Can't Bring Me Down" received repeated airings on MTV's Headbanger's Ball program, while the album (in addition to the Controlled by Hatred comp) would be certified gold in the U.S. a few years later. The release also signaled the arrival of new bassist Robert Trujillo, whose penchant for funk added a new element to the group's sound. The group tried to broaden their audience even further by opening a string of arena shows for prog-metallistsQueensrÿche during the summer of 1991. Their next release, 1992's The Art of Rebellion, proved to be one of Suicidal's most musically experimental albums of their career. Muir and Trujillo also teamed up around this time for a funk metal side project, Infectious Grooves (including several other participants, such as Jane's Addiction drummer Stephen Perkins) and issued a debut release, The Plague That Makes Your Booty Move. Upset that the group's classic debut had been out of print for several years by this point, Muir decided to re-record the entire record with Suicidal's '90s lineup under the title of Still Cyco After All These Years.

But after one more release, 1994's Suicidal for LifeSuicidal Tendencies decided to hang it up. A pair of compilations were issued in 1997: a best-of set, Prime Cuts, plus Friends & FamilyMuir and Trujillo continued to issue furtherInfectious Grooves releases (Sarsippius' Ark and Groove Family Cyco), in addition to Muir pursuing a solo career under the alias of Cyco Miko (Lost My Brain Once Again) and Trujillo touring and recording as part of Ozzy Osbourne's solo band (appearing on Osbourne's 2001 release, Down to Earth). Muir formed a new version of Suicidal Tendencies in the late '90s (with Clark being the only other familiar face), resulting in such further studio releases as 1999's Freedumb and 2000's Free Your Soul and Save My MindMuir and Trujillo joined forces once more for a fourth Infectious Grooves studio release in 2000,Mas Borracho; while another Cyco Miko release surfaced, Schizophrenic Born Again Problem Child, along with a follow-up up to their earlier compilation, Friends & Family, Vol. 2.

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Sage The Gemini

Dominic Wynn Woods (born June 20, 1992), better known by his stage name Sage The Gemini, is an American rapper from Fairfield, California. He is a member of California's The HBK Gang. He is known for his single "Gas Pedal" featuring Iamsu!, produced by Sage the Gemini. "Gas Pedal" peaked at number 29 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it Sage's first top 40 hit; it also reached number six on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and number four on the Hot Rap Songs charts in 2013. Sage's song "Red Nose", which he produced himself, peaked at number 54 on the Hot 100 and at number 12 on the Hot R&B Hip-Hop Songs. Both songs were taken from his debut EP Gas Pedal, which peaked at number 29 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. He signed to Republic Records in August 2013. His debut studio album Remember Me was released on March 25, 2014.  

Sage was born in San Francisco, California. He started recording at the age of eleven with his brother after he bought a microphone from Gordon's Music and Sound shop in Fairfield, California. The first track he ever recorded was titled "Made In China". At fourteen. Dominic took the name Sage the Gemini due to the color of his eyes and his zodiac sign.   In 2008, Sage released his first single, "You Should Know" on MySpace. It became a viral hit, generating over three million views worldwide. He then joined Black Money Music Group. Being close friends with rapper Iamsu!, he also joined The HBK Gang. Sage then released the singles "Red Nose" and "Gas Pedal" in March 2013. These singles immediately became hits and gained a lot of airplay, which attracted Republic Records who signed a deal with him in August 2013. The Recording Industry Association of America certified "Red Nose" Gold, and "Gas Pedal" Platinum. On March 25, 2014 Sage released his debut studio album Remember Me.  Read more at: https://tr.im/1OPwO

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Dancetronauts

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Iamsu!

Though based on the West Coast for logistical reasons (San Francisco’s underground culture was their oyster) most of The Tubes were actually high school and college friends from Phoenix and neighbouring Scottsdale, Arizona. They were an amalgamation of two groups – The Beans and The Red, White and Blues – spending five years working up an act with songs to match their grandiose visions. Lead singer Fee Waybill, would be Kway Lewd, the obnoxious, drugged and drunken rock star wannabe, while his female accomplice Re Styles strutted like a leading actress in an adult movie. With Prairie Prince on drums, future Grateful Dead pianist Vince Welnick the MC, Roger Steen and Bill Spooner in charge of axe work and stellar riffs, and Michael Cotton lending an Eno-like synthesiser charisma (let’s not forget bassist Rick Anderson, butt of many an on-stage prank), The Tubes built such a reputation that Al Kooper (Bob Dylan, Blood Sweat and Tears etc) was hired as producer and made a damn fine job of it. The Tubes (1975) starts with a sublime bubbling melody for ‘Up From The Deep’ and the moods change constantly, all to the good. ‘Mondo Bondage’ and guitarist Bill Spooner’s ‘Boy Crazy’ are further highlights.

Follow ups Young and Rich and Now coincided with The Tubes turning their attentions to the European market and the superb ‘What Do You Want from life?’ (recorded at London’s Hammersmith Odeon in 1977) collates all the goodies to date with a class and élan that is beyond the ken of lesser mortals and predicates the rise of New Wave as the coming dawn. Definitely one of the great overlooked live doubles is this. It even includes a version of John and Paul’s ‘I Saw Her Standing There’. Way cool.

The Todd Rundgren produced Remote Control was hailed as a masterpiece in some quarters and slagged in others, but if you were on message and on trend there was nothing to dislike here. Same goes for The Completion Backward Principle where they work with Toto’s David Foster and Steve Lukather on a smart pastiche of management jargon and motivational syndrome, then sweeping the world via Japan. The re-mastered version is the way to go here. This album spawned the monster hit  ‘Talk to Ya Later’, showing everyone that The Tubes were also masters of the multi-media video in long or short form.

Outside Inside (1983) is widely considered to be another classic. Boasting a cast of dozens, including specialists like Lukather, Bill Champlin, Jay Graydon, Curtis Mayfield and Chuck Finley, Tubes recouped with ‘She’s A Beauty’ (number one) and  ‘The Monkey Time’ and embarked on a successful world tour. Their final album from this original era is another Todd Rundgren gem, Love Bomb, a quasi-satirical concept about relationships. Ironically, soon as it was done, Todd nicked Welnick and Prairie Prince for his own band.

We also have a slew of top compilations. These include The Best of The Tubes, a handy primer of all later the creamy stuff, and companion disc, equally slick. The Best of the EMI Years which taken together should give you extra insight into this truly eccentric outfit. When you see their name on an album you’re guaranteed entertainment and enlightenment. Great music, plenty of humour. Exactly what you want from The Tubes. Best advice here is start at the beginning. Up from the deep and off you go.

Words Max Bell

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The Expendables

While touring and supporting their album, Gettin’ Filthy, The Expendables would share the stage with Slightly Stoopid and catch the attention of founders and front men Kyle McDonald and Miles Doughty.  In 2007 Slightly Stoopid formed their own independent label, Stoopid Records, and signed The Expendables for the label’s first non-Stoopid release, which was The Expendables self-titled.  Released in September 2007, the album would be accepted as an instant classic by fans and received rave reviews from critics.

The band continued supporting the album with hundreds of shows over the next two years, gaining fans around the world, and respect from the bands that influenced them.  The band would share the stage with bands like Slightly Stoopid, NoFX, Less Than Jake, Pennywise and Pepper to name a few.  At the end of 2009 and beginning of 2010 the band would work on their next albumProve It produced by Paul Leary (producer of Sublime, Slightly Stoopid, Pepper, Supersuckers, as well as the guitar player for Butthole Surfers) and El Hefe (guitar player for NoFX).

Prove It was released May 11th 2010 debuting at #158 on the Billboard Top 200#30 on Billboard’s Independent charts, and #4 on Billboard’s Heatseekers! The album also pushed to #15 on iTunes Top 200 and #5 on iTunes Alternative Charts, jumping The Expendables to a new level in their career.  The band’s new release would include guest performances by C-Money, OG, and Dela of Slightly Stoopid throughout the album.  Jumping into the mix as well would be long time friend G. Love on the ballad “Wells.

The Expendables have continued their tenacious touring schedule in 2011 with their popular annual Winter Blackout Tour.  This summer, the band will be featured on all dates of the massive yearly festival favorite, Warped Tour.

Thirteen years later, five albums down and countless miles covered, The Expendables show no signs of slowing down.

Posted on June 11, 2015 .

Honey C

Sochitta Sal, better known by her stage name Honey Cocaine, is an Cambodian rapper from Toronto born on October 22, 1992. Honey Cocaine is signed to Tyga's label Last Kings. She is the first artist signed to the label. She first received recognition with her debut collaboration "Heisman", featuring Tyga. One of the up-to-date female rappers with serious flow and will probably blow up in the next few years.

Her official Twitter page is @HoneyLKCocaine

"Bitch I'm Honey Cocaine, 'bout to bring in some pain. All my haters like a choir, they all singing my name." Tyga Last Kings

#tyga #last kings #cambodian #rapper #female

Posted on June 11, 2015 .