November 24, 2010



Show airs Sunday, November 28th on Centric at 9pm


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November 22, 2010

Big L’s Unfinished Business

The young rapper had a killer sound.  Then the street rubbed him out.

Big L-Return of The Devil’s Son (SMC462/852819004621/C18) Available Now!


November 12, 2010

Bay Area super group Keak Da Sneak, Messy Marv & P.S.D back by popular demand

San Francisco, CA– Bay Area rap legends Keak Da Sneak, Messy Marv & P.S.D. are set to release the follow album to their release Da Bidness which took the streets by storm and impacted the Billboard charts in 2007. Back by popular demand Da Bidness Part II will be out this month.  The album features a stellar track listing with appearances by a few of their friends: E-40, Baby Bash, Husalah, the Hoodstarz and hit R&B group Jagged Edge.

Each artist has had a long and successful career in the Bay Area music scene with die-hard fans all over the world. Keak Da Sneak has had a fruitful career with the pinnacle of his success being the National attention her brought to the local Hyphy music scene. Messy Marv was brought up by the streets of San Francisco and is known as one of the biggest rappers to ever come out of the city. P.S.D. a native of Vallejo got his start in music from Mac Dre, who has grown to iconic status since his death, first appearing on one of his compilations and later forming a group with him.

Currently P.S.D is in jail and awaiting trial for alleged charges that were brought against him. He was the heart of this project and had been working on the album upon his arrest. That’s when Keak Da Sneak and Messy Marv came in to complete the project for him; which was the icing on the cake.

After waiting over three years fans all over Northern California and beyond will be treated to some of the best of what the Bay has to offer. With their follow up album this tremendous trio proves that they still know how to handle business.

Da Bidness Part II is in stores and available online through Thizz Nation / SMC Recordings on November 23, 2010.

For more info on Da Bidness Part II visit

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November 1, 2010

After the success of his smash single “Right Here,” Erk Tha Jerk readies his debut album

San Francisco, CA- Bay Area sensation Erk Tha Jerk is set to release his debut album, Nerds Eye View on SMC Recordings. The anticipated album is due out on the heels from the buzz of his single “Right Here” a hugely popular hit in California. “I just wanted something completely melodic yet dirty enough that it would have a hard time getting played on the radio.” Erk jokes about the singles creation. “I was playing around one night and made it and  then Big Von of KMEL grabbed it and it became a big single.”  The censored version became one of 106 KMEL’s (San Francisco) most played songs, and charted on Billboard’s Top 100 Hip Hop/R&B singles, and the video was in heavy rotation on MTV Jams.

Thanks to the unforeseen hit the stage is set for his debut. “This album is my autobiography. No grandiose tales of  ‘big ballin’ and ‘kingpin status.’ It’s for people that are working to keep their head above water just enough to see the next day, whether it be a 9 to 5, entertainment wise, school or whatever you do.” Erk shared “It’s about trying to make a way out of no way.”

Erk Tha Jerk’s strengths as an emcee, songwriter and producer are undeniable after one listen to Nerds Eye View. On top of producing half the album including it’s two lead singles, Erk tackles life from the fresh perspective of an uber-talented musician trapped in a working class hero’s life. The album takes on his personal relationships (“Can’t Let You Go”), being a father (“How Do You Love Me”), not to mention life’s simplest pleasures (“Right Here” & “Hands Up”). 

The album title, Nerds Eye View was inspired by the signature black rimmed glasses that he wears. “I’ve been using the term ‘nerd’ since I was a teen. People always associate glasses with being a nerd, so the title is  is how I view things with through these glasses.” Erk said.

With the follow up smash starting to rear it’s head in “Hands Up” Erk’s ready to have people start seeing things his way.

Nerds Eye View in stores and available online November 9th on Red Planet/SMC Recordings.

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October 21, 2010


Introducing Lylit: Austrian Bombshell!

‘Unexpected’ – Exclusive EP for iTunes – Oct 26th

NYC–  One Voice. One Light. One Sound. One Lylit.

This blond-haired, blue-eyed stunning singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist is making waves, splashing into the U.S with her warmth and genuine soulful vocal sensibilities.

Believe it!!!

Lylit’s a singer/songwriter/producer/multi-instrumentalist.

Growing up in a musical family and honing her initial promise under a church steeple serving as the organist and founding and directing the first gospel choir ever heard in the hills of her Austrian countryside –

twelve years old at the time and already a vet.

Just off a successful tour in UK and Amsterdam with labelmates Keith Sweat and Joe. Lylit is gearing up for a whirlwind future! 

One listen to her Kedar Ent Group Debut ‘Unexpected’ EP and you know its genuine, genre-defying and inventive.

The EP will be available exclusively through iTunes on Oct 26th, seven purely contagious and undeniably catchy songs.

Get to know Lylit as she reveals the first of many layers with the debut single off of ‘Unexpected’ called “The Plan” and the magnificent full-length album due in March ’11. 

For more information check the EPK

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Lylit-Unexpected (itunes exclusive) Available 10/26/10

October 14, 2010



On the 10 year anniversary of Big L’s posthumous release going Gold,

his family releases brand new album
New York, NY – SMC Recordings, along with Distrolord Inc, is set for a huge release from New York rapper Big L, close to 12 years after his death. Since his passing, albums have been released under the guise of the Big L imprint, but none except his sophomore release was official. Ten years later, Big L fans will be able to enjoy all unreleased material with his newest album Return of the Devil’s Son and know that this is an official project backed by the family.

“This album is supported 100% by the Big L family.” Said Big L’s older brother Donald Phinazee “I’ve been talking about this album for the last six years and it means everything to me. This is an original Big L album and I’m excited to put my brother out.”

Lamont Coleman aka Big L, a witty and lyrical Harlem rapper, was buzzing in the underground hip hop scene in the early 90’s; running with the likes of Cam’Ron and Mase, who shot to stardom during this time. His Columbia Records debut in 1995 was mildly successful. Then in 1999 when he was just 24, Big L was killed and the case still remains unsolved. Around this time, an independently released single was getting spins on local radio and in 2000 his posthumous second album was received by acclaim and phenomenal sales.

Return of the Devil’s Son has 21 unreleased songs, including “Right To The Top” featuring Royal Flush and Kool G Rap.
“This album will show where he should have been and where he was about to go. It’s going on 12 years since he’s been gone. He would have been that one; this project will show where he should have been at,” said Donald Phinazee.

Return of the Devil’s Son on Distrolord/SMC Recordings will be available online and in stores November 23, 2010.

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September 21, 2010

Glenn Hughes Forms Black Country Communion With Joe Bonamassa, Jason Bonham

‘The longer we stayed in the studio, the louder we got,’ says Hughes. ‘The Marshalls came out, the Les Paul’s were hung a little lower, and we started to make rock music.’

By  Andy GreenE

Sep 21, 2010 9:00 AM EDT

Last November, blues-rock guitarist Joe Bonamassa invited former Deep Purple and Black Sabbath vocalist Glenn Hughes to jam with him at the Houses of Blues in Los Angeles. The two had been plotting a collaborative project for some time, but didn’t know what shape it would take. Producer Kevin Shirley (Led Zeppelin, Rush, Aerosmith) caught the show and ran backstage afterward. Says Hughes: “He said to us, ‘I have a vision. Form a band with Jason Bonham on drums and Dream Theater’s ex-keyboardist Derek Sherinian.’ Derek and I looked at each other and went ‘O-o-kay,’ and then Kevin said, ‘You’ve got six weeks to record an album and you gotta come up with a name. Go!’”

Hughes and Bonamassa have different musical backgrounds, and were initially unsure what the album would sound like. “Joe is the new blues-rock guy,” says Hughes. “I come from the classic rock thing with Deep Purple, but my background is a lot of funk stuff as well. The longer we stayed in the studio, the louder we got. The Marshalls came out, the Les Paul’s were hung a little lower, and we started to make rock music.” The album — which hits stores today — was cut in just four days, with very little overdubbing. “I think the greatest records we’ve ever heard, from Zeppelin to Purple to Sabbath to The Who, were all recorded in the studio live,” says Hughes. “I’m the elder statesmen here and I’m really enjoying playing in a band again. I played with John Bonham a lot in my old band Trapeze, in 1971, and now I’m getting to play with his son thirty-nine years later.” After struggling over the right name, they settled on Black Country Communion, because Hughes and Bonham were both raised in the area of England known as Black Country.

Hughes knows that comparisons to other new supergroups Them Crooked Vultures and Chickenfoot are inevitable. “Those are my mates,” he says. “We’ve all had this dang ‘supergroup’ tag. I was around for early supergroups Blind Faith and Humble Pie. Labels don’t matter to me. Call it what you will, it’s just the right ingredients for a rock and roll band.” Things have gone so well, the band are already making plans for their second album even as they plot their inaugural tour for 2011. Hughes has no plans to revive Deep Purple or other old songs in their concerts. “We might do two or three stellar covers, and maybe a Zep song for the heritage of the Bonham name,” he says. “But I’d like to think we can do this on our own merit.”

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