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In preparation for Gateway 2, J. Brookinz links up with Grey Granite, Kid Algebra, and Nathan Karamanski on the lead single “Stuck”:
With April now in full swing, J. Brookinz sparks up the first joint from Gateway 2. “Stuck” is a psychedelic ode to being so high you can’t move that features Grey Granite, Kid Algebra, and Nathan Karamanski. The track is a hazy representation of the Indianapolis beatsmith’s direction for Gateway 2. On the follow up to his smoker’s delight The Gateway Drug, J. Brookinz gets in touch with his inner hippie by crafting a hip-hop album from the producer’s psy rock influences. Watch for Gateway 2 to blaze up April 15, 2011 just in time for your holiday celebrations!
DOWNLOAD: J. Brookinz - Stuck ft. Grey Granite, Kid Algebra, & Nathan Karamanski
SOUNDCLOUD: J. Brookinz - Stuck ft. Grey Granite, Kid Algebra, & Nathan Karamanski
YOUTUBE: J. Brookinz presents Gateway 2 - Episode 1
PREVIOUS: J. Brookinz presents The Gateway Drug: Re-Lit | SoundCloud
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Indy’s god emcee alpha.live links up with J. Brookinz, the Highest Man Alive, for Six Shot, a tribute to lyric and sample driven hip-hop:
The teaser video for Six Shot said it all: 1 emcee, 1 producer, 2 legends, 6 shots! After several years of friendly one-off collaborations, alpha.live and J. Brookinz link up to give hip-hop junkies a hot shot in the arm of impeccable beats with perfectly laced lyrics. The pair first collaborated on the now infamous OG version of The Bar featuring Grey Granite, then built upon that with the critically acclaimed “Obama 08” that was featured on blogs like Kevin Nottingham, and have recently collabbed on a track for Brookinz’s exalted The Gateway Drug. Six Shot picks up where their relationship left-off with Brookinz’s penchant for chipmunk soul and alpha’s love of thought provoking, creative lyrics. From the lead single “The Come Up” to the highly processed closing track “Blue Skies”, Six Shot proves to be dead on the mark all six rounds.
Every city has that one lyricist that everyone has to admit is a beast on the mic; in Indianapolis that artist is alpha.live. Gentleman Alphonse cut his teeth in freestyle circles in Indianapolis long before every dropping his now infamous FIXTape and was named one of Indy’s top freestyle emcees by Nuvo in 2009. Since then, alpha has dropped the well received Steal From The Rich w/ Dope Couture’s CMART, The Love Story, and Soul Cinema with producer Soul Cinematik. Currently alpha.live is working with Spitten Writtens to craft video adaptations of each track on Six Shot and Soul Cinematik to finish their next project Soul Cinema 1.5!
During the spring and summer of 2010, J. Brookinz reasserted why he is hands down the Highest Man Alive. 4/20/2010 found the producer (and sometimes rapper) releasing his most well received project to date. The Gateway Drug: THC was Mr. Brookinz’s love letter to the light of his life—marijuana. As a testament to how intertwined cannabis and hip-hop have become in American culture, the project was featured on blogs such as Ruby Hornet, Kick Kick Snare, Mostly Junk Food, Noise Porn, Check The Rhymes, and Tune Devil. Watch for J. Brookinz to follow up The Gateway Drug’s success with a sequel for this year’s holiday!
DOWNLOAD: alpha.live - Smokin’ (Prod. by J. Brookinz) | Sound Cloud
DOWNLOAD: alpha.live + J. Brookinz - Six Shot (EP) | Sound Cloud | Dat Piff
PREVIOUS: alpha.live - The Come Up (Prod. by J. Brookinz) | Sound Cloud
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Heavy Gun kicks of 2011 with new music from Oreo Jones & Sinclair Wheeler, alpha.live & J. Brookinz, and Andy D. & Grey Granite!:
2010 saw Heavy Gun grow and mature from a group of like minded musicians into a full fledged label and movement within the Midwest hip-hop community and culminated with Heavy Gun being honored by Nuvo Newsweekly. As a means of saying “thank you” to all of the fans, blogs, djs, and anyone that supported Heavy Gun in 2010, we give you this taste of what we have in store for you in 2011. This sampler includes a Oreo Jones's and Sinclair Wheeler's remix of “Blame Game” by Kanye West, alpha.live rocking a J. Brookinz production, and a remix of Grey Granite's “Not A Robot” featuring Andy D. With your help, Heavy Gun is set to make 2011 bigger and brighter than 2010!
Oreo Jones made a ton of noise in 2010, and he’s not about to stop in 2011. On January 13th, Oreo is going to release his collaborative indie rock EP Oreo Jones & Friends featuring Jookabox, Woodhands, Ko of Slothpop, BLKNHBD, We Are Hex, Laura Balke, Grey Granite, J. Brookinz. DJ Metrognome, and Fair Fjola, which is a benefit project for VH1’s Save The Music between X103, Butler Scion, My Old Kentucky Blog, and Heavy Gun Recordings. If you’re in Indianapolis, make sure you check out the free release show @ Local’s Only that night! Also, Oreo is set to drop his follow up to the Delicious EP with producer 90lbs titled Super Model Death Dive sometime early this spring.
J. Brookinz, the highest man alive, had an extremely uplifting year with the success of his album The Gateway Drug: THC. 2011 will find the smokin’ producer rolling up the sequel to The Gateway Drug, as well as producing an EP for one of Indy’s dopest emcees alpha.live. We’ve always considered alpha a member of the HG family; it just took the right set of circumstances to get him to wrap a project for us. 6 Shot is a 6 track of alpha getting live on J. Brookinz beats and will serve as the precursor to his album Soul Cinematic 1.5.
One of the founders of Heavy Gun, Grey Granite will continue his steady output of music from 2010. Grey’s first new project of 2011 will be the release of a deluxe edition of Pixelated Lazer Face Bass Monster featuring a new original and remixes from Aaron Hogan, Andy D, Cool Hand Lex, Dave Wrangler, Infuze, J. Brookinz, Twenty-five Lighters, and Sonkin. Watch for that to hit digital and Indianapolis music retailers in late February. Additionally, Grey is completing work on a more traditional hip-hop release with DJ Metrognome featuring exclusive J. Brookinz production that should be dropping sometime before summer.
DOWNLOAD: Oreo Jones + Sinclair Wheeler - Blame Game | Sound Cloud
DOWNLOAD: alpha.live - The Come Up (Prod. by J. Brookinz) | Sound Cloud
DOWNLOAD: Grey Granite - Not A Robot Remix ft. Andy D. | Sound Cloud
NightRiders & Jace debut music video for “One Day At A Time” Remix ft. Grey Granite:
In support of the new album Passports & Paparazzi, NightRiders linked up with direct Jeremy “Jace” Wallace to visualize their single “One Day At A Time” Remix ft. Grey Granite. The single has been circulating blogs since late November and has been featured on Faronheit, Tighten UP!, and Bringing Down The Band; the album has been featured on NoisePorn, White Label Nation, and Mostly Junk Food. Jace is most recently known for the video he directed of alpha.live’s “Light Up” video. With a talent for allowing Indianapolis to be a character of it’s own, Jace beautifully features the Fountain Square district of the city as the NightRiders put their daily grind on display.
WATCH ON YOUTUBE: NightRiders - One Day At A Time Remix ft. Grey Granite (Directed by Jace)
DOWNLOAD ALBUM: NightRiders - Passports & Paparazzi | SoundCloud | Dat Piff
DOWNLOAD SINGLE: NightRiders - One Day At A Time Remix ft. Grey Granite | SoundCloud
PREVIOUS: NightRiders - Jump Off The Planet | SoundCloud
PREVIOUS: NightRiders - Don’t Get Me Wrong | SoundCloud
Oreo Jones drops “Guiding Light” ft. Jookabox as the lead single from his upcoming indie rock collaboration EP in connection with VH1’s Save the Music:
What do you get when you combine one of the hottest up-and-coming hip-hop emcees with a powerhouse indie rock band? In a word, a jam! The new single “Guiding Light” is a feel good song that seamlessly blends the clever word play of Oreo Jones with the psychedelic vibes of Jookabox. From the onset of Jookabox’s infectious instrumental, the listener is compelled to nod their head, so by the time Oreo begins his first verse, they’re ready to follow wherever his rhymes may lead. “Guiding Light” is the lead single from Oreo’s upcoming Oreo Jones and Friends EP.
With the holidays upon us, it only feels right to give back to the community. In that spirit, for his upcoming Oreo Jones and Friends EP, Oreo has joined forces with X103, Butler Scion, My Old Kentucky Blog, and Heavy Gun Recordings to assist VH1’s Save The Music. Protecting music programs in our schools is a cause near and dear to Oreo as his mother and aunts are public school teachers. The project features collaborations between Mr. Jones and Jookabox, Woodhands, Pravada, We Are Hex, Laura Balke, Grey Granite, and J. Brookinz. The EP will be released on January 13th for free, with listeners being encouraged to donate whatever possible to Save the Music. The release will also be accompanied by a free show and benefit auction at Local’s Only that night.
Who is Oreo jones? This past spring, Oreo Jones took the hip-hop and indie music scenes of Indianapolis by storm with the release of his Delicious EP on Heavy Gun Recordings and was recently voted the 2nd favorite hip-hop act in Nuvo Newsweekly. The Delicious EP was led by the success of his single “Good Times” which has been featured on several national music blogs and charted up to #4 on the Hypem.com Twitter chart. In short, Oreo Jones is an artist that should be paid attention!
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In celebration of Halfway to 4:20, J. Brookinz is releasing a remastered version of The Gateway Drug: THC!
On 4/20/2010, J. Brookinz provided the world with a little bit of holiday cheer from the Indianapolis hip-hop music community. Now, on the halfway mark to 4/20/2011, Mr. Brookinz is putting the blunt back to the flame with The Gateway Drug: Re-Lit. This deluxe edition contains remastered versions of the classic joints and a smokin’ remix from drum-n-bass prodigy Dave Owen. Featuring Naptown heavy weights like alpha.live, Com.Dot, Grey Granite, Oreo Jones, Rusty Redenbacher, the Night Riders, and Yeti-One, Brookinz does his best to put on for his city. Even if you don’t blaze, the soulful bangers from J. Brookinz and company are must haves for your collection!
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Grey Granite and El Carnicero’s journey to Pixelated Lazer Face Bass Monster continues with second single “Turn It On” featuring Oreo Jones:
Picking up where "Not A Robot" left off, Grey Granite and El Carnicero roll out their second singe from Pixelated Lazer Face Bass Monster “Turn It On” featuring Heavy Gunner Oreo Jones. “Turn It On” is a pure party jam with a bouncy beat and psychedelic synths that compels the listener to have a good time and dance. Both Grey and Oreo bring their spit game on this one. Grey is at home rhyming about his love of High Life, women and parties. And Oreo doesn’t care because he “ain’t got no underwear.” Pixelated Lazer Face Bass Monster is coming this summer!
DOWNLOAD: Grey Granite - Turn It On ft. Oreo Jones (Prod. by El Carnicero)
STREAM: Grey Granite - Turn It On ft. Oreo Jones (Prod. by El Carnicero)
PREVIOUS: Grey Granite - Not a Robot (Prod. by El Carnicero) | Sound Cloud
PURCHASE: Grey Granite & J. Brookinz present Lust Poisons Pride
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The NightRiders, Bob G Barker and Jam P Astro, drop the second single off of their upcoming release Passports & Paparazzi:
Some movements just can’t be contained on Earth and “Jump Off The Planet”. Enter the NightRiders, the definition of a dynamic duo. “Jump Off The Planet” is the second single off of their upcoming EP Passports & Paparazzi and follow up to “Don’t Get Me Wrong” on Heavy Gun Recordings. Their new song mixes an interstellar beat with the spit game of two top-shelf lyricists.
Bob G. Barker and Jam P. Astro formed the NightRiders in 2008 shortly after meeting in Indianapolis. Bob G. Barker was already a veteran of emcee of the group Knox Haven, so when he met Jam P., a producer and rapper, it was like planets colliding. Bob G. Barker is a master of the classic leisurely flow, and Jam P. Astro has the perfectly complimenting quick tongue. The pair seamlessly transition between the club and the street.
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The NightRiders, Bob G Barker and Jam P Astro, drop the first single off of their upcoming release Passports & Paparazzi:
We’ve all met that girl with a ridiculous body but had a busted face. With their new banger “Don’t Get Me Wrong”, the NightRiders encourage you to jump on it. The track features humorous verses, clever rhymes, a hot hook, and an infectious club beat. The song saw a little bit of exposure last summer after an early release, but now its ready for the attention it truly deserved. If you’ve never been sold on messing with a but-her-face (pronounced “butter face”), you will be after a listen of this tune.
The NightRiders are a new collaboration between veteran emcees Bob G. Barker and Jam P. Astro. Their official debut release Passports & Paparazzi is set to drop later this summer on Heavy Gun Recordings.
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The remix competition is over, and it’s time to drop the EP of winning remixes! HG005 will be dropping Tuesday in digital music retailers all over the internet. Below is the tracklist. for Heavy Gun Recordings’s fifth release.
1. Grey Granite - Off Safety
2. Grey Granite - Off Safety (Mystikos Quintet Refix)
3. Grey Granite - Off Safety (Tha Doc’s Gunnin Remix)
4. Grey Granite - Off Safety (Modest Haus Remix)
5. Grey Granite - Off Safety (Yeti-One Remix)
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