Rising Star: Austin Brown
This month’s artist to watch out for is Austin Brown. Hailing from Los Angeles, Austin may not be a household name on this side of the world just yet but with the release of his mixtape Highway 85 in 2012 and an upcoming studio album in the works, Brown looks set for chart success. His skill for writing and producing authentically soulful, funky tunes with a contemporary edge has lead him to work with some of the best in the business including Pharrell, Rodney Jerkins and Jermaine Dupri. He also happens to be the nephew of Michael and Janet Jackson, and Austin’s beats prove that the musical apple never falls too far from the tree. Find out more at austinbrown.com
Eminem’s LP Sequel
Eminem fans are waiting with bated breath for the release of his seventh studio album which is scheduled to drop 5th November. The new album is said to be a sequel to Em’s seminal 2000 release, The Marshal Mathers LP, hence the not so imaginatively-titled The Marshal Mathers LP 2 (MMLP2). Old friend Dr Dre is back in the production seat for the project along side hip hop legend Rick Rubin. This is Eminem’s first album in three years and comes on the back of a major worldwide tour. Slim Shady’s website also confirmed that ‘Berzerk’ will be the first single from the new album which is released on Aftermath.
Jay Z’s Holy Grail
With the audio/visual experience that was the Watch the Throne tour, Jay Z and Kanye fans were treated to a futuristic hip hop spectacle and Jigga will attempt to out do himself yet again as he returns for a solo gig at Dublin’s O2 on 6th October. The hardest working man in hip-hop is back on the road promoting his twelfth studio album, Magna Carta Holy Grail, which includes contributions by Justin Timberlake, Frank Ocean and his missus, Beyonce. While the album itself has received mixed reviews, Jay’s live show is sure to be a hands in the air, diamond sign filled stomper. Tickets are €69.50 and are still available from usual outlets.
PHZ-Sicks’ Bright Future
Hip-Hop artist PHZ-Sicks (pronounced ‘physics’) presents ‘Coming Down’, the new single from his forthcoming album ‘The Moment’, due for release in November. The track is produced by D.C. duo Best Kept Secret and features TFOX. PHZ’s last full-length was 2011’s ‘The Laws Of PHZ-Sicks’ featuring the ‘Success/Failure’ single. His debut release was The Feature Presentation mixtape, followed by the conceptual mixtape Less Than Zero in 2009. The 25-year-old rapper describes his music as “a film seen through the eyes of a young black male moving up socially, economically, and artistically in the world.” He also says his music is inspired by living in Mississippi with my grandmother, 70s blaxploitation films, the sounds of Curtis Mayfield, and Outkast. PHZ-Sicks has had the opportunity to open for established acts such as Wale, J.Cole, and he also performed at festivals such as Toronto’s North by NorthEast (NXNE) 2012.
Fabolous plays the Button Factory
New York MC Fabolous takes to the stage at the Button Factory in Dublin on 5th September. With his new album Loso Way 2, a sequel to the 2009 album of the same name is still eagerly awaited despite various release dates being confirmed. Fab says his material will be a platform for rising hip hop producers as well as old faces like Timbaland and Jermaine Dupri. Tickets are on sale now for €22.50 from usual outlets.