, (PressExposure) March 18, 2008 -- In stores January 15th nationwide, âIn The Shadow of an Iconâ is a unique project putting artists from all across the nation together for a meaningful message filled CD, built on the âthought processâ of the late hip hop and rap icon Tupac Shakur (2Pac). The project contains no music by Tupac (2Pac), but it does reveal artists who grew out of the âshadowâ of the hip hop Icon
As seen, the urban hip hop musical landscape infiltrated by corporate hip hop and what seems to be so much music with out a meaning, this unique project from Thug Life Army Records focuses on the ârealâ things going on in the streets and in the lives of many in hip hop culture.
Hip Hop icon Tupac Shakur was more than a rap artist. He was also a poet, an activist, a reporter and yes a teacher. The artists put forth on this unique project have all learned and have crafted their skills out of the âshadowâ of the teacher Tupac Shakur; they too have re-taken the place of âstreet reporterâ to enlighten, spread the news and/or deliver true street messages in their rhymes.
This project, from Thug Life Army Records, distributed by Fontana/AMG/Universal/, was released to all the major digital download sites in mid December and is available now for on line download.
If your local record source does not have the CD ask them to order it and if your local radio station is not playing tracks from âIn The Shadow of an Iconâ please request that they do. Support of this album will show that Hip Hop is not Dead, people are just not looking in the right places for it.
When asked about the direction the music takes in the CD, RB explains âThe various sides and teachings of the âmanâ, Tupac Amaru Shakur are represented on this CD - from his street side, to his political side, to his deep inner self. A total look is taken at the course Tupac had traveled in his short life. A picture of Tupacâs life is a picture of many of our lives. His upâs and downâs are roads many of us have shared along the way. That is why Tupac gained the respect of almost everyone in the hip hop community - we could feel his pain and joys, as he felt ours. His words and teachings remain relevant today because the situation has not changed since Pac first started exposing the real truth of hood life, and the artists on this project continue with Pacâs message of âkeeping it realâ thru real talk. No spinning rims or drinking in the club, just solid true about the reality of being raised in a society that does not understand you or your situation.â
âViolence has touched many in this country, not only the hip hop community. This is not only a requiem for the life of Tupac and for all the fallen âsouljahsâ who have died needlessly or have found themselves in situations they cannot control, but it also emphasizes why the lyrics that Tupac spit and the knowledge he put forth is still relevant today; because nothing has really changed over the last 11 years since Tupac was murdered, and the artists on this project came together to put out a hip hop album with a âmeaningful messageâ.â
With over 25 different artists participating in the project, there are many backgrounds and each artist has their own region where they rep from and their own experiences in life.
The project has been endorsed by many including the Hip Hop Association, The Hip Hop Congress, The Black Coffee Channel, and many others.
Here is the track list for âIn the Shadow of an Iconâ and more information can be found at http://www.myspace.com/intheshadowofanicon or on the Thug Life Army Records web site at [http://thuglifearmyrecords.com] .
Track list for âIn the Shadow of an Iconâ
1.) Boo Kapone - KNOWLEDGE 2.) Concrete Souljahs - Walk wit me 3.) allfrumtha i - Everywhere I Go (good and evil) 4.) SUPe â The System 5.) Hustle Creed - We Live and We Die 6.) Purple Lounge "H.O.P.E" 7.) Nolan â PEOPLE 8.) 1223 - Wish I Knew 9.) Jasiri X and Franchise - 2 Pacs More Producer: Paradise Gray (X Clan) and GM3 10.) Page 1 - Fallen 11.) Ebony Burks â Choice 12.) G Luv - Revelation 13.) FAME â Next 2 Kin 14.) U.N.D feat. Teeka â Understand 15.) binky mack - Conflict Of Interest
1.) Kemo the Blaxican - Breathe 2.) Celly Cel - No Tomorrow 3.) Dolo - So Much Drama 4.) Qwiccshott - Never 5.) Sammy B feat Big Dee â No Half Steppin 6.) 3RDegree â Broken Home 7.) allfrumtha i - Me & My Dawg 8.) K â Loron â Speed of Life 9.) Concrete Souljahs - Related to the Undergroud 10.) Tommy Danger - Run for Cover 11.) Wize-Fool â DANGEROUS FREE THINKER 12.) binky mack - Taken Over 13.) Malign20 - Hopes and Dreams 14.) Queen Josie - Young Men of Today (Spoken Word)
For radio mp3âs and/or a press promo copies of the album for review or banners to help promote this project on your site please contact RB Riddle or Thug Life Army Records at Info@ThugLifeArmyRecords.com PressRelease Distribution By PressReleasePoint(http://www.pressreleasepoint.com)