Three 6 Mafia co-founding member Ricky "Lord Infamous" Dunigan was found dead at his mother's home in Memphis Friday night (December 20th). The rapper was 40 years old.
According to DJ Paul, Lord Infamous' younger brother and fellow co-founder of Three 6 Mafia, the Memphis-bred artist died in his sleep from a heart attack. He was found by his mother slumped over her kitchen table.
A couple years before his passing, Lord Infamous experienced some health problems. In 2010, he suffered from a heart attack and stroke.
As a member of Three 6 Mafia, Lord Infamous sold millions of records and toured the world. He was popular for his distinct tongue-twisting delivery and dark content.
Prior to his death, he had the chance to reunite with his fellow Mafia members, minus Juicy J, under the moniker "Da Mafia 6ix." The collective dropped their project 6ix Commandments in November.
Check out the visual to Da Mafia 6ix's "Where's Da Bud" below, which is one of the last videos Lord Infamous appeared in before his death.
This Saturday, Memphians will get the chance to check out some of the city’s up-and-coming Christian artists during the "A Timeless Christmas Benefit Concert and Silent Auction."
An event for the entire family, the occurrence will be centered on the sounds of contemporary gospel/pop youth group Personal Praise. The collective has released their holiday album, A Timeless Christmas, and will be performing songs off the project. The event will also feature teenage girl group Together and Christian hip-hop artist D3.
The event will take place Saturday, December 21st at Lake Grove Missionary Baptist Church (265 Leath Street). The performances will last from 3 to 5:30 p.m.
Prior to the performances, people will have the chance to bid on various products, gift certificates and donated items from a variety of different local establishments during the event's "Silent Auction." It will start at 2 p.m.
Donations will also be accepted at the gathering. A portion of the proceeds collected will be donated to the Glenview Junior Tennis Program of Memphis, a nonprofit that seeks to make tennis more accessible for inner-city youth.
Tickets are available for pick up at Brinson Tax Service (1864 Madison), The Gentlemen Academy (8014 Club Center Drive, Suite 11), and Headliners Barbershop (3053 Thomas St).
For more information on the event, contact Sheri Neely at (714) 365-6441 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
In support of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, more than 50 classic rock 'n' roll artists have recorded a benefit song for the facility.
Inspired by the highly-prosperous 1985 “We Are The World” collaboration — a benefit single for African famine relief — the rock 'n' rollers came together to record “If I Had the Time (I Could Change the World).”
Known as the “Rockers For St. Jude,” the collective includes such artists and musicians as Trini Lopez; Mark Farner (formerly of Grand Funk Railroad); Danny Seraphine (founding member of Chicago); Lee Sklar (bassist for James Taylor, Jimmy Buffet, Dolly Parton); Fred Mandel (keyboardist for Alice Cooper, Queen, Supertramp, Elton John); Elliot Easton (guitarist and vocalist for The Cars); Jennifer Batten (guitarist for Michael Jackson), and many more.
"If I Had the Time (I Could Change the World)" is written and produced by legendary lead guitarist and songwriter, Dick Wagner, who has played with the likes of Alice Cooper, Aerosmith, Lou Reed, and KISS.
“There is more love in the human heart than can ever be given away,” Wagner said in the song's press release. “This song is about giving a small part of that endless supply in your heart.”
“If I Had the Time (I Could Change the World)” is available for download on iTunes and cdbaby.com for $1.29; Amazon offers the single for 99 cents. Fifty cents from each digital site download will contribute to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital's goal of finding cures for pediatric illnesses.
Founded in Memphis in 1962, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is a nonprofit pediatric treatment and research facility focused on advancing the cures, and means of prevention, for children's catastrophic diseases. The organization also provides free lodging to patient families who live more than 35 miles from the hospital when the patient’s treatment requires an overnight stay.
Check out the video for “If I Had the Time (I Could Change the World)” below.
The season has arrived once again when the sounds of bells fill the air outside local retailers. That means the Salvation Army’s annual Red Kettle campaign is underway.
Donations to the Red Kettle campaign helps feed the hungry and provides toys for kids and clothing for the homeless. Some funds also go toward the Salvation Army's social service programs.
But this year, the campaign hasn't been able to raise as much money as it normally does. The organization aspires to raise more than $500,000 this season. However, it's only reached the halfway mark of the goal thus far.
The First Tennessee Foundation has signed on to help the Salvation Army accomplish its goal. On Tuesday, December 17th, the Foundation will match every dollar that a person donates—up to $25,000—to one of the various Red Kettles across the city.
Kettles are set up outside Kroger stores, Walmart stores, the Wolfchase Galleria, and other establishments. People can also make a $10 gift by texting MEMPHIS to 80888, or they can give by phone when they dial 1-800-SAL-ARMY.
A donation of $25 provides a child with clothing and school supplies; $50 helps feed a hungry child for an entire week; $75 helps heat a family’s home during the winter; and $100 helps shelter a homeless family for five days.
The Salvation Army began its Red Kettle campaign in 1891. To find more information on how to donate to a Red Kettle or to host your own online Red Kettle, visit salvationarmymemphis.org.
Memphis-bred producer and rapper Drumma Boy has his hands in more than just music these days.
Another title on Drumma's list of talents is film score composer. He recently composed the music catalog used in the indie film "Blood First" (NaRa Films). Based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the movie centers on the lives of two brothers and the hardships they encounter from being immersed in drug trafficking.
Aside from "Blood First," Drumma has scored indie films "Holla 2" and "Chapters." Check out a trailer to "Blood First" below.
Since the emergence of hip-hop decades ago, males have dominated the genre, with the exception of a few female spitters here and there.
In light of that, several female lyricists representing Memphis have banded together to show off their skills on the mic. Known as Memphis Queens Hustle & Flow, the 10-women collective banded together earlier this year with hopes of bringing more exposure to, and unity between, ladies in the city that are talented musically.
The Queens recently dropped a visual to their song "Unity," which was primarily shot on the historical Memphis-Arkansas bridge. The video is the third installment of their "Cypher Series." Former American Idol contestant Keia Johnson soulfully sings on the song's hook; several of the ladies deliver stellar verses, spitting lines about female empowerment and the importance of unity when seeking to prosper as a city. The beat is pretty ill, too. Check it out below.
Memphis native and independent hip-hop artist Steven "Soulman" Snipes is spearheading a campaign to raise $20,000 with hope of bringing a better live hip-hop performance scene to both the Bluff City and Nashville.
“Hip Hop Soul, The Movement,” is calling on all hip-hop fans to band together and contribute a financial contribution of at least $10 toward the indiegogo campaign. Every dollar donated would bring Snipes' plan one step closer to fruition.
The overall objective of “Hip Hop Soul, The Movement,” is to provide people with the chance to enjoy two back-to-back shows on a bi-monthly basis that features performances of popular artists and aspiring newcomers over live instrumentation. One show would be held in either Memphis or Nashville on a Friday; the second show would be held in the remaining location the following Saturday.
“This campaign represents the voices of millions of people worldwide who love music and want to go out and have a great time but are unsatisfied with what's being offered to them,” Snipes said in the campaign’s press release. “We all hear people complain everyday about how limited the nightlife options are in Memphis and Nashville. There seems to be a very small group of people who dictate what we hear on the radio and how we experience nightlife. It's not that that there's nothing to do, the other people have very long pockets from other businesses that allow them to effectively promote to a lot more people than we currently have access to. That's it. I'm not saying that what they do is bad. I simply want to offer the people who'd like another option an opportunity to experience our brand of entertainment on an even playing field.”
The bulk of the $20,000 would go toward booking the artists, which can be fairly expensive depending on their professional stature. The remaining money will be allocated for advertising and manufacturing merchandise, such as CDs, t-shirts, and posters.
Every person that contributes to the campaign will be treated with an advanced digital copy of Soulman Snipes’ upcoming album along with a personal thank you message written by him. However, people who donate at least $50 will receive the aforementioned benefits, but also an autographed physical copy of his album, VIP meet and greet access, a t-shirt and an autographed event poster. In addition to all of the previously-noted assets, individuals who donate at least $500 will have the privilege of being listed as a sponsor of the event, reserved priority seating for a party of 10, as well as a meal and bottle of their choice.
The campaign, which launched this month, will end January 17, 2014.
Click here to view additional information on “Hip Hop Soul, The Movement.” Check out footage of Soulman Snipes explaining the campaign below.
Multimedia company Sideways Media is giving up-and-coming artists the chance to show off their talent this Saturday.
Eclectic paintings, pottery, jewelry, and cookies will be on display and for purchase during the company’s “Underground” event. The event will take place Saturday, December 14th in the basement of Kudzu's (603 Monroe). "Underground" will last from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m. Admission is $5.
The event will feature several vendors and multicultural artists, such as Pretia Kemp, Summer Kienitz, Gail Shelton, Felicia Wheeler, Kim Brown, PrettyPurpleElephant Creative Works, CornCases, Dolly Herciuk, Pam Jackson, and Makeda's Cookies.
“We believe heavily in supporting local talent,” said Dustin Taylor of Sideways Media. “The event is a multicultural, multi-faceted art show. It’s a collision of art and music.”
DJ Funke will provide tunes for people as they view merchandise and taste sweets in the venue's basement. Later on, indie rock group The Winter Sounds will perform upstairs.
“There’s different types of things for all types of people to enjoy,” Taylor said. “If you want to come there and get some Christmas shopping done, [you can]. If you like to dance, you can come downstairs and then come upstairs to listen to some rock music. There will also be drink and food specials.”
Everyone who attends the event will be entered in a raffle to win one free hour of photography courtesy of Sideways Media. Other prizes will include items donated from participating vendors. There will be multiple drawings throughout the event’s duration.
To find out more about "Underground," click here. Check out a promotional video of the featured vendors below.
Memphis-bred emcee Jason Da Hater recently unleashed his EP, Like Vegetables, to the world. The nine-track installment is filled with original and somewhat comical wordplay over raw beats that will more than likely satisfy any fan of true hip-hop.
In support of the EP, Jason Da Hater has laced fans with a visual to the project's track "Who Am I." He uses the song to spew bars that explain who he is as a person over a beat crafted by Paragon (who also produced the entire EP). Filmed in Memphis, the visual displays clips of Da Hater during a performance as well as entertaining cameos by various friends as he raps downtown. The FedExForum even makes an appearance in the video.