DX News Bits: Berner, Talib Kweli x Pharoahe Monch, Ludacris
Berner preps his latest LP, Talib Kweli and Pharoahe Monch hit the JazzReggae 25 Revue in May and Ludacris wants to help bring books to the kids.
Bay Area rapper Berner is preparing the realese of his fourth solo LP The White Album via SMC Recordings. Due out this April 19, the album boasts features from Killer Mike, Wiz Khalifa, Big K.R.I.T., Smoke Dza and production from Corey Mo, Big K.R.I.T. and more
Berner will also be appearing a number of venues to support the album's release. On April 19, Berner will be appearing at Dimple in Sacramento at 5 pm PST, and then on April 21 at FYE in San Jose, CA at 5 pm PST.
The White Album's tracklist can be seen below.
1. White (Produced by Cozmo)
2. Car Full Of Killers (Produced by Cozmo)
3. Rubber Band Staks Featuring Cozmo, Yukmouth and Young Noble of The Outlawz (Produced by Cozmo)
4. No Middle Man Featuring J Stalin (Produced by Coz)
5. So Cold Featuring Cozmo and Killer Mike (Produced by Q Made The Beat)
6. Flyest Shit I Ever Smoked Featuring Smoke Dza and Corey Mo (Produced by Corey Mo)
7. For A Livin Featuring Big K.R.I.T. and Killa Kyleon (Produced by Big K.R.I.T.)
8. YOKO Featuring Wiz Khalifa and BIG K.R.I.T. (Produced by Big K.R.I.T.)
9. I Can Make You Rich Featuring Freeze (Produced by CYFYRE)
10. Fed Hot Phone Line (Produced by Biggz)
11. Life That We Love Featuring J Dawg (BHO) and Rydah J Klyde (Produced by Cozmo)
12. So Much Featuring Philthy Rich, Stevie Joe and Ampichino (Produced by Pakslap)
13. Anymore (Produced by Goblin)
14. Hard Headed (Produced by Maki)
15. Liking How She Fucks (Produced by Cozmo)
16. How It Goes Featuring Freeze (Produced by Cozmo)
17. Yeah Daddy Featuring Mike Marshall and Equipto (Produced by Dregs One)
18. Carry On Featuring Cozmo and San Quinn (Produced by Maxwell Smart)
In other news, the 25th annual JazzReggae Festival has announced its line-up for their annual summer festival this year. Now, the festival is debuting its first-ever JazzReggae 25 Revue with like Talib Kweli Pharoahe Monch, and more.
The Jazz Regga 25 Revue will find a number of artists, including Talib Kweli, Bilal, Pharoahe Monch, Me’Shell Ndegéocello, Quadron, Karriem Riggins and others, sharing the stage with the 12-piece Miguel Atwood-Ferguson Ensemble. Ferguson had previously conducted the Suite for Ma Dukes, a musical tribute to the legendary producer J Dilla.
The JazzReggae Festival is also set to feature sets from headliners Lupe Fiasco and Sean Paul, as well as a host of reggae and jazz groups. The festival will be held at the UCLA Intramural Field this May 29 and 30. Ticketing information can be found at their website.
Finally, Ludacris has teamed up with Better World Books and DoSomething.org to launch the Epic Book Drive, which help provide books to the Recovery School District in New Orleans. Luda will serve as spokesperson for the drive and will appear in a number of PSA's.
“I am proud to be a spokesperson for this initiative as it’s in line with my dedication to empowering young people,” said Ludacris. "The campaign is giving something as simple as a book to a student in a much needed area like the Recovery District so they can have the opportunity to read, communicate and be inspired. Sharing in this way will have an incredible impact on the confidence and abilities of the next generation of leaders and I’m excited to be leading the charge.”
Luda's first PSA can be seen below.