New Music: Astonish x Navarro – I Wonder (produced by Slot-A)

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Long time collaborators, Astonish and Navarro release a brand new single produced by Slot-A. The song is titled I Wonder; it is another great collab in the books for Astonish and Navarro. Make sure you check out the song below and look out for Astonish’s The WHO Mixtape to drop soon.

New Music: Navarro – 8:07AM En Nuevo Laredo (produced by Slot-A)

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Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas is one of main entries into the United States from Mexico. My parents were both brought to Nuevo Laredo at a very young age; they later met there, got married and had my sisters. My dad had previously made his way out to Chicago on his own to work and send money back, while my mother and my sisters stayed behind. He couldn’t do it; it wasn’t worth it if he didn’t have his family by his side. A couple years later he came back to the US, this time he brought his family. The plan was, he would wait on the other side of the border in a car with a couple of bags of clothes, while my mother and my 3 sisters walked across the bridge, my youngest sister was 1 years old at the time. My mother was to tell the immigration person that she needed to go buy milk for her daughter in Laredo, Texas, if they could please let her go and she would come right back. They did, and she didn’t. Instead they joined my dad and drove to Chicago; drove in search of a better life. The year was 1978.
I tell you that, to tell you this. Nuevo Laredo was their home. They left it behind, along with their families, in hopes of making a better life for their children. Years passed where they couldn’t visit, until finally they received their green cards and they were able to go back. This was when I went for the first time, and every year there after. This was home away from home. This is where I told people I was from when they asked me. Nuevo Laredo was beautiful to me in its humility and it brought sense of reality to what my parents went through. There was many extremely poor people, living in conditions I had never seen in Chicago. If we thought we had it bad, they had it worst. You live and you learn. As the years passed, things changed. We couldn’t walk around Nuevo Laredo like we used to. I won’t get into details, because honestly, it may not be the safest thing for me to do. Neither maybe was this song. But I had to at least shed a little light on what has happened to the city my parents called home.
It’s 8:07 AM En Nuevo Laredo.

REMIX CONTEST: Hello (What Up?) Acapella

We want to give out the Hello (What Up?) Acapella for DJ’s and Producers to flip it however they want. Remix the joint and send it our way. Email us at SRNC773@gmail.com with your take on the song. Have fun with it. Remix it in different genres; honestly just be creative. We want to see who can flip it the best. If it is creative enough for us to re-release it, we will drop the single via iTunes.

Thanks and we look forward to listening to your remix.

CLICK HERE to DOWNLOAD Hello (What Up?) Acapella

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VIDEO : SCHEME – Hello (What Up?) featuring Astonish (produced by Slot-A)

This morning the video for our “Hello (What Up?)” single dropped on HipHopDX.com

You can CLICK HERE to Check it out on HipHopDX Yourself

The video was Directed by Sense Hernandez from Beast Factory Films.

Thanks to all of the team for working together and making this one happen; it’s definitely one for the books. We made this entire video happen in about 2 and a half weeks. From coming up with the concept, casting, shooting, and editing. This just makes the story of what has become the “Life That I Chose” EP that muc better. Thanks for everyone who has shared the video today on Twitter, Facebook, etc., we really appreciate all of the support.

You can catch the video above on HipHopDX (if you do, Rate It and Drop a Comment) or you can catch it below. Don’t forget “Life That I Chose” will be available tomorrow on iTunes, Modern Notoriety, and DJBooth. – Scheme

SCHEME x SLOT-A : Life That I Chose EP (Available NOW)

The time has finally come, “Life That I Chose” EP is finally Available on iTunes and Online.

DOWNLOAD IT NOW on iTunes by CLICKING HERE

DOWNLOAD IT NOW on DJBooth.net (with Exclusive Material) by CLICKING HERE

And to all my young supporters who may not be able to buy it, or to those going through some hard times and don’t have the money to purchase it, here’s a FREE LINK to the album courtesy of Modern-Notoriety.com – All we ask is that you spread the word on it, and if you LIKE it and have the funds for it at a later time to support it. Thanks.

DOWNLOAD IT NOW on Modern Notoriety by CLICKING HERE

CLICK HERE to DOWNLOAD – Life That I Chose EP (Clean Version)

As a side not, I just want to thank my entire team for making this one happen. Slot, brotha you were a pleasure to work with bro. We created some great records together and I’m looking forward to getting more work done. Thanks for the dedication, I appreciate it. To my homie Scend, thanks for all the support and help throughout this whole thing bro. We said we were going to get it done, and we did. To my young brotha Astonish, thanks for everything homie. Thanks for writing these records with me and making them what they became; I appreciate you. To my homie Oscar, first joint down bro, now many more to go. Welcome to the team G, and thanks for being a part of this project.

To my homie Matthew Silva who created all of the artwork for the entire Life That I Chose campaign; from the album artwork, to singles artwork, to the LTIC shirt; thank you brotha. You killed it! Looking forward to future work with you.

To Jessie, Adrian, Gus, and Javi; thanks for all the help and support in putting this one together. We demonstrated once again that we have an amazing team. Let’s keep moving forward with it. We got this.

Sense thanks for the amazing video homie. You don’t even understand how much I appreciate what you did for me. I owe you big time brotha.

Shout out to Shortman, Panik and anyone else who sat through these sessions with us to make this project happen. I appreciate ya’ll. – Scheme

SRNC & Molemen Records ALL DAY.

Scheme x Slot-A : Life That I Chose EP (Clean Version)

The “Life That I Chose” EP has been out for just a month and we’ve received great feedback on it. Thank you to everyone who has been supporting the project and the “Hello (What Up?)” SINGLE.

We wanted to drop the Clean Version of the project today for all the Radio Stations and DJs.

CLICK HERE to DOWNLOAD – Life That I Chose EP (Clean Version)

Life That I Chose EP – New Review

Here’s a brand new review of the Life That I Chose EP by KnowDiceMusic blog.

“On December 6, 2011, Scheme (@Scheme773) released his “Life I Chose EP,” which has six songs all produced and mixed by Slot-A, who also served as executive producer, mastered by Chris from Classick Studios and features fellow Molemen recording artist, Astonish (@AstonishWho). The EP also has a guitar feature by Oscar Castillo and cuts by DJ Scend (@DJScend), also executive producer of the project. Not going to be too in depth so stay with me. This EP is fire. If you consider yourself a hip-hop fan, you need to hear this…

1. Let It Burn – So, first track on the EP… In my mind, I feel like this is what The Game wants to/wishes he sounds like. I can definitely see this being a Game track, but Scheme’s lyrical ability absolutely dominates anything The Game would spit over it.

2. Get Down (Painting Paradise) – This is my absolute favorite on the track on the EP. Definitely has a Mobb Deep feel to it. This track goes hard and once again the lyrics are on point… “They prayed that I never made it, and hated I never faded, traded the chip on my shoulder, got colder, and motivated…”

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Interview: Scheme, Slot-A and DJ Scend on TTHP (1.7.12)

Scheme, Slot-A and DJ Scend were interviewed last week at WLUW 88.7FM in Chicago by The Hip-Hop Project.

 Shout out to The Hip-Hop Project for always showing support to Chicago artist and holding down the independent radio circuit for so many years. We truly appreciate what you all do. Respect.

You can check out the full show and/or the interview below.

Download/Listen to the Whole Show : CLICK HERE

Download/Listen to the Interview : CLICK HERE

Life That I Chose Release Party (Video)

On Nov. 25th we had our release party for Life That I Chose at Akin. We had a packed house and I really appreciate every person who came out to support us on the night. It means a lot. Thanks to my homie Sense Hernandez from Beast Factory Films, we have some great footage of the night which you can check out below.

2011 (Highlights)

2011 was a great year. I had a lot of highlights throughout the year; from doing 7 shows in Austin, TX for SXSW to getting respect from DJ Muggs for the Two Turntables and a Mic Series, DJ Scend and I did as a tribute to him. This was definitely another helluva year.

Below are some of my best memories of 2011.

1.) Dropping the Billion Dollar Dream (Video) off of SRNC (Deluxe Edition) – the video was Directed by Roger Tino Morales for AyKid Shots. This was a great all around experience. Thanks to everyone who made it happen.

2.) Going to Austin, TX for SXSW and performing at 7 Shows with everyone from Yelawolf, DJ Babu and Rakaa, Alchemist and many more. Great times kicking it with the RubyHornet family through out the entire week. Thanks to Rafa for also letting us stay at his spot. This was Scend’s and I first time performing together out of town. Most memorable show had to be the RubyHornet release party for Closed Sessions. We had that place going from the Go!

3.) Opening Up for The Beatnuts in Chicago was definitely another great moment in 2011. Right before we left out to Austin, TX for SXSW, we got the chance to open up for the Beatnuts at the Double Door in Chicago. It was a sold out crowd and it was the first time DJ Scend and I were doing our brand new set that we had been working on for a while. The set came out real dope and we had an incredible time performing. It definitely set the tone for the upcoming trip to SXSW.

4.) The release of Closed Sessions on Decon, which I had two tracks on, was also a great moment. I was able to work with DJ Babu, Fashawn, Buff1, ESSO, and Tony Baines on two separate songs that made the Closed Sessions project. Making those records was a great time and the records were well received. You can check out the DJ Babu produced record with Fashawn, Buff1 and myself below.

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5.) Scend and I coming up with the concept to start recording the Two Turntables and a Mic Series, and Panik suggestion we film each one. This series made a huge impact for us this year. I wanted to find a way to bring Scend in to the forefront of the music. I wanted to show that he wasn’t just my DJ at shows, but that we were also creating together and that the DJ/MC combo was back in full effect. We started with this idea in early 2011 and put it into motion soon after. We started off with the L.E.S. series, followed it with NO I.D. and then DJ Muggs. The concept was really well received and has definitely played a huge role for us through out 2011. Thanks to Stefan Klapko and Tony Shane for seeing the vision and filming the first 3 series with us. We really appreciate it. Definitely looking forward to dropping the next one in early 2012. You can check out the 3 series we’ve done this year at the links below.

CLICK to Check Out the TTandAM L.E.S. Series

CLICK to Check Out the TTandAM NO I.D. Series

CLICK to Check Out the TTandAM DJ Muggs Series

6.) Getting Props from DJ Muggs on the TTandAM DJ Muggs Series. This was a highlight of 2011 for me without a doubt. Scend and I had put a lot of work into the DJ Muggs series and we couldn’t have asked for anything more than to have DJ Muggs co-sign it via Twitter and have him hit both of us up to tell us we killed it. That shit was awesome. Getting respect from those you are paying homage to; nothing like it. Thanks to Muggs for taking the time to check it out. Glad you liked it brotha. Check the pic below of the tweets.

7.) The Shoebox. Maaaaaaaaaaan 2011 was the year of the Shoebox lol. For those that don’t know, the Shoebox is Scend’s place, and in 2011 it became the spot where we created a lot of music, had a lot of writing sessions, planning sessions, practice sessions, SRNC meetings, video shoots, and so much more. We had some great times this year at the Shoebox. Nothing like stoop action during the summer time to take a break away from the music. Thanks to Scend for opening the doors to his spot for us and letting us create a home studio set up and for giving us a spot to work out of as a team. The Shoebox lives on ….

8.) Life That I Chose EP. What can I say? Very proud of my team and I for pulling this one off. We created an EP, did promo for it, shot the video for the lead single, got some radio spins, debuted the video on HipHopDX, planned a release party, and released a t-shirt in collaboration with Akin in under 2 months. Shout out to my brotha Slot-A. Thanks for not thinking twice about it when I said we needed to knock out a project in a month. Thanks to Scend and Astonish for helping out as much as ya’ll did with the project. The sessions we had for this project were some of the best I’ve had. The way we wrote and recorded this project was real dope to me. Definitely a major highlight for me in 2011.

For those that haven’t heard the project, please do so. Check the links below.

Purchase Life That I Chose on iTunes – CLICK HERE

9.) Filming the Hello (What Up?) VIDEO with Sense Hernandez and the SRNC team. Incredible time shooting this video. We filmed this video in 4 days with about 4 days to prepare for the first days of shooting. We came up with the treatment, found the locations, found the models, my girlfriend got her team together to do the makeup and hair styling, rented equipment, and who knows what else we got done with a couple of days notice. It was crazy, but man was it worth it. The homie Sense did an incredible job on the video. He came through for me in the clutch, and that will forever be appreciated. Thanks to my whole team for helping me pull this one off.

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10.) Life That I Chose Release Party at Akin. This night made up for all the days you push through the struggle to make your dreams come true. Thank you to every single person that came out and supported us on Nov. 25th at Akin. We had a packed house all night. Thanks to Scend, RTC, Slot-A, Astonish, Jamal Science for performing. Thanks to Akin for supporting us on the night and for letting us have it at their location. Thanks to the SRNC team for helping organize it and for making sure the night went without a problem. The fact that we had a full house really made me realize the support I have. Thank you for that. You can check some pics of the night by CLICKING HERE, the video of the night will be up soon.

Below are some random pics of 2011.

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