Ras Kass withdraws from The HRSMN

West coast rapper Ras Kass has announced his decision to part ways with hip-hop super group, The HRSMN.

Announcing his decision via video, the 39-year-old emcee claimed: “there’s a lot of shit I don’t agree with, so I have to step out of it”.

The quartet, composed of rappers Canibus, Killah Priest and Kurupt, released a nine-track LP in 2003 titled The Horsemen Project, an album that was barely promoted and only made available online.

It was later revealed that Killah Priest had sanctioned the release of The Horsemen Project and that despite containing all four rapper’s vocals, the release was by no means an official project and rather a collection of scraps and random collaborations.

However, in May 2011 a video trailer surfaced, indicating plans for the quartet to release a new album that was to be executive produced by the Wu Tang Clan’s RZA.

While contract issues have so far hampered an official release from the four veteran emcees, Ras Kass has now moved to confirm his withdrawal from the group, a factor that could result in the collapse of The HRSMN project.

Rass Kas, who is currently working on his projects F.I.L.A. and Spit No Evil, has experienced a troubled career, overshadowed by various legal issues and record contract disputes that have so far starved him of the plaudits he deserves.

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Trent Reznor shares Dragon Tattoo Soundtrack stems

Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor has made available via free download stems from the film score The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.

The soundtrack, which sees Reznor team up once again with English musician Atticus Ross, was nominated for the 2011 Golden Globe award for Best Original Score – Motion Picture.

This follows the success of Reznor and Ross’ soundtrack for David Fincher’s previous film, The Social Network, which went on to win nine major awards.

The stems from this three-hour long, atmospheric piece can be downloaded via http://blog.tunecore.com/2012/01/the-girl-with-the-dragon-tattoo-stems-2.html.

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OHZ’s SONG OF THE MONTH: December 2011 (#19)

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OHZ’s SONG OF THE MONTH: November 2011 (#18)

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R.I.P. Heavy D

Jamaican-born rapper and producer Heavy D was pronounced dead at a hospital in Los Angeles this afternoon at the age of 44.

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OHZ’s SONG OF THE MONTH: October 2011 (#17)

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Tool Working on New Album

Maynard James Keenan has confirmed that his progressive rock band Tool are currently recording a new follow up album to 2006’s 10,000 Days.

Finally laying to rest years of speculation regarding potential new material, Keenan has in recent months been dedicating himself to the reformation of his other band, A Perfect Circle, while also working on a second solo project under the Puscifer pseudonym.

Speaking with Loudwire, the vocalist underlined the fact that the recording process is still at a very early stage, indicating that the band’s guitarist Adam Jones and drummer Danny Carey are writing new material and laying down the foundations to what will be the group’s 5th official release.

“I’m allowing them their space to do what they do, so we’re still in that mode,” he’s quoted as saying. “Even if they told me how close they are to being done, I couldn’t tell you because if I say 60 percent people will start counting down. When it’s done everyone will know. But I haven’t done anything yet. They write forever and then we go in and knock it all out. We’re writing. We’re writing vocals. But nothing’s solid.”

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