This weekend Foundation Magazine had a photoshoot for its up and coming of 2009, which included; Donny Goines, Esso, Torae, HarlemCash, Sha Stimuli, & AC. It was sponsored by illroots and PDAstudios

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To say this moment hasn’t been a “long time coming” for Bronx MC, Donny Goines, would be short changing the adversity and hardships he experienced, just throughout the past decade. After a stint in the military, Goines life began to spiral out of control with several encounters with law enforcement, until an appearance on Jay-Z’s “Fade To Black” DVD encouraged him to pursue rapping full-time. Fast forward to May 19, Goines finds himself releasing his sophomore album, The Breakfast Club, on the same day as hip-hop legends Eminem, Method Man and Redman and Busta Rhymes. Naming the album after after one of his favorite movies from the 1980’s, the theme looks to be the polar opposite of his first LP, the deep and dark A Minute After Midnight, with Goines showcasing a more relaxed and fun side of himself.

Goines’ buzz has been increasing by the day with his feature in XXL and appearances on radio shows, most recently with Peter Rosenberg. Even with the added attention, one of the major beliefs Goines has remained steadfast with has been his independent spirit.  Unlike the other big name albums scheduled to drop, as a sign of appreciation for not only the music, but his fans as well, The Breakfast Club has been released as a free download with features from Mistah FAB, Termanology, Tanya Morgan, Skyzoo and Planet Asia and production from Dame Grease and Statik Selektah.

“We in a recession, so it’s free. You don’t have to cop anything, just go to a blog or website and download it,” said Goines.

With that in mind, follow his lead and click the link below. The above video is an intro he shot at the Red Studio in Harlem exclusively for KarenCivil.com.

Download: Donny Goines  “The Breakfast Club” LP

Donny Goines performs “What the People Want” ..His album “The Breakfast Club“, drops May 19th!

Remembering Big L

02/16/2009

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Big L was/is a Harlem rapper who had the likes of Jay Z & Nas coming to Harlem to battle him. L’s life was cut short 10 years ago today.  He described his lyrical growth, “I started writing rhymes in 1990 and was in a group called Three The Hard Way, but they wasn’t serious so I went solo. Then I started winning rap contests and battling everybody in my ‘hood and roastin’ em.” To celebrate one of the greatest rappers alive some of Harlem’s upcomers took a moment to speak on Big L’s legacy. Make sure you also check out. OnSMASH Presents: A Big L Tribute.
 
 L was really one of the dudes that put Harlem on the map lyrically in the 90s. Harlem always had a presence but once L started getting his shine people started look in at uptown a little differently. He inspired a lot of us uptown-Esso

“He’s one of the best and not just from harlem..one of the best period” – Jae Millz

 

Big L is hip-hop’s Aquaman. Respected by the bosses, not very well-known to the masses, but indeed a powerful artist in his own right. Unfortunately he became a casualty of hood (specifically Harlem) politics. Wack, but it is what it is… One of the best to ever pick up a pen, and one of my influences…” Charles Hamilton

 

 “You had to respect L and what he represtened, he was for harlem all day. He inspired all of us outta harlem, he had that wave.” Max B

“I still remember the first time I heard the record Ebonics by Big L. Before that, I’ve heard a few of his songs and some freestyles here and there but once I listened to that track I became an instant fan. At the time, it just seemed so ahead of it’s time and it really caught my ear. I realized then his time was near and that one day he would be considered one of the greats. Tragically he never got to reach his full potential but I was right. He is a legend now.” –  Donny Goines