Thursday, December 10, 2009

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Friday, October 16, 2009

C.R.I.$.I.$. House Party & Poolside Album Launch

On the 24th of October, 2009, C.R.I.$.I.$. will be hosting the biggest party of his career thus far.

Dubbed 'Mr. Swagger's House Party & Poolside Album Launch,' this one is going to be major.

The party is in celebration of the acceptance of his music video's by MTV Base, Channel-O and ZBC (Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation).

VENUE: 188 Mwambula Rd, Jesmondine, Lusaka, Zambia

CHARGES: K50, 000 + FREE Drink on Entry or pay K80, 000 & get a FREE Drink plus a copy of my new album 'Mr. Swagger.'

TIME: 14:00 hours to 21:00 hrs (Don't Miss This)

DRESSCODE: Anything Swaggerlicious. Swimwear will be permited as the POOL will be available for use. Lifeguards will be on standbye.

SECURITY: The party will be secured by local authorities.

AGE: Strictly 18+

Lot's of surprises at the party. Mr. Swagger like's to do things different.

Remember, this is the first House Party to happen in Lusaka in a long time.

LIVE PERFORMANCES**** Surprise Guest Artists** Gr8 catering and FOOD*** SWIMMING POOL**** SPECIAL COCKTAILS**** A MATURE AND SOCIAL CROWD***!!!!

You've been to some great parties, add this one to that list.

CONTACT:

Mobile: +260976767410

Email: diamondchainmusic@musician.org

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Sunday, September 27, 2009

Music Review: C.R.I.$.I.$ Mr. Swagger

Long before Takondwa 'TK' Nkonjera, Slap D, Ruff Kid, Macky II, The Lyricist and others took to the airwaves all that the Zambian hip hop scene had was a C.R.I.$. I. $. Aka Chisenga Katongo.

Observed by many as the pioneer of this music genre in Zambia, C.R.I.$.I.$. (an acronym for Chisenga Rapping in Some Intellectual Skills) came on the scene through projects like Chibaba in 1999 under the Chisha Folotia-led reawakening of Zambian music. Chibaba, for those who may not remember, was an album by late Daddy Zemus and remains one of the most successful Zambian music projects while Zemus remains the most imitated Zambian artiste of recent times. While Zemus was establishing Jamaican-influenced Zambian dancehall or 'Zam ragga' as it is also known, C.R.I.$.I.$. was busy trying to establish himself as a rapper.

Six years later, in January 2005 C.R.I.$.I.$. released Officer in Charge, which made history by becoming the first Hip-Hop album to be recorded and produced in Zambia by a Zambian. Two years later while in the UK, he released Designer. Returning to Zambia in October 2007 he began working on his newest album Mr. Swagger which was produced and recorded under his Diamond Chain record label and is currently in stores but will be officially launched in the first week of October. Read More...

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

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New C.R.I.$.I.$. album. Track Listing. Mr. Swagger

As we approach the release of the new album, I thought that I would share what the Track Listing looks like.

I've had to re-record some of the songs and make them better. I also decided to take my time with this project until it sounded good enough to compete on the International market. I recently made a deal to get international distribution with a well reputed online company in The United States of America. This means that, no matter where you are in the world, you will soon be able to purchase my new album online.

The Track Listing for the album is as follows:

1. Lights, Camera, Action Feat. Camstar & Levins

2. Hold Me Down Feat. Camstar

3. K.I.N.G. (Sittin at The Top)

4. Play On

5. LSK City (Lusaka)

6. Connected Feat. Exile

7. Radio (Talk About it)

8. Electric Boogie

9. She's Fresh

10. So Gangsta Feat. Camstar & BMC The Beast

11. The Greatest, Actually

12. Bazaari Featuring Exile

13. The Same

14. Lord Forgive Us Feat. Ez-1 & Camstar

15. Breakdown Feat. Lloyd Popp

16. One Verse

17. Sing Another Day (Dedicated to Michael Jackson) Feat. K'milion & Uncle Rex

This album has been made possible by the people that always hated on my work and ambition. Those that spent hours trying to paralyze my whole character but, instead made me more determined. You guys are special and I appreciate that.

Without events and the reality of life, I would not have had anything to write about. It has taken a lot to get all my thoughts on a CD. I still have more but I will be releasing that on an upcoming Mixtape

To all my FACEBOOK friends, please leave a comment here to get your name mentioned on the album cover. Space is limited so hurry up before I finish penning my "Thank You's." I would like you guys to be a part of this project. You have continuously encouraged me and my work.

While I was creating this album, many things changed in my life. I found love, I lost friends..... Big Diva, my niece Kayula, my boy Marvin. I came face to face with some haters. People I once worked with trying to diss when they got drunk.... the next day, they got sober and wanted my help. I was betrayed by people I trusted. They had their 30 minutes of fame.... I say 30 minutes because they were almost famous twice. Ha, Ha!! That's gotta be funny. Lol

Some people that I respected totally lost my trust due to their jealousy and greed for things that, even when attained they could not manage.

Dear God, let my enemies live because I would love to beat them twice.

This album is the soundtrack to my life. When you play it too, you will find that you can relate to quite a lot of stories and lyrics on it. Most of my friends think that this album is good to ride to.... whether in a bus, driving or riding with your boy/s and or girl/s. The lyrics will always give you something to talk about.

Not to be mistaken, I met some real people while I was doing this album too. I worked with BMC The Beast, Houston based rapper who has worked with many established artists in the US.

I also met a guy called Lloyd Popp through FACEBOOK and right here, we coordinated a collaboration which turned out to be banana's. He did a great job and was very professional about the way he handled things. We made a song called "Breakdown." He used an instrument called the Talkbox. It is the same thing that Roger Trautman used on Tupac's 'California Love.' In case you got it wrong, the instrument sounds like Autotune but it is not. The Talkbox is more complex and requires more skill to use. It's not software, it's hardware that you play live into the song that you're recording. Thanks Lloyd.

Dj Dubz also did a great job in encouraging me to keep it moving and just do my thing.... so many people to thank you.

My man in London, Esmail Jasat was right there when I was trying to get my distribution deal and he helped me do it. This is what I call realness. A brother from another mother.

Sylvia Masiye hooked me up when I had technical problems in the studio. She sent me a professional Microphone..... then I came to find out that, my Microphone was just fine. Thank you Sly. Lol

One upon a time, I was reading some comments online and my friend John Chinode took a lot of fire for defending me. I take my hat off to you. We are childhood friends that grew up in Timberland aka Woodlands in Lusaka.

Dee Jay LBC, Oscar and the rest of the Basement Crew, yall keep doing your thing. We are in this together and the Rep gets bigger. No doubt

Did you guys know that Moses Nyama aka Mo Funky was the first Dj to ever give me radio play? That was back in 1996. I was a kid that had a demo and he worked at Radio Phoenix. Mr. Nyama is now proprietor of his own radio station known to most of you as Q FM.

My career has been made possible with the support of many other radio stations like UNZA Radio, Radio Phoenix, Hot FM, Radio 4, I am probably the only Hip-Hop artist that's had radio play at 5 FM, Flava FM, YAR FM, Hone FM, JOY FM and many others from overseas. Cheers

The Wifey is definitely a great inspiration ;-)

As I said, I would love to add your names to the shout outs so, please leave a comment on this note and, I will take down names and add them to the CD cover shout outs. Thank you

Expect more info. as things unfold.

Please feel free to write me anytime and if you have any questions and or suggestions, please bring them forward.

Over and Out,

C.R.I.$.I.$. aka Mr. Swagger

New album "Mr. Swagger" COMING SOON

Be part of it.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Monday, September 7, 2009

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

International Rapper, C.R.I.$.I.$. releases 'Mr. Swagger.'

After seven months of recording and causing much anticipation, Zambian born Hip-Hop artist, C.R.I.$.I.$. has released his much anticipated third studio album called "Mr. Swagger."

Zambian born Hip-Hop artist, C.R.I.$.I.$. has released his much anticipated third studio album called "Mr. Swagger."

In January 2005, he released the first Hip-Hop album in Zambia. Going against the grain, the album 'Officer in Charge' was in English as opposed to the local language music that people were used to. Today, he is hailed as a pioneer and is refereed to by his fans as the Zambian King of Hip-Hop.

Four years and two albums later, comes his newest offering, 'Mr. Swagger.'

C.R.I.$.I.$. rates this record as his favorite of all the projects has worked on.

"The album sounds like The Incredible Hulk having sex.” He further stated that, because this is a new sound, there is no better explanation to describe it.

"The sound is a mixture of Pink Floyd (Dark Side of The Moon)/Dr. Dre (The Chronic 1992) and Andre 3000" says C.R.I.$.I.$.

It opens with the orchestral "Lights, Camera, Action' a song that clearly show's the artists creativity as him and 'Diamond Chain' guest artist 'Camstar' display a simple yet very intelligent way of creating lyrics. The song makes a grand opening for the album as it catches the listener’s attention. With C.R.I.$.I.$. developing his singing talent, him and Levins share the chorus on this epic opening for the album. The song promises to be a street anthem.

"Hold Me Down" is a stand out club banger that see's the rapper using a singing style as opposed to the typical rap. The song heightens as it goes and so does the second verse after the bridge. Upcoming rapper, Camstar also appears on this song with a catchy rap just before the song closes down.

Other notable songs are the monstrous "Electric Boogie" which is currently enjoying radio play in Zambia and beginning to be recognized worldwide. The song is reminiscent of 90's Hip-Hop but in a modern way. It sounds like a Mixture of George Clinton's Parliament Funk with a modern sound that is reminiscent of Deathrow Records at its peak.

On the song 'LSK City (Lusaka),' the rapper describes his birth place Lusaka, Zambia. The song alone can be handy tool for tourists. Without the existence of this song on the album, it's very difficult to know that the rapper is not American. The rapper uses the song as an identity of where he is from.

Helicopters, Chaos, Police and an emergency call are the opening sounds on the Exile assisted "Connected." The beat is a mix of Crunk and West Coast Hip-Hop as the chorus cuts in with Singer/Rapper 'Exile' doing his thing. The song talks about people that want to take credit for other people's success. It addresses jealousy, greed and the evil that men do.

The song 'Radio' finds the rapper reminiscing about a lady that he misses most. While driving through the city, he get's on the phone to ask the DJ to dedicate a song to the lady as he raps ..."you know what? I'll address you as my queen, if you let me be the crown coz, I just want to be around you." The songs lyrics touch on a lot of reality. While the rapper also sings the chorus, it is the unexpected execution that lifts the song up. Being able to do everything including the production only confirms why others refer to him as the full package.

"Going to Bollywood" is one of the album's exceptional tracks as it blends Indian and Egyptian sounds in one. Singer/Rapper 'Exile' makes another appearance here. The wicked combination between him and Mr. Swagger leaves listeners wishing for a Best of Both Worlds type of album. The two are undeniably great together. The song finds the two men making a trip to Bollywood to find that beautiful Indian Goddess. The rappers knowledge of the Indian culture can clearly be heard as he raps "...If I could, I would build you the Taj Mahal/and give you the cash, the cars...." The song is catchy, fast paced and will easily become a club favorite. It has street appeal while still catering to the commercial market. This is a skill that few rappers such as The late Notorious B.I.G., 2Pac, Dr. Dre and Jay-Z etc. have been able to achieve in the game.

After a fun filled journey of songs, the album finally closes with a Michael Jackson dedication called "Sing Another Day." The song features one of Zambia's top singer's K'milion, with the guitars being handled by Uncle Rex, one of Zambia's top guitarists. C.R.I.$.I.$. clearly chose to work with the best on this album. "Sing Another Day" has been described by many as one of the most honest dedications made for The King of Pop. The songs gives the listener a clear picture of Michael Jackson's influence on the artist. C.R.I.$.I.$. almost sounds as if him and MJ had known each other. It is a sincere effort.

The album, 'Mr. Swagger' takes many unexpected turns but yet still, sounds together. It is a must have for anybody that is into collecting music with longevity. This album is for today, tomorrow and it is a blueprint for the future. Get it if you haven't already.

The album officially hits record stores on Tuesday, 25/08/09

NOTE: For those living overseas, please be patient as the album takes a longer time to be delivered to iTunes. It takes on average, 4-8 weeks for any record to be delivered there.

However, should you want to order a copy directly from Diamond Chain Services, please use the following contacts:

If you'd like more information about this topic or to schedule an interview with C.R.I.$.I.$. aka Mr. Swagger, please contact Crystin Stephens.

Crystin Stephens (P.R./Artist Manager-Diamond Chain Services)
Email: contactcrisis@myspace.com
Website: http:www.crisis-hiphop.com
Cellphone: +260976767410

Monday, July 20, 2009

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

C.R.I.$.I.$. aka Mr. Swagger-Biography

About C.R.I.$.I.$

2006-Brath Award for best Zambian Hip-Hop artist.
15,000+ CD's and Cassettes sold in Lusaka alone, C.R.I.$.I.$.’s album Officer in Charge (released January 2005) was the first hip-hop record to be produced and released in Zambia by a Zambian artist. His second album The Diamond Chain Mixtape reached another milestone by becoming the first Zambian Mixtape to be released commercially in Zambia.
2008-Released the album called, ‘Designer.’ C.R.I.$.I.$. isn’t showing signs of stopping as he continues to venture out of Zambia and into the international Hip-Hop market.

BEGINNINGS:

He grew up listening to all genres of music.
At age 10, began his hip-hop obsession. After hearing “The Message” by Grand Master
Flash and The Furious Five, C.R.I.$.I.$. knew that hip-hop was his passion and it was this track that inspired him to begin rapping.

EARLY INFLUENCES:
Big Daddy Kane, Boogie Down Productions, NWA, LL Cool J and Dr. Dre, C.R.I.$.I.$. believes he can bring a different taste to contemporary.

EDUCATION:
He went up to College where he later dropped out after doing the Foundation course in the Institute for Management of Information Systems (IMIS) at the Zambia Insurance Business College Trust in Lusaka, Zambia.

CAREER:
Joined Mondo Music, a label that was once Zambia’s’ biggest record company. With them, he made his professional debut release on a compilation called “The Rhythm Nation Project (Yo-Yamba).” His song, ‘The City’ was rated as the best written song on the compilation. In 2000, he left Mondo to pursue his music career independently.

That same year, progress was made as he was featured on a compilation called “Harambe Dope Sessions” that was licensed to South Africa’s DIY Records along with other artists such as Hoodlum, Cashless Society, Mizchief and many more.

ON THE RISE:
2001-He auditioned for a modeling job and became the face of Mosi Lager, a brew produced by South African Breweries and marketed throughout Africa. He appeared on billboards, television ads and all of their print and electronic media.

2002-2004, The Voice of America, a radio and television station based in Washington DC, appointed him as the coordinator of their Hip-Hop Connection Fan Club, an organization that runs youth developmental programs.

IN THE KNOW:

In 2004, he dared to enter a rap battle that aired live on South African Broadcasting Corporation Losing to South African rapper Snazz from Cashless Society for a controversial third place spot.

C.R.I.$.I.$. gained the recognition he needed to continue to pursue his hip-hop career. With his rising fame in Zambia, he signed a deal with a local distribution company, Solid Rhythmz and together, they released his hit album “Officer in Charge” making him the first Zambian to release a Hip-Hop album in that country.

With such success and a significant achievement for Zambia’s Hip-Hop industry, he quickly gained recognition across seas. He signed on with an artist management team called Clavel Inc.

March 2005-Featured in Future Music Magazine in a review written by Tim Oliver and two months later, he became the first Zambian invited to perform at the Channel-O Video Music Awards.

Inspired by his aunt who was suffering from cancer, in 2006 C.R.I.$.I.$. helped raise funds for the Breast Cancer Trust (BCT) foundation by holding a benefit gig at Lusaka’s Club Phoenix. The show was a success and according to the BCT (Break through Cancer Trust), he was the first musician to ever take this step in response to their cause.

GOING INTERNATIONAL:

2007 was a big year for C.R.I.$.I.$. that began with him being featured in the UK’s Computer Music Magazine: issue 112 (May 2007), receiving a great song review by industry insider Ronan MacDonald.
That same year, he appeared on a mixtape by Jay-Z’s disc jockey DJ Green Lantern, entitled MySpace Monster Mash. C.R.I.$.I.$. and he later appeared on the 2007 mixtape by British disc jockey, DJ Ames, called US-UK Takeover which also featured other artists such as Craig David, Lil’ Wayne & many more.

He also performed at numerous events including the Oxjam, an event organized by the charity organization Oxfam. It is one of the UK’s biggest charity events aimed at ending poverty in developing countries.

C.R.I.$.I.$. returned to Zambia in 2008 and began working on his second album, DesignerĖ†, released in March 2008.

He is also involved in work by the International Labor Organization (I.LO.) along with the International Organization for Migration (I.O.M.) and the United Nations (U.N.). These organizations have teamed up and developed an anti human trafficking song on which C.R.I.$.I.$. is one of the key voices and has been quoted in the United Nations monthly journal. The video is expected to air worldwide mid 2009.

IN THE WORKS:

With his own label now, the artist has began developing careers for up and coming musicians. Musicians under the Diamond Chain stable include, Ray Gramz, D-Roots, Levins and newcomer, Camstar.
2009 looks exciting for the label as it will soon be releasing it’s second Mixtape called Diamond District, after which the new C.R.I.$.I.$. album titled ‘Mr. Swagger’ will follow. Release dates are yet to be announced.

DISCOGRAPHY
1996
Red Light Spells Danger (first professional recording) released on the Zambian market and sold on cassette as a single after the artist was discovered by former Zambian disc jokey DJ Mo-Funky.

1999
The Rhythm Nation Project, Yo Yamba (Was co-producer of this ground breaking project that helped revamp Zambian Music).

2000
Appeared on Zambian artist Jane Osbourne’s song “Muzamuona” as guest rapper/vocalist

2000
Playaz Worldwide (We Taking Over) featured on South African compilation, Harambe Dope Sessions.
2005
Officer In Charge (his debut album) was the first hip-hop album to be released in his home country of Zambia.

2006
C.R.I.$.I.$. Presents The Diamond Chain (the first mixtape to be commercially released in Zambia).

2007
DJ Green Lantern Presents Myspace Monster Mash (Bring it Back Rewind)

2008
Designer-His first international release under the new independent label, Clavel Inc.

ALBUM AVAILABLE ON iTunes. Search for: C.R.I.$.I.$. and buy now.

Also available through www.cdbaby.com on: http://www.diamondchainmusic.blogspot.com

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E-mail: diamondchaincs@gmail.com

ARTIST BOOKING CALL: +260976 767410
My Pad: Lusaka
Birthdate: May 27
I graduated from: Other
Identity: Black/African

Sunday, February 22, 2009

C.R.I.$.I.$. Announce's Details of Upcoming Album




After announcing that the title of his new album would be called "Everything to Gain. Nothing to Lose." C.R.I.$.I.$. has recently disclosed that the album will be called "U.S.A. (United States of Africa)." When asked about the title, he explains that music is the only thing that really unites the African continent. Also, most people think of America when they first see 'U.S.A.' The title is another way for the artist to clarify that despite the fact that he might sound slightly American, he is actually African.

The first single off the album has not been announced yet but the project is almost complete, with seven songs being confirmed as definite for the project. It is scheduled to be released on March 9th, 2009. This date also marks the memorial for the late Notorious B.I.G.

C.R.I.$.I.$. says, "I have about 3 songs that might be potential single's. There's a song called "Play On" which has had people bouncing and I have a club joint called "She's Fresh" which kind of reminds me of Andre 3000's crazy, out of Hip-Hop style mixed with Twista with a bit of Kanye West to it. Another possible single is called "Radio" that has me doing a sort of Roger Trautman style vocoder thing on it. It's a mixture of 'Computer Love' meets LL Cool J and Jay-Z at their prime with some guitar that Slash of Guns and Roses would do. I love all these records and it's very hard to choose the best."

Features on the album have not yet been confirmed as the artist is yet to pick the final 18 songs.

The Hip-Hop Cam padre' has announced that this year will also be very busy in as far as show's are concerned. "I will be doing a lot of Gig's and I really can't wait I am excited. This album has got songs that require some real skill on stage. The people will not get bored. There are very few songs that would bring calm to the stage. There' a lot of energy and synchronisation with the fans.

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