Prince Aries is a sought after DJ, party promoter, graphic designer, and also the host and co-founder of the Bay Area’s first and only hip-hop TV programDistortion 2 Static – we’re also told he sleeps from time to time, although we’re not so sure we believe that one – and on May 3rd Aries will be releasing a brand new mixtape, Clean Ass Whip. And now, Aries has enlisted Los Angeles emcee Bambufor “And We Mobb In That…” Produced by REL ofDrums and Ammo, The track is one of two originals, along with DaVinci’s “Clean Ass Whip,” fans can expect from the project. “I wanted to have a few original tracks for this mixtape,” explains Aries, “so I asked REL for some beats. When I heard this one, I knew it would be a perfect fit.”
Indeed. The track flows effortlessly, with REL’s laid-back drums, nostalgic samples, and celestial keys giving listeners a front seat perspective into exactly what West Coast cruising music, and Clean Ass Whip, is all about. And for Aries, featuring Bambu, an emcee from the city that once birthed the single “Let Me Ride” and is clearly no stranger to car culture or the role that music plays within that culture, was a natural fit. “Bambu captures the feel of the mixtape perfectly,” saysAries. “He paints a picture of a sunny day in LA. It’s a perfect addition to the mixtape.”.
Prince Aries’ Clean Ass Whip mixtape will be released for free download via SWTBRDS on May 3rd.
Aries Nuñez, known to the entertainment world as Prince Aries, has quite a few cards up his sleeve. Though his passion lies in music and his love for DJing, Aries became a fundamental player in the Bay Area’s new renaissance – promoter, graphic designer, TV show personality, and producer – with his multimedia background placing him a cut above the rest. When his groundbreaking show, Distortion 2 Static, got picked up by a local Bay Area television station after only two seasons on Public Access, he knew that he had his finger on the pulse of a movement that started simply as a way to share his love for hip-hop.
SWTBRDS (pronounced Sweetbreads) is a Bay Area-based record label that exemplifies the raw, rare and boutique qualities of its namesake. Founded in 2009, it houses rapper, DaVinci, renaissance DJ, Prince Aries, DJ + rapper duoStreetMedia, as well as the dynamic production team, Drums & Ammo, featuring the collective musical work of producers Ammbush, REL, Al Jieh and 6Fingers. Their first release was the self-titled StreetMedia LP, followed byAdrian Champion Presents: Stars & Stripes – The White Stripes Reimagined in Winter & Spring of 2009. Their most recent release was The Day The Turf Stood Still by DaVinci, his debut album, which received critical acclaim from publications such as Pitchfork.com, Wax Poetics, SF Weekly, XLR8R, Ozone Magazine, URB.com, and more. With a diverse release schedule on the horizon, SWTBRDS kicks 2011 off with Prince Aries’ Clean Ass Whip mixtape, an ode to West Coast Hip-Hop’s cruising aesthetic, dropping in May 2011. Soon to follow are DaVinci’s Feast or Famine EPand The MOEna Lisa LP, Drums & Ammo, Vol. 1, the self-titled first installment of a new instrumental series, REL’s sophomore solo instrumental album, The Orchestration 2, Ammbush’s solo artist EP, and StreetMedia’s sophomore album. http://www.swtbrds.com