Kottonmouth Kings Post New Video Online
April 1, 2010
The Kottonmouth Kings
newest member, the Dirtball
, is currently tripping on psychedelics in the group's new video for the track "Mushrooms
", which can be seen online at this location
. The song is part of the group's new album, 'Long Live The Kings'
, which hits stores on April 20th, 2010 through Suburban Noize
"Making music videos is one of the dopest parts of being in the rap business," commented Dirtball
. "I have always wanted to do a green screen, psychedelic video to one of my songs, particularly a more technically patterned one like "Mushrooms"
. Obviously the name warrants the special attention, and I am stoked on the end result which is pure visual mania! Expand your mind on this chunk of entertainment!" Kottonmouth Kings
are riding a creative high after announcing they have added Oregon based rapper the Dirtball
to the group as a full-time member. Dirtball's
motor mouth can be heard all over the group's new album, including tracks like "Stomp
" and "Party Monsters
" featuring Tech N9ne
. Kottonmouth Kings' 'Long Live The Kings'
is currently available for pre-order with a bonus CD and exclusive DVD online at www.SubNoizeStore.com
Dirtball Joins The Kottonmouth Kings
January 29, 2010
The Kottonmouth Kings
have revealed the next era in their ongoing legacy by announcing the addition of the group's newest member, the Dirtball
. This notorious party monster has been a label mate of Kings
for years, releasing a series of cult classic albums under the Suburban Noize
banner and doing countless tours alongside the group. The group initiated the Oregon based rapper by having him get a KMK
crown tattooed on his chest. The logo is a symbol of pride worn by not only the group, but it's thousands of die-hard fans who have it tattooed all over their bodies. Fans can watch Dirtball's
initiation into the group online at this location
"This is most definitely a huge step for me in the rap path," commented Dirtball
about joining the group. "I am honored to be joining such a strong force as the Kottonmouth Kings
, and I'm proud to have found a band of brothers who not only have an endless array of talent, but they smoke just as much weed as I do."
is really one of the sickest rappers in the game right now," added Daddy X
. "To have him join us on this musical journey is going to be amazing. The guy parties harder than Motley Crue
in their heyday and he manages to bring a mind-blowing velocity to everything he does. Please don't give this guy's number to Dr. Drew
or we're fucked!"
The planets have aligned perfectly for the release of the Kottonmouth Kings'
new studio album, 'Long Live The Kings
', which coincides with the counterculture pot-smoking holiday observed each April 20th.
Dirtball Added To Strange Noize Tour
July 22, 2008
Oregon’s king of rapid fire rhyme, the Dirtball, is the latest addition to this year’s biggest underground rock and hip-hop festival, the Strange Noize Tour. Dirtball joins and action packed festival co-headlined Kansas City’s Tech N9ne and counter culture icons the Kottonmouth Kings, along with support rap-rock pioneers (Hed)p.e., hip-hop legends X-Clan. the Hitchcock of hip-hop Prozak and Cypress Hill’s Sen Dog, who is slated to make his motion picture debut later this year, will appear on select dates.
"I'm amped to stay out here on the grind and keep pushing my new record 'Crook County'. What a great tour to be added onto, and with perfect timing, as I come off the backside of 3 different summer tours," says Dirtball. "I'm always honored to share stages with some of the superpowers of the underground and create Strange Noize alongside 'em! See ya'll out there!"
The Strange Noize music festival debuted in 2007 and quickly became one of the summer’s hottest tickets. The tour united two of America's biggest independent record labels - Suburban Noize and Strange Music - for one summer music festival that sold out over 40 dates across the country. The tour was a powerful message to the music industry that underground music could infiltrate the masses on a large scale with a sound too loud to be ignored any longer.
Dirtball has created a whirlwind of attention with his new release “Crook County”, which was released through Suburban Noize Records. His eclectic mixture of hip-hop, rock and rapid fire rhymes has earned him opening slots on tour with Kottonmouth Kings and (Hed).p.e, and saw him embarking on his first national headlining tour. Most recently Dirtball has made headlines with his explosive collaboration with Tech N9ne, “Paint A Dark Picture”, from the Kansas City based rapper’s new album “Killer” which debuted at #12 on the Billboard Top 200 and also features Ice Cube, Scarface and Paul Wall.
"Being a technical rapper, and an artist who appreciates super skills on the mic, I was honored to jump on a track with Tech N9ne. I'm glad I could be a part of the 'killer' movement,” says Dirtball about his collaboration with hip-hop’s hottest artists. “The track we did dives into a definite dark side of his record. It felt good for me to flex that way and you may very well see more darkness from me in the future. I can only say that Tech N9ne is a genius on the mic, and I look forward to working with him again on other projects to come.”
Exclusive Fan V.I.P packages for the Strange Noize tour are available through www.KottonmouthKings.com and www.TheRealTechN9ne.com.The packages will include tickets to the show, meet and greet with the band before the show, limited-edition t-shirt, posters and CDs. The tour will be sponsored by FYE, SRH Clothing and media partners Skratch and Sniff Radio, Bubba The Love Sponge, and Havoc TV.
STRANGE NOIZE 2 TOUR DATES:
July 30 Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
July 31 Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
Aug 01 Anaheim, CA @ The Grove
Aug 02 San Franciscio, CA @ Grand Ballroom
Aug 04 Portland, OR @ Roseland Theatre
Aug 06 Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre
Aug 07 Post Falls, ID @ Greyhound Park
Aug 08 Bozeman, MT @ Gallatin County Fairgrounds
Aug 09 Magna, UT @ The Great Salt Air
Aug 10 Denver, CO @ Fllmore
Aug 12 Fargo, ND @ Playmakers
Aug 13 St. Paul, MN @ Myth
Aug 14 Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
Aug 15 Sauget, IL @ Pop's
Aug 16 Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
Aug 17 Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
Aug 19 New York, NY @ Grand Ballroom
Aug 20 Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
Aug 21 Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
Aug 22 Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live
Aug 23 Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theater
Aug 24 Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore
Aug 25 Columbus, OH @ The LC Pavilion
Aug 26 Grand Rapids, MI @ The Orbit Room
Aug 28 Sioux Falls, SD @ Ramkota Exhibit Hall
Aug 29 Tulsa, OK @ Cain's Ballroom
Aug 30 Bonner Springs, KS @ Capitol Federal Park
Aug 31 Wichita, KS @ Cotillion Ballroom
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YEAR FORMED: 1995
HOME TOWN: Bend, OR
After wreaking havoc on the road rocking sold out crowds across the country, Oregon based rapper The Dirtball is bringing it home with the release of his third solo album, Crook County. While in the past his accelerated rhyming skills have kicked his career into overdrive, now with his latest release it’s his songwriting skills that have him cruising in the fast lane.
Inspired by the beauty of his home state and his love of creating music, Crook County’s diverse mixture of rock and hip-hop is eclectic enough to leave fans of all genres salivating for more. Powered by the machinegun attack of his motor-mouth and irresistible hooks, the album can dazzle fans of Southern Rap (Ying Yang Twins, Lil Jon), battle mainstream heavyweights (Twista, Lupe Fiasco), or stands toe-to-toe with underground legends (Tech 9ne, Kottonmouth Kings, or Insane Clown Posse).
“Crook County is actually the area where I live in Oregon. I was born and raised here, which ties into the record and how I’m bringing it back to my roots. I have a lot of old friends that I used to play with back in the day on this record and my parents have a blue grass band so they made it onto a track,” says the Pacific Northwest based rapper. “It’s definitely a different kind of album for me, but it’s a pretty well rounded diverse eclectic mixture of musical styles with a good group of guests. Each track is totally different from one another and I’m stoked about it.”
Crook County also features guest appearances by some of the heaviest hitters in the underground and detonates an explosive line-up of powerhouse collaborations. “Just a Friend” utilizes the breathtaking melodies of Lady Love to craft an infectious track about the hardships of maintaining relationships while out on the road, while Daddy X of Kottonmouth Kings drops by on “Mushroom Cloud” to expose the Dirtball’s psychedelic eating habits. Meanwhile, Suburban Noize heavyweight Big B appears on the track “All In”, LaCoka Nostra ‘s CeeKay rips through the track “Nightshade”, Johnny Richter of Kingspade duets about the rigors of the road on “Grind” and Psychopathic Records’ Boondox, drops some rock flavor on the track “Tried, Trued and Tested”.
Since the age of 15, The Dirtball (aka David Alexander) has dedicated himself to his music. Growing up in Oregon, Alexander quickly became preoccupied with drums and would be the rhythmic backbone for a number of different bands in the North West. In 1995, Dirtball decided to take his musical aspirations to the next level and formed funk-rock hybrid Chola and would tour the region cultivating a grassroots following. After six years of constant touring and recording with Chola, the band was on the brink of a national breakthrough, but personal and creative differences lead to the band’s demise.
“Chola opened the door and kind of schooled me in the art of rhyme, which helped me develop my style. Then, when the band finally disbanded, I knew right away I didn’t want to hide behind the drum kit anymore, so I just started focusing on developing my skills as a rapper,” Dirtball says of the switch from banging drum kits to spitting on the mic. “I grew up listening to rap and that’s what I loved. I never set out to be a fast rapper, it’s just this kind of unharnessed thing that I developed.”
After half a decade behind the kit, Dirtball decided it was time for a change and focused his efforts on perfecting the art of rhyme. His efforts proved fruitful when he developed a knack for creating a machinegun rapid fire flow that quickly became his trademark style. With a conscious effort to create super tight flawless lyrics, Alexander began his solo path as an MC and The Dirtball was born.
After recording a demo, The Dirtball’s rapid-fire rhymes caught the attention of California based Suburban Noize Records who signed him for the release of his debut, Pop-A-D-Ball. The album quickly jumpstarted his career and propelled him into two years of non-stop touring. His sophomore effort, Raptillion, was released in 2006 and became an instant underground classic that prompted PopMatters to say Dirtball’s “Rapid-fire rhymes and an ear for catchy choruses distinguish the rapper’s style, which at times sounds something like a sharper-edged Big Boi.”
The Dirtball is at the forefront of a bubbling underground scene that is taking over the hip-hop and rock scenes. In a time of record label closures and spiraling record sales, The Dirtball has rocketed into national fame with the persistence and will to survive in the jungle that is the music business. His strong work ethic and explosive live show has earned him tours with Tech N9ne, Hed PE, Kottonmouth Kings, Insane Clown Posse, and monstrous Strange Noize Tour, which went on to become one of 2007’s highest grossing independent tours. Silently lurking the underground live networks, Dirtball snaps off raps and will make listeners think twice about the capabilities of white rappers.