Hip Hop Artist T.O.N.E-z Ready To Conquer The Mainstream With New Release

Emmy Nominated Artist Shows Lyrical and Rhythmic Mastery on New EP Distributed via PTE/Universal

T.O.N.E-z, the Emmy nominated hip hop artist who has had years of underground success, is now gaining momentum in the mainstream music world. While he has already an amassed an impressive recording history with an array of musical projects, T.O.N.E-z is poised to expand his exposure and reach new audiences with the October 12 release of "The Lime Light: The Warm Up EP" on PTE/Universal, to be followed in 2011 by a full length release, "The Lime Light." The new music from T.O.N.E-z is expected to continue the tradition of his incisive lyrical depth and pulsing rhythms. "The Lime Light: The Warm Up EP" will also feature some new twists and collaborations, showcasing the diversity of T.O.N.E-z's talents.

T.O.N.E-z's career has been heading steadily and strongly forward over the past several months. Earlier this year, he was nominated for an Emmy Award in the Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music category for the song, "Long Hard Times to Come." The song, which serves as the theme for the television program Justified on FX Networks, was an instant hit, and the honor made T.O.N.E-z the first rapper ever nominated in this Emmy category, solidifying his place in musical history. Performed by Gangstagrass, written by T.O.N.E-z and Gangstagrass founder Rench, the YouTube promo video for the song continues to gain hits well into the hundreds of thousands and Sony is including a video for the song in the Justified Box Set, due out this winter.

T.O.N.E-z has enjoyed an impressive musical career that intertwines with the origins of hip hop. He was signed with Select Records in the early 1990's, the label that has produced artists such as Chubb Rock, Kid N' Play, and M.O.P. Using the alias "Style," his first record was entitled "In Tone We Trust." He also released two singles, "The Assassinator," and "What a Brother Know." Previously, T.O.N.E-z was featured alongside Denzel Washington and Tom Hanks in the movie, Philadelphia, and is one of the most popular artists in the world of mix tapes. And for T.O.N.E-z, it's all in the family. His prolific musical family includes brothers Special K, formerly of the Treacherous Three, and T La Rock.

To purchase "The Lime Light: The Warm Up EP," please visit itunes.com, amazon.com, or any online retailer. For more information about T.O.N.E.-z, concert dates, music, and other online content, please go to: www.myspace.com/tonezworld.

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