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Trackstar the DJ: Into the Wild Tour/Mixtape


Trackstar the DJ: Into the Wild Tour/Mixtape

Sending this e-mail from just outside of Dallas, two dates under our belt on the Into the Wild Tour with El-P, Killer Mike, Mr. MFn eXquire and Despot. 22 cities to go...dates and venues are below. Follow me on twitter (@djtrackstar), Instagram (@trackstarthedj) and Facebook to keep up with our international rap adventures. 

To help promote the tour, Karmaloop enlisted me to put together a mixtape of the four artists and it came out pretty damn dope. Stream here. Download here.

Remaining tour dates:

  • Th6/21 – Dallas, TX (Granada)
  • Fr6/22 – Houston, TX (Warehouse Live)
  • Sa6/23 – Austin, TX (Mohawk) (ALSO CATCH ME SPINNING THE AFTERPARTY AT PLUSH)
  • Mo6/25 – Phoenix, AZ (Crescent)
  • Tu6/26 – San Diego, CA (Casbah)
  • Th6/28 – Los Angeles, CA (Echoplex)
  • Fr6/29 – San Francisco, CA (Regency)
  • Sa6/30 – Portland, OR (Hawthorne)
  • Su7/1 – Seattle, WA (Neumo’s)
  • Mo7/2 – Vancouver, BC (Fortune)
  • Th7/5 – Minneapolis, MN (Fineline)
  • Fr7/6 – Chicago, IL (Bottom Lounge)
  • Sa7/7 – Cleveland, OH (Grog Shop)
  • Su7/8 – Ann Arbor, MI (Blind Pig)
  • Mo7/9 - Toronto (The Hoxton)
  • Tu7/10 - Ottawa
  • We7/11 – Boston, MA (Paradise)
  • Th7/12 – Providence, RI (The Met)
  • Fr7/13 - New York City (Irving Plaza)
  • Sa7/14 – Philadelphia, PA (Trocadero)
  • Su7/15 – Washington D.C. (Rock and Roll Hotel)
Before the tour began, last weekend Mike and I did two shows in Toronto as part of the NXNE Festival, including opening up for Raekwon and Ghostface in front of nearly 10,000 in Yonge-Dundas Square...if you know me you know how I feel about the Wu-Tang Clan (and Mike feels the same way) so you know this was an amazing experience for Gabe the Rap Fan.

As for the first two shows of the actual tour...New Orleans was crazy last night (Curren$y stopped by) but the first show in Atlanta was insane. Mike brought out Big Boi and a few other Dungeon Family cohorts for Kryptonite and a few more jams...it was most definitely an honor to share the stage with half of the greatest hip hop group of all time. 

Speaking of Big Boi, in case you missed it:

Out of the Darkness: The Best of Organized Noize hosted by Big Rube.

MP3: Future - "Turn On the Lights"


MP3: Future - "Turn On the Lights"

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MP3: billy woods - "DMCA (Blockhead Remix)"


From Audible Treats:

MP3: billy woods - "DMCA (Blockhead Remix)"

It's been only a few short months since billy woods released his dense, mission-statement of an album, History Will Absolve Me, and already the Washington, DC-born, NYC-based lyricist is back in the studio working on new music. This time around, however, he's working with long-time Aesop Rock-producer Blockhead, and the two are currently deep into a collaborative album scheduled for release later this year. Today, Backwoodz Studioz is excited to release a remix for the the History Will Absolve Me standout "DMCA."

Although "DMCA" became a fast favorite from History Will Absolve Me, to hear billy woods tell it, the track almost didn't even make the album. "DMCA is one of those songs that I really loved but didn't expect to get the kind of love that it got," explains billy, noting that while he wasn't originally planning a remix for the track, it turns out that other artists, especially, have been drawn to the song. "I think I managed to sum up stuff that a lot of artists are dealing with right now."

While the original track, produced by Willie Green, is one of the more "boom-bap" tracks on the album, Blockhead's remix offers a darker take on the song, an ethereal swirl of bouncy congas, winding guitar riffs, and brooding synths. "Once Blockhead and I connected, I was bugging him about a remix," explains billy, recalling how the remix came to be. "We got sidetracked on the new music we're working on, but I'm glad we got this out there - not only is it a new take on 'DMCA' but it's also a little taste of the project that Blockhead and I have coming."

Download "DMCA (Blockhead Remix)" here: http://media.audibletreats.com/billy_woods-DMCA_Blockhead_RMX.mp3 .

Film School With R.A. The Rugged Man


From Nature Sounds:

Film School With R.A. The Rugged Man

Class is now in session with Film School With R.A. The Rugged Man, a must-see new web series from MTV's Film.com hosted by rapper/film historian R.A. The Rugged Man.  "I've wrote and produced full length features, was a film columnist for Mass Appeal Magazine for 5 years, and wrote movie articles for Vibe, The Source, Complex and others," says the Rugged Man. "Basically I'm just a total geek when it comes to cinema." Shot at R.A.'s apartment, where DVDs line the walls from floor to ceiling, Film School takes you into the vaults of classic Hollywood, as R.A. waxes poetic on everything from campy horror to film noir to Blaxploitation cinema and beyond. You may not get a degree here, but you will get schooled. "I'll be dropping cinematic jewels on people every two weeks," explains R.A.  "The first episode is just an introduction but we're about to get crazy with it." Check out the first episode at the link below.

* http://www.film.com/movies/film-school-r-a-the-rugged-man *

New Video: Ethel Cee & Dumhi - "ONE FIFTY"


From Dumhi:

New Video: Ethel Cee & Dumhi - "ONE FIFTY"

After much adieu... the video for ONE FIFTY is ready. Click the image to check it out on Youtube. Special thanks to Joe "Sick Six" Painter and Adam "Monkey Toed Abu" Wiesen for contributing their time and talent to this video project. Coudln't have done it without yall! Enjoy!

Perfeck Strangers LIVE @ BIG TICKET - July 13!!


From Dan-e-o:

Perfeck Strangers LIVE @ BIG TICKET - July 13!!

Their debut album "Series Premiere" has received countless rave reviews.
It has charted at #1 on !earshot's national radio listings. Their live
show is off the hook.

How many more reasons do you need to be convinced that Perfeck Strangers
is THE hip-hop group to watch? We'll give you one anyway...

EasParkPro presents BIG TICKET! A live hip-hop concert on Friday, July
13th @ Velvet Underground, 510 Queen St. W. at Portland in Toronto!

Witness for yourself the one-of-a-kind live show presented by Perfeck
Strangers as well as performances from Sep, Natosh Munroe, Chucke Gunz, HL
and more! Music will be played by the award winning DJ Law!

Doors open @ 8pm - Show starts @ 9pm - Party goes until 3am!

ONLY $5 before 10pm - JUST $10 after!

Seriously. Is there a reason NOT to be there?

Download "Series Premiere" by Perfeck Strangers HERE:
http://urbnet.bandcamp.com/album/series-premiere

LIKE! http://www.facebook.com/perfeckstrangers
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VIEW! http://www.youtube.com/perfeckstrangers

Video: 4th Pyramid - "Feel It In My Bones" (prod. Marco Polo)


From Audible Treats:

Video: 4th Pyramid - "Feel It In My Bones" (prod. Marco Polo)

Earlier this spring, 4th Pyramid released The Pyramid Scheme, his first album since signing his label, Silk Ivory, to a join venture with Universal Music. The album has earned the Toronto rapper/producer accolades from the likes of XXL, RESPECT, the Village Voice, Toronto's NOW Magazine, and more, and since then, Pyramid has stayed busy on the road, touring with Talib Kweli earlier this month, and now prepping for a July run of dates opening for underground legend Elzhi.

Today, Pyramid is excited to release the latest visual from The Pyramid Scheme,"Feel It In My Bones." "This song is based on a true story of me breaking my hip in a nasty little accident," explains Pyramid, who opens the track by rapping, "I'm so hip-hop/ My hip popped/ Shattered into pieces when I hit it on the block." The accident is a few years old, says Pyramid, and for a while it had just been a matter of finding the right instrumental. "When Marco Polo send me the beat," he recalls, "I pretty much knew right away that it was perfect for my story."

The video, directed by Johnny Nghiem, who also directed Pyramid's recent video for "Can't Stop," plays, humorously, on the song's topic, placing Pyramid in the hospital, surrounded by doctor and nurse, as he raps, "Trying to act fly in a hospital gown," jokes Pyramid, "was definitely the most challenging part of the video."

Video: KOTD - Rap Battle - Tantrum vs Illusion Z


Video: KOTD - Rap Battle - Tantrum vs Illusion Z

Published on Jun 21, 2012 by KingOfTheDot

Click 'LIKE' & Add To Favourites If You Enjoyed This Video!!!
YOU CAN STILL BUY THE VENDETTA PPV AND WATCH THE FULL EVENT - http://www.ustream.tv/kingofthedot/videos .

MP3: Project Pat & Nasty Mane f/ Juicy J - "Polo"


From Future Star Music:

MP3: Project Pat & Nasty Mane f/ Juicy J - "Polo"

We're back again with new Project Pat music. This time him and Nasty Mane grabbed Juicy J to lend some bars to the new single "Polo" that is produced by Crazy Mike and Lil Awree. I know a lot of you guys are into the Polo clothing hard right now so this is your theme song. DJ's download the clean and dirty versions above. If you need drops or anything from Project Pat then hit the phone number listed right below. Let's continue to work and keep breaking hits in 2012!

CLEAN: http://www.mediafire.com/?w0fxwjihmmqn0ka .
DIRTY: http://www.mediafire.com/?gzzd5zy1gy2z9ww .

MP3: T.S.A. - "Party People" (prod. Kut The Pyro)


From Dove @ Tygereye:

MP3: T.S.A. - "Party People" (prod. Kut The Pyro)

Here is T.S.A.'s newest original track "Party People" produced by Kut The Pyro! This song appears on The Candidate Mixtape: Business & Politricks coming in July!

* http://soundcloud.com/tsaofficial/party-people-tsa/s-mJjZ6 *


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