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Press Release: Jaecyn Bayne - "Audio Therapy"

Press Release: Jaecyn Bayne - "Audio Therapy"

Courtesy Matt B.

After wrapping up a 25-city US tour with Hip-Hop Icon Canibus this past year, as well as appearing alongside Snoop Dogg, George Clinton, & Killah Priest on the Headhunters “Platinum” album and Kurupt’s “The Academy” compilation, South Carolina native/Indianapolis transplant Jaecyn Bayne is ready to release his debut album Audio Therapy.

Signed to renowned Jazz label “Owl Studios”, Bayne’s Audio Therapy is slated for a 4-24-2012 release date and will feature guest appearances from Styles P, Fred the Godson, Canibus & Keith Murray alongside production from Streetrunner and Bronze Nazareth among others. Audio Therapy is another masterpiece under the A&R umbrella of Matthew “M80” Markoff whose credits include works for Wu-Tang, Canibus, Kurupt, The Undergods, Planet Asia & more.

Jaecyn has already accomplished so much, but for an artist who is about to release his debut effort he’s very aware of his surroundings as he states, “Its not easy being a new contender in such a vast arena. I’m thankful for the amazing strides I have been able to make in such a short period of time and look forward to what the future holds in terms of growth and progress. Audio Therapy represents my way of coping with the struggles of being an artist on the brink of success, though held back by own my devices.  I believe the album is going to provide the cure for a lot of like-minded people who are going through a lot of the same struggles I’ve endured; and currently endure to this day while trying to plant my feet as a breakout artist.”

In addition, to the release of his debut LP, Bayne will also be releasing a free mixtape and Audio Therapy’s first video “Family Thing” which is expected to debut in March and he will be embarking on a US tour with the likes of Canibus, Planet Asia, & Rusty Redenbacher (ATFU).

Video: Kurtis Blow Jr. - "Blowed"

Video: Kurtis Blow Jr. - "Blowed"

Courtesy RBC Records.

March 2, 2012 - Kurtis Blow Jr. (aka Kurtis Cloud) has been grinding, putting out album quality music that he feels his fans deserve over the past few years, and his hard work is finally paying off. He has a world wide tour locked in, reaching from Europe to Japan, dates on Bad Boy’s own Machine Gun Kelly’s “Hostile Takeover” tour with Tech N9ne, all which will assist him in reaching new crowds.

To coincide with all his touring Kurtis plans to introduce to the world his first EP “Champagne Dreams & Purple Clouds”, an iconoclastic hip-hop project that was inspired by Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon”, slated to drop mid first quarter. To celebrate the World Wide release of CDPC Kurtis is debuting the first video from the project for the single “Blowed”.

MP3: ABN Renegadez (Trae Tha Truth, Rod C, JayTon) - "We Here"

MP3: ABN Renegadez (Trae Tha Truth, Rod C, JayTon) - "We Here"

Courtesy Papa Smirf.

Also make sure to Download Trae Tha Truth new App For iPhone And Android!!!' - IAMTRAE. It's Free for Yo phone, music, videos, etc.


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MP3: Leisure Gang - "Leisure Gang" (URBNET Records)

MP3: Leisure Gang - "Leisure Gang" (URBNET Records)

Sweatshop Union follows up on the 2011 release of the Bill Murray EP with the launch of Leisure Gang. Furthering the progressive sound they’re known for, the self titled debut EP release is scheduled for a April free digital release. The group’s Leisure Gang project promises to bring a loose party feel to both the live show and their recorded music.

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Catch Sweatshop Union & Leisure Gang at SXSW:
Mar 15 – SXSW – Oy Vey Showcase @ 606/Lipstick
Mar 16 – SXSW – Planet Hip Hop Showcase @ TenOak
Mar 18 – SXSW – BIBT Showcase – venue tba

E-Train Links with Talib Kweli, Wordsworth, Keith Murray

E-Train Links with Talib Kweli, Wordsworth, Keith Murray

Courtesy Melanie J Cornish.

San Francisco native, E-Train will be releasing his debut solo project through Elevated Press Records on March 20th this year. The Hip-Hop advocate has called upon a league of thoroughbred MCs to join him on this project such as Talib Kweli, Keith Murray, Wordsworth, Akrobatik and more.

Teaming up underground heavyweights with the bourgeoning lyricists which the Bay Area and beyond has to offer, E-Train aptly fuses the old with the new to present a cohesive project which boasts versatility while displaying his competent controls behind the mixing desk.

ON SOLID GROUND is E-Train's return to the digital world since The Loyalists, E-Train's long time Hip-Hop crew, went on hiatus in 2009. Explaining the concept behind the album, E-Train explains "I started working with artists from around the Bay Area but it quickly spread across the country. Before I knew it, I was working with some of my favorite MCs on the planet and the end result was an album which combines that boom-bap Hip-Hop with soul and R&B, an album I am very proud of."

ON SOLID GROUND is available through all digital retailers on March 20th.


01. On Solid Ground (feat. Rubydell)
02. Same Game (feat. Pep Love, Wordsworth)
03. Guess Again (feat. Phil the Agony, Talib Kweli, Stephen Memmo)
04. Three Clicks (feat. D Mottola)
05. Fiyah Burn (feat. Holly Saucy)
06. The Show (feat. Akrobatik)
07. Endangered Species (feat. Rasco)
08. Blackout (feat. Phil the Agony)
09. Will To Live (feat. Celsius 7)
10. The Love Epidemic (feat Gyrl Ab'Strakt)
11. Outrageous (feat. D Mottola, Pro, Virtu)
12. As Loud As You Want (feat. Jay Qwest, Rubydell)
13. Up In Smoke (feat. Phil the Agony, Holly Saucy)
14. Bombin The System (feat. D Mottola, Tai the 13th, Touchphonics)
15. It's Goin Down Gettin Down (feat. The Aztext)
16. Talk Shit (feat. BURNTmd, Keith Murray)
17. Middle Finger Lifestyle (feat. Anderson Ray, Mic Danja)
18. There Was A Time (feat. Rubydell)

Video: Quantic & Alice Russell with the Combo Bárbaro

Video: Quantic & Alice Russell with the Combo Bárbaro

Courtesy Nora Ritchie.

UK's revered independent artists, DJ/producer Quantic and soul powerhouse Alice Russell, are joining forces for their first collaborative album Look Around The Corner. The album will be out on April 3rd via Tru Thoughts.  Today, Tru Thoughts have released a new mini-documentary that takes us into the recording process of the album's second single "I'll Keep My Light In My Window," first made famous by The Temptations.

Video: Dolla Will f/ Beeda Weeda - "Busy (Getting Money)"

Video: Dolla Will f/ Beeda Weeda - "Busy (Getting Money)"

Courtesy Audible Treats.

Last week, Clear Label Records rapper Dolla Will released the video for "Addicted," the second single off his forthcoming album, Boss Flow, planned for release later this year. Today, the Bay Area emcee is releasing another visual, this one for "Busy (Getting Money)," a single off of Will's pre-album mixtape, Life Before Dolla Will, that features fellow Clear Label Records artist and Oakland native, Beeda Weeda.

Video: "Q - What Happened to the Music?" #BlackCloudTour

Video: "Question - What Happened to the Music?" #BlackCloudTour

Another performance in Lincoln, Nebraska at the Bourbon Theatre during the Black Cloud Tour. I came back from an interview and this set was already in progress, featuring another local act from Nebraska. Enjoy this video courtesy of!

Video: Block McCloud Sings on Black Cloud Tour in Lincoln, NE

Video: Block McCloud Sings on Black Cloud Tour in Lincoln, NE

The versatile and talented Block McCloud shows off his singing skills and welcomes us all to the final days in the process. Catch the Black Cloud Tour at a venue near you through April 2012 - - and visit for more exclusive videos, reviews, and interviews!

MP3: Dollarmentary f/ Timbo King, Java Starr - "It's Over"

MP3: Dollarmentary f/ Timbo King, Java Starr - "It's Over (Canada Run)"

Courtesy J Melo.

Dollarmentary has been on a roll over the past two months, releasing songs with Method Man, DJ Premier, Capone of C-N-N, Treach, Vinny Idol, Vinny Idol, General Steele and more. Today, he collaborates with Timbo King of the Wu-Tang Clan and Java Starr of Devin the Dude's Coughee Brothaz for a soulful track titled "It's Over (Canada Run)." The song was produced by Deezus. .

Dollarmentary will be releasing a free CD next week with all of these collaborations and more titled "Green Crack Vol. 1."

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