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Video: Shane Eli - "When We Were Kings"


Video: Shane Eli - "When We Were Kings"

Courtesy Shane Eli.

"When We Were Kings" was one of the standouts from L.A. producer/rapper Shane Eli's "I Can Do Better". It's an onslaught of insightful social commentary, soulful production and thought provoking lyricism. It's only right that the densely layered track gets some equally dense visuals. The video was directed by David A. Wong, and shot by Mark Austin, both responsible for Shane's "Grey Area" music video, with visual effects and editing by Francisco Garcia Nava. It was shot thanks to the help of Kickstarter supporters, and the Levi's Film Workshop at the Museum of Contemporary Art downtown.

Video: Primetime Radio Interview w/ Verse Simmonds


Video: Primetime Radio Interview w/ Verse Simmonds

Courtesy RMG.

"During a promo run in Virginia, Verse Simmonds drops by Primetime Radio to talk with J-Rod regarding his future in music, his past credentials and much more. Powered by Revo Media."

Video: Moka Only - "I'm Swanky"


Video: Moka Only - "I'm Swanky"

Courtesy Live Vision Media.

SWANKY: A person or object that is posh, high-class, glamorous, classy, up-market, etc. A person or object that is cool, awesome, hip, maybe even obsessed by the person using the word, to describe that person or object.
 
EX: The man at the hotel reception desk told us that the restaurant that we will be dining at this evening is very swanky, and suggested that we dressed formally.

New Audio from Billy Danze's "R.U.N." f/ Serius Jones & Torae


New Audio from Billy Danze's "R.U.N." Project Featuring Serius Jones & Torae

Courtesy Matt B.

"RUN" (Raps United Nation) is the brainchild of M.O.P.’s Billy Danze who throughout the course of his illustrious career and years of extensive international touring could not help but notice and acknowledge how many talented artists he met during his travels who simply lacked a platform to be heard. Who better then a fellow artist to spearhead the charge and give them that platform, as Billy explains “As an artist I understand the frustration.  There are so many artists out there that possess the talent of being able to produce and record good music. They are determined; they have the drive and dedication, but feel as if no one notices. I’ve seen and heard what’s out there from an artistic level.  These artists need to be heard and have a united voice. I am very passionate about giving them that opportunity and will do anything in my power to help those that really want to win.”

The Music industry has undeniably changed and evolved and artists have been forced to either adapt with it, or go the way of the dinosaur. While the Internet and the proliferation of social media platforms are viable assets for new artists desperately looking for exposure, using those mediums alone is still equivalent to trying to “catch lighting in a bottle.” Billy Danze’s ambitious plans for “RUN” are to create an army of incredible artists from all corners of the globe and to unify and raise awareness for them by creating projects which are loud enough to be heard by the masses; as Billy details “my aim is to get every talented artist a deal.  Support on a globalized scale is all an artist really needs or could ask for. I have contacted all my resources and they in return have done the same.  A vital key to success in this business is alliance; and I personally have a team in every corner of the world. We can build a team of thousands and support each other.”

There is no disputing the artistic contributions Billy Danze has contributed to the culture as a member of M.O.P., yet, while still in its early infancy, his greatest contribution may still lay in front of him as the founder of “RUN,” as he eloquently states “as a fellow artist, these projects will enable me to be a vital cog in a family of worthy artists that simply need a platform and a voice and to oversee that lends the potential to be the biggest accomplishment of my career.  From a business perspective, I believe “RUN” (Raps United Nation”) is a vehicle the industry is desperately lacking.  The way to find new talent is to go get it.  Industry executives no longer believe in the artist, or artist development, how can the industry grow if we don’t allow new artists to showcase their talent?”

DL link to Serius Jones “What Goes Around”: http://limelinx.com/files/398db644ccb265fb9430d529982c97f1 .

DL link to XL f/Torae “Better Go Get Your Gun”: http://limelinx.com/files/66a3758873fe912b4452abad63b171bc .

PR: Rockie Fresh Tours w/ Casey Veggies & The Dean's List


PR: Rockie Fresh Tours w/ Casey Veggies & The Dean's List

Courtesy Greg Miller.

February 16, 2012- Los Angeles, CA - Chicago native and XXL Freshman candidate Rockie Fresh will embark on a month long tour with LA rapper Casey Veggies and Boston's The Dean's List. 20-year old Rockie Fresh released three critically acclaimed projects The Otherside,  The Otherside: Redux and most recent Driving 88 that received such praise as:

"From it's first song ("Into The Future") to it's last ("So Long"), the project has a smooth energy, and Rockie's effortless flow proves to compliment the soundscape throughout...calming, and consistently melodic..." - XXL Magazine, XL reviewTour Dates - West Coast w/ The Deans List + Dates w/ Casey Veggies below:

2/26                       Chicago, IL                                Reggie's (Reebok Event)
3/01                        Seattle, WA                              The Vera Project*                                
3/02                       Vancouver, BC                         Fortune Sound Club*          
3/03                       Portland, OR                            Roseland (Peter's Room)*
3/04                       Eugene, OR                              WOW Hall*
3/08                       San Francisco, CA                   330 Ritch*                                 
3/09                       Los Angeles, CA                      Key Club*                                  
3/10                        San Diego, CA                          Epicentre**
3/11                         Tempe, AZ                                The Clubhouse*
3/14                        Hempstead, NY                       Hofstra University                     
3/15                        Austin, TX                                  TBA Show (SXSW Week)
3/16                        Austin, TX                                  TBA Show (SXSW Week)                     
3/17                        New Orleans, LA                      Buku Music Festival                    
3/27                        Washington, DC                       Howard University

*Dates w/ The Dean's List
** Dates w/ Casey Veggies & The Dean's List

Tickets & more info at: http://www.rockiefresh.com/tourdates.html .
For more on Rockie Fresh, visit: http://www.rockiefresh.com .
For more on Casey Veggies, visit: http://caseyveggies.com/ .
For more on The Dean's List, visit: http://www.itsthedeanslist.com/ .

Video: French Montana Clarifies Common/Drake Comments


Video: French Montana Clarifies Common/Drake Comments

Courtesy DJ Vlad.

"French Montana explains why hip hop needs beef, what advice he would give new artists and clears up the comments he made about Drake & Common on Angie Martinez's show."

Planet Asia Releases New Mixtape "The Arrival" With Doo Wop


Planet Asia Releases New Mixtape "The Arrival" With Doo Wop

Courtesy Matt B.

With the release date for his new album Black Belt Theatre rapidly approaching, West Coast hip hop luminary Planet Asia teams up with the legendary Doo Wop for a new mixtape, The Arrival, which serves as the official prelude to Planet Asia's long awaited solo project Black Belt Theatre; which will be released on 2/28/2012 courtesy of Wandering Worx/Daddy Real/GreenStreets.

DL link to Planet Asia & Doo Wop’s The Arrival Mixtape: http://wanderingworx.bandcamp.com/album/the-arrival-mixtape .

Planet Asia In Black Belt Theatre (Trailer #1): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQ9JK2CRszg .

Video: Pete Rock & Smif N Wessun f/ Memphis Bleek


Video: Pete Rock & Smif N Wessun f/ Memphis Bleek - "Top of the World"

Courtesy Matt B.

Music from Pete Rock & Smif N Wessun's Monumental album out now. 

Directed by Donald Robinson Cole & Olise Forel for SMP & Moving Silence.

Audio: CALiPH f/ Ezra - "Know Your Roll" (prod. Rich Kidd)


Audio: CALiPH f/ Ezra - "Know Your Roll" (prod. Rich Kidd)

Courtesy Matt B.

Toronto up-and-comer CALiPH, released his debut LP, The Resignation, in January and since has received tremendous radio-play in the “Maple Leaf State” thanks to his versatility and the projects diversity, as CALiPH nimbly shows his range by melding old-school soul, smooth R&B and classic boom-bap rap into one cohesive project.

The Resignation features production from Rich Kidd (Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Jay Electronica, Fashawn, Colin Munroe, Chase N. Ca$he, Tona) and M-Phazes (Slaughterhouse, Talib Kweli, Pharoahe Monch, Emilio Rojas, Sean Price, Royce 5’9, Elzhi, Redman, Amerie, Skyzoo).

The second leak from the project is “Know Your Roll” f/Ezra (produced by Rich Kidd) which you can find here: http://limelinx.com/files/0ecc955e6ab09f68d6e05561e9e78a68 .

Video: Live From Control Room #1 - Black Milk Tour


Video: Live From Control Room #1 - Black Milk Tour

Courtesy Quality Control.

Live from the Control Room is a Bay Area based hip hop production platform created by Quality Control Marketing and pro audio school SAE. The Live from the Control Room series includes a 16 producer beat battle, concert series, a string of music videos, and a professionally produced EP featuring the Bay Area’s top MC’s paired up with the hottest up and coming producers.

The first phase of the series was the “Live from the Control Room” Producer Battle and concert, which took place this past September. The battle was comprised of 16 up and coming producers from the Bay Area, with the judging panel comprised of four of the top MC’s – A-Plus (Souls of Mischief/Hieroglyphics), Lateef the Truthspeaker (Latyrx/Quannum), Moe Green (iM/Out Crowd), and DaVinci (SWTBRDS/Thorobred). The top 4 producers from the battle then were paired with the four MC’s to record and create an EP and video series. Stay tuned for brand new videos chronicling the recording of the official “Live from the Control Room” EP, filmed by the one and only Casual from Hieroglyphics and Roy Miles Jr.. Look out for the EP to be released early 2012, and the final video from the winning tandem of Lambo Gott Em and A-Plus.


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