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Video: @IAmFortunato f/ Caution Da Don - "Piss On You" (@Angerville)

Video: Fortunato f/ Caution Da Don - "Piss On You"

Courtesy Angerville.

Fortunato was born in the west end of Toronto and grew up watching his older brother breakdance. He began his career as an MC doing gong shows and high school talent showcases. Eventually he began freestyling and became the host of a weekly cypher called Rehab Thursdays at a legendary Toronto club named The Beat Junkie. He then began battling and won several tournament in KOTD, Beastmode amongst others. He is now focusing on the release of his 4th album "Unseen Armada" which features production from Juno nominated producer Fresh Kils and is set to be released in spring 2013.

XO The Rebellion - Kush & Cognac (Hosted by @TrickstaUK) @fivensix @closure1 @tommydmo @ukrunnings @parkstreetpr

UK Runnings Presents XO The Rebellion - Kush & Cognac (Hosted by @TrickstaUK)

Courtesy Park Street PR.

'XO: The Rebellion' or 'XOTR' for short are a brand new Hip Hop group coming straight out of Luton Town, UK. The group comprises of three talented artists: Stephen Fivensix, Tommy DMO and Closure who are all good friends outside the studio. All three members sing and rap with Fivensix behind a lot of the instrumentals/productions the group have released to date.

Fivensix and Tommy DMO have been good friends for about a decade and have shared the stage on a number of occasions in the past. As former band musicians and accomplished guitarists, their influence and experience works to further set XOTR aside from other artists working in the same genre.

XOTR's brand new mixtape 'Kush & Cognac' debuts as part of the long standing British hip hop mixtape series 'UK Runnings' and is hosted by veteran mixtape deejay: Tricksta. The release consists of 11 eclectic tracks that draw influence from south-coast trap, east-coast boom bap, RnB, soul, acoustic and rock genres making this a very interesting and unique mixtape release. The trio have recorded on mostly original instrumentals apart from two popular beat remakes.

All three artists have enjoyed success in the past with their solo projects, however with their skills now combined they hope to make their presence even further known in the UK music scene. Download UK Runnings presents: 'Kush & Cognac' now and hear for yourself what all the buzz is about surrounding this relatively new collaborative project.

UK Runnings Presents XO The Rebellion - Kush & Cognac (Track-listing)

01 - Intro (Tricksta)
02 - Urban Decay (Prod. 5n6)
03 - Dream (Remake Prod. Cardiak)
04 - Numero Uno (Prod. MilesAway)
05 - G'd Up (Prod. MilesAway)
06 - Red and Black (Remake Prod. PushaBoy)
07 - Light Up Trees (Prod. 5n6)
08 - My City Acoustic Cover (Performed by 5n6)
09 - Shades of Green (Prod. 5n6)
10 - Is This the Way (Instrumental) (Composed. 5n6) (Bonus Track)
11 - Outro (Tricksta)
Audio: @Psymun (MHz/2dopeboyz Contest Winner) - Paws EP

Audio: Psymun (MHz/2dopeboyz Contest Winner) - Paws EP

Courtesy Psymun.

Paws is a four song collection of atmospheric/abstract beats that will surely send you into a 9.8-minute, unknotting trance. Psymun (producer for Scienze, Co$$, K. Raydio, etc.) has proven with this EP that he is capable of making intricate, sample-free, glo-fi magic in a matter of hours (about 6 actually).

Audimatic (@AudibleDoctor & maticulous) "Monster"

Audimatic (Audible Doctor & maticulous) "Monster"

Courtesy The Doc.

The Audible Doctor & maticulous team up again as Audimatic for their new track "Monster". The duo are working on a new single but for now enjoy the free offering. Audible Doctor on the raps maticulous on the beats.

@YoGottiKOM Inks Multi-Tier CMG Label Deal with Epic Records

Yo Gotti Inks Multi-Tier CMG Label Deal with Epic Records

Courtesy Dove @ Tygereye.

Memphis, TN -- February 2013 -- Amidst rumors produced from the posting of an Instagram photo, Memphis-born artist and entrepreneur Yo Gotti is proud to formally announce his new CMG label partnership with Epic Records. The multi-million dollar, multi-tier deal will offer a complete distribution and promotional opportunity for CMG.

"This is a solid partnership that allows me to do what I do on bigger platforms, with the respect and support of the Epic team," explains Yo Gotti. "Throughout L.A. Reid's career, I realize he has been a part of creating some of the biggest superstars in the industry. I feel there is no better person to partner with."

Yo Gotti asserts that Benny Pough, Epic's EVP of Urban Music, was extremely supportive of the signing from their initial talks: "After my meeting with L.A. Reid, Benny Pough and his staff felt like Epic would be the perfect home to further the growth of CMG."

Yo Gotti has released over a dozen successful mixtapes, charting singles, and five complete albums. In 2011, he launched his site YoGottiMusic.com to immediate success, as his growing internet following (currently over 1.8 million on Facebook, 623k on Twitter and 428k on Instagram) supported wholeheartedly.

In 2012, Gotti set out on his CMG 'Road to Riches Tour' with formidable sponsorship from Flat Fitty, all facilitated without any major label support. The tour sold out shows in the majority of stops over six weeks, further boosting the value of Gotti's branded merchandise and musical influence.

Yo Gotti followed the tour with the release of "I Got That Sack", an instant fan favorite single that hit radio stations and clubs across the country with fervor. Yo Gotti's diehard entrepreneurial spirit and ability to deliver strong music sparked a bidding war between several labels, spanning several months from 2012 into the new year.

"A lot of labels were talking big checks, but the money didn't interest me," explains Gotti. "I wanted a partner that wasn't afraid to work as hard as I do. I knew that by sticking to my independent business mind frame and continuing to chase my dream, that the right situation was going to come."

Additionally, the CMG team pushed Yo Gotti's latest single "Check" into the Billboard Top 20, and he will be releasing the official video with full support from Epic.

"The independent success we've had thus far with our tour, merchandising and projects from myself and my first artist Zed Zilla has given me the perfect opportunity to create the best possible partnership for CMG," Gotti says. "I have no doubt that we will take our movement to its pinnacle with Epic Records."

For more information on Yo Gotti, go to http://YoGottiMusic.com and follow him http://Twitter.com/YoGottiKOM, http://Facebook.com/YoGotti, and http://Instagram.com/YoGottiKOM .
Video: @TroyRoyale f/ Shawty Boy SODMG - "Pull Up"

Video: Troy Royale f/ Shawty Boy SODMG - "Pull Up"

Courtesy T.R.

Artist(s): Troy Royale Ft. Shawty Boy (SODMG)

Title: Pull Up

Producer: Grand Royal (Huge Producer out in Germany)

Video: Epidemic - "Lock It Down" (@Oxydz)

Video: Epidemic - "Lock It Down"

Courtesy Grim Reaperz.

This Track will be available SOON on vinyl 12inch on the GRIM REAPERZ "BLOOD LEG VOL.2" !!

Audio: Stereo Boyz - Speaking in Tonguez (@IStillLoveHER)

Audio: Stereo Boyz - Speaking in Tonguez

Courtesy Wanja Lange.

While touring through Europe, the Stereo Boyz send Valentine's Greetings across the globe. "Speaking in Tonguez" is another single off their upcoming album "Carz, Clubz & Theaterz" (to be released on May 07th 2013).

Audio: @TheBlackOpera - Queen of Hearts (f. Mayer Hawthorne) @MelloMusicGroup

Audio: The Black Opera - Queen of Hearts (f. Mayer Hawthorne)

Courtesy Mello Music Group.

The Black Opera dropped their latest bit, a love song of sorts, entitled "Queen of Hearts" off at XXL for Valentine's Day. The track is a mellow introspective rundown of all the things that "She" is, or could be, to her King. Who is "She"? Decide for yourself. The Black Opera and fellow creator Mayer Hawthorne, who is featured on the hook of this track, each have their own interpretation of the perfect "Queen of Hearts".

New York @SoundCity 2013 Announces Hip Hop Panelists Monie Love & More

New York Sound City 2013 Announces Hip Hop Panelists Monie Love, LaJoyce Brookshire & Telli Michaels of Ninjasonic

Courtesy Leslie H.

New York Sound City returns Monday March 11th with a day of music industry panels and roundtables at The Wythe Hotel followed by an evening showcase at The Knitting Factory in Williamsburg Brooklyn.


This years conference sees the return of the highly successful Hip Hop Panel, this time around featuring Grammy Nominated British Emcee Monie Love, music power publicist Lajoyce Brookshire, and Telli Michaels Of Ninjasonik.

Rolling Stones Manager/Producer Andrew Loog Oldham will be joined by the veteran music industry executive & manager Danny Fields(Iggy and the Stooges, Ramones, Velvet Underground, Nico, The Doors, MC5) for an hour-long Keynote conversation delving deep into the heart, blood and sweat of Rock and Roll. There will also be a series of roundtable networking events, plus The Anfield Wrap, the UK's 2nd biggest podcast after The Guardian, podcasting live from The Wythe Hotel.

Following the conference New York Sound City will host a showcase of the hottest emerging talent, out of the UK and abroad, at The Knitting Factory Brooklyn. Massively popular British bands The Enemy and Reverend and the Makers are set to headline alongside a curated collection of international up-and-comers including The Tea Street Band, The Verdict, Brodka, KOF and the just-added Wet Nuns, a blues-stoner-punk behemoth, the sound of women, death, beards, skulls & whiskey, the dark matters ground through stomach-churning guitars and ugly drumming, the loudest 2-piece band in the world. This is a rare opportunity to see these bands in such an intimate setting - they're playing to crowds of thousands at home and it won't be long before their US profile catches up!

There are three levels of ticketing options (purchase tickets here)

The Delegate Pass (All access pass to panels, podcast & showcase) - $80

Knitting Factory Showcase + The Anfield Wrap Live Podcast - $30

Knitting Factory Showcase only - $20


New York Sound City Conference

Monday March 11: 12 pm - 6pm

The Wythe Hotel, Brooklyn, NY 11249

The Anfield Wrap Live Podcast

Monday March 11: 6pm - 7pm

The Wythe Hotel, Brooklyn, NY 11249

SCNY Showcase

Monday 11th March: 7pm doors

The Knitting Factory: 361 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211

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