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Jean Grae, Skyzoo, !llmind Invade Brooklyn on Thursday


From Erik Abel:

Jean Grae, Skyzoo, !llmind Invade Brooklyn on Thursday

Brooklyn Live occurs the first Thursday of every month at Public Assembly in Brooklyn. Our goal is to feature a number of Hip Hop's most talented MCs, DJs, and Producers, all on one stage. If you missed last month, you missed an incredible night of DJ performances from The X-Ecutioners and Da Beatminerz. For those of you in the NYC area, please don't make the same mistake this month.

This Thursday, we are proud to feature incredible artists including Jean Grae, Skyzoo and !llmind, DJ JS1 (Rahzel's DJ), Boogie Blind (Pharoahe Monch's DJ), Scram Jones, and Fresh Vetz. And of course, you will get to see a performance Total Eclipse and myself, as well as our hilarious host D-Stroy. There will also be a special open bar, featuring Sailor Jerry Rum and Asahi Beer beginning promptly at 9PM, so make sure to arrive early.

Who: Jean Grae, Skyzoo, !llmind, DJ JS1, Total Eclipse, Gen.Erik, Scram Jones, Boogie Blind, Fresh Vetz

Where and When: Thursday, June 7th at 9PM at Public Assembly, 70 N. 6th St. Brooklyn, NY

Price: $8 Adv./ $10 Door

Websites: www.publicassemblynyc.com and www.dotconnectors.biz .

@Oddisee "Way In Way Out" + NEW ALBUM RELEASE!


From Mello Music Group:

Oddisee "Way In Way Out" + NEW ALBUM RELEASE!

Oddissee’s new full length LP, People Hear What They See, seems poised to cement its author as one of the elite MCs/producers in underground hip-hop. Mello Music Group is proud to let off the first leak with “Way In, Way Out" to celebrate the new album's official itunes debut today!

* http://mellomusicgroup.bandcamp.com/track/way-in-way-out *

One of the shining aspects of Oddissee’s work has always been its implicit emphasis on inclusion rather than exclusion. In other words, while certain platinum selling artists might constantly reinforce how different he is than his audience, the DMV’s prodigal son’s bars come from a much more grounded place. “Way In, Way Out” opens with a robust brass line and a pounding kick to match. Oddissee waste’s no time painting an allegory exploring the gaping American divide between the truly wealthy and the rest of us, and the precarious cycles that emerge from it. Much like his synesthetic title suggests, Oddissee’s rhymes are vivid and visual.
 
Towards the end of the second verse, Oddissee integrates a bar from Jay-Z’s “Can’t Knock The Hustle” into a scathing analysis of the American justice system, seamlessly of course.  While he might not have the paper and popularity of Hov , there is something to be said about the level of mastery Oddissee has shown in so many aspects of underground hip-hop in a relatively short time. Far from being God but he works goddamn hard.

MP3: St. Joe Louis x Flying Lotus - "Say A Prayer" (@Dub_MD)


From DubMD84:

MP3: St. Joe Louis x Flying Lotus - "Say A Prayer"

"SAY A PRAYER"
PRODUCED BY FLYING LOTUS // OFFICIAL SINGLE (DOWNLOAD)
TAKEN FROM UPCOMING 'ST. JOE LOTUS' ALBUM COMING SOON

Sexting is not direct enough for NJ / Texas trio St. Joe Louis. Each group member delivers a phone call full of game on their freshly minted first single 'Say A Prayer,' from their upcoming St Joe Lotus EP. Say A Prayer capitalizes on the lush Flying Lotus production with each lucky lady receiving her deepest desires by the earful.

* http://www.sendspace.com/file/xxwly1 *

The 'St. Joe Lotus EP' is St. Joe Louis collaborating in a very internet way with Flying Lotus. Obviously fans of Flying Lotus in that his production is presented untouched except for vocal additions. Beginning with the Lotus Sutra each song is almost a meditation on a diverse array of subjects from dangerous relationships (Lion and the Lotus) to idolization (So Much More). It currently has no scheduled release date but expect it sooner than you think.

Video: Illus f/ Chuuwee - "Son Of A Beat"


From Matt B:

Video: Illus f/ Chuuwee - "Son Of A Beat"

On Family First, Illus collaborates lyrically and sonically with some of best emcees and producers in the business. Each emcee featured is also the producer of the track they appear on and this collaborative process is a first for any Hip-Hop project.    Family First is also co-produced by Public Enemy luminary DJ Johnny Juice and the star-studded guest emcee/producer list includes; Apathy, Ill Bill, Blueprint, J-Live, Erin Barra, Headsnack, Phashara, Chuuwee, Esoteric and more.

"Son of a Beat” is a hard hitting, soulful track by two of Underground HipHop's most talented emcees. Together, Illus and Chuuwee, utilize the the mic to invoke the power of positive social change, and revolution for peace, equality and justice. The very essence of HipHop."

PR: New C-Bo Album "Orca" to Hit Stores July 3rd


From RBC Records:

PR: New C-Bo Album "Orca" to Hit Stores July 3rd

1. Orca
2. 187 feat. 187
3. I Hustle
4. Bullets ft. Slim The Mobster & King T
5. For Nothing feat. Dubb 20, Liq and LM
6. Life Is A Gamble feat. Yukmouth and Realest
7. Addictive feat. Slick Pulla, Brotha Lynch Hung and Dead Mike
8. Bitch I'm Ballin feat. Paul Wall
9. Murder One feat. MC Eiht and BG Knocc Out
10. Getting To The Money feat. B-Legit
11. Waiting On Me
12. New Beginning feat. Marvaless, Rydah J Klyde and T-Nutty
13. Killas Like Me feat. Kokane, Killa Tay and Lil Cyco
14. No Warning feat. Young Buck and Omar "Big O" Gooding
15. Can't Grind Forever
16. Fuckin Wit It feat. E-40

Audio: 187 Feat. WC - http://hu.lk/tp6x9qz64gra .

Video: Skills and Variety - "Cadillacs and Dinosaurs"


From Brandon:

Video: Skills and Variety - "Cadillacs and Dinosaurs"

facebook.com/skillsandvariety
Cadillacs and Dinosaurs EP - 2012 Destiny Records
Song: Produced, engineered and mixed by Brandon Metcalf
Video: Filmed and edited by Brandon Metcalf
Filming Assistants: Natalie Kralicek and Levi Bremness

@Zach89 - "The Zach89 Files" - A Collection of Z-Mixes


From Dove @ Tygereye:

Zach89 - "The Zach89 Files" - A Collection of Z-Mixes

Zach89 is happy to present his new mixtape The Zach89 Files, which is a collection of the Queens rapper's lively Z-Mixes! Cover art and tracklist are below, and you can download or grab embeddable player from one of these links:

* http://www.datpiff.com/Zach89-The-Zach89-Files-mixtape.359204.html *

Zach89 is currently preparing his full-length album The Z Factor for release later this year, and he is available for interviews!

Audio: Oh No f/ Phife Dawg & Jose James - "Dues N Don'ts"


From Matt B:

Audio: Oh No f/ Phife Dawg & Jose James - "Dues N Don'ts"

Oh No: Ohnomite on Amazon.com. Following two successful collaborative efforts alongside fellow producer/rapper The Alchemist as the power duo Gangrene -2010’s Gutter Water and 2012’s Vodka & Ayahuasca- and the 2011 gem with The Alchemist as Gangrene & Roc Marciano, the Greneberg EP; The Oxnard, California based beat-smith and emcee Oh No returns for a solo mission.

Oh No (born Michael Jackson; younger brother of Madlib and son of singer Otis Jackson) was granted unprecedented access to the Rudy Ray Moore / Dolemite audio archives and given free rein to slice, dice, chop and sample his way through the classic-yet-absolutely-filthy catalog. He was able to use legendary material from The Human Tornado, Petey Wheatstraw, the Dolemite Soundtrack and more, plus a multitude of previously unreleased and alternate acapellas and instrumentals. The end result is Ohnomite (now available everywhere fine music is sold), a 19 track head-banging extravaganza of sloppy funk, dirty soul, and brainy lyricism, all aimed at one thing- making your head nod and your ass shake. And when you add to that guests spots from the likes of Evidence, Phife Dawg, The Alchemist, Erick Sermon, Rapper Pooh, MED, Guilty Simpson, Roc Marciano, Sticky Fingaz, Chino XL, Roc C, Prozack Turner, Termanology, Frank Nitt and this cut with MF Doom “3 Dollars.”

Link to Oh No f/Phife Dawg & Jose James “Dues N Don’ts”: http://www.sharebeast.com/alyxhmzfghmw .

Video: Kool Keith - "Goodbye Rap" + Album Release


From Audible Treats:

Video: Kool Keith - "Goodbye Rap" + Album Release

Kool Keith: Love & Danger on Amazon.com. Kool Keith is excited to release his latest album, Love & Danger. The album, which is the 13th of Kool Keith's career, is now available through Junkadelic Music.

With Love & Danger, Kool Keith also continues to hint at, and toy with the idea of, retirement, most of all with the album's latest single and closing track "Goodbye Rap." Keith opens the song calling out new artists, DJs, and business people that don't properly represent the music. And while taking a shots at imposters, Keith also takes the opportunity to set himself apart from the bunch: "While everybody was fat, cooking sausage," raps Keith, "I was wearing Ostrich/ Rap ain't been the same since I had it hostage."

The video, directed by The ICU, captures Keith in a series of classic hip-hop landscapes – namely, dirty stairwells and New York City rooftops – surrounded by a host of full-body women. And while Keith doesn't break out any Ostrich for the video, he does don a series of flashy headwear selections throughout, including a Texas Longhorns hunting cap, a black-and-white checkered bucket hat, and – most flashy of all – a sequined headdress draped down over his shoulders.

Kool Keith: Love & Danger on Amazon.com

Video: @VerseSimmonds & Friends VLOG Of Memorial Weekend


From Major Music:

Video: Verse Simmonds & Friends VLOG Of Memorial Weekend

@VerseSimmonds spent the Memorial Weekend in Miami and at Club Amnesia alongside Young Jeezy, @PranoBBM, @YoungSalemme. Prano and Verse Simmonds will be releasing their yet to be titled, Jahlil Beats produced collaboration very shortly. In the meantime, check out the VLOG of Memorial Weekend, set to the Verse Simmonds and Snoop Dogg track "Bad MotherF*ck*r".


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