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Video: @IAmLivinProof @JoellOrtiz (BTS Studio Footage)


Video: Livin Proof f/ Joell Ortiz (BTS Studio Footage)

Courtesy Matt B.

Check out Livin Proof & Joell Ortiz at Krystal Clear Recording Studio, creating a heatrock, produced by Fantom Of The Beat. This as of yet untitled-track will appear on Livin Proof's upcoming LP "Die For A Deal 5.0" which will be available June 4, 2013.

Press Release: @ItsNametag x Nameless "FOR NAMESAKE"


Press Release: Nametag x Nameless "FOR NAMESAKE"

Courtesy Team Nametag.

Detroit's hip-hop scene has a storied history and a bright future, and Nametag has one foot in each place. His career origins include records alongside hometown legends like Slum Village, while his solo efforts have earned him a rep around the country as one of the city's brightest young voices. And after calling various areas of Detroit home, he's the perfect storyteller to narrate the city's ins and outs.

Nametag got involved in Detroit's hip-hop history early, and in a big way: his first placement was on Slum Village's compilation "Dirty District Vol. 1." From there, he continued to body other appearances on Motor City classics such as "Dirty District Vol. 2, and Black Milk's "Popular Demand". But while contributing to others' projects, Nametag continued to build his own footing with a collection of critically acclaimed mixtapes, EPs and a full length album, 'The Name Is Tag.' He eventually earned the respect of indie rap heavyweights and publications such as XXL, 2DopeBoyz, Detroit Free Press and more.

Nameless is from Flint, Michigan, but his gritty soul and relentless work ethic are reminiscent of the legendary hip-hop producers from Detroit. Since grabbing his hands on a friend's software and beat machine in 2002, he aspired to flip samples as craftily as idols such as J Dilla, Madlib, MF DOOM and others. He began plugging away on the lab, steadily creating sets of instrumental projects and using a knack for graphic design to craft head-turning album art. He eventually added "Feel It," a single from Detroit staple Marv Won's album 'Wayne Fontes Music.'

Since then, Nameless' ability to morph dusty soul records into headphone-blaring bangers has turned him into one of the most prolific, sought-after young producers in the state. He now has nearly a dozen solo instrumental and compilation albums, and his 'Flidelphia' LP with Ron Dance placed his production behind Dwele, Paradime and others. His upcoming line-up includes full-length records with Clear Soul Forces, DJ House Shoes, MarvWon & Vandalyzm, and more.

The two artists teamed up based on the similarity of their monikers, and quickly created "Blaow!" and "Raw Dirty Filth," the latter landing on DJ Premier's satellite radio station. With the rest of their collaborative debut, 'For Namesake,' 'Tag take his biggest step yet toward living up to his hometown's legacy. He uses his candid, clever rhymes to address a fickle music industry, shady women, the resilience of his family, and employ old-fashioned shit talking, while Nameless' melodic grit pays homage to Motown's past. With appearances by Motor City vets (Black Milk, Guilty Simpson, Miz Korona) and youngsters (Mahd, Jahshua Smith) alike, 'For Namesake' continues to cement Nametag as one of Detroit's rising talents.
Video: @OhNoiTsYO - "Put Me On" (prod. DJ Daze) @QtheQuestion


Video: Oh No iTs Y.O - "Put Me On" (prod. DJ Daze)

Courtesy Quinton H.

New video from Bronx, NY emcee Oh No iTs Y.O-Put Me on.

Audio: @PeeteBakerPromo - She Know It (@rRAPpromo @BehindthaSeen)


Audio: Peete Baker - She Know It

Courtesy RRP.

Artist: Peete Baker
Song Title: She Know It
Website: peetebaker.com

Audio: @LankDizzim - GoodGreen


Audio: LankDizzim - GoodGreen

Courtesy Lafayette W.

Hustlemania has something for everyone, for the pure hiphop heads the razor sharp wit and wordplay cut would be challengers deep on "Cypher Session", and "First 48"...Dizzim also feeds the streets and speakers with the riding tunes "Grade A" and the Climatic Anthem for his city "Port of Duval"...The title track "Hustlemania" is also a a standout.

Beat Tape: @Backspacez - Breakbeats and Loops


Beat Tape: Backspacez - Breakbeats and Loops

Courtesy Pat Spacez.

Hi. I'm a hip hop producer. I make boom bap/east coast beats and I'm always releasing music. I just got maschine so this beat tape is the last of my leftover beats from my DAW. These are strictly barebones, gritty beats. Classic break beats over jazz, funk and soul samples.

Audio: @ElementRhymes "Tattoo Tears (Tribute to Boston)" @AbstraktSoundz


Audio: Element Rhymes "Tattoo Tears (Tribute to Boston)"

Courtesy Terry J.

Following the release of a video for the title track and first single off his highly anticipated album, Crowned King, Element Rhymes delivers an exclusive bonus track entitled, Tattoo Tears. The track will be featured on the bonus part of the album, which is set to drop May 15th. "I wrote this at a time when I was at one of the lowest parts of my life," said Element. "Growing up, I didn't have anyone around in my life on a consistent basis - especially while I was going through tribulations. So I relied on putting my thoughts down on paper. Tattoo tears are the tears that never fade...the ones you have on your heart."

Touched by the recent tragedy in Boston, Element dedicates this song to the many victims. "What happened there was truly horrific. I hope songs like “Tattoo Tears” can demonstrate none of us are alone in the world...no matter what it is we are going through."

Audio: Black One - "Sam Wheat"


Audio: Black One - "Sam Wheat"

Courtesy Black One.

New Black One "Sam Wheat" Produced by Lyrical Sound Productions. The First Single From "THE PERISH EP" Dropping on May 23rd.

Video: Ryan McDermott f/ Hit-Boy - "Joy" (@RyanMcDMusic)


Video: Ryan McDermott f/ Hit-Boy - "Joy"

Courtesy G.O.O.D. Music.

After releasing his single and the accompanying visuals for "Paradise" in October, G.O.O.D. Music signee Ryan McDermott linked up with Very G.O.O.D. Beats mainstay Hit-Boy for "Joy." The two are back today with the visuals for the single, which dropped last month.

The Uncluded Announce Tour Dates (@AesopRock & Kimya Dawson)


The Uncluded Announce Tour Dates (Aesop Rock & Kimya Dawson)

Courtesy Jim M.

The Uncluded (Aesop Rock and Kimya Dawson) are excited to unveil the details of their upcoming US tour which will begin on May 28 in Washington DC and will find the duo taking their whimsical tunes from coast to coast. The tour includes dates in Chicago at Old Town School of Folk Music on June 8 as well as stops along the West Coast in Los Angeles at the First Unitarian Church on July 25. For all dates, the band will be supported by Hamell On Trial. For the full itinerary, please see below.

Kimya Dawson is a Grammy winning, platinum selling singer songwriter most widely known for her work on the JUNO soundtrack and her former band, The Moldy Peaches. She has released 7 solo albums, including a children's album "Alphabutt".

Aesop Rock (aka Ian Bavitz) is a critically acclaimed hip hop artist/producer, recognized for his dense and abstract word play. He has released six solo albums, three EPs, and a 45-minute piece of music designed for runners, commissioned by Nike. Lyrics have been published in the New York Times Best Seller Hip Hop Speaks to Children, as well as Yale University's Anthology of Rap (Nov. 2010). Aesop is also co-founder of 900bats.com, a creative resource of arts, information, and oddities.

Upcoming Tour Dates

5/28 - Washington, D.C. @ 9:30 Club
5/29 - Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live
5/30 - Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
6/01 - Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory
6/02 - Montreal, QC @ Il Motore
6/03 - Toronto, ON @ The Blk Box
6/05 - Detroit, MI @ Trinosophes
6/06 - Pittsburgh, PA @ The Warhol
6/07 - Columbus, OH @ Wexner Center @ Ohio State
6/08 - Chicago, IL @ Old Town School of Folk Music
6/21 - Dallas, TX @ The Texas Theatre
6/22 - Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald's Upstairs
6/23 - Austin, TX @ Central Presbyterian
6/25 - St. Louis, MO @ Firebird
6/26 - Kansas City, MO @ The Record Bar
6/29 - Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon
6/30 - Minneapolis, MN @ Cedar Cultural Center
7/01 - Des Moines, IA @ Wooly's
7/03 - Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room
7/05 - Denver, CO @ The Marquis Theatre
7/06 - Colorado Springs, CO - @ Black Sheep
7/23 - San Diego, CA @ The Irenic
7/25 - Los Angeles, CA @ First Unitarian Church
7/26 - San Francisco, CA @ Slim's
7/29 - Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
7/30 - Seattle, WA @ Neumo's
7/31 - Vancouver, BC @ Fortune Sound Club
8/02 - Missoula, MT @ The Palace
8/03 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court

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