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@IsaacReidMusic @DevinTheDude420 - "Changing Lately"

Audio: Isaac Reid f/ Devin the Dude - "Changing Lately"

Courtesy JM.

First single off Isaac Reid's project "Nothing To Lose" which is dropping early August. Isaac's project features Devin The Dude, Roosh Williams, and more. The project is fully produced by TrakkSounds with co production from Chinky P and Albie Dickson. The 3 producers now make up the production trio "Knock City."

Video: @AesopRockWins @MrsKimyaDawson - "Organs"

Video: Aesop Rock & Kimya Dawson - "Organs"

Courtesy Jim M.

The painful process of grief and the grace of organ donation punctuate the latest music video "Organs" by duo The Uncluded (Aesop Rock & Kimya Dawson). Produced at Bent Image Lab and directed by Rob Shaw, the video weaves together a dark tale of loss and love as performed by whimsical stop motion insects.

Set as a children's stage play, a grasshopper and a cicada (anthropomorphic versions of Aesop Rock and Kimya Dawson respectively) sway, strum, and sing about "the importance of giving away your pieces" as the tale of a grieving mother beetle and other ill-fated bugs unfolds around them. Check out the video below and feel free to share it with your readers.
News: Hiero Day Music Festival in Oakland To Honor The @HieroImperium

News: Hiero Day Music Festival in Oakland To Honor The Hieroglyphics

Courtesy Audible Treats.

Legendary independent artist collective Hieroglyphics Imperium are teaming up with Oakland-based Linden Street Brewery to present the Second Annual Hiero Day block party on Monday, September 2, 2013 (Labor Day) from 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. at the Linden Street Brewery, located at the Port of Oakland. Hiero Day is a free all day music festival that features live performances by the legendary Hieroglyphics and other special guests, local merchandise vendors, food trucks, and interactive activities for all ages. Hiero Day celebrates and showcases the Bay Area's diverse, innovative, multicultural, and multigenerational music movement in the heart of Oakland.

Hiero Day was created in 2012 with the purpose of celebrating Oakland, supporting local businesses, empowering communities, and highlighting the Bay Area's internationally recognized independent Hip-Hop culture. Showcasing independent and emerging artists who live and work in the Bay Area, the festival will remain free and accessible to all, thanks to the generous support of sponsors. After the success of last year's inaugural event, Oakland's Mayor Jean Quan will declare September 3, 2013 as "Hiero Day" in the City of Oakland. This year's festival holds particular significance to the local music community, as it lands on the 20th anniversary of the release of the highly influential and groundbreaking album, '93 'Til Infinity by Bay Area underground legends, Souls of Mischief. At Hiero Day 2013, the Hieroglyphics will perform hits from previous albums, including the infamous '93 'Til Infinity, Full Circle, and songs from their new album The Kitchen, released Tuesday, July 16, 2013.

Visit for more information and updates on performances, sponsors, vendors, and activities.

Watch footage of Hiero Day 2012 and hear Kanye, Sway Calloway, Davey D, and Radio Rahim wax poetic about Hiero's legacy on music, culture, and fashion.

Founded in 1997 in Oakland, California, Hiero Imperium Records was founded by artists Del The Funky Homosapien, Casual, Pep Love, Domino, and the group Souls of Mischief, consisting of members A-Plus, Opio, Phesto and Tajai. After releasing albums on several major labels, the collective established their own independent Hieroglyphics Imperium label, website, and merch company in 1997, and are credited as creating the blueprint for independent rap labels. Few other rap collectives have withstood the test of time and are still considered as vibrant, respected, and talented as when they first stepped on the scene 20+ years ago. They are also credited as being one of the first hip hop groups to work with skate, snow, and surf companies . Created by Del the Funky Homosapien, their "third eye logo" is considered the third most recognized music logo according to Rolling Stone Magazine, and has been seen tattooed on dozens of fans all over the world. 2013 marks the 20 year anniversary of Souls of Mischief's seminal '93 'Til Infinity album, which will be celebrated at the 2nd annual Hiero Day block party festival on September 2nd, 2013 in Oakland, California.
Video: @UptownXO - "Finding My Way"

Video: Uptown XO - "Finding My Way"

Courtesy UXO.

Diamond District emcee Uptown XO releases the video version of his first single "Finding My Way" from the album "Colour de Grey". A.B. The Pro produces the track adding a percussive funk loop to XO's introspective lyrical mood.

DMX Arrested +AGAIN+ in South Carolina (DUI This Time)

DMX Arrested +AGAIN+ in South Carolina

Courtesy Flash.

Stop me if you've heard this one before. DMX (real name Earl Simmons Jr.) has been arrested for yet another DUI, and coincidentally in South Carolina again, where he was last arrested for driving without a license in February. He was picked up at 3 AM ET this morning and released from Greenville County Detention Center about an hour later at 4 AM - presumably after posting bond. More details to come.
Video: @K_Sinatra7 @OGDutchMaster - "Crystal Children"

Video: Kevin Sinatra f/ OG DutchMaster - "Crystal Children"

Courtesy OGDM.

since 4/20, Og Dutch Master has been in a marijuana coma leaving his name on more of the silent tip, these past few months. Recently VA's own Kevin Sinatra reached out to OG Dutchy to make this new age anthem entitled "Crystal Children" (which is also featured as a bonus on OG's project "Dirty Diamonds" due to release on September 11th.)

@PerfeckStranger @ShaStimuli @PrincePo - "Dreams Pt. 2" (@Daneo10)

Audio: Perfeck Strangers feat. Sha Stimuli & Prince Po - "Dreams Pt. 2"

Courtesy Dan-e-o.

Since the inception of the group, Perfeck Strangers, in 2010, the duo has been working hard at living out their dreams. Currently in the midst of their #DreamsTour, they are realizing them more than ever.

In celebration, Perfeck Strangers are joined by two more of New York's finest in Sha Stimuli and Prince Po (formerly of Organized Konfusion with Pharoahe Monch) to revisit the single that highlights one's quest to live out his dreams.

The original version of "Dreams" appears on Perfeck Strangers' debut album, "Series Premiere" on URBNET Records:

Check out the original "Dreams" music video directed by Andre Rehal here:
DJ @MoNiklz Video MegaMix (@HomeboySandman @MegaRan)

DJ Mo Niklz Video MegaMix

Courtesy Adam B.

Sloppy Seconds has put together a heck of a show for Saturday, August 3rd at Cafe Nine in New Haven, CT. The lineup includes DJ Mo Niklz, Homeboy Sandman, Open Mike Eagle, Ceschi, Mega Ran, Northern Lights, and Old Self.

To promote the show, Mo Niklz decided to do what he does best – cut, scratch, and mix music videos. Check out the MegaMix promo he put together that incorporates clips from the artists performing on the 3rd. It's pretty fantastic.

You can pick up tickets to the show at

Follow DJ Mo Niklz at @MoNiklz
Video: @AstronomicalKid "Don't Test Me" (@DJShadow)

Video: Astro - "Don't Test Me" (prod. DJ Shadow)

Courtesy Chris @ E1.

Watch Astro's new video for the DJ Shadow produced track "Don't Test Me". This is the first video off Astro aka The Astronomical Kid's new mixtape coming this September.

Announcement From Urban Network Digital And Amalgamation Magazine

Announcement From Urban Network Digital And Amalgamation Magazine

Courtesy Urban Network.

"Back to Basics: The Music & Entertainment Summit 2014"

April 24-27, 2014
Four Points by Sheraton
8110 Aero Drive, San Diego, California 92123

Many in the music industry have great memories of the numerous Urban Network Conferences that took place throughout the 90s and first decade of the 2000s. Key producers from those events have recently reunited to bring you, “Back to Basics: The Music & Entertainment Summit 2014.”

The springtime Summit will be held in the San Diego Conference Center of the Four Points by Sheraton, and will place attendees alongside the most experienced and influential executives in R&B/Hip-Hop/Pop, Radio & Mixshow DJs, Social Media, the Digital Realm, Marketing & Branding, Urban Lifestyle, Contemporary Gospel, the Entrepreneurial Arena, and more.

“The Music & Entertainment Summit” guarantees to be one of the most important networking events of the season; attracting both young and seasoned professionals. The Summit will also be an opportunity for recording artists, producers and songwriters to display their talents through various scheduled showcases, affiliated club events, and branding platforms like the Summit mix tape/CDs and conference streaming.

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