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Video: Rene Lopez - "Shing-a-ling Is What I Bring"

Video: Rene Lopez - "Shing-a-ling Is What I Bring"

Courtesy Jess @ Girlie Action.

In honor of the iconic boxing film's 35th Anniversary, Native New Yorker Rene Lopez is proving that he is “in his prime” with the release of the new video for “Shing-a-ling Is What I Bring”. Inspired by the movie Rocky, and his determination to succeed, Rene has encompassed the drive and passion of the character as he strives for a KNOCK-OUT album!

This month Rene will be performing at Nublu every Thursday, beginning today. He will additionally be appearing for a performance at Arlene's Grocery on February 28th. Rene will be playing old favorites as well as tracks off his latest album, ELS (released this past summer by Nat Geo Music).

ELS stands for Electric Latin Soul, a term Rene has coined for the new style of music he has developed. A mixture of Latin soul and Boogaloo with elements of rock, hip-hop, and R&B – Rene’s sound is one that is distinctly Nuyorican. ELS features co-producers Mario Caldato Jr., a.k.a. Mario C (Beastie Boys, Jack Johnson, Bebel Gilberto) and Jason Lader (Julian Casablancas, Jenny Lewis), as well as special guests Joey Altruda, and Money Mark (John Butler Trio). The album as a whole is a nod to Rene’s Latin roots, with an eye on modern electronic music and good ol’ rock-and-roll.

MP3: W.O.W. - "Round & Round"

MP3: W.O.W. - "Round & Round"

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Video: Kyle Rapps - "Bully"

Video: Kyle Rapps - "Bully"

Courtesy Audible Treats.

Last year, New Jersey-born, Harlem-based rapper Kyle Rapps released his debut EP, Re-Edutainment. The project, produced entirely by Kev Brown, was Kyle's re-interpretation of the Boogie Down Productions classic Edutainment, and one of the more fun (and powerful) songs on the project was "Bully," a song that examines bullying in its many forms, from the classic schoolyard to the United States government, and more.

Video: A-Mafia - "Crime Pays"

Video: A-Mafia - "Crime Pays"

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PR: Abstract Artform Brings Prairie Inspired Hip-Hop Funk

PR: Abstract Artform Brings Prairie Inspired Hip-Hop Funk

Courtesy Jon Asher.

Abstact Artform have come a long way since the release of their debut album "Prairie Kid" back in 2008, which garnered them high praise as one of Winnipeg's leading acts. Then, when AA released their sophomore album “His Story In The Making” in 2010, the band catapulted onto radars across Canada as they peaked at #2 on both Chart Attack and !earshot Hip Hop College Radio Charts, as well as making the Top 25 Hip Hop charts on CMJ in the USA, along with added rotation on Winnipeg's HOT 103.1FM and STREETZ 104.7FM of their hit single "Summer in the City ft. Doodlebug (of Digable Planets)".

This coming March at Canadian Music Week 2012, Abstract Artform will be making a name for themselves in a very loud way. Praised in their hometown of Winnipeg, MB for taking their infectious train of hip-hop, funk and soulful blues rock to the forefront of prairie pride. Abstract Artform is proud to perform in Canada's hip hop capital, Toronto, once again for their 8th appearance in town since previously showcasing at Indie Week 2011 and NXNE in 2011/10, along with tour stops in past years.

"The band and I are looking forward to our showcase at Canadian Music Week, as we've spent so much time recently locked away in the studio working on the new album "As The Crow Flies" that we're counting down the days to premiere it for fans and the industry in T-Dot. It's going to be a crazy funk party, prairie style!" commented Abstract Artform MC Shea Malcolmson.

Their soon to be third release “As The Crow Flies” on Ol Roy Records, produced by Juno-nominated producer Fresh Kils, will feature  collaborations with blues/roots artists such as Manitoba Hal, Rambling Dan Frechette and notable country artist Ridley Bent.

As for AA's stage manifestation, it's sure to be full of unique creative energy that will be transformed into a full-on party as AA exclusively premiere their trailblazing sounds from their upcoming album to fans and industry at CMW. (Showcase details to be announced soon.)

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MP3: Spiff Kidz - "Twerk That"

MP3: Spiff Kidz - "Twerk That"

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MP3: Ricky Rude - "Moon-N-Stars"

MP3: Ricky Rude - "Moon-N-Stars"

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Ricky Rude strikes again and this time it's with the first official single that's impacting radio right now.  This record is called "Moon-N-Stars" and the video was already shot so stay tuned for that.  His songs and videos have been creating a lot of buzz on YouTube and within the DJ community already and this one will help take it over the top.  This kid is in a lane of his own with his "punk rap" creation that he's coined.  Show the homie some love and let's get to work!

PR: Stooshe Launch Official Website

PR: Stooshe Launch Official Website

Courtesy Sian A.

Fast becoming the hottest name around after their debut video ‘Betty Woz Gone’ became YouTube’s most viewed music video in the UK when it received 100,000 views on the day of its initial upload, the, futuristic trio Stooshe have now launched their official website at .

To coincide with the launch of the website, Stooshe are also simultaneously launching their ground-breaking location app Where’s Stooshe? ( The location-based web app allows fans to interact with Stooshe by using their GPS enabled mobile phone. Users can now track the location of the infamous StooshBus as the girls tour around the UK, find the location of events and view a count down of the next live web chat with the trio.

Best of all, the app unveils the location of goodies hidden in thousands of locations across the country. After arriving at the location, users can open the app to earn one of a variety of mystery prizes which include gig tickets, free downloads, fresh remixes and exclusive video content.

Home to all of the latest news, music, videos and photos, also emphasises the trio’s effervescent personality. In addition to profiles on all three members – Alex, Courtney and Karis – the site also hosts a blog, advice from the trio at the Agony Aunties section and Stooshe-themed games. Fans can also submit their own photography and artwork to help StooshUp the StooshBus.

Stooshe’s next release will be the new single ‘Love Me’ which is out on March 4th. Produced by Future Cut (Lily Allen, Professor Green, Wretch32), ‘Love Me’ bursts with Stooshe’s playful lyrics and another irresistible, bold hook. Complementing the trio’s tight, characteristic vocals is a guest rap courtesy of Travie McCoy, who enjoyed a huge solo hit with his Bruno Mars collaboration ‘Billionaire’, four Top 10 hits with his band Gym Class Heroes and another as guest on Taio Cruz’s single ‘Higher’.

Stooshe have received over a million online views split between their YouTube site and special sessions recorded for iD, SBTV, MTV and Virgin, while positive press coverage has come from a diverse array of publications including The Independent, The Daily Star, RWD, The Mirror and Top of the Pops. Their popularity amongst other artist was demonstrated when their video for ‘Betty Woz Gone’ won the approval of Ed Sheeran, Rizzle Kicks and Wretch 32.

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MP3: Tre Seven - "Boonkies"

MP3: Tre Seven - "Boonkies"

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Video: Double XL's Man On Fire - Bathroom Models & Fake Polo

Video: Double XL's Man On Fire - Bathroom Models & Fake Polo Shirts

Courtesy RMG.

In the latest episode of Double XL's Man On Fire Series, he discusses Bathroom Models and Fake Polo Shirts among other things. Powered by Revo Media.

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