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Free Download: J. Karma - "The Next Level"


Free Download: J. Karma - "The Next Level"

Courtesy Park Street PR.

Grime & UK Rap fans should definitely take the time to download this new mixtape from new artist TheUrbanGuidebook.com

London born emcee J. Karma moved to Norwich at an early age and started recording around 2008. With a host of local acts all doing their thing, J. Karma knew it was time to unleash some of his music. After creating a local buzz by shifting over a thousand CD's and getting airplay from Future FM, J. Karma is a name to watch out for. Inspired by life and all the stresses and joys of inner city living combined with his unique but diverse style of riding a beat can be heard all the way through his latest release 'The Next Level'. J. Karma has arrived and arrived with a bang. Tipped already by various tastemakers to do big things, J. Karma is ready to take his sound to the next level.

With a string of solid reviews from some of the UK's leading on-line magazines and blogs, as well as FM and Internet radio play and recently being interviewed for Rago Magazine, the vibe is already building for J. Karma's 'The Next Level' mixtape. This talented songwriter and performer has teamed up with a host of featured guests including Grime star Little Dee who was part of the chart-topping Roll Deep and now reps hard with the OG'z alongside P Money & Blacks. The mixtape also features Tommy Bones, UK Hip-Hop veterans DPF & Reds from Chronic Redye, as well as rising UK rappers Franko Fraize and Jammin Kane. Quality music throughout, this is a must for fans of Grime, Hip-Hop and Urban Music.

J. Karma - The Next Level (Tracklisting)

01. Intro
02. Cocky As Fuck
03. Over Here Feat. Tommy Bones & Little Dee
04. Follow Me
05. Is That It?
06. Big Money
07. Intermission I
08. Round And Round
09. On Fire
10. Complete
11. Neveragain
12. Intermission II
13. Keep Pushin' Feat. Franko Fraize
14. Don't Need You
15. Raw Feat. Reds & DPF
16. Let Me Break It Down
17. Sick With The Mic Feat. Jammin Kane

Download links: http://jkarma.bandcamp.com/album/the-next-level-free-download or http://www.downloadamixtape.com/?page_id=195&mixtape_id=2204 .

Audio: Naughty By Nature f/ Joe - "Perfect Party"


Audio: Naughty By Nature f/ Joe - "Perfect Party"

Courtesy Chris @ E1.

Naughty By Nature - Perfect Party Feat. Joe by eOne Music

Video: Maino Talks About Boston Altercation


Video: Maino Talks About Boston Altercation

Courtesy DJ Vlad.

MP3: Young Malice (Scarface Protege) - "Fame Monster"


MP3: Young Malice (Scarface Protege) - "Fame Monster"

Courtesy J. Melo.

You may remember Young Malice from Scarface's group The Product. The trio put out a critically acclaimed album in 2006 via KOCH (now EOne) titled One Hunid. Nas among others anointed the album a classic and it is viewed that way by many nowadays. Young Malice and The Product also appeared on Scarface's last album Emeritus on a track titled Soldier Story which also featured Z-Ro.

Young Malice is currently working on his new mixtape The Situation Room. Here goes the first leak, "Fame Monster." A concept already done by Lady Gaga, but Malice offers a street perspective on what fame can do to a rapper to ruin lives and careers.

Artist: Young Malice
Song: Fame Monster
Producer: Alien University
Mixtape: The Situation Room
Song Link: http://hulkshare.com/376xuqstycfk .

MP3: J. Cole f/ Missy Elliott - "Nobody's Perfect"


MP3: J. Cole f/ Missy Elliott - "Nobody's Perfect"

Courtesy M3W.

* http://tinyurl.com/RapReviews-NobodysPerfect *

Video: MURS' "The Making of Love & Rockets Episode 5"


Video: MURS' "The Making of Love & Rockets Episode 5"

Courtesy Dunn Deal PR.

MP3: Dorrough Music f/ Slim Thug - "Random Shit"


MP3: Dorrough Music f/ Slim Thug - "Random Shit"

Courtesy DJ Smallz.

OFF "SOUTHERN SMOKE RADIO VOL 5 (HOSTED BY DORROUGH MUSIC)

DROPPING TONIGHT!

DOWNLOAD LINK: http://www.sendspace.com/file/hwv9dv .

MP3: Phil the Thrill - "Formal Informal"


MP3: Phil the Thrill - "Formal Informal"

Courtesy RMG.

For everyone who hasn't had a chance to check out music from Phil The Thrill, we have one question for you, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING ON?!?!?!?!?!?  As Phil is gearing up for the release of Barely Awake, Phil would like to reintroduce himself to the people who haven't had the opportunity to know who he is.  Barely Awake dropping in October.

Download:
Mediafire: http://www.mediafire.com/?m9v87k13ndsn2jo .
Hulkshare: http://hulkshare.com/idhde7sar28t .

MP3: Sozay - "Dance With the Devil"


MP3: Sozay - "Dance With the Devil"

Courtesy Sozay One.

* http://hulkshare.com/3w8ah40jjjlw *

MP3: Nina B - "Hottest Chick in the Game"


MP3: Nina B - "Hottest Chick in the Game"

Courtesy Who Got Next.

* http://tinyurl.com/RapReviews-NinaBHottest *

"I thought I was everything I could be." It is then that with a youthful uncertainty she reveals herself. At this point, after over an hour of talk regarding mom's struggle, dad's absentness, weed addiction, hospitalization, jail, anger, frustration and an unwillingness to settle on anything less than everything, who she is deep down, to me at least, was still vague. Through it all, she was rebellious and unwavering. At the point, when she was compelled by music, you can sense that she had finally surrendered to something. Both in eager anticipation and through resilient ferocity, Nina B's journey takes form before her own eyes. Her own intuition charts a roadmap on just how she is going to conquer.

The public has classified female rap music as an unentertaining form of organized noise. Even at its peak in the early ‘90s, sales figures have never matched the market share or notoriety of their male counterparts. With those odds, a female lyricist has a better shot at becoming president than winning a Grammy. What is clear, what is required from a rap icon is a mixture of everything we've never seen a female rap artist come to represent. You can say with confidence that no female Hip-Hop act has been consistent enough to captivate audiences, to sell consecutive records, to have more than 6 platinum albums. What you will discover about Nina B is her assertive boldness. Where her competition relies on sex to sell, she devotes her energy to recounting life realistically omitting an all too familiar emphasis on promiscuity. "The sex route is a cop out," she maintains. "I've never been easily tempted." Nina B is paving down a beaten path. She essentially plans to overcome all of the opposition while setting a new standard for success. Bold... I know, but necessary. That is her stance on the future; now about her past...

Piss poor, she was raised in the Bronx. Mom had a few drug addictions, one less easy to overcome. The darkest period for Nina B about two years, was spent in Henry Street shelter with her family. She was only 14. "Things were good, things were bad, I had to make with what I had," she articulates casually in verse. Back then, she went by the name of "Claudia" (you remember Interview with the Vampire), and after a substitute teacher inspired her to write, she began penning her accounts of life. She poured the cup of herself onto pages. She's an artist, not an artist, but a real artist. "I draw, I got scrib- bles," she continues "my rhyme book is my art book." Through the written release of her story, Nina B's talent begins to develop.

The eldest of two kids, Nina has always played a leadership role. She was always a good student, even though she was habitually absent. Her thick eye-browed principal tried to break up one of her fights and was accidentally hit in the process, he sent her packing. She then migrated through alter-native schools around the city, landing in Brooklyn. Her mom was slowly getting back on her feet as she was increasingly losing interest in school. For a while she was in and out of court, but stopped smoking weed, and was working towards her GED. After a month, she passed her school mandated drug test, and rolled up a blunt to celebrate. The next day how- ever, they wanted to test her again. Nina threw a tantrum under the disguise of being offended, and slipped out of school nabbing some of her little brothers' urine. Later she was obliged to confess, but school officials did not take her acting out so lightly. "They got some shit called Peter pays for Paul," she testifies. Her stunt forced all of her classmates to be punished. She lived and learned, within a year she enrolled in another school and finished her GED.

Now that High School was over, she enrolled in Gibbs, a fashion school in the heart of New York. It was there that she joined the Hip-Hop project, a youth-led organization that promotes the study of Hip-Hop culture, and met industry executive, Amber Ravenel. Surrounded by creative people in school, and with her newfound relationship with Amber, CEO of Ravenel Records, Nina now had an opportunity to share her music with the world. Her first project, "Live and Learn Vol. 1" made her notorious. Nina pioneered the guerilla marketing tactic of street promotion and hand-to-hand sales of mixtapes. For months, she and her street team could be found in front of Union Square's Virgin Megastore selling her mixtapes to the thousands of music patrons hailing to the store. She is a hustler. "I had to have been making 100 a day, in front of Virgin... we was stealing the covers, and stealing the [blank] CD's," she recalls, "we had no other choice, we had to make a lot of money, and get our music out - that was our main goal. Everybody I approached, they remembered me."

In just a few years, she's dropped six mixtapes and has received an Underground Music Award, Nina is still under estimated. She has appeared on Rap City. Her music has hit the airwaves too, on such spots as DJ Kayslay's Drama Hour, Cipher Sounds "Don't Quite Your Day Job" segment and "On the Spot" with Green Lantern. Often compared to Roxanne Shante, Queen Latifah and M.C. Lyte, Nina B intends to revive the Hip-Hop movement. Industry insider Animal Steele says, "Working with Nina B is a beautiful experience. When she steps into the booth, everything is filled with intense emotion and conviction." Her legend lives on.


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