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Video: Quan - "Feel So Good" (prod. Jake One)


Video: Quan - "Feel So Good" (prod. Jake One)

Courtesy Matt B.

Quan's is back with his first official video, "Feel So Good," which celebrates life and living it to the fullest! It also shows Quan displaying how vast his vocal range really is, meshing classic R&B riffs and solid verses over a Jake One production.

PR: Smokes Returns With New Music & Announces Tour


PR: Smokes Returns With New Music & Announces Tour

Courtesy Yo! Promotions.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Gold is molded in the fire and greatness is molded in the furnace of adversity. Sometimes life's hard lessons can teach us to be triumphant when obstacles are placed in our path.

That appears to be the case for Midwest Hip-Hop artist Smokes aka Mr. Asian Pride. Smokes is on the brink of embarking on a major national tour after experiencing a series of personal setbacks.

"Sometimes it seems like every time you try to do something positive, the forces of negativity seek to engulf you. But I just Keep the faith," proclaims the rapper.

Smokes is an Asian/American rapper from Wisconsin. The electrifying MC is a witty, multi-talented, and passion-filled rising star in the world of Rap music. Smokes has been featured in XXL, The Source, OnSmash.com, AllHipHop.com, VladTV, Yo! Raps, Sirius/XM Satellite Radio and more. He has collaborated with such renowned artists as Three 6 Mafia, Joell Ortiz, Tone Trump and Young Joc, just to name a few.

Moreover, Smokes won the Outstanding Artist Of The Year award at the prestigious 8th Annual Underground Music Awards and he has shared the stage with artists such as Kid Cudi, Wiz Khalifa, Kardinal Offishall, Asher Roth, Three 6 Mafia, Joell Ortiz, Diggy Simmons, Tone Trump and many more.

However, over the past several months Smokes has been hit with a myriad of devastating losses. In March 2011, Smokes' father passed away from an ongoing fight with alcohol related diseases. Smokes had been helping him since 2007 and he was there with his dad in his father's last moments. If that wasn't enough, Smokes' brother was facing a life sentence in prison. He received a sentence of several years, but luckily not for life. Additionally, a very close friend of Smokes tried to commit suicide. Smokes and others got him to the hospital just in time. Lastly in August 2011, Smokes' renowned recording studio was raided and shut down. Agents confiscated computers, hard drives, and videos that held all the work that Smokes planned on releasing this fall.

"The last several months have been horrible. I had to do a lot of soul searching. But strength grows out of struggle. Overcoming hardship builds great character. And I'm determined to persevere," raves the MC.

Smokes is back recording and working on a new project with new music. He's also working on new videos and he's going on a major tour this Fall with Jackie Chain and the Yellow Boyz.

Upcoming Tour Dates:

Oct. 07 A3C Festival -- Atlanta, GA
Oct. 14 Gilligans w/ Three 6 Mafia -- Murfreesboro, TN
Oct. 15 Dirty South Skate Fest -- Atlanta, GA
Oct. 16 Korean Festival -- Atlanta, GA
Oct. 19 Rutgers University -- New Brunswick, NJ
Oct. 20 TBA -- Fairfax, VA
Oct. 21 Davidson College -- Davidson, NC
Oct. 22 Korean Festival -- Washington, DC
Oct. 22 K Street Lounge -- Washington, DC
Nov. 03 UNC Wilmington -- Wilmington, NC
Nov. 05 Illinois Wesleyan University -- Bloomington, IL
Nov. 06 The Muse -- Lafayette, IN
Nov. 07 Ball State University -- Muncie, IN
Nov. 08 TBA -- Milwaukee, WI
Nov. 11 Carnegie Mellon University -- Pittsburgh, PA
Nov. 12 Princeton University -- Princeton, NJ
Nov. 13 Boston University -- Boston, MA
Nov. 14 iStandard Producer Showcase -- Madison WI
Nov. 18 Colby College -- Waterville, ME
Nov. 19 University Of Virginia -- Charlottesville, VA
Jan. 20 North Carolina State -- Raleigh, NC
Mar. 02 University of Connecticut -- Storrs, CT
Apr. 14 University Of Idaho -- Moscow, ID

Download "Smokes ft. Sara Bella - Feelings" Now
* http://limelinx.com/files/1430c245e958535158a6d4f24aeee5ef *

Video: PLA - "Rap Talk" (prod. MG Tha Kush)


Video: PLA - "Rap Talk" (prod. MG Tha Kush)

Courtesy U Dot Fam.

U Dot Fam's own PLA links up with Windy City of God's Mateo Zapata to bring you some fresh visuals for the single "Rap Talk" produced by MG Tha Kush.  PLA's upcoming project "Pushing Limits Always" blended by DJ Poor is due to drop this fall for free download on UDotFam.com.

Video: Shizzie f/ S.B. - "Err Day"


Video: Shizzie f/ S.B. - "Err Day"

Courtesy Major Music.

@IamShizzie is dropping his latest single 'Err Day" featuring fellow Street Status member S.B. The Real Souljaboy. "Err Day" is found on Shizzie's newest mixtape, titled "Reality Check".

MP3: Mayday x Grafh - "Afraid of the Dark"


MP3: Mayday x Grafh - "Afraid of the Dark"

From Andrea @ MaydayOnline.

As Halloween approaches ¡MAYDAY! and Queens representative, Grafh, hit the lab to cook up a monster. Take a listen and make sure to keep the lights on for this one.

Listen and DL: http://maydayonline.com/maydayblog/?p=1057 .

Video: Drumat!c - "A Touch of Madness"


Video: Drumat!c - "A Touch of Madness"

Courtesy Digi Crates.

Philly's own producer extraordinaire, Drumat!c, debuts on Digi Crates Records with his release "Skool : 1st Semester", bringing the golden era sound that we all love. For fans of Pete Rock, DJ Premier, Diamond D etc., "Skool" consists of super-duper-dope beats, and a touch of rhymes by a few guest shots. Available @ iTunes October 11th!!

Video: Talib Kweli PSA From The Colbert Robert (Williamsburg 10/22)


Video: Talib Kweli PSA From The Colbert Robert (Williamsburg 10/22)

Courtesy Matt B.

Talib says that gangsters, hippies, and hip-hop heads are all welcome!

PR: Noisey College Tour Starring Kreayshawn & Neon Indian


PR: Noisey College Tour Starring Kreayshawn & Neon Indian

(October - New York, NY) - VICE, in concert with Dell and Intel, is pleased to announce the first-ever Noisey College Tour, a two-week, ten-city music tour co-starring chillwave indie rock darling Neon Indian and video hitmaker/rapper Kreayshawn.

Noisey was launched with the mission of creating an online music destination that showcases the best bands from all over the planet, presenting a global snapshot of music and youth culture from 11 countries worldwide. With the Noisey College Tour, VICE is taking Noisey Tour.com offline for the first time ever. But the mission remains the same, to showcase great bands for the fans. The tour is being presented by Dell and Intel and is supported by Rdio, a free, unlimited, on-demand social music service.

Students and fans can go to www.Noisey.com/CollegeTour to learn more about the tour as well as check out upcoming tour updates from the bands themselves.

Noisey College Tour Dates | www.Noisey.com/CollegeTour .

Oct 24 Iowa City, IA - University of Iowa
Oct 25 Columbia, MO - University of Missouri
Oct 26 Urbana, IL - University of Illinois
Oct 27 Ames, IA - Iowa State
Oct 28 Madison, WI - University of Wisconsin
Oct 31 North Hampton - Smith College
Nov 1 Syracuse, NY - Syracuse University
Nov 2 Hempstead, NY - Hofstra University
Nov 3 Providence, RI - Providence College
Nov 4 Brunswick, ME - Bowdoin College

Coming off a stellar performance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Alan Palomo's chillwave project Neon Indian will be performing tracks from the critically-acclaimed album Era Extrana. Co-headlining with Neon Indian on the Noisey College Tour, will be Oakland rapper, videographer, and recent VMA Best New Artist nominee Kreayshawn, whose infectious hit song "Gucci Gucci" became the song of the summer when it infiltrated house parties and airwaves from Cali to London. With the spotlight on both of these eclectic artists, plan on 2012 being a big year for them both.

Video: Spac3man's "40 Freestyle" (prod. by Jus Blaze)


Video: Spac3man's "40 Freestyle" (prod. by Jus Blaze)

Courtesy S Beaumonte.

This is the 1st video off the versatile Northwest emcee SPAC3MAN's 17 track introductional debut Greetings Earthlings mixtape. The protege of NW beatsmith's Jake-one & Vitamin D raps 40 straight bars of talented metaphors, similies and rhyme schemes. to further prove his superiority from the seattle to portland area.

New Audio: Jedi Mind Tricks "Target Practice" (Remix)


New Audio: Jedi Mind Tricks "Target Practice" (Remix)

Courtesy Matt B.

For more than fifteen years, the name Jedi Mind Tricks has become synonymous with raw, gritty underground hip-hop. From their debut album, The Psycho-social, in 1996 to their seminal sophomore release, Violent By Design, to their musical expansion heard on Servants and Heaven, Kings in Hell, JMT has made an indelible impression on the independent music scene (with over 400K units sold) while arguably forging its own subgenre of rap.

Led by the fiery vocals of controversial front man, Vinnie Paz (who also released a critically acclaimed solo-LP, Season Of The Assassin in 2010 which featured the underground smash "Street Wars" f/Clipse & Block McCloud and also guest apperances from Paul Wall, Freeway and Beanie Sigel), and his venerable rhyme partner, Jus Allah, the group has built one of the most critically-acclaimed and commercially-successful careers in independent music.

Though JMT rarely appears on Billboard charts, their success is most accurately measured in the passion and respect of their growing legions of hardcore fans who have packed JMT shows around the world from Boston to Bogota to Bucharest. JMT's music is defiant and their longevity is a testament to their blue-collar work ethic; born from the bloodlines of their hometown, Philadelphia, PA.

On October 25, 2011, JMT is set to drop its seventh studio album, "Violence Begets Violence", through Vinnie Paz's own imprint, Enemy Soil. Though JMT fans can expect more of the uncompromising, unrelenting brand of hardcore rap music that has become the group's signature sound, "Violence Begets Violence," marks a change (something the group has undeniably become accustomed to over the years) as longtime JMT producer, Stoupe, hands over production duties to a new wave of talented producers honed in on the JMT sound; but set on creating a fresh take on a classic formula.

Jedi Mind Tricks "Violence Begets Violence" will be available on CD, vinyl, and via digital download on October 25, 2011.

DL Link to Jedi Mind Trick's "Target Practice" (Remix) produced by Shuko: http://hulkshare.com/swq1rvey1xwr .

Amazon pre-order link: Violence Begets Violence (Amazon.com).

Previous:

"Target Practice," from JMT's "Violence Begets Violence" (produced by Hypnotist Beats): http://hulkshare.com/ul74bctkkz3e .

Confirmed Jedi Mind Tricks Tour Dates:

11/9/11- New Haven, CT- Toad's Place
11/10/11- Northampton, MA- Pearl St.
11/11/11- Boston, MA- Paradise Rock Club
11/17/11- Kearney, NJ- The Irish
11/18/11- Philadelphia, PA- The Trocadero
11/19/11- NY, NY- The Studio at Webster Hall
11/27/11- Pomona, CA- The Glass House

Jedi Mind Tricks will also be invading Australia for the first time:

12/2/11- Adelaide, Australia- HQ
12/3/11- Brisbane, Australia- The HiFi
12/8/11- Sydney, Australia- The Factory
12/9/11- Melbourne, Australia- Billboard
12/10/11- Perth, Australia- Villa


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