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Madd Mary: More to Female Rap Than Nicki Minaj & Kreayshawn


Madd Mary: More to Female Rap Than Nicki Minaj & Kreayshawn

Courtesy S&H Public Relations.

Los Angeles, California, September 2011 – While the average music fan is led to think that female rappers don't exist beyond Kreayshawn and Nicki Minaj, Hip Hop artist Madd Mary counters such belief by releasing her first EP, "The Kitchen Press".  Instead of relying on manufactured controversy, image over substance, subpar production, and second-rate lyrics, Mary reassures Hip Hop fans that rap music is safe in her hands. Unafraid to challenge the mainstream perception that female rappers have little to offer beyond sex-appeal and simple dance music, Mary follows in the footsteps of Hip Hop icons like MC Lyte and Lauryn Hill who have created timeless music.

To back up her claims, she's come up with 6 reasons why you should be on the look out for her music.

    "I don't have a man writing my lyrics like so many female rappers often do.  I'm an adult and I can express myself by myself."

    "I can get my point across without being foul-mouthed.  I leave that to more immature rappers who haven't developed their vocabulary yet."

    "I won the "Best Female Rapper" award at the 2003 N.Y Int'l Music Festival off the strength of my mixtape.  Not too many artists win awards without an official album already released."

    "I give my listeners balance.  My music is thought-provoking and entertaining without sacrificing one for the other."

    "Me and my cousin, who is also a female, produced a third of the EP.  How many females do you know who rap and produce their own music? Not many."

    "This EP gives you just a little taste of what the full length album will sound like.  You haven't heard anything yet."

To conclude, Mary adds, "Most of these corny rappers are not on my level but I challenge them to a rap battle any day just to make a point. Sure, they're famous and successful but lack the most important element for any real rapper – skills! You can only hide behind your money and image for so long ladies!"

To prove that such boasting isn't just a ploy to profit off hype and sensationalism, Madd Mary's EP is available as a free download at WhoIsMaddMary.com. Look out for a full length album as well as the documentary, "Diary of a Female Rapper" in early 2012.  To get the latest info on Madd Mary's projects, visit her at www.facebook.com/whoismaddmary and follow her on Twitter at @whoismaddmary.  Also, check out the new Madd Mary interview at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=IlYK68xEgeQ .

Download the single "Where I'm From" free at: www.sendspace.com/file/aod7qs .

About Madd Mary

In 2001, Madd Mary crafted an 11-track demo that garnered the attention of urban powerhouse label Def Jam.  After negotiations fell apart, the disappointed but determined MC dropped a mixtape that would win her the "Best Female, Hip-Hop" award ('03 N.Y Int'l Music Festival), an Underground Music Award nomination and a nod from the editors of Billboard Magazine to showcase in the Discmaker's Independent Music World Series finals ('06). Mary's current EP, "The Kitchen Press", is most notable for its absence of the sexually explicit lyrics so prevalent among other rappers. Armed with raw talent and an indomitable will, Madd Mary is determined to lead a new generation of independent MC's-both male and female, into a brave new world.

MP3: Scheme & DJ Scend - "Two Turntables and a Mic" (DJ Muggs)


MP3: Scheme & DJ Scend - "Two Turntables and a Mic" (DJ Muggs)

Courtesy of Scheme773.

Scheme & DJ Scend return with the 3rd installment to their "Two Turntables and a Mic Series." For this series they chose DJ Muggs from the legendary Soul Assassins as their producer of choice. 

Going in over some classic production, Scheme and DJ Scend further their vision with this series, in what will eventually become the "Two Turntables and a Mic : Mixtape." 

Look for the accompanying video to be released within the next 2 weeks. For now, enjoy the audio version of the DJ Muggs Series. If you could please post it on your site, I would greatly appreciate it. Below are the links and attached is the artwork.


MP3: Cella Dwellas - "I Put It Down"


MP3: Cella Dwellas - "I Put It Down"

Courtesy of Who Got Next.

* http://tinyurl.com/CD-IPutItDown *

Audio: Moon Blazers - "Sit Back Relax"


Audio: Moon Blazers - "Sit Back Relax"

Courtesy Fly Def Music.

* http://soundcloud.com/flydefmusic/moon-blazers-sit-back-relax *

Here is a preview to the second single from the Moon Blazers titled "Sit Back Relax" produced by Katrah-Quey, taken from their upcoming album "Candid" that will be released next week on Fly Definition Music.

MP3: Amante Da Prez f/ BLZ - "Sunset"


MP3: Amante Da Prez f/ BLZ - "Sunset"

Courtesy JME.

* http://hulkshare.com/wmgnylwmmvjx *

Winstrong Joins Del the Funky Homosapiens's 20th Anniversary Tour


Winstrong Joins Del the Funky Homosapiens's 20th Anniversary Tour

Courtesy Ballin' PR.

September 6, 2011--M9 Entertainment is excited to announce that Dancehall Hip-Hop artist Winstrong will join hip-hop legend Del the Funky Homosapian on his 20th Anniversay Tour. Joining the tour at the Abbey Theater in Durango, Colorado on September 11, Bay Area based Winstrong will add some spice to the tour which also features Bukue One and Serendipity Project, among others.
Winstrong Readies LP Ghetto Hymns:

Yes! In addition to hitting the road with Del and crew, Winstrong has his own album coming out, Ghetto Hymns, on October 25, 2011.

Taking the lead where Mad Lion and KRS-One left off, Winstrong brings his Dancehall and Hip-Hop blend in his own way. The South American born artist released the single "Rude Boy" in June. His second single, "Fast Lane," was released this month, as he puts the finishng touches on his LP Ghetto Hymns which features Jah Dan, M1 of Dead Prez, and Haiku De Tat (Myka 9, Aceyalone, & Abstract Rude) and more.

Winstrong has been delivering his brand of "singjay" (a combination of singer and deejay) for a minute. After migrating to the US in his late teens in 94, he started recording at Conscious Sound Productions (Ursa Minor) with Benjamin Grand Depaux and later recorded a Jazz-fusion album Noble Nature.

But, it was his 2008 debut album, Eye of the Storm that propelled Winstrong, a devout Rastafarian, onto the national music scene. The single "Sounds of the Gun" (aka "Boom Boom Blah Blah") solidified his place in Reggae history. He has performed with and is featured on compilations with some of the industry's best, from Capleton, Sizzla, Prince Malachi, Tony Rebel and Black Uhuru's Mikal Rose to Hip-Hop artists Wu Tang Clan, Snoop Dogg, Warren G and the bay area's own Delinquents.

Born Winston van Ewyk in 1971 in Paramaribo, Surinam, Winstrong was raised in a family of musicians. His mother was a schoolteacher who always took the time to sing falsetto around family and friends. It was her influence that encouraged Winstrong's love of music. "My moms used to tell everyone, "Dis kid has something…watch dis…and I'd come up with songs and performances for dem…"

"After featuring Win on some mixtapes," explains partner of west coast label M9 Entertainment and producer JtheSarge, "I really wanted to do a whole record with him. Sarge explains that he met Winstrong through a mutual friend Ishi Dube of the Humboldt County Reggae Stars. "I've always been a serious Reggae and Hip-Hop head, so when Win wanted to a Hip-Hop record on M9, I jumped at the chance."

Del's 20th Anniversary Tour:
9/11/2011 Sunday Abbey Theatre -Durango, CO
9/13/2011 Tuesday Sunshine Theatre -Albuquerque, NM
9/15/2011 Thursday The Green Room -Flagstaff, AZ
9/16/2011 Friday Marquee Theatre -Phoenix AZ * FREE SHOW!
9/17/2011 Saturday Club Congress -Tucson AZ

For more on Winstrong: www.winstrongmuzik.com x www.facebook.com/winstrongmuzik x www.twitter.com/winstrong .

Press Release: Darkside Inc - "Bring It Home"


Press Release: Darkside Inc - "Bring It Home"

Courtesy FUTURE iMag.

Brooklyn, NY - September 2011 - Brooklyn founded Darkside Music Group releases much anticipated compilation album "Bring it Home" which features Darkside Music Group's own R&B artist Demi Dabady, Duo Mister Mac and Okay Twitchy otherwise known as "The Board of S.W.A.G.R." and Darkside's own founder, Preme M.I.B. who has most recently been heard featured on a track with Joell Ortiz from Slaughterhouse which was featured on over 100 blogs all over the web. In the past he's collaborated on other records with Joell Ortiz, Papoose and Uncle Murda. He's also worked with well known producers like The TuneHeadz, Danger LLC and The Beatminerz just to name a few.

The chemistry between these 4 is undeniable. Demi Dabady is a songbird, somewhere in between Keri Hilson meets Mary J Blige. Twitchy from The Board of S.W.A.G.R. has a very modern sound, his style is like a Big Sean/Wiz Khalifa meets Drake but with a New York Swag. The second half of Board of S.W.A.G.R. is Mister Mac who's more like your authentic New York Rapper like a modern Memphis Bleek meets Joe Budden. Finally Preme is an all around solid artist who's hip hop style resembles the likes of Jay-Z and his authentic Brooklyn, New York hustler mentality delivered with a seasoned, clever and witty style. He also harmonizes and provides a lot of the male singing vocals all over the album.

"It took 4 months to track and mix the album. We started in May with no set direction or concept. After the first 5 to 10 records things just started to fall in place and the overall feeling of bringing it home became the theme; Bringing the money home to the fam, putting our hood on the map and getting out the drug game/struggle etc., Bring real substance filled music back to the industry, bringing that New York feel back." Said Preme M.I.B. when asked about the "Bring It Home" project, what it meant and how it came about.

With the attention of a lot of industry people and a big local buzz, this is the perfect time for Darkside to release an official project for the masses. "Bring it Home" is now available for free download on their website; www.darksidemg.com .

Video: TUGE Mixtape Promo feat. Busta Rhymes


Video: TUGE Mixtape Promo feat. Busta Rhymes

Courtesy Zack Einhorn.

CHECK OUT THIS THROWBACK (2009) FOOTAGE OF BUSTA RHYMES COSIGNING TUGE AS YOU PREPARE FOR THE SCRIMMAGE, HOSTED BY EVIL EMPIRE, FEATURING PRODUCTION BY J. CARDIM AND ARAAB MUZIK.

Video: Juicy J Talks About the Craziest Thing He Smoked


Video: Juicy J Talks About the Craziest Thing He Smoked

Courtesy of DJ Smallz.

Juicy J (of Three 6 Mafia) Reflects On The Craziest Thing He Smoked! from DJ Smallz.

Video: Astonish - "Shine Like Dilla/Trees"


Video: Astonish - "Shine Like Dilla/Trees"

Courtesy Matt B.

Astonish is back with his forthcoming new release "The Astonishingly ODD Project," which will be released in October on Molemen Records; and will be a free downloadable LP (15 tracks).


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