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Video: Elle Varner f/ J. Cole - "Only Wanna Give It To You"


Video: Elle Varner f/ J. Cole - "Only Wanna Give It To You"

Courtesy Giant Step Press.

MP3: A.Dd+ - "Insomniac Dreaming" (Prod. By Black Milk)


MP3: A.Dd+ - "Insomniac Dreaming" (Prod. By Black Milk)

Courtesy Audible Treats.

It's safe to say A.Dd+ is on a roll. Even if you put aside their debut, When Pigs Fly (a project, we might add, hailed as "The best rap album that Dallas has ever seen, front to back."), the string of music from the duo of Slim Gravy and Paris Pershun over the past months, largely freebies given away as a gesture to loyal fans, has been remarkable. And that string of music continues with this latest loosie, "Insomniac Dreaming," a song produced by Black Milk.

"We went to Detroit to work with Black Milk on a few joints for our next project," remarks A.Dd+, while hinting at their forthcoming EP. "We wound up recording four songs in less than three days; one will be the EP intro, and the rest are joints, like this one, that we'll release along the way."

Playing off the track's title, "Insomniac Dreaming" pulls inspiration from the internal conversation borne of too-late nights, endlessly pushing towards greatness. "This song is us dreaming in reality," say Slim and Paris, "the things we think but can't always express in regular conversation." And, often, those thoughts are more civilian than superhero, with lines like, "I don't want to be famous; I just want to be well off." And speaking of directing the track, Black Milk does so masterfully, a mix of crackling guitar plucks and piano keys layered over Black's always-sturdy low end that provides a hauntingly reflective melody for A.Dd+'s tales.

Download A.Dd+'s "Can't Come Down" here: http://media.audibletreats.com/A.Dd-Insomniac_Dreaming_Prod_Black_Milk.mp3 .

Video: Rocky Rivera f/ Davinci - "SF City Retrospect"


Video: Rocky Rivera f/ Davinci - "SF City Retrospect"

Courtesy Beatrock Music.

Rocky Rivera teams up with another San Francisco-based emcee, Davinci, as they pay homage to their  respective neighborhoods in the City by the Bay.  Produced by Digital Martyrs and presented by Just Bombin and Beatrock Music, it features a side of SF that most don't get to experience themselves.

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MP3: Travis Porter - "Bitches On Da Floor" (prod. Mr. Collipark)


MP3: Travis Porter - "Bitches On Da Floor" (prod. Mr. Collipark)

Courtesy DJ Smallz.

OFF "SOUTHERN SMOKE RADIO VOL 6"

DROPPING OCTOBER 15!

DOWNLOAD LINK: http://www.sendspace.com/file/4fzjl8 .

Video: Murs' "Love & Rockets" Episode 5


Video: Murs' "Love & Rockets" Episode 5

Courtesy Dunn Deal PR.

PR: Wendy Day Launches Affordable Digital Book Series


PR: Wendy Day Launches Affordable Digital Book Series

Courtesy Nancy B.

Atlanta, GA -- Wendy Day has had a successful 20-year career shopping, structuring, and negotiating record deals for some of music's biggest talents and is renowned for sharing the knowledge she has accrued with music industry hopefuls as a keynote speaker at a wealth of music conferences, via her websites, and many blogs. Wendy's resume reads like a Who's Who of the music industry as she has worked with, advised, and/or consulted the careers of Eminem, Master P's No Limit Records (Master P, Mia X, C-Murder, Fiend, Beats By The Pound), Cash Money Records (Lil Wayne, BG, Juvenile, Mannie Fresh, Hot Boyz, and Big Tymers), Twista, Do Or Die, Cormega, Young Buck, Killa Mike, UGK, Machine Gun Kelly, David Banner, Mistah FAB, TMI Boyz, 4ize, and many others.

Seeing a need for current information based on first-hand experience on so many aspects of the music industry, Wendy decided to write a series of affordable digital books, covering the subjects in depth. The first ebook is entitled "How To Get A Record Deal" and is available at Amazon, iTunes, Barnes&Noble.com, Sony's ebook store, and TheKnowledgeToSucceed.com for $6.99. The purpose of the books is to educate artists, producers, DJ's and the teams behind them on the ins and outs to succeeding in today's music business. Wendy aims to dispel the many myths and untruths that exist in the music business about its inner workings.

"By far, the number one question I am asked as I speak at music conferences around the country is ‘how do I get signed to a record label?' Artists still hold getting a record deal as their goal," shares Wendy Day on a rare stop between lectures. "Even after explaining how to do it on my Blogs, and sharing specifics of deals I've shopped and negotiated, I'm still asked ‘how do I get a deal' almost daily." We now have more artists entering and floundering in the music industry than at any time in the history of recorded music. Wendy's goal is to arm them with the knowledge they need to compete and succeed, in an industry that is known to not share the specifics of how-to, and that is difficult to maneuver on one's own.

Music sales have dropped by almost half in the past decade, and digital sales are climbing steadily while artists still mistakenly believe that talent and a great demo are the answer to securing success in the music industry. "To stand out in this over saturated industry, artists must build a fan base and increase their hype ("buzz") in their own region and on the internet first. A label has to see the value of investing in an artist before taking the risk of signing an artist to their label. Gone are the days of A&R folks spotting talent and signing them without a movement behind them," explains Day.

In her years in the music industry, Wendy Day has built a strong reputation for the role she has played in some well-known deals, such as Master P's No Limit deal at Priority Records, Twista's joint venture at Atlantic Records, Eminem's deal at Interscope Records, David Banner's deal at SRC/Universal, and the infamous Cash Money distribution deal at Universal Records that brought the world Lil Wayne, Juvenile, BG, Big Tymers, Manny Fresh, and the Hot Boyz. Wendy Day believes in openly sharing her methods, her experience, and her business practices in detail so that artists will understand the truth of what it takes to attract the attention of a record label in the current music business economy.

In 1992, Wendy Day started the not-for-profit artists' advocacy group, Rap Coalition, to educate, inform, and unify rappers. Tired of the unfair contracts that slanted the deals in favor of the record labels thereby bringing the artists little to no share of the income, she began renegotiating their deals and/or breaking the contracts. She then went on to negotiate some of the most stellar deals in urban music, a few of which secured ownership of the all-important masters for the artists.

The next release, available in December, will be "Turning Music Into Money: How To Put Out Your Own Music Independently", for anyone interested in doing it themselves or starting a record label.

Book Excerpt: http://www.TheKnowledgeToSucceed.com/products.html .
Wendy Day's Bio: http://www.theknowledgetosucceed.com/about.html .

MP3: Wordsmith - "Music for the Masses" (prod. Strada)


MP3: Wordsmith - "Music for the Masses" (prod. Strada)

Courtesy Wordsmith Music.

"Music for the Masses", produced by Strada, is the 2nd single off Wordsmith's upcoming "King Noah Mixtape" hosted by Power 105's DJ Envy. With an acoustic feel and an infectious melody; Word continues to show the songwriting skills that garnered him an ASCAPLUS Award this year.

* http://www.box.net/shared/0mtyb4q300aua6t7blkm *

MP3: That Kid Era f/ Styles P - "You Lift Me"


MP3: That Kid Era f/ Styles P - "You Lift Me"

Courtesy J Melo.

As Styles P drops his new "Master of Ceremonies," he also took the time to feature on That Kid Era's new street single. This is a soulful banger produced by Up North.

Artist: That Kid Era
Featuring: Styles P
Song: You Lift Me
Producer: Up North
Song link: http://hulkshare.com/csyks7rtmf95 .

A Tribe Called Quest: 'Beats, Rhymes & Life' & Phife Dawg Live


PRESS RELEASE: A Tribe Called Quest Special: 'Beats, Rhymes & Life' Premier & Phife Dawg Live

Courtesy of The Doctor's Orders.

Soundcrash & The Doctor's Orders are proud to present the UK premiere of 'Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest', Michael Rapaport's award winning film documenting the highs and lows of Hip Hop's Golden Era's most celebrated group A Tribe Called Quest.

Featuring an original soundtrack by Madlib and including humorous & insightful interviews with the likes of ?uestlove, De La Soul, Ghostface Killah, Pharrell Williamsm Adam Horowitz and Mary J Blige as well as extensive accounts from Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, Jarobi White and Ali Shaheed Muhammad, never has the story of A Tribe Called Quest been better told. The screening will be followed by an exclusive live show by original Tribesman Phife Dawg featuring ATCQ classics from 'Peoples Instinctive Travels', 'Midnight Marauders', 'Low End Theory', 'Beats, Rhymes & Life' as well as new material.

An essential night for A Tribe Called Quest enthusiasts and music lovers in general.

Film synopsis:

As Beats, Rhymes & Life begins, the rappers who anchored pioneering group A Tribe Called Quest are already going their separate ways. As youths in the mid-'80s, the Queens-born foursome of Tribe—Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Jarobi White—found success with their exhuberant exploration and combination of hip hop, pop and jazz. But in recent years, Q-Tip, the band's visionary and reluctant pop star, has tired of the street-bred capriciousness of his lyrical partner Phife, who is equally frustrated with Q-Tip. How these two friends and musical partners got to this state forms the guts of actor-turned-filmmaker Michael Rapaport's candid and combustible documentary.

Film trailer: http://www.sonyclassics.com/beatsrhymesandlife/ .

Full Cast:

Mary J Blige / Common / Mike D / Phife Dawg / De La Soul / Mos Def / Adam Horowitz / Ghostface Killah / Ludacris / Angie Martinez / Ali Shaheed Muhammad / Q-Tip / Michael Rapaport / Pete Rock / ?uestlove / Jarobi White / Pharrell Williams / Adam Yauch

* www.thedoctorsorders.com *

Video: Lil B - "Down 4 Too Long"


Video: Lil B - "Down 4 Too Long"

Courtesy DJ Vlad.


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