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E-Train Links with Talib Kweli, Wordsworth, Keith Murray


E-Train Links with Talib Kweli, Wordsworth, Keith Murray

Courtesy Melanie J Cornish.

San Francisco native, E-Train will be releasing his debut solo project through Elevated Press Records on March 20th this year. The Hip-Hop advocate has called upon a league of thoroughbred MCs to join him on this project such as Talib Kweli, Keith Murray, Wordsworth, Akrobatik and more.

Teaming up underground heavyweights with the bourgeoning lyricists which the Bay Area and beyond has to offer, E-Train aptly fuses the old with the new to present a cohesive project which boasts versatility while displaying his competent controls behind the mixing desk.

ON SOLID GROUND is E-Train's return to the digital world since The Loyalists, E-Train's long time Hip-Hop crew, went on hiatus in 2009. Explaining the concept behind the album, E-Train explains "I started working with artists from around the Bay Area but it quickly spread across the country. Before I knew it, I was working with some of my favorite MCs on the planet and the end result was an album which combines that boom-bap Hip-Hop with soul and R&B, an album I am very proud of."

ON SOLID GROUND is available through all digital retailers on March 20th.

TRACK LIST

01. On Solid Ground (feat. Rubydell)
02. Same Game (feat. Pep Love, Wordsworth)
03. Guess Again (feat. Phil the Agony, Talib Kweli, Stephen Memmo)
04. Three Clicks (feat. D Mottola)
05. Fiyah Burn (feat. Holly Saucy)
06. The Show (feat. Akrobatik)
07. Endangered Species (feat. Rasco)
08. Blackout (feat. Phil the Agony)
09. Will To Live (feat. Celsius 7)
10. The Love Epidemic (feat Gyrl Ab'Strakt)
11. Outrageous (feat. D Mottola, Pro, Virtu)
12. As Loud As You Want (feat. Jay Qwest, Rubydell)
13. Up In Smoke (feat. Phil the Agony, Holly Saucy)
14. Bombin The System (feat. D Mottola, Tai the 13th, Touchphonics)
15. It's Goin Down Gettin Down (feat. The Aztext)
16. Talk Shit (feat. BURNTmd, Keith Murray)
17. Middle Finger Lifestyle (feat. Anderson Ray, Mic Danja)
18. There Was A Time (feat. Rubydell)

Video: Quantic & Alice Russell with the Combo Bárbaro


Video: Quantic & Alice Russell with the Combo Bárbaro

Courtesy Nora Ritchie.

UK's revered independent artists, DJ/producer Quantic and soul powerhouse Alice Russell, are joining forces for their first collaborative album Look Around The Corner. The album will be out on April 3rd via Tru Thoughts.  Today, Tru Thoughts have released a new mini-documentary that takes us into the recording process of the album's second single "I'll Keep My Light In My Window," first made famous by The Temptations.

Video: Dolla Will f/ Beeda Weeda - "Busy (Getting Money)"


Video: Dolla Will f/ Beeda Weeda - "Busy (Getting Money)"

Courtesy Audible Treats.

Last week, Clear Label Records rapper Dolla Will released the video for "Addicted," the second single off his forthcoming album, Boss Flow, planned for release later this year. Today, the Bay Area emcee is releasing another visual, this one for "Busy (Getting Money)," a single off of Will's pre-album mixtape, Life Before Dolla Will, that features fellow Clear Label Records artist and Oakland native, Beeda Weeda.

Video: "Q - What Happened to the Music?" #BlackCloudTour


Video: "Question - What Happened to the Music?" #BlackCloudTour

Another performance in Lincoln, Nebraska at the Bourbon Theatre during the Black Cloud Tour. I came back from an interview and this set was already in progress, featuring another local act from Nebraska. Enjoy this video courtesy of RapReviews.com!

Video: Block McCloud Sings on Black Cloud Tour in Lincoln, NE


Video: Block McCloud Sings on Black Cloud Tour in Lincoln, NE

The versatile and talented Block McCloud shows off his singing skills and welcomes us all to the final days in the process. Catch the Black Cloud Tour at a venue near you through April 2012 - http://tinyurl.com/BlackCloudTour - and visit RapReviews.com for more exclusive videos, reviews, and interviews!

MP3: Dollarmentary f/ Timbo King, Java Starr - "It's Over"


MP3: Dollarmentary f/ Timbo King, Java Starr - "It's Over (Canada Run)"

Courtesy J Melo.

Dollarmentary has been on a roll over the past two months, releasing songs with Method Man, DJ Premier, Capone of C-N-N, Treach, Vinny Idol, Vinny Idol, General Steele and more. Today, he collaborates with Timbo King of the Wu-Tang Clan http://www.wutang-corp.com/artists/wu-artist.php?id=56 and Java Starr of Devin the Dude's Coughee Brothaz for a soulful track titled "It's Over (Canada Run)." The song was produced by Deezus. http://www.sharebeast.com/hmrxd17g78n1 .

Dollarmentary will be releasing a free CD next week with all of these collaborations and more titled "Green Crack Vol. 1."

Press Release: Chuuwee Signs to Amalgam Digital


Press Release: Chuuwee Signs to Amalgam Digital

Courtesy Amalgam Digital.

Congratulations to the newly signed Sacramento rhyme sayer Chuuwee, signing to the all new Amalgam Digital label roster.

Check out the news & video here: http://thefreshheir.com/2012/03/08/news-chuuwee-signs-to-amalgam-digital/ .

Chuuwee will be releasing the free mixtape “Crown Me King” April 24th as a prelude to his forthcoming album “Wild Style” May 29th on Amalgam Digital.

S.O.B.'s Machine Gun Kelly SXSW Show Moves to Bigger Venue


S.O.B.'s Machine Gun Kelly SXSW Show Moves to Bigger Venue

Courtesy Nancy B.

Austin, TX ~ Due to the overwhelming response to our announcement of Manhattan live music venue S.O.B.’s (Sounds of Brazil) 30 Year Anniversary showcase at this year’s SXSW, Wednesday, March 14th; a show that will feature Miguel, Machine Gun Kelly, Mystikal and 2 Chainz, as well as rap supergroup Slaughterhouse [Joe Budden, Joell Ortiz, Royce Da 5'9, Crooked I], Nikki Jean, CJ Hilton, Elle Varner, Maya Azuceña, Travis Porter & The Airplane Boys, the showcase has been moved to The Belmont (305 W. 6th Street, Austin), a venue twice the size of the show’s original location at 600 capacity. The news attracted clothing company, DALLAS LIVES, to jump on board recently as the event’s one and only sponsor.

DALLAS LIVES, a street wear brand focused on bold self-empowerment, was founded by Cody Bustamante as a tribute in part to his fallen brother, Dallas, and the ideals, lifestyles and cultures the two shared. Inspired by personal strength and the very essence of hip hop, skate, punk, and tattoo subcultures, DALLAS LIVES expresses ideology and iconography heavily rooted in music, pop culture, art and political statements. DALLAS LIVES produces well-balanced garments created with premium quality fabrics and an eclectic mix of conceptual art that tells an overall story. Conveyed through fashionably forward works of art, one mans unwavering drive to continue his brother’s legacy lives on. Freedom of expression for the individual voice and style is DALLAS LIVES’ underlying foundation. Like what you like… be who you are… and never forget where you came from.

* www.dallaslives.com *
* www.sobs.com *
* www.noizycricket.com *

AC "Music Ain't the Revolution EP" (prod. Ill Thought Process)


AC "Music Ain't the Revolution EP" (prod. Ill Thought Process)

Courtesy Park Street PR.

After the critical acclaim of his two EPs 'New Day' and 'Prophecy for Profit', Northwest London emcee AC is back with another release called 'Music Ain't The Revolution'.  This new four track EP  is the second prelude to his brand new album 'Keep It Together' which is currently just getting the finishing touches and is due out soon. It sees AC team up with producer Ill Thought Process who gives up four brilliant beats.  AC has also enlisted the help of Genesis Elijah on the title track.

AC 'Music Ain't The Revolution EP' (Produced by Ill Thought Process)

01 - Music Ain't The Revolution Feat. Genesis Elijah
02 - What Have We Become?
03 - Gone Too Long
04 - Can't Be That Bad

Download link: http://acthemc.bandcamp.com/album/music-aint-the-revolution .

Lateef the Truthspeaker: Live from the Control Room Session 2


Lateef the Truthspeaker: Live from the Control Room Session 2

Courtesy Quality Control.

Quality Control Marketing and SAE San Francisco present Live from the Control Room Session Two featuring Oakland's own Lateef the Truthspeaker (of Latyrx/Quannum Projects fame) and producer PoetiqBeetz. Filmed by none other than Casual, the Hieroglyphics Rap God, this session and track titled "Code Red Emergency" were recorded at the SAE San Francisco campus, by SAE students. SAE San Francisco is the newest campus in SAE's long legacy of training students for success in the Audio and Entertainment Industries. The top notch studio facilities are used for education purposes only and students never have to worry about losing out valuable practical time to commercial projects. The SAE staff are dedicated to the success of their students and work with them to develop their personal interests in recording, producing, mixing and mastering great music.


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