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Video: @GensuDean @PlanetAsia "Bar Mitzvah" (@MelloMusicGroup)

Video: Gensu Dean & Planet Asia - "Bar Mitzvah"

Courtesy Mello Music Group.

Gensu Dean & Planet Asia drop off some new visuals from "Abrasions" - this time it's a "Bar Mitzvah". PA spits fire over Dean's unrelenting production. This that fly sh*t.

@DiceRaw (The Roots) Previews "JIMMIE'S BACK" Mass Incarceration Album (@SimsPR)

Dice Raw (The Roots) Previews "JIMMIE'S BACK" Mass Incarceration Album

Courtesy Sims PR.

Grammy Nominated Rapper/Producer DICE RAW of The Roots
Previews New Concept Album Based on NYT Bestseller
"The New Jim Crow"

Philadelphia, PA - It's 2013, but if you look at the injustice today, for millions of Black men especially, it feels more like we're in the 1900s. Guess what?...Jimmie's Back!

On the heels of his 2013 Grammy nomination for his contributions to The Roots album, Undun, Dice Raw is set to preview his new concept album entitled "JIMMIE'S BACK", inspired by the New York Times bestselling book, "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Color Blindness" by Dr. Michelle Alexander.

Anticipated Release Date: August 4, 2013.

As a lifelong resident of Philadelphia, Dice Raw is no stranger to the perils of the streets. Though his own story is one of triumph, with the album "Jimmie's Back", Dice is painting his own unique picture of the plight of men in urban environments. Through song, his take on the struggles, temptations, and injustices suffered especially by minority men is one for the ages. THIS ALBUM IS ALREADY BEING CALLED A "NECESSARY CLASSIC" BY INDUSTRY VETS AND TASTEMAKERS.

The first single, "OVER", featured a crooning Dice Raw on the hook, in between his always clever but simplistically-easy flow on this tune about giving up.
Audio: Planetary (Outerspace/AOTP), @RevofEMS, Aims (Produced By Whatson)

Audio: Planetary (Outerspace/AOTP), M-Dot (EMS), Aims (Produced By Whatson)

Courtesy MJ.

German Producer Whatson provides a second single off his latest release CD "Detour". The song passes the microphone to Planetary (Outerspace/AOTP), M-Dot (EMS) & Aims.

derek christoff x the arkeologists: 
The d.ark tape (@DSisive @URBNET)

derek christoff x the arkeologists: 
The d.ark tape

Courtesy URBNET.

In 2007, I walked into a basement that would change my art forever. I realize that sentence is super dramatic, and equally as rape-y, but it’s the only way I can describe it. It was dark. Small. Low ceilings. Filled with cigarette smoke. I sat down on the couch, while Norman Krates [The Arkeologists] prepped his MPC2000 for our first session.

I ate a submarine sandwich. He rolled a joint. I swallowed a Percocet. He chopped up a sample. And I began writing what would become Kneecaps. A song, along with Laundry Room, that would make critics and music listeners look past the court jester of an artist I once was. A song that would literally change my life.

In 2013, I returned to the same basement to conduct an interview with Norman for a special 5 year anniversary release of my debut record, The B.O.O.K. While listening to him reminisce, I began having flashbacks of those sessions. I felt like 2007 again. A few days later I went back to hang out. Hanging out would result in Norm playing me beats. Which would result in me writing The Reunion Tour. We sat and listened to that song for an hour straight. It was 2007 again. We decided to keep going till we hit ten songs. All raw. All songs recorded on a $200 8-track in one day. All first takes. Embrace the imperfections. No promotion. Keep it basement.

Ladies and gentlemen…
The D.Ark Tape.
Audio: @junclassic - "BLVD Backdrop" (@KevinNottingham)

Audio: junclassic - "BLVD Backdrop"

Courtesy Kevin Nottingham.

For his 8th solo LP, Queens emcee junclassic teams up NY DJ/producer Bazooka Joe for BLVD Backdrop. Produced entirely by Bazooka Joe, BLVD Backdrop is a heavy East Coast Boom Bap Hip Hop album made for the streets, avenues and boulevards worldwide.

BLVD Backdrop is straight raw, unadulterated New York Hip Hop. Comprised of 13 tracks, the album includes features from Ceez, King Cesar, Evolve and C-Rayz Walz; with cuts by 2 Kool Tony and DJ 717. Standout tracks include the album leak "Rugged N' Hard", the LL Cool J inspired track "Rep Queens" and the current lead single "NY Won't Stop".

BLVD Backdrop is now exclusively streaming via The DJBooth. It will be made available for direct purchase on Tuesday, June 25th.
@DroPolo Brings Out @TIP To Perform "FDB" at the V103 Car + Bike Show

Young Dro Brings Out TI To Perform "FDB" at the V103 Car + Bike Show

Courtesy Chris @ E1.

Watch Young Dro perform "FDB" live at the V103 Car + Bike Show HERE. Cop Young Dro's new mixtape Day Two is OUT NOW on DatPiff.

Chicago God Emcee and Born Winner, NeodotcoM, releases "From $lave$ To King$ 2013"

Chicago God Emcee and Born Winner, NeodotcoM, releases "From $lave$ To King$ 2013". The Evolution and Fusion of Golden Age Hip-Hop, Trap and EDM.

Courtesy The Oracle of Chicago.

Chicago is the heart of America, jewel of the midwest, home of house music and a breeding ground for Hip-Hop Legends. The home of Barrack Obama, Michael Jordan, Michael Jackson, Kanye West, Derrick Rose, Lupe Fiasco, Krewella, Gotham City, Metropolis and the Autobot victory over the Deceptions, Chicago is an international and intergalactic hot spot for talent, power, arts and entertainment.

From Memorial Day to Labor Day Chicago is the best place on earth. Summer Camp is the same distance from Chicago as Coachella is from LA and in 2013 Chicago is center stage for EDC, Spring Awakening, Pitchfork, Lollapalooza, and Northcoast. It was inevitable that the international, acid jazz, trip hop, dub electronic sound would merge with Golden age Hip-Hop and Classic House to create a Chicago Style Sound that is as unique as the city, pizza, skyline and people.

Before Yeezus, Chicago's Born Winner, NeodotcoM released "From Slaves To Kings EP" on Independence Day (Released 7/4/12). Nearly a full Solar Rotation later, on the Summer Solstice, NeodotcoM emerges from the Chicago Underground to release the long awaited follow up, "From Slaves To Kings LP" (6/21/13).

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, "From Slaves To Kings" is a marriage of sight, sound, spirit and matter, that is somehow both unrecognizable and familiar. NeodotcoM is the fusion of Golden Age Hip-Hop, Trap and EDM. Think The Underachievers meets Odd Future, Jay Electronica meets Juicy J and Kanye West meets Kendrick Lamar, over electro-trap boom-bap, on Mushrooms, LSD and DMT.

Or you can just press play.
From $lave$ To King$

Video: @TheyLoveST Dot - "Diego" (dir. Orbit) @RapPublicist

Video: ST Dot - "Diego" (dir. Orbit)

Courtesy Nancy B.

Houston MC ST Dot drops the brand new visual to his street banger "Diego." The track is off his upcoming project "Coronation" and is co-produced by PSBeats & TA.

Video - Verse Unheard: @ErickArcElliott of @FlatbushZombies (@DuckDownMusic)

Video - Verse Unheard: Erick Arc Elliott of Flatbush Zombies

Courtesy Matt B.

Erick Arc Elliott of Flatbush Zombies spits his favorite unreleased verse. The track still has no title, but look out for their ‘Better Off Dead' project dropping soon.

Jaalid Nabs 10K Download on Mixtape "Focus" (@iampragency @Jaalid_TGF)

Massachusetts Rapper Jaalid Nabs 10K Download on Mixtape "Focus"

Courtesy I AM PR.

Massachusetts rapper Jaalid recently released his mixtape "Focused" and it has already received 10,000 downloads! Jaalid came onto the scene in the past year with his viral YouTube videos “Refugee” and “Blandita”. He was discovered by Liberty Music Group A&R Jon Duble.

Listen to the single "Unification" (#7 produced by Klever Beats)

To find out more info about Jaalid, visit his I AM PR Client page

Connect with Jaalid on social media

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