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MP3: Dada - "It's a Shame"


From Who Got Next:

MP3: Dada - "It's a Shame"

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Great news to announce: I would like to report that all the doubts and speculation about HipHop being dead is not only over-hyped, but downright untrue. All who doubt this have the luxury of hopping on the Long Island Railroad and get off at the Central Islip stop and hear the streets scream Don Dada.

Raised in the "Six Three Slums", Don Dada has been a full force in the versatility category. With tracks ranging from "Be Free" to "F*ck You", no topic is left unturned. With an arsenal of hard bars and various instrumental mixtapes, Don Dada breaks into wordsmith mode and lays the schematics for future emcees and hip hop listeners both to come.

With his crew G.N.D also known as "Good Never Dies"; they have made a respectable name for themselves throughout the island. Most of Dada's attributes are credited from his dedication to freestyling and "writing as you go" for over 8 years now.

For the most Dada is focused on his plan of various innovative tracks, and sticking out like a sore thumb from the work the industry dishes out. Its not uncommon to hear his work bumping out of systems cars, at live events or out of headphones out on the train somewhere, oh btw get your ticket out...the conductor is coming.

Video: Baby Blue - "Play"


From 730Promo:

Video: Baby Blue - "Play"

London songwriter and rapper Baby Blue, whose name came about from sporting everything from clothing to contact lenses in the colour baby blue, has tastes that fuse the influences of Hip-Hop, Grime, R&B and Pop, to create a unique sound with crossover potential.

UK Superstar Estelle picked up on Blue’s talents from day one and flew her to New York to record tracks on her debut album “The 18th Day” including the “Hey Girl” track which featured Grammy award winner John Legend. NYC inspired Baby Blue to release her first mixtape, “Out of the Blue Vol 1”, which blew up in the UK underground and featured members of So Solid Crew, Shystie, Sway, and Akala.

She toured with Estelle for 4 months, taking in dates in the US and Europe where she gained experience and developed her skills as a songwriter. Later that year Blue worked with British legends Madness on their comeback single 'Sorry'.

Switch it up to summer 2011 and Baby Blue is back with a bang, currently working on her debut album featuring names like DJ Khalil & Davinche. 730 Promo are proud to present the official first video from the LP - “Play” - produced by UK favourite Donaeo.

MP3: Cheeto Gambine - "Back N Deez Streets"


From Rap Star Promo:

MP3: Cheeto Gambine - "Back N Deez Streets"

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MP3: Jay Alien - "#fidelcastro"


From Travis G:

MP3: Jay Alien - "#fidelcastro"

New Music from Brooklyn's own Jay Alien called #fidelcastro, this one is a banger and is off the upcoming project #stars

Jay Alien - #fidelcastro (dirty version) http://limelinx.com/files/2725b889c7339a761f3ec824ee34c76d .

Jay Alien - #fidelcastro (radio edit) http://limelinx.com/files/7aded09653ac12f5762796be5e31a061 .

Jay Alien Social Media --> http://itsmyurls.com/jayaofficial .

MP3: Macsen Apollo - "Heartbreaks & Like This (Hip Hop)"


From Wanja Lange:

MP3: Macsen Apollo - "Heartbreaks & Like This (Hip Hop)"

Artist: Macsen Apollo
Location: Oakland, California
Genre: Hip Hop, Rap
Songs: Heartbreaks, Like This

off the EP: Matters of the Heart

Free Dj Pack: http://www.sendspace.com/file/3zzpbg

Links: MacsenApollo.com  VeraClique.com

MP3: Akon - "Make It In The City"


From M3W:

MP3: Akon - "Make It In The City"

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MP3: Marc D - "My Baby"

MP3: Sweatshop Union - "John Lennon"


From URBNET Records:

MP3: Sweatshop Union - "John Lennon"

Download: http://www.box.net/shared/g6dn6ulpe0jylo4yhsva
Stream on Soundcloud: http://soundcloud.com/urbnet/sweatshop-union-johnlennon
Bandcamp: sweatshopunionpresents.bandcamp.com
Press Images (High Resolution): http://www.box.net/shared/1k77ioh7u7

Sweatshop Union is the undisputed heavyweight of North Western hip-hop, and has earned a reputation as the hardest working collective in the region. Having performed over five hundred shows internationally, their live performance has become a mainstay of Canadian music. In 2002, a concept album was recorded called: Sweatshop Union. The record was released internationally on Battle Axe Records and the new group began their relentless touring schedule that has proven to be a key catalyst in their success.

The next three records solidified Sweatshop Union's presence in rap music. The group co-signed to EMI and went out on the road touring with the Black Eyed Peas, Swollen Members and the Living Legends as well as opening shows for Snoop Dogg, De La Soul, and The Roots. Both college and commercial radio gave the albums substantial airtime and soon after came nominations for Juno Awards, a Canadian Radio Music Award, Much Music Video Awards and more. By 2006 Sweatshop Union had begun headlining shows in the U.S. and appearing at major festivals across North America.

Recently, URB Magazine featured them in their next top 100. They're not alone in thinking that Sweatshop Union is a band worth keeping an eye on. Their consistently poignant music continues to become more relevant daily and the group shows no signs of slowing down.

May 31st, 2011, marked the release of the group's most ambitious record to date, an experimental concept album best described as a runaway mushroom trip through the inner and outer cosmos. They titled the record simply: Bill Murray. Along with recent releases from Sweatshop Unions' Dirty Circus and Pigeon Hole, the group aims to become the most prolific collective in hip hop.

Website: http://www.urbnet.com/sweatshopunion

Upcoming Tour Dates:
07/16/11: Moscow, ID - Johns Alley
07/19/11: Saskatoon, SK - Amigo's
07/20/11: Regina, SK - Cultural Exchange
07/21/11: Calgary, AB - The Distillery
07/22/11: Nelson, BC - Spiritbar
07/23/11: Fernie, BC - The Central Bar
07/29/11: Vernon, BC - Komasket Festival
08/07/11: Salmo, BC - Shambhala Music Festival

Free Music Friday: The SU...PER..FREEEE! Edition


Yes, free music overload on this one! I got LOADS of them to give away and they're all FREE AND DOPE!

Christopher Michael Jensen :: The Chris Tape, Vol. 1



One of the few rappers to go by his government name along with the middle name, Christopher Michael Jensin is releasing a mixtape, which contains all original productions. This should've been called "The Chris Free Album" then! Aw well, it's dope! Peep the CMJ Tape below.

Tracklisting:
1. Stick It in Your Ear
2. Memoirs (f/ Erok Foret)
3. The Serum
4. Aimin' For Success
5. Shadow
6. Lucid Dreams (f/ Bobby Phiser)
7. Christopher Explains It All
8. Rain
9. Throw Caution to Wind
10. Anarchy to the U.S.
11. I Just Wanna Go to the Show
13. Do It Again
14. Wings of an Albatross
14. Kill Screen
15. I've Been Down (f/ Panash, .dB, and Mary Ngunu)
16. Wake Up (f/ Andre Lipseyy, RawGee, and T.O.N.E.)
17. Hangin' Out (f/ Nickle Nelly)
18. Endorphins (f/ MC Harv)
19. Built to Last (f/ Model Citizen)
20. Late Night Thoughts



J-Lie :: Local Tourist



J-Lie, not to be confused with underground NY rapper J-Live, is a Cali-raised, ATL-stayed rapper who's currently signed to Glasses Malone's Blu Division Records. He's gained some co-sign from his coastal areas and he's looking to be co-signed worldwide and this tape may be a good start for him to do so!

Tracklisting:
1. Letting Go (f/ Conflict)
2. Champion
3. Fresher Than (A Muf*cka)
4. get it On the Low (f/ Glasses Malone and Laron)
5. Whoa (f/ Sean Ray)
6. Stay Fly (f/ Nobel)
7. Let Me Hit (f/ Laron)
8. Cuffin' Season (f/ Verse Simmonds)
9. In the Club (f/ Hott)
10. Dying to Live (f/ Mickey Factz, Nonstop, and Laron)
11. Rhythm of my Life
12. Double XL (f/ Curren$y, Mickey Facts, and Kendrick Lamar)
13. No Plaxico (f/ Nonstop)
14. Picture of You (f/ Laron)
15. Like Me
16. I Knew (f/ Jae B)

Link:
www.tinyurl.com/localtourist

Lil Wayne :: Sorry 4 the Wait




"Tha Carter IV" is coming soon, but it isn't coming sooner than fans want. So Wayne gives away this mixtape as an apt sorry for the wait until the IV drops!

Tracklisting:
1. Tunechis Back
2. Rollin (Freestyle)
3. Throwed Off (Freestyle) feat Gudda Gudda
4. Gucci Gucci (Freestyle)
5. Marvins Room (Freeestyle)
6. Sure Thing (Freestyle)
7. Grove St Party (Freestyle) feat Lil B
8. Racks (Freestyle)
9. Hands Up (Freestyle)
10. Inkredible Remix (Freestyle)
11. IDK (Freestyle)
12. Sorry 4 The Wait



Swizz Beatz :: Monster Mondays, Vol. 1



Kanye released "G.O.O.D. Friday". Timbaland released "Timbo Thursday". Rock (Heltah Skeltah) released "Monsta Monday". Lloyd Banks released "Blue Fridays". Here's Swizz Beatz' "Monster Monday" in full! Vol. 1, that is. It's SHOWTIIIIME! 

Tracklisting:
1. DJ Play the Beat (f/ Estelle)
2. Bang Bang (f/ Pusha T and Pharrell)
3. King Tut (f/ Rakim)
4. Ya'll Don't Really Know (f/ Busta Rhymes and DMX)
5. Bad One (f/ Busta Rhymes)
6. Diddy-Dirty Money - Ass on the Floor (f/ Swizz Beatz)
7. Hot Steppa #1 (f/ Eve)
8. We Keep Ut Rockin
9. Hustle Hard (f/ Ace Hood)
10. Alicia Keys - Speechless (f/ Eve_
11. Rick Ross - The Transporter
12. Kevin McCall - Freaky I IZ (f/ Diesel and Chris Brown)
13. Musiq Soulchild - Anything
14. DMX - Time to Get Paid
15. Colin Smith - Love
16. Nas - TOp Down
17. Co-Pilot (f/ Snoop Dogg and J.R. Reid)
18. Freaky
19. Sean Cross - Ready Ready (feat. Swizz Beatz)
20. Eve - Man Down (Rihanna Remix)
21. Seizz Beats - Live from Paris (MGMT Freestyle)
22. Bone Thugs-n-Harmony - We Workin'
24. Earthquake
25. Nicki Minaj - Cath Me (f/ Swizz Beatz)
26. Reebok Back (f/ Rick Ross and Meek Mills)
27. Jim Jones, Juelz Santana, and Cassidy - My Hood



Ras Kass :: Endangered Lyricist 3




If you visit RapReviews.com, there's a high chance that most of you know Ras Kass as one of the illest lyricists. While many believe that the lyricists are endangered while being ruled by the talent-lacking and money-"havin'" rappers, Kass is here to show that they're still alive!

Tracklisting:
1. Hello Iraq
2. Oral Sex
3. Inner G (f/ Killah Priest)
4. Skit 1
5. No Love
6. Elevate (f/ Crooked I and Odious)
7. Behind the Music (Original)
8. Not Give a Fuck
9. Articulate
10. Is This Love
11. The Seance
12. Go Crazy (f/ Talib Kweli)
13. I Ain't Fuckin' With You
14. Lyrical Swords (f/ GZA)
15. 4 The Love
16. 3 Card Molly (f/ Xzibit and Saafir)
17. Skit 2
18. Reelishymn



Wais P the Pimp :: Random Pimp




Wais P the P-I...M-P... is giving away his "Random Pimp" mixtape which serves as a homage to the supergroup Random Axe, composed of Black Milk, Sean Price, and Gulity Simpson. P gives his own Pimp flavor over the Milk-produced tracks and it's the pimpin' you'll definitely respect.

Tracklisting:
1. Zoo Drugs  
2. Player Call  
3. Pimp Ops
4. Hans Solo
5. Hexhawking  
6. Everybodysomebodynobody   



Zo! :: ...just visiting three


Zo!

Zo! is back with "...just visiting three". And if you're not familiar with the "j.v." series, Zo! remakes many classic and soulful songs along with his Foreign Exchange folks and other friends. It may be not necessarily hip-hop, but track 1 + 7 will have y'all heads nodding if you're a hip-hop head indeed! It's good music to enjoy regardless on what genre they decide to cover.

Tracklisting:
1. Black Cow feat. Phonte and Sy Smith
2. Let It Go feat. Nicholas Ryan Gant
3. Driving feat. Sy Smith
4. Marzipan feat. Eric Roberson and Phonte
5. Everything She Wants feat. Phonte
6. Same Ole Love (f/ Jeanne Jolly
7. Playing Your Game, Baby (f/ Anthony David)


Link:
http://tinyurl.com/justvisiting3


That's it for the "SU...PER..FREEEE! Edition" of "Free Music Fridays." If you have any free music you would like to share with the world, please e-mail me at erik@rapreviews.com. If you're an artist with your free mixtape/album shown on this page and you want to send me a link re-up, corrections, and/or questions, e-mail me at erik@rapreviews.com, as well. Thanks for reading and enjoy y'all! Two fangas, one love....

MP3: Dustin Prestige - "Mo. City Rock"


From Audible Treats:

MP3: Dustin Prestige - "Mo. City Rock"

Latest Single From The Kelly & Jessie EP Puts On For Dustin's Hometown

The Song:

It's far from uncommon for an artist to pay homage to their hometown, and Dustin Prestige does just that with his new single "Mo. City Rock." The song, produced by Chris Rockaway, is from his latest project The Kelly & Jessie EP and he portrays the end result of a kid (himself) who grew up on "both sides of the fence" in Houston, Texas and the influence that it has had on his music.

"The main inspiration for the song was my rock and roll influence growing up," explains the emcee. And the influence is evident throughout Dustin's crafty word play as he drops the names of some of his favorite Rock and Rap artists, highlighting their role in the diversity of his musical upbringing.

The song is backed by a spacey beat, providing room for Dustin's lyrics to shine. "The song was produced by Chris Rockaway, as was the entire The Kelly & Jessie EP," explains Dustin. "When I create with a producer, I like doing more than one song, really building some sense of artistic rapport. When the chemistry is good, the end result is almost always positive." Indeed.

Download "Mo. City Rock" here: http://media.audibletreats.com/Dustin_Prestige_Mo._City_Rock.mp3 .


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