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Video: @KTSB - "Miss Pandamoneyum"

Video: KTSB - "Miss Pandamoneyum"

Courtesy Aaron King.

KTSB perfectly represents the new vanguard of hip hop - positive, clever, hyper literate and professional. As an artist on the rise, deeming himself a socially progressive youth KTSB makes a valiant effort to channel his past, present, and foreseen future to change the lives of all audiences through his artistry. With his music promoting the consciousness of social growth and unity, he believes in encouraging a healthy and sustainable future for mankind through art, design, music, and community involvement.

@MokaBlast 'Ladies Love Moka' Mixtape - Host DJ Superstar Jay

Moka Blast 'Ladies Love Moka' Mixtape - Host DJ Superstar Jay

Courtesy Dove @ Tygereye.

The wait is over! Here is Moka Blast's new original mixtape Ladies Love Moka hosted by DJ Superstar Jay, which features appearances from Jadakiss, Mr. Cheeks, Jim Jones, Jon Connor and more!

Audio: @TrelMack Speaks with Mafia Magazine (@QtheQuestion)

Audio: Trel Mack Speaks with Mafia Magazine

Courtesy Quinton H.

Trel Mack continues to create a strong presence on the internet! After a strong 2012 being featured on almost every top publication, the interview request are coming in constantly for Trel Mack. With the success of his EP "Inspired By Greatness" released under his independent label SKE Records, 2013 is destined to be even stronger for the Philadelphia artist! Recently Trel Mack spoke with Mafia Magazine radio on his rise as a artist and what he has planned for 2013!

Video: Malik B & Mars Co-Op (The Roots) "48 BARS" f/ Sunwun (@tubrecords)

Video: Malik B & Mars Co-Op (The Roots) "48 BARS" f/ Sunwun

Courtesy Sims PR.

Malik B and Mars Co-op of Philly's legendary Roots Crew
are back with a visual for their new single "48 BARS".
Malik and Mars - a.k.a. The TaliUp Boyz - have commandeered ultra-cool MC SUNWUN to help lay the bounce on this fun, braggadocious T.U.B. release:

@ILoveMyPlug TV Episode 6 - Shawty Lo & Welcome 2 Atlanta

ILMP TV - Episode 6 - Shawty Lo & Welcome 2 Atlanta

Courtesy Plug Talk.

So this week, Episode 6 catches up with Shawty Lo at his video shoot for "New Money" ft. Young Scooter and CashOut, and scratches the surface on what he has goin' on.

Video: @SirMichaelRocks "Make This Bread" (@FlyMrWhite @MacMediaPromo)

Video: Sir Michael Rocks "Make This Bread"

Courtesy Matt B.

Just as he did with his break-out solo mixtape, Premier Politics, Sir Michael Rocks released a revamped and entirely new companion piece to Lap Of Lux; Lap Of Lux 1.5, which features collaborations with Harry Fraud, his Cool Kid brethren Chuck Inglish and Cardo.

Video: Dice Raw f/ Raheem DeVaughn - "Somebody Loves You"

Video: Dice Raw f/ Raheem DeVaughn - "Somebody Loves You"

Courtesy Sims PR.

Rapper. Songwriter. Producer. Label CEO.
Philadelphia's DICE RAW of the legendary ROOTS Crew returns with a throwback sound crafted by fellow Roots producer KHARI MATEEN on "SOMEBODY LOVES YOU". Lending his smooth croon to this tune for the ladies is Washington D.C.'s incomparable RAHEEM DEVAUGHN.

Video: @UptownXO - Flowers (@MelloMusicGroup)

Video: Uptown XO - Flowers

Courtesy Mello Music Group.

Uptown XO continues to offer raw emotive rhymes that open windows to his world. The cold, gun toting exterior often belies the humanity behind it all. XO offers a story not unlike many with scarface dreams born of section 8, but fresh in its minutia the way only truth can be. The disection of this textured story's cycle from evictions as a youth to the echos from the fridge; from the sales of kush in orange bubbles, to the understanding of how it employs the lawyers, the judges, the DA, and the jail workers; - all poignantly wrapped in the phrase "damn, ni&&as just didn't want to flip burgers." Earnest reflection over ill production. The sometimes morbid take on life culminates with the mantra "I got mouths to feed till they put flowers on me."

@BigNoyd @PLargePro @TheRealKoolGRap are.. Naturally Born

Big Noyd, Large Professor and Kool G Rap are.. Naturally Born

Courtesy DM360.

As Coalmine Records edges closer to the 2nd Quarter release of their long awaited compilation, Unearthed, the Brooklyn indie drops the project's next single, "Naturally Born," which features Q-Borough mic veterans Big Noyd, Large Professor and Kool G Rap. Produced by the legendary Queens-based beatsmith Ayatollah, the soundscape is rooted in a Golden Era motif that boasts a scratch chorus courtesy of DJ Dutchmaster, who blends quotables from other Queens County icons such as Run-D.M.C., Nas, N.O.R.E., Royal Flush and Prodigy.

DTR Announces Dates on A Tour De Force (@DTR45)

DTR Announces Dates on A Tour De Force

Courtesy Tony Caferro.

This Spring, Deep Thinka Records proudly presents "A Tour De Force", featuring indie hip hop darlings Coolzey and Raashan Ahmad on tour in the US and Canada in support of their upcoming new albums, Hit Factory and Cloud 9. Be sure to check them out when they come to your neck of the wood.

February 7: Cortez, CO @ Angel's End Zone
February 8: Durango, CO @ The Summit
February 9: Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
February 11: Laramie, WY @ 3rd Street Cowboy
February 13: Omaha, NE @ The Hideout
February 14: Ames, IA @ London Underground
February 15: Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews
February 16: Osh Kosh WI, @ Reptile Palace
February 17: Appleton, WI @ Maritime Tavern
February 18: Minneapolis, MN @ Honey
February 20: Fairborn, OH @ One Eyed Jack's
February 22: Pittsburgh, PA @ Smiling Moose
February 23: Buffalo, NY @ Duke's Bohemian Grove Bar
February 25: Kitchener, ON @ The Firehall
February 26: London, ON @ APK
February 27: Peterborough, ON @ Splice Lounge
February 28: Toronto, ON @ The Central
March 1: Kingston, ON @ The Manson
March 2: Ottawa, ON @ Ritual Nightclub
March 5: New York, NY @ The Knitting Factory
March 6: Portland, ME @ The Big Easy
March 9: Cleveland, OH @ The Symposium
March 14-17: Austin, TX @ SXSW

After releasing his genre-defying debut full-length album, The Honey, Coolzey managed to amass an underground following worldwide, charting in the top ten for months on college radio stations in the US and selling out of the limited physical run before the year ended, leaving the rest to the digital world. Since then, he has toured nationally with Akil of Jurassic 5, Sadat X of Brand Nubian, and Joe Jack Talcum of Dead Milkmen; and collaborated on two genre-defying projects. Coolzey and the Search for the Hip Hop Hearts -- a record produced by 12 different indie hip-hop producers, including Crown City Rockers, Copywrite, J.Rawls, and Giant Panda -- and Live from the Cave @ Dougman, a lo-fi rock/blues/punk record which featured Coolzey spilling his soul onto a dilapidated cassette 4-track in a windowless room in Echo Park, then later taken into the studio and polished with keys and saxophone by world-renown engineer Eugene Toale, who has worked with Kanye West, Raekwon the Chef, Black Apples and much more. His upcoming album, Hit Factory, is due out this Spring, if he finishes it in time.

Bay Area-based rapper Raashan Ahmad is the figurehead of the live hip-hop group Crown City Rockers, which released the album Earth Tones in 2004. He has received critical acclaim from worldwide press and has collaborated with brilliant and respected artists such as Chali 2na (Jurassic 5), Gift of Gab (Blackalicious), Aloe Blacc, Keren Ann, and Greg Errico (Sly and the Family Stone). In 2008, his album Push was released on OM Music and the album For What You’ve Lost was released in 2010 via A Champion Sound. His new album is very tentatively entitled Cloud 9.

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