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@Kottonmouth Kings Dedicate "Mr. Cali Man" Video to Pakelika

Kottonmouth Kings Dedicate "Mr. Cali Man" Video to Pakelika

Courtesy Chris @ E1.

Kottonmouth Kings Issue Statement About The Death Of Pakelika

Suburban Noize Records and the Kottonmouth Kings were devastated by the news of the untimely passing of Patrick "Pakelika" Cochrun this past weekend. The former masked member was an integral part of the Kottonmouth Kings for many years and will forever be missed by the group and fans around the world. Brad "Daddy X" Xavier has released the following statement:

"We are out on tour preparing for the release of our new record. At what should be an exciting time for the group we have been blindsided, shocked and deeply saddened by the terrible news about our friend and former band member Pakelika's sudden death. Nothing can prepare you for such horrible news and this reminds us all just how precious life is and the importance of friends and family. It has been a couple of years since Big Pak performed with the Kings, but his presence and the impact he made on us will live forever. Patrick 'Pakelika' Cochrun was a very unique and special person. We traveled the world together and played hundreds of shows together. The memories and experiences we shared will live forever in our hearts and souls. We want to thank the underground for the tremendous outpouring of condolences and support at such a sorrow filled time. Take care of yourselves and spread love and positive vibrations. Rest in peace big Pak; you will be missed!"

In honor and tribute to Pakelika, the Kottonmouth Kings have dedicated their new video for "Mr. Cali Man" to him online at .

"Pakelika's friends and family want us all to celebrate his life and memory. We are making plans now for an event to celebrate Pak's life and to help raise money for his hospital bills. Details will be announced shortly, until then we ask that everyone light a candle at 4:20pm this week for our fallen brother and friend. This is a very sad time for us all, but let's all take some time and remember Pak for the loving and caring person he was." added Suburban Noize president Kevin Zinger.

MP3: @BrotherAli Releases Politically Charged Track

MP3: Brother Ali Releases Politically Charged Track

Courtesy HPR.

This song is an observation on the culture of murder and death and our society. It's a critique of our hypocrisy as it relates to the taking of innocent lives. Power to the peaceful." ~Brother Ali

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@DopeDOD Partners with Duck Down Music for North American Release

Dope D.O.D. Partners with Duck Down Music for North American Release

Courtesy Matt B.

The Dutch group, Dope D.O.D., teams up with Duck Down Music to re-release their album, 'Branded,' on October 9th in North America with four bonus tracks.

Hailing from the Netherlands, the group consists of MCs Skits Vicious, Dopey Rotten and Jay Reaper, as well as DJ Dr. Diggles and producer Peter Songolo. They describe their sound as “a new realm of hardcore hip-hop with European electronic sound thrown in the mix.”

Last year, Dope D.O.D. crashed onto the scene with their debut music video “What Happened.” The video was greeted with a strong reception, resonating with fans internationally on its way to racking up 8 million Youtube views to date.

Following that success the group toured heavily with distinguished metal bands Korn and Limp Bizkit. Since then, they have blazed a fiery trail throughout Europe, selling out venues in France, Italy, Switzerland, Austria and the Netherlands, including 3k+ venues. The Agency Group (Mac Miller, Big K.R.I.T., Wiz Khalifa, amongst others) took notice & is now the official booking agency for Dope D.O.D. in North America.

What Happened Music Video: .

New Video: Jason @JetPlaneMusic "SuperHero"

New Video: Jason JetPlane "SuperHero"

Courtesy Matt B.

Born in Keflavic, Iceland and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina, Jason JetPlane has developed a style like no other and is building a fan base that includes many industry insiders. Blessed with a brilliant tenor voice, astounding production prowess and gripping lyricism, this sensuous singer/songwriter has an almost trancelike effect on anyone who listens; including the handful of labels who are currently trying to sign him. With co-signs from legendary artists such as soul superstar Anthony Hamilton, gospel heavyweight Tye Tribbett, and hip hop legend Lord Finesse, Jason Jetplane knows his time is now. “It’s very inspiring to know they have my back and support me and my music and what I stand for. It makes me want to go even harder.  After all, these are greats in the game.”

Video: @MCJNaturaL x Oyoshe - "Blood Diamonds"

Video: JNaturaL x Oyoshe - "Blood Diamonds"

Courtesy JNaturaL.

LA emcee and fashion maven JNaturaL teams up with Naples based Italian producer Oyoshe to bring you Blood Diamonds. The dark beats and lyrics coupled with the high fashion styling and cinematography of Joseph Torres breed a dramatic, entrancing visual characteristic of the classic JNaturaL mode of style.

Free EP: Kodiak Fur (Producers of Yelawolf, J. Nics, Etc.)

Free EP: Kodiak Fur (Producers of Yelawolf, J. Nics, Etc.)

Courtesy L&E Media.

"Kodiak Fur", a self entitled EP by this new Miami based quartet. Kodiak Fur consists of singer-songwriter/bassist Albert Vargas, producer/guitarist ZuesLve, as well as Steve Sanz and Chris Thomas, 2/3’s of the Mr. Familiar production team.
Mr. Familiar has worked with Yelawolf, Steven A. Clark, Solange, Nipsey Hussle, J.Nics, Homeboy Sandman, as well as others.

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MP3: Jaytez - "Spending All This Money"

MP3: Jaytez - "Spending All This Money"

Courtesy M3W.

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MP3: Kutt The Check f/ Playboy Tre & Jimi Cravity - "Underdog"

MP3: Kutt The Check f/ Playboy Tre & Jimi Cravity - "Underdog"

Courtesy Badvillain.

Kutt The Check releases a new song entitled "Underdog", in anticipation of his new mixtape So Calls, which will be dropping late September. "Underdog" features Playboy Tre and Jimi Cravity.

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#DEWeezy Webisode #1: @LilTunechi Meets the Mtn Dew Skate Team

#DEWeezy Webisode #1: Lil Wayne Meets the Mtn Dew Skate Team

Courtesy THH.

While at SXSW in Austin TX., Paul Rodriguez introduces us to the members of the Mtn Dew Skate Team. We get to see them skate the streets and hang with them before the Lil Wayne/DEWeezy launch concert.

Houston's Go DJ's Prepare to Jumpstart Texas (@RapPublicist)

Houston's Go DJ's Prepare to Jumpstart Sluggish Texas Music Market With R.A.P. Event

Courtesy Nancy B.

Houston, TX ~ Over the years the state of Texas has contributed a wealth of Hip Hop and R&B household names to the music industry. Labels like Rap-A-Lot and Swishahouse once dominated the independent southern Hip Hop landscape. The city of Houston alone has brought us legends like Destiny’s Child, Geto Boys and UGK. Then came the next wave of successes and artists like Lil Flip, Slim Thug, Mike Jones, Paul Wall and Chamillionaire kept the momentum of the Texas music market going. But then what? What are this generation’s ranks of wannabes doing, or not doing, about keeping Texas on the musical map? Unquestionably, the Texas music hay days are behind us, leaving us all to wonder, how do we get them back? In an attempt to answer that question and offer guidance and direction to the latest crop of up-and-coming Texas music artists, Houston’s Go DJ’s have gathered together with a group of music industry veterans to present R.A.P. (Regional Artist Preparation), an evening of informative panels, Q&A’s and artist showcases, hoping to jump start the current sluggish Texas music market. Taking place on Monday, August 27th at renowned Roxy nightclub (5351 W. Alabama @ Rice) beginning at 7PM, the Go DJ’s, along with a selection of A&R’s, program directors and celebrity guests will educate and interact with the event’s registrants, with a view towards giving them a better understanding of launching and maintaining a successful music career in today’s marketplace.
Topics for the evening will include music production, the duties of a good manager and how to go about finding one, how to generate relationships with DJ’s, everything you need to know about radio, effective artist promotion, the do's and don'ts of social media and the ever important return on investment (ROI), all laid bare by people with a proven track record of success in their field. Registrants will have one on one access to names like Go DJ Hi C, Go DJ’s J Que, GT and Michael ‘5000’ Watts from 97.9 The Box, regional reps from labels like Interscope and Atlantic, artists like Dorrough and Lil O and a host of surprise celebrity guests, each sharing their knowledge and expertise. Artist showcase performances will take place throughout the evening. The theme of the evening is ‘getting Texas back on track: an A-Z.” For more information, kindly visit .
Media is encouraged to attend.
WHO: Houston’s Go DJ’s
WHAT: R.A.P. (Regional Artist Preparation) event. An evening of informative panels, Q&A’s and artist showcases
WHEN: Monday, August 27th  beginning at 7PM prompt (doors at 6PM)
WHERE: Roxy nightclub (5351 W. Alabama @ Rice)
WHY: Getting the Texas music market back on track with guidance and education from a host of successful music industry professionals.

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