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Press Release: L PRO - "Vertigo" Now Available

Press Release: L PRO - "Vertigo" Now Available

Courtesy Wanja Lange.

L PRO presents Vertigo, a collection of joints produced by native Portland producer 5th Sequence.

This record is the follow up to their EP "Equilibrium" which was released earlier this year. Equilibrium did well with its release by getting fans around the world familiar with L PRO and 5th Sequence. Both L PRO and 5th Sequence were said to bring back the template of historic veterans, Pete Rock and CL Smooth; and 5th Sequence and L PRO with their release of Equilibrium truly brought back the flavor of the golden age of hip hop. called Vertigo one of the most anticipated releases after reviewing Equilibrium. They conclude after their review of Equilibrium, "If you're a true head, you need this!" L PRO and 5th Sequence present Vertigo as a complete piece of work that consists of true lyrical skill and raw beats produced by 5th Sequence and others such as Arkitek and DVS from L PRO's previous group Grassrootz. The opening intro to Vertigo brings clever scratches, banging drums and a nice salutation, "Welcome to Vertigo!" Scratches of Pro's voice saying, "now you know my name" ring so true after hearing this joint.

With guest appearances by Asa, Angel, Tokyo Nelson, Mic Crenshaw, Destro Destructo and Pricetag; this record is full of good music. Available at and, Vertigo is sure to keep giving hip hop fans what they got with Equilibrium. From joints like Walk of Life, a descriptive joint about observation of everyday life, to Wanna Know which is a skills track where L PRO's skills truly shines, Vertigo is a culmination of talent shared by L PRO, 5th Sequence and the guest on the record.

Visit,, ITunes and more and pick up Vertigo.

About L Pro:

After moving from San Diego, California as a teenager; L PRO entered the music scene with his first record "Uncharted Regions" produced by D-Wyze in 1996. This album featured guest appearances by the Lifesavas, Cool Nutz, Destro Destructo of Oldominion and others.

Ultimately, this album proved to be a well rounded album and received accolades from XXL magazines Adisa Banjoko who noted, "These cats are nice, real nice; from the opening track Navigation to Four O'clock in the morning and No Matter, you can tell that D-Wyze and L Profound ain't new to this." Banjoko continues with... "They have true skills and lace the album with a tone of positivity that doesn't come off as corny or condescending."

After the release of Uncharted Regions, Grassrootz disbanded and Dwyze travelled to California to continue his work as a producer. Co-producing the joint, Spark the Underground, in Long Beach, California. In the following years, L PRO experienced some personal setbacks which included a divorce, being stabbed in the face which left a scar and having little resources to continue his music career. All of these factors ultimately kept him out of the studio for a time. After some time, L PRO connected with Portland Emcee Soul P and after being asked to return to the studio for collaboration; L PRO returned to the studio with Soul P and was featured on Soul P's Simply Soul, and subsequent record Soul Affect.

Feeling rejuvenated, L PRO was back in the studio to work on the biographical "Chronicles" with producer Arkitek and executive producer Rev. Shines of the Lifesavas. This record featured guest appearances from Libretto, Destro, and Syndel of Sirens Echo. This record proved to be a solid joint and left many wanting more from this emcee. Notably, this record was full of emotion and description of the trials L PRO experienced over the previous five years. Not long after the release of Chronicles, L PRO started his work with producer 5th Sequence.

L PRO and 5th Sequence had plans to work together several years prior but were never ever to connect. The two were able to reconnect after 5th Sequence contacted him and the two started to work together on a single entitled, "Walk of Life". Both were impressed with each other's skills and as a result, Walk of Life proved to be the first song toward what is Vertigo, a full length record from the two being released in late 2011. This collaboration proved to be the beginning the "Vertigo" Full length project; A collection of hard hitting drums, solid lyrical skills and thought provoking concepts.

Prior to the release of Vertigo, L PRO and 5th Sequence have decided to release "Equilibrium", a collection of raw beats, lyrics and a glimpse of what is to come with the pending release of Vertigo. With the release of Equilibrium, L PRO remains committed to bringing quality music and cementing his place in as one of the hottest emcees coming out of the Northwest.

Video: Da Brat On T.I., Nicki Minaj & Kim Kardashian

Video: Da Brat On T.I., Nicki Minaj & Kim Kardashian

Courtesy DJ Vlad.

New Audio: Jesse Abraham "Connections"

New Audio: Jesse Abraham "Connections"

Courtesy Matt B.

Fresh off of his win at the Underground Music Awards where he was crowned 2011's Lyricist of the Year, Jesse Abraham releases the latest single from his One Day LP, entitled "Connections": (you can DL the track there as well).

Discussing the common bonds that link us all, Abraham spins his usual blend of ear-catching madness and thought-provoking lyrics on this new track.  The song features vocalist Jeanette Berry and is produced by K.O. Beatz. A free DL of the album (which was nominated for Indie Album of the Year at the UMA's) can be found at .

Video: JD Era - "Change" Feat. LOKZ

Video: JD Era - "Change" Feat. LOKZ

Courtesy Audible Treats.

It's hard out there for a kid, according to the video for JD Era's single, "Change." The song's video treatment matches the call-to-arms consciousness from JD's featured track on Real Frequency's compilation album, The New North, which JD describes as "historic" in his behind-the-scenes video interview and is now available for sale, digitally through all major retailers and with physical copies available through Real Frequency's Bandcamp page.

Video: Nuk Grissle - "Orlando Freestyle"

Video: Nuk Grissle - "Orlando Freestyle"

Courtesy DJ Smallz.

Orlando's most animated rapper, Nuk Grissle, spits a freestyle - acapella. Look out for his mixtape hosted by DJ Smallz featuring Pastor Troy, JT Money, 1090 Blokk Boyz, P.I. Bang and more to drop shortly.

Nuk Grissle - Freestyle from DJ Smallz.

EP: Astrobal - Poetry & Science-Fiction (New Plug Research Signee)

EP: Astrobal - Poetry & Science-Fiction (New Plug Research Signee)

Courtesy Nora Ritchie.

New Plug Research Signee, French producer/musician Astrobal, is releasing his EP Poetry & Science-Fiction today. "He reminds us of the feeling we had when we signed Dntel," says label owner, Allen Avanessian. Borrowing influences from Francois Truffaut and Phillip Dick, Astrobal's new project is a "mix between fiction and true reality, between space and everyday life, relationship and imagination."

Growing up in France, Astrobal (aka Emanuel Mario) was surrounded by sounds ranging from Neil Young to Kraftwerk. As a young, budding musician, Emanuel's music landed in the hands of Laetitia Sadier of Stereolab. Laetitia fell in love with Emanuel's whispered vocals and hazy synthesizers and soon the two began working together on compositions. Emanuel, now equipped with a new level of confidence, decided to focus on his own writing and Poetry & Science-Fiction was born.

(EP Stream) Astrobal - Poetry & Science-Fiction: .

EP iTunes Buy Link: .

Video: Naughty By Nature - "Treach Boy-Ar-Dee (Writing Rhymes)"

Video: Naughty By Nature - "Treach Boy-Ar-Dee (Writing Rhymes)"

Courtesy Who Got Next.

PR: Dr. Dre Co-Signs Ox's "Danger Zone" Mixtape

PR: Dr. Dre Co-Signs Ox's "Danger Zone" Mixtape

Courtesy Big Dev.

(Log onto WWW.OXLGANG.COM and follow @OXLGANG @KINGSMIJ @SHATEK on Twitter.)

After being given an advanced copy of Queens artist Ox's mixtape Danger Zone weeks ago, legendary producer Dr. Dre admits he had no desire to listen to the "Demo". By chance he didn't toss the cd & instead mixed it in with other cd's. Days later while looking for another cd he came across Danger Zone & thought "what the hell" & popped it in.

Half way thru the cd Dre immediately noticed "besides being a dope rapper, this kid actually knows how to make songs without following any of the cookie cutter trends". After listening to the whole mixtape & keeping on repeat tracks 4 (Ran Thru It) & 14 (Held Hostage) Dre declared "I'm watching this kid, whats his name?"

His name is Ox & the mixtape DANGER ZONE is available for download at the link below. It features production from the hottest up & coming & established producers including Shatek (DMX), Rick Steel (Ja-Rule, Ashanti), GQ Beats (Mobb Deep, Lil Kim, Maino) & features Vado, Jim Jones, Prodigy, Capelton & more. Shout out to Dr. Dre for taking the time to listen to & recognizing good music when he hears it & if you took the time to read this email this far shout out to you too.

PS. Make sure you watch the Mini-Movie "Prices" directed by Shatek The Producer.
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Video: Grace the Martyr - "Times of a Martyr"

Video: Grace the Martyr - "Times of a Martyr"

Courtesy Dunn Deal PR.

"A martyr is one with a lifetime mission to bear witness even in the face of death. Growing up between Florida and Georgia, Grace's moniker is a testament to his past and what he believes his infinite purpose is on earth. I've always known I have something I'm supposed to give," Grace says. For his first video, Grace presents the visuals to "Times Of A Martyr", the first single from his forthcoming album The Southern Odyssey, dropping 2012. The autobiographical single tells Grace’s background with creative wordplay intertwined with a hip hop track laced with jazz, blues and soul.

PR: Has-Lo - "Conversation B" Tracklisting

PR: Has-Lo - "Conversation B" Tracklisting

Courtesy of Mello Music Group.

Coming off the success of Has-Lo's debut record In Case I Don't Make It, the emcee/producer is preparing to drop Conversation B.  The new Has-Lo project will be available on limited edition double vinyl, deluxe digipak cds, and digitally November 15th.

The Album:
Conversation B is a complete re-envisioning of ICIDMI.  Exile, J-Zone, Oddisee, Kev Brown, Eric Lau, Apollo Brown and more lend their extensive production powers to the project.  It is eclectic, melodic, chaotic, bleak and brutal all at once. The journey of a man at the tipping point continues.
Track Listing:
01. Reincarnate (prod. Audible Doctor)
02. Face in Disguise (prod. Exile)
03. Never Was Yours (prod. Kev Brown)
04. Inherit The Stars (prod. Paten Locke)
05. Light Years (prod. J-Zone)
06. Hindsight (prod. Apollo Brown)
07. One For Nana (prod. ST/MiC)
08. Deaden The Pain (prod. Small Professor)
09. The Cost (prod. y?Arcka)
10. Maxell UR (prod. Has-Lo)
11. Forty days (prod. Mike Fiveduece)
12. Retro Chic (prod. IMakeMadBeats)
13. Lies That Sound True (prod. Eric Lau)
14. Last Day Of School (prod. Oddisee)

[YouTube Trailer] Featuring the song Recincarnate prod. Audible Doctor
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