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New Mixtape & Track From De La Soul's Plug 1 & Plug 2

New Mixtape & Track From De La Soul's Plug 1 & Plug 2 As First Serve

Courtesy Matt B.

The last we heard of First Serve it was 3am in a Parisian suburb at an out of control house party with ‘The Goon Time Mixtape’ blasting into the night.  That was just a taste of things to come from De La Soul’s Plug 1 & Plug 2 present ‘First Serve’; a dynamic hip-hop group, an album, a concept, the soundtrack to a movie that has yet to be made and a fable for our times.

‘First Serve’ is many things, but at its heart it is the story of two young boys from Queens, New York with big dreams and larger rhymes. Two friends, Deen Whitter (aka Plug 2 / Dave) and Jacob ‘Pop Life’ Barrow (aka Plug 1/ Pos), friends from seventh grade, are by their own admission, “different, but the differences seem to complement everything we do.” Their name ‘First Serve’ comes from their motto, “First come, First Serve, get what you deserve.”

We get a glimpse into their world in the form of the ‘Mrs. Whitter’ skit where we see the duo during the early days in Deen’s mother’s basement, the location of years of laying down demos and mixtapes on the hustle in the hip-hop game.  With Deen’s mother Eleanor giving them endless flack, the duo don’t get much peace and quiet to sip on a 40oz beer and smoke a joint in their hyper-colour, animated world.

Due to hit the streets in April 2012 (4-2-2012), the ‘First Serve’ album tells the story of two dreamers in a basement struggling to start their musical career, the battles they face, through to the point that they eventually release their debut single, ‘make it big’ and their hard work and persistence finally pays off. As we know that is rarely where the story ends and the story of ‘First Serve’ is no different. Taking place in an animated world that could have been imagined by Hawley Pratt on Magic Mushrooms, the high spirited and often hilarious journey is pure old school hip-hop; skits, disco, beats, funk, quips, burns and hustlin’ all included.

First Serve “The Goon Mixtape” .

First Serve “Pushin Aside, Pushin' Along” Audio Stream: .

MP3: Yung Wun - "Fire Green"

MP3: Yung Wun - "Fire Green"

Courtesy M3W.

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Video: S.A.S f/ Bigz - "Stay Schemin"

Video: S.A.S f/ Bigz - "Stay Schemin"

Courtesy 730 Promo.

S.A.S and Bigz (€urogang) jump on the hottest record out right now, Rick Ross, Drake and French Montanas 'Stay Schemin' track which featured on Rick Ross's latest mixtape offering 'Rich Forever'.

PR: Winter Show Dates w/ Kosha Dillz

PR: Winter Show Dates w/ Kosha Dillz

Courtesy DJ Lil Ray.

Yes yes, ya'll! It's your pal DJ Lil Ray giving you a heads up on where we can see Mr. Dillz performing live through February. He's out there on the 3rd Rail Jam tour AND holding down shows in between. New shows are being added daily, so stay up with us on Facebook.

I'm excited to be DJing at tomorrow's Oy Vey #2 at Bowery Poetry Club (308 bowery) in New York City! RSVP here. Kosha will be rocking some crispy new tunes from The Jetlag EP starting today with Moses Wasteland. He;ll drop a new song each week for the next month
This show is all ages. $10 gets you in. Also on the bill are Aaron Cohen, Ducky, Timmy Grins, Space Man, Illustrate, Hood Samaritan(Y-Love, Kyle Rapps and Diwon) , plus special guests Split Personality and Aleck Woog. We got 3rd Rail Jam in the building for the night!


Thursday January 19
Chico's House of Jazz
Asbury Park, NJ

Monday, January 23
Reggie's Live with Oy Vey and 3rd Rail Jam // RSVP
Chicago, IL Check out the Press on this show

Tuesday, January 24
Meredith Middle School (Early Performance)
Des Moines, IA
**Kosha is venturing into schools to rap with the youngins. Any educators out there..please get in touch! check out the press

Tuesday, January 24
The Bottleneck // RSVP
Lawrence, KS

Saturday, January 28
Echo Mountain with 3rd Rail Jam // RSVP
Denver, CO

Saturday, January 28
Casselman's with DJ QBert (3rd Rail Jam Afterparty) // RSVP
Denver, CO

Tuesday, January 31
Liquid Joes // RSVP
Salt Lake City, UT

Thursday, February 2
Zebra Cocktail Lounge // RSVP
Bozeman, MT

Saturday, February 4
Bogus Basin with 3rd Rail Jam // RSVP
Boise, ID

Saturday, February 11
Mountain High with 3rd Rail Jam // RSVP
Los Angeles, CA

Wednesday, February 15
The Viper Room // RSVP
West Hollywood, CA

Saturday, February 18
Las Vegas Ski & Snowboarding with 3rd Rail Jam // RSVP
Las Vegas, NV

Sunday, February 19
Beauty Bar // RSVP
Las Vegas, NV

Tuesday, February 21
The Alley // RSVP
Sparks, NV

Wednesday February 22
Rubens Cantina // RSVP for free at
Kosha speaks on touring and DIY lifestyle on the road

Saturday, February 25
Mt Hood Ski Resort with 3rd Rail Jam // RSVP
Mt Hood, OR

March 13 through 18
Austin, TX

Meanwhile, Kosha is on Wikipedia!

And don't forget to check out these awesome Youtube videos:
Kosha freestyling over a tapdancer's tappity tap
The Sweatpants Song

Alright..we'll see you out there! Peace from Team Kosha


MP3: Teairra Mari f/ 2 Chainz - "U Did Dat"

MP3: Teairra Mari f/ 2 Chainz - "U Did Dat"

Courtesy Papa Smirf.


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Video: Sureshot Symphony Solution - "Chair on the Ceiling"

Video: Sureshot Symphony Solution - "Chair on the Ceiling"

Courtesy Nature Sounds.

The Sureshot Symphony Solution is the highly anticipated new project from San Francisco's DJ Sureshot (Sharpshooters/Status Breaks/Soundbwoy Reggae Breaks), blending hard-hitting hip hop beats seemlessly with lush live jazz-rock instrumentation.  A perfect marriage of modern funk and psychadelic boom bap, SSS is a nod to classic 1960s/70s soul production, mixed with a heavy dose of future style.

To celebrate the launch of the project, we've got a limited-edition vinyl EP containing some of the songs that have grown the SSS buzz, including tracks with Coultrain (Platinum Pied Pipers/Hawthorne Headhunters), Moeses Soulright (SF battle champ MC), Ohmega Watts (Ubiquity), The Mighty Pope (OG Jamaican funk don and Northern Soul legend) and Myron & E (Now Again / Timmion).

Video: Black Materia Will Return 1/31/2012

Video: Black Materia Will Return 1/31/2012

Courtesy Random a/k/ Mega Ran.

It's true. Here's some information on the Black Materia Remix album, coming in a few weeks! watch the preview video here:

Devin The Dude Presents: Java Starr (feat. Too Short)

Devin The Dude Presents: Java Starr (feat. Too Short) "3 Shots of Patron"

Courtesy J Melo.

Devin the Dude protegee Java Starr releases a new single featuring Too Short titled "3 Shots of Patron."  Java's upcoming mixtape, "Devin the Dude Presents: Radio 420" drops for free on January 28th and features appearances from Twista, Devin, Too Short, Yukmouth, The Legendary Traxster and more.

Single: 3 Shots of Patron
Artist: Devin the Dude Presents: Java Starr feat. Too Short
Producer: Dave Dele
Song Link: .

Free LP: Jimmy ValenTime f/ Statik Selektah, Donny Goines

Free LP: Jimmy ValenTime f/ Statik Selektah, Donny Goines

Courtesy BF Blasts.

Life in Amazin Times features original production from Statik Selektah (Action Bronson, Freddie Gibbs), Jay Quest (Skyzoo, Reks), and Willie Green (Soul Khan, C-Rayz Walz). Life in Amazin Times also features a collaboration with emerging artist, Donny Goines on the song titled, “The Come Up Pt. 2”.

In addition to working with these diverse artists and producers, the album is filled with many incredible solo records. The previous singles from Life in Amazin Times, “Understand” and “Take It in Blood” have been played on over two dozen radio stations, and have also been successful in international markets such as Germany, Australia, and New Zealand.

Track List

    Your Amazing
    The Come Up Pt 2 Feat Donny Goines & Lyrical Blades
    Hey Young Blood
    Understand (Prod. By Statik Selektah)
    The Town Feat Lyrical Blades, Urban Miracle, & Carlos Ferragamo
    The DOOM  Interlude
    I’m Awesome (Prod. By Willie Green)
    MC SERCH  (Prod. By Newo The Kid)
    Far Away Feat Ronnie James (Prod. By  Beats Of  Reen)
    Take It In Blood feat  Carlos Ferragamo  (Prod. By Jay Quest)
    All I Need (Prod. By Jordan Davis)


MP3: Sofi Green - "Flash (Cameras Ready)"

MP3: Sofi Green - "Flash (Cameras Ready)"

Courtesy M3W.

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