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MP3: Juicy J f/ Snoop Dogg - "Who Da Neighbors (Remix)"

MP3: Juicy J f/ Snoop Dogg - "Who Da Neighbors (Remix)"

Courtesy Future Star Music.




This is a WORLD PREMIERE brought to you by Juicy J and Future Star for the official remix of "Who Da Neighbors" featuring the boss himself Snoop Dogg. The original version of this record lit up the streets and the clubs worldwide and now it's even crazier. Snoop Dogg held nothing back on this verse so all you Snoop fans will love this too. DJ's and Media feel free to post this on your sites. We need this record everywhere possible!!!

Press Release: Jailhouse "Lockdown" f/ Sir Tomz, Cyrus & More

Press Release: Jailhouse "Lockdown" f/ Sir Tomz, Cyrus & More

Courtesy Park Street PR.

There's been no doubting that Sir Tomz and his label Jailhouse Records have been making noise. Sir Tomz is no new comer to the UK Hip-Hop scene and has indeed featured on, produced and remixed tracks for Big Dada Records including a Roots Manuva remix, as well as featuring on a compilation album by Tim Westwood. Sir Tomz has played live all over the UK, Spain, France and other European countries and is an artist with a vision and a work ethic to compliment it. With this experience in check and general passion for music running through his veins, Sir Tomz & Jailhouse are holding it for the Midlands and the whole of the UK.

'Lockdown' is the latest release from Jailhouse and is a must buy epic twenty track album. Featuring some of the finest artists in Birmingham the album features the talents of Sir Tomz, Nih'illi, Cyrus, Blackitude and Juice Aleem, and is produced entirely by Sir Tomz. Sir Tomz also decided to remix five of the tracks from the album over industry beats and then dropped two music videos for them both having over 4000 hits on You Tube. Remixes have been used on mixtapes from DJ Ames, as well the remixes being used on US released mixtape from DJ 5X & Coast2Coast Mixtapes 'International Speaker Box 2' which was hosted by Sir Tomz.

Support for the album from Hip-Hop fans has been overwhelming for an underground release with various leading websites all posting frequent news about the album release. New York based website said 'Jailhouse Ltd look like a camp to offer and with a more universal sound that a lot of the grime/pop rap that is coming from that side of the world', while the long running UK website said 'there's a lot of good music here, its Birmingham Hip-Hop with style, finesse and originality' and said 'This is quality and a level above your average UK Hip-Hop album, this is a massive release that has been made with honesty, integrity and honour.'

Full Tracklist:

01 - Intro Feat. Sir Tomz & Nih'illi
02 - Lockdown Feat. Sir Tomz & Nih'illi
03 - Jail House Feat. Sir Tomz & Blackitude
04 - Survival Feat .Sir Tomz & Cyrus
05 - Tell Dem Already Feat .Sir Tomz
06 - What's The Point (Skit) Feat. Sir Tomz & Nih'illi
07 - What's The Point Feat. Sir Tomz
08 - Stack It Up Feat. Sir Tomz & Nih'illi
09 - Showdown Feat. Sir Tomz
10 - What You Know About Feat. Sir Tomz
11 - How I Do This Feat. Sir Tomz, Nih'illi & Cyrus
12 - Calmdown (Skit) Feat. Sir Tomz
13 - The Struggle (Skit) Feat. Sir Tomz & Nih'illi
14 - The Struggle Feat. Sir Tomz & Nih'illi
15 - I Amaze Myself Feat. Sir Tomz & Nih'illi
16 - 25 Pence Feat. Sir Tomz & Nih'illi
17 - New World Feat. Sir Tomz, Nih'illi & Blackitude
18 - Change Feat. Sir Tomz & Juice Aleem
19 - Do It Feat. Sir Tomz
20 - Outro Feat. Sir Tomz & Nih'illi

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MP3: Oddisee f/ Diamond District - "For Certain"

MP3: Oddisee f/ Diamond District - "For Certain"

Courtesy Mello Music Group.

Oddisee has enlisted the rhyme services of his Diamond District brothers yU & Uptown X.O. to craft a new track entitled "For Certain" over Rock Creek Park production. The new song is now available for free download.  The album Rock Creek Park is now available on Vinyl, CD, and Digitally.
The Lyrical Content:
 "Nothing is fo certain / nothing is fo sho / so until they close the curtain, we gon have to do the show /  Sho up, sho out, sho off, sho down / wit anybody around / it go off." - Oddisee
"Progress is why I don't rest / used to be the most fresh / now I care less / we gotta re-invent" -  yU
"Had a dream / an angel told me remember / it can all be over in the snap of a finger / I say what I say because this movie could end today." - Uptown XO
Oddisee - For Certain (feat. Diamond District) .

MP3: Destruments f/ CF, Nems & More - "Free Form"

MP3: Destruments f/ CF, Nems & More - "Free Form"

Courtesy Creative Juices.

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Check out the first leaked single from the upcomiing release "Surpassing All Others."

Mega Ran: "Life On the Road" Update

Mega Ran: "Life On the Road" Update

Courtesy of Random a/k/a Mega Ran.

Well the Race Wars Tour has hit the west coast, and we've had some crazy shows already. Last night we played the legendary Troubadour, and it was an amazing experience.

We have one more Cali show, in my favorite city, San Diego tomorrow and then we hit my new home-state of AZ. See you guys there!

Speaking of, The Phoenix New Times showed a lotta love with this article:

Drop a comment and share!

Also: don't forget about Mega Ran 10, still on schedule for 11-11-11!

Preorder your copy of the cd or the BLUE Vinyl!

Also I'm gonna drop a new track when I reach 5000 twitter followers, so get on that!

Keep up with the tour and make sure you get your tickets when we're in your town!

Peace out:


Mixtape: G.A.P. - "Crown Me" (hosts DJ Kurupt & DJ Noize)

Mixtape: G.A.P. - "Crown Me" (hosts DJ Kurupt & DJ Noize)

Courtesy DJ Noize.

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Track Listing:

    Intro - The Great King
    Crown Me (Prod. by CC Boy Music)
    Hard As Mine (Prod. by B. Sterling)
    Go Getta (ft Treb Duvell)
    You Don't Want It
    Smokie Talks
    Loud (Prod. by B. Sterling)
    Get Down (ft K.Dent)
    Baby Boy Prayer
    Life On Paper
    9 Millie (Prod. by CC Boy Music)
    Rocky Talks
    Now Or Neva
    Take You Away (Prod. by CC Boy Music)
    Ghetto Gospel
    I Tried
    Doing Wrong (Prod. by CC Boy Music)
    Getting Money (Prod. by Dj Kurupt)
    Dj Kurupt Outro
    My Life

Video: Styles P f/ Mysonne - "Live From the Juice Bar Ep. 5"

Video: Styles P f/ Mysonne - "Live From the Juice Bar Ep. 5"

Courtesy Chris @ E1.

R.I.P. Sylvia Robinson (Sugar Hill Records Co-Founder)

R.I.P. Sylvia Robinson (Sugar Hill Records Co-Founder)

According to Sylvia Robinson has died at the age of 75 from congestive heart failure. She was a multi-faceted talent critical to the early years of hip-hop going mainstream, working as a singer, songwriter AND producer for the fledgling label as it went on to release hip-hop's first ever gold and platinum singles and launch dozens of careers. Her influence was still being felt even today in hip-hop as songs she wrote and produced like "Love On a Two Way Street" were being sampled in smash hits like Jay-Z's Empire State of Mind. Our condolences to her family and friends and to her fans worldwide.

MP3: A3C Volume 1: Willie Evans, Jr. - "Never Be Free"

MP3: A3C Volume 1: Willie Evans, Jr. - "Never Be Free"

Courtesy Audible Treats.

Countdown To A3C Volume 1 Compilation Continues With Latest Single

The Song:

As the days are drawing closer and closer to the 2011 A3C Hip-Hop Festival, iHipHop Distribution is excited to release the latest single from the A3C Volume 1 compilation album, which will be released on October 4th and is now available for pre-order on iTunes. Following the announcement of Big Daddy Kane and M.O.P. being added to the festival line-up, along with a single from Chase N Cashe, today's new single, "Never Be Free," comes from Florida bred MC, producer, and visual artist Willie Evans, Jr., who, along with all of the artists featured on the compilation, will perform at the seventh annual A3C Hip-Hop Festival, taking place from October 6th - 8th at The Masquerade in Atlanta, Georgia.

Download "Never Be Free" here: .

The seventh annual A3C Hip-Hop Festival will take place October 6th through 8th at The Masquerade in Atlanta, Georgia. For more information on the Festival and the A3C Volume 1 compilation, please visit: .

Watch the A3C promotional video here: .

A3C Volume 1 Track List:

Disc 1:
1. Murs x Ski Beatz – Let's Go!
2. P Dukes - Work
3. Chase N. Cashe - My House
4. Killa Kyleon featuring Miss Mykie - Carpul Tunnel
5. Johnny Spanish - Anything Goes
6. Rockie Fresh - Spotlight
7. G-Eazy -Rebel
8. SL Jones - All Honesty
9. XV –Higher
10. Smoke DZA featuring Bun B & Big K.R.I.T. - On The Corner
11. GLC - Show You What This Ism Do
12. Freddie Gibbs featuring El Prez - Executive Decision
13. Main Attrakionz featuring Shady Blaze - World Tour
14. J NICS - S.N.A.S.
15. Action Bronson - Muslim Wedding
16. Cory Gunz featuring Hash - Str8 Drop
17. Trademark Da Skydiver & Young Roddy featuring Curren$y - Jet Life To The Next Life
18. Phil Ade - Let It Shine
19. Marz Lovejoy featuring Like (of Pac Div) & Jason Madison - I Can't Call It
20. Jon Connor featuring Ducky - High
21. Aleon Craft - Cruise Control
22. J-Live - Look Right

Disc Two:
1. Willie Evans Jr. - Never Be Free
2. Soul Khan - When The Plague Starts
3. Torae - Make A Movie
4. 9th Wonder featuring Thee Tom Hardy, Rapsody & Skyzoo - Jamla's Coming At You
5. Nitty Scott - Truth
6. The Kid Daytona - Night School
7. Young Scolla - Another Day
8. THURZ - Nosy People
9. Boog Brown featuring Invincible & StaHHr - Dope Girl Magic, pt 2
10. Termanology - Step It Up
11. Rapper Big Pooh - No Choice
12. 9th Wonder featuring Actual Proof, The Away Team & Big Remo - The Score
13. El Da Sensei - The Best We Gonna Be
14. Saigon - I Know Now
15. Jarren Benton - Skitzo
16. M.O.P. x Snowgoons - Anybody Can Get it
17. Freeway - For The Paper
18. REKS - Rap Disciple
19. Statik Selektah featuring Slaine - The Time Is Now
20. Bronze Nazareth featuring RZA - Fresh From The Morgue
21. Reef The Lost Cauze x Snowgoons -Kill Somebody
22. League Of Extraordinary Gz - Pressure
23. Dead Prez - Globalization (Scene Of The Crime)

Beastie Boys' LICENSED TO ILL TOUR Exhibition Premieres 10/8

Beastie Boys' LICENSED TO ILL TOUR Exhibition Premieres on October 8 at Hold Up Art

Courtesy Versa @ Gorgeous PR.

Boys and Dogs
Premieres on October 8, 2011 at 7:00 PM

Saturday, October 8, 2011
Exhibit runs through November 1, 2011


Hold Up Art
358 E. 2nd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Hold Up Art presents Boys and Dogs, a collection of works by world renowned photographer Sunny Bak. Her photos of the Beastie Boys and the "Licensed to Ill" tour solidified Sunny's place as a serious rock and celebrity photographer. Simultaneously, her love of animals, especially dogs, led to the creation of the best selling People Magazine parody, Pupple. These two diverse collections of images represent the work that have defined Sunny's career.

"It's been 25 years since I looked at the images I shot of the Beastie Boys in NYC with Garrett Simmons when we were working on a book called Pupple," says Sunny Bak of this new exhibition. "This show is part retrospective and part looking toward the future as Garrett and I are working on a follow up to the original Pupple. It's an homage to the beasty in all of us."

Photographing celebrities since high school, Sunny has shot celebrities like Madonna, 10,000 Maniacs, Gregory Peck, Keanu Reeves, Seth Green, and Carol Alt.  She spent time on the road with the up-and-coming The Beastie Boys on their 1986 "Licensed to Ill" tour. Sunny shot the iconic images that were featured in the multi-platinum album's artwork.

"Within the context of our culture, from Kanye, to Banksy to Obama, hip hop is an undeniable pillar of our culture," says Hold Up Art curator Brian Lee. "Though many people overlook the 80s hip hop scene as being dated and over-played, too much of our contemporary notions of the 'artist,' and issues of 'anti-authority' that color the way we perceive the Shepard Fairey's of the day, are informed directly by the attitude and movement of the genre. Sunny Bak's photos follow the Beastie's during their late 80s 'Licensed to Ill' tour, offering a very intimate perspective on such a ground-breaking time.  Whether it is our distance in time or the closeness Sunny shared with The Beastie Boys, Bak's photos bring you closer to understanding who these three guys really were, aside from their music videos.  The photos reveal the personal side of them, and a universal story of youth, potential, and the American Dream."

Sunny's best-selling book, Pupple, co-created with Garrett Simmons, took a different look at celebrity photography. She photographed dogs, dressed as celebrities in a parody of People Magazine. With new celebrities to feature, Sunny and Garrett are currently working on the follow up to Pupple.

Most recently, Sunny's work has appeared in Jay-Z's online promotion with BING for his book, Decoded, and in the Rizolli book, Def Jam Recordings: The First 25 Years of the Last Great Record Label.

For more information about this and other exhibitions, please visit .

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