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MP3: JNatural f/ Abstract Rude, Aceyalone - "Keys to the City"

From Ballin' PR:

MP3: JNatural f/ Abstract Rude, Aceyalone - "Keys to the City"

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The lack of female presence in hip-hop today is nothing less than astonishing. Enter emcee and vocalist Janelle Corpuz aka JNatural. Executively produced by southland icon Aceyalone, her debut LP Love Is On Hiatus is a rousing, jazzed inflected album. Following in the tradition of uncompromising and strong emcees like Jean Grae and Medusa, Love Is On Hiatus features Aceyalone and Abstract Rude. Production is by San Diego beat maker Jeff Wonder.

Love Is On Hiatus contains universal themes of love, desire, and heartbreak. The track “I Am Where the Music Is” is a celebration of true love and the work any good relationship takes. JNatural who founded her own LA based design consulting firm, Halseyan International LLC explains, “I used to work a 9-5 and then grind till the wee hours of the morning to complete my music projects or do gigs. All the money I made from my job goes right back into my musical projects.”

On “Limber Slinky” JNat employs a sultry inflective hook alongside sharp choppy verses to releases her emotional wounds at a past love. It took time for me to understand what it really meant to love yourself and know that I was worth more than that.”

Raised in Los Angeles, JNatural’s immigrant parents were strict but also so busy with careers in the medical field that they left her in the care of her grandmother and aunt. “They were very musical and wonderful story tellers,” JNatural recalls. Negating the cliché that all-girls Catholic high schools are breeding grounds for wild girls, JNat says that there were major benefits to not having boys around to distract her, not the least of which was that she learned to speak her mind.

It was around high school when JNat tried her hand at turntables and discovered SLAM poetry. By college, JNatural and her friends were staying up late night dissecting the lyrics of Freestyle Fellowship, Living Legends and Hiero and scratching out rhymes of her own.

Eventually she formed an eight piece hip-hop band called Sonic Tongue. After years of shows in San Diego and opening up for people like Brother Ali, Jeru the Damaja, Elroneous, CMA and Slug, she moved back to LA and ventured out on her own. In 2002 she released her first solo EP For Clarity, and in 2004, continuing to find her own voice, JNat wrote and produced a 5 track acoustic guitar EP called LA Virgen.

In 2005 during a chance meeting with one of her icons Aceyalone at a Medusa show, she slipped him her latest CD. “He called the next day and asked me to come in to the studio to record and be part of the (SIS)tem, an all female group he was putting together.”

In 2006, JNatural teamed up with producer/photographer Jeff Wonder to produce her first globally distributed project Escape From Babylon. In 2008 she released Sex Lies and Sextape mixtape, mixed by DJ Ray Ray Raw and featuring The A-Team (Aceyalone & Abstract Rude.)

All the while, JNat continues to develop her career in fashion. She was designer for Roxy/Quiksilver and the Director of Design for Fox Womens. She recently founded her own design consulting firm called. Currently, she is VP of Design and US Sales for U&K Fashion Ltd, a china-based fashion group.

Love Is On Hiatus drops June 28, 2011 on Project Blowed.

Video: The Primeridian - "Drop the Needle"

From Dunn Deal PR:

Video: The Primeridian - "Drop the Needle"

MP3: Armageddon - "Sending My Love"

From Semp Rok:

MP3: Armageddon - "Sending My Love"

Armageddon returns with another heart felt rhyme dedicated to his Uncle and fans who have been supporting him throughout these years. Its been a long road since the Terror Squad days and true battle to garner his own spotlight in this industry. The music video for this song, "Sending My Love," will be released next week as anticipation builds for his Deluxe Edition version of The Journal Vol. 1: Rebirth; a physical copy version of the digital FreEp release earlier this year. Expect a few bonus cuts on this version as well while Fat Beats, SoFlo Entertainment and Geddy Music get busy for this summer.

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Video: Young RJ f/ Vice Verse - "Cold War"

From Chris at E1 Music:

Video: Young RJ f/ Vice Verse - "Cold War"

MP3: Timbaland f/ Sincere - "90"

From M3W:

MP3: Timbaland f/ Sincere - "90"

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MP3: Moe Green - "Extra Extra"

From Audible Treats:

MP3: Moe Green - "Extra Extra"

Latest Single Precedes Free Release Of Lionheart EP Next Month

Critical Praise for Moe Green:

"With a prize like Rocky Maivia: Non-Title Match under his belt, be prepared to see Green go the distance." -

Selected as a member of 106 KMEL's (the biggest Bay Area hip-hop station) Freshmen Class of 2010.

The Song:

"I heard a lot of ya'll talkin' bout it but I dont see you when im walkin' bout it" So Moe Green raps on the chorus of his latest single, "Extra Extra," and if anyone is a testament to his word, it's the fast rising Vallejo, California spitter. In just under a year, Moe released the highly lauded Rocky Maivia: Non-Title Match, along with a succession of new tracks and videos, as he continued to put the finishing touches on his new EP, Lionheart, being presented by OnSMASH and BEARWITNESS.

Despite the tone set by producer Ca$h Martin's muted horns and melancholy keys, "Extra Extra" is Moe at his most outspoken. "Everybody's talking and not walking," says Moe about the song's message. "Everybody says, 'I'mma do this,' or 'I'mma do that,' but I've seen where we are trying to go – what everybody dreams about – and now I'm working on getting there." And Moe's rhymes reflect that attitude to the tee, as he raps about the internal conflict and struggle he faces as he strives to reach his goals. "On the walk for greatness/ Keep a good pace, and they all relating," raps Moe, as he pushes asides gimmicks with, "None of that hoopla/ My team plus God be the reason I'll make it."

Download Moe Green's "Extra Extra" for free here: .

PR: Tobacco + Sole Team Up on Self-Titled

From Terrorbird Media:

Tobacco + Sole Team Up on Self-Titled

On Battery Acid Induced "Pianos Falling," Premiere on Self-Titled

Fiery, Policital "I Think I'm Noam Chomsky" Video Premiere on URB

Lil B, Pictureplane, Xiu Xiu, Sage Francis & More on Forthcoming Hello Cruel World LP Out 7/19

DOWNLOAD: "Pianos Falling (w/ Tobacco)" (mp3 via Self-Titled)
WATCH: "I Think I'm Noam Chomsky" (video via URB Magazine)
DOWNLOAD: "Hello Cruel World (Alias Remix w/ WHY?'s Yoni Wolf) (mp3 via RCRD LBL)

It's been a busy couple of months for Sole and the Skyrider Band. The news already hit about the forthcoming full length Hello Cruel World on July 19th on Fake Four Inc., including a head-turning cast of guests that includes Lil B THE BASED GOD, Pictureplane, Xiu Xiu, Sage Francis, and more. Recently, the first single "Hello Cruel World" was given the remix treatment from former Anticon label mates Alias and Yoni Wolf from WHY?. Now, Sole has continued to push things further. URB Magazine recently premiered the video for his searing, non-album cut and political heavy-hitter "I Think I'm Noam Chomsky," while Self-Titled also premiered "Pianos Falling," his collaboration with Black Moth Super Rainbow's Tobacco.

While much was made of Sole aka Tim Holland leaving the Anticon empire he helped create, there's a refreshing, new found confidence and focus not seen since his now-classic albums Selling Live Water and Bottle of Humans . Some proof of that can be found in the fact that he's assembled an army of the most exciting voices in music right now to be apart of the new record. The new album drops July 19th on cd, vinyl, and digital via Fake Four Inc., with the European release being handled by Equinox Records. With Hello Cruel World, Sole returns with the Skyrider Band for his first full length since the split with Anticon, and his third album with the Skyrider Band. Listeners will notice that Sole has adopted the most deliberate flow of his career--abandoning the freewheeling, hyper-timed assaults of his earlier work in favor of a biting clarity and all around accessibility . The record draws on the wealth of his newly found freedom, tapping into the positivity and ethics of a DIY tradition he has always known and embraced throughout his career - transforming his past cynicism into a call to arms and personal empowerment. The Skyrider Band itself has been similarly transformed; trading in their dense soundscapes and organic touchstones for an impeccable attention to detail and more studio-centric productions.
"I Think I'm Noam Chomsky" video - Click Here
Sole and the Skyrider Band - Hello Cruel World
Out July 19th on CD, LP, Digital via Fake Four Inc.

Napoleon (feat. Xiu Xiu)
Hello Cruel World
Bad Captain Swag (feat. Lil B & Pictureplane)
We Will Not Be Moved (feat. Ceschi & Noah23)
Home Ain't Shit (written by Pedestrian)
Formal Designation 134340
Progress Trap (feat. Sage Francis)
Vaya Con Diablo (feat. Isaiah Toothtaker, Mestizo & Ceschi)

Sole and the Skyrider Band Press Page
Official Sole Site
Sole and the Skyrider Band Facebook
Sole Twitter
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Fake Four Inc. Official Site
Terrorbird Official Site

MP3: 1 Entranjj f/ Lil Wayne - "I Own It"

From DJ Smallz:

MP3: 1 Entranjj f/ Lil Wayne - "I Own It"




Video: Jessie Maguire Sits Down w/ Mac Miller

From Jessie Maguire:

Video: Jessie Maguire Sits Down w/ Mac Miller

PR: Just Blaze vs The Alchemist @ The Soundclash

From Park Street PR:

The Doctor's Orders in association with Dephect present
Just Blaze vs The Alchemist
The Soundclash

Bank Holiday Weekend 26th - 29th May 2011
Manchester - London - Brighton
Info & Tickets:

Two of the hottest producers in the world, with a catalogue of hits for the biggest names in the game including Jay-Z, Busta Rhymes & Snoop Dogg, are coming to England to battle each other head to head in a display of skills and selection in true soundclash style.

9pm-2am Thursday 26th May 2011
@ Moho Live, Tib Street, Manchester M4 1SH
Tickets: £10 in advance / MOTD
10pm-4am Friday 27th
& Saturday 28th May 2011
@ Plan B, 148 Brixton Road, London SW9
Tickets: £12 in advance / MOTD
10pm - 3am Bank Holiday Sunday 29th May 2011
@ Coalition, 171-181 Kings Road Arches, Brighton BN1 1NB
Tickets: £10 in advance / MOTD

Just Blaze is one of the most creative forces in the game. Having cut his teeth in the late 90's creating underground bangers for the likes of Buckshot. His distinctive sound soon caught the ear of the biggest players in the game and he soon had beats featured on albums for the likes of Busta Rhymes, Snoop Dogg, Big Pun & Jadakiss. It was however as an in house producer with Jay-Z's Roc-A-Fella records that he really made waves producing instant classics for Kanye West, Cam'ron, Freeway, Memphis Bleek, Beanie Sigel and of course the main man himself Jay-Z who has featured Just Blaze beats on 6 of his last 7 albums, all of which have gone platinum!

The Jersey born producer, also known as the Megatron Don, has a distinctive soul drenched sound that still bangs so hard that it rocks dance-floors across the globe. Despite his credentials with the more mainstream names Just Blaze still has his ear in tune and hand in with the underground as he creates incredible soundscapes for the likes of Jay Electronica and Saigon. He will no doubt be treating a packed house to a fantastic mix of his own productions and the influences behind them in this exclusive sound-clash set.

The Alchemist, as the name would suggest has a knack of turning things into gold. Having got his start in the production game under the tutelage of two of the biggest names in the game, DJ Premier and DJ Muggs, this California native has made a name for himself for rough Boom Bap style hits. Through his work on albums for underground favourites Dilated Peoples & Defari he came to the attention of Mobb Deep who chose two beats to feature on the classic Murda Muzik, The Alchemist has not looked back since.

With a resume that now reads like a who's who of Hip-Hop including work with Nas, Ghostface, Lil-Wayne, Emimen (for who The Alchemist is tour DJ), Big Pun, Fat Joe & Raekwon to name just a few this battle between two of the most respected names in Hip-Hop is set to tear the roof off as is did last year especially as now we are rocking on the week end!

Providing the warm up for this incredible nights of Hip-Hop are some of the most respected names in the UK scene; Spin Doctor, The Last Skeptik & Mr Thing, and party crews Juicy, Classic Material & Main Squeeze. With a wealth of experience on radio but most importantly rocking clubs up and down the country they will all be making sure that this side of the pond is well represented while in such distinguished company. 

All events are presented in association with Dephect

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