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Audio: Isaac Reid "Good Morning" (prod. TrakkSounds)

Audio: Isaac Reid "Good Morning" (prod. TrakkSounds)

Courtesy J.M.

Introducing Houston artist, Isaac Reid, releases a new track called "Good Morning" that will be featured on his debut project due out soon through TrakkSounds.

Audio: Time + Giuseppe - "Hydravision" (@TimeRaps)

Audio: Time + Giuseppe - "Hydravision"

Courtesy Dirty Laboratory.

I am inquiring to see if you would be willing to review and/or stream my new album "Hydravision" by Time + Giuseepe. I (Time) was featured on Sole's last release "No Wising Up No Settling Down" as well on the song 303 Ways to Die.

Video: @RATheRuggedMan Speaks On Hip-Hop Media (@NatureSounds)

Video: R.A. The Rugged Man Speaks On Hip-Hop Media

Courtesy Nature Sounds.

R.A. The Rugged Man is currently on tour supporting his critically acclaimed new album Legends Never Die, and after a recent stop in Germany, R.A. caught up with DLTLLY for an in-depth video interview. In the clip, R.A. speaks on his tenure with major labels Jive and Priority, explaining that (contrary to industry rumor) neither label ever dropped him, and that he actually paid to get out of his Jive contract.

Mixtape: @TrayneMusic - "Welcome to the Trayne Station"

Mixtape: Trayne - "Welcome to the Trayne Station"

Courtesy K.R.

"Welcome to the Trayne Station" has already gathered a fan base even though it was just recently released and is his first official LP. His skills as a producer also set him apart from the rest because of his ability to mix, master, and record all his own tracks. A music video to "Come Get It" featuring Jarren Benton of Funk Volume dropped on March 12th on YouTube and was directed by SMKA in Atlanta. At such a young age and with so much talent that rivals even the best of rappers, expect to be hearing more of Trayne in the not to distant future!

PR: Notes to Self release Target Market (Recoil) June 11th

PR: Notes to Self release Target Market (Recoil) June 11th

Courtesy Theresa M.

TORONTO, ON - Fans of iconic Toronto rap group Notes to Self can mark June 11, 2013 on their calendars as the day the group's second full-length record Target Market [Recoil] is set to be unleashed on the world. To celebrate, Notes To Self is premiering a brand new video for "Recoil [Crimson]", a pristine example of the cinematic grittiness that Notes embodies, via today.

The critically-acclaimed group is comprised of rappers Swamp Donkey and Roshin, producer & rapper Bronze One and DJ Dopey, the resident DJ on MTV Canada, and the winner of the prestigious 2003 DMC World DJ Championships, the highest award in the DJ world. The same articulate flows, scrupulous production and original sampling style that has grown Notes' fanbase around the world since their inception in 2009, have now culminated in this mesmerizing record that sees them at their pinnacle.

After releasing three top notch videos for tracks off the new album - including "Used to Be Dark" (with Lee Gaul), "Mr. Polite Remix" (with Fashawn) and "Skylight [In Between]"- Notes adds the new video for "Recoil [Crimson]", co-directed by Notes' Bronze One and Benjamin Young Hart, to the list. "Recoil [Crimson]" is a solid follow up to their popular video for "Nobody" which garnered over 84,000 YouTube views for Notes To Self, one of the tightest & hardest working acts in Canadian music.

Target Market [Recoil] bolsters an eclectic roster of collaborators, including renowned artists Evidence of Dilated Peoples and Fashawn. Toronto talent Lee Gaul, Arowbe and Beatface are also featured on the album, lending it a refreshing diversity of musical tastes.

Following their 2009 debut full-length A Shot in the Dark, Target Market [Recoil] has already received kudos from some of hip hop's most trustworthy critics. The album debuted at #5 on EARSHOT!'s national Hip Hop/Rap Charts and XXL Magazine labeled the group "as masters of versatile lyricism".

The members of Notes to Self also boast impressive lists of notable independent achievements. As an in-demand producer, Bronze One has produced songs for artists such as Estelle, Brandy and Dido. DJ Dopey is a recognized turntablist, having won awards at the DMC World DJ Championships and Canada's DJ Stylus Awards. It's no surprise that the rap collective was quickly thrust into the limelight after opening for Talib Kweli and De La Soul on the 20th Anniversary 3 Feet High and Rising Tour in 2009. Pairing their achievements with other creative projects like a custom line of New Era NTS 59/FIFTY fitted caps, the foursome continues to stand out as multi-faceted artists.

Check for tour plans to be announced soon.

Tracklisting Target Market [Recoil]:

Utbd Intro
Recoil [Crimson]
Today [I Wanna] with Lee Gaul
All Of The Above [Bbrc]
Nobody [Recoil Remix] with Evidence
Oh My God [Life Is So Hard] with Arowbe
Mr. Polite with Fashawn
Sky Light [In Between]
Used To Be Dark with Lee Gaul
Mr. Polite [Remix] with Fashawn
Popular Music
Living Room [Alternate Ending] with Beatface
Video: @Carnage45 - "Pawn to a King"

Video: Carnage45 - "Pawn to a King"

Courtesy Shawn Dix.

Virginia hip hop artist Carnage45 releases a new visual for a single from his upcoming project "Elite Breed". This is his 2nd video directed by Brian Washington and 1st song produced by Matt Houston.

Audio: Kool Keith & Big Sche Eastwood - Magnetic Pimp Force Field/ Watch The Throne (@Junkadelic)

Audio: Kool Keith & Big Sche Eastwood - Magnetic Pimp Force Field/ Watch The Throne

Courtesy Junkadelic.

UNKADELIC MUSIC Presents "Magnetic Pimp Force Field" a brand new studio album by Kool Keith & Big Sche Eastwood ( Mr. Sche ) produced by Mr. Sche ( Eightball, Trae Da Truth, Slim Thug ) & Dj Junkaz Lou.

Video: @JYouMusic "So Apparent" (prod. @JonGlass_) @IStillLoveHER

Video: J'You "So Apparent" (prod. Jon Glass)

Courtesy Wanja Lange.

So Apparent is the first single off the upcoming J'You album, "June 16". It is an in your face song that points "the finger" at the new age rappers of today. It is both catchy and witty and blends a commercial vibe with an underground type of flow. Rap is overcrowded with hipsters and poster boys, but J'You does not give a fuck and it should be apparent.

@AtariBlitkrieg's "Technicolor Crime Scenes" Out Now

Atari Blitkrieg's "Technicolor Crime Scenes" Out Now

Courtesy Uncommon Records.

Today, Uncommon Records presents Atari Blitzkrieg's long awaited full length Uncommon debut, Technicolor Crime Scenes. Atari explains that this album was "inspired by this 24/7 media consumption culture" and that it "doesn't praise or critisize that, it simply reflects on it, so because of that the album is obviously much darker in tone then anything I've done in the past". To call Atari Blitzkrieg eclectic would be a colossal understatement.

The Virginia-based artist explores a wide array of soundscapes that leave most speechless when it comes to placing a label on his music. Atari could fill a room with gamers, head bangers and beat poets and please them all. With Technicolor Crime Scenes, Atari does just that, all the while arfully critiquing our media culture in subtle and not-so subtle ways. While Atari self-produced a large portion of the album he enlisted the talents of 4th Disciple, Krohme, Nasa, IV the Polymath, Willie Green & Masai Bey as well. He also collaborated with Hell-Razah, C-Rayz Walz, Breez Evahflowin, Nasa and Masai on the mic. Get the album NOW
Video: @ThisIsIves - "8mm" (prod. @RJD2) @DunnDealPR

Video: Ivan Ives - "8mm" (prod. RJD2)

Courtesy Dunn Deal PR.

Ivan Ives originally stepped into the hip hop world in 2007. Rolling Stone named him among the next 40 artists to watch; SPIN called him one of top 8 unsigned artists, and XXL said "don't let his indie rocker persona fool you - this guy can spit." Born in Russia, but having grown up in Los Angeles, he's worked with the likes of Cappadonna (Wu-Tang), Tre Hardson (Pharcyde), Percee P & Oh No (Stones Throw), The Cool Kids, Black Milk, O.C. (DITC), Vast Aire (Def Jux), and many more.

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