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MP3: @MistahFAB x Willie Joe - "Automatic" (Prod. @SMKA)

MP3: Mistah F.A.B. x Willie Joe - "Automatic" (Prod. By SMKA)

Courtesy Audible Treats.

With the October 4th release date fast approaching, Atlanta-based production group, SMKA, in conjunction with Thizzler On The Roof and environmentally-friendly lifestyle brand C4 Belts, is preparing the final elements for their mixtape, Darkest Before Dawn. The mixtape features some of the Bay Area's most talented up-and-coming artists, including IamSu!, Zumbi (of Zion I), Shady Blaze, Roach Gigz, DaVinci, DB Tha General, and more rapping over SMKA production. Following previous singles "Greatness" and "Ain't A Thing," Mistah F.A.B. and Willie Joe deliver on "Automatic," the final single before release date.

Rapping over a mellow, bubbling beat from SMKA, Mistah F.A.B. and Willie Joe, two of the most veteran artists featured on Darkest Before Dawn, recount their experiences of seeing people make it to the big stage and forgetting about the people who helped them along the way. "The message we hope to convey is for artists who get in a position to help out should do so," quips Mistah F.A.B. "Especially the ones who said they would,"

When asked about working with Willie Joe, F.A.B. responds: "Willie Joe came with a very nice hook – one that I think all cats in the position we're in can feel – and I just went with the topic because its something I've personally been through." An experience many rappers can relate to in the business, you can hear the frustration in their voices as the two express themselves, and for F.A.B., it was a relief to get the feelings off his chest. "The misconception of others' motives can be heartbreaking," laments F.A.B. "The elating moments come when addressing issues like this."

Listen to "Automatic" here: .

XXL premiered the single, and more info can be found here: .

New Audio: @StylesOfBeyond1 "The Pirate Song"

New Audio: Styles Of Beyond "The Pirate Song"

Courtesy Matt B.

Los Angeles hip-hop heroes, Styles of Beyond, return to bring you their long awaited third album entitled "Reseda Beach" which will be released on 10-23-2012 via Dirty Version Records and its executive produced by Linkin Park/For Minor’s Mike Shinoda.

The first leak from the project made you say "Damn," as SOB linked up with Grammy-Award winner Michael Buble', the second leak, “The Pirate Song,” (produced by Vin Skully & Apathy) from the project is an ode to the adult beverage.

Pre-orders for Styles Of Beyond’s “Reseda Beach” are now available at

Download link to Styles Of Beyond “The Pirate Song” (produced by Vin Skully & Apathy): .

Video: @AbiadeMusic - "Devil In Disguise"

Video: Abiade - "Devil In Disguise"

Courtesy 730 Promo.

London artist ABIADE (pronounced AH-BEE-AH-DAY) releases “DEVIL IN DISGUISE”, the third single from his "The Industry & Me" LP following the superb success of singles “HOLLYWOOD” and “Alesha Dixon”.

Free LP: RP f/ Sadat X "Living Legends" (@rpeezy1465 @loyaltyDigital)

New Audio & Free LP: RP f/ Sadat X "Living Legends"

Courtesy Matt B.

Loyalty Digital Corp Presents RP’s debut full-length, ‘The Crackpot Diaries: Part 1,’ The Local-Mu12 Member takes the listener for a mental roller coaster ride, with Sadat X, Fokis & more assisting on the journey.

Download link to RP f/Sadat X “Living Legends”: .

Download Link to RP’s ‘The Crackpot Diaries Part 1’: .

Moonshine Bandits Announce United Shiners of America Tour

Moonshine Bandits Announce United Shiners of America Headlining Tour

Courtesy Kerosene Media.

After wrapping up two months on the road with Rehab, Central California’s country/hip-hop rebels the Moonshine Bandits have announced the dates for their upcoming United Shiners of America headlining tour. The Moonshine Bandits continue to tour in support of their new album "Whiskey & Women", which was released in stores on Suburban Noize Records and is available online at .

The Moonshine Bandits are currently putting together a deluxe version of their new album "Whiskey & Women" for release later this year. The deluxe version will be a 2-disc CD/DVD set that features all of the Moonshine Bandits music videos, behind the scenes footage, and two brand new exclusive tracks including "Dive Bar Beauty Queen" which features guest vocals from Danny Boone from Rehab.

The Moonshine Bandits recently premiered their new video for "Super Goggles" online at . The video features guest appearances by The Lacs and Lenny Cooper.


Nov 01 - San Diego, CA - Block No 16
Nov 02 - Santa Rosa, CA - Maverick's
Nov 03 - Modesto, CA - Nino's Place
Nov 08 - Olympia, WA - Big Whisky Saloon Olympia
Nov 09 - Roseburg, OR - The Zoo
Nov 15 - Lexington, SC - Harley's II
Nov 16 - Hickory, NC - Main Cellar City Club
Nov 17 - Kernersville, NC - Bucked Up Super Saloon
Nov 28 - Scottsdale, AZ - Martini Ranch
Nov 29 - Flagstaff, AZ - Museum Club
Nov 30 - San Bernardino, CA - Stinger's Nightclub
Dec 01 - Las Vegas, NV - Cheyenne Saloon
Dec 29 - Jacksonville, TX - River Run ATV Park
Dec 31 - Crosby, TX - Down South Offroad
Jan 18 - Taylor, MI - Perfect Pitcher Sports Bar / Big B's
Jan 19 - Ft. Wayne, IN - Neon Armadillo
Feb 09 - Stuart, FL - Martin County Fair

Video/MP3 - The Niceguys "1996 Freestyle" (@265Nice)

Video/MP3 - The Niceguys "1996 Freestyle"

Courtesy Dove @ Tygereye.

This is The Niceguys "1996 Freestyle" video, chopped not slopped by OG Ron C, and once again featuring some dope dance moves in true Niceguys fashion.You might want to amp up on some Mountain Dew or throw back some of Honey Boo Boo's Go-Go Juice to view. We've also included the audio for your listening pleasure, along with some totally work-safe photos from the video shoot, which was filmed at Quality Hair Barbershop in Third Ward, Houston! Shouts to Houston rap legend Big Pokey of Screwed Up Click for stopping through too! Enjoy!

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@Skyzoo & Vibe TV Present: "Word To Langston"

Skyzoo & Vibe TV Present: "Word To Langston: The Making of Skyzoo's 'A Dream Deferred"

Courtesy Matt B.

Vibe TV presents an exclusive behind the scenes look at the making of Skyzoo's sophomore album "A Dream Deferred". Studio sessions, show footage, and a one on one interview detailing the album's creative process all add to putting you right in the room as the work was being done. Featuring Skyzoo, !llmind, John Legend, Dj Prince, Jessy Wilson and more. Directed by Alex G. and A Nu Day Media. The album, featuring Jill Scott, Raheem Devaughn, Talib Kweli, Freeway, Jared Evan and more, with production by !llmind, 9th Wonder, Jahlil Beats, Dj Khalil, Black Milk and more, hits stores and itunes on Tuesday, 10/2 on The Faculty Inc/Duck Down Music. Follow @Skyzoo, @VibeMagazine and @AlexG_Director.

Skyzoo x VIBE TV Present "Word To Langston: The Making of Skyzoo's 'A Dream Deferred" . .

Video: Disko Boogie "Cali Dreamin" ft Kurupt, Kris Dimes

Video: Disko Boogie "Cali Dreamin" ft Kurupt, Kris Dimes & Diamond Ortiz

Courtesy Chris @ E1.

Watch the "Cali Dreamin" visuals below!

Video: Mav of Sol Camp - "4080" (@MavOfSolCamp)

Video: Mav of Sol Camp - "4080"

Courtesy Self Made Social.

From the Hustle Hall of Fame album, dropping early next year. Directed by Janet Sanchez and produced by Diaz Millenia.

Stream: We Are Not Them f/ Billy Woods of Super Chron Flight Bros

Stream: We Are Not Them f/ Billy Woods of Super Chron Flight Bros

Courtesy Dunn Deal PR.

After several years recording and performing throughout Brooklyn, the Reservoir Sound collective - headed by A.M. Breakups, the producer behind 2011's The Cant Resurrection album - presents Alea Iacta Est, a label compilation showcasing their signature fusion of left-field hip-hop and electronica. Billy Woods of NYC duo Super Chron Flight Bros and rapper Eleven weigh in on "Captures, Pt. 1" alongside We Are Not Them, the combo of Warren Britt, Breakups and deejay Jimmy Da Gent.

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