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PR: Royce Da 5'9" Unveils "Legendary" feat. Travis Barker

From The Orchard:

PR: Royce Da 5'9" Unveils "Legendary" feat. Travis Barker

This summer, Detroit hip-hop fixture Royce da 5'9" is set to return with his fifth solo effort, Success is Certain. Due August 9th via Gracie Productions, the eleven-track triumph is the long-awaited sequel to the critical darling's 2004 LP, Death is Certain. The latest release showcases the rapidly evolving talent of an increasingly popular hip-hop star. Celebrating what is sure to be Royce's final ascent from underground to mainstream, the release features heavyweights and underground favorites alike – everyone from longtime collaborator Eminem, Blink 182 ex-pat Travis Barker and backpacker Yelawolf make an appearance.

The album also comes fresh on the heels of Bad Meets Evil's Hell: The Sequel, Royce's joint effort with fellow Detroit native and hip hop titan Eminem. Not to be overshadowed by its predecessor, which bowed at #1 on the Billboard charts, Success features the production work of Eminem and DJ Premier. The lead single, "Writer's Block (feat. Eminem)", has already sold 50,000 copies worldwide, and is quickly approaching Top 20 on Urban and Rhythmic radio.

But veering decidedly into rock territory, the soon-to-be-released single "Legendary" is a fist-pumping epic. Featuring an intro interpolated from the classic Rush cut "Xanadu," and drums from the aforementioned Barker, the single boasts some serious teeth. Produced by Eminem, and featuring one of Royce's most impassioned verses on the record, the lead track serves as the perfect introduction to Success. The single will be available at iTunes on July 19th, 2011.

Stream: Royce Da 5'9" – Legendary (feat. Travis Barker): .

Success Is Certain Track List:

01 Legendary (feat. Travis Barker)
02 Writer's Block (feat. Eminem)
03 Merry Go Round
04 Where My Money
05 ER (feat. Kid Vishis)
06 On The Boulevard (feat. Nottz & Adonis)
07 I Ain't Coming Down
08 Security
09 Second Place
10 My Own Planet (feat. Joe Budden)
11 I've Been Up I've Been Down

Royce da 5'9"s worldwide tour includes performances with Eminem at Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza and on Saturday Night Live, ensuring success for Success is Certain.

For More Information: and!/Royceda59 .

Press Release: 55 MC's Represent "The Academy"

From Matt Conaway:

Press Release: 55 MC's Represent "The Academy"

Since the inception of Hip-Hop, compilation projects have been a staple in providing fans across the board with the means of enjoying new music from a myriad of their favorite artists.  Whether in the form of Motion Picture Soundtracks such as "Juice", "Menace II Society," "The Show" and "Friday" to just name a few and the genre was further supplemented by labels such as Death Row, Ruff Ryders and No Limit Records, and perhaps more prevalent than ever the advent of the "mixtape" has allowed DJ's and Emcee's to collaborate together in introducing an influx of music to the general public.

2011 marks the return of the Compilation like you have never experienced it before, with the birth of The Academy, a bi-coastal merging of the minds that provides an undeniable unity long since forgotten amidst the landscape of popularized feuds, beefs, and unfounded media hypes.  "The Academy" will be released on 9-13-2011 courtesy of Terminal 3/Penagon/Bonzi Records.

The material is 100% new, the collaborations are out of this world, and the production value makes "The Academy" the new standard in Hip-Hop excellence.  Over 55 MC's representing the realms of "Major" and "Independent", "New & Old School, "Legendary" and "Soon to Be" make "The Academy" release a shoe in for fans to feed their need for a superior quality product from a vast makeup of the artists they love and respect in a landscape where subpar albums and scaled back budgets have become the norm.

Executive produced by Kurupt, fans can expect "Academy" appearances from such notable talents as Raekwon, Jadakiss, Kurupt, Pete Rock, Royce Da 5'9", Redman, Styles P, Crooked I, Sean Price, Method Man, Canibus, LA the Darkman, Keith Murray, Planet Asia, Rass Kass, K-Solo, LA The Darkman, Billy Danze (M.O.P.), Pack FM, Pete Rock, Keith Murray, Chino XL and many more all backed by the breakthrough soundscapes of Terminal 3 Productions (who previously oversaw projects from ("Wu-Tang Meets the Indie Culture", "The Four Horsemen" and "The Undergods").

Tracklisting For The Academy LP:

1. Welcome To The Academy f/ Method Man & Redman
2. Mashout f/ Canibus, Agallah, & Styles P
3. Samaryda f/ Raekwon, Kojoe, & Kurupt
4. Still No! f/ Ras Kass, Phillie, & Rock of Heltah Skeltah
5. Triple Seize f/ Crooked-I, Copywrite, & Chino XL
6. Rich Righteous Teachers f/ Jadakiss, La The Darkman, Sav Killz & Billy Danze OF M.O.P
7. Lets Go f/ Royce Da 5'9", Bronze Nazareth, Sean Price, & K-Solo
8. Code Of Conduct f/ Pacewon, El Da Sensai & Illah Ghee
9. Pick Your Vice f/ Labba, Pack FM, Udi, Dzk, & Stack-A-Dolla
10. Gifted Unlimited Rhymes Universal f/ DJ Absurd
11. Kill Everything (Squad Up) f/ Kurupt, Tri- State, Ruste Juxx & Kevlarr 7
12. Body Down f/ Styles P, Kojoe, & Jaecyn Bayne
13. Rock This f/ Pete Rock, Copywrite, & Planet Asia
14. Paperwork f/ Keith Murray, Sean Price & Big Lou
15. The Alliance  f/ Timbo King & Math Hoffa
16. M.O.A.N (remix) f/ Prodigal Sunn, 60 Second Assassin, Killah Priest, & Hell Razah (Sinz of Man)
17. Keep It Movin f/ M-Eighty, Son One, & Jaecyn Bayne
18. Thief In The Night f/ K-Solo, Born Sun, Killah Priest, & Goldie
19. Where There I s Nowhere f/ Reef The Lost Cause, Chopp Devize, & Timbo King
20. Change The World f/ Matilda, Goldie, & Rusty Redenbacher (of The Mudkids)

Included is the first leak from the The Academy f/Kurupt, Raekwon & Kojoe "Samaryda" (produced by Marlon Price & JP Beats of Terminal 3): .

The first single from The Academy" "Samaryda" featuring Kurupt, Raekwon & Kojoe will be released on iTunes on 7-12-2011.

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Video: The Super Adventures of Lambo Zoe Webisode 1

From Chris @ E1 Music:

The Super Adventures of Lambo Zoe Webisode 1

Lambo Zoe a/k/a Gorilla Zoe.

PR: Slaine Reveals Details For 'A World With No Skies 2.0'

From James @ Kerosene Media:

Slaine Reveals Track Listing & Cover Art For 'A World With No Skies 2.0'

Boston rapper Slaine, of the rap super group, La Coka Nostra, has revealed the updated artwork and track listing for his solo album, "A World With No Skies 2.0", which is scheduled for release on August 16th, 2011 through Suburban Noize Records. The album will feature production work by DJ Lethal (House of Pain), as well as guest appearances by Cypress Hill’s B-Real, Sean Price, Termanology,  ILL BILL, and Everlast.
The track listing for Slaine’s "A World With No Skies 2.0" is as follows:
1 - Black Horses
2 - Voices of Apocalypse
3 - 99 Bottles
4 - When I Shoot You
5 - Zombie feat. Son Of Skam
6 - Cant Go Home
7 – YOU
8 - Jumpin Out the Window feat. Edo G and Cyrus Deshield
9 - Crazy feat. B Real and Jaysaun
10 - I Aint Done
11 - The Boulevard feat. Blacastan, Sean Price, and ILL BILL
12 - Broken feat. Cyrus Deshield and V Knuckles
13 – Ghosts
14 - Where My Heart Is feat. Cyrus Deshield
15 - Borrowed Time feat. Checkmark and Lu Balz
16 - The Last Song feat. Everlast
Slaine will be offering a bonus disk that contains five new songs, for
fans that purchase the album from FYE locations. The track list for the FYE bonus disk is as follows:
1- Unstoppable feat. JL
2 - The Most Dangerous Drug In The World
3 - What it Feel Like feat. V Knuckles
4 - The Problem feat. XL and Termanology
5 - Insomnia
Slaine will be touring throughout the summer in support of "A World With No Skies 2.0", with dates alongside Heavy Metal Kings featuring ILL BILL & Vinnie Paz. Slaine’s video for the track “99 Bottles” can be viewed online at .
Slaine is currently in the studio working with Statik Selektah on a new mixtape called "State of Grace", which will be released in the coming weeks.

Jul 19 - Burlington, VT - Higher Ground w/ Heavy Metal Kings
Jul 20 - Montreal QC - Foufounes Electriques w/ Heavy Metal Kings
Jul 21 - Pawtucket, RI - The Met w/ Heavy Metal Kings
Jul 22 - Portland, ME - Port City Music Hall w/ Heavy Metal Kings
Aug 04 - Ottawa, ONT, Canada @ Ritual Nightclub
Aug 06 - Toronto, ONT, Canada @ Opera House w/ Army of Pharaohs
Aug 20 - Boston, MA @ The Middle East
Aug 26 - Clifton, NJ @ Dingbatz
Aug 28 - Worcester, MA @ Tammany Hall

MP3: Phyllisia f/ Jah Cure, Yung Joc - "I Love You"

From M3W:

MP3: Phyllisia f/ Jah Cure, Yung Joc - "I Love You"

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MP3: DJ Khaled f/ Ludacris, Young Jeezy - "Money"

From M3W:

MP3: DJ Khaled f/ Ludacris, Young Jeezy - "Money"

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PR: The Gift's New Album "B Myself and I"

From Ryan Omvig:

PR: The Gift's New Album "B Myself and I"

The Gift has been on the Des Moines, Iowa local music scene since 2004, where he formed a Hip hop group called the Des Moines Boyz.   From 2004-2008 the Des Moines Boyz made a name for themselves in Iowa and in South Florida where they recorded and produced their music with Mona Music Group.  In 2009 The Gift left the group to pursue other ventures. From 2009-20011 The Gift performed shows in the Des Moines area to keep his name relevant while he recorded his debut solo album "B" Myself & I.   The Gift has the respect and support of his city, but his city isn't built to launch a hip hop artist or any artist for that matter. In between Kansas City & Chicago, Des Moines is overlooked by every major act that passes through the city to get to the next. The Gift is out to prove that not only is there a hip hop scene where he is from, but a music scene in general and his music proves and speaks beyond that! With his never before seen flow and infectious lyrics, The Gift is guaranteed to leave you asking for more.  He is powerful, aggressive and most importantly he is real, speaking from the heart giving you his life as he knows it to be.

B Myself and I – Track list

1.      Gifted
2.      Lights On
3.      Be
4.      Spaceship
5.      Not Myself
6.      Hard at Hearing
7.      All Talk
8.      Release
9.      Hustla Down
10.  Take Off
11.  Domination
12.  Never Seen
13.  What Now!
14.  Final Thought

Full album can be heard now at: .

Video: Random "Life After Lessons Plans" Episode 12

From Random a/k/a Mega Ran:

Video: Random "Life After Lessons Plans" Episode 12

DMX Released From Prison


DMX has been released from prison. The rapper got out today after doing seven months in an Arizona prison for probation violation. He's been arrested more than twenty-five times.

"I spoke to my daughter, I just got off the phone with my wife," he said just after his release. "I'm going to go see my daughter while the sun is up then I'm going to be in the studio man."


PR: A3C Announces Second Round Of Artists

From Audible Treats:

A3C Announces Second Round Of Artists, Including 9th Wonder's JAMLA Lineup, MURS, eLZhi, Tabi Bonney, ski beatz, Moe Green, SL Jones, and International Showcase

7th Annual Hip-Hop Festival Held In Atlanta Releases Second Batch Of Over 200 Artists

(Brooklyn, NY - July 2011) The annual A3C Hip Hop Festival in Atlanta announces a second round of incredible artists and showcases to happen October 6-8, 2011 at The Masquerade.

Additional artists confirmed to perform at the 2011 festival include MURS, XV, Elzhi (of Slum Village), Jon Connor, Young Scolla, Tabi Bonney, ski beatz, Soul Khan, Jarren Benton and Chancellor Warhol.

9th Wonder returns to the 2011 event with his independent label JAMLA and performances from artists Skyzoo, Rapsody, Thee Tom Hardy, Big Remo and Actual Proof.

This fall, A3C debuts its first international showcase, Import/Export presented by World Hip Hop Market and The Bloom Effect, bringing popular hip-hop artists from around the world to Atlanta, GA. Artists include Lidolido (Norway), Eternia (Toronto, Canada), Eyezon Soweto (South Africa), Shokanti (Cape Verde) and The reMinders (Belgium/Congo/USA).

Back for its third year, Perfect Attendance presented by The Smoking Section and Fadia Kader, announce a few of the artists to the perform over the 3-day showcase including Chase N Cashe, Rockie Fresh, Shawn Chrystopher, Rittz, SL Jones, Moe Green, KD, LE$, Ethereal, Willie Evans Jr., P Dukes and Nice Guise. Perfect Attendance features the best up and coming artists from around the country. Artists can still submit for the Perfect Attendance stage through ReverbNation.

Johnny Spanish and Lyriciss have been selected to perform at the festival from ReverbNation submissions and artists YONAS and Neak have been chosen from Sonicbids. A3C is still accepting artists' submissions through either Sonicbids or ReverbNation. A3C staff listen to every submission and are looking for talented artists from across the country who can bring something unique to the festival. All artists that submit through Sonicbids receive a 3-day festival pass. Submission fees apply.

Artists from the A3C's first announcement included Random Axe (Sean Price, Black Milk and Guilty Simpson), Freeway, Aleon Craft, Laws, J-Live, Percee P, Ras Kass, Boog Brown, Ultra Beast (Senor Kaos and 4-Ize), Dillon, Paten Locke, Dee-1, Big Rec, Danny! and Goines.

Specific showcase, panel, artist and event updates will continue to be announced through the A3C website through the event's start on October 6, 2011. For more information about becoming involved in the A3C as an artist, partner, volunteer or media representative, visit .

A3C Hip Hop Festival tickets are available on the A3C website. 3-day passes are $33 and daily passes are $15/day.

About The A3C:

Now in its 7th year, the A3C Hip Hop Festival is a 2-day, 3-night event held annually in Atlanta, GA and features live performances from a wide variety of approximately 200 artists. The live performance schedule is enhanced by day and evening content showcasing some of the most exciting breakdance, graphic art, fashion, film, equipment demonstrations and panels relating to hip-hop culture.

Since 2005, the event has featured over 600 of the most elite artists in Hip Hop including: Rakim, Buckshot, Black Sheep, DJ Premier, The Juice Crew, Biz Markie, Del the Funky Homosapien, The Clipse, Souls of Mischief, Little Brother, Wale and B.o.B. In 2010, the A3C was attended by over 20,000 fans and featured partnerships and co-sponsored events with Red Bull, Fadia Kader's Perfect Attendance, 2DopeBoyz, TheSmokingSection, iStandard, Kevin Nottingham, Unique Squared, DJBooth, SESAC and more.

The A3C will take place October 6 - 8, 2011 in Atlanta, GA with its hub at the Masquerade located at 695 North Avenue, Atlanta, Georgia 30308.

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