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MP3: Animal Pak - "Banger" (prod. Croup) @PTheWyse

From Praverb:

MP3: Animal Pak - "Banger" (prod. Croup)

Animal Pak is a group that consists of Baltimore wordsmith Don Streat and Virginia wordsmith Praverb aka Praverb the Wyse. The two emcees forged a working relationship that started years ago when Don Streat went by the rap name Lord Cyrus.

Fast forward to the present, the two emcees have been working on completing a project under the collaborative name Animal Pak. Recently they reached out to German based beat maker extraordinaire Croup (produced tracks for Supastition/Kam Moye, Dan Johns, Don Cerino, Bens etc) in regards to completing a song or two. "Banger", "Older And Wiser" and a few other tracks are the byproduct of this collaboration. 

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Bill Adler: Me and My Record Collection

From Eyejammie Press:

Bill Adler: Me and My Record Collection

The photographer Eilon Paz, for obscure reasons of his own, has produced a splendid web-based documentary about yours truly and my record collection.  It includes not only a raft of Eilon’s sparkling photos, but a Q&A with the collector, and an audio tour of some of his favorite music from the records that were photographed.   I’m completely delighted and I had to share it all with you:

By the way, my profile is only one of dozens that Eilon has produced over the last couple of years.   They’re all wonderful and I invite you to check ‘em out at your leisure:

Not unnaturally, Eilon’s ultimate dream is to assemble these profiles in book form.  To that end he’s launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise the necessary dough.   Here’s a link to the particulars:

(If you find yourself beguiled, your contribution, large or small, would be keenly appreciated.)

Video: "Square Circles" prod. Kev Brown (@ArsunFIST Remix)

From Arsun F!st:

Video: "Square Circles" prod. Kev Brown (Arsun Remix)

Rumor has it, there is an unreleased collection called "Brown F!ST" which is collection of Arsun F!ST verses over his favorite Kev Brown beats. I was able to get a hold of this video from Android Milita which uses the song "Square Circles" off the Brown Fist project as the soundtrack to a Cloud vs. Sephiroth fight. I wonder if this rumor could be true or a hoax???

MP3: @Naymez - "Thank You" (prod. @DJBlessNSD)

From Never So Deep:

MP3: Naymez - "Thank You" (prod. DJ Bless)

"Thank You"
(Produced By DJ Bless)
1. Clean .
2. Dirty .
3. Instrumental .
4. Vocals .

Artwork .

Twitter: @Naymez
Twitter: @DJBlessNSD

Video: Tim Reid (Venus Flytrap) Interview (@revo_media)

Courtesy RMG:

Video: Tim Reid (Venus Flytrap) Interview

J-Rod of Primetime Radio gets the chance to speak with actor, comedian, and director, Tim Reid. They speak on multiple topics such as his start in the industry, Norfolk State University, favorite project and more.

MP3: Snoop Dogg - "What We Do"

MP3: Snoop Dogg - "What We Do"

Courtesy M3W.

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@AdamsWorldBlog 7/16 - Social Media & Music TV #hiphop

Adam's World Weekly 7/16 - Social Media & Music TV

Welcome to the new week everyone. Anytime you hit a wall it isn't fun, whether that wall is physical (ouch!), emotional (waaa), or creative (writer's block!). This past week I hit a little wall of my own. At least that's what I'm chalking up a Saturday of sleeping on the sofa to. Don't worry, though, I'm recharged and ready for action! This week's update is led off by a fascinating look at how a music television network is using social networking to alter its programming. I also have a fantastic interview with southern rapper Lil Wyte, who tells an incredible story from his youth. Pop Shots is filled to capacity with snark, the NYC Scene Report is all new, I have a photo album from the Millionaires' recent NYC show, and a monster filled Vid Pick from Deathrow Tull.

If you dig any of these features please feel free to forward this email to a friend. I'd really appreciate it. Thanks, and enjoy!

How Social Networking is Changing a Major Music Television Network

How many times have you though of how great it would be to program your favorite radio, or music video, station? According to Chris Nelson, Country Music Television’s Director of Social Media, if you’re using social networking correctly, you're wielding that power right now.

Nelson most recently put together an extensive social media campaign for the 2012 CMT Music Awards, which aired live on June 6th. The campaign spread across multiple platforms, including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest, and incorporated both fan, and artist, involvement. With the CMT Music Awards, and the campaign, now in the rear view mirror, I caught up with Nelson to find out what worked, how the results of the campaign immediately changed aspects of their programming, and where the relationship between televised events and social networking may be headed next.

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Pop Shots - The Long Arm Of The Law

Welcome to your weekly dose of pop world musings. Covering all things pop culture, this week Pop Shots is hitting you with thoughts on everything from Diddy’s home invasion, to Justin Bieber’s high speed adventure, to Robin Thicke’s ride in a cop car, and since it’s Pop Shots you know everything is seasoned with a little bit of attitude.
Read all the shots at:

Lil Wyte - No More Doubters

Lil Wyte is known for his anthems honoring alcohol and drugs, but he’s also been through some trying times, times that he’s finally ready to open up about. Last month Wyte released his sixth album, Still Doubted?, and on it, mixed in with the requisite amount of crunkness that listeners expect, and love, from Wyte, are some deeply personal songs.

This week I caught up with Wyte to find out more about his newfound openness, and why he feels his fans are connecting with it. Wyte also discussed the issues he deals with raising two daughters, and told an incredible story from his youth that is a must read.

Read the full interview at:

NYC Scene Report - Alex Kelly, Drop The Lime, Cavalier, & More  

In this edition of the NYC scene report we have news on Queens rocker Alex Kelly's album release show, Brooklyn electronic music producer/singer/songwriter Drop The Lime's latest, the killer combo of producer Spills and emcee Cavalier teaming up for a song, and the lead single from Johnny Voltik's The Voltik Project.

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Photo Album - Millionaires in NYC  

See all the pics at:

Vid Pick: Deathrow Tull - Hella Keller

See the video at:

As always, thanks for reading and have a fantastic week.

- Adam B

Mixtape: @InfMarvelous - "Spotted Horse" (@istillloveher)

From Wanja Lange:

Mixtape: Infinite Marvelous - "Spotted Horse" (Host Thomas Handsome)

This project is made off the feeling of my hood. Red hook projects. I did this for me and all my people. This story has never been told before. If you know anything about Red Hook projects; it was a hard place to live in growing up in the 70’s and the 80’s.

Not only Al Capone was born here. But there were many other gangstas from my town. A lot of crime and killing was done here. "Before the time before time". This is how Red Hook got its name. Shipmen and navy sailormen would stop at this port and trade, drink and party and death would occur from this. Red Hook was once called "Green Hook". The story will tell you how Da Hook became Red. But outside of all of that there are myths and legends and also truth to the story. There is not a lot of proof, so everybody has their own story, bits and pieces of it.

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Telephoned x Clams Casino = U Don't Have To Call

Telephoned x Clams Casino = U Don't Have To Call

Courtesy Dana @ Biz 3.

J-Lo and Clams Casino?!?

Check out Fool's Gold's pop duo Telephoned covering their favorite early '00s R&B tracks over Clams instrumentals on the free U Don't Have To Call EP.

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Video: @Carbin1000 - "In My Mood"

From Matt B:

Video: Carbin - "In My Mood"

Sactown spitta Carbin just released his latest project, a freEP entitled, I Love This Game, which is an ode to the Hip-Hop culture.  It finds Carbin freestyling over five rare industry beats as he continues to build the buzz for his upcoming debut LP, Stellar, which will be released this Fall.

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