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PR: A3C Announces First Round Of Artists


(ATLANTA, GA – June 13, 2011) The best of Hip Hop is coming to Atlanta as the 3-day A3C Hip Hop Festival announces the first round of artists for the 2011 event at The Masquerade. Random Axe, Freeway and Laws are just a few of the exemplary artists that will take the stage October 6-8, 2011.

Artists confirmed so far to perform at the fall festival include 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 and Paten Locke.

In addition, Dee-1 and Big Rec have been selected to perform from ReverbNation submissions and artists Danny! and Goines 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.

These are a handful of the several hundred artists still to be announced. Performers will be released on a continual basis until the start of the festival.

A3C is also proud to announce the return of the Perfect Attendance showcase in partnership with The Smoking Section. The 3-day Perfect Attendance stage features the best up and coming artists from all regions of the country. Each night is dedicated to artists from a different region including East, West and Midwest, performing alongside southern artists. In other words, the best of the best from the East, West and Midwest brought to you by the South. Artists can submit for the Perfect Attendance stage through ReverbNation starting next week.

The A3C has not only become the largest Hip Hop festival in the southeastern United States, but is the premier gathering place for MCs, DJs, and producers that create Hip Hop music as well as participants and fans of the culture. In addition to the live performances and showcases like promoter extraordinaire Fadia Kader’s Perfect Attendance, the A3C Hip Hop Festival features turntable, producer, and breakdance competitions as well as educational and community programming including panel discussions and workshops. The 2010 festival included such iconic artists as Jean Grae, 9th Wonder, Rhymefest, Camp Lo, Murs, Killer Mike and Beat Minerz.

A3C Hip Hop Festival tickets are available on the A3C website. 3-day passes are $33 and daily passes are $15/day. For discounted hotel accommodations, contact the Days Inn Atlanta Downtown at 1-866-650-7925 with the event name, A3C Festival, and booking code, A3C. The hotel is located at the intersection of Spring Street and Baker Street, approximately 2 miles from The Masquerade.

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


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, The Smoking Section, 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.
Random: Download My New Mixtape NOW!

From Random a/k/a Mega Ran:

Random: Download My New Mixtape NOW!

Random, aka Mega Ran is ready to claim the title of hardest working man in hip-hop after releasing his new mixtape "TeacherRapperHero Vol 2: The 2 Week Notice" today.

Ran was known as everyone's favorite teacher-slash-rapper, but he quit the teaching profession this month, citing a need to "spread his wings."

Career suicide? Maybe. But Ran is determined to go down swinging.

Fresh off the runaway success, "Black Materia," which was based on the hit video game Final Fantasy VII, Ran returns to his roots as a conscious emcee on this one, speaking on the flaws of the education and justice systems, but maintains the fun and the video game references that have made him successful.

Guests include Philly legends Reef the Lost Cauze and Icon the Mic King, the AZ supergroup Writer's Guild (Roknowledge, RoQy TyRaiD, Mr. Miranda and Pennywise--rapping over Metroid nonetheless),int80 of Dual Core, and even award winning composer Bear McCreary (Battlestar Galactica and more) and is mixed by DN3, who also produces and rhymes on the project.

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Also, catch Random's adventures as an educator turned musician in the weekly web series "Life After Lesson Plans."

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Video - Deeze - "Gimmie"

From Park Street PR:

Deeze - Gimme... (Music Video)

Deeze a.k.a Big Dutty Deeze is rapidly making a name for himself in the world of Hip-Hop. The story began on October 1st 2010 when he debuted with his mixtape 'The Pre-Turn' with the infamous UK mixtape giants UK Runnings. He then launched his own label Deeze Music as a launch pad for his own music and released two well received street albums; 'The Re-Turn' in November 2010 and 'The Re-Birth' on New Years Day 2011. This trio of releases now called 'The Re-Series' solidified Deeze in the UK rap scene as well as getting love from fans in the USA, Australia and Europe.

The buzz off these free download releases led to Deeze being asked to release an EP on one of the UK's longest running independent Hip-Hop labels Wolftown Recordings. The 'Late Nights, Early Mornings EP' was a collection of five tracks produced by Tricksta. This digitally released EP received positive feedback from music media and the promotional music video to the track 'Big Tingz' had over 12,000 views on You Tube, as well as featuring on over seventy-five different on-line magazine and blog websites including RWD, Rago Magazine, Stand Up UK, Urban Vault and more.

Since then Deeze has been busy collaborating on various projects including a feature on Tricksta's single 'Out Of Darkness' as well as featuring on three other tracks for Tricksta's forthcoming album 'Out Of Darkness Cometh Light' as well as recording a solo track and featuring on a track with Jadakiss and Konny Kon for Stealf's forthcoming album 'I Am Stealf'. Deeze has also been working with producer Juttla and will feature on a forthcoming release for Eastern Pressure Records. There is no doubting that Deeze is making waves and with a hard work ethic surely there is no stopping this talented emcee, and with rumours of a Stateside album release circlulating things really are hotting up for Deeze!

Now we get Deeze's brand new mixtape, his fifth release and second release with Tricksta's UK Runnings 'They Call Me Big Dutty'. With artwork resembling the computer game 'The Call Of Duty - Black Ops', this new mixtape is a selection of twelve banging tracks that any discerning Hip-Hop fan will adore. No Autotune, No corny lyrics, just straight up real bars delivered with passion and fire. This mixtape is the perfect release to keep us going until we get the Batman inspired EP release 'This Is Gotham' from Deeze Music. The futures bright, the futures Deeze.



Deeze - They Call Me Big Dutty (Official Advert)

Deeze - Ya Done Nothin (Music Video)

Deeze - F**k The Long Talk (Music Video)


UK Runnings Presents Deeze "They Call Me Big Dutty"

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MP3: Honors English - "Short Story Long"


Honors English "Short Story Long" ft. The Mad Violinist and The Real Freeway Ricky Ross
Produced by Needlz and Bink

Multi-platinum producer Needlz has had a busy year thus far, having earned a Grammy, an ASCAP Pop Award and a Billboard Award for his work on the Bruno Mars monster hit "Just the Way You Are." 

Needlz is now presenting new music via his own Dry Rain Entertainment, and first up is Honors English, a brilliant young lyricist with a gift for story-telling. 

This new track "Short Story Long" was co-produced by Needlz and Bink, and features the real Freeway Ricky Ross along with The Mad Violinist. 

More songs are in the making, as Honors English gears up for his official debut project this Fall! Stay tuned!

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Video: Scavie Scoobs (Custom Made) - "Trap Star"

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Video: Scavie Scoobs (Custom Made) - "Trap Star"

Warlok f/ Dela Candela - "Top Notch" (prod. Miami Beat Wave)

From Semp Rok:

Warlok f/ Dela Candela - "Top Notch" (prod. Miami Beat Wave)

Here is another side to Miami Beat Wave's production style that has rarely been exposed. MBW affiliate artist Warlok connects with local Miami artist Dela Candela for a thumping-face-grunting beat overflowing with arrant pimpology.

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Hieroglypics' Co-Founder Casual Valiantly Returns w/ The Hierophant

From Todd Davis:

Hieroglypics' Co-Founder Casual Valiantly Returns w/ The Hierophant

Veteran Bay Area emcee, Jon "Casual" Owens, a founding member of the famed Hip-Hop collective Hieroglyphics, is back with his highly anticipated sixth solo LP, The Hierophant, a collaborative effort with the incomparable DJ Toure'.

The impressive fourteen track collection contains high profile appearances from Souls of Mischief's Tajai [The Elect helmed "Shrimp Fried Rice" (the only song on the set not laced by Toure')], Hiero alum Pep Love ["Take The Time"] and Thomas Pridgen ["Where Do I Go"], formerly of The Mars Volta, among others.

"A Hierophant is a person who deciphers arcane knowledge," the self-proclaimed Smash Rockwell describes in great detail, explaining the derivation of the record's unique title. Continuing, he further expresses, "I'm releasing this album to help fund my movie He STILL Think He Raw. Please support. With this, as well as my other albums -- I attempt to make classics."

With more than seventeen years removed from the, now, 35 years young word-smith's classic debut, Fear Itself, there is absolutely no indication of "your favorite rapper's favorite rapper" slowing down anytime soon. In addition to the upcoming feature film, and its full-length musical accompaniment of the same name, there's also a joint project, The Return Of The Backpack, in the works with producer Jake One.

The Hierophant will be available on iTunes, and other select digital outlets, on Tuesday June 21st 2011.

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Video: Has-Lo & Zilla Rocca "Cock Diesel"

From Mello Music Group:

Video: Has-Lo & Zilla Rocca "Cock Diesel"

Has-Lo released his critically acclaimed long player "In Case I Don't Make It" just before April rolled in, but that hasn't stopped him from hitting the studio to craft new joints.
Today, Has-Lo offers a track he and comrade Zilla Rocca put together called "Cock Diesel".  We got the audio download & video snippet.  The track is lyrical exercise with no shortage of wit:
"I read it. Listen to my old testament, make numbers off proverbs and cop better cribs"
Zilla Rocca (World Around Records) handles the production, replete with swirling strings, bells (though not of the cow variety), and powerful drums.  Add in a sound clip of the late Big Pun to the mix and you have a track that sounds like Humphrey Bogart wandering into the wrong hood...a problem.

Has-Lo & Zilla Rocca "Cock Diesel"
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Video: Mr. Green "Live from the Bedroom" Part 5

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Video: Mr. Green "Live from the Bedroom" Part 5

Video: Talib Kweli f/ Nigel Hall - "Mr. International"

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Video: Talib Kweli f/ Nigel Hall - "Mr. International"

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