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@Dub_MD Presents @ThaioneDavis - "Seventeen"

DubMD84 Presents Thaione Davis - "Seventeen"

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After taking a break from film, Thaione Davis returns with a brash offering of poignant lyricism over temperamental beats. Officially noted as his 8th studio album, 'Seventeen' takes shape over a non-sample based canvas and is largely self-produced by one of Chicago’s most elusive contributors to the culture. 'Seventeen' is a care-free journey of youth with no fear or inhibitions from establishment. It is the attitude of pure disregard towards failure and the premise of abandonment. Pure grit. The overtone is calm yet the delivery is as paramount as ever. Since his original debut on vinyl, and twelve years later of rhyming, producing, and djing worldwide, it comes as no surprise the depth of control displayed and the passion that interweaves along this 13 track opus.

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Although there are no guest appearances on the microphone, there are a few slaps produced by his musical partner in crime, the GEAUX. With every track being played live, the array of sounds ranging from sparse upright bass, circuit bending Moog, electro-Theremin, and drippy drums combine to create collages of no nonsense hip hop. The album will be available via iTunes on August 28th, for more information check the website: .
01.) Push *
02.) Stolen Moments *
03.) The Listen *
04.) From Where The Devil Smiles *
05.) Enhancements **
06.) Falling Down *
07.) Likkashot **
08.) Posterboise *
09.) Notes In The Chamber **
10.) Magnetic *
11.) Including Myself *
12.) Topshottas *
13.) Bridges Of Yesterday *
* Produced By Thaione Davis
** Produced By The GEAUX

Strong Arm Steady x @StatikSelekt - "Classic" (@SASgang)

Video: Strong Arm Steady x Statik Selektah - "Classic"

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Following their 2010 collaboration with Madlib on In Search of Stoney Jackson, Strong Arm Steady have teamed up with Statik Selektah for their 2nd Stones Throw release, Stereotype. The album is produced exclusively by Statik Selektah and is out now.

Free Download: TOPE - "NewKicks" (@itsTOPE)

Free Download: TOPE - "NewKicks" (Beat Tape)

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TOPE is back with a new beat tape and follow-up project to last year's FREELEMONADE, entitled NEWKICKS. Available as a free download through FRESHselects, NEWKICKS is 19 tracks long including samples from R.Kelly, Bell Biv Devoe, Cody ChesnuTT, PRTLND's own Reva Devito and more!

"For our 11th installment, returning champ, TOPE (of both TxE and Living Proof) follows up on last year’s highlight, FREELEMONADE with a fresh batch of NEWKICKS. Just as he did on FREELEM, the PRTLND producer again offers up another solid collection of for-sale instrumentals made out of mostly old soul records (& this time around – some contemporaries as well). Except, here on NEWKICKS, TOPE re-emerges a noticeably more seasoned producer, apparently learning a lot in just the year since, w/ sharpened chops & new techniques heard without - making for an even more enjoyable listen than the previous crowd favorite." - Kenny Fresh of FRESHselects

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@LupeFiasco on @MTVRapFix Live to Premier "Bitch Bad" RIGHT NOW

Lupe Fiasco on MTV News' RapFix Live to Premier "Bitch Bad" RIGHT NOW

Courtesy M.A. @ MTV.

Beanie Sigel to join the Conversation before beginning Two-Year Prison Sentence Next Month
New York, NY - Chicago rapper Lupe Fiasco will sit down with MTV News' Sway Calloway on Wednesday, August 22, 2012 at 4:00 p.m. ET on during "RapFix Live" to debut his new music video for the controversial single "Bitch Bad." The music video will air simultaneously on, MTV Jams, mtvU and MTV Hits. Immediately following the premiere, a few notable industry experts will be on-hand to discuss the clip and its overall effect on pop culture. Fans can join in on the conversation LIVE via Twitter using the hashtag #RapFixLive and the @MTVRapFix handle.
Joining Lupe on "RapFix Live" this week will be Philadelphia's finest, Beanie Sigel, who premiered four episodes of his "Man to Man" webisode series on "RapFix Live" over the past month. The series finds Sigel having heartfelt conversations with civil rights activist Dr. Ben Chavis, as the rapper gets ready to begin a two-year prison sentence in September for tax evasion. Beanie will release his latest album "This Time" on August 28, before beginning his two-year prison sentence.
"Whether right or wrong, some things need to be said in order to start a conversation… that's all I try to do with my music," said Lupe Fiasco.
"Bitch Bad" is the current single from Lupe's upcoming fourth album Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album, Part 1 out September 25, 2012, which addresses the overuse of the word "bitch" in hip-hop culture. "Bitch Bad" sparked controversy over the effect that negative stereotypes have on pop culture, and now the record looks to keep the conversation going with a visually jarring video directed by Gil Green.
During his last visit to the show last month, Lupe watched footage of himself and host Sway Calloway hanging out in his neighborhood on Chicago's West Side back in 2006. The video brought Lupe to tears, as he admitted that he was seeing "ghosts," referring to old friends who had died or were currently incarcerated. Fans showed an outpouring of support for Lupe on social media as they the moment watched live. He's since premiered the new single "Lamborghini Angels," which came with a disclaimer because of its controversial topics.
MTV News is the authority for music, movies and pop culture news for the Millennial audience, producing a diverse mix of daily news stories, insider specials, weekly series, live red carpet shows, exclusive music video and movie premieres, as well as exclusive artist and celebrity interviews on-air, online, via mobile and across social media.
About MTV:

MTV is the world's premier youth entertainment brand. With a global reach of more than a half-billion households, MTV is the cultural home of the millennial generation, music fans and artists, and a pioneer in creating innovative programming for young people. MTV reflects and creates pop culture with its Emmy®, Grammy® and Peabody® award-winning content built around compelling storytelling, music discovery and activism across TV, online and mobile. MTV's sibling networks MTV2 and mtvU each deliver unparalleled customized content for young males, music fans and college students, and its online hub is the leading destination for music, news and pop culture. MTV is a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), one of the world's leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms.  For more information, go to or follow us on Twitter (@MTVPress).

Video: @EscoDaShocker f/ Bounty Killer - "Haters Warning"

Video: Esco f/ Bounty Killer & More - "Haters Warning"

Courtesy Avalanche Sound.

Esco teams up with various artist including dancehall legends Bounty Killer, Chino, Bramma, Rholin X, Ward 21 and Chan Dizzy. Sean Paul also mad a cameo in the all star video.

MP3: @Esohel & @NittyScottMC - "Paid Dues" (@RickyThaBarber)

MP3: Esohel & Nitty Scott - "Paid Dues"

Courtesy PR @ SRNC.

"Paid Dues", the lead single for Esohel & Ricky Dub's forthcoming project 'On Purpose With A Purpose', features Brooklyn's female spitter Nitty Scott, whom alongside Esohel trade bars schooling rappers on the notion that paying dues is not about money, but more about the grind and work ethic which both artist hold to be most valuable.

Inspiration for 'OPWAP' came from the chemistry built from Esohel's live shows that are assisted by his DJ, Ricky Dubs. After rocking shows together, the need to translate the live energy into a studio LP was inevitable. To solidify that, "On Purpose With A Purpose" was created. OPWAP brings a modern touch to the 90's inspired hip-hop from Ricky Dub's production accompanied by Esohel's delivery of bravado, feel good, and conscience lyrics. Features include Nitty Scott,MC , Scheme, Astonish, Add-2, Neak, Vic Spencer, and more!

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Twitter: @ESOHEL x @NittyScottMC x @RickyThaBarber

Video: @TrueTiger f/ Newham Generals - "Top of the Chain"

Video: True Tiger f/ Newham Generals - "Top of the Chain"

Courtesy Mahta H.

A couple weeks ago, True Tiger took to Maida Vale on Mistajam's BBC Radio 1Xtra show to perform tracks from their new EP, Eye of the Tiger Volume 2. Whilst there, they were nice enough to film some of the live action for us.

MP3: Slaughterhouse f/ Eminem - "Throw That"

MP3: Slaughterhouse f/ Eminem - "Throw That"

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Video: Stereo Boyz f/ Shoua Kue & DJ Los - "RayBanz"

Video: Stereo Boyz f/ Shoua Kue & DJ Los - "RayBanz"

Courtesy Wanja Lange.

The Stereo Boyz are gearing up for their first full length album entitled "Carz, Clubz & Theaterz", to be released early 2013.  "RayBanz" is the first single off the album, hitting stores August 21st, just in time to be the soundtrack of this late, but nonetheless heated summer of 2012.

PR: Typical Cats '3' - Sept. 25th, 2012 (@Galapagos4)

3Press Release: Typical Cats '3' - Sept. 25th, 2012

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Typical Cats return, the last of the great true school crews—bearers of transformed tradition, innovators par excellence, and heralds of an undying devotion to the science and magic of boom bap music. The latest installment in the TC saga is 3, their third studio full-length. It plays like a message in a bottle from Hip Hop’s timeless present to the bizarre post-physical, digital, viral world in which we live. DJ Natural’s production chops have only deepened with time, and the rugged loops of the self-titled “Orange Album” and the live instrumentation of Civil Service have melded to yield a mélange of soul, jazz, funk, roots, radical politics, and a sly refusal to bend to the dictates of current fashion. Kid Knish reprises his role as hip hop’s all-time greatest unseen crew member (sorry, Jarobi), serving up samples, historical references, and vinyl oddities for Natural to slice and serve as android slabs of production genius.

TC’s trio of MCs—Qwel, Denizen Kane, and Qwazaar—rhyme like men breathing from the soles of their feet. The basis of their legend is in full effect—crackling chemistry, unnerving flow, and true stories. The album plays like a jazz-era cutting session turned confessional booth, a stylistically freewheeling effort threaded together by moments of revelation, underpinned by fiercely focused production and dominated by stories of journey, moments of transformation, and warnings against coming catastrophe. For TC, the MC is a misunderstood figure, a musical seer, a minor prophet, and reluctant hustler, using words to outwit enemies, trump circumstances, and emerge from the belly of the beast with respect and rent money.

Highlights abound—Kane returning to his spoken word roots on “Denizen Walks Away,” Qwel giving his early battle rap classics a run for their money on nickel-plated platters like “My Watch” and “Gordeon Knock,” and Qwazaar flexing uncanny musical intuition, anchoring the record with meditative efforts on “Puzzling Thing” and “Reflections from the Porch” before pummeling tracks like “Better Luck” and “On My Square.” Although the LP is studded with solo shots, crew tracks are the soul of the record. “On My Square” opens with a flurry of horns before exploding into an array of signature styles—multisyllabic combinations from Qwel, laid-back but incisive chatting from Kane, and a classic Qwa verse full of declarations, threats, and witticisms, all cemented by a Qwel chorus imbued with requisite layers of meaning. Natural’s production evolves with each verse, sliding from Meters style guitars with knocking drums to moody keys with ease.

The first single, “The Crown” is a frenetic display of jagged guitars and style-shifting that makes it a perfect complement to the Orange Album’s classic “Reinventing.” The name, however, is something of a misnomer. TC have never been interested in being kings. They’ve been griots shouting from the village limits, stoning the village idiots, interrupting thieves, and solidifying sterling reputations as rappers’ rappers, smokers’ smokers, underground Gs, tribal chiefs. There will never be another Typical Cats. They leave the set like five men exiting a burning building, leaving wrecked stages and a catalog of classics in their wake. With their exodus, we find ourselves suddenly grown, having come of age with the culture, standing, as always, at the crossroads. With the music, we move like Gayle Sayers, howl like Magic Sam, see the city like a kid on the project bench, and mark it all down in a black book that will never close. It is what it is. Forever.

Track list:

1. Intro (Cry No More)
2. The Crown
3. My Watch
4. Changing Room
5. Puzzling Thing
6. Better Luck
7. Drop It Like It's Hotline
8. Denizen Walks Away
9. The Bitter Cold
10. It's The Bomb!
11. On My Square
12. Blank Stone
13. Scientists Of Sound
14. Mathematics
15. Gil Say They Don't Knock
16. Bowl Of Tea
17. Reflections From The Porch
18. The Gordeon Knock
19. TC Back For More
20. Full Clip (For The Last Day)

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