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MP3: Kokayi – "DJ Play"

From Audible Treats:

MP3: Kokayi – "DJ Play"

Illvibe And Kokayi Team Up For New Single From All Together Now Compilation Album

The Song:

The ever flavorful, genre-swapping artist/producer/singer/songwriter Kokayi might still be riding high on the wave of success brought on by his new album, Robots & Dinosaurs, but he's focused on keeping the fire hot, this time around dropping a brand new non-album single. The new song, "DJ Play," is part of Illvibe's highly anticipated album, All Together Now, a comprehensive project over two years in the making that also features Bahamadia, Invincible, Conya Doss, and Hezekiah, among many others. For Kokayi, his involvement in the project didn't take much persuasion. "The jawn cranked," explains the D.C. representer, "and I have mad respect and appreciation for the Illvibe cats so it was a no-brainer on the collaboration."

With a rather metallic feel, "DJ Play," which is produced by DJ Lil' Dave of Illvibe, is ready for the club straight from the start; a dance-ready beat complete with reggae adopted rim-shots, closely followed by various club tones and an infectious, wobbling synth line provide the backdrop for Kokayi's vocals. And perfectly so, given Kokayi's fitting lyrics and signature flow, "I'm like ease...that's not too fast, now I'm sitting here feeling dumb/ I don't know where that come from/ I'm just a simple man with a simple tongue/ I got a Simple Plan, my boy like you simple, son/ but I'm simply falling over you, like a simpleton." As you might have guessed, the lyrical inspiration for this track was drawn from those after-hour weekend nights, and has Kokayi telling the story of "a hapless romantic trying to win the heart of, or rather trying to kick some unattached solid game to someone he finds attractive, while stumbling over his romantic side the entire way."

Fans can also look for a music video to accompany the single in the coming weeks.

Download the song "DJ Play" by Kokayi for free here: .

MP3: Chris Brown - "Talk Ya Ear Off"

From M3W:

MP3: Chris Brown - "Talk Ya Ear Off"

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Video: J. Pinder - "All That Fire"

From Riot Act:

Video: J. Pinder - "All That Fire"

There are few things as captivating as the fire of a brilliantly talented and determined artist. Justin Allen Pinder, known by his widespread fanbase as J. Pinder, is blazing his trail to the spotlight. He first captured the attention of hip-hop fans with the release of his debut mixtape, Backpack Wax, produced by the legendary Vitamin D and nabbed the attention of national audiences on his guest mc spot on Jake One’s White Van Music (Rhymesayers Ent.) on the song “Big Homie Style”. Through strong, focused work and a constant effort to learn from local legends, J. Pinder quickly connected with some of the Pacific Northwest's most respected producers, such as DJ Vitamin D, Jake One, and Kuddie Fresh for his newest release, Code Red 2.0.

Lyrically, J. Pinder doesn't clutter his songs with wasted syllables. Instead, he earns respect of fans and press alike with his honest delivery, abstract poetry and intelligent poignancy! Couple that with supreme production and the tracks on Code Red 2.0 positively smoke... Guest appearances from Rapper Big Pooh (Little Brother), Toki Wright (Rhymesayers), and Guilty Simpson (Stones Throw) add evidence how far and wide his name is becoming recognized in hip hop circles.

His newest songs waiver from the raw, honesty of "Three Words", to the mellow-vibed echoing sample of "Upside Down" straight through to the sheer, bold ambition of "Go Far". Every last song is rife with J. Pinder's genius ability to imbue everything he touches with genuine personality and his lean, less-is-more take on lyricism. Code Red 2.0, presented by The Hall of Justus and The Arc Mg, officially sets a new high-water mark for J. Pinder!

Video: French Montana Performs "Choppa Down" Live

From BF Blasts:

Video: French Montana Performs "Choppa Down" Live

MP3: Hot Rod - "Dance With Me" (The Remixes)

From BF Blasts:

MP3: Hot Rod - "Dance With Me" (The Remixes)

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2K Sports & Duck Down Music Announce Top 10 Producer Finalists In NBA® 2K12 Soundtrack Contest

 NBA.2K12 Producers Facebook Screen Shot 

Congratulations to the Top 10 Producer Finalists in  

2K Sports & Duck Down Music's NBA® 2K12  

Soundtrack Contest - Producer Phase!  


With over 1,100+ original instrumental submissions, Duck Down Music's A&R and 2K Sports representatives have chosen producers King I Divine, Dae One,  

Alex Kresovich, 8bars, Audiomoe, ProVerb Productions, JNZ, Saylavee, Major, and John Castaneda as the Top 10 Producer Finalists.  In addition to being in the Top 10, these producers will receive Premium Accounts at SoundCloud, valued at $700.


Fans are encouraged to VOTE for their favorite track through  

the official Facebook Tab Application.    


Here's How To Cast Your Vote: 


First, "Like" NBA 2K & Duck Down Music Fan Pages On Facebook  

Duck Down Music:


Then, Click On The "Like" Button Next To Your  

Favorite Track To Cast Your Vote.


Make Sure You Tell A Friend To Tell A Friend To Cast Their Vote!   


Voting ends At 12PM EST on April 13th, 2011 and the winning producer will be announced. The producer track with the most Facebook "Likes" moves on to the MC phase where aspiring MCs are encouraged to record their vocals over the winning instrumental.  


For full detailed information on the rules & regulations,

Gucci Mane Reportedly Arrested

From Jeremy Thomas at

More legal woes for Gucci…

Gucci Mane has been arrested after being accused of shoving a woman out of a moving vehicle. Mane was arrested while visiting his probation officer and jailed of misdemeanor charges of battery today.

The woman, who is thirty-six, alleges that Mane picked up the woman in Atlanta while in his car and she agreed to go out to breakfast, but Mane wanted to take her to a hotel. He offered the woman $150 but she declined, and when she asked to be taken back to the mall she was originally in front of, he shoved her out of the vehicle.

"There was some visible bodily harm, scrapes and contusions," said a spokesman for the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office.


Video: Future Discusses "Racks On Racks"

From DJ Smallz:

Video: Future Discusses "Racks On Racks"

Future Discusses "Racks On Racks" from DJ Smallz.

Signed to Rocko's A1 Recordings, Future, the writer behind YC's smash single "Racks On Racks", discusses how he came up with the melody and more!

Video: Fred the Godson Freestyle

Video: Fred the Godson Freestyle

Video: Random (Mega Ran) & Lost Perception - "Avalanche"

From Random a/k/a Mega Ran:

Video: Random (Mega Ran) & Lost Perception - "Avalanche"

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