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Free Album: Drums & Ammo - Vol. 1

From Audible Treats:

Free Album: Drums & Ammo - Vol. 1

New Project Features Instrumentals From Rising West Coast Producer Collective

The Album:

Drums & Ammo has been playing the background for a minute. True, the SWTBRDS producer collective, comprised of 6Fingers, Al Jieh, Ammbush, and REL, has spent time in studios with a range of established and rising artists that would turn a young producer's eyes green. But still, if you haven't yet heard the name, D&A won't be mad; until now they've been too busy working with your favorite artists – a list that includes every one from Raphael Saadiq to Keak Da Sneak, Del The Funky Homosapien to DaVinci, Moe Green, Messy Marv, Bambu, and more – to be concerned with the recognition.

But now, after a light roll-out – to this point D&A released only the "Speak Up" video, produced by and featuring Ammbush – Drums & Ammo are excited to release their new instrumental album, Vol. 1. The project is a collection of work from all four of the producers, a mix of both brand new instrumentals and those that have ended up on retail released. Forthcoming, Drums & Ammo will be releasing additional videos from the project, each serving to show off the diverse stylings of a group whose mix of live instrumentation, samples, and heavy drums and percussion has led to a sound that effortlessly pulls from their Bay Area home base while reaching beyond sounds normally heard within the regions confines. "We're really about maintaining our identity out here. This is West Coast music, but the sound is global," remarks Al Jieh. "It's diverse, but it all comes together through a common influence – Bay Area music."

Download Drums & Ammo's new album, Vol.1, for free: or .

PR: Saigon & Indaba Music "Bring Me Down" Remix Contest

From 'Stache Media:

Saigon & Indaba Music "Bring Me Down" Remix Contest

Hip-hop artist Saigon has teamed up with Indaba Music for an official remix contest featuring his latest single "Bring Me Down."  Indaba Music is the online home for a global community of over 570,000 musicians from approximately 180 countries and territories. Their core offering enables musicians from all over the world to come together to record, mix and edit tracks online. The Indaba platform also offers tools and services that help musicians across all aspects of their careers - from networking and education, to production, promotion, and distribution.

The winning "Bring Me Down" remix will be awarded $1,000 and released officially by Saigon. Ten honorable mentions will receive a copy of Saigon's debut album, The Greatest Story Never Told, as well as a Saigon t-shirt.  For more information on Indaba Music and to enter this unique opportunity, please visit

Saigon's new music video for "Bring Me Down" will be featured as the New Joint of the day on BET's 106 & Park this week. Be sure to tune in this Friday, April 15, and check out the new video here.

Video: Young Riot Freestyle for Y.O.M.P. Mixtape

From Amalgam Digital:

Video: Young Riot Freestyle for Y.O.M.P. Mixtape

Free Download: Shane Eli's "I Can Do Better"

From Shane Eli:

Free Download: Shane Eli's "I Can Do Better"

After six months of hard work and preparation, Shane Eli's sophomore album "I Can Do Better" is now available for free download.

Hosted by DJ Skee, the project features 16 fresh new tracks from the L.A. up and comer, including “When We Were Kings,” “Let’s Ride,” “The Night Is Young,” and many more.

All songs on the album are produced and written by Shane Eli. Guest appearances come courtesy of DJ Critical Hype, Jason Caesar, Playboy Tre, Rittz, Aleon Craft, Ahmad and others.


Video: D. Black Thanks Fans/Invited Them to Curtain Call

From Sportn' Life Records:

Video: D. Black Thanks Fans/Invited Them to Curtain Call

Sportn' Life Records bids a farewell to D.Black. Our flagship artist is leaving the rap game. We'll misss him and his music and I'm sure you will also.  So, please join us for this event, and let's all beg him to stay!! ha ha.  Also, performing are the newest members of Sportn' Life, Fly Moon Royalty.

Here's what D.Black had to say in his own words.

Video: Dorrough Speaks On His Favorite Nikes

From DJ Smallz:

Video: Dorrough Speaks On His Favorite Nikes

Dorrough Speaks On His Favorite Nikes from DJ Smallz.

Dallas native, Dorrough, speaks on his favorite Nikes... old school Nikes to be exact, so much so, he even has a song buzzing right now dedicated to 'em. Find out which Nikes in particular Dorrough really enjoys.

PR: Fresno, California Rap Collective "Fire City"

From Todd Davis:

PR: Fresno, California Rap Collective "Fire City"

Hailing from Fresno, California, Fire City, a rap collective comprised of members; AF-Toddy, Oli, K-Wu, Tipsee and Raecoon the Vaccume, are currently riding high off of all the attention already garnered from their Suga-T, of E-40 & The Click fame, assisted, first single, "Slapper." The infectious lead track is one of many stand-out offerings from their soon-to-be-released full-length collection, F.City Music Ent. Presents...DA FC WAY. The album is currently slated for release on Saturday, April 23rd.

Although "Grizzly City" hasn't necessarily been a "hotbed" or at the forefront of Bay Area Hip-Hop, with Fashawn being the only immediate known artist as of late that one may associate with the town, there's still an undeniable untapped talent pool of hungry emcees waiting to be discovered. That said, Fire City are definitely leading the pack as far as, not only Fresno, but, the entire Left Coast is concerned. They are literally on the cusp of greatness.

"Fire City's ultimate plan is to bring eyes back to the West Coast. We want people to follow our movement. We are not individuals, but family, and the only other click on the West Coast with heat! Like a new N.W.A.," Raecoon, the LP's executive producer, expresses excitedly, sounding highly confident but not the least bit conceited.

F.City Music Ent. Presents...DA FC WAY will be available at all major digital outlets on April 23rd 2011... .

MP3: Animate Objects - "Axioms" (Neosonic Remix)

From K-Murdock:

MP3: Animate Objects - "Axioms" (Neosonic Remix)

Check this free remix i did for Chicago based progressive hiphop band Animate Objects song "Axioms"

Feel free to re-blog/tweet!

I got more remixes on deck for the likes of Boog Brown and Termanology that i'll be sending you all soon...

Thanx for any & all support!


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Video: J Randall f/ T-Pain - "Can't Sleep"

From Poe Boy Ran:

Video: J Randall f/ T-Pain - "Can't Sleep"

MP3: Reject f/ Edo G - "Don't Wanna Hear It"

From Diamond Music Group:

MP3: Reject f/ Edo G - "Don't Wanna Hear It"

Reject, the Boston-based emcee is pleased to present his debut single "I Don't Wanna Hear It" from his forthcoming LP, Far From Industry, which is set to drop in the fourth quarter of 2011. The single which is produced by Teddy Roxpin and includes a guest feature from the legendary Edo G. The track becomes available through all major digital retailers on May 10th, but is available as a free download today! Contrary to the title, you do wanna hear this, stream/download now!!


"Don't Wanna Hear It" | HulkShare
"Don't Wanna Hear It" | SoundCloud

Reject, the 20 year old Boston-based emcee has been crafting rhymes since the age of 14 and is finally set to unveil his debut single "I Don't Wanna Hear It" B/W "In This Life" on May 10th! The single will be featured on Reject's forthcoming LP, Far From Industry which is set to drop during the fourth quarter of 2011. Far From Industry is set to feature guest appearances and production from Ed O.G., XL (of The Kreators), Bugsy, Genius, Narconix & more.


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