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From Nature Sounds:

Nature Sounds Newsletter: Smoke DZA & More

With a recent string of critically-acclaimed releases and sold-out national tours, Smoke DZA has become one of hip-hop's hottest young stars.  With an irresitible laid-back flow and penchant for Mary Jane-laced wordplay, DZA has stolen the show on recent collaborations with a who's who of young hip-hop stars (Wiz Khalifa, Asher Roth, A$AP Rocky, Big K.R.I.T., Kendrick Lamar, Dom Kennedy, and more). The man they call the "Kushed God" is now joining forces with High Times and Cinematic Music Group for Rugby Thompson, a brand new album produced entirely by rising hitmaker Harry Fraud. With Fraud's pounding drums providing the backdrop, Rugby Thompson is DZA's most cohesive work to date, and with appearances from Action Bronson, Curren$y, Sean Price, Schoolboy Q, A$AP Twelvyy, Domo Genesis, and more, it may just be his most impressive.  Check out the free track and video below, or pre-order now.

Free MP3 - Kenny Powers - .
Video - New Jack - .

In addition to Rugby Thompson, Smoke DZA is also releasing a physical version of his hit mixtape Substance Abuse, and a limited-edition green 7-inch vinyl single featuring the "Marley & Me (Remix)" and "What's Goodie".  Check out all three at the links below, and pick up a free pack of Raw Rolling Papers with every Smoke DZA order.

Pre-Order - Smoke DZA - Rugby Thompson: .

Smoke DZA - Substance Abuse: .

Smoke DZA - Green 7-Inch: .

As one of the few emcees who's worked with the best in the underground, mainstream, East, West, and South, Houston's own Devin The Dude is your favorite rapper's favorite rapper.  Now he's back with Seriously Trippin', a brand new EP full of the smoke-filled tales and head-nodding beats that fans have come to expect from Devin. Now available on limited edition tripped-out colored vinyl, featuring the vinyl-only bonus track "Stop Waiting".  Every piece of vinyl in this limted run will be printed with its own unique pattern.

Pre-Order - Seriously Trippin: .

Nearly two decades after his rap debut on the Who's The Man soundtrack, Timbo King has plenty of lessons to teach.   For his new video, the Wu-Tang affiliate hits the classroom to give the next generation a "Bar Exam".  Timbo's long-awaited debut album From Babylon To Timbuk2 is in stores now, and features the likes of RZA, Lil Fame, Killah Priest, R.A. The Rugged Man, Jr. Reid, Bronze Nazareth, and more.

Video: .

Order - Timbo King - From Babylon To Timbuk2: .


Keeping these Big K.R.I.T. mixtapes in stock hasn't been easy, but the CD editions are now available from our store, plus Amazon, UGHH, and physical stores worldwide.  The vinyl is up for pre-order, as is the wax edition of Moka Only & Ayatollah's new album Bridges.  We've also got recent gems from Planet Asia, DOOM, Roddy Rod, and more.

Order - Big K.R.I.T. - K.R.I.T. Wuz Here: .

Order - Big K.R.I.T. - Return Of 4eva: .

Pre-Order - Moka Only & Ayatollah - Bridges: .


With albums coming up from Smoke DZA, R.A. The Rugged Man, Masta Killa, Blu, and more, we're still looking for dedicated reps across the country to coordinate and implement marketing efforts in various markets.  As always, we'll hook up the team with some free Nature Sounds product.  We'll be reaching out soon to get started, so if you're interested make sure you get on the list.  Email with your name, address, and a list of local record stores in your area to join the team.

10 Year Anniversary, Live from the Control Room, Rock the Bells (SF)

From QC:

BIG UPDATE! Yo, Son! 10 Year Anniversary, Live from the Control Room, Rock the Bells (SF)

Quality Control Marketing and SAE San Francisco present Live from the Control Room Session Three featuring San Francisco/Fillmore's own DaVinci and Berkeley based producer Ion The Prize. Filmed by none other than Casual, the Hieroglyphics Rap God, this session and track titled "Purple Sky" were recorded at the SAE San Francisco campus, by SAE students. SAE San Francisco is the newest campus in SAE's long legacy of training students for success in the Audio and Entertainment Industries. The top notch studio facilities are used for education purposes only and students never have to worry about losing out valuable practical time to commercial projects. The SAE staff are dedicated to the success of their students and work with them to develop their personal interests in recording, producing, mixing and mastering great music.

The video and track are the result of the "Live from the Control Room" Beat Battle which took place late 2011 at 330 Ritch in San Francisco. Ion the Prize was one of the finalists and decided to pair up with DaVinci, who was a judge and performer. The song will be featured on the "Live from the Control Room" EP along with the other participants including A-Plus of the legendary Souls of Mischief/Hieroglyphics crew, Lateef the Truthspeaker from Latyrx/Quannum, Vallejo's own Moe Green, and Fillmore's own DaVinci, known as one of San Francisco's most capable lyricists. The winning producers, Cache, Poetiq Beetz, Lambo Got Em' and Ion the Prize provide the backdrops and the Bay's finest hold down the rhymes. Stay tuned for Session 4, the videos (all shot by Casual) and the official release of the "Live from the Control Room" EP coming in the upcoming months. Make sure you log onto and for any and all info.

Directed and Shot by Casual Edited by Roy Miles Recorded at SAE San Francisco



Let's take it back to the old school, let's take it to Union Square...
This Sat, May 26th 2012

& Special Surprise Guests!

DJ MIKE LOE (Mic Wreck, Fat Buddha)
DJ J-SMOKE (The Allies, Direct Drive)

Special Live Wood Burning Art Piece by:

Hosted by the legendary:
THE AWESOME 2's (Teddy Tedd and Special K).

$30 in Adv, $35 at door, 21+ bring ID

@ Le Poisson Rouge
158 Bleeker Street, NYC

More Info

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MP3: J-Mill (Milla iLLa Gorilla) - "Shut It Down"

MP3: J-Mill (Milla iLLa Gorilla) - "Shut It Down"

Courtesy M3W.

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Audio: Opium Black - "No Panties"

Audio: Opium Black - "No Panties"

From BF Blasts.

The New Strip Club Anthem of the Summer is here!!  Opium Black - No Panties.

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@RBEmsee Event Tues. May 29th @ Masquerade w/ David Banner

From The Kaos Effect:

Red Bull EmSee Event Tues. May 29th @ Masquerade w/ David Banner, 9th Wonder, Phonte, Big K.R.I.T

Red Bull EmSee is an invitation-only MC battle series designed to find the best freestyle emcees in the country - giving them a national platform to showcase their skills.

On Tuesday night 8 qualifiers from around the country will meet in ATL and face off for the National Finals. 8 emcee's will walk in... but only one will walk out a winner.

In additon there's a special performance by David Banner. Sounds will be held down by 9th Wonder. Phonte (Little Brother/Foreign Exchange) will be hosting.

DJ Premier, Big K.R.I.T., and David Banner will also act as special guest judges.

Oh.. and the best part... this event is FREE!!!

18+ to get in / Doors Open at 8pm / Show at 9pm.

If you came through in the past for Talib Kweli & Bun B, then you already know how this is going down.

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Video: Kristoff Krane - "Birthday Song"

From Kristoff Krane:

Video: Kristoff Krane - "Birthday Song"

Birthday Song is the first music video from Kristoff Krane's 2012 release fanfaronade. The album is available as a free download here:

Video: Black Cobain & @PhilAde301 - "Beez in the Trap"

From Langston S:

Video: Black Cobain & Phil Ade - "Beez in the Trap"

Black Cobain and Phil Ade "Beez in the Trap."  Check out their remix to the Nicki Minaj and 2 Chainz single.

Video: @TheRealMoneG f/ Philly Freeway - "Rocstar"

From Rap Star Promo:

Video: Mon EG f/ Philly Freeway - "Rocstar"

Square Business ENT LLC/Bungalo/Universal Music Group Distribution Presents.....Mon EG's 1st of 4 singles of 2012 "ROCSTAR" Directed by Antwan Smith...Follow me @Therealmoneg....

NEWS: @MegaRan's Video Game and Soundtrack

From Random a/k/a Mega Ran:

NEWS: Mega Ran's Video Game and Soundtrack

For the past 2 months, indie developers Lunar Giant Studios have been working on a video game that would effectively encompass Random, aka Mega Ran's main loves: education, hip-hop, and Mega Man. So here it is, version 1 of Mega Ran in Language Arts. 

LGS needs beta testers, so please report any bugs or crashes to

Beating this difficult game will get a new song unlocked that will serve as the piece between Random's Language Arts Volume 1 and 2 projects, with Vol 2 releasing in August. 

When the game released today, so did it's soundtrack, executive produced by Ran's DJ, Mel "DN3" Raymond, who put together chip-tune 8-bit hip-hop joints, some with lyrics, some without, and featuring folks like Random, Roqy Tyraid, and more. Check that out here!

Thank you for your support of this union between indie gamers and hip-hop! 
Rakaa From Dilated Peoples & Swollen Members' Prevail Release Collabo

From Kerosene Media:

Rakaa From Dilated Peoples & Swollen Members' Prevail Release Collabo Track and Perform At Viper Room In Hollywood On May 31st

Rakaa from Dilated Peoples has released the new track "Frequent Flyers" featuring Prevail from Swollen Members and produced by DJ Babu online at Rakaa from Dilated Peoples and Swollen Members' Prevail will perform a joint solo show together on May 31st in Hollywood, CA at the legendary Viper Room.

"Dilated and Swollen Members have been family for most of our careers," commented Rakaa. "The song 'Frequent Flyers' features Prevail and was produced by Babu, and it's ill. ILL! Aerial assault, flying guillotine-type craziness."

Rakaa continues to tour in support of his Decon Records released solo album "Crown Of Thorns", which is available online at Featuring guest appearances and production by fellow Dilated Peoples members Evidence and DJ Babu. As Rakaa puts it, “This is just another piece of the puzzle that makes the picture that much more complete.”

Prevail will be performing tracks from his new "Spasefase" EP, which is available digitally online at, and released through Battle Axe/Suburban Noize Records. The EP features guest appearances by Swollen Members alumni Madchild, Malia May, and production work by Ol' City Rocker. Prevail's video for the song "Razorblades can be seen online at .

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