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Video: Donwill f/ Nicky Guiland - "Breathe"


From Audible Treats:

Video: Donwill f/ Nicky Guiland - "Breathe"

MP3: DJ Flaco - "Wrapped Around My Finger" & More


From DJ Blast:

MP3: "Wrapped Around My Finger" & More

* http://soundcloud.com/djflacoflash *
* http://www.mediafire.com/?v782oawgweg3fzn *

PR: Chuck D "By the Time I Got to Arizona" Fine Art Piece


From Dunn Deal PR:

Chuck D "By the Time I Got to Arizona" Fine Art Piece

Each canvas in the series measures 60 by 33 inches, but the statement each makes looms way larger. Arizona’s SB 1070 law, which many feel encourages police to racially profile Latinos, takes America a large step towards fascism. Ultimately, the decision to allow America to turn on the come-one-come-all philosophy that once made it the most progressive country in the world rests with we, the people. And it is the people whose minds Chuck D seeks to move with By The Time I Got To Arizona, his limited edition fine art collaboration with notorious Los Angeles creativity house SceneFour that was released to the public March 4th and has rapidly become their fastest-selling piece in a line of artwork that includes collaborations with RZA of the Wu-Tang Clan and Bootsy Collins. “This statement of artwork is maybe reminding people that they gotta have more of a voice,” says Chuck. “We can’t rely on the people who are scrutinized – quote unquote ‘illegal immigrants’ – to speak up, because they’re terrified by some sort of terror law that has been enacted upon human beings. And the United States has bogarted their territory under the Manifest Destiny principle which basically doesn’t speak to human development as far as sharing the planet. Where do we go with that? Make a statement in art, and hope that they will stick.”

Few figures in music are better suited to tackle this topic than Chuck D. From the moment he stepped on the world stage in the ‘80s with Public Enemy he has crusaded relentlessly in the name of America’s oppressed. Arizona in particular has drawn Chuck’s ire in the past, from Public Enemy’s 1991 song “By The Time I Get To Arizona” which slams the state for not recognizing Martin Luther King Jr Day, to last year’s “Tear Down That Wall”, the musical counterpart to the art piece. Chuck stresses, however, that he doesn’t consider Arizonians bad people. “I think [all this] is a coincidence over the last 25 years. For years [Arizona] was a refuge for a lot of people to take their attitudes, build a space apart from each other, and just go down there in a different type of climate and kinda sit still without having to capitulate to other beliefs, just like a lot of places in the West. So I think a lot of those beliefs happened to travel with people wanting to get out of areas where they didn’t really feel like living with people as much. It was a latter-day coincidence that Arizona turns into the Alabama of now. Arizona is a beautiful state, people know it’s beautiful. I think the people who are actually taking these attitudes in the wrong places, they actually know it’s beautiful too and they want to keep it.”

Each canvas in this limited series of 300 is signed and numbered by Chuck, comes with an authenticity placard, and bears an aerosol stencil of the Public Enemy logo. Hidden within the piece are more than 30 various figures, lyrics, and messages for viewers to find, making it an artifact that reveals itself fully over time. Visit theartofchuckd.com or legacyoften.com for more details.

MP3/Album: Buddy Love Project - "5454 A.D."


From BF Blasts:

MP3/Album: Buddy Love Project - "5454 A.D."

* http://tinyurl.com/5454AD-FreeAlbum *

TRACK LIST:
01 SHE SO REAL
02 MY BUDDY – INTRO
03 NIGHT CAP
04 VEGAS NIGHTS
05 I REAL EYEZ
06 THAT’S WHAT I LIKE
07 IM SO
08 JUST DON’T MATTER TO ME
09 I WONT CHOOSE
10 HANDS UP FOR LA

* www.BuddyLoveProject.com *

MP3: Shadow Woods - "Globetrotter"


From M3W:

MP3: Shadow Woods - "Globetrotter"

* http://www.mp3waxx.com/jobfolders/shadowwoods/blast-page.html *

MP3: Young Maestro f/ YG - "Make It Rock"


From Who Got Next:

MP3: Young Maestro f/ YG - "Make It Rock"

* http://tinyurl.com/YoungMaestroYG *

Video: Siccness - "Dear Hip-Hop"


From LRT:

Video: Siccness - "Dear Hip-Hop"

MP3: DJ Khaled & Many More - "Welcome to My Hood Remix"


From M3W:

MP3: DJ Khaled & Many More - "Welcome to My Hood Remix"

* http://www.mp3waxx.com/jobfolders/djkhaledhoodremix/blast-page.html *

Audio: Pharoahe Monch f/ Jean Grae, Royce Da 5'9" - "Assassins"


From Duck Down Music:

Audio: Pharoahe Monch f/ Jean Grae, Royce Da 5'9" - "Assassins"

* http://soundcloud.com/duckdown/assassins-feat-jean-grae-royce *

PR: Brick City New Jersey's Own Medina Drops Mixtape


From Medina:

PR: Brick City New Jersey's Own Medina Drops Mixtape

Having lurked behind the scenes for years, MEDINA refused to fall prey to the trending role of the newly-signed, mogul-label emcee with star power-that likely ends up being stunted by the larger, more “seasoned” rap star veiled by a “CEO” title while secretly sabotaging burgeoning talent. Because of his unrelenting will to stay true to himself, MEDINA has walked away from big money deals that, in his own words, “weren’t worth his soul.” He, in fact, could be likened to the “needle in the haystack” because he will not be silenced with a check on a fishhook. While his fans have pinned him with the surname “The Six Million Dollar Man,” he can, just as soon, think of six million reasons why he would rather starve than flock like industry sheep.

Resisting the indulgence of showbiz lifestyle, this against-the-grain rapper stands stronger alone, so forget the slimy entourage of hype men, wads of cash and flashy image . . . no fluff. Being one of very few who stand firm on hip-hop’s original cruxes (story-telling) and not wanting to forget what keeps him grounded, MEDINA keeps his delivery organic. While most of the emcees who talk about a lot of the same get the radio play and video spotlight, this lyricist remains true to the struggle many rappers toss away like a bad dream once they’ve “made it.” Big chains, big cars and trendy clothes aren’t this up-and-coming artist’s symbols of success . . . neither are the half-naked, champagne drenched “video models.” He’s all about remaining true in an industry filled with self-indulgent illusions and fallacies. As hard as it may be to believe, so many of your “favorite rappers” have been committing theft by deception for quite some time. Through his career as a ghostwriter, the Newark, New Jersey native feels it’s time to share his own journey. His intent, however, is not to express his pain to the masses while trying to convince his fans that indispensable spending bread and “ice” have forever numbed his wounds. Why? Because it does nothing more than perpetuate the false ideals of success. The diamonds are in his smile that he continues to rock despite his bouts with extreme hardship and the wealth is in his knowledge - all of which cannot be taken away.

In the rapidly, morally deteriorating world called “hip-hop,” MEDINA has crafted several sheets of lyrics for some of the most recognized multi-platinum selling artists today. So much so, he’s casually referred to himself as “your favorite rapper’s rapper.”

Medina mixtape "Block 2 Da Boardroom"  featuring production from Timbaland, Polow Da Don, Dr. Dre, Mark Batson, T.A. (C.T.E.), Chyna Black and more available for free download @ datpiff.com and Medina's official blogsite www.evensupermandies.com .

Z Share Download link: http://www.zshare.net/download/86218200565d7255/ .


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