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Free EP: Ace Reporter - Arcadia EP


From Audible Treats:

Free EP: Ace Reporter - Arcadia EP

Brooklyn Singer Releases Fourth EP From Song-a-Day Project

The EP:

Arcadia: a place where everything is perfect and nothing ever happens.

Brooklyn artist Ace Reporter is back and excited to offer listeners auditory escape with the Arcadia EP. The EP is the fourth and final in a series of releases showcasing handpicked tracks from the multi-faceted singer's threesixfive project, a dauntingly industrious project that found Ace writing and recording an original song for the entirety of 2010. Where most may have taken a sonic sabbatical after such an arduous challenge, Ace has not only spent the infancy of 2011 re-mastering and re-imagining threesixfive tracks, but also recently played a triumphant debut show at Brooklyn's Cameo Gallery. Three more shows in the NYC area are on the horizon including an April 21st release party for the Arcadia EP at The Delancey.

The journey to Arcadia begins with the hypnotic guitar strums of the title track that steadily sashay into a cascading collection of vocals and instrumentation. "The song," explains Ace, "is about movement without change. It's about being in a place of infinite naïveté." The garden party of "Arcadia" makes its way into the forests of Manhattan in "Stick To", where a distorted organ serves as the undercurrent for a track infused with the energy of a NYC night. Arcadia continues with a succession of coast to coast collaborations – Brooklyn's Swingset Committee (facebook.com/pages/Swingset-Committee/60479339076) serve up a kinetic storm of synthesizers on their infectious remix of "Lean Honey Lean", and left coast compatriots Barbara (www.wearebarbara.com) transform "The World Is On Fire" into an electro anthem from the future. "Pelican" finds Ace channeling his inner Thom Yorke as he battles a vocoder and a shadowy beat concocted by frequent collaborator Chris Kuklis. The digital release of the Arcadia EP also features a re-imagining of Arcade Fire's "We Used to Wait", where soaring violins effortlessly interlace with Ace's disarming vocals. Download the EP for free today and join Ace Reporter on his voyage to Arcadia.

Download the Arcadia EP : http://acereporter.bandcamp.com/album/arcadia-ep .

Mixtape: Camp Lo & Pete Rock's "80 Blocks From Tiffany's"


From Trackstar the DJ:

Mixtape: Camp Lo & Pete Rock's "80 Blocks From Tiffany's"

Download at Camplo.net or Mediafire

Quoth TSS:

"With 2011’s first quarter coming to a close, it’s time to put down the Kanye and the Saigon turn your ears and anticipation to a loaded Spring of Hip-Hop. To get you in the mood, TSS is proud to present the official mixtape for the upcoming Pete Rock and Camp Lo’s summer album, 80 Blocks From Tiffany’s with Trackstar the DJ and DJ Mark Divita backing the project.

This tape does double duty. It reminds us of Camp Lo’s sometimes slept-on lyrical talent while serving hardcore fans with appetizers off the forthcoming full-length. Trackstar’s blends of timeless beats from the Mecca and the Soul Brother days mesh perfectly with Camp Lo a cappellas unearthed from deep within the crates. Previously leaked singles of the full-length, “Mic Check” and the freestyle “Jimmy Page,” form the foundation of the tape and even if “Mic Check” won’t make it onto your local radio, it still deserves a trip through your car speakers.

While we await the full length project, this mixtape will serve as a reminder of things past and a preview of future dopeness.  Enjoy."

***

Bonus: New Rockwell Knuckles album, "You're Fxckin Out, I'm Fxckin In"

Jay Electronica. Dr Dre. Rockwell Knuckles.

Some artists do things on their own schedule, happy to let anticipation build up before releasing new material when it’s just right, and not a moment before. It’s been over a year since Choose Your Own Adventure, but You’re F*ckin Out, I’m F*ckin In is worth the wait. Rockwell’s approach to a release schedule may be unconventional, but the results are undeniable–he wrecks thirteen beats in a wide range of tempos and textures, with guest appearances from Tef Poe, Vandalyzm and Theresa Payne. There’s more on the horizon, too–expect the upcoming collaborative EP with Tef to be available before Act III.

http://www.mediafire.com/?1cpobfrfp4fef41

L.I.F.E. Long x DJ Afar Presents..."Afar Lifelong Travel Through Sound"


From DubMD84:

L.I.F.E. Long x DJ Afar Presents..."Afar Lifelong Travel Through Sound"

FEAT. RAEKWON x PRINCE PO x DJ JS-1 x BREEZ EVAHFLOWIN
"PRODUCTION FROM KHROME x PETE CANNON x BLACKSPARX"
 
The anticipated mixtape from L.I.F.E. Long and DJ Afar has arrived. As they take an "Afar Lifelong Travel Though Sound" if your a fan of that nostalgic hip hop sound with a 2011 twist, this one is for you.
 
The mixtape features collaborations with the likes of Raekwon, Prince Po, DJ JS-1, Lil Dap, Breez Everflowin, along with quality production from producers like Khrome, Pete Cannon, Black Sparx, K-O Beats and more.
 
01.) Intro (Produced by Irealz) (Cuts By DJ Afar)
02.) War Inna Babylon (feat. C.A.T.) (Produced By Kolor Brown)
03.) Worldwide (Produced By Waxaholics)
04.) The Heist (feat. Power In Numberz Fam Rhyme Therapy I.S.R. Terrestrial Papo) (Produced by Zel)
05.) Veteran (feat. DJ JS-1) (Produced By BlackSparx)
06.) Get Up Off It (feat. Melodic Yoza) (Produced By BlackSparx)
07.) Samurai Code Of Honor (feat. Prince Po & U.G.)
08.) When The Pen Hits The Paper (feat. Pryme Prolific & Tone Liv)
09.) Get Up (feat. Premonition) (Produced By K-O Beats)
10.) Other Worldz (feat. Terrestrial Papo & Irealz)
11.) Energy Substance (feat. I.S.R.) (Produced By Xifedy)
12.) Deep Thinkers (feat. Elohem Star) (Produced By Sci-Fi Stu)
13.) Motive (feat. DJ Connect) (Produced By Big Ape)
14.) Broke (feat. Nutso) (Produced By Pete Cannon)
15.) Dollars & Sense (feat. Nena Bleu) (Produced By Finsta)
16.) Crimewave (feat. Raekwon & Irealz)
17.) Morgan Freeman 2 (feat. Atari Blitz & Lil Dap) (Produced By Khrome)
18.) Mind Over Matter (feat. Venomous) (Produced By Mishaps) (Cuts By Afar)
19.) Journey (feat. DJ Devestate) (Produced By Big Ape)
20.) Damn Beers (feat. Rhyme Therapy)
21.) Winter (feat. Iomos Marad) (of Allies Crew) (Produced By Aneeway)
22.) As He Goes On (feat. Breez Evahflowin & Kid Lucky)
 
* http://lifelong.bandcamp.com/album/afar-l-i-f-e-long-travel-through-sound *

...AND! as a bonus, be sure you check out these L.I.F.E. Long visuals via Youtube:
"Mind Over Matter" (feat. Venomous) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ekccd0-7Cls .
"Broke" (feat. Nutso) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tbzVvOSLNdw .
"Lash Out" (feat. Elohem Star) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AKXS0vGsGZA .
"Vetertan" (feat. DJ JS-1) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ixXg1c78EuY .

MP3: Kafani - "Throw the Cash" + "Baller Roll"


From BF Blasts:

MP3: Kafani - "Throw the Cash" + "Baller Roll"

"THROW THE CASH"
(CLEAN/DIRTY/INSTRU/ACAP) http://www.mediafire.com/?x3js6tvbh8385o8 .
 
"BALLER ROLL"
(Clean/Dirty/Instru/Acap) http://www.mediafire.com/?zjzbshda9xfztze .

PR: Audible Treats 2011 SXSW Wrap-Up


From Audible Treats:

Audible Treats 2011 SXSW Wrap-Up

AT Celebrates SXSW With Two Showcases Intersecting Hip-Hop And Electro-Indie

(March 29, 2011 – Brooklyn, NY) Returning to Austin, Texas for the third time, premier marketing and publicity firm Audible Treats is happy to announce the success of not only one but two official showcases. Audible Treats produced their 2nd annual hip-hop showcase in conjunction with Blacksmith Music with headliners Talib Kweli, Jean Grae, Zion I & The Grouch, Black Milk, and Opio and Casual on Thursday night, followed by their first hip-hop and electro-indie hybrid showcase, co-curated by PrefixMag.com the following night with headliners Acrylics and J*Davey. Both showcases were marked by major giveaways and a number of special guests who helped to pack the venues.

Audible Treats' 2nd annual hip-hop showcase, which took place in front of a packed crowd at The Scoot Inn on Thursday, began with an opening set by Kyle Rapps, whose debut EP, Re-Edutainment, will be released tomorrow. Kyle, who also served as host for the night, introduced the line-up, which included League510, The Niceguys, DaVinci, Erk Tha Jerk, Roach Gigz, DJ Toure, Moe Green, TRUTHLiVE, Kokayi, Black Milk with his live band, Opio & Casual from The Hieroglyphics, Zion I & The Grouch, and headliners Talib Kweli and Jean Grae with special guest Pharoahe Monch, who performed his classic “Simon Says.” Holding down the evening between sets was DJ and producer IMAKEMADBEATS, spinning a variety of songs mixed in with his own instrumentals, many of which fans will remember from the producer's self-titled debut album.

The following evening, Audible Treats celebrated their second event of the week, partnering with PrefixMag.com for a showcase at Nuvola that featured an eclectic line-up, mixing hip-hop with a variety of electro and indie acts. DJ Eleven served as the house DJ and introduced, DaVinci, who performed a mix of tracks from The Day The Turf Stood Still, and his forthcoming 2011 releases, the Feast Or Famine EP and The MOEna Lisa. Next up were Headless Horsemen and Roach Gigz, who brought up special guest Kreayshawn for her very first performance, as well as Poirier and Moe Green, both of who ran through a variety of fan favorites. Co-headlining the showcase was Acrylics and J*Davey, who performed in front of a packed house.

Audible Treats would like to thank all partners who assisting in making the two showcases a success: PrefixMag.com, Blacksmith Music, FLüD Watches, Onitsuka Tiger, Native Instruments MASCHINE, IM KING Clothing, Orisue Clothing, and Rocksmith Tokyo Clothing.

Watch video highlights of the Audible Treats 2011 SXSW showcases here:

Black Milk: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mnkOOn4wKwg .

Casual & Opio of Hieroglyphics: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2cjgoz24G9w .

Talib Kweli, Pharaohe Monch, & Jean Grae: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hT9MBf4xGnA .

PR: Drumma Boy x DJ Smallz Open Mic Tomorrow in Tampa


From DJ Smallz:

YOU ARE INVITED TO THE BIGGEST MONTHLY OPEN MIC IN FLORIDA!

HOSTED BY

GRAMMY NOMINATED PRODUCER DRUMMA BOY
(WAKA FLOCKA "NO HANDS", BIRDMAN "MONEY TO BLOW", YOUNG JEEZY "I PUT ON")

BIGGA RANKIN
(REAL NIGGA RADIO, VP OF CTE, CORE DJ, HITTMEN DJ, COOL RUNNINGS DJ))

DJ SMALLZ
(SOUTHERN SMOKE / FEAR FACTOR MUSIC GROUP)

AT CLUB SKYE 1509 E. 8TH AVE. TAMPA, FL 33605
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 30

DOORS OPEN AT 10P, EVENT WILL BE PACKED BY MIDNIGHT!

FOR TICKETS OR PERFORMANCE REGISTRATION
CALL OR TEXT JOFFY 954-881-5043
http://www.dacypherlastcall.com

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT BEFORE!

HERE'S FOOTAGE FROM FEBRUARY'S OPEN MIC
HOSTED BY BANGLADESH x NASTY BEATMAKERS x DJ SMALLZ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWv32R-Cres

HERE'S FOOTAGE FROM JANUARY'S OPEN MIC
HOSTED BY DJ DRAMA & DJ SMALLZ
http://www.vimeo.com/19406097

Video: Hip Hop Discussion w/ Chad Huge, Malice & DJ Bee


From RMG:

Video: Hip Hop Discussion w/ Chad Huge, Malice & DJ Bee

HipHop Discussion w/ Malice, DJ Bee, & Chad Hugo from Revolution Media Group.

Video: Chip Tha Ripper - "The Entrance"


From Illroots:

"We’re taking ‘em back with this on, nostalgia at it’s finest for one of the most refreshing tracks off Gift Raps. Appropriately placed as the intro, ‘The Entrance’ follows Chip out in Cleveland telling the story of his come up and rise to greatness. Grinding in the streets time after time, making every dollar imaginable to be the freshest dude in the game isn’t an easy hustle, but who more suited than Chip Tha Ripper? Did we mention that he produced the track as well alongside the homie Big Duke? Crazy. We’re not done yet, more videos in the works. We in this hoe."

Chip Tha Ripper - The Entrance from illRoots.com on Vimeo.

 

PR: 40 Glocc & Spider Loc Album "Graveyard Shift"


From Raquel Sweets:

PR: 40 Glocc & Spider Loc Album "Graveyard Shift"

HOSTED BY DJ DRAMA

ALBUM IN STORES & ONLINE TODAY! 

FEATURES BY: KURUPT, TONY YAYO, OBIE TRICE, JAYO FELONY, OBIE TRICE, BUSTA RHYMES, MC-EIHT, NOREAGA & MORE...

CLICK HERE TO PREVIEW THE ALBUM:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0K9GqMXvaKE

Audio: Has-Lo "Fiber Optics" - Album Release Today!


From Mello Music Group:

Audio: Has-Lo "Fiber Optics" - Album Release Today!

Today marks the official release of Has-Lo "In Case I Don't Make It".  The album, written and produced entirely by the Philadelphia emcee/producer, is a rugged lyrical journey through jarring imagery and moody production, with a cohesive sound that pulls the listener into a web of psychoanalytical & melancholy musings.  Deep, complex, and unabashedly powerful, Has-Lo "In Case I Don't Make It" has already garnered critical acclaim in both XXL Mag (Chairman's Choice) and the LA Weekly (Music To Pick Up).
 
To celebrate, MMG is releasing the 2nd single from the project entitled "Fiber Optics", a track that opens with a Panther speech discussing freedom, Eldrige Cleaver, and escaping mental enslavement.  Has-Lo takes civil rights on the mic even deeper with a collection of lyrical jewelry designed to school those living inside of hype and propaganda. The track goes beyond the prosaic & into the esoteric.
 
"It’s Has-Lo, I’m your guide
A rap M.R.I, a mental massage
I’m in it to rise and break free from the boundaries
And travel over the center divide
If men are derived of sand touched by the breath of life…
Then that breath becomes ours, descendant of god
And god becomes man and man will inherit the stars
Effect and the cause, Allah
Fiber optics"
 
Enjoy the free download: feel free to post and share.
 
Mp3 Download: Has-Lo "Fiber Optics"
 
Now Available!  Has-Lo In Case I Don't Make It
 

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