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MP3: Nicki Minaj - "Top of the World"

From M3W:

MP3: Nicki Minaj - "Top of the World"

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PR: 2Pac 40th Birthday Celebration Concert on June 16th

From Versa Manos:

2Pac 40th Birthday Celebration Concert on June 16th

Concert to be hosted by Mike Epps and Afeni Shakur

Headlined by Erykah Badu

JUNE 8, 2011 - Afeni Shakur and the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation announce details for the 2PAC 40th Birthday Celebration Concert, at the Atlanta Symphony Hall in Atlanta, GA, June 16, 2011. Hosted by comedian/actor Mike Epps, this star-studded event will feature a headlining appearance by GRAMMY® award-winning artist Erykah Badu, as well as performances by legendary soul artists Roy Ayers and Eric Roberson, and hip-hop heavyweights Too $hort, Bun B, and 8 Ball and MJG. Proceeds from the event benefit the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation.

"I am deeply honored to have been invited by Afeni Shakur to celebrate her son's remarkable life," says Badu. "I don't take this distinction for granted."

Since 2009, presenters, Mike Epps and Afeni Shakur have drawn thousands of 2Pac fans from around the globe to Atlanta for an annual day of music, art and culture in recognition of the icon's lasting impact and influence. The event aims to not only revive Tupac's spirit through art, but offer a prophetic representation of the late artist at age 40 – complete  with a musical soundtrack that spans the soulful jazz sounds of Roy Ayers and to West Coast rap contemporaries such as Too $hort.

"With this event, we help keep Tupac's legacy alive," says Epps, "not only by bringing together the fans that know and love his music, but also by supporting his organization, and the causes he worked so hard for during his lifetime."

Past celebrations have included performances by Rick Ross, Wacka Flocka, Lil' Scrappy, M1 of Dead Prez and more. At last year's concert, Dekalb County officials presented Afeni Shakur and Mike Epps with a proclamation officially naming June 16th as "Tupac Day."

This June 16 will mark the 40th birthday of Tupac Shakur, a man whose impact on culture worldwide through his art, activism and passion is felt to this day. This year, fans, family, artists and performers alike will gather at the Atlanta Symphony Hall to both celebrate the life and further the cause of this remarkable individual.

Tickets are priced at $45-150.00, and are available exclusively at .


Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation

The Tupac Shakur Foundation is home to The Tupac Amaru Shakur Center for the Arts and Peace Garden, just outside of Atlanta in Stone Mountain, Ga.  The Center is dedicated to providing youth and the community with educational programs in the arts.  It is a fact that early arts education improves school grades, as well as offers invaluable life lessons while building self esteem and confidence.  For over 10 years, the Foundation's programs have served youth of all social and economic backgrounds, giving countless young people the courage to get off the streets and learn vital skills that have the potential to positively impact their communities. The Center is open to the public and hosts several noteworthy events throughout the year. For more information or to make a donation visit: .

MP3: Wu-Tang Clan - "Only the Rugged Survive"

From Who Got Next:

MP3: Wu-Tang Clan - "Only the Rugged Survive"

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Video: Joe Young f/ Rick Ross - "Shine Bright"

From Geter K:

Video: Joe Young f/ Rick Ross - "Shine Bright"

Video: Playdough - "Ya Heard" (f/ Mr. Dibbs vs. The Black Keys)

From Trevor @ Score Press:

Video: Playdough - "Ya Heard" (f/ Mr. Dibbs vs. The Black Keys)



Everyone has played with it growing up but Playdough is no kid's toy. He has toured the world over and shared stages with hip-hoppers to rock bands alike, earning new fans at each venue his lyrics are spit. He has done shows or recorded with Method Man & Redman, Evidence, The Black Keys, Tanya Morgan, Brother Ali, Mr. Dibbs, Atmosphere, KRS-One, P.O.D., Mutemath, MURS, Mos Def, Erykah Badu, Pigeon John, Micah 9 and countless others.

Playdough has released two full-length albums with worldwide distribution (EMI, Sony) and also an EP in Australia, which have all received critical acclaim. On Hotdoggin, he collabs with some of the greats and Hotdoggin features songs with Gift of Gab (of Blackalicious), Mr. Dibbs vs The Black Keys, PicnicTyme and Deepspace 5.  Hotdoggin will have you wondering where this guy has been hiding. He's been right under your nose being recognized for his work ethic, true-to-self music, and his incredible live shows in media outlets ranging from MTV to The Source magazine.

When Playdough isn't taking his world class rhymes around the globe, he hangs his hat in Dallas, TX, where he's most notably known for his battle and freestyle reputation. He's the Dallas freestyle rap champion of Monday Night Fights for 2 years running and has won 5 times on 97.9 The Beat's Freestyle Fridays. He's also won the Skribble Jam Texas Battle and was asked to participate in the prestigious invitation-only Red Bull Emcee competition.

Playdough is Hotdoggin.

MP3: DJ Concept f/ Chaundon, Joe Scudda - "Remain Seated"

From Diamond Music Group:

MP3: DJ Concept f/ Chaundon, Joe Scudda - "Remain Seated"

DJ Concept is pleased to present the second leak, "Remain Seated" off his green-themed producer compilation Heavy Smoke, which is now available for stream courtesy of the good people over at This pass around, The Bash Brother and former host of The Mix Chronicles (Sirius/Hip-Hop Nation) links with Chaundon & Joe Scudda of the Justus League as the duo shares with you a ballad of their love affair with Mary Jane.





MP3: Drums & Ammo - "Addicted" ft. Rae Rosero, DaVinci

From Audible Treats:

MP3: Drums & Ammo - "Addicted" ft. Rae Rosero, DaVinci

DJ/Producer Collective Dishes Out New EP With Vocals

The Songs:

Drums & Ammo have assembled some of the best MCs and singers in the game and put together a new EP, Vol. 1: Extra Clips. The formula is simple: immaculate instrumentals plus incredible vocals/verses equals quality hip-hop, so REL, Al Jieh, Ammbush, and 6Fingers took their debut instrumental album, Vol. 1, and put the formula to work. D&A have already released some of the singles and videos from the EP, including 6Fingers' "U Funnystyle" featuring Bambu, and, most recently, Al Jieh's "Round Me" featuring DaVinci, and the rest of the songs will also have accompanying videos to add to the album's video series. The full EP will be released Thursday, July 23rd via SWTBRDS.

Although the two newest singles from Extra Clips come from likeminded producers Al Jieh and Ammbush, they could not sound more different. For one, Ammbush does double duty on his single, "Keep It Lit," both producing the quirky and methodical beat and being the only one of the group to rap on his own production. "The best part about making this song was the fact that I rapped on it," says Ammbush, who sampled his friend "rubbing his rough-ass hands together" for the beat. "I had the track for a minute, but never pitched it to anyone, I didn't feel like anyone would feel where I was coming from. I knew I wanted to hear some comedic visual lyrics, so when I knocked it out I felt joy." Then there's Al Jieh's airy R&B track "Addicted," which features milky falsettos from Rae Rosero and surprisingly romantic lyrics from DaVinci. "The song is a really dope metaphor for love and relationships, comparing that desire you have for your girl to a junkie's addiction," says Al Jieh. "The song itself has an obvious message, but I think it's a good example of how you can do a straightforward R&B/hip-hop song yet still make it very creative."

Download Al Jieh's "Addicted" here: .

Download Ammbush's "Keep It Lit" here: .

In case you missed it, download Drums & Ammo's album, Vol.1, for free here: and .

MP3: SKAM2? - "Pennie$"

From Semp Rok:

MP3: SKAM2? - "Pennie$"

"Pennie$" is the latest track from SKAM2?'s upcoming mixtape THE SKRONIK: How To Boil Vomit. Matari composes the setting with a drunken sample as SKAM2? delivers a smooth cadence riddled with undertones of hostility.  Check out more tracks off the mixtape on his official Facebook page:

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KRS-One, Talib Kweli, and K'NAAN - Beat The World Soundtrack

From Christina Duren:

KRS-One, Talib Kweli, and K'NAAN - Beat The World Soundtrack

You Got Served: Beat The World Original Soundtrack - releasing June 14th
View full bio, download hi-res images, and mp3s -

More than just another film soundtrack, Beat the World is the coming together of some of the world’s most prominent conscious Hip Hop artists as part of a vision to build new social paradigms through music and film.

When Somalian born new-school rapper and World Cup ambassador K’NAAN joined forces with one of Hip Hop’s most respected founding fathers, KRS-One, to record the film’s title track “Hip Hop Nation”, they were on a mission: to represent the positive voice and power of the world’s largest music-based cultural movement – Hip Hop.  In addition to creating an original voice for Beat the World, they created an anthem for the evolution of the global Hip Hop movement.

Soundtrack Sampler -

“Hip Hop Nation” both drives the action of the film and emphasizes a shared underlying theme: we are all equal and united under one global movement, using music, dance and creativity to breakdown borders and stereotypes that may otherwise divide us.

Hip Hop Nation – KRS-One feat. K’NAAN and Lina -

Other notable collaborations on the soundtrack include the heroic “Infinite Love,” featuring top British rapper Sway together with the renowned lyrical wordsmith Talib Kweli, and the multi-lingual world-beat dance track “Must Be the Music” performed by Les Nubians (France), Lina (US) and MV Bill (Brazil).

You Got Served: Beat The World Trailer (Available on DVD) -

MP3: New Music From Gutta and Nems

From J-Ronin:

MP3: New Music From Gutta and Nems





Gutta is a hardcore Hip-Hop artist and super lyricist from Phoenix, Terrazona. Gutta got his start and break with the Society of Invisbles in 05 after they were signed to indie label Baby Grande in NY. He then began his solo career linking up with DJ J-Ronin of All Elements to release his solo mixtape debut Heads Will Roll. After hearing the mixtape Baby Grande resigned Gutta as a solo artist and released Heads Will Roll the Blue Sky Black Death version worldwide. Gutta has toured and worked with several major artists such as Jedi Mind Tricks, Wu-tang, Non Phixion, R.A. The Rugged Man, KRS-One, Necro, Mr HYde Chino XL, Sav Killz, Illa Ghee, Verse, Sick Jacken, Block Mccloud, Army of the the Pharoahs, Planet Asia and many more

Gutta was quiet in the hip-hop scene due to a stint in prison. However upon being released Gutta and others started a crew called VietKong and put out a mixtape hosted by DJ J-Ronin entitled Animal Planet. Despite the good reviews, personal differences within the crew lead to the crews breakup. 

Gutta is now fully focused on his solo career and his new movement Block Settaz. He is also member of the All Elements crew and a member of the underground hardcore group Damage INC ( w/ Necro, Chino XL and Mr Hyde) slated for release in early 2012 on Psychological Records.

The next solo project is entitled The American Werewolf in London hosted by DJ J-Ronin and DJ Shortee Blitz ( Kiss FM London) soon to be followed by the Solo debut album Pain.

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