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Rapper-Producer Kovas' "Deed it Main" on Party Film Project X

Rapper-Producer Kovas' "Deed it Main" on Party Film Project X

Courtesy Nik @ Ballin PR.

February 28, 2012 (Los Angeles, CA) Rapper-producer Kovas (pro-nounced Ka-vas) and Art School Rebellion/Ghetto Beat Records is pleased to announce his newest track “Deed It Main” is on the soundtrack for the new Warner Brothers Project X, alongside acts like the AMG, A-Track, Amon Tobin and Wacka Flocka, among others. The Todd Phillips (Hangover) film, about three high-school seniors who plot to throw the ultimate party, opens this Friday, March 2, 2012.

“It’s an honor to have them choose my song for the movie," notes Kovas of the track he describes as having dusty drums, scratched hooks, and east coast bop. “And since the film is about a teenager's ultimate fantasy-- throwing a wild party--making this track was extra fun.”

While most heads might be unfamiliar with Kovas, more than likely, he's made music you’ve heard. A Brooklyn native, Kovas has worked with artists from M.I.A and Lady Sovereign to Justin Timberlake and Shakira. More, his music has provided sonic background for films like Prom Night, TV shows like American Dad, and video games like the Madden NFL series, to name just a few.

Following in the tradition of producers who can also spit like Prince Paul, Kanye West and Pharrell, Kovas is multitalented. In fact, he plays five instruments, sings, raps and engineers on most of his productions. As founder of the digital music label Art School Rebellion / Ghetto Beat, the versatile musician has amassed a catalog of production credits from chart topping recording artists and leading entertainment companies. In 2003 he produced the track "Attitude" for Nick Cannon's self-titled album. In 2006, he remixed both "Fiddle with the Beat" for Lady Sovereign and "Hips Don't Lie" for Shakira. He was commissioned for MTV’s Making The Band, EA Sports Madden NFL 09 video game and Cartoon Networks' “Adult Swim.” His hit single, “Wax On Wax Off,” was featured on the Madden 09 Video Game & Soundtrack. And as if music isn't enough, Kovas also voiced two characters in the Rockstar video game "Grand Theft Auto IV."

Kovas made his debut in 2000 at the age of 16 as both a producer and artist on the Tommy Boy Records release, De La Soul featuring Kovas "Words and Verbs." He began to compose music, pulling from his Latin/ French Moroccan heritage, as well as rock, punk, soul and hip-hop influences. In 2007, Kovas released his first solo EP, The Arrogance of Youth. In 2009, he released a follow up EP Reagan Babies.

Kovas might be the best-kept secret in hip-hop, but not for much longer. In March 2012, he's releasing "The Stick Up," a single he recorded with pal and rapper/ MTV-star, Andy Milonakis. "Milonakis is fierce on the mic," says Kovas. "I think people will be pleasantly surprised." Kovas' mixtape entitled "The Come Up" will drop in April 2012.

New Video: Fokis f/ Sadat X - "#Justsayin"

New Video: Fokis f/ Sadat X - "#Justsayin"

Courtesy Matt B.

#Justsayin' f/ Sadat X (of the Legendary Brand Nubian Crew) is the second single from Fokis' recently released (2-21-2012) "A Vintage State Of Mind" Mixtape (Hosted By Sadat X & Mixed By DJ Chonz) Scratches performed by DJ Chonz.

Photo Gallery - The Final Bondfire Show

On Tuesday, February 28th, 2012, after nearly half a decade of being one of New York City's preeminent monthly hip-hop events, Bondfire had its final show. These are some of the images from that night.

For more on Bondfire check out this retrospective of what it meant to the scene:
Video: Sene - "Brooklyknight Album Trailer"

Video: Sene - "Brooklyknight Album Trailer"

Courtesy Nora Ritchie.

Brooklyn rapper Sene is releasing his sophomore full-length album Brooklyknight on April 24th via Plug Research (Bilal, Exile, Quadron). The album features a who's who of the West Coast underground scene including Blu, Coss, Scienze and more.

To introduce folks to him and his new album Brooklyknight, Sene is sharing a glimpse of his thoughts, passions, and motivations with a raw, intimate video trailer. Set in New York, after Sene lived in LA for 5 years, the video takes us into Sene's mind as he returns home and tries to make sense of the New York hip-hop scene and his place within it. The video is a thoughtful homage to the perseverance of New York's musical pulse and the story of a rapper, but more importantly, a person, making his way through this crazy town.

MP3: Young AJ f/ Trick Daddy - "On My Job"

MP3: Young AJ f/ Trick Daddy - "On My Job"

Courtesy BF Blasts.

Tampa, Fla.- On his rapid rise to the top of the rap game, central Florida heavyweight rapper Young AJ strikes again with new surefire hit single “On My Job” featuring Miami’s own legendary hip-hop veteran Trick Daddy. The track is sure to blaze up the Sunshine State. And it will properly prep this regional phenomenon known simply as Young AJ for his much-anticipated third solo street album Just Like Music slated to be released early this Spring. Produced by talented beat technicians T.O.O.L., Young AJ and Trick Daddy recite heart-felt, inspirational messages about setting goals, getting a good education, and taking care of business atop a soulful Luther Vandross sample.

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MP3: DJ Drama f/ T.I., Young Jeezy, Ludacris - "We In This Bitch"

MP3: DJ Drama f/ T.I., Young Jeezy, Ludacris - "We In This Bitch"

Courtesy M3W.

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Video: Wyclef Jean - "Here's to the State of Mississippi"

Video: Wyclef Jean - "Here's to the State of Mississippi"

Courtesy Chris @ E1.

"Montage réalisé à partir du documentaire Soundtrack for a Revolution retraçant la lutte pour les droits civiques via la musique."

MP3: Gi the General f/ Lo Keys - "Smoke That Loud"

MP3: Gi the General f/ Lo Keys - "Smoke That Loud" (Prod. Aganee)

Courtesy Lo Keys.

Philadelphia's Own GI The General Hooks Up With North Carolina Rhymesmith Lo Keys For His New Single "Smoke That Loud" Prod. By Aganee

Lo Keys New Mixtape "The Green Hornet" Out Now!!!
Roc Marciano + Tha Connection "Strive" + "For Thought"

Roc Marciano + Tha Connection "Strive" + "For Thought"

Courtesy Digi Crates.

Hempstead NY, MC's, Tha Connection, release a track from their "Strive EP". This track was produced by Cypria of the UK.

Free Download: Tha Connection - For Thought (Prod. Cypria) .

Tha Connection Roc Marciano "Strive EP"

Last week, the two Hempstead NY titans, Tha Connection and Roc Marciano, released the groundbreaking EP, "Strive EP", available now @ iTunes, Amazon, Beatport etc!

Free Download MP3: Tha Connection "Strive" (feat. Roc Marciano) .

PR: Apollo Brown + OC "Prove Me Wrong" Debuts

PR: Apollo Brown + OC "Prove Me Wrong" Debuts

Courtesy Mello Music Group.

DJ Premier debuted the first song off of the upcoming Apollo Brown & OC album Trophies.  The track played Saturday night on Preme's Sirius Satalite Show. We've provided a radio rip free download for those who missed it!

Free Download: Apollo Brown & OC "Prove Me Wrong" .

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