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MP3: Von Pea - "Good Life" + Album Release

From Audible Treats:

MP3: Von Pea - "Good Life" + Album Release

Pea's Gotta Have It Drops Today Along With New Single

The Song:

With Von Pea's debut solo record, Pea's Gotta Have It, dropping today and the Audible Treats CMJ Showcase with legendary fellow New Yorker Black Sheep on Thursday, it's easy to see that Von's living the "Good Life," which is also his appropriately named newest single.

With a soulful beat reminiscient of J. Dilla, this chorusless banger rides upon a catchy vintage sample that croons "Don't give up the good life." The Tanya Morgan emcee showcases his skillful delivery and lets his personality shine through on the whole track. Some of the lyrics come directly from the writings of the rapper's high school journal and include sentiments that have taken on a different tone as time has passed. "The track is based on the idea that I'd be 'the man' by 22 and get the girls I wanted at the time (I decided to keep the real names of the girls from back then)," says Von. "These aspirations seem so silly looking back at them and knowing how serious I was." Even if Von Pea's priorities have changed, it's safe to say that this same seriousness has carried over, only to musicianship.

Listen to "Good Life" here: .

Listen to the Pea's Gotta Have It EP here: .

The Background:

Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Von Pea has been emceeing since 1991 and producing since 2000. Initially attracted to hip-hop by the likes of Another Bad Creation and many other young rappers that were near his own age, Von would eventually shift his interest to those who would become his strongest influences – A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Big Daddy Kane, DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, and Biggie. In 2002 Von Pea began an alliance with the original members of North Carolina rap group Little Brother (Phonte, Rapper Big Pooh, and 9th Wonder) which lead him to being featured on such projects as Phonte and Nicolay’s Foreign Exchange Connected album (“Von Sees”), and Little Brother’s The Minstrel Show (“Cheatin” interlude). In addition to his group’s music, Von has released acclaimed projects such as 2003’s“Custom Fitted, 2007’s Grand Vonye, and his late 2007 remix project American Angster which has been considered one of the best of the Jay Z remix albums. Von Pea is also a member of the rap group Tanya Morgan. Von Pea's latest solo album, Pea's Gotta Have it, is available now.

Video: John Robinson w/ Brand Nubian, Lord Finesse & More

From John Robinson:

Video: John Robinson w/ Brand Nubian, Lord Finesse & More

Video: Joell Ortiz "The Freedom Trail" Webisode 1

From Chris at E1 Music:

Video: Joell Ortiz "The Freedom Trail" Webisode 1

Week 1 in Joell Ortiz x OnSMASH new webisode's The Freedom Trail coming to you weekly.

Video: Yo Gotti - "Live in the Kitchen"

From DJ Smallz:

Video: Yo Gotti - "Live in the Kitchen"

Yo Gotti "Live In The Kitchen" Update from DJ Smallz.

J.Period & Black Thought "Live Mixtape (Illadelph Edition)" EP

From J. Period:

J.Period & Black Thought "Live Mixtape (Illadelph Edition)" EP

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Official Video: .
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Truelements + Lyrics to Go present the “J.Period Live Mixtape (Illadelph Edition)” EP — a first-of-its-kind J.Period mixtape RECORDEDLIVE ONSTAGE at Toronto’s premiere hip hop festival, The Manifesto, Sept. 26, 2010. Starring legendary MC Black Thought (The Roots), the“J.Period Live Mixtape (Illadelph Edition)” EP features a 30-minute barrage of LIVE J.Period remixes with Black Thought ripping rhymes over new and classic hip hop hits, Roots fan favorites, plus a finale segment where Thought pays tribute to his favorite MCs by impersonatingthem (see: The Roots’ “Boom”).
Available for FREE DOWNLOAD TODAY at:, the “J.Period Live Mixtape (Illadelph Edition)” EP offers fans a glimpse of the Live Mixtape experience and showcases one of hip hop’s ultimate emcees over beats from Jay-Z, Biggie, Snoop, Damien Marley, Toronto’s own Drake, and more!
Also featured in the download pack is an EXCLUSIVE, BEHIND-THE-SCENES VIDEO produced by The Manifesto, featuring interviews with Black Thought & J.Period, plus stunning HD footage of the “Live Mixtape” in action.

MP3: Kyle Rapps feat. Planet Asia - "Hand Over Fist"

From Coalmine Records:

MP3: Kyle Rapps feat. Planet Asia - "Hand Over Fist"

Kyle Rapps feat. Planet Asia - "Hand Over Fist" (prod. by Belief) by Diamond Music Group

Kyle Rapps has been relentless with his single game, this time dropping a Belief produced banger titled "Hand Over Fist" featuring Fresno's Planet Asia a/k/a King Medallions.  Get your money straight..peep game!!



MP3: Soul Khan feat. Akie Bermiss - "Fahrenheit"

From J57:

MP3: Soul Khan feat. Akie Bermiss - "Fahrenheit"

This is the 2nd leak from Soul Khan's "Soul Like Khan" project, which drops November 16th.

Expect a video for this song next week.

Soul Khan "Fahrenheit" featuring Akie Bermiss
Produced by Marink

Thanks and much respect!

MP3: Verse Simmonds feat. Vado & Jae Millz - Keep It Poppin

From DJ Smallz:

MP3: Verse Simmonds feat. Vado &  Jae Millz - Keep It Poppin





Subways and Sidewalks #5 - S&S Eyedea Tribute

RapReviews' podcast lineup now includes a show from Jeep Ward a/k/a DJ Halo called Subways & Sidewalks! This month's show is the S&S Eyedea Tribute which Ward describes like this: "Lots of treats in here; battle stuff, spoken word, remixes, it's all there." Thanks for listening and remember to share the show with a friend and tell them to check out all the shows on!

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The (W)rap Up - Week of October 12, 2010

[I Am the West]Ice Cube :: I Am the West
Lench Mob Records

Author: Steve 'Flash' Juon

"Two years after "Raw Footage" proved that Ice Cube's rap career wasn't done yet, the self-proclaimed Mega Don of hip-hop has come back to make a powerfully broad assertion: "I Am the West." When tracking Ice Cube's relationship to hip-hop, he has routinely thrown a shoutout to the "Westside" or been the rest of America's Westside Connection to what's going on in Cali-for-nigh-A, but never until now has he proclaimed himself to be the ENTIRE West coast. Whether he means it figuratively (as in he inspired the majority of today's popular rappers from out West - a fair assertion) or literally (as in the West coast rap scene or perhaps the entire Western seaboard wouldn't exist without him) he's definitely not lacking in ego on this go around. Perhaps the lead single "I Rep That West" can expound upon this further: "

various artists :: Boyz n the Hood Soundtrack :: Qwest/Warner Bros. Records
** RapReviews "Back to the Lab" series **

as reviewed by Emanuel Wallace

[Boyz n the Hood] 
"When John Singleton's landmark film, "Boyz n the Hood" was released, I was about a month away from entering my double digits of age. I wasn't old enough to comprehend everything that went down in the movie, but even at that young age, I knew I liked violence and profanity. It's a bit interesting, now that I look back at it, but nevertheless, I found myself attracted to the movie and soundtrack largely because of Ice Cube, who was the biggest rap star I had heard of back then. Somehow, I got my hands on the old NWA tapes and Cube's solo debut album, "AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted," and went into a frenzy. I remember asking my mother to buy the soundtrack for me, and she did, without question. She never paid attention to the Parental Advisory labels, so usually when I asked for something, she'd go to Camelot Music and pick it up for me. I was never bold enough to ask her to pick me up a Too Short album, I wasn't that dumb. "

various artists :: The Life and Times of Abdullah the Butcher Soundtrack :: Blacktree Music
as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon

[Abdullah the Butcher against Andy Ellison courtesy Marty555] 
"This CD came packaged as part of a DVD set of the same name sold by Wrestling Observer Shoots. As such the hip-hop tie-in might not be obvious at first until you learn that the executive producer is The Cancer a/k/a Ric Atari and some of featured artists on this soundtrack are from his Blacktree Music record label (namely Atari, Jai Black, Azar, Sam Freeze and Soto). It's worth noting that I don't think this CD can be purchased separately from the DVD either physically or as a download; furthermore if you're not a fan of the wrestler Abdullah the Butcher or what they call in the business a "shoot video" where they get wrestlers to break character you would never have come across this disc. That being said it's worth covering just because Ric Atari is one of Atlanta's most hustling hip-hop entrepreneurs. "

Absent Minded & Q ::
Gem Cutterz :: L.O.D. Development
as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon

[Gem Cutterz]

"Patrick Taylor first introduced us to Toronto, Canada rap artist Absent Minded back in 2007. PT was generally complimentary of AM's style, noting that the beats had a polished sound and "were definitely not hastily made on a crappy keyboard" and on the mic "he doesn't try to pretend he's a thug, he doesn't floss, and he keeps his boasting limited to his skills on the mic and prowess with the ladies." That's more than enough recommendation for me to check out the follow-up album "Gem Cutterz," and this time around AM has found a tag-team partner named Q. All I know about Q from the one sheet is that he's a competitor in something called the "KOTD Battle League" but one can presume the already promising AM wouldn't link up with someone who would prevent his progression in the music industry. The two split production and lyrical duties throughout on songs like "Doom""

The Burnerz :: Zumbi and The Are Present: The Burnerz :: Jah Works
as reviewed by Patrick Taylor

[The Burnerz] 
"The Burnerz are a collaboration between Zion I MC Zumbi and Trackmasters producer The Are. Zion I are Bay Area underground heroes, renowned for Zumbi's conscious lyrics and producer Amp Live's electronic beats. The Are is a Houston-based producer who has done work for Keisha Cole, Lil Kim, and Lords of the Underground. The two met on tour a few years ago, and the Burnerz is the result. The biggest difference between the Burnerz and Zion I is obviously the beats. The Are is from the Black Milk school of production, offering fat, hard-hitting beats lightly sprinkled with well-flipped samples. He doesn't break much new ground, but offers up fourteen tracks of solid head-nodders. The electronic music elements that make Zion I's work so interesting are absent, replaced by East Coast (by way of Texas) boom-thwap. The other difference between the Burnerz and Zion I is the lack of polish. "

cap D :: PolyMath :: All Natural Inc.
as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon

"No stranger to fans of Chicagoland hip-hop or to the indie underground DIY aesthetic, cap D a/k/a Capital D has been steadily striving since the late 1990's to put out quality rap music. His membership in All Natural has only furthered those goals, leading to their independent record label of the same name and a wide variety of group and solo releases. If his respect among what often gets labelled the "true heads" were equal to mainstream exposure, cap D would be as well known as fellow Chicagoans like Common and Twista. The truth of course is that he's anything BUT as well known as the mainstream hip-hop successes coming out of the Windy City. That's not entirely a bad thing given cap D's obscurity comes from artistic integrity, refusing to pollute his All Natural sound with chemical fillers and create a pop soda sound that's all fizz and no real flavor."

Capone-N-Noreaga :: The War Report 2: Report the War :: Ice Water/EMI Music
as reviewed by Mike Baber

[The War Report 2: Report the War] 
"A lot has happened since Capone-N-Noreaga released their debut album "The War Report" in 1997. The group changed record labels several times, splitting up in 2005 after Def Jam released Capone. Both Capone and Noreaga pursued solo careers, with Noreaga, aka N.O.R.E., moving his focus from hip-hop to reggaeton, until the Queensbridge duo joined forces again and released Channel 10 in 2009. Now, a year later, Capone-N-Noreaga are back repping QB again with the sequel to their debut album. It's no surprise that Raekwon is the executive producer of "War Report 2: Report the War." Less than a year ago, Raekwon released Only Built 4 Cuban Linx…Pt. II, combining the old-school grittiness that made the original Cuban Linx so successful with a slightly more polished, new-school sound. "War Report 2" follows the same path, and the result is a well-produced, surprisingly deep album that pays homage to the streets and to the lifestyle that Capone-N-Noreaga grew up with. "

Curren$y :: Pilot Talk :: DD172
as reviewed by Matt Jost

[Pilot Talk] 
"The name Curren$y first caught my attention when witnessing the dying days of the empire that was No Limit Records. The N.O. newcomer was loosely part of the 504 Boyz in '02 and appeared on Master P's "Good Side Bad Side" in '04 before switching to Young Money/Cash Money, where he was featured on albums by Birdman and Lil' Wayne. But Curren$y's reputation in 2010 has nothing to do with these stints on labels that weren't always the most reputable. Instead, it has everything to do with how the internet offers rappers the chance to reboot their career. Like in 50 Cent's days ten years ago the vehicle to make a name for yourself is still called mixtape, but today the format has lost its physical restriction as digital mixtapes are let free by artists to roam the globe. "

Dagha :: Noise Is the Trigger :: Progressive Compulsive Records
as reviewed by Mike Baber

[Noise Is the Trigger]

"This is Boston emcee Dagha's vision for his latest EP, titled "Noise Is the Trigger", which pairs the longtime underground affiliate Dagha with New York producer Psych Major. Fresh off his 2008 album "The Divorce," which focused on his real-life relationship issues, Dagha continues to rap about his everyday experiences and observations on "Noise Is the Trigger". Checking in at only seven tracks, one of which is an interlude, the EP nevertheless offers an intelligent and surprisingly political look at the underground rap game. "Noise Is the Trigger" has more than a hint of old-school flavor that resonates throughout the EP, brought on not only by Dagha's gritty voice but also by Psych Major's unique producing style. Psych Major samples from a wide variety of music -- including 90's hip-hop, heavy metal, and even reggae – and uses live instrumentation to create a sound unlike most hip-hop albums in today's day and age."

Dood Computer :: Rap Sale $5 Vol. 2 :: Home Records
as reviewed by Daniel Oh

[Rap Sale $5 Vol. 2] 
"This album cover conforms to almost every stereotype I hate about backpacking hip-hop. The first thing to greet my eyes was a shining sticker proudly labeling this album to be "The First Album in 2010 NOT to feature Lil' Wayne!" Superimposed in the front is an attentive-looking white guy with a lumberjack beard and a red flannel. Hell, even the title, "Rap Sale $5" just screams "I'm dope because I'm not mainstream!" Ugh. Nothing makes you look like an ass quite like jumping into a cliché to avoid the "mainstream." I mean, if you're going to be original, be original. Don't get me wrong, the album cover is the only thing I really dislike about this album. Dood Computer made me into a fan after the first few spins in the trusty Honda Accord. This album stays fresh even if it's not the most original album I've listened to. The production hits more than it misses, and Dood Computer can handle his microphone, and knows how to pick his guest spots to give the right amount of seasoning to the release. "

Dream Warriors :: And Now the Legacy Begins :: 4th and Broadway/Island
** RapReviews "Back to the Lab" series **

as reviewed by Matt Jost
[And Now the Legacy Begins] 
"For whatever reason some songs just resonate with certain crowds, resulting in what we could call surprise hits. One such hit was "My Definition of a Boombastic Jazz Style" by the Dream Warriors. The Canadian duo's tune struck a chord in Western Europe in 1991, cracking for instance the UK's and Sweden's top 20. The rare groove/acid jazz movement was at its commercial peak in these spheres, and the hip-hop twist on Quincy Jones' "Soul Bossa Nova" was sure to fill dancefloors. Additionally, the sampled song had been present in pop culture in both Canada and the UK. In the latter it had been the theme song of an afternoon program on BBC Radio 1 in the '70s. Curiously, it didn't chart in its home country, even though "Soul Bossa Nova" had been used to announce a long-running game show called 'Definition,' which initially inspired "My Definition of a Boombastic Jazz Style."

MC Eiht featuring CMW :: Death Threatz :: Epic Records
** RapReviews "Back to the Lab" series **

as reviewed by Pete T.

[Death Threatz] 
"What changed in Aaron Tyler's world between 1994 and 1996? Well, judging by "Death Threatz," not a whole lot. Sure, '94's "We Come Strapped" had been his most successful record to date, reducing the shell of Compton's Most Wanted to a supporting role as a veteran MC Eiht took the listener back to Compton aided by the masterful production of DJ Slip. Yeah, DJ Quik did record one of the most vicious diss tracks of all time, 1995's "Dollaz + Sense," in response to Eiht's "Def Wish" series, leaving fans on pins and needles waiting to see how Eiht would respond. And indeed, the West Coast spotlight remained largely focused on the g-funk phenomenon and the Death Row inmates up the road. But for the purposes of Eiht's second "solo" record, none of this was enough to make the CMW frontman slow his roll or break his stride, and "Death Threatz" picks up right where "We Come Strapped" left off. "

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