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MP3: DJ Ill Will & DJ Rock Star Present Juice McCain

From TJM:

MP3: DJ Ill Will & DJ Rock Star Present Juice McCain

March 2011 - In the world of hip hop, a new decade signifies the launch pad of a growing career for thousands of rap hopefuls and aspiring artists. The difference between those that will survive and thrive in this decade over the defeated relies solely on talent and creativity.  Hailing from Phoenix, AZ Juice McCain is confident in his ability, proclaiming that he is "Mr. 2011".  His new mixtape *AM2 - THE PROGRESSION* is just a sample of his ability.

*The Progression* is packed with features from a "Who's Who" of hip-hop including Mysonne, Torch, K. Young, Rain, Judge, Killa Kyleon, Ryan K, Menace and Hannibal Leq.   

Juice McCain has chosen hip hop's heaviest hitters for production on *The Progression* including Drumma Boy, S-1, Epik, Vybe and The Olympiks.

With features and production of this caliber it is easy to see that *AM2 - THE PROGRESSION* is really an album and will certainly be a classic.
DJ Ill Will & DJ Rock Star present:  Juice McCain *AM2 - THE PROGRESSION*!!!!

Free download link for *AM2 - THE PROGRESSION*

Download link below includes front and back cover and all tracks: .

Juice McCain - *AM2 - The Progression* - Official Trailer

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Video: Luck-One f/ Braille, Gen.Erik - "Monotheism"

From Erik Abel:

Video: Luck-One f/ Braille, Gen.Erik - "Monotheism"

Bluff (of Custom Made) Indicted on 15 Counts of Wire Fraud

From Custom Made Records:

Bluff (of Custom Made) Indicted on 15 Counts of Wire Fraud

Briceson Loving aka Bluff from the critically acclaimed LA hip-hop trio Custom Made appeared in Los Angeles federal court yesterday (March 7th) and was charged with 15 counts of wire fraud.

Federal prosecutors have accused 10 people of scamming $1.5 million out of victims throughout the US with an advanced fee scam that promised lavish inheritances if they paid money up front to facilitate the transfers.

Bluff is being charged with 15 counts of wire fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Bluff is currently on house arrest after being released on bond.


After forming Custom Made in 2002 with high school classmates Scoobs and Element the group would go on to drop countless mixtapes and indie albums such as Sidewalk Mindtalk (Babygrande/2006), Original Dynasty (Babygrande/2008), Truth Be Told (Rawkus/2007) and most recently Hi-Def (Coalmine/2010).

For more info regarding Custom Made visit our Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

Video: DJ Premier Talks About G-Dep's Situation

Video: DJ Premier Talks About G-Dep's Situation

Video: D-Sisive - "West Coast"

Remember that D-Sisive review earlier this week where we talked about his reference to Jason Schwartzman's "West Coast?" Well it turns out that he HIMSELF sampled Jason Schwartzman on a previous "Jonestown" installment. Thanks to DJ Complejo for this tip.

MP3: Young Scrap f/ Lil Chuckee - "Text Me"

From DJ Blast:

MP3: Young Scrap f/ Lil Chuckee - "Text Me"

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MP3: Ariez Onasis - "Soho (Freestyle)"

From Zack Einhorn:

MP3: Ariez Onasis - "Soho (Freestyle)"

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MP3: Chris Brown f/ Ludacris - "Wet the Bed"

From M3W:

MP3: Chris Brown f/ Ludacris - "Wet the Bed"

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MP3: Camp Lo - "Jimmy Page (Straighten It Out Freestyle)"

From Trackstar the DJ:

MP3: Camp Lo - "Jimmy Page (Straighten It Out Freestyle)"

Camp Lo's 80 Blocks from Tiffany's album, a collaboration with the legendary Pete Rock, comes out summer 2011. To build momentum for the project, they tabbed Trackstar the DJ of the Smoking Section to assemble a mix of blends of Camp Lo a capellas as well as four new exclusive freestyle tracks, all over classic Pete Rock beats, fortified by a selection of unreleased Camp Lo tracks and remixes. Executive produced and hosted by DJ Mark DiVita, who spearheaded the project as Camp Lo's tour manager, the 80 Blocks mixtape showcases the Luchini duo at their best--spitting their fly and unique slang over beats from one of hip hop's greatest producers.

Here is the first single, an exclusive freestyle over a classic interlude from the first Pete Rock & CL Smooth album, featuring cuts by yours truly:

Mediafire: Jimmy Page (Straighten It Out freestyle)


The full mixtape drops in two weeks...on behalf of Camp Lo, Pete Rock, Mark DiVita and myself we appreciate any and all posts, reviews, and mentions.


I just finished a rather spur-of-the-moment project with Trifeckta, one of the main producers from The Force. You may not know his name, but if you listen to my mixes, you know his work (Rockwell Knuckles' Government Name & Shooting Star, Tef Poe's Monster, Gotta Be Karim's Early, Family Affair's Sunshine & Vivid Imagination), and he won the St Louis regional Red Bull Big Tune beat battle last year before losing to eventual champ 14KT in the national finals. I put together a quick 29 minute mix demonstrating Trifeckta's best beats, and it came out very dope, if I do say so myself. Check it out here:

PR: !llmind Announces "Beh!nd the Curta!n"

From Nature Sounds:

!llmind Announces "Beh!nd the Curta!n"

Despite being one of hip-hop’s most in-demand producers, !llmind has never before released an official album of his own.  The New Jersey native, who has provided soundscapes for hip-hop royalty like 50 Cent, Eminem, Little Brother, Redman, 2pac, and Scarface, will team up with Nature Sounds on April 21st to release his first instrumental project, Beh!nd The Curta!n.  To give fans a true look "behind the curtain," !llmind will also be releasing the album’s audio stems (drums parts, bass parts, horns parts, etc.) through a download card in the first 1000 CDs and through his Bandcamp page.

While hip-hop producers are known to operate in secrecy, !llmind hopes to inspire the next generation of track masters. “The purpose of the album is to showcase the love that I have for unique and innovative ways to put together beats," he explains. "There are different techniques I've learned throughout the years, and I'm hoping production fans take notice!  I know my fellow producers will have fun with the stems." To celebrate the album, !llmind is also launching a new remix contest. Using the stems to the BTC track "Next Round", producers are challenged to make the best (and most original) beat using ONLY THOSE SOUNDS.  The winner will receive a $100 credit to the Nature Sounds store (which offers CDs, Vinyl, T-Shirts, Hoodies, Slipmats, and more).  !llmind will pick the winner to the contest; enter at

When he's not in the studio creating, !llmind stays busy. His collaborative album with Skyzoo, Live From The Tape Deck, was recently released to critical acclaim, and his monthly live producer showcase "B.L.A.P." has become the premier platform for the top young production talent in the Big Apple.  In addition, !ll teaches at NYU's Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music, schooling the next generation in a class called "Future Music Moguls."  For his album, though, !llmind has decided to place the focus back where it started: on the beats.


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