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MP3/Video: Dinner At The Thompson's - "Running"

From Audible Treats:

MP3/Video: Dinner At The Thompson's - "Running"

The Song:

Dinner At The Thompson's is excited to celebrate the release of their new album, Off The Grid, and in doing so are giving fans a special treat with a brand new song, "Running," which also serves as the latest single from the album. With "Running," sultry singer Lucille Tee and innovative producer/multi-instrumentalist Fablive crafted a song that strays in sound from all their previous singles, instead utilizing a frenetic, string- and horn-driven track that, as the song title implies races along. Lucille's lyrics, in turn, spin a fitting tale centered around the never-ending search for fulfillment.

And the suspenseful song inspired an equally suspenseful video, overseen again by Parisian director Guillaume Cosson. Immediately after waking, the duo are shown frantically running around town, on a never-ending bustle, while the live-action footage is embellished with unique animation, also seen in their previous video for "It All Began," a sly trick that helps to create cohesion between the group's visuals. Wielding his super-powered Akai MPC, Fablive turns thugs into mini robots, street graffiti into a get-away car, and a dead-end alleyway into a doorway, while Lucille hits the high notes throughout the entire high-octane song.

Download Dinner At The Thompson's "Running" here: .

Watch the video for "Running" here: .

MP3: Gutta - "Tommy Boy"

From J-Ronin:

MP3: Gutta - "Tommy Boy"






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.

MP3: Socalled - "Sleepover" (Klezmer Rap)

From The Musebox:

MP3: Socalled - "Sleepover" (Klezmer Rap)

Just passing through to let you know about Montreal’s super producer and Jewish world music mashup wizard Socalled. Somewhere between folktronica, electro-funk, neo-soul, and hip hop, exists SoCalled and his Klezmer sampled beats.

[MP3] Socalled - "Sleepover" .

[VIDEO] Socalled - “Sleepover” video .

His new album Sleepover will be released May 17th in the U.S. via MB3 Records (Royskopp, The Zoobombs) with a physical to come later this summer.

Video: Mr. Miranda & Random - "Wednesday"

From Mr. Miranda:

Video: Mr. Miranda & Random - "Wednesday"

Last year Philly emcee Random (aka Mega Ran) and Phoenix spitter Mr. Miranda decided to do a collaborative project and call themselves Mirandom. This is their first official single off their upcoming album titled "The Memorandum" set to release this summer. The name of the single is "Wednesday" and is produced by EOM out of Virginia with co-production from Random himself. Video is directed by Spicy Fud.

Video: Gordon Voidwell f/ Iron Solomon - "Spring Fever"

From Girlie Action:

Video: Gordon Voidwell f/ Iron Solomon - "Spring Fever"

Last year Bronx-born wunderkind Gordon Voidwell lent his production and vocal talents to battle rap king Iron Solomon for the track “Spring Fever.”  Now the pair have released the track’s video just in time to bid farewell to winter.  Since releasing the acclaimed The Voided Checks Mixtape, Voidwell has made a name for himself producing tracks for both Das Racist mixtapes, touring with Mayer Hawthorne and The Heavy, and doing remixes for artists like Twin Shadow and Mike Posner.  Voidwell is currently working on his debut album, to be released later this year and you can catch him at the Afro Punk Festival on August 27th in Brooklyn.  Iron Solomon is an internationally renowned battle rapper, who has racked up millions of YouTube views for his quick wit and endless array of punchlines.  Solomon is getting ready to release his debut album, Monster, which will feature Talib Kweli, DMC, and Gordon Voidwell.

Video: Governors Ball - Mac Miller Interview

From Chris Vinyard:

Video: Governors Ball - Mac Miller Interview

The latest installment of the Governors Ball 2011 Artist Interview series is a chat with Pittsburgh hip hop artist Mac Miller. The explicit interview doesn't bleep out the F-Bombs so it is up to fans to guess at what was deemed too hot for TV.  Will Mac Miller make good on his plans to defile a guitar on stage at this years festival?  Only time will tell.

Download: L Pro - "Equilibrium"

From ISLH:

Download: L Pro - "Equilibrium"

The EP:

"Equilibrium, the new EP from Portland emcee LeMont Boyd (AKA L Pro) and native producer 5th Sequence, is a tasty sample of what to expect from their upcoming full-length Vertigo.

Older heads may remember L Pro as L Profound, his teenage pseudonym as a member of the duo Grassrootz, along with beatmaker D-Wyze. Their 1998 debut, Uncharted Regions, garnered positive national attention, yet they soon disbanded due to D-Wyze relocating to California. Meanwhile Boyd's subsequent setbacks—including a divorce and being stabbed in the face—kept him away from music for some time.

His collaboration with Soul Plasma on 2003's Simply Soul marked a determined return to form that has continued ever since. If Equilibrium is any indication, L Pro and 5th Sequence are primed to resurrect the template of Pete Rock and CL Smooth, combining thought-provoking lyrics over jazzy samples and raw head-nod beats." - Portland Mercury Press

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MP3: Jimmy 2 Tymes - "Okay" (prod. Zaytoven)

From J. Melo:

MP3: Jimmy 2 Tymes - "Okay" (prod. Zaytoven)

Jimmy 2 Tymes is back hard at work on his new project, the follow up to "The Real 2 Tymes" which has done nearly 65,000 downloads and was the featured tape on popular mixtape website,

Today Jimmy unleashes a new joint produced by Zaytoven (Gucci Mane, etc)

"Okay" (Prod. by Zaytoven)
Video: Young Riot - "Wait For Me"

From Amalgam Digital:

Video: Young Riot - "Wait For Me"

DJ JS-1, Lil Fame, Joell Ortiz, Freddie Foxxx: "Reppin' NY"

From Audible Treats:

MP3 - DJ JS-1, Lil Fame, Joell Ortiz, Freddie Foxxx: "Reppin' NY"

The current state of hip-hop in NYC is "corny," according to Queens, New York native DJ JS-1 – and he's here to rectify the situation. With the help of fellow New York MCs Lil Fame of M.O.P., Joell Ortiz of Slaughterhouse and Freddie Foxxx (aka Bumpy Knuckles), JS-1 is excited to release "Reppin' NY," the new street single from his upcoming album, No One Cares, which will be released June 21st on Fat Beats Records. "It's been sad watching New York artists trying desperately to make 'down-south' music, using corny beats and biting slang," says JS-1. "So while no New York DJs are even making albums, let alone New York hip-hop, we decided to let everyone know, 'we're the realest right now reppin' NY.'"

JS-1 keeps it classic with an authentic, bass-tastic, scratch-heavy, take-no-prisoners production on "Reppin' NY." Add three of the most desirable MCs in the game, and you get a song that would make any loyalist proud. "Working with Freddie Foxxx and Lil Fame for the first time was such a treat. I have always loved, felt, and spun their music from day one," says JS-1, who called up legendary DJ Premier to connect him with those MCs. "Joell is really dope and the 'the new hope' for NY artists still doing hardcore music," he adds. "To work with all three of them and get them on the same song, especially in these days and times – it's an honor." JS-1 wants "Reppin' NY" to be an impetus for NY artists to step up their game, and a cease and desist order for imitation MCs. "It's cute to follow trends and make songs trying to fit in the current radio format, but we don't do that shit," says JS. "You don't have to make crap to do well."

DJ JS-1's No One Cares will be available for purchase on June 21st on Fat Beats Records.

Download DJ JS-1's "Reppin' NY" for free here: .

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