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PR: Shunda K's Video Signs on Gaga Designer


From Josh at Fanatic Records:

Shunda K's Video Signs on Gaga Designer

“My Light” (feat. Tan) is the latest single from Shunda K’s solo album debut, “The Most Wanted”

[STREAM + WIDGET]: http://official.fm/tracks/84882

[MP3]: http://www.fanaticpromotion.com/projects/shundak-themostwanted/mp3/shunda-k-mylight.mp3

 

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“I’m Da Best” is the second single from Shunda K’s solo album debut, “The Most Wanted”

 

[STREAM + WIDGET]: http://official.fm/track/71158

[MP3]: http://www.fanaticpromotion.com/projects/shundak-imdabest/mp3/shundak-imdabest.mp3

[VIDEO STILLS]: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=344499&id=166948088746

 

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Shunda K’s debut solo album The Most Wanted dropped worldwide last week and the latest single from the record, “My Light” (MP3) featuring the bombastic female UK rapper, Tan, is already causing a commotion. The shooting of the video for the album’s second single “I’m Da Best” recently wrapped its Florida production and has now moved to Los Angeles for another week of shooting under the direction of Steven Andrew Garcia of The Masses (wearethemasses.com).

 

Garcia informs us that the clip   “…will be featuring select wardrobe items from legendary fashion designer, Brian Lichtenberg (LINK) who has worked with some amazing artists like Peaches, Beyonce, Lady Gaga, MIA, and many others. Also, Trillon Galloway, who recently was featured in Michael Jackson’s last video, ‘Hold My Hand (feat. Akon)’ will play one of our main bullies.” See Lady Gaga wearing a Lichtenberg necklace in a still from her “Poker Face” video HERE.

 

Shunda K’s “I’m Da Best” clip is a direct assault on the Westboro Baptist Church (WIKI) and concerns a young boy who is harassed, called “faggot” by his peers, faces even more tension at home and how, with the help of his faith and the support of his role models Shunda K and Shon B, he overcomes these obstacles to stand tall. The video is Shunda K’s contribution to the ongoing “It Gets Better” Project (itgetsbetter.org) started by famed syndicated sex columnist Dan Savage as a place where young people who are lesbian, gay, bi, or trans can see how love and happiness can be a reality in their future.

 

To date, the project has received submissions from celebrities, organizations, activists, politicians and media personalities, including President Barack Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Adam Lambert, Anne Hathaway, Colin Farrell, Matthew Morrison of “Glee”, Joe Jonas, Joel Madden, Ke$ha, Sarah Silverman, Tim Gunn, Ellen DeGeneres, and Suze Orman among many others.  The video for “I’m Da Best” will debut in mid-January.  More stills from the clip can viewed HERE.

 

Shunda K’s debut solo album The Most Wanted arrives on the heels of two Shunda K mixtapes downloaded thousands of times each, US and Australian dates opening for electro superstar Peaches, a collab on the track and video for the Peaches song “Billionaire”, and the NME naming Shunda K to its “Cool List” and earmarking The Most Wanted’s first single “Here I Am To Save The World” as one of “10 Tracks You Need To Hear”.

Video: The Niceguys - "Toast"


From Audible Treats:

Video: The Niceguys - "Toast"

MP3: Soul Khan f/ Sene - "Shot Glass Magnified (A.D. Remix)"


From J57:

MP3: Soul Khan f/ Sene - "Shot Glass Magnified (Audible Doctor Remix)"

Here's a little remix that fellow Brown Bag AllStar, Audible Doctor, cooked up.  Hope you enjoy it.

Soul Khan feat. Sene "Shot Glass Magnified (Audible Doctor Remix)"
http://www.usershare.net/k2bd7m8i1g4l

 

Video: Kokayi f/ The Rock-afire Explosion - "RoxTar"


From Audible Treats:

Video: Kokayi f/ The Rock-afire Explosion - "RoxTar"

Kokayi - "RoxTar" (Feat. The Rock-afire Explosion) [Music Video] from QN5 Music.

MP3: N.B.S. - "For the Better" (prod. Statik Selektah)


From Major Music:

MP3: N.B.S. - "For the Better" (prod. Statik Selektah)

True-school duo N.B.S. (E'Flash & V.Knuckles) link up with long time collaborator Statik Selektah for this cut off of the recently released Statik Selektah & Frank The Butcher mixtape "Concepts: Selektions”

Download: http://www.mediafire.com/?dom5fha5i6c0l1d .
Mirror: http://www29.zippyshare.com/v/98795899/file.html .

RapReviews.com Exclusive: Johnny Polygon - "DuckDuckGoose"


From Nora R.:

RapReviews.com Exclusive: Johnny Polygon - "DuckDuckGoose"

Here is the latest leak from Johnny Polygon.  This is one of the songs that didn't make it on the Wolf In Cheap Clothing EP.  The track is called "DuckDuckGoose" and it was produced by Johnny Polygon and Curtis Casey.

Also, we will be releasing spring tour dates for Johnny in the coming weeks so look out for that!

Here's the download link for Wolf In Cheap Clothing EP: http://www.djbooth.net/index/mixtapes/entry/johnny-polygon-wolf/.

PR: Blu Announces "Amnesia" EP on Vinyl & Digital Download


From Nature Sounds:

Blu Announces "Amnesia" EP on Vinyl & Digital Download

AVAILABLE FOR VALENTINE'S DAY

Los Angeles MC/producer Blu has earned widespread acclaim for his collaborations with Exile, Ta'Raach, and Mainframe, and is currently at work on his major label debut for Warner Brothers.  While fans wait, New World Color is happy to announce a digital EP (also available on limited edition 10" vinyl) featuring music from Blu's love-themed concept album Her Favorite Colo(u)r, as well as previously unheared material.

The 7-track Amnesia EP is sure to please Blu's burgeoning fanbase.  On tracks like the HFC standout "Amnesia" and the never-before-released "Amnesia(Rewind)", the SoCal native explores the complexities of love and relationships while his own understated production sets the mood.  The collection also features previously-unavailable instrumentals, showcasing Blu's skills behind the boards. Amnesia goes digital on February 15th, just in time for Valentine's day, and the collectible vinyl 10" version hits stores shortly after, on March 1st.  A full release of HFC is set for this spring.

MP3: Rah Digga - "Solidified" (Khrysis Remix)


From Audible Treats:

MP3: Rah Digga - "Solidified" (Khrysis Remix)

Digga And Khrysis Partner For Latest Remix From Classic

The Song:

With a Los Angeles performance last night and "Straight Spittin' 4.5" still fresh in listeners' ears, Rah Digga is right back to work, dropping the latest remix from Classic, her highly lauded sophomore album released late last year. This remix, for the song "Solidified," finds the Jersey representative teaming up with North Carolina producer Khrysis, who, in addition to making up one half of the group The Away Team, has worked with artists including Little Brother, Skyzoo, Jean Grae, Sean Price, Masta Ace, and more. While the vocals remain in tact for this particular remix, Khrysis breathes new life into the song. While the original, produced by Nottz, who handled production duties for the entirety of Classic, features a smattering of funk guitar chops, rolling bass, and syncopated drums, Khrysis gives the song a more pronounced backbeat, utilizing a mix of piano chops, synths, and steady drums, all the while allowing Digga's lyrics shine.

Download Digga's "Solidified" (Khrysis Remix) here: audibletreats.com/Rah_Digga-Solidified_Khrysis_RMX.mp3.

MP3: Lil Scrappy - "Mr. Cosby"


From DJ Smallz:

MP3: Lil Scrappy - "Mr. Cosby"

TAKEN FROM

DJ SMALLZ - I GOT THE INTERNET GOIN NUTS! VOL. 2 (HOSTED BY TRAVIS PORTER)

DROPPING THIS WEEK

DOWNLOAD LINK: http://www.sendspace.com/file/tjlqkj .

PR: Apollo Brown Gives Back Through Hip-Hop School Program


From Urban Scientists:

Apollo Brown Gives Back Through Hip-Hop School Program

Hip Hop artist inspires high school students through the power of music.

Los Angeles, California, January 2011 – Detroit-based producer Apollo Brown is giving his time to the students of the Global Awareness through Hip Hop Culture Program, the nation’s first full time educational Hip Hop program for middle and high school students.  Since 2006, the Los Angeles program has been using Hip Hop culture and Rap music as a medium to helps students develop a sense of global awareness and critical thinking skills.

In early December 2010, program founder Sebastien Elkouby gave his students the task of writing lyrics to random Hip Hop instrumentals found on Youtube. As a fan of Apollo Brown, Elkouby recommended some of the producer’s music to his students.  They reacted so enthusiastically that Elkouby decided to contact Apollo and his team to let them know that a group of students almost 2000 miles away was writing to his music.  Elkouby didn’t expect the response.  “Apollo’s team offered to have him reach out to the students through Skype,” he says.  “Apollo reached out to me personally and provided me with more instrumentals to give students.  We decided to have the students use their Christmas break to finish writing and prepare to perform their songs for him via Skype. The students are extremely excited.”  Elkouby adds, “Hip Hop artists are often negatively portrayed in the mainstream media.  Apollo proves that artists give back when given the opportunity to do so.  Hopefully, the media can show the positive side of Hip Hop.”

As for his involvement with the program, Apollo Brown says, “When I first heard about the program I thought it was unbelievable that Hip Hop was being taught in the schools. I was also extremely excited that my music was being used as part the curriculum. It actually gave me inspiration and a certain encouragement that real Hip Hop has a chance with the younger listeners.  I'm definitely eager to talk with the students and learn how my music has affected them in any way and can't wait to hear what each student was inspired to write. I just want them to be open to all kinds of music and not just what they hear on the radio and/or see on TV. Being well rounded is important, even within a specific genre.”

The Global Awareness through Hip Hop Culture program is currently in its 5th year.  Apollo Brown’s Skype session is schedule to take place by the end of January 2011.

About the Global Awareness through Hip Hop Culture Program
The Global Awareness through Hip Hop Culture Program is an innovative music, language arts, and social studies program designed to assist low-performing students in developing their language skills, life skills, and global awareness through culturally responsive pedagogy.  For more info, contact Sebastien Elkouby at urbanscientists@hotmail.com or 310-654-1681.  Visit www.GlobalAwarenessThroughHipHopCulture.com .

About Apollo Brown

Apollo Brown is Detroit’s go-to Hip Hop producer.  Having worked with indie rap royalty like Little Brother and Black Milk, Apollo’s recent production work on highly acclaimed album, Gas Mask, is his latest offering.


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