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Video: Young Riot - "Loud Cloud"


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Video: Young Riot - "Loud Cloud"

Video: Beat Society NYC Showcase Wrap-up


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Video: Beat Society NYC Showcase Wrap-up

Video: League510 - "Never Change"


From Audible Treats:

Video: League510 - "Never Change"

Video & MP3: Pace Won & Mr. Green - "Can You Hear Me?"


From Mr. Green:

Video & MP3: Pace Won & Mr. Green - "Can You Hear Me?"

"This is the official music video to the Pace Won and Mr. Green
song 'Can You Hear Me? (A Tribute to the People of Tunisia)':
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yYGfxOP9dQs
The video was conceptualized and directed by Sam Lipman-Stern

Here is a link to download the song:
http://www.mediafire.com/?jp567n6abkgy1y8

Also check out this brand new video of Mr. Green
spinning classic hip hop live in the studio:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9p9H-Xl-dfc

Pace Won and Mr. Green's new album "The Only Number
That Matters is Won" is coming this summer on Raw Poetix
Records featuring guest appearances from Masta Ace,
Snoop Dogg and Lee Scratch Perry."

Video: "#WEDIGITAL Freestyle - A. Driver"


From Revolution Media Group:

Video: "#WEDIGITAL Freestyle - A. Driver"

PR: Potluck Titles New Album "Rhymes & Resin"


From Kerosene Media:

Potluck Titles New Album "Rhymes & Resin"

Humboldt County hip-hop duo, Potluck, have titled their new studio album “Rhymes & Resin”, which is slated for spring release through Suburban Noize. The album title was chosen as the winner of the group’s contest to have fans name their new studio album.
 
"We truly have some of the best fans in the world. When we announced this contest our Facebook page got flooded with suggestions from fans on what to title our new album," commented 1 Ton."It was a tough decision because there were a lot of great ideas but we ended up going with 'Rhymes & Resin' as it best represented us. Special thanks to Adam Steele from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia for coming up with the title."
 
 “This album is the best work we've ever done. It has a little bit of everything on it, including songs about life, love, and of course mary jane. There is something for everybody on this album. We are just two people sharing what we've seen and been through,” commented Underrated. “Our records are like diaries; all you have to do is listen and you'll learn about our life. We hit on so many emotions and vibes on this record its crazy!”
 
Potluck’s grinding blue collar work ethic, unwavering perseverance, and grassroots campaign to build a fanbase is one of the most impressive stories in hip-hop. The group has spent the last four years on the road consistently performing for hip-hop diehards all across the globe on tours with Tech N9ne, La Coka Nostra and a recent 40-date tour as direct support to platinum rappers D12. Now with the release “Rhymes & Resin”, Potluck are primed and ready to go from the Marijuana Fields of Humboldt straight into the mainstream.
 
Potluck will be appearing on the Strange Noize Tour with Saigon, Krizz Kaliko, Johnny Richter of Kottonmouth Kings, and Kutt Calhoun.
 
STRANGE NOIZE TOUR DATES:
Mar 05 - Detroit, MI - Harpos
Mar 08 – Cleveland, OH - Peabody's
Mar 10 – Pittsburgh, PA - Diesel
Mar 11 – Worcester, MA - The Palladium
Mar 17 - Crest Hill, IL - Bada Brew
Mar 18 – Milwaukee, WI - The Rave
Mar 19 – Fargo, ND - Aquarium
Mar 20 – Omaha, NE - Slowdown
Mar 21 – Lincoln, NE - Bourbon Theatre
Mar 22 - Des Moines, IA - Peoples
Mar 23 – Sauget, IL - Pops
Mar 26 - Oklahoma City, OK - The Diamond Ballroom
Mar 28 – Tucson, AZ - The Rialto
Mar 29 – Tempe, AZ - The Marquee
Apr 01 – Magna, UT - The Great Salt Air
Apr 03 – Casper, WY - Downtown Grill
Apr 05 – Billings, MT - The Railyard
Apr 06 – Bozeman, MT - Zebra Cocktail Lounge
Apr 07 – Missoula, MT - Top Hat
Apr 08 – Boise, ID - The Knitting Factory
Apr 11 – Spokane, WA - The Knitting Factory
Apr 18 – Reno, NV - The Knitting Factory

MP3: 50 Cent - "When I Come Back"


From M3W:

MP3: 50 Cent - "When I Come Back"

* http://www.mp3waxx.com/jobfolders/50centwhenicomeback/blast-page.html *

MP3: Ying Yang Twins - "Big Butts"


From Who Got Next:

MP3: Ying Yang Twins - "Big Butts"

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The (W)rap Up - Week of February 15, 2011



"There's a deliberate mixing of pop culture references in the titling of this album. If on the one hand you abbreviate the underground rap pugilist Virtuoso to a singular "V," you might be reminded of a 1980's NBC mini-series called "V: The Final Battle" where aliens attempt to steal the world's resources. If on the other hand you're of a horror movie mindset, you may instead flash back to the 1981 film "Omen III: The Final Conflict." The trilogy depicted a child named Damien Thorn who was actually the Antichrist incarnate, at first unaware of his demonic heritage, later embracing his destiny and promulgating evil until his ultimate demise. Either one is ultimately apt, because both reference dark days for humanity, and Virtuoso is proud to be one of rap's most gothic emcees. He seems to have found a like-minded soul in new production partner Blue Sky Black Death. They aren't co-credited on the cover or binding, but they produce two-thirds of "The Final Conflict" and give Virtuoso an appropriately menacing sound. GZA's once boastful line "I be the body dropper, the heartbeat stopper/Child educator plus head amputator" is given a newfound menace when sampled for the grim "Heartbeat Stopper," which appropriately also features a sample of Ryzarector cackling "HA, HA HA HA HA HA!" V's raps are penned with poison"

http://www.rapreviews.com/archive/2011_02F_finalconflict.html

Ayatollah :: Fingertips :: Tollah Music/Nature Sounds
as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon
[Fingertips] 
"If you know "Ms. Fat Booty," you know Ayatollah. If you don't know "Ms. Fat Booty," then take a moment out of this review to hit up YouTube and listen to this Mos Def classic. Once you hear it, it ain't hard to tell why Ayatollah has so many clientele. The list of rappers he's produced for includes commercially popular emcees like Ghostface and Styles P, but he's equally respected among stereotypically "backpack" rap nerds for songs with everyone from The Last Emperor to Sean Price, and he's scored songs for legends like Rakim and Talib Kweli to boot. When it comes to hip-hop beats, Ayatollah has been there and done that, and largely received acclaim for his production everywhere that he goes. What he hasn't done, at least in the last five years, is release an instrumental album on vinyl. That's a big selling point for "Fingertips," an album made by a producer FOR the hip-hop deejays, so that you can mix his beats with other people's rhymes. "

http://www.rapreviews.com/archive/2011_02_ayatollahfingertips.html

Big L :: Return of the Devil's Son :: Flamboyant Music Group/SMC
as reviewed by Matt Jost

[Return of the Devil's Son] 
"At first sight, "Return of the Devil's Son" is another eyewash of a posthumous rap album, suggesting a 'return' that sadly cannot happen and masquerading already released tracks by altering their names. That at least was likely the major gripe of Big L collectors once they heard the project late last year. The positives are that members of the family are involved in the release and that the tracks were (largely) left as they were recorded. The gems on this collection are the tracks Big L recorded before or for his full-length debut "Lifestylez Ov Da Poor & Dangerous." "Devil's Son" (irritatingly listed as "Devil's Son From Lifestylze"), the 1993 promo for Columbia, is Big L at his nastiest, the Nas samples inspiring satanic verses that hope to stir more controversy than Salman Rushdie's. Although Big L was already a full-grown MC at the time of his first appearances on Lord Finesse and Showbiz & A.G. records, some of his earlier steps may have lacked the poignancy that makes us today reminisce over the late great Big L. In that context maybe "Devil's Son" can be seen as a drastic measure to showcase his potential - even if only hardcore rap fans would - hopefully - understand all the reasons why a rapper would say such things. "

http://www.rapreviews.com/archive/2011_02_returnofthedevilsson.html

Black Spade :: Build & Destroy :: Union Los Angeles
as reviewed by Mike Baber

[Build & Destroy] 
"It took no more than a quick glance over the cover art of "Build & Destroy" for me to realize I was in for something out of the ordinary. Done completely in black and white, the front of the album features a dark silhouette of a man's face, a praying mantis, a hot air balloon, a planet from outer space, and what appears to be the skyline of a futuristic city, all resting on top of a slightly trippy checkered pattern. And indeed, my initial assumption proved to be correct. Take the spacy vibes of Outkast's album "Atliens," give it a slightly electronic new age twist, and throw in crooning soul and jazz samples mixed with singing and rapping, and you will have some idea of what kind of music "Build & Destroy" encompasses. While this may seem confusing, one thing is certain; this is not your average "hip-hop meets soul music" album. Black Spade's first official mixtape has a certain funky vibe to it, and this is by no means a bad thing. Even in a hip-hop game where true originality and creativity are becoming harder and harder to find, there is simply nothing else out there right now that sounds like "Build & Destroy," and this alone makes it a worthwhile listen. "

http://www.rapreviews.com/archive/2011_02_blackspadebuild.html

Luck-One :: True Theory :: Architect Entertainment
as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon

[True Theory] 
"Hanif Collins' chosen nom de plume of Luck-One is in some respects a direct contradiction of his life experience. There's nothing "lucky" at all about being arrested on robbery charges as a teenager, tried as an adult, found guilty and forced to serve a mandatory minimum sentence under Oregon law. Instead of going to college or entering the workforce, Collins was going to prison for half a decade, where he wound up in solitary confinement for two years. The press release for Luck-One consciously chooses to bring up this fact and frame it in the context of "political activism" and "food strikes," but we only have their version of events to go by. Frankly I would think mentioning he was tried as an adult and sent to prison as a teenager would in itself engender sympathy for Collins' outrageously bad luck - going extra with it only makes one skeptical about whether or not Collins was a prison philosopher or a problematic prisoner. "

http://www.rapreviews.com/archive/2011_02_luckonetruetheory.html

Matisyahu :: Live at Stubb's Vol. II :: Fallen Sparks Records
as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon

[Live at Stubb's Vol. II]

"There's a roots reggae meets rap, Bob Marley meets Kardinal Offishall, old school protest song meets modern day struggle feel to Matisyahu's "One Day." The song engenders such warm fuzzy feelings of positivity that it's hard to be cynical when hearing it, even when it's used in advertising to pitch products or TV shows to you. Even without knowing a thing about Matisyahu you can picture him with a full head of dreads, rocking a reggae festival in the heart of Kingston until the sun goes down, with throngs of adoring fans singing along. That sun better not be setting on a Friday night, because Matisyahu is the spearhead for a musical movement bringing Jewish faith to reggae music. This was such an unexpected and unconventional combination that he was at first regarded as a curiosity by the pop music world, which sent his first mainstream single "King Without a Crown" rocketing up the charts. It was (and is) a catchy tune, but let's be perfectly honest - people looked at Matisyahu as being an oddball. After all aren't most reggae artists Rastas, with a few Christians sprinkled in here and there? "

http://www.rapreviews.com/archive/2011_02_livestubbs2.html

Quite Nyce :: The D.O.N. (Definition of Nyce) :: {self-released}
as reviewed by Pete T.

[The D.O.N.] 
"Worcester, Massachusetts rapper Quite Nyce has been on his grind for the better part of a decade, much of it as one-half of the duo RADix, and to kick off 2011 he unveiled a new solo album, "The D.O.N. LP," for free download. Although Quite Nyce's name doesn't turn heads the world over, he's quietly gained commensurate respect in the Boston underground which should be enough reason alone to check out a full-blown LP of his for free-ninety-nine. Clocking in at just under 40 minutes and featuring production from DJ Trusty, JL, Dox, and GMJ, it may prove just the push he needs to reach the next level. Quite Nyce isn't the sort of rapper who wows you upon first listen. He sports an articulate flow and an old-school East Coast approach to his music, with a penchant for sturdy, solid beats and straightforward rhymes. He is, however, very good at what he does, and by exploring different territory throughout "The D.O.N. LP" proves a versatile MC as well. His rhyme schemes are often fairly unorthodox in structure, and the heavy "React" kicks off the album, featuring heady, rugged verses over a thumping, horn-laden DJ Trusty track. ""

http://www.rapreviews.com/archive/2011_02_theDON.html

Serge Severe :: Back On My Rhymes :: Focused Noise
as reviewed by Patrick Taylor

[Back On My Rhymes] 
"The new satirical show "Portlandia" claims that the Northwestern city of Portland is where the dream of the 90's is still alive. If that's true, than Serge Severe is a natural fit there. He may not have any tribal tattoos or be going to Clown College, but his ethic and music are unabashedly old-school. Mainstream rappers may be singing as much as rapping and mixing in pop music and dance music into their beats, but Severe is having none of it. He drops battle rhymes over sampled beats, and he does it well. I first heard Severe a few years ago when I reviewed his album "Concrete Techniques." For his third album, "Back On My Rhymes," Severe doesn't fix what ain't broke. He sticks with the same producer, DJ Sect, the same sound, and the same delivery. Severe covers some turf lyrically. Beyond the typical battle rhyme concerns of asserting the superiority of his microphone skills, Severe raps about the state of hip-hop and the struggles of being a rapper. He drops a lot of references to old school artists, and at times it sounds like he's struggling to find his place in an industry and genre that doesn't have much respect for the artistry and lyricism he brings to the game."

http://www.rapreviews.com/archive/2011_02_backonmyrhymes.html

RapReviews: Kosha Dillz Interview at The Slowdown


RapReviews.com Interview w/ Kosha Dillz at The Slowdown

Kosha Dillz gave us 15 minutes between his set and the one for Tennis and we made the most of it with this interview. He talks about proper decorum for a hip-hop crowd, repping his Hebrew heritage, the craziest things he's seen while freestyling, who he likes on Jersey Shore, how album sales are coming along, working with RZA, and so much more!


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