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GZA "Liquid Swords" CHESS BOX 2-CD Reissue July 24th

From Brian C:

GZA "Liquid Swords" CHESS BOX 2-CD Reissue July 24th

* 2-CD deluxe reissue includes working mini chess set, 20-page liner notes booklet (with input from GZA), plus never-before-available full album instrumentals *
See GZA performing Liquid Swords in its entirety this summer:
JUNE 9 at Bonnaroo and JUNE 14 as at Northside Festival in Brooklyn. More live dates TBA.              
GZA Liquid Swords “Chess Box” 2-CD set features (Get On Down Masters Series):

- Working chess-set: chess board printed directly onto inner-lining of box, with mini chess pieces included
- Disc One: full original 14-track Liquid Swords album (remastered from original source tapes)
- Disc Two: original Liquid Swords album instrumentals (first time ever released, remastered from original source tapes)
- 20-page in-depth liner notes booklet, written by Chris Faraone, featuring input from GZA and artwork from original Liquid Swords album and promotional singles
- Street date (North America): July 24

At the peak of his powers as a producer in the mid-‘90s, Wu-Tang mastermind RZA crafted a distinctive soundtrack at his basement studio in Staten Island. This haunting landscape of dusty samples, sharp snares and menacing urban gloom – culled from the Japanese film “Shogun Assassin” as well as wide-ranging R&B and funk sources – would soon become a pillar of hip-hop history. These sounds were to become GZA’s 1995 sophomore classic, Liquid Swords – considered by many to be the ultimate Wu-Tang Clan solo album. 17-years later, it’s impossible to debate or deny the album’s legendary status, still standing up to any release that has come out in the rap pantheon, before or since.
Cerebral and precise with his words like a shaolin swordsman, GZA crystallized a range of influences, from chess to kung-Fu and mob films to Eastern philosophy. The album features appearances by the entire Wu-Tang Clan, including the memorable debut of Killah Priest on “B.I.B.L.E.”
As GZA explains in the “Chess Box” liner notes, as told to writer Chris Faraone: “The music was solely [RZA’s] vision,” GZA says of his cousin, who recorded the project in his basement apartment on Staten Island. “I see him as an equal partner in this endeavor. RZA was sitting on a goldmine of music that was just waiting for lyrics.”
Selwyn Seyfu Hinds stated in The Source upon the album’s release in 1995: “Let these numbers put things in perspective: 1 year, 4 solo albums from a nine-man crew, 60-plus tracks from one producer, over 2 million units moved. Now Liquid Swords, the long-awaited release from Genius [GZA], puts the cap on a period that will certainly be remembered as a definitive hip-hop moment.”
After the success of its Ol’ Dirty Bastard Return to the 36 Chambers deluxe edition wallet / ID card reissue from 2011, Get On Down’s “Masters Series” is proud to unveil the latest in its painstakingly-crafted Wu-Tang Clan reissue line. Housed in a sturdy, wrapped hard-board, two-piece box, this sumptuous edition of Liquid Swords spans across 2-CDs. Disc One contains the official album version while Disc Two contains the full album instrumentals, available for the first time ever. Both discs have been completely restored with remastered audio from the original source tapes.
As with all Get On Down “Masters Series” deluxe releases, this Liquid Swords “Chess Box” set is packaged with an array of extras, including: in-depth 20-page liner notes booklet with GZA interview by Chris Faraone; inner jackets and dust sleeves with artwork from the original LP release and promotional singles; and, most impressively, a full mini chess set, which can be played on a chess board printed directly on the inner lining of the box cover.
To complement the 2-CD “chess box,” Get On Down is releasing the album instrumentals on vinyl in separate packaging as a double-LP set, with one black vinyl, one white vinyl, and silk-screened jackets by ANTI design.
Get On Down will announce details closer to the July 24 release date, but there will also be a special, very limited edition silk-screened 24” x 24” black and white print (by ANTI design) available only for those purchasing CD *and* LP editions on the label’s soon-to-be-relaunched website.
Whether you are new to the majesty of GZA and Liquid Swords or a Wu disciple who purchased the cassette in 1995 and wore it out, you will find plenty to enjoy in this stunning and reverent deluxe edition.
For more information on GZA’s Liquid Swords “Chess Box” and other great releases on Get On Down, visit and follow the label at: .

MP3: Nino Brown f/ T-Pain - "Gone"

From Papa Smirf:

MP3: Nino Brown f/ T-Pain - "Gone"


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MP3: Usher f/ A$AP Rocky - "Hot Thing"

MP3: Usher f/ A$AP Rocky - "Hot Thing"

Courtesy M3W.

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Video: Voice Presents "CuTZ" ft. Pudge, Saddi Khali

From Dunn Deal:

Video: Voice Presents "CuTZ" ft. Pudge, Saddi Khali

New Orleans emcee Voice presents CuTZ, 11 tracks that showcase the many styles of the Los Angeles transplant with the sultry, striking flow best known for her work on French trip-hop producer Wax Tailor's 2007 silver-certified Decon release Hope & Sorrow as well as her 2006 album Gumbo (PTR/Featherperm). CuTZ presents original beats from the likes of Low End Theory regular P.U.D.G.E., Belgian veteran DJ Grazzhoppa and Canadian astronaut Moonstarr side by side with repurposed instrumentals from The Doppelgangaz, Lex Luger and more.

PR: A3C Festival Announces First Round of Artists

From A3C:

A3C Festival Announces First Round of Artists

The best of Hip Hop returns to Atlanta this fall as the 3-day A3C Hip Hop Festival releases the first artists announcement of many to come for the 2012 event. Tech N9ne, Yelawolf, Hopsin, Gunplay, Oddisee, Chris Webby and Skyzoo are a few of the several hundred artists that will take the stage October 11-13, 2012. The festival also announces the Funk Volume, Mello Music Group and Supahotbeats x showcases.

The showcase by indie label Funk Volume will feature artists Hopsin, Dizzy Wright, SwizZz and Atlanta’s own Jarren Benton. The Supahotbeats x showcase includes Tech N9ne, STS, Emilio Rojas, Smoke (of Field Mob), Nikkiya, Ryatt, Input, Shawty Fatt, Big Page, Jackie Chain, Rittz, Diamond, Chris Webby and a special appearance by Ghet-O-Vision/Shady recording artist Yelawolf. Performing in the Mellow Music Group showcase is Oddisee accompanied by a live band, Apollo Brown with a special guest, Diamond District, yU and Slimkat78 as The 1978ers and Gensu Dean. OCD: Moosh & Twist, Boldy James, Soul Khan, Torae and Wordsworth will also perform over the festival weekend.

In addition, more than ten artists have been selected so far from ReverbNation and Sonicbids submissions. A3C is dedicated to discovering new talent and the online submission process is key to this initiative and the overall festival lineup. The chosen artists include CHAUNDON, Kepstar, Nova The Rebel, SK4MC, Phene, Nike Nando, Felony Fame, Eric Biddines, Skoolie Escobar and Mani Coolin'. A3C will continue to accept artists’ submissions through both websites until August 31. A3C staff listen to every submission and are looking for talented artists from across the country who can bring something unique to the festival. All artists that submit, regardless of selection, receive a 3-day festival pass through Sonicbids or a code to purchase discounted tickets through ReverbNation.

The A3C has not only become the largest Hip Hop festival in the United States, but is the premier gathering place for MCs, DJs, producers, A&R reps, Hip Hop musicians and fans of the culture. In addition to the live performances and showcases, A3C features turntable, emcee, producer and breakdance competitions as well as film screenings, style and streetwear exhibit, industry mixers, panel discussions, equipment demonstrations and more. The Pro Audio and DJ Gear Experience will once again showcase major manufacturers both in a trade show and onstage.

The 2011 festival included such exemplary artists as Big Daddy Kane, Big K.R.I.T., Dead Prez, Action Bronson, Random Axe, Freddie Gibbs, XV, Freeway, Fashawn, G-Eazy, GLC, Murs, 9th Wonder, Ying Yang Twins, Smoke DZA, Saigon, M.O.P., Jean Grae and hundreds more.

3-day passes for the 2012 A3C Hip Hop Festival are on sale now through the A3C website for $33 until August 1, 2012. Purchase a Woodallion ticket package, which includes a 3-day pass and a collectible Woodallion, before June 15 for $45. 3-day tickets at the door during the festival will cost $60.

Specific showcase, panel, artists and event updates will continue to be announced through the A3C website through the start of the festival on October 11, 2012. For more information about becoming involved in the A3C as an artist, partner, volunteer or media representative, visit


ABOUT THE A3C: Now in its 8th year, the A3C Hip Hop Festival is a 3-day event held annually in Atlanta, GA and features live performances from more than 200 artists representing a wide variety of Hip Hop sounds. The live performance schedule is enhanced by day and evening content showcasing some of the most exciting breakdance, graphic art, fashion, film, equipment demonstrations and panels relating to Hip Hop culture.

Since 2005, the event has featured some of the most exciting up-and-coming names in Hip Hop, like Big K.R.I.T., Wale, J. Cole and B.o.B. alongside legends in the genre from Big Daddy Kane, Rakim and Black Sheep to DJ Premier and Biz Markie. For a complete list of past performers, visit In 2011, the A3C was attended by 15,000 fans and featured partnerships and co-sponsored events with Red Bull, Fadia Kader’s Perfect Attendance, AllHipHop, TheSmokingSection, iStandard, Kevin Nottingham, Unique Squared, DJBooth, SESAC and more.

The A3C will take place October 11-13, 2012 in Atlanta, GA with its hub at the Masquerade located at 695 North Ave., Atlanta, GA 30308 and additional venues in Little Five Points and downtown Atlanta.

MP3: @GensuDean - "In My Head" (feat. Brand Nubian)

From Mello Music Group:

MP3: Gensu Dean - "In My Head" (feat. Brand Nubian)

Hip-hop educates, though recently, it hasn’t been quite as cool to kick knowledge as it used to be.  Gensu Dean's "In My Head” is a bright throwback to substantive knowledge.  And who better to come with actual facts than the Gods from Brand Nubian?

Free Download: In My Head (feat. Brand Nubian)

Over a swirling key riff and a pounding piano sample, Lord Jamar and Sadat X kick Godbody flow: Refrain from the lard, construct your heaven on earth and, of course, knowledge is infinite.

Audio: @JesseAbraham f/ Emilio Rojas - "Parallels"

From Matt B:

Audio: Jesse Abraham f/ Emilio Rojas & TreZure Empire - "Parallels"

"Parallels”, produced by !llMind, is the second single off of Jesse Abraham’s upcoming I Am Water album.  The song features fellow NY emcee Emilio Rojas and singer TreZure Empire. JA is also announcing the release of a live album, alongside frequent collaborator PremRock, available for free download on Monday June 11th via DJBooth.  The album documents an exclusive dual set that the two dynamic emcees delivered in 2011, opening for Skyzoo at the legendary Southpaw venue in Brooklyn.  The concert took place days before Prem took off on his second European tour, and days after Abraham was awarded with the 2011 Underground Music Award for Lyricist of the Year. 

Link to Jesse Abraham f/Emilio Rojas & TreZure Empire "Parallels": .

Video: Mayday - "Roaches"

From Mayday Online:

Video: Mayday - "Roaches"

Join ¡MAYDAY! as they explore what it truly means to be happy...

Warning: NSFW

Soundset Performer Psymun Releases Instrumental EP - Marsh Pond

From P.C.:

Soundset Performer Psymun Releases Instrumental EP - Marsh Pond

Psymun is a Minneapolis producer who has credits working with local and nationally known artists such as Co$$, Scienze, Rich Garvey, 925ve, and others. His most recently released beat tape, entitled Marsh Pond - EP, is available for free download. Most of the 10 songs on the tape clock in at 2 minutes or less, but highlight Psymun's strengths as a producer. The first half of the tape features looped jazz and soul samples that nearly lull you into a daze, until a nuanced flourish in the beat draws your attention back in. Little tricks like this present Psymun as a producer with a sophisticated attention to detail, and someone to definitely be on the lookout for in the future. Marsh Pond has received very positive reviews from BeScene, Midwest Broadcast, Kevin Nottingham, and countless other blogs and critics. 

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MP3: Prophit & LAWS - "Hey Mama"

MP3: Prophit & LAWS - "Hey Mama"

From BF Blasts:

Be on the look out for Prophit's single "This My Club" in the box office smash hit LIMITLESS which is now available on DVD, Blu-Ray & Netflix. For more music, news & video of Prophit visit{C}

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