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Mixtape: Shabaam Sahdeeq - "The American Classic"

From PR Dean MultiMedia:

Mixtape: Shabaam Sahdeeq - "The American Classic"

Tracklist : Shabaam Sahdeeq "The American Classic" mixtape | Shabaam & Ayden EP  coming soon!

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   1. American Classic (Intro)
   2. Fam (prod. by Ayden of SupaBeatz)
   3. We Don't Give A Fuck (feat. Red Eye & Bekay) (prod. by Henny-O)
   4. The Cipher (Live)
   5. Connect 4 (feat. U.G., Casual & Sean Price) (prod. by Sakki)
   6. Slow Down (freestyle)
   7. Latin Connection (feat. Big Lou, Chino XL & Thirstin Howl III) (prod. by Ran Reed)
   8. Deadly Combination (feat. Mic Geronimo) (prod. by Thoro Tracks)
   9. While You We're Sleep (feat. Sha Stimuli, Haph) (prod. by Thoro Tracks)
  10. Mind Of A Genius (feat. Chaundon & Fresh Daily)
  11. Clock (feat. Akir)
  12. Underground Railroad (feat. Famoso, Termanology, Phantazm, Chubb Rock & Sadat X) (prod. by M-Phazes)
  13. Keep It Honest (feat. Skyzoo & John Robinson)
  14. Concrete (feat. Xzibit) (prod. by Alchemist) (Throwback)
  15. One For The Love (feat. Kool G Rap, Rah Digga, Mos Def, Common, Sporty Thieves & De La Soul) (Throwback)
  16. Bucktown Affiliates (feat. Sha Stimuli & Half of the Rangers)
  17. Are You Ready (prod. by Alchemist) (Throwback)
  18. Sicker Than Your Average (prod. by Nick Wiz) (exclusive)

Be on the look out for Tools, Famoso, MokeOut, Rap-P, Enormus Tha Ox & HTA for 2011! Hardtimes!!!

PR: DEMOS Documentary Film - An Independent Artist's Guide to Success

Hollywood, CA - January 11, 2011 - As the brainchild of Kareem Fort, C.O.O of HiPNOTT Records and Co-Owner of Cypher Lounge Radio, DEMOS is not just your average documentary film; it truly serves as an awe-inspiring guide to success for the struggling, intermediate, or well established independent artist. 

Joining forces with Kevin Nottingham, C.E.O of HiPNOTT Records and Hip-Hop Blogger, the dynamic duo has come together once again to breathe a breath of fresh air into a somewhat asthmatic industry with this powerful film.  As Executive Producers of the project, Kevin and Kareem also brought on Hip-Hop Artist and Co-Owner/Host of Cypher Lounge Radio, Hassahn Phenomenon as well as Velv Somersault as producers on the DEMOS project.


"How do I stand out from the countless other artists trying to make it? "Should I put out a mixtape or an album first?" "Do I need a booking agent?" "How do I build my brand and create an image?" "How can I get sponsorship for shows and tours?" These questions are the essence of DEMOS.  The answers are masterfully supplied by hip-hop legends, highly successful independent artists, and industry tastemakers covering the entire span of music culture. Narrated by the Grammy Award winning Hip-Hop Poet, J Ivy and featuring the likes of Talib Kweli, Naughty By Nature, Pete Rock & CL Smooth, Carl Choi, Rapper Big PoohDa Beatminerz, Jean Grae, Tony Rock, Asya Shein, Statik Selektah, Dumbfoundead, Mac Miller, and a host of others, DEMOS will soon serve as the standard by which all How-To-Guide films should be measured.  Slated for a Summer 2011 release, DEMOS is guaranteed to be a game changer. Leading up to the release, the creators of DEMOS will be releasing a series of trailers, contests, and other details surrounding the film.  Stay tuned and for the time being...
Please Listen to Watch My DEMO.


Demos is a documentary that was created to educate and inspire the emerging hip-hop independent artist to accelerate their career. Its primary objective is to provide insight on the myriad of ways to establish or further enhance a successful independent music career. Industry veterans along with well established indie artists will share their experiences, advice and techniques providing an invaluable and unprecedented resource for the up and coming artist. From scholarly advice about branding and getting noticed to revelations about submitting content to media outlets, Demos is a film that should be on any musician's "must-see list!

Demos will expound upon how the industry has transformed over the years. Through the industry's overhaul, the artist needs to now empower and equip themselves with this essential information to maximize their chances of success. The music industry is ever-changing and to keep up, you must be well equipped; Demos is the tool to create a metamorphosis within an artist career.

Appearances By: Pete Rock and CL Smooth,,Naughty By Nature,  Shyheim, A-King from PNC Radio

Murs, Carl Choi, El Prez, Dae One, Statik Selektah, Talib Kweli, Tony Rock,Verbs

Wax, Dumbfoundead, Michelle McDevitt from Audible Treats, Money Making Jam Boyz,  Z of,  Asya of Fusicology, Spintelect, Bigg Pwee of KJLH, K Sparks, The Regiment, Convinced, Raven Sorvino, Jean Grae, Pharoah Monch, Big Dho, Jake Paine of, Da Beatminerz, Cisco Adler, Chris Young, DJ Houseshoes, J Davey, Sean Falyon, Marley Marl, TruthLive, Matt Diamond, Joe Scudda, Chaundon, DJ Rhettmatic, Kooley High, Tanya Morgan, Kyra Kyles, Tanvi Patel of Crucial Music, Mac Miller, Warren G, Verbs, Cymarshall Law, and more to be announced.


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Executive Producers: Kareem Fort & Kevin Nottingham. Produced by Hassahn Phenomenon and Velv Somersault.
Directed By: Matt Friedman
Written By: Kirkland Morris & Hassahn Phenomenon
Director of Photograpy: Beverly Lindo for Eye.Am Shooter

Video: Macsen Apollo - "Heartbreaks"

From ISLH:

Video: Macsen Apollo - "Heartbreaks"

Macsen Apollo is proud to release his first solo single and video “Heartbreaks”, off the upcoming album “Matters of the Heart”.

Macsen Apollo, out of Oakland, California has made a name for himself through his long-time rap career. As part of the V.E.R.A. Clique the MC has released two group albums to date and finally started working on his first solo effort in 2010. He has worked with well-known artists such as D' Wayne Wiggins of Tony Toni Tone, Joe Scudda of Justus League, Dahrio Wonder, APlus & Aagee (Compound 7) of the Heiroglyphics and Souls of Mischief and many more, and has earned respect for his outstanding drive and unique style.

The title “Heartbreaks” ,the first single off the album “Matters of the Heart”, speaks for itself. It is based on a true story about being in love only to find out that it is based on lies and deceit. The Song captivates through its honesty and realness, as well as a distinct beat, produced by Kev Choice. This is not a song just for the ladies, it speaks to every person that has been through the Heartbreak.

The Song was released digitally today, January 11th 2011, along with a video and can be purchased via . The album “Matters of the Heart” is set to come out March 2011 and will be available on iTunes and many other online stores.

PR: Street Heavy DVD Is Back (Hip Hop NZ)

From Superior 4tress:

PR: Street Heavy DVD Is Back (Hip Hop NZ)

New Zealand's only Hip Hop DVD series/magazine is back!
Documenting and promoting the New Zealand/Aotearoa Hip Hop scene to the world. Visit the new facebook page for promo videos and more - Street Heavy DVD Facebook.  Don't forget to like the page as well because we'll be leaking a video from Volume 3 on the facebook page & the Superior 4tress website every week or so.
Free Kapabal Download
Remix of 2wins song "Flying High" feat. Nicole Wray produced by Justice League
Street Heavy DVD vol. 3 (Coming Soon)
Kapabal - Still yet to be titled (Double Disc Album) (Coming 2011)
MP3: King - "Going Off"

Video: K.R.I.T. Wuz Here (The Grillade Sessions) Trailer

Video: New Sav Killz Mini Doc/EPK

From J-Ronin:

Video: New Sav Killz Mini Doc/EPK

PR: Sadistik Headlines The Company of Wolves Tour

From Sadistik:

PR: Sadistik Headlines The Company of Wolves Tour

Hello everyone!

I hope you all are well and were able to survive the holidays. I just wanted to send out a few updates of what's to come for these next few months for me. First off I am going to be headlining The Company of Wolves Tour from January 13th through February 1st. My friend and fellow Seattle artist Sarx will be joining me as well.


On March 2nd I am going to be playing at Cazenovia College in upstate New York, so if you are in the area make sure you come out to the show!


This April I am going to be headlining my first European tour! I am happy to say that I am going to be bringing along my very good friend and collaborator Kristoff Krane with me as well. With that said, I am still needing some help in booking a few areas, so if you have any contacts in the following places please let me know by emailing me at

April 7      - Munich, Germany
April 12th  - Amsterdam, Netherlands
April 13th  -Rotterdam, Netherlands
April 14th  - Netherlands or France
April 15th  - Paris, France 
April 20th  - Geneva, Switzerland
April 23th  - Sankt Gallen, Switzerland
April 24th  - Switzerland

April 25th on - Austria, Czech Republic or Northern Italy


I also would like to thank Audioleak for awarding my newest album The Art of Dying with Kid Called Computer with Best Hip Hop Production and Collaboration of 2010! Please feel free to check out the article on the award by clicking HERE

In addition to this, The Art of Dying has also been ranked at the #7 EP overall in 2010 on! On behalf of Kid Called Computer and myself I would like to thank everybody who has supported us by purchasing the album, we couldn't have done any of this without you!


Finally, I have just recently received a new shipment of The Balancing Act! This album was completely sold out for the last month, so if you weren't able to get a copy they are now available at along with all of my other merchandise.

And that is all that I have for you this time my friends. I want to thank you again for all of the support that I have been shown by so many of you and I am looking forward to meeting you all on the road! Be safe.

- Cody


Audio & Video: Gorilla Zoe - "Stankin"

From Chris at E1 Music:

Audio & Video: Gorilla Zoe - "Stankin"

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Official video

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The (W)rap Up - Week of January 4, 2011

"George 'Slaine' Carroll is nothing if not outspoken about hip-hop, as passionate about the arts as he is about his Boston roots and New York City rap career. It's a passion that was almost derailed in 2003 by cocaine abuse, one of many vices available to up-and-coming artists that pulls them right back down into the gutter. Fortunately for Slaine a 72 hour binge that led to a stint in a Roxbury detox center was the wake-up call that he needed to get his life in order. Some men would be broken after being abandoned by their family, their friends and their girl but in Slaine's case the isolation wound up being the steel that sharpened steel and gave him focus. In Slaine's 12 step program, step one was finding like-minded Irish-born hip-hop artists to bring his voice to light. Founding House of Pain members DJ Lethal and Danny Boy saw the talent and potential despite Slaine's troubled past, and offered him the chance to drop a mixtape telling his life story. "

Ale Dee :: Entre La Mine Et L'Papier :: High Life Music
as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon
[Entre La Mine Et L'Papier] 
"In my continuing my exploration of the French-Canadian hip-hop scene, we come next to Ale Dee. When I first picked up his CD at HMV I was momentarily confused. I knew he couldn't possibly be the similarly named rapper who had a fledgling rap career in the early 1990's, but they did appear to have one thing in common - a light complexion. While neither one would strictly be "white" in the derogatory way the word gets attached to the likes of Bill O'Reilly and Rush Limbaugh, they're not likely to be mistaken for Nelson Mandela any time soon. In the Quebec hip-hop scene such issues seem to be relatively minor compared to the ongoing furor Stateside, where being a white rapper not named Eminem can make you (A.) nerdy (B.) racist or (C.) both. Perhaps it's because so many French-Canadians feel mistreated in their own country, to such a degree that Quebec has tried to separate from Canada on several occasions, that the rap scene there is ironically more inclusive. If you speak French you're "in" regardless of your melanin. "

Dysfunkshunal Familee :: Family Reunion :: Narcata Records
as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon
[Family Reunion] 
"One thing hasn't changed about hip-hop in 2011 - crate digging. No matter how obscure or unheard a hip-hop single was in the past 30+ years, somebody somewhere will find it - and probably blog about it too. Such was the case with the 1994 Dysfunkshunal Familee song "New Ruff Flava," the kind of ruggedly East coast hip-hop song that would have been featured on mixtapes of the era alongside songs by Wu-Tang Clan, Redman and Lords of the Underground. For reasons that aren't exactly clear but which we'll simply attribute to Industry Rule #4,080 a complete album by the Fam was recorded but never commercially released and the group seemed destined to fade into obscurity. Once the video for "New Ruff Flava" resurfaced in 2007 though, buzz for the song gave the Fam something they had waited a decade plus for - the chance to put out a full length album THEMSELVES. "

Greg Nice :: The Popcycle :: The Orchard/One Haven Music
as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon
[The Popcycle] 
"Greg NICE!!! Greg N-I-C-E!!! Sometimes he rhymes slow, and sometimes he rhymes quick, but he always rocks for a fee and not for free. (Maybe he'll do it for charity.) If you're a long time hip-hop head who goes back to the late 1980's, you remember a time when songs like "Funky For You" or "More and More Hits" were ubiquitous. So predominant was the prevalence of songs by Nice & Smooth on the radio that group member Greg Nice became one of the most sampled rappers in all of hip-hop. It got to the point many people today know him better as the man who said "stick up kids is out to tax" on a GangStarr track - though he and Smooth B later did the seminal hip-hop classic "DWYCK" with Guru. The point is that Greg Nice had a distinctive, high pitched, energetic voice and delivery. That voice was well paired with the loquacious and aptly named Smooth B, a man so mellow and laid back he'd probably say "please refrain, that's not polite" if you punched him right in the face. "

Reef the Lost Cauze vs Guns-n-Butter :: Fight Music :: Enemy Soil Entertainment
as reviewed by Matt Jost
[Fight Music] 
"It's good to know that some MC's still consider themselves in the bout for world supremacy. Philadelphia's Reef the Lost Cauze doesn't put it exactly like that, but it's clear to see that domination is part of his motivation. One need only consider the title of his latest, "Fight Music," the collaboration effort with production team Guns-n-Butter. With "Fight Music," Reef aligns himself with acts who combine the lyrical with the physical such as Sean Price, M.O.P., Torae, Ruste Juxx, Celph Titled, Vinnie Paz, etc. who all work hard against rap music going soft. After the plainly titled but lyrically ambitious "Intro," the bell rings for the first of twelve rounds. "OPG Theme" seems to announce a Philly triumvirate that includes veteran Vinnie Paz and newcomer Burke The Jurke. They man a track by Stu Bangas, who provides a solid backing of a steady one-key piano chopped up by rock guitar blasts. Stu also produces "I'm a G," whose bubble bounce is stirred up by cinematic horns while Reef hazards, "I'm the Cauze, the new Chuck D / Guns-n-Butter my Bomb Squad, nigga, duck these," "

The Year 2010 in Review
Authors: The Staff

"The Year in Review" - a tradition for the last decade at! We've tried many different ways to satisfy the public's appetite for a thorough analysis of who "the best of the best" during that time. In 2000 and in 2001 Steve 'Flash' Juon compiled the lists. In 2002 the list was created by polling the entire staff. By 2004 we found the most successful formula - individual editorials by contributors to the site wherein they chose their own "best of the best." We've done it this way every year since then and we're doing it again in 2010! Without further adieu, here are the editorials:

      * Adam Bernard
      * Mike Baber
      * Joe Howard
      * Susan 'SusiQ' Kim
      * Jesal Padania
      * Eric Sirota
      * Guido Stern
      * Patrick Taylor
      * Pete T.
      * Emanuel Wallace

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