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@KutmastaKurt: Substance Abuse Background Music Mixtape (@BallinPR)

Kutmasta Kurt: Substance Abuse Background Music Mixtape

Courtesy Ballin PR.

The crew is back, LA's Substance Abuse with producer Kutmasta Kurt. The artists worked together on SA's debut album Overproof, and now they are back with their second LP Background Music and a mixtape. Background Music has garnered excellent reviews.

More on Background Music:
Los Angeles hip-hop duo Substance Abuse return to hip-hop with their sophomore LP, Background Music. Consisting of emcee Eso Tre and Subz, Substance Abuse pull no punches on their latest offering: The 18 track collection is a hard-hitting, funky rap album that feels distinctly LA. The LP features MC Eiht, Tash of Alkaholiks, Percee P, Max Julien (The Mack), Sadat X of Brand Nubian, Myka 9, and KRS-One.

Substance Abuse stick to their trade mark style of socially conscious content. On the track “Flossin”, Substance Abuse and MC Eiht address the valorization of the affluent lifestyle that dominates today’s hip hop. The track “Rear View” featuring KRS-One, tackles the futility of trying to embrace a time period that is gone and never will be again, while still affirming some of the timeless values that people cherished during that era.

“When we came up with the title we had a few things in mind,” explains Eso, who grew up in the southland with Subz. “First, we’re talking about the era that we came up in, the early 90’s graffiti scene. It was a time when tagging crews in Los Angeles had members hailing from different socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds, where you’d have kids from West LA in the same crews as kids from South Central and there was a certain sense of unity in that. “The umbrella provided by graffiti and hip hop,” adds Eso, “represented something positive.”

On the negative side, graff culture had also become increasingly violent, mimicking gang culture in Los Angeles. The cross-pollination within these tagging crews, where kids from the hood were closely associated with the kids from suburbia, also allowed for members of L.A.’s more well known gangs to become involved in tagging crews. Suddenly the lines between “crews” and “gangs” were blurred.

“Background Music also refers to the state of hip hop today, explains Eso “where the music seems deracinated of the personality and edge that it once had,” explains Eso. It also refers to how our music is construed by the masses, people who generally seem to favor the popular over the obscure. Real hip-hop has been forced to play the “background” to club and dance music that seems devoid of any message or staying power.

After gaining much acclaim for their collaboration with MF Doom on the infectious single "Profitless Thoughts," Substance Abuse released their debut LP Overproof in 2006. The LP featured Saafir, Kool Keith, Motion Man, Kutmasta Kurt, Rasco, Thes-One, and MF Doom and received critical acclaim from outlets such as YRB, URB, platform8470, and XLR8R.

What looms in the background of today’s music scene are people who are fed up with the current state of affairs and want change. If you’re one of them, check out Background Music.
Mixtape: @YoungJeezy "It's Tha World" (Host @DJDrama)

Mixtape: Young Jeezy "It's Tha World" (Host DJ Drama)

Courtesy Rap Star Promo.


YOUNG JEEZY - Its Tha World


Video: DubbleOO Spaceage "Top Down" (@therealdubbleoo)

Video: DubbleOO Spaceage "Top Down"

Courtesy Matt B.

Currently on tour with E-40, the Portland bred and currently San Francisco based DubbleOO releases the video for “Top Down,” taken from his recent released Beastmode2 mixtape, which features Too Short, Big Krit, The Jacka , Messy Marv & more and is available for free download at .

Block Entertainment Signs @KrisKelli & @FlyyAssChip (@SteveRaze)

Block Entertainment Signs New Artists & Readies Upcoming Projects

Courtesy Steve Raze.

Block Entertainment, one of the fastest growing independent record labels in Atlanta (Sony/RCA), continues to make its mark in the industry with the recent signing of three new artists: Jamaican beauty Kris Kelli, 18-year-old Chip of the Rebel Gang, and hood star 48 Slim. In addition to adding to his roster of talent, CEO Russell “Block” Spencer just inked a deal with Chevrolet as one of its only faces of urban marketing, and announced he will be the executive producer of a new film titled “Down By Law” starring Ice Cube, to be released in 2013.

Touting Kris Kelli as the next pop sensation, Block says he is “building a bridge to blend her music and culture with the States. I wanted to do something different and keep it fresh with her music. I think she is a superstar.” Kris Kelli will release her new EP on Feb. 14, 2013 featuring the catchy singles “Me and You” with Gorilla Zoe, “Action” and “Kingston” with MIA. Staying true to the company’s new movement of “rebuilding Hip-Hop block by block,” Block introduces budding rap artist Chip (of rap group Rebel Gang) with the upcoming release of his solo mixtape. The Atlanta-native recently released the first song from his project titled “We Own the Year,” featuring Gorilla Zoe. “I signed him because I liked his style, his cockiness but most of all because he believed in himself. His style is unorthodox, unlike what anyone else is doing right now,” notes Block. Hood rap star and Atlanta-native 48 Slim rounds out the new roster. Reminiscent of 50 Cent when he first exploded onto the scene, 48 Slim represents the streets. He is currently in the studio working on new music and plans to release a new song titled “Dumb” as a follow up to his first release “Fuck Em.”

As if the talent on Block’s artist roster isn’t enough, the entertainment powerhouse will begin shooting the new movie “Down By Law” starring Ice Cube in the summer of 2013. The film will be executively produced by Block, produced by Tony Draper, and directed by Ice Cube. In addition to the film, Block is merging into Hollywood with two new reality shows: 1) “The Playa’z Club,” which will show a behind the scenes look at how artists are catching their big breaks by performing at strip clubs and connecting with DJ’s; and 2) a show titled “The Daredevils,” featuring the life of “ruff riding” stunts on 4-wheelers and dirt bikes by K.K. and Mike C.

Block brings years of experience and a proven track record to the table as the head of Block Entertainment. The Atlanta-native jumped into the entertainment industry under the mentorship of Tupac Shakur and eventually went on to work at 8BALL and MJG and Suave House with Jazze Pha. He honed his craft of developing music artists as the Head A&R at Noontime Productions, working with artists the likes of Mary J Blige and Jay-Z. Block is responsible for the getting Rick Ross, Jody Breeze, Ciara, Young Jeezy, Boyz n da Hood, Yung Joc, Gorilla Zoe signed to their respective major record label deals.

Find Block Entertainment and its new artists online at,, and .
Video: Bow Wow On Why He Prefers Acting Over Music

Video: Bow Wow On Why He Prefers Acting Over Music

Courtesy Vh1.

Bow Wow On Why He Prefers Acting Over Music on Vh1's Big Morning Buzz Live with Carrie Keagan

Audio: @MotelEola1st - Kids Looking For Gold

Audio: Motel Eola - Kids Looking For Gold

This instrumental project is about youthfulness, inspiration & the pursuit of happiness versus harsh reality. Illustrated through sweet samples, heavy drum breaks & cool relevant skits. "Kids Looking For Gold" is my metaphor for our generation of individuals. We are all in search of our own "Gold" whether it be physical material possessions, the notion of success, or the achievement of our wildest dreams. Along this Journey for our "Gold" we may forget who we once were, conform to the norm, submit to defeat or accept "reality". As "Kids" we were forever optimistic, imaginative & experimental. The more we grow up the more we set aside our dreams as if the countdown of our life on earth is ever decreasing, leaving not enough time for us to do what we yearn for. No, we are dream chasers, creators and forever young at heart. We are "Kids Looking For Gold".

Video: MHz Legacy - "Somewhere" (@RJD2 @ManBitesDogRecs)

Video: MHz Legacy - "Somewhere" (Prod. By RJD2)

Courtesy Audible Treats.

The video, directed by Dan Gotti, sees the camera catch Copywrite and Tage spending time with their girls. "'Somewhere' is about taking that special lady somewhere," says Copywrite, and Tage agrees, taking the concept a step further. "It's about going somewhere and enjoying it," says Tage, "whether it's physically going somewhere, or mentally."

MP3: @WaisTheP - "Staten Island Ferry" Ft. Action Bronson (@ManBitesDogRecs)

MP3: Wais P - "Staten Island Ferry" Ft. Action Bronson

Courtesy Audible Treats.

As the year continues to wind down, Wais P, currently putting the final touches on his 2013 album, Pimpin Saved My Life, nears the release of his new mixtape, PV$$Y RICH, dropping later this month. Following the release of recent single "Live My Bars," Wais (pronounced Wise) is releasing the tape's second official single, the Action Bronson-assisted "Staten Island Ferry."

Video & Audio: @StrangerDay - "Lucky"

Video & Audio: Stranger Day - "Lucky"

Courtesy Dove @ Tygereye.

Here is "Lucky", Stranger Day's newest single from his Vice Matters album, now available on iTunes! "Lucky" was produced by S.O.V. Also enjoy the video recap of Stranger Day's "Hip Hop Reunion" live performance! If you are in Charlotte, NC or Atlanta, GA, you can catch Stranger Day live this month! See dates below, with more TBA!

New Audio: @Stryfed "Champagne Dreams" (@LoyaltyDigital)

New Audio: Stryfe "Champagne Dreams"

Courtesy Matt B.

After releasing his Opening Act EP earlier this year, Local-Mu12 member Stryfe is back with “Champagne Dreams” from his upcoming The Last Resort LP, which will be released in early 2013.

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