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MP3: Boog Brown - "Shine" (yU Remix)


From Audible Treats:

MP3: Boog Brown - "Shine" (yU Remix)

Brown Study Track Gets yU Treatment With New Beat And Verse

The Song:

Appearing on the recent Brown Study, the album born from the collaboration between producer Apollo Brown and emcee Boog Brown, the track "Shine" established itself as one of the more dramatic cuts, complete with pulsating handclaps and melancholy strings. In the latest incarnation of the song, a remix from Diamond District member yU, the tone is decidedly funkier.

One of the only things that is consistent over the two versions of the song is its underlying message which, appropriately enough, is to continue to shine. "Aint nobody like you / Be who you are," Boog says both to herself and the listener. "Shine on them, baby / Don't you know you're a star?" yU's verse serves to support Boog's sentiments, especially in lines like "the law that I live by is give it my all." Though the ambience may differ, the new beat and verse only compliment and build on the original, the all-important qualities of any good remix.

Boog Brown's new album Brown Study is now available via Mello Music Group.

Download "Shine (yU Remix)" here: http://media.audibletreats.com/Boog_Brown-Shine_yU_RMX.mp3 .

The Background:

Boog Brown:
In the world of Hip Hop, Atlanta based Boog Brown spreads her "Dope Girl Magic" like her life depends on it and returns us to the roots of a genre that has literally changed the world. Currently based in Atlanta, Detroit native Brown describes herself as a "lover, fighter and artist." This is reflected in her personal style, lyrical approach and unique perspective. Though she has been an emcee for roughly 3 years, her writing goes back to the age of 15, allowing her to amass an arsenal of lyrics including two chapbooks of poetry, Swimming Against the Current State of Mind: My Life In Words and Black Tie Fish Fry, and her debut mixtape, the 2007 release entitled Extended Play. Earlier this year, Brown released The Grind Season Vol. 1 mixtape which features production from Illastrate, Lex Boogie, 14KT and appearances from staHHr, Fluxwonda of Binkis Recs, and Mojo Swagger. The Brown Study LP is available now via Mello Music Group.

Apollo Brown:
Born into a bi-racial family in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Apollo Brown's early influences skewed more toward the music of Journey and The Carpenters than the urban genres his peers often cite as inspiration. This is not to say that once hip-hop came into play, Apollo wasn’t all in. Just as easily as he can praise the virtues of yacht rock, the 29-year-old beatsmith can name personal heroes - Gang Starr, Wu-Tang, Mobb Deep, M.O.P., Nas, and Black Moon - from the early 90s period in which, for him, beats and rhymes became life. Apollo began making his own music in 1996 using Voyetra audio software, then upgraded to Cool Edit 2000 in becoming a self-described bedroom beat-maker for roughly the next eight years. It was the mid-2000s, and the upstart producer saw no future for his work - work he had dedicated his life to - in an industry where radio was setting a formulaic pattern for mainstream music. But he eventually began to miss the creativity in his craft and began producing once again, releasing the instrumental albums Skilled Trade (2007) and Make Do (2009). He went on in 2009 to win the Detroit Red Bull Big Tune Championships and competed in the national finals. Apollo then signed as a producer with the Mello Music Group in December of 2009. His debut album, The Reset, is available now via Mello Music Group.

About Mello Music Group:

Like Lao Tzu in hip-hop, Mello Music Group provides music for the soul, from the heart of American culture, opening the realm of the intelligent hip-hop experience through melodic evocations, beats that corroborate the truth, and voices that roar above the rising void and impose order on the terrible & triumphant moments of everyday life. This is the compelling sound of Mello Music Group. Industry newcomer Michael Tolle founded MMG in 2007 and is acting Director of Operations. MMG will be releasing projects from Oddisee, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Kenn Starr, Finale, Trek Life, Dudley Perkins, Sareem Poems, UPS, and YU throughout 2010. http://www.myspace.com/mellomusicgroup .

PR: Warm Fuzzy Merges with The Musebox


PR: Warm Fuzzy Merges with The Musebox

New York, NY: It was announced today that Warm Fuzzy Publicity will join forces with The Musebox. For nine years Warm Fuzzy has been an independent publicity firm highly established in the realms of hardcore, metal, punk, emo, stoner rock, hip hop and branching out into other genres. Warm Fuzzy's roster has included such artists as Dead Meadow, Coheed & Cambria, The Devil Wears Prada, Sick Of It All, Machine Head, Madball, Circa Survive, Coliseum, Bleeding Through, MF Grimm, Failure, John Joseph, Alesana, Misery Signals, Poison The Well, The Chariot and many more The Musebox is a full service International Marketing, Publicity, Management and Distribution agency. Some of it's projects include Bill Hicks, Royksopp, Portishead, The Prodigy, The Glitch Mob, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Underworld, Calvin Harris, Minus The Bear, Martina Topley-Bird, Maroon 5, Chick Corea, Orbital, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Brooklyn Industries, Robert Randolph and many more

"Over the past decade Warm Fuzzy Publicity, and Jerry Graham in particular, have become one of the premiere PR agents for metal, hard rock, psychedelic and punk. The merging of our two companies grows our promotional reach and acumen in yet more meaningful ways for our clients and our network," says CEO/Founder of The MuseBox Nadine Gelineau.

Warm Fuzzy Publicity Founder Jerry Graham commented, "I have been blessed to have a long and productive career in publicity. When the time came to think about expanding the range and scope of my work, I thought of The Musebox. I am excited for the future and what we can accomplish together.”

The MuseBox currently offers a wide set of services which is uniquely adapted for each client. These services include publicity and online promotion, distribution, marketing, social media development, lifestyle partnerships, branding and digital strategy; the incorporation of Warm Fuzzy’s roster and contacts adds a great deal of expertise to these services and ultimately to the company’s clients.

With offices in both New York and Toronto, The MuseBox helps build stronger brands and higher public profile through creative marketing, publicity and lifestyle branding. In emphasizing brand strategy and tastemaker marketing, The MuseBox utilizes media connections, seed products, unique promotions, and relationships in an extremely diverse international music business network.

Video: Q Da Kid f/ Rasheem - "Can't Go Back"


From BF Blasts:

Video: Q Da Kid f/ Rasheem - "Can't Go Back"

MP3: EDUBB - "Rainboots"


From BF Blasts:

MP3: EDUBB - "Rainboots"

* http://www.mediafire.com/?lql0f6xpi7ph6q0 *

Video: Emilio Rojas, J the S & More - "Ear to the Streets"


From Chris at E1 Music:

Video: Emilio Rojas, J the S & More - "Ear to the Streets"

J57 Presents "Mute Dialogue" (Instrumental Compilation)


From Brown Bag AllStars:

J57 Presents "Mute Dialogue" (Instrumental Compilation)

This is an instrumental project, compiled by J57 of the Brown Bag AllStars, featuring many talented up & coming producers from all over North America.

FiveSeven6roup Presents "Mute Dialogue"

Hulk Hogan & Brooke Hogan Do Notorious B.I.G in Def Jam Rapstar


Hulk Hogan & Brooke Hogan Do Notorious B.I.G in Def Jam Rapstar

MP3: Jermaine Dupri - "Black & Red"


From BF Blasts:

MP3: Jermaine Dupri - "Black & Red"

* http://www.mediafire.com/?z3j7pa5qqe032q0 *

MP3: Virtuoso f/ Del, Vast Aire - "Bay of Pigs"


From Big Bang Records:

MP3: Virtuoso f/ Del, Vast Aire - "Bay of Pigs"

    The hot new single from Virtuoso off of his soon to be released full length album “The Final Conflict” (Available 11/26/10 on Big Bang Records) links Virtuoso with long time collaborator and lyrical legend Del Tha Funkee Homosapien, Def Jux phenom Vast Aire, and Pidi T for “The Bay of Pigs” . Produced by Blue Sky Black Death, “The Bay of Pigs” is sure to introduce every real hip-hop head to the fierce lyricism that has become Virtuoso’s trademark.

    Downloads:

    Dirty Version:
    Main: http://www.mediafire.com/?o97xr77g7u37bgd .
    Alternate: http://hulkshare.com/d50enyvokgxk .

    Full Single (Clean, Dirty, Instrumental, and Acapella):
    Main: http://www.mediafire.com/?iipref7tsh0xrzy .
    Alternate: http://hulkshare.com/80bgoizi86f4 .

MP3: Rihanna ft. Eminem - "Love the Way You Lie Pt. 2"


From M3W:

MP3: Rihanna ft. Eminem - "Love the Way You Lie Pt. 2"

* http://tinyurl.com/EminemRihanna2 *


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