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Video: Universol - "I Need You"

From Iconoclast Multimedia:



NJ's Own Universol brings you his latest VIDEO " I Need You" which is directed and Edited by Delia Studios. The video shows a upclose perspective of Uni's passion for this music and always looking to rep the culture in many fashion, shapes and forms.  "I Need You" is a sure shot w/ a nicely chopped Stevie sample and driving vision of missing the HipHop culture in it's purest form. We all constantly yearn for the feeling we got when we first fell in love with HipHop! These are the times when things feel lonely and something is missing, I Need You Right NOW!

Please Follow him on Twitter: @iamuniversol

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Video: The Aztext - "I Make Records"

From Melanie J. Cornish:

Video: The Aztext - "I Make Records"

After the success of I MAKE RECORDS, from their WHO CARES IF WE'RE DOPE EP, Vermont Hip-Hop duo, The Aztext, had to go all out in creating a visual to accompany the well received track. Leaving this in the capable hands of director, Brent Harrewyn, the debut video from the group oozes that old school charm and tenacity which we are all appreciative of when it comes to real Hip-Hop.

The video came to life with the help of a variety of people, the owners of the club Rasputins where it was shot as well as the Rhythm Riderz dance crew, who pushed themselves to the limit to ensure the video mirrored the effort Pro and Learic put into making the song.

"Making a video means we've joined the ranks of all the artists we grew up listening to.  What would Pharcyde's 'Drop' or the Beastie Boys' 'Sabotage' be without their accompanying videos?  Of course the songs themselves are dope, but the videos solidified them as timeless.  The video also symbolizes a new drive for the Aztext.  Making music has become very comfortable for us, but making a video is incredibly challenging.  In the past, this may have stood in our way, but we've reached a level of maturity as artists where drive surpasses complacency." The Aztext

MP3: Wais P - "Game & Claim"

From Diamond Music Group:

MP3: Wais P - "Game & Claim"

"Game & Claim" is the first leak off Wais P The Pimp's forthcoming mixtape, It's In The Game which features all new material and production from Deric "D-Dot" Angelettie, DJ Premier, Statik Selektah, Sebb, Frequency, The Engineerz & more! Produced by Gadget, "Game & Claim" showcases a dope combination of Wais P's pimp flow over the "Impeach The President" drum break.



Free Album: Drums & Ammo - Vol. 1

From Audible Treats:

Free Album: Drums & Ammo - Vol. 1

New Project Features Instrumentals From Rising West Coast Producer Collective

The Album:

Drums & Ammo has been playing the background for a minute. True, the SWTBRDS producer collective, comprised of 6Fingers, Al Jieh, Ammbush, and REL, has spent time in studios with a range of established and rising artists that would turn a young producer's eyes green. But still, if you haven't yet heard the name, D&A won't be mad; until now they've been too busy working with your favorite artists – a list that includes every one from Raphael Saadiq to Keak Da Sneak, Del The Funky Homosapien to DaVinci, Moe Green, Messy Marv, Bambu, and more – to be concerned with the recognition.

But now, after a light roll-out – to this point D&A released only the "Speak Up" video, produced by and featuring Ammbush – Drums & Ammo are excited to release their new instrumental album, Vol. 1. The project is a collection of work from all four of the producers, a mix of both brand new instrumentals and those that have ended up on retail released. Forthcoming, Drums & Ammo will be releasing additional videos from the project, each serving to show off the diverse stylings of a group whose mix of live instrumentation, samples, and heavy drums and percussion has led to a sound that effortlessly pulls from their Bay Area home base while reaching beyond sounds normally heard within the regions confines. "We're really about maintaining our identity out here. This is West Coast music, but the sound is global," remarks Al Jieh. "It's diverse, but it all comes together through a common influence – Bay Area music."

Download Drums & Ammo's new album, Vol.1, for free: or .

PR: Saigon & Indaba Music "Bring Me Down" Remix Contest

From 'Stache Media:

Saigon & Indaba Music "Bring Me Down" Remix Contest

Hip-hop artist Saigon has teamed up with Indaba Music for an official remix contest featuring his latest single "Bring Me Down."  Indaba Music is the online home for a global community of over 570,000 musicians from approximately 180 countries and territories. Their core offering enables musicians from all over the world to come together to record, mix and edit tracks online. The Indaba platform also offers tools and services that help musicians across all aspects of their careers - from networking and education, to production, promotion, and distribution.

The winning "Bring Me Down" remix will be awarded $1,000 and released officially by Saigon. Ten honorable mentions will receive a copy of Saigon's debut album, The Greatest Story Never Told, as well as a Saigon t-shirt.  For more information on Indaba Music and to enter this unique opportunity, please visit

Saigon's new music video for "Bring Me Down" will be featured as the New Joint of the day on BET's 106 & Park this week. Be sure to tune in this Friday, April 15, and check out the new video here.

Video: Young Riot Freestyle for Y.O.M.P. Mixtape

From Amalgam Digital:

Video: Young Riot Freestyle for Y.O.M.P. Mixtape

Free Download: Shane Eli's "I Can Do Better"

From Shane Eli:

Free Download: Shane Eli's "I Can Do Better"

After six months of hard work and preparation, Shane Eli's sophomore album "I Can Do Better" is now available for free download.

Hosted by DJ Skee, the project features 16 fresh new tracks from the L.A. up and comer, including “When We Were Kings,” “Let’s Ride,” “The Night Is Young,” and many more.

All songs on the album are produced and written by Shane Eli. Guest appearances come courtesy of DJ Critical Hype, Jason Caesar, Playboy Tre, Rittz, Aleon Craft, Ahmad and others.


Video: D. Black Thanks Fans/Invited Them to Curtain Call

From Sportn' Life Records:

Video: D. Black Thanks Fans/Invited Them to Curtain Call

Sportn' Life Records bids a farewell to D.Black. Our flagship artist is leaving the rap game. We'll misss him and his music and I'm sure you will also.  So, please join us for this event, and let's all beg him to stay!! ha ha.  Also, performing are the newest members of Sportn' Life, Fly Moon Royalty.

Here's what D.Black had to say in his own words.

Video: Dorrough Speaks On His Favorite Nikes

From DJ Smallz:

Video: Dorrough Speaks On His Favorite Nikes

Dorrough Speaks On His Favorite Nikes from DJ Smallz.

Dallas native, Dorrough, speaks on his favorite Nikes... old school Nikes to be exact, so much so, he even has a song buzzing right now dedicated to 'em. Find out which Nikes in particular Dorrough really enjoys.

PR: Fresno, California Rap Collective "Fire City"

From Todd Davis:

PR: Fresno, California Rap Collective "Fire City"

Hailing from Fresno, California, Fire City, a rap collective comprised of members; AF-Toddy, Oli, K-Wu, Tipsee and Raecoon the Vaccume, are currently riding high off of all the attention already garnered from their Suga-T, of E-40 & The Click fame, assisted, first single, "Slapper." The infectious lead track is one of many stand-out offerings from their soon-to-be-released full-length collection, F.City Music Ent. Presents...DA FC WAY. The album is currently slated for release on Saturday, April 23rd.

Although "Grizzly City" hasn't necessarily been a "hotbed" or at the forefront of Bay Area Hip-Hop, with Fashawn being the only immediate known artist as of late that one may associate with the town, there's still an undeniable untapped talent pool of hungry emcees waiting to be discovered. That said, Fire City are definitely leading the pack as far as, not only Fresno, but, the entire Left Coast is concerned. They are literally on the cusp of greatness.

"Fire City's ultimate plan is to bring eyes back to the West Coast. We want people to follow our movement. We are not individuals, but family, and the only other click on the West Coast with heat! Like a new N.W.A.," Raecoon, the LP's executive producer, expresses excitedly, sounding highly confident but not the least bit conceited.

F.City Music Ent. Presents...DA FC WAY will be available at all major digital outlets on April 23rd 2011... .

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