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REKS Returns With "Straight, No Chaser" on April 24th

REKS Returns With "Straight, No Chaser" on April 24th

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Still living off the praise of fans, critics and peers as well as sales of last year’s instant classic R.E.K.S (Rhythmatic Eternal King Supreme), REKS now sets out to take the next step in his progression with his official full length follow up opus Straight, No Chaser. Once again teaming up with super-producer Statik Selektah, the two combine like a modern day Gang Starr for Straight, No Chaser.

REKS took the underground scene by storm with his debut LP, Along Came The Chosen (2001). The album featured production from a then eighteen year old Statik Selektah and featured collaborations with underground stalwarts: Pace-Won & Young Zee of the Outsiderz, 7L & Esoteric, J-Live and more. The critically acclaimed LP was featured in the Source, XXL, Vibe, and REKS was named to URB Magazine’s “Next 100”. The album’s single “Skills 101” reached #45 on the Billboard Singles chart, putting him on shows and tours with huge national acts. REKS finally released his highly anticipated sophomore LP, Grey Hairs, in 2008. The momentous album featured production from DJ Premier, Large Professor and ten-tracks from Statik and featured collaborations with Lil Fame of MOP, Consequence, Skyzoo, Termanology, Jon Hope and Big Shug. Grey Hairs lead to REKS being profiled by XXL Magazine in their “Show & Prove” section. REKS released the companion piece More Grey Hairs, appeared on Statik Selektah’s Spell My Name Right: The Album and released two more mixtapes (In Between The Lines Series Vol’s 1&2 which were hosted by Statik Selektah/DJ Green Lantern and DJ Ill Will respectively) and both mixtapes garnered thousands of downloads and widespread praise.

REKS has already set things in motion for Straight, No Chaser with lauded appearances at SXSW, an upcoming European tour and the recent leaks of the LP’s buzz-singles, “Chasin’” and “Autographs” which have migrated to every corner of the streets and internet alike.  REKS laments “I feel Straight, No Chaser was necessary to add too the understanding of how well Statik and I come together and make a timeless pieces of work. I feel the album is varied in topic and focused on issues I feel still plague our society; its raw, its real, its refreshing and its REKS.

MP3: I-20 f/ Ludacris, Twista - "Little Boy"

MP3: I-20 f/ Ludacris, Twista - "Little Boy"

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DTP signee I-20 drops his new single featuring Ludacris & Twista titled "Little Boy" produced by Dirty Dunnz. The track will serve as the lead single off 20's upcoming mixtape, "Celebrity Rehab Pt.2: Coming Down."

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MGK's New Video for "Half Naked & Almost Famous"

MGK's New Video for "Half Naked & Almost Famous"

Courtesy Greg Miller.

EST 19XX/Bad Boy/Interscope Records recording artist MGK premiered a music video to "Half Naked & Almost Famous," the title track off his digital EP, with yesterday, March 27.  The video starts with footage from MGK's 2012 MTVu "Breaking Woodie" award win at SXSW Music Festival and highlights moments of his wild life on the road this past year.

MP3: Mayday f/ Black Thought, DJ Khaled - "TNT Remix"

MP3: Mayday f/ Black Thought, DJ Khaled - "TNT Remix"

Courtesy Mayday Online.

Don't take your gas mask off just yet. ¡MAYDAY!'s going back to war on the TNT remix, and this time they enlisted a few mercenaries with Black Thought, DJ Khaled, Jay Rock, Jon Connor & Stevie Stone!  ¡MAYDAY!'s Strange Music debut album, Take Me To Your Leader, in stores NOW!

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Stream: Georgia Anne Muldrow & Madlib - "Kneecap Jelly"

Stream: Georgia Anne Muldrow & Madlib - "Kneecap Jelly"

Courtesy Audible Treats.

Georgia Anne Muldrow, in the midst of an East Coast tour that has already seen her perform two dates in Canada, along with a captivating show at SOBs in New York City, is excited to release of her new album, Seeds. The LP, a fully collaborative effort with producer Madlib, is now available via SomeOthaShip Connect.

To celebrate the release, which is already being hailed by Pitchfork as some of her strongest work to date, Georgia is offering fans an exclusive stream of the album's latest single, "Kneecap Jelly." The song, as with the rest of the album, is hinged upon Madlib's room-warming low end and well-placed samples - "Kneecap Jelly" opens with a bending bass lane and wonderfully simple guitar riff - instrumentation that leaves plenty of room for Georgia's powerful vocals, as she sings on the chorus, "I am one/ And I am for directions on this wheel of life/ It is wise to honor all of god's children/ On this wheel we ride."

Continuing her East Coast string of dates, Georgia, along with Dudley Perkins, will be performing tonight in Philadelphia, followed by a show tomorrow night in DC. Full info for the remaining tour dates can be found below.

Stream "Kneecap Jelly" here: .

Stream Iron Solomon's Debut + Watch "Making of a Monster"

Stream Iron Solomon's Debut + Watch "Making of a Monster"

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Iron Solomon's "Monster" is out now! For a limited time Iron is giving fans a chance to stream the album in its entirety. You can also watch the “Making of a Monster” video, which gives you a first hand look on how Iron Solomon crafted the project.

Iron Solomon will be touring with Boot Camp Clik during their West Coast Tour dates in promotion of his "Monster" album.

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'Making of a Monster' Video Link: .

MP3: Chyco Young Problemz f/ Bun B - "Trillest in the Game"

MP3: Chyco Young Problemz f/ Bun B, Money Moe - "Trillest in the Game"

Courtesy J Melo.

Chyco Young Problemz is a Houston artist who debuts his new single featuring Bun B and Money Moe [who is a Bun B protege] titled "Trillest in the Game." Song was produced by Chyco himself and Fred On 'Em [Ace Hood, etc]

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Video: IamSu! - "HBKJoe Beat" Ft. P-Lo

Video: IamSu! - "HBKJoe Beat" Ft. P-Lo

Courtesy Audible Treats.

Richmond, CA native IamSu! can be called a lot of things — rapper, producer, songwriter — but "miseducated" is not one of them. Last year, the 22-year-old produced, penned the hook, and provided a scene stealing 16 for fellow Bay Area newcomner LoveRance’s smash-hit single "Up," which is currently a nationwide Top 10 single in two formats and boasts an official remix featuring 50 Cent and several unofficial remixes featuring everyone from Chris Brown to Roscoe Dash to T.I. to Bow Wow. Most recently, IamSu! walked into Fader Fort just as The-Dream was singing his own rendition of the song.

MICKEY AVALON: Loaded Pre-Order + "More Junk" Video

MICKEY AVALON: Loaded Pre-Order + "More Junk" Video

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Mickey Avalon is gearing up to unleash his new album, Loaded, on April 24th via Suburban Noize Records. Loaded is the soundtrack to one the most debaucherous tales of rock 'n' roll. Filled with excess and exploding with sexual energy, Avalon's music embraces decadence and celebrates hedonistic glory. Mickey Avalon simply appeals to the voyeuristic side of all of us that want to indulge; let loose and get Loaded.

You can pre-order Loaded on CD from Newbury Comics and receive a limited autographed booklet with your purchase. Additionally, iTunes is offering an exclusive track with pre-orders, titled "When Avalon Comes."

There have been multiple versions of the video released for the latest single, "More Junk." View the clean version on Youtube, while the explicit (very) NSFW uncut version can be seen here.

Mickey Avalon
"More Junk" Clean Video

"More Junk" X-rated Version 

Mickey Avalon will celebrate the release of his new album on April 24th with special performance at the Key Club in Hollywood, CA, and all fans in attendance will receive a free copy of Loaded. Tickets can be purchased online at See below for a full list of spring tour dates.

Mickey Avalon Tour Dates:

Mar 31 - Las Vegas, NV @ Desert Breeze Skate Park (Extreme Thing 2012)

Apr 24 - Hollywood, CA @ Key Club

Apr 25 - Austin, TX @ Beauty Ballroom

Apr 26 - San Antonio, TX @ Backstage Live

Apr 27 - Dallas, TX @ Trees

Apr 28 - Houston, TX @ Scout Bar

Apr 30 - Pensacola, FL @ Vinyl Music Hall

May 01 - Orlando, FL @ The Social

May 02 - Jacksonville, FL @ Free Bird Live

May 03 - Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum

May 04 - Atlanta @ Masquerade

May 05 - Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall

May 06 - Norfolk, VA @ The Norva

May 08 - Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel

May 09 - Cambridge, MA @ The Middle East

May 10 - New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre

May 11 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Loft at The Chance

May 17 - Newcastle, Australia @ Fanny's (w/ Kid Mac)

May 18 - Sydney, Australia @ Hifi (w/ Kid Mac)

May 19 - Gold Coast, Australia @ Coolangatta Hotel (w/ Kid Mac)

May 25 - Melbourne, Australia @ Corner Hotel (w/ Kid Mac)

May 26 - Perth, Australia @ Rosemount Hotel (w/ Kid Mac)

Video: Kool Keith - "New York" Remix Ft. Agallah Don Bishop

MP3/Video: Kool Keith - "New York" Remix Ft. Agallah Don Bishop & NYM

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(Brooklyn, NY) Kool Keith is excited to announce that his forthcoming album, Love & Danger, will be released June 5th via Junkadelic Music, with worldwide distribution via Fat Beats. To celebrate the announcement, the Bronx native and founding member of Ultramagnetic MCs, is releasing a remix of the album's lead single "New York," now featuring Agallah Don Bishop and NYM.

A true legend, Kool Keith has a career that spans nearly three decades. In 1984, he started the Ultramagnetic MCs with Ced Gee, TR Love and Moe Love. The group was known for its off-the-wall sampling techniques and left field lyrics. Both were traits Keith took with him when he launched his solo career in 1995, under the moniker Dr. Octagon, one of the numerous alter egos fans of his work have grown to love.

Kool Keith's new album, Love & Danger, which is produced entirely by DJ Junkaz Lou, allowed Keith to experiment with his talents even further, and also to display a wide range of emotions. "The Love & Danger album was a chance for me to be myself and do different things," explains Keith. "It was me going through all kinds of temperatures - my highest of coldness to my highest of hotness, which is a lot like love and danger."

With his desire to display emotion, Keith's approach to artistic progression has shifted; he's more focused on the lateral progression that comes with experimentation than he is with trying to trump his previous efforts. "I've been at my highest peak of recording for the last 10 years," remarks Keith, "I never got better at rap, because I was always better in rap, regardless."

That excellence appears throughout Love & Danger's 15 tracks. "New York," finds Keith paying homage to the city that made him. Elsewhere, "The Game Is Free," features a guest verse from Megabone, and examines the idea of privacy in a society driven by ever-present media. Other songs on the album include features from Keith Murray, and more, while album's closing track, "Goodbye Rap," is Kool Keith's sign-off to the game he has been a major part of for a very long time. "This is probably my last project," announces Keith, "You just got the last of the vocals of me. I'm quitting the game. Goodbye, rap."

Download "New York" (Remix) Ft. Agallah Don Bishop & NYM here: .

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