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Video/MP3: One-I & Rukus - "Rise"

From Park Street PR:

Video/MP3: One-I & Rukus - "Rise"


Check out this brilliant street banger from Midland 's based artists One-i featuring Rukus entitled 'Rise'. Produced by One-i and Twin Pz from S-Squad Entertainment this track has been blowing up the spot on the underground for a few weeks. If you haven't heard this then don't worry because we are here to rectify that and introduce you to one of 2011's future anthems. This track is a song that will have you thinking about 2011 in a different mindset! People please do not sleep on this.


MP3: Kyle Rapps - "Rent Remix" Feat. KRS-One

From Audible Treats:

MP3: Kyle Rapps - "Rent Remix" Feat. KRS-One

Second Single From Re-Edutainment Details Struggles Of High Rent, Incompetent Landlords

The Song:

As Kyle Rapps continues to prep his debut EP, the New Jersey-born, Harlem-based emcee is treating fans with the second official single "Rent Remix," which features the legendary KRS-One. The track is a fitting collaboration seeing as Kyle Rapps' forthcoming EP, Re-Edutainment is his own take on the now classic Boogie Down Productions album, Edutainment, released over 20 years ago. "Being able to meet and vibe with my favorite rapper of all time was a dream come true," explains Rapps.

Produced by Kev Brown - as is the full EP, using only the samples and dusty loops utilized on the original BDP album - the "Rent Remix" flips a deep and ominous guitar sample, as Rapps offers listeners a vivid account of substandard living conditions and overpriced housing. "I got tired of landlords trying to take advantage - especially in this economy," says Kyle in speaking on the inspiration behind the song. His sentiments are matched by the power of his words as he raps, "Work 3 jobs, my pockets still tight/ I deserve an apartment that ain't got no mice/ Hot days, cold nights/ Roaches, broke pipes, this won't stop without a fight" KRS, who also appeared on the original version of the track, follows with an equally poignant verse, emphasized by his unmistakably forceful baritone as he depicts the daily struggle of dealing with incompetent landlords.

Kyle Rapps' debut EP, Re-Edutainment, produced entirely by Kev Brown and featuring Joell Ortiz, KRS-One, and U-N-I will drop on March 29th.

Download "Rent Remix" here: .

The Background:

With his roots firmly planted in concept driven hip-hop, Kyle Rapps exhibits witty and youthful yet insightful and catchy music. Under the moniker Black Skeptik, Kyle Rapps formed the acclaimed underground hip-hop group, Thought Breakers, who saw success opening up for such acts as Wyclef Jean, Fat Joe, Talib Kweli and Dead Prez, in addition to independently selling over 10,000 copies of their album, Episode One. More recently he released "Rent" ft KRS-One and "Frankenstein Saves Hip Hop (prod. Blockhead & video feat. Crazy Legs of The Rock Steady Crew)" under the same name. Solidifying a more positive out look on things, he changed his name to Kyle Rapps and release a third single, "Love, Love" (Featuring KRS-One and Homeboy Sandman), which reached #1 on the college radio hip-hop charts. Now, Rapps, eager to show people the benefits of combining hip-hop with education, is set to release his debut EP, RE-Edutainment in March, 2011.

Video: The Lyricists - "Time of Day"

From ISLH:

Video: The Lyricists - "Time of Day"

The song "Time Of Day" is the first visual introduction of The Lyricists' (Detroit) latest project, the "CONSTRUCTICONS" mixtape.

The song was produced by RMS Trizm.

MP3: 50 Cent - "6 Out of 6 (Get Gully)"

From M3W:

MP3: 50 Cent - "6 Out of 6 (Get Gully)"

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Mixtape: Raptor - "Some Bad Advice"

From 730Promo:

Mixtape: Raptor - "Some Bad Advice"

Enter Raptor. Producer, rapper, musician. Raptor has been a best kept secret until now. You may have heard him guest on the odd track. You have definitely heard his production work.

Until now Raptor has been hidden away, carefully honing his craft, waiting patiently for his time. That time has now come. 'Some Bad Advice' is his first official offering. A mixtape containing original tracks and freestyles, inspired by life, pop culture, an acute passion for music and Manga.

Raptor is the latest member of the Dcypha Productions family helmed by one of the UK's finest; Sway. Some Bad Advice has original production form Raptor, features Sway both on production and vocals as well as freestyles over Chase N Status, J Dilla, Star Slinger and Magnetic Man tracks. Compiled by Turkish ('Say It Twice', 'Mercedes-Benz' etc) with a little help from his egocentric friend Kenny Powers, Turkish also serves up a fair share of the soundtrack.

Raptor - Rocket Science (produced by J Dilla)

Listen to Some Bad Advice and remember the first time you heard it because you were here at the beginning of an incredible journey.
Villains, One. Heroes, Nil.
Video: Blueprint - "So Alive"

Director/Produced/Edited: Maria Juranic

DP: Trevor Tweener
Rent The Sky Films

Buy the single and remixes now: iTunes So Alive EP w/ Deluxe Digital Booklet | Amazon | Vinyl from Fifth Element (limited hand numbered red vinyl 12″)

Pre-order Adventures In Counter-Culture now from Fifth Element Online!

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Video: Dave Dub & JtheSarge - "Love Lost"

From Ballin' PR:

Video: Dave Dub & JtheSarge - "Love Lost"

March 2011--San Jose, CA--M9 Entertainment drops it's newest video for the single "Love Lost" from the hip-hop-punk rock LP, Mind Police. The track is a hard-charging introspective track where Dave laments the love he once lost for humanity, for music and for himself—through drugs and girlfriends—but has found again.

Mind Police is an aggressive, progressive, adrenaline-fueled, 12-track foray into the mind of Dave Dub and his partna from Humbolt County, Jthesarge. Hip-hop greats Myka 9 and Medusa grace the project as well.

Video: Lil Wayne feat. Cory Gunz - "6'7'"

Video/MP3: Foreign Legion - "The Ultimate"

From Quality Control:

Video/MP3: Foreign Legion - "The Ultimate"

Foreign Legion Returns with Their New Single and Video "The Ultimate"

The Oakland, CA based Foreign Legion return from a four year hiatus to drop their brand new studio album "Night Moves" on April 12, 2011 via HungerStrike/Quality Control Digital. The veteran duo of Prozack Turner and Marc Stretch return with "The Ultimate," the second single off the album. The 15-year veterans to the Bay Area/Los Angeles hip-hop scene can’t go wrong as they display old school bravado combined with modern day braggadocio, to make an album full of next school anthems.

‘The Ultimate” is Foreign Legion’s grand return to the scene. The Grandpa J produced slow lane banger starts back where they left off. “I’m like Rocky 6 bitch, I don’t know when to quit. I’m too old for this shit, but this is all I live for,” Prozack Turner exclaims.  The hook includes a well timed Nas sample which is seamlessly blended with a voice proclaiming that we “All Hail the Ultimate.”  Marc Stretch continues, “Well past the last station of your train of thought, all aboard on all accords.” New heat for their long-term fans, and a reintroduction of sorts to the original Oakland, CA based hip-hop odd couple.

In their own words…”When you are in trouble you call the police. When the police are in trouble, they call SWAT. When the world's music playlist is in trouble, call Foreign Legion. "The Ultimate" is a shining example of feel good, rhyme great music. Come take a flight with Hip-Hop's caped crusaders, over a mellow Grandpa J production. Bad music is definitely in trouble.” Yes indeed, Foreign Legion is back.

To Stream "The Ultimate" from Foreign Legion Right Here: .

Download "The Ultimate" MP3 from Foreign Legion Right Here: .

PR: New Releases From VP Records & Greensleeves Records

From VP Records:

New Releases From VP Records & Greensleeves Records


Most Wanted
VP Records
March 8, 2011

1990's dancehall icon Norman Jackson aka Tiger is honored with a collection of his most favored, most collectable, most wanted hits from his high-flying though brief career. Tiger's unique vocal style and humorous approach made him one of dancehall's most memorable figures of the era. His contributions to stage performance and costume are still felt in dancehall today.

This collection of Tiger's Most Wanted hits features some of his biggest singles including "Ram Dance Hall," "Boombastic" and "Bam Bam."

Richie Spice
Book Of Job
VP Records
March 15, 2011

Reggae culture sensation Richie Spice is back with a brand new collection of signature hits on his new album Book Of Job, in stores and online on March 15, 2011. This, his fifth studio effort, is packed with 12 tracks of socially conscious roots reggae tunes that have made the entertainer an international staple for reggae lovers worldwide.

Teaming up with acclaimed reggae producer Donovan Germain for the majority of the album, including the smash singles "My Life" ("Street Life") and "Jah Never Let Us Down," Spice also enlists the talents of other top producers such as Shane Brown for "Serious Woman" and Stephen "Lenky" Marsden on "Yap Yap."

The first single from the album, "Black Woman," produced by Raging Fyah, sees Spice paying homage to women, a theme that is as trademark as his culture and conscious messages. The single and accompanying video are now enjoying airplay on reggae channels globally.

Various Artists
Covers For Reggae Lovers Vol. 2
VP Records
March 22, 2011
Presenting a collection of reggae-fied love songs for music fans of all ages, Covers for Reggae Lovers Vol. 2 features a wide range of radio favorites from new and veteran reggae artists. This selection of 16-certified hits showcases the variety of musical styles influencing contemporary reggae and presents some of the most exciting new talent in the genre.
Featured performers include new comers Jordaine Bailey performing the Mary J. Blige hit "I Am," Sadiki performing the Eric Clapton hit "Tears In Heaven," Gary Lewin singing the recent Nelly single "Just A Dream" and New Kingston performing the Sugar Ray smash "Someday." Mature fans will recognize the Aswad classic "Don't Turn Around," as well as Maxi Priest and Richie Stephens reading of the Motown classic "Still Waters Run Deep," among other classic tunes in the set.

Various Artists
The Evolution of Dub Volume 6
Greensleeves Records
March 21, 2011 
Here is the penultimate in Greensleeves' critically acclaimed series of CD box sets that spotlights key moments in the evolution of dub. Volume 6 shines the spotlight on legendary producer and engineer Prince Jammy, one of the pivotal figures in the history of reggae music.

These four speaker-disturbing dub sets from the golden age of version include the previously unreleased Crucial In Dub, which rounds up many sought after dubs from the era. The three other sets Kamizaki Dub, Uhuru In Dub and Osbourne In Dub have long been regarded as dub classics, showcasing Prince Jammy putting Black Uhuru, Johnny Osbourne, Sugar Minott, among others, under heavy dub discipline.

The four albums are classically packaged in card sleeves and presented in a themed box, which also includes a 12-page booklet featuring rare photos and images, topped off by sleeve notes from reggae historian Noel Hawkes.

Various Artists
Ragga Ragga Ragga 2011
Greensleeves Records
March 29, 2011

VP Records unleashes the hottest dancehall tracks to blaze the airwaves from the genre's top shottas on RAGGA RAGGA RAGGA 2011, dropping on March 29, 2011. This trend-setting compilation is known for breaking the latest tracks and featuring the biggest names currently in dancehall, and is a definitive compilation for fans on the cutting edge of this genre.

Featuring red-hot hits from the dancehall's biggest hit makers including Gyptian, Vybz Kartel , Buju Banton, I-Octane , Mavado, Di Genius, Chino, Spice, Elephant Man, Bounty Killer and more, RAGGA RAGGA RAGGA 2011 is bound to satisfy the appetite of any dancehall aficionado.

Most Wanted
VP Records
March 29, 2011

Assassin established himself among dancehall's first generation of crossover deejays (Sean Paul, Elephant Man, Mr. Vegas) with witty lyrics and original subject matter that made his tracks stand out among the pack.

He has had top entries on some of the biggest riddims of the past ten years, scoring tremendous mix show radio airplay and a solid reputation as a live performer.

This collection spans his ten years of recordings and celebrates the deejay with 12 of his best tracks and Most Wanted hits. Featured tracks include "Ruffest And Toughest" on the Diwali riddim, and recent hits "Hand Inna Di Air" and "Pre Dis."

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