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"Any short list of hip-hop's most influential producers over the last 15 years worth its salt would have to include Pharrell Williams. If that seems to be giving Chad Hugo the shaft, his creative partner in The Neptunes, you've gotten the right idea. Don't mistake this opening paragraph for an indictment of Hugo's work though, it's more about Hugo's fame as an artist. Pharrell is the one who puts himself out there in the spotlight, making solo albums and singing hooks for Snoop Dogg and Jay-Z. You could hardly be blamed for wondering what Hugo does when "Skateboard P" isn't around to collaborate with, and that's just talking about The Neptunes as producers. Once you get into their albums as rock/rap group N*E*R*D he's still a star compared to Shay Haley, who is accurately described as "providing backup vocals" and who hasn't done an interview anyone reading this review would even remember let alone care much about. "

http://www.rapreviews.com/archive/2010_11F_nerdnothing.html

Alex Dimez :: Twenty Dimez :: Hand'Solo Records
as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon
[Twenty Dimez]


"Dimez and his label Hand'Solo Records are giving away the "Twenty Dimez" album FOR FREE. It's kind of hard to collect much green for you and your team on a download you don't charge for let alone an album you don't sell in stores. That's actually indicative of the Hand'Solo modus operandi though. For 15 years this independent imprint has charted their own route through the hip-hop landscape, not following the well worn paths to success and prosperity for themselves or their artists. Has it been effective? The fact they're still around makes it hard to argue that being the backpack label even backpackers haven't heard of hasn't hurt much. They obviously keep a tight rein on expenses, rely on word of mouth to increase exposure, and drop seminal compilations that grow in acclaim as the years go by. Until they pull up the stakes and fold up the tent it's hard to argue it's not working. Toronto rapper Alex Dimez is the next performer to emerge from the Hand'Solo roster. Ironically by giving away "Twenty Dimez" for free they may be giving Dimez the biggest push of anybody in their label's history, allowing the public to sample from an artist they clearly think highly of and have big plans for. "

http://www.rapreviews.com/archive/2010_11_twentydimez.html

Big Mike :: Serious As Can Be :: 7303 Records/Deep Entertainment
as reviewed by Matt Jost

[Serious As Can Be] 
"For a minute, there was a punchline waiting to happen involving Big Mike taking the feud with a former label one step too far and ending up doing time (check his rueful verse on Pimp C's "Havin' Thangs '06"). Many a frustrated rapper could surely relate. But for whatever reason the incident never entered rap's collective consciousness. Nor did the fact that Mike Barnett bounced back - 2009's "Serious As Can Be" was Big Mike's third album after parting ways with Rap-A-Lot Records, following "Nawlins Phats" and "Keep it Playa."  The title "Serious As Can Be" evidently harkens back to his first two solos "Somethin' Serious" and "Still Serious" and thus promises a return to form. Lyrically and vocally, fans know they need not worry about the native of New Orleans neighborhood Gert Town as his down-home O.G. reflections embedded in a tightly-woven tapestry of rhymes have been consistent across albums. The question is rather how he fares without the producers he worked so successfully with. The CD comes without credits, but there are some indications that the musical contributions are limited to a selected few."

http://www.rapreviews.com/archive/2010_11_seriousascanbe.html

Brinson :: OMG :: GodChaserz Entertainment
as reviewed by Pedro 'DJ Complejo' Hernandez

[OMG] 
"If you expect Brinson's "OMG" to be a shallow reflection of the text-craze that has invaded rap lately, you'll be pleasantly surprised. "OMG" stands for "Oh, My God," not the blasphemous, but common, expression of surprise, but instead it literally reflects Brinson's awe for his god. Yes, Brinson is another gospel rap emcee trying to evolve the genre. Gospel rap has long been seen as amateur rap whose fans are more forgiving due to the message being conveyed. Brinson and fellow contemporary gospel rappers have been making a concerted effort to expand the appeal of the music through incorporation of current trends. For a secular rapper, this would be considered selling out, but with the purpose of spreading their message further, Brinson's pop-rap oriented tunes are more accepted within his intended audience. "OMG" isn't a complete success, but blends gospel rhymes with secular beats well enough to appeal to fans of the genre. "

http://www.rapreviews.com/archive/2010_11_brinsonOMG.html

Broken Aesthetiks :: Broke :: Grhyme Productions
as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon

[Broke]


"MC/producer Angus 'FatGut' Younga and DJ Elev8 make up the Australian rebel rap crew known as Broken Aesthetiks. You certainly can't fault Younga for his honesty when looking at his bio on or offline - and if he'll forgive me I'm going to take it a step further and make it up to him on the flipside. He's definitely got the fat gut down, but judging by his appearance you would also think he's middle ages and has a receding hairline. Elev8 looks a little more suave by comparison - stylish haircut, well defined chin, the kind of guy who could probably blend comfortably into the same corporate middle management that FatGut is rallying against in the opener "Fact or Fiction." Even if they are opposites compared to each other, what Broken Aesthetiks have in common is that they are both completely unlike the comfortable stereotypes people have developed about hip-hop over the past 30 years. There's no rule stating that fat middle aged looking Aussies CAN'T be great emcees, but that young defiant urban swagger people associate today with the likes of T.I., Lil Wayne, Maino and Kid Cudi won't be seen in this Aussie rap team. "

http://www.rapreviews.com/archive/2010_11_brokenaesthetiks.html

The Canon :: Waiting For Your Attention :: Bandcamp.com
as reviewed by Emanuel Wallace

[Waiting For Your Attention]


"With so many advances in technology, it's become easier than ever for an up and coming artist to record and distribute their work to the masses. While this can be seen as a positive thing by those who have access to resources they need, many times vast amounts of talent can go untapped because of the lack of said resources. It's a real double-edged sword. Meet The Canon. He's another Philadelphia-based emcee that has been at it for years, simply wanting to be heard (and maybe make a little money) by anyone willing enough to listen to what he has to say. From a quick glance at his Twitter page (@TheeCanon), and we're presented with an artist that is aware of his ability, but also has moments of self-doubt. He likes to smoke, he loves to love and be loved and he longs to be appreciated. He presents this collection of songs that have been "compiled over time." The music that Canon describes as "powerful," is spread out over eleven tracks and slightly more than thirty minutes of real estate. It's an ideal length for an artist to introduce themselves, say their piece and be out, hopefully leaving a lasting impression in the process. "

http://www.rapreviews.com/archive/2010_11_waitingforyour.html

Dynamics Plus :: Volume 12 - Battlestrux Year One: Captain of a Starship :: Dynamica Music
as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon

[Volume 12 - Battlestrux Year One: Captain of a Starship] 
"Somewhere between the demented genius of Kool Keith and the lyrical dexterity of the Hieroglyphics lies the science fiction of Dynamics Plus. Put simply we're talking about hip-hop meets space opera - it's like throwing Doctor Who, Del the Funky Homosapien and Bob Dylan into a BlendTec and hitting the "musical puree" button. (Rap smoke - don't breathe this!) This is not a new phenomenon for the RapReviews crew - Matt Jost first opened a portal into this strange galaxy back in 2005 when he covered "Doctor Atomics and the Fortress of Solitude." This was apparently the sixth album continuing the saga of the voyages of Captain Dynamics, although like Leonard Parts I-V we have no idea where the rest went. Equally perplexing is what happened to volumes VII-XI of his adventures - perhaps like me some of you Whovians will assume the tapes got erased by the BBC in a shortsighted effort to recycle material and/or clear out some storage space. "

http://www.rapreviews.com/archive/2010_11_captainofastarship.html

Group Home :: Gifted Unlimited Rhymes Universal :: Babygrande Records
as reviewed by Matt Jost

[Gifted Unlimited Rhymes Universal] 
"This April we lost one of the most dependable voices of rap music with Keith Elam b/k/a The Guru, or simply Guru, also short for Gifted Unlimited Rhymes Universal. The rap nation's public mourning was overshadowed by certain circumstances that need not be discussed here, but with the commotions having settled, we hopefully have a less obstructed view of Guru's legacy. Lil' Dap and Melachi the Nutcracker aim to pay tribute to Guru at least in name with their third full-length "Gifted Unlimited Rhymes Universal." Collaborating with DJ Premier for 1995's gem "Livin' Proof," Group Home were part of the Gang Starr Foundation who left an indelible mark on hip-hop during the early to mid-'90s. That the Foundation's members eventually drifted apart, was the natural course of things, although in view of the aforementioned posthumous drama the absence of communication between its two core members - Guru and Primo - strikes one as especially unfortunate. Unfairly or not, rap fandom's concerns focus on Gang Starr the rap duo, making everyone else that publically worked with Guru a second-tier. That includes Group Home, who from the look of things hadn't been heard alongside Guru since 1999. "

http://www.rapreviews.com/archive/2010_11_guru.html

Kokayi :: Robots & Dinosaurs :: QN5 Music
as reviewed by Mike Baber

[Robots & Dinosaurs] 
"It's rare to see an artist these days who not only raps but also writes all his songs, produces his own beats, and sings his own choruses. This is exactly what Washington DC rapper Kokayi does, though, on his latest album "Robots & Dinosaurs," named after the two items on his six year old son's Christmas list. Using robots and dinosaurs as a simplistic way to explain the divide between old school and new school emcees, Kokayi creates a well-produced and thoughtful album that delves deep into his personal life and deals with everything from his growth as a father to his battle with depression to his thoughts on age discrimination in hip-hop. Kokayi may not be a mainstream household name, but his credentials are far from lacking. After dropping his debut album in 2007, he continued to produce and worked on various projects for local artists. In 2009, Kokayi was nominated for a Grammy for his co-production on Ethiopia singer Wayan's song "Lovin' You (Music)."

http://www.rapreviews.com/archive/2010_11_robotsanddinosaurs.html

Prob Cause :: Spring Cleaning :: Casualiving/Bonafied Entertainment
as reviewed by Pedro 'DJ Complejo' Hernandez

[Spring Cleaning] 
"Judging others gets the best of you more often than not. Sure, occasionally one can predict the music on a CD simply by looking at the cover, but more often than not the cover art is deceiving. Yet, the cover art is many times the only thing a fan has to go off of. In Prob Cause's case his cover art shows a scrawny white kid with what could be a faux hawk holding a mop. Sure, it fits with the theme of the album, "Spring Cleaning," but it doesn't shed much light into the music. Prob Cause's bio does little to help. He's a kid from Evanston, Illinois who claims he's made an impact in the game through his creativity on the mic. It's a claim a thousand other rappers have failed to live up to, so my hopes aren't too high. Given Chicago is know for speed rap and conscious rap, I expect Prob Cause is going to give us his take on conscious rap. Prob Cause's cocky yet humble lyrics are the perfect compliment to his effortless delivery. Prob Cause's flow stays consistently fluid, even when his topic matter tends to be a bit eclectic on this album. He remake's Charles Hamilton's only hit on "Chicago Girls" with good results."

http://www.rapreviews.com/archive/2010_11_springcleaning.html

Von Pea :: Pea's Gotta Have It :: Interdependent Media
as reviewed by Patrick Taylor

[Pea's Gotta Have It] 
"Pea's Gotta Have It" came about when Tanya Morgan producer/rapper Von Pea was cleaning his bedroom and came across his high school journals. His trip down memory lane gave him the inspiration to make a concept album about his high school days, going back a decade to think about what life was like as a teenager in Brooklyn. The result is fifteen songs and two skits that all deal with different aspects of high school life.  You might expect a high school-themed album to lighthearted, full of songs about being in detention and trying to get laid. That side of being young is definitely represented here. "We Should Be Rocking" and "There U Were" are about youthful conquests. "New Pair" is about buying new kicks. On "Open School" Von Pea and Danny! trade rhymes about getting sent to detention for writing rhymes in class and getting bad grades because they spend all their time making beats. There are also songs where Von Pea's older self reflects on being young. "The Yorker" acts as shout-out to his home town, and a portrait of the artist as a young man."
 
http://www.rapreviews.com/archive/2010_11_peasgottahaveit.html


Hip-Hop Shop #98 w/ K-Murdock Before The Bits & Rhymes Tour




DECADEnse   Vol. 1It's time for another dope edition of Hip-Hop Shop and this one is Episode #98 - K-Murdock Before The Bits & Rhymes Tour. That's right, K is back to let everybody know what's going on before he hits the road on November 11th including the release of DECADEnse Vol. 1, his Underground Chronicles for TheWordisBond.com and so much more! If you want to know how to catch K and Mega Ran on tour be sure to go to MegaRan.com/shows, peep out NeosonicProd.com or follow them on Twitter @neosonix and @megaran. Send your feedback, podsafe (RIAA free) music, and advertising requests to dj.flash@rapreviews.com. Thanks for listening and remember to share the show with a friend and tell them to check out the replay every Tuesday on RapReviews.com!

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Tracks featured this week:

* Mega Ran & K-Murdock - Thank You For Listening
* Boog Brown - Shine (yU Remix)

Video: Lil Flip Live At Ben Hur Bar


 From Polow Mob TV:

LIL FLIP live from Ben Hur Bar performs new songs like Heartbreaker, 48 laws, Talks about Lil Wayne, Boosie, and more...

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Video: All Elements TV - Keith Murray Performing


From J-Ronin:

Video: All Elements TV - Keith Murray Performing

Video: B-Mus Khalil - "Good Die Young"


From UrbanElite Promotions:

B-MUS KHALIL, ONE HALF OF THE TOPLINERZ, HAS LAUNCHED A NEW VIDEO FOR HIS TRACK "GOOD DIE YOUNG" AS WELL AS A BRAND NEW MIXTAPE "THE ART OF STORYTELLING VOLUME 2" HOSTED BY AWARD WINNING DJ AMES.
 
B-MUS HAS PICKED UP A LOT OF SUPPORT FOR HIS SINGLE "GO 'ARDER" RECENTLY AND HAS HAD A HUGE RESPONSE TO HIS VIDEO GOING LIVE YESTERDAY WITH WIDESPREAD UPLOADS.
 
AS WELL AS WORKING ON HIS NEW STUDIO ALBUM SCHEDULED FOR NEXT YEAR, HE'LL BE PLAYING LIVE IN NORWICH ON 13TH NOVEMBER & AT GRAMAPHONE IN SHOREDITCH ON 30TH NOVEMBER AS PART OF THE FREE EVENT LAUNCHING THE GENESIS ELIJAH x KRATE KRUSADERS ALBUM
 
VIDEO, MIXTAPE & MP3 LINKS BELOW
 
CLICK HERE TO VIEW VIDEO
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8pqEj5fZ0Y
 
CLICK HERE FOR THE MIXTAPE DOWNLOAD LINK
 
http://www.limelinx.com/files/15dbc5590118b82ca7e7b3bb7e4be4fa
 
MP3 LINKS - CLICK ON PICS
 
   GO 'ARDER                         GOOD DIE YOUNG                       LICK SHOTS
http://www.sendspace.com/file/z8sgl5     http://www.sendspace.com/file/pgmeck      http://www.sendspace.com/file/o41t1y
 
 

UEP

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Video: Genesis Elijah x Krate Krusaders - "Doing My Damn Thing"


From UrbanElite Promotions:

GENESIS ELIJAH x KRATE KRUSADERS
"DOING MY DAMN THING"
 
TAKEN FROM THE ALBUM "BEFORE I WAS FAMOUS" OUT ON 6TH DECEMBER, THE SINGLE HAS BEEN GETTIN HUGE SPINS THROUGHOUT THE UK, AND THE VIDEO, JUST RELEASED TONIGHT, IS FIRE!!!
 
SINGLE DROPS ON 15TH NOVEMBER ON OUTTA TOWN SOUNDS
 
ALSO WATCH OUT FOR LIVE DATES HAPPENING THROUGHOUT NOVEMBER, INCLUDING BAR RUMBA ON 10TH, CORDLESS SHOW RECORDING ON 12TH, MANCHESTER 25TH, DUBLIN 27TH & A SPECIAL FREE NIGHT AT GRAMAPHONE, LONDON TO LAUNCH THE ALBUM

 

PR: Phil The Agony Teams Up With Strong Will Music


From Strong Will Music:

Press Release
Phil The Agony teams up with Strong Will Music

After a couple of months working in the studio, swedish based producer Jolle & Phil the Agony (Strong Arm Steady) are ready to release a 6-track EP.

Sweden, November 6 2010: This project came about in the beginning of this year when Jolle approached Phil The Agony with an idea for collaborating on a future EP. A couple of beats were sent and the project was in the making.


Phil The Agony, who early this year released “In Search For Stoney Jackson” has a extensive tracklist and is considered a veteran in the rapgame. Jolle, who recently featured on Freestyles latest album “I AM HIPHOP”, is a longtime record producer with a few albums under his belt.


The project, currently in the mix, will also feature Planet Asia, Ras Kass and Block Mccloud. It’s scheduled to be released January 2011 and will be available on all major e-stores. Title and date of release will be announced very soon. Stay tuned to www.strongwillmusic.com where you can find the latest news on this upcoming EP.

Hip-Hop Artist Saigon to Release Long-Awaited Debut Album


From Mitchell Dudley:

Hip-Hop Artist Saigon to Release Long-Awaited Debut Album

SAIGON AND SUPER-GROUP, SWOLLEN MEMBERS HIT THE ROAD ON U.S. TOUR

Hip Hop fans and curious bystanders of rapper Saigon can finally hear the efforts of the anticipated album, “The Greatest Story Never Told.”  The long awaited project will be released on Just Blaze’s label Fort Knock Entertainment in conjunction with Abandoned Nation/Suburban Noize Records and available for purchase early 2011. The passionate artist exploded onto the music scene only a few years ago with classic mixtapes, singles and street albums such as “Warning Shots“.  He’s surrounded himself with hip hop heavyweights such as super producer Just Blaze and Jay-Z.  You’ve seen his charismatic self on the hit HBO show, “Entourage” that increased his fan-base and interest to know more about Saigon.

His album features guest appearances by hip hop legend, Bun B, Q-Tip, Marsha Ambrosius and Faith Evans.  Saigon wisely selected super producers Just Blaze, Kanye West, Buck Wild and Red Spyda to culminate his debut masterpiece.  “I’m just finally happy that people are going to hear my music”, says Saigon.  Just Blaze also serves as the project’s Executive Producer in addition to Rich Nice (Ludacris, NAS) and radio and television personality Sway Calloway (The Wake Up Show, MTV).  “It’s time to get focused, this is a serious project put ya game face on” says Just Blaze.

In support of the album, Saigon will hit the road with Canadian group, Swollen Members for a 30-city tour beginning November 4 in Bellingham, WA.  Dates are listed below.  Swollen Members hail from Vancouver, British Columbia and have been called “two of the most innovative people in hip hop” in the Rough Guide in Hip Hop.  The upcoming tour is an exciting collaboration of the two acts that are planning on delivering high energy and quality much in each city that they perform. 

SAIGON video- “I Want It All” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwTh36S_w2A .

Saigon & Swollen Members Tour Dates

November 4                           Wild Buffalo House of Blues                            Bellingham WA

November 5                           Studio Seven                                                         Seattle, WA

November 6                           Peter’s Room at Roseland Theater                  Portland, OR

November 8                           The Graduate                                                       San Luis Obispo, CA

November 9                           Soundwave                                                            San Diego, CA

November 10                        Key Club                                                               W. Hollywood, CA

November 11                        Babylon Club                                                        Fresno, CA

November 12                        The Rockit Room                                                San Francisco, CA

November 13                        Mont Bleu Casino Showroom                           Stateline, NV

November 14                        The Alley                                                              Sparks, NV

November 16                        Urban Lounge                                                      Salt Lake City, UT

November 17                        The Black Sheep                                                 Colorado Springs, CO

November 18                        Aggie Theater                                                      Ft. Collins, CO

November 19                        The Summit Music Hall                                     Denver, CO

November 20                        Fox Theater                                                          Boulder, CO

November 21                        Ghost Ranch Saloon                                           Steamboat Springs, CO

November 22                        Lobar                                                                     Crested Butte, CO

November 23                        Belly Up                                                                 Aspen, CO

November 24                        The Star Bar                                                        Park City, UT

December 13                        Big Sky Ski Resort                                            Big Sky, MT

Log onto www.saigonnation.com to get updates on Saigon and follow him on twitter (therealsaigon) and face book.

Video: Dee-1 - "Jay, 50 & Weezy"


From Nancy B:

Video: Dee-1 - "Jay, 50 & Weezy"

MP3: Miles Jones - "Never Wrong" (prod. BOI 1DA)


From Nathalie Levey:

MP3: Miles Jones - "Never Wrong" (prod. BOI 1DA)

Listen to music and download hi res photos here: http://download.themusebox.net/miles_jones/ .

The song stream “Never Wrong” is approved to post: http://soundcloud.com/musebox-1/never-wrong .
         
“[Miles Jones] steps tall with an easy-going hip-hop sound that's as polished as it is reverential. Runaway Jones is the result of a young career honed by family history, a stint in university, international touring and appearances supporting KRS-One, Souls of Mischief, Raekwon and Thunderheist." – Exclaim
 
"Already an Ontario Independent Music Award winner in 2008, Miles Jones is becoming one of those ‘hear him now’ type of artists.” – Kevin Nottingham
 
(New York City, NY) – Stemming from a family line of international music industry trailblazers Hedley Jones Sr. and DJ Deadly Hedley comes Miles Jones, who dropped his worldwide debut single "Never Wrong" on October 12th. “Never Wrong”, produced by Drake’s super-producer Boi 1da, comes from Miles Jones’ debut album Runaway Jones, released exclusively in Canada and recorded on Mojo Records & Publishing with URBNET Records (Moka Only, D-Sisive, DL Incognito). Not only loved and appreciated by the underground hip hop heads, one of Toronto’s main music publications, Now Magazine, says "Runaway Jones demonstrates what a breakout hip-hop album should sound like. Jones’s unique voice and delivery make him one to watch in coming months."
 
Hailing from a long line of reputable musicians, Miles’ grandfather Headly Jones Sr. from Jamaica started Studio and was arguably the first to invent the electric guitar. His father Headly Jones Jr aka Deadly Headly was a DJ on CFNY and an early Toronto Club DJ pioneer.
 
Growing up with musical influences coming from both West Indian and Canadian cultures, Miles created a unique urban sound that maintains the key elements of true hip-hop, which lead to collaborations with Percee P, Detroit-based producer Black Milk, and most recently, Boi 1da (Drake, Eminem, Kanye West) who was nominated at this year’s BET Awards for “Producer of the Year”. Miles has been the recipient of distinguished awards from the Billboard World Song Contest for “Hip Hop Song of the Year” (2010) and the Independent Music Awards for “Hip Hop Song of the Year” (2009) and "Hip Hop Artist of the Year" (2007).  His music has been featured on major networks and hit television programs including CBS’ CSI: Las Vegas and the 2010 Winter Olympics.
 
MILES JONES Tour Dates:

Nov 10th – Drake Underground – Toronto, ON
Nov 18th – Algonquin College – Ottawa, ON
Dec 2nd – ELLA Lounge – New York, NY


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