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MP3: Lupe Fiasco f/ Trey Songz - "Out of My Head"

From BF Blasts:

MP3: Lupe Fiasco f/ Trey Songz - "Out of My Head"

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MP3: Cam Capone f/ G. Malone - "You Know Me"

From J. Melo:

MP3: Cam Capone f/ G. Malone - "You Know Me"

Cam Capone is an up and coming west coast emcee who will be releasing his "Controversy" mixtape hosted by DJ Nik Bean on March 28th. The tape features G. Malone, Kokane, Knoc-turn'al, Sly Boogy and more.

Here goes the first single/leak off the project, "You Know Me" featuring G. Malone.
Video: Shunda K f/ Shon B - "I'm Da Best"

From Fanatic Promotion:

Video: Shunda K f/ Shon B - "I'm Da Best"

PR: DJ Swamp Reveals Details for "Vinyl Disciple"

From Kerosene Media:

DJ Swamp Reveals Album Details For New Record "Vinyl Disciple"
DJ Swamp has announced the release of his new album "Vinyl Disciple" for release in spring 2011 through his own label Decadent Records. DJ Swamp has posted the following video EPK for "Vinyl Disciple" online at .
DJ SWAMP started as a competition turntablist taking such esteemed titles as DMC United States Champion in 1996, his first year ever in the competition. For many years following DJ SWAMP toured as the dj for BECK .His acclaim has not ceased and the progression of his artistry has brought him alongside the likes of: Beck, Kid Rock, RL Burnside, The Crystal Method, Kool Keith,The Dust Bros, and countless others, all of whom have called on his expertise for work on their studio tracks. Now DJ SWAMP explores the other facets of his art, bringing his beat dropping skills to another level. "VINYL DISCIPLE" is a true testament to DJ SWAMP's skill as a producer, writer, and vocalist. The album was recorded and mixed in some of the best studios in Los Angeles, including Paramount, Scream, Amerycan,Sonora, and The Document Room.
The track listing for DJ Swamp's "Vinyl Disciple" is as follows:
1. Vinyl Disciple Intro
2. Club Thrashin'
3. Rock Rollin'
4. Aliens Are Coming
5. Little Landmine
6. Feast of Flesh
7. Servant of Evil
8. Pyro
9. History That Never Was
10. Mind Control
11. Plastic Surgery
12. Killer in the Rain
13. B Girls Invasion
14. The Leaders Will Follow

MP3: A.Dd+ - "Slow Tempo"

From Audible Treats:

MP3: A.Dd+ - "Slow Tempo"

Second Single From When Pigs Fly Explores Dealing With Struggle, Combating Vices

Critical Praise For A.Dd+:

"There's something really special about what's happening in the Dallas underground hip-hop scene at the moment - and A.Dd+ ...are a major part of that." - Dallas Observer

The Song:

A.Dd+, the Dallas duo comprised of rappers Slim Gravy and Paris Pershun, is excited to release the second single from their upcoming album, When Pigs Fly. The album, produced by Picnic Tyme, who is also a member of Erykah Badu's Cannabinoids, will be released as a free download on March 28th, and as a teaser in the final weeks before the release this short but sweet single says a lot in two minutes. "Slow Tempo" creates a sedated atmosphere with menacing synthesizers, hypnotizing pads, and an ever so slightly behind the beat drum break, all of which compliment a stuttering bass line and flutters of synth stabs that play off of each other as the song builds and breaks down. Atop Picnic's instrumental, Slim's crooned vocals are complimented by Paris' verse, as the echo on their voices melts into the layering of synth chords.

For a song that starts "We live fast and die young/ Get cash to buy drugs," it's not a surprise to hear that the song was inspired by Slim's addictions. "No matter how bad I know something is," he says, "I'm stuck to it." But really, the song is about more than Slim's personal vices. "The song is about struggles and how we deal with them," says Paris, whose own verse was inspired by the loss of his grandmother to cancer and twins to a miscarriage. "Life is temporary," says the duo, echoing the sentiment in song, saying, "Get off the gas, 'fore you wreck that rental, and crash/ Slow tempo, slow tempo."

Download A.Dd+'s new single, "Slow Tempo," for free here: .

MP3: Trina f/ T-Pain - "Ghetto"

From BF Blasts:

MP3: Trina f/ T-Pain - "Ghetto"

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PR: Erykah Badu Wants To Talk To Her Fans Through Fantrail

From Mi2N PR:

Erykah Badu Wants To Talk To Her Fans Through Fantrail

Austin, TX - FanTrail, a groundbreaking, FREE mobile platform for iPhone and Android launches today. The innovative platform connects musical artists and fans in ways that have never been possible before, and pays the artists when their fans use each app. FanTrail is the first platform to offer the artist's actual voice, a reward system for fans, and a direct relationship with the artist. Artists like Erykah Badu and The Roots are among the pioneers of FanTrail; theirs and other FanTrail artist apps are available on iTunes today, and on Android soon after.

Joel Rasmussen, Co-founder and CEO of FanTrail notes, "Artists and fans naturally want to connect, and this platform allows them to do so in a way that is more immediate, direct, and personal than ever before." Joshua McClure, Co-founder and CTO, notes "What's exciting about the platform is that it allows an artist to use their voice, their most powerful instrument, as their primary tool for reaching their fans."

FanTrail's patent pending technology, including LoveMail™ and the LoveMeter™, give artists a powerful new set of tools for reaching, engaging, and entertaining their fans. Employing elements of popular games, the platform keeps fans coming back again and again. Artists can post news and events, update all of their social media at once, send voice messages directly to fans, and even reward their most devoted fans with shout-outs, meet and greets, private messages, or anything the artist can dream up.

"What is perhaps most surprising," continues McClure, "is that we pay all of the artists on the platform. We share all of our streams of revenue with the artists, based on how many fans they have and how active those fans are." Rasmussen notes, "This has never been done before, and we've found an exciting way to align everyone's interests."


FanTrail is also launching a major competition -the "Sweetwater INDIE CUP" - for all 2200 showcasing artists at the 25th annual SXSW Music Festival in Austin, March 15-20. Each band can build FanTrail apps in their name; the act that creates the biggest "fantrail" by recruiting fans for their app will win $40,000 worth of recording equipment, as well as a free recording at world famous Sweetwater Studios in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Bands can sign up at .

FanTrail was created by entrepreneurs Joel Rasmussen and Josh McClure. Joel Rasmussen is a writer, publisher, filmmaker and digital audio expert. His critically hailed film "Before the Music Dies", starring Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt, Elvis Costello, Questlove, Erykah Badu, and others was called "the most important film a music fan will ever see", by Lee Abrahms, CEO of XM Radio. Josh McClure is a technology entrepreneur with a widespread background ranging from military intelligence to the video game industry. Over the years, he has founded several technology firms including Agile Poet, the firm that developed the initial FanTrail prototype.

Artists - independent or signed - can register for their own FanTrail app at Fans can find their FanTrail apps at the iTunes and Android store online.

Video: Gees Extortion - "Get Your Buzz Up"

From Javi S:

Video: Gees Extortion - "Get Your Buzz Up"

PR: Sportn' Life Records Signs New Act

From Sportn' Life Records:

Sportn' Life Records Signs New Electro-Soul Duo Fly Moon Royalty

Seattle Hip Hop Label Releases Debut LP & Announces Upcoming Show Dates

SEATTLE, WA – March 7, 2011 – Sportn' Life Records announced today that it has signed a new act: Fly Moon Royalty. The Seattle duo consists of Action Jackson and Adraboo and their sound has been compared to Gossip, Janelle Monae, and Gnarles Barkley.

“It’s an honor to work with Fly Moon Royalty; the sounds they produce are incredible,” said DeVon Manier, President and Co-Founder of Sportn’ Life Records. “The labels roster keeps expanding, and now features a diverse set of talent with Fly Moon Royalty, D.Black, Fatal Lucciauno, Spac3man, SK and Marissa. “We’re also growing the label in other ways, with a consulting and management division, a series of annual events launching in 2012, and more,” Manier said.

Fly Moon Royalty’s self-titled 10-track LP is a soulful, upbeat album with a unique combination of neo-soul, hip hop, and alternative, with songs written by the group, and features a guest appearance from Rachael Ferguson of NighTrain.  For a very limited time, the album is available for free here in exchange for an email address: .

Free MP3 Download: " Back To You" the first leak off of the album .

MP3: A. Driver - "King Driver" (prod. by J. Clyde)

From Revolution Media Group:

MP3: A. Driver - "King Driver" (prod. by J. Clyde)

Here is another track from A.Driver as he prepares for the release of his latest mixtape, Driver's Education.  Driver has been known as a very good lyricist so now he decides that he wants to make that undisputed with the track, King Driver.  Check it out!

A.Driver - King Driver (Prod. By J. Clyde) .

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