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MP3: Scheme f/ Kamilah Sumner, YP - "Just Maybe"

From Scheme:

MP3: Scheme f/ Kamilah Sumner, YP - "Just Maybe"

DJ RTC (RubyHornet) - "I'm trying to write my own future, literally."

Here is something new from my forthcoming mixtape, On Deck.  It is one of my favorite tracks on the project, and was given to me by Scheme.  The song is also on the Scheme's Same Rebel, New Cause Deluxe Edition, which will be available November 9th.  "Just Maybe" features YP, and when teamed with Scheme, they represent two of the best emcees in Chicago's underground.  I enjoy working with Scheme and YP, because their work ethic and follow through rank amongst the best in the Windy City.  Kamilah Sumner vocally shines on the chorus, demonstrating the reason she is also building a buzz.

The song focuses on the musical aspirations of all involved, with Scheme and YP both detailing their sacrifices to meet their goals.  The overall hope is that they avoid a Van Gogh like fate, and live to reach their musical success.

Scheme's Deluxe Edition of Same Rebel, New Cause drops 9th.  He will be celebrating the release on November 17th at The Darkroom (Chicago) with performances by Scheme, Mic Terror, Add-2, YP and others. 
Scheme - Just Maybe feat. YP & Kamilah Sumner : .

MP3: Spice 1 f/ Roscoe, Yukmouth - "Bloody Murda"

From M3W:

MP3: Spice 1 f/ Roscoe, Yukmouth - "Bloody Murda"

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Video: Roach Gigz - "Can I Rap"

From Audible Treats:

Video: Roach Gigz - "Can I Rap"

MP3: The Left - "Frozen" Feat. Kool G Rap

From Audible Treats:

MP3: The Left - "Frozen" Feat. Kool G Rap

Queens Legend Kool G Rap Teams Up With Detroit Up-and-comers, The Left

The Song:

"Frozen," featuring Kool G Rap, is the latest song off of Gas Mask, the debut album from Detroit hip-hop trio The Left, comprised of producer Apollo Brown, rapper Journalist103, and DJ Soko. An ominous introduction of horns and a chanting vocal sample setup the hard-hitting lyrics of "Frozen." Ironically eloquent, the first verse of the track is a metaphor comparing the addictive nature of dope to The Left's music: "From the time you stick the disc in/ It's the same feeling that a heroin addict gets when he sticks the syringe in/ I put you in a deep nod, back and forth constant/ Once I get in your system there's no way you can stop it... I make you spend that last for that work in that plastic." It's evident that throughout the song, The Left and Kool G Rap, together, possess a certain maturity that enables them to transform something raw and gritty into a relatable and accessible piece of music. According to DJ Soko, the main inspiration for "Frozen" derives from the "drive and hunger for dope music, and the lengths that people will go to get their hands on the newest, best music."

For Apollo Brown, it was his own quests for the best music that brought him to wanting to work with Kool G Rap on the album. "I've always wanted to do a joint with Kool G. Rap," says the rising producer. "He's without a doubt one of my favorite emcees of all time. He and Journalist just fit the beat, and meshed on the song as a whole. Journalist came in the studio to cut the song and I surprised him with the vocals from Kool G. Rap and we just went from there."

The Left's Gas Mask, featuring appearances from Guilty Simpson, Kool G Rap, Finale, Invincible, Marv Won, and more is available now via Mello Music Group.

Download The Left's "Frozen" here: .

The Background:

The Left began as a simple phone conversation between two artists displaying mutual respect for each other's craft. Detroit staples Apollo Brown (Producer) and Journalist 103 (Emcee) turned the prospect of a couple random songs into an album considered by many tastemakers to be the best underground hip hop LP of 2010. Shortly after starting the album in early 2009, the duo brought in DJ Soko to provide cuts for the album and act as the official DJ for The Left's live performances. Gas Mask is indeed The Left's debut album, but the rookie producer Apollo Brown has certainly been accumulating accolades as of late. In 2008 he won the producer showcase at Scribble Jam. Then, in 2009, Apollo won the Detroit Red Bull Big Tune Championships and went on to the Atlanta Finals. In 2010 he signed with Mello Music Group and made waves with his scorching debut album, The Reset. Meanwhile, The Left's mic master, Journalist 103, is just as seasoned. Despite this being his first wide public display, he worked with the legendary Detroit emcee Proof of D12 before his passing.

PR: Strictly the Best Vol. 42 & 43 in Stores 12/7/10

From VP Records:

VP Records Celebrates 20th Anniversary of 'Strictly The Best' Series

November 2, 2010


(VP RECORDS, NEW YORK)  - VP Records is set to release its highly anticipated annual hit series, Strictly the Best Vol. 42 and Strictly the Best Vol. 43, on Tuesday, December 7, 2010. Now celebrating its 20th anniversary of showcasing the very best in reggae and dancehall music from throughout the year, the Strictly The Best (STB) series are a proven hit with fans and the longest running series in reggae music.

Strictly The Best Vol. 42 features the top reggae singers in the genre, including Gyptian, Jah Cure, Tarrus Riley, Romain Virgo, Tessanne, Alaine, Gramps Morgan, Sanchez and Marcia Griffiths, on a 16-track melodic montage that is bound to satisfy every reggae fan.

STB Vol. 42 lives up to its name with hit singles such as "Unconditional Love" by Jah Cure featuring Phylissa, "Dark Skin Girl" by singing sensation Romain Virgo, "So Much In Love" from Gyptian, "A Beer And A Girl" by the eternal Marcia Griffiths, and reggae rocker Tessanne on the glorious remake of Foreigner's smash ballad, "I Want To Know What Love Is."

Strictly The Best Vol. 43 sizzles with the hottest artists in dancehall music, including Sean Paul, Damian 'Jr. Gong' Marley, Gyptian, Busy Signal, Vybz Kartel, Beenie Man, Mavado, Elephant Man, Bounty Killer and even rap star Nas.

From the titillating "Turn Me On" by Sean Paul, to Gyptian's romantic new single "Nah Let Go," the breakout hit "My Heart Remix" from Wayne Marshall featuring Mavado, dance anthem "How We Do It" by Elephant Man and Bounty Killer, and Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley and Nas featuring Dennis Brown on "Land Of Promise," STB Vol. 43 smokes with 16 tracks guaranteed to blaze the dancehalls.


1.      Unconditional Love - Jah Cure Ft. Phylissa
2.      Love Is - Courtney John
3.      In The Living Years - Stevie Face
4.      Dark Skin Girl - Romain Virgo
5.      Superman - Tarrus Riley
6.      I Want To Know What Love Is - Tessanne
7.      Come Back To Bed - Gramps Morgan
8.      Baby Come To Me - Fiona & Stevie Face
9.      My Promise - Andy Livingston
10.  You Are Me - Alaine
11.  Our Heroes - Ed Robinson
12.  If You Don't Know Me By Now - George Nooks
13.  Butterflies - Gappy Ranks
14.  So Much In Love - Gyptian
15.  Feel Good All Over - Sanchez
16.  A Beer And A Girl - Marcia Griffiths


1.      Land Of Promise  - Damian 'Jr. Gong' Marley & Nas Ft. Dennis Brown
2.      How We Do It - Elephant Man & Bounty Killer
3.      I'm OK - Beenie Man
4.      Nah Sell Out - Khago
5.      Puff It - I-Octane
6.      Nine Life - Mavado
7.      My Heart (Remix) - Wayne Marshall Ft. Mavado
8.      Nah Let Go - Gyptian
9.      Better Can Wuk (Stuck) - Vybz Kartel
10.  Wifey  Anthem/Video Light Medley  - Delly Ranx, Taranchyla & Froggy Madd Squad
11.  Dumper Truck (That Sweet Yuh) - Vybz Kartel
12.  Turn Me On - Sean Paul
13.  Bubble Again (That Mi Seh) - Charly Blacks
14.  How U Bad So - Busy Signal
15.  Hand Inna Di Air - Assassin
16.  Think A Little Time - I-Octane

Strictly The Best Vol. 42 and Vol. 43 will be available in stores and on iTunes on December 7, 2010.


Established in 1990, VP Records' annual hit series Strictly The Best (STB) is the longest-running reggae and dancehall compilation series in the business.  Each year, VP Records releases two (2) volumes in the STB series, one each for reggae and dancehall, thereby showcasing the buzz-worthy hits and biggest artists in reggae and dancehall for the year.  STB is also a proven launching pad for many of reggae and dancehall's biggest stars, including Sean Paul, Buju Banton, Bounty Killer, Capleton and Richie Spice, just to name a few. If you want to know what the next big reggae hit is in the streets or on the airwaves, listen to Strictly The Best!

Video: Team Facelift f/ T.A. - "Walking Through the Dark"

From Team Facelift:

Video: Team Facelift f/ Trouble Andrew - "Walking Through the Dark"

Video: Far East Movement f/ One Republic - "Rocketeer"

From Greg Miller:

Video: Far East Movement f/ One Republic - "Rocketeer"

Video: Sway feat. Wretch 32 - "Outkast"

From 7Thirty Online:

Video: Sway feat. Wretch 32 - "Outkast"

MP3: J57 - "Mute Dialogue"

From J57:

MP3: J57 - "Mute Dialogue"

This is the 2nd leak/title-track from "Mute Dialogue," an instrumental project compiled by J57 of the Brown Bag AllStars.  The "Mute Dialogue" project(full project will be released for free tomorrow) features many talented up & coming producers from all over North America.  But for now, please enjoy the title-track!

J57 "Mute Dialogue"



PR: Hieroglyphics Crew Unveils "The Valley of Kings" Art Piece

From Dunn Deal PR:

"Kings" newest art release from Tech & Sway's WAIL imprint 

   The Valley Of Kings web trailer:
Behind the making of The Valley Of Kings:
They replaced George Washington and his militia with RZA, GZA, Old Dirty Bastard and a legion of ninjas in 'Victory Or Death', the limited edition fine art piece the Village Voice called "The finest painting of 2010". And today, When Art Imitates Life (WAIL), the trailblazing art label founded by King Tech of the Wake Up Show and MTV's Sway Calloway, unveils 'The Valley Of Kings', a new project conceptualized and directed by all members of the Cali underground collective Hieroglyphics, of which only 300 canvases exist. Each piece is a whopping 40 x 40, signed by all crew members, and comes with an authenticity certificate. Sign up now for information at and you will receive a link to an an exclusive downloadable Hiero megamix from DJ Equal, along with a link to download the never-before-heard Hiero posse cut, "Hiero Reputation".

'The Valley Of Kings' represents another creative leap for Sway & King Tech's WAIL, the burgeoning art imprint committed to giving the hip-hop pioneers the chance to immortalize themselves on canvas as well as wax. Sway & Tech personally handpick every artist in the WAIL series, and act as intermediary between them and WAIL's team of graphic designers as they work together to create a portrait worthy of a legend. The creation of "The Valley Of Kings" from conception to sign-off of the final artist proof took 12 months and involved everything from greenscreening to drawing to Egyptian iconography. WAIL brought the Hiero crew members to the table with famed aerosol artist Eaz One to brainstorm and flesh out the creative core of the piece, which is said to represent the crew's 20-year journey, as well as the "supernatural" union between the members. More information at

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