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Video: TRUTHLiVE - The Barbershop EPK 3/4

The Video:

After releasing his EP The Unlearning, and leading up to the release of his full-length album, Patience, which was produced entirely by Jake One and will be arriving April 20, 2010, TRUTHLiVE is releasing an inside look, four-part EPK series. As the third installment, The Barbershop follows the rapper as he prepares for a performance at Last Day Saloon, which is also the location of his Santa Rosa release party on April 16, and night out on the town. Getting a haircut from longtime friend Jon the Backyard Barber, TRUTHLiVE mentions Monta Ellis, of the Golden State Warriors, and the great game he played that evening. A true sports fanatic, look out for TRUTHLiVE's sports vlog coming soon. As the evening progresses, TRUTHLiVE sets up the stage of Last Day Saloon with the help of DJ Tonytone, a collaborator on "Tormented Genius", and does a quick, but meticulous, sound check for his DJ and rap sets. A true success, the show was sold out with over 500 in attendance. The real deal, when TRUTHLiVE hits the stage, he delivers.

TRUTHLiVE's album, Patience, is available April 20, 2010 via Interdependent Media. His album release party at Last Day Saloon will be April 16, 2010 and features performances by Zion-I, Donwill, Moe Green, DJ Toure, and The Park in addition to TRUTHLIVE's own set.

Watch EPK 3 here:

Watch EPK 2 here:

Just In Case You Missed It, Watch EPK 1 here:

Download The Unlearning EP:

The Background:

Evan "TRUTHLiVE" Phillips, owner and founder of Interdependent Media, has certainly made his mark in the music industry with his wide range of talents. As an emcee, DJ, entrepreneur, and artist, TRUTHLiVE has had his hands in everything from a very young age. After a traumatic adolescent period where his health was at risk, three heart surgeries proved the artist to be quite a fighter. He explains to his new listeners, "The name TRUTHLiVE doesn't mean that I'm proclaiming myself as the truth, end-all be-all; it's more of a reminder to myself on how to conduct my life and career." The MC best summates, "My music is my truth and my life." That meaningful music will arrive on April 20th in the form of Patience, TRUTHLiVE's debut release, courtesy of Bay Area label Interdependent Media.

About Interdependent Media:

Founded in 2006 in the Bay Area by Evan Phillips, Interdependent Media has built unique strengths in the development, production, and marketing of recorded music via new methods of marketing and promotion. Armed with a comprehensive understanding of both traditional and emerging methods of marketing, iM has successfully created multi-faceted methods of raising awareness and interest in their projects. Industry veterans Ian "ID" Davis and Dominic Del Bene head operations at iM and are credited with discovering and/or developing artists such as 9th Wonder, Little Brother, Tanya Morgan, Blackalicious, Del the Funky Homosapien, the Hieroglyphics and more. In 2010, iM will be releasing multi-media projects from artists Donwill, TRUTHLiVE, Canibus, Von Pea, A-Plus, and more. For more information, please visit


EPK 3:

"Coors Light and Ski Boats" (DJBooth Exclusive Freestyle):

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The UnLearning EP Download:

"The UnLearning":

"Can't Hold Me Back":

"Broken" Prod. By The ARE: />
"Tormented Genius" Prod. By Martin SLO:

"Shoot Me Down" prod. by Tha Bizness:

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Kottonmouth Kings Release "Party Monsters" Featuring Tech N9ne Online

For Immediate Release:
Kottonmouth Kings Release ‘Party Monsters’ Featuring Tech N9ne Online

California based Kottonmouth Kings have posted the song “Party Monsters” featuring Tech N9ne online at Tech N9ne spit his lyrical fire on the track, which will be released on April 20th, 2010 when Kottonmouth Kings’ new studio album, “Long Live The Kings”, hits stores.
"The Kottonmouth Kings and Tech N9ne have been allies for years," commented Daddy X. "Sub Noize and Strange Music are part of the trilateral underground commission, so when Tech N9ne gets on a track with the Kottonmouth Kings, it sends shockwaves through the underground. Having Tech and Dirtball on the same track is like hearing two high powered missile launchers! It sounds devastating!"
"The Dirtball is a wonderful addition to the Kings because he's a fucking lyrical murderer,” added Tech N9ne. “With that being said, what he brings to Kottonmouth Kings will be a phenomenon!"

Fans can catch a glimpse of the Dirtball in the Kottonmouth Kings new ‘Clockwork Orange’ themed video for “Stomp/Rampage” online at
Audio: Swazy Baby - "I Sang"

From: SlipNslide Sean
I hope all is well. Brand new official single from Swazy Baby... Just being released to the public today. Would love to get a review from you. Thanks for all of your support!!!

Audio: Jigg feat. Ice Cube - "What I Want"

From Tonia Samman:


Summer 2010


If you don't know the name yet, you don't read credits. Jigg has been slowly making a name for himself inside the liner notes of your favorite artists’ albums for several years now, producing for the likes of Rick Ross, Young Buck and most recently linking up with Ice Cube producing two tracks on his highly anticipated "I AM THE WEST" album, including the new smash hit "I Rep That West" where he's also feature on the hook. Jigg seeks to bring his behind-the-scenes success to the forefront as he displays his lyrical ability and air tight flow along side the legendary Ice Cube on his new street banger “What I Want” executed by Tony Draper.


Listen to Jigg's "What I Want"


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Audio: Wordsmith & Whitefolkz - "The Waiting Line"

From Wordsmith:

(Produced by Drums Majors ATL)

This is the first single from Whitefolkz's upcoming Mixtape, "Alphadogg" dropping on 4-20! "The Waiting Line." features Wordsmith, while super producers Drum Majors ATL laced the production. Don't sleep on this cut and please support the movement.

NU Revolution Entertainment LLC. 2010

Wordsmith-"Vintage Experience" Album OUT NOW:

Refined Hype x DJ Booth x Coast 2 Coast x Frostwire Presents Wordsmith "The Vintage Vault" Mixtape Online Feb. 23rd, 2010!!

HipHopdx x 2 Dope Boyz x Coast 2 Coast x Frostwire Presents Wordsmith "Overdue & Underrated" Mixtape OUT NOW!

Chubb Rock & Wordsmith-"Bridging the Gap" Album Online (Itunes)
Itunes Link: Presents Wordsmith Feat. Chubb Rock & The NU Revolution Camp "A Crack in the Bridge" Mixtape OUT NOW!
Link: Presents Wordsmith "The 2008 Resolution & Recap" Mixtape OUT NOW!
Link: Presents Wordsmith "The Revolution Begins with a Takeover" Vol. 2 Mixtape OUT NOW!
Link: Presents Wordsmith "The Mid-Year Review" Mixtape OUT NOW!







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Audio: yU - "Native"

The Song:

Amidst the escalating anticipation for his forthcoming album, emcee and one third of critically acclaimed Diamond District, yU, is proud to release the first official leak off his album, Before Taxes, entitled "Native". While setting the stage with lighthearted sampling from the comedic likeness of Dave Chappelle and sound clips from Glenn Beck, the track gradually transforms into the direct antithesis of its original vibe as it progresses. yU dives head first into some hard-hitting themes with a boom-bap feel as the bass pounds, the guitar lays down ghostly lead runs, and the drums creep along with a dragging, bass heavy groove. Lyrics such as, "I sing a song of truth, courage, and respect / Jumping out there like Geronimo, we stand up for that / And our plan of attack is straight Cherokee strategy / You can kill me, but you cannot kill my legacy," act to demonstrate yU's immense pride in his own Native American roots and his devotion to his ancestors. Collaborating with his partner Slimkat78, yU utilizes his experimental sound to get the song's message across. "The track is giving props to where it began, and hopefully it will make people think about where they're coming from," he says, clarifying the song's purpose. yU's solo project, Before Taxes, drops April 13, 2010 via Mello Music Group.

Listen To "Native", yU's First Official Single, Here:

The Background:

Stemming off the success of Diamond District's In The Ruff, emcee yU has branched out with his solo album, Before Taxes. Embodying the musical influences surrounding him, yU brings listeners tastes of the district, Maryland, and Virginia with his own classic brand of hip-hop. Showcasing his depth of talent and skill, yU expands on Diamond District's love of boom-bap and the golden era with this forthcoming release. Before Taxes will be released April 13th, 2010 via Mello Music Group.



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Blestenation Offer Free Download From Upcoming New Album

Misfit hip-hop trio Blestenation are currently offering fans a free download of the song "We’ll Die", from their upcoming new album "MBugout City", online at The group’s debut album, “MBugout City” is scheduled to land in stores on April 13th through Suburban Noize Records.

Blestenation have concocted what some are saying is the most dynamic
debut album from a rap group in years. The album ranges from arena rap
anthems to dark melodic acoustic songs, as the group creates their own
brand of misfit hip-hop. Blestenation’s “MBugout City” is currently
available for pre-order along with a free copy of the group’s “Left For
Dead” EP online at

Audio: Trends - "Don't Stop Me"

From Trends:
Hey what's up. I wanted to send you another track off of my new album "There is no Future" This one is called "Don't Stop Me". Please post this to your site when you get a chance. It would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks for all of your support
Twista, Shawnna, Big Sean, Mickey Rocks On "Midwest Block Starz"

From Block Starz Music:



Midwest Hip-Hop Stars Headline Third Installment of Critically-Acclaimed Compilation Series

Full service independent music promoter Block Starz Music LLC,, has confirmed the addition of chart-topping platinum rap star Twista, former first lady of Ludacris' Disturbing tha Peace camp, Shawnna, XXL "Freshman Ten" honoree/Kanye West affiliate Big Sean, and Mickey Rocks of The Cool Kids to its upcoming "Midwest Block Starz" compilation scheduled for digital release on May 12 at all major online retailers.

These high-profile guest appearances bolster an explosive "Midwest Block Starz" lineup that already features Grammy Award winner Rhymefest, 2009 Ohio Hip-Hop Awards "Best Midwest Artist" Slick Watts, "Best Performer" Machine Gun Kelly, and a host of newcomers, including Chi-town's Skooda Chose, Cleveland's Tugun Cannon, St. Louis representative Will Victory, Topeka, Kansas lyricist Mike Schpitz, and Korean rapper/Wisconsin native Smokes.

"Midwest Block Starz" is the third installment of Block Starz Music's critically-acclaimed regional compilation series, which debuted in 2009 with "West Coast Block Starz" followed by "East Coast Block Starz" last December. Label executives say "Midwest Block Starz" will continue building on their company's reputation for linking promising new independent talent to the marketplace. 

"Our track record speaks for itself when it comes to exposing the public to a diverse selection of exciting new artists and producers," says Block Starz Music Co-Founder and President Bayer Mack.

"The key to the success of our compilation series is quality. Artists can't pay to be on our releases, we have to actually like their material. If someone gets Block Starz Music's seal of approval, you can believe the hype," Block Starz Music CEO Kai Denninger added.

Video: Stevie Stone - "Midwest Explosion"

From Injen Technology:

Attached please find the music video and behind the scenes footage for Stevie Stone’s new single, “Midwest Explosion” featuring Tech N9NE, from his debut album, "New Kid Comin" available on iTunes now. Shot on the road during the infamous KOD tour, you can see the Midwest is holding it down. Also attached is the “Midwest Explosion” single with an open 8 bars at the end. Please record your hottest verse! If you’re not from the Midwest, rep your region! Submissions should be uploaded to your social networking sites and links emailed to: along with your picture.

The winning verse will be featured on the Stevie Stone Official Myspace and Facebook Fan pages. The winner will also receive a personal video message from Stevie Stone with their verse playing in the background and will be uploaded to Stevie’s YouTube channel. If Stevie Stone comes to the winners town in the future for a tour date, the winner will be invited up on stage to perform their verse!

Music video for
Stevie Stones’ new single “Midwest Explosion” featuring Tech N9ne.

Behind the scenes footage for Stevie Stone’s new single, “Midwest Explosion” featuring Tech N9NE


“Midwest Explosion” single with an open 8 bars at the end.

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