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Video: Skillz, Questlove & J.Period Square Off

From J. Period:

Video: Skillz, Questlove & J.Period Square Off in Hip-Hop 'Beef'

What started as a simple bet turned into “beef” last week - and comedy this week - with the release of Skillz’ “The Last Laugh (J.Period Didn’t Do It! Remix),” the hilarious account of an unpaid $10,000 bet between Roots’ drummer Questlove and ghostwriter extraordinaire, Skillz.  Released on September 28 on Skillz, J.Period & Jazzy Jeff’s new Infamous Quotes mixtape, “The Last Laugh (J.Period Didn’t Do It! Remix)” hit blogs Tuesday, prompting a series of sharp responses and subsequent rumors – via twitter, text and blog – causing some to wonder if the escalating “beef” was real.  Blasting headlines like “Skillz Declares Rap War on Roots’ Drummer Questlove,” “Questlove Sues Skillz for Slander Over New Diss Record,” J.Period fanned the flames via Twitter, provoking a sparring session between Skillz & Questlove throughout the day on Thursday, October 7.  By day’s end, it was even announced that the conflict – like most hip hop squabbles – would require immediate intervention by hip hop’s master mediator, the Nation of Islam’s Minister Louis Farrakhan - read the headlines at: - but to no avail. Earlier today, J.Period put the rumors to rest, announcing that he would finally squash the “beef” and present Questlove with a peace offering as a sign of good faith: an olive branch that he hand-delivered to Questo on the set of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.  Pure comedy.  Makes us miss the days when hip hop was still fun!

"The Laugh Laugh": The Aftermath.

Download the track that started the “beef,” “The Last Laugh (J.Period Didn’t Do It! Remix)” here: .
For details on the squabble, and to download Skillz, Jazzy Jeff & J.Period’s Infamous Quotes Mixtape in its entirety, visit: .


Video: 40 Cal f/ JR Writer, Ransom - "Beef at Ya Mother House"

From Masar Management:

Video: 40 Cal f/ JR Writer, Ransom - "Beef at Ya Mother House"

PR: 9th Wonder, ?uestlove & More - "Freedom Suite"

From Giant Step Press:

9th Wonder, ?uestlove & More - "Freedom Suite"

Freedom Suite
Jazz vocalist and multi Grammy nominee Nnenna Freelon joins hip-hop quartet The Beast to release Freedom Suite: a 10-track collection of creative reflections on jazz and hip-hop. Freedom Suite will be available for FREE download, digitally released on Okayplayer's new jazz channel, The Revivalist, on October 26, 2010.

With guest appearances from 9th Wonder, Branford Marsalis, Phonte (of The Foreign Exchange/Little Brother), YahZarah, Geechi Suede (of Camp Lo) and several others, Freedom Suite follows in the tradition of other collaborative jazz and hip-hop projects like the late Guru's Jazzmatazz. The album features six original songs written and produced by The Beast, which are infused with both a live jazz aesthetic (drums, bass, piano, percussion, strings and horns were all recorded live) and an electronic/sample-based hip-hop aesthetic. Freedom Suite also includes five contemporary interpretations of "standards" from the jazz and hip-hop cannon, including arrangements of Mos Def's "Umi Says," Johnny Mercer & Hoagy Charmichael's "Skylark" and Lauryn Hill's "Doo Wop."

Interludes + Conversations on the Album
In addition to progressive production and songwriting, Freedom Suite also weaves an intellectual discourse into the album. Between songs, Beast emcee Pierce Freelon engages musicians and scholars such as Questlove, Herbie Hancock, Amiri Baraka, Christian McBridge, James Moody and others in one-on-one discussions about music, culture and life.

The Revivalist
Freedom Suite will be released in conjunction with the launch of Okayplayer's new jazz culture blog, The Revivalist, on October 26, 2010. The Revivalist is the leading online journal for the burgeoning jazz community. They are music innovators, musicians, and music lovers documenting and foretelling the stories of jazz and how it has influenced today's popular music.

Tracklist of Songs (Not Including Interviews)

- "Freedom Part II"
The Beast, ft. Suede & Nnenna Freelon
produced by The Applejuice Kid

- "Let Go"
The Beast ft. Tyler Woods

- "Get Out of Town"
Nnenna Freelon ft. Phonte
produced by Ambersongs

- "Rise Above The Sky (Doo Wop redux)"
The Beast ft. Rhapsody & Yahzarah

- "No Escape"
The Beast ft. Carlitta Durand & Darien Brockington

- "If We Love"
Nnenna Freelon ft. King Mez & Thee Tom Hardy

- "Once Again"
The Beast ft. Kooley High

- "Strange Love"
The Beast ft. Shirlette Ammons

- "Skylark"
Nnenna Freelon
produced by Kevin Timmons

- "Umi Says"
The Beast ft. Nnenna Freelon

Expect a wealth of new material from The Beast & Nnenna, including new interviews, behind-the-scenes videos, in-studio sessions, B-sides, freestyles, live events, and more coming soon, with possibilities of exclusive premieres (please contact us if you're interested).

Video: Gotham Green & Quickie Mart f/ Planet Asia - "Game Change"

From Dunn Deal PR:

Video: Gotham Green & Quickie Mart f/ Planet Asia - "Game Change"

MP3: Spice 1 & Michelob - "Hallow Point"

From Future Star Media:

MP3: Spice 1 & Michelob - "Hallow Point"





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This record is perfect timing for Halloween. Deanland Studios & Deanland Records bring you another one. This label has been consistent with delivering quality music to the DJ's so get familiar! This record "Hallow Point" is off the upcoming Halloween album due out October 31st and features Brotha Lynch Hung, Yukmouth, COS, Uncle Murda and even a special Tupac performance!!!

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Baller Status Presents: Kevin Nottingham's A3C Showcase Mixtape

From Coalmine Records:

Baller Status Presents:  Kevin Nottingham's A3C Showcase Mixtape

Kevin Nottingham, renowned hip-hop blogger and founder of HiPNOTT Records unveils his A3C Showcase Mixtape, presented by Baller Status.  Mixed by DJ Concept & DJ Dutchmaster of the Bash Brothers, this one hour long mix includes exclusives, freestyles, remixes and previously released tracks from HiPNOTT, Hall of Justus & Coalmine Records - the three labels featured at Kevin's showcase.  This year, Atlanta's A3C Hip-Hop will be held October 7-9 at The Masquerade (695 North Ave NE) and boasts performances from Buckshot, Da Beatminerz, The Artifacts, DJ Scratch, Rhettmatic, Jean Grae, Mistah Fab, Murs, Rhymefest, Skyzoo & more!!


01. Duck & Cover feat. Kevin Nottingham (DJ Concept Intro)
02. Everliven Sound (feat. El Da Sensei & DJ Don Martin - Elements
03. E. Reece (feat. DJ Mark-1) - On The Mic
04. Jermiside & Danny Diggs - Doin It For Years
05. Nobody Famous - King
06. Tomorrow, Yesterday - Reminder
07. K. Sparks - Sunshine
08. A New Danger (Interlude)
09. Nobody Famous (feat. Bohagan & Tragedy) - Hustler Muzik
10. Amiri - Music
11. Cymarshall Law - The Come Up
12. Spectac & Amiri (feat. K. Sparks, Median & Strick) - As If (Too Shy Remix)
13. You're On Your Own (DJ Concept Outro)
14. Joe Scudda's Public Service Announcement (Dutchmaster Intro)
15. Joe Scudda - Open For Business
16. Chaundon - No Excuses
17. Jozeeomo - Adrenaline
18. How We Rock - Roc C
19. Turn It Up - Roc C (feat. Illa J)
20. Young Americans - (Roc C & Rapper Pooh) - Set It Off
21. Bekay (feat. Eturnal Archrival & PH) - Everything Is (freestyle)
22. Singapore Kane - Fire
23. Singapore Kane, Bekay & El Da Sensei - The Platform (freestyle)
24. El Da Sensei & The Returners (feat. Sean Price & Bekay) - Everyday In The Street


PR: "King Of Paper Chasin'" Hits Theaters On Oct. 15

From Yo! PR:

"King Of Paper Chasin'" Hits Theaters On Oct. 15

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Behind The Scenes: .

Whitestone Multiplex - Bronx, NY
Sunrise Multiplex - Valley Stream, NY
Jamaica Multiplex - Queens, NY
Linden Blvd Multiplex - Brooklyn, NY
New Roc City Stadium - New Rochelle, NY and E1 Entertainment in association with Triplebeam Pictures present the release of the critically-acclaimed Crime/Drama "King Of Paper Chasin'", directed by La Monte Edwards, which is available in select cities on October 15.

This New York City Crime/Drama is inspired by actual events and is brilliantly captured and told by first time feature film director La Monte Edwards, executive produced by Dwayne "DL" Clark.

"I am extremely excited about the movie making its select cities release as there has been a buzz around King Of Paper Chasin' for awhile now, and it’s finally time that other cities get to experience the message behind this story," says Dwayne "DL" Clark, Executive Producer/Lead Actor of the film.

In the city of 9 million people, everyone is engulfed in the everyday rat race chasing that almighty dollar. This movie tells the story of one of its own Carter Blanche (Dwayne "DL" Clark), a self-made entrepreneur who prides himself on the unconventional pursuit of money and success and the dream of becoming a Rap star. Carter has staked his claim to the American dream but history teaches us that behind every wealthy empire is a major crime -- Carter's rise to power is no exception. Trying to go legit to leave his past ways behind, Carter is faced with deception, betrayal, and self serving agendas from those closest to him and must maneuver his way through all those who want to crumble what he has built. As he determines who's friend or foe, the decisions Carter makes can, and will cost lives.

"King Of Paper Chasin'" is led by Triplebeam Entertainment Hip-Hop recording artist Dwayne "DL" Clark, while Actress/Model Piarry Oriol takes on the role of DL's distrusting girlfriend Thaila. Additional cast members include Lauren Hooper (Rachel Anderson), J. Stephen Williams (Uglyman), Joe Soma (Agent Richardson), Jason Rivera (Dell) and Dennis L.A. White (JB) among others.

"I don’t expect everyone to be happy with what I'm doing," says DL who financed this 7 figure project himself to allow the audience a look into his life and past experiences. "But it was a story I wanted to tell. There is a lot of embellishment for entertainment purposes, but for the most part the premise of the movie is based off actual events."

"King Of Paper Chasin'" will hit select theaters on October 17.


PR: Far East Movement Skyrocket Up Charts

From Greg Miller:

PR: Far East Movement Skyrocket Up Charts


Far East Movement's lead single "Like A G6" was the greatest Airplay Gainer on Billboard Hot 100 chart this week pushing the song up to #2 in the country.  "Like A G6" is also the #1 Digital Song this week moving 216,000 digital copies outselling Bruno Mars' "Just The Way You Are." 

The group's debut album 'Free Wired' (Cherytree/Interscope), which features Ryan Tedder, Snoop Dogg, Keri Hilson and Lil Jon, will be in stores next Tuesday, October 12th.

Video: Gorilla Zoe's Thoughts on Obama

From DJ Smallz:

Video: Gorilla Zoe's Thoughts on Obama

Gorilla Zoe's Thoughts on Obama, Lisa Raye & Pornstar Pinky from DJ Smallz.

KOKAYI To Release Sophomore Album Robots & Dinosaurs October 19th + MP3's

From Audible Treats:

KOKAYI To Release Sophomore Album Robots & Dinosaurs October 19th + MP3's

Multi-Talented Artist Fuses Hip-Hop, Indie, And Electro-Hop On His Latest Release

(October 7, 2010 - Brooklyn New York) Grammy Nominated emcee, producer, and multi-instrumentalist, KOKAYI, is excited to announce the release of his sophomore album, Robots & Dinosaurs. The album will see it's physical release on October 19th via New York based QN5 Music.

The album's rather unique title, Robots & Dinosaurs, while deep in meaning was inspired from the most simplistic of desires - the Christmas present wishes of KOKAYI's six year old son. "I asked my son what he wanted for Christmas and he replied, 'robots and dinosaurs'", says the Washington D.C.-based artist. "I walked away, went to the basement and it hit me: the Futuristic versus the old school. I'm in both worlds, traveling up the middle and pulling from both sides of the spectrum."

Robots & Dinosaurs is a musical smorgasbord, incorporating a variety of sounds and styles, from hip-hop to electro, soul to acoustic indie, and more. To achieve the album's organic flavor throughout, the album is graced by a number of musicians including Ezra Greer (bass), Jon Laine (drums), DP (guitar), Trey Elay and a special solo by Stan Cooper for the track "RoxTar" The otherwise self-produced album does get a slight dose of outside help from long-time friend and famed producer Oddisee. The track, "Autumn Rules," was originally "Autumn's Run" from Oddisee's Odd Autumn tape and has proven successful as a buzz worthy single for the rapper/producer.

Robots & Dinosaurs is the first release KOKAYI was able to record with complete peace of mind. "I was able to create the project on my own but still have the project mixed and mastered on analogue gear," says KOKAYI. "It sounds exactly how I want it to." His concise vision for the album is driven home even further by the fact that fourteen songs were made for Robots & Dinosaurs and all but one made the final cut. "I realized my dream with this album," says KOKAYI, and in delivering Dinosaurs & Robots he's also managed to knock one wish of his son's Christmas list.

Download KOKAYI's "RoxTar": .

Check out "Autumn Rules" here: .

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