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Video: Fly Moon Royalty - "Betty's Kitchen (Jam)"

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Video: Fly Moon Royalty - "Betty's Kitchen (Jam)"

MP3: Huey - "Dreamin"

From Chris at E1:

MP3: Huey - "Dreamin"

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MP3: Cormega and The Revelations - "Live and Learn"

From J-Ronin:

MP3: Cormega and The Revelations - "Live and Learn"


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MP3: Bobby V - "Words (Remix)" (prod. Big Dev & BJ Hackworth)

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MP3: Bobby V - "Words (Remix)" (prod. Big Dev & BJ Hackworth)

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PR: Sean Slaughter - New Music, TV Show & More

From Life-Line Worldwide:

Sean Slaughter - New Music, TV Show & More

Slaughter Music CEO/Recording Artist, Sean Slaughter has been enjoying the success of his latest album, “The Prototype” everything from the music video and single, “Who We Are” to his most popular single “Survivor” featuring Canton Jones.  Sean Slaughter has a lot in store for 2011 releasing late this summer, “The Prototype” Limited Edition Packagewhich includes “The Prototype” cd with extra content,“The Prototype Live” album, and “The Prototype Live” DVD with music videos, behind the scenes footage and more!  Sean Slaughter has formed a new super group called,”The Burn Unit” which featuresSean Slaughter, CMO, and Pros.  Also, Sean Slaughter has been hard at work on a new television program for JC-TV and TBN titled, “Life Is…with Sean Slaughter” and is described as a magazine style show, focused on today’s hot topics, headlines, and urban/pop culture insight from a Christian perspective.  To be considered for an interview or performance please contact and emailSean Slaughter on the Contact Page.  All music videos can be sent to

In addition to everything else Sean Slaughter and his team atSlaughter Music have put in place the JPS Mentoring Media Arts Program which helps inner city youth to learn studio recording, video production, dance, and many other areas to transform their lives.  The media arts program is non-for-profit and is paid for by the local schools and the city.  When asked about the current events taking place, Sean Slaughter described it this manner, “God has truly opened doors with everything going on and even though this is an extremely busy season in my life; I am so humbled by what God does to convey His message in a relevant way to people.”  The Ham Sandwich Network program, “What In The Ham Sandwich?!” continues with hot discussions, blogs, and play relevant music videos to keep listeners in the know about the culture surrounding them today.

Be on the lookout for the “I Am The Prototype Tour”heading all across the country and around the globe this spring, summer, and fall as well as into 2012.

For more information check out Sean Slaughter’s website: and .

PR: CSR Episode 87 w/ Punchline (EMC)

From DJ Toshi:

CSR Episode 87 w/ Punchline (EMC)

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    Eminem ft. Slaughterhouse & Yelawolf - 2.0 Boys
    Mohammad Dangerfield ft. Immortal Technique - Break Of A Star
    El Gant - Problems feat. J57 & Tek (Prod. by J57)
    Punchline - Dont Get Married
    Punchline - Time for Change
    M-Dot ft. Virtuoso, King Magnetic,V Knuckles, Singapore Kane,Red Eye E'Flash (Produced by Snowgoons)
    Raekwon ft. Rick Ross & Ghostface Killah - Molasses
    Reks ft. Termanology - Face Off
    Punchline - Freestyle
    Punchline & Fokis - That's How I'm Living
    Jojo Pellegrino - Flawless
    Fashawn, Buff 1 & Scheme - Theme Music (prod. DJ Babu)

Once again, DJ Toshi and Che Broadway are back with another episode of Classic Storm Radio on and Chambermusik Radio via This weeks special guest is New York City's own, Punchline.

Punchline made a name for himself at the now world famous Lyricist Lounge in New York City during the mid-90s, leading to being featured on The Lyricists Lounge Volume 1 and Volume 2 albums with longtime co-conspirator, Wordsworth. The two EmCees, known as Punch 'N Words, were approached by Q-Tip after tearing down the stage at a Lyricist Lounge showcase and invited them to be on the song Rock Rock Ya'll from The Love Movement, the last studio album from Hip-Hop's iconic group, A Tribe Called Quest. They also went on to make an appearance on the now classic Black Star album from Mos Def and Talib Kweli. In 2000, Punchline and Wordsworth finally appeased their fans by releasing the underground classic, the Punch 'N Words EP to critical acclaim. Around that time, they both became co-writers and featured performers on the famed MTV series, The Lyricist Lounge Show.

Punchline has toured the globe, spreading the gospel of hip hop, sharing the stage and studio with icons of the game. In 2005, he combined forces with Wordsworth, Stricklin and the legendary Masta Ace, of the infamous Juice Crew, to form the Super group eMC. They released their debut album, The Show, on M3 Records in March of 2008.

Punch chopped it up with us about his recently released project with Fokis called The Appetizer (FREE DOWNLOAD), their upcoming release, The Dessert, and when they plan to drop the main course aka The Reset Button LP. We also got to talking about whether there will be another eMC album, Punch's upcoming solo project and even tried to squeeze out a definite answer to the ever-present question... Will there be another Punch 'N Words project? Of course, before we wrapped it up (Pause), you know we opened up the world famous Classic Storm freestyle session where Punch proves, once again, why he is a world renown lyricist and true to the game E-M-C-E-E. Hip Hop Is Not Dead! It's just not on network radio!

DJ Toshi’s Classic Storm Radio - Hosted by Che Broadway - Thursdays, 9pm - 10pm EST on and Chambermusik Radio via

MP3: Camp Lo/Pete Rock - "Mic Check"

From Trackstar:

MP3: Camp Lo/Pete Rock - "Mic Check"

SXSW is one of my favorite weeks every year (my insane schedule is below), but this year it's extra nice, because I'm also dropping the Camp Lo/Pete Rock 80 Blocks from Tiffany's mixtape as soon as I get back. Thanks to everyone who posted last week's leak, Jimmy Page (Straighten It Out freestyle)...we've got another one for you. This is the first leak off the actual 80 Blocks from Tiffany's album, Mic Check. The mixtape drops next Tuesday, 3/22. 

80 Blocks from Tiffany's (Camp Lo & Pete Rock)-Mic Check on Soundcloud (Mediafire Link)

As a bonus, here's one of the blends I did for the tape, that we didn't end up using:

Camp Lo-Summer Love (Skinz blend) on Soundcloud (Mediafire link)

MP3: Mental Elastic Dynasty - "Where Did the Night Go"

From Who Got Next:

MP3: Mental Elastic Dynasty - "Where Did the Night Go"

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HipHop derives its very essence from expression. For the last thirty years, there have been attempts to curtail that vital element of the culture, from early radio neglect to government bans in the 90's to protests and sanctions on individual artists in the modern era. Today, though, hip-hop has prevailed and finds a home on Top 40 Radio with relative ease, but the new dialog is whether hip-hop music now overshadows hip-hop culture, with the messages in the music becoming more representative of the culture than the people actually consuming the music. Lines have been drawn, but regardless of position, expression remains at the center of the argument. And straddling that very line in the heartland of America, Kalamazoo, Michigan Mental Elastic Dynasty are waiting for their turn to explain why they fit into the conversation.

Mental Elastic Dynasty is poised to make 2010 a breakout year. Having recently inked a deal with heavy-hitters Mobb North Records in Detroit and signing on to a management deal with well-respected Focal Point Media, the group are ready to bring their brand of music to the world. Inspired by diverse artists like Outkast and E-40, pop mainstays like Kanye West and Eminem and wordsmiths like Lupe Fiasco and Kool G Rap, Mental Elastic Dynasty members L-C.I.D., Anagram and The Mic Smith (formerly Philosophy) know its an uphill battle. But armed with local support in Kalamazoo, a bubbling presence in Detroit, and love from press outlets like, OnSmash, HoodHype and much of the Michigan local press, Mental Elastic Dynasty's humor, insight and perspective has them primed to bring a new element to a changing hip-hop culture.

Video: Eternia & MoSS - "To the Future"

From Sav One:

Video: Eternia & MoSS - "To the Future"

PR: Prince Aries Announces Clean Ass Whip Mixtape

From Audible Treats:

PR: Prince Aries Announces Clean Ass Whip Mixtape

West Coast Cruising Mixtape Pairs Old School Classics With New Songs From DaVinci, Bambu, And More

(March 2011 – Brooklyn, NY) Bay Area DJ Prince Aries is excited to announce the release of Clean Ass Whip. The mixtape, which features original tracks from DaVinci and Bambu along with a variety of west coast classics from Aries' personal collection, will be released this May via SWTBRDS (Sweetbreads). Joining the mixtape will be a series of limited edition silk-screened art prints, designed personally by Aries, who is an accomplished graphic designer.

A veritable jack-of-all-trades, Prince Aries has become an established name in the Bay as one of the city's most well known personalities, becoming a sought after DJ, promoter, graphic designer, and producer. However, it was his talents as a VJ that garnered the hip-hop renaissance man his first notice. Originally from the Washington Heights neighborhood of New York City, Aries moved to the Bay Area in the mid-90s and shortly there after went about founding the Bay Area's first hip-hop television program, Distortion 2 Static, which allowed Aries up-close-and-personal interaction with many of the artists that inform the music on Clean Ass Whip. Since starting the show, which fans can now watch on air or online, Aries has interviewed and featured artists including DJ Spinna, DJ Premier, The Pharcyde, Too $hort, Biz Markie, and many more.

It was also Aries' move from the east to west coast that largely influenced much of the music and the overall concept and theme of Clean Ass Whip. "A majority of the songs on the mix are songs that were significant to a certain time in my life, when I first moved to the Bay Area," says Prince Aries. "The sound and feel of West Coast music made a big impact on me." Those influences shine through with the inclusion of songs like "We Roll Deep" by Conscious Daughters and the "I'm A Player Remix" from Too $hort, both of which easily pair with the newer songs, like the mixtape title track with DaVinci or "And We Mobb In That..." with LA rapper Bambu. The tape also features Aries' own mix of "Distinguished Gentlemen," from fellow SWTBRDS artist StreetMedia.

While many of today's DJs can be found Google searching for their tracks, Aries went to the source for Clean Ass Whip, digging into his extensive vinyl collection, many of which are original pressings straight from the artists. "I've been collecting vinyl for some time now," explains Aries. "Some of these songs I got from the artists themselves, and the newer songs can be tied into the work I've done with Distortion 2 Static, which is how I met a lot of these artists in the first place."

Prince Aries' Clean Ass Whip mixtape will be available for free download this May.

In addition to releasing official music videos for "Clean Ass Whip" and "And We Mobb In That...," Prince Aries will be releasing a number of short videos leading up to release, each offering insight into Aries' history as well as the new project. This first video features Aries discussing Walkman Day, and how the tradition first put him onto Too $hort and N.W.A.

Watch Aries discuss Walkman Day and the mixtape here: .

The Background:

Aries Nuñez, known to the entertainment world as Prince Aries, has quite a few cards up his sleeve. Though his passion lies in music and his love for DJing, Aries became a fundamental player in the Bay Area’s new renaissance - promoter, graphic designer, TV show personality, and producer - with his multimedia background placing him a cut above the rest. When his groundbreaking show, Distortion 2 Static, got picked up by a local Bay Area television station after only two seasons on Public Access, he knew that he had his finger on the pulse of a movement that started simply as a way to share his love for Hip Hop.

SWTBRDS Background:

SWTBRDS (pronounced Sweetbreads) is a Bay Area-based record label that exemplifies the raw, rare and boutique qualities of its namesake. Founded in 2009, it houses rapper, DaVinci, renaissance DJ, Prince Aries, DJ + rapper duo StreetMedia, as well as the dynamic production team, Drums & Ammo, featuring the collective musical work of producers Ammbush, REL, Al Jieh and 6Fingers. Their first release was the self-titled StreetMedia LP, followed by Adrian Champion Presents: Stars & Stripes - The White Stripes Reimagined in Winter & Spring of 2009. Their most recent release was The Day The Turf Stood Still by DaVinci, his debut album, which received critical acclaim from publications such as, Wax Poetics, SF Weekly, XLR8R, Ozone Magazine,, and more. With a diverse release schedule on the horizon, SWTBRDS kicks 2011 off with Prince Aries' Clean Ass Whip mixtape, an ode to West Coast Hip-Hop's cruising aesthetic, dropping in May 2011. Soon to follow are DaVinci’s Feast or Famine EP and The MOEna Lisa LP, Drums & Ammo, Vol. 1, the self-titled first installment of a new instrumental series, REL's sophomore solo instrumental album, The Orchestration 2, Ammbush's solo artist EP, and StreetMedia's sophomore album.

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