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PR: A.R.A.B.'s Sammie Nomination

From First Dirt:

A.R.A.B.'s Sammie Nomination

Every year, Sacramento News and Review holds an award celebration for local musicians of all genres, letting fans vote on who should be awarded the coveted SAMMIE Award.  The time has come for the 2010 SAMIMIE's and the nominations are out.  Local emcee, A.R.A.B., has been selected as one of Sacramento's Best Emcee's and is calling all his fans and supporters to vote for him and what he stands for at He promotes a positive yet honest approach to hip-hop and does not sway from his feelings about being real and being respected in this industry, as well as being a devoted father while staying active in perusing new opportunities.

This nomination is yet another item to add to A.R.A.B.'s list of successes in 2010.  A.R.A.B. and the First Dirt Republic team have reached out to and worked with the youth and the community, been featured in several online and printed articles, in which the printed one A.R.A.B. was on the cover, obtained clothing line sponsors, opened for big name artists like The Jacka and Canibus, had music featured on the indie film screening of Orange Grove, and obtained digital distribution through Universal / In-Grooves for A.R.A.B.'s latest release, The Trojan Horse.

Ultimately, it is up to the fans to show their love and support for A.R.A.B. as an emcee.  Voting has already begun and continues until September 23. The competition is definitely stiff this year as there are 14 other emcees nominated in the same category as A.R.A.B.  It's important that voters know that they can only vote for one nominee in each category.

Winners will be announced and given awards on Saturday, October 9, at SN&R's Annual SAMMIE's Awards and Festival on the R Street Corridor (R Street between 14th and 15th streets) sometime between 6 and 10 p.m.  Only one ballot per person. All ballots are counted electronically, to be validated and tabulated on September 24th. No ballot stuffing. E-mail addresses will be verified.

MP3: Two New Songs Produced by Audible Doctor (BBAS)

From the Brown Bag AllStars:

MP3: Two New Songs Produced by Audible Doctor

Joell Ortiz released "Battle Cry" off his upcoming Free EP titled "Farewell Summer" dropping in full tomorrow.

Download "Battle Cry" HERE

Tiye Phoenix who was recently featured in the BET documentary "My Mic Sounds Nice" dropped a new exclusive track on yesterday. Check out "48 Bars Of Progression" produced by myself and Tiye Phoenix.

Download "48 Bars Of Progression" HERE


PR: Kyle Rapps - "Love, Love" Remix Contest

From Coalmine Records:

Kyle Rapps - "Love, Love" Remix Contest

Attention Producers!!  Akademiks & Diamond Music Group have joined forces for the launch of Kyle Rapp's "Love, Love" Remix Contest, featuring Homeboy Sandman & the legendary KRS-One!   Submit your remix no later than Monday, September 20th for a chance to have your remix featured on the official iTunes release of "Love, Love", along with the original version produced by Analogic.  The prize package includes clothing courtesy of Akademiks as well as a digital distribution imprint courtesy of Diamond Music Group.  Click on the 'Remix Contest Assets' link below to download the files & instructions.  Producers, be sure to include your email address in the comment field of the iTunes info panel.  Send all questions/concerns to matt [@]  Good Luck!!

MP3: Canibus - "Merchant of Metaphors" prod. by The ARE

From Audible Treats:

MP3: Canibus - "Merchant of Metaphors" prod. by The ARE

With Release Date Approaching For Long Awaited 10th Album, Canibus Releases Latest Single

The Song:

Canibus treats his fans to another strong release off his latest album C of Tranquility, dropping October 5th on Interdependent Media. The album will feature prduction from DJ Premier, Jake One, The ARE, Scram Jones, Tha Bizness, and D/R Period. The second single, appropriately titled "Merchant of Metaphors," opens up with strings that conjure up images of opium dens and old Asian merchants. Produced by The ARE, Canibus uses the track to peddle out the barbed lyrics he's so well known for, all the while conjuring up an intricate tale for the audience.

The emcee paints a picture congruent with the track's Far East settings, as he raps about sipping tea, meditation, and the separation of mind and body. Canibus' peaceful surroundings are interrupted by a meeting with rivals who declare that Canibus "Can not save hip-hop," with the rapper vowing to prove his adversaries wrong. With a lyrical assault so sharp it cuts right through the smoky beat, it sounds like Canibus just may be the man for the job.

Download Canibus new song "Merchant of Metaphors" .

Canibus' C Of Tranquility drops October 5th via Interdependent Media.

The Background:

Canibus has worked with more than his fair share of top name artists and producers, including Wu-Tang Clan, Def Squad, Wyclef Jean, DJ Premier, and many more. In 1998, his debut, Can-I-Bus, entered the Billboard 200 at #2 and went on to sell more than 500,000 copies in its first year. Over his career as an emcee, he has toured the globe and amassed a great deal attention from fans and critics alike. He recently joined forces with Interdependent Media to release his 10th studio album, C Of Tranquility, a record that highlights his unique style of honest lyricism with an expansive vocabulary. The album will feature production from DJ Premier, Jake One, The ARE, Scram Jones, Tha Bizness, and D/R Period. Canibus has been both a rising star and a fallen soldier, but now is his time. C Of Tranquility will be released on October 5th.

Video: E Reece f/ Dasha - "Confessions of a Dreamer"

From Dunn Deal PR:

Video: E Reece f/ Dasha - "Confessions of a Dreamer"

PR: Drumma Boy Teams Up w/ New Skool Rules for Talent Search

From Melanie J Cornish:

Wednesday September 8th


Also known as ‘The beat maker’, Grammy nominated producer Drumma Boy, responsible for most of the hits behind acts such as T.I., Young Jeezy, Drake, Kanye West, Flo Rida, Usher and Rick Ross, embarks on a global talent search and European tour in conjunction with New Skool Rules, the largest Hip Hop and R&B conference in the world.

New Skool Rules presents: The global Drumma Boy competition

Drumma Boy, also known for starring in BET’s reality TV series ‘Welcome to Dreamland’, a televised American talent search to develop the best act, now expands his search for talent on a worldwide level . Drumma Boy together with New Skool Rules goes on global search for the best Hip Hop and R&B act. New Skool Rules is making it possible for talent from ANYWHERE AROUND WORLD to take part, doesn’t matter if you are a singer or rapper, if you’re working fulltime or part time in the music industry, it’s all about finding REAL TALENT! The winner of the competition will be flown out to Atlanta for 6 days, spend 3 days in the studio with Drumma Boy working on a demo tape and spend 3 days shopping the demo around with New Skool Rules to the most relevant labels in Atlanta. It’s a once in a life time opportunity, and the results … the sky is the limit! Registration opens today and is only possible via . Registration will close February 1st 2011 and will cost 35 euros.

New Skool Rules presents: The European Drumma Boy Tour

The global competition is in essence just a continuation of the initiative that New Skool Rules has taken together with Drumma Boy to reach out to talent within the international urban music industry. New Skool Rules invited Drumma Boy to go on a European tour of 3 countries, giving 6 workshops in 5 different cities, sharing his knowledge, skill and experience of the music industry with (aspiring) producers and beatcreators. The second edition of New Skool Rules, the biggest international Hip Hop and R&B conference in the world, will be taking place April 1st – 3rd in 2011, and one of the many reasons why industry professionals from around the world will be looking out for this conference again is because of its power when it comes to “networking and exchanging” on an international level. Having created hits for the likes of T.I, Monica, Usher, Young Jeezy and Rick Ross and having been a part of the conference last year, this multi platinum selling producer definitely has a story to share. The European tour takes place September 17th – 20th 2010.

New Skool Rules is creating a platform where industry (semi) professionals and talent from around the world can come together in all different formats and network, exchange, evolve and create business opportunities within the global urban music industry. The second edition of the conference itself in 2011 will feature a programme with over 30 showcases, 12 master classes & workshops, 12 panels, 3 after-parties, speed-date sessions and much more.

Note to editors - About New Skool Rules:
New Skool Rules is a three day international music conference to be held in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. It is an event, which offers a wide variety of entertainment, panels, workshops, masterclasses, showcases and networking opportunities. New Skool Rules aims to increase the development of New Skool Culture worldwide and will also provide visitors/ delegates with a complete overview and status of what New Skool Culture is. New Skool is a new term, which New Skool Rules Foundation introduced to refer to ‘Street culture' or ‘Hip Hop culture’.

For more information about New Skool Rules, visit .

MP3: Von Pea - "Boombox"

From Audible Treats:

MP3: Von Pea - "Boombox"

Tanya Morgan's Von Pea Releases Second Single From Forthcoming Solo LP

The Song:

"Boombox" is the second single from Tanya Morgan producer/emcee Von Pea's forthcoming debut solo effort, Pea's Gotta Have It., a concept project themed around his high school days. While the production value and intelligent lyrics are still present, "Boombox" exudes more of a quiet, controlled energy than previous single "The Yorker." "This song isn't a lyrical exercise as much as it's a vibe," Pea explains. Producer Aeon sees to it that the track accomplishes Von Pea's goal.

The rhymes in "Boombox," for the most part, are not heavy, but the way Pea's flow and the instrumental's smooth bass-line and keys are complimentary of one another adds a complexity to the track. This isn't to say that the song is without substance, though, as, in the third verse, the rapper delves into more serious subject matter when discussing his native Brooklyn. "It's bleak / Don't let the gentrifyin' overshadow / Kids are dyin'" he laments. That Von Pea is able to create such a relaxed and enjoyable song and still inject elements of his own philosophy without overpowering the track's mood is truly a testament to his ability as a solo artist.

Von Pea's solo debut, Pea's Gotta Have It will be available October 12th via Interdependent Media

Download to Von Pea's "Boombox" here: .

The Background:

Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Von Pea has been emceeing since 1991 and producing since 2000. Initially attracted to hip-hop by the likes of Another Bad Creation and many other young rappers that were near his own age, Von would eventually shift his interest to those who would become his strongest influences – A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Big Daddy Kane, DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, and Biggie. In 2002 Von Pea began an alliance with the original members of North Carolina rap group Little Brother (Phonte, Rapper Big Pooh, and 9th Wonder) which lead him to being featured on such projects as Phonte and Nicolay’s Foreign Exchange Connected album (“Von Sees”), and Little Brother’s The Minstrel Show (“Cheatin” interlude). In addition to his group’s music, Von has released acclaimed projects such as 2003’s“Custom Fitted, 2007’s Grand Vonye, and his late 2007 remix project American Angster which has been considered one of the best of the Jay Z remix albums. Von Pea is also a member of the rap group Tanya Morgan. Von Pea's latest solo album, Pea's Gotta Have it, will be released September 7th.

Video: Freddie Gibbs feat. Bun B - "Oil Money"

From Mitchell Dudley:

Video: Freddie Gibbs feat. Bun B - "Oil Money"

Video: Ill Essense - "Ill Esstyle"


Video: Ill Essense - "Ill Esstyle"

Video: Bryan-Michael Cox Co-Signs Bertell

From DJ Smallz:

Video: Bryan-Michael Cox Co-Signs Bertell

Bryan-Michael Cox Co-Signs Bertell from DJ Smallz.

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