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Video: King Magnetic f/ Esoteric, Vinnie Paz & More - "Watch Out"

From Mag Music:

Video: King Magnetic f/ Esoteric, Vinnie Paz & More - "Watch Out"

MP3: The Runners x J. Cole x Bali - "So Cold"

From Jessie Maguire:

MP3: The Runners x J. Cole x Bali - "So Cold"

Super producers The Runners have just unleashed their artist Bali's new record from his upcoming mixtape "So Cold" produced by J. Cole. 

Download Link for "So Cold" - Bali (prod by J. Cole): 
Video: Skeem Price - "Precise" (prod. Captain)

From Le at Ill Regular:

Video: Skeem Price - "Precise" (prod. Captain)

Today in particular marks a special occasion for Illregular Instrumentals… Not only are dropping some new music and a video, but we are officially launching our website (FINALLY). So as you cop some new tunes, also take a look around and meet all of the artists and check out some great music.

Now, this latest single/video from the Illregular Music Collective is the 3rd single from the Compilation. “Precise” is a West Coast banger performed by Pomona, CA native Skeem price and produced from the Los Angeles runner-up of Red Bull Big Tune 2010, Captain. You should already be familiar with Skeem from his popular January release “The Hazard Mixtape”. For many of you, this will be your introduction to Captain’s music production and of course, so that you become well acquainted, we are dropping his 1st official beattape for your listening pleasure.

Download: Don Streat - "Go Ahead & Take It" EP

From DubMD84:

Download: Don Streat - "Go Ahead & Take It" EP

Don Streat releases his exclusive Single/EP from his second instalment of the "Don Streat Theory" series entitled "The Don Streat Theory Vol.2: Suicide Bars." A collection of street bangers featuring the likes of !llmind, Sean Price, Ruste Juxx, Cadence (Raw Produce), Rasco, Royal Flush and Praverb. With production from M-Phazes, Royal Flush, Decap, Alkota and more, coming soon!
This lead single "Go Ahead & Take It" features Ruste Juxx (Duck Down Records) produced by Alkota, cuts by DJ Grazzhoppa + "No More Jealousy" produced by Ditcher2productions, along with 2 other bonus cuts. Make sure you check out the video for the title track for the right here: /> 
01.) Go Ahead & Take It (feat. Ruste Juxx) (Produced by Alkota)
02.) Go Ahead & Take It (Cuts By DJ Grazzhoppa)
03.) No More Jealousy (Produced By Ditcher2production)
04.) Heat Rocks (Produced By M-Phazes) (Cuts By DJ Kid Cut & Irie)
05.) Need That (Produced By Vinyl Frontiers)
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PR: Lynda Sayyah Signs to Snoop Dogg's Dogg Town Music

LyndaFrom Jonathan Hertz

Block Starz Music LLC is proud to announce the signing of beautiful Indianapolis, Indiana recording artist Lynda Sayyah to rap icon Snoop Dogg's newly-formed Dogg Town Music Group.  

Lynda, whose debut single "Tickin'" is featured on Block Starz Music's first all-female compilation, "She Got Next 2011" (June 21), is a trilingual (Spanish, Arabic, and English) singer with 5-octave range. Voted "Indy's Sexiest Musician" by Metromix Magazine, Lynda's sound is a fusion of Pop, Rock, R&B, and contemporary middle eastern melodies combined with lyrics that reflect her own life struggles.  

"I come from a very strict Arab-Muslim family," says Lynda, who is of Palestinian and German descent. "I grew up feeling suffocated by double standards against women and just trying to be a normal kid. A lot of my music exudes these struggles and I think a lot of girls of every nationality can relate to me."   

Lynda Sayyah's undeniable beauty and talent immediately caught the eyes and ears of Dogg Town Music Group, a new Los Angeles/Long Beach, California-based record company founded in 2010 by Jason "Cup" Brown, his cousin Calvin "Snoop Dogg" Broadus, Charles "Beach Dogg" Howard II, and Shatto Brown, who promptly signed her to the upstart label.  

"We are looking for one timers or one-in-a-million talent, meaning talent that can only exist once in a lifetime,” says Dogg Town COO Shatto Brown of the decision to sign Lynda as the First Lady Of DTMG. "There can only be one Michael Jackson, one Madonna, one Snoop Dogg, one Metallica -- we only want talent like that. Lynda is every bit of that. She is an amazing vocalist, beautiful, a great songwriter, and she deserves the opportunity to have the world know all of this."

In addition to Lynda Sayyah, the Dogg Town Music roster includes rap artists Poppa Heat, M-Dot, and the label is currently working a merger with T-Pain's Nappy Boy Productions to release the incredibly talented quartet One Chance.

"We feel very strongly about working with T-Pain on this [One Chance] project," says Shatto Brown. "We feel that Pain is an amazing talent and to get Dogg and Pain to come together with Dogg Town we can do things unheard of."  

Lynda Sayyah's explosive dance single, "Tickin'", will be available for download on iTunes June 21 as part of Block Starz Music's anticipated "She Got Next 2011" compilation EP.  

For more information and to read Lynda Sayyah's full story, visit   

For more information on Dogg Town Music, visit or e-mail

MP3/Video: Dinner At The Thompson's - "It All Began"

From Audible Treats:

MP3/Video: Dinner At The Thompson's - "It All Began"

Critical Praise for Dinner At The Thompson's:

"When listening to FabLive's incredible range of soundscapes and Lucille's nearly Mystique-esque powers of transformation, you wouldn't want anyone or anything getting in the way of their flow... it's a revelation and a pleasant surprise start to end." -

The Song:

Dinner At The Thompson's, the French-American duo of songstress Lucille Tee and producer/multi-instrumentalist Fablive, is excited to release "It All Began," the latest single from their forthcoming sophomore album, Off The Grid, which will be released on May 17th via Earth At Work Records. The new single is a funk-fueled groove with a strong bass line and some quirky instrumental samples, including a mix of brass and muffled electric keys, that serve as the perfect compliment for the song's weaving tales of seedy underworld characters courtesy of Lucille's strong story-telling.

Complimenting the song, director Guillaume Cosson filmed the video as a sequence shot, an uninterrupted weaving of shots that streams its way throughout the video, pulling the viewer further in with each new development. And as impressive as the video is -- which is to say, very; YouTube's Music Page will be featuring the video this Friday -- the super catchy hook, driven by Lucille's infectious vocals, is just as memorable, making this latest single from Dinner At The Thompson's a true standout.

Dinner At The Thompson's Off The Grid will be released May 17th on Earth At Work Records via FB Distribution.

Download the new single here: .

Watch the video for "It All Began" below. Also, be sure to check out YouTube's Music page this Friday, where it will be the site's featured video: .

Video: J Rawls f/ Sadat X, Wise Intelligent - "Face It"

From Nature Sounds:

Video: J Rawls f/ Sadat X, Wise Intelligent - "Face It"

Groups like Brand Nubian and Poor Righteous Teachers epitomized the socially conscious, Five Percent Nation-inspired edutainment that dominated hip-hop's golden era.  This era had such an impact on Ohio producer J Rawls that he knew it had to be represented on his new album, The Hip-Hop Affect.  The result is the first ever collaboration between the two legendary crews, and a soon-to-be classic record.  On "Face It", Sadat X and Wise Intelligent trade knowledge, wisdom, and understanding back and forth over a soulful J Rawls instrumental, while Rawls himself offers a few words of inspiration.  The video was shot in front of Harlem's legendary Allah School in Mecca (where the Nation of Gods and Earths has been headquartered since the 1960s), and features a cameo from fellow hip-hop veteran John Robinson of Scienz Of Life.  Watch it here:

PR: J. Fraze Hits Stores With "Brighter Dayz"

From Life-Line Worldwide:

J. Fraze Hits Stores With "Brighter Dayz"

West Virginia‘s own J.Fraze is hitting retail stores this week with his national debut,“Brighter Dayz” through Infinity Music/Central South Distribution.  The album will be hitting many retailers including, Family Christian Stores, Mardel Christian & Education Stores, FYE Stores, Independent Stores, and a host of Online Retailers everywhere!  This project features some of the biggest names in music like legendary producer, Marley Marl, Grammy Award Winner Billy Beck (Ohio Players), Milliyon (Cajo Records), Humble Tip, Big Ran (Canton Jones), Krazy Figs (Akon), Doc Sizzo(John P. Kee, Deitrick Haddon) and Jody Daniels(Levert, Ohio Players, Shirley Ceasar) and more!  ”I will be the first artist to come out of West Virginia into the national spotlight, this is just huge not only for my state but, for me personally to be representing a positive message to this generation through music.  I hope that it transforms lives and instills a new sense of purpose for millions throughout the world” says J.Fraze.  The first single,“Jehovah Jireh” is now hitting radio stations nationwide and features the Generation Yes Choir who were regional finalists on the 2010 Verizon’s “How Sweet the Sound.” The single will be serviced through Noble Productions by Patrick Noble(Da Truth, Beverly Crawford) to Gospel Radio everywhere.  Also, along with the radio single the music video for “Jehovah Jireh” is going to be hitting television and internet programs very soon.  The music video was shot by Cucumber & Company and directed by J.Fraze at the New River Gorge in West Virginia which is a breath-taking landmark.

J.Fraze is gearing up for a summer/fall tour that will take him all across America to places like Florida, North Carolina, Tennessee, Ohio, Texas, and many more stops to get the word out on the new album, “Brighter Dayz.”  J.Fraze has also been doing a lot of press all over the nation on radio interviews, magazines, internet websites, and television interviews with ABC, NBC, CBS, and Fox, affiliates and is in preparation to be on Bobby Jones Gospel, and soon on TBN’s “Praise The Lord.”  J.Fraze had this to say about the busy schedule, “It looks like an extremely busy year but, I am really excited to get out to meet people all over the country, that’s what it’s all about relationships and connecting with people where they are!”   J.Fraze has been doing performances all over the country with national recording artists like, Canton Jones, Tye Tribbett, Group 1 Crew, Martha Munizzi, Nappy Roots, William McDowell, just to name a few.  J.Fraze had this to say when asked about the album and what impact he wants listeners to receive, “I want my fans to know that this is a great project that people from ages 8 to 80 can listen to and enjoy because there is something from smooth R&B blends to straight Hip Hop beats, to Contemporary Praise & Worship.  So, hear my journey through these lyrics and understand that I am in the world but not of it I am in Christ.  I feel that we need to open doors to people who would not necessarily be open to Christ’s message but, through song, this message does show them that His Word is applicable through real life stuggles and issues.”

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Video: The CounterParts - "What We Do"

From Beatrock Music:

Video: The CounterParts - "What We Do"

Beatrock Music and Just Bombin Films are proud to present the debut video of The CounterParts Crew. "What We Do" is a track off of the group's self-titled debut album. We hope you enjoy the video as well as the song, which can be downloaded for free at

MP3: Ray Dinero - "Spendin"

From Who Got Next:

MP3: Ray Dinero - "Spendin"

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