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MP3: Apollo Brown - "The Reset" Instrumentals


From Audible Treats:

MP3: Apollo Brown - "The Reset" Instrumentals

Tracks like "Seasons" and "Balance"  showcase the producer's ability to show his softer side. "Seasons" features disparate harmonies and an occasional sampled "what you want me to do" vocal over melancholy guitar picking that proves Apollo Brown can flawlessly blend genre's of soul and hip-hop. "Real Detroit"  and "Streets Won't Let Me Chill" are still influenced by soul, but have much sharper, heavier beats. It's clear Apollo Brown has a lot of versatility as a producer.

Apollo Brown is not finished for 2010; on the contrary, he will be involved with at least two more collaborations by the end of the year. These collaborations include but are not limited to the album Brown Study as half of the group UPS with Boog Brown, and the long-awaited Gas Mask LP as one-third of The Left with DJ SoKo and MC Journalist 103.

Download The Reset Instrumentals for free here: http://mellomusicgroup.bandcamp.com/album/the-reset-instrumentals .

MP3: Trae Tha Truth - "Cop a Drop"


From Nancy B:

MP3: Trae Tha Truth - "Cop a Drop"

Houston, TX - Last week, the Houston Press reviewed Trae Tha Truth's street album, Can't Ban Tha Truth, calling it 'a landmark in Houston rap.' Saturday, Trae hosted an early listening session at Houston clothing store SF2's Northside location to a packed house. Now, you can download 2 singles Cop a Drop  and General ft. Brian Angel (Day 26)  from this much anticipated CD, dropping September 28th and judge for yourself. Trae will be announcing a multi-city promo tour in support of this record.

DOWNLOAD LINKS:

Cop a Drop Clean: http://www.sendspace.com/file/mcappy .

Cop a Drop Dirty: http://www.sendspace.com/file/rhsenv .

General Ft. Brian Angel (Day 26) Clean: http://www.sendspace.com/file/jlys8l .

General Ft. Brian Angel Dirty: http://www.sendspace.com/file/ulza2n .

MP3: Kyle Rapps f/ KRS-One & Homeboy Sandman - "Love, Love"


From Coalmine Records:

MP3: Kyle Rapps f/ KRS-One & Homeboy Sandman - "Love, Love"

Kyle Rapps (feat. KRS-One & Homeboy Sandman) - "Love, Love" (prod. by Analogic) by Diamond Music Group

DOWNLOAD:
"Love, Love" | MediaFire:  http://www.mediafire.com/?9tja479ce9h2scj
MP3: Koncept (Brown Bag SllStars) "Playing Life" EP


From the Brown Bag AllStars:

Koncept (Brown Bag SllStars) "Playing Life" EP

Here's the new free EP from Koncept (of Brown Bag AllStars) "Playing Life".

  • production from: J57, The Audible Doctor, maticulous, DJ Brace, & DJ Dyllemma.
  • featuring: J57, Sene, & Silent Knight.
  • All cuts from Juno Award/ DMC champion, DJ Brace.
  • Click Here To Download

    also

    Check out: Koncept (of Brown Bag Allstars) "Playing Life" trailer video.

    Click Here To Watch The "Playing Life" Trailer Video

     

    Bizzy Bone's "CrossRoads 2010" In Stores August 24th




    Sumerian Records has signed Grammy Award winning rapper and singer Bizzy Bone. Sumerian Founder Ash Avildsen had this to say:

    "It's true and the album is incredible! Anyone who has closely followed the label knows that we have never been one dimensional in the bands we have signed and the records we have released. While we have been making a meaningful impact on the current state of heavy music, the true theme to Sumerian has always been about progressive music, not just metal. Bizzy Bone is one of the most progressive vocalists I have ever heard! Known in his genre for being the fastest yet the most melodic, the most technical yet the most harmonic, the marks Bizzy has left in music are something I will always love. The fact that Bizzy and Bone Thugs all booked one way Greyhound tickets to LA and lived on the streets until they were able to get discovered and signed is true artist dedication to their craft. This same spirit is something that has allowed many Sumerian bands to organically build their careers and achieve their dreams.”

    Originally discovered by the legendary Eazy E when he was only a teenager, Bizzy Bone would go on to change the game forever with the multi platinum selling group Bone Thugs N Harmony. Never before had this hybrid of styles been accomplished in music, transcending the current styles of East Coast and West Coast hip-hop with their own "Midwest sound" that put Cleveland on the map like no other. Bizzy Bone is also one of the only people alive to make music with both Tupac Shakur and The Notorious B.I.G.; which is a true reflection of his unmatched diversity as a singer and rapper as well as universal love for his unique style.

    Sumerian Records will be releasing “Crossroads 2010” on August 24th, 2010. The release is the most complete and polished album since the release of his critically acclaimed gold selling debut solo album “Heaven’z Movie” in 1998. “Crossroads 2010” is a fresh fusion of hip-hop and rock and features music written by Javier Reyes of Animals As Leaders with guest vocal appearances by Danny Worsnop of Asking Alexandria, Jonny Craig of Emarosa, Devin Oliver of I See Stars and many more surprises. The Sphinx will not disappoint. There is also a digital-only EP release “Crossover 2010” coming out online July 27th which will feature the three guest vocalists mentioned above. Check out the awesome artwork done by Dave Quiggle and previews of the album at www.myspace.com/bizzybone and catch Bizzy Bone on tour near you performing with a full live band.



    Check out the new Singles:

    Click to download

    Bottled Up Like Smoke
    Click to download

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    Gangsta Muzik
    Click to download

    Video: ScholarMan - "Hopes & Dreams"



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    For those that missed it...

    Check out the latest ScholarMan video for "Hopes & Dreams," a track from his 2010 album Free Spirit of a Troubled Soul b/w "So Origi-NOW," a track produced by North Carolina producer Lagbara featured on ScholarMan's latest mixtape Indomitable Will. Video directed by Marques Green of Que Films.

    YouTube Link



    Are you on Facebook? If so drop ScholarMan a line here.

    For those new to ScholarMan, he is a Maryland based hip-hop artist and producer known for socially conscious and soulful music. For more information about ScholarMan or to contact us please visit www.scholarman.com or www.soganimusic.com

    Your support is greatly appreciated!

    New ScholarMan album coming January 2011!

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    Video: Strong Arm Steady f/ Planet Asia - "Pepsi & Chittlins"


    Directed by Henry Demaio.
    From the album In Search of Stoney Jackson (Stones Throw 2010) produced by Madlib.



    Free Mixtape: J. Monday - "The Sequel"


    From Clout Media:


    J. MONDAY PRESENTS THE SEQUEL MIXTAPE

    Laden with tight lyricism and clever rhyme schemes, Harrisburg, Pa., emcee J. Monday brings you his mixtape, The Sequel, sponsored by RefinedHype.com. The Capital Kid's brand of hip-hop resonates with people caught up in the daily grind. Born and bred in Pennsylvania’s capitol, the self-appointed King of the City has been building up to this moment with the prior release of songs like "Hello" where Monday formally introduces himself to the game; "Love/Hate" in which the emcee expresses his dislike for playa haters; and "Ratz" where he denounces snitches and taddle-tales.

    Lethal lyrics over thorough beats are all over The Sequel. Authenticity is what Monday gives fans - real life and true stories!

    Download: J. Monday - The Sequel

    Tracklist:

    1. Intro
    2. Hello (prod. by The AmazNs)
    3. In the Mirror
    4. Fastlane (prod. by Trizz)
    5. Love/Hate freestyle
    6. I Don't Know
    7. Flying Rounds (prod. by The AmazNs)
    8. Murder 1
    9. You Know Who freestyle
    10. Paper Pistols
    11. Mz. Missouri (prod. by Jackpot)
    12. My Thoughts
    13. Ratz
    14. Tanqueray & OJ
    15. Living a Lie
    16. The New freestyle
    17. Same Cloth (prod. by J Yess)
    18. In Your Shoes (prod. by Geez)
    19. Outro

    For more on J. Monday:
    MySpace - MySpace.com/JMondayJDizz
    Twitter - @TheCapitalKid

    What they're saying:

    "With skill, versatility and toughness, J. Monday proves he's truly the voice of his city on The Sequel." - Nathan Slavik, Managing Ed., RefinedHype.com

    "The Sequel" is overall a nice introduction of J. Monday. A lot of the tracks have some really good beats and it's always a bonus in this day and age of rap/hip-hop that there isn't much of a trace of auto-tune. Thank God. J. Monday's lyrics of the daily grind, not forgetting where he's from set the foundation for a name that has a growing buzz. I don't think it will be long before one hears of J. Monday on a bigger scale." - Jacob Cristobal, Editor, Critiqulous.com

    "J Monday does his best to paint the picture of whats going on in his back yard. Don’t expect to hear happy music or gimmicky tactics." - Mike Real, Editor, Skewln.com

    " (J. Monday) is definitely a force to be reckoned with in the field of independent hip-hop." - DonTay Taylor, Editor, SoOffTheWall.com

    ***
    The (W)rap Up - Week of August 17, 2010



    "Rap never ceases to come up with fresh concepts for compilation albums. Similar to MC Breed's "2 For the Show," Potluck's "Greatest Hits With My Buds" gathers collaborations between the main artist and kindred spirits, except that the sources are largely limited to Potluck's own albums. One could get the impression that the Northern Cali duo doesn't have much faith in its own abilities if it has to display the co-signment of celebrity guests (the big sticker on the CD's shrink-wrap announcing featurings from Kottonmouth Kings, Tech N9ne, E-40, Hed PE, Chali 2na, Twiztid, D12 and The Luniz covers up the album artwork entirely). But in the spirit of a smoking session the release makes perfectly sense, since it is, after all, callled "Greatest Hits With My Buds" (if you haven't noticed the play on words). "

    Amad Jamal :: Barely Hanging On: The Chronicles of a Brotha Like Rodney King :: Urban Umpire/ABB Records
    as reviewed by Emanuel Wallace

    "With that said, "Barely Hangin' On: The Chronicles of a Brotha Like Rodney King" is Amad Jamal's debut album and features guest appearances from Dilated Peoples, Defari, Maaya Ota aka Lady Dragon, Doc One, Mean Green, Dirty Twan and Gotham Green. The album opens with a short intro, quickly followed by "We." The track has a sound to it that resembles something that might be found on a Swollen Members album. Jamal compares himself to Larry King: "Tap into the side of your brain that you don't use/ Hip-hop's like media, I report the news." Sharp piano loops accentuate "Believe That" which features an appearance from Dilated Peoples. Jamal compares his rap career thus far to being a second-round draft pick and likens Brisk One to Lakers coach Phil Jackson in terms of his discipline."

    http://www.rapreviews.com/archive/2010_08_barelyhangingon.html

    Justice System :: Rooftop Soundcheck :: MCA Records
    ** RapReviews "Back to the Lab" series **
    as reviewed by Pete T.

    "As one of the few "hip hop bands" on the scene when they emerged in the early 1990s, Bronx outfit Justice System was often compared to the Roots, a likening that probably worked against them as much as it worked in their favor. While their tight jam arrangements and juxtaposition of poetic rap with full-bodied band orchestrations was certainly reminiscent of their Illadeph contemporaries' approach, Justice System had their own sound and were musical innovators in their own right. Their 1994 MCA debut "Rooftop Soundcheck" captures a young, visionary collective with a focused sound, smart production, and top-notch batch of material. "

    http://www.rapreviews.com/archive/BTTL_rooftopsoundcheck.html

    Mad CJ Mac :: True Game :: Rap-A-Lot/Noo Trybe/Virgin Records
    ** RapReviews "Back to the Lab" series **
    as reviewed by Pete T.

    "Like countless of his West Coast brethren in the 1990s, many listeners remember CJ Mac for a few minor contributions to the hip hop canon: a few strong but short-lived singles, a handful of high profile guest appearances, and the periodic acting cameo. Further examination of his output, however, reveals a versatile artist and unusually talented performer, provoking on the microphone and equally capable behind the production boards. Already in his thirties when he debuted with "True Game" in 1995, the South Central native dropped a quiet gem on the gangsta rap-listening populace that still shines even among the slew of potent g-funk-inspired records to emerge from California that year. "

    http://www.rapreviews.com/archive/BTTL_mactruegame.html

    Keith Murray :: The Most Beautifullest Hits :: Jive Records
    ** RapReviews "Back to the Lab" series **
    as reviewed by Pete T.

    "Their glory years well behind them, it looks as if Keith Murray's legacy may be the least of the Def Squad, odd in that he was often the most captivating member on group efforts. Lacking Redman's legendary discography and the pioneer's resume of Erick Sermon, Keith amassed a significant catalog of acclaimed singles and albums alike, collaborating with some of the East Coast's finest MCs and becoming well known for his recognizably rugged flow and potent battle rhymes. 1999's "The Most Beautifullest Hits" makes a great case for why history shouldn't write him off as E and Reggie's tagalong. "

    http://www.rapreviews.com/archive/BTTL_murray-bhits.html

    The Nocturnals :: Next Time It's Personal :: {self-released}
    as reviewed by Jack M Silverstein

    "And so begins "Next Time It's Personal", the debut LP from The Nocturnals, a rapper-producer collab between newcomer MC Rota and nearly newcomer The Letter N. Rappers are known for their bravado and bold self-assertions, and Rota claiming to have "a natural knack" for rapping (only nine seconds into his first, under-the-underground album, no less) plays as an intriguing aw-shucks hip-hop boast. It is also the challenge he must live up to, the question that will drive our reception of his performance over 13 tracks. "

    http://www.rapreviews.com/archive/2010_08_nexttimepersonal.html

    Purify :: Remixes Felt :: {self-released}
    as reviewed by Patrick Taylor

    "What the hell is Purify doing messing with music that has garnered that kind of praise? Purify isn't the only producer who has taken a stab at remixing "Felt 3." The fact that Accapella's of "Felt 3" are available on iTunes may have something to do with the number of indie producers taking a stab at it. Grieves and Budo did a remix earlier this year which Flash was less than impressed with. So how does Purify hold up to the original? "

    http://www.rapreviews.com/archive/2010_08_remixesfelt.html

    S.A.S Eurogang :: Best of S.A.S :: {self-released}
    as reviewed by Jesal 'Jay Soul' Padania

    "However, hip hop is different to R&B and through unlucky timing, a few acts got trapped in limbo – they were from London but "rapped US" just as the tide turned in the favour of UK accents. An amazing rapper/producer called Royalty (his "So Far, So Hood" mixtape still gets plays) and S.A.S (standing for "Streets All Salute") were some of the high profile casualties, indirectly lampooned by up-and-coming artists such as Sway and Akala who had a swell of UK youths supporting, fed up with the boring US scene of '02. So whilst S.A.S had some high profile connects – think Kanye West, Cam'ron, Dame Dash and Tim Westwood – they ironically didn't connect with the streets in the way they hoped. Part of the problem is that they can start to sound a bit samey after a while, lacking the genuine creativity in concepts that manages to separate the weak from the obsolete."

    http://www.rapreviews.com/archive/2010_08_bestofSAS.html

    Skope MC :: A Play on Words :: CD Baby
    as reviewed by Daniel Oh

    "Skope MC is a different type of rapper. In fact, I'm not sure whether to define him as a "rapper" in the traditional sense. Listening to this record has taken me to uncharted waters as far as my listening catalog was concerned, and while sometimes I've been pleasantly surprised by new directions and approaches to hip-hop, sometimes I find myself in an alien place that discomforts me. Maybe that's the point, maybe Skope MC's intention is to shock you into feeling uncomfortable in the face of something undefinable. If that is so, than I would say this is a successful record."

    http://www.rapreviews.com/archive/2010_08_playonwords.html

    STS :: The Sole Music EP :: HoneyMag
    as reviewed by Guido Stern

    "Presumably hoping to capitalize on his sudden thrust into hip hop's consciousness, STS put together a collection of new tracks to support "Sole Music," his single from April's mixtape "Demand More II." The titular song is a pleasantly quixotic love song to women and sneakers, sporting wood block percussion and a piano chord that's rudely interrupted by a lame "-izz" incorporated chorus. The EP also includes a slightly shorter, superior remix with Tanya Morgan's Donwill, who is audibly at home over this kind of beat. When STS sticks to this formula of sweeping, elegant production, "The Sole Music EP" makes for solid, laid-back hip hop."

    http://www.rapreviews.com/archive/2010_08_solemusicEP.html

    Hip-Hop Shop #88 - Mr. International




    Every weekend we air a new edition of Hip-Hop Shop on BlogTalkRadio like the one you're about to hear - Episode #88 - Mr. International! We go all around the world this week with artists like Lanet, Ricca Razor Sharp, Maundz and Gnawledge and bring it back home at the end with Von Pea! Send your feedback, podsafe (RIAA free) music, and advertising requests to dj.flash@rapreviews.com. Thanks for listening and remember to share the show with a friend and tell them to check out the replay every Tuesday on RapReviews.com!

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    Tracks featured this week:

    * Germany: Savant, Lanet, Louis Logic & Miss Flint - "Star of the Story"
    * Canada: Ricca Razor Sharp - "Bohemian Rap City"
    * United Kingdom: Klashnekoff - "Soon Come"
    * United States: Trek Life & Richard Wright - "The Switch Up 2.0"
    * Australia: Maundz - "Pink Shirts"
    * Spain: Gnawledge - "La Senda Del Abuelo"
    * United States: Von Pea - "The Yorker"


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