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Video: Dee-1 - "Jay, 50, and Weezy"

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Listen to Four Tracks From Zion I's New Album 'Atomic Clock'

From Gold Dust Media:

Listen to Four Tracks From Zion I's New Album 'Atomic Clock'

Zion I- Atomic Clock (November 9th, Gold Dust)
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Zion I further their musical evolution on Atomic Clock by bringing live musicians into the mix, and letting their reggae and dub influences rise to the top.  The result is a personal and organic album, laden the group's characteristic knocking beats and an emphasis on positivity and self actualization.  Listen to several tracks below, and look for the first single "Many Stylez" (featuring Rebelution) coming soon.

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After delving into upbeat, electronic music on 2009's The Takeover, Oakland hip-hop stalwarts Zion I enter a new phase of their chameleonic career with Atomic Clock (November 9th, Gold Dust), a moody, emotional record inspired by the group's longtime admiration for reggae and dub.
While the group's roots are still firmly planted in hip-hop, Atomic Clock’s cavernous, atmospheric vibe recalls both the classic roots reggae of Max Romeo and The Congos and forward-thinking dub mixing of UK artists such as Adrian Sherwood. "The Takeover was a very external record and we wanted to focus on fun, party music," says emcee Zumbi AKA Zion. "This one is much more reflective and internal. We didn't want to just recreate what we did last album. Art is not about living in the past."
For Atomic Clock, the duo employed live musicians to flesh out producer Amp Live's original beats and thicken the overall sound. For many of Atomic Clock's tracks, Amp would create the skeleton of the beat himself for the initial direction before collaborating with the group's live musicians to complement the sound and, in certain cases, redo the track live. In stark contrast to The Takeover, which saw Amp and Zumbi e-mail verses and beats to each other to constantly tweak each song, the group and their collaborators engaged in days-long jam sessions, for the first time in their career, to best enunciate Amp's initial idea.
For Zumbi, the writing style on Atomic Clock was much more instinctive than on past albums, and the result is a litany of emotionally introspective, brutally honest songs that both relay the emcee's personal experience and delve into weighty topics including the transient nature of time.
This extends to the title. "The Atomic Clock is the most precise timing device on the planet and I thought that applied to the immaculate timing and rhythm it takes between musicians in one room to make good music," says Zumbi. "But also, I feel that time is speeding up on the planet and it seems like it's dilating and contracting really quickly. We're living in such an interesting time and I think time is on everyone's mind in one way or another. Everything is exponential now."
On Atomic Clock, the group employs their usual mix of sonic exploration and unbridled creativity. "4U," with its choir vocals, soulful keyboards, and rock guitars, could be a lost Sly and the Family Stone track, while the horn blasts and heavy, electric guitars of "Always" supplement Zumbi's optimistic hook of "Love conquers always/Gotta keep your head up." "Many Styles," featuring reggae band Rebelution (the album also features guest spots by emcees Locksmith and Macklemore and vocalists Courtney Holiday and Crystal Monee Hall), deftly defers to the genre's roots, and the atmospheric beat of "North Star" complements the central idea of being open to guidance in one's life.
On "History," the group's most insightful and candid track, Zumbi recalls the duo's autobiography from prior to the group's formation until now. "We've been doing music a long time and sometimes you forget how long you’ve been at and how many places you've been," admits the emcee. "I think it's good to look back for a second before keeping it moving." Keeping it moving is something Zumbi and Amp Live have never had problems doing and Atomic Clock stands as another engaging expression of the group's mind, heart and soul.

Zion I On Tour
9/24: Santa Barbara, CA – West Beach Festival 2010
9/25: Page, AZ – Powellapolooza
10/5: Flagstaff, AZ – Orpheum Theatere
10/6: Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theater
10/7: Santa Fe, NM – Santa Fe Brewing Company
10/8: Seaside, CA – CSU Monterey Bay
10/9: San Francisco, CA – Summersalt Music Festival
10/12: Baton Rouge, LA – Varsity Theatre
10/13: Oxford, MS – Proud Larry’s
10/14: Athens, GA – Last Call
10/15: Tallahassee, FL – Floyd’s Music Store
10/19: St. Louis, MO – Gargoyle
10/20: Columbia, MO – Blue Note
10/21: Carbondale, IL – Copper Dragon
10/22: Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre
10/23: Grand Rapids, MI – Orbit Room
10/24: Chicago, IL - Subterranean
10/25: Millvale, PA – Mr. Small’s Theater
10/27: State College, PA – State Theatre for the Arts
10/28: Syracuse, NY – Wescott Theatre
10/29: Providene, RI – Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel
10/30: Towson, MD – Recher Theater
10/31: Norfolk, VA – Norva
11/1: Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl
11/2: New Haven, CT – Toad’s Place
11/4: Charlottesville, VA – Jefferson Theater
11/5: Richmond, VA – The National
11/6: Ashville, NC – The Orange Peel
11/7: Boone, NC – Legends
11/12: Santa Cruz, CA - Catalyst
11/16: Chico, CA - Chico State University's BMU Ballroom  
11/18: Sacramento, CA - Sac State
11/19: Modesto, CA - Fat Cat
11/20: San Francisco, CA - Slims
11/21: San Francisco, CA - Slims
11/26: South Lake Tahoe, CA - MontBleu Showroom
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MP3: New Music From Jim Jones, Faith Evans & Keyshia Cole

From Chris at E1 Music:

MP3: New Music From Jim Jones, Faith Evans & Keyshia Cole

Faith Evans
"Can't Stay Away" feat Keyshia Cole

Faith Evans "Something About Faith", click here to buy





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Video: Immortal Technique Celebrates DJ GIJOE's Prison Release

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Video: Immortal Technique Celebrates DJ GIJOE's Prison Release

Video: Soul Khan - "Suck My Dick"

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Video: Soul Khan - "Suck My Dick"

Video: Frankie Wainwright - "Bodies Everywhere"

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Video: Frankie Wainwright - "Bodies Everywhere"

PR: Memphis Rapper Lil Trouble Releases Debut EP "Chef's Way"

From Yo! PR:

Memphis Rapper Lil Trouble Releases Debut EP "Chef's Way"

DOWNLOAD:  Lil Trouble - Chef's Way (EP) at .

DOWNLOAD: Lil Trouble - Work (Single) at .

Memphis, TN -- Southern rapper Lil Trouble, aka The Iron Chef, is on the fast track forward in Hip-Hop music. This Memphis, TN native is equipped with sharp lyrics, banging beats and exceptional production skills that have him commanding the stage and everyone's attention with every performance.

"Chef's Way" is available now on iTunes and all major digital music outlets. "Chef's Way", Lil Trouble's debut EP, is released on his own Memphis based indie label Guerilla Movement Entertainment. The project tracklist includes the hit radio single "Work" featuring Don Trip, "Out Da Gate", the hot club banger "Do Tha Damn Thang" and "Damn Girl".

Lil Trouble's has been touring this summer on The Dub Magazine Car Show Tour hitting the stage in major cities with a line up of T-Pain, Paul Wall, Yo Gotti, Cool and Dre, Chalie Boy and Ceazar and many more heavy hitters -- visit to get more information. Lil Trouble has also been nominated for two 2010 Knocdown SCM Awards in the Independent Category "Indie Mixtape Of The Year" and "Bout To Blow Artist Of The Year". The Knocdown Awards will be held in Memphis on November 13, 2010.
The hard hitting rapper released his mixtape "Da Appetizer", which is stirring up DJ's across the country. DJ's, clubs and radio stations are recognizing Lil Trouble as a force in Hip Hop music from his first mixtape endeavor. "Da Appetizer", hosted by DJ Lil Larry is available via limited time free download at the all new website .

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PR: New Eyedea Poetry Book For Sale

From Face Candy/Eyedea:

New Eyedea Poetry Book For Sale

For those who were unaware, my Grandma and I made 300 one of kind poetry books a few months ago. We named it “IM NOT ME”

Now we have another one called “AM I WONDERFUL.” Artwork by my grandma, and colored by my little cousin. This edition is limited to 100 copies only. Each book will be signed, autographed and numbered and have unique and one of a kind cover art. Hurry up and buy, these things go fast! Thank you.

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Mayday - Lords Of The Fly (Mixtape) feat. David Banner + More

From CrazyHood:

Mayday! - Lords Of The Fly (Mixtape) feat. David Banner, Lil' Wayne, Cee-Lo

While the release of their sophomore album, Stuck On An Island, draws near - the ¡MAYDAY! crew decided to give the people a glimpse of "Island Life" with their new DJ Booth sponsored mixtape "Lords Of The Fly." LOTF features new and unreleased ¡MAYDAY! music and remixes - including 3 exclusive Lil Wayne remixes. Most folks should have seen ¡Mayday! as Wayne's band in his "On Fire", "Da Da Da" and "Get A Life" videos, so Young Money green lit ¡Mayday! to remix those songs. LOTF also features guest shots from Cee Lo, David Banner, Mack Maine, NORE, STS, Ghostwridah, Devin The Dude and more. ¡MAYDAY! has been added to the Florida dates of Tech N9ne's Independent Grind tour (Orlando Oct 26 / Ft Lauderdale Oct 27) - so the crew also cooked up a special Tech N9ne ¡MAYDAY! remix featured on Lords Of The Fly.

Listen & DL here (please use this link on all blog postings):

01. Brace for Impact!
02. Press Conference A
03. The Future is Now! 
04. $nowbird
05. Press Conference B 
06. Lil Wayne “Get a Life” (Exclusive ¡MAYDAY! Remix)
07. Robot Rock (Freestyle)
08. Red Carpet Affair (Miami Beat Wave Remix)
09. No Comp (feat. STS)
10. Press Conference C
11. Groundhog Day (ft. Cee-lo Green, Mack Maine & Ghostwridah) (Movers n’ Shakers Remix)
12. They Told Me (ft. NORE) (“It’s Buttery” Remix)
13. Lil Wayne “DaDaDa” (Exclusive ¡MAYDAY! Remix)
14. Sweat Shop (Freestyle)
15. Press Conference D
16. Tech N9ne “Big Bad Wolf” (¡MAYDAY! Red Moon Remix)
17. Gitcha Own 
18. Black Shades [co-prod. Jim Jonsin]
19. Give Em’ A Song (ft. David Banner & Snave Nayr) 
20. Press Conference E
21.Starting Over 
22. Lil Wayne “On Fire” (Exclusive ¡MAYDAY! Remix)
23. Evil (Extremely Evil Mix)
24. Miles to Go
25. Nothin (ft. Devin the Dude) (Remix)
26. Press Conference F


Video: SPECTAC f/ Khrysis, Sean Boog - "Superman"

From Domination Recordings:

Video: SPECTAC f/ Khrysis, Sean Boog - "Superman"

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