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PR: Block Starz Music Welcomes You to "Illavation"

From Block Starz Music:

Block Starz Music Welcomes You to "Illavation"

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Block Starz Music LLC,, and On The Block Entertainment,, have announced the release of "Illavation", the debut free mixtape from talented rapper and producer Illa Scorsese.

Born and raised in the streets of North Philadelphia, thus the name "Illa", Scorsese relocated to Richmond, VA as a teenager and began to flourish with his rap career.

"There were more opportunities to get money down here so I figured why not?" says Illa, who first appeared alongside his OTB Entertainment labelmate C. Gillie on the radio-friendly "Got It, Got It" from 2009's critically-acclaimed "East Coast Block Starz" compilation.

The culture of Hip-Hop first made an impact on Illa when he heard A Tribe Called Quest's "Check The Rhyme" and Nice-N-Smooth's "Hip-Hop Junkie", but he was merely a fan at that point.

"I began creating music after I heard Snoop, B.I.G, and Nas albums," says the rapper, who linked up with On The Block Entertainment through rapper C. Gillie. "We clicked instantly and grew as brothers. Being that we were the most fashionable dudes in our respective teams, we recorded an album together called 'The Flyest Gangstas', which gained a lot of regional success and a strong female fanbase."

Illa also appeared on C. Gillie's official mixtapes "Everybody Hates Chris" and "Everybody Hates Chris 2: The Mixtape The Movie", which are both now available for free download at .

On "Illavation", the seasoned rap artist, who has shared the stage in explosive, crowd-moving performances with the likes of Trey Songz, Jim Jones, Young Jeezy, Lil Wayne, Crime Mob, Lil Boosie, Mobb Deep, and Curren$y, delivers 14 original tracks that evoke a wide array of musical influence from classic Philly soul to Hard hitting southern based records.

"Illavation's" lead single, "Thought I Had It All ", is currently impacting radio in Virginia, Dallas, Atlanta, Tampa, and New York, and has garnered the attention of various urban music magazines.

For more information on Illa Scorsese and "Illavation", please visit .

Official: .

Remembering Guru

RIP Guru!

Today marks the one year anniversary of the passing of Keith "Guru" Elam. Fans and supporters worldwide have been sharing their memories of the one they called Baldhead Slick. An official tribute site has been launched and there you can find several articles, mixes and other dedications from the likes of DJ Lord Ron, DJ Ready Cee and others. At the moment, the site has fifteen pages of entries for your perusal.

*link fixed, just in case there were any issues accessing the site*
MP3: Moe Green - "Masterpiece"

From Audible Treats:

MP3: Moe Green - "Masterpiece"

Lionheart EP Release Date Fast Approaching With Release Of New single

Critical Praise for Moe Green:

"With a prize like Rocky Maivia: Non-Title Match under his belt, be prepared to see Green go the distance." -

Selected as a member of 106 KMEL's (the biggest Bay Area hip-hop station) Freshmen Class of 2010.

The Song:

Moe Green has hit the grind like few others in 2011, working on his full length LP, To Who It May Concern, which will be released later this year, while continuing to place the finishing touches on his latest effort, Lionheart EP, which will be released this May for free download and is being sponsored by OnSMASH and As Moe continues to put the final touches on the EP in the last few weeks before release, the Vallejo, California representer is excited to release a brand new single, in addition to some special artwork for the track.

The new single, "Masterpiece," could be considered a minimal piece, the instrumentation consists of only drums, bass, keyboards, and a wailing guitar, but the sound remains big amidst Moe's inspired vocals. "My heart beats for the mic needs me/ and when I get up in this game I hope she might keep me," raps Moe, even dropping a reference to Levar Burton's character from the 1970's mini-series, Roots. For Moe, the song is a show and prove moment, and a testament to both the strength of his lyrics and his quality of his songwriting abilities. "Every song I make, I'm trying to make is a masterpiece," says Moe matter-of-factly. "I love music, but the game can chew you up and spit you out, so it's important to make timeless music"

Download Moe Green's "Masterpiece" for free here: .

MP3: Blaq Poet - "Hood Talk"

From Matt Conaway:


New music from Blaq Poet "Hood Talk" (produced by Stu Bangas) taken from his forthcoming solo-LP "Blaq Poet Society" which will be released on 6-21-2011 courtesy of Brick Records.
DL link to Blaq Poet's "Hood Talk" (produced by Stu Bangas):
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PR: Soulcare Music Announce Kick Rocks EP

From Wes E:

PR: Soulcare Music Announce Kick Rocks EP


South Dakota’s own Soulcrate Music are currently in the studio finishing up their new EP, The Kick Rocks Collection. The seven-track release will feature new material and is set for release on May 23. The first single, titled “Believe It”, features Minneapolis’ own Prof, and is available for free download here:

Building their following from scratch in their hometown of Sioux Falls, DJ Absolute and siblings Attention Def and Dirt Dee focus on creating new styles of energetic music with a high regard for soul and classic hip-hop. The trio quickly exploded, selling out 800-capacity venues as a must-see headliner. Soon focus turned to regional touring and caught the attention of Black Clover Records, who took their road show national. The past few years have been spent relentlessly touring and recording, and have given the group a boost to national success and recognition.

This hardwork has paid off, as Soulcrate was offered a spot on Rhymesayers’ Soundset Festival, also featuring acts such as Big Boi, De La Soul, and Atmosphere. The performance will be followed by a co-headlining tour with Midwest up-and-comer Prof.

Prof recently finished two tours as well as several SXSW appearances. First was a five-date run throughout Minnesota with underground hip-hop legends, Atmosphere, on the Welcome to Minnesota Tour. Following was The Lookout Tour, which brought Prof down to Austin, TX, where he performed three sets (including an official showcase with Asher Roth) at the world-renowned SXSW music festival. Prof’s highly awaited new album titled Gampo is set for release this summer.

Soulcrate at Soundset
5/28 Shakopee, MN

Prof and Soulcrate co-headlining tour dates
6/2 Fargo ND @ The Aquarium
6/3 Bemidji MN  @ Blue Ox
6/4 Duluth, MN @ Clyde Iron Works
6/5 La Crosse WI @ The Root Note
6/6 Oshkosh, WI @ The Reptile Palace
6/7 Chicago IL @ Reggies
6/8 Mankato MN @ The What’s Up Lounge 
6/9 Omaha NE @ The Waiting Room
6/10 Des Moines IA @ The Vaudeville Mews
6/11 Kansas City MO @ Czar

6/13 Denver CO @ The Summit
6/14 Fort Collins @ Hodies Half Note
6/15 Salt Lake City UT @ Kilby Court
6/16 Boise ID @ The Reef
6/17 Portland OR @ Whisky Bar
6/18 Seattle WA @ Black Lodge

For more information, contact Wes Eisenhauer at

WBR Tracklisting: "Maybach Music Group - Self Made May 24th"

From Ayal K:

WBR Tracklisting: "Maybach Music Group - Self Made May 24th"

1. Selfmade - Wale, Meek Mill, Pill, Rick Ross & Teedra Moses
2. Tupac Back - Meek Mill ft. Rick Ross
3. 600 Benz - Wale ft. Rick Ross & Jadakiss
4. Pacman - Pill ft. Rick Ross
5. By Any Means - Wale, Meek Mill, Pill & Rick Ross
6. Fitted Cap - Wale, Meek Mill & Rick Ross ft. J. Cole
7. Rise - Pill, Wale & Teedra Moses ft. Prince Cyhi & Currensy
8. That Way - Wale ft. Jeremih & Rick Ross
9. Ima Boss - Meek Mill ft. Rick Ross
10. Don't Let Me Go - Pill ft. Gunplay
11. Pandemonium - Meek Mill ft. Wale & Rick Ross
12. Play Your Part - Wale ft. Meek Mill & Rick Ross
13. Ridin' On Dat Pole - Pill
14. Big Bank - Pill, Meek Mill, Torch & Rick Ross ft. French Montana
15. Running Rebels - Wale ft. Meek Mill & Teedra Moses

Video: Freeway & Mr. Green in the Studio

From Mr. Green:

Video: Freeway & Mr. Green in the Studio

Dub Caesar Apparel presents Studio Sessions with...FREEWAY & MR. GREEN from dub caesar apparel.

"In the first edition of Dub Caesar's "Studio Sessions with...",
you find yourself in Philadelphia's Phoodcourt studio with
Freeway and Mr. Green while they are working on a track for
the DUB CAESAR APPAREL mixtape.  Shout out to Freeway, Mr. Green
and PhoodCourt Studio for making this possible.  For studio time hit
up Dave Humes: or @1_dave on

Scoob Lo (feat. Spice 1, Daz Dillinger & Knoc-turn'al) "Rap Stars"

From J Melo:

Scoob Lo (feat. Spice 1, Daz Dillinger & Knoc-turn'al) "Rap Stars"

Scoob Lo hooks up with west coast legends Daz Dillinger, Spice 1 & Knoc-turn'al for the first single off the upcoming "American Rap Starz 2" documentary and sound track. The original film was released in 2002 and directed by Dipset West CEO Omar "Iceman" Sharif  and featured appearances from Snoop Dogg, Jamie Foxx, Jadakiss, Jermaine Dupri and countless others. The sequel is currently in the works, and is once again being directed by Omar "Iceman" Sharif.

Scoob Lo - "American Rap Starz" (feat. Spice 1, Daz Dillinger & Knoc-turn'al)
Produced by: Tuna Buttler
Visualize Music Group/Dipset West

Scoob Lo is independent but has teamed up with Blunt Tyme Entertainment. 

The remix to "Rap Stars" is coming soon and will also feature Snoop Dogg, Three 6 Mafia, Kurupt & More.
Video: RayRay Malone f/ JR Mint - "Malone & Mint"

From DJ Nef-You:

Video: RayRay Malone f/ JR Mint - "Malone & Mint"

Toronto artists, RayRay Malone (aka Rayhaan) and JR Mint team up to bring you, 'Malone & Mint', the new video off of Ray's "Southern Hospitality" Mixtape with DJ NEF-YOU . Featuring production from AB and The Showboiz, the mixtape is more of a project, showcasing Ray's lyrical ability over southern-style beats and Nef-You's skills on the 1's and 2's. Recently opening for rap legends such as Sean Price, Black Thought, Jay Electronica, Chali 2na and Method Man, dropping 3 singles, and the "Southern Hospitality Mixtape", is all a leading up to Malone's upcoming mixtape, "Wray & Neph", and his debut album, "Field Of Dreams" which is due out in the last quarter of 2011.

Video: Mohammed Yahya & More - "O Caminho"

From MY:

Video: Mohammed Yahya & More - "O Caminho"

Mozambican born Hip Hop Activist Mohammed Yahya teams up with Portuguese Rapper Fachadaz and Beat-Boxing extraordinaire Faith SFX to bring you this Hip Hop traveler’s tale. Entitled ‘O Caminho’ (The Journey) delivered in both English and Portuguese these MCs illustrate their personal struggles for a brighter future on foreign soil.

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