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Video: Lo Keys - "Jammin" (dir. Igloo Media Base)

Video: Lo Keys - "Jammin" (dir. Igloo Media Base)

Courtesy Lo Keys.

Igloo Media Base Hooks Up With Lo Keys To Deliver Visuals For
"Jammin" Off The Green Hornet Mixtape.

Lo Keys New Mixtape "The Green Hornet" Out Now!!!

PR: Maspyke's Roddy Rod To Release "Oakwood Grain II"

PR: Maspyke's Roddy Rod To Release "Oakwood Grain II"

Courtesy Nature Sounds.

Despite producing music for over 15 years, DJ Roddy Rod has remained one of underground hip-hop's best kept secrets.  As a vital member of two landmark underground collectives (Maspyke and DC's Low Budget Crew), Roddy has worked with countless top-notch artists, including Q-Tip, Edo G, Doug E Fresh, Planet Asia, Wordsworth, Kev Brown, Grap Luva, Oddisee, and many more.  His instrumental opus Oakwood Grain was released in Japan in 2005, and he went on to release the Rawkus-certified Blunk Park Sessions in 2007.

Now, Roddy is ready to unveil the official instrumental follow-up Oakwood Grain II.  An 11-track "solid english oak edition" will be available digitally on this coming Tuesday, Decebmer 20th, and the full 40-track physical version (containing both volumes I & II) will be hitting stores on February 28th, 2012.  "Everyone's been hitting me up, asking when it's coming," says Roddy.  "I wanted to give them something for the holidays."  The digital version contains 10 thumping Roddy Rod beats, plus the soulful vocal track "Keep Transit" featuring Bilal, Finale, and Muhsinah.  It will be available from Humble Monarch, both on iTunes and through Roddy's bandcamp page.

DOWNLOAD FREE TRACK: LEVIATHAN (right-click, "save as" or "download")

PR: Metis - The March ft Skyzoo & Don Jaga

PR: Metis - The March ft Skyzoo & Don Jaga

Courtesy 730 Promo.

California born, London based, rapper METIS is back with the first leak off his second mixtape, ‘ROARK’, (once against hosted by DJ WhooKid) in the form of a street video for the intro track ‘Minor Major’. Their debut project, The Atlas Mixtape, which featured Joell Ortiz among others, received over 40,000 downloads culminating in a live showcase at Cuckoo nightclub with DJ WhooKid flying in for the event.

METIS has performed throughout London, headlining Cargo, 93 Feet East, Bungalow 8, Merah, and many others…as well as winning Best Urban Artist and Best Live Act at the Exposure Music Awards. The debut single, Champion, received primetime airplay throughout NYC including Hot 97 and Power 105, with the mixtape being featured widely including HipHop DX, Allhiphop, DJBOOTH, and others...super-producer DJ Chuckie offered to remix the track – the ‘Dirty Dutch’ remix will be available shortly.

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‘Minor Major’ is produced by New York producer Illmind, who has produced bangers for 50-Cent, Skyzoo, and many others…Metis is also collaborating with Skyzoo for the ROARK mixtape on the follow up single, ‘The March’, which also features Don Jaga of USG, who Metis has close ties to after collaborating with K Koke earlier in the year, and featuring on his upcoming EP. Metis is now working on his debut album with Illmind, SoulDiggaz (Diddy, Beyonce, Missy), and James Reynolds (Tinie Tempah, Loick Essien).

Follow Metis on Twitter @MetisMusic

Video: Paranoid Castle (Kirby Dominant & Factor) "Feeling Inside"

Video: Paranoid Castle (Kirby Dominant & Factor) "Feeling Inside"

Courtesy Dunn Deal PR.

Bay Area emcee Kirby Dominant and Canadian producer Factor have both been at it for a decade plus, putting out consistent quality material on their respective fronts. In 2001, they found common ground, began recording together under the moniker Paranoid Castle and eventually released their debut collaboration One Way Ticket on Side Road Records in 2004. By the age of 17 Kirby had already been selling dope, locked up and shot.

He was able to drastically shift gears and move forward at UC Berkeley, where he spent his financial aid checks on making an album. A string of successful releases on Rapitalism Records along with his Dominant Mammals collabo with Moka Only brought Kirby to the forefront of west coast indie rap and drew praise from the likes of URB Magazine and the San Francisco Guardian. Factor has produced full-lengths for a who’s who of underground talent ranging from Awol One to Moka Only to Gregory Pepper in addition to his own lush, melodic solo endeavors. His larger-than-life palette incorporates bone-shattering drums spliced with meticulous samples and live instrumentation. From the virtual obscurity of Saskatoon to sought-after super-producer status, Factor’s travels have included working and touring alongside Kool Keith, Tha Liks, Sadat X, Aesop Rock and Buck 65.

Jackpot! "Xmas Jollies 2011" Now Streaming

Jackpot! "Xmas Jollies 2011" Now Streaming

Courtesy Eyejammie Press.

Dear friends and fam,

The good people at Complex magazine are now streaming all of  "Xmas Jollies 2011" -- my annual CD compilation of holiday tunes -- on their website.  I'd be over the moon in any case, but they've enhanced my presentation by giving every song its own page, featuring a wonderful photo of the performer and "liner notes" by yours truly.  A thousand thanks to Complex's Rob Kenner and his crew.  As far as I'm concerned, Christmas came today.


Here's the link:


PR: Cashtastic - "Lil Bit of Cash"

PR: Cashtastic - "Lil Bit of Cash"

Courtesy of Park Street PR.

Label - RGS Entertainment
Digital Release Date - 19th December 2011
General Release - 6th February 2012


01. Marching
02. Boasy Ft. Stylo G, Rascals, Maxx
03. Gassed In The Rave Ft. Krept & Konan
04. Irreplaceable Ft. A.R.I
05. Flicker
06. My Life
07. Trust Me Ft. A.R.I
08. Conversations With Cash (Didn't Wanna Know)
09. Darkness Ft. A.R.I
10. Interlude
11. Celebration
12. Hood Life
13. J.Cole K.Koke
14. Journey Ft. Janiece Myers


Link to RGS TV Channel - 

Link to J cole K Koke -

Link to Gassed in the Rave -


LIMITED TO 1000 COPIES before the release date in February. 

Video: Soulcrate Music - "Click Click Follow Follow"

Video: Soulcrate Music - "Click Click Follow Follow"

Courtesy Wes E.

Soulcrate Music recently released a new video for their song "Click Click Follow Follow".

The song takes a clever, sarcastic look at the use of social networking and technology in average, everyday life. From photos of your lunch to what is basically a dating profile, the Internet makes almost any information about you readily available.

Video: Random a/k/a Mega Ran in Japan #8: Taito Arcade (Again)

Video: Random a/k/a Mega Ran in Japan #8: Taito Arcade (Again)

Courtesy Random.

Video: Sands on Sports #81 w/ New Georgia Anne Muldrow Video

Video: Sands on Sports #81 w/ New Georgia Anne Muldrow Video

Courtesy BUKA Entertainment.

Audio: Ashanti f/ Busta Rhymes - "The Woman You Love"

Audio: Ashanti f/ Busta Rhymes - "The Woman You Love"

Courtesy Chris @ E1.


Get "THE WOMAN YOU LOVE" on iTunes

Ashanti on Facebook


Ashanti on YouTube

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