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L-R-G Presents a Free Album From Kidz In The Hall

This Holiday Season Kidz In The Hall are treating their fans to an early gift in the form of a free album entitled The Professional Leisure Tour presented by L-R-G. The 13 track freEP features all original music from the group which was mostly recorded last month on the road during Kidz In The Hall's National US Tour.

The Professional Leisure Tour is a prelude to Kidz In The Hall's next studio album, Land Of Make Believe, currently scheduled for a March 9th, 2010 release date. Today, "Jukebox," the lead single from Land Of Make Believe, is available at iTunes & all digital retail outlets.

Click Here To Download The Free Mix CD

Click Here For The Latest on Kidz In The Hall
Tupac's "Changes" Added to Vatican's New MySpace Music Playlist

From Versa Manos/Gorgeous PR:

Tupac's "Changes" Added to Vatican's New MySpace Music Playlist

Shakur recognized by the Vatican as a distinguished artist who
“aimed to reach the heart of good minded people.”


Almost exactly eleven years after its posthumous release, legendary rapper Tupac Shakur’s 1998 hit “Changes” has been selected by the Vatican as one of the institution’s “12 Favorite Songs” as part of a playlist for MySpace’s new streaming service MySpace Music. The distinction is the first time the Catholic Church has officially recognized the work of any popular American artist. With it, the song joins the ranks of works such as “Don Giovanni” by Mozart, the Vatican’s own “Advocata Nostra,” featuring the voice of Pope Benedict XVI, and “After The Rain,” by Dame Shirley Bassey. “The genres are very different from each other, but all these artists share the aim to reach the heart of good minded people,” the Vatican explained on its official MySpace Music page. The playlist, compiled by Father Giulio Neroni, was released Thursday, December 3 – and “Changes” has received nearly five million plays since then.

“This came as such an amazing surprise – it’s not something I would have ever thought possible,” says the late rapper’s mother, Afeni Shakur. “I give thanks every day, knowing Tupac’s words and music continue to have such an incredible effect on people worldwide. My son was always striving to reach out to as many people as he could, and he changed the world in doing so.”

Released two years after the rapper’s death in 1998, “Changes” has been acknowledged as one of Tupac’s all-time classics ever since, with a message that resonates just as strongly today. The song is a streetwise meditation on racism, the Middle East, drugs and gang violence coupled with a call for hope and peace. In essence, it highlights the need for change on both a personal and global level. “Let’s change the way we eat, let’s change the way we live, let’s change the way we treat each other,” states Tupac on the track. “You see, the old way wasn’t working, so it’s on us to do what we gotta do to survive.” The acclaimed single climbed to the top of the charts upon its release and became the only posthumously released hip-hop song to receive the Grammy nomination for “Best Rap Solo Performance.” It recently confirmed its lasting power when it hit #1 on the Billboard Hot Ringtones Chart (November 7, 2009), a spot it held for a whopping 34 weeks.

“It’s a testament to Tupac’s genius that his music can have this kind of impact more than ten years after the fact,” says Interscope Geffen A&M Chairman Jimmy Iovine. “This is an unprecedented honor to his legacy, as well as for those who had the privilege of working with him during his lifetime.”  Most of Shakur’s recordings are owned and controlled by Afeni Shakur’s Amaru Entertainment and Interscope Records. The Death Row albums “All Eyez On Me” and “Makaveli – The Don Killuminati 7 Day Theory” are owned by Death Row/Wide Awake Entertainment, but controlled by Afeni Shakur and are exclusively administered worldwide by ICG/Evergreen Copyrights.  Both albums are distributed in North America by E1 Entertainment.

In September 2009, it was announced that the artist’s private writings would be added to Atlanta University Center’s Robert Woodruff Library – an institution that also houses Martin Luther King’s papers – to be made available for scholarly research. The collection features Shakur’s handwritten lyrics and track listings, personal notes, video and film concepts, fan correspondence, promotion materials and other items providing a unique insight into his creative genius. Whether known as one of the greatest rappers of all time, one of his generation’s most important writers and thinkers, or an artist whose work has been recognized by the Catholic Church, it’s clear that Tupac Shakur’s career is as relevant today as ever.

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DJ Hero Contest in Los Angeles This Thursday

From Gordon McGinnis:

DJ Hero Contest in Los Angeles This Thursday

Come enjoy a night full of music, games and complimentary beverages!

DJ Hero 

Enter the exclusive DJ Hero Battle for a chance to win a copy of the DJ Hero Game Kit as well as an opportunity to win exclusive pieces from members of the SF PROJECT!

Music will be provided by DJ Spider.

2009 was a year of major growth for Beatology Music Inc., we formed professional associations with the most dominant record companies in the world: Interscope, Geffen, A&M and Warner Bros. We executed promotions for some of the heaviest hitters in the game including 50 Cent, Gwen Stefani, Talib Kweli, Mary J. Blige, Daddy Yankee and Crime Mob at some of the hottest events of the year like the NBA All Star Weekend and the BET Awards to name just a few. Over time, we received dozens of requests from indie labels and artists seeking services on a smaller, more affordable scale, which we regretfully turned down.  Because the demand only grew louder, we  made a decision to begin offering Independent Label Services.

        As a first stage integration of indie artists and labels into our client base we begin by offering an Independent Email Blast Package. The basic package includes our email distribution of your record to every recipient included on our contact list. Our professional associations ensure that your record will reach some of the most influential record executives, program directors, music directors and DJ's in the industry. Basic blast packages begin at $500 per month per song, and can be expanded for an additional fee to include Mediabase/BDS monitoring and radio promotion. Prices are subject to change.

        Remember, no matter how good your record is, you can't get a deal until the right people hear it. We can help you get that access.
Gordon "DJ Stealth" McGinnis
Multi-Platinum Producer/Musician/Engineer/DJ/Promoter
Beatology Music Inc./Music Promo Now/U Can Fly Holdings/Digiwaxx

Chosen Few feat. Pep Love & Opio - "Girls Gone Wild"

From Audible Treats:

MP3: Chosen Few feat. Pep Love & Opio - "Girls Gone Wild"      12.08.2009
Chosen Few Leak Preview For Upcoming Hiero-Backed Album

The Song:

Smooth vibes from Charles Cooper's saxophone open up the latest offering from Oakland's Chosen Few, which also features lyrical acrobatics from Opio and Pep Love from the iconic west coast collective, Hieroglyphics. Titled ''Girls Gone Wild,'' the song is a precursor to the Chosen Few's upcoming album, New World Symphony, and although it will not be making an appearance on the album, the group is giving it away now to allow listeners an early taste of what to expect from the Bay Area crew. "Girls Gone Wild" doesn't seek to resurrect the ghosts of spring breaks past, but instead touches "on the delicate balance of media influences and personal connections to what defines success for women in the, yet still, inequitable social norms of the world" says Cooper. Featuring production by beat maestro Unjust, "Girls Gone Wild" serves as a worldwide wakeup call to see through the media-manufactured smoke and mirrors, and, adds Unjust, encourages people everywhere to "foster their own individual shine." While rhymes and horns are at the front of this creative storm, at Opio's suggestion the song closes with audio from the movie Fame and the rest, as they say, is history. Chosen Few's New World Symphony will be available on January 9, 2010 via Hiero Imperium Records.

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The Background:

Chosen Few is Cold Showda, Unjust, Charles Cooper... and You. The mission of the group is to empower listeners and make them realize that they alone have the power to decide what music they listen to, instead of just picking up everything the powers that be are putting down. Originally from Ohio, the crew hooked up with regional talent like Hi-Tek, DJ Kweli, and Slum Village before moving westward to fulfill their musical manifest destiny. Cold Showda and Charles Cooper began their Bay Area careers by performing under the name Greans, collaborating with the likes of Mos Def, Common, Hieroglyphics, Pharcyde, Grandmaster Flash and more, while Unjust used his skills as a graphic artist to work with Dilated Peoples, Little Brother, Strong Arm Steady, Planet Asia, J. Dilla, Nappy Roots, and Dizzee Rascal to name a few. After achieving their respective separate successes, Chosen Few regrouped in 2008 and began building energy towards reviving the emotional range that seemed to missing from lady hip-hop at the time, and thus the idea that was New World Symphony was born. The sound of today's social consciousness is Unjust's soul and psychedelic rock laden beats, Cold Showda's relentlessly aggressive lyrics, and Charles Cooper's masterful saxophone playing and wordplay. Rounding out the album are guest appearances by Del The Funky Homosapien, Pep Love, Rakaa Iriscience, Phat Kat, DJ Babu, Tajai, Opio, Piakahn, Word4Word, and more. As Cooper says, "we are trying to encourage people to stand up, be your own individual and BE one of the chosen few." Become part of the movement at and prepare to tune into New World Symphony on February 9, 2010, via Hiero Imperium Records.

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Sade Releases "Soldier of Love," First Single Off New Album

Okay so technically Sade isn't rap, but I've loved her music for over 20 years, and I bet a lot of other hip-hop heads do too. The video is below along with a press release from Giant Step.



DEC 8, 2009

Today Sade releases the first single from a new album, Soldier of Love. The title track “Soldier Of Love,” which Sade co-produced with Mike Pela, was written by Sade along with longtime collaborators Andrew Hale, Stuart Matthewman and Paul Spencer Denman. The song, featuring a pulsating and anthemic drum beat along with haunting vocals that Sade is known for, is now set to hit airwaves and will kick off the countdown for Soldier of Love. Recorded in England and set for release worldwide on February 8th, Soldier of Love marks Sade’s first studio album since the multi-platinum release of Lovers Rock in 2000.

The first single “Soldier Of Love” premiered today at 7am EST on .

Known for their one of a kind timeless sound, Sade has enjoyed phenomenal success both internationally and stateside throughout the span of their twenty-five year career. Since the release of their debut album, Diamond Life in 1984 the band has seen all five of their studio albums land in the Top 10 on Billboard’s Top 200 Album Chart selling a total of more than 50 million albums worldwide to date. They’ve been nominated for American Music Awards, MTV Video Music Awards and have won three Grammy Awards – first in 1986 for Best New Artist, then in 1994 for Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group for “No Ordinary Love”, and again in 2002 for Best Pop Vocal Album with Lovers Rock.


Potluck to Release 'Dank Alumni Experience' EP in December

From Kerosene Media:

Potluck to Release 'Dank Alumni Experience' EP in December

EP December 15th, 2009
Potluck has scheduled a December 15th, 2009 release date for their upcoming  digital EP, "Pothead Music Vol. 1: The Dank Alumni Experience", which will be made available through all digital retailers and . The Dank Alumni is Potluck, Absolute on End, and Garth "Culti" Vader (Mr. High Times).

"It was harvest time in Humboldt, a time when we all would come together, so we decided to record some songs and put together an EP as The Dank Alumni," commented 1 Ton from Potluck. "Lately there has been a major media blitz on Humboldt County with all these news stories and the A&E special 'Pot City USA' television special that aired. This EP is a snapshot of what underground Humboldt county weed life is really like, so don’t miss this underground classic. If you liked the previous tracks we've done together like 'Dank Alumni' and 'Hot Box Anthem' you will love this CD."
Potluck is riding high after completing a 2-month tour across the US with reunited hip-hop icons D12. Potluck's sophomore album, "Pipe Dreams", has been embraced by hip-hop fans from coast to coast who have been mesmerized by the group's lyrical depth, rapid fire flows and head nodding beats. The Source Magazine championed the group’s sound saying, "There are strong reggae and good vibe undercurrents throughout this 21-cut ode to the high life." Synthesis Magazine commented, “Potluck’s members are at the top of their game, so newcomers welcome to the movement.”
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Fokis Interviews Ty Fyffe (Part 1)

From Melanie J Cornish - Fokis Interviews Ty Fyffe (Part 1).

Fly Gypsy's Video for "You" f/ Tattiana Aqeel-de Oliveira

From Audible Treats - Fly Gypsy's video for "You" f/ Tattiana Aqeel-de Oliveira.

The (W)rap Up - Week of December 1, 2009

BeatMonstas :: Bomb 'Til We Hit 'Em
BeatMonstas Entertainment
Author: Emanuel Wallace

"The Chicago-based act joined forces in 2003 and released their first album, "The 3rd Weapon" in 2005. The reviewer of that album made it a point to mention that the BeatMonstas are at their best when diving head first into the murky waters of social and political issues. Upon reading that and the press mailer that pointed out the fact that most of their latest album, "Bomb 'Til We Hit 'Em, was recorded during the later years of the Bush Administration, made me think that every song was going to be a "Fuck George Bush" rally cry. To my surprise, they really aren't."

CounterParts :: The CounterParts LP :: Beat Rock Records
as reviewed by Patrick Taylor

"CounterParts are a multiracial crew made up of MCs T-Know, Braelan B, Otayo Dubb, and producers Fatgums, Gamma Ray, and Vesk One. The crew hails from Norwalk, California, near Long Beach, and the San Francisco Bay Area. They mix the Golden Age hip hop sound of SoCal with intelligent, positive lyrics that reflect Bay Area culture. The beats are sample-heavy and loaded with cuts and scratches. Fatgums and Gamma Ray know how to work a dusty break, and create some classic boom bap that fans of old school hip hop will love. There are no synths here, just old funk and soul served up hot and fresh."

Darshan :: Lishmah EP :: Shemspeed Records
as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon

"So sayeth the hebrew hip-hop artist known as Darshan on the song "Why Wait" from his debut "Lishmah" EP. This writer must confess to not really knowing much of the Jewish faith other than how it is portrayed in popular culture and having done a little reading on Wikipedia about what is and isn't considered "kosher" - and of course who knows if ANYTHING you read on Wikipedia is really accurate anyway. As a result I can't put the statement in his press release that Darshan is "astral rap, liturgical jazz, audio alchemy" who is "Harmonizing Hebrew chant with hip-hop, folk rock with electro-pop, love poetry with kabbalistic psychology" to any test of truthfulness."

Half-A-Mill :: Milíon :: Warlock Records
** RapReviews "Back to the Lab" series **
as reviewed by Matt Jost

"Earlier in the '90s, Half-A-Mill (original spelling Half-A-Mil) would be one of the many fighting for airtime late at night on NY radio. His first break came when Mister Cee introduced him to Big Daddy Kane in 1993, who wanted him on his label (Black Caesar Records) that never quite got off the ground. Reportedly he also recorded a demo with DJ Scratch before self-releasing his debut single in 1994. He was signed to Penalty Recordings for a moment, which was bought and then discontinued by Tommy Boy. His Firm internship eventually led to a deal with Warlock Records, where he released two albums. While working on a third one, he was shot dead in his home in Brooklyn's Albany projects October 24th 2003."

Illy :: Long Story Short :: Obese Records
as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon

"Per capita I'm willing to wager the quotient of Australian hip-hop covered on is greater than if not equal to any other magazine online or off in the entire United States. I can understand when other publications avoid French, German or Japanese hip-hop due to the natural language barrier, but it mystifies me that more people don't embrace this scene in North America. The likely culprit is those stupid Crocodile Dundee movies, the ones that set up absurd stereotypes involving kangaroos, boomerangs and "throwing shrimp on the barbie.""

Mr. Lif :: Emergency Rations :: Definitive Jux Records
** RapReviews "Back to the Lab" series **
as reviewed byEric Sirota

"Boston MC, Jeffrey Haynes, aka, Mr. Lif, released the "Emergency Rations EP" on Definitive Jux in 2002. For Lif fans, the album is essential, not because it is by any means his best work, but rather because the EP is perhaps Lif's most transitional album. "Emergency Rations" finds this Jukie in the middle of an identity crisis, as he struggles with which side of himself to embrace – old school b-boy or futuristic sci-fi geek, conspiracy theorist or everyman, inspirational speaker or nihilist."

O.C. & A.G. :: Oasis :: D.I.T.C./Nature Sounds
as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon

"On behalf of and all of our loyal readers, I apologize. I realize a lot of you were upset with last week's review. I offered P a chance to revise the review once I obtained a full-length copy, but he was understandably dismayed at the negative reception the review got and felt he'd only be digging himself in deeper (no pun) by tackling it again. I offered the chance to several staffers to cover the album the full length themselves, but suddenly "Oasis" was the hot potato nobody wanted to hold. Everybody was afraid of the wrath of our site's loyal readers. That's either a compliment or a concern, but if you're checking out this review right now you deserve the credit either way. The voices of the people have been heard, they're not satisfied, and they want the legendary O.C. and A.G. to be given their proper respect."

Sage Francis :: Sick of Wasting... :: Strange Famous Records
as reviewed by Eric Sirota

"Sage Francis is passionate. He is passionate about his politics ("A Healthy Distrust," Epitaph Records, 2005). He is passionate about his personal life ("Personal Journals," Anticon, 2002). He is passionate about hip-hop (Non-Prophets, "Hope," Lex Records, 2003). Fittingly, on his newest "Sick of" mixtape, "Sick of Wasting...," we get a taste of all of these passions. On "Strange Fame," Sage gripes about his starving artist lifestyle. On "Conspiracy to Riot," he spits hot fire angst about our nation's political climate. On "SFR Pays Dues," Strange Famous Crew members, Sage Francis, B. Dolan, and Prolyphic, adeptly brag about their essential role in the rap game. Sage is ferocious and impassioned on every track. He has an ax to grind, and grind he does."

Type 4 :: For Sale :: World One Records
** RapReviews "Back to the Lab" series **
as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon

"It's probably been a decade or more since I heard from Dave, and these days 181.4 is a minor footnote in my writing career, but at least one person out there didn't forget those days - Matt Reyes from Type 4. It seems the review I wrote of their debut album for Dave's internet rag was one of the most thoughtful, considerate and well written Type 4 received. After all these years, Matt tracked me down and asked me if I was the same man who reviewed rap for 181.4. It took me a minute to realize I actually was, because it had been that long since any thought of 181.4 crossed my mind, but Matt felt that after all this time I was the only one qualified to reintroduce Type 4 to the world. Tragically a lot of things have changed for Type 4 in the last decade or more - they lost vocalist Brian Cantwell in 2001 and drummer Eric Goodridge in 2002. As odd as it is to walk down memory lane back to my college days, it's even more odd to write a review of an album released in 2001 when a third of the band is now deceased - there needs to be a whole new definition of "late pass" for this one."

"Victory or Death" - A Creative First For a Hip-Hop Legend

The RZA marks his twentieth year in music with an epic fine art release.


STAPLETON PROJECTS, STATEN ISLAND. Arguably the most infamous housing project of New York City’s ‘forgotten borough’, known best at the time for being Earth’s largest landfill. A young Robert Diggs is hunched over a drum machine, working on his debut release, the Ooh We Love You Rakeem EP. The weather is a brutal kind of cold. The year is 1990.
Twenty years later, Robert is the RZA, musical visionary and mastermind behind one of the most revolutionary movements in the history of popular culture - and the world is a very different place. The Wu-Tang Clan rewrote the rules in every arena it entered, blazing trails in the record business and singlehandedly giving hip-hop its Renaissance period, during which it took the genre to artistic heights that remain unmatched. Kill Bill made RZA a composer. The Wu-Tang Manual made him an author. American Gangster made him an actor. And on January 1, 2010, WAIL (When Art Imitates Life) commemorates twenty years of the RZA with the unveiling of Victory Or Death, a highly limited fine art release worthy of a living legend.

Details about Victory or Death remain mum as does the conceptual behind The RZA’s release.  What has been promised is a “reworking” of history onto massive canvas that focuses on the concept of “hearing the call” and revolution in an inspiring and provocative way.  In total, 360 prints will be available to the public on the January 1, 2010 release date.  When discussing the upcoming release, The RZA states, “It didn’t begin 20 years ago…more like 200 years ago. And when you see the piece we’re making right here, you’re going to know what I’m talking about.  We’re about to rewrite and change history.”

The origins of Victory Or Death began earlier this year as RZA started conceptualizing with When Art Imitates Life, a company focused on creating fine art with musical visionaries at the helm of the creative.  When Art Imitates Life (WAIL) is owned by legendary hip-hop statesmen Sway and King Tech of The World Famous Wake Up Show along with notorious Los Angeles creativity house SceneFour.  Victory or Death is the first release under the WAIL art label.

Interested parties are encouraged to visit to sign up for exclusive information on The RZA’s Victory or Death as it develops, as well as a chance to preview the piece before January 1.


Victory Or Death web trailer:




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