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Audio: Thadd Williams - "What More Can I Say"


From @shodharris at Mic Fiend Music:

I wanted to just send you the latest single from Thadd Williams, What More Can I Say. The record is starting to pick up momentum lately and we would just like to get your support on this record. This record as well as the overall Mic Fiend movement has been receiving love from people within the industry as well just the everyday fans as well.

Download: Thadd Williams - What More Can I Say

Preview: Thadd Williams - What More Can I Say

 

This track is off the street album, Blue Collar Code

 

Video: Yukmouth - "Pac Man"


From Brent Morrow at RBC Records:
 
YUKMOUTH - PAC MAN
OFFICIAL VIDEO
 
YUKMOUTH PREPS NEW ALBUM
“FREE AT LAST” IN STORES NOW!!
FEATURING YA BOY, JAY ROCK, MISTAH FAB, GUDDA GUDDA AND MORE!

All the accolades and all the fame amount to nothing if you don’t have your freedom. While it is usually something we take for granted everyday, Yukmouth knows the price of his freedom and is embracing it with his new album “Free At Last” in stores now.
 
After being in the game for nearly 20 years, Yuk has seen and been stuck in every deal imaginable. From spending time at Virgin Records through multiple other labels he eventually landed at Rap-A-Lot Records putting out multiple records. Since leaving the label, Yukmouth couldn’t imagine a better time than to take his fate into his own hands and going independent with Smoke-A-Lot Records.
 
Pulling out all stops, Yuk enlists some of the industry’s best up and coming heavy weights. In addition to recruiting Young Money’s Gudda Gudda for the single “Smell It On Me” Yuk also brought on Ya Boy & Jay Rock for “The Life” with Mistah FAB rounding out the New West features on “That’s Outta Here”.
 
Having provided the instantly recognizable anthem “I Got 5 On It” as a part of the 90’s group The Luniz, Yuk is also a member of the groups Thug Lordz, (C-Bo), and the Regime (Tech N9ne and Tha Realest).
 
Yukmouth, born in East Oakland, California originally went on to sign a solo record deal at Rap-A-Lot Records, releasing three albums, each selling at least 200,000 copies with little airplay.
 
Since leaving Rap-A-Lot, Yuk founded his own label, Smoke-A-Lot Records, and has released both the DVDs, and the soundtracks for his series titled “United Ghettos of America.”
 
Freedom never felt so good.
 
Video: Spectac & Amiri - "Mass Effect"


From Domination Recordings:



Check out the new music video for "Mass Effect" from Spectac & Amiri's album Almost Famous, out now on HiPNOTT Records!

For the third official single from Spectac & Amiri's album Almost Famous, the duo releases the Rick Foy-directed video for "Mass Effect". Paying homage to hip-hop's past, this video is sure to take you back to that golden age when hip-hop was pure and absolute. The album, Almost Famous (which also includes the singles "As If" and "My God") is available now on iTunes.

Director Rick Foy of Dvid Films, who previously directed the duo's video for "As If", has also directed videos for Jay ARE, Kam Moye and Kaze and can be contacted at dvidfilms@yahoo.com

Spectac Returns with Solo Album

It might seem ironic that someone who got tricked into going to college would go on to become a school principal, but for South Carolina native, Mervin Jenkins, it was just nature taking its’ course. Known to his former students as "Jenks", the streets know a freestyle fiend named "Spectac" (short for Spectacular). Born in Eutawville, S.C., the University of Hip-Hop was the only education that interested the young rapper who fell in love with rhyming at a very young age. With aspirations of graduating so he could move to New York and live with his aunt to pursue music, his mother had other plans for the young visionary. “I was all packed and ready to go, I had my Greyhound ticket and everything,” remembers Spec, “and my mother comes and says, ‘you’re not going to New York.’ She had applied to two colleges on my behalf and I got accepted, so I finally conceded and ended up going to Benedict College in Columbia.”

By the time he completed his masters in education Jenkins had entwined his love for hip-hop with his newfound love for education and began teaching middle school. Being immersed in hip-hop since he was the age of the students he was now teaching, allowed “Jenks” to connect to the kids on a completely different level; so much so that he uses comparisons between hip-hop and Renaissance artists as tools to help his students better understand historical figures using modern examples. Spec, as he’s called for short, uses his own life experiences as examples to his students who are wrestling with peer pressure by rhythmically telling of his own perseverance. Using hip-hop as his umbilical chord he connects to a generation dictated by the now grossly commercial engine. Jenks and Spec become interchangeable as he drops science using his gift to give Life Through Music. He created Life Through Music (LTM) as a way to use his own life to get a message out to young people. LTM is a lecture-performance designed to provide today's youth, in both public and private institutions, the opportunity to hear how he, overcame the negative influences of drugs, alcohol, and the numerous other temptations often associated with peer pressure. “My focus is on raising student achievement and self-esteem.” Says Spectac; “I tell the kids that you cannot change a system while on the outside of it. I let my audience know that I understand how hard things can be during their critical teen years. The key is to let them know that I am with them, yet stepping forward while maintaining those connections. The goal of my presentation is to show them, through my experiences, the limitless possibilities that life has to offer. I believe that too often educators get caught up in things that appeal to the head and not the heart. Young people tend to gravitate to that which is heart-felt. Unfortunately this simple technique has become almost non-existent in today's education arena. What I bring to young people is first-hand knowledge of two worlds that many felt could never co-exist: EDUCATION and HIP HOP."

Though he sports a suit and tie during the day, the nighttime brings out the real lessons as he schools new cats about what’s really good on the mic. Charting on Billboards top 100 singles chart with the first release from his five song EP, “Lessons From The Ghetto, Spectac is bringing a new curriculum to the game. He puts it down on several mix tapes including: Spitkicker mix tapes (www.spitkicker.com) "The next Spit" vol. 1, hosted by Phife Dog and vol.3 hosted by MF Doom, The Enyce Experience Mix Tape, Deejay Mr. Cee’s mixtape and the UNC (University of North Carolina) internet radio cd compilation. Over the years Spectac has been interviewed by countless radio stations across the US and overseas. He was also interviewed on National Public Radio (NPR), by Dick Gordon of ‘The Story’, regarding his dual role as an educator and hip hop artist.

With the help of long time friend and business partner Jonathan McLeod (JD), the edutainer is set to release his full-length album "Spectac Returns: Spectac Starring as Superman for a Day, Clark Kent for Life" through Domination Recordings this coming August. Critically acclaimed artists Phonte and Big Pooh of Little Brother, 9th Wonder, Big Daddy Kane and a host of others contribute masterfully to help accompany Spectac's enlightening wordplay. Rooted in old school, and well versed in the new school, Spectac describes his sound as a Kanye West meets Pete Rock reality. Such is the case with the first single "One Day Remix" where "classic royalty" Big Daddy Kane chimes in on this tale of rising to the top. The reality that penetrates the baselines of the slickly produced tracks cover topics from his relationship with his father, to his step grandfather who wherever he laid his hat was his home; and everything in between. Known for his impeccable freestyle, coming off the dome is what captivates his audiences as they get tangled in his eloquently crafted stories garnering him street cred for his flow as well as respect for keeping it real...positive.

For more information visit the Facebook fan page: Spectac Returns


Peace


Video: Polo Champ - "I'm Sofa King Awesome" Trailer


Polo Champ single I'm Sofa-King Awesome (I'm So F*ckin' Awesome) available on iTunes August 3rd!!! Produced by B. Starks.

Video: E. Reece - "Fly Hi"


E REECE, "Fly Hi"
produced by PROH MIC



download clean/instro/acapella at www.dunndealpr.com/e_reece_fly_hi.zip
 
from E Reece's forthcoming album
CONCRETE STEPPIN
 
f. El Prez | Tunji | Othello | Dasha | Hilsyde and more..
production by Kev Brown | Presto | Oddisee | Proh Mic
dropping July 27th on Elevated Mental/HiPNOTT
Video: Capone-N-Noreage - "My Tribute"


CNN - My Tribute, from their recently released album, "The War Report 2"


NEOSONIC News - Subsoniq Re-airs BK Hip-Hop Festival Performances


From K-Murdock:

NEOSONIC News - Subsoniq Re-airs BK Hip-Hop Festival Performances

I'm very proud to announce that my radio show, Subsoniq, has just posted up a FREE downloadable episode of the recorded performances from this past weekend's Brookyln Hip-Hop Festival! Shouts to Wes Jackson & the whole Brooklyn Bodega crew for allowing us to be involved since YEAR ONE of the festival in 2005 when myself & fellow Subsoniq personality KB hosted it. This special episode features performances from: Black Milk, Black Moon, Smif N' Wessun, Nice & Smooth, Pete Rock & CL Smooth (together again), AND last but never least... my heroes... DE LA SOUL!


Also, just for future notice since i have had a few people inquire about this, from here on out Subsoniqradio.com will be the ONLY place to download episodes of Subsoniq: "Instru-mentals". For those of you who just wanna listen while on your computers, all episodes will be streamed on my mixcloud page as well as right here on my blog under the "Listen" section (on the right-hand side).

K

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Posted By K-Murdock to NEOSONIC News
Stream: Greg Nice - Put Your Drinks in the Air


From Tonia Samman at The Orchard:

Stream: Greg Nice - Put Your Drinks in the Air

Greg Nice

Legendary artist Greg Nice leaked a brand new track today from his upcoming album, The Popcycle, due out later this summer via One Haven Music/Industry Rule 4080.  Popcycle introduces a different side of Greg to fans and newcomers alike, with his catchy rhymes and hooks dropping over Electro, Bmore, Dubstep, club tracks and classic boom-bap hip-hop.

Stream Greg Nice’s “Put Your Drinks in the Air”: http://soundcloud.com/onehavenmusic/put-your-drinks-in-the-air .

For More Information: http://www.GregNice.net .

Video: DaVinci Hits The Radio With Cypress' DJ Muggs


From Audible Treats:

Video: DaVinci Hits The Radio With Cypress' DJ Muggs

New Clip Finds San Francisco Rapper Making Eventful Pilgrimage To L.A.

The Video:



DaVinci, the Bay Area emcee, has been receiving incredible amounts of attention after delivering his critically acclaimed album, The Day The Turf Stood Still, and more recently being named one of the Bay's best new rap talents on KMEL's Freshmen 10 list. The rapper's label, the quickly rising Sweetbreads Creative Collective just released a video (in conjunction with hip-hop site 24K Milkcrate) showcasing DaVinci's recent trip to L.A., an eventful trek for the young emcee.

DaVinci drops in on legend DJ Muggs (Cypress Hill) for an appearance on Muggs' Soul Assassins radio show on Shade 45. His appearance instantly landed DaVinci the honor of being the first San Francisco artist to appear on both the Soul Assassins program and Shade 45. The clip shows the emcee and a clearly pleased Muggs chopping it up. The video also captures footage of DaVinci in the studio with two of L.A.'s go-to producers. Tycoon, known for his work with Anthony Hamilton, Pussycat Dolls and more recently pegged as a co-conspirator of Dr. Dre's upcoming Detox album, spends time auditioning beats for the Bay Area rapper. DaVinci also catches up with J-Thrill (Talib Kweli, Strong Arm Steady, Planet Asia). It looks like DaVinci has a lot of big things in the works.

Watch out for DaVinci's "Concrete Jungle Juice" video, the next single from The Day The Turf Stood Still dropping next week.

Check out the DaVinci Video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vuMguJDpimQ .

Listen to DaVinci's "Clean Ass Whip": http://media.audibletreats.com/DaVinci-Clean_Ass_Whip_Feat_San_Quinn.mp3 .

To Download DaVinci's The Day The Turf Stood Still, please visit: http://www.swtbrds.com/davinci .
Alt Link: http://swtbrds.bandcamp.com/album/the-day-the-turf-stood-still .

The Background:

The Fillmore District has bred more rappers per capita than any other district in San Francisco, and although the older generations recall its rich musical history rooted in Jazz, the Fillmore today is rife with drugs, turf wars, and mass gentrification. DaVinci, a young MC raised in the Fillmore, is a prime example of the duality of this area, who at the age of 13 was homeless, hungry, and hopeful for a way out. Explains DaVinci, "My music has everything to do with my environment: from robbing, killing, pimpin' to selling and abusing drugs," he explains about his heavy content. "It's a direct reflection of what my friends and family have been through and are still going through." While his story is similar to many other young rappers’ upbringings, DaVinci was surrounded by an incredible pool of Fillmore talent and by studying with the greats, he was able to sharpen his skills and aim higher than most, cultivating his story-telling abilities beyond mere drug-and-gun-talk. Growing up in the same 10-block radius as Bay Area rap legends San Quinn and JT the Bigga Figga, DaVinci was content in merely watching the next generation follow in their footsteps, until he received overwhelming praise from his peers from a mixtape appearance, which then prompted him to pursue rap professionally. In 2006, San Quinn welcomed him onto the "Pressure Makes Diamonds Tour" with rap veterans Xzibit and Tech N9ne. Since the tour, DaVinci has kept busy appearing on numerous mixtapes and compilations, as well as preparing his official debut album, The Day The Turf Stood Still. The Day The Turf Stood Still is available now via SWTBRDS Creative Collective.

MP3: El Gant feat. Bekay & DeeJay Element - "You Ain't This"


From Matt Diamond:

MP3: El Gant feat. Bekay & DeeJay Element - "You Ain't This"

I'm promoting a new single this week from the homey El Gant titled "You Ain't This".  It's a real tough track w/ a feature from Bekay and cuts from the Brown Bag AllStar's DeeJay Element.

 
El Gant, the former four time MTV Direct Effect battle champion is back with a new heater "You Ain't This", produced by Belgium's DJ Iron.  For good measure, Gant enlists a verse from Bekay & cuts from the Brown Bag AllStar's DeeJay Element.

DOWNLOAD:
"You Ain't This" | MediaFire - http://www.mediafire.com/?2otwmqdjddyeyzy

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