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Del + Tame + Quantic Soul Orchestra (Unreleased Heat!)

From the desk of Stephen Bolles:

Unreleased Del & Tame track
from Parallel Uni-Verses sessions
Del The Funky Homosapien & Tame One- "I'm A..." (zshare) (mediafire)
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Unreleased track from Parallel Uni-Verses sessions, album out October 13th on Gold Dust
"Flashback" digital single available now. Parallel Uni-Verses is streaming in it's entirety on Del's myspace.
Not every great track can make the album, but that's what gives us juicy material for your hungry ears.  "I'm A..." is a banger of a track recorded during the same sessions as the material for Parallel Uni-Verses and produced by Parallel Thought.  A liberal Quantic Soul Orchestra sample lays the foundation for the two supa emcees to get buckwild and do what they do best.  Parallel Uni-Verses drops October 13th on Gold Dust.
In Case You Missed The "Flashback" Video It's Below

For More Info, Check Out:
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Kottonmouth Kings Stream Entire Hidden Stash Album Online

From Kerosene Media:

For Immediate Release
Kottonmouth Kings Stream Entire “Hidden Stash 4:20” Album Online & Release ‘D Iz Who I B’ Video

Kottonmouth Kings are currently streaming their new album “Hidden Stash 4:20” online at . The group has also released a video for the D-Loc solo track “D Iz Who I B” online at . Kottonmouth Kings “Hidden Stash 4:20” is set for release October 13th, 2009 on Suburban Noize Records.
“The fourth installment of the ‘Hidden Stash’ series is a cannabis infused sonic orgy for your ears,” commented Kottonmouth Kings’ Daddy X. “In these tough times when most artists are cutting back, Kottonmouth Kings are striving to give fans more for their hard earned dollar. What other artist out there is giving their fans two CDs and a DVD for the price of a regular CD? Hopefully this will hold fans over until we drop our new studio album ‘Long Live The Kings’ on April 20th, 2010.”
Kottonmouth Kings’ “Hidden Stash 4:20” contains 40 smoking tracks of rip-hop music on two CDs and can be purchased with an exclusive bonus DVD through Best Buy or the SubNoize online store The album features guest appearances by Tech N9ne, X-Clan, Big B, Potluck, Dirtball, as well as new solo tracks from Johnny Richter, D-Loc, and a new Kingspade song.

Oct 08 - Kihei, HI @ Ocean's Beach Bar & Grill
Oct 16 - Flagstaff, AZ @ Orpheum Theatre
Oct 17 - Albuquerque, NM @ Albuquerque Convention Center
Oct 18 - Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theater
Oct 24 - San Bernardino, CA @ San Manuel Amphitheater w/ Slipknot, Deftones, Cypress Hill          
Nov 13 - Loveland, CO @ Budweiser Event Center w/ 311   
Nov 14 - Council Bluffs, IA @ Mid America Center w/ 311    
Nov 15 - Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theater w/ 311 
Nov 18 - Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom w/ 311        
Nov 19 - Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore w/ 311
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Capcom Enlists Legendary Hiero Crew for Marvel vs. Capcom 2

Video: Capcom Enlists Legendary Hieroglyphics Crew for Marvel vs. Capcom 2 Soundtrack Song & Video      10.08.2009
Tajai, Casual, Pep Love Featured In Video For "Battle Drum"

The Video:

For too long gamers have been bludgeoned by grating, repetitive game soundtracks. Capcom has answered their prayers and exceeded expectations by assembling the Marvel vs. Capcom 2 Hip Hop Mixtape. The lead video from the Mixtape- "Battle Drum"- is provided by legendary Oakland hip-hop collective Hieroglyphics. Directed by Andrew Georgopolous and Paul Trillo, the video pays tribute to Capcom's rich history in the gaming industry by evoking classic Street Fighter imagery, as the rapping protagonists take down henchmen in a variety of settings, including a junkyard and a dojo. Tajai was thrilled with the video- "it's got some live action and mimics the video game itself. It’s not just us rapping, it puts us inside the game." Tajai says that the action was so intense, in fact, that "we had to tone it down for the final cut because it was too violent. We were really fighting behind the scenes." The track was produced by Domino, and features verses by Tajai, Casual, and Pep Love. With a catchy chorus, belted out powerfully by Tajai ("Hands, feet, 'bo’s, teeth, knees. Even the words I speak cut deep."), there can be no doubt that "Battle Drum" was perfectly crafted for a fighting game like Marvel vs. Capcom 2. The song, with its infectious chorus and pugilistic verses, will be instrumental in motivating gamers to crush their opponents. The video features cameos by Hieroglyphics members Del The Funky Homosapien, A- Plus (and his son, who features at the beginning of the video), and Phesto, as well as Capcom's own John Diamonon.

"Battle Drum" Video: .

Making of "Battle Drum" Behind The Scenes Video: .

M.O.P. - Cold as Ice

Just because I felt like it, here's some MF'n M.O.P.! Don't don't DON'T, get it twisted!

Souls of Mischief Release New Details on Montezuma's Revenge

From Audible Treats:

Souls Of Mischief Release Artwork & Track List For New Album, Montezuma's Revenge      10.06.2008
Legendary West Coast Collective Collaborate With Artist Steven Lopez For Album Artwork

(October 6, 2009 - Brooklyn, NY) Souls Of Mischief, the Oakland, CA quartet and members of the mighty Hieroglyphics Crew are very proud to announce the release of the artwork and track listing for their new album, Montezuma's Revenge. The crew tapped artist Steven Lopez to paint a portrait of the group and album producer Prince Paul. Lopez is perhaps best known for his work with Erykah Badu. The album will be available December 2nd via Hiero Imperium Records.

As Souls Of Mischief releases the track listing for their new album, their collaborative effort for the album artwork should be brought to light as well. This being their first album in almost 10 years, the group decided to try something different this time around for the album cover. With all previous album covers based around photography, Souls decided to enlist a painter to handle the artwork. Steven Lopez ended up being chosen to handle the delegated task. For those who are not familiar with Steven Lopez's work, his resume runs the gamut from street art to a collaboration with Erykah Badu. Lopez, being a fan of SOM himself since their debut album, 93 'til Infinity gladly accepted. "When you work with other artists of the same caliber, there is no need to convince or walk them through. They are legit and it didn't take us long to have faith in each other. The icing on the cake was the fact that these cats are die-hard b-boys. This has always been my attitude in life and it was great to share it with them," stated Lopez when asked about his experience working with SOM. He succeeds in creating a painting that not only captures the group in its entirety, but the subtleties of each member individually as well. The result is a narrative image. He explains, "I dislike pictures that are purposely posed, so I would talk to each member and ask them to reenact certain memories and moments. Those were the shots that I was looking for. It was like a picture that alludes to another story."

Check Out The Rough Draft Of The Album Cover:

[Montezuma's Revenge]

Steven Lopez's Official Website: .

Montezuma's Revenge Track Listing:
1. Intro
2. Won!
3. Postal
4. Tour Stories
5. Skit
6. Proper Aim
7. You Got It
8. Hiero HQ
9. Poets Skit
10. Poets
11. Mr. Freeman Skit
12. Fourmation
13. Dead Man Walkin
14. For Real Y'all
15. Lickity Split
16. Home Game
18. Lalala

Montezuma's Revenge World Tour '09 Dates:

Wednesday, 9/30 Los Angeles, CA Troubadour
Saturday, 10/03 San Diego, CA Canes (w/Andre Nikatina)
Sunday, 10/04 Scottsdale, AZ Chasers
Monday, 10/05 Flagstaff, AZ The Green Room
Tuesday, 10/06 Albuquerque, NM LaunchPad
Thursday, 10/08 Denver, CO Marquis Theatre
Friday, 10/09 Colorado Springs, CO Black Sheep
Saturday, 10/10 CO TBA
Sunday, 10/11 Salt Lake City, UT Urban Lounge
Tuesday, 10/13 Missoula Badlander
Wednesday, 10/14 Seattle, WA Neumos
Thursday, 10/15 Bellingham TBA
Friday, 10/16 Portland, WA Berbati's Pan
Saturday, 10/17 Eugene Wow Hall (w/Swollen Members)
Sunday, 10/18 Eureka Red Fox Tavern (w/Swollen Members)
Tuesday, 10/20 San Francisco, CA Slim's (w/Ghostface)
Wednesday, 10/21 San Jose, CA Avalon
Thursday, 10/22 Brooklyn, NY Southpaw
Friday, 10/23 San Bernadino, CA Smoke Out (w/Hieroglyphics)
Saturday, 10/24 SLO Downtown Brew
Thursday, 10/29 Linz Kapu
Friday, 10/30 Helsinki Nosturi
Saturday, 10/31 Wien Szene
Tuesday, 11/03 Lyon La Marquise
Wednesday, 11/04 Leipzig Conne Island
Thursday, 11/05 Berlin Bohannn
Friday, 11/06 Jona Zak Saturday, 11/07 Wil Gare De Lion
Sunday, 11/08 Paris Batofar
Tuesday, 11/10 Amsterdam Fouronefour
Wednesday, 11/11 Copenhagen Rust (w/Prince Paul)
Thursday, 11/12 Basel Kaserne (w/Prince Paul)
Friday, 11/13 Koln Bogen2 (w/Prince Paul)
Saturday, 11/14 Bulgaria TBC (w/Prince Paul)
Sunday, 11/15 Heidelberg Karlstorbahnhof (w/Prince Paul)


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"Tour Stories"
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Kanye, John Mayer & Just Blaze gives props to Souls of Mischief
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Bio, pictures, and streams available here:
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Not So Fast: Shyne Po Still in Federal Custody

It looks like Shyne's homecoming is on hold for the moment.

The former Bad Boy rapper (born Jamal Barrow) was scheduled to be released from prison Tuesday (October 6) after serving more than nine years of a 10-year sentence in connection with the 1999 Club New York shooting involving Diddy and Jennifer Lopez.

But his release is now under review, as representatives for the rapper revealed to MTV News that the Brooklyn MC is being detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement at an unspecified facility in Western New York State. Officials are determining whether or not to deport the rapper, who was born in Belize, a rep explained.

"Shyne is currently in federal custody while his future immigration status is determined," the rep said in a message to MTV News. Shyne attorney Oscar Michelen emphasized to MTV News on Tuesday afternoon that Shyne has not been released, contrary to media reports.

In August, a lawyer for Shyne said the rapper was "90 percent of the way home" after a judge ruled on his post-release supervision. The rapper received two and a half years of post-release supervision (probation, essentially) stemming from his conviction on first-degree assault and a host of other lesser charges. At the time of his sentencing, an official with the Department of Correction confirmed to MTV News that Shyne would have to complete at least eight years and seven months of his prison sentence.

For years, though, Shyne's release date has been the subject of much confusion. Michelen acknowledged the subject had become urban legend, as the rumors started yearly that his client would be released. Michelen told MTV News in August that he believed a clerical error led to the incorrect assumptions.

"I think [the basis for the rumor] was created by a computer," he explained, "because the Department of Corrections has a Web site where you can do an inmate lookup. And if you have the information, it will show you that [Shyne's] earlier release date was originally April [of this year] and then June. And we don't now how that was in there. But it showed that. And then what would happen is before a release date, [an inmate] would get produced before a parole board, and in the institution, there would be rumors that [Shyne] was up for parole. I guess inmates or guards would spread the rumor."

At press time, the status of Shyne's release from prison remained unclear.

Source: MTV News

Rapper Shyne Released From Prison

NEW YORK (CBS) New York Rapper Shyne was released from prison today after serving more than eight years for his role in a 1999 New York night club shooting involving mentor Sean "P. Diddy" Combs and actress Jennifer Lopez. 

A Clinton Correctional Facility staffer confirmed his release. 

Shyne, whose real name is Jamal Barrow, was charged in March 2001, with attempted murder, assault and reckless endangerment. 

According to MTV, "The rapper admitted to firing a gun at Club New York, but maintained that he was acting in self-defense and that another gunman's bullets injured the two victims. He faced up to 25 years in prison." 

He was sentenced to only 10, which he began on June 1, 2001. 

"It's a blessing that he's coming home," Combs said in a recent radio interview on Hot 97 in New York. "I spoke to him like a couple of weeks ago and he sounded like he was in good spirits." 

While serving time, the rapper released two albums and reportedly converted to Judiasm. He legally changed his name Moses Michael Leviy. 

 Source: CBS News

Tanya Morgan Tonight @ SOB's w/ Black Sheep

From Audible Treats:

Tanya Morgan Performs Tonight At SOBs With Black Sheep      10.06.2009
With Over 100 Submissions Worldwide, DJ BobbyBob Is Crowned Brooklynati's Finest

(October 06, 2009 - Brooklyn, NY) To celebrate the release of their latest iTune's single, Brooklynati's "Never Enough," Tanya Morgan teamed up with to host a producer-oriented remix contest. The Brooklynati's Got Talent remix contest spanned two weeks and with over 100 submissions from all over the globe including the US, England, France, Brazil, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Poland, Canada, and more. After much deliberation, Tanya Morgan and their label, Interdependent Media, narrowed down the extensive list to announce Brooklynati's #1 producer, DJ BobbyBob. Dario submitted the contest's runner-up entry.

Along with the title, Bobby Bob will be awarded prizing from Native Instruments, Brooklynati-inspired clothing courtesy of Society Original Products, one signed copy of Brooklynati, one certificate of victory signed by select members of the Brooklynati Chamber of Commerce and the inclusion of his "Never Enough" remix in the release of Tanya Morgan's upcoming iTunes single release. When asked about he felt about winning the remix contest, Bobby Bob said, "I'm a big Tanya Morgan fan so it's double the satisfaction for me to win the contest... Maybe Tanya Morgan wants some beats for the next album too (laughs)! " Contest runner up Dario will be receiving an official Brooklynati Survival Kit, one signed copy of Brooklynati, and one certificate of victory signed by select members of the Brooklynati Chamber of Commerce.

Tanya Morgan knew this would be an excellent chance to give back to their Brooklynati fans, as well as providing the opportunity to hear the work of young, upcoming producers, and come away with a finished product that was creatively inspired. Going back to the source of the original beat, Von Pea had some things to say in regards to the contest and BobbyBob's version, "We wanted to do a remix contest for the song because we knew it could be taken so many places other than where I took it with the original production. We got a lot of good and bad remixes but the overall feeling of DJ BobbyBob's remix is what did it for us."

On another note, Tanya Morgan will be performing live tonight at the legendary S.O.B's in NYC alongside Black Sheep. This specific performance is special since it marks the first time that Tanya Morgan will be headlining at S.O.B's as well as performing with a live band on stage. Von Pea stated the excitement that he and the rest of the group feel, "We've performed at a lot of spots in NY, but to finally headline at S.O.B.'s is something that we, as a group, are really happy about." The show starts at 8pm and tickets will be available at the door for $15.

DJ BobbyBob Remix: .

Dario Remix: .

Upcoming show dates:

10/6 @ NYC, Revive da Live @ SOB's .
10/7 @ Baltimore, Bourbon Ballroom .
10/8 @ Washington DC, Liv Lounge .

Don't forget to swing over to the Brooklynati DMV and register for your very own Brooklynati Drivers License! Make sure to hold onto the license. Tany Morgan's MySpace friends who add their Brooklynati license as their profile picture will be added to Tanya Morgan's top friend list. The license also entitles you to some goodies down the road! .

Brooklynati is one of the Top Ten best selling hip-hop albums on iTunes! Please post buy links if you can! .

Listen to the first single, "So Damn Down" - .

Get your virtual tour of Brooklynati here: />
The Background:

Tanya Morgan is back with their third project, Brooklynati, following the success of Moonlighting and The Bridge. Since Von Pea, Ilyas, and Don Will formed Tanya Morgan in 2003, they have received high praise from media elites such as Spin, The Source, XXL Magazine and a resounding seal of approval from the blogosphere. Considered by many to be our generation's torchbearers for De La Soul and A Tribe Called Quest, Tanya Morgan will once again put their skills on display with the unique hip-hop Americana sounds of their Brooklynati album this spring. Based on the fictitious city of Brooklynati, this release pushes the boundaries of a concept album by incorporating not only lyrical imagery but also cultivating a culture and mindset, which can be experienced through the City of Brooklynati Chamber of Commerce website: . The sites, sounds, memories, and events of Brooklynati were unleashed via Bay-Area based record label Interdependent Media, the architects behind the funding and development of Brooklynati. Wanderlusts can feed their souls at .

About Interdependent Media:

Founded in 2006 in the Bay Area by Evan Phillips, Interdependent Media has built unique strengths in the development, production, and marketing of recorded music via new methods of marketing and promotion. Armed with a comprehensive understanding of both traditional and emerging methods of marketing, iM has successfully created multi-faceted methods of raising awareness and interest in their projects. Industry veterans Ian "ID" Davis and Dominic Del Bene head operations at iM and are credited with discovering and/or developing artists such as 9th Wonder, Little Brother, Tanya Morgan, Blackalicious, Del the Funky Homosapien, the Hieroglyphics and more. In 2009, iM will be releasing multi-media projects from artists Finale, Canibus, K'naan, Truthlive, and Tanya Morgan. For more information, please visit .


"Hardcore Gentlemen"
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Tanya Morgan Interview On WNYC's Soundcheck
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Tanya Morgan Remix Contest
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Tanya Morgan's Vimby Video
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J-Zone Explains Why Socializing in New York Sucks

From J-Zone:

After 6 years of "field study" (2001-2007), I decided to compile my most pathetic (and unintentionally funny) experiences in attempting to socialize in NYC. I guess this applies to every major city in America, but I looked at my notes and felt they deserved an article. All of my stories are factual, and they explain why I only hang out with senior citizens these days. Long-lasting marriage tips from the elderly ("young blood, you gotta lay that pipe to that woman, no matter how bad that arthritis is kickin yo a*s!") are golden. This post full of generalizations and stereotypes that will offend 90% of the people in NYC today, but when have you ever known me for being diplomatic?

Here's the link

Enjoy (or get mad because I'm talking about you)

New Videos - Del, Tame One, Juicy J, Saigon, Muneshine

It's that time again for some new hip-hop videos from the RapReviews newsfeed! This week starts with Del and Tame One speaking about their new album together.

At the opposite end of the spectrum is a music video for the Juicy J and Project Pat song "Twerk That."

Newcomer Quest-Rah puts his debut music video on YouTube, and both the video and song are worth the time.

My man Adam B is not a fan of Georgia Anne Muldrow, but I dig her new song "Run Away" and the throwback animated video. Maybe if he watches this I can make him a convert!

In this new video, Saigon is looking for some... well I won't say but "Warning Shots 2" is out today.

Last but not least is Muneshine with "Today's Special" featuring D-Minor. Thanks for checking out this week's new videos!

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