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Duck Down Music Celebrates 15 Years on July 13th

From Laura Becker:

Duck Down Music Celebrates 15 Years on July 13th


On July 13th, Duck Down Music is celebrating a 15 Year Anniversary in NYC with the release of a commemorative album entitled 15 Years of Duck Down Music. The custom sleeve (shape of the Duck Down Running Man Logo) will contain an 18 track disc with the top song from each year dating back to 1995, chosen by the Duck Down fan base. There are bonus tracks from 1993 and 1994 (Black Moon 'Who Got The Props,' and Smif N Wessun 'Sound Bwoy Buriel,' along with a new song for 2010 called "Better Than You" with Sean Price, Buckshot, Skyzoo & Promise, produced by Double-O of Kidz In The Hall).

On the evening of July 13th, a New York City Album Release Show for ALL AGES is scheduled at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill featuring performances by:

Boot camp Clik featuring: Sean Price, Buckshot, Smif N Wessun, Heltah Skeltah

Pharoahe Monch

Kidz In The Hall


Marco Polo & Torae

Music by DJ Evil Dee

Hosted by Angela Yee & Amanda Diva

First 50 Guests inside receive a limited-edition Rocksmith x Duck Down 15 Year Anniversary T-Shirt!

From 6PM to 8PM a HOT 97 MC Battle will take place featuring 8 finalists and 4 rounds of exciting battle performance.

Special Invited Guests will be heavily in attendance!

Get your tickets today: .

Music - "Teach Me How to Dougie" Lil Will Remix

From Jin Ent.:

"Teach Me How to Dougie" Lil Will Remix








J. Keys Interview on Atlanta's 89.3 WRFG "Beats & Lyrics Show"

From Javier Sanabria:

J. Keys Interview on Atlanta's 89.3 WRFG "Beats & Lyrics Show"

J. Keys speaks with Atlanta DJ Jay Force about the state of Hip-Hop, his official single "The One Two," the recent release of his mixtape "The Dead Horse," his Detroit/New York connection and more on 89.3 WRFG's "The Beats and Lyrics Show."
J. Keys Interview on Atlanta's 89.3 WRFG "Beats and Lyrics Show" with Jay Force


J. Keys Interview on the Beats and Lyrics Show from J. Keys on Vimeo.

T-Pain's Web Series Russian Roulette - Road 2 RevolveR Ep. 6

From Dan Roof:

T-Pain's Web Series Russian Roulette - Road 2 RevolveR Ep. 6 & 6.5

The Road to RevolveR leads us to the WIN WIN WIN-dy city as T-Pain and the Nappy Boy fam roll into Chi-town for another adventure in episode 6. Pain gives his 10 year plan, discusses his craziest story from the road, gives most of his nicknames, we introduce the world to "HEYYYY JOEEE" and more. In addition we have a special episode #6.5 w/ Nappy Boy artists & Chi Town's finest One Chance. We debut the new One Chance song "Juke" which can be found for free download at


EPISODE 6.5 (Special "One Chance" Edition):







Johnny Spanish "Shining" feat. Nappy Roots (prod. CHOPS)

From Chris Herche at Koch/E1 Entertainment:

Johnny Spanish "Shining" feat. Nappy Roots (prod. CHOPS)

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“Johnny Spanish’s music continues to creep its way onto the iPods of listeners looking for the next big thing. His latest project The Lip is going to make a serious play for slept-on status of 2010. The full-length LP offers 14 tracks that showcase the Louisville slugger’s consistency and versatility and “My Way” may be one of the shining moments, showcasing Spanish’s tongue-twisting lyrics and vocal command of both rhythm and melody.

The mediafire link to "THE LIP" mixtape - .

"Shining" video - .

Vinnie Paz Drops Solo LP "Season of the Assassin" This Week

From Tonia Samman:

Vinnie Paz Drops Solo LP "Season of the Assassin" This Week

Vinnie Paz has had a career spanning almost two decades, co-founding the legendary Jedi Mind Tricks as well as East Coast indie supergroup Army of the Pharaohs, and he’s showing no signs of slowing down.  This week, the underground MC has ventured out on his own with his solo debut, Season of the Assassin, out now via Enemy Soil. Hip Hop DX calls Season of the Assassin, “an exciting break from the usual JMT formula, with Paz hitting his stride as a lyricist and showing a different and more fully-rounded side to his craft.”

The album features a virtual who's who of artists and producers, including Beanie Sigel, Clipse, Freeway, Paul Wall, ILL Bill, and R.A. the Rugged Man.  Vinnie unleashed the first video, “Keep Movin’ On” featuring Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond), on his official website last week.  Check it out below.

Watch “Keep Movin’ On” featuring Shara Worden: .

Vinnie will join Jedi Mind Tricks on the Rock the Bells tour this summer and will sign autographs at three in-stores throughout the week.

Vinnie Paz “Kill ‘em All” feat. Beanie Sigel .

Vinnie Paz “Street Wars” .

Vinnie Paz “Drag You to Hell” .

Listen to Vinnie Paz’s featured Myspace Playlist, “Music to Drink About”: .

Jedi Mind Tricks at Rock the Bells

Aug 21 – NOS Events Center, San Bernardino, CA
Aug 22 – Shoreline Amphitheatre, San Francisco, CA
Aug 28 – Governor’s Island, New York, NY
Aug 29 – Merriweather Post Pavillion, Washington, DC

Vinnie Paz In-Store Dates

Wednesday June 23rd - Fat Beats NYC store - New York, NY @ 7pm
Thursday June 24th - Newbury Comics Newbury St. - Boston, MA @ 7pm

For More Information: and .

Video: J. Cole - "Who Dat"

The official video for J. Cole's "Who Dat," the first single from his upcoming debut album due out later this year.

Directed by BBGUN.

David Banner & 9th Wonder's "Slow Down" f/ Heather Victoria

From the upcoming "Death Of A Pop Star", David Banner & 9th Wonder - Slow Down (feat. Heather Victoria)

Video: The Roots - "Dear God 2.0"

The official video for The Roots' "Dear God 2.0" from their forthcoming How I Got Over album

Super Chron Flight Bros' "STRANGERS WITH CANDY" Remix

From James Dunn:

Super Chron Flight Bros' "STRANGERS WITH CANDY" Remix

Super Chron Flight Bros, "Strangers With Candy" (Marmaduke Jelineck remix)

CAPE VERDE drops today on iTunes

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