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Video: J. Keys - "Occupy Music"

Video: J. Keys - "Occupy Music"

Courtesy Early Earl.

J. Keys releases the Official Viral Video for his potent homage to the Occupy Wall Street movement entitled Occupy Music. Keys goes in with lyrical precision reflecting on today's economy and social structure in the climate of global protest.

Video: Dosage Speaks About Working With Lupe Fiasco

Video: Dosage Speaks About Working With Lupe Fiasco

Courtesy Music Hiccup.

Lupe Fiasco's protege Dosage speaks with Music Hiccup. Dosage talks about featuring on Lupe Fiasco's recent 'Friend of The People' mixtape, touring with Lupe Fiasco, being a part of The All City Chess Club with Lupe Fiasco, Asher Roth, Charles Hamilton, Cool Kids, Blu, Diggy Simmons, & B.o.B.

Video: Mikey Mo the MC - "Warrior's Soul"

Video: Mikey Mo the MC - "Warrior's Soul"

Courtesy Nik @ Ballin PR.

Bay Area based Mikey Mo The MC is readying his new album, Rule By Decree, a collaboration with producer Sanabria from Caracas, Venezuela. On Rule By Decree, Mikey Mo gets real and speaks out about the present conditions of society, the struggling economy, and the misappropriation of wealth.

"The track is a politically driven song about making it in this world,” explains Mikey. “Everything has a price—even freedom!" Mikey Mo has been putting it down for years and has made a name for himself by releasing numerous mixtapes, collaborated and appeared on many projects, rocking shows throughout the west coast and releasing underground albums.

In 2006 Mikey Mo got together with Abyss and Dap Daniel and released an album titled West Bound. Inspired by the West Bound Tour 2005, the album was an independent release but it gave Mikey Mo more recognition as an MC. Aside from the West Bound Tour in 2005 Mikey Mo also opened up for the GCM Tour that year, which featured Planet Asia, Casual, Rasco, and Cali Agents.

In 2007 Mikey Mo released his debut album titled Focused. Drawn from the struggles and sacrifices in his life, Focused is full of personal experiences with lyrics and beats that complements each other perfectly. The first single and video, “Mikey Mo’s Theme”, was featured on Also Urb Magazine’s website featured Mikey Mo and nominated him for “Urb’s Next 1000” and gave Focused 3 afros out of 5 saying, “Mikey Mo The MC is one of the most balanced rappers I’ve came across in quite a while”.

Venezuelan born beat maker Sanabria is one of Latin America’s hottest producers. Living in Miami now, Sanabria has worked with Guerrilla Seca, Onechot, Gabylonia, 4to Poder, Rekeson, El Prieto, Apache, NK Profeta, 0212, Lil Supa, Rotwaila, Niga Sibilino (From 3 Duenos), Manaure, Dj Kane & Ricky Rick, among others.

Mikey Mo sets himself apart by being himself and not conforming to the water-down hip-hop prevalent today. With 3sixty5 Records behind him, Mikey Mo The MC will continue to bring that raw hip-hop in 2011 and beyond!
MP3: 2Eleven f/ Freddie Gibbs - "On My Shit"

MP3: 2Eleven f/ Freddie Gibbs - "On My Shit"

Courtesy M3W.

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Sellassie's "Stop Hatin' In The Bay" (prod. by Traxamillion)

Sellassie set to release; "Stop Hatin' In The Bay" with production by Traxamillion

Courtesy Gina Gallo.

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San Francisco Hip Hop Artist Sellassie announces the release of Stop Hatin’ in the Bay Remix on January 1, 2012. You may ask yourself, what does Sellassie mean when he says “Stop Hatin’ in the Bay.” If you’re a native to the San Francisco bay area, you’ve seen the posters. They are on thousands of poles in your neighborhood and on hundreds of liquor store and smoke shop windows across the Bay Area. Stop Hatin’ in the Bay is Sellassie’s plea to independent artists to support each other’s music and movement, by first and foremost; LISTENING TO EACH OTHER.

Stop Hatin’ in the Bay is not just Sellassie’s new single, it’s a sincere message. As an independent artist and entrepreneur, Sellassie has created his place in the bay area scene and nationally from a stance of Peace and Love and Inclusion. Stop Hatin’ is a movement. Sellassie has built a name out of no name, a career from scratch as one of the most progressive and popular independent emcees in the Bay Area, while dealing with the same issues he describes in the song. As a testament to his message, Sellassie created and co-produces the 2Racks Rap Contest and We All We Got Independent Concert Series. He has booked over 90 events with over 1,000 independent artists from across the country since mid-2009, creating opportunities as a young entrepreneur. At these shows, he’s been exposed to upcoming, talented artists, some that can be easily be household names if the industry was more inviting and had the intentions of exposing new talent.

An aggressive and progressive lyricist, Sellassie’s message in Stop Hatin’ in the Bay is positive and inspirational. It puts you in the shoes of the struggling independent artist trying to make it in today’s unwelcoming and uninviting rap industry. But gives hope with the chorus mantra , “Stop hatin’ in the Bay, here’s my CD by the way, In your deck press play, Here what I gotta say.” Sellassie says, “I don’t speculate on someone’s music if I haven’t listen to it, I think that’s the fundamental problem with Hip Hop today. From mainstream to independent, somewhere along the line, we stopped listening to each other.”

Initially released on the Sins of Your Forefathers Album, Stop Hatin’ in the Bay remix offers a new sound to those familiar with Sellassie. The beat, produced by one of the West Coast’s hottest music producers, Traxamillion is so unique, full of energy and sonically charged. Sellassie is defining as a voice of an independent artist, and as the underdog, consistently working to bridge gaps. Sellassie travels with his music and sees the same challenges across the country and plans to release additional remixes this fall for Stop Hatin’ in LA and Stop Hatin’ in the A (Atlanta).

Video: Sean Hines - "Rise to the Top"

Video: Sean Hines - "Rise to the Top"

Courtesy Major Music.


Moonshine Bandits Announce December Tour Dates & Launch Liquor

Moonshine Bandits Announce December Tour Dates & Launch ‘Outlaw Moonshine’ Liquor Nationwide

Courtesy Kerosene Media.

Los Banos, CA country hip-hop rebels the Moonshine Bandits are proud to announce that their 99-Proof "Outlaw Moonshine" is now available at all SaveMart Supermarkets throughout California and nationwide online at Outlaw Moonshine is a collaboration between the Moonshine Bandits and Modesto-based Valley Spirits. The product is a 99-proof premium unaged wheat whiskey and Its 99-proof is an homage to the distillery and the band's Central Valley roots along Highway 99.

"The majority of our Shiners know how to have a good time, so we teamed up with Valley Spirits Distillery in Modesto California to create a unique and high quality brand of moonshine," said Tex from Moonshine Bandits. "Valley Spirits master distiller Lee Palleschi uses his own recipe of wheats and grains to create a smooth and earthy moonshine. Although it is 99-proof, if you did a blind fold test and put Outlaw Moonshine up against any other commercial moonshine, ours is definitely the smoothest.  This  moonshine is just another extension of the Shiner lifestyle. Friends, family and firewater!"
Moonshine Bandits new album “Whiskey and Women" is the soundtrack to late nights in dive bars and truck stops. Moonshine Bandits brand of misfit country hip-hop is fueled by women, whiskey, and 4 wheel drives to create the bastard child of Johnny Cash and the Beastie Boys. “Whiskey and Women" was released in conjunction with Suburban Noize Records and features guest appearances by Danny Boone of Rehab, alt-rocker Big B, and country superstar Colt Ford. Moonshine Bandits new video for the track “For The Outlawz” featuring Colt Ford can be seen online at .
Dec 08 - Santa Clara, CA @ Avalon w/ Kottonmouth Kings 
Dec 09 - Petaluma, CA @ The Phoenix Theater w/ Kottonmouth Kings
Dec 10 - Bakersfield, CA @ B. Ryders w/ Kottonmouth Kings
Dec 11 - San Miguel, CA @ The Ranch w/ Kottonmouth Kings
Dec 17 - Eureka, CA @ Red Fox Tavern
Dec 23 - Modesto, CA @ Copper Rhino
Jan 28 - Redway, CA @ Mateel Community Center (SHINERFEST)

A Tribe Called Quest and Black Sheep Join To Form EVITAN

Members Of A Tribe Called Quest And Black Sheep Join To Form EVITAN (Dres & Jarobi) - "P.T.I. (Occupy Wall Street)"

Courtesy Audible Treats.

In 2010, Dres reemerged, releasing From the Black Pool of Genius, and now the Black Sheep emcee is joining forces with Jarobi, one-fourth of the founding core behind fellow Native Tongues group A Tribe Called Quest.

The duo will release a currently untitled album under the moniker EVITAN (NATIVE, spelled backwards) in early 2012, and the first single from that album is "P.T.I. (Occupy Wall Street)," a song that touches not only the specific happenings of the Occupy movement, but also on the broader feelings of anger, uncertainty, and a desire to mobilize felt by young and old people across the country.

"The 99% need to have not just a voice, but voices," says Dres on what inspired he and Jarobi to write the song. "We need to have more voices that speak to our plight beyond what is given to us via the media." And despite the logistical difficulties, Dres and Jarobi were adamant about shooting the video amongst the OWS protesters, noting that they "couldn't be soldiers and not see the front line."

Throughout the video are stark, and sometimes startling, images that show the passion behind the Occupy Wall Street movement and also how the NYPD is making sure their presence is felt at the protests. "Law enforcement is sadly overbearing and seemingly not understanding," explains Dres. "Unfortunately, they're desensitized to the plight of the people they're supposed to protect. They can be so much more effective without billy clubs, pepper spray, and a militant attitude towards civilians that merely seek equality. There needs to be a deeper understanding of 'us'."

Watch the video for "P.T.I. (Occupy Wall Street)" here: .

Video: Himal - "Makin' Moves" (Official Video)

Video: Himal - "Makin' Moves" (Official Video)

Courtesy Kensaye R.

The debut track and video from Himal called Makin' Moves, the first release from his forthcoming Ep Soul Light/Soul Love to be released early 2012

Full track is available for FREE download from

Press Release: Primary Violator Signs Ginuwine & Yo Gotti

Press Release: Primary Violator Signs Ginuwine & Yo Gotti

Courtesy Anne W.


NEW YORK, N.Y. (December 2011) – Primary Violator, the new powerhouse talent management company that recently merged the artist rosters of Primary Wave Talent Management and Violator Management, is proud to announce that they have signed a management deal with multi-platinum R&B artist Ginuwine as well as Yo Gotti, one of the south’s finest rappers. By signing this new management deal with Primary Violator, both artists will have access to an array of additional services via Primary Wave’s in-house branding company Brand Synergy Group, digital marketing company BrightShop, Violator’s Brand Asset Group, as well as utilizing Primary Wave’s in-house film, television, video game, commercial advertising and TV development team.

Ginuwine, known for his 90’s hit single “Pony” produced by Timbaland is making a return to the studio after taking a break from music to focus on his family. He is currently writing and recording new music outside of Washington D.C. and is releasing a new album in the second quarter of 2012. Southern rapper Yo Gotti is also in the studio finishing his 2nd album “Live from the Kitchen”, which is slated for a February 2012 release. This new album will take Gotti from street sensation to national star and features production from Cool & Dre (Lil Wayne, The Game), Shawty Redd (Young Jeezy, Snoop Dogg), DJ Toomp (T.I., Kanye West) and others.

Ginuwine and Yo Gotti will join the Primary Violator talent management roster which includes artist such as Cee Lo Green, 50 Cent, Busta Rhymes, Eric Benet, LL Cool J, Volbeat, Brian Kennedy and many more. Ginuwine and Yo Gotti are also the first artists to sign with the new talent management company since Primary Wave Music, one of the largest independent music publishing, marketing, branding and talent management companies in the United States, and Chris Lighty’s Violator Management announced their management merger in September 2011.


About Primary Wave Music:

Primary Wave is one of the largest independent music publishing, marketing and talent management companies in the United States. It is a global music company that markets its unique publishing repertoire, which includes an interest in the Beatles songs written by John Lennon, the catalogs of Kurt Cobain/Nirvana, Steven Tyler/Aerosmith, Daryl Hall & John Oates, Chicago, Maurice White (Earth, Wind & Fire), Def Leppard, Steve Earle, Daniel Johnston, Marvin Hamlisch, The Matrix, Lamont Dozier and Steven Curtis Chapman, as well as artists such as Airborne Toxic Event, Albert Hammond Jr., John Forte, The Boxer Rebellion, New Boyz, Anberlin, Matt Serletic and Emblem Music Group,  as well as marketing and administration agreements with Gregg Allman, Jimmy Webb, Katrina and The Waves, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Graham Parker, Evolution Entertainment/Twisted Pictures, Hammer Films, and many others. Additionally, Primary Wave manages artists such as CeeLo Green, Eric Benet, Cody Simpson, GMD3, David Garrett, Saving Abel, Taddy Porter, Volbeat, and as well as writers/producers such as Brian Kennedy, Matty Trump, Troy “Radio” Johnson and Ali Tamposi. Primary Wave Talent Management merged with Violator Management in October 2011 to form the new management division, Primary Violator, which is also the home of Violator’s artist roster which includes Busta Rhymes, 50 Cent, and LL Cool J among others. Primary Wave also has an in-house branding company Brand Synergy Group, digital marketing company BrightShop, and a television development team, which all support the management and publishing artist roster as well as retaining third party clients. Primary Wave is based in New York with offices in Los Angeles. .

About Violator Management:

Violator Management is one of the most prolific and successful talent management firms in the United States. Founded by music veteran Chris Lighty, who was named “one of the most influential talent managers” by Forbes Magazine, the agency is known for handling a broad range of services such as film, television, publishing, video games, fashion and lifestyle endorsements and health supplements deals for its superstar client roster including Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Mariah Carey, LL Cool J, Busta Rhymes, Soulja Boy and Diggy Simmons. In 2007, Lighty established Brand Asset Group (BAG), an integrated marketing company which provides strategic entertainment-based solutions for Fortune 500 companies.

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