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From Tito Belis:

"The Secret Song" Listening Party @ Brooklyn Bowl - FREE - 21+

6:00 p.m. - Doors (happy hour bowling specials being offered)
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. - Screening of "Dub Echoes" -
8:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m. - "The Secret Song" Listening Session
8:45 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. - Bonus DVD screening (Spooky's remastering and rescoring of the 1924 Russian Revolution film by Dziga Vertov titled "Kino-Glaz").

Paul Miller (aka DJ Spooky) is a renaissance man with his base of interest rooted firmly in the world of creativity through sound. Now, he returns to his original form as DJ and master provocateur with his new album  “The Secret Song.” In his role as recording artist and producer, Miller has worked with or remixed everyone from Metallica to Yoko Ono; from the Kronos Quartet to Killah Priest to Beck, showing his many facets as a creative force in the world of music.

“The Secret Song” is DJ Spooky’s take on the changing world of 21st century music, economics, and global culture. With material taken from collaborations with people as diverse as Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore, old school African hip-hop legends Zimbabwe Legit and Mike Ladd to political hip-hop crew The Coup, golden-age legends The Jungle Brothers, and Iran’s Sussan Deyhim (who sings in Farsi), DJ Spooky connects the dots between jazz, classical music, and the struggle to create new, dynamic relationships between old school hip-hop and the 21st century’s rapidly changing info-culture landscape.

Showcasing his filmmaking, the release is accompanied by a limited edition DVD. Following in the steps of The Cinematic Orchestra’s rescore of Dziga Vertov’s cinema classic “Man with A Camera,” DJ Spooky remixed and rescored Vertov’s rare first collage film “Kino-Glaz” (“Cinema-Eye"). "The Secret Song" will be released on October 6, 2009 via Thirsty Ear Recordings.
"The Secret Song" EPK:
"Kino-Glaz" trailer:
Download "Azadi" (The New Complexity) feat. Sussan Deyhim from "The Secret Song":
The (W)rap Up - Week of September 22, 2009

M.O.P. :: Foundation
Blaze/E1 Entertainment

Author: Steve 'Flash' Juon

"Their 15 year history in hip-hop is one song after another that leaves bodies on the pavement, leaking more blood than a UFC fighter's face after being busted up with elbows. Some artists would risk coming off as a motion picture parody of urban warfare if they sported M.O.P.'s level of violence, but the Mash Out Posse has always walked the fine line between authenticity and absurdity to perfection. In between their shouting, posturing, and imitations of semi-automatic gunfire spray, Danze and Fame turn out to be adept lyricists who are often surprisingly introspective."

Dizzee Rascal :: Tongue N'Cheek :: Dirtee Stank
as reviewed by Jesal 'Jay Soul' Padania 

"And here it is, "Tongue N'Cheek," in all its glory. Six years after "Boy In Da Corner" shook the Mercury Awards up, success now surrounds Dizzee Rascal, and this here is his triumphant release. There are various ways one can go about celebrating, and he mainly focuses on three: pure bragging, rapping for the ladeez whilst reppin' his man dem, and sitting above the streets, narrating what is going on in society. For the most part, it works fabulously well. Whilst he may well have dumbed-down the lyrical complexity, it almost always suits the instrumental at hand."

Esham :: Boomin' Words From Hell :: Real Life/TVT Records
** RapReviews "Back to the Lab" series **
as reviewed by John-Michael Bond 

"It seems every young buck with a chip on his shoulder thinks he's a bad ass, but what really makes a bad ass kid? In 1990, at the tender age of 13, Esham set a template for how to terrify your parents, principles, pastors, and role models with his fiery debut "Boomin Words From Hell." While most rappers are at least a little full of shit when they craft their tales of street violence, one has to question what the hell was going on in this kids head with these sixteen tracks of bloodshed and violence. One thing is for certain, this child's debut meditation on evil and darkness set the template for a generation of underground rappers with their minds on morbid shit, from Tech N9ne to Eminem."

John Forte :: Stylefree EP :: Theory 7
as reviewed by Patrick Taylor 

"In 2000, John Forte had a promising career ahead of him. He had co-written some songs on the Fugee's blockbuster "The Score."  He had released a solo album and was working on another one when he got busted for drug trafficking and all of his dreams had to be put on hold. Ironically, the shady deal that got him thrown in jail was supposed to finance his career. He was offered $10,000 to get people to move what turned out to be 30 pounds of liquid cocaine from Houston to New Jersey. Forte swears that he didn't realize it was drugs, but he got 14 years, while the guy who set the deal up walked away without serving a day. Forte spent 8 years in prison before finally being pardoned by President Bush in 2008. "StyleFREE" is his first album of material since getting freedom back."

Krizz Kaliko :: Genius :: Strange Music
as reviewed by Pedro 'DJ Complejo' Hernandez 

"His debut was exactly what it should have been, a heartfelt outburst of emotions from an emcee that had essentially been held silent for far too long. Thankfully, we do not have to wait another ten years for Krizz Kaliko to hit us with his follow up. The fact that his debut charted as high as #19 on the Billboard 200 certainly didn't hurt, but Krizz's ability to hold down an album showed Tech N9ne all he needed to see. While his debut felt like a therapeutic release, "Genius" shows us Krizz's more playful and diverse side. The album is still littered with deeper songs, but the focus seems to be partying."

MDDL FNGZ :: Smokin Wit Tha Enemy :: Perfecto Entertainment
as reviewed by Pedro 'DJ Complejo' Hernandez

"See, while most groups can't resist the urge to follow at least one trend, MDDL FNGZ takes their name quite seriously and just makes music the way they always have. It's hardcore gangsta rap, the type that you haven't heard in years. It's straight forward beats, hooks with no R&B singing, and rhymes that are as honest as they are brutal. The group also has an air of authenticity in their music that is hard to come across. Every rapper brags about still hustling for their money, but MDDL FNGZ are believable in their declarations. Perhaps it is this honesty that attracts Bun B to the group. They are his crew, and despite failing to gain his level of notoriety, Bun B faithfully shouts out and supports them whenever they need it."

New Boyz :: Skinny Jeanz and a Mic :: Shelly/Asylum/Warner Bros. Records
as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon

"If you've been listening to hip-hop for over 15 years or you're over the age of 35, it's hard to get down with the concept or the obnoxious "wah, wah, wah wah wah" chorus, let alone the words "YOU'RE A JERK" being looped, edited and repeated hundreds of times. If you've only been down with rap for a couple of years or you're under the age of 18, the simple beat and seemingly lackluster lyrical delivery on "You're a Jerk" fits perfectly into the context of what you know about hip-hop."

Nosaj Thing :: Drift :: Alpha Pup Records
as reviewed by Patrick Taylor 

"Like Flying Lotus, Nosaj Thing is an L.A.-based producer/beatmaker/musician/composer who is rooted in hip hop but works with more abstract electronic sounds. Jason Chung, the man behind Nosaj Thing, got his start dismantling his dad's computer when he was thirteen, and he knows his way around computer-generated sounds.  While he has produced songs for indie rapper Busdriver, his debut album "Drift" isn't quite instrumental hip hop. It has roots with IDM, minimalist techno, and other forms of stripped down electronic music. There is also a symphonic quality, resulting in something like Danny Elfman composing a soundtrack for a video game."

Pugs Atomz :: Roof Top :: SoFlo Entertainment
as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon

"Pugs Atomz has been around the Chi-Town hip-hop scene for a minute, releasing albums dating all the way back to 2000, and in 2007 we caught the late pass by reviewing his "Conversations With a Chamelion" release. At the time the writer covering Pugs described his album this way: "a tasty backpack snack featuring a veteran who sounds like he's ready to move onto bigger and better things." It seems those bigger and better things have arrived in 2009, as his label is heavily repping the new album "Roof Top," and the accompanying press release promises an all-star roster of underground rap guests from Naledge to Primeridian and Sadat X."

Qwel and Maker :: So Be It :: Galapagos4
as reviewed by Eric Sirota

"The point is, I tend to gravitate towards fringy hip-hop. I like my rappers wordy and abstract – preferably self-loathing college graduates with girl problems and psychological weed addictions. Qwel, on his second collaboration with DJ/producer Maker, "So Be It," fits the bill pretty well. And, at least from where I'm sitting, that's not an insult. Indeed on "So Be It" Qwel shines as both an adept writer and contemplative philosopher, tackling topics ranging from religion to politics to relationship with incredible depth."

Young Problemz :: Da Problem (How's My Rapping?) :: Asylum Records
as reviewed by Justin 'Tha Shiznute' Chandler 

"What do you expect from a quintet that hails from Houston, TX? It's not exactly a hotbed of wordsmiths, save for a few exceptions. No, this is dirty south music exaggerated to an almost comical level. Check the track names: Boi!, Bout Money, Ya'll Got Dimez, Got Me F'd Up, Knock Ha Dyne (LOL), etc. Side note: the "LOL" is actually in the title of the track, it's not me poking fun. There should be no surprises for listeners as they venture through this audibly aggressive disc."



2009 Ohio Hip Hop Awards & Music Conference Recap


Breakdancing @ OHHA

One week ago, the 4th Annual Ohio Hip Hop Awards & Music Conference went down in Cleveland, Ohio. There were pre-parties on Friday, and a brunch with world renowned poet Nikki Giovanni on Sunday, but the main event took place on Saturday evening in the Music Hall of the Cleveland Convention Center. The red carpet was in full effect as many of the nominees and presenters made their way to the entrance of the place, granting interviews and taking advantage of any photo opportunity that came their way. Among the MANY attendees on the red carpet were Machine Gun Kelly, Beat Gang, The 3rd, Da Kreek, B. Wills, Jimmy Pynk, Chevy Blue, Young Mook, Boss Magazine, Ozone Magazine, and JWork Limited.

After a brief delay, things finally got underway. The show itself was hosted by Cleveland's Latin Assassin and Cincinnati's DJ Dimepiece and featured performances by Young Ray, Machine Gun Kelly, R.O.B., Mz. Moone, Grind Time Central, Khadijah, Nessacary, Chevy Blue, Flame Gang, Mz. Nikki, T.G.P, Da Kreek, Crazyy Tee, Young Dunny, Paper Chase, Tucept, D.O.C. Showstopperz, Jay Rush, Mz. Skittles, Young Shank, Fly Union, and Notice. Out of those performances, I'd say that Machine Gun Kelly, Jay Rush, and T.G.P. were the best performances of the evening. Over the course of the weekend, forty awards were handed out, and Latin Assassin threatened to shoot anyone who tried to pull a Kanye West with a bleach filled water gun. Among the winners were Yonny for Best Producer, Khadijah for Lyricist of the Year, Grind Time Central for Best Group, B. Wills for Best New Artist, and Machine Gun Kelly for Best Live Performer. The entire list of winners can be viewed at the link below.

Other highlights of the night included Nikki Giovanni being presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award, an extensive exhibition of breakdancing that got the crowd quite amped, and a Michael Jackson tribute--complete with the dancing impersonator.

The premise of the OHIO Hip Hop Awards is to unify the artists throughout the state, a maxim that was repeated by many of the award recipients. A not-so-bright spot of the night came in the form of Columbus being (which I would assume of being accidentally) omitted during a roll call of cities in the house. It caused an immediate uproar in the crowd and even more of a backlash on social networks such as Twitter and Facebook. I have my own thoughts on the matter, but that's a discussion for another place and time.

Overall, I feel the show was a relative success. Being able to bring a large group together with many dynamic elements at work, and executing them without major incident is a success within itself. The organizers, D.Lorand Jackson, Quincy Taylor, Garbs Infinite, and Derrick "Majestic" Mackenzie have been working hard to make the show bigger and better every year, and I'm sure that it will be an even grander event next time around.

Complete OHHA Winners List

Free Music Friday: Twinz Edition

Hurry up and get yo' kidz 'cause it's that time again y'all! It's the Free Music Friday: Twinz Edition. And the reason why it's the Twinz Edition is because we have some free double mixtapes/albums to put in ya hard drive! Check 'em!

Coast 2 Coast Mixtape Vol. 95

[Hosted by your friendly neighborhood Mr. Peter Parker, C2C brings you the coolest joints fall could ever offer.]

1. Royce Da 5'9" - New Money
2. Lloyd Banks - Greenday
3. Brother Ali Feat. Freeway & Joell Ortiz - Best At It
4. Emilio Rojas - A Million
5. Wale Feat. Gucci Mane - Pretty Girls
6. J The S Feat. Jadakiss - Last Party
7. Royce Da 5'9" - Taxi
8. St. Laz - Welcome 2 The Jungle (I Stay Strapper) Prod By Tha1ne
9. Cymarshall Law - New Wu Freestyle
10. Miz - The Perfect Equation (Prod By Nemisis)
11. Kiddricc - Shorty Is A Winner
12. J. Brice - HATE ME TOO (PROD BY A.R.R)
13. Muffy Feat Gucci Mane - Get Em Girls
14. Triple Seis - Freestyle
15. The Illz - Heaven Higher
16. Mod Sun - Freestyle
19. Young Jay feat. Mista Snipe - Mind State
20. Paradox Feat. Derty Den - Get It Now
21. 5 Star - Get To Know U
23. Mr. Peter Parker - Outro

Critical Madness :: Organ Donors Mixtape

[Critcal Madness brings it to the masses as "Organ Donors" features many rare and unreleased tracks for your non-money! Feel free to donate this joint to others.]

1. Organ Donors (prod. by TzarizM)
2. Empirical (TzarizM ReMIX)
3. Life is Horror (prod. by Al Tarba)
4. Boom (Nowhere to Hide) feat. cRITICAL, IDE, Jise, Alucard, UG, TzarizM (prod. by TzarizM)
5. Go Harder feat. Little Vic (prod. by Little Vic)
6. FL. to T-Dot feat. Doc Demeyez (prod. by TzarizM)
7. Remember (Monowax Remix)
8. Versatility feat. J.Bada (prod. by INTLX)
9. CM Anthem (prod. by Tempermental)
10. Sorry Sugar (prod. by Tempermental)
11. Issues (prod. by Tempermental)
12. Halftime Show promo (prod. by TzarizM)
13. Madness Freestyle (prod. by DJ Dolo)
14. Pasta Eaters feat. Little Vic (prod. by The Hitfarmers)
15. Chug a 5th (prod. by Optiks)
16. Blessed with Sin feat. Little Vic & cRITICAL (prod. by Muneshine)
17. Red Handed (prod. by TzarizM)
18. Hail to the Fetus (prod. by The Hitfarmers)
19. Gambling (prod. by Tempermental)
20. Nothing's Changed feat. Mygrane McNastee (prod. by Jah Freedom)
21. Massacre Mics [Original version] (prod. by Tempermental)
22. Big Fish feat. Caveman Theory (prod. by Godamus Rhyme)
23. Every Night (prod. by Tempermental)

DSME & Black Congess Present :: Flawda Street Bangaz Vol. 7

[If the title of this mixtape ain't cuh'tree enough for ya, I don't know what is. DJ Scoopz plays the conductor, as DSME and Black Congess are the locomotive for this mixtape right here. Check it!]

14.MR.17.5-JAY BURNA

J.Period & K'NAAN :: The Messengers (Deluxe Edition) – Extended Mixtape + Bonus Tracks + Selected 12” Singles

[Man, nothing else is needed to be said except this is the DELUXE EDITION of this VERY DOPE mixtape! No tracklisting required, just D/L this.] 


J-LP :: Sniff This Bitch!! Vol. 2 (Hosted by DJ Vlad)

[Shout out to J-LP, as he links with DJ Vlad to bring you this volume two of this mixtape series entitled "Sniff This Bitch!!" With hot and exclusive tunes found in this tape, you can say that it smells pretty good.]

2. REVOLVER/ Madonna, Lil Wayne
4. J-LP 2SNIFFS (perfect girl)
5. ALOHA/ Fat Joe, Pleasure.P
6. IMMA STAR/ Jeremih,Juelz Santana REMIX
7. SHOES UNTIED/ J-LP (Album Snippet, Produced by J-LP)
8. DOPE/ T-Pain, Shawnna
9. ROCK N ROLL/ Young Buck
10. SNAP SHIT/ J-LP (Album Snippet, J-LP SPEAKS, Produced by Rayshon)
11. RUN THIS TOWN/ Jay-Z, Kanye, Rhianna
13. FOREVER/ Drake, Kanye, Lil Wayne, Eminem
14. I AM THE MAN/ B.o.B, OJ Da Juiceman, Bun B
15. IM FRESH/ J-LP (Ringtone on Boost Mobile, Verizon Vcast)
16. THUG BATTLEFIELD/ Rick Ross, Jadakiss, Tripple C;s
17. PIMPN/ GLC, Mistah Fab
18. TIPPIN LOW/ Twista, Parkay
19. ICE & RAIN/ Wale
20. SWAG FLU/ Soulja Boy, Birdman, Gucci Mane
21. WHY I DO IT (CHEVYS & LACKS) / J-LP Produced by Prophecy

Nel Motzy Esq. "The Discography of Jay-Z"

[Nel Motzy took a creative approach to Jay-Z's record and decides to make a mixtape full of freestyles that connects every single Jay-Z record (sans the ones he did with R. Kelly, thankfully) in his rhymes. Jigga himself might be proud of this one.]

1. Intro
2. Reasonable Doubt
3. In My Lifetime Vol. 1 Verse
4. Hard Knock Life Verse
5. Vol. 3 The Life & Times of S. Carter Verse
6. The Dynasty Roc La Familia Verse
7. Blueprint Verse
8. Blueprint 2 The Gift & The Curse Verse
9. Black Album Verse
10. Kingdom Come Verse
11. American Gangster Verse
12. Blueprint 3 Verse
13. Outro
14. Bonus Track

Rum :: The Switchspot Mixtape

[Rum a/k/a Red Rum is on a come up to make it as one of the biggest acts in the South. He has DJ Khaled with him as Rum pour out this new free mixtape for you to check out the fever for the flavor.]

1. Intro (feat. DJ Khaled)
2. That's On My Momma (feat. Rick Ross)
3. Blowed Tonight
4. Get Money Bitch
5. Get It In (feat. Yo Gotti)
6. Heavy In The Streets
7. Switch Spot
8. Moneymaker
9. Rep On
10. Lets Ride
11. Swing Da Bend
12. I'm Too Real
13. Waterfall
14. One More Time

Seven :: Da Pantha Chronicles Vol. 1 & 2

[You may remember Seven when we dropped "Da Interview EP" two months ago, here he is and he's back with two volumes of "Da Pantha Chronicles". Two different mixtapes for a one full price of nothing! How can ya beat that?!]

Vol. 1 Tracklisting:
1. Why (Da Numbaz)
2. Speak It
3. Lost (feat. Bron G. and Nate Jay)
4. Purple Passion (feat. Devaron)
5. Gotta Get It (feat. Mr. Choke)
6. Meter (feat. Equinox)
7. Stardumm
8. depression
9. Just My THoughts
10. Hip-Hop Shit (A.P. feat. Seven)
11. L.O.S.T. Nation (feat. Rough)
12. Crack
13. Throwback - Say Word (The Nobodies)
14. Throwback - Count Ya Cursez (feat. Devaron)

Vol. 2 Tracklisting:
1. All Hoodz
2. Super Thugz (w/ K. Mac)
3. Hostile Environment (feat. Jon Blaq)
4. E.L.U. Pt. 2
5. Good
6. Gotta Be (feat. Seven)
7. Tryin 2 Survive
8. Stop Dat!!!
9. Don't Stop!!!
10. Peter Parker
11. NC Fever

Trackstar The DJ :: Trackstar the DJ Presents Do For Self: The Mixtape

["Do For Self" is based on an upcoming tour with these five groups/emcees ready to rock the stage for y'all. Trackstar was kind enough to hit the fans with some mixes of their tracks to help get them prepared on what to expect when you come to the show - pure hip-hop music.]

1. Black Milk/Royce da 5'9'' - Losing Out
2. Gotta Be Karim - Natural Resources
3. Black Spade/Ill Spitta - Love's Right Here
4. Vandalyzm - Get Down
5. Hollyweerd - Automatic Classic
6. Vandalyzm - I Am Majorz
7. Black Milk - So Gone
8. Black Spade - Lavish Life
9. Gotta Be Karim - When U See Me
10. Hollyweerd - Stormy
11. Black Spade - Planet Rock
12. Gotta Be Karim/Family Affair - We Here
13. Random Axe (Black Milk/Sean Price/Guilty Simpson) - Monster Babies
14. Hollyweerd/Tuki - Street NOW
15. Vandalyzm - Chip

Lil Meta f/ OJ Da Juiceman and Yung Ralph - Loud

Maino f/ Lloyd Banks - Bandana

Maino f/ Pleasure P - Never Met a Nigga Like Me

Presice - You AIn't Up on This

Roccett f/ Rick Ross - You Can Get It


That's it for the "Twinz Edition" of "Free Music Fridays." If you have any free music you would like to share with the world, please e-mail me at If you're an artist with your free mixtape/album shown on this page and you want to send me a link re-up, corrections, and/or questions, e-mail me at, as well. Thanks for reading and enjoy y'all! Two fangas, one love....

R.I.P. Roc Raida and Ajile Turner


Wyclef Jean and Majora Carter Press Release


Reforestation from The Bronx to Haiti:
Wyclef Jean and Majora Carter, October 1
DBR and THE MISSION, October 2

Live Video Webcasts at .

(New York, NY - September 25, 2009) -- She fought hard to save the South Bronx and wound up with a MacArthur "genius" grant. He made a huge splash on the music scene and wound up giving out ten thousand scholarships and planting a million trees. The one logical place where two such innovative minds might meet: WNYC Radio's multi-media platform and intellectual crossroads, The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space.

On Thursday, October 1 from 6-7:30 pm, environmental activist and founder of Sustainable South Bronx, Majora Carter will host a lively 90-minute conversation with Wyclef Jean, the Grammy Award-winning music idol, Haitian-American Good Will Ambassador, and passionate philanthropist. Since its founding in 2005, Jean's foundation Yéle Haiti has funded countless scholarships, arts projects, emergency and food aid, and reforestation projects in his home country. As part of The Greene Space's NEXT New York Conversation Series of talks with the city's movers, shakers, and thinkers, sponsored by HSBC, "The World's Local Bank," Carter and Jean will trade tales from the frontlines of environmental education and activism and will offer inspiring insights into their creative solutions to seemingly intractable challenges.

Joining the conversation will be Jeffrey Swartz, president and CEO of the Timberland Company. Last year, Timberland launched its Earthkeepers Movement in an effort to engage one million consumers across the globe to support environmental stewardship.

The segment will be videocast live on site and via the web at  This fall, it will be transformed into an hour-long radio special as part of The Promised Land, Carter's public radio series chronicling the visionary yet down-to-earth efforts of the activist next door. The special will air across the nation on public radio stations in October and November.

On the following evening,Friday, October 2 at 8 PM, The Greene Space's next installment of its First Fridays parties will feature Daniel Bernard Roumain (aka DBR), the young Haitian-American composer and violinist, and his ensemble THE MISSION. DBR epitomizes the future of classical music with original chamber pieces based on the letters of Nijinsky and the writings of Charles Darwin, and yet manages to move effortlessly into the realm of high pop, as he proved during a recent appearance on American Idol with pop enfant terrible Lady Gaga. Grammy Award-winning vocalist Maya Azucena will return to The Greene Space to emcee the evening with WNYC's Terrance McKnight.

This innovative mix of media, art, and personality has become the hallmark for The Greene Space, WNYC's boldest and latest venture. Multi-platform and multi-dimensional, The Greene Space combines the twists and quirks of web-based creativity and conversations and performances before a live audience with the substance and thought of public radio.

Thursday, October 1

6-7:30 PM

Majora Carter interviews Wyclef Jean and special guest Timberland CEO Jeff Swartz for The Greene Space's The NEXT New York Conversation Series, sponsored by HSBC, "The World's Local Bank"

Invite only, available to all via videocast at .

Friday, October 2

8 - 11 PM


Tickets: $15 (students)-$30 (VIP), available at .

WNYC's The Greene Space
44 Charlton Street, NY, NY 10014
* *

93.9 FM, AM820, and online at .

WNYC Radio is New York's premier public radio station, comprising WNYC 93.9 FM, WNYC AM 820 and As America's most listened-to AM/FM public radio stations, reaching more than one million listeners every week, WNYC extends New York City's cultural riches to the entire country on-air and online, and presents the best national offerings from networks National Public Radio, Public Radio International and American Public Media. WNYC 93.9 FM broadcasts a wide range of daily news, talk, cultural and classical music programming, while WNYC AM 820 maintains a stronger focus on breaking news and international news reporting. In addition, WNYC produces content for live, radio and web audiences from The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space, the station's street-level multipurpose, multiplatform broadcast studio and performance space. For more information about WNYC, visit .
Dorrough Goes Gold; Up for 3 BET Nominations

Press release from Gio at E1 Entertainment.


September 25, 2009



(New York, NY) –Dallas hip hop artist Dorrough is nominated for Rookie of the Year, Best Hip Hop Video and Viewers’ Choice Award for the video of his hit single “Ice Cream Paint Job.” The BET Hip Hop Awards will tape on October 10th and will air on the BET network on October 27th.

The video for “Ice Cream Paint Job” was directed by Dr. Teeth. Voting for these nominations is now open for the final round!

The "Ice Cream Paint Job" digital single is now Gold having surpassed sales in excess of 500,000 units scanned. The Ringtone also remains a steady presence on Ringscan's Top 10 chart.

His new E1 Music album, Dorrough Music, debuted at #1on the Billboard Independent Chart and #3 on the Billboard Hip Hop Chart. Dorrough Music was released on Tuesday, August 4th.

Dorrough recently shot a video for "Wired To The T" which will be 3rd single off his debut album. The video reunites Dorrough with Director Dr. Teeth and will also feature Mike Epps.

About E1 Entertainment

E1 Entertainment (AIM: ETO) is a leading independent entertainment content owner that acquires film, television and music rights and exploits these rights in all media in more than 190 countries.

The company currently operates in Canada, the U.S., the UK, Holland and Belgium through its four primary businesses units: E1 Television, E1 Films, E1 Music and E1 Distribution.  These businesses collectively represent E1’s extensive expertise in film distribution, television and music production/distribution, Kids content, Licensing and Distribution.

E1’s content library includes more than 3,700 feature films, 2,700 hours of original television programming and 15,000 music tracks.

Ghostface Killah to Perform in MySpace Release Series

From Tito Belis:

Ghostface Killah to Perform for MySpace Music's "RELEASE" Concert Series in New York City on Wednesday, Sept. 30

MySpace Music makes its way back to the home of hip-hop to host a special performance by Staten Island's own Ghostface Killah on Wednesday, September 30th at The Hiro Ballroom in New York, NY, as part of "THE RELEASE," MySpace Music's urban music concert series. This installment of "THE RELEASE" will celebrate the long-awaited September 29th release of his new album Ghostdini: The Wizard of Poetry in Emerald City and will also be hosted by Jasmine Solano and Cipha Sounds/Peter Rosenberg of Hot 97. Special musical guests will include DJ dB and Beatnick & K-Salaam. Tickets for the 21+ event can be obtained by sending an RSVP to Doors for the show will open at 9 p.m. and dress code will be strictly enforced.

Dubbed by the New York Times "the most lovable rapper in the world: a wounded warrior with raps to match his speeding heartbeat," Def Jam artist - and Wu-Tang Clan ironman - Ghostdini (aka Ghostface Killah) returns under a new guise in 2009 as The Wizard of Poetry, his 6th Def Jam album (and 10th major label album), in which he attracts an A-list of duet partners including John Legend, Fabolous, Raheem DeVaughn, Lloyd, Estelle, and others. The new album will arrive in the physical and digital marketplace on September 29th and the first single from the new album is "Baby" featuring Raheem DeVaughn. For more information, tour updates and news, please visit Ghostface Killah's official MySpace Music profile: .

For additional info on MySpace Music's "THE RELEASE," please visit: .

Neosonic Productions - Forever Famicom & Corkscrew Gaps

Update from K-Murdock and Random:

Myself and the homie Random, aka "Megaran", have been quietly collaborating since last year on a project that will sate the appetites of all the people out there whose love for hip-hop equals that of videogames!  We call it "Forever Famicom" as the project pays homage to the classic "Famicom" & "Super Famicom" systems, which were known stateside as the NES and SNES.  We will be revealing more info about the "FF" project soon as we are still in production mode, but i assure all my gamers out there YOU WON'T be disappointed by the games we flipped!  Conversely, hip-hop heads will dig it too because its not just us "nerding out" over these games, we are just trying to evoke a sense of nostalgia by using them as the source of the beats and subject-matter.  If you wanna preview, peep this track from Ran's mixtape "Teacher Rapper Hero".



Also from K-Murdock:
"Corkscrew Gaps" is a 9 song collection of tracks we recorded dating back to 2003 up to early this year that never made our other albums or were remixes with other artist.  We feel confident this material can stand beside our 4 official releases and definitely wanna say thanx for supporting them, hence the free giveaway!  In order to get it, you'll need to go over to: next Thursday.  The first 500 people to download it, will get a special emailed download link to a song off our next full-length, "12 Step Program", which wont be out till 2k10.  All we ask from you all is to SPREAD the word to everyone so we can get as many downloads as possible, and since its free already we dont mind it getting blogged any and everywhere!

We also have a mixtape on deck for late fall, so stay tuned as we are finally gettin' back on our hustle...


Tupac Shakur Foudation to Prepare Tupac Shakur Writings

From Versa Manos PR:

Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation and Woodruff Library Partner to Prepare Tupac Shakur Writings and Papers for Scholarly Research

Tupac Shakur Secondary School Curriculum to be Released in Fall 2010

(Atlanta, GA) The Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation and Afeni Shakur-Davis, mother of platinum recording artist, actor and poet, Tupac Shakur, will partner with the Robert W. Woodruff Library of the Atlanta University Center to make available for scholarly research Shakur's manuscript writings and other papers.130
Born in East Harlem, New York, Shakur honed his acting and performing skills at the city's 127th Street Repertory Ensemble and the Baltimore School of the Arts in Maryland.  He first came to prominence in the early 1990s as a featured rapper for the vocal group Digital Underground and went on to become one of the most significant cultural icons of the hip hop generation.   Prior to his untimely death at the age of 25, Shakur had released five record albums and appeared in four motion pictures to great success.  Ten albums, numerous compilations and four feature films were all released posthumously, including Tupac, Resurrection,which received an Academy Award nomination for "Best Documentary (Feature)." 
More than a decade after his death on September 13, 1996, Shakur remains one of the most influential writers and performers in the hip hop/rap genre and continues to be the top-selling hip hop recording artist of all time, having sold more than 75 million albums worldwide.  A prolific writer, Tupac wrote The Rose That Grew From Concrete,when he was only 19 years old. The book contains numerous poems in Tupac's own handwriting and has enjoyed a substantial amount of success selling over 250,000 copies.  Select poems from the book will now be included in the collection.  There are three more books - Tupac Resurrection, Tupac Legacy and Tupac Remembered which were all published following his death.
Tupac Shakur Collection, now housed within the Woodruff Library's Archives & Special Collections Department, features Shakur's handwritten lyrics and track listings, personal notes, video and film concepts, fan correspondence, promotional materials and other items providing a unique insight into his career and creative genius.
"The Woodruff Library Archives has done a phenomenal job archiving my son's materials," said Afeni Shakur-Davis. "I thank their staff for partnering with my family and the Foundation in helping to make these important documents available in a professional manner that will benefit scholars for years to come."
Currently, Library staff are re-housing the collection's 11 boxes of material into archival boxes and folders, and preparing a finding aid listing the categories and order of items included.  A digital (online) finding aid will be prepared to further enhance scholarly access.  The Tupac Shakur Collection is expected to be open for research in Fall 2010.
"The Woodruff Library is honored to collaborate with the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation to preserve the artistic legacy of Tupac Shakur," said Loretta Parham, CEO & Library Director.  "Mr. Shakur was a multi-dimensional artist who helped define a musical genre, and as the academic library serving four institutions of higher learning, it is our mission, as well as a great privilege, to help promote scholarship and research of his work, and the mechanics of his creative process and the hip hop culture."
The Woodruff Library of the Atlanta University Center (AUC) serves the collective research and information needs of Clark Atlanta University, the Interdenominational Theological Center, Morehouse College and Spelman College. The Library's Archives & Special Collections is the repository for historical materials documenting the AUC institutions, as well as manuscript collections and organizational records, including the Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr. Collection and the Maynard Jackson Mayoral Administrative Records.
In addition to the archival partnership with the Woodruff Library, the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation has recruited some of the nation's top scholars to assemble the Tupac Shakur Secondary School Curriculum, a seventh-12th grade academic curriculum and a college-level reader.  In this comprehensive curriculum, the poetry, music and views of Tupac Shakur are used to teach basic hip hop studies units within academic disciplines such as fine arts, history and language arts.  This learning tool can be used separately or in conjunction with any state-mandated learning standards curriculum. Both the release of the secondary and college-level curriculums will coincide with the opening for research of The Tupac Shakur Collection at the Woodruff Library in Fall 2010.
About the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation

The Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation is home to the Tupac Amaru Shakur Center for the Arts, just outside of Atlanta in Stone Mountain, Ga.  The Center is dedicated to providing youth and the community with educational programs in the arts.  It is a fact that early arts education improves school grades, as well as offers invaluable life lessons while building self esteem and confidence.  For nearly 10 years, the Center's programs have served youth of all social and economic backgrounds, giving countless young people the courage to get off the streets and learn vital skills that have the potential to positively impact their communities. The Center is open to the public and hosts several noteworthy events throughout the year. For more information or to make a donation visit: .
About the Woodruff Library

Constructed in 1982, the Robert W. Woodruff Library of the Atlanta University Center is an independent entity organized and operated for the exclusive benefit of its member institutions-Clark Atlanta University, the Interdenominational Theological Center, Morehouse College and Spelman College.  With a combined enrollment of nearly 10,000 students, these colleges and university represent the world's largest consortium of historically black institutions of higher learning.  For more information on the archival work associated with The Tupac Shakur Collection, contact the Woodruff Library of the AUC at or 404-978-2052.

Warren G Announces National Tour & Album Release Party

From 2SPR:

Warren G Announces National US Tour, Kicked Off By An Album Release Party In Los Angeles 10-1-09

The G Files, Produced By Warren G, To Be Released 9-29-09

Los Angeles, CA (September 24, 2009) -- After 10 million albums sold worldwide, Warren G’s seventh studio album, THE G FILES, will be released on September 29th. Self-produced and packed with all-star talents including Snoop Dogg, Travis Barker, Ray J and many more, the current single, “100 Miles and Runnin” featuring Raekwon and Nate Dogg is quickly making its way on to radio stations across the country.

In support of THE G FILES, Warren G will be headlining a 21-city national tour that kicks off with his record release party on October 1st at the Roxy in Los Angeles. The tour will have its final stop in San Francisco on November 24th. All tour dates are below. Los Angeles fans last caught Warren performing at the Roxy this past July as a special guest at the Travis Barker/DJ AM show. They performed Warren’s mega-hit “Regulate” to a packed audience and the overwhelming response is a testament to his crossover talent. The performance can be seen here: .

Warren G is in New York this week filming the VH1 Hip Hop Honors Awards where he will be performing as part of the celebration for Def Jam’s 25th Anniversary. When most West Coast artists such as Dr. Dre, Snoop and Tupac were signing with LA’s Death Row Records, Warren walked a different path and signed with East Coast label Def Jam in 1994. Def Jam founder and the God Father of Hip Hop, Russell Simmons, later cited Warren G's signing as “a turning point" for Def Jam Records and its subsequent mega-success. "After that, Def Jam never looked back," Simmons wrote in his book Life and Def.

Warren is looking forward to getting back on the road. He has toured the world, most notably, Warren was a part of one of the most successful Hip Hop tours ever- the Up In Smoke Tour with his brother Dr. Dre, Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Nate Dogg, Ice Cube and more.

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10/1  Los Angeles, CA - The Roxy Theatre
10/27  Austin, TX - Emo’s
10/29  Dallas, TX - Granada Theater
10/30  New Orleans, LA - House of Blues
10/31  Nashville, TN - Haunted Valley
11/3  Charleston, SC - Music Farm
11/4  Asheville, NC - The Orange Peel
11/5  Charlotte, NC - Amos’ Southland
11/6  Brooklyn, NY - The Music Hall of Williamsburg
11/7  Allston, MA - Harper’s Ferry
11/10  New York, NY - The Bowery Ballroom
11/12  Indianapolis, IN - The Vogue
11/13  Chicago, IL - The Metro
11/14  Madison, WI - Majestic Theatre
11/16  Council Bluffs, IA - Whiskey Road House
11/18  Boulder, CO - Fox Theatre
11/19  Ft. Collins, CO - Aggie Theatre
11/20  Aspen, CO - Belly Up
11/22  Seattle, WA - Neumo’s
11/23  Portland, OR - The Roseland Theatre
11/24  San Francisco, CA - The Independent

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