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Video: Roach Gigz - "Respect It"

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Video: Roach Gigz - "Respect It"

Public Enemy DJ Remix Contest

From The Wonder Twinz:

Can You Remix??? Show Em What You Got???


The Wonder TwinZ Present:

Remix Contest for NEW PUBLIC ENEMY Single 'SAY IT LIKE IT REALLY IS'!!!!


Public Enemy is looking to see what DJ and/or Producer can create the BEST remix for their newest single: "Say It Like It Really Is"

This contest is pretty straight forward.... Please use the link located near the bottom of this email to download all the available versions of the song. Then take them and come up with a Brilliant & DOPE Remix...

Your remix can be as long or as short as you want it to be.....

But Remember ... the name of the song is "Say It Like It Really Is".... So be as creative as possible with the remix.... No Holds Bared!!!!!

ALL remixes must be submitted BEFORE September 15th, 2010

As a thank you for entering the contest.... Public Enemy will send ALL of the remixes submitted for this contest to iTunes to be available for free download

However.... Only the 3 best will be picked as the official PEmixes

The Best 3 PEmixers will have their remix included in the 7 Piece "Say It Like It Really Is" collection which will be sold on iTunes

The 1st place remix will also be synced up to the "Say It Like It Really Is" Video, to create a Special Remix version....

The 3 top PEmixes will make their on-air debut on Chuck D's Radio show "And You Don't Stop", which airs on WBAI (99.5 FM) in NYC. All three PEmixers will be spotlighted during a special Presentation conducted by The Wonder TwinZ....

Remixes will only be accepted by submitting them to :

Public Enemy will own ALL rights to every remix that is submitted for this contest


Additional Prizes for the Top 3 PEmixers:

1st Place will receive:
$300 Remix Fee
BRING THE NOISE, THE HITS, VIDS, and DOCS BOX (Public Enemy Collector's Edition Box)
Public Enemy Hoodie, T-Shirt, Hat & Dog Tag

2nd Place will receive:
$200 Remix Fee
BRING THE NOISE, THE HITS, VIDS, and DOCS BOX (Public Enemy Collector's Edition Box)
Public Enemy Hat, T-Shirt & Tote Bag

3nd Place will receive:
$100 Remix Fee
BRING THE NOISE, THE HITS, VIDS, and DOCS BOX (Public Enemy Collector's Edition Box)
Public Enemy Hat, T-Shirt & Key Chain


1st Place Gets:

Public Enemy Fight The Power Zip Hoody

Public Enemy Fitted Hat

Public Enemy Fear of A Black Planet T-Shirt

Public Enemy Dog Tag


2nd Place Gets:

Public Enemy Fitted Hat

Public Enemy Flavor Flav T-Shirt

Public Enemy Fight The Power Tote Bag


3rd Place Gets:

Public Enemy Nation of Millions T-shirt

Public Enemy - Fight The Power Keychain

Public Enemy Fitted Hat


3 CDs full of tracks from critically acclaimed albums. Tracks include: There's a Poison Goin On, Revolverlution, New Whirl Odor, Beatsand Places, Rebirth, Bring That Beat Back And How You Sell Soul To A Souless People Who Sold Their Soul???

3 DVDs including performances, videos, and documentaries post 1999 on the legendary PE story fans are yearning for.
Brand new track single 'Say It Like It Really Is' specially released for the box set (Remixes included throughout this rare release)

Thirty six page saddle stitch photo book
T-shirt designed exclusively for the package
Chuck D signed lithograph
Collector's edition Public Enemy embossed logo package

Click Below to Download Single for Contest

Click Here to download the single

Video: Cymarshall Law Performs in Innsbruck (Part 2)

Video: Cymarshall Law Performs in Innsbruck (Part 2)

Audio: BPos - "I Don't Flow That Way"

BPos - I Don't Flow That Way

BPos - I Don't Flow That Way



"Another cut off San Francisco hip-hop trio BPos' debut album The Upside, this track is a melancholy reminder of how underground artists are pressured to change their style to be more accessible to the mainstream. Goodword and D-Wiz paint a vivid picture of major labels' reluctance to support new styles in music, instead opting to go with "the safest choice", over soulful production from San Jose's Bump Analog and ill scratches from DJ Johnny Venetti.

You can buy BPos' The Upside for $10 in the Thizzler Record Store, see interviews with Goodword and D-Wiz on Under The Bay, and listen to the previous leaked track from the album, Shady. They are releasing their new mixtape The POS Tapes Volume 1 September 7th, so keep your eyes peeled for that too!"

Skyzoo & !llmind Set To Release "Live From The Tape Deck" On October 5th

From Duck Down Music:

(Click To Watch Skyzoo & !llmind's "Frisbees" Official Music Video)

A little after one year since releasing The Salvation, Skyzoo returns with a new album entitled Live From The Tape Deck, entirely produced by !llmind. Skyzoo, of Brooklyn, NY, has spent the last year promoting & touring off 'The Salvation,' completing separate nationwide tours with Ghostface Killah & Raekwon. His music has been featured in ESPN programming and most recently in an episode from the current season of Entourage. 

Live From The Tape Deck is the perfect follow-up record for Skyzoo fans who are anxious for new material. Skyzoo says his goal while recording the album was " to make something that felt like a 2010 cassette tape. I wanted the content to be raw and lyric driven as always, but not as story driven or emotional as 'The Salvation'
was. There are still parts of the album that are stories and concepts, but not as much as my debut had. This one was more of a beats and rhymes type of album."
!llmind brings true validity as the sole producer for the album and helps provide a consistent sound throughout the project. !llmind is a sought after producer who has upcoming beat placements in albums such as Jared Evan (Interscope/Zone 4), Redman (Def Jam), Drunken Tiger & Yoonmirae (two multi-platinum artists from Korea) and more. !llmind is also being used in a publicity campaign by Akademiks where his photos will be placed in print ads across major Entertainment publications. 

!llmind took a custom approach to the production for the album based on the concept of Live From The Tape Deck, explaining that he "wanted to keep the soundscape warm and 'analog' sounding, just like how 2 inch tapes used to sound.  Most of the keyboard and synth sounds I used were from analog synths made in the late 80's. Combined this with using my ASR-10, I was able to capture that feeling, but with a slightly updated feel. I think  our debut record, "Frisbees" was a cool way, sonically, to introduce the sound I was going for."  

Skyzoo & !llmind secured features from artists that matched the Live From The Tape Deck concept. Skyzoo goes further saying, "I went to who I felt made sense for the records I put them on. For instance, when fans hear the track, "the burn notice", they'll agree that the beat, being chaotic and loud, had Heltah Skeltah written all over it." 

Fans can watch the music video for "Frisbees" here:

A music video is currently in production for the lead track off the album, entitled "Speakers on Blast," which will premiere shortly. 

Live From The Tape Deck is in stores October 5th on Duck Down Music Inc. 

Official Track Listing: 
1) Digital Analog
2) Frisbees
3) The Burn Notice (feat. Sean Price & Rock of Heltah Skeltah)
4) Speakers On Blast
5) #Allabouthat
6) Barrel Brothers (feat. Torae)
7) The Winner's Circle
8) Krylon
9) Kitchen Table
10) The Now Or Never (feat. Styles P. & Buckshot)
11) Understanding Riley (feat. Rhymefest)
12) Langston's Pen
Video: Chilly Gonzales - "Never Stop (Rap Mix)"

Video: Chilly Gonzales - "Never Stop (Rap Mix)"

Chilly Gonzales - NEVER STOP (Rap mix) from Chilly Gonzales.

Fat Beats Announces Closing of New York & L.A. Retail Stores

From Audible Treats:

Fat Beats Announces Closing of New York & L.A. Retail Stores

After 16 Years, Fat Beats And Fans Bid Farewell To The Legendary Record Stores; Online Retail, The Label, And WholeSale Distribution Will Continue

(August 18, 2010 - Brooklyn, NY) After 16 years, Fat Beats has announced the closing of the legendary label's two remaining retail locations in New York and Los Angeles. Fat Beats will celebrate the legacies of the stores, which are scheduled to close in early September (New York: September 4th, Los Angeles: September 18th) by throwing a series of blow-out sales and tribute parties open to the public during their last weeks. Fans can check for updates.

Fat Beats’ longest running and most famed location is at 406 Avenue of the Americas in Manhattan. Since the 1994 opening of Fat Beats' flagship retail location, hip-hop fans have traveled far and wide to visit the iconic store. With locations soon following in Los Angeles (7600 Melrose Ave.), Atlanta, Amsterdam, and Tokyo, the record stores were a place to experience hip-hop culture and its legacy, which became a global phenomenon. “The closing of Fat Beats is just like one of my friends passing away. They promoted vinyl at its highest degree for the culture of good music and that makes it more difficult to say goodbye," says DJ Premier.

The announcement of the closings is a reflection of the woes that have been plaguing the industry for years. Global chain HMV closed their last US location in 2004. Tower Records shuttered in 2006. Last year saw the close of the last Virgin Megastore, and the story is no different in 2010. For Fat Beats, maintaining two stores well into 2010 is a testament to the stores' importance to the music and to fans and consumers continuing to support independent hip-hop.

While news of the stores' closing marks the end of an era, the future is not doom and gloom. Digital sales continue to increase industry-wide; for Fat Beats, currently operating a profitable and growing online retail store, this has provided a boon to business as fans continue to order mp3s, vinyl, and CDs from Although digital sales continue to grow, executives at Fat Beats understand the importance of independent retail stores and are planning to re-open a brick and mortar hip-hop lifestyle location sometime in the near future.

The future looks just as bright for Fat Beats Distribution and the label. Fat Beats Distribution, which has been renamed FB Distribution, continues to strike noteworthy distribution deals with independent and major labels worldwide and is now working with different genres of alternative music. Fat Beats Records will continue to release notable albums from their own impressive roster of artists including ILL BILL, TruMaster/KRS-One, Black Milk, Trinity, Sha Stimuli, Q-Unique, and more. Fat Beats owner and President Joe Abajian says, “This is the start of a new era for Fat Beats. We’re adapting to meet the needs of our demographic by revamping and improving our existing systems. While our website, which stocks everything available in our retail stores, continues to do very well, we’re still exploring our options for alternate retail locations in the future. We’re proud of our legacy and will continue to re-invent ourselves. For now, we’ll see you online at”

Check out this video on the history of Fat Beats Records, bringing you fresh, independent hip hop since 1994 - .

Fat Beats NY photo montage courtesy of Duane Smith: .

Fat Beats: .

Breez Evahflowin - "Stand Up 2 Cancer" Video Challenge

From Breez Evahflowin:

Music producer Dave Stewart and singer Joss Stone teamed up to create the theme song for the Stand Up 2 Cancer organization. They recently announced a contest for musicians to recreate the song using the song elements and sharing their own story. Producer Dirt E Dutch and I have collaborated once again in order to participate in the contest as well as express some of our pain as it relates to the loss of immediate family due to Cancer related illnesses. It would be greatly appreciated if you could pass this on or share with a friend not only for our chances for being a part of the show, but also to encourage people to support the fight against this disease.

Thank you in advance,


Devo Spice Update for 8/18/2010

Devo Spice Update for 8/18/2010

Hey folks,

Just a couple quick updates while I’m getting ready for Pi-Con...


This weekend I’ll be returning to the state where I grew up for a small, quirky, and fun little convention called Pi-Con.  The con takes place in Enfield, CT at the Holiday Inn (which apparently was a Crowne Plaza up until just a few days ago).

I’ll be performing along with Tom Smith, Rob Balder, and Worm Quartet.  My concert is Saturday at 4:00.  Worm Quartet is at 4:30.  Tom Smith is Saturday at 2:00, and at 3:00 there is a FuMP concert that will feature all 4 of us.  Rob doesn’t have a solo concert this year but he’ll be rocking at the FuMP show.

FYI, this is not your run of the mill convention.  Last year this con had a lot of panels on polyamory, bondage, and other stuff like that.  There appears to be slightly less of that this year just judging from the posted schedule, but for those of you coming I just wanted to give you a heads up so you to know what you’re getting yourself into.  There’s also a burlesque performance Friday night at 10 which I believe Madison will be a part of.

Jango is a music service similar to Rhapsody where you as a listener enter the names of bands that you like and the service plays those bands along with other artists who they think you will like.  Then you tell it whether you like those picks and it refines its playlist for you.

I got a free trial of the artist side of Jango and decided I like it a lot.  The way it works is I tell the service who I think will like my music (ie., fans of Weird Al, Eminem, etc.) and they put me in the mix for people who like those artists.  Then they tell me who likes my music, and who else they are fans of, and I can further refine my choices from there in order to find people who will like my music.

It’s been an interesting experiment.  Apparently fans of my music are also fans of The Doors, Britney Spears, The Pussycat Dolls, Queen, blink-182, Metallica, Guns ‘N Roses, and Usher.  And therein lies the problem with marketing a comedy-rap act.  I have a very eclectic fan base, which is cool, but it makes it infinitely harder to track down potential new fans.  So far Jango is the best tool I’ve found and a lot of new people are discovering and liking my music.  So I’m going to stick with it.

So if you’re a Jango user please enter me in as an artist who you like to hear.  I think that’ll get me more organic plays.

That’s all for now!  Hope to see a few of you at Pi-Con!


Video: Shawty Lo - "Tunnel Vision"

This is the official video for Shawty Lo's track "Tunnel Vision' featured on the "Bowen Homes Carlos' mixtape. The video was shot exclusively for the Shawty Lo "Bowen Homes Carlos" Hood Affairs DVD in the streets now!!

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