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Video: Pitbull - "Freestyle 1997"


From Chris at Koch/E1 Entertainment:

Pitbull - "Freestyle 1997"

* http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=36rJAiAvsVs *

Hieroglyphics Crew to Release "The Valley Of Kings" Fine Art Piece


From James Dunn:

Hieroglyphics Crew To Release "The Valley Of Kings" Fine Art Piece

The Valley Of Kings web trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHsp9iQkl6U .
Behind the making of The Valley Of Kings: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=psWt-dNKFYk&feature=related .
 
Hieroglyphics, the Oakland-based crew whose ubiquitous three-eyed logo and slew of Golden Era classics have a permanent place in every hip-hop fan’s heart, has teamed up with art collective WAIL (When Art Imitates Life) to create The Valley Of Kings, a series of 200 fine art portraits conceptualized by and featuring all Hiero members which will be made available to the public on May 28, 2010. Details on the piece will be released in the coming week, but it is said to use ancient Egyptian iconography as its stylistic base and features the entire nine-man crew. Valley will also be one of the first art pieces in history to utilize Chromadepth visual technology, and each piece in the series will come packaged with a pair of 3D glasses to allow owners to experience its full range. Each piece will also be signed by various members. “The piece is dope,” Souls Of Mischief’s Tajai says. “I love art. I love music. Music is art. And when they come together in a situation like this where they create something that’s considered high art, immortalizing a group like Hiero in that manner, it’s a good thing for music, and a good thing for history.”

For almost twenty years, Hieroglyphics has been one of hip-hop’s most beloved entities. The one-two punch of Del Tha Funkee Homosapien’s 1992 debut album I Wish My Brother George Was Here (Elektra) and Souls Of Mischief’s ’93 Til Infinity (Jive) introduced listeners to a new kind of West Coast rapper. In an era where gangsta rap was standard issue, Del, Casual, Opio, Tajai, A-Plus, Phesto, Domino and Pep Love offered music from ordinary people with extraordinary skills. Casual’s debut Fear Itself (Jive) and Del’s sophomore album No Need For Alarm, both released in 1994, were Hiero’s last major-label albums save for Souls of Mischief’s 1995 offering No Man’s Land before the crew made the decision to go fully independent, releasing their own albums and coordinating their own tours. 15 years later, that three-eyed logo is a global brand, and Hieroglyphics is one of the undisputed forefathers of the sound, the hustle, and the ideology of underground hip-hop. Their most recent release was last year’s Montezuma’s Revenge.

Valley Of Kings is the next release from When Art Imitates Life (WAIL), the brainchild of Sway of MTV, Tech of the World Famous Wake Up Show, and Los Angeles creativity house Scene Four. Previous releases from WAIL include collaboration pieces with RZA of the Wu-Tang Clan as well as Shavo of System Of A Down. Interested parties are encouraged to visit www.whenartimitateslife.com to sign up for exclusive information on The Valley Of Kings as it develops, as well as a chance to preview and reserve a piece in the highly limited collection before May 28.

Video: Kosha Dillz - "DooDoo"


From Matt Diamond:

Kosha Dillz - "DooDoo"

Kosha Dillz is pleased to present the 2nd video off his highly acclaimed album Beverly Dillz. On "DooDoo" (prod. by Belief), Kosha reunites with director Robbie Barclay, who also directed the album's first single, "Cellular Phone".  Check out the cameo's from Flex Mathews & Homeboy Sandman!

Video: Audible Doctor (BBAS) Thought of You f/ Kurious


From J57:

Audible Doctor (Brown Bag AllStars) – Thought of You f/ Kurious

This is a video snippet of The Audible Doctor featuring Kurious "Thought Of You" which will be on The Audible Doctor's new project coming soon!  

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JAquEL3UbqU

Thanks!

J57

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Fat Beats NY • J57 of the Brown Bag AllStars

Gucci Mane Released From Jail


Gucci held a press conference outside the jail where he read a prepared statement. He was released from Fulton County Jail at around 12:15am.

First and foremost I would like to thank my legal counsel Dwight Thomas and Michael Holmes for their excellent representation, as well as my label Asylum and Warner Brothers Records for sticking with me through my situation and helping me through my time behind bars. Most importantly, I want to thank all of my fans for their support while I have been away. Your letters and your words of encouragement helped me make it through. None of my success would be possible without you.

I have made some mistakes in my life that have hurt a lot of people who care about me. I have worked very hard to get past them, but those mistakes have brought me to where I am today, and they will not be repeated. These past six months have been a difficult time but fortunately I have learned a great deal from my experience. I was able to do a great deal of soul searching; I am coming out with a new attitude towards life.

Unfortunately, my incarceration also came at a pivotal point in my career, just as my first major label album was dropping. I was forced to miss what should have been one of the proudest moments of my life. This is something that I will make sure never happens again. My time in jail was trying, but I grew from it and am now a stronger and better person. I want to continue on a positive track and truly focus on being a role model to my fans and my community. I am looking towards the future with a newfound respect and appreciation for the law and a strong dedication to my music and my career.

With that in mind, I have already begun to make positive strides towards the future. I have launched a new label, 1017 Brick Squad Records in affiliation with Asylum/Warner Bros Records, and I am working with a new team.

I am looking forward to getting back to business and to start making hits. I am extremely excited about my new album, The Appeal, which will be dropping at the end of the summer. Over the course of 2010, 1017 Brick Squad records will also be releasing albums from my artist Wacka Flocka Flame as well as my group Brick Squad, which features Wacka, OJ Da Juiceman and myself. In July, I will be heading out on a nationwide tour, hitting venues across the country and continuing the movement.

Source: MissInfo.tv

Pitbull Adds "Mr. Worldwide" Flavor to 2010 Hip Hop Honors


From Julio Trejo:

Pitbull Adds His "Mr. Worldwide" Flavor to VH1's 2010 Hip Hop Honors!

MONDAY, JUNE 7 AT 9PM ET/PT

Actor/Comedian Craig Robinson ("The Office") Will Host

Taped from NYC's Hammerstein Ballroom And Featuring Honorees Jermaine Dupri, J Prince of Rap-A-Lot Records, Luther "Luke" Campbell,

The 2 Live Crew, Master P and Organized Noize

Performances by Bun B, Lil Jon, Paul Wall, Pitbull, T-Pain and Trina

HipHop.VH1.com Launches Today

NEW YORK, NY, May 10, 2010 - Back for its 7th year, the "2010 VH1 Hip Hop Honors" will celebrate the achievements of hip hop with a little southern twist.  This year, the showwill celebrate the music, the influence and the artists from The South. Previously announced, Jermaine Dupri, J Prince of Rap-A-Lot Records, Luther "Luke" Campbell and The 2 Live Crew, Master P, and Organized Noize will be honored through performances in collaboration with some of today's hottest talent.  With performances by Bun B, Lil' Jon, Paul Wall, Pitbull, T-Pain and Trina, to name a few, generations of hip hop will bridge the gap for one exceptional night to set it off with the original style and flavor that sparked and inspired the evolution of this now global music phenomenon.  Additional talent will be announced soon. "2010 VH1 Hip Hop Honors: The Dirty South" will tape from NYC's Hammerstein Ballroom and air on VH1 on Monday, June 7 at 9:00 PM ET/PT.

Making his debut as the host of "2010 VH1 Hip Hop Honors" is comedian/actor Craig Robinson, host of NBC's upcoming season of "Last Comic Standing" and star of "The Office" as well as the hit movies "Hot Tub Time Machine," "Pineapple Express," and  "Zack and Miri Make a Porno."  Craig joins the ranks of previous hosts of VH1's annual celebration which includes 3-time host Tracy Morgan, Vivica A. Fox and co-host MC Lyte who hosted the inaugural VH1 Hip Hop Honors show.

Previous celebrations have honored hip hop luminaries who broke new ground and propelled the genre into the true cultural phenomenon that it has become.  Last year's production celebrated the 25th anniversary of Def Jam records, the label that created the stars that pushed hip hop culture forward, including LL Cool J, Public Enemy, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Slick Rick, Rick Ross and Rihanna.  Rick Rubin, Russell Simmons, Lyor Cohen, Julie Greenwald, Bill Stephany, Kevin Liles and LA Reid were honored as the architects of the legendary label.

"2010 VH1 Hip Hop Honors: The Dirty South" is the first time that the show has honored a particular geographic region for its hip hop celebration.  The Southern style of music and its artists, have been significant on the NYC-born genre and helped to expand its appeal worldwide.

"In order to continue our efforts to honor the best in hip hop, it is so important that we recognize the South and the tremendous impact that it has had on hip hop music.  The southern experience is one that is unique to America and while filled with its own testimony of trials and triumphs, hip hop has served as a universal medium where the journey is shared.  Some of the most popular current hip hop artists are from The South. Our honorees opened the door for the southern story to be told, and it is one that continues to resonate with all people all over the world." said Lee Rolontz, Executive Vice President, Original Music Production and Development, VH1.

VH1 has launched its site dedicated to "2010 VH1 Hip Hop Honors: The Dirty South" at HipHop.VH1.com with artist profiles, exclusive online programming, show information and more. The site also houses the Hip Hop Rally Machine, a tool that allows users to hype their favorite Dirty South artists and weigh in on who they want to see at the event by socially broadcasting their picks through Twitter and Facebook. A map of the US depicts real-time user activity from around the country by graphically displaying user messages. Performances and other video elements from the event will also be available at HipHop.VH1.com and on VH1 Mobile leading up to and following the on-air premiere of the show.

VH1.com's HipHop.VH1.com, Complex.com and MissInfo.tv have created an exclusive online content partnership for "2010 VH1 Hip Hop Honors: The Dirty South". The three sites will feature the event leading up to, during and following the June 7 telecast in their own distinct way with artist interviews, show news and editorial features focused on this year's honorees and performers. Select content created by each site will be shared among the three sites and will be offered through a main content feed on HipHop.VH1.com. Additionally, Miss Info, Hot 97 radio personality and journalist will be the official "2010 VH1 Hip Hop Honors: The Dirty South" backstage host for online video interviews from the event. She will also be the video host for the event's live viewing party on HipHop.VH1.com, Complex.com and MissInfo.tv during the premiere of the show.

"2010 VH1 Hip Hop Honors: The Dirty South" is executive produced by Lee Rolontz for VH1 and Jac Benson for blacjac Entertainment. Louis J. Horvitz will direct.  Nelson George, Fab 5 Freddie and Keshia Williams are co-executive producers.

*All times ET/PT

VH1 connects viewers to the music, artists and pop culture that matter to them most with TV series, specials, live events, exclusive online content and public affairs initiatives. VH1 is available in 95 million households in the U.S. VH1 also has an array of digital channels and services including VH1Classic, VH1 Soul, VH1 Mobile and extensive video on VH1.com. Connect with VH1 at VH1.com.

Scarface's "Dopeman Music" in Stores Now


From Tonia Samman:

Scarface's "Dopeman Music" in Stores Now

Scarface’s Dopeman Music hit digital stores last week with a bang. The album, Scarface’s 12th full-length release, features 14 new tracks from the godfather of the South.

A couple of weeks ago Scarface released a free album preview on Amazon MP3. Now he’s released a second preview, just one week after the album became available digitally and nearly a month before its physical release date on June 1st.

See below to download the second official album preview and hear Dopeman Music.

Buy Scarface’s Dopeman Music at iTunes, Amazon or emusic.

Listen to Scarface's "Dopeman Music- Magamix v2" - http://dailyrindblog.com/audio/Scarface%20-%20Dopem%20-MegaMix%20v2.mp3 .

Listen to Scarface’s “Dopeman music- Megamix v1” - http://dailyrindblog.com/audio/Scarface-Dopemanmusic-Megamix.mp3 .

Watch Dopeman Music EPK - http://www.mtv.com/videos/news/497169/scarface-preps-his-first-mixtape.jhtml#id=1634306 .

Plies Finalizes Tracklisting for "Goon Affiliated"


From Anne Watkins:

Plies Finalizes Tracklisting for "Goon Affiliated"

Keeping his fans and supporters as first priority, rapper Plies has been fighting to lower the overall price of his upcoming album to give back to his fans and make this much anticipated album available at the cheapest price possible. In order to make that happen, Plies has announced that he is pushing the release date of his fourth album Goon Affiliated to June 8th, 2010.

I’m excited to share the official and finalized track list with you as well as a free download for his latest singles Kitty Kitty and LEGGO. Also, get personal with Plies and his big brother in their first webisode “Growing Up Goon Affiliated”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ln4n6aE-zaE .



PLIES “Goon Affiliated” Track List

1. Go Live
2. Rob Myself
3. Awesome (Feat. Fella)
4. Bruh Bruh
5. Get My Ni**as Out
6. Flaw
7. Becky
8. Kitty Kitty: http://bit.ly/June8thKittyKitty .
9. Whatever I Say
10. Goonette
11. Good D*ck
12. Model
13. Look Like (Feat. Fabolous & Jeezy)
14. All I Know
15. She Got It Made
16. LEGGO: http://bit.ly/June8LEG-GO .
17. Chirpin (Feat. Fella)
18. Bricks On Me
19. Medicine (Feat. Keri Hilson)
20. Letter

Video: David Banner & 9th Wonder "Slow Down" Behind the Scenes


From Audible Treats:

Video: David Banner & 9th Wonder "Slow Down" Behind the Scenes

David Banner & 9th Wonder Give An Early Glimpse At Video For First Single From Death Of A Pop Star

The Video:

New hip-hop wonder duo, David Banner and 9th Wonder, are quickly building excitement for the release of their initial effort together, Death of A Pop Star, which will be released this summer via David Banner's own Big Face Entertainment. Already having created buzz with a release of the album's first single, "Slow Down," the Mississippi/North Carolina duo have recently shot a video for the single and, while the video is receiving finishing touches, David Banner and 9th Wonder are satiating fans with a behind the scenes look. Although music, rather than image, is the focal point of the duo's Death Of A Pop Star collaborative album, it appears the two have no trouble coming up with visuals, or having fun on the set. From joking around with videographers, to introducing stylists and make-up artists, to showing off a fresh pair of Jordans, David Banner and 9th Wonder are clearly having a great time. Closing the Behind The Scenes look is a brief, exclusive glimpse at the shooting of the actual video.

Fans can be on the lookout for the official video for "Slow Down" coming soon.

Check out the Behind The Scenes for "Slow Down": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l6yBu6uRzp4 .



The Background:

9th Wonder has a history of teaming with legendary emcees and crafting dream projects that have resulted in both critical and commercial success. A producer from North Carolina, 9th Wonder started his career as the main producer for the hip-hop group, Little Brother. Leaving Little Brother after their second album together, The Minstrel Show, 9th Wonder has since become a producer and emcee in his own right. Working with MURS, Nas, Beyonce, Jay-Z and more, 9th Wonder has made a name for himself in the hip-hop world. Also known as his rapper alterego, 9thmatic, 9th Wonder is a modern-day hip-hop renaissance man.

Hailing from Jackson, Mississippi, David Banner has made a name for himself on the hip-hop scene since 2000. Since then, he has released four studio albums and even became a celebrated producer like producing smash hits like T.I.'s "Rubberband Man," and having smash hits of his own like "Get Like Me". David Banner's most recent successes include writing, producing, and arranging (with guidance from Jimmy Smith and The G Team at Chalt Day) the new non-hip hop Gatorade theme song "Evolve," performed by Kermit Quinn. Teaming up with 9th Wonder may seem like an unusual collaboration but as the two talented artists come together, their initial album will leave a deep impression on fans. Death of A Pop Star drops summer 2010 via David Banner's own Big Face Entertainment.

Video: GARCIA feat. REVA - DEEPER (directed by DRE FILMS)


From CrazyHood.com:

Video: GARCIA feat. REVA - DEEPER (directed by DRE FILMS)

I want to thank everyone who has posted up GARCIA's "Shattered Dreams" album or related posts. We are officially sending out the song "Deeper" off of the album along with the video link, which we had shot a couple months back. The track is produced by Nick Fury HD and the video is directed by Dre Films. The video features guest appearances by Thirston Howl III, ¡MAYDAY!, Nick Fury, DJ EFN and the rest of the Crazy Hood family. Your feedback is always appreciated.

GARCIA "Deeper" feat. Reva (Video)

Youtube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bbaas7WphoM



Vimeo link: http://www.vimeo.com/11637340

mp3 download link: http://www.box.net/shared/3zuh395721

GARCIA "Shattered Dreams" album link: http://tinyurl.com/266c9zr

For more info visit us at www.crazyhood.com
 


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