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Video: J NaturaL ft. LD & Ariano - "I Am Where the Music Is"

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Video: J NaturaL ft. LD & Ariano - "I Am Where the Music Is"

MP3: 50 Cent - "They Burn Me"

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MP3: 50 Cent - "They Burn Me"

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Video: Johnny Spanish & T-Razor - "Roll Up"

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Audio: Glasses Malone - "Still In The City" + Tour Dates

From Kerosene Media:

For Immediate Release:
Glasses Malone Leaks New Track "Still In The City" From "Drive By Muzik" EP
Cash Money's Recording artist Glasses Malone has just kicked off the Independent Grind Tour alongside Tech N9ne and E-40, which will run throughout September and October across the US. To celebrate the launch of his new tour, Glasses Malone has released the new track "Still In The City" from his EP "Drive By Muzik" online at Malone will leak a new song off of "Drive By Muzik" every Tuesday for the next 8 weeks.
Glasses Malone (aka G.Malone) has spent the last several years overtaking both the West Coast and national music scene as he prepares for the release of his debut album "Beach Cruiser." Glasses made his mark in the hip-hop game by collaborating with industry heavyweights like Lil Wayne, Snoop Dogg, Akon, and touring with Tech N9ne and Slaughterhouse. Glasses Malone's new single "I Get Doe" is currently heating up radio stations across the country.
Sept 15 - Lincoln, NE @ Pershing Center
Sept 16 - Cedar Rapids, IA @ Hawkeye Downs
Sept 17 - Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
Sept 18 - Madison, WI @ Capital Theatre
Sept 19 - Minneapolis, MN @ Epic Concert Center
Sept 21 - Duluth, MN @ Clyde Iron Works
Sept 22 - Rapid City, SD @ Dublin Square
Sept 23 - Billings, MT @ Shrine Aud
Sept 24 - Denver, CO @ Fillmore
Sept 25 - Laughlin, NV @ Motorcycle Show
Sept 26 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Great Salt Air
Sept 27 - Missoula, MT @ Wilma Theater
Sept 28 - Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
Sept 29 - Kennewick, WA @ Toyota Center
Sept 30 - Bellingham, WA @ Wild Buffalo
Oct 1 - Seattle, WA @ SoDo
Oct 2 - Portland, OR @ Roseland Theatre
Oct 3 - Eugene, OR @ McDonald Theatre
Oct 4 - Chico, CA @ Senator
Oct 5 - Fresno, CA @ Rainbow Ballroom
Oct 6 - Petaluma, CA @ Phoenix
Oct 7 - Santa Cruz, CA @ Catalyst
Oct 8 - Anaheim, CA @ Grove
Oct 9 - San Diego, CA @ HOB
Oct 10 - Las Vegas, NV @ HOB
Oct 11 - Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
Oct 12 - Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theatre
Oct 13 - Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
Oct 14 - Dallas, TX @ Trees
Oct 15 - Tulsa, OK @ Cain's
Oct 16 - Springfield, MO @ Shrine
Oct 17 - Sauget, IL @ Pops Night Club
Oct 19 - Louisville, KY @ Headliners
Oct 20 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
Oct 21 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Diesel
Oct 22 - Worcester, MA @ Palladium
Oct 23 - Hartford, CT @ Webster
Oct 24 - Baltimore, MD @ Bourbon Street
Oct 25 - Norfolk, VA @ NorVa
Oct 26 - Atlanta, GA @ Loft
Oct 27 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
Oct 28 - Orlando, FL @ Club Firestone
Oct 30 - Kansas City, MO @ Uptown
The (W)rap Up - Week of September 14, 2010

"If you're arriving late to the "
Summertime Pool Party" that is Pigeon John, don't sweat it. Go shower and change, grab a towel off the rack, get a drink at the open bar and pull up a deck chair. You're only now getting comfortable, but the rapper/entertainer John Kenneth Dust already has been for years. The only downside to his career thus far is that he's always been a little ahead of his time. He was Lupe Fiasco before it was cool to "Kick, Push." He was Kid Cudi before he spent all "Day 'n' Nite" getting high. He was Lil Wayne before he decided to "Drop the World" and play rock music, and he was filled with "Magic" long before B.o.B took a page from Penn & Teller's playbook. John is the constantly self-effacing artist, mocking himself for being unconventional and fitting comfortably into rap stereotypes, while simultaneously making some of hip-hop's most interesting songs in the process. You never know whether he's going to rap or sing before you play one of his tracks; either way they are so good you could care so less. Perhaps the most interesting and apt label that's ever stuck on John and not fallen off is "consummate entertainer." His album titles may be humorous but his music's no joke, and as he's about to prove on "Dragon Slayer" he may be the only man in 2010 who can sing he's "So Gangster" and pull it off. "

Mic Crenshaw :: Under the Sun :: Focused Noise/Global Fam
as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon
[Under the Sun] 
"Mic Crenshaw got off to a good start as a soloist with his 2008 debut "Thinking Out Loud." He had already been bubbling up in the Portland underground through rapping with various crews and cliques, competing in poetry slams, and his well recognized charitable work helping refugees in war-torn countries like Rwanda. Once he broke out in his own though he earned praise from Patrick Taylor for his solo work: "Mic is a commanding presence - he's well over six feet and has a shaved head - and he has a commanding voice to match. He could have used this to scare the hell out of listeners with tales of murder and drama, but instead chooses to inspire us to think, not fear." Taylor's right. Normally when you hear a rapper is named "Crenshaw" you'd think he's hard as hell, although the Chicago born and raised rapper might have chosen "Cabrini-Green" for his name if he was inspiring fear. That's not to say Mic Crenshaw isn't a hard emcee, but his hardness is cut from the same mold that made Paris wage "Sonic Jihad" on the world."

Big K.R.I.T. :: K.R.I.T. Wuz Here :: {self-released}
as reviewed by Emanuel Wallace
[K.R.I.T. Wuz Here] 
"I recently went down south to attend my family reunion in Choctaw County, Alabama. While we could easily head about fifteen miles east towards Butler to do some grocery shopping at the Piggly Wiggly or grab a burger at Hardee's, the real action is out west. The county is right on the state line so as you drive down AL-10 West, you cross the Mississippi border and is becomes MS-19 North. After passing through towns with names like Whynot (the birthplace of David Ruffin), Causeyville and Vimville, you'll wind up in Meridian, aka The Queen City, aka The King City, aka K.R.I.T. Kountry. This is where all the malls, resturaunts and all the entertainment are located. If you're really adventurous, you can keep going and you'll end up in Philadelphia...Mississippi, that is, where the casinos are. Not to mention that when you hit Meridian, you can finally get a 3G cellular signal. For those who are curious, K.R.I.T. is an acronym that stands for King Remembered In Time. He has been working on his music since around 2003 , including a trilogy of "See Me On Top" mixtapes. "

The Pack :: Wolfpack Party :: Pack Music/SMC Recordings
as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon

[Wolfpack Party] 
"It's no coincidence that there is more censored than their is visible on the cover of The Pack's new album. The faces of the young women partying with these wolves are digitally blurred out. Some phallic looking objects on the table in front are blocked out by neon colored melting candles (one might be a bong). A beer is strategically placed in front of a bottle of top shelf liquor so you can't see the label, and even the beer can itself has been digitally altered so that it has a generic label that reads BEER. I'm not sure anyone has ever gone to the store to buy BEER brand beer, but if you're the first then write back to me and say so. The bottom line is that this is all one huge in joke that may be over the heads of newcomers. Long time Pack fans will remember that MTV all but banned the video for "Vans" for being what they felt was a three minute commercial for footwear they weren't getting paid for. "

Pettidee :: Race 2 Nowhere :: Soldier Sound Records
as reviewed by Susan 'susiQ' Kim

[Race 2 Nowhere] 
"Florida's Dewayne Petty, also known as Pettidee, isn't a new face to the gospel hip hop industry. In fact, Pettidee is a veteran to the scene with more than ten years under his belt as he boasts Grammy and Stellar nominations to name a few. As both an artist and producer, he has gained fame in the Christian hip hop sector by working with various artists, starting his own record label, and self-producing his last four albums. Reflecting on his experiences as a father, husband, and artist, Pettidee takes this knowledge and translates it into music time and time again. Incorporating a new sound of the dirty south, hip hop, and rock or "Quad Rock" as he calls it, Pettidee maintains his Christian values and hip hop flair in his newest installation of "Race 2 Nowhere." Pettidee's inspiration for "Race 2 Nowhere" is said to have come from newscasts as he attempts to incorporate what is pertinent in society into his music. "

Propaganda Anononymous :: Squat the Condos :: {self-released}
as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon

[Squat the Condos] 
"Prop is a long time member of the Mindspray crew out of New York City who reached out to RapReviews through our lead interview writer Adam B about a review of his solo CD. Never let it be said that who you know doesn't get you a foot in the door. Of course if Adam hit me with a hundred different artists who all wanted coverage it would be somewhat meaningless, but on those occasions he brings someone to to RR like Homeboy Sandman or Top $ Raz they tend to stand out - a signal reaching out through the sheer amount of noise from so many projects. As such I agreed to add "Squat the Condos" to our to-do list. A couple of weeks later I expected someone would have jumped at the chance to review Prop Anon's "Squat the Condos," but it seems I've beaten the rest of the staff to the punch on this one. Sorry team! Why did I beat them to it though? Well aside from Adam introducing me to Prop, Prop's pitch struck me as rather unique amongst the ones I normally receive. "

Rondo Brothers :: The Foreign Globester :: DMAFT Records/Oglio Entertainment
as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon

[The Foreign Globester] 
"What happens when you collide and combine the creative chaos behind the Rondo Brothers (producers Jim Greer and Brandon Arnovick) with the mental energies of Motion Man? The answer is "The Foreign Globester." It's the latest greatest hip-hop get-together in the industry, only there's a little twist - the Rondo Brothers probably aren't known best for their work in hip-hop. Sure they opened for Prince Paul on his Handsome Boy Modeling School tour, but they've spent just as much if not more time jamming with The Rapture and The Cure. They got their start as two relatively unknown but like-minded producers in San Francisco, got the chance to work with Dan the Automator on a jam band project, and since then have branched out far beyond the hip-hop genre - while keeping one foot in the pool via friendships with nerdcore artists like Beefy T and MC Lars. "

Street Sweeper Social Club :: The Ghetto Blaster EP :: Street Sweeper Social Club
as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon

[The Ghetto Blaster EP] 
"In case you missed the Street Sweeper Social Club phenomenon last summer, here's a brief explanation: Boots Riley from The Coup and Tom Morello from Rage Against the Machine decided to form a supergroup to express their musical and political frustration. As one might have expected from the two, their music managed to both inspire and outrage audiences, and their services were soon in demand at rock and rap festivals alike eager to cash in on the sound. It's not as though rap and rock collaborations are really anything new (we're going on a fourth decade of the shit now) but Boots has been called everything from socialist to a commie by right-wing conservatives, who have been no less vitriolic in their condemnation of Morello's group RATM fam over the years. As a result of their extensive touring and performing, SSSC have added two new cover songs to their repertoire which can be heard on "The Ghetto Blaster EP." Dare I say it? No one on the corner has swagger like Boots. "

Trunk Bound Regime :: Now You're All Fucked ::
as reviewed by Pedro 'DJ Complejo' Hernandez

[Now You're All Fucked] 
"Trunkbound Regime is a two man crew of Just Be and Mike Cooley broadcasting straight out of Dayton, Ohio. After a chance meeting in 2008, the two emcees decided to pursue their musical aspirations together. "Now You're All Fucked" is the result of their grind; an 8 track EP that runs the gamut of both style and quality. The duo is hard to describe upon first impression. Their artwork consists of a big middle finger on the front with a squid tattoo. The back shows a set of murders in the moonlight set to a gothic backdrop. The music is far from the horrorcore or hardcore rap music one would expect. "Gettin Mine" is set to a soulful croon that quickly flips into an energetic loop. Mike Cooley drops a verse about keeping it real in the rap game and Just Be follows in kind. The track is a perfect mix of confidence and energy and works well for the duo."

Billy Drease Williams :: Good Morning Amy :: DTR45
as reviewed by Pedro 'DJ Complejo' Hernandez

[Good Morning Amy] 
"Billy Drease Williams is a laid back, feel good kind of guy. That much is apparent from one glance at the cover art to "Good Morning Amy." On the front you see Williams standing in front of you with flowers and a dog. On the back, you find drawings of everything from puppies and turtles to thumbs ups and locks. Without any background, confusion is sure to abound. Who the hell is Amy? Why do I care about Amy? Is that a hard boiled egg flying through the air? Proper background is essential before entering the world of Billy Drease Williams. Williams will tell you that Amy isn't some long lost lover, but a "personification of one's goals, desires, and ambitions." In an interview with our own Adam Bernard Williams further explains Amy's name comes from Amy's Place, a coffee shop he frequented during the making of this album. Amy's Place embodied his own goals, desires, and ambitions, so he decided to try to create a universal Amy for us all to appreciate. Whether hip-hop fans will be declaring themselves to be on their "Amy" when they grind is yet to be seen, but William's infectious charm is undeniable."

Hip-Hop Shop #91 - Rocking From Heaven to Hell

Every weekend we air a new edition of Hip-Hop Shop on BlogTalkRadio like the one you're about to hear - Episode #91 - Rocking From Heaven to Hell. We get religulous this week as Hell Razah, The Niceguys and Wais P among others show us the universal balance between good and evil. Send your feedback, podsafe (RIAA free) music, and advertising requests to Thanks for listening and remember to share the show with a friend and tell them to check out the replay every Tuesday on!

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Tracks featured this week:

* Hell Razah f/ R.A. the Rugged Man - Return of the Renaissance
* Boog Brown & Apollo Brown - Just Be
* The Niceguys - Good Shepherd
* Homeboy Sandman - Angels With Dirty Faces
* Wais P f/ Sauce Money - Back Bitches
* Ruste Juxx f/ Cyrus, Ill Bill, Sav Killz - Rap Assassins
* Kermit Quinn & David Banner - Evolve

Audio: Bali ft. Kevin Cossom & Schife - "I Got This One"

From Jessie Maguire:

This is the first leak off of Runners Music Group's artist Bali's next mixtape entitled "All Work and No Sleep" hosted by DJ Khaled and DJ Smallz. This track is called "I Got This One" and it is produced by Schife and it featured Jive and N.A.R.S. artist Kevin Cossom. Any support on this posting or playing of this record would be greatly appreciative.
Download "I Got This One" (DIRTY VERSION) - Bali ft. Kevin Cossom and Schife:

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Video: Canibus feat. Wyclef Jean - "How Come"

Just because I'm in the mood for it, Canibus and Wyclef Jean together on one song.

Video: Canibus feat. Wyclef Jean - "How Come"

PR: New EP Release "The Strong Survive" From Nikki Lynette

From Hello PR:

New EP Release "The Strong Survive" From Nikki Lynette

Dubbed by Lupe Fiasco as the “Queen of Englewood” hip hop afro-punk star Nikki Lynette releases her latest EP The Strong Survive with songs like “Model in the Mirror” “The Strong Survive” and “Whatever I Want” already licensed to MTV and creating the soundtrack to top rated shows “The City” and “Jersey Shore” as the Southwest Chicago native who recently racked up accolades at the Chicago Indie Music Awards 2010 begins to set the precedent for her debut studio album The Popularity Contest f/ production from Da Internz and film score composer Ethan Stoller
Download EP The Strong Survive at .
“Nikki Lynette is the Queen of Englewood. She’s super dope!” Lupe Fiasco
"I really like what she's doing, its different. I look forward to hearing more from her." Rodney Jerkins, Producer

"Nikki Lynette definitely has a crazy style. It works for her. The more I hear, the more impressed I become.” Dwele
(Los Angeles, California - September 20, 2010) - When the zeitgeist of the day is hustle over talent, it’s increasingly rare to find an artist with the ingenuity to seamlessly intersect these seemingly uncorrelated criteria. But with a salacious flick of her tongue and a flip of her middle finger, Nikki Lynette steps out of her spacecraft fresh from a planet called Chicago. Envision a rapper/ singer/ producer/ songwriter/ on-air personality/ multi-media visual artist sporting fishnet stockings, a black leather corset, heels, and a flowing mane of dreads with a pink teddy bear in tow. Truth be told, you’d be hard pressed to find another artist who can flip so fluidly between spitfire flows and melodic vocals flaunting a sass & brash mash up of electro, hip-hop, rock, and pop. Male or female.
The Strong Survive EP finds Nikki flexing her production skills over seven tracks of artistic autonomy. Songs like “Love U Crazy” offer a soft pop-rock ditty with a sly twist while the poetic “Chicago Sunrise” is a stunning vocalese tribute to her hometown. “Chicago has a prominent place in American musical history,” she muses. “But Chicago is also a city that is very much divided. The South Side, West Side, North Side, and Chicago Suburbs all have their own individual struggles, identities, and aesthetics.”
The EP serves as a primer for her debut full-length album, The Popularity Contest, which features production from Da Internz (Justin Beiber, Robin Thicke), Brian Prokopow (I Fight Dragons), film score composer Ethan Stoller (V for Vendetta, Sherlock Holmes.) With the success of the past 8 months in Nikki’s palm, it’s easy to see why The Popularity Contest may be one of the most talked about albums of the coming year.
After years of incessant grinding, Nikki subsequently secured a licensing deal with MTV Networks. Before the ink was dry on her contract, songs like “Model In The Mirror (Fashion)” and “Whatever I Want” both landed on the second season of MTV’s spin-off reality series The City while the title track and lead single from her upcoming EP The Strong Survive was featured on the second season premiere episode of MTV's hit reality show Jersey Shore.
Nikki took home the 2010 Chicago Independent Music Awards for  “Best Alternative/Hip Hop Artist” and “Performer of The Year” as well as receiving nationwide recognition winning 2nd place in Ourstage/New Music Seminar's competition “Artist on the Verge.” As the only solo artist, black artist, or female artist to make it to the finals, Nikki definitely stood out to the judges. "I was competing against all male rock bands," she recalls, "and I still managed to come in 2nd. Black girls know how to rock too!"
Losing no ground, Nikki released the formidable Roses N’ Guns: The Totally Bad Ass Mixtape That Rocks in early 2010. Roses N’ Guns hit the internet with the force of a sonic boom, racking up in excess of 6,000 downloads. A scrumptious smorgasbord of her dynamic musical prowess, featuring drops from Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, guest appearances by Mickey Factz, GLC, Naledge of Kids In the Hall, and Atlantic Records’ newly signed rock/power pop group I Fight Dragons. With songs including the searing sociopolitical commentary (“Civil War,” “72 Virgins”), epic ego tripin’ (“So Bad Ass,” “Best In The World”), and purple reinterpretations (“Darling Nikki”) she received a mounting buzz on sites such as,,,, 2dopeboyz and  Additionally her weekly video segment on Chicago’s entertainment news show, RAW TV, helped garner the program a Chicago Music Award for “Best Video Show” during it’s first season.
Her impeccable dossier includes voice over and jingle work (McDonalds, Nationwide Insurance, Secret Deodorant) as well as song placements (Marlboro, DeVry) in nationally syndicated commercial campaigns. Her prolific output also includes a string of EPs –including her 2006 debut The Hard Candy Mixtape: Volume 1, hosted by local comrade Lupe Fiasco who officially dubbed Nikki the “Queen of Englewood,” bestowing her with a title appropriately fitting for her musical reign over Southwest Chicago. In 2008, Nikki stormed the stage at New York City’s long-running CMJ festival. The following year, she found herself opening up for Lupe Fiasco, The Game, KRS-One, Trina and Gym Class Heroes as well as performing at the annual SXSW festival in Austin, Texas. But 2010 would prove to be a landmark year for her budding career. When it comes to her upcoming album instead of divulging specifics about her highly anticipated project, she simply restates her tried and true mantra: “My record is gonna be bad ass!” But I don't want to talk about the new album too much, because if I decide to trash the whole project and just release an entire album of me covering songs by Vanity 6, I wouldn't want anybody to be surprised.”
About Nikki Lynette:
Nikki first discovered her muse as a child writing lullabies for her younger brother during their short stint in a battered women’s shelter. Though she’s had her share of tribulations (evidenced on the autobiographical “Take This Pill”), Nikki found a way to transform her experiences into razor sharp lyrical imagery coupled with a brazen, unparalleled fashion aesthetic. This nexus, coupled with her viral videos and adrenaline-charged anthems, evolved into the perfect storm of fans and supporters dubbed Team Bad Ass. It is this same profound sense of individuality that has been the cornerstone of Nikki’s existence, earning her accolades across the industry.
Nikki’s musical inspirations run the gamut of modern hitmakers Outkast, Cee-Lo Green, Lauryn Hill and The Roots to Grace Jones, Tina Turner, Chaka Khan, Prince, Cyndi Lauper, Portishead, Tori Amos, Fiona Apple, Queen, Lenny Kravitz, The Roots, Mick Jagger and Jamiroqui who Nikki says “forced me to stop seeing music as "black" or "white." She cites Anita Baker, Teena Marie, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Sade, Lena Horne, Dinah Washington, and Ella Fitzgerald as muses for their ability to make timeless music that can't be duplicated and Al Green, Marvin Gaye, and Bill Withers for their narratives. However her iPod spans even further into the likes of The Mama's and The Papa's, Minnie Ripperton and Rotary Connection, Fela Kuti, The Beach Boys and Pink Floyd for what she calls “their vocal harmonies and soundscapes.”
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Video: JMC feat. Sizzla - "Plot"

From 7Thirty Online:

Video: JMC feat. Sizzla - "Plot"

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