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Video: Reks - "The 25th Hour" (prod. DJ Premier)

From Soul Theory:

Video: Reks - "The 25th Hour" (prod. DJ Premier)

Video: J. Sands - "Here We Go!!!"

From BUKA Entertainment:

Video: J. Sands - "Here We Go!!!"

PR: BEAT SOCIETY Return Following Five Year Hiatus

From Audible Treats:

Following A Five Year Hiatus, Renowned Producer Showcase BEAT SOCIETY Returns To NYC On February 12th

Organizers & Fans Welcome Headliners Nottz, Buckwild, DJ Revolution, !llmind, Khrysis, Malcom&Martin and Danny Brown With Open Arms

The Show:

January 24, 2011, New York, NY – Soulspazm Records is thrilled to bring the widely heralded and historic Beat Society producer showcase back to life on Saturday, February 12th at Tammany Hall in New York City, supported by Native Instruments, creators of MASCHINE beat production system. Following a five year hiatus, the return of the producer showcase that exhibits the talents of both superstar beatmakers and up-and coming producers comes as a welcome surprise to music fans everywhere. This long-awaited homecoming event will feature the talents of producers Nottz, Buckwild, !llmind, DJ Revolution, and Khrysis, and the mic skills of Danny Brown, Malcolm&Martin, and more, with Evil Dee of Da Beat Minerz as the DJ and Stef Tataz & Sao as the hosts. Keeping in tradition with previous Beat Society events, several surprise special guests will also make appearances.

Born first as an online community in 2002 by Soulspazm Records to highlight the importance of the role of the producer in hip hop, Beat Society quickly grew into an internationally recognized entity and began life as a monthly party at Philadelphia’s Five Spot. Over the next four years, the Beat Society events continued to attract the attention of media, artists, and music fans everywhere as they set up showcases across the country in Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and New York.

With talent such as Kanye West, Black Thought (The Roots), Prodigy (Mobb Deep), Just Blaze, Kev Brown, and Marco Polo passing through the doors of this showcase, it’s evident just how special and unique Beat Society has been to both established and upcoming artists. As legendary DJ Rhettmatic explains, "To be considered for Beat Society & share the stage with some of the most talented hip hop producers of our time, is a honor in itself. It shows that you have gotten respect for your work, from your peers and music associates. That in itself is more worth than gold.” A Tribe Called Quest’s Ali Shaheed Muhammed defines Beat Society to be “a producer's playground for inspiration, demonstration, contemplation, bastardization and complete annihilation." Event organizer SlopFunkDust adds, “We're excited to partner with Native Instruments as a lot of producers have adopted Maschine.”

The Details:
Saturday February 12th, 2011
@ Tammany Hall, 152 Orchard Street
18+ / Doors at 6pm / $10
Tix: .

For More information: or and .

About Native Instruments:

Native Instruments is a leading manufacturer of software and hardware for computer-based music production and DJing. The company's mission is to develop innovative, fully integrated solutions for all professions, styles and genres. The resulting products regularly push technological boundaries and open up new creative horizons for professionals and amateurs alike.

Video + MP3: Gees Extortion - "Mic Bust" (prod. Hala-X)

From Javier Sanabria:

Video + MP3: Gees Extortion - "Mic Bust" (prod. Hala-X)

"Wordplay on point, sharp, feel it penetrate, punctuate bars through the mic it might detonate...." Here's the second single from Brooklyn's Gees Extortion off his upcoming debut LP, Underground King, titled "Mic Bust" produced by Hala-X featuring a dope sample from the microphone soloist, Rakim.
PR: Check Yo Ponytail 2: Yelawolf & Das Racist on Feb. 1st

From Girlie Action:

Check Yo Ponytail 2: Yelawolf & Das Racist on Feb. 1st


Plus exclusive Nadastrom and Killing Spree mix tape and recap videos

Tickets for the Yelawolf, Craze, Das Racist, 87 Stick Up Kids, Freak City and resident DJ Franki Chan here: .
Here’s a glimpse of all the eccentricities brought to the Check Yo stage last week from Tobacco, Royal Bangs, and Nadastrom. Additionally, The venue was packed as people clamored in to experience a taste of the weird. Oh, and Michael C. Hall (Dexter) was hanging out all night. Thank god they hid the knives.
1/18/11 - Tobacco, Royal Bangs, Nadastrom: . . .
1/11/11 - Pictureplane, Teengirl Fantasy, Killing Spree: . .
12/21/10 - Dum Dum Girls, Abe Vigoda, Glass Actor: . .
12/7/10 Big Freedia: .
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Gone but never forgotten, Check Yo’ Ponytail, Los Angeles’s one-of-a-kind bi-weekly dance party has made a triumphant return to the LA party scene. IHEARTCOMIX, Media Contender, and Paparazzi teamed up to resurrect Check Yo’ Ponytail, now dubbed CYP2. Five shows have already been booked starting with a bill featuring Midnight Juggernauts, Naked and Famous, Diamond Rings and Doorly (DJ set).
This 2.0 version of one of LA’s most hotly tipped parties is reason for supreme celebration!  Everything that made Check Yo’ Ponytail a defining sound in the Los Angeles (and at times the national) music scene is returning in this newest incarnation.  Always one to embrace new talent, party creator Franki Chan says, “CYP2 will remain true to the past, focusing on what’s next, while bringing a few tried and true heavyweights every now and again.”  The first few weeks of the party have featured performances from CMJ-heavyweights Big Freedia, fuzzed out Subpopers Dum Dum Girls, tropical punkers Abe Vigoda, dancy-dreamscapers Teengirl Fantasy, electro-goth Tobacco (Tom Fec from Black Moth Super Rainbow) and many more!

Just as important as the music, CYP2’s open-format, genre-bending approach to booking ensures the same wild and unique type of party-ready audience that Check Yo’ Ponytail parties of yore would deliver.  From rap to electro and queercore to indie rock, no stone is left unturned while bestowing the new best bands in the game upon Check Yo’ Ponytail’s loyal followers.  “Breaking down scene walls and allowing people from all walks to enjoy that which is most important to us is our main goal,” explains Chan.

Former CYP artists have included:

Justice, Boys Noize, Erol Alkan, Matt & Kim, Diplo, Crystal Castles, Simian Mobile Disco, The Horrors, Mstrkrft, Ok Go, Surkin, Heartsrevolution, Dan Deacon, The Toxic Avenger, Spank Rock, Switch, Bonde Do Role, MEN

MP3: Big Lou f/ Bruno Mars - "We Are Fighters"

From J-Ronin:

MP3: Big Lou f/ Bruno Mars - "We Are Fighters"



MP3: Wes Coas f/ Frontman, Z-Ro - "Beautiful Mind"

From J. Melo:

MP3: Wes Coas f/ Frontman, Z-Ro - "Beautiful Mind"

Here goes the second single from Wes Coas featuring the legendary Z-Ro!  "Beautiful Mind" also features Frontman and is produced by 7th Letter. "Paper Planes" the album is out tomorrow.

Wes Coas Feat. Z-Ro & Frontman "Beautiful Mind" (Prod. By 7th Letter)

Also, here's a link to download the album (can post if you want):

PR: New Saigon "The Greatest Story Never Told" Video

From 'Stache Media:

PR: New Saigon "The Greatest Story Never Told" Video

"The Greatest Story Never Told" is the lead single and title track from Saigon's  debut album which is set for release on February 15, 2011. The brand new music video for "The Greatest Story Never Told" premiered on MTV Jams and last week. The video was directed by Derek Pike and features Just Blaze, who primarily produced Saigon's highly-anticipated debut, and also serves as the project's Executive Producer. The Greatest Story Never Told  contains contributions from Jay-Z & Swizz Beatz ("Come On Baby"), Kanye West and former Floetry member Marsha Ambrosius ("It's Alright"), and Faith Evans ("Clap").

New York based hip-hop artist Saigon, who also starred in the hit HBO TV series Entourage, has announced a series of in-store appearances at FYE locations the week of release. Meet Saigon and pick up an Exclusive FYE Deluxe 2CD Edition of The Greatest Story Never Told featuring 5 bonus tracks at one of following locations.


Feb 15 - Bronx, NY - FYE in-store at 6pm
NYC - Store 932
2188A White Plains RD,
Bronx, NY 10462-1406

Feb 16 Elizabeth, NJ - FYE in-store at 6pm
FYE #0254
Jersey Gardens
651 Kapkowski Road
Elizabeth, NJ 07201-4907

Feb 18 - Philadelphia, PA - FYE in-store at 5pm
FYE #1924
100 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19110-1001

Feb 19 - Baltimore, MD - FYE in-store at 5pm
FYE #0968
7000 Arundel Mills Circle
Hanover, MD 21076-1361

The Greatest Story Never Told

Pre-order available at

1       Station Identification (Intro) (feat. Fatman Scoop)
2       The Invitation (feat. Q Tip & Fatman Scoop)
3       Come On Baby (feat. Jay-Z & Swizz Beatz)
4       War
5       Bring Me Down Pt.2
6       Enemies
7       Friends
8       The Greatest Story Never Told
9       Clap (feat. Faith Evans)
10     Preacher
11     It's Alright (feat. Marsha Ambrosius)
12     Believe It
13     Give It To Me (feat. Raheem DeVaughn)
14     What The Lovers Do (feat. Devin The Dude)
15     Better Way (feat. Layzie Bone)
16     Oh Yeah (Our Babies)
17     And the Winner Is...(feat. Bun B)
18     Too Long (feat. BlackThought)

PR: Block Starz - "She Got Next" Compilation

From Block Starz Music:

Block Starz - "She Got Next" Compilation

German-American independent netlabel Block Starz Music LLC is honored to present its first all-female music compilation, "She Got Next 2011".

"She Got Next 2011" features new original Pop, Rock, and Urban music compositions by promising unsigned and independent female recording artists from around the globe.

With the "She Got Next 2011" compilation and official website at, Block Starz Music set out to create a commercial project suitable for all ages that would showcase new female artists blessed with the skill, attitude, experience, and looks to make a major impact with the right exposure.

Indie music fans, labels, and promoters are strongly encouraged to visit to hear the music and read the interesting stories behind the beautiful and talented women of "She Got Next 2011".

If you would like to support the "She Got Next" project, please contact to request information on exchanging links with us or visit to submit your own music.

"She Got Next 2011" will be available on iTunes and Amazon this spring.


Barbara Kiss - "Catch Me" (Pop)
iTunes: .
Preview: .

Life Size Ghost - "Where We Started" (Rock)
iTunes: .
Preview: .

Nicole Michelle - "Ima Be Okay" (Urban)
iTunes: .
Preview: .

The mission of the "She Got Next" project is to enthuse careers, empower artists, and entertain responsibly. Block Starz Music will not accept explicit, obscene, and/or violent material. There is no charge for submitting material, but a signed release form is required. All proceeds from the "She Got Next 2011" compilation and official website are used to promote and market the featured music artists.


Block Starz Music LLC is a full service online music company founded in 2008 to scout, develop, and market new independent talent.

MP3: Richie Loop f/ Ajernalin - "All I Really Know"

From BF Blasts:

MP3: Richie Loop f/ Ajernalin - "All I Really Know"

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