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PR: DJ Smallz Congratulates The Renegades

From DJ Smallz:

DJ Smallz Congratulates The Renegades

Congrats to The Renegades (Fear Factor Music Group/We The Best Music) for their first major single placement... DJ Khaled feat. Rick Ross, Plies, Lil' Wayne & T-Pain!

Fear Factor Music Group is a collective movement of Trendsetters, Songwriters, Producers and Artists with a simple objective - building the stars of the future. By focusing on the production, development and marketing of brands, Fear Factor Music Group offers a variety of insightful and effective services - from consultation to digital marketing campaigns - all designed to provide clients with the best opportunities to take their brands to the next level.

For media inquiries & tracks by The Renegades, contact HERE.

MP3: Travis Porter - "The Down Pour"

From BF Blasts:

MP3: Travis Porter - "The Down Pour"

1. Intro
2. Where's My Money At
3. Make Me Sick
4. Fall Out
5. Bring It Back
6. Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
7. Hip Hop Forecast
8. Make It Rain
9. Make It Rain (Mega Mix)
Download .

PR: Grandson Takes Bad News Global w/ Loot Skywalker

From Dove at Tygereye:

PR: Grandson Takes Bad News Global w/ Loot Skywalker

New Mixtape January 25 from Newport News, VA Native
Newport News, VA -- It's a well known fact that there are no real overnight sensations in the music business. A true artist often takes several years to perfect their craft, build their fanbase and sharpen their work ethic before hitting the mainstream.
Virginia lyricist Grandson has been buzzing in the Southeast for some time now, and is finally ready to take his sound worldwide with the Loot Skywalker mixtape on January 25, 2011.
Loot Skywalker showcases a variety of freestyles, classic Grandson material and fresh new tracks. Every lyric delivers hardcore angst that the young rapper has become accustomed to in his aptly nicknamed hometown 'Bad Newz'. Also the home of NBA star Allen Iverson and NFL baller Michael Vick, Newport News has definitely earned a reputation for its tough-as-nails neighborhoods.
Grandson feels strongly that his rough upbringing plays the most important role in how his music will relate to fans everywhere. 

“I have survived one of the most dangerous and poverty stricken cities in America, with a real life story to tell,” Grandson says of his hometown. “Bad Newz is a city that has been shaped by many triumphs and pitfalls from its famous residents. I think the poverty and drug culture has always pushed some to want more, and they chose other avenues to focus their talents. It might be something in the water.“

Grandson is debuting a series of freestyles and original tracks combined on Loot Skywalker. He explains that the track “Running Out of Time,” produced by Vybe Beatz, is one of his personal favorite songs on the project, and that he is confident Hip Hop fans will enjoy the energy of the original tracks from DJ L.E.S. (LL Cool J, Will Smith, Jennifer Lopez), Kyze Beats (Cam’ron, N.O.R.E., Angie Stone), Vybe Beatz (Pastor Troy, Roscoe Dash, JR Writer) and Beat Arkitectz (Huey, Chyna Whyte).

“DJ L.E.S.  has been a mentor in the business, and he produced the single ‘I Got It 4 Sale.’ Multi-platinum producer Kyze Beats did ‘That’s What It Iz’, and underground star Pop-a-Lot is also featured. Aside from the dope beats, I want fans to feel my serious and dramatic approach to songwriting, and also understand my raw commentary.”

While Grandson has kept his regional supporters quite happy with music over the years, he enjoys finding common interests with listeners everywhere. Ultimately, he'd like people across America and in other countries to find joy in his music as well. He approaches songwriting with a bigger picture in mind.

“My sound has a balance,” he asserts. “Sometimes I have a hard-edged, dangerous style, but I also like softer and lighter melodies at times. I make gangster street tunes, but with relevant social commentary.  I hope with gaining new fans I can begin to experience different cultures, and express my understanding to these different people. I really want people to listen, understand and love the music.”

Download "Codiene 2" from Loot Skywalker: .

Watch the Loot Skywalker EPK here: .

For more information on Grandson go to and follow him on Twitter .
Loot Skywalker tracklist
01. Shawn Kemp - prod by Vybe Beatz
02. Who Run It
03. Bean Vs Lean - prod by Beat Arkitectz
04. Codiene 2
05. Lean To The Side - prod by The Kickdrums
06. HD - prod by Vybe Beats
07. Runnin Out Of Time - prod by Vybe Beatz
08. Show U How To Get It
09. These Boyz Ridin Hot
10. Truths Comin Out
11. I Got It For Sale - prod by DJ LES & M-Grand
12. That's What It Iz - prod by Kyze Beats
13. Get My Money Up
14. DopeBoy Back
15. Ballin Iz My Attitude
16. She In Luv With My Gangsta
17. Shorty Got Me Gone
18. Slippin ft. Pop-A-Lot
19. I Be Everywhere

MP3: Wiz Khalifa - "Exit Row"

From M3W:

MP3: Wiz Khalifa - "Exit Row"

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Video: 3 Reasons Yo Gotti Prefers Bus Over Plane

From DJ Smallz:

Video: 3 Reasons Yo Gotti Prefers Bus Over Plane

3 Reasons Yo Gotti Prefers Bus Over Plane from DJ Smallz.

MP3: IMAKEMADBEATS f/ Black Milk - "Heard of Me"

From Audible Treats:

MP3: IMAKEMADBEATS f/ Black Milk & More - "Heard of Me"

IMMB Celebrates New Album, Releases Second Single From Self-Titled Debut

Critical Praise for IMAKEMADBEATS:

"IMAKEMADBEATS’ scientific approach to music... means every detail and nuance is carefully thought out and in its rightful place." - FreshGrind

The Song:

Two years ago, IMAKEMADBEATS burst onto the scene, producing Transcontinental, a collaborative album with Roc C. Now, following the release late last year of IMMB's dual-EP release Daylight/Nightlight, the producer is releasing his own, long awaited, solo debut. And in celebration of today's release, the producer, who calls both Memphis and Orlando home, is releasing "Heard Of Me," the latest single from his self-titled new album.

"Heard of Me," one of the most triumphant tracks on the album, features Black Milk, Butta Verses, and TzariZM, while showcasing IMAKEMADBEATS' trademark soulful style. Beginning with reverberating organ and slick drum rolls, the track quickly jumps into chopped samples and rolling, thunderous drums, with Black Milk handling duties on the first verse, followed by Butta Verses before being finished off by TzariZM. “I've done a lot of production for either lesser known artists, or very well known artists and just wasn't given the credit, " says IMMB in discussing the inspiration for the song's title while alluding to his past work and ghost production. "Whether it was through engineering, DJ'ing, or production, somehow you might have heard of me.” And with his debut album dropping today, fans should get used to hearing from IMAKEMADBEATS a lot more from now on.

IMAKEMADBEATS' self-titled debut IMAKEMADBEATS is available now via Doxside Music Group.

Download IMAKEMADBEATS' "Heard Of Me": .

You can buy the album on Amazon HERE.

The Background:

IMAKEMADBEATS has built his reputation on an obsessive dedication to his craft and a mad scientist-like approach to tweaking samples, drums, and live instruments - proving himself to be both a rapper's producer and a producer's producer. Most people first became aware of IMAKEMADBEATS from his 2009 collaborative project The Transcontinental with Oxnard rhyme-slinger Roc C (a project that featured the likes of Oh No, Big Pooh, Rakaa Iriscience, and Chino XL), which subsequently led to the nationwide Smash Mouf Tour. In addition to the much-anticipated forthcoming Doxside Music Group self-titled debut, IMAKEMADBEATS is also unleashing his dual-EP concept album Daylight/Nightlight, featuring Butta Verses and MidaZ the Beast respectively. Also in the works are projects with Beretta 9 (Wu-Tang's Killarmy), his BlakOut album with MidaZ, an instrumental project, and more placements on projects by artists seeking the "IMAKEMADBEATS" treatment to their music.

Video: Saigon - "Greatest Story Never Told"

From Mitchell Dudley:

Video: Saigon - "Greatest Story Never Told"

Video Premiere: Saigon

Just click on Saigon's picture to watch the video courtesy of MTVu!

PR: Slaughterhouse to Release New EP on February 8th, 2011

From E1 Music:



(New York, NY) –, Entertainment One Music announces the release of The Slaughterhouse E.P., the new E.P. from Slaughterhouse-- the hip hop super-group featuring four of the most lyrical MCs in the game -- Joell Ortiz, Royce Da 5’9”, Joe Budden and Crooked I.

The incomparable talents, prolific lyrics and fan base of Slaughterhouse have created a new excitement within hip-hop which ignited a whirlwind buzz.  Rap icon Eminem caught wind of Slaughterhouse and signed them to his label Shady Records.  Slaughterhouse and Eminem will appear on the March 2011 cover of XXL which will be on stands nationwide the same day as the release of The Slaughterhouse E.P., February 8, 2011.

To pre-order the Slaughterhouse EP now via Amazon please click HERE.

The first single, “Back on the Scene” featuring Dres is being serviced to college and mixshow radio and can be heard here: .

The E.P. features Sheek Louch, Jadakiss, Styles P, Dres, and Iffy, with production by Frequency, Black Milk, Mr. Porter and more.

The group came together only 2 years ago when Joe Budden was working on a song for his Halfway House album and enlisted the services of Crooked I, Joell Ortiz and Royce Da 5’9” for a song called “Slaughterhouse.” Inspired by the vibe of track and the immediate chemistry of the four rappers, a plan was immediately made to form the super-group.  The group released the self-titled Slaughterhouse album last year on eOne Music to incredible critical acclaim.

Kicking off the year with this E.P., Royce Da 5’9” says, “2011 is ours!!!!”

Slaughterhouse is currently planning and gearing up for a tour that will criss-cross the U.S., giving fans and supporters alike the opportunity to see the super-group deliver ground-breaking performances.

For more information, please visit: .

Joe Budden  

Joell Ortiz

Crooked I     

Royce Da 5’9

MP3: Oddisee f/ Toine - "Different Now"

From Mello Music Group:

MP3: Oddisee f/ Toine - "Different Now"

Different Now is the final single from Mello Music Group's label compilation Helpless Dreamer.  This one is from senior label member Oddisee featuring his talented lil homie Toine of DTMD.  The track starts out with a soul singer crooning "little signs of distance" foreshadowing the theme to come of maturity and it's affects on attraction.   Oddisee's production opens up with warm strings & synths,  solid drums & hi hats, and a flanging that creates a harmonic series that carries the song forward with ease.  When the first verse comes in Oddisee is found waxing philosphically on how his taste in women has changed:

"She practically handed me the ass, and I could care less, because she lacked class.  The fitting of her dress would have had me at 21.  It's funny son, just a few years older, more revealing's less appealing, and I'm more into shoulders, and other subtleties."

The verse isn't the only thing more honed, as Oddisee's production is polished and shines brightly throughout, offering variations and change ups to keep the listeners ears entertained.  The second verse is contributed by Toine, 1/2 of the group DTMD, who offers and equally compelling look at lifes ever changing landscape.

Oddisee's contribution to the MMG label compilation is more than just Different Now, in fact Oddisee offers up 4 new tracks for listeners on Helpless Dreamer.  The project is yet another step towards Oddisee's big solo effort coming later this year, People Hear What They See, which is shaping up to be one of the most anticipated albums from MMG in 2011.
Oddisee feat. Toine Different Now (Free Download): .

PR: Lil B The Based God - "Angels Exodus" (Amalgam Digital)

From Amalgam Digital:

PR: Lil B The Based God - "Angels Exodus" (Amalgam Digital)

Digital-Only Album

Available Today @ w/ 2 bonus tracks

1.      Exhbit 6

2.      Lifes Zombies

3.      All My Life Remix

4.      Bay Area Music

5.      Motivation

6.      Cold War PT.2

7.      Vampire

8.      More Silence More Coffins

9.      Connect the Dots

10.  1 time

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