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Video: Jamieson - "P.U.S.H."


From Jamieson Music:

Video: Jamieson - "P.U.S.H."

Video: Ace Hood - "In the Morning"


From Mr. E:

Video: Ace Hood - "In the Morning"

MP3: Spectac feat. Big Daddy Kane - "One Day Remix"


From Domination Recordings:

MP3: Spectac feat. Big Daddy Kane - "One Day Remix"

Now available for free download is the new single "One Day" Remix  from Spectac featuring Big Daddy Kane & Kofi. The single is produced by K-Hill  and is taken from Spectac's new album "Looks Like Another Job For Spectac" on Domination Recordings.

Free Download: One Day Remix http://dominationrec.bandcamp.com/track/one-day-remix-feat-big-daddy-kane-kofi .

PR: Swollen Members' Mad Child Announces Solo Album 'Dope Sick'


From Kerosene Media:

Swollen Members' Mad Child Announces Solo Album 'Dope Sick'

Swollen Members’ Mad Child Announces The Release Of Solo Album “Dope Sick” & Prevail Releases ‘SpaseFase’ EP

Swollen Members’ Mad Child has announced he will be releasing his solo debut “Dope Sick” in early 2011 through Suburban Noize. The album was inspired by Mad Child ’s ongoing battle with drug addiction and his descent into severe Oxycontin dependence. Mad Child has debuted the track “Hanging On By A Thread” featuring a beat by Madlib from his upcoming mixtape online at http://bit.ly/aBaDkI .
 
Prevail has recently released his new solo EP “SpaseFase” through digital retailers. The EP is a journey into conspiracy and an expression of various topics, executed in a way that only Prevail could orchestrate.
 
“This project which showcases the skills of both mc and producer, ‘SpaseFase’ is a high energy, lyrically forward release that Swollen Members listeners will love,” Prevail said about the solo release. “We just shot a video for the song ‘Razorblades ‘featuring Malia May and it looks amazing. This EP is quickly becoming an instant classic, so make sure you get it now on iTunes!”
 
Swollen Members will be touring throughout Canada in September and then launch a full US tour in November. Swollen Members are currently putting the finishing touches on their new studio album “Dagger Mouth”, which is scheduled for early 2011 release.
 
CATCH SWOLLEN MEMBERS LIVE:
Sept 11 - Prince George, BC - Roll-O-Dome
Sept 16- Kelowna, BC - Gotcha’s Nightclub
Sept 17- Chilliwack, BC - Echo Room
Sept 18- Victoria, BC - Sugar
Sept 19- Nanaimo, BC - Queens Hotel
Sept 23- Calgary, AB - Back Alley
Sept 24- Lethbridge, AB - Exhibition Park – Main Pavillion
Sept 25- Red Deer, AB - Urban Rodeo
Sept 27- Yorkton, SK - Ultra
Sept 28- Winnipeg, MB - Pyramid
Sept 29- Winkler, MB - Morden Complex
Sept 30- Saskatoon, SK - Tequilla Night Club
Oct 02 - Nelson, BC - Royal Hotel

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* www.MySpace.com/SwollenMembers *

PR: DJ Qbert Voted America's Best DJ for 2010


From Justin Kleinfeld:

DJ Qbert Voted America's Best DJ for 2010

ABDJ Awards Ceremony and Closing Party Set for October 2 at The Palms Hotel & Casino Las Vegas - With Paul Oakenfold’s Planet Perfecto party

Port Washington, N.Y. - The votes have all been counted and it's official - DJ Times magazine and Pioneer DJ are proud to announce that DJ Qbert has been voted America's Best DJ for 2010.

The talented San Francisco-based jock - and ABDJ runner-up in both 2008 and 2009 - will be honored October 2 in Las Vegas for the ABDJ Closing Party, which will include a press reception at Ghost Bar in The Palms Hotel & Casino. After being presented with his trophy - a special Gold-Plated Pioneer mixer - from 2009 America’s Best DJ winner Z-Trip, DJ Qbert will perform at the Rain Nightclub for Paul Oakenfold’s Planet Perfecto party, one of America's wildest nights out. (Incidentally, Z-Trip maintains his “Z-Trip Revolution” residency at the Rain nightclub in The Palms, where he took over the decks after the passing of DJ AM.)

"Skratching Lives!  What a great opportunity to show that we DJs are musicians. Thank you to everyone at DJ Times, ThudRumble.com, and everyone for supporting the skratch art!," said DJ Qbert, reacting to the news that he was voted 2010 champ.

Running in tandem with the competition, the 20-event America’s Best DJ Summer Tour (presented by Pioneer DJ) kicked off Memorial Day Weekend at Movement: Detroit’s Electronic Music Festival and wraps with the closing party at the Palms on October 2. Along the way, America’s Best DJ summer tour stopped at Baltimore’s Starscape Festival, New York’s Black & White Festival, Denver’s Global Dance Festival and Atlantic City’s DJ Expo, among many other events.  

Additionally, we’re happy to announce that Kelly Perry of Denver, Colorado has won the ABDJ Grand Prize trip for two to Las Vegas that includes roundtrip airfare, accommodations at The Palms, and VIP treatment at the America’s Best DJ closing party in Rain Nightclub.

2010 AMERICA’S BEST DJ FINAL RESULTS

WINNER – DJ Qbert

A genuine DJ legend, Qbert is a turntablist who makes other jocks stand back in awe. Hailing from the San Francisco area, QBert gained fame as a competition-winning battle jock and as one-fifth of the Invisibl Skratch Piklz DJ crew. Always the innovator, QBert’s repertoire of scratches and other tricks has won a global following of fans and vinyl-fetish DJs.

Check Out DJ Qbert's Myspace at http://www.myspace.com/djqbert !
 
SECOND PLACE - Kaskade

A DJ whose profile continues to rise, Kaskade (aka Ryan Raddon) has become one of our most in-demand club talents, not to mention one of America's most prolific producers. A creator of six artist albums, including 2010's Dynasty, Kaskade has enjoyed chart success with that CD's eponymous single, plus others like "Move For Me" (with Canada's Deadmau5), "Everything" and "Stars Align."

Check Out Kaskade's Myspace at http://www.myspace.com/kaskademusic !
 
THIRD PLACE – A-Trak

By the time he was old enough to vote, A-Trak (aka Alain Macklovitch) had won more international championships than Sugar Ray Robinson. Indeed, between 1997 and 2000, A-Trak took eight different DJ titles, including the 1997 DMC World Championship at the precocious age of 15, making him the organization’s youngest winner. Now a seasoned veteran, the Montreal-born A-Trak went on to become Kanye West’s Tour DJ, launched the ultra hip Fool’s Gold Records and scored big with a number of remixes, most notably with The Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ “Off With their Heads.”

Check Out A-Trak's Myspace at http://www.myspace.com/djatrak !

Video: Wise Intelligent - "Water Walker A Capella"


From Wise Intelligent:

Video: Wise Intelligent - "Water Walker A Capella"

Ninja Tune's 20th Anniversary - Cut Chemist, Kid Koala & More


From Terrorbird Media:

Ninja Tune's 20th Anniversary - Cut Chemist, Kid Koala & More

Pioneering electronic label Ninja Tune announces their U.S. events to celebrate 20 excellent years in existence. The shows will take place in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco with appearance from marquee artists such as Amon Tobin, Kid Koala, DJ Food, Cut Chemist, as well as acts from Ninja's new guard like ESKMO and Toddla T & Serocee. Starting October 28th, they will begin three full back-to-back events in the cities mentioned, the event in San Francisco is FREE to the public (sponsored by Converse) Folks can RSVP for it at http://reg.inticketing.com/evinfo.php?eventid=123625 .

28th October - New York - Santo's Party House
Amon Tobin, Kid Koala, DJ Food & DK, Poirier, Toddla T & Serocee, DJ Kentaro, Eskmo, more TBD
96 Lafayette St//New York, NY 10013

29th October - San Francisco - 1015 Folsom
(FREE!  Sponsored by Converse!)
Amon Tobin, Kid Koala, DJ Food & DK, Toddla T & Serocee, DJ Kentaro, Eskmo, Ghostbeard, An-Ten-Nae, and Motion Potion, more TBD
103 Harriet St//San Francisco, CA 94103

30th October - Los Angeles - Echo/Echoplex
Amon Tobin, Kid Koala, Cut Chemist, DJ Food & DK, Toddla T & Serocee, DJ Kentaro, Eskmo, Ghostbeard, more TBD
1822 W. Sunset Blvd//Los Angeles, CA 90026

This weeks free Ninja XX download is Amon Tobin's video for "Esther's" directed by up-and-coming Belgian director Charles De Meyer. Also, to boot, Ninja Tune is offering a 320 mp3 of 'Shut Down', highlighting one of the amazing Monthly Joints available previously on a special limited-edition picture disc package.

Sign up for free downloads at www.ninjatunexx.com .

Video: Tiff the Gift feat. Jean Grae - "Punch In"


From Digi Crates:

Video: Tiff the Gift feat. Jean Grae - "Punch In"

PR: Nottz To Release Solo Debut on Raw Koncept This October


From Audible Treats:

Nottz To Release Solo Debut, You Need This Music, On Raw Koncept This October

Grammy-Winning Producer Goes Solo For Debut Album With Appearances From Snoop Dogg, Asher Roth, Bilal, Travis Barker, And More

The Album:

(September 9, 2010 – Brooklyn, NY) Grammy Award-winning producer Nottz is excited to announce the release of his solo debut, You Need This Music. The album will be released on October 12th via up and coming label, Raw Koncept, and will introduce fans to a new facet of Nottz, as he handles a bulk of the rhyming on the album, in addition to producing the full project.

Nottz is a fixture among the industries heaviest-hitting producers; he secured his first placements on Busta Rhymes’ best-selling album E.L.E in 1998 and has maintained a strong presence since. Having since collaborated with industry luminaries such as Kanye West, Snoop Dogg, Notorious B.I.G, 50 Cent, The Game, Little Brother, Royce Da 5'9 and more, Nottz has amassed an enviable and growing resume. Though he has recently dedicated himself to mastering cadence and lyrical structure for You Need This Music, he has still managed to place compositions on upcoming projects by the likes of Rah Digga, Scarface, and the elusive Dr. Dre, who’s Detox boasts Nottz among a very select few guests.

On You Need This Music, Nottz pulls no punches, charging out of the gate over a cavalcade of snares hammered out by Travis Barker on the album intro. Handling the entirety of the album's production on his trusy ASR-10, his lyrics compliment each song of the 14-track marathon, a pace kept by energetic guest verses from Black Milk, Little Brother, Asher Roth and Joel Ortiz and tempered by soulful hooks from Dwele, Mayer Hawthorne, Bilal and Colin Munroe.

Check out the first two singles from Nottz' You Need This Music
"Shine So Bright": http://vimeo.com/9370856 .
"Cars": http://vimeo.com/11037417 .

Nottz' You Need This Music will be available October 12, 2010 via Raw Koncept Media Group.

The Background:

Since 1998, some of Virginia-born Nottz' biggest records to date include, Snoop Dogg Ft R.Kelly "That's That," Kanye West Ft Lil Wayne "Barry Bonds," and Scarface Ft Trey Songz "Girl You Know." Adding to those credits, he has collaborated with artists such as Notorious B.I.G, Swizz Beats, The Game, 50 Cent, Dwele, and Murs just to name a few. These past few years he has built fan base and earned his stripes as a respected and talented artist and, this October 2010, he is set to release his self-produced debut, You Need This Music. All of Nottz' hard work has been, in his words, "to take over the world one day with my sound.

PR: Pimpin' Ken Turns Successful Book Into Online Curriculum


From Nancy B:

Pimpin' Ken Turns Successful Book Into Online Curriculum

Milwaukee, WI - The principles of pimping, according to former pimp-turned-author, Pimpin' Ken, can be applied to the every day lives of the average citizen; from the decisions they make in their friendships and relationships to the roads they take in their business lives, and this is the basis of the curriculum at Pimpin' Ken's newly founded Pimp College.

Using the rules set forth in his highly successful book, "Pimpology: The 48 Laws of the Game" (Simon & Schuster, 2008), Professor Ken and fellow former pimp and protege, T.P. (Truth & Power), will conduct online classes, 48 in all, to those seeking to have more leverage in their day-to-day interactions with the people in their lives.

In Ken's opinion, there is little difference in the way business is conducted in the streets or the boardroom. There are sharks everywhere and the stakes are high. By applying the principles broken down within the curriculum at Pimp College, you can always be assured of coming out on top. Gender is not an issue either for this is not about learning how to become a pimp. It is simply a way for Ken and T.P. to pass along the 'game' they have learned on their own journeys from doing street business to starting and running their own very successful business franchises. The combined businesses of these two entrepreneurs includes the production of 4 popular documentaries, a successful book release, an internet radio show, a rent-to-own realty agency, a fleet of vending machines, a record label and music collaborations with everyone from Puffy to Pimp C. All this from intelligently applying the principles each of them took away from their early years conducting business in the streets.

Classes at Pimp College will include examples like, "Law #2 - Get a name in the game" during which students are taught the importance of branding; how to go about it and how to keep the brand fresh. Other examples are "Law #12 - Ain't no love in the game" where Professor Ken explains the importance of keeping your emotions out of your business dealings. As Ken puts it, "For a business to be successful, the bottom line must be the only thing you commit to. Feelings and emotions are irrelevant when it comes to making money. Business is no place for love. Money is all that matters; when the stock drops, drop the stock."

Ten minute snippets of each new class will be posted to www.pimpinken.net every 2 weeks and Ken's 48 class curriculum can be purchased via his site from which buyers will be sent a secret access code upon completion of purchase.

Also on the horizon for Ken is release of his new book, "The Art of Human Chess" and a collaborative CD and multi-city tour with T.P. Stay tuned for details.


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