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Video: Sway & Tech's 2010 Wake Up Show Anthem


From James Dunn:

Video: Sway & Tech's 2010 Wake Up Show Anthem

OFFICIAL VIDEO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LGocOyuUeRY .



TECH SAYS: These are some of my all-time favorite spitters coming together to do the new wake up show anthem for 2010.  I brought 2 guys back from the 1999 anthem along with 6 other cats that i consider to be dope m.c.s ...   We are close to finishing a you tube type video for the joint.  Just waiting on crooked to come back from touring europe.  This might be the last anthem I will put together, so I just want to say thanks to all the fans and hip hop fanatics who supported the show for all these years....  peace.

Eternia & MoSS - "THE BBQ" REMIX f/ Tiye Phoenix & Jean Grae


From Eternia & MoSS:

"THE BBQ" REMIX f/ Tiye Phoenix & Jean Grae

THE REMIX IS HERE! The blogger world has been asking, "Where's Jean?" and we answered them...featured alongside the inimitable Tiye Phoenix!!

    Stream & Download Link: http://eternia.bandcamp.com/track/eternia-moss-the-bbq-remix-ft-tiye-phoenix-jean-grae .

    Available Exclusively on the Limited Edition "AT LAST" Vinyl EP AVAILABLE NOW!

    For all press interviews and/or business inquiries, please respond to this e-mail and I will provide additional information.

CLICK to LISTEN & DOWNLOAD "THE BBQ REMIX" NOW!!

    "THE BBQ" REMIX ft. Tiye Phoenix & Jean Grae follows "The BBQ" Lead Single from the "AT LAST" LIMITED EDITION VINYL EP AVAILABLE IN STORES & ONLINE TODAY!

    Available Online: http://fatbeats.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=9403 .

    In Store:
    FAT BEATS NYC Record Store - 406 Avenue of the Americas
    New York, NY 10011-8432 (212) 673-3883

The EP offers the two lead singles from "AT LAST": "THE BBQ" ft. Rah Digga & Rage, and "IT'S FUNNY" ft. Joell Ortiz. The EP also boasts the exclusive "THE BBQ" remix featuring Jean Grae & Tiye Phoenix, along with the "IT'S FUNNY" remix featuring Ras Kass. As Eternia bluntly states in "THE BBQ": "cop the record now, before it's a collectible!"

    Eternia & MoSS will release their highly anticipated album "AT LAST" June 29th, 2010 on FAT BEATS RECORDS.

Cashmere Readies Awaited Debut Album "Take Me Away"


From Yo! PR:

Cashmere Readies Awaited Debut Album "Take Me Away"

VIDEO TRAILER: Cashmere - Where's Cashmere?
* http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0AjvKdRS6KE *



The Cash Administration is thrilled to announce the much anticipated debut album “Take Me Away” from New York rapper/songwriter, and entrepreneur Cashmere. “Take Me Away” features blazing songs from one of the hottest emcees coming out of the Big Apple including the album’s lead single “Where’s Cashmere?”.

“I was one of, if not the, hottest up-n-coming Hip-Hop artist in NYC before I ran into troubles with the law. So everybody was asking where I was and what was going on with me -- they asked ‘Where’s Cashmere?’ so I’m letting everybody know that Cashmere is back again to bring that crown back home,” Cashmere said about his first single.

Cashmere, introduced to the game by Hip-Hop heavyweights DJ Enuff and DJ Kay Slay, is known for his impressive mic skilz, which have made him one of the most respected and sought-after up-n-coming artists from the East Coast. Soon, Cashmere’s name branched out to other known radio personalities including Funkmaster Flex, and DJ Clue. Cashmere has already worked with major artists such as Bun B, Big Daddy Kane, Jim Jones, Lil Boosie, Akon, and Maino.

Cashmere was on top of his rap game proving high expectations, but grew weak to temptations of life; struggling to cross the underground border. After troubles with the law, being shot in the streets and a prison sentence, Cashmere took the time he had to reflect, and began to view his reality behind bars as a source of knowledge and inner growth, which you can hear on his debut album “Take Me Away.”

“This album is uplifting -- it’s 100% pure positive! Even the negative element you hear in it ends on a positive note and with a positive twist. I'm not telling my people to sell drugs, I'm not telling my people to act with violence -- I'm saying I did that and look where it got me! I found myself in the streets, getting shot and being locked up! Who would want that out of life?”

“I feel my album ‘Take Me Away’ is something that Hip-Hop needs. To me, Hip-Hop is looking for love and ain’t nobody lovin’ it back! Hip-Hop needs a revolution, a movement because it needs to take a stand. The kind of stand that Afrika Bambaataa, KRS-One, Public Enemy, and of course Rakim made in the beginning of the whole era. This is my contribution!”

“Take Me Away” will be released in later summer/early fall via Cashmere’s label, The Cash Administration.

WEBSITES

MySpace: www.myspace.com/thecashadministration .
Facebook: www.facebook.com/bkcashmere .
Twitter: www.twitter.com/bkcashmere .
Network: www.cashmeresworld.ning.com .

Timbaland and Dr. Dre Protege Hayes Releases New Single


From ifastfwd:

Timbaland and Dr. Dre Protege Hayes Releases New Single

DETROIT, MI June 07 /iFastFWD/ - Protege of Dr. Dre and Timbaland, rapper and actor, Hayes, has just released a new song with super producer J.R. Rotem.entitled "Down Ass Bitch" as well as a few other exclusive songs to the public produced by production groups such as Midi Mafia and The Breakfast Club. Sporting a hot beat that's sure to make your speakers shake the floor, Down Ass Bitch bangs from beginning to end.  The sound can be described as Los Angeles meets Detroit, as Hayes and A-list producer J.R. Rotem take the best of both worlds and roll it all up into what will be a monster hit!

In "Held Me Down," Hayes raps about how people seem to have turned their backs on him once things got cracking.  This track is emblazened with deep lyrics, a fiery beat, and expert production! It has the perfect formula to become a nationwide hit! Bringing in his main hit-making producers The Breakfast Club, Hayes speaks about where to draw the line when it comes to violence in the 1 minute and 20 second snippet of Draw The Line.  The beat is masterful, the lyrics are deep, and the hook is catchy.  This snippet showcases Hayes' hit making aptitude as well as leave you wanting to hear more! One Thang For Sure features Hayes speaking about how he is willing to work hard in his career, and it is apparent that Hayes practices what he preaches in this song!  The song is what we have come to expect from Hayes with a beat that knocks your speakers, great lyrics, and consummate production.  This track will be a definite crowd-pleaser!

Like 50 Cent and Jay-Z, Hayes is truly a self-made emcee.  He has put in the work - not just hard work, but the right kind of work.  The Detroit-born, Cali transplant has supported himself since the age of 12.  Got his own apartment at 14.  Dropped out of school in the ninth grade and slang dope to pay the bills.  But soon, all his friends were either dead or in jail.  Surrounded by pimps and drugs, he never expected to live past 24.  Yet something pushed Hayes to strive for better.  He saw another way:  rappers making it for themselves as artists and business people.

Gifted with words, verbal agility and possessing the determination of a heavy weight power lifter, Hayes discovered his calling.  Putting his heart and soul full-throttle into music, Hayes quickly made a name for himself on the Detroit streets, doing shows as young as 12 and 13. At 16, the West was calling and Hayes trekked cross-country to Cali, landing in Oakland.

After a fruitful stint running with Oakland 's biggest emcees, Hayes stepped away to find his own path.  His road to major label success has been winding and challenging.  At one time he was hanging with Preem of the Supreme Team, a Wu-Tang Clan affiliate.  He's been signed to Loud, numerous independents, and even Interscope once before.

Hayes has gone through many obstacles, and has lost many close friends along the way.  People around him kept dying.  It was the never-ending story of murder and death, and losing everybody as you go along.  "When everybody around you dying, you like, I live through all this shit - is ANY day my day?  I live clean, try to be productive.  You got to learn to live right, because you been taught your whole life to live wrong."

Despite obstacles and tribulations, Hayes never gave up hope.   After years of grinding, struggle and  lots of work, his perserverance has finally paid off.  Currently working with Dr. Dre and Timbaland on his yet untitled Interscope debut, Hayes doesn't have a want in the world.  Powered by a confident, smooth flow and experience-laden, husky vocals, Hayes' style mixes the best of all the places he's lived: Detroit, Oakland, Atlanta, Las Vegas and Los Angeles .

Hayes has always known what he's working toward, and most important, he knows who he is and what his music is about.  "I been through a lot and I seen a lot of shit, had a lot of nightmares, but never quit focusing on my dream - never quit it.  Now I'm blessed with the opportunity to work with two of the biggest producers that ever existed, and Interscope again.  I'm living proof that dreams can become reality."
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AUDIO:
Artist(s): Hayes
Title: Down Ass Bitch
Time: 04:32
Release date: 2010
Available versions: Dirty
Producer: J.R. Rotem
Hayes-Down_Ass_B____.mp3
Download MP3: http://usershare.net/mdzpo3cee8ej .

AUDIO:
Artist(s): Hayes
Title: Draw The Line (Snippet)
Time: 01:22
Release date: 2010
Available versions: Dirty
Producer: The Breakfast Club
Hayes-Draw_The_Line.mp3
Download MP3: http://usershare.net/hlz8rvl6yacw .

AUDIO:
Artist(s): Hayes
Title: Held Me Down
Time: 02:52
Release date: 2010
Available versions: Dirty
Producer: Midi Mafia
Hayes-Held_Me_Down.mp3
Download MP3: http://usershare.net/b1tlijey654n .

AUDIO:
Artist(s): Hayes
Title: One Thang For Sure
Time: 02:12
Release date: 2010
Available versions: Dirty
Hayes-One_Thang_For_Sure.mp3
Download MP3: http://usershare.net/s10zffcms87t .

Hip-Hop Shop #77 - Lucky 7's Edition




Every Sunday at 9:30 PM EST we air a live new edition of Hip-Hop Shop on BlogTalkRadio like the one you're about to hear - Episode #77 - Lucky 7's Edition! To celebrate 77 shows we're featuring the 7th song off 7 different promotional and podsafe albums we've received. Does the concept work? Decide for yourself and send your feedback to dj.flash@rapreviews.com. Thanks for listening and remember to share the show with a friend and tell them to check out the replay every Tuesday on RapReviews.com!

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Tracks featured this week:

* D-Sisive - Percocet
* Random & K-Murdock - Drop the Load (8-Bit Remix)
* BURNTmd f/ DJ Green Lantern - Bang Out
* Bisco Smith - Never Know
* Dan-e-o f/ Chemist - Lose Your Mind
* Top $ Raz - Perfect Stranger
* O.C. & A.G. - Think About It

The (W)rap Up - Week of June 1, 2010


Apollo Brown :: The Reset
Mello Music Group/Groove Attack

Author: Patrick Taylor

Click here to find   out more!

"If the best hip-hop is born out of hard times and struggles, then Detroit is about to blow up. The Motor City has been getting kicked in the teeth for the past twenty years, and just when it seems like it has hit rock bottom, the bottom falls out again. Detroit suffers from the recession, foreclosures, a violent crime rate five times higher than average, and an unemployment rate of either 15% or 50%, depending on who you ask. Out of this mess comes some of the most promising hip-hop in the nation. Artists like Black Milk, Finale, and now Apollo Brown are making hip-hop that is gritty, urgent, and real. "

Richie Cunning :: Night Train :: Routine Fly
as reviewed by Guido Stern

""Night Train," Cunning's debut album, is the kind of buoyant, nuanced record we critics at RapReviews dream of getting assigned among the many fledgling independent submissions we receive. It's by no means superlative, but of the hundreds of albums and mixtapes that come out each month, it's deserving of your time—a statement you won't hear terribly often from this disciple of Sturgeon's Law (viz. "90% of everything is crud"). Essentially a solitary labor of love, "Night Train" is entirely self-produced and features no guests, giving it an air of intimacy. Subject matter varies from clever braggadocio to humorous storytelling and rueful anecdotes about poverty. Cunning's most valuable skill is his comical, often self-deprecating honesty."

http://www.rapreviews.com/archive/2010_06_richienighttrain.html

DJ Quik :: Safe + Sound :: Profile Records
** RapReviews "Back to the Lab" series **
as reviewed by Pete T.

"Musically "Safe + Sound" is leaps and bounds above all of Quik's work that preceded it, which isn't to take anything away from either of his earlier albums in the slightest. Both "Quik Is the Name" and "Way 2 Fonky" were phenomenal musically, showcasing his deft hands on the boards as he executed a seamless West Coast funk that would help to define the genre. Still, they sound decidedly old school and pale in comparison to the musical magnificence of "Safe + Sound," if not in quality then in complexity. Light on samples and heavy on live instrumentation, "Safe + Sound" catapulted Quik from the status of a producer to that of a full-fledged composer. It is this sound—the quick, winding basslines, tinny high hats, smooth instrumental solos, soulful pipes, and Roger Troutman's talkbox—that defined him as a musician and, with varying moderations, he more or less developed for the rest of his career."

http://www.rapreviews.com/archive/BTTL_quiksafesound.html

D-Sisive :: Vaudeville :: URBNET Records
as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon

"D-Sisive has been on such a remarkable run that it can't be a coincidence any more. While it's conceivable that one individual writer might have a vested interest in a particular artist or group and thus overrate their work (something we try hard to discourage) there's no accounting for the fact that three different writers on RR felt so strongly about D-Sisive's work they gave his album 9 out of 10. For those new to the website, that's putting Derek Christoff in a very elite musical and lyrical category - right up there with the likes of Aceyalone, Gift of Gab, Nas, The Roots, Sage Francis, et cetera. So if you're asking yourself "Why haven't I heard of D-Sisive before now?" reading this review I'll give you three answers"

http://www.rapreviews.com/archive/2010_06_vaudeville.html

Heather B :: Takin Mine :: Pendulum/EMI
** RapReviews "Back to the Lab" series **
as reviewed by Matt Jost

"So "Takin Mine" isn't a balanced record. That's one reason to champion it, especially if 'balance' means catering to as many demands as possible. Shoving aside all expectations except those from the hardcore constituency, Heather B rips through her material like an East Coast version of Lady of Rage. Defiant from the opening line "Raise yo L's and yo middle left finger," she combines freestyle aesthetic and personal drive in a potent musical one-two punch. Just to keep things in balance, however, after "Takin Mine" you might want to listen to Missy 'Misdemeanor' Elliott's own acknowledgement of MTV's real-life soap opera, "Da Real World," an arguably more complex and diverse piece of music. "

http://www.rapreviews.com/archive/BTTL_heathertakinmine.html

Human Block :: Human Block :: Earsweat Music
as reviewed by Eric Sirota

"According to its renaissance man of an author, MC and software engineer, Rashenal, "Human Block" is quite an ambitious concept album. Indeed, according to the MC, this self-titled album by the Human Block project, comprised of Rashenal and producer and fellow Wild Life Crew member Jelts, is a concept album "exploring the most basic forms of human connection and how human lives are shaped around these connections." I would normally be fascinated by such sociological inquiries. The problem though, is that Rashenal is not a good rapper. "

http://www.rapreviews.com/archive/2010_06_humanblock.html

Mega Ran & K-Murdock :: Forever Famicom :: Neosonic Productions
as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon

""Forever Famicom" embraces the nostalgia for gaming's second era of home consoles, a time that blew away the simplicity of what could be done on Atari 2600 or Intellivision before it, yet still seems incredibly primitive compared to today's high-powered consoles like Sony PS3 or the X-Box 360. It's easy to argue that this is just a "throwback" retro movement, and if you like you can break out your Nintendo Power Glove and your Rob the Robot and relive the glory days, but "Forever Famicom" doesn't just cash in on a trip down memory lane like a tired VH1 TV concept. Like the Transformers toys of the same timeframe, this album is more than meets the eye - modern day hip-hop in disguise. When you play this album you discover that K-Murdock has pulled these old memorable tunes into today's hip-hop soundscape, occasionally kicking and screaming in protest, until he beat them into submission with scratches and beats that give them a totally now sound. "

http://www.rapreviews.com/archive/2010_06_foreverfamicom.html

Sage Francis :: Li(f)e :: ANTI-/Strange Famous Records
as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon

"To some observers the product that remains on "Li(f)e" would be better described as spoken word poetry instead of hip-hop. I wouldn't argue with that distinction. Every great or poorly conceived rap line is a poem - and those who have studied poetry know that as long as it expresses something important to the author it need not necessarily rhyme. In that respect Francis is more like Saul Williams than Ludacris, more like Paul Beatty than Public Enemy, closer to Gil Scott-Heron than Gucci Mane. On "Li(f)e" Francis takes this one step further than he ever has before. When he sings that "London Bridge" is falling down, that's not just the hook - he freely alternates between singing and speaking his lyrics over a crunchy guitar riff that's more punk rock than rap. On "Slow Man" you could mistake Francis for Whitey Ford at times, right down to the white man blues Brian Deck gives this song. Even when he's rapping on "Worry Not," it's not the familiar hip-hop you know."

http://www.rapreviews.com/archive/2010_06_sagefrancislife.html
Video: Super Chron Flight Bros - "Strangers With Candy"


From James Dunn:

Super Chron Flight Bros, "STRANGERS WITH CANDY"


 
from CAPE VERDE, the forthcoming album dropping July 13 on Backwoodz Studioz. A concept album from the NYC rap duo about a day in front of the television. Featuring Vordul of Cannibal Ox, Superb, Masai Bey,  Bigg Jus and more... http://backwoodzstudioz.com/
 Allhiphop called the Super Chron Flight Brothers' 2007 debut Emergency Powers "daring graffitti". Okayplayer said "one of the best underground releases of the year". HipHop Connection magazine proclaimed Emergency Powers "A return to what intrigued about indie rap in the first place" and AllMusicGuide hailed it as "provocative, catchy...and an overall fantastic accomplishment".
Video: Wordsmith - "As The Art Fades Away"


From DubMD:

Nu Revolution Entertainment would like to present Wordsmith in his 3rd single, "As the Art Fades Away" (Produced by Strada) from his debut album "Vintage Experience" OUT NOW on iTunes & Amazon. The video was directed by Olawale for 4 Sight Pictures, while Trey P. (Nu Revolution) crafted the treatment. Welcome back to the golden era of Hip Hop ladies and gentlemen and if you haven't copped the "Vintage Experience" album yet, wake the hell up and get it!

godAWFUL - Don't Be Fooled By The Name


Every once in a while I get an album that makes me step back and say “whoa, this guy (or woman) is really good.” It happened most recently when I first heard godAWFUL’s Songs In The Key of Awful Vol. 1. A seriously talented emcee and producer, godAWFUL has all the skills and personality one could hope for in an artist and is potentially one of the few emcees who could really make a big impact coming out of Connecticut. When he’s not writing or recording, godAWFUL says he can be found in places that feature “good vibes, strong beverages and pretty women,” and while I couldn’t find a place quite like that to interview him, I did catch up with him this week to find out more about his music, why he has no problem spending time in the Penalty Box, and what he considers God awful.

Read the full interview at: http://adambernard.blogspot.com/2010/06/artist-of-week-godawful.html

Free Music Friday: 4th of June Edition


4-ize :: Off the Top Rope

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[4-ize is not new in the rap scene at all. This ATL veteran been making his name known for over a decade and he's not stopping with this one. "Off the Top Rope" includes guest appearacnes by Senor Kaos, De La Soul, Ludacris, and GLC. This one'll probably be AngryMarks aprroved.]

Link:
http://www.4ize.com/downloads/4IZE_&_DON_CANNON_-_OFF_THE_TOP_ROPE.zip


The Cool Kids :: Tacklebox

TackleboxCover.jpg

[I know folks have been waiting on these retro duo to release an album by now. But no fear, at least they keep up with an update and this mixtape gives you the Mikey Rocks and Chuck Inglish that you need. Grab ya' tacklebox and go fishin'.]

Link:
http://www.coolxkids.com/


Judah X Dub MD :: The Amber Rose Freestyles



[So Judah made "Amber Rose Instrumentals" this year and he decided to get different emcees from all over the world to jump on it (no Kanye). So now here the "Amber Rose Freestyles." Rap from Amber Rose not included.]


Link:
http://dubmd.bandcamp.com/album/the-amber-rose-freestyles

Pill :: 1140 The Overdose



[We gave y'all the Refill months ago. And now here's the "Overdose" by Pill. Pill on his way to be one of the biggest rap star of 2010 and this is just the beginning. Listen, inject, or take with water. Be careful not to overdose though.]

Link:
http://www.mediafire.com/download.php?eoz4hmntlml



That's it for the "4th of June" Edition" of "Free Music Fridays." If you have any free music you would like to share with the world, please e-mail me at erik@rapreviews.com. If you're an artist with your free mixtape/album shown on this page and you want to send me a link re-up, corrections, and/or questions, e-mail me at erik@rapreviews.com, as well. Thanks for reading and enjoy y'all! Two fangas, one love....



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