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EP Download: Trek Life and J.Bizness - Rhymes Within Reason

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EP Download: Trek Life and J.Bizness - Rhymes Within Reason

Mello Music Group Recording Artist Joins Forces With J. Bizness For First Of Three Different MC/Producer Albums In 2010

The EP:

West coast rapper Trek Life has teamed up with fellow left coast producer J.Bizness to release a brand new (and free) 10 song EP. Titled Rhymes Within Reason, the EP is produced entirely by the IllRegular Instrumentals producer, who laces Trek with his melodic yet raw production. Complete with the heavy drums and gritty chops, he is quickly becoming known for thorough work with both Trek and others, including Ras Kass, LMNO, Buff1, and more. J.Bizness lays a backdrop perfectly suited for the west coast MC. Trek, who released an excellent album, New Money, in 2009, handles primary emcee duties on the project, as his straightforward, to-the-point lyricism and high-energy delivery carries listeners throughout the EP. Trek uses the collection of songs to touch on concepts both gritty ("Stay Raw") and smooth ("K.I.S.S.") with ease. The EP features a number of other game-changers, including producer/MC and frequent collaborator Oddisee, as well as Wyann Vaughn, Richard Wright, Mykestro, and Ragen Fykes. Rhymes Within Reason is the first of three projects in 2010 for Trek, who will be working together with Mello Music Group to release entire projects with Oddisee (Everything Changed Nothing) and DJ Babu (Fire Outside).

Rhymes Within Reason is available for free download through Trek Life's BandCamp page: .

The Background - Trek Life:

Trek Life has worked with several known artist from Bishop Lamont to Kev Brown and rocked over production from DJ Khalil, DJ Babu, Evidence, Oddisee and many more. With a growing global fan-base that has resulted from consistently touring the United States, the UK, and Europe, Trek Life is planning on releasing 3 projects in 2010 with J.Bizness (Rhymes Within Reason), Oddisee (Everything Changed Nothing), and Babu (Fire Outside), all through Mello Music Group. Paired with each of these albums, there will be a Digital 12, featuring clean, dirty, and instrumental versions of each album's lead single for free download. Trek Life is well known for his energetic delivery, straight-forward lyrics, and engaging live shows.

The Background - J.Bizness:

The extensive roster of artists that J.Bizness has worked with includes Ras Kass, LMNO, Buff1, Danny Brown, Richard Wright and many more. In 2008, he took the first place spot in the West Coast Regional Red Bull Beat Battle. His upcoming release with Trek Life, Rhymes within Reason is the first of many projects from J.Bizness that will drop in 2010. His other upcoming projects include a song on Little Brother's final album Left Back and a series of 3 song EPs with various artist called "3Ps" for free release on .


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Guru's New Statement - Stable Condition, Not in Coma, Etc.

From Yo! PR:


UPDATE: Guru is diagnosed by his doctors as ailing from Anoxia due to his history of lung problems and asthma. Guru is NOT in coma and he continues to recover. The doctors are hopeful for a full recovery.

Thoughts and prayers have been with legendary Hip-Hop emcee Guru since his hospitalization earlier this month due to a heart attack. Solar, the rapper's longtime partner and best friend, said Guru has a history of lung problems and asthma and is slowly recovering.

Guru, born Keith Elam, recently disclosed his first statement, assuring the public that he is recuperating, and that his producer Solar will stand as his representative during his recovery. 

"I am doing fine and I am recovering! I'm weak though," Guru said. "Solar is the only person who has the accurate info on my situation. Any info from anybody else is false. I appreciate your well wishes and all the love!" 

The producer expressed similar sentiments about the rapper's health status, saying: "Guru is resting and doing well. The doctors say that he will fully recover from his illness. We thank everyone who send prayers our way and we appreciate the outpouring of love from fans around the world!"

There are a lot of rumors and false allegations circulating around, but Guru explicitly named Solar his official spokesperson and the hit producer is taking this position very seriously. 

"Guru has entrusted me to be accurate and truthful in relaying information to the media," Solar said.

The producer is in constant contact with Guru's relatives like the MC's father and brother who have visited the legendary rapper numerous times. 

"When a patient is in such critical conditions it is very common that not everyone is allowed to enter the room, especially when Mr. Keith Elam doesn't want to see certain people," one of Guru's doctors said.

Many Hip-Hop artists from around the world sent well wishes to Guru but some people from his past are trying to shed bad light on his partner Solar for his position in this situation.

In a previous interview with, Guru made it clear that he and his former deejay and some people he used to work with were never that close. "People ask me about [...] all that. We were never all that close. We hooked up in the studio and did great music, but we were never hanging and all that cool. Solar and I, we got tight before we even started doing music."

Guru, the sole founder of the world-famous Hip-Hop duo GangStarr, is reluctant to talk about his GangStarr past, especially his ex-DJ who he hasn't spoken to in over 7 years.  

"That's something I don't want to talk about. I don't want to talk about the past. The past is the past. It is what it is. It was great, but that was then and this is now." said Guru.  

Doctors have not given any indication as to when Guru might be released, but the rapper is touched by the fan support. 

"The outpouring of love from around the world has been tremendous," Solar said. "I'm reading some of the best e-mails, texts and Twitters that come in and Guru enjoys them. I think that's what has been helping his recovery and what's got him in there fighting."

During what must be an incredibly hard and stressful period in life, keep sending your prayers, thoughts, and wishes to Guru, Solar and his loved ones.

In homage to Guru and his outstanding career, his record label 7 Grand Records decided to upload all his classic music videos to the label's official YouTube channel at .

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An R.Me To March With

Plans don’t always work out, but for R.Me a failed plan ended up leading them to something much greater than they had imagined. In 2008, Steph L.V, X Maximus, Rashid Amir and Real Da Magnificent (pictured L to R), wanted to combine their four teams. Conflicting interests led to that dream fading in the summer of that year, but with the four leading men still together on Rebels Music Empire Recordings, Real saw a new opportunity. “From the previous collaborations that we had done I figured we should form as a group.”

Real’s idea turned out to be a really good one as the group they formed has been making an impact on stages throughout NYC. That impact is now also making its way into people’s homes as R.Me just released their debut album, Still Untitled Til This Day, which features production by Real, Saez The Last Son, Rashid Amir, Cliff Rock and Raydar Ellis. According to Steph L.V. the group’s goal is “to shake up the music industry and have some fun while doing so,” and this week I caught up with all four member of R.Me to find out more about how they’re going to accomplish that.

Read the full interview at:

NEOSONIC News - R.I.P. Nujabes

From NeoSonic
I first got hipped to the smooth sounds of Sen Juba (aka Nujabes) five years ago upon becoming totally enamored with the soundtrack to the anime series, "Samurai Champloo". Nujabes' mix of poignant jazz loops with fresh hip-hop-styled drum programming single-handedly re-sparked my interest in "instrumental hip-hop".  Not since my college days of bumping DJs' Krush, Cam & Shadow, had a producer really impacted me!  I was so much a fan of Nujabes' music that it became a personal mission of mine to share his music- hence the subsequent inclusion of an instrumental presence on my radio show, Subsoniq.

Though i didn't learn how to properly say his name (NEW-Jah- BESS) till the homie Substantial, a frequent collaborator of Nujabes, told me 3 years ago, i always knew his music verbatim- down to every last nuance and subtlety!  I personally likened him to jazz legend Ahmad Jamal, for their common use of "spacing" in their music.  Albeit, his productions could come off as "simple" or "basic" to some, me and his thousands of other fans out there would probably agree that the complexity of his beats was more inherent via the emotion of his tracks, and most times the feeling i got was that of either sadness or joy or both... one of my favorite pieces that he made, which i feel captures that duality and the soul of his music, is called "Reflection Eternal".  I have played this song during a myriad of events- breaks up, mourning a loss of a loved one & even during a drive to my aunt's house for Christmas with my family a few years ago... and it fit the vibe of all three perfectly, listen...

I could go on & on about how amazing Nujabes is and how much of a worldwide influence his music has, but i think i'm gonna pay my respects through sound and dedicate my next instrumental show to him as a proper way to say "Domo Arigato" Nujabes.  Rest in Beats...

Audio: Side Effect - "HappGeez Is On The Beatbox"

From Karma Response Unit Records:

Our free song this week is "HappGeez Is On The Beatbox" by Side Effect, taken from the "Karma Response Unit presents The Hogan Fam" compilation album which features music from Louis Logic, 40th Dimension, Reef the Lost Cauze, Snuff of Media 101, Jake Lefco, Fowlmowf, Briz, Kenneth Masters, R-Son, Adam 12, and many more! The album is available from our online store here; as well as from the iTunes store.

This song will also be a featured CD-only bonus track on Side Effect's forthcoming "Cabin Fever" album dropping very soon on Karma Response Unit Records.

"HappGeez Is On The Beatbox" - Side Effect
Lyrics by Side Effect. Produced by Happ G

Waka Flocka Flames Locked Up For Alleged Probation Violation


 (AllHipHop News) Atlanta rapper, Waka Flocka Flames was locked up in Georgia last night (March 16) for violating his probation.

Sources told the rapper, who is signed to incarcerated rapper Gucci Mane’s label So Icey Ent., was on probation for carrying a shotgun.

He was locked up for leaving the state around 4:00 PM yesterday, which was a violation of his probation.

Over the past weeks, Waka Flocka, born Juaquin Malphurs, has been seen in New York, in addition to a controversial appearance in Gary, Indiana, where eight teens were shot after his show at the World of Skates skating rink on March 5th.

Sources initially told the rapper was supposed to perform at a club in Virginia Beach, VA last night, but was allegedly arrested for smoking marijuana before the show, although this information has not been confirmed.

The rapper is best known for his current hit single "O Let's Do It"  is due in court this month and will remain incarcerated until his hearing.

Audio: Dominique Larue f/ Idasa Tariq - “Batter Up”


New track from Dominique Larue “Batter Up” featuring Idasa Tariq, taken from Larue’s upcoming project Herstory. HerStory EP is set for release March 25th via



Phil Ade Represents The DMV At SXSW


There are many who are called, but only few are chosen. In an over saturated and disposable music marketplace, it is refreshing to know that a lyricist has emerged ready to rise to the occasion. Representing the DC, Virginia, and Maryland area, Phil Adé is readying to be a major force to be reckoned with. He is a multifaceted talent who blends unique style, smooth delivery, vocal ability, and quality content filled lyrics.

Phil Adé has earned the distinction of being the first artist signed to Grammy Award-nominated singer/songwriter- Raheem DeVaughn's DC-based independent label, 368 Music Group, which he co-founded with DC talent manager/A&R Andre "Dre The Mayor" Hopson.

Following the successful release of the debut mixtape, Starting On JV (available for free download at, features in the Washington Post,, and to name a few, and wowing crowds as the opening act for notable artists such as: Wale, The Clipse, Bun B, Tabi Bonney, 368 Music Group Recording Artist, Phil Adé, will be joining the line up as one of the premiere hip hop artists at the 2010 SXSW Music Festival in Austin, TX.

Phil Adé can be seen performing for the following shows:

Friday, March 19, 2010
Quality Showcase Presented By Blind I, The Great Progression, DC to BC, Leaders, illRoots, Vita Morte, Good Wood
Soho Lounge
217 East 6th Street
Austin, TX 78701
Performance Time: 11:45 am

Sunday March 21st, 2010
KVRX 91.7 FM Presents The Marcus & Tayo Show SXSW Celebration
213 W. 5th St.
Austin, TX 78701
Doors open at 6pm and the show starts at 7pm
Phil Ade Performance Time: 9:45 pm**
Video: Bone Thugs-N-Harmony - "Meet Me in the Sky"

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony: Meet Me in the Sky

Off the upcoming album UNI5: The World's Enemy.

Available on iTunes: Bone Thugs-N-Harmony

Meet Me In The Sky

Bone Thugs-n-Harmony | MySpace Music Videos

Kottonmouth Kings To Celebrate 420 Freedom Fest in Vegas

From Suburban Noize Records:
Kottonmouth Kings Get Ready To Celebrate Stoner Holiday With 420 Freedom Fest In Las Vegas
On April 24th
New Album “Long Live The Kings” In Stores April 20th
The Kottonmouth Kings are gearing up for this year’s annual stoner holiday with a special 420 Freedom Fest show on April 24th in Las Vegas, NV, along with special guests Unwritten Law, (Hed)pe, and Big B.  The group will embark on a string of tour dates throughout April and May before embarking on a full scale US tour this summer.
Kottonmouth Kings are riding a creative high after announcing they have added Oregon based rapper the Dirtball to the group as a full-time member. Kottonmouth Kings' new studio album, "Long Live The Kings", is currently available for pre-order with a bonus CD and exclusive DVD online at
Apr 23 - Tempe, AZ @ Marquee
Apr 24 - Las Vegas, NV @ Freemont East Entertainment District *** 420 Freedom Fest w/ Unwritten Law, (Hed)pe
May 07 - San Diego, CA @ House of Blues

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