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Video/MP3: Foreign Legion - "The Ultimate"

From Quality Control:

Video/MP3: Foreign Legion - "The Ultimate"

Foreign Legion Returns with Their New Single and Video "The Ultimate"

The Oakland, CA based Foreign Legion return from a four year hiatus to drop their brand new studio album "Night Moves" on April 12, 2011 via HungerStrike/Quality Control Digital. The veteran duo of Prozack Turner and Marc Stretch return with "The Ultimate," the second single off the album. The 15-year veterans to the Bay Area/Los Angeles hip-hop scene can’t go wrong as they display old school bravado combined with modern day braggadocio, to make an album full of next school anthems.

‘The Ultimate” is Foreign Legion’s grand return to the scene. The Grandpa J produced slow lane banger starts back where they left off. “I’m like Rocky 6 bitch, I don’t know when to quit. I’m too old for this shit, but this is all I live for,” Prozack Turner exclaims.  The hook includes a well timed Nas sample which is seamlessly blended with a voice proclaiming that we “All Hail the Ultimate.”  Marc Stretch continues, “Well past the last station of your train of thought, all aboard on all accords.” New heat for their long-term fans, and a reintroduction of sorts to the original Oakland, CA based hip-hop odd couple.

In their own words…”When you are in trouble you call the police. When the police are in trouble, they call SWAT. When the world's music playlist is in trouble, call Foreign Legion. "The Ultimate" is a shining example of feel good, rhyme great music. Come take a flight with Hip-Hop's caped crusaders, over a mellow Grandpa J production. Bad music is definitely in trouble.” Yes indeed, Foreign Legion is back.

To Stream "The Ultimate" from Foreign Legion Right Here: http://qualitycontrol.bandcamp.com/track/foreign-legion-the-ultimate .

Download "The Ultimate" MP3 from Foreign Legion Right Here: http://hulkshare.com/u9342k67pxwz .

PR: New Releases From VP Records & Greensleeves Records

From VP Records:

New Releases From VP Records & Greensleeves Records


Most Wanted
VP Records
March 8, 2011

1990's dancehall icon Norman Jackson aka Tiger is honored with a collection of his most favored, most collectable, most wanted hits from his high-flying though brief career. Tiger's unique vocal style and humorous approach made him one of dancehall's most memorable figures of the era. His contributions to stage performance and costume are still felt in dancehall today.

This collection of Tiger's Most Wanted hits features some of his biggest singles including "Ram Dance Hall," "Boombastic" and "Bam Bam."

Richie Spice
Book Of Job
VP Records
March 15, 2011

Reggae culture sensation Richie Spice is back with a brand new collection of signature hits on his new album Book Of Job, in stores and online on March 15, 2011. This, his fifth studio effort, is packed with 12 tracks of socially conscious roots reggae tunes that have made the entertainer an international staple for reggae lovers worldwide.

Teaming up with acclaimed reggae producer Donovan Germain for the majority of the album, including the smash singles "My Life" ("Street Life") and "Jah Never Let Us Down," Spice also enlists the talents of other top producers such as Shane Brown for "Serious Woman" and Stephen "Lenky" Marsden on "Yap Yap."

The first single from the album, "Black Woman," produced by Raging Fyah, sees Spice paying homage to women, a theme that is as trademark as his culture and conscious messages. The single and accompanying video are now enjoying airplay on reggae channels globally.

Various Artists
Covers For Reggae Lovers Vol. 2
VP Records
March 22, 2011
Presenting a collection of reggae-fied love songs for music fans of all ages, Covers for Reggae Lovers Vol. 2 features a wide range of radio favorites from new and veteran reggae artists. This selection of 16-certified hits showcases the variety of musical styles influencing contemporary reggae and presents some of the most exciting new talent in the genre.
Featured performers include new comers Jordaine Bailey performing the Mary J. Blige hit "I Am," Sadiki performing the Eric Clapton hit "Tears In Heaven," Gary Lewin singing the recent Nelly single "Just A Dream" and New Kingston performing the Sugar Ray smash "Someday." Mature fans will recognize the Aswad classic "Don't Turn Around," as well as Maxi Priest and Richie Stephens reading of the Motown classic "Still Waters Run Deep," among other classic tunes in the set.

Various Artists
The Evolution of Dub Volume 6
Greensleeves Records
March 21, 2011 
Here is the penultimate in Greensleeves' critically acclaimed series of CD box sets that spotlights key moments in the evolution of dub. Volume 6 shines the spotlight on legendary producer and engineer Prince Jammy, one of the pivotal figures in the history of reggae music.

These four speaker-disturbing dub sets from the golden age of version include the previously unreleased Crucial In Dub, which rounds up many sought after dubs from the era. The three other sets Kamizaki Dub, Uhuru In Dub and Osbourne In Dub have long been regarded as dub classics, showcasing Prince Jammy putting Black Uhuru, Johnny Osbourne, Sugar Minott, among others, under heavy dub discipline.

The four albums are classically packaged in card sleeves and presented in a themed box, which also includes a 12-page booklet featuring rare photos and images, topped off by sleeve notes from reggae historian Noel Hawkes.

Various Artists
Ragga Ragga Ragga 2011
Greensleeves Records
March 29, 2011

VP Records unleashes the hottest dancehall tracks to blaze the airwaves from the genre's top shottas on RAGGA RAGGA RAGGA 2011, dropping on March 29, 2011. This trend-setting compilation is known for breaking the latest tracks and featuring the biggest names currently in dancehall, and is a definitive compilation for fans on the cutting edge of this genre.

Featuring red-hot hits from the dancehall's biggest hit makers including Gyptian, Vybz Kartel , Buju Banton, I-Octane , Mavado, Di Genius, Chino, Spice, Elephant Man, Bounty Killer and more, RAGGA RAGGA RAGGA 2011 is bound to satisfy the appetite of any dancehall aficionado.

Most Wanted
VP Records
March 29, 2011

Assassin established himself among dancehall's first generation of crossover deejays (Sean Paul, Elephant Man, Mr. Vegas) with witty lyrics and original subject matter that made his tracks stand out among the pack.

He has had top entries on some of the biggest riddims of the past ten years, scoring tremendous mix show radio airplay and a solid reputation as a live performer.

This collection spans his ten years of recordings and celebrates the deejay with 12 of his best tracks and Most Wanted hits. Featured tracks include "Ruffest And Toughest" on the Diwali riddim, and recent hits "Hand Inna Di Air" and "Pre Dis."

Video: Murdah Baby - "New No Limit (Mixtape Trailer)"

From 'The New 50':

Video: Murdah Baby - "New No Limit (Mixtape Trailer)"

MP3: Side Effekt - "The Essence"

From Digi Crates:

MP3: Side Effekt - "The Essence"

***New Jazzy/Soul/Hip-Hop Manhattan, NYC instrumental project by two brothers named "Side Effekt", their debut release "Heart Wars" is a soundtrack to the heart of New York City and it's lifestyle, "Heart Wars" also pays hommage to Jazz/Hip-Hop production elite, Nujabes and DJ Premier. Side Effekt - Heart Wars is available now @ iTunes , CD available @ www.digicrates.com


Digi Crates Records
PR: Monique Moy's "Bag Lady" f/ Drake, T-Pain, Trina & More

From Tygereye Entertainment:

PR: Monique Moy's "Bag Lady" f/ Drake, T-Pain, Trina & More

Minneapolis, MN -- While it seems all the rage in 2011 for ladies in entertainment to rant and rave dramatically to garner public attention, there are still those artists who would rather connect with fans through uplifting messages without resorting to theatrics. Enter Monique Moy, a gifted songwriter and performer who delights in sharing her positive energy through music.
On March 7, 2011, Moy will unveil her new street album Bag Lady, presented by Florida's DJ Rell via Minneapolis-based Hudson Records. The insightful project offers 13 original tracks from Monique Moy, with guest appearances from Drake, T-Pain, Pitbull, Trina, Mr. CG, Supa Chino, T-Hud, American Idol season 5 finalist Paris Bennett and more.
For production, Moy united a number of sounds from the likes of trio The TrackSlayerz (T.I., Jim Jones, Lloyd Banks), CP Hollywood (Trina, Lil Boosie, Triple C's) and Covea Jiles Music Group (Omarion, Brutha). She's also nabbed some unique national flavor from Mississippi's J.Skillz da Bandman, Chicago's The Cubist, Houston's Juven and more.
The Hudson Records team has worked tirelessly with Moy to develop the Bag Lady project, especially CEO Troy Hudson, also known as T-Hud. Hudson personally produced four tracks for Moy, and even laid down some vocals for the anthemic "Mean Shoe Game."

Born in Philadelphia, raised in Chicago, and currently living in Minneapolis, Moy's experiences around the country have given her a unique voice in music. In 2010, she wrote 50Tyson’s hit single “Don’t Know How to Dougie (But I Know How to Diddi)” ft. Nerdy Star, and performed the hook. As a follow-up, she tested the waters in December 2010 with the release of her first mixtape, Been There Done That hosted by Germany’s DJ Cosinus.

The buzz single from Bag Lady, "Okay," features a lively chorus from international superstar Pitbull and a standout verse from Hip Hop's 'Diamond Princess' Trina. Monique will follow with a video for the first official single "Superstar" which features songbird Paris Bennett.

Songs on the the project range from magnetic dance tracks to poetic personal reflection, and Moy hopes that other women be inspired to find their own brand of independence through her lyrical testimony.

“Bag Lady is catered for every single woman. Explore your femininity, and be tough and confident!” Monique explains. “The handbag represents ‘us’, and what’s inside of it depends on individuality. I started writing about my life, my needs and my wants, and what I wrote needed to be written. We only have moments in time, so I am grateful to God for every one of them.”

Download "Okay" ft. Pitbull & Trina, produced by Covea Jiles Music Group http://www.sendspace.com/file/djohoo .

For more information on Monique Moy, go to http://Tygereye.net/MoniqueMoy and http://MoniqueMoy.com .
Follow Monique Moy on Twitter http://Twitter.com/MoniqueMoy .
Bag Lady track list
01. I'm Lady - prod by J.Skillz Da Bandman
02. Kill The Game Mo - prod by Trackslayerz
03. Can't Nobody ft. Supa Chino - prod by The Cubist
04. So Fly ft. T-Pain - prod by Roscoe Wii
05. Bag Lady ft. Paris Bennett - prod by T-Hud
06. 24 Hour Champagne ft. Drake - prod by Beatgoonz
07. Take It Off ft. Laura Bell & Mr CG - prod by V.I.
08. Come Over - prod by CP Hollywood
09. Okay ft Pitbull & Trina - prod by Covea Jiles
10. Mean Shoe Game ft. T-Hud - produced by T-Hud
11. I Wish You Would - prod by T-Hud
12. Superstar ft. Paris Bennett - prod by T-Hud
13. Other ish ft. Malachi - prod by Juven
14. *Bonus track: Chris Brown "Deuces" Remix

MP3: Random - "I Wonder Why" (prod. Domingo)

From RandomBeats Music:

MP3: Random - "I Wonder Why" (prod. Domingo)

a 45 minute session and a Domingo beat led to this thought provoking jam by everyone's favorite Teacher-Rapper-Hero.

Random - "I Wonder Why" produced by Domingo...Deep Thoughts...sorta. Enjoy! 

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Mixtape: J. Period x Cornerstone "New Heat for 2011"

From J. Period:

Mixtape: J. Period x Cornerstone "New Heat for 2011"

* http://www.jperiod.com/cornerstone134/ *

Courtesy of our friends at Cornerstone, Truelements is proud to bring you a limited time FREE DOWNLOAD of the J.Period x Cornerstone Mixtape #134: "Pass the Torch: Rising Artists & New Heat for 2011" (sponsored by TDK).

Produced by J.Period exclusively for Cornerstone Promotions, "Pass the Torch: Rising Stars & New Heat for 2011" showcases a talented young crop of MC's rising through hip hop's ranks, each hand-selected by J.Period for inclusion on this tape.  These stars-in-the-making (some already well on their way) include: REKS, Blu, Homeboy Sandman, Toronto's Shad, Nitty Scott MC, The Kid Daytona, Corey Gunz, Jay Electronica, J.Cole and more!  Also featured on "Pass the Torch" are several exclusive new J.Period blends and remixes, featuring The Money Makin Jam Boys, Diddy/Dirty Money f. The Notorious B.I.G. & Ghostface Killah, Dr. Dre f. The Firm, as well as selections from J.Period's unreleased Big Pun/Jay Dilla EP, and the upcoming "The [Abstract] Best" Volume 2, a collaboration with Q-Tip due out later this year.

Check 1200squad.com for the latest Cornerstone releases and remember that "the DJ is the Cornerstone of Hip-Hop®".

Cornerstone 134 

PR: Dennis Coffey - Record Store Day 7" Steinski Remix

From SRPD:

Dennis Coffey - Record Store Day 7" Steinski Remix

* http://www.denniscoffeysite.com/http://www.twitter.com/DennisCoffeyDET *
Following the recent announcement of the superb new self-titled studio album by Detroit guitar legend, Dennis Coffey, Strut will be accompanying the release with an exclusive 45 issue for this year’s Record Store Day featuring one digital-only track from the album and a brand new remix by producer legend, Steinski.
The release reinforces the strong, long-standing link between Coffey’s music and the world of hip hop – Coffey originals like ’Scorpio’ and ’Taurus’ have become bona fide breakbeat staples sampled by many, from Blackalicious to LL Cool J. And Steinski is cemented in hip hop history as one of the most important cut-up DJ / producers of all time, unleashing the seminal ’Lessons’ cut-up series alongside Double Dee in 1983/4 – the break from Coffey’s ’Scorpio’ appeared in the last of these mixes, ’Lesson 3.’ Steinski would later touch the national charts with Kennedy assassination broadcast-sampling ’The Motorcade Sped On.’ More recently, he has recorded for Ninja Tune and has worked on various soundtrack projects for TV and ads.
For this new 45, Steinski tackles an instrumental track from the ’Dennis Coffey’ album sessions, ’Ubiquitous.’ The original version, also featured here, is a pulsing breakbeat chugger true to the style of Coffey’s ’70s instrumental work on Sussex Records. Steinski re-works the track subtly, re-arranging the guitar ad organ parts and allowing the riffs to simmer on a shuffling, funky backbeat. Copies are strictly limited.


Dennis Coffey At SXSW 2011
Weds. March 16: Wax Poetics Showcase @ Scoot Inn (special guest appearance)
Sat. March 19: Hotel San Jose w/ Black Angels, Black Joe Lewis & more
Sat. March 19: Official Showcase @ Beauty Bar w/ Brownout, T Bird & The Breaks

Dennis Coffey will be touring internationally throughout 2011.
Booking agents: Dave Kaplan and Bruce Solar for The Agency Group (N.America), Clementine Bunel at 2 For The Road Productions (Europe)
Management: Christian Fuller and Chris Peters for Bad Data Management

Strut are proud to announce a priority release for 2011, the new studio album by
Detroit guitar legend, Dennis Coffey. Guitarist of choice for major artists as diverse as Del Shannon, Funkadelic and The Temptations, Coffey was a member of the original Motown ’Funk Brothers’ backing band and was key in bringing heavy wah wah guitar to soul and R&B during the late ’60s. The canon of classics featuring Coffey’s work is immense - from The Temptations’ "Ball Of Confusion’ and ’Cloud Nine’ to Edwin Starr’s ’War’ and Freda Payne’s ’Band Of Gold,’ the list is a roll-call of classic soul and R&B landmarks.
As a solo artist, Coffey is perhaps best known for a series of rare groove classics during the early ‘70s including the million-selling breakbeat staple ‘Scorpio’ and soundtrack to cult action flick ’Black Belt Jones.’ Alongside producer Mike Theodore, his ‘70s ‘Theo-Coff’ productions and his prolific guitar work ranged from raw funk to classic disco, including CJ & Co’s Devil’s Gun and The Sylvers’ Boogie Fever.
For 2011, Dennis Coffey’s new self-titled album is a revelation, a dense, fuzz-heavy haze of incendiary psychedelic soul. Much of the set recalls the sentiments of earlier solo work such as his seminal, trippy Hair ’N’ Thangs album. For these sessions, in addition to a host of new compositions, Coffey personally cherry-picks tracks upon which he first appeared and enlists an illustrious guest list for all-new interpretations. Stones Throw’s new soul hero Mayer Hawthorne takes up The Parliaments’ poignant mid-tempo swayer ’All Your Goodies Are Gone, " Fanny Franklin from killer Hollywood funk combo Orgone voices a new version of Wilson Pickett’s psych-soul jam ’Don’t Knock My Love’ and Lisa Kekaula from California garage-soul band The Bellrays takes on the 100 Proof Aged In Soul stomper ’Somebody’s Been Sleeping.’ The Detroit connection looms large throughout the set- Mick Collins from the Dirtbombs  alongside Detroit Cobras’ Rachel Nagy unleash a dark, brooding take on Funkadelic’s ’I Bet You.’ UK chart sensation Paolo Nutini contributes a passionate version of Rodriguez' "Only Good For Conversation." Completing the list of collaborations, Milwaukee funk sensations Kings Go Forth (Luaka Bop) mould an intense funk jam around some heavy Coffey licks on ’Miss Millie.’
For his new compositions on the album, Coffey revisits the uncompromising instrumental style he is renowned for. Album opener ’7th Galaxy’ echoes the hard guitar ’n’ breaks of his Detroit Guitar Band recordings for Sussex, ’Knockabout’ whips up an epic funky soundtrack groove and ’Space Traveller’ simmers on a sleazy, guitar-drenched, slo mo workout.
Dennis Coffey will be touring internationally throughout 2011, including dates at SXSW
Booking agents: Dave Kaplan and Bruce Solar for The Agency Group (N.America)
Clementine Bunel for 2ForTheRoad Productions (Europe/ROW)
Management: Christian Fuller and Chris Peters for Bad Data Management

1. 7th Galaxy
2. Don't Knock My Love feat. Fanny Franklin
3. All Your Goodies Are Gone feat. Mayer Hawthorne
4. I Bet You feat. Mick Collins of Dirtbombs and Rachel Nagy
5. Miss Millie feat. Kings Go Forth
6. Somebody's Been Sleeping feat. Lisa Kekaula
7. Plutonius
8. Knockabout
9. Only Good For Conversation feat. Paolo Nutini
10. Space Traveller
11. Don't Knock My Love (Part 2)
For More Information, Check Out:
* http://www.denniscoffeysite.com/ *
* http://www.twitter.com/DennisCoffeyDET *
* http:/www.strut-records.com *

MP3: King f/ Shawty Lo - "Going Off"

From Rap Star Promo:

MP3: King f/ Shawty Lo - "Going Off"

* http://limelinx.com/files/1057ea30d1215b32755e7d517f52a2d5 *

MP3: Kenny Kingpin aka Poppa LQ - "Let the Streetz Tell It (Remix)"

From Never So Deep Records:

MP3: Kenny Kingpin aka Poppa LQ - "Let the Streetz Tell It (Remix)"

* http://www.neversodeeprecords.com/blog/2011/03/let-the-streetz-tell-it-remix-feat-benny-franks-gmalonestone-staryukmouthtopicroccett/ *

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