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MP3: Blaackbottom f/ Mac Bre-Z - "For Life"

From J. Melo:

MP3: Blaackbottom f/ Mac Bre-Z - "For Life"

Blaackbottom stormed onto the scene a few weeks ago with help of Lil Wayne and Jody Breeze. With his first two singles featuring such world renowned artists, Blaackbottom quickly made his way to thousands of hip-hop websites and blogs, making him one of the most recognized new artists in the game. This week, he returns with a third leak off his "Blaack History" album dropping this March as he hooks up with Mac Bre-Z for "For Life."

"For Life" (f. Mac Bre-Z)
Blaackbottom is currently available for all press inquiries. His story is quite an interesting one, including his upbringing and why he spells his name with two "A's", military background which saw him stationed in Afghanistan during the war and his "Blaack History" album being released independently with major features and producers.
MP3: Erk Tha Jerk - "Hands Up" feat. Netta Brielle

From Audible Treats:

MP3: Erk Tha Jerk - "Hands Up" feat. Netta Brielle

Erk Celebrates Clear Channel New! Artist To Watch Honor With Latest Single From Nerd's Eye View

Critical Praise For Erk Tha Jerk:

"Nerd’s Eye View will likely be remembered as one of the definitive Bay Area albums of the post-Hyphy era... Not only is it the best debut album since Mistah F.A.B.’s Son of a Pimp, but it might just change perceptions of Bay Area rappers: namely, that they can’t make hit songs." – Oakland Local.

"On Nerd's Eye View, Erk just talks about what he knows, and in this case, it largely centers around his uncertainty over what the future holds. Erk has a gravelly voice and bouncy flow... and it's hard not to love the ravey synths, big hooks, and confessionals." - SF Weekly.

"Erk Tha Jerk is a West Coast Kid Cudi without the liquid cocaine problem." - East Bay Express.

The Song:

In a few short months since its release, Erk Tha Jerk's debut album Nerd's Eye View has earned the certified Hood Nerd radio spins and acclaim from critics. Now the Bay Area emcee is proud to release the latest track from the album "Hands Up," recently chosen to be the centerpiece of Clear Channel's "New! Artist To Watch" promotional campaign. As a result of his new title, his profile has been posted on the websites of 50 radio stations across the country, such as KISS, Power 105 and more, including regular supporter and Bay Area powerhouse 106 KMEL.

Calling out all the single ladies, Erk shows off his slick talking ability "Let me get behind that, girl do it again rewind that /I can be a drum to your high hat /Dope boy fresh, like I'm bringing '89 back," while Netta B provides the sensual background vocals. The mix of bluesy guitar chords, soulful horns and drums set the smooth mood of the track.

Download Erk Tha Jerk's "Hands Up" here: .

MP3: The Game f/ Rick Ross - "Ashes to Ashes"

From M3W:

MP3: The Game f/ Rick Ross - "Ashes to Ashes"

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PR: Cali Swag District Joins Blizzard Tour w/ Nelly

From Greg Miller:

Cali Swag District Joins Blizzard Tour w/ Nelly

Los Angeles, CA - January 27, 2011 - Platinum selling Los Angeles recording group Cali Swag District (Smoove, Yung, JayAre and M-Bone) will be joining Nelly on the Blizzard Music tour which kicks off March 1st.  The 'Teach Me How To Dougie' rappers were added as special guests to the 10 tour dates below and will be performing hits from their forthcoming debut album "The KickBack" due in stores this February.

"We're honored to share the stage with a reputable artist like Nelly," says Yung. "We have an amazing show prepared and will show people that we have so much more incredible music beyond the Dougie."

Cali Swag District's debut single "Teach Me How To Dougie" turned a dance originally created by legendary rapper Doug E. Fresh into a pop culture phenomenon that had everyone including Ellen DeGeneres, Barbara Walters, CNN 'Situation Room' host Wolf Blitzer, Wendy Williams, the cast of Glee, Oliver Stone, Mo'Nique, Chris Brown, Justin Bieber, and Kim Kardashian celebrating and doing their own translation of the Dougie. 

While 2010 was the 'year of the Dougie' as reported by Wall Street Journal, 2011 is proving to be very fruitful for the Inglewood natives. Yung, Smoove, JayAre and M-Bone have recently released their new single "KickBack" which has been shooting up the urban airplay chart.  And the accompanying music video for 'KickBack' has already been added to MTV Jams and Fuse rotation and will premiere as the 'New Joint' on BET's 106 and Park.

In addition, the group has confirmed a half-time performance of 'Teach Me How To Dougie' at this year's ESPN's Celebrity Game during NBA All Star Weekend.

The Blizzard Music Tour commences on March 1, 2011 in South Dakota, and wraps March 13, 2011 in Wyoming.  Get your Dougie on at one of the tour dates listed below:

March 1          Brooking, SD              Swiftel Centre
March 3          South Fargo, ND        Scheels Arena
March 4          Waterloo, IA                McElroy Auditorium
March 5          Lincoln, NE                 Pershing Auditorium
March 6          Sioux City, IA              Tyson Events Centre
March 7          Rapid City, IA              Rushmore Plaza Fine Arts Theatre
March 8          Helena, MT                 Lewis & Clark Country Fairgrounds
March 10        Spokane, WA              Spokane Arena
March 11        Kennewick, WA           Toyota Centre
March 13        Casper, WY                 Casper Events Centre

Download: V!rtu & Example - "It Rains Hip-Hop"

It Rains Hip-HopFrom V!rtu:

Download: V!rtu & Example - "It Rains Hip-Hop"

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PR: Yak Ballz - Gas Galaxy (Phase 1)

From Yak Ballz:

PR: Yak Ballz - Gas Galaxy (Phase 1)

The time is finally here and the plan is underway. For a while now I have been talking about the progress of the Gas Galaxy album; writing/producing for what seems like an eternity with my partner Chapter 7. Well, we are in the final stages of it’s completion.  HOWEVER, as the times change every day as we know it, so does everything from marketing a project to the way music is released.

So with a great deal of thought and deliberation, we (Chapter 7, Oliver Cartwright, and myself) have decided to bring you the Gas Galaxy LP over the span of this entire year.  We will be doing an online only release via of one new song per month from Gas Galaxy for the  for the rest of 2011 starting now in January.

yes ONE SONG PER MONTH FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR! It will not only allow us to focus and put our energy into each song every month as they individually deserve it, but to give YOU something to put in rotation on your monthly playlists with video’s and other cool additions surrounding the music to look out for all year long.  By the end of the year you will have the first phase of the album in it’s entirety.  Ultimately we will release it officially for purchase in the second phase with swagged out remixes and even more new songs.

Each song release will be accompanied by new and exclusive artwork by Oliver Cartwright; the man responsible for the art behind our latest leak, Machine, as well as original art for The Compass and the creator behind the innovative music video for it. Think of it as a visual for every track that will stand on it’s own and will also connect as part of the big picture to tell a story as it progresses with the music to the end.

To kick things off proper, tomorrow January 27th, we will be releasing the first song of many from the album.  The song is titled DSMU and will be available for free download here at!

We have created this mailing list to notify you of events, updates on the song-releases, and when they are made available for download.  Spread the word, share the music, and be a part of it as this thing would not be possible without you and your help.  

This is a very exciting time for me to be able to release these songs the way I want to with such talented people in my corner. I’d like to thank everyone who has supported the music throughout and this project in advance. If you are a label rep, have a serious business inquiry, or publishing company interested in officially releasing or licensing music from this project please inquire within at

Mixtape: Maro - "Life of a Flycat"

From J. Melo:

Mixtape: Maro - "Life of a Flycat"

Maro is a Houston rapper turned entrepreneur who created Flycat Music Group in 2010. A indie label based in Houston, the artists on FMG include Wes Coas, T.A. and others have seen there careers reach new heights under the guidance Maro has been able to provide.

With FMG now being a well respected brand in the Houston area, Maro has returned to the mic to release a new mixtape, "Life of a Flycat" hosted by DJ Bankrupt. DJ Bankrupt has teamed with FMG to brand his "Bankrupt Bosses" mixtape series, the first edition being this very tape with Maro.

Life Of A Flycat also has co-signs of his website from the likes of Wiz Khalifa, Curren$y and Freeway.

MP3: Jason Miller f/ Akon - "iLove"

From M3W:

MP3: Jason Miller f/ Akon - "iLove"

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MP3: Presice - "Get Ya Head Right"

From Rashid Littlejohn:

MP3: Presice - "Get Ya Head Right"

Hey as Promised Here is Presice's New Record, A High Energy Club Banger to start 2011 off titled "Get Ya Head Right"

Basically Roll the good up and Pop the Top of the finest Drinks an Get Ya Head Right

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PR: Awol One and Factor Hit the Road for Landmark Tour

From Ballin' PR:

Awol One and Factor Hit the Road for Landmark Tour

To celebrate of the release of Awol One &  Factor's forthcoming LP The Landmark (Fake Four Records), Fake Four Inc invites you to a 9-city tour featuring the amazing veteran acts Awol One, Factor, Ceschi and Cars & Trains.

If the duo’s 2010 record Owl Hours was their celebration of life, then The Landmark is their return back to harsh reality. Awol's words embody the drunken grittiness of life as a touring musician.  Between mellow but catchy choruses and raw beautiful beats lie images of the bright highs and deep lows of a musician's manic depression.  On the song "The Wasp" Awol sums up his emotional state by chanting: “I lost my self esteem such a very long time ago, but I got back my self esteem just one rhyme ago.

As a solo act and a member of The Shape Shifters, Awol One has collaborated with everyone from Xzibit and Cypress Hill to Aesop Rock and KRS-One.  In the early 2000s, when journalists didn't quite know what to make of strange indie hip-hop, Spin magazine tried to pin him down as one of the premiere voices of "emo-rap" while Vice magazine and LA Weekly were singing the praises of his working man's anthems.  His 2001 collaboration with Daddy Kev, Souldoubt, quickly became seen as a Los Angeles underground hip hop classic and Awol hasn't slowed down since.
Awol has been making records with Canadian prairie producer Factor who is known for his melodic psychedelic and folk influenced hip-hop beats since 2006.  Over the years this duo has released "Only Death Can Kill You" and "Owl Hours" --two very different types of albums that demonstrates the diversity of both of their sounds.

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