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Video: Kia Shine & Yung Sean - "NewMonia"

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Video: Kia Shine & Yung Sean - "NewMonia"

PR: Etana Joins Gyptian for U.S. Album Tour

From VP Records:

Etana Joins Gyptian for U.S. Album Tour


(VP RECORDS, NEW YORK)  - VP Records recording artists Gyptian and Etana team up for a tour that is set to take selected U.S. cities by storm. Kicking off on March 3 in Indianapolis and culminating on March 11 in Columbus, Ohio, the East Coast-meets-Midwest tour will take Reggae music and these shining stars to fans far and wide. 

Etana is celebrating her brand-new album Free Expressions, which was released on February 8, 2011. This, her sophomore studio effort, sees a softer side of the songbird and features long-time hit singles such as "Free," "Happy Heart" and "August Town." Her new single "People Talk" has people talking and its video is in the can and about to hit airwaves shortly.

Gyptian has been busy touring the globe ever since the release of his album Hold You, back in July 2010. Enjoying the immense success of his breakout single and Billboard hit "Hold You," the soulful singer has been taking his catalog to longtime fans and gaining new ones as he continues on his musical journey.  Now armed with his bubbling new single "Nah Let Go," and with both the song and video currently enjoying airplay worldwide, he's bound to keep his fans clamoring for more.

For more information on Gyptian, visit his artist profile at . For Etana, log on to or .

U.S. Tour Dates for Gyptian and Etana
03/03/11  Indianapolis, Indiana - Caribbean Village
03/04/11  Charlotte, North Carolina - Twilight Bar & Grill
03/05/11  Syracuse University, New York - The Underground
03/06/11  Washington, D.C. - DC Star Nightclub
03/07/11  Bridgeport, Connecticut - Toad's Place
03/08/11  Louisville, Kentucky - Tailgators Bar & Grill
03/09/11  St. Louis, Missouri -  Club 2720
03/10/11  Kansas City, Kansas - G'Jamaican
03/11/11  Columbus, Ohio - Al Rosa Villa

PR: JA-MAL the Scholar of Hip Hop

From ArtistPR:

JA-MAL the Scholar of Hip Hop

JA-MAL THE SCHOLAR; the name given to the Detroit rapper by his musical colleagues, takes his title seriously. A long time friend gave the native Detroiter this name because of his lyrical versatility, content, and vocabulary. Inspired by and associated with the word usage of his musical idol Tupac Shakur, JA-MAL THE SCHOLAR took this compliment to heart and forever strives to embody the true meaning of a revolutionary emcee. Tupac touched the heart of the listener with raw emotion. Wrong or right, he spoke from the heart and not always just to entertain. This is the core of JA-MAL's music. Purpose.

He began to write and rap at age 9 and in the 3rd grade, was given a poetry assignment for which he received an A+. Like most kids would, he brought it home to show his mother, excited about the grade and not the words written. His mother read it and made such a big deal about the word play he considered it a premonition. His love for music grew as he progressed through puberty, honing his skills by rapping along with the albums his older brother brought home every pay day. He did this religiously in an effort to perfect his delivery. Back then, he didn’t understand the importance of hip hop and how it one day would consume his life. He would often quit rapping and vow never to return to another studio. Still, he would find himself back in front of the microphone time after time.

Realizing he has no other choice than music because of a higher calling to an infinite audience, he's taken his passion for hip hop to another level musically, lyrically, and mentally. Feeling like he is in too deep to quit, he is finally ready to appeal to an audience that craves true lyrical content over bass driven hip hop beats. He's often told by people who don't like or listen to rap music that they love his sound. One reason being the noticeable lack of profanity. Another is the music behind his words from mostly Rue Wade; with other selections from Profit and DJ Swift. Also, having mothers tell him his music is something they allow their children to listen to proves he'll one day cater to a much larger audience than most. When one possesses a large vocabulary, curse words become only a guilty pleasure for the lyricist and have a much greater effect.

His music is based on his life; things he loves, hates, has done, seen, wants to do, will do, wishes he could do, and his perceptions of God. His other musical influences include The Wu-Tang Clan, Ras Kass, NAS, and the entire Motown catalog along with the rest of the black music from that generation. Besides calling his music soulful hip hop, he generally prefers to let people describe it to him after they hear it. He feels his physical disadvantage is no detriment to his stage presence because he, in his own words, "sounds exactly like he does on wax".

Currently signed to Carpe Diem Music Group, headed by Emmanuel Scheafe and John Hollywood in association with Famous Records Corporation, he released an album commercially in February 2010 entitled "SOCIAL STUDIES". Distributed by Universal, SOCIAL STUDIES is now available on iTunes, Amazon, Rhapsody, and just about anywhere else music can be downloaded. He is also a member of the Rhyme Cartel and has many performances throughout the metro Detroit area on his resume, dating from 2005 to 2007.

The legendary music executive Al Bell sums it all up with this: "If we can't make him a star we shouldn't be in the business!" His music has been picked up by several internet stations and he has been a featured artist on Detroit Riot Radio. Thanks to his phenomenal publicist Rein Child, he is also beginning to establish a presence on major FM radio.

His current single, “I Feel Good All Over” and “Moscato” featuring Charles “Gator” Moore can be heard daily on: .

Single: 'Moscato' .

Video: Eternia & The Band f/ Rah Digga

From Sav One:

Video: Eternia & The Band f/ Rah Digga

Video: Roach Gigz On MTV2's Sucker Free This Sunday, March 6

From Audible Treats:

Video: Roach Gigz To Be Featured On MTV2's Sucker Free This Sunday, March 6

Roach Speaks On Bay Area Independent Hustle In Online Preview Clip

The Video:

In January, Roach Gigz released Roachy Balboa 2, the follow-up to his highly acclaimed Roachy Balboa mixtape released this past May. Since its release, RB2 has been widely regarded as yet another strong offering from the rising rapper, and in recent weeks Roach Gigz made his way to New York, sitting down for an interview with MTV2's Sucker Free while in town. The feature, now planned to air this Sunday, March 6th, first at 11:00am EST and once again at 11:00pm EST, has been preceded with an online-only clip released earlier this week. In the clip, shot at a local boxing gym, Roach speaks on the importance of the independent hustle that has become synonymous with the Bay Area hip-hop scene, how that independent hustle has translated over the years into the phenomenon of the Bay Area local celebrity, and Roach's desire for Bay Area hip-hop to reach a wider audience.

Be sure to watch Roach Gigz' full interview with Sucker Free this Sunday, March 6, airing at 11:00am EST and again 11:00pm EST.

Watch the preview of Roach Gigz' sit-down with MTV2's Sucker Free here: .

MP3/News: Kokayi - "Nicotine" + ESPN Collaboration With Stalley

From Audible Treats:

MP3/News: Kokayi - "Nicotine" + ESPN Collaboration With Stalley

New Single, ESPN Collaboration With Stalley Continues An Eventful 2011 For Kokayi

The Song:

With a string of SXSW performances in his future, a Freshmen Five victory under his belt, and a highly acclaimed new album, Robots & Dinosaurs, still directly in his rearview, Washington D.C. multi-talent Kokayi continues to stay active. With a recently released video and remix for the lead single from R&D, Kokayi is excited to drop the latest single from the album, "Nicotine." "This song tells the story of love lost for the protagonist, conveyed in 3 stages of his life: ages nine, 16, and 23," explains Kokayi. "I used some personal experiences and put myself in the shoes of someone who thought they found true love, but the sentiment was never returned until it was too late."

The song begins with a staggeringly eerie piano, accompanied by a minimalist drum pattern, stuttering, warbled bass, and crunchy guitar as the track builds and continues to develop, climaxing at the chorus as Kokayi sings, "She's a real good lover, and a real good friend/ That type of girl that'll never let you drown out in the deep end/ The type you give your heart to, but that all depends/ 'Cause she might light you up, and breathe you right on in." Where many have tried and failed (read: writing love songs, especially those of the darker variety) Kokayi succeeds. "The most challenging part of writing unrequited love songs is to not come off as mad corny," says Kokayi, acknowledging the difficulties many artists often face when tackling such a subject. "The cornball, Herb Tarleck label is never the one you want as an artist. Especially in this genre of music to be mad sappy is a no-no. Unless it's overly done and then done tastefully bad."

While continuing to promote Robots & Dinosaurs, Kokay also remains busy collaborating with other artists. First, Kokayi worked with fellow DC artist's Tabi Bonney and Wale on tracks from Tabi's recent album, and now Kokayi has teamed up with Stalley to record tracks for ESPN. "He's a dope emcee and down to earth, too," says Kokayi of Stalley. "He reached out with the ESPN opportunity, and hearing his new mixtape along with his previous body of work has given me some insight on what he sounds best on."

Download Kokayi's "Nicotine" here: .

MP3: Isaiah Toothtaker - "Crime Killz x Human Suit (Mike Gao Remix)"

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MP3: Isaiah Toothtaker - "Crime Killz x Human Suit (Mike Gao Remix)"

Machina Muerte Capo Enlists Mike Gao For Illuminati Thug Mafia Remix

The Song:

Isaiah Toothtaker continues to keep listeners on edge with his latest album, Illuminati Thug Mafia. Scheduled to take the stage this spring at the Paid Dues Festival with his Machina Muerte label, Toothtaker is now treating fans with the latest remix from the album, "Crime Killz x Human Suit." The original version for the song, the self-titled collaboration between Crime Killz (Tony Nickelplated & Nate NoFace) and Human Suit (Isaiah Toothtaker & Mestizo), serves as the final song on the album.

The remix, which retains all previous members from the original version of the track, finds the foursome teaming up with producer Mike Gao, who has become renowned both for his production work and his boundary-pushing work with the MPC. (It's safe to say not too many other people have developed a contraption that allows control of the midi-sampler using only a mouthpiece.) In contrast to the original, Gao provides a new touch to the track, with bass heavy drums, rolling distorted synths and a variety of off-kilter pad synths giving the track a fittingly electro and melodic feel for Isaiah Toothtaker's half-crooned flow.

Isaiah Toothtaker's newest album Illuminati Thug Mafia is available now via Machina Muerte/Alpha Pup.

Download Isaiah Toothtaker's "Crime Killz x Human Suit" here: .

The Background:

Born and raised in Tucson, Arizona in a broken home, Isaiah Toothtaker was kicked out at age 11 and quickly learned to defend himself, often resorting to violence. Throughout his violent young adulthood, Isaiah relied on music to identify with and it provided the soundtrack to his teenage antics of stealing cassettes and walkmans and riding the public transport all city to tag, battle rap, sell dime bags and acid tabs, and fist fight. He began tattooing under the tutelage of the local Hells Angels, leading him to open his own parlor, STARING WITHOUT CARING, which has won numerous Best in City awards over the years. Throughout all the trouble, Isaiah has been able to duck or beat charges, until recently, when he landed multiple violent felonies on record. Built from misery and built to destroy, he has since co-founded the label Machina Muerte with Mestizo, the duo also forming the group HUMANSUIT. Since 2001, Isaiah has independently released one EP and three full-length albums (one with rapper Murs) and his forthcoming album Illuminati Thug Mafia is available now via Machina Muerte/Alpha Pup Records.

PR: Leb Laze's Journey of a Dying MPC-2000

From Terrorbird Media:

PR: Leb Laze's Journey of a Dying MPC-2000

Leb Laze takes us through a journey of a dying MPC-2000 + InfinitiRock documents entropic sounds for upcoming Library Catalog Music Series contributions

"Music For Troubled Machinery" and "Music For Primordial Recollection" out March 29th on Asthmatic Kitty

LISTEN: Leb Laze "Toxic Knock (A)" .

(via XLR8R)

LISTEN to all previous volumes HERE .

via the desk of Asthmatic Kitty: You wanted it, we paid people to make it.

"My computer crashed last night. Is there a soundtrack for that?" wrote Elenor Hilt, a teacher in Maryland. From Frank Edds, a landscaper in Miami, we received this request: "I am trying to remember where I was on August 22, 1997. I think a song might help. Can you make one?"
We get letters like this all the time. We carefully take these letters, send them to our Department of Communique Statistics and Analysis, and wait. Six months later they provide a 600-page report detailing what kind of music to pursue next in our ever-growing Library Catalog Music Series.
With Elenor and Frank and that 600-page report mind, we present Music for Troubled Machinery from Leb Laze, of Prefuse 73 touring band fame, and Music for Primordial Recollection from SUNY biology student slash glitch producer InfinitiRock. We've thoroughly tested these on multiple focus groups, including primates, and the result is the same: betterment of life through background music. With each new release to the Library Catalog, we find another mood, temperament, and life situation that can be scored. These are no exception to that rule.
LEB LAZE - Music For Troubled Machinery
What started out as a total bummer--musical sketches and ideas hindered by a conked out machine--actually turned into an album. What you are hearing on Music for Troubled Machinery is the slow and unruly death of Leb Laze's core production tool..the MPC 2000 (R.I.P). When this device begins to die it randomly "freezes" at any given moment, often times wiping out anything that has been created within its path. What is interesting though is when an MPC freezes it begins to uncontrollably spit out all of the sounds that are loaded within it in their raw and unedited form..over and over and over. This occurrence is like nothing I have ever heard. The machine begins to have a mind of its own.

Leb Laze began to record and embrace these freakouts, using them as a basis for the majority of the songs on this album..adding to them, enhancing them and/or sculpting around them. Two shorter pieces, Revelations and Dial In/Dial Out were actually created entirely from these freakouts. Think of this record and, most importantly, these two tracks, as my MPC's last words--a testament to the idea that the nonliving world is actually very much alive.
INFINTIROCK - Music For Primordial Recollection
By day, InfinitRock is an 18 year old biology student at SUNY Purchase, by night a fuzzed glitch and fump hip-hop producer. In second grade he was digesting The RZA and Aphex Twin and has been making instrumentals since the age of six. As a son to parents from India, he would also hear a lot of classical indian music around the house and since he could not understand hindi, voices became instruments rather than a lyrical tool. His music reflects the conceptualization of sounds, and what makes music music and the world musical. InfinitiRock draws inspiration from the everyday, incorporating their sounds into his music. Music for Primordial Recollection contains a motif of sounds and rhythms that trigger ancient memories. Ambient layers and interludes featuring field recordings of wind chimes, children playing, glass breaking, the chewing of raw pasta, the crumpling of paper bags, and flowing water. The album is an auditory documentation of the evolution of entropic sound, tamed by the laws of rhythm. Everything breathes.

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MP3/Video: Snoop Dogg f/ T-Pain - "Boom"

From M3W and Dan Roof:

MP3: Snoop Dogg f/ T-Pain - "Boom"

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Video: Snoop Dogg f/ T-Pain - "Boom" (BTS)

Video: Revivalist Exclusive - Lupe, Mos & Kanye Freestyle

From Nora Ritchie:

Video: Revivalist Exclusive - Lupe, Mos & Kanye Freestyle

Revivalist Exclusive: Lupe, Mos & Kanye Freestyle with the Robert Glasper Experiment from revive da live.

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