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Audio: BPos - "I Don't Flow That Way"

BPos - I Don't Flow That Way

BPos - I Don't Flow That Way



"Another cut off San Francisco hip-hop trio BPos' debut album The Upside, this track is a melancholy reminder of how underground artists are pressured to change their style to be more accessible to the mainstream. Goodword and D-Wiz paint a vivid picture of major labels' reluctance to support new styles in music, instead opting to go with "the safest choice", over soulful production from San Jose's Bump Analog and ill scratches from DJ Johnny Venetti.

You can buy BPos' The Upside for $10 in the Thizzler Record Store, see interviews with Goodword and D-Wiz on Under The Bay, and listen to the previous leaked track from the album, Shady. They are releasing their new mixtape The POS Tapes Volume 1 September 7th, so keep your eyes peeled for that too!"

Skyzoo & !llmind Set To Release "Live From The Tape Deck" On October 5th

From Duck Down Music:

(Click To Watch Skyzoo & !llmind's "Frisbees" Official Music Video)

A little after one year since releasing The Salvation, Skyzoo returns with a new album entitled Live From The Tape Deck, entirely produced by !llmind. Skyzoo, of Brooklyn, NY, has spent the last year promoting & touring off 'The Salvation,' completing separate nationwide tours with Ghostface Killah & Raekwon. His music has been featured in ESPN programming and most recently in an episode from the current season of Entourage. 

Live From The Tape Deck is the perfect follow-up record for Skyzoo fans who are anxious for new material. Skyzoo says his goal while recording the album was " to make something that felt like a 2010 cassette tape. I wanted the content to be raw and lyric driven as always, but not as story driven or emotional as 'The Salvation'
was. There are still parts of the album that are stories and concepts, but not as much as my debut had. This one was more of a beats and rhymes type of album."
!llmind brings true validity as the sole producer for the album and helps provide a consistent sound throughout the project. !llmind is a sought after producer who has upcoming beat placements in albums such as Jared Evan (Interscope/Zone 4), Redman (Def Jam), Drunken Tiger & Yoonmirae (two multi-platinum artists from Korea) and more. !llmind is also being used in a publicity campaign by Akademiks where his photos will be placed in print ads across major Entertainment publications. 

!llmind took a custom approach to the production for the album based on the concept of Live From The Tape Deck, explaining that he "wanted to keep the soundscape warm and 'analog' sounding, just like how 2 inch tapes used to sound.  Most of the keyboard and synth sounds I used were from analog synths made in the late 80's. Combined this with using my ASR-10, I was able to capture that feeling, but with a slightly updated feel. I think  our debut record, "Frisbees" was a cool way, sonically, to introduce the sound I was going for."  

Skyzoo & !llmind secured features from artists that matched the Live From The Tape Deck concept. Skyzoo goes further saying, "I went to who I felt made sense for the records I put them on. For instance, when fans hear the track, "the burn notice", they'll agree that the beat, being chaotic and loud, had Heltah Skeltah written all over it." 

Fans can watch the music video for "Frisbees" here:

A music video is currently in production for the lead track off the album, entitled "Speakers on Blast," which will premiere shortly. 

Live From The Tape Deck is in stores October 5th on Duck Down Music Inc. 

Official Track Listing: 
1) Digital Analog
2) Frisbees
3) The Burn Notice (feat. Sean Price & Rock of Heltah Skeltah)
4) Speakers On Blast
5) #Allabouthat
6) Barrel Brothers (feat. Torae)
7) The Winner's Circle
8) Krylon
9) Kitchen Table
10) The Now Or Never (feat. Styles P. & Buckshot)
11) Understanding Riley (feat. Rhymefest)
12) Langston's Pen
Video: Chilly Gonzales - "Never Stop (Rap Mix)"

Video: Chilly Gonzales - "Never Stop (Rap Mix)"

Chilly Gonzales - NEVER STOP (Rap mix) from Chilly Gonzales.

Fat Beats Announces Closing of New York & L.A. Retail Stores

From Audible Treats:

Fat Beats Announces Closing of New York & L.A. Retail Stores

After 16 Years, Fat Beats And Fans Bid Farewell To The Legendary Record Stores; Online Retail, The Label, And WholeSale Distribution Will Continue

(August 18, 2010 - Brooklyn, NY) After 16 years, Fat Beats has announced the closing of the legendary label's two remaining retail locations in New York and Los Angeles. Fat Beats will celebrate the legacies of the stores, which are scheduled to close in early September (New York: September 4th, Los Angeles: September 18th) by throwing a series of blow-out sales and tribute parties open to the public during their last weeks. Fans can check for updates.

Fat Beats’ longest running and most famed location is at 406 Avenue of the Americas in Manhattan. Since the 1994 opening of Fat Beats' flagship retail location, hip-hop fans have traveled far and wide to visit the iconic store. With locations soon following in Los Angeles (7600 Melrose Ave.), Atlanta, Amsterdam, and Tokyo, the record stores were a place to experience hip-hop culture and its legacy, which became a global phenomenon. “The closing of Fat Beats is just like one of my friends passing away. They promoted vinyl at its highest degree for the culture of good music and that makes it more difficult to say goodbye," says DJ Premier.

The announcement of the closings is a reflection of the woes that have been plaguing the industry for years. Global chain HMV closed their last US location in 2004. Tower Records shuttered in 2006. Last year saw the close of the last Virgin Megastore, and the story is no different in 2010. For Fat Beats, maintaining two stores well into 2010 is a testament to the stores' importance to the music and to fans and consumers continuing to support independent hip-hop.

While news of the stores' closing marks the end of an era, the future is not doom and gloom. Digital sales continue to increase industry-wide; for Fat Beats, currently operating a profitable and growing online retail store, this has provided a boon to business as fans continue to order mp3s, vinyl, and CDs from Although digital sales continue to grow, executives at Fat Beats understand the importance of independent retail stores and are planning to re-open a brick and mortar hip-hop lifestyle location sometime in the near future.

The future looks just as bright for Fat Beats Distribution and the label. Fat Beats Distribution, which has been renamed FB Distribution, continues to strike noteworthy distribution deals with independent and major labels worldwide and is now working with different genres of alternative music. Fat Beats Records will continue to release notable albums from their own impressive roster of artists including ILL BILL, TruMaster/KRS-One, Black Milk, Trinity, Sha Stimuli, Q-Unique, and more. Fat Beats owner and President Joe Abajian says, “This is the start of a new era for Fat Beats. We’re adapting to meet the needs of our demographic by revamping and improving our existing systems. While our website, which stocks everything available in our retail stores, continues to do very well, we’re still exploring our options for alternate retail locations in the future. We’re proud of our legacy and will continue to re-invent ourselves. For now, we’ll see you online at”

Check out this video on the history of Fat Beats Records, bringing you fresh, independent hip hop since 1994 - .

Fat Beats NY photo montage courtesy of Duane Smith: .

Fat Beats: .

Breez Evahflowin - "Stand Up 2 Cancer" Video Challenge

From Breez Evahflowin:

Music producer Dave Stewart and singer Joss Stone teamed up to create the theme song for the Stand Up 2 Cancer organization. They recently announced a contest for musicians to recreate the song using the song elements and sharing their own story. Producer Dirt E Dutch and I have collaborated once again in order to participate in the contest as well as express some of our pain as it relates to the loss of immediate family due to Cancer related illnesses. It would be greatly appreciated if you could pass this on or share with a friend not only for our chances for being a part of the show, but also to encourage people to support the fight against this disease.

Thank you in advance,


Devo Spice Update for 8/18/2010

Devo Spice Update for 8/18/2010

Hey folks,

Just a couple quick updates while I’m getting ready for Pi-Con...


This weekend I’ll be returning to the state where I grew up for a small, quirky, and fun little convention called Pi-Con.  The con takes place in Enfield, CT at the Holiday Inn (which apparently was a Crowne Plaza up until just a few days ago).

I’ll be performing along with Tom Smith, Rob Balder, and Worm Quartet.  My concert is Saturday at 4:00.  Worm Quartet is at 4:30.  Tom Smith is Saturday at 2:00, and at 3:00 there is a FuMP concert that will feature all 4 of us.  Rob doesn’t have a solo concert this year but he’ll be rocking at the FuMP show.

FYI, this is not your run of the mill convention.  Last year this con had a lot of panels on polyamory, bondage, and other stuff like that.  There appears to be slightly less of that this year just judging from the posted schedule, but for those of you coming I just wanted to give you a heads up so you to know what you’re getting yourself into.  There’s also a burlesque performance Friday night at 10 which I believe Madison will be a part of.

Jango is a music service similar to Rhapsody where you as a listener enter the names of bands that you like and the service plays those bands along with other artists who they think you will like.  Then you tell it whether you like those picks and it refines its playlist for you.

I got a free trial of the artist side of Jango and decided I like it a lot.  The way it works is I tell the service who I think will like my music (ie., fans of Weird Al, Eminem, etc.) and they put me in the mix for people who like those artists.  Then they tell me who likes my music, and who else they are fans of, and I can further refine my choices from there in order to find people who will like my music.

It’s been an interesting experiment.  Apparently fans of my music are also fans of The Doors, Britney Spears, The Pussycat Dolls, Queen, blink-182, Metallica, Guns ‘N Roses, and Usher.  And therein lies the problem with marketing a comedy-rap act.  I have a very eclectic fan base, which is cool, but it makes it infinitely harder to track down potential new fans.  So far Jango is the best tool I’ve found and a lot of new people are discovering and liking my music.  So I’m going to stick with it.

So if you’re a Jango user please enter me in as an artist who you like to hear.  I think that’ll get me more organic plays.

That’s all for now!  Hope to see a few of you at Pi-Con!


Video: Shawty Lo - "Tunnel Vision"

This is the official video for Shawty Lo's track "Tunnel Vision' featured on the "Bowen Homes Carlos' mixtape. The video was shot exclusively for the Shawty Lo "Bowen Homes Carlos" Hood Affairs DVD in the streets now!!

Audio: Big Rich - "It's Bigga"

Big Rich is back with a fresh new sound, with his hit single "It's Bigga" featuring Evenodds M.A. (produced the track as well) & D.E.O This song is an anthem for everyone getting money and for those who enjoys life. This is the first single off his upcoming album "Built to Last" in stores Fall 2010. For more information go to

Video DL LinkS: (To download files right click and "save target as...")


It's Bigga:

DJ Pack-

One of the Bay Area's supreme talents, Richard Bougere Jr., affectionately monikered Big Rich, was born on the date of September 12, 1981.

Richard hails from the notorious Fillmore District of San Francisco, California.

The Fillmore, a hot bed for cultural expression and talent, has produced several high profile rappers yet Rich has always stood out, as one of the area’s largest and most notable entertainers.

Growing up in the 90's, as the ruthless and proliferate epidemic of crack cocaine continued to grasp a manifold of inner city communities, such as the Fillmore. Young Rich, 11 years old, found himself in a love affair with rap music, just as many others of that decade. He describes his relationship with rap music as one whom fell in love, never stopped, and pursued it because he never had any other desires.

Mr. Bougere started out making beats, producing never wanting to be in the forefront of the movement. That kept him complacent until he ran out of rappers to give beats to; this encouraged Rich to finally pick up the mic.

Thus as fate would have it, Big Rich was born. Rich was influenced by the likes of the effervescent, world renowned lyricist, Tupac Shakur and also the Bay Area's very own pertinently talented, San Quinn. Although Rich believes, that he was not gifted with the God-given ability to rap, he believes that his diligence, perseverance and drive gave him the know-how to stand in the very same arena as one of his cities very best.

The resilient spirit and hunger for success drove him to inconceivable lengths. Big Rich, self made rapper and CEO, began to make a name for himself in his neighborhood at an immensely early age. He did so by working with major Bay Area rap legends as: San Quinn, Rappin 4tay, RBL Posse, and JT tha Bigga Figga, all before his 16th birthday.

However, Big Rich's professional career began in 1998 when his group

Fully Loaded was signed by Charles Kelly and San Quinn to Done Deal Entertainment. His group released two successful independent albums under the Done Deal umbrella.

Nevertheless, in 2005 it was time for he and his group to go their separate ways and pursue solo careers. Rich always being mogul-mind decided that he and Charles Kelly, former CEO of Done Deal, start Street Cred Music Group. Thus causing them to sign a joint venture deal with Koch Records.

In 2006, Big Rich released his debut album "Block Tested Hood Approved" which received praise and positive reviews. It was also critically acclaimed by the mainstream media but most importantly acclaimed by the streets.

Rich gained nationwide exposure with his smash hit "That's The Business". The video was "Jam of the Week" on MTV Jams, 106 & Park's "New Joint of the Day" on BET, and also made it on the "Sucka Free Countdown" on MTV1. Not only had Rich won over the people but he won over the critiques as well by winning New Artist of the Year at The BARS Awards (Bay Area Rap Scene).

Rich who many call a “rappers-rapper” because of his professionalism and work ethic, has became one of the front runners in the Bay Area rap game. Rich's confidence and raw appeal has ushered him to the dawn of greatness. His presence alone demands attention and amongst a room full of greats, he superbly holds his own.

Rich has been featured on a plethora of remixes and mixtapes. He has worked with many different producers and names all over the country. Some of his project includes a group album "Unda Dogg Kings" with the Bay's, talented Balance in 2006, "All City" with the force that is San Quinn in 2007. But in 2008, Big Rich joined forces with his longtime mentor, San Quinn and Boo Banger to recorded one of the biggest songs in Bay Area history, the "SF Anthem". This smash hit, filled with pride and hometown heroism is packed with personal narrative from each, which depicts the city of San Francisco in a light that many have not seen it in. This song was the culmination of Big Rich the superstar. The "SF Anthem" video is still currently in heavy rotation on MTV Jams.

This song led to a deal with EHUSTL Entertainment, who came in, added further dynamite to the explosion that had already ignited to create an even more enormous movement.

Some of the projects that proceeded the "SF Anthem" were "Good As Money" with Balance in 2009 again and the powerful, "Guns & Roses" with the ever talented, Konvict's Music’s, Ya Boy in 2010.


Rich also finished up his highly anticipated Sophomore album titled "Heart Of The City" which has been dubbed a classic and has received numerous acclaim as well.

The phenomenon that is Big Rich will not cease. Rich has completed more than most artist of his caliber could ever dream. He has rocked 30,000 seat arenas, traveled the country, sold thousands of albums, walked red carpets, and has cultivated the hearts and minds of many.  Big Rich's "never stop, always on the go, continuum" mentality has him still touring and globetrotting frequently.The City is in deed on his back.

With a website:, videos, touring, more music and other ventures in the works, the ever perpetual working, son of the Fillmore continues to make his city proud.

To sum it up in his own words, "Every day’s a hard ride, but I'm determined. I just want the ultimate success."

And so far what Big Rich has wanted, Big Rich has gotten!

Video: Cashmere - "Where's Cashmere?"

Video: Cashmere - "Where's Cashmere?"

MP3: Skillz - "Regular Guy"

From Skillz Muzik:

MP3: Skillz - "Regular Guy"


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