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Video: Wale Performs "No Hands" NYE in Denver

From DJ Smallz:

Video: Wale Performs "No Hands" NYE in Denver

NYE2011: Wale and DJ Smallz takeover The Summit Music Hall in Denver, Colorado.

PR: Block Starz Wants Female Rappers for "She Got Next 2011"

From Block Starz Music LLC:

Block Starz Wants Female Rappers for "She Got Next 2011"

German-American music company Block Starz Music LLC has released the official artwork and first three singles from its upcoming "She Got Next 2011" music compilation.

"She Got Next 2011" will be available at Amazon and iTunes in the Spring and features some of the best new indie music from unsigned female recording artists around the globe. "She Got Next 2011" is the first installment of this all-female Pop, Rock, and Urban music series.

Block Starz Music is also announcing the soft launch of the new compilation series' official website,, which will feature artist profiles, music videos, news updates, MP3 downloads, and submission guidelines for unsigned female talent.

The first three official singles from the "She Got Next 2011" compilation are "Catch Me" by Hungarian pop singer Barbara Kiss, "Where We Started" by Michigan rock band Life Size Ghost, and the urban radio-friendly "Ima Be Okay" by Indianapolis singer/model Nicole Michelle.

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Life Size Ghost - "Where We Started" (Rock)
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Nicole Michelle - "Ima Be Okay" (Urban)
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Block Starz Music will continue accepting submissions for the "She Got Next 2011" compilation through the end of January.

Unsigned/Indie Female Arists Can Submit Music For "She Got Next" By:

    * Sending a friend request and/or subscribing to our channel at .
    * Following us on Twitter @ .
    * We will respond with further instructions if your music meets our submission guidelines

The mission of the "She Got Next" project is to enthuse careers, empower artists, and entertain responsibly. Block Starz Music will not accept explicit, obscene, and/or violent material. There is no charge for submitting material, but a signed release form is required.

For more information about "She Got Next", please visit .

Block Starz Music LLC is a full service online music company founded in 2008 to scout, develop, and market new independent talent.

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MP3: Bobby Valentino & Magazeen - "What's Your Name"

From Avalanche Sound:

MP3: Bobby Valentino & Magazeen - "What's Your Name"

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PR: Kristoff Krane's New Year Evolution Update

From Kristoff Krane:

Kristoff Krane's New Year Evolution Update

I hope the holidays and New Year have been delightful for you all.

Winter Weekend Flings:

I want to express my gratitude to those who have reached out to assist us with the "Midwest Winter Weekend Flings"; thank you so much. We have made progress but could still use help tieing up some loose ends.

If you can help book a show in the Midwest on a weekend night or have any thoughts or ideas about where I should play this winter, please contact me at

Do YOU really want to Help ME:

*Vita.MN is having a "Best Local Rapper" contest right now. If you feel like expressing your opinion, please do so at .

*SoundSet 2011 is just around the blistering frostbit corner (in May) and I really want to play this year. I was fortunate enough to play in 2009, but was hung out to dry last year. If you want Kristoff Krane at SoundSet this year, you really have to voice it persistently.

To Help You can:

1. Contact Rhymesayers at:

2. Post your comments on the SoundSet FaceBook Page .

Let them know you want Kristoff this year.


*As some of you may know I will be joining my friend Sadistik on my first European tour. We have close to 15 shows booked, but still need your help solidifying a few more.

These are the dates and locations we need help with.

If you are from, or know anyone who is from any of the following places, please contact me at and let me know.

April 7-Munich, Germany
April 12th- Amsterdam, Netherlands
April 13th-Rotterdam, Netherlands
April 14th-?, Netherlands or France
April 15th-Paris, France
April 19th-St. Etienne, France
April 20th- Geneva, Switzerland
April 23th-Sankt Gallen, Switzerland
April 24th-? , Switzerland

*In the Upcoming Shows section below you will see that I'm playing on Monday Night Live on KVSC in St. Cloud on Jan 31st. It'd be a shame to come to St. Cloud and not play a gig too. If you are from St. Cloud and think you can help, please contact me at

Merchandise Special:

You haven't forgotten about "Abzorbr" have you? It's where I started. It is the band I was in before Face Candy, Saturday Morning Soundtrack, Puppy Dogs and Ice Cream, and Kristoff Krane (Rumor has it that Abzorbr may play another show again sometime soon).

If you have yet to hear our work, please check it out at .

For those of you who are up to speed, Abzorbr has a super sweet special running right now.

For the month of January only, Abzorbr is offering our "full catalog" (a culmination of 5 records, 43 songs) via download, for only $30.00.

Please enjoy. Download includes: Ep 1, Ep 2, Ep 3, See Thru Eyes-Single Series #1 and Capable of Teetering.

To Chew On:

Check out the latest K. Krane Youtube video release: "Eyedea, Kristoff Krane and Mike Schank Freestyle @ E&A Studios (2 of 5)" Video Features: Kristoff Krane, Eyedea, and Mike Schank (Sector 7G)!!!  GO HERE - .

"Hunting For Father"-Voted Top 10 Local Albums of the year, City Pages. To check out the article GO HERE .

Video: Pennjamin Banneker - "Illwrite"

From Maurice Nate Willis:

Video: Pennjamin Banneker - "Illwrite"

Pennjamin Banneker - Illwrite from Mike Handler.

Video: Cymarshall Law & The Beatnikz - "LOVE"

From Freedom Entertainment:

Video: Cymarshall Law & The Beatnikz - "LOVE"

Video: Skillz - "2010 Rap Up"

From Chris at E1 Music:

Video: Skillz - "2010 Rap Up"

PR: Cali Swag District "Teach Me How to Dougie" Takeover

From Greg Miller:

Cali Swag District "Teach Me How to Dougie" Takeover

Not only has Cali Swag District's platinum single "Teach Me How To Dougie" taken over the radio airways, but it helped the 'Dougie' become a pop culture phenomenon that everyone is buzzing about!

Check out ABC's Nightline, NBC News and ESPN showing the world what the "Dougie" is all about!

Cali Swag District on ABC's NightlineL .

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Doug E. Fresh talks "Dougie" with ESPN: .

Cali Swag District's debut album "The KickBack" is releasing February 15, 2011!

MP3: Young Pro - "What You Like"

From M3W:

MP3: Young Pro - "What You Like"

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MP3: Joe Columbo - "Ronin's Revenge"

From J-Ronin:

MP3: Joe Columbo - "Ronin's Revenge"





Get to know Joe Columbo through his music. His lyrics are poetry written from life experiences; both bitter and sweet.  His lyrics compel you to listen while his beats command you to move. However, life for this Brooklyn born MC has been far from easy. Having been neglected by his father, Joe was forced to care for himself. He was introduced to street life and gang related activities when he was practically still a child. By age 17, Joe had been expelled from several of the worst schools in Brooklyn. Following the birth and near death of his brother, Columbo began to seek a different path, one that did not involve gang warfare or violence.

Joe’s life altering revelation led him to enroll in Military School and it was there that he began writing, creating music and battling. After leaving school, he grew interested in establishing a music career. He has auditioned for MTV Blaze, 106 & Park’s Freestyle Friday and Making the Band. However, despite all the obstacles he’s encountered, he is always optimistic, persistent and confident. He remains true to himself, his music, and is always working to improve his skills. It is clear that this young MC is lyrically blessed and he is ready for the world to get to know him through his music.

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