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Video - Behind the Scenes of Dorrough's "Hood Chick Fetish"

From Chris at Koch/E1 Ent.:

Video - Behind the Scenes of Dorrough's "Hood Chick Fetish" f/ Yo Gotti

Fake Four Inc. Pushes Left-of-Center Hip Hop on Spring Tour

From George Corona at Terrorbird:

Label founder Ceschi Ramos has gathered hip hop heavyweights Sole & The Skyrider Band and Onry Ozzborn of Oldominion and Grayskul (Rhymesayers), who will be showcasing his new Dark Time Sunshine project, as well as his own blend of lo-fi folk and left field hip hop, for a Fake Four Inc. label showcase and Spring 2010 tour. 

Fake Four Inc. Spring Tour w/ Sole & the Skyrider Band, Dark Time Sunshine, Ceschi

March 11 - Pasadena, CA @ The Terrace
March 12 - Las Vegas, NV @ The Bunk House
March 13 - Scottsdale, AZ @ ChasersMarch 14 - Albuquerque, NM @ Silver Skate Shop
March 15 - Ft. Collins, CO @ Hodi's Half Note
March 17 - Austin, TX @ SXSW
March 18 - Austin, TX @ SXSW
March 19 - Austin, TX @ SXSW
March 20 - Austin, TX @ SXSW
March 21 - Austin, TX @ SXSW
March 22 - Dallas, TX @ The Green Elephant
March 23 - Des Moines, IA @ TBA
March 25 - St. Louis, MO @ Firebird
March 28 - Detroit, MI @ The Division Gallery
March 29 - New York, NY @ The Knitting Factory
March 31 - New Haven, CT @ Cafe 9
April 1 - Boston, MA @ The Western Front
April 2 - Portland, ME @ The Space

George Corona -

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Sole, known as one of the godfathers of abstract hip hop and founding member of the Anticon label, has recorded one of his most ambitious yet accessible albums to date with 2009's Plastique. Backed by The Skyrider Band, Sole's brand of wit packed, radical and dense lyricism is perfectly accompanied by The Skyrider Band's subtle, layered post-rock-hop compositions. Since 2007 Sole & The Skyrider Band have toured relentlessly across the US and Europe playing with acts as diverse as Ghenghis Tron to Aceyalone!

Seattle mainstay Onry Ozzborn has spent the last five years on Rhymesayers Entertainment putting out underground hip hop classics such as Grayskul's Bloody Radio and touring and collaborating with everyone from Aesop Rock to Atmosphere.  Now he has started a new group with producer Zavala called Dark Time Sunshine - some say this sounds like a "Psychedelic Gangstarr" others refer to the "slight bit of Company Flow twirling in the waters beneath them"  - whatever it is - it's some of the most exciting new hip hop to hit ears in a long time. Under the moniker of Cape Cowen, Onry spits abstract anthems while Zavala's boom bap psych rock production swirls, twists and bangs beneath. Their upcoming album features Aesop Rock, P.O.S., Solillaquists Of Sound, Qwel & more.

Fresh off of a year chock full of US and European tours opening for the likes of Myka 9, Sole, Awol One, and 2Mex, Ceschi Ramos continues in 2010 bringing his brand of post-folk songwriting and left field hip hop to the stage. Ceschi is a multi-instrumentalist with super technical rapping abilties who has collaborated with musicians as diverse as Busdriver to K-Records' Little Wings. With an influence ranging from Neutral Milk Hotel to the Freestyle Fellowship - we can assure you that you've never seen or heard anything quite like Ceschi before.


Audio: League510 - "In My Face (Womp Womp)"

From Audible Treats: 

Fresh off the Dope Winter Ball Tour alongside Tash of The Alkoholiks, League510 is back with their latest leak, the fun and catchy "In My Face (Womp Womp)." Hailing from the Bay Area, the group is quickly making a name for themselves as the leaders of the burgeoning Town Techno movement. Off their upcoming compilation project, Invasion Vol. 1, "In My Face (Womp Womp)" puts that sound on display, showing off the lighter side of the rising Bay Area foursome.

Taking a comedic turn, the track tells the story of a clingy girl who only hangs around League510 for the limelight. "The song is about drunk, loud-mouthed, annoying, chicken-head, jocking, gold-digging, groupie type chicks getting all in your face because they recognize you while you're out minding your own business," the group explains. "Its really more of a spoof. A joke in good spirit to diss those types of girls." The Charlie Brown-inspired "Womp Womps" and the call-and-response female voice keep the song light even as the group throws some pretty harsh zingers at the groupies of the world, and the track's pounding distorted drumbeat and deep synth - a staple of the Town Techno sound - will undoubtedly keep feet moving as the foursome of TK, Mont, Mr. Knowitall, and DJ Blacksmith give their take on the sort of hanger-on we could all do without.

League510 will be releasing Invasion Vol. 1 in the coming months, while the group's Clear Label Records debut, To The Beat, will be released Spring 2010.

"In My Face (Womp Womp)":

Kottonmouth Kings Nominated for High Times Doobie Award

From Kerosene Media:

Kottonmouth Kings Nominated for High Times Doobie Award

California based hell raisers the Kottonmouth Kings have been nominated for a 2010 High Times Doobie Award. The group was nominated in the "Best Hip-Hop" category alongside Cypress Hill's B-Real, Method Man & Redman, Asher Roth, and Kid Cudi. The Doobie Awards are presented in conjunction with High Times Magazine and celebrate the best in stoner culture. A full list of this year’s nominees is available online at .
"Pass the doobie. It's always an honor to be recognized for your work and passion," commented Daddy X. "There are some nice stoney jams on our 'Hidden Stash' record, so it's great to hear people are feeling the album. We'd like to thank all the High Times staff and readers for all their continued love and support over the years."
 The planets have aligned perfectly for the release of the Kottonmouth Kings’ new studio album, “Long Live The Kings”, which coincides with the counterculture pot-smoking holiday observed each April 20th. The album’s mind bending mixture of hip-hop, punk-rock, and melodic acoustics will surely be the soundtrack to countless bong rips throughout this year’s stoner holiday.

Blestenation Take Over Brooklyn In "Brainstorm" Video

From Kerosene Media:

Blestenation Take Over Brooklyn In "Brainstorm" Video

New York hip-hop trio Blestenation have taken over the streets of Brooklyn, NY in their latest video for the track "Brainstorm", which can be viewed online at . The song was produced by Harry Fraud and the video was directed by Lennon Ficalora.

"This video was some crazy shit. Yoda makes a guest appearance.  Other people might have Lou Ferrigno or Pamela Anderson in their video but there ain't nobody that can get Yoda to come through and vibe out to your shit," laughs Fafu from Blestenation. "See, that's the power of MBugout City right there."
Blestenation will release their debut album, "MBugout City", on April 13th, 2010 through Suburban Noize Records. The album is slated to feature guest appearances by Travis Barker (Blink 182) and Ladytron. Blestenation’s digital EP, "Left For Dead", is available now through digital retailers and now.
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K-Murdock Unveils Brand New Panacea Logo

From K-Murdock:

I had to showcase this beautiful piece of recently art done by the homie Rodrigo Pradel.  Rodrigo is an amazing artist who will be doing the poster designs for our upcoming "12 Step Program" release this Spring!  This fresh interpretation of the Panacea phoenix is the harbinger of what we hope is a rebirth musically for the group in 2k10 & beyond...

Stay tuned,

The (W)rap Up - Week Of February 9, 2010

Lil Wayne :: Rebirth
Cash Money Records
Author: John-Michael Bond

"The roar of people who didn't know what to do with Lil Wayne's self professed rock album started when singles like "Hot Revolver" and "Prom Queen" leaked, but didn't truly reach their apex until the record landed on the internet in December. When people don't know what to do with a record they pretend they do and, more damagingly, they pretend based on their preconceived notions of what they think they're hearing. This has lead to reviewers for respected publications, publications I look up to as a writer, comparing "Rebirth" to bands like Linkin Park. Any article that says Lil Wayne's "Rebirth" sounds anything like Linkin Park is written by someone who has never actually listened to a Linkin Park album. But that criticism has become part of the narrative of "Rebirth"s story, and I worry such laziness will inadvertently condemn "Rebirth" to being written off unfairly until kids finally discover it on their own years from now in bargain bins. Apparently hip-hop now has its own version of Jawbreaker's "Dear You." So first off let's clear the air, "Rebirth" is a rock album that features a heavy hip-hop influence, but it isn't a rap rock album. It isn't fucking nu-metal, and if you never listened to nu-metal beyond the Limp Bizkit songs you heard on the radio please kindly stop making this connection. "

Bekay :: Hunger Pains Remix EP :: Coalmine Records
as reviewed by Patrick Taylor

"This EP is basically a digital 12" of remixes from Bekay's recent "Hunger Pains" album. The EP features two versions of "I Am" and "Brooklyn Bridge," one with new verses over the original beat, and another with the original verses over a new beat. It starts off with "I Am" featuring the Dilated Peoples rapping over the Alchemist's original beat, and Bekay throwing some new rhymes:

"For what it's worth
Hip-Hop's like Ma Dukes to me
She's been breastfeeding me since birth
She made me
Taught me how to talk this way
Run-D.M.C. taught me how to walk this way" "

Chris Young the Rapper :: 619 (Mixtape) :: Bananabeat Records
as reviewed by Emanuel Wallace

"The line between mixtapes and albums has gradually blurred over the past few years. Once a promotional item that could only be found on street corners and in barbershops, the mixtape is now a worldwide phenomenon with tons of mixtapes proliferating what many would call an supersaturated hip-hop landscape. Some mixtapes can even purchased at both major online retailers and brick-and-mortar stores. A lot has changed in the past five years or so. With so many artists clamoring for time in the limelight, it puts pressure on folks to have the wittiest rhymes, the hottest beats and top-notch marketing teams at their disposal.Enter Chris Young the Rapper. He was actually introduced to RapReviews readers as YoungOne back in 2005 with his album, "Let Me Live". The reviewer of that release was quite impressed by the then sixteen year-old emcee's scope of subject matter and how he utilized his voice. "

DJ Green Lantern :: MySpace Invasion 6 :: {self-released}
as reviewed by Patrick Taylor

"As the title suggests, this mixtape features unsigned artists who are on MySpace. The title of the series probably made more sense when it started a few years ago back when MySpace was the king of the social networking block. It's been beat out by the leaner richer, whiter Facebook, and the million other social networking sites that have sprung up. Lantern even acknowledges that MySpace is on its way out in his between-song banter. It's still a useful tool for musicians, though, and offers artists a relatively easy way to post their songs online. Even established artists often rely on a MySpace page over having their own website. As a listening experience, "DJ Green Lantern Presents MySpace Invasion 6" feels like a club mix. Each track is about two minutes, and it's filled with sound-effects and voice-overs by Lantern ("GUESS WHO'S BACK MUTHAFUCKAS?!?!?!?!?! CH-CHCK BOOM!!!!!). He has collected thirty-four tracks by forty-four different rappers from all over North America."

Doomtree :: False Hopes :: Doomtree Records
** RapReviews "Back to the Lab" series **
as reviewed by Eric Sirota

"Minnesota has burst onto the indie rap scene like a bat out of hell. Last year, the Minneapolis-based Rhymesayers label put out albums from the likes of Mos Def, Eyedea and Abilities, Brother Ali, Atmosphere, and P.O.S. Look at any "top 10 of 2009" chart and you'll find at least a couple of these artists listed. And from the news of El-P's departure from Def Jux management, it may be fair to say that Midwest backpackers have toppled the NYC giants. But one label does not a great rap city make. Fortunately, Rhymesayers is not the only crew holding it down for the Twin Cities. Doomtree Records, a tightly knit hip-hop collective, is also making waves, even if they are felt more regionally than nationally. I have gotten into at least one debate about who makes up Doomtree, but it seems that the ‘tree's core is comprised of MCs P.O.S., Sims, Mictlan, Dessa, and Cecil Otter and producers Lazerbeak, Paper Tiger, and MK Larada."

Fury :: Plan B :: Leathal Wreckords/Long Range Distribution
as reviewed by Pete T.

"As a lifelong Connecticut resident, I like to fancy myself hip to most of our small state's hip hop lore. I know, for instance, that Stezo of "It's My Turn" fame now owns and cuts at the barber shop across the street from the University of New Haven. I know that the Milo Sheff often heard on Hot 93.7's local hour and seen periodically at Toad's Place is the same Milo Sheff who was lead plaintiff in the infamous Sheff vs. O'Neill school desegregation case in 1989. I watched as Slaughterhouse headlined their first show as a group in the Elm City last June, and I have friends who still pump their fists at the end of Raekwon's first verse on "Incarcerated Scarfaces." Although the Skinny Boys put CT on the hip hop map in the early '80s, for the most part the Nutmeg State has lacked national stars and even the regional identity of "New Jeruzalem" and Massachusetts; touring artists seem to view it as merely a stop between New York City and Boston. If you've stopped in at any of CT's hip hop spots in the last decade or so, you've probably seen MCs tellingly fitted in Yankees or Red Sox caps sporting decidedly East Coast styles over decidedly East Coast beats. "

Pitch Control: Mixtape Volume III
Label: REL Entertainment
Author: Guido Stern 

"Another problem is that hip-hop music videos are largely tedious in the first place. For every interesting Kanye West or Jay-Z video, there are a hundred that look entirely the same, money flashing and female exploitation abound. The Roots' video for "What They Do," directed by Charles Stone III, was ostensibly the perfect kiss of death to the million-dollar video, pointedly satirizing the phony, materialistic tropes of the genre. Instead, it seems almost like a blueprint for everything that's come since; while "Pitch Control Volume 3" doesn't contain enough rump shaking to warrant the hilarious butt cramp of that video, the sheer monotony of cuts between money being thrown around and nice cars has me ready to forsake rap videos as a whole. Many of the videos are clearly shot in the same day on the same set, and the rapid-fire cutting that tries to keep up with the beat would be more enjoyable if simply presented as sparsely edited concert footage."

Sadat X :: Brand New Bein' :: Ground Original/Traffic Entertainment
as reviewed by Pete T.

"Brand Nubian's acceptance as an essential rap act is, even today, pretty universal. "Edgier than their Native Tongues contemporaries and a little underground in comparison to some chart-topping neighbors, the New Rochelle trio put a new spin on the growing hip hop game with their seminal 1990 debut "One for All," an album that balanced sociopolitical thought and Five Percent Nation theology with technical excellence, great beats, and, perhaps most of all, a lot of fun. Even as the group splintered into episodic solo careers and reunion efforts, they managed to maintain a great deal of respect from fans and fellow MCs alike as they continued to release an impressive catalog of music including classic singles and albums. Between the in-your-face styles of leader Grand Puba and the understated cleverness of Lord Jamar, Sadat X was always the star of Brand Nubian to me. For one thing, his delivery is one-of-a-kind and still strikes me even today, with an unmistakable nasal voice, eastern New York accent, chatty drawl, and punchy, off-kilter flow that made the stuff of many an ideal guest verse. But more than that, Sadat was lyrically superb and balanced, maintaining a social agenda advocating education and justice. "

ScholarMan :: Free Spirit of a Troubled Soul :: Soganic Music
as reviewed by Emanuel Wallace

"Although he is known for socially consious and soulful music, Maryland-based artist and producer, ScholarMan, refuses to be boxed in a specific sub-genre of hip-hop. His message and lyrical style has conjured up comparison to the likes of Common, Masta Ace and Chuck D, while his production has been compared to that of Hi-Tek, DJ Premier and the late J Dilla. Pretty good company there, but instead of resting his hat on those laurels, ScholarMan is intent on getting better. Considering himself a student of hip-hop and an advocate of the culture, this emcee shares his beliefs and views through his music. After several local releases, his first international album, "Candy Medicine", was released in 2007. Due to the response by the fans of that release, SM now religiously drops an album annually. In 2008, he released "Soul Purpose" and 2009 saw "GameShift: The Movement". This time around the Soganic Music revolutionary is exploring the "Free Spirit of a Troubled Soul"  "

Team Rezofficial :: The World (And Everything in It) :: Arbor Records/EMI Music Canada
as reviewed by Matt Jost

"Team Rezofficial caught my attention on YouTube with their video "Lonely." The musical theme of the track instantly grabbed me, and the two featured rappers enhanced it with inspired performances. It was my type of current rap, daring, hard-hitting, melodic. Plus it had that certain something it needed to stand out. If I had to give it a name, I'd call it a touch of swing. I later learned that "Lonely" had been the first video by a Canadian native rap act to reach the top ten in MuchMusic's long-running Rap City show, even climbing all the way to the top. My natural curiosity led me to order a copy of the album that contained the song, 2008's "The World (And Everything in It)." The Team began as a production duo called Rezofficial Music comprised of Stomp and Jay Mak. They recruited MC's to expand to what since 2003 is known as Team Rezofficial. "

Hip-Hop Shop #64 w/ K-Murdock

Our returning guest this week on Hip-Hop Shop is the one and only K-Murdock of Panacea and Subsoniq fame. K's got a lot to talk about this episode, including his brand new Piano-rama release, the future of the Subsoniq radio show, the biggest NFL game of the year and more! If you like what you hear be sure to e-mail with feedback or to get more information about sponsoring the show. Hip-Hop Shop features podsafe music, so give a copy to your friends and tell them to check us out every week at! PS: Don't forget to check out all this week for even more big announcements from K-Murdock, and be sure to follow him on Twitter too.

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Tracks featured this week:

* K-Murdock: Neo-SONIC BOOM!
* Panacea: Rope-A-Dope

Video: Hip Hop Meets Classical

CNN Featured Story: "Hip-Hop meets Classical"

SMKA x Aleon Craft x The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra


The unique collaboration was a featured story on CNN: Friday, Febuary 12th @ 12:45pm.

This is a special collaboration between Hip-Hop and Classical music that is the first of its kind. According to the governing symphony organization, this is the first collaboration of its kind.  The collaboration was a result of ASO's Concerts for Young People, a series of programs that focus on integrating the arts into school curriculum with concerts performed by full orchestra.  The ASO commissioned Atlanta-based SMKA Productions to create a song that sampled classical music. The piece was performed for a full audience by the ASO and Aleon Craft at the Atlanta Symphony Hall 18 times between October-Febuary 2010.

Video: Beyond Belief - Exhibit BB

Make Noise recording artist Beyond Belief spits some bars over Jay Electronica's Exhibit C while up at PNC Radio with A.King.

Follow Beyond Belief on Twitter: @BeyondBeliefNow

Follow Make Noise on Twitter: @MakeNoiseLive

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