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Audio: Apollo Brown - "Real Detroit" Feat. The Left and Marv Won

The Song:

Having just recently released his debut album, The Reset, on Mello Music Group, Apollo Brown delivers the new single, "Real Detroit" featuring The Left and Marv Won. The Left, which is Apollo's own hip-hop collective is composed of himself and fellow Detroit hometown emcee Journalist 103. With plans to release their own album, Gas Mask, later on this year, the duo set out with the purpose of creating a handful of songs dedicated to and inspired by their hometown. "When we were making the Gas Mask album, we wanted to have a couple songs just for Detroit and about Detroit," says Apollo. With that premise, "Real Detroit" speaks on the city as a hardened place to grow up, but also being a breeding ground responsible for producing some of the finest hip-hop around. From its violence-laden streets to the hustlers that run and rule those streets, Journalist 103 and Marv Won carry the listener from the safety of their home to the dangerous streets of Detroit. Accompanied with a haunting melody, it stays true that talent does spring from Detroit as Apollo Brown's beats completes the picture of "Real Detroit".

Apollo Brown's The Reset is now available via Mello Music Group.

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The Background:

Born into a bi-racial family in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Apollo Brown's early influences skewed more toward the music of Journey and The Carpenters than the urban genres his peers often cite as inspiration. This is not to say that once hip-hop came into play, Apollo wasn’t all in. Just as easily as he can praise the virtues of yacht rock, the 29-year-old beatsmith can name personal heroes - Gang Starr, Wu-Tang, Mobb Deep, M.O.P., Nas, and Black Moon - from the early 90s period in which, for him, beats and rhymes became life. Apollo began making his own music in 1996 using Voyetra audio software, then upgraded to Cool Edit 2000 in becoming a self-described bedroom beat-maker for roughly the next eight years. It was the mid-2000s, and the upstart producer saw no future for his work - work he had dedicated his life to - in an industry where radio was setting a formulaic pattern for mainstream music. But he eventually began to miss the creativity in his craft and began producing once again, releasing the instrumental albums Skilled Trade (2007) and Make Do (2009). He went on in 2009 to win the Detroit Red Bull Big Tune Championships and competed in the national finals. Apollo then signed as a producer with the Mello Music Group in December of 2009. His debut album, The Reset, is available now via Mello Music Group.

About Mello Music Group:

Like Lao Tzu in hip-hop, Mello Music Group provides music for the soul, from the heart of American culture, opening the realm of the intelligent hip-hop experience through melodic evocations, beats that corroborate the truth, and voices that roar above the rising void and impose order on the terrible & triumphant moments of everyday life. This is the compelling sound of Mello Music Group. Industry newcomer Michael Tolle founded MMG in 2007 and is acting Director of Operations. MMG will be releasing projects from Oddisee, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Kenn Starr, Finale, Trek Life, Dudley Perkins, Sareem Poems, UPS, and YU in 2010.

"Real Detroit" feat. The Left and Marv Won:

"Hungry" feat. Rapper Big Pooh and Black Milk:

"Streets Won't Let Me Chill Remix" feat. Diamond District:

"Brainwash Remix" feat. yU, Grap Luva & Finale:

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MAYDAY! feat. Jovi Rockwell - On 2 Someth'n (Remix)

From Latchkey Press:

MAYDAY! feat. Jovi Rockwell - On 2 Someth'n (Remix)

After rockin' out with Lil Wayne for the past couple of weeks on MTV, ¡MAYDAY! returns and teams up with the beautiful "Rebel Love Goddess" Jovi Rockwell to add her unique reggae flavor to the remix of "On 2 Someth'n."

Kingston + Miami = More Fiayh!

¡MAYDAY! feat. Jovi Rockwell - On 2 Someth'n (Remix)

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New ¡MAYDAY! album “Stuck On An Island” coming September 7th.


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Video: NEFEW - "Get Up And Move"


Back with the second video of their ONE VERSE viral campaign, Nefew present Get Up and Move from their well received THE ANTI-HERO BEGINS project which was presented by 2DopeBoyz and Puma. The Lenny Harold assisted track was featured in the 'Truth' sub category from the acclaimed project which was released earlier this year.

"Every day is a gift. That is why I love having a full schedule when waking up in the morning because it gives my time a purpose. This is what the song
is all about, purpose, motivation and commitment" - Polemikk



An “antihero” is a central character in a story who lacks conventional heroic attributes. This is exactly why Nefew’s story The Antihero Begins is so appealing. It is a story that so many people have faced. The story of a technically successful life denied of any personal satisfaction and fulfillment. However the Swiss duo, made up of childhood friends MC Polemikk and DJ/Producer PA-Double, has made the daunting choice to challenge everyday complacency and pursue their dream; music. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE


Polemikk and PA-Double make up the duo NEFEW, an acronym that stands for New Education From Every Word. The two exchange students from Switzerland met in kindergarten and have gone through life experiencing the traditional things that most kids are into. Eventually, they progressed into the world of hip-hop. Towards the end of last year NEFEW dropped an EP entitled "Homesick" which was rather well received and featured an appearance from Consequence. The two have even earned an endorsement from Puma International. The company backed them on their aforementioned EP and also their current release, "The Antihero Begins". This time around, the crew also has the support of The project is described as "prolific lyrics and odes to things that matter". CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

Cashmere Readies Debut Album "Take Me Away"

From Yo! PR:



MUSIC: Cashmere - Where's Cashmere?

VIDEO TRAILER: Cashmere - Where's Cashmere?


The Cash Administration is thrilled to announce the much anticipated debut album “Take Me Away” from New York rapper/songwriter, and entrepreneur Cashmere. “Take Me Away” features blazing songs from one of the hottest emcees coming out of the Big Apple including the album’s lead single “Where’s Cashmere?”.

“I was one of, if not the, hottest up-n-coming Hip-Hop artist in NYC before I ran into troubles with the law. So everybody was asking where I was and what was going on with me -- they asked ‘Where’s Cashmere?’ so I’m letting everybody know that Cashmere is back again to bring that crown back home,” Cashmere said about his first single.

Cashmere, introduced to the game by Hip-Hop heavyweights DJ Enuff and DJ Kay Slay, is known for his impressive mic skilz, which have made him one of the most respected and sought-after up-n-coming artists from the East Coast. Soon, Cashmere’s name branched out to other known radio personalities including Funkmaster Flex, and DJ Clue. Cashmere has already worked with major artists such as Bun B, Big Daddy Kane, Jim Jones, Lil Boosie, Akon, and Maino.

Cashmere was on top of his rap game proving high expectations, but grew weak to temptations of life; struggling to cross the underground border. After troubles with the law, being shot in the streets and a prison sentence, Cashmere took the time he had to reflect, and began to view his reality behind bars as a source of knowledge and inner growth, which you can hear on his debut album “Take Me Away.”

“This album is uplifting -- it’s 100% pure positive! Even the negative element you hear in it ends on a positive note and with a positive twist. I'm not telling my people to sell drugs, I'm not telling my people to act with violence -- I'm saying I did that and look where it got me! I found myself in the streets, getting shot and being locked up! Who would want that out of life?”

“I feel my album ‘Take Me Away’ is something that Hip-Hop needs. To me, Hip-Hop is looking for love and ain’t nobody lovin’ it back! Hip-Hop needs a revolution, a movement because it needs to take a stand. The kind of stand that Afrika Bambaataa, KRS-One, Public Enemy, and of course Rakim made in the beginning of the whole era. This is my contribution!”

“Take Me Away” will be released in later summer/early fall via Cashmere’s label, The Cash Administration.

Smoove Introduces New Dance With Hit Single "Do the MAC"

From Yo! PR:

Smoove Introduces New Dance With Hit Single "Do the MAC"

MUSIC: Smoove - Do The MAC [CLEAN] .

MUSIC: Smoove - Do The MAC [DIRTY] .

In a time where West Coast Hip-Hop is often criticized, even from legendary Left Coast rappers, one artist is ready to show the world that he can make a difference.

Born in Compton, L.A., experiencing the hard knock life on a daily basis, the aspiring and multi talented rapper/producer Smoove is acknowledged as "The One" who will help reanimate the once dominating West Coast Hip-Hop world.

Smoove, born William Kidwell, started his professional rap career as a member of Enemy Of The State (EOS), a Hip-Hip group consisting of 3 members all representing California from L.A. to the Bay. EOS released its first and only release in 2006 with the album "I Like It Like That" which was well received among Hip-Hop fans around the world.

The success of EOS spawned Smoove to begin working on his own solo project, the highly anticipated album "Holla at'cha MAC", which will be released later in 2010. As a member of EOS, Smoove had gotten a lot of attention as a true lyricist and electrifying performer who can rock in front of any crowd. Smoove earned his name by being himself, from his delivery on the mic as well as his way with the ladies. Smoove loves to interact with fans of his music and he is constantly trying to improve and become a better artist at all times. 

Hip-Hop executives and media outlets have already drawn comparisons between West Coast heavyweight Snoop Dogg and East Coast rhymespitter Fabolous for Smoove’s laid back style and attitude as he simply put it: "My style is real versatile -- it's something you can bob your head to, even if you don't feel it." 

Smoove's first released single off of his not yet released debut album “Holla at’cha MAC” is titled "Keep It Poppin'," which is receiving rave reviews and major radio airplay on the West Coast. His current single is titled "Do The MAC" that was just released but it's already garnering heavy attention in the clubs. This song is based on the new dance called "MAC Walk" created by Smoove and his crew Playa Lane. "MAC Walkin" is becoming the new dance craze and its popularity continues to grow. As Smoove says, "It's a swag… not your regular two step, it’s a new step."

Smoove is currently signed under the LA-based label Dolphins Of Hollywood, which is distributed by Univerisal Music Group.

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Arsun F!st "Hello I'm Arsun" Free MP3 & Video

From Domination Recordings:

Arsun F!st "Hello I'm Arsun" Free MP3 & Video

Now available for free download is the new single from Arsun F!st titled "Hello I'm Arsun" produced by Phase Logic. The single is taken from Arsun's upcoming album "Life's A Beautiful Monster" that is entirety produced by Phase Logic, the album will be released this summer on Domination Recordings. We also have the debut of the video for "Hello I'm Arsun" directed by Dillon in Jacksonville, FL.

Free Download: "Hello I'm Arsun" | Bandcamp

Arsun F!st "Hello I'm Arsun" video

About the album: To define the significance behind Arsun's latest album title, "Life’s a Beautiful Monster"; one must first over stand that as an Emcee, he could care less about the status quo of mainstream music. This album highlights some of the key struggles he has faced with inner demons since moving from Maryland to Florida at the top of 2008. Life in itself can be a handful and no one album can truly capture everything that it brings us, but Arsun has attempted to pull you the listener closer into his world and how he use words to describe highs and lows. Arsun has heard countless Hip-Hop albums where the artist re-creates themselves and the end result is really not that believable. (editor’s note: BORING) Arsun can only be himself and he can only speak on experiences on this earth, nothing more, nothing less. With that being said, this is his 5th solo project and this time around, it's produced exclusively by Phase Logic. Just another one of his humble attempts to put some sincerity back into Hip-Hop...without the use of Auto-tune.

About the artist: Arsun F!st is an emcee/producer born in Panama City, Panama now living in Jacksonville, FL. The name Arsun F!st is a metaphor for controversy or sparking a thought. Arsun signifies intentionally setting things ablaze musically while the F!st represents the pound of respect he has for the Hip Hop culture. His emcee style has been described as Visual Flows with a touch of ADHD: the listener is able to close their eyes and visualize the emotion, thought, etc. he is trying to portray in the song but they will need to keep up as he jumps four to five topics in a 16 bar verse. He is motivated by a naked beat and his rhymes are inspired by what he sees in his daily life, all the people who say he is too complex or too preachy and those who support his musical movement. AF came to the US from Panama when he was eight. He has also lived in California, Hawaii, South Carolina, Florida and Maryland. AF has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from S.C. State University, and Associates Degrees in Recording Engineering & Studio Technique and Audio Production from Omega School of Music and Applied Sciences. He uses the combination of education and production/recording techniques to express himself musically. AF thinks outside of the box but is able to write for those still in it. Arsun is currently working on multiple projects. He is a solo artist, but also part of Team I.A.M. which is a conglomerate of ill emcees and producers consisting of Em-eye-cee, Fatman & Tropical, and Watson‘s Grocery. AF is focusing on creating his own lane for his music and with the help of the crew members and their diversity he will be able to reach as many people as possible. Arsun recently completed his 4th album with Domination Recordings that will be released this summer!

MP3: Bay Area's Moe Green Releases "Ride" & "Non Title Match"

From Audible Treats:

MP3: Bay Area's Moe Green Releases "Ride" & "Non Title Match"

Moe Green Enters The Ring With Two Tracks Off His Upcoming Album Rocky Maivia

Critical Praise for Moe Green:

Selected as a member of 106 KMEL's (the biggest Bay Area hip-hop station) Freshmen Class of 2010.

The Songs:

Hip-hop's rising star, Moe Green enters the ring a virtual one-man tag-team offering up two new tracks: "Ride" and "Non Title Match", both from his upcoming album Rocky Maivia on Interdependent Media. Moe Green's currency has been steadily rising as KMEL, the Bay Area's popular and longest running Urban format radio station named the upstart emcee to its prestigious 10 Freshmen list.

"Ride" is the perfect summer banger, with a soulful laid-back groove constructed by up-and-coming beatsmith MT The Great. "I actually met him on Twitter one day", Moe says of the collaboration, "he sent me the track that night, and the next day I recorded the song", he explained. Moe Green is a part of the new generation of artists who are not only unafraid to try new things, but have adopted a free-spirited approach to making records given the liberties of the digital age.

"Non Title Match" switches gears a bit taking listeners from the lazy backseat driver feel of "Ride" to a classic head-nodder, with a playful piano roll that duels with Moe's infectious flow. The track showcases Moe's undeniable skill where word-play and charisma work towards creating something special. Hailing from Vallejo, a Bay Area town with a long history of hip-hop legends, Moe Green has a lot to live up to when Rocky Maivia drops this summer. With track like these he's certainly up to the challenge.

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About Interdependent Media:

Founded in 2006 in the Bay Area by Evan Phillips, Interdependent Media has built unique strengths in the development, production, and marketing of recorded music via new methods of marketing and promotion. Armed with a comprehensive understanding of both traditional and emerging methods of marketing, iM has successfully created multi-faceted methods of raising awareness and interest in their projects. Industry veterans Ian "ID" Davis and Dominic Del Bene head operations at iM and are credited with discovering and/or developing artists such as 9th Wonder, Little Brother, Tanya Morgan, Blackalicious, Del the Funky Homosapien, the Hieroglyphics and more. In 2010, iM will be releasing multi-media projects from artists Donwill, TRUTHLiVE, Canibus, Von Pea, Moe Green, A-Plus, and more. For more information, please visit .


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Jedi Mind Tricks' Stoupe & Vocalist Liz Fullerton Are Dutch

From Tonia Samman:

Jedi Mind Tricks' Stoupe & Vocalist Liz Fullerton Are Dutch

Dutch - A Bright Gold Day 

Philadelphia duo Dutch released one of the year’s most exciting debuts this week via their label Enemy Soil, and it’s streaming in all of its dreamy trip-hop-esque glory through the weekend on AOL Spinner.    A Bright Cold Day is the phantasmagorical journey through the dreams of Jedi Mind Tricks’ production sage Stoupe The Enemy of Mankind, combined with the rich and soulful vocals of Liz Fullerton.  Three years in the making, the album is a landmark in the collaboration between Stoupe and Fullerton.  First meshing ideas on the Jedi Mind Tricks tracks “Razorblade Salvation” and “Death Messiah,” the duo was inspired to create a new project together which would take them in a different direction, and Dutch was born.

Dutch’s music is a flavorful departure from JMT’s hardcore hip hop sound into blissful martini-dry and scotch-smooth sips of eclectic brilliance.  Taking influence from classic trip-hop artists like Portishead and Massive Attack, A Bright Cold Day is a dark genre-busting time machine that transports the listener to a barstool in the kind of smoky nightclub which James Bond would be most likely to frequent.  Just like 007, this album is timeless, sophisticated, and travels to exotic places that are sure to leave you shaken, not stirred.

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Fat Joe Set to Release "The Dark Side" on July 27th, 2010

From David at Koch/E1 Entertainment:

Fat Joe Set to Release "The Dark Side" on July 27th, 2010

Fat Joe - The Darkside 

(New York, NY) – Terror Squad/E1 Music is set to release the highly anticipated new studio album by hip hop icon Fat Joe.  “The Dark Side” will be released on July 27th, 2010, and features the singles “Slow Down” feat.Young Jeezy and the soon-to-be summer smash, “It Ain’t About Money,” feat. Trey Songz.

The album also features R. Kelly, The Clipse, Cam’ron, Lil Wayne, Too $hort, and TA, with production by Street Runner, Cool & Dre, Raw Uncut, Scoop Deville, Just Blaze, DJ Premier, Infamous and Buckwild.

Joseph “Fat Joe” Cartagena has sold over 2.5 millions album as a solo artist and has taken the hip hop world by storm since his 1993 debut album “Represent.” He followed this impressive debut with success after success.  His album Jealous Ones Still Envy (J.O.S.E.) was a critically-acclaimed, platinum selling album that spawned the hits “What’s Luve” and “We Thuggin.”

In addition to being a highly successful solo artist, he is also the founder and current C.E.O. of the collective Terror Squad. Joe also had a monster hit with Terror Squad, “Lean Back,” which became a summertime anthem when it was released.

Greg Nice Leaks New Track From Upcoming Album

From Tonia Samman:

Greg Nice Leaks New Track From Upcoming Album

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