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MP3: Camp Lo - "Jimmy Page (Straighten It Out Freestyle)"

From Trackstar the DJ:

MP3: Camp Lo - "Jimmy Page (Straighten It Out Freestyle)"

Camp Lo's 80 Blocks from Tiffany's album, a collaboration with the legendary Pete Rock, comes out summer 2011. To build momentum for the project, they tabbed Trackstar the DJ of the Smoking Section to assemble a mix of blends of Camp Lo a capellas as well as four new exclusive freestyle tracks, all over classic Pete Rock beats, fortified by a selection of unreleased Camp Lo tracks and remixes. Executive produced and hosted by DJ Mark DiVita, who spearheaded the project as Camp Lo's tour manager, the 80 Blocks mixtape showcases the Luchini duo at their best--spitting their fly and unique slang over beats from one of hip hop's greatest producers.

Here is the first single, an exclusive freestyle over a classic interlude from the first Pete Rock & CL Smooth album, featuring cuts by yours truly:

Mediafire: Jimmy Page (Straighten It Out freestyle)


The full mixtape drops in two weeks...on behalf of Camp Lo, Pete Rock, Mark DiVita and myself we appreciate any and all posts, reviews, and mentions.


I just finished a rather spur-of-the-moment project with Trifeckta, one of the main producers from The Force. You may not know his name, but if you listen to my mixes, you know his work (Rockwell Knuckles' Government Name & Shooting Star, Tef Poe's Monster, Gotta Be Karim's Early, Family Affair's Sunshine & Vivid Imagination), and he won the St Louis regional Red Bull Big Tune beat battle last year before losing to eventual champ 14KT in the national finals. I put together a quick 29 minute mix demonstrating Trifeckta's best beats, and it came out very dope, if I do say so myself. Check it out here:

PR: !llmind Announces "Beh!nd the Curta!n"

From Nature Sounds:

!llmind Announces "Beh!nd the Curta!n"

Despite being one of hip-hop’s most in-demand producers, !llmind has never before released an official album of his own.  The New Jersey native, who has provided soundscapes for hip-hop royalty like 50 Cent, Eminem, Little Brother, Redman, 2pac, and Scarface, will team up with Nature Sounds on April 21st to release his first instrumental project, Beh!nd The Curta!n.  To give fans a true look "behind the curtain," !llmind will also be releasing the album’s audio stems (drums parts, bass parts, horns parts, etc.) through a download card in the first 1000 CDs and through his Bandcamp page.

While hip-hop producers are known to operate in secrecy, !llmind hopes to inspire the next generation of track masters. “The purpose of the album is to showcase the love that I have for unique and innovative ways to put together beats," he explains. "There are different techniques I've learned throughout the years, and I'm hoping production fans take notice!  I know my fellow producers will have fun with the stems." To celebrate the album, !llmind is also launching a new remix contest. Using the stems to the BTC track "Next Round", producers are challenged to make the best (and most original) beat using ONLY THOSE SOUNDS.  The winner will receive a $100 credit to the Nature Sounds store (which offers CDs, Vinyl, T-Shirts, Hoodies, Slipmats, and more).  !llmind will pick the winner to the contest; enter at

When he's not in the studio creating, !llmind stays busy. His collaborative album with Skyzoo, Live From The Tape Deck, was recently released to critical acclaim, and his monthly live producer showcase "B.L.A.P." has become the premier platform for the top young production talent in the Big Apple.  In addition, !ll teaches at NYU's Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music, schooling the next generation in a class called "Future Music Moguls."  For his album, though, !llmind has decided to place the focus back where it started: on the beats.

Free Download: J. Period & G. Brown - "March 9/09: The Complete B.I.G. Tribute Collection"


Produced & remixed by J.Period and DJ G. Brown, The March 9 Remix Project brings together both sides of B.I.G to pay tribute to one of hip hop's finest. Volume 1 chronicles Biggie’s dark storytelling with a collection of gangster tales over sinister musical landscapes -- crime-saga tales in the spirit of Scarface, King of New York & Menace II Society. Volume 2 delivers the other side of B.I.G.'s persona -- The Player President -- guaranteed to pack dance floors as only Big Poppa could do. Originally released in its entirety in 2009, The March 9 Remix Project -- like B.I.G. himself -- stands the test of time. In its entirety, the collection is over 80 tracks of exclusive remixes, including previously unreleased outtakes, 12” singles and bonus material, all paying tribute to Brooklyn’s Finest, The Notorious B.I.G. Promotional use only.

- March 9: B.I.G. Tribute, Vol. 1
- March 9: B.I.G. Tribute, Vol. 2
- March 9 Promotional Singles, Unreleased Remixes & Outtakes


R.I.P. B.I.G.
PR: Electro Rapper Sam Adams Launches College Tour

From Amy Meyer:


Los Angeles, CA- Electro-rapper Sam Adams is taking a break from recording to head out on a national US College Tour. With the dates spanning a two month time period, the tour will be a combination of private and public performances along with a few club dates and festivals. This past weekend, Adams performed at the Snowball Music Festival in Vail Valley, Colorado along with Pretty Lights, Bassnectar and The Flaming Lips. His estimated audience was three to four thousand enthusiastic fans - for a live clip, click here: . After the success of last year's performance at Bamboozle in East Rutherford, NJ, Adams has been asked back again this year alongside Lil Wayne, 30 Seconds To Mars, Wiz Khalifa and more. To see footage of over 8,000 fans singing along to "Driving Me Crazy" at last year's festival, click here: . All public tour dates are listed below with more to be announced.
Since his #1 iTunes Hip-Hop debut with Boston's Boy, Sam Adams has spent the past year touring the country multiple times and has nearly sold out all of his dates, including a national headlining tour in conjunction with Live Nation. The remix "I Hate College" which helped catapult Adams into the spotlight as an independent artist currently has over 5 million views on YouTube: In the fall, Adams was featured in the ad campaign for New Era Caps as a Flagbearer in their national "Fly Your Own Flag" advertising and marketing campaign. The campaign focused on self-expression and individuality, with Adams as one of a select few chosen by the company to represent the spirit of this. .
Adams has been recording the following up to Boston's Boy which is scheduled to be out later this year. Tracks have already been completed in Boston, London, Jamaica and Los Angeles.
Dates open to the public (more to be announced):

3/25       York College- Grumbacher Sport & Fitness Center       York, PA
3/31       Beaumont Club         Kansas City, MO
4/1          Blue Moose Tap House          Iowa City, IA
4/2          Gordon Field House- OH Wesleyan UniversityDelaware, OH
4/5          Chameleon Club       Lancaster, PA
4/7          Bob Carpenter Center           Newark, DE
4/8          St. John Fisher College Student Life Center     Rochester, NY
4/9          SUNY- Oswego- Campus Center          Oswego, NY
4/10       Toad's Place              New Haven, CT
4/13       Rodgers Recreational Center              Newport, RI
4/14       Lafayette College- Kirby Sport Center Gym     Easton, PA
4/16       Keene State College- Gymnasium       Keene, NH
4/20       Showcase Live!         Foxborough, MA
4/23       Higher Ground Ballroom       South Burlington, VT
4/24       Higher Ground Ballroom       South Burlington, VT
4/27       Crocodile Rock CaféAllentown, PA
4/28       Diesel          Pittsburgh, PA
4/29       Bamboozle- Meadowlands Complex  East Rutherford, NJ            
5/2          Opera House            Toronto, ON Canada

Video: Charlie Sheen, Mack 10 & Glasses Malone - "Winning"

As predicted the reign of Charlie Sheen features is far from over!

From Chris at E1 Music:

Video: Charlie Sheen, Mack 10 & Glasses Malone - "Winning"

Video: J. Cardim f/ Joe Budden, Sha Stimuli & More - "Hood 2"

From Zack Einhorn:

Video: J. Cardim f/ Joe Budden, Sha Stimuli & More - "Hood 2"

Video: Where Is Mike Jones? DJ Smallz Finds Him!

From DJ Smallz:

Video: Where Is Mike Jones? DJ Smallz Finds Him!

Where Is Mike Jones? DJ Smallz Finds Him! from DJ Smallz.

he Houston Texan explains his absence and blames his current record label who placed a gag order on him and his music until April 4, 2011. MJ explains how the whole situation transpired from platinum selling records to silence and exposes some of the politics in the music industry.

MP3: E. Miles - "Charlie Sheen"

This is at least the third different rap song about Charlie Sheen CALLED "Charlie Sheen" that we've posted. I expect more to come.

MP3: E. Miles - "Charlie Sheen"

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Video: Khaled M f/ Lowkey - "Can't Take Our Freedom"

From Dunn Deal PR:

Video: Khaled M f/ Lowkey - "Can't Take Our Freedom"

MP3: Apollo Brown - "Shadows of Grief"

From Mello Music Group:

MP3: Apollo Brown - "Shadows of Grief"

Apollo Brown's critically acclaimed album Clouds is in stores now!
Today, enjoy the free mp3 download for the song Shadows of Grief, another stand out track from the album CloudsShadows of Grief features pulsating drums and prog-rock like synths that would make any MC want to jump on.
Also, in other news, be on the lookout for Clouds vinyl hitting stores soon!

Enjoy the free mp3 download and feel free to post and share.
Apollo Brown's "Clouds" Album In Stores Now!!
Apollo Brown "Shadows of Grief" Download Link:

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