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Trae Named Co-Grand Marshal of MLK Day Youth Parade

Press release courtesy of Nancy B.



Houston, TX - The city of Houston has acknowledged the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. in such a way that over the past 15 years, its events have grown into the nation's largest celebration of the now-official holiday and for the past three years, those celebrations have broadened to include a Youth Parade in addition to the MLK Day Grande Parade. In recognition of his many contributions to the community and to the young people in his city, Houston rap artist Trae Tha Truth has been chosen as Co-Grand Marshal of this year's MLK Day Youth Parade, along with Praise 92.1 FM talk show host, Brother Larry Jones.

Trae's service to the city of Houston has included everything from an inspirational prison tour, to free concerts, donations of every kind and his tireless relief work alongside Mayor Bill White and Council Member Peter Brown; with whom Trae is riding in the MLK Day Grande Parade, during Houston's most recent major disaster, Hurricane Ike. The city itself has been so impressed with Trae's commitment to his city that he was honored this past July with his own day by Proclamation of the Mayor and Peter Brown; July 22nd, the first time this honor was given to a rap artist.

The MLK Parade Foundation–Houston will host its 3rd Annual MLK Day youth Parade – Houston on Saturday, January 17, 2009 in Downtown-Houston beginning @ 12:00PM. The Parade’s Theme “The Color of Unity” will emphasize cultural diversity, and will feature more than forty (40) award-winning marching bands from across the nation and twenty (20) parade floats.

The 2009 MLK Day Youth Parade will be lead by The Crenshaw High School Marching Band, Los Angeles, CA, The Wossman High School Marching Band, Monroe, LA, The Justin Kimball High School Marching Band, Dallas, TX, and The Booker T.Washington High School Marching Band, Shreveport, LA.

The Honorees for the 3rd Annual MLK Day Youth Parade-Houston will be recognized for their commitments to excellence in community service, and will include Debra Martin, Gospel Recording Artist/Founder Borae' Records, Fernell Hogan Youth Advocate/HCEC Founder and Richard Carmona, Promoter/Youth Advocate. The Co-Grand Marshals for the 3rd Annual MLK Day Youth Parade-Houston are recording artist Trae Tha Truth and talk show Host, Brother Larry Jones, Praise 92.1FM. The 2009 MLK Day Youth Parade will consist of more than 36,000 Parade participants, and will have a duration of three (3) hours along a 2.0 Mi parade route. The 3rd Annual MLK Day Youth Parade-Houston is expected to attract more than 250,000 spectators from all over the country.

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Slim Thug New Album Cover Leaked

Album cover courtesy of Koch Records.

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“Boss of all Bosses”

Official album cover


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iCON the Mic King To Comptete In Fundraising Half-Marathon

Press release courtesy Michelle at Audible Treats.

iCON the Mic King To Comptete In Fundraising Half-Marathon; Will Donate Entire 2009 Proceeds To Charity      01.13.2009
Race Will Benefit the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America

(Brooklyn, NY - Jan 13, 2009) Philadelphia-based rapper iCON the Mic King will run a half-marathon for charity on January 25th, 2009. The 13.1-mile race will take place in Miami, Florida and will benefit the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America.

Crohn's and Colitis are degenerative digestive diseases that afflict more than 1 million Americans and millions more worldwide. Though iCON himself does not suffer from either of these conditions, someone very close to him does and he has promised to help in anyway possible. He says, “I was in the train station in New York City this summer just lost in thought when I saw an ad on a trashcan for the CCFA Take Steps Walk and I wrote down the website and said ‘Hey, why not?' I just felt a need to do something positive, something that mattered outside of me." The rest of this story can be seen on iCON's myspace page.

To prepare for the 13-mile run, iCON began training three months ago. His workouts consisted of the usual regimen of weekly short runs punctuated by longer runs on the weekend but iCON also incorporated unorthodox training methods. These include a series of races against fellow rapper and former college track star PackFM as well as a run from Manhattan to Brooklyn recreating the infamous P. Diddy Junior's Cheesecake circuit. These exploits were captured on film and will be released in the days leading up to the half marathon.

In addition to raising funds for the race, iCON will also donate 100% of sales of the first 500 copies of his upcoming album Flavor Ade to the charity. The first 500 fans that donate a minimum of $10 to the CCFA will receive one of these limited edition autographed copies. And for the rest of 2009, iCON will match any donation made to the CCFA on his behalf with a product of equal value, including CD's and limited edition t-shirts. All donations will go directly to the CCFA and can be made through his myspace ( or his official website. (

iCON's next album, entitled Cool Aide, will be released in late spring. The official album will be preceded with a free album, Flavor Ade, to be released next month. Flavor Ade will also feature guest appearnces from artists such as Elzhi and others. A true visionary, iCON is one of few hip-hop artists to not only engage in a physically demanding fundraising activity but who will also match 100% of the donations made on his behalf for an entire year to a charitable cause.

Check out iCON & Chum's track made especialy for the run: .

List of important dates:
1/16/09 - Show in Ithaca, NY @ Castaways
1/24/09 - Show @ PLS14, Miami. 5-10 pm w/ U-N-I, C-Rayz Walz and more
1/25/09 - CCFA Race Date - Last Day To Donate
1/25/09 - Show @ PLS14, Miami. 10pm - until w/ U-N-I, C-Rayz Walz and more

The Background:

Hailing from Philadelphia, iCON the Mic King has had a long career and first gained notoriety on the battle circuit. Winner of several rap battle competitions around the globe, iCON proved his ability to create lyrics on the spot, and achieved success in this arena until 2001, when he officially retired from battling to pursue composition and recording as a solo artist. iCON had been making music before he gained fame as a battle rapper and decided to focus on his studio chops. In 2002, he released Music for Bootleggas, which he sold in person and via his website. In 2004, he released his first studio album Intricate Spectrum and has since released Mike and the Fatman, Rent Money Music II: C-Notes for the Car Note and will soon be releasing Flavor Ade, with Cool Aide to follow shortly thereafter.


iCON the Mic King & Chum - "Run 4 YL" Don't Die"
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Skillz "The Rap Up EP" Now On iTunes

Press release courtesy of Koch Records.

Rap Up EPSkillz “The Rap Up” EP
LIVE on iTunes

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Track listing

1. ’08 Rap Up
2. ’07 Rap Up
3. ’04 Rap Up
4. ’03 Rap Up

Skillz “2008 Rap Up”

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The Wire: 5 Season "Rap" Up (HBO)
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Potluck Debut New Material Online From "Pipe Dreams"

Press release courtesy of Kerosene Media.


Potluck Debut New Material Online
New Album “Pipe Dreams” In Stores February 10th 2009

Humboldt County California’s Potluck have debuted the track “Stoner Bitch” online at from the group’s upcoming new album “Pipe Dreams”, which will be released through Suburban Noize on February 10th, 2009. The group is currently offering a autographed limited edition poster for fans who pre-order the album at .

"Our last record took us to new levels. We sold more records and rocked bigger shows but we’re always trying to progress and keep things moving forward,” says 1 Ton, one half of the hip-hop duo known as Potluck. “This record is the next logical progression for us and takes us to the next level.”

Humboldt’s hip-hop heroes upcoming new album, “Pipe Dreams”, album is packed with head bopping grooves and a lyrical depth that lights the airwaves like only Potluck could. The group’s love for hip-hop as a genre shines through on some sticky musical chemistry with collaborations from Strange Music’s Krizz Kaliko, Cool Nutz, Tristate (One Session), counter-culture icons Kottonmouth Kings and Twiztid.

Label Potluck whatever you want; backpack rap, stoner-rap, or simply straight-up hip-hop. Any way you evaluate it , Potluck’s musical potpourri re-ignites an otherwise extinguished hip-hop game with lyrical depth, rapid fire flows and head nodding beats like the game was supposed to have all along.  Equipped with a grassroots campaign, unwavering perseverance, and the development of a solid fan base, Potluck is poised to make a pipe dream become reality.


Jan 14 - Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
Jan 15 - Farmington, NM @ Hastings Entertainment INSTORE at 4:20pm
Jan 15 - Farmington, NM @ Gators
Jan 16 - Albuquerque, NM @ Hastings Entertainment INSTORE at 4:20pm
Jan 16 - Albuquerque, NM @ The Launchpad
Jan 17 - Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
Jan 20 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Aztec Highway INSTORE at 4:20pm
Jan 20 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Avalon Theater
Jan 21 - Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
Jan 22 - Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
Jan 23 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
Jan 24 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Grill
Jan 26 – Chico, CA @ Lost On Main
Jan 27 – Livermore, CA @ The Burro
Jan 28 - Orangevale, CA @ The Boardwalk
Jan 29 – Victorville, CA @ karma
Jan 30 - Hollywood, CA @ Key Club
Jan 31 - San Diego, CA @ Canes Bar & Grill

Best of the Block Presents "Strictly Business"

Press release courtesy of Tasha Stoute.



Alliance Brings A New Air To Hip-Hop With Three

Surging Artists From The Streets

(January 9, 2009—New York, NY)   In 2009, there will be many firsts but nothing will impact the streets like the new DVD Strictly Business from Best of the Block which features Huey (Mid-West), Maino (East) and Glasses Malone (The New West). It’s three the hard way as they all appear on Huey’s the new single “24/7” off his sophomore album “Strictly Business” slated to be released in the 2009. The video, inspired by the 1995 movie “Dead Presidents” featuring Larenz Tate, Chris Tucker and Bokeem Woodbine, is currently on BET.

Strictly Business chronicles how each artist rose through the ranks with rhymes and mere ambition. The DVD supplies substance from start to finish, with clear insight to how different each artist’s hometown and local artist influences have impacted their own lives and careers. This alliance brings in a new era showcasing that the true essence of hip-hop lives on.

“I was interested in this song because it already had the new and  hottest artist in the streets from each region. Huey got a nice Midwest following, he already had a top 5 record with Pop, Lock, and Drop It,” states Glasses Malone.  “Maino had the Hi Hater single that blew everyones head off! Plus his rep was solid in the streets of NY. I'm considered one of the realest niggas in my region old or new. Real niggas uniting is always a great look.”

HUEY ("Mid West"-HiTz Committee)

MeMpHitz introduces: Huey, St. Louis' New General rated one of the top 3 artist to check for in 2009, Coast to Coast. Huey controlled the Billboard charts with his smash single "Pop Lock And Drop It".  This DVD is a key to the door that opens up rapper Huey's life, up-bringing and his struggles before landing his record deal.  His new album set to release in '09.

MAINO ("East Coast"-Atlantic Records)

Maino, raised in Brooklyn, New York, served 10 years in a state penitentiary, but came home with a dream to tell his life story through music. With everyone saying that NY Hip-Hop is dead, Maino is ready to step up and take a stand to rep where it all began!

GLASSES MALONE ("West Coast"-Cash Money Records/Universal)

Eazy-E, served the whole world with Gangster Rap and put California on the map when he brought us all songs like, "Fuck The Police". As for West Coast commercial success, we heard from Snoop, Dre and meet Glasses Malone, newest member of Cash Money $ Records, Glasses is set to carry the West Coast. We will get to see the real West in the flesh as Glasses walks you through the inner circles of Watts.

To get a copy of the DVD check out .

For more information on Huey and his upcoming album check out or .

DJ Paul Edge - From Hip-Hop to Techno

In 1988 techno grew out of an increasingly popular hip-hop scene and DJ Paul Edge was a leader of that movement. In recent years he’s used his work in a more political manner: creating pieces on the Iraq war and Hurricane Katrina, as well as on issues such as global warming. In the fall of 2008 Paul Edge, who has created a new genre for his work, calling it “psychedelic dance music,” had three of his songs featured on the hit television show CSI, and this week Beyond Race caught up with him to find out more about how electronic music evolved out of hip-hop, when and why he decided to incorporate political issues into his work, and what went into his decision to become an American citizen.

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Fresh Idea - A Digital B-Side

Most Hip-Hop heads that are of a certain age remember buying singles on vinyl, cassette, or CD. All of these types of singles had something in common that is sorely lacking in today’s digital world – a B-side. With slumping album sales and record labels still struggling to harness the power and usability of the internet, there are a number of reasons why a digital B-Side is a great idea that needs to see the light of day.

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Hip-Hop Shop #17 - Ali Vegas, Skillz, Esoteric & More

The Hip-Hop Shop is the precursor to Kayfabe 4 Dummies every Sunday night, a 30 minute show of hip-hop tracks and talk. Due to illness this week's show is pre-taped, but that shouldn't stop you from checking out some exclusive tracks from Esoteric, Ali Vegas, Skillz and even a comedy bit from Katt Williams! Tune in every Sunday at 9:30 PM EST, 8:30 Central via and if you miss the live show be sure to look for the replay here on RapReviews or via our sponsor . The shows are 100% podsafe so distribute to your friends and tell them to visit Enjoy!

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Silent Knight Gets Loud

Silent Knight is an artist I became aware of by virtue of being in the scene. We’d met at a few events and at the most recent one we were at he handed me a copy of his debut album, Hunger Strike. Hunger Strike, an album filled with powerful, message-based Hip-Hop, was originally released at the very end of 2006 and Silent Knight followed it up with a remix CD titled Restoration: One Step Back, Two Steps Forward. Staying busy, in 2008 he released a free album online at his website and co-founded an all-ages art and music event titled Hub City Revival. In addition to all that he’s also a finalist in’s emcee competition, which happens to pit him against his friends Homeboy Sandman and Kaze. This week I caught up with Silent Knight to find out how he’s dealing with being in such a big competition against some of his good friends, what he hopes people get out of his music, and why he feels that despite his own style being highly message driven there’s still a time and place for a brainless rap artist or two.

Read the full interview at:

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