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PR: The Vans Warped Tour in Select Cities This May

From Alex Mohler:

PR: The Vans Warped Tour in Select Cities This May


Los Angeles, CA– Following the success of last year’s debut of the EIY “Scene Meet Ups” during the Vans Warped Tour, organizers have announced a continued partnership with the launch of the first-ever EARN IT YOURSELF SPRING (INTO ACTION) TOUR presented by The Vans Warped Tour, hitting US cities this May. The tour will bring a music scene meet-up for anyone interested in working with the Vans Warped Tour, an interactive EIY workshop, and a nightly showcase of the best local artists in each city.
Created and cultivated by Warped Tour veteran SARAH SATURDAY, the Earn It Yourself movement and EIY Scene Meet Ups were the sleeper hit of last summer's tour, giving fans, musicians and future music business leaders unprecedented backstage and behind-the-scenes access. The group participated in panel discussions with Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman, tour manager Lisa Brownlee, and a daily assortment of special guests, including author of Tour:Smart, Martin Atkins and a revolving list of artists, managers, agents and promoters. Fans interacted with the panel, asking questions and engaging in round-table conversations that included topics such as the local music scene, personal experiences from industry veterans, and brainstorming sessions by the group addressing individual questions and offering advice.
Some of the music industry experts that participated in the EIY Meet-Ups include Mike Shea (Alternative Press Magazine), Dave Weier (Fuse), Paul Tollett (Goldenvoice), Bill Armstrong (Side One Dummy Records), Lou Plaia (ReverbNation), Rob Hitt (Crush Management), Randy Nichols (Force Media Management), Darryl Eaton (CAA), Mike Kaminsky (KMGMT), Eddy Numbskull (Numbskull Productions), Stephen Chilton (Psyko Steve Presents), Lisa Johnson (Photographer), Russel Hornbeek (Music Saves Lives), and members from such bands as Polar Bear Club, Bouncing Souls, Four Year Strong, H20, River Boat Gamblers, Terrible Things, Fishbone and more.
The group even got a surprise drop-in from Tom Morello, who told meet-up attendees in San Diego about the early DIY days of Rage Against The Machine.
"We had such a great response from everyone who attended the meet-ups on last year's tour, that we decided to have a little Warped Tour reunion before this year's tour, and give everyone a chance to get more involved at the grassroots level,” explains Lyman.
"The EIY meet-ups on Warped were a terrific opportunity to meet with kids all over the country who are struggling with the same issues that we have all struggled with,” describes Martin Atkins. “Sarah really cares about all of this and didn't just do a great job of bringing together a group of kids to sit down with a very busy Kevin Lyman every day, but she also worked tirelessly on EIY and her own music, creating merchandise on the floor of the bus, stitching, printing, talking, organizing, meeting and performing each day. She is an inspiration to anyone that really wants to do it.”
Veteran tour manager Lisa Brownlee says of her experience: “The EIY meet-ups gave me a renewed sense of what it means to give back to the music community by sharing my life experiences. The EIY ethic is how I was able to start at the very bottom in the music industry 20 years ago and then work my way to the top. Through hard work, determination, ability and time, I was able to break through the typically male dominated industry to find myself tour managing some of the biggest festivals in the US today. The music business has changed quite a bit since I started my quest to succeed, but the path to that success will never change. I was fortunate enough to have a mentor such as Kevin Lyman who believed in me and now it is my turn to try and guide people just like myself to their goals no matter what obstacles they may see ahead."
The Earn It Yourself Spring (Into Action) Tour launches May 4th in Los Angeles and will zig-zag throughout the US, ending in Atlanta on June 4. Complete details, cities and dates will be released as they are confirmed on both and .
Saturday and her team of programmers and designers are launching a new Earn It Yourself website in correlation with the tour. Plans for the new site include expanding on the Scene Feed functionality that shows users’ posts and events from their own communities; adding a personal blog for Sarah to post articles, advice, interviews, and other resources; expanding on the current Venue Database, and creating a mobile phone application for users to interact with the site through their smartphones. The site will continue to be not-for-profit as it has been since its launch in 2006.
"The purpose of the EIY philosophy has been developing for nearly ten years, as I have personally gone through all different types of experiences within the music industry," Sarah explains. “After spending a year on the road in 2010 -- both performing as a DIY solo musician and holding these meet-ups with people all over the continent -- I now realize that EIY's purpose is to bridge the gap between the old guard and the up-and-comers in the underground music community. Teaming up with Warped Tour after the amazing success of the EIY meet-ups on last year's tour is an incredible opportunity for music supporters all over the place to start working towards rebuilding and supporting their own local scenes. I owe so much to Kevin Lyman, and I am honored to be spear-heading a grassroots street team effort for this summer's Warped Tour."
Sarah has been helping deserving local bands get on the Kevin Says Stage on the Warped Tour since 2004, creating the "EIY Spot" on the stage in 2008. In the past, the submission process for this coveted spot was held strictly online. This year, bands will get the chance to bring their fans and perform live at the EIY Spring (Into Action) Tour, for a chance to represent their scene on the Kevin Says Stage in 2011.
But there's a catch:
"Band contests are so self-centered these days, and there is already too much competition among unsigned bands," says Saturday. "I didn't want to put bands through the usual self-nomination ringer this time around. One of the most important things I want to encourage through EIY is the importance of bands working together and supporting each other within their own community, so this year bands are going to be asked to nominate one band from their local scene who they think deserves a chance to play Warped Tour this summer. And it can't be themselves."
For all the details on how to submit, go to .
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PR: Sickwidit Records Presents Hot - "Marty McFly"

From Danielle Banks:

PR: Sickwidit Records Presents Hot - "Marty McFly"

Sickwidit Records (E40), recording artist Hot (The DB'Z) is releasing the newest addition to his Marty Mc Fly mixtape series titled "Money Never Sleeps." Stepping away from his street persona as "Hot," Marty trades in his white tee and Nikes for some Gucci shoes and Polo shirt. This Bay Area  all star never misses a beat on the mixtape circuit, constantly feeding the streets with new music. Hot is far from newcomer to the game, he's toured the country with E40 and Lil Jon, his records were in heavy rotation on the local radio stations and MTV.  As Hot readies himself to go back on tour and release another album, he didn't want to leave the streets empty handed.

Available for free download February 2011.

PR: Lupe Fiasco, Wiz Khalifa and Pitbull To Perform At MTV Spring Break 2011

From Ter`rece Walker: 



“Jersey Shore’s” DJ Pauly D Hits the Turntables as MTV and Thousands of College Students Take Over Palms Casino Resort March 6 – 9, 2011


New York, NY (February 23, 2011) –  While most of the country is enduring bitterly cold weather, MTV is ready to  heat things up as the network takes over Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas as the official MTV Spring Break 2011 destination from March 6 – March 9, 2011.  “Jersey Shore’s” DJ Pauly D will be on the turntables at select parties, and artists Wiz Khalifa, Pitbull, Lupe Fiasco and Jason Derulo will keep the party going as they take the stage in front of thousands of college students. Nothing says MTV Spring Break better than great weather, sexy pool parties and kick-ass musical performances by some of the hottest emerging and established artists.  This spring, what happens in Vegas is on MTV with Spring Break 2011 airing on MTV, MTV2 and mtvU. 


On the ground Spring Break events and celebrities include:

·         DJ Pauly D – DJ Pauly D will be on the scene guest DJing the daytime pool parties, giving students a chance to dance to the hottest music spun by one of the hottest DJs. Fans will also have the chance to party with him during the “Jersey Shore” 10 spot party, which he’ll be co-hosting with cast mate  Deena Nicole.

·         Pool-side Performances: MTV will host explosive performances pool-side on Monday, March 7th and Tuesday, March 8th:  ‪

o    Jason Derulo has dominated the airwaves with the triple-platinum debut single "Whatcha Say," platinum second single “In My Head” and platinum third single “Ridin Solo.” The 20-year-old singer, songwriter, dancer, and actor has sold more than 14 million singles and 1 million albums worldwide and is the first male solo artist in history to have three singles hit the Top 10 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart.

o    International superstar Pitbull's major label debut, Rebelution, dominated the charts with hit singles "I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)," "Hotel Room Service" and club favorite "Krazy." Pitbull recently released Armando, his first full Spanish-language album. His next English album, Planet Pit, will hit stores this May and includes the chart-climbing "Hey Baby (Drop It To The Floor)" featuring T-Pain, which reached #2 on iTunes.

o    Lupe Fiasco rose to fame in 2006 following the success of Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor, he then released his second album, Lupe Fiasco's The Cool, in December 2007, where the single "Superstar" became a hit, peaking at number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100. The 2008 MTV Spring break performer and Grammy Award winning artist is currently wrapping up the sold-out Australia/New Zealand leg of his worldwide “Generation Lasers” tour.  Signed to 1ST & 15TH / Atlantic, he will be releasing his third full-length collection, “LASERS” in stores and at all online retailers on March 8th, 2011.

o    Wiz Khalifa, signed to Atlantic Records, embarked on a stint on the famed “Rock The Bells” tour alongside such legends as Lauryn Hill and Snoop Dogg, immediately followed by his nation-wide headlining tour, appropriately dubbed the “Waken Baken Tour.” Most recently the 2011 mtvU Woodie Awards nominee has seen success with the video for his first release, “Black & Yellow” getting an astonishing 3 million views on YouTube. There is no question about it: Wiz Khalifa’s debut album is bound to be something great. 

·         Screening Parties:  During Spring Break week, MTV will air brand new episodes of Jersey Shore, Real World, Hard Times of RJ Berger and more.  Every night at 10PM ET/PT, MTV will host a screening party in one of the Sky Villas at the Palms Hotel & Casino, where lucky spring breakers - joined by celebrity talent and MTV show talent - have the chance to view the premiere episodes before anyone else, mix and mingle with the cast and get the latest gossip from the show. 

·         EXPRESS Fashion Show: After casting some of the hottest models and MTV spring breakers at the EXPRESS RUNWAY lounge next to the pool, on Wednesday, March 9th MTV, and EXPRESS will host a fashion show showcasing the latest styles from EXPRESS.  

MTV has a long-standing, close relationship with Las Vegas that’s full of big moments and epic performances.  MTV’s first trip to Vegas took place in 2002 when seven strangers came together in Real World 12: Las Vegas.  MTV ruled Vegas all summer in 2005 with MTV’s Summer On The Strip. In 2007, the MTV Video Music Awards took over the Palms Casino and this spring, Real World is heading back to Las Vegas.


“Palms Casino Resort is thrilled to host MTV Spring Break 2011,” said Palms owner George Maloof. “MTV and Palms are creating the ultimate destination for thousands of college students to kick-back and enjoy some much deserved time off.  Between the pool parties and the live performances, this should be a spring break experience like no other.”


Between the ages of 21-27 and want to party MTV style for spring break? Time is running out, so head to Palms Casino Resort now to secure your spot at the hottest Spring Break in 2011!


Official sponsors of MTV Spring Break 2011 are Burger King, EXPRESS, SoBe, Stride and Warner Bros. 'Arthur' & The Weinstein Co. 'Scream 4'.



MP3: Billie Slum - "Spotlights" (prod. Warren G)

From DJ Smallz:

MP3: Billie Slum - "Spotlights" (prod. Warren G)





MP3: El Gant f/ J57 & Tek (Smif-N-Wessun) - "Problems"

From Brown Bag AllStars:

MP3: El Gant f/ J57 & Tek (Smif-N-Wessun) - "Problems"

El Gant links up with the Brown Bag AllStars & Smif-n-Wessun for his new single, "Problems"

El Gant feat. J57 & Tek
Produced by J57
Video: Mistah F.A.B. Buys Saigon's New Album

From Mitchell Dudley:

Video: Mistah F.A.B. Buys Saigon's New Album

Video: Gucci Mane f/ Birdman - "Mouth Full of Golds"

From Ayal (WBR):

Video: Gucci Mane f/ Birdman - "Mouth Full of Golds"

PR: Indie Rapper Man of War Launches War Records

From Syntax Distribution:

PR: Indie Rapper Man of War Launches War Records

The Former Syntax Recording Artist Builds an Army of Future Hip-Hop Stars

San Diego, CA - After a brief hiatus from the hip-hop spotlight, Man of War returns with his own label, War Records. He spent the last few years touring, recording and finding new talent that's ready to impact urban listenership.

"They are humble, God-fearing artists," Man of War says. "It's unrestricted Christian music with a rugged line. God is woven into the lyrics."

As an artist on the San Diego-based label Syntax Records, Man of War was already at the top of his game with albums like 10 Horn Daggers and Love and War . He toured all across the U.S. and as far as the Cayman Islands, ministering and performing in prisons, on stages and everywhere in between. With all his success on the Syntax label, he felt the call branch out on his own.

"I developed relationships with dope emcees and producers all over... it was time to build a strong family - not just a label, but something that was more than contracts and statistics," he says. "I called my peeps and shared my vision. It was simple. 'Let's come together and create music for our God.'"

The Californian rapper credits his time with Syntax as the training ground he needed to launch his own label.

"Man of War is one of the hardest working emcees I know," says Syntax Records President Tim Trudeau. "It's exciting to be working with him again. War Records is going to fill that niche of left-field intelligent underground hip hop that has been bone dry lately."

"I enjoy the process of pouring into artists," Man of War adds. "It's discipleship. I get to sow into their music, ministry and grow creativity. It's not just a business. I'm doing what I should do: fulfilling God's will."

On War Records, fans of Man of War will see him take the crazy flows they are used to and make them digestible to a wider audience. The first release, Waging War , will feature exclusive new music from his never-before-heard crew of War recording artists. Dropping March 1, the compilation record is a blend of hip-hop, soul and R&B music showcasing the array of talent that War Records has to offer and is available for pre-order at iTunes now, .

Syntax Distribution, a division of Quality Junk, is one of the top independent digital distributors and aggregators representing more than 25,000 songs. Syntax handles many of the top independent Christian artists such as David and Tamela Mann of Tyler Perry's "Meet The Browns" and Disney's "Next Big Thing" winner- Jasmine. Their record label clientele includes Central South, Crossroads Music, and iShine, among others. To learn more, visit

Waging War Tracklisting:
1. Man Of War - "War Records"
2. Alleyes Manifest - "Roll With The Punches"
3. Absent Minded, Man Of War - "Change Grow Learn"
4. Hyborian Warriors (Sintax The Terrific, Man Of War, Absent Minded) - "Gospel"
5. Absent Minded - "Demolition Man"
6. Team Omega (Paradox, Shortop, Phynite, Man Of War, Arkamedes) - "Glock Jaw"
7. Silver Feat. MdL - "Below Zero"
8. Absent Minded, Man Of War, Lee Green - "Prayers"
9. Alex  Soul - "My Song To You"
10. Silver, Absent Minded, Reveal, Alleyes Manifest, Man Of War, Emcee Noiz - "Waging War"
11. Silver, Lee Green, Absent Minded - "Top Of The World"
12. Emcee Noiz Feat. Man Of War - "Monsters"
13. Lee Green - "The Blood"
14. Man of War - "I Can't Save You"
15. Alleyes Manifest Feat. Producing All The Hits - "Yield"
16.  Reveal, Upright Feat. Emcee Noiz & Melodic - "A Good Day"
17. Reveal - "Introruption"
18. Glitchy Valens Feat. Man Of War - "My Love Is Harsh" 

MP3: Scavie Scoobs f/ Bluff, 2Eleven - "Powder Gave Me Power"

From Custom Made:

MP3: Scavie Scoobs f/ Bluff, 2Eleven - "Powder Gave Me Power"

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Scavie Scoobs of Custom Made links up with fellow group member Bluff and USDA/CTE artist 2Eleven for this new joint from Scoobs' upcoming street album "Trap Star Volume One"


Scavie Scoobs, 1/3 of the Los Angeles hip-hop trio Custom Made.

After forming Custom Made in 2002 with high school classmates Bluff and Element the group would go on to drop countless mixtapes and indie albums such as Sidewalk Mindtalk (Babygrande/2006), Original Dynasty (Babygrande/2008), Truth Be Told (Rawkus/2007) and Hi-Def (Coalmine/2010).

Scoobs finally steps away from the group to focus on his solo career with his first solo mixtape Trap Star.

PR: Zion I & The Grouch Ready Sophomore Album & Tour

From Audible Treats:

Zion I & The Grouch Ready Sophomore Album & Tour

Heroes In The Healing Of A Nation Tour To Raise Money For Charities Nationwide

(February 2011 - Brooklyn, NY) West Coast hip-hop stalwarts Zion I & The Grouch return with their sophomore collaborative LP, Heroes In The Healing Of The Nation. The album, which is the follow-up to the group's critically acclaimed Heroes In The City Of Dope released in 2006, will be released March 22, 2011. Zion I & The Grouch, known for addressing weighty issues in their respective careers, will donate 100% of all ticketing fees sold through to local community organizations in each of the tour's 24 cities.

Zion I & The Grouch have been leaders marching to the beat of their own 808's for some time now, but with Heroes In The Healing Of The Nation the trio suggest that we're all cut from the same cloth. "Anyone changing other people's lives for the better is a hero to me," explains The Grouch of the album’s title. "People are going through a difficult transition these days," adds Zumbi. "We want this album to aid in that process."

With Zion I producer Amp Live providing the bulk of the beats for the album, Zumbi and The Grouch are at their lyrical finest, pontificating the ups and downs of everyday life. In addition to Amp Live contributing a rare vocal performance on "Healing Of The Nation," the trio bring a variety of collaborators into the mix, as Heroes in the Healing of the Nation features an array of musical brethren, including Freeway, Fashawn, Casual, Mystic, Eric of Rebelution, Jacob Hemphill of Soja, Eligh, Marty James, Los Rakas, Codany Holiday, and the R.O.D Project.

To coincide with the forthcoming album, Zion I & The Grouch are excited to announce their upcoming tour, Heroes In The Healing Of The Nation. The nationwide tour, featuring opening acts Blu, The Jacka, and The Shotgun Wedding Quintet, will kick off March 19 at the historic Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco, hitting 24-cities before winding down at the end of April. As part of the tour, Zion I & The Grouch have decided to partner with a number of charities in each city, and will donate 100% of all ticketing fees sold through to the local community organizations. "Touching people with our music is the main thing we can do," explains The Grouch of the motive behind the donations, "but contributing in a monetary way is taking things to the next level."

For a full list of organizations, go to

Zion I & The Grouch Healing Of The Nation Tour Dates::
* w/ Blu
% w/ The Jacka
# w/ The Shotgun Wedding Quintet (Jazz Mafia)

3/16/11 Austin, TX @ Mohawk (SXSW)
3/18/11 Austin, TX @ Beauty Bar (SXSW)
3/19/11 San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore * % #
3/21/11 Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades * #
3/23/11 Arcata, CA @ Humbrew * #
3/24/11 Eugene OR @ McDonald Theatre * #
3/25/11 Portland, OR @ BRANX * #
3/26/11 Seattle, WA @ Nectars * #
3/27/11 Missoula, MT @ Palace Lounge * #
3/29/11 Park City @ Star Bar * #
3/30/11 Aspen, CO @ The Belly Up * #
3/31/11 Ft Collins, CO @ Aggie Theater * #
4/01/11 Boulder @ Fox Theater * #
4/02/11 Denver, CO @ City Hall * #
4/15/11 Madison, WI @ Majestic #
4/17/11 Chicago, IL @ Abbey Theater #
4/18/11 Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop #
4/20/11 Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground #
4/21/11 Boston, MA @ Middle East Club #
4/22/11 Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory #
4/23/11 Baltimore, MD @ The Quarter #
4/24/11 Philadelphia, PA @ The Blockley Poorhouse #
4/25/11 Tempe, AZ @ The Club House #
4/26/11 Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre #
4/28/11 San Luis Obispo, CA @ SLO Brewing Co. #
4/29/11 Santa Clara, CA @ The Avalon #

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