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Video: Jola the Trunk Boi - "Suck My Swag"

From Sam Cuddy:

Hip-Hop Meets The Ukulele

A couple months ago I was at an event in the city when a friend of a friend started telling me about Jon Braman. Now, bear in mind, I hear a lot of people telling me about a lot of artists, so it takes something really interesting to get my attention. As soon as she said Braman was a rapper who played the ukulele, getting my attention was no longer an issue.

After what seemed like dozens of missed opportunities to check out Braman’s work, his album, Climatastrophunk, finally arrived in my mailbox. Really interested in knowing if combining the ukulele and hip-hop could work, I put it on. It was an oddly perfect marriage, at least with Braman at the helm. His lyrics are meaningful, and at times downright beautiful, and his vibe matches those qualities perfectly. Braman describes some of the inspiration behind his music, saying “being able to sing out your fears as well as your hopes and dreams is a pretty good feeling.” This week I caught up with Jon Braman to find out more about the man, his music, and what exactly a Climatastrophunk is.

Read the full interview at:

Lil Wayne - The Blue Martian Mixtape - Free Download

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Lil Wayne & D-Rich "We Gona Get Paid"


Download it now on the Blue Martian Mixtape!

Video - Reflection Eternal ft. Estelle "Midnight Hour"

From Ayal Kleinman:

Video - Reflection Eternal ft. Estelle "Midnight Hour"

Talib Kweli + Hi Tek Are: Reflection Eternal
Revolutions Per Minute in stores May 18th (Pre-Order)

Video: 2010 May Day Freedom Festival Recap

From Anthony "Fascious" Martinez:


On May 1, 2010, the Rebel Diaz Arts Collective stormed Union Square in New York City for the 2010 May Day Freedom Festival. Thousands of people arrived to march and protest against the SB 1070 Law in Arizona granting police officers the right to racially profile "suspected immigrants" and deport them upon absence of their citizenship papers. Artists such as IMMORTAL TECHNIQUE, REBEL DIAZ, HASAN SALAAM, DIVISION X, FASCIOUS and many more performed in support of protesting this law. This video below shows what CNN, ABC, NY1, and other news stations refused to report...The truth in the form of Hip-Hop.

Big Boi's Advice For The Next Generation Of Hip-Hop catches up with Big Boi, one half of the legendary Outkast, at Stankonia Studios to grab some advice for Hip Hop's next class of future superstars.

Look out for his new album "Sir Luscious Left Foot: The Son Of Chico Dusty" due out July 6. 

Big Boi's Advice For The Next Generation of Hip Hop from DJ Smallz on Vimeo.


NEOSONIC Blog - Forever Famicom Contest

From K-Murdock:

NEOSONIC Blog - Forever Famicom Contest

On top of the Panacea pandemic spreading with the release of 12 Step Program, i am also gearing up to do some heavy promoting this summer for my album with Arizona emcee (by way of Philly) Random.  Our project, Forever Famicom, is done and the double-single we released top of this week has been getting some buzz around the internet.  The website Nerdy Rotten Scoundrels is currently running a promotion that will land 1 lucky winner a copy of the soon-to-be released album, by naming ALL the songs Ran mentions in the track "Epoch".  Check NRS for all the details & while you're racking your brain for the answers... peep this video of Ran performing the other half of the double-single, "Dream Master", LIVE the night of Cinco de Mayo!

Good luck...

Posted By K-Murdock to NEOSONIC Blog
Yukmouth Proclaims, "Free At Last!"

From Todd Davis:

May 07th, 2010 -- Veteran Grammy nominated rapper, Yukmouth, returns with his highly anticipated, sixth solo collection, Free At Last.

Fueled by the set's warm-up single, "211," featuring Chi-Town's L.E.P./Bogus Boys, Free At Last is Yuk at his absolute finest. The album, and follow-up to last year's star-studded The West Coast Don, is currently scheduled for June 1st 2010.

Free At Last contains a stellar line-up of Hip-Hop heavyweights; including, Messy Marv, Choppa Young City, Mistah F.A.B., 2Eleven, Roccett, Curren$y, Dru Down, Lee Majors, Richie Rich, Beeda Weeda, Agerman, Shady Nate, Kafani, C-Bo, Stevie Joe, Philthy Rich, Chop Black, Country Black, G Stack, Lucci, Lil Hyfe, as well as The Regime. Standout tracks are plentiful, most notably, the Jannine V assisted "The Hard Way," "Smell It On Me," with Young Money's Gudda Gudda, Tity Boi from Playaz Circle & D-Gloder, and the just released "official" lead offering, "The Life," a bangin' collabo with Ya Boy, Jay Rock & vocalist London, which should be taking over all internet, radio, and video outlets any moment now.
Yukmouth, nee' Jerold Dwight Ellis III, literally burst onto the music scene as one-half of the platinum-plus, Bay Area rap duo Luniz. The group is most famously known for their popular marijuana anthem, "I Got 5 on It," which samples the Club Nouveau classic, "Why You Treat Me So Bad," and appears on their platinum-plus, '95 debut, Operation Stackola.

1998 saw the release of the Oakland, California, pair's sophomore effort, Lunitik Muzik, which spawned the Raphael Saadiq assisted "Jus Mee & U," and "Hypnotize," a fiery duet with Redman. Shortly thereafter, Yuk split from his, then, partner-in-rhyme, Numskull, taking his Smoke-A-Lot imprint down south to J Prince's Rap-A-Lot Empire.

Thugged Out: The Albulation, a, then, ground-breaking double CD, was the self-proclaimed "Worldwide Mobb Figga's" first solo outing, selling over 500,000 units, and garnering favorable reviews from fans and critics alike.

Flash forward over the course of the last eleven years, and four records, later, and Yuk, who also moonlights as a member of the Thug Lordz, alongside the above mentioned C-Bo, is back with, possibly, his most well rounded project-to-date, Free At Last.
Yukmouth is currently available for: Interviews, Show Bookings, Voice-overs, Songwriting, Features & Hooks, DJ Show Commercials, Event Hosting, Radio/TV Hosting, Acting & Commercials, and Public Speaking…

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Stevie Stone's Tour Cancellation

From Chanel Green:

Ruthless Records’ Stevie Stone was admitted into the hospital in Columbia, MO this week with a severe throat infection that has caused the rapper to be forced to cancel several upcoming tour dates. After being out on tour in the Midwest, both headlining his own shows and opening for Tech N9ne, Stevie fell very ill. Stevie was touring in support of his current album release, “New Kid Comin’” on Ruthless Records. His new video for “Midwest Explosion” featuring Tech N9ne is out now and receiving exciting attention. We hope to see Stevie Stone fully recovered very soon! Thus far, the following tour dates will be postponed until later this year as Stevie Stone will have surgery in May.

April 23, 2010 Blueberry Hill Nightclub in St. Louis, MO

Video: Baron Von Alias & MistaBreeze - "The Devils Rejects"

'Devils Rejects' Official Music Video of the track taken from the album 'GMT+1 - Timezones & Loopholes' which is available now on iTunes at

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