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Video: Billy Drease Williams "Just Doin' It"

From Suzanne at DTR45:

Video: Billy Drease Williams "Just Doin' It"

Houston's Northwest Mall to Host 3rd Annual Trae Day

From Nancy B:

Houston's Northwest Mall to Host 3rd Annual Trae Day

Free Concert, Immunizations, Health Screenings, Kids’ Zone, Back-to-School Giveaways

HOUSTON, TEXAS  – (July 19, 2010) – Northwest Mall will host the 3rd Annual Trae Day, presented by Trae Tha Truth and sponsored by his non-profit, Angels By Nature, on Thursday, July 22nd, from 2 pm to 8 pm.

This will be a fun day for the entire family with a free concert featuring nationally known celebrity artists including Trae, DJ Khaled, Young Money, Jay’Ton, Young Buck of G Unit, Yo Gotti, J Dawg, and many more acts to be announced.  This concert is hosted by BET Comic Lil’ Duval.  There will also be an Exotic Car Exhibit (aka SLAABS), Kids’ Zone with a Ferris wheel, rock climbing, moonwalks, train rides and more.  Back-to-School immunizations will be provided at no charge, as well as screenings for HIV and other health issues.  Trae Tha Truth and Angels By Nature will be giving away back-to-school items including backpacks, school supplies and uniforms. 

This event is absolutely free for all who want to attend.  Trae Day benefits people in the community who have suffered hardships and teens who need a positive outlet to motivate them for the upcoming school year.

In 2008, Trae Day was awarded to Trae Tha Truth by Houston Mayor Bill White and Council Member Peter Brown in honor of his outstanding work within the community and with at-risk youth within the inner-city communities of Houston.

For more information, contact Terence Tubbs at 832-888-8850 or Mona Weathersby at 832-887-3401.

Visit the Northwest Mall website at Northwest Mall is located at Loop 610 and Highway 290.

Video: CookBook & Uno Mas - "When You Rock & Roll" f/ Evidence

From Audible Treats:

Video: CookBook & Uno Mas - "When You Rock & Roll" f/ Evidence

MP3: PRGz "Stop N Go" prod. Diplo

From Chris H. at Koch/E1 Entertainment:

MP3: PRGz "Stop N Go" prod. Diplo

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"ROCKET FUEL" on iTunes now

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Video: Gorilla Zoe Visits the Mall of America

From DJ Smallz:

Video: Gorilla Zoe Visits the Mall of America

Gorilla Zoe Visits The Mall Of America from DJ Smallz.

Video: Guru Remix f/ Bob Marley (R.I.P. Guru)

From Yo! PR:

Video: Guru Remix f/ Bob Marley

On Saturday (July 17), 7 Grand Records was celebrating the life, music and legacy of Guru aka Mr. GangStarr -- it would have been the legendary emcee's 49th birthday.

"On behalf of 7 Grand Records, we honor Guru on his birthday and wish to thank the fans and supporters from around the world for the tremendous love they have shown over the years and of course in these trying times. Guru is one of the best who ever touched the mic and he is missed deeply!" reads the official 7 Grand Records statement.
As a special gift to all Guru fans around the world, 7 Grand Records releases a visual remix video to an outstanding and very rare Guru collaboration with the legendary Bob Marley.

"The concept of the video first was to bring a visual representation of the 'Johnny Was' remix to the fans. We wanted the video to have a vintage feel but touch on modern times. The universal struggle of people is something that has been at the heart of Guru's music and of course of Bob Marley's music."

With all his contributions to music, Hip-Hop is not forgetting Guru anytime soon. Long live his legacy and R.I.P. Guru.

Video: SciFi Stu Presents "No Swag Needed"

From Beatvizion Music:

Video: SciFi Stu Presents "No Swag Needed"

SciFi's debut single The Will feat Vast Aire, 4th Place & Jonwayne has been broadcast on radio shows worldwide, from BBC Radio 1's Essential Mix  to the classic DJ Ready Cee show in New York and has appeared on mixtapes across the globe.

Looking to follow on from this success SciFi has recruited hip hop mainstay John Robinson (aka Lil Sci from Scienz of Life) & ultra-fresh Jersey group Remarkable Mayor to provide raps for this new energetic 'golden era' inspired track. The track also features turntable skills from SciFi's friend and collaborator Twelvebit.

1. No Swag Needed feat. Remarkable Mayor & John Robinson
2. What Yall Waiting For feat. Ill Poetix

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The (W)rap Up - Week of July 13, 2010

Juvenile - Beast Mode
Juvenile :: Beast Mode
Koch/E1 Entertainment

Author: Pete T.

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"History's been kind to Juvenile. If you told folks back in '98 that "400 Degreez" would be considered damn near a hip hop classic a decade later, most of them would have called your bluff. Yet after a decade-and-a-half of recording, Terius Gray has attained unusual longevity in a career largely spent embodying the factors that made fans love and detractors love to hate the Cash Money Billionaires and New Orleans bounce music at large: shameless opulence and materialism, undisguised misogyny, sly humor amidst often simplistic lyricism, an inimitable swagger and style, addictive, irresistible cookie-cutter beats, and a penchant for making both club and street anthems and posse cuts. An excellent rapper but an even more likable character, Juve rose from the streets of the Crescent City to attain legendary status, pioneering his city's infamous bounce sound and selling millions of records both solo and as a member of the Hot Boys and UTP."

Eternia & MoSS :: At Last :: Fat Beats Records
as reviewed by Pete T.

"A few tidbits that may or may not be of interest regarding Eternia: she's a girl. She's white. She's from Canada. Heck, she used to date Apathy. Any three of these may comprise three strikes for some listeners, but if not then there's a good chance you'll like "At Last," her collaboration album with fellow Toronto native MoSS, a producer who has quietly amassed credits on albums by AZ, Big Noyd, Slum Village, KRS-One, Obie Trice, Joe Budden, Joell Ortiz, Big Shug, Kool G Rap, Canibus, and damn near the whole Boot Camp Clik and Wu-Tang Clan. The scarcity of female MCs in rap's mainstream is the rare trend mirrored in underground hip hop, and having aligned herself with celebrated male rappers from across the underground spectrum, she joins a dwindling but elite few. "

Homeboy Sandman :: The Good Sun :: High Water Music
as reviewed by Patrick Taylor

"I first heard about Queens MC Homeboy Sandman when his second self-released album, 2008's "Actual Factual Pterodactyl," generated buzz. His complicated wordplay and non-traditional subject matter earned him critical praise, including being named album of the year by our own Adam Bernard, and a feature in the Source's "Unsigned Hype" column. He was flying pretty low under the radar though, so much so that this site never reviewed his two previous albums, and I never got around to listening to either of them. That's a deficiency I aim to correct with his new album, "The Good Sun.""

Kero One :: Kinetic World :: Plug Label
as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon

"As self-produced underground rappers from California go, Kero One ranks at the top of most hip-hop lists with good reason. He got off to a well above average start on his first commercial album, 2006's "Windmills of the Soul," and subsequent follow up albums showed the "Early Believers" that they were right to hop on his bandwagon. His breezy style and infectious beats put him in the mix with veteran left coast artists like Hieroglyphics, Gift of Gab and Lyrics Born while simultaneously reinventing the potential of what hip-hop can be in ANY region of the United States. In 2010 Kero One should be considered a top dog but on "Kinetic World" he clearly feels he's still an underdog with much to prove. It's not accidental that his opening track is titled "Let Me Clarify" or that he feels the need to justify his spot in rap in his verses, because Kero is a book that has been judged by his cover once too often"

Metaform :: The Electric Mist :: Just Records
as reviewed by Pete T.

"About half of the tracks on "The Electric Mist" are instrumentals, and those outfitted with vocals don't have much rapping. Most of the vocals are heavily autotuned meanderings into the abstract—imagine Jason Derulo's "Whatcha Say" times ten. While I acknowledge this sound has a market—the prevalence of autotune in today's Top 40 has to be more than a coincidence—the robotic singing did not appeal to me, nor did the sappy, self-pitying lyrics that often border on emo. "RevengeOfANerd," which uses the same Art of Noise sample as Krayzie Bone's "Murda Mo," legitimately could be substituted for any of the weaker tracks on Kanye West's "808s & Heartbreak" and few listeners would know the difference. Despite a strong percussion arrangement, the shrieky hook of "Candy" borders on intolerable, and the silly lyrical wanderings of "Strange Girl" detract from a really cool beat."

Janelle Monae :: ArchAndroid :: Bad Boy/Wondaland Arts Society
as reviewed by Eric Sirota

"Janelle Monae loves music. I don't know her personally, but, what I do know, is that she loves music. She doesn't just enjoy making music. She doesn't just enjoy some particular genre of music. She loves music. All of it. How do I know this? Because her recent release, "The ArchAndroid," begins with a classical overture, and, after this overture, Janelle dabbles in rap, soul, folk, psychadelia, metal, and more classical overture with features ranging from Saul Williams to Big Boi to Of Montreal to Deep Cotton. "ArchAndroid" is a truly ecclectic album, in every sense of the word."

Necro :: DIE! :: Psycho+Logical Records
as reviewed by Matt Jost

"With rappers often relating how they escaped death and celebrating their survival, the idea of one of them facing fatality unflinchingly is refreshing. "DIE!," however, is a very literal title, it is the raging yell Necro lets out as he draws the gun, pulls the knife, or, more creatively, proceeds to "twist your spine like a Pilates class." He takes delight in ending your existence, with very little motivation shown as to why exactly. Lacking any psychological element, lyrically "DIE!" is strictly splatter rap. Maybe Necro would, in light of the album cover, want to make the argument that he rises from hip-hop's grave and back it up with the odd statement about "pop fags in the game claimin' to be true lyricists [that] give hip-hop a bad name," but these remarks are largely unconnected to the gorefest."

various artists :: Pollen: The Swarm Part Three :: Wu Music Group
as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon

"One would assume when Wu-Tang Clan use their logo themselves to release an album on their own label that's a "legit" seal of approval. Method Man's third cousin twice removed or the rapper who made one cameo on a Shyheim album might CLAIM Wu, but "Pollen: The Swarm Part Three" is an officially endorsed product. The compilation is printed and manufactured by the Wu Music Group and the Clan logo appears everywhere on the product - even the spine of the disc uses it once on either side of the title. Unfortunately the value of their logo has been substantially diminished in the last five years. The time and money the Wu could waste to stamp out all perpetrators and frauds is ridiculous using their logo is so ridiculous one can hardly fault them if they don't bother. "Caveat emptor" is the watchword - a little caution can serve the consumer well."

Vinnie Paz :: Season of the Assassin :: Enemy Soil Entertainment
as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon

"Vinnie Paz is one of the angriest men in rap. He's been snarling and swearing his way through songs as the frontman of Jedi Mind Tricks for 15 years, a critically acclaimed hip-hop group that has released six LP's and sold over a quarter of a million records in the United States. Wait - a quarter million TOTAL in 15 years? Eminem did more that in a WEEK. That may just be one of many reasons why Paz is charismatic, political, lyrical, and pissed the fuck off. When Paz growls "The best motherfucker in the street that you never heard" on "Pistolvania," he might just be right, but ultimately it wouldn't make sense for Paz to be better known. It's hard to imagine this gun toting, hollow tip loading Philadelphia rapper ever being as beloved as Will Smith or even Schoolly D. You can't tie a pretty bow around his looks OR epiglottis and sell it to the masses as Paz is hocking up a lyrical loogie on every verbally terse verse he spits."

Twinz :: Conversation :: G-Funk/Def Jam Records
** RapReviews "Back to the Lab" series **
as reviewed by Pete T.

"Around '94 and '95, young West Coast rappers were in a pretty darn nostalgic state of mind, and it wasn't just happy-go-lucky folks like Ahmad, Domino, and Warren G reminiscing over ballgames in the park and auntie's home cooking—even certified gangsters like DJ Quik, Lil 1/2 Dead, and South Central Cartel could be found waxing poetic over their relatively carefree earlier years. While this might present an apparent paradox—these same MCs each went to great lengths discussing their everyday struggles growing up and the untold danger lurking around each corner in their rough neighborhoods—it might actually be more natural than you'd think. For these young men, many of whom were caught up in California's gang culture by their late teens, childhood was a simpler, more innocent time just like everyone else's, even if they were only a few years removed from it. "

Hip-Hop Shop #83 - Rock w/ the Brown Bag AllStars

Every weekend we air a new edition of Hip-Hop Shop on BlogTalkRadio like the one you're about to hear - Episode #83 - Rock w/ the Brown Bag AllStars! We dedicate this show to our good friends from BBAS and all of the dope new music they've done lately, while also playing a couple of their classic tracks. Send all feedback on the show to Thanks for listening and remember to share the show with a friend and tell them to check out the replay every Tuesday on!

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Tracks featured this week:

* CookBook & Uno Mas f/ Evidence - When You Rock and Roll
* Koncept f/ Sene - You Knew
* Brown Bag AllStars - The Agenda
* The Audible Doctor - Free
* Brown Bag AllStars - Brooklyn Queens Expressway
* Mojo Green f/ Fatnice - Unwind
* Brown Bag AllStars - What It's All About

Sintex - An MC From The Present Who's Seen The Future

A lot of artists like to say they can see the future of music, but how many have actually been to the future? According to Sintex, he has, and it was the inspiration for his 2009 album, 2020. Originally from Ohio, but now a Queens, NY, resident, Sintex’s story is an interesting one, and not just because of the time travel. Sintex had an extremely religious upbringing, and when I caught up with him this week he discussed it with me, as well as the way in which he rebelled against it. Also, since Sintex claims to have been to the future, I grilled him on when we’re going to get hoverboards, flying cars and robot maids.

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