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Video: Fat Joe "If It Ain't About Money" feat. Trey Songz


From Chris at Koch/E1 Entertainment:

Video: Fat Joe "If It Ain't About Money" feat. Trey Songz

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T9gSLI_ZP_k

Slum Village "Villa Manifesto" Webisode 3: In The Lab


From Chris at Koch/E1 Entertainment:

Slum Village "Villa Manifesto" Webisode 3: In The Lab 

* http://videos.onsmash.com/v/TGFjSDVvytWEtT6u *



Villa Manifesto

IN-STORES

7.27.10

NEOSONIC News - The Neosonic Productions FORUM


From K-Murdock:

NEOSONIC News - The Neosonic Productions FORUM

I been meaning to create a fan forum for a LONG time, so i finally sat down and made one using proboards.com.  Anyone who follows this blog knows i often love to talk about my other hobbies- video games, anime & of course (American) football, so i encourage anyone reading this, who shares any of those vices, to register and join the chat!  AND for those who do register, you will have access to bonus contests & downloads that will be exclusively available via the forum... so make sure you sign up here: www.neosonix.proboards.com

Also, for those who just wanna ask me a quick question, i added a formspring widget to the blog (directly below the C-Box); Here's a link to that as well: http://www.formspring.me/Neosonix

K

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Posted By K-Murdock to NEOSONIC News
Video: Ed Lover - C'mon Son Episode 15


From Audible Treats:

Video: Ed Lover - C'mon Son Episode 15

The Video:

Since nothing can stop him, Ed Lover is back with the latest episode of his landmark web series C'Mon Son. In the latest episode, Episode 15, Ed wastes no time going in on the BET Awards where he ribs on Diddy's smoke-filled performance with Dirty Money, heckles celebrity fashion choices and chuckles at Chris Brown's now infamous tear-filled Michael Jackson tribute. Not missing a beat when it comes to celebrity shame, Lover also takes a little time to throw a few barbs at Lady Gaga's latest booze-fueled hi-jinks, and Nicki Minaj's obsessive wardrobe changes. Not even royalty is safe. Did you catch Prince Henry falling off his royal horse and onto his royal... ? Well Ed did, and the laughter only begins there. Ed Lover is no stranger to tickling hip-hop's funny bone, and the hundreds of thousands of views on his popular web series indicate he still has the knack for making us laugh.

Check out Ed Lover's latest webisode, C'mon Son Episode 15, here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=noabGjs3I-c .



The Background:

Ed Lover is a multi-faceted talent who has been a steadfast presence in hip-hop culture for the past twenty years. He began his career as a rapper with the group No Face, before going on to co-host Yo! MTV Raps with cohort Doctor Dre. Ed Lover and Doctor Dre teamed up again to star in the hip-hop whodunit Who's The Man? and later went on to host the highly rated Morning Show With Ed, Lisa and Dre on Hot 97. Currently being heard as on-air personality at New York's Power 105.1FM, Ed Lover has also recently made appearances on television shows on VH1 in addition to his popular 'C'mon Son' web series.

Streams:

C'mon Son Episode 15: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=noabGjs3I-c .

Twitter: http://twitter.com/mredlover .

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/edlover4real .

MP3: Metermaids - "Rust and Sharp Edges" Dead Weather Remix


From Audible Treats:

MP3: Metermaids - "Rust and Sharp Edges" Dead Weather Remix

The Song:

Genre-bending hip-hop duo, Metermaids, supply us with yet another track off their indie rock sampling mixtape, HELLO, recently released as a free download through the group's website. This time, with "Rust and Sharp Edges", the aggressive rhymes of MC's Swell and Sentence continue over an in-your-face, pulse-raising beat. "We wanted to mirror the mood of the beat, but not over-think it, so we kept it simple and sort of battle-oriented," says Sentence of their latest single. The song is a remix of The Dead Weather's "Treat Me Like Your Mother." Swell explains, "Sentence and I were huge, huge fans of the song and the video, and knew that the remix would fit our style perfectly."

Throughout the song, Metermaids make it clear that they "Got it figured out," as the reoccurring vocal snippet says on the hook. The duo has an undeniable confidence about themselves throughout "Rust and Sharp Edges." "We rarely write songs that are just a lyrical free for all," says Sentence. "When we do, it's always fun.".

Among the opening lines of this song, a fair warning is delivered: "We're comin' in, dead bolt the doorway." For those who fail to realize the emergence of something special, a listen to their latest single, filled with raw verses and witty punch lines, should do the trick.

Listen to "Rust And Sharp Edges" Here: http://media.audibletreats.com/Metermaids-Rust_And_Sharp_Edges-Dead_Weather_Remix.mp3 .

Download the Hello Mixtape Here: http://www.metermaidsnyc.com .

The Background:

Hailing from New York City, Metermaids are Swell and Sentence, two emcees who met through the local underground hip-hop scene in 2006. After releasing their debut EP the same year, the duo toured with the likes of Brand Nubian, Atmosphere, Sage Francis, Fabulous, Lady Bug Mecca (Digable Planets), The Lox, and Camp Lo. After this extensive and impressive tour, the duo released their first full-length effort in 2008 entitled Nightlife, exemplifying their choice to create a new sound in crossover music, blending indie rock with hip-hop. The release was followed up with the EP Nightlife In Illinoise. Never resting, that EP was followed with their "Turn The Lights Out" video which quickly became an internet sensation. The follow-up, the critically acclaimed Smash Smash Bang EP earned the group immense industry support, and the interest of top hip-hop producers including 9th Wonder. The band's music is available for free at the group's official website.

Streams:

"Rust and Sharp Edges": http://media.audibletreats.com/Metermaids-Rust_And_Sharp_Edges-Dead_Weather_Remix.mp3 .

Hello Mixtape: http://www.metermaidsnyc.com/ .

NEOSONIC News - Forever Famicom DLC


From K-Murdock:

NEOSONIC News - Forever Famicom DLC

For those out there who got down with Ran & i EARLY by pre-ordering Forever Famicom, you know all too well about the BONUS TRACKS that were included as part of the package... however, in an effort to make sure NO ONE misses the extra "goodness", we have decided to re-package those tracks as an exclusive download via our Bandcamp page!  Below is one of those aforementioned bonus tracks featuring Ran & Tanya Morgan emcee ilyas killin' a beat i flipped from one of my fave NES RPGS- Zelda II: The Adventures of Link.

This is just 1 of the 22 total joints that come in the pack aptly dubbed Forever Famicom DLC, which also includes: 2 more unreleased songs, 5 bonus beats that didnt make the final album & the original album's 14 instrumentals too...

We got more shows in store too, this time for our East Coast peoples beginning this weekend in NC (click flyer below to ZOOM in) as famicom-fever slowly spreads across the country... speaking of which, if you still don't believe the hype, check out these reviews on Rap4Fame & WordisBond.com.

One last thing i need to address are the MANY request myself & Ran have gotten to list what games were sampled on the album and why, so as a result, we are planning on doing a joint-Ustream very SOON to answer all your questions... stay tuned!

K

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Posted By K-Murdock to NEOSONIC News
Video: George Hodos Single "Just a Man" Featuring Snoop Dogg


From Luthier Society:

George Hodos Single "Just a Man" Featuring Snoop Dogg

LOS ANGELES, CA - (LSI) - July 6th, 2010, -Following his successful rise to #2 on Billboard's Breakout Artist of the Week Chart, International pop artist GEORGE HODOS has now debuted at #45 on Billboard's Hot Club Dance Play Chart with his single "Just a Man" featuring Snoop Dogg.  The track continues its steady climb each week since its May 4th release, where it was initially positioned at #32 on Billboard's Nextmusic Charts, landing the #5 Position on Perfect Beats Dance Charts, and can be seen topping others including Billboard's Mike Bordes Sprint Radio Alltel Playlist, and Promo-only Charts.

GEORGE HODOS, working alongside Los Angeles-based producers "The Alumni", is scheduling to release his second full-length effort titled George Hodos-Just A Man through Universal Music Group. Drawing on influences such as Tina Turner, Michael Jackson, and Whitney Houston, the album will mark the artist's first North American release.

For more information on George Hodos: http://www.georgehodos.com and http://www.facebook.com/george.hodos .

To view the official video for "Just A Man": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQcsvmPnwtc .

Video: Female Hip Hop Documentary - She Got Next


From Dana Dane:

Video: Female Hip Hop Documentary - She Got Next

Devo Spice to Appear on Hip-Hop Shop This Sunday Night


Tune in information: 9 PM EST, 8 PM Central, live at BlogTalkRadio.com/angrymarks with a replay the following Tuesday on RapReviews.com.


From Devo Spice:

Greetings, everyone!

Everyone have a good 4th of July?  Nobody blew up anything important?  Good.  Down to business!

--== NEW CIRQUE DU SO WHAT TRACK ==--
TODAY on The FuMP we are featuring a new track by Cirque du So What, the sketch comedy group which features me, Luke Ski, Shoebox, and Chris Mezzolesta.  Today's track is "Looking For Things: An Amazing New System" which is ripped right from Luke's real life.  Like many of us, Luke takes out his frustrations with everyday life in the form of new comedy material for all of you to enjoy.  As always it's a free download, so go get it!

--== I WANT TILE! SHIRTS ==--
In other Cirque du So What news the I WANT TILE! shirts are now available to order online.  Head over to http://www.cirquedusowhat.net or http://www.baconnipples.com to order your shirt today! (Note, we are temporarily sold out of XXL.)

I've been working on updating the site and it's almost ready, so if the site magically changes in the next couple days don't be surprised.

--== INTERVIEW SUNDAY ==--
This Sunday night at 9pm EDT I'm going to be interviewed on The Hip Hop Shop hosted by Steve "Flash" Juon, a guy I've known for many years from the glory days of the alt.rap newsgroup.  Flash and I were involved in what was arguably the first ever internet compilation album- the alt.rap.unsigned.tape, circa 1992.  Flash runs a web site called RapReviews (http://www.rapreviews.com) and does his Hip Hop Shop show every Sunday night.

You can tune in live, but honestly I'm not sure how yet.  I'll get that information and post it on the web site before the interview.  If you follow me on Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/devospice) I'll post about it there too.

--== JULY'S SONGS OF THE MONTH ==--
July's songs of the month are now available over at DevoSpice.com.  This month's free downloads are my new track I Hate Mondays and Flight Check featuring Insane Ian.

--== JUNE'S INSIDER VIDEO ==--
And since it's July that means that The Insider is late.  (Sorry!)  But it's now posted.  Head over to DevoSpice.com to see a very tired Devo Spice mumble and fumble my way through the video.

Here's a direct link to the video:
http://www.devospice.com/insider_play.php?id=12

--==--

That's it for now.  I'm busy getting ready for Nerdapalooza which is in a week and a half.  Hope to see a bunch of you there!

->Later.....Spice

 

The (W)rap Up - Week Of June 29, 2010


Marco Polo :: The Stupendous Adventures of Marco Polo!
Duck Down Music Inc.
Author: Steve 'Flash' Juon
Click here to find out more!

"Marco. POLO!!! A childhood swimming pool game most readers have no doubt played many times - and some may be old enough to have taught it to their children too. Of course the name's claim to fame runs much deeper than that - the original Marco Polo was a 13th century merchant and explorer whose novel "Il Milione" became one of the most widely read books of his time. Polo's account of his travels throughout China exposed Europeans to a people and culture they had not previously been familiar with, and to this day scholars still debate whether his accounts are literally accurate or embellished for the audience that would read his tales. General agreement seems to be that it's an accurate tome albeit one that has an often jingoistic Christian tone, but it's fair to say either way the influence of the book means his name is well remembered almost 700 years after his death. "

Baron Von Alias + MistaBreeze :: The Great & The Magnificent :: {self-released}
as reviewed by Emanuel Wallace

"A few months back, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne's Baron Von Alias teamed up with Arhat to take listeners on a time-traveling journey with "GMT+1: Timezones & Loopholes." One of the songs on that album was titled "Devil's Rejects" (which also appears on this album) and featured an emcee by the name of MistaBreeze. I'm guessing that Baron Von and Mista picked up on the chemistry as they've combined forces for an entire album to become "The Great & The Magnificent.""

http://www.rapreviews.com/archive/2010_06_thegreatand.html

Carnival :: Population of Invisible People :: Back Draft Entertainment
as reviewed by Patrick Taylor

"Full disclosure: I'm not the target audience for this album. I'm not a practising Christian, I'm not a fan of Christian rap, and I had to look up what the HHH in Carnival's URL stood for. (It's Holy Hip Hop, a contested label for Christian rap, contested because some Christians feel that hip hop is so ungodly that calling it holy is blasphemy.) But as sometimes happens, a Christan rap album comes my way to review, and so I put my personal feelings aside, and try to appreciate the album for what it's trying to do.  This album came out a year ago, but only now found it's way to my inbox. I'm guessing the Youngstown, OH group is trying to reach a wider audience than just the Christian hip hop community, so they've reached out to RapReviews."

http://rapreviews.com/archive/2010_06_invisiblepeople.html

Tha Dogg Pound :: Keep On Ridin :: Gangsta Advisory Recordingz
as reviewed by Pete T.

"I recently read an account of the Dogg Pound discography which estimated that between solo records, group efforts, and side projects, Daz and Kurupt have put out three dozen albums since their seminal Death Row debut "Dogg Food" in 1995. While common logic would suggest that such oversaturation would lead to watered-down releases (it has) and decreasing anticipation with increasingly frequent release dates (it has), their philosophies seem to be total opposites of their early mentor and collaborator Dr. Dre's, who despite massive demand has released a grand total of two albums in two decades as a solo artist. Yet such is the way of the rap game—a frustrating perfectionist, Dre remains the West Coast's most recognizable name, while despite having sold millions of records, Tha Dogg Pound maintains a very low profile at the dawn of a new decade."

http://rapreviews.com/archive/2010_06_keeponridin.html

Duma Love :: Corey Vol. 1 :: Intolerance Records
as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon

"While Duma Love is a new name on this website, he's not without some credentials and accomplishments before we spill a single drop of digital ink on his behalf. For those who remember the J-pop group Cibo Matto, signed to Warner Bros. Records and closely affiliated with the Beastie Boys imprint Grand Royal, Duma Love was their "go to" man. Duma was their percussionist, beatbox, worked the turntables and in general filled in on any part they didn't have a musician for. In this role he appeared twice on the David Letterman show, recorded music with the Beastie Boys, and went all around the globe and back again. Cibo Matto broke up in 2001 to pursue solo projects, and although it's not surprising that Duma Love would eventually be the next branch off that tree to grow into a full album. "

http://rapreviews.com/archive/2010_06_coreyvol1.html

J. Keys :: The Dead Horse :: RefinedHype.com
as reviewed by Daniel Oh

"From this impressive music tradition, we get J. Keys. He currently bases his operations from New York, but he was born and raised in Detroit, and you can tell he draws a lot of his style from that gritty soul that J. Dilla symbolized. His mixtape, "The Dead Horse," tries to harken back to the days of conscious, meaningful music with live instruments and traditional drumlines, which only fits since he mostly uses J. Dilla's beats as a canvas to speak his mind. His mission statement is to "fill a void," or to play a role that's been vacated in the recent craze to get everything auto-tuned"

http://rapreviews.com/archive/2010_06_thedeadhorse.html

Ozi Batla :: Wild Colonial :: Elefant Traks
as reviewed by Patrick Taylor

""Wild Colonial" is the first solo record from Shannon Kennedy, aka Ozi Batla. Ozi is a veteran of Australian hip hop, performing for the past decade-plus in groups the Herd and Astronomy Class. The Herd are sort of an Aussie Roots, performing as a full band, mixing live instruments with their machine-made beats, and offering insightful, intellectual lyrics. For his solo debut, Ozi teamed up with producer Sandro and DJ Bonez, who share his love of classic old-school hip hop. The result is twelve tracks of hip hop that mixes melodic but hard-hitting beats and thoughtful lyrics. "

http://www.rapreviews.com/archive/2010_06_wildcolonial.html

ScholarMan :: Fatherhood Dreamlovers Mix EP :: Soganic Music
as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon

"Belatedly we offer this brief review in recognition of this brief EP, given away free by ScholarMan for Father's Day 2010 in recognition of fatherhood everywhere. This one plays more to ScholarMan's strengths as a producer than as a rapper, and in fact the longest song "Heartbeat" features no vocal performances at all other than in the form of samples. Still this suits the theme of the EP well as it's entirely possible your father (certainly mine) just isn't that into hip-hop, but might feel a good beat you could cruise to. Speaking of samples on "Heartbeat" though, they're all about what it means to BE a father, from a variety of different voices of different backgrounds, all talking about fatherhood from their own perspective. "

http://www.rapreviews.com/archive/2010_06_fatherhooddream.html

Sick Jacken :: Stray Bullets :: Urban Kings Music Group
as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon

"Sick Jacken's career to date has been a trial of tragedy and triumph presented as a soundtrack of psychodelic stylings. In 1997, Jacken and his brother Big Duke reached a career peak as their group Psycho Realm became affiliated with (and heavily featured) B-Real of Cypress Hill on their self-titled major label debut. Unfortunately music label politics derailed a promising partnership between both sides, and bad went to worse when Duke was shot and paralyzed from the neck down. Psycho Realm released a couple more albums together as a group after this tragedy, but Duke gradually transitioned to a behind the scenes role and let his brother represent for them both as a group artist. "

http://www.rapreviews.com/archive/2010_06_straybullets.html

Side Effect :: Dirt Hustlin' :: Whitmore Skillz Music
** RapReviews "Back to the Lab" series **
as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon

"Side Effect speaks from experience on "Superior," the second track from 2006's "Dirt Hustlin'." Far from a new jack, Effect goes all the way back to 1990, when rope chains and Cross Colour clothing were all the rage, when he and friend JSmoove formed the now highly obscure group II Scandalous. They had a minute where they were getting it in on the Philadelphia scene, but never managed to break through nationally and broke up, leaving them best known as a footnote in SE's career. That career got put on hold through most of the 1990's for other pursuits, but SE never lost his love of hip-hop. He started dropping independent albums early in the 21st century, joined the Vans Warped tour, and even opened for Bone Thugs-N-Harmony in Philadelphia - all BEFORE the "Dirt Hustlin'" CD was released. "

http://www.rapreviews.com/archive/BTTL_dirthustlin.html

Z-Ro :: Heroin :: Rap-A-Lot Records
as reviewed by Pete T

""Heroin" was first announced for 2009, a typically busy year which saw a solo release, a very good but largely unheard collaboration album with fellow Houston rapper Chill, and numerous mixtapes and lower level releases. One of the mixtapes, a two-disc set titled "Cocaine," was condensed to a single disc and repackaged as a retail album by Rap-A-Lot, reportedly against Z-Ro's will. Even if ‘Ro never meant for it to see the light of day, listeners found yet another strong collection of new material. Now that "Heroin" has finally surfaced, Z-Ro's fans may grow nostalgic for "Cocaine" and should become even more alert of the circumstances surrounding each of his releases"

http://www.rapreviews.com/archive/2010_06_zroheroin.html

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