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J. NOIZE and 3rd Annual Feed The Teen Event

J Noize is going to be participating with Chicago charity KIDS OFF THE BLOCK this Thanksgiving feeding neglected teenagers in the city for the holiday event called Feed The Teen  KIDS OFF THE BLOCK earlier this year was featured on a CNN Anderson Cooper 360 about the Chicago teen shootings and the organization has gained national coverage  

J Noize is also calibrating with producer Mile Franklin and other local Chicago artists for a completion CD called Stop The Violence due out in Winter 2010.  This CD is for local Chicago artists to help voice the message about the teen killings happening and helping to push a positive message to the young community.

Free Music Friday: Always Open Edition

Don't front, y'know we got'cha open. This ain't Black Moon though, it's the twenny-somethin edition of FMF, Free Music Friday! We got some hottest joints to keep your disk drive warm for the cold fall (Well, it's surprisngly warm where I'm at, in northwest PA). Check these out!

Billy Ray :: DJ Maseo Presents Hip Hop Aka Bill Ray

DJ Maseo Presents Hip Hop Aka Bill Ray

[Yes, it's presented by DJ Maseo, as in Maseo a/k/a Plug 3 from the legendary rap group De La Soul. Don't let thet be the ONLY reason you check out this dude name Bill Ray. Ain't no telling how Ray earned Maseo's co-sign, but when you hear this mixtape you'll easily hear why the co-sign was earned: hard-hitting rhymes and well-balanced flows that's keep any hip-hop head head bobbin' while checkin out his lyrical delivery. If you don't believe, check it out for yourself!]

1. Ovaspeaker Intro
2. Skit #1
3. Switch Up/skit #2
4. Goin' In
5. I'm Not Dem
6. What Do I Do?
7. You Can Get It/skit #3 Feat. Al-b Back And M-1 From Dead Prez
8. Das Billy
9. Dollar Circulate
10. Lean
11. Boom/skit #4
12. Uptown/skit #5
13. Puttin' Rush/skit #6
14. I Wish
15. Back For The Late Night/skit #7 1/2
16. Nothin' Feat. G-dep
17. U Pussy Feat. Bumpy Knuckles/skit #8
18. Billy's Ark/skit #9
19. Men Fist Soul/skit #10
20. Breathe In Breathe Out
21. Big Beat
22. Voices In My Head
23. Scooby Doo/skit #11
24. The Dream
25. Cut The Check/skit #!2(THE End)


DJ K.O. :: Living Out A State of Mind Vol. 1

[Simply put, dude K.O.'s on the 1s' and 2s'. Maybe that's why he's appropriately named DJ K.O. Here's a free EP that he released recently as it features some of the most underrated emcees you'll hear for free. Check it!]

1. Living Out A State of Mind Pt. 1 (ft. Silent Knight)
2. D A M A G E (ft. East & Silent Knight)
3. Time With You (ft. East)
4. Ain't Friends (ft. East, MadKem & Silent Knight) 
5. Stone Cold Lover (ft. M. Josephine)
6. 80's Babies (ft. East & Silent Knight)  


Cause :: I Am Us

[Here's a free EP from a newcomer name Cause. If you want hip-hop that doesn't lack substance and requires your heart more than your bank account, this one is for you. Cause does this for us 'cause he is us.]

1. Save The Game
2. Birth Of A Rebel
3. In A Daze
4. Keep It Real (ft. Jon Hope)
5. On My Mind (ft. Mike Payne )
6. Chasing After Money
7. Just Another Day
8. Life Ain’t A Playground
9. I Am Us
10. In A Daze (Clean) 

Green + Husky :: Restart

Restart Cover Art

[I'm going to be a lil' bold here and say that the duo of Green & Husky is the 2009 GangStarr. Well, I'm not going to say that it's because the deep and monotone-style vocals of Green reminds me of Guru and producer Husky brings the boom-bap that's as fat as DJ Premier. ...Well, I lied. That is the reason I call them the '09 GangStarr and note that I'm saying it in the good way! Step into their arena and check out one of the best boom-bap hip-hop you can get for free.]

1. Restart
2. The Upset
3. Growing Into The Sunlight
4. Rockin With The Best
5. Freezer Burn
6. Razzle Dazzle
7. Crashing Into Space
8. Come Through
9. Number 9
10. Sometimes Never
11.  Sculpter Of The Rhyme
12. How Charming
13. Golden
14. Wicked Wise
15. Canteen (feat. Junclassic)
16. Come On
17.  Red Black And Green
18. It's Been Great


Roccett & DJ Drama :: Free Agent

[West Coast's own Roccett feels like Shaq did when we was free from the Suns...and Heat... and Lakers... and Magic. The point is that Roccett is taking the rocket ride to the top as he may sign to a major label deal this year, but it's unknown which one currently. For those who wants to be introduced to the West Coast breeze set to hit your airwaves, this DJ Drama-assisted mixtape is a good start.]

1. DJ Drama Free Agent Intro
2. City I Know (f/ Primo)
3. How We Roll (f/ Dae One)
4. I Do That (ft. Bobby V.)
5. Stacks
6. Monster Skit
7. Fucc Wit U Pt. 2
8. You Aint Heard
9. I Dont Think So (f/ Primo)
10. DJ Drama Speaks
11. My Real Niggaz
12. Me
13. All A Woman Needs
14. Stash In Da Hooptie
15. Bang That
16. DJ Drama Outro


That's it for the "Always Open Edition" of "Free Music Fridays." Man, it was a good Friday, all of these are HEATZ! If you have any free music you would like to share with the world, please e-mail me at If you're an artist with your free mixtape/album shown on this page and you want to send me a link re-up, corrections, and/or questions, e-mail me at, as well. Thanks for reading and enjoy y'all! Two fangas, one love....

Video: O.C. & A.G. - "Keep It Going"

O.C. & A.G. “Keep It Going” Live Footage From New Album Oasis



Release Date:

November 24th, 2009


For More Information: / 718-360-4866


Online contact:

The Orchard / Tonia Samman


New York MCs and members of the D.I.T.C. crew, O.C. & A.G., already announced last week that their debut album Oasis is hitting stores on November 24th, and now they’re releasing live footage from the album’s release party at Brooklyn’s Southpaw last month.  The duo just posted a live performance of the new track “Keep It Going” on the Nature Sounds YouTube channel, which you can check at the link below.


Watch a live performance of “Keep It Going” from O.C. & A.G.’s Oasis [Nature Sounds]: 


Tracklist w/ producers:

01. Oasis – Produced by Statik Selektah

02. Keep It Going - Produced by E Blaze

03. Give It Back - Produced by  Lord Finesse

04. Alpha Males - Produced by Lord Finesse

05. Young With Style - Produced by Show and KC

06. Every Day Life - Produced by E Blaze

07. Think About It - Produced by E Blaze

08. Against The Wall - Produced by E Blaze

09. Put It In The Box - Produced by E Blaze

10. Boom Bap - Produced by Show

11. Reality Is - Produced by E Blaze

12. Contagious - Produced by E Blaze

13. Supreme Squad - Produced by Show

14. God's Gift - Produced by E Blaze

15. Get Away - Produced by Lord Finesse

16. 2 For The Money – Produced by Show

17. Pain – Produced by E Blaze



Blinding You With ScienZe

ScienZe is an emcee hailing from Brooklyn, NY, who was highly recommended to me by former Artist Of The Week Top $ Raz. When I started doing my research on ScienZe the first thing I came across was his video for “Her Favorite Song.” The ode to his significant other really struck me as something unique as we don’t usually hear a lot of emcees expressing the emotion of love except when in reference to emceeing, or, in the case of many mainstream rappers, material things. Wanting to know more about ScienZe, I caught up with him this week to discuss his music, as well as the finer points of his Commercial FREE Movement, and why he feels there’s such a lack of love in hip-hop.

Read the full interview at:

Gucci Mane Sentenced to A Year in Prison

Gucci Mane was sentenced to 12 months in prison on Thursday (November 12) for probation violation and taken away to prison in handcuffs, according to a rep from his label.

The sentence is a blow to Gucci's career. The ATL rapper has an album coming out — The State vs. Radrick Davis — on December 8 and is arguably at the height of his career; in terms of his sentence, he may be out of prison in six months. Last September, Gucci went to jail and served until March; he was sentenced to a year in prison for failing to fulfill his court-ordered 600 hours of community service, which had been mandated in 2005. Further information was not available at press time.

"It was a challenge for me," he told MTV News in March about going to jail in 2008. "I'm just happy my team kept my music going strong for me. And I'm happy I recorded so many records so people could hear me."

Upon his release Gucci went straight to the studio and recorded five songs. "Then I had a party later that night to get ready for, so that took up most of my day right there," he added, describing his first day as a free man.

This year, Gucci definitely was breaking through from the streets to the mainstream, guest appearing on tracks for the Black Eyed Peas, Mario, Omarion, Mariah Carey and even a 50 Cent song. Gucci's current single is called "Spotlight" and features Usher. This follows on the heels of "Wasted," featuring Plies.

Source: MTV News

Chamillionaire Premieres "Good Morning" Video

From Nancy Byron: 

Houston, TX - To celebrate the Rhythmic/Top 40 success of lead single, "Good Morning", from his upcoming third major album, Venom, Chamillionaire debuted the Don Tyler-directed video live, directly to his fans, via his website,, after a brief introduction by him. A total of 52,968 unique viewers, between Facebook and uStream, joined Cham online for the debut, giving their feedback both on the video and at being able to address the rap superstar directly, via Twitter.

Chamillionaire’s signature balance of delivering quality music and supreme lyricism is showcased on “Good Morning.”  Borrowing its groove from Tom Petty’s “Free Falling,” this inspiring, feel-good cut is already a chart-topping iTunes single and a breakout radio hit.  “I thought it would go to radio, people would know it and they’d put it in rotation,” Cham reveals.  “They actually did.  It has a good vibe and when you put it on, it makes you feel a little more upbeat.  It makes you want to get out of bed and go get some money.”

Chamillionaire went with his gut while creating Venom, due in stores February 2, 2010 on Chamillitary/Universal Republic.  As expected, the album features his signature story raps, several sure-fire singles and a host of other songs that allow listeners to understand why Chamillionaire sees Venom as an acronym for Visually Entertaining Negatives Of Money.  



In addition to his duties as a highly-sought after MC, you can also find the ever evolving and tech-savvy Chamillionaire continuing to blaze trails; giving lectures at Stanford University on topics like, “Innovation in the Changing Music Industry”, or creating crafty collaborations in sessions with popular rock acts such as Weezer.



For the complete, updated story on Chamillionaire, download his full bio here -

The URL to watch the official "Good Morning" video is -


For further information and media opportunities, kindly contact Nancy Byron, OGPR (832) 220.6071 or

Project 2050 Announces Music Design Lab (Bobbito)


Curated by World Renowned Author and Mixologist Bobbito Garcia

(NEW YORK, November 11, 2009)
– New York City based Ideas and Solutions shop Project 2050 announces formation of 2050 MUSIC DESIGN. The announcement was made today to key industry leaders by Bobbito Garcia, Project 2050’s Chief Creative.
2050 Music Design will provide musical direction and curating
for brands, retail environments, hospitality, video game developers, television, movies and theatrical houses.  Songs are a powerful way to stake territory, articulate aspirations, and draw upon collective memories. Culling from his vast encyclopedic knowledge of music of all genres, from jazz, hip-hop, rock, and world, Bobbito Garcia and his team will create soundscapes that are both unexpected and inspirational. “Since our inception, Project 2050’s mission to help define and drive cultural movements continues to be a catalyst for creativity.  Music Design is a natural extension of that creativity”, states Phil Colon founder of Project 2050
“Music shapes and moves popular culture like no other medium,” says Bobbito Garcia a.k.a. DJ Kool Bob Love. Whether in the form of movie scores, memorable TV commercials, or rare grooves in a retail shop, the soundscape is in many ways an emotional driving force. I’m amped (pun intended) to lead 2050 Music Design and impact the world we live in by doing so!”
“Bobbito Garcia introduced me [via his Vibe Magazine “Sound check” column] to many songs I had never heard before! I love that young people like him search for music that touches the bottom of your soul.”—Quincy Jones

"Whatever Bobbito is into, I want to be a part of!  Bobbito Garcia is a force in music both internationally and domestically.  As a world renowned DJ with a wide following he understands how to move people emotionally.  I have worked with Phil Colon for many years and he is always been in front of everybody in culture.  When he says there's something you need to see or hear, then you have to follow his lead -- that's Phil, he is a culture vulture! — Herb Scannell, former Vice Chairman/MTV Networks

"Bobbito is an absolute mastermind in terms of using the power of music to help create movement in people. Music is very influential in helping to ignite consumer behavior, so when used effectively it can be a very persuasive and powerful tool. P2050 will do very well in the category!!" - Greg Cunningham, TARGET
“Bobbito Garcia is a legendary DJ who has not only mixed music, but also cultures.”— Soledad O’Brien, CNN

For more information:

Serena Kim  

Margarita Sullivan/GM
646-290-8700 ext 250

Goodie Mob Live in Tampa, Florida

Goodie Mob reunites in Tampa, FL at Wild 94.1's "Last Damn Show 11" this past weekend, here's some of the exclusive footage...


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Is G-Unit Making Room For Sigel?


As the G-Unit founder gears up to possibly add Beanie Sigel to his fledgling  roster it's being reported Mobb Deep Is no longer with the label. 50 Cent says that he decided to let Mobb Deep go so the duo could pursue their individual financial opportunities considering Prodigy's three year prison sentence and confirmed that both Young Buck and Game are still signed to the Unit "Buck is still signed to G-Unit Records, hopefully he can come up with a record. If he can come up with a song, we can get my money back, you know what I'm saying? I hope he can come up with something right quick. I'm looking forward to that check at least. They gotta pay me not to put the [G-Unit] logo on it."


Speaking of Beanie Sigel, the Philadelphia tough and 50 Cent have big plans in store for this Friday the 13th when they release their first collaboration "I Go Off." Confirmation of Beanie on G-Unit? Jay-Z diss? Tune in this Friday to find out!

Sha Money XL Announces New Venture



Two years after stepping down from his post as President of G-Unit Records, Sha Money XL is back with an audacious new brand. Dream Big Ventures sees the music mogul sign a multi-million music and film distribution deal with The Orchard, the worlds leading digital distributor of music to bring his roster of artists and producers to the forefront of the music industry. Dream Big is making its debut with a notable roster of artists, DJ Whoo Kid founder of RadioPlanet.TV, former Shady/Aftermath recording artist Stat Quo, and New Orleans own Kidd Kidd.

The premier project to be released through Dream Big will be the long awaited and highly anticipated debut album from Atlanta rapper Stat Quo. Stantlanta will feature production from Che Vicious, Hi-Tek, Key Kat Productions and Sha Money XL. “From the first time I heard Stat Quo, I wanted to work with him,” shares the Dream Big Ventures owner. “The anticipation for his debut album is still high and I am pleased to be releasing it through my new venture.” This project and those that follow will give music fans and the industry an introduction to the standard Dream Big are setting.

“The first three projects coming out of Dream Big are very realistic reflections of the three stages an artist can find them self in,” explains Sha Money XL. “Established and successful, in-between labels or ready to take your career to the next level.” Dream Big Ventures has been formatted to work with artists regardless of their position within the music industry to encourage and maximize potential. “We are looking to nurture talent that has the passion to ‘dream big’ and let the company take them to where they want to be.”

With a dense history in the music business, Sha Money was crowned ‘the chain on the bike’ by 50 Cent in 2002, while developing the brand G-Unit, which instantaneously became a global phenomenon. “Sha Money’s reputation and track record of success speaks for itself,” said The Orchard’s General Manager, Michael Bull. “All of us at the Orchard are thrilled to be in a position to work with Sha on building and developing his new label. We see Dream Big as America’s next great urban independent.”

Looking to create his own kingdom with the assistance of The Orchard and a competent team, Sha Money XL is confident that this new chapter in his life will be just as successful as previous endeavors. “Dream Big is about me fulfilling my dreams and my visions,” explains XL, “Imagine if Dr. Dre had never moved on from NWA or Death Row? You have to have wisdom to accept that a change has to take place but not be careless with your future,” he concludes. Since leaving G Unit, Sha Money XL has gone on to develop the premier networking event of the year for producers, One Stop Shop which in its third year has featured appearances by a bevy of industry executives, professionals and the elite of the production world. He is currently working as Associate Producer on 50 Cent’s fourth studio album Before I Self-Destruct and as co-manager to classic rap group Reflection Eternal aka Hi-Tek and Talib Kewli. whose album is due early 2010.

Sha Money XL hopes that his website DREAMBIGVENTURES.NET will also serve as a Craigslist for all up and coming talent. The site will be a place where they can go to advertise their work, covering areas from web design, graphics, promotion, video and production which will in turn allow industry executives the opportunity to seek out talent in all related industries across the world.





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