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Declaime :: Fonk
SomeOthaShip Connect/
E1 Entertainment
Author: Steve 'Flash' Juon

"Thanks to Declaime's imprint SomeOthaShip Connect linking up with industry powerhouse E1 Entertainment, "Fonk" has a chance to be D's most widely available retail album to date. The good and possibly bad news is that the chance for mainstream exposure hasn't changed up his style one bit. It's evident from the jump when looking at the cover art what you're in for, as Declaime's disembodied head floats through a night sky with the light of distant stars reflecting off his sunglasses. His dread hair functions as a virtual black hole, creating a a completely impenetrable negative space in the universe. Make no mistake about it that D wants you to know he's OUT THERE, and yet the title "Fonk" is itself an attempt to keep him grounded."

Joe Gibbs :: 12" Reggae Discomix Showcase Vol. 5 :: VP Records
as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon

"While "Volume 4" did indeed reflect a reggae spin on 1970's disco music, the term "discomix" is a little more abstract on "Volume 5." That's to be expected given the songs collected on this edition range from 1980-1982, coming at a point after the world had declared "DISCO IS DEAD" in the summer of '79. One should take the term then as a declaration of what the selector (what Americans think of as the deejay) would play at the discotheque hence his "discomix" of music. While a comprehensive discomix from this era in reggae would also include songs NOT produced by Joe Gibbs, it's fair to say the diversity of artists he worked with and number of hits he had a hand in meant several or many songs played on any given night at the local reggae club would have his name on the label."

Grieves and Budo :: G&B Remix Felt 3 - A Tribute to Rosie Perez :: Bandcamp/Rhymesayers Ent.
as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon

""Felt 3" was hands down one of the most important rap albums released in 2009. The perfect balance struck by Slug and MURS lyrically was ideally matched by production from Aesop Rock, creating a sonic masterpiece that will only improve as it ages. It seems Rhymesayers affiliates Grieves and Budo feel the same way, as they decided to pay tribute to this landmark tribute to Rosie Perez by taking some freely available acapellas and giving their own interpretations on the original versions. Reframing a classic used to be an act that took decades, but in our high speed digital times it makes sense for G&B to come back and do it only six months after the original. There's no reason not to check it out - after all it's FREE."

Kristoff Krane :: Hunting For Father :: Kristoff Krane
as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon

"RR staff writers have on occasion espoused the philosophy "it's more kind to be cruel" when reviewing albums, believing it's far worse to give a mediocre or terrible artist the hope they can succeed than to let them bluntly know their shit just doesn't work. That way instead of spending 10-20 years recording in the hopes of establishing a musical career, they can move on to more fruitful pursuits like opening a taco stand or getting a degree in business administration. That being said the members of Face Candy undoubtedly felt maligned after reading the review of "This Is Where We Were" three years ago, because even if it was meant as a mercy killing Pedro 'DJ Complejo' Hernandez certainly didn't pull his punches delivering the one-two blows. "The album has no theme or redeeming value." "You'll have no motivation to ever waste another 45 minutes of your life listening to this." "

Madlib :: Madlib's Medicine Show #4: 420 Chalice All-Stars :: Stones Throw Records
as reviewed by Patrick Taylor

"As the title and release date suggests (4/20, ie. international stoner day), the central theme of this release is ganja, collie, bud, weed, pot, marijuana, whatever you want to call it. Pot is associated with reggae almost as much as the Rastafarian faith, and pretty much every reggae album produced since 1970 makes at least some reference to collie or ganja. The album comes with a list of information about California's medical marijuana laws, and a list of Hollywood and East L.A. pot dispensaries. It's actually pretty informative: I learned that the safest way to injest pot is to use a smokeless vaporizer, that you can pretty much google a doctor who will prescribe you pot, and that, while you need to give your name and ID to get medical marijuana, your name isn't stored on a DEA list."

Nas & Damian Marley :: Distant Relatives :: Republic Records
as reviewed by Jesal 'Jay Soul' Padania

"Never before in either genre has there been such a deeply successful collaboration album. Ever. This wasn't supposed to happen. That it has is a testament to talent, hard work and luck. The musical/lyrical talents of the artists and producers; the sheer effort and attention that has gone into practically each individual kick and snare, (reminiscent of the meticulous late great Dilla); and the sheer cosmic luck of a focussed Nas actually turning up. If that seems facetious, understand that this hasn't happened much over the last dozen years - on fire Nas plus brilliant music. But really, the star of the show is Marley. This feels like his baby, and he is a proud father that has nurtured "Distant Relatives". Nas is the close family friend that you're brought up to call "Uncle" and the backing band, your brothers. The mother? Africa. It is easy to forget, at times, the message of this opus - simply because everything else surrounding it is executed so wonderfully."

NEFEW :: The Antihero Begins :: On Our Feet Entertainment
as reviewed by Emanuel Wallace

"Polemikk and PA-Double make up the duo NEFEW, an acronym that stands for New Education From Every Word. The two exchange students from Switzerland met in kindergarten and have gone through life experiencing the traditional things that most kids are into. Eventually, they progressed into the world of hip-hop. Towards the end of last year NEFEW dropped an EP entitled "Homesick" which was rather well received and featured an appearance from Consequence. The two have even earned an endorsement from Puma International. The company backed them on their aforementioned EP and also their current release, "The Antihero Begins". This time around, the crew also has the support of The project is described as "prolific lyrics and odes to things that matter""

Power Struggle :: Remittances :: Beatrock Music
as reviewed by Patrick Taylor

"Nomi's lyrics are mostly concerned with fighting injustice and the challenges facing immigrants in this country. It's what I've come to expect from Beatrock Music; hip hop activism coming from a Philippino-American perspective. Nomi lays out his history on "Mr. Sagittarius...A Proletarian Path To Englightenment," which discusses his journey from Minnesota to New York to the Philippines to San Francisco, and from a rapper concerned with partying and bullshit to someone looking to make a positive change in the world"

Ron Contour and Factor :: Saffron :: Fake Four Inc.
as reviewed by Pedro 'DJ Complejo' Hernandez

"Moka Only's staggering rate of album releases continues with his latest Ron Contour project. "Saffron" is the third Ron Contour project released in the last 12 months, following "The Beach" and "The Summer of Ron." Ron is one of Moka Only's alter egos, a cousin who decided to follow Moka in his rap aspirations. Ron released his debut close to ten years ago with "Moka Only is Ron Contour." The title is explained as a deception used by Ron to piggy back on his famous cousin's name, but Ron insists he is his own man. The light hearted, humorous aura surrounding Ron translates well to his music. "Saffron" is a laid back affair that will surely be enjoyed by Ron Contour fans. The first significant thing to note about "Saffron" is the fact Moka Only doesn't handle the production."

Second Family :: Caskets and Funeral Homes :: 25th & 3rd Entertainment
as reviewed by Pedro 'DJ Complejo' Hernandez

"Tacoma, Washington is not known for hip-hop music. While Seattle and even Portland have gained some recognition for the northwest, Tacoma has remained overlooked. Second Family looks to change that with their debut CD "Caskets and Funeral Homes." Consisting of rappers Element and NoQuestion, the duo represents Tacoma, or Tac-Town as they call it, to the fullest. NoQuestion's relaxed brags contrast Element's commanding flows as the duo tackles a little bit of everything on the albums' 18 tracks. "

Erick Sermon :: No Pressure :: Def Jam/Rush Associated Labels
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as reviewed by Matt Jost

"One of the marks of a true champion is his ability to handle pressure. Erick Sermon had a fair amount of pressure resting on his shoulders when it became clear that he would continue his career as a solo artist after splitting from Parrish Smith, with whom he released four gold albums in five years as EPMD. His reputation was at stake, and not just in regards to how he would fare without his former partner, but also how much a solo album might reveal about his role in the duo. Witnessing Sermon and Smith separately was seeing the fortress EPMD broken down to its components, subject to an analysis of which member had contributed to the success in what capacity. Essentially their solo careers would decide who would artistically lay legitimate claim to the EPMD legacy (and, in if they decided to surround themselves with crews, to the Hit Squad legacy)."

Suff Daddy :: Suff Refills :: Melting Pot Music
as reviewed by Matt Jost

"Berlin beatmaker Suff Daddy puts his own twist on Mr. Combs' moniker, 'Suff Daddy' approximately translating to 'wino,' 'Suff' meaning the act of drinking excessively or the state of being addicted to alcohol. He may cite Tha Alkaholiks as his all-time favorite rap group, which we don't doubt, but a more immediate inspiration (than, say, E-Swift) is yet another renamed rap producer (it's a broad umbrella) - J Dilla, originally known as Jay Dee. Or more precisely post-Dilla Detroit hip-hop as represented by artists such as Guilty Simpson, Black Milk and Young RJ. "

Hip-Hop Shop #75 - We Got Work to Do!

Every Sunday at 9:30 PM EST we air a live new edition of Hip-Hop Shop on BlogTalkRadio like the one you're about to hear - Episode #75 - We Got Work to Do! That means you're about to hear the new song by Perfeck Strangers featuring Drake along with tracks from Monstah Dray, Tone Trezure, Termanology and more! Thanks for listening and remember this show is PODSAFE so be sure to share it with a friend and tell them to check out the replay every Tuesday on!

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Tracks featured this week:

* Monstah Dray - Makin' Moves
* Perfeck Strangers f/ Drake - Work to Do
* Tone Trezure - My Destiny
* Fatnice of 84 - YEAHHHH
* Von Pea & Spec Boogie - Shimmy Shimmy Ya
* Felt 3 - Bass For Your Trunk (Grieves and Budo Remix)
* Checkmark & Termanology - Duffle Bag Bros.

The Adam B Experience (ABX) Podcast #34

"We're fast approaching the end of the month and you can admit it, your playlists have become a little stale. You've played your favorite songs so much that you're now questioning whether you even like them anymore. Well, good news, I'm back with a band new edition of The Adam B Experience! This month's show features ten new songs with no expiration date, so you know they'll always be fresh. Enjoy! Hit me up with feedback at" The Adam B Experience is 100% PODSAFE and TOTALLY FREE so tell your friends to download ABX right here at!

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Perfeck Strangers - "Work to Do" feat. Drake‏

From Dan-e-o:

Perfeck Strangers - "Work to Do" feat. Drake‏

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Brown Bag AllStars - J57 "Digital Society" Instrumental EP

From Brown Bag AllStars:

J57 "Digital Society" Instrumental EP

Balanced Records (Groove & Fat Beats Distribution)

"Long Island/Brooklyn native, J57 illustrates warm synth melodies washing through tight beats and subtle textures on Digital Society, an anthemic electronic hip-hop soundtrack. Infusing his production with hip-hop, soul, glitch, and countless other influences, J57 has a masterful ear and an unerring drive to his beats. Using precision and clarity for this freshman solo album, J57 draws contributions from Digga Jefferson Price on keys and vocals, Jordan Usatch on guitar and lyrical shading by Soul Khan of Brown Bag AllStars fame. Additionally, Deejay Element and Juno Award winner DJ Brace stamp their respective marks with nimble fingers."



DJ Brace feat. Brown Bag AllStars "Everyday" 7" B/W "Everyday (Ancient Astronauts Remix)"
Nostomania Records (Fat Beats Distribution)

"Everyday, featuring the Brown Bag AllStars, is the first release on Canadian DMC Champion and Juno Award winning DJ Braces new label, Nostomania Recordings. B-side features a dubbed-out remix by ESL artists, The Ancient Astronauts. Every one of the artists featured on this 45 are on the grind everyday making music, doing shows, and trying to live as musicians. In the song Everyday MCs J57, Koncept & Soul Khan tell the story of that grind."


Free Downloads: Ozone 50 MC's, cRITICAL & Unique Assassin

From Domination Recordings:

Free Downloads: Ozone 50 MC's, cRITICAL & Unique Assassin

It's been 15 Years since the Hip Hop world felt the impact of Tony Touch's Tape 50. A real mixtape showcasing top notch MC's from Onyx to Wu-Tang Clan to Kool G Rap to Busta Rhymes to KRS One. The list goes on...and on and on.

2010 is the year that same essence will be revisited and honored. With a bit of a twist.

To provide a proper ode to Tony Touch and his classic monumental projects, New World Chaos (MyGrane McNastee & AmIAm of Vets of Kin) reached out to 50 MC's from their city. We proudly present to you "Ozone 50 MC's".

Ozone (Orlando, FL) is known as a gold mine scene for Hip Hop. A location called home for some of the world's most talented artists. The first installment provides a collective of MCs that you may know from The Wake Up show with Sway & Tech, Grind Time Now, nationwide tours and others that are just on their grind. Such as Swamburger, Murdoc, MyGrane McNastee, AmIAm, Madd Illz, Rugged, TzariZM, MidaZ, Kap Kallous, JBiz, Redd Simpkins, Shinobi Stalin, Jonny Storm, X:144, Illustrate, Unique Assassin, Vis Major, Critical Madness and many more. The list goes on...and on and on. For more info, check out: />
Free Download: Ozone 50 MC's .

Introducing....."Quality Control", a crew that consists of Sharp (of Thump Connection/ Hazardous Soundz Ent.) & cRITICAL (of Critical Madness/Creative Juices/ Hidden Agenda) along with a slew of other founding members that include emceez, djs, producers & graff artists. Their 2 hometown crews originally united in the late 90's in Central Florida after several years of building in cypherz, crashing open mics & rockin' at the same house parties. In other words, the roots are thick and the bond formed naturally which is evident from the organic chemistry demonstrated on their latest project titled "Toxic Therapy". This Radioactive masterpiece stays true to their unique formula that will have tape headz blowin' the dust off of their cassette crates to inject another dose of that analog vaccine that hip hop scientist fiend for! Their 1st experiment "2010 Policy" is fresh out the lab so circulate that & spread the germ! To be continued!

Free Download: cRITICAL & Sharp "2010 Policy" (2010LEAK) .

After several installments of Unique Assassin's "Who is UA?" series, we finally are graced with the pleasure of meeting the full fledged UA. His EP, Spelling Bee Champ, released on May 1, 2010, with the help of Civil Mics artists such as Diverse, Shinobi Stalin, Mygrane McNastee and Reeplay. With additional features of extended and talented family : Am I Am, Ill Will, Dillz, J Biz, Ceasar Comanchee, and Mike Rosa, the comprehensive EP is a complete success. Production by Reeplay, Abbot and UnSelfTitled ensure a treat for the hip hop heads. Be sure to download, listen, and enjoy...

FREE DOWNLOAD - Spelling Bee Champ EP .

Al Coe feat. Trina - "Gucci Shoe Shopping"

From ifastfwd:

Al Coe feat. Trina - "Gucci Shoe Shopping"

NEW YORK, May. 19 /iFastFWD/ - Hot newcomer Al Coe is bringing his A-game with his hot new single "Gucci Shoe Shopping" packed with fresh beats and Al Coe's unique musical style, making what's sure to be a nationwide hit while still being as unique as the artist himself.

Born “Alex Aiken” known to the streets as “AL Coe” began making music a couple years ago when he started to realize that he had a unique gift that he wanted to share with the world and that’s when his journey began. Al would stay in the studio for many hours at a time perfecting his craft, working on songs whether for himself or for other artists. He loved writing songs and bringing it to life with the artist.  Al would always say “Everybody wants to rap but everybody can’t make good music”. When he makes music, he incorporates his personality and flavor to create his own unique sound.  He strives to one day touch people all over the world from all walks of life.

In 2008, he started working with producers in the industry who have worked with major artist like: LL Cool J, DMX, Nas, Fifty cent and many more. Al also opened shows for artists like Plies, Shorty Lo, Trina, Remy Martin (just to name a few). Now, he is currently living in Atlanta, GA. He’s networking, meeting new people and bringing his project to life. His Hot Single “She a Freak” is currently being played on Hot 107.9 Atlanta Hip Hop Station on the 9’ o clock music mix daily. In the past decade, footprints have been left from many entertainers like Fifty Cent, Kanye West, and Chris Brown.  Every few years someone new steps on the scene: “Do we really have to ask whose next?”

"Gucci Shoe Shopping" featuring Trina is the new hit single is taking over the charts right now in Atlanta as well as New York with it's catchy style. The single features a fresh beat as well as a catchy hook. Al Coe's hit making prowess is evident in this song.


Artist(s): Al Coe featuring Trina
Title: Gucci Shoe Shopping
Time: 05:13
Release date: 2010
Available versions: Clean
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L.I.F.E. Long feat. DJ JS-1 "Veteran" Video

From Domination Recordings:

L.I.F.E. Long feat. DJ JS-1 "Veteran" Video

New video from L.I.F.E. Long titled "Veteran" featuring DJ JS-1, directed by Rodolfo Duran. The video is the first single taken from L.I.F.E. Long's upcoming album "The Waiting Game" with Black Sparx to be released this Summer on Domination Recordings.

Also available is "Pieces From The Waiting Game" hosted by DJ Jedi featuring snippets from "The Waiting Game" - FREE DOWNLOAD at .

Kottonmouth Kings Release Free Dirtball Mixtape

From Kerosene Media:

Kottonmouth Kings Release Free Dirtball Mixtape

Kottonmouth Kings are on the road tearing up amphitheatres across the country as a part of the Happy Daze Tour featuring Insane Clown Posse, Coolio, Kittie and Necro. During their downtime on the road Kottonmouth Kings have assembled a free mixtape for fans entitled “The Dirtball Rips The Hits Vol. 1”, which is available for download online at . The mixtape features Dirtball putting his own spin on classic tracks like “Put It Down”, “Can Anybody Hear Me”, "K-O-T-T-O-N-M-O-U-T-H Song", "King Klick", "Pack Your Bowls", and "Where I'm Going".
"When we were putting together the Kottonmouth Kings live show for this tour with ICP, the guys sat down and tried to figure out how to incorporate my talents into older tracks," commented Dirtball. "DJ Bobby B laced together a mixtape and made it sound dope. Make sure to download these classic tracks, intertwined with new raps I added to give them a new twist. Don’t sleep on this! Download it, burn it, and bang it, while we wait for the next crop to bloom."
Kottonmouth Kings new album, "Long Live The Kings", debuted at #26 on the Billboard Top 200 without the aid of mainstream press, radio, or MTV. The group is currently on the road co-headlining the ‘Happy Daze’ tour alongside Insane Clown Posse.
May 21 - Worcester, MA - The Palladium
May 22 - Worcester, MA - The Palladium
May 23 - Pittsburgh, PA - Amphitheatre at Station Square
May 24 - Cleveland, OH - Nautica Pavilion
May 26 - Minneapolis, MN - Cabooze
May 27 - Council Bluffs, IA - Westfair Amphitheater
May 28 - Sauget, IL - Pops Outdoors
May 29 - Bonner Springs, KS - Capitol Federal Park at Sandstone
May 31 - Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheater
Jun 01 - Magna, UT - The Great Salt Air - Outdoors
Jun 03 - Spokane, WA - Knitting Factory Concert House
Jun 04 - Portland, OR - Expo Center - Hall C
Jun 05 - San Francisco, CA - The Warfield Theatre
Jun 06 - Anaheim, CA - The Grove of Anaheim

The Only BS You Can Trust

Don’t let the name fool you, there’s nothing BS about BS. A part of NYC’s next generation of up and coming emcees, BS has rocked the mic with a litany of former Artists Of The Week (aka B-Listers, for the uninitiated), including Chaz Kangas, Jesse Abraham, and Premonition. In fact, the first time I saw him perform it was with a group of artists I’d known for a while, so it was almost as though he’d arrived on the scene already co-signed. To BS’s credit, he’s never taken advantage of that feeling and continues to work his ass off to get heard. This week I caught up with BS to find out more about the man behind the initials, including what those initials stand for, where you’ll never find him, and why instead of sneaking into shows he now has to sneak out of them.

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