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Swollen Members Greatest Hits Vlog & European Tour

From Kerosene Media:

Swollen Members Release Greatest Hits Video Blog Series & Announce European Tour

Swollen Members have posted the first episode of their VLOG series for "Greatest Hits: Ten Years of Turmoil" online at . In VLOG #1 Prevail talks about the significance of the track "Lady Venom", from the "Balance" album, and how fans still react to it a decade later.
After six studio albums, Swollen Members will release their first-ever, career-spanning collection, "Greatest Hits: Ten Years of Turmoil", on March 16th, 2010 through Suburban Noize and Battle Axe Records. For this compilation, Swollen Members have reached back deep into the vaults and assembled a collection of 18 classic tracks that have been previously out of print to the Battle Axe army. The album is currently available for pre-order at, along with a limited edition t-shirt.
Swollen Members recently completely a US tour with Cool Nutz, and will kick off their upcoming European run on March 11th in Prague, CZH.
"I'm very excited to come and perform for all our fans in Europe," commented Madchild. "Due to the trials and tribulations we've been through over the last few years I was not able to make the last tour with Swollen. Now I'm back and feeling stronger than ever and ready tear shit up for our fans, while soaking up the rich culture Europe has to offer. Get ready for the warrior movement!"

3/11 – Prague, CZH @ Lucerna Music Bar
3/12 - St Gallen, Switzerland  @ Kugl
3/13 – Zurich, Switzerland @ Dynamo
3/14 – Weinheim, Germany @ Café Central
3/16 - Berlin, Germany @ Cassiopeia
3/17 - Leipzig, Germany @ Conne Island
3/18 – Athens, Greece @ TBA
3/19 – Thessalonki, Greece @ TBA
3/20 - Munster Germany @ Skaters Palace
3/23 – Helsinki, Finland @ Kuudes Linja
3/24 – Oslo, Norwary @ Livingroom
3/25 - Stockholm, Swe @ Lilla Hotellbaren
3/26 - Gothenburg, Swe @ Pusterviksbaren
3/28 – Kulturfabrik Switzerland @ Kofmel
3/31 - Paris, France @ Glazart
4/01 - London, UK @ Cargo
4/02 – Amsterdam @ Melkweg
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J.Period & Ralph McDaniels Present March 9: Video Remix Collection

J.Period & “Uncle” Ralph McDaniels Present... The March 9: Video Remix Collection

March 9, 2010, J.Period & “Uncle” Ralph McDaniels (Video Music Box, The Bridge) bring Biggie back to life with the March 9: Video Remix Collection—a collection of exclusive B.I.G remixes set to classic videos, in honor of the 13th Anniversary of B.I.G.’s untimely passing.  

Blasting off today, J.Period & “Uncle” Ralph are pleased to present the first installment in this series, “Flava in Ya Ear (March 9 Video Remix),”a club-shattering blend of old and new that begs the question: what would hip hop be like if B.I.G. were still alive!?  Tune to view more... coming soon!

View “Flava” on Vimeo:
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And for hip hop heads in Brooklyn, look out as J.Period & Ralph McDaniels’ March 9: Video Remix Collection premieres TONIGHT at Mr. Cee & Diddy’s B.I.G. Tribute at The Vault, BK!  Not in BK?  Tune into BET’s “The Deal” for a special B.I.G. Tribute this month, including the broadcast premiere of J.Period & Ralph McDaniels’ March 9: Video Remix Collection!!


Dan-e-o on "The Real Frequency"

From Dan-e-o:

Be sure to tune into Flow 93.5fm to peep Dan-e-o on "The Real Frequency
Show" at

Download "Dilla Pickles" FREE right HERE:

"Last Minute" - The Short Film:
"Last Minute" - The Trailer:
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Greenhouse (Blueprint, Illogic & DJ Rare Groove) Spring Tour


For those wondering if/when would Greenhouse (Blueprint & Illogic w/ Dj Rare Groove) would be touring this spring, here’s the update. Yes, we will be touring, opening up for Killah Priest of the Wu-Tang Clan. Below are the first half of the tour dates.  More dates will be announced shortly.

Saturday March 20th @ Ruta Maya
3601 S. Congress – Austin, TX 78701
12am-4am / All Ages

Sunday March 21  @ Highland Lake’s Marina (End of SXSW Boat Party)
16120 Wharf Cove – Volente, TX 78641
2pm-8pm / Ages 21+

Monday March 22 @ Limelight
2718 North Saint Marys St. San Antonio, TX 78212
9pm-1am / Ages 21+

Tuesday March 23 @ Jet Lounge
1515 Pease St. – Houston, TX 77002
9pm-2am / Ages 18+

Wednesday March 24 @ Triple Crown
205 N. Edward Gary – San Marcos, TX 78666
9pm-1:30am / Ages 18+

Friday March 26 @ Martini Glass Grill
106 South A. St. – Midland, TX

Sunday March 28th @ Main Street
8640 E. Broadway Blvd. – Tucson, AZ
8:30pm – 1:30am / All Ages

Monday March 29th @ Club Red
2155 East University Drive – Tempe, AZ 85281

Tuesday March 30th @ Boomers
3200 W. Sirius – Las Vegas, NV
9pm-2am / Ages 21+

Friday April 2nd @ The Terrace
443 E. Colorado Blvd. – Pasadena, CA 91101
9pm-2am / Ages 18+

Wed April 7th @ Urban Lounge
241 South 500 East – Salt lake City, UT 84102
9pm-2am / Ages 18+

Searius Add Presents "Lyrics & Love Reloaded"

From Nine Tenths Media Group:



Get a personal look at area artist Searius Add “Unplugged”

Columbus, OH (March 8, 2010) -Nine Tenths Media Group invites the public to experience a free showcase of OSU alum, spoken word artist/rapper Searius Add. The showcase will take place at Skully’s Music Diner in the Short North on March 16, 2010 under the theme “Lyrics & Love Reloaded: Searius Add UnPlugged”. The doors will open at 9:30 pm and the show will begin promptly at 10:30 pm. Special guest performers will include area heavyweight Sinatra of Chief Execs Entertainment as well as Trek Manifest of UnDfyned Entertainment with DJ Bern on the 1s and 2s.

The original show was scheduled for February but was postponed due to the snow storm. Now the show, which will include a 7-piece live band of current OSU students, will include some additional surprises. Flypaper Magazine, Kingsrowe and Radiance Public Relations, LLC will sponsor the event.

“Whether it’s the love for a significant other or the love for a dream or goal we all are familiar with the term. I plan on showcasing the entire range at Lyrics & Love” says Searius Add, creator of Lyrics & Love.

About Searius Add

Whether as a rap artist, spoken word poet, event host, actor, or step show choreographer Searius Add has entertained crowds of 2,000+ with equal satisfaction. The Ohio native has performed at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium as “Captain Crunk” and has worked with internationally renowned DJ Mick Boogie. Searius has been featured in The Lantern, U Weekly, Columbus Post, and Columbus Alive newspapers. He was nominated for four Ohio Hip-Hop Awards including Best New Artist, Lyricist of the Year, Best Mixtape Artist, and Best Battle Rapper.

Twitter: @SeariusAdd

Video: Chip Tha Ripper - "Like That"

Twitter: @Chip216

Video: Wordsmith - "Tour Guide To New Bride"

Nu Revolution Entertainment would like to present Wordsmith' new UK single/video, "Tour Guide To New Bride" directed by D-Dot Films. This is the second single on his debut album "Vintage Experience" in stores March 30th. This single is a break from the regular commercial Hip-Hop singles as it conveys a unique story to the listener. With a catchy hook, his lyrics and storytelling ability allow you not only dance in a club, but also get a kick out of how witty the song was put together.
"Vintage Experience" is broken up into 4 chapters with unique scores and plays out like a "Movie on Wax." The material, in general, ranges from songs WordsmithStrada, Professa, Capish and Street Level. The features were kept to a minimum with only Chubb Rock, Camp-Lo, Grand Daddy I.U., Soulstice, Kontact & Black Knight and local DMV stars Kimia Collins and Whitefolkz lending verses on the album. wrote/recorded from 2006 to 2009 with all the production coming from in-house producers

© 2010 Dub MD Promotions
Video: Yo Gotti ft. Lil Wayne - "Women Lie Men Lie"


Video Premiere! Yo Gotti ft. Lil Wayne "Women Lie Men Lie"

On Twitter: @YoGottiKOM

Video: Kam Moye - "Splitting Image"

From Michelle at Audible Treats:

The Video:

Kam Moye, formerly Supastition, is proud to announce the release of his latest video, "Splitting Image". Produced by Symbolyc One, and shot and directed by Matt Koza, whose credits include Little Brother, RJD2, and Kam's own "Let's Be Honest," the video depicts a story about life's choices forcing growth and gaining knowledge. Apparent throughout the video, Kam's name change is more than just cosmetic - the "splitting image" also refers to a distinct change lyrically towards a wiser persona with a great deal of life experience and perspective.

The breathy and angelic vocal stylings of Neenah complement the setting of the video and serve to balance Kam's confident and poised rhymes. Standing amidst a barren backdrop, Kam delivers a powerful message and challenges listeners to not only "grow older" but to also "grow" as individuals. Kam Moye explains, "I wanted it to document my real life story of becoming a father at 16 and show the pressure I was facing at the time. I couldn't even take care of myself when I brought my daughter into the world." He continues, "It's a way of showing younger people that your life isn't over when you make a bad decision but it means you've got to work twice as hard at your dreams. Hopefully someone will feel inspired by it." By juxtaposing Kam's verbals with visuals of a teenager's unplanned circumstances, the video makes good on its promise of hope and resilience. Kam Moye raps, "It's hard to backtrack, start a new beginning. / So starting today I'm vowing to make a new ending. / They say a new you is hard to rebuild / But keeping some personal flaws are just part of the deal."

Kam Moye - "Splitting Image":

Splitting Image:

The Background:

Kam Moye recorded two critically acclaimed albums and three EPs under the name of Supastition for labels Soulspazm Records and Rawkus Records. As Supastition, Kam has appeared on songs alongside well-respected artists such as KRS One, Little Brother, Royce the 5'9, Stoupe (Jedi Mind Tricks), Rhymefest, Elzhi, Bahamadia, Cunninlynguists, Akrobatik, and many others. In 2008, he chose to officially begin releasing music under his given name of Kam Moye instead of his rap alias. Kam released a free EP, Self-Centered, in June 2008, which received over 4000 downloads in less than 24 hours. His outspoken music video, "Black Enough?", garnered serious attention shortly after its release. His first full-length under the name Kam Moye, Splitting Image, is out now via MYX Music Label.

The (W)rap Up - Week of March 2, 2010

Rel!g!on :: Revelationz I
URBNET Records
Author: Emanuel Wallace

"The doors of the church are now open! Canadian producer, Rel!g!on grew up in Ottawa listening to his father sing badly, according to the press release. His dad also played the organ, which seemed to fascinate the young child. He formed a group called Ardvark, but the group soon fell apart because none of the members knew how to play their instrument. By the time Rel!g!on hit high school, he was making beats and writing diss songs about his classmates, even playing them over the loud speaker on the school's radio station. Tiring of the diss songs and "cheap" sound, an idiotic insurance scam somehow left Rel!g!on and his producing partner with a professional ASR-10. Now based in Vancouver, BC, Rel!g!on works closely with Staten Island emcee Ny Oil (also known as Kool Kim of the UMC's), Moka Only, Jasiri X and e.d.g.e.. Those artists and many others are featured on "Revelationz I", including the likes of Planet Asia, Donny Goines, Shyheim and Chuck D."

various artists :: Long Range Distribution 2009 Sampler :: Long Range Distribution
as reviewed by Pete T.

"Having received and reviewed promo material from Long Range Distribution in the past, I've spent significant time perusing their website and must admit that it's fascinating. A Detroit-based music distributor, Long Range markets albums by literally hundreds of rappers, most of whom, based on their album covers, fall into one of a few categories: deranged horrorcore artists, the most generic-looking gangsta rappers imaginable, juggalos in full makeup, and goateed white guys sporting jerseys and bandanas. While many come from Detroit, others come from such non-traditional hip hop hotbeds as Toledo, Denver, Wichita, Kentucky, Rhode Island, and Ontario. While it's a bizarre sight to behold, it's also quite eye-opening; it's both hilarious and depressing to consider that so many odd artists from middle American cities believe they can make legitimate livings as rappers. Still, they have the same sort of mysterious appeal that some of the more obscure No Limit albums did in that they look so soulless, derivative, and downright bad that you want to hear them.  "

Abrasive Method :: Living a Nightmare, Chasing the Dream :: Rolemodel Records
as reviewed by Louis 'Delicate Beats' Cloutier

"I got to know Abrasive Method (A.M. for short) by watching the video for their newest single, "Rescue". It was a bad idea. If like me you think that rappers like Kanye West and Andre 3000 sometimes exaggerate about what a rapper should look like, then you'll be shocked by A.M.. Not because of their flamboyance, but rather because you have rarely seen two guys look more like average Joes. Pardon my shallowness, but because of that I was doubtful that I would like their music. For the most part, I was pleasantly surprised by their latest album, "Living a Nightmare, Chasing the Dream". I shouldn't have let first impressions discourage me."

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony :: BTNHResurrection :: Ruthless Records
** RapReviews "Back to the Lab" series **
as reviewed by Pete T.

"After producing three multi-platinum smashes in their first three outings as a group, the rapid-rhyming quintet that put Cleveland on the hip hop map took the next step toward world domination by going on hiatus to embark upon solo careers. In the aftermath of 1997's successful "The Art of War," an epic double-album in an era where double-albums were symptoms of rap superstardom, members Flesh-N-Bone, Krayzie Bone, and Bizzy Bone released solo albums while the group took pains to establish the extended Mo Thugs Family in a string of collective compilations and related side projects. Krayzie, Layzie, and Flesh even attempted their own ill-fated record labels, ThugLine Records, Mo Thugs Records, and Flesh Bone Incorporated, respectively, and each rapper took turns making the rounds with high-profile guest appearances. To say that Bone Thugs-N-Harmony had a lot on their plates heading into the new millennium would be an understatement, and rumors of the group's splintering were by no means unusual."

Cleen :: Family Rapper Mixtape :: Cleen Music
as reviewed by Pete T.

"Cleen is a normal guy with normal ideas and experiences; it's easy to relate to most of his sentiments, even if they aren't especially riveting. He has an unassuming, conversational delivery and a self-deprecating sense of humor that he frequently employs as he chronicles the trials and tribulations of the everyman. This type of sarcastic rap has been done before to great success—rappers such as Del tha Funkee Homosapien, Devin the Dude, and J-Zone presented funny paradoxes between their surprisingly regular selves and the archetypal rap star lifestyle. Cleen is a good writer, but what he lacks in comparison to those rappers is charisma; he's hopelessly monotonous and most of the time his flow is so off-kilter that he doesn't seem to be rapping so much as talking. Guests are unimpressive and production supplied by DJ Hoppa, Offbeat, Elephant Gerald, SHK THT, and Cleen himself is extremely simple, even simplistic.  "

DJ Concept & DJ Mickey Knox :: The BYOB EP :: Execute Sounds/The Mix Chronicles
as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon

"The line-up was enough to convince me to check out "The BYOB EP" without any additional hyperbole needed - after all I recognize all of the rappers involved save for Kaleber and Typ Ill. What about this "up & coming" cat Sickness though - can he come correct on the beats or is he just another Fruity Loops basement beat maestro who should have kept his music offline and out of print at all costs? The opening track "Ya Gone" answers all questions in one fell swoop, as the unknowns Kaleber and Typ Ill rap on the track and Sickness lives up to his name. The dusty beats are reminiscent of a Joe Budden freestyle joint, which is not really a coincidence since Kal himself sounds like Budden's long lost cousin. Is that a negative? Not for this reviewer. Locked in with his co-horts and tied together by Big L samples, this song is a winner."

Mann :: Hated :: Long Range/Metro Wealth Records
as reviewed by Patrick Taylor

""Hated" is the third album from Detroit rapper Mann, AKA Metro AKA Macidsadour. If the title of the album doesn't give you enough of an idea where Mann is coming from, the CD insert will. He thanks "all the hating ass niggas and bitches that made my verbal tattoo (hated) true to life," and adds, "the 'N' word was used on this CD 53 times before it was buried (07/09/2007), and 117 after...real niggas don't die!" The opening track, "Opposition," reinforces his me-against-the-world attitude. He's not on some self-pitying trip, though. What separates Mann from the legions of similar street rappers is his sense of humor. "Hated" is interspersed with six "Foolish Skits" where Foolish talks shit. His funniest bit is a skit about his three degrees in getting drunk, a bachelor's in Grey Goose, a cognac degree, and the 151 tequila degree, "when you talk to that ugly bitch in the middle of the dance floor and tongue kiss her and kiss her on the back of the neck and fuck your whole life up at child support by an ugly bitch that look like Danny Glover." I hope he isn't speaking from experience."

PNS and Zavala :: Canciones Modernas :: Fieldwerk Recordings
as reviewed by Peter D'Amato

"Today's abundance of beatmakers producing only instrumental hip-hop encompasses a broad range of incredibly solid, nuanced music. Madlib brings the warmth Dilla brought to his instrumental records, wrapping his music in his own hazy style. Prefuse 73 chops up his samples and mixes them with electronic beats to create frenzied concoctions. Blue Sky Black Death brought a symphonic approach to hip-hop, on their work "Late Night Cinema" creating instrumentals that swelled and receded in masterful ways. The list goes on and on. Into this subgenre come PNS and Zavala, two Chicago producers who have joined forces to release the ten-track instrumental album "Canciones Nuevas." Each artist contributes five songs: PNS has the first five with Zavala rounding out the second half of the album."

Rec-League :: Season Two :: Routine Fly
as reviewed by Pete T.

"The press kit for "Season Two" likens Rec-League to the Beatles, Wu-Tang, Living Legends, the Likwit Crew, and the Juice Crew, warning listeners, "Every once in a great while, God-given talent and geographical proximity combine to form a kind of perfect storm of artistic expression." A tad pretentious perhaps, but then again the Rec-League boys aren't exactly newcomers to the game. Chief among them is Grip Grand, the acclaimed Bay Area rapper whose sophomore effort "Brokelore" was one of the best albums of 2008 and along with his 2002 debut "Welcome to Broakland" comprised one of the decade's most criminally underrated catalogs. On songs such as the heavily inspired "A Penny" with Richie Cunning and "Poppin' Pockets (Remix)" featuring A.G. of D.I.T.C., he humorously explored the struggle of life on a budget constraint. Both an excellent lyricist and producer, he displayed a great ear for soulful grooves and dramatic hooks"

The Residents :: Open House :: Domination Recordings
as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon

"2009 proved to be a good time to release their debut collaboration in Japan, but unless you could read the tea leaves or feel the boom bap floating across the Pacific, the majority of North American listeners remained just as clueless about the music. Muneshine and Saint don't fall into the piss and moan clique though - they decided to go in the bold direction of offering their album for free. If you were already feeling Mune or Saint individually before reading this review, there's no reason to wait - go hit up the download. If you don't know them yet, heed the words in the review, take your time and make your mind up. The digital copy won't cost you anything but time and hard drive space, and there are gems aplenty to enjoy, such as an unexpected update to A Tribe Called Quest's "Midnight" called "Nocturnal" "

Smokehouse Junkiez :: Act 1: Inhale the Violence :: Roach Records
as reviewed by Guido Stern

"So begins "Roach Dick," just one of the many unbearably awful tracks from the explicitly sadistic, chain toking dudes that are Smokehouse Junkiez. Never heard of them? Don't sweat it-you'll never have any reason to. In the year and a half I've written for RapReviews, I've never had less fun listening to an album (Gutta Boyz, consider yourselves discharged). It can sometimes be exhausting to listen to and critique extremely amateurish records when you get a few duds in a row, but rarely do I consider the task sonically assaulting. What's more, Smokehouse Junkiez do nothing to mask their nauseating lewdness. The cover of the album: two quasi-skinheads chewing blunts, names superimposed over dripping blood, with ugly, matching roach tattoos on the back of their hands. Sensing a roach motif? Good work-Roach Click is the name of their extended family. Viewing the cover for the first time, I tried to convince myself that there was perhaps some decent horrorcore within, or at least some competent musicianship."

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