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Free Music Friday: Friday the 14th Edition

Friday the 14th, I'ma play the dude who gives you dope free music on Free Music Friday! I know that was corny, please don't tell Big Daddy Kane to sue me.
Apollo Brown :: Skilled Trade

Apollo Brown

[Here's a re-release beat tape from producer Apollo Brown that displays dope instrumentals for rhymers to rhyme to. In anticipation of his new album "The Reset," coming May 25th, this beat tape will introduce you to the soulful sounds of Brown. Check it out!]


Jadakiss :: The Champ is Here 3

[Ah-HEEEEEEEEH!!!! The George Foreman of rap Jadakiss is reminding us for the third time that "THE CHAMP IS HERE!" Saw this on Jada's Twitter and y'all know I was gonna put this on up. Check it out, for all the Lox/D-Block fans and hip-hop heads alike.]


L.E.G.A.C.Y :: Featuring L.E.G.A.C.Y Part 1

LEGACY - Featuring LEGACY Part 1

[For all the Justus League fans, they'll be happy to grab this L.E.G.A.C.Y mixtape, which features a collection of L.E.G's joint. This mixtape was originally released for HipHopDX in 2007, but L.E.G. decided to release it worldwide for us to bask in the glory.]


Oddisee :: Odd Spring

[Honestly, I would PAY for this free EP if Oddisee decides to sell it. THis is the fourth and final season-themed EP done by Oddisee and this shows that the word "talent" still exists and Oddisee should be revered as one of the top producers of this year. You can also check out his other mixtapes on the link below if you missed it.]


The Physics :: Three Piece

[Here's something that's short and to the point from the Seattle rap group known as The Physics. These three tracks is all that's needed to know that the Physics got their own flavor to offer in rap and it also gives fans anticipation to whatever the Physics may offer next.]

That's it for the "Friday the 14th Edition" of "Free Music Fridays." 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....
Pitbull Reacts to AZ SB1070 by Canceling Show in Phoenix

From Julio Trejo:


LOS ANGELES (May 13, 2010)... Top global hitmaker, Pitbull, announced this afternoon via Twitter and his website ( his decision to cancel the May 31 date of his "Mr. Worldwide's Carnaval" tour in Phoenix, AZ in protest of the recent passing of the state's controversial  SB1070 legislation.  In his heartfelt Tweet, he stated, "I am canceling my concert in Phoenix on May 31. How is the country we enjoy and love bcuz of its human rights, freedom, opportunity and that has been built by immigrants, now start 2 deny them? It is contradicting 2 everything the USA stands 4." Pitbull joins other top artists, politicians, community leaders and citizens in expressing their disapproval of the new law.

Other dates on the AEG Live promoted "Mr. Worldwide's Carnaval" tour will continue as scheduled. The tour will kick off on May 25 at the 1stBank Center in Denver and will continue through June 28 with a final show at the Milwaukee Summerfest.


May 25                        Denver, CO                         1stBank Center          
May 27                        San Diego, CA                     San Diego Sports Arena
May 28                        Los Angeles, CA                  Nokia Theatre
May 29                        San Francisco, CA               Warfield
May 30                        Las Vegas, NV                     Beach at Mandalay Bay
June 4                         El Paso, TX                          El Paso Coliseum
June 5                         Laredo, TX                           Laredo Events Center
June 6                         McAllen, TX                          KAI
June 9                         Corpus Christi, TX                Concrete Street Amp
June 10                       Houston, TX                         Club Escapade
June 11                       Dallas, TX                            Palladium
June 12                       Austin, TX                            Austin Music Hall
June 16                       Norfolk, VA                          Norva
June 18                       Atlanta, GA                          Six Flags
June 19                       Orlando, FL                         Universal
June 22                       Jackson, NJ                         Six Flags
June 23                       Springfield, MA                    Six Flags
June 24                       New York, NY                      Nokia Theatre
June 25                       Washington, DC                   Six Flags
June 26                       Detroit, MI                            Royal Oak Theatre
June 27                       Chicago, IL                           Aragon Ballroom
June 28                       Milwaukee, WI                     Summerfest

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Sway - Pop A Bottle feat Donae'o *Behind The Scenes*

From 7Thirty Online Promotion:

Sway - Pop A Bottle feat Donae'o *Behind The Scenes*

Behind the scenes footage from Sway's new single 'Pop A Bottle' featuring Donae'o

Juvenile to Release New Album on July 6th

From Gio at E1 Entertainment:

May 13, 2010



(New York, NY) – E1 Music is happy to announce the release of Beast Mode, the new street album by hip hop superstar Juvenile.  Beast Mode will be released on July 6th, 2010 on UTP/E1 Music and features the street single, “Drop That Azz.”

Juvenile comments, “The main reason for putting out this record in the summer is that it’s a summer album.  I made this album for my fans, especially for my female fans out there.”

New Orleans legend Juvenile came to national prominence as a teenage member of the Hot Boy$, along with Lil Wayne, B.G. and Turk). The group’s 1997debut Get It How U Live, was followed by their platinum record Guerilla Warfare.  Juvenile’s major label solo debut, “400 Degreez,” sold 4.5 million records and is universally considered one of hip hop’s classics.   Juvenile’s three albums thereafter, Tha G-Code (1999), Project English (2001), and Juve The Great (2003) were each platinum plus, with the latter featuring the #1 smash single, “Slow Motion.”

After Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, Juvenile released Reality Check, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200.  The album featured the hit songs, “Way I Be Leanin’ (Feat. Mike Jones, Paul Wall, Skip, and Wacko)” and “Get Ya Hustle On/What’s Happenin’.”

Beast Mode is the follow up to Juvenile’s last album, “Cocky and Confident” which was released last year on UTP/Atlantic/E1 Music.

About E1 Entertainment

E1 Entertainment (AIM: ETO) is a leading independent entertainment content enterprise that acquires and exploits world-class film, television and music properties around the globe. Its four primary business units (E1 Television, E1 Films, E1 Music and E1 Distribution) operate in Canada, the U.S., the UK and Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Holland and Belgium, providing extensive expertise in film distribution, television and music production and distribution, kids programming, and merchandising and licensing. E1's growing content library, which currently includes more than 4,000 feature films, 2,700 hours of original television programming and 45,000 music tracks, are distributed across all media formats in more than 190 countries.

K-Murdock's NEOSONIC Blog - Guru & Nujabes Tributes

From K-Murdock:

NEOSONIC Blog - Guru & Nujabes Tributes

In the first 4 months of this year, hip-hop lost 2 of its' legends- Guru & Nujabes. Like many people who are fans of their music, we find ourselves searching for ways to keep them fresh in both our minds and ears, thus i'd like to share with you all some links to fan tributes put together in honor of these pioneers...

First off is Keith Elam, aka Guru from the famed duo Gang Starr.  Guru passed away last month, yet all the speculation surrounding his last days and the company he kept, has soured the grieving experience for many of us fans.  I will personally remember him as the "the king of monotone" and as the man responsible for birthing the "jazz-hop" fusion sound with his Jazzmatazz series.  The homie DJ Mekalek (from the trio Time Machine) put together a very cool blog post in honor of his favorite emcee, replete with personal stories, pictures & mixes...  CHECK IT HERE!

Next is Jun Seba, bka Nujabes- a producer that i will be forever indebted to, as he inspired me to play the music i do on my monthly instrumental show! Nujabes passed away in late winter and fans worldwide have been mourning ever since.  I always wandered how some of  Nujabes beats would have sound with more known US emcees over them, and low & behold, i get an email from a producer named PK Mao who did just that via his tribute mix, A Blend Laments The World, which you can CHECK OUT HERE!

If you guys know of anymore tributes, then please spread the word... and make sure you ALWAYS save some room for both these legends in your music playlist.

R.I.P. Guru & Nujabes


Posted By K-Murdock to NEOSONIC Blog
A.G. Gives Away His "Oasis" Album With O.C. For Free

From JO Tha Ave:

A.G. Gives Away His "Oasis" Album With O.C. For Free

Veteran Bronx, New York emcee A.G. a/k/a Andre The Giant announced that he is giving away his 2009 album Oasis for free download. The effort, a collaboration with him and fellow Diggin' In The Crates emcee O.C. was released last October on Nature Sounds Records, and featured production from Lord Finesse, Show a/k/a Showbiz and Statik Selektah.

Asked why he was giving away the album released digitally, CD and on vinyl before its first anniversary, A.G. told HipHopDX, "Because first of all, O.C. and A.G. have always been about the music first," said Andre. "More importantly, this album need to be heard at a time like this in HipHop...D.I.T.C. for life."

The emcee behind such hits as "Next Level" and "Soul Clap" is presently at work on a new album with Sadat X.


Free Mixtape: The Regiment - "A New Change"

From The Regiment:

The Regiment is back teaming up with Big Noise Entertainment after their itunes indie spotlighted debut album A New Beginning, with A New Change. Inspired from their first album comes a new collaborative EP that will have hip hop fans everywhere ready for their second indie album “The Panic Button”. The EP a New Change is the remixed version of 5 electrifying songs from A New Beginning, the freshman project from hip hop group The Regiment. Each of the original songs have been intricately remixed by Netherlands producer extraordinaire Soulution. Soulution has worked with such artist as Mr J Medeiros and Talib Kweli. This highly anticipated EP will also include two new exclusive songs by The Regiment featuring Kam Moye also known as Supastition in the “Shine Through Remix”. On May 10th 2010 the first digital release signifying the collaboration between Big Noise Entertainment and The Regiment will be available for download. The first of the two featured exclusive songs is “Freedom” (original production). The single remixed by Soulution featuring Kam Moye (Supastition) showcases a solid soulful essence that represents the cornerstone of the Big Noise sound. The Big Noise brand is recognized as a worldwide coinsure of authentic hip-hop music. Also featured with this exclusive download is a written interview with The Regiment covering their new EP and the new album coming soon!

EP Link--->

Single Link--->  


Audio: Power Struggle - "What Goes Up"

From Beatrock Music:
Info on Power Struggle and the album:
Artist: Power Struggle
Album Title: Remittances
Release Date: 5/18/2010
Label: Beatrock Music (

POWER STRUGGLE is rapper Nomi accompanied by producers Mister REY and Fatgums. The new album REMITTANCES takes listeners on a journey through the American landscape from the perspective of a working-class immigrant disillusioned by the American dream. With help from fellow comrades Bambu, Kiwi, Denizen Kane, BWAN and others, REMITTANCES promises to speak to the revolutionary in us all. Presented to the people by Beatrock Music, REMITTANCES will be available in stores and online May 18, 2010. 

Info on the track:
Track Title: "What Goes Up" (produced by Mister REY and Fatgums)
Cover art piece by Drama One (
Beatrock Music Free Downloads Page:
Grammy Nom Finalist Q Dot Back w/ Music Vid and Mini Mixtape

From Q Dot:

Grammy Nom Finalist Q Dot Back w/ Music Vid and Mini Mixtape

Tre'dmarks Music Group's Grammy nomination finalist Q Dot is back with a new mini mixtape dropping this month titled S'Coolbooks 2 and is prepping a new music video for the song Froglegs and Fishgrease off of his Grammy recognized album Underground Railroad.

A sneak peek of the mini mixtape is here, where Q Dot gives his rendition of the popular song "Over" by Drake.

Follow Q Dot at

Rap Sessions Collaborates with The Jamestown Project

From Ballin PR:

Rap Sessions Collaborates with The Jamestown Project For Harvard University Kick-off

Global Hip-Hop and Economic Recovery National Tour
May 11, 2010 (Los Angeles, CA)—Rap Sessions: Community Dialogues on Hip-Hop announces a national tour focused on global hip-hop, the recent recession and economic recovery efforts.
Rap Sessions teams up with the Harvard Law-based think tank, The Jamestown Project to present its fifth annual national discussion tour. The series of national townhall meetings unites a diverse panel of leading hip-hop activists, artists and youth civic engagement experts to engage youth and community leaders in interactive conversations about the ways hip-hop’s entrepreneurial impulse can overlap with national and international economic recovery and democracy-building efforts.
Targeting the hip-hop audiences, young and old, these discussions are designed to inform youth about the various ways the current economic shift affects them personally. Equally important, these discussions seek to expand upon effective hip-hop business and social entrepreneurship success models.
“The nation continues to debate the impact of the current economy on corporate banks and local governments. What about its impact on the generation of young people destined to inherit a radically changed nation and world?” asks Bakari Kitwana, the Executive Director of Rap Sessions. “With the world currently recovering from one of the deepest recessions in the last half century, now is an opportune moment to consider hip-hop’s economic survival strategies.”
Reflecting on high youth unemployment rates, escalating college-tuition and the job crisis facing  cash-strapped college graduates, Kitwana added: “Now more than ever, we need our youth to think more broadly about global economics, democracy, diversity, community activism, innovation and new models of leadership.”
Throughout 2010, Rap Sessions’ interactive community dialogues will convene in ten cities across the United States. Panelists include: M-1 (one-half of the hip-hop duo dead prez); Blitz The Ambassador (Ghanaian hip-hop artist); Toni Blackman (Global Hip-Hop Ambassador, US State Department); Hip-Hop educator Martha Diaz (president of The Hip-Hop Association and Global Hip-Hop Film Festival); Columbia University Associate Professor Marc Lamont Hill (Political contributor to the Fox News Channel and author of Beats, Rhymes and Classroom Life); youth organizer Keisha Senter (Director of Clinton Global Initiative University); Ben Herson (founder of the global hip-hop record label Nomadic Wax); and youth entrepreneur expert Darryl Williams (The Kauffman Foundation).
Bakari Kitwana, the moderator of these discussions, is co-founder of the first ever National Hip-Hop Political Convention and the former editor of The Source. His book The Hip-Hop Generation: Young Blacks and the Crisis in African American Culture has been adopted as a coursebook at over 100 colleges and universities across the country. A consultant for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Kitwana has been acknowledged as an expert on youth culture and hip-hop politics by CNN, Fox News, CNBC, BET and other leading news outlets. His writings have appeared in the Village Voice, The New York Times, The Nation, Savoy and the Boston Globe. The 2008 Artist-in-Residence at the Center for the Study of Race Politics and Culture at the University of Chicago, he’s currently Senior Media Fellow at the Jamestown Project. Hip-Hop Activism in the Obama Era is his most recent book.
For more information about Rap Sessions, log onto: .
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9th; St. Louis, MO
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