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PR: Custom Made LP "Hi-Def" in Stores Today

From Custom Made:

Custom Made LP "Hi-Def" in Stores Today

Custom Made drops their latest LP, "Hi-Def" today on Custom Made Recordings/Coalmine Records. "Hi-Def" features production from THX, Abstrakt Soundz, Jayem, Animoss (Arch Druids), Terminall and guests Mac Lucci (Hustle Boyz / DPG), Woozy (Brothaz Bent) and the rest of the Custom Made collective.




01 Hi-Def (Intro) prod. by THX
02 Touch a Pen ft. Woozy and Paradox prod. by Terminall
03 Watch That ft. Mac Lucci prod. by THX
04 Don't Leave Me ft. S-Mak prod. by High-P
05 Hip-Hop prod. by Ugly Tony
06 Dopamine (Interlude)
07 Picture Me Rollin' ft. Paradox and Woozy prod. by Abstrakt Soundz
08 Gravel Swag ft. Woozy and S-Mak prod. by Terminall
09 Oooh Baby ft. Six prod. by Jayem
10 LA Steez ft. Woozy prod. by Terminall
11 Crime Life prod. by Severe
12 Ode 2 Colt (Interlude)
13 Flow-Five ft. S-Mak prod. by Animoss
14 Easy on Yourself prod. by Abstrakt Soundz

PR: Seattle Rapper Tilson Guests On Brent Amaker & Rodeo Track

From Terrorbird Media:

Seattle rapper Tilson guests on new Brent Amaker & the Rodeo track

Seattle rapper Tilson (formerly of the Saturday Knights) guests on new version of "Man In Charge" by Brent Amaker & the Rodeo; 2 new B.A.R. smart phone apps hit the market
*'Please Stand By' out now on cd + digital + limited edition vinyl w/ B.A.R. comic book* 

LISTEN: "Man In Charge (feat. Tilson)" (mp3)
(previously unreleased)
LISTEN: "Pocket Calculator (Kraftwerk Cover)" (mp3)
via My Old Kentucky Blog

 "Tongue planted firmly in cheek, Amaker is nothing less than a superhero in black, leading his charges through a succession of hell bent for leather high-octane country anthems designed to put a beer in your hand and a burr in your saddle." - My Old Kentucky Blog

"Call it a throwback to a time when Johnny Cash ruled the airwaves and Ennio Morricone made soundtracks for movies, but Brent Amaker and the Rodeo's 'it's beer swillin', foot tappin', shit kickin' country and western' music--straight from Seattle--is the antithesis of every wanna be hipster band turning up the reverb." - OC Weekly

I think we're all starting to wonder... will spaghetti-western inspired cowboys Brent Amaker and the Rodeo ever stop defying the odds?  Sure... their Record Release show in Seattle last month was with hip hop opener RA Scion of Common Market & Victor Shade... and yes, they covered the classic joint "Pocket Calculator" by Kraftwerk that was both unexpected and, unexpectedly awesome. But with the release of their new album 'Please Stand By' on Spark & Shine Records recently, it seems like they're just getting started.

"Man In Charge," the first single from the new record, has been widely available already, but now a brand new version has surfaced featuring Seattle emcee Tilson, who many may know from his previous project The Saturday Knights. That's right -- Tilson drops a verse and then helps out on the outro to a new version of "Man In Charge." And like many who were surprised to see Brent Amaker and the Rodeo take on Kraftwerk, they'll find that the new version of "Man In Charge" just works... further blurring genre lines, yet helping to define what B.A.R. is about even more. The track was recorded by Seattle's Greg Markel, who opened his studio to Mr. Amaker and Tilson to record and remix this new version.

In addition, there's not one but two new smart phone applications out now featuring Brent Amaker and the Rodeo, both designed by Bob Smolenski. The "B.A.R. Music Mix Master" is available for iPhone/iPad and Android, and allows users to remix their classic track "I Got a Little Hillbilly In Me." The "B.A.R. Lighter" is available on the Android exclusively, allowing fans to virtually light firecrackers & lighters at Brent Amaker and the Rodeo live shows and the most safe and sane way possible. On the latter app, Smolenski says "I was inspired to make the B.A.R. Lighter in honor of the fans who were kicked out of the [legendary Seattle venue] Crocodile for lighting real sparklers. They now have a safe "virtual" option to show the love of B.A.R."

Brent Amaker and the Rodeo is currently on tour (remaining dates below).

Brent Amaker and the Rodeo Music Mix Master (for iPhone/iPad)

Brent Amaker and the Rodeo Lighter (for Android)
PR: KnuERA is Hip Hop's KnuAge Warrior

From Artist PR Wire:

KnuERA is Hip Hop's KnuAge Warrior

LOS ANGELES, CA - 11/9/10

With his first single "Kiss Me Girl" off his KnuAge Warrior album, artist KnuERA hopes to be a magnet and focus for adoring fans around the world. His sound which features futuristic beats and catchy lyrics are sure to bring a fresh feel to the airwaves. As an ambitious artist, KnuERA has honed his talents as MC, live performer, dancer and rapper which makes him so much more than a triple threat and an artist to watch.

Born Evan Lee Cunningham in 1983 in Jackson, TN to a teen mother, Evan was adopted by his grandparents at birth and moved to Colorado Springs shortly thereafter. At the age of 10, he was re-introduced to the south when his grandparents moved to Memphis, TN While there he was introduced to the Memphis music scene by his uncles who were also pursuing a career in the music industry. They took on brotherly roles in his life, planting the seeds of interest that would one day bloom into the manifestation which is KnuERA. He carried that passion for music with him all the way to California where he raised his profile by engaging audiences through several local appearances and mingling in different circles. By working those angles he found the right connections to develop his style and pursue his dream. The KnuAge Warrior album is set to drop worldwide in mid spring 2011 and is set on course to re-invent the music and entertainment industry.

Contact: KnuERAent at gmail dot com.

Video: DJ Day - "It Ain't Hard to Tell (Nas Remix)"

From Tyn:

Video: DJ Day - "It Ain't Hard to Tell (Nas Remix)"

PR: Sum - "The Nobody Hole" - Sci-Fi Hip-Hop Opera

From Dunn Deal PR:

Sum - "The Nobody Hole" - Sci-Fi Hip-Hop Opera

The Nobody Hole a multi-media experience encompassing music and visuals
stream and purchase at
From his 2006 debut Lil Folk to last year's blues-hop Lone Wolf album to this year's Metal Tiger EP courtesy of his band The Milky Way, NC-born, NYC-groomed, L.A. residing lyric laureate Sum has made it his business to confound expectations. Now he presents The Nobody Hole, a dark hip-hop opera and all-out experiment in songwriting, storytelling and visual art. For years after this project was first revealed to the public in 2006, The Nobody Hole was only given to a select group of people. Although available for streaming for the whole world to listen to, the project was never available for download. Until now.
The story follows the main character, Pygmy Paul, through a twisted world that is a shadow of our own. This isn't a loose concept album, rather a literary piece set to music. Borrowing themes from Alice in Wonderland, Edgar Allan Poe, Star Wars, ancient mythologies, fables and many other influences, The Nobody Hole tells a somewhat familiar tale in a totally new way. All music is composed entirely by Brooklyn-based producer Badtouch. All songs and narration is penned by Sum, and the story is told through rhyme, song and lyric. The download contains lyrics and narration for the entire opera, as well as individual artwork for each song, courtesy of the Nobody Hole artists Doug Hoffman, Jared Rogness, Jeffrey Hurst and Jerome Lewis.
"....SumKid has built quite the career on being a creative and unique individual. To say he bucks the usual trends in hip-hop would be an understatement. From The Lil Folk, to The Nobody Hole, to “Chuck Norris on Drugs,” everything SumKid does is a multilayered piece of art." -BEYOND RACE


MP3: Big LA f/ Baby Bash, Frost - "Confident"

From Chris at E1 Music:

MP3: Big LA f/ Baby Bash, Frost - "Confident"

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Video: John Robinson Talks About Trip to South Africa (Pt. 1)

From John Robinson:

Video: John Robinson Talks About Trip to South Africa (Pt. 1)

John Robinson
Project Moon Circle/Beatvizion Music  (FOLLOW ME)

PR: Scheme - SRNC (Deluxe Edition) Out Now

From Scheme:

Scheme - SRNC (Deluxe Edition) Out Now

Buy the album on Amazon HERE.
The album features appearances by Mikkey Halsted, Emilio Rojas, Astonish, Add-2, Lungz, YP, Lennon (Project Mayhem), & Kamilah Sumner.

With production by Dario, Panik, Wes P, Nascent & QB, J-Rell, Maja 7th, Bump Bailey, Trumaine, and Evolve One.

We are confident in our product. We feel Scheme fans will support regardless if it's up for free or not, and the new listeners will give it a listen, and if they enjoy it, they'll come back to support. We strongly believe in what we do. Buy it, give it a listen, and share it with your people. Thanks.

Video: Go Inside the Booth w/ Lil Trouble

From Yo! PR:

Video: Go Inside the Booth w/ Lil Trouble

MP3: T.I. f/ Jazmine Sullivan - "Dying In Your Arms"

From M3W:

MP3: T.I. f/ Jazmine Sullivan - "Dying In Your Arms"

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