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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.
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For information about The Jamestown Project, log onto .


10th; Minneapolis, MN
16th; Seattle, WA
28th; Boston, MA


9th; New York, NY
14; Cincinnati, OH
28th; Columbus, OH


24th; Los Angeles, CA


2nd; Nashville, TN
9th; St. Louis, MO
12th, Tuscaloosa, AL

Kero One's New Song "Asian Kids" f/ Tablo, Dumbfoundead

From PlugMusic:

Kero One's New Song "Asian Kids" f/ Tablo, Dumbfoundead

From his upcoming third album, Kero One is back with his first single, entitled "Asian Kids." Known for his laid back grooves and jazzy hip hop sounds, Kero One throws a curveball here, experimenting with a dark, syncopated beat, cinematic synths, and a sped up rap flow. "Asian Kids" features Tablo (front man of the Korean group Epik High), MYK, and Dumbfoundead, bringing together various rap styles to address the often controversial issues of Asians in America.

Kero One states, "I rarely hear anyone address these sort of issues in the media, much less in music recordings, so I thought I would gather all my favorite Asian artists and have them drop their two cents."

Kero One's third full length album entitled Kinetic World releases June 2010.

Tablo, Dumbfoundead, Myk introduce the song Asian Kids: .

Free EP: Oddisee - Odd Spring

From Michelle at Audible Treats:

Free EP: Oddisee - Odd Spring

Oddisee Releases His Fourth & Final Installment of "Odd Seasons" And Goes On Tour With Diamond District

As Oddisee of celebrated group Diamond District busies himself with a west coast tour, he is also getting ready to release the fourth and final installment of his season-themed series, Odd Spring via Mello Music Group. His first season-themed EP, Odd Summer, dropped in May 2009 starting Oddisee's way into his "Odd Seasons" series creating a large fan base for the producer/emcee. As he went through the seasons and the year, the unique concept of the series became more apparent to anyone listening. Coming to an end, Oddisee delivers another captivating theme to spring with buoyant beats and fitting lyrics. Download Odd Spring and the other seasons at Oddisee's bandcamp page. Now that Oddisee has offered all four seasons for free download to fans and supporters, the producer/emcee will be packaging all four seasons into an exclusive vinyl box set. The vinyl box set will be available for sale via Mello Music Group in the coming months. Catch Oddisee on tour with Diamond District this month. While a number of the dates have come and gone, fans out West still have the chance to catch Oddisse along with his group Diamond District over the coming days.

Download Odd Spring: .

Show Dates:

May 1 - Los Angeles, California - Oddisee @ Boom Box
May 2 - Riverside, California - Oddisee @
May 6 - Portland, Oregon - Diamond District & DJ Quartermaine @
May 9 - Seattle, Washington - Diamond District in-studio performance at 90.3FM KEXP 8:00 PM
May 9 - Seattle, Washington Diamond District @ Chop Suey
May 10 - Seattle, Washington - DJ Quartermaine @ Jetset
May 12 - Los Angeles - Diamond District, Trek Life & DJ Quartermaine guest appearance @ Low End Theory (Airliner)
May 13 - Pomona, California: Diamond District, Trek Life & DJ Quartermaine @ Cal Poly
May 14 - Los Angeles, California Diamond District & DJ Quartermaine @ Self Help Graphics & Art Center
May 15 - Los Angeles, California Diamond District & DJ Quartermaine @ Fats Beats (In Store)
May 27 - Toronto, OT - Oddisee @ Rivoli (Beat Lounge)

Traveling Man: .
Traveling Man vinyl: .
Traveling Man limited edition slimline: .


Since producing and performing the hit track "Musik Lounge" for DJ Jazzy Jeff's Magnificent LP, Amir "Oddisee" Mohamed has pushed his involvement in the music industry into fifth gear. Taking advantage of working at A Touch of Jazz studios, Oddisee has incorporated the neo soul vibe of Philly into his eclectic and well-decorated resume. Coming from a diverse background, the half Sudanese, half African-American was blessed with musical talent from both sides of his family. Oddisee was influenced by the accomplished singers, guitarists, and poets on his Sudanese side, and on his American side, by the gospel singers, blue grass guitar players, and older cousins who gave him his first taste of hip-hop. Ironically, though, it was his Sudanese father that gave Oddisee the vinyl that fueled his passion for producing hip-hop music.

Since turning his focus towards hip-hop, Oddisee has worked with the likes of Gary Shider of Parliament and Funkadelic, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Talib Kweli, J-Live, Little Brother, Freeway, Flying Lotus, and many other respected recording artists. Now signed with Mello Music Group, Oddisee continues to be one of the hardest working producer/emcees in hip-hop, preparing to release an instrumental project, a solo project, a second Diamond District album, full album production for Finale, Trek LIfe, and Stik Figa, and is executive producing a handful of other projects. With his incredibly distinctive and mesmerizing style, Oddisee covers just about every sect of hip-hop music, creating a sound that is appealing to all music lovers. Born in Washington D.C. and raised in Maryland, Oddisee and his "Low Budget" crew, including such hip hop artists and producers as Kev Brown, Kenn Starr, and his group Diamond District (XO and yU) have already managed to leave their mark on the hip-hop community and the D.C. metropolitan area.

About Mello Music Group:

Like Lao Tzu in hip-hop, Mello Music Group provides music for the soul, from the heart of American culture, opening the realm of the intelligent hip-hop experience through melodic evocations, beats that corroborate the truth, and voices that roar above the rising void and impose order on the terrible & triumphant moments of everyday life. This is the compelling sound of Mello Music Group. Industry newcomer Michael Tolle founded MMG in 2007 and is acting Director of Operations. MMG will be releasing projects from Oddisee, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Kenn Starr, Finale, Trek Life, Dudley Perkins, Sareem Poems, and YU in 2010. .


Odd Spring Mixtape download: .

The Stand Interview: .

Video: Pitbull - "Freestyle 1997"

From Chris at Koch/E1 Entertainment:

Pitbull - "Freestyle 1997"

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Hieroglyphics Crew to Release "The Valley Of Kings" Fine Art Piece

From James Dunn:

Hieroglyphics Crew To Release "The Valley Of Kings" Fine Art Piece

The Valley Of Kings web trailer: .
Behind the making of The Valley Of Kings: .
Hieroglyphics, the Oakland-based crew whose ubiquitous three-eyed logo and slew of Golden Era classics have a permanent place in every hip-hop fan’s heart, has teamed up with art collective WAIL (When Art Imitates Life) to create The Valley Of Kings, a series of 200 fine art portraits conceptualized by and featuring all Hiero members which will be made available to the public on May 28, 2010. Details on the piece will be released in the coming week, but it is said to use ancient Egyptian iconography as its stylistic base and features the entire nine-man crew. Valley will also be one of the first art pieces in history to utilize Chromadepth visual technology, and each piece in the series will come packaged with a pair of 3D glasses to allow owners to experience its full range. Each piece will also be signed by various members. “The piece is dope,” Souls Of Mischief’s Tajai says. “I love art. I love music. Music is art. And when they come together in a situation like this where they create something that’s considered high art, immortalizing a group like Hiero in that manner, it’s a good thing for music, and a good thing for history.”

For almost twenty years, Hieroglyphics has been one of hip-hop’s most beloved entities. The one-two punch of Del Tha Funkee Homosapien’s 1992 debut album I Wish My Brother George Was Here (Elektra) and Souls Of Mischief’s ’93 Til Infinity (Jive) introduced listeners to a new kind of West Coast rapper. In an era where gangsta rap was standard issue, Del, Casual, Opio, Tajai, A-Plus, Phesto, Domino and Pep Love offered music from ordinary people with extraordinary skills. Casual’s debut Fear Itself (Jive) and Del’s sophomore album No Need For Alarm, both released in 1994, were Hiero’s last major-label albums save for Souls of Mischief’s 1995 offering No Man’s Land before the crew made the decision to go fully independent, releasing their own albums and coordinating their own tours. 15 years later, that three-eyed logo is a global brand, and Hieroglyphics is one of the undisputed forefathers of the sound, the hustle, and the ideology of underground hip-hop. Their most recent release was last year’s Montezuma’s Revenge.

Valley Of Kings is the next release from When Art Imitates Life (WAIL), the brainchild of Sway of MTV, Tech of the World Famous Wake Up Show, and Los Angeles creativity house Scene Four. Previous releases from WAIL include collaboration pieces with RZA of the Wu-Tang Clan as well as Shavo of System Of A Down. Interested parties are encouraged to visit to sign up for exclusive information on The Valley Of Kings as it develops, as well as a chance to preview and reserve a piece in the highly limited collection before May 28.

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