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Video: OKPTV Presents Death of a Pop Star Interview Part 1

From Audible Treats:

Video: OKPTV Presents: David Banner & 9th Wonder - Death Of A Pop Star Interview Part 1

David Banner And 9th Wonder Sit Down With OkayPlayer To Discuss Their Upcoming Album 

The Video:

As we continue to approach the highly anticipated release of Death Of A Pop Star,'s OKPTV met up with the project's collaborators, the Grammy Award-winning duo David Banner and 9th Wonder, to bring us the first half of an interview, shot while the two were recently in New York for their Peter Rosenberg-presented An Evening With... event. Upon the opening moments of the video, fan's biggest curiosities are put to rest, as the two address their surprising partnership and how it came about. Though a difference in personality is clear, their chemistry is undeniable. Among other topics discussed, are the many common grounds shared by Banner and 9th. The creative duo also touch on their next single, "Be With You" featuring Marsha Ambrosius and Ludacris, as well as their behind the scenes arguments over some of the project's creative decisions.

Check out OKPTV's Death Of A Pop Star Interview Part 1 here: .

Look for David Banner and 9th Wonder's collaborative album, Death Of A Pop Star, this summer via Big Face Entertainment.

Check out David Banner & 9th Wonder's "Slow Down" Video here: .

The Background:

9th Wonder has a history of teaming with legendary emcees and crafting dream projects that have resulted in both critical and commercial success. A producer from North Carolina, 9th Wonder started his career as the main producer for the hip-hop group, Little Brother. Leaving Little Brother after their second album together, The Minstrel Show, 9th Wonder has since become a producer and emcee in his own right. Working with MURS, Nas, Beyonce, Jay-Z and more, 9th Wonder has made a name for himself in the hip-hop world. Also known as his rapper alterego, 9thmatic, 9th Wonder is a modern-day hip-hop renaissance man. Hailing from Jackson, Mississippi, David Banner has made a name for himself on the hip-hop scene since 2000. Since then, he has released four studio albums and even became a celebrated producer like producing smash hits like T.I.'s "Rubberband Man," and having smash hits of his own like "Get Like Me". David Banner's most recent successes include writing, producing, and arranging (with guidance from Jimmy Smith and The G Team at Chalt Day) the new non-hip hop Gatorade theme song "Evolve," performed by Kermit Quinn. Teaming up with 9th Wonder may seem like an unusual collaboration but as the two talented artists come together, their initial album will leave a deep impression on fans. Death of A Pop Star drops summer 2010 via David Banner's own Big Face Entertainment.

OKPTV Interview Part 1: .

"Slow Down" Video: .

Devo Spice Update for 7/13/2010

From Devo Spice:

Devo Spice Update for 7/13/2010

Hey everyone,

I've crawled out from under the boxes I've been packing to give you a quick update.

This is your last call for cheap Sudden Death CDs and cassettes.  The sale ends Thursday afternoon, right before I get on the road for Nerdapalooza.  Basically I'm just going to reset the prices in the database and then get on the road.  So if you want to pick up some cheap CDs ($4.99) and cassettes ($2.99) be sure to get your orders in before Thursday afternoon.

Nerdapalooza is this weekend in Orlando, FL and I'm freakin' psyched.  My set is Saturday afternoon at 3:25 right before the lunch break.  That's assuming this thing stays on schedule which I highly doubt it will, but that's cool.

Other FuMP artists performing include Positive Attitude (Sat 11:20 AM), Schaffer The Darklord (Sat 6:55 PM, yes he's a FuMP artist, he just hasn't posted anything yet), Worm Quartet (Sun 1:30 PM), and The Great Luke Ski (Sun 3:15).

For all the gory details go to

If you missed the interview I did Sunday night on The Hip Hop Shop you can now listen to it online here:

OK, back to packing.


MP3: WC "That's What I'm Talkn' Bout"

From Chris at Koch/E1 Entertainment:

MP3: WC "That's What I'm Talkn' Bout"

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WC courtesy E1 Ent. 

Trek Life to Release "Everything Changed Nothing" on July 27th

From Audible Treats:

Trek Life To Release New Album Everything Changed Nothing On July 27th

So Supreme" To Be Lead Single Off Forthcoming Oddisee-Produced Album

(July 13, 2010 – Brooklyn, NY) California bred emcee Trek Life is excited to announce the release of his latest album, Everything Changed Nothing. Produced entirely by Oddisee, the album will be released July 27th via Mello Music Group.

The album is the culmination of years of collaboration between Trek and producer Oddisee that began with the remixes of Price I've Paid, Trek's debut LP. Undaunted by the thousands of miles separating them, the pair have crafted yet another example of how a producer and an artist with the right chemistry can maintain a winning streak. "We both knew exactly what we were trying to do from the beginning," explains Trek. "Oddisee is a producer in every sense of the world. He had a direction and it was my job to manifest it lyrically." Oddisee's sonic backdrop invoked a verbal assault from Trek that remains raw, and unapologetic throughout the album as Trek sheds light on the "ugly nature of the world" with his gritty but poignant lyricism.

"So Supreme", the album's lead single has generated a powerful buzz. The track was featured on ESPN recently for the network's coverage of the Stanley Cup and NBA Playoffs. The track was a perfect fit for video clips that thrive on ideas of competition and perseverance; with a hard-hitting beat and aggressive rhymes complimenting the action on screen. In regards to Trek's original intent of the track, he says, "This song is really just re-establishing my footing as an emcee. Strictly raw rhymes." Certainly having the lead single of your new album catch the attention of the world's premier sports broadcasting network is a good early indication of the album's merit.

The album's title stems from the emcee's role as a father. Speaking affectionately of his daughter, Trek says, "I was thinking how much she means to me and how she's literally everything I ever wanted, but the reality is life, in general, goes on." The album speaks to the real life of nearly everyone. The personal struggles, trials and tribulations quite simply don't act as roadblocks to the freight train that is life. It’s a sobering fact that Trek seems to have a good handle on. On tracks like "So LA" and the soul-scorching "Jump Out There" Trek makes clear his reality-to-fantasy ratio is stacked well in favor of the former. Gritty tracks of urban reality cross-pollinate with songs that deal with romantic desire such as the Bootsy Collins inspired "I'd Rather Be".

Much as rock groups had classic line-ups lending to their defining sound, many of hip-hop's classic recordings were a result of the pairing of producers and emcees that simply shared an undeniable chemistry. From the legendary DJ Premier and GURU of Gangstarr to Pete Rock and CL Smooth, duos with a history of building towards developing a distinct sound have often won out in the long run. Oddisee and Trek Life carry on the tradition of keeping a close-knit group dynamic together resulting in the production of a coherent and consistent effort.

Trek Life's Everything Changed Nothing, produced entirely by Oddisee, drops July 27th via Mello Music group.

Listen to "So Supreme" here: .

The Background:

Trek Life has worked with several known artist from Bishop Lamont to Kev Brown and rocked over production from DJ Khalil, DJ Babu, Evidence, Oddisee and many more. With a growing global fan-base that has resulted from consistently touring the United States, the UK, and Europe, Trek Life is planning on releasing 3 projects in 2010 with J.Bizness (Rhymes Within Reason EP), Oddisee (Everything Changed Nothing), and Babu (Fire Outside), all through Mello Music Group. Paired with each of these albums, there will be a Digital 12, featuring clean, dirty, and instrumental versions of each album's lead single for free download. Trek Life is well known for his energetic delivery, straight-forward lyrics, and engaging live shows.


Listen To "So Supreme" .

"Can't Complain" Free Download: .

MP3: Koncept f/ Sene "You Knew"

From J57:

MP3: Koncept f/ Sene "You Knew"

Koncept (Brown Bag AllStars) links up with Brown Bag fam: Sene, for the first leak off of his new free EP titled: "Playing Life."  

Koncept: "You Knew" featuring Sene
Produced by: The Audible Doctor



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Video: Slum Village "Faster" feat. Colin Munroe

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Video: Slum Village "Faster" feat. Colin Munroe

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"Faster" feat. Colin Munroe

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MP3: CookBook & Uno Mas - "When You Rock & Roll" f/ Evidence

From Audible Treats:

MP3: CookBook & Uno Mas - "When You Rock & Roll" f/ Evidence

Following Video, Cookbook & Uno Mas Release MP3 For Their Latest Single

The Song:

In "When You Rock & Roll," emcees Cookbook, Uno Mas, and Evidence take turns giving heartfelt renditions of their own struggles with life as an artist; the ups-and-downs, successes and failures that come with being a musician staying true to their art. The song begins with a sample, "How much can you get for your soul?" While the subject is one that others have tackled before, the emcees avoid clichés by being honest. They don't pretend to be above the influence of money, as Evidence raps "I know both sides of the fence" over the beats vocal chops, instrumental loops, and thick drums.

"When You Rock & Roll" is featured on Cookbook & Uno Mas' C&U Music Factory, out nowvia AudioSketchBook / End Of Earth Records.

"When You Rock & Roll":

Buy link to Cookbook & Uno Mas' album, C&U Music Factory via Amazon: C&U Music Factory.

The (W)rap Up - Week of July 6, 2010

Sir Lucious Left Foot

Big Boi ::
Sir Lucious Left Foot... The Son of Chico Dusty
Def Jam Recordings
Author: Jesal 'Jay Soul' Padania
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"So, how many of you Google yourselves regularly? Losers… Yeah, me too. Not a lot, but occasionally (and, you know, only for the articles). It takes me interesting places too, since a lot of the reviews get copied and pasted verbatim into various forums. Then people agree, disagree or ignore. The first time I came across one of my reviews in this manner, being hung, drawn and quartered by some Four Avatars of the Apocalypse, the criticism was stinging, and my ego was bruised. But after a short amount of time, I learned to take both praise and criticism with a pinch of salt. If someone took time out of their day to write me an email saying they loved the review, were they really praising me, or did they simply like the way my review made them feel about the album? Similarly, when a diehard fan has been looking forward to an album from their favourite artist for years, and some dickhead reviewer comes along and nitpicks the hell out of it, was it the specific critique they loathed or the feeling that I'd deflated their sense of expectation? That I took something away from them?"

Capone-N-Noreaga :: Camouflage Summer Mixtape :: XXL/57th Ave.
as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon

"Much like the group themselves, this download is pretty hood. Song titles are in ALL CAPS like Daniel Dumile. If you put this one on your iPod you're going to have to fill in the artist name and album title yourself or you'll only find it on the "recently added" playlist. The artwork? Well obviously when you call your shit "Camouflage Summer" you've got to be dipped head to toe in military wears, and yet it still looks like someone did a poor Photoshop trace before cut and pasting their pics over a wall full of non-descript spraypaint tags. Okay so it's a free mixtape, CNN gets to skate on it, but if they do something this awful on "The War Report 2" they need to fire their graphic designer and whoever at IceH20 (their new label, run by Raekwon) approved the artwork. "

Carnage45 :: Test of Time :: Carnage Muzik
as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon

"Now Carnage real name Shawn Dix makes it perfectly clear in his bio that he hails from the Eastern shore of Virginia, nowhere near "The Realness" of Queensbridge in NYC, but put a blindfold on a friend and play them "Test of Time" and see if they can tell the difference. Instead of denying the similarity and asking people to stop comparing him to 'Mega he should embrace the love - after all his other brother has been a cult favorite in hip-hop for the last two decades. There's plenty to like on "Test of Time" regardless of who he sounds like or where he hails from. The slow and heavy Chemist backdrop of "Smoke & Drive" puts you perfectly in the zone as Carnage fights negativity around him with a little cannabis. "

Dillz & Diwon :: Bonna Rhymes :: Shemspeed Records
as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon

"Kosha Dillz kicks a stream-of-consciousness rap until the stream runs out of water, then he lets Cage the Elephant sing the hook, and he comes back for another non-stop rambling verse. It's true that Diwon and Dillz managed to fatten this one into a more electronic hip-hop funk style jam, but I still prefer Cage's original over their tribute to it. I suspect fans of Fanfarlo's "Luna" may feel the same way, as the English pop band founded by a Swedish musician suddenly sounds like no parts of either - and Dillz is trying to do an accent that's either Jamaican or Brixton that's ALSO no parts of either. If you were to ask GWAR they would probably declare that "this is no life for a GOD" after hearing Diwon and Dillz take on "Lust in Space." It's not heavy, it's not metal, and it's other than a couple of lines like "blood everywhere, no one even really cares" it's not even brutal."

DoItAll :: American Du :: Poppyseed Records
as reviewed by Pete T.

"While the bright, horn-heavy production was certainly the main attraction of the early LOTUG records, DoItAll and Mr. Funke were no slouches on the mic, sporting upbeat flows and tireless energy that served a perfect match for the rich and funky music. Seventeen years after his group's debut, Dupre "DoItAll" Kelly struck out on his own with his first solo album on Poppyseed Records. A glance at "American Du"'s tracklist should be enough to entice any '90s East Coast fan, with a dream guest list including spots from Masta Ace, Grand Daddy IU, Mr. Cheeks, Treach, Shyheim, Craig G, Ed O.G., DJ Kool, and Michael Bivins with production by Pete Rock, Scott Storch, and Fokus. For such a low-profile release, these big names are all the more impressive, and they do their part to ensure that "American Du" is laced with strong posse cuts."

various artists :: Greensleeves Rhythm Album #27 - Diwali Gold Edition :: VP Records
as reviewed by Emanuel Wallace

"Generally speaking, I'm more of wallflower at the party, not really much of a dancer and I'm pretty sure that Goodie Mob was throwing jabs at me when they dropped "They Don't Dance No Mo", but I digress. I do make a handful of exceptions however, depending on how many Long Islands I consume and how dark the place is. I would be minding my own business and then the DJ's reggae set starts. I hear the words "Shake..that...thing", the beginning of Sean Paul's "Get Busy" and I'd be driven to the dance floor to try my best to violate someone's daughter as much as possible without being arrested. I didn't know it at the time, but what had magnetically pulled me to the floor (besides the sights) was a riddim called Diwali which has been credited to a producer named Steven "Lenky" Marsden."

Guilty Simpson :: O.J. Simpson :: Stones Throw Records
as reviewed by Patrick Taylor

"Guilty was a Dilla protege, and  Dilla was supposed to be handling production on Guilty's debut. Then Dilla died,  and by the time "Ode to the Ghetto" appeared in March of 2008, there were hardly any Dilla joints on it. Having Madlib, Black Milk, and Oh No pick up the slack was a nice consolation prize. While I enjoyed "Ode to the Ghetto", I respectfully disagree with this website's perfect rating of that album. It's a good album, but Guilty's rhyming sometimes resorted to gangster rap cliches, and I had trouble understanding what songs like "Getting Riches/Getting Bitches" were supposed to be the antidote for. Did we really need more thuggish gangsta rap? Aren't there about 100 street rap albums released each month that fill that niche? Rather than feeling like the Next Big Thing, "Ode to the Ghetto" was just more of the same. "

Killah Priest :: The 3 Day Theory :: Man Bites Dog Records
as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon

"In the beginning, there was the Wu. The Wu-Tang Clan separated the light from the darkness, and hip-hop proclaimed it good. Looking upon their creation, Wu-Tang created rap heaven on earth, and at this point Killah Priest fell from the skies to land in Brooklyn. Living under the alias Walter Reed, Priest first found his way to RZA, and made his introduction to their hip-hop world on "Diary of a Madman" by the Gravediggaz - and it was good. Soon the fallen angel was a full-fledged disciple of the Wu appearing on albums by GZA, Ol' Dirty Bastard and Sunz of Man, and soon enough he was releasing a solo CD called "Heavy Mental." Wu-Tang Clan members returned the favor by producing and appearing on his official debut, and it was good... only it wasn't ALL good. "

Too Poetic :: Droppin' Signal :: Tommy Boy Records {*unreleased*}
** RapReviews "Back to the Lab" series **
as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon

"If you're reading this review right now, check out The Too Poetic Story by Jesse Serwer when you're done with my dissection. Actually check it out at any time - go there first and come back if you want. It's a fantastic piece that goes in depth on the history of hip-hop in Wyandanch, New York. You probably know Wyandanch because of Rakim, but there was no shortage of hip-hop talent bubbling up to the surface during the 1980's in this unincorporated hamlet of Babylon. Poetic was in and out of a variety of groups and crews, rapping under a half-dozen or more monikers, before he finally landed his big break and was signed to Tommy Boy Records. Soon enough a twelve inch single hit radio and retail in '89: "Poetical Terror" b/w "God Made Me Funky." "

LeBron James: Hip-Hop & The Decision

Lebron James listening to music

This past Thursday, NBA superstar LeBron James finally answered the question that media had been asking for years on end. James chose to leave the harsh winters of his home state of Ohio and the Cleveland Cavaliers organization for the blazing sun, Ferraris and tanned bodies of South Beach and the Miami Heat Basketball Club. For the longest, James said that his decision would largely be based on the best opportunity to win multiple championships, but what about hip-hop? All of the major regions that were interested in LeBron James all have their own hip hop culture and one can't help but wonder how much of an influence it had on his decision. Let's examine them.

Cleveland - Almost without any thought, hip-hop legends Bone Thugs-N-Harmony come to mind. They recently released their latest comeback album Uni5: The World's Enemy, and it didn't do too well on the charts. Outside of BTNH, the City of Cleveland's biggest hip-hop stars are Kid Cudi, Ray Cash and the up & coming Chip Tha Ripper. Overall, the State of Ohio has a bubbling underground scene. Columbus-based emcee Debonair even released a tribute song called "LeBron James" which ended up getting a rather large amount of plays on YouTube. 

New York/New Jersey - For a long time, the birthplace of hip-hop was considered a frontrunner in the bidding for James' services, but just as the Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five song goes: "Everything in New York ain't always what it seems." Sure the Big Apple has the brightest lights and biggest stages, but perhaps the concrete jungle of the Empire State proved to be a bit more than what LBJ was looking for. With New Jersey, of course there's LeBron's strong friendship with Nets minority owner Jay-Z, but maybe James doesn't get down with legends like Redman and the re-emerging Naughty By Nature or newcomers like Ian Wellz. Then again, perhaps it had something to do with the fact that the Nets only won 12 games this past season.

Chicago - The City of Wind, another city that at one time appeared to be in the running in the LeBron sweepstakes. As expected, Chicago's biggest hip-hop asset is Kanye West (who just happened to be in attendance at LBJ's press conference dubbed "The Decision"), but there are other attractive stars in the form of Lupe Fiasco and Common. Lesser known, but still quality acts include Rhymefest and Kidz in the Hall. With all of the talent in the town, one has to wonder why LBJ wouldn't choose Chicago. Some sources have hinted at a certain person's so-called legacy and shadow just being too much of a burden for the young star to handle. That certain person--R. Kelly.

Miami - With all due respect to the great E-40, Dade County has been doing its thing in a major way for the past few years. There's one of the top heavyweights, aka the Teflon Don Rick Ross and also Plies, Trina, Pitbull, Trick Daddy and Brisco. No one (with maybe the exception of Lil Jon) is louder on the mic than Def Jam South head honcho DJ Khaled, and despite attempts by some to eradicate it, T-Pain, his iTunes app and Auto-Tune are still alive. Miami has an exciting underground scene to it as well with artists like Blood Type and SERUM spearheading the movement. It doesn't hurt that artists from the aforementioned Chicago and New York often come TO Miami to party. People like Diddy and Fat Joe come to mind here.

Basketball aside, perhaps all the glitz and glam of Miami without the cold winters of the northern cities was the reason for the move LBJ made. Maybe it was the lack of a personal income tax that turned out to be the deciding factor. One thing that is for certain, hip-hop is a pretty big deal to LeBron James. He would always make appearances at the biggest shows in Cleveland (usually alongside Jay-Z, but others as well). With the move to Miami...the city is larger, the limelight is stronger and the stage is certainly bigger. Rappers have more than likely started writing their LeBron James punchlines already. Expect to hear an influx of references to the LBJ situation with lines that might mention bringing more heat than Wade, Bosh and James or being a king in Miami like LeBron and so forth.

Things should be quite interesting from here moving forward, but LeBron James craves this type of attention. We'll have to wait and see what he does with it all. 

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