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Crown Royale & 14KT 2010 European Tour

From Stephanie Estes:

Crown Royale & 14KT 2010 European Tour

Prolific Athletic Mic League emcee Buff1 and World Famous Beat Junkie DJ Rhettmatic head overseas for the first time together to tour as Crown Royale, in promotion of their upcoming album release and in support of the debut single “We Gotcha,” due out in May via Fat Beats.

The album, also titled Crown Royale (release date TBA), is fully produced by Rhettmatic himself with Buff1 handling vocals and a slew of worthy guest appearances highlighted by a hand-selected posse cut featuring Bishop Lamont, Guilty Simpson, Ras Kass, Chino XL, One Be Lo, MED, Marv Won, Fashawn and Tre Styles of AML.

Starting May 14 in Linz, Austria, the tour stops in six countries over a two-week span, and includes fellow Athletic Mic League member 14KT showcasing his “illustrious” beats with a live solo set. The second half of the tour includes dates with veteran hip-hop stars Evidence (Dilated Peoples), LMNO (Visionaries), Kev Brown and People Under The Stairs.

May 14: Linz, Austria @ Kapu
May 15: Vienna, Austria @ Roxy
May 16: Prague, Czech Republic @ Lucerna Music Bar
May 20: Cologne, Germany @ Subway
May 21: London, UK @ Plan B
May 22: Zurich, Switzerland @ Stall 6 w/ People Under The Stairs
May 23: Leipzig, Germany @ Conne Island w/ People Under The Stairs
May 24: Paris, France @ La Bellevoise w/ Kev Brown & LMNO
May 26: Duisburg, Germany @ Hundertmeister w/ Evidence

“Crown Royale is a genius combination of Michigan and California influences in one DJ/emcee act” - AOL/Spinner

“14KT is the best producer to come out of Detroit since Black Milk and Dilla” – Kevin Nottingham

Buff1 “It’s A 1derful Life” free download .

14KT “Nowalataz” free download .

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Guru Loses His Battle With Cancer

DJ Premier has posted as many details as he can reveal on his website,

EDITOR'S NOTE: The letter/statement sent by Guru's publicist is now included below.

I, Guru, am writing this letter to my fans, friends and loved ones around the world. I have had a long battle with cancer and have succumbed to the disease. I have suffered with this illness for over a year. I have exhausted all medical options. I have a non-profit organization called Each One Counts dedicated to carrying on my charitable work on behalf of abused and disadvantaged children from around the world and also to educate and research a cure for this terrible disease that took my life. I write this with tears in my eyes, not of sorrow but of joy for what a wonderful life I have enjoyed and how many great people I have had the pleasure of meeting.

My loyal best friend, partner and brother, Solar, has been at my side through it all and has been made my health proxy by myself on all matters relating to myself. He has been with me by my side on my many hospital stays, operations, doctors visits and stayed with me at my home and cared for me when I could not care for myself. Solar and his family is my family and I love them dearly and I expect my family, friends, and fans to respect that, regardless to anybody’s feelings on the matter. It is my wish that counts. This being said I am survived by the love of my life, my sun KC, who I trust will be looked after by Solar and his family as their own. Any awards or tributes should be accepted, organized approved by Solar on behalf myself and my son until he is of age to except on his own.

I do not wish my ex-DJ to have anything to do with my name likeness, events tributes etc. connected in anyway to my situation including any use of my name or circumstance for any reason and I have instructed my lawyers to enforce this. I had nothing to do with him in life for over 7 years and want nothing to do with him in death. Solar has my life story and is well informed on my family situation, as well as the real reason for separating from my ex-DJ. As the sole founder of GangStarr, I am very proud of what GangStarr has meant to the music world and fans. I equally am proud of my Jazzmatazz series and as the father of Hip-Hop/Jazz. I am most proud of my leadership and pioneering efforts on Jazzmatazz 4 for reinvigorating the Hip-Hop/Jazz genre in a time when music quality has reached an all time low. Solar and I have toured in places that I have never been before with GangStarr or Jazzmatatazz and we gained a reputation for being the best on the planet at Hip-Hop/Jazz, as well as the biggest and most influential Hip-Hop/Jazz record with Jazzmatazz 4 of the decade to now. The work I have done with Solar represents a legacy far beyond its time. And we as a team were not afraid to push the envelope. To me this is what true artists do! As men of honor we stood tall in the face of small mindedness, greed, and ignorance. As we fought for music and integrity at the cost of not earning millions and for this I will always be happy and proud, and would like to thank the million fans who have seen us perform over the years from all over the world. The work I have done with Solar represents a legacy far beyond its time and is my most creative and experimental to date. I hope that our music will receive the attention it deserves as it is some of the best work I have done and represents some of the best years of my life.

The (W)rap Up - Week Of April 13, 2010

various artists :: Underground Hip-Hop Volume 5
URBNET Records
Author: Steve 'Flash' Juon
Click here to find   out more!

"The fine people at URBNET Records have been putting out compendiums of "Underground Hip-Hop" since 2002. When we last looked at one such compilation Matt Jost had this to say: "All contributions here are somewhat on the same level in terms of quality. Once you've adjusted yourself to that level, there's little to criticize, which is certainly something the compilers can be proud of. The downside of this unison is that hardly a beat, hardly a verse stand out, whether on this sampler nor in the greater scheme of things." It's not as though Matt said the album was boring or unlistenable, but he may still have damned the very thing he set out to praise. Compilations are a tough sell even in the best of times, and the economic structure is much tougher now than it was then. For "Volume 5" to succeed it needs songs that REALLY stand out - hits even before the actual CD hits stores."

Brawdcast ::
The Quest for Human Completion :: Psychonavigation Records
as reviewed by Patrick Taylor

"This is the second album from Orange County rapper Brawdcast, following his 2006 debut "Suburban Spokesman."  He won "Best Hip Hip Artist" in the Orange County Music Awards in 2006, 2007, and 2008, which says at least something about his skills on the mic. "The Quest for Human Completion" is his second album, on UK label Psychonavigation Records. It's interesting that an obscure O.C. rapper got hooked up with an obscure Irish ambient electronica label, but there you have it. Brawdcast spits quick verses loaded with one-liners and focusing on positivity. As his debut album makes clear, he's suburban and proud, and doesn't pretend to be street. Instead, he raps about his search for spirituality and his relationship with God"

Bully Blinders :: City of Dirt :: Home Records
as reviewed by Pedro 'DJ Complejo' Hernandez

"Your guess is as good as mine as to the overarching philosophical and social theories espoused by Blinders. Outside of an obvious disdain for the hunting of elephants, or elephant/bear mutants, much of Talls' rap verses consist of abstract and esoteric phrases that are hard to decipher. "Aim Low Kid" presents a much clearer vision from the emcee as he expresses his displeasure with the current school system and parents. His perceived belief is that the current system leads to underachievement and lack of motivation in kids. "Continental Breakfast" is even more direct in its message as it is literally an ode to cereals and breakfast. While anthems dedicated to the ordinary have been successful before, Del's "If You Must" comes to mind, "Continental Breakfast" takes the concept to the extreme. "

Metawon :: Choplifter! :: Neferiu/Work Turkey Music
as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon

"John Bailey a/k/a Metawon is a well regarded producer throughout the Western provinces of Canada, who along with his Work Turkey Music partners Planit and Cadilakid recently packed up their burgeoning hip-hop operation and relocated from Calgary to Vancouver. For those not familiar with Canadian provinces, an analogous comparison would be if Cash Money Records packed up and moved from New Orleans to Houston. While they're still in the same geographical region, it's a whole new scene and a whole new vibe with different artists and it's own distinctive flavor and atmosphere. The challenge for Work Turkey in general and Metawon specifically is to make the most of this move and continue to create the quality music that made them regionally successful thus far. "

Raheem :: The Vigilante :: Rap-A-Lot Records/A&M Records
** RapReviews "Back to the Lab" series **
as reviewed by Matt Jost

"Interestingly, at the time "The Vigilante" was released, Rap-A-Lot Records was on the verge of partnering with a potent major, similarly to Cold Chillin' or Def Jam in New York. The label released four albums in 1988, the other three being the Ghetto Boys' "Making Trouble," Def IV's "Nice and Hard" and Royal Flush's "Uh Oh!" The latter two, both East Coast groups, were signed because A&M Records had offered Rap-A-Lot a package deal that included four artists and the upstart label at the time apparently wasn't able to provide four Houston rap acts. Then, according to the book 'Hip Hop in America: A Regional Guide,' in a curious twist of fate '17-year old Raheem got too drunk before a listening party and managed to blow the entire deal.' As annoying as that might have been back then, it seems to have motivated Rap-A-Lot to foster local artists and do business independently. "

Scarface :: The Diary :: Rap-A-Lot Records
** RapReviews "Back to the Lab" series **
as reviewed by Pete T.

"If you lived through the mid-90s, chances are you know those words. Maybe it's because you were one of the million-plus Americans who bought Scarface's third album "The Diary" in the last two months alone of 1994. More likely, though, it's because you've seen Mike Judge's 1999 cult classic "Office Space," and more specifically the opening scene in which Michael Bolton, the white, nerdy, gangsta rap-loving Initech accountant, is stuck in morning traffic and rapping along to "No Tears" before promptly slamming down the car door locks at the sight of a black street vendor. "

Soul Mafia :: MK Ultra :: Tygereye Entertainment
as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon

"Soul Mafia's musical makeup is the very definition of eclectic. Their frontman is a saxophone player and guitarist turned rapper who looks like he'd be more comfortable fighting in the UFC Octagon, complete with shaved head and bicep tattoos. Their keyboard player is a classically trained pianist who is infatuated with vintage 1980's music. The drummer on the beat bangs all the way from Brooklyn but pounds the skins like a Seattle rocker, and their vocalist is a foster kid from Indianapolis. Thus you have the four man crew of GC, Prism, Lil Dee & Iam Beck, a group who are prepared to take the country by storm on "MK Ultra." "

Swollen Members :: Greatest Hits: Ten Years of Turmoil :: Suburban Noize Records
as reviewed by Emanuel Wallace

"This past November I wrote the review of Swollen Members' "Armed to the Teeth," and while it was my first exposure to the Canadian hip-hop collective, I found "ATTT" to be an interesting listen. Shortly after the review was published, I received an email from one of our readers with a totally different opinion of the album. He called it their "most disappointing album to date" and went on say that they "just sound like everyone else now". Perhaps it's only right that I get a more expansive look at the Members' catalog of music from 1999's "Balance" through last year's aforementioned "Armed to the Teeth". This greatest hits compilation, subtitled "Ten Years of Turmoil" also comes with a bonus DVD that features all of the group's videos and some behind the scenes footage."

Tech N9ne :: The Lost Scripts of K.O.D. :: Strange Music
as reviewed by Pedro 'DJ Complejo' Hernandez

"Given the usual creative process that goes into making the average rap album, a project like "The Lost Scripts of K.O.D." is quite rare. The average rapper records a TON of songs for any given album and chooses the ones he feels will sell best. That usually leaves them at least an album's worth of material to spread across numerous promotional mixtapes, iTunes bonus tracks, and the occasional bonus CD, soundtrack, or compilation. In fact, many times the best material is found in places other than the actual album. Tech N9ne is not your average rapper, especially not creatively. "

Turbulence :: Secret Society :: Long Range Distribution
as reviewed by Eric Sirota

"Seriously. No more of this bullshit. It's terrible. Not every song is terrible. The looping of a reverb-laden clip from "Puff the Magic Dragon" on "Puff" is wellp-placed. "All I See" is a detailed and nuanced observation of urban blight, on which Sinsere comments that all he sees are "abandoned buildings and open fields," a particularly poignant glimmer of imagery. Several tracks, at least at points, appropriately toe the line between celebration and critique of the criminal lifestyle ("See where I'm from niggas grind from sun-up to sun-up/don't sleep/thinking that they might miss a come up . . . Education fading so they turn to the pyrex," from Pistol Atkins' "Where I'm From.") "

yU :: Before Taxes :: Mello Music Group
as reviewed by Pete T.

"yU was already a veteran of the DMV (that's DC, Maryland, and Virginia) hip hop scene when he finally broke through last year as one-third of Diamond District with their acclaimed LP "In the Ruff," an album that blended the boom-bap sounds of classic East Coast rap with fresh production from celebrated Low Budget Collective producer Oddisee and the rhymes of rappers yU and X.O. Capitalizing off the group's success, yU returns with his solo debut "Before Taxes" in April 2010, employing the same promotion strategy as "In the Ruff," which was to circulate the album for free online to create buzz before its proper release. "

KRS-One Confronts Hip-Hop Museum

I think the video speaks for itself.

Hip-Hop Shop #70 - The Virtual High

This week's Hip-Hop Shop is Episode 70 - The Virtual High. While the lyrical content of the songs may or may not be about 4:20, the song titles definitely imply an altered state of mind! Enjoy new music from Bekay, V!rtu, Soul Khan and Grand Puba among others. If you like what you hear be sure to e-mail with feedback or to get more information about sponsoring the show. Hip-Hop Shop features podsafe music, so give a copy to your friends and tell them to check us out every week at PS: Be sure to check out our good friends mrob & The Cancer at K4D too!

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Tracks featured this week:

* Bekay f/ M-Dot, Reef the Lost Cauze - Brain Tumors (Remix)
* V!rtu - Back to the Boom
* Stylah - Pass Out (Remix)
* Blood Moon Uprising - 1 in the Head (Remix)
* Soul Khan f/ Big Chief - Brown Bag Flavor
* Grand Puba f/ Lord Jamar, Rell - I See Dead People
* Moon Blazers - Let Yaself Go

ˇMAYDAY! f. Devin The Dude - "Nothin" Remix

Devin The Dude and ¡MAYDAY! team up for  a fresh remix along with visuals via a DJ EFN Visual Mixtape Creation in conjunction with Dre Films.

Be sure to support the homie Devin The Dude and pick up his new album “Suite 420” dropping tomorrow (4/20/2010).

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Directed by Dre Films.

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¡MAYDAY! new album “Stuck On An Island” coming soon!

Want more  ¡MAYDAY! – .
Public Enemy New Album Press Release

From the Wonder TwinZ:

New York, NY (April 19, 2010) --- Public Enemy have begun preparations for their new album, which is set to include special guest performances by Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine, Audioslave), Rise Against and Z-Trip. The band also announces its plan to enter the studio sooner than expected, as they establish a new fan funding goal via in order to speed up the recording process.

Public Enemy are the first major act to utilize the fan funding concept, reflecting their dedication to seeking out alternatives to the major label system and the traditional record company structure particularly through the use of technology. PE were one of the first to release an album on an artist-owned label, to release an album in MP3 format, to collaborate directly with fans via the Internet, and co-founder Chuck D is a heralded pioneer in digital music and ownership rights.

“This project, as it sits, is a success and is one of the largest budgets ever raised by fan funding,” says Chuck D. “We have learned that the fan funding model is still not fully developed and, as a result, a $250,000 fund raising effort, while possible, will take too long to accomplish.” The group decided to realign their fund raising target to $75,000, determining that the figure is one that the existing SellaBand model, as well as the current economic climate, can better support. The group had originally sought a higher budget in order to record an album to allow for guest collaborators on every song and acknowledge that being the first to explore a new model such as this would require adaptation along the way. As of today, PE has amassed 75% of the revised goal, and will close funding as soon as it reaches 100%.

“This is our history and will always be our legacy as pioneers in the music business and we are unapologetic for our unyielding advocacy for models that promote artist control and self sufficiency,” Chuck D adds. “We will continue to be bold and fearless and try new things that test old models.”

For further information and details on the investment platforms, please go to Public Enemy’s profile page on .

New NEOSONIC Blog: Panacea - "Revolution World Crazy!"

From K-Murdock:

New NEOSONIC Blog: Panacea - "Revolution World Crazy!"

So with 12 Step Program a little over 2 weeks away from release, we through it was time to leak a song to get everyone hyped for the impending May drop! The task of "what song to choose" was hard for us; I liken it to asking a parent to pick their favorite child, so i deferred that duty to our promo team at Potholes in My Blog and they chose "Revolution World Crazy" feat. Green from The Five One- who recently popped up on my Piano-rama project!

Its been a couple weeks now since we leaked "RWC" to a few tastemaker/music blogs and the feedback has been amazing & yet another reason to hopefully be excited about the record... Speaking of which, its not too late, by the way, to get involved & help support our Kickstarter campaign for 12 Step Program.  15 days & counting...

Stay tuned,

Posted By K-Murdock to NEOSONIC Blog
Video: Little Brother - "Curtain Call" Trailer

From Audible Treats:

Video: Little Brother - "Curtain Call" Trailer

To celebrate the release of their final album LeftBack, and with an official video for "Curtain Call" underway, Little Brother is enticing fans with a video preview for the single as a sketch for the album. After "Curtain Call" received such enthusiastic praise, the aptly titled track's video depicts Little Brother's preparation for commencement. Directed by Matt Kozza, the video will feature guest appearances from fellow Justus League rappers Chaundon, Joe Scudda, Jozeemo, Big Dho, and more. Look out for the official "Curtain Call" video coming April 21, 2010 and LeftBack's release April 20, 2010.

Little Brother's fourth and final album, LeftBack, will be available this Tuesday, April 20 via Hall Of Justus.

"Curtain Call" Official Video Trailer: .

Please pre-order LeftBack: .

Little Brother Website: .

The Background:

Little Brother, the Durham, North Carolina group formed in part by Phonte and Rapper Big Pooh, released their debut album The Listening on ABB Records in 2003. They are now gearing up for the release of their fourth album, LeftBack, which will be the last of Little Brother’s illustrious career, available April 20th via Hall Of Justus. Continuing the tradition they set with the critically acclaimed third release GetBack, Big Pooh and Phonte have enlisted multiple producers for LeftBack, both from within and outside of the Justus League camp. The album features production from the likes of Khyrsis, Denaun Porter, J.Bizness and guest vocals from Torae, Truck North, Jozeemo, Chaundon, Median, and more.


"Curtain Call" Official Video Trailer: .

"So Cold" Feat Chaundon: .

"Star": .

"Curtain Call": .

UK Hip-Hop Pioneers Enlist Chuck D's Help for 2010 Return

From ifastfwd:

UK Hip-Hop Pioneers Enlist Chuck D's Help for 2010 Return

LONDON, Apr. 19 /2SPR/ - British Hip-Hop band, Credit To The Nation, are set for an eagerly awaited return this summer, with the release of a new single in August, and full length album to follow.

Formed by Matthew “Matty” Hanson, aka MC Fusion, the group made a commercial impact in the early nineties with a slew of political hits. Their breakthrough single, ‘Call It What You Want’, sampled the guitar riff used by Nirvana on ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’. Late legendary DJ, John Peel played it on his John Peel Session show on BBC Radio 1, which led to a record deal with One Little Indian, a label famed for its successes with Bjork & The Shamen.

Their highest selling single, ‘Teenage Sensation’ reached number 23 in the UK Singles Chart, and was backed by veteran DJ Mark Goodyear. The subsequent single ‘Hear No Bullshit, See No Bullshit, Say No Bullshit’ was followed by the release of their debut album ‘Take Dis’.

Remarkably for a Hip-Hop group, all Credit To The Nation singles reached number 1 in the Melody Maker and NME independent label charts. This gathered the band a large indie following, which saw them tour with acts such as the Manic Street Preachers, and perform live at The Glastonbury NME stage (’94), Phoenix Festival (‘94/95), and the Reading Festival Melody Maker Stage (’94).

The album, which is not just a return to form, but a reinvention of the signature sound, features up-and-coming singer/songwriter Nathan White and label mate Charly Vox. Not to mention collaborations with Chuck D (Public Enemy) and Sadat X (Brand Nubian), which reflects the respect Credit holds within the urban community and American artists.

The Slade Rooms in Wolverhampton, UK will host the bands first show in eight years on 15th May, along with dub trance heavyweights, Dreadzone. Credit are also confirmed to play ‘Endorse it in Dorset’ on 8th August.

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Credit To The Nation - "RAGE"
Free download/mixtape track.

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