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The Adam B Experience (ABX) Podcast #33


The Adam B Experience

"You count on me for great music every month, and this month’s podcast won’t disappoint. I even have an added bonus for you this time around, because this month’s ABX podcast isn’t just packed with great hip-hop, it’s also freakin hilarious. Apparently a total lack of sleep and the complete exhaustion that comes from writing a 32 page paper for grad school left me in a mental state where I’d say just about anything. So today I present to you 45 minutes of awesome. Enjoy! Hit me up with feedback at AdamB@RapReviews.com." The Adam B Experience is 100% PODSAFE and TOTALLY FREE so tell your friends to download ABX right here at RapReviews.com!

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Hip-Hop Shop #71 - Rest in Peace Guru



This week's Hip-Hop Shop is titled Rest in Peace Guru so I think the music should be self-explanatory. If you like what you hear be sure to e-mail dj.flash@rapreviews.com 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 RapReviews.com! PS: Be sure to check out our good friends mrob & The Cancer at K4D too!

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Tracks featured this week:

* Guru - Lost & Found
* Convinced f/ El Prez, Shawn Jackson, Tunji - Mass Appeal '09
* Guru f/ Doo Wop - No Gimmick Shit
* Unjust & Opio - Aggression
* Guru f/ Omar - Ride
* Sene - Options
* Guru f/ Solar - After Time

Video: Nas & Damian Marley - "As We Enter"


Little Egypt's Taajwar Searches for Solo Success


The Season of Sole comes to a close this week, and for the fourth and final feature in the series I’m bringing you an emcee whose kick game is just as sick as his lyrical one. His name is Taajwar and his song on the Know You Got SOLE soundtrack, titled “Kick Game Sick,” is no joke. A Crown Heights, Brooklyn, native who’s experience on the mic dates back well over a decade, and even includes recording at Chuck D’s home, Taajwar is just as serious about his music as he is his sneakers. In fact, it’s his love of hip-hop that keeps him rhyming, as he explains “once I started seeing it devolve I had to do something, cuz if we don’t steer the course of our own music its gonna change into something that we hate instead of something that we love and built.”

Taajwar has built something great with his music, and this week I caught up with him to find out more about what he’s done over the years, including the boost he received from his brother, how he’s looking to pay it forward, and the delivery he hopes to get from Nike Chairman Phil Knight.

Read the full interview at: http://adambernard.blogspot.com/2010/04/artist-of-week-taajwar.html

An Open Letter From Matt Sonzala To 97.9 The Box


From Matt Sonzala, formerly of HoustonSoReal and now of AustinSurreal

To Whom it May Concern,

And as this is an "open letter," I mean all y'all. All of you who are or should be concerned about the situation happening at 97.9 The Box in Houston."



It pains me to write this letter, as this week, I along with every lover of hip-hop music and culture have already been hit hard by the passing of Keith "Guru" Elam. When Guru, the voice behind Gang Starr, passed away on Tuesday, I and plenty of other people pulled out our old Gang Starr records and celebrated the life of one of hip-hop's most engaging and important MC's. We listened to his music as we mourned our collective loss.

As I listened, I personally began thinking hard about hip-hop, and what it has become. Listening to his deft word play and deep, meaningful lyrics, often about street life, I felt a jolt of energy flow through me, like something I haven't felt in a long time. I realized while listening to this music, some of which is 20 years old, how much hip-hop music has taught me throughout my life. This week - tragically through Guru's passing - I remembered that hip-hop music is a serious gift to our generation.

And the loss of Guru made me think about how much we need to respect its power.

When I heard about 97.9 The Box (KBXX) banning Trae tha Truth, I honestly brushed it off. Fact of the matter is, Trae has the support of the streets of Houston. And I figured that an MC of his stature in the community probably doesn't really even need a station like The Box.

Then on the night of Wednesday April 21st, I got the news that the Kracker Nuttz - a group of three incredible DJ's who have been on KBXX for over 12 years, and were always rated extremely high in the market as they were not afraid to take chances and play certain hip-hop music that exists "outside the box," - had been fired from KBXX for playing a Chamillionaire song that featured a verse from Trae.

I then realized that this situation affects a lot more than just Trae.
 
Check out the rest of the entry at AustinSurreal 
http://austinsurreal.blogspot.com/2010/04/open-letter-to-979-box-from-matt.html
Free Download: D. Black's "Ali'Yah" - The Instrumentals


The Songs:

Seattle, Washington-based emcee D.Black made waves late last year with the release of his highly celebrated sophomore album, Ali-Yah, on Sportn' Life Records/MYX Music Label. Showcasing his development as an artist since his emergence onto the hip-hop scene, Ali-Yah features 14 soulful, yet heavy-hitting, tracks chockfull of insightful lyricism, smooth delivery, and bangin' production, which was supplied by powerhouses Jake One and Vitamin D. "Yesterday" and "The Return" are just two of the many standout tracks that ended up on countless mixtapes and catapulted Ali'Yah onto many year-end lists.

With all the critical acclaim that the album has received, it seemed only natural to release an instrumental version for public consumption, which D.Black is proud to do. A lifelong advocate of music and its unmistakable power, D.Black hopes aspiring emcees will take these expertly arranged beats as a foundation for their own inspired verses.

Download D.Black's Ali'Yah Instrumental Album Here: http://usershare.net/1pbavs537bg3

Ali'Yah on  iTunes store link: http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?id=330128082&s=143441


The Background:

Born and raised in Seattle, Washington, D.Black's musical roots are deep, with his mother and father both involved in pioneering hip-hop groups in the Seattle music scene. In 2006, D.Black released his debut album, The Cause & Effect, a huge regional success, allowing the emcee to share the stage with Nas, Freeway, Bun B, Clipse, Paul Wall, The Boot Camp Click, and more. After being mentored by Vitamin D, a staple and veteran of the Seattle hip-hop scene, D.Black began making a name for himself by working on projects with producer Jake One. One such collaboration resulted in D.Black being featured on Jake One's White Van Music, on the track "God Like," helping to cement the Seattle emcee as a household name beyond the Pacific Northwest. Jake One and Vitamin D were also both instrumental in helping D.Black create his new album, offering guidance and production on the record. D.Black's new album, Ali'Yah, is now available everywhere via Sportn' Life Records/MYX Music Label.
Music Business 101 With Jim Jones


From: Gio Melchiorre

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

HIP HOP STAR JIM JONES TO TEACH 6 WEEK COURSE DESCRIBING THE IN’S AND OUT’S OF THE MUSIC.

INDUSTRY MUSIC BUSINESS 101 BEGINS SOON AS PART OF ENTERTAINERS 4 EDUCATION ALLIANCE MISSION!

(New York, NY) Class is in session and this time, hip hop superstar Jim Jones is the teacher. Tuesday, April 27, 2010 kicks off a 6 week high school course, entitled Music Business 101, presented by Entertainers for Education Alliance (E4EA). Jim Jones will be heading the class along with numerous selected guest speakers.  After class Jim will head over to Fordham University to lecture on aspects of the music business at 6pm on April 27th 2010.

The course will give 25 lucky students a once in a lifetime opportunity of learning the behind the scenes of the music industry. “Jim has been a longstanding E4EA board member,” said Tonya Lewis, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Entertainers 4 Education Alliance Inc.  “He is a true hip hop talent who will teach and inspire kids about the many aspects of the music industry.  We know he will have a positive impact on the kids.”  As a recording artist and industry executive, Jones will provide a real life perspective to students. Music Business 101 will reveal the fundamentals and business practices of the music industry and also explore creative content, artist management, music operations, music business threats, opportunities and networking. Even more interesting Jim Jones will discuss intellectual property issues, production and distribution models and potential entrepreneur opportunities that are available. 

WHO:  HIP HOP SUPERSTAR JIM JONES and Entertainers 4 Education Alliance

WHAT: Music Business 101, 6 week course

WHEN: Launch date April 27th, 2010, and every Tuesday thereafter for 6 weeks 3:30-5:30pm

Video: Skyzoo - My Interpretation


The final single from Skyzoo's critically acclaimed album THE SALVATION. Produced by Best Kept Secret. Directed by Artemus Jenkins. Starring Skyzoo, Skarr Akbar, & introducing Shaunetta Squalls. THE SALVATION is in stores now via Jamla/Duck Down Music. Click here to purchase: http://bit.ly/bzyHPx

Video: League510 - "To The Beat"


The Video:

After releasing a slew of tracks off their compilation project, Invasion Vol. 1, and a successful Dope Winter Ball Tour, the Town Techno purveyors League510 are proud to release the title track and first single off their album, To The Beat. Playing off League510's imaginative back-story, "To The Beat" depicts their exciting journey to planet Earth as TK, Mont, Mr. Knowitall, and DJ Blacksmith lead an alien invasion landing in the Bay Area.

Joining forces with their extraterrestrial sound waves and eccentric effects, "To The Beat" explodes with color, animation, and outlandish costumes, courtesy of Axiom Media Group and Tim Lillis. The video looks like a scene from a video game with League510's laser guns and power meters ranging from "Normal" to "Town". League510 explains, "With the help of a young Oakland native, we transformed ourselves to fit in, then realized the ills of this new planet and the mistake in adopting those new behaviors." They continue, "Instead, we set out to right these wrongs with the help of our newfound friend. All is well until the villain, the embodiment of all ignorance and cause of Oakland's turmoil, shows up and an epic battle ensues." Rather than death rays, League510 shoots Town Techno rays, injecting their music into everyone around them. Spoken like the leaders they are, League510 proclaims, "We may be aliens and you may not understand us, but there is no need to fear us. Believe in the League!"

Look out for League510's Earth invasion from Clear Label Records, To The Beat, in Spring 2010.

Watch League510's "To The Beat" Here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nrobMlf3RBc



The Background:

Emcees TK, Mont, Mr. Knowitall and DJ Blacksmith better known as League510 are pioneers of a sound that is all their own, Town Techno. With a sound that is out of this world, League510's musical journey began in a galaxy far away from ours. After traveling the universe for years, they entered our galaxy and our planet shortly thereafter. With sights on our world, the quartet chose to land in the hills east of Oakland, CA. After hiding their ship deep in the hills they approached this new town with great curiosity and were immediately amazed by the vibrant culture that they found. Adopting the Bay Area scene as their new home, League510 wasted no time in beginning their new musical journey here in our world. Using advanced abilities, the four emcees quickly mastered the art of sound and gave birth to Town Techo, a form of music that would unite the people in heightened awareness; to show them to take action, to appreciate the fun in life, to believe in themselves and to believe in The League.

About Clear Label Records:

Founded in Oakland, CA in 1999, Clear Label Records has established itself as one of the top independent labels in the Bay Area. The company is owned and operated by Tajai Massey, renowned recording artist with the group Souls of Mischief and the crew Hieroglyphics, who brings a unique perspective to the label utilizing his experiences as a major-label recording artist turned independent label owner & successful touring musician. Clear Label is home to recording artists of many genres such as Chris Marsol, Baby Jaymes, FamSyrk, Deep Rooted, League510, and more. Through a partnership with Pushing the Beat (PTB) called ClearBeat, the label is also home to Oakland’s hottest street artists including Beeda Weeda, Shady Nate, D-Lo, Sleepy D and others. Look for full-length releases from all of these artists in the near future.  For more information, please visit http://www.clearlabelrecords.com

Streams:

"To The Beat":
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nrobMlf3RBc
http://media.audibletreats.com/League510-To_The_Beat.mp3

"In My Face (Womp Womp)":
http://media.audibletreats.com/League510-In_My_Face_Womp_Womp.mp3

"Alienated":
http://media.audibletreats.com/League510-Alienated.mp3

"Nightlife" Feat. J-Billion & 1-O.A.K.:
http:///media.audibletreats.com/League510-Night_Life_ft_J-Billion_and_1-O.A.K.mp3

"I'm On":
http://media.audibletreats.com/League510-Im_On.mp3
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=chvir2V5bvo
http://www.vimeo.com/5938817

Bio, pictures, and streams available here:
http://www.audibletreats.com/download/league510

Twitter:
http://twitter.com/League510

Official Site:
http://www.league510.com

Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/League-510/108854246847

YouTube:
http://www.youtube.com/user/League510

MySpace:
http://www.myspace.com/league510

Label Site:
http://www.clearlabelrecords.com

Free Mix From DJ Halo



If you don't know about DJ Halo you'll definitely want to check out this free 45+ mix, which is a promo for his May 12th show at Good Life in Boston, MA. Halo also spins every Friday and Saturday night at Karma in NYC.

You can download the mix at: http://adambernard.blogspot.com/2010/04/dj-halo-provides-my-weekend-soundtrack.html


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