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PR: Skillz to Release "The World Needs More Skillz" on 10/25

From Gio at Koch/E1 Entertainment:

September 15, 2010


(New York, NY) -- Venerable Richmond, Virginia rapper Skillz will release his new album, The World Needs More Skillz (Big Kidz Entertainment /Entertainment One Music), on October 25th, 2010.

The World Needs More Skillz, a musically-rich work that maintains Skillz’ originalist style while breaking new sonic ground, is his follow-up to 2008’ The Million Dollar Backpack, which received critical acclaim throughout the hip hop world. Two singles have already shipped to radio: “Call My Crazy,” features Raheem DeVaughn and “Regular Guy.”

Skillz is known for his ghostwriting and freestyle talents, and his year-end “Rap Up” songs. His “Rap Up” tracks, a holiday tradition for eight years, shows Skillz creating hip hop tracks summing up the prior year, as only Skillz can do.

Skillz has been working nonstop on new songs, narrowing down some 200 tracks for The World Needs More Skillz. “I don’t cover any of the same topics as before,” he says. “I’m working with producers who are experimenting with new techniques. It’s just a refreshing sound.” Lead single “Call Me Crazy,” seeks to demonstrate that chivalry is not dead, while the Bilal collaboration “Wants and Needs,” breaks down the struggle between our necessities and our desires. Skillz’s object was to refine his style into something even more musical and compelling. “When I rap, I want it to sound like someone is playing another instrument,” he says.

For more information, go to and

About Entertainment One

Entertainment One (LSE:ETO) is a leading international entertainment company that specializes in the acquisition, production and distribution of film and television content.  The company’s comprehensive network extends around the globe including Canada, the U.S., the UK, Ireland, Benelux, France, Scandinavia, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.  Through established Entertainment and Distribution divisions, the company provides extensive expertise in film distribution, television and music production, kids programming and merchandising and licensing. Its current rights library is exploited across all media formats and includes more than 20,000 film and television titles, 2,400 hours of television programming and 45,000 music tracks.

Video: J-Dawg - "Still Trippin'"

From Chris at Koch/E1 Entertainment:

Video: J-Dawg - "Still Trippin'"

PR: Kabajank (Ancient Astronauts) Debuts With "Tree Of Mystery"

From Justin Kleinfeld:

Kabajank (Ancient Astronauts) – Debuts With "Tree Of Mystery"

Free download of CD track “Don’t Worry”:'t-Worry.mp3 .

Kabanjak is one half of the block-rockin’ German hip-hop production and DJ duo Ancient Astronauts, and ESL Music’s newest unique artist signing. With a deep passion for music dating back to a childhood fixated on watching faded footage of Jimi Hendrix performing guitar pyrotechnics, Kabanjak has spent decades honing his skills as a musician, producer, remixer, and DJ. Now he is ready to present his own musical vision with his debut solo album

Tree of Mystery!

Kabanjak not only tackles much of Tree of Mystery’s live instrumentation, including guitars, bass, keys, kalimba, flute, and melodica but also teams up with various other vocal and instrumental talents: Steady collaborator Ulf Stricker provides snapping live drum rhythms, Canadian DMC champion and Juno Award winner DJ Brace provides cuts and scratches, poet Azeem (who also appeared on last years debut Ancient Astronauts album We Are To Answer) drops conscious rhymes, and Sitali (from Thievery Corporation’s live show) and Rykarda Parasol provide soulful incantations.

With its broad spectrum of haunting melodies, rough riddims, and solid arrangements, spanning from downbeat to hip-hop to dub reggae, Kabanjak lets Tree of Mystery dig its roots deep into the musical underground and grow its branches right up into the sky!

Tree Of Mystery is released November 2, 2010 on ESL Music


1. Lullaby of Leaves
2. Blind Lights
3. Evaflow
4. Don’t Worry (feat.Sitali)
5. High Priest
6. Follow the Storm
7. The Man Who Spoke Flames
8. Rhythm (feat. Azeem)
9. Rubicon
10. Baby, Don’t You Know? (feat. Rykarda Parasol)
11. I Don’t Want to Work Today
12. I Am a Tree

MP3: Donell Jones f/ Yung Joc - "Strip Club"

From Chris at Koch/E1 Entertainment:

MP3: Donell Jones f/ Yung Joc - "Strip Club"

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PR: Capleton & Romain Virgo Team Up For U.S. Tour

From VP Records:

Capleton & Romain Virgo Team Up For U.S. Tour

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

(VP RECORDS, NEW YORK) - VP Records recording artist Capleton gears up to fire his brand of reggae music to the masses across the U.S., and is taking label mate Romain Virgo and dancehall star Munga Honorable as opening acts for his headlining U.S. tour. The legendary reggae star and Virgo, a rising singing sensation, both released new albums this year, and now they are taking those new sounds to the fans. (See tour dates below).

Capleton, known to fans as the "Fireman," saw the release of his latest album, I-Ternal Fire, from VP Records in July 2010. Capleton is known for his fierce delivery of spiritual and socially-conscious lyrics, and this collection of work is no different.  Comprising of 15 tracks,  I-Ternal Fire offers the uncompromising declarations that have characterized Capleton's lyrics for the past two decades.

Romain Virgo, the reigning singing sensation from Jamaica, saw the release of his self-titled debut album in June 2010, also on the VP imprint. The talented singer/songwriter rose to fame after winning the 2007 Digicel Rising Star competition in Jamaica. He provides smooth vocals and heartfelt lyrics on this debut effort, in addition to penning all 15 songs.

Capleton/Romain Virgo/Munga U.S. Tour Dates

Wed. Sep. 22
New Haven, CT
Toads Place

Thu. Sep. 23
Portland, ME

Fri. Sep. 24
Revere, MA
Club Lido

Sat. Sep. 25
Jamaica, NY

Sun. Sep. 26
Hartford, CT
West Indian Club

Tue. Sep. 28
New York, NY
B.B. Kings

Wed. Sep. 29

Fri. Oct. 1
Norfolk, VA
Norva Theater

Sat. Oct. 2
Philadelphia, PA
Felton Supper Club

Sun. Oct. 3
Albany, NY

Wed. Oct. 6
Raleigh, NC
Lincoln Theater

Thu. Oct. 7
Covington, KY
Madison Theater

Fri. Oct. 8
Columbus, OH
Alrosa Villa

Sat. Oct. 9
Chicago, IL
Kenetic Playground

Sun. Oct.10
St. Louis, MO
The Mansion

Tue. Oct.12

Thu. Oct.14
Sunshine Theater

Fri. Oct.15
Dallas, TX
Preet Pavilion

Sat. Oct.16
Houston, TX

Sun. Oct. 17
Austin, TX
Flamingo Cantina

Tue. Oct.19
Nashville, TN
Bentley House of Soul

Fri. Oct. 22
Stone Mountain, GA
Club Intrigue

MP3: Cali Swag District - "The Kickback"

From BF Blasts:

MP3: Cali Swag District - "The Kickback"

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PR: Dumi RIGHT and Cadence Proudly Present: "Legitimate Raw"

From Domination Recordings:

Dumi RIGHT and Cadence Proudly Present: "Legitimate Raw"

Upon first hearing about the crew Alternate Reality, one might assume that they are a new to the scene. That is far from the case however. While the group may be a new construct, both the members are seasoned purveyors of hip hop with substance.

Dumi RIGHT was introduced to audiences in the early 90's as a member of Zimbabwe Legit -- the pioneering crew widely regarded as the first African hip hop group to gain international recognition. At the same time, Cadence was making a name for himself as an MC, DJ and producer; as one half of the highly respected indie hip hop duo Raw Produce, and then later as a solo artist. Their paths converged on a number of occasions over the course of the last decade, with collaborations on various projects that most notably include: Zimbabwe Legit - House of Stone, Cadence - Creative Commerce and O.U.O - of unknown origin.

Now Dumi RIGHT and Cadence have joined forces as Alternate Reality and are proud to present Legitimate Raw - a limited edition vinyl EP (ONLY 300 hand-numbered copies), which introduces listeners to the group, while also providing several exclusive songs and remixes from their respective catalogs.

Legitimate Raw finds Cadence and Dumi RIGHT serving up insightful and incisive lyrics, coupled with richly textured beats to deliver their unique brand of artistry to the masses. The release features production work by Cadence, Saint and Lord Lamont (Khz Productions), and guest appearances by hip hop luminaries YZ, Chubb Rock and Prince Po (Organized Konfusion), as well as underground favorites C Rayz Walz, Breez Evahflowin' and Vast Aire.

Copies of the limited edition, hand-numbered Legitimate Raw EP can be purchased at .

The exclusive vinyl EP can be ordered for $25 plus appropriate shipping and handling. As a bonus, purchase also includes an immediate digital download of the 8 tracks in your choice of 320k mp3, FLAC, or just about any other high fidelity format you could possibly desire. Note: The digital download is ONLY available with purchase of the vinyl EP and cannot be bought separately.

Legitimate Raw is the next step in the musical lineage of two artists who have already crafted an impressive catalog of releases, working alongside an A-list cast of hip hop veterans and respected independent artists. This release will give listeners an exclusive window into the creative mind state of these longtime denizens of the underground, giving the people what they have been asking for.

Product will begin shipping on October 4th, but you can begin placing pre-orders now.


Alternate Side:
1. Legitimate Raw — Alternate Reality*
2.What They Want — Dumi RIGHT feat. Breez Evahflowin’ and C Rayz Walz**
3. For a Reason — Cadence*
4. Definition of a Great Mind — Alternate Reality feat. YZ*

Reality Side:
1. Get A Grip — Alternate Reality**
2. Fast Talk — Alternate Reality***
3. Wake ‘Em Up (Remix) — Dumi RIGHT feat. Vast Aire and Chubb Rock*
4. No Can Do (Remix) — Cadence feat. Prince Po*

* produced by Cadence
** produced by Saint
*** produced by Lord Lamont

MP3: Face Tha Music f/ Skyzoo - "Cold Winter"

From BF Blasts:

MP3: Face Tha Music f/ Skyzoo - "Cold Winter"

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Video: Jola the Trunk Boi - "Trip to AC/DC: The PSA"

From SoSoDef:

Video: Jola the Trunk Boi - "Trip to AC/DC: The PSA"

PR: New Music From Poe Boy Music Group in Miami

From Poe Boy Ryan:

New Music From Poe Boy Music Group in Miami

Brisco feat. Lil' Wayne - On The Wall
Billy Blue - When U Hood U Good
JRandall - Spirit Of The Radio
Poe Boy Music Group Website


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