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Ninja Tune's 20th Anniversary - Cut Chemist, Kid Koala & More

From Terrorbird Media:

Ninja Tune's 20th Anniversary - Cut Chemist, Kid Koala & More

Pioneering electronic label Ninja Tune announces their U.S. events to celebrate 20 excellent years in existence. The shows will take place in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco with appearance from marquee artists such as Amon Tobin, Kid Koala, DJ Food, Cut Chemist, as well as acts from Ninja's new guard like ESKMO and Toddla T & Serocee. Starting October 28th, they will begin three full back-to-back events in the cities mentioned, the event in San Francisco is FREE to the public (sponsored by Converse) Folks can RSVP for it at .

28th October - New York - Santo's Party House
Amon Tobin, Kid Koala, DJ Food & DK, Poirier, Toddla T & Serocee, DJ Kentaro, Eskmo, more TBD
96 Lafayette St//New York, NY 10013

29th October - San Francisco - 1015 Folsom
(FREE!  Sponsored by Converse!)
Amon Tobin, Kid Koala, DJ Food & DK, Toddla T & Serocee, DJ Kentaro, Eskmo, Ghostbeard, An-Ten-Nae, and Motion Potion, more TBD
103 Harriet St//San Francisco, CA 94103

30th October - Los Angeles - Echo/Echoplex
Amon Tobin, Kid Koala, Cut Chemist, DJ Food & DK, Toddla T & Serocee, DJ Kentaro, Eskmo, Ghostbeard, more TBD
1822 W. Sunset Blvd//Los Angeles, CA 90026

This weeks free Ninja XX download is Amon Tobin's video for "Esther's" directed by up-and-coming Belgian director Charles De Meyer. Also, to boot, Ninja Tune is offering a 320 mp3 of 'Shut Down', highlighting one of the amazing Monthly Joints available previously on a special limited-edition picture disc package.

Sign up for free downloads at .

Video: Tiff the Gift feat. Jean Grae - "Punch In"

From Digi Crates:

Video: Tiff the Gift feat. Jean Grae - "Punch In"

PR: Nottz To Release Solo Debut on Raw Koncept This October

From Audible Treats:

Nottz To Release Solo Debut, You Need This Music, On Raw Koncept This October

Grammy-Winning Producer Goes Solo For Debut Album With Appearances From Snoop Dogg, Asher Roth, Bilal, Travis Barker, And More

The Album:

(September 9, 2010 – Brooklyn, NY) Grammy Award-winning producer Nottz is excited to announce the release of his solo debut, You Need This Music. The album will be released on October 12th via up and coming label, Raw Koncept, and will introduce fans to a new facet of Nottz, as he handles a bulk of the rhyming on the album, in addition to producing the full project.

Nottz is a fixture among the industries heaviest-hitting producers; he secured his first placements on Busta Rhymes’ best-selling album E.L.E in 1998 and has maintained a strong presence since. Having since collaborated with industry luminaries such as Kanye West, Snoop Dogg, Notorious B.I.G, 50 Cent, The Game, Little Brother, Royce Da 5'9 and more, Nottz has amassed an enviable and growing resume. Though he has recently dedicated himself to mastering cadence and lyrical structure for You Need This Music, he has still managed to place compositions on upcoming projects by the likes of Rah Digga, Scarface, and the elusive Dr. Dre, who’s Detox boasts Nottz among a very select few guests.

On You Need This Music, Nottz pulls no punches, charging out of the gate over a cavalcade of snares hammered out by Travis Barker on the album intro. Handling the entirety of the album's production on his trusy ASR-10, his lyrics compliment each song of the 14-track marathon, a pace kept by energetic guest verses from Black Milk, Little Brother, Asher Roth and Joel Ortiz and tempered by soulful hooks from Dwele, Mayer Hawthorne, Bilal and Colin Munroe.

Check out the first two singles from Nottz' You Need This Music
"Shine So Bright": .
"Cars": .

Nottz' You Need This Music will be available October 12, 2010 via Raw Koncept Media Group.

The Background:

Since 1998, some of Virginia-born Nottz' biggest records to date include, Snoop Dogg Ft R.Kelly "That's That," Kanye West Ft Lil Wayne "Barry Bonds," and Scarface Ft Trey Songz "Girl You Know." Adding to those credits, he has collaborated with artists such as Notorious B.I.G, Swizz Beats, The Game, 50 Cent, Dwele, and Murs just to name a few. These past few years he has built fan base and earned his stripes as a respected and talented artist and, this October 2010, he is set to release his self-produced debut, You Need This Music. All of Nottz' hard work has been, in his words, "to take over the world one day with my sound.

PR: Pimpin' Ken Turns Successful Book Into Online Curriculum

From Nancy B:

Pimpin' Ken Turns Successful Book Into Online Curriculum

Milwaukee, WI - The principles of pimping, according to former pimp-turned-author, Pimpin' Ken, can be applied to the every day lives of the average citizen; from the decisions they make in their friendships and relationships to the roads they take in their business lives, and this is the basis of the curriculum at Pimpin' Ken's newly founded Pimp College.

Using the rules set forth in his highly successful book, "Pimpology: The 48 Laws of the Game" (Simon & Schuster, 2008), Professor Ken and fellow former pimp and protege, T.P. (Truth & Power), will conduct online classes, 48 in all, to those seeking to have more leverage in their day-to-day interactions with the people in their lives.

In Ken's opinion, there is little difference in the way business is conducted in the streets or the boardroom. There are sharks everywhere and the stakes are high. By applying the principles broken down within the curriculum at Pimp College, you can always be assured of coming out on top. Gender is not an issue either for this is not about learning how to become a pimp. It is simply a way for Ken and T.P. to pass along the 'game' they have learned on their own journeys from doing street business to starting and running their own very successful business franchises. The combined businesses of these two entrepreneurs includes the production of 4 popular documentaries, a successful book release, an internet radio show, a rent-to-own realty agency, a fleet of vending machines, a record label and music collaborations with everyone from Puffy to Pimp C. All this from intelligently applying the principles each of them took away from their early years conducting business in the streets.

Classes at Pimp College will include examples like, "Law #2 - Get a name in the game" during which students are taught the importance of branding; how to go about it and how to keep the brand fresh. Other examples are "Law #12 - Ain't no love in the game" where Professor Ken explains the importance of keeping your emotions out of your business dealings. As Ken puts it, "For a business to be successful, the bottom line must be the only thing you commit to. Feelings and emotions are irrelevant when it comes to making money. Business is no place for love. Money is all that matters; when the stock drops, drop the stock."

Ten minute snippets of each new class will be posted to every 2 weeks and Ken's 48 class curriculum can be purchased via his site from which buyers will be sent a secret access code upon completion of purchase.

Also on the horizon for Ken is release of his new book, "The Art of Human Chess" and a collaborative CD and multi-city tour with T.P. Stay tuned for details.

Shot Records Presents "Tha Mixtape"

Shot Records Presents:

SniperShot's new album "Tha Mixtape" OUT NOW!!!!!!


Support Real Hip Hop!

SniperShot Download

SniperShot Download

“SniperShot… making real music about real life issues.”

SniperShot is an up and coming rapper and producer in the music industry, representing his hometown of East Dallas. With his own unique delivery of hip-hop and ear for good music, he is setting himself apart from the rest of the pack. SniperShot has more to talk about in his music than the stereotypical rapper. He is a real, to the point lyricist, who will tell it as it is and believing that life is too short to sugar coat the truth. SniperShot was once a great athlete, being an all-state football player in High School and excelling in soccer, yet he turned down numerous college soccer scholarships and chose a path of selling drugs. “I was senior class Vice President, I got a special award at graduation that is still given out annually at my high school, MVP of the football team, colleges watching me play soccer, but outside of school I was selling and using a shit ton of drugs.” Having hustled in East Dallas from a young age, combined with a five-year stint in South Austin, SniperShot’s history comes out in his music. After having numerous run-ins with the “laws” a.k.a. the police, a turning point came on Christmas Eve 2005, when SniperShot walked away from a dangerous car accident, flipping his Honda Prelude multiple times at a high speed. After years of legal battle, and luckily avoiding numerous criminal charges, SniperShot began a long transformation towards becoming a more legal and healthier individual and eventually quitting the dope game for good. SniperShot is pursuing the legal route and showing the world his skills on the microphone, while conveying a more positive message with his words and in his life. “We are all on a path of learning and growth, and I am no different” says SniperShot.

SniperShot has accomplished independently releasing, his debut album in 2008, “What You Think About That?” A 2-disc set that features his earliest work in its raw state. From 2008 – 2010, SniperShot appeared on numerous mixtapes, including regions ranging from Dallas to the U.K. 2010 saw the release of “Tha Mixtape”, which showcases a more polished and skilled SniperShot, gaining him more respect in today’s Hip-Hop culture. “Tha Mixtape – Chopped and Screwed” version is offered for the true fans of slowed down music, a genre that originates from Texas. Currently SniperShot is in the studio adding the final touches to his new project “Ballin On A Budget”. The album is comprised of mostly in-house production from SniperShot’s record label, Shot Records, with the title track “Ballin On A Budget” produced by Chops.

SniperShot has more material recorded for future projects to follow the release of “Ballin On A Budget” and is continuing to establish his brand, by networking with like minded individuals, developing his fan base and capturing new interest in different markets, to secure his place in the Hip-Hop industry. SniperShot’s main objective as a musician is to: “Make sonically respectable, creative music, that people enjoy listening to”. His funny, thought provoking, creative style and positive message, receives encouraging feedback from listeners. “After performances I frequently get met at the side of the stage by people waiting to shake my hand and to tell me how good I was, and how surprised they were that I was that good, this for me is what its all about, opening peoples’ ears to my style of good music”

SniperShot’s music will tell you the truth about what is going on in our world today, through his witty original metaphors he will show you the hustler life and hidden knowledge that is not mainstream. SniperShot will make you laugh and keep your head spinning, while revealing glimpses into his life and the real issues that he and many others face in this world today. So support real hip hop and follow along as SniperShot shares his experiences and knowledge with you through his music.


For more information please visit these links:

SniperShot's New Website (Coming Soon)
SniperShot's Myspace Page
Purchase Music
Shot Records's Youtube Page
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Video: Blueprint - "Dream Big"

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Official music video for the song "Dream Big" from the Blueprint Who EP released on Weightless Recordings ( Beats and Rhymes by Blueprint. Video directed by Dan Gillespie for Purple Films (

Video: Cormega Interview w/ All Elements TV

From J-Ronin:

Video: Cormega Interview w/ All Elements TV

Video: Kokane - "Twilight Zone"

From LS Promotions:

Video: Kokane - "Twilight Zone"

Video: Math Hoffa - "Light It Up"

From J-Ronin:

Video: Math Hoffa - "Light It Up"

MP3: MF DOOM Gets Live Performing Doomsday Classic "Hey!"

From Gold Dust Media:

MF DOOM Gets Live Performing The Operation Doomsday Classic "Hey!"

Obviously a fan favorite, you can hear the energy radiating from the crowd as DOOM launches into the track "Hey!" on his Expektoration live collection.  The song originally appeared on the classic Operation Doomsday album, and features several of the hallmarks of what makes DOOM such a unique talent: brash and unpredictable samples, dense wordplay, and a playful 'don't give a fuck' attitude. The live version takes it one step farther, enlisting the audience's participation and ratcheting up the energy level.  Expektoration... Live featuring Big Benn Klingon comes out September 14th on Gold Dust.

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