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Animal Farm/Focused Noise Release SXSW Footage

From Animal Farm/Focused Noise:

Please post this footage we got from SXSW.  It's an entertaining mix of show footage, weird street encounters, and some snippets from other shows in Austin.

Erik Abel
Animal Farm
Focused Noise

KRU Records Weekly Free Song - "Bounce On It" by Snuff

From KRU Records:

Hey everyone,
Hope all's well on your end. Our free song this week is "Bounce On It" by Snuff, which appears on the forthcoming album "Karma Response Unit's B-Sides (2000-2010)". Click the link below to listen to and/or download the song.

"Bounce On It" - Snuff of Media 101
Produced by Snuff. Lyrics by Snuff.

Coming very soon: Happ G "7 Touches" EP, Karma Response Unit's B-Sides (2000-2010) album, and Side Effect's "Cabin Fever" album.

As always please feel free to forward or repost this weeks song link to anyone who might enjoy, and you can also send folks this link below to sign up for our mailing list for free weekly music;

Have a great weekend! Peace!

K-Murdock - Panacea Host SUBSONiQ Podcast!

From K-Murdock:

Panacea Host SUBSONiQ Podcast!

We're BACK!!!!!!!!!  After a couple months off the air to get our bearings, the WHOLE Subsoniq crew is back and podcasting while we look for some new homes to promote that good, progressive hip-hop on!  In the meantime, make sure you bookmark, as that will be THE place to go for all news and downloads related to the show.  This particular episode features my partner-in-rhyme, Raw Poetic, sitting in and guest hosting along with myself, Gangsta Mittens & Deuce Quattro... needless to say, when "Raw P" is in the house, anything goes!
We are aiming to get a new show out every other week, so stay tuned as we plan on making even more noise now that our satellite shackles are off :)  Check it out!

Posted By K-Murdock to NEOSONIC Blog
Guru's Health Continues to Improve, Solar Disputes All Claims

From Yo! PR:


UPDATE: Recent MRI test results are very encouraging. All medical history will show that Guru is not and has not been placed in a medically induced coma ever

Legendary MC Guru and hit producer Solar will be releasing official documents which will confirm and verify everything that has been addressed in the official press releases regarding Guru's health. Furthermore it will show the hoax that has been played by certain media outlets who have not provided Guru or Solar a chance to refute the lies being perpetrated against them. and the immoral and dishonest behavior by some people from Guru's past.

The official documents, according to Solar, will clearly and undeniably show that:

    * ... there has never been any hospital guest list recorded by Solar to prevent anybody from visiting Guru.
    * ... all visits have been recorded and they will also reveal that somebody from Guru's past misrepresented himself as his attorney to get access to Guru which is illegal by law, as well as numerous people saying they are Guru's family who they are not.
    * ... Guru has made his proxy on his own in conjunction with hospital personnel as required by law and outside of Solar’s presence.
    * ... Guru has had no conversations with his nephew, Justin Elam, on anything that he is lying about in his published YouTube video. They were not close at all and Guru's nephew has never known Solar on a personal level.
    * ... Justin Elam is using Guru's name to advance his selfish needs and has no right to use the brand Guru or GangStarr in any way, shape or form, on YouTube or anywhere else.

Guru continues to recover from his heart attack. Recent MRI test results, which is a magnetic resonance imaging like a high tech X-ray, are encouraging.

Solar, who is Guru's official spokesperson, visits his longtime partner and best friend everyday to support him. Unfortunately certain people try to shed bad light on Solar by broadcasting wrong rumors and allegations regarding the producer’s involvement in this tragic situation.

"It is more than obvious that certain disgruntled people from Guru’s past are trying to use this tragic situation to settle a score with Guru and myself for whatever reason which is shameful," says Solar.

"We want to thank everyone who is showing support! Keep sending your prayers, thoughts, and wishes to Guru and his loved ones." Solar continued.

VIDEO: Solar Addresses Guru's Current Health Status
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Lil Wayne Writes to His Fans From Prison


During my prison stint, I want my fans to know I love you. I want all of you to know that I appreciate all the mail I get, and this is my way of saying thank you. The F is for Family, Friends, and Fans.

Love. Live. Life. Proceed. Progress. That’s who I am and who I’ll always be. You see, we’re all living on borrowed time, so I’m not worried about this situation. Life happens quick. The more time you spend contemplating what you should have done…you lose valuable time planning what you can and will do. Trying to tear down the past prohibits you from building up your future. So for my time here, my physical will be confined to the yard. My love and my spirit, however, know no boundaries.
I’m in good spirits man, for real. My kids

race through my mind all day. They know they were created with love, so love is how their life will be defined. I just hope my love and adoration for them provides a temporary bandage on a wound I unknowingly inflicted on them.

Real soon, you can catch me blogging for ESPN again thank you espn for not letting my passion for sports perish. I work out a lot because it helps pass the time. I read the Bible everyday. Jail didn’t make me find God, He’s always been there. They can lock me up, but my spirit and my love can never be confined to prison walls.

But this isn’t all about me, you are the reason for this letter. It’s because of you Rebirth went gold when critics aborted it. It’s because of you Young Money is and will always be a movement. If the weight of the world is on your shoulders, I beg of you, place it on mine. That’s the least I could do for you, after all you have sacrificed for me. If I could, I’d write each one of you back. Because of this, my team and I have created a website where you can view my letters. Each week I’ll answer as many questions as I possibly can.

Mia Edwards (Southern California) – I wish you nothing but the best for you. Earning your Masters in Library and Information Science is beautiful. I’ll keep you in mind whenever I decide to do an autobiography on my life.

Kelly Holloman (Brooklyn) – I still remember your letter. You have a great spirit. Thank you for the words and being a real fan. I love you.

Nurris Terrero (New York) – Your letter was so thoughtful and sincere. The way you worded everything left me in awe. Please send suggestions on books I should read. I look forward to checking them out.

For real, this will be the best way we can communicate for the coming months. The same way yall miss me, I miss yall, only 100 times more. To those who hate. Hate is only a form love that hasn’t found a way to express itself logically. Keep sending the letters and I promise keep responding. Thank YOU, thank YOU, thank YOU. No matter what they do to erase me, my love for you will always be permanent. Remember that. Take care. God bless.

Give me the patience that I need
To keep my piece of mind,
And with life’s cares, I hope, Dear God,
Some happiness to find.
Give me the courage to face life`s trials
and not to from troubles run.
let me keep this thought in mind.
“Thy Will,” not “Mine,” be done.

- “Pray”


Video: Nicki Minaj - "Massive Attack"

New Jedi Mind Tricks Album + Tour Dates

From Tonia Samman at The Orchard

Jedi Mind Tricks Presents Army of the Pharaohs: The Unholy Terror - Out Now!



After a three-year break from the Army of the Pharaohs moniker, Jedi Mind Tricks MC Vinnie Paz has resurrected the group with a new cast and a new album available in stores today.  Army of the Pharaohs: The Unholy Terror features Vinnie Paz & Jus Allah (Jedi Mind Tricks), Planetary & Crypt The Warchild (Outerspace), Apathy, Reef The Lost Cauze, Esoteric, Doap Nixon, King Magnetic, Des Devious, Block McCloud, Celph Titled, Demoz, King Syze and more.


Jedi Mind Tricks are currently on a North American tour that kicked off in Connecticut last week.  The guys will be playing throughout the Midwest before heading back to the east coast in mid-April.


Buy Jedi Mind Tricks’ Army of the Pharaohs: Unholy Terror [Enemy Soil / Babygrande Records]:
iTunes, Amazon, emusic, Napster


Army of the Pharaohs Unholy Terror 


Army of the Pharaohs - Contra Mantra


Army of the Pharaohs - Godzilla


Jedi Mind Tricks Tour Dates:

03/30/10 Jedi Mind Tricks in Newport, KY Southgate House

03/31/10 Jedi Mind Tricks in Ann Arbor, MI Blind Pig

04/01/10 Jedi Mind Tricks in Madison, WI The Annex

04/02/10 Jedi Mind Tricks in Chicago, IL Subterranean

04/03/10 Jedi Mind Tricks in St. Louis, MO Firebird

04/06/10 Jedi Mind Tricks in Omaha, NE The Waiting Room Lounge

04/07/10 Jedi Mind Tricks in Columbia, MO Mojo’s

04/08/10 Jedi Mind Tricks in Louisville, KY Uncle Pleasantss
04/09/10 Jedi Mind Tricks in Pittsburgh, PA Diesel

04/10/10 Jedi Mind Tricks in West Chester, PA The Note

04/11/10 Jedi Mind Tricks in Virginia Beach, VA The Jewish Mother

04/13/10 Jedi Mind Tricks in Richmond, VA Canal Club

04/14/10 Jedi Mind Tricks in Greensboro, NC Greene Street Club

04/15/10 Jedi Mind Tricks in Atlanta, GA Masquerade – Hell Room

04/16/10 Jedi Mind Tricks in Carrboro, NC Cat’s Cradle

04/17/10 Jedi Mind Tricks in Washington, D.C. 9:30 Club


For More Information:
RADIx to Perform Alongside Nas & Jr. Gong Marley at SunFest 5/2


RADIx (Quite Nyce and SEEK) have been selected to perform alongside Nas and Damian "Jr Gong" Marley at this years' SunFest in West Palm Beach, FL (May 2nd). RADIx announced earlier this year they will be releasing their 2nd Studio LP entitled "SAY YES"[TBA] produced entirely by Statik Selektah. RADIx will be doing more spot dates in preparation for their release with Statik Selektah.

RADIx Live May 2nd at Sunfest (West Palm Beach, Florida)
Promo Video

For More Information on RADIx

Audio: Filip Filip f/ Collie Buddz - "Hurricane Ana"

For Immediate Release

Filip Filipi Enlists Collie Buddz For "Hurricane Ana", First Single From The Star Studded “Design & Origin of Stars” Project

Rapper And Producer Filip Filipi’s Readies “Design & Origin of Stars” With Single "Hurricane Ana" Featuring Collie Buddz.

(Los Angeles, CA - 31 March 2010) -- The first single off rapper and producer Filip Filipi’s upcoming project “Design & Origin of Stars” is titled Hurricane Ana and features the highly acclaimed reggae and dancehall recording artist Collie Buddz.

The project is highly anticipated, with features from; Lil’ Wayne, Gucci Mane, Styles P, Ace Hood, Mickey Avalon, Collie Buddz, Shanell aka SNL, Passion Pit, Forever The Sickest Kids, Lemar, and Shane Sparks to name a few. Be sure to check out the official “Design & Origin of Stars” commercial ( and be on the lookout for the release in April/May.

Artist and producer Filip Filipi is expected to do great things, Serbian born and Canadian reared he has the raw talent and swag to get noticed on the music circuit.

Following an injury which sidelined his basketball career, Filip channelled his ambition through his other passion, music. He’s had Gucci Mane, Lil Wayne and T-pain on board with his projects and got the attention of labels such as So So Def and Rap-A-Lot but preferred to keep his integrity in his own style of music.

Having already worked with some huge names in the music industry, Filip’s newest album Design and Origin of Stars will feature big names including Collie Buddz, Ace Hood and Kardinal Offishal.


AUDIO: Filip Filip Hurricane Ana (feat. Collie Buddz) or

Video & MP3: TRUTHLiVE - EPK 2/4 + Freestyle

From Michelle at Audible Treats:

"I definitely have a preference to things that rep the culture and the tradition of hip hop. But my whole breadth of music that I listen to in my life is a really wide variety." - TRUTHLiVE

The Video:

Working nonstop to promote his upcoming album, Patience, California's own emcee, DJ, and owner/founder of Interdependent Media, TRUTHLiVE stopped by Amoeba Records recently to discuss the motivation behind his music and more. He explains that DJ Shadow's seminal album Endtroducing is one of the inspirations behind TRUTHLiVE's music and feels hip-hop, in part, has evolved due to Shadow's work. With California being the stomping ground for so many influential artists, TRUTHLiVE says, "The thing about rap is it's super flexible. You can rap over anything. You can rap over any beat, any genre of music. Rap has no limits to it." With current music being a melting pot and genre labels irrelevant, the rapper embraces all styles and discusses the passion Muse's "Uprising" track stirs. "It's just good music, it doesn't matter what genre it is or what you're doing."

As TRUTHLiVE continues on the path toward his album release, he had the honor of recording the 157th installment of the Exclusive Freestyle Series, "Coors Light and Ski Boats". The track features instrumentals from The Verve's "Bittersweet Symphony", Washed Out's "Feel It All Around", and Waajeed's "Anything". With three different beats behind him, TRUTHLiVE raps continuously over the tracks blended by DJ TonyTone, who also did cuts for "Tormented Genius" off TRUTHLiVE's The Unlearning EP.

TRUTHLiVE's forthcoming album, Patience, produced entirely by Jake One drops April 20, 2010 via Interdependent Media.

Watch EPK 2 here:

TRUTHLiVE - "Coors Light and Ski Boats (DJBooth Exclusive Freestyle):

Just In Case You Missed It, Watch EPK 1 here:

Download The Unlearning EP:

The Background:

Evan "TRUTHLiVE" Phillips, owner and founder of Interdependent Media, has certainly made his mark in the music industry with his wide range of talents. As an emcee, DJ, entrepreneur, and artist, TRUTHLiVE has had his hands in everything from a very young age. After a traumatic adolescent period where his health was at risk, three heart surgeries proved the artist to be quite a fighter. He explains to his new listeners, "The name TRUTHLiVE doesn't mean that I'm proclaiming myself as the truth, end-all be-all; it's more of a reminder to myself on how to conduct my life and career." The MC best summates, "My music is my truth and my life." That meaningful music will arrive on April 20th in the form of Patience, TRUTHLiVE's debut release, courtesy of Bay Area label Interdependent Media.

About Interdependent Media:

Founded in 2006 in the Bay Area by Evan Phillips, Interdependent Media has built unique strengths in the development, production, and marketing of recorded music via new methods of marketing and promotion. Armed with a comprehensive understanding of both traditional and emerging methods of marketing, iM has successfully created multi-faceted methods of raising awareness and interest in their projects. Industry veterans Ian "ID" Davis and Dominic Del Bene head operations at iM and are credited with discovering and/or developing artists such as 9th Wonder, Little Brother, Tanya Morgan, Blackalicious, Del the Funky Homosapien, the Hieroglyphics and more. In 2010, iM will be releasing multi-media projects from artists Donwill, TRUTHLiVE, Canibus, Von Pea, A-Plus, and more. For more information, please visit

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