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Cashmere Readies Debut Album "Take Me Away"


From Yo! PR:

CASHMERE READIES AWAITED DEBUT ALBUM "TAKE ME AWAY"

 

MUSIC: Cashmere - Where's Cashmere?
http://www.limelinx.com/files/b00c9a42edca88a81c4902b90083af4f

VIDEO TRAILER: Cashmere - Where's Cashmere?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0AjvKdRS6KE

 

The Cash Administration is thrilled to announce the much anticipated debut album “Take Me Away” from New York rapper/songwriter, and entrepreneur Cashmere. “Take Me Away” features blazing songs from one of the hottest emcees coming out of the Big Apple including the album’s lead single “Where’s Cashmere?”.

“I was one of, if not the, hottest up-n-coming Hip-Hop artist in NYC before I ran into troubles with the law. So everybody was asking where I was and what was going on with me -- they asked ‘Where’s Cashmere?’ so I’m letting everybody know that Cashmere is back again to bring that crown back home,” Cashmere said about his first single.

Cashmere, introduced to the game by Hip-Hop heavyweights DJ Enuff and DJ Kay Slay, is known for his impressive mic skilz, which have made him one of the most respected and sought-after up-n-coming artists from the East Coast. Soon, Cashmere’s name branched out to other known radio personalities including Funkmaster Flex, and DJ Clue. Cashmere has already worked with major artists such as Bun B, Big Daddy Kane, Jim Jones, Lil Boosie, Akon, and Maino.

Cashmere was on top of his rap game proving high expectations, but grew weak to temptations of life; struggling to cross the underground border. After troubles with the law, being shot in the streets and a prison sentence, Cashmere took the time he had to reflect, and began to view his reality behind bars as a source of knowledge and inner growth, which you can hear on his debut album “Take Me Away.”

“This album is uplifting -- it’s 100% pure positive! Even the negative element you hear in it ends on a positive note and with a positive twist. I'm not telling my people to sell drugs, I'm not telling my people to act with violence -- I'm saying I did that and look where it got me! I found myself in the streets, getting shot and being locked up! Who would want that out of life?”

“I feel my album ‘Take Me Away’ is something that Hip-Hop needs. To me, Hip-Hop is looking for love and ain’t nobody lovin’ it back! Hip-Hop needs a revolution, a movement because it needs to take a stand. The kind of stand that Afrika Bambaataa, KRS-One, Public Enemy, and of course Rakim made in the beginning of the whole era. This is my contribution!”

“Take Me Away” will be released in later summer/early fall via Cashmere’s label, The Cash Administration.

Smoove Introduces New Dance With Hit Single "Do the MAC"


From Yo! PR:

Smoove Introduces New Dance With Hit Single "Do the MAC"

MUSIC: Smoove - Do The MAC [CLEAN] www.limelinx.com/files/07b945f2bc6456d8774dfb22c77cfef0 .

MUSIC: Smoove - Do The MAC [DIRTY] www.limelinx.com/files/e730f45c4fd4b8654e53ac3a4714f4b6 .

In a time where West Coast Hip-Hop is often criticized, even from legendary Left Coast rappers, one artist is ready to show the world that he can make a difference.

Born in Compton, L.A., experiencing the hard knock life on a daily basis, the aspiring and multi talented rapper/producer Smoove is acknowledged as "The One" who will help reanimate the once dominating West Coast Hip-Hop world.

Smoove, born William Kidwell, started his professional rap career as a member of Enemy Of The State (EOS), a Hip-Hip group consisting of 3 members all representing California from L.A. to the Bay. EOS released its first and only release in 2006 with the album "I Like It Like That" which was well received among Hip-Hop fans around the world.

The success of EOS spawned Smoove to begin working on his own solo project, the highly anticipated album "Holla at'cha MAC", which will be released later in 2010. As a member of EOS, Smoove had gotten a lot of attention as a true lyricist and electrifying performer who can rock in front of any crowd. Smoove earned his name by being himself, from his delivery on the mic as well as his way with the ladies. Smoove loves to interact with fans of his music and he is constantly trying to improve and become a better artist at all times. 

Hip-Hop executives and media outlets have already drawn comparisons between West Coast heavyweight Snoop Dogg and East Coast rhymespitter Fabolous for Smoove’s laid back style and attitude as he simply put it: "My style is real versatile -- it's something you can bob your head to, even if you don't feel it." 

Smoove's first released single off of his not yet released debut album “Holla at’cha MAC” is titled "Keep It Poppin'," which is receiving rave reviews and major radio airplay on the West Coast. His current single is titled "Do The MAC" that was just released but it's already garnering heavy attention in the clubs. This song is based on the new dance called "MAC Walk" created by Smoove and his crew Playa Lane. "MAC Walkin" is becoming the new dance craze and its popularity continues to grow. As Smoove says, "It's a swag… not your regular two step, it’s a new step."

Smoove is currently signed under the LA-based label Dolphins Of Hollywood, which is distributed by Univerisal Music Group.

PICTURES
* www.yo-pr.com/pictures/smoove.jpg *
* www.yo-pr.com/pictures/smoove1.jpg *
* www.yo-pr.com/pictures/smoove2.jpg *

WEBSITES
Official: www.bigsmooveonline.com .
MySpace: www.myspace.com/bjsmoove1 .
Twiiter: www.twitter.com/Smoove_427 .
Facebook: www.facebook.com/Smoove427 .

Arsun F!st "Hello I'm Arsun" Free MP3 & Video


From Domination Recordings:

Arsun F!st "Hello I'm Arsun" Free MP3 & Video

Now available for free download is the new single from Arsun F!st titled "Hello I'm Arsun" produced by Phase Logic. The single is taken from Arsun's upcoming album "Life's A Beautiful Monster" that is entirety produced by Phase Logic, the album will be released this summer on Domination Recordings. We also have the debut of the video for "Hello I'm Arsun" directed by Dillon in Jacksonville, FL.

Free Download: "Hello I'm Arsun" | Bandcamp

Arsun F!st "Hello I'm Arsun" video
http://dominationrec.com/pics/ArsunVideo.jpg

About the album: To define the significance behind Arsun's latest album title, "Life’s a Beautiful Monster"; one must first over stand that as an Emcee, he could care less about the status quo of mainstream music. This album highlights some of the key struggles he has faced with inner demons since moving from Maryland to Florida at the top of 2008. Life in itself can be a handful and no one album can truly capture everything that it brings us, but Arsun has attempted to pull you the listener closer into his world and how he use words to describe highs and lows. Arsun has heard countless Hip-Hop albums where the artist re-creates themselves and the end result is really not that believable. (editor’s note: BORING) Arsun can only be himself and he can only speak on experiences on this earth, nothing more, nothing less. With that being said, this is his 5th solo project and this time around, it's produced exclusively by Phase Logic. Just another one of his humble attempts to put some sincerity back into Hip-Hop...without the use of Auto-tune.

About the artist: Arsun F!st is an emcee/producer born in Panama City, Panama now living in Jacksonville, FL. The name Arsun F!st is a metaphor for controversy or sparking a thought. Arsun signifies intentionally setting things ablaze musically while the F!st represents the pound of respect he has for the Hip Hop culture. His emcee style has been described as Visual Flows with a touch of ADHD: the listener is able to close their eyes and visualize the emotion, thought, etc. he is trying to portray in the song but they will need to keep up as he jumps four to five topics in a 16 bar verse. He is motivated by a naked beat and his rhymes are inspired by what he sees in his daily life, all the people who say he is too complex or too preachy and those who support his musical movement. AF came to the US from Panama when he was eight. He has also lived in California, Hawaii, South Carolina, Florida and Maryland. AF has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from S.C. State University, and Associates Degrees in Recording Engineering & Studio Technique and Audio Production from Omega School of Music and Applied Sciences. He uses the combination of education and production/recording techniques to express himself musically. AF thinks outside of the box but is able to write for those still in it. Arsun is currently working on multiple projects. He is a solo artist, but also part of Team I.A.M. which is a conglomerate of ill emcees and producers consisting of Em-eye-cee, Fatman & Tropical, and Watson‘s Grocery. AF is focusing on creating his own lane for his music and with the help of the crew members and their diversity he will be able to reach as many people as possible. Arsun recently completed his 4th album with Domination Recordings that will be released this summer!

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MP3: Bay Area's Moe Green Releases "Ride" & "Non Title Match"


From Audible Treats:

MP3: Bay Area's Moe Green Releases "Ride" & "Non Title Match"

Moe Green Enters The Ring With Two Tracks Off His Upcoming Album Rocky Maivia

Critical Praise for Moe Green:

Selected as a member of 106 KMEL's (the biggest Bay Area hip-hop station) Freshmen Class of 2010.

The Songs:

Hip-hop's rising star, Moe Green enters the ring a virtual one-man tag-team offering up two new tracks: "Ride" and "Non Title Match", both from his upcoming album Rocky Maivia on Interdependent Media. Moe Green's currency has been steadily rising as KMEL, the Bay Area's popular and longest running Urban format radio station named the upstart emcee to its prestigious 10 Freshmen list.

"Ride" is the perfect summer banger, with a soulful laid-back groove constructed by up-and-coming beatsmith MT The Great. "I actually met him on Twitter one day", Moe says of the collaboration, "he sent me the track that night, and the next day I recorded the song", he explained. Moe Green is a part of the new generation of artists who are not only unafraid to try new things, but have adopted a free-spirited approach to making records given the liberties of the digital age.

"Non Title Match" switches gears a bit taking listeners from the lazy backseat driver feel of "Ride" to a classic head-nodder, with a playful piano roll that duels with Moe's infectious flow. The track showcases Moe's undeniable skill where word-play and charisma work towards creating something special. Hailing from Vallejo, a Bay Area town with a long history of hip-hop legends, Moe Green has a lot to live up to when Rocky Maivia drops this summer. With track like these he's certainly up to the challenge.

"Ride": http://media.audibletreats.com/Moe_Green-Ride.mp3 .

"Non-Title Match": http://media.audibletreats.com/Moe_Green-Non-Title_Match.mp3 .

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, Moe Green, A-Plus, and more. For more information, please visit http://www.imculture.com .

Streams:

"Ride" http://media.audibletreats.com/Moe_Green-Ride.mp3 & http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uc9-XW0ah1A .

"Non-Title Match" http://media.audibletreats.com/Moe_Green-Non-Title_Match.mp3 & http://www.youtube.com/dripdigital#p/u/4/AG9QqQBiuPc .

"Going For The Kill" Video: http://www.vimeo.com/9775745 .

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Moe-Green/123053397729703 .

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/moethedreamer .

Jedi Mind Tricks' Stoupe & Vocalist Liz Fullerton Are Dutch


From Tonia Samman:

Jedi Mind Tricks' Stoupe & Vocalist Liz Fullerton Are Dutch

Dutch - A Bright Gold Day 

Philadelphia duo Dutch released one of the year’s most exciting debuts this week via their label Enemy Soil, and it’s streaming in all of its dreamy trip-hop-esque glory through the weekend on AOL Spinner.    A Bright Cold Day is the phantasmagorical journey through the dreams of Jedi Mind Tricks’ production sage Stoupe The Enemy of Mankind, combined with the rich and soulful vocals of Liz Fullerton.  Three years in the making, the album is a landmark in the collaboration between Stoupe and Fullerton.  First meshing ideas on the Jedi Mind Tricks tracks “Razorblade Salvation” and “Death Messiah,” the duo was inspired to create a new project together which would take them in a different direction, and Dutch was born.

Dutch’s music is a flavorful departure from JMT’s hardcore hip hop sound into blissful martini-dry and scotch-smooth sips of eclectic brilliance.  Taking influence from classic trip-hop artists like Portishead and Massive Attack, A Bright Cold Day is a dark genre-busting time machine that transports the listener to a barstool in the kind of smoky nightclub which James Bond would be most likely to frequent.  Just like 007, this album is timeless, sophisticated, and travels to exotic places that are sure to leave you shaken, not stirred.

Stream Dutch’s A Bright Cold Day [Enemy Soil] on AOL Spinner: http://bit.ly/ayMlHW .

Download and share Dutch’s “Just Before The Rain” from A Bright Cold Day [Enemy Soil]: http://dailyrindblog.com/audio/dutch_justbeforetherain.mp3 .

For More Information:

* http://www.myspace.com/dutch *
* http://www.twitter.com/dutchtrip *
* http://www.facebook.com/pages/Dutch/147468858760?ref=ts *
* http://www.enemysoil.com *

Fat Joe Set to Release "The Dark Side" on July 27th, 2010


From David at Koch/E1 Entertainment:

Fat Joe Set to Release "The Dark Side" on July 27th, 2010

Fat Joe - The Darkside 

(New York, NY) – Terror Squad/E1 Music is set to release the highly anticipated new studio album by hip hop icon Fat Joe.  “The Dark Side” will be released on July 27th, 2010, and features the singles “Slow Down” feat.Young Jeezy and the soon-to-be summer smash, “It Ain’t About Money,” feat. Trey Songz.

The album also features R. Kelly, The Clipse, Cam’ron, Lil Wayne, Too $hort, and TA, with production by Street Runner, Cool & Dre, Raw Uncut, Scoop Deville, Just Blaze, DJ Premier, Infamous and Buckwild.

Joseph “Fat Joe” Cartagena has sold over 2.5 millions album as a solo artist and has taken the hip hop world by storm since his 1993 debut album “Represent.” He followed this impressive debut with success after success.  His album Jealous Ones Still Envy (J.O.S.E.) was a critically-acclaimed, platinum selling album that spawned the hits “What’s Luve” and “We Thuggin.”

In addition to being a highly successful solo artist, he is also the founder and current C.E.O. of the collective Terror Squad. Joe also had a monster hit with Terror Squad, “Lean Back,” which became a summertime anthem when it was released.

Greg Nice Leaks New Track From Upcoming Album


From Tonia Samman:

Greg Nice Leaks New Track From Upcoming Album

Download and share Greg Nice’s “It’s That Shit” Produced by DJ Serafin from Popcycle, available August 31st: http://dailyrindblog.com/audio/gregnice_thisthatshit.mp3 .

For More Information: http://www.GregNice.net .

Rhymefest Unveils Hip-Hop's First 3-D Music Video


From Block Starz Music LLC:

Rhymefest Unveils Hip-Hop's First 3-D Music Video

Grammy Award winning songwriter and Hip-Hop recording artist Rhymefest has released the music video for "Say Wassup" featuring Phonte of Little Brother. Animated and directed by Konee Rok, the groundbreaking production is Hip-Hop's first 3-D music video and is already generating thousands of views on YouTube.

The hit song, which was originally featured on indie powerhouse Block Starz Music's explosive "Midwest Block Starz" compilation, is the lead single from Rhymefest's much anticipated new album "El Che", which is now available at all major music retailers via dN|Be Entertainment/Rosehip Records (EMI), www.dangerousnegro.com .

"Say Wassup" is a centerpiece track on the "Midwest Block Starz" compilation that also features blazing contributions from some of the Midwest's biggest and brightest stars, including Twista, Shawnna, Big Sean, and Mickey Rocks. The song is currently gaining momentum on both terrestrial and satellite radio stations and promises to be one of Rhymefest's most successful singles to date.

Check out the video for "Say Wassup" at www.blockstarzmusic.com .

Purchase Rhymefest's new album "El Che", which boasts 16 tracks and guest appearances from Little Brother, Saigon, Glen Lewis, and Chicago emcee Twone Gabz at www.elchethemovement.com .

"MIDWEST BLOCK STARZ" DOWNLOAD
Amazon: www.amazon.com/Midwest-Block-Starz-Explicit/dp/B003JPIAJ6 .
iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/midwest-block-starz/id370197846 .

Video: Saheed - "The Ups"


Chalie Boy "The Grind Pays Off" Hosted by DJ Scream


From Nancy B:

Chalie Boy "The Grind Pays Off" Hosted by DJ Scream

Chalie Boy is one of those rare artists whose talent is not only genuine, it's multi-faceted. Even as he gives the mainstream what they need - radio friendly songs like I Look Good and Look Like Money (Smell Like Dollaz) - he stays true to his origins with a consistent catalog of pure music in the form of all original mixtapes; street albums if you will. His previous effort, the DJ Mr Rogers-hosted I'm Here was nothing short of an album worthy of any shelf at Best Buy and this present offering, The Grind Pays Off, is nothing less.

When it comes to DJ's from the South, DJ Scream is a logical choice to host the perfect mixtape. His years in the game bring an automatic level of respect. Here he lives up to his reputation and delivers just what you'd expect. With 18 tracks of some of the best rhymes and singing to come out of Texas, production by legends like Mr Rogers and a bonus 'chopped & screwed' disc courtesy of DJ Luis, The Grind Pays Off will both keep Chalie's loyal fanbase fed and convert anyone still sitting on the fence to diehard lovers of what Chalie Boy has to offer.

Chalie's best known for his single I Look Good, which remained on the Billboard charts for months but make no mistake, he is no one trick pony. His lyrics stand up against all the criticism the Hip Hop nation directs at southern rappers and his singing voice literally fills an auditorium, even accapella.

If you are one of the fence riders, give The Grind Pays Off  a good listen and come over to our side. The music is amazing and the grass is definitely greener.

1. 48 Bars
2. Meet My Mama (Produced by Mr. Rogers of DSF Productions)
3. Legend (Produced by Bravestarr Productions)
4. The Way (Produced by CityStar Productions)
5. Relax
6. Talent (Produced by Fat Pimp & GI Productions)
7. G ‘Til I’m Dead (Part 2)
8. Gone Fool (Produced by Red Prodigy)
9. Wat It Hit Fo
10. Chemistry
11. Take A Chance (Produced by Groundwork Productions)
12. On Da Highway (Featuring Sticki)
13. 4 A.M. (Produced by Da New Kid)
14. Diva On Deck
15. Pullin’ Up (Remix) (Featuring Magno) (Produced by Mr. Rogers of DSF Productions)
16. Baby Makin’ Music (Produced by D-Nyce)
17. Money (Produced by Cracka Lack)
18. Crush

***BONUS DISC***
Slowed-N-Chopped version by DJ Luis
1. 48 Bars
2. Money
3. Diva On Deck
4. Talent
5. On Da Highway (Featuring Sticki)
6. Legend
7. Relax
8. Meet My Mama
9. Wat It Hit Fo
10. Take A Chance
11. Baby Makin’ Music
12. 4 A.M.
13. Chemistry
14. Crush
15. G ‘Til I’m Dead (Part 2)
16. The Way
17. Gone Fool
18. Pullin’ Up (Remix) (Featuring Magno)


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