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MP3: Travis Porter - "Bitches On Da Floor" (prod. Mr. Collipark)

MP3: Travis Porter - "Bitches On Da Floor" (prod. Mr. Collipark)

Courtesy DJ Smallz.




Video: Murs' "Love & Rockets" Episode 5

Video: Murs' "Love & Rockets" Episode 5

Courtesy Dunn Deal PR.

PR: Wendy Day Launches Affordable Digital Book Series

PR: Wendy Day Launches Affordable Digital Book Series

Courtesy Nancy B.

Atlanta, GA -- Wendy Day has had a successful 20-year career shopping, structuring, and negotiating record deals for some of music's biggest talents and is renowned for sharing the knowledge she has accrued with music industry hopefuls as a keynote speaker at a wealth of music conferences, via her websites, and many blogs. Wendy's resume reads like a Who's Who of the music industry as she has worked with, advised, and/or consulted the careers of Eminem, Master P's No Limit Records (Master P, Mia X, C-Murder, Fiend, Beats By The Pound), Cash Money Records (Lil Wayne, BG, Juvenile, Mannie Fresh, Hot Boyz, and Big Tymers), Twista, Do Or Die, Cormega, Young Buck, Killa Mike, UGK, Machine Gun Kelly, David Banner, Mistah FAB, TMI Boyz, 4ize, and many others.

Seeing a need for current information based on first-hand experience on so many aspects of the music industry, Wendy decided to write a series of affordable digital books, covering the subjects in depth. The first ebook is entitled "How To Get A Record Deal" and is available at Amazon, iTunes, Barnes&, Sony's ebook store, and for $6.99. The purpose of the books is to educate artists, producers, DJ's and the teams behind them on the ins and outs to succeeding in today's music business. Wendy aims to dispel the many myths and untruths that exist in the music business about its inner workings.

"By far, the number one question I am asked as I speak at music conferences around the country is ‘how do I get signed to a record label?' Artists still hold getting a record deal as their goal," shares Wendy Day on a rare stop between lectures. "Even after explaining how to do it on my Blogs, and sharing specifics of deals I've shopped and negotiated, I'm still asked ‘how do I get a deal' almost daily." We now have more artists entering and floundering in the music industry than at any time in the history of recorded music. Wendy's goal is to arm them with the knowledge they need to compete and succeed, in an industry that is known to not share the specifics of how-to, and that is difficult to maneuver on one's own.

Music sales have dropped by almost half in the past decade, and digital sales are climbing steadily while artists still mistakenly believe that talent and a great demo are the answer to securing success in the music industry. "To stand out in this over saturated industry, artists must build a fan base and increase their hype ("buzz") in their own region and on the internet first. A label has to see the value of investing in an artist before taking the risk of signing an artist to their label. Gone are the days of A&R folks spotting talent and signing them without a movement behind them," explains Day.

In her years in the music industry, Wendy Day has built a strong reputation for the role she has played in some well-known deals, such as Master P's No Limit deal at Priority Records, Twista's joint venture at Atlantic Records, Eminem's deal at Interscope Records, David Banner's deal at SRC/Universal, and the infamous Cash Money distribution deal at Universal Records that brought the world Lil Wayne, Juvenile, BG, Big Tymers, Manny Fresh, and the Hot Boyz. Wendy Day believes in openly sharing her methods, her experience, and her business practices in detail so that artists will understand the truth of what it takes to attract the attention of a record label in the current music business economy.

In 1992, Wendy Day started the not-for-profit artists' advocacy group, Rap Coalition, to educate, inform, and unify rappers. Tired of the unfair contracts that slanted the deals in favor of the record labels thereby bringing the artists little to no share of the income, she began renegotiating their deals and/or breaking the contracts. She then went on to negotiate some of the most stellar deals in urban music, a few of which secured ownership of the all-important masters for the artists.

The next release, available in December, will be "Turning Music Into Money: How To Put Out Your Own Music Independently", for anyone interested in doing it themselves or starting a record label.

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MP3: Wordsmith - "Music for the Masses" (prod. Strada)

MP3: Wordsmith - "Music for the Masses" (prod. Strada)

Courtesy Wordsmith Music.

"Music for the Masses", produced by Strada, is the 2nd single off Wordsmith's upcoming "King Noah Mixtape" hosted by Power 105's DJ Envy. With an acoustic feel and an infectious melody; Word continues to show the songwriting skills that garnered him an ASCAPLUS Award this year.

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MP3: That Kid Era f/ Styles P - "You Lift Me"

MP3: That Kid Era f/ Styles P - "You Lift Me"

Courtesy J Melo.

As Styles P drops his new "Master of Ceremonies," he also took the time to feature on That Kid Era's new street single. This is a soulful banger produced by Up North.

Artist: That Kid Era
Featuring: Styles P
Song: You Lift Me
Producer: Up North
Song link: .

A Tribe Called Quest: 'Beats, Rhymes & Life' & Phife Dawg Live

PRESS RELEASE: A Tribe Called Quest Special: 'Beats, Rhymes & Life' Premier & Phife Dawg Live

Courtesy of The Doctor's Orders.

Soundcrash & The Doctor's Orders are proud to present the UK premiere of 'Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest', Michael Rapaport's award winning film documenting the highs and lows of Hip Hop's Golden Era's most celebrated group A Tribe Called Quest.

Featuring an original soundtrack by Madlib and including humorous & insightful interviews with the likes of ?uestlove, De La Soul, Ghostface Killah, Pharrell Williamsm Adam Horowitz and Mary J Blige as well as extensive accounts from Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, Jarobi White and Ali Shaheed Muhammad, never has the story of A Tribe Called Quest been better told. The screening will be followed by an exclusive live show by original Tribesman Phife Dawg featuring ATCQ classics from 'Peoples Instinctive Travels', 'Midnight Marauders', 'Low End Theory', 'Beats, Rhymes & Life' as well as new material.

An essential night for A Tribe Called Quest enthusiasts and music lovers in general.

Film synopsis:

As Beats, Rhymes & Life begins, the rappers who anchored pioneering group A Tribe Called Quest are already going their separate ways. As youths in the mid-'80s, the Queens-born foursome of Tribe—Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Jarobi White—found success with their exhuberant exploration and combination of hip hop, pop and jazz. But in recent years, Q-Tip, the band's visionary and reluctant pop star, has tired of the street-bred capriciousness of his lyrical partner Phife, who is equally frustrated with Q-Tip. How these two friends and musical partners got to this state forms the guts of actor-turned-filmmaker Michael Rapaport's candid and combustible documentary.

Film trailer: .

Full Cast:

Mary J Blige / Common / Mike D / Phife Dawg / De La Soul / Mos Def / Adam Horowitz / Ghostface Killah / Ludacris / Angie Martinez / Ali Shaheed Muhammad / Q-Tip / Michael Rapaport / Pete Rock / ?uestlove / Jarobi White / Pharrell Williams / Adam Yauch

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Video: Lil B - "Down 4 Too Long"

Video: Lil B - "Down 4 Too Long"

Courtesy DJ Vlad.

Press Release: L PRO - "Vertigo" Now Available

Press Release: L PRO - "Vertigo" Now Available

Courtesy Wanja Lange.

L PRO presents Vertigo, a collection of joints produced by native Portland producer 5th Sequence.

This record is the follow up to their EP "Equilibrium" which was released earlier this year. Equilibrium did well with its release by getting fans around the world familiar with L PRO and 5th Sequence. Both L PRO and 5th Sequence were said to bring back the template of historic veterans, Pete Rock and CL Smooth; and 5th Sequence and L PRO with their release of Equilibrium truly brought back the flavor of the golden age of hip hop. called Vertigo one of the most anticipated releases after reviewing Equilibrium. They conclude after their review of Equilibrium, "If you're a true head, you need this!" L PRO and 5th Sequence present Vertigo as a complete piece of work that consists of true lyrical skill and raw beats produced by 5th Sequence and others such as Arkitek and DVS from L PRO's previous group Grassrootz. The opening intro to Vertigo brings clever scratches, banging drums and a nice salutation, "Welcome to Vertigo!" Scratches of Pro's voice saying, "now you know my name" ring so true after hearing this joint.

With guest appearances by Asa, Angel, Tokyo Nelson, Mic Crenshaw, Destro Destructo and Pricetag; this record is full of good music. Available at and, Vertigo is sure to keep giving hip hop fans what they got with Equilibrium. From joints like Walk of Life, a descriptive joint about observation of everyday life, to Wanna Know which is a skills track where L PRO's skills truly shines, Vertigo is a culmination of talent shared by L PRO, 5th Sequence and the guest on the record.

Visit,, ITunes and more and pick up Vertigo.

About L Pro:

After moving from San Diego, California as a teenager; L PRO entered the music scene with his first record "Uncharted Regions" produced by D-Wyze in 1996. This album featured guest appearances by the Lifesavas, Cool Nutz, Destro Destructo of Oldominion and others.

Ultimately, this album proved to be a well rounded album and received accolades from XXL magazines Adisa Banjoko who noted, "These cats are nice, real nice; from the opening track Navigation to Four O'clock in the morning and No Matter, you can tell that D-Wyze and L Profound ain't new to this." Banjoko continues with... "They have true skills and lace the album with a tone of positivity that doesn't come off as corny or condescending."

After the release of Uncharted Regions, Grassrootz disbanded and Dwyze travelled to California to continue his work as a producer. Co-producing the joint, Spark the Underground, in Long Beach, California. In the following years, L PRO experienced some personal setbacks which included a divorce, being stabbed in the face which left a scar and having little resources to continue his music career. All of these factors ultimately kept him out of the studio for a time. After some time, L PRO connected with Portland Emcee Soul P and after being asked to return to the studio for collaboration; L PRO returned to the studio with Soul P and was featured on Soul P's Simply Soul, and subsequent record Soul Affect.

Feeling rejuvenated, L PRO was back in the studio to work on the biographical "Chronicles" with producer Arkitek and executive producer Rev. Shines of the Lifesavas. This record featured guest appearances from Libretto, Destro, and Syndel of Sirens Echo. This record proved to be a solid joint and left many wanting more from this emcee. Notably, this record was full of emotion and description of the trials L PRO experienced over the previous five years. Not long after the release of Chronicles, L PRO started his work with producer 5th Sequence.

L PRO and 5th Sequence had plans to work together several years prior but were never ever to connect. The two were able to reconnect after 5th Sequence contacted him and the two started to work together on a single entitled, "Walk of Life". Both were impressed with each other's skills and as a result, Walk of Life proved to be the first song toward what is Vertigo, a full length record from the two being released in late 2011. This collaboration proved to be the beginning the "Vertigo" Full length project; A collection of hard hitting drums, solid lyrical skills and thought provoking concepts.

Prior to the release of Vertigo, L PRO and 5th Sequence have decided to release "Equilibrium", a collection of raw beats, lyrics and a glimpse of what is to come with the pending release of Vertigo. With the release of Equilibrium, L PRO remains committed to bringing quality music and cementing his place in as one of the hottest emcees coming out of the Northwest.

Video: Da Brat On T.I., Nicki Minaj & Kim Kardashian

Video: Da Brat On T.I., Nicki Minaj & Kim Kardashian

Courtesy DJ Vlad.

New Audio: Jesse Abraham "Connections"

New Audio: Jesse Abraham "Connections"

Courtesy Matt B.

Fresh off of his win at the Underground Music Awards where he was crowned 2011's Lyricist of the Year, Jesse Abraham releases the latest single from his One Day LP, entitled "Connections": (you can DL the track there as well).

Discussing the common bonds that link us all, Abraham spins his usual blend of ear-catching madness and thought-provoking lyrics on this new track.  The song features vocalist Jeanette Berry and is produced by K.O. Beatz. A free DL of the album (which was nominated for Indie Album of the Year at the UMA's) can be found at .

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