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Hear Fonzworth Bentley on K4D Episode 100!

Loyal readers of already know how big we are on K4D - a show co-hosted by mrob and hip-hop producer The Cancer. Tonight on K4D for the 100th Episode Cancer brought a special guest for the centennial edition - Fonzworth Bentley! Be sure to go to to check out the show or download the replay on iTunes (keyword: angrymarks) to learn all about Fonzworth's style and what makes him so COOL OUTRAGEOUS. It's a big hip-hop edition of K4D you don't want to miss!
Woody Black LIVE at the Dugout!

Yes, yours truly will be live at the De La Soul UStream channel, the De La Soul's Dugout, every Sunday at 8 PM! I'm no DJ, but I will play some of the bangin' joints you can hear in this earth. Don't forget to check out other shows on the De La Soul's Dugout! CHA CHA CHAAAAA!
Free Music Friday: Colder Than Eva Edition

Here's some free music for y'all to warm up this CRAZY winter season.

Bertell and Q Da Kid :: Spotlight

[TAG Records' own Q Da Kid collide with R&B singer Bertell to create this free fresh rap/R&B mixtape for all to enjoy. Even Bryan Michael-Cox co-signed this one in the beginning.]

1. Intro
2. Let Me Show You Where It's At
3. Invented Sex
4. Jackie
5. How We Ride
6. Move On
7. Tryna Get Mine
8. I Can Be Your Man (Remix)
9. Movie Tonite
10. Whatchu Wanna Do

Elzhi :: The Leftovers (Unmixedtape)

[Hands down. Elzhi's one of the craziest lyricist we have in the end of this decade. And if you need proof on why the kid from the D got heat, check this "Leftovers" mixtape where you get the best b-sides Zhi has to offer.]

1. The Great (prod. Oh No)
2. Deep (prod. Black Milk)
3. Conta f. Danny Brown (prod. Appolo Brown)
4. Like This (prod. Black Milk)
5. Red, Black & Green (prod. Black Milk)
6. Glow (prod. Jake One)
7. Living (prod. DJ Dez)
8. Dream (prod. Jake One)
9. The Crowd (prod. Leef)
10. Dedication f. Fes Roc (prod. DJ Dez)
11. Colors (rmx) (prod. DJ Spinna)
12. Flyest f. Smitty (prod. Denmark Vessey)
13. 5 Man Hustle (prod. Black Milk)
14. Clash of the Titans f. V-Styles, Royce Da 5′9″, Rapper Big Pooh & Phat Kat (prod. MoSS

Richie Cunning :: Late Night Special

[I admit that I heavily slept on this emcee name Richie Cunning and I can tell you that I regret it. Why? Because thie Golden State Warrior has this funky fresh mixtape taht's eclectic and reps the real hip-hop. Check it out, it's the "Late Night Special!"]  

1. Hear My Train A Comin
2. Light Up A Fire (Remix)
3. I Got People
4. Rec Your Life (feat. Haji P, Rob Rush, & QM)
5. Live on the Drum Pt. I
6. Takin a Train
7. Keys to the City (feat. Fashawn & U-N-I)
8. Thank You (Remix) (feat. QM)
9. Listen ot the Drum (feat. Grip Grand)
10. Just Rao (feat. TopR)
11. Happy Valentine's Day
12. Gobstopper (Remix)
13. Live on the Drum Pt. II
14. City Boy
15. Need U Bad (Remix) (feat. Grip Grand)
16. Paper THick (feat. Rakaa Iriscience)
17. Richie Cunning's Day Off

Wordsmith :: Overdue & Underrated (Mixtape)

[Here's a brand new mixtape from the Microphone BULLY~! Wordsmith's "Overdue & Underrated (Mixtape)" couldn't've been more aptly titled. After earning respect from his skills on his microphone, as well as creating an album with the legendary Chubb Rock, he's still on his grind like a skateboarder to be an underdog climbing his way to the top.]

1. DJ Ykcor Overdue & Underrated Intro
2. Twilight of My Arrival (Produced by Street Level)
3. The Great (Produced by Street Level)
4. Season of tha MC (Produced by Street Level)
5. Half Bar Half Amazing (Produced by Strada)
6. Baltimore Nights (feat. Kontact & Black Knight, Gripz, Greenspan, E-Major & Sean Toure) (Produced by Tone Beatz)
7. Ladder of Success (feat. Kontact & Black Knight, Junclassic, Rathemc & Soulstice) (Produced by Decadez)
8. Braggin Rights (Produced by Rafpak)
9. Block Banger (Produced by Capish)
10. Beast in the Trunk (feat. Kontact & Black Knight, Ruste Juxx & V-Stylez) (Produced by Judah)
11. You Never Know (feat Kontact & Black Knight, Lef, Siyam, Laelo Hood, LX RhymeZwell, Whitefolkz, Reub, Fred Knuxx, Philly Swain, & Jakk Frost) (Produced by Dirtwork)
12. Standing Ovation (feat Kontact & Black Knight) (Produced by Professa)
13. Race Against Time (feat. Sonix) (Produced by Howard Who)
14. Icy Hot (feat. Cherry) (Produced by Rafpak)
15. The Vintage Spot (Produced by Strada)
16. After Hours Rendezvous (Produced by Strada)
17. Shades of Seduction - Music for the Mood (Produced by Professa)
Bonus-Chubb Rock & Wordsmith-Old 2 The New Remix (Produced by Capish)
Bonus-DJ King Assassin Feat.Wordsmith-How Ya Like Me Now (Produced by Chuck Classik)
Bonus-Wordsmith-The Rave (Produced by Professa)

Yung Mars :: Santa Cruz or Bust

[Quite frankly, I ain't know what to expect when Flash gave me this free mixtape/album from a rapper name Yung Mars. As soon as I pressed play, organic is the word that popped up in my head. This that natural hip-hop with no additives and preservatives. Yung Mars is transmitting from Santa Cruz or bust.]

1. Introduction
2. Driving
3. What's Next (feat. Jenevieve Francisco)
4. Represent (feat. Gedeon and Aspect McCarthy)
5. Rollercoasters (feat. Jairo Vargas and Teeko)
6. No Coca
7. Take a Ride (feat. Nzinga Shakur-Ali)
8. My Last (feat. Davu Flint and Monica Mane)
9. I Broken Heart College (feat. Celebrity Hornz)
10. Stop Running (Official Spaceheater flip)
11. Spider Woman (feat. Cait La Dee and Jen Francisco)
12. Lonely (feat. Seneca)
13. Je Vais a La Mer (feat. Nataly Dawn)
14. Walk in my Shoes (feat. Icarus Jones)
15. Ambiotic Fluid (feat. Cait La Dee)
16. Pulled Plugs (feat. Ivan Ives)
17. Oblaladoo (feat. Reshad Karboau)
18. Take Your Time (feat. Miriam Speyer)

Eternia - Foul Child

L.E.G.A.C.Y. - Officer Kickass

Lil' Jon - Out of Your Mind (feat. LMFAO)

Lil' Jon - Throw it Up (Pt. 2) (feat. Pastor Troy)

Lyrics Born - Oh Baby

Nneka - "Walking (J.Period Remix)" ft. Jay Electronica

Nneka - "Changes (J.Period Remix)" ft. M-1 & General Steele Here:

That's it for the Colder Than Eva" edition of "Free Music Fridays." Check these out and let ya man know if they was fyah! If you have any free music you would like to share with the world, please e-mail me at If you're an artist with your free mixtape/album shown on this page and you want to send me a link re-up, corrections, and/or questions, e-mail me at, as well. Thanks for reading and enjoy y'all! Two fangas, one love....
List of Stores Carrying The Official Hip-Hop Trading Cards

From Ken at The Official Hip-Hop Trading Cards:

Stores currently carrying The Official Hip Hop Cards...adding stores weekly....stay tuned.

>FAT BEATS, 406 6th.Ave., 2nd.Flr., NY, NY 10011,212-673-3883 (W.GREENWHICH VILLAGE)

Burkina World Famous Hip-Hop
Looking for hip-hop? Welcome to Burkina, the world's oldest and hottest hip-hop shop since 1996. Step into their store for all your hip-hop needs, from exclusive clothing, hard to find CDs and DVDs. This is the most visited shop by hip-hop superstars, rappers DJs and producers, so don't be surprised if you run into one! 177 E. Houston (Orchard and Allen St.), 212-460-9348, .

Jim Hanley's Universe
Visit our 2 locations: Website>>

*4 West 33rd St.,
New York, New York
(opposite The Empire State Building)
(212) 268-7088

Store Hours:
Monday - Saturday: 9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am - 9:00 pm

*325 New Dorp Lane,
Staten Island, NY
(718) 351-6299

Store Hours:
Every Day: Noon - 9:00 pm

Royal Collectibles
96-01 Metropolitan Ave.,
Forest Hills, NY 11375

Gangsta Boo Arrested For Armed Robbery

From Mitchell at Red Music:

Gangsta Boo (AKA Lola Mitchell) turned herself into police after she learned she had a warrant for her arrest on the charge of conspiracy to commit armed robbery of a Dollar General Store in Olive Branch.

In a statement released to a FOX news station in Memphis, Mitchell says:

"I, Lola C. Mitchell pka Gangsta Boo, was not, I repeat, was not involved in any kind of conspiracy of any kind involving a robbery. I am being implicated false on statements and terms. I have no connections with any unlawful activities with the suspect Marcus Curtis or anyone else involved in this matter. I was neither questioned nor informed of any such charges brought against me before a warrant was issued which lead me to turn myself in. I feel like I have been publicly slandered and targeted because of my career, I am innocent on all charges and the truth will prevail in the end."

Gangsta Boo was later released on $100,000 bond.

The Forgotten Victim of File Sharing

Artists have practically begged fans not to steal their work and download it for free. The RIAA and the record labels have cried foul, saying that file sharing has been the cause of the incredible sales plummet the music industry has experienced. Just about every possible person who could be affected by file sharing has come forward as a victim, but what about the real victim? What about the one person who can’t make profits off touring like an artist can, and can’t lock artists into money sucking deals like a label can? I’m talking about the forgotten victim of file sharing, the guy you used to see all the time but has now become extinct - the bootlegger.

Read the full story at:

Black Eyed Peas, Q-Tip, Mos Def, Common All Grammy Nominated

From Giant Step:

The Black Eyed Peas, Maxwell, Lady Gaga, India.Arie, Katy Perry, Jazmine Sullivan, Mos Def, Common, Q-Tip, Robert Glasper, Stefon Harris & Femi Kuti

Offering up a variety of marketing services to both major label and independent artists, Giant Step’s nearly 20 years in the industry has earned them a reputation for introducing quality music from established and up-and-coming artists from around the globe. The last year has been no exception as 29 Grammy nominations were received for projects Giant Step championed.

Already looking forward to what 2010 has in store, Giant Step CEO/President Maurice Bernstein states, “We are delighted that these stellar artists received the much deserved Grammy recognition. As always, Giant Step’s ethos is to work with quality talent as evidenced in past Grammy wins for artists we helped establish such as Radiohead, Amy Winehouse, OutKast and several others.”

The Black Eyed Peas reemerged with The E.N.D. (Interscope Records), an electro infused hip-hop album that debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and earned six nominations. Giant Step developed a guerilla marketing campaign for the release in major markets across the US including freeway banners in Los Angeles. Maxwell also received six nominations for his long-awaited fourth studio album Blacksummers' Night (Columbia Records), which Giant Step introduced to tastemakers and lifestyle companies.

With five total nominations, Lady Gaga has firmly established herself with the debut album The Fame (Interscope Records). Giant Step was one of the first to recognize her unique talents in the fall of 2008 and began introducing their coveted group of tastemakers, both corporate and consumer, and DJ’s to what would become one of 2009’s hottest acts.

Giant Step handled the online publicity campaign for India.Arie’s Testimony: Vol. 2, Love & Politics (Universal Republic), which garnered three nominations.

The company worked with three artists in the Best Rap Album category. Songs from Q-Tip’s The Renaissance (Universal Motown) were played for a capacity crowd at Giant Step’s annual Central Park SummerStage show. Giant Step also marketed Common’s Universal Mind Control (Geffen Records) and provided DJ promotion for Mos Def’s The Ecstatic (Downtown Records).

Jazmine Sullivan and Katy Perry continue to receive nominations for tracks off of their previously recognized debut albums, Fearless (J Records) & One of the Boys (Capitol Records) respectively. The company helped introduce both of these young artists to the masses through lifestyle marketing campaigns including live performances for the Steve Madden Music Series.

Rounding out the list is Best Contemporary Jazz Album nominee Stefon Harris for his album Urbanus (Concord Records), Robert Glasper’s Best Urban/Alternative Performance nomination for “All Matter” off of Double-Booked (Blue Note Records) and Femi Kuti in the Best Contemporary World Music Album category for Day by Day (Mercer Street Records).
Complete list of Giant Step clients receiving Grammy nominations:

Record Of The Year
I Gotta Feeling- The Black Eyed Peas
Poker Face- Lady Gaga

Album Of The Year
The E.N.D.- The Black Eyed Peas
The Fame- Lady Gaga

Song Of The Year
Poker Face- Lady Gaga & RedOne, songwriters (Lady Gaga)

Best Female Pop Vocal Performance
Hot N Cold- Katy Perry

Best Male Pop Vocal Performance
Love You- Maxwell

Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals
I Gotta Feeling- The Black Eyed Peas

Best Pop Instrumental Performance
Phoenix Rise- Maxwell

Best Pop Vocal Album
The E.N.D.- The Black Eyed Peas

Best Dance Recording
Boom Boom Pow- The Black Eyed Peas & Jean Baptiste, producers; Dylan Dresdow, mixer
Poker Face- Lady Gaga
RedOne, producer; Robert Orton, RedOne & Dave Russell, mixers

Best Electronic/Dance Album
The Fame- Lady Gaga

Best Female R&B Vocal Performance
Lions, Tigers & Bears- Jazmine Sullivan

Best Male R&B Vocal Performance
Pretty Wings- Maxwell

Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals
Chocolate High- India.Arie & Musiq Soulchild

Best Urban/Alternative Performance
All Matter- Robert Glasper & Bilal
Pearls- India.Arie & Dobet Gnahore

Best R&B Song
Lions, Tigers & Bears- Salaam Remi & Jazmine Sullivan, songwriters (Jazmine Sullivan)
Pretty Wings- Hod David & Musze, songwriters (Maxwell)

Best R&B Album
Testimony: Vol. 2, Love & Politics- India.Arie
Blacksummers' Night- Maxwell

Best Rap Solo Performance
Casa Bey- Mos Def

Best Rap Album
Universal Mind Control- Common
The Ecstatic- Mos Def?
The Renaissance- Q-Tip

Best Contemporary Jazz Album
Urbanus- Stefon Harris & Blackout

Best Contemporary World Music Album
Day By Day- Femi Kuti

Best Short Form Music Video
Boom Boom Pow- The Black Eyed Peas
About Giant Step:
Since its inception in 1990, Giant Step has evolved from grassroots concert promoter to world-renowned music and lifestyle marketing company, helping its clients authentically introduce products to market. Many of its successes have been with music artists; recently, Jazmine Sullivan, Lily Allen, Amy Winehouse, Katy Perry, Robin Thicke and M.I.A., and, in the past, Mark Ronson, Sade, Jill Scott, Radiohead, The Roots and OutKast. Giant Step works closely with all major and independent record labels, proffering it first-look at the best in emerging talent.

Giant Step also works closely with brands to assist in product introduction, while focusing on increased awareness and brand loyalty through community development. Our roster include SVEDKA Vodka, Morgans Hotel Group, Steve Madden, Sony PlayStation and Dolce & Gabbana. We have also done extensive work in the past for Levi Strauss & Co., LG Mobile, New Balance and Absolut Vodka.
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The Grouch Offers Remix & Karaoke For Christmas

From Terrorbird Media:

Play, Remix, Karaoke & More with The Grouch & New Widget from France's MXP4
*'How The Grouch Stole Christmas' Mega Tour Continues To SF, Seattle, Portland, more*

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Dec. 10 - San Francisco, CA @ Slim's
Dec. 11 - San Jose, CA @ Avalon
Dec. 12 - Sacramento, CA @ Empire
Dec. 13 - Arcata, CA @ Humbrew
Dec. 14 - Eugene, OR @ WOW Hall
Dec. 15 - Portland, OR @ Backspace
Dec. 16 - Seattle, WA @ Nectar Lounge
Dec. 18 - Reno, NV @ The Underground
Dec. 19 - South Lake Tahoe @ Bar 24

The Grouch performs "Whatever I Say" from the 12/8 Santa Barbara show (click here for video)
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Blestenation Release "Ghosts" Video Featuring Ladytron

From Chris at Koch Records:

Blestenation Release "Ghosts" Video Featuring Ladytron

New York hip-hop trio Blestenation has released their video for the track "Ghosts" featuring Ladytron online at . The video was directed by Clay Patrick Mcbride for Crow Magnum Films, and features Various and Werdplay of Blestenation with a remix by FAFU and Michael Patterson.

"The 'Ghosts' video is a montage of different scenarios of people dealing with problematic relationships. It was shot in New York and incorporates footage from the original Ladytron video," commented FAFU. "I love this song because I think it shows the diversity that is Blestenation. The best part about this group is that no matter what type of music you like, we have a song for you."

Blestenation have been destroying the world of underground hip-hop on tour with the likes of Bone Thugs -N- Harmony, Scarface, Killah Priest, and the Warped Tour. The group was previously signed to Geffen Records, but their reckless behavior got them kicked off of the Warped Tour, into fist fights inside the Sony Music offices, and booted out of the Teen Choice Awards after an altercation with American Idol's Ryan Seacrest.

Blestenation recently released the EP, "Left For Dead", through digital retailers and The group will release their debut album, "Mbugout City", on February 23rd, 2010 on Suburban Noize Records.


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Wes Fif - "Tiger Woods" Song and Studio Video Footage

From Street Smart Music:

Wes Fif - "Tiger Woods" Song and Studio Video Footage

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