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Video: Freestyle on All Elements Radio w/ DJ J-Ronin

From J-Ronin:

Video: Freestyle on All Elements Radio w/ DJ J-Ronin

R. City AKA Rock City Celebrate "Man Down"

From Nancy B:

R. City AKA Rock City Celebrate "Man Down"

Atlanta, GA ~ Virgin Island transplants R. City aka Rock City have much to celebrate since their recent emancipation from Konvict Muzik - their single, "We On" has reached +120 spins a week at radio in the past couple weeks and the song they penned for pop princess, Rihanna, "Man Down", is at 2,500+ spins a week. The accompanying video is the talk of the town.

Both performers and songwriters, brothers Timothy and Theron Thomas, were released from Akon's Interscope imprint back in April after languishing for five years. In that time they penned songs for a host of household names including Jennifer Hudson, for which they were nominated for a Grammy, Justin Bieber, Chris Brown, R. Kelly, Akon and a host of others but never got the opportunity to release an album of their own. Currently, they are pushing the single "We On" from their own upcoming project, "Free At Last", and continuing their legacy as in-demand songwriters. In fact, the guys are headed to New York this week to spend some studio time with Cassie.
Download/ Stream Link:

"We On" - .

Follow us on Twitter via @WeAreRockCity & @RapPublicist

J-Zone Prepares to Publish First Book + Makes LA Times

From J-Zone:

J-Zone Prepares to Publish First Book + Makes LA Times

Normally, I'd have to stick up a check cashing joint wearing Speedos and a Black Bart Simpson t-shirt to get mentioned in the LA Times.

The production work I did for The Lonely Island (Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer from Saturday Night Live) on their Incredibad album in 2009 came up in their feature in the Times last week. I was eventually interviewed for it (about halfway down). Here's the link,0,4368046.story .

In other news, I'll be publishing my first book, Root for the Villain: Rap, Bullshit and a Celebration of Failure, this fall. Those who dug my grumpy old man tirades and general lampoonery from years past might enjoy this collection of curmudgeonly rants, hip-hop-inspired memoirs, humorous outlooks on failure, and think pieces on the general stupidity of the world at large in 2011.

If you:

    are over 30

    are a native New Yorker

    often wonder if men are the new women

    feel it's perfectly acceptable to wear a clip-on tie with Master P's face on it to a corporate job interview

    have a college degree that got you two choices in the real world: the broom or the mop

    had the opportunity to work with the legendary musical heroes of your childhood, then your broke ass got sued by one of them for copyright infringement

    stuck a fork in dating in America and are now looking into blow-up dolls due to their low maintenance, low noise level, and low cost (an air body beats an airhead)

    were robbed for a fake gold chain in the early '90s

    had a music career that kind of went kaput, so you were forced to get a "real" job and fall back into "real world" protocol. It was then you learned that the hip-hop 401k does not exist. Better yet, nothing exists. The Baby Boomers took it all.

    are sick of "couple accounts" on Facebook (Fellas, if you allow your girl to create one page for the both of you, her d*ck is bigger than yours. Furthermore, anyone over the age of 21 trying to "poke" me will be attacked with a Wiffle ball bat.)

    still use a Walkman and collect records

    live with your hostile 87-year-old grandmother who passes gas 24/7, leaves her dentures on your bathroom sink, and disrupts pimpin' at the house

    were a hip-hop kid of the '90s and/or enjoy nostalgic music business stories from that era

    plan on entering the music business and want to read true accounts of how utterly dysfunctional and useless most of the people in it are

    are sick of hearing all this bourgeois "Eat, Pray, Love" bullshit on dates. I want NYC's crime rate to return to the 1990 statistics for a week; then you'll really be praying to travel someplace expensive to "find yourself". Shut the f*ck up and stop whining.

    hate incessant texting, emoticons, internet lingo from grown ass men and women (ROTFL, OMG and similar dreck), "Gadget Hoes", "Flash Hoes", and "Cosmo Hoes". (Note: If you come to the club solely to text all night or to ask me to take a picture of you and your raggedy bird ass friends holding drinks, those last three terms apply to you.)

    are a curmudgeon with an allergy to bullshit

    don't stand a chance in life doing anything that doesn't involve purchasing a Mister Softee ice cream truck, but truly believe that one day you will run for mayor and win...

This book is for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Root for the Villain is for 0.0002% of the world's population and will probably sell like it. It's my first attempt at publishing a book after having my work published in bits and pieces over the years, so pardon me while I figure this out on the fly. More info coming soon!

New website, Ego Trip affiliation is my new website and it's under construction (official launch later this month), but links to all of my social network crap are on the site now (Facebook, Twitter, Ego Trip page, etc.) Or, find links to the aforementioned social network crap at the bottom of this email to be kept abreast of developments if the book interests you. Chapters from the book will be posted on my Ego Trip page starting in about three weeks, for a sneak peek.

In the meantime, check out my analysis on why the rumored remake of the movie Juice (feat. Soulja Boy) can't happen in's impossible! .

Also, check out this super duper rare and extremely early Wu-Tang Clan footage that I taped off of public access TV in 1991 and ripped to You Tube. .

Some of my older articles are on my Ego Trip page as well. I'll periodically be posting articles that aren't in the book, so check back in every so often.

Peace and fish grease,


Video: Ill Essence - "Gettin 2 It"

From WordOfSouth:

Video: Ill Essence - "Gettin 2 It"

Ill Essense whom is under Wes Fif’s Street Smart Music umbrella has released his first official music video. “Getting 2 It.” The song is featured on his new mixtape “Allen Pace.”

Ill Essense was born in Panama, but raised in Orlando, FL. He was featured on Street Smart Music’s “Public Enemies” mixtape which was released 2009 and received a lot of publicity. The “Get It In Orlando” track was featured on local news in a segment that attacked him as well as the other members of Street Smart Music.

MP3: AGQ - "Whispers"

From Digi Crates:

MP3: AGQ - "Whispers"

From the soul of Spain, producer "AGQ" leaks "Whispers" from his soul, jazz, production album "Early Morning Stories", CD version available now @ Shop Digi Crates

Video: D. Focis f/ Little 5 Poetry - "It's Okay"

From ISLH:

Video: D. Focis f/ Little 5 Poetry - "It's Okay"

Shot on location in Little 5 Points, Atlanta, Ga, D.Focis releases his latest visual installment from "The Herman Gardens Project"

The video was directed by Mr. Malone.  The Herman Gardens will be released later this summer.

Free Album: Sean Hines - "Roxbury (The Sean Hines Story)"

From Major Music:

Free Album: Sean Hines - "Roxbury (The Sean Hines Story)"

Rushin Embassy Entertainment appreciates your consistent support of our movement! Rushin Embassy Entertainment has decided to give you one of the realest street albums to drop in 2011 for free, including the clean version for all of the DJs holding us down!!!

Thanks again for your continued support!!

Download Roxbury- The Sean Hines Story MAIN VERSION HERE

Download Roxbury - The Sean Hines Story CLEAN VERSION HERE

Watch Roxbury - The Sean Hines Story Here

Video: Nick Nemesis - "Infinity And Beyond" (Trailer/Promo)

From Nick Nemesis:

Video: Nick Nemesis - "Infinity And Beyond" (Trailer/Promo)

MP3: SKAM2? f/ Low Life - "Stand Like a Man"

From Semp Rok:

MP3: SKAM2? f/ Low Life - "Stand Like a Man"

This isn't a game, SKAM2?  and Low Life  bring out their lyrical aggression on this new freestyle over an Alchemist production.

Audio Link:
Cover Art:

MP3: Gorilla Zoe - "Your Bitch"

From DJ Smallz:

MP3: Gorilla Zoe - "Your Bitch"





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