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[Heaven Razah]Hell Razah :: Heaven Razah
Nature Sounds

Author: Steve 'Flash' Juon

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"In April of 2010 rumors surfaced online that former Sunz of Man member and long-time Wu-Tang affiliate Hell Razah had suffered a brain aneurysm and was in a coma. Ominously Razah's Twitter account fell silent at almost the exact same time and hasn't been updated since. When Razah's label Nature Sounds sent out the following tweet, it all but confirmed our worst fears: "Please keep @Razah_Rubiez in your prayers. He's a strong brother who needs privacy while he focuses on his recovery." Speculation on the internet has been rampant ever since - what really happened to Razah, what does this mean for his recording career, and how is he doing these days? Sorry - "Heaven Razah" won't answer any of those questions. HR either had enough material recorded for Nature Sounds to compile it into an album and release it, or he recovered enough to finish the album he had started. "

Configa :: Pac to the Essence Volume 1 :: Configaration Records
as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon

[Configa]"It's not immediately obvious from looking at the extensive archive of reviews at RR that we've written about Configa before - you won't find any albums attributed to his name. If you dig deep enough though you'll find he was part of a release credited to the Slept On Fam. Matt Tomer was so impressed by Configa's production techniques that he was moved to poetic praise, branding the entire album "an attempt to compliment producer Configa and his splendiferous sonic scenery." Since Tomer works as an artist/producer himself under the name Remot (pronounced "re-mote") he's not going to offer such praise to an undeserving producer not worthy of holding his jock, so when Configa's newest release arrived at RR headquarters I was happy to give it a spin myself. "

Global Lords :: Global Lords Ent. Presents � The Epitaph :: Global Lords Ent.
as reviewed by Pedro 'DJ Complejo' Hernandez

[The Epitaph] "If you want that hardcore, raw, pure hip-hop look no further than "The Epitaph." It's a collection of 16 tracks that harkens back to the raw, gritty hip-hop coming out of New York City in the mid to late 1990s. The most surprising thing about "The Epitaph" is that it's mainly a product of Canada. Sure, the album features a fair number of NYC emcees, but the backbone of the compilation is the production. Produced mainly by up and comer St. Peter, the production on "The Epitaph" sets the tone for album. With a Hell Razah feature, it'd be easy to compare the compilation to the Wu sound, but despite its singular theme of bringing hip-hop back, "The Epitaph" manages to give us enough variety to stand out amongst the pack of other similarly minded projects. "

Incise ::
Daily Methods :: Goon Trax
as reviewed by Pete T.
[Daily Methods]"As a newly christened RapReviews staff writer earlier this year I took it upon myself to review Incise's 2008 album "Nobody's Story." A simply gorgeous record musically, Incise raised the already high bar he set on his prior collaboration with Toronto rapper Prince Ali "I Miss 1994," an online-circulated release that served to quietly turn heads throughout hip hop's underground and proved his versatility and consistency on a second record that quickly became among my favorites of recent years. Having since dabbled in electronica and worked with a wide range of artists, the follow-up "Daily Methods" was unleashed by Japanese imprint Goon Trax just in time for RR's Canadian Month. Goon Trax is home to an eclectic and uniformly impressive group of hip hop artists yet caters almost exclusively to an international market with virtually no presence or distribution in the states."

Impulss :: Marie Laveaux's Hustle :: Quarter Rat Musique
as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon
[Marie Laveaux's Hustle] 
"The journey of Impulss as an artist is rooted in the tragedy and triumph of New Orleans. "Pleasure Club" came out right after Hurricane Katrina had devastated the city, but Impulss found reason to celebrate through good beats and rhymes, as if to say that his hometown's ruin was only a very temporary setback. When 2009's "Category Shybe" came out that recovery was fully underway, and just over half a year later the New Orlean Saints would win the Superbowl. There are still areas on the frontlines of the flooding that have never been rebuilt or still need assistance, but the victory definitely gave the hard working (and playing) people of the area an emotional lift. That sense of anything is possible informed the second album as well, with a fearless willingness to talk about anything from the mediocrity of commercial radio to violence found throughout the streets of N.O. - proving you can love your home turf while not turning a blind eye to the realities of the day to day life there. "

Kane and Abel :: Back on Money :: E1 Entertainment
as reviewed by Patrick Taylor

[Back on Money] "I never messed with anything on No Limit back in the label's heyday. I was turned off by the gaudy Pen & Pixel covers, the synth beats, and the label's tendency to promote a lifestyle rather than make good music. Master P may have been a brilliant businessman, but I wasn't feeling his or his label's musical output. Twin brothers David and Daniel Garcia, aka Kane and Abel, put out two albums on No Limit back in the 1990s, "7 Sins" and "Am I My Brother's Keeper." I haven't heard either, but judging from their latest, "Back on Money," I didn't miss much. The brothers have been out of the music-making game for about six years. They've been focusing on making street DVDs like "Da Block Party," "Death Toll," and "Father of Lies," the latter starring DMX. "

Nikki Lynette :: The Strong Survive EP :: Team Bad Ass/
as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon

[The Strong Survive EP]"One thing you'll want to know about Nikki Lynette right from the jump is that three of her songs to date have been featured on MTV's "Jersey Shore." I can't say I've watched more than 30 seconds of the program, but given how many photos and how much publicity the stars of it get (both good and bad) I can't help but feel like I know who Snooki, The Situation and JWoww are anyway. Having checked out her personal website I can't say that Lynette looks like the much-maligned "Guido" stereotype of the show, which both Italian-Americans and New Jersey residents have gone out of their way to say is a total falsehood (not to mention most of the TV show's stars are actually from New York City). I wouldn't have been bothered if she had per se, but it also wouldn't have surprised me for MTV to have picked an artist to feature whose gimmick matched the show perfectly."

Pimp C :: The Naked Soul of Sweet Jones :: Fontana/Rap-A-Lot Records
as reviewed by Emanuel Wallace
[The Naked Soul of Sweet Jones]"In hip-hop, the posthumous release is a touchy topic. In it's current form, things really got started when 2Pac and B.I.G. died and left fans starving for new music. In subsequent years, we'd come to see releases from other deceased artists like Big Pun, Big L, Eazy E, Ol' Dirty Bastard and Camu Tao to name a few. In some situations, the posthumous release results in a stature that becomes much larger than it was when the artist was still alive. One of the greatest manifestations of this is in the case of J. Dilla, whose standing in hip-hop history has taken a meteoric rise since his passing in 2006 from that of a dope producer to that of a hip-hop icon. There seem to be two extreme stances when it comes to many of the posthumous releases where one side of the argument feels that the work of the dearly departed becomes tainted when reworked and released, and the other side is just happy to hear some new shit that would have gone on lost forever in the annals of time. "

Qwel and Maker :: Owl :: Galapagos4
as reviewed by Susan 'susiQ' Kim

[Owl] "Throughout the years, Chicago label Galapogos4 has become a household name in the hip hop scene as they've churned out stellar artists one after the other. Any underground hip hop enthusiast should be familiar with the label as I have been a long time follower ever since I first heard Typical Cats in 2000. With this in mind, Qwel was definitely a standout emcee in the group and remains an all-time favorite of mine so you can envision how ecstatic I was when I received Qwel and Maker's third full length album of "Owl." Qwel and producer Maker create music that seems effortless. The collaboration brings together a unique, unmatched sound and has only grown stronger since their four horsemen/seasons project of "The Harvest" and followed by "So Be It." They now take on a "full-fledged endeavor," further exploring their talents, sound, and artistry in "Owl." "

Shad :: TSOL :: Black Box/Decon Records
as reviewed by Pedro 'DJ Complejo' Hernandez

[TSOL]"Shad is finally back! After going almost three years without an album, he returns even bigger and better than ever. While "The Old Prince" was an album that gained traction through critical praise, "TSOL" comes to us a much hyped and highly anticipated album. Though the album has been released in Canada for a few months now, October 5, 2010 marks its official United States release through Decon Records. Those of us who have kept "The Old Prince" in constant rotation for the last three years likely already paid our import fees to get "TSOL" a little early and it was worth every penny. Shad's success obviously presents a challenge to his humble, struggling rapper persona, but even with that challenge Shad manages to deliver another heartfelt, clever, soulful album that shows he is worthy of all the praise he's received. "

New Jack Kings :: New Jack Kings ::
as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon

[New Jack Kings]"From time to time (oh who am I kidding, quite often) we like to quote from an artist's own press kit to let them explain to you just who in the blue hell they are. The New Jack Kings both need and deserve that chance too, so in their own words "Two unsung heroes from two of Michigan's most influential crews combine forces to author a coming of age story inspired by the infamous era of high top fades, eye brow parts, and house parties. The album revolves around life, love, women and fashion as a solute to artists such as Teddy Riley, Bobby Brown, Michael Jackson, New Edition and Kid n Play who made songs that everyone could relate to." Or to sum it up in one sentence, T. Calmese and Vaughan T. decided to make a Brand New Jack Swing for the 21st century."

LMNZ :: Worldwide Rap :: {self-released}
as reviewed by Emanuel Wallace [Worldwide Rap]
 "Back in 2003, the RZA of the Wu-Tang Clan released a compilation album entitled "The World According to RZA." This album featured production by RZA and all of the guests were from European locations including France, Scandanavia, Germany, Italy and the UK. Fast forward to 2010, and we have Berlin-based producer LMNZ (pronounced as "elements") who had the vision and desire to produce a hip-hop album to serve as a vehicle to bring the world closer. To do this, LMNZ embarked on creating an international and multilingual album along the lines of RZA's 2003 release. However, there is one major difference between the two albums. LMNZ' album has representatives from all six habitable continents, whereas RZA's only explored Europe. In total, "Worldwide Rap" boasts seventy-six artists and features twenty-nine different spoken languages. "

Hip-Hop Shop #94 - Diggin' In Digi Crates

Every weekend we air a new edition of Hip-Hop Shop on BlogTalkRadio like the one you're about to hear - Episode #94 - Diggin' In Digi Crates! This week we shine the spotlight on Digi Crates Records artists like Ackryte, Tha Connection and Scifi Stu among others! Send your feedback, podsafe (RIAA free) music, and advertising requests to Thanks for listening and remember to share the show with a friend and tell them to check out the replay every Tuesday on!

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Tracks featured this week:

* Zion I f/ Rebelution - Many Stylez
* Tha Connection - Voices (Remix)
* Scifi Stu f/ SmooVth - Passin' Thru
* Stylah f/ Memphis Bleek, Young Safi - Them Boys
* Tha Connection - Rap Shit (Fresh Sly Remix)
* Sub Swara & Big Boi - Shutterbug (Sub Swara Remix)
* Ackryte f/ SmooVth - Ackronyms
* Random & Mr. Miranda f/ Mistah FAB & Fashawn - Fabshawn & Mirandom

PR: Duane Stephenson Honors Hillary Clinton

From VP Records:

Duane Stephenson Honors Hillary Clinton

Reggae Singer Breaks from Tour to Honor the U.S. Secretary of State in Washington, D.C.

Duane Stephenson and U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton, meet in Washington, D.C. during a World Food Program award ceremony on October 5, 2010.

Monday, October 11, 2010

(VP RECORDS, NEW YORK) - Reggae singer/songwriter Duane Stephenson was recently invited by the World Food Program (WFP) to perform in honor of the United States Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton. The event took place at the George McGovern Leadership Award ceremony in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, October 5.

Stephenson was at the tail end of his U.S. tour with the Wailers, and the two parties previously teamed up for a song that manifested a partnership with the WFP. "The Wailers and I are partners with the World Food Program," says Stephenson.  "Our song 'A Step for Mankind' has helped to spread the message of the need for more action in addressing the issue of world hunger."

Stephenson was thus invited to perform at the ceremony that included political dignitaries and social activists from around the world at the prestigious event, where Secretary Clinton was presented with The George McGovern Leadership Award for her work to curb global hunger.

Stephenson reveals he is humbled and excited by the experience. "It's so inspiring to be in the company of global politicians and dedicated corporate partners who share the same values and aspirations to eradicate hunger," states Stephenson. "Food is a common bond that unites every single life form on this planet, we all require it to live, yet a billion people each night go to bed hungry and 25,000 of them die."

Stephenson disclosed his work with the World Food Program will continue as he sees the issue of world hunger as one that is very important to him. "I was happy to be there to see Secretary Clinton get this award as she has fought for this issue for years now. Hunger affects a billion of our brothers, sisters and children in 80 countries. This award will bring added attention and raise awareness of the issue."

Duane Stephenson just wrapped up touring the U.S. as the opening act for the legendary Wailers, and promoting his sophomore album Black Gold, released by VP Records on September 28, 2010. Black Gold is the highly anticipated follow-up to Stephenson's debut album From August Town, which was released by VP Records in 2007 and was hailed as one of that year's best reggae albums.

For further information on Duane Stephenson, visit his artist profile at .

Video: Kevin Cossom & Rick Ross at Rehearsal

From Jessie Maguire:

Video: Kevin Cossom & Rick Ross at Rehearsal

Jersey Shore x Def Jam Rapstar: Who Stole Sammi Sweetheart's Copy?

From Def Jam and Decon Media:

Jersey Shore x Def Jam Rapstar: Who Stole Sammi Sweetheart's Copy?

Watch the video and find out - Who Stole Sammi's Copy of Def Jam Rapstar?

About Def Jam Rapstar:
The premiere emcee experience for video game consoles Def Jam Rapstar makes the world your stage by rhyming along to more than 40 of the greatest Hip Hop tracks ever created. Use your console camera to record and customize your video using the in-game editing tools, then upload your video to the fully integrated Def Jam Rapstar community at, where you can share your videos across your social networks, Battle other emcees, comment on videos and much more. Def Jam Rapstar also offers you the ability to freestyle over tracks by some of the hottest hip hop producers and upload your freestyle performances for the world to decide how good you really are.

PR: Joe Budden Is Back with Mood Muzik 4!

From Gio at E1 Music:

Joe Budden Is Back with Mood Muzik 4!


October 11, 2010


(New York, NY) — E1 Music is set to release the highly anticipated fourth installment of the “Mood Muzik” mixtape series by New Jersey’s own Joe Budden. Mood Muzik 4: A Turn 4 The Worst will be released on November 9th, 2010 and features appearances by all 3 fellow members of hip-hop supergroup Slaughterhouse as well as other big-name artists Fabolous and Lloyd Banks.

In 2003, Joe Budden released the first installment of what would become one of the premiere selling mix-tapes series of all time entitled Mood Muzik: Worst of Joe Budden. With massive street notoriety, Joe Budden signed to Def Jam Records in that same year and released major hits from his self-titled album, such as the timeless 2003 Grammy- nominated hit “Pump It Up” in the category of Best Male Rap Solo.

Winner of the 2003 Vibe Next Award, Joe went on to consecutively release the legendary and still unrivaled Mood Muzik 2: Can It Get Any Worse? (2005), the critically acclaimed Mood Muzik 3: For Better or For Worse (2007) and Mood Muzik 3: The Album (2008). The resurgent Budden once widely considered a casualty of the kind of major −label machinations that have derailed so many promising rap careers, has proven irrepressible, bursting back into public prominence with a landslide of vivid new verses. Since 2007, in addition to his mixtapes, he has released two CDs (Escape Route and the narrative−heavy "Padded Room"), the internet−only LP ("Halfway House"), and a spirited collaboration with hip−hop supergroup Slaughterhouse.

Joe Budden will do a national promo tour October 20th thru October 30th and will be making his way to Europe and Canada in the coming months.

One of the most consistent artists to date, his matchless lyrical artistry continues to garner him worldwide respect and success in such places as Europe, Africa and Asia.

The tracklist can be viewed below:

   1. Intro (Pray For Them)
   2. Come Along
   3. Remember The Titans (Ft. Fabolous, Lloyd Banks, & Royce Da 5’9”)
   4. Short Summer
   5. Role Reversal
   6. Mop Salad Skit (performed by Karon “Kdotonthebeat,” Performed by parks Vallely)
   7. No Idea
   8. Black Cloud
   9. Follow My Lead (Ft. Joell Ortiz)
  10. Weekend Warrior Skit (performed by Karon “Kdotonthebeat”)
  11. Sober Up (Ft. Crooked I)
  12. Hello Expectations
  13. Something To Ride To
  14. Stuck In The Moment (ft. Emanny, Performed by parks Vallely)

Click here to watch the teaser trailers for Mood Muzik 4:

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Video: Marvell - "We Know"

From 7Thirty Online:

Video: Marvell - "We Know"

Video: Wordsmith - "Show Me the Money/Touch Backdown"

From Wordsmith:

Video: Wordsmith - "Show Me the Money/Touch Backdown"

Video: Armageddon - "Run Away"

From Semp Rok:

Video: Armageddon - "Run Away"

Devo Spice Update - 10/11/2010

From Devo Spice:

Devo Spice Update - 10/11/2010

Hey everyone,

Music is happening this weekend in Ohio.  You should be there.

--== Con On The Cob’s Comedy Music Extravagasm! ==--
The venerable and rapidly decreasing in weight Shoebox of Worm Quartet has been hard at work producing the music track for Ohio’s annual celebration of games, art, freaks, and fun.  Con On The Cob is one of the most unique conventions I’ve ever attended and it’s always a lot of fun.  This year they’re planning an Iron Chef like event for artists.  And then there are the freaks.  That would be us- the people who for some reason try to make you laugh in song form.

Con On The Cob’s Comedy Music Extravagasm runs all weekend and features 16 funny type people and a couple panels thrown in for good measure.  Here’s the full run down:

8:00pm: Max DeGroot
8:30pm: Power Salad
9:00pm: Rob Balder
9:30pm: Positive Attitude
10:00pm: Worm Quartet

12:00pm: Podcasting Panel
1:00pm: Dementia Radio 10th Anniversary Panel
2:00pm: Main Stage Concert (2 hours featuring damn near everybody)
4:00pm: Soggy Potato Chips
4:30pm: Carrie Dahlby
5:00pm: ShiSho
7:00pm: 19 Action News
7:30pm: Witherwings
8:00pm: Norm Sherman (the guest of honor, from Drabblecast)
9:00pm: Nuclear Bubble Wrap
9:30pm: the great Luke Ski
10:00pm: Devo Spice (Hey, that’s me!)

11:30am: Derwood Bowen
12:00pm: Cirque du So What
12:30pm: Dementia All-Star Request Hour

I’ll be doing 2 songs during the main stage concert and then the half hour show at 10.

--== The Insider, Now With RSS ==--
Episode 14 of The Insider is now posted, and if you’re one of those podcast listening people you can now subscribe to my brand new RSS feed and get the episodes automatically!

For those who aren’t technically inclined the concept is simple.  Open iTunes, under the Advanced menu select Subscribe To Podcast and paste this URL into the field:

Now whenever you launch iTunes it will check to see if a new episode is posted and will download it automatically.  You can watch the video right there in iTunes where it will enlarge it to full screen view so you can see every nose hair creeping out of my face.

Spice Rack subscribers, who pay me money each month and get (among other things) a LONGER episode of The Insider with additional and exclusive content, should use this URL:

There.   Now there’s no excuse not to watch.  Unless you don’t like seeing my nose hairs.

--== Marco And The Red Granny Episode 2 ==--
Marco And The Red Granny Episode 2 is now live.  Hub Magazine was having some technical difficulties so it took a while to post but it’s ready now for all your listening pleasure.  You can listen to the MP3 or just read the text of the story at the official web site here:

Marco And The Red Granny is a science fiction story written by Mur Lafferty.  I am narrating the audio version for her.  If you enjoy the story please consider donating to her.  Mur is a very hard working woman who needs more purple hair dye.

That’s it for now folks.  Don’t forget to listen to The Funny Music Podicast for all your inside the FuMP and behind the scenes talk on the songs posted at  And be sure to keep an eye on The FuMP.  I should have a new song posting shortly.


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