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2010 Wake Up Show Anthem f/ B-Real, Crooked I, Ras Kass & More

From Dunn Deal PR:

King Tech presents the 2010 Wake Up Show Anthem f. RZA | Ras Kass | B-Real | Crooked I | Tajai | Tech N9ne and more!

Video: Donwill - Presents Interview

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Video: Donwill - Presents Interview

Don Cusack Star Sits Down For Interview, Speaks On New Album,
Tanya Morgan, The Power Of Social Networks, And More

The Video:

Continuing the push for his upcoming solo debut Don Cusack In High Fidelity, Donwill of Tanya Morgan recently sat down with popular internet radio site to talk about his upcoming album, his group efforts with Tanya Morgan, the importance of properly utilizing social media networks as an artist, and more. Opening the interview, Donwill offers insight on the relationship that has developed between Von Pea, Ilyas, and himself over the years. Having been together since 2006, Donwill explains the camaraderie and support system the three have built, even with friendly competition, saying, "Now that we have this total creative autonomy and space, we want to make sure to be pretty sensitive of the fact that we need each other at this point." Back to his own music, Donwill wants people to understand the title, Don Cusack In High Fidelity, is more than just a title, it points to the theme ingrained throughout the entire album and the cult-classic film High Fidelity from which the album pulls inspiration. While some video content from the album in the future may stray slightly thematically in comparison to Don's already released video for "Laura's Song," he plans to keep the High Fidelity theme incorporated in all of the album's visual elements, as he prepares to release new videos in the near future. While Donwill covers his own career and upcoming projects throughout the interview, Donwill closes the interview offering advice for fellow artists as they engage fans and friends through social media. As an active member himself on social networks including Twitter and Facebook, closing the interview, Donwill speaks on the importance not only in being active on social networks, but how to best utilize social networks to reach and interact with friends and followers online.

Donwill's debut solo album Don Cusack In High Fidelity drops March 23, 2010, via Interdependent Media. Interview: .

"Laura's Song" Max-single buy link: .

Be sure to check out Tanya Morgan live in a city near you soon, as they embark on the 12-date High Fidelity Tour with supporting act Kooley High:
2.25 - Washington, DC - Bohemian Caverns
2.26 - Raleigh, NC - The Pour House
2.27 - Williamsburg, VA - College of William & Mary
3.02 - Atlanta, GA - The Apache Cafe
3.03 - Asheville, NC - Emerald Lounge
3.04 - Pittsburgh, PA - Shadow Lounge
3.05 - Toronto, ON - The Drake Hotel
3.06 - Chicago, IL - Subterranean (w/ Blu & Exile)

The Background:

Donwill is one-third of hip-hop group Tanya Morgan, formed in 2003, who recently released their third full-length album Brooklynati in 2009. With the high praise from Rolling Stone and Time Out New York that Brooklynati garnered,Donwill is now ready to release his own album, Don Cusack in High Fidelity on March 23rd, 2010. The maxi-single of "Laura's Song," complete with the album version, radio edit, instrumental and a couple of remixes is now available for purchase on iTunes. The album will be released by Bay Area label Interdependent Media.

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, A-Plus, and more. For more information, please visit . Interview .

?uestlove (The Roots) Speaks on Fela Kuti & His Music

From Big Hassle Media:

?uestlove (The Roots) Speaks on Fela Kuti & His Music

DJ Khaled & Jessie Maguire Discuss Victory & Shyne

From Jessie Maguire:

DJ Khaled & Jessie Maguire Discuss Victory & Shyne

Free Download: The Residents (Muneshine & Saint) "Open House"

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Free Download: The Residents (Muneshine & Saint) "Open House"

In 2009, Super Producers/Emcees Muneshine and Saint collaborated together to make the group The Residents. Muneshine hailing from Toronto, Canada and Saint representing Long Island, New York, finally finished their anticipated album "Open House" which has been in talks for years. Between the duo, they have produced for and worked with many hip hop heavyweights such as Pete Rock, DJ Spinna, Sean Price, El Da Sensei, J-Live, Wordsworth, Mr. Man (Da Bush Babees), YZ, Stic Man (Dead Prez), Grap Luva, Nature and Kool Kim (UMC’s) to name a few. They collectively have sold over 30,000 records worldwide with groups like Phocus, Lightheaded, The Good People and have also found much success in individual solo careers.

The album "Open House" originally released in Japan in late 2009 finally hits the United States and other parts of the world to show what the hype has been about in the Japanese region for free download. Both known for their jazz/soul influenced productions accompanied with head nodding boom bap drums, "Open House" once again does not disappoint. The album mostly produced by Muneshine and Saint with other production by Illmind and Canadian Producer Envoy is a must have in any true school hip hop listeners collection. Along for the ride on the DJ side are the talented DJ Sonik and the world famous Rob Swift of the X-Ecutioners. The album also features guest appearances by Cadence (Raw Produce), Edo G., Dminor, Ohmega Watts, Understanding, Shad K and Shaunise.

1. Intro
2. Something Like feat. Rob Swift
3. Do Your Thing
4. Starting Monday
5. Nocturnal
6. Beneath the Surface
7. Here to There feat. Understanding
8. Forever Tonight
9. Veterans feat. Edo G.
10. Keys to Life feat. Cadence & Dminor
11. Anybody
12. Love of My Night
13. Reach feat. Ohmega Watts
14. Diss One
15. What We've Got feat. Shuanise & Shad K.

Free Download: The Residents "Open House"

Also available Muneshine "Status Symbol" CD | Digital:
- iTunes

Also Available Saint "About Time" CD | Digital:
- iTunes



Devin The Dude to Release "Suite 420" on April 20th

Houston Rapper Devin The Dude to Release New Album, "Suite 420," on April 20th, 2010

NEW YORK, NY--(February 24, 2010) - E1 Music is excited to announce the much anticipated release of Devin The Dude's appropriately titled new album, "Suite 420," on April 20th, 2010. "Suite 420" features The Odd Squad (Jugg Mugg, Devin & Rob), Smit D (originally from the Facemob), 14K, Tony Mac, Ced-B, Kory-B, School-Boy, Alpha-Bet-D with production by Mirawge & Big Baby, Mike Dean, Rob Quest, Luster Baker, C-Ray, Q-Stone, Reggie Coby, and Devin The Dude himself.

The first single, "What I Be On" will be serviced shortly.

The Houston rapper has laid down five solo albums that have highlighted his impressive storytelling skills and made him one of the most respected and sought-after artists in the industry. As one of the few emcees who have worked with the best in the underground, mainstream, East, West and South, Devin is your favorite rapper's favorite rapper.

He has released five solo albums: "The Dude" (1998), "Just Tryin' ta Live" (2002), "To tha X-Treme" (2004), "Waitin' to Inhale" (2007), and "Landing Gear" (2008).

Born in St. Petersburg, Florida and raised in Houston, Texas, Devin literally lived next door to music as a youngster. Living in a house in front of radio station WRXB in St. Petersburg, Devin found that one man's trash was another man's treasure when he'd discover and collect old records the station threw in the trash. Before long, he and his brother started pulling out their mom's record player and throwing parties in their front lawn. When he finally stumbled across Hip Hop, Devin found his first calling as a pop-locker performing for friends, family and even his elders at the neighborhood nursing home.

After his show-stealing appearances on Scarface's 1998 "My Homies" compilation, Devin dropped his solo debut "The Dude" to rave reviews including a coveted 4-mics rating in The Source, a rarity for Southern Hip Hop artists at the time. Inspired by the Quincy Jones album of the same name, "The Dude" introduced Devin as a unique voice that made you feel at ease instead of threatened.

Though the album didn't sell through the roof, "The Dude" won the hearts of both rap fans and rappers themselves. Devin found unexpected fans in Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre who not only invited Devin to appear on "F*ck You" from Dre's "Chronic 2001" album, but had him join them on their widely popular Up In Smoke Tour as well.

For more information, please go to: or .

About E1 Entertainment

E1 Entertainment (AIM: ETO) is a leading independent entertainment content owner that acquires film, television and music rights and exploits these rights in all media in more than 190 countries.

The company currently operates in Canada, the U.S., the UK, Holland and Belgium through its four primary businesses units: E1 Television, E1 Films, E1 Music and E1 Distribution. These businesses collectively represent E1's extensive expertise in film distribution, television and music production/distribution, Kids content, Licensing and Distribution.

E1's content library includes more than 3,700 feature films, 2,700 hours of original television programming and 15,000 music tracks. 
Bisco Smith's "Time Zones" (Cassettes Won't Listen Remix)

From Audible Treats:

MP3: Bisco Smith - "Time Zones" (Cassettes Won't Listen Remix)

Bisco Teams With Producer And Long-Time Collaborator CWL For A Pulsating Remix

The Song:

Few albums in recent memory have provided fans and listeners with more media content than Bisco Smith's The Broadcast. As both an MC and accomplished graphic artist – creating artwork for the likes of RJD2, El-P, Aesop Rock, and more – in addition to a bevy of singles, The Broadcast has allowed Bisco to deliver a series of remixes, all of which he created original artwork for, as well as the recently released video for "Vibrations," for which Bisco crafted the graphics for the video. Now, Bisco Smith is pleased to release The Broadcast's final remix effort, "Time Zones," remixed by producer and long-time collaborator Cassettes Won't Listen. CWL and Bisco Smith, who have collaborated regularly for nearly a decade, came together for the original version of "Time Zones" as CWL performed the track's unsettling sung vocals. For the remix, the two reconvened, and as Bisco explains, "J.Vegus, the track's original producer, and I thought CWL would be the icing on the cake to produce the remix; it worked out perfectly."

With an edgier feel than the original, as well as prior singles from The Broadcast, the remix steadily builds as pulsing drums and driving piano lines set the stage for hypnotic, effects saturated electric guitar riffs to push the song forward. Although less forceful and effect oriented than the original, the track's rhythm remains commanding with verses rearranged and echoing sampled vocals over the chorus adding to the more prevalent rock elements of the track. The chorus cuts to guitar and sporadic drums as an echoing Bisco raps, "I got my eye on this clock / Keep watching time / These days seem crazy / We lost our mind / Full speed ahead while it passes by / Twenty-four seven / Three six five." Fixated on time, Bisco's lines mimic the pace of the track to maximize each instant, resulting in another outstanding and boundary pushing effort from Bisco's latest, The Broadcast.

Look out for Bisco Smith and CWL's next project, Freeze Tag, hitting the airwaves soon.

"Time Zones" (Cassettes Won't Listen Remix): .

Bisco Smith's second full-length album The Broadcast is available now: .

The Background:

Bisco Smith moved to NYC 10 plus years ago from Connecticut and quickly made a name for himself DJ'ing at clubs, distributing mixtapes, performing at open mics, and in graffiti circles. His debut release, The Basics EP (2006), gained the favorable attention of music critics and his subsequent release, The Stay Up Project mixtape (2007) was downloaded over 5,000 times. Bisco's penchant for capturing our chaotic reality with his narratives, images, and collaborations has earned him a reputation as one of the most honest and creative artists of today. Going beyond music, Bisco Smith is also an accomplished graphic artist. He's done cover art, designed promotional materials and spearheaded art direction for artists such as Aesop Rock, The Perceptionists, C-Rayz-Walz, Murs, El-P, and others. His art has been featured in several magazines and art house coffee table books and in galleries, such as Danny Simmon's Rush Arts Gallery. 2008 was a big year for Bisco. He released the critically acclaimed album When Electric Night Falls (Embedded Music), toured the US, and performed at CMJ, SXSW, Scribble Jam, and NXNE. Since the start of 2009, Bisco has already released a multimedia project entitled The Strange Love Project, and is now preparing for the release of The Broadcast. It is clear that he shows no sign of slowing down. He spends his time designing everything from record covers to websites, painting walls, participating in art gallery shows, and mentoring the city’s youth with art and music, all the while transmitting top quality music to the world. Prepare to tune into Bisco Smith's LP, The Broadcast, available online now.

"Time Zones" (Cassettes Won't Listen Remix) .

"Vibrations" (Scott Thorough Remix) .

"Vibrations" .

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MP3: TRUTHLiVE - "Can't Hold Me Back"

From Audible Treats:

MP3: TRUTHLiVE - "Can't Hold Me Back"

New Track From The UnLearning EP Sends Powerful Message About Staying True To Self 

The Song:

The auditory assault continues with another song from MC, DJ, producer and entrepreneur extraordinaire TRUTHLiVE. "Can't Hold Me Back" is the latest leak from TRUTHLiVE's imminent pre-album EP, The UnLearning, available to fans for free download this March. The track is inspired by the MC's introspective explorations into self-reliance and self-belief. Says TRUTHLiVE, "When you have a clear vision, it's important to stay the course and turn criticism or hate into motivation, and ultimately greater growth and success." The ethos of self-reliance is mirrored in the creation of the track, as TRUTHLiVE juggled writing, producing and recording duties for "Can't Hold Me Back." Embracing autonomy came easy this time around for the Cali artist as there was a natural ease from which the song was born and, according to TRUTHLiVE, "everything seemed to work out on the first one or two takes - from making the beat to laying the vocals." A defiant backbeat persists throughout the song and seemingly echoes TRUTHLiVE's bold personal outlook, while soaring strings soar to a dramatic and cinematic crescendo in the hook and serve as a fitting backdrop for the emcee's message of triumph over struggle. "Always do you" encourages TRUTHLiVE, "don't EVER forget we are all part of the 'one'."

"Can't Hold Me Back": .

The Background:

Evan "TRUTHLiVE" Phillips, owner and founder of Interdependent Media, has certainly made his mark in the music industry with his wide range of talents. As an emcee, DJ, entrepreneur, and artist, TRUTHLiVE has had his hands in everything from a very young age. After a traumatic adolescent period where his health was at risk, three heart surgeries proved the artist to be quite a fighter. He explains to his new listeners, "The name TRUTHLiVE doesn't mean that I'm proclaiming myself as the truth, end-all be-all; it's more of a reminder to myself on how to conduct my life and career." The MC best summates, "My music is my truth and my life." That meaningful music will arrive on April 20th in the form of Patience, TRUTHLiVE s debut release, courtesy of Bay Area label Interdependent Media.

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, A-Plus, and more. For more information, please visit .


"Can't Hold Me Back": .

"Broken" Prod. By The ARE: .

"Tormented Genius" Prod. By Martin SLO: .

"Shoot Me Down" prod. by Tha Bizness: .

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Random a/k/a Mega Ran - New Mega Man 10 Song & Texas Weekend

From Random a/k/a Mega Ran:

A New Mega Man 10 Song & Texas Weekend

what up gang... I know it's been a minute since you heard some new Random music (yeah, like a whole month since "306"), but I wanted you to know that Mega Ran has also been hard at work. Between The Forever Famicom project with K-Murdock, and the Language Arts project with DN3 and EOM, I may or may not be working on a something special based on the return of an 8-bit icon to the gaming world.

MEGA MAN 10 is supposed to be dropping next month on Wii, Ps3 and Xbox Live, and I only get asked about 17 times a day if I'm gonna work on something related to this game release.

So....Here's the short answer.


your 99 cents will go a loooooooooooooooong way towards motivating me to do a whole Mega Ran 10 album....maybe. yeah.

TEXAS - if you're in San Antonio this weekend, I'll be out there at Our Lady of the Lake University droppin' a full set plus panel discussion. I'll be sure to bring my cowboy hat.

Peace out.


Lupe Fiasco Announces U.S. Tour Dates


Ladies and Gentlemen! See below for the first official round of dates for the Steppin Laser tour (U.S. leg) kicking off in March! B.o.B opening on select dates. And there's more dates to be added, so keep it locked right here to! Generation Lasers - you ready?

Friday 3/5 - Bridges Auditorium - Claremont, CA - (w/B.o.B)

Saturday 3/20 - Bob Hope Theatre - Stockton, CA 

Wednesday 4/07 - House of Blues - Boston, MA - (w/B.o.B) 

Friday 4/09 - House of Blues (Atlantic City) - Atlantic City, NJ - (w/B.o.B) 

Saturday 4/10 - The Fillmore NY at Irving Plaza - New York, NY - (w/B.o.B) 

Tuesday 4/13 - 9:30 Club - Washington, DC - (w/B.o.B) 

Wednesday 4/14 - Royal Oak Theatre - Detroit, MI - (w/B.o.B) 

Friday 4/16 - Eagles Ballroom - Milwaukee, WI - (w/B.o.B) 

Saturday 4/17 - Lund Arena (Gustavus Adolphus College) - St. Peter, MN 

Sunday 4/18 - Midland Theatre - Kansas City, MO 

Tuesday 4/20 - Peoria Civic Center Theatre - Peoria, IL - (w/B.o.B)

Thursday 4/22 - East Tennessee State University Center - Johnson City, TN 

Friday 4/23 - UNC – Charlotte - Charlotte, NC - (w/B.o.B) 

Saturday 4/24 - Worcester Polytechnic Institute - Worcester, MA 

Monday 4/26 - House of Blues - Houston, TX  - (w/B.o.B) 

Tuesday 4/27 - House of Blues - Dallas, TX  - (w/B.o.B)

Thursday 4/29 - Ogden Theatre - Denver, CO - (w/B.o.B) 

Saturday 5/01 - House of Blues (Las Vegas) - Las Vegas, NV - (w/B.o.B) 

Sunday 5/02 - House of Blues (Sunset) - Los Angeles, CA - (w/B.o.B) 

Wednesday 5/05 - Regency Ballroom - San Francisco, CA - (w/B.o.B) 

Friday 5/07 - Showbox SoDo - Seattle, WA - (w/B.o.B)


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