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Hip-Hop Shop #87 - Brought to You by the Letter J

Every weekend we air a new edition of Hip-Hop Shop on BlogTalkRadio like the one you're about to hear - Episode #87 - Brought to You by the Letter J! This week we'll feature songs from J. Cardim, J57, J Nics and J. Keys! 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:

* J. Cardim f/ G-Eyez, Emilio Rojas, Termanology - Butterfly Effect
* Ayah - Apollo Brown Reprise
* J57 f/ P.So - Fresh Daily - Beyond the Infinite Pt. 2
* V!rtu - Stuck in My Ways
* J Nics - Show You the Way
* Zane One - Kingdom
* J57 f/ Skyzoo - Lights Out Pt. Zero
* J. Keys - I Need a Dollar (Remix)

The (W)rap Up - Week of August 10, 2010

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"Bun B's legacy as a hip-hop Hall of Famer had already been cemented when he released his first solo CD "Trill" back in 2005. As one half of U.G.K. the Port Arthur native had a decade+ of hip-hop classics under his belt, but his partner in rhyme Pimp C was doing a long stint behind bars. While some worried at the time that the dopeness of Bun's solo was the beginning of the end for the group, they promptly reunited once he was released from incarceration and returned at an all-time career high in 2007 with "Underground Kingz." A few short months later Pimp C was dead. To say this turn of events was perplexing is to say the least an understatement. The Kingz gave their fans what they had been waiting for so long while Pimp C was gone, and just like that he was gone again - only this time for good. The real fucked up twist to all of this was that Bun had already proved he could ride solo and succeed before his friend and confidant left this Earth. Would he even want to do it again? "

2 Hungry Bros. :: 8thW1 - No Room For Dessert :: Domination Recordings
as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon

"Combine, collide, move forward and don't break stride. That's the motto of all artists involved on this new CD, as one became two, then two became three. It all started when Deep and Ben Boogie were DJ's at the Nuyorican Poetry Club. Recognizing kinship behind the wheels and the production boards, the two linked to form a production crew called 2 Hungry Bros. Soon they were the sound behind a variety of East coast underground favorites - Vast Aire, Breez Evahflowin, Reef the Lost Cauze and Shabaam Sahdeeq just to name a few. With their credentials already established, the always starving artists got hungrier and sought out a new MC to shine the spotlight on. Enter the Browns Mills, New Jersey native 8thW1. He started bubbling with a debut album called "lovemoneyandmusic" but needed a winning team to take his rap to the next level."

D-Loc :: Made For Kings :: Suburban Noize Records
as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon

"I feel like I'm reviewing one Kottonmouth Kings related album every 4-6 weeks. At the end of May I checked out the new group album "Long Live the Kings." In mid-July I covered Johnny Richter's "Laughing." Now the pace is picking up as D-Loc's solo album "Made For Kings" is on my desk just three weeks later. It seems clear to me this is supposed to be the summer of the Kings - perhaps they should be marketing the albums that way. If you're a long time fan of the group going back to the 1990's this is fantastic news. If you're a casual fan who respects their "Rip-Hop" hustle, it's good to see them on the grind. If you're a critic who is at times a little ambivalent about their output, you have to kick the feeling that you're overwhelmed with their material to the good and try to be impartial about yet another album on your desk. "

Felonious :: Live City :: onelovehiphop Music
as reviewed by Susan 'susiQ' Kim

"Although the group initially started in the 90s by Soulati and d.wolf as an a capella hip hop group called Felonious Punks, it has since grown into a massive assemblage consisting of Soulati on drums, Illin Ills on bass, KP on vocals and keys, Jon Monahan on guitar, and MC's d.wolf and Infinite who provide some unconventional lyricism. Exploring different avenues, the group has also ventured into theatrical hip hop productions as they wrote and performed "Beatbox: A Raparetta," one of only many they have pursued. With this unique experience and knowledge, their distinctive style of mixing the past and present in their music utilizes beat boxing, live instruments, jazzy tones, and unsurpassed lyricism. "

Gotham Green and Quickie Mart :: Haze Diaries Volume 3 :: {self-released}
as reviewed by Patrick Taylor

"Rapper Gotham Green and DJ/producer Quickie Mart may smoke a lot of weed, but it hasn't cut down on their productivity. This is the duo's third album this year, and it's not like they are skimping. There are 18 tracks here, only one of which is a skit.  Three albums in twelve months is hardly the work of slackers. The duo are based in El-dot-ay-dot, but have been around the country. Green originated in New York, Quickie Mart in New Orleans, and they spent time in Austin. The different places they've lived shows up in their sound: some East Coast grit and boom bap, a little Southern flavor, and a healthy dose of West Coast stoner rap. "

Sergio Mendes :: Bom Tempo :: Concord Music Group
as reviewed by Daniel Oh

"There's a festive, tribal feel to the music that forces your muscles to move to the rhythm. I mean, it forces you to dance. This isn't just Lil' Jon yelling at you to shake your ass, this is subliminal musical command of your fuckin' body. The raps are sparse and are peppered in, but they do their job of giving the song depth and allowing the bass to settle in and do its work. I can't tell lyrically if they're good or not, because it's in Portuguese, but the flow matches that of the best reggaeton artists I've heard. It's not that much of a compliment, but I did like it when I started to hear spitting on the mic. "

The Qemists :: Spirit in the System :: Redeye/Ninja Tune Records
as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon

"The lights are low. The music is loud. The cute redhead you've been hitting on all night long just offered you a drink. Someone walks by sweating profusely yelling to an unseen friend that this is the best night of his life. You wonder if it's going to be yours as well. You accept her offer of a drink and watch her shapely behind swish back and forth on the way to an overcrowded bar. Suddenly the DJ in the club throws on a record by The Qemists. Your feet start tapping. The cute redhead returns with a mojito, but you're in no mood to sip on a drink now. You ask her to dance, she says yes, you slam down the minty beverage and go out to the dancefloor to lose your mind. Soon you're both as sweaty as the random guy who walked by earlier. The redhead has better moves than you. You idly wonder if you remembered to put a fresh Trojan in your wallet. "

Shabazz Palaces :: Of Light :: Templar Label Group
as reviewed by Eric Sirota

"The post-NWA, pre-Nas Nineties witnessed an epic battle between two polarizing styles of hip-hop: gangster rap and jazz rap. While Dre and Snoop were on some hardcore, forties and blunts shit over loops snagged from George Clinton joints, Q-tip and Phife were onto some playful, progressive shit, over John Coltrane hooks. Each form had its strengths and weaknesses. Gangster rap painted a more gritty and vivid, albeit disturbingly misogynistic, portrait of urban landscapes. Jazz rap was clever and politically savvy, albeit preachy. What makes Shabazz Palaces' "Of Light" so strong, is that it takes gangster rap's grit and jazz rap's political vigor, while mixing in more than a couple shots of Ish's down and out introspection and hyper-experimental production, the end result being an intriguing and unique, if not slightly oppressive, album. "

various artists :: Tendown :: Neferiu Records
as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon

"In the recent years Neferiu Records has slowly morphed from obscure DIY Canadian record label I had never heard of... to obscure DIY Canadian record label I had. I keed, I keed. In all seriousness this British Columbia based label has a lot of good things going for it and a ten year track record of releasing albums based more on their artistic merit than their commercial marketability. Some would argue that's a surefire formula for bankruptcy, and yet the heads at Neferiu have not only carved out a niche, it appears to be a very successful one. On a short list of things the NR collective do right that hundreds of DIY labels that solicit our attention don't I'd include the following: a slick website that works right and has no broken links, professionally mastered and packaged CD's with custom artwork (no clip art or pop culture parodies), and most importantly a collective of artists who spend more time making interesting music than whining about how uncreative mainstream rap is and how they don't have any money. Kudos. "

Trek Life :: Everything Changed Nothing :: Mello Music Group
as reviewed by Pete T

"In case you've been living under a rock for the last five years, Oddisee has quickly become one of hip hop's best young producers. Recognizable for his low-key, organic sounding drum patterns, light bass, and sound influenced by D.C.'s go-go music, he defies most other characterization by actively seeking to work with artists from across the globe and musical spectrum to explore a wide range of styles and approaches. This creativity results in an amazing level of versatility, but what's even more impressive is the sheer volume of music he makes, dropping dozens of instrumentals a month via mixes and compilations in addition to his tracks on other artists' and his own LPs, somehow maintaining an astounding level of consistent quality and artistry. In assuming production duty on Trek Life's latest "Everything Changed Nothing," his challenge is to create a West Coast-sounding album for a rapper who proudly claims California as his own. "
MP3: Cymarshall Law & The Beatnikz "Believe This"

From Freedom Entertainment:

MP3: Cymarshall Law & The Beatnikz "Believe This"

Here is the 2nd leak from the upcoming Cymarshall Law & The Beatnikz album, "Freedom Express Line" dropping August 31st on XOXO Records.  The song "Believe This" represents Cymarshall Law and his participation in Hip Hop Culture, not doing it for the money or for all the material things, but to help expand the culture and keep it developing.  Look out for the official music video for "Believe This" dropping next week!

Reminder, Cymarshall Law will be at Fat Beats NY on August 26th for an exclusive performance and meet n greet for the upcoming album.  (Flyer Link Below).

Enjoy and feel free to post and share.

Cymarshall Law & The Beatnikz "Freedom Express Line" Out August 31st via XOXO Records!!

Cymarshall Law & The Beatnikz "Believe This" Download Link:

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D-Loc Streams Entire Solo Album 'Made For Kings' Online

From Kerosene Media:

D-Loc Streams Entire Solo Album 'Made For Kings' Online

Kottonmouth Kings' D-Loc is currently streaming his entire new solo album "Made For Kings" online at . D-Loc and Kottonmouth Kings will kick off their upcoming "Party Monsters" US tour with Blaze, Big B, and Australian hip-hop outfit Bliss N’ Eso in Houston, TX on
August 29th.
“This record was made for my people,” says D-Loc. “With Kottonmouth Kings I’ve been blessed to have one of the most powerful fanbases around and this record is made for them. I just wanted to show everyone what I bring to the table, and do a straight up West Coast party album that is all about having a good time.”
D-Loc’s “Made For Kings” hits stores this week through Suburban Noize Records and features guest appearances by Kurupt from Tha Dogg Pound, Judge D and original Kottonmouth Kings member Saint Dog.
Aug 24 - Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theatre
Aug 25 - Albuquerque NM - Sunshine Theatre
Aug 27 - San Antonio, TX - White Rabbit
Aug 28 - Dallas, TX - Lakewood Theater
Aug 29 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live
Aug 31 - Tulsa, OK - Cain's Ballroom
Sep 01 - Wichita, KS - The Cotillion Ballroom
Sep 02 - Des Moines, IA - All Play
Sep 03 - Sauget, IL - Pop's
Sep 04 - Thornville, OH - Legend Valley
Sep 05 - Louisville, KY - Headliners Music Hall
Sep 07 - Fort Lauderdale, FL - The Culture Room
Sep 08 - St. Petersburg, FL - The State Theatre
Sep 09 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
Sep 10 - Charlotte, NC - The Fillmore Charlotte
Sep 11 - Baltimore, MD - Rams Head Live
Sep 12 - Worcester, MA - The Palladium
Sep 13 - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of the Living Arts
Sep 15 - New York, NY - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
Sep 16 - Pittsburgh, PA - Club Zoo
Sep 17 - Pontiac, MI - Clutch Cargos
Sep 18 - Chicago, IL - House Of Blues
Sep 19 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody's
Sep 20 - Cincinnati, OH - Bogart's
Sep 21 - Milwaukee, WI - The Eagles Club
Sep 22 - Minneapolis, MN - Cabooze
Sep 23 - Fargo, ND - The Venue at Playmaker's
Sep 24 - Sioux Falls, SD - Nutty's North Oudoors
Sep 25 - Kansas City, MO - Beaumont Club

MP3: Free Arsun F!st "Words of Essence" EP

From Domination Recordings:

MP3: Free Arsun F!st "Words of Essence" EP

Free 4-track Ep from Arsun F!st titled "Words of Essence". Look out for his new album "Life's a Beautiful Monster" (produced by Phase Logic) to be released later this week on Domination Recordings.

Free Download: "Words of Essence" EP

MP3: Quazedelic feat. Snoop Dogg - "Hold On"

From Audible Treats:

MP3: Quazedelic feat. Snoop Dogg - "Hold On"

Long-Time Collaborators Get Together For First Single From Quazedelic's Stan Sly: AnuthaWorld

The Song:

While producer and all-around artist Quazedelic has played a crucial role in the Snoop Dogg's music behind the scenes, a full on collaboration between the fonk monk and Doggfather was destiny waiting to be fulfilled – until now. “Hold On,” off Quazedelic’s upcoming debut LP Stan Sly: AnuthaWorld, has the artists combining their smooth, similar styles from separate genres for the album's first single. Similar to Snoop Dog’s appearance on of The Gorillaz’s Plastic Beach, the result is soothing combination of funk and hip-hop that takes listeners to another place; in this case, Anuthaworld.

About his own style for the upcoming album, Quazedelic says, “I bridge the gap between serious real life songs with fantasy funk tracks.” That is exactly what he does with “Hold On.” The track opens with a deep, sensual voice, “Looking back in my conscious mind, digging back and searching to find...” The lyrics set up a mystic atmosphere where anything can happen. However, many of Quazedelic’s lyric’s are grounded in reality: “I’m Working hard, praying night and day, that something good might come my way.” Snoop Dog’s lyrics serve as an alternative reality, the id of the song, so to speak. He raps, “So raise up off of me, and let me dip up the streets in my 73/ Grey on black interior, black like me, chandeliers hanging with the ass swinging,” while Quazedelic harmonizes in the background. The spectacular dream-world that snoop dog raps about plays against the pain-filled sound of Quazedelic’s harmonies. “Hold On,” helps explain the purpose of funk, and how it can be used as a vehicle to escape from reality.

Quazedelic's Stan Sly: Anuthaworldwill be available October 5th via Georgia Anne Muldrow's and Declaime's SomeOthasShip Connect.

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Video: Ed Lover - C'mon Son Episode 16

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Video: Ed Lover - C'mon Son Episode 16

MP3: Free Frank Nitt and Sepalot "Outrageous" EP

From Sepalot:

MP3: Free Frank Nitt and Sepalot "Outrageous" EP

Welcome to the Frank Nitt and Sepalot revival!
The Detroit MC (Frank'N Dank, Dilla) and the Munich Producer & DJ (Blumentopf) are Fracture.
A new group with a new sound and a new agenda.
Nitt and Sepalot first hooked up on Sepalot's solo-album "Red Handed"(Compost Records).
They went on tour together, became friends and kept on recording - with no rules, no regulations and no parking on the dancefloor.
"Outrageous" is a 5 track EP that fuses Detroit
rap, Munich disco and Miami bass like no record before.

Release Date: Sep 17 2010 Label: MPM

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Video: The Planets Are Back in Business

From The Planets Hip Hop:

Video: The Planets Are Back in Business

Tila Tequila Threatens to Bankrupt Insane Clown Posse

After being attacked by the crowd during her performance at Gathering of the Juggalos this weekend, Tila Tequila has threatened to "bankrupt" the Insane Clown Posse. You can see video of the attack below. Tequila made the comment to followers of her account: "Pretty soon the owners who run the Juggalos will be bankrupt. My attorney Alan is already on it. This is disgusting behavior from men." Photos surfaced later on TMZ showing Tequila with cuts, bruises and facial lacerations from the attack.

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