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New Jedi Mind Tricks Album + Tour Dates

From Tonia Samman at The Orchard

Jedi Mind Tricks Presents Army of the Pharaohs: The Unholy Terror - Out Now!



After a three-year break from the Army of the Pharaohs moniker, Jedi Mind Tricks MC Vinnie Paz has resurrected the group with a new cast and a new album available in stores today.  Army of the Pharaohs: The Unholy Terror features Vinnie Paz & Jus Allah (Jedi Mind Tricks), Planetary & Crypt The Warchild (Outerspace), Apathy, Reef The Lost Cauze, Esoteric, Doap Nixon, King Magnetic, Des Devious, Block McCloud, Celph Titled, Demoz, King Syze and more.


Jedi Mind Tricks are currently on a North American tour that kicked off in Connecticut last week.  The guys will be playing throughout the Midwest before heading back to the east coast in mid-April.


Buy Jedi Mind Tricks’ Army of the Pharaohs: Unholy Terror [Enemy Soil / Babygrande Records]:
iTunes, Amazon, emusic, Napster


Army of the Pharaohs Unholy Terror 


Army of the Pharaohs - Contra Mantra


Army of the Pharaohs - Godzilla


Jedi Mind Tricks Tour Dates:

03/30/10 Jedi Mind Tricks in Newport, KY Southgate House

03/31/10 Jedi Mind Tricks in Ann Arbor, MI Blind Pig

04/01/10 Jedi Mind Tricks in Madison, WI The Annex

04/02/10 Jedi Mind Tricks in Chicago, IL Subterranean

04/03/10 Jedi Mind Tricks in St. Louis, MO Firebird

04/06/10 Jedi Mind Tricks in Omaha, NE The Waiting Room Lounge

04/07/10 Jedi Mind Tricks in Columbia, MO Mojo’s

04/08/10 Jedi Mind Tricks in Louisville, KY Uncle Pleasantss
04/09/10 Jedi Mind Tricks in Pittsburgh, PA Diesel

04/10/10 Jedi Mind Tricks in West Chester, PA The Note

04/11/10 Jedi Mind Tricks in Virginia Beach, VA The Jewish Mother

04/13/10 Jedi Mind Tricks in Richmond, VA Canal Club

04/14/10 Jedi Mind Tricks in Greensboro, NC Greene Street Club

04/15/10 Jedi Mind Tricks in Atlanta, GA Masquerade – Hell Room

04/16/10 Jedi Mind Tricks in Carrboro, NC Cat’s Cradle

04/17/10 Jedi Mind Tricks in Washington, D.C. 9:30 Club


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RADIx to Perform Alongside Nas & Jr. Gong Marley at SunFest 5/2


RADIx (Quite Nyce and SEEK) have been selected to perform alongside Nas and Damian "Jr Gong" Marley at this years' SunFest in West Palm Beach, FL (May 2nd). RADIx announced earlier this year they will be releasing their 2nd Studio LP entitled "SAY YES"[TBA] produced entirely by Statik Selektah. RADIx will be doing more spot dates in preparation for their release with Statik Selektah.

RADIx Live May 2nd at Sunfest (West Palm Beach, Florida)
Promo Video

For More Information on RADIx

Audio: Filip Filip f/ Collie Buddz - "Hurricane Ana"

For Immediate Release

Filip Filipi Enlists Collie Buddz For "Hurricane Ana", First Single From The Star Studded “Design & Origin of Stars” Project

Rapper And Producer Filip Filipi’s Readies “Design & Origin of Stars” With Single "Hurricane Ana" Featuring Collie Buddz.

(Los Angeles, CA - 31 March 2010) -- The first single off rapper and producer Filip Filipi’s upcoming project “Design & Origin of Stars” is titled Hurricane Ana and features the highly acclaimed reggae and dancehall recording artist Collie Buddz.

The project is highly anticipated, with features from; Lil’ Wayne, Gucci Mane, Styles P, Ace Hood, Mickey Avalon, Collie Buddz, Shanell aka SNL, Passion Pit, Forever The Sickest Kids, Lemar, and Shane Sparks to name a few. Be sure to check out the official “Design & Origin of Stars” commercial ( and be on the lookout for the release in April/May.

Artist and producer Filip Filipi is expected to do great things, Serbian born and Canadian reared he has the raw talent and swag to get noticed on the music circuit.

Following an injury which sidelined his basketball career, Filip channelled his ambition through his other passion, music. He’s had Gucci Mane, Lil Wayne and T-pain on board with his projects and got the attention of labels such as So So Def and Rap-A-Lot but preferred to keep his integrity in his own style of music.

Having already worked with some huge names in the music industry, Filip’s newest album Design and Origin of Stars will feature big names including Collie Buddz, Ace Hood and Kardinal Offishal.


AUDIO: Filip Filip Hurricane Ana (feat. Collie Buddz) or

Video & MP3: TRUTHLiVE - EPK 2/4 + Freestyle

From Michelle at Audible Treats:

"I definitely have a preference to things that rep the culture and the tradition of hip hop. But my whole breadth of music that I listen to in my life is a really wide variety." - TRUTHLiVE

The Video:

Working nonstop to promote his upcoming album, Patience, California's own emcee, DJ, and owner/founder of Interdependent Media, TRUTHLiVE stopped by Amoeba Records recently to discuss the motivation behind his music and more. He explains that DJ Shadow's seminal album Endtroducing is one of the inspirations behind TRUTHLiVE's music and feels hip-hop, in part, has evolved due to Shadow's work. With California being the stomping ground for so many influential artists, TRUTHLiVE says, "The thing about rap is it's super flexible. You can rap over anything. You can rap over any beat, any genre of music. Rap has no limits to it." With current music being a melting pot and genre labels irrelevant, the rapper embraces all styles and discusses the passion Muse's "Uprising" track stirs. "It's just good music, it doesn't matter what genre it is or what you're doing."

As TRUTHLiVE continues on the path toward his album release, he had the honor of recording the 157th installment of the Exclusive Freestyle Series, "Coors Light and Ski Boats". The track features instrumentals from The Verve's "Bittersweet Symphony", Washed Out's "Feel It All Around", and Waajeed's "Anything". With three different beats behind him, TRUTHLiVE raps continuously over the tracks blended by DJ TonyTone, who also did cuts for "Tormented Genius" off TRUTHLiVE's The Unlearning EP.

TRUTHLiVE's forthcoming album, Patience, produced entirely by Jake One drops April 20, 2010 via Interdependent Media.

Watch EPK 2 here:

TRUTHLiVE - "Coors Light and Ski Boats (DJBooth Exclusive Freestyle):

Just In Case You Missed It, Watch EPK 1 here:

Download The Unlearning EP:

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

Album Cover Fail: Woodie - Demonz N My Sleep

I know we’ve all been taught not to judge a book by its cover, but how about just judging the cover? Today I’m going to start doing just that, only instead of books it will be with CDs. First up to bat is Woodie’s Demonz N My Sleep.

Read the full story at:

2010 SXSW Audible Treats Wrap-Up + Native Instruments Giveaway

From Audible Treats:

(March 30, 2010 – Brooklyn, NY) With weather reminiscent of chilly New York rather than sunny Austin, for the Audible Treats team SXSW came to a close in strong fashion with the first inaugural Audible Treats SXSW showcase. Along with co-hosts Nightclubber Lang of Boom Bap Project and Psalm One and special appearances from the likes of Homeboy Sandman, Eternia, The Alchemist, Peter Rosenberg, and more, Audible Treats is pleased to announce the showcase was an overwhelming success.

Hosted Saturday night at The Independent, the showcase delivered a string of great hip-hop for the large, energy-filled crowd. "The Audible Treats bash was the only hip-hop showcase that I stayed at for more than two hours," says Chris Faraone of The Boston Phoenix and "From Finale to Bisco Smith to Buff1; plus One Be Lo's live band was one of the best surprises of the weekend." Adding to the applause of outstanding performances, Fred Pessaro of Brooklyn Vegan, one of the showcase's official media partners says, "Black Milk doesn't just settle for a backing track to set it off, he needs the bombast of thumper Daru Jones and AB tickling the ivories to do it LARGE."

Beginning the showcase was iLL-Literacy, followed by TRUTHLiVE backed by live band The Park, who also graced the stage later that evening for a set with Donwill and Von Pea, alongside special guest Ragen Fykes. After sets from Town Techno purveyors League510 and Brooklyn MC Bisco Smith, Crown Royale, comprised of Buff1 and DJ Rhettmatic, and Detroit MC Finale followed, hosting special guests of their own with Crown Royale bringing out Mayer Hawthorne and Finale bringing out Invincible. Up next, Diamond District performed a set of crowd pleasers from In The Ruff, with a special appearance from Trek Life, before a set from One Be Lo and DOUBLE LO 7, the Detroit MC's newly formed all female live band.

Closing out the night were a trio of performances. Co-headliner Black Milk hit the stage with his own live band, performing hits from TRONIC and Popular Demand. Between co-headline sets was house DJ Amp Live of Zion I, alongside special guests Mickey Factz and Trackademiks before the legendary Black Sheep closed out the evening with Dres playing his classics along with tracks from his forthcoming From The Black Pool Of Genius. "SXSW was a lovely thing," says Dres. "Though I had a six hour delay into Austin and had to take a cab direct from airport to stage, it was phenomenal. The true school crowd totally embraced it."

Audible Treats would also like to graciously thank all partners for assisting in making the showcase a success: Beyond Race Magazine,,, The Smoking Section, Native Instruments, and Onitsuka Tiger.

Having teamed up with leading sound software and audio production company, Native Instruments, Audible Treats is excited to be able to award one lucky winner with a free MASCHINE Groove Production Studio. To enter, contestants must simply email their name and address to One winner will be selected at random and announced Wednesday, April 14th, 2010. More info on the MASCHINE here:,

Bisco - Railroads:

Diamond District - Back To Basics:

Donwill - Championship Vinyl:

Donwill - Laura's Song:

TRUTHLiVE - Shoot Me Down:

Finale - Motor Music:

Finale - Heat:


Nneka to Join Nas & Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley On Tour

For Immediate Release                                                                        March 30, 2010



Nigerian-born singer-songwriter to hit the road with Nas

and Damian Marley starting May 22nd


New York – Fresh off of the release of her first US album debut Concrete Jungle, Nneka has been announced as the support act for the historic Distant Relatives Tour with Nas and Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley hitting the road May 2010. The tour will stop in major cities across the country in support of their Distant Relatives album, which is a celebration of not only to the bond between the two artists, but the connection to their African ancestry, which inspired the album both musically and lyrically.

Born and raised in Nigeria, Nneka is deeply influenced by her roots. The political and social states of her home country are often prevalent in her music and live performances. It is this message of awareness, hope and love that made her a perfect fit for a collaboration with Nas and Damian Marley, both legendary artists and personal influences of Nneka’s. “With this tour,” Nneka explains, “we represent the fact that we are all connected to one another, all part of one entity and one source – which is love.”

The tour extends Nneka’s highly successful introduction to the United States, having been heralded by the likes of Spin, Rolling Stone, and Billboard, among others as the next “it” artist of 2010. Her stunning performance of “Heartbeat” on the Late Show with David Letterman left fans enthralled, and Perez Hilton has proclaimed her music to be “a gift to the world.” More recently, the critical acclaim piqued the interest of national retailer Whole Foods, who is now carrying her album as part of their “Artist Discovery” program.

And this is just the beginning. The Distant Relatives Tour is just the next chapter in Nneka’s ongoing crusade to spread the message of unconditional love to a family of fans across the globe. With lyrics like “come let us be truthful, surrender our pride / admit the stains on our, our chest our hands / we seek, we find” she reminds us that as a global community we are responsible, and further inspires us that we are all indeed, distant relatives.

Concrete Jungle is in stores now on Epic/Decon.

Nneka will be on the following dates of the Distant Relatives Tour:

May 22nd        Eugene, OR                    Cuthbert Amphitheater

May 23rd        Seattle, WA                     Showbox Sodo

May 25th        Oakland, CA                    Fox Theater

May 26th        Santa Barbara, CA           University of California, Santa Barbara

May 28th        Los Angeles, CA              The Wiltern

May 29th        Las Vegas, NV                 The Joint

May 30th        Valley Center, CA             Harrah's Rincon - Open Sky Theater           

May 31st        Los Angeles, CA               UCLA Jazz Reggae Festival           

June 2nd        Santa Fe, NM                    Paolo Soleri Amphitheatre           

June 8th        Houston, TX                       House of Blues           

June 9th         Austin, TX                         Stubb's Waller Creek Outdoor Amphitheater           

June 11th        Manchester, TN                Bonnaroo Music Festival           

June 12th        Atlanta, GA                      Tabernacle           

June 13th        Lake Buena Vista, FL        House of Blues - Lake Buena Vista, FL

Video: Noreaga - "The Streets Got A New Face"

From Crazy Hood:

Another DJ EFN Visual Mixtape Creation but this time in conjunction with Dre Films for N.O.R.E.'s latest freestyle "The Streets Got A New Face". N.O.R.E. is throwing down in this freestyle (off upcoming mixtape) in anticipation of CNN's War Report 2. The video features cameo's by Imam Thugg, and Crazy Hoods own Hazardis Soundz, Heckler, Tattoo, Boracka Boris and DJ EFN. Shout to 57thave and Ice Water Inc. Download "The Streets Have A New Face" mp3 now! 

Eternia & Moss to Release "At Last" on June 15th


March 31st, 2010 - Eternia & MoSS Announce Release Date “At Last”


Produced Entirely By MoSS, “At Last” Features Guest Appearances from Joell Ortiz, Ras Kass, Termanology, Tona, Rage, Rah Digga, Jean Grae, Tiye Phoenix, Reef The Lost Cauze, Maestro Fresh Wes, and more

In 2007, Eternia began recording her sophomore album with MoSS (a fellow Canadian), two years later the LP is complete and the title of the album says it all: At Last! Going where instinct took them, Eternia and MoSS’ collaborative union manifested into a sonically consistent album inspired by classic, boom-bap rap records (I.E. Ghostface Killah, Gangstarr, EPMD, Wu-Tang, & Nas).

MoSS is one of Hip-Hop’s fastest rising producers (see his work with Raekwon, Obie Trice, Ghostface, Joell Ortiz, Joe Budden, AZ, Slum Village, Havoc, Kool G Rap, KRS-One, Buckshot etc) and the first producer signed to DJ Premier’s “Works Of Mart” production company—needless to say, the classic boom-bap aesthetic is a lane MoSS is more then comfortable in.

At Last is entirely produced by MoSS and features appearances by some of Hip-hop’s elite, including Joell Ortiz, Ras Kass, Termanology, Tona, Reef The Lost Cauze and luminary female emcees such as Rage, Rah Digga, Jean Grae & Tiye Phoenix. Eternia is at her finest over MoSS’ production, offering raw, confidant & vulnerable first-person perspectives over gritty and moving soundscapes. At Last promises to resonate in a musical arena where most rap albums fail to deliver beyond a ring-tone single.

While Eternia has spent the better part of two-years working on At Last, she has also been a whirlwind of promotion and productivity. In the summer of 2008, shortly after the release of “Where I’m At – The Setup”, Eternia launched her extremely popular T-shirt design, “My Favorite Rapper Wears A Skirt” to thrilled fashion-conscientious fans worldwide. In December of 2009, Eternia released “Get Caught Up”, presented by 2Dopeboyz & Kevin Nottingham.

Eternia has toured across Canada, the U.S., Australia, Mexico & Europe numerous times. Perhaps most noteworthy, she was invited to tour with Roxanne Shante, Bahamadia, Invincible and DJ Shortee across Europe on the historic “WE B-GIRLZ” tour in 2008, the first ever of its kind. Recently, Eternia has transformed herself from ‘that Canadian rapper’ to a household name on North American Hip Hop News & Blog sites, with her weekly video episodes “’AT Last’ - Road to Release Day” garnering well over 90,000 hits collectively and featuring Hip Hop legends DJ Premier, KRS-One, Pharoahe Monch, MC Lyte, Jeru the Damaja, 88-Keys, Jean Grae, Marco Polo, Smif N Wessun all co-signing the album.

You can catch Eternia & MoSS’ video diary “Road To Release” (all 15 episodes are available) on her dedicated Youtube page:

DOWNLOAD First Leak From "AT LAST" Now!

Download Links for Eternia & MoSS “Its Funny” f/Joell Ortiz:


Video: Raekwon - "Canal Street"

Raekwon "Canal Street" music video directed by LaMarck of LaMarck Films in association with Ice H2O Films.
(C) 2009 EMI / Ice H2O Records/ LaMarck Films

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