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Clipse to Perform for MySpace Music's "RELEASE" Series 10/20

From Tito Belis:


MySpace Music makes its way back to New York City to host a special performance by Clipse on Tuesday, October 20 at The Hiro Ballroom as part of "THE RELEASE," MySpace Music's urban music concert series. This installment of "THE RELEASE" will be a special pre-release show for the new Clipse album titled "Till The Casket Drops" (December 2009, Columbia Records) and will be held during a week where thousands of music enthusiasts visit New York City. Special musical guests will include Donnis, Jasmine Solano, Adam Tensta and DJ dB. Tickets and entry for the 21+ event can be obtained by sending an RSVP to and on a first-come, first-served basis at the Hiro Ballroom. Doors for the show will open at 9 p.m. and dress code will be strictly enforced.

One of the year's most hotly-anticipated hip-hop music releases, "Till The Casket Drops" is the upcoming third label release for Clipse and their first with Columbia Records. The duo debuted with 2002's "Lord Willin'," which reached #1 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Album chart and #4 on the Billboard Top 200. "Lord Willin'" spawned the hit singles, "Grindin'" and "When Was The Last Time," which peaked at #34 and #19 respectively on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Their critically acclaimed sophomore effort, "Hell Hath No Fury," was 2006's Top 10 album in Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, SPIN Magazine & The New York Times. The duo's high-profile collaborations included Birdman's "What Happened to that Boy" and Justin Timberlake's chart topper "Like I Love You" in 2002. "Till The Casket Drops" re-unites Clipse with The Neptunes, Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo who signed the duo in early 2001 and produced several tracks on the upcoming release. Pharrell is also featured on the official first single from the album titled "I'm Good." "Kinda Like A Big Deal," the scorching buzz record featuring Kanye West, was produced by DJ Khalil.

For more information, tour updates and news, please visit Clipse's official MySpace Music profile: For additional info on MySpace Music's "THE RELEASE," please visit: .

NY Event: Cormega Album Release Party at SOB's on October 29th

From Jackie O:

*** MEDIA ALERT  ***




WHEN:  OCTOBER 29, 2009, Thursday.  Doors open 8pm, Showtime 9pm.

WHERE:  S.O.B., 204 Varick Street @ West Houston, New York NY

General Admission Ticket Price: $12 adv/$15 at door

On Thursday, October 29, 2009 at S.O.B.'s in New York, Cormega will celebrate the release of his third solo release album, Born And Raised, to be released October 20th on his Legal Hustle Record label. The album features production from DJ Premier, Large Professor, Easy Mo Bee, Havoc, Buckwild, DR Period, LES, Nottz, Fuzzy Womack, Ayatollah, Khrysis and appearances by Big Daddy Kane, Parish Smith, Grand Puba, KRS-One, Tragedy, Havoc, Lil Fame, Marley Marl, and Red Alert.

MTV Finally Makes it Official - We're Not Music Television

#mtvisDEADToday's announcement just confirms what anybody who has watched MTV in the last 5+ years already knew - they're not Music Television any more. Sify News reports that as of this Saturday, MTV will be dropping their iconic MTV logo and replacing with a new (and as yet undisclosed) avatar that will no longer mention "Music" or "Television." A spokesman for the network claims in the article that MTV is "inspired by" music but not "limited by" music and this is part of their rebranding to reach a broader audience. Funny how the broader their reach has gotten, the less interesting they have become. Et tu SyFy? Get a good look at that logo - it's the last you'll be seeing it. #mtvisDEAD
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony Live Streaming Press Conference on 10/21

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony
Uni5: The World’s Enemy

live STREAMING press conference to be held
October 21, 2009 in Los Angeles, 4pm PST (7pm EST)
WHO:                        Bone Thugs-N-Harmony (Bizzy, Krayzie, Wish, Layzie and Flesh Bone)

WHAT:                         Will be holding a press conference with a live, digital stream to discuss their
highly-anticipated reunion album, Uni5: The World’s Enemy, in stores December 22, 2009.  Local media are invited to attend the in-person Q&A session, while all non-local media can view the press conference through Fans are encouraged to solicit their questions and comments by logging into Facebook, downloading Ustream’s free Facebook application, and tuning-in.
PLEASE NOTE: For those in attendance, the group will be playing their new album Uni5: The World’s Enemy in its entirety after the press conference.
WHEN:              THURSDAY, October 21st @ 4pm PST
WHERE:             Los Angeles, CA
                        (Location will be disclosed upon confirmation of your RSVP
WHY:            Selling nearly 30 million albums worldwide, Cleveland, Ohio natives Bone Thugs-N-Harmony pioneered an innovative sound in hip-hop marked by a fast-paced, aggressive rapping style juxtaposed with harmonizing vocals. Since their inception, the group has activated a cult-like following of diverse fans across the globe while collecting numerous awards and accolades.  In 1997, the group was awarded the Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance with their song "Tha Crossroads" from their E. 1999 Eternal album.  Bone Thugs-N-Harmony have had the privilege of being the only artists who have worked with hip-hop legends Eazy-E, 2Pac, Big Pun, and The Notorious B.I.G. while they were still alive.
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Neosonic Productions - K-Murdock's Newest Vlog

From K-Murdock:


I wanted to welcome you to my NEW mailing list which will serve as
my conduit to connect to the fans with updates on Panacea as well as
my own solo projects! Below is the latest video blog for Panacea and i
also attached a link to download a new song from our forthcoming "12
Step Program" album as a way of saying thanx for supporting us!


       K-Murdock [1]


       Texas Jigsaw Massacre.mp3 [2]



Neosonic Productions
The Superfriends Variety Show Discusses Their Hip-Hop Top 100

On tonight's musicalicious edition of the Superfriends Variety Show, Big D has compiled the infamous 100 Greatest Hip Hop Songs Ever, a feat rarely touched upon by most human beings. Is it the definitive list though? He'll be joined by the returning Headcase as well as Dayo "The Warlord" Akinwande, music journalist from the Examiner and the Washington Post. Enjoy The Superfriends Variety Show from your friends at The AngryMarks Podcast Network at the link below.


Peanut Butter Wolf - 45Live Collector's Tin

IN STORES 12/1/09
"45 LIVE"

After catching wreck on dozens of 45-only (aka donuts) Hip-Hop sets worldwide, Peanut Butter Wolf has gotten together with the good folks at Five Day Weekend to put together this insane collection of 10 Rap 45’s packaged in a beautiful heavy-weight collector’s tin. The 20 classic Hip Hop cuts, personally hand picked by PBW and taken from such iconic labels as Enjoy, Sleeping Bag, Fresh, Cold Chillin’, Strong City and many more are guaranteed to not only put a smile on the face of any avid Old School Hip Hop fan, but also provide a great introduction to the golden era for any Rap fans of the new millennium.
“This project is such a great honor for me to be involved with.This is one of the crowning moments of my music career, seriously. As a kid growing up in San Jose , CA when all this stuff was coming out, I was hooked and half a lifetime later I still am. I can only imagine what these songs sound like to a teenager today hearing them for the first time, just as they probably wonder what it was like for someone like me to have heard them for the first time back when it was all happening. I've also always wondered what it was like to grow up in one of the five boroughs in Hip Hop's infancy in the 80s. These songs were the closest I got to knowing.”
— Peanut Butter Wolf

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1800 Tequila vs. Patrón - Coming Soon to

Confused as to why this is on the RapReviews newsfeed? Let me break it down for ya. Patrón has been the favorite tequila shot of hip-hop artists for more than a minute (I can't even begin to count the number of rap references and I dare you to try) but 1800 Tequila is looking to upgrade their image and take over that #1 spot. You've probably already seen the commercials with Michael Imperioli accidentally kicking a bottle of Patrón off the table and saying "OOPS" but if not check out the video below.

The makers of 1800 Tequila have challenged to try their product, compare it to Patrón, and see whose product is better. Within the next few weeks, we'll be taking them up on their offer and posting an exclusive article on the website. It's MC Shan and KRS-One all over again, except with premium tequila, and you'll only find out who wins by subscribing to our newsfeed. Don't miss out as you'll find out which brand rules the land with just one shot. Below is a press release about their new ad campaign.

Tequila Wars heat up!

1800 Tequila Launches Aggressive New Television Campaign

Proximo, a leading marketer of premium spirits in the United States, announced the launch of an aggressive new advertising campaign for 1800 Silver Tequila, which sparked the luxury tequila trend and is now setting out to reclaim the top spot in the super premium tequila category.

Featuring The Sopranos star Michael Imperioli, the spots call attention to the fact that tequila has lost its way, becoming an overpriced and pretentious spirit.  In a series of spots, Imperioli brandishes his signature tough guy image, poking fun at Patrón while noticing one brand that sets itself apart – 1800 Tequila.

”Unlike Patrón, which was started by a co-founder of a hair care company in 1989, 1800 Silver Tequila has nine generations of distilling expertise behind it, and is a family-owned brand of superb quality 100% Agave spirit,” said a spokesperson from Proximo. “In this economy, we don't think consumers need to pay an arm and a leg for great tasting tequila. This new ad campaign is about reminding people that they can buy the real deal – 1800 Silver Tequila – and have just as much fun.”

The campaign, created by Agent16, an award-winning New York-based boutique advertising agency, is the brand’s first venture into television advertising.  The aggressive tone of the spots – calling out Patrón for the top position in the premium tequila category – illustrates how 1800 Tequila will assert itself as the leading brand of Silver tequila.

The new $15 million ad campaign is set to debut on September 14th on top cable channels including ESPN and Comedy Central.  NY-based digital agency Special Ops Media is handling the online execution of the campaign which includes development of interactive, expandable rich media for placement on Sports and Yahoo! Sports, showcasing the complete collection of television spots, to round out a full television, print, online, and out-of-home campaign.

The launch of the new campaign follows a sponsorship of the Los Angeles Lakers, making 1800 Tequila the first spirits brand to sponsor the 2009 NBA Championship team.

About 1800® Tequila

1800® Tequila is the United States’ best selling super-premium tequila, renowned for being expertly aged and consistently smooth.  Named after the year it was created, 1800® Tequila is pure, 100% blue agave tequila grown on family-owned ranches and bottled in Jalisco, Mexico.  Each bottle of 1800® Tequila is double-distilled and matured in French and American oak barrels for superior drinkability.  1800® Tequila is recognized for its iconic packaging which includes a stopper that doubles as a shot glass.  The complete 1800® Tequila portfolio includes Select Silver, the first 100-proof Silver tequila, Silver, Reposado, Añejo, and 1800® Colección, an extra-añejo tequila, that is released annually in highly limited quantities.  1800® Tequila is available nationwide at most exclusive bars and retailers.

About Proximo Spirits, Inc.

Proximo Spirits, Inc. is a family-owned company based in New York, NY and is a leading producer, importer and marketer of prized spirits in the United States.  As one of the fastest growing spirits distributors in the US, Proximo was formed in 2007 and offers five key brands, including Three Olives Vodka, 1800® Tequila, Gran Centenario Tequila®, Maestro® Dobel Diamond™ Reposado Tequila®, and the exquisite Ron Matusalem® Rum.

Behind the Scenes of Parallel-Universes w/ Del & Tame

You've read our review of Parallel Uni-Verses with Del and Tame, now peep some behind the scenes footage from Stephen B and Gold Dust Media:

"At this point, Del The Funky Homosapien & Tame One have little to prove to anyone.  Both legends in their own right, the two super emcees are striving mostly for their own creative satisfaction.  In this clip, they speak on their inspiration, their subject matter, and how their collaboration came about.  The album Parallel Uni-Verses is out this week on Gold Dust."

Bonnaroo Announces DVD Release of 2009 Festival

Press release from Ken Weinstein:


Superfly Presents and A.C. Entertainment are excited to announce the details for the Bonnaroo 2009 DVD. Entitled LIVE FROM BONNAROO 2009, the DVD will be released on December 15, 2009. The cost for the DVD will be $16.95. DVDs were initially made available to ticket buyers for the price of $10 including shipping and handling. There will be a limited number available for pre-order through the Bonnaroo website for $15 plus shipping and handling.
The pre-order link is here: .
A trailer for the DVD can be seen here: .
Bonnaroo 2009 was by all accounts a huge triumph with over 140 bands performing more than 200 shows, 21 comedians, exclusive film premieres and so much more. Media from TV to print to blog were on hand to report on what has become the elite summer festival of every year. The Wall Street Journal called Bonnaroo "one of rock's best festivals," continuing to hail that the 2009 lineup "fairly bursts with some of the most gifted acts in rock and pop." Entertainment Weekly called it "the best of all sonic worlds," while the New York Times said, "Bonnaroo's very loose mandate - and a wise one for any festival - is to choose performers who deliver in a live performance, with current hits and studio expertise as lower priorities. One of the pleasures of the festival is that it defies narrowcasting: It's not an Americana festival, an indie-rock festival, a gathering of 2008-9 hitmakers or anything but what its producers and, presumably, ticket-buyers are happy to hear."
The new DVD was created to reflect the breadth and diversity of the Bonnaroo experience. It will feature exclusive performances and backstage footage of artists such as Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Phish, Beastie Boys, Snoop Dogg, Elvis Costello with Jenny Lewis, Andrew Bird, Coheed and Cambria, Rafael Saadiq, Santigold, Passion Pit, Amadou & Mariam, among many others. The DVD was directed by Sam Erickson of 44 Pictures and will feature original artwork and audio in 5.1 surround sound.
The complete track list for the DVD is as follows:

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
Outlaw Pete

Down With Disease

Beastie Boys

Snoop Dogg
I Want To Love You

Elvis Costello with Jenny Lewis and Her Sound
Go Away

Ben Harper and Relentless7
Fly One Time

Andrew Bird
Fitz and the Dizzspells

The Decemberists
The Wanting Comes In Waves/Repaid

Del McCoury Band

Coheed and Cambria
Welcome Home

Amadou & Miriam

LES Artistes

Zac Brown Band
Who Knows

Passion Pit
Little Secrets

Raphael Saadiq
Keep Marching

Cage the Elephant
Ain't No Rest

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