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Bisco Smith - "Transmission Live Remix" Feat. Loer Velocity

From Audible Treats:

Bisco Smith - "Transmission Live Remix" Feat. Loer Velocity + Show News

Bisco Trades Inspired Verses With Loer Velocity, Announces Record Release Show This

The Song:

Bisco Smith's newest album, The Broadcast, recently arrived on digital shelves and has already been taking the airwaves by storm. Despite his achievements, the multitalented NYC emcee is not taking any time off to rest on his lyrical laurels as he continues to release new material, including a series of remixes from the album, the latest of which is a remix of "Transmission Live" featuring Loer Velocity. Former Embedded Music label mates and having worked together in the past on a remix from Loer's Ready For A Renaissance LP, Bisco and Loer are no strangers to each other's work and have since forged a friendship rooted in respect and creativity. "I sent Loer the record to get his opinion on it and share the new material," says Bisco on the origins of the remix. "Loer came up with the idea and picked the tune - the rest is in the airwaves." The remix begins with Loer gently urging Bisco to "paint the picture on the Transmission revision," and from there the lyricists trade verses over the ominous electro-tones of this slow burner. Asked why they work so well in tandem, Bisco replied, "Loer is a deep thinker, as I am. He's got the voice and I always enjoy the dynamic between our two vocals." Call it what you will - remix, revision, re-imagining - it's hard to find an artist keeping pace with Bisco's artistic creativity.

The broadcast continues this weekend with an album release show by Bisco at New York's famed Santos Party House. Located at 96 Lafayette St. (between Walker St. and White), the venue will be playing host to the gifted emcee on Saturday, February 6, 2010 for a show that promises fans sonic treats, transmissions and transitions. The show will kick off at 11:00pm and, if you've never seen a Bisco show before, you can be sure that Bisco will be incorporating a number of exciting musical and audio/visual elements into his set. Tickets cost only $10 and include a copy of Bisco's brand new album, The Broadcast.

"Transmission Live Remix" Feat. Loer Velocity: .

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

The Broadcast teaser #2: .

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.

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The 5th Annual Paid Dues Festival Announced


The 5th Annual Paid Dues Festival Announced

MURS 3:16 in association with GUERILLA UNION are proud to announce the 2010 Paid Dues Festival line up! It is the biggest showcase of independent hip hop talent in the festival's rich history.

Over 25 acts on TWO stages will be performing on

Saturday, April 3rd at the NOS Events Center in San Bernardino, CA.

As Frank151 subscribers, you get first dibs to purchase your tickets to Paid Dues! Don't miss your chance to see the best independent artists perform live, all in one place!

FRIDAY, 2/5 @ 10AM - 10PM

SATURDAY, 2/6 @ 12pm PST


THA DOGG POUND (Daz Dillinger & Kurupt)
RANDOM AXE (Sean Price, Guilty Simpson, & Black Milk)
AFRO CLASSICS (Scarub & Very)

Plus Very Special Guests
(Featuring All Original Members ACEYALONE, MYKA NYNE, P.E.A.C.E, SELF JUPITER, & DJ KILLU)

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FREE MP3: "Let's Get It On" by 40th Dimension

From KRU Records:

FREE MP3: "Let's Get It On" by 40th Dimension

For the first in the slew of free MP3s we're sending out this year, it's only fitting that we start at the very beginning of Karma Response Unit Records. "Let's Get It On" is the first song off the first album we ever released, 40th Dimension's "The Crop Report". The demo version for this song was originally recorded on July 4th, 2000, also the same day that 'Karma Response Unit' was officially coined as the name of the record label.

"Let's Get It On" - 40th Dimension
produced by Happ G. Scandal on vocals.

The song also kicks off "The Crop Report" month from our online store. Thru the end of February, receive any free single from our catalog when you buy "The Crop Report" album on CD or double vinyl! Simply write in the title of the free single you would like in the comments section of your order.  <<< direct store link

Also a reminder that Jake Lefco has a show in NYC a week from tonight. Flyer link;

and as always Jake will have copies of his albums "And You Are?" and "Missing Trooth" for sale at the show or you can find them online at   -or- .

Diamond Music Group x Flüd Watches "Movie Star" Remix Contest

From Coalmine Records:

Diamond Music Group x Flüd Watches "Movie Star" Remix Contest

Diamond Music Group & Flüd Watches are pleased to announce the "Movie Star"
Remix Contest.  "Movie Star" is Protoman's debut single from his forthcoming EP,
86'd that drops on April 6th.  There's a nice prize package lined up for this contest
includes a placement on Protoman's EP as well as a digital distribution imprint
courtesy of Diamond Music Group & a watch courtesy of the good people at Flüd
Watches.  The deadline for this contest is Friday, February 12th.  Click on either of
the links below to download the files & instructions....GOOD LUCK!!!

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Download | MediaFire: .


Contest Rules, Itinerary & Prizes

Attention producers, please email all submissions to no later then Friday, February 12th. Only one submission per producer will be accepted. The files for the remix contest include an MP3 file of the original version of “Movie Star” in addition to a WAV file of the acapella. The acapella is zero pointed and should synchronize properly with any digital audio workstation.  Music should be in an mp3 format and should default to any iTunes media player. Sample-free remixes are allowed, but not required. The original version of the track is 110 Beats Per Minute, but may be altered. Files should be labeled accordingly with song title first, followed by the producer’s name and Remix in parenthesis, ie: I Am (Joe Smith Remix).mp3. *Due to the high volume of submissions, it becomes very difficult to cross reference submissions with their corresponding email addresses and therefore it is critical to include your email address in the comment field of the iTunes info panel.  In your email, please provide us with your social network URLs (twitter/facebook) along with your discography bio/epk if applicable. Please include a few sentences about yourself and your production background. Good luck!
1)    2.03.10 (Wednesday): Contest begins. Diamond Music Group & Pyramid Builders will premier the contest that will be virally promoted throughout the internet via popular hip-hop related lifestyle websites and blogs. The contest will also be reinforced through an e-blast campaign and will also be featured on

2)    2.12.10 (Friday): Submission Due Date
3)    2.15.10 (Monday):  The winning remix will be announced via email to all contestants.  It will be required for the winning producer to provide the track session as WAV files compatible with any digital audio workstation.  
4)    4.06.10 (Tuesday): The winning remix will be featured on the official digital release of Protoman’s fortchcoming EP, 86’d which drops on April 6th, 2010. The winning remix will also be promoted through all major hip-hop related blogs & lifestyles during the course of the EP’s viral campaign, courtesy of  Diamond Music Group & Pyramid Builders.

The winning producer will be entitled to a digital distribution imprint through Diamond Music Group as well as a watch of your choice, courtesy of Flüd Watches.

Blestenation Release 'Seed Of Memory' Video

From Kerosene Media:

Blestenation Release 'Seed Of Memory' Video

New York hip-hop trio Blestenation has released their video for the track "Seed Of Memory" online at . Blestenation is currently gearing up for the release of their debut album, "MBugout City", on February 23rd, 2010 through Suburban Noize Records.
"Clay Patrick McBride directed this video and shot it on some old Super 8 cameras that he likes to use. He jacked the idea from that old Bob Dylan video but we put our own twist on it," commented FAF. "I remember when I did the shot where I was holding up the burning sign, Werdplay was flipping out because he thought my beard was gonna catch on fire and you know if that happened I would have lost some of my wizard skills. Luckily that catastrophe was averted."
"It was freezing that day," added Werdplay. "We knew what needed to be done though, and I feel like the fact that we were freezing gave the video an element of truth that wouldn't have been there had we done anything else."
Blestenation was once described by Interscope’s Jimmy Iovine as, "The most promising group I have signed since Nine Inch Nails", but was deemed too explicit for the major label world after the group’s drug addiction and day-to-day insanity derailed their career. The group was previously signed to Geffen Records before their reckless behavior got them kicked off of Warped Tour, into fist fights inside the Sony Music offices, and kicked out of the Teen Choice Awards after an altercation with American Idol's Ryan Seacrest.
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Money First Bum Rushes the Net w/ "Blog Goon"

From Block Starz Music:


Trenton, NJ outfit MONEY FIRST will make its Block Starz Music mixtape debut on February 10 with "The Blog Goon Mixtape". The monster lead single, "Rap Juggernauts" featuring Uncle Murda and produced by group member ILL Kayn, has been circulating the underground and major Hip-Hop websites for weeks and promises to continue the rap quartet's all out assault on the music industry.

"We titled this project 'The Blog Goon Mixtape' because the way we bullied ourselves into the game to make people notice us without any major co-signs was pretty goonish," laughs frontman Boom Blake. "It all just came together. People started calling us the goons on the blogs. It stuck [and] we ran with it."

MONEY FIRST, which includes members Tranzatick and JP, were winners of "Best Rap Group " at the 2009 Underground Music Awards and have graced stages with notable emcees like Styles P, Cassidy, J.R. Writer, Freeway, and DMC of Run DMC. The crew has appeared on "The Round Table Show " with Lenny S, Maya the B, and Big Lite, the Rutgers Radio show MNMixture (88.7 FM) and NYC's Next Up Radio (91.9 FM).

In mid-March, MONEY FIRST will shoot the video for "All-Star Dough", which is featured on the  celebrated  "East Coast Block Starz" compilation, now available at Amazon, iTunes, and Rhapsody.

Download the first single from "The Blog Goon Mixtape", "Rap Juggernauts" featuring Uncle Murda, now and look for exclusive free download of the mixtape at on February 10.

For more info and music from MONEY FIRST, visit .

Money First - All Star Dough .

Money First - Rap Juggernauts (feat. Uncle Murda) .


We are a link to the marketplace for new independent talent and an oasis for bands that don't fit the status quo. We're entrepreneurs with a passion for making deals and championing our artists. We don't conform to the way things have always been done. We choose to find our own way. We're Block Starz Music and we got next.

For information on promoting a new artist release, submitting material, or career opportunities with Block Starz Music (BSM), please visit our website or contact

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Rob Murat Releases "Souls" For Haiti

From Heather Baxter:


New York, NY FEBRUARY 3rd, 2010 – In light of the recent devastation caused by earthquakes in Haiti, New York born singer, songwriter, producer and son to Haitian parents, Rob Murat, has dedicated his Lennon Award winning song, “Souls,” to awareness building efforts in Haiti. “Souls” is a powerful piece that evokes perseverance in the face of poverty and catastrophe. It serves as an emotional tribute to the many families, including his, affected by the tragedy. “We must ensure that attention does not fade as the need for assistance persists.” Rob says, “It is imperative that we remain engaged.”

Along with the song, Rob has personally created a visual montage of stirring photos from the ground in Haiti which is available via his official website and on Youtube.

Rob Murat is currently in the studio working on his next recording release. He has most recently been noted for the success of his debut album, So Much to Say, available now on iTunes. The video to the album’s lead single, Dilemma Remix 1.0 ft. Kidz in the Hall, has been featured on VH1, BET, and MTV stations. It is also currently available OnDemand in over 30 million homes via Music Choice.

SOULS – A Song for Haiti (Youtube)

Written & Produced by Rob Murat


Rob Murat (official website)


Heather Baxter

Media & Promotions

Quench Entertainment Group Inc.

Drake f/ Surburban District - Overdose On Life (Unreleased Verse)

From Mic Fiend Promo:

Drake f/ Surburban District - Overdose On Life (Unreleased Verse)

Overdose on life with different Drake verse, and awesome vocals from your favorite Suburban District members.

Download Drake - OverDose Featuring Suburban District (Unreleased Verse)
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Eternia & KRS-One: MC's Act Like They Don't Know (Video)

Eternia & KRS-One: MC's Act Like They Don't Know (Video)

Enemy Soil & Babygrande Announce New Jedi Mind Tricks' AOTP LP

From Enemy Soil & Babygrande Records:

For Immediate Release
February 3rd, 2010

Enemy Soil and Babygrande Records are proud to announce the upcoming release of the new Army of the Pharaohs album: Jedi Mind Tricks Presents "Army Of The Pharaohs: The Unholy Terror" on March 30th, 2010. After 8 years of close partnership and hundreds of thousands of albums sold with Babygrande Records, Jedi Mind Tricks is proud to be releasing "Army Of The Pharaohs: The Unholy Terror" on their own label, Enemy Soil, in a unique partnership with Babygrande.

The Unholy Terror is a return to form for true Jedi Mind Tricks and Army Of The Pharaohs fanatics. AOTP, the ever-evolving crew of Hip Hop’s heaviest hitters, is the culmination of a vision devised by Jedi Mind Tricks’ frontman Vinnie Paz. Initiated over twelve years ago, the group (following in the long-standing tradition of crews like Wu-Tang and The Juice Crew) has thrived for over a decade. Past members and contributors have included Bahamadia, Chief Kamachi, 7L, Virtuoso, Shuko, and Undefined, to name a few. With two full-length albums and a slew of singles under their collective belt, AOTP has established itself as the premier collective of diverse MCs showcasing viciously precise and dynamic skills. Lead by the inimitable Paz, AOTP is a reflection of the volatile MC’s staunch belief in the tradition of Hip hop’s most sacred tenets and aesthetics. Individually the styles of the Pharaohs compliment each other, ranging from strictly lyrical to bloodthirsty battle rhymes, all fused within a construct based on energy and sonic power.

"The Unholy Terror," delivers the same disemboweling brand of hard-core boom-bap and battle rhyming that this veteran crew is known for. Constant touring through Europe and the United States has primed the outfit for their third full-length release. As tradition dictates, the new face of the unit is comprised of a potent arsenal of formidable MCs and producers. It is a unique mixture of Philadelphia’s best home-grown talent and outside affiliations, with verses from the likes of like Vinnie Paz, Outerspace, Reef the Lost Cauze, Des Devious, Demoz, Doap Nixon, Jus Allah, King Magnetic and King Syze teaming up with Apathy, Celph Titled, Esoteric, Block McCloud and Journalist. The Pharaohs’ sound is guided by the deft hands of well-known and heavily respected beat-makers like Philly’s own DJ Kwestion, while Apathy and Celph also show their production chops on this album. Contributions also come from producers Vanderslice, Crown, Undefined, DC the Midi Alien, Grand Finale, Hypnotist, JBL the Titan and MTK.

With their continuing success, the last few years have seen new and debut solo efforts from various group members, but now, they throw their lots in together again, to give the fans what they have been craving. The Unholy Terror continues on in the same vein as AOTP’s earlier efforts: epic, grimy beats and raw rhymes. Having spent their entire existence as a self-contained unit, AOTP exhibits a tightness and a complexity that only comes with years of crafted experience. Once again the Army proves itself to be more than the sum of its parts. Seasoned by the road and their respective careers outside AOTP, the members return with focused intensity to what has become more than just a collection of rappers: it is now a tradition.


Contra Mantra Featuring Crypt The Warchild, Esoteric & Celph Titled

Godzilla Featuring Celph Titled, Jus Allah, Apathy, Planetary, King Magnetic & Vinnie Paz

3/24/10 – New Haven, CT – Toad’s Place
3/25/10 – Providence, RI – Jerky’s
3/26/10 – Northampton, MA – Pearl Street
3/27/10 – Buffalo, NY – Mohawk Place
3/28/10 – Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop
4/1/10 – Madison, WI – The Annex
4/2/10 – Chicago, IL – Subterranean
4/3/10 – St. Louis, MO – Firebird
4/8/10 – Louisville, KY – Uncle Pleasant’s
4/9/10 – Pittsburgh, PA – Diesel
4/10/10 – West Chester, PA – The Note
4/13/10 – Richmond, VA – Canal Club
4/14/10 – Greensboro, NC – Greene Street Club
4/15/10 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade (Hell Room)
4/16/10 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
4/17/10 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club

Jedi Mind Tricks Presents...
"Army Of The Pharaohs: The Unholy Terror"
Enemy Soil / Babygrande Records
Available in Stores And Online March 30th, 2010

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