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Freddy Madball Posts New Video for "Y Que"

From Warm Fuzzy PR:

Freddy Madball has posted official video for the song "Y Que" here: .

The song appears on his solo debut "Catholic Guilt" which is out now and features appearances from Vinnie Paz (Jedi Mind Tricks), Slaine (La Coka Nostra), Travis McCoy (Gym Class Heroes), Jaysaun (Special Teamz), Reef The Lost Cauze and Rancid.  More music and details at .

Amp Live Preps Solo Album & Remixes Why?

From Terrorbird Media:

Amp Live Preps Solo Album For Child's Play

Zion I producer and Radiohead Remixer enlists Mickey Facts, The Grouch, Myka Nyne and more; Remixes Why's 'Eskimo Snow'!!!

Child's Play Records is proud to present Amp Live 'Murder at the Discotech.'  The anitcipated electronic and hip hop fused record features guest vocals by Mickey Factz, Zumbi of Zion I, Grouch, Eligh, Trackademicks, Fashawn, Myka Nyne, Hot Tub, Yak Ballz, My First Earthquake, Golda Supa Nova, Bambu, Dude Royal and more.  Featuring the internet buzz hits 'Gary is a Robot' featuring Trackademicks (Fools Gold) & Mr. Micro and 'Turn it Up' featuring Mickey Factz (XXL hottest mcs to watch out for 2010), Murder at the Discotech is best defined as electro hop; melting dubstep, electro, hip hop and indy in to one pot.

Amp Live Remixes Why?'s 'Eskimo Snow'!!!

1. Why? - Bezerkley (Amp Live Remix)
2. Why? - Against You feat. Zumbi of Zion I (Amp Live Remix)
3. Why? - Black Purse (Amp Live Remix)
4. Why? - Good Woodz (Amp Live Remix)
5. Why? - Uno Roses (Amp Live Remix)


Amp Live is the latest up and coming beat maker hailing from California, one of hip hop's most thriving centers. Amp's building a rep as one of Cali's most talented and diverse producer/djs. After his dreamy soulful beats for Zion I, he has been able to produce for major and independent artist such as Akon (Warner), Flipsyde (Interscope Records), Nicole Schercenger of the Pussy Cat Dolls (Interscope), the album "Moneys My Motivation" for bay area hyphy artist Kafani(Koch), the remix for "Place for My Head" by Linkin Park on the platinum selling Reanimation Album, the soul smash single of 2003-2004 titled "Closer" by the r&b artist Goapele(Sony Records), and a gritty, rough track for LA phenomenon Mystic on the debut hit album Cuts for Luck Scars for Freedom (Goodvibe/Interscope) called "Girlfriend Sistagirl".

Most importantly Amp Live's most recent success has been his critically acclaimed "Rainydayz Remixes" album for the rock group Radiohead's In Rainbows LP. Always experimenting, Amplive has done breaks, house, 2 step, dance, electro, mashups, and drum 'n bass, including a remix for Philly MC Bahamadia on "Pep Talk", the hip hop group Zion I, a electro music LP Electrowonderland Vol 1(2006), and a new Electrowonderland Vol.2.

In the past years, Amp Live has been a part of the video game industry, having his production being one of the main features for the Sony Traxxpad and also a basketball player character in the NBA 2K6-2K7 video game. Finally, Amp's beats have been featured on a number of movies and tv shows, which include "So You Think You Can Dance", "Dirt" by Courtney Cox, "Friday Night Lights", "Honey", "Big Fat Liar","Leprechaun 4", "Americas Top Model" by Tyra Banks, ESPN Sports center, and the "Jamie Kennedy Show".

"Gary is a Robot" ft. Trackademics VIDEO!"
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Amp Live
'Murder at the Discotech'
OUT 3/16
(Child's Play)


1. Intro
2. Blast off
3. About to Blow  feat. K.Flay
4. Gary is a Robot feat Trackademicks and Mr. Micro
5. Chick Pop
6. Hot Right Now feat.  Dude Royal, The Grouch, Fashawn, Eligh, Bambu, Zumbi, and Chris Young
7. Turn It Up feat Mickey Factz
8.  Dropp feat. Hot Tub
9. Mad Man
10. Money Back Guaranteed feat. Rebecca from My First Earthquake
12. Get Served feat. Myka Nyne
13. Ugly feat. Yak Ballz
14. Bravest Heart feat. Golda Supa Nova

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Ty Fyffe Launches Online Competition

From Melanie Cornish:

Tuesday January 19th 2010


Queens based super-producer Ty Fyffe has developed his very own unique way of encouraging emerging artists to feature on his first of a kind project. TY FYFFE PRESENTS RAW N UNCUT gives aspiring and established acts the opportunity to face off creatively for a position on the Raw N Uncut compilation album, which will be hosted by DJ Kay Slay and  heavily marketed and promoted online and to radio.

Urging performers to take the initiative and use the platform he is providing, Ty Fyffe hopes that notoriety will follow for those who are selected to feature on the finished project. “The whole concept of this project was to give the true MCs out there a chance,” he explains. “It is not easy getting into this game now, so much politics involved but through Ty Fyffe Presents artists have the chance to get themselves out to a much larger audience, all the while rhyming & singing over production crafted by me.”

Working with a team of recognized professionals in radio, distribution and media. Ty Fyffe has secured the involvement of DJ Kay Slay who will be hosting the project and will premier the first single from the compilation on his Street Sweepers radio show. The album, upon completion, will be available for download on a variety of high profile sites and blogs with the first single being promoted digitally by coveted digital distribution powerhouse, Digiwaxx Media LLC. 'This is a chance of a life-time and I am not into co-signing just anything' – DJ Kay Slay.

Participating in TY FYFFE PRESENTS RAW N UNCUT will give artists opportunities which some work years to procure. Each entrant will be able to record over production from the man who has crafted soundscapes for a league of A List artists including 50 Cent, Drake, Busta Rhymes, Jay Z, Eric Sermon and many more. If selected by Ty Fyffe to appear on the album, those successful entrants will receive an exclusive track to use and submit for the final album.

The key selling points of this competition are not just the production or the publicity that artists will secure but also that it is available to artists globally. Acknowledging that both rappers and singers from the US have an abundance of things working in their favor, Ty is intent on giving artists from countries, that may not necessarily be as laden with opportunities, a chance with TY FYFFE PRESENTS RAW N UNCUT.

“This competition is open to folks from all over the world, not just the US and it would be great to see the project attract artists from other continents,” says Ty.
“But as we are aware, Hip-Hop’s inception may have been on the streets of NYC but today it has no boundaries and I hope artists overseas see how being involved in this competition can put them in front of a totally different audience,” he concludes.

To find out more about the competition please go to WWW.TYFYFFE.COM .

Bisco Smith "Vibrations" + Album Release

From Audible Treats:

Bisco Smith – "Vibrations" + Album Release      01.19.2010
Celebrating The Release Of His Fifth Project, Bisco Lets Loose New Single, Hosts Album Listening Party

The Song:

After whetting appetites in past months with a host of songs, videos, remixes, and more, The Broadcast has finally arrived and Bisco Smith is poised to have it arrive with a bang. The most visionary effort of Bisco's career to date, The Broadcast pushes boundaries of what hip-hop can be, incorporating dirty, often pounding elements of electronic and dubstep, along with Bisco's visual-as-always lyricism. Having worked with just one producer for this album for the first time in his career, The Broadcast is Bisco’s most focused effort to date. Producer J. Vegus and Bisco worked in harmony to accurately incorporate both artists’ visions, which gave the album a cohesive sound from beginning to end.

Bisco is also excited to set loose the album's next single, "Vibrations," which will also be accompanied by a video in the coming weeks. Staying true to its title, "Vibrations" is chock full of heavy bass, sharp synthesizer lines, and pounding drums, courtesy of album producer J.Vegus. Lyrically, Bisco strays from his signature social observational style, which is found on other songs from The Broadcast; "Vibrations" serves as a getaway track for Bisco, just as he hopes it will for others looking to escape through his music. "This is escape music," says Bisco. "With this new single, hopefully we can help you forget the past and future for the time being and just exist in the moment."

Celebrating the long-awaited release, Bisco is excited to let fans hear The Broadcast in its entirety, and will be giving fans a chance to do so tomorrow, Wednesday, January 20th, where Bisco will host a listening party. Held at the No Malice Palace, located at 3rd Street and Avenue B in New York City, the event will kick off at 7:00pm for the after work crowd and will include a happy hour open bar from 8:00pm to 9:00pm. DJ Lokash and DJ Marcus will be DJing the event, and Bisco has a special treat for all in attendance – the world premiere of an exciting new video, directed by frequent collaborator Vidoli. Fans can also check out Bisco performing live Saturday, February 6th at Santos Party House for his official album release show. Kicking off at 11:00pm, the show will cost $10 at the door. Door tickets will also include a free copy of Bisco Smith's new album.

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

The Broadcast teaser: .

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 forthcoming LP, The Broadcast, available online now.

"Vibrations" .

"Broadcast Live" (Remix of TV On The Radio's "Wear You Out") .

"Railroads" Turnbull Green Remix .

The Broadcast teaser video .

"Railroads" Feat. Human?, Grimace & Esen .

The (W)rap Up - Week of January 12, 2010

Hurricane Chris :: Unleashed
J Records
Author: Steve 'Flash' Juon

"Hurricane Chris can lay claim to being one of the most successful digital artists of the 21st century, with his hit single "A Bay Bay" being downloaded over 3.5 million times as a song or ringtone. Commercial success not being equivalent to artistic merit, our writer Justin 'Tha Shiznute' Chandler found his debut album "51/50 Ratchet" to be more than a little bit underwhelming. That being said the amount of focus and determination Chris shows as a young artist in a crowded marketplace and his willingness to embrace new media distribution make him a hip-hop entrepreneur to watch, and Adam Bernard's interview shows we haven't stopped paying attention."

arious artists :: East Coast Block Starz :: Block Starz Music
as reviewed by Matt Jost

"From what I understand Block Starz Music offers various services to musicians along the lines of promotion and distribution, specifically tailored to the digital age. "East Coast Block Starz" is a compilation that isn't given away for free like so many mixtapes these days but instead promises to deliver your money's worth. Ten months ago RapReviews writer DJ Complejo was hoping for an East Coast edition while reviewing the "West Coast Block Starz," and here it is, 17 single tracks of contemporary East Coast rap."

various artists :: The Harder They Come Soundtrack :: Island Records
** RapReviews "Back to the Lab" series **
as reviewed by Patrick Taylor

"Just as marijuana is alleged to be a gateway drug to a more serious and expensive drug habit, "The Harder They Come" soundtrack might be a gateway to a serious and expensive addiction to reggae music. At the very least it was one of the principle albums that introduced reggae music to the Western mainstream, and along with the Wailer's 1973 album "Burnin'," cemented many people's love for the then-nascent genre. "

Bisco Smith :: The Broadcast :: Embedded Music/Audible Treats
as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon

"Jesal 'Jay Soul' Padania first introduced the RR readership to Bisc1 a/k/a Bisco Smith in 2008. Although Padania was of the opinion Bisc wasn't his cup of tea he did describe the previous effort as a "tightly sequenced, short twelve-track offering that flows together well, punctuated only by the crispness of the drums." That alone was reason enough for RR to give his follow-up release "The Broadcast" a chance. Early listens convinced me that Smith had enough potential that I picked his "Railroads" song featuring Esen and Human Grimace for an episode of Hip-Hop Shop entitled Watch Dem in 2010. The musical backdrop sounded like a hip-hop take on Audioslave's "Show Me How to Live," while the rhymes dropped had the dark and gritty sound of late 1990's era Rawkus Records, particularly Company Flow. I could dig it."

Boss :: Born Gangstaz :: Def Jam West
** RapReviews "Back to the Lab" series **
as reviewed by Emanuel Wallace

"For the record...she doesn't give a fuck, not a single fuck, not a single solitary fuck. This is the mantra in play for the entirety of the 1993 debut release from Boss, "Born Gangstaz". For what it's worth, Boss was actually a duo consisting of Lichelle "Boss" Laws and her DJ partner Irene "Dee" Moore, but much like the currently re-emerging Sade, the group took the name of the premier artist. The story of Boss (the group) is filled with valleys and peaks, and are only slightly eclipsed by the story of Boss (the individual). As a group, trying to secure a deal took Lichelle and Dee from their native Detroit, to New York, back to the D and off to California. "

Dood Computer and Stir Crazy :: Penny Dreadfuls :: All In Merchandise
as reviewed by John-Michael Bond

"You can't knock the hustle of hungry dudes willing to put themselves out there to get their music heard but, like any reviewer will tell you, when it comes to self released, self promoted records the number of hungry cats without the talent to make it spamming your mail box is simply massive. Drive is great. There have been shit tons of fantastic artists who've never made it simply because they didn't have it. If you're one of the rare exceptions though you'll stick out like a diamond in the rough; glistening in the pile of "hey dude would you review my record?" submissions. My latest addition to the exceptions list is Dood Computer and Stir Crazy, and their simply ridiculous "Penny Dreadfuls" tape. "

Kosha Dillz :: Beverly Dillz :: Modular Moods/Shemspeed Records
as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon

"As it turns out this isn't even the first time we've written about Dillz - Justin 'Tha Shiznute' Chandler covered his "Freestyle vs. Written" release with C-Rayz Walz back in aught-eight. Aight. I'm sold. Let's find out why Kosha Dillz has suddenly gone Beverly Hills and see if it's a change for the better or for the worse. "Beverly Dillz" opens with the stripped down "DooDoo," plucking one to two isolated notes over echoing drums.  "

Metermaids :: Smash Smash Bang EP :: 27 Sound Entertainment
as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon

"Swell and Sentence, the duo behind the pseudonym Metermaids, list a diverse range of influences to their rap style - Otis Redding, Modest Mouse, Stevie Wonder and The Roots among others. Well then! From that list I'd expect the Metermaids to be soulful, alternative rock style live hip-hop musicians with poignant lyrics. Amazingly their previous release "Nightlife" seems to have struck most of those chords, being described by one of our own staffers as "cater(ing) so perfectly [to] the more open-minded kids that love rock AS MUCH as they love hip-hop. "


Video - 4-Ize f/ Senor Kaos "Classic Example"

From Senor Kaos:

Video - 4-Ize f/ Senor Kaos "Classic Example"

R.I.P. Killa Sha

We learned from HipHopDX today that Killa Sha passed away due to complications from diabetes. Our condolences to his family and friends. Sha was a long-time collaborator with Tragedy Khadafi, an integral member of the Juice Crew affiliates The Super Kids and had recently been working on a new project with Large Professor of Main Source fame. You can see/hear a music video from Large Pro featuring Killa Sha below.

Haiti Benefit @ The Vessel Tonight with Rob Garza & J Boogie

From Terrorbird Media:

Thievery Corporation's Rob Garza and J Boogie of OM Records performing at Vessel SF on Monday, January 18th

Terrorbird Media + the Vessel SF join together for "Rebound" a Haiti disaster relief project by SF nightlife and music

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- "Rebound" will be featuring Rob Garza of Thievery Corporation on Monday, January 18th from 7-11pm at Vessel. As part of an artist duo that sells out arenas of thousands of fans anywhere in the world, Rob Garza has chosen to share his talents and perform for the San Francisco audience in efforts to raise as much money for the World Food Programme .

J Boogie from OM Records and other artists from the bay area will be joining Garza and as a combination this event is destined to be a huge success and raise thousands to feed the disaster stricken community in Port-au-Prince.  Donations at the door and from the bar will go directly to the World Food Programme.

The event is hosted by Vessel , OM Records , Nitevibe , Terrorbird Media and Burners without Borders . Food will also be provided with the help of Oola Restaurant and Bar.

B.G. Says Chopper City Boyz Are Done; Confirms Boosie Album

From DJ Smallz:

Southern Smoke TV Catches a wasted B.G. confirming the Lil' Boosie Collabo Album and Gar announces that there is no more "Chopper City Boyz"

Dillon & Paten Locke "Hot Mess" Video

Domination Recordings sent over this Dillon & Paten Locke "Hot Mess" video, made with a little help from the Fat Albert Gang!

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