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Richie Rich Returns After Nine Year Absence

From Todd Davis:


March 22nd, 2010 -- West Coast Living Legend, Richard "Richie Rich" Serrell returns to the limelight after a more than nine year musical absence. 

On his just released mix-tape outing, the appropriately titled Town Bidness, Dubble R continues to bless the masses with his reality fueled street narratives, delivered in that all-too-familiar raspy vocal tone. On the thirteen track extravaganza, Rich enlists the help of a few of his homies and colleagues in the biz; Snoop Dogg ["I Fux Wit You"], B-Legit & Erk Tha Jerk ["Doe (Remix)"], but in true actuality this audio affair is strictly about the man himself. Summing it up best on "#1," He professes, "40 Water sprinkled me, $hort blew the whistle, Dubble got caught with a half thang and a pistol. Now, I'm an ex-felon with a gun, but in my mind, shit, I'm still #1."

Richie Rich first rose to prominence as a lead member of the popular Oakland, California, quintet, 415, back in the late eighties. The underground collective's heralded debut, 41Fivin, which spawned a succession of popular singles; "415," "Groupie Ass Bitch," & "Side Show," is still considered, to this day, a Bay Area classic. It also sparked plenty enough interest and fanfare to enable Rich with the opportunity of recording his first solo LP. That project, Don't Do It, with its excellent title track, followed in 1990, and was an instantaneous success.

Unfortunately, with triumph often times comes tragedy, and while 415 were in the midst of signing with, then, indie giant, Priority Records, Richie Rich was arrested for drug possession. For him, everything came to a complete standstill.

Upon his release from incarceration, Rich quickly began building up his name again by appearing on records from the likes of Tupac Shakur, who was one of his best friends till the very end, and the Luniz. Soon, he found himself in the midst of a vicious bidding war, with Def Jam Records eventually coming out the victor. Richie Rich's, then, highly anticipated Seasoned Veteran bowed in November '96, and was met with gracious reviews. The set's second offering, "Do G's Get To Go To Heaven?," was dedicated to the memory of his fallen comrade, 2Pac.

A follow-up release was recorded for the label, but due to problems with the company's infrastructure at the time, it was ultimately shelved. So, Rich, along with his longtime business partner, producer Lev Berlak, formed their own imprint, Ten-Six Records. The Game, which featured several tracks left over from the Def Jam era, dropped in 2000, and Nixon Pryor Roundtree, followed nearly two years later.

Currently hard at work on his "official" still untitled, solo release, consider the more-than-impressive Town Bidness a true gift of appreciation from Richie Rich to his die-hard fans, as they anxiously await the arrival of his upcoming sixth studio opus...

RBX Speaks Out About the Current State of Death Row Records

From Chris at

March 22, 2010

Rapper RBX Finally Speaks Out About The Current State Of Death Row Records

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Veteran Rapper From Long Beach, RBX, Issues New Statement On Death Row Records.

LONG BEACH CA, Mar. 22 /2SPR/ – Back in the original days of Death Row, producer, writer, tastemaker RBX could be found pushing the line on the streets of Southern Cali. Known for his work with Dr. Dre, The Dogg Pound, Snoop Dogg, Korn, Brother J, Eminem and many more, RBX rarely speaks to the press, but when he does it is the truth.

In a statement made today, RBX asks the question every hard-core Death Row fan wants to know;

"I have been watching the three ring circus of these Canadians buying Death Row for the last year or so. I just read a crazy article on line where the guy in charge now - some banker Robert Thompson-So and his sidekick John Payne announced to the world they are looking for someone to buy them out because they don't to be in the Death Row records business any more (

I just have one thing I have to ask these guys. What tha f--k were you thinking .......seriously? We all had a little bit of hope when this game started but due to the shananigans, optimism is dwindling. Word on the street in Southern Cal is that Lara Lavi, the woman these guys kicked out of the mix is seriously backed by new heavy hitters on Wall Street. I have received phone calls confirming Lavi has a new deal. I don't know whether she on to something new or trying to buy back her company. I don't know the woman but damn she is truly unfadeable.

So I have to ask, why do these New Solution guys continue to beat on her in court if she might just be the most likely candidate to buy them out given they asked for it last week.

I just don't get it. The fans and the artists deserve better than this mess. Uncut...."

RBX first joined Death Row Records in 1992, with his cousin Snoop Dogg. After a noteworthy appearance on Dr. Dre's The Chronic, he then made cameos on various Death Row Records releases, and has released several acclaimed solo projects that have drawn many dedicated fans and admirers of his unorthodox sound.

Coast 2 Coast Release Star Studded Warren G Mixtape

Coast 2 Coast Release Star Studded Warren G Mixtape, Featuring Street Anthem 'Do You Think About G', As Part Of Mixtape Series

Volume 16 Of Mixtape Series, Includes New Music From West Coast Veteran Warren G.

LOS ANGELES, Mar. 20 /2SPR/ – Veteran rap superstar Warren G issues a new statement for 2010 in Do You Think About G, G-Dub's own take of 50 Cent's latest single Do You Think About Me, which sees the Long Beach, California emcee add a west coast perspective to the silky Rockwilder produced anthem.

The track is featured on Warren G - Coast 2 Coast Exclusive Series Vol. 16, a new mixtape, which boasts collaborations and remixes with Gucci Mane, Nate Dogg, Ludacris, Drake, Timbaland, Travis Barker, Black Nic, and Lloyd Banks.

Coast 2 Coast Mixtapes are the world's largest online mixtape distributors, with over 100 millions downloads/plays, and a presence on thousands of websites and blogs. Warren G exploded out of the burgeoning Long Beach rap scene in 1994 with the smash single ‘Regulate’, a duet with long-time friend Nate Dogg. Through years of continued excellence, Warren G has attained iconic status in the world of Hip-Hop. With a best-selling platinum and gold certified catalogue, boasting such classics songs as “Regulate,” “This DJ” and “I Want It All”.

Warren G - Coast 2 Coast Exclusive Series Vol. 16 is available to download now at



Artist(s): Warren G
Title: Do You Think About G
Time: 03:16

Download Links:
Warren G "Do You Think About G" (Dirty) -
Warren G "Do You Think About G" (Clean) -

YouTube promo:

On to the Next Lunch (Jay-Z Parody)

The publicist who sent me this video swears this is a HILARIOUS Jay-Z parody. If you think so too feel free to leave comments on their YouTube page HERE and tell 'em RapReviews sent you. The song features Narubi Selah, Baron and Beautybyuche.

Army of the Pharaohs "Agony Fires" & Fan Video Contest

From Babygrande Records:

Army Of The Pharaohs "Agony Fires Feat. Vinnie Paz, Planetary, Celph Titled & Apathy" & Fan Video Contest



For Immediate Release
March 19th, 2010

Check out this hot new track, "Agony Fires" Feat. Vinnie Paz, Planetary,
Celph Titled & Apathy off of the forthcoming album Jedi Mind Tricks Presents...
Army Of The Pharaohs: "The Unholy Terror." Along with this track, Enemy Soil,
Babygrande Records and AOTP are proud to announce a fan video contest for the song:

1. Create Your Own Video for "Agony Fires"
2. Upload it to YouTube
3. Tweet a link to your video @jmthiphop , @babygrande or @enemysoil
with the hashtag #jedivideocontest
Or just post a link to your video in the comments section of the video below
for a chance to win:
2 Concert Tickets to a JMT show near you
1 Hoody, 1 Hat & 1 Shirt (of your choosing) of JMT Gear
5 CDs and 5 LPs of JMT, AOTP and affiliate classics
and get your video featured on the JMT YouTube page

The Contest will run until April 17th


Also, Check out this promo trailer for Jedi Mind Tricks Presents...
Army Of The Pharaohs "The Unholy Terror"

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

Jermaine Dupri Intros Video For His Newest Artist - Jola

From Nancy B:

LIVING THE LIFE (JOLA/SHE SAY) with an introduction from Jermaine Dupri)



Not interested in emulating rappers currently in the game, Jola set out the gate striving for originality.

At a mere 20 years old Jola is already making a name on the mixtape circuit. Jola’s stage presence is undeniable and his passion is evident, strategically placing him on a path to dominate the music industry.

Frequently known as “The Home Town Hero”, Jola is nothing like his rap predecessors. Born and raised in the Suburbs of Dayton, Ohio. Jola is from a two-parent home where his father worked 16 hours a day at General Motors and his mother retired from her career to focus on Jola’s success. Jola was poised for greatness when he discovered his love for music at the age of 6. While others may profess to being raised on the likes of Notorious BIG or Tupac Shukar, Jola was influenced by artist like John Mayer, Cold Play, and Lil Wayne.

Jola is not your typical rapper. Unwilling to categorize himself, Jola’s style of music is broad and covers an array of genres, creating a lane of his own called the “Trunk”. With his single “She Say” already making moves across the nation, Jola is an exceptional contribution ready to invigorate the music and entertainment industries with a new look and sound. Energetic, edgy, and fun are just a few words that describe this extraordinari­ly talented songwriter and rapper.

At the age of 16, Jola relocated to Atlanta and again to Miami in search of a record label deal. Frustrated with constantly hearing that he had the talent and looks, but the music didn’t translate into his image, Jola was forced to come up with his own brand and as a result, the “I Rep the Trunk” movement was created. Carefree and unapologetic, Jola references his upbringing as privileged.  “I Rep the Trunk” is a movement described best by Jola as, “On one end of the car you have the hood, on the opposite you have the trunk”, he states “I’m not from the hood, so I rep the trunk”, and with the memorable and anthem-like chorus of “She Say”, Jola will have everyone singing “Yall can have the hood, I rep the trunk!”

While new to many, Jola is no stranger in the Rap game. Jola generated a major buzz with his mixtape “I Went to Private School” released in November of 2009.  This is no one hit wonder;  Jola is preparing to take total control of the game.

Random a/k/a Mega Ran is in Nintendo Power This Month

From Random:

I always promise not to bother you unless its big, and this might have been the biggest week in my career...

I just got back from rocking SXSW in Austin, and it was as incredible as I expected. While there, I saw this: .

this is Page 92 of the April 2010 Nintendo Power. Whoa!!

go head and grab that if you see it on the stands.

also, I tried my hand at Windows Moviemaker today and made 2 short montages of my trip to Austin for SXSW.

Mega Ran @ SXSW part 1 - .


Mega Ran @ SXSW part 2 (feat Bun B and more) - .

totally amazing times.

I have to shout out K-Murdock, Mr. Miranda, Dave (Proz) of San Japan, The Escapist Mag, Crew 54 and evvvvvvvvvvvvvvvveryone who came to the shows and hung out with us.

There are plenty of pics on the facebook page, check those out too - .

Well, take care, and keep reaching,



EP Download: Trek Life and J.Bizness - Rhymes Within Reason

From Audible Treats:

EP Download: Trek Life and J.Bizness - Rhymes Within Reason

Mello Music Group Recording Artist Joins Forces With J. Bizness For First Of Three Different MC/Producer Albums In 2010

The EP:

West coast rapper Trek Life has teamed up with fellow left coast producer J.Bizness to release a brand new (and free) 10 song EP. Titled Rhymes Within Reason, the EP is produced entirely by the IllRegular Instrumentals producer, who laces Trek with his melodic yet raw production. Complete with the heavy drums and gritty chops, he is quickly becoming known for thorough work with both Trek and others, including Ras Kass, LMNO, Buff1, and more. J.Bizness lays a backdrop perfectly suited for the west coast MC. Trek, who released an excellent album, New Money, in 2009, handles primary emcee duties on the project, as his straightforward, to-the-point lyricism and high-energy delivery carries listeners throughout the EP. Trek uses the collection of songs to touch on concepts both gritty ("Stay Raw") and smooth ("K.I.S.S.") with ease. The EP features a number of other game-changers, including producer/MC and frequent collaborator Oddisee, as well as Wyann Vaughn, Richard Wright, Mykestro, and Ragen Fykes. Rhymes Within Reason is the first of three projects in 2010 for Trek, who will be working together with Mello Music Group to release entire projects with Oddisee (Everything Changed Nothing) and DJ Babu (Fire Outside).

Rhymes Within Reason is available for free download through Trek Life's BandCamp page: .

The Background - Trek Life:

Trek Life has worked with several known artist from Bishop Lamont to Kev Brown and rocked over production from DJ Khalil, DJ Babu, Evidence, Oddisee and many more. With a growing global fan-base that has resulted from consistently touring the United States, the UK, and Europe, Trek Life is planning on releasing 3 projects in 2010 with J.Bizness (Rhymes Within Reason), Oddisee (Everything Changed Nothing), and Babu (Fire Outside), all through Mello Music Group. Paired with each of these albums, there will be a Digital 12, featuring clean, dirty, and instrumental versions of each album's lead single for free download. Trek Life is well known for his energetic delivery, straight-forward lyrics, and engaging live shows.

The Background - J.Bizness:

The extensive roster of artists that J.Bizness has worked with includes Ras Kass, LMNO, Buff1, Danny Brown, Richard Wright and many more. In 2008, he took the first place spot in the West Coast Regional Red Bull Beat Battle. His upcoming release with Trek Life, Rhymes within Reason is the first of many projects from J.Bizness that will drop in 2010. His other upcoming projects include a song on Little Brother's final album Left Back and a series of 3 song EPs with various artist called "3Ps" for free release on .


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Guru's New Statement - Stable Condition, Not in Coma, Etc.

From Yo! PR:


UPDATE: Guru is diagnosed by his doctors as ailing from Anoxia due to his history of lung problems and asthma. Guru is NOT in coma and he continues to recover. The doctors are hopeful for a full recovery.

Thoughts and prayers have been with legendary Hip-Hop emcee Guru since his hospitalization earlier this month due to a heart attack. Solar, the rapper's longtime partner and best friend, said Guru has a history of lung problems and asthma and is slowly recovering.

Guru, born Keith Elam, recently disclosed his first statement, assuring the public that he is recuperating, and that his producer Solar will stand as his representative during his recovery. 

"I am doing fine and I am recovering! I'm weak though," Guru said. "Solar is the only person who has the accurate info on my situation. Any info from anybody else is false. I appreciate your well wishes and all the love!" 

The producer expressed similar sentiments about the rapper's health status, saying: "Guru is resting and doing well. The doctors say that he will fully recover from his illness. We thank everyone who send prayers our way and we appreciate the outpouring of love from fans around the world!"

There are a lot of rumors and false allegations circulating around, but Guru explicitly named Solar his official spokesperson and the hit producer is taking this position very seriously. 

"Guru has entrusted me to be accurate and truthful in relaying information to the media," Solar said.

The producer is in constant contact with Guru's relatives like the MC's father and brother who have visited the legendary rapper numerous times. 

"When a patient is in such critical conditions it is very common that not everyone is allowed to enter the room, especially when Mr. Keith Elam doesn't want to see certain people," one of Guru's doctors said.

Many Hip-Hop artists from around the world sent well wishes to Guru but some people from his past are trying to shed bad light on his partner Solar for his position in this situation.

In a previous interview with, Guru made it clear that he and his former deejay and some people he used to work with were never that close. "People ask me about [...] all that. We were never all that close. We hooked up in the studio and did great music, but we were never hanging and all that cool. Solar and I, we got tight before we even started doing music."

Guru, the sole founder of the world-famous Hip-Hop duo GangStarr, is reluctant to talk about his GangStarr past, especially his ex-DJ who he hasn't spoken to in over 7 years.  

"That's something I don't want to talk about. I don't want to talk about the past. The past is the past. It is what it is. It was great, but that was then and this is now." said Guru.  

Doctors have not given any indication as to when Guru might be released, but the rapper is touched by the fan support. 

"The outpouring of love from around the world has been tremendous," Solar said. "I'm reading some of the best e-mails, texts and Twitters that come in and Guru enjoys them. I think that's what has been helping his recovery and what's got him in there fighting."

During what must be an incredibly hard and stressful period in life, keep sending your prayers, thoughts, and wishes to Guru, Solar and his loved ones.

In homage to Guru and his outstanding career, his record label 7 Grand Records decided to upload all his classic music videos to the label's official YouTube channel at .

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An R.Me To March With

Plans don’t always work out, but for R.Me a failed plan ended up leading them to something much greater than they had imagined. In 2008, Steph L.V, X Maximus, Rashid Amir and Real Da Magnificent (pictured L to R), wanted to combine their four teams. Conflicting interests led to that dream fading in the summer of that year, but with the four leading men still together on Rebels Music Empire Recordings, Real saw a new opportunity. “From the previous collaborations that we had done I figured we should form as a group.”

Real’s idea turned out to be a really good one as the group they formed has been making an impact on stages throughout NYC. That impact is now also making its way into people’s homes as R.Me just released their debut album, Still Untitled Til This Day, which features production by Real, Saez The Last Son, Rashid Amir, Cliff Rock and Raydar Ellis. According to Steph L.V. the group’s goal is “to shake up the music industry and have some fun while doing so,” and this week I caught up with all four member of R.Me to find out more about how they’re going to accomplish that.

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