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Random - Celebrate MLK Day w/ a New Song

From Random:

peace, peeps. Every year, I look forward to this time... not because of the day off on Monday, but because I get to talk to my students about one of my personal heroes and an inspiration to all, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. King's movement and message is especially meaningful to me in these days that we live in, and in tribute I created a track, entitled "306."

Click to hear "306," produced by EOM - .

The number refers to the room in the Lorraine Motel where Dr. King often stayed when he visited Memphis, TN, and where he spent the final minutes of his life. I had a chance to stop in Memphis on tour this summer, and the first place I went was to the Lorraine, which is now a Civil Rights Museum..and it was truly moving.

It was then and there that I took out a pen and paper and started writing "306." Honestly it was one of the hardest songs for me to write, as it got me a little emotional. Please take a listen to the track and share with friends as you wish.

View the Youtube video for "306."

Remember if you're lucky enough to be working, and lucky enough to have a paid vacation that day, show respect to Dr. King and the dream by doing something meaningful with your time... I mean, would Dr. King want you to sleep till noon and eat Cheetos? :-) check online, there are plenty of great opportunities to serve all weekend.... and you can even get Disney but seriously, you can.



Another New Plies Video: Chirpin' featuring Fella

Another New Plies Video: Chirpin' featuring Fella

Plies - Chirpin' (Featuring Fella) from Big Gates on Vimeo.

Free Music Friday: MLK Jr. Birthday Edition

Eighty-one years after his birth, MLK Jr.'s path can never be forgotten. So I decided to place a homage to him on this week's FMF. Never forget, y'all! "I Have a Dream" should ring a bell like KRS-One said! Anyway, here's some free music to enjoy for tonight!

50 Cent - The Reconstruction

[Here's a new remix EP from 50 Cent for zero cent.]

1. Intro (Composed by The Mixologist
2. The Gates Wide Open (f/ Tony Yayo)
3. Still in the Hood (f/ Gif Majorz)
4. I Run New York (f/ Alicia Keys)
5. Bang Ya Head Harder (f/ Lloyd Banks, Dr. Dre, and Candice Pillay)
6. Recon Interlude
7. Give it all You Got (f/ Tara King)

Blu - The GODLee Barnes LP

Blu - The GODLee Barnes LP

[For those of y'all who want a lil' Blu in the new year, this free LP got all the things you need. Well, most of these tracks are ruff draft (probably why he gave it to us), but the ruff draft is still better than a lot of rappers' final-mastered albums, trust.]

1. theInnocent
2. AzulitoTheGreat
3. GloryUsDelux (f/ L's of A Band Called Glory)
4. NeverDream (prod. by Exile)
5. theGOD's&Me
6. Grandma'sKitchen (Cypher by Fam Rep's Da 1 & SirJoseph)
7. Difficulties(f/ Cash Us King And Fam Rep's Sir Joseph & R.O.B.)
8. SpanishWinter
9. BeGO(o)D! (f/ Sene)
10. theRunOut(erlude)
11. ItsOkay (f/ Definite & Myth of strange Fruit)
12. OnMarsWithTheStars (f/ Sene)
13. Smoking@6InTheMo'(ByCashUsKing)
14. CityOfLos(t)Angel(e)s (f/ Cash Us King)
15. AllTheKing'sMen (f/ TiRon)
16. aWorldGoneBlind (f/ Cash Us King)
17. MelloSunshine
18. 'TilWeDie
19. Crowns
20. Outro(OpenMindDead) By Miguel Jontel
21. (theBonusSong)MyBoyBlu
22. BenevolentOffering&Benediction

Lloyd Banks - V.5

LloydBanksV5FrontCover.jpg image by seankempmusic

[Not sure what the V.5 refers to exactly, presumably his mixtapes. But like a good rapper who believes in longevity, Banks knows how to envolve and this tape shows a fifth upgrade of Lloyd Banks.]

1. Intro
2. My Bad
3. Shitty City Pt. 2
4. Who's Your Favorite
5. We Remain
6. Better You Know Me
7. I Do
8. It's Going Down - Lip Service
9. Look Ma
10. Rather Be Me
11. Power Pack
12. Only Human
13. No Escape (f/ Tony Yayo)
14. The Get Back - Southside in the House
15. Probably Want Me Down
16. Greenday (f/ Havoc and Cormega)
17. Big Bully - Full Version

The Nocturnals - Next Time It's Personal

[If you're looking for the latest hip-hop to blow out of the Windy City (Chicago, that is), then this record is the answer. The Nocturnals, composed of the dirty deep-voiced MC 'rota and abstract producer Lucca, brings you the hip-hop feel of the city that is certainly authentic. Check this one out!] 

1. A Nomad Who Rambles
2. Card Sharks and Monday Burns
3. Clarice
4. Diamonds
5. Everlating Love
6. Fables, Tall Tales, and Fictions
7. Nevin's
8. Standing Here With Strangers
9. Talk to Yourself
10. Tax Return Acme Robots
11. These Pills
12. Where I Dream 2 B, Briefly
13. Where the Stones Aren't Rolling

Rapper Big Pooh - THe Purple Tape

[Rapper Big Pooh rapping over Black Milk's critcally acclaimed "Music from the Color Purple" beattape, each of the tracks sampling hits from Prince's classic "Purple Rain" soundtrack.]

1. When I'm Done
2. Blueprint
3. Impatient (f/ Ms. Cris)
4. Put It In The Air (f/ Joe Scudda)
5. Holding Back (f/ Erica Thompson)
6. Girlfriend
7. Camera Tricks (f/ Chaundon)
8. Law & Order (f/ Jozeemo)
9. Bounce
10. Say Something (f/ DJ Flash)
11. Shoutemout


That's it for the "MLK Jr. Birthday Edition" edition of "Free Music Fridays." Check these out and let ya man know if they was fyah! If you have any free music you would like to share with the world, please e-mail me at If you're an artist with your free mixtape/album shown on this page and you want to send me a link re-up, corrections, and/or questions, e-mail me at, as well. Thanks for reading and enjoy y'all! Two fangas, one love....

Donate to Haiti Relief

From Dan-e-o:

As you are all very likely aware, this past week Haiti experienced a disastrous earthquake leaving behind tons of damage and much worse, tens of thousands of dead and injured.

This tragedy has sparked immediate action in the form of humanitarian aid from all over the world. We would like to encourage everyone to do their part in helping out the impoverished and ravaged citizens of Haiti who desperately need your help.

Here's the easiest way to help. Americans who text YELE to 501501 will be donating $5 to Wyclef Jean's Yele Haiti Earthquake Fund. Canadians with Rogers and/or Bell services may text HAITI to 45678 to donate $5 to The Salvation Army Haiti Earthquake Disaster Relief fund. 100% of donations will go to the relief operation.

Go to or for more information.

Download "Dilla Pickles" FREE right HERE:

Check out its first video, "Break It Down":


RJD2 Premieres The Colossus on Myspace

From Tonia Samman:

RJD2 Premieres The Colossus on Myspace

Musical genius and production guru RJD2 is offering fans their first chance to listen to his new album, The Colossus, in full starting today on MySpace Music. The long-awaited album is his fourth full length and first to be released via his own label, RJ’s Electrical Connections.

Listen to The Colossus at .

The album hits stores on January 19th, but fans can also pre-order one of five exclusive deluxe packages from RJ’s website including all sorts of RJD2 goodies and ranging from $9.99 to $159.99.

Pre-Order Packages available at .

RJD2 also launched his fun and addictive iPhone remix app last week just before premiering a new video for “Let There Be Horns” and setting out on a huge, 51 date North American tour.

Watch RJD2’s video for “Let There Be Horns” - .

Buy RJD2’s Touch Mix remix app for your iPhone - .


Go to RJD2’s web store to purchase an Exclusive Pre-Order package of The Colossus [RJ’s Electrical Connections] and get a free download of “Games You Can Win (Instrumental)”: .

Pre-order The Colossus on Amazon: The Colossus

Pre-order The Colossus on iTunes: .

Pre-order The Colossus from Newbury Comics and receive a limited autographed CD Booklet with purchase: .

RJD2 Tour Dates:

Thu. Jan. 14 - Tampa, FL @ Crowbar #
Fri. Jan. 15 - Tallahassee, FL @ Club Downunder #
Sat. Jan. 16 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade #
Sun. Jan. 17 - Birmingham, AL @ Bottletree #
Mon. Jan. 18 - Chattanooga, TN @ Rhythm and Brews #
Tue. Jan. 19 - Knoxville, TN @ Valarium #
Wed. Jan. 20 - Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel #
Thu. Jan. 21 - Charlottesville, VA @ Jefferson Theatre #
Fri. Jan. 22 - Morgantown, WV @ 123 Pleasant Street #
Fri. Feb. 5 - Newport, KY @ Southgate House #@
Sat. Feb. 6 - Columbus, OH @ Sully's Music Diner #@
Sun. Feb. 7 - Louisville, KY @ Headliners Music Hall #@
Mon. Feb. 8 - Nashville, TN @ Exit In #@
Tue. Feb. 9 - Memphis, TN @ Hi-Tone Cafe #@
Wed. Feb. 10 - Oxford, MS @ The Lyric Oxford #@
Thu. Feb. 11 - New Orleans, LA @ Tipitinas #@
Fri. Feb. 12 - Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon #@
Sat. Feb. 13 - Austin, TX @ Emos #@
Sun. Feb. 14 - Denton, TX @ Hailey's #@
Wed. Feb. 17 - Kansas City, MO @ The Record Bar #@
Thu. Feb. 18 - Columbia, MO @ The Blue Note #@
Fri. Feb. 19 - Grinnell, IA @ Grinnell College - Harris Center #@
Sat. Feb. 20 - Urbana, IL @  Canopy Club #@
Fri. Mar. 5 - Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church #&
Sat. Mar. 6 - Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg #&
Sun. Mar. 7 - New York, NY @ Highline Ballroom #&
Mon. Mar. 8 - Boston, MA @ Paradise #&
Tue. Mar. 9 - Providence, RI @ Jerky's Music Hall #&
Wed. Mar. 10 - Montreal, QC @ La TuLipe #&
Thu. Mar. 11 - Toronto, ON @ The Mod Club #&
Fri. Mar. 12 - Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick #&
Sat. Mar. 13 - Chicago, IL @ Metro #&
Mon. Mar. 15 - Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club #&
Tue. Mar. 16 - Madison, WI @ Majestic Theater #&
Thu. Mar. 18 - Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop #&
Fri. Mar. 19 - Millvale, PA @ Mr. Small’s Theater #&
Fri. Apr. 2 - Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater #$
Sat. Apr. 3 - Durango, CO @ Strater Theatre #$
Sun. Apr. 4 - Phoenix, AZ @ Rhythm Room #$
Mon. Apr. 5 - San Diego, CA @ Casbah #$
Tue. Apr. 6 - Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre #$
Wed. Apr. 7 - San Francisco, CA @ The Independent #$
Thu. Apr. 8 - Eureka, CA @ Red Fox Tavern #$
Fri. Apr. 9 - Portland, OR @ Dantes #$
Sat. Apr. 10 - Bellingham, WA @ The Nightlight Lounge #$
Sun. Apr. 11 - Seattle, WA @ Neumos #$

# w/ Happy Chichester
@ w/ Kenan Bell
& w/ Break Science
$ w/ Busdriver

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New Plies Music Video - "Medicine" f/ Keri Hilson

From Anne Watkins:

New Plies Music Video - "Medicine" f/ Keri Hilson

Plies - Medicine (Featuring Keri Hilson) from Big Gates on Vimeo.

Rob Swift Marries Hip-Hop to Classical on New LP

From Pam Nashel Leto:

On New LP, Rob Swift Proves That Turntablism and Classical Music Have More In Common Than Anyone Ever Thought

The Architect Drops February 23rd on Ipecac Recordings

Click HERE for a free MP3 of “Rabia – 2nd Movement” and check out a video for the track below.

Master turntablist Rob Swift has strived to expand the definition of Hip Hop since his first release in the mid-90’s.  In an age where creating an iTunes play list is the sole prerequisite for being called a DJ, Swift’s boundary-pushing new release, The Architect, is a refreshing reminder that the 1’s and 2’s are an instrument in themselves.  Using his newfound love of classical music as a point of inspiration, Swift’s latest work has as much in common with Mozart as it does with Grandmaster Flash.  The innovative album has found a perfect home on fellow experimental musician Mike Patton’s label, Ipecac Recordngs (Melvins, Isis, Hella).

Swift first arose to prominence as a member of the turntablist collective the X-Men a.k.a. X-ecutioners, and soon became known across the globe for his beat juggling skills.  He has since gone on to work with an incredibly varied array of artists including Herbie Hancock, Cypress Hill, Dan the Automator, and Blue Man Group.  Swift has also appeared on Sesame Street, ESPN, and The Late Show With David Letterman, all while maintaining his underground credibility and sense of adventure

A quick glance at The Architect’s track listing reveals that Swift has created a conceptual piece of work.  Though mostly instrumental, the album is not a “concept album” but rather a series of compositions deliberately sequenced to form a greater, unified whole.  On “Principio,” the album’s lone MC, Breez Evahflowin, breaks it down when he spits “The way it’s layed down, don’t shuffle this LP / the truth is you’d miss something that’s healthy / something like progress, the artform elevated / the next level of turntablism and innovators.”

Though only two tracks contain vocals, The Architect is ripe with emotion and abstract narrative.  Orchestral strings and organs mingle with fierce breakbeats and expert scratching. Swift’s exploration of manipulating pitch and tempo are executed and organized with the mindset of a virtuosic composer.  The album not only adds to Swift’s illustrious legacy, but also adds news chapters in the history of the DJ and hip hop at large.

Catch Rob Swift On The Wheels Live:

01/22: Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory
01/23: Ocala, FL @ Ocala Shrine Club
01/30: Brooklyn, NY @ Savalas

The Architect track list:

01.    Overture
02.    Introduction
03.    The Architect
04.    Principio
05.    Story Of A Man
06.    Sound The Horn
07.    Prelude To The 1st Movement
08.    Rabia – 1st Movement
09.    Rabia – 2nd Movement
10.    Rabia – 3rd Movement
11.    D.R.E.W.
12.    Intermission
13.    Lower Level – 1st Movement
14.    Lower Level – 2nd Movement
15.    Lower Level – 3rd Movement
16.    Spartacus
17.    Sound The Horn (reprise)
18.    Ultimo

Hitfarmers "Conquering the Throne" Album Trailer

From Joining Forces:

Finally the HITFARMERS album trailer made it`s way to Youtube. Check the clip to get an idea on what to expect of the upcoming albooom!

We hope the clip gets you a little hyped for "Conquering The Throne" dropping very soon on Lost Children Of Babylon Productions.

DJ KaySlay f/ Maino, Papoose, Red Cafe - Thug Luv

From E1/Koch Records:

DJ KaySlay f/ Maino, Papoose, Ray J, Red Cafe - Thug Luv

We Are Travis Porter - Episode 1

From Street Executives:

We Are Travis Porter - Episode 1

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