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DJ JS-1 Live With Regis and Kelly

From Audible Treats:

DJ JS-1 - Live With Regis and Kelly

Queens-Bred DJ/Producer Celebrates Album Release With Video From Famous Morning Show 

The Video:

June 23rd is finally here, and what better way to celebrate the release of DJ JS-1's brand new album, Ground Original 2: No Sell Out, than with a fun video featuring the Queens, New York DJ and producer making a live appearance on the Live With Regis And Kelly morning show. JS-1 gets things started performing a flawless DJ set, showing off some of the skills that continue to make his talents sought worldwide. Closing out the show JS-1 gives Regis a DJ tutorial, teaching him the basics of scratching. The high point of the clip comes at the 5:05 mark as we witness Kelly rapping along to Mims' "This Is Why I'm Hot;" comedic material for any hip-hop fan. DJ-JS-1's Ground Original 2: No Sell Out is available today via Fat Beats Records.

Also make sure to check out DJ JS-1's new track, "Clear 'N Present Danger" feat. Canibus and KRS-One: .

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The Background:

As a member of the world famous Rock Steady Crew, partner of Rahzel (the world's #1 beatboxer), and occasional tour DJ for KRS-One, DJ JS-1 has toured the planet with over 1,000 shows in more than 32 countries and hundreds of cities. During that time, the Queens, NY native has shared the stage with a wide variety of artists, including 50 Cent, RUN DMC, Maroon 5, Wu-Tang Clan, The Roots, Busta Rhymes, Talib Kweli, Redman & Method Man, Wyclef, OAR, Dashboard Confessional, Snoop Dogg, All American Rejects, Mike Patton, and many more. As a producer, JS' list of accomplishments runs just as long, having worked with a number of artists, such as Common, Will Smith & Jazzy Jeff, Immortal Technique, Big Daddy Kane, Dilated Peoples, Kool G Rap, Masta Ace, Pharoahe Monch, Brand Nubian, and Kool Keith just to name a few. For the past three years, JS-1 has stayed busy touring, producing, making high-profile TV appearances, and completing his new album. The result is an album will serve to make DJ JS-1 a household name for all within the hip-hop community.

For No Sell Out, an album recorded as an addendum to his previous solo effort Ground Original, JS-1 enlisted the help of an extensive and notable list of guest emcees, including KRS-One, Large Pro, Pharoahe Monch, Canibus, Sean Price, Blaq Poet, Killah Priest, Ill Bill, Kool Keith & Ced Gee (Ultramagnetic Mc's), Aesop Rock, Vast Aire, Chino XL, Sadat X, AG, OC, Craig G, CL Smooth, Edo G, Prince Po, Akrobatik, J-Live, Vinnie Paz of Jedi Mind Tricks, Rakaa of Dilated Peoples, Krondon, C Rayz Walz, Vast Aire, Nutrageous, Copywrite, PMD, Rahzel, EMC (Masta Ace, Strick, Wordsworth, Punchline), Termanology, Torae, Pumpkinhead, Jak D, Big Noyd, Q-Unique, Brother Ali, Slaine, Virtuoso, Pack FM, Supastition. Block McCloud, Trez, Rugged Intellect, and DJ Premier. No Sell Out is available in stores everywhere via Fat Beats Records.

Listen to the first single, "Like This" featuring Large Professor - .

For JS-1's bio and other goodies, please visit: .


DJ JS-1 on Regis & Kelly
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"Clear 'N Present Danger" feat. KRS-One & Canibus
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La Coka Nostra Debut New Single w/ Snoop Dogg

From Kerosene Media:

For Immediate Release


Starting June 23, MySpace will be featuring LA COKA NOSTRA’s new single “Bang Bang” featuring Snoop Dogg. The explosive new song is the latest track from the group’s upcoming “A Brand You Can Trust” album to be posted online at .

LCN’s Slaine commented on the song: “‘Bang, Bang’ is the name of the track that we did with Snoop, and it is just one of those joints that is built for driving around with the system up. It comes just in time for the summer. I’ve been driving around, knocking it and playing it for cats around my way, and people are lovin’ it. Anytime you catch Snoop on a joint with this kind of feel to it, it just feels timeless.”

LA COKA NOSTRA is proud to announce a July 14 release date for their debut full-length album, “A Brand You Can Trust”. This is the group’s first release on Suburban Noize Records. LCN features Mr. White (Everlast, House of Pain), DJ Lethal (House of Pain, Limp Bizkit), Danny Boy (House of Pain), ILL BILL (Non Phixion), and Slaine (Special Teamz). The album features special appearances from no less than Snoop Dogg, Cypress Hill, Bun B, Psycho Realm, Immortal Technique, Q-Unique & the Alchemist!! The Hip Hop hybrid will also launch a killer live show on several European Dates and on The Rock The Bells Tour.

Following several European tour dates this July, LA COKA NOSTRA will be making several appearances at this summer’s Rock The Bells tour, which features Nas, Damien Marley, The Roots, Busta Rhymes, Common, Big Boi, KRS-One, House of Pain, Tech N9ne, RZA, GZA, Raekwon, and more!

A Brand You Can Trust Track List:
1) Bloody Sunday (featuring Big Left & Sen Dog of Cypress Hill)
2) Get You By
3) Bang Bang (featuring Snoop Dogg)
4) The Stain
5) I’m An American (featuring B-Real of Cypress Hill)
6) Brujeria (featuring Sick Jacken of Psycho Realm)
7) Once Upon A Time
8) Cousin Of Death
9) Choose Your Side (featuring Bun B of UGK)
10) Hardcore Chemical
11) Soldier’s Story (featuring Sick Jacken of Psycho Realm)
12) Gun In Your Mouth
13) Nuclear Medicinemen (featuring Q-Unique & Immortal Technique)
14) That’s Coke
15) Fuck Tony Montana (featuring Sick Jacken of Psycho Realm & B-Real of Cypress Hill)

July 03 – Denmark - Roskilde Festival
July 04 – Kristiansand - Quart Festival
July 06 - Gothenburg - Sticky Fingers
July 07 – Münster - Skaters Palace
July 08 - Amsterdam – Melkweg
July 10 – Switzerland - Montreux Jazz
July 11 – Switzerland - Frauenfeld Festival
July 12 - Germany - Splash Festival
August 22 – Prague - Hip Hop Kemp

(featuring House of Pain, Busta Rhymes, Nas, Damian Marley, Tech N9ne, the Roots, Big Boi, Common, and more)
July 18 - Mansfield, MA - Comcast Center
July 19 - Wantagh, NY - Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
August 06 - Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheatre
August 08 - Devore, CA - San Manuel Amphitheatre
August 09 - Mountain View, CA - Shoreline Amphitheatre


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Trends New Mixtape for Free Download

From Trends:

Hey beautiful People its that time again. Your boy Trends drops another dope mixtape for y'all. This one is called "Beautifully Tragic Love Stories". I really want to take this time to thank everyone who has been listening to my music. Download it for FREE. Click Here:
1) Beautifully Tragic (produced by Beat Connector)
2) It's Ok to Cry (produced by Archreateck)
3) Miss You (produced  by Beat Connector)
4) Friction (produced by BeatConnector)
5) Don't want to Text U (produced by Kajmir Royale)
6) Troubles (produced by Groundworks)
7) Closer (produced by Chemist)
8) 2 Choices feat. Sakinah (produced by Steelwaterz)
9) The Pick up (produced by Puzzled Productions)
10) I Don't know feat. Farah (produced by Big Mike)
11) Ease ya Mind feat. Joe Thrillz (produced by Dreromevontana)
12) No (produced by Beat Connector)
13) Rise and Fall (produced by Beat Connector)
14) Man on The Run (produced by Beat Connector)
Hip Hop Blogs and Websites please post this up
Thanks for the support 
The Truth Is Inside You 
Sandpeople - "The Dapper Mob"

From Audible Treats:

MP3: Sandpeople - "The Dapper Mob"      06.23.2009
Group Producer/Emcee Sapient Goes Solo On The Closing Track From Long Story, Short...

The Song:

It's not uncommon for a crew album to feature solo songs. For Sandpeople, the 10-member collective residing in the city of Portland, "The Dapper Mob" is that song. Written, produced, and performed entirely by crew producer, multi-instrumentalist, and emcee Sapient, the song also features a mellow, dissonant sound that serves as the perfect closing track for the crew’s new EP, Long Story, Short...

Musically, there are a number of elements. Muted guitar plucks; sparse keys; thick synth bass; well-placed percussion - each add a unique feel to the overall composition, and in the final minute, just as the song appears to wind down, an array of strings, synths, guitars, orchestral drums, and percussion bring the listener on a musical journey.

Sapient had this to say about the inspiration and concept behind the song: "The Dapper Mob" is the capstone to the EP. I have been adding a rock song to the end of each Sandpeople record. Although our genre is primarily hip-hop, the rock song acts as a sort of dessert to the Sandpeople feast. This song in particular, carries the cocky, threatening attitude of many hip-hop songs, but injected with the right kind of elegance to make it that much more threatening."

iTunes store link: .

The Background:

Since the 2005 release of Sandpeople's debut album, Points of View, the group has seen a growth not only in their own numbers, but also in their rate of musical output. The Sandpeople collective comprises 10 members and several sub-groups, each recording and releasing their own respective works in conjunction with the group projects. The crew's original members include founding member, Mo-B, as well as ILLmaculate, Onlyone, Gold, iame, Al-One, Simple, and DJ Spark. Later, per request of Mo-B, producer Sapient and rapper Ethic joined the original eight. Points Of View, an album recorded over a two-week span, quickly grabbed the attention of music fans everywhere, creating a cult-like following and spreading virally along the west coast and underground hip-hop scenes. That buzz lead to a yearlong courtship by Epic Records, which, although not resulting in a deal with the label, proved very influential and educational for the crew. Outside of the collective, various Sandpeople members have received numerous solo accolades as well. ILLmaculate, a Portland native, was crowned champion of the 2004 Scribble Jam Rap Battle at the age of 17, and group producer, rapper, and multi-instrumentalist, Sapient, has garnered recognition from his work with artists such as Inspectah Deck, Sean Price, and Aesop Rock, just to name a few. Sandpeople’s newest effort, the aptly titled EP Long Story, Short..., is the product of insight gained from their major label courtship and the deeply ingrained work ethic and self-imposed high standards of the crew. With a new full-length on the way, the EP serves to show the continued growth of the crew, both individually and collectively. Long Story, Short... is available everywhere via Sandpeople Music.


"The Dapper Mob"
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Hip Hop for HIV Awareness Campaign

From Nancy B:

Massive HIV Awareness Campaign   

Hip Hop for HIV Awareness – Thirteen big acts for one important test

HOUSTON (June 19, 2009) — Radio Station KBXX-FM 97.9 The Box, The Houston Department of Health and Human Services and AIDS Foundation Houston in conjunction with the NAACP Houston Branch and Amerigroup Community Care are sponsoring a city-wide awareness campaign for HIV and STD education.

Hip Hop for HIV Awareness is slated to be the single largest testing event in the United States. The goal of the campaign is to provide free and confidential HIV and syphilis screening to 15,000 youth and young adults between the ages of 15-40 in the City of Houston. Free testing begins Monday, June 22 for four consecutive days at the NAACP Family Technology Center located at 4203 Fannin Street in Houston and will continue through July 10th  at various other locations across the city.

Hip Hop for HIV Awareness encourages youth and young adults to receive free testing and consultation.  Each person tested will receive one ticket to a star-studded concert featuring national recording artists Plies, Pleasure P, Day 26, Melanie Fiona, Bobby Valentino, LeToya Luckett, Twista, Yung Problemz, Yung L.A., G.T., Gorilla Zoe, Bun B and Ginuwine.

The concert event will take place on Saturday, July 11, 2009 in Houston at The George R. Brown Convention Center from 2:00p – 6:00p. Only those tested for HIV and receiving their results will be issued a ticket for admittance. 

The HIV epidemic is a growing concern. African Americans, women and youth are among the fastest growing population of new HIV infections. There are 18,404 individuals known living with HIV in Houston/ Harris County and an estimated 3,500 to 4,500 individuals living with undiagnosed HIV infection. Every 9 ½ minutes someone is infected with HIV in the United States.

For testing dates and locations or for additional information concerning this event go to .

Kottonmouth Kings Announce Summer Tour w/ Swollen Members

From Kerosene Media:


Kottonmouth Kings Announce Tour With
Swollen Members and Big B

Appearing At The Gathering Of Juggalos With Ice Cube,
Tech N9ne and GWAR!!!

Rip-hop hybrids the Kottonmouth Kings have announced a summer headlining tour with Swollen Members and Big B. The trek will kick off July 29th in San Francisco and run through August, including a stop at this year’s annual Gathering of Juggalos alongside Ice Cube, Tech N9ne and GWAR.

“The summer just got a little hotter,” says Daddy X of Kottonmouth Kings. “For this tour we’re bringing together different factions of the underground to create the best bang for your buck. It’s going to be an unbelievable summer of mayhem, chaos and hot women when this tour kicks off.”

“Swollen Members and everyone at Battle Axe Records have always respected the Kottonmouth Kings and the movement they’ve created. I think both groups have always done things their own way and uniting both our audiences is going to be a beautiful thing,” says Mad Child from Swollen Members. “This tour is going to be one of the hottest tickets in the underground this summer and we can’t wait to get started.”

Kottonmouth Kings are gearing up for the October 13th  of their eagerly anticipated 2-disc “Hidden Stash IV” album, featuring over 40 tracks of hard to find and previously unreleased music from deep with the Kottonmouth compound.

Swollen Members have been clawing their way to the top of the hip-hop totem pole since their inception. The group has released an impressive back catalog of classic albums, toured around the world and collaborated with some of hip-hop’s biggest names including Chali 2na (Jurassic 5), Dilated Peoples and Everlast. The group will release their new studio album "Armed To The Teeth" on September 15th.

Big B's new album "American Underdog" has quickly become the feel good hit of the summer with his new single “Sinners” featuring Scott Russo blowing up across the country. Big B’s eclectic mixture of alt-rock, hip-hop and rock grooves has earned him comparisons to Everlast and the laid back vibrations of Sublime. The Las Vegas heavyweight has touring non-stop since the album's release and shows no signs of slowing down.


Jul 29 - San Francisco, CA @ Grand Ballroom
Jul 30 - Reno, NV @ New oasis
Jul 31 - Medford, OR @ Medford Armory
Aug 01 - Bend, OR @ Midtown Ballroom
Aug 02 - Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
Aug 03 - Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
Aug 04 - Missoula, MT @ Wilma Theater
Aug 05 - Fargo, ND @ Playmakers
Aug 08 - Cave In Rock, IL @ Gathering of Juggalos
Aug 09 - Flint, MI @ Machine Shop
Aug 10 - Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
Aug 11 - Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
Aug 13 - Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theatre
Aug 14 - Denver, CO @ Gothic Theatre
Aug 15 - Magna, UT @ The Great Salt Air


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J-Zone's Latest Blog About Who's Gotta Go

From J-Zone:

You know where this editorial is going...if the title offends you and your beliefs, don't read it then, haha. Just my opinion.

Thanks to my man Dante Ross, I've been given an official "blog" (I hate that term). I've been doing these little anecdotes, complaints, public service announcements and NBA Trash Talk diaries for years, but always in places like myspace (where nobody goes anymore), via this email or my old website (RIP). This is my fifth entry of the said "blog" and I was planning to just paste it into the email like usual, but I'm sure some of you have filters for all of the profanity. Thus, the link is below. Once again, if you're a PETA fan, maybe you should pass on this entry though. They've been getting on my nerves for years. Enjoy.

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Follow me on there or myspace, because I refuse to fall into twitter/tweet whatever that is. Twittering is something you do to your b*lls with a remote in the other hand watching Halle Berry on TV, not a pointless social networking site.

Jay (J-Zone)

The Alchemist f/ Maxwell, Twista - Smile (Single)

Review by Steve 'Flash' Juon

Artist: The Alchemist f/ Maxwell, Twista
Title: Smile
Label: ALC/E1 Music

I only had to hear this song ONE TIME on XM/Sirius and I was instantly hooked. Some producers have incredibly apt names - Pete's tracks Rock, Premier describes every beat and scratch he DJ's, and there's definitely some transmutational magic to how The Alchemist blends beats to create gold. The beat sways and swings along, riding over a simple but unconventional drumbeat - a rapid fire ta-ta-ta-ta-tap, ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-tap with the sound of hand percussion as opposed to snares or toms. A somber and soulful melody wraps around it like a lover, with rising and falling organ chords lightly accentuated by piano keys and heavily dominated by the vocals of the artistic triumvirate over the beat. Twista: "Try not to travel down the wrong road/So that when your legacy is told/You was known to be a hustler who provided for his family and did it cold/Conquer obstacles and challenges/Make your competition bow to this/Spit it for my homey Alchemist/Hold up! Let me find another style for this." Twista immediately goes into overdrive showing his rapid-tongue flow, but he never loses the feel of the song nor does Alchemist lose the clarity of his diction. Every element is perfectly matched to the other, a veritable symphony of elements, and the breakdown at the end of the song to just Maxwell and the piano is so smooth and soulful you'll get a genuine cold chill down your spine. This, song, is FUCKING, BEAUTIFUL.

Gucci Mane f/ Snoop Dogg - Awesome (Single)

Review by Steve 'Flash' Juon

Artist: Gucci Mane f/ Snoop Dogg
Title: Awesome
Label: Atlantic Records

There are two reasons (and only two) I gave this single the time of day - the first was that Snoop Dogg is on the track and the second is that Drumma Boy did the beat. On the latter account D-Boy is going throwback to the earliest days of Southern crunk and horrorcore with his sound, familiar and slightly menacing, making you feel like tearing up a club or two. On the former account, Snoop does his best to make this partnership work, spitting a triple time style for a few bars to match up with the beat. When Snoop imitates Gucci's simplistic rhyme scheme to close his verse by rhyming "awesome" every bar though, he's just pointing out how limited and uninteresting Mane really is as a rapper. I'd like to get an instrumental of this one to crank up loud, or maybe that and the acapella so I could mix a version with Snoop all by himself.

Ace Hood - Loco With the Cake (Single)

Review by Steve 'Flash' Juon

Artist: Ace Hood
Title: Loco With the Cake
Label: We the Best Music/Def Jam

"I need hoes to educate me - GOOD BRAIN!" We're still a week out from the release of "Ruthless" (subject to last minute change by Def Jam) but Ace Hood's publicity people are working overtime leaking singles to the net. Of the latest slew "Loco With the Cake" is my favorite, a Schife beat that's mostly like The Runners with a little bit of crunk on it. As with "Champion" there's nothing really profound about this song, nor has there ever been much to say about Hood's lyrical technique other than "competent," but somehow in 2009 even that is a compliment. If you put me on the spot and asked whether I'd rather be punched in face by Randy Couture, play any song by the GS Boyz even once or listen to "Loco With the Cake" ten times, Ace Hood wins 9 times out of 10. (On the 10th, I'd let Couture do it just for the publicity.)

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