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Taking a Ride With Dollar Van Demos

If you’ve watched television at all in the past month there’s no doubt you’ve seen the McDonald’s commercials that feature emcees rhyming in public transportation vans. The ads are a glossy example of what Joe Revitte and his wife have been doing for almost a full year now with their brainchild, Dollar Van Demos. 30+ videos deep, Dollar Van Demos has worked with a number of former Adam’s World Artists Of The Week, including longtime B-Listers Dyalekt, iLLspoKinn, Kalil Kash, Hasan Salaam, Miz Metro and Poison Pen. “In some ways I call myself a MySpace director,” Revitte explains, “because they have amazing music on MySpace but there isn’t a visual component to their music, so I’m like why don’t you do a video with me inside this crazy Flatbush Avenue dollar van?”

Revitte likes to put the birthdate of Dollar Van Demos at February 28th, 2009, because that’s when they...

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Donuts Are Forever (Dilla Tribute) in BK


Donuts Are Forever 4 at The Bell House

The Annual NYC Tribute to
James "J Dilla" Yancey
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Saturday, February 6, 2010
@ The Bell House - 149 7th St
btw 2nd & 3rd Ave, Brooklyn
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Trains: F, G to Smith & 9th St
or M, R to 9th St & 4th Ave

Doors 10pm | 21+ | Early arrival suggested

soundtrack provided by
?UESTLOVE (of the Legendary Roots Crew)

additional music by
LOW KEY | (Denver) .
TARA | .

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video by TONE
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$5 MINIMUM DONATION (more encouraged)
Proceeds to benefit the J Dilla Foundation
CEO / Chair / Spokesperson Maureen "Ma Dukes" Yancey
For more info, visit .

Swollen Members & Potluck Announce U.S. Tour

From Kerosene Media:

Swollen Members & Potluck Announce U.S. Tour

Swollen Members have announced the dates for their upcoming US tour alongside Humboldt County hip-hop duo Potluck. The tour will kick off February 18th, 2010 in Seattle, WA and run through March 7th in Spokane, WA.
"We are excited about this upcoming tour with Potluck," commented Prevail from Swollen Members. "Potluck has been killing it for a while now and they have a great live show to back it up. The balance of what we and the sound Potluck brings to this tour will make for many memorable performances."
"Swollen Members have been in the hip-hop scene for a while now, and we've always respected their sound and the fact that they constantly tour," added 1 Ton from Potluck. "I think the combination of both groups on the same tour is going to make a great show for fans. We're excited to get back out on the road with our Suburban Noize family."
Swollen Members’ are enjoying some of the biggest success of their career after signing with Suburban Noize Records. The group’s sixth studio album, "Armed To The Teeth", debuted at #146 on the Billboard Top 200 and #5 on the Heatseekers charts. Since the album’s release, “Armed To The Teeth” has been named one of the best hip-hop records of 2009 by iTunes, alongside albums from Ghostface Killah, Slaughterhouse, KRS-One, Ol' Dirty Bastard, and Twista. Swollen Members’ video for the track "Bollywood Chick" featuring Tech N9ne can be seen online at .
Potluck is riding high after completing a 2-month tour across the US with reunited hip-hop icons D12. Potluck's sophomore album, "Pipe Dreams", has been embraced by hip-hop fans from coast to coast who have been mesmerized by the group's lyrical depth, rapid fire flows, and head nodding beats. The Source Magazine championed the group’s sound saying, "There are strong reggae and good vibe undercurrents throughout this 21-cut ode to the high life." The group recently released a new digital EP, "Pothead Music Vol. 1: The Dank Alumni Experience", which is only available through digital retailers and online at  Potluck is currently streaming the new track “Vapors” online at .
Feb 18 - Seattle, WA @ Neumo's
Feb 19 - Bellingham, WA @ The Nightlight
Feb 20 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne
Feb 21 - Eugene, OR @ WOW Hall
Feb 23 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
Feb 24 - Avon, CO @ Agave
Feb 25 - Steamboat Springs, CO @ Ghostranch Saloon
Feb 26 - Colorado Springs, CO @ Black Sheep
Feb 27 - Ft. Collins, CO @ Aggie Theatre
Feb 28 - Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
Mar 01 - Breckenridge, CO @ Three20South
Mar 02 - Boulder, CO @ Fox Theatre
Mar 04 - Park City, UT @ The Star Bar
Mar 05 - Ketchum, ID @ NexStage Theater
Mar 06 - Ketchum, ID @ NexStage Theater
Mar 07 - Spokane, WA @ The Boulevard
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Kidd Kidd "From Here" Video Directed by Sha Money XL

From Melanie Cornish:

Kidd Kidd "From Here" Video Directed by Sha Money XL

Free "Come Get Rihanna" App for Nokia Users

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Nokia and Rihanna Release Exclusive Content
Free Rihanna App Available on Ovi Store and Offers Unique Content and Latest News

              Nokia launched the exclusive Rihanna App. Bringing fans closer to Rihanna, the new App delivers news, music, photos and exclusive video content direct to Nokia's entertainment-rich handsets including the Nokia N97, Nokia X6 and Nokia 5800 XpressMusic.

           Video content available through the App includes live performance videos from Rihanna's album launch event. Additionally, fans can access music samples, a Rihanna biography and photo library, and, when available, information on Rihanna's forthcoming 2010 tour. The App content is unavailable elsewhere and is regularly updated for fans.

           The App also provides a direct link to the Nokia Music Store where fans can download exclusive album content including a Nokia bonus track, Hole In My Head, written and produced by Justin Timberlake.

           In addition, an exclusive Donni Hotwheels remix of Rihanna's smash single, Russian Roulette, is also available to those who download her album, Rated R, exclusively via the Nokia Music Store.

           On November 16, Rihanna performed tracks from her new album exclusively with Nokia. With a set list including former number ones Umbrella and Disturbia, Rihanna's performance was streamed live and globally to her fans on every continent.  The show included live Twitter commentary from music fans across the world. The Rihanna App and exclusive video content from the show is now live at .

More About The Ovi Store By Nokia:

Ovi Store is Nokia's one-stop-shop for free and paid content, with support for a range of device types from smartphones to feature phones. Globally, Nokia device owners, in more than 180 countries, across more than 100 Nokia device models in 30 languages have access to Ovi Store.  Many of the content industry's biggest names along with independent application developers are distributing their media, applications and games through Ovi Store by Nokia. Content providers and application developers interested in distributing their content through Ovi Store should visit  Nokia is a pioneer in mobile telecommunications and the world's leading maker of mobile devices. Today, we are connecting people in new and different ways - fusing advanced mobile technology with personalized services to enable people to stay close to what matters to them. We also provide comprehensive digital map information through NAVTEQ; and equipment, solutions and services for communications networks through Nokia Siemens Networks.

Kid Cudi Friend Rich Hil Sends Limos Back to the 90's

From Girlie Action:

Introducing Rich Hil!

Free MP3 of “Lady in the Hall” HERE

Check Out His Latest Mixtape, Limos Were Cool In The ’90s HERE And Keep A Lookout For "Trippy," His Collaboration With Kid Cudi, On The Web Now!

Emerging from a thick haze of hallucinogenic rhymes and vintage beats comes Rich Hil, the latest ground-breaker riding the next wave of hip-hop.

Since bursting onto the scene, Rich has made his mark with a series of mixtapes that show off his raspy croon and stream of consciousness narratives. An East Coast transplant now living in L.A., Rich Hil ambitiously fuses classic pop influences with hip-hop rhythms and blunted West Coast cool. On Limos Were Cool In The ’90s, he doles out frank rhymes about the highs of fame, power, and money — as well as that epic comedowns that come hand-in-hand with the lifestyle. Tracks like “Until We Bleed” and “All the Hippies Say” are spaced-out, down-tempo synth jams that walk the line between R&B and rap and delve into love and loss. On “Getting In Them Thangs” Rich wraps slinky verses around a hook featuring fellow artist Phlo. Rich is inspired by a variety of artists ranging from Memphis Bleek to Jimi Hendrix, and his sound draws from everything from classic soul to West Coast electro. It’s this idiosyncratic style that Rich Hil has dubbed “hippie,” a mix of vintage beats, unabashed tributes to drug culture, and a laid back flow that reflects his rejection of hip-hop’s blinged out, bottle-service past, embracing instead a back-to-basics lifestyle not unlike his indie rock counterparts.

Rich Hil and his distinctive croon have already caught the attention of artists like Lil Wayne, Kid Cudi and Swizz Beatz, and earned him praises from The Smoking Section, Nah Right, and OnSmash. His latest mixtape, Limos Were Cool In The ’90s was produced in collaboration with Atlanta’s legendary producer Don Cannon, and is a prelude to Rich’s upcoming debut full-length, set for release later this spring via Limo Life Records. The album will feature “Trippy”, Hil’s psychedelic collaboration with Kid Cudi.  

Rich Hil will be touring extensively this spring – stay tuned for dates!

Karma Response Unit Excited About Big 2010 Ahead

From KRU Records:

While we were relatively quiet (at least publicly) in 2009, 2010 is going to be a busy year for Karma Response Unit Records! Starting next Wednesday we will be sending out free weekly MP3s to everyone on our email list. Between that and my “Happ G’s 44 Remixes” project, we will be giving away close to 100 free songs this year! Feel free to spread the word on that and to encourage people to sign up.

And to celebrate our 10th birthday as a record label this year (on July 4th) we are releasing 10 retail projects as a promotional campaign we’re calling “Ten in 10” (creative title huh?!).

The first 3 projects, dropping in March, are; Side Effect “Cabin Fever”, Happ G “7 Touches”, and “Karma Response Unit’s B-Sides (2000-2010)”, featuring new music from Jake Lefco, Reef the Lost Cauze, 40th Dimension, Side Effect, Snuff of Media 101, Briz, R-Son, and more. We are extremely excited about all 3 of these projects and will be in touch shortly with more specific release date info as well as free downloadable samplers from all 3 projects.

You can read more about our big year in this interview I recently did with;

For those of you in the NYC area, Jake Lefco has a couple upcoming shows;

- "Brown Bag Thursdays"
Thursday, January 28th (tomorrow)
@ Voodoo Lounge
24 1st Ave. & 1st st. NYC
doors open @ 9 pm
$5 cover

- "Stop Talkin...Start Walkin"
Thursday, Febuary 11th
@ Bowery Poetry Club
308 Bowery (bet. Houston & Bleeker). NYC
doors open @ 10 pm
$10 cover

Urban Art Beat cast video
Awesome program! Watching this put a big smile on my face and gives me some hope in an increasingly depressing world, not to get too heavy on you though! And we're really happy that our boy Jake Lefco has been able to be a big part of this program from its beginning.

And lastly, any of you who might be interested in helping out with our newly formed street team and/or web team please send us an email and we can add you to either or both.

Justin "Happ G"
Karma Response Unit Records    < direct store link    < newsletter sign up

Super Producer taeOne Drops Midnight Specialists

From ProTalent:

Super Producer taeOne Drops Midnight Specialists

The Midnight Specialists consist of MC extraordinaire, the Master, and beat-smith taeOne. Their debut album, The All Nighter, is a brooding and cautionary tale of modern urban life in New York City. The Master provides personal insights and lyrical dexterity rarely seen in todayship hop. taeOne’s soundscapes range from classic east coast boom bap to drum and bass. The combination results in a plethora of styles manifesting itself in the form of a struggle between cynical disdain and undying faith. Dripping with chest-vibrating bass and wielding an edge of paranoia, their style is rooted in the classic New York rap sound, with Boot Camp Click and Organized Konfusion being central influences.

They begin the album with a scary and off putting rant from comedic legend George Carlin recorded shortly after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. This sense of dread is a central element of the album and provides the Midnight Specialists with the fury needed to make a classic New York City hip hop album.



"The All Nighter, is nothing but classical NYC hip hop. Known as Midnight Specialists, they come with an original sound, dark in nature, but still very musical, The All Nighter, gives me hope that NYC still has it.... " - Wake Your Daughter Up

"East Coast duo The Midnight Specialists provide three verses of paranoid street rap over three different beats (the Ills). It’s very trippy and it requires multiple listens. I rarely get anything this good from a random blast. Might have to kinda sorta check this album out when it drops." –

"I gave it a listen while I was home for a bit Saturday and was amazed by the track. It's slower in nature, but has some cool sounds entrenched into the rhythm. But what it does mainly is let Reef, Lex and the rest of the MCs just run a muck all over the track. We know what Reef is capable of and it's good to hear my good friend Lex kill a track again. Great song all the way around." -
(Wake Your Daughter Up)

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MP3 & Video: DaVinci - "Trickle Down" Prod. By Blunt

From Audible Treats:

MP3 & Video: DaVinci - "Trickle Down" Prod. By Blunt

Bay Area's Next In Line, DaVinci Brings A Poignant Message About Government And Community To Listeners

The Song:

As DaVinci continues to build momentum for the March 9th release of his full-length album, The Day The Turf Stood Still, he is unleashing the second in a series of three pre-album tracks. This second offering, "Trickle Down," is again produced by Blunt, and again displays DaVinci's poignant, yet street-corner informed, take on the Bay Area blocks that raised him and the world at large that surrounds him. As the song begins with relaxing jazz sounds, the realization soon hits that the song isn't about relaxation at all. As DaVinci's voice cuts through the music, the heady subject matter emerges as he raps about his neighborhood where survival is about gang wars, hate, and animosity. Taking it a step further, he compares the inne rworkings of street life to the machinations of modern day governments.

As DaVinci raps, "Hate is power, love is a weakness / You do wrong the right way, they call you a genius," the rising Bay Area emcee's powerful message resonates loud and clear – what's valued in the streets seems to be exactly what is valued in politics too. This is the trickle down effect that grips the government and the community. "No government is perfect," says DaVinci. "But if you represent a nation built on lies, cheating, thieves, murder, slavery, and the like, it's going to be difficult for the people who make up that nation to see this as wrong."

Further proving the Bay Area emcee's penchant for releasing quality content, joining "Trickle Down" is a video montage, commanded by DaVinci's own firm narrative. "Take a ride with me," begins DaVinci over the sounds of a beating heart. Coming together with the driving strength of DaVinci's words is a number of different black and white images, each signaling its own significance to the Fillmore native's experiences, thoughts, and themes found throughout his music.

"Trickle Down" prod. Blunt: .
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The Background:

The Fillmore District has bred more rappers per capita than any other district in San Francisco, and although the older generations recall its rich musical history rooted in Jazz, the Fillmore today is rife with drugs, turf wars, and mass gentrification. DaVinci, a young MC raised in the Fillmore, is a prime example of the duality of this area, who at the age of 13 was homeless, hungry, and hopeful for a way out. Explains DaVinci, "My music has everything to do with my environment: from robbing, killing, pimpin' to selling and abusing drugs," he explains about his heavy content. "It's a direct reflection of what my friends and family have been through and are still going through." While his story is similar to many other young rappers’ upbringings, DaVinci was surrounded by an incredible pool of Fillmore talent and by studying with the greats, he was able to sharpen his skills and aim higher than most, cultivating his story-telling abilities beyond mere drug-and-gun-talk. Growing up in the same 10-block radius as Bay Area rap legends San Quinn and JT the Bigga Figga, DaVinci was content in merely watching the next generation follow in their footsteps, until he received overwhelming praise from his peers from a mixtape appearance, which then prompted him to pursue rap professionally. In 2006, San Quinn welcomed him onto the "Pressure Makes Diamonds Tour" with rap veterans Xzibit and Tech N9ne. Since the tour, DaVinci has kept busy appearing on numerous mixtapes and compilations, as well as preparing his official debut album, The Day The Turf Stood Still. The Day The Turf Stood Still will be available March 9, 2010 via SWTBRDS Creative Collective.


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DJ Khaled's "Road to Victory" Webisodes 1 & 11

Koch Records sent us DJ Khaled's "Road to Victory" Webisodes 1-11, but since that's an awful lot to embed in just one news post we're including the first chapter and last chapter in this post. You can find all the rest by scrolling through the related videos at the end of each one.

Episode 1

Episode 11

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