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Free Music Friday: Recognize Edition

It's the FMF "Recognize Edition!" Why recognize? Well, it's not only because I've been listening to "Recognize" by the LOX over the last hours putting this article together. But it's also because of the fact that y'all should recognize the rugged and rawness of these free music RapReviews have for y'all! Check 'em out!

Blind I presents The Neptunes :: Decemvir: A Decade of Rare Gems & Unreleased Material

[First, y'all know the Neptunes been doin' they thang behind the boards for longer than ten years. Secondly, after all of the futuristic Neptunes hits you've ever heard, you've figured out everything there is about Chad Hugo and Pharrell Williams...WRONG! gives you "Decemvir," a collect of the rare Neptunes joints that will blow your mind! No tracklisting necessary, just take a guess to which ones they are. (Don't worry, you'll see all of 'em in the folder anyway)]

Disc 1:
Disc 2:

Fashawn & Alchemist :: The Antidote

[Shout out goes to Mhlengi Madiba for giving me heads up for this mixtape. It was out months ago, but who cares? It's Fashawn and The A-A-A-Al-Al-Alchemist giving you "The Antidote" from the poisonous sounds of mediocre music.]

Shall Come A New Name
Fash Plays It Cool
The Antidote
Gone In 60 Seconds
Rap Seduction
Whats Your World
From The Creation
Lost In New York
Got It Sewn

Flawless Hustle :: Money Isn't Real

[Word up! "Money isn't Real" is definitely a statement we'll cosign with on FMF. Flawless Hustle gets some of the dopest underground and abovesky artists to create this dope mixtape. Check it out!]

Flawless Hustle Presents: Money Isn't Real
* SPON - "Growing Up" (Cuts by DJ El-Zink Prod. by Weirdo)
* ShortyRaw - "Just To Get Rich"
* Seven Day - "Lets Go" (Prod. by J. Listed)
* Mike Schpitz - "We On Fire" (Prod. by Rob Bates)
* Mayhem - "My" (Prod. by God Body)
* Mr. Beatz - "Remember The Name" (Prod. by Mr. Beatz)
* Iron African - "Poison Ego" (Prod. by Iron African)
* Bisco Smith - "Morning Breath" (ElParasite Remix)
* Mike Schpitz - "Money Talks" (Prod. by THX)
* IllumiNessence - "Satellites" (Prod. by Psycho Therapy)
* Bisco Smith - "Freshwater" (Prod. by Blockhead)
* ST/MiC and BlissOne ft. The Skunk Bewty Choir - "Aight"
* A-Alikes - "They Watchin" (Prod. by Parker)
* Chin Chin - "Go There With You" (Prod. by Blockhead)
* Jonny Walker - "Dirty Work" (Prod. by Parker)
* Mike Schpitz - "Stop Me Then" (Prod. by Parker)
* Crew54 - "Flawless Hustle" (Prod. by Cientifiq)
* A-Alikes - "Make The Hood Better" (Prod. by Parker)
* Crew54 ft. Megaran & DJ NickNac - "Lazer Blast" (Prod. by Keelay & Zaire)
* Ackronym - "Blonde"
* David Dallas ft. Young Sid, Jordache & Niko - "First Time" (Prod. by P-Money & Forty One)
* Versis - "All In" (Prod. by Pajozo)

Bonus: DStruct & M-Dot - "Just Say" (Prod. by DStruct)

Impulss :: The Lagniappe Mixtape Pt. 2: The Pressure Principle

[Flash gave me heads-up to a diverse mixtape from Impulss. The reason I said diverse is because of not only the mixtape's original beats (sans a Madlib jack), but the cameo appearances ranges from Pumpkinhead to Larry Blackmon from Cameo(pun intended!). Hear this out!]


J.Period & Talib Kweli - Noisemakers EP

[J.Period. Talib Kweli. Nuff said.]

1) J.Period f. Talib Kweli - “Ambitionz” (Exclusive Freestyle)
2) J.Period f. Talib Kweli “Youthful” Re-Edit (Exclusive Freestyle)
3) Talib kweli f. bun B“Country Couzins” (J.Period Remix) feat. Bun B

Sleaze :: Summer Fresh

[Aight, you got me! It ain't summer no mo', so sue me! Virgina's own Sleaze, however, stays in season as he makes sure his music stays hotter than burgers on grills. Check it!]

1. Fresh Summer Intro
2. Frantic
3. Stunna Shades
4. Out The Park
5. Time Is Of The Essence (Prod. By Charlie Hilton)
6. God Damn (Prod. By Just Plain Ant)
7. Airs
8. Revolve (360)
9. Tell Em
10. Sleaze Is Here
11. I Go So In
12. Summers, Past

FREE Songs:

D-Rich - Now or Never (prod. Green Lantern)

Karnige - Spread the Word (prod. Camu Tao)

*BONUS* Spon "Sponatola" album sampler

That's it for the "Recognize Edition" of "Free Music Fridays." 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....

Snoop Dogg & Dr. Dre Give Ho's Something to Celebrate at Xmas

Ho ho ho, merry Death Row! Press release from 2SPR:

Snoop Dogg, Tupac Shakur, & Dr.Dre Give The Ho's Something To Celebrate This Holiday Season

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Snoop Dogg, Tupac Shakur, & Dr.Dre In The Biggest Unreleased Box Set Of 2009

New York, NY & Toronto, Ontario (October 23, 2009) -- The late Tupac Shakur, Snoop Doggy Dogg, and Dr. Dre join 50-Cent and Alicia Keys with the highest profile releases scheduled to hit shelves on November 24, 2009. Today, Death Row Records confirmed the release of the “Ultimate Death Row Collection” in preparation for this holiday season.

The ultimate collector’s edition is a collaboration of platinum selling hits from legendary Death Row artists Tupac Shakur, Snoop Doggy Dogg, Dr. Dre and more. The 3 discs set features 60 tracks from Death Row artist packaged with a DVD of popular music videos, unreleased footage, and a limited edition Death Row T-Shirt.

The box set boasts 20 unreleased tracks from Snoop Dogg, Danny Boy, Kurupt, Dogg Pound, OFTB, The Lady of Rage, Crooked I and more. Legendary hits from the nineties such as “How do you want it”, “California Love”, and “Nuttin but a G-Thing”, show up amongst other Billboard topping tracks. This release follows this years highly anticipated albums The Chronic Re-Lit and Snoop Dogg’s Lost Sessions Vol.1.

“I am especially excited that we are bringing to the forefront Danny Boy, Jewell, Rage and many of the other brilliant artists who were shadowed by Snoop and Tupac at Death Row in the past. There are some real gems in this collection. I have spoken to so many of the Death Row artists now and they trust me to bring their music to the fans. I don’t take that trust lightly despite the challenges.” said Lara Lavi, CEO/President WIDEawake Death Row Entertainment LLC.

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Death Row Records
Ultimate Death Row Collection
WIDEawake Death Row Entertainment LLC
In Stores 11-24-09
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Braille on New Songs, Transitions and Updates

From Braille:

what's up ya'll?

This is Braille to the Brizzy.  I'm typing up this newsletter in Levelland, TX (check yo maps - you probably won't find it, haha).  I've been on the three amigos tour with my Queen and Princess.  We started out in Baltimore and are headed for San Marcos, CA to lock down our new place.  We spent most of this month packing up our townhome and moving all our stuff into storage.  After the tour we are flying home, picking up our belongings and driving a moving truck back to San Marcos.

With that in mind - I've been really busy handling personal business.  My "garage sale" of random CDs, T-shirts and posters went really well - however, I did drop the ball on a few orders.  Anyone who ordered posters, I didn't have the proper packaging and I realized very quickly that I was going to ruin the posters if I shipped them in the envelopes I had.  It was poor planning on my part and the whirldwind of the move didn't allow me time to get the necessary supplies.  If your order hasn't arrived yet please email me with a reminder of what you ordered and I will handle it right away.

The story behind our sudden move is a bit to long winded.  We were renting a townhome, the owner wasn't making payments and we got a two week notice to evacuate because the property was auctioned off to a bank.  So yeah, things just moved a bit faster then expected.

I did stay busy recording new songs this summer.  I just leaked a new song titled "Give Myself" from my new album "Weapon Aid".  You can listen to it at

PRESS RELEASE: "Weapon Aid" is an unexpected collection of songs that Braille wrote and recorded during the summer of 2009.  Production is primarily handled by BigJess of Unknown Prophets (MN) and also has tracks from Xperiment, DJ Cassidy and Kid Hum (all CO residents).  The only guest vocals are from Nikki "Tonya Bobanya" - Braille's wife of 7 years.  "Weapon Aid" will drop sometime in late November, self released by Braille on his Hiphop IS Music imprint.  This record is not to be confused with the "Audibly Enhanced Dreams" album that Braille has been preparing for Syntax Records (2010!!!)

I will create a download link with the mp3 of the new song and the cover so that ya'll can snag it for your blogs, websites, podcasts, mixtapes and personal use.  If you'd like this link just shoot me an email and I'll handle it as soon as I have proper internet connection for my laptop.  I tried to upload it to my FTP from this PC in Texas but I wasn't having much luck.  I'm a cyberduck dude on my macbook.

Final thoughts - Check out the Sojourn album on Itunes and support if your feeling it.  I will be moved into a new spot with my family in San Marcos, CA by the first week of November!!!  Weapon Aid is going to drop by the end of November - it's kind of unexpected and random but sometimes that's just how it happens in my career.  The promo push for "Audibly Enhanced Dreams" will be much more organized with Syntax Records - but "Weapon Aid" is just a collection of songs that literally leaked out of me and I felt it was necessary to share them with friends, fans and family while the material was fresh.  It's some very personal stuff and I think a lot of people will be able to relate with it.

much love.  peace and GOD bless
Thank you, from Braille and the Hiphop Is Music team. |

Everlast Takes Over Sunset Strip w/ Cypress Hill

From Amy Meyer:

For Immediate Release

Everlast Takes Over Sunset Strip With Kid Rock, Mickey Avalon, and Cypress Hill For Historical Career Retrospective Performance


Hollywood Celebrities Sean Penn, Owen Wilson, David Spade, Woody Harrelson & Chuck Liddell, All Came Out To Celebrate Everlast’s Musical Career


Grammy award winning rapper and singer-songwriter, Everlast took over Hollywood’s infamous Sunset Strip this past weekend for a unforgettable performance at the Key Club. The performance celebrated Everlast's musical career spanning the past two decades with songs from his “Whitey Ford Sings The Blues” solo album, House of Pain and La Coka Nostra releases, as well as guest performances from Kid Rock, Cypress Hill, Danny Boy (House of Pain), and Mickey Avalon. Hollywood’s A-List of actors, musicians and athletes, all came out to catch the historical show, including appearances by Sean Penn, Owen Wilson, David Spade, Emile Hirsch, Woody Harrelson and Chuck Liddell.. The monumental event was filmed for a one-hour HD NET special slated to air in early 2010.

The diversity of musicians, actors and artists who showed up to support Everlast this past weekend is a testament to his boundary crossing career over the past 2 decades. He has been a fixture within the rap and rock communities from his beginnings in the early ‘90s. Everlast has created a collection of timeless songs that are still played just as much today, as they were when they were originally released. His recorded works with House of Pain, his blues-based solo albums and new hip-hop group La Coka Nostra, have given fans a wealth of music to enjoy for years to come.

With millions of records sold, a Grammy win for his songwriting work for Carlos Santana and most recently an Emmy nomination for writing and performing the theme song to Saving Grace, Everlast has big plans coming together for 2010. As much as the Key Club performance was a retrospective, it was a hint at even larger things to come.

To view photos from performance: .

Trae Tha Truth Announces New Mixtape & Album Release Date

From Nancy B:


Houston, TX - On the day after the birth of his son, Houston, Trae Tha Truth announces news of another long-awaited birth; that of his next solo album, Tha Truth, due to drop on Feb 16th, 2010 on A.B.N Entertainment/Fontana/Universal Records.

It has been over two years since the release of Trae's last solo project, Life Goes On, but that is not to say he hasn't been busy, or in the public eye. In that time Trae has left Rap-A-Lot to become a free agent, dropped countless mixtapes, put forth the smack heard around the world, launched a cartoon series (Tha Adventures of Trae Tha Truth), Co-Grand Marshaled the MLK Day Youth Parade with Mayoral hopeful, Peter Brown, won a Humanitarian Award and been honored with his own day, "Trae Day" (July 22nd) by official proclamation of the City of Houston; more than many artists achieve in their entire career.

In fact, Houston Press just voted Trae's solo debut, Restless, the 14th best Houston album of all time - .

As a warm-up to his album,Tha Truth, Trae is readying to drop The Incredible Truth, which Trae leaked at his Baker-hosted (VH1's "Real Chance of Love") event last night at Legends in Houston. The 21-track mixtape packs a great line-up of features........

Here are 2 musical offerings from The Incredible Truth:

Universal Language - .

I Could Use Somebody - .

Features on Tha Truth are expected to be Lil Wayne, Bun B, Plies, Young Buck, Jadakiss, Rawse, Ludacris, Shawty Lo, Game and S.L.A.B. to name a few. Stand by for the first single, Something Real ft. Plies, Slim Thug, Brian Angel (Day 26) and Jodeci.

Weezy Pleads Guilty, Expected To Serve One Year

NEW YORKLil Wayne pleaded guilty to felony gun possession in a Manhattan courtroom on Thursday (October 22) stemming from a July 2007 arrest following his first headlining concert in New York. The rapper will be sentenced to one year in prison as a part of his plea deal and must also give up his passport. Wayne quietly told the judge yes when asked if he understood the terms of the plea he was making.

Asked what type of gun he possessed, Wayne said, "A .40-caliber semi-automatic."

Wayne had black jeans, a gray coat, white T-shirt and blue Chucks. He was accompanied by the CEOs of his label, Cash Money Records, Bryan "Baby" Williams and Ronald "Slim" Williams.

The hearing began at 10:05 a.m. ET and was over in 20 minutes.

About 20 minutes after the hearing ended, Lil Wayne exited the building, covering his head with the hood of his sweatshirt. Photographers and reporters followed as court officials escorted him to his vehicle. In response to many reporters' questions, all Wayne said was, "What's up?"

Wayne will be sentenced in February 2010 and is expected to serve eight to 10 months, assuming good behavior. He must also appear in court in December for a parole update.

The incident took place in July 2007, when police pulled over Wayne's tour bus at around 11:30 p.m. on the night of his show at the New York's Beacon Theatre. They arrested the rapper for criminal possession of a weapon and another man on the bus for criminal possession of marijuana. Even before his show that night, Wayne made repeated comments from the stage about being hassled by police and threatened not to perform in New York again.

Source: MTV News

Lil Wayne Expected to Plead Guilty

Lil Wayne is rumored to join the list of rappers that will be calling jail home.

The days of when Hip-Hop artists got off for committing crimes simply by dropping a few bills, is clearly long gone. Rapper T.I., who is currently serving his time in prison, was sentenced earlier this year to 1 year and a day behind bars for possession of illegal weapons. Most recently, rapper Lil Boosie was sentenced to two years in prison for possession of marijuana and a gun. Now, Lil Wayne is set to serve time.

According to, Lil Wayne is scheduled to plead guilty for his alleged involvement with a .40 caliber gun found on his bus in 2007 while in New York. Earlier today, it was announced that authorities were going to check the gun in question for DNA linking Lil Wayne to the weapon. It seems that there was a small amount of the rappers DNA on the gun, a fact that the prosecution in the case is set to use to help build their case against Lil Wayne.

Lil Wayne will reportedly plead guilty for possession in exchange for an 8-month bid in jail.  Lil Wayne faces 15 years behind bars for each count of criminal weapons possession and criminal possession of a loaded weapon. According to a source, Lil Wayne will make the announcement tomorrow and will begin serving his sentence in February 2010.

Source: Examiner ,

Diamond District - New Single & MySpace Preview

From Audible Treats:

Diamond District Prep For Release Of Debut With New Single and MySpace Preview      10.21.2009
"Hologram" Single Drops, Along With Vinyl Release of In The Ruff

For those chomping at the bit to get their hands on the official release of Diamond District's debut album, In The Ruff, Christmas may have just come a week early. While the album's official release date remains October 27th, District triumvirate Oddisee, X.O., and YU have come bearing gifts this week.

First, the single "Hologram" is dropping this week. One of the brand new songs on In the Ruff, "Hologram" has a raw, tough sound. Producer/Rapper Oddisee says "we wanted something a bit grimier... the official release is coming out in the fall, towards winter, so we wanted something to fit the attitude of the season that the album is going to be coming out in." With a woozy beat, vintage soul sample chorus, and matter of fact lyrics, the track is perfect for headphones on a cold sidewalk.

Perhaps the only better way to listen to In The Ruff is on your turntable. Diamond District's sound is pitch perfect for vinyl, with the warmth and hiss of a record only accentuating their relatively old school sound. Oddisee agrees- "we were mainly trying to concentrate on storytelling raps and the aesthetic of the '90s. It's a style we all appreciate and it's something we were aiming for on In The Ruff." The official release of In The Ruff is available now on vinyl. Diamond District's In The Ruff will be available on CD and digital download on October 27 via Mello Music Group.

If that wasn't enough, or you don't have a turntable (shame on you!), fans can get a preview of their full album on October 20th & 21st at .

"Hologram" - .
MySpace - .

"Who I Be" single: .

"I Mean Business" single: .

The Background:

The group Diamond District is comprised of emcee/producer Oddisee, and emcees X.O. and YU. Greatly influenced by their surroundings and love for 90's east coast hip-hop, Diamond District is on a mission to bring back the sounds of old with a new twist and represent for the DMV. X.O. who was born & raised in the North West quarter of D.C. defines what it is to be a black male raised in the district. With lyrics that depict street life and harsh surroundings, X.O. has a way of philosophizing that raw, gutter reality of DC life that is rarely looked at or spoken about when we discuss our nation's capitol. Oddisee defines the experience of growing up in black middle class Maryland. Bordering the poverty that his and many other families fled to escape, they found out over time that the troubles of the inner city came along with them. Oddisee’s soulful, haunting samples over bass-heavy beat breaks create the perfect instrumentals for Diamond District to match the street savvy, politically conscious lyrics that capture the dynamic of being from the DMV. Y.U., having been raised in the district, Maryland & Virginia, brings that extra variety to the group and shows that D.C. culture has a huge influence beyond its 10 mile radius. Being that YU has lived in all areas of the DMV, his lyrics and stories compliment the rest of the group and define what it means to be from the DMV. In The Ruff, which will be released October 27th via Mello Music Group, will be the group's debut album and is poised to become the official soundtrack for the DMV region.

About Mello Music Group:

Like Lao Tzu in hip-hop, Mello Music Group provides music for the soul, from the heart of American culture, opening the realm of the intelligent hip-hop experience through melodic evocations, beats that corroborate the truth, and voices that roar above the rising void and impose order on the terrible & triumphant moments of everyday life. This is the compelling sound of Mello Music Group. Industry newcomer Michael Tolle founded MMG in 2007 and is acting Director of Operations. MMG will be releasing projects from Oddisee, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Kenn Starr, Finale, Trek Life, Dudley Perkins, Sareem Poems, and YU in 2010. .


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Diamond Exchange Mixtape:
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Swollen Members Leak Bollywood Chick Featuring Tech N9ne

From James at Kerosene Media:

Swollen Members Leak Bollywood Chick Featuring Tech N9ne
For Immediate Release
Swollen Members Leak “Bollywood Chick”
Featuring Tech N9ne

When it came time to record their new studio album, “Armed To The Teeth”, Swollen Members pulled out all the stops and recorded tracks with Tech N9ne, Everlast and Slaine from La Coka Nostra, Glasses Malone, and Talib Kweli. Fans can download “Bollywood Chick”, the group’s collaboration with Tech N9ne, at .
"The energy on 'Bollywood Chick' is amazing and it's a club banger about to be smashing the airwaves. Tech N9ne blessed us with a sick verse, and he is an artist we have always had a lot of respect for," commented Prevail from Swollen Members. "Make sure to keep checking our MySpace for the video, which we produced in LA with DJ Skee and his crew. The combination of song and video take 'Bollywood Chick' to the next level."
Swollen Members’ sixth studio album, "Armed To The Teeth", lands in stores October 27th, 2009, through Suburban Noize and Battle Axe Records.

Oct 21 - San Barbara, CA @ Velvet Jones
Oct 22 - Hollywood, CA @ Key Club
Oct 23 - San Bernardino, CA @ San Manuel Amphitheater
Oct 24 - Tempe, AZ @ The Clubhouse
Oct 25 - Las Vegas, NV @ Wasted Space
Oct 27 - Flagstaff, AZ @ Orpheum Theatre
Oct 30 - Colorado Springs, CO @ Black Sheep
Oct 31 - Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
Nov 02 - Ft. Collins, CO @ Aggie Theatre
Nov 03 - Boulder, CO @ Fox Theatre
Nov 04 - Salt Lake City @ Urban Lounge
Nov 05 - Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
Nov 06 - Bend, OR @ Domino Room
Nov 07 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
Nov 08 - Seattle, WA @ Neumo's
Nov 09 – Nanaimo, BC@ Queens -
Nov 10 – Victoria, BC @ Elements
Nov 11 – Whistler, BC@ Moe Joe’s
Nov 12 – Vancouver, BC@ The Red Room on Richards
Nov 13 – Kamloops, BC@ Chrome City Night Club
Nov 14 – Lethbridge, ALTA@ Blarney Stone
Nov 17 – Calgary, ALTA@ Back Alley
Nov 18 – Edmonton, ALTA@ U of Alberta
Nov 19 - Sylvan Lake, ALTA @ Chef Francisco
Nov 21 – Winnipeg, MB@ Pyramid
Nov 23 – Fort Frances, ONT@ Townshend Theatre
Nov 24 – Thunder Bay, ONT@ The Roxy
Nov 25 – Sault Ste Marie, ONT@ Canadian Nightclub
Nov 26 – Cobalt, ONT@ Cobalt Classic Theatre
Nov 28 – Ottawa, ONT @ Ritual Nightclub
Dec 02 – Toronto. ONT @ Lee’s Palace
Dec 03 – Waterloo, ONT @ Starlight
Dec 04 – St Catherines, ONT@ Mikado
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Live Streaming Press Conference - Bone Thugs Reunited 4 PM PST

From Ayal at Warner Bros. Records:

Reminder: The Bone Thugs N' Harmony press conference will be taking place today here in Los Angeles, Weds October 21st at 4pm PST. For those not able to attend in-person, please feel free to join us by logging on to at .

For those that are planning to attend in-person in LA tomorrow, please make sure to send me an rsvp if you have not done so already. For those that have rsvp'd, I will be sending an email with location address shortly. We will have a press bridge/box for anyone needing to plug in for sound. Also, immediately following the press conference there will be a listening session for the groups new album, Uni5: The World's Enemy. Food and drinks will be served.

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