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Wyclef Jean's Personal Statement on Accusations Against Yele Haiti

Wyclef Jean endorses donating to every charity working in Haiti while defending Yele Haiti against false and slanderous accusations in the YouTube video below.

Duck Down iTunes Sales Donated To Haiti Relief Efforts

From Duck Down:

Duck Down iTunes Sales Donated to Yele for the Haiti Relief Effort
Starting January 16th at 12:00AM, for a 24 hour period

Starting January 16th at 12:00AM, for a 24 hour period, Duck Down's complete iTunes Catalog sales will be donated to Yele to assist in the relief effort occurring in Haiti after the devastating earthquake struck on Tuesday, January 12th.

When a consumer purchases either full album downloads or singles, Duck Down will donate the proceeds. 

Participating Artists Music includes: SEAN PRICE, KRS-ONE & BUCKSHOT, B-REAL OF CYPRESS HILL, KIDZ IN THE HALL, 9TH WONDER, SKYZOO, MARCO POLO, TORAE, RUSTE JUXX, BOOT CAMP CLIK, SMIF N WESSUN, HELTAH SKELTAH, BLACK MOON, GENERAL STEELE, BLUE SCHOLARS, & DJ REVOLUTION. Fans can search for these artists' catalog at iTunes and donate to the Haiti relief effort by purchasing the music.

For more information on YELE and how you can make a donation today visit: and .

Trends New Music Video - "Will You"

Hey what's up how are you. It's your boy Trends. I'm sending you my new music video "Will You". Please post this to your site when you get a chance it would be greatly appreciated.
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Thanks for all of your support!
K-Murdock - "AMOASTT" in TMM's Top 5 Albums of 2K9

From K-Murdock:

My SUBSONiQ co-host KB sent me a link to this fresh blog called "The Marketing Muse", which chose Panacea's "A Mind On A Ship Through Time" as 1 of its "Top 5" albums of 2009!  The ironic thing is "A Mind On A Ship... " dropped October of 2k8 but we're not complaining, just humbled (that somebody is listening).  The other 4 picks are just as interesting, so check out the link!



IM 2010 Release Schedule f/ A-Plus, Canibus, Von Pea & More

From Audible Treats:

Interdependent Media Announces 2010 Release Schedule      01.15.2010
Bay Area Label To Release New Work From Donwill, TRUTHLiVE, Canibus, Von Pea, A-Plus, And More

(January 15, 2010 - Brooklyn, NY) 2009 already seems like a distant memory, and with the new year comes the promise of new music. Looking to fulfill all your musical needs in 2010 is Interdependent Media, who are set to raise the bar with upcoming releases from newcomer and celebrated artists alike, including TRUTHLiVE, Canibus, Donwill, Von Pea, A-Plus, and others.

Interdependent Media (iM) is coming off a highly successful year, as projects by both Tanya Morgan and hip-hop rookie of year Finale found their way into dozens of high profile Best of 2009 lists. Not content to rest on their laurels, iM is ready to keep making moves and, according to Dominic Del Bene, General Manager and A&R at iM, is looking forward to breaking new artists and "staying ahead of the curve as the music business continues to evolve" in 2010.

iM's first musical move will come courtesy of Donwill, who will be channeling his inner John Cusack as he releases Don Cusack: In High Fidelity on March 23rd, an album inspired by its celebrated celluloid namesake. Following Donwill will be exciting newcomer, and founder of Interdependent Media, TRUTHLiVE, who brings his lyrical acrobatics to his debut album Patience, produced entirely by Jake One, out on April 20th. Early 2010 will also mark the triumphant return of veteran verse slayer, Canibus as iM readies the spring release of The C Of Tranquility. Bay Area native Moe Green continues the melodious movement with a summer release of his debut album, while Von Pea of Tanya Morgan fame looks to keep things fresh with his solo debut dropping in the fall.

2010 will also see releases from Hieroglyphics' crew member A-Plus, who, in addition to unveiling his sophomore album this year, will also be collaborating with the perennially dope Del The Funky Homosapien on L.E.D.. The spirit of sonic teamwork continues, as iM plans to join forces with fellow Bay Area powerhouse-on-the-rise MYX Music Label to release a project by The Burnerz, an alliance made up of Zumbi of Zion I and producer The ARE, formerly of K-Otix. The year may yet be young, but with this extensive offering of releases, Interdependent Media promises to make 2010 a banner year in hip-hop.

About Interdependent Media:

Founded in 2006 in the Bay Area by Evan Phillips, Interdependent Media has built unique strengths in the development, production, and marketing of recorded music via new methods of marketing and promotion. Armed with a comprehensive understanding of both traditional and emerging methods of marketing, iM has successfully created multi-faceted methods of raising awareness and interest in their projects. Industry veterans Ian "ID" Davis and Dominic Del Bene head operations at iM and are credited with discovering and/or developing artists such as 9th Wonder, Little Brother, Tanya Morgan, Blackalicious, Del the Funky Homosapien, the Hieroglyphics and more. In 2010, iM will be releasing multi-media projects from artists A-Plus, Donwill, Von Pea, Moe Green, Canibus, TRUTHLiVE, and The Burnerz. For more information, please visit .

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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.

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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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