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J.Period & Nneka Live In NYC!

J.Period & Nneka in NYC! J.Period will be hosting and DJ'ing to celebrate the release of Nneka's new album "Concrete Jungle"! Don't miss Nneka's live performance.
If you haven't checked J.Period & Nneka's "The Madness", click here
The single "The Uncomfortable Truth", which named "iTunes Single of the Week" is now available for free download here

Doors: 7:30pm
Admission: $15 in adv. $17 day of show

TRUTHLiVE - "Shoot Me Down" prod. by Tha Bizness

From Audible Treats:

TRUTHLiVE - "Shoot Me Down" prod. by Tha Bizness

Founder Of Interdependent Media TRUTHLiVE Prepares for Pre-Album Release, The Unlearning, With First Leak

"If you truly believe in something... If you truly believe in yourself... Don't let outside opinion change your feelings. Stay committed to your dreams."
-Evan "TRUTHLiVE" Phillips

The Song:

"Shoot Me Down," the first single from TRUTHLiVE's EP The Unlearning, paints a biography of the emcee's life experience. TRUTHLiVE explains, "In all honesty, what sparked the idea for the song was the gunshot and respirator breathing sound effects already in the beat." The song's intense drumbeat and bass set the tone, while a piano line and soul clap give the track an extra pop. As the piano mimics the spoken pulse, TRUTHLiVE drives the song's theme home, rapping, "They wanna shoot me down, wanna kill all my dreams/ But I keep on breathing, keep on believing." As a self-proclaimed optimistic realist, TRUTHLiVE built on the sounds of Tha Bizness' powerful beat and produced an empowering theme song for the downtrodden.

"Shoot Me Down" is a response to the many doubters that independent artists face. "Being an indie artist on the 'underground' circuit is a struggle," says TRUTHLiVE. "I've come across countless non-believers and outright haters - those who don't think I have chosen a viable career. I have always remained steadfast in my conviction for Hip-Hop, emceeing, and poetry." The Unlearning is the precursor to TRUTHLiVE's forthcoming album Patience, meant to give listeners a taste of his unique style. The EP features production by Tha Bizness, who have worked with 50 Cent and Lil' Wayne, as well astracks crafted by The ARE, Vitamin D, J-Zone, and TRUTHLiVE himself.

As the owner and founder of Bay Area record label Interdependent Media, TRUTHLiVE has helped promote the careers of artists such as Tanya Morgan, Finale, J*DaVeY, and more. His full-length debut album Patience, produced entirely by Jake One, will be available April 20, 2010 via Interdependent Media.

Check out "Shoot Me Down" prod. by Tha Bizness - .

The Background:

Evan "TRUTHLiVE" Phillips, owner and founder of Interdependent Media, has certainly made his mark in the music industry with his wide range of talents. As an emcee, DJ, entrepreneur, and artist, TRUTHLiVE has had his hands in everything from a very young age. After a traumatic adolescent period where his health was at risk, three heart surgeries proved the artist to be quite a fighter. He explains to his new listeners, "The name TRUTHLiVE doesn't mean that I'm proclaiming myself as the truth, end-all be-all; it's more of a reminder to myself on how to conduct my life and career." The MC best summates, "My music is my truth and my life." That meaningful music will arrive on April 20th in the form of Patience, TRUTHLiVE’s debut release, courtesy of Bay Area label Interdependent Media.

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 Donwill, TRUTHLiVE, Canibus, Von Pea, A-Plus, and more. For more information, please visit .

"Shoot Me Down" prod. by Tha Bizness .

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MP3 - Sadat X f/ Pete Rock "Turn it Up"

From FBDJ:

The 1st Single off the upcoming
Wild Cowboys II album
"Turn it Up"
Sadat X feat. Pete Rock
Produced by Pete Rock

Official MP3L .

World Premier 1/26/10 with Tony Touch on Shade 45 (Radio Rip): .

Few artists in hip-hop have afforded the longevity that Sadat X has. Gearing up to release his 7th solo album, this one is sure to bring back the "Great Dot X" of his original Wild Cowboys album 1996 release. Unmoved by an inevitable changing of the guard in Rap, Sadat remains a beacon of true, un-facsimiled artistry. In so many words, he sits atop the lists of your favorite rappers favorite rapper. Part of the legendary hip hop group Brand Nubian, Sadat is well known for his politically charged lyrics and poignant delivery.
    “Wild Cowboys II” has been long awaited and highly anticipated and will deliver raw hip hop to all. This album has brought so many together that wanted to take part in this classic historical sequel - which features some of hip hops finest: Kurupt, ILL Bill, Umi & M-1 of Dead Prez, Andre the Giant (A.G.), Rhymefest, Grand Puba, Lord Jamar and Twan.  As well as a host of producers, including: 9th Wonder, DJ Spinna, Sir Jinx, Pete Rock, Diamomd D, Buckwild, Will Tell, Grant Parks and more. This album is destined to be classic like it’s predecessor!
    Sadat continues to write innovative songs, deliver relevant contemporary commentary and effortlessly stays tuned to the trends of today.  Having enjoyed an outstanding career in hip hop as one of the genres most distinctive voices, his undeniable twang has commanded songs not just with Brand Nubian but alongside our genres greatest from Jay Z, Notorious B.I.G., Nas and Common – to name a few. Extraordinary producers have also gone the extra mile for a good X verse - from The Neptunes, to Primo, to Madlib and Prince Paul.

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Video - Styles P & Green Latern Release Green Ghost Project

From Tonia Samman:

Wanted to let you know that DJ Green Lantern and Styles P just posted footage from last night’s NYC CD release party for The Green Ghost Project, which hit stores today.  The Highline Ballroom show featured guest appearances by Jadakiss, Pharoahe Monch and Sheek Louch among others.  Check out the video footage here ( and buy The Green Ghost Project by Styles P & The Evil Genius DJ Green Lantern on iTunes (

Block Starz Sponsors 2010 Pittsburgh Hip-Hop Awards

From Block Starz Music:


Block Starz Music is proud to announce its sponsorship of the 4th Annual Pittsburgh Hip-Hop Awards (PHHA) presented by 360 Entertainment on Saturday Feb. 6, 2010. Billed as "Pittsburgh's Music Industry Event of the Year", the awards show honors the best and brightest urban talent Steel town has to offer in over 35  categories, including R&B, Poetry, Model, Clothing Store, and Barber Shop.

As part of its sponsorship, Block Starz Music will present the PHHA winner of "Mixtape Of The Year" with a promotional package worth over $2000.

"Block Starz Music is a link to the marketplace for new independent talent," says BSM vice president of A&R/Promotions, Matt Nachem. "The 'Pittsburgh Hip-Hop Awards' have been a great vehicle for artists in the city to be recognized for their efforts; naturally, BSM would want to be involved with such an event and we look forward to working with 360 Entertainment on various projects in the future."

Past PHHA winners include Nesia Beats, Lingerie of Pretty Ricky, Boaz, and Wiz Khalifa, who appears on the first single, "Was It", from BSM's "East Coast Block Starz" compilation, now available on Amazon, iTunes, and Rhapsody.

This year's event will be held at The Pittsburgh Hilton Hotel Grand Ballroom on Saturday Feb. 6, 2010 with Red Carpet starting at 6:30pm and an 8:00pm showtime.

Cast votes or purchase tickets for the event at

Voting ends on Friday, Feb. 5th @ Noon.

For Media, Sponsorships or Info, contact:

Pittsburgh Hip-Hop Awards

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Block Starz Music (BSM) is a multinational enterprise specializing in online music promotion, digital rights acquisition, and talent management. BSM is headquartered in New Albany, IN with satellite offices in Germany and Australia and represents artists in the United States, United Kingdom, and Italy.

Phat Kid Tendencies Listening Party @ LoveHate (Miami)

Phat Kid Tendencies Listening Party @ LoveHate (Miami)

Hip-Hop Shop #63 - The 2010 Super *BLEEP* Edition!

It's the 2010 Super *BLEEP* edition of Hip-Hop Shop. Super what? You know, that big game that only comes around once every twelve months, an athletic contest pitting two teams named after animals against each other - like Rams, Colts, Bears, you know that sort of thing. If you're tired of listening to the same old you know WHO, then crank this up and get with the brand new! You can also e-mail if you would like more information about sponsoring the show. Hip-Hop Shop features podsafe music, so give a copy to your friends and tell them to check us out every week at!

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Tracks featured this week:

* Bekay f/ Push! Montana, Sha Stimuli - Brooklyn Bridge Pt. II
* Diamond District - Who I Be (Marco Polo Remix)
* Oddisee - Chicago
* Wordsmith - Slanguistics
* Shady Nate f/ E Da Sanga - Planes Trains & Automobiles
* DaVinci - It's On Me
* Magr Blu - Laminated Looseleafs (Small Pro Remix)

RJD2 Mix (iPhone App Review)

RJD2 MixIt should come as no surprise that more and more artists and record labels are embracing the iPhone and iPod Touch as a new means of marketing themselves to today's generation of heads who are either covertly or overtly electronic geeks. In December we took a look at the Delicious Vinyl DJ application, and now to kick off February 2010 we're taking a look at the RJD2 Mix application to see whether or not it's something you'll want to throw down $2.99 for!

RJD2 Mix is a bit obtuse at the start, as you're offered the screen pictured at the right with no explanation what you should do next. Fortunately it's a loading screen so if you simply do nothing a menu pops up with one big blue button in the middle that says Start To Mix, and well below it you are offered three other non-game options: RJD2 on Twitter, RJD2 on iTunes and More Touch Mix - the latter being a whole series of iPhone app made by Future Audio Workshop similar to this one. In the press release accompanying this game FAW says that "RJD2's iPhone remix app finally (gives) fans and tinkerers alike the chance to experience a bit of what it sounded like in RJ's studio as he worked on upcoming LP The Colossus." That's a bit daunting given RJ has to have tens of thousands of dollars of equipment in his studio - how could a $2.99 touch screen app possibly even come close to reproducing that?

The bad news is there's no chance in hell you're going to get that kind of value out of this release - the good news is that you're certainly getting well more than $2.99. RJD2 has pre-loaded this app with five different tracks from his catalogue, ranging from "Iced Lightning" off "Since We Last Spoke" to "Ghostwriter" off "Deadringer," stripped to their instrumental essence and conveniently chaptered into sections that start at each break. Your touch screen essentially functions like two 1200's and a fader, with a stripped down MPC to add in effects. It takes a little getting used to going back and forth between the "A" side and the "B" side, but this was a necessary and honestly clever way of getting around not being able to display both tracks at once even though both are playing at once. Oh and don't worry - the songs RJ and FAW selected are BPM matched already. There's no need to work the variable pitch control - not that there is one to work mind you. They had to simplify things a little for the non-DJ's out there. There's a short demo video below showcases how all these elements are operated during actual gameplay, although with more proficiency than I managed during this review (practice will make perfect).

One of the most innovative features of the app is the MPC effect slider can also be operated using your iDevice's built in level sensor. Push down with your finger on the "tilt" button and simply turn your wrist one way or the other to produce the modification. This might look totally ridiculous in public, but if you're jamming to the game walking around your home there's no reason not to give this a try instead of having to have one finger on the screen at all times. Then again you might want to because there's one other thing the demo video really doesn't show off - you can actually scratch the beats by moving your finger up and down the track. Unfortunately since you can't manipulate the fader and the record at the same time (I need one hand to hold my iTouch and the other to play) you really are going to lose something in translation compared to standing in the booth as a DJ, not to mention the whole "A" side and "B" side means you can't "look" at both records at the same time even though you can hear both and fade between them. There are also times the app randomly just won't let you scratch, and even reloading the records into your virtual turntables won't give you control back.

Overall these are minor gripes given how much fun it is to manipulate the instrumentals of an eccentric (and sometimes reluctant) hip-hop producer like Ramble John 'RJD2' Krohn, and the surprisingly deep amount of features that they managed to squeeze into the tiny amount of space there is to work with on the screen. Even though I think the iPad is an overpriced and gimmicky tablet computer, I have to admit I imagined how much more fun this application could be on it, with an almost lifesized turntable spinning under each hand and a full array of MPC effects at your command. In a way this takes the DJ Hero concept and gives it a (no pun intended) really clever spin, because instead of trying to recreate somebody else's mix to score arbitrary points, it's an open-ended experience you control to create your own - you "win" when it sounds good. For $2.99 it's really hard to go wrong with this app.

* Design: 7.5 out of 10
* Replay: 8.5 out of 10
* Overall: 8 out of 10 

The (W)rap Up - Week of January 26, 2010

Themselves :: theFREEHoudini
Anticon Records
Author: Eric Sirota

"It is difficult to determine Themselves' target audience. On the one hand, their atypical style is a deliberate critique of traditional rap. As such, it is near impossible to appreciate Doseone and Jel, the MC and producer comprising Themselves, unless one has a deep appreciation for rap in the first place. On the other hand, if one truly loves rap for what it is, then something this far outside of the norm loses its appeal. Thus, this Anticon duo fills a strange niche; to consider Themselves innovative, you can't appreciate their innovations. "

Analyrical :: First Date :: Background Noise Crew
as reviewed by Patrick Taylor

"The production is strong throughout, Producers BMoC, Arsenic T. Larsen, Dmitry Killstorm, ECID Nineteen80three, Kattrah Quey, Spanphly, Orikal, and Vividend all contribute beats to the album. I was surprised to see so many different producers in the credits because all of the songs have a similar jazzy feel to them. Listening more closely you can hear that Arsenic's beats are both built around guitar lines and Katrah-Quey's beats both lean in an R&B direction, but the songs all work well together. It's a good sign for hip hop when you can have seven unknown producers on an album and all of them are making above-average beats. Their beats are the real strength of the album, carrying Analyrical's rhymes over fourteen tracks. "

Busta Rhymes :: E.L.E. (Extinction Level Event) :: Flipmode Records/Elektra Records
** RapReviews "Back to the Lab" series **
as reviewed by Emanuel Wallace

"Remember Y2K? I think most of our readers are old enough to recall the frenzy that most of the world was in at that time. The entire planet seemed to be up in arms about an impending doom that so many had predicted would come down on the world. There were tons of films and television shows that raked in tons of earnings by playing the "world's gonna end" card, but in the world of music, no one did it better than Busta Rhymes. This may be due to the fact that he had a bit of a head start on everyone else. His solo debut "The Coming" was released in 1996. He then followed with "When Disaster Strikes" in 1997. By the time 1998 began to wind down, the rest of the world had hopped on the train to inevitable demise. "

DJ Signify :: Of Cities :: Bully Records
as reviewed by Patrick Taylor

""Of Cities" by Brooklyn producer DJ Signify came out last year at this time, but I only heard about a few weeks ago from one of the many year-end lists floating around the web. I not only slept on his last album, I've slept on his entire career. It's not entirely my fault, however. There's not exactly a wealth of information about him on the Internet. His Wikipedia entry is two sentences ("DJ Signify is a hip hop producer from New York City. He is a member of the 1200 Hobos") and a discography that only goes up to 2005.  He has a blog at, but it hasn't been updated since October 2007, and his website,, is just a promo page for his record, with links to his Myspace page, which is also several years out of date, and his record label. "

Loose Logic :: Logistics :: Passion Play Productions
as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon

"Loose Logic is not to be confused with underground rapper and one-time Demigodz member Louis Logic. In fact they couldn't be more opposite geographically OR stylistically as Loose Logic hails from Los Angeles and cites Snoop Dogg and DJ Quik as his influences, while his similarly named East coast counterpart sat at the learning tree of Vinnie Paz (Jedi Mind Tricks) to develop his distinctive style and flow. Aside from the obvious differences, there's also an important one - Loose Logic has a new album out right now, while Louis Logic was last seen as part of the Spork Kills' "Beaches Love Us" EP in 2008. The metallic musical mashup got Louis some notice for creativity, but in terms of straight up rap music, Loose Logic may just steal his name and his spot on "Logistics." He's even brought back a blast from the past in the form of iconic Death Row rapper RBX on the track "Turn to Dust": "

Mowgli :: 93 :: Dodeca Records
as reviewed by Peter D'Amato

"Mowgli brings the same mysteriousness to the lyrical content of his debut album "93," an album that has been a long time in the works, being a mixture of tracks the British emcee recorded between 2005 and 2009. Throughout the length of "93," he spits without seeming to take a breath and delivers, in his own words, "speckles of gold action packed with meaning." The results are long chains of images hooked loosely together in stream-of-consciousness rhymes, with Mowgli supplying his visions at such a rapid clip that he often does not even bother to speak in complete sentences. In "Splinter," Mowgli jumps from one idea to the next, leaving a dense spider-web of symbolism. "

Red Pill :: Please Tip Your Driver :: Red Pill Rap
as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon

"Want to know how deep the rabbit hole goes? You already know how to do it - you take the red pill. If you were born yesterday this might not make sense, so without trying to steal Laurence Fishburne's shine, here's a brief synopsis for the know-nots: the life you're living may be an illusion you're not even aware of. In the blockbuster science film "The Matrix" the protagonist Neo has two choices - take the blue pill and accept the illusion, or take the red and dissolve the illusion to discover reality. East Lansing, Michigan native Red Pill is already awake and holds no illusions about the real world - he delivers sandwiches by day and struggles as a rap artist by night. "Please Tip Your Driver" isn't just the title of his album, it's his advice to hungry Michigan State students getting their footlong subs from him - don't be a cheapass. "

Requiem :: Grassroots Anarchy :: Minimal Aesthetics
as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon

"With apologies to MC Requiem, this review was cursed. We assigned this album out several times for coverage and each time there was a snafu with getting it back for one reason or another. Requiem politely but passionately asked that RR write up this review before the end of January if at all possible, and personally provided me with a digital copy to replace the physical CD that had long since been lost. It's hard to say no when someone's been both that nice and that persistent, so I've taken up the torch of getting this long overdue review done myself so Req can catch wreck. That said Requiem's treatment shouldn't be considered "favorable" per se given there are some things about "Grassroots Anarchy" that are immediately accessible, and some that will stump even the most diehard of Aussie hip-hop fans outside of Australia. "

Evan Roberts :: Outta Here EP :: Anotha One Records
as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon

"Here's what we do know about Evan Roberts - he's a singer and songwriter from Orlando, Florida. He gained some degree of fame and notoriety for his contributions to the Birdman song "Written On Her" featuring Jay Sean and Mack Maine. Had the song not become a single he might have remained in relative obscurity, because "Written On Her" was only included on the deluxe edition of Birdman's last album. Since the song's success he has parlayed his fame into launching his own career as a singer, culminating in the "Outta Here" EP featuring production from Oddz.N.Endz (who produced "Written On Her") and Starkiller, along with cameo appearances from Ya Boy, Cory Gunz and DJ Khaled. "

Sadat X :: Wild Cowboys :: Loud Records
** RapReviews "Back to the Lab" series **
as reviewed by Matt Jost

"With the exception of early '90s Tommy Boy recording artist Apache, however, black rappers didn't identify with Native Americans to the point where they would have made certain characteristics part of their image. There's Cesar Comanche, but his identification pretty much ends with the name. I'd wager that as an icon, the cowboy left a bigger mark on traditional rap music than the red man, Redman the rapper notwithstanding. Maybe that's a reflection of cowboys being more present in the country's collective consciousness, maybe it's because rappers like to carry guns, too. And let's not forget Mario van Peebles' 'The Posse,' which pretty much legitimized the idea of black cowboys, translated to rap by Tragedy's theme song for the film, "The Posse (Shoot 'Em Up)." "

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