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A Side Effect You'll Definitely Enjoy

I may not like their sports teams, but man oh man does Philly have some fantastic emcees. One such emcee is Side Effect. Side Effect’s been building his name in Philly’s underground scene for nearly a decade. His first album, Underground Concoction, was a self-released effort that came out in 2003. He followed that in 2004 with Rocking Chair Theory, which was released on Krush Unit Inc. and featured the single “Spitacular,” the video for which earned Side Effect a few dates on that year’s Vans Warped Tour. A few more albums, and a few collaborations with Snowgoons, later, Side Effect is bringing people Cabin Fever. The Karma Response Unit Records release features production from Happ G and some of the best lyricism around. This week I caught up with Side Effect to find out more about his music, the audience he hopes it reaches, and the reasons why Philly’s underground hip-hop scene sometimes flies pretty far under the radar.

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Video: Styles P - "Mr. Invincible" feat. Sheek Louch & Tyler Woods

From Mr. E:

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Free Music Friday: Superbad Edition

A.G. & 950 Plus ::  The 25 Hour Mixtape


[You know we had to give D.I.T.C. some props here as A.G. brings you mixtape that's open 25/8.]


Ayatollah :: The Quixotic Remix EP

[Y'all may remember Ayatollah as a producer who did classic joints with Mos Def ("Ms. Fat Booty"), Black Rob ("Like a Stranger"), and Styles P ("My Life" w/ Pharoahe Monch). Here's a new remix EP of classic hip-hop joints given an Ayatollah touch.]

Prince Paul :: Horror City

[And still no gas face for the Professor Prince P-PAUL~! Long story short, he released this rare joint back in 995 and now in 2010, he gave it away for all the Arsenio Hall-gum havin' punks to download. Some of these joints would also end up on Paul's classic "The Prince Among Thieves" years later. ]


Rick Ross :: The Albert Anastasia EP


[Rick Rawse calls this one "strictly for the Teflon Don lovers." Hopefully this may not be the last you'll hear of the name Rick Ross being used as a rap before the original Freeway Ricky Ross takes it back if the court sees fit. However, this serves as a good prequel to his upcoming album in July.]


That's it for the "Superbad 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....
Fuse Pays Tribute to the King of Pop Today and Tomorrow

From Tamara Brown:

Tune-In Friday, June 25th and Saturday, June 26th
For the Ultimate Homage to Michael Jackson

On the anniversary of his death, Fuse, Madison Square Garden’s national music television network, will celebrate Michael Jackson’s life with two days of non-stop MJ.  Friday, June 25th and Saturday, June 26th between 11am – 6am, Fuse will pay tribute to the King of Pop with programming that includes two world-premiere documentaries, a biography highlighting the pop star’s wildly successful career and some of his most iconic music videos.

Michael Jackson: The Inside Story – WORLD PREMIERE

Premieres Friday, June 25th at 8pm ET

The death of Michael Jackson shocked the world, devastating his fans.  Now, a year since his passing, this 90-minute documentary takes a closer look at his controversial life and conspiracies surrounding his mysterious death.

Michael Jackson: A Tribute – WORLD PREMIERE

Premieres Friday, June 25th at 9:30pm ET

This hour-long documentary takes a look at how Michael Jackson's music changed the world and how his charity work made it a better place.  Filled with interviews with loved ones, this exclusive premiere takes an intimate look into the life and legacy of the King of Pop. 

Tune-in all day Friday and Saturday for additional programming that includes:

Michael Jackson: Devotion

From his musical debut at the age of four to his sudden, tragic death in 2009, Michael Jackson remains one of the world's most successful, influential, and beloved pop stars. This biography takes a closer look at the singer’s controversial life and career through interviews with friends, family, and colleagues, delving into such topics as his charity work, his moving memorial service, and his permanent spot as a tabloid fixture.

Michael Jackson: Remember His Time

Fuse takes a look back at the King of Pop though some of his most memorable and iconic music videos including Billie Jean, Beat It, Thriller, Remember the Time, Black or White and more.

The Michael Jackson Chronicles

This half-hour, Fuse original series, chronicles Jackson’s rise to the top, showcasing his greatest moments and videos from the beginning to the end.  “The Michael Jackson Chronicles” airs in a two-part sequence.

About Fuse

Fuse, the national television network dedicated exclusively to music, brings viewers closer to their favorite artists and bands by featuring original series and specials, exclusive interviews, live concerts and video blocks – all rooted in the music experience.  Celebrating the hit makers of today, familiar favorites and edgy newcomers, Fuse accommodates the wide ranging tastes and attitudes of its 18-34 year-old audience with compelling music programming on-air, on-line, on-demand, in HD and via mobile technologies. Fuse is a part of MSG Media, which includes television networks MSG, MSG Plus, MSG HD and MSG Plus HD, as well as MSG Interactive, which oversees all company wireless and online initiatives.  MSG Media is a division of Madison Square Garden, Inc. (Nasdaq:MSG), along with MSG Sports and MSG Entertainment. MSG Sports includes the New York Knicks (NBA); the New York Rangers (NHL); the New York Liberty (WNBA); the Hartford Wolf Pack (American Hockey League); and MSG Entertainment includes concerts and events at Radio City Music Hall, Madison Square Garden, the Theater at Madison Square Garden, the Wang Theatre in Boston, the Beacon Theatre, as well as the legendary Chicago Theatre, and which manages wholly-owned live entertainment properties including the Radio City Rockettes and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular.  Additional information about Fuse can be found at .

Random and DN3 - *MJ Tribute* Enjoy Yourself

From RandomBeats Music:

Random and DN3 - *MJ Tribute* Enjoy Yourself

Random, aka Mega Ran dropped this MJ tribute on DN3's flip of "Off The Wall" and a short bit on MJ's influence on his website:

Random and producer DN3, collectively known as The RandomBeagle, are planning an EP release entitled "Heroes" where Ran will drop a dedication track for each of his heroes, later this year.

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Free Q&A Event for David Banner & 9th Wonder Next Tuesday in NYC

From Audible Treats:

Hot 97's Peter Rosenberg To Host Free Q&A Event for David Banner & 9th Wonder Next Tuesday in NYC

Banner & 9th To Discuss & Debut Songs from Upcoming Album, Death Of A Pop Star

The Event:

To prep for the release of Grammy award winners David Banner and 9th Wonder's upcoming collaborative album Death Of A Pop Star, the magnetic duo will participate in a live Q & A on Tuesday, June 29th at the 92Y Tribeca in Manhattan. Hot 97 personality Peter Rosenberg will interview both artists and take questions from the audience, similar in format to James Liptons’ famous In The Actor’s Studio show. In the past, Rosenberg has delivered perspectives from the inside the minds of rap greats like Q-Tip, Rawekwon, The Roots, Talib Kweli, and Gang Starr's DJ Premier through his Noisemakers series. Attendees will be treated to the first public listening of Death of Pop Star.

This FREE event is open to both press and the public.

To RSVP: .
The 92Y Tribeca is located at 200 Hudson Street, New York, NY

David Banner and 9th Wonder's Death Of A Pop Star will be released this summer via David Banner's Big Face Ent.

Check out David Banner & 9th Wonder's "Slow Down" Video here: .

The Background:

9th Wonder has a history of teaming with legendary emcees and crafting dream projects that have resulted in both critical and commercial success. A producer from North Carolina, 9th Wonder started his career as the main producer for the hip-hop group, Little Brother. Leaving Little Brother after their second album together, The Minstrel Show, 9th Wonder has since become a producer and emcee in his own right. Working with MURS, Nas, Beyonce, Jay-Z and more, 9th Wonder has made a name for himself in the hip-hop world. Also known as his rapper alterego, 9thmatic, 9th Wonder is a modern-day hip-hop renaissance man.

Hailing from Jackson, Mississippi, David Banner has made a name for himself on the hip-hop scene since 2000. Since then, he has released four studio albums and even became a celebrated producer like producing smash hits like T.I.'s "Rubberband Man," and having smash hits of his own like "Get Like Me". David Banner's most recent successes include writing, producing, and arranging (with guidance from Jimmy Smith and The G Team at Chalt Day) the new non-hip hop Gatorade theme song "Evolve," performed by Kermit Quinn. Teaming up with 9th Wonder may seem like an unusual collaboration but as the two talented artists come together, their initial album will leave a deep impression on fans. Death of A Pop Star drops summer 2010 via David Banner's own Big Face Entertainment.


"Slow Down" Video: .

In-Studio Interview: .

Devo Spice Update & New Song: "I Hate Mondays"

From Devo Spice:

Hey everyone,

I just released a new song and figured I'd drop you all a quick line to let you know!  There's other stuff, too!

--== I HATE MONDAYS ==--
The big news is that I released a brand new song today called I Hate Mondays.  This song is a parody of I Love College by Asher Roth and pretty much picks up where Asher's song leaves off.

The song is available right now as a free download over at The FuMP ( and will be there for roughly the next month.  So go get it while the gettin's good!

The spring edition of The Devo Spice Newsletter is now available and was emailed to Spice Rack subscribers the other day.  This newsletter features full con reports for I-CON and PenguiCon, a full status report on my new album Gnome Sane?, and a write up on the updates I'm making to my stage show.

The newsletter is only available to members of The Spice Rack, so if you would like a copy you have to join.  All the info about the Spice Rack can be found here:

And just as a reminder the Sudden Death blow out sale is still going strong.  Get any of my available CDs for just $4.99, or any of my cassettes for just $2.99, while supplies last.  The sale ends July 15th when I leave for Nerdapalooza. So order now!  Go to the albums page (, pick one, and enjoy!

That's all for now folks!  If anyone's going to the MC Chris/MC Lars/YTCracker show in Hoboken next Wednesday I'll be there in the crowd.  I'm not performing, unfortunately.  But come say hi if you see me there.


Fat Joe Officially Cleared of All Charges

From Gio at Koch/E1 Entertainment:



Joseph Cartagena, known as Fat Joe, and others have been officially cleared by the Madison Wisconsin Police Department of any wrongdoing.  Fat Joe had no contact with, and never spoke to his accuser.  He was questioned for a few minutes at his hotel room and was never detained by the police.

Making a false claim of a sexual nature in order to extort money is one of the most horrific accusations because it not only tarnishes reputations but has the potential to destroy families.  Mr. Cartagena wholeheartedly thanks his family, friends, and fans for their continued support, loyalty, and words of encouragement throughout this ordeal.

Legendary Reggae Band The Wailers Are On Tour

From Sarah at Gorgeous PR:

Legendary Reggae Band The Wailers Are On Tour

The Wailers donate proceeds from their daily rider to support their charity I WENT HUNGRY (…to save a life) Campaign in collaboration with the World Food Program and the United Nations.

The band are enlisting their fellow musicians and artists worldwide to help.

More than 650,000 people have been fed to date.


The greatest living exponents of reggae music THE WAILERS, will be continuing their US tour and are heading to the 2010 Midsummer Music Fest. Tickets are on sale and can be purchased here

The Wailers will be using the tour to bring more attention to their campaign ,which donates unused funds from the band’s daily hospitality riders, directly to the United Nations’ World Food Program. I WENT HUNGRY campaign is a global music industry initiative started by the legendary reggae band to help eradicate hunger.  The band decided to put their empathy into action upon learning that every 6 seconds a child dies of hunger, so they are enlisting their fellow musicians to go hungry by donating a portion of their tour catering to the I WENT HUNGRY campaign. To date over 650,000 people have been fed to date.

Original member Aston “Familyman” Barrett, a revered innovator joined The Wailers in 1969, quickly becoming singer-songwriter Bob Marley’s right-hand man and musical director.  On record and on stage, his inimitable style became an essential part of the Wailers’ sound. Following Marley’s death in 1981, “Fams” took the reins as the band’s leader, spearheading performances to adoring crowds the world over, as well as the band’s involvement with the fight against global hunger.  “For decades The Wailers have been about spreading a positive message to our audience,” says Fams.  “With the  campaign, we want to spread that message beyond the audience – even if the people can’t feel it musically, they’ll feel it spiritually.”  Check out this video here.

Formed in Jamaica in the late 1960s, The Wailers have gone on to become the most successful reggae band of all time, selling over 250 million albums, and playing live to an estimated 24 million people worldwide. The Wailers’ leader and musical director Familyman, helped forge the template for reggae with his booming, thunderous bass patterns and ever-so-tight turns.  But more than just a bass player, Family Man also played a large part in arranging Marley’s songs and co-produced a number of the late icon’s albums.

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The Wailers Tour Dates -- 2010

Tuesday, June 22                               Newport, KY – The Southgate House
Wednesday, June 23                          Grand Rapids, MI –The Intersection
Thursday, June 24                              Milwaukee, WI – Summerfest
Friday, June 25                                   Apple Valley, MN – Weesner Amphitheater
Saturday, June 26                              Chicago, IL – Green Music Fest
Sunday, June 27                                 Bloomington, IN– Bluebird
Wednesday, June 30                          Council Bluffs, IA– Whiskey Road House, Horseshoe Casino
Thursday, July 1                                 Des Moines, IA– Simon Estes Amphitheater
Friday, July 2                                      San Rafael, CA- Marin County Fair
Saturday, July 3                                  Morrison, CO-Red Rocks Amphitheater
Tuesday, July 6                                  Seattle, WA– Neumo’s
Wednesday, July 7                             Portland, OR– Crystal Ballroom
Thursday, July 8                                 Reno, NV – Grand Sierra Resort & Casino
Friday, July 9                                      Inglewood, CA – Hollywood Park
Saturday, July 10                                Las Vegas, NV– Mandalay Bay Beach
Sunday, July 11                                  San Diego, CA-Soundwave
Thursday, July 15                               Madrid, Spain – Veranos De La Villa
Friday, July 16                                    Barcelona, Spain – Cruilla De Cultures @ Parc Del Forum
Sunday, July 18                                  Alicante, Spain – Nave 8
Monday, July 19                                 Valencia Spain – Jardines de Viveros
Thursday, July 22                               Firenze, Italy – Fortezza de Basso
Friday, July 23                                    Genova, Italy – Villa Serra Breakout Festival w/ The Skatalites
Saturday, July 24                                Simaxis, Italy – Campo Sportivo Comunale
Thursday, August 5                             Hyeres, France – Festival de Toulon
Friday, August 6                                  Beauly, Scotland – Belladrum Estate
Saturday, August 7                             Aveiro, France – Barro Beach
Sunday, August 8                               Odemira, Portugal – Festival TMN Sudoeste w/ David Guetta, Steel Pulse & more
Tuesday, August 10                            Budapest, Hungary – Sziget Festival w/ The Aggrolites, The Skatalites, & more
Wednesday, August 11                       Gijon, Spain – Gijon Festivities
Friday, August 13                                Chichester, UK – Vintage @ Goodwood
Saturday, August 14                           Pontevedra, Spain – San Sebastian Festivities
Sunday, August 15                             Aschaffenburg, Germany – Afrika Karibik Festival
Monday, August 16                             San Sebastian, Spain – San Sebastian Festivities
Friday, August 20                                Ottery Saint Mary, England – Beautiful Days Festival
Saturday, August 21                           Bedford, UK – Rhythm Festival w/Donovan, & more
Saturday, August 28                           Aspatria, England – Solfest
Sunday, August 29                             Ubersee, Germany – Chiemsee Reggae Summer festival
Thursday, September 9                      Bucharest, Romania – Sala Palatului

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Twitter: @wailers

Tupac's "Dear Mama" Selected to Be in Library of Congress

From Versa Manos:


Classic 1995 track is one of 25 recordings deemed “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant” by Library of Congress this year

Tupac Shakur’s “Dear Mama,” a classic track from his 1995 album Me Against The World, has been selected for inclusion and preservation in the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry. “Dear Mama” is one of 25 recordings chosen by the Library as being “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant” among others such as Howlin’ Wolf’s “Smokestack Lightning,” Patti Smith’s Horses, the original 1959 cast recording of Gypsy, and battle sounds from World War II.

Recorded shortly before a stint in prison, “Dear Mama” is Tupac’s heartfelt tribute to his mother Afeni, who raised him as a single parent through her own poverty and drug addictions. The rapper notes her dignity through these hardships, rapping “Even as a crack fiend, mama/You always was a black queen, mama.” A hit single upon its release, the song is widely considered to be among Tupac’s best songs, and one of the greatest rap tracks of all time. The Library of Congress noted with their announcement that the song is a “moving and eloquent homage to both his own mother and all mothers struggling to maintain a family in the face of addiction, poverty and societal indifference.”

“I’m incredibly touched,” says Afeni Shakur, the late rapper’s mother and subject of “Dear Mama.” “It could have been any song, but I’m honored they chose ‘Dear Mama’ in particular. It is a song that spoke not just to me, but every mother that has been in that situation, and there have been millions of us. Tupac recognized our struggle, and he is still our hero.”

This latest distinction is only one of many posthumous honors to Tupac’s career. Last December, his song “Changes” was selected as one of The Vatican’s “12 Favorite Songs.” In September 2009, it was announced that the artist’s private writings would be added to Atlanta University Center’s Robert Woodruff Library – an institution that also houses Martin Luther King’s papers – to be made available for scholarly research. Clearly, the work of this remarkable and visionary rapper remains as relevant to today’s world as ever.

Official Tupac Website

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Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation

The Tupac Shakur Foundation is home to The Tupac Amaru Shakur Center for the Arts, just outside of Atlanta in Stone Mountain, Ga.  The Center is dedicated to providing youth and the community with educational programs in the arts.  It is a fact that early arts education improves school grades, as well as offers invaluable life lessons while building self esteem and confidence.  For nearly 10 years, the Center’s programs have served youth of all social and economic backgrounds, giving countless young people the courage to get off the streets and learn vital skills that have the potential to positively impact their communities. The Center is open to the public and hosts several noteworthy events throughout the year. For more information or to make a donation visit: .

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