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MP3: DJ Drama f/ Fabolous, Wiz Khalifa - "Oh My"

From BF Blasts:

MP3: DJ Drama f/ Fabolous, Wiz Khalifa - "Oh My"


MP3: DJ Paul f/ Kokoe, Ya Boy - "Bald Heads Dread Heads"

From Future Star Music:

MP3: DJ Paul f/ Kokoe, Ya Boy - "Bald Heads Dread Heads"



This is the brand new street single from DJ Paul off the "Pray For Giveness" mixtape we hit you with last week. This joint features Ya Boy aka YB The Rockstar and KoKoe. It's another street banger so all you mixtape DJ's need to make sure you grab this one. This beat is craaazzyyyy also. Download "Bald Heads Dread Heads" right now.

Press Release: Artwork by SKAM2?

From Semp Rok:

Press Release: Artwork by SKAM2?

SKAM2? is not just a talented MC recording with Eminem, Ill Bill, Raekwon, Talib Kweli, DJ Infamous andother, but also an accomplished illustrator designing covers for Tribe Called Quest's Beats, Rhymes & Life, Shady's Slim Shady LP, Ill Bill's Infermo Guillermo's and countless classic single/mixtape covers for DJ Vlad, L-Fudge, D12 and more. This doesnt include his work with clothing brands such as Famous, Shady and Methods NYC. Long story short.. here is one of his latest hand illustrated covers for a upcoming single by Low Life that features him on the rhymes as well.

 Cover Art:

PR: Prodigal Son Hits on Billboard Charts

From Life-Line Worldwide:

PR: Prodigal Son Hits on Billboard Charts

Fort Lauderdale, Florida's favorite rapper, Prodigal Son has done it once again hitting the Billboard Charts this week with not one but, two albums,"Kingdom Swagga-nomics" at #34 and "Welcome 2 Holy-Wood Compilation" at #27.  When asked about the success he’s having withHoly-Wood Records so far Prodigal Son had this to say, "We are just so excited that things have been going the way that they have but, we also know that there is a long road ahead of us to reach millions of people the world-over.  We celebrate the success but, now it’s back on the grind hitting the road in support of the albums and reaching the youth for Christ throughout the world because that’s what it’s all about for us."

The first single "Hi Haterz" featuring Cataz/Prodigal Son from "Welcome 2 Holy-Wood Compilation" is hitting out to DJ Record Pools and Radio Shows throughout the country.  "Welcome 2 Holy-Wood Compilation" features everyone on the Holy-Wood Records roster including, Prodigal Son, Cataz, Vell P, Bi-Lingo, Renegade of the King, and Hall of Faith Saints.  The album also features guest appearances from, Canton Jones, Voice, and K-Drama. According to Prodigal Son , "My idea to put this compilation out was to showcase a different breed of Christian Hip Hop to the world.  Something that is relevant musically and lyrically to the youth that are dealing with things that happen in the streets that’s my mission field."  Recently, Prodigal Son performed on a taping of Bobby Jones Gospel in Nashville, TN to help promote "Welcome 2 Holy-Wood" Compilation. He also performed during GMA Dove Week last month atHype Radio Fest 2 in Atlanta, GA and received much praise from his peers.

In addition to everything else that Prodigal Son is involved with he has started to record the follow-up to"Kingdom Swagga-nomics" called, "Suicide" which will be out on September 5th digitally through online stores.  The album, "Suicide" will be done completely as a free-style much like the upcoming mixtape,"Mask Off" coming out on May 25th on: .

MP3: Silver Sache - "Chicken Wings"

From M3W:

MP3: Silver Sache - "Chicken Wings"

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MP3: Astronote f/ Edo.G & Special Teamz - "We Don't Change"

From A-Side Worldwide:

MP3: Astronote f/ Edo.G & Special Teamz - "We Don't Change"

Astronote – We Don’t Change feat Edo. G & Special Teamz
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Astronote – Toy Story (Clever) feat T. Calmese
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// About //

Hailing from Paris, France, producer Astronote is quickly becoming one of the most respected new producers in Hip-Hop. The newest member of the A-Side Worldwide roster, Astronote is easily one of the most well rounded producers we’ve come across, with the ability to turn out top notch Hip-Hop, R&B, Funk, Soul & Pop tracks with or without samples. Having already built a resume that includes working with notable artists such as Talib Kweli, Jamall Bufford aka Buff1, Invincible, Donwill of Tanya Morgan, Joell Ortiz, Guilty Simpson and Mayer Hawthorne, Astronote is poised to take his own place in the game.

Video: T-Pain f/ Chris Brown - "Best Love Song"

From Dan Roof:

Video: T-Pain f/ Chris Brown - "Best Love Song"

MP3: I-20 f/ Hell Rell - "Dope Game"

From J Melo:

MP3: I-20 f/ Hell Rell - "Dope Game"

I-20 hooks up with Diplomats emcee Hell Rell for a collaborative effort titled "Dope Game." Production credits goes to Dirty Dunnz.

"Dope Game" (feat. Hell Rell) [Prod. by Dirty Dunnz]
PR: Smithsonian Channel to Air Banff Hip-Hop Nominee

From Rene R:

Smithsonian Channel to Air Banff Hip-Hop Nominee


BANFF Nominated Documentary Features In-Depth Interviews with Hip Hop Artists Grandmaster Caz, Busy Bee, Les Nubians, System Ali and More

New York, NY - May 25, 2011 – The international explosion of hip-hop culture and rap music is explored in the new documentary, HIP-HOP: THE FURIOUS FORCE OF RHYMES, premiering Friday, June 24th at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Smithsonian Channel.  The film, which was recently nominated for a 2011 Rockie at the Banff World Media Festival, traverses four continents and six countries, looking at hip-hop as trans-national protest music.

Rap has found kindred souls in people as diverse as African Activists, Israeli Jews, French Arabs and even German skinhead punks, all of whom share a common musical language. Recognizing themselves in the oppression of American blacks, people everywhere have adapted the music of born on the streets of New York to their own causes.

HIP-HOP: THE FURIOUS FORCE OF RHYMES features performances and interviews with New York’s Grandmaster Caz, a member of the pioneering rap group the Cold Crush Brothers; Les Nubians, of Paris, a Grammy-nominated duo comprised of sisters Hélène and Célia Faussart; M.C. Busy Bee of the South Bronx, a rap originator who worked with many of hip hop’s founding fathers including Afrika Bambaataa and Melle Mel; Amneh Jarushi, a 19 year-old Arab-Palestinian woman and Neta Weiner, an Israeli-Jew, both of whom are part of the Middle Eastern hip hop collective System Ali; Joe Rilla, a burly, tattooed German skinhead who describes his experience of growing up under East German communism; Senegalese feminist rapper Myriam, who recounts the trauma of being circumcised as a young woman; and many others.

The first major film about hip-hop both in and outside of the United States, HIP-HOP: THE FURIOUS FORCE OF RHYMES has been featured at numerous festivals including the South By Southwest Music Festival, the Rose D’Or and the Locarno International Film Festival.

HIP-HOP: THE FURIOUS FORCE OF RHYMES is directed by filmmaker Joshua Atesh Litle, a lifelong hip hop enthusiast. Executive Producers for the Smithsonian Channel are David Royle and Charles Poe.


Smithsonian Channel is a joint venture between Showtime Networks Inc. and the Smithsonian Institution, formed to create  a network featuring programs largely inspired by the assets of the Smithsonian Institution, the world’s largest museum complex. Smithsonian Channel features award-winning original documentaries, series, and groundbreaking programs highlighting America’s historical, cultural and scientific heritage. Smithsonian Channel brings the American experience home in high definition and Dolby Digital 5.1 and is available to customers of DirecTV, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Charter Communications, Cablevision, Verizon, AT&T, and more. Learn more at .

PR: My Morning Jacket and Erykah Badu

From Girlie Action:

PR: My Morning Jacket and Erykah Badu

My Morning Jacket's upcoming performance for American Express' "Unstaged" music series – in partnership with VEVO and YouTube – is just around the corner, and the band has revealed new exciting details about the event.  The live-stream of the band's 5/31 Louisville show, which airs at 9pm EDT, will feature Grammy award-winning singer Erykah Badu and actress Rachel Dratch.  The band has also released a series of trailers for show – click HERE to watch the latest one, a.k.a. "The My Morning Jacket Shower Scene."  Other recent trailers include  a request for fans to send in artistic photos of their eyeballs, to be featured as a part of the live-stream, which is being directed by award-winning filmmaker Todd Haynes.  The guys have also requested attendees of the show to come dressed in fancy clothes to match the grandeur of the venue, the historic Louisville Palace Theater.
"We are incredibly honored that Todd Haynes has agreed to direct this show for us," said lead singer Jim James. "We can't wait to immerse ourselves in his creative vision and masterful take on this live-streamed performance. Fans will certainly be in for a magical and surreal ride."

My Morning Jacket's new album, Circuital, will be released on May 31st by ATO Records.  It was recorded in Louisville, KY and Nashville, TN, and was co-produced by frontman Jim James and Tucker Martine (R.E.M., Sufjan Stevens, The Decemberists). Head over to their Facebook page to hear "Holdin on to Black Metal" and "Circuital," two of the new songs that will appear on it.

My Morning Jacket Tour Dates:

* = $1 from each ticket will be donated to a local charity
Go to for more details
05/31:  Louisville, KY @ Louisville Palace Theater
06/02-06/05:  Ozark, AR @ Wakarusa Festival
06/05:  Hunter, NY @ Mountain Jam
06/09-06/12:  Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Festival
06/16:  Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theater
06/17:  Chicago, IL @ Auditorium Theatre
06/22:  Los Angeles, CA @ Pantages Theatre
06/24: Oakland, CA @ Fox Theatre
06/26:  Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre
06/28:  Portland, OR @ Edgefield
06/29:  Vancouver, BC @ Orpheum
06/30-07/03:  Quincy, CA @ High Sierra Music Festival
7/2 Santa Barbara, CA Santa Barbara Bowl
07/11:  Toronto, ON @ Kool Haus
07/12:  Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
07/16: Southwold  @ Latitude Festival
07/17: London  @ Somerset House
8/2 St. Louis, MO The Pageant
8/3 Kansas City, MO Uptown Theater
08/04:  Denver, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
08/05-08/13:  Bangor, ME @ The KahBang Festival
8/7 Indianapolis, IN The Lawn at White River State Park
8/8 Columbus, OH LC Pavilion
8/10 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE
8/12 Columbia, MD Merriweather Post Pavilion
8/14 Boston, MA Bank Of America Pavilion
8/16 Rochester Hills, MI Meadow Brook
8/17 Cincinnati, OH PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Music Center
8/20 Alpharetta, GA Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
8/21 Charlotte, NC Time Warner Cable Uptown Amphitheater

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