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8Ball & MJG To Release New Album "Ten Toes Down"

From Gio & E1 Entertainment:

January 28, 2010



(New York, NY) –Push Management/Grand Hustle/E1 Music is happy to announce the release of Ten Toes Down, the highly anticipated new album by Memphis legends 8Ball & MJG. The album will be released on Push Management/Grand Hustle/E1 Music on April 6th, 2010.

Grand Hustle co-founder and hip hop icon T.I. states, “I’m happy to be working with America’s #1 independent, E1 Music.”

Ten Toes Down features Snoop Dogg, T.I., Bun B, David Banner, Young Dro with production by Frank Nitti of Nitti Beats, Drumma Boy, David Banner, Nard & B, and Mo B. Dick.

A video for the title track was just shot by director Gabriel Hart, and will be serviced shortly.  Some behind the scenes footage can be seen here: .

Ever since the duo’s 1993 successful debut, “Comin’ Hard,” 8Ball & MJG have been at the forefront of the southern rap movement.  They went on to release 11 albums, several of which went gold.  Their 2004 Livin Legends album peaked at #3 on the Billboard Top 200.  The duo later teamed up with Three 6 Mafia for the latter’s hit single “Stay Fly,” which brought both Memphis groups much success.

Grand Hustle’s Jason Geter comments, “T.I and I were thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Ball & Gee from the very beginning. We've both been fans, and this new album is classic Ball & Gee material & we're excited for the world to hear it.”              

8Ball adds, “Ten Toes Down, in my opinion, is one of the best 8Ball & MJG albums ever. It's a heart-felt, soul-filled, portion of the lives of 8Ball & MJG. 8Ball & MJG sounds and feels like 8Ball & MJG on this album 4sho!"    

Dewayne "Duprano" Martin, CEO, Push Management says, “The 8Ball & MJG / PUSH Management / E1 Music /Grand Hustle partnership is all about bringing the Urban Legends' music back to the streets.”

E1 Music President Alan Grunblatt adds, “I’m thrilled to work with 8Ball & MJG again.  E1 and Grand Hustle will be unstoppable.”

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Link to new single “Bring It Back” feat. Young Dro:

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For more information, go to: .

About E1 Entertainment

E1 Entertainment (AIM: ETO) is a leading independent entertainment content owner that acquires film, television and music rights and exploits these rights in all media in more than 190 countries.  The company currently operates in Canada, the U.S., the UK, Holland and Belgium through its four primary businesses units: E1 Television, E1 Films, E1 Music and E1 Distribution.  These businesses collectively represent E1’s extensive expertise in film distribution, television and music production/distribution, Kids content, Licensing and Distribution. E1’s content library includes more than 3,700 feature films, 2,700 hours of original television programming and 15,000 music tracks.

MP3/Video: D.Black - "Special" f/ Fatal Lucciauno

From Audible Treats:

MP3/Video: D.Black - "Special" Feat. Fatal Lucciauno (Prod. By B.Brown)      01.28.2010
Seattle's Own Speaks On Ali'Yah, Offers First Leak From Forthcoming Free EP

The Song & Videos:

Following the release of his well-received MYX Music Label debut Ali'Yah, Seattle-based MC D.Black is showing no signs of slowing down in 2010. Teaming up with fellow Emerald City native and frequent collaborator B.Brown, D.Black is gearing up to release a brand new (and free!) EP entitled Black and Brown – D.Black will be handling all the vocals, while producer B.Brown provides the beats. In anticipation of the release, D.Black is leaking the first song from the forthcoming EP for public consumption. "Special" is about taking a stand against the destructive ways that most people live their lives. "We got a generation dying over wealth, but we constantly chasing our self," raps D.Black. It showcases the lyrical skills and sophistication you have come to expect from D.Black, smooth production by B.Brown, and features a guest spot from fellow Sportn' Life Records labelmate MC Fatal Lucciauno. The trio prove that, just in case you weren't sure, Sportn' Life Records and MYX Music Label are a force to be reckoned with.

Joining the songs are two exclusive videos featuring D.Black speaking on the creative process behind Ali'Yah. D.Black takes some time to tell us what the album means to him, and where he drew his inspirations for it. "I'm transcending and ascending into a more spiritual being - in a lighter realm." Black, a firm believer in the Messianic Hebrew roots of Christianity, talks about his journey from darkness and lack of direction to the light and newfound direction in his life. "I listen for and I write for those that are in the light," says D.Black. He hopes that listeners will listen with an open mind, and re-listen if need be, to follow the words that he is sharing.

"Special": .
D.Black speaks on Ali'Yah:
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Part 2: .

iTunes store link: .

The Background:

Born and raised in Seattle, Washington, D.Black's musical roots are deep, with his mother and father both involved in pioneering hip-hop groups in the Seattle music scene. In 2006, D.Black released his debut album, The Cause & Effect, a huge regional success, allowing the emcee to share the stage with Nas, Freeway, Bun B, Clipse, Paul Wall, The Boot Camp Click, and more. After being mentored by Vitamin D, a staple and veteran of the Seattle hip-hop scene, D.Black began making a name for himself by working on projects with producer Jake One. One such collaboration resulted in D.Black being featured on Jake One's White Van Music, on the track "God Like," helping to cement the Seattle emcee as a household name beyond the Pacific Northwest. Jake One and Vitamin D were also both instrumental in helping D.Black create his new album, offering guidance and production on the record. D.Black's new album, Ali'Yah, is now available everywhere via Sportn' Life Records/MYX Music Label.

About MYX Music:

MYX Music Label was founded in 2007 by industry veteran Karim Panni of the Boom Bap Project (Rhymesayers Entertainment). MYX Music Label is under the umbrella of MYX TV, which is the only music and lifestyle channel dedicated to the Asian American community. Distributed nationally, MYX TV showcases the hottest major label and independent content as well as dynamic original programming that fuses fashion, comedy, and culture. MYX Music Label integrates the newest technology while developing innovative digital distribution and promotion strategies to service their artists. The MYX Music Label was created for the sole purpose of using the MYX TV visual network platform to promote the finest independent hip-hop and urban music. MYX Music Label's ambitious release schedule for 2009 includes groundbreaking works from production duo Keelay & Zaire, D.Black, Jern Eye, and Kam Moye aka Supastition. Also, adding to their versatility as a label, MYX Music Label DVD releases include The Nutshack, Built From Skratch, Str8 Laced and Slanted Comedy, which features today's top Asian American comedians For more information on MYX Music Label, please visit .

Gift of Gab's 2010 USA/Europe Tour

From Giftstribution:

Peace everyone,

Gab is hitting the road again, this time starting in the USA and then continuing on to Europe. Dates are scheduled in states he doesn’t hit up often, so make sure to catch him on this round!

February 13, 2010
Whiskey Dick's
South Lake Tahoe, CA

February 16, 2010
The Roxy
Los Angeles, CA

February 17, 2010
Club Metronome
Burlington, VT

February 18, 2010
Portland, ME

February 19, 2010
Outland Ballroom
Springfield, MO

February 20, 2010
The Cabooze
Minneapolis, MN

February 21, 2010
The Channel @ Wired Live
Houston, TX

February 27, 2010
Marsatac Festival
Marsellie FRANCE

February 28, 2010
Grand Mix, Tourcoing

March 1, 2010

March 3, 2010
Strasbourg FRANCE

March 4, 2010
Rainbow Garden

March 5, 2010
Jazz Cafe

March 6, 2010
Sound Control

March 7, 2010

March 9, 2010
Leeds University

March 10, 2010
Rescue Rooms

March 11, 2010

March 12, 2010

March 13, 2010
Vibraphonic Festival

March 16, 2010

March 18, 2010 The Swan

March 19, 2010

March 24, 2010
Trix Club

April 1, 2010
Cohiba's Nightclub
Long Beach, CA

See you on tour!

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Taking a Ride With Dollar Van Demos

If you’ve watched television at all in the past month there’s no doubt you’ve seen the McDonald’s commercials that feature emcees rhyming in public transportation vans. The ads are a glossy example of what Joe Revitte and his wife have been doing for almost a full year now with their brainchild, Dollar Van Demos. 30+ videos deep, Dollar Van Demos has worked with a number of former Adam’s World Artists Of The Week, including longtime B-Listers Dyalekt, iLLspoKinn, Kalil Kash, Hasan Salaam, Miz Metro and Poison Pen. “In some ways I call myself a MySpace director,” Revitte explains, “because they have amazing music on MySpace but there isn’t a visual component to their music, so I’m like why don’t you do a video with me inside this crazy Flatbush Avenue dollar van?”

Revitte likes to put the birthdate of Dollar Van Demos at February 28th, 2009, because that’s when they...

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Donuts Are Forever (Dilla Tribute) in BK


Donuts Are Forever 4 at The Bell House

The Annual NYC Tribute to
James "J Dilla" Yancey
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Saturday, February 6, 2010
@ The Bell House - 149 7th St
btw 2nd & 3rd Ave, Brooklyn
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Trains: F, G to Smith & 9th St
or M, R to 9th St & 4th Ave

Doors 10pm | 21+ | Early arrival suggested

soundtrack provided by
?UESTLOVE (of the Legendary Roots Crew)

additional music by
LOW KEY | (Denver) .
TARA | .

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video by TONE
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$5 MINIMUM DONATION (more encouraged)
Proceeds to benefit the J Dilla Foundation
CEO / Chair / Spokesperson Maureen "Ma Dukes" Yancey
For more info, visit .

Swollen Members & Potluck Announce U.S. Tour

From Kerosene Media:

Swollen Members & Potluck Announce U.S. Tour

Swollen Members have announced the dates for their upcoming US tour alongside Humboldt County hip-hop duo Potluck. The tour will kick off February 18th, 2010 in Seattle, WA and run through March 7th in Spokane, WA.
"We are excited about this upcoming tour with Potluck," commented Prevail from Swollen Members. "Potluck has been killing it for a while now and they have a great live show to back it up. The balance of what we and the sound Potluck brings to this tour will make for many memorable performances."
"Swollen Members have been in the hip-hop scene for a while now, and we've always respected their sound and the fact that they constantly tour," added 1 Ton from Potluck. "I think the combination of both groups on the same tour is going to make a great show for fans. We're excited to get back out on the road with our Suburban Noize family."
Swollen Members’ are enjoying some of the biggest success of their career after signing with Suburban Noize Records. The group’s sixth studio album, "Armed To The Teeth", debuted at #146 on the Billboard Top 200 and #5 on the Heatseekers charts. Since the album’s release, “Armed To The Teeth” has been named one of the best hip-hop records of 2009 by iTunes, alongside albums from Ghostface Killah, Slaughterhouse, KRS-One, Ol' Dirty Bastard, and Twista. Swollen Members’ video for the track "Bollywood Chick" featuring Tech N9ne can be seen online at .
Potluck is riding high after completing a 2-month tour across the US with reunited hip-hop icons D12. Potluck's sophomore album, "Pipe Dreams", has been embraced by hip-hop fans from coast to coast who have been mesmerized by the group's lyrical depth, rapid fire flows, and head nodding beats. The Source Magazine championed the group’s sound saying, "There are strong reggae and good vibe undercurrents throughout this 21-cut ode to the high life." The group recently released a new digital EP, "Pothead Music Vol. 1: The Dank Alumni Experience", which is only available through digital retailers and online at  Potluck is currently streaming the new track “Vapors” online at .
Feb 18 - Seattle, WA @ Neumo's
Feb 19 - Bellingham, WA @ The Nightlight
Feb 20 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne
Feb 21 - Eugene, OR @ WOW Hall
Feb 23 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
Feb 24 - Avon, CO @ Agave
Feb 25 - Steamboat Springs, CO @ Ghostranch Saloon
Feb 26 - Colorado Springs, CO @ Black Sheep
Feb 27 - Ft. Collins, CO @ Aggie Theatre
Feb 28 - Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
Mar 01 - Breckenridge, CO @ Three20South
Mar 02 - Boulder, CO @ Fox Theatre
Mar 04 - Park City, UT @ The Star Bar
Mar 05 - Ketchum, ID @ NexStage Theater
Mar 06 - Ketchum, ID @ NexStage Theater
Mar 07 - Spokane, WA @ The Boulevard
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Kidd Kidd "From Here" Video Directed by Sha Money XL

From Melanie Cornish:

Kidd Kidd "From Here" Video Directed by Sha Money XL

Free "Come Get Rihanna" App for Nokia Users

From Special Ops Media:

Ovi Store by Nokia official page: .

Come Get Rihanna app: .

Rihanna’s Nokia Page: .

Ovi Store Facebook Page: .

Nokia and Rihanna Release Exclusive Content
Free Rihanna App Available on Ovi Store and Offers Unique Content and Latest News

              Nokia launched the exclusive Rihanna App. Bringing fans closer to Rihanna, the new App delivers news, music, photos and exclusive video content direct to Nokia's entertainment-rich handsets including the Nokia N97, Nokia X6 and Nokia 5800 XpressMusic.

           Video content available through the App includes live performance videos from Rihanna's album launch event. Additionally, fans can access music samples, a Rihanna biography and photo library, and, when available, information on Rihanna's forthcoming 2010 tour. The App content is unavailable elsewhere and is regularly updated for fans.

           The App also provides a direct link to the Nokia Music Store where fans can download exclusive album content including a Nokia bonus track, Hole In My Head, written and produced by Justin Timberlake.

           In addition, an exclusive Donni Hotwheels remix of Rihanna's smash single, Russian Roulette, is also available to those who download her album, Rated R, exclusively via the Nokia Music Store.

           On November 16, Rihanna performed tracks from her new album exclusively with Nokia. With a set list including former number ones Umbrella and Disturbia, Rihanna's performance was streamed live and globally to her fans on every continent.  The show included live Twitter commentary from music fans across the world. The Rihanna App and exclusive video content from the show is now live at .

More About The Ovi Store By Nokia:

Ovi Store is Nokia's one-stop-shop for free and paid content, with support for a range of device types from smartphones to feature phones. Globally, Nokia device owners, in more than 180 countries, across more than 100 Nokia device models in 30 languages have access to Ovi Store.  Many of the content industry's biggest names along with independent application developers are distributing their media, applications and games through Ovi Store by Nokia. Content providers and application developers interested in distributing their content through Ovi Store should visit  Nokia is a pioneer in mobile telecommunications and the world's leading maker of mobile devices. Today, we are connecting people in new and different ways - fusing advanced mobile technology with personalized services to enable people to stay close to what matters to them. We also provide comprehensive digital map information through NAVTEQ; and equipment, solutions and services for communications networks through Nokia Siemens Networks.

Kid Cudi Friend Rich Hil Sends Limos Back to the 90's

From Girlie Action:

Introducing Rich Hil!

Free MP3 of “Lady in the Hall” HERE

Check Out His Latest Mixtape, Limos Were Cool In The ’90s HERE And Keep A Lookout For "Trippy," His Collaboration With Kid Cudi, On The Web Now!

Emerging from a thick haze of hallucinogenic rhymes and vintage beats comes Rich Hil, the latest ground-breaker riding the next wave of hip-hop.

Since bursting onto the scene, Rich has made his mark with a series of mixtapes that show off his raspy croon and stream of consciousness narratives. An East Coast transplant now living in L.A., Rich Hil ambitiously fuses classic pop influences with hip-hop rhythms and blunted West Coast cool. On Limos Were Cool In The ’90s, he doles out frank rhymes about the highs of fame, power, and money — as well as that epic comedowns that come hand-in-hand with the lifestyle. Tracks like “Until We Bleed” and “All the Hippies Say” are spaced-out, down-tempo synth jams that walk the line between R&B and rap and delve into love and loss. On “Getting In Them Thangs” Rich wraps slinky verses around a hook featuring fellow artist Phlo. Rich is inspired by a variety of artists ranging from Memphis Bleek to Jimi Hendrix, and his sound draws from everything from classic soul to West Coast electro. It’s this idiosyncratic style that Rich Hil has dubbed “hippie,” a mix of vintage beats, unabashed tributes to drug culture, and a laid back flow that reflects his rejection of hip-hop’s blinged out, bottle-service past, embracing instead a back-to-basics lifestyle not unlike his indie rock counterparts.

Rich Hil and his distinctive croon have already caught the attention of artists like Lil Wayne, Kid Cudi and Swizz Beatz, and earned him praises from The Smoking Section, Nah Right, and OnSmash. His latest mixtape, Limos Were Cool In The ’90s was produced in collaboration with Atlanta’s legendary producer Don Cannon, and is a prelude to Rich’s upcoming debut full-length, set for release later this spring via Limo Life Records. The album will feature “Trippy”, Hil’s psychedelic collaboration with Kid Cudi.  

Rich Hil will be touring extensively this spring – stay tuned for dates!

Karma Response Unit Excited About Big 2010 Ahead

From KRU Records:

While we were relatively quiet (at least publicly) in 2009, 2010 is going to be a busy year for Karma Response Unit Records! Starting next Wednesday we will be sending out free weekly MP3s to everyone on our email list. Between that and my “Happ G’s 44 Remixes” project, we will be giving away close to 100 free songs this year! Feel free to spread the word on that and to encourage people to sign up.

And to celebrate our 10th birthday as a record label this year (on July 4th) we are releasing 10 retail projects as a promotional campaign we’re calling “Ten in 10” (creative title huh?!).

The first 3 projects, dropping in March, are; Side Effect “Cabin Fever”, Happ G “7 Touches”, and “Karma Response Unit’s B-Sides (2000-2010)”, featuring new music from Jake Lefco, Reef the Lost Cauze, 40th Dimension, Side Effect, Snuff of Media 101, Briz, R-Son, and more. We are extremely excited about all 3 of these projects and will be in touch shortly with more specific release date info as well as free downloadable samplers from all 3 projects.

You can read more about our big year in this interview I recently did with;

For those of you in the NYC area, Jake Lefco has a couple upcoming shows;

- "Brown Bag Thursdays"
Thursday, January 28th (tomorrow)
@ Voodoo Lounge
24 1st Ave. & 1st st. NYC
doors open @ 9 pm
$5 cover

- "Stop Talkin...Start Walkin"
Thursday, Febuary 11th
@ Bowery Poetry Club
308 Bowery (bet. Houston & Bleeker). NYC
doors open @ 10 pm
$10 cover

Urban Art Beat cast video
Awesome program! Watching this put a big smile on my face and gives me some hope in an increasingly depressing world, not to get too heavy on you though! And we're really happy that our boy Jake Lefco has been able to be a big part of this program from its beginning.

And lastly, any of you who might be interested in helping out with our newly formed street team and/or web team please send us an email and we can add you to either or both.

Justin "Happ G"
Karma Response Unit Records    < direct store link    < newsletter sign up

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