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MP3: Apollo Brown - "Streets Won't Let Me Chill Remix"

From Audible Treats:

MP3: Apollo Brown - "Streets Won't Let Me Chill Remix"

Apollo Brown Celebrates New Album With New MP3 Leak, Fat Beats In-Store

The Song:

To celebrate the release of his new album, The Reset, which drops today, Apollo Brown is excited to give fans another treat from the album, this time the "Streets Won't Let Me Chill Remix." For the track, Apollo Brown remixed Diamond District's "Streets Won't Let Me Chill," originally produced by Oddisee and featured on the group's debut In The Ruff, and provides a darker perspective on the song when compared to the original's brass-lined soul beat. The James Brown drum break, which Apollo uses along with an eerie guitar riff, creatively compliments vocals from Oddisee, yU, and X.O. "I wanted the remix to have the same gritty feel to it. The original is drum heavy to me so I wanted to keep that going with a classic drum break. You can't go wrong with 'funky drummer'", says Apollo. "I picked something that I know I could have done a lot of justice to. The lyrics on that song are ill as hell."

Apollo Brown's The Reset is now available via Mello Music Group.

In further celebration of today's release, Apollo Brown is inviting all of his fans out tonight for a special meet-and-greet in-store at the legendary Fat Beats New York. Joining Apollo Brown at the in-store will be Hasaan Mackey. Come out, grab a CD, get it signed, and chop it up with Apollo and Hasaan tonight from 7pm - 9pm EST.

Check out "Streets Won't Let Me Chill Remix" feat. Diamond District here: .

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Buy link for "Real Detroit" feat. The Left: .

The Background:

Born into a bi-racial family in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Apollo Brown's early influences skewed more toward the music of Journey and The Carpenters than the urban genres his peers often cite as inspiration. This is not to say that once hip-hop came into play, Apollo wasn’t all in. Just as easily as he can praise the virtues of yacht rock, the 29-year-old beatsmith can name personal heroes - Gang Starr, Wu-Tang, Mobb Deep, M.O.P., Nas, and Black Moon - from the early 90s period in which, for him, beats and rhymes became life. Apollo began making his own music in 1996 using Voyetra audio software, then upgraded to Cool Edit 2000 in becoming a self-described bedroom beat-maker for roughly the next eight years. It was the mid-2000s, and the upstart producer saw no future for his work - work he had dedicated his life to - in an industry where radio was setting a formulaic pattern for mainstream music. But he eventually began to miss the creativity in his craft and began producing once again, releasing the instrumental albums Skilled Trade (2007) and Make Do (2009). He went on in 2009 to win the Detroit Red Bull Big Tune Championships and competed in the national finals. Apollo then signed as a producer with the Mello Music Group in December of 2009. His debut album, The Reset, will be released May 25, 2010 via Mello Music Group.

About Mello Music Group:

Like Lao Tzu in hip-hop, Mello Music Group provides music for the soul, from the heart of American culture, opening the realm of the intelligent hip-hop experience through melodic evocations, beats that corroborate the truth, and voices that roar above the rising void and impose order on the terrible & triumphant moments of everyday life. This is the compelling sound of Mello Music Group. Industry newcomer Michael Tolle founded MMG in 2007 and is acting Director of Operations. MMG will be releasing projects from Oddisee, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Kenn Starr, Finale, Trek Life, Dudley Perkins, Sareem Poems, UPS, and YU in 2010. .


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J. Keys "Track by Track Bringing Hip-Hop Back"

From Clout Media:

J. Keys "Track by Track Bringing Hip-Hop Back"

Emerging artist J. Keys is dedicated to providing Hip-Hop lovers with the genre's true essence through his clever lyrics, witty wordplay and dynamic storytelling.

We introduce J. Keys to you with the first leak off his upcoming mixtape The Dead Horse entitled "I Like It (Keys to the City)" featuring R&B/Pop singer Adeline via Anonymous Records. Keys has a good time rhyming over Grand Puba's classic, while Adeline's vocals on the hook complete the song.

Stream/Download: J. Keys "I Like It (Keys to the City) feat. Adeline - .

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Exclusive Interview: "My City: J. Keys is New York Now, Forever Detroit"

Polished and sophisticated, the people at know good Hip Hop when they hear it. That said, the website recently featured Detroit-bred, New York resident emcee J. Keys as part of their "My City" series where Keys spoke about being influenced by the rich musical cultures of Motown and the Big Apple.

Read the entire interview at .

Also, be on the look out for J. Keys upcoming mixtape The Dead Horse dropping June 15th courtesy of and Visit today for J. Keys official single "The One Two" here.


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La Coka Nostra's Slaine in New Freddy Madball Video

From Kerosene Media:

La Coka Nostra's Slaine in New Freddy Madball Video

La Coka Nostra's Slaine has joined forces with New York hardcore legend Freddy Madball in the video for the song "Gunshots", which can be viewed online at . The track appears on Freddy Madball's hip-hop solo album, "Catholic Guilt", which was released through Familia Entertainment.

"I'm excited to be working alongside my homie Slaine and my man Jaysaun. I think these guys are some of the best MC's in the game, and they happen to be family,” commented Freddy Madball. “As I embark on this hip-hop journey, I intend to make a statement, and who better to do that with then these guys and with this song. The video speaks for itself. Respect."
“Aside from being the frontman to one of the greatest hardcore bands ever, Freddy Madball has been a friend for damn near 15 years now. He always had wisdom and encouragement for me when I first started doing my thing as an MC in the late nineties,” commented Slaine. “When he was working on this hip-hop project he reached out to me, and Jaysaun to do a joint, and we made a banger. I’m sure this won’t be the last time you see us collaborating. For the video, we shot it in Brockton, Boston and New York, and visited the gravesite of our fallen brother ‘Boston’ Mike Foster.”
Slaine has been grinding his way throughout the underground hip-hop scene since 2001 when he cut a demo in a studio operated by the Lordz of Brooklyn. Since then, Slaine has been traveling the world performing for his growing fan base, and working with hip-hop icons such as DJ Premier, House of Pain, Cypress Hill, and The Alchemist. Slaine is currently touring in support of, "A Brand You Can Trust", the debut album from hip-hop supergroup La Coka Nostra.

7 Grand Records to Honor Guru's Legacy

From Yo! PR:

7 Grand Records To Honor Guru's Legacy

In honor of the legendary MC Guru aka Mr. GangStarr, his record label 7 Grand  Records will pay homage with a special tribute campaign over the next few weeks to celebrate Guru's outstanding legacy as one of the greatest MCs of all times.

The iconic rap legend will be honored with exclusive and before unseen video footage, behind the scenes memories of music productions, video shoots, and concert performances, and much more to highlight the legendary career of Guru aka Mister "Gifted Unlimited Rhymes Universal."

Guru, whose real name was Keith Elam, most known from being one half of the Hip-Hop duo GangStarr, was a worldwide celebrated emcee who created numerous classic albums, especially "No More Mr. Nice Guy" (1989), "Step In The Arena" (1990), "Daily Operation" (1992), "Hard To Earn" (1994) and "Moment of Truth" (1998) are well-respected among critics. During Guru's pioneering career, which officially started in 1987 with the foundation of GangStarr, the Boston MC has collaborated with artists from a variety of music genres such as Common, Talib Kweli, Zion I, Kelis, Angie Stone, Damian Marley, Slum Village, Raheem DeVaughn, Styles P, Jean Grae, B-Real (Cypress Hill), Pharrell, Jamiroquai, and many more.

As a solo artst, Guru found fame in 1993 with his critically acclaimed and groundbreaking "Jazzmatazz", an album series where he and his longtime partner and producer Solar collaborated with icons such as Chaka Khan, Herbie Hancock, Isaac Hayes, Erykah Badu, The Roots, Macy Gray and David Sanborn, just to name a few, while merging Hip-Hop with Live Jazz for the very first time. Not only did the "Jazzmatazz" music challenge the boundaries of Hip-Hop, Jazz, Soul, and R&B, the live aspect was something that none of these genres had ever seen. Since its inception there has been no credible comparison to the originality and broad appeal of a Guru "Jazzmatazz" concert.

As a true pioneer of Hip-Hop, Guru will always be remembered as a fabulous musician whose lyrical style and social commentary on politics, women, being a Black man in America, knowledge and consciousness, will never be forgotten.

His legacy was timeless and he invented music that will shine forever long after he’s gone. In our lasting and fragrant memories, we will never forget the MC who raised the bar and paved the way for many rappers without the exploitative and negative stigma that has seeped into this generation of Hip-Hop.

Guru died on April 19, 2010 at age 48 while battling cancer for over a year and a half.

R.I.P. Keith Elam and may his legacy continue!


Founded in 2008, Yo! Promotions is one of the leading boutique media relations, promotions and marketing firms in the U.S. specializing in the entertainment and urban culture. Since the company's launch, Yo! Promotions has developed a trustworthy reputation for representing up-n-coming, underground and major music acts during the halcyon days of the dot com boom. 


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Preview and Preorder Forever Famicom RIGHT NOW!

We've been promoting the Forever Famicom album since May 4th and it's now only one week away! Random and K-Murdock have details on how you can pre-order the album below:

Gamers, Hip-Hoppers, everyone in between… Lend me your ears. The Time is almost among us, where K-Murdock and myself get to finally unleash our landmark record, Forever Famicom.

JUNE 1, next Tuesday is the day, so if you’re interested, this is a good time to preorder your copies, to make sure you have it before the release date.

click HERE to hear some snippets, and even preorder your copy of Forever Famicom. Preordering is good for many reasons.....

Preorder hard copies and you’ll get

A) a CD,

B) an instant download link of the album, and

C) a BONUS pack of instrumentals and tracks not included on the album! can’t beat it.

Tracklisting: (original sampled game is in parenthesis)
(click the titles for snippets)

1. Episode III (A New Day) 2:52 (Mega Man I)
2. Forever 4:11 feat. Emilie Bogrand (Earthbound)
3. Dream Master 4:07 (Little Nemo)
4. The Goodness 3:59 (Starfox)
5. Player Two 3:24 (Secret of Mana)
6. The Girl with the Make-Up 4:20 feat. Ariano & DJ Ragz (Kirby’s Adventure)
7. Drop The Load (8-Bit Remix) 3:56 (no sample)
8. World Tree 4:17 feat. Damu the Fudgemunk (Faxanadu)
9. 2k10 3:11 (Street Fighter 2010)
10. Epoch 4:42 (Chrono Trigger)
11. Double Dragons 3:44 feat. Jermiside & DJ Ragz (Double Dragon)
12. CONtact 2:49 (The Guardian Legend)
13) For The Gamers 5:24 feat. int80 of Dual Core & Schaeffer The Darklord (Ducktales)
14) Galaxies 5:00 feat. Matt Howatt (Metroid)



as always, thanks for your support. Let us know what you think of the snippets, and tell a friend! 


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NEOSONIC Blog "Holdin' It Down: The Skinny On DMV Hip Hop"

From K-Murdock:

NEOSONIC Blog "Holdin' It Down: The Skinny On DMV Hip Hop"

A few weeks back i spent a warm, beautiful Spring afternoon in downtown DC participating in a student film project that spotlights the hip-hop scene thats flourishing here in my hometown- Washington, DC.  Shouts to Joseph & Robert for involving me in this film and allowing me to speak candidly about the hip-hop politics here in the city, which can be just as frustrating to deal with as the politics up on Capitol Hill!  Other hometown homies with cameos in the film include Seezmics of Educated Consumers, Mental Stamina of Rosetta Stoned & the famous b-boy crew Natural Elements- who once came by my college radio show to break in studio... too bad it wasn't TV ;) Check it out & please leave the fellas some feedback...


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The (W)rap Up - Week of May 18, 2010

Declaime :: Fonk
SomeOthaShip Connect/
E1 Entertainment
Author: Steve 'Flash' Juon

"Thanks to Declaime's imprint SomeOthaShip Connect linking up with industry powerhouse E1 Entertainment, "Fonk" has a chance to be D's most widely available retail album to date. The good and possibly bad news is that the chance for mainstream exposure hasn't changed up his style one bit. It's evident from the jump when looking at the cover art what you're in for, as Declaime's disembodied head floats through a night sky with the light of distant stars reflecting off his sunglasses. His dread hair functions as a virtual black hole, creating a a completely impenetrable negative space in the universe. Make no mistake about it that D wants you to know he's OUT THERE, and yet the title "Fonk" is itself an attempt to keep him grounded."

Joe Gibbs :: 12" Reggae Discomix Showcase Vol. 5 :: VP Records
as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon

"While "Volume 4" did indeed reflect a reggae spin on 1970's disco music, the term "discomix" is a little more abstract on "Volume 5." That's to be expected given the songs collected on this edition range from 1980-1982, coming at a point after the world had declared "DISCO IS DEAD" in the summer of '79. One should take the term then as a declaration of what the selector (what Americans think of as the deejay) would play at the discotheque hence his "discomix" of music. While a comprehensive discomix from this era in reggae would also include songs NOT produced by Joe Gibbs, it's fair to say the diversity of artists he worked with and number of hits he had a hand in meant several or many songs played on any given night at the local reggae club would have his name on the label."

Grieves and Budo :: G&B Remix Felt 3 - A Tribute to Rosie Perez :: Bandcamp/Rhymesayers Ent.
as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon

""Felt 3" was hands down one of the most important rap albums released in 2009. The perfect balance struck by Slug and MURS lyrically was ideally matched by production from Aesop Rock, creating a sonic masterpiece that will only improve as it ages. It seems Rhymesayers affiliates Grieves and Budo feel the same way, as they decided to pay tribute to this landmark tribute to Rosie Perez by taking some freely available acapellas and giving their own interpretations on the original versions. Reframing a classic used to be an act that took decades, but in our high speed digital times it makes sense for G&B to come back and do it only six months after the original. There's no reason not to check it out - after all it's FREE."

Kristoff Krane :: Hunting For Father :: Kristoff Krane
as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon

"RR staff writers have on occasion espoused the philosophy "it's more kind to be cruel" when reviewing albums, believing it's far worse to give a mediocre or terrible artist the hope they can succeed than to let them bluntly know their shit just doesn't work. That way instead of spending 10-20 years recording in the hopes of establishing a musical career, they can move on to more fruitful pursuits like opening a taco stand or getting a degree in business administration. That being said the members of Face Candy undoubtedly felt maligned after reading the review of "This Is Where We Were" three years ago, because even if it was meant as a mercy killing Pedro 'DJ Complejo' Hernandez certainly didn't pull his punches delivering the one-two blows. "The album has no theme or redeeming value." "You'll have no motivation to ever waste another 45 minutes of your life listening to this." "

Madlib :: Madlib's Medicine Show #4: 420 Chalice All-Stars :: Stones Throw Records
as reviewed by Patrick Taylor

"As the title and release date suggests (4/20, ie. international stoner day), the central theme of this release is ganja, collie, bud, weed, pot, marijuana, whatever you want to call it. Pot is associated with reggae almost as much as the Rastafarian faith, and pretty much every reggae album produced since 1970 makes at least some reference to collie or ganja. The album comes with a list of information about California's medical marijuana laws, and a list of Hollywood and East L.A. pot dispensaries. It's actually pretty informative: I learned that the safest way to injest pot is to use a smokeless vaporizer, that you can pretty much google a doctor who will prescribe you pot, and that, while you need to give your name and ID to get medical marijuana, your name isn't stored on a DEA list."

Nas & Damian Marley :: Distant Relatives :: Republic Records
as reviewed by Jesal 'Jay Soul' Padania

"Never before in either genre has there been such a deeply successful collaboration album. Ever. This wasn't supposed to happen. That it has is a testament to talent, hard work and luck. The musical/lyrical talents of the artists and producers; the sheer effort and attention that has gone into practically each individual kick and snare, (reminiscent of the meticulous late great Dilla); and the sheer cosmic luck of a focussed Nas actually turning up. If that seems facetious, understand that this hasn't happened much over the last dozen years - on fire Nas plus brilliant music. But really, the star of the show is Marley. This feels like his baby, and he is a proud father that has nurtured "Distant Relatives". Nas is the close family friend that you're brought up to call "Uncle" and the backing band, your brothers. The mother? Africa. It is easy to forget, at times, the message of this opus - simply because everything else surrounding it is executed so wonderfully."

NEFEW :: The Antihero Begins :: On Our Feet Entertainment
as reviewed by Emanuel Wallace

"Polemikk and PA-Double make up the duo NEFEW, an acronym that stands for New Education From Every Word. The two exchange students from Switzerland met in kindergarten and have gone through life experiencing the traditional things that most kids are into. Eventually, they progressed into the world of hip-hop. Towards the end of last year NEFEW dropped an EP entitled "Homesick" which was rather well received and featured an appearance from Consequence. The two have even earned an endorsement from Puma International. The company backed them on their aforementioned EP and also their current release, "The Antihero Begins". This time around, the crew also has the support of The project is described as "prolific lyrics and odes to things that matter""

Power Struggle :: Remittances :: Beatrock Music
as reviewed by Patrick Taylor

"Nomi's lyrics are mostly concerned with fighting injustice and the challenges facing immigrants in this country. It's what I've come to expect from Beatrock Music; hip hop activism coming from a Philippino-American perspective. Nomi lays out his history on "Mr. Sagittarius...A Proletarian Path To Englightenment," which discusses his journey from Minnesota to New York to the Philippines to San Francisco, and from a rapper concerned with partying and bullshit to someone looking to make a positive change in the world"

Ron Contour and Factor :: Saffron :: Fake Four Inc.
as reviewed by Pedro 'DJ Complejo' Hernandez

"Moka Only's staggering rate of album releases continues with his latest Ron Contour project. "Saffron" is the third Ron Contour project released in the last 12 months, following "The Beach" and "The Summer of Ron." Ron is one of Moka Only's alter egos, a cousin who decided to follow Moka in his rap aspirations. Ron released his debut close to ten years ago with "Moka Only is Ron Contour." The title is explained as a deception used by Ron to piggy back on his famous cousin's name, but Ron insists he is his own man. The light hearted, humorous aura surrounding Ron translates well to his music. "Saffron" is a laid back affair that will surely be enjoyed by Ron Contour fans. The first significant thing to note about "Saffron" is the fact Moka Only doesn't handle the production."

Second Family :: Caskets and Funeral Homes :: 25th & 3rd Entertainment
as reviewed by Pedro 'DJ Complejo' Hernandez

"Tacoma, Washington is not known for hip-hop music. While Seattle and even Portland have gained some recognition for the northwest, Tacoma has remained overlooked. Second Family looks to change that with their debut CD "Caskets and Funeral Homes." Consisting of rappers Element and NoQuestion, the duo represents Tacoma, or Tac-Town as they call it, to the fullest. NoQuestion's relaxed brags contrast Element's commanding flows as the duo tackles a little bit of everything on the albums' 18 tracks. "

Erick Sermon :: No Pressure :: Def Jam/Rush Associated Labels
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as reviewed by Matt Jost

"One of the marks of a true champion is his ability to handle pressure. Erick Sermon had a fair amount of pressure resting on his shoulders when it became clear that he would continue his career as a solo artist after splitting from Parrish Smith, with whom he released four gold albums in five years as EPMD. His reputation was at stake, and not just in regards to how he would fare without his former partner, but also how much a solo album might reveal about his role in the duo. Witnessing Sermon and Smith separately was seeing the fortress EPMD broken down to its components, subject to an analysis of which member had contributed to the success in what capacity. Essentially their solo careers would decide who would artistically lay legitimate claim to the EPMD legacy (and, in if they decided to surround themselves with crews, to the Hit Squad legacy)."

Suff Daddy :: Suff Refills :: Melting Pot Music
as reviewed by Matt Jost

"Berlin beatmaker Suff Daddy puts his own twist on Mr. Combs' moniker, 'Suff Daddy' approximately translating to 'wino,' 'Suff' meaning the act of drinking excessively or the state of being addicted to alcohol. He may cite Tha Alkaholiks as his all-time favorite rap group, which we don't doubt, but a more immediate inspiration (than, say, E-Swift) is yet another renamed rap producer (it's a broad umbrella) - J Dilla, originally known as Jay Dee. Or more precisely post-Dilla Detroit hip-hop as represented by artists such as Guilty Simpson, Black Milk and Young RJ. "

Hip-Hop Shop #75 - We Got Work to Do!

Every Sunday at 9:30 PM EST we air a live new edition of Hip-Hop Shop on BlogTalkRadio like the one you're about to hear - Episode #75 - We Got Work to Do! That means you're about to hear the new song by Perfeck Strangers featuring Drake along with tracks from Monstah Dray, Tone Trezure, Termanology and more! Thanks for listening and remember this show is PODSAFE so be sure to share it with a friend and tell them to check out the replay every Tuesday on!

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Tracks featured this week:

* Monstah Dray - Makin' Moves
* Perfeck Strangers f/ Drake - Work to Do
* Tone Trezure - My Destiny
* Fatnice of 84 - YEAHHHH
* Von Pea & Spec Boogie - Shimmy Shimmy Ya
* Felt 3 - Bass For Your Trunk (Grieves and Budo Remix)
* Checkmark & Termanology - Duffle Bag Bros.

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