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Paul Wall MySpace Album Exclusive

From Tito Belis:

Good morning!

MySpace Music is proud to announce the exclusive premiere of the brand new album from Paul Wall titled "Fast Life" - available only on MySpace Music days before hitting store shelves. Users can now visit Paul's official MySpace Music profile and stream the new album in its entirety for free. Check it out at .

When "The People's Champ" was certified Platinum in 2005, Paul Wall became one of rap music's most revered hustlers. After popularizing and creating grills for hip-hop heavyweights like T.I., Lil Jon and Fat Joe, Paul became a cultural icon. "Fast Life" is not only a celebration of his many successes, but a moving testament of the endless hours he dedicated to becoming the chart-topping MC he is today. Featuring guests like Pitbull, Webbie, Yung Joc, and Tech N9ne, "Fast Life" is further proof that hard work pays off. Former Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker offers up three productions on "Fast Life" including 'Pop One Of These' featuring Too $hort, Skinhead Rob and The Federation. This album is a hearty dose of life as only Paul Wall knows it. For the people, by the people.

UNRELEASED HEAT Scratch featuring Estelle

From Stephen B:

Oh shit.  Unreleased music from Scratch of the Roots & Estelle.  -airhorn- -airhorn- Enjoy -S
Scratch feat. Estelle & Terri Walker"The Man"
UNRELEASED TRACK From: Loss 4 Wordz out 6/23 on Gold Dust
"Let's Go" / "Too Late" single feat. Peedi Crakk, Talib Kweli & Damon Albarn out now on iTunes

Scratch's Loss 4 Wordz drops at the end of May, and we're so excited about it that we had to share some exclusive shit with you.  Here's a track featuring UK divas Estelle and Terri Walker that you can ONLY HEAR HERE.  Spread the love!  Loss 4 Wordz drops May 26th on Gold Dust featuring Kanye West, Consequence, M.O.P, Damon Albarn, Talib Kweli, Peedi Crakk, Musiq Soulchild, and may more.


MP3: Finale - "Heat" prod. by J Dilla

From Audible Treats:

MP3: Finale - "Heat" prod. by J Dilla      05.07.2009
Finale Hooks Up With The Legendary J Dilla For New Cut From A Pipe Dream And A Promise

The Song:

The successes of J Dilla have served as inspiration and driving motivation for all Detroit artists. For Finale, who himself received a personal Dilla co-sign early in his career, it's only fitting that the emcee has a song on his album, A Pipe Dream And A Promise, produced by the late legend. That song is appropriately titled "Heat." Speaking about creating the song and being able to work with Dilla, Finale says, "It was off a beat CD, but it was done before he passed away and I was able to build with him about it before he passed. I did three joints with him off the beat CDs he sent me; 'Heat' ended up being one of the joints we did. I look at that joint more like a tribute"

Featuring hard drums and distorted chops, "Heat" finds Finale spitting a braggadocio-filled stream-of-consciousness flow that showcases the Detroit emcee's ability to rip a mic. Showing off his smooth wordplay and seamless flow, Finale raps, "Be a needle, we need you to get in the groove / Don't sleep, keep it rolling / I'm a truck, I live in Michigan/ But Chilly never been in my forecast, like Usher / Won't change, even with the aftermath, like Busta." Closing out the song is a live performance clip of an impassioned Finale chanting J Dilla's name in tribute to the fallen legend. The ultimate tribute, though, is keeping the producer's name alive with great music, and with "Heat," Finale does just that.

A Pipe Dream And A Promise is now available everywhere.

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Finale recently released Super Finale, an innovative, Super Mario Bros-themed video game, starring Finale as the main character, in which fans can win track the track "One Man Show" from the album upon completion of the game. A Pipe Dream And A Promise features production from J Dilla as well as Nottz, Flying Lotus, Oddisee, MPhazes, and Black Milk, who produced the album's lead single "Motor Music."

Play Super Finale: .

The Background:

Before making his entrance into hip-hop, Finale worked as an automotive engineer promising to one day follow his dream of becoming a rapper. Making the rounds at local Detroit open mics and emcee battles, Finale began to mingle with local talents like Guilty Simpson and One.Be.Lo. After emailing some joints back and forth with J Dilla, Finale finally met him backstage at the DEMF (Detroit Electronic Music Festival), where Dilla introduced him to Madlib, saying that he was one of the best in the game. “It was an honor and definitely a defining moment," says Finale. After realizing his passion and talent for hip-hop, Finale decided to finally quit his day job, follow his true passion, and make music a full-time career. After a handful of Fat Beats released singles, an album released with European producer Spier 1200 as a part of The Rawkus 50, and numerous appearances on independent releases from Invincible, eLZhi and others, Finale's official debut LP, A Pipe Dream & A Promise, is available in stores and online everywhere via 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 2009, iM will be releasing multi-media projects from artists Finale, Canibus, K'naan, Truthlive, and Tanya Morgan. For more information, please visit .


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Video: Del the Funky Homosapien - "Get It Right Now"

From Audible Treats:

Video: Del the Funky Homosapien - "Get It Right Now"      05.06.2009
"This is for the real people that take the truth and ingest it / Let it radiate in the soul and manifest it"

Critical Praise for Del:
"...Del's reputation has remained strong in both fan and critic circles." - Thrasher Magazine

"The Homosapien is one hell of an entertaining MC" - YRB

The Video:

Del the Funky Homosapien is dropping some major knowledge in his recent video "Get It Right Now," in which he encourages all to cease the procrastination. Whatever plans you have in the making, it's time to move on them and Del provides the perfect musical backdrop to get you motivated. Over an urgent yet stripped down beat and the background of Del's actual home and lab, his funky vocal stylings ask "Why wait, why debate?" With direction by longtime Hieroglyphics collaborator Grant James, "Get it Right Now" is the logical choice for the first single of Del's new free album Funk Man (The Stimulus Package). The song's critical message of progression speaks not only to the music industry, but to Del's longtime fans as well. How else would Del have made it this long in the game without moving forward with his vision?

Speaking of procrastination, why not download Del's new album NOW. It's free. It's simple. The wait for the Eleventh Hour was 6 years. Del came back in one year with Funkman, and it's completely free. There is absolutely no excuse not to do it. Get it right now.
Download Funk Man: The Stimulus Package Here: .

Remaining Tour Dates:
Tue-May-05 Ann Arbor, MI Blind Pig
Wed-May-06 Columbus, OH Skullys (Late Show)
Thu-May-07 Lexington, KY Dame
Fri-May-08 Chicago, IL Reggies
Sat-May-09 Madison, WI High Noon
Mon-May-11 Columbia, MO Blue Note
Tue-May-12 Omaha, NE Slowdown
Thu-May-14 Boulder, CO Fox Theatre
Fri-May-15 Denver, CO Bluebird
Sat-May-16 Colorado Springs, CO Black Sheep
Mon-May-18 Salt Lake City, UT Urban Lounge

The Background:

Funk Man (The Stimulus Package) marks Del the Funky Homosapien's 14th project of a hip-hop career that spans almost two decades. Starting at the tender age of 17 as protégé to his cousin, Ice Cube, Del quickly rose to the top of the underground hip hop scene with his albums, I Wish My Brother George Was Here (1991) and No Need for Alarm (1993), both released through Elektra Records. Soon after parting ways with the label, Del helped found the Hieroglyphics family, comprised of notable emcees Pep Love, the Souls of Mischief, Casual, and Domino. In 1998 the critically acclaimed album 3rd Eye Vision was the first to be released under the Hieroglyphics Imperium label and since then Del has had consistent success with his solo and joint efforts, including Deltron 3030 (2000), Gorillaz (2001), Full Circle (2003), and Eleventh Hour (2008) to name a few. Funk Man (The Stimulus Package) features more of Del's signature style, as this high-energy album is comprised of raw lyrics, driving rhythms, and Del's undeniable funkiness. Released via Funnyman Entertainment on April 7th, Funk Man (The Stimulus Package) is available for free via .


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Chingy Releases 1st Quarter with Gracie Productions May 12th

From Dove:

Chingy Releases 1st Quarter with Gracie Productions
International Digital Project May 12th

St. Louis, MO -- After a two-year hiatus, multi-platinum artist Chingy is back with his full-length digital project 1st Quarter. The mixtape-style album will be released on May 12 on Chingy's own Slot-A-Lot Records in conjunction with Gracie Productions, and features 13 exclusive tracks with features from Gucci Mane, Soulja Boy and Trey Songz.
Chingy's career kicked off with his 2003 Disturbing Tha Peace/Capitol debut release Jackpot. Fully produced by The Trak Starz, the album spawned the Top 5 hit singles "Right Thurr" and "One Call Away" featuring Jason Weaver. The St. Louis rapper rose to international celebrity status nearly overnight, and solidified himself as a force to be reckoned with.
After a highly publicized disagreement, Chingy parted ways with DTP and released his next two albums, Powerballin' in 2004 with another hit single "Balla Baby," and Hoodstar in 2006. Both albums reached Top 10 status on the charts, and sold Platinum and Gold, respectively.Chingy returned to DTP for his 2007 release Hate It or Love It, with production from powerhouses like Mr. Collipark, Timbaland and Cool & Dre.
Now in 2009, Chingy is returning with focus on his long-running label Slot-A-Lot Records. He has teamed with Gracie Productions to unveil the digital project 1st Quarter, and the street single "Balla" featuring Gucci Mane and Soulja Boy.
Gracie Productions has already had a great run in 2009 with worldwide releases from Miami maven Jacki-O, Houston's legendary E.S.G., Atlanta phenomenon Stat Quo and a new record dropping in July from Platinum superstar J-Kwon. Chingy's 1st Quarter album promises to be a hit with his longtime fans in the U.S. and overseas.
Dorian Washington, President of Gracie’s Urban division, is confident in the direction the company is moving. “While most people in the music business are cutting back, Gracie Productions continues to expand with digital-only releases and physical releases by great artists," he says. "We are thrilled to have an artist of Chingy’s caliber partner with Gracie. This is an incredible album, and a tribute to how great an artist Chingy continues to be.”
For more information on Chingy, go to, and .
1st Quarter Track List
01.  Pu**y Ni**a f/ HB Monte
02.  Hatin On Myself
03.  Look At Her Go
04.  Money Motivation
05.  Balla f/ Gucci Mane & Soulja Boy Tell 'Em
06.  Spend Sum Money f/ Trey Songz
07.  Ain't No Way
08.  Porn Star
09.  Stand Tall
10.  Git Doe
11.  Another One
12.  Lovely Ladies
13.  2 Kool 2 Dance
14.  Outro

Diamond Music Group to Launch HiPNOTT Records

From Diamond Music Group:



A lot of you may have heard rumors of a new record label starting... the rumors are true. Today I am officially announcing the launch of HiPNOTT Records! Working on this site has given me the opportunity to work with a lot of great artists and I’ve decided I want to do something more to help get their music heard. The HiPNOTT Records website is currently under development, but once launched, it will include all of our artists’ information and music. Hit the jump for the official press release and the label’s full artist roster.

Kevin Nottingham Partners with Diamond Music Group to Launch HiPNOTT Records:

Kevin Nottingham, owner of the award winning hip hop website, has announced the formation of a new digital record label, HiPNOTT Records, which will distribute music exclusively through the Diamond Music Group (parent company to Coalmine Records who also brought you The Foundation by Shuko & DJ Dutchmaster). This announcement marks the first time a hip hop blogger has branched out to form an independent label. HipNOTT Records’ goal is to continuously build their artists’ resumes and consistently develop an image that hip hop will have no choice but to admire. With Kevin Nottingham at the helm, a man who certainly respects the past, present, and future of the genre, it is hard to deny the capability of reaching these goals amongst others.

“HiPNOTT Records is an artist’s label. I’m not in it for the money, but to try and get good music to be heard,” said Kevin Nottingham, owner of HiPNOTT Records. “All of my artists are artists that I personally believe in and I will do whatever I can to promote and market their music.”

Though rumors of Nottingham forming his own label may have surfaced months ago, this is the official announcement of HiPNOTT Records. “The timing was just right,” said Nottingham, “I have been working hard on building a roster and solidifying contracts to make sure we go about doing things right. I didn’t want anything done half-assed. I’ve put off officially announcing the label, because I just wasn’t ready yet. A few of my artists have projects that we are about to release, so now’s the time.”
The official HiPNOTT Records website ( ) is still under construction, but the label’s current artist roster can be found below:

* Cee & Bekah / The Soul Movement Volume 3 (Mixed by Mick Boogie & Terry Urban) coming 4th quarter ‘09 / The Precedent coming 1st quarter 2010
* Dasha / debut album coming 4th quarter ‘09
* G.C. / compilation album coming 4th quarter ‘09
* Has-Lo / In Case I Don’t Make It coming 4th quarter ‘09
* Nobody Famous / Order Up Vol 3: Chicken & Waffles coming in July
* NoTiOn / Corner of Notion & 9th coming 4th quarter ‘09
* Speek Greene / The Long Look coming 4th quarter ‘09
* Tommy Gunnz / Garden State Warrior coming 4th quarter ‘09
* Trav Williams / illTravis out now! New project coming 4th quarter ‘09

The label still wants to keep things relatively small. “I hadn’t really expected the roster to be as big as it is now starting out,” said Nottingham. “I want to be able to be personally involved with each and every project we put out. So, until I can clone myself, these artists will be the face of HiPNOTT Records.” With that said, truly, HiPNOTT Records seems to be a label for the artist, a rarity in 2009 hip hop.

Two New Chamillitary Mixtapes Available Today

From Nancy B:



"I Am Legend" (Greatest Verses) hosted by DJ Rapid Ric


Famous' "Money - Power - Fame"


Download Chamillionaire's "Me & My Girlfriend" (Throwback Freestyle)


Famous ft. Chamillionaire "All I Know"

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"Me & My Girlfriend" - .

"All I Know Ft. Chamillionaire" - .

Atmosphere Producer Ant - Recession Music Press Release

Recession Music Press Release

For the first time, Atmosphere producer Ant teams up with Stophouse Music
Group to present Recession Music, a high-quality album featuring the best
Midwest hip-hop at a recession-friendly price. On May 12, an in-store
version of Recession Music featuring two bonus tracks will be available at
Cal Surf, Fifth Element, and Cheapo for $5. The album will also be
available for free online at


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Underground Legend Ant Bills First Executive Producer Credit Outside Rhymesayers
April 29, 2009 (Minneapolis)- For the first time, Atmosphere producer Ant teams up with
Stophouse Music Group to present Recession Music, a high-quality album featuring the best of
Midwest hip-hop without the price. Since the formation of Rhymesayers Entertainment, Ant
has never worked outside of his own label as an executive producer. Stophouse’s in-label
executive producer, Dillon Parker, and Anthony “Ant” Davis have a long history of offering each
other feedback on their various projects. After being an influential behind-the-scenes figure
throughout the creation of Recession Music, Ant decided the final product was so good he’d be a
fool not to put his name on it.

Recession Music is a collaboration of Stophouse artists Prof and St. Paul Slim, who were
inspired in these trying times by the bootleggers of the Great Depression. Channeling the
entrepreneurial spirit of these hooch hustlers, Prof and Slim join forces to distribute a product at
a recession-friendly price without compromising on quality. Helping them in this venture are
notorious underground rappers Slug, POS, Big Zach of Kanser, and Atlanta-based Yelawolf.
On May 12, an in-store version of Recession Music featuring two bonus tracks will be available
at Cal Surf, Fifth Element, and Cheapo for $5. The album will also be available for free online at

Free Download: BIG TReaL "Stimulus" EP

From Domination Recordings:

Free Download: BIG TReaL "Stimulus" EP

Charlotte, North Carolina emcee BIG TReaL returns with his latest release the "Stimulus" EP (click the link for more about the release) that is now available for free download. On this 9-track EP; BIG TReaL speaks on real life issues such as: economy, religion, American politics and much more. The "Stimulus" EP features original production from 9th Wonder, Eric G, FLB, Chicky P and Ill Phil. Be on the look out for much more from BIG TReaL in 2009!

1. The Stimulus Intro (Prod by: FLB)
2. Obama Effect (Prod by: FLB)
3. SupaNi##az (Prod by: FLB)
4. Blues of the W'2's (Prod by: Chinky P)
5. Blockin ya on Blessings (Prod by: Eric G)
6. Fred G Sanford (AZZ!) (Prod by: FLB)
7. Permanent UnderclaSS (Prod by: FLB)
8. No More (Prod by: 9th Wonder)
9. Stainglass Kingdom (Prod by: Ill Phil)

Free Download: BIG TReaL "Stimulus" EP
GS Boyz - Booty Dew (Single)

Review by Steve 'Flash' Juon

Artist: GS Boyz
Title: Booty Dew
Label: Swagg Team/Battery/Jive Records

Depending on your inclinations GS Boyz' "Stanky Legg" is either the hottest dance craze of 2009 or the stupidest rap song of all time. "Booty Dew" will continue to split hip-hop right down the middle, because almost nothing has changed except substituting finger snapping for hand clapping. They still want you to lean wit it, drop wit it, switch to the other leg and stop wit it - in fact the title of this new single is a line from their last single. On the plus side "Booty Dew" has a better produced and slightly less repetitive beat, so I'll give Yung Hawk the credit he's do (dew) on production. To be honest I wonder less about the song itself and more what it means for the generational gap in hip-hop. Will today's kids think this is a rap classic 15-20 years from now? Will the GS Boyz be the Public Enemy or De La Soul of their generation? I can't lie - I hope not. This one will have them dancing in the club anyway.

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