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Chuck D & SLAMjamz Create HAITI Relief Album


From Who Got Next:

Chuck D & SLAMjamz Create HAITI Relief Album

To show and step up as both a symbol of how quickly a label works in this digital century as well as contributing the gift of music to help those in need, SLAMjamz has helped in creating an album to help those in need of relief from the earthquake in HAITI. The earthquake has devastated the nation. In response a multi track album has been assembled and produced by DJ Johnny JUICE Rosado including Chuck D, KYLE JASON, PROFESSOR GRIFF featuring The 7th OCTAVE , HEET MOB, Dominican roots group PA'LO MONTE, LOWdown, Studdahman connect DONIQUE and the representative blazing 'Knockin' on the Lord's Back Door' by Haitian MCS, HI COUP.

"I think that in this age of technology and communication we can come together with better urgency to address emergency. Since many cannot be there to physically help, the gift of music can connect something we can give for fundraising efforts. There are many organizations reaching out to the call, and it takes that and many more."

Nine tracks are included in the KOMBIT pou HAITI album . Many of the labels artists turned this around in a 24 hour period for itunes release next week.

100% of funds raised will go to the relief operation:

    Lambi Fund of HAITI
    PO BOX 18955
    Washington DC 20036
    PHONE: 1-202-833-3713
    EMAIL: info@lambifund.org

All artwork services donated by SLAMjamz graphic artist: KELVIN FONVILLE
Mastering services donated by: EARLE HOLDER of HDQRTZ
Liner notes by: DR. GAYE THERESA JOHNSON (Professor of Black Chicana Studies and History UC Santa Barbara)

Release Date: 26-Jan-2010
Record Label: SLAMjamz
UPC: 859702989508
Primary Genre: Hip Hop/Rap
Secondary Genre: Inspirational

Song Order & Name:

   1. This Bit of Earth By MISTACHUCK featuring KYLE JASON and DJ JOHNNY JUICE ROSADO... USTCC1084893
   2. Help Is On The Way By HEET MOB... USTCC1084895
   3. Knockin' On The Lord's..HI COUP . USTCC1084896
   4. Find My Way Home By KYLE JASON... USTCC1084898
   5. Faith By DONTIQUE USTCC1084899
   6. La Misere By LOWDOWN USTCC1084900
   7. Why Y'all Wanna Kill GOD? By THE 7TH OCTAVE... USTCC1084901
   8. Raise Up By SON OF BAZERK AND THE NO SELF CONTROL BAND USTCC1084902
   9. Candela By PA'LO MONTE USTCC1084903

Available on:
iTunes & Amazon via TUNECORE
Tuesday January 26th 2010

Video: Mark The Prophetional - "Research & Development"


Mark's debut album, "The Way Of Storytelling" is the story of a young man going through the ups and downs of life. The first single, "Research & Development", is just one chapter of the story. Mark, the lead character, decides to deviate from his normal cleaning schedule at his janitorial job and ends up overhearing the beginning of a business meeting. Being the curious individual that he is, Mark decides to listen in on the meeting and is shocked by what he hears.

Research & Development

Mark the Prophetional - Facebook Fan Page
Full Album - "The Way Of Storytelling" - Download Here

Audio: Davinci - "Hustler's Theme"


Back with the fourth and final pre-album track before the release of his SWTBRDS debut, The Day The Turf Stood Still (March 9th), DaVinci aka J. DaVinci swiftly delivers another strong offering, "Hustler's Theme," to hold us over until he begins releasing the first songs and videos from his album in the coming weeks. Sticking with a golden formula, DaVinci once again links up with Vancouver producer and frequent collaborator Blunt (Freeway, Edgar Alan Floe, J-Love) who brings his trademark smooth, soulful chops to the track – the perfect contrasting backdrop to DaVinci's raspy vocals and the lyrical landscapes the Bay Area MC effortlessly paints.

Speaking of those landscapes, on "Hustler’s Theme" DaVinci skillfully performs his as-usual impressive balancing act between tough talk and enlightenment, mixing in a heavy dose of street science while the underlying tones of DaVinci's lyrics touch on the importance of education in attaining financial stability. "Whether you hustle or work a job, there are do’s and don’ts that everyone should have as part of their business etiquette," says DaVinci. While avoiding the preachy-ness known to drag down so many songs with a message, DaVinci still manages to deliver a strong message for those that don’t have the best education but still run the streets with dreams of financial comfort. "I wanted to convey to them that they could [still] reach these financial goals if they abide by the rules of 'The Hustler’s Theme'."

DaVinci's The Day The Turf Stood Still will be available for free download March 9th via SWTBRDS Creative Collective.

"Hustler's Theme" (Prod. By Blunt): http://media.audibletreats.com/DaVinci-Hustlers_Theme_Prod_By_Blunt.mp3

24KMilkCrate.com TV: DaVinci Interview Pt. 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJVELfOPNA0

24KMilkCrate.com TV: DaVinci Interview Pt. 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-uLGeNy9dS0

Crowd Control Tour Hits The Road


CROWD CONTROL TOUR HITS THE ROAD
Kidz In The Hall, 88-Keys, Donnis & Izza Kizza come to save a town near you.


New York, NY - The Crowd Control Tour, featuring hip hop darlings Kidz In The Hall, 88-Keys, and southern rising stars Donnis and Izza Kizza, will take to the roads, embarking on a national tour spanning most of the continental US.

Each artist having respective successes as supporting acts on other major tours, Kidz In The Hall and 88-Keys will have their first headlining tour with Crowd Control, which begins in New York at Highline Ballroom February 28, 2010. Kidz In The Hall look at the tour as a great way to give back to the fans who have been supporting since their first album dropped back in 2006, as well as support for their 3rd studio album, Land Of Make Believe hitting shelves March 9th on Duck Down Records. For 88-Keys, a slot on the Spring '09 Kid Cudi/Asher Roth tour gave him the inspiration to get back in the lab and begin cooking up the follow-up to his critically acclaimed debut album, The Death of Adam available in stores now on Decon.

After two hugely successful consecutive mixtapes Kizzaland and The Wizard of Iz, for groundbreaker Izza Kizza, the Crowd Control Tour will be his second national tour within the last 4 months. This tour is a precursor to Izza Kizza’s first solo album, set to drop on Decon this Summer.  For Donnis, this will be his first national tour following up his critically acclaimed Diary Of An ATL Brave mixtape which landed him on several "best of" lists for 2009, as well as his single "Gone" on Fools Gold Records picking up at radio.

Official Crowd Control Tour Website


Crowd Control Tour Dates

Sunday- 2/28/10 - NYC- Highline Ballroom
Thursday - 3/4/10 - Baltimore, MD - Rams Head Live
Friday - 3/5/10 - Richmond, VA - Alley Katz
Saturday - 3/6/10 - Norfolk, VA - Norva
Monday - 3/8/10 - Washington DC - 930 Club
Tuesday - 3/9/10 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody's
Wednesday - 3/10/10 - Grand Rapids, MI - Intersection Live
Thursday - 3/11/10 - Pontiac MI - Cro Foot/Pike Room
Saturday - 3/13/10 - Columbia, MO - Blue Note
Monday - 3/15/10 - Enid, OK - The Underground
Wednesday - 3/24/10 - Denver, CO - Cervantes
Thursday - 3/25/10 - Murray, UT  - Murray Theater
Saturday - 3/27/10 - Los Angeles, CA - Key Club
Thursday - 4/1/10 - Seattle, WA - Studio 7
Friday - 4/2/10 - Portland. OR - Berbati's Pan

More dates to be confirmed.

For more information, head to www.deconrecords.com/crowdcontroltour/, www.duckdown.com, or www.foolsgoldrecs.com

Press Contacts:

88-Keys & Izza Kizza - alma@deconmedia.com

Kidz In The Hall – sherlen@thechambergroup.com

Donnis – dana@biz3.net

Little Brother Unveil Artwork & Track Listing for LeftBack


Little Brother - LeftBackFrom Audible Treats:

Little Brother Unveil Artwork & Track Listing for LeftBack

Wide Array Of Producers And Emcees Invited To Little Brother's Farewell Album

(February 11, 2010 – Brooklyn, NY) Little Brother is back for the very last time with a new album to satisfy the yearning masses. The North Carolina duo, made up of hip-hop heavyweights Phonte and Rapper Big Pooh recently announced the upcoming release of their fourth and final album, LeftBack, available April 20th via Hall of Justus. With production from the likes of Khyrsis, Denaun Porter, Zo!, Symbolyc One, J. Bizness and King Karnov, LeftBack is poised to take listeners on an epic auditory adventure. Phonte and Rapper Big Pooh will also be extending invites for the farewell party to fellow emcees Torae, Truck North, Jozeemo, Chaundon and Median, while crooner Darien Brockington and chanteuse Yahzarah are on hand to add a touch of the melodious to the album.

As the momentum behind LeftBack continues to swell, Little Brother is proud to unveil the official artwork and the track listing for the album. Fans will be excited to learn that LeftBack features 13 tracks of unadulterated hip-hop, while the album artwork finds Phonte and Rapper Big Pooh standing tall amidst the ghosts of albums past, press coverage and other memories accumulated throughout Little Brother's celebrated career. "We wanted the fans to have that moment of nostalgia when looking at this artwork" says Rapper Big Pooh. "You are able to take a quick journey from the beginning of our careers to the end as Little Brother by glancing at the artwork."

Little Brother - LeftBack Offical Track Listing:

1. Curtain Call (Prod. By Khrysis)
2. Table For Two Feat. Jozeemo & Yahzarah (Prod. By Khrysis)
3. Tigallo For Dolo (Prod. By Khrysis)
4. Revenge Feat. Truck North & Median (Prod. By Khrysis)
5. So Cold Feat. Chaundon (Prod. By King Karnov)
6. Second Chances Feat. Bilal & Darien Brockington (Prod. By Denaun Porter)
7. Go Off Go On (Prod. By Khrysis)
8. What We Are Feat. Quiana (Prod. By Young R.J.)
9. After The Party Feat. Carlitta Durand (S1 and Caleb’s Who Shot JR Ewing Remix) (Prod. By S1 and Caleb)
10. Two Step Blues Feat. Darien Brockington (Zo’s Purple Suit With The Matching Gators Remix) (Prod. By Zo!)
11. Get Enough Pt. 2 Feat. Khrysis (Prod. By Khrysis)
12. Before The Night Is Over (Prod. By J.Bizness)
13. 24 Feat. Torae (Prod. By Khrysis)

Fans can expect further announcements from Little Brother, including tour info and other interesting developments on LeftBack's road to the release.

Twitter: http://twitter.com/phontigallo and http://twitter.com/RapperBigPooh .

MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/littlebrother .

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2204654995 .

Official Site: http://www.hallofjustus.com/littlebrother.php .

Label Site: http://www.hallofjustus.com/ .

Masta Killa Gets Live On Stage with GZA & More


From Stephen Bolles:

Masta Killa Gets Live On Stage with GZA & More

Masta Killa- Live On Stage
March 30th, Gold Dust
 
 
Gold Dust is proud to present Live On Stage, the new live album by original Wu-Tang member Masta Killa and the first recorded concert effort from a member of the group in over five years. Live On Stage culls together some of the best verses the versatile rapper has offered in his 17-year career, ranging from his 2004 solo debut No Said Date and classic Wu-Tang albums to memorable spots on GZA's Liquid Swords and Legend of the Liquid Sword. Featuring guest appearances by GZA and Inspectah Deck, among others, Live offers new spins on tracks long embedded in the consciousness of most hip-hop fans, including "Duel of the Iron Mic," "Guillotine" and "Mystery of Chessboxin'."
 
Hip-hop fans know that live performances are dicey at best, with late starts, no-shows, and 30 people on stage (for no apparent reason) commonplace. Members of the Wu-Tang, however, have always prided themselves on an unending amount of talent, energy and charisma, ensuring that every show they do leaves the crowd salivating for their next appearance. “A lot of fans have never heard Masta Killa live and never had the chance to see a Wu-tang show, so I thought it would be a good idea to release live audio for them. It would also really entice people to come out to witness the next wave of live shows we do,” Masta Killa explains.  It's this heightened level of excitement that permeates all of Live On Stage, kicking off with a blistering a capella version of "Mystery of Chessboxin'" right down to the last dominant verses of "Triumph" (which sees the crowd in unison keeping pace with every word, rhyming Killa's verse for him.)
 
No Said Date, providing the material for close to half of Live On Stage, is one of the most critically acclaimed Wu projects in the group's history. Allmusic stressed that "[Killa's] aggressive but nimble flow is all over each of these songs." Stylus called it "a return to the Wu sound," impressed with the emcee's "energy, switches in cadence, speed and stress" and that "lyrically, [Killa] mixes up the styles of the premier Wu membership…into lines packed with thoughts and images that never sound crammed in, jam-packed or rushed." And Pitchfork called it "the most fully formed Wu solo effort," noting that "Masta is a rapper's rapper, forsaking high-flown gimmicks for Spartan flows and carefully considered rhymes."
 
All of these accolades are only enhanced by listening to Live On Stage.  This is an essential addition to the canon and mandatory listening for any true Masta Killa fan or Wu head.
 
Tracklist
1. Da Mystery Of Chessboxin (Accapella)
2. Armored Truck
3. Silverbacks (feat. Inspectah Deck & GZA)
4. Duel Of The Iron Mic (feat. GZA)
5. School
6. Grab The Mic
7. No Said Date
8. In The Hood
9. Love Spell (feat. Startel)
10. D.T.D.
11. Street Education (feat. Streetlife)
12. Whatever (feat. Streetlife & Prodigal Sunn)
13. Digiwarfare
14. Fam Members Only (feat. GZA)
15. Guillotine (Swordz) (feat. GZA)
16. Triumph (feat. Inspectah Deck & GZA)
 
Swollen Members to Perform at 2010 Olympic Games Feb. 15th


From Kerosene Media:

Swollen Members to Perform at 2010 Olympic Games February 15th

Swollen Members will perform at this year’s 2010 Olympic Games on February 15th in Whistler, BC. Swollen Members will be the feature performers for the night's "Whistler Live Fire and Ice" party.
 
"For Swollen Members to play an official Olympic event in our own city is a milestone and a great honor," commented Prevail. "This performance will give us a chance to be seen by the whole world and this is going to be a career highlight for all of us."
 
After six studio albums and more than one million albums sold, Swollen Members will release their first “Greatest Hits” album on March 16th, 2010 through Suburban Noize and Battle Axe Records. For the release of the band‘s first-ever career-spanning collection, Swollen Members have reached deep into the vaults and assembled a collection of 18 classic tracks that have been previously out of print to the Battle Axe army.
 
Swollen Members will be touring the US alongside Humboldt County hip-hop duo Potluck throughout the months of February and March.
 
SWOLLEN MEMBERS TOUR DATES:
 
Feb 15 – Whistler, BC @ 2010 Olympic Games
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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* www.MySpace.com/SwollenMembers *

Trae Tha Truth Works With Weezy at Shoot (+ Download Links)


From Nancy B:

Miami, FL - As the news already reported, Lil Wayne was recently in Miami shooting videos aimed at keeping his visibility up during his anticipated year-long incarceration. With all that going on, he took the time to shoot his part for Houston rapper Trae Tha Truth's smash single, Inkredible, which also features Miami rapper, Rick Ross. Trae himself spent several days in Miami, accomplishing 3 videos - Inkredible, I'm Gon Buss and his brother Jay'Ton's single, Whitney & Bobby ft. Trae, Rick Ross & Young Buck - songs which are featured on his highly anticipated upcoming album, Tha Truth (ABN Entertainment/Fontana/Universal). In fact, the two crews ended up working side-by-side for many hours while all of this was accomplished.

Directed by Jason Deleon and Mike Cash, Trae and Jay'ton's videos will feature Lil Wayne (Inkredible), Rick Ross (Inkredible & Whitney & Bobby), Mack Maine, J.W. from CTE, the ABN crew, producer Inkredible, who produced Trae's single and King Magazine model, Bernice Burgos.

The video shooting extravaganza-turned-farewell party was also attended by Drake, Nicki Minaj, Gudda Gudda, Sean Garrett (the Pen), Juelz Santana, Yo Gotti and Birdman amongst others... and Ozone founder Julia Beverly was on hand to capture the moments.

Below are download links for Jayton's street single Whitney & Bobby ft. Trae, Rick Ross & Young Buck and Inkredible ft. Lil Wayne and Rick Ross. Stand by for more video news.

DOWNLOAD LINKS:

"Inkredible ft. Lil Wayne and Rick Ross" Clean - http://www.sendspace.com/file/vs3viy .

"Inkredible ft. Lil Wayne and Rick Ross" Dirty  - http://www.sendspace.com/file/foa9hb .

"Whitney & Bobby ft. Trae, Rick Ross & Young Buck" Clean - http://www.sendspace.com/file/zggjzg .

"Whitney & Bobby ft. Trae, Rick Ross & Young Buck" Dirty - http://www.sendspace.com/file/9g0j2q .

Big Name Artists Can't Change The Game


Nine Inch Nails, Radiohead, and now Blink 182 have either made claims, or had the claim made about them by critics, that they have ideas for themselves regarding music distribution that will forever change the way music is sold. I have bad news for them - they’re full of crap.

Read the full story at:  http://adambernard.blogspot.com/2010/02/big-name-artists-cant-change-game.html

Ty Fyffe's "Raw N Uncut" Contest


Raw-N-Uncut 

Always wanted to record over top notch production but budget and access to A-List producers have prevented you from doing just that?

Super producer Ty Fyffe is offering artists from all over the world an opportunity to do the impossible with his RAW N' UNCUT project.

Emerging MCs & Singers can record to tracks from the man who has crafted the backdrop for countless hit records from acts such as 50 Cent, Drake, Jay Z, Busta Rhymes, LL Cool J and many more. Entering the RAW N' UNCUT contest will not only give you the chance to hear yourself on a track from one of today's most talked about production masterminds, it can propel your career to a new level of notoriety.

You must purchase a survival kit, record your song(s) then submit it, If chosen you will be given an exclusive track produced by Ty Fyffe and be featured on the RAW N' UNCUT compilation album. The album will be will be hosted by the legendary DJ KaySlay and will be available for free download on a variety of major websites.

The first single from the project will be premiered on KaySlay's Shade 45 Streetsweepers's radio and as his Drama Hour Show on Hot 97. The Single will be promoted by Digiwaxx Media and a music video will be shot to be supported by a full viral PR Campaign. This could be your big break, don't waste time and register today. Contest ends March 1, 2010.

Source: TyFyffe.com


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