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The Adam B Experience (ABX) Podcast #17!

The Adam B Experience

Adam B: "A late night jam session brings out fresh tracks from Jake Lefco, Homeboy Sandman, The Burnerz, Uncut and New World Side Order. Don't miss all of this plus the R&B Joint of the Week and my WEED STORY from Record Store Day! Hit me up with feedback at" The Adam B Experience is 100% PODSAFE and TOTALLY FREE for listeners at - no worries about downloading or sharing this show. Tell your friends to check out the freshness of ABX right here at!

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Hip-Hop Shop #30 - Greatest Hits

Hip-Hop Shop is the precursor to K4D every week on Sunday night. This week we're featuring the greatest hits in Hip-Hop Shop history for our 30th episode spectacular! The show is sponsored by and replays are available every week right here on The Hip-Hop Shop is 100% podsafe so distribute to your friends and tell them to visit!

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Featured tracks this week:

* Big TReaL - The Obama Effect
* DJ Babu f/ MF Doom, Sean Price - The Unexpected
* Big Shot - So in Love
* Kali - Cali Kali
* Saint f/ El Da Sensai, Emskee - Everything But Me
* Saigon - Trans-Atlantic Slave Deal
* Ali Vegas - The Top Gets Lonely

Laboring to Bring You Great Hip-Hop

For a commercial artist, a guest appearance on an album can simply be a representation of said artist buying someone’s time that they feel will help them chart a hit, or break them into a new market. For underground artists, however, a solid guest appearance represents a lot more. It represents the networking they’ve done, who they’re cool with, and most importantly, who respects their work enough to want to jump on a track with them. When The Day Laborers passed me their album, The Learning Process, and I saw two former Artists Of The Week, Homeboy Sandman and Louis Logic, were featured on it, I knew it was high time I found out more about the group. After giving the album a spin I caught up with The Day Laborers duo of Aspect and I.N.F. (pictured L to R) to do just that.

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Snoop Dogg - Civil Beating Was the Case That They Gave Me


SANTA MONICA, Calif. - A man suing Snoop Dogg for millions told a jury Friday that the euphoria of being near one of his idols quickly turned to terror during a 2005 concert when he was savagely beaten.

Richard Monroe Jr. claims the rapper, whose real name is Calvin Broadus, hit him with a brass-knuckle microphone after he jumped onstage and put his hand on the performer's shoulder.

Broadus sat a few feet away as Monroe described waking up naked, robbed, and in a pool of blood after the beatdown by other performers and the rapper's security detail. A videotape of the incident that occurred at the White River Amphitheater near Seattle was also shown to jurors Friday.

Broadus' attorneys said the video doesn't show the blow to the back of the head that Monroe claims the rapper delivered, nor evidence that the rapper should be forced to pay any damages.

(We'll bring you further updates on the trial from as they are available.)

Marvelous Magnum Presents "Magnificent Seven" Vol. 1

From Domination Recordings:

Marvelous Magnum presents "Magnificent Seven" Vol. 1

Marvelous Magnum and Domination Recordings presents the "Magnificent Seven" mixtape EP series, which are free downloads for your listening pleasures. Marvelous Magnum is a hip hop 90's head that believes that true hip hop is still alive, even though it may be saturated and downplayed, their are true hip hop heads that are still out and about. People like Mangnum and Domination Recordings feels that its still alive and hasn't lost the faith in artist like Blu, Tha Connection, Skyzoo and Sha Stimuli. "I'm just trying to show the world that music is more than clothes, cars and parties, and there are people out there that need daily inspiration, and my gift was given to me to give to others" says Marvelous.

Magnum's debut album "SELFLESS ACTS" will drop early Summer, but he created this series of mixtapes to let those out there that are searching for that sound and love to hear genuine good music. Magnum will continue to release a mixtape every 2 weeks for free download until his album drops on Domination Recordings!

1. Hardwork
2. Mag is on his Grizzly
3. Wicked
4. I'm Broke
5. Good Music
6. It's Alright
7. Trying to Survive

Free Download: "Magnificent Seven" Vol. 1
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Kottonmouth Kings Announce Australian Tour

From Kerosene Media:

For Immediate Release

Kottonmouth Kings Release New Video for “Pack Your Bowls” And The Conclusion Of
“America's Most Busted!' Video Series

Australian Tour With Cypress Hill’s Sen Dog
Starts April 29th, 2009

Southern Cali rap-rock hybrids, the Kottonmouth Kings are still riding high from their annual 4/20 celebration with the release a new video for the track “Pack Your Bowls” online at The track appears on the group’s tenth studio effort “The Green Album”, which was released through Suburban Noize Records.

Kottonmouth Kings have also released the conclusion to their new video feature "America's Most Busted!" online at The clip spoofs the Kings being busted by police and shows how this group of outlaw misfits get themselves out of a sticky situation.

"We shot 'America's Most Busted' as a comedy sketch," says Kottonmouth Kings’ Daddy X. "The video is part of a DVD called 'Lost Adventures' that will appear in our upcoming 'Hidden Stash 4' CD/DVD that is coming out this summer. We also shot a green screen video for the stoner anthem 'Pack Your Bowls' and now we're packing our bags to head to Australia. The most important thing for us is that after 13 years of doing this we're still having fun. We’re probably having more fun now than we’ve ever had."

Kottonmouth Kings recently wrapped up their annual 4/20 Freedom Fest tour and will now head down under to Australia for a headlining tour alongside Cypress Hill’s Sen Dog.


Apr 29 - Bunbury, AUS @ Prince of Wales Hotel
Apr 30 - Northbridge, AUS @ Metro City Perth
May 01 - Adelaide, AUS @ HQ Complex
May 02 - Acton, AUS @ Union Bar
May 03 - Melbourne, AUS @ Hi-Fi Bar Melbourne
May 06 - Frankston, AUS @ Pier Live
May 07 - Surry Hills, AUS @ The Gaelic
May 08 - Callaghan, AUS @ The Bar on the Hill
May 09 - Towradgi, AUS @ Towradgi Beach Hotel
May 10 - Mona Vale, AUS @ Mona Vale Hotel
May 14 - Coolangatta, AUS @ The Coolangatta Hotel
May 15 - Brisbane, AUS @ Hi-Fi Bar Brisbane
May 16 - Maroochydore, AUS @ Sands Tavern


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MySpace Video World Premier of "I'm The Izza Kizza"

From Decon Media:

MySpace Video World Premier of "I'm The Izza Kizza"
Izza Kizza Wizard Of Iz Mixtape Release + Party, 4/29

Izza Kizza's first official video "I'm The Izza Kizza" is now live on MySpace. Get a early look at the video before it's featured on MySpace Music on Tuesday, 4/28. Directed by Decon's Yoram Benz.

"I'm The Izza Kizza" Video:
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Wizard of IZ Album Cover + Mixtape Release Party Info

Check out the album cover artwork for Wizard Of Iz Mixtape. Mixed by Nick Cathdubs and available for download on 4/29. Featuring Lil' Wayne, Birdman, Colin Munroe, Anthony Hamilton and David Banner. Also, don't forget about the release party taking place in NYC later that night. All details below!

Get Flyer Here!

Izza Kizza
Wizard of Iz Mixtape Release Party
DJ Sets From Nick Catchdubs & 88-Keys
Asahi Beer Open Bar
Red Bull Space
40 Thompson Street
21+ To Attend


Ater Party @ Naked Lunch
17 Thompson Street

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Wizard of Iz Mixtape, Mixed by Nick Catchdubs
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El-P Releases Exclusive Chin Chin Remix via Twitter

From Kim Trick:

El-P Releases Exclusive Chin Chin Remix via Twitter

It’s no secret that Def Jux head honcho and indie rapper extraordinaire El-P is a huge fan of Brooklyn funk group Chin Chin. They are, after all, on his label and have served as a backing band of sorts to El’s live shows. Just hours ago El-P took to his Twitter, asking followers to vote for the band’s “Go There With You” video on MTVu’s The Freshman Countdown and rewarding them with an as yet unheard remix of the band’s “GG and the Boys”. The video features El-P and Chin Chin in an elaborate slow dance special that Dancing with the Stars can only aspire to. Check it out below and get voting!

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Junk Science Call for a "Fire Drill"

From Kim Trick:

Junk Science Call for a "Fire Drill"

Junk Science spared no expense when it came to their new video, "Fire Drill". Literally. The self-proclaimed recession artists recently shot the home-style video for zero dollars with the help of famed director and friend Andrew Gura. The group first collaborated with Gura on the set of their video "Roads" in 2005, having kept in touch since, they leapt at the opportunity to join forces once again – this time at the group’s Brooklyn apartment. The low key but high-energy video was able to bring them back to their roots, says emcee Baje One, “I think for all of us, it was some real back to basics shit, really stripped down, and personal. No money, no crew, no stress. It was like when we were kids and we used to just make stupid videos for fun. And I really think that joy comes across in the look of the video”.

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“This is recession art. We made this video for zero dollars without ever stepping foot outside of our apartment” says Baje One, emcee for Brooklyn hip hop group JUNK SCIENCE (Embedded Music / Definitive Jux / Nuclear Family).

“It only looks good because it was shot and directed and edited by Andrew Gura who is the motherfucking man who makes videos for Nas and Snoop and other famous people but who also happens to be a down-to-earth cool dude who just loves to do videos.”

“We first met Dr. Gura in 2005 when Scion hired him to make our video for ‘Roads’. At the time we knew nothing about him, and vice versa, but he tried really hard to make something that would be special and personal to us, and in the end he delivered a final product that went way beyond our expectations. He really captured what that song was about, and we’ve kept in touch ever since. So when he called me to say he was coming to town a few months ago, I was like ‘Hey do you wanna shoot something?’ and he was like ‘Totally.’”

“He came over to me and Snaf’s apartment one day in February. We had no money, no concepts, no nothing. But Andrew just started walking around the house, looking at all the weird stuff we had lying around, pointing out how interesting our place was, kind of thinking out loud, and I could tell the gears were turning. I showed him the camera we had, and he was unimpressed. He asked me if I had heard about these new digital stills cameras that shoot HD video. Fucking weird coincidence... my brother Vito had just bought the exact same camera he was asking about.”

“That was kind of the catalyst, the ‘this was meant to be’ moment. He grabbed the camera and we just started shooting stuff. Real off-the-cuff like ‘ok now change into that shirt and let’s do a take of you rapping in the shower’. We shot the video over the course of three short days, and my brother leant a hand on day three, stepping in as the DP.”

“I think for all of us, it was some real back to basics shit, really stripped down, and personal. No money, no crew, no stress. It was like when we were kids and we used to just make stupid videos for fun. And I really think that joy comes across in the look of the video.”

The song “Fire Drill” is out now on a Def Jux iTunes exclusive compilation Time Travel, Vol. 1 and is the second of two early previews of Junk Science’s upcoming album “A Miraculous Kind Of Machine” due out later this year.

You can get both tracks for FREE at .

Buy Definitive Jux Presents: Time Travel, Vol. 1 on iTunes: .

Guru Releases 8.0 Lost & Found - May 19th

From Jackie O:



On May 19, 2009, legendary emcee Guru (GangStarr, Jazzmatazz) and producer Solar will release their latest collaboration Guru 8.0 Lost & Found(7 Grand Records).“Solar and I have produced three classic albums (Version 7.0: The Street Scriptures, Jazzmatazz Vol. 4 and The Timebomb / Back To The Future).  It was necessary for us to follow-up with another classic to keep real hip-hop alive.  It’s been lost and needs to find its way.  Here at 7 Grand, real hip-hop can still be found.  We are keeping it very much alive!" exclaims legendary emcee Guru. "Our new album, Guru 8.0 Lost & Found, produced by Solar is like your GPS navigating you towards a higher place."” Solar adds, “8.0 represents that next level of growth; the next evolution of intelligent hip-hop.Lyrically and production-wise, it’s on another level.”

When it comes to taking hip-hop to the next level, Guru and Solar should know!  After selling over 3.5 million records, releasing over 13 albums collectively worldwide as the front man for the revered Gangstarr, Guru, become the first artist to fuse hip-hop with live jazz, influencing the creation of Acid-Jazz and Neo-Soul sub-genres. An accomplished producer himself, Solar’s production discography includes the creation of tracks for Grammy Award winning artist and nominees like Damien Marley, Common, Caron Wheeler, David Sanborn, Dionne Farris, Angie Stone, Talib Kweli, Jean Grae, Styles P, Slum Village, Blackalicious, Zion I, Aceyalone, and The legendary B- Real.

While Jazzmatazz fans are used to a number of outside collaborations on Guru and Solar’s previous works, Guru’s 8.0 Lost and Found, keeps it all in the 7 Grand family featuring artists from its roster:  K. Born, Highpower, and Doo Wop with the exception of UK Soul Singer, Omar, who experiments vocally with the vocoder on “Ride.” The production on Guru 8.0 Lost and Found ranges greatly as Solar put his unique twist on a variety of styles from the classic hip-hop feel “Best Of My Years” to “Fast Lane,” a southern hip-hop inspired track that showcases Solar’s ability to rework southern bounce into his own playful creation.  Usually behind the production console, Solar makes his first ever appearance as an emcee on “After Time,” an experience that the native New Yorker (not to be confused with Parisian MC Solaar) calls a “natural evolution.” Stretching sonically even further is “Divine Rule,” a throwback to hip-hop’s early beginnings when emcees used to rhyme over disco breaks.  Guru speeds his flow up a notch for this song, proving he can still go toe to toe, flow to flow with anybody in the game.

While 8.0 experiments with everything from straight ahead hip-hop to disco and southern bounce, Guru is quick to point out that 8.0 isn’t another edition of the Jazzmatazz series.  “This is not hip-hop jazz,” explains Guru.  “This is straight-up hip-hop elevated to a higher plateau, so it shouldn’t be compared to the Jazzmatazz series.  The jazzier side is a part of who I am as an entertainer, but doesn’t define who I am as an artist or as a lyricist.”

Together as business partners and co-founders of their own imprint, 7 Grand Records, Guru and Solar are creating a new blueprint for independent labels while elevating the art-form to a higher plateau. Their latest accomplishment, Guru 8.0 Lost and Found, is the Map quest that that lovers of real hip-hop have been searching for to find their way.  So if looking for hip-hop’s new coordinates, turn off your radio, pop in Guru 8.0 Lost and Found, and you will find your way indeed.

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