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MP3: League510 - "To The Beat"

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MP3: League510 - "To The Beat"

League510 Releases New Town Techno Single

The Song:

With winter out of the way, League510, consisting of emcees TK, Mr. Knowitall, Monty, and DJ Blacksmith, are excited to drop their latest single, "To The Beat," to get people ready for a good time this summer. Emphasizing the group's original Town Techno sound, "To The Beat" is the perfect soundtrack to your next party. The energetic synthesizer is contagiously satisfying; you'll find yourself unable to forget the beat, while the song's hook, "We're movin' and groovin' to the beat," sung by the group's close friend and fellow artist, Mara Decoudrex, matches the beat's catchiness perfectly. "After we wrote it, we immediately thought of her," says League510. "She had the perfect voice for it." When asked what the biggest challenge was making the song, they answer, "Writing it. The beat is crazy and prior to making this track we'd never rapped to anything like it." Recording the track wasn't all challenges, though. The four Bay Area natives had plenty of good times recording the dance anthem: "The most enjoyable part was when Mara was recording the hook in her 'valley girl' voice. We laughed the entire time."

The title track to their album, To The Beat, the song genuinely represents how the group feels as newly emerging artists to the scene, while capturing the unique concept that League follows throughout the course of their debut album. Explaining the relationship League510 says, "This song is the title track because it signifies League510's landing on earth and attempting to adapt and learn how to move 'to the beat' of a new world while still marching 'to the beat' of our own drum." Looks like the ultimate summer anthem has arrived a little early.

Be on the lookout for the official video for League510's "To The Beat" in the coming weeks.

"To The Beat": .

The Background:

Emcees TK, Mont, Mr. Knowitall and DJ Blacksmith better known as League510 are pioneers of a sound that is all their own, Town Techno. With a sound that is out of this world, League510's musical journey began in a galaxy far away from ours. After traveling the universe for years, they entered our galaxy and our planet shortly thereafter. With sights on our world, the quartet chose to land in the hills east of Oakland, CA. After hiding their ship deep in the hills they approached this new town with great curiosity and were immediately amazed by the vibrant culture that they found. Adopting the Bay Area scene as their new home, League510 wasted no time in beginning their new musical journey here in our world. Using advanced abilities, the four emcees quickly mastered the art of sound and gave birth to Town Techo, a form of music that would unite the people in heightened awareness; to show them to take action, to appreciate the fun in life, to believe in themselves and to believe in The League.

About Clear Label Records:

Founded in Oakland, CA in 1999, Clear Label Records has established itself as one of the top independent labels in the Bay Area. The company is owned and operated by Tajai Massey, renowned recording artist with the group Souls of Mischief and the crew Hieroglyphics, who brings a unique perspective to the label utilizing his experiences as a major-label recording artist turned independent label owner & successful touring musician. Clear Label is home to recording artists of many genres such as Chris Marsol, Baby Jaymes, FamSyrk, Deep Rooted, League510, and more. Through a partnership with Pushing the Beat (PTB) called ClearBeat, the label is also home to Oakland’s hottest street artists including Beeda Weeda, Shady Nate, D-Lo, Sleepy D and others. Look for full-length releases from all of these artists in the near future.  For more information, please visit .


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"In My Face (Womp Womp)": .

"Alienated": .

"Nightlife" Feat. J-Billion & 1-O.A.K.: http:/// .

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Little Brother - "So Cold" Feat. Chaundon

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Little Brother - "So Cold" Feat. Chaundon

Little Brother Releases Latest Track From Farewell Album, LeftBack

The Song:

In preparation for the release of their forthcoming album, LeftBack, the North Carolina duo Little Brother is proud to release the album's latest track, "So Cold," featuring fellow Justus League emcee and long-time collaborator Chaundon. Produced by King Karnov, the song begins with a commanding drumbeat, wobbly bass line, and warped keyboard effects, shortly joined by a soulful intro and hook. Once the distorted sounds and old school vibe are set, Big Pooh, Phonte, and the Bronx's own Chaundon command the instrumental, each taking turns over the song's three verses. The smooth feel is complimented by "So Cold's" underlying theme - Big Pooh and Phonte live the high life from their musical success but haven't changed from the fame - and a catchy hook, "We love to party/ Love to ball/ Love to floss with no shame/ We act a fool/ We rock with jewels/ Got people calling our names/ So plain to see/ I can't believe you ever thought that I'd change/ So could about 20 below." The chemistry between the emcees is apparent throughout the track, continuing a long line of quality collaborations between the three. Chaundon explains, "The definition of soul, lyricism, and timeless music. Little Brother and Chaundon are 'So Cold'." Always down to make dope joints as a team, this latest installment is no different.

Look out for the official video for "Curtain Call" and some exclusive behind the scenes footage from the shoot coming soon.

Little Brother's fourth and final album, LeftBack, will be available April 20, 2010 via Hall Of Justus.

"So Cold" Feat. Chaundon: .

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The Background:

Little Brother, the Durham, North Carolina group formed in part by Phonte and Rapper Big Pooh, released their debut album The Listening on ABB Records in 2003. They are now gearing up for the release of their fourth album, LeftBack, which will be the last of Little Brother’s illustrious career, available April 20th via Hall Of Justus. Continuing the tradition they set with the critically acclaimed third release GetBack, Big Pooh and Phonte have enlisted multiple producers for LeftBack, both from within and outside of the Justus League camp. The album features production from the likes of Khyrsis, Denaun Porter, J.Bizness and guest vocals from Torae, Truck North, Jozeemo, Chaundon, Median, and more.


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K-Murdock - SS: "Instros" (Nujabes Tribute)

From K-Murdock:

SS: "Instros" (Nujabes Tribute)

Its only right i spend this month's instrumental episode of Subsoniq celebrating the music of legendary Japanese producer Nujabes, who passed away in a fatal car crash this past winter. I have said this on a number of occasions, BUT without Nujabes' music, there WOULD BE NO Subsoniq Instru-mentals... PERIOD... as he was the architect for the vibe i try and convey month in & month out!  Not much else to say other than i hope that i did his memory justice with my selections.  You can download the 1 hour tribute HERE!  Rest in Beats Jun Seba...


Posted By K-Murdock to NEOSONIC Blog
April Newsletter From The Understudies

April's newsletter we'll keep you up on The Understudies & Study Music artists, and provide you with New Music, Tour Dates, Free Downloads, CDs, Vinyl and more!

New Singles (Free Downloads)

Maintain - Burnin' / Sensei Style (ft. Ravenous Deen) from his forthcoming EP The Process of Progress.

Citizen's remix of Guilty Simpson - "Before The Verdict", from his upcoming "After The Fact" EP.
Download Guilty Simpson - Before The Verdict (Citizen Remix)

Sean E Depp's latest single entitled "Soul of The City Pt. II ft. G (Alternate Mix)". From the album CC4: We Out Here!

Download Sean E Depp "Soul of The City Pt. II ft. G" via usershare

Venture Capitalists [Welsed & Self Advocate] - Crosswired. From the album "Rate of Exchange"
Click here to Download Venture Capitalists - 'Crosswired'

Manifest, Self Advocate & Fly Cobb - King of The Bongo
Download Manifest, Self Ad & Cobbo - King of The Bongo

The Understudies - All Here (pr. Shonsteez) from CC4: We Out Here!
Download The Understudies - All Here

Maintain, Citizen & G - Sixteens Pt. III
Download Maintain, Citizen & G - Sixteens Pt. III


Understudies live in Berkeley @ Blakes on Telegraph.

Citizen, Sean E Depp, Manifest, G & DJ MRC LIVE @ Blakes in Berkeley, CA

Venture Capitalists [Welsed & Self Advocate] - Wake Your Daughter Up

Venture Caps - W.Y.D.U. (Official Video)

Gee & Sean E Depp x Elijah The Poet x 21 Stylez x Eligh GBM 3 (Freestyle)

Watch G & Sean E Depp x Elijah The Poet & 21 Stylez (Freestyle Cypher)


Maintain's new single "Burnin' /Sensei Style" single was recently featured over at

We've Got The Jazz x Maintain

Venture Caps were recently featured in aboveGround magazine, including a link to download the track "Crosswired" for free.
aboveGround Magazine x Venture Caps - "Crosswired"


3/26/10 - Berkeley, CA - The Understudies w/ Aesop of Living Legends

                                            Digital Martyrs, Elijah The Poet & 21 Stylez, DJ MRC

                                         + Special Guests !!!! @ BLAKES on Telegraph / ages: 18+

                                              $10 Presale / $13 Door

Thanks to everyone who came out to the Berkeley show, you guys got it crackin'! We had a great turnout, special guest Bicasso from Living Legends, and shouts out to Function: Drinks for being in the house with free refreshments and gear. Pictures are on The Understudies Facebook. Link at the bottom.

4/8/10 - Los Angeles, CA -     @The Airliner - The Understudies w/ Ugly Duckling

                                                     $10 Limited Guestlist / $15 Door

                                                      contact us @ for guest list

4/28/10 - San Francisco, CA - @Bottom of The Hill - Citizen's B-Day Bash

                                                       featuring Live Performances by:

                                                       Venture Capitalists / The New Humans

                                                        and a special Living Legends guest.

                                                        Hosted by The Understudies  ages: 18+ $10


We're going to continue to bring you tons of new projects and free music in 2010,
 so please do your part and support
We've made most of our releases 'name your price', and all the profits go directly to the artists, as we're an independent operation.
In 2010-11 Look out for lots of new projects such as:
The Understudies - We Out Here! CD & iTunes (w/ alternate tracks & bonus items)
The title says it all. Best sound quality, Full Artwork.
We're also talking about putting out a 7" vinyl single. Details TBA

 The Understudies + Digital Martyrs - (Title TBA) EP
We've started working on this and its sounding funky fresh. Beats by Off-Balance from Digital Martyrs so far...

- Maintain - The Process of Progress EP
This EP consists of 7 choice tracks from Maintain, recorded between projects. 

 Maintain & Off Balance [of Digital Martyrs]
Maintain & Fanatik EP
Maintain on Vocals. The one and only Fanatik on beats.

Citizen - After The Fact EP
Citizen offers up a free EP he puts the final touches on his upcoming LP. "After The Fact" EP features some original tracks and remixes, including collaborative efforts with East Coast indie rock band The Smyrk, Alexander Spit (formerly of Instant Messengers), Stone's Throw's Guilty Simpson as well as Manifest of The Understudies and Ro Knew.
Citizen - Quake City Jukebox
Citizen's 2nd official solo project, a full length follow up to last years "In Search of Her Soul" will be released this year. "Quake City's sessions feature signature Citizen sound,  organic, gritty, bangin', boom bap mixed with smooth soulful samples, produced mostly by Citizen, with beats from Myers, Cyberclops and JD from Motion Mechanic. Expect guest appearances by Understudies crew members Cobbo, Self Advocate, Maintain & Sean E Depp, as well as Elijah The Poet, A Brother Named George and G.

 Citizen, Elijah The Poet & 21 Stylez - (Title TBA) EP
The Oakland trio gets together for an EP with beats by Myers, Self Advocate, DJ Fresh

Venture Caps - Checks & Balances LP - Last month The VCs debuted their new promo video for this album cut, "Wake Your Daughter Up", produced & directed by Welsed.

- Self Advocate - Abacus of Self LP
The full length debut album from Self Advocate is nearing completion and is due out this year. The project is produced by Self Ad save , featuring an infusion of samples and live instrumentation. The album is set to feature Matre & Welsed.
and more!

Additional projects by Myers, Manifest, Sean E Depp & Gee, Cobbo & Geebz and The Understudies are underway but too early to mention quite yet, so stay tuned!

Support Your Indie Artists. Donate for Downloads & Buy CD's.
Check out these featured releases by Study Music & The Understudies crew below.

The Understudies x Statement Clothing -  CC4: We Out Here!

Study Music & Statement Clothing get together to bring you the new Understudies crew offering CC4: We Out Here! It features Self Advocate, Cobbo, Citizen, Maintain, Manifest, Welsed, Sean E Depp, Myers & Poe getting busy with 12 new joints and an intro by DJ FRESH, including the 8 MC crew cut "All Here" and the Cyberclops produced banger "Underground Sound".
(CD / iTunes w/alternate tracks coming 2010)

-Features guest spots by Elijah The Poet (Beats & Flows), G, Maleko , A Brother Named George (The Lessondary crew), 21 Stylez (Kurse Krew) and more.

-Produced by Self Advocate, Cyberclops, Myers, Cobbo, Welsed, Citizen, Shonsteez, Blinky and Abdul Malik.

------------------------------ ----->Purchase Album (MP3)<------------------------------------

Study Music's 2nd official release in a series of Limited Edition CDs, is a collaboration with Citizen's EP featuring The Understudies called "In Search Of Her Soul" is out now. Its a nod to the style of the late great jazz vocalist and pianist Nina Simone. It's about 50/50 vocal/instrumental and bangs from beginning to end!

- Features Self Advocate, Sean E Depp, Maintain, Poe, Manifest and the mysterious High Preistess. CD Available @ Amoeba SF + Berkeley & ships worldwide from Access Hip Hop.

- Entirely Produced by Citizen

- Purchase the CD for just $7.98, shipping worldwide!: BUY NOW
- MP3s available through WeedTracker Music
Venture Capitalists (Welsed & Self Advocate) have an album out called "Rate of Exchange".
"Rate of Exchange" is Study Music's first official release in a series of Limited Edition CDs. Art Direction & Design by Welsed.

- Produced by Welsed, Self Advocate & Porter

- Features Cuts by DJ Jumu, Self Ad and Welsed

- Purchase the Limited Edition CD w/ bonus 7" vinyl for just $7.98: BUY NOW
- Download the MP3s NAME YOUR PRICE @

Study Music & SubLevel Epidemic have re-issued Self Advocate's Carpe Diem 7" vinyl single for all the collectors and DJ's who spin that real hip hop and support The U!
Carpe Diem is produced by Self Advocate, Unruly Epidemics is produced by Kegs One and features cuts by DJ Just N Case
TRACK LISTING                
1. Carpe Diem click to     listen2.Carpe Diem (instrumental) 3.Unruly Epidemics click to     listen4.Unruly Epidemics (instrumental)
Thanks for supporting The Understudies, please tell a friend!

The Understudies on Twitter (Lots of FREE MUSIC!):
The Understudies @theunderstudies
Citizen on Twitter: @MrCITI
DJ MRC on Twitter: @MRCisouthere
Study Music on Twitter: @StudyMusic

Shout outs to all the publications that have featured The Understudies recently, sorry if we missed you, hit us up and we'll shout you out in the next newsletter:
aboveGround Magazine did an Understudies mixtape, and has featured numerous singles.
We Got The Jazz featured CC4: We Out Here! and Maintain's - Burnin'/Sensei Style
WYDU featured CC4 + In Search of Her Soul. Citizen served on 2009 Awards Panel
The MashUp featured CC4
Thizzler on The Roof featured CC4 and various singles + Interview w/ Citizen
Bloggerhouse featured CC3.5 Mixtape
Boom Boom Chik featured CC4 and "The Type of Dude" single.
Real Hip Hop Daily - featured CC4 and "All Here b/w Underground Sound" single.
Underground Dirtnap 2.0 featured CC4
Magma featured We Out Here! video series.
Raw Drive featured CC4
Hail Megatron (!) featured the CC3.5 Mixtape
Vacant 51 featured the CC3.5 Mixtape
Music, Money, Mixtapes featured "All Here b/w Underground Sound" single and Sean E Depp - Back In Town ft. Citizen
MicDem featured the "All Here b/w Underground Sound" single

Thanks for supporting The Understudies, please tell a friend!

The Understudies on Twitter: @theunderstudies
Self Advocate on Twitter: @dafles
Citizen on Twitter: @MrCITI
DJ MRC on Twitter: @MRCisouthere
Study Music on Twitter: @StudyMusic

Check out Statement Clothing @statementgear /
and pick up some dope new T-Shirts. Tell em The Understudies sent you!

U's Up!

The Understudies & Study Music
New Single From Woo Child

From AheadPR Promotions:

Hip Hop artist Woo Child has released his lead single "Move (Get It In)" produced by hitmaker Vybe Beatz of Lupe Fiasco, T-Pain, and Soulja Boy fame. With Woo Child's slick lyricism and Vybe's pounding bass driven beat, this record is sure to make the people "Move"! Follow Woo Child @ - &

Video: TRUTHLiVE - The Barbershop EPK 3/4

The Video:

After releasing his EP The Unlearning, and leading up to the release of his full-length album, Patience, which was produced entirely by Jake One and will be arriving April 20, 2010, TRUTHLiVE is releasing an inside look, four-part EPK series. As the third installment, The Barbershop follows the rapper as he prepares for a performance at Last Day Saloon, which is also the location of his Santa Rosa release party on April 16, and night out on the town. Getting a haircut from longtime friend Jon the Backyard Barber, TRUTHLiVE mentions Monta Ellis, of the Golden State Warriors, and the great game he played that evening. A true sports fanatic, look out for TRUTHLiVE's sports vlog coming soon. As the evening progresses, TRUTHLiVE sets up the stage of Last Day Saloon with the help of DJ Tonytone, a collaborator on "Tormented Genius", and does a quick, but meticulous, sound check for his DJ and rap sets. A true success, the show was sold out with over 500 in attendance. The real deal, when TRUTHLiVE hits the stage, he delivers.

TRUTHLiVE's album, Patience, is available April 20, 2010 via Interdependent Media. His album release party at Last Day Saloon will be April 16, 2010 and features performances by Zion-I, Donwill, Moe Green, DJ Toure, and The Park in addition to TRUTHLIVE's own set.

Watch EPK 3 here:

Watch EPK 2 here:

Just In Case You Missed It, Watch EPK 1 here:

Download The Unlearning EP:

The Background:

Evan "TRUTHLiVE" Phillips, owner and founder of Interdependent Media, has certainly made his mark in the music industry with his wide range of talents. As an emcee, DJ, entrepreneur, and artist, TRUTHLiVE has had his hands in everything from a very young age. After a traumatic adolescent period where his health was at risk, three heart surgeries proved the artist to be quite a fighter. He explains to his new listeners, "The name TRUTHLiVE doesn't mean that I'm proclaiming myself as the truth, end-all be-all; it's more of a reminder to myself on how to conduct my life and career." The MC best summates, "My music is my truth and my life." That meaningful music will arrive on April 20th in the form of Patience, TRUTHLiVE's debut release, courtesy of Bay Area label 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 2010, iM will be releasing multi-media projects from artists Donwill, TRUTHLiVE, Canibus, Von Pea, A-Plus, and more. For more information, please visit


EPK 3:

"Coors Light and Ski Boats" (DJBooth Exclusive Freestyle):

EPK 2:

EPK 1:

The UnLearning EP Download:

"The UnLearning":

"Can't Hold Me Back":

"Broken" Prod. By The ARE: />
"Tormented Genius" Prod. By Martin SLO:

"Shoot Me Down" prod. by Tha Bizness:

Bio, pictures, and streams available here:




Label Site:

Kottonmouth Kings Release "Party Monsters" Featuring Tech N9ne Online

For Immediate Release:
Kottonmouth Kings Release ‘Party Monsters’ Featuring Tech N9ne Online

California based Kottonmouth Kings have posted the song “Party Monsters” featuring Tech N9ne online at Tech N9ne spit his lyrical fire on the track, which will be released on April 20th, 2010 when Kottonmouth Kings’ new studio album, “Long Live The Kings”, hits stores.
"The Kottonmouth Kings and Tech N9ne have been allies for years," commented Daddy X. "Sub Noize and Strange Music are part of the trilateral underground commission, so when Tech N9ne gets on a track with the Kottonmouth Kings, it sends shockwaves through the underground. Having Tech and Dirtball on the same track is like hearing two high powered missile launchers! It sounds devastating!"
"The Dirtball is a wonderful addition to the Kings because he's a fucking lyrical murderer,” added Tech N9ne. “With that being said, what he brings to Kottonmouth Kings will be a phenomenon!"

Fans can catch a glimpse of the Dirtball in the Kottonmouth Kings new ‘Clockwork Orange’ themed video for “Stomp/Rampage” online at
Audio: Swazy Baby - "I Sang"

From: SlipNslide Sean
I hope all is well. Brand new official single from Swazy Baby... Just being released to the public today. Would love to get a review from you. Thanks for all of your support!!!

Audio: Jigg feat. Ice Cube - "What I Want"

From Tonia Samman:


Summer 2010


If you don't know the name yet, you don't read credits. Jigg has been slowly making a name for himself inside the liner notes of your favorite artists’ albums for several years now, producing for the likes of Rick Ross, Young Buck and most recently linking up with Ice Cube producing two tracks on his highly anticipated "I AM THE WEST" album, including the new smash hit "I Rep That West" where he's also feature on the hook. Jigg seeks to bring his behind-the-scenes success to the forefront as he displays his lyrical ability and air tight flow along side the legendary Ice Cube on his new street banger “What I Want” executed by Tony Draper.


Listen to Jigg's "What I Want"


For More Information:
Audio: Wordsmith & Whitefolkz - "The Waiting Line"

From Wordsmith:

(Produced by Drums Majors ATL)

This is the first single from Whitefolkz's upcoming Mixtape, "Alphadogg" dropping on 4-20! "The Waiting Line." features Wordsmith, while super producers Drum Majors ATL laced the production. Don't sleep on this cut and please support the movement.

NU Revolution Entertainment LLC. 2010

Wordsmith-"Vintage Experience" Album OUT NOW:

Refined Hype x DJ Booth x Coast 2 Coast x Frostwire Presents Wordsmith "The Vintage Vault" Mixtape Online Feb. 23rd, 2010!!

HipHopdx x 2 Dope Boyz x Coast 2 Coast x Frostwire Presents Wordsmith "Overdue & Underrated" Mixtape OUT NOW!

Chubb Rock & Wordsmith-"Bridging the Gap" Album Online (Itunes)
Itunes Link: Presents Wordsmith Feat. Chubb Rock & The NU Revolution Camp "A Crack in the Bridge" Mixtape OUT NOW!
Link: Presents Wordsmith "The 2008 Resolution & Recap" Mixtape OUT NOW!
Link: Presents Wordsmith "The Revolution Begins with a Takeover" Vol. 2 Mixtape OUT NOW!
Link: Presents Wordsmith "The Mid-Year Review" Mixtape OUT NOW!







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