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Grandmaster Flash Mixtape Contest

From Stephen B:

Grandmaster Flash

Grandmaster Flash is the originator of hip-hop mixing as we know it.  Many of the ways DJs cue, backspin, double, mix, and scratch were developed from Flash's innovations. Never one to sit still, Grandmaster Flash has entered the digital DJ domain with Traktor Scratch Pro which allows him to spin digital files on the same turntables and equipment hip-hop DJs have been using for decades.

With his brand new album The Bridge: A Concept Of Culture out now on Strut, Flash is giving upcoming DJs a chance to get some shine of their own.

Go to to download two tracks from the album, and include them on a half hour DJ mix.  Use whatever methods you like. Get creative. Double it up and scratch it. Just make sure that it's hot. There is a FREE, fully functional TRAKTOR PRO demo version available at which you can use for your mix.

Grand Prize:: 1 Traktor Scratch Pro digital DJ system including Traktor Pro software, the award-winning AUDIO 8 DJ audio interface, timecoded vinyls and Multicore Cables.  Winning mix will be played on the new Strut radio show on Diesel-U Music and featured on the Strut podcast.

Runner Up Prize: : Autographed copy of Flash's new CD, The Bridge. Copy of out-of-print Grandmaster Flash mix CD The Official Adventures of Grandmaster Flash on Strut. Copy of Flash's Autobiography My Life, My Beats

Third Prize:: Copy of Flash's new CD, The Bridge

For more info and to submit mixes, go to


'Beyond the Sound' w/ Mike Jokes & Paul Wall in ATL on Apr. 22nd

From Tito Belis and MySpace Music:


Special Guest to Include DJ Knuckles

MySpace Music, the world's premier music community, is proud to announce the "Beyond the Sound" concert featuring Mike Jones, Bun B and Paul Wall at The Loft in Atlanta, GA, on Wednesday, April 22. The Texas hip-hop icons will perform a free show for their MySpace Music friends to celebrate the release of their upcoming (and recently-released) respective albums, with special guest DJ Knuckles. Doors open for the show at 8:00 p.m. and admittance will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis. "Beyond the Sound" is a new music program bringing MySpace DJs and producers across the country together to perform alongside buzz-worthy artists, giving fans an in-depth look at their music via intimate live shows and video interviews. The "Beyond the Sound" show featuring Mike Jones, Bun B and Paul Wall is being powered by Coca-Cola.

Visit the Beyond the Sound MySpace page for concert details, ticket information, and exclusive interviews at: .

The Grammy-nominated, platinum-selling "People's Champ," Paul Wall is gearing up for the release of his third album, "Fast Life," being released May 12 on SwishaHouse/Asylum. "Fast Life" features an all-star cast of producers (Travis Barker, Beanz & Kornbread, Mouse, and Antwan "Amadeus" Thompson) along with a complementary selection of superstar features that include: Baby Bash, Yung Joc, Gorilla Zoe, Too Short, Z-Ro, Lil' Keke & Expensive Taste.

Four years ago, multi-platinum selling rapper Mike Jones debuted his first album, "Who Is Mike Jones?" and re-ignited an interest in the Houston rap scene. Now, in 2009 he is off to a great start again with his first single "Next to You," which is off his sophomore CD "The Voice" due in stores April 28 on Ice Age/Swishahouse/Asylum Records.

Jive Records' legendary hip-hop duo UGK recently announced the release of their final studio album "UGK: UGK 4 Life." The sixth studio-album from the influential southern duo, Bun B and the late Pimp C, is a poignant culmination of their musical legacy and was issued on March 31. "UGK: UGK 4 Life" embodies the pure essence of UGK and the late Pimp C's signature production incorporating the down and gritty Texas sound they created over two decades ago in Port Arthur, Texas.

Show Location:
The Loft Atlanta
1374 West Peachtree Street
Atlanta, GA 30309

Check out Mike Jones' official MySpace Music profile for the latest news and tour dates: .

Check out Paul Wall's official MySpace Music profile for the latest news and tour dates: .

Check out Bun B's official MySpace Music profile for the latest news and tour dates: .

About MySpace Music:
MySpace Music is a landmark joint venture among MySpace, The EMI Group, Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group, and Sony ATV, and whose independent music partners include Alternative Distribution Alliance, Caroline, Fontana, RED, The Orchard, IODA, Nettwerk Music Group, INgrooves, IRIS Distribution, Royalty Share and Wind-up Records. MySpace Music offers an ever-growing catalog of freely streamable audio and video content, user-friendly e-commerce solutions, personal music players, and user and artist playlisting. MySpace Music aims to empower major, independent, and unsigned artists to monetize their content through multiple revenue streams by allowing the MySpace community to freely stream premium content in an ad-supported environment, purchase MP3s and ringtones, create and share playlists, and ultimately buy merchandise, concert tickets, and other digital and physical goods. MySpace Music also connects artists and fans in the offline arena through various concert series and live events including Secret Shows, MySpaceLIVE!, Transmissions, The Release, Front to Back and The List.

Hip Hop on the Front Lines Tonight - Adam M. Levin Opening!


APRIL 13-25, 2009
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featuring Wale, UCB, Colin Munroe
the First Wave Music Ensemble & DJ Vilas Park Sniper

8:00pm, Memorial Union Terrace
(Rain location: Der Rathskeller)

FREE & open to the public

PLUS Panel with Attention Deficit Tour
featuring Wale preceding the show!
    On Wisconsin Room, Red Gym

Jesse Kirshbaum -(Moderator) Wisconsin Alumni and CEO of the New Universal Entertainment Agency
Wale Folarin - Interscope recording artist
Colin Munroe - Universal recording artist
Tre From UCB - Lead singer from Legendary Go-Go band UCB
Walter Horne - Road manager for Attention Deficit Tour

There will be limited seats, so don't miss out!

For more on Wale: .

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Youtube: .

Brought to you by MCSC
Sponsored by OMAI, ASM, MCC, and WUD Music
John Brown & Block Starz Unleash "Suburban Empire" On 4/22

From Yo! PR:


The much-hyped new mixtape from rapper JOHN BROWN and rising online indie power BLOCK STARZ MUSIC hits the web April 22, exclusively at .

JOHN BROWN, the self-proclaimed "King Of Da Burbz", has parleyed national exposure from ego trip's (White) Rapper Show on VH1, into various successful franchises, including an upcoming collaboration with BLOCK STARZ MUSIC for the exclusive release of his new mixtape, SUBURBAN EMPIRE

"BLOCK STARZ MUSIC is putting out real quality music from some of the biggest names in the game," says BROWN, who authorized the exclusive free download of SUBURBAN EMPIRE at "It was time for the 'King Of Da Burbz' to make his first BLOCK STARZ MUSIC installment. Expect a classic."

Hosted by one of the industry's finest, SUPERSTAR JAY, SUBURBAN EMPIRE features new material from JOHN BROWN designed to blow speakers worldwide. "It's so religious," says the rapper who hopes to win converts when EMPIRE drops on April 22.


1. You Could Tell He's From The Burbz
2. Get My Burbz On
3. Mom n Dad Money ft. Dubbz
4. Kid From The Burbz
5. It's Brown
6. Bumrush ft. Kelo (Prod. by Reservoir Dogs)
7. Rotate (Burbz Mix)
8. Run The Burbz
9. Tales From The Burbz
10. Never Die
11. Crew Like Mine ft. Knox, Veezy & Billy Sunday
12. She's On That Revivalism
13. Can't Get No Higher ft. EMS (Prod. by J. Luciano)
14. On and On (Prod. by Matt Price)
15. Get Dough ft. Billy Sunday & EMS
16. Big Dreams Freestyle (Prod. by Keith Clizark)
17. Step Yo G Up ft. Billy Sunday (Prod. by Brian Demby & T.L. Smith)
18. Got People Out There (Prod. by Harley)
19. Moonlight ft. Knox
20. High Powered
21. I Love The Burbz
Bonus Track: It's A Revival ft. EMS (Prod. by Matt Price)
Bonus Track: Push Buttons (Prod. by Phil Jahns & Intense Ron)

Official Website: .
MySpace: .
YouTube: .

Download Trends and Steelwaterz Free New Mixtape

From Trends:

Trends is back with his new mixtape Titled "Steelwaterz Cool Hop Experiment". This is Trends spitting fire on every track on this mixtape produced by his in house producer Steelwaterz. This mixtape also features Ruthless Records new recording artist "Hopsin" from Cali

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Illogic Kicks Off Diabolical Fun Tour

From Dove and Tygereye Entertainment:

Illogic Kicks Off Diabolical Fun Tour
Diabolical Fun Album In Stores Now!

Columbus, OH -- Upon the official release of his Diabolical Fun album on March 24, Illogic set his sights on lining up a tour that would reach the fans who have supported him on the journey of creating his fifth full-length project. The Diabolical Fun Tour will kick off on April 16 in Athens, Ohio, and will commence through May 17 as Illogic hits cities throughout Michigan, Indiana, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah and Arizona.
Graciously received by critics, Diabolical Fun is Illogic's first full body of work in nearly five years. The songs showcase his range of songwriting, from harder lyrical tracks like "Let's Go" to more sentimental poetry like "I Know You." To celebrate the tour, Illogic went back into the studio to record the remix for the title track "Diabolical Fun" with Slug of Atmosphere, Aesop Rock of Definitive Jux and Zerostar of Weightless Recordings.
Zerostar and DJ Manwell will perform alongside Illogic throughout The Diabolical Fun Tour. Meanwhile, producer/emcee Ill Poetic, who also produced the entire Diabolical Fun album, will be off on his own Re:Definition Tour with Zone and DJ Rare Groove. The Diabolical Fun Tour and Re:Definition Tour will meet up for one dynamic night on May 1 at Red's Bar in Sioux City, Iowa.
As the Diabolical Fun Tour progresses, more dates in new cities may be added. For now, Illogic is preparing for the exciting weeks ahead. "I've never been more excited to go on tour then I am for this one," he says. "I look forward to getting face to face with the fans once again. It's been way too long! The making of Diabolical Fun as an album was an amazing experience, and I excited to bring the music to life on stage."
For more information on Illogic, go to, and for updates on the Diabolical Fun Tour, go to .
Go to for updates on The Re:Definition Tour and Ill Poetic's solo album coming Summer 2009!
Check out Illogic's journey with Diabolical Fun in this EPK with exclusive interviews, show footage and more .
Listen to Illogic "Diabolical Fun" remix f/ Slug, Aesop Rock & Zerostar
Link: .
Diabolical Fun Tour Dates
4/16 - Athens, OH @ Casa Cantina (6 W State St, 45701)
4/17 - Traverse City, MI @ The Loading Dock (205 Lake Ave, 49684)
4/18 - Bloomington, IN @ Rhinos (325 S Walnut St, 47401)
4/20 - Lawrence, KS @ The Jackpot Saloon (943 Massachusetts St, 66044)
4/22 - Lincoln, NE @ The Box Awesome (815 O St, 68508)
4/23 - Sioux Falls, ND @ Nuttys (3400 W 49th St, 57106)
4/25 - Minneapolis, MN @ Dinkytowner (412 14th Ave Se, 55414)
4/26 - Kansas City, MO @ Record Bar (1020 Westport Rd, 64111)
4/28 - Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews (212 4th Street, 50309)
4/30 - St Louis, MO @ Atomic Cowboy (4140 Manchester Ave, 63110)
5/1  - Sioux City, IA @ Reds Bar (1919 Pierce Street, 51104)
5/2  - Milwaukee, WI @ The Highberry (2322 S Kinnickinnic Ave, 53207)
5/7  - Austin, TX @ Karma Lounge (119 W 8th St, 78701)
5/8  - San Antonio, TX - venue TBA
5/9  - San Marcos, TX @ Triple Crown Live (206 N Edward Gary, 78666)
5/10 - Las Cruces, NM  @ Code Red Café (1160 El Paseo Rd, 88001)
5/11 - Pueblo, CO @ Zippers (326 S Union Ave, 81003)
5/12 - Denver, CO @ Bases Loaded (3109 Federal Blvd, 80211)
5/13 - Ft. Collins, CO @ The Cork (313 W. Drake Rd, 80526)
5/14 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Bar Deluxe (668 S State St, 84111)
5/15 - Tempe, AZ @ The Sets (93 East Southern Ave, 85282)
5/16 - Flagstaff, AZ @ The Joint (110 S San Francisco St, 86001)
5/17 - Tucson, AZ @ November Bar & Cabaret (4001 N Romero Rd, 85705)

Free Download: ProlifiCal "Lyricist Parlae" EP

From Domination Recordings:

Free Download: ProlifiCal "Lyricist Parlae" EP

From the depths of creativity emerge two of Cali's finest emcees, who naturally seem to demolish the preconception that lyrical delivery should reflect demographics. ProlifiCal group members Praduct and Drypht Avenue, aren't your average West Coast rappers, but rather, pure lyricists. With the release of their highly anticipated debut album nearing, Domination Recordings now presents their free downloadable EP entitled "Lyricist Parlae".

This six track promo is a captivating glimpse into the unique style of rhyming ProlifiCal is known for. An impressive lineup of appearances include Bay Area emcee Mikial on the track praising Hip Hop as a true artform rightfully named "Cold Art", and Oddisee from Low Budget on the melodic joint entitled "Aroma Therapy." The EP also contains a continuous play bonus track called "Rainy Days" that features Domination's very own Hempstead, New York duo, Tha Connection.

The attention demanding voices of both Praduct and Drypht Ave. combined with dope lyrics and an ill blend of production, makes this release a definate entertaining experience of raw talent at its best.

So, as this EP parlaes into ProlifiCal's conceptual album "Train Of Thought", due for release in the coming weeks, we invite you to support and solidify your appreciation for good music, and enjoy the listening...

1. One4U (Produced by Dante Lewis)
2. Too Many (Produced by Buddah Monkey)
3. Cold Art feat. Mikial (Produced by Sci-Fi)
4. Dopeness (Produced by Max I Million)
5. Aroma Therapy feat. Oddisee (Produced by Suff Daddy)
6. Last Round (Produced by Max I Million)
Continuous play bonus track:
Rainy Days feat. Tha Connection (Produced by Vans Cal)

Free Download: ProlifiCal "Lyricist Parlae" EP
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Tanya Morgan's Official Brooklynati Tourism Guide

From Audible Treats:

Video: Tanya Morgan Presents The Official Brooklynati Tourism Guide
In Anticipation Of Their New Album, Tanya Morgan Give Us A Virtual Tour Of Brooklynati

The Video:

Tanya Morgan knows that moving can be a big decision. So when the trio of Von Pea, Donwill, and Ilyas ask you to move with them to Brooklynati on May 12, they know it’s only right to give a glance into the city they now call home. From Yancey Park to Questo’s Instrument Shop, this video will help you to explore all that the beautiful city of Brooklynati has to offer. For more information on local events and citywide attractions, please visit .

Get your virtual tour of Brooklynati here: .

The Background:

Tanya Morgan is back with their third project, Brooklynati, following the success of Moonlighting and The Bridge. Since Von Pea, Ilyas, and Don Will formed Tanya Morgan in 2003, they have received high praise from media elites such as Spin, The Source, XXL Magazine and a resounding seal of approval from the blogosphere. Considered by many to be our generation's torchbearers for De La Soul and A Tribe Called Quest, Tanya Morgan will once again put their skills on display with the unique hip-hop Americana sounds of their Brooklynati album this spring. Based on the fictitious city of Brooklynati, this release pushes the boundaries of a concept album by incorporating not only lyrical imagery but also cultivating a culture and mindset, which can be experienced through the City of Brooklynati Chamber of Commerce website: The sites, sounds, memories, and events of Brooklynati will be unleashed on May 12th through Bay-Area based record label Interdependent Media, the architects behind the funding and development of Brooklynati. Wanderlusts can feed their souls at .

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 .


Virtual Tour of Brooklynati
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Brooklynati SXSW Perforamance
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"Laura's Song"
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"So Damn Down"
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Hip-Hop Shop #29 - Funky Like Ya Gramma Drawers

Hip-Hop Shop is the precursor to K4D every week on Sunday night. The show is sponsored by and replays are available every week on The Hip-Hop Shop is 100% podsafe so distribute to your friends and tell them to visit!

Download Here (right click to save)

Featured tracks this week:

* Big Shot - So in Love
* Atari Blitzkrieg f/ Akrobatik - Where's Your Eye?
* Aceyalone - Power to the People
* Kam Moye a.k.a. Supastition - 3 Ladies
* Chali 2na f/ Talib Kweli - Lock Shit Down
* El Michels Affair - Bring Da Ruckus
* Radix f/ DJ Trusty - Put 'Em Up
* Black Milk - Mo Power

Louis Logic's Latest Creation - Spork Kills

Most people know Louis Dorley as Louis Logic, the quick witted emcee who is a favorite among legions of underground Hip-Hop fans. This year, however, Dorley is putting his Louis Logic persona aside and introducing his latest musical creation, Spork Kills, which also acts as an introduction to a new genre of Hip-Hop, surf rap. The first single of off the Spork Kills EP Beaches Love Us is “Night of the Hip ‘N Dead” and it’s already getting airplay on MTVu. A complete album is in the works for later this year and this week I caught up with Dorley to find out more about the project, his adventurous musical ideas, and how he goes about putting together a set list with such a diverse range of work.

Read the full interview at:

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