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Blestenation Offer Free Download From Upcoming New Album

Misfit hip-hop trio Blestenation are currently offering fans a free download of the song "We’ll Die", from their upcoming new album "MBugout City", online at The group’s debut album, “MBugout City” is scheduled to land in stores on April 13th through Suburban Noize Records.

Blestenation have concocted what some are saying is the most dynamic
debut album from a rap group in years. The album ranges from arena rap
anthems to dark melodic acoustic songs, as the group creates their own
brand of misfit hip-hop. Blestenation’s “MBugout City” is currently
available for pre-order along with a free copy of the group’s “Left For
Dead” EP online at

Audio: Trends - "Don't Stop Me"

From Trends:
Hey what's up. I wanted to send you another track off of my new album "There is no Future" This one is called "Don't Stop Me". Please post this to your site when you get a chance. It would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks for all of your support
Twista, Shawnna, Big Sean, Mickey Rocks On "Midwest Block Starz"

From Block Starz Music:



Midwest Hip-Hop Stars Headline Third Installment of Critically-Acclaimed Compilation Series

Full service independent music promoter Block Starz Music LLC,, has confirmed the addition of chart-topping platinum rap star Twista, former first lady of Ludacris' Disturbing tha Peace camp, Shawnna, XXL "Freshman Ten" honoree/Kanye West affiliate Big Sean, and Mickey Rocks of The Cool Kids to its upcoming "Midwest Block Starz" compilation scheduled for digital release on May 12 at all major online retailers.

These high-profile guest appearances bolster an explosive "Midwest Block Starz" lineup that already features Grammy Award winner Rhymefest, 2009 Ohio Hip-Hop Awards "Best Midwest Artist" Slick Watts, "Best Performer" Machine Gun Kelly, and a host of newcomers, including Chi-town's Skooda Chose, Cleveland's Tugun Cannon, St. Louis representative Will Victory, Topeka, Kansas lyricist Mike Schpitz, and Korean rapper/Wisconsin native Smokes.

"Midwest Block Starz" is the third installment of Block Starz Music's critically-acclaimed regional compilation series, which debuted in 2009 with "West Coast Block Starz" followed by "East Coast Block Starz" last December. Label executives say "Midwest Block Starz" will continue building on their company's reputation for linking promising new independent talent to the marketplace. 

"Our track record speaks for itself when it comes to exposing the public to a diverse selection of exciting new artists and producers," says Block Starz Music Co-Founder and President Bayer Mack.

"The key to the success of our compilation series is quality. Artists can't pay to be on our releases, we have to actually like their material. If someone gets Block Starz Music's seal of approval, you can believe the hype," Block Starz Music CEO Kai Denninger added.

Video: Stevie Stone - "Midwest Explosion"

From Injen Technology:

Attached please find the music video and behind the scenes footage for Stevie Stone’s new single, “Midwest Explosion” featuring Tech N9NE, from his debut album, "New Kid Comin" available on iTunes now. Shot on the road during the infamous KOD tour, you can see the Midwest is holding it down. Also attached is the “Midwest Explosion” single with an open 8 bars at the end. Please record your hottest verse! If you’re not from the Midwest, rep your region! Submissions should be uploaded to your social networking sites and links emailed to: along with your picture.

The winning verse will be featured on the Stevie Stone Official Myspace and Facebook Fan pages. The winner will also receive a personal video message from Stevie Stone with their verse playing in the background and will be uploaded to Stevie’s YouTube channel. If Stevie Stone comes to the winners town in the future for a tour date, the winner will be invited up on stage to perform their verse!

Music video for
Stevie Stones’ new single “Midwest Explosion” featuring Tech N9ne.

Behind the scenes footage for Stevie Stone’s new single, “Midwest Explosion” featuring Tech N9NE


“Midwest Explosion” single with an open 8 bars at the end.

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Audio: GME - "Phone Home"

From 4Sight Media:



Trouble Man, Che , Dokes, Tazz and Y-Jay are Florida’s newest native sons – GME, and they are turning up temperatures in the Sunshine State of Florida, dropping single after sizzling single.

Brothers Trouble Man, Che and Dokes, along with childhood friends Tazz and Y-Jay have just dropped “Phone Home,” a futuristic fantasy world of money, cars and clothes, featuring Che’s lyrical wordplay and Y-Jay’s infectious personality.

“We’re not down with the guns, violence, and drugs,” Che emphasizes. “People don’t always want to hear that hardcore violence. Hip-hop came from the streets, but the audience for hip-hop has expanded. We make our music for everyone.”

And it seems their fans feel the same way. Legendary Miami-based label, Togetherness Records, orchestrated a regional grassroots campaign around the group’s first song late last year, “Big Money,” which was distributed to high schools in South Florida and promoted via MySpace and Facebook. The music caught on because of its carefree party vibe, and was played by South Florida’s X102.3 radio station.

“GME’s music is recession proof,” adds Tazz. “It’s a break from the stress. If you don’t have money to go to the club, have a house party, move the couch to one side and get your dance on, right in the living room. That’s the kind of fun GME is all about. We’re coming with fresh sounds that can only be described as ‘southern futuristic swag.’ You gotta leave your troubles behind, be down with GME to rock with it.” And with these Florida boys with swagga to spare, GME just upped the game.

Download GME's Phone Home


Bisco Smith Tour Dates

SXSW was fresh, now its on to the next!
Two more shows NYC / CT before we jump ship to Europe.
Come get busy with us and help us say goodbye for a few.

Thursday April 8th @ The Bowery Poetry Club, NYC
doors at 10 show at 11 | $10 | 18+
Coffee Grind Media Presents a great night in live music.
I will have the full Radio Radio crew in the house.
Drums, Dj, Samples, Visuals and some special guests on set.

Friday April 16th @ Cafe 9 in New Haven CT
Doors at 9pm | $5 | 21+
One last peace before we go. CT, it's been a while and we are not
rocking out there until late June again. Come kick it!

Europe Dates are building, We need more!
Radio, Shows, Walls, Mics, Clubs and good people.
Let us know if we are passing through your city!

more info to come!

4/24 (saturday) - Udine, Italy
4/30 - 5/1 - Czech Republic -TBA
5/5 (wednesday) Paris, France
5/7 (friday) Nantes, France
5/12 (wednesday) - Bochum, Germany
5/13 - 5/19 - Holland - TBA

Things are developing fast, get at us if your out there!

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When Electric Night Falls
Full Length (LP)
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12'' / Digi Single
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The Stay up Project
free download
The Basics (ep)
support here
Morning Breath (single)
free download

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Updates From Braille & The Hip-Hop Is Music Team

From Braille:

Hello ya'll!!!

This is Braille with a quick update!!!  I will just hit you with the bullet points.

1. My new album (6th official solo album) "Weapon Aid" is dropping April 27th.  This is a collection of healing songs that I made over the last year.  So far I've gotten some great feedback - some people think it's my best record, some people feel it's a bit dark/heavy.  I'm comfortable with the varied results and am glad the record isn't neutral.  You will be able to find it at Itunes and many stores online April 27th.  Your support is very meaningful to me!!!  PRESS (of all kinds) hit me up for an advance.  Or folks who are just curious to hear it or unable to support - hit me up.  I'm not afraid to share!!!

2. The album is coming out on my new label Talking Textures - and I have some great strategic partnerships in the works.  For more info about the label check out - there is a video blog there that kind of explains the vision and the reasoning behind the new label.

3. When you visit the Talking Textures youtube page also check out "Naked Freestyle".  You deserve a laugh.... or maybe your sense of humor is different then mine.  haha

4. You can follow TalkingTextures at and also FAN us at Facebook.  After Weapon Aid drops in April - we will be following up with

Othello and DJ Vajra "Required Taste" in June
Poems and Dust "Dirty Words" in August.

5. I have a lot of solo shows booked between now and October.  It all starts April 22nd in Albany, NY - and I will also be performing in Glendale, NY and The Bronx.  Let's GO!!!!

Love ya'll!!!  I'm getting much better at responding to emails so if you've had a hard time getting ahold of me, don't be discouraged.  I'm getting back in the swing of it.

much love
Thank you, from Braille and the Hiphop Is Music team. |

MySpace's "Artist On Artist" With Snoop Dogg & Cypress Hill

Snoop Dogg, B-Real and Sen Dog Artist on Artist Interview

Artist on Artist | MySpace Video



MySpace debuts a brand new episode of "Artist on Artist" featuring Snoop Dogg and B-Real and Sen Dog of Cypress Hill. The legendary artists discuss their new material including Cypress Hill's long-awaited album Rise Up, their first album in six years, to be released on April 20 via Priority Records. Hear how Snoop Dogg relies on his kids to find out if his new songs are "hot" and what his kids listen to when they're not listening to their Dad.

Check out MySpace's "Artist on Artist" in its entirety here:

Video: Donwill - MYX TV DIG Feature

The Video:

Hip-hop trio Tanya Morgan has gained much critical acclaim for the old-school vibe and infectious hooks of their many independently produced releases. They are renowned for being involved in overwhelmingly theme-oriented projects, most notably their recent release of Brooklynati, in which they created an entire fictional city. Stepping solo into the spotlight, fresh off the release of his tributary concept album, Don Cusack in High Fidelity, Tanya Morgan emcee Donwill continues in this thematic tradition.

Sitting down with a camera crew from MYX TV's show DIG, Donwill discusses what the album means to him, and the inspiration that he derived from the film High Fidelity, based off of Nick Hornby's novel. "The movie itself always inspired me, aside from the angle of love, but just the angle of music being such a formidable character in my life. I look at that movie as a framework to adapt my story to," he tells the interviewer, explaining the impact that this comedy/drama/romance flick starring John Cusack has had not only on his music, but on his life. The feature intersperses clips from the album's corresponding music videos and clips of Donwill speaking directly to the camera, giving audiences an accurate impression of what they can expect from the album. This release, featuring Opio (Souls of Mischief),Tanya Morgan, Peter Hadar, and many more is available now via Interdependent Media.

MYX TV Feature:

Having teamed up with leading sound software and audio production company, Native Instruments, Audible Treats is excited to be able to award one lucky winner with a free MASCHINE Groove Production Studio. To enter, contestants must simply email their name and address to One winner will be selected at random and announced Wednesday, April 14th, 2010. More info on the MASCHINE here:

The Background:

Donwill is one-third of hip-hop group Tanya Morgan, formed in 2003, who recently released their third full-length album Brooklynati in 2009. With the high praise from Rolling Stone and Time Out New York that Brooklynati garnered,Donwill is now ready to release his own album, Don Cusack in High Fidelity. The maxi-single of "Laura's Song," complete with the album version, radio edit, instrumental and a couple of remixes is now available for purchase on iTunes. Don Cusack in High Fidelity is now available everywhere via 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 2009, iM will be releasing multi-media projects from artists Finale, Canibus, K'naan, Truthlive, and Tanya Morgan. For more information, please visit

MYX TV Feature

"Love Junkie" (Wallpaper. Remix)

"Pu**y Rules The World"

"Love Junkie" (Video snippet) Interview

Laura's Mixtape

"i See You" (Unmastered version)

"Laura's Song"

Bio, pictures, and streams available here:




Label site:

Video: Chima Anya - "Death"

Chima Anya - Death
Since MJ's untimely passing it appears death's presence has been growing steadily.
Barely a week goes by without a new twitter update proclaiming a premature death.
Whether we are just aging, or social networking has brought us closer together,
Chima Anya reflects upon death from a doctors perspective.

The new single from his upcoming album "New Day" is accompanied by a video that shows a level of creativity in UK hiphop not seen since "Witness the Fitness" (Roots Manuva) and pioneers a brand of class yet to be seen in the "Urban" market.

New Day out May 10th. Album launch party Friday 9th April at Barfly London. Camden Town.

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