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Blestenation Release Video Mash-Up of Suicidal Tendencies

From Kerosene Media:

Blestenation Release Video Mash-Up of Suicidal Tendencies 'Institutionalized'

For Immediate Release
New York hip-hop trio Blestenation has released the video for their mash-up of the Suicidal Tendencies classic "Institutionalized" online at Blestenation will release their debut album, "MBugout City", on April 13th, 2010 through Suburban Noize Records.

"I have been a fan of Suicidal Tendencies since I was a little kid," says Werdplay from Blestenation. "I wasn't able to be a part of the scene at the time, because I was a bit young, so this is kind of like my tribute to them. I actually did get to see Suicidal live for the first time when they played with Madball at Irving Plaza in early 2009 and they were insane. Those guys still put on one hell of a show after all these years."
"I got the idea for the video from watching a skit on the Leno show one night where he had the scene from the end of Scarface, but he put Dr. Phil's face on Tony Montana," added FAFU. "The original is an epic song and we re-vamped it with Nate Albert on guitar.  I always loved the difference between the mellow verse of the song and how loud and crazy the chorus was. We did our best to recreate that in a hip hop style."
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Kosha Dillz - "Cellular Phone" Remix Contest

From Matt Diamond:

Kosha Dillz - "Cellular Phone" Remix Contest

Diamond Music Group (DMG) & the renown New York street wear brand Dave's Quality Meat (DQM) are pleased to announce the "Cellular Phone" Remix Contest. "Cellular Phone" is Kosha Dillz debut single from his LP, Beverly Dillz which was released this past November. The video for "Cellular Phone" is currently being featured on 'MTV On Demand', which you can view here. The prize package for the winning remix includes a digital distribution imprint courtesy of DMG in addition to some dope gear, courtesy of the good peole at DQM.  The deadline for this contest is next Friday, March 26th.  Click on the links below to download the files & instructions...GOOD LUCK!!  If you're lucky enough to be at SXSW this week, be sure to check out Kosha Dillz, who'll be showcasing too many events to name...

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Contest Rules, Itinerary & Prizes:


Attention producers, please email all submissions to no later than Friday, March 26th, 2010. Only one submission per producer will be accepted. The files for the remix contest include an MP3 file of the original version of “Cellular Phone” in addition to a WAV file of the acapella. The acapella is zero pointed and should synchronize properly with any digital audio workstation. Music should be in an mp3 format and should default to any iTunes media player. Sample-free remixes are allowed, but not required.  **The original version of the track is 78 Beats Per Minute**, but may be altered. Files should be labeled accordingly with song title first, followed by the producer’s name and Remix in parenthesis, ie: **I Am (Joe Smith Remix).mp3**. *Due to the high volume of submissions, it becomes very difficult to cross reference submissions with their corresponding email addresses and therefore it is critical to **include your email address in the comment field of the iTunes info panel.  In your email, please provide us with your social network URLs (twitter/facebook) along with your discography bio/epk if applicable. Please include a few sentences about yourself and your production background. Good luck!!!


1)  3.16.10 (Tuesday):  Contest begins. Diamond Music Group will premier the contest that will be virally promoted throughout popular hip-hop related lifestyle websites and blogs. The contest will also be reinforced through an e-blast campaign targeted towards producers.

2)  3.26.10 (Friday):  Submission Due Date

3)  3.29.10 (Monday):  The winning remix will be announced via email to all contestants.  It will be required for the winning producer to provide the track session as WAV files compatible with any digital audio workstation.

4)  4.06.10 (Tuesday):  The winning remix will be promoted through all major hip-hop related blogs & lifestyles, courtesy of Diamond Music Group.


The winning producer will be entitled to a digital distribution imprint through Diamond Music Group as well as gear, courtesy of Dave's Quality Meat.

Braille - New Record, New Season, New Video BLOG

From Braille:

New Record, New Season, New Video BLOG

Hello Hello,

I'm keeping these newsletters super short and focusing more on video blogs and social networks.  You can find me on Twitter @Braillehiphop, Facebook (Bryan Winchester) and so forth.  Catch the play by play - haha.

My new album "Weapon Aid" will be dropping next month (APRIL!!!)  Thanks to everyone who has wrote me a letter over the last month, I'm mainly operating off my Iphone and haven't had internet on my laptop.  My response timing will pick up soon and I'll do my best to hit everyone back on a personal level.  Your support, prayers and encouragement is very valuable to me.

Beyond that - I created a new video blog about "Weapon Aid" and also just expanding a touch on where I'm at in life right now.  Love ya'll - feel free to spread this video around among friends and on your own websites/blogs.  PEACE

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

Hoo Bangin'/Cash Money Artist Glasses Malone Readies Debut LP

From ifastfwd:

Hoo Bangin’/Cash Money Artist, Glasses Malone Teams With Legendary Snoop Dogg, Readies Debut Album

G. Malone Readies Debut Album, Drops New Street Anthem "Eastsidin’ (Crip Gang)" Featuring Snoop Dogg.

(Los Angeles, CA - 17 March 2010) -- Hoo Bangin’/Cash Money rapper Glasses Malone has teamed up with West Coast legend Snoop Dogg for a new street single called “Eastsidin’ (Crip Gang)” that teams a Cali OG with one of its top new stars.

Glasses (aka G.Malone) has spent the last several years overtaking both the West Coast and national music scene as he prepares for the release of his debut album “The Beach Cruiser.” Having already made a mark across the country for himself and his Blu Division imprint with hits featuring Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, T-Pain and more, the Watts rapper brought it back to his hometown with a contagious song that evokes memories of California’s golden age.

Over a head-nodding production and very catchy hook by Snoop, Glasses pays tribute to his street roots and creates an anthem for thousands of fans and fellow Los Angeles natives. You can join thousands of others and listen to the song below.

Glasses Malone – “Eastsidin’ (Crip Gang)” Ft. Snoop Dogg (Download) .


Glasses Malone
“The Beach Cruiser” - Coming Soon
Hoo Bangin’/Cash Money Records

Malice 'N Wonderland Trailer (Snoop Dogg) Debuts on MySpace

From Jim Merlis at Big Hassle:

Malice 'N Wonderland Trailer (Snoop Dogg) Debuts on MySpace

Today MySpace debuts the brand new trailer for MALICE 'N WONDERLAND, an original short film inspired by the new album from Snoop Dogg. The film stars Snoop, Jamie Foxx, Xzibit, Soulja Boy, Murs, Diplo, Mayer Hawthorne, MC Lyte, among many others. The movie will be released simultaneously on March 23rd with the More Malice CD including "I Wanna Rock" (The Kings G-Mix featuring Jay Z) and "That Tree" (featuring Kid Cudi).
Visit MySpace Trailer Park to see the trailer in its entirety at .

Free stream Snoop's Malice 'N Wonderland album in full on MySpace Music at .
In Mal­ice 'N Won­der­land, Snoop Dogg plays the role of Mal­ic, e a gangsta/super-hero bat­tling the forces of evil and cor­rup­tion in a hip hop ver­sion of Gotham City called Won­der­land. The movie seam­less­ly weaves with­in its sto­ry­line the mu­sic videos for "I Wan­na Rock", "Pron­to" and nev­er be­fore seen clips for "2 Minute Warn­ing" and "Up­side Down."

Rapper Big Pooh of Little Brother to Guest Blog for SLAM Mag

From Audible Treats:

Rapper Big Pooh of Little Brother to Guest Blog for SLAM Magazine Online

Emcee And Sports Fanatic Pooh To Provide Fans With Insights On 2010 NCAA Men's Tournament

(March 16, 2010 – Brooklyn, NY) As the anticipation for Little Brother's upcoming album continues to build, Rapper Big Pooh, one half of the celebrated North Carolina duo, is excited and proud to announce that he will be guest blogging for SLAM Magazine's website. Pooh will be contributing his thoughts and views on the NCAA Men's basketball tournament from start to finish in the weeks leading up to the April 20th release of Little Brother's fourth and final album, LeftBack.

SLAM Magazine is one of the nation's premier basketball authorities, combining hip-hop and hoops in a way that other publications and websites have yet to achieve. "I have always been a fan of SLAM," says Pooh, "for the simple fact that they dedicate their time to one of the most popular sports in the world." Pooh will be dedicating himself to NCAA's Men's tournament this year, which begins with its Round of 64 on March 18th, and concludes with a championship game in Indianapolis on April 5th. Sports and music fans alike can expect Pooh's March Madness musings at least twice weekly throughout the tournament on his blog at, aptly titled "Pooh On Sports." In addition to his ongoing thoughts on The Big Dance, Pooh will also be writing one pre-weekend prediction post and post-weekend wrap-up post every week. When asked about the prospect of sharing his b-ball ponderings with SLAM's readers, Pooh said, "Being able to share my thoughts and opinions on the sport of basketball with their readers was an opportunity that I could, and would never, have been able to pass up."

While Big Pooh is an instantly recognizable name in the hip-hop world, his superior sports knowledge is often overlooked. A self-diagnosed sports junkie, Rapper Big Pooh is the ideal basketball buff for SLAM's commentary on this year's NCAA Men's tournament. Having grown up in the Washington D.C. area, Pooh's allegiances lie with hometown teams Georgetown and Maryland. In lieu of a career on the courts, Pooh has spent a lifetime watching and discussing basketball, even starting his own blog a while back also titled "Pooh On Sports." This opportunity at gives Pooh a chance to engage in the nation's unofficial pastime - sports debate. "The thing I'm looking forward to the most in blogging for Slam is the feedback" says Pooh. "Sports debate between people who have no impact on the actual outcome has to be one of the greatest things in the world!"

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

Read Rapper Big Pooh's first blog post for .

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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Death Row Records Presents Danny Boy - "It's About Time"

From Sasha Stoltz Publicity:

Death Row Records AND Danny Boy

"It's About Time" 

WIDEawake-Deathrow Entertainment LLC announces their next  release of 2010, Danny Boy "It's About Time" set to hit  shelves, April 20,  featuring songs produced by DJ  Quik and Devante. .  Danny Boy Steward a.k.a. Danny Boy, signed to Death Row Records in 1994, debuting his soulful vocals on the Murder Was The  Case soundtrack with R&B Charter "Come When I Call."  Danny Boy's vocals also appeared on such hits as "I Ain't Mad At Cha" on Tupac's multiplatinum selling album All Eyez On Me as well as "Toss it Up",  "Picture Me Rollin"  and "I Can't Get Enough" from the Gridlock'd  Soundtrack.  Most recently Danny Boy was featured on Death Row's 2009 sampler and Death Row's Ultimate Collection box set. April 20, is Danny Boy's time and  "It's About Time"

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“Sucker Free Daily” Premieres On MTV2

From Big Oomp Records: 
On Monday, March 15, MTV2 premieres the reinvention of the hit “Sucker Free” franchise, reminding fans that if it happens in hip-hop it happens here. Hosted by DJ Envy – the “Mixtape Legend” – viewers can catch “Sucker Free Daily” for updates on what’s new in music on weekdays (Monday through Thursday) at 3pm ET/PT and tune in to “Sucker Free Countdown” each Sunday at 12PM ET/PT for the final word on the hottest videos of the week. DJ Khaled drops by to kick off the first episode and talk about his new album “Victory.”
During the week, DJ Envy will present the hit videos taking over the hip-hop game on “Sucker Free Daily.” From club bangers to tracks that make the speakers jump, “Sucker Free Daily” is the show to see for hot new music taking over the airways. For the latest news in music, movies and entertainment, “Sucker Free News” segments will feature the biggest hip-hop stories hitting the wire. “Sucker Free Daily” will download music fans on everything from the latest online exclusives to top ringtones to the regional radio hits.
“Sucker Free Sundays” will cap the week off with a full day of non-stop hip-hop entertainment. On “Sucker Free Countdown,” DJ Envy will serve up the top 15 videos of the week. He will also sit down with the freshest faces in music, catch up with legends in the industry and get the inside scoop on everything from film to entertainment to sports. In addition, viewers will hear recaps of the top stories that grabbed the headlines throughout the week.
As host, DJ Envy will bring the legacy of “Sucker Free” to a new generation of viewers. Envy has perfected the art of mixing music throughout his career and parties it up each day with radio listeners on the afternoon radio shows: “Envy’s New at 2” on Power 105.1 and “Hip Hop Nation” on Sirius XM Satellite Radio. DJ Envy has also garnered production credits working with artists such as Fabolous, Foxy Brown, Murder Inc. and DMX.
SIN Debuts Exciting International Line-up at SXSW

From Web 'n Retail:

For Immediate Release


 The New SonyMusic Independent Network (SIN)
Debuts Exciting International Line-up at SXSW Music 2010

NEW YORK - SIN (SonyMusic Independent Network) is a new division of Sony Music Entertainment focused on releasing foreign repertoire in the United States.  A marketing services arm of Sony International, SIN functions as an extension of Sony Music territories across the globe. 

An entirely new model within the existing music business structure, SIN utilizes a network of trusted independent press, promotion and marketing companies to create customized marketing plans specific to each project.  Staffed by a core group of music industry veterans including Jeb Hart, Vinny Rich, Adam Pollock and John Porter, the group is focused on artist development and long term campaigns with the goal of bringing exciting new music to the U.S. market. 

SonyMusic Independent Network (SIN), the new independent services arm of Sony Music International, is excited to present SIN at SXSW on Thursday, March 18 from 11:00 am to 4:30 pm at Antone's.  The line-up features both emerging and established Platinum-selling international talent.  Beverages and tasty Mexican food will be served.  The event is open to all SXSW Music and Platinum badge holders, but is subject to capacity limits, so arrive early.

Bands showcasing at the event include:
Cassette Kids (SIN/Sony Australia)
Eva & the Heartmaker (SIN/Sony Norway)
Kate Miller-Heidke (SIN/Sony Australia)
Nneka (Decon/Epic)
Becca (SIN/Sony Japan)
Kasmir (SIN/Sony Denmark)
Karnivool (SIN/Sony Australia)

Hear some tracks on the jukebox here

In addition to the daytime event at Antone's, all bands are playing official SXSW showcases and other events, details of which can be found here.  There will also be a complimentary calendar in the SXSW big bag that will include all the dates and times of SIN's showcasing acts.  

The (W)rap Up - Week of March 9, 2010

Ludacris :: Battle of the Sexes
Def Jam
Author: Jesal 'Jay Soul' Padania

"Ludacris to me was always the new Busta Rhymes. Aside from making energetic club banger classics, and occasionally dropping stunning guest verses (his "Made You Look" verse is still worth checking for), there was also the flip side - I would never buy a Ludacris album. Seriously, never. Or a Busta one. They were always "Greatest Hits" dudes. But hey, Busta proved me wrong last year - I ended up making "Back On My B.S." my second favourite album of 2009, so it makes sense for me to give Ludacris an unbiased, fair crack at crafting a long play worth spinning on repeat. So how does "Battle of the Sexes" - which has almost infinite potential as a concept - manage to end up?"

Classified :: Self Explanatory :: Halflife/Sony Records
as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon

"At we're always open to special requests. Last week I got one asking that we cover Classified's "Self Explanatory," which I was more than happy to answer. In truth I thought we already HAD covered it since he seems to drop at least one album a year and they generally get high marks. One music industry veteran recently told me "no internet artist has even gotten large without major label support" and Classified seems to simultaneously prove and disprove that notion. His albums routinely chart in Canada and he's up for three Juno awards this year (the Canadian equivalent of a Grammy). He's the rap artist who put Enfield, Nova Scotia on the map AND he's highly regarded by the RR staff, yet I'm willing to bet 95 out of 100 hip-hop heads in the U.S. who don't read this website have never heard of this rapper/producer.  "

Count Bass D & DJ Pocket :: In the Loop :: Domination Recordings
as reviewed by Patrick Taylor

"This album is a collab between the Count and his friend DJ Pocket, a DJ who is expanding into MCing. I'm basing my review on a download, so I'm not sure if the Count or DJ Pocket are handling production, or if they trade off, Jaylib style. They trade off on the mic, or at least I think they do: they sound so similar that it's hard to tell them apart. Count Bass D's voice is a little deeper, and his rhymes are more out there, but it's easy to get them mixed up. As unpromising as the "producer-turnt-rapper" tag can be, both hold their own on the mic. Count Bass D has already proven himself as a rapper during his decade-plus career, and DJ Pocket shows that turning the knobs is not his only talent. "

Do or Die :: Headz or Tailz :: Rap-A-Lot/Virgin
** RapReviews "Back to the Lab" series **
as reviewed by Pete T.

"In 1996, the label scored a surprise hit when Chicago trio Do or Die's debut "Picture This" scaled the Billboard charts, anchored by the irresistible singles "Po Pimp" and "Playa Like Me and You" as well as the Midwest anthems "Paper Chase" and "Money Flow." Sporting rapid, melodic flows, Belo Zero, N.A.R.D., and AK-47 painted grim pictures of the Chi-Town streets with bleak crime narratives, harmonized choruses, and more than your daily dose of common pimpery over rich production. Do or Die's debut was also noteworthy for introducing the world to the dark, mechanical Midwest funk of producer The Legendary Traxster, as well as two frequent collaborators: the haunting R&B vocalist Johnny P, and a certain like-minded quick-lipped MC from Chicago named Twista."

Dot Silly :: Silly City, Vol. 2 :: Clout Media
as reviewed by Pete T.

"Brooklyn rapper Dot Silly opens 2010 with a download mixtape, "Silly City, Vol. 2," an impressive fourteen-track listen from an artist who definitely appears to be on the come-up. "Silly City, Vol. 2" serves as a showcase for the 22-year-old MC featuring all new tracks and production. Dot Silly is not a conceptual rapper, but his charisma, swagger, and energy make "Silly City, Vol. 2" a memorable listen. A telltale mark of a successful New York rapper is an insatiable hunger at a young age, and Silly is dead-set on establishing his name and his music well beyond the five boroughs. With an aggressive, versatile flow, Silly comes armed with boasts and punchlines for days that the DJ Khaled set should find extremely appealing."

various artists :: Jovonn the Last Don & DJ Suss.One Present The New N.Y. :: {self-released}
as reviewed by Pete T.

"Most of the mix features gritty street rappers rhyming over simple, minimalist mixtape beats, although a few more established names roll through with appearances. Jadakiss aids Mysonne on the grimy opener "Try Your Luck," RedCafe abets Bravo on "I'm On," and Sha Stimuli has his own track, the rugged "Follow the Leader." Early highlights include "Go Hard," where Sweet Peezy smoothly rhymes over a mean horn-laced beat, and Sikai's mellow "Like a Star." After a series of banal autotune-heavy tracks, Shinobi brings some energy on "Do It Like." Karnell and A.P. come strong on their respective late songs "Calm Before the Storm" and "Sometimes I (Wonder).""

Masta Killa :: Live :: Gold Dust Media
as reviewed by Justin 'Tha Shiznut' Chandler

"Masta Killa has remained true to the raw image created by Wu-Tang's debut "Enter 36 Chambers." He surprised the core fans when he stepped up as one of the artists to hold down the Clan when they started to slip from the top of the rap game. While Ghostface drops an album full of ghetto love songs and Method Man teams up with Red for some bouncy, dope smoking, antics (not that this is necessarily a bad thing); Masta Killa released two rock solid albums in "No Said Date" and "Made in Brooklyn." Coming March 30th, 2010, we get an album of Live recordings from the Masta."

Rascalz :: Global Warning :: Figure IV/ViK Recordings/BMG Music Canada
** RapReviews "Back to the Lab" series **
as reviewed by Matt Jost

"Even if you weren't intimately familiar with Canadian hip-hop, in 1997/98 it wasn't hard to tell that "Cash Crop," the second album by Vancouver crew Rascalz, was a landmark release for the scene. The production was on a consistently high level and songs like "Solitaire," "Dreaded Fist," "Clockwork," "Soul Obligation," "FitnRedi" and especially the post-album, guest-heavy single that would be included in the album's '98 edition, "Northern Touch," determinedly pointed towards a brighter future for Canadian hip-hop, a fact that remains acknowledged to this day. The release also provoked the greater public to take notice when the group refused to accept the 1998 Juno Award for Best Rap Recording because it was presented to them during the untelevised part of the ceremony. A year later they won again for "Northern Touch," sealing their acceptance of the award with a live performance of the song. "

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