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Bisco Smith "Vibrations" + Album Release

From Audible Treats:

Bisco Smith – "Vibrations" + Album Release      01.19.2010
Celebrating The Release Of His Fifth Project, Bisco Lets Loose New Single, Hosts Album Listening Party

The Song:

After whetting appetites in past months with a host of songs, videos, remixes, and more, The Broadcast has finally arrived and Bisco Smith is poised to have it arrive with a bang. The most visionary effort of Bisco's career to date, The Broadcast pushes boundaries of what hip-hop can be, incorporating dirty, often pounding elements of electronic and dubstep, along with Bisco's visual-as-always lyricism. Having worked with just one producer for this album for the first time in his career, The Broadcast is Bisco’s most focused effort to date. Producer J. Vegus and Bisco worked in harmony to accurately incorporate both artists’ visions, which gave the album a cohesive sound from beginning to end.

Bisco is also excited to set loose the album's next single, "Vibrations," which will also be accompanied by a video in the coming weeks. Staying true to its title, "Vibrations" is chock full of heavy bass, sharp synthesizer lines, and pounding drums, courtesy of album producer J.Vegus. Lyrically, Bisco strays from his signature social observational style, which is found on other songs from The Broadcast; "Vibrations" serves as a getaway track for Bisco, just as he hopes it will for others looking to escape through his music. "This is escape music," says Bisco. "With this new single, hopefully we can help you forget the past and future for the time being and just exist in the moment."

Celebrating the long-awaited release, Bisco is excited to let fans hear The Broadcast in its entirety, and will be giving fans a chance to do so tomorrow, Wednesday, January 20th, where Bisco will host a listening party. Held at the No Malice Palace, located at 3rd Street and Avenue B in New York City, the event will kick off at 7:00pm for the after work crowd and will include a happy hour open bar from 8:00pm to 9:00pm. DJ Lokash and DJ Marcus will be DJing the event, and Bisco has a special treat for all in attendance – the world premiere of an exciting new video, directed by frequent collaborator Vidoli. Fans can also check out Bisco performing live Saturday, February 6th at Santos Party House for his official album release show. Kicking off at 11:00pm, the show will cost $10 at the door. Door tickets will also include a free copy of Bisco Smith's new album.

Bisco Smith's second full-length album The Broadcast is available now. Please post buy links: .

The Broadcast teaser: .

The Background:

Bisco Smith moved to NYC 10 plus years ago from Connecticut and quickly made a name for himself DJ'ing at clubs, distributing mixtapes, performing at open mics, and in graffiti circles. His debut release, The Basics EP (2006), gained the favorable attention of music critics and his subsequent release, The Stay Up Project mixtape (2007) was downloaded over 5,000 times. Bisco's penchant for capturing our chaotic reality with his narratives, images, and collaborations has earned him a reputation as one of the most honest and creative artists of today. Going beyond music, Bisco Smith is also an accomplished graphic artist. He's done cover art, designed promotional materials and spearheaded art direction for artists such as Aesop Rock, The Perceptionists, C-Rayz-Walz, Murs, El-P, and others. His art has been featured in several magazines and art house coffee table books and in galleries, such as Danny Simmon's Rush Arts Gallery. 2008 was a big year for Bisco. He released the critically acclaimed album When Electric Night Falls (Embedded Music), toured the US, and performed at CMJ, SXSW, Scribble Jam, and NXNE. Since the start of 2009, Bisco has already released a multimedia project entitled The Strange Love Project, and is now preparing for the release of The Broadcast. It is clear that he shows no sign of slowing down. He spends his time designing everything from record covers to websites, painting walls, participating in art gallery shows, and mentoring the city’s youth with art and music, all the while transmitting top quality music to the world. Prepare to tune into Bisco Smith's forthcoming LP, The Broadcast, available online now.

"Vibrations" .

"Broadcast Live" (Remix of TV On The Radio's "Wear You Out") .

"Railroads" Turnbull Green Remix .

The Broadcast teaser video .

"Railroads" Feat. Human?, Grimace & Esen .

The (W)rap Up - Week of January 12, 2010

Hurricane Chris :: Unleashed
J Records
Author: Steve 'Flash' Juon

"Hurricane Chris can lay claim to being one of the most successful digital artists of the 21st century, with his hit single "A Bay Bay" being downloaded over 3.5 million times as a song or ringtone. Commercial success not being equivalent to artistic merit, our writer Justin 'Tha Shiznute' Chandler found his debut album "51/50 Ratchet" to be more than a little bit underwhelming. That being said the amount of focus and determination Chris shows as a young artist in a crowded marketplace and his willingness to embrace new media distribution make him a hip-hop entrepreneur to watch, and Adam Bernard's interview shows we haven't stopped paying attention."

arious artists :: East Coast Block Starz :: Block Starz Music
as reviewed by Matt Jost

"From what I understand Block Starz Music offers various services to musicians along the lines of promotion and distribution, specifically tailored to the digital age. "East Coast Block Starz" is a compilation that isn't given away for free like so many mixtapes these days but instead promises to deliver your money's worth. Ten months ago RapReviews writer DJ Complejo was hoping for an East Coast edition while reviewing the "West Coast Block Starz," and here it is, 17 single tracks of contemporary East Coast rap."

various artists :: The Harder They Come Soundtrack :: Island Records
** RapReviews "Back to the Lab" series **
as reviewed by Patrick Taylor

"Just as marijuana is alleged to be a gateway drug to a more serious and expensive drug habit, "The Harder They Come" soundtrack might be a gateway to a serious and expensive addiction to reggae music. At the very least it was one of the principle albums that introduced reggae music to the Western mainstream, and along with the Wailer's 1973 album "Burnin'," cemented many people's love for the then-nascent genre. "

Bisco Smith :: The Broadcast :: Embedded Music/Audible Treats
as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon

"Jesal 'Jay Soul' Padania first introduced the RR readership to Bisc1 a/k/a Bisco Smith in 2008. Although Padania was of the opinion Bisc wasn't his cup of tea he did describe the previous effort as a "tightly sequenced, short twelve-track offering that flows together well, punctuated only by the crispness of the drums." That alone was reason enough for RR to give his follow-up release "The Broadcast" a chance. Early listens convinced me that Smith had enough potential that I picked his "Railroads" song featuring Esen and Human Grimace for an episode of Hip-Hop Shop entitled Watch Dem in 2010. The musical backdrop sounded like a hip-hop take on Audioslave's "Show Me How to Live," while the rhymes dropped had the dark and gritty sound of late 1990's era Rawkus Records, particularly Company Flow. I could dig it."

Boss :: Born Gangstaz :: Def Jam West
** RapReviews "Back to the Lab" series **
as reviewed by Emanuel Wallace

"For the record...she doesn't give a fuck, not a single fuck, not a single solitary fuck. This is the mantra in play for the entirety of the 1993 debut release from Boss, "Born Gangstaz". For what it's worth, Boss was actually a duo consisting of Lichelle "Boss" Laws and her DJ partner Irene "Dee" Moore, but much like the currently re-emerging Sade, the group took the name of the premier artist. The story of Boss (the group) is filled with valleys and peaks, and are only slightly eclipsed by the story of Boss (the individual). As a group, trying to secure a deal took Lichelle and Dee from their native Detroit, to New York, back to the D and off to California. "

Dood Computer and Stir Crazy :: Penny Dreadfuls :: All In Merchandise
as reviewed by John-Michael Bond

"You can't knock the hustle of hungry dudes willing to put themselves out there to get their music heard but, like any reviewer will tell you, when it comes to self released, self promoted records the number of hungry cats without the talent to make it spamming your mail box is simply massive. Drive is great. There have been shit tons of fantastic artists who've never made it simply because they didn't have it. If you're one of the rare exceptions though you'll stick out like a diamond in the rough; glistening in the pile of "hey dude would you review my record?" submissions. My latest addition to the exceptions list is Dood Computer and Stir Crazy, and their simply ridiculous "Penny Dreadfuls" tape. "

Kosha Dillz :: Beverly Dillz :: Modular Moods/Shemspeed Records
as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon

"As it turns out this isn't even the first time we've written about Dillz - Justin 'Tha Shiznute' Chandler covered his "Freestyle vs. Written" release with C-Rayz Walz back in aught-eight. Aight. I'm sold. Let's find out why Kosha Dillz has suddenly gone Beverly Hills and see if it's a change for the better or for the worse. "Beverly Dillz" opens with the stripped down "DooDoo," plucking one to two isolated notes over echoing drums.  "

Metermaids :: Smash Smash Bang EP :: 27 Sound Entertainment
as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon

"Swell and Sentence, the duo behind the pseudonym Metermaids, list a diverse range of influences to their rap style - Otis Redding, Modest Mouse, Stevie Wonder and The Roots among others. Well then! From that list I'd expect the Metermaids to be soulful, alternative rock style live hip-hop musicians with poignant lyrics. Amazingly their previous release "Nightlife" seems to have struck most of those chords, being described by one of our own staffers as "cater(ing) so perfectly [to] the more open-minded kids that love rock AS MUCH as they love hip-hop. "


Video - 4-Ize f/ Senor Kaos "Classic Example"

From Senor Kaos:

Video - 4-Ize f/ Senor Kaos "Classic Example"

R.I.P. Killa Sha

We learned from HipHopDX today that Killa Sha passed away due to complications from diabetes. Our condolences to his family and friends. Sha was a long-time collaborator with Tragedy Khadafi, an integral member of the Juice Crew affiliates The Super Kids and had recently been working on a new project with Large Professor of Main Source fame. You can see/hear a music video from Large Pro featuring Killa Sha below.

Haiti Benefit @ The Vessel Tonight with Rob Garza & J Boogie

From Terrorbird Media:

Thievery Corporation's Rob Garza and J Boogie of OM Records performing at Vessel SF on Monday, January 18th

Terrorbird Media + the Vessel SF join together for "Rebound" a Haiti disaster relief project by SF nightlife and music

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- "Rebound" will be featuring Rob Garza of Thievery Corporation on Monday, January 18th from 7-11pm at Vessel. As part of an artist duo that sells out arenas of thousands of fans anywhere in the world, Rob Garza has chosen to share his talents and perform for the San Francisco audience in efforts to raise as much money for the World Food Programme .

J Boogie from OM Records and other artists from the bay area will be joining Garza and as a combination this event is destined to be a huge success and raise thousands to feed the disaster stricken community in Port-au-Prince.  Donations at the door and from the bar will go directly to the World Food Programme.

The event is hosted by Vessel , OM Records , Nitevibe , Terrorbird Media and Burners without Borders . Food will also be provided with the help of Oola Restaurant and Bar.

B.G. Says Chopper City Boyz Are Done; Confirms Boosie Album

From DJ Smallz:

Southern Smoke TV Catches a wasted B.G. confirming the Lil' Boosie Collabo Album and Gar announces that there is no more "Chopper City Boyz"

Dillon & Paten Locke "Hot Mess" Video

Domination Recordings sent over this Dillon & Paten Locke "Hot Mess" video, made with a little help from the Fat Albert Gang!

Wyclef Jean's Personal Statement on Accusations Against Yele Haiti

Wyclef Jean endorses donating to every charity working in Haiti while defending Yele Haiti against false and slanderous accusations in the YouTube video below.

Duck Down iTunes Sales Donated To Haiti Relief Efforts

From Duck Down:

Duck Down iTunes Sales Donated to Yele for the Haiti Relief Effort
Starting January 16th at 12:00AM, for a 24 hour period

Starting January 16th at 12:00AM, for a 24 hour period, Duck Down's complete iTunes Catalog sales will be donated to Yele to assist in the relief effort occurring in Haiti after the devastating earthquake struck on Tuesday, January 12th.

When a consumer purchases either full album downloads or singles, Duck Down will donate the proceeds. 

Participating Artists Music includes: SEAN PRICE, KRS-ONE & BUCKSHOT, B-REAL OF CYPRESS HILL, KIDZ IN THE HALL, 9TH WONDER, SKYZOO, MARCO POLO, TORAE, RUSTE JUXX, BOOT CAMP CLIK, SMIF N WESSUN, HELTAH SKELTAH, BLACK MOON, GENERAL STEELE, BLUE SCHOLARS, & DJ REVOLUTION. Fans can search for these artists' catalog at iTunes and donate to the Haiti relief effort by purchasing the music.

For more information on YELE and how you can make a donation today visit: and .

Trends New Music Video - "Will You"

Hey what's up how are you. It's your boy Trends. I'm sending you my new music video "Will You". Please post this to your site when you get a chance it would be greatly appreciated.
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