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Chamillionaire Announces Mixtape Messiah 6 for Jan. 13th

Courtesy of Nancy B.:

While most of us were taking it easy over the Holiday period, Chamillionaire was hard at work in the studio, as usual, gearing up for the January 13th release of Mixtape Messiah 6, the soon-to-be-announced release of Mixtape Messiah 7 and of course, the 1st Quarter drop of his highly anticipated third album, Venom (Chamillitary/Universal Republic.)

Venom's first single, Creepin' (Solo) ft. Ludacris (at his maniacal best) is already on steady smolder mode since it was leaked in December and shows all the signs of an organically-grown hit. For those with a constant jones for freestyles though, we have provided a link below to download all of the latest, along with accompanying artwork, for your iPods, websites, blogs and general consumption.

Happy New Year from the Chamillitary family. Enjoy!


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1/13 - *** Mixtape Messiah 6 drops

1/13 - San Marcos / Round Rock

 1/14 - Arlington - Valley View Mall

 1/15 - Dallas / Ft. Worth

1/16 - Austin - Live remote at Club Vicci

1/17 - Houston - 8th Annual High School MLK Battle of the Bands - Del Mar Stadium - celebrity judge

1/18 - Houston - In-store at Fly Rydes

1/19 - Houston - 15th Annual MLK Grande Parade - Co-Grand Marshal

1/20 - D.C. - Inauguration

1/21 - D.C.

1/24 - McAllen - Performance at McAllen Convention Center event

Enough with the Generic Concert DVDs

The other day I was sitting down to yet another concert DVD when I realized something. Despite being a fan of the artist, and despite the fact that I’m sure I would have had a great time at the show, I didn’t feel compelled at all to watch the DVD. It wasn’t the artist, and it wasn’t my mood, it was the simple fact that concert DVDs that are just a concert are usually fairly bland.

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The Necessity of Promo CDs

Ballin PR founder Nicole Balin interviewed RapReviews' own Adam Bernard last week to get his opinion on promo CDs, anti-piracy drops, album streams, and attempting to keep an artist’s work off the internet while still getting it reviewed in publications that have three to four month lead times. The feature has been published in two parts. Check it out!

* Part I of the Interview

* Part II of the Interview

PS – Nicole is awesome, so feel free to leave her comments!
La Coka Nostra Video Featuring B-Real

Press release courtesy of Kerosene Media.

La Coka Nostra Launches Video For “I’m An American”
Featuring Cypress Hill’s B-Real


Debut Album “A Brand You Can Trust” In Stores Early 2009 and Touring Alongside Kottonmouth Kings On Bring Tha Noize Tour

La Coka Nostra Consists of Everlast, DannyBoy, DJ Lethal, Ill Bill, Slaine and Big Left

La Coka Nostra have released the video for the track “I’m An American” online at the following location . The video was directed by La Coka Nostra's own Danny Boy O'Connor and features a guest appearance by Cypress Hill’s B-Real.

"I just wanted to create something different than what I have been seeing in hip-hop lately," commented Danny Boy. "I like the graphic novel look and decided to produce and direct my own for LCN-DB."

Founded on a new breed of rappers, but further injecting the mix with iconic veterans of the game the result is La Coka Nostra. Composed of members Ill Bill, Slaine, Everlast, Danny Boy, Dj Lethal and Big Left, La Coka Nostra is a breath of fresh air in these days of contrived airbrushed rap music.

La Coka Nostra will release their upcoming debut “A Brand You Can Trust” through Suburban Noize Records in early 2009 packed with collaborations by Snoop Dogg, Cypress Hill, Bun B, Psycho Realm, Q-Unique, Immortal Technique and the Alchemist. The group will embark on the Bring Tha Noize Tour alongside Kottonmouth Kings, Blaze Ya’ Dead Homie, Big B, Potluck and Short Dawg beginning in late February through early April.


Feb 25 Petaluma, CA @ Phoenix Theater
Feb 26 Chico, CA @ Senator Theatre
Feb 27 Portland, OR @ Roseland
Feb 28 Seattle, WA @ Showbox
Mar 01 Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
Mar 03 Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
Mar 04 Billings, MT @ Shrine Auditorium
Mar 05 Rapid City, SD @ Rushmore Hall
Mar 06 Omaha, NE @ Sokol Auditorium
Mar 07 St. Paul, MN @ Myth
Mar 08 Fargo, ND @ Playmakers
Mar 09 Sioux Falls, SD @ Ramkota Exhibit Hall
Mar 11 Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
Mar 12 Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Club
Mar 13 Detroit, MI @ Clutch Cargos
Mar 14 Cincinnati, OH @ Bogarts
Mar 15 Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
Mar 17 Mokena, IL @ Pearl Room
Mar 18 Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
Mar 19 Cheswick, PA @ Gravity Nightclub
Mar 20 Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
Mar 21 Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head
Mar 22 Philadelphia, PA @ Theater of Living Arts
Mar 23 New York, NY @ BB Kings
Mar 26 Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
Mar 27 Saint Petersburg, FL @ Jannus Landing
Mar 28 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
Mar 29 Sauget, IL @ Pops
Mar 31 Tulsa, OK @ Cains Ballroom
Apr 01 Kansas City, MO @ Beaumont Club
Apr 02 Wichita, KS @ Cotillion Ballroom
Apr 03 Denver, CO @ Fillmore Auditorium
Apr 04 Magna, UT @ The Great Salt Air


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T.I. Owes $8,000 In Attorney Fees in Custody Case

According to our friends at it seems T.I. is in some hot water over a legal bill. Lawyers for LaShon Dixon, the mother of T.I.'s sons, say the rapper owes an $8,000 attorney bill in a custody case. T.I. is scheduled to appear in Fulton County Superior Court to resolve the matter today. T.I. was ordered in September to pay more than $3,000 a month to Dixon as well as cover the boys' private school tuition, uninsured medical bills and expenses related to the children's extracurricular activities. He was also ordered to pay her attorney fees no later than November 19th. In the meantime T.I. and Dixon are still negotiating child support and custody of the boys, ages 7 and 8. He also has two sons with his fiancee, Tameka "Tiny" Cottle, of defunct R&B group Xscape. Thanks again to for this update.
EPMD - Run It Remix (Single)

Review by Vern Pitt

Artist: EPMD
Title: Run It Remix
Label: Beyond Records

So a new EPMD release is in, about time for a few cash-in remixes I'd say. What better way to honour a classic, albeit fading rap group, than by injecting a bit of house into their back catalogue?

Well if that seems as nonsensical to you as it does to me then you may also want to use this disc as a coaster. Stripping any semblance of its original piano hook, original lyrics or original swagger Herve and Sinde use their bites of the cherry to strip the track of any listening pleasure. The former uses dull distorted bass and frantic hi-hats as his weapon of musical destruction while the latter resorts to a sub-par dub under tone.

Duke Dumont's take on it is a little more bearable retaining the basic idea that it's hip-hop but falls short with a bizarre and annoying choice of inserting squarks into the mix. Don't "Run It," just run from it.

The Adam B Experience (ABX) Podcast #9!

The Adam B Experience

Adam B: "This is a jam packed episode of The Adam B Experience. Not only am I bringing you the underground Hip-Hop goodness you can only get here, but this episode features the Skillz "Rap Up 2008" (you had to know it was coming) and all the information about “You Done F’ed Up Christmas – The Contest.” With this contest you can take home some great CDs for yourself, or the people you may owe something to after a December 25th debacle. As always, feedback is welcome, just hit me up at Enjoy the show!" The Adam B Experience is 100% PODSAFE and TOTALLY FREE for listeners at so no worries about downloading or sharing this show. Tell your friends to check it out at!

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Hip-Hop Shop #16 - BurntMD, Staik Selektah, Termanology

The Hip-Hop Shop is the precursor to Kayfabe 4 Dummies every Sunday night, a 30 minute show of hip-hop tracks and talk. This week Big D and Steve 'Flash' Juon feature tracks by Statik Selektah, BurntMD and Termanology while discussing the NFL and possible hip-hop meets pro wrestling angles for 2009! Tune in every Sunday at 9:30 PM EST, 8:30 Central via and if you miss the live show be sure to look for the replay here on RapReviews or via our sponsor . The shows are 100% podsafe so distribute to your friends and tell them to visit Enjoy!

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Jav aka Rapmononov - An Emcee with a Classical Approach

A month or so ago I was at a show with former Artist Of The Week Deep of 2 Hungry Bros and he handed me a CD by Jav aka Rapmononov, recommending I give him a listen. The album turned out to be dope, which really shouldn’t have been much of a surprise. As a member of the AOK Collective Deep works with some of the best artists around, so clearly he knows what he’s doing when it comes to assessing talent. Of course, I wasn’t going to leave things at just a listen, I had to hit up Jav aka Rapmonanov for a feature. This week I caught up with the multitalented artist to find out more about the man behind the music, including everything from his inspirations, to why he feels his work will connect with people, to how a classical musician influenced his name.

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Mahogony Jones - "The Gathering" Mixtape

Heads all over the world, are you in the mood for free music? That's a dub and obvious question because I already know the answer's yes. But I can give you something better, a dope and free music from someone you've never heard. As y'all may know that the writers here in RapReviews doesn't just give away any free music from any type of rapper. This one here is from one of the nicest ladies in rap that we have ever seen in a while. Note that she is not only the nicest on the mic but she was also nice enough to present me a free mixtape to help spread the word.

Ladies and gentlemen, her name is Mahogany Jones - a fly rapper-ess to come from from East Pointe, Michigan. Her album "Morphed" is in stores now, but here's a mixtape to help give y'all a preview to what her style's about only for the price of free ninety-nine (Sorry, I had to steal that line, Pedro). Sit back, listen, and enjoy.


And here's her MySpace page:   

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