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Free Mixtape: Stat Quo - "2010"

STAT QUO presents

2010 - The Mixtape

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Stat 2010 cover

Bingo (freestyle)
J Newt Speaks Again
Jungle (produced by Illtone)
Lemonade (freestyle)
More Explosive (produced by Lyr1kz)
Open Book (produced by Lyr1kz)
Peace (produced by Lyr1kz)
Ridin' (produced by Focus)
Right (produced by Tone Beatz)
Say Something (freestyle)
Story (produced by Punch)
Text Me A Pic
Venus vs Mars (freestyle)
What's Up (produced by Ty Cutta)

Please check out the highlight track "Ridin'" produced by Focus where Stat rocks three different  styles over a different South, East and West Coast drum pattern on a song influenced by "Still Dre" off Dr. Dre's 2001 album.  Also check out "The Hustle" featuring Lauryn Hill.  Stat Quo will be releasing his debut album Statlanta on June 22 and is currently in the studio working with Dr Dre.
Video: Marco Polo & Ruste Juxx - "Nobody"

Directed by Todd Angkasuwan. Music from Marco Polo & Ruste Juxx's new album, The eXXecution, in stores now on Duck Down Music:

Video: Dres of Black Sheep - "Doin' It Wrong Remix"

From Michelle at Audible Treats:

Continuing to build anticipation for his latest full-length album, From The Black Pool of Genius, dropping this summer, Dres of Black Sheep is releasing his Prelude Remix EP. Having announced the remix contest winners last month, the first track off the EP is the song, "Doin' It Wrong Remix," produced by Jim B.

As the video, "Doin' It Wrong," starts, the camera follows Dres into a neighborhood playground while he raps around the new beat, laden with upbeat drums, smooth chops, and vocals from the track's title paired against a range of dynamic camera angles. From Dres' perspective, he explains, "It's a feel good video and I like that. You know a song is powerful when it can point out something that's wrong, but make you feel good at the same time." Throughout the video, there are mirror images, cut scenes, and a fisheye lens shot, yet the videography doesn't take away from Dres's ability to reach out with the thought-provoking lyrics of the song over the infectious beat.

Watch the video here:

Prelude Remix EP buy link:

Prelude buy link:

The Background:

It all began with a thundering baseline and an unmistakably classic phrase - "this or that." One of the most widely recognized songs in rap music history, the 1991 classic "The Choice is Yours" was hailed by VH1 in 2008 as one of the best rap songs of all time. The highly respected Queens emcee Dres, along with DJing partner-in-crime William "Mista Lawnge" McLean took the music industry by storm in the early 1990's as part of the groundbreaking collective Native Tongues. Penning such Billboard standouts as "Flavor of the Month" and "Strobelight Honey" for the duo's platinum-selling debut album A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing in 1992, Dres would continue to crank out the hits on the group's second release, Non Fiction. After a brief reunion with Mister Lawnge in 2000, Dres again set his sights on recording. He released the innovative online-only album 8WM/Novakane in 2007. Now he's back in the studio, writing the next chapter of his storied career. Dres' highly anticipated new project, From the Black Pool of Genius, out Spring 2010, promises to pair thought-provoking lyrics with astounding beats constructed by a corps of new and established beatmakers. They include Bean One, Showbiz, Tough Junkie, P. Locke, Urban Soul Music Group, and Willie Evans. He's also got an impressive line-up of guest stars, including De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest, Rhymefest, AZ, and Tough Junkie, among others. Leading up to the release of his next full-length, Black Sheep have released a precursor EP, From The Black Pool Of Genius: The Prelude, available now. From The Black Pool Of Genius will be available this summer.


"Doin It Wrong Remix" Video:

Studio Footage Session:

Prelude Remix Contest:

"I Wanna Rock" (Dres Hot Track Of The Week):

Dres & Mike G Talk About Native Tongues Reunion Track:

"Road Warrior":

"Doin' It Wrong":

"Forever Luvlee":

Bio, pictures, and streams available here:



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Eastborn In Hospital

From Drop Zone Records:

As you may be aware he has done alot of work for many charities around the globe as well as in his local community and it is great to see the love coming back now at this time.

We would like to thank all the DJ's too who have upped his music on your playlists and who are supporting him like he has supported so many others. Keep playing his music!

We hope soon to have a statement from him as he goes through his recouperation. If you would like to download any of his tracks for your shows or simply to show love (as the money from these tracks all go to charity), then please do... (you can use the link below or use your usual Digital Supplier, iTunes etc)

Thanks for the Love and support...

Chris (acting on behalf of Drop Zone Records)


Video: Jola the Trunk Boi - "Suck My Swag"

From Sam Cuddy:

Hip-Hop Meets The Ukulele

A couple months ago I was at an event in the city when a friend of a friend started telling me about Jon Braman. Now, bear in mind, I hear a lot of people telling me about a lot of artists, so it takes something really interesting to get my attention. As soon as she said Braman was a rapper who played the ukulele, getting my attention was no longer an issue.

After what seemed like dozens of missed opportunities to check out Braman’s work, his album, Climatastrophunk, finally arrived in my mailbox. Really interested in knowing if combining the ukulele and hip-hop could work, I put it on. It was an oddly perfect marriage, at least with Braman at the helm. His lyrics are meaningful, and at times downright beautiful, and his vibe matches those qualities perfectly. Braman describes some of the inspiration behind his music, saying “being able to sing out your fears as well as your hopes and dreams is a pretty good feeling.” This week I caught up with Jon Braman to find out more about the man, his music, and what exactly a Climatastrophunk is.

Read the full interview at:

Lil Wayne - The Blue Martian Mixtape - Free Download

Download it here

Lil Wayne & D-Rich "We Gona Get Paid"


Download it now on the Blue Martian Mixtape!

Video - Reflection Eternal ft. Estelle "Midnight Hour"

From Ayal Kleinman:

Video - Reflection Eternal ft. Estelle "Midnight Hour"

Talib Kweli + Hi Tek Are: Reflection Eternal
Revolutions Per Minute in stores May 18th (Pre-Order)

Video: 2010 May Day Freedom Festival Recap

From Anthony "Fascious" Martinez:


On May 1, 2010, the Rebel Diaz Arts Collective stormed Union Square in New York City for the 2010 May Day Freedom Festival. Thousands of people arrived to march and protest against the SB 1070 Law in Arizona granting police officers the right to racially profile "suspected immigrants" and deport them upon absence of their citizenship papers. Artists such as IMMORTAL TECHNIQUE, REBEL DIAZ, HASAN SALAAM, DIVISION X, FASCIOUS and many more performed in support of protesting this law. This video below shows what CNN, ABC, NY1, and other news stations refused to report...The truth in the form of Hip-Hop.

Big Boi's Advice For The Next Generation Of Hip-Hop catches up with Big Boi, one half of the legendary Outkast, at Stankonia Studios to grab some advice for Hip Hop's next class of future superstars.

Look out for his new album "Sir Luscious Left Foot: The Son Of Chico Dusty" due out July 6. 

Big Boi's Advice For The Next Generation of Hip Hop from DJ Smallz on Vimeo.


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