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Jean Grae: "Stick Up" Dance Contest

From Blacksmith Music:

Jean Grae: "Stick Up" Dance Contest!!!!

Blacksmith Music presents another banger from acclaimed female emcee Jean Grae. In an industry dominated by rap groups and their choreographed dance moves, Jean Grae steps in to set the record straight. The “Stick Up Dance” is the Brooklyn version of these neighborhood dances merged with the heavy lyrics that everyone expects from an MC like Jean Grae.

This coming Monday, May 25th is the deadline for submissions for the new Jean Grae video for “Stick Up Dance”. We are excited to invite all of her friends to record their own version of the Stick Up Dance. Record your own version on a digital camera, cell phone, or laptop and send it to Have fun, be creative and, most importantly, be original! Go solo, or have your friends join in! Those chosen will receive exclusive Blacksmith music and access to an upcoming Blacksmith event. Contact with any questions.

    CLICK HERE for video uploading instructions and information on how to
    download and listen to the “Stick Up Dance” song for free!
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    CLICK HERE to check out the latest Blacksmith TV Episode Six!
    Jean and Kweli meet with David Cross and then Jean terrorizes the Blacksmith Music staff!
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    We look forward to reviewing your submissions! Blacksmith is the Movement!

    Are you on TWITTER?? Follow @JeanGrae and @RealTalibKweli
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Potluck Added to Twiztid End of Days Tour

From James at Kerosene Media:

Potluck Added To Twiztid End Of Days Tour
Potluck Debut “Hot Box Anthem” Video Online Featuring Garth Vader and Absolute

Humboldt County California’s Potluck has posted the video for the track “Hot Box Anthem” featuring Garth Vader and Absolute online at .

Potluck has been igniting the airwaves with their recently released new album “Pipe Dreams”. The Source Magazine championed the group’s sound saying, "There are strong reggae and good vibe undercurrents throughout this 21-cut ode to the high life", while Synthesis Magazine commented “Potluck’s members are at the top of their game, so newcomers welcome to the movement.”  Potluck’s critical acclaim, combined with a relentless tour schedule that has seen them opening for Tech N9ne, Kottonmouth Kings and hip-hop super group La Coka Nostra, has allowed them to become rising stars in the world of underground hip-hop.

Potluck is currently on tour alongside Twiztid until the end of May.


May 25 San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
May 26 Dallas, TX @ Lakewood Theater
May 27 Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live - Studio
May 28 Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
May 30 Louisville, KY @ Club Oasis
May 31 Pontiac, MI @ Clutch Cargos
Jun 06 Hollywood, CA @ Key Club
Jun 20 San Bernardino, CA @ National Orange Show Pavilion *** SRH Anniversary Show


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MySpace to Host Method Man & Redman Release Concert May 28th

From Tito Belis:


WHAT: MySpace Music, the world's premier music community, will host a special "The Release" live performance featuring Method Man & Redman to celebrate the official release of their new album "Blackout! 2." The event is powered by Adidas.

MySpace users will be given the opportunity to obtain free tickets to the event. Users will be prompted to RSVP to with their first and last name. They will receive a confirmation email that will serve as a ticket for them and one friend. 21+ only with ID will receive general admission before 11:00 pm.

WHEN: Thursday, May 28, 2009 - Doors open: 7:00 pm

WHERE: The Highlands of Hollywood
              6801 Hollywood Blvd.
              Los Angeles, CA 90028

Jim Merlis
Big Hassle Media

Tito Belis
Big Hassle Media

The hip-hop duo recently debuted "Blackout! 2" on MySpace Music days before it hit stores. For more information about Method Man & Redman and to stream the new album for free in its entirety, visit their official MySpace profiles at and .

"The Release" is MySpace Music's urban/hip hop series in which artists perform a live concert for fans during the month of their album's release. Footage and photos from the event are then featured on MySpace Hip-Hop ( in the days that follow. Past shows have included Busta Rhymes, Asher Roth, Jadakiss, T.I., Q-Tip, Murs, Akon, Lupe Fiasco, and Chamillionaire. "The Release" is powered by Adidas.

About MySpace Music:
MySpace Music is a landmark joint venture among MySpace, The EMI Group, Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group, and Sony ATV, and whose independent music partners include Alternative Distribution Alliance, Caroline, Fontana, RED, The Orchard, IODA, Nettwerk Music Group, INgrooves, IRIS Distribution, Royalty Share and Wind-up Records. MySpace Music offers an ever-growing catalog of freely streamable audio and video content, user-friendly e-commerce solutions, personal music players, and user and artist playlisting. MySpace Music aims to empower major, independent, and unsigned artists to monetize their content through multiple revenue streams by allowing the MySpace community to freely stream premium content in an ad-supported environment, purchase MP3s and ringtones, create and share playlists, and ultimately buy merchandise, concert tickets, and other digital and physical goods.  MySpace Music also connects artists and fans in the offline arena through various concert series and live events including Secret Shows, MySpaceLIVE!, Transmissions, The Release, Front to Back and The List.

K-Murdock & Panacea News Update

From K-Murdock:

Our 2007 album, "The Scenic Route", was recently chosen as 1 of "10 TIMELESS Albums" in The Find Magazine!  The Find is based outta the Netherlands and functions as an online mag or "e-zine."  They have shown love to us before and really made us feel good by including us in their latest issue.

Shouts to Danny for the link, check it out:

Also for those, like Raw Poetic, who are into "long-boarding", my man Mike aka Emgee did this fresh video of him long-boarding to "Treasure Hunt", peep it!

Lastly, i just wanted to update u all on some BIG NEWS, after relentlessly pursuing a new home to release our upcoming 5th studio album, "12 Step Program", myself and Raw P have decided to go back to the way we did it with "Thinking Back, Looking Forward" and put it out ourselves which essentially means we will pay to press up CDs, get it on itunes, push the publicity of it, etc ourselves... so more than ever, we will be looking to YOU ALL, the fans and friends, to help spread the music around so we can keep making it free of label BS!



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Frank Nitt - "Love" Featuring DJ Quik & J. Black

From Audible Treats:

Frank Nitt - "Love" Featuring DJ Quik & J. Black      05.21.2009
Hip Hop's Summer Of "Love" Starts Now With Delicious Vinyl's New Single

The Song:

Ever since Motown moved to Los Angeles, sunshine and good vibes have been luring the Motor City's most musically minded to make the same migration. Now, one of Detroit's trustiest hip-hop MCs, Frank Nitt (Frank'N'Dank), heads west to team up with producer Terrace Martin (Snoop Dogg's Ego Trippin'), hot hookman J.Black, and Cali legend DJ Quik for the new Delicious Vinyl single: "Love." A perfectly pitched summertime sizzler, "Love" is a celebration of devotion with the slinkiest synths since Zapp and plenty of bump for your swim trunks.

Frank Nitt, well known as half of mad sturdy Detroit duo Frank'n'Dank, has recently been hanging out in L.A. with John "Illa J" Yancey, younger brother of legendary producer James "Jay Dee aka J Dilla" Yancey. As Delicious Vinyl readied the release of Illa J's Dilla-produced debut LP Yancey Boys last year, Frank started playing Delicious Vinyl boss Michael "Mike Floss" Ross a smattering of new tracks.

"Frank's incredibly prolific," says Floss. "He was playing me songs he'd recorded in the past six months, and when I heard 'Love' I knew it was a song I wanted to put out. Combining Terrace's sparkling West Coast sound with the perspective that Frank brings as a native Detroit MC, topped off with a beautiful hook by J.Black and you got yourself a party starter. The fact that this cut's for the ladies just shows we got our priorities straight!"

Floss isn't the only one to fall in love with "Love." When producer Terrace Martin played the unfinished song to West Coast legend DJ Quik, Quik quickly volunteered his mixing and mastering skills as well as contributing a verse to the finished version. Because sometimes you can only beat the heat with more heat. Though it helps to have a swimming pool too.

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Frank Nitt - "Love" Featuring Dj Quik & J. Black
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Focus... Leaves Aftermath

From Blush Public Relations:

For Immediate Release

Super producer Focus... leaves Aftermath after many years of service to Dr. Dre to pursue his dream of owning his own production label a.Fam Entertainment. Focus'... work has since appeared on The Game’s multi-platinum The Documentary (“Where I’m From”), 112’s Pleasure & Pain (single “U Already Know”), Beyonce’s multi-platinum Dangerously In Love (“Yes”) and J.Lo’s platinum-plus This Is Me…Then (“Dear Ben”), among others.

Focus... says he has learned a lot from his mentor Dr Dre. When asked what was it that Dre saw in him that made him take him under his wing Focus... says: “Dre said he liked my style, the way I attacked the music.” Focus... recalls,  “He heard East and West Coast in my sound and he liked the way that I bridged the two. He said I was talented, so he never made me become a mini him, (Dr. Dre). He always took me for who I was and let me be me.”

From then on Focus... never looked back, cranking out tracks for 50 Cent, and other artist affiliated with Aftermath. Focus... has recently produced the single “Respect My Conglomerate" for Busta Rhymes featuring Lil' Wayne and Jadakiss. Yes it was fully produced by Focus... himself and now as one of music’s hottest producers, Focus... has already worked with Girlicious (Mirror), Marsha Ambrosius (Yours Truly-mixtape), Chino XL (The Secret, RICANstruction), Christina Aguilera, and Bishop Lamont just to name a few.  He also co-executive produced the album from 2Pac’s Outlawz, Outlaw 4 Life 2005 A.P., produced several tracks on Sway & King Tech Presents Back 2 Basics (including work with Chino XL and Kam) and is shopping his artists while branding his label, a.Fam Entertainment.

Focus... plans to make his impression felt in the years to come. “This year I’m really showing people what I’m capable of,” Focus...says.  “Ultimately, I don’t want to be anything but a great producer."

Be on the look out for some of the most talented artist coming from out of Afam, with a well rounded producer like Focus the team is sure to win.

To find out more about Focus... log on to his page.

One Stop Shop '09 Round Up

This recap of One Stop Shop '09 is courtesy of Melanie J. Cornish at Critical Marketing.

Canada takes the title this year

Last weekend over five hundred aspiring and established producers from the UK, the Caribbean, Australia, Canada and America, congregated in Phoenix, AZ for the ANNUAL ONE STOP SHOP PRODUCER CONFERENCE.  For the third consecutive year Sha Money XL and his team went above and beyond in presenting to the next generation of music's producers, execs, managers and artists a weekend filled with informative panels and networking opportunities.

Panels moderated by MTV on-air personality Sway, Angela Yee of Shade 45, Chuck Creekmur of and more were both educational and featured the best of the best in the Hip-Hop business, discussing all aspects of the industry. This year One Stop Shop also played host to artists such as B.o.B, Q-Tip, Reflection Eternal and more allowing attendees the opportunity to see these entertainers perform live.

The highlight of the weekend was, as in previous years, the Beat Battle which was won this year by Montreal native Mathieu 'Billboard' Jomphe. The 20 year old who had quit his job to migrate south for the weekend blew the audience away with his production. "The thing that amazed me the most about winning was the fact that my beats are more R&B," Billboard said after winning the coveted title.  "You see those huge names in  Hip-Hop on that stage and you can't help but be a little bit nervous."

Impressing the likes of Just Blaze, Pete Rock, DJ Premier, Don Cannon and 9th Wonder with his versatile, polished and cohesive tracks, Billboard made a huge impact on all those at ONE STOP SHOP."The crazy thing with Billboard was his music got included for an on air beat battle I was doing with a radio station, but then he let me know he wasn't in Arizona and couldn't take part but was coming to the conference," Sha Money XL explains. "His music felt like what I would be vibing to in a club, big sounds and club rocking drums and everyone there was feeling it too."

Each year the winner of the notorious Beat Battle has hailed from a different country which proves that this conference is an attraction that reaches . With plans to take the ONE STOP SHOP on the road in the next year Sha Money XL is keen for this networking opportunity to benefit countries where there is a void in the market. "We are open to taking this concept to other countries and with that being said we might explore making the conference international. Perhaps even Toronto, Canada next.'

"Hands down, this conference has got to be the best and most influential conference for both up & coming and established music producers and tech heads. Blessed to be apart of this. See you at the 4th Annual if you missed out!! "- Hi-Tek
"This years ONE STOP SHOP was more organized with great panels and moderators. We had so many legends in one room and I just can't wait for next year!" - Kisha Scott Marketing Director
New Videos - D-Block, M.O.P., Scratch, Tanya Morgan

It's been a long time since we brought you a video update on but why not do it today? Happy Memorial Day everyone! Here's D-Block with "Get That Paper."

Next up is Nola Darling rocking "That Nola D" remix.

This video is a deeper look into M.O.P. just before their new album hits this summer.

This is a look at up-and-coming rap group Hearn Boiz.

Here's Scratch talking about his new album "Loss 4 Wordz."

Here's Masspike Miles with "The Pursuit."

Last but not least is Tanya Morgan's "What Is Brooklynati?" video.

Braille Update For May 2009

Hey hey... this is Braille.  I've held off on sending any updates this month because I've felt a little overwhelmed.  There is a lot I want to share but I haven't had the energy to type it.  Even as I type this, I feel a little slow.  haha.  It's 2 AM and I need to catch a flight in a couple hours.  I don't want to start off the newsletter sounding sour, I actually have a lot of good news.  I've just been growing in my personal life - it's been exciting and exhausting all at the same time.  I genuinely feel like I've been doing the best I know how... but I'm seeing areas in my life that I could do better in.  I've been taking the appropriate steps to learn, study and grow.

The first measure of good news - we just printed another 10,000 copies of the "CloudNineteen" CD to give away.  This was made possible by contributions from many people, as well as a a great manufacturing price from BOC Marketing (  We've already given away over 5,000 CDs this year - so with this new batch of 10,000 we are half way towards our goal of giving out 30,000 total.  Over the next week I will have plenty of opportunities to give away more CDs.  I have shows lined up in Dallas, Oklahoma City, Dodge City, Van Nuys (Cali), Chicago, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh.  I will be taking 4 flights and driving 32 hours over the next 10 days so please keep me in your prayers.  I will be doing most of the traveling alone but I look forward to seeing many friends along the way.  You can check out event listings for all my shows at

Last week I drove from Portland, OR to Anaheim, CA with my wife and daughter.  My girls are troopers!!!  We drove a strait shot... like 17 hours, then woke up the next morning and went to Disney!!!!  I got a little emotional watching my daughter walk around the park.  She was so excited.  We actually went to the "California Adventures" side because they have the "Playhouse Disney Live on Stage".  My daughter got some new favorite songs during the car ride including "Yellow Submarine" by the Beattles and "Halo" by Beyonce.  She can sing the chorus to "Yellow Submarine" and she will repeat it over and over again.  After Disney I rocked some shows in Oxnard and Lancaster and then we drove back home (a strait shot again).

Last month I was able to visit Nashville, TN for the GMAs.  The highlights of the trip were - driving from Dallas to Nashville with my friend Luke Huch, spending time with the Syntax Records family, performing at the Peanut Butter and Jelly Party, catching up with many friends and making new ones.

On another note... has anyone heard of the official Braille coin?  Check out and buy a coin.  The literacy rate among blind people is extremely low.  The money made from the sales of the coins is going towards education.  You can read more about it at that link.  I was actually contacted by the National Federation of the Blind and asked to be a "Braille ambassador".  I will share more details about that later, but first... go get that coin.

That's all for now.  I will be back in a couple weeks with some updates about my label "Hiphop IS Music" and the next release on the label by Sojourn titled "Sojournalism: The Summer Articles".

peace and GOD bless

Thank you, from Braille and the Hiphop Is Music team. |
Cavalier Gets Old School, 18th Century Style

Cavalier is the type of artist who is impossible to sum up in just one sentence, or even one paragraph. To call him just an emcee would be shortchanging him. To say he’s trying to make a difference almost marginalizes the actions he’s taken and continues to take. A lifelong Brooklyn-ite, Cavalier says he remembers a time when “you only lived in Williamsburg if you were Puerto Rican or Hasidic,” adding “I was living in Crown Heights during the riots but before Japanese take-out.” His debut record, The Breaking, gave him a nice buzz despite a small press run and his free downloadable mixtape, MC Killa, has helped him to continue to grow his fan base. This week I sat down with Cavalier to find out more about his work, his thoughts on Brooklyn’s changes throughout the years, and the interesting way in which he’s been compared to 18th century revolutionary Thomas Paine.

Read the full interview at:

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