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Derty Den f/ Gorilla Zoe - Fly Shit (Single)

Review by Steve 'Flash' Juon

Artist: Dirty Den f/ Gorilla Zoe
Title: Fly Shit
Label: Gettin It Together Records

It's hard to say whether its a good or a bad thing to figure out a song's hook from the title before hearing it, but if you guessed it was a sample from Jay-Z's "Party Life" you're clearly on the same wavelength I am. Dirty Den's rap is also pretty easy to guess from the title - he's bragging on his swag. "Pop bottles of Rose', Grey Goose and OJ/I'm in V.I.P., that's where you find me/My ice is shiny, my goons are grimy/I do what I want, the hood behind me." The best things I can say for Dirty Den are (1.) He got an established Southern rapper in Gorilla Zoe to share the billing and (2.) He picked the right producer in Manifest because I don't hate the track. Well let's throw a (3.) on just for the hell of it - nobody's doing an AutoTune gimmick here. Maybe Dirty Den will break out of the pack in the crowded rap field, but I'm not sold yet - I need more time and a few more songs to be convinced.

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Controversey Over Legacy of the Late Ol' Dirty Bastard

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The former manager of Ol' Dirty Bastard is suing a publishing company over allegedly defamatory comments made about him in the late rapper's biography. Jarred Weisfeld filed a lawsuit against MACmillian Publishers and its affiliates on Tuesday (Feb. 24), accusing the parties of using anti-Semitic descriptions in their 2008 book "Digging For Dirt - The Life And Death Of ODB."  The biography describes Weisfeld as a “grinning, shady-looking white guy” who “slinked onstage looking like he had just been bar mitzvahed," according to the lawsuit.  The book also claims Weisfeld forced the rapper to film a reality show in his "dying days" and when on "the brink of suicide" - allegations Weisfeld claims link him to his former client's untimely death from a drug overdose in 2004. Weisfeld's lawsuit seeks $10 million for damages to his reputation in the music industry.
Pseudo Slang Announce Release of Official Debut

From Audible Treats:

Pseudo Slang Announce Release Of Official Debut Album, We'll Keep Looking      05.18.2009
Buffalo, NY-Based Duo Team With Fat Beats Records To Release We'll Keep Looking, Out June 2

Critical Praise for Pseudo Slang:

"Pseudo Slang make the thinking fan's kind of hip-hop." - Chicago Sun Times

(May 18, 2009 - Brooklyn, NY) Pseudo Slang, a Buffalo, New York based hip-hop duo comprised of rapper Emcee Sick, of the crew Xtracts Of Slang, and producer Tone Atlas, of the crew Pseudo Intellectuals, are proud to announce the release of their new studio LP, We'll Keep Looking due June 2nd via Fat Beats Records.

Buffalo, New York isn't much known as a hotbed for hip-hop; most don't know much about the city at all. With We'll Keep Looking Pseudo Slang look to change that, shedding light on the blue-collar city that serves as the duo's home base. Speaking on the city that has so influenced his own post-industrial tinted rhymes, Emcee Sick says, "Buffalo is a special place, an economically challenged rust-belt city lacking in resources that, somehow, in its blue-collar way, creates an unassuming atmosphere for expression. Untainted by sparkle and cliquey-ness Buffalo has nurtured a group of artists and enthusiasts around a very casual and honest representation urban culture." For Sick Emcee, Tone Atlas, and the countless others inspiring the album, We'll Keep Looking is their opportunity to present the local sounds of their unique city to the world.

On We'll Keep Looking, a title referencing overcoming everyday struggle and the search for artistic inspiration, creativity often sparked for the duo over a plate of barbeque while listening to records at Tone Atlas' home. Conversation led to verses, and those verses, laid over Tone's jazz and soul-inspired concoctions, led to the unique sounds heard throughout the album, including "Broke & Copasetic," the album's lead single, featuring R&B songstress Vinia Mojica. It was that unique sound that caught the ear of Fat Beats Records, and now, three years after inking their deal, We'll Keep Looking has finally arrived.

Pseudo Slang formed officially in 2004 with the release of their debut project, The Catalogue, a comprehensive collection of Xtracts' Of Slang and Pseudo Intellectuals' unreleased work recorded between 1999 and 2004, which was released via the duo's self-funded and managed record label, Baby Steps Hip-Hop, Inc. The resulting buzz around The Catalogue led to Pseudo Slang inking a deal with Fat Beats Records in 2005 and releasing their debut single, "Broke & Copasetic" in 2006. In anticipation of their new album, Pseudo Slang has been touring extensively, including a Canadian tour with Jeru The Damaja, the New Royalty Tour ‘06 with Tableek of Maspyke, which spanned over 30 cities, a brief tour through Denmark, and more. Pseudo Slang's new album, We'll Keep Looking, is available June 2nd via Fat Beats Records.

Listen to the first single, "Broke & Copasetic" featuring Vinia Mojica - .

For Pseudo Slang's bio and other goodies, please visit: .


"Broke & Copasetic" feat. Vinia Mojica
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Blaq Poet Announces Official Album Release Date

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MP3: Blaq Poet Announces Official Album Release Date, Gives Fans Early Glimpse Into Tha Blaqprint      05.18.2009
Blaq Poet And Year Round Records Release Album Sampler In Anticipation Of June 30 Release Date

The MP3:

Anticipation for Blaq Poet's Tha Blaqprint has been bubbling for a minute. First, Poet dropped the single; then came the video, bringing the visuals to match. Next came the EPK, and now Blaq Poet, in conjunction with DJ Premier and Year Round Records are proud to bring you Tha Blaqprint Album Sampler. Totaling 21 minutes and 15 tracks, Tha Blaqprint album sampler cuts from track-to-track giving fans a taste of what to expect when the full-length drops on June 30.

The sampler, which includes the fan favorites "Ain't Nuttin' Changed," "Voices," and the recently-circulating "Hate" featuring fellow Queensbridge native N.O.R.E., is full of the gritty, New York boom-bap sound that fans have grown to know, love, and expect from a Blaq Poet album. Musically, the one-and-only DJ Premier, who produced all but two tracks on the album, is responsible for providing that sound, and throughout listening to the sampler it becomes clear that neither Poet nor Premo have disappointed. Tha Blaqprint will be available June 30 via Year Round Records via Fat Beats Distribution.

The Background:

Blaq Poet, a Queensbridge, NY native, first made a name for himself in 1987, entering his name into the legendary battle of Queens vs. The Bronx with his song "Beat You Down," a scathing attack on KRS-One. Later, honoring a dead friend and namesake, he formed the hardcore rap group Screwball, comprised of other QB spitters Hostyle, Solo, and Poet’s cousin KL. Elsewhere, he appeared on the anthemic LP Nas Presents Queensbridge’s Finest, alongside Jungle and Cormega on “Straight Outta Q.B.” Blaq Poet’s refusal to dilute his subject matter or soften his cadence attracted the interest of rap’s most legendary producer, DJ Premier. Preemo, along with fellow luminaries Pete Rock and Marley Marl, laced Screwball’s Y2K album with Poet’s beloved boom-bap. A second album, Loyalty, would follow the next year, thereafter the Screwed Up compilation in 2004. Premier also lent his sonic signature to Poet’s 2006 solid solo debut, Rewind: Deja Screw. Preemo then inked Blaq Poet to his own Year Round Records label. Blaq Poet's new album, Tha Blaqprint, will be available this spring via Year Round Records via Fat Beats Distribution.


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Ain't Nuttin' Changed
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Introducing Brick City's Kalil Kash

Last month I saw Kalil Kash performing at the Bowery Poetry Club in NYC as a part of Conscious’ Bondfire series. When Kash got into the chorus of his song “Baby I Want It” I suddenly realized I was rapping right along with the call and response part of the hook. I had remembered it from the last time, which was the only other time, I saw him perform. That, my friends, is impact, and it’s exactly why I felt the need to catch up with Kalil Kash to find out more about the Jersey native and his music. During our interview Kash not only opened up about his musical history, but he also shared an aspect of his master plan that should scare a lot of less talented emcees.

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Eminem, Method Man, Busta Rhymes & More Preview Albums on MySpace

From Tito Belis:



Full Albums Stream for Free Days Before Hitting Stores

MySpace Music, the world's premier music community, is excited to announce six exclusive album debuts within days of each other. MySpace users can find the highly anticipated albums from Eminem, Tori Amos, Lionel Richie, Busta Rhymes, Method Man & Redman, Kate Voegele and Phoenix available only on MySpace Music. Fans are able to stream the albums in their entirety days before they hit store shelves.

The highly anticipated new album, Relapse¸ from hip hop artist Eminem makes its official debut on MySpace Music beginning today, Friday, May 15. Additionally, tune into FOX's Family Guy on Sunday, May 17 for more MySpace news pertaining to the hip hop star. Visit the official MySpace Music profile of Eminem to stream his entire album for free: .

Tori Amos
Multiplatinum and Grammy nominated recording artist Tori Amos will premiere her brand new album titled Abnormally Attracted to Sin exclusively on MySpace Music in the U.S. beginning on Saturday, May 16. Visit the official MySpace Music profile of Tori Amos to stream her entire album for free: .

Lionel Richie
The new album from legendary artist Lionel Richie is currently available for free streaming exclusively on MySpace Music. Just Go marks the singer's ninth studio album. Check back to MySpace Music for more exciting news about the singer in the coming weeks. Visit the official MySpace Music profile of Lionel Richie to stream his entire album: .

Busta Rhymes
Grammy nominated rapper Busta Rhymes is set to debut his eighth studio album Back on My B.S. exclusively on MySpace Music beginning today, Friday, May 15. To celebrate the release of his new album, Busta will also perform for his MySpace fans at a special MySpace Music The Release show on Monday, May 18 in New York City. Visit the official MySpace Music profile of Busta Rhymes to stream his entire album for free: .

Method Man and Redman
Hip Hop and rap duo Method Man and Redman are set to debut Blackout 2, the highly anticipated follow up to their platinum selling 1999 release Blackout, exclusively on MySpace Music beginning on Saturday, May 16. The duo will perform in a special MySpace Music The Release concert on Thursday, May 28 in Los Angeles. Visit the official MySpace Music profile of Method Man to stream their entire album for free: .

Kate Voegele
Singer/songwriter Kate Voegele premiered her second full length studio album A Fine Mess exclusively on MySpace Music this week. The singer is currently on tour and providing her MySpace fans with exclusive content. Visit the official MySpace Music profile of Kate Voegele, sponsored by University of Phoenix, to stream her entire album for free and to access exciting videos and blogs especially for her MySpace friends: .

French alternative rock band Phoenix will debut their new album Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix exclusively on MySpace Music beginning on Monday, May 18. The band consists of Thomas Mars, Deck D'Arcy, Christian Mazzalai, and Laurent Brancowitz. Visit the official MySpace Music profile of Phoenix to stream their entire album for free: .


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.

MP3: Sandpeople - "Hate Aside"

From Audible Treats:

MP3: Sandpeople - "Hate Aside"      05.14.2009
10-Member Portland, Oregon Collective Release First Single From Long Story, Short... EP

The Song:

Crews aren't all the rage in hip-hop like they used to be, especially crews hailing from the Pacific Northwest. Sandpeople, a 10-member collective from Portland, Oregon is here to change all that with "Hate Aside," the first official single from their nine-song EP, Long Story, Short... due out May 26 via Sandpeople Music. "Hate Aside" finds crew-members Sapient, ILLmaculate, Iame, and Ethic spitting over an infectious piano loop accompanied by synth sprinklings and dashes of electric guitar. The verses of each speak directly to the work that Sandpeople have put in, tirelessly determined to get the credit they deserve. Sapient, who is also the producer of the crew, spits "I'm trying to take it like it's mine for the taking / Live in the place with divine innovation / Why would you hate this? / That's a sign that your mind's too prideful, spiteful, invasive / There ain't sh- you can say." It sounds like it's time to take note.

iTunes Pre-order link: .

The Background:

Since the 2005 release of Sandpeople's debut album, Points of View, the group has seen a growth not only in their own numbers, but also in their rate of musical output. The Sandpeople collective comprises 10 members and several sub-groups, each recording and releasing their own respective works in conjunction with the group projects. The crew's original members include founding member, Mo-B, as well as ILLmaculate, Onlyone, Gold, iame, Al-One, Simple, and DJ Spark. Later, per request of Mo-B, producer Sapient and rapper Ethic joined the original eight. Points Of View, an album recorded over a two-week span, quickly grabbed the attention of music fans everywhere, creating a cult-like following and spreading virally along the west coast and underground hip-hop scene. That buzz lead to a yearlong courtship by Epic Records, which, although not resulting in a deal with the label, proved to be a very influential and educational time for the crew. Outside of the collective, various Sandpeople members have received numerous solo accolades as well. ILLmaculate, a Portland native, was crowned champion of the 2004 Scribble Jam rap battle at the age of 17; TheSaurus won the 2006 and 2007 World Rap Championships hosted by JumpOff.TV; and group producer, rapper, and multi-instrumentalist, Sapient, has garnered recognition from his work with artists such as Tech N9ne, Inspectah Deck, Sean Price, and Aesop Rock, just to name a few. Sandpeople’s newest effort, the aptly titled EP Long Story, Short..., is the product of the insight gained from their major label courtship and their deeply ingrained work ethic and self-imposed high standards, and serves to show the continued growth of the crew, both individually and collectively. Long Story, Short... will be available May 26 via Sandpeople Music.


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Troubled Rapper DMX Released From Prison

According to our friends at DMX was released from an Arizona facility on May 13th after serving a 90 day sentence on charges of drug abuse and animal cruelty. Unfortunately for X he's only out on bail as he still has two cases pending from various assaults on the corrections officers where he's been housed for the past three months. We'll keep you updated on his legal and incarceration status as news warrants.
Selling Out or Smart Business?

In the fall of 2008 Jean Grae sold her services on CraigsList for $800 a verse. Just last week Prince Po of Organized Konfusion fame took to his Facebook status to offer up a verse to anyone who was interested and had a checkbook. Today I’m going to try to figure out if this is selling out, or simply smart business.

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