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Delicious Vinyl - Yancey Boys - The Instrumentals

From Audible Treats:

Delicious Vinyl Feeds Dilla Freaks In Need Of Beats With Yancey Boys - The Instrumentals      01.28.2009

Illa J's Debut Album Released As Originally Recorded By Dilla; DJ King Most Provides Free Mega Mix

(January 28, 2009 - Brooklyn, NY) Mental for Dilla beats? We got you covered. Hot on the still-smokin' heels of Illa J's debut album Yancey Boys, comes...Yancey Boys - Instrumentals.

Thirteen beats created by the one and only James Yancey (aka Jay Dee aka J Dilla). Raw uncut Jay Dee goodness, heard first on Illa J's debut album Yancey Boys. These beats date from 1995-98, created during Jay Dee's tenure at Delicious Vinyl including his work on the Pharcyde's sophomore LP, Labcabincalifornia. Madly prolific, Jay Dee left these previously untouched beats behind. They were in the Delicious Vinyl vault for a whopping thirteen years before, in a case of manifest destiny, Dilla's younger brother John "Illa J" Yancey added his vocals to them to make the album Yancey Boys.

Now fans can get the raw material that Illa J worked with. From "We Here"'s kraut-tastic sizzle to the bumpadelic rumpus of "R U Listenin'.” From the dusted satin of "Sounds Like Love" to the torqued out dreamscape of "All Good,” these beats are all keepers. They’re available on your favorite format (double vinyl LP, CD, or digital download) online an in stores everywhere.

As an added bonus, San Francisco's DJ King Most ( whipped up a Mega Mix of the instrumentals: .

If you're in San Francisco, head over to 330 Ritch this Friday for a live performance.

If you're in Los Angeles, head over to Amoeba Records on February 11th to see Illa J rock a free in-store performance.

To set up interviews with Illa J or Mike Ross, the CEO of Delicious Vinyl, please contact Michelle

The Background:

When Jay Dee passed away from complications relating to lupus in February 2006, he left behind an extraordinary legacy of production work, including hits for Common, Janet Jackson, and Busta Rhymes. One mother lode of previously untouched beats dates from his time working on the Pharcyde's sophomore album, Labcabincalifornia (Delicious Vinyl, 1995). As Delicious Vinyl owner and founder Michael "Mike Floss" Ross explains: "From '95 through '98 Jay Dee was my go-to guy for hot beats and remixes. He was always making beats, always. So there was a select amount of tracks that he composed for me during that time, tracks as good as anything he'd done, only they never got used. When I finally met Illa J last year, I gave him a CD containing those unreleased beats."

In a case of pure serendipity, 21 year-old Illa J had just relocated from Detroit to Los Angeles and constructed a studio built using Jay Dee's recording equipment. He dubbed it Yancey Boys Studios in tribute to their fraternal bond. "Dilla was 12 years older than me," Illa J says. "So back in the day in Detroit I was just a little kid, sitting on the stairs in our house, watching him make those first beats for Slum Village. I always felt my brother's tracks and had an instinct for what I wanted to do over them." When Illa J set to work in early '08 recording the album, the project flowed quickly as he entered the proverbial can't miss zone. The name of the studio rightly became the title of the finished album, Yancey Boys, which is available online and in stores everywhere on Delicious Vinyl Records.


"Yancey Boys Instrumental Mega Mix" by King Most
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"Sounds Like Love" featuring Debi Nova
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The Stephen Colbert Remix Challenge



On a recent episode of “The Colbert Report” (airdate January 7), Stephen Colbert interviewed Creative Commons founder Larry Lessig, about his new book, "Remix: Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy". Lessig, a strong proponent of modifying copyright restrictions on art (including music), was there to talk about the value added to society when people are encouraged to share and remix creative material.

During the interview, Colbert, dared the audience to break the rules: "Never... ever... ever... take anything of mine and remix it! For instance, I will be very angry if anyone takes this interview right here and remixes it with some great dance beat, and it starts showing up in clubs across America."

The nerve! The folks at Indaba Music didn’t miss a beat, and within hours they threw down the gauntlet, posting the audio stems from Colbert’s interview on their site for a remix challenge. As joint copyright holder of the interview Lessig licensed the audio under a Creative Commons BY License, making free to use

The results poured in, and Colbert’s camp went bonkers! The following week “The Colbert Report” aired the remix  created by Chris Lewis, and even made a music video to go with it, featuring Stephen Colbert getting buck wild (ahem) on the dance floor.

Colbert ended the show with another challenge: to remix a chapter from his audio book to “a K-Hole groove”.

What are you waiting for?  Grab Stephen Colbert’s audio stems here, and show him what it means to rumble with the remix nation!

For more information on Indaba Music, give us a shout – and send us your remix!

Sarah Avrin        212-989-2222, x118
Megan Brandt        212-989-2222 x108
X-Clan Debuts New Material Online

From James at Kerosene Media:

For Immediate Release: Hip-Hop Legends X-Clan Streams Entire New Album Online

Hip-hop legends, X-Clan, have streamed their entire new album, “Mainstream Outlawz” online at The album was recently released through Suburban Noize Records and features guest appearances by Bun B of UGK, Medusa and Supanatural.

"X-Clan is part of the Tru-school, meaning it's either real or it's not.  In these days and times if you’re not kicking something uplifting and empowering you are doing the people an injustice," commented Brother J. "A lot of old school artists sold out for the dollar and a lot of new school artists are born into selling out as a trend.  I feel if the veteran artists set a better example Tru-school music would set the tone for all our generations.  Right now , there are only a handful of artists that produce music that is street credible and family accepted, X-Clan remains pioneers in that genre, especially in this new millennium."

X-Clan, one of the genres most powerful and influential hip-hop crews ever, returned in 2007 after nearly a decade-long hiatus with their long awaited comeback album "Return From Mecca". The SOURCE Magazine proclaimed that "Brother J shines as he nourishes with vanglorious music," while the Los Angeles Times said the album was "a rare rap 'Return' well worth the wait." The critically acclaimed album saw the group dropping their unique brand of ancestral wisdom and culture to a whole new generation of hip-hop fans on sold out tours with Public Enemy, Damian 'Jr. Gong' Marley and Jurassic 5.

The foundation for "Mainstream Outlawz" was built over a year long period with X-Clan mastermind Brother J venturing into the heart of Houston, TX to re-ignite hip-hop’s flame. The move brought out bouts of intense creativity bolstered by Brother J and his collaborators love for music. X-Clan is on a quest to bring hip-hop back to the roots of the genre and are proudly waiving the hip-hop flag, while leading the revolution to revive lost art of rhyme.


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Bisc1 Releases The Strange Love Project

Bisc1 Releases The Strange Love Project, A Study of Audio and Visual Relationships      01.28.2009
20 Visual Artists and 10 Producers Reinterpret Bisc1's When Electric Night Falls; Music & Art Available as Free Download

(January 28, 2009) Brooklyn, NY- Emcee, graphic artist, and wall painter Bisc1 has joined forces with twenty visual artists and ten producers to reinterpret his 2008 offering When Electric Night Falls (Embedded Music). The result, The Strange Love Project, is a multimedia experience of beats, rhymes, and stunning visuals, and is available now for free download from Bisc1’s website (

Not just a collection of songs, The Strange Love Project is a study of the individual experiences that many can have with same music. As Bisc explained it himself, “As a writer, a designer, and a lyricist I was curious to see what others saw when the record was played.” For the remix portion of The Strange Love Project, Bisc gave ten producers the vocal tracks from WENF. The rest was up to them. Visually Bisc took a similar approach, enlisting the help of twenty artists to create pieces with the only requirement being that the artwork be square in shape. Featuring musical reinterpretations including the work of Cassettes Won’t Listen and Snafu (of Junk Science), and visual reinterpretations by renowned artists, including James T. Murray, Karla Murray, Cern, and more, TSLP invites fans along for a ride of intertwining audio and visual relationships that breathe new life into an already stellar album.

A native of Massachusetts by way of Connecticut, Bisc1 moved to NYC 10 years ago and quickly made a name for himself DJ'ing at clubs, distributing mixtapes, and in graffiti circles. Soon, Bisc1 picked up the mic and won several battle raps including the Whose Line Is It monthly at the Knitting Factory in NYC 4 consecutive months in a row. His debut release, The Basics EP (2006), gained the favorable attention of music critics and his subsequent release, The Stay Up Projectmixtape (2007) was downloaded over 5000 times. Bisc'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, Bisc1 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 Bisc. He released the critically acclaimed album When Electric Night Falls, toured the US, and performed at CMJ, SXSW, Scribble Jam, and NXNE. With the release of The Strange Love Project, 2009 promises to be even bigger.

Track Listing of The Strange Love Project Remixtape

1. NightFall Remix (Prod. By Le Parasite)
2. Turbulence Remix Blend (Prod. By Scott Thorough/Cassettes Won’t Listen)
3. Remixtape Interlude 1
4. Pandemonium Remix feat. Broke MC (Prod. By Broke MC)
5. Remixtape Interlude 2
6. Unconditional Remix (Prod. By Core Rhythm)
7. Sidelines Remix (Prod. By Coole High)
8. Great Escape Remix Blend (Prod. By Esen/Omega One)
9. Remixtape Interlude 3
10. Another Day Remix (Prod. By Kils)
11. Remixtape Interlude 4
12. Strange Love Remix (Prod. By Snafu)


"Turbulence" RMX Blend by Scott Thorough and Cassettes Won't Listen
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"Nightfall" RMX by Le Parasite
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The Strange Love Project
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Sankofa Press Release on "Music With Friends 4"

Courtesy of Sankofa and Obese America.

The latest in Sankofa's franchise of free is now available to download.  Featuring production from Purify and guest raps from RhymeWise37, Music with Friends 4 finds Sankofa asking important questions like "Why do rappers hold invisible guns?" and laughing at hapless fools hitting on his wife.  Want to bust out some new slang?  Look no further than the Muggs-flavored "Birkencrocs," where a friend's footwear is mercilessly mocked.

The promotional video, featuring a snippet of the track "Birkencrocs," is located at

Jupiter Rising - Making Hip-Hop Worth Moving To

Jupiter Rising has been on the scene in some way, shape, or form, since 2006, but don’t feel too bad if you don’t instantly recognize them, founder Spencer Nezey has gone through a number of lineup changes with the group. Enter singer Jessie Payo. Suddenly Jupiter Rising’s lineup is rock solid. The California duo, he from Sacramento and she from Los Angeles, immediately saw the potential in their teaming and started recording together. The resulting sound they’ve created is a mix of pop, Hip-Hop, rock, downtempo, drum n bass and funk. In other words, it’s some really fun, danceable, music most anyone can get down to. With Jupiter Rising’s upcoming album, The Quiet Hype, which happens to be Nezey’s first with Payo, due out in March I caught up with both of them to find out more about their coming together, what makes their teaming work, and the inspiration behind their extensive genre-mixing.

Read the full interview at:

'Notorious' Writer Preps Run-D.M.C. Film

According to, Cheo Hodari Coker, screenwriter for "Notorious," the Notorious B.I.G. biopic, will be adding another Hip-Hop movie to his resume.

The writer is attached to adapt a film for legendary rap group Run-D.M.C. from Bill Adler's "Tougher Than Leather: The Rise of Run-DMC -- The Authorized Biography," reports

The movie will be made on DJ Classicz, the urban division of Davis Entertainment.

"It's an extraordinary rags-to-riches journey that I'm eager to bring to the screen," sauid Dallas Jackson, president of DJ Classicz. "And I'm hoping to have Run, DMC and Russell Simmons' involvement. This will be a big movie about the 1980s Hip Hop movement that took over the world."

Run-D.M.C. is known for their success of platinum albums and numerous hits such as "It's Like That," "King of Rock," and "It's Tricky." The group is also known for their praises such as Grammy nominations and, most recently, a nod for the 2009 inductee at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Coker recently signed on to write the Imagine/Universal project "Lowriders."


Charlie Murphy Says Obama's Fair Game

In this week’s edition of the New Haven Advocate I have an in-depth interview with legendary comedian/actor Charlie Murphy. In it we discuss how standup comics will treat Barack Obama, why he feels nothing should be off limits when it comes to comedy, and what people can expect from his upcoming autobiography, The Making of a Stand Up Guy, which is due out this fall.

Check out the feature at:

Champion's Hoodie Remix Contest Is Launched

From Special Ops:

Hoodie Remix website: .
Champion on Facebook: .

             Champion, a leading athletic apparel brand for men and women, announced today the launch of Hoodie Remix,, an interactive on-line contest in self-expression that serves to pay tribute to the hooded sweatshirt; an ongoing sports and cultural phenomenon introduced by the Champion Brand.  Beginning January 20, 2009, fans and faithfuls of the hoodie are invited to log on and create their own unique design through a user-friendly template that offers a mix of color, pattern and overall style options.  With interchangeable hoods, sleeves, pockets and more, consumers are free to customize and create their own version of a Champion classic.

            All Hoodie Remixes are submitted to the site and made available for public consumption and voting.  Banner ads supporting the contest will run on Web properties including: ESPN, MTV, People, Daily Candy and Men’s Health, etc.  Consumers are also encouraged to push their own product via voter widgets ideal for Facebook, MySpace, and other populated community sites.  On May 29, 2009, the single design with the most votes will be named the winner of the Hoodie Remix contest and may also be produced and sold as a limited-edition hoodie by Champion.

            "The Hoodie Remix campaign is one of Champion's innovative media initiatives in 2009," said Claire Edgar, Champion Brand Marketing Director.  "We're excited to launch this interactive site as it fits perfectly with our "How You Play" advertising campaign as the contest will definitely challenge the creativity of our consumer, while engaging them and strengthening their connection with the Champion brand".  "We're the authentic Hoodie brand and this initiative can help to build that heritage." states Edgar.

            Hoodie Remix is the first online branding effort set forth by Champion since engaging New York-based digital shop, Night Agency, as its digital agency of record in November 2008.   This serves as a kickoff to a series of upcoming initiatives that will work to help engage the influential online consumer.

            Champion is known for innovation in athletic apparel, we're excited to partner with them to bring their innovative ideas into an interactive online initiative,” said Darren Paul, co-founder of Night Agency.  “We look forward to helping the brand continue its innovation."

About Champion

Champion offers a full line of innovative athletic apparel for men and women including sport bras, activewear, team uniforms, sweats and accessories.  Champion can be purchased at most sporting goods and department stores.  For more information about Champion for men and women visit Champion is a brand of Hanesbrands Inc.

About Hanesbrands Inc.

Hanesbrands Inc. is a leading marketer of innerwear, outerwear and hosiery apparel under strong consumer brands, including Hanes, Champion, Playtex, Bali, Just My Size, barely there and Wonderbra. The company designs, manufactures, sources and sells T-shirts, bras, panties, men’s underwear, children’s underwear, socks, hosiery, casual wear and active wear. Hanesbrands has approximately 50,000 employees in more than 25 countries. More information may be found on the Hanesbrands Internet Web site at .

About Night Agency

Founded in 2004, Night Agency is an independently-owned creative digital agency headquartered in New York.  Night Agency specializes in interactive brand strategy and consumer engagement.  A roster of clients includes: Dial Corporation, Estee Lauder, Filene’s Basement, MTV and STA Travel. .

DJ Shadow x Dr. Suzuki Slipmats

From DJ Shadow:

DJ Shadow, Dr. Suzuki, and Stokyo have teamed up to bring you the limited Shadow x Suzuki Mix Edition slipmats.

Dr. Suzuki is credited as the inventor of the DJ Slipmat and provides the standard for DJ slipmats worldwide.

Whether you mix, mash-up, scratch, party DJ, battle, or just play records for the fun of it, these are the best slipmats you can put on your turntables.

With the 4-track Era tape logo across the front of the slipmat jacket and on the slipmat itself, and the DJ Shadow tag across the top of the mat, these are some sleek looking slipmats.

Don't miss your opportunity to grab these high quality, limited Mix Edition DJ Shadow x Dr. Suzuki slipmats!!

Check them out:
We can't believe we are still telling you this, but we have a batch of 4-Track Era Vol 3 CDs left!  That's right, the deal remains (but really, not for long). Purchase any 2 tees at and receive DJ Shadow's "The 4-Track Era Vol 3" CD + The 4-Track Era Collection slip-case for FREE. Purchase any 1 tee, and receive the FREE CD. Go here to check out the tees:

Don't miss out on this special limited CD offer.
Stay up to date on new Shadow news at and stay tuned for some BIG announcements coming soon!

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