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Illa J "Showtime" Press Release

From Audible Treats:

Illa J - "Showtime"      12.16.2008
"It's yo' time / It's showtime"

The Song:

"Showtime" evokes images of a smoke-filled lounge, like a scene from a swanky black-and-white movie. But rest assured, this is no dusty joint of yore. Illa J and J Dilla take a different approach and update this scene for the present day with big talk and stylistic swagger. Dilla's jazzy beat sets the mood for this track with Illa crooning and rapping along. Despite the complicated rhythm of Dilla's production, Illa J doesn't miss a beat with his rhyme scheme and takes the track to hypnotic heights in the hazy, chromatic chorus.

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.

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"DFTF" featuring Affion Crockett
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Illa J & Aaron LaCrate freestyle
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Delicious Vinyl Releases The Pharcyde "Bobby Evans Mix"

From Justin K:

Head-Blowing Forty Track CD Unites Hip Hop Greats With Today's Freshest DJ

The Pharcyde
Bobby Evans Mix
Delicious Vinyl Records
In stores now!

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Time to break out the Yo Mama snaps, page Quinton, and recognize you can't keep Runnin' Delicious Vinyl presents The Pharcyde Bobby Evans Mix.

The Pharcyde are one of the most beloved and iconoclastic groups in hip hop history. On the still-savory strength of their two Delicious Vinyl albums (1992's Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde and 1995's Labcabincalifornia), the original line-up of Imani, Bootie Brown, Fatlip and SlimKidTre reunited to electrify 2008's Rock The Bells festival.

Bobby Evans is the DJ half of Brother Reade, the fast-rising L.A. duo lauded for 2007's Rap Music LP. Having masterminded Delicious Vinyl 20th Anniversary MiXXtape, Evans is currently an in-demand remixer, with Telepathe and Neon Neon among those sweating his services.

Which brings us to The Pharcyde Bobby Evans Mix, a forty-track opus that's less a known-quantity megamix than it is a funhouse full of trap doors, hidden passages, and swirlascopic secrets...licensed to thrill both seasoned Pharcyde fans and neophytes alike.

Bobby Evans: "With this mix I had complete access to the Pharcyde's full catalog. I was playing with the idea of doing this mix strictly chronologically but in the end I didn't want to pin it down like that. Instead I trawled through ever nook and cranny and came up with a playlist of which songs I wanted to use and how I wanted them to flow. Then I started figuring out ways of working in the more esoteric bits and pieces I found, so that instead of just a continuous mix of Pharcyde records there are interviews and live versions phasing in and out. It gives the mix as a whole more peaks."

Ever wonder what it would've sounded like if legendary Dust Brothers mentor Matt Dike, after making Paul's Boutique, had produced The Pharcyde? Here Bobby Evans drops Dike's never-commercially-released mix of "Ya Mama". Intrigued by rare interview snippets of Fatlip talking about the creation of "Passin' Me By"? Yes indeedy. How about Ice-T (who, believe it or not, did shows with The Pharcyde), speaking on how to, ahem, handle overexcited female fans, as the mix transitions into the Pharcyde's on-topic "Groupie Therapy"? Check, check, and triple check.

Anyone who ever dug the Pharyde's self-deprecating humor, romantic odes, and orgiastic smutspeak will not be disappointed. "The Pharcyde's lyrics are incredible," says Bobby Evans. "Mixing these records, I really felt how they were finding their own place in L.A.'s hip hop scene of the early to mid-'90s. It was great working with multiple versions of these songs. I was able to mix in four versions of Runnin, four versions of Passin' Me By, and five versions of Soul Flower!"

As a DJ/producer from the ProTools generation, Bobby Evans marvels at the '90s sound of the Pharcyde's records: "The limitations of the technology back then defines the sound. J-Swift's loops are heavily layered, his breaks utilize live drums sounds. Everything was on tape and all the sequencing had to be done on whatever equipment they happened to have. There's a looseness and a flow to the music that you seldom find on today's rigidly programmed rap records. So the fact that I was just a kid when these records first came out made putting this mix together was an incredible experience."

The Pharcyde Bobby Evans Mix is guaranteed to get, in the words of The Pharcyde themselves, "the girls by the hearts and the n****s by the nuts, ear, tongue and butts."


1. Devil Music (Intro)
2. Soul Flower (TBNH Version)
3. Soul Flower (Remix)
4. Soul Flower (2 Tha 3 Mix)
5. Soul Flower (Dogs B*ll*cks)
6. Soul Flower (Wrong Tree)
7. Oh Sh!t
8. Return Of The B-Boy
9. All Live
10. Ya Mama (Kenny Dope Remix)
11. I'm That Type Of N*gga
12. I'm That Type Of N*gga (Straight Up Faded Mix)
13. Officer
14. Ya Mama (Remix)
15. Ya Mama
16. Ya Mama (Matt Dike Remix)
17. Quinton's On The Way
18. Pack The Pipe (Mr. Gib Remix)
19. Pack The Pipe
20. Otha Fish (The Angel Mix)

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E-40 on "Give Her The Keys" Video

From Audible Treats:

E-40 on "Give Her The Keys" Video      12.15.2008
"You got my back / Like a tank top"

The Video:

In the latest webisode from E-40, he lets us know what's behind the track "Give Her The Keys," off the freshly-dropped Ball Street Journal. 40 says that the track is about giving thanks to the lady in your life with a material display of affection. Translation: give her a car. With the help of T-Pain, 40 keeps it current with some new material that won't sound tired in the trunk. And so this holiday season we entreat you to heed the word of 40 and show some appreciation for the misses. Let's hear those keys a-jingling!"

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The Background:

He's a rap innovator, a business-savvy tycoon and one of the music industry’s most consistent success stories. Yes, E-40 is all those things, but he's probably best known as a slang creator, a man whose distinctive gift of gab gets lifted and used in the rhymes of Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg and others. Now, the man with the terrific tongue returns with his most polished product to date, the imaginatively titled The Ball Street Journal." Anything that rolls off the tongue slick and is catchy, that's where it's at," E-40 explains. "The Ball Street Journal just flew off the tongue and it's memorable. This traces everything from the beginning to now. I've been through hard times and I've been through good times. It's like a discography of how my life has been, because I touch down on a lot of different angles on the album. It covers all angles of the game." The Ball Street Journal is available online and in stores nowon Warner Brothers / Sick Wid It Records.


E-40 Explains "Give Her The Keys"
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"Poor Man's Hydraulics"
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Chamillionaire Chosen to Grand Marshall MLK Day Parade

Courtesy Nancy Byron:


Houston, TX - In honor of both his career achievements, and his contributions to the community and the City of Houston, Platinum Grammy Award-winning rap artist, Chamillionaire, has been chosen as Co-Grand Marshal of the 15th Annual MLK Grande Parade - Houston; the nations largest MLK Day celebration. This is the first time such an honor has been given to a Hip Hop artist. Additionally, transportation for the State and City elected officials participating in the parade will be provided by Chamillionaire's well-known custom car shop, Fly Rydes.

The MLK Parade Foundation - Houston will host its 15Th Annual MLK Grande Parade - Houston on Monday, January 19, 2009 in Downtown-Houston beginning at 10:00AM and will be kicked-off by a Military Flyover. The parade’s theme, “The Color of Unity”, will emphasize cultural diversity and will feature more than thirty (30) award-winning marching bands from across the nation.

The 2009 MLK Grande Parade will be lead by The 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing Marching Band - Cherry Point, N.C., The Divine Land Marching Band (Chinese) - Southern United States, The University Of Houston "Cougar" Marching Band and The Willowridge High School "Mighty Eagle" Marching Band.

The Honorees for the 15Th Annual MLK Grande Parade - Houston will be recognized for their commitments to excellence in community service and will include public servants U.S. Congresswoman, Sheila Jackson-Lee and Houston City Council Member, Peter Brown.

The Co-Grand Marshals for the 15th Annual MLK Grande Parade - Houston are Platinum Grammy Award-winner, Chamillionaire, local businessman/philanthropist, Douglas M. Horn and Publisher/ Motivational Speaker, Dr. Anthony Taylor. The 2009 MLK Grande Parade will consist of more than 25,000 Parade participants and will have a duration of three (3) hours along a 1.5 Mi Parade route. The 15Th Annual MLK Grande Parade - Houston is expected to attract more than 300,000 spectators from around the country.

For more information on all upcoming MLK Holiday Events, visit us online @ .

About Chamillionaire

Hailed around the world for his major label platinum-plus debut smash album, The Sound of Revenge, the disc became one of the most influential hip-hop records in 2006, with the versatile Chamillionaire emerging as a mainstream multi-platform entrepreneur. The single and video for “Ridin’ featuring Krayzie Bone” became the most requested hip-hop anthem, soaring to the top of the urban, hip-hop and mainstream radio charts, almost single-handedly transforming the digital landscape. Chamillionaire was crowned the biggest selling Ringtone artist ever, with over 5 million ringtone sales, and was certified by the RIAA as the first multi-platinum Mastertone artist in history. His Myspace site has exceeded 15 million profile views, earning him over 4 million in digital sales, outselling established stars such as Nelly and T.I. In keeping with the outpouring of recognition, the charismatic performer beat out proven superstars 50 Cent, Busta Rhymes and others for Best Rap Video of the Year honors for the groundbreaking “Ridin’” video, featuring Krayzie Bone, at the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards. In addition, the Houston rapper won “Rookie of the Year” and the prestigious “Alltell Wireless People’s Champ Award” (viewer’s choice) at the first ever BET Hip Hop Awards, as well as a nod at the American Music Awards for Favorite New Breakthrough Artist. In February 2007, Chamillionaire received his first Grammy Award win in the Best R&B Performance By Duo Or Group category for “Ridin’.” In 2007, Chamillionaire released his sophomore effort, Ultimate Victory which debuted in the Top 10 of the Top 200 Sales Chart and was critically acclaimed as one of the best hip hop albums of the year.

Hip-Hop Collective at Ann Arbor's Blind Pig TONIGHT

The show starts at 9:30 PM EST, so you've got about an hour and a half before the show if you want to go.Tell 'em sent you! Original story courtesy of Roger LeLievre at The Ann Arbor News, with selected excerpts for promotional purposes below.

Friday night's A Side Worldwide Holiday Party at the Blind Pig promises to be a celebration

It's been a good year for A Side, the homegrown, now bicoastal, artist, business management and marketing company that counts among its talent the progressive hip-hop acts Buff 1, Now On, 14KT, Athletic Mic League, DJ Graffiti and DJ Haircut - all of which will be performing at the event.

"It's been a really successful 2008, it's definitely a celebration party for all the releases we had success with this year," said Now On's Jackson Perry by phone from Los Angeles, A Side's West Coast base.

Most of A Side's artists had new releases last year, including the electro-soul-sounding Now On, which has its roots in the much-missed local bank Funktelligence. That band broke up in 2005 when its core members relocated to L.A.

One of the show's highlights will probably be Athletic Mic League's set, said Perry. "AMG is reuniting on the stage, which is rare. All the new material will be played, old material, it's going to be a whole bunch of variety."

A Side Worldwide Holiday Party

Who: Buff 1, Now On, 14KT, AML, DJ Graffiti and DJ Haircut.
What: Progressive hip-hop from this homegrown artist, business management and marketing company.
Where: The Blind Pig, 208 S. First St.
When: Friday, 9:30 p.m. (doors)
How much: $10 (18 and over)
Details: or 734-996-8555.
Legendary X-Clan Debuts New Material Online

Courtesy Kerosene Media:

The Legendary X-Clan Debuts New Material Online;
New Album “Mainstream Outlawz” Out January 27thTakes Aim At Those Planning
Hip-hop’s Funeral

X-Clan's Brother J Discusses New X-Clan DVD And Studio Album Mainstream Outlaws

Hip-hop legends X-Clan have debuted the track “Down By Law” online at from their upcoming new studio album “Mainstream Outlawz”, which is slated for a January 27th, 2009 release through Suburban Noize Records.

The foundation for "Mainstream Outlawz" was built over a year long period with 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. Joining X-Clan on their quest to bring hip-hop back to the roots of the genre with the aid some of the industry’s biggest lyrical assassins including Bun B of UGK, Medusa and Supanatural. In their collaborations these artists have proudly banded together with X-Clan to proudly wave the flag for hip-hop, while others would rather plan the genre's funeral.

“We urge our listeners to stop complaining and start listening, because hip-hop is alive and well. It’s time for the underground to take the spotlight,” says X-Clan mastermind Brother J. “If you don’t take the time to learn the full spectrum of hip-hop, you can’t keep complaining that the game is tainted and off track. There are enough active artists out here that are keeping it real in the name of music and not fad. There are some independent groups that deserve respect for their grind and we are one of them.”

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 vanglourious 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.


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Spike's 2008 VGAs - Exclusives Now Posted Online

Courtesy Special Ops:

Spike TV’s 2008 Video Game Awards offered more than just a tribute to the best in the industry – it was a star-packed extravaganza that gave viewers an exclusive look at the future of gaming. The most highly-anticipated games in the industry were revealed at the VGAs – and now you can watch all of the videos again at .

If you can’t get enough – or if for some reason you missed them the first time around, don’t fret. Instead, check out the above link to watch mind-blowing reveals of Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned, God Of War III, Brütal Legend, Fight Night Round 4, Mafia II, Terminator Salvation, Uncharted 2, Watchmen: The End is Nigh, Gears Of War 2 and Dante’s Inferno.

While you’re at it, check out the official VGAs site - - for a full list of winners, trailers of nominated games, clips from the show – and enough other goodies to keep you glued to your computer screen for days. Below is a quick preview of just some of the winners from last night’s extravaganza. Let the debates begin!

Best RPG: Fallout 3

Best Graphics: Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots

Best Driving Game: Burnout Paradise

Click here if you’d like to see who took home the prize for Game of the Year and tons more!

Spike TV Press Site: .

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Embeddable Quicktime Videos: .

Ying Yang Twins Get Into the Holiday Spirit With Christmas EP

From Kimberly Trick:

YY Christmas EPYing Yang Twins Get Into the Holiday Spirit with New Christmas Themed EP
Prepare New Studio Album for 2009 with Platinum Producer Joe Traxx

Ying Yang Twins – The Ying and the Yang of the Holidays (Deep Records)
Release Date: 11/25/08

Online Contact:
Kimberly Trick / The Orchard

The Ying Yang Twins are getting into the holiday spirit with a new Christmas themed EP, The Ying and the Yang of the Holidays, out now through Deep Records. The EP finds the twins striking a Bing Crosby-esque pose and caroling listeners with medleys of traditional Christmas songs with a Ying Yang Twins twist. On “Sleigh Ride” D-Rock and Kaine drink eggnog and smoke blunts while making a Christmas wish for peace in the hood and giving President elect Barack Obama a shout out. “This Christmas” is a soulful take on a holiday classic, and “Deck Da Club” and “Carol of Da Bellz” are quintessential Ying Yang Twins.

The Twins also released a mixtape called The WildOut USO Tour on November 25th following their tour in support of the troops. And the platinum-certified Atlanta duo is already back in the studio, working on their next official full length with platinum-certified producer Joe Traxx (UGK, Scarface, Bun B., Lil Flip, and more).

Listen to Ying Yang Twins “Sleigh Ride” (The Ying and the Yang of the Holidays out Nov 25th Deep Records)
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Buy Ying Yang Twins The Ying and the Yang of the Holidays:
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The Ying and the Yang of the Holidays Track List
1. Sleigh Ride
2. This Christmas
3. Deck Da Club
4. Carol Of Da Bellz

Kottonmouth Kings Announce Christmas Show Hosted By B-Real

From Kerosene Media:


Kottonmouth Kings Announce Christmas Show Hosted
By Cypress Hill’s B-Real


California’s the Kottonmouth Kings have announced a December 26th, 2008 date at The Grove in Anaheim, CA for their annual Jingle Bowls Christmas show. The show will be hosted by Cypress Hill frontman B-Real and feature performances by Kottonmouth Kings, the leaders of the truth movement (Hed)p.e., punk-rock legends D.I. and Cypress Hill’s Sen Dog who will be performing tracks from his recently released solo album.

Kottonmouth Kings landed the #1 independent album in the country with their recently released tenth studio album, “The Green Album”. The album took the coveted top position on Billboard’s Independent Charts and landed at #42 in Billboards Top 200 in the album’s first week. The chart position is proof that the underground musical movement that the Kottonmouth Kings have been harvesting over the past decade is alive and thriving in a music industry that is spiraling downward. The group’s video for the album’s lead single “Where I’m Going” can be viewed at .


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Keak Da Sneak and San Quinn Present Welcome To Scokland

From Audible Treats:

Bay Area Legends Keak Da Sneak and San Quinn Present Welcome To Scokland      12.11.2008
Oakland's Boss & San Francisco's Capo Unite For High Profile Cross-Bay Collaboration

(December 11, 2008 - Brooklyn, NY) This year represents the official return of the Bay Area as the vibrant epicenter of an ever-changing, multi-layered West Coast sound. In the middle of this re-birth is the Bay Area record label E-HUSTL Entertainment and the release of their latest project, Welcome to Scokland, from Bay Area legends Keak Da Sneak and San Quinn. Possessing the ability to join together the musical and lyrical subtleties of San Francisco (the "Sco") and Oakland, San Quinn and Keak Da Sneak have produced an album that highlights the distinctive sound of the next generation of Bay Area emcees. Welcome to Scokland is available now online and in stores everywhere via E-HUSTL Entertainment.

San Quinn, originally from San Francisco and Keak Da Sneak, originally from Oakland, are each legends in their own right who have been hustling in both the underground and mainstream hip-hop scenes for upwards of 15 years. Loyal to the sound and vibe of their section of the Bay, but also working to bring the entire Bay Area to a new level, the duo have joined together to re-invigorate the West Coast sound on their latest effort. Speaking with HipHopDX, San Quinn said, "It's a hell of an opportunity for two bosses to build some camaraderie. San Francisco and Oakland coming together is a hell of a collaboration."

Coming out of the gates with a trunk rattling anthem, the title track reminds us what we love about the Bay Area. While "Scokland" may get the party started, "She Fine" will finish out the night right, showcasing the talented emcees' smoothest raps in the form of a modern love song. With Keak's signature gritty slurs and Quinn's classic-with-a-twist flow, "She Fine" is an easy crowd-pleaser. "Hot N' Cool" comes as a tribute to one of the most prominent features of Yay Area life: car culture. Though the subject matter is nothing out of the ordinary, the eloquence and verbal dexterity the Bay Area pair are flexing, paired with thick-bass production and accented with dark horns makes this track a standout.

Keak Da Sneak has been a staple of the Bay Area hip-hop scene since performing in Oakland talent shows as a youngster. With a debut EP (Sick-O) under his belt at only sixteen, and a contract with Virgin Records the next year, Keak has an album for almost every year of his life since, coming in at a whopping 18 solo albums. Keak has lent his signature voice to a number of major tracks coming out of the Bay Area, including work with E-40. As for Quinn, born in San Francisco and growing up on the once formidable streets of the Fillmore, he looked to writing and rapping to prevent trouble from knocking down his door. He got his start when introduced to the industry by JT the Bigga Figga, founder of Get Low Records. JT placed him in his group, Get Low Playaz (GLP) and signed him to his label. While most kids at the age of 14 were playing sports and video games, Quinn recorded his first song called "SFC" with GLP and RBL. His first album, Don't Cross Me, on Get Low/Buck Fifty Records, followed shortly afterwards at the age of 15 and placed the spotlight of the music industry directly on him. Since then, Quinn has been nothing short of prolific: he holds a Guinness World Record for the Most Appearances on Recorded Albums Before the Age of 21. The pairing of these two Bay giants brings together Oakland and San Francisco in a way that has yet to be seen in the Bay's illustrious hip-hop history, and is sure to set the standard for future epic collaborations.

01. Lil' Quinn Intro
02. Welcome To Scokland
03. Blue Dolphin
04. Hot N' Cool
05. She Fine
06. Hollarin'
07. Copycat
08. Marinated Game Profane Slang
09. Wanna See
10. Back To Life
11. C.A.S.H.
12. Streets Don't Lie
13. We Can Bubble Up
14. Comfortably Numb
15. Fool 4 U
16. Too Much
17. On One
18. Da Hood In Me
19. Cannons On The Blocks

"Welcome To Scokland"
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