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Albert Rhymestein - NYC's New Freestyle Fanatic

Albert Rhymestein remembers his first attempt at freestyling. “I first freestyled in a McDonald's while on an 7th grade field trip. It was over a Snoop Dogg and Warren G instrumental, and I was absolutely terrible.” Since then his skills have been honed to the point where people in New York City have started to ask, who’s the new guy kicking ass in all the freestyle competitions?

Relatively new to the city having moved to Brooklyn just a year ago, Albert Rhymestein is quickly making a name for himself. He has a solo project on the way that’s being produced by Spills, a team project with BS, and, of course, you can always find him freestyling somewhere. This week I caught up with the scene’s newest rising star to find out more about his history, his music, and what makes his Fam!LL crew so ill.

Read the full interview at:

Video: Mancini - "Blowin Money Fast Remix"

From Sox:

Video: Mancini - "Blowin Money Fast Remix"

PR: Rap Vet Releases Solo Debut 15 Years in the Making

From Alan Page:

Rap Vet Releases Solo Debut 15 Years in the Making

                                    IF YOU'RE TIRED OF ONE DIMENSIONAL RAPPERS,
                                 WELCOME TO THE "NEW GOLDEN ERA" OF DIMENSIONS

After forming a group with a pre-dead prez in Tallahassee and
returning to his hometown Washington DC to form a powerhouse
underground collective known as the Infinite Loop (the first unsigned
DC hip-hop group to secure national media coverage, in the now-defunct
Blaze Magazine), Hip-hop artist Dimensions (real name: Anthony Fields)
has finally released his solo debut, a 21 track opus entitled
"Slanguage: A Brain Cell.e.bration". Exemplifying the proverb "the
last shall be first", Dimensions is set to release his solo album
after other members of the Infinite Loop have gone on to some
notoriety, including Black Indian (the first male hip-hop soloist to
ink a major label deal, years before Wale, with MCA) and Omar Retnu
(who produced R&B star Raheem Devaughn's early independent releases
and is the touring bassist/bandleader in The L's, a band that backs
Foreign Exchange (fronted by Phonte of Little Brother) on tour).

Following the dissolution of Infinite Loop, Dimensions formed a
hip-hop trio dubbed The Package with fellow former Loop members Noyeek
the Grizzly Bear and DJ/producer Theory. The group has become an
Internet sensation, garnering over 115,000 views on their Myspace page and generating almost 2,000 downloads
for their digital-only release, "Double R: Remixes and Rarities" in
two months. Their debut single, "Making Waves", was promoted via a
video (directed by Peter Rosenberg of Hot 97) that has generated over
20,000 views online. "Making Waves" was also remixed by
internationally respected producer Kev Brown (who has worked with such
hip-hop stars as Busta Rhymes, De La Soul, and formerly belonged to DJ
Jazzy Jeff's production team, A Touch of Jazz).

Dimensions' buzz single, "Rep Yo Hood" explains part of the reason for
the long wait for his solo debut, namely Dimensions' status as a
working single father of four sons (all of whom attend private school
on academic scholarship thanks to his stern discipline). "Rep Yo Hood"
(sometimes subtitled Fatherhood) is a powerful ode to parental
responsibility to his fellow black men and a direct challenge to
brothers who want to engage in street activities ("repping" their
neighborhood) instead of taking care of their responsibilities at
home. This must-hear song deserves to be heard throughout the black
community and the world at large.

"Rep Yo Hood" serves as the lead-off single from Dimensions' debut
album and is attached to this message.

Dimensions' album can be downloaded in its entirety (including
original painted cover art) at

More information on Dimensions and The Package is available at

Video: Wordplay feat. Nutty P - "Can You See Me"

From 7Thirty Online:

Video: Wordplay feat. Nutty P - "Can You See Me"

Audio: Magestik Legend - "Carbon"

From Stephanie Estes:

Check out this new banger "CARBON" from Magestik Legend with Astronote on the production.

ML is prepping to release Chapter 2 of his To Be Continued…mix series & his upcoming LP Great Escape

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Video: Riggs - "Gotta Be The Swagg"

From QuickTrackz Promo

Riggz, Born Timothy Thompson, was raised on the South-side of Chicago. His unique style of HipHop enables him to determine the message he wants his lyrics to send. His career started with the honor of opening the show for recording artist Mike Jones, and the Windy City Live Internet Show. He continued with the Leon Rogers Comedy Showcase, ASCAP Compilation CD and Future Flava for Pub Magazine. Riggz has an ongoing commitment and passion for making music. As he states, "There is nothing like creating a song...others like it and become fans..." Riggz exudes a confidence like a seasoned veteran with lyrical cadence that grabs you by the ears and poetically educates you to his ghetto philosophies. “GOTTA BE THE SWAGG” is his first single from his recently released Album “POCKET MONEY” on Famous Records.


Download and Preview Links

Buy The "Pocket Money" Album on iTunes!

Download the Free Single! "Gotta Be The Swagg"

Preview the Single! "Gotta Be The Swagg"


Music Video

Watch the Music Video for "Gotta Be The Swagg"on YouTube!

Dirt Nasty "Nasty As I Wanna Be" Tour Dates

From Dirt Nasty:

My tour with Andre Legacy and Beardo started this week. Be sure to check my websiteMySpaceFacebook, and  Twitter (ooooh look at me) for updates, news, music, tour dates and jokes about your moms genitalia.

The first leg of the tour's dates are listed below. Get your tickets now!

September 10 - Slims, San Francisco CA

September 12 - Dante's, Portland OR(Get Tickets />
September 13 - Nectar, Seattle WA(Get Tickets />
September 15 - The Complex, Salt Lake City UT(Get Tickets />
September 16 - Las Vegas, NV @ Tao (Get Tickets />
September 24 - The Roxy, Los Angeles CA(Get Tickets />
September 29 - Martini Ranch, Scottsdale AZ(Get Tickets />
October 1 - Scout Bar, Houston TX(Get Tickets />
October 2 - Emo's Alternative Lounge, Austin TX(Get Tickets />
October 3 - The Loft, Dallas TX(Get Tickets />
October 7 - Bluebird, Denver CO(Get Tickets />
October 8 - Launchpad, Albuquerque NM(Get Tickets />
October 9 - The Rock, Tucson AZ(Get Tickets

Duck Down 15 Year Anniversary East Coast Tour Dates

Performances from Pharoahe Monch, Boot Camp Clik artists Sean Price, Buckshot & Smif N Wessun, Skyzoo
with Music By DJ Evil Dee

Duck Down Music continues to celebrate its 15 Year Anniversary with an exciting East-Coast Tour scheduled from October 11th to October 24th. The 14-city run will feature performances by Pharoahe Monch, Boot Camp Clik artists Buckshot, Sean Price & Smif N Wessun, along with Skyzoo and music by DJ Evil Dee. The routing comes at a perfect time, as each artist taking the stage has new music to showcase.

Pharoahe Monch is in the mixing stages of his W.A.R. (We Are Renegades) album; Skyzoo is scheduled to release his collaborative effort with !llmind, Live From The Tape, on October 5th; Smif N Wessun has new music from their Pete Rock produced album, Monumental; Buckshot will unveil never-before-heard tracks from his 3rd studio album with 9th Wonder, The Solution; and Sean Price fans can expect material from Mic Tyson.

Official Tour Dates:

10/11 Tampa, FL @ Club Empire: TICKETS

10/12 Orlando, FL @ The Social: TICKETS
10/13 Miami, FL @ Revolution: TICKETS
10/14 Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade: TICKETS
10/15 Wilmington, NC @ Soapbox: TICKETS
10/16 Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle: TICKETS
10/17 Baltimore, MD @ Sonar: TICKETS
10/18 Washington DC @ Liv: TICKETS
10/19 New York, NY @ Le Poission Rouge (CMJ Showcase w/ Talib Kweli, Pete Rock, Jean Grae, & Strong Arm Steady): TICKETS
10/20 New Haven, CT @ Toads Place: TICKETS
10/21 Philadelphia, PA @ TLA: TICKETS
10/22 Providence, RI @ Jerkys: TICKETS
10/23 Portland, ME @ Asylum: Pre-Sale Tickets TBA
10/24 Boston, MA @ Middle East: TICKETS
PR: Portland, Oregon's Northern Scientifik Releases Debut

From Evan Lemay:

Portland, Oregon's Northern Scientifik Releases Debut


PORTLAND, OR SEPT. 10, 2010 -- 

  "A fair amount of hip hop albums these days -- even underground hip hop albums, are being produced without any scratching at all," says North Scientifik's DJ Outclass. "Dope scratch hooks and DJing are an integral part of the true hip hop formula."

  Word of the North Scientifik project spread over three years ago shortly after producer 5th Sequence and MC Serious George first met to record "Saturday Afternoon", one of several nostalgic hip hop singles from the album.

   "With 'Building', we aimed to capture what we loved about the 90's -- hip hop's golden era," states 5th. The three man group spent time perfecting the balance of rhyme, unique sample-based production, and hard hitting 12-bit drum patterns.

"I grew up listening mostly to jazz and 90's hip hop," says 5th, "Premier, Dilla, Pete Rock, all of those cats inspired me from a young age." Legendary influences aside, 5th's work screams originality. A true signature production style, marked by gritty drums and original sample chops, can only be done justice by an MC of a particular caliber: enter MC Serious George.

  "I used to listen to Black Thought, Boot Camp Clik, O.C., shit like that," says Serious George. "I come from the school of thought where lyrics -- specifically cadence and delivery -- reign supreme". A self-proclaimed mic ripper, Serious George and his style is described as "completely unpredictable, definitely your local MC's secret favorite MC."

  'Building' contains an impressive 30 tracks, filling the entire CD with over an hour of fresh, out-the-crates break beat production -- for those who still love H.E.R. If you cringe when you hear the phrase "mainstream hip-hop", then you share the group mind state of North Scientifik.

  'Building' is available for online purchase at 'Building' was completely written, produced, tracked, mixed, and mastered at Soul Channel Recording Studios, which is a division of Soul Channel Media Group, LLC., an independent mixed media company based in Portland, OR.

  For more information and to schedule an interview, contact Brandon Johnson at:
Tel (503) 369-5837, Email:


Video: Brown Caesar f/ Thief Sicario - "Streets Is"

From Brown Caesar:

Video: Brown Caesar f/ Thief Sicario - "Streets Is"

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