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Aesop Rock and Jeremy Fish Present Ghosts of the Barbary Coast

From Kimberly Trick:

Ghosts of the Barbary CoastAesop Rock and Jeremy Fish Present – Ghosts of the Barbary Coast / "Tomorrow Morning" (Definitive Jux)

Aesop Rock is giving fans an early holiday present today with a new free track called “Tomorrow Morning” and a bundle of extras available on The free Ghosts of the Barbary Coast download pack includes the new song, an instrumental version, lyrics, and a Quicktime slideshow of artwork by Jeremy Fish, the artist who illustrated Aesop’s last full-length, None Shall Pass.

“Tomorrow Morning” and the accompanying extras were first given away at a Jeremy Fish art opening in San Francisco attended by more than 2,000 fans of the Bay area artist. All who attended received a USB keychain pre-loaded with the new Aesop Rock track and the Ghosts of the Barbary Coast project. Now Aesop’s made it possible for fans nationwide to download the bundle straight to their desktops.

Download the “Tomorrow Morning” and the Ghosts of the Barbary Coast project free here: .

Wu Music Group Issues Follow Up to Wu-Tang's "8 Diagrams"

From Kimberly Trick:


Wu Music Group, the new label run by the administrative mind of Mitchell “Divine” Diggs and the creative force of Wu-Tang Clan’s chief architect, “The RZA”, will release their second album, Afro Samurai: The Resurrection, on January 27th, 2009. The album is the soundtrack to season two of Spike TV’s critically lauded animated television show and DVD featuring the voice of Samuel L Jackson and is musically produced entirely by Wu Tang Clan’s The RZA. The soundtrack features unlikely collaborations and guest spots from legendary recording artists such as Sly Stone, members of the Wu-Tang Clan, Kool G Rap, Rah Digga, and a whole cast of RZA’s protégé’s, including the late Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s son – Boy Jones. This highly anticipated release demonstrates RZA’s incredible genius and ability to unite some of the finest voices in hip-hop together in one place. The multi-talented producer/actor will also hit the big screen again later in the year as he co-stars in the upcoming comedy from writer/director Judd Apatow (The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up) out summer 2009.  He will be seen alongside Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen and Leslie Mann in Funny People, the story of a famous comedian who has a near-death experience.

The Afro Samurai animated series debuted on Spike TV in 2006 and was the best-selling anime DVD release of 2007. In Afro Samurai: Resurrection, Academy Award® -nominated actor Samuel L. Jackson returns as the voice of the solitary warrior Afro Samurai and his sidekick Ninja Ninja as well as executive-producer of the this stylish series. Joining the cast this season is Lucy Liu (Dirty Sexy Money, Charlie’s Angels, Kill Bill) as Sio, the seductive and sadistic mastermind plotting to destroy Afro. Also newly cast is Mark Hamill (Star Wars) as Bin, Sio’s servant and protector.

RZA’s 2007 soundtrack to season one of the Afro Samurai series introduced the world to a new team/swarm of the Wu disciples and included legendary collaborations with Big Daddy Kane, Q-Tip, Talib Kweli, and more never thought to be captured on tape. The exceptional follow up comes with deluxe packaging and O-Card and features the Wu-Tang mastermind at his architect best, drawing up the blueprint for a new dimension of sound and collaborations with friends old and new.

Afro Samurai: Resurrection marks another milestone for Wu Music Group, which recently announced a comprehensive partnership with The Orchard, to distribute and market the label's popular catalogue worldwide.  The Orchard and Wu Music have digitally released the label’s entire catalogue of unreleased material, including important recordings from RZA and other Wu-Tang Clan members, and will be marketing and distributing future physical and digital releases, beginning with Afro Samurai: Resurrection, from current label acts and new signings. The saga will continue, as the Diggs brothers breathe new life into the legacy of the Wu-Tang Clan. The RZA is also currently on tour with the Wu-Tang Clan - dates below!


12.10.2008    DENVER, CO    OGDEN THEATRE
12.14.2008    CHICAGO, IL    HOUSE OF BLUES -
12.20.2008    NEW HAVEN, CT    TOAD'S PLACE
12.27.2008    LANCASTER, PA    CHAMELEON
12.31.2008    BALTIMORE, MD    SONAR
01.01.2009    WASHINGTON, DC    9:30 CLUB
01.07.2009    NORFOLK, VA    THE NORVA
01.13.2009    COLUMBIA, SC    LEVEL


1.   Combat (Afro Season II Open Theme) - RZA; P. Dot
2.   You Already Know - Kool G Rap; Inspectah Deck; Suga Bang
3.   Blood Thicker Than Mud “Family Affair” - Reverand William Burke; Sly Stone; Stone Mecca
4.   Whar - Kool G Rap; Ghostface Killah; Tash Mahogany; RZA
5.   Girl Samurai Lullaby - Rah Digga; Stone Mecca
6.   Fight for You - Thea Van Seijen
7.   Bitch Gonna Get Ya’ - Rah Digga
8.   Bloody Days Bloody Nights - Prodgical Sunn; Thea Van Siejen
9.   Kill Kill Kill - Rugged Monk
10. Nappy Afro - Boy Jones
11. Bloody Samurai - Black Knights; Dexter Wiggles; Thea Van Seijen
12. Dead Birds - Killah Priest; Prodgical Sunn; Shavo
13. Arch Nemesis - Ace; Moe Rock
14. Brother’s Keeper - Reverand William Burke; The RZA; Infinite
15. Yellow Jackets - Ace; Moe Rock
16. Take the Sword pt. III - 60 Second Assassin; Leggezin; Crisi; Christ Bearer; Rugged Monk; Tré Irie; Kinetic; Reverand William Burks; Bobby Digital
17. Number One Samurai (Afro Season II Outro) - The RZA ; 9th Prince

Braille's Free Holiday Mixtape

From Braille:

Hello ladies and gentlemen.  It's your greasy homie from the Westcoast - Mr. Braille Brizzy.  This will be my last official newsletter of 2008!!!  Everyone has a special sale for the holiday season, so I decided that this year I have "nothing to sell and a lot to give".

My good friend Ohmega Watts put together a free mix titled "Everybody Say HO!!!".  It's named after our Christmas party going down in Portland, OR and Seattle, WA this month.  Go ahead on post this on your blog or website if you have one.   ENJOY!!!!

Paris Discusses Obama, Hilton

Paris has always been an outspoken emcee, and one unafraid to tackle political issues from a radical and revolutionary perspective. Coming off of one of the most celebrated presidential elections in American history we felt there would be no better person to speak with about the future of our government than him, which is why this week Beyond Race caught up with Paris to ask him about his thoughts on Barack Obama, whether he feels change is really possible within the system, and why he had to sue Paris Hilton in an emcee versus heiress showdown.

Read the full interview at:

Jay Soul Presents RapReviews Readers Awards 2008 Survey

Resident staff writer Jesal 'Jay Soul' Padania has come up with a RAPREVIEWS READERS AWARDS 2008 survey that YOU can participate in. Read on for more details!


Dear loyal RR reader, we have created a superfast survey for you to take in order to give your highly valued choices for three coveted titles:

- Song of the Year
- Album of the Year
- Artist of the Year

It will literally only take you 2 or 3 minutes - as their are only three categories, and we don't want any other details from you at all. Please bear in mind that the cut-off date for the survey is Monday 22nd December at 3 PM (Pacific Time).

The survey is also limited to a certain number - we had to cap it this year, so get in there early if possible - and it will automatically close when it reaches that number, so please don't be offended if you miss the boat. How does it work? Open up the link and there will be a survey waiting for you. All you have to do is pick your FIVE favourite songs/albums/artists of 2008. Then, rank just those five choices from 1 to 5 (1 being the best, as in "they are the Number 1 rapper"). If none of your choices are there
(doubtful, but might happen) then there is a box at the bottom for you to write a different choice in.

Look, RapReviews readers are the cleverest around. You'll figure it out. You always do. So go and do the survey now, before it reaches the cut-off point! Click here to take the survey!

Jay Soul

Time Magazine Places Lil Wayne's "A Milli" in Top 10 Songs of 2008

Although the year isn't over yet, Lil Wayne's "A Milli" is definitely one of the most heard jams of 2008. Time Magazine notices the song's relevance as its music critic Josh Tyrangiel places it #4 as one of the Top 10 Songs of 2008. The song was topped by Norweigan singer Ida Maria's "Oh My God," P!nk's "So What," and, an artist who's still associated with hip-hop, Kanye West's singing hit "Love Lockdown." "A Milli", produced by Bangladesh, is a bass-driven beat with a monotonous "a milli" tone repeated in the background. This song generated many diverse remixes with artists such as Cory Gunz, Chamillionaire, Chris Brown, Lil' Mama, LL Cool J, and Jay-Z. In related news, "A Milli" peaked #1 at the Billboard Hip-Hop/R&B Charts. In releated news, "A Milli" was voted #1 on MTV's "Greatest Songs of 2008." His 2008 album, Tha Carter III remains the highest-selling hip-hop album of this year.

If you haven't heard the song yet, you're either living in a hut in Oregon or deaf. But if you're curious to hear how it sounds, peep the video below.


Sometimes an artist is associated with so many people I know I just have to find out more. VERSE*ALL is one of those artists. We seem to roll in the same circles. He’s worked with a number of former Artists Of The Week, including Rabbi Darkside and Core Rhythm. We just hadn’t linked up for anything… until now. VERSE*ALL is bit of a jack of all trades in Hip-Hop, but unlike the old saying, “jack of all trades, master of none,” VERSE*ALL has managed to master quite a few, including production and emceeing. This week I caught up with VERSE*ALL to find out more about his path in Hip-Hop, the differences between the two scenes he’s spent the most time in (NYC and DC), and some of the more memorable moments he’s had in his career so far.

Read the fullinterview at:

Video of Jimmy Fallon's New House Band... THE ROOTS~!

Press release courtesy Laurie at Special Ops:

Did you check out Jimmy Fallon’s first video blog last night? He introduced his house band… The Roots!  If not, I have provided the direct link below.

Direct Link: .

MYX Music Label San Francisco Launch Party Dec. 11th

From MYX Music Label:

Who: MYX Music Label Launch Party feature Joyo Velarde, Keelay & Zaire, Jern Eye, DJ Mere and extra special guest Chali 2na of Jurassic 5
When: Thursday, December 11th
8:00-10:00- DJ Set by Keelay & Zaire, Video Premier of "The Times," OPEN BAR, FREE FOOD
11:30: Joyo Velarde
Where: Live @ The Boom Boom Room 1601 Fillmore @ Geary San Francisco, CA 94115
Cost; $10 - .

This Thursday December 11th, the MYX Music Label, fresh off signing a retail and distribution deal with KOCH Entertainment, is making their label official with a special launch party at the Boom Boom Room in San Francisco. Come early and enjoy a DJ set from Keelay & Zaire, the video premiere of "The Times," free food and an open bar ( before 9pm). After the DJ set the party will switch into a high gear with performances by Joyo Velarde (vocalist of Lyrics Born's Band with a full live band of her own), Keelay & Zaire performing with live band The Park, Charli 2NA (of Jurassic5), Jern Eye (Lunar Heights) and DJ Mere (Oakland Faders).

About MYX Music Label:

The MYX Music Label (MML) was started in 2007 with sole purpose of using the MYX television platform to promote top quality artists and their music. With a primary focus on hip-hop and urban music, MML has teamed with R.N.L.G. / KOCH Distribution for a steady stream of music and DVD releases beginning early 2009.

The MML music release schedule is packed with a groundbreaking lineup of hip-hop. MYX's first release will be the hip-hop production duo Keelay & Zaire's full length album Ridin High. The album showcases the musical abilities of the San Francisco/Virginia based beat smiths, as they invite indie hip-hop and soul's finest to rap and sing on their melodic soundscapes – names like Little Brother, Planet Asia, Supastition, Tha Alkaholiks, Rasco, Blu, Fortilive, Tiffany Paige, Inverse, Nino Moschella, and more. Other MML music and DVD releases for 2009 include the Built from Skratch Vol. 1 DVD, The Nutshack Season 1 DVD, the Fortilive debut hip-hop CD (the trio of super producer Illmind, Slo-Mo and Mushmouf), the 20 C Energizers CD (hip-hop CD produced solely by Asian MC's, Producers, DJ's and Singers), and the Slanted Comedy Vol. 1 DVD.

E-40's Official "Earl" Video

From Audible Treats:

E-40 - "Earl" Official Video 12.09.2008
"Now they know my name all across the world / They say 'Earl!'"

The Videos:

In "Earl," E-40 keeps it plain and simple, but that doesn't mean he's turned down the badass factor one bit. He's still a real boss and in this video he doesn't need much to show it. All it takes is a shot of him absolutely ruling a crowd, rapt with attention and getting stoked off 40 water's latest joint. He's rattling off rhymes about his humble beginnings; coming up from the Yay Area, just a kid named Earl living the street life, selling that "girl" (aka yeyo). But now that his name's world renowned, 40's telling kids and adults alike to stay on track and keep out of the drug game: "Im tryna teach the youth to be lawyers and play sports / instead of in and out of courts / and back and forth to prison / utilize they skills and stay up out the system."

Also, don't forget about the Retwittered: The Break Ya Ankles Remix Contest: .

Contest Instructions and Rules: . / .
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"Poor Man's Hydraulics"
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"Break Ya Ankles" Featuring Shawty Lo & Diamond REMIX
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E-40 Explains "Hustle"
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E-40 Explains "Ambassador"
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E-40 Explains "Poor Man's Hydraulics"
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