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Free Download: The Residents (Muneshine & Saint) "Open House"

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Free Download: The Residents (Muneshine & Saint) "Open House"

In 2009, Super Producers/Emcees Muneshine and Saint collaborated together to make the group The Residents. Muneshine hailing from Toronto, Canada and Saint representing Long Island, New York, finally finished their anticipated album "Open House" which has been in talks for years. Between the duo, they have produced for and worked with many hip hop heavyweights such as Pete Rock, DJ Spinna, Sean Price, El Da Sensei, J-Live, Wordsworth, Mr. Man (Da Bush Babees), YZ, Stic Man (Dead Prez), Grap Luva, Nature and Kool Kim (UMC’s) to name a few. They collectively have sold over 30,000 records worldwide with groups like Phocus, Lightheaded, The Good People and have also found much success in individual solo careers.

The album "Open House" originally released in Japan in late 2009 finally hits the United States and other parts of the world to show what the hype has been about in the Japanese region for free download. Both known for their jazz/soul influenced productions accompanied with head nodding boom bap drums, "Open House" once again does not disappoint. The album mostly produced by Muneshine and Saint with other production by Illmind and Canadian Producer Envoy is a must have in any true school hip hop listeners collection. Along for the ride on the DJ side are the talented DJ Sonik and the world famous Rob Swift of the X-Ecutioners. The album also features guest appearances by Cadence (Raw Produce), Edo G., Dminor, Ohmega Watts, Understanding, Shad K and Shaunise.

1. Intro
2. Something Like feat. Rob Swift
3. Do Your Thing
4. Starting Monday
5. Nocturnal
6. Beneath the Surface
7. Here to There feat. Understanding
8. Forever Tonight
9. Veterans feat. Edo G.
10. Keys to Life feat. Cadence & Dminor
11. Anybody
12. Love of My Night
13. Reach feat. Ohmega Watts
14. Diss One
15. What We've Got feat. Shuanise & Shad K.

Free Download: The Residents "Open House"

Also available Muneshine "Status Symbol" CD | Digital:
- iTunes

Also Available Saint "About Time" CD | Digital:
- iTunes



Devin The Dude to Release "Suite 420" on April 20th

Houston Rapper Devin The Dude to Release New Album, "Suite 420," on April 20th, 2010

NEW YORK, NY--(February 24, 2010) - E1 Music is excited to announce the much anticipated release of Devin The Dude's appropriately titled new album, "Suite 420," on April 20th, 2010. "Suite 420" features The Odd Squad (Jugg Mugg, Devin & Rob), Smit D (originally from the Facemob), 14K, Tony Mac, Ced-B, Kory-B, School-Boy, Alpha-Bet-D with production by Mirawge & Big Baby, Mike Dean, Rob Quest, Luster Baker, C-Ray, Q-Stone, Reggie Coby, and Devin The Dude himself.

The first single, "What I Be On" will be serviced shortly.

The Houston rapper has laid down five solo albums that have highlighted his impressive storytelling skills and made him one of the most respected and sought-after artists in the industry. As one of the few emcees who have worked with the best in the underground, mainstream, East, West and South, Devin is your favorite rapper's favorite rapper.

He has released five solo albums: "The Dude" (1998), "Just Tryin' ta Live" (2002), "To tha X-Treme" (2004), "Waitin' to Inhale" (2007), and "Landing Gear" (2008).

Born in St. Petersburg, Florida and raised in Houston, Texas, Devin literally lived next door to music as a youngster. Living in a house in front of radio station WRXB in St. Petersburg, Devin found that one man's trash was another man's treasure when he'd discover and collect old records the station threw in the trash. Before long, he and his brother started pulling out their mom's record player and throwing parties in their front lawn. When he finally stumbled across Hip Hop, Devin found his first calling as a pop-locker performing for friends, family and even his elders at the neighborhood nursing home.

After his show-stealing appearances on Scarface's 1998 "My Homies" compilation, Devin dropped his solo debut "The Dude" to rave reviews including a coveted 4-mics rating in The Source, a rarity for Southern Hip Hop artists at the time. Inspired by the Quincy Jones album of the same name, "The Dude" introduced Devin as a unique voice that made you feel at ease instead of threatened.

Though the album didn't sell through the roof, "The Dude" won the hearts of both rap fans and rappers themselves. Devin found unexpected fans in Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre who not only invited Devin to appear on "F*ck You" from Dre's "Chronic 2001" album, but had him join them on their widely popular Up In Smoke Tour as well.

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About E1 Entertainment

E1 Entertainment (AIM: ETO) is a leading independent entertainment content owner that acquires film, television and music rights and exploits these rights in all media in more than 190 countries.

The company currently operates in Canada, the U.S., the UK, Holland and Belgium through its four primary businesses units: E1 Television, E1 Films, E1 Music and E1 Distribution. These businesses collectively represent E1's extensive expertise in film distribution, television and music production/distribution, Kids content, Licensing and Distribution.

E1's content library includes more than 3,700 feature films, 2,700 hours of original television programming and 15,000 music tracks. 
Bisco Smith's "Time Zones" (Cassettes Won't Listen Remix)

From Audible Treats:

MP3: Bisco Smith - "Time Zones" (Cassettes Won't Listen Remix)

Bisco Teams With Producer And Long-Time Collaborator CWL For A Pulsating Remix

The Song:

Few albums in recent memory have provided fans and listeners with more media content than Bisco Smith's The Broadcast. As both an MC and accomplished graphic artist – creating artwork for the likes of RJD2, El-P, Aesop Rock, and more – in addition to a bevy of singles, The Broadcast has allowed Bisco to deliver a series of remixes, all of which he created original artwork for, as well as the recently released video for "Vibrations," for which Bisco crafted the graphics for the video. Now, Bisco Smith is pleased to release The Broadcast's final remix effort, "Time Zones," remixed by producer and long-time collaborator Cassettes Won't Listen. CWL and Bisco Smith, who have collaborated regularly for nearly a decade, came together for the original version of "Time Zones" as CWL performed the track's unsettling sung vocals. For the remix, the two reconvened, and as Bisco explains, "J.Vegus, the track's original producer, and I thought CWL would be the icing on the cake to produce the remix; it worked out perfectly."

With an edgier feel than the original, as well as prior singles from The Broadcast, the remix steadily builds as pulsing drums and driving piano lines set the stage for hypnotic, effects saturated electric guitar riffs to push the song forward. Although less forceful and effect oriented than the original, the track's rhythm remains commanding with verses rearranged and echoing sampled vocals over the chorus adding to the more prevalent rock elements of the track. The chorus cuts to guitar and sporadic drums as an echoing Bisco raps, "I got my eye on this clock / Keep watching time / These days seem crazy / We lost our mind / Full speed ahead while it passes by / Twenty-four seven / Three six five." Fixated on time, Bisco's lines mimic the pace of the track to maximize each instant, resulting in another outstanding and boundary pushing effort from Bisco's latest, The Broadcast.

Look out for Bisco Smith and CWL's next project, Freeze Tag, hitting the airwaves soon.

"Time Zones" (Cassettes Won't Listen Remix): .

Bisco Smith's second full-length album The Broadcast is available now: .

The Background:

Bisco Smith moved to NYC 10 plus years ago from Connecticut and quickly made a name for himself DJ'ing at clubs, distributing mixtapes, performing at open mics, and in graffiti circles. His debut release, The Basics EP (2006), gained the favorable attention of music critics and his subsequent release, The Stay Up Project mixtape (2007) was downloaded over 5,000 times. Bisco'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, Bisco Smith 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 Bisco. He released the critically acclaimed album When Electric Night Falls (Embedded Music), toured the US, and performed at CMJ, SXSW, Scribble Jam, and NXNE. Since the start of 2009, Bisco has already released a multimedia project entitled The Strange Love Project, and is now preparing for the release of The Broadcast. It is clear that he shows no sign of slowing down. He spends his time designing everything from record covers to websites, painting walls, participating in art gallery shows, and mentoring the city’s youth with art and music, all the while transmitting top quality music to the world. Prepare to tune into Bisco Smith's LP, The Broadcast, available online now.

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MP3: TRUTHLiVE - "Can't Hold Me Back"

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MP3: TRUTHLiVE - "Can't Hold Me Back"

New Track From The UnLearning EP Sends Powerful Message About Staying True To Self 

The Song:

The auditory assault continues with another song from MC, DJ, producer and entrepreneur extraordinaire TRUTHLiVE. "Can't Hold Me Back" is the latest leak from TRUTHLiVE's imminent pre-album EP, The UnLearning, available to fans for free download this March. The track is inspired by the MC's introspective explorations into self-reliance and self-belief. Says TRUTHLiVE, "When you have a clear vision, it's important to stay the course and turn criticism or hate into motivation, and ultimately greater growth and success." The ethos of self-reliance is mirrored in the creation of the track, as TRUTHLiVE juggled writing, producing and recording duties for "Can't Hold Me Back." Embracing autonomy came easy this time around for the Cali artist as there was a natural ease from which the song was born and, according to TRUTHLiVE, "everything seemed to work out on the first one or two takes - from making the beat to laying the vocals." A defiant backbeat persists throughout the song and seemingly echoes TRUTHLiVE's bold personal outlook, while soaring strings soar to a dramatic and cinematic crescendo in the hook and serve as a fitting backdrop for the emcee's message of triumph over struggle. "Always do you" encourages TRUTHLiVE, "don't EVER forget we are all part of the 'one'."

"Can't Hold Me Back": .

The Background:

Evan "TRUTHLiVE" Phillips, owner and founder of Interdependent Media, has certainly made his mark in the music industry with his wide range of talents. As an emcee, DJ, entrepreneur, and artist, TRUTHLiVE has had his hands in everything from a very young age. After a traumatic adolescent period where his health was at risk, three heart surgeries proved the artist to be quite a fighter. He explains to his new listeners, "The name TRUTHLiVE doesn't mean that I'm proclaiming myself as the truth, end-all be-all; it's more of a reminder to myself on how to conduct my life and career." The MC best summates, "My music is my truth and my life." That meaningful music will arrive on April 20th in the form of Patience, TRUTHLiVE s debut release, courtesy of Bay Area label Interdependent Media.

About Interdependent Media:

Founded in 2006 in the Bay Area by Evan Phillips, Interdependent Media has built unique strengths in the development, production, and marketing of recorded music via new methods of marketing and promotion. Armed with a comprehensive understanding of both traditional and emerging methods of marketing, iM has successfully created multi-faceted methods of raising awareness and interest in their projects. Industry veterans Ian "ID" Davis and Dominic Del Bene head operations at iM and are credited with discovering and/or developing artists such as 9th Wonder, Little Brother, Tanya Morgan, Blackalicious, Del the Funky Homosapien, the Hieroglyphics and more. In 2010, iM will be releasing multi-media projects from artists Donwill, TRUTHLiVE, Canibus, Von Pea, A-Plus, and more. For more information, please visit .


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Random a/k/a Mega Ran - New Mega Man 10 Song & Texas Weekend

From Random a/k/a Mega Ran:

A New Mega Man 10 Song & Texas Weekend

what up gang... I know it's been a minute since you heard some new Random music (yeah, like a whole month since "306"), but I wanted you to know that Mega Ran has also been hard at work. Between The Forever Famicom project with K-Murdock, and the Language Arts project with DN3 and EOM, I may or may not be working on a something special based on the return of an 8-bit icon to the gaming world.

MEGA MAN 10 is supposed to be dropping next month on Wii, Ps3 and Xbox Live, and I only get asked about 17 times a day if I'm gonna work on something related to this game release.

So....Here's the short answer.


your 99 cents will go a loooooooooooooooong way towards motivating me to do a whole Mega Ran 10 album....maybe. yeah.

TEXAS - if you're in San Antonio this weekend, I'll be out there at Our Lady of the Lake University droppin' a full set plus panel discussion. I'll be sure to bring my cowboy hat.

Peace out.


Lupe Fiasco Announces U.S. Tour Dates


Ladies and Gentlemen! See below for the first official round of dates for the Steppin Laser tour (U.S. leg) kicking off in March! B.o.B opening on select dates. And there's more dates to be added, so keep it locked right here to! Generation Lasers - you ready?

Friday 3/5 - Bridges Auditorium - Claremont, CA - (w/B.o.B)

Saturday 3/20 - Bob Hope Theatre - Stockton, CA 

Wednesday 4/07 - House of Blues - Boston, MA - (w/B.o.B) 

Friday 4/09 - House of Blues (Atlantic City) - Atlantic City, NJ - (w/B.o.B) 

Saturday 4/10 - The Fillmore NY at Irving Plaza - New York, NY - (w/B.o.B) 

Tuesday 4/13 - 9:30 Club - Washington, DC - (w/B.o.B) 

Wednesday 4/14 - Royal Oak Theatre - Detroit, MI - (w/B.o.B) 

Friday 4/16 - Eagles Ballroom - Milwaukee, WI - (w/B.o.B) 

Saturday 4/17 - Lund Arena (Gustavus Adolphus College) - St. Peter, MN 

Sunday 4/18 - Midland Theatre - Kansas City, MO 

Tuesday 4/20 - Peoria Civic Center Theatre - Peoria, IL - (w/B.o.B)

Thursday 4/22 - East Tennessee State University Center - Johnson City, TN 

Friday 4/23 - UNC – Charlotte - Charlotte, NC - (w/B.o.B) 

Saturday 4/24 - Worcester Polytechnic Institute - Worcester, MA 

Monday 4/26 - House of Blues - Houston, TX  - (w/B.o.B) 

Tuesday 4/27 - House of Blues - Dallas, TX  - (w/B.o.B)

Thursday 4/29 - Ogden Theatre - Denver, CO - (w/B.o.B) 

Saturday 5/01 - House of Blues (Las Vegas) - Las Vegas, NV - (w/B.o.B) 

Sunday 5/02 - House of Blues (Sunset) - Los Angeles, CA - (w/B.o.B) 

Wednesday 5/05 - Regency Ballroom - San Francisco, CA - (w/B.o.B) 

Friday 5/07 - Showbox SoDo - Seattle, WA - (w/B.o.B)


MP3 & Video: DaVinci - "Guys Wanna" Prod. By Al Jieh

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The Song & Video:

After teaming up with Canadian producer Blunt and enticing fans with a handful of pre-album goodies, rising Fillmore District golden child DaVinci is proud to give listeners the first taste of his debut album, The Day The Turf Stood Still, with the album's first leak, "Guys Wanna." While not the album's first official single, the track shows off DaVinci's more playful side - a compliment to the social and political commentary and themes of gentrification that are often prevalent in DaVinci's music. For "Guys Wanna," DaVinci employs a handful of Goodfellas sound bites to reinforce the track's underlying message. "The guys are going to go out and play sometimes," DaVinci explains. "This song is a dedication to all the ladies who try to keep their man at home too much."

Al Jieh of SWTBRDS Creative Collective produced the track, providing DaVinci with a vocal sample-laden beat giving clear direction for the concept and title for "Guys Wanna." A jazzy, smooth background is hit with a strong drumbeat, just as the Italian-mob sampling is juxtaposed with DaVinci's commanding lyrics and raspy vocals, "LA face with an Oakland booty / A New York attitude, a Chi' Town cutie / Truly, I wouldn't underestimate your beauty / But even on the first of April you couldn't fool me."

Make sure to check out DaVinci's new album, The Day The Earth Stood Still, available both for sale and free download March 9, 2010.

"Guys Wanna" Prod. By Al Jieh: .
Video Montage (Shot, directed, and produced by Johan Thomas): .

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The Background:

The Fillmore District has bred more rappers per capita than any other district in San Francisco, and although the older generations recall its rich musical history rooted in Jazz, the Fillmore today is rife with drugs, turf wars, and mass gentrification. DaVinci, a young MC raised in the Fillmore, is a prime example of the duality of this area, who at the age of 13 was homeless, hungry, and hopeful for a way out. Explains DaVinci, "My music has everything to do with my environment: from robbing, killing, pimpin' to selling and abusing drugs," he explains about his heavy content. "It's a direct reflection of what my friends and family have been through and are still going through." While his story is similar to many other young rappers’ upbringings, DaVinci was surrounded by an incredible pool of Fillmore talent and by studying with the greats, he was able to sharpen his skills and aim higher than most, cultivating his story-telling abilities beyond mere drug-and-gun-talk. Growing up in the same 10-block radius as Bay Area rap legends San Quinn and JT the Bigga Figga, DaVinci was content in merely watching the next generation follow in their footsteps, until he received overwhelming praise from his peers from a mixtape appearance, which then prompted him to pursue rap professionally. In 2006, San Quinn welcomed him onto the "Pressure Makes Diamonds Tour" with rap veterans Xzibit and Tech N9ne. Since the tour, DaVinci has kept busy appearing on numerous mixtapes and compilations, as well as preparing his official debut album, The Day The Turf Stood Still. The Day The Turf Stood Still will be available March 9, 2010 via SWTBRDS Creative Collective.


"Guys Wanna" Prod. By Al Jieh:

Video Montage (Shot, directed, and produced by Johan Thomas):

"Hustler's Theme" (Prod. By Blunt):

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"Real N*ggaz Remix" Feat. Kaz Kyzah and ROD:

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"Trickle Down" Prod. By Blunt:

"It's On Me" Prod. By Blunt:

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Braille Posts New Personal Video Blog

From Braille:

To whom it may concern, a video blog regarding my personal life.

Instead of typing something up about it I figured it was better to just speak directly.  Much love
Thank you, from Braille and the Hiphop Is Music team. |

Former Hot Boy Turk Pleads for Help Burying His Brother

From Nancy B:

Former Hot Boy Turk Pleads for Help Burying His Brother

Incarcerated former Hot Boys rapper Turk is mourning the loss of his baby brother, who was reportedly gunned down early yesterday morning in New Orleans.

It's been reported Turk's young brother, Ronald Smith, was found lying dead on behind a daiquiri shop Manhattan Street in New Orleans around 3 a.m. with several gunshot wounds to his body. Apparently Jefferson Parish authorities have 19-year-old Travis Dennis — who has already admitted himself as the shooter — in custody.

Earlier today, Turk penned an open letter to Ozone magazine asking for the hip-hop community's assistance funding burial costs for his brother Ronald. "I'm reaching out to all of you who have influence on the hip-hop community," he wrote. "My little brother and I were as close as brothers can be and it hurts me to lose him at such a young age, but as a man I must be strong."

Turk continued, "I have been in jail now for over 6yrs and there's not much I can do. My mother is mourning over the loss of her youngest child and over the fact that there is no insurance or funds to arrange the proper burial. I am asking for you to get the word out and to also help financially in any way you can. Any donations can be sent to me at the Shelby County Jail by Western Union and for those who know me personally funds can be given directly to my mother Ms. Pamela Smith."

Fans looking to contribute can send money to:
Western Union Blue Quick Collect Form
Pay to: SSC
Code City: Cobra Cash, FL
Account# 2M8115125virgil
Western Union can also be done over the phone call 1-800-325-6000

All response emails are to be sent to

Turk, born Tab Virgil Jr., is currently serving a 10 year sentence on possession of firearm charges dating back to a 2004 drug raid of an apartment in Memphis, Tennessee.

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