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Spike Lee & Charles Barkley Publicly Defend Tiger Woods

According to our friends at, both filmmaker Spike Lee and NBA legend Charles Barkley are speaking out in defense of embattled golfer Tiger Woods. Barkley is specifically quoted in a udub article as saying Woods has changed his number and is avoiding his celebrity friends.

"I think when you have these fires in your life, as I call them, you need to talk to somebody else who is famous who [has] been through things in their life. I don’t think you can talk about it to your family and friends, because your family and friends, they’re not famous."

Interesting (if a bit myopic) perspective from Sir Charles. I'm actually not sure how Spike Lee plays into the story as they didn't have any quotes from him, they only mentioned him as "defending Tiger" with no other affirmation, but there you go.

Kottonmouth Kings Release New Tiger Woods Parody Song

From Kerosene Media:

For Immediate Release
Kottonmouth Kings Rally To Support Tiger Woods
With New Parody Song

Kottonmouth Kings have released a new parody song and video about the recent exploits of Tiger Woods online at . The song was recorded while the Kottonmouth Kings were in the studio working on their new album, “Long Live The Kings”, which is slated for release on April 20th, 2010 on Suburban Noize Records.

"Transgressions, confessions, sex, sex, and more sex! Scandal after scandal, that's all anyone can talk about is this Tiger Woods incident," says Kottonmouth Kings’ Daddy X. "We had some downtime in the studio so we figured we would record the first Tiger Woods tribute song, because his party stock rises like a 9-iron on Viagra. Tiger is definitely welcome to party with the Kottonmouth Kings any time."
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Chalie Boy Teams With Puma & KeepItTrill For "I Look Good" Contest

From Audible Treats:

Battery Records' Hit Maker Chalie Boy Teams With Puma And For Official "I Look Good" Contest      12.16.2009

Rapper Behind Smash Single "I Look Good" Gives Fans A Chance To Win Exclusive Puma Gear And Personalized Prizes

(December 16, 2009 – Brooklyn, NY) Celebrating the overwhelming success of his smash single, "I Look Good," Battery/Jive Records' Chalie Boy is proud to announce the launch of the official I Look Good Contest. With the help of partners Puma Clothing, Battery Records, and leading Southern rap-focused hip-hop site,, Chalie Boy will give fans the opportunity to win exclusive gear from Puma, in addition to personalized prizes from Chalie Boy himself , which are explained below.

The contest is now open for entries and will close on February 15th after Chalie Boy judges each entry and picks a winner personally. Fans can enter the contest by following these easy steps: Record a short video of yourself showing off how you look good; Upload the video to; Enter the URL for your video on the official contest site, Chalie will select four runners up, who will each receive free outfits from Puma and one grand-prize winner, who will not only win a free Puma outfit but they will see their winning video submission posted on Chalie's MySpace page, and receive a personalized video message from Chalie, along with an official "I Look Good" t-shirt, and more.

Once signed to local Texas label, Dirty 3rd Records, Chalie Boy was quickly scooped up by Battery Records shortly after recording his feel-good single "I Look Good." The "I Look Good" video has since been added to regular rotation on MTV2, MTV Jams, and Music Choice, and was recently crowned winner of the MTVu Freshman 5 competition, which resulted in getting regular rotation on the channel. The single, which continues to perform well at radio, garnering over 13 million impressions to date, is still climbing on the Billboard charts. It's now available on iTunes, as well as on all major digital providers.

Chalie Boy invites fans to enter the "I Look Good" Contest video: .

Grand Prize Winner Will Receive:
Puma® outfit & shoes
An official "I Look Good" t-shirt
Video message congratulations from Chalie Boy on his MySpace page
Contestant's winning video posted on Chalie Boy's MySpace page

Four Runners Up Will Receive:
One outfit and pair of shoes

How to enter:

Record the video of how you look good
Upload the video to your YouTube account (Register for an account if you don't already have one).
Once uploaded, grab the video URL to the right of the video and copy & paste in the YouTube video link in the appropriate field at .
Fill in the rest of your information at the site.

Chalie Boy also recently released the official remix for his hit single, the "I Look Good Remix" Feat. Slim Thug, Juvenile, and Bun B. .

The Background:

Raised in Calvert, Texas, Chalie Boy’s musical tastes were shaped by various influences. Exposed at an early age to blues artists like Bobby Bland, B.B. King, and Johnny Taylor, he also gravitated toward the sounds of Run-DMC, Sugar Hill Gang, Grandmaster Flash and fellow Texas legends, UGK. Signed to local label Dirty 3rd Records, Chalie Boy recorded the feel good song “I Look Good” in March and the video recently wrapped shooting in Houston, TX. The single is now available on iTunes, as well as on all major digital providers.


I Look Good Contest: .

"I Look Good Remix" Feat. Slim Thug, Juvenile, and Bun B: .

Chalie Boy's interview with KBXX 97.9's The Box Morning Show: .

Chalie Boy's interview with KKDA K104's Skip Cheatham Morning Show: .

"I Look Good": .

LL Cool J Denied Entry Into Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame

Hip Hop legend LL Cool J was not one of the artists selected for entry into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, it was announced recently.

Because LL's career began in 1984, this was the first year he was available to make the cut. He was joined by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kiss, Donna Summer and Laura Nyro as other acts who failed to make the cut as well.

Instead, The Stooges, ABBA and Genesis will be honored with entry into the Hall, which features only two Hip Hop acts: Grandmaster Flash and the Furious 5, and Run D.M.C. The latter was inducted last year.

This years entrants will be honored on March 15, 2010 in Waldorf Astoria in New York.

LL Cool J has been a tremendous figure in rap, known for his longevity - as well as being the early face of Def Jam. He was the first artist to sign to the storied rap label, and helped bring Hip Hop to the mainstream. The Queens native has released 12 albums (eight of which have gone platinum) and has been awarded two Grammys.

Currently, LL is starring alongside Chris O'Donnell in the crime series, NCIS: Los Angeles.

Source: HipHopDX

RJD2 Offers Deluxe Pre-Order Packages of The Colossus

From Tonia at The Orchard:

RJD2 Offers Deluxe Pre-Order Packages of The Colossus, Announces Twitter Contest

This past August, musician and production genius RJD2 made the exciting announcement that he had started his own label (RJ’s Electrical Connections) and would be releasing a slew of deluxe reissues of his back catalog throughout the fall.  He also revealed that his brand new LP and 4th solo album to date, The Colossus, would be hitting stores January 19th, 2010 – coinciding with an exhaustive North American tour that will run through the spring.

As if that wasn’t enough, this week, RJD2 is offering us even more good news.  Starting today, fans can head over to RJ’s website to purchase a pre-order of several different exclusive packages of The Colossus. The lowest tier is a $9.99 digital album, with tracks in DRM-free 320kbps or FLAC format, which includes a 6-page full color PDF booklet and an instant gratification download of the instrumental version of “Games You Can Win,” a track that’s only available via RJ’s pre-orders.  From there, packages increase in price and offering, while an exclusive Colossus hoodie can be added to any of the packages for an additional $30.00.  At the top level is a super limited edition package (only 100 made) at $159.99, which includes everything in the Deluxe Package, as well as the exclusive hoodie, RJ’s 2002-2010 Vinyl Boxset and four CDs.  Check out the official RJD2 store for full package details.

But wait, there’s more!  On top of everything else, RJ is offering his Twitter followers ten chances to win a pair of tickets to any show on next year’s tour.  Anyone who tweets with the hashtag #thecolossus and a link to RJ’s store (E.g. "Pre-order Rjd2's The Colossus today #thecolossus" ), will be entered into the draw and randomly picked for a chance to win a pair of tickets, and one lucky fan will win a Grand Prize of The Colossus Deluxe Package and a private DJ lesson from RJ.  Go to RJ’s site for the scoop.

Go to RJD2’s web store to purchase an Exclusive Pre-Order package of The Colossus [RJ’s Electrical Connections] and get a free download of “Games You Can Win (Instrumental)”: .

Battery Records Signs Rapper D.C. Don Juan

From Dan Friedman:

Battery Records Signs Rapper D.C. Don Juan

(Brooklyn, NY- December 10, 2009)  Battery Records has signed Washington, DC based rapper, D.C. Don Juan. The label is set to launch his first single, “Lookie Looky,” and accompanying video at the end of the year.

Neil Levine, GM and Senior Vice President of Battery Records, states, “D.C. Don Juan is a rare and distinct talent who appeals to a broad audience. His first single ‘Lookie Lookie’ has an incredibly innovative video with an extremely strong hook. We are eager to develop his considerable potential and to make him a full-fledged star.”

D.C. Don Juan states, “I’ve worked hard to get this point and I’ve proven myself. I plan to raise the bar. The possibilities are endless with Nu Entertainment and Battery behind me,”

The 23 year-old Bronx-born rapper Maurice Campbell moved with his family to Washington, DC. when he was 12. A prolific artist who has recorded over 4,000 songs during the course of his eight-year career, he channels the harshness of urban street life into hip-hop developing his persona as D.C. Don Juan.

His vantage point was broadened with time spent in different regions of the country. In 2004, he moved to Denver where he was squarely on the Denver Nuggets team radar, playing in the Allen Iverson celebrity game and recording in Dermarr Johnson’s studio. He moved onto Atlanta in 2006 to collaborate with Polow Da Don and Boo, and it was there that he caught the eye of Nu Entertainment CEO Reggie “Big Reg” Turner, who promptly signed him, leading to his recent signing with Battery Records.

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Battery Records is an imprint under Sony Music Entertainment's RCA/JIVE Label Group umbrella formed in July 2008 to develop and nurture young urban hip hop talent, in an age where such development is more crucial and necessary than ever. Under the leadership of industry veteran Neil Levine, Battery’s mission is to uncover and cultivate organic young talent, thereby creating an indispensable niche in the marketplace.

"Lookie Looky": .

The (W)rap Up - Week of December 8, 2009

Clipse :: Til the Casket Drops
Columbia Records
Author: Jesal 'Jay Soul' Padania

"So "Til the Casket Drops" comes a full three years after what was a critically-acclaimed classic ("Hell Hath No Fury" – one of the few albums this decade that genuinely deserves that accolade), and anticipation levels are fever-pitch amongst hardened hip hop heads, hoping that another HHNF would somehow rescue an entire decade mired in mediocrity. This represents a different kind of pressure for the Clipse, and they finally got what they wished for: a great major label behind them, somewhat more varied production and a fervent fanbase that passionately wants them to succeed."

Chief :: Collabo Collection :: Feelin' Music/Traffic Entertainment Group
as reviewed by Matt Jost

"Chief. No Xcel, no Kamachi, no Chinchilla, just Chief. The 28-year-old beatmaker, a native of Lausanne, Switzerland, has weaved a web of connections that took his music well beyond the shores of the Lake of Geneva. Running a studio and a label under the name of Feelin'Music with fellow producer No Games since 2005, he branched out of the home market with extended collaborations with Brooklyn-based rapper Sene and Maryland's Kaydee and even wound up releasing a full-length by Canadian independent spirit Moka Only. Now he serves up a compilation of his works entitled "Collabo Collection.""

Gift of Gab :: Escape 2 Mars :: Giftstribution/Cornerstone RAS
as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon

"In the five years since that solo debut, we've gotten only one new Blackalicious release, but that doesn't mean Gab has been keeping silent - in fact he formed a NEW group called The Mighty Underdogs that was also lauded by critics and music aficionados alike. Where is Chief Xcel? Good question. You can find one or two references to him having made "special guest appearances" with the Underdogs while they were on tour, but for the most part Xavier Mosley is missing in action. The fact they would appear together in concert as recently as 2008 suggests there's no animosity between the former partners, but "Escape 2 Mars" suggests both musically and metaphorically that Gab has left Xcel behind and gone on to new heights."

DE and DJ Connect :: Table of Content - The Prequel to Ideology :: Creative Juices Music
as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon

"It's hard to fathom a prequel when you haven't heard the original let alone any sequels, but here we are with IDE and DJ Connect's "Table of Content - The Prequel to Ideology" anyway. Off the top the album's title is bothersome to anyone who reads prodigiously, because never has a single tome been published with a "table of content" in it, nor would I want to read one. A book with only one chapter in it? That would either be a short story or an essay - and you certainly wouldn't need a table of CONTENTS to describe that. Thankfully there's more than one chapter to this rap album - there's 19 to be exact - but it's still an annoying attempt by the auteurs of this album to be clever which ends up being exactly the opposite."

 Jaxter :: The W-Town Psychopath :: Long Range Distribution/W-Town Records
as reviewed by Louis 'Delicate Beats' Cloutier

"Jaxter is "the W Town Psychopath". What is "W Town", you might ask? The answer is the most populous city in the Midwestern state of Kansas, Wichita. This makes Jaxter somewhat of a pioneer, as I don’t think I ever heard of a rapper from Kansas. With "the W Town Psychopath", Jaxter gives us an album that has a very mixtape-ish feeling to it. Firstly, there are a total of twenty tracks on this LP. While I thought that Illmatic was a bit short at ten songs, twenty is overkill for almost anybody, especially a new artist. Secondly, there are collaborations on thirteen of the album’s twenty tracks, and eleven of these feature two artists or more. Essentially, half the songs on "the W Town Psychopath" are posse cuts."

J. Davis Trio :: These Things Happen :: Fanatic Promotion/Yo-Yo Smuggler Records
as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon

"Chicago's own J. Davis Trio aren't out to change the world, nor are they out to be the most prolific rap group of all time, nor are they household names across the land. The phrase that best epitomizes their career AND their style to date is "quietly good." They don't make a whole lot of noise figuratively or literally, but since 2002 they've been doing laid back hip-hop jazz that has won a lot of converts to their sound. Imagine if GangStarr, The Roots and Aceyalone all got dumped into a blender along with a couple of bottles of cough syrup. Set on puree and you've got the J. Davis Trio - mellow, slow, smooth and a little bit of a trip."

Lupe Fiasco :: Enemy of the State :: {self-released}
as reviewed by Jesal 'Jay Soul' Padania

"Sometimes you get the feeling that the Chi-Town native hates the fact that he was born into this era, one where he is forced to trade in a currency out of sync with the 1990's supply of genial music, lyrics and concepts. He is constantly swimming against a tide of – let's face it – bullshit, where creativity is a word said with contempt by record executives attempting to craft indelible chart-topping singles by any means necessary. To his credit, however, he has led a crusade against the dumbing-down and found favour, and huge levels of support, within the hip hop community – all without much need of a gimmick."

Mo Wiley :: Major League Ballin' :: Luck Media/First Kut Records
as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon

"Kali-4-nigh-A look out! There's a hot new hip-hop bitch in town looking to take over. Wait a minute - that's not quite accurate. When looking at the album cover there's no question that Mo Wiley is "hot" in the looks department, and if she says she's the queen of the bitches, one can only take her word for it. Does this mean that Mo Wiley can take over and be the next Lil' Kim, Trina or Suga T? Stay tuned for more on that topic - let's introduce you to Wiley first."

Live From Bonnaroo 2009
Label: Big Hassle Media/Axis Operations
Author: Steve 'Flash' Juon

"Bonnaroo is a word made for hip-hop. Broken down to its 9th Ward roots, bonnaroo literally means "the best of the streets." You can't know hip-hop without knowing the streets, figuratively or literally. Rappers love the streets and would never leave, or hate the streets and would never go back. Streets are mean, streets are green, they show no love even if you love them back, and that's where all your friends are at. A bonnaroo hip-hop artist could brush the dirt of Jay-Z's shoulders and then shove him aside - he (or she) would be the one running this town tonight. The funny thing is that the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival is decidedly NOT from the streets."

Video: Dres of Black Sheep - "Road Warrior"

From Audible Treats:

Allow Dres of the legendary Black Sheep to take you along with him as he prepares for a series of shows and the release of a new EP in "Road Warrior." The track itself features one of the Queens rapper's most classic hooks yet- "Once upon a time in Astoria / The world was given a road warrior." Warrior, indeed, as Dres is walking proof that even legendary emcees can't simply roll out of bed and spit quality. The video features Dres hunkering down in a practice space with live collaborator DJ Strike in order to prepare for a batch of upcoming shows to promote the release of his new EP, From The Black Pool Of Genius: The Prelude.

The "Road Warrior" video revolves around the subject matter of the track itself: the depth of Dres' experience as a touring artist and how hard he's had to work to get where he is. From the studio to the stage, "Road Warrior" is proof that Dres has paid his dues. The track features a typically hot beat, once again proving Dres' outstanding ear for production, which allows Dres to showcase his skills. The beat would be a handful for most emcees, but Dres makes himself at home in its warbling sparseness, matching the beat with his own take on road life. "Lyrically I wanted to be sparse, like a road trip" says Dres. "Showing a little bit of everything in passing, as well as illustrating the premise that my music travels the world and blows up spots wherever it lands. The new music has me curious as to what the future holds, and this track mirrors all of these things."

This clip is a compelling look at the life of road warrior artists in general, and Dres in particular. The EP From the Black Pool of Genius: The Prelude was released December 1st, and will be followed by the full length From the Black Pool of Genius in March 2010.

"Road Warrior":


Lupe Fiasco Interview With Jessie Maguire

Lupe calls in to the radio show and talks about Enemy of the state mixtape, being an underdog, solar midnight and how that happened, producing his own music, the climb on Mt. Kilimanjaro and being nervous about going to Africa, and more. Part 2 coming in a few days!

Can You Keep Up With Warren Britt?

Think a big man can’t have a high energy show? Then you definitely need to see Warren Britt perform. The Brooklyn emcee is the highest energy guy in most places even when he’s just in the crowd. I finally had the pleasure of seeing him hit the stage last month and lemme tell you, I think I was more exhausted than he was after his set! If you haven’t been lucky enough to catch him live, he has an EP out, @ The Meth::Lab, and he's working on a side project called Absolute Truth. This week I downed a case of Red Bulls to catch up with Warren Britt, and he filled me in on where his unbelievable energy comes from. Britt also revealed what some of his earliest influences were, and in what ways he feels he’s one part Michael Phelps and one part Patrick Ewing in his prime.

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