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Kendrick Lamar's Engineer Masters @CrosswordMC's Album #XW

Kendrick Lamar's Engineer Masters Crossword's Album #XW

CW: TORONTO - With beats by rising producer Justunlimited, mixing by Canadian beatmaking icon Fresh Kils, and mastering by Mike Bozzi - the man behind Kendrick Lamar's masterpieces To Pimp A Butterfly and good kid, m.A.A.d city, Toronto emcee Crossword has released his debut full-length solo album XW.

On the strength of his "Owe Me Back" freestyle - taking Soulection producer Sango's flip of Nas and Ginuwine's song "You Owe Me" to another level with quick strike bars, Crossword started 2015 with a bang, quickly turning heads of listeners in the beat scene community. On XW, however, he displays a range of versatility, skill, storytelling and songwriting ability that puts him in a deserving conversation as one of Toronto's most promising up-and-coming emcees.
Audio: Canibus - "Seismoluminesence" (@DaRealCanibus)

Audio: Canibus - "Seismoluminesence"

Matt: After three samplers emerged from his upcoming 16th studio LP entitled "Time Flys, Life Dies...Phoenix Rise", Canibus hits us with the first single "Seismoluminesence" (produced by Bronze Nazareth) from the project. The 17-track LP (with a companion 22-track deluxe edition) is largely produced by RZA protégé/Wu-Tang affiliate Bronze Nazareth with co-production from Domingo and Wisemen member Kevlaar 7 (RIP).

Audio: Young Mistah & Hector Marciano "Never Love" (@Dub_MD)

Audio: Young Mistah & Hector Marciano - "Never Love"

Dub: As a follow up to fellow teammate Wendall Scott recent single "What They Wanna Hear," Smoove Gang Entertainment members Young Mistah and Hector Marciano bring you "Never Love" on a new school hip hop banger produced by King Poetic. "Never Love" is about how women give a false notion of love when your at the top of your game and have fame and fortune.

Audio: @URChrisMorris x @SpitIMG - "Kings Building Castles"

Audio: Chris Morris x WriteGroove - "Kings Building Castles"

CM: Introducing the "Soul Brothas", Chris Morris and WriteGroove. Two amazingly blessed artists have joined forces in the love of hip-hop, equality and life. "Kings Building Castles" is the perfect representation of not only their mind-state but the mind-state of both white and blacks. We can come together and build our own castles through teamwork. Here, the blueprints of their castle is imbedded with an instrumental as spacey as an 80's Atari video game in today's 2015 climate.

Audio: Foul Mouth Jerk f/ Tame One & TopR "New Sheriff In Town" (@GurpCitySouth)

Audio: Foul Mouth Jerk f/ Tame One & TopR "New Sheriff In Town"

Matt: Foul Mouth Jerk’s Death By Misadventure (his sixth solo-album) will be released on 4-20-2015 and features appearances by Tame One, TopR, Z-Man and more. It features production from NC's Reef Ali, Swilliam Beamon, frequent King Mez collaborator Commissioner Gordon, San Francisco's Dick Nasty and Brycon.

Video: @IAmDonJuan - "Writers Bloque Intro" (@DJHeatDC)

Video: DC Don Juan - "Writers Bloque Intro"

JW: With features that include the likes of the DMV's own Lightshow and the legendary Chicago emcee Twista, combined with production from Osinachi (Wale & J. Cole's "The Pessimist") and Mark Henry (Fabolous' "Young OG II") just to name a few, Writers Bloque Volume 1 is sure to be DC Don Juan's best project ever. We hope that you enjoy the video and will support Writers Bloque Volume 1 #FMTY on April 16th for Download on Spinrilla and Stream on Soundcloud.

Audio: @WhoIsClayJames @SirMichaelRocks - "Untouchable"

Audio: Clay James f/ Sir Michael Rocks - "Untouchable"

DOD: Clay James returns with another smooth offering & brings us “Untouchable.” The Southern Playa continues to build on his sound & is joined by Sir Michael Rocks for a solid track. The easygoing anthem finds both artists giving us motivated verses with their signature flows. Give it a listen & stay tuned for more.

@AXSTV Announces Artists for @Coachella Broadcast This Weekend

AXS TV Announces Artists for Coachella Broadcast This Weekend


LOS ANGELES – April 13, 2015 – For the second consecutive year, AXS TV will broadcast the second weekend of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, anchored by unforgettable performances from some of the biggest names in music. Featuring over 21 hours of live coverage, the network gives viewers an exclusive front-of-the-line pass to one of the largest, best-known and most popular music festivals in the United States, from Friday, April 17 through Sunday, April 19. The festival will air each evening, starting at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.

Held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA, the three-day cultural phenomenon boasts an eclectic blend of mainstream acts, underground favorites, up-and-comers, and icons, spanning a wide array of genres and decades. Friday's live coverage features an all-star lineup that includes critically acclaimed rock heroes Alabama Shakes ("Hold On," "You Ain't Alone"); Swedish alt-pop singer Lykke Li ("Little Bit," "No Rest for the Wicked"); post-punk sextet The War on Drugs ("Lost in the Dream"); psychobilly legend Reverend Horton Heat ("Baddest of the Bad"); and blossoming hip-hop artist Azealia Banks ("Ice Princess").

Then, on Saturday, April 18, GRAMMY®-winning rock n' roll renaissance man Jack White ("That Black Hat Licorice," "Blunderbuss") takes the stage; along with English electro-rockers Alt-J ("Hunger of the Pine"); rap duo Run the Jewels ("Lie, Cheat, Steal"); Southern soul seven-piece St. Paul and the Broken Bones ("Half the City"); and experimental folk rocker Father John Misty ("I Love You, Honeybear"). The weekend comes to a close on Sunday, April 19, with indie queen St. Vincent ("Birth in Reverse"); neo-pop trendsetters Fitz & the Tantrums ("Out of My League"); rising Country star Sturgill Simpson ("You Can Have the Crown"); indie folk artist Vance Joy ("Riptide"); and synthpop singer St. Lucia ("Elevate").

In conjunction with AXS TV's season of music festivals, Coachella viewers will be able to access special festival-specific content on an all-new interactive microsite via . Using a broadcast alert center, social media updates, in-depth blog posts, minute-by-minute broadcast lineups, and a social interaction page, viewers will be able to stay updated on breaking news from all of their favorite acts, ensuring they won't miss a second of their most anticipated performances.


AXS TV is the cable industry's leading general entertainment network for event programming, and the premier destination for some of the nation's biggest music festivals in 2015. Launched in July 2012 by visionary entrepreneur Mark Cuban, AXS TV is dedicated to providing groundbreaking music programming, stand-up comedy performances from today's top comedians, and hard-hitting mixed martial arts promotions. Boasting over 70 hours of exclusive live broadcasts of premier music festivals in 2015 (featuring Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Stagecoach Country Music Festival, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Rock on the Range Music Festival and Firefly Music Festival), the HD channel heavily concentrates on bringing the industry's biggest names directly into their viewers' homes, for the ultimate front row experience. Other hit network franchises include THE X FACTOR UK and original programs such as THE BIG INTERVIEW with Dan Rather; THE WORLD'S GREATEST TRIBUTE BANDS, GOTHAM COMEDY LIVE, ART MANN PRESENTS, AXS TV FIGHTS and INSIDE MMA.

AXS TV is a partnership between Mark Cuban, AEG, Ryan Seacrest Media, Creative Artists Agency (CAA) and CBS. The network is available in the United States via AT&T U-verse, Charter, Comcast/Xfinity, DIRECTV, DISH, Suddenlink, Verizon FiOS, and other cable, satellite and telco providers. The network is also distributed in Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. For more information, visit the website .
Video: Kenny Shane - "Modern Times" (@thatkidera) #EricGarner

Video: Kenny Shane - "Modern Times" #EricGarner

Dove: New York lyricist Kenny Shane put his feelings about the murders of Walter Scott and Eric Garner, the state of race relations and more into a heartfelt track called "Modern Times". Watch the video below.

Video: @coolfdbeats @INNOCENTFLOW13 @VvsVerbal @DonaldRCole "Head Crack"

Video: Innocent? f/ VVS Verbal "Head Crack" (prod. Cool FD, dir. Megadon)

Cool FD: From Innocent?'s double album Love It Or Hate It T.H.E.M. Recordings brings you "Head Crack" video directed by Megadon, prod. by CoolFD featuring BucktownUSA's own VVS VERBAL. This laid back, boom bap track is sure to make you nod your head and vibe out. Go get you some dice, round up a few cats from around the way and get your Cee-Lo on!

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