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[Day 69]

Some are starting school, but he just graduated.

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Rakim @ The Knitting Factory (Last Show There EVER)

Our own Adam B was in the house on this historic night. Watch the video below!

First Cuts On "The Finalists" Announced

Courtesy of Presents... The Finalists, Season 2

New York, NY (December 19, 2008) -, what’s the science? We’ve had a big week here on the site, as the first eliminations in our $100,000 emcee competition were handed down yesterday. After listening to all the completed songs and reviewing each contestant’s video, the SRC judging panel, including co-founder Joe Safina, deliberated with host Peter Rosenberg on who should go. Jouce Tha Artist and Yung Jerz, our Round 1 and Round 2 winners respectively, were shown the exit after all parties determined the pair did not possess the superstar qualities SRC needed to see.

While it’s always sad to see a worthy competitor go out on the losing end, Season II of’s The Finalists continues to move forward, and the decisions will likely become more difficult and contentious. We encourage you to tune in and watch all the drama unfold, live at our Official Kyte Channel, all day, any time! There’s been a lot of tough talk from the competitors up until now about how dope they really are, and Challenge #2: Mixshow Spins, will certainly test how the remaining contestants and their songs fare on air against the ears of some of the nation’s most seasoned DJ’s.

And as promised, we are now able to give some details around our Producer Finalists. AnonymousTwist was determined to be ineligible for the competition because of his Canadian citizenship, so a replacement has been chosen and we will be releasing the names shortly. Their competition will kick off on January 6th and will feature three rounds of separate production tasks designed to separate the producers from the beatsmiths. Watch how it go down!

Now, a few other quick items of note:

Dante Ross and Peter Rosenberg, checking out videos from The Finalists Finalists: Episode 3 – Music Video Elimination

    * judging panel discuss who stays and who goes
    * Check out song and video snippets from the 10 Finalists
    * See why Jouce Tha Artist and Yung Jerz didn’t make the cut!


Streaming live audio and video!

Rakim + The Knitting Factory + + JamNow

    * Legendary NYC venue closes it’s doors with the last-ever hip-hop show featuring Rakim, Black Thought, Keith Murray, Dante Ross, Just-Ice, and a host of other special guest performances!
    * Live video updates with’s Kyte Channel
    * Giveaways, photos, great music, beer and the best hip-hop party of the year!!!


Craig G gettin busy! Favorites With Craig G

    *  Legendary emcee stopped through SRC and talked shop
    * ‘I Don’t Really Try To Reach The Younger Fans’
    * Ghostwrote lyrics for “8 Mile” and “Get Rich or Die Trying”

J*DaVeY Update & Bonus Holiday Track

From Audible Treats:

J*DaVeY Update & Bonus Holiday Track      12.19.2008
"This Los Angeles duo specializes in baby-making music for 22nd century robots."

It is more than safe to say that J*DaVeY had a breakthrough year. From signing on to a major record label, gaining accolades from the likes of the New York Times, Spin Magazine and URB Magazine, and luring in culture vultures at dynamic live shows in all the major cities, J*DaVeY made this a year to remember for music.

Here are some updates for all you J*DaVeY babies to amp you for 2009! In the past couple months, the futuristic duo have lightened their tour schedule and returned to the studio to focus on their full-length major label debut which is set to drop in 2009. The album is rumored to be a ground-breaking venture that transcends the current state of pop music as the duo continue to experiment and grow.

The sultry single "Sloow" from their EP has an accompanying video that will be released in early '09! Keep your eyes peeled for you next visual treat. To ring in the new year, J*DaVeY will perform at the new Dakota Music Lounge in Santa Monica (previously the Temple Bar) on New Year's Eve.

As an added bonus for all of the support you've shown the group this year, they're releasing another free mp3 from their double EP for your downloading pleasure:
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The Background:

With production ranging from the spastic, space-age drums of "Mr. Mister" to the celestial keys of "Might As Well," The Beauty In Distortion plays with the variance and depth of a polished, full album. On The Land of the Lost, producer-extraordinaire ?uestlove and Renaissance emcee Phonte of Little Brother contribute in an equally holistic compilation of futuristic records. Throughout the 23 tracks, two constants bind the project together in a mystical fashion: the steamy vocal musings of Jack Davey and the bleeps, drums, and melodies of Brook D'Leau.

Heralded as a cross between Prince and the B-52s, J*DaVeY is in fact influenced by too many genres to count. A fusion of funk, surf, soul, hip-hop, and electronic secret sauce, the J*DaVeY EPs will satiate starving fans from all ends of the musical spectrum. Already featured everywhere from Fader to Allure to CSI: New York, Jack and Brook are prepared to smoothly swagger into the limelight with their first major release. All ears not finely tuned to the freshly paved street will ring come July. The Beauty In Distortion / The Land of the Lost EP is in stores now.
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Mr. Mister Future Screw Remix
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Keelay and Zaire - 2 Brand New Free Downloads

Courtesy Myx Music Label:

2 Brand new, Free Downloads from Keelay and Zaire courtesy of the MYX Music Label and Audible Treats!! Make sure you check for the full length "Ridin High" dropping 2.24.09 and the FREE EP "Prelude to Drive" droppping in January!

Keelay & Zaire - Saturday f. Torae & Tiffany Paige

Before Keelay & Zaire release their Ridin’ High LP, they plan on dropping a free EP this January entitled Prelude to Drive. We’ve showcased the Bay Area production duo’s work before and will continue to do so as they are talented on the boards and the fact that they work with great artists is always a plus. The first leak (courtesy of OKP) features Torae & Tiffany Paige.

DOWNLOAD: Keelay & Zaire - Saturday f. Torae & Tiffany Paige
PREVIOUS: Mickey Factz, Naledge & Fresh Daily - Stop What You Doing (prod. Keelay & Zaire) | Keelay & Zaire - The Times f. Blu, Fortlive & Nino Moschella (Video)

Hit the jump for the artwork and tracklisting for the EP…

Mickey Factz, Naledge of Kidz in the Hall and Fresh Daily - Stop What You Doing (prod. by Keelay and Zaire, cuts by DJ Snips) - from DJ J-Ronin and DJ Snips - ALL ELEMENTS vol.10 hosted by Skyzoo

Download Link to song :

DJ J-Ronin and DJ Snips - ALL ELEMENTS vol.10 hosted by Skyzoo


Amalgam to Release Joe Budden's "Padded Room" Feb. 2009

Courtesy Amalgam Digital:

For Immediate Release

Joe Budden’s self-titled debut album went gold in 2003, earning him a Grammy nomination for best male rap solo performance (“Pump It Up”).  Despite his successful debut, Budden’s sophomore album sat on the shelves at Def Jam for nearly four years; a setback that most artists would not have survived; but most artists are not Joe Budden.

Despite numerous setbacks, Jump Off Joe Budden kept very busy during those years, besides years of legal wrangling and politicking very loudly for his release from Def Jam (which resulted in a very public feud with Def Jam’s then president Jay-Z) Joe was forced to rely on a then new unproven method (Internet) to release music to his very loyal fan base and did so by releasing the critically acclaimed and highly buzzed about “Mood Muzik” mixtape series collaborating with artists such as Fabolous, Clinton Sparks and Joell Ortiz; and in the process engaging in highly publicized feuds with The Game, Prodigy and Ransom.

After finally gaining his release from Def Jam in 2007, Budden immediately became an A-List free agent and was courted by a slew of major labels.  Always one to go against the grain, Joe circumvented traditional thinking and used his forward thinking mentality to sign with the rising new media outfit Amalgam Digital;   a booming independent label  responsible for launching hip-hop’s first genre-specific digital retail store.  The move initially raised some eyebrows with the Hip-Hop populous, but Joe’s foresight was the guiding force behind the move; as Joe’s proactive use of the Internet and the response his Mood Muzik mixtapes received online (going from to your neighborhood in a single click), foretold a massive shift in the commercial landscape (coupled with the dramatic decrease of physical CD sales) and Joe was ahead of the curve in realizing that the Internet would not only be the guiding force where the masses would listen and decide upon what music and artists they liked, but also would eventually support and purchase.  Fast forward to 2008 and Joe’s move seems even more revolutionary, as there has been a dramatic decrease of physical CD sales and Joe’s recent “digital only” precursor (Halfway House which was only available on and was the first digital-only Hip-Hop release employing both traditional marketing methods—radio, video, commercial radio, advertising campaigns, etc) to Padded Room debuted on the “Hot 200” sales chart---as only a strictly digital release. Halfway House also featured a track from Joe’s super-group, Slaughterhouse, (which also includes Joell Ortiz, Royce 5’9 and Crooked I). Further, Amalgam Digital is now a rapidly ascending record label with established stars such as Joe Budden, Max B and Peedi Crakk on its rapidly expanding roster and the labels shirts are quickly becoming a fashion statement.

Throughout his trails and tribulations with Def Jam and sparring with Hip-Hop’s heavyweights, Joe Budden has largely reinvented himself without losing what endeared himself to fans; his deep thinking lyrical brilliance (can anyone forget Joe’s brilliant “Who” trilogy?).  In fact, with his “Joe Budden TV” videos going viral and becoming a staple on blogs worldwide, Joe has to a large extent become Hip-Hop’s “peoples champion” as Joe’s personality and “every man” personality transcends and fans can undeniably relate to his daily life (could a reality series be far behind?).

Joe’s relentless grind culminates on 2-24-09 with the release of his official sophomore LP Padded Room (which has already received rave reviews from XXL, Spin and Smooth Magazines) and the LP’s lead-single “The Future” featuring former adversary The Game is already burning up the Internet and the duo will also be filming a video for the track shortly.

In addition, also plans to re-launch the website store with a new design, enhanced functionality and new features in unison with the same date of Padded Room’s release. To celebrate the release of Padded Room and the site’s re-launch, Joe budden his record label, Amalgam Digital are offering fans exclusive hidden bonus tracks when the Padded Room album is purchased in digital format direct from .

“The Padded Room album is crazy. Go out and get it” – Joe Budden

Tracklisting and credits for Joe Budden’s Padded Room:

01.  Now I Lay (produced by Blastah Beatz)
02.  The Future f/ The Game (produced by Fyu-chur)
03.  If I Gotta Go (produced by the Klasixs)
04.  Don't Make Me (produced by Blastah Beatz)
05.  Blood On The Wall (produced by Moss)
06.  In My Sleep (produced by Blastah Beatz)
07.  Exxxes (produced by the Klasixs)
08.  I Couldn't Help It (produced by the Klasixs)
09.  Adrenaline (produced by Dub B)
10.  Happy Holidays (produced by Quan)
11.  Do Tell (produced by Blastah Beatz)
12.  Angel In My Life (produced by Blastah Beatz)
13.  Pray For Me (produced by Versatile & Dilemma)

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Black Milk - "Bounce" + Bonus Tracks

From Audible Treats:

Black Milk - "Bounce" + Bonus Tracks      12.18.2008
Latest Single and Two Colin Munroe Tracks

The Songs:

As 2008 comes to a close, Black Milk, the incredibly raw and innovative producer/emcee from Detroit, is making the rounds on Best Of Year Lists with his unstoppable album TRONIC. On the latest single "Bounce," Black Milk takes us deep into the center of his futuristic production factory with a Knight Rider-like bass line layered with waves of swelling keys.

Directions for listening: Press play and let your natural inclination to bounce take over.

Bonus: Colin Munroe, the YouTube darling and Dallas Austin protégé, has joined forces with Black Milk on his latest mixtape The Unsung Hero. Check out both Black's production and lyrical fire on these two tracks from the mixtape.

Break Off .

Piano Lessons .

The Background:

In only a few short years, Black Milk has quickly become one of underground hip-hop's foremost ambassadors. Realizing his vast reservoir of talent, both independent and mainstream artists looked to Black to give their albums a raw underground sound. Black has since produced and appeared on tracks for an impressive roster of hip hop artists including Genius/GZA, Busta Rhymes, Pharoahe Monch, Kidz in the Hall, Kardinal Offishall, Guilty Simpson, and Strange Fruit Project, among others. Most recently, Black released two albums, The Set Up with Fat Ray and Black Milk Presents Caltroit with Bishop Lamont. Black also handed nearly all the production on elZhi's The Preface, an album that is making many critics' Top 10 lists for 2008 and bringing serious attention to Detroit's music scene. Black also produces and rhymes as a member of the ground Random Axe with Sean Price and Guilty Simpson and will release a full-length album in early 2009. TRONIC is available on CD, vinyl, and digitally via Fat Beats Records now.

Like what you hear? Keep up with Black Milk and other artists like Freddie Foxxx, Ill Bill, and eLZhi on the Fat Beats Blog where you can learn about upcoming performances, releases, and in-store appearances.

Also, check out this video on the history of Fat Beats Records, bringing you fresh, independent hip hop since 1994.


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Give The Drummer Sum
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The Matrix Featuring Pharoahe Monch, Sean Price, and DJ Premier
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La Coka Nostra Signs With Suburban Noize

Courtesy Kerosene Media:


La Coka Nostra Signs With Suburban Noize Records and Announces Bring Tha Noize Tour With Kottonmouth Kings;
Debut Album “A Brand You Can Trust” In Stores Early 2009

La Coka Nostra Consists of Everlast, DannyBoy, DJ Lethal, Ill Bill, Slaine and Big Left

La Coka Nostra have officially signed with Suburban Noize Records for the release of their upcoming debut “A Brand You Can Trust”, which will be released through the label in early 2009. The group will embark on the Bring Tha Noize Tour alongside Kottonmouth Kings, Blaze Ya’ Dead Homie, Big B, Potluck and Short Dawg beginning in late February through early April.

"It's official! La Coka Nostra has joined forces with Suburban Noize to bring you our debut album, ‘A Brand You Can Trust’. We are very excited to be working with Kevin Zinger and the entire Sub Noize family and look forward to finally unleashing the LCN war machine upon the current candy-coated, watered-down and auto tuned-out musical landscape that popular rap music has become,” says La Coka Nostra’s ILL BILL aka the Cult Leader. “This record is a no holds barred burst of hardcore hip hop to the fullest, representing everything we love about this art form but feel is missing from the game right now. To show you we're not alone in our thinking we're bringing Snoop Dogg, Cypress Hill, Bun B, Psycho Realm, Immortal Technique & the Alchemist along for the ride. We know a lot of ya'll feel the same way we do, so we're using our voice to speak for those that may not have this opportunity. That's why La Coka Nostra is ‘A Brand You Can Trust’. Album in stores first quarter 2009!”

Maybe once in a musical era’s lifetime does a revolutionary collision occur at the four-way intersection of underground, old school, new, and mainstream.  Such an anomaly has finally materialized within a hip-hop world that has – for all intent and purpose – otherwise been tapped out.  Founded on a new breed of rappers, but further injecting the mix with iconic veterans of the game the result is LA COKA NOSTRA.

Composed of members Ill Bill, Slaine, Everlast, DannyBoy, Dj Lethal and Big Left, La Coka Nostra is a breath of fresh air in these days of contrived airbrushed rap music.
Feb 25 Petaluma, CA @ Phoenix Theater
Feb 26 Chico, CA @ Senator Theatre
Feb 27 Portland, OR @ Roseland
Feb 28 Seattle, WA @ Showbox
Mar 01 Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
Mar 03 Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
Mar 04 Billings, MT @ Shrine Auditorium
Mar 05 Rapid City, SD @ Rushmore Hall
Mar 06 Omaha, NE @ Sokol Auditorium
Mar 07 St. Paul, MN @ Myth
Mar 08 Fargo, ND @ Playmakers
Mar 09 Sioux Falls, SD @ Ramkota Exhibit Hall
Mar 11 Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
Mar 12 Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Club
Mar 13 Detroit, MI @ Clutch Cargos
Mar 14 Cincinnati, OH @ Bogarts
Mar 15 Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
Mar 17 Mokena, IL @ Pearl Room
Mar 18 Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
Mar 19 Cheswick, PA @ Gravity Nightclub
Mar 20 Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
Mar 21 Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head
Mar 22 Philadelphia, PA @ Theater of Living Arts
Mar 23 New York, NY @ BB Kings
Mar 26 Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
Mar 27 Saint Petersburg, FL @ Jannus Landing
Mar 28 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
Mar 29 Sauget, IL @ Pops
Mar 31 Tulsa, OK @ Cains Ballroom
Apr 01 Kansas City, MO @ Beaumont Club
Apr 02 Wichita, KS @ Cotillion Ballroom
Apr 03 Denver, CO @ Fillmore Auditorium
Apr 04 Magna, UT @ The Great Salt Air


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Grandmaster Flash Video Trailer

From Stephen B:

Party People,
Video Preview for Grandmaster Flash- The Bridge (March 3rd, Strut)

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Considering the fact that it's been over 20 years since his last proper full length, excitement is understandably high for Grandmaster Flash's The Bridge, due in March or Strut Records.  In the above teaser trailer, Flash discusses his theory for making the album, and guests including KRS-One talk about working with the hip-hop pioneer.  Stay tuned for more info and music coming soon.

1. "Welcome"
2. "Shine All Day" (Feat. Q-Tip, Jumz, & Kel Spencer)
3. "We Speak Hip Hop" (Feat. KRS-One, Afasi, Kase-O, Maccho, Abass)
4. "Here Comes My DJ" (Feat. DJ Kool & DJ Demo)
5. "Bounce Back" (Feat. Busta Rhymes)
6. "Swagger" (Feat. Red Café, Snoop Dogg & Lynn Carter)
7. "What If" (Feat. KRS-One)
8. "Unanswered (Interlude)"
9. "Tribute To The Breakdancer" (Feat. MC Supernatural)
10. "Grown & Sexy" (Feat. Mr. Cheeks)
11. "When I Get There" (feat. Big Daddy Kane & Hedonis Da Amazon)
12. Connection (Interlude)
13. "I Got Sumthin' To Say" (Feat. Lordikim, J-Flo & Almighty Thor)
14. "Can I Take You Higher" (Feat. Mr. Cheeks, Granmaster Caz & Tito)
15. "Unpredictable" (Feat. Syndee & Big Daddy Kane)
16. "Those Chix" (Feat. Byata, Princess Superstar & Hedonis Da Amazon)
17. "Bronx Bombers" (Feat. Lordikim, Almighty Thor & Mann Child)
18. "Zuka The Sound" (Interlude)
19. "Oh Man" (Feat. Syndee & Natacha Atlas)

Madd Hatta to Host Xmas Party For 500 Kids in Houston

From Nancy Byron:

Houston, TX - Hip Hop stations are always looking for an appropriate way to reach out to the children in their community but Morning Show Host, Madd Hatta, and the higher-ups at 97.9 The Box routinely come up with perfect ways to do just that.

Reminiscent of his Hatta's 100's community outreach effort, where he requested school-aged males send him letters about how they planned to 'keep it 100' during the upcoming school year and awarded the most deserving 100 kids a Suit Mart shopping trip for their first day of school, Madd Hatta has this time requested parents write in and send a brief letter about their child that talks about why that child should be one of Hatta's Elves. The reward is that child's participation in 97.9's annual Hatta's Elves private Christmas party. Beginning Monday, December 15th and continuing through Friday, December 19th, the most deserving children will be selected at the rate of 100 per day; 500 children ages 7 - 12 in total.

The party, which is being held at Houston's original Dave & Buster's location (6010 Richmond @ Fountainview), will feature a visit from Santa himself, free breakfast and fun and games sponsored by Dave & Busters, a live performance by DJ Unk and the chance to win a multitude of sponsor-donated prizes. Sponsored items include 100 bikes courtesy of Active Athlete, 100 basketballs courtesy of The Kenny Thomas Foundation (Sacramento Kings) and 100 pair of Rockets tickets courtesy of the Houston Rockets. Each attending child will also be allowed one free visit to the Houston Children's Museum.

The Madd Hatta Morning Show will broadcast live from the event which takes place on Tuesday, December 23rd from 7 - 10AM. (This event is not open to the public)

Media coverage at the event is encouraged and The Box welcomes Morning Show live cut-in opportunities from Houston's local news channels.

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Also look out for the Madd Hatta feature story in the January 9th issue of Radio & Records Magazine.

"I look forward to Hatta's Elves each year." shares Madd Hatta. "This year is the biggest ever with 500 kids, tons of prizes and a lot of fun. I hope it's one of the Holiday moments each kid remembers for a long time to come."

Illa J "Showtime" Press Release

From Audible Treats:

Illa J - "Showtime"      12.16.2008
"It's yo' time / It's showtime"

The Song:

"Showtime" evokes images of a smoke-filled lounge, like a scene from a swanky black-and-white movie. But rest assured, this is no dusty joint of yore. Illa J and J Dilla take a different approach and update this scene for the present day with big talk and stylistic swagger. Dilla's jazzy beat sets the mood for this track with Illa crooning and rapping along. Despite the complicated rhythm of Dilla's production, Illa J doesn't miss a beat with his rhyme scheme and takes the track to hypnotic heights in the hazy, chromatic chorus.

The Background:

When Jay Dee passed away from complications relating to lupus in February 2006, he left behind an extraordinary legacy of production work, including hits for Common, Janet Jackson, and Busta Rhymes. One mother lode of previously untouched beats dates from his time working on the Pharcyde's sophomore album, Labcabincalifornia (Delicious Vinyl, 1995). As Delicious Vinyl owner and founder Michael "Mike Floss" Ross explains: "From '95 through '98 Jay Dee was my go-to guy for hot beats and remixes. He was always making beats, always. So there was a select amount of tracks that he composed for me during that time, tracks as good as anything he'd done, only they never got used. When I finally met Illa J last year, I gave him a CD containing those unreleased beats."

In a case of pure serendipity, 21 year-old Illa J had just relocated from Detroit to Los Angeles and constructed a studio built using Jay Dee's recording equipment. He dubbed it Yancey Boys Studios in tribute to their fraternal bond. "Dilla was 12 years older than me," Illa J says. "So back in the day in Detroit I was just a little kid, sitting on the stairs in our house, watching him make those first beats for Slum Village. I always felt my brother's tracks and had an instinct for what I wanted to do over them." When Illa J set to work in early '08 recording the album, the project flowed quickly as he entered the proverbial can't miss zone. The name of the studio rightly became the title of the finished album, Yancey Boys, which is available online and in stores everywhere on Delicious Vinyl Records.

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"DFTF" featuring Affion Crockett
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Illa J & Aaron LaCrate freestyle
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