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R.I.P. Earl Patrick McNease a/k/a Praverb the Wyse

[Praverb]Long-time friend of RapReviews, rapper/artist/blogger Earl Patrick McNease, better known to some as Praverb or @PTheWyse has unexpectedly and suddenly passed away. This news has hit me hard and knocked me to the ground as just weeks ago he and I were discussing bringing him on board RR as a contributing writer and editor. He was more than an artist or a publicist - he was a genuinely good guy who will be missed more than he could have ever imagined.

Earl's wife shared the following information on Facebook, and in her words when it comes to social media "Patrick wouldn't have had it any other way." As you read her thoughts below feel free to reach out and offer you condolences to her and his entire family. A fundraiser has been established to help his family pay for their funeral expenses as well.


"To all of Patricks friends and family , it is with great sadness I share that we have unexpectedly lost our beloved friend, husband, father, and son , Earl Patrick McNease this morning. We are still unsure of what happened that took my love from us, but appreciate all of the support shown. I'm sorry to share such news via social media, but Patrick wouldn't have had it any other way. Please keep us all in your thoughts and prayers as we grieve and uplift us as we try and pick up the pieces of our lives and raise our beautiful son Matthew. He was everything to his daddy, and so was his music.

The best way to honor my husband would be to continue to share his love of hip hop and the word of God through his websites, this was his aspiration.

Praverb the Wyse, Patrick, hubby, daddy patty, patty cakes, Earl P.... I will share and honor your life baby as best I can!


His wife,

Vanessa McNease, Matthew, and Patricks family"
A Message from Run The Jewels (El-P and Killer Mike)

RUN THE JEWELSPR: A Message from Run The Jewels

To Our Jewel Runners Worldwide,

Last year we gave you Run The Jewels and in exchange we asked for an email. Since then we haven’t been in touch unless you’ve seen us at a show, talked to us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram, bumped in to us at a bar, sold us weed, etc etc. Truth be told our intention was to mercilessly sell your email information to literally anyone who would pay in a desperate attempt to raise enough money to buy 2 giant 36", 14 K yellow-gold dookie rope chains or 4 bit coins.

While we still yearn for those, we (regrettably) forgot to do the whole “betraying your privacy” thing, mostly due to the amount of marijuana we smoke on a daily basis. In fact, we completely forgot we even had these emails until yesterday. S#%@ happens.

We are writing you today to thank you, and to tell you that you are the first people in the world we are inviting to check out our exclusive preorder packages for the new record we made called “RUN THE JEWELS 2” (or #RTJ2). First to the thank you part:

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR MAKING RUN THE JEWELS A SUCCESS. We are humbled that you have supported us and our music. All of you. Those who bought it, those who got it for free and came to a show… all of you. Truly. You turned a free record with little to no promotion in to something bigger than we ever expected. The shows have been amazing, the interactions with all of our supporters just as great. It's because of this that we can honestly promise to keep giving you that raw shit as long as we can. Thank you thank you thank you.

As you may know, #RTJ2 is dropping October 27th. We are very excited about this. Once again we are giving you this record FOR FREE. We want anyone who wants it to have it, especially those who don't feel like they can afford to spend cash on that type of thing or maybe even aren't sure we are worthy of it. Take it, test it out. Enjoy.

For those of you who DO want to pay for it we have many glorious options for you which we will list below. Many of these are limited and you are getting the first crack at copping them. We think you'll be as pleased with what we are presenting as we are.

Again, thank you for everything. We can't wait to give you this music and play it for you at our shows.
Editorial: Adrian Peterson and Ray McDonald Give the NFL Another Black Eye

Editorial courtesy of Steve 'Flash' Juon.

[Adrian Peterson courtesy Wikimedia]The NFL can't seem to dig its way out of the hole they've put themselves in. The Ray Rice fiasco was just the tip of a much bigger iceberg, lurking beneath the surface all along, waiting to cause a Titanic PR disaster for the most popular and lucrative of all professional sports. San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman Ray McDonald is being investigated for an August 31st incident where he beat up his pregnant fiancee, and Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson turned himself in to authorities in Texas after being charged with "recklessly or by criminal negligence cause bodily injury" - in effect beating his son with a switch badly enough to cause cuts and bruises.

It would be too easy to say the NFL has a problem with entitlement for their athletes - millionaires who think they are above the law - given that not every player has a lucrative contract with a lot of incentive clauses. Not every player gets the kind of endorsement deals a star running back like Adrian Peterson does either. A lot of NFL athletes are hard working journeymen, paid better than your average blue collar or white collar employee, but also incurring a lot more medical bills during and AFTER their playing days than said same lower or middle class workers will. It has always been a tricky proposition to make a living as a professional athlete, not just during your playing days but providing for your retirement given how short the average NFL career can be. Those who don't go broke have long hard roads ahead.

In short not every NFL player is the bad guy. Many of them simply show up every week and do their job - quietly and without controversy. They take their weekly salary and provide a nice home for themselves and their family, and maybe a few toys they can enjoy. Any running back gets beat up week after week by six foot, three hundred pound plus lineman probably SHOULD have a hot tub at home and a comfortable luxury car with reclining leather seats. The same goes for the defensive lineman who feels the pain from delivering hit after hit. Any editorial you read about the NFL's woes, including this one, you should keep in mind that this is not a league full of spousal abuser and child beaters. The Ray Rices and Ray McDonalds of the sport should correctly be viewed as the exception and not the rule. It's not a league full of sadists and thugs.

The problem for the NFL is that even the perception of a sports league that bends over backward to protect its athletes when they are accused of horrible crimes is not the public image the league wants to project. In doing so they brand even the innocent as guilty - leaving the public wondering what other skeletons in the closet have yet to be publicly revealed. The indefinite suspension of Ray Rice was already too little, too late (and it should have been a permanent ban anyway) and now two more NFL players currently on active rosters are accused of doing bodily harm - to not only their children but their UNBORN children. Adrian Peterson can try (and fail) to excuse whipping his son with a switch by saying it's how he was raised, but Ray McDonald can offer no such defense for beating up a woman pregnant with his child. If the allegations are true it's horrible, despicable, and unforgivable.

As we turn on the sonar and look deeper beneath the cresting waves, one has to ultimately wonder if the sport itself does deserve some of the blame. Concussion research is ongoing and even small contusions which don't result in a player getting dizzy or blacking out can lead to big problems in the future - memory loss, muscle tremors, violent behavioral changes, and so on. Every big hit affects not just the receiver but the giver, and as a fan of both combat sports and NFL football I wonder if there may come a day where we as a society decide that too many good men have been turned bad by being hit too hard. Some athletes are undoubtedly at greater risk for brain trauma than others - they may have slightly thicker skulls, or they may play with a style less prone to injury, but the NFL's black eye this week may be reflected in the black eyes of their athletes, long before a select few give those same black eyes to their wives and children.
The Hip-Hop Shop #291 - It's the Real or It's Whatever Man

It's time for another new edition of The Hip-Hop Shop. Episode #291 lets you decide for yourself - It's the Real or It's Whatever Man. You'll hear new material this week from CuzOH Black, MC Bravado, Black COAL and MidaZ the Beast among others! Follow us @RapReviews so you never miss a new show.

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Tracks featured this week:

* Clif W.E.R.D. - Lousen Up
* MidaZ the Beast, Jamall Bufford & Dynasty - Collapse
* Rob Stashiz - Walk a Mile In My Shoes
* CuzOH Black - The Real
* MC Bravado f/ C-Nature, Soul Khan - Infinite/Finite (Man Comes Around)
* P.A.T. Jr. f/ Jeremiah Bligen, Church - Whatever
* Black COAL f/ C Dot Castro - Gold Gated Villa
* False Ego - Ethics

Documentary: @TooShort @E40 @TajaiMassey Feature in What Is A @RealBeedaWeeda? (@AudibleTreats)

Documentary: Too $hort, E-40, Tajai Feature in What Is A Beeda Weeda?

A.T.: What Is A Beeda Weeda? is the question and name of the mini documentary following Bay Area rapper Beeda Weeda. The documentary includes testimonials from Too $hort, E-40, Tajai of the Souls of Mischief/Hieroglyphics, and B-Legit, and follows the release of Beeda Weeda's recent album Too $hort Presents: Beeda Weeda's Bass Rock Babies, which is available on iTunes now and features Too $hort, E-40, B-Legit, 1.O.A.K, Richie Rich, J Stalin, Clyde Carson, Gunplay, Young Gully and more.

M-Dot - Praverbs (Earl Patrick McNease Tribute) prod. Jerz (@RevOfEMS @MDotBoston @PTheWyse)

M-Dot - Praverbs (Earl Patrick McNease Tribute) prod. by Jerz

Chris: A tribute to the emcee/blogger Praverb that we all knew and loved. He had called M-Dot the night before he passed and when M-Dot got the News yesterday, he took to the studio to vent the only way he knows how over this beat by Jerz. RIP Earl.
Grammy Award Winner @Lecrae's New Album Anomaly Debuts At #1 In US

Grammy Award Winner Lecrae's New Album Anomaly Debuts At #1 In US

Stache: On Tuesday, Sept. 9th, Grammy-award winning hip-hop artist Lecrae released his seventh studio album, Anomaly to critical acclaim. The album has now officially debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart as well as several other Billboard charts including, Digital Album, Rap Album, Christian Album and Gospel Album. As noted by Billboard Magazine, "Anomaly is the Grammy winner's sixth No. 1 on the Gospel Albums chart and his fifth leader on Christian Albums." Consequently this means that, "Anomaly is the first title to crown both Gospel Albums and the Billboard 200, and just the fifth set to lead both Christian Albums and the Billboard 200."

Lecrae is celebrating his fans this week with a digital billboard in Times Square (47th St at Broadway St). He encourages fans to embrace what makes them an Anomaly by tweeting their own handwritten message to #Anomaly. Fan pictures will be shared on the official Lecrae Times Square billboard. He's also providing fans with a bonus track titled Non-Fiction and it is available as a free download here.

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PR: @DJShadow @Cut_Chemist Announce Additional Tour Dates

DJ Shadow & Cut Chemist Announce Additional Tour Dates


Due to popular demand, DJ Shadow & Cut Chemist's vinyl-only Renegades of Rhythm tour is continuing throughout November and expanding into new markets across the U.S. and Canada.

These two world-renowned artists and turntablists are spinning the well-loved and well-worn vinyl from the record collection of the founding father of hip-hop and "Master of Records," Afrika Bambaataa.

Shadow and Cut kicked off the tour with two sold-out shows at NYC's Irving Plaza where Bambaataa himself watched from the balcony as the duo pulled his vinyl collection apart and mixed a nostalgic set that chronicled and honored the genre that influenced so many others.

Visuals for the tour are supplied by acclaimed video director, multimedia producer and regular DJ Shadow collaborator Ben Stokes. The tour is produced by Jamal Chalabi and Backlash Management.

9/18 - Austin, TX - ACL Live
9/19 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues
9/20 - Houston, TX - House of Blues
9/22 - Louisville, KY - Mercury Ballroom
9/23 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues
9/24 - Minneapolis, MN - Skyway Theater
9/26 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
9/27 - Aspen, CO - Belly Up Aspen
9/29 - Las Vegas, NV - Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas
10/1 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues
10/2 - Anaheim, CA - House of Blues
10/3 - Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Palladium
10/4 - San Francisco, CA - Mezzanine
10/6 Arcata, CA - Humboldt State University
10/7 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theater
10/8 - Seattle, WA - Neptune
10/9 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom
11/6 - Pawtucket, RI - The Met
11/8 - Montreal, QC - Corona
11/10 - Syracuse, NY - The Westcott Theater
11/11 - Buffalo, NY - Town Ballroom
11/14 - Pittsburgh, PA - Mr. Smalls Theatre
11/15 - Charlottesville, VA - Jefferson Theater
11/17 - Athens, GA - Georgia Theatre
11/20 - Winnipeg, MB - Garrick Centre
11/21 - Saskatoon, SK - O'Brien's Event Centre
11/22 - Edmonton, AB - Encore at WEM
11/23 - Calgary, AB - Flames Central
11/25 - Oakland, CA - The Fox
@MegaRan: LA and All Points East - New Tour!

Mega Ran: LA and All Points East - New Tour!

MAN! the UK/EU tour was AMAZING! I met new and old fans, made friends and memories that will last forever. Thank you all who attended, and who donated to make it possible. please let me know if you donated high enough to get a souvenir, I need your address! thanks!

Home for a sec, then TOURING! again! last tour of the year, then maaaad rest! Dates and locations:


Sep 18 Yucca Tap Room Tempe, AZ
Sep 20 Music Room Oklahoma City, OK
Sep 21 The Demo St Louis, MO
Sep 22 The Drinkery Cincinnati, OH
Sep 23 Belvedere's Pittsburgh, PA
Sep 24 Spike Hill Brooklyn, NY
Sep 26 Muncheez Beckley, WV
Sep 27 New Brookland Tavern Columbia, SC
Sep 28 12th and Porter Nashville, TN
Sep 29 Snug Harbor Charlotte, NC
Sep 30 Music Room Atlanta, GA
Oct 01 the geek easy Orlando, FL
Oct 03-05 Tomodachi Fest Boise, ID
Oct 09 Crescent Ballroom Phoenix, AZ
Oct 11 The Door Dallas, TX
Oct 13 SHRINE Tulsa, OK
Oct 14 john barleycorns Wichita, KS
Oct 15 The Underground, Santa Fe, NM
Oct 16 Green Room (???)
Oct 18 Blue Lagoon Santa Cruz, CA

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This week, MEGA RAN drops in to give us an update on his life and career, including his recent tour with the Lo-Classics, and its newly-released documentary, Mega-Lo-Mania! We'll be playing Mega Ran's greatest hits all night, from the original Mega Ran albums, to Black Materia and Forever Famicom, to Language Arts, to his 2014 singles and collabs!

SKYBLEW single #2!

If you remember, there was an "Hey Arnold" episode named "Sally's Comet" and the episode was about a comet that only passes by once every 70 years. Arnold and Gerald couldn't see the comet though, because too many lights were blocking the view of the night sky.. So, Sky took that concept and made it relate to our world. Most times, people miss out on all that life has to offer because they are burying their faces in lights; cell phones, laptops, video games, etc. There's nothing wrong with it, but sometimes you have to turn the lights off, if you wanna see the stars. Life is an adventure, go and experience it. This song explains that concept more in-depth. The song is produced by England producer @OhGenius with saxophone by AlgoRhythmic (of The Digi Destined) and featuring the talented vocalist @Sugelema! SkyBlew's UNmodern Life will be out this month via RandomBeats, Productions!
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The Manual - download episode 1!

If you missed it, here's a download for The Manual. Hip Hop and Gaming News, and music! New Episodes coming soon!

New Review of The Otherworld EP!
Big ups to Rapreviews who gave the EP an 8 out of 10!
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Video: Compton's AV "Run Me My Money" (@AvLMKR @torohfilms @JoeBayer @BugsyOnThaBeat)

Compton's AV Premieres Official "Run Me My Money" Visuals On Revolt TV

Joe: Produced by Bugsy On Tha Beat, "Run Me My Money" comes to life thanks to Hector Toro and James Bahman of Toroh Films. The visuals start off with a business meeting where AV demands to be paid and the businessmen have no choice but to run him his money. After getting the cash, AV is off to the streets of Compton to link up with his homies, eventually finding himself at a packed pool party where boxing legend Roy Jones Jr. makes a cameo.

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