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Audio: Marco Pave - "Black Lives Matter All Day" (@KingofMarco)

Audio: Marco Pave - "Black Lives Matter All Day"

MP: On “All Day,” hip-hop artist and activist Marco Pavé marshals trademark rap bravado for an extended metaphor that asks, how long will justice be denied, repurposing Kanye’s track to highlight how, despite the all dayness of racism, black lives matter.

Video: The Knux - "Mirage" (@TheKnuX @JoeBayer)

Video: The Knux - "Mirage"

Joe: The Knux have released the first visual off their forthcoming project Eleven with the help of director Guillermo Polo (Turanga Films). The trippy late night scenario plays out as Krispy receives a late night text to hook up. Portrayed through a first person point of view, the video for "Mirage" is guided by a heavy bassline that takes us on a late night excursion to the bedroom.

Video: @alexfaithATL @dremurray22 @CollisionRecs Album Stream (@sohhPR)

Video: Alex Faith & Dre Murray Visual Album Stream

Josh: The guys decided to do a full visual representation for the entire album. The visuals tell the story of a young man, Eric Young, whose world is shattered when he is unable to prevent the murder of his older brother. Features by Swoope, Corey Paul, and others are included.

Mixtape: D-Shep's "Identity Crisis" (@DShepWorld)

Mixtape: D-Shep's "Identity Crisis"

Dove: The intended Identity Crisis release date of April 7 was pushed back due to Shep's lyrical identity crisis - he can mimic some of the best in the biz, and his impressions were just TOO spot-on! So some revamping was done, and voila!

Audio: Papoose - "The Family" (@PapooseOnline)

Audio: Papoose - "The Family"

Matt: "I lost two members of my family, so this track is a statement that even though they are not physically here—my family will always live on!"

Audio: @HarnSOLO - "Nobody Else" (@ReachingHigherPR)

Audio: Harn SOLO - "Nobody Else" (prod. Billy Topps)

RHPR: Harn SOLO connects with upcoming Nola producer Billy Topps for the gritty rap anthem, "Nobody Else". The creative pair were introduced to each other's music at The Soundclash beat battle & artist showcase in New Orleans. They collaborate for an edgy hip-hop sound that will be found on Harn SOLO's upcoming sixth studio album, "Another Galaxy".

Video: Open @Mike_Eagle x @Oddisee - "Celebrity Reduction Prayer" (@MelloMusicGroup)

Video: Open Mike Eagle x Oddisee - "Celebrity Reduction Prayer"

MMG: Open Mike Eagle and Oddisee team up to deliver a message about society and celebrity culture in this visual off of the Mello Music Group compilation, Persona. The single balances the tastefully composed yet intense styles of both artists.

@E40 to Headline "Choices" National Tour in May (@mzlimari2u)

E-40 to Headline "Choices" National Tour in May

L.G.: Hip-Hop icon E-40 announced today he will headline his national “Choices” Tour starting in May, with rising stars Stevie Stone, Nessasary and Cool Nutz as opening acts. The 39-city tour kicks off on May 5th in San Diego and wraps up in Tempe, Arizona on June 17th. After dropping his triple album “Sharp on All 4 Corners” late last year, E-40 continues to set the bar high for fellow artists in the rap game, and shows no signs of slowing down.

“This is the first tour I’m headlining of this magnitude and I’m just excited to continue giving my fans and people who love my music, a chance to come rock with me up close and personal,” the Bay Area trailblazer says.

With a solid career that has lasted longer than most, E-40’s new tour is yet another testament to how he’s been able to remain relevant in today’s rap game. Titled after his hit record “Choices,” the move validates him as a thriving artist in an ever-evolving industry. With a current feature on Big Sean’s smash hit “I Don’t Fuck With You,” and Big Krit’s “Mind Control” with Wiz Khalifa last year, E-40 ingeniously maintains his star power with today’s hottest new artists.

With no major label backing, E-40 is bringing this indie tour to the masses entirely on his own accord to show his appreciation to his massive fan base. As a successful businessman in the beverage industry with his line of Earl Stevens Selections wines and “Slurricane” cocktails, E-40 has successfully transitioned from rapper to brand-builder.

With state-of-the-art production by Tech N9ne’s Strange Music in association with Sick Wit It Records, the Choices Tour is slated to bring a solid night of entertainment for Hip-Hop lovers across the nation.

Keep up with E-40 on Twitter and Instagram: @E40.
Pitbull, John Legend, Galactic Featuring Macy Gray and More Perform on @AXSTV's Jazz Fest Broadcast May 1-3

Pitbull, John Legend, Galactic Featuring Macy Gray and More Perform on AXS TV's Jazz Fest Broadcast May 1-3

Sean: Elton John, The Who, Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band, No Doubt and Keith Urban are among the featured performers in AXS TV’s broadcast of the 2015 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell, airing daily May 1-3 at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT. This marks the third second consecutive year that AXS TV will serve as the official broadcast home to “Jazz Fest,” giving viewers an exclusive front-of-the-line pass to one of the most celebrated music festivals in the United States, putting the spotlight on classic bands, modern hit-makers, and local favorites in one fully loaded weekend.

In addition to the names mentioned above, AXS TV’s “Jazz Fest” broadcast features over 21 hours of live and recorded coverage, with performances from a wide variety of celebrated standouts including John Legend, Pitbull, Ed Sheeran, Lenny Kravitz, Ryan Adams, Hozier, Wilco, Chicago, Steve Winwood, Jerry Lee Lewis, Allen Toussaint, The O’Jay’s, Sturgill Simpson, Galactic featuring Macy Gray, Alison Krauss & Union Station and many more.

In conjunction with AXS TV’s season of music festivals, “Jazz Fest” 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 live 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 80 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 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, including members of the National Cable Television Cooperative. The network is also distributed in Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. For more information, visit the website, .
Video: @LoopyLou167 - "Cuffin'" (@rRAPpromo)

Video: Loopy Lou - "Cuffin'"

RRP: Loopy Gang's CEO, Loopy Lou, recently released the official music video for his latest banger, "Cuffin'." Please check it out and let us know what you think about it. His debut mixtape, Struggle And Grind, is set to be released on May 15th.

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