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Gettin' Gatsby at the Top of the Charts! (@MadDukez @DTR45)

Gettin' Gatsby at the Top of the Charts!

Courtesy Tony @ DTR45.

After only five weeks in rotation, Gettin’ Gatsby, the concept album combining the collective efforts of Buffalo-bred rapper Mad Dukez, and Toronto producer Fresh Kils has marched up the charts in both the US and Canada - hitting #5 on CMJ Charts and #2 on Earshot Charts this week.

Their debut album pays homage to the glory days of the roaring twenties, and seamlessly blends the bitingly clever foreground of modern wordplay with classic yet innovative smooth and soulful background beats, which includes the #1 hit single “Bootleg Bartenders.”

Gettin' Gatsby is available now on Deep Thinka Records/DTR45 in digital, CD and 12" vinyl formats, and finds this unique pairing at their very best: smooth, energetic flows eloquently tap dancing over completely original golden era hip hop inspired beats. Find it on iTunes, Amazon or any of your finer outlets, and be sure to catch Mad Dukez and Fresh Kils live on tour in a town near you.

Gettin' Gatsby Tour Dates

8/30 Rochester NY, @ Dub Land Underground
8/30 Toronto, ON @ Rivoli
8/31 Buffalo, NY @ Duke's Bohemian Grove Bar
9/2 Boston, MA @ The Church
9/4 Portland, ME @ The Big Easy
9/5 Long Island City, NY @ Hell Gate Social
9/6 Westerly, RI @ The Malted Barley Bar
9/7 Freeport, NY @ Jeremy's Ale House
9/11 Kansas City, MO @ Czar Bar
9/12 La Crosse, WI @ The Warehouse
9/13 Green Bay, WI @ JDs Bar
9/14 St. Louis, MO @ The Demo
9/15 Dayton, OH @ One Eyed Jacks [w/ the Alkaholiks]
9/16 Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theatre
9/18 Denver, CO @ Moon Room
9/19 Jackson, WY @ TBA
9/20 Boise, ID @ The Shredder [w/ Coolzey]
9/21 Great Falls, MT @ Machinery Row
9/22 Moscow, ID @ John's Alley
9/23 Salt Lake City, UT @ Woodshed
9/24 Las Vegas, NV @ Beauty Bar
9/26 Reno, NV @ Shea's Tavern
9/29 San Francisco, CA @ Showdown
9/30 Pasadena, CA @ Old Town Pub
10/1 Lancaster, CA @ Industry Theatre
10/3 Tempe, AZ @ Yucca Tap Room
10/4 Las Cruces, NM @ TBA
10/5 San Marcos, TX @ TBA [w/ p-teK]
10/6 Austin, TX @ Beerland [w/ p-teK]
10/7 Denton, TX @ Andy's Bar [w/ p-teK]
10/8 Jackson, MS @ Sneaky Beans
10/9 Knoxville, TN @ Long Branch Saloon
10/10 Evansville, IN @ PG
10/11 Columbus, OH @ Victory's Live
10/12 Buffalo, NY @ Duke's Bohemian Grove Bar [w/ Steddy P & DJ Mahf]
Audio: Kenny Kingpin - "Launch" (@KennyKingPin)

Audio: Kenny Kingpin - "Launch"

Thanks Much Appreciated

- DJ Bless

Video: @TheBootlegs - "All In"

Video: The Bootlegs - "All In"

Courtesy A.O.

All In by The Bootlegs

Audio: Cee & Dr. MaD - Steps To The Peak (EP RELEASE)

Audio: Cee & Dr. MaD - Steps To The Peak (EP RELEASE)

Courtesy The Movement Fam.

We're nervous as hell. It's finally here. All year we've been working towards this project, and finally all the roadblocks are disappearing and the anticipation is coming to a peak, pun intended.

The history: The Movement Fam's Cee (MC/manager) and Alaiz's Dr. MaD (producer/DJ) have an interesting story. They worked together via a chain of connections beginning with back in 2009, without ever actually speaking. But when Cee moved to Montreal in 2012, the two finally connected in person. MaD made some beats with Cee in mind, and what was supposed to be just a brief collab quickly escalated into a full-scale EP entitled 'Steps To The Peak'.

This project is an eight track love letter to the city of Montreal. It was entirely written, produced, recorded, shot and designed in the 514, with the exception of Notion's mixing and mastering in Toronto (he's part of The Movement Fam so it's cool). Dr. MaD's production is enveloped in the art of sampling, with old Soul and Jazz tunes brought to life by his deft chops, dipping them in Hip Hop on the way out. Cee used this sonic landscape to tell real life stories about his experiences in Canada - leaving his home country of Australia to pursue a dream in the great wide north, the tumultuous move to Montreal, dealings with immigration, and his regular battles with fear, doubt and negative energy. Ultimately, it's a story of two artists connecting through the love of music in order to express their 'amour' for the city, the country and the culture of Hip Hop.

'Steps To The Peak' will be available for free download via Cee's Bandcamp page on Friday September 13th 2013 (13 is Cee's lucky number).

Video: JID Opens Up For Scotty ATL At The Drunken Unicorn In Atlanta (@Str8OutDaDen)

Video: JID Opens Up For Scotty ATL At The Drunken Unicorn In Atlanta

Courtesy Str8OutDaDen.

While at Scotty's show this past Friday I was introduced to a lot of dope artists on Atlanta's underground circuit. Earthgang, Chiiirp and JID to be exact. The kid JID opened up the show with a dope set unfortunately I only caught a small portion. Relax and Listen!

@2Chainz Shares Robbery Attempt at @CiphaSounds' Hip Hop Improv #teamLegion

2 Chainz Shares Robbery Attempt at Cipha Sounds' Hip Hop Improv

Courtesy #teamLegion.

2 Chainz was featured in the Hip Hop Improv Show - TAKE IT PERSONAL presented by Hot 97's Cipha Sounds and Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB), the top improv theater and school in NYC. Improvisers from Cipha Sounds' team "A Tribe Called YES" (Abra Tabak, Anthony Atamanuik, Lydia Hensler, Phillip Jackson, Anthony Apruzzese, Shaun Diston, and Cipha Sounds) reenacted stories originally told by 2 Chainz.

During the show rapper 2 Chainz shared a story about the time him and his friends attempted to rob a Wendy's but one of his classmates recognized his voice. "2 chainz was at the top of my list to get on my show, and now its done. He killed it like I knew he would. And don't ever accuse him of buying a coach bag for no chicks. It doesn't matter if you are underground, commercial, conscience, or ratchet... If you got stories we can make it into the funniest show ever" said Cipha Sounds.

Audio: C.O.M.P.O.Z.E.R., "Off Ya Chest" (@lifeoftaureen @DunnDealPR)

Audio: C.O.M.P.O.Z.E.R., "Off Ya Chest"

Courtesy Dunn Deal PR.

London, UK producer/artist C.O.M.P.O.Z.E.R. (Compositions Of Melodies Produced Of Zenith Excellent Results) presents "Off Ya Chest", his self-produced single. Born Taureen Lewis, he has been making music since age nine, and plays several instruments. He recently set up his production company Accomplished Ent UK LTD. "What inspired me to make this song was thinking about life and how it can sometimes stress you out," he says. "I thought, 'let me make something for the people to release their stress to whether that means rolling up and smoking, vibing to the song, working out to the song or even just bopping their head and enjoying the word play.'"

LATE ‘Manifesting Rhymes’ (Produced by Juttla) #Video #Single @OfficialLATE @Juttla @TripleFearFilms @ParkStreetPR

LATE ‘Manifesting Rhymes’ (Produced by Juttla)

Courtesy Park Street PR.

UK Hip-Hop artist LATE drops his brand new single and video ‘Manifesting Rhymes’ produced by Juttla. This free download single comes with a music video filmed by Triple Fear Films. This track is already getting a superb response from bloggers and deejays so grab it while you can.

Video: @FrancGrams @ApathyDGZ "Connecticut"

Video: Franc Grams f/ Apathy "Connecticut"

Courtesy Matt B.

The self-proclaimed “King of Connecticut” provides the soundscape (now in visual form) to fellow native Franc Grams for a record dedicated to their home-state.

#NEWMUSIC: Philly's @ICHGang (Inner City Hustlers Gang) Suggests You "GET PAID" (@SimsPR)

#NEWMUSIC: Philly's ICH Gang (Inner City Hustlers Gang) Suggests You "GET PAID"

Courtesy Sims PR.

Jimmy Da Saint's "INNER CITY HUSTLERS GANG" Dominates Lyrically on the Ty Diddy-Produced "GET PAID"

[Philadelphia, PA] From the legendary Philly imprint Ruffhouse Records and its equally legendary VP, Jimmy Da Saint, emerges ICH GANG - perhaps the best assembled team of lyrical, Hip-Hop assassins since the heyday of supergroup, Wu-Tang Clan.

SHORTY RAW. SPORT. SCORP DA BOY. HHSPADY. Pick just one of the four on the new single "GET PAID" feat. C-YOUNG, and be prepared for a barrage of lyrics from the City of Brotherly Love's conglomerate of young Rap bullies.

And that's only half the group! Up-and-comer YOUNG SAVAGE has been on the national radar for a while now, with PUSHA-FEEK and K. WALKER finally getting their share of the limelight, too. Yes, there are seven MCs in this movement, but each can & does stand on his own two feet. Scratch the ICH.

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