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MP3: Mental Elastic Dynasty - "Where Did the Night Go"


From Who Got Next:

MP3: Mental Elastic Dynasty - "Where Did the Night Go"

* http://www.wondertwinz.com/wtnz_wgn_MED.htm *

HipHop derives its very essence from expression. For the last thirty years, there have been attempts to curtail that vital element of the culture, from early radio neglect to government bans in the 90's to protests and sanctions on individual artists in the modern era. Today, though, hip-hop has prevailed and finds a home on Top 40 Radio with relative ease, but the new dialog is whether hip-hop music now overshadows hip-hop culture, with the messages in the music becoming more representative of the culture than the people actually consuming the music. Lines have been drawn, but regardless of position, expression remains at the center of the argument. And straddling that very line in the heartland of America, Kalamazoo, Michigan Mental Elastic Dynasty are waiting for their turn to explain why they fit into the conversation.

Mental Elastic Dynasty is poised to make 2010 a breakout year. Having recently inked a deal with heavy-hitters Mobb North Records in Detroit and signing on to a management deal with well-respected Focal Point Media, the group are ready to bring their brand of music to the world. Inspired by diverse artists like Outkast and E-40, pop mainstays like Kanye West and Eminem and wordsmiths like Lupe Fiasco and Kool G Rap, Mental Elastic Dynasty members L-C.I.D., Anagram and The Mic Smith (formerly Philosophy) know its an uphill battle. But armed with local support in Kalamazoo, a bubbling presence in Detroit, and love from press outlets like Allhiphop.com, OnSmash, HoodHype and much of the Michigan local press, Mental Elastic Dynasty's humor, insight and perspective has them primed to bring a new element to a changing hip-hop culture.

MP3: Cashmere - "Blue N Orange" (NY Knicks Anthem)


From Yo! PR:

MP3: Cashmere - "Blue N Orange" (NY Knicks Anthem)

* http://limelinx.com/files/7b11c1fb9304bf44f87d90c7f8bb7521 *

New York rapper Cashmere puts on for his city with his blazing NY Knicks anthem "Blue N Orange". The song is a blockbuster remix of Atlantic Records recording artist Wiz Khalifa's Pittsburgh Steelers homage "Black & Yellow", which is the lead single from his anticipated debut album.

"I've been a Knicks fan since I was 5 or 6 years old! I had to do this not only for the Knicks but also for the city of New York as a whole. This team is a huge part of NY and when they win, we all win!" says Cashmere.

The legendary Knicks most recently signed Carmelo Anthony to its already outstanding roster. The All-Star's Broadway debut on February 24 was a smash hit, as the superstar forward recorded a monster double-double with 27 points and 10 boards.

Now, listen to Cashmere's NY Knicks anthem, paying homage to the greats such as Patrick Ewing, Allen Houston, Mark Jackson, Willis Reed, and the teams' current stars Amar'e Stoudemire, Chauncey Billups and newly signed Carmelo Anthony.

It's time for the championship ring to go back to New York!

Video: DaVinci - "Blame Game" (prod. by Al Jieh)


From Audible Treats:

Video: DaVinci - "Blame Game" (prod. by Al Jieh)

MP3: League510 - "24hr Fitness"


From Audible Treats:

MP3: League510 - "24hr Fitness"

Synth Madness Ensues On The Latest Leak From Town Techno Crew League510

The Song:

"We just want people to have fun and enjoy life," says League510 on the message behind their latest track, "24hr Fitness." And while the sentiment fits the track, it could just as easily be the group's mantra. While the group, comprised of TK, Monty, Knowitall, and Blacksmith, all find time to get introspective, the Bay Area crew carries an air of feel-good wherever they go, and this latest track is just another example of what makes the League special.

Following the release of "Never Change" last week, "24hr Fitness" offers listeners another great example of the Town Techno sound. "This Is Town Techno 100%," explains TK before offering a somewhat unconventional but apparently effective inspiration for the track: "The song came to us as we were vibing to the beat fist pumping in the studio getting hyped." For those still unfamiliar with the Town Techno sound, the thumping drums, warbled bass lines, and layered synth lines should clear up any initial confusion. From there, the song builds, with various synth lines coming together over the club-ready back beat before hitting its apex, as the chorus hits with the League's boisterous chants, "Look at shorty over there – she getting it, she getting it/ Sweating her hair out, 24 hour fitness/ Girl you make me want to give you the business/ So meet me in the bathroom if you with it."

League510's Believe In The League EP will be available this March.

Listen to "24hr Fitness" here: http://soundcloud.com/league510/league510-24hr-fitness .

The Background:

Emcees TK, Mont, Mr. Knowitall and DJ Blacksmith better known as League510 are pioneers of a sound that is all their own, Town Techno. With a sound that is out of this world, League510's musical journey began in a galaxy far away from ours. After traveling the universe for years, they entered our galaxy and our planet shortly thereafter. With sights on our world, the quartet chose to land in the hills east of Oakland, CA. After hiding their ship deep in the hills they approached this new town with great curiosity and were immediately amazed by the vibrant culture that they found. Adopting the Bay Area scene as their new home, League510 wasted no time in beginning their new musical journey here in our world. Using advanced abilities, the four emcees quickly mastered the art of sound and gave birth to Town Techo, a form of music that would unite the people in heightened awareness; to show them to take action, to appreciate the fun in life, to believe in themselves and to believe in The League.

About Clear Label Records:

Founded in Oakland, CA in 1999, Clear Label Records has established itself as one of the top independent labels in the Bay Area. The company is owned and operated by Tajai Massey, renowned recording artist with the group Souls of Mischief and the crew Hieroglyphics, who brings a unique perspective to the label utilizing his experiences as a major-label recording artist turned independent label owner & successful touring musician. Clear Label is home to recording artists of many genres such as Chris Marsol, Baby Jaymes, FamSyrk, Deep Rooted, League510, and more. Through a partnership with Pushing the Beat (PTB) called ClearBeat, the label is also home to Oakland’s hottest street artists including Beeda Weeda, Shady Nate, D-Lo, Sleepy D and others. Look for full-length releases from all of these artists in the near future.  For more information, please visit http://www.clearlabelrecords.com .

Audio: Shane Eli - "When We Were Kings"


Shane Eli's latest effort. When We Were Kings finds the L.A. rapper/producer drawing on the tradition of luminaries from Pac and Hova to Muhammad Ali and Geoffrey Canada (who appear in sampled interviews, adorned with authentic cuts by DJ Critical Hype). Delivered over a self-produced, chopped-sample instrumental, Eli lyrically launches a bitter (but constructive) attack against the status quo: “Free market business got the most packed prisons, torn down systems two teachers to a district, and the kids can’t read ‘cause their textbooks are missing.
 
"When We Were Kings" is the third official release from Shane Eli's upcoming album, "I Can Do Better", hosted by DJ Skee and dropping via DJBooth in March. Guests set to appear on the album include Laws, Smoke DZA, El Prez, Playboy Tre, Rittz, Aleon Craft, Ahmad and more.

Download link: http://www.mediafire.com/?2yjsqdk7k7k0qbc
PR: E-40 Set To Release Two New Albums This March


VALLEJO, CA (FEBRUARY 22, 2011) With millions of records sold, nationwide sold out shows, loved by both the streets and respected amongst his peers, without question E-40 continues to reign supreme. Empowering a familiar cliché that states, “If it’s not broke, don’t fix it” the Revenue Retrievin’ series continues and the most underrated rapper returns with two brand new albums entitled “Revenue Retrievin’ Graveyard Shift” and “Revenue Retrievin” Overtime Shift.”  March 29, 2011 will mark the release of the 15th and 16th albums from one of the biggest rap artist to come from the west coast. Artists T-Pain, Tech N9ne in addition to E-40’s bay area conglomerate Guce, Black C of RBL Posse, Laroo, Turf Talk, Cousin Fik, J. Stalin and The Click all grace the forth coming albums. E-40 and his son Droop-E who also raps and produces will once again share Executive Producer credits on both albums.

23 Years ago E-40 began to generate his fan base as a member of The Click initially introduced as M.V.P. releasing a EP titled “The Kings Men” in 1988. The domino-effect of that album inspired three more independent successful albums ultimately inspiring major record label Jive Records to sign E-40 where they soon introduced his critically acclaimed  “In A Major Way.”  During the course of the multi-album deal, he produced three gold albums and one platinum album while on Jive Records.

Then In 2005, the music macgyver partnered with the everlasting King of Crunk aka Lil Jon and signed with Warner Brothers/BME . In 2006 not only did E-40 reposition himself, but the Northern California music scene struck gold with the release of E-40’s “My Ghetto Report Card” which is also certified Gold via the RIAA. A swift two years later, he released his last album on Warner Brothers entitled the “Ball Street Journal.”  With proven successes while absorbing a wealth of knowledge over the years, E-40 simultaneously motivated his immediate offspring.

In 2010 he surpassed a new benchmark when he signed to Heavy On The Grind owned by his first son also Artist/Producer Droop-E. Together they released E-40’s 13th and 14th albums entitled “Revenue Retrievin’ Day Shift” and “Revenue Retrievin’ Night Shift.” That very effort spun the Bay Area’s famed Ambassador as one of the hottest commodities in Hip-Hop with the smash hit record “Bitch” featuring Too Short and 50 Cent.  Today, both fans and street soldiers around the globe can rest assured “Revenue Retreivin’ Overtime Shift” and “Revenue Retrievin’ Graveyard Shift” will be another flawless classic from the most underrated rapper of all time, E-40.

For up-to-the-minute information on E-40 follow him at www.twitter.com/E40 www.facebook.com/E40

Video: Bun B feat. Truck Buck - "Gladiator"


Bonus track from the deluxe edition of Trill OG.


Video: Pharoahe Monch - "The Warning"


Pharoahe Monch W.A.R. (We Are Renegades) album out March 22nd. “The Warning,” directed by Todd Angkasuwan, also contains a portion of Pharoahe Monch’s title track, W.A.R. featuring Immortal Technique.

Video: Def Jam Cipher Sessions: West Coast Edition Part 1


From RawDrive.com:

Cipher Sessions & KarmaloopTV catches up with west coast up and comers TiRon, Kendrick Lamar, Diz Gibran and H.O.P.E. about performing in an all west coast show in NYC and what’s on deck for each of them. 

 

Source: RawDrive

Audio: Kinetic 9 feat. MidaZ The Beast - "What It Is"





"What It Is"


Killarmy’s (Wu-Tang) own Kinetic 9 is on the verge of dropping two projects this year: The Armory, for which the Killa Bee, a frequent RZA collaborator, has a Kickstarter.com  page set up for fans to participate in the project's creation; and Kinetic Radio Vol. 2, which features our very own MidaZ The BEAST on the single “What It Is”  produced by Kinetic 9. Released as a part of #WUWEDNESDAY by the Abbot himself The RZA, “What It Is” finds the dynamic duo of Kinetic and MidaZ back at it again after hittin’ the streets over the summer with the infectious headbanger “Let You Go” ft. IMAKEMADBEATS, J Freedome and Frukwan of the Gravediggaz. This joint serves as a warning shot of things to come as Kinetic, MidaZ, and IMAKEMADBEATS have a trio album in the works entitled Trilogy. Once again it’s on!


Listen to it HERE

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