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Mixtape: A. Driver - "Driver's Education"

From RMG:

Mixtape: A. Driver - "Driver's Education"

Check out the latest project from Norfolk, Virginia's own A.Driver.  This is the prelude to the street album, Driver's Education which will be dropping later this year.  This project is mixed by DJ Ruckus and features freestyles combined with orginal tracks and features include Fam-Lay, Thadd Williams, Intalek, Sanura and Carnage45. Marketing powered by Revolution Media Group
A.Driver - Drivers Education - The Pre-Tape

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MP3: Kidd Kidd f/ Jim Jones - "Set It Off"

From Chris at E1 Music:

MP3: Kidd Kidd f/ Jim Jones - "Set It Off"

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Album In-Stores May 3rd

Kidd Kidd “The Reallionaire”

PR: Far East Movement College Campus Contest

From Greg Miller:

Far East Movement Launch "If I Was You (OMG)" College Campus Contest' - Winner To Receive Performance In College Dorm Room!

To celebrate the release of their new single "If I Was You (OMG)," chart topping group Far East Movement launch a contest that challenges college students artistic creativity.  The electro-pop quartet encourage students to upload an "If I Was You (OMG)" inspired video to YouTube, then message the group a link to the video on their website Videos uploaded starting today, April 20th through midnight on May 20th will be considered. The winner will be selected randomly from the top five highest view count submissions.

"Take a break from the books and let the creativity flow. We're excited to invade the winner's dorm room and get the whole campus free wired" states Kev Nish from the group.

The rules: Create a 30-second video inspired by Far East Movement's new single "If I Was You (OMG)" featuring Snoop Dogg.

The prize: The multi-platinum hit makers will invade the winner's college dorm room with pizza and host a private show for the you and 10 friends!

Far East Movement's first two singles, "Like A G6" and "Rocketeer," from their Free Wired debut album are both Top 10 charting songs and certified platinum.  The group is currently on a Free Wired World Tour performing at college campuses across the country.

For upcoming tour dates, check out: .

Lyric Jones @ SXSW

From Velv Somersault:

Lyric Jones @ SXSW

w/ Big K.R.I.T., Phil Ade, Aleon Craft & More

21, April 2011

For Immediate Release:

Check out Lyric Jones SXSW coverage as she catches up with fellow artists Big K.R.I.T, Phil Ade, Aleon Craft, 808 Blake to promote her upcoming project, Jones St. due out this Fall. You'll also peep some of Lyric's SXSW performance.


Be on the look out for Lyric's first video installment for Jones St.,  "Trapped In The City Lights" coming soon. Download it here.


Watch Lyric Jones @ SXSW here.



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MP3: DaVinci & Ammbush - "Inhale" + Fly The Friendly Skies

From Audible Treats:

MP3: DaVinci & Ammbush - "Inhale" + Fly The Friendly Skies

Get Live SF, TRUE Clothing, And SWTBRDS Release 4/20 Mixtape, Exclusive New Track

The Song/Mixtape:

It’s that wonderful time of the year again; the cold weather has moved out, the warm in, flowers are starting to bloom, birds singing, and everyone seems to be walking around with a glazed look over there eyes... it's 4/20! Here, aiding you in your participation of this green holiday are your best buds, Get Live SF, TRUE Clothing, and SWTBRDS, presenting Fly The Friendly Skies, Part Doobie, their second annual collection of stoner rap tunes, mixed by DJ Boogie Brown (Get Live SF), including songs by Wiz Khalifa,Curren$y, Smoke DZA, Kendrick Lamar, and C Plus, as well as the exclusive track "Inhale," by SWTBRDS' own DaVinci and Ammbush and produced by REL of Drums & Ammo. For a limited time, those interested can also get the physical copy of the mixtape for free as part of TRUE's 420 Pack, which includes a TRUE grinder and limited edition 4/20 t-shirt. More info over at

As any pot patron will let you know, smoking music might as well be as important as the greenery itself, and the DaVinci/Ammbush combo on "Inhale" set things off nicely from the jump, with Ammbush's Kokane-like sung chorus complimenting DaVinci's raspy baritone. Atop REL's deep, booming drums and swelling chimes, DaVinci provides quick-witted, 4/20 laced lyrics, rapping "Pass it clockwise until its ashes/ keep my bitches high as long as I get the last hit."

Download the DaVinci & Ammbush track "Inhale" for free here: .

And download the Fly The Friendly Skies, Part Doobie single mix here: .
Tracked version: .

Video: Big Sean Clears Up "Blood" Sign in His Videos

Video: Big Sean Clears Up "Blood" Sign in His Videos

MP3: Noni Spitz - "Sippin' On" (prod. Smokey Lane)

From J. Melo:

MP3: Noni Spitz - "Sippin' On" (prod. Smokey Lane)

You always need a little drink to go with your 4/20. California based emcee Noni Spitz has your fix ready with his new leak, "Sippin' On" featuring R&B producer Smokey Lane & Brooke Taylor. This is the first official leak from Noni's upcoming solo project "The Player's Manual" which is being entirely produced by Smokey Lane and Dae One. 

Noni is one half of the group No One (consisting of Noni Spitz & Dae One) who are getting ready to drop there debut duo project, "The Substance" later this year. Noni exploded onto the scene in 2007 and has made a name for himself by working with Big Pooh, Jay Rock, Bishop Lamont, Glasses Malone, Black Milk, Sir Jinx, and more.

Artist: Noni Spitz
Featuring: Smokey Lane & Brooke Taylor
Song: Sippin' On
Producer: Smokey Lane
Album: The Players Manual (entirely produced by Dae One & Smokey Lane)

"Sippin' On" (feat. Smokey Taylor & Brooke Taylor)
Video: Tila Tequila on Leaving's Label

Video: Tila Tequila on Leaving's Label

PR: Shemspeed's "The Exodus of Free Downloads"

From Shemspeed:

PR: Shemspeed's "The Exodus of Free Downloads"

Shemspeed Fam -- it's time for all things free!

So grab Diwon’s Remix Retrospective, a 21-track collection of some of the hottest Diwon remixes to date, including a wide-range of artists from La Roux and Snoop Dogg to The xx and Idan Raichel.

We also have downloads of Darshan, Y-Love, Kosha Dillz & Yuri Lane!

Scroll down for the goods, or grab them all directly at now!

peace & Shemspeed

p.s. Y-Love's new EP "See Me" (produced by Diwon) hits store on May 17th!


Based in the stereophonic heart of Brooklyn, world music maestro Diwon is one of the most innovative and versatile Producers and DJs performing and recording music today. Diwon’s beats are strongly influenced by the musical traditions of his mother’s family, whose roots lie in Yemen. Diwon’s signature sound throughout his production and remixes are the complex percussive layers that create a world around each sound. The “Remix Retrospective” showcases Diwon’s sounds along with artists ranging from La Roux and Snoop Dogg to The xx and Idan Raichel.

Download this 21 track collection of some of the hottest Diwon remixes to date.



KOSHA DILLZ combines with German production team Shuko and Fonty to create Gina and The Garage Sale, a 9 song EP that follows up his acclaimed solo Freshman album BEVERLY DILLZ. Grab the 6 song EP download for free below. The full 9 song EP is available on iTunes and Amazon.



Global hip hop star, Y-Love, and beatbox superstar Yuri Lane (who has over 13 millions hits on youtube) create all their music non-instrumentally, making it hard to believe that Yuri Lane’s mouth wasn’t being produced by Timbaland. The first single, “Watch” is about keeping the history of the Passover alive. Every year the Jewish Nation leaves Egypt; from exile to one step closer to redemption. G-dly things happening – Watch!



DARSHAN have dug up some traditional sources and remixed them in a modern retelling of the story found at the end of the Passover Haggadah….

“I new this one kid, from back in the day….”




April 28th | Eprhyme & D.Black in Seattle @ The Rendezvous’
May 1st | Eprhyme in Portland @ Mississippi Studios
May 11th | Shemspeed tapes for TV in NYC @ Tamany Hall
May 12th | Eprhyme in ABQ @ Dialogue
May 14th | Y-Love & Diwon in San Fran
May 14th | Eprhyme in Santa Fe @ Little Wing 
May 15th | Y-Love & Diwon in L.A. @ UCLA
May 21st | Diwon in ATL @ Atlanta Jewish Music Fest
May 22nd | Matisyahu in AL @ Hangout Music Fest 2011
June 5th | Dillz & Diwon in NYC @ Israel Day Parade
June 18th | Matisyahu in Poland @ MOSiR Stadium
June 29th | Matisyahu in WI @ Summerfest 2011

Shemspeed East & West Coast Tour (May & June)
stay tuned for full schedule!
PR: Sham Pain Releases New Track "Money Too Long"

From Yo! PR:

European Rap Star Sham Pain Releases New Track "Money Too Long"

International Rap firestarter and currently based in Monaco, France, Sham Pain releases his new blazing single "Money Too Long", which is featured on the UK rap star's latest album "Recession Proof II (Cocked & Reloaded)".

Destined to leave his own imprint in the game, Sham Pain's versatility and dynamic Rap style is once again proven on "Money Too Long", which "shows off the flamboyant side of my personality and business acumen," as he explained.

"I always invested my money wisely and although the song is very swagged up there is a truth within the song that you should listen to," the UK rapper/songwriter added.

Sham Pain has a strong fanbase not only in the UK, but France, Germany, USA and his native country of Nigeria as well as this much talented artist is the embodiment of real Hip-Hop, who breathes and lives the urban culture in every way possible.

To learn more about Sham Pain, visit his official website at .

MP3: Sham Pain - Money Too Long (Clean) .

MP3: Sham Pain - Money Too Long (Dirty) .

ALBUM: Sham Pain - Recession Proof II .

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