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Video: Lil Jamez - "Pressure" (@LilJamez)

Video: Lil Jamez - "Pressure"

B.G.: "Don't sleep on Lil Jamez trust me when I tell you he's making moves!"

Audio: @iAliano - "Touch the Canvas" (prod. @JakkWonders)

Audio: Aliano - "Touch the Canvas" (prod. Jakk Wonders)

BK: Born and raised in South Africa, Jakk Wonders is a hip-hop producer/beatsmith. Heavily influenced by an array of producers that make the Johannesburg based beatsmith deliver a gritty sample based production style and at times add a left-field type feel.

Audio: @RicWilson - "Soul Bounce" (@MacMediaPromo)

Audio: Ric Wilson - "Soul Bounce"

Matt: Ric Wilson is a 21-year-old self-proclaimed Artist, Performer and Prison Abolitionist from the Southside of Chicago. On November 24, 2015 Ric dropped The Sun Was Out EP, which was profiled by sites such as Ebony, The Source, BET, Sprite, Chicago Reader, Okayplayer, Fakeshoredrive, Pigeons & Planes, HipHopDx, Illroots and DJbooth.

Audio: Jabee - "Come Up" (@MyNameIsJabee)

Audio: Jabee - "Come Up"

C.O.: Emmy-award winning hip hop artist Jabee has released his latest single, "Come Up." The single will be included in his upcoming full-length release "Black Future," which will be sold and streamed on all major music outlets as well as

Audio: SASH - "Black Caviar" EP

Audio: SASH - "Black Caviar" EP

DM360: Bay Area-by-way-of-Ukraine rapper SASH is ready to make some noise with his latest project, Black Caviar, which is brimming with witty wordplay and shimmering bangers made for late nights and wild parties.

Audio: @IAmTheGenius f/ Ray Jr. - "Free All My N*ggas" (Prod. by Dun Deezy and Matt Steez)

Audio: Genius f/ Ray Jr. - "Free All My N*ggas" (Prod. by Dun Deezy and Matt Steez)

A.T.: The Atlanta DJ/Artist and the Cleveland Rapper/Singer Deliver a Heartfelt Trap Ballad.

PR: Danny Brown Announces North American Tour, Reveals Album (@xDannyXBrownX @Biz3)

PR: Danny Brown Announces North American Tour, Reveals Album Title

Biz 3: New Album Atrocity Exhibition Coming This Fall

Danny Brown is to take to the road in North America this fall for a 40+ date headline tour. He has also shared with fans that his forthcoming album due later this year will be called Atrocity Exhibition.

This news follows his long-awaited comeback with the single and Mimi Cave-directed video "When It Rain" out now. Support for the tour includes Maxo Kream and ZelooperZ. Tickets go on sale this Wedenesday July 20th at Tickets for participating dates include download of "When It Rain", plus a digital copy of Atrocity Exhibition upon release.





"He is unmatchable in flow, delivery, and voice. Danny Brown has all the tools to be the greatest working rapper." - PITCHFORK BEST NEW MUSIC

"fans of Danny Brown can finally feast on his new single.. We can't wait to hear the album." - XXL BEST SONGS OF THE WEEK

"Judging by Brown's raps over the deranged oboe sample of "When It Rain" this project is going to be extra lit." - HOT NEW HIP HOP

"the urgent grime of Dizzee Rascal, the pulse of classic techno and house and the no-holds-barred energy of contemporary Southern rap. It's one of Brown's most defining moves to date, and has us desperate to hear the full album." - FACT

"Danny Brown's new video "When It Rain" is an instant classic" - DETROIT METRO TIMES
"When It Rain" The Rap Up: Best of 2016 So Far" - PASSION OF THE WEISS


9/14 Philadelphia, PA - Theater of the Living Arts
9/15 Providence, RI - Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel
9/16 New Haven, CT - Toad's Place
9/17 Clifton Park, NY - Upstate Concert Hall
9/18 Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club
9/21 Columbus, OH - Park Street Saloon
9/22 Chicago, IL - House of Blues
9/23 Grand Rapids, MI - The Intersection
9/24 Milwaukee, WI - The Rave II
9/25 Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
9/27 Des Moines, IA - Wooly's
9/28 Lincoln, NE - Bourbon Theatre
10/1 Salt Lake City, UT - The Complex
10/2 Boise, ID - Knitting Factory
10/4 Seattle, WA - Neptune Theatre
10/5 Portland, OR - Roseland Theater
10/6 Vancouver, BC - Vogue Theater
10/7 Spokane, WA - Knitting Factory
10/8 Eugene, OR - WOW Hall
10/11 San Francisco, CA - Regency
10/12 Santa Cruz, CA - The Catalyst
10/14 San Diego, CA - Observatory North Park
10/15 Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre
10/16 Santa Ana, CA - The Observatory
10/17 Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom
10/18 Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theater
10/20 Houston, TX - Warehouse Live
10/21 Dallas, TX - South Side Music Hall
10/23 Austin, TX - Emo's
10/25 New Orleans, LA - Republic New Orleans
10/26 Nashville, TN - Exit In
10/27 Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
10/28 Charlotte, NC - The Underground
10/29 Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle
10/30 Asheville, NC - The Orange Peel
11/1 Silver Springs, MD - The Fillmore Silver Springs
11/2 Pittsburgh, PA - Mr. Small's Theatre
11/3 Buffalo, NY - Town Ballroom
11/4 Toronto, ON - Phoenix Concert Theatre
11/5 Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop
Nicole Wray (@LadyNicoleWray) to Release QUEEN ALONE on Sept 23 on Big Crown

Nicole Wray (Lady Wray) to Release QUEEN ALONE on Sept 23 on Big Crown

Jeff: New York, NY - Virginia-born singer/songwriter Nicole Wray is Lady Wray and she has everything you'd want in a singer: an infectious Jackson-5-family-member flare, a range like Aretha's, and a church upbringing that's brought a pure, healing texture to her voice and gained her a mentor in Missy Elliot. But the struggles of the music business, with both label and band-mate fallout, have taken the artist on a rollercoaster ride that's made her stronger than ever and now she's ready to make her pinnacle statement.

Lady Wray dropped her first single, "Do It Again" last month and Consequence of Sound has premiered "Guilty" to announce the release of the upcoming LP, Queen Alone, out September 23 on Big Crown Records. Read the superb feature on the track and new album HERE and pre-order Queen Alone at iTunes and receive both "Guilty" and "Do It Alone" as instant-grat tracks HERE.

When talking about Queen Alone, her first solo album in some time, Nicole explains, "It's a reflection of my soul. It's who I am today." And aptly so. Nicole is writing and singing songs about her life.

Over the course of her career, the soulstress landed a gold record and climbed the ranks of '90s hip-hop royalty, working alongside Missy, Aaliyah, Ginuwine, Playa and Timbaland, to name a few. During a brief stint with Damon Dash and Roc-A-Fella Records, Nicole's powerful voice had a huge presence on The Black Keys' Blackroc project, which led her to recording background vocals on The Black Keys' Grammy-winning LP, Brothers. Amid her last album Lady, Nicole picked up fans at Pitchfork, Noisey, NPR Music and Essence, but these successes were brief and fleeting.

Fast forward to now–the transformation from singer-for-hire to pure artist is evident on Queen Alone. Reunited with the top-class musicianship from the Lady project and with Big Crown's own Leon Michels and Daptone / Dunham's Tom Brenneck handling production, Nicole says she is, "Singing out loud now–singing from the stomach." Back in 1998 she was coached how to sing. Today, after stutter-stepping in and out of the industry and dealing with other people's ideas of who she should be, there is a new soul and substance to her songs–all of it from her life.

The album opens with the dancing bass-line and soaring horns of "It's Been a Long Time" and travels through the emotional journey Nicole has been on the past 20 years. "Do It Again" is the story of a failed relationship somehow too good to let go of, and "Guilty" tells the feelings she dealt wtih surrounding her brother's incarceration.

Almost echoing her new record, Nicole says, "You have to go through something for it to be real." She has been living with one foot in fame and the other in real life. The result is clear: she's feeling something real in her music again. And it's hard for us as listeners not to follow suit.

Queen Alone Track Listing:
1 – It's Been A Long Time
2 – Do It Again
3 – Smiling
4 – Guilty
5 – In Love (Don't Mess Things Up)
6 – Make Me Over
7 – Cut Me Loose
8 – Underneath My Feet
9 – They Won't Hang Around
10 – Bad Girl
11 – Let It Go
Mixtape: Stone & Robert "US vs Them" (f/ @DJPFCuttin) @TheRapMartyr

Mixtape: Stone & Robert "US vs Them" (f/ DJ PF Cuttin)

Tom: Stone & Robert release “Us vs them” mixed by legendary DJ PF Cuttin. Stone & Robert are an alter ego group from Skanks & P General of Brooklyn’s Bankai Fam. The set features production from Kyo Itachi, Azia & features fellow Bankai Fam members Shatike & Daddie Notch, pieced together in style by DJ PF Cuttin. Download the mixtape for free.
Video: K.tothe.A.Y. - "Flavors" (@K_tothe_A_Y)

Video: K.tothe.A.Y. - "Flavors"

K: K.tothe.A.Y. is an eclectic East Coast artist whose sound embraces a wide range of elements, from the tight edge of Hip-Hop, to the smooth grooves of RnB and the vibes of reggae / dub.

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