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MP3: Lightouts - "I Am The Key" (The La's Cover)

From Audible Treats:

MP3: Lightouts - "I Am The Key" (The La's Cover)

Gowanus Duo Continue To Explore Early 90's Deep Cuts With Latest B-Side

The Song:

In their recent burst onto the indie music scene, Gowanus, Brooklyn rockers Gavin Rhodes and Greg Nelson, collectively Lightouts, set out on an early 90's-style project that pairs their new A-side singles with a pair of B-sides: an original and a cover song. Not too long ago fans saw the release of Lightouts' second, riff-heavy single, "And It Comes and Goes," and that single is now being paired with its B-side, a cover of The La's "I Am The Key." "Half of the fun of picking these tracks is exposing overlooked bands and tracks to our fans," explains Rhodes. "The La's are mainly known for their track 'There She Goes,' and only tangentially because it was covered by the crappy Christian band Sixpence None The Richer, which is ironic because it's rumored the song is about heroin. What people don't realize is that in the early 90's, The La's were poised to be bigger than Oasis. Their singer Lee Mavers was a musical prodigy and had more swagger than both Gallagher brothers combined. Unfortunately, The La's only put out one album."

Right from the start of "I Am The Key" Lightouts fans receive the fuzzed out rock bark that seems to be developing into the duo's signature sound. A range of guitar instrumentation plays off the brilliance of the original version as punched out acoustic chords poke through a chunky distorted guitar line. The vocals pay a more strict homage to original, but do receive an added melodic boost from singer Greg Nelson. "I was immediately taken with it," he says of the song, "the melody is very simple and catchy and the lyrics are concise yet poignant." Adding in their own twist, the Gowanus duo threw in a tasty bridge section for acute listeners, "It came about naturally, while jamming on the track before we recorded," explains Rhodes. "We like to think our version sounds like a drunken Wedding Present covering The La's.”

Download "I Am The Key" here: .

Video: Armageddon - "Sending My Love"

From Semp Rok:

Video: Armageddon - "Sending My Love"

Armageddon returns with with the official music video to another heart felt rhyme dedicated to his Uncle and fans who have been supporting him throughout these years. Its been a long road since the Terror Squad days and true battle to garner his own spotlight in this industry. The music video for this song, "Sending My Love" , will be released next week as anticipation builds for his Deluxe Edition version of The Journal Vol. 1: Rebirth; a physical copy version of the digital FreEp release earlier this year. Expect a few bonus cuts on this version as well while Fat Beats, SoFlo Entertainment and Geddy Music get busy for this summer. The Journal Vol. 1: Rebirth drops May 31st.

MP3: Lil Wayne f/ Gudda Gudda - "It's Young Money"

From M3W:

MP3: Lil Wayne f/ Gudda Gudda - "It's Young Money"

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Video: Biggest Lesson Lil Chuckee Learned From Lil Wayne

From DJ Smallz:

Video: Biggest Lesson Lil Chuckee Learned From Lil Wayne

Biggest Lesson Lil Chuckee Learned From Lil Wayne from DJ Smallz.

Press Release: Sir Tomz Remix Opportunity

From Park Street PR:

Press Release: Sir Tomz Remix Opportunity

Sir Tomz has already achieved a lot in his musical career. His Joe Buddha produced track 'Sky Fall' got licensed to Tim Westwood's massive UK Hip-Hop compilation that was released a few years back as well as featuring on Big Dada releases "Permanament" by Gamma and the compilation album 'Extra Yard' where he produced three tracks including a remix of Roots Manuva's 'Bashment Boogie'. Tomz has also played live all over the UK as well as venues in Spain, France and other European countries, as well as featuring in various magazines and websites.

Now those kind people at Jailhouse Ltd have offered an olive branch to those beatmakers and producers who would like the opportunity to remix one of his tracks for a future release. There are six tracks for people to choose from and each link is to a zip file that contains the original song and an accapella. Regardless of your demographics if you think you have got those hot beats then you need to get in touch or simply download, remix and send a link direct to Jailhouse Ltd on the contact details below. Please remember to title the name of your remix correctly!

25 Pence: .
Lockdown: .
Stack It Up: .
The Struggle: .
What You Know About: .
Lockdown The Mixtape: .

Send your MP3 or link to listen/download to

'Lockdown The Mixtape' FREE download link .

Full versions of each track are also available at the official Jailhouse Ltd website .

Press Release: SEEK Performing w/ Onyx in Europe

From ProTalent:

Press Release: SEEK Performing w/ Onyx in Europe

As The European Survival Tour continues on, SEEK finds himself in the studio with Lyon, France artist Don Smokilla. This multi-talented Hip Hop artist can rap in three different languages, English, French, and Madagascar. Here he shows off his skills with the latter. 'Where We From' is produced by Maescro. The video was also shot and edited by him. For more info check out the SEEK's Fan Page, link is below.

Where We From feat Don Smokilla | VIDEO


Upcoming Date(s)
May 21st Chambery @ 'Jardin du Verney
May 26th Paris @ Glazart w/ Onyx

PR: Street Heavy DVD Vol. 3 & Kapabal Release Date

From Superior 4tress:

PR: Street Heavy DVD Vol. 3 & Kapabal Release Date

New Zealand’s only Hip Hop DVD series is back with more Music Videos, Freestyles, Interviews and behind the scene footage of some of the most talented and hardworking Hip Hop Artist in New Zealand/Aotearoa. Edited by Acebeatz and hosted by Kapabal, this is New Zealand’s very own window into our Hip Hop scene documenting it as it is.
DVD features: Audiocity (Konflikt, Bash & Akuse), PHD, ill-z, Kapabal, Tyna, Impakt, H.F.S., Ray Tait, One-Two, Heavy trade, Big Willz, Leary, O.R.F., Hurrikane Pre (Phatty Lumpkins), Lenz 22, Choirboy, Dj Alphabethead, Blakout & more.
DVD is available online here:

Amplifier also accept bank deposits for those who don’t have a credit card.


The first two volumes are also available here:


Official Release Date Announced for Kapabal’s  Forthcoming Album!
The official release has been decided for Kapabal’s new album titled “No Rest”. The album will be available in stores and digital stores September 12. The album will feature the two lead singles “Touch The Sky” and “Rude & Abracious” available on iTunes and digital stores now! You can stay up to date with important updates and leaks/previews of the album via Kapabal’s Facebook page.
Digi Crate Records Presents: God Sense "SUN RAYS"

From GSB:

Digi Crate Records Presents: God Sense "SUN RAYS"

God Sense started out in 2002 in a one bed room apartment with Tislam The Great wanting to put sounds he like together as one. He started out with Playstaion One and MTV Music Generator and help from his mentor 40D(Frody). Soon he later worked with Fruity Loops Studio and now with other tools and more to come he has improved on his sound and flavor.

With the help of Digi Crates Records God Sense is now able to share their vibe with the world!  Bellow is the link to the iTunes page for the US release of SUN RAYS

The digital album is available in the US and Japan.  With in 2-3 weeks hard copies will be available at, and more!  The hard copies will contain 3 extra tracks not in the digital release.

Bellow are links to the newly created youtube page with beats not on the album and also the myspace page also with beats not on the album.

PR: Far East Movement Performance at 2011 Billboard Awards

From Greg at Big Hassle:

Far East Movement Performance at 2011 Billboard Awards

Far East Movement rocked this year's 2011 Billboard Music Awards performing two of their smash hits, "Rocketeer" with Ryan Tedder of One Republic, and "If I Was You (OMG)" with Snoop Dogg.

In case you missed the performance, check out the link below:

Far East Movement will join the second leg of the Lil Wayne 'I AM MUSIC' tour this summer along with Rick Ross, Keri Hilson, and Llyod. For tour dates visit WWW.FAREASTMOVEMENT.COM.

The group will be performing their Free Wired hits on the June 6 episode of ABC's Bachelorette.

Their debut album FREE WIRED is in stores now!
PR: Newark's Emcee Composition

From Artist PR:

Newark's Emcee Composition

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Emcee Composition, better known as just Composition or Comp to some, was born in Bronx, NY and raised in Newark, NJ. Living in NJ for most of his life with no doubt reflects in his rhymes and technique. Growing up listening to Nas, The Fugee’s, Outkast, The Roots, Kool G Rap, and Goodie Mob made his taste extremely fined tuned as far as hip hop is concerned. With a firm belief that hip hop should be about inspiring the masses and evolution of the genre, it’s no wonder Composition has worked with the lyrical artists such as Elzhi and Joelle Ortiz.

Most recently, Emcee Composition has taken the sound of hip hop to new levels as far as content and music structure. Combining an unseen mixture of classical and hip hop, along with a deep context and wordplay focused delivery has resulted in a very dangerous combination. His debut album “Garden Statements”, releases June 21, 2011, has made an undeniable impact among names not known for working with unknown artists. Now Comp has connected with producer Kno of Cunninlynguists, who is rarely known for working on projects outside of his camp. It’s obvious that he has talented artists attention, and once you hear his music it’s obvious it’s for a very good reason.

In a time where the goal of a hip hop artist of an artist is to party hard, Comp’s goal is making the hairs on your arm stand from amazement hip hop like his exists. If you enjoy artists who care more for their legacy than the money being made then you need to immediately get up on Emcee Composition.

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