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MP3: Balboa - "Square One"


From M3W:

MP3: Balboa - "Square One"

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PR: Pretty Lights Drops Kanye West Remix


From Girlie Action:

PR: Pretty Lights Drops Kanye West Remix

Download the Pretty Lights Remix of
Kanye West’s “All Of The Lights”
HERE!

 
Check Out The New Pretty Lights YouTube Channel,
Featuring Unreleased PL Tracks, Remixes and Mashups! 


As a thank you to his fans for the ongoing support, Pretty Lights is releasing a free MP3 remix of Kanye West’s new track, “All Of The Lights,” which he debuted on New Year’s Eve at the Congress Theatre in West’s hometown of Chicago. The remix is featured in a New Year’s Eve video on Pretty Lights’ new YouTube Channel. Also found on the new YouTube channel are Pretty Lights remixes of Pink Floyd’s classic “Time,” Jay Z’s “Empire State of Mind,” Steve Miller Band’s “Fly Like An Eagle” and several more.
 
If you missed the news last week, Pretty Lights Music, Derek Vincent Smiths’ new digital record label, released two new EP’s for free downloads; Break Science’s Further Than Our Eyes Can See, and Paper Diamond’s debut EP, Levitate. The purpose of the label and its innovative model is to supply his fans, and fans of electronic music at large, with the freshest music from the hottest new underground artists.
 
For more info on Pretty Lights Music, please visit the official site.

Video: Breezy f/ Pusha T - "See About Us"


From RPH Entertainment:

Video: Breezy f/ Pusha T - "See About Us"

Video: Beat Drunx - "Moment of Clarity"


From Nadia O:

Video: Beat Drunx - "Moment of Clarity"

BEAT DRUNX - Moment Of Clarity from Digsville Music.

Video: "Rap Battles - Hulk Hogan vs. Kim Jong-Il"


Video: "Rap Battles - Hulk Hogan vs. Kim Jong-Il"

Video: El-P - "Lab Rat Bravely Escapes..."


From Stephen at !K7:

Video: El-P - "Lab Rat Bravely Escapes..."

PR: 10" Out Now - Errol Dunkley, Errol Bellot & Solo Banton


From Reality Shock:

Live Upright 10" Out Now - Errol Dunkley, Errol Bellot & Solo Banton


Available now at www.realityshock.com

One Blessed Love
Reality Shock Family

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Reality Shock is proud to present a brand new limited edition 10” for reggae vinyl collectors featuring vocals by Errol Dunkley, Errol Bellot & Solo Banton + an instrumental dub mix produced by Kris Kemist & mixed at Conscious Sounds studio. This release is brought to you in conjunction with www.houseofreggae.de, the German Reggae news website run by Nils Kersten.

Errol Dunkley - “Live Upright”
Jamaican foundation artist Errol Dunkley began his singing career at the tender age of 14, following in the footsteps of Delroy Wilson to become Jamaica's second 'child star'. Errol's long and illustrious career spans over 45 years, during which time he worked with legendary producers such as Joe Gibbs, Coxsone Dodd, Prince Buster and Bunny Lee. Errol made his name internationally with such iconic Reggae classics as Little Way Different, Black Cinderella, Movie Star, OK Fred, Happiness Forgets and many more. Still at the top of his game today, Errol has recently been spending some time in the UK, working closely with Kris Kemist at Reality Shock headquarters. Watch out for a brand new album from Errol Dunkley coming in 2011 on Ghetto Vibes label.

Errol Bellot - “Everything Possible”
UK roots veteran Errol Bellot is one of the founding fathers of the Reality Shock family. Originally making a name for himself working with sounds and labels such as S&G records, Jah Tubbys & Unity Sound in the early 80's, Errol has enjoyed a long career as a prolific freelance entertainer performing with countless sound systems & live bands across the globe. 2011 marks Errol's 30th year in the music business and despite a seemingly endless string of successful single releases on various record labels over the years, it may come as a surprise that Errol Bellot has yet to release a solo album...until now!! Errol's debut album 'Know Jah', produced by Kris Kemist is due out late 2011 on Reality Shock Records. Stay tuned to www.realityshock.com for further information.

Solo Banton – “Chalice Haffi Blaze”
Resident Reality Shock deejay Solo Banton has been taking the world by storm in 2010, firmly establishing himself as one of the UK's leading & most hard working artists. Having touched just about every country in Europe since the release of his debut album 'Walk Like Rasta' earlier in the year, Solo continues to work hard and sow his musical seeds. Amongst the previously unreleased tracks on the album, 'Chalice Haffi Blaze' was most widely requested in vinyl format and is now available as part of this limited edition 10”. Order your copy here: www.realityshock.com

Video: Gee Dubs f/ SR - "I Don't Care"



Download MP3: http://www.mediafire.com/?rmm3cp6w4xz...
Prod/Dir: Mike Chops
Gee Dubs "The Prelude" EP Coming Soon...
www.giftedhoods.com

PR: LATE Presents Final Penalty - "The Payscale EP"


From Park Street PR:

 

This is hard-hitting hardcore Hip-Hop and makes a refreshing change www.hiphop4days.com

'The Payscale EP' is four tracks of excellent moody and mystical that bangs hard! www.realruggedandraw.com

The Payscale shows great lyrical skill and finesse from Final Penalty. www.thehiphopcrates.com

Final Penalty are a rap duo from Central Illinois. Brothers Chef B and Mr. Cutlass formed the group Final Penalty and Hazmat Productionz to record a collection of tracks a few years ago, and ever since have been making a buzz not only in the USA but also in Europe. They have a fresh new style to the underground rap scene which is considered to be ahead of their time. Chef B is the producer and known as the brain behind the Hazmat Label, and together the duo combine solid rap skills with dope beats to create a different style of rap which at the time has no genre.

With four underground albums already released in 2010 shows the work ethic and determination of the Final Penalty is hard. After Wolftown Recordings CEO LATE discovered Final Penalty they began to chop it up before LATE hooking up this Tricksta produced EP for Wolftown. 'The Pay Scale' is a deep, dark, mysterious and banging EP that reality rap fans will love and adore. LATE features on the first track 'Stand Up, Man Up' which is already getting love from the Hip-Hop media both sides of the pond. This is a great release and is some refreshingly original in an era when everyone is trying to be a pop star.

01 - Stand Up, Man Up Feat LATE 4.23
02 - The Pay Scale 3.40
03 - What We All Claim 3.38
04 - Scalp Their Headz 4.32

Buy it now from this direct link:
http://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/the-pay-scale-ep/id414707948

Download Final Penalty 'Stand Up, Man Up Feat LATE' for FREE now.
http://www.sendspace.com/pro/dl/bxbuqz

LATE Presents Final Penalty - The Payscale EP (Viral Advert)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HCOXpaPcgRs

Connect with Final Penalty
http://www.myspace.com/finalpenalty187
http://www.reverbnation.com/finalpenalty187
PR: MTV2's Sucker Free Countdown To Honor Black History Month


From Lameka Lucas:

For Immediate Release


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MTV2’S SUCKER FREE COUNTDOWN TO HONOR BLACK HISTORY MONTH WITH EPISODES CELEBRATING THE LEGACY OF HIP HOP BEGINNING SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 6 AT 11PM ET/PT

Throughout the Month, Sucker Free Countdown to Feature Guest Appearances by Peter & Corey Gunz, Talib Kweli, Dipset, Slaughterhouse and Snoop Dogg

NEW YORK, NY (February 4, 2011) – MTV2’s “Sucker Free Countdown” will celebrate the legacy of hip hop’s brightest stars during Black History Month and their commitment to continuing the rich heritage of the genre. Throughout the month, DJ Envy will host emcee’s with proven track records of greatness along with one whose star is on the rise. Guest appearances will include Peter & Corey Gunz, Talib Kweli, Dipset, Slaughterhouse, Snoop Dogg and more.

Sucker Free’s Black History Month celebration will culminate with “Sucker Free Week: Hip Hop N Hoops – Legacy” beginning Sunday, February 20th though Sunday, February 27th. The week will include “Sucker Free Daily” videos that highlight rappers the love of the game, hip hop culture and testimonials from celebrities and fans alike on the importance of hip hop in 2011 and be capped off with an off-the-court look at the NBA All-Star Weekend.

Sucker Free Countdown: Black History Month - Legacy will feature the following “in-the-family” programming:

Sunday February 6 at 11:00pm ET/PT

BHM: Legacy “Generations”

Guests: Peter & Cory Gunz

Hip hop is breeding generations. Peter and Cory Gunz stop by the Sucker Free studio to talk about their father-son relationship evolving in and out of the spotlight. Cory speaks to the way his father’s experience has helped mold his own career, while Peter praises his son’s lyricism and artist development by describing his son as a “freak of nature.”

 

Sunday, February 13 at 11pm ET/PT

BHM: Legacy “Crews”

Dipset & Slaughterhouse

In this crews themed episode, Slaughterhouse will make an appearance to discuss the hip hop greats that have influenced their career and the up-and-coming artists that viewers should put on their radar. Sucker Free fans will also hear from Harlem’s finest when Dipset members talk about their respect for hip hop.

Sunday, February 20 at 11:00pm ET/PT

BHM: Legacy - Sucker Free Week “Hip Hop N Hoops”

Guest: Talib Kweli

One of hip-hop’s most socially conscious rappers, Talib Kweli takes a break from performing new material off his new album Gutter Rainbows to talk about the continual importance of recognizing Black History Month. Sucker Free will also give viewers a sneak peek into the documentary, Blackout, about the infamous Rucker Park EBC Championship game between

Jay-Z and Fat Joe.

Tuesday, February 22 – 24 at 7:30am ET/PT

All week long, “Sucker Free Daily” will air videos that incorporate basketball themes from artist like Drake, Master P and Birdman. These baller-themed videos will feature cameos from notable basketball stars and feature  basketball being played throughout the video.

Sunday, February 27 at 11pm ET/PT

BHM: Legacy – Sucker Free Week “Hip Hop N Hoops” from the NBA All-Star Weekend

Guests: Snoop Dogg and NBA All Stars

Sucker Free Week will wrap up on-location in Los Angeles, recapping some of the highlights from the 2011 NBA All-Star Game and taking viewers to the premiere of the anticipated documentary film, Blackout (www.theblackout.tv). During the show, celebrities take a break from the action to express their thoughts on Black History Month and the Legacies they are personally working to carry on. In addition, viewers can get  the exclusive first look at the artist selected to grace the April XXL Freshmen 10 cover.

“Sucker Free” is Executive Produced by Eric Conte with Paul Ricci as Executive Producers. Candida Boyette acts as Sr. Producer for “Sucker Free.”

About MTV2:

MTV2 has the highest concentration of males 12-34 on TV today.  A vibrant mix of music, lifestyle and action sports programming, MTV2 has reflected the habits and behavior of young people since its launch in 1996. MTV2’s audience has grown each year and the channel is currently available in nearly 80 million homes.  MTV2 is part of MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms.  Come check us out at … www.mtv2.com.

 


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