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Video: Brisco Explains Working With Miami Distractions

Video: Brisco Explains Working With Miami Distractions

Courtesy DJ Smallz.

Brisco Explains How To Work With Miami Distractions from DJ Smallz.

Video: Iame - "It's Not Always Pretty"

Video: Iame - "It's Not Always Pretty"

Courtesy Erik Abel.

Portland, OR- September 2011: Iame is the only member of both Oldominion and Sandpeople, the two most notable Hip-Hop crews in history of the Northwest.  These collectives have been the launching pad for the careers of Illmaculate, Grayskul, Boom Bap Project, Sleep, Sapient, and many more.

Now Iame proves he's ready to step out on his own.  One of the most talented lyricists in the Northwest, Iame's new album Lame was created as joke in response to people who couldn't get his name right.  However Lame is anything but, and the album is a true testament to his ability as a wordsmith and is an honest depiction of who Iame truly is.

The new video "It's Not Always Pretty", which was directed by Phil Haleen, shows Iame's relentless DIY attitude.  In the song, Iame, who is now completely sober, also speaks about a past reliance on alcohol and drugs, at the time dismissing them as "a small price to pay for the talent I provide".  After deciding to take a path of sobriety, Iame emerges clear headed and proves this is just the beginning of a promising career.

As an added bonus, Iame is also giving away a Free download to the song "It's Not Always Pretty", as well as the remix, which you can download at  In the remix, Iame altered some of the lines in order to further explain his past relationship with alcohol and drugs.  The original track and remix were both produced by Smoke M2D6, who produced the entire albumLame.  Both versions also are accompanied by exclusive cover art by Matt "SOMEONE" Kenitzer, who runs the clothing/art company Piece by Piece Mission.

Video: "Be Revolutionary Episode 3 w/ Baby E"

Video: "Be Revolutionary Episode 3 w/ Baby E"

Courtesy RMG.

Revo Media releases the third episode of their artist interview series, Be Revolutionary. Episode Three features Virginia Beach artist, Baby E. After working with Juicy J he has been in high demand, so check out the video to see what he is all about.

Video: 9th Prince - "Solo"

Video: 9th Prince - "Solo"

Courtesy DJ Toshi.

Video/PR: Rolling Stoned - "Space Cake LP (Promo)"

Video/PR: Rolling Stoned - "Space Cake LP (Promo)"

Courtesy 95Labs.

Enter Miami rap group Rolling Stoned... A group of 5 cannabis loving MC's blending a variety of southern, alternative, and underground rap creating a movement of positivity, weed advocacy, and ill Hip-Hop.

We had the chance to catch up with Rolling Stoned members Marii Jane, Joey Duz, Salazar, and Shottie and asked the some questions about their upcoming Space Cake LP, the role of weed in their creative process, the music industry in South Florida, and more.

Can you tell us about the first time you smoked weed?

Shottie: I was homie bought a dime bag of some bullshit regs & we
rolled up two poor excuses for joints. We smoked them at the lake and
we been high ever since!

Salazar: It was under a canal bridge wit my homies in 93.

Marii Jane: I had to be about 12 years old up to mischievious behavior with my
brother Heber. We watched our older cousins and uncle smoke everyday.
We also knew where their roach stash was, so we started going in on
their roaches. My uncle always wondered where they went.

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MP3: Billie Slum f/ Fiend - "Cadi Keys" (prod. Drum Gang)

MP3: Billie Slum f/ Fiend - "Cadi Keys" (prod. Drum Gang)

Courtesy DJ Smallz.




Video: Sands on Sports #76 f/ The Pharcyde

Video: Sands on Sports #76 f/ The Pharcyde

Courtesy BUKA Entertainment.

Mixtape: Louie Gonz (Spit Supreme) - "The Extras 2"

Mixtape: Louie Gonz (Spit Supreme) - "The Extras 2"

Courtesy DJ J-Ronin.

You know him from the All Elements Mixtapes and Sav Killz projects.  
This All Elements Crew artist from Worcester, Mass has been grinding for a while. 
Check out his new mixtape.  We appreciate the support.

Download here >>>>>>

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MP3: Jaz-O - "Be There" (Main & Radio Version)

MP3: Jaz-O - "Be There" (Main & Radio Version)

Courtesy PR Dean Multimedia.

PR: J.U.i.C.E. Presents 4th Annual Hip Hop Festival @ Ford Ampitheatre

PR: J.U.i.C.E. Presents 4th Annual Hip Hop Festival @ Ford Ampitheatre

Courtesy Julio Trejo.


Performance to be taped for KCET’s new series, “Live @ The Ford”

LOS ANGELES (September 15, 2011) – Award-winning, nonprofit community dance collective, J.U.i.C.E. (Justice United in Creative Energy) is proud to present the “4th Annual Hip Hop Festival” on September 30, 2011 at the Ford Amphitheatre at 8:30pm. The all ages show will bring together the top street dance and B-Boy crews from around the world to showcase their amazing talents and share their vision of the night’s theme: world peace. This year’s performance has been selected to be part of KCET’s new series, “Live @ The Ford.” KCET will be taping the show and airing it at a later date.

Joining the festivities are Antics Performance, Baby Boogaloo, Demolition Crew/Spread Expression, Lux Aeterna, Machine Gone Funk, Buddha Stretch, Illstyle, Peace Production (Philadelphia, PA), ShyGuy & Tsuyoshi featuring Kiminari & Kairi from Hiroshima Japan, and Versa-Style Dance Company West Bound. The evening will also feature the lyrical talents of Toquon (Soul Elevation) and Scatterbrain. Special guests include Los Angeles artist, SANO, and Japanese artist, Shiro, who will each create original paintings to the funk, classic, break, and hip-hop tunes spun by DJ Kenzo. D. Sabela Grimes will be hosting the festival.  Amy “B-girl CatFox” Campion, Jacob Kujo Lyons, and Emiko Sugiyama are the Artistic Directors of this year’s exciting new production.

A special component inspired by the story of Sadako Sasaki has been added to this year’s show.  Sasaki is the young Japanese girl who died from radiation exposure after the drop of the atomic bomb near her home in Hiroshima on August 6, 1945.* A old Japanese saying has become closely associated with Sasaki. The saying states anyone who folds one thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish by a crane.

Audience members will be asked to create their own origami crane to symbolize a unified call for world peace. Volunteers from the J.U.i.C.E. organization will be on-hand before the show and during intermission to teach guests how to fold their own figures. With an expected crowd of over 1200 people in attendance, J.U.i.C.E. hopes to produce over one thousand pieces.  Featured duo from Japan, Kairi & Kiminari, will return to Hiroshima to personally deliver the cranes to the Children’s Peace Monument.

The idea of creating the cranes stemmed from Emiko Sugiyama’s (producer/dancer/

choreographer) recent visit to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum shortly before the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster.  Sugiyama was deeply moved after reading the inscription on the plaque at the foot of the Sasaki statue in Hiroshima Peace Park that reads: “This is our cry. This is our prayer. Peace on Earth.”  Sugiyama describes, “Sasaki is a symbol for world peace.  Along with thousands around the world, we carry on her legacy. We decided to incorporate the making of origami cranes into a hip hop program because as a culture, hip hop has the power to bring people together in spreading a unified message of peace through creative self-expression. For our thousand cranes, we wish for world peace.”

For over a decade, J.U.i.C.E. has promoted peace through the arts. Its acronym, Justice United in Creative Energy, has reflected the group’s dedication to bridging communities in Los Angeles. Its successful no-cost after school program has served as a model for other community arts programs. It has proven over the years that their innovative curriculum has the ability to heal lives and transform communities by offering emerging dancers, performers, and visual artists the technical skills to help them develop their self-confidence and create meaningful relationships with mentors. The “4th Annual Hip Hop Festival” is a celebration of the group’s hard work throughout the year.

*In the non-fiction book, Sasaki and the Thousand Paper Cranes (1977), American author, Eleanor Coeer wrote that Sasaki was inspired to fold one thousand origami cranes while in the hospital after hearing of an old Japanese saying where one is granted a wish in exchange for one thousand of the intricately folded paper cranes. Sasaki was only able to complete 644 cranes before her death. Friends are said to have completed the remaining cranes and buried them in Sasaki’s grave to fulfill her wish. It has become customary for the thousands of visitors to the Hiroshima Peace Park to place origami cranes near the Sasaki statue during the annual Obon Festival.

Be sure to join J.U.i.C.E. on September 30 at 8:30pm for the “4th Annual Hip Hop Festival” at the Ford Amphitheatre.

Tickets are priced at $25 for adults, and $12 for full-time students with ID and children 12 and under. Tickets are available at or 323 461-3673 (for non-visual media 323 GO 1- FORD). Purchase by September 23 and pay only $20. Group discounts are available at 10% for 8-15 tickets, and 20% for 16+ tickets.

For more information on the J.U.i.C.E. organization, please visit

The Ford Amphitheatre is located at 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Hollywood, CA 90068, just off the 101 Hollywood Freeway across from the Hollywood Bowl and south of Universal Studios. The grounds open two hours before showtime for picnicking. The Ford offers a number of dining options: a variety of food and beverages is available on site and box dinners for evening events may be ordered in advance. Patrons are welcome to bring their own food and drink.

The Ford is disabled accessible. Portable wireless listening devices are available upon request. On-site, stacked parking costs $5 per vehicle for evening shows and $1 per vehicle for morning family shows. For evening shows only, FREE non-stacked parking serviced by a FREE shuttle to the Ford, for evening amphitheatre performances only, is available at the Universal City Metro Station lot at Lankershim Blvd. and Campo de Cahuenga. The shuttle, which cycles every 15-20 minutes, stops in the "kiss and ride" area.

This event is part of the Ford Amphitheatre 2011 Season, a multi-disciplinary arts series produced by the Los Angeles County Arts Commission in cooperation with Los Angeles County-based arts organizations. For a complete season schedule, directions to the theater and parking information, log on to

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