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PR: BURNTmd Performing w/ Black Thought, Inspectah Deck

From High Dok:

PR: BURNTmd Performing w/ Black Thought, Inspectah Deck

April 1 GTD Entertainment presents J Period "LIVE MIXTAPE" featuring BLACK THOUGHT of The Roots @ The Mid in Chicago, IL
April 2 GTD Entertainment presents J Period "LIVE MIXTAPE" featuring BLACK THOUGHT of The Roots also appearing BURNTmd @ Casselmans in Denver, CO

April 13 GTD & Leedz present Inspectah Deck & BURNTmd @ Tammany Hall in Worcester, MA
April 14 GTD & Jynx Inc present Inspectah Deck & BURNTmd @ Railroad Tavern in Keene,NH
April 15 GTD & Legal present Inspectah Deck & BURNTmd @ Club Curva in Orono, Me
April 16 GTD & Halogen present Inspectah Deck, REKS, and BURNTmd @ Positive Pie 2 in Montpelier, VT

May 14 GTD Entertainment and TrueHeadNation present J Period "LIVE MIXTAPE" featuring BLACK THOUGHT of The Roots also appearing BURNTmd and D.Fishgrease.Murray
@ Groundhall in Houston, TX

MP3: Kyle Rapps - "Me" (Prod. by Kev Brown)

From Audible Treats:

MP3: Kyle Rapps - "Me" (Prod. by Kev Brown)

Kyle Offers Personal Introduction With First Solo Single Off Re-Edutainment

The Song:

Not many people get the opportunity to introduce themselves through a song, but that's just what Kyle Rapps does with his new single, "Me," from his upcoming EP, Re-Edutainment. The NJ-born, NY-based rapper's concept album, which showcases his personal spin on Boogie Down Production's Edutainment, and Kyle's saucy personality and clever lyricism is accented throughout by guest MC's KRS-One, Joell Ortiz, and U-N-I, along with producer Kev Brown, who brings his own unique take to the same samples used on the BDP original.

His first two singles, "Rent Remix" and "Hard Knock Children," dealt with high rent rates and childhood memories, but Kyle wants you to get to know the real him with his single "Me." Listening to the new single feels like you just fell into a conversation with Kyle at a party; he even starts out the second verse with, "Nice to meet ya, the name's Kyle Rapps/ I got a Bill Gates grant and a Today Show feature." "Writing this one made me think about the things I have accomplished in my life that I never thought possible," says Kyle. "From staying clean, winning a Microsoft grant, and doing what I love for a living, to dealing with deep personal loss and overcoming setbacks. This track is just telling you who I am as a person... a high energy, flavorful joint that gives you a peek in to my crazy diverse world." Kev Brown is half responsible for that flavor, bringing in the whammy pedal and some trumpets for the funky instrumental.

Kyle, a poet as well as a rapper, cites his slam poetry group, Mayhem Poets, as one of the main inspirations for the track. "From youth detention centers, to public schools, to bar mitzvahs, doing slam poetry has made me appreciate the opportunity to express myself on all levels." According to Kyle, a poignant message lies beneath Kev Brown's stellar production and Rapps' lighthearted verses in "Me": "Have the awareness to learn who you are and the courage to be that no matter what."

Kyle Rapps' debut EP, Re-Edutainment, will be available for purchase on March 29th.

Download "Me" here: .

MP3: Rebel Gang f/ Big Block, Roscoe Dash - "College Girls"

From DJ Blast:

MP3: Rebel Gang f/ Big Block, Roscoe Dash - "College Girls"

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Video: Grafh - "Showing Off Again Freestyle"

From Chris at E1 Music:

Video: Grafh - "Showing Off Again Freestyle"

MP3: Savant, Random, Mr. Miranda - "State Bar AZ Cypher"

From Savant a/k/a Stanstro:

MP3: Savant, Random, Mr. Miranda - "State Bar AZ Cypher"

Check point 6 of 2011... #CrashCourse 9. Fresh off of the Abstract Music Group's Spring Tour 2011 of the United States' northeastern region, AMG's Savant (aka Stanstro) links with Donuts & Milk to bring you the latest addition to his Crash Course Leak Series, the 7 emcee posse cut "State Bar AZ Cypher". Laced, scratched and cut by Visions Of the Sun beatsmith Marvel76, and featuring bars from Visions Of the Sun emcees (Hexsagon, Fred Free & Casto), Random (aka MegaRan), Mr. Miranda and Medaforacle, the jawn serves as the definitive answer to the question: "What's Arizona's hip hop scene like"?

Stream and download "State Bar AZ Cypher" (prod. by Marvel76) HERE:

Song Title: State Bar AZ, Cypher

Stream and download the "Crash Course Leak Series" in its entirety HERE:


Video: YC Breaks Down His Hit "Racks On Racks"

From Nancy B:

Video: YC Breaks Down His Hit "Racks On Racks"

The frost is barely melting in some parts of the country but Decatur, GA's new up-and-comer, YC, is already laying claim to having the summer's big hit. Far from sitting on his laurels though and waiting for the label to do all the work, he has taken to the road, breaking only later this week to shoot the video to his smash single in Atlanta. Coming up also is a mixtape hosted by ATL's own DJ Greg Street and a feature in the May issue of XXL Magazine.

Video: Sham Pain - "Sexy Black Chocolate"

From Yo! PR:

Video: Sham Pain - "Sexy Black Chocolate"

Hailing from the United Kingdom and labeled as the homeland Rap hero from the huge UK Hip-Hop scene, Sham Pain is thrilled to present his major buzzin' single "Sexy Black Chocolate" and its top notch music video, which was directed and produced by Sham Pain himself.

"My single 'Sexy Black Chocolate' illustrates what Sham Pain has been called numerous times by his female fans and lets them know what can be done in the right situation with the right woman [laughs]," explained the much talented emcee.

MP3: 50 Cent - "All His Love"

MP3: Black Bobby - "Black Superhero" (prod. Best Kept Secret)

From Black Bobby:

MP3: Black Bobby - "Black Superhero" (prod. Best Kept Secret)


With GREAT pleasure, I announce the release of TWO NEW SONGS from me.  Black Superhero and You Like Me are both super singles produced by Washington, DC based production team Best Kept Secret.  Please find the art attached.  Here is the link to Bandcamp to steam and/or download the songs:

I'm taking these two songs to all my media friends in DC and Miami.  I'm also taking them on the radio with me later this month at WVUM- U Miami's radio station, MTVU's #1 college radio station in the country and strong suporter of my music.

I am in a constant search for "Black Superhero Music," as coined by Jay-Z.  I can kind of describe what "Black Superhero Music" is but, really, its like pornography- I just know it when I hear it.  And you can hear it too!  My song, Black Superhero is classic "Black Superhero Music" with a fresh beat, lots of horns and tight raps.  I'm using this song to declare my status as a Back Superhero.  When I worked in politics I believed deeply in the power of "Citizen Superheroes."  We can all be Superheroes in our communities.  If you are willing to put the good of all the people above your self interest, you too are a "Citizen Superhero."  And, as always, I'm on a mission to preserve this Hip-Hop culture and expand the vision of the American Dream.

You Like Me is a party song!  The beat is SUPER DOPE and reminds me a lot of Go-Go music.  I took this space to tell you a story about my minor frustrations with women.  Both verses are most definitely based on real women.  I love being a song writer!  I can't wait to take this song to DC and perform it with my band.  I think it is going to sound real tight live.  Hope you enjoy it.

Major News:
  • Performing April 12th (stand up comedy at Casa De Ha Ha), April 16th (SWEATSTOCK). and April 20th (420 Fiasco at Area 7)
  • Dropping a new song called "Bobby Brown" ft. LMS on April 20th
  • Performing in DC in late June (details coming soon)
  • Performing in NYC in late July (details coming soon)
  • Performing in Boston in late August (details coming soon)
Thank you for your continued support!

Video: TJD - "What You On"

From DJ Junk:

Video: TJD - "What You On"

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