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Video: Elro f/ The D.O.T. - "Bad News"

Video: Elro f/ The D.O.T. - "Bad News"

Courtesy Sian A.

A 22 year old rapper from Chepstow, Wales, who describes himself as "pretentious white boy who who's main influence is getting rejected by women."

A one-time stand-up comic and a full-time writer of rhymes filled with quick-witted metaphors, similes and hokery-pokery, echoing the sentiments and tomfoolery of a generation under the influence of modern life, Elro gained notoriety when his F64 for SBTV quickly became one of the highest viewed videos in the channel's history.

Whilst Elro was clocking up 1.5 million views and perfecting his rhymes in his Mum's backroom, down the M4 a small but noisy label called The Beats was stirring from a slumber.

Having witnessed that very SBTV performance, Mike Skinner felt finally there was a rapper in Elro who could live up to the standards of The Beats. As part of their new project The D.O.T. Mike was in the studio with Rob Harvey and after reaching out to Elro, a studio session was swiftly booked in. It soon became clear that "Bad News" produced by Mike, was a track finally worthy of The Beats seal of approval, and the label was re-born.

Iconic, shambolic and ahead of it's time The Beats was the record label founded by Mike Skinner and Ted Mayhem in 2004 that kick-started a revolution in the UK rap scene. Building on the success of Mike Skinner's own musical persona The Streets, The Beats record label gave birth to some major recording artists such as Example and Professor Green.

PR: Jel - Greenball 3.5 12" EP In-Stores Now!

PR: Jel - Greenball 3.5 12" EP In-Stores Now!

Courtesy Fieldwerk.

With the release of Greenball 3.5 on Fieldwerk Recordings, Jel has further established himself as one of the most solid producers of our time. Each song— crafted on a SP1200 and meticulously laced with live MPC drums, leading to an unmistakably distinct feel—features an industrially grimy sound yet the craftsmanship hints at a profoundly nimble dexterity on the pads.

Much like the other Greenball albums 3.5 slices through the muck and mire like a brooding symphony, but what separates this project from the others is the intensity in which the message is delivered. Songs like "Montro", "Shock Lock" and "Ignition Key" snap hard with crunchy boom-baps, and one would be hard-pressed to call them anything less than classic Jel. "Eclip", "Bloop Bit" and "94's" provide a nice melodic counterbalance to the hard edge, but even those smack with a certain sort of understated venom. Greenball 3.5 sits 13 tracks deep with each song moving hard and fast, which makes putting it on repeat a must.

*Included with the album is a digital download card as well as a slick 11×17 Jel SP1200 poster.

Now streaming on Fieldwerk's Soundcloud page: http://soundcloud.com/fieldwerk .

Greenball 3.5 Tracklisting

Side A

1. Give Me Nothin' 
2. Eclip
3. Montro
4. Corp War
5. Bloop Bit
6. Buddy Moan
7. Dr. Halftime
8. '93s

Side B

1. Shock Lock
2. Yuki
3. Ignition Key
4. '94s
5. Yer Bells

Available at www.fieldwerk.com .

Video: Sheek Louch Performing at Eve Ultra Lounge in New York

Video: Sheek Louch Performing at Eve Ultra Lounge in Staten Island, NY

Courtesy J Melo.

Here goes a video of Sheek Louch performing alongside Hell Fire & DJ Haze, a track titled "Lifestyle" off DJ Haze's recently released "The Color Purple" album. The performance occurred at Eve Ultra Lounge in Staten Island, NY at DJ Haze's record release party.

MP3: Nas - "Another Black Girl Lost"

MP3: Nas - "Another Black Girl Lost"

Courtesy M3W.

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MP3: YG Hootie & A-Wax Ft. Gucci Mane - "Make Room"

MP3: YG Hootie & A-Wax Ft. Gucci Mane - "Make Room"

Courtesy Audible Treats.

On May 29th, Los Angeles native and Brick Squad Monopoly rapper YG Hootie is teaming up with Bay Area rapper A-Wax, and together, the pair will release their collaborative album, Interstate Trafficking, via BSM/Illburn Records. Already, the rappers have released a video for album cut "LA To The Bay," and now, with a number of videos still forthcoming, YG & A-Wax are excited to release the album's official lead single, "Make Room," featuring Brick Squad head honcho Gucci Mane.

Gucci kicks things off, as he raps in his patented drawl, "I'm in the kitchen, whipping up, I'm leading all you ni**as/ I gotta say my grace, because I'm eating on you ni**as." A-Wax takes the second verse, with lines like, "My guns allergic to you ni**as/ Don't make it go achoo," while YG bats clean-up, rapping, "All your goons counterfeit; all my goons with the shit/ Pull up in that what-the-fuck, you can't make no sense of it." And with all the tough talk, the chorus, a repeating refrain of the three rapping "Make room for the goons" comes off as fitting as ever.

Before unleashing their new single online, YG & A-Wax also recently stopped by Shade45's Rude Jude radio show to debut the track, discuss the new album, and much more. Fans can watch that footage here, shot by Waka Flocka's in-house video team Blind Folk Films, and download the single below: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-dSiTzem6AQ .

Download "Make Room" Ft. Gucci Mane: http://media.audibletreats.com/YG_Hootie_A-Wax-Make_Room_Ft_Gucci_Mane.mp3 .

Watch the recent video for "LA To The Bay": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1rmzdh_rHus .

PR: Ali Shaheed Muhammad & DJ Nu Mark (Jurassic 5) Sat. @ Koko

PRESS REMINDER: Ali Shaheed Muhammad (Tribe Called Quest) & DJ Nu Mark (Jurassic 5) this Saturday @ Koko

Courtesy The Doctor's Orders.

The Doctor's Orders & Soundcrash present two Hip-Hop giants going head to head...


@ KOKO, 1a Camden High Street London NW1

Early Bird Tickets only £9.50 from … SOLD OUT
Then £15.50 advance from - http://tinyurl.com/87rpjcq .

* www.thedoctorsorders.com *

Flyer Link: http://img14.imageshack.us/img14/3351/atcqxj5a5flyer.jpg .

Soundcrash & The Doctor's Orders are proud to present a meeting of two giants as Jurassic 5's DJ Nu-Mark goes head to head with A Tribe Called Quest's Ali Shaheed Muhammad in the Hip-Hop DJ battle to end all battles!

Recent Zulu Nation inductee Nu-Mark's DJ sets have become infamous for his creativity and ingenuity. As a member of the legendary Jurassic 5 he graced the group with precision production and cutting edge stage routines. Best known for his production on the raw anthem “What's Golden” such creativity only hinted at the visionary creativity Nu-Mark has explored since Jurassic 5's breakup in 2006, which is incidentally the last time he has played in the UK. Today Nu-Mark experiments with children's music toys and constructs full DJ sets around toys most people dispose of by the time their kids are old enough to read, and we'll be able to see some of that on the night! Check it out - http://youtu.be/Bb4etMWgEyU .

Sharing the bill with Nu-Mark is none other than A Tribe Called Quest DJ Ali Shaheed Muhammad. An integral part of ATCQ's iconic productions, Ali joined J-Dilla and Q-Tip in the collective The Ummah and later formed Lucy Pearl with Raphael Saadiq. With a resumé like that you'd think one would want to live off the inertia and lazy about, but Ali Shaheed decided to prove that he wasn't just another Hip-Hop DJ and published his solo album in which he was able to explore more of his music abilities and influences.

Keeping proceedings fresh will be the usual quality selection of DJs you've come to expect from both Soundcrash & The Doctor's Orders, headed by resident and DMC UK Champion Mr Thing, The Doctor's Orders own Spin Doctor & Chris P Cuts.

Video: Napoleon Da Legend - "African In NY"

Video: Napoleon Da Legend - "African In NY"

Courtesy NDL.

Brand new single off N.D.L's upcoming and first full-length solo album "Symphonies of a Lost Soul". N.D.L. speaks about his experience as an immigrant living in a major US city keeping his head above water, while navigating the pitfalls and temptations of the "concrete jungle". He gives us his rendition of the Hit record "Englishman in New York" by Sting. Homage made to Sting, Shinehead and Tyken Jah Fakoly for their inspired work.

MP3: Sean Born "12/12" (prod. Kev Brown)

MP3: Sean Born "12/12" (prod. Kev Brown)

Courtesy Mello Music Group.

Sean Born teamed up with Kev Brown to create his debut album which dropped to start the year. Since then Sean has been doing shows, recording tracks, and shooting videos to give people a look Behind The Scale.  Sean's first video is just about ready, but before it drops, we wanted to give away 12/12 a bonus cut featuring Kaimbr, Toine (of DTMD), and Hassaan Mackey - plus produced by Maryland's own Kev Brown.

Free Download: Sean Born
"12/12 (ft. Kaimbr, Toine, Hassaan Mackey"
Free MP3 & Album Release: Topp - "View From the Topp"

Free MP3 & Album Release: Topp - "View From the Topp"

Courtesy Wanja Lange.

"View From The Top", released on 3-13-12, is Michigan producer Topp's latest albumand brings you beats by Topp, laced by Detroit's finest. It features Royce Da 5'9", Joe Budden, Trick Trick, Bizarre, Kuniva of D-12 and many more.   Get your free copy of the track "Going" featuring Nametag below and support the art by purchasing the album via iTunes.

About Topp:

Topp started out as Topnotch, writing songs at 15.Topp started producing hip-hop beats in 2003. He worked with Academy, a Hip Hop group from Windsor, Ontario, Canada. In 2006 he won Producer of The Year in Windsor. Since then he has been working with many local Detroit artists. Topp is also 1/2 of the Hip-Hop production group The Melodikz, along with fellow producer J Gino. Topp is currently working on a joint project with Detroit MC Valid.

Free Download "Nametag - Changes": http://hulkshare.com/b4alek190uc3 .

"Kings of Rock" Photo Show Tonight at the Rush Arts Gallery

"Kings of Rock" Photo Show Tonight at the Rush Arts Gallery in New York

Courtesy Eyejammie Press.

Just a little reminder:  The "Kings of Rock" photo show will open at the Rush Arts Gallery in NYC tonight.  Featuring photos of the Beastie Boys by Sunny Bak and photos of Run-DMC, Whodini, and other early Rush artists by Talib Haqq, the show is timed to chime in with the induction of the Beasties to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this coming Saturday night.

That's "Kings of Rock," Thursday, April 12 at the Rush Arts Gallery, at 526 W.26th Street, Suite 311.  The evening will commence at five o'clock with an audio/video presentation by Bill Adler, Dan Charnas, and Cey Adams pegged to their book, "Def Jam Recordings:  The First 25 Years of the Last Great Record Label.  The reception for the exhibition of Sunny's and Talib's photos will last from seven until nine o'clock.

"Kings of Rock" will remain on exhibit only through Saturday, April 14.

For more information, please contact Charlotte Mouquin at the Rush Arts Gallery:  charlotte@rushartsgallery.org or 212-691-9552.

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