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R.I.P. Eyedea

The title says it all - R.I.P. Eyedea - but this post has a little more news. Below is an excerpt from the Gimme Noise section of


One of the Twin Cities most beloved musical talents has passed away. Micheal "Eyedea" Larsen, a longtime Rhymesayer, singer, lyricist and fixture in the indie hip-hop scene died early this morning, just a month shy of his 29th birthday.

Friends of Larsen said his mother, Kathy Averill, found him this morning.

"It is with great pain and sadness that I tell you my son Mikey (Eyedea) has passed away," she wrote on his personal Facebook page. "At this time we kindly request your respect and our privacy as we process this devastating loss. On behalf of Mikey's family, close friends and fans, thank you."


You can read more at Our condolences to his family, friends and fans. You can check out an archive of Eyedea lyrics at our sister site OHHLA HERE.

MP3: Wyclef - "This Is How the West Was Won"

From Wyclef:

MP3: Wyclef - "This Is How the West Was Won"

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MP3: Logik - "Run Away"

From Marcus Giano:

MP3: Logik - "Run Away"

Rhode Islands rising star (Logik) is gearing up to release his upcoming project "Live Fly Or Die Grounded" releasing records to get the internets buzzing, here is latest release over Kanye Wests latest new single Runaway

Logik - Runaway freestyle: (usershare url)


MP3: Travis McCoy Billionaire Remix f/ Gyptian & Tay Dizm

From Monster Leak:

MP3: Travis McCoy – Billionaire Remix f/ Gyptian & Tay Dizm

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Video: Lyrics Born - "Lies X 3"

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Video: Lyrics Born - "Lies X 3"

MP3: Lloyd feat. 50 Cent - "Let's Get It In"

From M3W:

MP3: Lloyd feat. 50 Cent - "Let's Get It In"

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Video: Dorrough "Get Big REMIX"

From E1 Music:

Video: Dorrough "Get Big REMIX"

Video: Lazerbeak "Dream Team"

From Girlie Action:

Video: Lazerbeak "Dream Team"

Lazerbeak "Dream Team" from Isaac Gale.

MP3: League510 - "Party and Bullshit"

From Audible Treats:

MP3: League510 - "Party and Bullshit"

Latest Party Track from the Gentlemen of League510

The Song:

Oakland Town Techno poster-child League510 is releasing their latest single "Party and Bullshit," an up-tempo party anthem in their distinctive style of techno infused hip-hop.

"Party and Bullshit" is a new-age Left Coast echo of Biggie Small's 90's East Coast have-fun Alma Matter. The playful lyrics mirror the group's innovative approach to life as well as music, embracing a well-known chorus with technological advancement. When asked about the main inspiration for the song League510 responded, "This song is just about living it up, going crazy, doing what you want to do with your life and partying until the day you die, because you only live once."

"Party and Bullshit" comes two months after the release of their mixtape Invasion, Vol. 1, which played off the theme that they are, in fact, aliens from another planet. Currently the team of E.R's (Extraterrestrial Rappers) is preparing for their next phase of world domination, manifesting their plans in the form of their debut album To The Beat, to which we will ultimately find ourselves marching.

Watch out for more information about To The Beat's upcoming release.

"Party and Bullshit": .

The Background:

Emcees TK, Mont, Mr. Knowitall and DJ Blacksmith better known as League510 are pioneers of a sound that is all their own, Town Techno. With a sound that is out of this world, League510's musical journey began in a galaxy far away from ours. After traveling the universe for years, they entered our galaxy and our planet shortly thereafter. With sights on our world, the quartet chose to land in the hills east of Oakland, CA. After hiding their ship deep in the hills they approached this new town with great curiosity and were immediately amazed by the vibrant culture that they found. Adopting the Bay Area scene as their new home, League510 wasted no time in beginning their new musical journey here in our world. Using advanced abilities, the four emcees quickly mastered the art of sound and gave birth to Town Techo, a form of music that would unite the people in heightened awareness; to show them to take action, to appreciate the fun in life, to believe in themselves and to believe in The League.

About Clear Label Records:

Founded in Oakland, CA in 1999, Clear Label Records has established itself as one of the top independent labels in the Bay Area. The company is owned and operated by Tajai Massey, renowned recording artist with the group Souls of Mischief and the crew Hieroglyphics, who brings a unique perspective to the label utilizing his experiences as a major-label recording artist turned independent label owner & successful touring musician. Clear Label is home to recording artists of many genres such as Chris Marsol, Baby Jaymes, FamSyrk, Deep Rooted, League510, and more. Through a partnership with Pushing the Beat (PTB) called ClearBeat, the label is also home to Oakland’s hottest street artists including Beeda Weeda, Shady Nate, D-Lo, Sleepy D and others. Look for full-length releases from all of these artists in the near future.  For more information, please visit .

PR: Chicago Rapper cap D Drops "Respect" Single

From Ballin' PR:

Chicago Rapper cap D Drops "Respect" Single


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On his new album PolyMath (available on All Natural, Inc.) cap D pulls all of the pieces together and delivers the full spectrum of banging beats, strong lyrics, battle rhymes, concepts, aggressive anthems and laid-back, introspective songs. With production duties handled by No I.D., !LLMiND and cap D, and stand-out cameo verses provided by Brother Ali and Tragedy Khadafi, PolyMath is the surprise hip-hop album of 2010...probably the best album you've (n)ever heard.

"It's kind of basic, but I just set out to make a really good hip-hop record," explains capital D. "On Writer's Block I wanted to tell stories, on Insomnia I wanted to spit politics and on Return of the Renegade I wanted to bring back that mid-90s underground vibe, but on PolyMath I just wanted to make a great record...the best record that I could make." The result is a smashing success.

The !LLMiND-produced "King of the Mountain" features cap D and Brother Ali shooting darts about their personal struggles to find, and define, success in the music game and in life.

The song "Addiction" weaves together a tale discussing addiction in its various forms from "Dave the Dope Fiend shooting that dope" to "Peg on Prozac poppin' them pills" to "Gil the Gambler" who just can't deal.

Perhaps the album's greatest stand-out song is "Live My Life," a soulful guitar-laced track that finds cap D craving for personal and artistic freedom. "Live My Life is the most personal song on the album," reflects cap. "There are always people, both good-intentioned and bad-intentioned, preaching about what we should and should not do, but at the end of the day I just want to take whatever wisdom they've given me and live my life to the fullest in the best way that I know how."

While All Natural's signature song 50 Years continues to stand the test of time as a hip-hop classic, and cap D and his partner Tone B. steadily release underground hits to critical acclaim, a successful career as a solo artist can be added to cap D's list of accomplishments.

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