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Saigon Added to Swollen Members US Tour

From E1 Music and Kerosene Media:

Saigon Added to Swollen Members US Tour

Saigon has been added to Swollen Members upcoming headlining US tour. The tour will begin on November 4th in Bellingham, WA and run throughout November.

"It is a great honor for me to go on tour with Saigon," commented Mad Child from Swollen Members. "He is simply one of the best MC’s in the game, and is by far one of my favorite rappers. I usually don’t trip on meeting other MC’s, but I am pretty excited to tour with him."

Saigon has been turning heads since 2002, when he took over the streets and the Internet with a collection of classic mixtapes. Candidly outspoken and controversial, Saigon quickly became the talk of the town and was heavily cosigned by a pack of A-List DJ's and producers, including Kay Slay, Whoo Kid, Enuff, Just Blaze, Mark Ronson, Alchemist, Buckwild, and many others. All while turning down major deals in favor of grinding independently. Saigon's debut album is scheduled for release in early 2011 through Abandoned Nation/Suburban Noize Records.

Swollen Members are currently putting the finishing touches on their new studio album “Dagger Mouth”, which is scheduled for early 2011 release through Suburban Noize/Battle Axe Records.


Nov 04 - Bellingham, WA @ Wild Buffalo House of Music
Nov 05 - Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
Nov 06 - Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
Nov 10 - Hollywood, CA @ Key Club
Nov 11 - Fresno, CA @ Babylon Club
Nov 12 - San Francisco, CA @ The Rockit Room
Nov 13 - Stateline, NV @ Mont Bleu Casino Showroom
Nov 14 - Spark, NV @ The Alley
Nov 16 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
Nov 17 - Colorado Springs, CO @ Black Sheep
Nov 18 - Ft. Collins, CO @ Aggie Theatre
Nov 19 - Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
Nov 20 - Boulder, CO @ Fox Theatre
Nov 21 - Steamboat Springs, CO @ Ghostranch Saloon
Nov 22 - Crested Butte, CO @ Lobar
Nov 23 - Aspen, CO @ Belly Up Aspen
Nov 24 - Park City, UT @ The Star Bar
Dec 13 - Big Sky, MT @ Big Sky Ski Resort

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RBC Records & Co Take Ten Slots in Billboard Rap Top 100

From RBC Records:

After 10 years in business and just over 400 releases under its belt, RBC Records has exerted its independent grip by having 10 albums appear in Billboard’s Top 100 Rap Chart in each of the past two weeks coming from labels RBC either owns or represents.
Scoring the highest chart position is the new album from West Coast legend Ice Cube’s titled “I Am The West” on Cube’s Lench Mob Records, clocking in at number 10 after debuting at number 6 last week. RBC continues to focus its online marketing efforts to extend this success and grow awareness.
Accounting for half of these Top 100 Rap chart positions is  the independent Label juggernaut Strange Music with  Tech N9ne’s  Collabos album “The Gates Mixed Plate”. Alongside the most recent Krizz Kaliko album “Shock Treatment”, the Kansas City based label has shown its staying power with last years Tech N9ne solo album “KOD” & Collabos album “Sickology 101” continuing to chart on the Top 100. Not to mention Brotha Lynch Hung’s resurgence with his “Dinner & A Movie” album, which was released this March.
Additionally, after more than 6 months on the chart, E-40’s two albums "Revenue Retrievin: Day Shift & Night Shift" (via Heavy on Da Grind Ent.) continue to chart off the strength of the bubbling radio single “Bitch” featuring Too Short and his on-going “Independent Grind” tour with Tech N9ne.
Under it’s own record label banner, RBC Records charted with B.G.’s “Hollyhood”, the follow up to last years “Too Hood 2 Be Hollywood” and the reunion album from West Coast legends the Thug Lordz.
“This continued chart success is a true testament to the power of our independence,” says co-owner Brian Shafton, “showing how integral RBC has become within the independent format.  Obviously, all of these releases are indie and we are legitimately competing with the majors and beating them when it comes to succeeding on a release.”
Serving as a general management/Marketing & Consulting  firm, RBC Records represents over a dozen independent urban labels (Strange Music, Sick Wid It, Heavy On Da Grind, 8 Ways Ent., SMC, DJ Quik’s Mad Science, EP Records, etc.) across the country advising them on the independent game. In addition to representing its own roster of artists (B.G., Thug Lordz, B-Real, C-Murder and more) for its own label, RBC is a full service marketing firm that is contracted for high profile independent releases (Ice Cube, Tech N9ne and countless others).

DJ Premier & Brooklyn Dawn added to iHipHop CMJ Showcase

From Bottom Feeder Music:

DJ Premier & Brooklyn Dawn added to iHipHop CMJ Showcase

Yes yes it’s finally CMJ season again. This year we’re headed to Le
Poisson Rouge (NYC) with several artists from the iHipHop Distribution
/ FrankRadio roster and a few special guests.
Acts include: GZA The Genius, DJ Premier, Tabi Bonney,Trademark Da
Skydiver, Polyester The Saint, Marz Lovejoy, LaVish, Rocky Business, Brooklyn Dawn
and Christian Rich. Come out on Thursday, October 21st and celebrate
good music.
Be sure to BUY your pre-sale tickets here. .
The GZA of Wu-Tang ( @therealgza )
Tabi Bonney ( @tabibonney )
Trademark da Skydiver ( @trademark_jets )
Marz Lovejoy (@marzlovejoy )
Polyester the Saint ( @poly3st3r )
Lavish ( @whadduplavish )
Rocky Business ( @rockybusiness )
Christian Rich ( @christianrich )
Brooklyn Dawn
*With Music and Special Performance by DJ Premier
*Special Guests to be Announced
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Le Poisson Rouge
158 Bleecker St
New York, NY 10012

Video: T-Pain Party @ Mansion in Sobe

From Dan Roof:

Video: T-Pain Party @ Mansion in Sobe

Video: Erk Tha Jerk - "Anything"

From Audible Treats:

Video: Erk Tha Jerk - "Anything"

PR: Chuck D Featured in the Film "The Quiet Arrangement"

From Wonder Twinz:

Chuck D Featured in the Film "The Quiet Arrangement"

PE / SLAMjamz music video director and our good friend, David “C-Doc” Snyder, has written and directed his debut feature film, The Quiet Arrangement.

C-Doc is a very talented filmmaker who has directed over 100 SLAMjamz videos and every Public Enemy music video since 2005, so when he approached me to be in The Quiet Arrangement, I jumped at the opportunity.

Last year I had the pleasure of seeing the Pittsburgh premiere of the film and it’s got to be one of the best, most unique, refreshing films I’ve seen in years. The movie takes so many unexpected twists and turns that it blew my mind when I finally got to see it on the big screen.

The film has been in numerous film festivals, has won awards and critical acclaim, and just became available on DVD! If you want to see what I’m talking about, check out the trailer at

Also, C-Doc is giving away a big collection of bonus gifts that include music from the film and the original screenplay.

The DVD is discounted 20% for a short time and is exclusively available at:

Chuck D

P.S.- The Quiet Arrangement is only being sold at, so if you know anyone else who might be interested in experiencing a great independent film, please forward this e-mail so they can take advantage of this offer, too!

Wandering Worx Entertainment Launches Canadian Record Label

From Artist PR:

Wandering Worx Entertainment Launches Canadian Record Label

Wandering Worx Entertainment is celebrating the launch of its new Canadian record label, Wandering Worx Music, with upcoming releases from hot new hip hop producer Rel!g!on.

Revelationz 1, Rel!g!on’s debut record, features the legendary Chuck D of Public Enemy, underground hip hop veteran Planet Asia, and Pittsburgh up-and-comer Jasiri X. The Wandering Worx-produced video for the record’s first single, Lucid, is currently in rotation on Much Music and features West Coast hip hop heavy-hitters Moka Only and E.D.G.E.

Wandering Worx co-founder Rodney Davidson is pleased with the reception the label’s first release has received so far.

“We’re ecstatic that Rel!g!on’s debut, and essentially the debut of our label, has received such attention already,” said Davidson, referring to favourable words in national publications Rap Reviews and Exclaim Magazine. “Our goal is to keep this positive momentum going with some exciting collaborations and the signing of more talented artists to the Wandering Worx label in the coming weeks.”

Davidson and partner Hayden Baptiste (pka Rel!g!on) will also collaborate with hit songwriter Jenson Vaughan, who has worked with Shaggy and Musiq Souldchild. The label will also work with talented Vancouver producer Chin Injeti, who has worked with Kanye West, Drake and 50 Cent, in addition to producing two tracks on Eminem’s latest album Recovery.

Based in Vancouver, BC, Wandering Worx Entertainment is home to Wandering Worx Music and Wandering Worx Films. The film production company has an extensive resume including working with director Andre C. Erin (Confined, Simple Things, Sam’s Lake), winning the 2003 Canwest Comedy Film Festival, and producing the Berkeley Film Festival Grand Prize-winning feature Kick Me Down, starring David Richmond-Peck (V, The Day The Earth Stood Still). Wandering Worx is currently producing a full-length, science fiction feature written by Nicholas Treeshin, tentatively titled The 40 Year Deal.

For more information on Wandering Worx, visit: 
MP3: Akon feat. Rick Ross - "Give It to Em"

From M3W:

MP3: Akon feat. Rick Ross - "Give It to Em"

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Video: "Cutthroat: The Take Over" f/ T6M, Slim Thug, Twista

From DJ Smallz:

Video: "Cutthroat: The Take Over" f/ Three 6 Mafia, Slim Thug, Twista

"CUTTHROAT: THE TAKE OVA" Commercial from DJ Smallz.

Video: Octavion Xcellence x Ryan Flow - Creation of Yellow Cake

From Mic Fiend Promotions:

Video: Octavion Xcellence x Ryan Flow - Creation of Yellow Cake

The Creation of Yellow Cake - Promo from Smooth Dirty Productions.

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