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Video: Saigon on Jay-Z, Entourage and More

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Video: Saigon on Jay-Z, Entourage and More

PR: Potluck Ask Fans to Title New Studio Album

From Chris at E1 Music:

Potluck Ask Fans to Title New Studio Album

Humboldt County hip-hop royalty, Potluck are currently locked down in the studio recording the follow-up to their critically acclaimed "Pipe Dreams" record. Potluck are currently seeking fan submissions in a contest to title the group's new studio album online at

The winner, as chosen by Potluck, will be credited in the liner notes of the album and receive a prize pack of materials directly from the group.

"Potluck's music is more than just 1 Ton and Underrated; it's a movement.  We make music about everyday life and the way we see it.  When we go on tour, we get off stage, go to the bar, and party just like everyone else, "commented 1 Ton.  "When we talk to our fans on tour they are always giving suggestions for songs we should make or ideas they have. Now that we're almost done recording our new album we decided to let the fans title our new CD by posting their suggestions on our Facebook.  This is your chance to be a part of Potluck history and be credited in the CD, so make sure your suggestion is creative and represents everything that Potluck is about. Good luck!"

Potluck recently released their video for the track "Vapors" online at The track appears on the group's "Greatest Hits With My Buds" album, which also features guest appearances by Tech N9ne, D12, E-40, Chali 2na, and The Luniz.


MP3: Snoop Dogg - "Sweat"

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MP3: Snoop Dogg - "Sweat"


MP3: Kenn Starr & Finale - "Home Comes First" (Apollo Brown)

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MP3: Kenn Starr & Finale - "Home Comes First" (prod. Apollo Brown)

Fourth Single From MMG Compilation Goes Back To Emcees' Roots

The Song:

The fourth single off the recently released Mello Music Group compilation album, Helpless Dreamer, is all about recognizing where you come from. "Home Comes First" combines the talents of emcees Kenn Starr and Finale on the mic and Apollo Brown on production. With Starr and Finale both dropping albums on Mello Music Group in 2011, titled Square One and Odds & Ends respectively, and Apollo still hot off the success of his collaborations with The Left and Boog Brown, these three seem to have no trouble staying busy.

Apollo's crackling, chopped-up horn instrumental provides a subtle enough beat for the two rappers to spit more introspective and serious rhymes. Starr's lyrics focus on his native state of Virginia and current hometown of southern Maryland, and when he raps "I continue to carry the torch for the ones that I know are depending on me to see their dreams come," it's clear to see how much it means to him. Finale laments that "home is home / it's the only thing I tend to think about if I'm gone" in reference to Detroit, and while he and his collaborator may hail from a different part of the country, it's clear that the sentiments they share could not be more similar. "Home... comes first," the hook repeats - something that we can all relate to.

The Mello Music Group compilation, Helpless Dreamer, is available now.

Download "Home Comes First" here: .

MP3: Diddy-Dirty Money - "First Place Loser"

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MP3: Diddy-Dirty Money - "First Place Loser"

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Mixtape: DJ EFN - "Diggin' in the Tapes"

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Mixtape: DJ EFN - "Diggin' in the Tapes"

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In celebration of 15 years in the mixtape game, Miami heavyweight DJ EFN has hooked up with to drop a brand new compilation project, Diggin’ in the Tapes.

Assembled over the course of an extensive search through his archives of DAT tapes, A-Dats., Mini Discs and 4-Track tapes, the set is a collection of both classic and unreleased freestyles, as well as original tracks recorded for EFN’s mixtape series. Included on the street album is the underground hit single "Corleone" which features Ras Kass.

Among the big-name artists to make appearances throughout DITTT are Kanye West, Rick Ross, Bun B, Cam’ron, Ras Kass and the late Guru. Beats come courtesy of The Alchemist, Miami Beat Wave, Plex Luthor, Hazardis Soundz and many more!

Track Listing:

01. Intro (ft. Kanye West)
02. Freestyle (ft. Kardinal Offishall)
03. Weight of the World Pt.1 (ft. Bun B, Grafh, & Stat Quo)
04. Corleone (ft. Ras Kass) [prod. Nick Fury HD]
05. Freestyle (ft. Capone-n-Noreaga)
06. Interlude (ft. Pharrell, Compton Ass Terry, & N.O.R.E.)
07. On & On (ft. N.O.R.E. & Sean Kingston) [prod. Hazardis Soundz]
08. Freestyle (ft. Joe Budden*)
09. Why Wouldn’t We (ft. Mr. Cheeks & Iconz)
10. My Block (Miami) (Remix) (ft. Pitbull, Garcia, Brisco, Heckler, Gunplay (of Triple C’s), Flo-Rida, Cubo, DJ Khaled & Smitty) [prod. Miami Beat Wave]
11. Freestyle (ft. Stat Quo & Kardinal Offishall) [prod. Da Riffs]
12. Get That (ft. Heckler, Capone-n-Noreaga & Lil Jon) [prod. Midi Mafia]
13. Freestyle (ft. M1 (of Dead Prez))
14. Freestyle (ft. Guru (R.I.P.))
15. Yes-N-Deed 05’ (ft. Wrekonize (of ¡Mayday!) & Rick Ross)
16. Freestyle (ft. Pitbull)
17. High as F*ck (Freestyle) (ft. Redman)
18. Give Em’ a Song (ft. ¡Mayday! & David Banner) [prod. Plex Luthor]
19. One to Da head (ft. Garcia & Sean Paul)
20. Bilingual (Remix) (ft. Wyclef*) [prod. Hazardis Soundz & Maximus]
21. Freestyle (ft. Cam’ron)
22. Freestyle (ft. Buckshot)
23. Freestyle (ft. Smif-n-Wessun & Mecca)    
24. Frontline (ft. Bun B, I-20 (of DTP) & Heckler) [prod. Big Drain]
25. Drink Champ Pt.1 (ft. N.O.R.E.) [prod. The Alchemist]

Video: The Niceguys - "The Good Shepherd"

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Video: The Niceguys - "The Good Shepherd"

The Niceguys - The Good Shepherd from Evesborough Films.

Free EP: IMAKEMADBEATS - Nightlight EP

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Free EP: IMAKEMADBEATS - Nightlight EP

Producer IMAKEMADBEATS Releases Second Half of Daylight/Nightlight Dual-EP

The EP:

Producer IMAKEMADBEATS is back again with the release of the free EP Nightlight as the second half of his dual-EP concept album Daylight/Nightlight. Daylight/Nightlight takes a multifaceted look at the highs and lows of life, evident through the stories delivered by collaborators Butta Verses, the lyricist behind the Daylight EP, and Nightlight emcee MidaZ The Beast, most recently heard on his last mixtape The El MidaZ Affair and as a guest on Alchemist’s GTA: Chinatown Wars Gangrene Mix. While the two EPs are being released separately in a radio edited digital format, IMAKEMADBEATS and Doxside Music Group will later release both for sale together in an unedited physical format.

Nightlight finds MidaZ delving into the darkest corners of the mind with ferocious vigor. As IMAKEMADBEATS’ partner-in-crime in the grimy duo known as BlakOut, MidaZ masterfully manipulates words in the same style that has helped build his reputation in underground circles as a force to be reckoned with. IMAKEMADBEATS completely flips his style on this half of the project, providing MidaZ with tense, hard-hitting beats to vent over – musical beds that fit the edgy tone set throughout the EP. Songs like "Subliminal Diss" and "Word Of Mouth" capture the Nightlight theme, exploring unfiltered angst, while previous single "Flyers" features MidaZ taking shots at lazy and incompetent show promoters.

On January 18, 2011 IMAKEMADBEATS will drop his self-titled solo debut, featuring Black Milk, Von Pea of Tanya Morgan, Butta Verses, Hezekiah, and more on Doxside Music Group.

Download Nightlight EP here: .

Just in case you missed it, download Daylight EP here: .

The Background:

IMAKEMADBEATS has built his reputation on an obsessive dedication to his craft and a mad scientist-like approach to tweaking samples, drums, and live instruments - proving himself to be both a rapper's producer and a producer's producer. Most people first became aware of IMAKEMADBEATS from his 2009 collaborative project The Transcontinental with Oxnard rhyme-slinger Roc C (a project that featured the likes of Oh No, Big Pooh, Rakaa Iriscience, and Chino XL), which subsequently led to the nationwide Smash Mouf Tour. In addition to the much-anticipated forthcoming Doxside Music Group self-titled debut, IMAKEMADBEATS is also unleashing his dual-EP concept album Daylight/Nightlight, featuring Butta Verses and MidaZ the Beast respectively. Also in the works are projects with Beretta 9 (Wu-Tang's Killarmy), his BlakOut album with MidaZ, an instrumental project, and more placements on projects by artists seeking the "IMAKEMADBEATS" treatment to their music.

Video: Grafh - "So Appalled" Freestyle

From Chris at E1 Music:

Video: Grafh - "So Appalled" Freestyle

Video: Illa Ghee & Big Lou - All Elements Cipher

From J-Ronin:

Video: Illa Ghee & Big Lou - All Elements Cipher

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