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PR: Happy Christmas From Drop Zone Records


From Drop Zone Records:

Happy Christmas From Drop Zone Records

Its been a short year it seems and I hope you got through it unscathed.

We have alot on next year with the Respek BA EP (feat. Big Div, J-Large), the Eastborn EP (feat. Dizzee Dustin of Ugly Duckling and Prince Po), the 13Tribe album and the Eastborn album(feat. Canibus, Capital X, Killah Priest and more) and we are sure to see more. Our CAT numbers are now in the 30's! Not bad for a small label that people thought would only last a year or so.

So for Christmas we are giving you a FREE DOWLOAD of alot of our titles, plus links to our other tracks ....

Visit .... www.eastborn.bandcamp.com for FREE DOWNLOADS UNTIL CHRISTMAS
and ..... www.the13thtribe.bandcamp.com for full playable tracks of the remainder of our Catelogue ....

We hope you have a great christmas and New Year and hope to hear from you all very soon!

Peace and Love
Riz CEO of the DZR
WWW.DROPZONERECORDS.COM

MP3: Focus... Homage to Daz & Soopafly f/ Ras Kass


From Tyhiem Cannon:

MP3: Focus... Homage to Daz & Soopafly f/ Ras Kass

Also feat. Pro-Verb, Kendrick Lamar & Latoiya Williams.

* http://focus.bandcamp.com/album/daz-soopafly *

Video: Royce Da 5'9" Co-Signs RADIx


From ProTalent:

Video: Royce Da 5'9" Co-Signs RADIx

RADIx are currently on their Weight Of The World Tour. This past Wednesday they got a chance to perform alongside Royce the 5'9 in Paris, France. Royce was so impressed by RADIx and their live show he wanted to let everyone that RADIx got NEXT. Checkout this is exclusive Royce the 5'9 co-sign for RADIx as well as some live footage of RADIx performing in Paris, France with Royce.

Video: Dr. Dre f/ Akon, Snoop Dogg - "Kush"


From Mitchell Dudley:

Video: Dr. Dre f/ Akon, Snoop Dogg - "Kush"

MP3: Gucci Mane - "Bad Temper"


From DJ Smallz:

MP3: Gucci Mane - "Bad Temper"

TAKEN FROM DJ SMALLZ - I GOT THE INTERNET GOIN NUTS! ON BLACK FRIDAY (HOSTED BY THREE 6 MAFIA)

ONE WEEK LATE, BUT DROPPING FRIDAY

DOWNLOAD LINK: http://www.sendspace.com/file/s2gb85 .

Video: Zion I - "Always"


From Gold Dust Hype:

Video: Zion I - "Always"

Atomic Clock, Zion I's seventh album, sees the group exploring more cosmic and introspective territory than it's predecessor The TakeOver.  The Oakland duo's message of self-actualization, focus, and spirituality however has remained a constant throughout the group's carreer.  On "Always," Atomic Clock's first song, the refrain of "Love conquers always, gotta keep your head up" sums up Zion I's aesthetic nicely.   Paul Bradley and Robyn Twomey's video, below, projects Amp Live and Zumbi into the astral plane for a visually striking interpretation of the track.

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After delving into upbeat, electronic music on 2009's The Takeover, Oakland hip-hop stalwarts Zion I enter a new phase of their chameleonic career with Atomic Clock (November 9th, Gold Dust), a moody, emotional record inspired by the group's longtime admiration for reggae and dub.
 
While the group's roots are still firmly planted in hip-hop, Atomic Clock’s cavernous, atmospheric vibe recalls both the classic roots reggae of Max Romeo and The Congos and forward-thinking dub mixing of UK artists such as Adrian Sherwood. "The Takeover was a very external record and we wanted to focus on fun, party music," says emcee Zumbi AKA Zion. "This one is much more reflective and internal. We didn't want to just recreate what we did last album. Art is not about living in the past."
 
For Atomic Clock, the duo employed live musicians to flesh out producer Amp Live's original beats and thicken the overall sound. For many of Atomic Clock's tracks, Amp would create the skeleton of the beat himself for the initial direction before collaborating with the group's live musicians to complement the sound and, in certain cases, redo the track live. In stark contrast to The Takeover, which saw Amp and Zumbi e-mail verses and beats to each other to constantly tweak each song, the group and their collaborators engaged in days-long jam sessions, for the first time in their career, to best enunciate Amp's initial idea.
 
For Zumbi, the writing style on Atomic Clock was much more instinctive than on past albums, and the result is a litany of emotionally introspective, brutally honest songs that both relay the emcee's personal experience and delve into weighty topics including the transient nature of time.
 
This extends to the title. "The Atomic Clock is the most precise timing device on the planet and I thought that applied to the immaculate timing and rhythm it takes between musicians in one room to make good music," says Zumbi. "But also, I feel that time is speeding up on the planet and it seems like it's dilating and contracting really quickly. We're living in such an interesting time and I think time is on everyone's mind in one way or another. Everything is exponential now."
 
On Atomic Clock, the group employs their usual mix of sonic exploration and unbridled creativity. "4U," with its choir vocals, soulful keyboards, and rock guitars, could be a lost Sly and the Family Stone track, while the horn blasts and heavy, electric guitars of "Always" supplement Zumbi's optimistic hook of "Love conquers always/Gotta keep your head up." "Many Styles," featuring reggae band Rebelution (the album also features guest spots by emcees Locksmith and Macklemore and vocalists Courtney Holiday and Crystal Monee Hall), deftly defers to the genre's roots, and the atmospheric beat of "North Star" complements the central idea of being open to guidance in one's life.
 
On "History," the group's most insightful and candid track, Zumbi recalls the duo's autobiography from prior to the group's formation until now. "We've been doing music a long time and sometimes you forget how long you’ve been at and how many places you've been," admits the emcee. "I think it's good to look back for a second before keeping it moving." Keeping it moving is something Zumbi and Amp Live have never had problems doing and Atomic Clock stands as another engaging expression of the group's mind, heart and soul.

Video: Cymarshall Law - "Best Kept Secret (Freestyle)"


From Freedom Entertainment:

Video: Cymarshall Law - "Best Kept Secret (Freestyle)"

Video: All Elements w/ Pete Rock & CL Smooth


From J-Ronin:

Video: All Elements w/ Pete Rock & CL Smooth

PR: Cali Swag "Teach Me How to Dougie" Certified Platinum


From Greg Miller:

Cali Swag District's "Teach Me How to Dougie" Certified Platinum

DEBUT ALBUM 'THE KICKBACK' SET FOR RELEASE FEBRUARY 15

Cali Swag District's massive single "Teach Me How To Dougie" was just certified platinum this week hitting over 1 million digital downloads to date.  The four members, Smoove Da General, Yung, JayAre and M-Bone who are all long-time friends from Inglewood, CA have just released their follow-up single "KickBack." Cali Swag District will drop their highly anticipated debut album 'The KickBack' on February 15, 2011.

"Going platinum is definitely a highlight of our career and we appreciate all the love from our fans.  We're excited to keep the Cali Swag party going with "Kickback," states Smoove Da General.

Cali Swag District exploded onto the music scene and the radio airways this past summer with the Top 5 infectious hit "Teach Me How To Dougie" that pays homage to a dance created by legendary rapper Doug E. Fresh.  Cali Swag District turned the song and dance into a pop culture phenomenon with everyone including Ellen DeGeneres, CNN 'Situation Room' host Wolf Blitzer, Wendy Williams, Monique, Chris Brown, Justin Bieber, and Kim Kardashian getting their Dougie on. 

Even more widespread is the sports worlds' celebration of the Dougie  movement. NBA Washington Wizard's rookie sensation John Wall did the Dougie during the starting line up this season that has received almost 2 million YouTube streams. In addition to Wall, athletes from Cleveland Cavaliers, NY Jets, Philadelphia Eagles, Kansas City Chiefs, New Orleans Saints, San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys, Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, Oklahoma City Thunder, Golden State Warriors and Portland Trailblazers all have been seen doing the Dougie celebration.  College teams are also embracing the dance as seen by the Oregon State Duck mascot doing the Dougie on a nationally televised game this season. All in all, The Wall Street Journal has declared 2010 "the year of the Dougie."

The "Teach Me How To Dougie" official music video has generated over 20 million YouTube streams.

Video: Stylah - "Prologue"


From 730Promo:

Video: Stylah - "Prologue"


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