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NEOSONIC News - R.I.P. Nujabes

From NeoSonic
I first got hipped to the smooth sounds of Sen Juba (aka Nujabes) five years ago upon becoming totally enamored with the soundtrack to the anime series, "Samurai Champloo". Nujabes' mix of poignant jazz loops with fresh hip-hop-styled drum programming single-handedly re-sparked my interest in "instrumental hip-hop".  Not since my college days of bumping DJs' Krush, Cam & Shadow, had a producer really impacted me!  I was so much a fan of Nujabes' music that it became a personal mission of mine to share his music- hence the subsequent inclusion of an instrumental presence on my radio show, Subsoniq.

Though i didn't learn how to properly say his name (NEW-Jah- BESS) till the homie Substantial, a frequent collaborator of Nujabes, told me 3 years ago, i always knew his music verbatim- down to every last nuance and subtlety!  I personally likened him to jazz legend Ahmad Jamal, for their common use of "spacing" in their music.  Albeit, his productions could come off as "simple" or "basic" to some, me and his thousands of other fans out there would probably agree that the complexity of his beats was more inherent via the emotion of his tracks, and most times the feeling i got was that of either sadness or joy or both... one of my favorite pieces that he made, which i feel captures that duality and the soul of his music, is called "Reflection Eternal".  I have played this song during a myriad of events- breaks up, mourning a loss of a loved one & even during a drive to my aunt's house for Christmas with my family a few years ago... and it fit the vibe of all three perfectly, listen...

I could go on & on about how amazing Nujabes is and how much of a worldwide influence his music has, but i think i'm gonna pay my respects through sound and dedicate my next instrumental show to him as a proper way to say "Domo Arigato" Nujabes.  Rest in Beats...

Audio: Side Effect - "HappGeez Is On The Beatbox"

From Karma Response Unit Records:

Our free song this week is "HappGeez Is On The Beatbox" by Side Effect, taken from the "Karma Response Unit presents The Hogan Fam" compilation album which features music from Louis Logic, 40th Dimension, Reef the Lost Cauze, Snuff of Media 101, Jake Lefco, Fowlmowf, Briz, Kenneth Masters, R-Son, Adam 12, and many more! The album is available from our online store here; as well as from the iTunes store.

This song will also be a featured CD-only bonus track on Side Effect's forthcoming "Cabin Fever" album dropping very soon on Karma Response Unit Records.

"HappGeez Is On The Beatbox" - Side Effect
Lyrics by Side Effect. Produced by Happ G

Waka Flocka Flames Locked Up For Alleged Probation Violation


 (AllHipHop News) Atlanta rapper, Waka Flocka Flames was locked up in Georgia last night (March 16) for violating his probation.

Sources told the rapper, who is signed to incarcerated rapper Gucci Mane’s label So Icey Ent., was on probation for carrying a shotgun.

He was locked up for leaving the state around 4:00 PM yesterday, which was a violation of his probation.

Over the past weeks, Waka Flocka, born Juaquin Malphurs, has been seen in New York, in addition to a controversial appearance in Gary, Indiana, where eight teens were shot after his show at the World of Skates skating rink on March 5th.

Sources initially told the rapper was supposed to perform at a club in Virginia Beach, VA last night, but was allegedly arrested for smoking marijuana before the show, although this information has not been confirmed.

The rapper is best known for his current hit single "O Let's Do It"  is due in court this month and will remain incarcerated until his hearing.

Audio: Dominique Larue f/ Idasa Tariq - “Batter Up”


New track from Dominique Larue “Batter Up” featuring Idasa Tariq, taken from Larue’s upcoming project Herstory. HerStory EP is set for release March 25th via



Phil Ade Represents The DMV At SXSW


There are many who are called, but only few are chosen. In an over saturated and disposable music marketplace, it is refreshing to know that a lyricist has emerged ready to rise to the occasion. Representing the DC, Virginia, and Maryland area, Phil Adé is readying to be a major force to be reckoned with. He is a multifaceted talent who blends unique style, smooth delivery, vocal ability, and quality content filled lyrics.

Phil Adé has earned the distinction of being the first artist signed to Grammy Award-nominated singer/songwriter- Raheem DeVaughn's DC-based independent label, 368 Music Group, which he co-founded with DC talent manager/A&R Andre "Dre The Mayor" Hopson.

Following the successful release of the debut mixtape, Starting On JV (available for free download at, features in the Washington Post,, and to name a few, and wowing crowds as the opening act for notable artists such as: Wale, The Clipse, Bun B, Tabi Bonney, 368 Music Group Recording Artist, Phil Adé, will be joining the line up as one of the premiere hip hop artists at the 2010 SXSW Music Festival in Austin, TX.

Phil Adé can be seen performing for the following shows:

Friday, March 19, 2010
Quality Showcase Presented By Blind I, The Great Progression, DC to BC, Leaders, illRoots, Vita Morte, Good Wood
Soho Lounge
217 East 6th Street
Austin, TX 78701
Performance Time: 11:45 am

Sunday March 21st, 2010
KVRX 91.7 FM Presents The Marcus & Tayo Show SXSW Celebration
213 W. 5th St.
Austin, TX 78701
Doors open at 6pm and the show starts at 7pm
Phil Ade Performance Time: 9:45 pm**
Video: Bone Thugs-N-Harmony - "Meet Me in the Sky"

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony: Meet Me in the Sky

Off the upcoming album UNI5: The World's Enemy.

Available on iTunes: Bone Thugs-N-Harmony

Meet Me In The Sky

Bone Thugs-n-Harmony | MySpace Music Videos

Kottonmouth Kings To Celebrate 420 Freedom Fest in Vegas

From Suburban Noize Records:
Kottonmouth Kings Get Ready To Celebrate Stoner Holiday With 420 Freedom Fest In Las Vegas
On April 24th
New Album “Long Live The Kings” In Stores April 20th
The Kottonmouth Kings are gearing up for this year’s annual stoner holiday with a special 420 Freedom Fest show on April 24th in Las Vegas, NV, along with special guests Unwritten Law, (Hed)pe, and Big B.  The group will embark on a string of tour dates throughout April and May before embarking on a full scale US tour this summer.
Kottonmouth Kings are riding a creative high after announcing they have added Oregon based rapper the Dirtball to the group as a full-time member. Kottonmouth Kings' new studio album, "Long Live The Kings", is currently available for pre-order with a bonus CD and exclusive DVD online at
Apr 23 - Tempe, AZ @ Marquee
Apr 24 - Las Vegas, NV @ Freemont East Entertainment District *** 420 Freedom Fest w/ Unwritten Law, (Hed)pe
May 07 - San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
Haji P - Neighborhood Kid Promo Video & Free Download

Here’s a quick promo clip for Haji P’s new album Neighborhood Kid. Neighborhood Kid was released on Feb 23rd and is available from as well as iTunes, Amazon, Zune etc.  The track in the video is “Good Grief” and was produced by DJ MF Shalem. The entire album is available for streaming on as well. The video was shot by in San Francisco by Trevor Traynor ( / and edited by Rob Rush.

YouTube video link:

Good Grief download link:


Video: Donwill - "Pu**y Rules The World" + SXSW Dates

From Michelle at Audible Treats:

Critical Praise for Tanya Morgan:

"This Brooklyn-Cincinnati hip-hop trio summoned old-school cheer, goofy skits and indelible hooks for a left-field masterpiece." - Rated #1 Album across all genres for 2009 by Steve Smith, Time Out New York's Music Editor

Brooklynati featured in dozens of Best Of 2009 lists including, The Village Voice,,, Onion AV Club, Time Out New York,,, TheSmokingSection,,, and more.

The Video:

Back with another cut from his highly anticipated upcoming debut album Don Cusack In High Fidelity, Donwill, one third of critically acclaimed Tanya Morgan, is proud to release the latest single, "Pu**y Rules The World." Don't let the name of the track fool you though. "The song is about being more critical of chasing skirts," says Donwill. "It's not a song degrading women, but more so questioning motives." The song also features west coast emcees Mykestro and Bad Lucc who spit well-crafted verses about their own experiences and motives when dealing with the fairer sex. A drum infused beat and grooving bass line collide yet leave enough space on the sonic landscape for the emcees to tell their lyrical tales. Echoing the overall theme of the song, Donwill reminds listeners that life has much more to offer than what many people get caught up with. "If your world is ruled by cash, clothes, cars or girls, you should improve your life. 'Cus there is A LOT more out there." Be sure to take note, as a little insight from Donwill goes a long way.

Watch the "Pu**y Rules The World" video:

Fans can also head over to MySpace Music for an exclusive Early Album Premiere where Donwill's new album can be streamed in its entirety. Plus, if you're down in Austin this week at SXSW, you can catch Don live at the following shows:

Thursday, March 18th - Next 100 Showcase
Light Bar: 408 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701
Stage time: 6:15PM
Performing with Tiara Wiles

Friday, March 19th - Quality! Showcase
Soho Lounge: 217 East 6th Street, Austin, TX 78701
Stage time: 4:15PM

Saturday, March 20th - Audible Treats Showcase
The Independent: 501 Brushy Street, Austin, TX 78702
Stage time: 11:00M
Performing Don Cusack In High Fidelity with The Park featuring Ragen Fykes

Sunday, March 21st - Project BLACK Unofficial Showcase
Antoine's: 213 W. 5th Street, Austin, TX 78701
Stage time: 10:30PM

Donwill's debut solo album Don Cusack In High Fidelity drops March 23, 2010, via Interdependent Media.

"Laura's Song" Max-single buy link:

The Background:

Donwill is one-third of hip-hop group Tanya Morgan, formed in 2003, who recently released their third full-length album Brooklynati in 2009. With the high praise from Rolling Stone and Time Out New York that Brooklynati garnered,Donwill is now ready to release his own album, Don Cusack in High Fidelity on March 23rd, 2010. The maxi-single of "Laura's Song," complete with the album version, radio edit, instrumental and a couple of remixes is now available for purchase on iTunes. The album will be released by Bay Area label Interdependent Media.

About Interdependent Media:

Founded in 2006 in the Bay Area by Evan Phillips, Interdependent Media has built unique strengths in the development, production, and marketing of recorded music via new methods of marketing and promotion. Armed with a comprehensive understanding of both traditional and emerging methods of marketing, iM has successfully created multi-faceted methods of raising awareness and interest in their projects. Industry veterans Ian "ID" Davis and Dominic Del Bene head operations at iM and are credited with discovering and/or developing artists such as 9th Wonder, Little Brother, Tanya Morgan, Blackalicious, Del the Funky Homosapien, the Hieroglyphics and more. In 2010, iM will be releasing multi-media projects from artists Donwill, TRUTHLiVE, Canibus, Von Pea, A-Plus, and more. For more information, please visit


"Pu**y Rules The World" Video

"Love Junkie" (Video snippet) Interview

Laura's Mixtape

"i See You" (Unmastered version)

"Laura's Song"

Bio, pictures, and streams available here:




Label site:
Pharoahe Monch Prepares For W.A.R. + Tour Dates

From Duck Down Music:

Pharoahe Monch Prepares For W.A.R.:

New Album Scheduled for Summer 2010

Pharoahe Monch is on the front lines once again and this time it's bigger than just album talk.  Monch is gearing up to release his new project W.A.R. (We Are Renegades) through a partnership with Duck Down Music, while establishing his company W.A.R. Media as a viable entertainment portal. W.A.R. is the follow-up album to Pharoahe's Desire project from 2007. Fans can expect what they've come to love from Pharoahe on the new LP; complex rapping techniques that are both intricate and intelligent.

Monch states, "I'm incredibly excited about my upcoming release W.A.R. (We Are Renegades) and my new partnership between my company W.A.R. Media, LLC, and Duck Down Music. This album deals with conflicts and resolutions of the spirit, the soul, the government, and the industry among other things. Thus far it features Living Colour guitarist Vernon Reid, Jean Grae, Styles P, Phonte, Black Thought, with more to come. It also features production from M-Phazes, Marco Polo, Mike Low, Fatin, Lee Stone, Exile and others to be announced. I am working diligently to finish the work for a summer release and I am honored to join forces with the Duck Down family during their 15 year anniversary."

For fans and writers in Austin, TX, catch Pharoahe Monch live in concert during Duck Down's 15 Year Anniversary SXSW Showcase at The Scoot Inn, on Friday, March 19th. Doors are at 8PM. The Scoot Inn is located on 1308 East 4th Street.

Pharoahe Monch will also join Slaughterhouse for a Canadian Tour starting in early April.

April 3 Saint John, NB Evolution Nightclub
April 4 St. John's, NF Club One
April 5 Halifax, NS Paragone Theatre
April 7 Ottawa, ON Ritual Nightclub
Aprill 8 Toronto, ON Venue TBC
April 9 Cornwall, ON Rangatangs Nightclub
April 10 Montreal, QC Telus Theatre
April 12 Thunder Bay, ON Roxys Nightclub
April 13 Winnipeg, MB Pyramid Cabaret
April 14 Saskatoon, SK Odeon Events Centre
April 15 Calgary, AB The Whiskey Nightclub
April 16 Edmonton, AB Starlite Room
April 17 Lethbridge, AB Venue TBC
Aprl 18 Nelson, BC Spirit Bar
April 21 Victoria, BC Element
April 22 Vancouver, BC Venue TBC

Click Here For More Information On Pharoahe Monch

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