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Free Q&A Event for David Banner & 9th Wonder Next Tuesday in NYC


From Audible Treats:

Hot 97's Peter Rosenberg To Host Free Q&A Event for David Banner & 9th Wonder Next Tuesday in NYC

Banner & 9th To Discuss & Debut Songs from Upcoming Album, Death Of A Pop Star

The Event:

To prep for the release of Grammy award winners David Banner and 9th Wonder's upcoming collaborative album Death Of A Pop Star, the magnetic duo will participate in a live Q & A on Tuesday, June 29th at the 92Y Tribeca in Manhattan. Hot 97 personality Peter Rosenberg will interview both artists and take questions from the audience, similar in format to James Liptons’ famous In The Actor’s Studio show. In the past, Rosenberg has delivered perspectives from the inside the minds of rap greats like Q-Tip, Rawekwon, The Roots, Talib Kweli, and Gang Starr's DJ Premier through his Noisemakers series. Attendees will be treated to the first public listening of Death of Pop Star.

This FREE event is open to both press and the public.

To RSVP: http://www.bit.ly/bVylBb .
SPACE IS LIMITED - FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED
The 92Y Tribeca is located at 200 Hudson Street, New York, NY

David Banner and 9th Wonder's Death Of A Pop Star will be released this summer via David Banner's Big Face Ent.

Check out David Banner & 9th Wonder's "Slow Down" Video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HKLOeDJcQv4 .

The Background:

9th Wonder has a history of teaming with legendary emcees and crafting dream projects that have resulted in both critical and commercial success. A producer from North Carolina, 9th Wonder started his career as the main producer for the hip-hop group, Little Brother. Leaving Little Brother after their second album together, The Minstrel Show, 9th Wonder has since become a producer and emcee in his own right. Working with MURS, Nas, Beyonce, Jay-Z and more, 9th Wonder has made a name for himself in the hip-hop world. Also known as his rapper alterego, 9thmatic, 9th Wonder is a modern-day hip-hop renaissance man.

Hailing from Jackson, Mississippi, David Banner has made a name for himself on the hip-hop scene since 2000. Since then, he has released four studio albums and even became a celebrated producer like producing smash hits like T.I.'s "Rubberband Man," and having smash hits of his own like "Get Like Me". David Banner's most recent successes include writing, producing, and arranging (with guidance from Jimmy Smith and The G Team at Chalt Day) the new non-hip hop Gatorade theme song "Evolve," performed by Kermit Quinn. Teaming up with 9th Wonder may seem like an unusual collaboration but as the two talented artists come together, their initial album will leave a deep impression on fans. Death of A Pop Star drops summer 2010 via David Banner's own Big Face Entertainment.

Streams:

"Slow Down" Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HKLOeDJcQv4 .

In-Studio Interview: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-Fupzjv_68 .

Devo Spice Update & New Song: "I Hate Mondays"


From Devo Spice:

Hey everyone,

I just released a new song and figured I'd drop you all a quick line to let you know!  There's other stuff, too!

--== I HATE MONDAYS ==--
The big news is that I released a brand new song today called I Hate Mondays.  This song is a parody of I Love College by Asher Roth and pretty much picks up where Asher's song leaves off.

The song is available right now as a free download over at The FuMP (http://www.thefump.com) and will be there for roughly the next month.  So go get it while the gettin's good!

--== SPRING NEWSLETTER ==--
The spring edition of The Devo Spice Newsletter is now available and was emailed to Spice Rack subscribers the other day.  This newsletter features full con reports for I-CON and PenguiCon, a full status report on my new album Gnome Sane?, and a write up on the updates I'm making to my stage show.

The newsletter is only available to members of The Spice Rack, so if you would like a copy you have to join.  All the info about the Spice Rack can be found here: http://www.devospice.com/spicerack.php

--== SUDDEN DEATH BLOW OUT SALE ==--
And just as a reminder the Sudden Death blow out sale is still going strong.  Get any of my available CDs for just $4.99, or any of my cassettes for just $2.99, while supplies last.  The sale ends July 15th when I leave for Nerdapalooza. So order now!  Go to the albums page (http://www.devospice.com/albums.php), pick one, and enjoy!

That's all for now folks!  If anyone's going to the MC Chris/MC Lars/YTCracker show in Hoboken next Wednesday I'll be there in the crowd.  I'm not performing, unfortunately.  But come say hi if you see me there.

->Later.....Spice

Fat Joe Officially Cleared of All Charges


From Gio at Koch/E1 Entertainment:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: INVESTIGATION CLOSED ON FAT JOE AND HIS ENTOURAGE

STATEMENT ISSUED BY DAWN FLORIO ESQ. ON BEHALF OF JOSEPH CARTAGENA


Joseph Cartagena, known as Fat Joe, and others have been officially cleared by the Madison Wisconsin Police Department of any wrongdoing.  Fat Joe had no contact with, and never spoke to his accuser.  He was questioned for a few minutes at his hotel room and was never detained by the police.

Making a false claim of a sexual nature in order to extort money is one of the most horrific accusations because it not only tarnishes reputations but has the potential to destroy families.  Mr. Cartagena wholeheartedly thanks his family, friends, and fans for their continued support, loyalty, and words of encouragement throughout this ordeal.

Legendary Reggae Band The Wailers Are On Tour


From Sarah at Gorgeous PR:

Legendary Reggae Band The Wailers Are On Tour

The Wailers donate proceeds from their daily rider to support their charity I WENT HUNGRY (…to save a life) Campaign in collaboration with the World Food Program and the United Nations.

The band are enlisting their fellow musicians and artists worldwide to help.

More than 650,000 people have been fed to date.

(www.iwenthungry.org)

The greatest living exponents of reggae music THE WAILERS, will be continuing their US tour and are heading to the 2010 Midsummer Music Fest. Tickets are on sale and can be purchased here

The Wailers will be using the tour to bring more attention to their campaign  www.iwenthungry.org ,which donates unused funds from the band’s daily hospitality riders, directly to the United Nations’ World Food Program. I WENT HUNGRY campaign is a global music industry initiative started by the legendary reggae band to help eradicate hunger.  The band decided to put their empathy into action upon learning that every 6 seconds a child dies of hunger, so they are enlisting their fellow musicians to go hungry by donating a portion of their tour catering to the I WENT HUNGRY campaign. To date over 650,000 people have been fed to date.

Original member Aston “Familyman” Barrett, a revered innovator joined The Wailers in 1969, quickly becoming singer-songwriter Bob Marley’s right-hand man and musical director.  On record and on stage, his inimitable style became an essential part of the Wailers’ sound. Following Marley’s death in 1981, “Fams” took the reins as the band’s leader, spearheading performances to adoring crowds the world over, as well as the band’s involvement with the fight against global hunger.  “For decades The Wailers have been about spreading a positive message to our audience,” says Fams.  “With the  campaign, we want to spread that message beyond the audience – even if the people can’t feel it musically, they’ll feel it spiritually.”  Check out this video here.

Formed in Jamaica in the late 1960s, The Wailers have gone on to become the most successful reggae band of all time, selling over 250 million albums, and playing live to an estimated 24 million people worldwide. The Wailers’ leader and musical director Familyman, helped forge the template for reggae with his booming, thunderous bass patterns and ever-so-tight turns.  But more than just a bass player, Family Man also played a large part in arranging Marley’s songs and co-produced a number of the late icon’s albums.

* www.wailers.com *
* www.myspace.com/wailers *
* http://twitter.com/wailers *

The Wailers Tour Dates -- 2010

Tuesday, June 22                               Newport, KY – The Southgate House
Wednesday, June 23                          Grand Rapids, MI –The Intersection
Thursday, June 24                              Milwaukee, WI – Summerfest
Friday, June 25                                   Apple Valley, MN – Weesner Amphitheater
Saturday, June 26                              Chicago, IL – Green Music Fest
Sunday, June 27                                 Bloomington, IN– Bluebird
Wednesday, June 30                          Council Bluffs, IA– Whiskey Road House, Horseshoe Casino
Thursday, July 1                                 Des Moines, IA– Simon Estes Amphitheater
Friday, July 2                                      San Rafael, CA- Marin County Fair
Saturday, July 3                                  Morrison, CO-Red Rocks Amphitheater
Tuesday, July 6                                  Seattle, WA– Neumo’s
Wednesday, July 7                             Portland, OR– Crystal Ballroom
Thursday, July 8                                 Reno, NV – Grand Sierra Resort & Casino
Friday, July 9                                      Inglewood, CA – Hollywood Park
Saturday, July 10                                Las Vegas, NV– Mandalay Bay Beach
Sunday, July 11                                  San Diego, CA-Soundwave
Thursday, July 15                               Madrid, Spain – Veranos De La Villa
Friday, July 16                                    Barcelona, Spain – Cruilla De Cultures @ Parc Del Forum
Sunday, July 18                                  Alicante, Spain – Nave 8
Monday, July 19                                 Valencia Spain – Jardines de Viveros
Thursday, July 22                               Firenze, Italy – Fortezza de Basso
Friday, July 23                                    Genova, Italy – Villa Serra Breakout Festival w/ The Skatalites
Saturday, July 24                                Simaxis, Italy – Campo Sportivo Comunale
Thursday, August 5                             Hyeres, France – Festival de Toulon
Friday, August 6                                  Beauly, Scotland – Belladrum Estate
Saturday, August 7                             Aveiro, France – Barro Beach
Sunday, August 8                               Odemira, Portugal – Festival TMN Sudoeste w/ David Guetta, Steel Pulse & more
Tuesday, August 10                            Budapest, Hungary – Sziget Festival w/ The Aggrolites, The Skatalites, & more
Wednesday, August 11                       Gijon, Spain – Gijon Festivities
Friday, August 13                                Chichester, UK – Vintage @ Goodwood
Saturday, August 14                           Pontevedra, Spain – San Sebastian Festivities
Sunday, August 15                             Aschaffenburg, Germany – Afrika Karibik Festival
Monday, August 16                             San Sebastian, Spain – San Sebastian Festivities
Friday, August 20                                Ottery Saint Mary, England – Beautiful Days Festival
Saturday, August 21                           Bedford, UK – Rhythm Festival w/Donovan, & more
Saturday, August 28                           Aspatria, England – Solfest
Sunday, August 29                             Ubersee, Germany – Chiemsee Reggae Summer festival
Thursday, September 9                      Bucharest, Romania – Sala Palatului

* www.wfp.org *
* www.wailers.com *
* www.myspace.com/wailers *
Twitter: @wailers

Tupac's "Dear Mama" Selected to Be in Library of Congress


From Versa Manos:

TUPAC’S “DEAR MAMA” SELECTED FOR INCLUSION IN LIBRARY OF CONGRESS’ NATIONAL RECORDING REGISTRY

Classic 1995 track is one of 25 recordings deemed “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant” by Library of Congress this year


Tupac Shakur’s “Dear Mama,” a classic track from his 1995 album Me Against The World, has been selected for inclusion and preservation in the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry. “Dear Mama” is one of 25 recordings chosen by the Library as being “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant” among others such as Howlin’ Wolf’s “Smokestack Lightning,” Patti Smith’s Horses, the original 1959 cast recording of Gypsy, and battle sounds from World War II.

Recorded shortly before a stint in prison, “Dear Mama” is Tupac’s heartfelt tribute to his mother Afeni, who raised him as a single parent through her own poverty and drug addictions. The rapper notes her dignity through these hardships, rapping “Even as a crack fiend, mama/You always was a black queen, mama.” A hit single upon its release, the song is widely considered to be among Tupac’s best songs, and one of the greatest rap tracks of all time. The Library of Congress noted with their announcement that the song is a “moving and eloquent homage to both his own mother and all mothers struggling to maintain a family in the face of addiction, poverty and societal indifference.”

“I’m incredibly touched,” says Afeni Shakur, the late rapper’s mother and subject of “Dear Mama.” “It could have been any song, but I’m honored they chose ‘Dear Mama’ in particular. It is a song that spoke not just to me, but every mother that has been in that situation, and there have been millions of us. Tupac recognized our struggle, and he is still our hero.”

This latest distinction is only one of many posthumous honors to Tupac’s career. Last December, his song “Changes” was selected as one of The Vatican’s “12 Favorite Songs.” In September 2009, it was announced that the artist’s private writings would be added to Atlanta University Center’s Robert Woodruff Library – an institution that also houses Martin Luther King’s papers – to be made available for scholarly research. Clearly, the work of this remarkable and visionary rapper remains as relevant to today’s world as ever.

Official Tupac Website

* www.tasf.org *

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Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation

The Tupac Shakur Foundation is home to The Tupac Amaru Shakur Center for the Arts, just outside of Atlanta in Stone Mountain, Ga.  The Center is dedicated to providing youth and the community with educational programs in the arts.  It is a fact that early arts education improves school grades, as well as offers invaluable life lessons while building self esteem and confidence.  For nearly 10 years, the Center’s programs have served youth of all social and economic backgrounds, giving countless young people the courage to get off the streets and learn vital skills that have the potential to positively impact their communities. The Center is open to the public and hosts several noteworthy events throughout the year. For more information or to make a donation visit: www.TASF.org .

Blueprint June Newsletter


From Blueprint:

BLUEPRINT JUNE NEWSLETTER

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Blueprint Tour Dates:

  • Friday June 25th – Michael Jackson Tribute @ Skullys, Columbus, OH (Blueprint hosting)
  • Saturday July 3rd – Sioux City, IA @ Party in the Park (Free show, Blueprint & Dj Rare Groove)
  • Thursday July 8th – Eau Claire, WI @ The House of Rock (Blueprint & Dj Rare Groove)
  • Friday  July 9th – Fargo, ND @ The Venue (Blueprint & Dj Rare Groove)
  • Saturday, July 10th – Sioux Falls, SD @ Club David (Blueprint & Dj Rare Groove)
  • Saturday July 24th – Columbus, OH @ Skullys (Greenhouse CD Release Party w/Illogic, Dj Rare Groove, & Toki Wright)

Blueprint News:

Blueprint Blog:

Audio/Video:

Video: Wordplay - "Where The Rest Are"


From Ian at 7Thirty Entertainment:

Download FREE @ http://soundcloud.com/nishi-1

Wordplay's album 'An Emotional Victory' on iTunes:
http://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/an-emotional-victory/id373520393


Follow Wordplay on Twitter @ http://twitter.com/wordplay

L*A*W's "Tha Planet 12 Syndrome" Available On iTunes


From L*A*W:

Greetings Earthlings !

THE WAIT IS FINALLY OVER !!!! Straight from the Amy Winehouse & George Clinton/P-Funk camp, After lending his many talents to commercials, films & various MTV shows like "The Real World: Brooklyn & Hollywood", due to increasing demand, rapper/singer/songwriter/producer & multi-instrumentalist L*A*W's highly anticipated album "Tha Planet 12 Syndrome" has come out officially on ITunes & all other digital stores !! Due to early leaks & promotion stemming from late last year, It has already gotten 5 star reviews from fans & gaining acclaim from the likes of Diane Warren, Ledisi, Rosanna Arquette, Megan Mullally, Janelle Monae, Ice-T, Jimmy Marsh & many others !!
 
Being the grandson of Blues legend Sam "Bluzman" Taylor & Coming from one of the most famous families in music history as well as one of the biggest buzzes & greatest live reputations in the industry, This Brooklynite has been known to make Hip-Hop (Underground & commercial styles), Funk-Rock, R&B/Soul while embracing Country, Pop-Jazz & even Techno exist under one roof while at the same time balancing the commercial element & staying true to his roots. Not to mention his precise playing of 7 instruments & the perfect balance of killer vocal prowess in addition to serious rhyme & dance skill is winning new fans by the day at Twitter, Facebook & helped him reached over a million views & plays on My Space & around the world. With songs like the hot female anthem "With Your Heels On", the autobiographical "Stepdad", "Wishing U Were Here", "Get Hollywood On Em", "Naturally Sexy" & the song that got everybody talking "American Idol Sucks", This is set to be the most diverse album of 2010 !
 
Help spread the word in & outside the industry about The Most Talented Kid In The Music Biz ! 2010 marks the year that music with substance, value & genuine commerciality takes over...L*A*W is the artist & Planet 12 is the movement !
 

 

Dirt Nasty's "Nasty As I Wanna Be" Slated For August 10th Release


 

SIMON REX aka "DIRT NASTY" CONFIRMS ALBUM RELEASE DATE

The Rapper's Second Album "Nasty as I Wanna Be" will drop August 10th, 2010


 

NEW YORK, NY (June 23rd, 2010) -New York Post's "Page Six" announced Monday that ex-MTV veejay Simon Rex's alter ego Dirt Nasty will release his second solo album this fall entitled "Nasty as I Wanna Be". The official release date was confirmed today and the album is slated to drop August 10th, 2010. After the huge success and fan following that Dirt Nasty created with the debut of his first self-titled album in 2007, this second solo release marks a progressive step in his music career as he taps into a key group of artists and producers to complete "Nasty as I Wanna Be". The album will feature Ke$ha, LMFAO, Too Short, Warren G, Andre Legacy, Andy Milonakis, Beardo, and Benji Hughes.

In addition to the amazing list of featured artist, Dirt also teamed up with some of the industry's most celebrated producers such as Kool Kojak (Katy Perry, Flo Rida), Cisco Adler (Shwayze, Mickey Avalon), Alchemist (Mobb Deep, Jadakiss), Frank E. (B.O.B., Flo Rida), and others. With such a strong team onboard for his second album, Dirt Nasty promises new singles that will be even bigger than his previous hits such as "1980", which was featured on HBO's "Entourage" and even his fan favorite "My Dick", which has been licensed in numerous film and TV shows including: "Harold & Kumar: Escape From Guantanamo Bay," HBO's "Hung", and the recently released film, "The Rebound" featuring Catherine Zeta-Jones. The 2009 hit comedy "The Hangover" even featured the song "What Do You Say" (produced by Lil Jon) of which Dirt Nasty's verse was used for the scene.

Most recently, Dirt Nasty leaked a mixtape with DJ Stretch Armstrong called "The White Album", which also featured Andre Legacy, Rich Hill, Andy Milonakis plus drops from Vanilla Ice, Paul Wall, Asher Roth, and Everlast from House of Pain. To date, the mixtape has had over 30,000 downloads and continues to create buzz. "Nasty As I Wanna Be" will definitely further prove Dirt Nasty's originality and longevity within the music industry, but he promises to stay true to his distinctive raunchy and comedic rap-style.

Since his MTV days, Simon Rex aka Dirty Nasty has really made a name for himself not only with his music, but also as an actor, producer, and comedian. In regards to his acting career, Simon Rex has starred in hit TV shows such as Felicity, Jack and Jill, What I Like About You as well as making guest appearances on Baywatch, Everwood, and Summerland. He has also acted in feature films including Scary Movie 3, Superhero Movie, Scary Movie 4, Hotel California, and more.

Simon Rex's alter ego Dirt Nasty has given him the opportunity to tour the world developing a die-hard fan base who sells out all-age shows and nightclubs across the world. For more up-to-date information on Dirt Nasty and his upcoming album "Nasty as I Wanna Be", please visit www.DirtNastyMusic.com or follow him on Twitter, http://twitter.com/Dirt_Nasty.

MP3: Young Jeezy - "All White Everything"


Young Jeezy leaks a new single for the summer thanks to Future Star Music:

"ALL WHITE EVERYTHING"

CLEAN: http://limelinx.com/files/974f4652eb40b06f45e64e1faa88f15d .

DIRTY: http://limelinx.com/files/ea7cfe33981bc699b887c45b646f3d7e .

DJ's this is the brand new single from the big homie Young Jeezy. The record is called "All White Everything" and it's a summer smash without question. Shawty Redd produced the track and this is just the start to this TM 103 movement. Believe me when I tell you this new Young Jeezy album is going to be bananas and hit records are all lined up already. DJ's & Media you know what time it is. Let's break another one and get this in motion immediately. We are calling ALL support on this banger!!! Special thanks to each and everyone of you DJ's and Media outlets that show us love and continue to support all the new music that FUTURE STAR delivers consistently. Without you this wouldn't work and we truly appreciate you and what we have done together over the past four years!!!


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