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[STN MTN/Kauai] He's not a Child any more.

Childish Gambino Review

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L.I.F.E. Long - It's Bigger Than Stronghold

Sometimes I say an Artist Of The Week feature has been a long time comin, and when it comes to L.I.F.E. Long that phrase couldn’t be more fitting. I first met L.I.F.E. Long in the very early 2000’s through Dyalekt, who introduced us when we bumped into each other on the street. L.I.F.E. Long hit me with a copy of the 2000 Writers Guild EP, The Writers Guild! (which I still have, red paper insert and all) and I continued to follow his career, as well as the major moves his crew, Stronghold, were making in New York City’s underground hip-hop scene. We saw each other at shows every now and then and kept in touch.

Now a heck of a lot more is on L.I.F.E. Long’s plate, so we sat down to discuss the multitude of albums and collaborations that he’s been working on, his thoughts on the development of New York’s underground hip-hop scene, and why he thinks the L.I.F.E. Long of today would really get along with the L.I.F.E. Long of ten years ago.

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Free Music Friday: 1st of the Month

Dub Kweli Mixtape

[Imagine Talib Kwlie music over dub. Famous masher/DJ Max Tannone does it for ya!]


Moe Green :: Rocky Maivia: Non Title Match

[Straight from Vallejo is Moe Green and he's challenging all jabronis and roody poots to a challenge if you don't believe he goes hard. Check this out and you'll smell what the Green is cooking.]


Naledge :: Naledge is TwentySomething

[Fans of Kidz of the Hall will appreciate this. In fact, fans of hip-hop will appreciate this.]


Ra the MC :: Heart of a Champion (Free Album)

Ra The MC - The Heart Of A Champion


Skillz + Jazzy Jeff + J.Period :: Infamous Quotes

[Skillz, Jazzy Jeff, J.Period. PERIOD!]


That's it for the "1st of the Month Edition" of "Free Music Fridays." If you have any free music you would like to share with the world, please e-mail me at If you're an artist with your free mixtape/album shown on this page and you want to send me a link re-up, corrections, and/or questions, e-mail me at, as well. Thanks for reading and enjoy y'all! Two fangas, one love....

Busy Signal - "My Way" Mixtape - by DJ Khaled & DJ Karim

From VP Records:

Busy Signal - "My Way" Mixtape - by DJ Khaled & DJ Karim

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'ReCon' (Mixtape) - 90s Classics Remixed

From Coalmine Records:

'ReCon' (Mixtape) - 90s Classics Remixed

Upcoming beat-smith Confidence is pleased to present his debut mixtape, ReCon.  The MA-based beat-smith carefully resurrects 16 classic's from the mid-90s on this hour long mix, all without compromising the authenticity of what made these tracks so iconic.  For good measure, DJ Grazzhoppa, the 1991 European DMC champ, cuts & blends the tracks together, showcasing turntablism at its finest hour (celebrity DJs & Serato newbies need not apply).  ReCon features some of the 90s most time-honored cuts from O.C.'s "Time's Up", Black Moon's "How Many Emcees" & CNN's "T.O.N.Y", to some underground treasures circa the Stretch & Bobbito era, e.g. Big L's "American Dream" & Big Noyd's "Recognize & Realize".  The only thing ReCon is missing is a tape deck...don't sleep!

DOWNLOAD - ReCon (Mixtape):


Video: Baige O'Bannon - "2 Eazy"

From Zack Einhorn:

Video: Baige O'Bannon - "2 Eazy"

MP3: Slim Thug ft. B.o.B - "So High"

From BF Blasts:

MP3: Slim Thug ft. B.o.B - "So High"

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MP3: The Game ft. Ryan Leslie - "We On"

From M3W:

MP3: The Game ft. Ryan Leslie - "We On"

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PR: Chicago MC Shaun Scales To Release Debut Mixtape "Yours Truly"

From Yo! PR:

Chicago MC Shaun Scales To Release Debut Mixtape "Yours Truly"

The mixtape and debut solo effort from north side Chicago native Shaun Scales titled "Yours Truly", presented by DJ Gemini Jones and Coast 2 Coast, is set for release on October 4th, 2010 and the emcee is here with the first single, "City Of Men", produced by Boonie Mayfield. This is the announcement, the introduction, the manifesto of a rapper who has a lot to give and even more to gain.

Scales began crafting his poetry at a young age through journaling and entering poetry contests at the encouraging of a teacher in seventh grade. Growing up amongst a family of musicians, the opportunity to freestyle and try his hand at rap came when he began writing to the beats of his aunt and uncle who were at the time a rap duo. Surprised at the tenacity of young Shaun, he was urged to continue writing.

Following the likes of Nas, Tupac, Biggie and others, he incorporated those stylings into his own theatrics, detailing his life’s experiences and finding his voice in the process of developing his lyrical stature. As a musician, Shaun has channeled the obstacles in his life, namely growing up without his father, into motivation and tales of truth to perfect his legend.

"I don’t see myself buckling. I learned everything from women. I understand women and growing up, a lot of my perceptions are of what women think."

For this young star, the design of music structure is all about self expression and the method of operation for giving his voice to the masses.

"I have a voice that people should hear. A lot of my songs are stories. Shaun Scales is an artist that people want to hang out with. I’m the next door neighbor."

With subject matter touching on everything from street justice to fashion, to the overall love for music, there is no comparing Shaun’s flow and lyrical skill. Whether harmonizing or creating the uber catchy hook, Shaun has carved his own niche and high level of expertise in his lane.

While the MC is from Chicago and reps his city to the fullest, the goal is to be a household name, a brand, a combination of the forces in Hip-Hop, culminating in the most diverse and solid product possible; "Your Truly".

"When people hear me, I don’t want them to say ‘that dude is from Chicago.’ When you think of Shaun Scales, I want you to think of the music. When you think of Chicago I want you to think of Shaun Scales."
"Yours Truly" is available October 4th, 2010.


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Video: Ameer - "Honestly"

From Ameer:

Video: Ameer - "Honestly"

PR: Brokencyde Announce The Ka$h 4 Ku$h Tour

From Kerosene Media:

Brokencyde Announce The Ka$h 4 Ku$h Tour

Albuquerque, NM based Brokencyde have announced they will embark on the Ka$h 4 Ku$h Tour in November alongside The Millionaires, Kill Paradise, and The Hit. The group’s new album "Brokencyde - Will Never Die” is scheduled to hit stores on November 9th, 2010 through BreakSilence Recordings.
“We are finally heading back out on the road on the ‘Ka$h 4 Ku$h’ tour, which will include our party friends The Millionaires, Kill Paradise, and The Hit,” commented Mikl from Brokencyde. “We start the tour in early November and end in early December. It's going to be a wild tour and we can't wait to see our amazing fans! We will be doing a lot of new songs from the album which drops on November 9th, so make sure you come check out the new songs before the record drops.”
Brokencyde began making headlines after the group's video for the track "Freaxxx" became an internet sensation and racked up more than 4 million hits on YouTube. The fire continued to burn strong after the group's album, “I’m Not A Fan But The Kids Like It”, debuted on the Billboard Top 200 at #87. Since then, the group has become one of the most talked about musical entities in decades, as MTVU, The LA Times, Revolver Magazine, producer Steve Albini and comic book writer Warren Ellis all cannot stop talking about the band that everyone loves to hate.
Nov 02 - Lancaster, CA - Cedar Centre
Nov 03 - Orangevale, CA - The Boardwalk
Nov 04 - Modesto, CA - Modesto Virtual
Nov 06 - Salt Lake City, UT - Avalon Theater
Nov 07 - Denver, CO - Marquis Theatre
Nov 09 - Burnsville, MN - The Garage
Nov 10 - Milwaukee, WI - The Rave
Nov 11 - West Dundee, IL - Clearwater Theater
Nov 12 - Pontiac, MI - Eagle Theater
Nov 13 - Indianapolis, IN - Emerson Theatre
Nov 15 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody's
Nov 16 - Pittsburgh, PA - Diesel
Nov 17 - Buffalo, NY - Xtreme Wheelz
Nov 18 - Lancaster, PA - The Chameleon
Nov 19 - Worcester, MA - The Palladium
Nov 20 - Poughkeepsie, NY - The Loft
Nov 21 - Hackensack, NJ - School of Rock
Nov 22 - Farmingdale, NY - Crazy Donkey
Nov 23 - Allentown, PA - Crocodile Rock
Nov 27 - Metairie, LA - The High Ground
Nov 28 - San Antonio, TX - The White Rabbit
Nov 29 - Dallas, TX - The Loft
Dec 01 - Mesa, AZ - The Nile
Dec 02 - San Diego, CA - Soma Sidestage
Dec 03 - Mesa, AZ - The Nile
Dec 05 - Anaheim, CA - The Chain Reaction

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