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Doug Simpson Hits 'Em Like a Freight Train

The very first time I heard Doug Simpson’s “Freight Train” I knew there was something special about him. There was a raw energy to the song that I hadn’t heard in quite a while and it didn’t hurt that former Artist Of The Week Slim from Euphon was the one to bring him to my attention. In addition to his work as an artist, Simpson, who notes that it only made sense to him to go with his real name because “wild side, party side, tough talk, introspective side, whatever - it’s all still you,” also formed both Ironhorse Music Group and The Aqua League Beat Society. A little research turned up the info that Simpson’s production work has already been heard all over the world thanks to placements on MTV, MTV2, The Speed Network and Bravo and this week I caught up with the multitalented musician to find out more about what he’s working on now, how and why he formed The Aqua League and IHMG, and how he feels the rap game would be different if he was the most famous emcee in the world.

Read the full interview at:

Neosonic Update: Audio Engineering... by K-Murdock

From K-Murdock:

When it comes to the creation of music, i have learned that simply knowing how to make it, is not always enough, its "making it sound GOOD", that turns it into both a fun and challenging process... and that's where my knowledge of audio engineering comes in handy! I majored in audio/radio production during college and then spent 7 years honing the craft while working at XM Radio. Though i got paid to produce or "image" radio drops and promos all day for XM, some of which i will post up in a future entry, it was in fact my time spent after company business hours mixing my own songs, that helped make my ears as sensitive as they are to how things should sound. From the recording to the mixing and in some cases, even the mastering, i had to do it all out of necessity, and thank God because i have learned how to be a much better producer now, from those experiences in the past.

Recently, i have began using my audio engineering skills to support myself and ultimately my own musical efforts. Earlier this summer, i got the opportunity to master the latest album of an emcee from one of my fav underground groups- Poems of LA Symphony. Shouts to the homie Oddisee for making that happen! Ironically, Oddisee mixed and produced a few tracks off the record ("Black And Read All Over") which will be out July 28th on Mello Music Group. Stay tuned for more personal insight & experiences from me on the art of audio engineering... in the meantime, here's an article from Remix Magazine detailing how i mixed "The Scenic Route", check it!




Free Q-Tip Show in NYC's Central Park Today (7/18)

From Mitchell Dudley:




(Fifth Ave. & 69th St. - Rumsey Playfield)

Saturday, July 18, 2009
3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
All Ages




Q-Tip is an American hip hop artist, singer, and occasional actor from Queens, perhaps best known as the leader of legendary hip hop group A Tribe Called Quest. After Tribe disbanded in 1998, Q-Tip pursued a solo career. His first singles "Vivrant Thing" and "Breathe & Stop" exemplified his move towards more pop-oriented recordings, closely followed by his solo debut LP Amplified. As of late, Q-Tip has been very active, touring with the full line-up of A Tribe Called Quest as well as continuing to work on his own solo career.

Rap Celebrities Head to Houston for Trae Day

From Nancy B:



Houston, TX - Last year, on July 22nd, Houston rap history was made as native rap artist, Trae Tha Truth, was honored by his city with the reading of a Proclamation declaring that day "Trae Day"; the first time this honor was given to a rap artist. The honor was bestowed upon Trae for his constant and selfless work within the communities of Houston, focusing on at-risk youth. The ceremony was followed by a free family Block Party, replete with members of Houston City Council alongside a host of local music celebrities and was attended by some 10,000 people, who braved sweltering temperatures in the high 90's to congratulate Trae and line up for the free school supplies he had provided.

This coming Wednesday, July 22nd, from 3-9PM, history will repeat itself as Trae and friends take over the parking lot of TSU Stadium for the biggest daytime party to hit the South Side. Trae will be joined by US Congresswoman, Sheila Jackson Lee and Members of Council Peter Brown and Ron Green, as well as a host of music celebrities from far and wide including Bun B, Rick Ross, Gorilla Zoe, Mannie Fresh, Yung Joc, Hurricane Chris, Shawty Lo, Slim Thug, Blood Raw & USDA, J Dawg, Rich Boy, GS Boys, Rocko, Jayton and the whole ABN group, Ron Artest, Von Wafer and Herculeez and Big Tyme. The day will include a great roster of family activities with live performances, train rides, pony rides, face painting and moonwalks and will also offer an HIV/STD testing site and free school supplies while they last.

Contests include a watch giveaway by renowned jeweler, King Johnny and rims courtesy of Texan Wire Wheels and local station 97.9 The Box will provide a live remote.

A more adult celebrational after-party will be held that night at the Roxy Nightclub.

Media is invited to cover the event and should RSVP their coverage intentions to Nancy Byron, OGPR.

DJ JS-1 - "Ridiculous" Remix f/ Masta Ace, OC & Pharoahe Monch

From Audible Treats:

DJ JS-1 - "Ridiculous" Remix feat. Masta Ace, OC, and Pharoahe Monch      07.14.2009
JS-1 Is Back With Exclusive Remix Featuring New Beat And Verse From Masta Ace

The Song:

DJ JS-1 recently dropped his first single, "Ridiculous." Teaming with OC and Pharoahe Monch, the two New York emcees' verses meshed with JS-1's beat to create a track that had listeners buzzing. Now, JS-1 returns with the remix. Featuring a brand new, old school, synth-chopped beat courtesy of JS-1 and a surprise guest verse from another legendary New York emcee, Masta Ace, the remix proves to be just as ridiculous as the original. "NO SELLOUT" (Ground Original 2) is now available via Fat Beat Records.

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The Background:

As a member of the world famous Rock Steady Crew, partner of Rahzel (the world's #1 beatboxer), and occasional tour DJ for KRS-One, DJ JS-1 has toured the planet with over 1,000 shows in more than 32 countries and hundreds of cities. During that time, the Queens, NY native has shared the stage with a wide variety of artists, including 50 Cent, RUN DMC, Maroon 5, Wu-Tang Clan, The Roots, Busta Rhymes, Talib Kweli, Redman & Method Man, Wyclef, OAR, Dashboard Confessional, Snoop Dogg, All American Rejects, Mike Patton, and many more. As a producer, JS' list of accomplishments runs just as long, having worked with a number of artists, such as Common, Will Smith & Jazzy Jeff, Immortal Technique, Big Daddy Kane, Dilated Peoples, Kool G Rap, Masta Ace, Pharoahe Monch, Brand Nubian, and Kool Keith just to name a few. For the past three years, JS-1 has stayed busy touring, producing, making high-profile TV appearances, and completing his new album. The result is an album will serve to make DJ JS-1 a household name for all within the hip-hop community.

For No Sell Out, an album recorded as an addendum to his previous solo effort Ground Original, JS-1 enlisted the help of an extensive and notable list of guest emcees, including KRS-One, Large Pro, Pharoahe Monch, Canibus, Sean Price, Blaq Poet, Killah Priest, Ill Bill, Kool Keith & Ced Gee (Ultramagnetic Mc's), Aesop Rock, Vast Aire, Chino XL, Sadat X, AG, OC, Craig G, CL Smooth, Edo G, Prince Po, Akrobatik, J-Live, Vinnie Paz of Jedi Mind Tricks, Rakaa of Dilated Peoples, Krondon, C Rayz Walz, Vast Aire, Nutrageous, Copywrite, PMD, Rahzel, EMC (Masta Ace, Strick, Wordsworth, Punchline), Termanology, Torae, Pumpkinhead, Jak D, Big Noyd, Q-Unique, Brother Ali, Slaine, Virtuoso, Pack FM, Supastition. Block McCloud, Trez, Rugged Intellect, and DJ Premier. No Sell Out is available in stores everywhere via Fat Beats Records.


"Ridiculous" Remix feat. Masta Ace, OC, and Pharoahe Monch
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"Murder" feat. Chino XL, Sean Price, & Killah Priest
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DJ JS-1 on Regis & Kelly
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Pegz & Dialectrix Form Gully Platoon

From Obese Records PR:

For Immediate Release: July 14th, 2009


Obese Records captain Pegz has announced the formation of his latest love; Gully Platoon. Working together with future star Dialectrix, and former Down Under Beats Crew member, Joe New, Gully Platoon features a trio of Australian MCs forging a brand new path and a brand new sound for hip hop in Australia.

Working closely with noted producers Plutonic Lab and Jase, Gully Platoon have prepared 13 hard hitting tracks for their debut album, The Great Divide, set for release via Obese Records August 7th.

Obese Records HQ
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+ Gully Platoon - "The Great Divide" - AUG 7th
+ Hyjak N Torcha - "Unregrettable" - OUT NOW!
+ Illy - "Long Story Short" - OUT NOW!
+ The Coalition Crew - "Known Unknowns" - OUT NOW!
+ Skryptcha - "Left to Write EP" - OUT NOW!

Guru, Solar and 7 Grand on "8.0 Lost & Found" World Tour

From Jackie O:


The #1 Hip Hop/Jazz Act On The Planet is taking their original and unique brand of hip-hop directly to fans around the world.  The legendary Guru aka Mr. GangStarr along with his partner Super-producer Solar and 7 Grand Records are pleased to announce the European leg of their 8.0 Lost & Found World Tour. Performances are planned in the following: Geneva, Switzerland (July 8 - Scene Ella Fitzgerald Festival); Feldkirch, Austria (July 9 -Pool Bar Festival); Zamardi, Hungary (July 10 - Balaton Sound Festival; London UK (July 11 - 100 Club); Southampton UK (July 12 - Orange Room); Haarlem, Netherlands (July 16 - Patranaat); Berlin, Germany (July 17 - Astra); Stockholm, Sweden (July 18 - Stockholm International Jazz Festival).
"Every concert on the tour has been sold out.  This is considerably the biggest World Tour of any independent Hip Hop act/label this year," expressed Guru.  In his most recent blog from the road, Guru states "Our killer Hip-hop/Jazz set produced by Solar has consistently proven without a doubt that we have the best hip-hop/Jazz show on the planet." The set includes GangStarr classics and more recent 7 Grand material including music from the latest release 8.0 Lost & Found in-stores now.

The concert dates kicked off in the U.S. at The Sundance Film Festival in Park City, UT then headed to Salt Lake City, Colorado, Vail, Breckenridge, Telluride, Durango, and The X Games in Aspen.  Additional shows were booked in West Hollywood, Las Vegas and Atlanta date before heading to Japan and Europe. "The cool thing was that our audience is so vastly mixed and includes many 7 Grand supporters of varied ages, generations and backgrounds," explains Guru. "We work our show so that no one is left out. Whether you're into straight ahead jazz, pop, R&B or hip-hop, there's a musical experience for everybody. This is hip-hop/jazz in its purest blend." "Guru's smooth lead vocals combine with Solar's masterful song arrangements to create a musical journey beyond comparison," one review states.  The acknowledgement clearly demonstrates the impact that Guru, Solar, Jazzmatazz and 7 Grand have globally on the Music Industry today.
"Our goal with 7 Grand is to continue to be vital catalyst in keeping Real Hip Hop alive for the future by bridging the generation gap and blending genres," expresses Solar.  "My partner, Guru is known for his groundbreaking Jazzmatazz album series where he collaborated with the likes of Chaka Khan, Herbie Hancock, Isaac Hayes, Erykah Badu, The Roots, Macy Gray and David Sanborn, so we've raised the bar for hip-hop musically and we do that on-stage as well."
Visit and for more information. Also check the site to view the most recent music videos from the 8.0 Lost & Found album all directed by Solar.

Jackie O. Asare
4Sight Media Relations, Inc.

Some J-Zone Journalism/Blogging

From J-Zone:

Happy Monday. I actually like Monday better than Friday, because I'm not reminded that I'm a bum for never having any weekend plans outside of reporting basketball games. Anyway, as I mentioned in my P.E.T.A bashing e-mail last month, I've been given a platform for my editorials, beefs, insults and other outbursts that any disgruntled and bored 30 something dude who lives with his grandmother in a two fare zone in a remote section of Queens and can't tolerate the "New NYC" would have time to think of. Here are a few of the more recent ones (there are more though), which include some random thoughts for 30 somethings, why Law & Order: Criminal Intent has made my life miserable and some fun music debate (one or two of these I may have e-mailed in the past). Feel free to leave feedback on the comments section of the "blog" (I hate that word) or bring up the fact that I haven't had a haircut in months and now sport a 1979 Todd Bridges afro.






To see them all, go to

Shout out to Dante Ross for giving me a column on his "blog", because nobody checks myspace anymore and I felt like sh*t for emailing these things to people all the time. Plus, the net is over flooded with crappy blogs, so I would've never started my own. Speaking of which, I'm way too ghetto with email to know how to do that unsubscribe link sh*t. If you don't wish to receive these occasional emails, just politely ask me to be removed and I'll gladly remove your bum a*s from my list. Good riddance, forget you then. I won't post that much when school starts back up in the fall, but check back when you're bored just to make sure I haven't gone insane.

Jay (sometimes still known J-Zone)


New Mannie Fresh Artist 'The Show' Joins OGPR

From Nancy B:

There’s No Business Like SHOW Business

How do you impress one half of the brains behind the Cash Money label and creator of its infamous signature sound.....? Well, it helps if you already have a solid buzz of your own due to twelve years of grinding and perfecting your craft and almost a hundred completed songs. That is exactly what 24-year-old New Orleans native and next-on-deck MC, The Show, brought to the table upon being introduced to Mannie Fresh by Fresh’s long-time manager, DJ Wop. Soon after, the two laid down a song down together and Fresh promptly signed The Show to his Chubby Boy Productions imprint label.

Born and raised in New Orleans East, The Show, whose real name is Donald Allen, first grabbed New Orleans’ attention in 2004 with the song, Put It Down. The young rapper went on to attack the Southern street music scene with the classic street tapes I Do This, FEMA, 80’s Baby and Victory Lap. Word of his talent quickly spread and his ability to be an all around entertainer earned him the moniker The Show and enabled him to perform across the Southern U.S. opening for staples like Lil Wayne, BG and David Banner and picking up his own fans along the way.

The Show’s sojourn into rap music started back in 1995 when the death of his father inspired him to write a rap poem, which he read to his mother. The love that poem received kept the young man writing and the rest just came naturally; as it does when you are destined to shine. Dubbed as a ‘lyrical’ artist, not something oft heard when New Orleans’ roster of emcees is discussed, The Show veered from his usual style for the making of the first single, I Does ft. Mannie Fresh, from his upcoming debut, No Business Like Show Business, at the behest of in-house Chubby Boy producer, Bass Heavy.

“I was drunk in the studio one night, recording with Bass Heavy, when he said “Show, sometimes you have to have fun and I have the perfect song for you.” The Show explains. “Sometimes (Bass Heavy went on), you can just keep it simple and still have a good record. We all know you can rap, but can you party?” “So, after about two hours of trying to write the simplest lyrics possible, I Does was born and I actually love the record. Shout out to my big Bro, Bass Heavy.”

An association with an industry heavyweight like Mannie Fresh will open a lot of doors but those looking for a heavy roster of features on No Business Like Show Business may be surprised to know that The Show plans to rely on the merit of his own rhyming skills for his debut album’s success.

“A lot of today’s new artists try to create singles with already established artists to solidify themselves. Those songs, in turn, sound like the established artist’s song instead. First time out the gate we are sticking with the in-house ‘Cash Money formula’  but I do have some artists in mind for the second album.”

Production duties will also be kept close to home on The Show’s album debut. Along with Bass Heavy, and of course Mannie Fresh, The Show already had a few albums worth of solid material when he signed with Chubby Boy.

“One of the things that Mannie admired about me is that when I became a part of the Chubby Boy/EGMG imprint I was already fully prepared. I had been working closely with three producers, Ceaux Young of Flight School/EGMG, Zella of FlightSchool and Stevie Drumma of Premier Hits. Together we already had almost a hundred songs.”

From Jazz to Zydeco, from Blues to Hip Hop, the city of New Orleans has a long and varied musical legacy for The Show to live up to and he is ready. When asked what he brings to the game that is fresh, or hasn’t been done before, he answers quickly.

“There isn’t much beyond the conscious, revolutionary, gangsta, stuntin’ or every day struggles that hip hop has to offer.” He explains. “Yet, if you twist things a certain way, you can broaden those subjects so far that you can turn it into a fifteen-year career like LL Cool J, Jay-Z or Nas. Since Hip Hop is a predominantly black art form, every rap artist has a similar story; growing up with no father, mom was a single parent so you learn from the streets, but when I put my twist to it, I create a variation of that story and make it my own.”

Indeed, there IS no business like SHOW business and this show WILL go on. Album due in stores Fall 2009!

Victory Lap Reloaded hosted by Mannie Fresh currently available on iTunes.

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Swollen Members Partners With Suburban Noize Records

Swollen Members Partners With Suburban Noize Records For Release Of New Album

For Immediate Release:

Vancouver based Swollen Members and Battle Axe Records have formed a partnership California based Suburban Noize Records for the release of the group’s upcoming new projects. The first release under the partnership will be Swollen Members heavily anticipated new studio album “Armed To The Teeth”, which is slated for release August 25th through Suburban Noize. The group also plans to release a greatest hits disc and the debut album from Battle Axe Warriors, a new project featuring Swollen Members along with newcomer Tre Nyce, later this year.

"We're very excited to announce we've signed with Suburban Noize Records for the release of our new album and upcoming projects," said Mad Child from Swollen Members in a statement. "When we decided to make calls to interested labels and shop our new material, Suburban Noize was the first and last call I had to make. After talking with them, I knew right away they were the best home for us because they were already fans of our music. We respect what the label has done for artists like La Coka Nostra and Kottonmouth Kings and we know that they will do everything that they can to push Swollen Members on a global level."

Swollen Members have been clawing their way to the top of the hip-hop totem pole since their inception. Founded by two of the game’s best MCs, Mad Child and Prevail, along with the help of DJ Rob The Viking, the group has released an impressive back catalog of classic albums and collaborated with some of hip-hop’s biggest names, including Chali 2na (Jurassic 5), Dilated Peoples and Everlast. Meanwhile the group has rocked stages from Los Angeles to Japan performing hundreds of shows a year in front of massive audiences with underground legends like Tech N9ne to mainstream chart toppers like Nelly Furtado and Black Eyed Peas.

With the release of their new studio effort "Armed To The Teeth" and the upcoming Battle Axe Warriors album, Swollen Members are ready to let the industry and fans know they are no longer the world’s best kept secret, but some of the most lethal MCs in the game. Swollen Members is currently streaming new tracks online at .

Swollen Members will embark on a summer tour alongside labelmates Kottonmouth Kings and Big B starting July 29th in San Francisco, CA.

Jul 29 - San Francisco, CA @ Grand Ballroom
Jul 30 - Reno, NV @ New Oasis
Jul 31 - Medford, OR @ Medford Armory
Aug 01 - Bend, OR @ Midtown Ballroom
Aug 02 - Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
Aug 03 - Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
Aug 04 - Missoula, MT @ Wilma Theater
Aug 05 - Fargo, ND @ Playmakers
Aug 09 - Flint, MI @ Machine Shop
Aug 10 - Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
Aug 11 - Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
Aug 13 - Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theatre
Aug 14 - Denver, CO @ Gothic Theatre
Aug 15 - Magna, UT @ The Great Salt Air 

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