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Devo Spice Update - 10/11/2010

From Devo Spice:

Devo Spice Update - 10/11/2010

Hey everyone,

Music is happening this weekend in Ohio.  You should be there.

--== Con On The Cob’s Comedy Music Extravagasm! ==--
The venerable and rapidly decreasing in weight Shoebox of Worm Quartet has been hard at work producing the music track for Ohio’s annual celebration of games, art, freaks, and fun.  Con On The Cob is one of the most unique conventions I’ve ever attended and it’s always a lot of fun.  This year they’re planning an Iron Chef like event for artists.  And then there are the freaks.  That would be us- the people who for some reason try to make you laugh in song form.

Con On The Cob’s Comedy Music Extravagasm runs all weekend and features 16 funny type people and a couple panels thrown in for good measure.  Here’s the full run down:

8:00pm: Max DeGroot
8:30pm: Power Salad
9:00pm: Rob Balder
9:30pm: Positive Attitude
10:00pm: Worm Quartet

12:00pm: Podcasting Panel
1:00pm: Dementia Radio 10th Anniversary Panel
2:00pm: Main Stage Concert (2 hours featuring damn near everybody)
4:00pm: Soggy Potato Chips
4:30pm: Carrie Dahlby
5:00pm: ShiSho
7:00pm: 19 Action News
7:30pm: Witherwings
8:00pm: Norm Sherman (the guest of honor, from Drabblecast)
9:00pm: Nuclear Bubble Wrap
9:30pm: the great Luke Ski
10:00pm: Devo Spice (Hey, that’s me!)

11:30am: Derwood Bowen
12:00pm: Cirque du So What
12:30pm: Dementia All-Star Request Hour

I’ll be doing 2 songs during the main stage concert and then the half hour show at 10.

--== The Insider, Now With RSS ==--
Episode 14 of The Insider is now posted, and if you’re one of those podcast listening people you can now subscribe to my brand new RSS feed and get the episodes automatically!

For those who aren’t technically inclined the concept is simple.  Open iTunes, under the Advanced menu select Subscribe To Podcast and paste this URL into the field:

Now whenever you launch iTunes it will check to see if a new episode is posted and will download it automatically.  You can watch the video right there in iTunes where it will enlarge it to full screen view so you can see every nose hair creeping out of my face.

Spice Rack subscribers, who pay me money each month and get (among other things) a LONGER episode of The Insider with additional and exclusive content, should use this URL:

There.   Now there’s no excuse not to watch.  Unless you don’t like seeing my nose hairs.

--== Marco And The Red Granny Episode 2 ==--
Marco And The Red Granny Episode 2 is now live.  Hub Magazine was having some technical difficulties so it took a while to post but it’s ready now for all your listening pleasure.  You can listen to the MP3 or just read the text of the story at the official web site here:

Marco And The Red Granny is a science fiction story written by Mur Lafferty.  I am narrating the audio version for her.  If you enjoy the story please consider donating to her.  Mur is a very hard working woman who needs more purple hair dye.

That’s it for now folks.  Don’t forget to listen to The Funny Music Podicast for all your inside the FuMP and behind the scenes talk on the songs posted at  And be sure to keep an eye on The FuMP.  I should have a new song posting shortly.


Video: DJ J-Ronin Interviews Cortez on New Mixtape

From J-Ronin:

Video: DJ J-Ronin Interviews Cortez on New Mixtape

PR: Award Winning Rapper Smokes Releases "The Bidding War" Mixtape

From Yo! PR:

Award Winning Rapper Smokes Releases "The Bidding War" Mixtape

DOWNLOAD: Smokes - The Bidding War [MIXTAPE] .

Midwest's hottest up-n-coming rapper Smokes aka Mr. Asian Pride unveils his blockbuster mixtape "The Bidding War", hostet by DJ Johnson.

"The Bidding War" features exclusive tracks with Oscar-winning Hip-Hop duo Three 6 Mafia, Philly's own Tone Trump, West Coast's new rap star Nipsey Hussle, and veteran Midwest rapper Coo Coo Cal.

Production credits include Grammy Award-winning beatmaker Vudu Spellz (Ludacris, Montell Jordan), DJ Pain 1 (Young Jeezy, Yo Gotti, Bun B), !llmind (50 Cent, Eminem, Lloyd Banks), Sean Divine (Jadakiss, Sonny Rich), and others.

Download "The Bidding War" now and hear what the buzz is all about!


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A Little Taste of Deathrow Tull

If you’re longtime readers of this site you already know who brokeMC and Dyalekt are (picture L to R w/ singer Ihsan in-between). They’ve been featured here individually, and as members of the MINDSpray crew. Recently, they decided to team up for a project they’re calling Deathrow Tull. A funky hip-hop ride that manages to be both fun and timely, Deathrow Tull is already becoming well known throughout Brooklyn for their live performances, one of which even included an MTA piñata to help them express how they felt about the potential fare hikes. This week I took a swing at finding out more about Deathrow Tull, including how it will affect brokeMC and Dyalekt’s solo careers, the intricacies of working with a live band, and what they can’t stand about each other.

Read the full interview at:

MP3: Bobby Capri & Chief Grimes - "Everything I Do"

From Mic Fiend Promotions:

MP3: Bobby Capri & Chief Grimes - "Everything I Do"

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This is the lead track from the collaborative mixtape from Bobby Capri and Chief Grimes, About To B.U.R.N, which is being released on October 10th. These 2 Virginia rappers have been grinding in the VA underground scene for awhile now. Definitely check out this track from them.

MP3: CRS (Kanye, Lupe & Pharrell) - "Don't Stop"

From Mic Fiend Promotions:

MP3: CRS (Kanye, Lupe & Pharrell) - "Don't Stop"

When I heard that there was going to be another track with CRS (Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco, and Pharrell), I instantly got excited. Lets hope they are still working on an album together.


CRS - Don't Stop


Keith Murray & BURNTmd Embark on Most Beautifullest MC Tour

From BURNTmd:

Keith Murray & BURNTmd Embark on The Most Beautifullest MC Tour

Keith Murray is regarded as a hip hop staple.  One of the first artists to be released with The Notorious B.I.G. aka BIGGIE SMALLS, Keith Murray' rap career began as a member of the rap trio Def Squad, which included rapper Redman and Erick Sermon. Widely considered to be one of the greatest MCs of all time, Murray shot to national stardom with his first album The Most Beautifullest Thing in This World, released in 1994 on Jive Records.  Working with everyone from Ludacris to LL Cool J, R.Kelly to Reggie Noble, Murray, who has recorded 6 albums not including the Def Squad album, and Keith is currently working on a mixtape and his 8th LP due out some time next year is traveling the nation to excite fans before his new release before he heads out for a european tour! Keith also recently appeared on Method Man & Redman's brand new album titled, Blackout 2.

Keith's performance is laden with many famous songs such as:

> FATTY GIRL, which was a single and video with LL COOL J and LUDACRIS
> HOME ALONE, which was a single and video with R.KELLY
> SPECIAL DELIVERY, which was a single and video with PUFF DADDY GHOSTFACE
> HOSTILE which was a single and video with ERICK SERMON
> I SHOT YA, which was a single and video with LL COOL J, FAT JOE, FOXXY BROWN
> GET LIFTED, which was a single and video
> ORIGINAL RULES off of his album enigma
> THE RHYME which was a single and video
> FULL COOPERATION,which was a single and video with REDMAN and ERICK SERMON
> YEAH YEAH YOU KNOW IT,which was a single with REDMAN and ERICK SERMON
> NOBODY DO IT BETTER,which is a single and video with TYRESE GIBSON
> MOST BEAUTIFULLEST,single and video
> RAPPERS DELIGHT with REDMAN and ERICK SERMON which is a single and video

BURNTmd is originally from Brooklyn, NY and now resides in Burlington, VT where he has been labeled by the media as "one of the hardest working men in local music period!"  BURNTmd has recently been featured on HipHopGame, 2dopeboyz, hiphopdx, BashBros, and other prominent hip hop websites as well as sharing the performance bill with everyone from LIL KIM, Brother Ali, Devin The Dude, GZA of Wu Tang Clan, M.O.P., Immortal Technique, Murs, Souls of Mischief and more!  BURNTmd is also set to release music, or has, with artists such as SNOOP DOGG, THE GAME, DJ GREEN LANTERN, ILLMIND, CL SMOOTH, KEITH MURRAY, TASH of Tha Alkaholiks, and more!  His music is featured on Sirius Satellite Radio as well as many other stations around the world.

The schedule is currently

Oct 16th Pittsburg
Oct 19th Va Beach
Oct 20th Roanoke, VA
Oct 30th Minneapolis, MN
Nov 5 Los Angeles, CA
Nov 6 Las Vegas, NV
Nov 12 Pueblo, Colorado
Nov 13 Seattle, Wa

and more TBA!

Enjoy yourselves

GTD Entertainment is the company
Growth Till Death is the movement

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Video: Skillz, Questlove & J.Period Square Off

From J. Period:

Video: Skillz, Questlove & J.Period Square Off in Hip-Hop 'Beef'

What started as a simple bet turned into “beef” last week - and comedy this week - with the release of Skillz’ “The Last Laugh (J.Period Didn’t Do It! Remix),” the hilarious account of an unpaid $10,000 bet between Roots’ drummer Questlove and ghostwriter extraordinaire, Skillz.  Released on September 28 on Skillz, J.Period & Jazzy Jeff’s new Infamous Quotes mixtape, “The Last Laugh (J.Period Didn’t Do It! Remix)” hit blogs Tuesday, prompting a series of sharp responses and subsequent rumors – via twitter, text and blog – causing some to wonder if the escalating “beef” was real.  Blasting headlines like “Skillz Declares Rap War on Roots’ Drummer Questlove,” “Questlove Sues Skillz for Slander Over New Diss Record,” J.Period fanned the flames via Twitter, provoking a sparring session between Skillz & Questlove throughout the day on Thursday, October 7.  By day’s end, it was even announced that the conflict – like most hip hop squabbles – would require immediate intervention by hip hop’s master mediator, the Nation of Islam’s Minister Louis Farrakhan - read the headlines at: - but to no avail. Earlier today, J.Period put the rumors to rest, announcing that he would finally squash the “beef” and present Questlove with a peace offering as a sign of good faith: an olive branch that he hand-delivered to Questo on the set of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.  Pure comedy.  Makes us miss the days when hip hop was still fun!

"The Laugh Laugh": The Aftermath.

Download the track that started the “beef,” “The Last Laugh (J.Period Didn’t Do It! Remix)” here: .
For details on the squabble, and to download Skillz, Jazzy Jeff & J.Period’s Infamous Quotes Mixtape in its entirety, visit: .


Video: 40 Cal f/ JR Writer, Ransom - "Beef at Ya Mother House"

From Masar Management:

Video: 40 Cal f/ JR Writer, Ransom - "Beef at Ya Mother House"

PR: 9th Wonder, ?uestlove & More - "Freedom Suite"

From Giant Step Press:

9th Wonder, ?uestlove & More - "Freedom Suite"

Freedom Suite
Jazz vocalist and multi Grammy nominee Nnenna Freelon joins hip-hop quartet The Beast to release Freedom Suite: a 10-track collection of creative reflections on jazz and hip-hop. Freedom Suite will be available for FREE download, digitally released on Okayplayer's new jazz channel, The Revivalist, on October 26, 2010.

With guest appearances from 9th Wonder, Branford Marsalis, Phonte (of The Foreign Exchange/Little Brother), YahZarah, Geechi Suede (of Camp Lo) and several others, Freedom Suite follows in the tradition of other collaborative jazz and hip-hop projects like the late Guru's Jazzmatazz. The album features six original songs written and produced by The Beast, which are infused with both a live jazz aesthetic (drums, bass, piano, percussion, strings and horns were all recorded live) and an electronic/sample-based hip-hop aesthetic. Freedom Suite also includes five contemporary interpretations of "standards" from the jazz and hip-hop cannon, including arrangements of Mos Def's "Umi Says," Johnny Mercer & Hoagy Charmichael's "Skylark" and Lauryn Hill's "Doo Wop."

Interludes + Conversations on the Album
In addition to progressive production and songwriting, Freedom Suite also weaves an intellectual discourse into the album. Between songs, Beast emcee Pierce Freelon engages musicians and scholars such as Questlove, Herbie Hancock, Amiri Baraka, Christian McBridge, James Moody and others in one-on-one discussions about music, culture and life.

The Revivalist
Freedom Suite will be released in conjunction with the launch of Okayplayer's new jazz culture blog, The Revivalist, on October 26, 2010. The Revivalist is the leading online journal for the burgeoning jazz community. They are music innovators, musicians, and music lovers documenting and foretelling the stories of jazz and how it has influenced today's popular music.

Tracklist of Songs (Not Including Interviews)

- "Freedom Part II"
The Beast, ft. Suede & Nnenna Freelon
produced by The Applejuice Kid

- "Let Go"
The Beast ft. Tyler Woods

- "Get Out of Town"
Nnenna Freelon ft. Phonte
produced by Ambersongs

- "Rise Above The Sky (Doo Wop redux)"
The Beast ft. Rhapsody & Yahzarah

- "No Escape"
The Beast ft. Carlitta Durand & Darien Brockington

- "If We Love"
Nnenna Freelon ft. King Mez & Thee Tom Hardy

- "Once Again"
The Beast ft. Kooley High

- "Strange Love"
The Beast ft. Shirlette Ammons

- "Skylark"
Nnenna Freelon
produced by Kevin Timmons

- "Umi Says"
The Beast ft. Nnenna Freelon

Expect a wealth of new material from The Beast & Nnenna, including new interviews, behind-the-scenes videos, in-studio sessions, B-sides, freestyles, live events, and more coming soon, with possibilities of exclusive premieres (please contact us if you're interested).

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