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X-Plane - The Emcee New Yorkers Love To See On The Subway


A couple months ago X-Plane sent me a video for his song “Witout Spinach Popeye Get Black Eyes.” I dug both the concept of the song and X-Plane’s flow. A few weeks later he sent me another video and I noticed an interesting common thread - they were both shot in what looked to be an unfinished house. He had a couple more videos that were also done in the same location and as the clips started piling up, so did my interest in X-Plane’s work. This week I caught up with X-Plane to find out more about his music, his secret video shooting location, and why if you need a MetroCard he’s the emcee you want to see (could a collab with Miz Metro be in his future?).

Read the full story at:  http://adambernard.blogspot.com/2009/11/artist-of-week-x-plane.html

J. NOIZE and 3rd Annual Feed The Teen Event


J Noize is going to be participating with Chicago charity KIDS OFF THE BLOCK this Thanksgiving feeding neglected teenagers in the city for the holiday event called Feed The Teen http://www.kobfeedateen.org/.  KIDS OFF THE BLOCK earlier this year was featured on a CNN Anderson Cooper 360 about the Chicago teen shootings and the organization has gained national coverage http://www.cnn.com/2009/CRIME/05/08/chicago.children.slain/index.html  

J Noize is also calibrating with producer Mile Franklin and other local Chicago artists for a completion CD called Stop The Violence due out in Winter 2010.  This CD is for local Chicago artists to help voice the message about the teen killings happening and helping to push a positive message to the young community.

Free Music Friday: Always Open Edition


Don't front, y'know we got'cha open. This ain't Black Moon though, it's the twenny-somethin edition of FMF, Free Music Friday! We got some hottest joints to keep your disk drive warm for the cold fall (Well, it's surprisngly warm where I'm at, in northwest PA). Check these out!

Billy Ray :: DJ Maseo Presents Hip Hop Aka Bill Ray


DJ Maseo Presents Hip Hop Aka Bill Ray

[Yes, it's presented by DJ Maseo, as in Maseo a/k/a Plug 3 from the legendary rap group De La Soul. Don't let thet be the ONLY reason you check out this dude name Bill Ray. Ain't no telling how Ray earned Maseo's co-sign, but when you hear this mixtape you'll easily hear why the co-sign was earned: hard-hitting rhymes and well-balanced flows that's keep any hip-hop head head bobbin' while checkin out his lyrical delivery. If you don't believe, check it out for yourself!]


Tracklisting:
1. Ovaspeaker Intro
2. Skit #1
3. Switch Up/skit #2
4. Goin' In
5. I'm Not Dem
6. What Do I Do?
7. You Can Get It/skit #3 Feat. Al-b Back And M-1 From Dead Prez
8. Das Billy
9. Dollar Circulate
10. Lean
11. Boom/skit #4
12. Uptown/skit #5
13. Puttin' Rush/skit #6
14. I Wish
15. Back For The Late Night/skit #7 1/2
16. Nothin' Feat. G-dep
17. U Pussy Feat. Bumpy Knuckles/skit #8
18. Billy's Ark/skit #9
19. Men Fist Soul/skit #10
20. Breathe In Breathe Out
21. Big Beat
22. Voices In My Head
23. Scooby Doo/skit #11
24. The Dream
25. Cut The Check/skit #!2(THE End)

Link:
http://tinyurl.com/HipHopAKABillRay


DJ K.O. :: Living Out A State of Mind Vol. 1



[Simply put, dude K.O.'s on the 1s' and 2s'. Maybe that's why he's appropriately named DJ K.O. Here's a free EP that he released recently as it features some of the most underrated emcees you'll hear for free. Check it!]

Tracklisting:
1. Living Out A State of Mind Pt. 1 (ft. Silent Knight)
2. D A M A G E (ft. East & Silent Knight)
3. Time With You (ft. East)
4. Ain't Friends (ft. East, MadKem & Silent Knight) 
5. Stone Cold Lover (ft. M. Josephine)
6. 80's Babies (ft. East & Silent Knight)  

Link:



Cause :: I Am Us


[Here's a free EP from a newcomer name Cause. If you want hip-hop that doesn't lack substance and requires your heart more than your bank account, this one is for you. Cause does this for us 'cause he is us.]

Tracklisting:
1. Save The Game
2. Birth Of A Rebel
3. In A Daze
4. Keep It Real (ft. Jon Hope)
5. On My Mind (ft. Mike Payne )
6. Chasing After Money
7. Just Another Day
8. Life Ain’t A Playground
9. I Am Us
10. In A Daze (Clean) 
 
Link:
http://tinyurl.com/yamcels


Green + Husky :: Restart

Restart Cover Art

[I'm going to be a lil' bold here and say that the duo of Green & Husky is the 2009 GangStarr. Well, I'm not going to say that it's because the deep and monotone-style vocals of Green reminds me of Guru and producer Husky brings the boom-bap that's as fat as DJ Premier. ...Well, I lied. That is the reason I call them the '09 GangStarr and note that I'm saying it in the good way! Step into their arena and check out one of the best boom-bap hip-hop you can get for free.]

Tracklisting:
1. Restart
2. The Upset
3. Growing Into The Sunlight
4. Rockin With The Best
5. Freezer Burn
6. Razzle Dazzle
7. Crashing Into Space
8. Come Through
9. Number 9
10. Sometimes Never
11.  Sculpter Of The Rhyme
12. How Charming
13. Golden
14. Wicked Wise
15. Canteen (feat. Junclassic)
16. Come On
17.  Red Black And Green
18. It's Been Great

Link:
http://tinyurl.com/GreenHusky

Roccett & DJ Drama :: Free Agent


[West Coast's own Roccett feels like Shaq did when we was free from the Suns...and Heat... and Lakers... and Magic. The point is that Roccett is taking the rocket ride to the top as he may sign to a major label deal this year, but it's unknown which one currently. For those who wants to be introduced to the West Coast breeze set to hit your airwaves, this DJ Drama-assisted mixtape is a good start.]

Tracklisting:
1. DJ Drama Free Agent Intro
2. City I Know (f/ Primo)
3. How We Roll (f/ Dae One)
4. I Do That (ft. Bobby V.)
5. Stacks
6. Monster Skit
7. Fucc Wit U Pt. 2
8. You Aint Heard
9. I Dont Think So (f/ Primo)
10. DJ Drama Speaks
11. My Real Niggaz
12. Me
13. All A Woman Needs
14. Stash In Da Hooptie
15. Bang That
16. DJ Drama Outro


Link:
http://tinyurl.com/TheFreeAgent

That's it for the "Always Open Edition" of "Free Music Fridays." Man, it was a good Friday, all of these are HEATZ! If you have any free music you would like to share with the world, please e-mail me at erik@rapreviews.com. 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 erik@rapreviews.com, as well. Thanks for reading and enjoy y'all! Two fangas, one love....


Video: O.C. & A.G. - "Keep It Going"


O.C. & A.G. “Keep It Going” Live Footage From New Album Oasis

 

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Release Date:

November 24th, 2009

 

For More Information:

Dennis@nature-sounds.net / 718-360-4866

 

Online contact:

The Orchard / Tonia Samman

Tonia.samman@theorchard.com

 

New York MCs and members of the D.I.T.C. crew, O.C. & A.G., already announced last week that their debut album Oasis is hitting stores on November 24th, and now they’re releasing live footage from the album’s release party at Brooklyn’s Southpaw last month.  The duo just posted a live performance of the new track “Keep It Going” on the Nature Sounds YouTube channel, which you can check at the link below.

 

Watch a live performance of “Keep It Going” from O.C. & A.G.’s Oasis [Nature Sounds]: 

 

Tracklist w/ producers:

01. Oasis – Produced by Statik Selektah

02. Keep It Going - Produced by E Blaze

03. Give It Back - Produced by  Lord Finesse

04. Alpha Males - Produced by Lord Finesse

05. Young With Style - Produced by Show and KC

06. Every Day Life - Produced by E Blaze

07. Think About It - Produced by E Blaze

08. Against The Wall - Produced by E Blaze

09. Put It In The Box - Produced by E Blaze

10. Boom Bap - Produced by Show

11. Reality Is - Produced by E Blaze

12. Contagious - Produced by E Blaze

13. Supreme Squad - Produced by Show

14. God's Gift - Produced by E Blaze

15. Get Away - Produced by Lord Finesse

16. 2 For The Money – Produced by Show

17. Pain – Produced by E Blaze

 

 

Blinding You With ScienZe


ScienZe is an emcee hailing from Brooklyn, NY, who was highly recommended to me by former Artist Of The Week Top $ Raz. When I started doing my research on ScienZe the first thing I came across was his video for “Her Favorite Song.” The ode to his significant other really struck me as something unique as we don’t usually hear a lot of emcees expressing the emotion of love except when in reference to emceeing, or, in the case of many mainstream rappers, material things. Wanting to know more about ScienZe, I caught up with him this week to discuss his music, as well as the finer points of his Commercial FREE Movement, and why he feels there’s such a lack of love in hip-hop.

Read the full interview at:  http://adambernard.blogspot.com/2009/11/artist-of-week-scienze.html

Gucci Mane Sentenced to A Year in Prison


Gucci Mane was sentenced to 12 months in prison on Thursday (November 12) for probation violation and taken away to prison in handcuffs, according to a rep from his label.

The sentence is a blow to Gucci's career. The ATL rapper has an album coming out — The State vs. Radrick Davis — on December 8 and is arguably at the height of his career; in terms of his sentence, he may be out of prison in six months. Last September, Gucci went to jail and served until March; he was sentenced to a year in prison for failing to fulfill his court-ordered 600 hours of community service, which had been mandated in 2005. Further information was not available at press time.

"It was a challenge for me," he told MTV News in March about going to jail in 2008. "I'm just happy my team kept my music going strong for me. And I'm happy I recorded so many records so people could hear me."

Upon his release Gucci went straight to the studio and recorded five songs. "Then I had a party later that night to get ready for, so that took up most of my day right there," he added, describing his first day as a free man.

This year, Gucci definitely was breaking through from the streets to the mainstream, guest appearing on tracks for the Black Eyed Peas, Mario, Omarion, Mariah Carey and even a 50 Cent song. Gucci's current single is called "Spotlight" and features Usher. This follows on the heels of "Wasted," featuring Plies.

Source: MTV News

Chamillionaire Premieres "Good Morning" Video


From Nancy Byron: 

Houston, TX - To celebrate the Rhythmic/Top 40 success of lead single, "Good Morning", from his upcoming third major album, Venom, Chamillionaire debuted the Don Tyler-directed video live, directly to his fans, via his website, Chamillionaire.com, after a brief introduction by him. A total of 52,968 unique viewers, between Facebook and uStream, joined Cham online for the debut, giving their feedback both on the video and at being able to address the rap superstar directly, via Twitter.


Chamillionaire’s signature balance of delivering quality music and supreme lyricism is showcased on “Good Morning.”  Borrowing its groove from Tom Petty’s “Free Falling,” this inspiring, feel-good cut is already a chart-topping iTunes single and a breakout radio hit.  “I thought it would go to radio, people would know it and they’d put it in rotation,” Cham reveals.  “They actually did.  It has a good vibe and when you put it on, it makes you feel a little more upbeat.  It makes you want to get out of bed and go get some money.”


Chamillionaire went with his gut while creating Venom, due in stores February 2, 2010 on Chamillitary/Universal Republic.  As expected, the album features his signature story raps, several sure-fire singles and a host of other songs that allow listeners to understand why Chamillionaire sees Venom as an acronym for Visually Entertaining Negatives Of Money.  

 

 

In addition to his duties as a highly-sought after MC, you can also find the ever evolving and tech-savvy Chamillionaire continuing to blaze trails; giving lectures at Stanford University on topics like, “Innovation in the Changing Music Industry”, or creating crafty collaborations in sessions with popular rock acts such as Weezer.

 


 

For the complete, updated story on Chamillionaire, download his full bio here - http://www.sendspace.com/file/j0zhve

The URL to watch the official "Good Morning" video is - http://www.youtube.com/user/chamillionairetv#p/a/u/0/rE9BuK-3PAc

 

For further information and media opportunities, kindly contact Nancy Byron, OGPR (832) 220.6071 or nancyb@ogpr.net.

Project 2050 Announces Music Design Lab (Bobbito)



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PROJECT 2050 LAUNCHES MUSIC DESIGN LAB
Curated by World Renowned Author and Mixologist Bobbito Garcia

(NEW YORK, November 11, 2009)
– New York City based Ideas and Solutions shop Project 2050 announces formation of 2050 MUSIC DESIGN. The announcement was made today to key industry leaders by Bobbito Garcia, Project 2050’s Chief Creative.
 
2050 Music Design will provide musical direction and curating
for brands, retail environments, hospitality, video game developers, television, movies and theatrical houses.  Songs are a powerful way to stake territory, articulate aspirations, and draw upon collective memories. Culling from his vast encyclopedic knowledge of music of all genres, from jazz, hip-hop, rock, and world, Bobbito Garcia and his team will create soundscapes that are both unexpected and inspirational. “Since our inception, Project 2050’s mission to help define and drive cultural movements continues to be a catalyst for creativity.  Music Design is a natural extension of that creativity”, states Phil Colon founder of Project 2050
 
“Music shapes and moves popular culture like no other medium,” says Bobbito Garcia a.k.a. DJ Kool Bob Love. Whether in the form of movie scores, memorable TV commercials, or rare grooves in a retail shop, the soundscape is in many ways an emotional driving force. I’m amped (pun intended) to lead 2050 Music Design and impact the world we live in by doing so!”
 
“Bobbito Garcia introduced me [via his Vibe Magazine “Sound check” column] to many songs I had never heard before! I love that young people like him search for music that touches the bottom of your soul.”—Quincy Jones

"Whatever Bobbito is into, I want to be a part of!  Bobbito Garcia is a force in music both internationally and domestically.  As a world renowned DJ with a wide following he understands how to move people emotionally.  I have worked with Phil Colon for many years and he is always been in front of everybody in culture.  When he says there's something you need to see or hear, then you have to follow his lead -- that's Phil, he is a culture vulture! — Herb Scannell, former Vice Chairman/MTV Networks

"Bobbito is an absolute mastermind in terms of using the power of music to help create movement in people. Music is very influential in helping to ignite consumer behavior, so when used effectively it can be a very persuasive and powerful tool. P2050 will do very well in the category!!" - Greg Cunningham, TARGET
 
“Bobbito Garcia is a legendary DJ who has not only mixed music, but also cultures.”— Soledad O’Brien, CNN

 
For more information:

Serena Kim
serena@p2050.com  
213-300-0390

Margarita Sullivan/GM
margarita@2050music.com
646-290-8700 ext 250

www.2050MUSIC.COM
Goodie Mob Live in Tampa, Florida


Goodie Mob reunites in Tampa, FL at Wild 94.1's "Last Damn Show 11" this past weekend, here's some of the exclusive footage...

Link:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XAu8MXYl_bI



For more videos:
http://www.southernsmoke.tv
Is G-Unit Making Room For Sigel?


50 CENT LETS MOBB DEEP LOOSE: 

As the G-Unit founder gears up to possibly add Beanie Sigel to his fledgling  roster it's being reported Mobb Deep Is no longer with the label. 50 Cent says that he decided to let Mobb Deep go so the duo could pursue their individual financial opportunities considering Prodigy's three year prison sentence and confirmed that both Young Buck and Game are still signed to the Unit "Buck is still signed to G-Unit Records, hopefully he can come up with a record. If he can come up with a song, we can get my money back, you know what I'm saying? I hope he can come up with something right quick. I'm looking forward to that check at least. They gotta pay me not to put the [G-Unit] logo on it."

http://www.udubnews.com/article.php?id=2705

BEANIE ON THE UNIT?

Speaking of Beanie Sigel, the Philadelphia tough and 50 Cent have big plans in store for this Friday the 13th when they release their first collaboration "I Go Off." Confirmation of Beanie on G-Unit? Jay-Z diss? Tune in this Friday to find out!

http://www.udubnews.com/article.php?id=2704


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