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Subways and Sidewalks - RR's Newest Podcast From Jeep Ward!

The podcast schedule is picking up on RapReviews as The Adam B Experience will alternate every two weeks with a brand new show - Subways & Sidewalks from Jeep Ward a/k/a DJ Halo! On his first show for RR his in studio guest is a hip-hop artist known simply as Plus. Thanks for listening and remember to share the show with a friend and tell them to check out all the shows on!

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Playlist courtesy of Jeep Ward:

* Plus – Fully Loaded
* DJ Ayer ft. GLC – Got Me Gone Udachi Remix
* MURS & 9th Wonder – The Problem Is
* Various Artists – Crowd Control Anthem
* Diamond District – The PJs Remix
* Bisco Smith - Morning Breath
* Folk & Stress ft. GZA – New York Ginseng
* Plus – Risky Business
* Iron Lyon ft. Sean Price & Monsta X – On Mission
* Caspa – Marmite
* Donnis – Gone DJ Craze Dookie Mix
* Roll Deep – Good Time
* Plus – Preacher Skit
* Plus – Born Again

Hip-Hop Shop #78 - But Not at 78 RPM!

Every Sunday at 9:30 PM EST we air a live new edition of Hip-Hop Shop on BlogTalkRadio like the one you're about to hear - Episode #78 - But Not at 78 RPM! The new ish just keeps on coming this week from old school favorites like Greg Nice to cutting edge ones like Random, with some Arsun F!st and Raekwon all up in the mix too. Send all feedback on the show to Thanks for listening and remember to share the show with a friend and tell them to check out the replay every Tuesday on!

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Tracks featured this week:

* Arsun F!st - Hello I'm Arsun
* Moe Green - Non-Title Match
* Ill Bill, Skam2 & Raekwon - Thousands to M's
* Greg Nice - This That Shit
* Random - Splash Woman (Arranged Mix)
* Apollo Brown f/ Big Pooh, Black Milk - Hungry
* Klashnekoff - Klash Anthem

Video: The Jealous Guys - "The Ballad"

From Ayinde of The Jealous Guys

RJD2 Offers Deluxe Pre-Order Packages of "Inversions Of The Colossus"

From Tonia Samman at The Orchard:

RJD2 Offers Deluxe Pre-Order Packages of Inversions Of The Colossus

Release Date:

June 22nd, 2010


Following on the success of The Colossus, producer/DJ/instrumentalist extraordinaire RJD2 returns with Inversions of the Colossus, a companion piece of its own unique nature.  The “instrumental” album is a time-honored tradition in hip-hop that RJD2 has taken advantage of whenever possible (without an instrumental version of “Magnificent City”, there would be no MAD MEN theme!)  However, in classic RJ fashion, he decided to create Inversions with a new twist on the idea: in essence, all 7 of the vocal songs on The Colossus appear here sans vocals.  The remainder of the album is made up of 7 brand new songs, so it’s 14 tracks in all!  Ranging from banging dancefloor funk to extreme psychedelia, it follows a similar “no format” approach as The Colossus did.  Whatever you want to call it, it’s definitely yet another solid collection of classic RJD2.


Like he did for The Colossus, RJD2 launched a new web store today which includes pre-orders of several different exclusive packages of The Colossus.  Fans can now head over to RJ’s website to purchase one of five bundles, all of which include an immediate download of the track “The Perfect Occasion.”  The cheapest offering is a $9.99 digital album which comes in DRM-free 320kbps or FLAC format, with the next tier being a CD/digi package for $15.99, then a double vinyl LP and digital album for $19.99, and for $69.99 the Deluxe Package will get you CD/vinyl/digital along with an exclusive Colossus hoodie.  (The hoodie can be added to any of the packages for an additional $30.00.)  There’s even a Super Mondo Deluxe Limited Edition package which includes the Inversions Deluxe Package, The Colossus Deluxe package, the 2002-2010 vinyl box set and a whole lot more.  That one will set you back about $186.98 though, so proceed with caution.  Check out the official RJD2 store for complete details on all of the packages.


Go to RJD2’s web store to purchase an Exclusive Pre-Order package of Inversions Of The Colossus [RJ’s Electrical Connections] and get a free download of “The Perfect Occasion”:


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NEOSONIC Blog - Yes... I'm Still Alive!

From K-Murdock:

NEOSONIC Blog - Yes... I'm Still Alive!

Peace party people! I know i been M.I.A. the last couple weeks, ironically during the release of my latest project Forever Famicom, but to answer the #1 question i been getting aside from "Where the F@$% are my CDs K-Murdock?!?", i am indeed alive... and actually at the tail end of relocating my studio and, subsequently, the base operations for Neosonic Productions.  I'll post up pics of  the new layout for "Studio Champloo" right after i get back from rockin' LA with the homie Random next week during the E3 Expo!   Details on where to see/hear Forever Famicom LIVE can be found over @ Random's site.

Above, i jokingly alluded to the fact that i have been SUPER LATE on fulfilling your merch orders, BUT its only because i been in transition. Please rest assured that i'll be putting my newly purchased electronic scale and printer to use this weekend, and i will literally need a dump truck to mail out all these CDs & Tees you all have ordered the last few weeks... btw- THANK YOU ALL FOR THE BUSINESS... makes an indie artist like me proud to call you all fans ;)  ALSO, for my Kickstarter backers, i got an update on the 12 Step Program campaign coming Monday... just bare with me and thank you all for not cursing me out... too bad.

I'll be blogging/streaming along with Ran from E3 next week, and things will be slowly getting back to normal for me post-Father's Day, which means i can get back to doing what i love most- making new music!

Thanx again for ALL your patience & support...

Posted By K-Murdock to NEOSONIC Blog


Video: In The Lab With Slum Village

From Chris Herche:

Villa Manifest LP due in stores 7-27-10

Audio: Apollo Brown - "Real Detroit" Feat. The Left and Marv Won

The Song:

Having just recently released his debut album, The Reset, on Mello Music Group, Apollo Brown delivers the new single, "Real Detroit" featuring The Left and Marv Won. The Left, which is Apollo's own hip-hop collective is composed of himself and fellow Detroit hometown emcee Journalist 103. With plans to release their own album, Gas Mask, later on this year, the duo set out with the purpose of creating a handful of songs dedicated to and inspired by their hometown. "When we were making the Gas Mask album, we wanted to have a couple songs just for Detroit and about Detroit," says Apollo. With that premise, "Real Detroit" speaks on the city as a hardened place to grow up, but also being a breeding ground responsible for producing some of the finest hip-hop around. From its violence-laden streets to the hustlers that run and rule those streets, Journalist 103 and Marv Won carry the listener from the safety of their home to the dangerous streets of Detroit. Accompanied with a haunting melody, it stays true that talent does spring from Detroit as Apollo Brown's beats completes the picture of "Real Detroit".

Apollo Brown's The Reset is now available via Mello Music Group.

Check out "Real Detroit" feat. The Left and Marv Won here:

iTunes: "Real Detroit" feat. The Left:

iTunes: The Reset:

The Background:

Born into a bi-racial family in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Apollo Brown's early influences skewed more toward the music of Journey and The Carpenters than the urban genres his peers often cite as inspiration. This is not to say that once hip-hop came into play, Apollo wasn’t all in. Just as easily as he can praise the virtues of yacht rock, the 29-year-old beatsmith can name personal heroes - Gang Starr, Wu-Tang, Mobb Deep, M.O.P., Nas, and Black Moon - from the early 90s period in which, for him, beats and rhymes became life. Apollo began making his own music in 1996 using Voyetra audio software, then upgraded to Cool Edit 2000 in becoming a self-described bedroom beat-maker for roughly the next eight years. It was the mid-2000s, and the upstart producer saw no future for his work - work he had dedicated his life to - in an industry where radio was setting a formulaic pattern for mainstream music. But he eventually began to miss the creativity in his craft and began producing once again, releasing the instrumental albums Skilled Trade (2007) and Make Do (2009). He went on in 2009 to win the Detroit Red Bull Big Tune Championships and competed in the national finals. Apollo then signed as a producer with the Mello Music Group in December of 2009. His debut album, The Reset, is available now via Mello Music Group.

About Mello Music Group:

Like Lao Tzu in hip-hop, Mello Music Group provides music for the soul, from the heart of American culture, opening the realm of the intelligent hip-hop experience through melodic evocations, beats that corroborate the truth, and voices that roar above the rising void and impose order on the terrible & triumphant moments of everyday life. This is the compelling sound of Mello Music Group. Industry newcomer Michael Tolle founded MMG in 2007 and is acting Director of Operations. MMG will be releasing projects from Oddisee, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Kenn Starr, Finale, Trek Life, Dudley Perkins, Sareem Poems, UPS, and YU in 2010.

"Real Detroit" feat. The Left and Marv Won:

"Hungry" feat. Rapper Big Pooh and Black Milk:

"Streets Won't Let Me Chill Remix" feat. Diamond District:

"Brainwash Remix" feat. yU, Grap Luva & Finale:

Apollo Brown - Skilled Trade:

Bio, pictures, and streams available here:




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MAYDAY! feat. Jovi Rockwell - On 2 Someth'n (Remix)

From Latchkey Press:

MAYDAY! feat. Jovi Rockwell - On 2 Someth'n (Remix)

After rockin' out with Lil Wayne for the past couple of weeks on MTV, ¡MAYDAY! returns and teams up with the beautiful "Rebel Love Goddess" Jovi Rockwell to add her unique reggae flavor to the remix of "On 2 Someth'n."

Kingston + Miami = More Fiayh!

¡MAYDAY! feat. Jovi Rockwell - On 2 Someth'n (Remix)

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New ¡MAYDAY! album “Stuck On An Island” coming September 7th.


Latchkey Recordings: Unlock Creative Independence

Video: NEFEW - "Get Up And Move"


Back with the second video of their ONE VERSE viral campaign, Nefew present Get Up and Move from their well received THE ANTI-HERO BEGINS project which was presented by 2DopeBoyz and Puma. The Lenny Harold assisted track was featured in the 'Truth' sub category from the acclaimed project which was released earlier this year.

"Every day is a gift. That is why I love having a full schedule when waking up in the morning because it gives my time a purpose. This is what the song
is all about, purpose, motivation and commitment" - Polemikk



An “antihero” is a central character in a story who lacks conventional heroic attributes. This is exactly why Nefew’s story The Antihero Begins is so appealing. It is a story that so many people have faced. The story of a technically successful life denied of any personal satisfaction and fulfillment. However the Swiss duo, made up of childhood friends MC Polemikk and DJ/Producer PA-Double, has made the daunting choice to challenge everyday complacency and pursue their dream; music. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE


Polemikk and PA-Double make up the duo NEFEW, an acronym that stands for New Education From Every Word. The two exchange students from Switzerland met in kindergarten and have gone through life experiencing the traditional things that most kids are into. Eventually, they progressed into the world of hip-hop. Towards the end of last year NEFEW dropped an EP entitled "Homesick" which was rather well received and featured an appearance from Consequence. The two have even earned an endorsement from Puma International. The company backed them on their aforementioned EP and also their current release, "The Antihero Begins". This time around, the crew also has the support of The project is described as "prolific lyrics and odes to things that matter". CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

Cashmere Readies Debut Album "Take Me Away"

From Yo! PR:



MUSIC: Cashmere - Where's Cashmere?

VIDEO TRAILER: Cashmere - Where's Cashmere?


The Cash Administration is thrilled to announce the much anticipated debut album “Take Me Away” from New York rapper/songwriter, and entrepreneur Cashmere. “Take Me Away” features blazing songs from one of the hottest emcees coming out of the Big Apple including the album’s lead single “Where’s Cashmere?”.

“I was one of, if not the, hottest up-n-coming Hip-Hop artist in NYC before I ran into troubles with the law. So everybody was asking where I was and what was going on with me -- they asked ‘Where’s Cashmere?’ so I’m letting everybody know that Cashmere is back again to bring that crown back home,” Cashmere said about his first single.

Cashmere, introduced to the game by Hip-Hop heavyweights DJ Enuff and DJ Kay Slay, is known for his impressive mic skilz, which have made him one of the most respected and sought-after up-n-coming artists from the East Coast. Soon, Cashmere’s name branched out to other known radio personalities including Funkmaster Flex, and DJ Clue. Cashmere has already worked with major artists such as Bun B, Big Daddy Kane, Jim Jones, Lil Boosie, Akon, and Maino.

Cashmere was on top of his rap game proving high expectations, but grew weak to temptations of life; struggling to cross the underground border. After troubles with the law, being shot in the streets and a prison sentence, Cashmere took the time he had to reflect, and began to view his reality behind bars as a source of knowledge and inner growth, which you can hear on his debut album “Take Me Away.”

“This album is uplifting -- it’s 100% pure positive! Even the negative element you hear in it ends on a positive note and with a positive twist. I'm not telling my people to sell drugs, I'm not telling my people to act with violence -- I'm saying I did that and look where it got me! I found myself in the streets, getting shot and being locked up! Who would want that out of life?”

“I feel my album ‘Take Me Away’ is something that Hip-Hop needs. To me, Hip-Hop is looking for love and ain’t nobody lovin’ it back! Hip-Hop needs a revolution, a movement because it needs to take a stand. The kind of stand that Afrika Bambaataa, KRS-One, Public Enemy, and of course Rakim made in the beginning of the whole era. This is my contribution!”

“Take Me Away” will be released in later summer/early fall via Cashmere’s label, The Cash Administration.

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