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Video: DaVinci Hits The Radio With Cypress' DJ Muggs

From Audible Treats:

Video: DaVinci Hits The Radio With Cypress' DJ Muggs

New Clip Finds San Francisco Rapper Making Eventful Pilgrimage To L.A.

The Video:

DaVinci, the Bay Area emcee, has been receiving incredible amounts of attention after delivering his critically acclaimed album, The Day The Turf Stood Still, and more recently being named one of the Bay's best new rap talents on KMEL's Freshmen 10 list. The rapper's label, the quickly rising Sweetbreads Creative Collective just released a video (in conjunction with hip-hop site 24K Milkcrate) showcasing DaVinci's recent trip to L.A., an eventful trek for the young emcee.

DaVinci drops in on legend DJ Muggs (Cypress Hill) for an appearance on Muggs' Soul Assassins radio show on Shade 45. His appearance instantly landed DaVinci the honor of being the first San Francisco artist to appear on both the Soul Assassins program and Shade 45. The clip shows the emcee and a clearly pleased Muggs chopping it up. The video also captures footage of DaVinci in the studio with two of L.A.'s go-to producers. Tycoon, known for his work with Anthony Hamilton, Pussycat Dolls and more recently pegged as a co-conspirator of Dr. Dre's upcoming Detox album, spends time auditioning beats for the Bay Area rapper. DaVinci also catches up with J-Thrill (Talib Kweli, Strong Arm Steady, Planet Asia). It looks like DaVinci has a lot of big things in the works.

Watch out for DaVinci's "Concrete Jungle Juice" video, the next single from The Day The Turf Stood Still dropping next week.

Check out the DaVinci Video here: .

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The Background:

The Fillmore District has bred more rappers per capita than any other district in San Francisco, and although the older generations recall its rich musical history rooted in Jazz, the Fillmore today is rife with drugs, turf wars, and mass gentrification. DaVinci, a young MC raised in the Fillmore, is a prime example of the duality of this area, who at the age of 13 was homeless, hungry, and hopeful for a way out. Explains DaVinci, "My music has everything to do with my environment: from robbing, killing, pimpin' to selling and abusing drugs," he explains about his heavy content. "It's a direct reflection of what my friends and family have been through and are still going through." While his story is similar to many other young rappers’ upbringings, DaVinci was surrounded by an incredible pool of Fillmore talent and by studying with the greats, he was able to sharpen his skills and aim higher than most, cultivating his story-telling abilities beyond mere drug-and-gun-talk. Growing up in the same 10-block radius as Bay Area rap legends San Quinn and JT the Bigga Figga, DaVinci was content in merely watching the next generation follow in their footsteps, until he received overwhelming praise from his peers from a mixtape appearance, which then prompted him to pursue rap professionally. In 2006, San Quinn welcomed him onto the "Pressure Makes Diamonds Tour" with rap veterans Xzibit and Tech N9ne. Since the tour, DaVinci has kept busy appearing on numerous mixtapes and compilations, as well as preparing his official debut album, The Day The Turf Stood Still. The Day The Turf Stood Still is available now via SWTBRDS Creative Collective.

MP3: El Gant feat. Bekay & DeeJay Element - "You Ain't This"

From Matt Diamond:

MP3: El Gant feat. Bekay & DeeJay Element - "You Ain't This"

I'm promoting a new single this week from the homey El Gant titled "You Ain't This".  It's a real tough track w/ a feature from Bekay and cuts from the Brown Bag AllStar's DeeJay Element.

El Gant, the former four time MTV Direct Effect battle champion is back with a new heater "You Ain't This", produced by Belgium's DJ Iron.  For good measure, Gant enlists a verse from Bekay & cuts from the Brown Bag AllStar's DeeJay Element.

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Moe Green Announces Release Of Unofficial Debut Album, Rocky Maivia

From Audible Treats:

Moe Green Announces Release Of Unofficial Debut Album, Rocky Maivia

Acclaimed Bay Area Emcee And KMEL Freshmen 10 Pick Releases New LP As A Free Download 

Critical Praise for Moe Green:

Selected as a member of 106 KMEL's (the biggest Bay Area hip-hop station) Freshmen Class of 2010.

(July 15, 2010 - Brooklyn, NY) With a series of single and video leaks, Vallejo, California emcee Moe Green, has been building a steady following and buzz for his new album, Rocky Maivia: Non-Title Match. As Moe Green and his label, Interdependent Media, take a bold step forward with the rapper's first supported release, starting today fans can download the entire album free of charge on Green's bandcamp page.

For Moe Green, the move is a simple matter of strategy. "Why would I make somebody pay for the new guy when they're already getting their favorite rapper's work for free," says Moe as he cites recent material from Wiz Khalifa, Rick Ross, Curren$y, and others. While a wave of support is growing around the budding rapper, including recently being named to KMEL's 2010 Bay Area Freshmen 10 class, Moe Green and Interdependent media look to continue to capitalize on the early buzz, giving listeners the chance to get their hands Moe's music hassle free. The internet isn't the only place that benefits from free music. If you are in the Bay Area you can pick up a free CD at selected stores while supplies last. In San Francisco, fans can grab the album from Amoeba, while in Berkeley and Moe's hometown, Vallejo, supporters can find the album at Rasputins.

Nods of approval have been rolling in for the artist's leaked tunes "Non-Title Match" and the scorching "Going In For The Kill". The build-up to the album was also bolstered by the video for "Ride," directed by Chris Kiker, giving viewers a tour around Vallejo. The album is replete with tracks that illustrate where the 22-year old Green is as an artist and a young man. "Emerald City" discusses the hardships of being a new artist, where skipping meals, and spending savings on recording time are the risks and realities of trying to make it. "Day Dreamer," featuring songstress Raygen Fykes, offers more insight to Green's life and dreams over a dusty drum loop, while the similarly forward-looing "Keep It Moving (KIM)" finds Moe highlighting the need for perseverance, focusing on the ultimate goal rather than being consumed with the inconsequential.

The album gains its name from superstar wrestler/actor The Rock - Rocky Maivia served as The Rock's moniker when he first debuted in the ring. Green sees his debut album as the Rocky Maivia phase in his own career. "It's a metaphor for the newcomer with great potential entering the professional leagues," says Green. The album's title may actually have more meaning right now as Moe Green finds himself already a budding star complete with fan and industry support. The album finds an artist utilizing little more than his dreams to make things happen as the fuel to create a dense and expertly produced set that can hold its own among releases from other members of hip-hop's emerging talent.

Download Rocky Maivia: Non-Title Match (courtesy of Interdependent Media) here:

Please contact Michelle or Dan if interested in talking with Moe Green.

The Background:

The rap game is overflowing with aspiring new MCs, all crammed into a single ring fighting for that lone heavyweight title. One particular competitor who has fully dedicated himself to the good fight is 22-year old Moe Green from Vallejo, California. His forthcoming debut album, Rocky Maivia: Non Title Match, is titled after Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's first professional ring name and perfectly embodies Moe place in today's hip-hop circuit - the newcomer who is one day going to hold the championship belt. Like any fighter, years of training, dedication, and discipline are required to claim the top spot. Moe has been training for this his entire life. Having competed in speech and poetry meets growing up, Moe found himself genuinely attracted to the creative freedom music imparts early in his life, even writing rhymes in kindergarten with his childhood best friend and E-40's son, Droop-E. Listeners of Rocky Maiva can expect to hear tales from a young man from a hard hit city trying to find his way in the world the best he can. On growing from Rocky Maivia to one day standing amongst the greats, Moe says, "I need to win a couple belts first. I have to prove that I have the skill to do that and this album is like my wrestling debut." And so, the journey begins.

About Interdependent Media:

Founded in 2006 in the Bay Area by Evan Phillips, Interdependent Media has built unique strengths in the development, production, and marketing of recorded music via new methods of marketing and promotion. Armed with a comprehensive understanding of both traditional and emerging methods of marketing, iM has successfully created multi-faceted methods of raising awareness and interest in their projects. Industry veterans Ian "ID" Davis and Dominic Del Bene head operations at iM and are credited with discovering and/or developing artists such as 9th Wonder, Little Brother, Tanya Morgan, Blackalicious, Del the Funky Homosapien, the Hieroglyphics and more. In 2010, iM will be releasing multi-media projects from artists Donwill, TRUTHLiVE, Canibus, Von Pea, Moe Green, A-Plus, and more. For more information, please visit .


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Video: Behind the Scenes w/ Michael Franti on His New Album

From Patrick Durkin:

Video: Behind the Scenes w/ Michael Franti on His New Album



Michael Franti & Spearhead return with their much anticipated album, THE SOUND OF SUNSHINE, on August 24th through Capitol Records/Boo Boo Wax. THE SOUND OF SUNSHINE is Michael Franti & Spearhead’s seventh studio album and the follow-up to 2008’s Top 40 hit All Rebel Rockers. For a sneak peek at the THE SOUND OF SUNSHINE album cover, head to .

THE SOUND OF SUNSHINE was conceived after Franti was hospitalized for a ruptured appendix in August 2009. “Music is sunshine. It gives us new energy and a stronger sense of purpose. You can’t hold it in your hands, smell it, taste it or even see it, yet somehow just coming together and feeling these little vibrations that tickle our eardrums can somehow lift us all up out of our most difficult moments in life to unimaginable heights,” says Franti.

Franti and Spearhead have no doubt succeeded in creating perhaps what is their most cohesive, romantic and life-affirming album to date. THE SOUND OF SUNSHINE opens with the album’s title track – a breezy sing-a-long that seeks to “bottle that experience of waking up in the morning, pulling the blinds and seeing that there’s a sunny day in front of us,” explains Franti. It is this optimistic energy that flows throughout the record’s eleven songs from the happy groove of “Shake It” to the joyously anthemic “I’ll Be Waiting.”

The band began recording in Jamaica with legendary producers Sly and Robbie (Bob Dylan, Carlos Santana, No Doubt) as well as in Franti’s home in Bali and hometown of San Francisco. With the record still not complete, Franti decided to bring a mobile studio on the road with him while he toured with John Mayer this past winter. The album was finished in dressing rooms and hotel rooms along the way with Franti playing songs he had recorded earlier in the day to the audience that evening. THE SOUND OF SUNSHINE continues to showcase Franti’s desire to communicate directly with his fans.

Michael Franti is the creator and lead singer of Michael Franti & Spearhead. For over two decades, the Bay Area born Franti has been bringing our world exceptionally powerful, deeply felt music.  Franti first formed the punk band The Beatnigs while studying at the University of San Francisco, and later the far more hip hop-inflected The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy. In the mid-Nineties, Franti created Spearhead, and increasingly in recent years, he’s found his own voice musically and his own organic brand of popular success. Franti’s impressive series of recordings have vividly reflected his status as a musical citizen of the world.

Franti & Spearhead will be touring throughout the summer. For tour dates, ticket information, official Michael Franti news and to check out the latest v-blogs on FrantiV, go to .

Tour Dates


Thu 15                   Jacksonville, OR Britt Festival
Fri 16                     Berkeley, CA Greek Theater
Sun 18                   Alta, WY Targhee Fest
Thu 22                   Edmonton, AB Windspear
Fri 23                     Calgary, ALB Calgary Folk Festival
Sat 24                    Vancouver, BC The Vogue Theater
Sun 25                 Corning, CA Mystic Garden Party
Tue 27                   Salt Lake City, UT Deer Valley
Thu 29                   Aspen, CO Belly Up
Fri 30                     Aspen, CO Belly Up
Sat 31                    Morrison, CO Red  Rocks Ampitheater


Sun 1                     Durango, CO Animis Cliffs
Wed 4                    Reno, NV Knitting Factory Concert Hs
Thu 5                     Bend, OR Les Schwab Ampitheater
Fri 6                       Eugene,OR  Cuthbert Amphitheatre
Sat 7                      Redmond, WA Marymoor Amphitheatre
Tue 10                   Eagle, ID  Eagle River Pavilion
Wed 11                  Missoula, MT The Wilma Theater
Thu 12                   Missoula, MT The Wilma Theater
Fri 13                     Sandpoint, ID Festival At Sandpoint
Sat 14                    Billings, MT  Magic City Blues Festival
Sat 21                    Las Vegas, NV Mandalay Bay/The Beach  SOS Festival
Thu 26                   Atlanta, GA The Tabernacle
Fri 27                     Live Oak, FL Blackwater Sol Revue/Spirit of the Suwanee
Sat 28                    Myrtle Beach, SC House Of Blues
Sun 29                   Richmond, VA The National
Tue 31                   Charlotte, NC The Neighborhood


Thu 2                     Tampa, FL to Grand Cayman ZAC BROWN CRUISE - Sep 2–Sep 6                            
Sun 19                  Laytonville, CA Earthdance: United Beats of Peace Festival

Cam'ron & Vado Set Date for Gunz N' Butta Album

From Gio at Koch/E1 Entertainment:

Cam'ron & Vado Set Date for Gunz N' Butta Album - August 31st, 2010

The album is first official release from the duo.

(New York, NY)- E1 Music is proud to announce the upcoming release Gunz N’ Butta, the highly anticipated new duet album from hip hop legend Cam’ron and his new protégé  Vado.  The album will be released on August 31st and includes 16 tracks featuring and written by both Cam’ron and Vado.  The first single, “Speaking in Tungs” is already a top 10 song New York’s Hot 97

Rhyming for over a decade, Vado grew up listening to such local legends as Ma$e, Big L, Doug E. Fresh, Rob Base and Cam’ron, as well as outer borough artists like Jay-Z, Nas and DMX. After spending several years building his buzz in and around the Big Apple, Vado celebrated his 24th birthday by auditioning in front of Cam’ron, one of his hip-hop idols.

“The vibe between me and Cam was crazy,” remembers Vado. “I’m from his ‘hood on 142nd and Lenox, so once we started kickin’ it like Goodfellas and he started recording with me, it was history in the making.”

Cam’ron and Vado look to continue flooding the streets with new music. After the release of their first official album as a duo, Gunz N’ Butta, on August 31st, 2010, Vado will release his first solo mixtape, Slime Flu, in the fall.  Vado says of Gunz N’ Butta, “It’s our first album and I promise it’s so much of a classic. It’s like all the Boss of all Bosses tapes put together.  We hit y’all from all angles—we hit y’all from the streets, for the ladies, for the club… It’s five stars, man.”

For More Information: WWW.E1MUSIC.US .

About E1 Entertainment

E1 Entertainment (AIM: ETO) is a leading independent entertainment content enterprise that acquires and exploits world-class film, television and music properties around the globe. Its four primary business units (E1 Television, E1 Films, E1 Music and E1 Distribution) operate in Canada, the U.S., the UK and Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Holland and Belgium, providing extensive expertise in film distribution, television and music production and distribution, kids programming, and merchandising and licensing. E1's growing content library, which currently includes more than 4,000 feature films, 2,700 hours of original television programming and 45,000 music tracks, are distributed across all media formats in more than 190 countries.

MP3: Huey f/ Lil Wayne - "Another Planet"

From Chris at Koch/E1 Entertainment:

MP3: Huey f/ Lil Wayne - "Another Planet"

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MP3: Apollo Brown - "Balance" f/ Kenn Starr & John Robinson

From Audible Treats:

MP3: Apollo Brown - "Balance" Feat. Kenn Starr & John Robinson

Apollo Brown Creates Thought Provoking Life Music with Latest Single

The Song:

Off his latest musical brainchild, The Reset, Apollo Brown delivers yet another triumph in sonic production. "Balance," narrated by emcees Kenn Starr and John Robinson, is an otherworldly musical composition. The beat cooks low and slow with an orchestral bass line and swirls with synthesized harmonics that elevate the track to a unique frequency. "I really wanted this song to take the listener somewhere when they hear it," notes Brown. "Some people call it a dreamscape sound. It's just thought provoking life music to me." The sixteen bar verses dropped by Starr and Robinson are well chiseled models of deft lyricism; however, the prime cut from this beast is Brown's beat construction that effortlessly throws listeners off balance in this ironically titled track. "Balance" is up for grabs on Apollo Brown's album, The Reset.

Check out "Balance" feat. Kenn Starr and John Robinson here: .

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. .


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NEOSONIC News - SS: "Instros" (The Find Rewind)

From K-Murdock:

NEOSONIC News - SS: "Instros" (The Find Rewind)

Sorry for the delay on this yall, was out of town rocking a show down in North Carolina at the historical Milestone this past weekend- respect to the homie Kevin who asked me to shout him out on my blog :) As promised here's the lastest episode of Subsoniq "Instrumentals", which features a replay (in its entirety) of The Find Rewind mixtape recently released by The Find Magazine, who were extra cool with me putting it up for streaming so that those who didn't get one of the 100 cassette copies could still enjoy it too!  The full playlist is available on my Mixcloud page:

Make sure you to add The Find to your RSS feed Reader and as well as Subsoniq, which we just relaunched with an all-new, updated look!  Lastly, for my UK heads, SS "Instros" will be airing monthly over at The Basement Sessions- props to the homie James aka V.i.c.e. for making that happen.  My goal is to get this instrumental hip-hop movement to be as global as can be, so let's all keep spreading the word... and music!


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Warren G to Release "Regulate.. G Funk Era: Part. 2" This Year

From 2SPR:

Warren G to Release "Regulate.. G Funk Era: Part. 2" Later This Year

LOS ANGELES, July. 15 /2SPR/ - Multi-platinum recording artist Warren G, has announced that he will be releasing “Regulate… G Funk Era: Part. 2”, an E.P. to be made available at digital retailers later this year.

“Regulate... G Funk Era”, was the debut album from Warren G, in 1994 on Def Jam. The album went triple platinum stateside, selling over 4.5 million units worldwide, and debuted at Number 2 on the Billboard 200 after selling 176,000 in its release week. The lead single "Regulate" w/ Nate Dogg, was certified platinum, reached Number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, and received a Grammy Award Nomination in 1995, for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group. The album also birthed the hit singles “Do You See”, and “This D.J.”, which reached Number 9 on the Billboard Hot 100, being certified gold.

It is noted that in the early 1990’s, Def Jam created "Rush Associated Labels," a larger moniker under which Def Jam and its various auxiliary labels would operate as subsidiaries under the PolyGram umbrella. By 1992, despite recent multi-platinum selling releases from LL Cool J., Public Enemy, and EPMD, Def Jam ran into severe financial troubles and was faced with folding. Salvation came in 1994, however, when PolyGram purchased Sony's 50% stake in Def Jam Recordings — subsequently bringing the label into their fold. Following PolyGram’s acquisition of the company, Def Jam released Warren G's "Regulate... G Funk Era", which went triple platinum and effectively revived the label.

With seven LP’s (his reunion disc with Snoop and Nate Dogg 213′ "The Hard Way" was released in 2004 and quickly went Gold) already under his belt, Warren G is expected to release the new set sometime this year.

“Regulate… G Funk Era: Part. 2”, coming soon.


“Regulate… G Funk Era: Part. 2” - Coming Soon!
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Video: Mazzi & SOUL Purpose f. Maya Azucena, "Love Is Love"

From Dunn Deal PR:

Video: Mazzi & SOUL Purpose f. Maya Azucena, "Love Is Love"

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