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Did Men Catering to the "Average Woman" Ruin Hip-Hop?

Real hip-hop has an ace in the hole and his name is Ace Ha. I was introduced to the producer extraordinaire (pictured above w/ girlfriend Brooke Allison) over half a decade ago through a mutual friend, Black Jesus, who many of you might remember from the BET Uncut classic “What That Thang Smell Like,” and ever since we’ve exchanged our views on hip-hop and working out (he's actually the reason I have my abs. Thanks again, man!). Ace Ha is always busy, which is why this Artist Of The Week feature has been so long in the making, but the good news is it was totally worth the wait. An incredibly engaging and intelligent individual, Ace Ha pulled no punches regarding his controversial view on what ruined mainstream hip-hop, which artists he feels could eat some of the old school greats, and why he feels ditching the bulk of his production equipment has actually made him a better producer. He's living proof that the people behind the boards can have just as much to say as those on the mic.

Read the full interview at:

Mega Ran - The SXSW Report, New Interview & More

From Mega Ran:

The SXSW Report, New Interview & More

if you're not going to Austin for SXSW, don't worry, I got you covered... stay tuned to my twitter, i'm sure I'll have all kinds of stuff to share.

Let's get on with it..


First up is a really dope interview done by the folks at Spinner, check that out! in it i reveal my secret celeb crush, and my musical guilty pleasure, among other things..


Next, I found myself in this week's issue of the Phoenix New Times, both online and print, so AZ peeps, grab one of those!


Also, not sure if you saw the Mega Ran "Here We Go Again" video, but it's on Kotaku this week, arguably the biggest gaming the universe.


check that out and LOL at the comments, accusing the video of being...racist of all things... wow.



OKAY...If you're not even sure what the heck a SXSW is.. its okay, i'm a teacher, so I teach...


SXSW is one of the largest music festivals in the United States, with more than 1,400 performers playing in more than 80 venues around Austin over four days, in March. Though it is an industry-based event, SXSW Music links locally with events such as the annual Austin Music Awards show. SXSW is the highest revenue-producing special event for the Austin economy, with an estimated economic impact of at least $110 million in 2008. [1][2][3]


In 1994, SXSW added film and interactive conferences. SXSW Film has become one of the world's premiere film festivals, focusing on new directing talent. Similarly, SXSW Interactive has attracted a strong following among web creators and entrepreneurs. SXSW Interactive's focus on emerging technology has earned the festival a reputation as a breeding ground for new ideas and creative technologies. Twitter launched at SXSW Interactive in 2007.

The music event has grown from 700 registrants in 1987 to nearly 12,000 registrants. SXSW Film and SXSW Interactive events attract approximately 11,000 registrants to Austin every March.[4]

Anyway, I'll be quite busy this week in Texas, as I'm doing half of interactive week, and half of music, so if you're anywhere near Austin, you need to be there! This is what my schedule looks like right now....

March 15, 2010 (Live Performance) @ Flamingo Cantina, Austin, TX, 12AM (no SXSW wristbands needed!)

March 16, 2010 – South By Southwest Festival Comedy Show (Random is the Featured Guest) @ The New Movement Theater, Austin, TX, 730 PM (no wristbands!)

March 17, 2010 – South By Southwest Festival (Panel Discussion) 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM, Room 11B, Austin Convention Center- Austin, TX (you'll need credentials)

March 17, 2010 –

South By Southwest Festival

(Official SXSW Showcase – Live set with K-Murdock) @ Karma Lounge, Austin, TX (you better have a wristband) - also on the bill, ytcracker, MC Frontalot, Jesse Dangerously and more!

as you can see by my schedule, It's gonna be a loooooooooooong week!

 I'm packing now, so I'll catch you guys on the flip side.. hope to see you in Texas or at a venue near you!

and speaking of venues, I'm looking to fill out some dates for a Spring and Summer tour, so let me know if your local college or club would be willing to have a little Random out there when the weather gets warm!

hit me here or at



Video - Truth Universal - The "GRASSROOTS!" Campaign

From Joe Left Hand:

Video - Truth Universal - The "GRASSROOTS!" Campaign

K-Murdock: Panacea Gets Love on

From K-Murdock:

Panacea gets love on

Seems our recent Kickstarter campaign has garnered us some major attention on the world's largest social media news blog-  BIG shouts to the homie Jeremy Caverly, aka "JC", who helped us initiate the movement to press up wax for "12 Step Program" in the first place.  We can't wait to bring this album out and again, the fan support has been beyond humbling... CHECK THE ARTICLE!

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New Lushlife Leak / SXSW Showcase

From Stephen Bolles:
Philadelphia's Lushlife has always thrived on pushing listeners' buttons when it comes to their perceptions of what hip-hop can be.  Whether it's building a boom-bap rap track out of hyper chopped samples of lo-fi indie songwriter Ariel Pink, incorporating instruments like mandolin and live horns into his stage show, or soliciting remixes from psychedelic pop artists, it's clear that Lushlife has an all-encompassing view of hip-hop that he wants to impress on the world.  With his latest leak, the emcee/producer repurposes a track from Georgia glo-fi outfit Washed Out, transporting the track's beach side vibe to the street corner, & improbably conjuring images of Nas rapping over the 80's synth heavy "Wild Style" soundtrack. 
Don't miss Lushlife's performance at this year's SXSW, performing as a part of Favorite Gentlemen's eclectic showcase.  Details & RVSP info below. The Cassette City album and Leisure Class / Stick Up Kids remix project are out now on Rapster.

Lushlife- "Feel It All Around" (Remix of Washed Out) [mediafire] [zshare]

Thursday 3/18 @ The Belmont (305 West 6th St., Austin)
Favorite Gentlemen Showcase w/ Lushlife, Vonnegutt, Joy In Tomorrow & more
8:00 • Free W/ RSVP • 21+
More info
 Favorite Gentlemen/Ticket Alternative Present:


Video: Brisco - "Stunt"

From Chris Herche at E1 Entertainment:

Jedi Mind Tricks Present AOTP: The Unholy Terror

From Tonia Samman:


Jedi Mind Tricks MC Vinne Paz has pulled together yet another Army of the Pharaohs album after a nearly three year hiatus. The collective now features Vinnie Paz & Jus Allah (Jedi Mind Tricks), Planetary & Crypt The Warchild (Outerspace), Apathy, Reef The Lost Cauze, Esoteric, Doap Nixon, King Magnetic, Des Devious, Block McCloud, Celph Titled, Demoz, King Syze, and more on an album titled Jedi Mind Tricks Presents… Army of the Pharaohs: The Unholy Terror. 

Jedi Mind Tricks will hit the road later this month for a 21-date tour across North America.

Army of the Pharaohs Unholy Terror .

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Army of the Pharaohs - Godzilla .

Jedi Mind Tricks Tour Dates:

03/24/10 Jedi Mind Tricks in New Haven, CT Toad’s Place United States
03/25/10 Jedi Mind Tricks in Providence, RI Jerky’s United States
03/26/10 Jedi Mind Tricks in Northampton, MA Pearl St. United States
03/27/10 Jedi Mind Tricks in Buffalo, NY Mohawk Place United States
03/28/10 Jedi Mind Tricks in Cleveland, OH Grog Shop United States
03/30/10 Jedi Mind Tricks in Newport, KY Southgate House United States
03/31/10 Jedi Mind Tricks in Ann Arbor Blind Pig United States
04/01/10 Jedi Mind Tricks in Madison, WI The Annex United States
04/02/10 Jedi Mind Tricks in Chicago, IL Subterranean United States
04/03/10 Jedi Mind Tricks in St. Louis, MO Firebird United States
04/06/10 Jedi Mind Tricks in Omaha, NE The Waiting Room Lounge United States
04/07/10 Jedi Mind Tricks in Columbia, MO Mojo’s United States
04/08/10 Jedi Mind Tricks in Louisville, KY Uncle Pleasantss United States
04/09/10 Jedi Mind Tricks in Pittsburgh, PA Diesel United States
04/10/10 Jedi Mind Tricks in West Chester, PA The Note United States
04/11/10 Jedi Mind Tricks in Virginia Beach, VA The Jewish Mother United States
04/13/10 Jedi Mind Tricks in Richmond, VA Canal Club United States
04/14/10 Jedi Mind Tricks in Greensboro, NC Greene Street Club United States
04/15/10 Jedi Mind Tricks in Atlanta, GA Masquerade – Hell Room United States
04/16/10 Jedi Mind Tricks in Carrboro, NC Cat’s Cradle United States
04/17/10 Jedi Mind Tricks in Washington, D.C. 9:30 Club United States

Pre-order Army of the Pharaohs’ Unholy Terror: .

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K-Murdock - "Forever Famicom" Debuting @ SxSW

From K-Murdock:

"Forever Famicom" Debuting @ SxSW

The homie Random & myself will be rockin' Austin, Texas next week during South by Southwest 2010.  Our project, "Forever Famciom", is practically done and we are gearing up for its' (tentative) Spring release. SxSW is known for attracting a great mix of hip-hop heads as well as gamers, so we may even perform a couple tracks off the project for those lucky enough to be in attendance!  Either way, catch me holding Mega Ran down on the LIVE music tip next week at the following venues...

3/15 @ The Flamingo Cantina (Showtime = Midnight)
3/17 @ Karma Lounge (Showtime = 11pm)

If you read this and will be in Austin too, then come check us out & make sure u say, "Hey!"


Posted By K-Murdock to Neosonic News
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony Announces Uni5 Tour

From HipHopDX:

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony are gearing up to release Uni5: The World's Enemy. The April 27 album will mark the full reunion of the group (with Flesh-N-Bone and Bizzy Bone). The release is also the Ohio group's first on Warner Brothers, after a one-album release with Interscope Records.

In celebration of the album, the quintet announced their North American tour. The dates are below:

Wed            Mar 24                       Minneapolis, MN           First Avenue          
Thu             Mar 25                       Milwaukee, WI              Eagles
Fri               Mar 26                       Sauget, IL                   Pop’s
Sat              Mar 27                       Chicago, IL                  Congress
Sun             Mar 28                       Cleveland, OH               HOB
Mon            Mar 29                       Indianapolis, IN             The Vogue
Wed            Mar 31                       Pittsburgh, PA               Mr. Smalls
Thu             Apr 1                         Columbus, OH              Newport
Fri               Apr 2                         Buffalo, NY                   Town Ballroom
Sat              Apr 3                         Lancaster, PA               The Chameleon
Mon            Apr 5                          Boston, MA                   Middle East   
Tue             Apr 6                         New York, NY                Irving Plaza   
Wed            Apr 7                         State College, PA           Mezzanine
Thu             Apr 8                         Baltimore, MD               Rams Head Live   
Fri              Apr 9                          Wilmington NC              The Rox   
Sat             Apr 10                        Charlotte, NC                 Amos Southend   
Sun            Apr 11                        Charleston, SC               The Music Farm            
Tue            Apr 13                        Athens, GA                    40 Watt Club
Wed          Apr 14                         Atlanta, GA                    Masquerade
Thu            Apr 15                        Orlando, FL                    Firestone   
Fri             Apr 16                         Los Angeles, CA             Gibson Amphitheatre
Tue           Apr 20                         New Orleans, LA              HOB   
Wed          Apr 21                         Dallas, TX                      HOB   
Thu           Apr 22                         Houston, TX                   HOB   
Fri             Apr 23                         San Antonio, TX              Scoutbar   
Sat            Apr 24                         Austin, TX                      Emo's     
Mon           Apr 26                        Tulsa, OK                       Cain's Ballroom             
Tues          Apr 27                        Colombia, MO                 The Blue Note
Wed          Apr 28                         Council Bluffs, IA             Harrah's   
Thu           Apr 29                         Kansas City, KS               Harrah's   
Fri             Apr 30                         Denver, CO                     Gothic Theatre (Englewood)    
Sat            May 1                          Albuquerque, NM             Sunshine Theatre
Sun           May 2                          Phoenix, AZ                    Celebrity Theatre
Mon           May 3                          Tuscon, AZ                     Rialto Theatre

Source: HipHopDX

Georgia & Declaime - "SomeOthaShip Connect Game" Feat. Kazi

From Audible Treats:

MP3: Georgia & Declaime - "SomeOthaShip Connect Game" Feat. Kazi

Picking Up A Beat By Black Milk, Georgia & Declaime Release Title Track From SomeOthaShip

The Song:

The f0nk duo, Georgia & Declaime, has busied themselves with the delivery of another single off their album, SomeOthaShip. Featuring Kazi and produced by Black Milk, the song "SomeOthaShip Connect Game" delivers on beats that Declaime AKA Dudley Perkins just couldn't resist. "SomeOthaShip was unexpected - originally, Dudley, Kazi, and Grap Luva were going to do a track over a Kev Brown beat, but when D sat down and heard Black's beat, they recorded right away," says Michael Tolle, founder of Mello Music Group. Declaime rides a piano-laden f0nkdified beat to drive home the message about the sometimes-inauthentic hip-hop industry. An eerie melody accompanies Declaime's description of a life consumed by partying, alcohol and drugs - a life the public has come to expect from those in the industry. The emcee chooses to remind listeners that regardless of facades and fronts, real hip-hop is still alive. Reintroducing a verse from the song "Get Up", Declaime affirms his position in the game as a respected artist and emcee by declaring, "Return the war vet / Bet your bottom dollar that/You ain't seen nothing yet."

SomeOthaShip is available at all digital and physical retailers now.

"SomeOthaShip Connect Game" Feat. Kazi: .

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The Background:

In a world made of plastic, Georgia Anne Muldrow & Declaime (AKA Dudley Perkins) breathe. Georgia radiates light into the west coast hip-hip scene with her vocal mixture of social revolution and raw street wisdom. Her choruses echo the voices of yesterday while her beats explore the cosmic sounds of tomorrow. Having already worked with the likes of Erykah Badu, Mos Def, and Madlib, Georgia finds herself taking a well-deserved turn in the spotlight and ready to keep up her collaborative efforts in 2010. Declaime is a veteran to the hip-hop game, with a voice that overflows with bluesy, syncopated veracity. Characterized by his impossible range and stirring cadence, Declaime has the ability to captivate with the unmistakable sound of experience, breathing a spiritual wind back into the funked out vibrations of hip-hop. Combined, Georgia & Declaime have created an impressive catalog of work including Georgia's Worthnothings, Umsindo, and Kings Ballad, plus Declaime's Conversations With Dudley, A Lil Light, Expressions, and Holy Smokes. SomeOthaShip is available now digitally 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, and YU in 2010. .


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