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Free EP: Maintain (of The Understudies) - "The Process Of Progress"

Study Music artist Maintain [of The Understudies], releases a solo EP, free for the fans, entitled "The Process of Progress". This should hold fans of The Understudies and Maintain over until new full length group and solo releases coming up later in the year. Lookout for projects with Fanatik (Planet Asia, etc..), Off-Balance of Digital Martyrs, The Understudies and more...

Download link:

Artist: Maintain
Title: The Process of Progress
Format: Digital EP
Catalog: SMD017
Release Date: 5/3/10

1. Right? (Spark My Heart)
2. The Fact is
3. Hold It Down
4. Burnin’ ft. Ravenous Deen of After Hijrah
5. Sensei Style
6. Catch This
7. Commonplace Mistakes
8. Firespit (Citizen Mix)
Audio: Capone-N-Noreaga - "Hood Pride"

First official single off Capone-n-Noreaga's "The War Report 2"

Capone-n-Noreaga feat. Faith Evans - "Hood Pride"

Dirty & album artwork:


Feedback is always appreciated!

Also check out the latest single from GARCIA

"Shattered Dreams"

Which is the title track to the album which you can download for free HERE.
Tanya Morgan Announces Additional Dates For European Tour

(May 10, 2010 - Brooklyn, NY) After a successful 2009 LP, Brooklynati, Tanya Morgan is gearing up for their first European tour with the announcement of additional dates to amp up their Great Britain invasion.

To expand on their previously revealed dates, Tanya Morgan will hit up Wyld Pytch Records in London on Wednesday, May 12, 2010 for an in-store at 4:30 PM with a 15-minute performance and a meet-and-greet. At night they'll be performing at The Plantain Party at Favela Chic in London at 11 PM. On Thursday, May 13, 2010 Tanya Morgan will perform for Rapsploitation Sessions at The Swan in Ipswich at 8 PM. To continue their busy week, Skunkadelic's album release party for "Musically Drifting" on Friday, May 14, 2010 will feature a performance by the crew at 9 PM. Rounding out the tour will be a live show at Club 2K on Saturday, May 15, 2010 sponsored by Dynamite and featuring a slew of artists and DJs.

"We have toured most of the US and Canada but it's overdue time we showed the world what we can do," says Von Pea. "Our peers are always amazed we haven't been to Europe yet because they know the brand of hip-hop we make is loved abroad." With a string of shows already confirmed, the busy group is excited to expand their community over the ocean. Von Pea says, "These dates are just the first strike. We are about to build another part of Brooklynati in Europe!"

Wednesday 5/12
Wyld Pytch Records In-store
51 Lexington Street
Soho, London (UK)
4:30 PM

The Plantain Party at Favela Chic
91-93 Great Eastern Street
London (UK)
£3 at the door

Thursday 5/13
Rasploitation Sessions presents Tanya Morgan, Bodega Brovas, 3rdi, and DJs Ill Inspired, Paulo, Muddle, Jimmy Green
The Swan
King Street
Ipswich (UK)
8 PM - 11 PM
No Cover

Friday 5/14
Cardiff Arts Institute & Starving Artist presents Skunkadelic's Album Release "Musically Drifting" Party
Featuring Skunkadelic, Tanya Morgan, Bodega Brovas, Metabeats, Abstract Soundz, Don Leisure
Cardiff Arts Institute
29 Park Place
Cardiff (UK)
9 PM - 4 AM
£2 before 11 PM (Free w/ Regulars Card)
£4 after 11 PM (£3 w/ Regulars Card)

Saturday 5/15 Dynamite presents Tanya Morgan, Bodega Brovas, Booda French aka TRUTH, DJ Louis J, Boogaloo Dee
Club 2K
Branwells Mill
68 Market Jew Street
Penzance (UK)
11 PM - 4 AM
£5 in advance (
£7 at the door
Audio: Juvenile - "Drop That Azz"

From Chris Herche at E1 Entertainment:





The (W)rap Up - Week of May 4, 2010

 8Ball & MJG :: Ten Toes Down
Grand Hustle/E1 Entertainment

Author: Steve 'Flash' Juon

"A lot of artists in their position would rest comfortably on their laurels, staring contently at walls lined with gold and platinum plaques, sipping juice out of a pimp cup while a beautiful and voluptuous masseuse tends to their every need. That's not to say Ball & G aren't doing that in their spare time - they'll certainly tell you so in their rhymes - but that's not ALL they're doing. "Ten Toes Down" represents yet another declaration of their suave, their cool, their mojo baby yeah. They don't have to do it, they just enjoy making music.Besides it's hard to imagine any two or more people working together artistically for 20+ years if they hated each other's guts. Maybe Metallica can pull that off but most people would call it quits long before that no matter how good the music or how full the dumptruck was with cash at their front do'"

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony :: Uni5: The World's Enemy :: BTNH Worldwide/Warner Bros.
as reviewed by Pete T.

"Not unlike the Wu-Tang Clan, BTNH is composed of such large and turbulent characters that to get all five in the studio together for a whole album is no small feat. Since the album's completion, rumors have already emerged that Bizzy has once again separated, refusing to join the group's national tour in support of the album. Flesh has run into further legal trouble, and even Krayzie Bone, normally the rock of the five, has made allusions to discontent. No wonder every group effort since "The Art of War" has been billed a "comeback" album—the single driving force behind "Uni5" seems to be that the potential first and last chance for Bone to record as a quintet presented itself, and that to fail to capitalize off it would be a disservice to their loyal fans."

Dark Time Sunshine :: Vessel :: Fake Four Inc.
as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon

"The difficulty of Dark Time Sunshine is that it's much easier to define what they AREN'T than to explain what they ARE. Even their bio obscures their origins, calling them "two loggers from Northern Ireland" in one paragraph and "from Seattle U.S.A. and Chicago Illinois" in another. Well I can safely say there's no Irish brogue to their raps, so I accept the latter description as the more accurate one. On one hand they brag about touring with and/or opening for some of hip-hop's best acts - Del the Funky Homosapien, Jedi Mind Tricks and Sage Francis - and on the other they trip out like Tame One on acid tabs and brag their music "makes you feel as if time travel is surely possible with every listen.""

Das Racist :: Shut Up, Dude :: {self-released}
as reviewed by Patrick Taylor

"They may act stupid, but they aren't stupid, and they have the student loans to prove it. Their influences include the Wu-Tang Clan, MF DOOM, dadaism, and the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965. In interviews, Himanshu name-drops literary critic/Columbia professor Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak and claims that their music is protest music along the lines of 19th century African-American poet Paul Laurence Dunbar. Those are pretty big words from a purveyor of jokey, stoner hip hop that is just this side of Weird Al territory."

Eulorhythmics :: Green St. & Avers :: All Natural Inc.
as reviewed by Pete T.

"Upon first listen I was struck by the fact that "Green St. & Avers" is both a musical and lyrical departure from "Extended Play." Kenny Keys' beats are more jazzy than soulful, often favoring descending organs and sparse percussion rather than the smooth bass and head-nodding grooves of the predecessor. The production strays a little toward the experimental at times, such as on the space-age instrumental track "Doos," which features an impressive keyboard solo. Adad also displays progression, sporting a more upbeat and energetic delivery and diverting his subject matter from the heady lyricism of "Extended Play" to more approachable rhymes about women and family, such as on "Shinin'" and the single "Hot ‘n Nasty." They assume a particular poignancy as many of his verses chronicle relationships in the second person."

Jazz Mafia :: Brass, Bows, and Beats: A Hip-Hop Symphony ::
as reviewed by Eric Sirota

"In this sense, Jazz Mafia is a logical extension, or perhaps, logical extreme, of jazz's influence on rap. Rather than using jazz loops or even supplementing hip-hop beats with live jazz musicians, this San Francisco based collective lead by composer, conductor, and arranger Adam Theis, is made up of a 60-piece jazz orchestra and MCs Dublin, Aima the Dreamer, and Seneca. The eight live tracks composing their latest release, "Brass, Bows, and Beats: A Hip-Hop Symphony by Adam Theis," tend to feature spoken word poetry over fully developed orchestral jazz numbers, supplemented by intermittent scratching. I'm sure this would make an interesting live show. "

Junior Kelly :: Red Pond :: VP Records
as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon

"The music of "Red Pond" reflects that stand for positivity, but thankfully it doesn't do so in a preachy or tiresome way. Junior Kelly's voice isn't a bellowing rudebwoy bravado like that of Buju Banton, it's much closer in style and delivery to a mixture of Collie Buddz and Bob Marley. The majority of the album is produced by Melbourne 'George Dusty' Miller, and his cool and mellow sound matches the mid-octave vocal stylings of Kelly nicely. Appropriately enough both men open "Red Pond" up with the song "Celebrate Life," and you couldn't get a much more direct challenge to a nihilistic view than that."

Maundz :: Mr. Nobody :: Obese Records
as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon

"Straight out of the Northside of Melbourne, the self-described "Mr. Nobody" Maundz may be the angriest rapper I've heard come out of Australia in my entire time as a rap reviewer. Imagine if Muph & Plutonic met Onyx; imagine the Hilltop Hoods beefing with Eminem, 50 Cent and Ice Cube all at the same time; imagine clipping a taser to Urthboy and hitting the pulse button repeatedly - then imagine madder than all of that put together. Maundz is unapologetically pissed off at everything - rappers that stink lyrically, men that act too feminine, the music industry keeping artists in poverty, a lack of respect for Aussie rappers, all of that and then some."

Oktober Zero :: The Devil Smokes Dimebags :: Traffic/The Orchard/Kings Link Recordz
as reviewed by Pete T

"Bronx rapper Oktober Zero has become an underground favorite with his independent releases throughout the past decade such that I was surprised that his entire catalog had escaped the extensive scope of RapReviews. On celebrated albums such as 2004's "Projekt: Building," released on Freshchest Records when the label also housed Cunninlynguists and Tonedeff, and 2005's acclaimed "The Art of Raw," he endeared listeners with his gritty New York sound, heady lyricism, creative concepts, and collaborations with notable MCs such as J-Live. A member of the House of Repz and 2 for 5 crews, Oktober makes music that would make any New Yorker proud, embodying the city's spirit with classic battle rhymes and street narratives over rugged East Coast beats while offering fresh flows and infectious energy—imagine a more lyrical Noreaga combined with a mellower Sticky Fingaz."

Redhead Kingpin and the F.B.I. :: A Shade of Red :: Virgin Records
** RapReviews "Back to the Lab" series **
as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon

"Redhead Kingpin would be an almost forgotten note in hip-hop history if he hadn't gotten a shoutout in the very first line of Nas' song "Where Are They Now." That shoutout led to Kingpin rising like a phoenix from the ashes to make a cameo appearance on the 1990's Remix of said same song, bringing back fond memories of a time when you could pull up the staples inside an issue of The Source and take out a poster featuring Kingpin and his F.B.I. crew. Four years have passed since that watershed moment, and unfortunately we haven't heard from the Kingpin again. Fortunately old music never dies, the record jackets just get a little more dusty. I'm blowing the dust off my copy of "A Shade of Red" and taking a trip down memory lane. Most of you my age will probably remember his new jack swing crossover song "Do the Right Thing," a song which fit squarely between the musical vibes of Teddy Riley and Heavy D, and the track was quickly embraced by fans of both."

Hip-Hop Shop #73 - Hearts Dream of Electric Tweets

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 #73 - Hearts Dream of Electric Tweets. This show features new songs by Eternia, Declaime, A.G. and Forever Famicom! Speaking of the latter don't forget to check out the blogs from Mega Ran and K-Murdock as the June 1st release date approaches for more Forever Famicom news and exclusives. Thanks for listening and be sure to check out K4D from mrob & The Cancer too! PS: This show is PODSAFE so share it with a friend or tell them to check out the replay every Tuesday on!

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Tracks featured this week:

* Eternia f/ Joell Ortiz - It's Funny
* Declaime f/ Georgia Anne Muldrow - Declaime MC
* Forever Famicom - Dream Master
* A.G. - Tweet Heart
* Bohemian Rap CD - Little High, Little Low
* Kermit Quinn (prod. by David Banner) - Evolve
* Forever Famicom - Epoch

Free Mixtape: Stat Quo - "2010"

STAT QUO presents

2010 - The Mixtape

Download Link:
Stat 2010 cover

Bingo (freestyle)
J Newt Speaks Again
Jungle (produced by Illtone)
Lemonade (freestyle)
More Explosive (produced by Lyr1kz)
Open Book (produced by Lyr1kz)
Peace (produced by Lyr1kz)
Ridin' (produced by Focus)
Right (produced by Tone Beatz)
Say Something (freestyle)
Story (produced by Punch)
Text Me A Pic
Venus vs Mars (freestyle)
What's Up (produced by Ty Cutta)

Please check out the highlight track "Ridin'" produced by Focus where Stat rocks three different  styles over a different South, East and West Coast drum pattern on a song influenced by "Still Dre" off Dr. Dre's 2001 album.  Also check out "The Hustle" featuring Lauryn Hill.  Stat Quo will be releasing his debut album Statlanta on June 22 and is currently in the studio working with Dr Dre.
Video: Marco Polo & Ruste Juxx - "Nobody"

Directed by Todd Angkasuwan. Music from Marco Polo & Ruste Juxx's new album, The eXXecution, in stores now on Duck Down Music:

Video: Dres of Black Sheep - "Doin' It Wrong Remix"

From Michelle at Audible Treats:

Continuing to build anticipation for his latest full-length album, From The Black Pool of Genius, dropping this summer, Dres of Black Sheep is releasing his Prelude Remix EP. Having announced the remix contest winners last month, the first track off the EP is the song, "Doin' It Wrong Remix," produced by Jim B.

As the video, "Doin' It Wrong," starts, the camera follows Dres into a neighborhood playground while he raps around the new beat, laden with upbeat drums, smooth chops, and vocals from the track's title paired against a range of dynamic camera angles. From Dres' perspective, he explains, "It's a feel good video and I like that. You know a song is powerful when it can point out something that's wrong, but make you feel good at the same time." Throughout the video, there are mirror images, cut scenes, and a fisheye lens shot, yet the videography doesn't take away from Dres's ability to reach out with the thought-provoking lyrics of the song over the infectious beat.

Watch the video here:

Prelude Remix EP buy link:

Prelude buy link:

The Background:

It all began with a thundering baseline and an unmistakably classic phrase - "this or that." One of the most widely recognized songs in rap music history, the 1991 classic "The Choice is Yours" was hailed by VH1 in 2008 as one of the best rap songs of all time. The highly respected Queens emcee Dres, along with DJing partner-in-crime William "Mista Lawnge" McLean took the music industry by storm in the early 1990's as part of the groundbreaking collective Native Tongues. Penning such Billboard standouts as "Flavor of the Month" and "Strobelight Honey" for the duo's platinum-selling debut album A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing in 1992, Dres would continue to crank out the hits on the group's second release, Non Fiction. After a brief reunion with Mister Lawnge in 2000, Dres again set his sights on recording. He released the innovative online-only album 8WM/Novakane in 2007. Now he's back in the studio, writing the next chapter of his storied career. Dres' highly anticipated new project, From the Black Pool of Genius, out Spring 2010, promises to pair thought-provoking lyrics with astounding beats constructed by a corps of new and established beatmakers. They include Bean One, Showbiz, Tough Junkie, P. Locke, Urban Soul Music Group, and Willie Evans. He's also got an impressive line-up of guest stars, including De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest, Rhymefest, AZ, and Tough Junkie, among others. Leading up to the release of his next full-length, Black Sheep have released a precursor EP, From The Black Pool Of Genius: The Prelude, available now. From The Black Pool Of Genius will be available this summer.


"Doin It Wrong Remix" Video:

Studio Footage Session:

Prelude Remix Contest:

"I Wanna Rock" (Dres Hot Track Of The Week):

Dres & Mike G Talk About Native Tongues Reunion Track:

"Road Warrior":

"Doin' It Wrong":

"Forever Luvlee":

Bio, pictures, and streams available here:



Official Site:

Eastborn In Hospital

From Drop Zone Records:

As you may be aware he has done alot of work for many charities around the globe as well as in his local community and it is great to see the love coming back now at this time.

We would like to thank all the DJ's too who have upped his music on your playlists and who are supporting him like he has supported so many others. Keep playing his music!

We hope soon to have a statement from him as he goes through his recouperation. If you would like to download any of his tracks for your shows or simply to show love (as the money from these tracks all go to charity), then please do... (you can use the link below or use your usual Digital Supplier, iTunes etc)

Thanks for the Love and support...

Chris (acting on behalf of Drop Zone Records)


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