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Michael Jackson Music Videos on

Provided these don't get pulled by YouTube, here are some classic moments from MJ's career, starting with Smooth Criminal.

And you all remember when Mike sang the hook for "We Are the World."

Here's Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson doing "Say, Say, Say."

Here's MJ's "Who Is It" from the "Dangerous" album.

Last but not least here's the King of Pop performing "Thriller" live. R.I.P. Michael Jackson.

Michael Jackson Dead at the Age of 50

Michael Jackson in 1984 - source: WikipediaMichael Jackson Dead at the Age of 50

Shocking news this afternoon - Michael Jackson suffered a cardiac arrest today and died in Los Angeles today at the age of 50. Confirmed by TMZ, ABC News and multiple other media sources. He suffered the arrest at his home and he was immediately transported to the UCLA Medical Center ten minutes away, where he was given CPR, went into a coma, and quickly slipped away. Before his death he had been preparing for a series of 50 concerts to be performed in London next year. We'll bring you more details as they are available. Our condolences to his friends, family and millions of fans around the world.

Del The Funky Homosapien "King of Fighters"

From Audible Treats:

MP3: Del The Funky Homosapien – "King Of Fighters"      06.24.2009
"Go ahead and wear your stunnas at night / All the better you don't see me coming with the right"

Critical Praise for Del:
"...Del's reputation has remained strong in both fan and critic circles." - Thrasher Magazine

"The Homosapien is one hell of an entertaining MC" - YRB

The Song:

Del the Funky Homosapien's recently released, entirely free new album, Funk Man (The Stimulus Package), covers a wide range of issues affecting the world right now. That's not all it covers though, as "King Of Fighters" finds Del asserting his dominance, lyrically and physically, over all unworthy opponents. Over a hectic, mayhem-filled beat complete with strings, off-kilter drums, and sharp percussion Del raps, "Sir diesel, king of fighters / Bring on your big mouths, bring on your writers / They're gonna be working overtime, catching arthritis / Bring whoever do your hooks, bring your choirs / Bring on your phony thugs, they're all liars / Makes no difference to D, I'm on fire." Wack emcees beware: Del's been in the game for a long time, and with "King Of Fighters" it's clear he hasn't lost a step along the way.

Download Del's new FREE album Funk Man: The Stimulus Package Here: .

The Background:

Funk Man (The Stimulus Package) marks Del the Funky Homosapien's 14th project of a hip-hop career that spans almost two decades. Starting at the tender age of 17 as protégé to his cousin, Ice Cube, Del quickly rose to the top of the underground hip hop scene with his albums, I Wish My Brother George Was Here (1991) and No Need for Alarm (1993), both released through Elektra Records. Soon after parting ways with the label, Del helped found the Hieroglyphics family, comprised of notable emcees Pep Love, the Souls of Mischief, Casual, and Domino. In 1998 the critically acclaimed album 3rd Eye Vision was the first to be released under the Hieroglyphics Imperium label and since then Del has had consistent success with his solo and joint efforts, including Deltron 3030 (2000), Gorillaz (2001), Full Circle (2003), and Eleventh Hour (2008) to name a few. Funk Man (The Stimulus Package) features more of Del's signature style, as this high-energy album is comprised of raw lyrics, driving rhythms, and Del's undeniable funkiness. Released via Funnyman Entertainment on April 7th, Funk Man (The Stimulus Package) is available for free via .


"King Of Fighters"
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"Straight From The Big Bad West Coast"
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"Get It Right Now"
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Del's Stimulus Address
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Pseudo Slang - "Chill Out $" feat. A.L. Third

From Audible Treats:

MP3: Pseudo Slang - "Chill Out $" feat. A.L. Third      06.24.2009
"Smooth like hustlers from the old-school I'm so cool / Turn water to ice when I roll through."

Critical Praise for Pseudo Slang:

"Pseudo Slang make the thinking fan's kind of hip-hop." - Chicago Sun Times

The Song:

Pseudo Slang's "Chill Out $" is a track that lives up to its title, both lyrically and musically. Tone Atlas, the production half of PS, has created a beat charged with soothing and transient electronic jazz chords, rhythmically supported by crackling vintage drums. Over this Emcee Sick, along with guest emcee A.L. Third, spit laid back flows about taking a chill pill every once in awhile. Pseudo Slang are at the top of their game on this track, providing us with intelligent rhymes and a joint that we can all chill out to.

We'll Keep Looking is available everywhere now via Fat Beats Records. Please post buy links! .

The Background:

Pseudo Slang is a hip-hop duo from the Buffalo, NY music scene. Emcee Sick of the Xtracts of Slang and Tone Atlas of the Pseudo Intellectuals teamed up about a decade ago to form Pseudo Slang - a side project that took on a career of its own. After their debut release, The Catalogue (a compilation of tracks PS laid down from 1999 to 2004), Pseudo Slang switched to full time. After being quickly signed to stalwart hip-hop label Fat Beats Records, Pseudo Slang released the single "Broke and Copasetic" in 2006. National and international tours followed, and the build towards their first complete studio release as a duo is almost at its apex: We'll Keep Looking is available now via Fat Beats Records.

Listen to the first single, "Broke & Copasetic" featuring Vinia Mojica - .

For Pseudo Slang's bio and other goodies, please visit: .


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"Walkin'" feat. Grap Luva
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"Broke & Copasetic" feat. Vinia Mojica
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New Videos - Wu-Tang Clan, Keelay & Zaire, Braille, Cage & More

New videos on the newsfeed tonight, starting with Keelay & Zaire's "Slick Talk."

Here's Tanya Morgan performing "So Damn Down" live at Fat Beats.

Here's a hot video of Zion I performing live at BFD 2009.

Next up is the official Cage video for "I Never Knew You."

Braille will be on Hip-Hop Shop this Sunday, so as a warm up check out "Skepticold."

You'll get a kick out of the Culture VI version of "Cribs" featuring 88-Keys.

Last but not least here's a special sneak preview of Wu-Tang Clan's "Kill Too Hard."

Perez Hilton Sues Black Eyed Peas Manager

Perez Hilton courtesy WikipediaPerez Hilton's lawyer has sued Black Eyed Peas road manager Polo Molina for battery and infliction of emotional distress over the alleged incident that took place this Sunday' at the MuchMusic Video Awards in Toronto, Canada. A statement from Hilton's lawyer Bryan Freedman appears below:

"Perez Hilton was assaulted by the Band’s road manager because he would not agree to stop writing about the Black Eyed Peas on his website Perez Hilton files this lawsuit to protect his freedom of speech and seeks legal redress against those who have physically assaulted him because they do not like his review of their album. Whether you love Perez or hate him, he is entitled to his freedom of speech without fear of physical violence. This lawsuit will make the statement that violence is never the answer. His First Amendment rights will be vigorously protected."

We'll continue to bring you more on this story as it develops. Thanks to TMZ and THR Esquire for their help with this update.

MySpace Music Presents "Def Jam 25 Live"

From Tito Belis:


Free Performance Friday, June 26, at the AVALON in HOLLYWOOD, CA

FABOLOUS' "Loso's Way" out JULY 28; JEREMIH and ACE HOOD release new albums JUNE 30

MySpace Music is excited to kick off BET Awards weekend on Friday, June 26 with performances by Fabolous, Jeremih, Ace Hood and special guests in celebration of Def Jam Recordings' 25 impactful years as a label. Admittance for this 21+ show will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis starting promptly at 10:00 p.m. and closing at capacity. Print out your ticket at: .

FABOLOUS chronicles his life and times on "Loso's Way," his new autobiographical album to be released on July 28 through Desert Storm/Def Jam Records. JEREMIH, the hot newcomer that guests on Fab's album will bring his "Birthday Sex" smash single to the party, setting up for his self-titled debut out June 30. ACE HOOD shares songs off his sophomore album entitled "Ruthless" out June 30, an album that features the singles "Overtime" feat. Akon & T- Pain and "Champion" feat. Jazmine Sullivan and Rick Ross.


Friday, June 26

9:00 - 9:30 p.m.

PARTY TIME:          
10:00 - 2:00 a.m.

1735 Vine Street
Hollywood, CA

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DJ JS-1 Live With Regis and Kelly

From Audible Treats:

DJ JS-1 - Live With Regis and Kelly

Queens-Bred DJ/Producer Celebrates Album Release With Video From Famous Morning Show 

The Video:

June 23rd is finally here, and what better way to celebrate the release of DJ JS-1's brand new album, Ground Original 2: No Sell Out, than with a fun video featuring the Queens, New York DJ and producer making a live appearance on the Live With Regis And Kelly morning show. JS-1 gets things started performing a flawless DJ set, showing off some of the skills that continue to make his talents sought worldwide. Closing out the show JS-1 gives Regis a DJ tutorial, teaching him the basics of scratching. The high point of the clip comes at the 5:05 mark as we witness Kelly rapping along to Mims' "This Is Why I'm Hot;" comedic material for any hip-hop fan. DJ-JS-1's Ground Original 2: No Sell Out is available today via Fat Beats Records.

Also make sure to check out DJ JS-1's new track, "Clear 'N Present Danger" feat. Canibus and KRS-One: .

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The Background:

As a member of the world famous Rock Steady Crew, partner of Rahzel (the world's #1 beatboxer), and occasional tour DJ for KRS-One, DJ JS-1 has toured the planet with over 1,000 shows in more than 32 countries and hundreds of cities. During that time, the Queens, NY native has shared the stage with a wide variety of artists, including 50 Cent, RUN DMC, Maroon 5, Wu-Tang Clan, The Roots, Busta Rhymes, Talib Kweli, Redman & Method Man, Wyclef, OAR, Dashboard Confessional, Snoop Dogg, All American Rejects, Mike Patton, and many more. As a producer, JS' list of accomplishments runs just as long, having worked with a number of artists, such as Common, Will Smith & Jazzy Jeff, Immortal Technique, Big Daddy Kane, Dilated Peoples, Kool G Rap, Masta Ace, Pharoahe Monch, Brand Nubian, and Kool Keith just to name a few. For the past three years, JS-1 has stayed busy touring, producing, making high-profile TV appearances, and completing his new album. The result is an album will serve to make DJ JS-1 a household name for all within the hip-hop community.

For No Sell Out, an album recorded as an addendum to his previous solo effort Ground Original, JS-1 enlisted the help of an extensive and notable list of guest emcees, including KRS-One, Large Pro, Pharoahe Monch, Canibus, Sean Price, Blaq Poet, Killah Priest, Ill Bill, Kool Keith & Ced Gee (Ultramagnetic Mc's), Aesop Rock, Vast Aire, Chino XL, Sadat X, AG, OC, Craig G, CL Smooth, Edo G, Prince Po, Akrobatik, J-Live, Vinnie Paz of Jedi Mind Tricks, Rakaa of Dilated Peoples, Krondon, C Rayz Walz, Vast Aire, Nutrageous, Copywrite, PMD, Rahzel, EMC (Masta Ace, Strick, Wordsworth, Punchline), Termanology, Torae, Pumpkinhead, Jak D, Big Noyd, Q-Unique, Brother Ali, Slaine, Virtuoso, Pack FM, Supastition. Block McCloud, Trez, Rugged Intellect, and DJ Premier. No Sell Out is available in stores everywhere via Fat Beats Records.

Listen to the first single, "Like This" featuring Large Professor - .

For JS-1's bio and other goodies, please visit: .


DJ JS-1 on Regis & Kelly
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"Clear 'N Present Danger" feat. KRS-One & Canibus
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La Coka Nostra Debut New Single w/ Snoop Dogg

From Kerosene Media:

For Immediate Release


Starting June 23, MySpace will be featuring LA COKA NOSTRA’s new single “Bang Bang” featuring Snoop Dogg. The explosive new song is the latest track from the group’s upcoming “A Brand You Can Trust” album to be posted online at .

LCN’s Slaine commented on the song: “‘Bang, Bang’ is the name of the track that we did with Snoop, and it is just one of those joints that is built for driving around with the system up. It comes just in time for the summer. I’ve been driving around, knocking it and playing it for cats around my way, and people are lovin’ it. Anytime you catch Snoop on a joint with this kind of feel to it, it just feels timeless.”

LA COKA NOSTRA is proud to announce a July 14 release date for their debut full-length album, “A Brand You Can Trust”. This is the group’s first release on Suburban Noize Records. LCN features Mr. White (Everlast, House of Pain), DJ Lethal (House of Pain, Limp Bizkit), Danny Boy (House of Pain), ILL BILL (Non Phixion), and Slaine (Special Teamz). The album features special appearances from no less than Snoop Dogg, Cypress Hill, Bun B, Psycho Realm, Immortal Technique, Q-Unique & the Alchemist!! The Hip Hop hybrid will also launch a killer live show on several European Dates and on The Rock The Bells Tour.

Following several European tour dates this July, LA COKA NOSTRA will be making several appearances at this summer’s Rock The Bells tour, which features Nas, Damien Marley, The Roots, Busta Rhymes, Common, Big Boi, KRS-One, House of Pain, Tech N9ne, RZA, GZA, Raekwon, and more!

A Brand You Can Trust Track List:
1) Bloody Sunday (featuring Big Left & Sen Dog of Cypress Hill)
2) Get You By
3) Bang Bang (featuring Snoop Dogg)
4) The Stain
5) I’m An American (featuring B-Real of Cypress Hill)
6) Brujeria (featuring Sick Jacken of Psycho Realm)
7) Once Upon A Time
8) Cousin Of Death
9) Choose Your Side (featuring Bun B of UGK)
10) Hardcore Chemical
11) Soldier’s Story (featuring Sick Jacken of Psycho Realm)
12) Gun In Your Mouth
13) Nuclear Medicinemen (featuring Q-Unique & Immortal Technique)
14) That’s Coke
15) Fuck Tony Montana (featuring Sick Jacken of Psycho Realm & B-Real of Cypress Hill)

July 03 – Denmark - Roskilde Festival
July 04 – Kristiansand - Quart Festival
July 06 - Gothenburg - Sticky Fingers
July 07 – Münster - Skaters Palace
July 08 - Amsterdam – Melkweg
July 10 – Switzerland - Montreux Jazz
July 11 – Switzerland - Frauenfeld Festival
July 12 - Germany - Splash Festival
August 22 – Prague - Hip Hop Kemp

(featuring House of Pain, Busta Rhymes, Nas, Damian Marley, Tech N9ne, the Roots, Big Boi, Common, and more)
July 18 - Mansfield, MA - Comcast Center
July 19 - Wantagh, NY - Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
August 06 - Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheatre
August 08 - Devore, CA - San Manuel Amphitheatre
August 09 - Mountain View, CA - Shoreline Amphitheatre


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Trends New Mixtape for Free Download

From Trends:

Hey beautiful People its that time again. Your boy Trends drops another dope mixtape for y'all. This one is called "Beautifully Tragic Love Stories". I really want to take this time to thank everyone who has been listening to my music. Download it for FREE. Click Here:
1) Beautifully Tragic (produced by Beat Connector)
2) It's Ok to Cry (produced by Archreateck)
3) Miss You (produced  by Beat Connector)
4) Friction (produced by BeatConnector)
5) Don't want to Text U (produced by Kajmir Royale)
6) Troubles (produced by Groundworks)
7) Closer (produced by Chemist)
8) 2 Choices feat. Sakinah (produced by Steelwaterz)
9) The Pick up (produced by Puzzled Productions)
10) I Don't know feat. Farah (produced by Big Mike)
11) Ease ya Mind feat. Joe Thrillz (produced by Dreromevontana)
12) No (produced by Beat Connector)
13) Rise and Fall (produced by Beat Connector)
14) Man on The Run (produced by Beat Connector)
Hip Hop Blogs and Websites please post this up
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