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Juicy J & Project Pat - "Break It Down" (Music Video)

From DJ Smallz:

Juicy J & Project - Break It Down (Music Video)

Taken from "CUTTHROAT" mixtape hosted by DJ SMALLZ & DJ KAY SLAY

Legendary MC Guru Offers "Jazzmatazz Vol. 4" For Free!

From Yo! PR:

DOWNLOAD: Jazzmatazz Vol. 4
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The legendary Guru is the frontman and founder of both GangStarr and the worldwide acclaimed Jazzmatazz. Guru was the first artist to truly blend Hip-Hop with Live Jazz beginning in 1993, and seeing the vast influences his Jazzmatazz concept has had on the industry, it is clear that Guru's musical contributions have been way ahead of their time.

As one of the best kept secrets in Hip-Hop and music history, as an innovator and royal luminary of Hip-Hop and Hip-Hop/Jazz, Guru worked with such great artists as Herbie Hancock, Isaac Hayes, Donald Byrd, Ramsey Lewis, Roy Ayers, Chaka Kahn, Branford Marsalis, David Sanborn, Bob James, Erykah Badu, The Roots, Common, Angie Stone, Jamiroquai, Macy Gray and Damien Marley to name a few.

After the release of Guru's "Jazzmatazz Vol. 1" in 1993 there were very many attempts to duplicate the Jazzmatazz Hip-Hop/Jazz concept and even the entire Neo-Soul genre was heavily influenced by Jazzmatazz. The first 3 Jazzmatazz albums were released in 1993, 1995 and 2000. Not only did the early Jazzmatazz music challenge the boundaries of Hip-Hop, Jazz, Soul, R&B, etc., the live aspect was something that none of these genres had ever seen. On a deeper level, the Jazzmatazz show was the first time anyone had seen a vocalist with a live band and DJ which has now become an industry standard stretching all the way to Rock N Roll. Jazzmatazz was the first Hip-Hop act to be asked to play at the world's most prestigious music festivals and brought with it a whole new audience as well as a new youthful appreciation for Jazz and live music which continues to this day. Since its inception there has been no credible comparison to the originality and broad appeal of a Guru's Jazzmatazz concert. This is one of the most captivating musical experiences ever world over!

The release of "Jazzmatazz Vol. 4: The Hip Hop-Jazz Messenger" sparked the rejuvenation of the Jazzmatazz series due to the brilliant production and masterful arrangements brought forth by his producer and partner Solar. This album is now the # 1 Hip-Hop/Jazz release of the decade. Released on their successful new label, 7 Grand Records, distributed worldwide. Though sophisticated musically and conceptually, the album connected with many underground Hip-Hop acts as well due to the fresh new sound that Solar put together. For the new live show, Solar has created a sonic landscape that takes the audience on a musical journey through all of my classic material from early Jazzmatazz to the present and even includes masterful live renditions of GangStarr hits.

Thus, Guru's Jazzmatazz featuring Solar and the 7 Grand Players is the best live Hip-Hop/Jazz act on the planet and appeals to all audiences from pure Hip-Hop/Jazz to hardcore Hip-Hop, to Alternative, to more conservative Jazz, to R&B, Soul, Retro, etc.

Guru and Solar have performed for sold-out crowds ranging from 1,500 to 50,000 people around the globe. There is something for everyone to enjoy here. Look out for more classic Hip-Hop/Jazz coming from the icon Guru and his partner Solar!

Jazzmatazz, Vol. 1 .

Jazzmatazz, Vol. 2: The New Reality .

The Best of Guru's Jazzmatazz .

Jazzmatazz - Streetsoul .

Jazzmatazz - Back to the Future - The Mixtape .

Guru 7.0: The Street Scriptures .

Guru 8.0: Lost & Found .

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OutKast (Andre 3000) Gets Remixed by Kero One

From pluglabel:




1) Download: Talib Kweli - Keep it in the Pockets (Kero One Remix) .mp3
Bitrate: 256 kbps

2) Download: Common - Universal Mind Control (King Most remix) Mp3
Bitrate: 192 kbps

3) Download: Wale feat. Lady Gaga - Chillin (Green Tea's 1983 Re-fix).mp3 *new*
Bitrate: 192 kbps



Dan-e-o Live in Concert at Ram in the Rye - January 13th

From Dan-e-o:

Toronto! Your bro Dan-e-o is back doing what he does best...rockin’ the
mic live!

On Wednesday, January 13, Dan-e-o takes to the stage to headline a FREE
night of live hip-hop at Ryerson University’s Ram In The Rye!

Located at 63 Gould Street in Downtown Toronto, this FREE show will also
feature performances by Fitz Reid, Crateology and Notes To Self. Show
starts at 9pm sharp.

Performing both classic cuts and bangin' joints from the new “Dilla Pickles”
mixtape, Dan-e-o’s live show is a can’t-miss!

Download "Dilla Pickles" FREE right HERE:

Check out its first video, "Break It Down":


How Indie Artists Are Beating The Big Boys

Just a handful of years ago I remember interviewing the likes of 50 Cent, T.I., Lil’ Wayne, Ludacris and Robin Thicke for online outlets, but nowadays the big names are doing less and less press and the few that are doing press seem to be doing only a select few publications and even skipping some interviews. It’s a little odd to me that in an age where the internet has become so responsible for creating buzz and, in many cases, stars, that major label acts aren’t putting in a little more work to maintain their status. The plethora of independent artists out there aren’t complaining, though, as the major label artists’ sloth has led to a fantastic opportunity the smart indie acts are already taking advantage of.

Read the full story at:

Neosonic Productions - The Piano-rama Sampler

From K-Murdock:

The homie DJ Ragz came through in the clutch for me by putting together this very thorough sampler-mix of the latest volume in my "Mood Muzik" series.  "Piano-rama" will be out on January 26th via Tasteful Licks Records in both digital and physical (USB Flash Drive) formats- which is pretty dope if u ask me :)  In the meantime, download & enjoy Ragz' mix as well as the fly promo poster designed by Panacea visual artist, Stephen Knox.  The poster pays tribute to the person who inspired the album's concept- Ryuichi Sakamoto, and his classic 1984 album, "Illustrated Musical Enclyclopedia".  Special shouts as well to Reyn and company over at PIMB for the help in pushing this project which took me 7 years to complete!

"Piano-rama" Sampler  by  Neosonix


Posted By K-Murdock to NEOSONIC PRODUCTIONS at 1/06/2010
No Beef! 2 Pistols & Chot Perform in Largo, FL

From DJ Smallz:

No Beef! 2 Pistols & Chot Perform in Largo, FL

No Beef! Formal rivals in Tarpon Springs, FL, 2 Pistols & Chot Perform together for the first time their hit "She Got It" in Largo, FL at Gasoline Alley.

Once signed to Universal Republic via Grammy Award Winning Producers, The J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, 2 Pistols is the latest member to sign to Cash Money.

DJ Smallz Seeks Rap Artists Amongst Military For New Project

From DJ Smallz:

After embarking on his first USO Tour to Afghanistan and Kuwait last august with Grammy nominated hip hop recording artist Paul Wall, DJ Smallz is set to release a military inspired "Southern Smoke" mixtape project titled "Call of Duty", starring hip hop's brightest stars serving in active duty.

Named in November's issue of XXL Magazine as "one of hip hop's most sought-after DJs", DJ Smallz is seeking the nation's best talent (hip hop and R&B) amongst the military's four branches - Army, Navy, Marines, and U.S. Air Force.

Artists interested in this opportunity, may submit a link to their best song at

"Call of Duty" cover artwork:

Athletic Mic League's Unreleased "RU???" Video

From Stephanie Estes:


I got a little somethin' for the dome....and your ears!

Athletic Mic League’s “RU???” video freshly liberated from the Ahptic vaults. This 2004 Unreleased video, is from AML’s “Jungle Gym Jungle album.

The six emcees of Athletic Mic League came together while still attending high school in Ann Arbor, MI. Known then as the Anonymous Clique: Buff1, 14KT, Grand Champ, Texture, Tres Styles, and Vital joined forces with DJ Haircut aka Mayer Hawthorne and after two years of love and support from the local hip-hop community they made it official and AML was born.

YouTube: .

14KT created a 'Foolin' Around' Remix of Team Player 2 off Jungle Gym Jungle. Listen below..

// Higher Learning //

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Feel free to blog it, share it, and rip it!

“Jungle Gym Jungle”, and the rest of the Athletic Mic League’s catalog is available on iTunes! 

Slaughterhouse Heading Out on European Tour

Crooked I, Royce Da 5'9", Joe Budden and Joell Ortiz will be heading out to Europe as the crew has announced their European tour

This is in support of their Slaughterhouse album.

"The stage will be brought down like it always is," Joe Budden announced in a statement. "This is what we live for, see you there."

For the dates and locations of the tour, check below.

Wednesday, January 20 Amsterdam, Holland Melkweg
Friday, January 22 Hengelo, Holland, Metropool
Saturday, January 23 Stockholm, Sweden Gota Kollare
Sunday, January 24 Warsaw, Poland, The Fresh
Wednesday, January 27 Copenhagen, Denmark, Loppen
Thursday, January 28 Bergins Norway, Verftet
Friday, January 29 Trondheim, Norway, Kjopmannagata
Saturday, January 30, Oslo, Norway, Bla
Sunday, January 31 Helsinski, Finland Virgin Oil Co.
Tuesday, February 2 Prague, Czech Republic Lucerna Music
Wednesday, February 3 Budapest, Hungary A38
Thursday, February 4 Vienna, Austria, Planet
Friday, February 5 Zürich, Switzerland Dynamo
Saturday, February 6 Biel, Switzerland Coupole

Source: HipHopDX

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