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MP3 + LP Release: The Left - "Reporting Live" f/ Guilty Simpson

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MP3 + Album Release: The Left - "Reporting Live" Feat. Guilty Simpson

Reporting Live From The Streets Of Detroit, The Left Celebrate Album Release

The Song:

Detroit trio The Left, comprised of producer Apollo Brown, rapper Journalist 103, and DJ Soko, are celebrating the release of their debut album, Gas Mask, today with "Reporting Live," the first official release from the album featuring fellow Detroit wordsmith Guilty Simpson.

Apollo jumps things off with a soulful grittiness -- the track seamlessly mixes Apollo's vocal chops, horns, and heavy drums – and the instrumental serves as a perfect match for Journalist's own gravelly vocals, as he rhymes, "Reporting live from the gritty blocks of Rock City/ Forgotten sound of Motown produced by many/ Rappers come a dime a dozen, but not many/ Can carry the status of legends, I hope that y'all hear me." Guilty follows in step with his own verse ("Young killers take it in blood/ Dirt doers get wet up, then pigs come play in the mud"), and Detroit city imagery abounds as the two Rock City vets take you on a tour of their hometown.

The Left's Gas Mask is available now via Mello Music Group.

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The Background:

The Left began as a simple phone conversation between two artists displaying mutual respect for each other's craft. Detroit staples Apollo Brown (Producer) and Journalist 103 (Emcee) turned the prospect of a couple random songs into an album considered by many tastemakers to be the best underground hip hop LP of 2010. Shortly after starting the album in early 2009, the duo brought in DJ Soko to provide cuts for the album and act as the official DJ for The Left's live performances. Gas Mask is indeed The Left's debut album, but the rookie producer Apollo Brown has certainly been accumulating accolades as of late. In 2008 he won the producer showcase at Scribble Jam. Then, in 2009, Apollo won the Detroit Red Bull Big Tune Championships and went on to the Atlanta Finals. In 2010 he signed with Mello Music Group and made waves with his scorching debut album, The Reset. Meanwhile, The Left's mic master, Journalist 103, is just as seasoned. Despite this being his first wide public display, he worked with the legendary Detroit emcee Proof of D12 before his passing.

MP3: Joe Budden f/ Fabolous, Royce Da 5'9" - "Remember the Titans"

From Zack Einhorn:

MP3: Joe Budden feat. Fabolous, Lloyd Banks, Royce Da 5'9" - "Remember the Titans"


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Video: Moe Green at Southpaw Quality Control Showcase

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Video: Moe Green at Southpaw Quality Control Showcase

Video: Chase - "Binge Drinker"

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Video: Chase - "Binge Drinker"

Video: NewDay - "Wait!"

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Video: NewDay - "Wait!"

PR: Lyrics Born - "As U Were" in Stores Today (10/26/10)

From Decon Media:

Lyrics Born - "As U Were" in Stores Today (10/26/10)

Lyrics Born's newest studio album As U Were is out today. The album features Sam Sparro, Lateef, Trackademics, The Gift of Gab, Francis and the Lights, and more. Pick it up on Amazon now!

Lyrics Born's Auto Reverse tour with fellow Decon artists Rakaa and Chali 2na is in full effect through the end of the month. Check out the remaining dates below:

Auto Reverse Tour Dates             
10/26 - Salt Lake City, UT - The State Room             
10/27 -  Boise, ID - Reef                  
10/28 - Ketchum, ID - Whiskey Jacques                
10/29 - Victor, ID - Knotty Pine
10/30 - Bozeman, MT - Emerson Cultural Center                   
10/31 - Missoula, MT - The Top Hat
11/02 - Olympia, WA - The Royal Lounge**                    
11/03 - Seattle, WA - Neumos Crystal Ball Reading Room*
11/04 - Vancouver, BC - The Biltmore Cabaret*
11/05 - Portland, OR - Dante's

*Chali 2na not performing, **Rakaa Not Performing

Video: Souls of Mischief - "Won"

From Hieroglyphics Imperium:

Video: Souls of Mischief - "Won"

MP3: Mr. Brady - "Real Heavy" Ft. Guilty Simpson & Johaz

From Audible Treats:

MP3: Mr. Brady - "Real Heavy" Ft. Guilty Simpson & Johaz

Mr. Brady Boasts New Album Featuring Blu, Aloe Blacc, Exile, Diamond D, And More

The Song:

Native Cali rapper, producer, and founder of the group Deep Rooted, Mr. Brady is back with his latest solo album, Labor Of Love. The album is exactly what its title implies; fifteen energized tracks delivering Brady's raw persona and featuring some of the best of what underground hip-hop has to offer. Part of what makes Labor of Love so special is Mr. Brady's personal touch as the album's main producer, "I usually do all my production myself," says Brady. "There was no big studio involved in this project at all. I wanted to let people know that you can make it happen with whatever you have." And make it happen Brady did, as Labor Of Love boasts appearances from Guilty Simpson, Blu, Diamond D, Exile, Aloe Blacc, Tajai of Souls Of Mischief, and more.

The album's lead single "Real Heavy," unleashed today to celebrate the release of his new album, Brady collaborates with prominent Detroit rapper Guilty Simpson and Johaz, who also happens to be a part of Brady's Deep Rooted crew. Mr. Brady considers the song a "classic joint;" a well orchestrated track of chopped up lo-fi samples pieced together with a raw lyrical vibe and a hard hitting beat. "Real Heavy" is exemplary of Mr. Brady's vision for the album: "I'ma keep it raw, soulful and give all of me with every track."

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The Background:

Hailing from San Diego, California, Mr. Brady is not new to the hip-hop game. Mr. Brady has worked with artists like Diamond D (producer of The Fugess and Mos Def), Killah Preist, Guilty Simpson, Blu, Evidence and more. He has toured around the globe including extended trips through Europe, Canada and the USA performing with such legends as Common, The Roots, Slum Village and Souls Of Mischief. After promoting himself and seeing his buzz-factor increase, Mr. Brady established the label Battle Axe Records in 1999. In 2003, Mr. Brady teamed up with the powerhouse group Deep Rooted, who signed to Clear Label Records. His latest solo album, Labor Of Love is available now.

Video: DJ Toomp Discusses Transition From DJing to Production

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Video: DJ Toomp Discusses Transition From DJing to Production

DJ Toomp Discusses Transition From DJing To Production from DJ Smallz.

DJ Alexei Receives Cease and Desist From Cash Money Records

Alexei actually sent us the full letter he received. Ballsy move on his part, but from reading it, I don't think they're playing. That Lil Wayne remix album should probably be shelved. Get all the details below.

Record Companies Seek to Block Release of Lil Wayne’s
90s Rock Mashup Album with a Cease and Desist Letter

(November 26, 2010, New York, NY) - Cash Money Records and Universal Group have sent a cease and desist letter to DJ Alexei in an attempt to stop the release of Lil Wayne’s remix album that features mashups of the artist’s material with classic 90s recordings from Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Stone Temple Pilots, Radiohead, Smashing Pumpkins and other influential rock acts. The album, Weezy’s 90s Ball, Vol. 1 is currently scheduled for November 4, 2010 to coincide with Lil Wayne’s release from jail.

The album’s producer DJ Alexei has expressed regret at the labels’ decision, but remained optimistic that Lil Wayne’s fans would get to hear the album. “While I’m flattered that label executives see Weezy’s 90s Ball as a threat to the ‘I Am Not a Human Being’ profits, they are being shortsighted - the fans will buy the official release even if they had downloaded Weezy’s 90s Ball because these are two completely different bodies of work,” said Alexei. “Lil Wayne released the free ‘No Ceilings’ mixtape not long before ‘Rebirth’ and that doesn’t appear to have hurt sales.” Alexei added that it will ultimately be up to the fans to make sure that everyone could get a copy of Weezy’s 90s Ball “just as they made sure that Danger Mouse’s ‘Grey Album’ didn’t die a quiet death after the cease and desist letter.”

The full text of the cease and desist letter is below.

Dear DJ Alexei:

I am the attorney for Cash Money Records, Inc. (“Cash Money”).  It has come to the attention of Cash Money that you have produced and manufactured and will distribute, starting November 4, 2010, an unauthorized audio CD entitled “Alexei Presents Lil Wayne & Alexei, Weezy’s 90s Ball, Vol. 1, Remixes, Mashups by DJ Alexei” (the “CD”) embodying performances of Cash Money’s exclusive artist professionally known as “Lil Wayne” (“Artist”).

Please be advised that Cash Money is the exclusive owner and distributor of master recordings created by Artist during the term of Artist’s recording agreement with Cash Money (the “Agreement”) and therefore only Cash Money has the right to exploit Artist’s recordings and performances.  Moreover Universal Motown Republic Group (“Universal”) is Cash Money’s exclusive worldwide distributor and the only company with the right to distribute Artist’s records and performances.

Cash Money hereby demands that you cease and desist any and all production, manufacture, distribution and exploitation Artist’s recordings and performances (including the CD).  Neither Cash Money nor the Artist have granted you the right to exploit any recordings or performances created by Artist and consequently your exploitation of Artist’s recordings and performances constitutes an infringement of Cash Money’s exclusive rights to Artist and Universal’s exclusive right to distribute Artist’s recordings and performances.

It is our hope to resolve this matter amicably without resort to formal legal process.  However your exploitation of Artist’s recordings may give rise to a cause of action in law and/or equity.  Therefore, please confirm that you will not distribute the CD or any other of Artist’s recording or performances and you will remove any mention of the CD from all of your websites, including without limitation, your Facebook and myspage pages.

This email should not be construed as a waiver, limitation, or relinquishment of any of Cash Money’s or Universal’s rights or remedies, whether legal or equitable, all of which are hereby expressly reserved.

Sincerely yours,

Ed Grauer

Law Office of Edward R. Grauer, P.C.
888 Seventh Avenue, Suite 500
New York, New York 10106

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