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Tila Tequila Threatens to Bankrupt Insane Clown Posse

After being attacked by the crowd during her performance at Gathering of the Juggalos this weekend, Tila Tequila has threatened to "bankrupt" the Insane Clown Posse. You can see video of the attack below. Tequila made the comment to followers of her account: "Pretty soon the owners who run the Juggalos will be bankrupt. My attorney Alan is already on it. This is disgusting behavior from men." Photos surfaced later on TMZ showing Tequila with cuts, bruises and facial lacerations from the attack.

Illus - Makin 'Em Feel Good

Born in Bridgeport, CT, raised in Stratford, educated throughout NYC, and now residing in New Haven, Illus is known for a variety of artistic endeavors. A veteran when it comes the pen and the pad in more ways than just one, in addition to penning his lyrics, Illus is also an accomplished comic book artist, and has led panel discussions on the topic at CMJ, NYU, and various Comic-Cons. His latest album, Feel Good Music, is a collaboration with producer J.J. Brown, and it’s already drawing rave reviews from the likes of Chuck D, who Illus notes “said it was one of the best albums of the year on his radio show.” He adds “hearing him say that was pretty amazing.” This week I caught up with Illus to find out more about his dual loves, in what ways they crossover, and the song he felt he had to make.

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League510 Compete In Virgin Mobile's Book The Band Contest

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League510 Compete In Virgin Mobile's Book The Band Contest

Bay Arew Crew Competing To Win $5K And Chance To Open Up For M.I.A., Pavement, T.I., And Sleigh Bells In Front Of 40,000 Fans

The Contest:

League510, the Bay Area's four-man crew of Town Techno purveyors, has been hand-selected to compete in Virgin Mobile FreeFest's Book The Band Contest. They are competing with over 200 other bands for the next week to earn a spot in the Top 20. Virgin Mobile will then pick 5 finalists, who will compete to win the grand prize.

The Grand Prize winner will receive $5000 in cash and play in front of 40,000 fans at Virgin Mobile FreeFest along side renowned artists including M.I.A., LCD Soundsystem, T.I., Pavement, Ludacris, Joan Jett, and more. For the driven group, who recently won mtvU’s Freshmen Five video contest and was profiled by AOL’s, winning this contest will allow the band to share their energetic stage show with thousands of fans.

The final countdown for the Grand Prize winner is quickly approaching. Voting closes August 19th, 2010. Fans can vote once per day by entering League510's name on Virgin Mobile's Book The Band Contest webpage.

Vote for League510 here: .

The Background:

Emcees TK, Mont, Mr. Knowitall and DJ Blacksmith better known as League510 are pioneers of a sound that is all their own, Town Techno. With a sound that is out of this world, League510's musical journey began in a galaxy far away from ours. After traveling the universe for years, they entered our galaxy and our planet shortly thereafter. With sights on our world, the quartet chose to land in the hills east of Oakland, CA. After hiding their ship deep in the hills they approached this new town with great curiosity and were immediately amazed by the vibrant culture that they found. Adopting the Bay Area scene as their new home, League510 wasted no time in beginning their new musical journey here in our world. Using advanced abilities, the four emcees quickly mastered the art of sound and gave birth to Town Techo, a form of music that would unite the people in heightened awareness; to show them to take action, to appreciate the fun in life, to believe in themselves and to believe in The League.

About Clear Label Records:

Founded in Oakland, CA in 1999, Clear Label Records has established itself as one of the top independent labels in the Bay Area. The company is owned and operated by Tajai Massey, renowned recording artist with the group Souls of Mischief and the crew Hieroglyphics, who brings a unique perspective to the label utilizing his experiences as a major-label recording artist turned independent label owner & successful touring musician. Clear Label is home to recording artists of many genres such as Chris Marsol, Baby Jaymes, FamSyrk, Deep Rooted, League510, and more. Through a partnership with Pushing the Beat (PTB) called ClearBeat, the label is also home to Oakland’s hottest street artists including Beeda Weeda, Shady Nate, D-Lo, Sleepy D and others. Look for full-length releases from all of these artists in the near future.  For more information, please visit .


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PR: Snoop Dogg & George Hodos Are #25 With a Bullet

From Luthier Society:

Snoop Dogg & George Hodos Are #25 With a Bullet

LOS ANGELES, CA -- 08/13/10 -- LSI -- Adding formidably to his incredible list of hits and accomplishments, Snoop Dogg makes it six Number Ones in a row on the Billboard Dance/Club Plays chart, hitting the pole position this week with his featured performance on Katy Perry's across the board electro-pop smash "California Gurls."

The track also hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and Pop Songs charts. Missy Elliot is the only other rap performer with multiple Number Ones on the dance charts.

Not limiting himself to a single continent, Snoop hops from Cali to Moscow as a featured performer on Russian singer George Hodos' "Just A Man," which is currently at #25 with a bullet on the same chart.

"Just A Man" was released by Dauman Music and produced by The Alumni Entertainment Group and it has been remixed by DJ Escape (Beyonce) and Rod Carrillo (Rihanna).

Jason Dauman, President of Dauman Music, says, "It is remarkable that a hip-hop great like Snoop has two different titles in the Billboard Club Play Top 25 in the same week. This is a great and rare achievement. I'm really excited about the success he is having with George's track, and am honored that one of my artists had the opportunity to work with an artist of Snoop's caliber."

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Free Big Boi Concert in Miami, Florida on August 18th

From Tito Belis and MySpace:

Free Big Boi Concert in Miami, Florida on August 18th


MySpace Music and HP have announced a special performance by Big Boi on Wednesday, August 18 at Sobe Live in Miami, FL. The performance is part of HP's Summer Music Campaign to promote better sounding music. Big Boi will take the stage in Miami to perform tracks from his recently released debut album titled Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty (Def Jam Recordings) along with GRAMMY-nominated Outkast classics.
MySpace Music will live-stream the 21+ show via USTREAM at at 11 p.m. EST so fans unable to attend the show can experience the special event live with stellar sound and picture quality. Free tickets for the event are available on a first-come, first-served basis at Sobe Live. Entry for the early event begins at 10 p.m. and the show starts at 11 p.m.

New HP computers with integrated Beats Audio™, which emerged from close collaboration between HP and Beats by Dr. Dre™, will be on display at the performance for fans to use. HP PCs with Beats Audio provide the ultimate listening experience, delivering music as the artist intended it.
Sir Lucious Left foot: The Son of Chico Dusty, the new solo album from Atlanta's own Big Boi, sees the stylistically progressive rapper producing alongside a star-studded line up of ATLiens, including Outkast's very own Andre 3000. Additional contributors to the album are T.I, Gucci Mane, Janelle Monae, B.o.B, and Jamie Foxx. Much of the album was recorded in Big Boi's Stankonia studio, where he co-produced every musical element of the record. Content wise, the album summons a variety of genres that range from electro to soul, with Big Boi's signature tongue-twisting flow and bass-driven force present on almost every track. In addition, Big Boi's delivery has been well received by critics. Many reviews recall the resounding success of Outkast's 2003 chart-topping Speakerboxx/The Love Below (Jive Records) to describe Big Boi's newly imaginative efforts and successful ambition. As of this writing, the album has spent four weeks on the charts since it entered at #3 on the Billboard 200 and #2 on Billboard's Digital Albums.

Show Details:
Date: Wednesday, August 18th, 2010
Venue: Sobe Live (Miami, FL)
Doors: 10 p.m. (EARLY Show/Doors close at capacity)
21+. FREE Admission.

For more information, tour updates and news, please visit Big Boi's official MySpace Music profile at .

PR: Eminem & Rihanna Get Remix Treatment From European Duo

From Nova Music Press:

Eminem & Rihanna Get Remix Treatment From European Duo

New York Aug. 14/DanceNova/ -- Djs From Mars, two deejays from Italy, continue to deliver groundbreaking goods, with new remixes of the Billboard No. 1 Eminem feat. Rihanna “Love The Way You Lie”, and the upcoming single, Mark Morrison “B’Day”.

The alien Djs have earned themselves immense recognition after a slew of acclaimed productions, remixes, and several bootlegs for their gigs. Receiving millions of YouTube views, for remixes such as Beyonce “Single Ladies”, Kanye West “Love Lockdown” and Madonna “Miles Away“.

Djs From Mars, are represented exclusively in the US & UK by legendary producer/remixer Jason Nevins. Recently working with Starshit Rec., they put their hands on Rico Bernasconi’s “Love Deep Inside”, and they are about to release “Don’t Give up”, a remake of the massive 90’s club hit by Chicane and Bryan Adams.

Eminem feat Rihanna Vs Guns'n'Roses
“Love The Way You Lie vs Paradise City” (Djs From Mars Remix)
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“B'Day” (Djs From Mars Remix)
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PR: Potluck "Vapors" feat. Absolute & Garth Vader

From Kerosene Media:

Video: Potluck "Vapors" feat. Absolute & Garth Vader

Humboldt County California’s Potluck has released their video for the track “Vapors” online at . The track appears on the group's new album, "Greatest Hits With My Buds", which also features guest appearances by Tech N9ne, D12, E-40, Chali 2na, and The Luniz.

"Everyone has rap lines about blunts, joints and bongs, but nobody had ever made a song or video about a vaporizer,” commented 1 Ton from Potluck. “When it came time to shoot the video we just threw a big house party in LA and invited our fans, a bunch of girls, Pakelika and all the office workers at Sub Noize. We also had DJ Product from (Hed)pe come spin and do some graffiti art.  The video guys just came in and recorded the whole night. It was the easiest video we ever made."

Potluck’s "Greatest Hits With My Buds" is a 2-disc set that includes classic Potluck tracks, as well as the previously unreleased song, “I Ain’t Crazy”, featuring D12 & King Gordy. The second disc in this explosive set includes the Potluck EP, "Pothead Music Vol. 1: The Dank Alumni Experience", which was previously only available digitally. The EP features tracks the group recorded alongside Absolute on End, and Garth "Culti" Vader.

Tanya Morgan Kicks Off Cross-Country Headphone Rock Tour

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Tanya Morgan Kicks Off Cross-Country Headphone Rock Tour

Hip-Hop Crew Also Now Oficially Characters In NBA 2K11 Video Game Series

(August 13, 2010 - Brooklyn, NY) Since the release of their 2009 sophomore album Brooklynati, the hip-hop crew Tanya Morgan has been delivering stellar shows to fans throughout the East Coast and the Midwest. They now set off on August 20th on their second tour of the summer season to impart their musical genius to audiences in major cities throughout the Wild West. They will be blazing through Texas, New Mexico, California, and the State of Washington. Tanya Morgan will also be hitting the international stage once again, making hot-stops throughout the European cities of Ipswich, Birmingham, London, and Barcelona.

Along with this latest tour, the crew has been forging other major side projects that have set fans' decks on fire. Donwill's debut solo album Don Cusack In High Fidelity, released earlier this year, and "The Sandwich Shop" by Donwill and Von Pea, have been wildly regarded as some of the highest quality music being released today. After the release of his mixtape, So Motivational: The Most Skullduggery Of Mixtapes, fans and critics alike now await the much anticipated September release of Von Pea's solo album Pea's Gotta Have It.

Tanya Morgan isn't stopping there. The crew is now officially part of the latest installment in the best selling, and highest rated NBA videogame series NBA 2k11. In NBA 2k11, gamers will actually be able to play with the characters that represent members of Tanya Morgan in the video game. This is especially noteworthy because this marks the first time Michael Jordan allows his image to be used on the cover and only one of a very few times in a video game.

Rock with Tanya Morgan at a city near you but if you can’t make it, look forward to tearing the court up as Donwill, Von Pea, or Ilyas in the forthcoming NBA 2k11 video game.

Check out the tour schedule below and be on the look out for the upcoming European Tour dates:

8/20/2010 @ The Green Elephant Dallas, TX
8/21/2010 @ Moonlight Lounge Albuquerque, NM
8/24/2010 @ Spaceland Los Angeles, CA with Afro Classics & TiRon
8/25/2010 @ 330 Ritch San Francisco CA Freddie Gibbs, DaVinci
8/26/2010 @ Someday Lounge: The Fix Portland, OR w/ Blu J*Davey, + DJ Kenny Fresh's Birthday Celebration
8/27/2010 @ The Riverfront Salem, OR
8/28/2010 @ Columbia City Theater Seattle, WA
9/1/2010 @ Sol Collective Sacramento, CA

To download Donwill & Von Pea's The Sandwich Shop please visit: .

Also, Be Sure to Support Donwill's Debut Solo Effort, Don Cusack In High Fidelity: .

The Background:

Tanya Morgan is back with their third project, Brooklynati, following the success of Moonlighting and The Bridge. Since Von Pea, Ilyas, and Donwill formed Tanya Morgan in 2003, they have received high praise from media elites such as Spin, The Source, XXL Magazine and a resounding seal of approval from the blogosphere. Considered by many to be our generation's torchbearers for De La Soul and A Tribe Called Quest, Tanya Morgan will once again put their skills on display with the unique hip-hop Americana sounds of their Brooklynati album this spring. Based on the fictitious city of Brooklynati, this release pushes the boundaries of a concept album by incorporating not only lyrical imagery but also cultivating a culture and mindset, which can be experienced through the City of Brooklynati Chamber of Commerce website: The sites, sounds, memories, and events of Brooklynati were unleashed via Bay-Area based record label Interdependent Media, the architects behind the funding and development of Brooklynati. Wanderlusts can feed their souls at .

About Interdependent Media:

Founded in 2006 in the Bay Area by Evan Phillips, Interdependent Media has built unique strengths in the development, production, and marketing of recorded music via new methods of marketing and promotion. Armed with a comprehensive understanding of both traditional and emerging methods of marketing, iM has successfully created multi-faceted methods of raising awareness and interest in their projects. Industry veterans Ian "ID" Davis and Dominic Del Bene head operations at iM and are credited with discovering and/or developing artists such as 9th Wonder, Little Brother, Tanya Morgan, Blackalicious, Del the Funky Homosapien, the Hieroglyphics and more. In 2009, iM will be releasing multi-media projects from artists Finale, Canibus, K'naan, Truthlive, and Tanya Morgan. For more information, please visit .

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MP3: Dorrough - "Miss Parker"

From Chris at Koch/E1 Entertainment:

MP3: Dorrough - "Miss Parker"

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Dorrough - Get Big


MP3: Ayah - "4:15" (Apollo Brown Reprise)

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MP3: Ayah - "4:15" (Apollo Brown Reprise)

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