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PR: Sam Adams and Live Nation Team Up For US Winter Tour

From Amy Meyer:

Sam Adams and Live Nation Team Up For US Winter Tour


Los Angeles, CA - Since his phenomenal sales debut in March of this year, electro pop rapper Sam Adams has sold out almost every show he has performed in the US. With multiple sold out shows in Boston, including the House of Blues and two sold out nights at NYC's Gramercy Theater, Adams has now teamed up with Live Nation for a headlining winter tour. Set to kick off November 19th in Boulder, Colorado; the 21 city major market tour includes stops in Chicago, New York, DC, Dallas, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and San Diego. A special VIP package pre-sale is available today here: .
Most recently, Adams released a free mixtape, Party Records, A Mixtape which received approximately 200,000 downloads in the first week just from its original site posting. "Party Records" is hosted by DJ Whoo kid and DJ Cash. The full track listing is below and the full release can be downloaded here: .
Sam Adams' EP, Boston's Boy was released digitally in March as the flagship artist for startup label, 1st Round Records and immediately landed the #1 iTunes Hip-Hop spot and #2 overall. As an independent artist with no mainstream radio support who seemingly came out of nowhere, Adams' debut was met with much controversy however he subsequently received offers from multiple major labels. Adams and the 1st Round Records team have opted to remain independent for the time being and released a physical bonus track edition of Boston's Boy in July via a distribution deal with Fontana.

"Still I Rise" featuring label mate G. Curtis is the current single and is just starting to gain heat in both the Rhythmic and Top 40 formats. The video can be seen here: .
Along with all of the changes in his life this past year, Adams spent the first half of 2010 juggling his schoolwork as a student at Trinity College where he was also captain of the soccer team and his flourishing music career. He is taking this year off to focus on touring and recording his upcoming full length release.
Sam Adams can currently be seen in the ad campaign for New Era Cap where he was selected to be a Flagbearer in their national "Fly Your Own Flag" advertising and marketing campaign. The campaign focuses on self-expression and individuality, with Adams as one of a select few chosen by the company to represent the spirit of this. .

Tour dates are below and tickets are available in the following locations:

Get Tickets at,, at Live Nation and Ticketmaster retail locations, plus via charge-by-phone (800.745.3000) All dates, acts and ticket prices subject to change.

11/19- Boulder, CO- Fox Theatre
11/20 - Lawrence, KS - Granada Theatre
11/22 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues
11/23 - Detroit, IL - Saint Andrews Hall
11/24- Cleveland, OH- House of Blues
11/26- New York, NY- Irving Plaza
11/27- Boston, MA- House of Blues
11/28 - Philadelphia PA - Theatre of Living Arts
11/29 - Asbury Park, NJ - Paramount Theatre
11/30 - Washington DC - 9:30 Club
12/3 - Fort Lauderdale, FL - Revolution
12/4 - Orlando, FL - House of Blues
12/6 - Houston, TX - House of Blues
12/7 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues
12/10 - Las Vegas, NV - House of Blues
12/11- Los Angeles, CA- House of Blues
12/12 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues
12/13- Anaheim, CA - House of Blues
12/15 - Flagstaff, AZ    Orpheum
12/16 - Phoenix, AZ Martini Ranch
12/17 - Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theatre

Party Records, A Mixtape track listing:

1. Living The Dream- (Doctor P)
2. Hold On - (RUSKO)
3. Lemonade - (Bangladesh)
4. Some Chordz - (Deadmau5)
5. Share your Dolla - (Vision)
6. Bass head - (Bassnectar)
7. Summer Techno-Produced by Sam Adams
8. No Speak Americano - (Yolanda Be Cool)
9. I Got'em Like - (RUSKO)
10. Heads Will Roll - (A-track and YEAH YEAH YEAHs)
11. I'm On - (SKI BEATS)
12. Gonna Be OK - (Vision)
13. Lonely People - (Matt Caprio)
14. Frat Music - (Clinton Sparks)
15. All That - (Poobs)

PR: Misterthumbs Presents - Thumb Drive The Mixtape

From Purple Bird Music:

Misterthumbs Presents - Thumb Drive The Mixtape




The latest installment from the Jersey born, left-field rapper Alex “misterthumbs” Smith, brings the rants of a post-graduate cubicle lurker by day – underground rapper by night. The mixtape features production by label mates Dead Geoff and Chi’ Akai, as well as collaborations with New York producers WHITE MAGICK and Hartley Lewis and Natural Ingredients’ teammate Entricut. The unassuming, middle class rapper engages a variety of topics ranging from his phobia of waking up in the morning to reminiscing about childhood memories of “Saved by the Bell” and “Boy Meets World.” He even dedicates a track to explain his interest in leaving the lights on when entertaining female guests.

            In the left field hip-hop game, misterthumbs is a veteran outfielder; an MC of the organic hip hop duo Natural Ingredients, as well as the glitch-hop team, The Opposables. For the first time in his career, misterthumbs finds himself in his own light on his first solo release. Holstering his AK-47-esque articulation, misterthumbs opts on the side of clarity and diction over rapid rhythm for his new mixtape. Flows and delivery come in a variety of tones: from the assertive and confident (“Just Chill” and “238”) to the honest and insecure (“Ninja Without His Nunchucks”) to the playful anti-thug routine (“Party with the Lights On” and “Fist Pump City.”)

The mixtape is an ethnography on the life of a rapper with no secrets, fronts, or misconceptions. misterthumbs tells his story from the streets, albeit suburban streets lined with big houses or swank apartment buildings. The first single off the mixtape, “Stay Runnin” is a testament to self-inflicted insomnia and the resulting consequences that the rising sun brings with it. Rushed dressing, chugging cheerios, and a groggy eyed run to the subway – all to sit in a cubicle for the rest of the day.

misterthumbs has been featured on WNYU 89.1FM and WRUV 90.1FM. He signed to Purple Bird Music in 2009 and has had over 2,000 unique downloads over his first two EPs. misterthumbs has played at venues through Burlington, Vermont and New York City, New York including: Higher Ground, Nectars, Club Metronome, Lake Johnson, Cin-M-Art Space 17, and the Sidewalk Café.

MP3: Louie P. Newton - "David Ruffin"

From Juan Neal:

MP3: Louie P. Newton - "David Ruffin"

David Ruffin (Dirty):

Louie P. Newton's first release off of "Here For a Reason" was titled "The Bottom". The track was received well and was posted on numerous websites as well as record spins on the radio stations and in the club. Louie P. Newton's second single off of his mixtape is titled "David Ruffin". This is an all around dynamic track. Excellent production, and rememberable hook and bars for days. While keeping up with the theme of "The Bottom", the track "David Ruffin" gives you more and leaves you also wanting more.
The reason that I am contacting you is that you hold the power of letting this track be heard. I think it is more than important that the voices of Detroit music is heard again and the resources that you use can help do so. Whether it is posting this track on your website, spins on the radio, interviews or word of mouth you can help the track "David Ruffin" spread not only in the United States, but over seas as well.
My hopes is that you have pressed play on this track and you are tapping your foot to this smooth track and that you enjoy it enough to work your magic. This message includes the download links, dirty and clean.
PR: Gyptian Joins Mary J. Blige for UK Tour

From VP Records:

Gyptian Joins Mary J. Blige for UK Tour

Tuesday, October 5, 2010


(VP RECORDS, NEW YORK)  - Reggae star Gyptian continues to sizzle this year as he now joins forces with the iconic Mary J. Blige. Gyptian will be breaking from his tour schedule to join the R&B queen on the England leg of her UK tour. He takes the stage on November 2 at The O2 Arena in London, the same venue Michael Jackson was slated to headline for his infamous 'This Is It' concert. Gyptian then heads with Blige to the LG Arena in Birmingham on November 3, before resuming his own tour. Gyptian has been touring consistently since releasing his current album Hold You this summer, even joining Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley and Nas on several dates of their recent 'Distant Relatives' tour in the US.

Gyptian was enlisted for Blige's new single, "Anything You Want," which is expected to be on her new album. The reggae-infused track also features Busta Rhymes and has been receiving steady airplay since its release in early September.

This exciting concert collaboration was secured by Planet Reggae, the new booking division of VP Records/Greensleeves Records, with AEG, the world's #1 concert production company.

"These are the opportunities that come about by having the #1 record label in reggae enter the live-touring business," states Neil Robertson, head of Planet Reggae. "Our brand lends credibility and comfort for the major international talent buyers.  When you combine that with a great artist like Gyptian and a manager like Ivor Ruddock, who both understand the bigger picture, you can expect more high profile opportunities which are good for the whole genre." 

Gyptian has been heating up the UK scene recently, with his performance at BBC Radio 1Xtra Live in late September, and will return on October 20 for the MOBO Awards, where he's nominated for 'Reggae Artist of the Year.'

For more information on Gyptian, including his tour calendar, visit his artist profile at .

MP3: MAYDAY! feat. David Banner - "Give Em' A Song"

From Latchkey Press:

MP3: MAYDAY! feat. David Banner - "Give Em' A Song"

¡Mayday! and David Banner get together to create this classic record off the sponsored project "Lords Of The Fly" which also features Cee-Lo, Mack Maine, N.O.R.E., GhostWridah, Devin The Dude, and more!

¡Mayday! featuring David Banner - Give Em' A Song



PR: Australian DJ Clint Dogg Releases "Big Business" Single

From iFastFwd:

Australian DJ Clint Dogg Releases "Big Business" Single

Remixed by 2Pac Producer, Kurt Kobane, Featuring Westcoast Veterans


Los Angeles, CA (October 5, 2010) -- Australian DJ and hip-hop artist, Clint Dogg, this week released a brand new single entitled "Big Business (Kurt Kobane Extended Remix)" feat. Mac Shawn 100, Bo Roc, & Ms. Toi. A remix of a record taken from his upcoming album "Its Still Clint Dogg".

Big Business is an extended remix, by former Death Row Records in-house producer, Kurt "Kobane" Couthon, whose credits include Snoop Dogg, 2Pac Shakur, and K-Ci of Jodeci. It features bay area veteran Mac Shawn 100, who recently signed to Snoop Dogg's imprint Doggystyle/Priority Records, Bo Roc of the Dove Shack & Ms. Toi, known for featuring on the worldwide hit by Ice Cube "You Can Do It".

Clint Dogg has released a slew of well received albums and mixtapes since the mid-90's, and remains one of the most respected Australian DJ's to date. The rapper/DJ is also a noted MC for Australian Basketball team, the Newcastle Hunters (ABL) and formerly for the Hunter Pirates (NBL).

The upcoming new album, entitled "Its Still Clint Dogg", will boast guest appearances from Mac Shawn 100, Daz Dillinger & Kurupt (Tha Dogg Pound), RBX, Kokane, Top Dogg, Shade Sheist, Slip Capone, SKG, Big Chan, Danny Boy, Bo Roc, Ms. Toi amongst others. With production from Müzikalite Ent. and Kurt "Kobane" Couthon.


Clint Dogg "Big Business (Kurt Kobane Extended Remix)" feat. Mac Shawn 100, Bo Roc & Ms. Toi
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Video: Element (Custom Made) - "Freestyle Sessions"

From Custom Made:

Video: Element (Custom Made) - "Freestyle Sessions"

Video: Skit Slam - "Get Up"

From Freedom Entertainment:

Video: Skit Slam - "Get Up"

PR: Zion I Release "Many Stylez" Off "Atomic Clock"

From Ballin' PR:

Zion I Release "Many Stylez" Off "Atomic Clock"

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October 5, 2010--Just as Zion I are setting off on a massive tour with The Rebelution, and at the same time gearing up for the release of their seventh album, Atomic Clock they're giving away the album's first single, "Many Styles" (which features tour partners Rebelution).  "North Star," another track from the forthcoming album, is available today on iTunes.  Both tracks offer a look at the direction in which the group is headed. 

After delving into upbeat, electronic music on 2009's The Takeover, Oakland hip-hop stalwarts Zion I enter a new phase of their chameleonic career with Atomic Clock (November 9th, Gold Dust), a moody, emotional record inspired by the group's longtime admiration for reggae and dub.

While the group's roots are still firmly planted in hip-hop, Atomic Clocks cavernous, atmospheric vibe recalls both the classic roots reggae of Max Romeo and The Congos and forward-thinking dub mixing of UK artists such as Adrian Sherwood. "The Takeover was a very external record and we wanted to focus on fun, party music," says emcee Zumbi AKA Zion. "This one is much more reflective and internal. We didn't want to just recreate what we did last album. Art is not about living in the past."

For Atomic Clock, the duo employed live musicians to flesh out producer Amp Live's original beats and thicken the overall sound. For many of Atomic Clock's tracksAmp would create the skeleton of the beat himself for the initial direction before collaborating with the group's live musicians to complement the sound and, in certain cases, redo the track live. In stark contrast to The Takeover, which saw Amp and Zumbi e-mail verses and beats to each other to constantly tweak each song, the group and their collaborators engaged in days-long jam sessions, for the first time in their career, to best enunciate Amp's initial idea.

For Zumbi, the writing style on Atomic Clock was much more instinctive than on past albums, and the result is a litany of emotionally introspective, brutally honest songs that both relay the emcee's personal experience and delve into weighty topics including the transient nature of time.

This extends to the title. "The Atomic Clock is the most precise timing device on the planet and I thought that applied to the immaculate timing and rhythm it takes between musicians in one room to make good music," says Zumbi. "But also, I feel that time is speeding up on the planet and it seems like it's dilating and contracting really quickly. We're living in such an interesting time and I think time is on everyone's mind in one way or another. Everything is exponential now."

On Atomic Clock, the group employs their usual mix of sonic exploration and unbridled creativity. "4U," with its choir vocals, soulful keyboards, and rock guitars, could be a lost Sly and the Family Stone track, while the horn blasts and heavy, electric guitars of "Always" supplement Zumbi's optimistic hook of "Love conquers always/Gotta keep your head up." "Many Stylez," featuring reggae band Rebelution (the album also features guest spots by emcees Locksmith and Macklemore and vocalists Courtney Holiday and Crystal Monee Hall), deftly defers to the genre's roots, and the atmospheric beat of "North Star" complements the central idea of being open to guidance in one's life.

On "History," the group's most insightful and candid track, Zumbi recalls the duo's autobiography from prior to the group's formation until now. "We've been doing music a long time and sometimes you forget how long you’ve been at and how many places you've been," admits the emcee. "I think it's good to look back for a second before keeping it moving." Keeping it moving is something Zumbi and Amp Live have never had problems doing andAtomic Clock stands as another engaging expression of the group's mind, heart and soul.

Atomic Clock drops Nov 9, 2010~

Zion I On Tour

9/24: Santa Barbara, CA – West Beach Festival 2010

9/25: Page, AZ – Powellapolooza

10/5: Flagstaff, AZ – Orpheum Theatere

10/6: Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theater

10/7: Santa Fe, NM – Santa Fe Brewing Company

10/8: Seaside, CA – CSU Monterey Bay

10/9: San Francisco, CA – Summersalt Music Festival

10/12: Baton Rouge, LA – Varsity Theatre

10/13: Oxford, MS – Proud Larry’s

10/14: Athens, GA – Last Call

10/15: Tallahassee, FL – Floyd’s Music Store

10/19: St. Louis, MO – Gargoyle

10/20: Columbia, MO – Blue Note

10/21: Carbondale, IL – Copper Dragon

10/22: Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre

10/23: Grand Rapids, MI – Orbit Room

10/24: Chicago, IL – Subterranean

10/25: Millvale, PA – Mr. Small’s Theater

10/27: State College, PA – State Theatre for the Arts

10/28: Syracuse, NY – Wescott Theatre

10/29: Providene, RI – Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel

10/30: Towson, MD – Recher Theater

10/31: Norfolk, VA – Norva

11/1: Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl

11/2: New Haven, CT – Toad’s Place

11/4: Charlottesville, VA – Jefferson Theater

11/5: Richmond, VA – The National

11/6: Ashville, NC – The Orange Peel

11/7: Boone, NC – Legends

11/12: Santa Cruz, CA – Catalyst

11/16: Chico, CA – Chico State University's BMU Ballroom


Video: Vado - "Weekday"

From Chris at E1 Music:

Video: Vado - "Weekday"

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