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Trae Tha Truth & Rob G Show You 'Both Sides of the Fence'

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Unity is a word that has been thrown around a great deal of late, but there is generally a lack of any real evidence of it in the streets. Color, or geography, are often the lines that divide and it can be hard to look past those things and find a commonality. Music, though, can be that bridge and Houston artist Rob G seeks to use that tool to illustrate that despite outward appearances, there is more to unify us all than a casual glance might indicate.

Black and Brown Sounds: Both Sides of the Fence will be a multi-volume mixtape of all original, unreleased tracks that bring some of the best that Texas' rap world has to offer - both Black and Latino - under one umbrella. Volume 1, co-hosted by Trae Tha Truth, which already has over 5,000 pre-orders, hits stores on February 17th. Later volumes will be co-hosted by well-known rap artists from 'both sides of the fence."

Each successful in their own right, Trae Tha Truth and Rob G have been doing their independent thing in Texas for some time now and have also collaborated on some very successful street records (How You Like Me Now, Road to Success); there is a chemistry. Finding themselves under the same management team put them on the road together, giving each a chance to really interact with one another's fan base. Thus, the concept for Both Sides of the Fence was born.

A promo tour is currently in the works in support of Both Sides of the Fence: Volume 1 that is expected to hit every major stop in Texas as well as Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Alabama and even California. Stay tuned for routing news.

Below, you can download 2 sample tracks from Both Sides of the Fence and online orders can be made via each artists' MySpace page.


Ball Till We Fall - Trae Tha Truth, Rob G featuring J-Dawg (Boss Hogg Outlawz) - .

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Slim Thug's New Album Drops March 4th

From Nancy B:


While Jeezy may indeed "put on" for his city, 6'6 Houston native Slim Thug runs the streets. I Run, the Jim Jonsin produced first single from his upcoming solo album, Boss of All Bosses (March 24), is currently playing at Top 40, Rhythmic and Urban stations coast to coast and entered the Urban chart at #39 this week. The play on Flock of Seagulls' 1999 smash I Ran has already garnered almost 3.5 millon plays on MySpace.

The accompanying video, directed by Mr. Boomtown, has already debuted on BET's 106 & Park and can be viewed on Slim's newly launched web site The site is Slim Thug's newest web destination and features up-to-date blog information on his comings and goings, as well as the latest music and videos.

Slim Thug is a reluctant celebrity if ever there was one. The Houston-bred rapper who pushed his towering frame through hip-hop’s heavy doors in the late ‘90s never envisioned himself as a rap star. “I didn’t come in the game wanting to be a rapper,” he explains. “I wasn’t like a kid saying I wanna be a famous rapper, I wanna be like Tupac. I was from the ‘hood. We didn’t believe in none of that shit. I’m 6’6 tall and I never played basketball because I never believed in going to the NBA. That was just too far fetched for me and being a rap star was too far fetched for me.”

But it wasn’t long before an eye-opening encounter with Swisha House’s Michael “5000” Watts had Slim singing a different song. “I was at a party freestyling and he invited me to his house to do a mixtape,” he recalls, adding that Watts “showed me the hustle of it, how it all worked. As soon I saw that, I started making money.”

Although he has only one major label release to his credit – 2005’s Already Platinum, Slim Thug has the swagger and the fanbase of a more seasoned rapper. His new CD, Boss of All Bosses (Boss Hawg Outlawz/E1 Music), is a testament to his independent spirit both as an artist and an entrepreneur. It is a testament, he says, to the ‘reality music’ that has made his native Houston a hotbed for hip-hop over the years.  “This album is me doing what I wanted to do. I put it together the way I wanted without being influenced by any other people – no A&Rs, none of that. What people are gonna get from this album is Houston. I have all the artists out of Houston on it: UGK, Scarface, Lil Keke, Z-Ro.”

As he cites appearances on his CD, Slim Thug gushes with pride. “These are the people I listen to all the time all day,” he proclaims, “and I just wanna give the world that, let the world know the type of stuff that we’re on because I don’t see too many people outside the southern region catching on to how we do our stuff out here. There’s still a whole other side of Houston that hasn’t been displayed so I’m still trying to bring it out to a broader audience.”

After one CD, several mixtapes – including Serve and Collect: Volumes 1 and 2 – and a number of appearances on other people’s projects (Mike Jones’ ‘Still Tippin’ Gwen Stefani’s “Luxurious" and Beyonce’s “Check On It”), the original boss man from Houston is back in the mix, still calling the shots, still doing things his way. “It’s always been like that,” he says confidently. “I was always in control of whatever I did. That’s why when I got with the majors I wasn’t comfortable because I wasn’t calling the shots. I’ve always been a boss in this music game. Now, in my mind, I’m starting over from scratch. I’m just hitting the reset button and start from there.”


Slim Thug I Run clean - .

Slim Thug I Run explicit - .

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De La Soul's Dugout is LIVE!!!

There's a party goin' on, y'all! Oh, snap, if y'all haven't heard, De La Soul's Plug Three a/k/a Maseo has a LIVE streaming video of his radio show known as the "De La Soul's Dugout." It's where they play good hip-hop music along with others. If you stay for a while, you may see Maseo himself appearing on screen and you could chat with him, too. What can be doper than that, fam? Click the link below to go there NOW, who knows how long it will last?

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Ihiphop Targets My Mom

There are a lot of questions you expect to hear from your mom when she gives you a call. “Have you heard of someone named Nipsey Hussle?” is not one of them. Of course, because this is my life we’re talking about here, the other day my mom called me up with just that question.

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Assessing Your Valentine by Their Playlist

As a public service to the world, in this week’s edition of the Fairfield County Weekly I have an article describing, in-depth, what you can discern about your Valentine’s Day date based on their choice of R&B singers. This article can be used in a number of ways. All the fellas out there can use it to figure out what kind of woman they’re dealing with, while all the women of the world can use it to figure out what kind of vibe they’re giving off.

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Snoop Dogg Says Goodbye to Geffen/Interscope

We've received word tonight via AllHipHop and Rolling Stone that Snoop Dogg is leaving Geffen/Interscope for greener pastures elsewhere. When asked for a comment Snoop had this to say: "We are pushing the envelope on getting everything finalized. But I will not be releasing anymore projects under Interscope/Geffen." Snoop had been with the label since 2004 when R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta) - The Masterpiece was released. We'll keep you updated on his future plans and which new label this hip-hop/mainstream superstar will call home.
Hip-Hop Shop #20 - Buckshot, Pimp C, Royce Da 5'9" & More

The Hip-Hop Shop is the precursor to Kayfabe 4 Dummies every Sunday night, a 30 minute show of hip-hop tracks and talk. On this week's episode we've got new songs from K'Naan & Buckshot, M-Dot featuring Pimp C, Termanology and a Royce Da 5'9" freestyle with Busta Rhymes plus so much more! Tune in every Sunday at 9:30 PM EST, 8:30 Central via and if you miss the live show be sure to look for the replay here on RapReviews or via our sponsor The shows are 100% podsafe so distribute to your friends and tell them to visit Enjoy!

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KERO ONE to Release Sophomore Album "Early Believers"

From Audible Treats:

Emcee and Producer KERO ONE To Release Sophomore Album Early Believers      02.09.2009
Self-Contained Bay Area-Based Artist’s Album Features A Mix of Recording Techniques and International Guest Artists

(February 9th, 2009 - Brooklyn, NY) Bay Area producer and emcee KERO ONE will release his sophomore album Early Believers, as a follow-up to his critically acclaimed debut album Windmills of the Soul through his own record company, Plug Music Label on April 7th, 2009.

An avid fan of soul, disco, electro, and Brazilian beats, KERO ONE creates music that embraces these diverse genres without abandoning his hip-hop foundation. The underground success of his 2006 self-released, produced, and written debut album, Windmills of the Soul, went to the top of iTunes charts and led to KERO ONE embarking on world tours and producing for Talib Kweli and Mark Farina. More recently, he has also received major label attention and support from the likes of, B.E.P. front man and producer of Estelle, Nas, and Usher, who, after listening to KERO ONE's album, replied with a personal video message and a note saying: "Wow!!!..this is dope, Kero. I love it, I love it, I love it!"

Now, nearly 3 years after Windmills, KERO ONE has returned with a mission to renew the sounds of modern hip hop by melding together bits of various genres of music. In the creation of Early Believers, KERO ONE has enlisted the talents of some of his favorite singers and vocalists such as Giles Peterson’s UK singer protégé Ben Westbeech, Finland's own modern day "Stevie Wonder," Tuomo, and Portland's Ohmega Watts, to name a few. Pairing vocals with the warm tones of analog compressed drums, vintage synths, and live instruments, KERO ONE has created a 12 track album exhibiting his live instrumentation abilities, and growth and maturity as a writer, arranger, and vocalist.

Independently released with much of the same do-it-yourself work ethic as Windmills, KERO ONE once again takes full control of the music, the manufacturing, promotion, and the art direction of his second album, allowing him to maintain his full creative vision without the influence of outside forces. It is KERO ONE's ultimate hope that Early Believers, with the support of loyal fans and discerning listeners alike, will penetrate the barriers set up by corporate major labels to reach his largest audience to date.


KERO ONE- "Welcome to the Bay"
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