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Will Ice-T Be Hosting WWE's Monday Night Raw?

Will Ice-T be hosting WWE's Monday Night Raw? Seems like there's a good possibility he will be. For the full Ice-T interview recap from Monday Night Mayhem where he drops the hint about it, head on over to, the official wrestling news affiliate of
Media Release: Obese Records Signs Mantra

For immediate release: October 1st, 2009


Obese Records is proud to announce the signing of Melbourne’s Mantra to the family. Mantra is known for his pivotal role as part of local outfit Illzilla, whose 2008 debut full length Wasteland, received both critical and commercial reception (the single “Cut Feet” featured prominently on Triple J).

Now part of the new breed of Obese Records artist, Mantra will release Power of the Spoken in early 2010 and will join young artists like Illy, Skryptcha, Dialectrix, Thundamentals, and Spit Syndicate in bringing Australian hip hop forward in the years to come.

Obese Records owner and artist Pegz has said about the latest addition; “It’s been a crazy 18 months of rebuilding the roster and Mantra is the cherry on top.”

Mantra will be a late addition to several Obese Records Block Party Tour dates. Details forthcoming.

Obese Records HQ

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+ Chasm & Vida-Sunshyne - "Move" (Oct 23rd)

+ Thundamentals - "Sleeping On Your Style" OUT NOW!

+ Gully Platoon - "The Great Divide" - OUT NOW!

+ Hyjak N Torcha - "Unregrettable" - OUT NOW!

+ Illy - "Long Story Short" - OUT NOW!

Tru Reign Records Launches New A.D.O.R. Campaign

From Tru Reign:

Press RELEASE :: October 1st  2009

Tru Reign Records Launches new A.D.O.R. Catalogue Campaign

Tru Reign Records has been monitoring the increased sales & demand from many new & old fans of there Primary  Artist A.D.O.R.S catalogue of full length album releases.

Due to the very exciting trend & ever growing international energy surrounding there artist A.D.O.R. Tru Reign has decided to launch a new “ Check The Resume” Promotional Campaign. Utilizing there strong retail & digital distribution Partnerships- Sumthing Distribution NY, & itunes online. Tru Reign is going to Launch a full Retail & Consumer Promotional Campaign surrounding Key A.D.O.R. Full length Album Releases.

The Campaign focuses on 3 Key Albums: Classic Bangerz Volume 1, Signature of the Ill, & Tru Jewelz & Videotape which includes a bonus dvd of all of A.D.O.R.S 4 music video’s & TOTALLY unreleased tracks from A.D.O.R.S Debut album with Atlantic records “ the Concrete “

Transworld Ent, one of the largest cd retailers in the industry began to carry Tru Reign/ A.D.O.R.S releases in 2009 & will be a key retailer in this campaign.

A.D.O.R.S music has moved millions. his fanbase grows stronger everyday. He is the creator of a very special timeless sound & has gained a well deserved level of appreciation & fame. his biggest commercial records let it All Hang out ( Atlantic records ) & Renegade Master (Polydor)alone have made him a relevant special artist for the ages. The reason for this campaign is A.D.O.R. has created allot of very powerful albums & music that have fallen under the radar & appreciated in the underground. Tru Reign & many new fans feel the generations should have the opportunity to know about A.D.O.R.S music & they want to hear it & have it!

Tru Reign is launching special discounting, full Ad campaign & retail consumer push, including, p.o.p tv ads, print, radio & retail bookings etc.

Contact: Dorian Booth for any inquiries, partnerships, promotional booking, etc.

Kottonmouth Kings' Johnny Richter Releases 'Evolution' Video

From Kerosene Media:

For Immediate Release:
Kottonmouth Kings’ Johnny Richter Releases ‘Evolution’ Video From Upcoming “Hidden Stash 4:20” Album

Kottonmouth Kings’ frontman, Johnny Richter, has released the video for his solo track, “Evolution”, online at . The track appears on Kottonmouth Kings’ upcoming new album “Hidden Stash 4:20”, which lands in stores on October 13th, 2009 on Suburban Noize Records.

“I’ve been holed up in the studio now writing and recording all sorts of new material. When it came time to put together songs for ‘Hidden Stash 4:20’, I wanted to give fans a taste of what I’ve been working on these past few months,” says Johnny Richter. “The track ‘Evolution’ is an introspective track, but it gives people an idea of what my solo record will sound like when it drops sometime in early 2010.”

For the fourth installment in this fan favorite series, Kottonmouth Kings dug deep into the vaults to uncover some classic nuggets of previously unreleased material. Packed with explosive guest appearances by Tech N9ne, X-Clan, Big B, Potluck, Dirtball, along with new solo tracks from both Johnny Richter, D-Loc, and a new Kingspade song, "Hidden Stash 4:20" contains 40 smoking tracks on two CDs and a bonus DVD.  This is one high-end compilation that is sure keep fans in a smoked out haze.

Oct 07 - Honolulu, HI @ Pipeline Café
Oct 08 - Kihei, HI @ Ocean's Beach Bar & Grill
Oct 16 - Flagstaff, AZ @ Orpheum Theatre
Oct 17 - Albuquerque, NM @ Albuquerque Convention Center
Oct 18 - Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theater
Oct 24 - San Bernardino, CA @ San Manuel Amphitheater w/ Slipknot, Deftones, Cypress Hill
Nov 13 - Loveland, CO @ Budweiser Event Center w/ 311   
Nov 14 - Council Bluffs, IA @ Mid America Center w/ 311   
Nov 15 - Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theater w/ 311   
Nov 18 - Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom w/ 311   
Nov 19 - Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore w/ 311
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Hip-Hop Videos - Milk Dee, Dorrough, AC, Saigon

We're doing it a day early this week, so enjoy this new selection of hip-hop videos from the RapReviews newsfeed, starting with Johnny Blk and Milk Dee!

Next up is a behind the scenes look at Dorrough's new music video.

Here is a rare moment which sadly will never be seen live again - Warren G, Travis Barker and DJ AM performing "Regulators" together.

Next up is a promo clip I was sent by INFINITE Elite Entertainment, who want you to know they're "more than a MySpace movement" et cetera.

On a similar note I was sent Hustle Simmons Blog #21, though I can't recall having seen the first 20. This one's good though.

I wasn't familiar with AC before someone threw this video up on Facebook (hit me up at anytime) but "New Soul" is now one of my new favorites.

Speaking of the new, I just checked out a Web single yesterday on the RR newsfeed, and it turns out he has a video on YouTube for his song "Move the Crowd."

Last but DEFINITELY not least is Saigon discussing girls who visit when you do a bid. Thanks for checking out the videos on the RapReviews newsfeed!

County of Kings Press Release

Spike Lee, Culture Project, Steve Colman, Jayson Jackson, and Tom Wirtshafter
In Association with The Public Theater


Written and Performed by Lemon Andersen
Beginning Tuesday, September 29
Opening Monday, October 12
6 Week Limited Engagement!
Academy Award nominated director Spike Lee, the award winning Culture Project, Steve Colman and Jayson Jackson in association with The Public Theater present County of Kings. Written and performed by Lemon Andersen (Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam), and directed by Elise Thoron, County of Kings begins performances Tuesday, September 29 for a six week limited engagement at The Public Theater, 425 Lafayette Street. The opening has been scheduled for Monday, October 12.
“Lemon is a young man who possesses a wealth of talent and he knows how to tell a story. He joins the legacy of storytellers from Brooklyn,” says presenter and filmmaker Spike Lee.
Featured last year as part of The Public Theatre’s Under The Radar Festival, Lemon Andersen’s County of Kings gives a tough, yet poignant biographical account of a good kid growing up in an unforgiving environment in this one man journey.  Weaving hard- edged drama with urban poetry, the Brooklyn hip-hop artist spins his own coming-of-age memoir in this jarring and poignant solo performance. A true story of finding passion and purpose against all odds, Lemon paints a vivid portrait of his difficult and sometimes humorous experiences growing up during the most influential cultural movement of our time, the birth of hip-hop.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, Lemon Andersen has been featured as a regular on HBO’s “Def Poetry” presented by Russell Simmons and was also an original cast member and writer of Russell Simmons Tony Award winning Def Poetry Jam on Broadway.  On screen Lemon has appeared opposite Denzel Washington in Spike Lee’s Inside Man and The Soloist starring Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey Jr.
County of Kings plays Tuesday through Sunday at The Public Theater’s Newman Stage, 425 Lafayette Street. Tickets are $50 for weekday performances and $60 for weekend performances.  In addition, there will be a limited allotment of $25 tickets available for each performance.  Tickets are available in person at 425 Lafayette Street, online at or by phoning (212) 967-7555.  For more information about County of Kings visit  
Culture Project is New York’s premier destination for artistic work that investigates urgent social and political issues.  By fostering innovative collaboration between human rights organizations and theatre, music and film artists, Culture Project aims to inspire and impact public dialogue and policy, encouraging democratic participation in the most urgent matters of our time.
Founded in 1996 by Artistic Director Allan Buchman, Culture Project has premiered celebrated shows including The Exonerated, Sarah Jones’ Bridge & Tunnel, Guantanamo: Honor Bound to Defend Freedom, Lawrence Wright’s My Trip To Al-Qaeda, Tings Dey Happen, the Lucille Lortel Award-winning World Premiere of George Packer’s Betrayed and Temple University’s acclaimed production of In Conflict.  Most recently, Culture Project produced Breaking the Silence, Beating the Drum, a groundbreaking concert at the United Nations to commemorate the abolition of the Transatlantic Slave Trade.
Steve Colman co-wrote and co-starred in the Tony Award-winning Russell Simmons' Def Poetry Jam on Broadway.  A long-time creative collaborator with his wife Sarah Jones (stage actress), he was the co-creator and assistant director of Jones’s Tony Award-winning show Bridge and Tunnel. His theater work and collaborations with Jones have garnered two Drama Desk nominations, an Obie, a Theater World Award, and a Helen Hayes Award.  Colman began his poetry career at the Nuyorican Poets Café on Manhattan's Lower East Side. He won the National Poetry Slam championship as a member of the Nuyorican Poets Café slam team and also received the Café's Fresh Poet Award. Colman co-authored Burning Down the House (SoftSkull Press), and Russell Simmons' Def Poetry Jam on Broadway and More (Atria Books). He is a graduate of Macalester College (BA) and Case Western Reserve University (MA).
If you bring up the name Jayson Jackson, it's usually associated with legendary music artists and groundbreaking talent.  Wether managing Lauryn Hill, Mos Def or new cutting edge genre benders such Santigold and Spankrock, Jackson is a career builder. His gift is really spotting the hunger in the eye of a talented and passionate artist.  His job is simply delivering that talent to the worldstage, regardless of whatever tools the industry dictates at the time. A rare talent he spied early on was the slam poet/activist Sarah Jones.  Knowing her knack for mimicry, comedic timing and biting, flawless political satire (pre Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert) Jackson, Colman and Jones set up her one-woman show at the Culture Project with Alan Buchman alongside Meryl Streep as Executive Producer.  The off Broadway show, entitled Bridge & Tunnel would go on to win an Obie Award, an Inner Critics Circle Award and run for 8 straight sold out months.  Inevitably it moved to Broadway and garnered a Tony Award for Special Performance in 2006. Having flourished through 2 major technological shifts, Jayson sees the new entertainment landscape as an open playing field for artists who are dedicated to their craft. In his mind, talent and passion trumps anything. The real trick is finding the right way to present that passion and talent to the world. Jayson currently resides in New York City and is a devoted Yankees fan.
Tom Wirtshafter is the Executive Director of the Barrow Street Theatre and a producer of OUR TOWN.  Among his past productions are ADDING MACHINE, GONE MISSING, NO CHILD, ORSON'S SHADOW, BUG and TJ AND DAVE. Tom is a board member of Culture Project, Town Hall Foundation and Chashama.
As a writer, Elise Thoron’s musical dramas include Life? or Theater? based on the paintings of Charlotte Solomon; Green Violin, with composer Frank London of the Klezmatics,  based on murals Marc Chagall painted for the Soviet Yiddish theater (also published in 9 Contemporary Jewish Plays, University of Texas Press), and Prozak and the Platypus, with singer-song writer Jill Sobule, (also distributed as an album and graphic novel).  Elise has created cross-cultural exchanges for over twenty years with Russian and American theater artists with support from the Trust for Mutual Understanding and the Russian Ministry of Culture. She directed the first Sam Shepherd play in Moscow, adapted/directed, The Great Gatsby in Russian, which played in repertory at the Pushkin Theater for over nine years. As Associate Artistic Director at the American Place Theater, Elise developed and directed numerous plays and solo shows, which have gone on to other venues the United States, currently, County of Kings by Tony award winning poet Lemon Andersen, at The Public Theater with Spike Lee & Culture Project.  She is a founder of the highly successful theater literacy program Literature to Life (now nation-wide) at American Place. She has just begun her first collaboration in Japan: “Recycling” with paper artist Kyoko Ibe on an Asian Cultural Council fellowship.  
The scenic design for County of Kings is by Doug Stein and Peter Ksander; lighting design is by Jane Cox and Lily Fossner; original music and sound design are by Rob Kaplowitz and Matt Stein.  The production manager is BD White.
Souls of Mischief Announce Global Tour

From Audible Treats:

Souls Of Mischief Announces Global Tour And Releases New Track From Upcoming Prince Paul Produced Album, Montezuma's Revenge      09.29.2008

Hiero Imperium Crew Embarks On 35 Date, Worldwide "Montezuma's Revenge Tour '09"

(September 29, 2009 – Brooklyn, NY) In anticipation of the November 10th release of their newest Prince Paul-produced effort, Montezuma's Revenge, Oakland, California hip-hop crew Souls Of Mischief are gearing up to set out on the "Montezuma's Revenge World Tour '09," a tour consisting of 35 dates over one and a half months throughout the US, Europe, and Asia. They will perform for 19 dates here in the US and 16 in Europe with stops at Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Helsinki, and Berlin, to name a few. Being one of the most globally expansive tours to date for the legendary group, emcee/Hiero Imperium CEO Tajai explains what he's looking forward to about this particular tour saying, "It’s a new album and a new beginning for us. Also, the fact that it truly is a world tour makes it exciting. We plan to hit Japan, Australia and New Zealand as well as a Canada and the rest of the US next year. We even have a show in Bulgaria. That should be exciting!"

Souls Of Mischief, a group that has built a a notoriously strong fan base since the 1993 release of their first, now classic, album 93 'Til Infinity, is looking forward to seeing their fans' reactions from around the globe to the new music of Montezuma's Revenge. As always, the crews' dedicated worldwide fans can expect nothing short of spectacular, high-energy shows. The legendary Prince Paul will be making cameo appearances as the tour progresses, and group Swollen Members will be joining the tour for a handful of dates as well.

To celebrate the group's forthcoming tour and to help tide fans over until the November 10th release of Montezuma's Revenge, Souls Of Mischief is also pleased to release a new track, "LaLaLa," which serve's as the album's closer. Over a drum-heavy, guitar and vocal sample-laden beat, Souls Of Mischief take turns showing off the multi-syllabic flows, witty similes, and smooth lyrics that have made the crew a household name for over 13 years, as A-Plus raps, "You know A-Plus, he's nuts like a cashew / Cuts like a head coach and busts like a gat do."

Souls Of Mischief is an alternative hip-hop group hailing from Oakland, CA. They are also part of the hip-hop collective, Hieroglyphics. The Souls Of Mischief formed in 1991 and is comprised of emcees A-Plus, Opio, Phesto, and Tajai. As a group, Souls of Mischief has released 4 critically acclaimed albums and have been certified Gold by the RIAA. Their newest release Montezuma’s Revenge will be coming on November 10th, via Hiero Imperium Records.

Montezuma's Revenge World Tour '09 Dates:

Wednesday, 9/30 Los Angeles, CA Troubadour
Saturday, 10/03 San Diego, CA Canes (w/Andre Nikatina)
Sunday, 10/04 Scottsdale, AZ Chasers
Monday, 10/05 Flagstaff, AZ The Green Room
Tuesday, 10/06 Albuquerque, NM LaunchPad
Thursday, 10/08 Denver, CO Marquis Theatre
Friday, 10/09 Colorado Springs, CO Black Sheep
Saturday, 10/10 CO TBA
Sunday, 10/11 Salt Lake City, UT Urban Lounge
Tuesday, 10/13 Missoula Badlander
Wednesday, 10/14 Seattle, WA Neumos
Thursday, 10/15 Bellingham TBA
Friday, 10/16 Portland, WA Berbati's Pan
Saturday, 10/17 Eugene Wow Hall (w/Swollen Members)
Sunday, 10/18 Eureka Red Fox Tavern (w/Swollen Members)
Tuesday, 10/20 San Francisco, CA Slim's (w/Ghostface)
Wednesday, 10/21 San Jose, CA Avalon
Thursday, 10/22 Brooklyn, NY Southpaw
Friday, 10/23 San Bernadino, CA Smoke Out (w/Hieroglyphics)
Saturday, 10/24 SLO Downtown Brew
Thursday, 10/29 Linz Kapu
Friday, 10/30 Helsinki Nosturi
Saturday, 10/31 Wien Szene
Tuesday, 11/03 Lyon La Marquise
Wednesday, 11/04 Leipzig Conne Island
Thursday, 11/05 Berlin Bohannn
Friday, 11/06 Jona Zak Saturday, 11/07 Wil Gare De Lion
Sunday, 11/08 Paris Batofar
Tuesday, 11/10 Amsterdam Fouronefour
Wednesday, 11/11 Copenhagen Rust (w/Prince Paul)
Thursday, 11/12 Basel Kaserne (w/Prince Paul)
Friday, 11/13 Koln Bogen2 (w/Prince Paul)
Saturday, 11/14 Bulgaria TBC (w/Prince Paul)
Sunday, 11/15 Heidelberg Karlstorbahnhof (w/Prince Paul)


"LaLaLa" .

"Tour Stories" .

Kanye, John Mayer & Just Blaze gives props to Souls of Mischief: .

Bio, pictures, and streams available here: .

Neosonic Productions - Sheets of Sound

From K-Murdock:

Like many beat-makers out there, my introduction to jazz music came thru hip-hop and all the jazz samples being flipped by my favorite producers- Pete Rock, Premo, Q-Tip, etc.  Admittedly, it wasnt until i got tasked to help "image" the jazz stations while working as a "audio animator" at XM Radio, that i learned the distinct differences between all the jazz sub-genres.  I've always been more partial towards the "jazz-funk" fusion music from the '70s, but when my mentor Maxx Myrick, who created/ran the famous XM channel "Real Jazz", put me on to the history of the genre and its pioneers, it definitely opened me up to a whole new world of music!  In particular, it was John Coltrane and his "sheets of sound" style that ultimately helped develop my appreciation for "trad-jazz".  That shared appreciation brought myself and fellow artist/jazz-addicts Bilal Salaam & Wes Felton together back in 2003 to create this ode to the legendary John Coltrane.  I thought it only right to post this up since last week was his 83rd birthday...


Sheets of Sound  by  Neosonix


Video: De La Soul - 20 Years High and Rising Tour


"De La Soul is not dead! You better believe it! The 3 New Yorkers reminisce on stage over their 20-year strong career in a global tour that pays tribute to their first album "Three Feet High And Rising". Their Paris concert was off the hook, proof that their beats have not lost impact and that the years have NOT affected their energy and sense of humor. Mad respect!"

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Web - VanCity (Single)

Review by Steve 'Flash' Juon

Artist: Web
Title: VanCity
Label: Web Since 1982

Out of the four singles I covered for this week, this is the only one I have any real desire to spin twice. Unfortunately at only 2:44, it's also the shortest song of the four. Web's rap is a simple and uncluttered narrative about his 26 year love/hate relationship with Vancouver (British Columbia, that is). "No home in this place for emotional states/Everybody pokerfaced, empty hopes in their chase/For imperial wishes of false material dreams/Reachin out towards the lights, tryin to mirror the beams." That may sound a little dark and depressing, especially considering he describes VanCity as a place where it "always rains," but Rodney Hazard's piano backdrop is thoughtful and uplifting. Check this one out for free on Web Since 1982.

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