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Tuesday October 21, 2014
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From J-Zone:

Happy Monday. I actually like Monday better than Friday, because I'm not reminded that I'm a bum for never having any weekend plans outside of reporting basketball games. Anyway, as I mentioned in my P.E.T.A bashing e-mail last month, I've been given a platform for my editorials, beefs, insults and other outbursts that any disgruntled and bored 30 something dude who lives with his grandmother in a two fare zone in a remote section of Queens and can't tolerate the "New NYC" would have time to think of. Here are a few of the more recent ones (there are more though), which include some random thoughts for 30 somethings, why Law & Order: Criminal Intent has made my life miserable and some fun music debate (one or two of these I may have e-mailed in the past). Feel free to leave feedback on the comments section of the "blog" (I hate that word) or bring up the fact that I haven't had a haircut in months and now sport a 1979 Todd Bridges afro.






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Shout out to Dante Ross for giving me a column on his "blog", because nobody checks myspace anymore and I felt like sh*t for emailing these things to people all the time. Plus, the net is over flooded with crappy blogs, so I would've never started my own. Speaking of which, I'm way too ghetto with email to know how to do that unsubscribe link sh*t. If you don't wish to receive these occasional emails, just politely ask me to be removed and I'll gladly remove your bum a*s from my list. Good riddance, forget you then. I won't post that much when school starts back up in the fall, but check back when you're bored just to make sure I haven't gone insane.

Jay (sometimes still known J-Zone)


New Mannie Fresh Artist 'The Show' Joins OGPR

From Nancy B:

There’s No Business Like SHOW Business

How do you impress one half of the brains behind the Cash Money label and creator of its infamous signature sound.....? Well, it helps if you already have a solid buzz of your own due to twelve years of grinding and perfecting your craft and almost a hundred completed songs. That is exactly what 24-year-old New Orleans native and next-on-deck MC, The Show, brought to the table upon being introduced to Mannie Fresh by Fresh’s long-time manager, DJ Wop. Soon after, the two laid down a song down together and Fresh promptly signed The Show to his Chubby Boy Productions imprint label.

Born and raised in New Orleans East, The Show, whose real name is Donald Allen, first grabbed New Orleans’ attention in 2004 with the song, Put It Down. The young rapper went on to attack the Southern street music scene with the classic street tapes I Do This, FEMA, 80’s Baby and Victory Lap. Word of his talent quickly spread and his ability to be an all around entertainer earned him the moniker The Show and enabled him to perform across the Southern U.S. opening for staples like Lil Wayne, BG and David Banner and picking up his own fans along the way.

The Show’s sojourn into rap music started back in 1995 when the death of his father inspired him to write a rap poem, which he read to his mother. The love that poem received kept the young man writing and the rest just came naturally; as it does when you are destined to shine. Dubbed as a ‘lyrical’ artist, not something oft heard when New Orleans’ roster of emcees is discussed, The Show veered from his usual style for the making of the first single, I Does ft. Mannie Fresh, from his upcoming debut, No Business Like Show Business, at the behest of in-house Chubby Boy producer, Bass Heavy.

“I was drunk in the studio one night, recording with Bass Heavy, when he said “Show, sometimes you have to have fun and I have the perfect song for you.” The Show explains. “Sometimes (Bass Heavy went on), you can just keep it simple and still have a good record. We all know you can rap, but can you party?” “So, after about two hours of trying to write the simplest lyrics possible, I Does was born and I actually love the record. Shout out to my big Bro, Bass Heavy.”

An association with an industry heavyweight like Mannie Fresh will open a lot of doors but those looking for a heavy roster of features on No Business Like Show Business may be surprised to know that The Show plans to rely on the merit of his own rhyming skills for his debut album’s success.

“A lot of today’s new artists try to create singles with already established artists to solidify themselves. Those songs, in turn, sound like the established artist’s song instead. First time out the gate we are sticking with the in-house ‘Cash Money formula’  but I do have some artists in mind for the second album.”

Production duties will also be kept close to home on The Show’s album debut. Along with Bass Heavy, and of course Mannie Fresh, The Show already had a few albums worth of solid material when he signed with Chubby Boy.

“One of the things that Mannie admired about me is that when I became a part of the Chubby Boy/EGMG imprint I was already fully prepared. I had been working closely with three producers, Ceaux Young of Flight School/EGMG, Zella of FlightSchool and Stevie Drumma of Premier Hits. Together we already had almost a hundred songs.”

From Jazz to Zydeco, from Blues to Hip Hop, the city of New Orleans has a long and varied musical legacy for The Show to live up to and he is ready. When asked what he brings to the game that is fresh, or hasn’t been done before, he answers quickly.

“There isn’t much beyond the conscious, revolutionary, gangsta, stuntin’ or every day struggles that hip hop has to offer.” He explains. “Yet, if you twist things a certain way, you can broaden those subjects so far that you can turn it into a fifteen-year career like LL Cool J, Jay-Z or Nas. Since Hip Hop is a predominantly black art form, every rap artist has a similar story; growing up with no father, mom was a single parent so you learn from the streets, but when I put my twist to it, I create a variation of that story and make it my own.”

Indeed, there IS no business like SHOW business and this show WILL go on. Album due in stores Fall 2009!

Victory Lap Reloaded hosted by Mannie Fresh currently available on iTunes.

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Swollen Members Partners With Suburban Noize Records

Swollen Members Partners With Suburban Noize Records For Release Of New Album

For Immediate Release:

Vancouver based Swollen Members and Battle Axe Records have formed a partnership California based Suburban Noize Records for the release of the group’s upcoming new projects. The first release under the partnership will be Swollen Members heavily anticipated new studio album “Armed To The Teeth”, which is slated for release August 25th through Suburban Noize. The group also plans to release a greatest hits disc and the debut album from Battle Axe Warriors, a new project featuring Swollen Members along with newcomer Tre Nyce, later this year.

"We're very excited to announce we've signed with Suburban Noize Records for the release of our new album and upcoming projects," said Mad Child from Swollen Members in a statement. "When we decided to make calls to interested labels and shop our new material, Suburban Noize was the first and last call I had to make. After talking with them, I knew right away they were the best home for us because they were already fans of our music. We respect what the label has done for artists like La Coka Nostra and Kottonmouth Kings and we know that they will do everything that they can to push Swollen Members on a global level."

Swollen Members have been clawing their way to the top of the hip-hop totem pole since their inception. Founded by two of the game’s best MCs, Mad Child and Prevail, along with the help of DJ Rob The Viking, the group has released an impressive back catalog of classic albums and collaborated with some of hip-hop’s biggest names, including Chali 2na (Jurassic 5), Dilated Peoples and Everlast. Meanwhile the group has rocked stages from Los Angeles to Japan performing hundreds of shows a year in front of massive audiences with underground legends like Tech N9ne to mainstream chart toppers like Nelly Furtado and Black Eyed Peas.

With the release of their new studio effort "Armed To The Teeth" and the upcoming Battle Axe Warriors album, Swollen Members are ready to let the industry and fans know they are no longer the world’s best kept secret, but some of the most lethal MCs in the game. Swollen Members is currently streaming new tracks online at .

Swollen Members will embark on a summer tour alongside labelmates Kottonmouth Kings and Big B starting July 29th in San Francisco, CA.

Jul 29 - San Francisco, CA @ Grand Ballroom
Jul 30 - Reno, NV @ New Oasis
Jul 31 - Medford, OR @ Medford Armory
Aug 01 - Bend, OR @ Midtown Ballroom
Aug 02 - Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
Aug 03 - Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
Aug 04 - Missoula, MT @ Wilma Theater
Aug 05 - Fargo, ND @ Playmakers
Aug 09 - Flint, MI @ Machine Shop
Aug 10 - Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
Aug 11 - Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
Aug 13 - Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theatre
Aug 14 - Denver, CO @ Gothic Theatre
Aug 15 - Magna, UT @ The Great Salt Air 

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The Adam B Experience (ABX) Podcast #22!

The Adam B Experience

Adam B: "This latest edition of The Adam B Experience is a jam packed hour of music and hilarity with 14 new tracks and a not-so-major announcement regarding the health and well being of your fearless host.  Incidentally, I recorded the entire show at two in the morning and as long time listeners know, there's something special about the shows I record at that hour that makes everything better! Hit me up with feedback at" The Adam B Experience is 100% PODSAFE and TOTALLY FREE for listeners at - no worries about downloading or sharing this show. Tell your friends to check out ABX right here at!

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Hip-Hop Shop #39 w/ Seven New Tracks

Hip-Hop Shop is the precursor to K4D every week on Sunday night. Last time on Episode 38 it was all an interview with K-Murdock, so this week we're making it a balance by going ALL MUSIC with seven new tracks and no filler talk! If you would like to sponsor Hip-Hop Shop please send an e-mail to for more information. The Hip-Hop Shop is 100% podsafe so distribute to your friends and tell them to visit!

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New tracks featured this week:

* Pseudo Slang - Yes Doubt
* Trends - People Get Ready
* Nutso f/ Craig G - Queens All Starz
* General Steele f/ Buckshot - A Toast to Bucktown
* iCon the Mic King f/ Awar - Drifting With the Tide
* Alex Dimez - So Hard
* DJ JS-1 f/ CL Smooth, Sadat X - Nuthin'

Kaleo Futuristo - More Than Just a Crazy Haircut

When Kaleo Futuristo’s The Future is NOW! landed on my desk the first thought I had when I looked at the album was “damn, this dude has some crazy ass hair!” After popping the CD in, however, I found that Kaleo, who is both an emcee and a singer, was interested in making a lot more than just fashion statements. I really felt the album and this week I caught up with Kaleo to find out more about his music, his decision to make The Future is NOW! a clean record, what love’s got to do with it, and, of course, his crazy ass hair. Here are a few highlights:

On his music:
"Variety and self-expression. That's what my style is all about and that’s what my music is all about and, artistically and creatively, that's what translates into fresh music."

On his crazy ass hair:
"I just have fun expressing myself in all different ways - hair, clothing, music, art - that just happened to be another way for me to do that and, of course, since I'm a Leo it only makes sense that my lion's mane is poppin' nicely."

Check out the full interview at:

Crown City Rockers Announce New Album

From Stephen Bolles:

Crown City RockersThe Day After Forever
September 29th, Gold Dust

Bay Area true school hip-hop soldiers Crown City Rockers have linked with Brooklyn based Gold Dust to release their upcoming album, The Day After Forever.  The first album since 2004's Earth Tones, the album represents the culmination of years thrilling fans on the road, fine tuning their sound, and collaborating with like minded hip-hop artists.  

CCR have built a reputation for their driving sound derived from live instruments fused with traditional hip-hop production, which makes their live shows particularly dynamic.  Emcee Rashaan Ahmad commands the crowd in the tradition of the block party greats, with a tight backing group infusing funk energy into the bouncy hip-hop sound.   

Though the group has remained intact, the album represents a reunion of sorts, as many of the contributors have been focusing on solo projects recently.  Rashaan Ahamad's solo album Push (2008) furthered his reputation as a party rocker par excellence, which he supported through tours with People Under The Stairs, Common Market, and others.  Bassist/producer Headnodic recently helmed the boards for last year's Mighty Underdogs project on Definitive Jux with emcees Gift of Gab and Lateef from the Quannum camp, and keyboardist Kat recently completed a solo project and is currently working with People Under The Stairs' Thes One.

The Day After Forever will be followed by an extensive US tour.

1.       INTRO
2.       BREAK
3.       SOUL
4.       KISS
5.       GO ON
7.       GO AWAY
8.       CRUSIN'
9.       LET'S LOVE
K-Murdock's Neosonic Update - Panacea VIMBY Feature

From K-Murdock:

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Shouts to the homie Seannie Cameras for putting this lil' video together for We shot this interview/feature back in March and have been eagerly awaiting the finished product to air! It was well worth the wait and just in time too, because we plan on increasing our visibility in the coming months in anticipation of not 1, but 2 NEW Panacea albums!! You can actually listen to a new song called "Reasons" over at our myspace page which will be on the Panacea compilation project called, "Corkscrew Gaps". "CG" is a collection of unreleased songs that didn't make past albums as well as rare collabos and remixes we have done with a wide array of artist that range from domestic to overseas! The other album, which we recently debuted a song off on my satellite radio show Subsoniq, is called "The 12 Step Program" and will be out this fall- details coming soon... in the meantime, go ahead and set aside some cash and sign up below to the Panacea mailing list, so u can stay in the loop :)


Free Music Fridays: High Fan Blowin' Edition

As I'm typing this, I got two fans blowin at me at once. I know the 'letric bills'll probably make me regret doing this later, but right now I'm doing my best to cool off in this hot weather. But you know what's hotter than my sweaty self? These hot new free music for me to give to y'all. I hope you'll enjoy famz!

50 Cent - Forever King Mixtape

[Here's one of the latest mixtapes dedicated to the King of Pop Michael Jackson done by 50 Cent. He's been on fire with making free music lately!]

1. I'm Paranoid
2. Respect it or Check it
3. Suicide Watch
4. Things We Do
5. Get the Money
6. Funny How Time Flies
7. If U Leaving, Then Leave...
8. Dreaming
9. Michael Jackson Freestyle
10.  London Girl Pt. 2
11. Touch Me
12. Put that Work In


Bullet - Home Alone


[The Windy City emcee Bullet plans to be #1 with a bullet. He collaborated with Sirius XM Shade 45 DJ Mz Stylez for this free mixtape entitled "Home Alone". This mixtape features production from Cool Kids' Chuck Inglish, Christian Rich and Slot-A.]

1. Mz Stylez Intro
2. Everyone Nose (Freestyle)
3. Supersonic pt. 1
4. Get It (prod. by Chuck Inglish)
5. We Got Em
6. Sky Might Fall
7. 3 in the morning
8. Spazz
9. universal mind control
10. Shake Yo Body
11. Bullet Speaks
12. Earth Girls
13. Make it Hot
14. I, RObot
15. That Girl feat Christian Rich
16. Take it to the top


CJ The Genesis - Yea, I'm a Nerd

[No, he ain't a gun totin, white brick sellin' and b*tch slappin playa/OG. No, CJ Da Genesis is far of that. He's just an average dude like us who happens to rhyme. Yes, he's a nerd that just loves to rap. If you have a prblem with a nerd rappin', then go and play Donkey Knog with your one-minded self.]

1 Yea, I'm A Nerd (Intro)
2 Chosen One
3 Unstoppable (Ft. Criss Chords)
4 Gotta Eat
5 E-Love
6 Victim Of Circumstance
7 Nintendo 64
8 Dreamgirl
9 Tired Of Fantasizing
10 One More Chance
11 Time
12 Level Up (Ft. The Rezon & Rai-L)
13 Legendary
14 Pep Talk
15 Fight To The Finish
16 FIYAH!!!! (Ft. Criss Chords)
17 Ohh-Emm-Gee
18 Live It Up
19 Underground (Ft. DLG & M-Trey)
20 Last Breath


Fella - A Pill and a Half [Hosted by Plies]

[Here's a latest emcee from the Sunshine State. As a protege of Plies, Fella is making his way to the big scene with this mixtape "A Pill and a Half" for all to bang to.]

1. Plies Speaks
2. In A Lil Bit
3. 56 Bars
4. Iz U F**king
5. Block Now
6. Er Body Know Me
7. Plies Speaks
8. On Yac FT. Plies
9. When I Die
10. Pop A Pill
11. Throw Ya Sets (Remix)
12. Plies Speaks
13. Swag (Remix)
14. Done it All (Remix)
15. I Do It
16. Dope Boy
17. AK Chevy FT. Plies


Illmind - Blaps Rhymes & Life 3

[Okay, I had to come correct after last week, where I promised the "3" but it wasn't released yet. But here it is now and it's is full of bangin music for free. Once again, this is dedicated to Eli Matthew Ibanga.]

01.) Intro (feat. The Real "Master Shake") (Aqua Teen Hunger Force)
02.) D-Black - Superbad (Produced By Illmind)
03.) Young Buck - Hold On (feat. 50 Cent) (Produced By Illmind)
04.) Skyzoo & Wale - Freshfest (Produced By Illmind)
05.) Rapper Big Pooh - Problems (feat. Jozeemo) (Produced By Illmind)
06.) Cres - Restless (feat. Termanology) (Produced By Illmind)
07.) Kaze - Dusk Til' Dawn (Produced By Illmind)
08.) Scarface - Who Are They (feat. K-Rino & Slim Thug) (Produced By Illmind)
09.) Kida - We Made It (feat. Marsha Ambrosius) (Produced By Illmind)
10.) Dominique Larue - Okay (feat. Kim Joyce) (Produced By Illmind)
11.) Kids Incorporated (88 Keys, Evidence & Alchemist) - Stay Up! (Viagra) (Produced By Illmind)
12.) Common - I Want U (Shmoove Mix) (Produced By Illmind)
13.) MindsOne - Instinct (Produced By Illmind)
14.) Thoth - On My Terminator Shit (feat. Terminology) (Produced By Illmind)
15.) Edo. G - Wishin' (feat. Masta Ace) (Produced By Illmind)
16.) Fortilive (Illmind, Mushmouf & Slo-Mo) - Cowboys (feat. 84) (Produced By Illmind)
17.) C.B. News - Bumrush The Show (feat. Torae) (Produced By Illmind)
18.) Deep Foundation - Girls (Produced By Illmind)
19.) AP - All I've Seen (Produced By Illmind)
20.) Vox Merger - Do Or Die (feat. The Far East Movement) (Produced By Illmind)


[Illmind EDIT: Heres is the single file for track #03 as the mp3 is corrupt in the main link, apologises for the inconvenience, click the link below:]

Kia Shine - 2000SHINE: The Mixtape (Cashville 2 Memphis Edition)

KIA Shine 2000SHINE mixtape album cover

[Kia Shine, the same dude who professes he's "Crispy" like a bag of Lays, is back! Here's a new mixtape if you've been wondering about his whereabouts and judging from his mixtape, he ain't goin nowhere.]

1. Intro ft. DJ Wheezy and Boog Da Great
2. Grind for the Money
3. Checkin my fresh
4. Get You Straight
5. Kia Shine checks in
6. It’s True
7. Backpack ft. Preps
8. Day and Night
9. Wow remix ft. Shawty LO & Lil Boosie
10. Why Not - Preps
11. I’m Fly
12. 90100
13. Wangin
14. Kia Shine checks in
15. Kia Shine - recession proof
16. Paperchase remix
17. Back to the Future ft. Preps
18. White Vee
19. Swag Surfin
20. Freshman ft. Preps
21. Underdog
22. Kia Shine checks in
23. Salute
24. We The Best
25. First Date Sex
26. Kia Shine checks in
27. All I Do ft. Preps
28. Outro
29. Been Gettin’ Money


Lee Bannon - Me & Marvin

[Here's another musician who starts with "M" that no one should forget, Marvin Gaye. Lee Bannon gathered some emcees to create a tribute to the same man who once asked "What's Going On."]

1. Lee Bannon - Introduction To The Man (feat. S.O.L.) (1:32)
2. Lee Bannon - Paid My Dues (feat. Singapore Kane, Termanology & Big Shug) (3:34)
3. Lee Bannon - Volume (EP Mix) (feat. Skyzoo, Sha Stimuli & Donny Goines) (2:54)
4. Lee Bannon - A New Song (feat. S.O.L., Torae, Reks & Superstah Snuk) (3:22)
5. Lee Bannon - Dark Light (feat. Uptown Suite, The Jacka & Kali) (2:02)
6. Lee Bannon - The Phase (0:20)
7. Lee Bannon - Shadows (feat. C Plus & Uptown Suite) (2:44)
8. Lee Bannon - Props To Marv (feat. Uptown Suite & S.O.L.) (3:04)

This concudes another week of Free Music Friday. As usual, if you have any free music you would like for the world to hear, e-mail me at with "Free Music Friday: {insert title here}". Peace y'all! Stay coolin. 

Drake & Kid Cudi - Sharing The Spotlight

With so many up and coming rappers choosing to beef as a way to get on it was refreshing when both Kid Cudi and Drake were so enthusiastic when I proposed the idea of a combined interview to them. A lot of artists want the entire spotlight to themselves, but both Cudi and Drake really liked the idea of showing some unity and proving to the world that the spotlight provides enough room for more than one emcee. Here are a few of the highlights from the interview:

Kid Cudi on mutual admiration:
"I know that he’s (Drake's) gonna kill shit and I’m gonna kill shit and it’s gonna be like’97 again when you had Jay-Z, DMX, Nas, Ja Rule, you had all these great artists and they were all killin shit in their own right."

Drake on mutual admiration:
"I can say on record that I have nothing but love for Cudi. Every time I hear something good about him I’m happy because I know we’re on the same climb. I always feel his accomplishments as if they were mine."

Kid Cudi on making relevant music:
"Make sure it’s important. Make sure that the kids get it and it’s gonna be something that they want to live with forever."

Drake on the added pressure having buzz brings:
"That’s not a negative pressure, that’s a little competitive edge that we should all feel. I feel like I really have something to live up to. It’s a great thing."

Check out the full interview at

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