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Dorrough Goes Gold; Up for 3 BET Nominations

Press release from Gio at E1 Entertainment.


September 25, 2009



(New York, NY) –Dallas hip hop artist Dorrough is nominated for Rookie of the Year, Best Hip Hop Video and Viewers’ Choice Award for the video of his hit single “Ice Cream Paint Job.” The BET Hip Hop Awards will tape on October 10th and will air on the BET network on October 27th.

The video for “Ice Cream Paint Job” was directed by Dr. Teeth. Voting for these nominations is now open for the final round!

The "Ice Cream Paint Job" digital single is now Gold having surpassed sales in excess of 500,000 units scanned. The Ringtone also remains a steady presence on Ringscan's Top 10 chart.

His new E1 Music album, Dorrough Music, debuted at #1on the Billboard Independent Chart and #3 on the Billboard Hip Hop Chart. Dorrough Music was released on Tuesday, August 4th.

Dorrough recently shot a video for "Wired To The T" which will be 3rd single off his debut album. The video reunites Dorrough with Director Dr. Teeth and will also feature Mike Epps.

About E1 Entertainment

E1 Entertainment (AIM: ETO) is a leading independent entertainment content owner that acquires film, television and music rights and exploits these rights in all media in more than 190 countries.

The company currently operates in Canada, the U.S., the UK, Holland and Belgium through its four primary businesses units: E1 Television, E1 Films, E1 Music and E1 Distribution.  These businesses collectively represent E1’s extensive expertise in film distribution, television and music production/distribution, Kids content, Licensing and Distribution.

E1’s content library includes more than 3,700 feature films, 2,700 hours of original television programming and 15,000 music tracks.

Ghostface Killah to Perform in MySpace Release Series

From Tito Belis:

Ghostface Killah to Perform for MySpace Music's "RELEASE" Concert Series in New York City on Wednesday, Sept. 30

MySpace Music makes its way back to the home of hip-hop to host a special performance by Staten Island's own Ghostface Killah on Wednesday, September 30th at The Hiro Ballroom in New York, NY, as part of "THE RELEASE," MySpace Music's urban music concert series. This installment of "THE RELEASE" will celebrate the long-awaited September 29th release of his new album Ghostdini: The Wizard of Poetry in Emerald City and will also be hosted by Jasmine Solano and Cipha Sounds/Peter Rosenberg of Hot 97. Special musical guests will include DJ dB and Beatnick & K-Salaam. Tickets for the 21+ event can be obtained by sending an RSVP to Doors for the show will open at 9 p.m. and dress code will be strictly enforced.

Dubbed by the New York Times "the most lovable rapper in the world: a wounded warrior with raps to match his speeding heartbeat," Def Jam artist - and Wu-Tang Clan ironman - Ghostdini (aka Ghostface Killah) returns under a new guise in 2009 as The Wizard of Poetry, his 6th Def Jam album (and 10th major label album), in which he attracts an A-list of duet partners including John Legend, Fabolous, Raheem DeVaughn, Lloyd, Estelle, and others. The new album will arrive in the physical and digital marketplace on September 29th and the first single from the new album is "Baby" featuring Raheem DeVaughn. For more information, tour updates and news, please visit Ghostface Killah's official MySpace Music profile: .

For additional info on MySpace Music's "THE RELEASE," please visit: .

Neosonic Productions - Forever Famicom & Corkscrew Gaps

Update from K-Murdock and Random:

Myself and the homie Random, aka "Megaran", have been quietly collaborating since last year on a project that will sate the appetites of all the people out there whose love for hip-hop equals that of videogames!  We call it "Forever Famicom" as the project pays homage to the classic "Famicom" & "Super Famicom" systems, which were known stateside as the NES and SNES.  We will be revealing more info about the "FF" project soon as we are still in production mode, but i assure all my gamers out there YOU WON'T be disappointed by the games we flipped!  Conversely, hip-hop heads will dig it too because its not just us "nerding out" over these games, we are just trying to evoke a sense of nostalgia by using them as the source of the beats and subject-matter.  If you wanna preview, peep this track from Ran's mixtape "Teacher Rapper Hero".



Also from K-Murdock:
"Corkscrew Gaps" is a 9 song collection of tracks we recorded dating back to 2003 up to early this year that never made our other albums or were remixes with other artist.  We feel confident this material can stand beside our 4 official releases and definitely wanna say thanx for supporting them, hence the free giveaway!  In order to get it, you'll need to go over to: next Thursday.  The first 500 people to download it, will get a special emailed download link to a song off our next full-length, "12 Step Program", which wont be out till 2k10.  All we ask from you all is to SPREAD the word to everyone so we can get as many downloads as possible, and since its free already we dont mind it getting blogged any and everywhere!

We also have a mixtape on deck for late fall, so stay tuned as we are finally gettin' back on our hustle...


Tupac Shakur Foudation to Prepare Tupac Shakur Writings

From Versa Manos PR:

Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation and Woodruff Library Partner to Prepare Tupac Shakur Writings and Papers for Scholarly Research

Tupac Shakur Secondary School Curriculum to be Released in Fall 2010

(Atlanta, GA) The Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation and Afeni Shakur-Davis, mother of platinum recording artist, actor and poet, Tupac Shakur, will partner with the Robert W. Woodruff Library of the Atlanta University Center to make available for scholarly research Shakur's manuscript writings and other papers.130
Born in East Harlem, New York, Shakur honed his acting and performing skills at the city's 127th Street Repertory Ensemble and the Baltimore School of the Arts in Maryland.  He first came to prominence in the early 1990s as a featured rapper for the vocal group Digital Underground and went on to become one of the most significant cultural icons of the hip hop generation.   Prior to his untimely death at the age of 25, Shakur had released five record albums and appeared in four motion pictures to great success.  Ten albums, numerous compilations and four feature films were all released posthumously, including Tupac, Resurrection,which received an Academy Award nomination for "Best Documentary (Feature)." 
More than a decade after his death on September 13, 1996, Shakur remains one of the most influential writers and performers in the hip hop/rap genre and continues to be the top-selling hip hop recording artist of all time, having sold more than 75 million albums worldwide.  A prolific writer, Tupac wrote The Rose That Grew From Concrete,when he was only 19 years old. The book contains numerous poems in Tupac's own handwriting and has enjoyed a substantial amount of success selling over 250,000 copies.  Select poems from the book will now be included in the collection.  There are three more books - Tupac Resurrection, Tupac Legacy and Tupac Remembered which were all published following his death.
Tupac Shakur Collection, now housed within the Woodruff Library's Archives & Special Collections Department, features Shakur's handwritten lyrics and track listings, personal notes, video and film concepts, fan correspondence, promotional materials and other items providing a unique insight into his career and creative genius.
"The Woodruff Library Archives has done a phenomenal job archiving my son's materials," said Afeni Shakur-Davis. "I thank their staff for partnering with my family and the Foundation in helping to make these important documents available in a professional manner that will benefit scholars for years to come."
Currently, Library staff are re-housing the collection's 11 boxes of material into archival boxes and folders, and preparing a finding aid listing the categories and order of items included.  A digital (online) finding aid will be prepared to further enhance scholarly access.  The Tupac Shakur Collection is expected to be open for research in Fall 2010.
"The Woodruff Library is honored to collaborate with the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation to preserve the artistic legacy of Tupac Shakur," said Loretta Parham, CEO & Library Director.  "Mr. Shakur was a multi-dimensional artist who helped define a musical genre, and as the academic library serving four institutions of higher learning, it is our mission, as well as a great privilege, to help promote scholarship and research of his work, and the mechanics of his creative process and the hip hop culture."
The Woodruff Library of the Atlanta University Center (AUC) serves the collective research and information needs of Clark Atlanta University, the Interdenominational Theological Center, Morehouse College and Spelman College. The Library's Archives & Special Collections is the repository for historical materials documenting the AUC institutions, as well as manuscript collections and organizational records, including the Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr. Collection and the Maynard Jackson Mayoral Administrative Records.
In addition to the archival partnership with the Woodruff Library, the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation has recruited some of the nation's top scholars to assemble the Tupac Shakur Secondary School Curriculum, a seventh-12th grade academic curriculum and a college-level reader.  In this comprehensive curriculum, the poetry, music and views of Tupac Shakur are used to teach basic hip hop studies units within academic disciplines such as fine arts, history and language arts.  This learning tool can be used separately or in conjunction with any state-mandated learning standards curriculum. Both the release of the secondary and college-level curriculums will coincide with the opening for research of The Tupac Shakur Collection at the Woodruff Library in Fall 2010.
About the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation

The Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation is home to the Tupac Amaru Shakur Center for the Arts, just outside of Atlanta in Stone Mountain, Ga.  The Center is dedicated to providing youth and the community with educational programs in the arts.  It is a fact that early arts education improves school grades, as well as offers invaluable life lessons while building self esteem and confidence.  For nearly 10 years, the Center's programs have served youth of all social and economic backgrounds, giving countless young people the courage to get off the streets and learn vital skills that have the potential to positively impact their communities. The Center is open to the public and hosts several noteworthy events throughout the year. For more information or to make a donation visit: .
About the Woodruff Library

Constructed in 1982, the Robert W. Woodruff Library of the Atlanta University Center is an independent entity organized and operated for the exclusive benefit of its member institutions-Clark Atlanta University, the Interdenominational Theological Center, Morehouse College and Spelman College.  With a combined enrollment of nearly 10,000 students, these colleges and university represent the world's largest consortium of historically black institutions of higher learning.  For more information on the archival work associated with The Tupac Shakur Collection, contact the Woodruff Library of the AUC at or 404-978-2052.

Warren G Announces National Tour & Album Release Party

From 2SPR:

Warren G Announces National US Tour, Kicked Off By An Album Release Party In Los Angeles 10-1-09

The G Files, Produced By Warren G, To Be Released 9-29-09

Los Angeles, CA (September 24, 2009) -- After 10 million albums sold worldwide, Warren G’s seventh studio album, THE G FILES, will be released on September 29th. Self-produced and packed with all-star talents including Snoop Dogg, Travis Barker, Ray J and many more, the current single, “100 Miles and Runnin” featuring Raekwon and Nate Dogg is quickly making its way on to radio stations across the country.

In support of THE G FILES, Warren G will be headlining a 21-city national tour that kicks off with his record release party on October 1st at the Roxy in Los Angeles. The tour will have its final stop in San Francisco on November 24th. All tour dates are below. Los Angeles fans last caught Warren performing at the Roxy this past July as a special guest at the Travis Barker/DJ AM show. They performed Warren’s mega-hit “Regulate” to a packed audience and the overwhelming response is a testament to his crossover talent. The performance can be seen here: .

Warren G is in New York this week filming the VH1 Hip Hop Honors Awards where he will be performing as part of the celebration for Def Jam’s 25th Anniversary. When most West Coast artists such as Dr. Dre, Snoop and Tupac were signing with LA’s Death Row Records, Warren walked a different path and signed with East Coast label Def Jam in 1994. Def Jam founder and the God Father of Hip Hop, Russell Simmons, later cited Warren G's signing as “a turning point" for Def Jam Records and its subsequent mega-success. "After that, Def Jam never looked back," Simmons wrote in his book Life and Def.

Warren is looking forward to getting back on the road. He has toured the world, most notably, Warren was a part of one of the most successful Hip Hop tours ever- the Up In Smoke Tour with his brother Dr. Dre, Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Nate Dogg, Ice Cube and more.

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10/1  Los Angeles, CA - The Roxy Theatre
10/27  Austin, TX - Emo’s
10/29  Dallas, TX - Granada Theater
10/30  New Orleans, LA - House of Blues
10/31  Nashville, TN - Haunted Valley
11/3  Charleston, SC - Music Farm
11/4  Asheville, NC - The Orange Peel
11/5  Charlotte, NC - Amos’ Southland
11/6  Brooklyn, NY - The Music Hall of Williamsburg
11/7  Allston, MA - Harper’s Ferry
11/10  New York, NY - The Bowery Ballroom
11/12  Indianapolis, IN - The Vogue
11/13  Chicago, IL - The Metro
11/14  Madison, WI - Majestic Theatre
11/16  Council Bluffs, IA - Whiskey Road House
11/18  Boulder, CO - Fox Theatre
11/19  Ft. Collins, CO - Aggie Theatre
11/20  Aspen, CO - Belly Up
11/22  Seattle, WA - Neumo’s
11/23  Portland, OR - The Roseland Theatre
11/24  San Francisco, CA - The Independent

LL Cool J Among Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Nominees

Rapper LL Cool J could be the next hip-hop act to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. On September 23, it was announced that LL Cool J is one of 12 artists to receive a nomination for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Other nominee’s include ABBA, Donna Summer, KISS, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Chantels, and more.

Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five and Hip Hop trio Run DMC are currently the only rappers to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

LL Cool J rose to fame in the eighties with his debut album Radio. Signed to Def Jam, LL Cool J went on to release a number of classic albums including Bigger And Deffer, Walking With A Panther, and Mama Said Knock You Out.

In recent years, LL Cool J has concentrated on his acting career starring in several television shows and movies.

Currently, LL Cool J is one of the stars of NCIS: Los Angeles. NCIS: Los Angeles premiered on September 22.


Details on Roc Raida's Death & Tomorrow's Funeral Arrangements

Christie Z-Pabon: "The following information was supplied and approved by Roc Raida's wife Tyeasha. This is as accurate as it comes. Please feel free to update your blogs, fact check it against what is posted and most of all please help to preserve Raida's legacy accurately. Thanks in advance. The family thanks you for all of your kind words and letters of sympathy."

Grand Master Roc Raida: May 17, 1972 - Sept. 19, 2009

Anthony "Grand Master Roc Raida" Williams was born in Harlem New York on May 17th, 1972 to Brenda Williams-Bolling & William “Tony” He was educated through the NYC Public School System.

He passed away on Saturday, September 19th, 2009 from a cardiac arrest resulting from injuries he suffered in an accident while training in Krav Maga, a type self defense system that he had been studying weekly for the last two years. He was proud that his 15-year-old daughter, Asia, shared his passion for Krav Maga and was the only girl in their class.

At an early age, Anthony joined the Mt Neboh Baptist Church & was baptized under the leadership of the Late Rev. William D. Gardner. It is at Mount Neboh where he served faithfully during his youth. He was a member of the Children's Choir, the Junior Choir, the Usher Board, and a former mascot for the Male Chorus of which his grandfather, the Late Deacon Early Williams was a member.

Anthony Williams was both African-American and Puerto Rican. He lived most of his life in Harlem but after marrying his soul mate, Tyeasha on June 26, 1997, they moved to the Bronx. Several years ago, they realized their dream of owning a home and relocated their family to Maryland. He encouraged and shared in his wife’s dream of one day opening up her own beauty salon.

He began DJing at the age of 12, spinning at local parties around Harlem. By 1995, Roc Raida represented the United States at the DMC World DJ Championships and won! He was the first DJ from New York City to hold this title and was automatically inducted into the DMC/Technics DJ Hall of Fame. Throughout his life, he lived his passion - being a professional Hip Hop DJ. He was blessed to have touring the world as his day job. Williams was honored to have worked with recording artists including Showbiz & AG, Lord Finesse, Kool G Rap and most recently, he toured exclusively with Busta Rhymes.

Although his family called him “Ant” (short for Anthony), he became known worldwide as legendary DJ Roc Raida. In 1999, Grand Master status was bestowed upon him by a group of pioneering Hip Hop DJs, during a conference at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame & Museum.

Before he passed, he asked his 10 yr. old daughter, Nyra, who was the most interested, of his children, in DJing to take over for him as a DJ. She agreed!

With a very aggressive swagger on the turntables, those who knew Roc Raida were floored by his humbleness. His wife, Tyeasha reports, “His notoriety amazed him every day!” He never took that for granted. Williams was also known to be very quiet, private and easy going. His self-control was commendable unless he was pushed to his limit and then he would roar. In fact, Lord Finesse called his friend “the quiet lion” for this very reason. Those closest to him have the pleasure of remembering him also as a hilarious comedian, loving to joke and laugh.

Roc Raida through battles, performances, videos, dvds and even a Pepsi commercial, influenced thousands of DJs, both to party rock as well as to battle and he took several aspiring DJs under his wing to mentor personally. As a member of legendary turntablist crews, The X-Men and The X-ecutioners, he along with his brothers-in-vinyl took the world by storm, innovating, influencing and inspiring at every turn. In 2006, to progress and contribute to the Hip Hop DJ battle scene, he founded Roc Raida’s Gong DJ Battle, a national DJ battle that occurs annually, combining head to head turntablist dexterity with comedy and drama.

Not only was he a World Champion DJ, he was a dedicated father and husband.

Anthony leaves to cherish his memories; his loving wife: Tyeasha Williams; three beautiful daughters: Asia, Nyra & Tia; one son: Earl Tyric Smiley; mother: Brenda Williams-Bolling; his step-father: Clarence Bolling; mother-in-law: Clarice Powell; father-in-law: Deryl Hunt; sister: Tamneka Bolling; 2 brother-in-laws: Willie Neat & Keith Powell; 3 aunts: Arlene Tramble, Jacquline Knox of FL, & Jacquline (Donald) Tramble; 1 god-sister: Tina Carter; Adoptive Grandmother: Juanita Jackson and a host of cousins & dear friends.

Anthony is now reunited with his grandparents, Deacon Early & Helen Williams & his Aunt Minister Carol Knox.

The family would like to acknowledge these amazing "God-sends". They have truly been Tye's backbone throughout this ordeal. To: Henley "Pro" Halem, Sean C, Fat Man Scoop, Busta Rhymes, DJ Premier and Christie Z. Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!!!

The family would like to expressly thank Chatman-Harris Funeral Home in Baltimore MD as well as Mount Neboh Baptist Church in Harlem NY for their generosity and kindness.

Funeral Arrangements and Information for Thursday, September 24, 2009

The viewing for Anthony Williams will be held from 10am to 12 noon, followed by the funeral beginning at 12noon

Mount Neboh Baptist Church
1883 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd. (W.114th St. & 7th Ave)
New York NY, 10026
Phone: 212.866.7880
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Train: 2 or 3 to 116th St. Exit near intersection of W 116th St and Lenox Ave. Go West on W 116th St towards Lenox Ave.
Bus M11: W 116 St and Adam C Powell Blvd
Please visit for more directions.

* For those who want to send flowers, please kindly be sure to have them delivered on Sept. 24th, 2009 to the church's address above only between 9am – 10am.

** The family kindly requests that NO FILIMING OR PHOTOGRAPHY INSIDE THE CHURCH during the viewing and during the funeral.

All accurate information, official family approved tributes and fundraisers will be posted at:

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Donations can be sent via using the email address:

Yo! Promotions Newest Clients - Guru & Solar

Press release from Yo! PR:


Yo! Promotions proudly presents its newest client, legendary East Coast rapper and GangStarr founder Guru aka Mr. GangStarr and hit producer Solar from the successful boutique label 7 Grand Records.

"Yo! Promotions is proud of signing a promotion deal with a true legendary rapper. Guru is a great addition to our roster and we are all looking forward working with Guru, Solar and the whole 7 Grand Records family," says Yo! PR CEO Kai Denninger.

Guru said, "I want to welcome the Yo! Promotions team to the 7 Grand Records worldwide family! Solar and I are looking forward working with Yo! Promotions on our future projects. Look out for our new single 'Lost and Found', the title track from our current classic 7 Grand release 'Guru 8.0 Lost and Found' which is available in stores now! This is real Hip-Hop 2009 and beyond."

Iconic rapper Guru gained worldwide stardom when he and super producer DJ Premier took over the Hip-Hop industry in the 90's as the duo GangStarr with combining unique elements of Acid-Jazz, Neo-Soul and Hip-Hop. The duo released classic albums like "Step In The Arena" (1991) and "Daily Operation" (1992). With Guru's popular "Jazzmatazz" album series, he is considered by industry insiders and music fans worldwide to be one of the pioneers of Hip-Hop/Jazz crossover.

Guru’s "first proper solo album", in his own words, was 2005's "Version 7.0: The Street Scriptures", a critically acclaimed album that was also one of the best selling independent releases of 2005, released with the help of producer and new backup Solar. Solar's production discography includes the creation of tracks for Grammy Award winning artist and nominees like Damien Marley, Common, Caron Wheeler, David Sanborn, Dionne Farris, Angie Stone, Talib Kweli, Jean Grae, Styles P, Slum Village, Blackalicious, Zion I, Aceyalone, and B-Real.

With Guru's latest accomplishment, "Guru 8.0 Lost & Found" (2009), the New York MC explained "it was necessary in today's Hip-Hop game to release another classic to keep REAL Hip-Hop alive."

"Guru 8.0 Lost & Found" is what the game has been missing and what true Hip-Hop fans have been waiting for. So if looking for Hip-Hop's new coordinates, turn off your radio, pop in "Guru 8.0 Lost & Found", and you will find your way indeed.

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J-Zone Shows Cassette Tape Appreciation

J-Zone tapesFrom J-Zone:

I'm taking time off from trashing celebrities, they're not putting money in any of our pockets anyway. This week, I explain why in 2009, I still use a tape walkman and a VHS machine like they were just invented yesterday (and show off some of my collection)...


And I also explain how I got cornered into Twitter (the same way it happened with myspace and facebook). What a mess...but here I am...


I may have gotten a Twitter account, but I can't do those ipods man. I don't dig it




Slaughterhouse & Eminem Possibly Negotiating Record Deal

According to SOHH, Eminem's label Shady Records and the rap group Slaughterhouse are negotiating a record deal, bring the hip-hop stars under Eminem's wing. The irony here is that Slaughterhouse member Royce Da 5'9" was once closely connected to Eminem via their common Detroit roots, doing records together and even forming a short-lived group called Bad Meets Evil. The group's failure prompted some acrimonious comments by Royce on record and in print, and when Eminem turned his attention to promoting D12 it only seemed to exacerbate the situation. If Slaughterhouse does sign with Shady Records though, it will all be water under the bridge.

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