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New Poison Pen Album on Gold Dust

From Stephen B:

Brooklyn mainstay and hard core rap enthusiast Poison Pen will be releasing a new album The Money Shot via Gold Dust this August.  Pen's new album will feature guest spots from Immortal TechniqueM.O.P.Silkk Da ShockerGillie Da Kid & more.  “Some people know me from years of battling, this is me entertaining people," says Pen.  "I don’t want people to think that I’m the nicest rapper on the planet.  I proved I was nice when I was 18.  I’m just trying to bug out and entertain.”  Pen is currently on the road with Immortal Technique.  His blog will continue to provide updates on the album, tour, and whatever else is on his mind.

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Eminem Teams Up With Stewie Griffin

From Jim at Big Hassle Media:


Hip-Hop Star to Make Special Surprise Announcement

Grammy Award winner Eminem joins FAMILY GUY's Stewie Griffin to host ANIMATION DOMINATION Sunday, May 17 on FOX. The evening will feature interstitials voiced by and featuring an animated version of the hip-hop superstar.

Fans should tune in for an exclusive surprise MySpace Music announcement they won't want to miss and visit that evening for additional details.

"It was a thrill to work with Stewie," said Eminem about the youngest member of the Griffin clan. "I'm a big fan of talking babies and their humor."

On working with Eminem, Stewie said "I was just about to meet him, but after I shook hands with his stylist, his assistant, his lawyer, his bodyguard, his other bodyguard, his photographer, his manager, his hanger-on, his flower girl, his driver, his videographer, his notary, his historian, his her-storian, his texter and his own greased-up deaf guy, I got the swine flu."

On the season finale of FAMILY GUY airing Sunday, May 17 (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT), Peter has his palm read by a psychic who reveals that he had a fascinating past life in the 17th century as Griffin Peterson, a dignified gentleman from the newly founded colony of Quahog who vied for the love of Lady Redbush. It was a time of great love and adventure where King Stewart reigned supreme, the smartest dog in the room was the court jester, army lieutenants were merely boys and even old England loved "How I Met Your Mother" (Neil Patrick Harris, Josh Radnor and Jason Segel guest-voice).

Eminem's fifth full-length album, "Relapse," is set to be released on May 19. The album's debut single, "Crack a Bottle," was released in February and set a first week record for digital sales at the time, while the first official single and video, "We Made You," debuted in April. To date, Eminem has sold more than 75 million albums worldwide. His previous studio album, "Encore," reached No. 1 and dominated the charts in late 2004. The Grammy-nominated disc was certified quadruple-platinum, generated four Top 40 Hot 100 hits and has sold more than 11 million copies. In October 2008, Eminem published "Eminem: The Way I Am," a compilation of thoughts, stories and memorabilia that entered The New York Times Best-Seller List at No. 11.

FAMILY GUY is a 20th Century Fox Television production. Seth MacFarlane is creator/executive producer, Mark Hentemann and Steve Callaghan are executive producers/show-runners and David A. Goodman, Chris Sheridan and Danny Smith are executive producers.

Flowin with Niles

With a name inspired by the Nile in Egypt, Niles describes the similarities between him and the legendary river saying “the Nile flows upstream in an unorthodox way. I'm going upstream in life in an unorthodox way. The Nile has been a provider since its existence. I have been a provider since my existence. It is of African descent. I am of African descent.” The list goes on as Niles is not just an emcee, but a huge history buff, both of the ancient and personal variety. Although he now lives in NYC, Niles is originally from Michigan, a state that he’s quick to point out was also the birthplace of Magic Johnson and Malcom X. Niles recently released a single, “This Time,” on Koch Records / E1 Entertainment and after seeing a live performance of his a few weeks ago I was so impressed that I had to sit down with him to find out more about his story.

Read the full interview at:

Paul Wall MySpace Album Exclusive

From Tito Belis:

Good morning!

MySpace Music is proud to announce the exclusive premiere of the brand new album from Paul Wall titled "Fast Life" - available only on MySpace Music days before hitting store shelves. Users can now visit Paul's official MySpace Music profile and stream the new album in its entirety for free. Check it out at .

When "The People's Champ" was certified Platinum in 2005, Paul Wall became one of rap music's most revered hustlers. After popularizing and creating grills for hip-hop heavyweights like T.I., Lil Jon and Fat Joe, Paul became a cultural icon. "Fast Life" is not only a celebration of his many successes, but a moving testament of the endless hours he dedicated to becoming the chart-topping MC he is today. Featuring guests like Pitbull, Webbie, Yung Joc, and Tech N9ne, "Fast Life" is further proof that hard work pays off. Former Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker offers up three productions on "Fast Life" including 'Pop One Of These' featuring Too $hort, Skinhead Rob and The Federation. This album is a hearty dose of life as only Paul Wall knows it. For the people, by the people.

UNRELEASED HEAT Scratch featuring Estelle

From Stephen B:

Oh shit.  Unreleased music from Scratch of the Roots & Estelle.  -airhorn- -airhorn- Enjoy -S
Scratch feat. Estelle & Terri Walker"The Man"
UNRELEASED TRACK From: Loss 4 Wordz out 6/23 on Gold Dust
"Let's Go" / "Too Late" single feat. Peedi Crakk, Talib Kweli & Damon Albarn out now on iTunes

Scratch's Loss 4 Wordz drops at the end of May, and we're so excited about it that we had to share some exclusive shit with you.  Here's a track featuring UK divas Estelle and Terri Walker that you can ONLY HEAR HERE.  Spread the love!  Loss 4 Wordz drops May 26th on Gold Dust featuring Kanye West, Consequence, M.O.P, Damon Albarn, Talib Kweli, Peedi Crakk, Musiq Soulchild, and may more.


MP3: Finale - "Heat" prod. by J Dilla

From Audible Treats:

MP3: Finale - "Heat" prod. by J Dilla      05.07.2009
Finale Hooks Up With The Legendary J Dilla For New Cut From A Pipe Dream And A Promise

The Song:

The successes of J Dilla have served as inspiration and driving motivation for all Detroit artists. For Finale, who himself received a personal Dilla co-sign early in his career, it's only fitting that the emcee has a song on his album, A Pipe Dream And A Promise, produced by the late legend. That song is appropriately titled "Heat." Speaking about creating the song and being able to work with Dilla, Finale says, "It was off a beat CD, but it was done before he passed away and I was able to build with him about it before he passed. I did three joints with him off the beat CDs he sent me; 'Heat' ended up being one of the joints we did. I look at that joint more like a tribute"

Featuring hard drums and distorted chops, "Heat" finds Finale spitting a braggadocio-filled stream-of-consciousness flow that showcases the Detroit emcee's ability to rip a mic. Showing off his smooth wordplay and seamless flow, Finale raps, "Be a needle, we need you to get in the groove / Don't sleep, keep it rolling / I'm a truck, I live in Michigan/ But Chilly never been in my forecast, like Usher / Won't change, even with the aftermath, like Busta." Closing out the song is a live performance clip of an impassioned Finale chanting J Dilla's name in tribute to the fallen legend. The ultimate tribute, though, is keeping the producer's name alive with great music, and with "Heat," Finale does just that.

A Pipe Dream And A Promise is now available everywhere.

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Finale recently released Super Finale, an innovative, Super Mario Bros-themed video game, starring Finale as the main character, in which fans can win track the track "One Man Show" from the album upon completion of the game. A Pipe Dream And A Promise features production from J Dilla as well as Nottz, Flying Lotus, Oddisee, MPhazes, and Black Milk, who produced the album's lead single "Motor Music."

Play Super Finale: .

The Background:

Before making his entrance into hip-hop, Finale worked as an automotive engineer promising to one day follow his dream of becoming a rapper. Making the rounds at local Detroit open mics and emcee battles, Finale began to mingle with local talents like Guilty Simpson and One.Be.Lo. After emailing some joints back and forth with J Dilla, Finale finally met him backstage at the DEMF (Detroit Electronic Music Festival), where Dilla introduced him to Madlib, saying that he was one of the best in the game. “It was an honor and definitely a defining moment," says Finale. After realizing his passion and talent for hip-hop, Finale decided to finally quit his day job, follow his true passion, and make music a full-time career. After a handful of Fat Beats released singles, an album released with European producer Spier 1200 as a part of The Rawkus 50, and numerous appearances on independent releases from Invincible, eLZhi and others, Finale's official debut LP, A Pipe Dream & A Promise, is available in stores and online everywhere via Interdependent Media.

About Interdependent Media:

Founded in 2006 in the Bay Area by Evan Phillips, Interdependent Media has built unique strengths in the development, production, and marketing of recorded music via new methods of marketing and promotion. Armed with a comprehensive understanding of both traditional and emerging methods of marketing, iM has successfully created multi-faceted methods of raising awareness and interest in their projects. Industry veterans Ian "ID" Davis and Dominic Del Bene head operations at iM and are credited with discovering and/or developing artists such as 9th Wonder, Little Brother, Tanya Morgan, Blackalicious, Del the Funky Homosapien, the Hieroglyphics and more. In 2009, iM will be releasing multi-media projects from artists Finale, Canibus, K'naan, Truthlive, and Tanya Morgan. For more information, please visit .


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Video: Del the Funky Homosapien - "Get It Right Now"

From Audible Treats:

Video: Del the Funky Homosapien - "Get It Right Now"      05.06.2009
"This is for the real people that take the truth and ingest it / Let it radiate in the soul and manifest it"

Critical Praise for Del:
"...Del's reputation has remained strong in both fan and critic circles." - Thrasher Magazine

"The Homosapien is one hell of an entertaining MC" - YRB

The Video:

Del the Funky Homosapien is dropping some major knowledge in his recent video "Get It Right Now," in which he encourages all to cease the procrastination. Whatever plans you have in the making, it's time to move on them and Del provides the perfect musical backdrop to get you motivated. Over an urgent yet stripped down beat and the background of Del's actual home and lab, his funky vocal stylings ask "Why wait, why debate?" With direction by longtime Hieroglyphics collaborator Grant James, "Get it Right Now" is the logical choice for the first single of Del's new free album Funk Man (The Stimulus Package). The song's critical message of progression speaks not only to the music industry, but to Del's longtime fans as well. How else would Del have made it this long in the game without moving forward with his vision?

Speaking of procrastination, why not download Del's new album NOW. It's free. It's simple. The wait for the Eleventh Hour was 6 years. Del came back in one year with Funkman, and it's completely free. There is absolutely no excuse not to do it. Get it right now.
Download Funk Man: The Stimulus Package Here: .

Remaining Tour Dates:
Tue-May-05 Ann Arbor, MI Blind Pig
Wed-May-06 Columbus, OH Skullys (Late Show)
Thu-May-07 Lexington, KY Dame
Fri-May-08 Chicago, IL Reggies
Sat-May-09 Madison, WI High Noon
Mon-May-11 Columbia, MO Blue Note
Tue-May-12 Omaha, NE Slowdown
Thu-May-14 Boulder, CO Fox Theatre
Fri-May-15 Denver, CO Bluebird
Sat-May-16 Colorado Springs, CO Black Sheep
Mon-May-18 Salt Lake City, UT Urban Lounge

The Background:

Funk Man (The Stimulus Package) marks Del the Funky Homosapien's 14th project of a hip-hop career that spans almost two decades. Starting at the tender age of 17 as protégé to his cousin, Ice Cube, Del quickly rose to the top of the underground hip hop scene with his albums, I Wish My Brother George Was Here (1991) and No Need for Alarm (1993), both released through Elektra Records. Soon after parting ways with the label, Del helped found the Hieroglyphics family, comprised of notable emcees Pep Love, the Souls of Mischief, Casual, and Domino. In 1998 the critically acclaimed album 3rd Eye Vision was the first to be released under the Hieroglyphics Imperium label and since then Del has had consistent success with his solo and joint efforts, including Deltron 3030 (2000), Gorillaz (2001), Full Circle (2003), and Eleventh Hour (2008) to name a few. Funk Man (The Stimulus Package) features more of Del's signature style, as this high-energy album is comprised of raw lyrics, driving rhythms, and Del's undeniable funkiness. Released via Funnyman Entertainment on April 7th, Funk Man (The Stimulus Package) is available for free via .


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Chingy Releases 1st Quarter with Gracie Productions May 12th

From Dove:

Chingy Releases 1st Quarter with Gracie Productions
International Digital Project May 12th

St. Louis, MO -- After a two-year hiatus, multi-platinum artist Chingy is back with his full-length digital project 1st Quarter. The mixtape-style album will be released on May 12 on Chingy's own Slot-A-Lot Records in conjunction with Gracie Productions, and features 13 exclusive tracks with features from Gucci Mane, Soulja Boy and Trey Songz.
Chingy's career kicked off with his 2003 Disturbing Tha Peace/Capitol debut release Jackpot. Fully produced by The Trak Starz, the album spawned the Top 5 hit singles "Right Thurr" and "One Call Away" featuring Jason Weaver. The St. Louis rapper rose to international celebrity status nearly overnight, and solidified himself as a force to be reckoned with.
After a highly publicized disagreement, Chingy parted ways with DTP and released his next two albums, Powerballin' in 2004 with another hit single "Balla Baby," and Hoodstar in 2006. Both albums reached Top 10 status on the charts, and sold Platinum and Gold, respectively.Chingy returned to DTP for his 2007 release Hate It or Love It, with production from powerhouses like Mr. Collipark, Timbaland and Cool & Dre.
Now in 2009, Chingy is returning with focus on his long-running label Slot-A-Lot Records. He has teamed with Gracie Productions to unveil the digital project 1st Quarter, and the street single "Balla" featuring Gucci Mane and Soulja Boy.
Gracie Productions has already had a great run in 2009 with worldwide releases from Miami maven Jacki-O, Houston's legendary E.S.G., Atlanta phenomenon Stat Quo and a new record dropping in July from Platinum superstar J-Kwon. Chingy's 1st Quarter album promises to be a hit with his longtime fans in the U.S. and overseas.
Dorian Washington, President of Gracie’s Urban division, is confident in the direction the company is moving. “While most people in the music business are cutting back, Gracie Productions continues to expand with digital-only releases and physical releases by great artists," he says. "We are thrilled to have an artist of Chingy’s caliber partner with Gracie. This is an incredible album, and a tribute to how great an artist Chingy continues to be.”
For more information on Chingy, go to, and .
1st Quarter Track List
01.  Pu**y Ni**a f/ HB Monte
02.  Hatin On Myself
03.  Look At Her Go
04.  Money Motivation
05.  Balla f/ Gucci Mane & Soulja Boy Tell 'Em
06.  Spend Sum Money f/ Trey Songz
07.  Ain't No Way
08.  Porn Star
09.  Stand Tall
10.  Git Doe
11.  Another One
12.  Lovely Ladies
13.  2 Kool 2 Dance
14.  Outro

Diamond Music Group to Launch HiPNOTT Records

From Diamond Music Group:



A lot of you may have heard rumors of a new record label starting... the rumors are true. Today I am officially announcing the launch of HiPNOTT Records! Working on this site has given me the opportunity to work with a lot of great artists and I’ve decided I want to do something more to help get their music heard. The HiPNOTT Records website is currently under development, but once launched, it will include all of our artists’ information and music. Hit the jump for the official press release and the label’s full artist roster.

Kevin Nottingham Partners with Diamond Music Group to Launch HiPNOTT Records:

Kevin Nottingham, owner of the award winning hip hop website, has announced the formation of a new digital record label, HiPNOTT Records, which will distribute music exclusively through the Diamond Music Group (parent company to Coalmine Records who also brought you The Foundation by Shuko & DJ Dutchmaster). This announcement marks the first time a hip hop blogger has branched out to form an independent label. HipNOTT Records’ goal is to continuously build their artists’ resumes and consistently develop an image that hip hop will have no choice but to admire. With Kevin Nottingham at the helm, a man who certainly respects the past, present, and future of the genre, it is hard to deny the capability of reaching these goals amongst others.

“HiPNOTT Records is an artist’s label. I’m not in it for the money, but to try and get good music to be heard,” said Kevin Nottingham, owner of HiPNOTT Records. “All of my artists are artists that I personally believe in and I will do whatever I can to promote and market their music.”

Though rumors of Nottingham forming his own label may have surfaced months ago, this is the official announcement of HiPNOTT Records. “The timing was just right,” said Nottingham, “I have been working hard on building a roster and solidifying contracts to make sure we go about doing things right. I didn’t want anything done half-assed. I’ve put off officially announcing the label, because I just wasn’t ready yet. A few of my artists have projects that we are about to release, so now’s the time.”
The official HiPNOTT Records website ( ) is still under construction, but the label’s current artist roster can be found below:

* Cee & Bekah / The Soul Movement Volume 3 (Mixed by Mick Boogie & Terry Urban) coming 4th quarter ‘09 / The Precedent coming 1st quarter 2010
* Dasha / debut album coming 4th quarter ‘09
* G.C. / compilation album coming 4th quarter ‘09
* Has-Lo / In Case I Don’t Make It coming 4th quarter ‘09
* Nobody Famous / Order Up Vol 3: Chicken & Waffles coming in July
* NoTiOn / Corner of Notion & 9th coming 4th quarter ‘09
* Speek Greene / The Long Look coming 4th quarter ‘09
* Tommy Gunnz / Garden State Warrior coming 4th quarter ‘09
* Trav Williams / illTravis out now! New project coming 4th quarter ‘09

The label still wants to keep things relatively small. “I hadn’t really expected the roster to be as big as it is now starting out,” said Nottingham. “I want to be able to be personally involved with each and every project we put out. So, until I can clone myself, these artists will be the face of HiPNOTT Records.” With that said, truly, HiPNOTT Records seems to be a label for the artist, a rarity in 2009 hip hop.

Two New Chamillitary Mixtapes Available Today

From Nancy B:



"I Am Legend" (Greatest Verses) hosted by DJ Rapid Ric


Famous' "Money - Power - Fame"


Download Chamillionaire's "Me & My Girlfriend" (Throwback Freestyle)


Famous ft. Chamillionaire "All I Know"

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