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D-Block Photos From "Get That Paper" Video Shoot

D-Block courtesy KochPhotos courtesy and Chris H. These photos were taken yesterday in Brooklyn. A preview of the song is available HERE. The D-Block album will be released on June 2nd.

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MP3: Keelay & Zaire - "We Made It" feat. Mario Dones

MP3: Keelay & Zaire - "We Made It" feat. Mario Dones      04.22.2009

"Give them something with our name and watch how they get mellow to it / Like we have to sample heaven to get better music"

The Song:

Keelay & Zaire, production masterminds, have brought us another '90s throwback banger off of their current album, Ridin High. "We Made It," featuring flow from Mario Dones, is a celebratory song about hard work paying off and dreams coming to fruition. Kee & Zee blend smooth jazz keyboards, record scratches, fanfare filled synths, and drums to make you feel as if you're crossing the finish line after a marathon, complete with the crowd cheering in your favor. Whether you're a musician trying to break it into the industry or a recent grad landing your first job, crank up "We Made It" for a dose of encouragement and let Mario Dones' words, "Sky's the limit, see my vision breaking," help you endeavor forward.

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The Prelude to Drive EP is now available to download for FREE at the freshly launched .

The Background:

Keelay & Zaire are a bi-coastal team that operates with only one concrete rule; creating music with unlimited range. Complementing each other's styles with precision, Kee & Zee work as a sole production machine that spawns gritty classic hip-hop, soulful R&B, and any other medium that requires an exclusive sound from the team. With Keelay out west in San Francisco, and Zaire in the east, holding it down in Virginia, the two have almost unlimited resources from which to draw talent and inspiration. In their debut LP Ridin High, the pair's versatility takes center stage, backed up by a talented cast of emcees and singers including Phonte of Little Brother, Supastition, Blu, Cali Agents, Darien Brockington, Tash of Tha Liks, Saafir, Fortilive, The Park, Emilio Rojas, Surreal ,Slo-Mo, Mario Dones, The A.V.E., J.Fish, Jony Fraze, Whooligan, and Tiffany Paige. Keelay & Zaire's Ridin High is available everywhere nowvia MYX Music Label.

About MYX Music:

MYX Music Label began in 2007 by industry veteran Karim Panni of the Boom Bap Project (Rhymesayers Entertainment). MYX Music Label is under the umbrella of MYX TV, which is the only music and lifestyle channel dedicated to the Asian American community. Distributed nationally, MYX TV showcases the hottest major label and independent content as well as dynamic original programming that fuses fashion, comedy, and culture. MYX Music Label integrates the newest technology while developing innovative digital distribution and promotion strategies to service their artists. The MYX Music Label was created for the sole purpose of using the MYX TV visual network platform to promote the finest independent hip-hop and urban music. MYX Music Label's ambitious release schedule for 2009 includes groundbreaking works from production duo Keelay & Zaire, Jern Eye, Fortilive (producer Illmind's hip-hop crew) and exclusive music from the best Asian MC's, DJ's and producers in the compilation 20 C Energizers. Also, adding to their versatility as a label, MYX Music Label DVD releases include The Nutshack, Built From Skratch, Str8 Laced and Slanted Comedy, which features today's top Asian American comedians. For more information on MYX Music Label, please visit .


Keelay & Zaire - "We Made It" feat. Mario Dones
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Keelay & Zaire - "Growin' Up" feat. Slo Mo
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Keelay & Zaire - "Alright With Me"
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Keelay & Zaire - Live at SXSW
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Total Eclipse of CT

For anyone who knows the Hip-Hop scene in Connecticut, even just a little bit, the name Eclipse resonates. Over the past handful of years he’s been regarded as one of the best, if not THE best, freestyle emcee in the state. Many believe he ranks among best in the country. As a member of the group Nervous System he’s seen a modicum of success both in-state and even in New York City, but a modicum is not enough, which is why earlier this month he made a major life decision and moved to California.

For this week’s edition of the Fairfield County Weekly I discussed this move with Eclipse, along with his Nervous System partners in rhyme, Polarity Plus and SolStorm. I also spoke with WKSS Kiss 95.7FM’s Prolifik about the situation and got his thoughts on what he feels is the true definition of success for a CT emcee. To really get the full vibe of it all, however, one needs to go back to that dark, crowded bar in Bridgeport and the night of Eclipse’s going away party, which happens to be exactly where this article starts.

Check out the full story at:

New Damon Albarn Track w/ Scratch & Talib Kweli

From Stephen B:

New music from the awesome team of Damon Albarn, Scratch & Talib Kweli, from the "Let's Go" digital single, out today.  -S
Scratch feat. Damon Albarn & Talib Kweli- "Too Late"
From: "Let's Go" digital single, out TODAY
Clip posted by a very dedicated fan at:

On Scratch's new album Loss 4 Wordz (May 26th, Gold Dust), the longtime Roots collaborator enlists the help of a wide variety of musicians including Kanye West, Musiq Soulchild, MOP, and many others.  But perhaps the most unique collaboration is with Damon Albarn, the musical chameleon behind Blur, Gorillaz, the Honest Jons label, and various other genre benders.  Having collaborated with Gorillaz in the past (he even has his own animated character) Scratch works naturally w/ Albarn, laying the foundation for a moody and reflective rumination on lost love.  Underground hero Talib Kweli adds a topical verse to tie it all together.  "Too Late" is the b-side of the single "Let's Go" (featuring Peedi Crakk), which available digitally today.

For More Info, Check Out:


Videos From Fat Joe & K.A.R.; Skull Gang & Juelz Santana

Courtesy Chris at Koch Records:

Skull Gang featuring Juelz Santana
"I Am The Club"

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Promo version
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Skull Gang
Album In Stores
MAY 5th!


Fat Joe & Pistol Pete present K.A.R.

"Oh Baby" live at B.B. King's (April 12th)
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Joe & Pete talking about album

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K.A.R. album out
MAY 5th
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Mz Streamz & Aaron LaCrate

"Everybody On It"

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directed by Aaron LaCrate

B-More Club Crack OUT NOW

Crooked I & King Tech Free iTunes Download of the Day

From Dunn Deal PR:

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King Tech of the legendary Wake Up Show and Cali general Crooked I on that next level ish.
Says iTunes:
"Group Therapy is the project of Crooked I and King Tech, who work together (the former on the mic, the latter on production) honing skills and verses over claustrophobic live beats dotted with heavy synths and guitar arpeggios. Crooked I rallies against hip-hop's current state, decrying the auto-tune ("unless it's T-Pain") and ringtone jams. But this cut is more than a "back in the day" ode to old-school. Group Therapy takes things forward with its dark minimalism and righteous anger.

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Grandmaster Flash Mixtape Contest

From Stephen B:

Grandmaster Flash

Grandmaster Flash is the originator of hip-hop mixing as we know it.  Many of the ways DJs cue, backspin, double, mix, and scratch were developed from Flash's innovations. Never one to sit still, Grandmaster Flash has entered the digital DJ domain with Traktor Scratch Pro which allows him to spin digital files on the same turntables and equipment hip-hop DJs have been using for decades.

With his brand new album The Bridge: A Concept Of Culture out now on Strut, Flash is giving upcoming DJs a chance to get some shine of their own.

Go to to download two tracks from the album, and include them on a half hour DJ mix.  Use whatever methods you like. Get creative. Double it up and scratch it. Just make sure that it's hot. There is a FREE, fully functional TRAKTOR PRO demo version available at which you can use for your mix.

Grand Prize:: 1 Traktor Scratch Pro digital DJ system including Traktor Pro software, the award-winning AUDIO 8 DJ audio interface, timecoded vinyls and Multicore Cables.  Winning mix will be played on the new Strut radio show on Diesel-U Music and featured on the Strut podcast.

Runner Up Prize: : Autographed copy of Flash's new CD, The Bridge. Copy of out-of-print Grandmaster Flash mix CD The Official Adventures of Grandmaster Flash on Strut. Copy of Flash's Autobiography My Life, My Beats

Third Prize:: Copy of Flash's new CD, The Bridge

For more info and to submit mixes, go to


'Beyond the Sound' w/ Mike Jokes & Paul Wall in ATL on Apr. 22nd

From Tito Belis and MySpace Music:


Special Guest to Include DJ Knuckles

MySpace Music, the world's premier music community, is proud to announce the "Beyond the Sound" concert featuring Mike Jones, Bun B and Paul Wall at The Loft in Atlanta, GA, on Wednesday, April 22. The Texas hip-hop icons will perform a free show for their MySpace Music friends to celebrate the release of their upcoming (and recently-released) respective albums, with special guest DJ Knuckles. Doors open for the show at 8:00 p.m. and admittance will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis. "Beyond the Sound" is a new music program bringing MySpace DJs and producers across the country together to perform alongside buzz-worthy artists, giving fans an in-depth look at their music via intimate live shows and video interviews. The "Beyond the Sound" show featuring Mike Jones, Bun B and Paul Wall is being powered by Coca-Cola.

Visit the Beyond the Sound MySpace page for concert details, ticket information, and exclusive interviews at: .

The Grammy-nominated, platinum-selling "People's Champ," Paul Wall is gearing up for the release of his third album, "Fast Life," being released May 12 on SwishaHouse/Asylum. "Fast Life" features an all-star cast of producers (Travis Barker, Beanz & Kornbread, Mouse, and Antwan "Amadeus" Thompson) along with a complementary selection of superstar features that include: Baby Bash, Yung Joc, Gorilla Zoe, Too Short, Z-Ro, Lil' Keke & Expensive Taste.

Four years ago, multi-platinum selling rapper Mike Jones debuted his first album, "Who Is Mike Jones?" and re-ignited an interest in the Houston rap scene. Now, in 2009 he is off to a great start again with his first single "Next to You," which is off his sophomore CD "The Voice" due in stores April 28 on Ice Age/Swishahouse/Asylum Records.

Jive Records' legendary hip-hop duo UGK recently announced the release of their final studio album "UGK: UGK 4 Life." The sixth studio-album from the influential southern duo, Bun B and the late Pimp C, is a poignant culmination of their musical legacy and was issued on March 31. "UGK: UGK 4 Life" embodies the pure essence of UGK and the late Pimp C's signature production incorporating the down and gritty Texas sound they created over two decades ago in Port Arthur, Texas.

Show Location:
The Loft Atlanta
1374 West Peachtree Street
Atlanta, GA 30309

Check out Mike Jones' official MySpace Music profile for the latest news and tour dates: .

Check out Paul Wall's official MySpace Music profile for the latest news and tour dates: .

Check out Bun B's official MySpace Music profile for the latest news and tour dates: .

About MySpace Music:
MySpace Music is a landmark joint venture among MySpace, The EMI Group, Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group, and Sony ATV, and whose independent music partners include Alternative Distribution Alliance, Caroline, Fontana, RED, The Orchard, IODA, Nettwerk Music Group, INgrooves, IRIS Distribution, Royalty Share and Wind-up Records. MySpace Music offers an ever-growing catalog of freely streamable audio and video content, user-friendly e-commerce solutions, personal music players, and user and artist playlisting. MySpace Music aims to empower major, independent, and unsigned artists to monetize their content through multiple revenue streams by allowing the MySpace community to freely stream premium content in an ad-supported environment, purchase MP3s and ringtones, create and share playlists, and ultimately buy merchandise, concert tickets, and other digital and physical goods. MySpace Music also connects artists and fans in the offline arena through various concert series and live events including Secret Shows, MySpaceLIVE!, Transmissions, The Release, Front to Back and The List.

Hip Hop on the Front Lines Tonight - Adam M. Levin Opening!


APRIL 13-25, 2009
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featuring Wale, UCB, Colin Munroe
the First Wave Music Ensemble & DJ Vilas Park Sniper

8:00pm, Memorial Union Terrace
(Rain location: Der Rathskeller)

FREE & open to the public

PLUS Panel with Attention Deficit Tour
featuring Wale preceding the show!
    On Wisconsin Room, Red Gym

Jesse Kirshbaum -(Moderator) Wisconsin Alumni and CEO of the New Universal Entertainment Agency
Wale Folarin - Interscope recording artist
Colin Munroe - Universal recording artist
Tre From UCB - Lead singer from Legendary Go-Go band UCB
Walter Horne - Road manager for Attention Deficit Tour

There will be limited seats, so don't miss out!

For more on Wale: .

Facebook: .

Youtube: .

Brought to you by MCSC
Sponsored by OMAI, ASM, MCC, and WUD Music
John Brown & Block Starz Unleash "Suburban Empire" On 4/22

From Yo! PR:


The much-hyped new mixtape from rapper JOHN BROWN and rising online indie power BLOCK STARZ MUSIC hits the web April 22, exclusively at .

JOHN BROWN, the self-proclaimed "King Of Da Burbz", has parleyed national exposure from ego trip's (White) Rapper Show on VH1, into various successful franchises, including an upcoming collaboration with BLOCK STARZ MUSIC for the exclusive release of his new mixtape, SUBURBAN EMPIRE

"BLOCK STARZ MUSIC is putting out real quality music from some of the biggest names in the game," says BROWN, who authorized the exclusive free download of SUBURBAN EMPIRE at "It was time for the 'King Of Da Burbz' to make his first BLOCK STARZ MUSIC installment. Expect a classic."

Hosted by one of the industry's finest, SUPERSTAR JAY, SUBURBAN EMPIRE features new material from JOHN BROWN designed to blow speakers worldwide. "It's so religious," says the rapper who hopes to win converts when EMPIRE drops on April 22.


1. You Could Tell He's From The Burbz
2. Get My Burbz On
3. Mom n Dad Money ft. Dubbz
4. Kid From The Burbz
5. It's Brown
6. Bumrush ft. Kelo (Prod. by Reservoir Dogs)
7. Rotate (Burbz Mix)
8. Run The Burbz
9. Tales From The Burbz
10. Never Die
11. Crew Like Mine ft. Knox, Veezy & Billy Sunday
12. She's On That Revivalism
13. Can't Get No Higher ft. EMS (Prod. by J. Luciano)
14. On and On (Prod. by Matt Price)
15. Get Dough ft. Billy Sunday & EMS
16. Big Dreams Freestyle (Prod. by Keith Clizark)
17. Step Yo G Up ft. Billy Sunday (Prod. by Brian Demby & T.L. Smith)
18. Got People Out There (Prod. by Harley)
19. Moonlight ft. Knox
20. High Powered
21. I Love The Burbz
Bonus Track: It's A Revival ft. EMS (Prod. by Matt Price)
Bonus Track: Push Buttons (Prod. by Phil Jahns & Intense Ron)

Official Website: .
MySpace: .
YouTube: .

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