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Vic D f/ Juelz Santana - Out the Bottle (Single)

Review by Steve 'Flash' Juon

Artist: Vic D f/ Juelz Santana
Title: Out the Bottle
Label: Vic D Music

Vic D's journey through hip-hop has taken him from South Jamaica, Queens to Atlanta G-A and all the way back around again. On his return he's linked up with Juelz Santana for the single "Out the Bottle." For better or worse Santana steals the spotlight on this song, which is reminiscent of the back to basics beats that got Chris & Neef over on "Can't Stop, Won't Stop." He vows to "treat ladies like babies [and] make 'em drink it out the bottle" but if someone acts stupid he'll "beat 'em with the bottle/then get back to what we doin, yup! Drinkin out the bottle." Vic D starts and finishes off the song though and stitches it together with the hook: "What we need a cup fo', FUCK NO!" Well if your aim is to get drunk, you sure as hell don't, and this is the kind of song that probably rocks even harder if you are when you're at the club. It's a straight up booty shaker.

Tocarra f/ Yung Dro - I'm Out (Single)

Review by Steve 'Flash' Juon

Artist: Tocarra f/ Yung Dro
Title: I'm Out
Label: Tocarra Music

Random singles come and go, but I have to admit the singer behind chorus of "I'm Out" got a laugh out of me: "I'm lit, got'cha girl slurrin and shit/I'm 'bout to post up at his crib cause you know I'ma get it." You go Tocarra, go on wit'cha bad self. Whoever's behind the beat doesn't get much credit for creativity though, as it's ripping off the stereotypical Arabian "snake charmer" melodies that are so popular these days. Dro has the best part of the song: "I tell you what I think, you wanna ride with a killer/Your girl jockin but pimpin do not wanna hear her." Actually that might be an accurate description of having a girl this sloshed all over you at the club. The song - like the attitude expressed in the hook - is an entertaining trainwreck but a trainwreck all the same.

Brown Bag AllStars - Brooklyn Queens Expressway (Single)

Review by Steve 'Flash' Juon

Artist: Brown Bag AllStars
Title: Brooklyn Queens Expressway
Label: Brown Bag AllStars

Marink on the beat. Koncept and J57 on rhymes. DeeJay Element scratching on the 1's and 2's. Add it all up and you've got the Brown Bag AllStars, a "Don't Give a Flying Fuck" collective who have been giving away fat tracks for free for the last month - and I just caught the late pass. Better late than never though as "Brooklyn Queens Expressway" is an adrenaline fueled and humor laced romp down a crowded highway, weaving around Keith Murray samples threatening to "drink ya style down straight with no chaser." This is what would happen if DJ Premier, The Beanuts and Marco Polo all got fucked up one night and started remixing each other's shit. Koncept may rep the best out of the BBAS posse: "He's gainin' in his game, it's a shame when you lose it/When bringing up my name, I am great, don't confuse it!" My review probably won't do the banging pianos and flippant flutes justice, so I encourage you to go to the Brown Bag AllStars website yourself to check out the dopeness.

Hip-Hop Shop #38 w/ K-Murdock

Hip-Hop Shop is the precursor to K4D every week on Sunday night. On Episode 38 we're joined by K-Murdock from Panacea and Subsoniq to talk about the relationship between hip-hop and pro wrestling. 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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Successful Hip Hop for HIV Awareness Campaign Continues

From Nancy B:

Massive HIV Awareness Campaign
Over 5,000 Tested Thus far  

HOUSTON (July 2, 2009) — Radio Station KBXX-FM 97.9 The Box, The Houston Department of Health and Human Services and AIDS Foundation Houston in conjunction with the NAACP Houston Branch and Amerigroup Community Care are sponsoring a city-wide awareness campaign for HIV and STD education.

Hip Hop for HIV Awareness is slated to be the single largest testing event in the United States. The goal of the campaign is to provide free and confidential HIV and syphilis screening to 15,000 youth and young adults between the ages of 15-40 in the City of Houston. Thus far, over 5,000 have shown up to find out their status. Free testing began on Monday, June 22 for four consecutive days at the NAACP Family Technology Center located at 4203 Fannin Street in Houston and will continue through July 10th  at various other locations across the city.

Hip Hop for HIV Awareness encourages youth and young adults to receive free testing and consultation.  Each person tested will receive one ticket to a star-studded concert featuring national recording artists Plies, Pleasure P, Day 26, Melanie Fiona, Bobby Valentino, LeToya Luckett, Twista, Yung Problemz, Yung L.A., G.T., Gorilla Zoe, Bun B and Ginuwine.

The concert event will take place on Saturday, July 11, 2009 in Houston at The George R. Brown Convention Center from 2:00p – 6:00p. Only those tested for HIV and receiving their results will be issued a ticket for admittance.  

The HIV epidemic is a growing concern. African Americans, women and youth are among the fastest growing population of new HIV infections. There are 18,404 individuals known living with HIV in Houston/ Harris County and an estimated 3,500 to 4,500 individuals living with undiagnosed HIV infection. Every 9 ½ minutes someone is infected with HIV in the United States.

For testing dates and locations or for additional information concerning this event go to .

Q-Tip's "Kamaal the Abstract" Due September 15th

From Battery Records:

Battery Records to release long-awaited Q-Tip album Kamaal the Abstract
Innovative recording cements Tip’s rep as greatest MC/producer of all time

New York, NY- In these hard times, we can all stand a ray of hope. Hope in hip-hop now comes from the legendary Q-Tip, he of A Tribe Called Quest fame. His long-delayed album Kamaal the Abstract, slated originally for release in 2001, is finally dropping September 15th on Battery Records. A musical hybrid, Kamaal was commendably avant-garde at the time of its creation. Amazingly, it’s even more apropos in 2009; given the dearth of musical merit and capable MCs in today’s hip-hop, the time is ever-so-right for Tip.

Kamaal the Abstract is an intensely idiosyncratic and revealing record. To that end, Q-Tip produced the entire album himself, even playing several instruments. What comes from Kamaal is a daring mélange of soul, supa-cool jazz, headnodding hip-hop, and organic pop magic in the vein of Stevie Wonder or Prince. Check for the superlative figures of saxophonist Kenny Garrett, a one-time member of Miles Davis’ ensemble, on the breathy “Abstractionisms.” Or the fluid flute lines of Gary Thomas, another Davis sideman, on “Do U Dig U.” Elsewhere, note Tip’s ambitious production, arrangements, and even sung stylings.

But make no mistake: Kamaal the Abstract still boasts all the earmarks of Q-Tip’s inimitable mic control. Listen to him blaze through a spiced narrative on “Even If It Is So.” Or paint vivid images on “Blue Girl.” The album has been re-mixed and re-mastered for sonic impact, though it retains the original album artwork.  Neil Levine SVP/GM of Battery Records is proud to release this buried treasure from Q-Tip:  “Kamaal the Abstract/Q-Tip is a true visionary and ahead of his time. These songs sound more contemporary now than when they were first recorded”. Kamaal the Abstract drops September 15th. Better late than never.

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Remember the Time: Pre-Free Music Friday's Tribute to MJ

Okay, so it's been a week since the unexpected passing of the King of Pop, Michael Jackson. So many mixtapes and free music has been put out, giving a tribute to MJ, during the past week. So let this be a PRE-Free Music Friday, with every single mixtape placing as a tribute to Jackson in any way shape or form.

DJ Ayres’ Michael Jackson Mix

[Here's a mix of MJ's greatest hits done in chronological order for FREE 99 DOLLARS.]


DJ No Phrillz - The Official Michael Jackson Tribute Mixtape

Cover - Michael Jackson Tribute Mixtape

[Here's a Coast2Coast affliate MJ mix known as the "Official Tribute."]


DJ Premier - R.I.P. Michael Jackson Tribute Mix
[Y'all already know whenever Primo hit the turntables, it's equivalent to an atom bomb. However, this special explosion is dedicated to the man wearing a silver glove as he Moonwalks into history. Primo digs into the crate playing all of Michael Jackson's greats. You should already know to check this one out!]


J.Period Presents Man or the Music

[J.Period really knows how to make tributes to all of the well-deserving artists, dead or alive. This is a very fitting dedication to MJ and this proves that J.Period does not prove any different. THis contains his greatest hits as well as exclusives and never-heard-before demos and rarities.]

1. Workin Day & Night (Demo Version)
2. Workin Day & Night
3. P.Y.T. (Re-Edit)
4. Wanna be Startin Somethin
5. Mama Say/Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough (Interlude)
6. Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough (Demo Version)
7. Let’s Dance (Shake Your Body Down to the Ground)
8. Dancing Machine
9. Billy Jean (Demo Version)
10. Can You Feel It?
11. Off the Wall
12. Rock With You
13. Say Say Say
14. Smooth Criminal
15. In the Closet
16. Remember the Time
17. I Wanna Be Where You Are
18. It’s Great to be Here (Remix)
19. Can’t Help It
20. Ah One Two
21. Heartbreak Hotel
22. I’ll Be There
23. Right Here Interlude
24. Human Nature
25. It’s Your Thing
26. Rockin Robin
27. I Want You Back
28. ABC
29. Bonus: Man in the Mirror
30. Bonus: Stranger in Moscow
31 Bonus: Lady in My Life 


LD101 - He Made Thriller Mix Pt. 1

[Here's a mix showing MJ's precense in hip-hop, which his songs are sampled in MANY, MANY, AND MANY hip-hop songs (videos coming soon on RapReviews).]


Those are all as a MJ tribute for now. If you have any MJ tributes you would like to send to RapReviews, please send them to "Free Music Fridays: Raise Up the Heat Edition" coming tomorrow!

Billy the Kid f/ Ric Atari - Your Mom's a C#%t

After reviewing Ric Atari's "Songs in the Key of Autotune" this week, we couldn't resist bringing you this video from Billy the Kid where Ric Atari is a featured star!

Vibe Magazine Folds

Another one bites the dust as Vibe magazine has folded.

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Rick Ross f/ Masspike Miles - Cigar Music (Single)

Review by Steve 'Flash' Juon

Artist: Rick Ross f/ Masspike Miles
Title: Cigar Music
Label: Def Jam

If you think Rick Ross is a phony and a clown, stop reading now. I've already long since reconciled that his rap persona is an act, and in truth there are no shortage of studio gangsters in the music industry anyway. How many of us would be happier if Rick Ross really sold drugs and did the real prison bids that would come with them? Over the glittering Roosevelt Harrell III (b/k/a/ Bink!) beat, sounding like an alternate take to the Charlie's Angels theme (R.I.P. Farrah Fawcett), Ross clears this up for anybody who still doesn't get his shit. "You sell weed? You sell coke?/If I was sellin dope, baby I'd be sellin both/But I'm sellin records, everything I touch gold/Better yet check the record, three milli' sold." I've said all along that Ross gravelly delivery and lyrical storytelling prowess set him apart, and on "Cigar Music" the beautiful musical backdrop create even more of a gap between him and everybody else. Stop hatin' already.

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