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RZA Performs and Guest Stars on The Late Late Show Tonight

From The Orchard:


To celebrate the highly anticipated release of Afro Samurai: Resurrection, The RZA will be appearing on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson [CBS 12:35 ET/PT] both as the lead panel guest and the music guest tomorrow evening on the album’s release date, Tuesday January 27th. LA based future-soul band and collaborators, Stone Mecca, will back RZA up as his live band to perform the “Afro Season II Open Theme” from the soundtrack followed by a transition directly into, “You Can’t Stop Me Now”, off the critically acclaimed RZA/Bobby Digital album, Digi Snacks, out now.

Afro Samurai: Resurrection is the soundtrack to season two of Spike TV’s critically lauded animated television show and DVD featuring the voice of Samuel L Jackson. The soundtrack hits stores just two days after the series premier, which aired last night, January 25th, and will be quickly followed by a broadcast edition, special 2 disc bonus edition, and director’s cut blu-ray edition DVDs. Also available on January 27th is an Afro Samurai video game for PS3 and Xbox 360 which hit gold status based on pre-orders alone. Each includes the exclusive soundtrack musically produced entirely by Wu Tang Clan’s The RZA who has produced a number of albums for the Wu Tang Clan, its affiliates, and other A list artists that have lead to sales in the millions. He has a successful movie career and as appeared in films with Bill Murray (Coffee & Cigarettes), Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe (American Gangster), Angela Bassett (Gospel Hill), Jude Law & Forest Whitaker (Repossession Mambo), Clive Owens (Derailed). RZA’s also created soundtracks for Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill Vol. 1 & 2, Afro Samurai, the cult-classic Ghostdog: The Way Of The Samurai and the up and coming Judd Apatow / Seth Rogen flick (Funny People). He’s revolutionized the hip-hop world while simultaneously creating an empire upon it. 
RZA’s latest single “Whar” features Ghostface, Kool G Rap, Tash and Mahagony and is already one of the most talked about tracks of the year since hitting digital stores this month. Check out “Whar” and other tracks from the album at

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iCON The Mic King vs. PackFM Race Video

From Audible Treats:

iCON the Mic King vs. PackFM Race Video / "I'm The Best" feat. Has-Lo     
Last Chance To Support iCON's Charity Endeavor

The Video & Song:

iCON the Mic King will compete in the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America Half Marathon this weekend in Miami. In anticipation of his first ever long-distance race, we have a great video and an exclusive song for you. The iCON v. PackFM's footrace video is highly entertaining. Full of trash-talk and comical excuses, watch the video to see who earned bragging rights.

iCON is also debuting a track from the upcoming Flavor Ade mixtape. "I'm The Best" features production from longtime iCON collaborator Chum as well as verses from fellow Philly emcee Has-Lo.

Fans still have time to make suggestions for iCON's race playlist. They can do so by commenting on the Race video, Run 4 YL video, or on his newly remodeled website: . To show his appreciation for their help, iCON will make a mixtape podcast of the playlist including a new track recorded especially for the mixtape.

Finally, there is still time to make a donation on iCON's behalf. All donations will go directly to the CCFA and can be made through his myspace ( ) or his official website. ( )

The inspiration behind this track is iCON's support and participation in Miami's Half Marathon benefiting Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America. Though not personally affected by these degenerative diseases, iCON has committed himself to helping the cause for someone close to him.

List of important dates:
1/24/09 - Show @ PLS14, Miami. 5-10 pm w/ U-N-I, C-Rayz Walz and more
1/25/09 - CCFA Race Date - Last Day To Donate
1/25/09 - Show @ PLS14, Miami. 10pm - until w/ U-N-I, C-Rayz Walz and more

The Background:

In addition to raising funds for the race, iCON will also donate 100% of sales of the first 500 copies of his upcoming album Flavor Ade to the charity. The first 500 fans that donate a minimum of $10 to the CCFA will receive one of these limited edition autographed copies. And for the rest of 2009, iCON will match any donation made to the CCFA on his behalf with a product of equal value, including CD’s and limited edition t-shirts. All donations will go directly to the CCFA and can be made through his myspace ( ) or his official website. ( )

Hailing from Philadelphia, iCON the Mic King has had a long career and first gained notoriety on the battle circuit. Winner of several rap battle competitions around the globe, iCON proved his ability to create lyrics on the spot, and achieved success in this arena until 2001, when he officially retired from battling to pursue composition and recording as a solo artist. iCON had been making music before he gained fame as a battle rapper and decided to focus on his studio chops. In 2002, he released Music for Bootleggas, which he sold in person and via his website. In 2004, he released his first studio album Intricate Spectrum and has since released Mike and the Fatman, Rent Money Music II: C-Notes for the Car Note and will soon be releasing Flavor Ade, with Cool Aide to follow shortly thereafter.


iCON vs. PackFM Race Video
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iCON the Mic King & Chum - "I'm The Best" feat. Has-Lo
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Keelay & Zaire Drop Free Prelude to Drive EP & St. Ides Spoof

From Audible Treats:

Keelay & Zaire Drop Free Prelude to Drive EP and St. Ides Commercial Spoof     
In Preparation For Upcoming Full-Length Album Ridin High, Kee & Zee and MYX Music Label Give Away Some Free Musical Goodies

Keelay & Zaire, the bi-coastal production duo from MYX Music Label, after a year of cyber buzz and excitement, are whetting our appetite for their full-length release Ridin' High with their FREE EP Prelude to Drive. Showing off their polished production styles, Keelay & Zaire experiment with a range of sounds from boom bap, sultry R&B, and soul sampled layering to entice new listeners and seasoned fans alike. Joined by a slew of talented friends, including Tiffany Paige, Khizman, and Supastition, Prelude to Drive showcases Keelay & Zaire's ability to fuse their production savvy with the subtleties and personality of the artists they work with. The Prelude to Drive EP is now available to download for FREE at the freshly launched

1. Letcha Soul Vibe
2. Exclusive Shit ft. Supastition
3. Saturday ft. Torae & Tiffany Paige
4. Never Again ft. T.Sky & Khizman
5. Ridin High Interlude
6. More Than Corners ft. khill
7. Government Names ft. Khizman: .
8. Tryna Jock My Steelo ft. Night Clubber Lang
9. Old E. ft. Surreal, Fortlive, Da Evangillest, the A.V.E. and Mario Dones

Direct download link: .

Keelay & Zaire's full-length Ridin High will be available for release on February 24, 2008 on Myx Music.

Keelay & Zaire, always eager to keep the thirsty young guns at bay, have provided their own take of the classic St. Ides commercials of hip-hop's yesteryear. Before you watch Keelay & Zaire's Soul Ides commercial, trigger your memory with these classic spots from Biggie, Tupac, Snoop and more.

Notorious B.I.G. St. Ides commercial: .

Dre & Snoop Dogg St. Ides commercial: .

Ice Cube & Geto Boys St. Ides commercial: .

Keelay & Zaire rep the new drink Soul Ides with their homie Slo Mo at the local corner: .

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 will be released in early 2009 by MYX Music Label.


Keelay & Zaire - Soul Ides commercial (St. Ides spoof)
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Keelay & Zaire - "Government Names" featuring Khizman
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Bisc1 - "Turbulence" RMX Blend

From Audible Treats:

Bisc1 - "Turbulence" RMX Blend by Cassettes Won't Listen & Scott Thorough
Cassettes Won't Listen & Scott Thorough Reenvision Bisc1

The Song:

Even though Bisc1 released his second album When Electric Night Falls in early 2008, he wasn't quite done with it. For the past year, Bisc1 has been working with over 20 visual artists and 10 producers, who each reinterpreted select tracks from WENF, to create a fresh, visually and aurally stimulating new multi-media collaboration called The Strange Love Project. The latest installment is entitled "Turbulence RMX Blend," and combines Bisc's rhymes with the ever-changing roller coaster production of Scott Thorough and Cassettes Won't Listen with visual reinterpretations from artists Juan Doe and Annica Lydenberg.

Turbulence by Annica Lydenberg .

Turbulence by Juan Doe .

About Bisc1's Strange Love Collection:

As a artist / designer / musician, I was curious to see how the world around me would interpret my strange relations. So with the help of 10+ producers and 20+ artist I have put together an extensive collection of audio and visual interpretations. Starting with a record I released in early 2008 When Electric Night Falls and ending here, with The Strange Love Project

Part art installation, part remix, The Strange Love Project is free for fans to download at his website: .

The Background:

A native of Massachusetts by way of Connecticut, Bisc1 moved to NYC 10 years ago and quickly made a name for himself DJ'ing at clubs, distributing mixtapes, and in creative circles.  Soon, Bisc1 picked up the mic and won several battle raps including the Whose Line Is It monthly at the Knitting Factory in NYC 4 consecutive months in a row. His debut release, The Basics EP (2006), gained the favorable attention of music critics and his subsequent release, The Stay Up Project mixtape (2007) was downloaded over 5000 times.  Bisc's penchant for capturing our chaotic reality with his narratives, images, and collaborations has earned him a reputation as one of the most honest and creative artists of today. Going beyond music, Bisc1 is also an accomplished graphic artist.  He's done cover art, designed promotional materials and spearheaded art direction for artists such as Aesop Rock, The Perceptionists, C-Rayz-Walz, Murs, El-P, and others.  His art has been featured in several magazines and art house coffee table books and in galleries, such as Danny Simmon's Rush Arts Gallery. 2008 was a big year for Bisc. He released te ciritcally acclaimed album When Electric Night Falls, toured the US, and performed at CMJ, SXSW, Scribble Jam, and NXNE. When Electric Night Falls, for which Bisc did all the art direction, is available in stores and online everywhere now via Embedded Music.

"Turbulence" RMX Blend by Scott Thorough and Cassettes Won't Listen
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"Nightfall" RMX by Le Parasite
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The Strange Love Project
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Bio, pictures, and streams available here:
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Nipsey Hussle "Hussle in the House"

From Koch Records:


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Twista Reunites With Traxster for "Category F5"

From CTP:

Twista Reunites with The Legenday Traxster, Set to Release Category F5 Spring 2009!

Thursday January 22, 2008 (Chicago, IL)-  Platinum recording artist, Twista, is preparing for a spring release of his next solo album, Category F5. The album, which will be released on EMI Records, marks another milestone in the Chicago emcee's career as he reunites with The Legendary Traxster. Traxster produced Twista's solo debut, Adrenaline Rush, in its entirety, and returns with his trademark sound on The Mitchell Report.

"Me and Trax can just go in and we got that vibe," comments Twista. "When we work together we take it back to that old Chicago style that we kicked it on Adrenaline Rush. Everybody is gonna definitely like what Trax is bringing to the album."

Traxster's production efforts will be alongside tracks produced by the likes of Jim Jonsin (T.I.- Whatever You Like, Lil Wayne- Lollipop), the Tastemakers, and in-house producers Cuzo (Twista- Pimp Like Me, Twista- Whip Game Proper) and Toxic (Twista- Creep Fast, Keyshia Cole- Trust).

"This album is gonna have a little bit for everyone," says Twista. "I'm bringing the Traxster joints like 'Wetter' for the Adrenaline Rush fans and got some tracks to give all the newer sounds that Twista flavor for the newer generation."

The recent release of the Traxster produced "Wetter" was positively received by fans and critics alike, and a new label situation and fresh perspective have helped mold Category F5 into a true testament to Twista's creativity and longevity.

Get Loc-ed After Dark, Deluxe Style

From Audible Treats:

Get Loc-ed After Dark, Deluxe Style      01.27.2009
Delicious Vinyl Releases 20th Anniversary Deluxe Digital Edition Of Tone Loc's Classic Debut Album

Tone Loc's Loc-ed After Dark was a milestone in hip-hop when it was released in 1989. With its immortal hit singles "Wild Thing" and "Funky Cold Medina" it catapulted authentic rap to the top of the pop charts. On January 27, 2009 Delicious Vinyl is releasing a 20th Anniversary Deluxe Digital Edition of Tone Loc's classic debut album. The deluxe edition also includes six rare bonus tracks.

Deep-pocket album tracks like the outrageously pungent "Cheeba Cheeba" and the speaker-sweating "Cutting Rhythms" prompted Loc'ed After Dark to capture the flag of an east coast-centric genre and plant it firmly in Tone Loc's hometown. As Tone declaims on the title track: "Every time you hear my song your hands clap / the chosen one putting L.A. on the map!"

The cheeba-chomping, gravel-gulleted, Rayban-rocking Los Angeles rapper soon appeared on the cover of Newsweek, performed privately by exclusive invitation for the Princess of Monaco, and had his "hasta la vista, baby" catchphrase jacked by Arnold Schwarzenegger in Terminator 2.

Loc-ed After Dark endures as the proving ground of some of hip hop history's most notable names, including Delicious Vinyl founders/producers Matt Dike & Michael Ross, engineer Mario Caldato Jr., and production duo The Dust Brothers.

This digital-only deluxe release features six bonus tracks: "On Fire (OG 12" version)," "Cheeba Cheeba (OG 12" version)," "I Got It Goin' On (Remix)," "The Homies (On Tilt Mix)," "Wild Beat," and "Funky Beats."

The 20th Anniversary Deluxe Digital Edition of Loc-ed After Dark is the inaugural release in Delicious Vinyl's DV20 campaign. Throughout 2009, Delicious Vinyl will re-release classic LPs from the label's legendary catalog in bonus-packed digital download format. Stay tuned for DV20 versions of Young MC's Stone Cold Rhymin', Def Jef's Soul Food, Masta Ace Incorporated's SlaughtaHouse, The Brand New Heavies' Heavy Rhyme Experience Vol. 1, and more.

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Tone Loc- "Cheeba Cheeba" OG 12" Mix
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Mr. Vegas - "Oh My Gosh" Gutter Anthem featuring Aaron La Crate and Samir
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Masta Ace - Sittin' On Chrome (Mr. Flash Sittin on Cr02 RMX)
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Aaron LaCrate & Debonair Samir - Funky Cold Medina REMIX
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Trae Receives Humanitarian Award at Battle of the Bands

From Nancy B:




Houston, TX - Community events are nothing new to Houston rap artist Trae The Truth and this past weekend's MLK Day celebrations saw him all over the city; first as Co-Grand Marshal of the 3rd Annual MLK Day Youth Parade on Saturday, January 17, followed by a surprise live performance at the 8th Annual MLK High School Battle of the Bands, where he was honored with a Humanitarian Award for all of his service to the community.

Trae surprised a packed stadium by appearing with the Willowridge High School "Mighty Eagle" Band, who won the award in the Large Band category and performing his well-known smash and ode to DJ Screw, Swang, as part of that band's set. It was the hit of the 3-hour-plus evening and had many on their feet.

Monday, January 19 found Trae as the honored guest of 15th Annual MLK Day Grande Parade honoree, Council Member Peter Brown, with whom Trae often performs acts of community service. The two rode in the red drop-top custom owned by the late Pimp C, courtesy of Chamillionaire's custom car shop, Fly Rydes, who had provided all of the transportation for that parade's dignitaries.

The two wore matching "Peter Brown for H-Town" T-shirts and Peter had this to say to an interviewer,

"This is part of a phenomenon that is happening all over this country. It feels like a spiritual awakening taking place all over the country, making us all brothers and sisters with the same common cause; to improve the lives of everyone in our society. It is really fitting to the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. that we can all experience like brothers and sisters. It is exactly what MLK would have wanted."

To watch this interview go to - .

At the end of the parade route, Trae stopped at a standing ice-cream truck with a crowd of kids around it and to the kids' delight, the ice cream was on him - the entire truck.

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Potluck Release "2 Minute Drill" Video Online

From Kerosene Media:

Potluck Release“2 Minute Drill” Video Online
New Album “Pipe Dreams” In Stores February 10th 2009

Humboldt County California’s Potluck have made their video for the track “2 Minute Drill” online at . The track features Potluck’s own Underrated flexing his jaw dropping mic skills by spitting 40-bars of fast rapping in just over 2-minutes with no computer edits, punch-ins or second tracks. The track is taken from the group’s upcoming new album “Pipe Dreams”, which will be released through Suburban Noize on February 10th, 2009.

"I was the smallest and shyest kid in all my classes growing up. I also always loved hip-hop music but the industry is slow to give white guys respect. I wanted to do something super challenging to show the world what I can do,” says Potluck’s Underrated about the track and video. “I produced the beat, wrote the rap, performed the rap, and even helped mix and master the song.  The beat was fun and the easier part, but rapping the 40 bars with no punches or second tracks was a big challenge. It was like running a marathon."

“Pipe Dreams” is the highly anticipated new album from Humboldt’s hip-hop heroes Potluck. The group’s musical potpourri re-ignites an otherwise extinguished hip-hop game with lyrical depth, rapid fire flows and head nodding beats like the game was supposed to have all along. The group’s love for hip-hop as a genre shines through on some sticky musical chemistry with guest appearances from Strange Music’s Krizz Kaliko, Cool Nutz, Tristate (One Session), counter-culture icons Kottonmouth Kings and Twiztid. The album is currently available for pre-order at along with a limited edition poster.

Potluck is currently touring as a part of the “New World Orphans” tour alongside (Hed)pe, Dirtball, DGAF and Strange Music’s Kutt Calhoun throughout January.


Jan 21 - Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
Jan 22 - Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
Jan 23 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
Jan 24 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Grill
Jan 26 – Chico, CA @ Lost On Main
Jan 27 – Livermore, CA @ The Burro
Jan 28 - Orangevale, CA @ The Boardwalk
Jan 29 – Victorville, CA @ karma
Jan 30 - Hollywood, CA @ Key Club
Jan 31 - San Diego, CA @ Canes Bar & Grill


Feb 25 Petaluma, CA @ Phoenix Theater
Feb 26 Chico, CA @ Senator Theatre
Feb 27 Portland, OR @ Roseland
Feb 28 Seattle, WA @ Showbox
Mar 01 Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
Mar 03 Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
Mar 04 Billings, MT @ Shrine Auditorium
Mar 05 Rapid City, SD @ Rushmore Hall
Mar 06 Omaha, NE @ Sokol Auditorium
Mar 07 St. Paul, MN @ Myth
Mar 08 Fargo, ND @ Playmakers
Mar 09 Sioux Falls, SD @ Ramkota Exhibit Hall
Mar 11 Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
Mar 12 Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Club
Mar 13 Detroit, MI @ Clutch Cargos
Mar 14 Cincinnati, OH @ Bogarts
Mar 15 Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
Mar 17 Mokena, IL @ Pearl Room
Mar 18 Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
Mar 19 Cheswick, PA @ Gravity Nightclub
Mar 20 Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
Mar 21 Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head
Mar 22 Philadelphia, PA @ Theater of Living Arts
Mar 23 New York, NY @ BB Kings
Mar 26 Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
Mar 27 Saint Petersburg, FL @ Jannus Landing
Mar 28 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
Mar 29 Sauget, IL @ Pops
Mar 31 Tulsa, OK @ Cains Ballroom
Apr 01 Kansas City, MO @ Beaumont Club
Apr 02 Wichita, KS @ Cotillion Ballroom
Apr 03 Denver, CO @ Fillmore Auditorium
Apr 04 Magna, UT @ The Great Salt Air


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Beyond Race Magazine Unveils Winter Covers

The latest issue of Beyond Race Magazine will be hitting newsstands February 12th, but you can peep the front and back covers right now!

Front Cover - Common


Back Cover - Attack of the Show

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