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Audio: Styles P - "That Street Life"

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Free Music Friday: Oops! Edition

Buggs Tha Rocka :: Mutant Level 5 Prelude

Mutant Level 5 The Prelude Cover Art

[Yes, XXL has their own Freshmen of the Year, but I thinkt his dude should've been on one of the list, replacing {insert rapper name here}. Aw well, ti's whatever. Regardless, this 'Nati emcee is on the fixture to become one of the stars to remember in oh-ten.]


Dirt Nasty & DJ Stretch Armstrong :: The White Album

[Also known as Simon Rex, formerly an MTV VJ back in the 90s', Dirt Nasty is out with a mixtape imitating the hits of many of the well-known white rappers. Some who make a guest appearances themselves such as Paul Wall, Evidence, Asher Roth, and even Vanilla Ice. Go white boy, go white boy, go!]


Kida :: Who is Kida?

Kida - Who Is Kida?''

[If you don't know Kida by now, then you'll never know him...Well, you can get to know him here. But know that over the past THREE months of this year, he released a FREE LP, a special EDITION of the FREE LP, and this mixtape here all in this year! And they're better than most rapper's albums! Don't sleep!]


Nefew :: Antihero Begins

[For those looking into dope hip-hop from Europe, look no further as this Swiss duo brings to you what is practically an LP]


Otayo Dubb :: So Opinionated


[Otayo Dubb, rapper from the Bay Area, boast to never be afraid to say how he feels. Even if that means it categorize him with a tired term known as "hater." But to be so opinionated is the key to making rap work, riiiight?]


That's it for the "Oops! Edition" of "Free Music Fridays." If you have any free music you would like to share with the world, please e-mail me at If you're an artist with your free mixtape/album shown on this page and you want to send me a link re-up, corrections, and/or questions, e-mail me at, as well. Thanks for reading and enjoy y'all! Two fangas, one love....
NEOSONIC News - Damu presents: "How It Should Sound" Vol 1&2

From K-Murdock:

In the essence of "crew love", i had to let you all know about my lil' bro Damu the Fudgemunk's latest project- "How It Should Sound".  Basically, its gonna be the blueprint for anyone doing a DOPE instro album moving forward- trust me, i heard it firsthand cuz yours truly had the honor of mastering it :)  It drops 4/13, BUT you can pre-order it now on CD & VINYL!  For a sneak peek and more info, peep the videos below... and while you wait for the full release, make sure you download the FREE PROMO EP from his bandcamp page!  Shouts again to Damu, J. Nota & Joe Buck aka Redefinition Records.


Posted By K-Murdock to NEOSONIC News
TRUTHLiVE Releases First of 4 EPKs For Upcoming Debut Album

The Video:

With just over a month to go before California emcee, DJ, and Interdependent Media owner TRUTHLiVE drops his long-awaited debut LP, Patience, the first official EPK is ready to hit the web for public consumption. In it he fills us in on where he drew his inspiration for the record and how blessed he feels to have had the entire project produced by go-to producer Jake One. "If you don't know Jake One's beats," says TRUTH, "then you're not checking on who's making beats." The EPK also finds the emcee explaining how staying patient and trusting in his intuition helped create an album he truly believes in. TRUTHLiVE, also a firm believer in divine timing, says that the making of Patience was a slow, but also a natural, evolution, "I can definitely seem like a procrastinator, and I do procrastinate sometimes - a lot of time I just really follow my intuition, and I do what I feel when I feel it and I have a deep faith and believe in that." In addition to speaking on the songs on the album that stand out to him, TRUTHLiVE also goes into depth on how DJ Shadow's undeniable classic Entroducing made a significant impact in shaping his musical identity. "In regard to hip-hop; when it comes to that, I definitely have a preference towards things that represent the culture and tradition of hip-hop," explains TRUTHLiVE, "but my whole breadth of music that I listen to in my life is a really wide variety." As the anticipation for Patience continues to grow, fans will have to practice what TRUTHLiVE preaches and believe that the best things do come to those who wait.

TRUTHLiVE's The UnLearning EP is available now for free download, and his full-length debut album, Patience, will be available April 20, 2010 via Interdependent Media.

Watch EPK 1 here:

Download The Unlearning EP:

The Background:

Evan "TRUTHLiVE" Phillips, owner and founder of Interdependent Media, has certainly made his mark in the music industry with his wide range of talents. As an emcee, DJ, entrepreneur, and artist, TRUTHLiVE has had his hands in everything from a very young age. After a traumatic adolescent period where his health was at risk, three heart surgeries proved the artist to be quite a fighter. He explains to his new listeners, "The name TRUTHLiVE doesn't mean that I'm proclaiming myself as the truth, end-all be-all; it's more of a reminder to myself on how to conduct my life and career." The MC best summates, "My music is my truth and my life." That meaningful music will arrive on April 20th in the form of Patience, TRUTHLiVE's debut release, courtesy of Bay Area label 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 2010, iM will be releasing multi-media projects from artists Donwill, TRUTHLiVE, Canibus, Von Pea, A-Plus, and more. For more information, please visit


EPK 1:

The UnLearning EP Download:

"The UnLearning":

"Can't Hold Me Back":

"Broken" Prod. By The ARE: />
"Tormented Genius" Prod. By Martin SLO:

"Shoot Me Down" prod. by Tha Bizness:

Bio, pictures, and streams available here:




Label Site:

Naughty TV - "Who Created The Naughty By Nature Logo"

From The Wonder TwinZ:

Back in the day, a gentleman by the name of Mark Weinberg created what would become an internationally recognizable logo that would be the stamp of one of the biggest HipHop brands in the world. Naughty By Nature has become a household name in the music world and their iconic logo has been seared in the minds of every hiphop fan that has ever heard their music. Now, in 2010, Mark Weinberg sits down with VinRock to discuss the moment in time when he created this logo, while sitting at a bar in lower Manhattan.

More videos at

Video: Dres of Black Sheep - Studio Footage Session

From Michelle at Audible Treats:

The Video:

Dres of legendary Black Sheep has graced us with an exclusive look into the making of his brand new forthcoming album, From the Black Pool of Genius. Introducing actor/poet, Craig 'muMs' Grant, recognized for his work on Oz and a number of other shows, Dres takes his fans inside the studio for some insight into the creative process during the construction of From The Black Pool Of Genius' outro song. With a beat in the background, courtesy of Seattle's Bean One who produced the track, while Dres speaks on the vibe he pulled from the instrumental, muMs hits the booth, his spoken word cadence meshing seamlessly with the laid back beat. Throughout the video, Dres and muMs also take time to speak on hip-hop, with the camera work bringing the viewer into the conversation as a fly on the wall amongst the two proven hip-hop veterans.

Watch the video here:

Don't forget to enter Dres' Prelude Remix Contest:

Prelude buy link:

The Background:

It all began with a thundering baseline and an unmistakably classic phrase - "this or that." One of the most widely recognized songs in rap music history, the 1991 classic "The Choice is Yours" was hailed by VH1 in 2008 as one of the best rap songs of all time. The highly respected Queens emcee Dres, along with DJing partner-in-crime William "Mista Lawnge" McLean took the music industry by storm in the early 1990's as part of the groundbreaking collective Native Tongues. Penning such Billboard standouts as "Flavor of the Month" and "Strobelight Honey" for the duo's platinum-selling debut album A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing in 1992, Dres would continue to crank out the hits on the group's second release, Non Fiction. After a brief reunion with Mister Lawnge in 2000, Dres again set his sights on recording. He released the innovative online-only album 8WM/Novakane in 2007. Now he's back in the studio, writing the next chapter of his storied career. Dres' highly anticipated new project, From the Black Pool of Genius, out Spring 2010, promises to pair thought-provoking lyrics with astounding beats constructed by a corps of new and established beatmakers. They include Bean One, Showbiz, Tough Junkie, P. Locke, Urban Soul Music Group, and Willie Evans. He's also got an impressive line-up of guest stars, including De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest, Rhymefest, AZ, and Tough Junkie, among others. Leading up to the release of his next full-length, Black Sheep have released a precursor EP, From The Black Pool Of Genius: The Prelude, available now. From The Black Pool Of Genius will be available on April 6th.


Studio Footage Session:

Prelude Remix Contest:

Prelude Remix Contest Invitation Video:

"I Wanna Rock" (Dres Hot Track Of The Week):

Dres & Mike G Talk About Native Tongues Reunion Track:

"Road Warrior":

"Doin' It Wrong":

"Forever Luvlee":

Bio, pictures, and streams available here:



Official Site:

Video: Nipsey Hussle & Juelz Santana Live in NYC

From Javier Sanabria:
B.L.O.C.K. Report cameras were in the house at S.O.B.s last night to see Nipsey Hussle shut it down the Big Apple. Hussle called on Harlem accomplice Juelz Santana on stage to do just that.

Audio: Bekay - "Realest That Run It" (BLESTeNATION Remix)

Bekay - "Realest That Run It" (BLESTeNATION Remix)

Yet another Bekay remix has surfaced. This time, Bekay has teamed up with Werdplay & Various of the three man rap/rock trio BLESTeNATION for the "Realest That Run It" (Remix), in promotion of their April 13th release of 'MBugout City' (Suburban Noize Records) which is now available for preorder on iTunes. The original version of "Realest That Run It" was featured on Bekay's acclaimed LP 'Hunger Pains'. Shout to Contagious on production & be sure to cop 'MBugout City' on 4.13!! featured on NXNE: The Southwest Invasion (Mixtape)
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Skandal, Black the Ripper & Little Dee - "Kill 'em Wit The Flow"

From Ian at  7Thirty Entertainment

Skandal, Black the Ripper, Little Dee - Kill 'em Wit The Flow

Back again with a fresh remix of 'Kill em wit the flow'! After the success of the Klashnekoff and P Money remix,
Skandal gets Black the Ripper and Little Dee to do the honours for a video exclusive!!!
A great way to promo the 'A Quick Snack' EP Produced entirely by Beat Butcha out Monday 29th on iTunes.

Skandal is tipped heavily by BBC 1XTRA as one to watch for 2010... check the video to see why!

Free Mixtape: Dominique Larue - "HerStory" EP

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