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KOKAYI To Release Sophomore Album Robots & Dinosaurs October 19th + MP3's

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KOKAYI To Release Sophomore Album Robots & Dinosaurs October 19th + MP3's

Multi-Talented Artist Fuses Hip-Hop, Indie, And Electro-Hop On His Latest Release

(October 7, 2010 - Brooklyn New York) Grammy Nominated emcee, producer, and multi-instrumentalist, KOKAYI, is excited to announce the release of his sophomore album, Robots & Dinosaurs. The album will see it's physical release on October 19th via New York based QN5 Music.

The album's rather unique title, Robots & Dinosaurs, while deep in meaning was inspired from the most simplistic of desires - the Christmas present wishes of KOKAYI's six year old son. "I asked my son what he wanted for Christmas and he replied, 'robots and dinosaurs'", says the Washington D.C.-based artist. "I walked away, went to the basement and it hit me: the Futuristic versus the old school. I'm in both worlds, traveling up the middle and pulling from both sides of the spectrum."

Robots & Dinosaurs is a musical smorgasbord, incorporating a variety of sounds and styles, from hip-hop to electro, soul to acoustic indie, and more. To achieve the album's organic flavor throughout, the album is graced by a number of musicians including Ezra Greer (bass), Jon Laine (drums), DP (guitar), Trey Elay and a special solo by Stan Cooper for the track "RoxTar" The otherwise self-produced album does get a slight dose of outside help from long-time friend and famed producer Oddisee. The track, "Autumn Rules," was originally "Autumn's Run" from Oddisee's Odd Autumn tape and has proven successful as a buzz worthy single for the rapper/producer.

Robots & Dinosaurs is the first release KOKAYI was able to record with complete peace of mind. "I was able to create the project on my own but still have the project mixed and mastered on analogue gear," says KOKAYI. "It sounds exactly how I want it to." His concise vision for the album is driven home even further by the fact that fourteen songs were made for Robots & Dinosaurs and all but one made the final cut. "I realized my dream with this album," says KOKAYI, and in delivering Dinosaurs & Robots he's also managed to knock one wish of his son's Christmas list.

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MP3: Mickey Factz f/ Bun B, Fat Joe - "Paradise (Remix)"

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MP3: Mickey Factz f/ Bun B, Fat Joe - "Paradise (Remix)"

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MP3: Lloyd Banks f/ Kanye West, Fabolous - "Start It Up"

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Video: Ice Cube - "Too West Coast"

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MP3: Davinci - "This Is How We Do"

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MP3: Davinci - "This Is How We Do"

DaVinci Releases New Track In Preparation For Trip To Atlanta's A3C Hip-Hop Festival

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Following the of his debut album, The Day The Turf Stood Still, DaVinci was met with accolades and high praise from top websites, blogs, and magazines alike. Now, following his first album is a series of other "firsts" for DaVinci. Later this month, with CMJ in his sights, DaVinci will be making his debut New York performance at the Audible Treats Showcase, but first, DaVinci is heading to Atlanta this weekend for the sixth annual A3C Hip-Hop Festival. Performing the first two evenings of the three-night, two-day hip-hop festival, the Fillmore District-repping San Franciscan – who will also be the only rapper from San Francisco performing at A3C – has released the song "This Is How We Do." Spitting his gruff vocals atop Outkast's classic "Steels of Wheel" as he gives props to "The Big A" and pays his respects to this city of destination for the coming weekend.

Currently DaVinci is in the process of working on a new full-length album that will be dropping in early 2011, so make sure to stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.

Fans in Atlanta can see Davinci perform at A3C Thursday October 7th on the Perfect Attendance stage, as well as Friday October 8th as part of The B.A.R.T. (Bay Area Rap Team Up).

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Video: Moe Green - "Iced Out Lifestyle"

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Video: Moe Green - "Iced Out Lifestyle"

Kanye + Blue Mountain State = Radon

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Kanye + Blue Mountain State = Radon

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Denise Richards Joins Cast As The Contentious Ex-Wife Of “Coach Marty Daniels”

Bill Parcells, Boomer Esiason, Bill Romanowski, Brian Bosworth, Stacy Keibler, Chuck Liddell, Craig Carton And Dan Patrick Guest Star This Season

Spike TV’s hit original scripted sports/comedy series “Blue Mountain State” returns to the gridiron for a second season this fall starting Wednesday, October 20 (11:00 – 11:30 PM, ET/PT).  “Blue Mountain State” chronicles the on and off-field antics of the fictional college football powerhouse Blue Mountain State.

Season two of “Blue Mountain State” finds Coach Marty Daniels (Former NFL-er Ed Marinaro) under pressure to deliver a winning season after an embarrassing showing last year that has put his legacy and job security in grave danger.  Adding to the coach’s troubles is the arrival of his contentious and meddling ex-wife Debra (Denise Richards).

The BMS Goats are led on the field by overzealous team captain Thad Castle (Alan Ritchson), who struggles with the decision to go pro after this season or return to BMS, and top recruit Radon Randell (new cast member Page Kennedy) whose talent is matched only by his outrageous behavior and huge ego.  Off the field, the team is once again led by Alex Moran (Darin Brooks), the second string quarterback who is content riding the bench, and his best friend and team mascot Sammy Cacciatore (Romanski).  Sammy’s troubles also multiply this season when his wild, crazy and sexy party-girl sister Mary Jo (new cast member Frankie Shaw) transfers to BMS.

Season two of Spike’s “Blue Mountain State” features numerous guest appearances including Bill Parcells, two-time Super Bowl Champion coach (NY Giants), four-time Pro Bowl QB and 1988 MVP Boomer Esiason (Cincinnati Bengals, NY Jets), four-time Super Bowl Champion Bill Romanowski (Denver Broncos), two-time NCAA All-American Brian Bosworth (Seattle Seahawks), actress Stacy Keibler, UFC® legend Chuck Liddell and renowned sports announcers Dan Patrick and Craig Carton. will also get into all the football action with “Blue Mountain State.”  In addition to featuring weekly preview clips and highlight segments from each episode once the season starts, currently features new exclusive season two content including behind-the-scenes footage of the cast, celebrity guests and directors, a girls of Blue Mountain State photo gallery and character biographies.  Fans can “Join The Goathouse” to receive weekly emails and exclusive content about “Blue Mountain State” starting now and continuing throughout the season, and can also connect to the series via the official Blue Mountain State Facebook page and follow the all the action on Twitter @BlueMtState.

Additionally, “Blue Mountain State: Season One” will be released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on October 5 from Lionsgate.  In addition to all Season One episodes, the DVD and Blu-ray Disc are loaded with uncut and exclusive extras including “Locker Room Rewind” video commentaries, the featurette “Making the Team: What it Takes to be a BMS Cheerleader,” outtakes and deleted scenes.

“Blue Mountain State” is produced for Spike by Varsity Pictures’ Brian Robbins (“Varsity Blues,” “Smallville,” “One Tree Hill”) and Sharla Sumpter Bridgett and Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF).  Romanski, who also stars as Sammy, and Eric Falconer (“The Sarah Silverman Program,” “It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia”) also serve as executive producers and writers.

Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF) is the leading next generation studio with a strong and diversified presence in the production and distribution of motion pictures, television programming, home entertainment, family entertainment, video-on-demand and digitally delivered content.  The company has built a strong television presence in production of prime time cable and broadcast network series, distribution and syndication of programming through Debmar-Mercury and an array of channel platform assets. Lionsgate currently has nearly 20 shows on 10 different networks spanning its prime time production, distribution and syndication businesses, including such critically-acclaimed hits as “Mad Men,” “Weeds” and “Nurse Jackie” along with new series such as “Blue Mountain State” and the syndication successes “Tyler Perry’s House Of Payne,” its spinoff “Meet the Browns” and “The Wendy Williams Show.”  Lionsgate handles a prestigious and prolific library of approximately 12,000 motion picture and television titles that is an important source of recurring revenue and serves as the foundation for the growth of the Company’s core businesses.  The Lionsgate brand remains synonymous with original, daring, quality entertainment in markets around the world.

Spike TV is available in 98.6 million homes and is a division of MTV Networks.  A unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), MTV Networks is one of the world's leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. Spike TV's Internet address is and for up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs, visit Spike TV's press site at .

Video: Nelly f/ Akon, T-Pain "Move That Body" Behind the Scenes

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Video: Nelly f/ Akon, T-Pain "Move That Body" Behind the Scenes

MP3: John Xantus ft. Ghostface Killah - "I Don't Care"

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MP3: John Xantus ft. Ghostface Killah - "I Don't Care"

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PR: NYC Bass Explorers Sub Swara Remix Big Boi

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NYC Bass Explorers Sub Swara Remix Big Boi

 download: Shutterbugg (Sub Swara remix)

Brooklyn-based Sub Swara writes, produces and performs genre-bending bass music that parallels the diversity of their hometown.  Consisting of Dhruva and Dave Sharma, Sub Swara's musical genome brings together a wide assortment of DNA - dub to hip-hop, dancehall to punk rock, and all the global sounds in between.  With sets crafted for both dancefloor intensity and cerebral curiosity, Sub Swara combines electronic production, live instrumentation, and 3000% of recommended energy levels to create an ecstatic, human experience.

Originally started a club night, Sub Swara has always focused on melding bass music of all creeds and cultures.  Over 3 years, the night became one of the most popular and respected club nights in NYC, hosting artists such as Mary Ann Hobbs, The Glitch Mob, Bassnectar, The Bug, and Poirier.  Sub Swara released their 2008 debut album, Coup d'Yah, to  widespread acclaim; critics and tastemakers from Pitchfork, to XLR8R, BBC Radio 1 and the FADER all lauded its seamless melding of varied rhythms, intricate global instrumentation and production both deep and dancefloor-centric. Sub Swara's remix of Balkan Beatbox's "Balkumbia" was featured in the Fader/Nike mixtape series for the 2010 World Cup, Pitch Perfect.

 Sub Swara's second album, Triggers (Low Motion Records), continues the group's exploration of different spaces in bass music, and draws from a completely unique sound pallete that marries both live (much of the percussion is actually played by Sub Swara, in addition to other instruments by guest artists) and electronic elements. It traverses through dubstep, hip hop, and sounds yet to be classified, binding these elements together with strong melodies, intoxicating rhythms, relentless energy and inventive production. Triggers was written as Sub Swara's performances become increasingly live, incorporating live drumming, re-composition and improvised sequences-all while maintaining dancefloor intensity and bass weight.

 With vocalists such as Dead Prez, Lyrics Born, Kendra Foster of Parliament Funkadelic and the up and coming hip hop act, Freddie Mills featured on Triggers, the collaborations are largely hip hop and soul-based, while the vocals in Coup d'Yah were largely dancehall. The instrumental collaborations feature the afrobeat horns of Antibalas, beatboxer Shamik, and a host of master session musicians from around the world.  Sub Swara will be touring extensively in the fall of 2010 to support the new album.


10/21/2010     Seattle - Trinity
10/22/2010     Portland w/Eskmo and Lorn - Rotture
10/30/2010     Houston - Silver Star Ranch
10/31/2010     Austin - ND - 501 Studios
11/4/2010      Nevada City - Cooper's Ale House w/ Bass Science
11/5/2010      Reno - Wurk w/ Bass Science
11/6/2010      South Tahoe - with Blackalicious and Bass Science- Showroom at Montbleu Casino
11/8/2010      New York -  Deep Space
11/12/2010      Denver - Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom
11/18/2010      Knoxville, TN - 90 Proof
11/19/2010      Nashville, TN - 12th and Porter
11/20/2010      Baton Rouge - The House
12/3/2010        New York - with Dead Prez - Hip Hop Cultural Center
12/11/2010      Telluride, CO - The Llama
12/15/2010      Los Angeles @ Low End Theory
12/17/2010      San Francisco @ TBA

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