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Tech N9ne & Kottonmouth Kings to Headline Brochella Festival

From Kerosene Media:


Kottonmouth Kings and Tech N9ne To Headline Brochella Music Festival Alongside Hedpe, Big B, Swollen Members and Kingspade

Year after year the music industry has shunned bros. No music festival has ever embraced our backwards hat, baggy pants wearing bros until now. On June 20th, 2009 SRH Clothing, X103.9 and Suburban Noize Records are embracing bros from all walks of life with the first annual Brochella Music Festival at National Orange Show Pavilion in San Bernardino, CA. The festival will feature performances by Kottonmouth Kings, Tech N9ne, Hedpe, Big B, Swollen Members and Kingspade.

"When you don't get invited to the cool guy party you throw your own hell raising bash," commented Kottonmouth Kings' Daddy X. "We built a whole movement in being outcast and misfits, so we made our first festival an epic gathering of chaos and hot women.”

"We have been doing it our way for 15 years," added Kevin Zinger co owner of SRH and Suburban Noize Records."This show brings together everyone in our world for one night of rock 'n' roll havoc."

Brochella, which will help celebrate SRH Clothing’s 15 years in business, is a unique music and extreme sports festival made for bros by bros. Combining live music with the best extreme skateboarding, surfing and freestyle motocross riders in the world, this one-day festival will be celebrated in one gigantic bro down.

Tickets for Brochella go on sale April 28th through Ticketmaster and online through Fans purchasing their tickets through the Sub Noize online store will receive a free SRH hat, sticker and CD package from the label.

“Times are tough right now for our fans and they have supported us for years so if we can throw a great event for a good price and give them some free merch along with it too I’m sure fans will be excited, " commented Kevin Zinger about the additional online giveaways for fans.“We are trying to give our fans real value for their ticket without bringing in a bunch of corporate sponsors that make the event lame. When a kid orders the ticket from our website for thirty bucks there are no service fees and they will also receive a free SRH hat, sticker and CD from Suburban Noize.”


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GZA Collabo' With Rock Band at AOL

From Ryan H:

GZA Collaboration With Rock Band ‘Black Lips’ Premieres At AOL

One of the defining moments of this year’s SXSW was the pair of surprise collaborations between Atlanta garage rock rabble-rousers The Black Lips and Wu Tang impresario GZA. This first took place off the beaten path at The Compound for Dickies Battle of the Bands, inspiring the unlikely pair to enter into a whole new chamber together. Soon thereafter, rumblings shot down 6th Street that the unlikely collabo might occur again at The Vice Records Showcase later that night at Emo’s. Sure enough, immediately after the band took the stage, GZA emerged to a roomful of cheers and slack jaws. The following week, the web was atwitter with reports from both events and a grainy MTV video documented a piece of the experience.

But now anyone who missed the display of hip-hop and gutter-rock allegiance has a chance to get in on the action. Indeed, the Lips are releasing an iTunes EP including 200 Million Thousand fave “Drop I Hold,” along with a never-before-heard version of the song featuring verses from the Genius himself, GZA. In addition, the release will feature an instrumental version of the track and the video for the album-version of “Drop.” All this, for a whopping $1.99 during its first week of availability, beginning next Tuesday, May 5th. Earlier today, AOL Spinner and AOL Boombox jointly premiered the genre-defying collaboration, recorded at Werewolf Heart Studios under the watchful eye of Engineer Filip Nikolic. Hear for yourself below.

AOL Spinner & AOL Boombox Joint Premiere: .

Download and Share The Black Lips Ft. GZA “Drop I Hold” From The Drop I Hold EP [May 5th; Vice Records]
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DJ Bless 'Black Tar Heroin' Press Release

From DJ Bless:


DJ Bless Keeps It Dope With The Release Of “Black Tar Heroin”


Summerville, SC, April 29, 2009 - Can’t stop won’t stop is the Never So Deep Records mantra.  While most rap labels are scheduling strategic meetings about their next mixtape release, DJ Bless and his staff are on their grind putting the final touches on one of the most highly anticipated underground hip hop albums of 2009, “Black Tar Heroin.” The first single (Black Tar Heroin) and video off this DJ Bless produced album will feature Never So Deep Records Recording artist Jim Snooka (Gospels Of Reverend Wallace NSD-2009).

 “We have already finished all the in-house production. Now I’m going to concentrate on the outside talent. This album is guaranteed to bring heat to a hip hop environment that is in desperate need of a fire starter,” states DJ Bless, CEO of Never So Deep Records.  “Black Tar Heroin” is one of 17 albums produced by DJ Bless for Never So Deep Records. Keep your ears to the street and eyes on the net for the official release date.

"Black Tar Heroin" will be available in all digital stores including the Never So Deep Record's digital store.

About DJ Bless:

DJ Bless secured his first Record label deal with MCA /Universal in 2002 at the age of 18 years old. Since entering the music industry, DJ Bless has showcased his production skills with some of the music industry’s best producers such as; Kanye West, Scott Storch, Sean Combs, Swizz Beats, Sha Money, Rick Rubin, Havoc, R. Kelly and many more. He has also produced songs on LiL Kim's Chart busting Album Labella Mafia (Atlantic Records 2003). In 2004/2005 DJ Bless signature production was heard around the world on several high profile remixes including, Mystikal's "Pu**y Pop" (Jive Records), Dirt Bag Featuring Fiend "I'll Leave You Dead" (Jive Records) and releases from both Keith Murray and the Outlaws. In 2005/2006 DJ Bless produced and mixed several songs on a Wendy Goldstein Project "That One Way" (Czarnok, Capital Records) and also placed music on EA Sports Fight Night 2005. DJ Bless is presently working on several major industry production projects including the musical score for the docudrama "Hoop Realities" (Key Stone Films/And1) a follow up to the award winning documentary "Hoop Dreams". DJ Bless has also been commissioned to direct and score his first full feature film ("Insane") to be released in the winter of 2009/2010. After producing 17 albums and 13 videos DJ Bless continues his trek towards elite status.

About Never So Deep Entertainment:

Never So Deep Entertainment is a company formed to act as a talent source, production/developmental company and a record label in the traditional sense of selling manufactured music all under one roof. Never So Deep Entertainment is the leading and fastest-growing independent e-music company in North America. The Never So Deep Entertainment corporate umbrella encompasses the Never So Deep Records Music label, Suicidal Filmz, and NSD Music Publishing. NSD Entertainment operates its own fully self contained record Label and film company based in New York/South Carolina. The record label covers multiple music genres. Founded 5 years ago in North America, Never So Deep Entertainment has built unique strengths in the development, production, marketing, licensing and distribution of recorded music and film.

For additional information on the Never So Deep Records label and its roster of artists, please visit or email .

Free Del the Funky Homosapien Album - Funk Man: The Stimulus Package

From Audible Treats:

Hip Hop Heavyweight, Del the Funky Homosapien, Releases Free Album: Funk Man: The Stimulus Package      04.29.2009
Del Embarks On National Tour To Promote Release; Album & Tour Sponsored by Arnette, Skull Candy, Osiris, and

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Critical Praise for Del:
"...Del's reputation has remained strong in both fan and critic circles." - Thrasher Magazine

"The Homosapien is one hell of an entertaining MC" - YRB

(April 29, 2009 - Brooklyn, NY) Less than a year after the release of his last album, Hieroglyphics member and co-founder Del the Funky Homosapien joins the ranks of Radiohead and Nine Inch Nails with the free release of his new album, Funk Man: The Stimulus Package via Funnyman Entertainment. Del is currently on a nationwide promotional tour for the album and will be playing in over 30 cities.

As an early adapter of technology and having the status and perspective only a veteran can possess, Del takes advantage of his unique position to adopt a still experimental distribution strategy with Funk Man's release. Even with longevity, very few artists can hope to successfully launch a free full-length album. However with Del the Funky Homosapien's solid fan base and sponsorship deals with Arnette, Skull Candy, Osiris Shoes, and, Funk Man's release not only ensures support for the creative process, but also gives fans easy access to music they crave.

With a six year hiatus between Del's prior two solo releases, fans and critics may be surprised by the release of Funk Man: The Stimulus Package, which is out only a year following Eleventh Hour (Def Jux/Hieroglyphics). Del attributes this timing as a reflection of his life. Having shed the negativity that plagued him in past years, he feels a sense of renewal, which has resulted in newfound creativity. Additionally, after working consistently with record labels in his previous projects, Del is reenergized by his ability to produce music independently.

Being without a record label shouldn't be cause for alarm because Del, known for his intricate, honest, and humorous word-play, funky beats and artistic versatility, continues to deliver his signature style on Funk Man: The Stimulus Package. The high-energy album is comprised of raw lyrics, driving rhythms, and Del's undeniable funkiness. Throughout Funk Man, Del challenges the listener to be genuine, especially when he says, "it’s okay to be who you are. You can be free. So what if people are taking about you, they’re going to be talking about you anyway and they probably want to be you. They wish they could by funky, let their hair grow out, be like you." Del shows his commitment to this message and the funk in each track, from "Get It Right Now's" sense of urgency, to "And They Thought That Was Hell's" pop culture warning, and "Straight From the Big Bad West Coast's" historical breakdown.

Funk Man: The Stimulus Package marks Del the Funky Homosapien's 14th project as he has been in this hip-hop game for almost two decades. Starting at the tender age of 17 as protégé to his cousin, Ice Cube, Del quickly rose to the top of the underground hip hop scene with his albums, I Wish My Brother George Was Here (1991) and No Need for Alarm (1993), both released through Elektra Records. Soon after parting ways with the label, Del joined the Hieroglyphics family, comprised of notable emcees Pep Love, the Souls of Mischief, Casual, and Domino. In 1998 the critically acclaimed album 3rd Eye Vision was the first to be released under the Hieroglyphics Imperium label and since then Del has had consistent success with his solo and joint efforts, including Deltron 3030 (2000), Gorillaz (2001), Full Circle (2003), and Eleventh Hour (2008) to name a few.

As a witness to the destructive technology, i.e. video games, that replaced the comic book industry thirty years ago and seeing the same trends within the music industry today, Del has taken a proactive approach with Funk Man, in his reluctance to rely on standard distribution models. Funk Man: The Stimulus Package is Del's journey back to basics and the timely message coupled with the LP's free release display's his acute awareness of his fan's needs and the music industry at large.

Tour Dates:
Wed-Apr-08 San Luis Obispo, CA SLO Brew
Thu-Apr-09 Pomona, CA Glass House
Fri-Apr-10 San Diego, CA Canes
Sat-Apr-11 Phoenix, AZ Marquee
Sun-Apr-12 Tucson, AZ Club Congress (Early Show)
Mon-Apr-13 Flagstaff, AZ Green Room
Tue-Apr-14 Albuquerque, NM Sunshine Theater
Thu-Apr-16 San Antonio, TX Warehouse Live
Fri-Apr-17 Dallas, TX Granada
Sat-Apr-18 Austin, TX Emo's Outside
Mon-Apr-20 Baton Rouge, LA Spanish Moon
Wed-Apr-22 Athens, GA Georgia Theater Fri-Apr-24 Raleigh, NC
Lincoln Theater Sat-Apr-25 Poultney, VT Green Mountain College
Sun-Apr-26 Burlington, VT Higher Ground
Tue-Apr-28 Boston, MA Middle East
Wed-Apr-29 New York, NY BB Kings
Thu-Apr-30 Allentown, PA Crocodile Rock
Sun-May-03 Philadelphia, PA First Utilitarian Church
Tue-May-05 Ann Arbor, MI Blind Pig
Wed-May-06 Columbus, OH Skullys (Late Show)
Thu-May-07 Lexington, KY Dame
Fri-May-08 Chicago, IL Reggies
Sat-May-09 Madison, WI High Noon
Mon-May-11 Columbia, MO Blue Note
Tue-May-12 Omaha, NE Slowdown
Thu-May-14 Boulder, CO Fox Theatre
Fri-May-15 Denver, CO Bluebird
Sat-May-16 Colorado Springs, CO Black Sheep
Mon-May-18 Salt Lake City, UT Urban Lounge


"Get It Right Now"
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Del's Stimulus Address
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Izza Kizza's "Wizard Of Iz" Mixtape + Release Party Tonight

From Decon Media:

Izza Kizza's Wizard Of Iz Mixtape Available For Download Now + Release Party Tonight!

Wizard of Iz Mixtape Available For Download Here: .

Mixed by Nick Cathdubs. Featuring Lil' Wayne, Birdman, Colin Munroe, Anthony Hamilton and David Banner. Production by Souldiggaz, Nottz and Koolade.

"I'm The Izza Kizza" Video: .

"Connect The Dots" ft. Colin Munroe: .

About The Release Party:
Izza Kizza
Wizard of Iz Mixtape Release Party
DJ Sets From Nick Catchdubs & 88-Keys
Asahi Beer Open Bar
Red Bull Space
40 Thompson Street
21+ To Attend

Get Flyer Here!


After Party @ Naked Lunch
17 Thompson Street

Watch Video Invite Here:
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Izza Kizza
Wizard of Iz Mixtape, Mixed by Nick Catchdubs
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Drake feat. Tanya Morgan - Right to Left

From Audible Treats:

Drake feat. Tanya Morgan - "Right To Left"      04.28.2009
Tanya Morgan's Sophomore Album Coming Soon. Move To Brooklynati on May 12th!

The Song:

This new track featuring Tanya Morgan is an unearthed gem from Drake's Comeback Season Mixtape recording sessions. A Toronto native who first got big from his eight seasons on the hit Canadian television show Degrassi, Drake has been labeled the next big thing by everyone from Lil Wayne to Vibe. Being mutual admirers of one another, Drake joined forces with Tanya Morgan for this track. The beat gains strength from its aggressive drums, punchy synth chords and contrasting piano melody, and provides an ideal backdrop for this old-school crew banger. The track opens with a verse by Donwill, moves on to a verse by Von Pea, then a third verse by Ilyas and finally wraps up with a verse by Drake, each emcee spitting about why he is one of the best in the game. With the weather changing and convincing us that summer may still be in line to arrive on time, this is a jam that fits perfectly with the sunshine and should keep you moving straight on through till next fall.

For more information on Brooklynati local events and citywide attractions, please visit .

Listen to the first single, "So Damn Down" - .

Get your virtual tour of Brooklynati here: .

The Background:

Tanya Morgan is back with their third project, Brooklynati, following the success of Moonlighting and The Bridge. Since Von Pea, Ilyas, and Don Will formed Tanya Morgan in 2003, they have received high praise from media elites such as Spin, The Source, XXL Magazine and a resounding seal of approval from the blogosphere. Considered by many to be our generation's torchbearers for De La Soul and A Tribe Called Quest, Tanya Morgan will once again put their skills on display with the unique hip-hop Americana sounds of their Brooklynati album this spring. Based on the fictitious city of Brooklynati, this release pushes the boundaries of a concept album by incorporating not only lyrical imagery but also cultivating a culture and mindset, which can be experienced through the City of Brooklynati Chamber of Commerce website: The sites, sounds, memories, and events of Brooklynati will be unleashed on May 12th through Bay-Area based record label Interdependent Media, the architects behind the funding and development of Brooklynati. Wanderlusts can feed their souls at .

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 2009, iM will be releasing multi-media projects from artists Finale, Canibus, K'naan, Truthlive, and Tanya Morgan. For more information, please visit .


Drake feat. Tanya Morgan - "Right To Left"
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"Laura's Song"
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"So Damn Down"
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MySpace Music & Def Jam Host Jadakiss Release Party


WHAT: MySpace Music, the world's premier music community, and Def Jam Records will host a Jadakiss concert event to celebrate the official release of his new album "The Last Kiss" featuring the hit singles "By My Side," "Can't Stop Me," and "Letter To B.I.G." Special guest DJ Knuckles to perform. Donations will be accepted for Operation Hideo.

WHEN:  Tuesday, April 28, 2009
             Red carpet check-in: 8:30 pm              
             Red carpet: 9:00- 11:00 pm
             Doors open: 9:00 pm

WHERE: The Kress
              3rd Floor/Rooftop
              6608 Hollywood Blvd
              Los Angeles, CA 90028

WHO: Jadakiss and celebrity attendees TBA.

For more information about Jadakiss, visit his official MySpace profile at . He recently took part in a MySpace The Release concert in New York City where he performed with Busta Rhymes, Ryan Leslie, The Lox and Swizz Beats.

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.
The Adam B Experience (ABX) Podcast #17!

The Adam B Experience

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Hip-Hop Shop #30 - Greatest Hits

Hip-Hop Shop is the precursor to K4D every week on Sunday night. This week we're featuring the greatest hits in Hip-Hop Shop history for our 30th episode spectacular! The show is sponsored by and replays are available every week right here on The Hip-Hop Shop is 100% podsafe so distribute to your friends and tell them to visit!

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Featured tracks this week:

* Big TReaL - The Obama Effect
* DJ Babu f/ MF Doom, Sean Price - The Unexpected
* Big Shot - So in Love
* Kali - Cali Kali
* Saint f/ El Da Sensai, Emskee - Everything But Me
* Saigon - Trans-Atlantic Slave Deal
* Ali Vegas - The Top Gets Lonely

Laboring to Bring You Great Hip-Hop

For a commercial artist, a guest appearance on an album can simply be a representation of said artist buying someone’s time that they feel will help them chart a hit, or break them into a new market. For underground artists, however, a solid guest appearance represents a lot more. It represents the networking they’ve done, who they’re cool with, and most importantly, who respects their work enough to want to jump on a track with them. When The Day Laborers passed me their album, The Learning Process, and I saw two former Artists Of The Week, Homeboy Sandman and Louis Logic, were featured on it, I knew it was high time I found out more about the group. After giving the album a spin I caught up with The Day Laborers duo of Aspect and I.N.F. (pictured L to R) to do just that.

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