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Charlie Murphy Says Obama's Fair Game


In this week’s edition of the New Haven Advocate I have an in-depth interview with legendary comedian/actor Charlie Murphy. In it we discuss how standup comics will treat Barack Obama, why he feels nothing should be off limits when it comes to comedy, and what people can expect from his upcoming autobiography, The Making of a Stand Up Guy, which is due out this fall.

Check out the feature at:  http://www.newhavenadvocate.com/article.cfm?aid=11487

Champion's Hoodie Remix Contest Is Launched


From Special Ops:

Hoodie Remix website: http://www.hoodieremix.com .
Champion on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/champion .


             Champion, a leading athletic apparel brand for men and women, announced today the launch of Hoodie Remix, www.hoodieremix.com, an interactive on-line contest in self-expression that serves to pay tribute to the hooded sweatshirt; an ongoing sports and cultural phenomenon introduced by the Champion Brand.  Beginning January 20, 2009, fans and faithfuls of the hoodie are invited to log on and create their own unique design through a user-friendly template that offers a mix of color, pattern and overall style options.  With interchangeable hoods, sleeves, pockets and more, consumers are free to customize and create their own version of a Champion classic.

            All Hoodie Remixes are submitted to the site and made available for public consumption and voting.  Banner ads supporting the contest will run on Web properties including: ESPN, MTV, People, Daily Candy and Men’s Health, etc.  Consumers are also encouraged to push their own product via voter widgets ideal for Facebook, MySpace, and other populated community sites.  On May 29, 2009, the single design with the most votes will be named the winner of the Hoodie Remix contest and may also be produced and sold as a limited-edition hoodie by Champion.

            "The Hoodie Remix campaign is one of Champion's innovative media initiatives in 2009," said Claire Edgar, Champion Brand Marketing Director.  "We're excited to launch this interactive site as it fits perfectly with our "How You Play" advertising campaign as the contest will definitely challenge the creativity of our consumer, while engaging them and strengthening their connection with the Champion brand".  "We're the authentic Hoodie brand and this initiative can help to build that heritage." states Edgar.

            Hoodie Remix is the first online branding effort set forth by Champion since engaging New York-based digital shop, Night Agency, as its digital agency of record in November 2008.   This serves as a kickoff to a series of upcoming initiatives that will work to help engage the influential online consumer.

            Champion is known for innovation in athletic apparel, we're excited to partner with them to bring their innovative ideas into an interactive online initiative,” said Darren Paul, co-founder of Night Agency.  “We look forward to helping the brand continue its innovation."

About Champion

Champion offers a full line of innovative athletic apparel for men and women including sport bras, activewear, team uniforms, sweats and accessories.  Champion can be purchased at most sporting goods and department stores.  For more information about Champion for men and women visit www.championusa.com. Champion is a brand of Hanesbrands Inc.

About Hanesbrands Inc.

Hanesbrands Inc. is a leading marketer of innerwear, outerwear and hosiery apparel under strong consumer brands, including Hanes, Champion, Playtex, Bali, Just My Size, barely there and Wonderbra. The company designs, manufactures, sources and sells T-shirts, bras, panties, men’s underwear, children’s underwear, socks, hosiery, casual wear and active wear. Hanesbrands has approximately 50,000 employees in more than 25 countries. More information may be found on the Hanesbrands Internet Web site at www.hanesbrands.com .

About Night Agency

Founded in 2004, Night Agency is an independently-owned creative digital agency headquartered in New York.  Night Agency specializes in interactive brand strategy and consumer engagement.  A roster of clients includes: Dial Corporation, Estee Lauder, Filene’s Basement, MTV and STA Travel.  www.nightagency.com .

DJ Shadow x Dr. Suzuki Slipmats


From DJ Shadow:

DJ Shadow, Dr. Suzuki, and Stokyo have teamed up to bring you the limited Shadow x Suzuki Mix Edition slipmats.

Dr. Suzuki is credited as the inventor of the DJ Slipmat and provides the standard for DJ slipmats worldwide.

Whether you mix, mash-up, scratch, party DJ, battle, or just play records for the fun of it, these are the best slipmats you can put on your turntables.

With the 4-track Era tape logo across the front of the slipmat jacket and on the slipmat itself, and the DJ Shadow tag across the top of the mat, these are some sleek looking slipmats.

Don't miss your opportunity to grab these high quality, limited Mix Edition DJ Shadow x Dr. Suzuki slipmats!!

Check them out:

http://www.djshadow.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=AC012&Category_Code=
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We can't believe we are still telling you this, but we have a batch of 4-Track Era Vol 3 CDs left!  That's right, the deal remains (but really, not for long). Purchase any 2 tees at www.shopdjshadow.com and receive DJ Shadow's "The 4-Track Era Vol 3" CD + The 4-Track Era Collection slip-case for FREE. Purchase any 1 tee, and receive the FREE CD. Go here to check out the tees:

http://www.djshadow.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Category_Code=Tees

Don't miss out on this special limited CD offer.
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Stay up to date on new Shadow news at www.djshadow.com and stay tuned for some BIG announcements coming soon!

Pitbull Takes a Bite Out of Los Angeles


From The 3 Collective:

January 27, 2009     For Immediate Release
PITBULL TAKES A BITE OUT OF LOS ANGELES AND SETS NEW ATTENDENCE RECORD AT CLUB NOKIA


Los Angeles, CA  - This past Saturday, January 24, 2009, Cuban,hip-hop heavy hitter, Pitbull took Los Angeles by storm with a SOLD OUT performance at Club Nokia, one of the  city's hottest music venues located at LA Live.
 
The scene was "Krazy" as scores of fans lined up early around the venue eagerly waiting for what proved to be an incredible show.  This impressive turnout set a new attendance record for Club Nokia.
 
Those lucky enough to get tickets enjoyed an opening set by DJ Ane' from famed art and lifestyle group, Automatico, as well as Pitbull's amazing performance of his hits, which included his blazing new track, "Calle Ocho (75 Brazil Street)."  The energy generated from the capacity crowd was electric. 
 
Club Nokia continues its support of quality music by presenting Los Angeles Latin hip-hop luminaries, Akwid, featuring special guests Psycho Realm, Chino XL and Baby Boy on February 21st, followed by Babasonicos on March 12th and Rakim and Ken-Y on March 20th.
 
For more details and calendar information for Club Nokia, please visit www.clubnokia.com .
 
Club Nokia, a multi-use music, entertainment and concert venue, located in the heart of the acclaimed LA Live Complex, accommodates over 2,300 guests.  Featuring state-of-the-art acoustics designed for live entertainment, Club Nokia is the perfect venue for emerging music acts and cultural shows while also providing excellent space for corporate events and private parties.  The theatre brings the latest technology to music enthusiasts including an innovative interactive experience embedded in foot-controlled floor interfaces, touch screens, and a large LED installation within the lobby of the Club Nokia space.  This interactive experience allows users to scroll through the history and the future of Club Nokia events and interact with pictures, video, and text messages submitted by fellow concert fans.

New Havoc Album to Be Released February 24th


From Koch Records:

E1 MUSIC TO RELEASE HIDDEN FILES, THE BRAND NEW ALBUM BY HAVOC (OF MOBB DEEP)

(New York, NY) – E1 Music (formerly KOCH Records) is pleased to announce the release of Hidden Files, the brand new album by rapper/producer Havoc (of Mobb Deep). Hidden Files is scheduled to be released on February 24, 2009.

The Queens duo Mobb Deep (comprised of Havoc & Prodigy) is one of the biggest groups in rap music, having sold over 4 million albums worldwide. With classic albums like The Infamous, Hell On Earth, Murda Muzik, and Infamy, Mobb Deep have become household names in the hip-hop community. Prodigy has also garnered success as a solo artist, releasing 3 critically albums (H.N.I.C., Return Of The Mac, and H.N.I.C. 2) and selling over 600,000 units combined.

Now, Havoc is set to bless the masses with Hidden Files. Not only a respected MC, Havoc is also a distinguished producer, having produced the bulk of Mobb Deep’s discography as well having created the sonic backdrops for the likes of 50 Cent, Nas, Diddy, Lil Kim, G-Unit, Jadakiss and more.

With production from platinum producer Havoc himself, as well as guest appearances by Prodigy and Cassidy, this album is sure to be a must get for hip-hop fans everywhere. The first single, “Watch Me” feat. Ricky Blaze, is being serviced to all radio outlets across the country.

Track listing

1.   Can’t Get Touched                                                                            8.         The Hustler
2.     I Clap’em Up                                                                                     9.         The Millennium
3.     Watch Me (feat. Ricky Blaze)                                                        10.       Walk Wit Me
4.     Heart Of The Grind                                                                          11.       On A Mission (feat. Prodigy of Mobb Deep)
5.     You Treated Me… (feat. Cassidy)                                                12.       This Is Where It’s At (feat. Big Noyd)
6.     My Life                                                                                              13.       Don’t Knock It Til You Try It
7.     That’s My Word                                                                              14.       Tell Me More (feat. Sonyae Elyse)

About E1 Entertainment

E1 Entertainment (AIM: ETO) is a leading independent entertainment content owner that acquires film, television and music rights and exploits these rights in all media in more than 190 countries.

The company currently operates in Canada, the U.S., the UK, Holland and Belgium through its four primary businesses units: E1 Television, E1 Films, E1 Music and E1 Distribution.  These businesses collectively represent E1’s extensive expertise in film distribution, television and music production/distribution, Kids content, Licensing and Distribution.

E1’s content library includes more than 3,700 feature films, 2,700 hours of original television programming and 15,000 music tracks.

John Forte Is Home - New MP3 Feat. Kanye & Talib Kweli


After 7 long years away from family, friends, and the world at large, John is home, writing, recording new music and embracing life again. Today marks the debut of his new bi-weekly column for The Daily Beast, with his note “First Day Out of Prison.” Accompanying the post is video footage of Forté’s first day home – “Morning One” – along with a new song, “Life Has Just Begun” which you can check out here.

Fans of Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter and producer John Forté, know him best for his work with the multi-platinum group “The Fugees” and for two solo albums, PolySci (Columbia; 1998) and I, John (Transparent; 2002), which featured guest appearances by Herbie Hancock, Esthero and Tricky, and included a duet with famed singer/songwriter Carly Simon on the song “Been There, Done That.” A classically-trained violinist and graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy, Forté recorded his last album while under house arrest awaiting trial; the album was released just as he was being sent to prison.

On November 24, 2008, Forté was granted a commutation by President George W. Bush after having served more than seven years of a fourteen-year federal prison sentence. Those who campaigned on his behalf include Carly Simon and Senator Orrin Hatch (R) of Utah. On December 22, 2008, Forte walked out of Fort Dix Correctional Institution to resume his life and tell his story through music, film and prose. 

As noted in “First Day Out of Prison,” Forté wasted no time in returning to the studio – he was there by nightfall on his first day home, eager to begin recording the dozens of songs he’s written over the past few years, and being joined by many friends and fellow musicians. One of the first to drop in and drop guest vocals was Talib Kweli, who helped John celebrate his newfound freedom with “Homecoming”, featuring Kanye West on the backing track. Check out a behind the scenes video of the recording of Homecoming, in which Talib discusses the borough from which he and his childhood friend, Forté, were raised, while Forté brings a broader frame of reference to the meaning of “home.”  Bloggers and fans, we invite you to post and share the MP3 and videos to help us celebrate John’s homecoming!

Forté’s column for The Daily Beast will cover everyday matters through the eyes of a man who has been removed from everyday matters for so long.  While working on his album and other projects, Forté is also working with at-risk youth through organizations such as “In Arms’ Reach,” a community-based arts, counseling and mentoring program for the children of incarcerated parents.
New UGK Music - "Da Game Been Good to Me"


Courtesy of Jive/Zomba:

UGK’s, “UGK FOR LIFE,” slated for early spring is going to be an emotional, yet astounding last record for the duo.  Their brand new track “Da Game Been Good To Me” is sure to be a smash and a remembrance of the late, great Pimp C.

Da Game Been Good To Me (WM, Streaming, 96k, Audio)

* http://release.theplatform.com/content.select?pid=pk6rXSuJ_8qhlrhCE3kINL1WHTBlZ3rk&UserName=Unknown *

Da Game Been Good To Me (Real, Streaming, 95k, Audio)

* http://release.theplatform.com/content.smil?pid=XXg7IwaMvK8VvgCiTkrg6Cnxj5JhRmof&UserName=Unknown *

Da Game Been Good To Me (WM, Streaming, 64k, Audio)

* http://release.theplatform.com/content.select?pid=Kk6zZgXJ3WkR1vjt3LQqxmC9sQTm4Dj8&UserName=Unknown *

Da Game Been Good To Me (Real, Streaming, 64k, Audio)

* http://release.theplatform.com/content.smil?pid=YLEP4Vyu9MGjnxqG3jeghbhkI3cixWE2&UserName=Unknown *

RZA Performs and Guest Stars on The Late Late Show Tonight


From The Orchard:

RZARZA PERFORMS AND GUESTS ON THE LATE LATE SHOW TOMORROW / NEW ALBUM OUT THIS WEEK

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 WuMusicGroup.com.

* www.wumusicgroup.com *
* www.afrosamurai.com *

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: http://www.iconthemicking.com . 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 (www.MySpace.com/IconTheMicKing ) or his official website. (www.IconTheMicKing.com )

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 (www.MySpace.com/IconTheMicKing ) or his official website. (www.IconTheMicKing.com )

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.

Streams:

iCON vs. PackFM Race Video
* http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=auu6M1NXwgo *

iCON the Mic King & Chum - "I'm The Best" feat. Has-Lo
* http://media.audibletreats.com/iCON_the_Mic_King_Chum_ft_Has-Lo-Im_The_Best.mp3 *

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 MyxMusicLabel.com.

Tracklisting:
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: http://media.audibletreats.com/Keelay_and_Zaire-Government_Names_feat_Khizman.mp3 .
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: http://www.myxmusiclabel.com/Mixtapes/KeelayZaire_PreludeToDrive.zip .

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: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-vVn3gBXZM .

Dre & Snoop Dogg St. Ides commercial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Rke70kjYFg .

Ice Cube & Geto Boys St. Ides commercial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELxJfRamYUY .

Keelay & Zaire rep the new drink Soul Ides with their homie Slo Mo at the local corner: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hhvIuGpqkcw .

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.

Streams:

Keelay & Zaire - Soul Ides commercial (St. Ides spoof)
* http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hhvIuGpqkcw *

Keelay & Zaire - "Government Names" featuring Khizman
* http://media.audibletreats.com/Keelay_and_Zaire-Government_Names_feat_Khizman.mp3 *


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