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Spike's 2008 VGAs - Exclusives Now Posted Online

Courtesy Special Ops:

Spike TV’s 2008 Video Game Awards offered more than just a tribute to the best in the industry – it was a star-packed extravaganza that gave viewers an exclusive look at the future of gaming. The most highly-anticipated games in the industry were revealed at the VGAs – and now you can watch all of the videos again at .

If you can’t get enough – or if for some reason you missed them the first time around, don’t fret. Instead, check out the above link to watch mind-blowing reveals of Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned, God Of War III, Brütal Legend, Fight Night Round 4, Mafia II, Terminator Salvation, Uncharted 2, Watchmen: The End is Nigh, Gears Of War 2 and Dante’s Inferno.

While you’re at it, check out the official VGAs site - - for a full list of winners, trailers of nominated games, clips from the show – and enough other goodies to keep you glued to your computer screen for days. Below is a quick preview of just some of the winners from last night’s extravaganza. Let the debates begin!

Best RPG: Fallout 3

Best Graphics: Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots

Best Driving Game: Burnout Paradise

Click here if you’d like to see who took home the prize for Game of the Year and tons more!

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Ying Yang Twins Get Into the Holiday Spirit With Christmas EP

From Kimberly Trick:

YY Christmas EPYing Yang Twins Get Into the Holiday Spirit with New Christmas Themed EP
Prepare New Studio Album for 2009 with Platinum Producer Joe Traxx

Ying Yang Twins – The Ying and the Yang of the Holidays (Deep Records)
Release Date: 11/25/08

Online Contact:
Kimberly Trick / The Orchard

The Ying Yang Twins are getting into the holiday spirit with a new Christmas themed EP, The Ying and the Yang of the Holidays, out now through Deep Records. The EP finds the twins striking a Bing Crosby-esque pose and caroling listeners with medleys of traditional Christmas songs with a Ying Yang Twins twist. On “Sleigh Ride” D-Rock and Kaine drink eggnog and smoke blunts while making a Christmas wish for peace in the hood and giving President elect Barack Obama a shout out. “This Christmas” is a soulful take on a holiday classic, and “Deck Da Club” and “Carol of Da Bellz” are quintessential Ying Yang Twins.

The Twins also released a mixtape called The WildOut USO Tour on November 25th following their tour in support of the troops. And the platinum-certified Atlanta duo is already back in the studio, working on their next official full length with platinum-certified producer Joe Traxx (UGK, Scarface, Bun B., Lil Flip, and more).

Listen to Ying Yang Twins “Sleigh Ride” (The Ying and the Yang of the Holidays out Nov 25th Deep Records)
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The Ying and the Yang of the Holidays Track List
1. Sleigh Ride
2. This Christmas
3. Deck Da Club
4. Carol Of Da Bellz

Kottonmouth Kings Announce Christmas Show Hosted By B-Real

From Kerosene Media:


Kottonmouth Kings Announce Christmas Show Hosted
By Cypress Hill’s B-Real


California’s the Kottonmouth Kings have announced a December 26th, 2008 date at The Grove in Anaheim, CA for their annual Jingle Bowls Christmas show. The show will be hosted by Cypress Hill frontman B-Real and feature performances by Kottonmouth Kings, the leaders of the truth movement (Hed)p.e., punk-rock legends D.I. and Cypress Hill’s Sen Dog who will be performing tracks from his recently released solo album.

Kottonmouth Kings landed the #1 independent album in the country with their recently released tenth studio album, “The Green Album”. The album took the coveted top position on Billboard’s Independent Charts and landed at #42 in Billboards Top 200 in the album’s first week. The chart position is proof that the underground musical movement that the Kottonmouth Kings have been harvesting over the past decade is alive and thriving in a music industry that is spiraling downward. The group’s video for the album’s lead single “Where I’m Going” can be viewed at .


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Keak Da Sneak and San Quinn Present Welcome To Scokland

From Audible Treats:

Bay Area Legends Keak Da Sneak and San Quinn Present Welcome To Scokland      12.11.2008
Oakland's Boss & San Francisco's Capo Unite For High Profile Cross-Bay Collaboration

(December 11, 2008 - Brooklyn, NY) This year represents the official return of the Bay Area as the vibrant epicenter of an ever-changing, multi-layered West Coast sound. In the middle of this re-birth is the Bay Area record label E-HUSTL Entertainment and the release of their latest project, Welcome to Scokland, from Bay Area legends Keak Da Sneak and San Quinn. Possessing the ability to join together the musical and lyrical subtleties of San Francisco (the "Sco") and Oakland, San Quinn and Keak Da Sneak have produced an album that highlights the distinctive sound of the next generation of Bay Area emcees. Welcome to Scokland is available now online and in stores everywhere via E-HUSTL Entertainment.

San Quinn, originally from San Francisco and Keak Da Sneak, originally from Oakland, are each legends in their own right who have been hustling in both the underground and mainstream hip-hop scenes for upwards of 15 years. Loyal to the sound and vibe of their section of the Bay, but also working to bring the entire Bay Area to a new level, the duo have joined together to re-invigorate the West Coast sound on their latest effort. Speaking with HipHopDX, San Quinn said, "It's a hell of an opportunity for two bosses to build some camaraderie. San Francisco and Oakland coming together is a hell of a collaboration."

Coming out of the gates with a trunk rattling anthem, the title track reminds us what we love about the Bay Area. While "Scokland" may get the party started, "She Fine" will finish out the night right, showcasing the talented emcees' smoothest raps in the form of a modern love song. With Keak's signature gritty slurs and Quinn's classic-with-a-twist flow, "She Fine" is an easy crowd-pleaser. "Hot N' Cool" comes as a tribute to one of the most prominent features of Yay Area life: car culture. Though the subject matter is nothing out of the ordinary, the eloquence and verbal dexterity the Bay Area pair are flexing, paired with thick-bass production and accented with dark horns makes this track a standout.

Keak Da Sneak has been a staple of the Bay Area hip-hop scene since performing in Oakland talent shows as a youngster. With a debut EP (Sick-O) under his belt at only sixteen, and a contract with Virgin Records the next year, Keak has an album for almost every year of his life since, coming in at a whopping 18 solo albums. Keak has lent his signature voice to a number of major tracks coming out of the Bay Area, including work with E-40. As for Quinn, born in San Francisco and growing up on the once formidable streets of the Fillmore, he looked to writing and rapping to prevent trouble from knocking down his door. He got his start when introduced to the industry by JT the Bigga Figga, founder of Get Low Records. JT placed him in his group, Get Low Playaz (GLP) and signed him to his label. While most kids at the age of 14 were playing sports and video games, Quinn recorded his first song called "SFC" with GLP and RBL. His first album, Don't Cross Me, on Get Low/Buck Fifty Records, followed shortly afterwards at the age of 15 and placed the spotlight of the music industry directly on him. Since then, Quinn has been nothing short of prolific: he holds a Guinness World Record for the Most Appearances on Recorded Albums Before the Age of 21. The pairing of these two Bay giants brings together Oakland and San Francisco in a way that has yet to be seen in the Bay's illustrious hip-hop history, and is sure to set the standard for future epic collaborations.

01. Lil' Quinn Intro
02. Welcome To Scokland
03. Blue Dolphin
04. Hot N' Cool
05. She Fine
06. Hollarin'
07. Copycat
08. Marinated Game Profane Slang
09. Wanna See
10. Back To Life
11. C.A.S.H.
12. Streets Don't Lie
13. We Can Bubble Up
14. Comfortably Numb
15. Fool 4 U
16. Too Much
17. On One
18. Da Hood In Me
19. Cannons On The Blocks

"Welcome To Scokland"
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Detroit Rapper Esham Releases New Mixtape

From Nicole Ballin:


Detroit, MI - Independent hip hop mogul and co-founder of Aknu Media, Esham, is proud to announce the digital mixtape "Doin Everythang" from D.E.T., a new group featuring Esham, Boss (formerly of Def Jam Records), Doc Hollywood Hustle and Poe Whosaine.  "Doin Everything" features 16 songs and will be released exclusively at .

The album's debut single "Big Dummy" had 20 adds first week out at college radio and continues to grow.  The street video for the song reached over 30,000 Youtube hits its first week and is viewable here: .

Aknu Media CEO TJ Knight adds: "Aknu Media is enthused to welcome D.E.T to our strategic digital roster just in time for the 2008 holiday season.  Esham is truly one of hip hop's most brilliant and prolific artists.  The addition of Boss, whose lyrical prowess has continued to sharpen since her Def Jam days, puts this project over the top."

Esham has made a name for himself with thirty different independent solo projects and over 1,750,000 units sold collectively through Soundscan without aid from a major label, radio or tv. His company, Aknu Media, released two albums in 2008: Esham's latest solo experience "Sacrificial Lambz" and "The Butcher Shop", a compilation of Detroit artists featuring Esham, Bizarre of D12 and Vh1 Celebrity Fit Club, Royce 5'9", Big Herk, Insane Clown Posse, Trick Trick, Stretch Money, Supa Emcee, Drunken Master, East Side Chedda Boyz and the Street Lordz.  Boss has sold over 400,000 units of her first album "Born Gangstaz" which reached as high as #22 on the Billboard 200 and spawned #1 Hot Rap Single, "Deeper".

Aesop Rock and Jeremy Fish Present Ghosts of the Barbary Coast

From Kimberly Trick:

Ghosts of the Barbary CoastAesop Rock and Jeremy Fish Present – Ghosts of the Barbary Coast / "Tomorrow Morning" (Definitive Jux)

Aesop Rock is giving fans an early holiday present today with a new free track called “Tomorrow Morning” and a bundle of extras available on The free Ghosts of the Barbary Coast download pack includes the new song, an instrumental version, lyrics, and a Quicktime slideshow of artwork by Jeremy Fish, the artist who illustrated Aesop’s last full-length, None Shall Pass.

“Tomorrow Morning” and the accompanying extras were first given away at a Jeremy Fish art opening in San Francisco attended by more than 2,000 fans of the Bay area artist. All who attended received a USB keychain pre-loaded with the new Aesop Rock track and the Ghosts of the Barbary Coast project. Now Aesop’s made it possible for fans nationwide to download the bundle straight to their desktops.

Download the “Tomorrow Morning” and the Ghosts of the Barbary Coast project free here: .

Wu Music Group Issues Follow Up to Wu-Tang's "8 Diagrams"

From Kimberly Trick:


Wu Music Group, the new label run by the administrative mind of Mitchell “Divine” Diggs and the creative force of Wu-Tang Clan’s chief architect, “The RZA”, will release their second album, Afro Samurai: The Resurrection, on January 27th, 2009. The album is the soundtrack to season two of Spike TV’s critically lauded animated television show and DVD featuring the voice of Samuel L Jackson and is musically produced entirely by Wu Tang Clan’s The RZA. The soundtrack features unlikely collaborations and guest spots from legendary recording artists such as Sly Stone, members of the Wu-Tang Clan, Kool G Rap, Rah Digga, and a whole cast of RZA’s protégé’s, including the late Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s son – Boy Jones. This highly anticipated release demonstrates RZA’s incredible genius and ability to unite some of the finest voices in hip-hop together in one place. The multi-talented producer/actor will also hit the big screen again later in the year as he co-stars in the upcoming comedy from writer/director Judd Apatow (The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up) out summer 2009.  He will be seen alongside Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen and Leslie Mann in Funny People, the story of a famous comedian who has a near-death experience.

The Afro Samurai animated series debuted on Spike TV in 2006 and was the best-selling anime DVD release of 2007. In Afro Samurai: Resurrection, Academy Award® -nominated actor Samuel L. Jackson returns as the voice of the solitary warrior Afro Samurai and his sidekick Ninja Ninja as well as executive-producer of the this stylish series. Joining the cast this season is Lucy Liu (Dirty Sexy Money, Charlie’s Angels, Kill Bill) as Sio, the seductive and sadistic mastermind plotting to destroy Afro. Also newly cast is Mark Hamill (Star Wars) as Bin, Sio’s servant and protector.

RZA’s 2007 soundtrack to season one of the Afro Samurai series introduced the world to a new team/swarm of the Wu disciples and included legendary collaborations with Big Daddy Kane, Q-Tip, Talib Kweli, and more never thought to be captured on tape. The exceptional follow up comes with deluxe packaging and O-Card and features the Wu-Tang mastermind at his architect best, drawing up the blueprint for a new dimension of sound and collaborations with friends old and new.

Afro Samurai: Resurrection marks another milestone for Wu Music Group, which recently announced a comprehensive partnership with The Orchard, to distribute and market the label's popular catalogue worldwide.  The Orchard and Wu Music have digitally released the label’s entire catalogue of unreleased material, including important recordings from RZA and other Wu-Tang Clan members, and will be marketing and distributing future physical and digital releases, beginning with Afro Samurai: Resurrection, from current label acts and new signings. The saga will continue, as the Diggs brothers breathe new life into the legacy of the Wu-Tang Clan. The RZA is also currently on tour with the Wu-Tang Clan - dates below!


12.10.2008    DENVER, CO    OGDEN THEATRE
12.14.2008    CHICAGO, IL    HOUSE OF BLUES -
12.20.2008    NEW HAVEN, CT    TOAD'S PLACE
12.27.2008    LANCASTER, PA    CHAMELEON
12.31.2008    BALTIMORE, MD    SONAR
01.01.2009    WASHINGTON, DC    9:30 CLUB
01.07.2009    NORFOLK, VA    THE NORVA
01.13.2009    COLUMBIA, SC    LEVEL


1.   Combat (Afro Season II Open Theme) - RZA; P. Dot
2.   You Already Know - Kool G Rap; Inspectah Deck; Suga Bang
3.   Blood Thicker Than Mud “Family Affair” - Reverand William Burke; Sly Stone; Stone Mecca
4.   Whar - Kool G Rap; Ghostface Killah; Tash Mahogany; RZA
5.   Girl Samurai Lullaby - Rah Digga; Stone Mecca
6.   Fight for You - Thea Van Seijen
7.   Bitch Gonna Get Ya’ - Rah Digga
8.   Bloody Days Bloody Nights - Prodgical Sunn; Thea Van Siejen
9.   Kill Kill Kill - Rugged Monk
10. Nappy Afro - Boy Jones
11. Bloody Samurai - Black Knights; Dexter Wiggles; Thea Van Seijen
12. Dead Birds - Killah Priest; Prodgical Sunn; Shavo
13. Arch Nemesis - Ace; Moe Rock
14. Brother’s Keeper - Reverand William Burke; The RZA; Infinite
15. Yellow Jackets - Ace; Moe Rock
16. Take the Sword pt. III - 60 Second Assassin; Leggezin; Crisi; Christ Bearer; Rugged Monk; Tré Irie; Kinetic; Reverand William Burks; Bobby Digital
17. Number One Samurai (Afro Season II Outro) - The RZA ; 9th Prince

Braille's Free Holiday Mixtape

From Braille:

Hello ladies and gentlemen.  It's your greasy homie from the Westcoast - Mr. Braille Brizzy.  This will be my last official newsletter of 2008!!!  Everyone has a special sale for the holiday season, so I decided that this year I have "nothing to sell and a lot to give".

My good friend Ohmega Watts put together a free mix titled "Everybody Say HO!!!".  It's named after our Christmas party going down in Portland, OR and Seattle, WA this month.  Go ahead on post this on your blog or website if you have one.   ENJOY!!!!

Paris Discusses Obama, Hilton

Paris has always been an outspoken emcee, and one unafraid to tackle political issues from a radical and revolutionary perspective. Coming off of one of the most celebrated presidential elections in American history we felt there would be no better person to speak with about the future of our government than him, which is why this week Beyond Race caught up with Paris to ask him about his thoughts on Barack Obama, whether he feels change is really possible within the system, and why he had to sue Paris Hilton in an emcee versus heiress showdown.

Read the full interview at:

Jay Soul Presents RapReviews Readers Awards 2008 Survey

Resident staff writer Jesal 'Jay Soul' Padania has come up with a RAPREVIEWS READERS AWARDS 2008 survey that YOU can participate in. Read on for more details!


Dear loyal RR reader, we have created a superfast survey for you to take in order to give your highly valued choices for three coveted titles:

- Song of the Year
- Album of the Year
- Artist of the Year

It will literally only take you 2 or 3 minutes - as their are only three categories, and we don't want any other details from you at all. Please bear in mind that the cut-off date for the survey is Monday 22nd December at 3 PM (Pacific Time).

The survey is also limited to a certain number - we had to cap it this year, so get in there early if possible - and it will automatically close when it reaches that number, so please don't be offended if you miss the boat. How does it work? Open up the link and there will be a survey waiting for you. All you have to do is pick your FIVE favourite songs/albums/artists of 2008. Then, rank just those five choices from 1 to 5 (1 being the best, as in "they are the Number 1 rapper"). If none of your choices are there
(doubtful, but might happen) then there is a box at the bottom for you to write a different choice in.

Look, RapReviews readers are the cleverest around. You'll figure it out. You always do. So go and do the survey now, before it reaches the cut-off point! Click here to take the survey!

Jay Soul

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