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Edreys "Get Free" Video Featured on YouTube

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Peace Peoples!

Once again, Youtube has graced DTR45 and Edreys with a feature on our
latest video. If you haven't yet checked it out, head over to Youtube
and watch the fully animated clip for Edreys' latest single "GET
FREE". This time around we're featured in the film and animation
department, which is a testament to the truly groundbreaking nature
of the video.

You can also download the song off of Itunes


As America is witnessing the change of the guard, as is Hip-Hop.
Enter artist Edreys aka Billy Drease Williams with the perfectly
timed release of the new hit single "Get Free," an anthem for change,
for reflection and for action. What also makes this hit single so
groundbreaking is the video may be the first of its kind, as this
animated video was entirely hand-illustrated by the artist himself,
truly making it unique with his own vision, artwork and direction.

"Get Free" is a visual masterpiece married with Edreys' uncanny
command of the rhyme in which he communicates that no one is without
flaw or without vice but as a collective everyone can independently
and interdependently "break the chain" and GET FREE!

Preview Beyonce's New Album FREE on MySpace

From Brianne Pins:


Beyonce Exclusively Premieres Her Latest Album “I AM…SASHA FIERCE” on MySpace Music
Fans Across the World Can Stream Full Album For Free a Week Before Official Release

MySpace Music is proud to announce the worldwide premiere of the highly anticipated new album from Beyonce. The album titled “I AM...SASHA FIERCE” will be available on MySpace Music at beginning on Tuesday, November 11 at 12:01am PST. MySpace users worldwide can listen to the entire album for free on MySpace Music a week before its officially released anywhere else. Check out Beyonce's page for her latest music, videos and more at .

"I am happy that my fans will get to listen to my new album first at MySpace. I have put my heart and soul into 'I AM...SASHA FIERCE' and cannot wait to hear the feedback from the fans."

-- Beyonce

Since its launch in 2004, MySpace Music has revolutionized the music industry by creating a platform for all artists at every level- major, indie and unsigned and has served as the launch pad for hundreds of exclusive, high profile album releases.

About MySpace Music

MySpace Music is a landmark joint venture among MySpace, The EMI Group, SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT, Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group, and Sony ATV, and whose independent music distribution partners include The Orchard, IODA, Alternative Distribution Alliance, RED, Fontana, and Caroline. MySpace Music, with more than five million artist profiles and 35 million monthly unique users, 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 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.

XM 66 Raw - What's the Future?

For those of you who are XM Satellite Radio subscribers and hip-hop heads, you may have had an unpleasant shock this week. The familiar voices of Leo G and MzKitti completely disappeared from the airwaves as XM's merger with Sirius Satellite Radio made them take an "either or" approach - either 66 Raw or Shade 45 had to go. Gone are the days when I could just turn on XM and hear their familiar voices, or one of the resident "Shoguns" like DJ Bedz doing party mixes and playing exclusive new tracks, or hear repeats of the excellent "Subsoniq" progressive hip-hop show.

I'm sure someone out there is going to argue that Shade 45 is still a rap channel. No question that any channel which carries Eminem's name and label is going to be 100% dedicated to hip-hop, but it's just not the same. 66 Raw had a unique "flavor" if you will, owing to the fact XM was based out of the D.C. area and the whole channel had this "Chocolate City" vibe you just don't get on Shade 45. It's also disconcerting to get used to a whole channel's programming, lineup and radio hosts only to have some higher authority decide "No, you never really liked this - YOU'LL LIKE THIS BETTER" and not have any say in it whatsoever. Imagine if after years of watching Mythbusters, Dirty Jobs and Deadliest Catch, the Discovery Channel was suddenly replaced by VH1. Just because they both air "reality shows" doesn't mean you're going to be happy that everything you previously enjoyed is now gone.

And what about the DJ's that were on 66 Raw? The Shoguns are pretty well set as they only did one show a week and all have careers as mixtape and nightclub assassins, but it's still one less paid gig. MzKitti and Leo G are the biggest losers here, as they were the afternoon and drivetime hosts, the "King and Queen of Raw," and you can't be the King without a country to call home. I'm not sure I'd be happy with hearing them on Shade 45 anyway, nor do I think Subsoniq would fit in well. I suppose I won't be hearing Monie Love's radio show any more either. It's really sad that XM didn't poll the hip-hop segment of their audience to see how they'd feel about this first, but I guess this is just one more reason to let my subscription expire and save $10 a month.

So what's the future for 66 Raw? Is it gone forever, temporarily unavailable, or still available if you have some mega-ultra-secret radio receiver that nobody's told me about yet? You can't listen to it on your receiver, and you can't listen to it through the web either - the channel's homepage points to Shade 45 now. As MzKitti USED to say, somebody let me know what's REALLY good.

Chase Davis - The Art School Dropout

There's an old adage that says those who forget history are condemned to repeat it. If that's the case, socially astute Bridgeport rapper Chase Davis has nothing to worry about. While a lot of emcees focus on the supposed finer things in life, Davis focuses on the past and how it relates to the present.

Read the full story at:

Kottonmouth Kings Land Number #1 Independent Album

From Kerosene Media:


Kottonmouth Kings Land Number #1 Independent Album
In The Country With “The Green Album”


California based rip-hop hybrids the Kottonmouth Kings have landed the #1 on the Billboard Charts with the group’s tenth studio effort, “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 Kottonmouth Kings having the #1 independent record in the country is inspiring to us and our fans as it shows you that anything is possible. Despite being the outcast green haired step child of the music industry, we have defied all odds and done things on our own terms," says Kottonmouth Kings frontman Brad X. "Thank you to all of our loyal supporters who helped us prove independent music is alive and kicking."

For the release of the Kottonmouth Kings monumental tenth studio album, the group pulled out all the stops and recorded over sixty tracks over a six month stretch at the group’s Burbank, CA based studio. The album mixes rawkus punk-rock, club banging hip-hop and soulful acoustics in what is already being hailed as a career defining album. The album is turning critics into fans as Abort Magazine proclaimed, "The Kings summon some serious ruckus for the ‘cess smoking set, with enough range and variety to interest even the lightweight toker." Meanwhile The San Antonio Current said "their music fuses hip-hop, punk, rock, and pot-scented psychedelic rhythms — though they’re firmly entrenched within the realm of hip-hop, Kottonmouth Kings’ DIY punk ethic is evident, and they reign in the crunk-punk-funk arena."

The album release comes on the heels of the Kottonmouth Kings headlining this summer’s biggest underground music tour, The Strange Music Festival alongside Tech N9ne. The tour smashed all expectations with huge turnouts and over 90% of the two-month tour was sold out beyond capacity. The tour is proof that the underground musical movement spearheaded by its headliner’s can no longer be ignored by the mainstream.


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"Go Hard" Video Featuring Kanye West & T-Pain

From Koch Records - enjoy!

K'naan & Matisyahu Announce Winter Tour Dates

From Audible Treats:

(November 11, 2008 - Brooklyn, NY) K'naan returns to the road for his latest tour excursion, this time with Matisyahu. A survivor of war-torn Somalia, K'naan struck the industry head-on with the inspired tracks from his debut album The Dusty Foot Philosopher. With singles like "Soobox" and "Strugglin'," K'naan has garnered much attention from the media, meriting glowing reviews from sites like and, who raved, "K’naan uses his unique voice and authentic style to bring an enormous dose of realness and urgency to the hip-hop world, in the tradition of great folk singers and protest songs he carves a new path filled with eloquent and thought-provoking lyrics." Check out what all the buzz is surrounding the release of The Dusty Foot Philosopher Deluxe Edition at one of his winter tour dates. The Dusty Foot Philosopher Deluxe Edition is available in stores and online now courtesy of Interdependent Media.

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K’naan Winter Tourdates w/ Matisyahu:

11.26.08 8pm Harry O’s Park City, UT
11.29.08 8pm Ogden Theatre Denver, CO
11.30.08 8pm Fox Theatre Boulder, CO
12.06.08 8pm Headliners Music Hall Louisville, KY
12.07.08 8pm Cannery Ballroom Nashville, TN
12.09.08 8pm The Blue Note Columbia, MO
12.11.08 8pm Bogart’s Cincinnati, OH
12.14.08 8pm House Of Blues Cleveland, OH
12.16.08 8pm The Phoenix Concert Toronto, ON
12.17.08 8pm Metropolis Montreal, ON
12.18.08 8pm Higher Ground Ballroom South Berlington, VT

The Adam B Experience (ABX) Podcast #5!

The Adam B Experience

On the fifth episode of The Adam B Experience (ABX) Adam B is traveling across the entire country for great underground Hip-Hop. From east coast scenes in New York and Connecticut, to Midwestern hot spots in Kansas City and Minnesota, to the southern staple of Texas and even places as far west as Seattle, Adam B is covering the entire country and he's doing it in just one hour. As always, feedback is appreciated. You can hit up Adam B at and let him know what you're diggin about the show. Remember that The Adam B Experience is 100% PODSAFE and TOTALLY FREE for listeners at so no worries about downloading or sharing this show. Tell your friends to check it out at!

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Fiyawata Connects the Coasts

Remember back in the day when east and west coast artists beefed with each other? Well, Fiyawata is the complete opposite of that. Composed of Brooklyn born emcee Ambessa the Articulate and Oakland songstress Zakiya Harris, Fiyawata and their music not only work to break down barriers and misconceptions, they also push the boundaries of Hip-Hop and work to expand its definition. This week I caught up with the male half of the married musical duo to find out how two people from totally opposite ends of the country ended up finding each other and what kind of journeys into sound they’re teaming has given birth to.

Read the full interview at:

Five New Videos From Indie Artists

A lot of B-Listers, AKA my former Artists Of The Week, are doing big things. Many of these noteworthy news items can be found in the B-Lister News section of this site. Right here right now, however (straight up Jesus Jones style), I want to take a minute to showcase the five most recent music videos B-Listers have created. This will more than likely end up a recurring feature whenever enough videos have been built up for a full post, so kick back and enjoy some great clips from Rugged N Raw, The Rising Sun Quest, Edreys, Vinnie Scullo and Maiysha.

Check em all out at:

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