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Potluck Join Twiztid’s Slaughterhouse Tour

From Kerosene Media:

Potluck Join Twiztid’s Slaughterhouse Tour

One of the underground’s hottest tours just got a little fresher, as Humboldt hip-hop duo Potluck have been added as direct support to Twiztid’s 'Slaughterhouse Tour', alongside Blaze and Kung Fu Vampire. Potluck will join the tour starting February 19th in Pittsburgh, PA and will be on all dates through April.
"We are excited to join 'The Slaughterhouse Tour' with Twiztid. Twiztid are like our brothers from another mother and we always have hella fun when we go out with them," says 1 Ton. "Potluck got much love for the family, as Juggalos are the best and have always supported us really big.  We got a fresh new show for you guys with new songs that we've never performed, and DJ Wicked will be out with us as well. Be prepared to hotbox and party big when we hit your city!"
Potluck are currently touring in support of their recently released digital EP, "Pothead Music Vol. 1: The Dank Alumni Experience", which is only available through digital retailers and online at  The Dank Alumni is Potluck, Absolute on End, and Garth "Culti" Vader (Mr. High Times).
02/19 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Small's Theatre  
02/20 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium  
02/22 - New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club  
02/23 - Clifton Park, NY @ Northern Lights  
02/25 - Baltimore, MD @ Sonar  
02/26 - Philadelphia, PA    @ Theatre Of The Living Arts  
02/27 - Norfolk, VA @ NorVa
02/28 - Charlotte, NC @ Amos' SouthEnd  
03/01 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade  
03/03 - Saint Petersburg, FL @ The State Theatre  
03/04 - Orlando, FL @ Firestone Live  
03/06 - Dallas, TX @ Lakewood Theater  
03/07 - Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live  
03/08 - San Antonio, TX    @ White Rabbit  
03/09 - Tulsa, OK @ Cain's Ballroom  
03/11 - Las Vegas, NV @ House Of Blues  
03/12 - Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee  
03/13 - Santa Ana, CA @ Galaxy Concert Theatre  
03/14 - Ventura, CA @ Majestic Ventura Theatre  
03/15 - Petaluma, CA @ Phoenix Theater  
03/17 - Orangevale, CA @ The Boardwalk  
03/18 - Chico, CA @ Senator Theatre  
03/19 - Sparks, NV @ The New Oasis  
03/20 - Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater  
03/21 - Seattle, WA @ Showbox At The Market  
03/23 - Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory Concert House  
03/24 - Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory Concert House  
03/25 - Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue  
03/26 - Denver, CO @ Fillmore Auditorium  
03/27 - Wichita, KS @ The Cotillion  
03/28 - Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom  
03/30 - Kansas City, MO    @ Beaumont Club  
03/31 - Des Moines, IA @ People's  
04/01 - Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue  
04/02 - Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave Eagles Club  
04/06 - Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart's  
04/07 - Louisville, KY @ Headliners Music Hall  
04/08 - Columbus, OH @Newport Music Hall  
04/10 - Chicago, IL @ Logan Square Auditorium  
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Free Music Friday: The 31 Edition

The 31 Edition - that's what you get when you add 2 + 19 + 10. Man, I'ma need to hire a creative consultant to come up with titles for me. But here's the dope free music that you can always count on.

9th Wonder :: 9th Wonder Invented the Remix....AGAIN

1. Babyface - Grown and Sexy (9th Wonder Please Talk to Me Remix)
2. Memphis Bleek - Be At (9th Wonder Fire Remix)
3. Kanye West f/ Ludacris - Breathe In, Breathe Out (9th Wonder Soul Remix)
4. Goapele - Catch 22 (9th Wonder I'm Stylisticin' on Ya Remix)
5. Heavy D. f/ Puff Daddy - It's Your Birthday (9th Wonder Let's Work Remix)
6. Method Man - Motto (9th Wonder Babydoll Remix)
7. Method Man - Intro (9th Wonder Pre-quel Remix)
8. Method Man f/ Ghostface - Afterparty (9th Wonder Rainy Day Remix)
9. Method Man - Baby Come On (9th Wonder Smoke Somethin Remix)
10. Beyonce - Naughty Girl (9th Wonder Hip-Hop Remix ft. Donna Summer)
11. Kanye West f/ Jay-Z and J. Ivy - Never Let Me Down (9th Wonder The Real Hip Hop Remix)
12. Little Brother - Not Enough (More)(9th Wonder STILL Ain't Enough Remix)
13. Supernatural - Off the Top (9th Wonder's Nature Super Remix ft. Badu on De Cuts)
14. Memphis Bleek - R to the O to the C (9th Wonder's Creepin' Through the Hood Remix)
15. Ghostface f/ Big L and Nas - Run (9th Wonder Remix)
16. Monica f/ Joe Scudda - So Gone (9th's Dedication to the Moon Cuz It's Black Remix)
17. Twista f/ R. Kelly - So Sexy (9th Wonder Change Up Remix)
18. Memphis Bleek - Take a Minute to Breathe (9th Wonder I Can Take It Remix)
19. Common f/ Kanye West and The Last Poets - The Corner (9th Wonder 70's Pimped Out Willie Hutch Remix)
20. Nas - Theif's Theme (9th's Back to Matcalf Remix)
21. Tweet f/ Missy Elliott - Turn Da Lights Off (9th Wonder Oh No You Didn't Remix)
22. John Legend - Used to Love You (9th Wonder Playmates Imagining Remix)
23. A Tribe Called Quest f/ Consequence - Wordplay (9th Wonder Loungin' Around Remix)


DJ Drama & Dorrough :: Number 23

[Dorrough's ballin' like the homie two-three, Jordan or James? Well, according to him, he says Jim Carrey. LOL, definitely something to check out and bump in your trunk.]


1. Number 23
2. Bank Boy
3. Spill My Drank
4. Get Big
5. Hood Bitch Fetish
6. Street Fighter
7. iStay
8.Leather and Wood
9. Miss Parker
10. Outta There
11. Piece N Chain
12. Play My Game
13. Quite Like Me
14. Rap Game Kick Doe
15. Sexual Nite-Quil
16. Spotlight
17. Triple D Dat
18. Wu-Psi


Kida :: The Endemic: The Ladies Edition

Kida - The Endemic: Ladies Edition

1. Intro for the Ladies
2. Night Life (feat. TheRealFocus....)
3. Light Up the Night (feat. TheRealFocus...)
4. Goin' Down
5. Treat U Right (feat. TheRealFocus...)
6. Oh Baby!
7. I Appreciate U
8. Girlfriend (feat. TheRealFocus...)
9. Nobody's Business (feat. Mike Ant)
10. Neva Be the One (feat. Tiffany Villarreal)
11. We Made It (feat. Marsha Ambrosius)
12. Goin' Down (Live Version) (feat. The Next Episode)


[Man, this album is so dope, Kida even made the LADIES Edition of the free album he dropped! Even though this album is strictly for the ladies, don't take this album as soft by any means. Kida still brings the vibe ladies, as well as fellas, can adore and this is worth your non-cash in your e-wallet.]

SigNif :: The Transition

[This chick can spit, plain and simple. If you're thinking hip-hop is lacking the real femcees, they're there! You're just not looking hard enough and allow me to put this one by SigNif in yo' face!]

1. Welcome Intro
2. The Transition
3. Drifting
4. Make Moves f/ Prophetic
5. High
6. Gone
7. Never f/ J. Nolan
8. What's Going On f/ A. Prime
9. Lovely Imperfections
10. New Shit
11. The Wake Up
12. Magnetic
13. afternoon Jazz
14. Flaws (Remix) f/ Tay Lee
15. Pure P;easure (f/ Godfree)
16. (BONUS) The Transition Remix


Trends :: Flowers & Candy

[Trends complied his best 15 love songs to put in this mixtape dedicated to the month of love. Check this one out!] 

1. Connect
2. Your Face
3. We're Superstars
4. Ease Your Mind (feat. Joe Thrillz)
5. Can I Get Down (feat. Steelwaterz)
6. You
7. I'm Just Playing
8. Nothing to Fear (feat. Sakinah)
9. Sky High
10. So Necessary Pt. 2 (feat. Khalid & Steelwaterz)
11. You're the One
12. See Joy
13. Your Eyes
14. Hit Me Up (feat. Signe)
15. Please Be Here (Trends & Shawn Maxam) *BONUS*


That's it for "The 31 Edition" of "Free Music Fridays." If you have any free music you would like to share with the world, please e-mail me at If you're an artist with your free mixtape/album shown on this page and you want to send me a link re-up, corrections, and/or questions, e-mail me at, as well. Thanks for reading and enjoy y'all! Two fangas, one love....
Video: Mazzi and Sneakas (Feat. MC Serch) - "Most Hated"

Here is the first official Video from the rap group Mazzi & Sneakas. It's called "Most Hated" and it features legendary rapper MC Serch (of 3rd Bass). What separates this duo from every other group is the fact that on one microphone stands a Jewish Israeli (Sneakas), and on the other a Muslim Persian (Mazzi). Mazzi and Sneakas' music proves not only that non-violent expression between Jews and Muslims can be a reality, but that hip hop can be one step towards the creation of an understanding between these two groups- an understanding that is infinitely overdue.


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Lil Wayne Reportedly Signs $200 Million Clothing Deal

Please credit if you reuse any of this information, as they are our best source among multiple outlets reporting the same news - Lil Wayne has a new $200 MILLION deal for a clothing line inspired by the Young Money roster, himself included. With a deal that large one can expect Lil Wayne's clothes to be in every retail outlet across the country from Kohl's to Target to Wal*Mart. Who is ponying up the cash for this record making transaction? That we don't know, but we'll update this report as soon as we find out. Weezy's clothing brand will also include an upscale apparel line designed by Drake, and a ladies clothing line by Nicki Minaj.
Audio: TRUTHLiVE - "Broken" Prod. By The ARE

The Song:

MC, producer, DJ, Interdependent Media owner, and all around hip-hop renaissance man TRUTHLiVE is back with "Broken," the third leak from his soon-to-be released pre-album EP, The UnLearning. While the previous two releases from the EP found TRUTHLiVE targeting lackluster MCs with potent rhymes, "Broken" instead serves as the definitive expression of TRUTHLiVE’s contempt and disgust with all things wrong with the world today. Weaving his rhymes of protest against, what he refers to as, "the apathy and complacency of society in general," TRUTHLiVE poignantly expresses the theme throughout the song's lyrically twisting bars. Set against a hard-hitting beat courtesy of The ARE (De La Soul, Masta Ace, EMC), TRUTHLiVE raps, "Fiending for the meaning while we seeded from the semen of demons that are breathing in heathen's paradise/ I'm seething 'cause I'm seeing a brand new kind of reason for the treason they have committed in the name of the Christ." "The message of the song is to care," exclaims TRUTHLiVE. "Pay attention to what's going on and take control of your part in the whole. Things may be 'Broken' now, but they can certainly be fixed. Individual accountability and responsibility is what leads to change."

As the owner and founder of Bay Area record label Interdependent Media, TRUTHLiVE has helped promote the careers of artists such as Tanya Morgan, Finale, J*DaVeY, and more. His full-length debut album, Patience, produced entirely by Jake One, will be available April 20, 2010 via Interdependent Media.

"Broken" Prod. By The ARE -

The Background:

Evan "TRUTHLiVE" Phillips, owner and founder of Interdependent Media, has certainly made his mark in the music industry with his wide range of talents. As an emcee, DJ, entrepreneur, and artist, TRUTHLiVE has had his hands in everything from a very young age. After a traumatic adolescent period where his health was at risk, three heart surgeries proved the artist to be quite a fighter. He explains to his new listeners, "The name TRUTHLiVE doesn't mean that I'm proclaiming myself as the truth, end-all be-all; it's more of a reminder to myself on how to conduct my life and career." The MC best summates, "My music is my truth and my life." That meaningful music will arrive on April 20th in the form of Patience, TRUTHLiVE’s debut release, courtesy of Bay Area label Interdependent Media.

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 2010, iM will be releasing multi-media projects from artists Donwill, TRUTHLiVE, Canibus, Von Pea, A-Plus, and more. For more information, please visit

TRUTHLiVE is available for in-person and phone interviews. Web editors contact Dan for interview requests. Print editors contact Michelle.

"Broken" Prod. By The ARE

"Tormented Genius" Prod. By Martin SLO

"Shoot Me Down" prod. by Tha Bizness

Bio, pictures, and streams available here:




Label site:
Goodies From Fly Gypsy Music


Washington, D.C.-based hip-hop duo Fly Gypsy are quickly becoming the hottest new name in hip-hop. Since its launch in July 2009, the duo have released a successful and critically acclaimed mixtape, shot a video in Jamaica with famed director Ras Kassa (acclaimed for his work with Sean Paul, Beenie Man, and Damian Marley), and was featured on over 200 websites and blogs, including the influential HipHopDX, Okayplayer, 2dopeboyz, and DJBooth. Their single "2 Step" reached No. 1 position on college radio hip-hop charts and their freestyle on DJBooth is currently No. 1 of 135 others. Music critics have praised the Washington, D.C.-based duo for their ability to attract commercial appeal without compromising their musicianship or message, comparing the duo to the Fugees, Jay-Z, and Kanye West. Okayplayer called the duo's latest release "a timeless example of the beauty in music" and Rap Reviews called the duo "a group that could change what music is and what it should be." Fly Gypsy is currently opening for Wale in several markets and preparing for a United Kingdom tour and a SXSW showcase in spring 2010. The group's latest release, Change for a Dollar, is available now in all digital outlets and on Amazon, and the Vodka & Rum Mixtape is available now for free download on the group’s website, The group's remix project FG*XL:remixtape will be released on March 16.

Please, contact Shauna Chang,, if interested in talking with Fly Gypsy.


"2 Step"

"You" (featuring Tattiana Aqeel-de Oliveira)

"Go" (featuring David James)

"Look for You"

"I Want It All"(Fly Gypsy remix with Lil' Wayne sans Birdman)


"You" (official video)

Live at the 9:30 Club, Washington, D.C., 1/1/2010

"2 Step" Live at the 9:30 Club, Washington, D.C., 1/1/2010

"2 Step" & Intro Freestyle, Live at Liv Nightclub
Dres of Black Sheep Readies Release of New Album

From Audible Treats:

Dres of Black Sheep Readies Release of New Album

Legendary MC Recruits Impressive Roster Of Guests For Full Length Album     

(February 18, 2010 - Brooklyn, NY) With his first proper full length album since 2006, Dres of the legendary Queens outfit Black Sheep is gearing up to once again command the airwaves with the April 6th release of his highly anticipated album, From The Black Pool Of Genius. In an effort to holdover his insatiable fans while finishing up the LP, Dres released the five song EP, From The Black Pool Of Genius: The Prelude to much fanfare in December. The EP served as a promising precursor of what fans can expect from the upcoming album, and since its release Dres has been hard at work in the lab perfecting his sound.

Unlike The Prelude, The From The Black Pool Of Genius LP finds Dres enlisting a handful of his hip-hop brethren to elevate the album to the next level. "I would say the major difference [between The Prelude and LP] is the entourage of songs on the LP come with many guests which brings a nice variety to the spices already being served" says Dres. Production duties are handled by Paten Locke, Tough Junkie, BeanOne, ShowBiz, the Beatnuts, and Urban Soul Group, producers of "Forever LuvLee," the only hold over track from the EP, all of who manage to season some new flavor onto the songs while keeping right in tune with Dres' signature sound. The album also boasts performances from lyrical heavyweights AZ, Rhymefest, and Jean Grae, who are all on hand to drop notable guest verses and showcase their verbal dexterity, as well as an appearance from P&V, who provide an R&B touch for the project. A rare Native Tongue's bonus track featuring Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest, Dave of De La Soul and Mike G of the Jungle Brothers rounds out Dres' sonic serving of genius.

As one of the most respected and insightful voices in music today, Dres is using the album as means of communicating his beliefs about the meaning of hip-hop. "I once heard a poet say that 'hip hop backward is 'pih poh (people)'- the way I see it, many artists are a lot more hip-hop than they ever realized." As for the album title, Dres explains that, "Black Pool doesn’t refer to black people. It refers to the color black's unique ability to absorb light. This deep, vast pool of soul, of artistic insight; although it's not always understood, the light it reflects back to the 'pih-poh' is necessary." Hip-hop heads are ready and anxiously awaiting to see the light. Dres' From The Black Pool of Genius full length will be available April 6th.

Also, be sure to catch Dres in action as he hits the stage with Serius Jones, Shinobi Ninja and Peter Hadar at Mexicali Live tonight, February 18 at 7:30PM. Located at 1409 Queen Anne Road in Teaneck, NJ, the venue promises to deliver an electrifying genre-spanning night of sounds from the worlds of hip-hop, punk rock and electronica.

Check out, "I Wanna Rock," the first of Dres' Hot Track Of The Week series, which will feature Dres spitting a 16 over current instrumentals: .

Also, check out an excerpt from the upcoming Speaking In Tongues documentary. The segment features Dres at work in the studio with Mike G of the Jungle Brothers as they work on the forthcoming, and highly anticipated Native Tongues reunion track: .

The Background:

It all began with a thundering baseline and an unmistakably classic phrase - "this or that." One of the most widely recognized songs in rap music history, the 1991 classic "The Choice is Yours" was hailed by VH1 in 2008 as one of the best rap songs of all time. The highly respected Queens emcee Dres, along with DJing partner-in-crime William "Mista Lawnge" McLean took the music industry by storm in the early 1990's as part of the groundbreaking collective Native Tongues. Penning such Billboard standouts as "Flavor of the Month" and "Strobelight Honey" for the duo's platinum-selling debut album A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing in 1992, Dres would continue to crank out the hits on the group's second release, Non Fiction. After a brief reunion with Mister Lawnge in 2000, Dres again set his sights on recording. He released the innovative online-only album 8WM/Novakane in 2007. Now he's back in the studio, writing the next chapter of his storied career. Dres' highly anticipated new project, From the Black Pool of Genius, out Spring 2010, promises to pair thought-provoking lyrics with astounding beats constructed by a corps of new and established beatmakers. They include Bean One, Showbiz, Tough Junkie, P. Locke, Urban Soul Music Group, and Willie Evans. He's also got an impressive line-up of guest stars, including De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest, Rhymefest, AZ, and Tough Junkie, among others. Leading up to the release of his next full-length, Black Sheep have released a precursor EP, From The Black Pool Of Genius: The Prelude, available now. From The Black Pool Of Genius will be available on April 6th.

"I Wanna Rock" (Dres Hot Track Of The Week): .

Dres & Mike G Talk About Native Tongues Reunion Track: .

"Road Warrior": .

"Doin' It Wrong": .

"Forever Luvlee": .

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MySpace: .

Official Site: .

Video: Bone Thugs-N-Harmony - "Rebirth"

The New Ghettoheat and Harlem World Announce Partnership

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                           
Wednesday, February 17, 2010     

The New Ghettoheat and Harlem World Partnership begins

Harlem, NY - In it's sixth year Harlem World Magazine, Inc. is bringing with it more than just a great publication.  Over the past year, HW has been moving with the technological age and morphing into a dynamic media company, one that's approaching its sixth year anniversary. Customers can now access HW content through four platforms - print, online, store and events. HW also sends the latest in Harlem content straight to the subscribers' phones via text messaging.

Daniel Tisdale, the founder and CEO of HW says, "We are really looking forward to partnering together with Ghettoheat , along with their owner and founder Hickson." HW is ensuring that Harlem content is not only accessible through the traditional print version but online via the latest social networking sites Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace.

Ghettoheat will produce informative and in-depth content on our blogs, in-print and events with HW offering the latest in the publishing industry, news, LGBT, local and national news on a monthly basis. The monthly updates, either via blog, email blasts, radio or e-newsletter keeps Harlemites in the know. Overtime, we plan for Ghettoheat to partner with annual events. HW Lounge will resume later this year.

HW continues to function with a customer centered mentality, which is why it values serving the partnership. Allegiance to one's community is nothing new to the Tisdale family. Harlem World and Ghettoheat is following in the foot-steps of many Harlem businesses partnering to create online, print and event media that will both inform and assist the Harlem community.

"The foundation has been set so that we're in Harlem for decades to come," says Tisdale.
About Ghettoheat®:
An independent multimedia company based in the heart of Harlem. Specializing in gripping urban genre, incorporating hip-hop, pop and street-culture in its works, in addition to producing heartfelt contemporary novels, GHETTOHEAT's® mission is to educate, empower and enliven everyone through entertainment. For more information visit .

About Harlem World: Harlem World Inc., a Harlem based media company that covers events, news, politics, fashion and gossip related to the Harlem community. HW is organized around three business segments: online, events and print.Please visit for more information regarding Harlem World.





Dan-e-o - "The Book Of Daniel" Turns 10!

From Dan-e-o:

On February 15, 2000, I released my debut album The Book of Daniel on One
Rock Records - a label I co-founded with my crew, Monolith. Approximately
three years in the making, (13 if you counted every year since I started
rapping), this album marked the fruition of a childhood dream.

Spawning three videos in "Corrida De Toros"
(, "Margerine" and "Baahd!",
The Book of Daniel taught me a huge lesson in what it is to be an
independent hip-hop artist from Toronto. It's HARD!

And while the struggle continues ten years later, I'm thankful for the
road that The Book of Daniel helped pave for my future projects. It
remains a heralded project in the history of Canadian hip-hop as its
devotion to lyrical dominance was a focal point.

To commemorate the 10 Year Anniversary of The Book of Daniel, a brand new
mixtape will be released shortly. In the meantime, you may purchase the
original album - either CD or MP3 - for only $9.99 by clicking on the
links below. It is also available on iTunes.

The Book of Daniel CD:

The Book of Daniel MP3 Album:

Thanks to everyone who has supported me for the past decade. The best is
yet to come!

Interesting tidbits about The Book of Daniel that may shed some light on
my obsession with the number 10:

-The album was mastered on August 29, 1999 - Michael Jackson's birthday
-I arrived to the studio at exactly 12:34pm (digits equal 10) after my car
ran out of gas, making me late for my session at noon
-The mastering session took 10 hours to complete
-The album release party for The Book of Daniel took place on February 10,

Download "Dilla Pickles" FREE right HERE:

Check out its first video, "Break It Down":


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