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Blestenation Take Over Brooklyn In "Brainstorm" Video

From Kerosene Media:

Blestenation Take Over Brooklyn In "Brainstorm" Video

New York hip-hop trio Blestenation have taken over the streets of Brooklyn, NY in their latest video for the track "Brainstorm", which can be viewed online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GI-miO_iA_M . The song was produced by Harry Fraud and the video was directed by Lennon Ficalora.

"This video was some crazy shit. Yoda makes a guest appearance.  Other people might have Lou Ferrigno or Pamela Anderson in their video but there ain't nobody that can get Yoda to come through and vibe out to your shit," laughs Fafu from Blestenation. "See, that's the power of MBugout City right there."
Blestenation will release their debut album, "MBugout City", on April 13th, 2010 through Suburban Noize Records. The album is slated to feature guest appearances by Travis Barker (Blink 182) and Ladytron. Blestenation’s digital EP, "Left For Dead", is available now through digital retailers and www.SubNoizeStore.com now.
* www.MySpace.com/Blestenation *

K-Murdock Unveils Brand New Panacea Logo

From K-Murdock:

I had to showcase this beautiful piece of recently art done by the homie Rodrigo Pradel.  Rodrigo is an amazing artist who will be doing the poster designs for our upcoming "12 Step Program" release this Spring!  This fresh interpretation of the Panacea phoenix is the harbinger of what we hope is a rebirth musically for the group in 2k10 & beyond...

Stay tuned,

The (W)rap Up - Week Of February 9, 2010

Lil Wayne :: Rebirth
Cash Money Records
Author: John-Michael Bond

"The roar of people who didn't know what to do with Lil Wayne's self professed rock album started when singles like "Hot Revolver" and "Prom Queen" leaked, but didn't truly reach their apex until the record landed on the internet in December. When people don't know what to do with a record they pretend they do and, more damagingly, they pretend based on their preconceived notions of what they think they're hearing. This has lead to reviewers for respected publications, publications I look up to as a writer, comparing "Rebirth" to bands like Linkin Park. Any article that says Lil Wayne's "Rebirth" sounds anything like Linkin Park is written by someone who has never actually listened to a Linkin Park album. But that criticism has become part of the narrative of "Rebirth"s story, and I worry such laziness will inadvertently condemn "Rebirth" to being written off unfairly until kids finally discover it on their own years from now in bargain bins. Apparently hip-hop now has its own version of Jawbreaker's "Dear You." So first off let's clear the air, "Rebirth" is a rock album that features a heavy hip-hop influence, but it isn't a rap rock album. It isn't fucking nu-metal, and if you never listened to nu-metal beyond the Limp Bizkit songs you heard on the radio please kindly stop making this connection. "


Bekay :: Hunger Pains Remix EP :: Coalmine Records
as reviewed by Patrick Taylor

"This EP is basically a digital 12" of remixes from Bekay's recent "Hunger Pains" album. The EP features two versions of "I Am" and "Brooklyn Bridge," one with new verses over the original beat, and another with the original verses over a new beat. It starts off with "I Am" featuring the Dilated Peoples rapping over the Alchemist's original beat, and Bekay throwing some new rhymes:

"For what it's worth
Hip-Hop's like Ma Dukes to me
She's been breastfeeding me since birth
She made me
Taught me how to talk this way
Run-D.M.C. taught me how to walk this way" "


Chris Young the Rapper :: 619 (Mixtape) :: Bananabeat Records
as reviewed by Emanuel Wallace

"The line between mixtapes and albums has gradually blurred over the past few years. Once a promotional item that could only be found on street corners and in barbershops, the mixtape is now a worldwide phenomenon with tons of mixtapes proliferating what many would call an supersaturated hip-hop landscape. Some mixtapes can even purchased at both major online retailers and brick-and-mortar stores. A lot has changed in the past five years or so. With so many artists clamoring for time in the limelight, it puts pressure on folks to have the wittiest rhymes, the hottest beats and top-notch marketing teams at their disposal.Enter Chris Young the Rapper. He was actually introduced to RapReviews readers as YoungOne back in 2005 with his album, "Let Me Live". The reviewer of that release was quite impressed by the then sixteen year-old emcee's scope of subject matter and how he utilized his voice. "


DJ Green Lantern :: MySpace Invasion 6 :: {self-released}
as reviewed by Patrick Taylor

"As the title suggests, this mixtape features unsigned artists who are on MySpace. The title of the series probably made more sense when it started a few years ago back when MySpace was the king of the social networking block. It's been beat out by the leaner richer, whiter Facebook, and the million other social networking sites that have sprung up. Lantern even acknowledges that MySpace is on its way out in his between-song banter. It's still a useful tool for musicians, though, and offers artists a relatively easy way to post their songs online. Even established artists often rely on a MySpace page over having their own website. As a listening experience, "DJ Green Lantern Presents MySpace Invasion 6" feels like a club mix. Each track is about two minutes, and it's filled with sound-effects and voice-overs by Lantern ("GUESS WHO'S BACK MUTHAFUCKAS?!?!?!?!?! CH-CHCK BOOM!!!!!). He has collected thirty-four tracks by forty-four different rappers from all over North America."


Doomtree :: False Hopes :: Doomtree Records
** RapReviews "Back to the Lab" series **
as reviewed by Eric Sirota

"Minnesota has burst onto the indie rap scene like a bat out of hell. Last year, the Minneapolis-based Rhymesayers label put out albums from the likes of Mos Def, Eyedea and Abilities, Brother Ali, Atmosphere, and P.O.S. Look at any "top 10 of 2009" chart and you'll find at least a couple of these artists listed. And from the news of El-P's departure from Def Jux management, it may be fair to say that Midwest backpackers have toppled the NYC giants. But one label does not a great rap city make. Fortunately, Rhymesayers is not the only crew holding it down for the Twin Cities. Doomtree Records, a tightly knit hip-hop collective, is also making waves, even if they are felt more regionally than nationally. I have gotten into at least one debate about who makes up Doomtree, but it seems that the ‘tree's core is comprised of MCs P.O.S., Sims, Mictlan, Dessa, and Cecil Otter and producers Lazerbeak, Paper Tiger, and MK Larada."


Fury :: Plan B :: Leathal Wreckords/Long Range Distribution
as reviewed by Pete T.

"As a lifelong Connecticut resident, I like to fancy myself hip to most of our small state's hip hop lore. I know, for instance, that Stezo of "It's My Turn" fame now owns and cuts at the barber shop across the street from the University of New Haven. I know that the Milo Sheff often heard on Hot 93.7's local hour and seen periodically at Toad's Place is the same Milo Sheff who was lead plaintiff in the infamous Sheff vs. O'Neill school desegregation case in 1989. I watched as Slaughterhouse headlined their first show as a group in the Elm City last June, and I have friends who still pump their fists at the end of Raekwon's first verse on "Incarcerated Scarfaces." Although the Skinny Boys put CT on the hip hop map in the early '80s, for the most part the Nutmeg State has lacked national stars and even the regional identity of "New Jeruzalem" and Massachusetts; touring artists seem to view it as merely a stop between New York City and Boston. If you've stopped in at any of CT's hip hop spots in the last decade or so, you've probably seen MCs tellingly fitted in Yankees or Red Sox caps sporting decidedly East Coast styles over decidedly East Coast beats. "


Pitch Control: Mixtape Volume III
Label: REL Entertainment
Author: Guido Stern 

"Another problem is that hip-hop music videos are largely tedious in the first place. For every interesting Kanye West or Jay-Z video, there are a hundred that look entirely the same, money flashing and female exploitation abound. The Roots' video for "What They Do," directed by Charles Stone III, was ostensibly the perfect kiss of death to the million-dollar video, pointedly satirizing the phony, materialistic tropes of the genre. Instead, it seems almost like a blueprint for everything that's come since; while "Pitch Control Volume 3" doesn't contain enough rump shaking to warrant the hilarious butt cramp of that video, the sheer monotony of cuts between money being thrown around and nice cars has me ready to forsake rap videos as a whole. Many of the videos are clearly shot in the same day on the same set, and the rapid-fire cutting that tries to keep up with the beat would be more enjoyable if simply presented as sparsely edited concert footage."


Sadat X :: Brand New Bein' :: Ground Original/Traffic Entertainment
as reviewed by Pete T.

"Brand Nubian's acceptance as an essential rap act is, even today, pretty universal. "Edgier than their Native Tongues contemporaries and a little underground in comparison to some chart-topping neighbors, the New Rochelle trio put a new spin on the growing hip hop game with their seminal 1990 debut "One for All," an album that balanced sociopolitical thought and Five Percent Nation theology with technical excellence, great beats, and, perhaps most of all, a lot of fun. Even as the group splintered into episodic solo careers and reunion efforts, they managed to maintain a great deal of respect from fans and fellow MCs alike as they continued to release an impressive catalog of music including classic singles and albums. Between the in-your-face styles of leader Grand Puba and the understated cleverness of Lord Jamar, Sadat X was always the star of Brand Nubian to me. For one thing, his delivery is one-of-a-kind and still strikes me even today, with an unmistakable nasal voice, eastern New York accent, chatty drawl, and punchy, off-kilter flow that made the stuff of many an ideal guest verse. But more than that, Sadat was lyrically superb and balanced, maintaining a social agenda advocating education and justice. "


ScholarMan :: Free Spirit of a Troubled Soul :: Soganic Music
as reviewed by Emanuel Wallace

"Although he is known for socially consious and soulful music, Maryland-based artist and producer, ScholarMan, refuses to be boxed in a specific sub-genre of hip-hop. His message and lyrical style has conjured up comparison to the likes of Common, Masta Ace and Chuck D, while his production has been compared to that of Hi-Tek, DJ Premier and the late J Dilla. Pretty good company there, but instead of resting his hat on those laurels, ScholarMan is intent on getting better. Considering himself a student of hip-hop and an advocate of the culture, this emcee shares his beliefs and views through his music. After several local releases, his first international album, "Candy Medicine", was released in 2007. Due to the response by the fans of that release, SM now religiously drops an album annually. In 2008, he released "Soul Purpose" and 2009 saw "GameShift: The Movement". This time around the Soganic Music revolutionary is exploring the "Free Spirit of a Troubled Soul"  "


Team Rezofficial :: The World (And Everything in It) :: Arbor Records/EMI Music Canada
as reviewed by Matt Jost

"Team Rezofficial caught my attention on YouTube with their video "Lonely." The musical theme of the track instantly grabbed me, and the two featured rappers enhanced it with inspired performances. It was my type of current rap, daring, hard-hitting, melodic. Plus it had that certain something it needed to stand out. If I had to give it a name, I'd call it a touch of swing. I later learned that "Lonely" had been the first video by a Canadian native rap act to reach the top ten in MuchMusic's long-running Rap City show, even climbing all the way to the top. My natural curiosity led me to order a copy of the album that contained the song, 2008's "The World (And Everything in It)." The Team began as a production duo called Rezofficial Music comprised of Stomp and Jay Mak. They recruited MC's to expand to what since 2003 is known as Team Rezofficial. "


Hip-Hop Shop #64 w/ K-Murdock

Our returning guest this week on Hip-Hop Shop is the one and only K-Murdock of Panacea and Subsoniq fame. K's got a lot to talk about this episode, including his brand new Piano-rama release, the future of the Subsoniq radio show, the biggest NFL game of the year and more! If you like what you hear be sure to e-mail dj.flash@rapreviews.com with feedback or to get more information about sponsoring the show. Hip-Hop Shop features podsafe music, so give a copy to your friends and tell them to check us out every week at RapReviews.com! PS: Don't forget to check out www.ProgHipHop.com all this week for even more big announcements from K-Murdock, and be sure to follow him on Twitter too.

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Tracks featured this week:

* K-Murdock: Neo-SONIC BOOM!
* Panacea: Rope-A-Dope

Video: Hip Hop Meets Classical

CNN Featured Story: "Hip-Hop meets Classical"

SMKA x Aleon Craft x The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra


The unique collaboration was a featured story on CNN: Friday, Febuary 12th @ 12:45pm.

This is a special collaboration between Hip-Hop and Classical music that is the first of its kind. According to the governing symphony organization, this is the first collaboration of its kind.  The collaboration was a result of ASO's Concerts for Young People, a series of programs that focus on integrating the arts into school curriculum with concerts performed by full orchestra.  The ASO commissioned Atlanta-based SMKA Productions to create a song that sampled classical music. The piece was performed for a full audience by the ASO and Aleon Craft at the Atlanta Symphony Hall 18 times between October-Febuary 2010.

Video: Beyond Belief - Exhibit BB

Make Noise recording artist Beyond Belief spits some bars over Jay Electronica's Exhibit C while up at PNC Radio with A.King.

Follow Beyond Belief on Twitter: @BeyondBeliefNow

Follow Make Noise on Twitter: @MakeNoiseLive

Jesse Abraham - Creativity Personified

Born and raised in Manhattan, but now living in Brooklyn, Jesse Abraham has a lot more than just “emcee” on his creative resume. He’s a published writer, accomplished poet, tried his hand at stand up comedy, and he co-founded Hartman Tutoring, a Manhattan-based tutoring company where he is currently the managing director. While doing all these things, however, music kept calling. Last year Abraham decided to start going all out with his music, and with the exception of a horrific near death incident (that you can read about here, because I wasn’t about to ask him to relive it again), he’s been unstoppable. Abraham, teaming with Spills, recently released the Alphabutter project, and on February 16th he’ll be coming out with his own mixtape titled XS. With each project he does Abraham always makes sure to follow his three rules of making music, “Rule #1: Don’t bite. Rule #2: Be dope. Rule #3: Always progress.” This week I caught up with Abraham to find out more about his work, his life, and what he hopes people are saying about him behind his back.

Read the full interview at:  http://adambernard.blogspot.com/2010/02/artist-of-week-jesse-abraham.html

Audio: Capone-N-Noreaga - "Thug Planet"

From 57thAve.com

Produced by Tony Heathcliff

So I’ve been bugging Nore for the “My Attribute” record for some time now. He’s still unwilling to release that to me! SMH! But this morning, while checking the 57thave@gmail.com email, he shoots me the first leak off the album. It’s the same joint we saw them working on from last weeks vlog. So put ya ice grill on, take ya skinny jeans off, puff on something and thug it out to the first leak off The War Report 2. Check it yo yo yo!!!


Capone-N-Noreaga Feat. Imam Thug & Musaliny- “Thug Planet” (Dirty)

Capone-N-Noreaga Feat. Imam Thug & Musaliny- “Thug Planet” (Clean)

Source: 57th Ave

An Update From Drop Zone Records

From Drop Zone Records:

I wanna thank everyone who has helped Eastborn and The 13th Tribe help the people of Haiti... both Eastborn and The 13th Tribe have also uploaded new tracks, due to the great response, to be downloaded for the People of Haiti on these following pages... You can listen to them and download them (and please do pass this around, the more that help the better) ....



As you may also know Canibus has just dropped his new album Melatonin Magic (up on iTunes now).... Eastborn has recently recorded two new track with the Canibus for the M-Eighty (Wu Tang Clan) - Iron Cladzmen album featuring also DJ Karma Infinate, PaceWon, 60 Second Assasson, Presto and many more .... if you want more information on this please get back to us and indeed if you are a journalist or DJ and we have not sent you a link to download this let me know and we will make sure that this is sent to you immediately.

Also if you wish to buy a copy then please let us know as its currently being uploaded to iTunes but we can get you promo copies direct from DJ Karma Infinate with a discount for getting it through us at Drop Zone Records, just our way of saying thank you!


Audio: Jake Lefco, Reef & Scandal - "Wake Up Call"

The snow is crazy in Philly right now!

Our free MP3 of the week this week, "Wake Up Call", comes from the specially priced Jake Lefco album "And You Are?" available at
http://krurecords.com/catalog/         -or-
http://iTunes.com/JakeLefco .
"Wake Up Call" features Philly underground favorites Reef the Lost Cauze & Scandal of 40D. The song was a hit single on national college radio charts back in June of 2007, peaking at #4 and capping off a seven week run in the top 30;  http://rapattacklives.com/charts_284.htm

"Wake Up Call (feat. Reef the Lost Cauze and Scandal)" - Jake Lefco
produced by Happ G. lyrics by Jake Lefco, Reef the Lost Cauze, & Scandal of 40th Dimension.

http://krurecords.com/newsletter.htm  <<< tell a friend to sign up for free music!


Justin "Happ G"
Karma Response Unit Records

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