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Hip-Hop Goes Kosha

New Jersey’s Kosha Dillz, born Rami M Even-Esh, is an emcee who is a first generation American son of Israeli immigrants. When he felt most alone Hip-Hop helped him find a place in the world. In 1998, after a significant amount of time rhyming with his good friend Yak Ballz, Dillz entered Braggin’ Rites, where he remembers “I stepped to Stronghold's Big Mike the Terror. I caused a big hoo-rah since he was twice my size. People were bugging out.” It’s no surprise the Jewish emcee says he’s always been a fan of shock value. Dillz’s latest project, Freestyle vs. Written, is a combined effort with Stronghold’s C-Rayz Walz. What makes the project unique is that Dillz wrote all of his verses for the album while Walz freestyled all of his in a marathon 24 hour studio session. Freestyle vs. Written will hit the net this month and stores nationwide later in the fall. In the meantime Dillz is touring with Yak Ballz, Aesop Rock and former Artist Of The Week Luckyiam from mid-August through September. Before he jetted off for that, however, I caught up with him to find out more about his work, how trying to fit in nearly cost him his life, and how he uses both his music and his heritage to reach out to people.

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New Capone-N-Noreaga Featuring Shawty Lo

I never know how long these links are going to last when they're sent to me, so get it while it's hot. This track is already buzzin' on XM 66 Raw as we speak.

"Money" featuring Shawty Lo
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Capone-N-Noreaga MySpace Page
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Ludacris Mixes Politics and Pleasure

It's the song that's got the whole nation talking and not just because Luda calls Hillary a bitch. That's right, your favorite rapper's favorite punchline rapper next to Skillz and Chino XL just dropped a bomb on the whole election process with his new street single "Politics (Obama Is Here)." While this may have originally been a track for a DJ Drama mixtape promoting his upcoming album, the song has quickly spread far and wide beyond its origins thanks to colorful lyrics like these:

"Yeah I said it cause Bush is mentally handicapped
Ball up all of his speeches and just throw 'em like candy wraps
Cause what you talkin I hear nothin even relevant
And you the worst of all 43 Presidents"

If you want to hear the full track has a link to it HERE.

FCC Does Something Right For Once & Protects the Net

The FCC finally did something useful. Instead of censoring public airwaves and limiting the 1st Amendment guarantees of the Constitution, it actually PROTECTED freedom of speech and the right to open and unfettered access to the internet. You can read a press release from about the FCC punishing Comcast here or you can watch the YouTube video embedded below.

The New Old School

I was having a conversation with DJ Riz of Crooklyn Clan the other day and for a few minutes we got curmudgeonly about Hip-Hop. Like a lot of folks who are reaching, or are already in, their 30’s, we lamented the lack of knowledge younger Hip-Hop fans have of the old school. Riz, however, also brought up the interesting point that teenagers today have their own version of old school and it may surprise a lot of people to see which artists fall under their “old school” classification. If you’re around my age the list will also make you feel really really old.

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Bun B to Perform Intimate MySpace Show TONIGHT


MySpace Music is proud to announce that Bun B will be performing a free show
for his MySpace friends at Torch in Dallas, TX on August 1 - a show being
powered by Saints Row 2. Celebrating his recently
released album "II Trill," Bun B will be returning to his home state of
Texas to showcase his newly-christened material. Attendance is free for
21+ adults for the performance on a first come, first served basis
starting at 10 p.m. on August 1.

Emerging from Port Arthur, Texas, as one-half of
UGK (Underground Kingz) alongside the late Pimp C, Bun B has also made
a name for himself as a hugely-successful solo artist in the hip-hop
game. The three years between his debut solo album "Trill" and the
present time have been turbulent for him but have provided inspiration
for the wordplay featured on the highly-anticipated sequel "II Trill."
Since Pimp C's death in 2007, Bun B's solo career has taken on an
entirely new meaning, and the new album, along with his continued
popularity, are a testament to the type of impact he continues to have
on Dirty South music and beyond. Featuring guest shots from the likes
of Lil Wayne, Sean Kingston and others, "II Trill" is a statement that
Bun B is able to carry on the spirit of UGK despite the absence of his
partner in rhyme.

5631 Sears Street
Dallas, TEXAS 75206
214.418.1511  Please
visit Bun B's MySpace page for the very latest news items, tour dates and
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Lil Wayne Signs Branded Liquor Deal

Musical Artist Lil’ Wayne Signs Lucrative “Branded Liquor” Deal

Cash Money Records superstar Lil’ Wayne, a.k.a. Dwayne Michael Carter Jr. signed the speculated multi-million dollar deal with Straight Up Brands, Inc. Straight Up is one of the many “luxury line” companies to which Lil’ Wayne is contracted to collaborate on the development, branding and marketing of a product. The deal was brokered by Raymond “Raydon” Coleman, CEO of A Team Entertainment and Ron “Black” Baptiste, CEO of BlackCole Entertainment and partner of A Team Entertainment.

Straight Up Brands Inc. is a public company that develops, produces, markets and promotes branded alcohol beverages through collaborations with artists, DJ’s and other influential celebrities. The company is a vehicle through which entertainers and other well-known leaders in the entertainment industry have the ability to create personalized beverage products that are unique to their style and enticing to their fans. Lil’ Wayne will be among a select few chosen by the company to participate in such a relatively new concept in liquor marketing. The diverse celebrities with whom Straight Up has developed products have well-established names and audiences. A few of theseentertainers include: Lorraine Bracco, Jim Jones, Cam’ron and Big Tigger and Lil Flip.

The exact details of the Straight Up/Lil’ Wayne deal, including launch date and estimated retail price, were not publicly available at press time. However, industry buzz indicates all parties involved are excited to begin this endeavor and enthusiastically anticipate the national marketing and promotional campaign.


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Two Exclusive Joell Ortiz Tracks From "Free Agent"

I don't know how long these links will be active for, so get 'em while they're hot - two exclusive new tracks from the forthcoming Joell Ortiz album "Free Agent" entitled "Good Times" and "Memories." Enjoy!

* * Good Times (Dirty)
* * Good Times (Clean)

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New Hip-Hop Videos - Talib Kweli, MF Doom, Plies, Trey Songz

It's time for a new week of hip-hop videos debuting on the RapReviews newsfeed! We'll start with "Please Excuse My Hands" by Plies.

Next up is a video for The Mighty Underdogs called "Gunfight." The group consists of Gift of Gab, Headnodic and Lateef and the song includes MF DOOM!

Trey Songz keeps it real with his brand of R&B hip-hop on his new single "Missin You."

Wiz Khalifa may only have "One Night in Town" but he makes the most of it in this clip!

Even an activist like Talib Kweli can stop for a moment to wish someone happy birthday, as he does in this footage for DJ Rashida.

Last but not least is Esinchill's "Bonus." Thanks for checking out the new hip-hop videos!

T.I. and Hip Hop Caucus Announce "Respect My Vote!"

(New York, NY - July 28, 2008) - The Hip Hop Caucus,, and Multi-Platinum, Grammy Award Winning Superstar
T.I. have joined forces to launch a powerful new voter registration and
Get Out the Vote campaign that combines the power of celebrity and media
with 21st century grassroots organizing tactics to mobilize and educate
young people between the ages of 18 and 29, who are not in college.  The
campaign slogan, "Respect My Vote!" and t-shirts were unveiled today at
a press event in Washington, DC, with DJ Green Lantern, Dawn from Danity
Kane, Young Berg, Maino, Wale, Young Steff, Washington Wizard Etan
Thomas, Olympic Gold Medalist Anthony Killieberew, Immortal Technique,
Pleasure P, World Class Sprinter and Champion Michael Walton, BET
Executive Vice President Stephen Hill and many others turning out to

The campaign, led by T.I. will employ other celebrities, athletes and
high profile influential figures to get out the vote in a variety of
ways including PSAs for radio, television and online use; in person
appearances; press events; mobile and email alerts from celebrities
themselves; and an aggressive online campaign. Famed photographer
Jonathan Mannion has been exclusively tapped to shoot portraits of the
famous faces adoring the "Respect My Vote!" slogan and t-shirt produced
by forthcoming AKOO clothing line as well as direct and produce the
PSA's. Confirmed participating talent will be announced throughout the
campaign leading up to the November election.

Grassroots voter registration activities will be led by Hip Hop Caucus
community-based street teams in seventeen (17) cities across the nation:
CA (Bay Area), FL (Miami), GA (Atlanta), IN (Indianapolis),  MD
(Baltimore), MI (Detroit), MO (St. Louis); NC (Charlotte,
Raleigh-Durham), OH (Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus), PA
(Philadelphia), TX (Dallas-Ft. Worth, Houston), VA (Richmond), and DC
(Washington, DC).

Hip Hop Caucus President, Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Jr., who helped create
VOTE OR DIE! with Sean "Diddy" Combs in 2004, explains "No matter who
wins in November, if large numbers of young people do not vote, then we
all lose.  It does not bode well for the future of our country, and our
Democracy, if young people, particularly those who are not in college,
are not engaged or involved in the electoral process.  This campaign is
critical in strengthening our Democracy and thus protecting our

Half of young Americans ages 18-29 have never enrolled in college.
According to research done by the Center for Information and Research on
Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE), a non-partisan research center,
nearly 80 percent of the young voters who turned out on Super Tuesday
had college experience. The disparity between college educated and
non-college educated young voter participation is also evident by their
turnout rates: one in four eligible young voters with college experience
voted on Super Tuesday, compared with one in 14 eligible young voters
with no college experience.

Based on these statistics, the Hip Hop Caucus and T.I. have elected to
focus on engaging those individuals who are part of the larger scope of
the non-college and non-voting community.

T.I., who is gearing up for the release on his highly anticipated new
album, "Paper Trail" (Grand Hustle/Atlantic Records) on September 30th
and has grown to truly be one of his generation's most captivating
speakers explains, "It's an honor and a pleasure to be involved with the
Hip Hop Caucus and be a part of such a worthy cause and important
campaign.  I look forward to urging the masses to take advantage of the
right that I no longer have."

This campaign will build on what worked in 2004 by using proven market
outreach strategies in an electoral context. With programs including bus
tours, street teams to register voters, voter education events during
the Democratic and Republican Conventions and other events, we will
integrate the audience building capacity of celebrities and media, and
the data management and technology available for political
organizations. The campaign will provide insights and data into the
political behavior of this generally unengaged citizenry, and build
sustainable community participation.

For more information visit or or
to request press conference b-roll and photos please contact Tracy
Nguyen, or Reggie Dance, at 5W Public
Relations, 212-999-5585.

About the Hip Hop Caucus:

The Hip Hop Caucus was established in September 2004 by activists and
organizers who were working to get out the vote. In organizing and
mobilizing around the 2004 elections we realized the critical need for a
sustainable political organization that empowers the Hip Hop generation
to participate in the policymaking process.   Through the Hip Hop Caucus
we are challenging the demonization of a generation and culture by
creating a space for young people to speak up - to discuss and debate a
new vision of a society and a government that works for all of us.  We
engage the Hip Hop generation, those born after 1964, through issue
campaigns, events, and voter education.

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