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New K-Murdock Blog - Check it Out!

K-Murdock just sent us this link to his new blog spot! 

Peace Peace,

OK yall, i have realized that the name of the game as far as promotion in this era is BLOGGING!  In an effort to keep everyone up on Panacea as well as my numerous music & radio affiliations, i wanted to create a place that will be a one-stop shop for all that i do, enter: .

When u get a chance, check it out, subscribe to my posts, comment, etc and PLEASE DOWNLOAD!  I left links up there to the latest episodes of my internet radio spin-off of Subsoniq, called SS: "Instru-mentals".  Also, you can download a special version of my first solo project called, "Mood Muzik" Volume One (Seasons).  

I will be updating this blogpsot regularly with any and everything involving my productions (especially PANACEA), so definitely spread the word!


Mike Epps Hilarious New DVD in Stores April 7th

From Chris at Koch Records:

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Santigold (Formerly Santogold) Announces Spring Tour

From Girlie Action:

Santigold Announces North American Spring Tour
Amanda Blank and Trouble Andrew To Support

Santigold will take her endless dance party across the US one more time this spring before heading back into the studio to record the follow up to her smash self-titled debut. Santigold will be performing with a full band and dancers for the first time in North America to bring her genre-blending sound to life. Virgin Records artist Trouble Andrew, who can be heard on the Santigold track “I’m A Lady,” along with Downtown Records’ singer/mc Amanda Blank will be the openers.

Santigold recently released “Brooklyn Go Hard,” a duet with Jay-Z produced by Kanye West that samples her current single “Shove It,” which is the lead single from the Notorious B.I.G. biopic Notorious. She recently performed “Shove It” on the debut week of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

Downtown/Lizard King released Santigold’s self-titled breakthrough CD in April 2008 and it instantly became one of last year’s most acclaimed albums garnering international raves. Critics and radio have championed the record’s standout singles “L.E.S. Artistes,” “Creator” and “Shove It.” Both the album and singles made countless “Best of 2008” lists from Rolling Stone to The Wall Street Journal.

Santigold Spring Tour

21          San Francisco, CA         The Warfield  
22          Sacramento, CA            Empire        
24          Eugene, OR                  Cuthbert Amphitheatre
25          George, WA                  Sasquatch! Festival   
28          Minneapolis, MN            First Avenue  
29          Des Moines, IA              Peoples Court 
31          Baltimore, MD               Rams Head Live

1            Boston, MA                  House Of Blues
3            Toronto, ON                 Phoenix Concert Theatre
4            Montreal, QC               Metropolis    
6            Philadelphia, PA           The Roots Picnic @ Festival Pier
7           Norfolk, VA                  The NorVa             
9           New York, NY               Terminal 5    
10         Washington, DC            9:30 Club         
12         Manchester, TN             Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival
13         St. Louis, MO                Barcardi B Live @ The Pageant
15         Austin, TX                    Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater
17         Houston, TX                 House Of Blues
18         Dallas, TX                    House Of Blues
21         Hollywood, CA              Hollywood Bowl / KCRW World Festival Series

Kero One - When the Sunshine Comes

From Michelle at Audible Treats:

MP3: Kero One - "When the Sunshine Comes"      03.26.2009
The summer is here / The drama's clear / It's time to call the girls / Bring the boys and beers

The Song:

Whether our weatherman corroborates or not, spring has already officially arrived, just in time for Kero One to lace us with the perfect soundtrack for long summer days filled with sun, good friends, and good fun. Roll back the drop top and cue your warm weather playlist, which will undoubtedly include Kero One's "When the Sunshine Comes." Featuring the smooth vocals of Britain’s Ben Westbeech over improvisational guitar, syncopated keyboard rhythms, and a soulful bass line, Kero One tells of the relief the summer brings. After heartbreaks and baby daddy blues, the sunshine is the light at the end of the tunnel.

The Background:

Former web designer by day and rapper/producer/DJ by night, Kero One, stands as a true testament to the do-it-yourself success story. His early career was marked by endless hours of researching, cold calling, and networking to gain exposure for his debut, self produced project Windmills of the Soul. Persistence paid off with a little help from fate when one of the 50 copies of his album was picked up in a tiny record store in Tokyo, Japan. Success was immediate, as Windmills of the Soul became a hit overnight, which opened the floodgates for international touring and performance opportunities. Three years later, after a Best Hip Hop Album of 2006 award and collabos with Talib Kweli and Mark Farina, Kero One is back with his sophomore album entitled Early Believers, via his label, Plug Label. Modulating from soulful jazz tinged tracks to upbeat synth-driven party bangers, Kero One features some his favorite vocalists such as Giles Peterson protégé UK singer Ben Westbeech, Finland's own modern day "Stevie Wonder," and Portland's Ohmega Watts. Early Believers will be released in April 2009, just in time for spring cleaning and summer fun.


"When the Sunshine Comes"
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Big Urban - Love Is a Battle

From Michelle at Audible Treats:

Big Urban - "Love Is a Battle" feat. StarPower      03.25.2009
"Baby said I was a clown so I thought she wasn't down but she meant I wore big shoes meaning I got big news."

The Song:

After giving us their serious side in "Snap to the Future," Big Urban unveils the comedy in "Love Is a Battle," the second release off of their forthcoming EP, It's Not So Much the Heat, It's the Humidity. In freestyle fashion, Krayola rhymes about how his heartbreak has left him with a gruff appearance and eating food that even a starving college student wouldn't touch while guest emcee StarPower's self-control wavers as he's tempted after exchanging vows. With production by Scott Thorough, "Love Is a Battle" is a club joint, complete with a pounding bass beat, a distorted vocal chorus, and an ending that has a dash of electronica.

The Background:

Big Urban is the collaboration of emcee Krayola Spectrum on the mic and producer Scott Thorough on everything else. Both native to Brooklyn, Kray and Scott are members of the Nuclear Family, a Brooklyn hip-hop collective also including Baje One, DJ Snafu, Tone Tank, Probe Cellsplitter and N.E.M.C. Kray and Tone Tank make up the group Iller Than Theirs, who released their self-titled debut album on Embedded Records in 2007 and a follow-up, Wash, Rinse EP, in 2008. Scott is also a member of The Boys & Girls Club and also does production for Baje and Snafu's group Junk Science. Big Urban describes their music as "a failed attempt to make popular commercial rap music that failed horribly but came out sounding weird and interesting anyway." Their debut EP It's Not So Much The Heat, It's The Humidity will be released via Embedded Records this spring.


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T.I. Sentenced to One Year & One Day by Atlanta Judge

Courtesy of "Rapper T.I. was sentenced to one year and a day in prison as part of his guilty plea on federal weapons charges dating back to his arrest in October 2007. TIP arrived at an Atlanta courthouse just after 9 this morning, followed by his girlfriend Tameka 'Tiny' Cottle and members of his Grand Hustle team. The ATL superstar and his legal team worked out a plea deal that had TIP performing thousands of hours of community service, some of which was documented on his MTV show 'Road To Redemption.' T.I. is expected to begin his sentence within the next 6-8 weeks."
Kutiman - YouTube's DJ?

I'm aware that Kutiman's "Thru You" YouTube project has been circulating since the beginning of this month, but it was only been recently that I had the opportunity to experience his artistry.  Although the idea of dissecting YouTube videos and reconstructing them into an original track isn't the most innovative, Kutiman's execution remains effortless as he puts others who have taken on this challenge in the dust.  

Kutiman's three month "Thru You" project consists of seven individual tracks/videos incorporating an extensive list of amateur YouTube videos that he sampled, cut, and edited on his own.  With his sensational talents, Kutiman deserves the moniker of "YouTube's DJ" as his videos have attracted well over a million hits so far.   

"I'm New" is the most RapReviews appropriate and the most admired with its hip hop influence as Kutiman samples obscure videos including a cabasa and another with a cash register, as well as including an impressive freestyle and vocals.  Also, Kutiman includes the source YouTube videos he sampled, so for those of you who are further intrigued by his art, be sure to check them out to fully understand the project.

To think, Kutiman's "Thru You" project was originally sent to twenty of his friends and has now exploded worldwide.  With this in mind, Kutiman can be called the DJ Shadow of YouTube as he clearly deserves some praise for his artistry.
DJ Shadow Thanks the SXSW Fans

From DJ Shadow:

Whatup Whatup!

Shadow wanted us to relay a "thanks" to anyone who made it out to the "secret" show at Stubb's last Friday night. He had a great time spinning for that crowd, and hopes everyone enjoyed themselves.

Be sure to stay updated on Shadow's latest moves at, and if you are on Facebook: , myspace: , Twitter:

Shadow is going to keep you up to date as he works on his new music, so stay tuned!

On a Shop note- we recently did a massive storage clear out, and we ran across some very cool merchandise that has not been available for quite some time. We dug up a small stack of the Paul Insect/Outsider prints, and decided to make them available to you.

See the prints here:

Also, Now available:  This Is The Life (How The West Was One)- DVD:

"A must-see for hip-hop fans" -Exclaim Magazine

Featuring New Interviews, Rare Footage, And Stunning Performances By:

Chali2na & Cut Chemist of Jurassic 5, Myka Nyne & P.E.A.C.E of Freestyle Fellowship, Medusa, Chillin Villain Empire, Abstract Rude, Ganjah K, Pigeon John, DJ Fatjack, 2Mex, Born Allah, JMD, Volume Ten, Ellay Khule, Figures of Speech, T-Love, Omid, Big Al, Busdriver, Zulu, Mear One, B+, Garth Trinidad, & Many More.

Check it out:

Also available:

Lateef "Truth Is Love" Mix CD:

Quannum "I changed My Mind" CD:

Shadow x Suzuki Slipmats:


Thanks For your support!

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Foreign Legion to Release 'Night Moves' April 21st

From PR at

For immediate release!

Night Of The Living Def! Oakland, California

The cliche phrase "hip hop is dead" has been dismantled by Oakland California hip hop crew Foreign Legion with their new album, "Night Moves" which is dropping April 21st 2009 on Hungerstrike records! The 13 song, full length masterpiece figuratively kicks it's hip hop rivals in the nuts with soulful horns blasting in your face, and thick as honey basslines drenching your thirsty soul! Produced by Prozack Turner, Dj Flip,(Ireland)Dj Buzz(Austria)G. Koop,Oh No, Grandpa J and Introbeats out of Iceland, the album is exactly what the soundscape that is underground hip hop is hungry for! Recorded, written, and produced completely at night in three countries over ten months, "Night Moves" is sure to make noise in the nocturnal circles of the worldwide hip hop underground! "We wanted to make an album that represents some of our darker thughts, both literally and metaphorically, so we decided to experiment and do all the creating,recording and mixing at night" say Marc Stretch, lead emcee of Foreign Legion. Producer and fellow emcee of the crew, Prozack Turner had this to say, "Both Stretch and I were very busy in the daytime hours, with me working at the check cashing place and Stretch doing his day gig(Stretch is the daytime dj at a local San Francisco strip club)that the only time we had to work, was at night. Even when we recorded on tour, it was in the late hours. This album was 100% made at night" The group is releasing a single in late March, don't sleep!

Foreign Legion also just returned from this year's South By Southwest music festival in Austin ,Texas! The boys would like to thank all the fans who came through and helped burn the venues to the ground! Special thanks to Ravi, the manager of Ramada Limited for his patience regarding the noise and the naked cannonballs off the roof into the pool (who knew pizza could float?) and also to Sgt. Stephani for being cool about the "smoke" and open containers!

Finale Hits the Road to Promote "A Pipe Dream and a Promise"

From Audible Treats:

Finale Hits The Road To Promote A Pipe Dream And A Promise      03.24.2009
Detroit Rapper Performs Spot Dates Alongside Fellow Motorcity Emcee Invincible

On April 7, Detroit emcee Finale will be releasing his debut album, A Pipe Dream And A Promise via Interdependent Media. Fresh off a string of successful shows at SXSW in Austin, TX, Finale will be hitting the road again to promote and support the new album, performing spot dates around the country throughout April and into May. Although not an official tour for A Pipe Dream And A Promise, fans will have a chance to see Finale perform tracks from the new album, which has already garnered strong reviews. Accompanying Finale for a number of the dates will be fellow Detroit emcee, Invincible, whose long-awaited 2008 offering, Shapeshifters was met with high acclaim.

Finale, who is renowned for his intense live shows, looks forward to the upcoming dates. "I'm excited about hitting the road steadily again. It's going to be dope because most of the dates are with Invincible." In particular, Finale is excited for his album release party because of the NYC-centric line up, including DJ House Shoes, 5 Ela, Niacal Youngstarz, and many more artists who will be performing at the show.

Finale recently released Super Finale, an innovative, Super Mario Bros-themed video game, starring Finale as the main character, in which fans can win track the track "One Man Show" from the album upon completion of the game. A Pipe Dream And A Promise features production from J Dilla as well as Nottz, Flying Lotus, Oddisee, MPhazes, and Black Milk, who produced the album's lead single "Motor Music."

The Dates:

Finale & Hassaan Mackey
What: Hip Hop Discussion Panel
When: March 27, 2009
Where: Western Michigan University

Finale, Invincible, 5 Ela, Niacal Youngstarz
Special guests: Spier1200, Apollo Brown, The Gorilla Funk Mob with Allan Barnes, and many more; DJs: House Shoes, K Fresh, Sicari & Sean Doe
What: A Pipe Dream and a Promise Album Release Party
When: April 4, 2009 @ 9pm
Where: Elements Gallery, 2125 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48216 Age: 18+

The Palestinian hip-hop crew Dam, Rebel Diaz, Invincible, Finale, DJ Oja
What: Homeland Hip Hop: A Benefit Show for the Indigenous Youth Delegation to Palestine
When: April 7, 2009, Doors open @ 8pm, Show begins @9pm
Where: Southpaw, 125 5th Ave, Park Slope, Brooklyn NY
How much: $12 in advance, $15 at the door

Finale & Invincible
What: A Pipe Dream and a Promise Listening Party
When: April 8, 2009 @ 9pm
Where: Homebase NYC Wednesdays

Finale, Marv Won, Sincere
Where: Mac's Bar, Lansing, MI
When: April 9, 2009 @ 9pm

Finale, Vandaylyzm, Black Spade, Gotta Be Karim & Rockwell Knuckles
When: April 10, 2009 @ 9pm
Where: The Gramaphone 4243 Manchester Avenue, Saint Louis, MO

Finale & Invincible
When: April 11, 2009 @ 3:30 pm
Where: Ohio University, Athens, OH

Finale, DJ Sean Doe, Prime, Thaione Davis and more
When: April 12th, 2009
Where: Dark Room, 2210 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL

Finale, Moe Dirdee and more
When: April 16, 2009 @ 9pm
Where: The Bullfrog - Redford, MI

Finale & Invincible
When: April 18, 2009
Where: TBA, Baltimore, MD

Finale & Invincible
When: April 21, 2009
Where: TBA, Washington, D.C

Zion I, Thaione Davis, Finale
What: Thaione Davis Album Release Party
When: May 7, 2009 @ 9pm
Where: Morseland, 1218 W. Morse Ave., Rogers Park Chicago, IL

Finale, Invincible, Hassaan Mackey, DJ Quarter Pound
When: April 22, 2009 @ 9pm
Where: Dubland Underground, 315 Alexander St, Rochester, NY 14607

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The Background:

Before making his entrance into hip-hop, Finale worked as an automotive engineer promising to one day follow his dream of becoming a rapper. Making the rounds at local Detroit open mics and emcee battles, Finale began to mingle with local talents like Guilty Simpson and One.Be.Lo. After emailing some joints back and forth with J Dilla, Finale finally met him backstage at the DEMF (Detroit Electronic Music Festival), where Dilla introduced him to Madlib, saying that he was one of the best in the game. “It was an honor and definitely a defining moment," says Finale. After realizing his passion and talent for hip-hop, Finale decided to finally quit his day job, follow his true passion, and make music a full-time career. After a handful of Fat Beats released singles, an album released with European producer Spier 1200 as a part of The Rawkus 50, and numerous appearances on independent releases from Invincible, eLZhi and others, Finale's official debut LP, A Pipe Dream & A Promise, will be released in stores and online on Aptil 7th via 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 2009, iM will be releasing multi-media projects from artists Finale, Canibus, K'naan, Truthlive, and Tanya Morgan. For more information, please visit .


Album Mega Mix by DJ King Most
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"One Man Show" prod. by Black Milk 8-bit Videogame Version
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