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J Dilla Beat. Illa J Hook. Your Verse.

J Dilla Beat. Illa J Hook. Your Verse.      03.06.2009
Rap Your Best Verses To Tracks From Yancey Boys And Win A Chance To Have Illa J Featured On Your Own Song

In 2008, Illa J teamed up with the historic Delicious Vinyl record label to release the highly acclaimed Yancey Boys, an album featuring beats by his brother the legendary producer J Dilla. Now, to celebrate the recent release of Yancey Boys Instrumentals, Illa J is giving aspiring rappers an opportunity to shine on two of the album tracks. Illa J,, Delicious Vinyl, and Audible Treats have joined forces and are proud to bring you the Illa J Remix Contest. After downloading the hook-included instrumentals of "R U Listening" and "Showtime" (found at the links below), contestants will have two weeks to rap their best verses based around the concept of Illa J’s hooks and submit their versions of the songs to be judged by Illa J and Delicious Vinyl.

Two winners, one for each song, will be chosen. Delicious Vinyl will officially release both winning submissions as digital singles for free download. Each winner will also each receive one unique 16 bar verse recorded personally by Illa J for inclusion on whichever personal project(s) they choose. So... Got the skills to hang with the Yancey Boys? To enter the contest, or for further information about the contest, including download links for the two hook-included instrumentals, rules, deadlines, and prizes:

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R U Listening (Instrumental): .
Showtime (Instrumental) .

The Background:

When Jay Dee passed away from complications relating to lupus in February 2006, he left behind an extraordinary legacy of production work, including hits for Common, Janet Jackson, and Busta Rhymes. One mother lode of previously untouched beats dates from his time working on the Pharcyde's sophomore album, Labcabincalifornia (Delicious Vinyl, 1995). As Delicious Vinyl owner and founder Michael "Mike Floss" Ross explains: "From '95 through '98 Jay Dee was my go-to guy for hot beats and remixes. He was always making beats, always. So there was a select amount of tracks that he composed for me during that time, tracks as good as anything he'd done, only they never got used. When I finally met Illa J last year, I gave him a CD containing those unreleased beats."

In a case of pure serendipity, 21 year-old Illa J had just relocated from Detroit to Los Angeles and constructed a studio built using Jay Dee's recording equipment. He dubbed it Yancey Boys Studios in tribute to their fraternal bond. "Dilla was 12 years older than me," Illa J says. "So back in the day in Detroit I was just a little kid, sitting on the stairs in our house, watching him make those first beats for Slum Village. I always felt my brother's tracks and had an instinct for what I wanted to do over them." When Illa J set to work in early '08 recording the album, the project flowed quickly as he entered the proverbial can't miss zone. The name of the studio rightly became the title of the finished album, Yancey Boys, which is available online and in stores everywhere on Delicious Vinyl Records.

"Yancey Boys Instrumental Mega Mix" by King Most
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"Sounds Like Love" featuring Debi Nova
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Blaq Poet to Release DJ Premier Produced Tha Blaqprint

Queensbridge Emcee Blaq Poet To Release DJ Premier Produced Tha Blaqprint 

Renowned NYC Rapper Teams With DJ Premier's Year Round Records To Bring The Boom-Bap Back

(March 04, 2009 Brooklyn, NY) Blaq Poet, a rhyme veteran of the New York hip-hop scene, is proud to announce the release of his new album, Tha Blaqprint, due this spring via Year Round Records / Fat Beats Distribution.

Blaq Poet is not satisfied with the current direction of hip-hop. Never one to sit on the sidelines, Poet is preparing the release of a new album to bring listeners back to the hardcore, gritty, New York boom-bap sound for which he's known and loved. Giving a glimpse into the Queensbridge state of mind that influences his sound, Poet says, "QB is like everything you heard. It’s home to those who live there, and it’s definitely not home to people who don’t." Following the critical success of his debut solo LP Rewind: Deja Screw in 2006, Poet has been busy in the lab perfecting Tha Blaqprint and the new album is finally ready for the masses.

Creating unadulterated, authentic, New York boom-bap requires the right touch, and to ensure Tha Blaqprint would have the proper musical aesthetic Blaq Poet joined forces with legendary producer, long-time collaborator, and friend DJ Premier. Not only is DJ Premier releasing the album on his own Year Round Records, he also crafted beats for all but two of the album's tracks, including the album's lead single "Ain't Nuttin' Changed." Elsewhere the album features production from producer-extraordinaire Easy Mo Bee (Notorious B.I.G., GZA, 2Pac) and Gemcrates, a young producer on the rise. In a time when albums lack musical consistency and emcees and producers rarely find themselves in the studio together, Poet's true-school formula shines bright on his new LP.

Poet, a native of the Queensbridge projects, first made a name for himself in 1987, with the release of "Beat You Down," a scathing song attacking KRS-One at the height of the battle between Queens and The Bronx. Later, honoring a dead friend, he formed the hardcore rap group Screwball, comprised of other QB rhymers Hostyle, Solo, and Poet’s cousin KL. After the release of three successful albums as a part of Screwball thatincluded production from hip-hop luminaries such as Pete Rock, Marley Marl, and DJ Premier, Poet released his solo LP Rewind: Deja Screw, to high acclaim. Staying busy in-between albums, Poet's unique brand of rhyming has graced numerous projects, including the landmark KRS-One and Marley Marl song “The Victory,” which prompted DJ Premier to sign Blaq Poet to his Year Round Records label. Blaq Poet's new album Tha Blaqprint will be available this spring via Year Round Records via Fat Beats Distribution.

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Like what you hear? Keep up with Blaq Poet and other artists like Freddie Foxxx, Ill Bill, and eLZhi on the Fat Beats Blog where you can learn about upcoming performances, releases, and in-store appearances.

Also, check out this video on the history of Fat Beats Records, bringing you fresh, independent hip hop since 1994.

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Young MC "Stone Cold Rhymin'" Reissued w/ Bonus Tracks




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When it comes to playing it straight, Stone Cold Rhymin' is almost shocking in its innocence. Thirteen songs and zero curse words, the album endures as a quality listen because of Young MC's wit, wordplay, and dazzling elocution...not to mention the funkiness of the music. The album bridges old school sounds and what at the time passed for cutting edge production.

Twenty years after its original release, the “Delicious Deluxe Digital Edition” of Stone Cold Rhymin' comes with seven additional tracks not on the original LP. "Principal's Office (Impact Remix)" and "I Come Off (Southern Comfort Mix") are rare mixes from original 12-inches. "I Let Em Know (Matt Dike Remix)" is a promotional mix never before released commercially, while "Pick Up The Pace (1990)" first appeared on the soundtrack to the Steven Seagal movie “Marked For Death.” The other three bonus tracks date from 2008's Delicious RMXXOLOGY project: Diplo's turbocharged versioning of "Bust A Move," Aaron LaCrate and Debonair Samir’s massive club banger “Know How Theme” and the previously unreleased RMX of "Got More Rhymes" from MEN (the collaborative alias of Le Tigre's JD Samson and Johanna Fateman).

Produced by Michael Ross and Matt Dike, "Bust A Move" is the song that broke Young MC. It won him a coveted statuette for Best Rap Performance at the 32nd Annual Grammy Awards, where he beat out Delicious Vinyl label mate Tone Loc's "Funky Cold Medina", a song whose lyrics Young had also largely written. (The other songs nominated for Best Rap Performance were De La Soul's anti-anthem "Me Myself And I", DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince's tepid claim "I Think I Can Beat Mike Tyson", and Public Enemy's immortal "Fight The Power".)  The follow-up to "Bust A Move" was "Principal's Office". A midtempo mixture of high school lyrical high jinks over a hurdy-gurdy sample from "Who Could Want More" by 1970s piano man Lee Michaels, "Principal's Office", the track is a favorite of De La Soul producer Prince Paul and Pharcyde producer J-Swift. "Principal's Office" gave Young MC his second consecutive Top Forty hit, and helped propel sales of his debut album to double platinum.

Another stand-out cut, "Know How" is an early production by Dust Brothers Michael "EZ Mike" Simpson and John "King Gimzo" King. The song begins with a straightforward, even obvious stacking of samples of "Theme From Shaft" and "Apache" but at the two minute mark it explodes into a sequence of searing rock guitar licks and tasteful, precise, stereo-panned scratching by EZ Mike. With an astutely funky bass line by Kevin O'Neal of the Bus Boys, the song's tight cuts and stacked breaks are the closest prequel to the Dust Brothers' subsequent cosmic cut collage on Beastie Boys' Paul's Boutique.

With contributions from Michael Ross, Matt Dike, The Dust Brothers, Flea, Quincy Jones III, Kevin O'Neal and Mario Caldato, Jr., Stone Cold Rhymin’ was a monumental achievement for modern Hip-Hop and pop music.   

The “Delicious Deluxe Digital Edition” of Stone Cold Rhymin’ is released March 17, 2009 on Delicious Vinyl.

Young MC - Stone Cold Rhymin' - 20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition
1. I Come Off
2. Principal's Office
3. Bust A Move
4. Non Stop
5. Fastest Rhyme
6. My Name Is Young
7. Know How
8. Roll With The Punches
9. I Let 'Em Know
10. Pick Up The Pace
11. Got More Rhymes
12. Stone Cold Buggin'
13. Just Say No

Bonus tracks:
14. I Come Off (Southern Comfort Mix)
15. Principal's Office (Impact Remix)
16. Bust A Move (Diplo RMX)
17. Know How Theme (RMX by Aaron LaCrate & Debonair Samir)
18. I Let 'Em Know (Matt Dike Remix)
19. Pick Up The Pace 1990
20. Got More Rhymes (MEN RMX)
New Coolzey Song with Sadat X

New Coolzey Song with Sadat X



            Here is a sneak peek at Coolzey's debut full-length  The Honey (To be released shortly on Public School Records).  Tour Song Too features an appearance from legendary emcee Sadat X (Brand Nubian) and Americana music hero, William Eliott Whitmore (Anti Records).  With a passport into various genres Coolzey is both possessed of a golden age east coast lyrical flow and an indie rock mindset.  He is set to go on a west coast tour this spring with label-mates The Rhombus and following that will be a national run with label-mate and underground hip hop hotshot, Bru Lei. (tour dates below)    

            Hailing from Des Moines, IA Coolzey is proudly a product of the blue collar Midwest.  He wears his non-urban pedigree like a badge (Much like the Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II logo tattoos he wears on his arms).  Relentlessly touring over the past few years He has shared the stage with such artists as Rashaan Ahmad of Crown City Rockers, Vast Aire, Brother Ali, Cage, Blueprint, Copywrite, The Arsonists, Cannibal Ox, Mr Lif, Akil, Paul Barman and 2Mex.  The recently released Coolzey Vs Przm EP is the third EP in Coolzey’s Trilogy released over the past two years.  Mostly produced by Przm who was one of the touchstones of underground hip hop in Columbus, OH and which featured a guest appearance from Count Bass D.

3/27 – 4/10 Coolzey with The Rhombus
4/24 – 5/6 Coolzey with Bru Lei

Date               City                                         Venue

3/27                Los Angeles, CA                   Mr T’s Bowl
3/27                Los Angeles, CA                   Warpzone (Midnight House Party)
3/28                Santa Barbara, CA               Elsie’s Tavern
3/29                San Diego, CA                      Beauty Bar
            3/30                Phoenix, AZ                           Hidden House
            3/31                Flagstaff, AZ                          The Green Room
            4/1                   Santa Fe, NM                        UCSF
            4/2                   Durango, CO                         TBA
            4/3                   Moab, UT                               TBA
            4/4                   Salt Lake City, UT                 Orange
            4/5                   Boise, ID                                The Bouquet
            4/7                   Olympia, WA                         4th Ave Tavern
            4/8                   Salem, OR                             TBA
            4/9                   Portland, OR                          The Portland Report
            4/10                San Francisco, CA               Hemlock Tavern
            4/24                Omaha, NE                            The Hideout
            4/25                Lawrence, KS                        The Jackpot Saloon
            4/26                Kansas City, MO                   The Brick
            4/28                Des Moines, IA                      The Vaudeville Mews
            4/29                Iowa City, IA                           The Picador
            4/30                St Louis, MO                          Atomic Cowboy
            5/1                   Chicago, IL                            Morseland
            5/2                   Milwaukee, WI                       Highbury
            5/3                   Oshkosh, WI                          Reptile Palace
5/5                   Dayton, OH                            One Eyed Jacks
5/6                   Columbus, OH                       Skully’s

Hip-Hop Shop #23 - Bringin' Tha New

Every week Hip-Hop Shop is the precursor to K4D on Sunday nights! This week we're BRINGIN' THA NEW with some new tracks from artists you know and artists you don't - joints from Sam Sever, Big TReaL, Mega Ran, J-Love and more! Tune in every Sunday at 9:30 PM EST, 8:30 Central via and if you miss the live show be sure to look for the replay here on RapReviews or via our sponsor The shows are 100% podsafe so distribute to your friends and tell them to visit Enjoy!

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Farbeon - Far From Being Your Average Artist

The NYC Hip-Hop trio 3rd Party has already produced two Adam’s World Artists of the Week (Hired Gun and Rabbi Darkside), and this week the third member of the trio, Farbeon, is ready for his close-up. Born in El Paso, Texas, Farbeon’s musical journey started at a very young age as a singer in his church’s choir. He jokes that “little old ladies” were his first groupies. Farbeon would go on to study poetry at Georgetown University during Allen Iverson’s reign there and in 2000 he linked up with the Blow Up Co-Op in Phoenix, Arizona. After moving to NYC in 2002, Farbeon quickly found Rabbi Darkside and Hired Gun and the trio formed 3rd Party. This week I caught up with Farbeon to discuss his many projects, from all things music related, to his work with Alzheimer’s patients, to his development of his own Master’s program at NYU. One thing is for sure, Farbeon is far from being your average artist.

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Personability - An Artist's Best Asset

The other day a friend of mine sent me a video of Cam’ron answering “fan questions.” It cracked me up. Not only that, it made me realize how Cam has not only maintained his career over the past eleven years, but has become more popular as those years have gone by - he has a personality and he isn’t afraid to show it...

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Free Music: VohnBeatz - A Child's Painting

They say the best things in life are free. Well, plenty of them aren't as we still have to pay the bills to survive in this world. But there is something best that I found recently for de FREE. "A Child's Painting" is a mixtape by upcoming producer VohnBeatz. He makes the boom-bap and head noddin' gangsta type of beats that you can't say no too. And peep this, VohnBeatz in only 11 years old fam! That's right, ELEVEN! Come check him out and give him his props/feedback at /> 
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The Adam B Experience (ABX) Podcast #13!

The Adam B Experience

Adam B: "New songs by AR-15, Gif, Coole High, P. Casso and lots lots more!!! Let me know what you like - hit me up at" If you've never checked out The Adam B Experience now is the time, and the show is 100% PODSAFE and TOTALLY FREE for listeners at - no worries about downloading or sharing this show. Tell your friends to check it out at!

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Hip-Hop Shop #22 w/ REMOT

Every week Hip-Hop Shop is the precursor to K4D on Sunday nights, but this week episode #22 is even bigger because we're going a full hour and inviting special guest REMOT to join the show. He's an underground producer with a proven track record and many title victories in remix contests under his belt. Remot also has a personal tie to we'll discuss on the show as we run through a variety of underground tracks and some of Remot's own work!Tune in every Sunday at 9:30 PM EST, 8:30 Central via and if you miss the live show be sure to look for the replay here on RapReviews or via our sponsor The shows are 100% podsafe so distribute to your friends and tell them to visit Enjoy!

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