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Keeping It Cool w/ Coole High

When someone comes to me being cosigned by both Conscious and Tah Phrum Duh Bush I sit up and take notice. When people hear the music of Coole High, they sit up and take notice, too. I actually met Coole High a while back at an M3rd show in NYC at the club formerly known as Midway. He signed up for my email list and appeared on stage with Tah for a song. Dude was cool. I checked out his music and it turned out he had skills, too. Over the course of the next few months I’d hear both Tah and Conscious rave about Coole High and this week I finally caught up with him again to find out more about who Coole High is, where his jazz background comes from, and why he doesn’t limit himself to just one form of music.

Read the full interview at: http://adambernard.blogspot.com/2008/07/artist-of-week-coole-high.html
Does It Matter That Rick Ross Isn't Gangsta?

The news broke this week that Rick Ross isn’t actually a gangster. In fact, he was a Corrections Officer in South Florida and The Smoking Gun has the payment records to prove it. As a clear thinking human being a big “who cares” swells up inside me ready to be blurted out at the next person who writes about how important this is. Rather than doing that, because I’d be out of breath pretty quickly judging by the number of stories coming out about this, I want to take a look at how ludicrous fans’ expectations of commercial rappers are and the insanity of commercial rappers believing their own self-created stories. Both are key reasons as to why the game is so weak right now.

Read the full story at: http://adambernard.blogspot.com/2008/07/does-it-matter-that-rick-ross-isnt.html
Segio Mendes to Perform July 30th on The Tonight Show

SERGIO MENDES To Perform July 30th On The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

With Special Guest Ledisi, The Legendary Brazilian Musician Will Perform
"Waters of March" From His Chart-Topping New Album Encanto Encanto Is
Currently The #1 Contemporary Jazz Album In The Country For a Fifth
Consecutive Week, And Also Holds #1 On CMJ's World Music Chart.

"Sergio Mendes is a proud member of the generation that invented bossa nova.

with the audience singing and dancing along,[he] turned Carnegie Hall into
Carnaval" - New York Times

"Legendary musician Sergio Mendes [releases] a new album of samba-style
classics and new funk -Following the success of his 2006 album 'Timeless',
Mendes [returns with] an even fresher sound." - Associated Press

"Encanto gives us the best of both hemispheres."- Village Voice

See The Video For First Single Funky Bahia At:
* http://youtube.com/watch?v=pTHNH6VSmCk *

"Funky Bahia" Audio Streams:
* http://www.concordmusicgroup.com/audio/qtl/Sergio_Mendes_Funky_Bahia.qtl *
* http://www.concordmusicgroup.com/audio/asx/Sergio_Mendes_Funky_Bahia.asx *

"The Look of Love" featuring Fergie Audio Streams:
* http://www.concordmusicgroup.com/audio/asx/Sergio_Mendes_The_Look_of_Love_feat_Fergie.asx *
* http://www.concordmusicgroup.com/audio/qtl/Sergio_Mendes_The_Look_of_Love_feat_Fergie.qtl *

Encanto Retail Link:
* http://www.concordmusicgroup.com/albums/CCD-30278 *

Sergio Mendes MySpace page:
* http://myspace.com/sergiomendes *
Lil Wayne Sued By Rolling Stones Publisher

A Rolling Stone may gather no moss, but neither does the lyrics of a Lil Wayne song according to the legendary group. www.EURWeb.com reports Abkco Music Inc, the musical publishing company that owns the rights to the band's song "Play With Fire" sued the rapper in Manhattan federal court Thursday, saying he released an altered version of the song without permission. The company is suing Lil Wayne, his guest artists and his record company, a unit of Universal Music Group, of copyright infringement and unfair competition. Abkco also said that Lil Wayne's version used "offensive language" that could lead the public to believe the Rolling Stones approved of the new version. We'll keep you updated.
Foxy Brown and Lil' Kim Sued by Simon & Schuster

From bloomberg.com:

July 25 (Bloomberg) -- Rap performers Foxy Brown and Lil' Kim were sued by Simon & Schuster Inc. over claims they accepted tens of thousands of dollars in advances while failing to deliver books they promised to write.

The publishing house, a unit of CBS Corp., said in separate lawsuits filed yesterday in state court in New York that Brown, whose real name is Inga Marchand, and Lil' Kim, whose real name is Kimberly Jones, signed contracts to write books.

Simon & Schuster said it paid Brown $75,000 under a 2006 contract for an autobiography tentatively titled ``Broken Silence.'' The publisher said Lil' Kim signed a contract in 2004 and was paid $40,000 for an untitled novel.

``Both accepted the money and both books never were delivered,'' Simon & Schuster spokesman Adam Rothberg said yesterday in a phone interview.

Rothberg said the publisher has teamed up with other rappers and hip-hop artists on books. Starting in 2007, Simon & Schuster and hip-hop artist `50 Cent' started a series of books based on his rhymes about drug dealing, street crime and expensive cars. ``That line of books was very successful and we've also published books by members of 50 Cent's G-Unit posse,'' Rothberg said.

Simon & Schuster also published the autobiography of `50 Cent,' who was born Curtis Jackson, Rothberg said.

Manhattan Shooting

Lil' Kim, a Grammy-award winning rapper, was sentenced to a year and a day in prison in 2005 for lying to a federal grand jury about a shooting outside a Manhattan radio station. Neither she nor her lawyer were immediately available for comment on the suit.

Lil' Kim was leaving the studios of ``Hot 97,'' WQHT, with members of the rap group Junior M.A.F.I.A. on Feb. 25, 2001, as a rival group, Capone-N-Noreaga, was coming into the station and shots were fired, according to an indictment. One man was wounded.

Two members of Lil' Kim's entourage, Damion Butler and Suif Jackson, pleaded guilty to firearms charges in connection with the shooting. Lil' Kim told the grand jury that Butler wasn't present at the gunfight and she denied knowing Jackson, according to the indictment.

Brown was sentenced in September 2007 to a year in jail for violating probation after being convicted of charges related to a fight with two manicurists in a New York nail salon. Laura Dilimetin, a lawyer for Brown, didn't immediately return a voice-mail message seeking comment after business hours.

CBS fell 69 cents, or 3.8 percent, to $17.37 in New York Stock Exchange composite trading yesterday. The stock has dropped 36 percent this year.

The cases are Simon & Schuster v. Inga Marchand, 110125/2008, and Simon & Schuster v. Kimberly Jones, 110124/2008, New York State Supreme Court (Manhattan).

What Happened to the RR Newsfeed?

As you may or may not know RapReviews.com moved to a new server last week. This is part of the overall plan to continue to improve and upgrade all of the websites in the Flash Web Design family including OHHLA.com and AngryMarks.com, bringing you faster site access and new improved features over the weeks and months to come. Unfortunately when moving three huge websites it's very hard for 100% of everything to go perfectly, and the one area that got hit the hardest was the RapReviews newsfeed. For reasons undetermined the archive of previous news articles became corrupted. It was determined it was more important to get the site back up so all of our reviews, interviews and editorials would be available even if it meant losing any chance of recovering the corrupted data. As it turns out though not all of the data is lost anyway - we've been able to recover every single reviewed over the last seven months as well as a smattering of the news articles posted over the last few months. A few articles that are hyperlinked elsewhere off-site may continue to show up as blank until if or when they can be restored, but rest assured news updates will continue as before from this point forward. Thanks as always to the loyal readers of RapReviews.com and fans of the Flash Web Design family of sites for your support!
Skillz, Clipse, Plies, LL Cool J & More Hip-Hop Videos

It's time for another selection of hip-hop videos on the RapReviews.com newsfeed! We start this week with Skillz featuring Talib Kweli in a video for "So Far So Good."

Next up is Clipse presenting the Re-Up Gang in a behind the scenes feature on "Fast Life."

Here's a brand new Plies video for "Somebody (Loves You)."

For nostalgia's sake here's a video for The East Flatbush Project classic "Tried By 12."

And last but not least a video for LL Cool J's masterpiece "I'm Bad." Thanks for checking out the new videos on the RR newsfeed!

Trae to Be Given Houston's Highest Honor on July 22nd

Press release courtesy of Nancy Byron.

Houston, TX - For all of the controversy and negative imagery attached to the rap music world, its artists often do much to give back to their communities and show support for the young people coming up behind them. One such artist is Houston's Trae tha Truth, and, in honor of his outstanding work within the community, the City of Houston is honoring Trae with his own day; the first time this honor has been extended to a rap artist. Henceforth, July 22nd will be known as Trae Day. The proclamation honoring Trae will be read at 2PM on that day by Houston's Mayor, Bill White, and the ceremony will be attended by City officials and several prominent rap artists.

In further celebration of Trae Day, Trae is throwing what is to become an annual event; a block party at Houston's Sharpstown Mall where he will be joined not only by City officials and members of the rap community, but hundreds of children and their families from the communities that Trae routinely gives back to. The party will feature games and rides for the children, food and drinks and free live performances by Trae and a host of very special surprise guests.

Currently a free agent as an artist, having left the Rap-A-Lot stable to pursue other options, Trae is also very active musically. He currently has a critically acclaimed mixtape in circulation, The Diary of Tha Truth, a song with Slim Thug (Nothing to a Boss) and a single featuring DJ Khaled (So Hot), covering him both in the streets and on the radio. In the course of his music career, Trae has scanned well over 200,000 units both as a solo artist and as a member of ABN Gang, without the benefit of major promotion; something we fully expect to catch the attention of the majors. Stay tuned for news of a signing.


Trae ft. DJ Khaled - So Hot - Clean * http://srv.ezinedirector.net/?n=2331411&s=55870432 *

Trae ft. DJ Khaled - So Hot - Dirty * http://srv.ezinedirector.net/?n=2331412&s=55870432 *

SoCo Music Experience to Include The Roots & Saul Williams


Southern Comfort Increases Spend By 300% to Partner with Pitchfork.tv,
Heavy.com, My Damn Channel, Among Others to Deliver Music Festival

July 14, 2008, LOUISVILLE, KY ­ Southern Comfort has announced that it is
partnering with several music and lifestyle sites to bring the SoCo Music
Experience to the web in the form of custom episodic content. Music fans
will get a taste of the music festival experience from the fans perspective
mixed with live performances and interviews with the artists in clips
produced by Pitchfork.tv, Heavy.com, My Damn Channel, Complex.com and Death
+ Taxes.

Check out Heavy.com¹s first webisode "Anticipation" at

"The SoCo Music Experience is in its fourth year and we felt it was time to
take a fresher approach as a spirits brand by extending the event to
millions of music fans digitally but in a different way," said Campbell
Brown, Vice President, Director Southern Comfort Americas. "We¹re packaging
the overall festival experience with interviews from both fans and
performers and delivering the content in SoCo¹s brand voice."

The SoCo Music Experience festival tour is going to six markets with each
event showcasing five national performers with five top local acts on two
stages all for the low price of free*. An outdoor venue is transformed into
the complete festival experience ­ food and beverage vendors, poster and
t-shirt shop, the local record shop, merch tent, cornhole games, photobooths
and the SoCo & Lime Dome, among other areas. The festivals are open to be
people 21 and over.

Digital Partnerships
· Pitchfork.tv ­ Episodes will feature behind the scenes footage, band
and fan interviews and live performances. Viewers will get to learn how the
performers came together as a group, as well as how groups of friends
experience music together.

· Heavy.com ­ Episodes will feature behind-the-scenes footage, band and
fan interviews and live performances. Each four-minute episode will explore
themes associated with SoCo¹s brand positioning and the artists that embody
them. The Heavy.com partnership has already launched with episodes
including "Anticipation," "Energy," "Magnetism" and "Character" featuring
the SoCo Music Experience in Atlanta.

· My Damn Channel ­ Twelve weeks of episodes of "My Damn Channel Music
Nights" will feature music bars and clubs in New York and Los Angeles and on
the SoCo Music Experience festival tour this summer. Starting in July,
original content will be produced for a customized, co-branded channel
presented by Grace Helbig, host of My Damn Channel¹s "Daily Grace."

· Complex.com ­ The fashion/lifestyle site is building a comprehensive
guide to select SoCo Music Experience festivals, including an original "Best
of" Web Series about the event and host cities, emerging artist bios and
live recordings.

· Death+Taxes ­ The music magazine will be creating custom content for
their site featuring behind the scenes footage, band and fan interviews and
live performances.

"These sites provide us the opportunity to bring a Southern Comfort
experience produced in a way their viewers are accustomed to watching video
on their sites," said Brown. "It¹s a partnership in the truest sense of the

In addition to these partnerships, festival pre-roll videos will appear on
Hulu.com, Billboard, UGO.com, Crave Online, PasteMagazine.com, Virb.com and
numerous other music-focused sites.

"Not only have we increased our investment around talent and the experience,
we are making a strong digital play for Southern Comfort increasing our
spend in this area to 25% of the total media budget versus 5% the previous
year," said Brown. "Our overall digital spend is up 300% versus last year,
which give us a real opportunity to engage our target consumers with a
meaningful SoCo experience."

Having already been to Atlanta and Denver, the event hits four more cities
this summer. This year¹s performers have included Against Me!, Gnarls
Barkley, Ghostland Observatory and Blonde Redhead, while The Roots, French
DJ duo Justice, The Black Keys, MGMT are among those scheduled to play
upcoming festival dates.

The SoCo Music Experience festival tour will hit the following cities this

Aug. 23 ­ San Diego, Ace Parking Lot, Petco Park
Featuring Common, The Black Keys, Kinky, Saul Williams, Grand Ole Party
*Note: a donation of $5 for the San Diego Music Foundation is requested

Sept. 6 ­ Madison, Willow Island at Alliant Energy Center
Featuring The Roots, The Black Keys, GZA, Benevento Russo Duo, Ha Ha Tonka

Sept. 13 ­ Saratoga/Albany, New Venue TBA
Featuring Justice, MGMT, Lotus, The Whigs and other acts TBA

Oct. 18 ­ Phoenix/Tempe, Phoenix Municipal Stadium
Talent TBA

In its fourth year, past acts at the SoCo Music Experience have included
Flaming Lips, Cold War Kids, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Spank Rock, The
Roots, Architecture in Helsinki, GIRL TALK, Sick Puppies, Cypress Hill,
Z-Trip, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Rose Hill Drive, Galactic, Delta
Spirit, among others.

With the SoCo Music Experience, Southern Comfort continues to back great
live music experiences in 2008, including the Voodoo Experience, New Orleans
Jazz & Heritage Festival, Lollapalooza, Forecastle Festival and countless
other live music events.
Nas to Perform Intimate MySpace Release Show in Los Angeles


MySpace Music is proud to announce that Nas will be performing a free show for his MySpace friends in West Hollywood at 10:30 p.m. at the Roxy on Sunset - a show being powered by Saints Row 2. Celebrating his soon-to-be released, highly-controversial untitled album, Nas will give fans a taste of what's in store for this next phase of his celebrated career. Early wristband pick-up for the free, all ages performance will begin at 12 p.m. on July 18 on a first come, first served basis.

Hailing from the storied Queensbridge projects of New York City, a housing community that spawned notable hip-hop luminaries such Marley Marl and MC Shan, among many others, the self-proclaimed "King of New York," Nas, has left an impression on the hip-hop world that is nothing short of legendary. Poetic street-imagery displayed on his debut album "Illmatic" in 1994 instantly made him the worthy heir to Rakim's throne, and since that time Nas has continued to draw attention to himself both for his impeccable storytelling talent and controversial moves in the media. Now with his new untitled album set for release on July 15, Nas is poised to add another notch to his already rock-solid catalog with an album full of politically-focused wordplay and stunning production.

Please visit Nas' MySpace page for the very latest news items, tour dates and media: * http://www.myspace.com/nas *

For more information on MySpace Release Shows sponsored by Saints Row 2, please visit: * http://www.myspace.com/hiphop *

About MySpace:
MySpace, a unit of Fox Interactive Media Inc., is the premier lifestyle portal for connecting with friends, discovering popular culture, and making a positive impact on the world. By integrating web profiles, blogs, instant messaging, e-mail, music streaming, music videos, photo galleries, classified listings, events, groups, college communities, and member forums, MySpace has created a connected community. As the first ranked web domain in terms of page views (*), MySpace is the most widely-used and highly regarded site of its kind and is committed to providing the highest quality member experience. MySpace will continue to innovate with new features that allow its members to express their creativity and share their lives, both online and off. MySpace's international network includes localized community sites in the United States, France, Germany, Australia, Ireland, Spain, Italy, Mexico, Switzerland, Austria, Canada, Netherlands, New Zealand, Japan, Sweden, Latin America, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Brazil and the United Kingdom. Fox Interactive Media is a division of News Corp. (NYSE:NWS) (NYSE:NWS.A) (ASX:NWS) (ASX:NWSLV).

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