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Amiyj - Take a Picture

Much like the rapper himself, the PR person who sent me the new Amiyj single was incredibly polite and thoughtful, not screaming that he was THE HOTTEST NEW INDUSTRY FAVORITE BURNING UP THE CHARTS GOING FOR ADDS ON... well you get the idea. Half or more of the promo e-mail you get can read like that, but not the one from Amiyj's peeps. Here's a snippet from Amiyj's press kit.

"By the time Amiyj was able to send himself to Salem State College (Sociology major) he already had a rep as a local rap star, built on his articulate delivery and fortified by rock-solid relationships throughout the underworld. Throughout the New England area he would easily sell out shows, even becoming the first rapper to perform at the"The Tuckerman Hall" Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra. Unfortunately, after college, with mixtape sales and a Hollywood modeling contract unable to sustain his new title of Dad, Amiyj returned to hustling eventually landing him a drug charge in 2008. Fortunately an illegal search helped him avoid prison. Viewing his exoneration as a blessing, Amiyj teamed with Famish Enterprises and fully committed himself to his music. Now with 'Take a Picture' catching fire from Boston to South Beach and his self-titled video grabbing the Internet’s attention, it’s looking like the son of two immigrants is finally ready to live his American dream. 'How many rappers lived in a foreign country, have a criminal background, went to college, were signed to a major modeling agency and can make hit records with the best of em?'"

It's a good story for the half-Ghanian, half-Trinidadian rapper, but surprisingly the song is even better. Check it out and give us your thoughts!

AMIYJ from The Artoholiks on Vimeo.

Neosonic Productions - Between Earth & Sky (AMV)

Peep this really DOPE AMV (Animated Music Video) that a fan of Panacea did on Youtube! Its a clip of one of my personal favorites from our 2007 release, "The Scenic Route" set to video from one of my all-time fav anime series, "Samurai Champloo". Super-Shouts to JustBeEazy11 for taking the time to put this together! Be on the look out this fall for the instros to this album as well as "IIMD" and "AMOASTT".


Subnoize Souljaz Reveal Tracklisting For “Blast From The Past”

From Kerosene Media:

Subnoize Souljaz Reveal Cover Art & Tracklisting For “Blast From The Past” Featuring Covers Of Classic Hip-hop Tracks From NWA, Snoop Dogg and More
Subnoize Souljaz have released the cover art and final tracklisting for their new album "Blasts From The Past" which features the entire Sub Noize battalion covering your favorite hip-hop tracks. The album is scheduled for release on August 25th, 2009 through Suburban Noize Records. The track list is as follows:
1.  Paul Revere (feat. The Kottonmouth Kings)
2.  Mama Said Knock You Out (feat. Judge D)
3.  Bitch Betta Have My Money (feat. Big B)
4.  2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted (feat. Chucky Chuck and Saint Dog of DGAF)
5.  Microphone Fiend (feat. The Dirtball)
6.  Fuck tha Police (feat. Judge D, Saint Dog and Daddy X)
7.  Ain't No Future in Yo' Frontin' (feat. Johnny Richter)
8.  Murder Was The Case (feat. Chucky Chuck)
9.  Children's Story (feat. Daddy X)
10.  I Got It Made (feat. D-Loc)
11.  I Got 5 On It (feat. Potluck)
12.  Bring tha Noize (feat. Sen Dog and Daddy X)
13.  Just A Friend (feat. Big B)
14.  Strictly Business (feat.Dogboy)
Sub Noize Souljaz recently posted their cover of the classic NWA track “Fuck Tha Police” online at The track features Kottonmouth Kings Daddy X, Saint Dog and the long awaited return of Judge D.
With 14 tracks of classic hip-hop, SubNoize Souljaz "Blasts From the Past" reignites a collection of highly influential songs with a fresh spin. The album is currently available for pre-order along with a free bonus CD and your choice of a $5.00 t-shirt online at .
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Brown Bag AllStars "League Of Intoxicated Gentlemen" Remix Contest

You know we support the Brown Bag AllStars here at so check out this contest to see if you want to get down!

This week for Brown Bag Season we present:

The Brown Bag AllStars and Coalmine Records team up to bring you The Brown Bag AllStars "League Of Intoxicated Gentlemen" Remix Contest. Originally produced by Mr. Porter (Aftermath/D12), the opportunity is now yours to step up and tap out some heat! We will be picking 2 winners, 1 sample-based remix and 1 sample-free remix, both winners will be have their remixes officially released as a digital single through Coalmine Records. Click here to download the original version, acapella and rules/contest itinerary. All submissions are due no later than Monday, August 31st. Please submit all remixes to

Download "League Of Intoxicated Gentlemen" (prod. Mr. Porter) HERE
Download the Clean Version HERE


Alchemist iTunes App to Take Us BEYOND Ringtones

E1 Music and Moderati Bring Fan Re mixing to the iPhone: Introducing "Romplr", a Groundbreaking Interactive Music Application Featuring Hip Hop Superproducer The Alchemist, Available Now on the iPhone

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Romplr propels music beyond ringtones with remixing as fans make it personal

(SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.) – Bellrock Media's U.S. subsidiary, Moderati, today announced the next generation of digital music with "Romplr", a patent-pending interactive music platform debuting with legendary hip hop superproducer/Eminem DJ, The Alchemist.  The Alchemist’s “Chemical Warfare” Romplr, named after his new album of the same name, allows people to create their own mixes from three hits on the album --"Lose Your Life (featuring Snoop Dogg, Jadakiss & Pusha T of The Clipse)", "That’ll Work (featuring Three 6 Mafia & Juvenile)" and "On Sight". Using the key elements of the songs, Romplr makes it easy for fans to become a “producer” and create their own unique versions and share them with their friends.

Consumers have proved that they want their media to be interactive – the rise of social media, video gaming and interactive TV have paved the way but, until now, music has not been an interactive experience for consumers. With Romplr, fans can now connect to artists' music in a whole new personal way by creating their own versions of a song and being part of the creative process. In addition to the core song elements, the Alchemist Chemical Warfare Romplr will feature seven additional samples, offering fans the tools to really connect with the music and personalize Alchemists’ tracks. Fans can then record and share their mixes through Facebook Connect, through email or on , the online interactive music companion site.

"E1 Music is intensely focused on developing and promoting digital and mobile fan engagement opportunities for our artists," stated Bill Crowley, E1’s VP / Digital + Mobile.  " The Alchemist has a huge following, both online and among both professional and aspiring producers and DJ’s, and has scored hundreds of thousands of Youtube views for his in-the-studio and beatmaking videos.  Alchemist’s Chemical Warfare Romplr application is a fantastic way for Alchemist’s fans to participate in his music-making.  Moderati has been a huge contributor to E1’s past successes in the mobile market, and we look forward to developing future apps for our other artists"

Romplr is the latest in a series of Romplr branded music applications to be produced by Moderati. Also launching today is Romplr Dance, which contains three original dance tracks that can be remixed by fans. Romplr will also be extended to other mobile platforms such Blackberry, Android, Java, Ovi and other popular mobile storefronts.

As one of America's largest mobile content agencies, Moderati has recently cemented its position as a leading creator of compelling Smartphone experiences. The company's Virtual Zippo Lighter iPhone application has reached over four million downloads and is ranked #18 on Comscore's all-time highest iPhone application downloads list. With the launch of the Romplr application, Moderati is turning their attention back to music by offering a fun and engaging platform for both fans and artists.

“We are thrilled to be working with another top artist to help them interact in a fresh way with their fanbase through Romplr.” said Jon Vlassopulos, CEO of Moderati. "People love getting closer to their favourite music and The Alchemist Romplr gives them that access pass.”

The Alchemist “Chemical Warfare” Romplr is now available on iTunes for $2.99. To learn more, visit: . Future artists and Smartphone applications will be announced soon. Follow @Moderati via Twitter to stay in the mix.

About The Alchemist

Alchemist is still doing what he has always done for the hip-hop scene--transmitting sounds into emotions, samples into moments, beats into classics in a way that has established his name as one of the most revered producers in hip-hop. As a much sought-after producer, The Alchemist has produced tracks for Mobb Deep, Fat Joe, Eminem, Prodigy, Freddy Fox and Capone-N-Noreaga, NAS, Snoop Dogg, Ludacris, Ghostface Killah, Big Daddy Kane and countless others. The Alchemist serves as Eminem’s in-house DJ and also Executive Produced the 2006 Shady Records platinum selling release “The Re-Up.” Alchemist’s “Chemical Warfare” album, released by E1 Music earlier this month, charted top 5 on iTunes. For more information check out Alchemist’s all new blog and homepage at ; Be sure to stop by for exclusive new video updates from the road and in the studio on his channel, accessible through

About E1 Entertainment

E1 Entertainment (AIM: ETO) is a leading independent entertainment content owner that acquires film, television and music rights and exploits these rights in all media in more than 190 countries.  

The company currently operates in Canada, the U.S., the UK, Holland and Belgium through its four primary businesses units: E1 Television, E1 Films, E1 Music and E1 Distribution.  These businesses collectively represent E1’s extensive expertise in film distribution, television and music production/distribution, Kids content, Licensing and Distribution.

E1’s content library includes more than 3,700 feature films, 2,700 hours of original television programming and 15,000 music tracks

About Moderati, a Bellrock Media Company

Moderati is a digital content agency that helps media companies and consumer brands connect with their consumers through the creation of engaging entertainment experiences. The company delivers the best digital content to consumers when, where and how they want it, with a mission to engage and entertain through creativity, technology and humor. Moderati has deep roots in mobile content and entertainment, and has been a trusted partner of top-tier wireless carriers and major media companies since 2001, having delivered over 100M individual content downloads. The company is a subsidiary of Japan's leading branded entertainment production company, Bellrock Media, backed by Yoshimoto Kogyo, the largest pure play media company in Japan with interests in TV, talent representation, film, music, physical venues and consumer products. Moderati is headquartered in San Francisco, CA.
Hip-Hop Videos - Joell Ortiz, Zion I, Scratch, Kero One

Last Thursday we brought back new hip-hop videos on the RapReviews newsfeed! This week we're doing it again a day earlier, starting with this Joell Ortiz video.

Next up is the official music video for Zion I's "Coastin'."

The Soul Assassins (well mainly DJ Muggs) are back with Cynic in this new video for "World We're In."

In this video shot by Gold Dust Media in Africa, Scratch shows his talents and shares the spotlight with De La Soul.

Last but not least we've got the official Kero One video for "Keep Pushin." Thanks for watching!

Swazy Styles - Sounds Like Money (Single)

Review by Steve 'Flash' Juon

Artist: Swazy Styles
Title: Sounds Like Money
Label: Block Starz Music

An example of Autotune gone horribly wrong, the chorus to Swazy Styles "Sounds Like Money" is an instant turnoff. "Well if it look like money, sound like money/Smell like money then it must be money, hey-eyyy-eyy-eyy!" No-ohh-ohh-ohh. Styles sounds like a Floridian version of DMX, trying to use his raspy voice to bark, growl and sing over a Mike Beats track, and if I was Mike I would take it back from him. The off-key chorus, terrible abuse of Autotune throughout and horrifyingly vapid sentiments of the song were so nauseating I trashed the file in iTunes before even getting through the song a second time. Avoid this one like you would swine flu. In fact wear a mask if someone you know plays it so you don't catch whatever stupidity they've got that made them think this even qualifies as a song.

Punchlyne & Fokis f/ Steele - Enemies of the State (Single)

Review by Steve 'Flash' Juon

Artist: Punchlyne & Fokis f/ Steele
Title: Enemies of the State
Label: Ekek Promotions

A little digging online revealed that this Jaisu produced track is featured on three different versions of "The Appetizer," released on three different hip-hop blogs. No love for huh? We're not hating because of that - in fact this is my favorite of all four singles covered in this week's update. Jaisu's beat works for multiple reasons - it snaps and crackles like dusty old records, it has a good piano style backdrop punctuated by symphonic breaks, and the triumvirate of rappers on it are busting straight up New York underground hardcore rhymes. "General Steele, modern day Bobby Seale/Huey Newton we shootin impeccable rhyme skills/All black like Navy Seals, strapped ready to ill." Now I know you can dig that, so go get this track then find one of the three versions of "The Appetizer" that came out for free - I'm gonna recommend 2DopeBoyz because they're down with Okayplayer.

F.T. (Fuc That) - Gangsta or Not (Single)

Review by Steve 'Flash' Juon

Artist: F.T. (Fuc That)
Title: Gangsta or Not
Label: F.T.

"The Edward Scissorhands of rap, hand me the gat/You about to catch a handicap." F.T. (Fuc That) has long been known as one of the grimiest rappers to bang out of Brooklyn, as mean as Bumpy Knuckles and as loud as M.O.P. if not louder. The sheer lyrical violence of the track is entertaining, as well as his NOT thinly veiled chorus with the bravado "gangsta or not, I'ma stop and drop enemies." The only problem with this song is the monotonous Musicman backdrop, as it seems F.T.'s producer only knew two chords on his Yamaha or Casio, and decided to jump and back forth between them hoping F.T. could carry it anyway. Well he can, but as the man's name says, FUC THAT. Next time do your joint with Just Blaze or someone else who can make it fire.

Fat Joe f/ Pleasure P - Aloha (Single)

Review by Steve 'Flash' Juon

Artist: Fat Joe f/ Pleasure P
Title: Aloha
Label: Imperial Records

Don't get me wrong - when it comes to swagger Fat Joe's got as much if not MORE right to walk it and talk it than most rappers who use the phrase today. All that being said, his lines still come across as cornball here. "Touched a couple plots, got the dough and skate off/And just like Bernie, me and my baby Madoff." Ouch. Pleasure P's chorus is equally corny: "They say - hello, hello, hello, A-LO-HA (a-lo-ha) because they know that I'm the shit." They do? Why? They say hello and goodbye because you're fly? Did you even think about that when you wrote it P? Rico Love's broken squeaky keyboard shifts and dirty bottom synths sound like a bad mixture between The Runners and The Alchemist without incorporating the best of either. Somehow I think because of the sound and the featured artist this one will chart anyway.

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