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April Newsletter From The Understudies

April's newsletter we'll keep you up on The Understudies & Study Music artists, and provide you with New Music, Tour Dates, Free Downloads, CDs, Vinyl and more!

New Singles (Free Downloads)

Maintain - Burnin' / Sensei Style (ft. Ravenous Deen) from his forthcoming EP The Process of Progress.

Citizen's remix of Guilty Simpson - "Before The Verdict", from his upcoming "After The Fact" EP.
Download Guilty Simpson - Before The Verdict (Citizen Remix)

Sean E Depp's latest single entitled "Soul of The City Pt. II ft. G (Alternate Mix)". From the album CC4: We Out Here!

Download Sean E Depp "Soul of The City Pt. II ft. G" via usershare

Venture Capitalists [Welsed & Self Advocate] - Crosswired. From the album "Rate of Exchange"
Click here to Download Venture Capitalists - 'Crosswired'

Manifest, Self Advocate & Fly Cobb - King of The Bongo
Download Manifest, Self Ad & Cobbo - King of The Bongo

The Understudies - All Here (pr. Shonsteez) from CC4: We Out Here!
Download The Understudies - All Here

Maintain, Citizen & G - Sixteens Pt. III
Download Maintain, Citizen & G - Sixteens Pt. III


Understudies live in Berkeley @ Blakes on Telegraph.

Citizen, Sean E Depp, Manifest, G & DJ MRC LIVE @ Blakes in Berkeley, CA

Venture Capitalists [Welsed & Self Advocate] - Wake Your Daughter Up

Venture Caps - W.Y.D.U. (Official Video)

Gee & Sean E Depp x Elijah The Poet x 21 Stylez x Eligh GBM 3 (Freestyle)

Watch G & Sean E Depp x Elijah The Poet & 21 Stylez (Freestyle Cypher)


Maintain's new single "Burnin' /Sensei Style" single was recently featured over at WeveGotTheJazz.com

We've Got The Jazz x Maintain

Venture Caps were recently featured in aboveGround magazine, including a link to download the track "Crosswired" for free.
aboveGround Magazine x Venture Caps - "Crosswired"


3/26/10 - Berkeley, CA - The Understudies w/ Aesop of Living Legends

                                            Digital Martyrs, Elijah The Poet & 21 Stylez, DJ MRC

                                         + Special Guests !!!! @ BLAKES on Telegraph / ages: 18+

                                              $10 Presale / $13 Door

Thanks to everyone who came out to the Berkeley show, you guys got it crackin'! We had a great turnout, special guest Bicasso from Living Legends, and shouts out to Function: Drinks for being in the house with free refreshments and gear. Pictures are on The Understudies Facebook. Link at the bottom.

4/8/10 - Los Angeles, CA -     @The Airliner - The Understudies w/ Ugly Duckling

                                                     $10 Limited Guestlist / $15 Door

                                                      contact us @ understudiescrew.com for guest list

4/28/10 - San Francisco, CA - @Bottom of The Hill - Citizen's B-Day Bash

                                                       featuring Live Performances by:

                                                       Venture Capitalists / The New Humans

                                                        and a special Living Legends guest.

                                                        Hosted by The Understudies  ages: 18+ $10


We're going to continue to bring you tons of new projects and free music in 2010,
 so please do your part and support
 @ Understudiescrew.com
We've made most of our releases 'name your price', and all the profits go directly to the artists, as we're an independent operation.
In 2010-11 Look out for lots of new projects such as:
The Understudies - We Out Here! CD & iTunes (w/ alternate tracks & bonus items)
The title says it all. Best sound quality, Full Artwork.
We're also talking about putting out a 7" vinyl single. Details TBA

 The Understudies + Digital Martyrs - (Title TBA) EP
We've started working on this and its sounding funky fresh. Beats by Off-Balance from Digital Martyrs so far...

- Maintain - The Process of Progress EP
This EP consists of 7 choice tracks from Maintain, recorded between projects. 

 Maintain & Off Balance [of Digital Martyrs]
Maintain & Fanatik EP
Maintain on Vocals. The one and only Fanatik on beats.

Citizen - After The Fact EP
Citizen offers up a free EP he puts the final touches on his upcoming LP. "After The Fact" EP features some original tracks and remixes, including collaborative efforts with East Coast indie rock band The Smyrk, Alexander Spit (formerly of Instant Messengers), Stone's Throw's Guilty Simpson as well as Manifest of The Understudies and Ro Knew.
Citizen - Quake City Jukebox
Citizen's 2nd official solo project, a full length follow up to last years "In Search of Her Soul" will be released this year. "Quake City's sessions feature signature Citizen sound,  organic, gritty, bangin', boom bap mixed with smooth soulful samples, produced mostly by Citizen, with beats from Myers, Cyberclops and JD from Motion Mechanic. Expect guest appearances by Understudies crew members Cobbo, Self Advocate, Maintain & Sean E Depp, as well as Elijah The Poet, A Brother Named George and G.

 Citizen, Elijah The Poet & 21 Stylez - (Title TBA) EP
The Oakland trio gets together for an EP with beats by Myers, Self Advocate, DJ Fresh

Venture Caps - Checks & Balances LP - Last month The VCs debuted their new promo video for this album cut, "Wake Your Daughter Up", produced & directed by Welsed.

- Self Advocate - Abacus of Self LP
The full length debut album from Self Advocate is nearing completion and is due out this year. The project is produced by Self Ad save , featuring an infusion of samples and live instrumentation. The album is set to feature Matre & Welsed.
and more!

Additional projects by Myers, Manifest, Sean E Depp & Gee, Cobbo & Geebz and The Understudies are underway but too early to mention quite yet, so stay tuned!

Support Your Indie Artists. Donate for Downloads & Buy CD's.
Check out these featured releases by Study Music & The Understudies crew below.

The Understudies x Statement Clothing -  CC4: We Out Here!

Study Music & Statement Clothing get together to bring you the new Understudies crew offering CC4: We Out Here! It features Self Advocate, Cobbo, Citizen, Maintain, Manifest, Welsed, Sean E Depp, Myers & Poe getting busy with 12 new joints and an intro by DJ FRESH, including the 8 MC crew cut "All Here" and the Cyberclops produced banger "Underground Sound".
(CD / iTunes w/alternate tracks coming 2010)

-Features guest spots by Elijah The Poet (Beats & Flows), G, Maleko , A Brother Named George (The Lessondary crew), 21 Stylez (Kurse Krew) and more.

-Produced by Self Advocate, Cyberclops, Myers, Cobbo, Welsed, Citizen, Shonsteez, Blinky and Abdul Malik.

------------------------------ ----->Purchase Album (MP3)<------------------------------------

Study Music's 2nd official release in a series of Limited Edition CDs, is a collaboration with WeedTRACKER.com. Citizen's EP featuring The Understudies called "In Search Of Her Soul" is out now. Its a nod to the style of the late great jazz vocalist and pianist Nina Simone. It's about 50/50 vocal/instrumental and bangs from beginning to end!

- Features Self Advocate, Sean E Depp, Maintain, Poe, Manifest and the mysterious High Preistess. CD Available @ Amoeba SF + Berkeley & ships worldwide from Access Hip Hop.

- Entirely Produced by Citizen

- Purchase the CD for just $7.98, shipping worldwide!: BUY NOW
- MP3s available through WeedTracker Music
Venture Capitalists (Welsed & Self Advocate) have an album out called "Rate of Exchange".
"Rate of Exchange" is Study Music's first official release in a series of Limited Edition CDs. Art Direction & Design by Welsed.

- Produced by Welsed, Self Advocate & Porter

- Features Cuts by DJ Jumu, Self Ad and Welsed

- Purchase the Limited Edition CD w/ bonus 7" vinyl for just $7.98: BUY NOW
- Download the MP3s NAME YOUR PRICE @ www.understudiescrew.com

Study Music & SubLevel Epidemic have re-issued Self Advocate's Carpe Diem 7" vinyl single for all the collectors and DJ's who spin that real hip hop and support The U!
Carpe Diem is produced by Self Advocate, Unruly Epidemics is produced by Kegs One and features cuts by DJ Just N Case
TRACK LISTING                
1. Carpe Diem click to     listen2.Carpe Diem (instrumental) 3.Unruly Epidemics click to     listen4.Unruly Epidemics (instrumental)
Thanks for supporting The Understudies, please tell a friend!

The Understudies on Twitter (Lots of FREE MUSIC!):
The Understudies @theunderstudies
Citizen on Twitter: @MrCITI
DJ MRC on Twitter: @MRCisouthere
Study Music on Twitter: @StudyMusic


Shout outs to all the publications that have featured The Understudies recently, sorry if we missed you, hit us up and we'll shout you out in the next newsletter:
aboveGround Magazine did an Understudies mixtape, and has featured numerous singles.
We Got The Jazz featured CC4: We Out Here! and Maintain's - Burnin'/Sensei Style
WYDU featured CC4 + In Search of Her Soul. Citizen served on 2009 Awards Panel
The MashUp featured CC4
Thizzler on The Roof featured CC4 and various singles + Interview w/ Citizen
Bloggerhouse featured CC3.5 Mixtape
Boom Boom Chik featured CC4 and "The Type of Dude" single.
Real Hip Hop Daily - featured CC4 and "All Here b/w Underground Sound" single.
Underground Dirtnap 2.0 featured CC4
Magma featured We Out Here! video series.
Raw Drive featured CC4
Hail Megatron (!) featured the CC3.5 Mixtape
Vacant 51 featured the CC3.5 Mixtape
Music, Money, Mixtapes featured "All Here b/w Underground Sound" single and Sean E Depp - Back In Town ft. Citizen
MicDem featured the "All Here b/w Underground Sound" single

Thanks for supporting The Understudies, please tell a friend!

The Understudies on Twitter: @theunderstudies
Self Advocate on Twitter: @dafles
Citizen on Twitter: @MrCITI
DJ MRC on Twitter: @MRCisouthere
Study Music on Twitter: @StudyMusic


Check out Statement Clothing @statementgear / statementclothing.bigcartel.com
and pick up some dope new T-Shirts. Tell em The Understudies sent you!

U's Up!

The Understudies & Study Music
New Single From Woo Child

From AheadPR Promotions:

Hip Hop artist Woo Child has released his lead single "Move (Get It In)" produced by hitmaker Vybe Beatz of Lupe Fiasco, T-Pain, and Soulja Boy fame. With Woo Child's slick lyricism and Vybe's pounding bass driven beat, this record is sure to make the people "Move"! Follow Woo Child @ www.Twitter.com/woochild1 - www.myspace.com/woochild1 & www.WooChild.com.

Video: TRUTHLiVE - The Barbershop EPK 3/4

The Video:

After releasing his EP The Unlearning, and leading up to the release of his full-length album, Patience, which was produced entirely by Jake One and will be arriving April 20, 2010, TRUTHLiVE is releasing an inside look, four-part EPK series. As the third installment, The Barbershop follows the rapper as he prepares for a performance at Last Day Saloon, which is also the location of his Santa Rosa release party on April 16, and night out on the town. Getting a haircut from longtime friend Jon the Backyard Barber, TRUTHLiVE mentions Monta Ellis, of the Golden State Warriors, and the great game he played that evening. A true sports fanatic, look out for TRUTHLiVE's sports vlog coming soon. As the evening progresses, TRUTHLiVE sets up the stage of Last Day Saloon with the help of DJ Tonytone, a collaborator on "Tormented Genius", and does a quick, but meticulous, sound check for his DJ and rap sets. A true success, the show was sold out with over 500 in attendance. The real deal, when TRUTHLiVE hits the stage, he delivers.

TRUTHLiVE's album, Patience, is available April 20, 2010 via Interdependent Media. His album release party at Last Day Saloon will be April 16, 2010 and features performances by Zion-I, Donwill, Moe Green, DJ Toure, and The Park in addition to TRUTHLIVE's own set.

Watch EPK 3 here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RwmnAQmgs7A

Watch EPK 2 here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SpqPc5LQg5Y

Just In Case You Missed It, Watch EPK 1 here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ualklyNOiU

Download The Unlearning EP: http://www.djbooth.net/index/mixtapes/entry/truthlive-the-unlearning-ep

The Background:

Evan "TRUTHLiVE" Phillips, owner and founder of Interdependent Media, has certainly made his mark in the music industry with his wide range of talents. As an emcee, DJ, entrepreneur, and artist, TRUTHLiVE has had his hands in everything from a very young age. After a traumatic adolescent period where his health was at risk, three heart surgeries proved the artist to be quite a fighter. He explains to his new listeners, "The name TRUTHLiVE doesn't mean that I'm proclaiming myself as the truth, end-all be-all; it's more of a reminder to myself on how to conduct my life and career." The MC best summates, "My music is my truth and my life." That meaningful music will arrive on April 20th in the form of Patience, TRUTHLiVE's debut release, courtesy of Bay Area label 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 2010, iM will be releasing multi-media projects from artists Donwill, TRUTHLiVE, Canibus, Von Pea, A-Plus, and more. For more information, please visit  http://www.imculture.com


EPK 3:

"Coors Light and Ski Boats" (DJBooth Exclusive Freestyle):

EPK 2:

EPK 1:

The UnLearning EP Download:

"The UnLearning":

"Can't Hold Me Back":

"Broken" Prod. By The ARE:
http://media.audibletreats.com/TRUTHLiVE-Broken.mp3 />
"Tormented Genius" Prod. By Martin SLO:

"Shoot Me Down" prod. by Tha Bizness:

Bio, pictures, and streams available here:




Label Site:

Kottonmouth Kings Release "Party Monsters" Featuring Tech N9ne Online

For Immediate Release:
Kottonmouth Kings Release ‘Party Monsters’ Featuring Tech N9ne Online

California based Kottonmouth Kings have posted the song “Party Monsters” featuring Tech N9ne online at www.myspace.com/KottonmouthKings. Tech N9ne spit his lyrical fire on the track, which will be released on April 20th, 2010 when Kottonmouth Kings’ new studio album, “Long Live The Kings”, hits stores.
"The Kottonmouth Kings and Tech N9ne have been allies for years," commented Daddy X. "Sub Noize and Strange Music are part of the trilateral underground commission, so when Tech N9ne gets on a track with the Kottonmouth Kings, it sends shockwaves through the underground. Having Tech and Dirtball on the same track is like hearing two high powered missile launchers! It sounds devastating!"
"The Dirtball is a wonderful addition to the Kings because he's a fucking lyrical murderer,” added Tech N9ne. “With that being said, what he brings to Kottonmouth Kings will be a phenomenon!"

Fans can catch a glimpse of the Dirtball in the Kottonmouth Kings new ‘Clockwork Orange’ themed video for “Stomp/Rampage” online at www.youtube.com/watch?v=1228L35Rjmo&feature=player_embedded.
Audio: Swazy Baby - "I Sang"

From: SlipNslide Sean
I hope all is well. Brand new official single from Swazy Baby... Just being released to the public today. Would love to get a review from you. Thanks for all of your support!!!

Audio: Jigg feat. Ice Cube - "What I Want"

From Tonia Samman:


Summer 2010


If you don't know the name yet, you don't read credits. Jigg has been slowly making a name for himself inside the liner notes of your favorite artists’ albums for several years now, producing for the likes of Rick Ross, Young Buck and most recently linking up with Ice Cube producing two tracks on his highly anticipated "I AM THE WEST" album, including the new smash hit "I Rep That West" where he's also feature on the hook. Jigg seeks to bring his behind-the-scenes success to the forefront as he displays his lyrical ability and air tight flow along side the legendary Ice Cube on his new street banger “What I Want” executed by Tony Draper.


Listen to Jigg's "What I Want"


For More Information:

Audio: Wordsmith & Whitefolkz - "The Waiting Line"

From Wordsmith:

(Produced by Drums Majors ATL)

This is the first single from Whitefolkz's upcoming Mixtape, "Alphadogg" dropping on 4-20! "The Waiting Line." features Wordsmith, while super producers Drum Majors ATL laced the production. Don't sleep on this cut and please support the movement.

NU Revolution Entertainment LLC. 2010

Wordsmith-"Vintage Experience" Album OUT NOW: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/vintage-experience/id356547753

Refined Hype x DJ Booth x Coast 2 Coast x Frostwire Presents Wordsmith "The Vintage Vault" Mixtape Online Feb. 23rd, 2010!!

HipHopdx x 2 Dope Boyz x Coast 2 Coast x Frostwire Presents Wordsmith "Overdue & Underrated" Mixtape OUT NOW!
Link: http://www.coast2coastmixtapes.com/mixtapes/mixtapedetail.aspx/wordsmith-overdue-and-underrated

Chubb Rock & Wordsmith-"Bridging the Gap" Album Online (Itunes)
Itunes Link: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/bridging-gap-radio-mix/id315850341?i=315850374&uo=6

HipHopdx.com Presents Wordsmith Feat. Chubb Rock & The NU Revolution Camp "A Crack in the Bridge" Mixtape OUT NOW!
Link: http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/news/id.9121/title.free-download-wordsmiths-a-crack-in-the-bridge-mixtape

HipHopdx.com Presents Wordsmith "The 2008 Resolution & Recap" Mixtape OUT NOW!
Link: http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/news/id.8321/title.free-download-exclusive-wordsmith-mixtape

HipHopdx.com Presents Wordsmith "The Revolution Begins with a Takeover" Vol. 2 Mixtape OUT NOW!
Link: http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/news/id.8000/title.free-download-exclusive-wordsmith-mixtape

HipHopdx.com Presents Wordsmith "The Mid-Year Review" Mixtape OUT NOW!
Link: http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/news/id.7041/title.free-download-wordsmiths-mid-year-review-mixtape







Podomatic Streaming Feed: http://www.revoltradio.com
Audio: yU - "Native"

The Song:

Amidst the escalating anticipation for his forthcoming album, emcee and one third of critically acclaimed Diamond District, yU, is proud to release the first official leak off his album, Before Taxes, entitled "Native". While setting the stage with lighthearted sampling from the comedic likeness of Dave Chappelle and sound clips from Glenn Beck, the track gradually transforms into the direct antithesis of its original vibe as it progresses. yU dives head first into some hard-hitting themes with a boom-bap feel as the bass pounds, the guitar lays down ghostly lead runs, and the drums creep along with a dragging, bass heavy groove. Lyrics such as, "I sing a song of truth, courage, and respect / Jumping out there like Geronimo, we stand up for that / And our plan of attack is straight Cherokee strategy / You can kill me, but you cannot kill my legacy," act to demonstrate yU's immense pride in his own Native American roots and his devotion to his ancestors. Collaborating with his partner Slimkat78, yU utilizes his experimental sound to get the song's message across. "The track is giving props to where it began, and hopefully it will make people think about where they're coming from," he says, clarifying the song's purpose. yU's solo project, Before Taxes, drops April 13, 2010 via Mello Music Group.

Listen To "Native", yU's First Official Single, Here: http://media.audibletreats.com/yU-Native.mp3

The Background:

Stemming off the success of Diamond District's In The Ruff, emcee yU has branched out with his solo album, Before Taxes. Embodying the musical influences surrounding him, yU brings listeners tastes of the district, Maryland, and Virginia with his own classic brand of hip-hop. Showcasing his depth of talent and skill, yU expands on Diamond District's love of boom-bap and the golden era with this forthcoming release. Before Taxes will be released April 13th, 2010 via Mello Music Group.



"On Ya Head":

Bio, pictures, and streams available here:



Group Site:

Label site:

Blestenation Offer Free Download From Upcoming New Album

Misfit hip-hop trio Blestenation are currently offering fans a free download of the song "We’ll Die", from their upcoming new album "MBugout City", online at http://www.reverbnation.com/controller/audio_player/download_song/3724462. The group’s debut album, “MBugout City” is scheduled to land in stores on April 13th through Suburban Noize Records.

Blestenation have concocted what some are saying is the most dynamic
debut album from a rap group in years. The album ranges from arena rap
anthems to dark melodic acoustic songs, as the group creates their own
brand of misfit hip-hop. Blestenation’s “MBugout City” is currently
available for pre-order along with a free copy of the group’s “Left For
Dead” EP online at www.SubNoizeStore.com.


Audio: Trends - "Don't Stop Me"

From Trends:
Hey what's up. I wanted to send you another track off of my new album "There is no Future" This one is called "Don't Stop Me". Please post this to your site when you get a chance. It would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks for all of your support

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