Monday September 24, 2018
Feature of the Week

[Day 69]

Some are starting school, but he just graduated.

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Yo! Promotions Newest Clients - Guru & Solar

Press release from Yo! PR:


Yo! Promotions proudly presents its newest client, legendary East Coast rapper and GangStarr founder Guru aka Mr. GangStarr and hit producer Solar from the successful boutique label 7 Grand Records.

"Yo! Promotions is proud of signing a promotion deal with a true legendary rapper. Guru is a great addition to our roster and we are all looking forward working with Guru, Solar and the whole 7 Grand Records family," says Yo! PR CEO Kai Denninger.

Guru said, "I want to welcome the Yo! Promotions team to the 7 Grand Records worldwide family! Solar and I are looking forward working with Yo! Promotions on our future projects. Look out for our new single 'Lost and Found', the title track from our current classic 7 Grand release 'Guru 8.0 Lost and Found' which is available in stores now! This is real Hip-Hop 2009 and beyond."

Iconic rapper Guru gained worldwide stardom when he and super producer DJ Premier took over the Hip-Hop industry in the 90's as the duo GangStarr with combining unique elements of Acid-Jazz, Neo-Soul and Hip-Hop. The duo released classic albums like "Step In The Arena" (1991) and "Daily Operation" (1992). With Guru's popular "Jazzmatazz" album series, he is considered by industry insiders and music fans worldwide to be one of the pioneers of Hip-Hop/Jazz crossover.

Guru’s "first proper solo album", in his own words, was 2005's "Version 7.0: The Street Scriptures", a critically acclaimed album that was also one of the best selling independent releases of 2005, released with the help of producer and new backup Solar. Solar's production discography includes the creation of tracks for Grammy Award winning artist and nominees like Damien Marley, Common, Caron Wheeler, David Sanborn, Dionne Farris, Angie Stone, Talib Kweli, Jean Grae, Styles P, Slum Village, Blackalicious, Zion I, Aceyalone, and B-Real.

With Guru's latest accomplishment, "Guru 8.0 Lost & Found" (2009), the New York MC explained "it was necessary in today's Hip-Hop game to release another classic to keep REAL Hip-Hop alive."

"Guru 8.0 Lost & Found" is what the game has been missing and what true Hip-Hop fans have been waiting for. So if looking for Hip-Hop's new coordinates, turn off your radio, pop in "Guru 8.0 Lost & Found", and you will find your way indeed.

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J-Zone Shows Cassette Tape Appreciation

J-Zone tapesFrom J-Zone:

I'm taking time off from trashing celebrities, they're not putting money in any of our pockets anyway. This week, I explain why in 2009, I still use a tape walkman and a VHS machine like they were just invented yesterday (and show off some of my collection)...


And I also explain how I got cornered into Twitter (the same way it happened with myspace and facebook). What a mess...but here I am...


I may have gotten a Twitter account, but I can't do those ipods man. I don't dig it




Slaughterhouse & Eminem Possibly Negotiating Record Deal

According to SOHH, Eminem's label Shady Records and the rap group Slaughterhouse are negotiating a record deal, bring the hip-hop stars under Eminem's wing. The irony here is that Slaughterhouse member Royce Da 5'9" was once closely connected to Eminem via their common Detroit roots, doing records together and even forming a short-lived group called Bad Meets Evil. The group's failure prompted some acrimonious comments by Royce on record and in print, and when Eminem turned his attention to promoting D12 it only seemed to exacerbate the situation. If Slaughterhouse does sign with Shady Records though, it will all be water under the bridge.
Lil Boosie Pleads Guilty, Sentenced to 2 Years

Baton Rouge rapper Lil Boosie entered a guilty plea earlier today (September 22) on drug and weapons charges stemming from an arrest that occurred last October.

Local Louisiana news network WAFB reports that Boosie was scheduled to go to court this coming Monday, but pleaded guilty today in an effort to avoid trial. He was sentenced to two years in jail, but depending on his behavior he may only have to spend one year behind bars.

“I’m just ready to get all of this behind me and get further along in my career,” he told the station. “I plead guilty, it was in my best interest.”


Young Buck - Can't Catch Me (Single)

Review by Steve 'Flash' Juon

Artist: Young Buck
Title: Can't Catch Me
Label: Cashville Records

"Ghetto hero - I'm hood rich/Fuck rap! I got dope money bitch/And I bet you can't catch me, I bet you can't catch me, I bet you can't catch me/I won't let 'em catch me." Is this off the unreleased album "The Rehab" or some newer project? Whatever it's from I can't catch that either although Buck himself says "I'ma run this bitch hot homey, just give me a minute/If my album don't drop, you can go ahead and send it." I have no idea if it will or not, but Young Buck sings his way through these bars with a minimum of audio manipulation (no obvious Auto-Tune) and seems to be narrating his real life when he spits "You never seen a Phantom with so many stash spots/Bought a crib in Atlanta cause the 'Ville is gettin hot." Stay out of trouble Buck, we'd like to see that long awaited album in stores.

E.S.G. f/ Chamillionaire - Soldier (Single)

Review by Steve 'Flash' Juon

Artist: E.S.G. f/ Chamillionaire
Title: Soldier
Label: Screwed Up Click

As a Southern rap pioneer E.S.G. deserves accolades and props. As the artist behind misleading mixtape releases he deserves none. Where does "Soldier" fall between the two? Well the producer on this leak isn't credited, but the sound is akin to something you'd hear on a major label Chamillionaire release, and that's a good thing. Speaking of Cham, he brags on this track that he's got a "Presidential black card like I'm Barack" and his competitors "act as fruity as a strawberry banana smoothie." Not everybody could get away with these lines, but the charismatic Chamillionaire makes it work and even sings the hook. E.S.G. plays to Chamillitary by spitting some actual armed forces rap: "Now look how many soldiers in Iraq die every day/While we whip the Coupe with two hands, they dyin in the Sudan/This song ain't for ringtones, this one for my true fans!" Well congratulations E.S.G., you won one back with this rap.

E-40 f/ B-Legit, Young Jeezy - Get Money (Single)

Review by Steve 'Flash' Juon

Artist: E-40 f/ B-Legit, Young Jeezy
Title: Get Money
Label: Sick Wid It Records

The leaks from E-40's forthcoming album "Revenue Retrievin'" have already begun, and the first joint to land at is "Get Money," produced by Drew Money. Coincidence? Probably not. The song IS money though. E-40 is at his pimptastic best, saying he'll if you get in his way you "get smacked with the K" and he'll "cook you like Bobby Flay." I wouldn't doubt him for a second. The song is heavy on the electronic organ sound often heard from DJ Khaled tracks or productions by The Runners. Coincidence? Definitely not - they do all of Khaled's hottest best tracks. If Drew Money is styling himself after them, he at least picked a good role model. Young Jeezy and E-40 is a natural collaboration uniting Atlanta with the Bay Area, and it's only surprising they didn't do it sooner. This one should burn up mixtapes soon.

Samson - Call Me Samson (Single)

Review by Matt Jost

Artist: Samson
Title: Call Me Samson
Label: DSR

Samson is advertised as 'one of the UK's most anticipated grime/hip-hop artists' and "Call Me Samson" 'is predicted to be a club banger and a staple anthem in the grime/hip-hop scene whilst warming up his fans for the eagerly awaited "Black Magic" album.' Maybe it is time for these and/or 'grime/hip-hop' semantics to go away, because musically "Call Me Samson" isn't so much one or the other as it is safe, standardized urban music. Slightly stuttering drums that move along at a moderate pace, lots of synths to create what apparently is perceived as 'anthemic.' It's highly conventional from a contemporary dance music point of view, and that's putting it mildly. The rapper himself is a bit stiff compared to the UK's premier league, but he has the authority and attitude to match the assertive beat. The major stumbling block, however, is the song itself. Samson is also known as Black the Ripper. (It says so in the hook.) Why he now wants you to call him simply Samson (with an album entitled "Black Magic" on the horizon, nonetheless) is explained nowhere in the song. Singles should be self-explanatory, but this one raises more questions than it answers. Too bad, because the lyrics suggest that Black hasn't watered down his content for 'his most commercial record to date.'

Hip-Hop Shop #48 w/ Steve 'Flash' Juon

Hip-Hop Shop Episode 48 features 30 minutes of hot new music from Bekay, Kam Moye, Wordsmith and Akir plus much more! If you would like to sponsor Hip-Hop Shop please send an e-mail to for more information. Hip-Hop Shop features podsafe music, so distribute the show and tell your friends to check us out every week at!

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Tracks featured this week:

* Arsun F!st - Working (Day Job)
* Bekay - I Am
* Esinchill - Weekend Girl
* Tha Connection - Raw Skills
* Kam Moye a/k/a Supastition - Blue Skies
* Wordsmith - Half Bar Half Amazing
* AKIR f/ J-Ro - Let's Work it Out
* Bex - I'm a Nerd
* K-Murdock - Neo-Sonic BOOM!

The Adam B Experience (ABX) Podcast #26!

The Adam B Experience

Adam B: "September's edition of The Adam B Experience is jam packed with great new songs from some of your favorites, like Sketch Tha Cataclysm, Homeboy Sandman and Vinnie Scullo. In addition to the artists you may already know, you'll also want to check out the podcast debuts of Plus and Logic. Finally, I also have a throwback joint from an NYC underground legend that's gonna get you REALLY hyped. Hit me up with feedback at" The Adam B Experience is 100% PODSAFE and TOTALLY FREE for listeners at - no worries about downloading or sharing this show. Tell your friends to check out ABX right here at!

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