Breaking news this afternoon and the news is not good. BlackVibes.com is reporting that Eric Breed, better known as legendary rap artist MC Breed, passed away last night of apparent kidney failure and related heart problems according to various sources. TMZ.com had reported that Breed had been taken off life support in the hospital yesterday, and the rapper had been ailing since his kidneys failed a couple months ago. Our condolences to his family, friends and many fans around the world. The pride of Flint, Michigan may have left us but for now and forever more there will still be no future in yo' frontin'.
Free Music Friday is back after a long long break. What can I say...gas prices were high? Since the recession is still going strong and while Obama will bring change, he like won't be lowering the price of a CD you can look here for some free music sure to keep money in your pocket for the upcoming holidays:
We need to head down south for second and hit up my favorite southern rap store/site. Sosouth usually has something free for download to hear what's new in southern rap. All you Screwheads can check out the latest F-Action mixtape for free - R&B screwed and chopped is an acquired taste but for free it's worth a try.
Coming back up to... the south? Never quite know what to classify the DC/VA/MD area. Either way, this man uploads his live sets from club night and it sounds pretty tight if you need some amped music mixes. Word to the wise though - you better LOVE it before you even think of putting a ring on it.
This dude has tons of free mixtapes to go with the tons of buzz he's been developing lately. I've heard a lot of good, but along with guys like 88keys and Asther Roth he's been on my listen list for a while. Beat me to the punch and score some cool points.
Speaking of next big thing - THIS DUDE IS THE TRUTH! Seriously. If you heard him steal the show on T.I.'s "Paper Trail" you know this already, but if not go and download now! His CD isn't out until next year, but he's dropped plenty of free mixtapes which I have MADE the time to listen to. He's that tight. GO! NOW!
You might as well bookmark these dudes - they have weekly mixtapes with everyone, their mamas, and their mama's dead grandmother's cousin twice removed. Seriously, if you don't find something you like in the mix you probably don't like rap.
This is a new West Coast cat co-signed by Koch. Yes, I am aware Koch has cosigned some wack stuff, but it's better than a new West-Coast cat cosigned by the block, the hood, and the streets. Heard he's kind of tight though - let me know.
Speaking of Shady/Aftermath - or should it be shady Aftermath? All I know is that Stat was once the top prospect and now he's not even on the team. The man keeps hustling and keeps fans happy with free music.
Well that's it for now! 11 links with probably close to 30 mixtapes? I think that's enough til next week. If you digest that in a week I will personally shout you out and give you your own section in FMF - I can see it now:
***MYSPACE MUSIC ALBUM EXCLUSIVE*** KANYE WEST EXCLUSIVELY PREMIERES NEW ALBUM ON MYSPACE MUSIC
Fans Will Be Able to Stream Entire 808s & HEARTBREAK Album Before Official Release kanyeMySpace Music, the world's premier online music portal, is pleased to announce an exclusive premiere of Kanye West's much anticipated forthcoming album, 808s & HEARTBREAK. Beginning on Friday, Nov.21 at 12:01am PT, fans will be able to stream the album in its entirety for free on MySpace Music. This official premiere comes days before the album hits stores on November 24. Be sure to check out Kanye West's MySpace profile for the latest music, videos, news and more at www.myspace.com/kanyewest .
808s & HEARTBREAK, Kanye West's fourth album, is set to follow the pace set by his first three land-mark #1 releases - 2004's The College Dropout, 2005's Late Registration and last year's Graduation (released 9/11/07). The first two albums generated a total of six Grammy Awards, including consecutive wins for Best Rap Album of 2004 and 2005, and Best Rap Song of 2004 ("Jesus Walks") and 2005 ("Diamonds From Sierra Leone"). Graduation debuted at #1 on 956,936 first week sales, the biggest Soundscan debut by any album since Kanye's own Late Registration two years before - and the biggest debut in Island Def Jam history. Graduation generated three Grammy Awards: Best Rap Album, Best Rap Song ("Good Life"), and Best Rap Solo Performance ("Stronger"). Check out more news at www.kanyeuniversecity.com .
MySpace Music revolves around the millions major, indie, and unsigned artists that use their MySpace music profiles to communicate and intimately connect with fans and friends. Each music profile empowers artists to upload video content, blog, post tour dates, lyrics, and make their music available to fans for stream or download. As one of the most popular and highly trafficked music platforms in the world, MySpace Music has evolved into an offline experience by connecting bands and fans around the world through various concert series and live events.
About MySpace Music: MySpace Music is a landmark joint venture among MySpace, The EMI Group, SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT, Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group, and Sony ATV, and whose independent music distribution partners include The Orchard, IODA, Alternative Distribution Alliance, RED, Fontana, and Caroline. MySpace Music offers an ever-growing catalog of freely streamable audio and video content, user-friendly e-commerce solutions, personal music players, and user and artist playlisting. MySpace Music aims to empower major, independent, and unsigned artists to monetize their content through multiple revenue streams by allowing the MySpace community to freely stream premium content in an ad-supported environment, purchase MP3s and ringtones, create and share playlists, and ultimately buy merchandise, concert tickets, and other digital and physical goods. MySpace Music also connects artists and fans in the offline arena through various concert series and live events including Secret Shows, MySpaceLIVE!, Transmissions, The Release, Front to Back and The List.
In my many years in Hip-Hop I have seen and heard a lot of fantastic artists. I have also seen and heard some real dolts. It takes a special kind of artist to earn the title of The Dumbest Rapper of All-Time, though, which is what makes Rico Todriquez Wright so extraordinary.
E-40 TO PERFORM MYSPACE MUSIC RELEASE SHOW AT SOBE LIVE IN MIAMI BEACH, FL, ON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 21
NEW ALBUM "THE BALL STREET JOURNAL" IN STORES AND ONLINE ON NOVEMBER 25 ON WARNER BROS./SICK WID' IT RECORDS
MySpace Music is proud to announce that E-40 will be performing a free show for his MySpace friends at SOBE Live in Miami Beach, FL, on Friday, Nov. 21, 2008 - a show being powered by AT&T. The Release Show will have 200 tickets available for the 21+ show, and admittance will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 11 p.m., with the performance starting immediately after.
Known for his atypical, imaginative rhyming style and entrepreneurial spirit by way of his notable Sick Wid' It record label, the Bay Area's E-40 is the true definition of a scene pioneer. After releasing a number of regionally-received albums throughout the course of the '90s and '00s, E-40 is back with his latest album titled "The Ball Street Journal" on Warner Bros./Sick Wid' It Records. Featuring guest appearances from the likes of Snoop Dogg, Ice-T, Akon and The Game, "The Ball Street Journal" is another notch in this rap phenom's belt, and serves as yet another offering for the preservation of Bay Area hip-hop creativity and innovation.
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For more information on MySpace Music Release Shows, please visit: http://www.myspace.com/hiphop . About MySpace Music: MySpace Music is a landmark joint venture among MySpace, The EMI Group, SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT, Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group, and Sony ATV, and whose independent music distribution partners include The Orchard, IODA, Alternative Distribution Alliance, RED, Fontana, and Caroline. MySpace Music offers an ever-growing catalog of freely streamable audio and video content, user-friendly e-commerce solutions, personal music players, and user and artist playlisting. MySpace Music aims to empower major, independent, and unsigned artists to monetize their content through multiple revenue streams.by allowing the MySpace community to freely stream premium content in an ad-supported environment, purchase MP3s and ringtones, create and share playlists, and ultimately buy merchandise, concert tickets, and other digital and physical goods. MySpace Music also connects artists and fans in the offline arena through various concert series and live events including Secret Shows, MySpaceLIVE!, Transmissions, The Release, Front to Back and The List.
Murphy Lee's makes his triumphant return to the center-stage of hip-hop with the video for "My Shoes" off his much anticipated and yet to be released album, You See Me. As if just Murphy Lee wasn't enough to get you clicking over to the video, you'll get a peek at Kanjia and a cameo from fellow St. Lunatic, Nelly. The video takes you right back to the glory days of the St. Lunatics and is a portent of the revival to come with Murph's new album. With honeys and whips aplenty, the boys show off their kicks and steeze in true southern style. Stick around 'til the end for a real drrty breakdown.
Before being known as a hip-hop hitmaker, Murph joined his friends, including Nelly, to create the St. Lunatics when he was still in his teens. After appearing on Nelly's first release, the multi-platinum Country Grammar album in 2000, Murph went on to release his solo album, Murphy's Law, in 2003. He has worked with legends such as Jermaine Dupri and Lil Wayne and won a Grammy for the song "Shake Ya Tailfeather" featuring Nelly and Diddy. Look out for second solo album You See Me soon on Derrty Ent. / Universal Records. Streams:
Yes it's double the pleasure, double the fun, two episodes of Hip-Hop Shop condensed into one! Due to technical difficulties experienced on last week's show we've combined the two episodes together and taken out all the dead air and snafus, which you'll no doubt appreciate. New songs heard during the first half include EPMD's "Listen Up" and Slim Thug's "I Run." New songs heard during the half include Skillz' "Y'all in the Way" and Shaya's "Impeccable Concepts" remix. Join us every Wednesday night at 10:00 PM EST, 9 Central via blogtalkradio.com/angrymarks and if you miss the live show be sure to look for the replay here on RapReviews or via our sponsor mrobandthecancer.com. The shows are 100% podsafe so distribute to your friends and tell them to visit RapReviews.com. Enjoy!
Rapper Lil Goonie provides Girls Gone Wild with new theme song Battery/ByStorm/Jive artist to film video for TV outlets and perform on national tour
New York, NY- Lil Goonie provides the music background for Girls Gone Wild tour. The song titled “Girlz Gone Wild” also appears on Lil Goonie’s Album.
Battery/Bystorm/Jive artist Lil Goonie has teamed up with America’s favorite guilty pleasure, Girls Gone Wild, as part of the new “Hollywood Gone Wild” campaign. Fittingly, the campaign will feature Lil Goonie’s anthemic single “Girlz Gone Wild” in a series of commercials and infomercials, to be run on major networks such as SpikeTV, Comedy Central, MTV, and FUSE. The song will also be touted on the inundated Girls Gone Wild website; www.GirlsGoneWild.com. An accompanying video captures a live performance by Lil Goonie in his home state of Tennessee.
“This is an amazing marriage, pairing the strong Girls Gone Wild brand with Lil Goonie and his anthem “Girlz Gone Wild,” remarks Battery Senior Vice President and General Manager Neil Levine. “It should instantly give us the right visuals in the marketplace along with some great marketing opportunities. This is a win-win for everyone involved.”
“Hollywood Gone Wild” is a new venture for Mantra Films, the makers of the storied DVD series, which rakes in $100 million per sales annually. “Hollywood Gone Wild” marks the new face of Girls Gone Wild. A national tour will follow in support of the DVD release. At 19, Lil Goonie is one of the youngest members of the national campaign, which will serve an apt showcase for the fast-ascending star.
The limelight is nothing new to the Nashville native, who’s been rhyming since age 12. By 15, he had an exclusive production deal. In 2007, he caught the eye of vaunted talent scout and President of Urban Music for Jive/Zomba, Mark Pitts. Pitts, the former manager of the Notorious B.I.G., Faith Evans and Nas, and current A&R for Usher, Ciara and Chris Brown, immediately signed Lil Goonie to Bystorm Entertainment, his label imprint through Jive Records.
Eric Deutsch, Senior Vice President of Production for Mantra Films, who’s been instrumental in the arrangement, adds: “Of all the Girls Gone Wild songs we’ve received over the past 10 years, this has to be the best one. In a new age of innovative deals that co-brand music with other media entities, this is very exciting for us and we look forward to doing more cross promotion with Jive, Battery and Sony Music Entertainment”.
Goonie is now preparing his hotly-anticipated major label debut for an early 2009 release. Stay tuned. Lil Goonie is coming.