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Animal Farm Added to 3 Dates with Ghostface Killah

From Erik Abel:

Animal Farm Added to 3 Dates with Ghostface Killah

One of the hottest acts in the northwest hip-hop scene, Animal Farm, has been added to three tour dates with Ghostface Killah from the legendary Wu-Tang Clan. Animal Farm has quickly developed a large regional following after performing live throughout the United States with the likes of Common, Method Man and Redman, LMFAO, GZA and RZA from Wu-Tang Clan, N.E.R.D., KRS-One, The Cool Kids, The Game, Dead Prez, Brand Nubian, Aceyalone, Mike Jones, Del the Funky Homosapien, Tha Alkaholiks, and at festivals such as CMJ Music Marathon, SXSW, The Dew Tour, MusicFest NW, and NW Reggae Fest.

Animal Farm's latest album, "The Unknown", features the legendary KRS-One and Nightclubber Lang from Rhymesayers’ Boom Bap Project.  "The Unknown" has received radio play throughout the country and on iTunes Indiecast, and peaked at #3 on the CMJ Hip-Hop Charts, where Animal Farm remained in  the Top 10 for seven straight weeks.  Animal Farm was also recently featured on NBC and MTV2's coverage of the Dew Tour.
The group also been featured on Myx TV's "Built from Skratch", in Urb Magazine’s Next 1000 column, and on numerous prominent websites, including hiphopdx.com, urb.com, hhnlive.com, rapreviews.com, and 2dopeboyz.com, among others. 
For Interview Requests:
Please contact Erik Abel from Focused Noise, info@focusednoise.com
TOUR DATES (Ghostace Killah, Fashawn, and Animal Farm)
Thursday, October 22nd at Berbati's Pan (Portland, OR)
Friday, October 23rd at WOW Hall (Eugene, OR)
Saturday, October 24th at Showboxat the Market (Seattle)
Free Music Friday: The Shedding Edition

Chaundon :: Black Dynamite's Revenge

[Oh yes, Black Dynamite is coming soon in theaters. So who's better than the NY-to-NC emcee Chaundon to take everyone there. This joint is so fresh, you might slap somebody for not hittin' this up sooner!]

 1. Broken Heart 
 2. Girls Girls Girls
 3. Want Me Back 
 4. Single Ladies 
 5. Distance 
 6. Name Droppin 
 7. Truthfully Speaking
 8. Lucifer
 9. Everybody's Hungry 
 10. You Aint Got Nothing
 11. Who Shot Ya
 12. 24 Hours To Live 
 13. Fear
 14. Trust
 15. Crazy
 16. Co-Star


DJ Cinema :: The Stimulus Blend Tape

CIN-STIM-FRONT-300-1.jpg picture by Cineplex_photos

[We're all facing a "recession," right? So DJ Cinema decided to make a mixtape blending in all of the hottest MCs (and non-MCs') to one songs, Many of them sound good for a blend-up track too!]

DJ Cinema Presents: The Stimulus

1. Intro
2. 9 O'Clock News - Young Jeezy, Fabolous & T.I.
3. Que Linda - Jay-Z, Drake & Fabolous
4. Trippin' - 2pac, Ludacris & 50 Cent
5. Interlude - Michael Jackson Speaks On Music
6. Desire - Lil' Wayne, Nas, Jadakiss & Michael Jackson
7. Sets Up - Tony Gambino
8. Interlude - Colombian Marriage
9. Blow (The Movie) - Nicki Minaj, Lil' Wayne, Juelz Santana & Jae Millz
10. I'm Ballin' - OJ Da Juiceman, T.I., Gucci Mane & Leona
11. Interlude - Casio Beat
12. Soulful - Jay-Z, Drake & Quincy Jones
13. Feel It -Busta Rhymes, 50 Cent & Ludacris
14. Interlude - The Next Roc-A-Fella
15. Can't Stop Me (Remix) - Fabolous, Stack Bundles & Joe Budden
16. Out There - Plies, Rick Ross, Young Jeezy & Akon
17. Swag It Out - Nicki Minaj, Lil' Kim & Foxy Brown
18. Interlude - The Science Of Love
19. Fallin' In Love - 2pac, Jim Jones & Mos Def
20. Is He Rich Like Me? - Asher Roth, Jadakiss, Kanye West & Big Boi
21. Money Hungry - The Game, Diddy & Twista
22. Interlude - NYC Vibe
23. Heart & Soul Of New York City - Stack Bundles, Big L, Big Pun & The Notorious B.I.G.
24. Weekend Girl - Rick Ross, Gucci Mane & Shawty Lo
25. Interlude - Rehab
26. Piff N' Sniff - Eminem, Juelz Santana & Jadakiss
27. Can't Go On This Way - Slaughterhouse (Joe Budden, Joell Ortiz, Crooked I & Royce Da 5'9")
28. Outro


Last Emperor :: Science Team...Go! Mixtape
Last Emperor - Science Team...Go! Mixtape / Mixed By: DJ Mickey Knox & DJ Concept

[You may remember the dude who nearly had a record with Aftermath, but went away. However, The Last Emperor is still remembered as one of the most lyrical underground rappers of this decade. His 2004 album even made it on RapReviews.com's Nines, so you should know this will be worht checking out!] 

1. Times Up 2012
2. Mafia Don
3. Charlie
4. Gangsta Groove
5. Monumental
6. Incredible
7. Its not Enough (feat. Wordsworth)
8. Not 2 far (D’Aguste feat. Last Emperor & Tajai)
9. Nile Nutrition (feat. Chief Kamachi)
10.Mystery Man
11.The Official (feat. Big Pops)
13.The Anthem (feat. Baby Blak)
15.Evolution (feat. Vinia Mojica)
16.the Booth
17.Man of the Year
18.Get Into It 2012
19.Secret Wars Pt.2
20.Halftime Show Freestyle


RatheMC - Trending Topic

[Here's an emcee who claim he's the number one Twitt-opic when it comes to putting out dope music, check out this free mixtape for proof!]


Tenacity, Shi Dog, and Oznoh :: Chain Breakers

[Three emcess decides to stick together and form as a group to put out this FREE album (Yes, FREE album) for all the world to hear. Guest appearances includes Guilty Simpson, DJ House Shoes, and more!]


That's it for the "Shedding Edition" of "Free Music Fridays." If you have any free music you would like to share with the world, please e-mail me at erik@rapreviews.com. If you're an artist with your free mixtape/album shown on this page and you want to send me a link re-up, corrections, and/or questions, e-mail me at erik@rapreviews.com, as well. Thanks for reading and enjoy y'all! Two fangas, one love....

A Debate on Freestyling

Many people were disillusioned earlier this year when they saw the now infamous video of Drake “freestyling” at Hot97 in New York. It showed the young superstar reading the lyrics of his “freestyle” rap off his Blackberry.

Bridgeport emcee Chase Davis says people shouldn’t have been that surprised.

Read the full story at FairfieldWeekly.com.

C.H.A.D. The Change - Changing The Game

C.H.A.D. The Change had a lot to live up to when I first popped in his Courage Heart And Dedication mix-CD. Namely, he had to live up to his name. I’ve always felt that intricate monikers should be reserved for intricate artists. Thankfully, it only took a few songs to find out that C.H.A.D. The Change’s name and music fit together perfectly. Originally from Detroit, but now residing in Atlanta, C.H.A.D. The Change manages to be interesting both lyrically and musically, not allowing either side of his work to fall off. Radio stations in the south east are starting to notice his work, and so have I, which is why I caught up with C.H.A.D. The Change this week to find out more about his music, what kind of changes he’d like to see happen in the world, and why he feels Canada has always been quite the inviting option for residency.

Read the full interview at:  http://adambernard.blogspot.com/2009/10/artist-of-week-chad-change.html

Del + Tame + Quantic Soul Orchestra (Unreleased Heat!)

From the desk of Stephen Bolles:

Unreleased Del & Tame track
from Parallel Uni-Verses sessions
Del The Funky Homosapien & Tame One- "I'm A..." (zshare) (mediafire)
* http://www.zshare.net/audio/6662421164e5d956/ *
* http://www.mediafire.com/download.php?iiuyuty5mxz *

Unreleased track from Parallel Uni-Verses sessions, album out October 13th on Gold Dust
"Flashback" digital single available now. Parallel Uni-Verses is streaming in it's entirety on Del's myspace.
Not every great track can make the album, but that's what gives us juicy material for your hungry ears.  "I'm A..." is a banger of a track recorded during the same sessions as the material for Parallel Uni-Verses and produced by Parallel Thought.  A liberal Quantic Soul Orchestra sample lays the foundation for the two supa emcees to get buckwild and do what they do best.  Parallel Uni-Verses drops October 13th on Gold Dust.
In Case You Missed The "Flashback" Video It's Below

For More Info, Check Out:
* http://www.parallel-universes.com *
* http://www.myspace.com/delthefunkyhomosapien *
* http://www.myspace.com/tameoneboomskwad *

Kottonmouth Kings Stream Entire Hidden Stash Album Online

From Kerosene Media:

For Immediate Release
Kottonmouth Kings Stream Entire “Hidden Stash 4:20” Album Online & Release ‘D Iz Who I B’ Video

Kottonmouth Kings are currently streaming their new album “Hidden Stash 4:20” online at www.MySpace.com/KottonmouthKings . The group has also released a video for the D-Loc solo track “D Iz Who I B” online at http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&videoid=63914175 . Kottonmouth Kings “Hidden Stash 4:20” is set for release October 13th, 2009 on Suburban Noize Records.
“The fourth installment of the ‘Hidden Stash’ series is a cannabis infused sonic orgy for your ears,” commented Kottonmouth Kings’ Daddy X. “In these tough times when most artists are cutting back, Kottonmouth Kings are striving to give fans more for their hard earned dollar. What other artist out there is giving their fans two CDs and a DVD for the price of a regular CD? Hopefully this will hold fans over until we drop our new studio album ‘Long Live The Kings’ on April 20th, 2010.”
Kottonmouth Kings’ “Hidden Stash 4:20” contains 40 smoking tracks of rip-hop music on two CDs and can be purchased with an exclusive bonus DVD through Best Buy or the SubNoize online store www.subnoizestore.com. The album features guest appearances by Tech N9ne, X-Clan, Big B, Potluck, Dirtball, as well as new solo tracks from Johnny Richter, D-Loc, and a new Kingspade song.

Oct 08 - Kihei, HI @ Ocean's Beach Bar & Grill
Oct 16 - Flagstaff, AZ @ Orpheum Theatre
Oct 17 - Albuquerque, NM @ Albuquerque Convention Center
Oct 18 - Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theater
Oct 24 - San Bernardino, CA @ San Manuel Amphitheater w/ Slipknot, Deftones, Cypress Hill          
Nov 13 - Loveland, CO @ Budweiser Event Center w/ 311   
Nov 14 - Council Bluffs, IA @ Mid America Center w/ 311    
Nov 15 - Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theater w/ 311 
Nov 18 - Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom w/ 311        
Nov 19 - Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore w/ 311
* www.KottonmoutKings.com *
* www.SuburbanNoizeRecords.com *

Capcom Enlists Legendary Hiero Crew for Marvel vs. Capcom 2

Video: Capcom Enlists Legendary Hieroglyphics Crew for Marvel vs. Capcom 2 Soundtrack Song & Video      10.08.2009
Tajai, Casual, Pep Love Featured In Video For "Battle Drum"

The Video:

For too long gamers have been bludgeoned by grating, repetitive game soundtracks. Capcom has answered their prayers and exceeded expectations by assembling the Marvel vs. Capcom 2 Hip Hop Mixtape. The lead video from the Mixtape- "Battle Drum"- is provided by legendary Oakland hip-hop collective Hieroglyphics. Directed by Andrew Georgopolous and Paul Trillo, the video pays tribute to Capcom's rich history in the gaming industry by evoking classic Street Fighter imagery, as the rapping protagonists take down henchmen in a variety of settings, including a junkyard and a dojo. Tajai was thrilled with the video- "it's got some live action and mimics the video game itself. It’s not just us rapping, it puts us inside the game." Tajai says that the action was so intense, in fact, that "we had to tone it down for the final cut because it was too violent. We were really fighting behind the scenes." The track was produced by Domino, and features verses by Tajai, Casual, and Pep Love. With a catchy chorus, belted out powerfully by Tajai ("Hands, feet, 'bo’s, teeth, knees. Even the words I speak cut deep."), there can be no doubt that "Battle Drum" was perfectly crafted for a fighting game like Marvel vs. Capcom 2. The song, with its infectious chorus and pugilistic verses, will be instrumental in motivating gamers to crush their opponents. The video features cameos by Hieroglyphics members Del The Funky Homosapien, A- Plus (and his son, who features at the beginning of the video), and Phesto, as well as Capcom's own John Diamonon.

"Battle Drum" Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0kjYVBxuQI .

Making of "Battle Drum" Behind The Scenes Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pz2Jw9QLx3g .

M.O.P. - Cold as Ice

Just because I felt like it, here's some MF'n M.O.P.! Don't don't DON'T, get it twisted!

Souls of Mischief Release New Details on Montezuma's Revenge

From Audible Treats:

Souls Of Mischief Release Artwork & Track List For New Album, Montezuma's Revenge      10.06.2008
Legendary West Coast Collective Collaborate With Artist Steven Lopez For Album Artwork

(October 6, 2009 - Brooklyn, NY) Souls Of Mischief, the Oakland, CA quartet and members of the mighty Hieroglyphics Crew are very proud to announce the release of the artwork and track listing for their new album, Montezuma's Revenge. The crew tapped artist Steven Lopez to paint a portrait of the group and album producer Prince Paul. Lopez is perhaps best known for his work with Erykah Badu. The album will be available December 2nd via Hiero Imperium Records.

As Souls Of Mischief releases the track listing for their new album, their collaborative effort for the album artwork should be brought to light as well. This being their first album in almost 10 years, the group decided to try something different this time around for the album cover. With all previous album covers based around photography, Souls decided to enlist a painter to handle the artwork. Steven Lopez ended up being chosen to handle the delegated task. For those who are not familiar with Steven Lopez's work, his resume runs the gamut from street art to a collaboration with Erykah Badu. Lopez, being a fan of SOM himself since their debut album, 93 'til Infinity gladly accepted. "When you work with other artists of the same caliber, there is no need to convince or walk them through. They are legit and it didn't take us long to have faith in each other. The icing on the cake was the fact that these cats are die-hard b-boys. This has always been my attitude in life and it was great to share it with them," stated Lopez when asked about his experience working with SOM. He succeeds in creating a painting that not only captures the group in its entirety, but the subtleties of each member individually as well. The result is a narrative image. He explains, "I dislike pictures that are purposely posed, so I would talk to each member and ask them to reenact certain memories and moments. Those were the shots that I was looking for. It was like a picture that alludes to another story."

Check Out The Rough Draft Of The Album Cover:

[Montezuma's Revenge]

Steven Lopez's Official Website: http://ikeepmoving.com/ .

Montezuma's Revenge Track Listing:
1. Intro
2. Won!
3. Postal
4. Tour Stories
5. Skit
6. Proper Aim
7. You Got It
8. Hiero HQ
9. Poets Skit
10. Poets
11. Mr. Freeman Skit
12. Fourmation
13. Dead Man Walkin
14. For Real Y'all
15. Lickity Split
16. Home Game
18. Lalala

Montezuma's Revenge World Tour '09 Dates:

Wednesday, 9/30 Los Angeles, CA Troubadour
Saturday, 10/03 San Diego, CA Canes (w/Andre Nikatina)
Sunday, 10/04 Scottsdale, AZ Chasers
Monday, 10/05 Flagstaff, AZ The Green Room
Tuesday, 10/06 Albuquerque, NM LaunchPad
Thursday, 10/08 Denver, CO Marquis Theatre
Friday, 10/09 Colorado Springs, CO Black Sheep
Saturday, 10/10 CO TBA
Sunday, 10/11 Salt Lake City, UT Urban Lounge
Tuesday, 10/13 Missoula Badlander
Wednesday, 10/14 Seattle, WA Neumos
Thursday, 10/15 Bellingham TBA
Friday, 10/16 Portland, WA Berbati's Pan
Saturday, 10/17 Eugene Wow Hall (w/Swollen Members)
Sunday, 10/18 Eureka Red Fox Tavern (w/Swollen Members)
Tuesday, 10/20 San Francisco, CA Slim's (w/Ghostface)
Wednesday, 10/21 San Jose, CA Avalon
Thursday, 10/22 Brooklyn, NY Southpaw
Friday, 10/23 San Bernadino, CA Smoke Out (w/Hieroglyphics)
Saturday, 10/24 SLO Downtown Brew
Thursday, 10/29 Linz Kapu
Friday, 10/30 Helsinki Nosturi
Saturday, 10/31 Wien Szene
Tuesday, 11/03 Lyon La Marquise
Wednesday, 11/04 Leipzig Conne Island
Thursday, 11/05 Berlin Bohannn
Friday, 11/06 Jona Zak Saturday, 11/07 Wil Gare De Lion
Sunday, 11/08 Paris Batofar
Tuesday, 11/10 Amsterdam Fouronefour
Wednesday, 11/11 Copenhagen Rust (w/Prince Paul)
Thursday, 11/12 Basel Kaserne (w/Prince Paul)
Friday, 11/13 Koln Bogen2 (w/Prince Paul)
Saturday, 11/14 Bulgaria TBC (w/Prince Paul)
Sunday, 11/15 Heidelberg Karlstorbahnhof (w/Prince Paul)


* http://media.audibletreats.com/Souls_Of_Mischief-LaLaLa.mp3 *

"Tour Stories"
* http://media.audibletreats.com/Souls_Of_Mischief-Tour_Stories.mp3 *

Kanye, John Mayer & Just Blaze gives props to Souls of Mischief
* http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NyW37_-WAug *

Bio, pictures, and streams available here:
* http://www.audibletreats.com/download/Hiero *

Not So Fast: Shyne Po Still in Federal Custody

It looks like Shyne's homecoming is on hold for the moment.

The former Bad Boy rapper (born Jamal Barrow) was scheduled to be released from prison Tuesday (October 6) after serving more than nine years of a 10-year sentence in connection with the 1999 Club New York shooting involving Diddy and Jennifer Lopez.

But his release is now under review, as representatives for the rapper revealed to MTV News that the Brooklyn MC is being detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement at an unspecified facility in Western New York State. Officials are determining whether or not to deport the rapper, who was born in Belize, a rep explained.

"Shyne is currently in federal custody while his future immigration status is determined," the rep said in a message to MTV News. Shyne attorney Oscar Michelen emphasized to MTV News on Tuesday afternoon that Shyne has not been released, contrary to media reports.

In August, a lawyer for Shyne said the rapper was "90 percent of the way home" after a judge ruled on his post-release supervision. The rapper received two and a half years of post-release supervision (probation, essentially) stemming from his conviction on first-degree assault and a host of other lesser charges. At the time of his sentencing, an official with the Department of Correction confirmed to MTV News that Shyne would have to complete at least eight years and seven months of his prison sentence.

For years, though, Shyne's release date has been the subject of much confusion. Michelen acknowledged the subject had become urban legend, as the rumors started yearly that his client would be released. Michelen told MTV News in August that he believed a clerical error led to the incorrect assumptions.

"I think [the basis for the rumor] was created by a computer," he explained, "because the Department of Corrections has a Web site where you can do an inmate lookup. And if you have the information, it will show you that [Shyne's] earlier release date was originally April [of this year] and then June. And we don't now how that was in there. But it showed that. And then what would happen is before a release date, [an inmate] would get produced before a parole board, and in the institution, there would be rumors that [Shyne] was up for parole. I guess inmates or guards would spread the rumor."

At press time, the status of Shyne's release from prison remained unclear.

Source: MTV News

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