New York, NY - Universal Indie Records has partnered with FrostWire to offer Cartel’s album ‘Tha Throwback’ for free through Frostwire's peer to peer application. For a limited time, when the FrostWire application is launched, Hip Hop producer, Cartel's album will be available for download with a single click. In addition, FrostWire is also running an interview with the upcoming producer at:
"Everyone talks about how the internet is the great equalizer for indie labels trying to compete with the major labels but companies like FrostWire are helping to really make that a reality." states Cartel. "This is not only a good look for Universal Indie Records but for the indie community in general."
Following the successful debut of last year's digital-only LP, "Prepare For Glory", underground hip hop producer Cartel, releases his follow-up album, "Tha Throwback", as a free download on Universal Indie Records. Tha Throwback is produced entirely by Cartel and features some of the most promising, upcoming MC's in the game right now.
In late 2005, concerned developers of LimeWire's open source community announced the start of a new project fork "FrostWire" that would protect the developmental source code of the LimeWire client and any improvements to the Gnutella protocol design.
For Immediate Release JR WRITER ANNOUNCES CINECRACK DROPPING ON BABYGRANDE RECORDS
Dipset's JR Writer preps his new album "Cinecrack" dropping on March 31st, 2009 with indie heavyweight Babygrande Records.
Known for his longtime partnership with Dipset, JR is well respected as an impeccable wordsmith and a fierce freestyler. With a couple of diss tracks burning up the internet, JR's buzz is at an all-time high.
Be sure to stay tuned for more from one of New York's finest, as he preps for the spring release of "Cinecrack."
There was a fascinating development last week in the ongoing battle that is The RIAA vs. Everyone On Earth. Tired of taking individual music pirates to court in what usually ends up being fruitless endeavors, the RIAA is now looking to circumvent the legal system altogether by teaming up with internet service providers to get them to reduce bandwith and potentially cut off their services altogether when people are found to be sharing music.
Adam B: "This week on the Adam B Experience we've got fresh music from PreZZure, Lee, Jav aka Rapmononov, Silent Knight, The New World Side Order, and more! As always, feedback is welcome, just hit me up at AdamB@RapReviews.com. Enjoy the show!" The Adam B Experience is 100% PODSAFE and TOTALLY FREE for listeners at RapReviews.com so no worries about downloading or sharing this show. Tell your friends to check it out at RapReviews.com!
Normally the Hip-Hop Shop is the precursor to Kayfabe 4 Dummies every Sunday night... well, except this week! Cancer and mrob didn't do a new K4D on Sunday but we're still here and we ain't going nowhere! Join Flash and Big D for 30 minutes of hip-hop tracks and talk! Tune in every Sunday at 9:30 PM EST, 8:30 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 thecancerandmrob.com . The shows are 100% podsafe so distribute to your friends and tell them to visit RapReviews.com. Enjoy!
New York, NY (December 19, 2008) - Loud.com, what’s the science? We’ve had a big week here on the site, as the first eliminations in our $100,000 emcee competition were handed down yesterday. After listening to all the completed songs and reviewing each contestant’s video, the SRC judging panel, including Loud.com co-founder Joe Safina, deliberated with host Peter Rosenberg on who should go. Jouce Tha Artist and Yung Jerz, our Round 1 and Round 2 winners respectively, were shown the exit after all parties determined the pair did not possess the superstar qualities SRC needed to see.
While it’s always sad to see a worthy competitor go out on the losing end, Season II of Loud.com’s The Finalists continues to move forward, and the decisions will likely become more difficult and contentious. We encourage you to tune in and watch all the drama unfold, live at our Official Loud.com Kyte Channel, all day, any time! There’s been a lot of tough talk from the competitors up until now about how dope they really are, and Challenge #2: Mixshow Spins, will certainly test how the remaining contestants and their songs fare on air against the ears of some of the nation’s most seasoned DJ’s.
And as promised, we are now able to give some details around our Producer Finalists. AnonymousTwist was determined to be ineligible for the competition because of his Canadian citizenship, so a replacement has been chosen and we will be releasing the names shortly. Their competition will kick off on January 6th and will feature three rounds of separate production tasks designed to separate the producers from the beatsmiths. Watch how it go down!
Now, a few other quick items of note: ***
Dante Ross and Peter Rosenberg, checking out videos from The Finalists
Loud.com Finalists: Episode 3 – Music Video Elimination
* Loud.com judging panel discuss who stays and who goes * Check out song and video snippets from the 10 Finalists * See why Jouce Tha Artist and Yung Jerz didn’t make the cut!
Streaming live audio and video!
Rakim + The Knitting Factory + Loud.com + JamNow
* Legendary NYC venue closes it’s doors with the last-ever hip-hop show featuring Rakim, Black Thought, Keith Murray, Dante Ross, Just-Ice, and a host of other special guest performances! * Live video updates with Loud.com’s Kyte Channel * Giveaways, photos, great music, beer and the best hip-hop party of the year!!!
Craig G gettin busy!
Loud.com Favorites With Craig G
* Legendary emcee stopped through SRC and talked shop * ‘I Don’t Really Try To Reach The Younger Fans’ * Ghostwrote lyrics for “8 Mile” and “Get Rich or Die Trying”
J*DaVeY Update & Bonus Holiday Track 12.19.2008 "This Los Angeles duo specializes in baby-making music for 22nd century robots."
It is more than safe to say that J*DaVeY had a breakthrough year. From signing on to a major record label, gaining accolades from the likes of the New York Times, Spin Magazine and URB Magazine, and luring in culture vultures at dynamic live shows in all the major cities, J*DaVeY made this a year to remember for music.
Here are some updates for all you J*DaVeY babies to amp you for 2009! In the past couple months, the futuristic duo have lightened their tour schedule and returned to the studio to focus on their full-length major label debut which is set to drop in 2009. The album is rumored to be a ground-breaking venture that transcends the current state of pop music as the duo continue to experiment and grow.
The sultry single "Sloow" from their EP has an accompanying video that will be released in early '09! Keep your eyes peeled for you next visual treat. To ring in the new year, J*DaVeY will perform at the new Dakota Music Lounge in Santa Monica (previously the Temple Bar) on New Year's Eve.
With production ranging from the spastic, space-age drums of "Mr. Mister" to the celestial keys of "Might As Well," The Beauty In Distortion plays with the variance and depth of a polished, full album. On The Land of the Lost, producer-extraordinaire ?uestlove and Renaissance emcee Phonte of Little Brother contribute in an equally holistic compilation of futuristic records. Throughout the 23 tracks, two constants bind the project together in a mystical fashion: the steamy vocal musings of Jack Davey and the bleeps, drums, and melodies of Brook D'Leau.
Heralded as a cross between Prince and the B-52s, J*DaVeY is in fact influenced by too many genres to count. A fusion of funk, surf, soul, hip-hop, and electronic secret sauce, the J*DaVeY EPs will satiate starving fans from all ends of the musical spectrum. Already featured everywhere from Fader to Allure to CSI: New York, Jack and Brook are prepared to smoothly swagger into the limelight with their first major release. All ears not finely tuned to the freshly paved street will ring come July. The Beauty In Distortion / The Land of the Lost EP is in stores now.
2 Brand new, Free Downloads from Keelay and Zaire courtesy of the MYX Music Label and Audible Treats!! Make sure you check for the full length "Ridin High" dropping 2.24.09 and the FREE EP "Prelude to Drive" droppping in January!
Before Keelay & Zaire release their Ridin’ High LP, they plan on dropping a free EP this January entitled Prelude to Drive. We’ve showcased the Bay Area production duo’s work before and will continue to do so as they are talented on the boards and the fact that they work with great artists is always a plus. The first leak (courtesy of OKP) features Torae & Tiffany Paige.
Hit the jump for the artwork and tracklisting for the EP… Mickey Factz, Naledge of Kidz in the Hall and Fresh Daily - Stop What You Doing (prod. by Keelay and Zaire, cuts by DJ Snips) - from DJ J-Ronin and DJ Snips - ALL ELEMENTS vol.10 hosted by Skyzoo
For Immediate Release AMALGAM DIGITAL TO RELEASE JOE BUDDEN’S LONG AWAITED SOPHOMORE LP, PADDED ROOM, ON FEBUARY 24th 2009
Joe Budden’s self-titled debut album went gold in 2003, earning him a Grammy nomination for best male rap solo performance (“Pump It Up”). Despite his successful debut, Budden’s sophomore album sat on the shelves at Def Jam for nearly four years; a setback that most artists would not have survived; but most artists are not Joe Budden.
Despite numerous setbacks, Jump Off Joe Budden kept very busy during those years, besides years of legal wrangling and politicking very loudly for his release from Def Jam (which resulted in a very public feud with Def Jam’s then president Jay-Z) Joe was forced to rely on a then new unproven method (Internet) to release music to his very loyal fan base and did so by releasing the critically acclaimed and highly buzzed about “Mood Muzik” mixtape series collaborating with artists such as Fabolous, Clinton Sparks and Joell Ortiz; and in the process engaging in highly publicized feuds with The Game, Prodigy and Ransom.
After finally gaining his release from Def Jam in 2007, Budden immediately became an A-List free agent and was courted by a slew of major labels. Always one to go against the grain, Joe circumvented traditional thinking and used his forward thinking mentality to sign with the rising new media outfit Amalgam Digital; a booming independent label responsible for launching hip-hop’s first genre-specific digital retail store. The move initially raised some eyebrows with the Hip-Hop populous, but Joe’s foresight was the guiding force behind the move; as Joe’s proactive use of the Internet and the response his Mood Muzik mixtapes received online (going from Nahright.com to your neighborhood in a single click), foretold a massive shift in the commercial landscape (coupled with the dramatic decrease of physical CD sales) and Joe was ahead of the curve in realizing that the Internet would not only be the guiding force where the masses would listen and decide upon what music and artists they liked, but also would eventually support and purchase. Fast forward to 2008 and Joe’s move seems even more revolutionary, as there has been a dramatic decrease of physical CD sales and Joe’s recent “digital only” precursor (Halfway House which was only available on Amalgamdigital.com and was the first digital-only Hip-Hop release employing both traditional marketing methods—radio, video, commercial radio, advertising campaigns, etc) to Padded Room debuted on the “Hot 200” sales chart---as only a strictly digital release. Halfway House also featured a track from Joe’s super-group, Slaughterhouse, (which also includes Joell Ortiz, Royce 5’9 and Crooked I). Further, Amalgam Digital is now a rapidly ascending record label with established stars such as Joe Budden, Max B and Peedi Crakk on its rapidly expanding roster and the labels shirts are quickly becoming a fashion statement.
Throughout his trails and tribulations with Def Jam and sparring with Hip-Hop’s heavyweights, Joe Budden has largely reinvented himself without losing what endeared himself to fans; his deep thinking lyrical brilliance (can anyone forget Joe’s brilliant “Who” trilogy?). In fact, with his “Joe Budden TV” videos going viral and becoming a staple on blogs worldwide, Joe has to a large extent become Hip-Hop’s “peoples champion” as Joe’s personality and “every man” personality transcends and fans can undeniably relate to his daily life (could a reality series be far behind?).
Joe’s relentless grind culminates on 2-24-09 with the release of his official sophomore LP Padded Room (which has already received rave reviews from XXL, Spin and Smooth Magazines) and the LP’s lead-single “The Future” featuring former adversary The Game is already burning up the Internet and the duo will also be filming a video for the track shortly.
In addition, AmalgamDigital.com also plans to re-launch the website store with a new design, enhanced functionality and new features in unison with the same date of Padded Room’s release. To celebrate the release of Padded Room and the site’s re-launch, Joe budden his record label, Amalgam Digital are offering fans exclusive hidden bonus tracks when the Padded Room album is purchased in digital format direct from www.AmalgamDigital.com .
“The Padded Room album is crazy. Go out and get it” – Joe Budden
Tracklisting and credits for Joe Budden’s Padded Room:
01. Now I Lay (produced by Blastah Beatz) 02. The Future f/ The Game (produced by Fyu-chur) 03. If I Gotta Go (produced by the Klasixs) 04. Don't Make Me (produced by Blastah Beatz) 05. Blood On The Wall (produced by Moss) 06. In My Sleep (produced by Blastah Beatz) 07. Exxxes (produced by the Klasixs) 08. I Couldn't Help It (produced by the Klasixs) 09. Adrenaline (produced by Dub B) 10. Happy Holidays (produced by Quan) 11. Do Tell (produced by Blastah Beatz) 12. Angel In My Life (produced by Blastah Beatz) 13. Pray For Me (produced by Versatile & Dilemma)