"A Love Supreme"


U-N-I's new album, A Love Supreme, will be available for FREE Download on March 31st @ http://yothurz.com/.

The first 20 people to arrive at the release party on April 1st will receive a hard copy of the album.

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Muneshine - Opportunity Knocks


Hip Hop is not dead, it's just hard to find. Luckily for those interested in a real approach to music there are still artists who put quality before quantity. First discovered for his production work on Lightheaded's “Pure Thoughts” LP, Muneshine has successfully built a strong following domestically and overseas. Known both for his production and emceeing, he has collaborated with artists such as Pete Rock, Lord Finesse, DJ Spinna, Little Brother, Punchline, Wordsworth, Louis Logic, Grap Luva and many more.

01. Welcome
02. Overdrive feat. Supastition (Prod. by DJ Spinna)
03. Sun Goes Down(Prod. by M-Phazes)
04. Move On feat. Raks One & Kenn Starr(Prod. by Presto)
05. City Of Dreams (Prod. by Saint)
06. Luke Warm (Prod. by Illmind)
07. Aight Chill... (Interlude) (Prod. by Illmind)
08. Imagine That (Prod. by Pete Rock)
09. Industry Ills feat. Napsndreds & Oddisee (Prod. by M-Phazes)
10. Reality Bites Pt. 2 feat. Dminor (Prod. by M-Phazes)
11. Ode To The Realness (Prod. by M-Phazes)
12. Nine To Five (Prod. by Illmind)
13. Pre-Threshold (Outro) (Prod. by Muneshine)
14. Imagine That (Remix) feat. Surreal(Prod. by Illmind)

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Silent Knight - Hunger Strike


01. Hunger Strike (Prod. by K.O.N.)
02. So Close (Prod. by Analogic)
03. Everybody Needs (Prod. by Illmind)
04. Silence (Prod. by Jesse Fischer)
05. I Don't Know (Prod. by K.O.N.)
06. Sometimes feat. Raks One (Prod. by Illmind)
07. Can't Go Back feat. K.O.N. (Prod. by Analogic)
08. Respect Due feat. Josh David (Prod. by K.O.)
09. Understand feat. Hasan Salaam (Prod. by Arcane "Mental Supremace")
10. Verbal Assault feat. Tiffany Paige (Prod. by Ayatollah)
11. Friend Stiller (Prod. by Origimoz)
12. Storm Season feat. Sean Boog (Prod. by Analogic)
13. Speakin' My Mind (Remix) feat. Pumpkinhead, Sean Price, & Outburst (Prod. by Analogic)
14. This Is It (Prod. by Da Beatminerz)
15. Red Army Movement feat. Cymarshall Law, J. Siinistah, & Archrival (Prod. by Marshall Law)
16. Think Fast feat. Kaze & Supastition (Prod. by Analogic)
17. Shine (Prod by Rashid Hadee)

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Del Drops Free Album on April 7th



With growing fears over a slumping economy growing by the day, many people are cutting back on the small things in life, which often include the legal consumption of music. Luckily, fans of Del the Funky Homosapien can enjoy the emcee’s upcoming album without having to bootleg it.

Del’s upcoming album, Funkman will be available to the masses free of charge. Accompanying the album will be a 13-point “stimulus package” which is designed to “revive the public at large” that is “over the whole rap era,” according to Del. Fans who cannot get enough of Del can also find two other works—The Leak Pack Series Vols. 1 and 2—available for free as well.

With Funkman, Del aims to bring back the feeling of newness that fans experienced when Hip Hop began to get popular.

“It's going to be sometime before any sensation captures people's interest on a whole again like Hip Hop did," says Del, "I could be wrong, but I'm letting people know they need to mess with me in the meantime. People are jaded that's all, and I don't blame them - things come to the head, places switching, it's a crazy trip!"

Funkman will be available for download April 7 at delthefunkyhomosapien.bandcamp.com.


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Rapper Big Pooh - The Comeback [Music Video]




Dope new video from Rapper Big Pooh off The Delightful Bars album series.

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Producer Spotlight: 9th Wonder



Patrick Douthit (born 01.15.75), better known as 9th Wonder is a hip hop producer from Winston-Salem/Raleigh, North Carolina.

In the mid-1990s, 9th Wonder was a DJ at the radio at North Carolina Central University while attending school there. He was doing production work for local artists with his keyboards. By his senior year, he was introduced to a relatively new music DAW production software called Fruity Loops (now FL Studio) by a friend who was also a producer. Around the same time, he met two younger schoolmates Phonte and Big Pooh, who were local emcees in the Durham area and joined to become the group known as Little Brother. He then began DJ'ing for them at shows and produced a number of their beats on underground records during the rest of the 1990s.

As an up-and-coming producer, he released a remix album of Nas' 2002 album God's Son entitled God's Stepson. This album began what is now a regular trend of remixing whole albums. 9th Wonder has a smooth and soulful production style that relies on samples from artists such as Al Green and Curtis Mayfield. He attributes the bass lines that he uses in production to DJ Premier, Pete Rock, and J. Dilla, while he claims to have learned "moans" from RZA.

With the help of filmmaker Tee Smith and sound engineer Young Guru, 9th Wonder landed a coveted production credit on Jay Z's then highly-anticipated The Black Album. The producer continued to produce for Little Brother and many other hip hop artists/groups, including Jean Grae and Murs. 9th Wonder has also produced for more widely known artists such as Mary J. Blige, Destiny's Child, Erykah Badu, De La Soul, Mos Def, Memphis Bleek, Buckshot, Black Moon, Sean Price, The Game, Ludacris, and Lloyd Banks.

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"Love, Sex or What"




Brand new video from Cymarshall Law, off his recent release with Mr. Joeker, "Hip Hop In The Soul".

If you have not heard this album yet, I highly recommend that you purchase it. If you would like to preview the album, it is available for download
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Murs - Murs For President


01. Intro
02. I'm Innocent
03. Lookin' Fly feat. Will.I.Am
04. The Science
05. Can It Be (Half A Million Dollars and 18 Months Later)
06. Everything
07. Road Is My Religion
08. Soo Comfortable
09. Time Is Now feat. Snoop Dogg
10. Think You Know Me
11. Me and This Jaw
12. Love and Appreciate II feat. Tyler Woods
13. A Part Of Me
14. Break Up (The Oj Song)
15. Breakthrough

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Rapper Big Pooh - The Delightful Bars (iTunes Exclusive)


01. Intro
02. The Release (prod. by Illmind)
03. Power feat. O. Dash (prod. by Khrysis)
04. The Comeback (prod. by Khrysis)
05. Radio (prod. by Oh No)
06. Hands Up feat. Chaundon and Roc C (prod. by Khrysis)
07. On The Real feat. Jozeemo and E. Ness (prod. by Khrysis)
08. Nothing Less feat. Ab Soul, Jay Rock and K. Dot (prod. by Young RJ)
09. Move feat. Darien Brockington (prod. by Phonix)
10. Roll Call feat. Jozeemo, Chaundon, and Joe Scudda (prod. by The Co-Op)
11. The Life feat Mushinah (prod. by Khrysis)
12. Rearview Mirror (prod. by 9th Wonder)
13. Outro

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Akir - Legacy


01. Initiation
02. Rites of Passage
03. Mood Music
04. Grind
05. Treason feat. Immortal Technique
06. This Is Your Life, Pt. 2
07. Kunta Kinte
08. Politricks
09. Apocalypse
10. Change of the Seasons feat. Hasan Salaam
11. Ressurect feat. Akua Wilder and Krystl Yardon
12. Ride 2 It
13. No Longer My Home
14. These R the Blues
15. Pedigree
16. So Much
17. Homeward Bound
18. Tropical Fantasy feat. Jean Grae
19. Legacy
20. Louisiana Purchase feat. Immortal Technique, Poison Pen and Mojo


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Deep Rooted - The Second Coming


01. Lil Boogie (Intro)
02. Memories
03. Celebrate
04. Break of Dawn feat. One.Be.Lo
05. Can't Let Go
06. Live Your Life feat. Aloe Blacc
07. Miles Away
08. Live on Stage
09. All the Way feat. Planet Asia
10. Weekdays
11. Baby
12. Sweet Melodies feat. Main Flow and Sha Dula
13. Move
14. Shine feat. Oh No
15. Daddys Little Girl feat. Sha Dula
16. Feel Good Music
17. Pay Dues feat. Abstract Rude


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Damu The Fudgemunk - Spare Time


01. Last Ole - 2005
02. Rather Unique 2 - Instro 2005
03. Colorful Storms - Ruff Instro 2005
04. Damu - Leo The... Part 1 - 2006
05. Coffee Table - 2005
06. Ego Trooping - 2005
07. What's Next - Damu Remix 1
08. 2004 Beat Original
09. Randi - 2006
10. Work In Progress - Instro 2005
11. Pulse - Fudgemunk Instro 2006
12. To RBI - 2004
13. L.B. - 2005
14. Leo The... Part 2 - 2006
15. Colorful Storms - Final Mix 2005
16. Pulse - Fudgemunk Remix 2006
17. Rather Unique 2 - 2005
18. Work In Progress - Damu Remix 2005
19. Paranoid - Japanese LP Bonus Track


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Debaser - Crown Control


01. Dbsr
02. Crown Control
03. Look What..
04. Longlive feat. Immaculate
05. No Luck
06. Rapper Advancement feat. Opio
07. How Its Made
08. On Purpose
09. Less Human
10. Dead Lines
11. Nothing But Silence feat. Grayskul
12. Left Behind
13. Skit
14. Stem feat. Sandpeople & Step Cousins
15. We Still Work You
16. Silver Love
17. Sugar And Spice (A Song About Girls)
18. Trains Of Thought feat. Luckyiam & Immaculate
19. Plaice feat. Sleep (of Oldominion)
20. Thomas


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The Grouch feat. Scarub & Bicasso - Hot Air Balloons [Music Video]



This is the fourth video off The Grouch's "Show You The World" album. Bicasso and Scarub are featured on the track and in the video, which was directed by Matt Hobbs. Enjoy.


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Self Scientific - God's And Gangsters


01. Dr Ahmed Mbalia - Intro
02. Self Scientific - Change Pt 1
03. Self Scientific feat. Born Allah - Amongst Gods
04. Planet Asia - For The Gods And Gangsters
05. Self Scientific feat. E-Rule Big Reece Gt & Bad Azz - Seven
06. Self Scientific - Circa 89
07. Self Scientific feat. Daude Sherelis - Jealousy
08. Bro Al Pitman - Bloodcuzzins Organization
09. Kombo feat. David Muhammed & Chairman Fred Hampton Jr - Red Streetz
10. Krondon feat. Paul Mooney - Killaz And Builders
11. Planet Asia & Krondon - Interview / Just When I Thought
12. Born Allah feat. Bro Tarik Ross - Confrontation With A Gangsta
13. Self Scientific - Rap Is Outta Control
14. Strong Arm Steady feat. Talib Kweli & Tj Crawford - Shame On A Nigga
15. DJ Warrior - Drop
16. Planet Asia feat. Ghostface Killa - Real Niggaz
17. Strong Arm Steady feat. Chace Infinite - Triggerside
18. Planet Asia feat. Strong Arm Steady - Serious As It Gets
19. Self Scientific - Gimme A Lift
20. Self Scientific feat. Phil Da Agony & Self Allah Aka Will Blast - Be Easy
21. Chace Infinite - Outro

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Self Scientific - Change


01. Intro
02. Change
03. Balance feat. Kombo
04. King Kong feat. Bun-B
05. Tears
06. When I Die feat. Planet Asia
07. Weight Of The World
08. 2 Step
09. Live N Breathe
10. Love Bird (Khalil's Theme)
11. Understand Me
12. Futurist
13. What You Need
14. Chace's Theme
15. Free Will


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Living Legends - Classic



01. Intro (prod. by DJ Epik)
02. It's Us (prod. by Eligh)
03. Blast Your Radio (prod. by Madlib)
04. Brand New (prod. by DJ Khalil)
05. Good Fun feat. Nara (prod. by Bean One)
06. Busted (prod. by the Grouch)
07. Never Fallin' (prod. by DJ Khalil)
08. Tears and Pain (prod. by Eligh)
09. The Horn Song (prod. by the Grouch)
10. Wise is the Way (prod. by Eligh)
11. Even Though (prod. by Bean One)
12. The Deepest Breath feat. Nara (prod. by Kruse)
13. Down For Nothin (prod. by Eligh)
14. The Man Who Sold the World Part 2 (prod. by Sunspot Jonz)
15. After I'm Gone (prod. by Eligh
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Living Legends - Almost Famous


01. Gotta Question For Ya
02. Night Prowler feat. Slug
03. That Looks Good
04. Black Glass
05. Rabbit Hole
06. Common Ground feat. JC
07. Flawless
08. What Would I Be feat. N8 the GR8 and Krush
09. Anything You Want
10. Gift Wrap
11. War Games
12. Forces of Nature
13. Osaka Tales
14. Soap Boxn
15. Not Here feat. Pep Love and Jo Wilkinson
16. Nothing Less feat. Slug

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Marcus D - Revival Of The Fittest


01. Marcus D - Introduction
02. Brainstorm - 1st Entry
03. Substantial, Larue & Tekneek - Revival Of The Fittest
04. Tekneek & Uno - Open
05. Larue - Heatwave
06. Neema & George Zelaya - Politics
07. Royce Da 5′9″, Justis & Kid Vishis - I Shine
08. Justis & Precyce Lee - Hip Hop Is
09. Grynch & Malaki The Most Hi - Balancing Act
10. Heat Wave - City Is Mine
11. Braille & Johnny Concrete - Midnight Train
12. Geologic (Blue Scholars) & Alife - Love For The People
13. Life The Guardian - Smile
14. Larue, Nate Vibez & LDUB - Hypnotized
15. Justis & Precyce Lee - Brought Me Back
16. Substantial - Enjoy Yourself...

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Funky DL - Music From Naphta


01. A4 Papers
02. Blending Buttermilk With Sex Appeal
03. Can I Show You (How To Flow)
04. You Know We Fresh
05. Making The World Applaud
06. Playground Hop Scotch
07. The Score Is Love 15
08. Within My Galaxy
09. Dry Cleaning
10. Movement In Circles
11. Only The Initials...CM
12. Just Like My Rhymes (Bonus Track)

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Live from SXSW: Blu & Exile




Here's a clip of Blu & Exile performing "No Greater Love", live in Austin TX, at the SXSW Music Festival.

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Dub MD Presents: Access Immortal - The Scrapbook Vol. One


01. The Scrapbook (Intro)
02. The General (Produced By 7L)
03. Ring The Album (feat. Golden Child) (Produced By Ruckspin)
04. Monday Night Raw (Prod. By J-Zone)
05. Everything I Know (Prod. By Ruckspin)
06. Fuck The Rap Game (Prod. By Access Immortal)
07. Welcome To The Hood (Prod. By GreenSteez)
08. Culture Shock (Prod. By Ruckspin)
09. Styles Upon Styles feat. Karniege & Medinah Starr (Prod. By Nygh)
10. Acc The Villian (Prod. By Ruckspin)
11. Days Go By (Prod. By 9th Wonder)
12. The Reign feat. Oktober (Prod. By GreenSteez)
13. Million Dollar Rapper (Prod. By The Wisemen)
14. I Will Not Lose (Prod. By Lawz Spoken)
15. The Mechanic feat. Mello & Emaze (Prod. By Alchemist)
16. Resident Evil (Prod. By Vanderslice)
17. The People feat. Medinah Star (Prod. By Kanye West)
18. M.V.P. (Freestyle) (Prod. By DJ Premier)
19. DJ BMV (Freestyle) (Prod. By Pete Rock)
20. New York feat. Ph7 (Prod. By Ph7)
21. The Scrapbook (Outro)


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The Delightful Bars: Four Editions


Wanted to remind everyone that Rapper Big Pooh drops the first edition of The Delightful Bars, iTunes Exclusive this Tuesday (3.24). The North American Pie Version will be the next release, which is currently scheduled for release in stores on April 21st (4.21).

Production featuring Khrysis, Young RJ, Illmind, Oh No, Jake One, Dae One, and 9th Wonder.






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Diamond D - Bad/Good [Music Video]




The video for “Bad/Good” takes it back to that golden age feel. With no bling, no cars, and no video girls, Diamond reminds us what it was like growing up in the hood. The simple aesthetic of the video, paired with endearing portraits of kids from around the Bronx evokes a feeling not often remembered in today’s hip-hop culture.

This track is from The Huge Hefner Chronicles, which I will provide a link to eventually.


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Black Milk - Dreams [Single]


To help promote his newest album, Tronic, and upcoming European tour with fellow Detroit emcee, Elzhi, Black Milk drops some new heat for the masses.

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In other Black Milk related news: Random Axe (Sean Price, Guilty Simpson, & Black Milk), are nearing completion of their full length album, due out this summer on Duck Down Records. The work doesn't stop there either for Milk as he is hard at work on new projects for Slum Village's upcoming release.

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Southern Fried Strange Journey


There are only 72 hours left for fans of soulful southern Hip Hop to support one of the genre’s most impressive acts. As of next Monday (March 23rd), advance sales of the Kentucky/Georgia trio CunninLynguists’ latest offering, Strange Journey Volume One, will stop being offered as the group prepares to depart for a European tour beginning April 2nd.


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I hate to call it a mixtape – that term has been cheapened," said Kno of Strange Journey. "And it’s all original stuff… We’re not rappin’ over ‘This Is Why I’m Hot’ two years later. It’s not that… I don’t even really pitch to people that don’t wanna listen to our music [why they should buy it], ‘cause they’re gonna download it for free anyway. So I fully invite them to download it for free. Anybody who wants to hear it, I want them to download it. It’s all good. But as far as [a] sales pitch [for] the people who really wanna support CunninLynguists monetarily and the people who enjoy our music, it’s mad cheap and I stand by everything that’s on it. It’s real good music… And I think people when they’re broke, and they’re worried about their job, they need good music to pick ‘em up."

Recession-priced at $12 (which includes shipping costs), those that place their advance order by Monday will receive for their dozen dollars an autographed copy of
SJV1, bonus album instrumentals, and have all in hand several weeks before the official retail release of the CD on May 26th. Appearances on the album come from the group’s QN5 fam (Tonedeff, Substantial, PackFM), as well as Slug of Atmosphere, who surfaces for the lament on being away from home during long tour trips, “Don’t Leave (When Winter Comes)”. Former group member Mr. SOS is also back in the CunninLynguists mix for Strange Journey.

He recorded a solo track,” Kno noted. “This track [“Die For You”] is entirely him, three verses. I mean, we never really stopped working with SOS. It’s just a matter of him getting material out. He has a lot of stuff just kinda sitting on the shelf waiting to be released.”

Although their outside-the-group production plate is apparently always full,
Kno and Deacon continue to keep the focus, along with Natti, on CunninLynguists’ music. The trio are already planning to unleash the second installment of Strange Journey in September to coincide with the group’s North American tour.

A grimier counterpart to its predecessor,
Strange Journey Volume Two assembles an assortment of underground Hip Hop luminaries, including Sean Price and Poison Pen (who appear on the concept record about how no matter your locale you can get attacked and jacked, “Streets”), J-Zone, Bronze Nazareth, Guilty Simpson, and many more.

And after the two volumes of
Strange Journey have reached the satisfied masses, CunninLynguists will unveil two more offerings for fans of that southern fried soulness.

We’re working on an EP, and we’re working on a new studio album,” Kno revealed of the group’s planned 2010 releases. “We don’t have a title [for either] yet. But both of the records are concept records, and they kinda run into each other…We never stop working. This is a recession, [and] you’re gonna get fired if you stop.

Strange Journey Volume One is due May 26 from Bad Taste Records.

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"We F*cking Hate Rappers"




Q
: What do Masta Ace, Iron Solomon, DMC, B-Real, Sadat X, Skyzoo, and Poison Pen all have in common with PackFM?

A: They F*cking Hate Rappers too!

When one man takes a stand against something its very easy to write it off as "hating". But if everybody speaks up, it becomes much more.

"I F*cking Hate Rappers" is not just your typical bash against the "wack mc", it's a call to action for people to raise their standards and show respect for the art form, in an age where "rapping" is the last thing rappers are known for. PackFM encourages hip-hop lovers worldwide to take a stand and let these "rappers" know that you (the fans) are fed up too!

Speak out and win a FREE "I F*cking Hate Rappers" T-shirt before they go on sale.

Step 1. Record your own video explaining why you "F*cking Hate Rappers"
Step 2. Upload your video to youtube (or whichever video hosting service you choose)
Step 3. Email the url to IFHR@qn5.com by 11:59pm EST March 25, 2009 The winner of the contest will be announced on March 30, 2009 and featured on QN5.com and receive one FREE "I F*cking Hate Rappers" T Shirt courtesy of MooseShirts.com. T-Shirts go on sale April 1, 2009 Let your voice be heard!

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Symbolyc One & Illmind - The Art Of Onemind


01. AoOM Intro
02. Been Gone feat. Strange Fruit Project, Proh Mic and S'ence
03. Neva Gone Change feat. Supastition
04. Club Aquarius feat. Tree and Dow Jones
05. Hush feat. Deloach, Myone and Kay
06. Right Here feat. Little Brother and Median
07. Blue Notes feat. Free Agents, Oneself and Myone
08. Hands Off feat. K-Otix and Deloach
09. Night Like This feat. Darien Brockington and Big Pooh
10. The Broke Song feat. Strange Fruit Project
11. The Groove feat. Organic Thoughts
12. Milk'em feat. Ghostface Killah, Trife and Myone
13. Day After Day feat. Moon Cricket and Verbal Seed
14. Onemind feat. El Da Sensei and Chip-Fu
15. We Three Kings feat. Myth Bavu, and Chucky Sly
16. Guilty Pleasures feat. Kenn Starr and Thesis
17. High Powered feat. The Procussions

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Artist Spotlight: Invincible


"One of the most talented emcees I've ever heard black or white, male or female..." -Talib Kweli

It is truly rare to find an artist like Invincible. Her spitfire wordplay has gotten her acclaim from Hip Hop fans all across the world, while her active involvement in progressive social change has taken her music beyond entertainment, and towards actualizing the change she wishes to see. Repping Detroit, MI, many are already familiar with her work with Waajeed and the Platinum Pied Pipers, Finale, the all-female ANOMOLIES crew, Black Star, and many others. Dubbed by XXL Magazine as "every A&Rs worst nightmare" for rejecting major label deals and general industry politrix, Invincible started her own record label, EMERGENCE, self-releasing her long-awaited full length LP, ShapeShifters, June, 2008.

Invincible’s versatility shines through on ShapeShifters over production by Waajeed, Black Milk, Lab Techs, House Shoes, and more. She is part of a community on the frontline of innovating the future of music, including featured guests Tiombe Lockhart, Finale, Wordsworth, Indeed, and Buff1. Every track stands alone in style, subject matter and concept. Together, the tracks form a cohesive unit that covers issues related to self and community transformation such as: the journey of a struggling artist, J Dilla and Proof's legacies, media monopoly, love/hate relationships, gentrification, faith, and beyond. Invincible’s visual lyricism is interwoven with heavy hitting musical backdrops, creating a compelling cinematic sound-scape.

The lead 12" Single and title track, "ShapeShifters," produced by Waajeed, is a ride in itself, beginning with the urgent declaration, "Music is not a mirror to reflect reality / It's a hammer, with which we shape it." The song proceeds to take the listener to a post apocalyptic future where a time capsule of Hip Hop and cultural resistance is unearthed, sampled, and evolved for generations to come.

From Hip Hop enthusiasts to everyday people working for change, Invincible’s ShapeShifters will give hope to listeners searching for substance within their daily dose of music. Invincible has created an album for the ages to transform the way people listen to emcees for years to come.

Below are some of my favorite Invincible joints. Don't sleep!





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Finale Set To Release New Album


Finale, part of the new vanguard of Detroit emcees, will release his debut album “A Pipe Dream And A Promise” on April 7th via Interdependent Media. A former automotive engineer, Finale has experienced firsthand what embodies the spirit of a city that is steeped in such a rich musical and motor history. Using his experiences as his muse, Finale delves into deeply personal issues on “A Pipe Dream And A Promise” where his “pipe dream” of a rap career takes fruition and the “promises” he has made to himself and others finally become realities. To promote the album, Interdependent Media will soon reveal an online video game reminiscent of Super Mario Brothers starring Finale that will allow fans to win a free Finale remix track by completing the game. Interdependent Media will also be giving away limited edition coloring books featuring Finale and other iM artists.

A Pipe Dream and A Promise” pulses with the evolving Detroit hip-hop sound; a multi-layered blend of hard-hitting beats, abstract electronic instrumentals, and illustrative lyrics that tell the personal story of a man’s journey in a city on the cusp of a simultaneous economic breakdown and musical resurgence. Featuring production from J Dilla, Black Milk, Khrysis, Nottz, and Oddisee, the album showcases the work of a variety of exceptionally talented producers, with each offering a different musical foundation for Finale to showcase his lyrical onslaught.

Speaking about the title of the album, Finale says, “That’s my definition of hip-hop. There are two sides to hip-hop or any dream that you follow. It starts as a dream that everyone says is a pipe dream. They deter you from your dreams. But as artists we promise ourselves we are going to follow our dreams.

Before making his entrance into hip-hop, Finale worked as an automotive engineer promising to one day follow his dream of becoming a rapper. Making the rounds at local Detroit open mics and emcee battles, Finale began to mingle with local talents like Guilty Simpson and One.Be.Lo. After emailing some joints back and forth with J Dilla, Finale finally met him backstage at the DEMF (Detroit Electronic Music Festival), where Dilla introduced him to Madlib, saying that he was one of the best in the game. “It was an honor and definitely a defining moment,” says Finale. After realizing his passion and talent for hip-hop, Finale decided to finally quit his day job, follow his true passion, and make music a full-time career.

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Funky DL - The Jazz That Was Forgotten


01. The Forgotten Acoustic Piano
02. Spins
03. The Forgotten Vibraphone
04. Remarkable
05. The Forgotten Harpsichord
06. Range
07. The Forgotten Double Bass
08. Later
09. The Forgotten Saxophone
10. Jazz
11. The Forgotten Electric Guitar
12. Focus
13. The Forgotten Flute
14. Shift
15. The Forgotten Electric Piano
16. Stars
17. The Forgotten Acoustic Guitar
18. Grow
19. The Forgotten Drum
20. Pulse
21. International Remix feat. DJ Kofi

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DJ Concept - In Your System [R.I.P. J. Dilla]


Information for this album can be found here.

01. Straight From The Mawfuckin Cassette Intro
02. Children Of The Corn X Dilla - The American Heist
03. Phat Kat - Track
04. The Artifacts - The Ultimate (Jay Dee remix)
05. Jaylib - The Message
06. Guilty Simpson - Baby
07. Big L x Dilla - Spark Up The Phillies
08. Scienz Of Life - Dilla Forever
09. Blackstar - Little Brother
10. Jaylib - No $ No Toke
11. Jaylib - Starz
12. Strong Arm Steady - Death Before Dishonor
13. DITC x Dilla - From Town to Town
14. Gulity Simpson - Make it Fast
15. Dilla - Make Em Nv
16. Termanology - Circulate
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