Brother Ali: The Fresh Air Tour



Brother Ali is heading out on the road to support his upcoming record "Us" out 09.22.09. He'll be joined by Evidence, Toki Wright & BK-One. Complete tour details can be found on the "Fresh Air Tour Page."

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Deep Rooted feat. Sha Dula - The End (Prod. by Rhettmatic)


San Diego based sextet, Deep Rooted, spices up their latest soulful hip-hop track with a featured verse from emcee Sha Dula, and production from Rhettmatic. A catchy piano line paired with a serene vocal melody establishes the track's sentimental tone, as it continues behind Rhettmatic's laid-back yet powerful beat. Separating the poetic, flowing verses coming to you from the group's emcees and their guest, Sha Dula, Deep Rooted's wildcard, songstress Just Brea sings the soulful melodic hook, "We've come to the end of the road/ It's been a long time coming." The last verse features DJ Artistic with a scratch solo, bringing the track to a close. This track's medley of talent is not something to be overlooked. Check out the latest release, the self-titled D.E.E.P. R.O.O.T.E.D. out now on Clear Label Records.

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Hardcore Gentlemen - Hardcore Gentlemen (Music Video)



During the golden years of hip-hop, no group was more appreciated on their home turf than Brooklynati's own Hardcore Gentlemen. The trifecta of gangster Rapz Kaotic, dealer Reefer Sutherland, and OG Killah Silk was unparalleled. This was the heyday of the label, however, and major success doomed the group, who went from corner store legends to one-hit wonders in just a couple years. After this platinum single and the LP Rugged & Smooth (DJ Jurx Records, 1994) hit gold status, success dried up for the Gentlemen, as the follow-up "Brush Ya Teef Wit It" was quickly dismissed.

This, however, is the original 1994 joint resurfaced; the self-titled "Hardcore Gentlemen" single. Described as, "one minute and foty-fo seconds of the best straight-from-the-street hip-hop," by the original owner of Brooklynati's Village Lounge, the single defined the group and put Brooklynati on the map. This set the stage for rappers of the future, most notably Brooklynati revivalists Tanya Morgan, whose latest release, the aptly-titled Brooklynati, has brought hip-hop back to the city. From Reefer's polished squawk to Silk's dirty beat, "Hardcore Gentlemen" will serve as the "Things Done Changed" of Brooklynati for years to come.

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The Otha's - A Long Time Coming


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Fresh new album from hip hop duo The Otha's (eno D. & Episode), "A Long Time Coming." The groups influences consist of artists such as J Dilla, Slum Village, Pete Rock, Madlib, Gangstarr, Jodeci, ATCQ, and their music reflects those artists sounds & styles. So if you like that classic jazzy golden era hip hop sound, you'll enjoy this album.

01. Intro
02. Fresher Than This
03. Just Like That feat. Mookie
04. Vs The World feat. Triune
05. Original (enOs Mix)
06. Do That (Get On Floor)
07. For The Love
08. Now and Then feat. Mercury Waters
09. Miscellaneous Kats
10. Roundtable Emcees feat. Crash & Mercury Waters
11. The Light (That Shines)
12. The Lala feat. Mercury Waters
13. Spoken Word - LOGOS (Levels Of Groove Organic & Spiritual)
14. Original (Episodes Mix)

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Khingz - From Slaveships To Spaceships



Gun violence. Drug abuse. Disillusionment. Self-hatred. Journey through the mastermind of Seattle-bred emcee Khingz with his highly-anticipated solo album. "From Slaveships to Spaceships" is a testimony of transformation, a voyage through time and space, a continued search for freedom of mind. Khingz breathes life into art with his rapid spitfire delivery, heart-filled thought provoking lyrics and infectiously thriving beats provided by a wide array of producers including Sabzi of Blue Scholars, Amos Miller, Kitone and more.

01. Is the New Blaq
02. Reach In
03. Pony Boy
04. Good Again
05. Hydroplanin
06. Black Han Solo
07. Boi Caimen at Adwa feat. Gabriel Teodros
08. Electric Tantra
09. Prodgical
10. Grillz
11. Escape Society
12. From Slaveships to Spaceships
13. Bladed Poems
14. Heaven Made This
15. Kaya Mahal
16. Long Verse Goodnight

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Brother Ali Speaks On Downloading vs. Buying Albums



Response to a post on www.brotherali.com, "Is it ok to download music as long as you spread the word and go to the shows?"

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CurrentTV: A Day In The Life Of RA Scion



An intimate look at a starving artist's daytime job cleaning up graffiti, fall foliage, and the urine of nomadic drunks with buckets of bleach. RA Scion is 1/2 of the touted North Western hip hop act Common Market, but by day he is Ryan the janitor for a property management company in Seattle, Washington.

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Consequence - QUE Another E.N.S. (Music Video)



Three/21, G.O.O.D. Music, Band Camp and Consequence present the world premiere of the "QUE Another E.N.S." music video which was previously unreleased. This track is raw Hip Hop at it’s finest, dedicated to the borough of Queens. Shortly after shooting the video for "Uncle Rahiem" back in 07, we started production on this one which features cameos from DJ Whoo Kid, Q-Tip, Large Professor, Grafh, Prodigy and a few more legendary Queens heads. Enjoy!

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Converse Presents: Peanut Butter Wolf's 999


Converse presents: 9 nights, September 1st - 9th, Peanut Butter Wolf on a 9-night tour of the 9 area codes stretching from Los Angeles, Orange County to the Inland Empire. Each night PB Wolf will do video sets with multiple genres from the 90s.

The first night, at Pomona's Glass House, Sep. 1, will be a Stones Throw showcase with Mayer Hawthorne, Dam-Funk, Rhettmatic and Pase Rock. The final night, Sep, 9th, is a party we'll be announcing in early September.

"999" follows in the tradition of Wolf's 888 and 777 events in the past two years, and an all heavy metal DJ set for 6/6/6 in 2006.

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Felt 3 Announcement


B-List actresses be warned and flattered because FELT is back! Slug (Atmosphere) and Murs (Living Legends) reunite for their third release from moniker FELT. These MCs teamed up with The Grouch (Living Legends) in 2002 to release FELT’s debut album A Tribute to Christina Ricci. Collaborating with producer Ant (Atmosphere) in 2005 resulted in their second coming A Tribute to Lisa Bonet. With the fresh addition of Aesop Rock (Def Jux) on production and unwavering love for those forgotten actresses who warmed their hearts, Slug and Murs are pleased to present FELT 3: A Tribute to Rosie Perez dropping 11.17.09 on Rhymesayers Entertainment.

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Debaser - Back To Work


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Debaser burst onto the indie hip-hop scene in 2006 with their debut album Crown Control. The duo is now ready to end a three-year silence and have recorded two albums for their anxiously waiting fans. As a “thank you” for your patience, the group is releasing the first of these albums as a FREE download. Back to Work is entirely produced by Sapient and boasts the same arrogance from Debaser that you have grown to love. The FREE album also features Rasco (of Cali Agents), Luckyiam (of Living Legends) and Detroit standout Phat Kat.

01. Go To Work
02. The Crown Fits
03. Bow
04. Leave Me Alone
05. Rap Scene feat. Luckyiam
06. The Difference
07. I Don't Think So (Remix)
08. Chuchface (Instrumental)
09. Do Proper
10. Out Front feat. Phat Kat & Rasco (Of Cali Agents)
11. End Life feat. Illmaculate
12. Someday

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Jern Eye feat. Mistah F.A.B. & Zumbi - Get Right (Prod. by Jake One)


Fresh off of his upcoming sophomore release titled Vision, Jern Eye has revealed the second single "Get Right" which features Bay Area emcees Mistah F.A.B. & Zumbi of Zion I. The track is produced by none other than Jake One and he definitely laced the trio with a banger! Vision is scheduled to be available on October 13th via the dopest label out right now, MYX Music Label. Make sure you cop this album, it features production from Illmind, Jake One, Keelay & Zaire, DJ Vinroc, (among others) plus collaborations with emcees Guilty Simpson, Nightclubber Lang, Cali Agents, Mistah F.A.B., and Zion I.

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One Be Lo Signs With MYX Music Label


Bay Area-based MYX Music Label is proud to announce the signing of One Be Lo for his newest album, B.A.B.Y. The album, set for a February 2010 release, includes features from Royce Da 5'9, Freeway, Zion I, Phonte, Jean Grae, and more.

The partnership with the Bay Area label is a new step for One Be Lo, and one the Pontiac, Michigan emcee looks forward to. One Be Lo says, "I'm excited to get MYX Music Label involved with this next album - it already feels more like a family than a business. I've recorded and toured with Karim in the past, so I know he understands the artist perspective. MYX is an up-and-coming label that understands how to market records in today's media." One Be Lo's new album, B.A.B.Y. (an acronym meaning Being A Black Youth), is not only autobiographical of the rapper as a youth in Pontiac Michigan, but focuses on the many experiences in school, amongst peers, family, the army, crime, and much more all across America, and is a multi-media project encompassing music, film, books, clothing, and toys.

For MYX Music Label head Karim Panni, signing One Be Lo is also an exciting development and a welcome addition as the label continues to assert itself as one of the premier, rising independent hip-hop labels. Panni says, "We're honored to be able to add One Be Lo to the MYX Music Label squad. B.A.B.Y. is a gigantic record, and Lo is making the most important music of his career. His grind and track record speaks for itself. We're really trying to build up a roster of people making great music - hip-hop that can stand the test of time. Music that makes a difference, and One Be Lo fits that mold."

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Potholes In My Blog Presents: Transmitting Live Volume 1 (Mixed by DJ Traumatix)


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August 25th is finally here. It’s the moment that we have all been waiting for! Today, we officially release Transmitting Live Volume One, a collection of 29 exclusive and unreleased tracks mixed by DJ Traumatix. This project spotlights some of the finest underground hip-hop acts from all over the globe that we have had the pleasure of working with.
01. Objektiv One - Intro (Beyon3)
02. Muneshine feat. Fundament & D-Sisive - Heavy Hitters
03. Trek Life - As The World Turns (Unofficial) (Prod. by 9th Wonder)
04. DJ Traumatix - Jansport J Scratch
05. K-Murdock feat. Real Reid & Damu The Fudgemunk - Up-Rizing
06. Joe Kickass - Gratitude (Prod. by Arts the Beatdoctor)
07. The Tones & Nichelle Brown - Stay
08. King Magnetic & Elucid - Double Your Money (Prod. by Haj of Dumhi)
09. Debaser (Ethic & Sapient) - Shuddup
10. J Freedome & MidaZ - Return With a Mask On (Prod. by IMAKEMADBEATS)
11. Killing Skills - Van Dijck Brown
12. Dujeous feat. Jigsaw the Puzzler - Open for Business (Prod. by Apex of Dujeous)
13. Jern Eye feat. The Regiment - What U Want
14. DJ Traumatix - Buff Fart Scratch
15. Buff1 - Good Gracious (Prod. by M-Phazes)
16. Keelay & Zaire feat. Slo Mo of Fortilive - Pimp Dreams
17. Kayo feat. CooLEra & Kitda - Calling Me (prod. Ritchcraft)
18. Descry feat. Swamburger & Alexandrah of Solillaquists Of Sound - TV Customs
19. Blame One - Never Fit It
20. The Red Giants (Jermiside & Brickbeats) - Touchin’ You
21. Animate Objects feat. Charles Hammond Jr. - Look to the Sun (PV Wonder’s ‘Just Smile’ Remix)
22. TAIS - The Gold Rush (Prod. by Keelay & Zaire)
23. Jon Hope - Renaissance (Prod. by Taktix)
24. Panacea feat. Drew Thomas - Reasons
25. Dela - Oblighetto
26. Alternate Reality (Dumi RIGHT & Cadence) - Lovin’ That Heat
27. Big Tone - Liquor Store Counter
28. Sene - PaperPlanePushers (Prod. by Blu aka GODleeBarnes)
29. ESEMDEE feat. by DJ J.br0.5ki & DJ Ab-loon - Hi-Tek FX Bachatiago Outro

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Pac Div Presents: Church League Champions - The Game



Players can choose to play as Pac Div group members Mibbs, Like, or BeYoung, testing their ability in timed free throw and 3-pointer competitions while listening to tracks from the group’s mixtape Church League Champions.

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Bekay feat. Masta Ace - Brooklyn Bridge (Prod. by DJ Babu) (Music Video)



Check out Bekay's debut video for his single "Brooklyn Bridge" featuring Masta Ace and produced by DJ Babu. This is is the first single/video in promotion for the release of his long awaited album, Hunger Pains which drops November 10th, 2009 through Coalmine Records. The video also contains an intro snippet to his follow up single "I Am" produced by The Alchemist featuring DJ Revolution. The Digi-12" maxi-single for "I Am" & "Brooklyn Bridge" are now available through iTunes, Amazon and other well known digital retailers. Stay tuned as the road to Hunger Pains continues...

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MF Grimm - Story: Substance, Style, Structure, And The Principles Of Hip Hop


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MF Grimm, also known by the moniker Superstar Jet Jaguar, has rocked the mic for over two decades. Clearly, Grimm, has been able to transcend his wheelchair. Despite his physical disposition, Grimm has built an amazing career, performing with and battling against hip-hop’s best and brightest. Grimm’s musical prowess has merited him the title of Grandmaster.

The hip-hop community has definitely missed Grimm’s candid lyrics. His most recent album release, American Hunger (2006), experienced considerable success. Grimm is revving up for the release of his next two Day By Day Ent. albums, You Only Live Twice on November 23, 2009 and Supreme Excellence on March 15, 2010.

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Tanya Morgan - 215Mag Interview (Video)



Here we have a video feature of the group Tanya Morgan, presented by 215Mag.com, in which the complete trio speaks about their development as a group. Von Pea also takes a moment to recognize their fans in Philadelphia for the energy and charisma that they add to every show in the city. Check it.

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Sandpeople - Hate Aside (Music Video)



With the success and acclaim of their recently released EP, Long Story, Short..., still bubbling, Portland's Sandpeople continue working, and have now released the EP's first official video, "Hate Aside." After teasing us with behind the scenes footage some time ago, the video brings the EP's lead single to life, weaving the tale of a mystery package, passed from one crew member to the next, interspersed with shots of the crew doing what they do best - rapping their asses off. Sandpeople's latest release, the Long Story, Short... EP is available now via Sandpeople Music.

The video, directed by up and comer Christian Hansen, is up for MTVU's The Freshmen Contest. Starting today (08.24), until Friday (08.28) at 2pm, fans can vote for "Hate Aside" as many times as they want. If "Hate Aside" beats out the competitors, the video will be placed in permanent rotation on MTVu.

Vote for "Hate Aside" here: http://www.mtvu.com/category/music/the-freshmen/

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Raekwon feat. Inspectah Deck, GZA, Ghostface & Method Man - House Of Flying Daggers (Prod. by J Dilla) (Music Video)



Nothing really to explain here. Just click play, oh and make sure you cop OB4CL2 on September 8th.

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MAGr feat. Blu - Laminated Looseleafs


New Jersey emcee Al Mighty and producer/emcee DistantStarr make up the crew MAGr and they have enlisted Blu for the single, Laminated Looseleafs, off their upcoming album No News Is Good News, which is set to release August 31st courtesy of rockthedub.com.

Download: MAGr feat. Blu - "Laminated Looseleafs"

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Raekwon - 10 Bricks (Prod. by J Dilla) x Catalina (Prod. by Dr. Dre)


Two new joints off the upcoming very highly anticipated Only Built 4 Cuban Linx... Pt. II album have been released recently and I have dropped fresh new links for them here. First off we have the track "10 Bricks" which is produced by the G.O.A.T. J Dilla, and features verses from fellow Wu-Tang members Cappadonna & Ghostface Killah. Second, is the Clean version of a Dr. Dre produced heat rock and features R&B singer Lyfe Jennings. This album is shaping out to be very good and probably will be one of the best hip hop albums this year.

Download: Raekwon feat. Cappadonna & Ghostface - "10 Bricks" (Prod. by J Dilla)


Download: Raekwon feat. Lyfe Jennings - "Catalina" (Prod. by Dr. Dre)

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Jeru The Damaja - Wrath Of The Math


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Underrated 2nd album from Jeru The Damaja. Lots of intelligent lyrics and dope beats from DJ Premier. This album was made before his departure from the Gangstarr Foundation, which he dissed later on.

01. Wrath of the Math
02. Tha Frustrated Nigga
03. Black Cowboys
04. Tha Bullshit
05. Whatever
06. Physical Stamina
07. One Day
08. Revenge of the Prophet (Part 5)
09. Scientifical Madness
10. Not the Average
11. Me or the Papes
12. How I'm Livin'
13. Too Perverted
14. Ya Playin Yaself
15. Invasion

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DJ Mitsu the Beats - A Word To The Wise


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Japan has a long tradition of talented DJs and beatmakers - DJ Krush, DJ Honda, Muro and more recently Kentaro. Another Japanese producer and DJ who's made a name for himself worldwide in the last few years is Mitsu the Beats, the alias of a diminutive yet very talented Sendai City native who stormed everyone's favorite charts a few years back thanks to his first solo LP, A New Awakening, and his group's, GAGLE, first album. Signed to the Jazzy Sport label in Japan, Mitsu the Beats soon found himself being name checked by the likes of Pete Rock, Gilles Peterson and DJ Spinna after relasing his LP. 2009 is the year of his second album "A Word To The Wise", a wonderful mix of hiphop/jazzy/funk/soul sounds.

01. Intro
02. A Word to the Wise feat. Grap Luva
03. Ridin' Around feat. Kev Brown & Cy Young
04. Big Supply feat. LMNO
05. Playin' Wit Crime feat. Maspyke
06. Promise in Love feat. Jose James
07. Night in Vienna
08. The Way feat. Colonel Red
09. Hard Candy feat. Mathematik & Saukrates
10. The Game Changer feat. Wildchild & Georgia Anne Muldrow
11. Free Your Mind feat. Black Spade
12. Tokyo Girls feat. Maspyke
13. Get'em Up feat. Elzhi
14. Dim Skyline
15. Impulse feat. Mathematik
16. Re-Estimate
17. Ex Lovers feat. Dynamic Duo
18. Playin' Again feat. Ivana Santill

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Black Milk - Set Go


Ah, nothing like two dope Black Milk joints in the same week. "Set Go" is the newest addition to Black's catalog of incredible songs. All I want to know now is when the next album is dropping...

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Bekay feat. Masta Ace - Brooklyn Bridge (Prod. by DJ Babu)


Brooklyn MC's Bekay and the legendary Masta Ace link up with DJ Babu for this brand new cut off the upcoming Hunger Pains album from Bekay which is set to drop on Novemeber 10th.

Download: Bekay feat. Masta Ace - "Brooklyn Bridge" (Prod. by DJ Babu)

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Sene - PaperPlanePushers (Prod. by Blu) x King Magnetic & Elucid - Double Your Money (Prod. by Haj)


Next Tuesday (08/25), Potholes In My Blog will be releasing their mixtape Transmitting Live, mixed by DJ Traumatix. To give the fans a taste of what the mixtape will be sounding like they decided to release two joints from the tape. First off is Sene's "PaperPlanePushers" produced by your girl's favorite color, Blu, and second we have King Magnetic & Elucid's "Double Your Money" which is produced by Haj of Dumhi. Stay tuned, mixtape coming soon!

Download: Sene -"PaperPlanePushers" (Prod. by Blu)


Download: King Magnetic & Elucid - "Double Your Money" (Prod. by Haj of Dumhi)

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J Dilla feat. Havoc & Raekwon - 24K Rap (Music Video)



Music Video for "24K Rap" off of J Dilla's latest release, Jay Stay Paid. This is the first time Havoc & Raekwon have ever been together in a music video, so why not film these NYC legends over a J Dilla track?

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PBJ feat. Big Pooh, Chaundon & Phil Nash - Stay This Way (DJ Jazzy Jeff Remix)


Peter Bjorn and John may be the indie rockers with the most street cred in the hip-hop 'hood. Last spring, the Swedes released Living Thing, their latest album that traded their characteristic pop guitars for bangin' beats -- and hip-hop heads took notice. Mixtape master Mick Boogie curated a remix of the album, Re-Living Thing (out August 27), working with PBJ to recruit MCs Talib Kweli, GZA, Wale and others to contribute. Among them: DJ Jazzy Jeff, who remixes "Stay This Way" under rhymes from Rapper Big Pooh, Phil Nash, and Chaundon.

Download: PBJ feat. Big Pooh, Chaundon & Phil Nash - "Stay This Way" (DJ Jazzy Jeff Remix)

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Brooklynati's Got Talent: Tanya Morgan Remix Contest


This contest is a great way to get your name out as well as win some cool shit.
Download the "Never Enough" acapella. Create your own beat around Tanya Morgan and Carlitta Durand’s lyrics and hook and send a 320kbps MP3 (44.1kHz constant bit rate, normal stereo) file of your remix along with your name and email address to BrooklynatiTalent@gmail.com.

1st Place:
1. Native instruments prizing (1 Maschine and 1 Traktor Scratch Pro),
2. The winning submission will be included in the release of Tanya Morgan’s upcoming iTunes single release,
3. Brooklynati-inspired clothing courtesy of Society Original Products,
4. 1 signed copy of Brooklynati, 1 certificate of victory signed by select members of the Brooklynati Chamber of Commerce

2nd Place:
1. 1 official Brooklynati Survival Kit,
2. 1 signed copy of Brooklynati,
3. 1 certificate of victory signed by select members of the Brooklynati Chamber of Commerce

Contest Timeline:
* The contest will launch Thursday, August 20th.
* All submissions should be sent as 320kbps mp3 toBrooklynatiTalent@gmail.com.
* All mp3’s should be titled “Name of Producer – Never Enough Remix”
* Producers are allowed one submission only
* All remix submissions are due by 11:59pm on Thursday, September 3rd.
* Tanya Morgan and their label, Interdependent Media, will judge all entries.
* The winning remix will be selected and announced by Thursday, September 17th, within two weeks of the contest’s close.
Download: Tanya Morgan - "Never Enough"
Download: Tanya Morgan - "Never Enough" (Acapella)

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Invincible - Emperor's Clothes (Music Video)



“So I wrote lyrics to K-Salaam and Beatnick’s beat that exposes the similarity between the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians and the Native American genocide, and the connection between the struggle for justice in Palestine and the Civil Rights Movement in the U.S. Since writing the song, I’ve learned about even more connections–that the Israeli military has trained U.S. police forces such as the Atlanta Police Department and the Border Patrol. By boycotting Israel, we are also boycotting repressive police tactics in our cities and on our borders.”

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K-dot-O-dot - The Life And Times Of Lucha Lonely


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All tracks produced by Norman Krates for Arkeologists Productions. Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Crucial the Guillotine.

Do not sleep on this!!!

01. Intro (Hugo Chavez)
02. Now That It's OVer
03. Fight Me Fuck Me
04. Whole Lotta Tears
05. Hellhound feat. D-Sisive
06. Waiting For The Devil
07. Moonshine Blues
08. Sangrientas Lagrimas
09. Outro (Before I Die)

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Punchlyne & Fokis - The Appetizer EP


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When the musical minds of two of the Lower East Side’s most prolific artists collide, you can guarantee as music fans you are in for a treat. Coming together on THE APPETIZER, L.E.S Ambassador Fokis and EMC’s Punchlyne combine their efforts to present a lyrically charged taster of six tracks this summer. Linking up with three major blogs and sites 2dopeboyz, Kevin Nottingham and HipHopGame where THE APPETIZER will be available on August 18th, the EP will also boast an extra track created with each website in mind.

Having already been featured on various online portals, the lead off single from the project “WE CAME TO ROCK,” produced by Teddy Roxpin, the creator of tracks for Apathy, XL from The Kreators and Praverb already has folks buzzing in anticipation for the remainder of the feast which these lyricists are laying on.

2DopeBoyz Version:
01. Intro (Appetizer) (Prod. by Chuckie Madness)
02. Beware (Prod. by Marks)
03. Enemies of The state feat. General Steele (Prod. by Jaisu)
04. Paper (Prod. by Da Hardy Boyz)
05. Crabs In The Bucket (Prod. by Moods & Vibrations)
06. We Came To Rock (Prod. by Teddy Roxpin)
07. This Feeling feat. Pressure (Prod. by Troy Mitchell)

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08. Show Me The Money (Remix) feat. Senor Kaos & Kel Spencer (kevinnottingham.com Bonus) (Prod. by G.C.)
09. 15 Minutes (hiphopgame.com Bonus) (Prod. by D-Tox)

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M-Dot - The Real & The Raw feat. Jaysaun (of Special Teamz)


Them EMS boys don't stop, do they? Here's a cut from M-Dot, featuring Special Teamz' Jaysaun, which has been catchin' a lot of burn ever since dropping on HipHopDX, and for good reason. This is the first single from M.usically D.riven O.ver T.ime, which is said to be dropping Winter 2009. So you should be comfy in knowing you've got some heat for the cold winter months!

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Fresh Daily - Wildlife (Prod. by Illmind)


Fresh Daily released his newest LP, The Gorgeous Killer in Crimes of Passion, yesterday on iTunes via High Water Music. In celebration, he decided to let loose of the Illmind produced intro, "Wildlife", which perfectly sets the tone for the rest of the album. If you haven't visited your iTunes store and purchased this yet, I highly suggest you do so now.

Download: Fresh Daily - "Wildlife" (Prod. by Illmind)

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Psalm One - Uptown (Drake Remix)


While Psalm One's been working on her follow up to the Rhymesayers debut The Death of Frequent Flyer she took some time out to drop this track for you. Check out her take on Drake's song "Uptown".

Download: Psalm One - "Uptown (Drake Remix)"

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Brother Ali - Fresh Air (Prod. by Ant)


A couple days ago Brother Ali released the first official single off his upcoming album and I'm just now getting around to it, so here it is for those who may have missed it. The song, "Fresh Air" is produced by Ant, as is the rest of the album "Us", which hits the streets on September 22nd but can be pre-ordered here (Fifth Element Online) right now.

Download: Brother Ali - "Fresh Air" (Prod. by Ant)

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Skillz feat. Usef Dinero & DJ Jazzy Jeff - Inside A Change (Music Video)



To celebrate Inside A Change winning the Best Film Award at the 2009 HBO NYILFF, Skillz, Usef Dinero and DJ Jazzy Jeff put this joint together for the soundtrack. The original concept for the video was to create literal interpretations of Skillz’ lyrics that have to do with the characters in the film. However, that sort of morphed into straight up performance shots where we followed Skillz around various locations during his tour and intercutting it with abstract b roll shots. It was a blast shooting this video and big huge shoutout to Skillz for supporting this film since day one. Enjoy!

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Apathy feat. Phonte - True Love


Connecticut's world famous rhyme wrecker returns with a warm hug and a deadly snakebite on his sophomore full length album, "Wanna Snuggle?" Apathy, known as lead MC of the indie fan favorite Demigodz clique as well as a member of Jedi Mind Tricks' Army of the Pharaohs crew, follows up 2006's well-received Babygrande Records "Eastern Philosophy" debut with a brand new masterpiece of 21 songs.

Painstaking lyricism, strangleholding mic presence, high caliber rap flows and upper echelon neck-snapping production round out his new release in true Demigodzilla fashion. Some of the highlights include the uptempo "Shoot First", which is a Mike Shinoda produced track featuring the legendary B-Real (of Cypress Hill) and Celph Titled, as well as a collaboration with J-Live called "This Is The Formula". Little Brother's own Phonte makes a cameo on "True Love", and some soulful hooks are laced across the album courtesy of Chip-Fu (of Fu-Schnickens) and Wu-Tang vocalist Blue Raspberry. Also contributing a major factor to the album is singer Holly Brook, best known for Fort Minor's chart topping "Where'd You Go" single and video. Fort Minor, Get Busy Committee, Demigodz and AOTP family are definitely in full effect throughout the project, including Ryu (of Styles of Beyond), Motive, Emilio Lopez, King Magnetic, Veze Skante and more. The bulk of production is handled by Apathy himself, who has been building up a production resume producing for Tiye Phoenix, Styles of Beyond, 7L & Esoteric, Eternia, and upcoming albums from Cypress Hill and Edo G.

Download: Apathy feat. Phonte - "True Love"

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Memory Man Presents: Raekwon - Cuban Revolution


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This Memory Man remix project collects various post-Cuban Linx Raekwon songs and reinvents them in classic Wu-Tang style.

01. Cuban Revolution Intro
02. All That Money Is Us
03. Run Away feat. Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, Method Man & GZA
04. Better Shoot Something
05. Cipher Born feat. Ghostface Killah & U-God
06. Get Your Shit Beat In feat. Polite, Chip Banks, Ghostface Killah & Trife Diesel
07. Slang Copulation feat. Nas, Cappadonna & Ghostface Killah
08. Curiosity
09. Iron Chef feat. Ghostface Killah, Polite & Inspectah Deck
10. A Wise Man
11. Cuban Revolution Interlude
12. We Gettin’Knots feat. Fat Joe, Armageddon & Big Pun
13. Fearless Ninjas feat. Ghostface Killah
14. The All-Time Lineup feat. American CREAM Team, Inspectah Deck & Method Man
15. Live Kid feat. Notorious BIG & Ghostface Killah

Dunno much about this producer but I copped this a couple days ago and it's very very impressive, all the lyrics get a new lease of life over some super ill, Wu type production by Memory Man. It really does sound like a brand new project at times so download or purchase and bump it hard till OB4CL2 drops!!!

NOTE: The file which you download has a corrupt file (track 9) so you won't be able to extract it but the other tracks are cool, so if you really wanna hear or cop that particular track, click the purchase link!

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Quite Nyce - Hello, My Name Is Quite Nyce


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Worcester, Massachusetts MC Quite Nyce has dropped his highly anticipated mixtape, Hello, My Name is Quite Nyce, a free download presented by Unherd Digital and some of the interwebz’ finest blogsites in 2dopeboyz.com, KevinNottingham.com, WYDUblog.com, RocktheDub.com, and PotHolesInMyBlog.com.

This 18-track mixtape is a collection of Quite Nyce’s most notable NEW material that was carefully selected and blended by Unherd Digital and Quite Nyce himself. The tracks, which span from early 2008 into the spring of this very year, were taken from Quite’s solo LPs, RADIx group albums, collaboration with Raydar Ellis, and unreleased Japanese releases that have never seen the light of day in the United States.

All in all, this is a perfect introduction to Quite Nyce’s new direction with his music and also embodies the love, respect, and passion he has put into his craft since he first splattered spit onto his microphone.

This exciting mixtape also serves as a prequel to his upcoming solo digital LP, Through My Eyes, which is set to release on August 25th.

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14KT - Nowalataz LP



Check out the newest material from Lab Technician 14KT, on his most recent project, the Nowalataz LP. If you like what you hear, you can catch 14KT (along with Buff1) opening for Mayer Hawthorne this fall across the country.

Here it is… a project I unofficially had done since 2006. It started when James Yancey a.k.a. J Dilla passed that February. To cope with the death of my favorite producer, who I liked to call my unofficial “musical mentor,” I started making ‘donuts’ …uncontrollably. I never planned to release any of the material out of respect for Dilla & his craft. I’ve shared some of the music with others, in which they would repeatedly ask me to hear it, so I decided to put a little something together and make it official. JUST FOR YA’LL.

This is a collection of beats created about 3 years ago. Some ‘donuts’ style, some just around that era of 14KT beats. “Now & Laters” were always a favorite candy of mine. I used to go to Mindell’s Pharmacy in Ypsilanti back in the day and buy ALL of them. Sadly, I even stole change from my grandma’s (RIP) purse for them. They are addictive, yet fun to eat… something I found mutual when making music at the time. Ironically, I fell back in love with “Nowalataz” around this era (ask my homey Sarah “Merk Merk,” haha). Enjoy.

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Black Milk - In The A.M.


Black Milk shows his versatility once again on the boards and the m.i.c. with this brand new joint, "In The A.M." Black stays dropping nothing but quality music. Is it just me or does a Black Milk x Elzhi x Royce da 5'9" collaboration album sound just about a perfect?

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Swollen Members - Red Dragon


Swollen Members debut their new song "Red Dragon". The track is taken from their heavily anticipated new studio album Armed To The Teeth, which lands in stores October 13th through Suburban Noize Records and Battle Axe Records.

"Everyone growing up in the skate world knows how important Red Dragon is. They definitely have some of the best threads and skate gear out there and we’ve known Colin McKay and Sluggo for years," commented Prevail. "Swollen Members has been repping Red Dragon since the beginning and when it came time to release our first cut from ‘Armed to the Teeth’, we wanted ‘Red Dragon’ to be the first thing people heard. We also wanted the first thing people hear from this new album to be some classic Swollen Members and to have our old friend and SM-alumni Moka Only on the track." Remember this is just a first taste and the main course is heating up.

Swollen Members have risen to the top of the underground hip-hop scene with a series of classic albums that have made them one of the genre’s brightest rising stars. Founded by two of the game’s best MCs, Mad Child and Prevail, along with the help of DJ Rob The Viking, Swollen Members have created a huge fan base while staying completely independent under their own label, Battle Axe Records. Swollen had taken a break over the past few years while Mad Child dealt with drug addiction and some legal issues, but, the group has come back stronger than ever with their upcoming new studio album Armed To The Teeth, which features guest appearances from La Coka Nostra, Talib Kweli, Tech N9NE, Krondon, Saafir and Phil Tha Agony.

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Dave Notti x Hi-Res - The New Chill


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The New Chill is a brand new EP from Portland duo Dave Notti & Hi-Res. Notti explains it, "branches off from all of us, not just Hi-Res and myself, but [our whole crew]... just wanting to be able to chill and be cool without any of the drama. We decided on The New Chill not because of a "new crew"... but rather a "new atmosphere" - change, if you will. Our new music styles are a testament to this change as we sound nothing of our former selves." Dave also went on to explain that the concept behind the EP wasn’t too complex - "just smooth beats from Tim [Res] meets NY grittyness! All the while showing versatility with the few concepts shown in the project. We wanted to give listeners something short but sweet."

01. Nebula Connection
02. Go Gettas (Come N' Get It Reprise)
03. Hesitation
04. Jealous
05. The New Chill
06. TheShoDown feat. Dain (Bonus)

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Murs x Slug - Protagonists (Prod. by Aesop Rock)


As an apology for a slightly misleading hint as to who the Felt 3 project is dedicated to, Slug and Murs have to decided to release this previously unheard track which could very well be the first leak off the upcoming album. Enjoy!

Download: Felt (Murs & Slug) - "Protagonists" (Prod. by Aesop Rock)

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14KT x Strange Fruit Project - Hello/Nostalgia


14KT's inspiration for "Hello" and the story behind SFP's "Nostalgia":
"Around July of 06”, I was in a record store digging and i discovered a copy of the best of Jackson 5 Picture Disc Vinyl. I’m a MJ fan so I immediately copped it. That night I went home & was listening to it for the next couple days. A few days after i bought it, my homey Ro (Octane/Burn Rubber Store)’s firstborn daughter was born. I happen to be in the lab when I found out and wanted to make a “donut” for him & his daughter. The first line I heard in my head was little MJ singing “When She says hello to the woooorld”, so I flipped that and sent it to Ro. I think I remember Ro telling me his daughter would always cry, but when he played her that joint, she would stop crying! ha. I always held on to this joint as a memory. Several months after, my homey DJ Graffiti was working on a project & he sent this joint to Strange Fruit Project (Much Love!). They ended up lacing a joint called “Nostalgia” to it. It was never officially finished, but you can hear the first rough version of the song. Crazy how things & ideas come together aint it??"
Download: 14KT - "Hello"


Download: Strange Fruit Project - "Nostalgia"

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Brown Bag AllStars x Coalmine Records: Remix Contest


The Brown Bag AllStars and Coalmine Records team up to bring you The Brown Bag AllStars “League Of Intoxicated Gentlemen” Remix Contest. Originally produced by Mr. Porter (Aftermath/D12), the opportunity is now yours to step up and tap out some heat! They will be picking 2 winners, 1 sample-based remix and 1 sample-free remix, both winners will be have their remixes officially released as a digital single through Coalmine Records.

Click here to download the original version, a capella and rules/contest itinerary. Send your remixes to BrownBagAllStars1@gmail.com. All submissions are due no later than Monday, August 31st.

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Jern Eye feat. Roc C & Nightclubber Lang - Blowin' Up


It's a transcontinental joint that caps off Jern Eye's upcoming release, Vision, as the Oakland-based emcee grabs a classic Notorious B.I.G. sample for the hook. World famous DJ Vinroc, who serves as a part of crews Triple Threat and 5th Platoon, steps in on the production side laying a strong foundation for Jern Eye to celebrate the long struggle of a career that has lead up to this, his forthcoming sophomore solo album, Vision. Guest emcees Roc C and Nightclubber Lang of The Boom Bap Project drop verses that recognize their similar experiences, and for Jern Eye the song serves as a great opportunity to work with the two fellow emcees on his album. Jern Eye says, "I actually recorded a handful of music with Roc C prior to making this album. I met him on tour in '06. This song was one of the earliest songs recorded for the album. The chemistry is just real, and the beat is real grimey. I love grimey."

For Nightclubber Lang, "Blowin' Up" also signified the beginnings of a strong working relationship with Jern Eye. Nightclubber Lang says, "Blowin' Up is the first track I ever did with Jern. Him and DJ Icewater (from the Pharcyde) wanted me to get on there and spit a third verse. Jern and Roc C definitely did their thing, so I just wanted to get on there and represent. It was too dope not to include on Vision." Despite the stellar guest verses, no rhyme typifies the celebratory nature of the track better than Jern's, "I went from gettin' scrapped when it came to beats / To gettin' top choice for the sound of my speech."

Check out this and the first fourteen tracks of Vision, out October 13 via MYX Music Label.

Download: Jern Eye feat. Roc C & Nightclubber Lang - "Blowin Up"

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