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by Travis on July 31, 2008

What’s good party people? It’s time for that daily feature that I do when I have the time…Some daily news. What do we have today? New Ice Cube album sampler, music from The Clipse, The KnuX, and Mekka Don. Free mixtape downloads from Spacebound from the Domination Recordings stable and Rebel Muzik Mixtape “Somethin’ To Snack On”……

Then of course me pimpin’ the new issue of Peak Street magazine…….

So, check out the freebies and the new joints…..

Shameless Self Promotion: Peak Street Magazine

Yes, I like talking myself up, if you haven’t noticed by now. In any case, one of the slickest magazines to come out in awhile is now on issue #2. If you lived “down under”, then you can find Peak Street magazine for free in stores across the country. Those of us that live in the land where toilets flush the right way, well you can still get your copy. They are selling copies for international cats. Now I know the price tag is kinda spendy and you can buy a couple 12 packs of cheap beer, but for hip hop heads that dig print magazines, Peak Street is honestly one of a kind. It’s one of the more original rags I’ve come across, and I’ve read a lot of hip hop magazines in my lifetime. Well worth checking out, if you are a hardcore hip hop head.

In this issue, you will also be treated to my own debut of sorts. If you remember right, Polarity and I scored a regular column in the mag. This month, not only do I appear in the monthly column, but I also have my first full length interview to appear in any magazine. I won’t say who it’s with (and NO, it’s not Ace….unfortunately, but he is in those pictures), but it’s some underground legends from an legendary underground label. That’s all I’ll say for now…..

Ice Cube Album Sampler……

We’ve been talking about it for months and it’s almost here for you to purchase. Ice Cube’s latest solo album, “Raw Footage” is dropping on August 19th and is set to be one of the standout releases of 2008.

So far we’ve had the singles

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[watch the videosee behind the scenes] as well as the street single Gangsta Rap Made Me Do It. We also brought you the streaming audio of Get Used To It featuring The Game and WC furthering the talk that The Game is set to join Westside Connection in place of Mack 10 for a new album.

Today we are happy to present a 19 minute “Raw Footage” album sampler that showcases the tracks that will feature on the album.

Ice Cube

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Enjoy the new music and ensure you support Ice Cube and Lench Mob Records by picking up a copy when it drops on August 19.

New Mekka Don…..

(The New Artist Spotlight alum returns. Some of you may remember Mekka from his Mick Boogie assisted Mixtape, and your boy returns with a joint that is kind of growing on me. Check it out! Trav…)

“The Game Needs Me”, produced by 5000 Fingaz. !

Mekka Don’s recent accomplishments:
  • XXL Feature (July 2008)
  • Nike Mixtape (Summer 2008)
  • “You Know Mekka Don” reaches #2 on College Radio charts (Spring 2008)
  • “Law and Order” mixtape with DJ Mick Boogie (Spring 2008)
  • The “Legal” Hustler Reality show (Spring 2008 –
The bangers will keep coming…thanks for the love!

New Music From The Clipse & The Re-Up Gang

Clipse feat The Reup GangMy Life’s The S***

New KnuX “Bang Bang”

Many, many months ago before I initially started working with The KnuX (before “Cappuccino” hit) Dart Parker sent me 5-6 tracks so I could get familiar with the group’s material—before we delved headfirst into the campaign.

Needless to say, “Cappuccino” was an easy, if not safe choice to introduce the group to the masses. Yet, as I listened to the tracks Dart sent me, one track immediat
ely and continually jumped out of the speakers and screamed SINGLE! Later that day, as I hopped into the ride and popped in “Bang! Bang!” on my way to pick up my 3-year old son from daycare, the only validation I needed was from said 3-year old as he and his old man trekked up the highway back home; both nodding our heads in simultaneous agreement (a true father and son bonding moment!!).

Before I was even back home, I was on the phone with Dart begging to be able to send out “Bang! Bang!” to a few trusted cohorts, as I knew folks would flip when they heard it. Dart quickly told me to pump my brakes as they had big things planned for “Bang! Bang!” and I’d just have to bide my time…

Fast forward, still riding the success of their debut single, Cappuccino,” (and its remix) The KnuX (Al and Krispy Millio) are back with the second single, “Bang! Bang!”, from their forthcoming debut LP, Remind Me In 3 Days, (recently awarded an XL by XXL Magazine), which will be released by Interscope Records on 10-14-08.

DL link to The KnuX’s “Bang! Bang!”:

Still any non-believers?

From the upcoming DJ Revolution LP

DJ Revolution f/KRS-One “The DJ”:

(Bonus—since someone threw it out there already) DL Link to DJ Revolution f/Bishop Lamont, Crooked I and Stylistic Jones “Funky Piano”

Bring Me The Head of Zilla Rocca!!!!

(One of my favorite “bloggers” out there, and CEO, Head Honcho, Supreme Cheese, El Numero Uno, and all that of Beat Garden comes with a track from his upcoming mixtape “Bring Me The Head of Zilla Rocca”…..should be good! Trav)

Just wanted to break you off with the freshest jamboree from my upcoming mixtape BRING ME THE HEAD OF ZILLA ROCCA.

I had this one up a while ago I guess, but dammit, this is the new, improved, chemically altered version with a better mixdown and a whole new Neptunes-type beat for Nico’s verse (he goes last–he was eating a chicken parm sandwich when we originally recorded this bad boy).


Opio Hosts Hierocast

Opio returns as host of latest Hieroglyphics video podcast

Del The Funky Homosapien, founding member of legendary collective The Hieroglyphics, introduces Souls of Mischief’s Opio with much praise as host of the latest episode of Hiero Imperium’s exclusive podcast, the Hierocast. Opio’s entrance is a fierce one: freestyling for almost a minute, Opio gives listeners an earful of the rhymes they thirst for. Joining him is Architect, producer of Opio’s second solo album, Vulture’s Wisdom, Volume One. Opio starts by giving us the meaning behind the title of the album, as well as his and Architect’s approach to recording it. They explain, “We sat back from afar and we just peeped the whole game. Everywhere we looked, everybody was just like. ‘Man it’s dead, there’s nothing here, it’s useless now.’ Where other people saw nothing, we swooped in with the vulture’s wisdom. We can eat right here.”

Throughout the 11th edition, the Hierocast gives fans a chance to see the motivation behind creating the new album. Opio and Architect comment on how they produced the album, “Whatever ideas we had, we had to put them down. Thoughts were coming out and they were getting recorded.” This is why Opio and Architect put down enough material to fill three whole albums. Look for the second and third volumes soon.

Opio will be touring this summer and fall in support of the album with Hieroglyphics. Dates available here.

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Opio – “Original Lyricist”


Classically-styled track name-checks Bill Bellicheck, Johnny Cash, and The Big Lebowski

The Song & Video:

In the latest single from Vulture’s Wisdom, Volume 1, Oakland-based emcee Opio sets the video for the song “Original Lyricist” at McAfee Coliseum, home of the Oakland Raiders. Shot entirely in grayscale (matching the team’s trademark black and silver colors), it gives a straightforward, no hype visual that gives Opio room to run with his lyrics. The classically-styled track name-checks Bill Bellicheck, Johnny Cash, and The Big Lebowski without a blink, stumble, or pause on Opio’s part. He rhymes, “It go me and my fellowship / represent intelligence in the championship / I’m sick like Bill Belichick.” Aggressive, assertive, and fast – his flow could teach the Raiders a few lessons for next season.

Free Download: Spacebound (The Josh G Remixes)

Spacebound’s “The Adventures Of…” Remixed, Re-worked and Re-imagined. Also includes exclusive material not released on the album.


1. Intro
2. Spacebounce
3. How To Beat a Gypsy
4. The Gallery
5. By A Thread
6. To Shine
7. Don’t Stop Hating
8. Coming At You
9. Rap Justice (Interude)
10. Overstand
11. Spacebound King
12. Styles Unbreakable
13. 25 7
14. To Shine (Reprise)
Mixed and Produced by Josh G at Stuzzy Studios, Bradford, UK for Jass Kat Productions.

Free Download:
Spacebound (The Josh G Remixes)

Rebel Muzik Media Makes Industry Noise By Offering A Free Online Mixtape:
A Prequel, to the Highly Anticipated MIC Legacy Album

The Mix Tape Gives Hip Hop Fanatics “Sumthin To Snack On,” while waiting to “Feed Yo Kids!”

Sumthin To Snack On Mix Tape Link:

VA/DC- Rebel Muzik Media announced today a downloadable mixtape to Hip Hop fans anticipating the drop of the new Mic Legacy project, Feed Yo Kids, featuring the viral hit single, So Ghetto, featuring Rapper Pooh.

” We wanted to wet the appetites of all those true Hip Hop fans by offering a free downloadable mix tape,” says Grail “Ruc” Hodges, CEO of Rebel Muzik Media. “The mixtape is jam packed full of unforgettable lyrics and infectious beats laid by some of the greatest underground MC’s and producers of our time!”

Feed Yo Kids will drop in the near future and boasts a list of today’s hottest producers and underground messengers such as the already mentioned Nottz and Rapper Pooh. It also features ILLMIND, KELPH, JCLYDE, BRAINSTORM, DIGITAL DAMAGE, NY OIL, BIGSHOT& KHIZMAN(DMP), LATOYA WILLIAMS AND JON BIBBS. JUST ADDEDTO THE ROSTER: SKYZOO!

Members of the media and true hip-hop enthusiasts are also treated to a mix tape titled “Sumthin To Snack On,” by logging on to

Watch Out for So Ghetto, the video, featuring Rapper Pooh, MIC Legacy and the VA Hoods.
Watch for it on,, youtube and international and national video shows in the near future.

On July 31st, K-Salaam & Beatnick will be celebrating their long awaited album release “Whose World Is This?” w/special guest performances by: Pharoahe Monch, Dead Prez, HBO Def Poet Black Ice, Hot 97′s Massive B, Mick Boogie, and just added: Umi from RBG family.

All artists will be performing new music produced by Beatnick & K-Salaam. And the DJ’s will be spinning music off of K-Salaam & Beatnick’s new Album “Whose World Is This?” as well as new music produced by the duo.

“Whose World Is This?” The album and DVD is in stores now! Featuring new exclusive songs from: Young Buck, Kardinal Offishall, Buju Banton, Trey Songz, Sizzla, Talib Kweli, Dead Prez, and much more…

For more info on K-Salaam & Beatnick, go to:



Life The Great Keeps Going……

This has been an impeccable month of juLife and at this point is where all the explanations stop. If you don’t know me by now….

title: Impeccable (recorded in 2001)
Life The Great


Download the UltraSound album NOW:

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In cased you missed the previous 29 days of juLife here they are:

juLife 1st – Ghetto blaster (produced by: Life The Great) -
juLife 2nd –
G.A Hustler -
juLife 3rd –
takin Out You Suckas -
juLife 4th –
juLife 5th –
Me and my Dj -
juLife 6th –
Dopeman -
juLife 7th –
Trapper Keeper (produced by: Life The Great) -
juLife 8th –
LifeDMC like Chuck D -
juLife 9th –
No Pen Behind 55 Bars -
juLife 10th –
Mic Addiction -
juLife 11th –
Don’t Listen ft Phil Collins (produced by: Life The Great) -
juLife 12th –
Passion Of Life -
juLife 13th –
777-9311 -
juLife 14th –
Month 9 ft Curtis Mayfield -
juLife 15th –
Paid In Full -
juLife 16th –
Vapors -

juLife 17th - The Future ft Jerz of V.O.C -

juLife 18th – Love Come Down -

juLife 19th – Bonita Applebaum ’08 -

juLife 20th – Ain’t No Half Steppin -

juLife 21st – The Followers -

juLife 22nd – Whatyoutalkinbout (produced by Bangladesh) -

juLife 23rd – Can You Feel It ’08 -

juLife 24th – Colors

juLife 25th – Keep Pushin -

juLife 26th – My Cassette -

juLife 27th – B-Boy Stance Dance -

juLife 28th – Hustle & Flow -

juLife 29th - So Special

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