First off, it’s hard to believe, but we lost J Dilla three years ago this month. UllNevaNo, who is one half of the Baltimore group The Equation (more on them coming soon) dropped this Dilla tribute track that is worth a listen.
New Sam Sever for Feb!
Sam is back at it again with two new tracks which is leading up to his April album release.
Scriptz N Screwz – The Mothership
SNS is a dope group out of St. Louis if I remember right (my bad if I got that wrong), that is dropping a mixtape on March 6th, Sound Cinema. Nice smooth joint here.
Naledge and A. Pinks – God Body Flow
Rising producer Analogic will be releasing a producer on Soulspazm Records later this year, but before the , Analogic will be dropping a pre-LP Mixtape. Here is the first leak from that very mixtape,"God Body Flow" featuring Naledge and A. Pinks.
Grynch – It’s Go Time
Former WYDU Spotlight Artist is back with a new track.
Che Grand – Streets (Produced by Illmind)
T.E.F.L.O.N. – GIVE IT TO EM RAW (PRODUCED BY THE ALCHEMIST)
DJ. iLLaNoise feat. Fab 5 ’09 (Pugs Atomz, Que BILLAH, Phil G & Novakane) -
"Go IL (Circa ’96)" From Dj. iLLaNoise’s Revenge of the Back Packs Mix tape dropping
in Feb 2009
Xzibit & Young De off B-Real’s ‘ ‘ album in stores February 24th. ‘Don’t Ya Dare Laugh’ Remix featuring
Don’t Ya Dare Laugh Remix: http://www.zshare.net/audio/55082677d671f07b/
More great hip hop coming out of the Mile High City, 3 The Hard Way, consisting of MC A.V.I.U.S., Es Nine and DJ Cysko Rokwell (who is an absolute beast on the wheels). You’ll be seeing more of them on WYDU in the near future.
Fri Feb 28th, 2009
3 The Hardway "Set In Stone" Release Party @ The Marquis Theater
Ft. Likwit Junkies (Defari & DJ Babu), ManeLine w/special guest host-Rakaa Iriscience (of Dilated Peoples)
In early 2007 House of Waxx Recordings quietly released their first product-the A.V.I.U.S. solo LP Patience. The label would hand to hand sell them while also garnering heavy sales on line. During this time, DJ Cysko Rokwel (who made a guest appearance on the album) made more regular appearances in the studio with MC A.V.I.U.S. and producer Es Nine-this is when the three officially formed 3 THE HARDWAY. The year that followed would see the trio garnering more and more attention by being booked at Colorados major venues, going on a short SouthWest Tour and culminating in their first nomination for the Westword Music Showcase. Something was defintely happening. The product of all of this-the long awaited 3 The Hardway album-Set In Stone.
The album features notable Colorado artist Mane Rok and InkLine (both of ManeLine) but takes things to the next level with appearances from internationally recognized stars Rakaa Iriscience (Dilated Peoples,) Defari(Likwit Crew), Doujah Raze (Rawkus/Trilogy Records) and Braille (of Lightheaded.) The album is packed full of speaker-banging beats (courtesy of Es Nine) that are reminscent of the true school era of Hip Hop, with national champion caliber cuts and scratches coming fully from Cysko Rokwel; but note that the lyrics delivered by A.V.I.U.S. and company, stand up pound for pound with their album counterparts.
This Feb 28th @ the Marquis Theater 3 The Hardway is set to take the bar that Colorado Hip Hop has set and move it notches higher as they deliver the album to the public with the help of ManeLine, The Likwit Junkies (Defari and DJ Babu) with special guest host Rakaa Iriscience.
The foundation had been laid, but now, 3 The Hardway makes sure it’s Set In Stone!
Dope track from Ameer, who dropped the very good "The New Dream" back toward the end of ’07. Good to hear some new music from him.
Now available for free download is the new mixtape from Muneshine titled "Big Man on Campus", mixed by DJ Sonik and hosted by Emilio Rojas. The 22-track mix features a collection of new songs, old songs & collaborations. from Sean Price, , , Dutchmassive and many more!
Free Download: Muneshine "Big Man on Campus" Mixtape
For more info, please check out: Myspace.com/Status_Symbol
Muneshine’s "Status Symbol" coming soon on Domination Recordings!
01. Q-Tip Ft.Busta Rhymes,Raekwon & Lil’Wayne – Renaissance Rap(Remix)
02. Tone Trump ft. Birdman, Akon – Hands In The Air
03. B-Real ft. Xzibit & Young De – Don’t Ya Dare Laugh(Remix)
04. Lil Jon Ft. R. Kelly, Sean Paul – Back It Up
05. N.O.R.E. Feat. Sean Kingston- On And On
. Rick Ross Ft. John Legend – I’m the Magnificent
07. Havoc – Watch Me
08. Teriyaki Boyz feat. Kanye West – Teriya-King
09. Chrisette Michelle – Epiphany
10. D. Julien – One Can Win
11. Styles P Feat. Tre Williams – Streetlife
12. New Breed Ft. Pleasure P, Flo-Rida – One Night
13. PG The Kidd ft Cassidy, Mr. Jelks – Triple Threat
14. Young Buck ft. Jimmie Hoffa & Blood Raw – Stupid Money
15. Royce Da 5′9, Phonte & Stat Quo – Homage to Premier
16. Termanology – Tight Pants Are For Girls
17. U-N-I ft. Talib Kweli – Return
18. N.A.S.A. Ft The Cool Kids, Ghostface Killah, Scarface & Dj Am – The Mayor
19. Cashis ft. One-2- Whoa
20.Naledge – Rock Top Fashions
DOWNLOAD: Excess Bangers 11: Afro Scrolls NINJA!!! (Sharebee)
Making More Noise Than Ever In 2009….
Die In Your Lap is the follow up to Cesar Comanche’s previous works Wooden Nickels (2000), Paper Gods (2002) and Squirrel & The Aces (2005) and appears on his own imprint, Defenders Of The Free World (DOTFW).
Cesar Comanche is one of the founding emcees of North Carolinas critically acclaimed hip-hop crew, The Justus League (Little Brother, 9th Wonder, The Away Team, etc.). Comanche, originally from Jacksonville , NC , began writing rhymes in 1994. In 1996, he met budding producer and fellow North Carolina State University student 9th Wonder, and commenced performing regularly and recording shortly thereafter. In 1999, Comanche, along with 9th Wonder, organized their fellow friends and rap artists in the Triangles hip-hop scene and started The Justus League Crew.
Cesar’s forthcoming LP, Die In Your Lap, will be released on 2-24-09 on DOTFW/ABB Records and the LP’s lead-single is the 9th Wonder produced “Hands High” (which is available now exclusively at iTunes).
DL link to Cesar Comanche’s “Hands High” (produced by 9th Wonder):
The latest in Sankofa’s franchise of free is now available to download. Featuring production from Purify and guest raps from RhymeWise37, Music with Friends 4 finds Sankofa asking important questions like "Why do rappers hold invisible guns?" and laughing at hapless fools hitting on his wife. Want to bust out some new slang? Look no further than the Muggs-flavored "Birkencrocs," where a friend’s footwear is mercilessly mocked.
promotional video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uBn8B4hoQ1I
On February 19th, Stenge-O-Matic of Anotha Level will be releasing a project called "The Live & Direct Show" which features none-other-than Crooked I. However, this project is more than a regular underground feature as Crooked I appears along side the Wu-Tang Clan‘s Raekwon and . Many Hip Hop fans would consider this to be a "dream team" collaboration. Fans are able to preview the track on the project’s page and can make their purchase through Amazon when it becomes available. Those who are not familiar with Stenge-O-Matic’s group Anotha Level may be interested to know that their first album "On Anotha Level" was executively produced by Ice Cube and sold over 250,000 records in 1994. Stenge’s upcoming "Live & Direct Show" also features T.I., , Akon and many more. Make sure to cop this project and support this heat!
Everyone got a hold of the CLEAN/RADIO version of this joint. However, here is the DIRTY/CDQ version of this NEW Raekwon f/ Ghostface joint, titled "Criminology 2". THIS IS NOT THE OFFICIAL SINGLE from OB4CL2 as the single has not been determined as of yet. However, this joint IS on the album and if enough positive feedback is given, it will be turned into the single and a video would be shot for it. In addition, the NEW release date is April 7th. (Yes it’s been changed a trillion times, but I am 99% sure this is the FINAL date).
|Solo Emcee’s Release Features Production from Nottz, , J Dilla, , and more|
Finale, part of the new vanguard of Detroit emcees, will release his debut album A Pipe Dream and a Promise on April 7th, 2009 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, Flying Lotus, Notzz, 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.
About Interdependent Media
Founded in 2006 in the Bay Area by Evan Phillips, Interdependent Media has built unique strengths in the development, production, and marketing of recorded music via new methods of marketing and promotion. Armed with a comprehensive understanding of both traditional and emerging methods of marketing, iM has successfully created multi-faceted methods of raising awa
reness and interest in their projects. Industry veterans Ian "ID" Davis and Dominic Del Bene head operations at iM and are credited with discovering and/or developing artists such as 9th Wonder, Little Brother, Tanya Morgan, Blackalicious, Del the Funky Homosapien, the Hieroglyphics and more. In 2009, iM will be releasing multi-media projects from artists Finale, Canibus, K’naan, Truthlive, and Tanya Morgan. www.imculture.com
"Motor Music" produced by Black Milk
"Txx Real + Fxcsed"
Featuring Richard Pryor
++ TXX REAL + FXCSED ++ The New Leak From Skipp Whitman’s New Digital "Mix CD"; Skipp Whitman vs. Richard Pryor .. dropping in 2 DAYS!
The official "Blaps, Rhymes & Life" mixtape series is back! Dub MD and super producer Illmind re-connect for a second time to bring you another exclusive free mixtape project, "Blaps, Rhymes & Life Vol. II" is a 22 track digi-zip packed full of classic illmind production. This time around the mixtape features established artists such as 50 Cent, Eminem, Scarface, Talib Kweli and Heltah Skeltah, as well as featuring a whole host of up and coming artists from the likes of Bambu, Megaciph, Above Ave and Grynch just to list a few.
Illmind is also set to release a couple of studio albums in 2009 with the debut LP from his group Fortilive consisting of emcees Mushmouf and Slo-Mo, the project will be dropping sometime in 2009 via Myx Music. Also lookout for his up coming new instrumental album which is due for release this year aswell, for more information and updates, check out www.illmind.biz and www.blapsrhymesandlife.com.
Also be on the lookout for Dub MD dropping some new artist mixtapes in 2009, as he collaborates once again with Nametag for the follow up to "Classic Cadence Vol. 1" with Volume 2. Along with releasing projects with a posse of emcees including Spectacula, Access Immortal, Cyrano aka Cy Yung, Zero Star, Junesflow and more, keep it locked!
01.) Mic Legacy – Larry Davis (Produced by Illmind)
02.) D-Black – Hold Up (Gangsta Shit) (Produced by Illmind)
03.) 50 Cent – Who Run It (feat. Eminem, Cashis & Lloyd Banks) (Produced by Illmind)
04.) Heltah Skeltah – So Damn Tuff (feat. Buckshot & Ruste Juxx) (Produced by Illmind)
05.) Scarface – It’s Not A Game (Produced by Illmind)
06.) Thoth – MA To The West (feat. Oh No) (Produced by Illmind)
07.) Naps N Dreds – Bully! (feat. Kool G Rap) (Produced by Illmind)
08.) Diamond D – Don’t Beg (Produced by Illmind)
09.) Pumpkinhead – Of The Same Air (feat. Talib Kweli) (Produced by Illmind)
10.) Fortilive – Trunk Pop Music (Produced by Illmind)
11.) Project Heights – Champion (feat. Rakaa Iriscience & Noelle Scaggs) (Produced by Illmind)
12.) Sleek – Hi New Orleans (Produced by Illmind)
13.) Che Grand – Streets (Produced by Illmind)
14.) Starrs & Murph – Damn (Produced by Illmind)
15.) Bambu – Quit (Produced by Illmind)
16.) Above Ave – Root Of All Evil (Wake Up) (Produced by Illmind)
17.) Grynch – A Dream Undeferred (Produced by Illmind)
18.) Kingdom (The Movement) (Swaggerboy, Kilo & Problem Child) – Heartache (Produced by Illmind)
19.) Naturel – Love To The World (Produced by Illmind)
20.) Blitzkrieg (Bee Lavish, Quayluds, D-Minus & Contra) – Ruling Elite (Produced by Illmind)
21.) Megaciph – War (Produced by Illmind)
22.) Mister RP – Diamonds Aren’t Enough (Produced By Illmind)
Count Bass D hits the road once again for the month of February. Below are the dates, cities and venues he will be performing at.
Feb 03 Denver, CO – The Walnut Room
Feb 04 – B Side Lounge
Feb 05 – Three20south
Feb 06 – Box Awesome
Feb 09 Lawrence, KS – The Jackpot
Feb 10 – Vaudeville Mews Taco
Feb 11 Columbia, MO – The Blue Fugue
Feb 12 Saint Louis, MO – Atomic Cowboy
Feb 13 – Subterranean
Feb 14 Milwaukee, WI – The Highbury
Feb 15 , WI – Reptile Palace
Feb 18 Indianapolis, IN – The Jazz Kitchen
Feb 19 Ann Arbor, MI – The Blind Pig
PRESENTS SADE-THEMED BY DETROIT MC MAE DAY AND PRODUCED BY DE NOTES, TUESDAY, FEB. 3, 2009
DJ Mick Boogie, legendary femcee 3rd Bass) all have different ways of describing Mae Day, but their sentiments of praise are all the same., and MC Serch (known for his membership of pioneering rap group
"I want to let the world know about Mae Day," MC Lyte said, before freestyling with her on the air and later recording a song with her. "She’s coming, and I’m proud to know it and proud to say it."
"Mae is dope, refreshing, unique, original, and has an integrity about her that most emcees lack nowadays," Mick Boogie echoed. "I’m happy to be a part of her project."
That project is Cherish The Day, due for a release as a free download through www.maedaymaeday.com and Mick Boogie’s www.thepressplayshow.com
today, Tuesday, Feb. 3. On it, Mae Day and De Notes—the production team headed by Dewitt Moore, formerly of The SickNotes (Obie Trice‘s "Cry Now," D12′s "How Come’)—put their spin on records from soul songstress Sade to create classics of their own. Mae Day uses substantial lyrics and a tight delivery to simultaneously narrate a story and convey the emotions that come with it, and she’s sexy without the brashness that many of her peers rely on—much like the singer who inspired the project itself. The first leak, "Hold On," sees her and De Notes flipping Sade’s "Nothing Can Come Between Us" into an upbeat, confident assertion of her impending success. A week after its release—Tuesday, Feb. 9—www.imeem.com will present an exclusive playlist that features Mae Day giving listeners an inside look behind each song.
MC Serch insisted that when he listened to Cherish The Day, that he had goosebumps—the same goosebumps he felt when executive producing seminal albums like Nas’ Illmatic and O.C.’s Word…Life. "I hope that the rest of the audience is not so lost in the sea of mediocre music that this wave of talent gets lost," Serch said. "This is a voice women can ride for, and dudes can vibe to. … She’s the female Jay-Z."
Cherish The Day Tracklisting // Sade originals
1. Maeday Maeday! // Fear
2. DJ (Same Song) //
3. Hold On // Nothing Can Come Between Us
4. Crime // Is It A Crime
5. Give It All // Give It Up
6. Jezzebelle // Jezzebel
7. Sweetest Taboo // Sweetest Taboo
8. // No Ordinary Love
9. Still Love H.I.M. //
10. Keep Looking // Keep Looking
11. // Cherish The Day *all songs produced by De Notes*
sed on February 10th.
Two-time acoustic soul." Testimony: Vol. 2 was produced by India.Arie, Novel (produced India.Aries’s "Purify Me" for Tyler Perry soundtrack), Dru Castro, and more. This album is the follow up to Arie’s 2006 album, Testimony: Vol. 1, Life and Relationship, which debuted at #1 on Billboard Top 200 in 06.and 16-time INDIA.ARIE returns with her 4th career album, Testimony: Vol. 2, Love & Politics, marking the return of her signature brand of "
Exile – Live On The MPC (Live in SF 1/31/09)
Up and coming producer J. Cardim released his first compilation-style project Your Favorite Rapper’s Favorite Producer on 1-19-09. The album, hosted by world renowned DJ and Hip-Hop tastemaker DJ Envy, is 22 songs deep and boasts a list of cameos that reads like a who’s who of today’s Hip-Hop circuit. J Cardim, a New York resident by way of Rio Di Janeiro and Boston has been on the scene for several years crafting superior soundscapes for many of Hip-Hop’s most talented and highly esteemed MCs including; Lil Wayne, Shawty Lo, Fat Joe
, Cassidy, Red Café, Styles P, Saigon, Wale and Talib Kweli.
Most recently, J has been working with Red Café, DJ Envy, Sheek Louch, Jae Millz, and Paul Wall on their respective albums, as well as putting the finishing touches on a collaborative effort with gifted Brooklyn rapper Sha Stimuli entitled Cinderella Man. Your Favorite Rapper’s Favorite Producer features J. Cardim produced street smashes from some of today’s brightest artists. “In addition to releasing some exclusives we were holding on to, we needed a forum to draw attention to the fact that J has produced a lot of records that people are already familiar with. We really just wanted to connect the dots for people; show them just how many records J has on his resume and raise people’s awareness of this great new producer” says Zack Einhorn, Cardim’s manager and partner in Dice Music Group.
J Cardim has also been selected as a finalist for Loud.com’s producer competition (http://www.loud.com/J_Cardim) and his Your Favorite Rapper’s Favorite Producer is currently available through all major digital music stores including: Itunes, www.amazon.com, www.amalgamdigital.com and Rhapsody. For more information, log on to www.dicemusicgroup.com.
J. Cardim f/ Saigon – Breathe Thru The Years (Unreleased 3rd Verse)
J Cardim f/Wale, Red Cafe & MIMS "Don’t Play With My Dough"
Presents… Mic Legacy
(Produced By ILLMIND)
Mic Legacy Ft. Khizman – Crazy
The Hood Classic
(produced by Nottz)
AT RADIO NOW
Mic Legacy Ft. Kleph Dollaz – Da Get Right
"Sumthin To Snack On"
NEW ALBUM – FEED YO KIDS – IN STORES FEB. 2009
SUMTIN 2 SNACK ON THE MIXTAPE
Columbus, OH — What do you get when you mix classicly energetic lyricism with the street-savvy edge of MC’s in 2009? Ohio mic wrecker Illogic may very well know the answer to that question… or rather, he might be the answer.
On March 24, Illogic will unleash his third full-length album entitled Diabolical Fun on Weightless Recordings. His new single "Let’s Go" has already captivated fans and critics alike with aggressively enthusiastic bars of pure Hip Hop, and Ill
ogic is set to re-establish himself as a force to be reckoned with in the independent underground and beyond.
“My previous works were denser, darker and in some ways depressing, because that is where I was in my life at that time and that is the music I needed to make for that time,” Illogic expresses. “I’m at a different place in my life now, and my music has to reflect that, so Diabolical Fun is brighter, a little more fun, and definitely more performance-geared. For once I know I’m ready for all that is ahead of me, and I am thankful for all that is behind me.”
Two-time DMC Championship finalist DJ JayCeeOh and Miami-bred crate digger PQ have combined forces to create GOODY! GOODY!, a collaborative dance-centric project that blends house, electro, hip hop, Baltimore club, bass, disco and more for an explosive mix that is already in rotation in clubs in New York, LA and Miami. The two skilled selectors first collaborated on WERS 88.9FM in Boston (the #1 College Radio Station in the US at the time) in 2003, and have since been individually featured in media outlets like The Source, URB, MTV.com, and Okayplayer.com, while landing corporate DJ gigs for NBC, Adidas, Puma and Decon Media.
ing his musical repertoire to include more dance-oriented genres and working with PQ on refining his blends and mixes. of the Year" titles at the M.I.C. Awards (2006, 2007), DJ JayCeeOh has garnered a national following. Known for his pure turntablism and incredible cutting and scratching abilities, JayCeeOh has spent much of the last year touring from Europe, Brazil and Canada to hot spots across the US, while expand
PQ began his career in the 1990′s in Miami, but has honed his chops over past decade in Boston and New York, notably spinning gigs for New York Magazine and Heineken and opening for acts like The Cool Kids and Gang Gang Dance. Also a producer who has composed original music for Absolut, A&E and Sony, PQ’s knowledge of music is unparalleled and his record collection contains more than a few rare finds. Already a force behind the turntables, working with DJ JayCeeOh has improved PQ’s technical prowess and taken his mixes to a new level.
GOODY! GOODY! released the first installment of their self-titled mixtape series today, available for download here.
1. Ready to Go Intro
2. Rudy Ray Moore (R.I.P) / Benny Bennassi / Bloody Beatroots (JayCeeOh Edit)
3. – Ultimate Funk
4. Grampa / Bun B – Sound Of Music (JayCeeOh + PQ Edit)
5. Lil Bo Tweak – K-Rizzle Interlude
6. Bag Raiders – Fun Punch (Cut The BullSh*t Edit)
7. 2 Live Crew / U tern – All That Cha Got Party (JayCeeOh Edit)
9. – Just Gazing (PQ + JayCeeOh Party Edit)
10. / Disco Juice (PQ Edit)
11. Hands In The Air / O’bryan (Treasure Fingers)- Freaky Hands (JayCeeOh Edit)
12 John Legend / Santogold / Bird Peterson – Green Lights in LES (JayCeeOh Edit)
13. Pase Rock / Groove Armada feat Stush & Red Rat – Get Money, Get Down (JayCeeOh + PQ Edit)
14. Will.I.am- Impatient – (U-tern Remix)
15. Hott City –
16. U.N. – Get It On
18. Black Roots – They Cant Stop It
19. Cool Kids – Pump Up The Volume (JayCeeOh Break Edit)
20. Siriusmo – Just Like This (JayCeeOh & PQ Edit)
21. Craze – Bitch I’m From Dade County
22. Crookers – Yeak OK (JayCeeOh Edit)
23. 2 Live Crew / Luke / Ron Carroll – (JayCeeOh + PQ Breakdown Edit)
24. Baile / Tim Deluxe (JayCeeOh Edit)
25. Sean Paul / Twerk (Bird Peterson/ Cousin Cole) – Bo! (JayCeeOh Edit)
26. Skatalites – Forest Flower Interlude
27. Bounce Camp – Big Dancin (On The Floor Edit)
28. ABN – Whos the man, Whos the Boss? – Interlude
29. Martin Brothers – Dum / – Ride On Out (JayceeOh + PQ Edit)
30. JayCeeOh – Move It
31. Cassius – Feeling for you / Jacko (PQ Edit)
32. Buzzins Cuzzins / – Let Me Show You Haterz Love (JayceeOh + PQ Edit)
33. Kanye West – Love Lockdown (Chew Foo Small Room Fix)
34. Runaway Outro