December 29, 2008

Artist Of The Week – Farchild

Influenced by everyone from Nine Inch Nails to Lauryn Hill, Farchild is an artist who defies categorization. Her debut album, Chivalry Has Died, is a testament to what can happen when a person refuses to allow themselves to be boxed in by genre specifications. According to Farchild, “I’d be as happy as a clam if someone popped my CD into a player and said, ‘wow, this is absolute madness, a Farchild kind of madness!’” The former University of Florida volleyball star was getting ready to fly to Puerto Rico to compete in a pro league this winter when I caught up with her to find out more about her music, the life story that inspired it, and why she hid her work from her friends for so long. Click Here...

December 27, 2008

T-Pain + Lil Wayne = Please Caption this...

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High Water Christmas 08

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These are fan favorites, exclusives, ruff mixes and things we are working on. Download and enjoy. Check us here as well and subscribe


1. Homeboy Sandman - Airwave Air Raid (Track available on the street album "Actual
Factual Pterodactyl", official debut album on HWM Summer '09)
2. Willie Evans Jr. - Rock Widdit (Track available now on the album "Communication")
3. Sputnik Brown - Super Ego (Track off the debut album Three Shades of Black,
coming out 2009)
4. Daniel Joseph - Pack Lite (Exclusive for this comp)
5. P.CASSO - Stress (available now on the album "For Your Consideration")
6. Ben Grymm & Shawn Jackson - Blood Sweat & Tears "Demo" (available now on the
"Back To My World" single on ITunes. Vinyl 7″ available in January)
7. Fresh Daily - Breezy Afternoon feat Outasight (off of "Tomorrow is Today" available
in January)
8. Señor Kaos - For the Cream RMX feat JAX (off of "Swagger Is Nothing…"available now
9. S.O.U.L. Purpose - Preposition (Exclusive for this Comp)
10. Spec Boogie - Ghetto Mind (Exclusive for this Comp)
11. John Robinson | MF Doom - Black Gold (Track off the album "Who's This Man?"
available Jan 27th)

December 22, 2008

Stike Figa & Mike Waxx - It Ain't Easy Bein' Skinny

Donny Goines "Ricky's Story" Dir: Mills Miller

Artist Of The Week - The Vincent Black Shadow

I’ve made it no secret that The Vincent Black Shadow is one of my favorite rock bands. They’ve been featured on this site a number of times, and now that they’ve gone the indie route they’ve become a perfect fit to be an Artist Of The Week. Cassie Ford’s vocals are some of the most amazing you will hear in all of rock, and the band, which is made up of the Kirkham brothers, with Rob on guitar, Chris on bass, and Tony on drums (pictured L to R), is truly an amazing group of musicians. This week I sat down with Tony Kirkham to find out more about TVBS’s latest release, El Monstruo, why they parted ways with their label, Bodog Music, and what the band ended up learning after spending the better part of a year and a half on the road. Click Here...

December 16, 2008

Puter Girl [I'm In Love] 1.2 - The Bronx Über Villain

B.A.N.I. is the computer system that the master has fallen in love with. Yet another sneak preview of things to come from the forthcoming LP, 'The Bronx Über Villaini'.

Neck On Froze 1.3 - The Bronx Über Villain

Neck On Froze 1.3 by EklekticGardens

Artist Of The Week - VERSE*ALL

Sometimes an artist is associated with so many people I know I just have to find out more. VERSE*ALL is one of those artists. We seem to roll in the same circles. He’s worked with a number of former Artists Of The Week, including Rabbi Darkside and Core Rhythm. We just hadn’t linked up for anything… until now. VERSE*ALL is bit of a jack of all trades in Hip-Hop, but unlike the old saying, “jack of all trades, master of none,” VERSE*ALL has managed to master quite a few, including production and emceeing. This week I caught up with VERSE*ALL to find out more about his path in Hip-Hop, the differences between the two scenes he’s spent the most time in (NYC and DC), and some of the more memorable moments he’s had in his career so far. Click Here...

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Praverb ft. Donny Goines - My Way (prod. by Rip One)

Hello Everyone,

The track that I have for you is produced by Rip One and it is for his album called Grounded (which will be a combination of jazzy songs and instrumentals). Rip sent me the beat for this project awhile ago and I was feeling the jazzy sound. During this time I was watching Donny Goines B.A.R.S. series and I decided to hit him up. I hit him up and told him that I was interested in his music and asked if he was available for a possible collaboration. Thankfully Donny is a cool dude who decided to contribute a verse on the song. I sent him the beat and he penned and recorded a verse within two days, I added my parts to complete this track. I respect Donny's music a lot and I hope you guys cop Minute After Midnight (on Amalgam Digital's website) on December 16th.

"This track was conceived thanks to the lovely instrumental by Rip One. The scratch hook gave me the inspiration to write about etching my own path in this hip hop game. Donny Goines delivered an awesome verse that further solidifies his role in the progression of NY hip hop." - Praverb

Download Here

December 10, 2008

Famous - Ain't No Use (Official Music Video)

Universal Mind Control (The Official Good Look Review)

So it's looking like the folks over @ the Good Look aren't feeling as though UMC is one at all...

Imagine the playground at your local McDonald's was renovated and turned into a strip club, but they kept the Hamburglar statue on stage. Now, put a bookshelf in that strip club instead of a bar. Congratulations, you have successfully experienced Common's new album Universal Mind Control.

Read Full Review Here...

"The Produce Section" Feat John Robinson Hosted by J Rawls


Enter the Produce Section Intro (Prod. by Flying Lotus)
Ordo Ab Chao (Prod. by J Dilla)
Grandz (Prod. by I.D. 4 Windz)
1 of the greatest (Produced by J Rawls and DJ Rhettmatic)
N.Y. CA (Prod. by Madlib)
Makings of U (IG Culture Remix)
Mascot feat Peter Hadar (Prod. by K Dubble)
Why'd You Lie (Prod. by R.Thentic)
Rapsploitation (Flying Lotus Mix)
The UK feat Cymarshall Law & K Banger (Prod. by I.D. 4 Windz)
It's Worth It feat Tiffany Paige (Prod. by I.D. 4 Windz)
Cherish (Confusion) feat Wordsworth of EMC (Prod. by K Dubble)
2 Things (Japanese Import - Planet Groove/Jazzy Sport 12") (Prod. by Grooveman Spot)
The Big Picture (Prod. by I.D. 4 Windz)
Dap Feat. Farrah Burns (Prod. by Flying Lotus)
Science, Jazz and Politics (Remix) (Prod. by IG Culture)
Circulate feat Invizible Handz (Prod. by Flying Lotus)
On the Road Again (Prod. by I.D. 4 Windz)
C.U. (Prod. by Ta'Raach)
Hit Me (SP's Phone Home Remix)
Heavenly feat ID 4 Windz & Tiffany Paige (Prod. by J Dilla)
Rap Thing (Prod. by Flying Lotus)
Invizible Man feat 20/20 aka U George (Prod. by MF DOOM)
Its Jay ARE (J Rawls and John Robinson) Prod. by J Rawls (Album coming in 2009)
*Leaving the Produce section outro (Prod. by Flying Lotus)


December 8, 2008

Artist Of The Week - PreZZure

PreZZure is an emcee and producer that I’ve been running into a lot lately, both at concerts and online. Based out of Queens, New York, PreZZure caught my ear thanks to two mind blowing tracks, “Lost My Mind,” which is off of his upcoming album and features a sample from one of my favorite t.A.T.u. songs, “All The Things She Said,” and his beat for the AOK Collective theme, which features a sample from the theme from Sesame Street. In addition to being an emcee and beatsmith, PreZZure is also currently a college student majoring in Commercial Photography and a mentor with the Optimus Academy where he teaches junior high and high school students how to write songs. This week I caught up with PreZZure to find out more about the art of sampling, some of his favorite collaborative experiences, and what’s up with his “Bacon” nickname. Click Here...

Interview With Donny Goines

December 5, 2008

The Good Word, December 2008

December 4, 2008

Artist Of The Week - Kirby Dominant

When you see an emcee on stage with a sly grin on his face rapping an ode to prostitution with a thumpingly danceable beat behind it you can’t help but take notice. I know I did. The emcee in question was Kirby Dominant and the California native had the crowd hooked with his song about his appreciation for those ladies that partake in the world’s oldest profession. After the show I immediately got in contact with Kirby D to find out more about his music, what inspired the prostitute song, and why you’re more likely to hear Aphex Twin coming out of his headphones than DJ Shadow. Click Here...

Q-Tip, Prince & DJ Scratch

B.o.B - Autotune

Stephen Colbert: Operation Humble Kanye (Video)

December 1, 2008

Staff Infection @ The Knitting Factory December 1st!

3 Bands...

Workout - The Plaine Truth - Wooden Nickel & The Bronx Über Villain (Conscious) featuring Kalae, Coole High & Tzo (Of Black Horde)

Come out. The Show is free and early! Enjoy great music as The Knitting Factory winds down it's last performances...

November 24, 2008

Common Introduces

Q-Tip - "Renaissance Rap"

Artist Of The Week - Sonic Boom Six

Mix punk rock, reggae, ska and Hip-Hop, throw in a feisty female vocalist and add some lyrics with depth and meaning and you get Sonic Boom Six, Manchester, England’s favorite “Genre-Terrorists.” Recently, Sonic Boom Six made a rare appearance in the States and afterwards I caught up with Ben C, Laila, Barney, Neil (pictured L to R) and Nick (not pictured) to find out more about how they developed their sound, what “Genre-Terrorism” is all about, and what kind of crazy things they’re experienced while in their tour van. Click Here...

Mazzi's Walking Blog # 9

November 17, 2008

Quad Almighty - The Royal Parchment

Artist Of The Week – Eyezon

Some folks have noted that I have a predilection for featuring east coast artists as my Artists Of The Week. Well, you can’t get much further from the east coast of the US than South Africa, and that’s exactly where this week’s Artist Of The Week, Eyezon, hails from. Figuring an emcee who’s actually seen apartheid up close and personal might have a thing or two to say, I sat down with Eyezon this week to find out more about his early years in South Africa, when and how he made the move to America, and how he feels all of his life experiences help him connect with people as an emcee. Click here...

Free Mixtape: Who The F#ck Is B.o.B?

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November 16, 2008

New Breed: Vol. 1

No it's not a mixtape. It's just the title of a new thread that will focus on some characters we find interesting enough and worthy of being discussed for their movements in music and performance.

In this installment, we shed light on the artist known as 8th 1. Reminds you of a better, more literate and less nasal Kanye West. As an emcee he has a lot more skill and much more to talk about. 8th 1 is also a graphic artist, he created the image shirt he's wearing. Very simple but a great marketing tool for his movement in the arts. Establishing his brand 'early'. Be on the look out for big things from this young man, a member of NYC's AOK's Collective; doing all the work no one wants to do in order to get famous.

November 14, 2008

The Album Sampler – Still a Great Idea by Adam Bernard

If you’re an artist who is selling your music hand to hand you know how hard it is to convince someone who has never heard of you to shell out their hard earned money to listen to your work. Heck, people are barely willing to open up their wallets to purchase the music of the artists they are familiar with. There is a simple, and not too pricey, solution to this, and it’s one that’s almost as old as the music industry itself – the album sampler. Click here...

November 12, 2008

Sumkid Featured On Beyond Race's Website

SumKid is the creative genius behind the song “Chuck Norris on Drugs.” A California based emcee, SumKid has built quite the career on being a creative and unique individual. To say he bucks the usual trends in hip-hop would be an understatement. From The Lil Folk, to The Nobody Beyond Race: You range quite a bit musically. How do you define yourself both as an emcee and a...
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Nov.14th @ The Knitting Factory

Don't miss this show! The Knitting Factory is closing it's Manhattan doors this year and there are only a handful of shows left to see at this legendary venue. Just this past weekend Black Moon & Smif N Wessun performed for the first time with a live band to a packed house for an unforgettable night. Q-tip had his album release just a few weeks earlier, while Bustah did a special free show for fans. Even Kanye West made an appearance performing Love Lockdown from his forthcoming LP. Be a part of history. Don't you wish you'd have gone to CBGB's a few times before they closed their doors...?

November 10, 2008

What's In My Bag? with Mos Def

K'naan & Matisyahu Announce Winter Tour Dates

(November 11, 2008 - Brooklyn, NY) K'naan returns to the road for his latest tour excursion, this time with Matisyahu. A survivor of war-torn Somalia, K'naan struck the industry head-on with the inspired tracks from his debut album The Dusty Foot Philosopher. With singles like "Soobox" and "Strugglin'," K'naan has garnered much attention from the media, meriting glowing reviews from sites like and, who raved, "K’naan uses his unique voice and authentic style to bring an enormous dose of realness and urgency to the hip-hop world, in the tradition of great folk singers and protest songs he carves a new path filled with eloquent and thought-provoking lyrics." Check out what all the buzz is surrounding the release of The Dusty Foot Philosopher Deluxe Edition at one of his winter tour dates. The Dusty Foot Philosopher Deluxe Edition is available in stores and online now courtesy of Interdependent Media.

K’naan Winter Tourdates w/ Matisyahu:

11.26.08 8pm Harry O’s Park City, UT
11.29.08 8pm Ogden Theatre Denver, CO
11.30.08 8pm Fox Theatre Boulder, CO
12.06.08 8pm Headliners Music Hall Louisville, KY
12.07.08 8pm Cannery Ballroom Nashville, TN
12.09.08 8pm The Blue Note Columbia, MO
12.11.08 8pm Bogart’s Cincinnati, OH
12.14.08 8pm House Of Blues Cleveland, OH
12.16.08 8pm The Phoenix Concert Toronto, ON
12.17.08 8pm Metropolis Montreal, ON
12.18.08 8pm Higher Ground Ballroom South Berlington, VT

"In The Beginning"

"If Rap Gets Jealous"



K'naan official site:

Artist Of The Week - Fiyawata

Remember back in the day when east and west coast artists beefed with each other? Well, Fiyawata is the complete opposite of that. Composed of Brooklyn born emcee Ambessa the Articulate and Oakland songstress Zakiya Harris, Fiyawata and their music not only work to break down barriers and misconceptions, they also push the boundaries of Hip-Hop and work to expand its definition. This week I caught up with the male half of the married musical duo to find out how two people from totally opposite ends of the country ended up finding each other and what kind of journeys into sound they’re teaming has given birth to. Click here...

November 14th @ The Knitting Factory

You must check out this show! Hosted by The Bronx Über Villain and AOK Collective's Homeboy Sandman. Plus spinning all night MTV Made's Rabbi Darkside... Come out, get some great food and rock out with a crazy lineup of artists and some guest appearances you definitely won't forget.

The Knitting Factory is closing this year so get out to as many shows as you can make it to!

November 7, 2008

Dub MD & Fresh Daily Presents "Winter Fresh"

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Winter Fresh, is the exclusive new mixtape project from the incomparable Brooklynite Fresh Daily and Dub MD, this AOK Collective presentation is available right here, for free download. This new project features rarities, exclusives, remixes, unreleased joints, collabos and freestyles from 2005-2008, it features tracks with Supastition, Jesse Boykins III, Substantial, Mickey Factz, SiLent Knight and more, with production from the likes of Illmind, Analogic, M-Phazes, 9th Wonder, Madlib the list goes on, all unlocked from the vault for your listening pleasure.

Be on the lookout for Fresh Daily's new project "Tomorrow Is Today", along with his long awaited new album "The Gorgeous Killer In Crimes Of Passion" both hittin shelves real soon, featuring Tanya Morgan, P.Casso, Cool Calm Pete, Substantial and many more, with a production list including Illmind, Oh No, DJ Spinna, Ski, 88 Keys, 2 Hungry Brothers and Analogic all holding down the boards. For more information on Fresh Daily make sure you hit up his official myspace page at

Also keep your eyes out for Dub MD's exclusive new mixtape project for the purest called "Hip Hop Renatus" which features the whos-who of underground hip hop emcees (44 MC's / 34 Tracks) doin what they do best over the greatest hip hop producers of all-times instrumentals, out later this month for exclusive free download!

01. Winter Fresh (Intro)
02. Raw Hip Hop (Produced By DJ Evil Dee)
03. How Good Is Ya Game (feat. Emilio Rojas) (Produced By Muneshine)
04. Next In Line (feat. Supastition & Outburst) (Produced By Analogic)
05. Assassination Tango (Produced By 2 Hungry Bros)
06. Fresh (feat. 8thW1) (Produced By Nas550)
07. That Damn Good (feat. Substantial) (Produced By Algorythm)
08. Kill A Brand (Produced By M-Phazes)
09. False Teeth (feat. Svengali Bros)
10. Keep Moving (feat. Mickey Factz)
11. Fast Lane (feat. East & SiLent Knight) (Produced By 9th Wonder)
12. Winter Fresh (Interlude)
13. Gimmie My Props (Produced By The Applejuice Kid)
14. HBO (Heart Barely Open) (feat. Jesse Boykins III) (Produced By The Architect)
15. Ricky Vaughn (The Major Leagues) (feat. XV) (Produced By Nottz)
16. Supaspectacular! (Produced By 2 Hungry Bros)
17. Rising (feat. Supastition & Deacon the Villian) (Produced By Tonedeff)
18. Get Over (Produced By Illmind)
19. Boom! (feat. P. Casso) (Produced By 2 Hungry Bros)
20. To My Homie (feat. 8thW1) (as Charlie Browns Field Goal) (Produced By Nas550)
21. Figaro (Fresh Daily Remix) (Produced By Madlib)
22. What It Is (feat. SiLent Knight & Shabaam Sahdeeq) (Produced By Erv Ford)
23. New Blood v2 (feat. Skyzoo, Emilio Rojas & Torae) (Produced By Illmind)
24. Winter Fresh (Outro)

November 6, 2008

B-Real of Cypress Hill Preps "SMOKE N MIRRORS" For A February 24th, 2009 Release

B-Real, a rapper of Mexican and Afro-Cuban heritage, is best known for being the lead rapper in the hip hop group Cypress Hill. Since the group's formation in 1988, the pioneering rap-rock quartet Cypress Hill -- founders B-Real, DJ Muggs, and Sen Dog, along with newest member Eric Bobo -- have come a long way from the streets of South Central L.A. Over the course of its 17-year history, Cypress Hill has sold more than 17 million albums worldwide, including more than 11 million records in the U.S. alone. The group has garnered 15 multi-platinum, platinum and gold certifications from the RIAA; headlined Lollapalooza, Woodstock and the group's own Smokin' Grooves tour. B-Real has appeared on "Saturday Night Live," all the while breaking down the musical and cultural barriers between hip-hop, alternative, metal, rock, reggae, ska and Latin music.

Recently, B-Real, along with Cypress Hill received a VH1 Hip Hop Honors, to celebrate the vision and innovation that the group continues to bring to Hip Hop, strengthening its force around the world. Other artists honored in 2008 were De La Soul, Naughty By Nature, Slick Rick and Too Short.

In B-Real's first ever solo effort, "SMOKE N MIRRORS", he wanted to showcase his musical talent over beats produced by Alchemist, Scoop Deville, & Sick Jacken (from Psycho Realm). B-Real produced several songs on the project as well, including the lead track "FIRE" with Damian Marley. "Smoke N Mirrors" also features tracks with Snoop Dogg, Buckshot, Kurupt, Too Short, Sen Dog, of Cypress Hill, & Young De.

B-Real is confident his fans will appreciate "Smoke N Mirrors" stating: "I am excited to be putting out my first solo project. It's been in the works for a while now. I want to show my fans a different side to my creative abilities including my own production. I am also excited to have teamed up with Duck Down. They have a strong team and I believe they will push my project to the fullest.”

Two Videos will be filmed off "Smoke N Mirrors" for "Don't Ya Dare Laugh" featuring Young De and "FIRE" featuring Damian Marley.

SMOKE N MIRRORS is in stores February 24th, 2009, courtesy of Audio Hustlaz/Duck Down Records.

Tracklisting and credits for B-Real’s Smoke N Mirrors:

1.) Children of The Night f/ Bo Roc (produced by Scoop Deville)
2.) Gangsta Music f/Bo Roc (produced by Soopafly)
3.) Don’t Ya Dare Laugh f/Young De (produced by Scoop Deville)
4.) Everything You Want f/Buckshot (produced by Soopafly)
5.) 6 Minutes f/Young De & Tek (produced by Alchemist)
6.) Pyscho Revolution f/ Sick Jacken (produced by Sick Jacken)
7.) Fire f/Damian Marley (produced by B-Real)
8.) 10 Steps Behind f/Young De & Tek (produced by J. Turner)
9). Get That Dough f/Mimi (produced by Fifth)
10.) Dr. Hyphenstein f/Snoop Doog, Young De & Trace Midas (produced by B-Real)
11.) Stack’ N Paper (produced by J. Turner)
12.) 1 Life f/Send Dog and Mal Verde (produced by B-Real)
13.) Dude VS. Homie (produced by J. Turner)
14.) When They Hate You f/Mimi (produced by Salaam Wreck)
15.) When Were F*cking f/Too Short, Kurupt and Young De (produced by J. Turner)

November 3, 2008

The return of those 'Desperate Housewives'.

I guess you would call this a remix but not in the traditional sense. Vinyl Junkie Sumkid Majere claimed to have listened to the original over thirty times then decided he wanted to toss a rhyme upon this collaborative effort between Conscious and Coole High. Why not? So folks, here goes the single, 'Desperate Housewives' produced by Verse All, now with additional vocals from Sumkid. Enjoy.

Artist Of The Week - Fresh Daily

To say I’ve known Fresh Daily for a while would be an understatement. I knew him back when he rhymed under a different name and was part of a totally different crew. Now he’s heading up the AOK Collective and the name Fresh Daily is well known and highly respected throughout NYC. He has a unique style and a personality which exudes zero ego. Fresh Daily isn’t just good at emceeing, he has a lot of fun doing it. This week I sat down with him to talk a little bit about his history, how the AOK Collective came to be, and the Fresh Daily album that’s nearly four years in the making. Click here...

October 31, 2008

Pharoahe Monch - Welcome To The Terrordome

October 27, 2008


Iller Than Theirs just released a new EP.
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Artist Of The Week - Donny Goines

Every artist wants it. Donnie Goines has it. The “it” in this case is buzz and I know Goines has it because I’d heard, or read, his name over two dozen times before I’d ever met the man. Whether it was emails, YouTube clips, or songs, everywhere I was turning there was something with Donny Goines’ name attached to it. A little over a month ago we finally bumped into each other at a show at The Knitting Factory. We spoke for a while about all things Hip-Hop and the hustle it takes to get on. The conversation was fantastic, which is why I decided to sit down with him again to let him share some of those words of wisdom with everyone. Along the way we also discussed his own career and how he’s worked his way to being such a talked about emcee. Click Here...

brokeMC Album Release Party Friday Nov 7th in Brooklyn

DJ Sets by Smutvillian and Father Time!

Live Painting by M-Squared (who painted the cover of the album!), Atomic, EMA, RIZZ 22, Pesu, and Brandon!
FREE GEAR from!!!
All Ages! $8

Death by Audio
49 S 2nd St.
Brooklyn, NY

Mos Def "Life In Marvelous Times"

October 25, 2008 Event Tuesday October 28th 10PM in NYC invites you to a unique and awesome event on Tuesday October 28th 10PM at New York City's Bowery Poetry Club. It takes place only once a month and this being the inaugural show, you do not want to miss it. (As space is limited we ask that if you'd like to attend you rsvp at ) We look forward to seeing you there!

Admission is $5 before 11:30, $10 after. Come early, get in for less and enjoy two completely different shows. Now that's a bargain! This is an all ages event. You must be 21 and have a valid ID in order to drink. There will be giveaways. Everyone that attends, takes something home.

The Bowery Poetry Club

308 Bowery Street
(Between Houston and Bleecker)
F train to 2nd Ave, 6 to Bleecker

10:00 PM Open Mic Sign Up. (The list is limited. The taping is 1 hour)

DJ Ready Cee Spins from 10:00 - 10:30PM
10:30 - 11:30PM Bondfire: Mic's Open Show hosted by "The Bronx Über Villain"

11:30 Bondfire: Concert Series Begins

11:45 -12:30 1st Act: Preachermann And 'The Revival' - Soul Man
12:45 2nd Act: Kahlil Almustafa - Hiprock Spoketry
1:10 3rd Act: K Swift - Emcee

Bondfire: Mic's Open Show [Pilot Taping] 10-11:30

Think MTV Unplugged, Def Poetry/Comedy Jam & SNL. During Bondfire: Mic's Open Show, open mic participants are guest of the host, "The Bronx
Über Villain". Like medieval times where kings were entertained by the likes of jesters and musicians, performers do the same for the audience as well as , "The Bronx Über Villain". Each performance concludes with a mostly humorous comment from the host. The official show once edited for televison and dvd will have a mix of the most outstanding open mic performances and out takes, live performances from the Bondfire: Concert Series, video interviews with various artists, comedy sketches and special ‘The Bronx Über Villain" commentary.

Bondfire: Concert Series 11:30

People aren't too enthused these days with live shows. They never seem to start on time. Artists either cancel or show up and aren't that impressive. New York is a great city that has a reputation for being the starting point, and place of discovery of some of the greatests musicians to ever do it. Bondfire: Concert Series is about regaining the confidence of music lovers and creating lasting memories. Simply having a wonderful time. We're saying, 'No To Mediocrity!'.

Check out for free downloads and more information about the artists performing at Bondfire: Concert Series.

October 21, 2008

Free Album: Black ELement - A Major Minority

An Open letter to Barack Obama from Rebel Diaz

Bronx/Chicago based Hip Hop artists Rebel Diaz decided to drop a message to Obama about their concerns.. It comes on the heels of the bail out and their response song 'A Trillion'.... Hollar back let us know what you think..

October 20, 2008

Can It Be [Half A Million Dollars And 18 Months Later] by Murs

Can It Be [Half A Million Dollars And 18 Months Later] by Murs (c) 2008 Warner Bros. Records Inc. for the U.S. and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the U.S.

The Official 2008 CMJ Mixtape (Mixed by DJ Dutchmaster & M-Phazes)

This hour long mixtape honors CMJ's year round commitment to supporting authentic hip-hop music. This project contains current singles and exclusives by artists that are relevant to the college market and beyond, such as Slug, Dilated Peoples, Skyzoo, Emilio Rojas, Diamond D, Torae, Mobb Deep, U-N-I, Royce Da 5'9", Heltah Skeltah, A. Pinks, Sha Stimuli,The KnuX, Pharoahe Monch, Wale & More. Producers featured include DJ Premier, The Alchemist, DJ Scratch, 9th Wonder, Jake One, Illmind, Black Milk, M-Phazes, Khrysis, Analgoic & more. Click here or on cover art below to download. Scroll down to view view rear cover & tracklisting.

Click on album art to download.
  1. Intro – Torae & A. Pinks
  2. Evidence – “The Layover” (prod. by Khrysis)
  3. Dilated Peoples – “The Last Is First” (prod. by The Alchemist)
  4. Kel Spencer – “Lord, Give ‘Em Some Help” (prod. by M-Phazes)
  5. Emilio Rojas – “Young, Fresh & Fly” (prod. by Illmind)
  6. Butta Verses – “A New World” Freestyle (prod. by M-Phazes)
  7. Shabaam Sahdeeq – “Freaky Flow” (prod. by Nick Wiz)
  8. Skyzoo – “Braggin Rights (Remix) (prod. by Analogic)
  9. Wale feat. Skyzoo – 5 Minutes (prod. by 9th Wonder)
  10. Chaundon – “Politically Incorrect” (prod. by Eric G.)
  11. Sha Stimuli – “Gotta Get Money” (prod. by Soundsmith)
  12. The Knux – “Fire”
  13. Diamond D – “U Can’t Be Me” (prod. by DJ Scratch)
  14. D-Black – “Black on Black Crime” (prod. by Black Milk)
  15. U-N-I – “Yesterday”
  16. Royce Da 5’9” – “Shake This” (prod. by DJ Premier)
  17. Posdnuos & Slug – “Oh Really” (prod. by Jake One)
  18. El Da Sensei feat. Doujah Raze – “Got Fire” (prod. by The Returners)
  19. Heltah Skeltah feat. Smif N Wessun – W.M.D. (prod. by M-Phazes)
  20. Wais P the Pimp feat. Mobb Deep – Stop Chasin (prod. by KY)
  21. Black Milk, Pharaohe Monch, Sean Price – “The Matrix” (prod. by Black Milk)

Bottletop and Fenchurch

Bottletop is one of the most forward thinking and exciting charities in the UK. Since its birth in 2002, Bottletop1s dynamic approach to charity has generated funds in excess of £250,000 for grass roots health education projects and the support of leading recording artists and political figureheads from around the world ranging from Justin Timberlake and Dido to Kofi Annan and Bill Clinton.

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Artist Of The Week - Danielia Cotton

In an industry that is content to live by their preconceived notion that all black female artists need to be either R&B singers or rappers, soul rocker Danielia Cotton breaks the mold. Being different has actually been one of the prevailing aspects of her life since day one. Cotton grew up as one of the only black kids in the mostly white town of Hope, New Jersey, and by the time high school was over she realized she could parlay her uniqueness into a college education, making her way to Bennington College in Vermont. She notes, “there were only ten blacks when I was at Bennington because at that point it was one of the most expensive colleges in the nation. I sought them out knowing I really couldn’t afford a college education but I could give them something they needed and they could give me something I needed.” Now firmly ensconced in New York City’s rock scene, Cotton sat down with me this week to discuss what influenced her to go into rock music, why we don’t see very many black women in rock, and which artist she’d most like to hit the bars with. Click here...

October 13, 2008

Artist Of The Week - P.Casso

P.Casso is an emcee that first came to my attention when former Artist Of The Week Homeboy Sandman mentioned him to me. I was finally able to see him live a few weeks ago and it didn’t take long before I figured out why he was so highly recommended. A part of the AOK Collective with Fresh Daily, Homeboy Sandman, 8thW1, Nola Darling, 2 Hungry Bros. and Print, P.Casso wowed the crowd even though he only was only on stage for a few verses. It was technically Homeboy Sandman’s set, but since they have a group together, Dubble Dragons, the name being an ode to one of the greatest NES games ever, he had P.Casso join him for a couple songs. On November fourth people will be hearing a lot more from P.Casso as he’ll be releasing his latest album, For Your Consideration…A Hip-Hop album by P.Casso, which is why this week I caught up with him to find out more about his music, how he earned his title as the Earth-Tone King, and why he feels the visual aspect of being a musician can be just as important as the audible. Click here...

PROTON MIXTAPE featuring "Wait A Minute" with Maggie Horn & Roxy Cottontail

PROTON has been popping up coast to coast, from LA's indoor clubs to NYC's outdoor Afro Punk Festival, sharing stages with the likes of veteran MCs Q-Tip, Talib Kweli, breakout artist Janelle Monåe, and VH-1 hip-hop starlet Amanda Diva. The duo has also been featured on an official Adult Swim compilation, and as one of URB Magazine's Next 100.

Now with the release of Red & Purple Vol. I, Proton showcases their lyrical talent alongside an assortment of their female counterparts.

1. Passkey - Proton ft. Mykal Monroe and Vanity 6
2. Laptop - Proton
3. Freaks - Lil' Vicious ft. Doug E. Fresh
4. Juicy Fruit - Mtume
5. Magazine Dreams - Proton
6. Ice Cream - Raekwon ft. Ghostface and Method Man
7. Come Alive - Slick & Rose ft. Proton
8. Inside My Love - Minnie Riperton
9. The Bee RMX - Jessica Tonder ft. Proton
10. 1-900-HATE-PRO - Mykal Monroe
11. Because, Because - The Bird & The Bee ft. Proton
12. Blue Jay Way - The Beatles
13. Hot Sex On A Platter - A Tribe Called Quest
14. Playboy - Proton ft. Amanda Diva
15. Good Look - Proton
16. Roxanne - The Police
17. M.I.A Sh** - M.I.A ft. Proton
18. Ready To Go - Proton ft. Muffy
19. Kiss You Back - Digital Underground
20. Wait A Minute - Proton ft. Roxy Cottontail & Maggie Horn
21. Poison - Bel Biv Devoe
22. Feenin' - Jodeci
23. Candy - Cameo
24. Just Put It In My Mouth - Akinyele
25. Annie Mae (Sweet RMX) - Muffy ft. Kamikazbi
26. I Love My Baby So - Janelle Monáe ft. Proton
27. If I Love You Tonight - Gayle Chapman
28. Funky Ride - Outkast
29. Fade Away - Santogold ft. Proton


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