April 29, 2008

Black Thought Freestyle (BET's Rap City-04/29/08)

Official 9th Wonder & Buckshot 3D Animation "FORMULA Video"

9th Wonder & Buckshot present their third video off THE FORMULA in stores now. The 3-D animation piece for the title track is a positive and unique image, which reveals that the true FORMULA is within Buckshot himself. Directed by Bill Green and Antman

We Sort Glass preview 'Single' Conscious ft. Sum Majere

sortin glass: verb : 1: Working hard; legally.
2: Performing an intensive, respectable task to earn salary.

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April 25, 2008

PUMA x Yo! MTV Raps Pt. 1

- In the first of a five part collaboration between VIMBY and PUMA, Fab 5 Freddy, the original host of Yo! MTV Raps discusses the beginnings of hip hop and introduces some of the names that changed the game forever. School is in session.


April 24, 2008

Our Stage, Awards Artists With $5,000 Every Month!

Our Stage has a great contest. Every month, they give artists an opportunity of winning $5,000. Yes 5g's and there's no catch... Believe me, we checked it out. We asked a thousand questions about it because we don't trust anyone. There are no fees. All you need to do is click the following link,(http://www.ourstage.com/go/scotte2) to sign up for a free account. Upload your music and or video and promote the heck outtah your profile. Basically, the more folks you get to vote for you throughout the month the more likely you will be to win that loot. So for all you that have claims of doing killer online promo and your fanbase is growing, well put it to the test today. Right now!(If you're not an artist but you know one that should know about this, send'em this link today! http://www.ourstage.com/go/scotte2)

PS - Be creative when you're promoting. Take some time to deliver the coolest and
smoothest promotional campaign. Please DO NOT SPAM FOLKS! You will definitely defeat
your purpose. Good Luck! Go and get that cash now!

[NSFW] S.O.U.L. Purpose disses Jay Electronica & Cool Kids...

April 19, 2008

CL Smooth f/Skyzoo "Perfect Timing"

CL Smooth f/Skzyoo (produced by M-Phazes) "Perfect Timing"- Perfect Timing' is the first single taken from Coalmine Records forthcoming compilation album "Unearthed" which is due to be released later this year.

April 17, 2008

Noel Gourdin performs 'The River' at the Apollo

Watch Noel Gourdin perform 'The River' at the Apollo for live broadcast on the Steve Harvey Morning Show!

Official Obama Remix of Yung Ralph - 'I Work Hard'

Yung Ralph shows his support for Barack Obama with the remix to his new single "I Work Hard"

Masia One EPK

"Royal Flush" feat. Raekwon & Andre 3000

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Wise Intelligent Attempts To Open Charter School in NJ

State launches rigorous approval process
Wednesday, April 16, 2008


TRENTON -- Two new charter schools that would serve students in kindergarten through eighth grade are being proposed for the city, the state Department of Education said yesterday.
The founders of both schools are city residents and, if their applications are approved, each school would accommodate about 600 students.

The proposals for the Trenton Vista Academy and the Trenton Frontier Academy are among 25 applications for new charters submitted statewide, officials said.

New Jersey Department of Education Commissioner Lucille Davy said the response makes it "clear that interest in charter schools re mains strong in New Jersey." The state will now begin determining which applications will be approved.

Charter schools are privately operated public schools; they are open to any student in the districts they serve and receive tax money based on enrollment.

As it stands now, there are seven charter schools in Mercer County, including four that serve students from Trenton. Two new schools, Capital Preparatory High School and the Paul Robeson Charter School for the Humanities, are set to open in September.

If approved, The Trenton Vista Academy would focus on in integrating students into communications-based careers and getting them more involved in city affairs, said founder Timothy "Wise" Grimes.
"Aside from providing students a more hands-on experience, we want to expose them to careers in fields such as journalism, entertainment and photography," said Grimes, who also records and produces hip hop music.

"The youth will attend city meetings, understand how it works, and then interview the key players," he said.

Eventually, the students would upload material to their own website and contribute to a print publication that goes along with the school's core curriculum, he said.

A lifelong city resident, Grimes owns a music company, Intelligent Music, that helps independent recording artists market and distribute their music.

His brother-in-law, Wayne Dennis, is the vice principal at P.J. Hill Elementary, a Trenton public school, and is acting as an adviser during the charter school process.

"I told him that of course I would support him, so long as it doesn't interfere with my work," Dennis said. "I don't think it will be a conflict."

Few details were available yesterday on the proposed Trenton Frontier Academy.
Documents filed by the state list the founder as city resident Donnie Walker, whose application for a different charter school was denied last year by the state. He could not be reached for comment yesterday.

Both proposed schools face a more rigorous approval process than past charters.

The state changed its guidelines after the Mercer Arts Charter School in Trenton opened in September 2007 and was forced to close four months later amid an inadequate academic program and projected deficit of $2.5 million.

Its founders admitted they rushed to open the doors.

Now, the state will require that all approved charter school founders must plan for a year before opening their doors to students.

The new procedure is sup posed to give founders more time to prepare, while cutting back on the number of failed applications, according to state officials.

Under law, public school districts must pay charter schools 90 percent of the per-student cost for every child who attends from their community.

Other funding can come from state aid.

Davy said next year, the state expects to dole out $247.9 million to the 62 charter schools in New Jersey that likely will open in September. There are currently 56 charter schools in operation.
The Paul Robeson Charter School will be the last in Mercer County to open within the same year of being approved.

Contact Lisa Rich at lrich@njti mes.com or (609) 989-5692

Wise Intelligent currently has an after school tutoring program “Intelligent Kidz” in the Trenton public school system. When you download Wise Intelligent iz…The Talented Timothy Taylor” from Itunes or cop “Blessed be the Poor? from CD Baby you are directly donating to Intelligent Kidz.

Akon's Former Life A Fabrication ?

Police, court, and corrections records reveal that the entertainer has created a fictionalized backstory that serves as the narrative anchor for his recorded tales of isolation, violence, woe, and regret. Akon has overdubbed his biography with the kind of grit and menace that he apparently believes music consumers desire from their hip-hop stars. - The Smoking Gun

Sure The Smoking Gun exposes Akon for his make believe biography, but in a world where snitching is overlooked and people still won't change their views of much anything even when provided with evidence that negates whatever they're convinced of to begin with: does it even matter?

April 16, 2008

Barackula - The Musical [Video Link]

Barackula from mark mannschreck on Vimeo.

Barackula is a short political horror rock musical about young Barack Obama having to stave off a secret society of vampires at Harvard when he was inducted into presidency at the Harvard Law Review in 1990. Obama (Justin Sherman) finds that he must convince the vampire society that opposing political philosophies can coexist or else the society may transform Obama to the dark side. Reminiscent to Michael Jackson's Thriller and a slight infusion of Jesus Christ Superstar, the film solely depicts Obama's strengths, merits and genuineness while being quietly respectful towards the other presidential candidates.

PLEASE VISIT BARACKULA.COM for free downloads, movie info and more!

Charlie Murphy on Pauly, Obama & CB4

Charlie Murphy’s gonna whip Pauly Shore’s ass!

On this past Friday’s episode of The Adam B Experience Charlie Murphy called in to promote his upcoming shows in Hartford, CT (April 18th – 20th at the Hartford Funny Bone). During our conversation we ended up discussing everything from his staged beef with Pauly Shore, to his backing of Barack Obama, to the special edition DVD of CB4 he’d love to make. Below are both the audio of the full ten minute interview and an edited transcript of the highlights.[Click Here For Transcription]

Tupac: The Leader That Almost Wasn't.

What started as a discussion on a message board concerning a statement made recently by Alicia Keys in an Blender Magazine, leads to a discussion about Tupac and whether or not he was headed toward being the next great 'black leader'. Read it. [Click here]

Sick New Lloyd Banks Album Says,'Les-tor Manchestor'of Thee Review Blog

Once one of the strongest members of G-Unit lyrically, Lloyd Banks somehow in a very short period of time became almost as uninteresting and mediocre as Tony Yayo. Now with this new effort the tables have most definitely turned as Banks not only redeems himself with this new release but actually outshines most of his peers in the game. In contention for best album of 2008. Listen to a preview here...

April 12, 2008

Big Quarters "August" feat. Alicia Steele

shot by Brandon Allday | drawn & stuff by Medium Zach
timed by Terrell Webb | edited by Michael Forstein
Clean | Instrumental

April 10, 2008

Half Pint No Stress Express Album and Tour Dates

(updated dates - April 7)
Wed. April 16 - The Dub Club (@ The Ex-Plex) - Los Angeles,CA
Thurs. April 17 - The Coach House - San Juan Capistrano
Fri. Aprl 18 - The Malibu Inn - Malibu, CA
Sat. April 19 - World Beat Center - San Diego, CA
Sun. April 20 - Fox Theater - Salinas, CA (Afternoon Show)
Sun. April 20 - Moe's Alley - Santa Cruz, CA
Mon. April 21 - TBA - San Francisco, CA
Tues. April 22 - Lola's Room - Portland, OR
Wed. April 23 - TBA - Eugene, OR
Thurs. April 24 - Nectar Lounge - Seattle, WA
Fri. April 25 - The Top Hat - Missoula, MT
Sat. April 26 - Zebra Lounge - Bozeman MT
Sun. April 27 - The Star Bar - Park City, UT
Mon. April 28 - Monk's House Of Jazz - Salt Lake City, UT
Wed. April 30 - The Summit - Durango, CO
Thurs. May 1 - Belly Up Aspen - Aspen, CO
Fri. May 2 - Cervantes - Denver, CO
Sat. May 3 - Wild Hare - Chicago, IL
Sun. May 4 - Blue Nile - Minneapolis, MN
Sat. May 17 - The Shell - Honolulu, HI
Sun. May 18 - Veterans Memorial Hall - Maui, HI

New Presto album - State of the Art

STATE OF THE ART, the new album from producer PRESTO dropping 6/17/08 on Concrete Grooves/Fat Beats.


The late ‘80s and early ‘90s: the Golden Age of hip-hop music. The years right after the artform was introduced to the world, when the records were released that would send hip-hop crashing into pop, changing the sound of both genres to this day. Ever since then, there has been a constant contingent of artists intent on duplicating the music as it was before old men in suits and little girls in pigtails became the ones steering the ship. But more often than not, the resulting output ends up being just that – duplications, of a sound that reflected an era that, like it or not, is gone forever. Hip-hop is nothing if it’s not new. Thankfully, one member of hip-hop’s new school has internalized both facts: producer and lone wolf Presto.

Rooted in the East, born and raised in the South, and now residing in the West, Presto and his sound is nothing if not well-rounded. Of a NY-based family but born and raised in Houston, Presto was selling mixtapes and DJ’ing house parties by age 15, splashing party people with the sounds of groups like Pete Rock & CL Smooth, Gang Starr, Mobb Deep and A Tribe Called Quest – music the South wasn’t used to. “The beats just had this jazz edge with the soul. It was just a good balance,” Presto says of the fruits of his relentless digging as a youth. Five years and an ASR-10 later, Presto relocated to Los Angeles - more experienced, more defined, and ready to get busy. A shared college class with renowned LA producer Omid was all it took to get Presto into the local scene, where he threw events, DJ’ed and slung beats left and right before pressing up 200 copies of a six-song instrumental EP called Breakin Concrete in 2000. Om Records licensed one song (“Relax Your Mind”) for Volume 3 of their popular Mushroom Jazz series, fanning demand for the original EP. Presto reprinted the album, formed his label Concrete Grooves, and the wheels of progress have been spinning ever since, providing listeners with a steady supply of what is best described as jazz on steroids - a heady blend of laid-back melodies laid over muscular rhythm tracks that sets that "perfect laid back mood" (URB) while keeping "hip hop's MPC driven, golden era sound" (XLR8R).

Presto’s discography reveals an accomplished, prolific and business-minded artist with a penchant for instrumental albums as well as collaborative, vocal-driven records. Presto rang in 2002 with three releases: Impressions On Concrete featuring Omid along with fellow West Coast favorites Sach of The Nonce, Fat Jack and Mum’s The Word among others; the Calligraphy EP, a collab with Cali emcee Lowd; and the largely instrumental album Jazz Juice. The Inflight Instrumentals LP (2003) came next, followed by Next Impressions (2004), which featured contributions from Wayward Saints, Afrodisiac Soundsystem and singer Kim Hill, who was the focus of Concrete Grooves’ next release, the “Right Now” 12-inch (2005). 2006’s Magic LP featured many of Presto’s usual suspects as well as J Medeiros of The Procussions and the late, great DJ Dusk. Boasting cameos from the likes of Sadat X, Large Professor, O.C. and CL Smooth, Presto has named his newest record State Of The Art “because I wanted to bring some of what I consider is music that’s missing, some of the old school vibe on a current tip. I just wanted to bring the groove back in music.”

And visit Presto at:
and http://www.myspace.com/prestojazz

The Presidential Rap-Up

Complex.com has a good sense of humor. Check this out. [Click Here]

April 9, 2008

eN Moment Store On Zazzle Is Now Open

The eN Moment store is now open. Originally on Goodstorm.com, until recently Zazzle bought out Goodstorm. Currently there are only a few shirts available, through ought the week more items will be added. Check out what's up so far. eN Moment Store.

Five Things That Are Still True About Music [PDF] By Andrew Dubber

Music online is different. It’s not just ‘new format’ different — it’s ‘new ballgame’ different. But some rules still apply.

Here's a great short and informative e-book that may spark some ideas in your mind for your musical pursuit.
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I Am Monster Preview - Conscious

April 7, 2008

New Audio from Foul Mouth Jerk f/MURS and T. Universal f/Stic.Man (Dead Prez)

First, new audio from Truth Universal f/Stic.Man of Dead Prez, "What's It Bout" produced by Bass Heavy (in-house producer @ Mannie Fresh's Fatboy Records) and taken from Truth's debut LP, Self Determination, which will be released on 4-8-08.

What's It Bout f/Stic.Man Download [Click Here]

Second, two new tracks from Foul Mouth Jerk, "Culture of Life" and "The Hard Part" remix f/MURS, both are taken from FMJ's forthcoming LP, Street Light Music, which will be released on 4-22-08.

Culture Of Life Download [Click Here]

The Hard Part remix f/MURS Download [Click Here]

Lupe Fiasco - Superstar [Acoustic Version]

Artist Of The Week - Prof

Hailing from Minneapolis, MN, Prof's musical career began at a very young age when he attended Ramsey, a school he describes as "a place where they try to put as many instruments in inner city kids' hands as possible." By the end of his junior high career he had found his way to emceeing and there was no turning back. Prof needed a producer, though, and it wasn't until high school, and the horrific events of 9/11, that he met one he clicked with; Rahzwell. Prof remembers, "we had a class together first hour and the teacher had the TV on. We just looked at each other like 'damn, this is fucked up.'" They quickly found out about their mutual love of Hip-Hop and have been working together ever since. Prof recently finished shooting a video for his song "Rocket Man" with director Doug Urquhart and this week he took a few minutes to sit down with me to discuss what qualities he feels make for a good album, a bad interview, and what exactly a gampo is. Read more here...

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