August 31, 2008

R.I.P. Dr. Octagon


Music video for the single "RIP Dr Octagon" off Kool Keith's new album "Dr Dooom 2". The song was produced by Kutmasta Kurt. The video was directed, shot and edited by Odin Wadleigh. Co-produced by Timothy Thompson. Title design by Timothy Thompson.

August 30, 2008

The Final Experience; For Now That Is...

From left to right, Tah, Demonstina, Adam B & Conscious.

Well on August 29th, 2008 the final Adam B Experience show aired, with in-studio guest, 'Tah Phrum Duh Bush, Demonstina & Conscious', three artists who have benefited much from the hard work and dedication of Adam B in the pursuit of getting press and exposure for independent artists. We don't look at the end of the show that ran five years strong as an end really, just a beginning for bigger and better things. Free Hiphop Now congratulates Adam Bernard for his many accomplishments in the field of journalism/media and will continue to support his efforts.

Look out for a monthly podcast from Adam B soon available at rapreviews.com. Until then, to stay in tuned check out Adam's blog http://adambernard.blogspot.com/

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August 28, 2008

We Here - Illa J



We Here (produced by J Dilla) Download
from forthcoming album Yancey Boys (2008, Delicious Vinyl)

August 27, 2008

Common Has An "Announcement" To Make In New Video



Not sure that Peta would like that he got his momma a mink...

The Great Office War from Runawaybox


The Great Office War from Runawaybox on Vimeo.

Free Album: The Narrative - Top $ Raz [NSFW]

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August 26, 2008

Free Music: Desperate Housewives ft. Coole High



Bronx and Brooklyn unite to create another smooth offering from the duo of Conscious and Coole High. Desperate Housewives (produced by Verse All) is one of a few collaborative efforts from the two NYC artists. Look out for more music from both Coole High and Conscious to be released in fall.

Good Morning Video - Kanye West Preview


Good Morning from videos222 on Vimeo.

Termanology Electronic Press Kit

Free Music: Dreamin Of You - Bob Dylan



For more info about the album click here...

Supastition "Leave of Absence"

North Carolina based emcee, Supastition, returns with the CD release of "Leave of Absence" on Reform School Music / Domination Recordings. Supastition who released the fan-favorite "The Deadline" EP in 2005 and the critically acclaimed "Chain Letters" in 2006, which featured Little Brother and production from Illmind, Jake One and M-Phazes made massive noise worldwide. Supastition has received praise in magazines such as XXL (Chairman's Choice), The Source (Independent's Day) and Scratch (4/5 rating) in addition to headlining tours in over a dozen countries. This limited edition CD version of "Leave of Absence" features the underground favorites "Worst Enemy" & "Word Has It" plus the smash new M-Phazes produced single "Wrong". Guest appearances include Torae, Kil Ripkin, Dan Johns and Finale plus production from Illmind, Marco Polo, Khrysis, D.R., Eric G and Johnny Madwreck.

Tracklisting:
1. Leave of Absence
2. Bad Blood
3. New Me
4. Word Has It
5. Worst Enemy
6. Wrong
7. Evil Money
8. Thankful feat. Kil Ripkin
9. It's All Over feat. Torae, Dan Johns & Finale

Free Download: Supastition "Leave of Absence" album sampler

August 25, 2008

[NSFW] S.O.U.L. Purpose feat. Qtip "Lesson B" Music Video


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Hip Hop Leaders Conference Results

2008 Hip Hop Leaders World Peace Conference brings at-risk youth, the community, celebrities, and musicians together for a common cause.

On Saturday, August 16th 1600 Avenue Inc., a 501C3 organization, and its flagship program Hip Hop Leaders (HHL) brought at-risk youth, the community, political figures, and an impressive number of celebrities, musicians, actors, and other influencers together in the name of unity, education, and a better, safer future for the youth.

The day started with intimate, powerful mentoring sessions with influential figures such as Scoop Deville, Spinderella (Salt-n-Pepa), Asya CEO of Fusicology.com, and Richard Gant (actor). The day transitioned into a Town Hall meeting further discussing the serious challenges the youth face as well as solutions to those problems. The panel consisted of community-based celebrities like The Poetess, Sticky Fingaz, Lorenzo Murphy, 40 Glock, Ryan Ford of The Source, and Bone from “Training Day” along side community activists Donny Joubert of Nickerson Gardens, Gregory Thomas of Kush Inc., and Pastor Moses Collins of Glory Bound MBC. Together they all communed in the name of Peace and Progress.

Additionally Hip-Hop entertainers that also lent their time to this years events were: Akil (Jurassic 5), Arabian Prince (founder of NWA), DJ Mark Luv (Zulu Nation head), Paul Stewart, Porscha Coleman, Lauren London, Jackie Long, Terrence J of BET’s 106 and Park, comedian Alex Thomas, and Warren G who surprised the fans with a solo set at the end of the night under the moonlight on the UCLA Royce Hall Terrace. These influential Hip-Hop community members “gave back” by participating in a full day’s worth of “edu-tainment” to discuss issues of importance.

Hip Hop Leaders Founder Frank Satterwhite comments,
“Our hip hop leaders students as part of the year-round curriculum Schools, helped produce the HHL Conference, created a forum for victims of violence to be honored, and paid tribute to these same victims via spoken word. This is a proud moment.”

Special thanks to Media sponsors KDAY Radio, and Fusicology.com as well as the following elected officials who through their letters of support or direct involvement have spurred the HHL Program forward: U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Congresswoman Linda Sanchez, Congresswoman Laura Richardson, CA-State Senator Mark Ridley Thomas, Assembly member Warren Furutani, Assembly member Mervin Dymally, Assembly member Mike Davis , Assembly member Elect Isadore Hall, Council woman Janice Hahn, Counil member Mike Gipson, Council member Steve Bradford. 1600 Avenue Director of Community Operations Demirea Perry also specially thanks Rock Tha Vote for being in attendance to help ignite at-risk youth to “be the changed” for years to come!

Official web site - http://www.hiphopleaders.com

Artist Of The Week – Love Psychedelico

When I first put on Love Psychedelico’s latest album, This Is Love Psychedelico, I was impressed that there was still a group that made rock music in the most traditional definition of the genre. After listening closely, however, I realized something much bigger was going on, the lyrics were a mixture of both English and Japanese. I checked the CD booklet, which had the lyrics written out, and yup, it was a melding of two languages I hadn’t heard melded before (except for some awkward moments in Japanese classes back in high school and college). Wanting to know more I sat down with the Love Psychedelico duo of Kumi and Naoki Sato to find out what Love Psychedelico is all about. Click here...

August 22, 2008

Joe Budden - Padded Room

New single from Noel Gourdin 'One Love'

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Noel Gourdin
Debut album After My Time available in stores and online now
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Shawntae Harris gets 3 years for nightclub attack

She was convicted of striking a woman with a bottle, causing permanent facial damage

By CHANDLER BROWN
The Atlanta-Journal Constitution
Friday, August 22, 2008

A DeKalb County judge sentenced rapper Da Brat to three years in prison Friday for striking a woman with a rum bottle at an Atlanta-area nightclub.

Superior Court Judge Gail Flake also sentenced the rapper, whose real name is Shawntae Harris, to seven years probation and 200 hours of community service.

The incident happened at a Halloween party at Studio 72 nightclub on Oct. 31 2007. The club is on Highway 29 near Tucker.

About six members of Harris’s family wept when a sheriff’s deputy took her into custody.

“I love y’all,” Harris, 34, said as she was led out of the courtroom.

“We love you too” the relatives replied in unison.

Harris entered a guilty plea to aggravated assault.

The victim, a waitress at the club, had to be hospitalized after being struck by Harris, and Flake said the woman suffered permanent facial scarring.

Harris and the victim had gotten into an altercation prior to the assault, police said at the time.

Fader Interview with Rapheal Saadiq

August 21, 2008

Shunda K's political manifesto "Break Bread"


“This is about being real. Straight up. We believe in what’s just, what’s right, what’s real...” – Shunda K of YO! MAJESTY

In a genre that has veered sharply away from Afrika Bambaataa’s original message of peace, love and thought, YO! MAJESTY is an incomparable force that brings anyone with ears something to breathe (and pant) a sigh of relief over. Hip hop has become overrun with lyrics that are anti-women, anti-gay, pro-bling and frankly, boring. It’s all about them, and none about you – YO! MAJESTY ain’t having it. Shunda K and Jwl. B both embody the best elements of Chuck and Flav as an overtly sexual Public Enemy that draws you in with flash and then sets about realigning your dome. The girls ain’t wearing no clocks, but you best believe they know what time it is.

Signed to Domino Records in 2007, Shunda K and Jwl. B have spent the last year performing around the world and hooking up in the studio with the world’s freshest producers including Basement Jaxx, Sunship, Radio Clit, Dee kline, Germany’s CLP, Switzerland’s Mercedeez Bendz and with what has become the YO! MAJESTY home team, Hard Feelings UK. The resulting album Futuristically Speaking… Never Be Afraid (to be released in October) is not a mere debut – it’s more of a debut philosophy, a debut mantra, a debut that takes hip hop back to the muthafucking people and rips, tears and destroys preconceived notions about all manner of topics, including those that have formed about Shunda K and Jwl. B themselves – two women that managed to fight through the bullshit to be here with you today when they are most needed.

The release of Futuristically Speaking… Never Be Afraid is preceded by the Kryptonite Pussy EP which consists of five tracks not available on the debut album.

Anthony Hamilton ft David Banner - Im Cool

August 19, 2008

Artist Of The Week - Stacy Epps

I have to admit, I haven’t found a lot of female emcees I can get into, which is why it was such a breath of fresh air when I came across Stacy Epps. She can rhyme, she can sing and she has a soulfulness about her that permeates through her work. Much like her music, Epps is a mix of things herself, being part black and part Japanese, and with her album, The Awakening, just being released online, the emcee / singer is about to embark on a month-long European tour. While the well-traveled purveyor of positive vibes was packing her bags for her trip I caught up with her to find out more about her life growing up as an army brat, what it was like working with the likes of MF Doom and Bahamadia, and how her law degree is just a backup plan. Click here...

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