Wednesday, September 30, 2009

BEP Presents: Birdman & Lil Wayne 8

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What I'm Watching...The Roots - How I Got Over

No introduction necessary for my favorite Hip Hop group of all time. OF ALL TIME!

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Check It ... BIC "Good"

Check out BIC, a young upcoming group from the Bronx. Check it.

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Check It ... Jovi Rockwell "Killin Dem"

Caught this in the inbox: Here's the first single Killin Dem from Jovi Rockwell's Psycho Therapy Mixtape

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What I'm Watching ... Common "Universal Mind Control"

Caught this alternative vid to Common's Universal Mind Control over at ... it's definitely a cool vid. Check it out.

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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

#STOPTHEVIOLENCE - R.I.P. Derrion Albert

If you saw in the news, there was a brutal beating of a young kid during a violent melee in Chicago. Here's more of the story....

MSN reports on the violent tragedy.

CHICAGO, Illinois (CNN) -- One of the suspects accused of killing an honor student in a beating captured on tape in Chicago has admitted to jumping on the victim's head after he was already lying on the ground, said a spokeswoman for the Cook County state's attorney.
Derrion Albert, 16, was beaten to death last week. His death was captured on video.

In the videotaped confession, 19-year-old Silvanus Shannon also said that the victim, Derrion Albert, 16, never struck him, said the spokeswoman, Tandra Simonton.

Three teens arrested in Albert's death -- Silvanus Shannon, 19; Eric Carson, 16; and Eugene Riley, 18 -- were seen on the videotape attacking Albert, and were charged with first degree murder and held without bail, Simonton said. Monday night authorities said they charged a fourth suspect, 17-year-old Eugene Bailey, with murder.

On Monday during the bond hearing, prosecutors described how the street fight escalated from a dispute between two factions at Albert's high school to a beating that left the honor student dead.

Prosecutors said Albert was an "innocent bystander" who ended up in the middle of a street fight between two factions of students at his school, Christian Fenger Academy High school, on Chicago's South Side.

When school let out at 2:50 p.m. on Thursday, Albert was on his way to the bus stop when two groups of students converged on the street, Simonton said.

The two factions, one that lived near the Altgeld Gardens housing development and one in an area known as "The Ville," began fighting after a shooting earlier that day that police called gang-related.

Albert was approached by Eric Carson and another unknown person, both members of the "The Ville" faction, Simonton said. Carson struck Albert in the head with a piece of a wooden railroad tie, and the second person punched him in the face, Simonton said.

Albert was knocked unconscious by the blows for a short period, Simonton said, but gained consciousness and quickly tried to move from the escalating street fight.

"He gained consciousness and moved a few feet away, but as he was trying to get up, he was attacked by a second group," Simonton said.

* Beaten teen had 'different attitude' than other boys, activist says

That group, made up of five members from the opposing faction, then took their shots at Albert, Simonton said.

He was struck in the head by Riley with the piece of railroad tie, a rectangular piece of wood used as a base for railroad tracks, Simonton said.

Once Albert was on the ground again, Shannon was seen "stomping on his head repeatedly," Simonton said.

An amateur videotape shot by a witness, which has been broadcast nationally, showed the attack unfolding. A local TV station that received the tape turned it over to police.

The video shows that, as the attackers ran away, the person with the camera and several others approached Albert and carried him into a nearby building.

"Derrion, get up!" a female voice pleads on the video.

Albert was taken to Roseland Community Hospital and then to Advocate Christ Hospital and Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, Simonton said.

Shannon and Riley do not have criminal records. Carson is on probation for a 2008 robbery conviction, according to Simonton.

On Monday, family and friends, some wearing shirts bearing Albert's photo, held a vigil in his honor.

Albert's grandfather, Joseph Walker, told CNN affiliate WLS-TV that his grandson was a good kid who didn't deserve to die.

"He was in Bible class this Tuesday night. Church on Sunday," Walker told WLS-TV. "I have no trouble out of my grandson whatsoever. This thing that happened to him is so horrific that we just don't know what we're going to do. We lost a really dear friend in my grandson. He was a blessed child."

Walker said the family was struggling to come to terms with why Albert was killed.

"I don't know where all this anger come from these people today," he told WLS-TV. "That's just too much anger for someone to have in their heart. All I can do is I'm going to pray for these people, I'm going to to pray for forgiveness." Video Rick Sanchez asks, "Are our young people salvageable?"

Albert's aunt, Rose Braxton, told CNN affiliate WGN-TV that the family was hurt again when a memorial in Albert's honor was burned down.

"To go and burn a memorial after such tragedy, then that just speaks for itself to what kind of people they are," she told WGN-TV.

Family and friends asked the community to turn in anyone they knew who was a part of Albert's beating.

"What kind of person, what kind of individual, has such rage and such anger and such madness?" the Rev. Michael Pfleger said. "We've got to get to the hearts of our children, because nothing, nothing, excuses or justifies the actions of an individual who would beat another individual. Nothing justifies that in this society. "

Pfleger said it was time to make a change, so children aren't afraid to go to or from school.

He said this kind of teen violence was not just an issue for Chicago, but from "Oakland to Newark."

Ron Huberman, CEO of Chicago Public Schools, said he had met with Albert's classmates.

"How do we make sure this event doesn't become another event?" he said. "Another vigil on another day."

Huberman said he will fight every day to ensure the safety of children in Chicago's schools.

"We can promise them and we can say that we we will absolutely remember Derrion," he said.

Flanked by people holding signs with photos of a young child and the words "Don't shoot, I want to grow up," Pfleger pleaded for peace.

"It's time for guns, and it's time for two-by-fours to stop being the way we treat each other," he said.

This situation even hit Nas emotionally and he made an open letter to these kids in Chicago:

"Dear Young Warriors fighting the wrong wars! Killing each other is definitely played out. Being hurt from the lost of a love one was never cool.

Dear Young Warriors fighting the wrong war! I know that feeling, that frustration with life and needing to take it out on someone, any one. But....

We chose the dumbest things to go the hardest for. I remember seeing deaths over 8 ball jackets, Fila sneakers, and name plate chains. Deaths over "he say, she say"!!!!! "I'm from this block or I'm from that block", or "my moms n pops is f*cked up now the whole world gotta pay"!!!

I remember feeling like I was the hardest "n*gga" breathing. And I couldn't wait to prove it. But let's think. What are we really proving?? And proving what to who?? Everybody knows Chicago breeds the strongest of the strong but I just feel, me, being ya brother from another state feels your pain as if I grew up with you in ya very own household.

You have the ability and mindpower to change they way we are looked at. Look who's watching us young warriors, look who's throwing us in jail constantly, look at the ignorance in the world. Look at the racist dogs who love to see us down. Loving to bury us in the ground or in jail where we continue this worthless war on one another.

Young warriors.... We are WASTING more and more time. We gotta get on our jobs and take over the world. Cuz this movie left the theaters years ago, Juice, Menace, Boys n the Hood , Blood n Blood Out, Belly!

When we see each other why do we see hatred? Why were we born in a storm, born soldiers, WARRIORS....and instead of building each other up we are at war with each other.. May the soul of this young person find peace with the almighty. I'm with you young warriors. You're me and I'm you. But trust me! you are fighting the wrong war."

Monday, September 28, 2009

Check it ... Melanie Fiona "It Kills Me"

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#MusicMonday ... The Fugees - "No Woman, No Cry"

I (we) need the Fugees back in my (our) life like I (we) need Dave Chappelle comedy! My homie DJ China sent this over to me yesterday and I had to post it up today. Happy Monday and enjoy!

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Saturday, September 26, 2009

Benjamin - My Reflections

Here's another Connecticut native who's been doing alot of grind work behind the scenes for sometime now with his debut album title My Reflections. I've finally had time to review this album after numerous plays in the car, on the Zen and at home and the results are in. It's gonna remain in rotation. All around, this record by Benjamin is a sign of his bright future and hard work that he's been putting in. Check out two cuts off the album.



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Friday, September 25, 2009

The Rising Sun Quest - Proper Etiquette (LIVE Audio)

This Track is off the Hydrostatic Equilibrium EP and Was performed LIVE at the Enter The Cypher's 4 year anniversary to open a "Quest" set which featured performances of 5 other track that were never previously heard or released. and what You just read was a run on sentence delivered flawlessly by Quest as well.

From RANDOM FREE DOWNLOADS, released 01 January 2010
Produced by Definition Written and performed by Quest Hosted by D_Cyphernauts

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The Rising Sun Quest - Proper Etiquette (LIVE)

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Thursday, September 24, 2009

What I'm Watching...SIJI - "Yearning For Home"

After a migratory existence; living in Baltimore, Lagos, London, New York and more recently San Francisco, British born Singer, songwriter and producer, Siji has emerged bearded and now based back in New York, and in contrast to his newly acquired American permanent residency, with his most African inspired record to date.

The new album, ADESIJI, which features collaborations with noted DJ/Producer(s) King Britt and Rich Medina,is a mesmerizing "fusion of soul, jazz, highlife, gospel and traditional African folk rhythms". But, this album ventures deeper into the classical African 6/8, polyrhythmic groove. This is what defines the album and makes it stand apart.

“My self-titled sophomore album 'ADESIJI', is a full portrayal of where I currently stand as an artist and human being and the experiences that have come to shape my character. A few of the songs are about the current war, the environment, my yearning to take a closer peek at my ancestral homeland (Nigeria), where I grew up in as well as the spiritual side of my roots".


SIJI - "Yearning For Home" Music Video from SIJI on Vimeo.

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Check It ... Mook N Fair "Who's Your Daddy" (Fan Made Vid)

O and I are from Connecticut by way of New Jersey. We definitely try to show love whenever we can to CT heads. Mook N Fair have been doing their thing with this Who's Your Daddy featuring DJ Webstar single. Check out the fan made vid for the track.

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Check It ... Priscilla Renea "Rockabye Baby" (acoustic)

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Check it ... Andy Suzuki and The Method "Free Hundred Pianos"

This is one of those projects I truly believe in, not only because I know Andy but because he makes great music. A while back he released 300 Pianos. Just recently he decided to drop an EP to give folks a taste of that project, Free Hundred Pianos. It's a project that you should definitely check out and if you like it, purchase the full package. Check out Andy's message below.

Good question, I'm glad you asked! It's 6 songs from my first full-length, independently released album, 300 Pianos. The entire 13-track album is available for purchase on iTunes, Rhapsody, CDBaby, AmazonMP3, and other stores across the internet.

I'm giving this EP away for free, so please feel free to do the same. Send this link to your friends:

The more people you can send it to the better. I am trying to gain as many fans as possible so I can live my dream...making a living playing music.

If you like Free Hundred Pianos, please email me at so I can add you to email list. That way, I can let you know when I am playing a show near you!

Thanks for supporting me,
Andy Suzuki

PS Here are some links you might be interested in:
official site:
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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Real Talk: Help Save DC Youth Court

Republished from Throat Chop University:
I’m going to cut through the usual sarcasm and get right to it on this one, SAVE DC YOUTH COURT! I caught this from a friend in regards to Time Dollar Youth Court in Washington, DC losing their funding and causing them to shut down at the end of this month. She’s a law school student down in DC and has worked with Time Dollar Youth Court and has heard first hand from participants how the program has impacted their lives. I called DC home for almost four years and even if I didn’t live there, I’d still be behind supporting this cause (just like Philly libraries). This is a big issue and demands our attention. We can't throw our youth into a screwed up system. They are doing good work and have the numbers to prove the work that they are doing. Programs like this need more funding, not for their funding to get cut. Please check the info below on how you can support.
The following message is forwarded at the request of UDC-DCSL students who are working to save Time Dollar Youth Court. On August 31, 2009, the Time Dollar Youth Court received formal notice that its application for funding for 2009-2010 had been DENIED. Unless further action is taken, Youth Court will be FORCED TO SHUT DOWN on October 1, 2009. The Time Dollar Youth Court is the ONLY court approved diversion program in DC that provides alternatives to detention, prosecution and residential placement/prison for juvenile offenders. The Time Dollar Youth Court operates at a cost of $511 per child. According to a recent study, taxpayers save $9,200 for each case diverted to a Youth Court; therefore, the Youth Court has already saved the District over $5 MILLION this year and almost $9 MILLION last year. (Download a fact sheet in PDF format)
We are asking you to contact the Mayor and your Councilmember IMMEDIATELY and tell them to save Youth Court. To contact the Mayor's Office, call 311 or (202) 727-2980. To contact your Councilmember, click here:
Also, you can: Rate videos on YouTube:
Support our cause on Facebook: Time Dollar Youth Court
Tweet us at: @saveyouthcourt
Visit the Youth Court website at:
Send an e-mail of support to Youth Court at: Please take the time to show your support for this important DC program!
Thank you.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

What I'm Watching...Drake, Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Eminem - Forever

Video's here. What do ya think?

(Ya catch Slaughterhouse in back of Em? Word? Hmmmmmm... I guess real recognize real.)

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Download ... Going Green2: 808s & Smoke Breaks

Check out the homies Ashy L Bowz with Going Green2: 808s & Smoke Breaks (click to download). Check out these two tracks and definitely download their mixtape.

In the Air

Stoners Life

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Monday, September 21, 2009

#MusicMonday: Slakah The Beatchild - Enjoy Ya Self

I thank VH1 Soul for this one.

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Run this Town (SPOOF) Hilarious!!

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#MusicMonday ... Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes - "Wake Up Everybody"

With so much going on in the world, I thought that this was a very fitting Music Monday selection! WAKE UP EVERYBODY!!! Enjoy and happy Monday!

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Check It ... Chip Fu "Ridiculous"

Caught this joint a few days back from Chip Fu. It's dope!

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Caught it in the inbox

Here are two joints that I caught in the inbox recently. Enjoy.

Straight Jacket
Featuring Maal Himself and Young Focus and produced by Adlib. The track is off the Wade Wilson Project, produced recorded and mixed by Adlib. The project will be blended together by DJ Mighty Thor.

Do It from Kell a.k.a Kell16, will be featured on his upcoming mixtape.

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Sunday, September 20, 2009

Q&A with JC Poppe on Sleep Therapy

This new project from JC Poppe, Sleep Therapy, bangs! Laced with dope tracks and a progressive flow, JC Poppe definitely delivers with Sleep Therapy! His project touches on a few social issues, including sex education, while paying homage to his family. He also takes a hard look at mainstream music and pushes at other artist to put out better music.

His sound? Unique.

“I guess alternative hip-hop,” JC Poppe said when asked to describe his sound. “Big influences on me are Public Enemy, M.O.P. and Rage Against The Machine, so I usually keep it aggressive.”

With Sleep Therapy, he definitely keeps it aggressive.

JC Poppe has rhymed since 1995 but it wasn’t until 2004 when he first started putting out music.

“The very first project I completed was called The Anger EP,” he said.

On that first project, it included four tracks, one of which being Give it to Em.

“I was blessed to have been able to work with a guy named B. Reith who is actually a Christian artist and signed to Toby Mac’s label, Goatee Records,” he said. “We are both Brown Deer guys (a diverse blue color suburb north of Milwaukee) so it was nice to have that hook up before I moved into the Milwaukee scene a few years ago.”

JC Poppe’s Sleep Therapy is just another example that there is a dope hip-hop scene in Milwaukee.

“I've been active in the Milwaukee scene since late 2006 as a fan but have only now really thrown my hat into the ring as an artist.”

As his new project was being uploaded to CD Baby (now available), we decided to reach out to JC Poppe for a Q&A about his latest project.

The Mad Bloggers: Why Sleep Therapy as the title?
JC Poppe: I literally have a sleeping disorder and I was always struggling to stay awake. The only way I could keep myself up was to keep my mind or body occupied with something and vibing to the beats I got made the creative juices flow so that I could be awake and productive. It's also a commentary on the pop rap heard on the radio. There is a lot of awful stuff out there and it would keep me up as an artist, striving to destroy the music that is killing the culture of hip-hop.

TMB: How would you describe your sound?
JC: I would say that my sound is fairly aggressive and passionate, and lyrical. I have beats that are generally sample heavy and I love heavy guitars as much as the sound of a soul groove. I try to be as forward as possible with what I do while still leaving things enjoyable to listen to.

TMB: Who did you collab with on this project?
JC: I was fortunate enough to work with some really amazing national artists as well as some of the best that the city of Milwaukee has to offer. 88-Keys out of NYC was gracious enough to allow me to rock two of his beats. Guilty Simpson out of Detroit and Naledge of Kidz in the Hall also have guest verses on the album. It was really awesome of those guys to work with an unsigned indie artist that they've never heard of before the day I contacted them. As far as Milwaukee talent goes I have production and/or vocals from several members of The House of M (Raze, Dana Coppafeel, Dylan Thomas), a verse from Speak Easy who is a monster of a rapper and my manager Jank One did the beat for A Saving Sound.

TMB: What was the driving force behind putting this project together?
JC: I've been spinning my wheels for years on putting together a proper album and not just a few loose tracks here and there. In my mind it became one of those things that it was either time to put up or shut up and with the support of my wife and the help of some really great people in the Milwaukee hip-hop scene, I put up. It has always been a dream of mine to accomplish the task of making an album.

TMB: What track on the album says the most about who you are as an emcee?
JC: My verse on the song Trampin which features Naledge, I think really speaks to who I am as an emcee. It has a very focused rhyme scheme and a message that is delivered with passion.

TMB: Mixtape Epidemic is fire but it seems to call out people. What does the track mean from your perspective? What message are you trying to get across?
JC: First, thank you for the compliment. The track certainly has the real potential to be very incendiary to some people. My perspective is that the Internet era of hip-hop is a double-edged sword. The good is that people like myself can be heard around the world and can gain opportunities like doing this interview. The bad is that every single person in the world can put together a song and put it out regardless of whether they have talent or not. I feel that rap/hip-hop has been bogged down by talentless people flooding the Internet with horrible music and that usually manifests itself in the form of the mixtape. What better way to invest as little time and money into yourself as to steal other people's beats, rhyming over them with your computer mic or whatever and then uploading it to mediafire or zshare or whatever. I get that it's a promotional tool that people like 50 Cent had huge success with but most people making them are not 50 Cent no matter how much they'd like to be. I get that it's a way to keep your name out there for people in the industry so that you don't get forgotten or left behind by new talent because we all know that a rapper's relevance is based on everything but talent now-a-days. However, everything that we as artist write is not great or even good. I've heard tons of verses from guys that I love as artists that are complete stinkers because they are over exerting their talent. The message that I'm trying to get across is to be smart about what you do because if you waste your talent on a mixtape and then come up empty on your album ... when the money is invested ... you are worthless to the landscape of sound and have effectively crushed yourself out of being important. I know these are strong words but it's what I believe in ... right or wrong.

TMB: What does your music really mean to you?
JC: My music is the most important thing to me after my family. It has helped to keep me sane over the years and it kept me out of a lot of trouble. Instead of fighting somebody physically, I did it by writing verses. I was always a step away from getting kicked out of school until about my junior year of high school when I finally woke up ... so I used music to cope with everything. Later on, music served as a sounding board for introspection and social commentary as well as once again trying to cope with issues, though the issues were different. There was a six year period where I lost a lot of people in my life to suicide, murder, drugs, etc. and a good four of those years I spent drinking really hard and had issues with it. If it wasn't for my writings, my music, I have no idea where I'd be.

Trampin featuring Naledge (of Kidz in the Hall)

Sleep Therapy is available for download @

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Check It ... Shad "The Calling" feat. Jermiside and Destruments

Caught this track from one of my favorite rappers, Shad, over at and the Real Frequency. New music off Ireland producer Danny Diggs Introducing Danny Diggs project. The track is dope. Check it out.

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Saturday, September 19, 2009

J. Anthony Brown - Blame It On The Jackass, Ya'll!

Caught this song on the only radio station in CT that I listen to during Tom Joyner's Morning Show on WYBC 94.3, which claims to play the best in Old School and R&B and they rarely disappoint me. Comedian J. Anthony Brown every Friday murders the hits and this time was no different. The events that happened at the VMAs gave him enough ammunition to hilariously spoof Jaime Foxx's hit "Blame It", auto-tuned and all. Check it out. It's pretty funny.

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When She Speaks, You Listen: Tha Lady Blogga on the Hofstra Rape Incident

Ya know... Not for nothing, I always tend to side with my fellow females because I feel like as a woman, we have to stick together. But there are certain behaviors that I do not co-sign. Period.

Dear Hofstra Chick,
Let me just say that I am both disgusted and annoyed with you for pulling the rape card the other day. All over the news, contacting authorities and really playing the victim role. When in fact, you consented to sex with several different people. Going out ho'ing and then crying rape the next day because you're embarassed is not acceptable behavior.

Rape is a serious allegation. How dare you take such a violent crime and try to use it to your benefit. Not only did you make a fool of yourself but you accused other people. If I were them I would sue your ass for defamation of character. There are thousands of women who have to live with that pain everyday. And you want to use it to clear your ho'ish behavior?
Women have a hard enough time in this day and age without people like you making it harder. We have to deal with a lot of shit, especially from members of the opposite sex. Doing dumb shit like this basically gives them a pass and justifies why we should be treated a certain way.

Self respect is key. If you don't respect yourself, how can you expect others to do the same?

Get yo' shit together shorty!

Tha Lady Blogga

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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Alicia Keys on Lil Mama, Kanye and new music

"We can appreciate her being overwhelmed and inspired but we would have preferred if she would have did it from her seat" -Alicia Keys on Lil Mama joining her and Jay-Z on stage during VMAs. Check out the full interview.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Support Real Hip Hop!

M.O.P. drops "Foundation" and KRS-ONE & Buckshot drops "Survival Skills" both today 9/15. Go cop it. Real music.

M.O.P. - Blow The Horns

M.O.P. - Riding Through ft Redman

KRS-ONE & Buckshot - Oh Really ft Talib Kweli

KRS-ONE & Buckshot - The Way I Live ft Mary J. Blige

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Alicia Keys - Doesn't Mean Anything

Ms. Alicia Keys releases a new single out today and the internet went buzzing. Check it out here if you haven't heard it or just want to hear it again.

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Check it ... The Messengers: Episode 3, Bob Dylan

J. Period and K'naan have been going in with their Messengers project, a remix tribute to Fela Kuti, Bob Marley and Bob Dylan. Episode #3 celebrates America’s reluctant Civil Rights song leader and poetic voice, Bob Dylan. The entire project is dope!

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Check It ... Chaundon

24 Hours to Live
and That N*gga featuring D-Black and produced by Mark Henry are off of Chaundon's double mixtape Black Dynamite (DJ Concept) and Black Dynamite's Revenge (DJ Mickey Knox). The tape has a tentative October release date. Check these tracks, they're dope.

24 Hrs To Live

That N*gga

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Download ... King Reign "Reign Music"

Peace to the Real Frequency for this joint! This King Reign product is dope!
After releasing the Audacity of Hope EP this year, King Reign is back to give you a full-course meal with his new project, Reign Music. Majority of the production is handled by Rich Kidd, with help from Boi 1da, Saukrates and Pharoahe Monch, in addition to guest appearances from Drake, Pharoahe Monch, Saukrates, Tona, Slakah The Beatchild, & Richie Hennessey! We’ll be hitting you with two more projects just like this from King Reign in the upcoming months, so stay chuned!
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One More Time feat Pharoahe Monch

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Mos Def performs Brooklyn (live)

Mos Def performs Brooklyn live at The Beach, Governors Island NYC

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Stanza Speaks With The Mad Bloggers

I reached out to Stanza and his folks to get a little bit of insight on the artist that I feel will be going places. Check it out.

How old are you?
I consider my age to be infinity. To explain that - Music never has to age…it’s timeless. Stanza makes music therefore he is infinite.

Where are you from? Where did you grow up?
I was born & raised in College Park, Georgia.

How did you come up with your name?
Well, I came upon my name studying literary terms. Stanza means a unit within a larger poem; parts of a whole. I applied that definition to explain myself. So, the explanation goes as such – to see things as I, The Unit does, my larger poem would be you, the people.

How long have you been doing music?
I don’t really measure my music career in time, I measure it in accomplishments. So, by accomplishments I’d say I’m fairly young.

Is music your career or do you have a "day job"?
Seeing that I work a job to support my music; music is my career.

How would you describe your music? Genre?
It’s funny that you ask that question. Recently I read in another review about me, DJ Voodoo said that “Stanza is like Talib Kweli meets Lupe Fiasco, with Kanye’s confidence and Jay-Z’s flow.” Now that’s a pretty heavy description, but I didn’t say it…he did. Lol!

Where do you want to see your music go?
I guess eventually I want my music to have no boundaries. I’d like for everybody who listens to it to understand it.

Who are your musical influences?
My family. Portis Head, Strange Republik, Outkast, UGK, Sade, Anita Baker; they vary and I could go on for days.

In your opinion, what's the state of music?
Urban (Rap, Hip Hop) music is in purgatory right now. It could go to a good place or a bad place but right now it depends on the people, the fans, who are the most important part of the music business.

Who do you work with on your music?
DJ Teknology, Young Guru, The DS Brothers, SMKA, Rob Phas, J. Skills, and The Varsity Squad – just to name a few.

What's the hardest thing you're finding out that has to do with your music?
Having a solid plan to promote. Everything ties into promotions. Whether promoting to the people in the industry or the listeners (fans), at the end of the day they are all people.

What's your favorite part of doing your music?
My favorite part is having total control and the ability to create whatever I want to. Not allowing myself to be limited by other people or industry standards.

What projects have you done so far? What projects are you currently working on? (Where can fans get it?)
The current project we just released is I am Stanza: The Anthology (which is a collection of my work). Fans can get that at

How is your experience with 106 & Park working out for your career?
The 106 & Park experience was a stepping stone. It did great for the time but there is always the next day. So, we are continuing to work.

Do you use the internet and social networking sites to push your music? And if so, how? Has it helped?
Yes I do and I feel that it has helped a lot. I can’t explain the how; it happened through research, testing, a lot of trail & error. So for anyone that wants to RESEARCH it and test to see if it works for them, I suggest they do so.

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Method Man & Redman at Toad's Place

Method Man & Redman came through to Toad's Place in CT to perform for the second time together. Got pictures and videos to show you their performance. They certainly give you a show on stage. Crowd was into it the whole entire night. It's what I like all hip hop shows to feel like. Check it out.

Check out the Y.O.U. video. Method Man goes off about rappers and MCs. Lessons in More Hip Hop and Less Swag. Haha.

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