Legendary Hip Hop Pioneer DMC (RUN-D.M.C) Featured on New Society 1 Track / Video, “The Man

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 Legendary Hip Hop Pioneer DMC (RUN-D.M.C) has been featured on a new Society 1 track / video entitled “The Man,” the second collaboration for the band and music icon. With instrumentation written and performed by lead vocalist MATT ZANE and guest drumming by ZAC MORRIS (Ugly Kid Joe,Hed PEDorothySeptember Mourning) “The Man” appears an unlikely collaboration due to Zane not being known publicly for his songwriting or guitar playing but, unknown to most, he is actually a graduate of MIT for guitar.

Since then Zane has written and licensed multiple songs for various outlets but took a substantial break the last few years to focus on his directing career. DMC and Zane met when the late Wayne Static introduced them, believing Zane would be a good fit for directing the music video and track “Noise Revolution,” which Wayne sang on. After directing the video, Zane was inspired by the collaboration but was overwhelmed with music video work which forced his musical aspirations to be neglected for years to come. After a conscious shift to re-focus on Zane’s band Society 1 he specifically had DMC in mind for a feature.

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“Collaborating with DMC was an absolute dream come true. Before I knew about The Doors or Jimi Hendrix, RUN-DMC were my gods. My very first guitar lesson I showed up with a copy of ‘Raising Hell’ because my teacher asked me to bring in music of my favorite artists…I swear to you I almost cried when I heard his iconic voice over my music and playing for the first time. It was a religious experience. I put it at the same level as when I performed at The Download Festival suspended with my band Society 1 in front of 80,000 people.” – Matt Zane

“Lord Zane creates music that is insane! Powerful, energetic, fun, and captivating. He gave me that HARD hitting riff ROCKING sound that takes the King Of Rock to the next level! The beat and the guitars for the collaboration we did grabbed me in a headlock! The sound, arrangements and vibe is a force to be reckoned with! He has allowed me to continue to live my Rock N Roll dream. He’s “ the man” that’s why I called this song The Man…lol…the music dictated the title and vibe! This track definitely absolutely and completely ROCKS and Rolls!!! So move out the way!” – DMC

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NO FLAG (RAOUL KERR – BLOODYWOOD) Set to Unite with “Raise No Flag”!

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India based Indie Hip Hop band NO FLAG, led by bombastic rap artist Raoul Kerr (Bloodywood), has released the third and final single, “Raise No Flag,” off of their debut EP, The Guerrilla Games.

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The movement uses music videos to unite people for a cause, with the help of individuals and organizations that offer real world solutions, and the strength of an audience ready to help; No Flag is ultimately going to go beyond the music to create a long lasting, real world impact.

Their latest video “Raise No Flag” is a rallying cry for the world to continue to work together after we overcome COVID19. It’s an international call to arms against the climate emergency and every global injustice faced by humanity today. It also marks the Official Launch of the No Flag movement.

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The Guerrilla Games is a three track EP by Raoul Kerr. It derives its name from “guerrilla warfare” which is “the engagement in a war fought by small groups of irregular soldiers against typically larger regular forces”. In the context of the EP it describes the nature of the No Flag movement as a digital army of people across the world that is using pop culture, the internet and focused mass action to dismantle the current system that serves a few, in order to create a new system that benefits everyone.

The first track, “Exhale,” draws attention to the air pollution crisis of New Delhi and is an appeal to the government to take serious action.

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The second track, “The Nation Needs To Know,” uses a rabid news anchor to highlight the systemwide corruption of India that extends beyond politics, and is a call to action for everybody to take responsibility and build a better nation.

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The third and final track, “Raise No Flag,” marks the launch of the No Flag movement. It is a rallying cry for the world to continue to work together after we defeat COVID19 as well as an international call to arms against the climate emergency and every global injustice faced by humanity today. The EP highlights different levels of an individual’s responsibility. The three songs progress from issues at state level, to national and then international level. The message is that we have to work together at all three levels in order to comprehensively reshape the world. This EP is a blueprint for the movement.

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No Flag Clothing / Merchandise:

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Launched off the back of The Guerrilla games EP, No Flag’s clothing and merchandise include the black and white No Flag Original, and limited editions in the form of the Guerrilla Games edition and One Love edition.

The No Flag Original is a 100% certified, environmentally responsible t-shirt and certified by Fair Trade and the Global Organic Textile Standard, made using Fair Trade, organic cotton which is grown using natural seeds and no toxic chemicals such as chemical fertilizers or pesticides. This results in energy and water saving, maintenance of soil health and less financial burdens on the farmers. It also ensures they are paid fair prices for their crops, along with an additional premium that they can use to build infrastructure for their communities or invest in new technology for their fields.

The factories that manufactured the t-shirts are also certified by Fair Trade, meaning better wages, no child labor or unsafe working conditions.

The No Flag Original was manufactured by an environmentally responsible t-shirt company: No Nasties.

Both limited editions (Guerrilla Games and One Love) are made from Fair trade organic cotton as well and are stepping stones on the way to a completely environmentally responsible line up. All of t-shirts are packaged in an organic cotton pouch which is sealed in a recycled paper box. The logo on the box is printed using water based ink.

Fair trade is an arrangement designed to help producers in developing countries achieve sustainable and equitable trade relationships. Members of the fair trade movement add the payment of higher prices to exporters, as well as improved social and environmental standards.

The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is recognized as the world’s leading processing standard for textiles made from organic fibers. It defines high-level environmental criteria along the entire organic textiles supply chain and requires compliance with social criteria as well.

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COOZABLACK & SIN CITY Release New Single, “Christine”

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Houston,TX based Hip-Hop/Rock Band COOZABLACK & SIN CITY has released their newest single, “Christine.” A complex culture clash that moves effortlessly between Carribean infused summer jam, Hip-Hop banger, and guitar driven, Heavy Rock Anthem, “Christine” is the perfect cruise your city with the windows down, feel good song that eliminates your bad days. Written and arranged as a collective from all members of COOZABLACK & SIN CITY, “Christine” is set to not only be a big song for now,but is aimed to create future feel good nostalgia.

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“The musical base of Christine came from our bass player and former drummer, then later sprinkled with each band member’s creative add-ons. It’s a story about a man’s admiration of his Queen. Loving everything about the way she moves, what she wears to her silhouette. It was important to us that in the song’s creation we musically set a mood that made sense, without losing the vibe. Once the song began to take shape-it took no time to arrange and pencil the story. Christine is the sunny side of the cat and mouse game played by Kings and the ever seductive Queens.” – COOZABLACK

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Coozablack & Sin City is an American Hip Hop/Rock band formed by Coozablack, and based in Houston,TX. The band’s line-up consist of Front-Man (Coozablack), Drummer (T-Wrecks), Guitar player (JT-Licious), and Bass player (Tyler Church).

The band’s sound is best described as: passionate lyrics laced with progressive rock musicality, sprinkled with a funk/bounce vibe. From the stages such as House of Blues, Wildcatter, Warehouse Live,BFE Rock Club and other venues throughout the city of Houston- to rock festivals in Oklahoma, Austin, and New Mexico, Coozablack & Sin City has their sights on taking over the industry and bringing attention back to the city of Houston showing that Houston should be seen as a goldmine for musical talent.

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BLACKLITE DISTRICT Releases New Music Video for “Me Against the World;” Announces Fall Tour with Adelitas Way

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Spearfish, SD based alternative rock / hip hop artist BLACKLITE DISTRICT has released a brand new song and video called “Me Against the World.” Originally premiered on Billboard, “Me Against the World” was shot in the Black Hills of South Dakota and is the debut single off of their upcoming, yet to be named LP.

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“I love that we can proudly represent who we are and where we come from by incorporating the Black Hills into the visual aspect of the music.” – BLACKLITE DISTRICT

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Catch BLACKLITE DISTRICT LIVE with ADELITA’S WAY:
09/27 @ Jakes – Lubbock, TX
09/28 @ OK City Limits – Oklahoma City, OK
09/29 @ Scout Bar – Houston, TX
10/02 @ Parish House of Blues – New Orleans, LA
10/03 @ Temple Live – Ft. Smith, AR
10/04 @ Iron City – Birmingham, AL
10/05 @ Exit / In – Nashville, TN
10/06 @ 37 Main – Buford, GA
10/09 @ New Brookland – Columbia, SC
10/10 @ Orpheum – Tampa, FL
10/11 @ Buddha Rock Club – Ft. Myers, FL
10/12 @ Soundbar – Orlando, FL
10/13 @ Rawhyde Live – Ocala, FL
10/16 @ Amos Southend – Charlotte, NC
10/17 @ Roadhouse – Cherry Point, NC
10/18 @ Blind Tiger – Greensboro, NC
10/19 @ Canal Club – Richmond, VA
10/20 @ Stanhope House – Stanhope, NJ
10/23 @ HMAC – Harrisburg, PA
10/24 @ Basement – Columbus, OH
10/25 @ Eclectic Room – Angola, IN

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Blacklite District has experienced a meteoric rise over the past several months, with their YouTube following edging near 100,000 in less than a year and their wildly popular Minecraft videos–“Cold As Ice” and “The Struggle”–garnering around 70 million views cumulatively. Says Kyle, “I work with multiple major YouTube channels that promote my music to a huge worldwide audience. It’s been amazing as an independent artist of this generation to reach an audience of this size.” As a result of their rapidly expanding youth audience, the duo has seen incredible online sales and Spotify streams and playlistings, as well as significant Mainstream Rock Songs Billboard charting.

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Q+A with North Carolina Rapper Mallz –

We talk his latest EP, Spike Lee, and the future of rap

Jack Austin (JA): When did you first begin rapping?

Mallz: Oh man, I started way back when I was 10 years old, it was just for fun and making parodies of songs and stuff. I just kept doing it throughout the years. But I got really serious about it in high school and then actually decided to pursue it as a career option towards the end of college. I started recording probably when I was in middle school. I just had a boom box, and plug in headphones, and a mic set and just rapped into that, trying to make pause tapes but just really wasn’t good at it. And then in middle school I met a friend of mine named Nim. And we became really tight, and we just met because we were both friends, we were both into comic books, and liked to draw. And we both found out we rapped. So we sort of formed a rap group in high school, and he had a recording set up so all my high school tapes were recorded at my friend Nim’s house.

JA: Growing up, who did you listen to?

Mallz: I’m a little bit older and I also have an older brother who introduced me to hip hop, so my memories of hip hop go a little bit further back than a lot of other people. My earliest memories are of listening to Run DMC, Fat Boys, LL [Cool J], Public Enemy, I started to get my own taste in music around the time when I was like 7 or 8, and it was when I heard Big Daddy Kane and Rakim, and De La Soul, and later on A Tribe Called Quest. I grew up within the culture.

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Public Enemy, one of the first rap groups Mallz listened to.

JA: Who do you listen to now? Who influences your music the most?

Mallz: Who I listen to now, I still listen to all the old stuff, as far as hip hop goes, all the stuff I grew up listening to. Current artists that I listen to Kendrick, Open Mike Eagle, I listen to a lot of non-hip hop stuff like Hiatus Coyote, I’m a big jazz fan, I love Coltrane and Thelonius Monk, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, kind of all over the place.

JA: What do you think the biggest differences are between this EP and earlier albums like Hustler of Culture and Subject to Change?

The big difference is that this one wasn’t all my idea, it wasn’t all my control. The new EP Radioheads started out from this producer I know named Steve Skyline who actually worked on my previous album Subject to Change. He’s been in a bunch of beat battles in the area, and he would always come in second or he would lose to the eventual winner in some of the early rounds. And so finally he won, and part of his prize was an interview on the radio show that I co-host with DJ Samps. While we were doing the interview, and during the time we were off the air just playing songs, live songs on the air, he just came up with the idea DJ Samps will make the samples, you’ll [Skyline] chop up the records and make the beat, and then I’ll rap on it. DJ Samps kind of acted as executive producer and all I did was just rap, I didn’t have to worry about the direction of it or anything. It was a team effort. Musically, I would say there is more of what I like to say flexing on it. I have one song which is about a topic and theme of me being an introvert and a loner, and being on my own but the rest of it is just fun, boastful hip hop, you know ‘I’m good’ type stuff.

JA: In the past were you more involved in production aspects?

Mallz: Not yet…. I’ve been kind of learning it but haven’t really fully committed to sitting down and getting those 10,000 hours to become proficient. I haven’t totally immersed myself. I have my toe in it [production]. It is coming.

JA: How did you like working with DJ Samps?

Mallz: He is the homie. He is a staple and huge supporter of North Carolina hip hop going back about 20 years. Like Little Brother and  Justus League,, all those guys came through his radio station. He played all of their records, any up and coming artists in the area, or the state, really. He played their records. So I met up with him, it’s been a few years since I first moved out to the Triangle Area which is Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill. When I first moved out here, he invited me up to the radio station, and I just kept coming. I ended up co-host [of a rap show]. We would always talk about music, we had similar tastes and attitudes towards it. He managed a group called Third Day, so he knows what he’s talking about. He was definitely somebody I trusted and why I would be a part of this project.

JA: Earlier you mentioned a lot of Radioheads is flexing. Beyond that, what are you trying to say with the EP? Is there a unifying message?

Mallz: In all of my music I do try to put in some medicine with the flashy stuff. I do try to have some stuff, if I’m bragging on the mic, I will try to have something you can take and keep with you, where you’re like “Ah man, that’s good.” So I have references of people who I admire like James Baldwin, Huey [Newton] and Malcolm X [on “Super Saiyan”]. I kind of came up in the days of Public Enemy and X Clan, and artists and groups that had the party records and they had fun, but at the same time you were getting something from it. I don’t necessarily have one specific message that I try to get out there. I just want you to take something, learn something about a reference to a person or a book, or anything you’ve never heard of. Maybe it will inspire somebody to go look it up and check it out. They might like it, they might not, but that’s giving you more than “hey, I rap good.”

JA: I noticed that line about James Baldwin and Malcom X. Could you elaborate on why they are important to you?

Mallz: Just reading their work, reading about their lives, and being a black man who grew up in the South, knowing about your history and American history and the truth about American history, I think it is very important. For me personally, I try to give a piece of me in my music and put in things that I was influenced by whether its music, literature, art, or whatever. I reference Salvador Dali, he’s my favorite artist. It’s giving a picture of me, the things I’m into. I think it’s important to have that human element in music and especially in rap. A lot of people get caught up in the material things or just the ‘I’m better than you’, and it’s okay to be human. And these are the things that make me human.

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Mallz pictured above.

JA: Do you think coming from North Carolina affects your music at all? If so, how?

Mallz: I think so, but North Carolina is in a funny position that it is right in the middle between New York and Florida. And a lot of people from New York have family in North Carolina. I’m from the country, like I grew up in a one traffic light town. So I’m country, but there is still that connection to New York, and with my age, all the rap I listened to at a certain point was New York rap. So I have those Southern sensibilities, taking my time, and the whole Southern hospitality thing, but the fact that we are right in the middle between the Deep South and Up North, you kind of get everything. And also, I’m from Northeastern Carolina. I’m currently in the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area which is kind of central, a little closer to the east, but kind of central. So I-95 is in between where I’m from and where I am now. You get this amalgamation of all these people, not to mention with all the universities in North Carolina, Duke, UNC has branches all across the state. You get people from all over, so you have grown up, from when I was a child to high school, in a small town, I was isolated. Then going to college and meeting people from all over it gives you a more rounded sensibility. That’s why I tell people who aren’t from North Carolina, that as far as music goes North Carolina doesn’t really have a sound because we are influenced by so much around us. We are close to the DC Maryland area, so we are no strangers to Go Go music. There’s part of North Carolina that really gets down with what is now the Southern Trap family. Then there’s the traditional boom-bap sound. And West Coast and Midwest and everything. We don’t have a sound you can pinpoint like ‘Ah, that’s the North Carolina sound.’ We are the sum of all of these regions.

JA: You’ve mentioned your age a couple times. How old are you?

Mallz: I’m 38. So I’m in a weird position where a lot of the up and coming rappers look at me as an OG, but my OG’s are still active so it’s kinda weird.

JA: So your album cover uses an iconic image of Radio Raheem from Do the Right Thing who is known for blasting Public Enemy throughout the film. I know you mentioned you listen to Public Enemy earlier.  Why did you choose this image? Was there something that particularly resonated with you about that character?

Mallz: Well Spike Lee is one of my favorite directors, Do the Right Thing is one of my favorite movies. My middle name is Raheem, so when I first saw Do the Right Thing I just automatically connected with Radio Raheem, cause how often do you see characters with the name Raheem. The fact that he loved his music, everywhere he went he had his box playing music, and I was the same way. So it just made sense to go with Radio Raheem, and also with the passing of Bill Nunn not too long ago I felt it would be a nice tribute.

JA: How would you describe your sound overall? Do you see that changing in the future?

Mallz: So I would describe it as traditional East Coast hip hop. I’m very, I’m not necessarily punchline oriented but I like witty rap. Things that you might not think of at first, I try to be not so complex that you just don’t get it til later, but you listen and you’re like “Ah!’. I don’t like to consider myself Old School just because there are connotations with that phrase, but traditional hip hop is how I like to consider myself…..

Well yeah, I feel growth and change is inevitable. Throughout my career I like to switch up the way I rap from song to song, but I feel it… will be an evolution rather than a change, like a quick turn. In college I rapped with a lot of punchlines and a lot of similes, and I kind of moved away from that. But if you listen to me then and listen to me now you can tell how I got there. So I definitely see myself growing into something similar, but not necessarily a stark change.

JA: What are your goals for the future?

Mallz: Honestly if I could just maintain my creativity, continue to reach people, to reach more people, obviously to reach a wider audience. I’m good with that, I never wanted to be a superstar rapper that can’t go to the store, like I’m in Walgreen’s right now, and nobody is bothering me, and I like that. Even when I was a kid, I never wanted to be that guy that had to have security to go to the store. Just to be the blue collar, who has his lunch pail and his hard hat, hits the road, hits the studio, does his work, and chills. That’s all I’ve ever wanted, and on some level I’ve achieved that. That’s something I tell younger guys coming, and first off, know what you want, and if you are shows at bars and pubs that’s okay. If you want to continue to do that that’s okay too. If you want to be doing stadium shows and everything, alright, you’ve got a goal. What are you going to do to progress to that? I would like to have myself touring a little bit more, overseas, across country, right now I”m pretty much up and down the East Coast and a little in the Midwest. I would like to expand my reach. The music is out there but my physical self hasn’t gone to the West Coast yet or to Europe or Asia or anything like that. I definitely would love to have that happen.

JA: What’s the toughest part about making a living as a musician?

Mallz: It’s fighting through the noise and the clutter. Because everyone is doing it. And I have to remind myself. There are a lot of good rappers out there, why should someone listen to me? The hardest part is just making your way among all the other people doing the same thing. Cause when I started there wasn’t that many people rapping, and now every third person you bump into raps. To distinguish yourself from all the other people doing it, and now you have this thing with everyone being on the internet and things going viral. Things go viral, things that people don’t like go viral. I tell people if you want to be famous you have to be really really good or really really bad, because people will share the bad stuff. And they may not be around for a while. To rise above all that stuff is probably the hardest thing.

JA: What’s the most rewarding part about making music for you?

Mallz: Just creating something. At the base, the core of it, is just the joy of creating. I still write pen and paper, I start with a blank page. And how ever long it takes me to make a song. I record myself, I open up my program, and then boom there’s a song there. Just creating is very rewarding. Also when I perform to see the response of the people in the crowd, whether they like it or not, it’s rewarding cause it let’s me see alright, that’s one to keep, that’s a good one.

JA: How do you see rap evolving in the next 30 years? How long do you think it will remain the most popular genre?

Mallz: It doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. But all things do change. So I do feel like in the next 30 years it will go back to how it was where you have to be actually good. Because people move on from stuff. And I don’t know what will cause it. But it will happen. I don’t think rap will just stay the Number One genre, but I think what replaces it will be influenced by it.

JA: Anything you would like to add?

Mallz: Buy the album. That’s about it.

BLACKLITE DISTRICT Release Official Video for “Hard Pill to Swallow” Off of Upcoming ‘Through the Ages’

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Spearfish, SD based electronic alternative rock act Blacklite District has released the official music video for “Hard Pill to Swallow,” the lead single off of their upcoming 4th album, Through the Ages. Originally premiered on Billboard, “Hard Pill to Swallow” was filmed outside the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center in Anaheim, CA by DZFX Media.

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“We worked with DZFX Media in Southern California on the video. I literally ran into him at Guitar Center while I was picking up something for our studio sessions for the new album. We started talking right there at the counter and ended up shooting three videos that week, with ‘Hard Pill to Swallow’ being the first.” – Kyle Pfeiffer

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Blacklite District has experienced a meteoric rise over the past several months, with their YouTube following edging near 100,000 in less than a year and their wildly popular Minecraft videos–“Cold As Ice” and “The Struggle”–garnering around 70 million views cumulatively. Says Kyle, “I work with multiple major YouTube channels that promote my music to a huge worldwide audience. It’s been amazing as an independent artist of this generation to reach an audience of this size.” As a result of their rapidly expanding youth audience, the duo has seen incredible online sales and Spotify streams and playlistings, as well as significant Mainstream Rock Songs Billboard charting.

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Blacklite District follows no rules. With sounds of everything from electronic, EDM and hip hop, to hard rock and alternative, the band truly stands out from the pack of what has becomes today’s generic sounding “Active Rock”. Formed in 2012 by Kyle Pfeiffer and Roman James, ages 12 and 11 respectively, the band grew organically in their local music scene through the years to come. In 2011, BLD was discovered by Grammy Award-winning producer, Stephen Short (Paul McCartney, Queen), which resulted in a 10 day recording session at the world’s largest residential recording studio, Sonic Ranch, just outside of Mexico in Tonillo, TX. The group re-located to Los Angeles and played some of the most famous venues in the world for the remainder of 2011.

In 2013, the group released “With Me Now” as the lead from it’s debut album Worldwide Controversy. “With Me Now” immediately went to #1 on SiriusXM channels Octane and Faction, hit the Top 40 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Chart (#32), and sold 100,000 copies. BLD went on a very successful US tour with Saving Abel in Jan-Apr 2014, with 26 of those shows SOLD OUT. After a legal battle with their management and record label, Blacklite District went on hiatus in late 2014.

On August 23, “The Struggle” was release to radio and To Whom It May Concern went for pre-order at digital retailers. Revolver Magazine premiered the music video for “The Struggle” on August 25. The band also announced a 41 date tour called “The Struggle Is Real Tour”. Blacklite District released a Nightcore remix of “The Struggle” to YouTube on September 6, which got over 2,000,000 plays and resulted in the single breaking the Top 40 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Indicator chart at #36.

One month later, on October 6, the group released a Nightcore remix of “We Are The Danger” which got over 400,000 plays on YouTube. A couple of weeks later, the band released “Broken Souls” to radio, as well as a Nightcore remix which resulted in 500,000 plays and hitting #30 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Indicator. This was the second song in the month of October to break the Top 40 (along with “The Struggle.”)

“The Ghost of You and Me” was released as a music video and a Nightcore remix on December 28, 2016. The song was yet again a success for Blacklite District resulting in 400,000.

On January 20, 2017, BLD released “Living In A Nightmare” as the first single from upcoming album Instant Gratification. With a coinciding Nightcore release, “Living In A Nightmare” broke the Top 25 on the BDS Indicator chart, marking the bands highest spot in chart history. The song has been streamed over 250,000 times.

On February 24, famed radio DJ Lou Brutus posted the bands video for “Cold As Ice”, which was released the same day. The song scored a whopping 350,000 streams in its first week alone, and as of May 2017, has over 3.5 million combined views on YouTube. “Cold As Ice” serves as the second single from Instant Gratification. In the summer of 2017, “Cold As Ice” was added to Spotify’s “Rock Hard” playlist, and was put into rotation on SiriusXM’s alternative channel Faction. In October, “Cold As Ice” was added to rotation on SiriusXM Octane, and it’s Minecraft music video has over 10 million views on YouTube. There are about 4 videos about a Herobrine invasion with zombies and “nether watchers” and how the main character, a player in a blue suit, survives. There are 4 songs in total in the order of The Struggle, Cold as Ice, We are the Danger (possibly not from Blacklite District), and Just so you Know.

Blacklite District released their third album Instant Gratification on September 22, going Top 10 on Amazon’s Top Electronic Albums chart.

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ERA9 Releases Official Music Video for “Black Widow (Tick Tock)”

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Trap Rock Band ERA9 has released the official music video for “Black Widow (Tick Tock).” Directed by Jona Dhe Paganon, “Black Widow (Tick Tock)” is off of the band’s Gravity LP.

“We wanted to make heads turn with our DIY video production of our song Black Widow. The track is essentially about an unhealthy relationship, only we spiced it up a little by putting a dark Sweeney Todd vibe to the story. The cute, crazy & deranged barber-lady has a line up of men waiting to get their beards trimmed; one of the men in-line has a certain charisma that pulls them together. What she does with the men post beard trim, honours her title as cute, crazy & deranged. So prepare your teacups and press play on the video to find out :)” – ERA9

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“Era 9 emit masses of personality and diversity in their music, which makes them so appealing and unique to listen to. They hypnotize you and take you on a journey of diverse sounds and beats that cover every end of the spectrum. ‘Gravity‘ is an album of risks and self-discovery that focuses on the future of music; it’s a confusing mix of genres, but Era 9 somehow make it work.” – Broken Arrow Magazine

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Track List:
1. Ammunition
2. Warrior
3. Gravity
4. Bare Bones
5. Earthquake
6. Hero
7. Money Talk
8. Like That
9. Black Widow (Tick Tock)
10. Haunt Your Monsters
11. Scripture

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If there was a band in the world that breaks the barriers and labels that genres and the music industry place upon the listener’s and critic’s brains, Era9 takes a wrecking ball and destroys those barriers. They don’t discriminate toward any musical genre, but feel an attraction towards uniting them.

Drawing from the future rather than the past, ERA9 merge Rock, Hip-Hop and EDM to create their own unique sonic architecture, which they dub “TrapRock”

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“Foreign Affair” from Kodac aka M80

Foreign Affair” is a concept project that came about from the interaction with overseas producers/ artist/ DJ’s/ graphic designers. This was spawned from the promotions of Kodac aka M80’s most recent album, “Blessed By A Broken Heart” (The Experience). With his hands on involvement in sales and promotions, Kodac and his team were able to track the sales of the album and noticed a trend with overseas sales. Amazingly the music that Kodac creates, has a worldwide appeal that is embraced by many cultures. Not even the language barrier has stopped the impact of his music with people abroad. Kodac says “the cats overseas seem to have a grasp on what the Hip Hop culture was made for. Regardless of where you are at in the world, those are the types of people that I want to build with.”

The album features producers from Germany, France, Lithuania, Belgium, Poland, and Spain, with four different languages being represented. It also features artist from the USA,
OneBeLo (of Binary Star), Blue Raspberry (Wu-Tang), Fat Ray,
Bronze Nazareth (Wu-Tang), and artists from Tanzania, Ghana, France, Liberia, Egypt, and Uganda. The fusion of the music and the collection of features bring together an authentic sound that is genuine with out duplication. This is the result of an unexpected relationship that was formed, despite other pending obligations, resulting in a musical “Foreign Affair” between artists, producers, DJ’s and collaborators.

Kodac aka M80 is fresh off of a 20 city tour with the Harlem Globetrotters as the on court Emcee. Being on the road daily, and Emceeing in front of thousands has prepared him for anything and everything ahead. Having the overseas market in full view, this album is another example of how Hip Hop music, when used correctly, can bring all types of people together. Plans to tour Europe, Asia, the continent of Africa, and more using the music as the tool of interaction are being put together by G.F.G. Entertainment and sponsors. The “We ALL Have A GIFT” slogan is statement embraced globally, and understood by others who live their lives purposed filled.”

Now booking for the “Foreign Affair” Tour, Europe (3/2-3/18) and Africa (TBA) atKodacm80@yahoo.com. Kodac aka M80 will be available for features, shows, speaking engagements, interviews, hosting, videos, TV and Radio specials, and more. We look forward to building with the people who helped make this album

http://kodacakam80.bandcamp.com/album/foreign-affair

About Kodac aka M80

From DOPE BEATS to INSIGHTFUL PASSIONATE LYRICS to a INTERACTIVE LIVE SHOW, KODAC AKA M80 is true to the soul of the music. Touring with the Harlem Globetrotters as on court emcee in over 20 cities in the U.S.A. , has prepared him to take the next step.
An original member of the Subterraneous Crew, his first solo album “UnClassified”, let the world know, that as an artist, he is going to explore his creativity with the GIFT of music. Next he gave the world an EP and a full album to “Blessed By A Broken Heart” (The Experience). The album goes into the life of the independent artist, the failure, the success, the love, the pain, but overall, the Blessing, of being broken down by the situations we are involved in not going our way. With the situations only making him stronger, and more creative, Kodac has taken his success/struggles and turned them into a time capsule collection of art and music. His latest album brings people together in the name of Hip Hop and Love. “Foreign Affair” is an International Collaboration project that brings producers and artists together from all around the world. Currently working on an EP series, he found himself spending time writing and recording the songs from these “foreign” producers, as if he were having an “affair” with this other project that continued to grab his attention. The end result is a musical display of Hip Hop, as perceived by those worldwide, properly entitled “Foreign Affair.”

Kodac aka M80 has performed at CMJ, SXSW, A3C, DEMF, the Madison Hip Hop Conference and opened for some the Hip Hop’s up and coming, as well as elite’s. He has also performed in over 25 states nation wide, and is in the process of booking an overseas tour in promotion of, “Foreign Affair.”

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Introducing Mz.Trice: Rapper, Songwriter, and Actor

Patrice who goes by the stage name Mz.Trice is a rapper, songwriter, and actor born January 17,1992.  She begin rapping at the age of 13 and recorded her first three track demo at the age 14 with help from Oren Lumpkin, a promoter for Capital Records.  At the age 16 Trice started performing at teen clubs on the northwest and southeast of Houston, TX to build a buzz in her community.  At the age of 22 Trice is now working hard on her mixtape with various features from different Houston and Chi-Town artists.  Trice is also working on her seven song EP.  Trice is ready to take the industry by storm . Mz.Trice is on four indie radios and recently has been contributing to a magazine.  Check out her video for “Warning Sign”

Buddy Lofton’s “Love Potion” (produced by CUSCINO)

Queens, NYC rapper Buddy Lofton presents “Love Potion”, his new single produced by Los Angeles producer CUSCINO. The two began working together after Buddy played the lead role in A Smile, which CUSCINO scored. “‘Love Potion’ came about as a result of the film itself, and my process while scoring it,” CUSCINO said. “Writer/Director Matthew Torchon paired me with Lofton to create something unique. What resulted was exactly that: a record that channels the spirit of the film, capturing a young man’s search for happiness within a fierce urban landscape and his own personal trappings.” Describing his style, Buddy says “We are all under the influence of something the world has to offer. It’s not just about drugs or alcohol; it’s about media outlets, religion, love, family and failures. Something has influenced you to become the person you are this very moment, and I’m always expanding upon this idea through my music – capturing certain moments, thoughts and vices from my life that have influenced me to be who I am today.” Buddy’s last release was the full-length Under The Influence (click to listen), and CUSCINO’s was the Eternality EP (click to listen).

single at soundcloud.com/buddy-lofton-1/love-potion-produced-by-cuscino
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Art Rap Goddess Bunny Michael Debuts “Gasolina” Video + EP Release Date

Transports Daddy Yankee to the gate of a demonic mirror universe where you’re not sure if you want to party or run for your life.
–Bullett

I am fond of the deeply odd, occasionally obscene art rap of [Bunny Michael]. 
The New Yorker

What do you get when you send a rapping Bjork and Mother Nature on a spiritual journey through space, time, another dimension? Bunny Michael. Named the original “art rapper” by Sasha Frere Jones in The New YorkerBunny Michael provides the soundtrack to your personal creative evolution.

Bunny’s oozing of inspiration is clear. Her debut video for “Gasolina”, which premiered on Bullett Magazine, was birthed from a collective of artists with a goal of empowering women.  Directed and animated by Meriem Bennani, produced by VICE duo Purple Milk, and styled by “Other Travel” collaborator (along with Bennani) Hayden Dunham,  Bunny says of the experience, “Making this video was an out of body experience. My friends and I traveled to another realm, danced, laughed and sweat there. Meriem was our guide.“ Fans can receive the mp3 of “Gasolina” for free on Bunny’s Facebook page.

Formerly known as Bunny Rabbit, Bunny Michael has spent the past 4 years dedicating herself to the pedagogy of self realization through soundscapes and visualization, becoming an expanding vessel to Universal Creative Consciousness. The result is her first self produced EP, Rainbow Licker, a 4 song initiation that not only moves you in the physical realm but transports to dimensions beyond. Rainbow Licker joins our physical world on March 25th, on Separate Reality Records.

Video: Mic Audio ft Mixo & John Wize – 30’s (prod by Matcy P)

Mic Audio of the Stereo Boyz releases the first single off his upcoming project “Hometown Advantage”, a collaborative effort with Chicago producer Matcy P.
The song “30’s” features fellow Stereo Boyz member Mixo and John Wize of the Stereo Crew whose voice can be heard on the intro and outro of the song.
Matcy P’s production made this song incredibly smooth which perfectly compliments Mic Audio’s flow and voice.

The full project “Hometown Advantage” will be released Feb 28th to close out Black History Month, under the Stereo Boyz’ slogan #MakingBlackHistoryMonth.

Check out the video below and grab your free copy of “30’s”.

http://youtu.be/qHVDCua8SH4
http://thestereoboyz.bandcamp.com/track/30s

The Stereo Boyz consist of members Mixo (aka Applauze Beetz) and Mic Audio (aka Perfect Hell). Before becoming the super group Stereo Boyz they were a part of the “Rhyme Asylum” (1999 – 2008), a group that claimed a reputation of being one of Detroit’s most hardcore underground rap groups. Performing since a young age, the two MCs have created an undeniable stage presence, they master the ceremony, and in countless freestyle competitions the Stereo Boyz have earned the respect of every emcee they came across. Completing their second tour across Europe in early 2013, with shows in Germany, France, Austria and Switzerland the Stereo Boyz have been internationally approved.

With Mixo coming from Detroit and Mic Audio from Chicago they have created a perfect fusion of the Midwest. Combining strong lyrics with catchy hooks, their sound merges the best of both worlds: clever rhymes and beats that any hip hop fan will nod their head or move their feet to.The mixtape “Sound Check Vol 1” was their first group effort and has earned praises from rap fans worldwide, as well as Mic Audios following solo project “Biblical Fearical”. The Stereo Boyz dropped their EP “Live from the Ghettoblaster” in January of 2011 and after releases like the “Guten Tag!” mixtape, beat tapes and several street releases, their highly anticipated debut album “Carz, Clubz & Theatrez” was released August 13th 2013. Constantly in the studio recording and working on new beats and rhymes the group makes it impossible to be slept on.

The Stereo Boyz represent the past, present, & future of Detroit Hip-Hop. Their combination of Detroit Motown and Chicago’s House & Electro sound has created a midwest masterpiece. Now it’s time to share that masterpiece with the world.

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The Mighty D-Risha, “Gauntlet” prod. Purple Bastard | feat. Hollywood Floss

stream/download Gauntlet album on Bandcamp

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Reaching Higher PR presents Houston hip-hop artist The Mighty D-Risha‘s latest album, “Gauntlet“. The project features all-original production from the likes of Purple Bastard, Peace Of MInd, Jett I Masstyr and Dirt McGirt with guest verses from fellow Houstonians Hollywood Floss, George Young, and EDF.

D-Risha’s “Gauntlet” album is not only about “running the gauntlet” of daily trials and tribulations both personally and within the music scene, but is also a sly nod to the Infinity Gauntlet, an object of ultimate power within the world of Marvel Comics. Like the diverse array of Infinity Gems that give the fictional Gauntlet it’s power, D-Risha has collected on this album a wide variety of styles and sounds which he wields with power to overcome all obstacles musical or otherwise.

Hailing from Houston’s legendary north-side, D-Risha began his career in 1998 freestyling at school yards, house parties, and local talent shows. After several years of grinding, he eventually connected with local rap luminaries Purple Bastard and Hash Brown, who put him in their showcases. D-Risha has now opened for hip-hop acts such as RaekwonAction Bronson and SeanPrice. His follow-up collab with producer Purple Bastard “The 6 Demon Bag” EP is due in 2014, and already has been named one of the 10 Most Anticipated Rap Tapes Of The Year by The Houston Press.

Free Mp3: The IGive, Mr. Al Pete & Takara Houston – For Dilla (prod. by ill Clinton)

About the Song:

As the title says, “For Dilla” is a track made to honor the great J Dilla. Jacksonville artists The IGive, Mr. Al Pete & Takara Houston came together on a beat produced by ill Clinton to pay their respects to the widely loved producer and artist, who passed away in 2006.
The song can be downloaded for free, but any donations are welcome, and will go toward the charity www.jdillafoundation.org

http://illclinton.com/track/for-dilla-2

About ill Clinton & The IGive:

ill Clinton, is a producer, mult-instrumentalist, and song-writer. As one of the premier soul and hip hop producers in northeast Florida, ill has produced music for many talented artists in Florida’s underground soul and hip hop scene. “ill” is also a team member at The Cypher Open Mic Poetry & soul, a bi-weekly spoken word open mic and soul music event.

Duval based hip hop artist The IGive takes you to the stars with his reviving brand of rhythm and poetry that both captures his audience through energetic performances and delivers fabulous heart gripping lyricism and whit with soul and rhythm. The IGive’s music is a refreshing listen in a seemingly uninspired hip hop genre today.
The IGive has performed as far north as NYC and as far south as Miami, FL and has appeared in numerous festivals from the Savannah Urban Arts Festival to the city of Jacksonville’s World of Nations Celebration.

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Big Fee – Vader Mean ft. Brown Bomber 313 & Stereo Boyz | Video

Sith in the Streets; The New Big 3 of Detroit. Big Fee, Stereo Boyz and Tha Brown Bomber 313 have joined forces and destroying Al-deron places at the right time, in this new track off Big Fee’s upcoming 2nd album “&ONE Full Metal Emcee”

An artist that has always taken pride in his Southwest Detroit neighborhood, William (Big Fee) Feeley avoided becoming just another statistic by finding his way out of a troublesome street life when he began experimenting with Hip Hop music back in 2002 when he released his first project called “Spazmatic Recess.” Continuously evolving and making a conscious effort to learn different music genres, Big Fee has firmly staked his claim as a clever lyricist and exceptional producer throughout his ten year span on the Michigan music scene.

His newly finished project, respectfully titled ‘23’ (insert Jordan reference here,) is a non-stop ride of 18 tracks appropriately themed and organized to give the listener a concept album that’s just as fun as it is deep and meaningful. Fee has done the production on 17 of the 18 tracks himself, which is a skillful display of hard-hitting bangers spiced up with plenty of ear candy and a meticulous detail that doesn’t sound “over-produced.”

Music lovers and hip hop heads are already comfortable seeing this name around the Detroit scene and are looking forward to seeing Fee’s presence nationally as well. With plans to step on the other side of the microphone and be an asset solely as a producer, Big Fee states “There are some plans in the works I’m not really at liberty to talk about yet. But, I’ve been linking up with a lot of top-tier artists from around my way and sitting through a lot of creative studio sessions, so all I’m gonna say is there’s a lot more than talk goin’ on.”

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New Mixtape: “Enjoy Every Sandwhich” – Lyriqs da Lyraciss

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            Artist Lyriqs da lyraciss releases his new Project “Enjoy Every Sandwhich” Hosted by Dj JaySkillz.

“Enjoy Every Sandwhich”, features Lyriqs kicking bars over beats from Madlib, De La Soul, 9th Wonder and more. This project is a more playful side of Lyriqs with his sense of humor being more noticably at the forefront. Dj Jayskillz adds a hiphop flair to the project with his scratches/cuts present throughout the project.

Also, on this project is “High Heels”, lyriqs’ second single from his recent album “Dream As If Youll Live Forever” Hosted by Mickey Factz & a song from new artist Kaye “The Beast” entitled “Postal Service”
Follow Lyriqs da Lyraciss on Twitter/Insagram: @Underdogcentral

NYC Hip-Hop Artist Orrin Releases New Single “Gravel”

Last month, NYC hip-hop artist Orrin released his debut project Nocturnal. Today the melodic musician releases a gritty, more lo – fi cut titled Gravel; an unreleased cut from Nocturnal. Having said to be a little too light hearted for the project, we receive the pebbly track to commemorate the liberation of an archived song everyTuesday until the arrival of his birthday on March 2nd. Stream Gravel here

Nocturnal

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“It’s memory without exegesis. It’s drama without melodrama. It’s hip-hop.”

-Respect Magazine

“Nocturnal is experimental, and focuses on creating lush soundscapes that mesh with the unique emotion of each song.”

-Skope Magazine

“Check out this new track from a very new, young artist named Orrin. Think SpaceGhostPurrp meets The Weeknd.”

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Boys Noize remix album out now + video “Got It” feat Snoop Dogg

OUT NOW: BOYS NOIZE OUT OF THE BLACK – THE REMIXES VIA BOYSNOIZE RECORDS – PREMIERE VIA i-D MAGAZINE HERE

“GOT IT” FEAT. SNOOP DOGG MUSIC VIDEO EXCLUSIVELY PREMIERED VIA DAZED & CONFUSED HERE (free  HERE)

NEW USA TOUR DATES: LOS ANGELES’ INVASION, MIAMI, AUSTIN’S SXSW ETC
(more details below)

BOYS NOIZE (Alexander Ridha) released Out Of The Black – The Remixes yesterday, including unreleased remixes from Audion (Matthew Dear), Oliver, Jimmy Edgar,Housemeister and MMM in addition to BOYS NOIZE DJ-edits.

Boys Noize shared the official “Got It” music video featuring Snoop Dogg dancing to Boys Noize’s signature raw vibe and sound via Dazed & Confused HERE . The remix album features the Blood Diamonds remix of “Got It”, the Snoop Dogg collaboration first performed live at Ultra Music Festival (view live concert footage HERE).

In March, Boys Noize will invade Los Angeles with 4 uniquely curated events between shows at Austin’s SXSW and Miami where he will play several shows, including Boysnoize Records events. Please see details below.

The album’s Jimmy Edgar remix was premiered via Rolling Stone HERE . “Jimmy Edgar is one of my favorite producers right now,” Ridha tells Rolling Stone. “On his remix he took the funk essence of the original and flipped it to a darker but club-friendlier banger. So killer!”.

In the past year, Boys Noize has toured the US, Europe, Asia, Australia and South Africa with his signature SKULL, and performed headline shows at ULTRA, Bonnaroo, HARD Summer and HARD Day Of The Dead. In addition to releasing the GO HARD EP last June, Boys Noize teamed up with Skrillex this year to form the new group Dog Blood and lit up Coachella, Lollapalooza, Electric Zoo and HARD Summer with an electrifying live show. Entertainment Weekly described the Dog Blood debut at Coachella as “the world’s most joyous Satanic ritual. It was mystifying but fascinating—the Sahara Tent became its own congregation complete with everything but the swinging incense.” In September 2013 Dog Blood released the Middle Finger Part II EP (accessible HERE).

The remix album is released on Boysnoize Records (BNR), the label Alexander Ridha founded 2005 in order to allow himself to retain full artistic freedom while releasing his own music under the name Boys Noize and other monikers. BNR became a home for multidirectional quality electronic music. The Berlin-based anarchist collective are celebrating their 100th deafeningly successful release incl. albums from high-ranked artists Spank Rock, Siriusmo, Housemeister, Strip Steve and SCNTS, and EPs from Djedjotronic, Boody & Le1f, Peaches and UZ. – and of course BOYS NOIZE‘s debut Oi Oi Oi (2007), POWER (2009) and Out of The Black (2012). Alex has also released his highly acclaimed FABRICLIVE 72 (stream HERE) and BNR’s Boysnoize presents Dance Mania (stream HERE.)

BOYS NOIZE TOUR DATES:

Official SXSW BNR Showcase
Thursday, March 13th – Austin, TX @ Majestic Music Hall

Boys Noize Los Angeles Invasion
Wednesday, March 19th – Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre

Thursday, March 20th – Pomona, CA @ The Glass House

Friday, March 21st – Los Angeles, CA @ Lot 613

Saturday, March 22nd – Los Angeles, CA @ Lure Patio

Official Miami BNR Showcase
Saturday, March 29th – Miami, FL @ LMNT

Boys Noize Out Of The Black – The Remixes (out 2/3/14 via BNR):
** Previously unreleased & exclusive mixes

1. What You Want (Jimmy Edgar Unreleased Dub MixAlb)  **
2. XTC (MMM Remix Boys Noize Re-Did) **
3. Missile (Boys Noize DJ Edit) **
4. Conchord featuring Siriusmo (Oliver Remix) **

5. Ich R U (Justice Remix)
6. Got It featuring Snoop Dogg (Blood Diamonds Remix) **
7. What You Want (Chromeo Remix)
8. XTC (The Chemical Brothers Remix)
9. Stop (Audion’s Acid State Mix) **
10. Circus Full Of Clowns feat. Gizzle (Housemeister Remix) **

FREE TO SHARE:
Teaser video HERE
“Starwin” music video HERE
“Ich R U” music video HERE
“Stop” interactive music video HERE
Snoop Dogg and Boys Noize “Got It” LIVE AT ULTRA HERE
“Got It” feat. Snoop Dogg HERE
“Ich R U” Justice remix HERE
“What You Want” music video HERE
Boys Noize & Housemeister “1988” HERE

“Here are my favorite released & unreleased remixes of my Out Of The Black album incl. Chemical Brothers, Justice, Chromeo, Oliver, Jimmy Edgar, Audion (Mathew Dear), Blood Diamonds + 2 DJ-edits of mine.” – Alex Ridha“My aim was to take the rise and fall of the original song, but engross it within a completely different system of layers and groove. It’s as if the song did I’ts thing at one club, grabbed I’ts coat and went to another club across town to take on a new life.” – Matthew Dear / Audion

“When I received the remix request, I knew what I wanted to do immediately – to bring the ‘clowns’ from dark to light, from rap to techno and ready for the dance floor circus!” – Housemeister

“This remix was really fun to work on, so much that I ended up doing two.. one that Alex used for his live show and is now coming out and the other for the single, really happy to be part of this. I wanted the remix to sound like a power tool cutting through, and coincidentally thats what the vinyl looked like.” – Jimmy Edgar


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The Wãve – Do Right Ü Gain Success (D.R.Ü.G.S)

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Reaching Higher PR presents Big Easy rap standout The Wãve’s brand new single,Do Right Ü Gain Success (D.R.Ü.G.S)”. The anthemic track and video promo are the first media drops from his upcoming album Million Dollar Day due February 2014. 

The respected MC, film producer, and budding fashion mogul formerly known as K. Gates flips the D-Boy stereotype on its head. Beyond its seemingly hood glorified connotations, the title represents an alternative chest-beating declaration: Do Right You Gain Success. “I don’t think I’m nobody except myself. I got it out the mud, I ain’t expect no help”, The Wave proclaims over the gloriously turned-up track. This coming from a man who did a stint in federal prison for what he describes as, “A lot of nefarious ill gotten gains”.

The artist has never forgotten his past, but says he continues to move forward. “The Wãve is a title better suiting who I am today. It fits with what I’m doing in music, film and the clothing industry. I’m making Wãves.” The busy lyricist was recently featured in BET’s Music Mattersseries as a member of the hip-hop trio the Rap Pack and performed on the highly-rated 106 & Park. He also turned his attention to the fashion world as a partner in the clothing lineGorgeous Gangster. The buzz heavy street wear has been worn by such rap heavyweights as Future, Waka Flocka Flame, and Jim Jones. 

Free EP: QuePac – “QuePac”

From battling alcoholism to an all out swat-ninja assault on Fox News, QuePac’s debut EP explores a dynamic range of styles and content within 5 tracks (and a 6th bonus track which is one of the most brutal diss tracks in years). Though diverse, the project remains unified through its focus on the Brooklyn Wildlife art scene, offering portraits of the lives and ideas of artists bubbling from the Bushwick underground. The production on the EP keeps heads nodding, while the lyrics appeal to lovers of commercial music and hip hop purists alike. While this is QuePac’s first EP, members of QuePac have been featured on Shade45, Kevin Nottingham, 8th Boro, and many other notable blogs and hip hop outlets. The new group can be found at www.soundcloud.com/quepac andwww.facebook.com/quepacmusic.

The EP features production from Tony Bella (Debrah Cox, Paige), July Quin, Double A, No Surrender and 5 Star Beatz, with guest appearances from Shane MauX (of the acclaimed group, Duk Duk Goose), Sharina Marisela, and the infamous DJ duo TeamEviL. Each track’s artwork also features portraits by Eat the Cake NYC (who has worked on photo/film projects with Rex Arrow, Mac Miller, Homeboy Sandman and others).

QuePac is a collaboration between long-time Brooklyn favorites Que Cee and Paco the Dopest Nerd (also from Duk Duk Goose). The team-up sprouted out of the vibrant Bushwick music scene, where some of the most innovative sounds in Brooklyn are emerging, and from which most of their inspiration for this project is drawn. Independently, they have performed shows at major New York venues such as Irving Plaza, Gramercy Theater, Public Assembly, Sullivan Hall, as well as at out of state venues and music festivals like Afro-Punk and StereoTerra.

http://dirtylifestudio.bandcamp.com/album/quepac-ep

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JkJ – Overtime ft. Palermo Stone & Norman Dean

As R.A.R.E. Nation’s latest addition JKJ continues to prepare for the release of his upcoming project ‘JORDAN’, he drops off his latest effort “Overtime”, featuring label mate Palermo Stone, as well as Team Epic’s very own Rising Star, Norman Dean. Longtime collaborator Louie Alexander delivers the production for this latest offering, who’s work is set to appear frequently on JKJ’s upcoming project.
JKJ is an artist whose message is focused on social commentary, intelligent discussion, and his own life experiences, with a versatility that allows him to execute effectively over anything from dark, soulful samples to powerful, guitar-driven rock influences.  Boasting an impressive musical catalog,  wonderfully interactive live show, strong chemistry with Palermo and veteran leadership as an artist, JKJ is a natural fit for the R.A.R.E. label.  His R.A.R.E. Nation full length debut, ‘JORDAN’ is set for release April of 2014.

Rapper Rome Cee releases EarthSide

Earthside is an album that seeks to connect with the real or grounded side of people worldwide. In this body of work, Rome reaches back to his deep roots and experiences in the street and in life and inserts them within the 20 tracks listed. This album features appearances from Baltimore rappers Rickie Jacobs, Ellis and many more. In addition, the album shines light on up and coming producers, R Play, August Flight Gordon and Panama Canal. All of which makes Earthside a classic for listeners for many years to come.

Cash & Marley, “Cool Out” | Murs signs AZ rapper Cash Lansky

Tucson, Arizona rappers Cash Lansky and Marley B present the Hobostewd [@hobostewd]-directed music video for “Cool Out”, their DJ Fresh [@worldsfreshest]-produced single from The Tonight Show, the collaboration album between Cash, Marley and Fresh out now on California rapper Murs’ 3:16 imprint. Cash has three full-lengths under his belt: The U of ALimitless and Simplicity. Cash has performed on Arizona’s morning television broadcast. His song “Let’s Get Inked” was #1 for eight weeks straight on Tucson’s Hot 98.3. Cash has released Language Arts 101 and Raising Arizona, both available on MarleyB.com. He has shared the stage with Bone Thugs N Harmony, Tyga, YG, Zion-I and more. Cash & Marley recently opened for Murs at the House of Blues in Anaheim and Hollywood, and they will tour together on the Icebox Tour this year along with labelmate Jabee. Marley’s working on his first solo album I’m Still Smilin set to be released 2014.

Cash Lansky on Twitter [@cashlansky] | Instagram [@cashlansky]
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Documentary: NiiMiDAA- Idle No More

Multitalented Anishinaabe producer, MC and Detroit Raiz Up Collective member, Sacramento Knoxx, has produced a new short documentary, “NiiMiDAA” which translates to ‘Let’s Dance’ in the Anishinaabemowin native language, in support of the Idle No More movement.

Featuring footage from the #RoundDanceRevolution and interviews with artists and organizers including Chantel Henry, Dylan Miner, and Don Lyons, the short film also includes a new music video for Sacramento Knoxx’s anthemic #IdleNoMore-inspired hip-hop track “Dear Vaughn”.

It’s bigger than hip hop, so the doc concludes with footage from Idle No More solidarity rallies held in the Detroit-Windsor areas and provides background and context on this ever-evolving Indigenous resurgence and revitalization movement.

Produced by The Raiz Up Hip Hop Collective in solidarity with Idle No More, ZagaaJibiiSing aka (Detroit-Windsor) is Anishinaabemowin for ‘place that sticks out the river’.

The Raiz Up is a Detroit-based crew that uses hip-hop as a tool to create social awareness in their community through community dialogue, artistic creation and collective action. Combining Indigenous cultural roots with hip-hop connections is all part of their ongoing decolonization work to build community and create art and music:

Native American activism holds a prominent place in the group’s work as well. Most RAIZ UP members identify with indigenous culture and the group actively promotes decolonization, the reclaiming of native language and culture.

Members have dropped Native American banners from buildings, helped organize and document an Idle No More dance at Fairlane Mall, and put together an Ojibwe art installation to decolonize space at a traditional native site in Flint. They’re also interested in raising awareness about an Native American burial mound at Historic Fort Wayne in Southwest Detroit.

“NiiMiDAA” captures the heartbeat of Idle No More with passion and vitality; and Knoxx and his crew make it clear that the spirit of the movement lives on.

About Sacramento Knoxx

Detroit Music Producer / Artist / Stereo Crew Member/ Activist / Xicano / Anishnabe / Documentary Film Maker / Hip Hop Educator / MSU Alumni & ODPhi-AB

My artistry begins with music and I played violin as a kid, learned jazz as a teenager, and been making beats since my first heart beat into the Yepez Familia.

Grew up on the Southwest side of Detroit, I’m from Xicano and Ojibwe cultures by the ways of Monterrey, Nuevo León & Walpole Island First Nations Great Lakes peoples. Played the trumpet with a jazz ensemble through out my teen years traveling the city. Started breaking, writing, looping, and rapping through out high school. Made instrumentals as a hobby at Michigan State University studying under the Telecommunication Information Studies & Digital Media Arts Program & Music Theory at the music college. After graduating from MSU I recently started focusing on a multimedia arts path doing musical & visual independent art.

I am skilled in Video Production. Photography. Cinematography. Audio Production & Sound Design. Lighting Effects & Design. Project Coordinating. Recording Engineering. Composing & Arranging. Documentary Film Making.

Not only do I believe music is medicine, I believe it’s a powerful expression that can be used for change & elevation and I am a voice for my people through my art.

ALL MY RELATIONS.

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Free Mp3: Rock Mecca – W.A.S.C. (Rebel Anthem)

Rock Mecca Returns! One of Hip-Hop’s rising stars is back with the first single from his anticipated sophomore release, “Ironworld”. The single is called “W.A.S.C. (Rebel Anthem) and it’s an instant classic of raw aggression, rarely seen in this era of watered down rap.

Tennessee by way of Brooklyn producer Jake Palumbo provides the high octane instrumental and the scratch cuts on a track sure to blow up on mixtapes, mix shows and on the streets.

This is the track to blast in your car and to turn all the way up in your headphones, a surefire rebel’s anthem. The track has already started to cause commotion with DJS and industry insiders, and eyes are now beginning to turn to the Queens rapper as one to watch this year. Make sure to download, share, like, tweet and re-tweet, and spread the word about what is sure to be an incredible project from Rock Mecca.

“W.A.S.C.”, an acronym for Winner And Still Champion, is the first single from Rock Mecca’s upcoming release “Ironworld”.

http://www.hulkshare.com/meccadon/rock-mecca-w-a-s-c

Rock Mecca is an emcee from Queens NY, whose critically acclaimed debut Pirate Radio Star was released on September 2012 on indie label Rebel Vein Entertainment.
From the same Queens streets that brought you Nas, Mobb Deep, G-Unit and others, Rock Mecca has been steadily taking the underground in New York City and is poised to have a breakout year in 2014.

ABOUT @JakePalumbo

Tennessee’s Jake Palumbo is a rapper, producer, DJ and engineer who heads Spacelab Records and is part of New York City’s Space Camp Collective. A prolific producer, he’s teamed up with Rock Mecca to release “Ironworld”, which is slated for a March/April release

Philly Rapper Kima Sutra- I’m God Made

Philly Female Artist Kima Sutra drops a crazy dope record called “I’m God Made”. This is the first single of her upcoming project that is not titled yet. Kima Sutra is known for her crazy flows on beats. This track is no different. Listen and download this track for FREE!
 
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GUCCIGHOST “Ride It Out” Album Teaser

GUCCIGHOST® (aka Trouble Andrew) returns with another sneak peak of the LP set for a 4/20 release. The trailer features the track “Ride It Out”. Watch the animated videos for “Wasting My Time” and his cover of “Love Will Tear Us Apart”.

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Moses West – Fair Eastside (prod by ill Clinton) | Video

About the Video:

Lyricist Moses West and Producer ill Clinton bring you the video for fan favorite song “Fair Eastside” off their LP “You’re Gonna Love Me”.
“Fair Eastside” is a soulful, heartfelt, and lyrical ode to “Outeast”, the notorious east side of Jacksonville, FL.

About ill Clinton & Moses West:

ill Clinton, is a producer, mult-instrumentalist, and song-writer. As one of the premier soul and hip hop producers in northeast Florida, ill has produced music for many talented artists in Florida’s underground soul and hip hop scene. “ill” is also a team member at The Cypher Open Mic Poetry & soul, a bi-weekly spoken word open mic and soul music event.

Moses West is one of the Southeast’s most in demand lyricist and spoken word artist. He is the host of “Cometry” and “The Poetry Spot”, two staples of NE Florida’s entertainment scene.

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Crew54 – Recognize | Video

About the Video:

“Recognize” is the latest single from the upcoming “Wyld Gentlemen” project from Crew54 & Dichter2 Productions. The Cuts on this joint were done by DJ Knexx.

Crew54 came together with Germany’s Dichter2 Productions to create an international piece of dopeness.

Check the video out below and grab your free copy of “Recognize”.

About Crew54

One of Texas brightest and hardest working acts, Crew54 is determined to make their way into the game. Combining raw reality lyrics with soul driven banging beats, G-christ and M.O.S. deliver a high energy product that bumps in your system and will blow you away live in person.

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Keith Science – Hypothalamus | Beat Tape

About the Beat Tape:

New Jersey’s true-school master, Keith Science, is back with another collection of grimy underground boom bap experiments for all of you hip-hop purists out there. Unlike most questionable productions from today’s hip-hop scene, Hypothalamus is a demonstration of sampling excellence, and is Keith’s most complete composition to date.

Available as digital download, or on CD or 12″ Vinyl LP! Available on iTunes and UGHH.com!

http://keithscience.bandcamp.com/album/hypothalamus

About Keith Science:

Influenced heavily by hip-hop’s golden age, New Jersey native and lifetime musician Keith Science has been making beats the right way since 1992. Focusing on the artistry of creative beat-making and elevating the magic craft of sampling, Keith Science productions quickly separate themselves from the rest of the pack. Real boom bap is the focus here, and you’ll be immediately captivated by the grimy trance-inducing vibes mixed on Keith’s old analog recording console.

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