ChaseLawyers℠ On Breaking Into The Music Industry - TuneCore v CDBaby

ChaseLawyers℠ On Breaking Into The Music Industry 
Today’s Topic: TuneCore v CDBaby

With digital music sales increasing due to the decline of physical albums, companies (called “aggregators”) such as TuneCore and CDBaby are revolutionizing marketing opportunities for independent artists. Aside from offering online music distribution and performance-royalty collection (working alongside PROs), they also collect publishing royalties from the sale and streaming of compositions.  When faced with the choice of affiliation, however, an in-depth comparison between the two giants may seem daunting.  
Allow us to provide a starting point… 

(1) With CDBaby, the sign-up cost is $12.95 per song and $49 per album with no annual fee. There is a 15% commission for collecting publishing royalties, with a self-renewing contract term (as long as neither composer or CDBaby terminates) for songwriters & composers (there is a 1-year contract for publishers). In contrast, TuneCore offers free membership, but services trigger fees after affiliation. For example, album distribution costs $29.99 the first year and 49.99 each following year; single distribution costs $9.99 the first year and each following year; ringtone distribution costs $19.99 the first year and each following year; and collection of publishing royalties costs a one-time setup fee of $75.00 plus a 10% commission on earnings. 
(2) Even though both CDBaby and TuneCore offer a similar range of services -- music distribution for albums, singles, and ringtones; music publishing royalty collection, among others. -- they do have marked differences regarding royalty collection, commissions on sales, UPC Bar codes, etc.

It’s always helpful to visualize, though. So let’s make a chart!



So What’s The Bottom Line?
Like anything else, it depends on your needs. Taking no cut from digital sales, TuneCore may be the better choice for artists with smaller catalogues or those who set out to do volume. Why? Because annual fees would be more manageable for few as opposed to many works, and those same fees would be more easily recouped for an artist anticipating high sales immediately.  A larger body of work, however, can result in annual fees that start piling up (especially if unit sales remain modest). In that case, CD Baby’s one-time fees may seem more accommodating. On the other hand, CD Baby’s perpetual commission may offer less profit over the long-term and could potentially exceed the value of recurring fees many times over!  If physical product is a controlling consideration for you, CD Baby offers the services you need. However, this advantage declines over time as the profitability of hard copies continues to dwindle across the majority of markets. Finally, customer service and aggregator-sponsored artist websites can also influence affiliation. Here, CD Baby triumphs with the more accessible staff and more polished design. So the choice of affiliation remains with the artist in light of his/her objectives.  Do not be overwhelmed or confused. Simply gather all of the facts and charges you’ll incur, and balance pros and cons as we have. 

Good luck on your musical journeys!

By: Barry Chase, Greg Bloom, and Michael Epstein.  
Entertainment Attorneys at ChaseLawyers.  
Miami : 305-373-7665 | New York City: 212-601-2762
© 2014 ChaseLawyers

@STORImusic - Bloodclot (Music Video) (#BADASSDAME Mixtape)



DOWNLOAD Stori's New Mixtape #BADASSDAME
http://www.audiomack.com/album/stori/badassdame

Visuals to "Bloodclot", new single off the #BadAssDame Mixtape.
Directed & Edited by @NextDayEnt

http://IamSTORI.com


@FreakThaMonsta (#ATDSInterview)

Can you give as a little introduction to you as an Artist?

I'm a rapper and producer in the group Four Elements & Beyond (F.E.B.). I'm not too sure which one I enjoy doing more or which one I would consider my main passion. It really depends on my mood. I hail from NY and I think that's pretty evident when you hear the way I write and my style of production. I was pretty much given the name "Tha Monsta" since I was younger, just by being a beast of a dude. I carried that with me into music.

How long have you been making music?  

I actually wrote my first song around 6th or 7th grade. It was awful haha, but nonetheless it had bars and a hook. I also used to freestyle a ton when I was a kid and force my younger brother (and F.E.B. crew member) Miggs to get in on it with me. That's how I started really developing the skill and feel for rhyming. I didn't start taking it seriously till around 2003, though. I was still finding my style…shit, I'm still finding my style now. Either that or I just enjoy switching shit up a lot and keeping things fresh. I guess I just chalk that up to growing creatively.

How many songs /albums have you released to date?

Damn. My group and I have released a lot of music over the years. We've got a few mixtapes as a group. I've got 2 solo mixtapes under my belt (The Concrete Jungle & A Monster's Touch) both hosted by Statik Selektah. Even though they were mixtapes, I produced like 28 tracks between the two. We just hit the 1 year anniversary of my first official LP with my man Werd Life (F.E.B.) called 'The Sewer-Side Kings.' I produced that whole project. This EP 'Jackson Brolick' which is set to drop Feb. 11th will be entirely produced by me as well.

Can you tell us about your new project and the background and inspirations behind it? 

'Jackson Brolick' is going to be an 8 track EP. I produced all the songs. It's straight up New York boom-bap to the core. I don't make that wack shit. This is not 90's hip-hop, but when you hear this you're going be like "Oh, I remember this feeling!"
The album features the rest of the F.E.B. team, MothaBug from Word of Mouth (an 8 piece fusion band from Savannah, GA), Apathy (AOTP/Demigodz), DJ JS-1 (Rock Steady Crew), DJ Kwestion (Jedi Mind Tricks), and Shylow.
I've got some sick conceptual songs on here, hard hitting hype joints, and some tracks where I just drop knowledge on heads.
The title is a play off the artist Jackson Pollock. I see some similarities between his abstract style of drip painting and how I go about my craft in both song/bar structure and production. Plus that name sounds so dope, right?

How have you ended up in the music industry? 

I wouldn't really say I'm in the industry. I've made some good musical career choices and got some play on TV shows, radio, and other spots, but that's all from grinding. We're an independent label with ZERO funding. We do this all on our own. EVERYTHING is in house. Everything is in our hands. As overwhelming as it may get sometimes, we have complete control of how our product sounds and looks. That's not to say we wouldn't like a push on the promotion end, but we definitely like having complete creative control.

What do you think of the music industry at the moment? 

Well we all know mainstream hip-hop fell off a huge cliff for a while. It looks like some people on the scene are breathing some life into it, but to be honest I've distanced myself from it so much it hurts. I'll always be a fan first, but when you hear so much garbage over and over, it gets depressing. However, when you look at hip-hop as a whole, it's doing great. I still hit up shows of major artists who are killing it! They just don't get that mainstream shine anymore. Those big labels want the puppet/get-rich-quick lames. That shit don't fly.

Who inspires you when you make your music?

To be honest, my own team inspires me. I've never been the one to watch and study a style to try and mimic it. I just go digging in the crates, find some dope shit and get to it. Me and the rest of the team spit ball concepts and shit is like magic. The chemistry is RIDICULOUS. You gotta have that as a group. It shows in our music and our live show.

Who have you collaborated with so far in your Career? 

As an artist, I'm always trying to build. If I work wit somebody, their shit gotta be dope and I need them to respect my shit too. Like I said earlier, I worked wit Statik on my 2 mixtapes, Domingo (producer for Pun, KRS, and many more), DJ JS-1, DJ Kwestion, Shylow, Apathy, some foreign and local heads as well. I'll work wit anybody that got heat!

Who would you like to collaborate with in the future?  

Wow..that list is OD long so I'm gonna have to give you the shortened version. RZA (mainly, but anybody from Wu), Immortal Tech, DJ Premier, Alchemist, Vinnie Paz, MOP, D-Block, The Beatnuts, Kool G Rap, Slick Rick, Mos Def, Lauryn Hill, Saigon, Black Thought. I could really go on and on.

What was the first album u bought? 

The first album "I" bought was Biggie's 'Ready To Die.' The reason why I phrase it like that is because the cashier at the record store wouldn't sell me the CD cuz I was too young, so my mother had to cop it for me. She was like "I wanna hear what this is all about when we get home." I played it for her and she was like, "Oh no, I can't let you listen to this." Imagine her face when she heard "One More Chance" and the following skit haha. I was in love with hip-hop ever since.

Whats your favorite song at the moment?

I'm digging that track "God Bless" by Vinnie Paz. That shit is hard!

If you had to sell your music collection tomorrow, what album would you leave in your drawer?

Ah man. It would probly have to be that copy of 'Ready To Die' on sentimental value alone. Or on some conceited shit, I'll save one of my own albums like SSK since I don't got millions printed.

What do you think of TV music talent show competitions? 

I think they're kinda corny. First of all, none of them cater to hip-hop anyway so it's kind of irrelevant. They did have that one show, the White Rapper Show. It was such a joke, though. I got love and respect for Serch, but those contestants?!! Chill, I woulda ate them alive. Yoww.

What do you do when your not making music?

I'm big into cooking. So not only do I be cheffin it up in the lab, but I get it in in the kitchen, too. My knife game's impeccable.

How many hats do you own? 

I'd say around 50 or so right now.

How many followers do you have on twitter? 

Yo on some real shit, my Twitter game is weak. I can't keep up wit all these sites. I'm not really on it like that. If you wanna hit me on there, it's @FreakThaMonsta. I'm on Facebook and Instagram the most, though.
Facebook: Freak Tha Monsta
Instagram: Colossamer_Rivera

How do you feel about Underground Hip Hop at the moment, do things need to change? 

I think the underground hip-hop scene is the dopest place to reside right now. It's stacked wit so much talent and so many cats that wanna preserve this culture. When you look at all the shit that's floated to the top, it's laughable compared to the artists we got at this level. Unfortunately, even the underground is saturated with a ton of fans turned rappers that wanna sip Cristal and have a Rollie wrapped wrist, but can't write a song or even a decent bar to save their life. If you are one of those people and you're reading this….stop! This is not for you. UPS is definitely still hiring.

What are your thoughts on the All That Dope Shit Blog?

Yall are doing ya thing over here! There's a lot of blogs out there, but as a hip-hop site you're either gonna be one of two things. You either gonna do the work, seek out or sift through artist and songs that YOU feel are dope and give them a lil shine to try and break them…OR…You follow the trend and just post the same ol' shit that every other blog got with the hopes you're blog pops off. I think you guys are doing the right thing here. Keep that shit up.

Anything else you would like to add?

All I wanna say to everybody out there is that we got something different going on. We're far from your run of the mill rappers. My team and I put a lot of effort, time, and thought into everything we do….every line we write. We're perfectionists.

We currently got a Kickstarter campaign running. Everybody needs to check this out, pledge and help spread the word. This is your obligation as an underground hip-hop fan. Support cats that are really doin it.
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/12206128/dope-sandwich-productions
Link up wit us on the sites below for FREE music downloads, albums, merch, updates, and all that ill shit.

Youtube: BeyondTheElements
Facebook.com/FreakThaMonsta
Facebook.com/FourElementsandBeyond
Facebook.com/DopeSandwich
BeyondTheElements.Bandcamp.com
FourElementsandBeyond.com

@Centric510 & @JocScholar #GrandOpus4Ever



In the vein of Pete Rock & C.L Smooth, Reflection Eternal, Gang Starr and other legendary hip-hop MC/Producer duos, Grand Opus is a newly formed group out of California and the nostalgia-inducing “Forever” is their debut single. Joc Scholar, the emcee out of Fresno and Bay-area producer Centric (who has worked with the likes of Sean Price, Kool G Rap, Rapper Big Pooh, Wordsmith and more), come together to create a timeless offering, letting listeners know that hip-hop is very much alive on the West Coast. With Centric’s hard hitting drums and melodic chords combined with Joc Scholar’s mic presence and thought provoking rhymes, “Forever” captures a feel of where vintage meets the future.

The music video was shot and directed by Gimante in San Francisco, Ca.


Music Video: http://youtu.be/9mZ-G8wK8k0

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/forever-single/id796628929
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Forever-Grand-Opus/dp/B00HY05RHU
Soundcloud (streaming): https://soundcloud.com/grand-opus/forever


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Twitter @Centric510 / @JocScholar #GrandOpus4Ever

@realJNolan & @SupremelyBased - Real Fellas (Single)

"Real Fellas" Produced by Reese Jones. New project from J Nolan & Reese Jones "Humble Legends" Coming soon on Mortier Music.

@TaiyamoDenku Ft UG of Cella Dwellas - Warriors (Single)

Prod By. LCSLAK & NISS of GRIMELAB

Cuts by SHORTROCK

Mixed and MASTERED by TAIYAMO DENKU @ DENKU's GARDEN (MILWAUKEE, WI)

@realjlive - Money Matters (Music Video)



J-Live "Money Matters" Produced by Oddisee.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/money-matters-single/id794162768
From the forthcoming album "Around The Sun". Directed by J-Live.

@expressionfresh - Express Yourself (prod. by @mute_speaker) (Single)

Express Fresh drops a brand new exclusive track, "Express Yourself" in anticipation of his forthcoming LP "God is Gracious".

@threecardmusic - Just Like You (Single)

Born in Kampala, Uganda, the Toronto based musician 3-Card, was raised on an array of musical influences from his time spent in both Africa and Asia. A fan of artists such as Eminem, Jay-Z, Talib Kweli, Mos Def & Lupe Fiasco, the resulting music is a refreshing throwback to an era when emcees told stories with their words. Please enjoy the music, and spread the love.








@Dub_MD Present's @DRAMACLASSS - Conflicted EP

‘Conflicted EP’ is the latest offering from Brooklyn NY's Drama Class (Mr.Live x Earl Blaize) (of Anti-Pop Consortium), the 8 track project dives straight into the topics from 'Artistry vs Fast Food Music', to 'Quality over Mediocrity' and 'Love over Money.' Standing on a platform based on feeling, Drama Class delivers a solid, well produced, well rounded project that challenges every listener to examine the question “What is more important to self, love or social acceptance”.

This Dub MD presented EP features exemplary instrumentals by Earl Blaize, Dotmatic, Jahlil Beats, 14KT, Madlib / Drumma Boy, Oddisee and T. Dragonette. Drama Class music upholds the tradition of the genre, with a sound and feel that never compromises their craft for conformity.

@OriginalRadix - Clones (Music Video)



Directed By: Radix | RigorousEYE | Klaviar
DP: RigorousEYE & Klaviar
Edited By: RigorousEYE

@TheMisfitYouth
@OriginalRadix
@RigorousEYE
@Klaviar_

Visualized By Conkrete Media Group

BVA - This Love is Love (OFFICIAL VIDEO) (Prod. Leaf Dog)



PRE ORDER 'BE VERY AWARE' ON LIMITED EDITION DOUBLE VINYL:
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PRE ORDER 'BE VERY AWARE' ON CD:
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BUY SINGLE W/ EXCLUSIVE B-SIDE & INSTRUMENTALS AT
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Official video for BVA - This Love Is Love lifted from the forthcoming BVA debut solo album. The project is entirely produced by Leaf Dog, Illinformed & Amdek! The album is released on the 14th of February 2014 on High Focus Records and features Leaf Dog, Fliptrix, Verb T, Rag N Bone Man, Dirty Dike, Kashmere, Cracker Jon, Smellington Piff & DJ Sammy B-Side.

Filmed and edited by Michael Wilcox and Finn Wild:
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Thanks to Rarekind Records for use of the shop!
http://www.rarekindrecords.co.uk/

DON'T FLOP #EandDanielsFam Cypher [MR 13, LOCKSMYTH, JOSIAH MATRIX, TONY D & THEME]



MCs:
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http://www.Twitter.com/locksmyth1
http://www.Twitter.com/poisonjmatrix
http://www.Twitter.com/TonyDPoison
http://www.Twitter.com/RealTheme


Filmed By:
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http://www.Twitter.com/TheoRennie

Edited By:
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Noisses - Run Your Mouth ft. RTKAL, Lady Leshurr & Foreign Beggars (Music Video)



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NoisseS - Run Your Mouth ft. RKTAL, Lady Leshurr & Foreign Beggars
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Jonwayne Feat Scoop Deville - The Come Up (Music Video)



Directed by Henry DeMaio | "The Come Up Pt. 1 & 2" from Rap Album One http://stonesthrow.com/jonwayne http://itunes.com/jonwayne

Part 1 produced by Jonwayne, Part 2 produced by Scoop DeVille
Spotify: http://open.spotify.com/album/5TDgnY3...
Rdio: http://www.rdio.com/artist/Jonwayne/a...

Nate - C.O.T.C. (Children Of The Concrete)



Directed by: Chito Floriano
Cast:
Amir Aziz - Global African
Emmanuel Blackwell - African American
Jando - Salvadorian
Keem - African American
Kristian - Mexican American
Kolepa - Cambodian
Nate - Mexican American
Slum Kid Nick - Mexican American
Wallah Umoja - Original Man
Yared - Ethiopian
Young Bruh Michael - African American

Official music video by Nate performing C.O.T.C. (Children Of The Concrete). 2013 Common Folk

Fernando Márquez - Distancia (Music Video)




Rudeboi - Rudeboi Warmup (Music Video)



DOWNLOAD: https://soundcloud.com/thelikklerudeb...

Mixed/Mastered by Frosty Gonzalez
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/frosty_gonzalez

Beat created by The Interlud (ex-Tokyo Dei):
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/theinterlud
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheInterlud
Bandcamp: http://interlud.bandcamp.com/

Wesley Hobbs (Director & Editor):
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCa2J...

Rudeboi Info:
FB: www.facebook.com/TheLikkleRudeboi
Twitter: twitter.com/LikkleRudeboi
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/thelikklerudeboi
Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/TheLikkle...
Bandcamp: http://thelikklerudeboi.bandcamp.com/

LLAMAmusicgroup:
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Misterelle - Our World (Music Video)



Video Directed by D. J. Granger
Produced by Antagonist Dragonspit

Follow Misterelle https://twitter.com/@misterellemusic

Kid Robotik x Shadoh x Cab Beats - Headshot (Music Video)



Subfriction

2014

Twitter: @ Kidrobotik @ShadohMusic @takenovergla

Check out Shadoh here @ www.facebook.com/shadohmusic
Music Available at www.mcgmusicuk.bandcamp.com
and www.soundcloud.com/shadoh music.

www.subfrictionrecords.bandcamp.com

www.takenover.co.uk

Joshua - Babylon (Music Video)



Official video for Joshua - Babylon
Produced by Gurps. Cuts by DJ Defunkt
Filmed & Edited by GlobalFaction

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The Context Album Out Now
http://www.spiritualgorilla.bandcamp.com
To get 25% off the digital download use the discount code globalfaction at checkout.

13 track album - £3.25

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@GlobalFaction @Global_Faction

J Reno - Watcha Wanna Do (feat. Psych Ward) (Music Video)

@mrfliptrix HF TV (Exclusive Bars)

Ramson Badbonez - Let The Others Know (Music Video)



ORDER ALBUM ON CD & LIMITED EDITION DOUBLE VINYL AT: http://www.high-focus.com

ORDER ALBUM ON iTUNES AT: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/year-in-life-oscar-slouch/id739066777

BRAND NEW 'RAMSON BADBONEZ' EXCLUSIVE - 'December - Let The Others Know'. This track is lifted from the forthcoming Ramson Badbonez album 'A Year In The Life Of Oscar The Slouch' entirely produced by Charlie Mac! The album is OUT NOW on High Focus Records and features Fliptrix, Rag N Bone Man, Jam Baxter, Mystro, Genesis Elijah, M.A.B & more!

Art by Jay Pee
Directed by Philipp Smart / Video Wizards
http://www.videowizards.ch

Fugitive 9 - I Of Eyes (Music Video)



IF YOU'VE EVER BEEN TO A FUGITIVE 9 SHOW .... THEN YOU ALREADY KNOW!!

PRODUCED BY: SIK SENSE
EDITED BY: N. JUBLOU
CINEMATOGRAPHY: D. MOORE, B. DAVIS, J. BUCHANAN

Dubious Content - Gift Of The Blag (Produced by Aye Q, cuts by DJ Sokol) (Music Video)



"Gift Of The Blag" acts as the first release from the upcoming self titled EP from "Dubious Content".
Featuring "Intoxicated Thoughts" own "Aye Q" supplying a slick, sinister beat and "Paraletic Universe Records" mixmaster general "DJ Sokol" supplying the sharpish of cuts, this track is but a taste of things to come.

Beat produced by Aye.Q
Cuts by DJ Sokol
Video filmed & edited by Edinburgh Undersound
https://www.facebook.com/edinburgh.undersound?fref=ts
Audio Mastering by Tom. S Ray AudioMastering
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GIT x HUBBS "PIECE OF MIND" (ALBUM)

Out Now On iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/piece-of-mind/id804866365

STREAM A SAMPLE OF THE ALBUM BELOW!



BBE/Yoruba Records producer Git (also known as Git Beats) and Pittsburgh artist Hubbs present their long-awaited, highly anticipated collaborative project, Piece Of Mind. The album includes 12 tracks, exclusively produced by Git, with Hubbs providing the lyrical content. In transparency, Hubbs takes us on a journey through his mind, sharing thoughts, experiences, and reflections, while also disclosing the revelations involved with mental and spiritual maturation. Git provides the soundscape, ranging everywhere from soulful and melodic, to dark, hard-hitting production. The complement and congruence of Git and Hubbs makes for a great listen, taking us back to the essentials of the art. Guest features include B. White, Ghosty of The 58's and Lil' Raelyn Lorenzo.




Cheech Forreign - The Green Mile (EP)

We are proud to present the video for Cheech Forreign's latest single "Midnight" Directed by Sozo Jaxon and produced by Average Jo Productions, and featuring Just Will. Cheech is a brand new hip hop artist/singer hailing from Jacksonville, Florida in a lane of her own, with a reality rapping style often compared to artists like Big Krit and Currensy, and a singing voice compared to Jhene Aiko. The song is the latest single off of her debut project The Green Mile.

All things Cheech Forreign
http://www.itscheechforreign.com/
www.soundcloud.com/average-jo-productions
Twitter: PtheAverageJo

DRAMA - HOOPTY MUSIC (PRODUCED BY- TRAC-QAEDA) (Single)

If you ever wanted to hear what an MC from the Golden Era Of Hip Hop sounded like in this modern time in music, then the wait is over. As Trac-Qaeda Music Group presents to you one of the most gifted lyricist ready to make his mark in the game. He goes by the name of Drama from Camden, NJ.
With the release of his lead single entitled  "Hoopty Music", produced by Trac-Qaeda, Drama displays a verbal attack with a flow that not many MC's can match and is now ready to make a run in the industry to claim the throne by any means necessary.


Twitter: @DramaHFM

Instagram: @Dangerous_Ambitions_   @TracQaeda

www.TracQaedaMusicGroup.com

Awkword Ft Joell Ortiz, Slug & Maya Azucena - GO! (Produced By Domingo) (Single)

The Slim K Slowdown of AWKWORD's hit-single "Go!" will appear on the free bonus disc dropping a month after World View, AWKWORD's 100% For-Charity Global Hip Hop Project available February 2, 2014, via The DJ Booth and Variation Music (Switzerland). The original "Go!", a top-15 song on the college radio charts and a DJBooth Editors Pick, 2DopeBoyz Favorite and HotNewHipHop Song of the Week, is the last single on World View, which features 19 countries across 6 continents. "Gotta go gotta go gotta go. I gotta go."

Help AWKWORD give back at AWKWORDrap.com -- All proceeds from World View go to a 501c3 nonprofit that goes beyond the gun exchange, working to eradicate street violence through the Hip Hop-inspired education and empowerment of the youth in our communities.

Listen & Download the "Go!" OG Version:

http://www.complex.com/music/2013/11/awkword-ft-joell-ortiz-slug-mayaazucena-go

On Twitter:

- AWKWORD: twitter.com/AWKWORDrap
- Slim K: twitter.com/SlimK4
- Joell Ortiz: twitter.com/JoellOrtiz
- Slug: twitter.com/atmosphere
- Maya Azucena: twitter.com/mayaazucena
- Domingo: twitter.com/BeatsByDomingo

PozLyrix - Third Shift (Music Video)




Coming out of the seven Oddities camp, Pozlyrix already has a heavy amount of features under his belt. Collaboration with Scenic Roots and A Walk in the Park productions formed the group “Bottom Dollar Scholars” that gave Poz his first taste of being an MC beyond the studio releasing a video and traveling around the city of Chicago and east coast to hit the stage. 40 oz Kings, another group out of Seven Oddities that Pozlyrix was a part of helped expand his music career. In 2011 the group entered “Toast of the coast”, a competition that would give the winner a performance slot at the North Coast Music festival in Chicago. After the first step which consisted of a few days of online voting they moved onto to a battle of the bands type of competition. After showing they were better than 100 other performers, the 40 oz. Kings came out on top and were in the 2011 North Coast festival lineup among acts like Common, Rjd2, Wiz Khalifa and David Guetta.

Having gained experienced, confidence and expanding his artistic spectrum, Poz has ventured into his first solo effort. Chicago Native is the first solo project for Pozlyrix. A sample heavy album filled with gritty boom bap landscapes allows the MC to paint complex pictures of the life of an MC in an iconic city
https://www.facebook.com/7oddz

https://twitter.com/PozLyrix

Crew 54 - Recognize (Music 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.
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.

Find more info on Crew54 here:

Facebook Twitter MOS
Twitter G-christ
SlapRapz.com
The54RealityShow.com

Step Brothers - Lord Steppington (Album Stream)

Alchemist & Evidence Team Up To Release Collaborative LP “Lord Steppington” With Guest Appearances From Action Bronson, Roc Marciano, Blu, Fashawn, Rakaa Iriscience, Oh No, Styles P, Domo Genesis & The Whooliganz

Step Brothers “Lord Steppington” is out now on Rhymesayers Entertainment


Alchemist & Evidence have always shared a strong bond.  If you trace back the lineage of there respective careers to the very beginning you will find that they have always regularly contributed to each others projects. As the pair’s collaborations continued to mount, they began labeling themselves as “Step Brothers” when they would record; as noted on Evidence’s The Layover EP and it was only a matter of time before they decided to record an album together.  That time is now upon us, as Alchemist & Evidence will be releasing the first Step Brothers project, Lord Steppington, on 1-21-14 courtesy of Rhymesayers Entertainment.

Evidence has traveled the world and released a string of acclaimed albums as a member of the revered West-Coast collective Dilated Peoples and as a solo artist and become a very respected producer crafting beats for Beastie Boys, Linkin Park & Kanye West (which earned him a Grammy) among others.

For his part, Alchemist is quickly becoming one of rap’s top triple threats, producing for a virtual who’s who list of the industry’s biggest and brightest names; Nas, Snoop Dogg, Mobb Deep, Curren$y, Fashawn, Action Bronson, Prodigy, Roc Marciano, P. Monch, Royce 5’9, Big Pun, Jadakiss, Fat Joe, Ghostface, Styles P, Game, Linkin Park, 50 Cent, Cypress Hill, Nelly, Cam’Ron, Scarface, Joell Ortiz, Fabolous, Slaughterhouse, Raekwon, Blu, Rick Ross, Sir Michael Rocks, Schoolboy Q, Danny Brown, Joey Bada$$ and Lil Wayne (which Alchemist won a Grammy for his contribution to Tha Carter III).  In addition, Alchemist is now serving as Eminem’s touring DJ, appeared on Saturday Night Live as Eminem’s DJ and he also made an appearance in the video for “Berzerk” from Eminem’s recently released The Marshall Mathers LP 2.

Now as the Step Brothers, Evidence and Alchemist deliver another stellar musical achievement, Lord Steppington, which supplies lyric-driven, punchline heavy and intricate rhymes.  Lord Steppington boasts the best of the duo peppered with frequent collaborators and friends, including; Action Bronson, Roc Marciano, Domo Genesis Styles P, Blu, Fashawn, Rakaa Iriscience, Oh No and even a reunion cut with Alchemist’s first group The Whooliganz (which included actor Scott Caan & Evidence).

Order at Itunes:  http://bit.ly/LordSteppington
Order CD or Vinyl w/ Autographed item + Exclusive Shirt Bundle: http://bitly.com/Steppington_FE
Physical from Amazon.com: http://bit.ly/StepAmazon

UK Runnings Presents - #EstateLife Volume 002

Hot on the heels of last Monday’s release ‘Volume 001’ mixtape, UK Runnings are back just one week later with ‘Volume 002’ of the new #EstateLife Mixtape series. Once again its an explosive eighteen track compilation mixtape put together by Wolftown veteran Tricksta who has also started a brand new UK Hip-Hop & Rap blog at www.EstateLife.Wordpress.com to support UK acts even more through the worldwide web.

Volume 002 features Tricksta, Size8, Yogi, Dubbledge, TBear, Serocee, Benny Diction & Able8, Ro Jista, Cappo, The Delegates Of Rhyme, Alex-Is, Joe Bird, Trademark Blud, Vicious, Raggo Zulu Rebel, Dr. Voodoo, Fubar & Kryptic, Big Cakes, Big Toast, Haan & Sixth Sense, Melanin 9, Hulk, TrixCity, Scrilla, Airklipz, Lullaby, Big Si, Sativa Isis, Sketchamus, 72TheSign and J Dubbz.

Sleaze Ft Reklews, Res & DJ Rasp - Heads Will Know (Music Video)



Track taken from the new Sleaze & Reklews album called 'An Album Called The Sun' out Feb 2014 from www.greasyvinyl.com
Produced By Reklews
Video by 136

Gramma K - Rubber Bands - (Music Video)



Brand new track taken from 'Illerstration Mixtape' available here http://www.greasyvinyl.com/?p=618

Vocals - Gramma K
Beat - Doc Digi
Mixtape mixed by Master Status
Video - Si Haze

D.Yelv ft Mike Minor - Break It Down (Single)

Baltimore emcee, D. Yelv, drops his second single, "Break It Down"  featuring fellow Baltimore emcee, Mike Minor off his debut project, "Preconceived Notions" set to drop February 11, 2014. With comparisons to J. Cole, Mos Def, and recently opening for notable artists such as Maino, Freeway, and King Los, D. Yelv is definitely an artist to look out for in the immediate future.

Music Info
Artist: D. Yelv Feat. Mike Minor
Track Title: Break It Down
Producer: Peet
Recorded/Mixed By: Mike Minor

Artist Links
Twitter/Instagram: @OTComeUp @MikeMinor42
Website: http://www.onthecomeup.com

Trademark Blud - Lyrics Are Weapons (Music Video)



‘Lyrics Are Weapons’ is the latest single from Trademark Blud; a Midland’s based rapper who is making big waves on the Hip-Hop scene. This energetic lyrical banger is produced by DJ Buzzword and comes with a brilliant music video by Headshock Media and is filmed at Spartan MMA Gym.

Trademark Blud has been performing and recording since 2007 and is known as a lively performer who always gives 100%. He is also known as a battle rapper who is currently battling in the Don’t Flop league as well as being closely involved with the Midland’s biggest rap battle league Spitroast.

As well as being an artist Trademark Blud does all he can to support the Hip-Hop culture & music scene. Weather it’s organizing events, helping to promote his sponsors Fresh Midz Clothing, or interviewing or playing artists music on his radio show ‘The FroShow’ on www.ShropShireRadio.com,

Trademark covers a wide range of issues in his music and aims to open up the listeners mind, talking on various subjects including making steps towards changes in society and life issues by using intricate wordplay. Trademark Blud is a true lyricist and is standing loud & proud for UK Hip Hop!

Trademark Blud - The Minotaur #Mixtape
http://www.hoodtapes.co.uk/trademark-blud-the-minotaur/
http://www.datpiff.com/Trademark-Blud-The-Minotaur-mixtape.466096.html

For live bookings/battles/drops email: trademarkblud@live.com
Check out Trademark Blud’s ‘The FroShow’, Wednesdays 10-11pm on http://www.shropshireradio.com
Check out the Fresh Midz Clothing Label http://freshmidzclothing.bigcartel.com

Connect with Trademark Blud:
http://www.twitter.com/trademarkblud
http://www.facebook.com/trademarkblud
http://www.youtube.com/Trademarkblud
http://www.instagram.com/trademarkblud
http://www.reverbnation.com/trademarkblud
http://www.soundcloud.com/trademarkblud

NL5 (Northern Lights) - Guess Who's Back ft. L.E.S.



Montreal based NL5 (Northern Lights) have been active in the Canadian hip-hop scene for well over a decade, and are back with the long-awaited new release in their series of compilations titled M-City Vol. 4

This release features a strong cast of collaborators including L.E.S., Ceas Rock, Loe Pesci, Osa, Lefty & Mr. Bits with solid production provided by 80 Rock, Karlito Da Kidd, Soké, DJ Dialect, Bones Malone, 87 North & Shaun J Miller with cuts provided by DJ Redd Dredd & DJ Manzo.

Raw, pure, authentic music from one of Montreal's veteran hip-hop groups.

M-City Vol. 4 is available for free download at:

http://northernlightshiphop.bandcamp.com
http://soundcloud.com/NL5HIPHOP
http://www.mediafire.com/?81zfibvm3kkl18a

Follow NL5:

www.twitter.com/nl5hiphop
www.facebook.com/nl5hiphop
www.northernlightshiphop.com

Bio:

Over the years, NL5 have entertained crowds at countless shows and venues alongside many hip-hop greats such as EPMD, Method Man, Mobb Deep, Smif & Wessun, Sean Price, and Jedi Mind Tricks to name a few. The group’s music has been featured on numerous albums, projects, compilations, and DVD’s. They have also independently released three hip-hop compilation projects titled M-City, volumes 1, 2, and 3. Their new studio album is forthcoming.

Living Legend (Pete Rock Tribute) Ed OG ft. Grap Luva & Rob-O (Produced by Confidence) (Music Video)



Hip-Hop legend Edo.G teams up with his apprentices G. Dot & Born, Boston natives, to shine light on their story and style while also providing their own sound.  All production is handled by Confidence, whose claim to fame includes "Rashad and Confidence" and "Purpose and Confidence" on Ill Adrenaline Records and he produced seven tracks on Neek the Exotic’s “Hustle Don’t Stop” LP from 2012.

The LP is fourteen tracks deep with Gdot & Born handling about half the duties on the mic, with the remaining tracks being handled by Edo.G, providing listeners with a nice diversity; while Confidence keeps a steady stream of that authentic Hip-Hop he is known for throughout.
   
Confidence, a student of the game dating back to the 90’s, first got a taste of music production in the mid 90′s while learning to DJ with his brother Technic.  His break didn't come until 2001 when he copped an MPC 2000xl which he still uses to this day to compose masterpieces.

G. Dot & Born relay the struggle of survival in the streets with hard-hitting raw lyrics, traditional gritty street beats and a confident delivery that takes Hip-Hop back to its essence. G. Dot and Born stay true to the city of Boston that raised them and 90’s Hip Hop influences like J. Dilla, Sean P., Big Pun, Edo G., Kool G. Rap, AZ and Nas by embodying a humble braggadocio that only real life experiences teach you.

Today, the group offers up a tribute song, “Living Legend,” dedicated to the one and only Pete Rock, featuring Pete’s former INI cohorts Grap Luva (Pete’s brother), Rob-O & EDO. G.

MP3 Link to “Living Legend”: https://soundcloud.com/macmediapromo/confidence-presents-g-dot-born

Confidence Presents G. Dot & Born Featuring EDO. G will be released on 1-28-14 and you can pre-order it here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/living-legend-feat.-grap-luva/id797819794 & http://redlinemusicdistribution.bigcartel.com/product/confidence-presents-gdot-born-featuring-edo-g

For More Information Please Visit:

https://twitter.com/Confidencebeats
https://twitter.com/edogboston
https://twitter.com/HEVnamedmeGRAP
https://twitter.com/sTaPo_86
https://twitter.com/GOD_BORNCIPHER
http://www.schoolofconfidence.com/

Matta Fact - Powerful City (Music Video)



North West, DC - January 13, 2014 – Matta Fact, premiered his socially
consensus music video, “Powerful City” from the album “Mr. Sunshine” (S2M-
Signed to Myself LLC.) at Busboys and Poets, 14th & V; but not without
delivering a spectacular performance, which included S2M Artists,
Dublohskytzo on drums, M.C. Logic and the supporting cast of rappers,
Rafik and Xander Johnson. The sound and vibe of the event left the
audience in awe. As many stated after the event, nobody expected to see
such a well-directed and high quality video, married with the classic
“boom bap” hip hop sound that we all treasure. Matta Fact represents what
is desperately missing from mainstream media today. He is that pearl we’ve
been searching the deep for, and he has been right here in the DMV all
along.

The video was shot throughout the D.C. metropolitan area and features
Matta Fact, M.C. LOGIC, and Rafik as freedom fighters, transporting an
important package; while being pursued by agents: Xander J, V-Sharp and
Dub-L-Oh-Skytzo. Simple Multimedia Inc. filmed this incredible video.
Those out of the area will be intrigued by the monuments and beautiful
columns, as the historical back drop of the plot ties in to the concept of
this “Powerful City”. Many from the area will feel right at home when they
see or hear this video. S2M and Matta Fact look forward to sharing this
video with the world.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MATTA_FACT_S2M
FB: https://www.facebook.com/pages/MATTA-FACT/269487686537135

Spaycee - MAN In A Cave EP

Spaycee is a young recording artist from Mississauga, Ontario. He just released an EP documenting his battle with mental disorder and drug addiction. Spaycee spent a good majority of 2013 in and out of mental hospitals and rehab counseling programs. Although he is still in the recovery stage, he manages to keep a positive outlook on the situation and releases all the negative energy through his music.

His new EP can be streamed/Downloaded below. And Bigup to Spaycee for having the first Datpiff link we have ever posted.


Freak Tha Monsta Ft Apathy & DJ Kwestion - I Am That (Single)

Freak Tha Monsta is an MC/Producer and member of New York's hip-hop collective Four Elements & Beyond (F.E.B). His newest project 'Jackson Brolick' is slated to drop February 11th. The self-produced EP was recently announced with his first single "I Am That" ft. Apathy (AOTP/Demigodz) & DJ Kwestion of Jedi Mind Tricks. Freak and Ap join forces to sink their teeth into the eerily, smooth, hard-hitting beat. The point is undoubtedly driven home with precision-like cuts from DJ Kwestion.

Dope Sandwich Sandwich is a Savannah, GA based hip hop label.

More music, videos, and general media material can be found at the following links:

dopesandwichproductions.com
Facebook.com/FreakThaMonsta
Facebook.com/DopeSandwich
Facebook.com/FourElementsandBeyond

Blackwell - New American Dream (Single)

Title: "New American Dream"
Artist: Blackwell (from Greensboro, North Carolina)

Bio: Blackwell is an up and coming Hip Hop lyricist from North Carolina . With influences like Blackstar, Nas, Common, and Little Brother, Blackwell seeks to make Real Hip Hop music from the soul. "New American Dream" is a single produced by Fatin Horton from his forthcoming mixtape "The Book of Eli vol 1: Apocalypse". Listen, Download and Enjoy.

Other social media sites are:

twitter.com/blackwellhiphop
soundcloud.com/blackwellhiphop
reverbnation.com/blackwellhiphop

Facebook Group: Blackwell

instagram.com/blackwellhiphop

Murs & Apollo Brown - The Pain Is Gone (Single)

from the upcoming "Mandala Vol. 2, Today's Mathematics" available January 28th.

Murs is back, with.... what else? A story about a girl. Detroit producer and MMG star Apollo Brown helms the soulful, strings driven production on this tale of lust from Southern Cali's favorite emcee.

Th!nk - Headspace

Newish release from the UK from the Unconsious Collective. More precisely. Th!nk.

LOD (Local Degenerates) (Interview)


Interview with LOD. One part of the Local Degenerates Crew based in Fife, Scotland. Go check them all out below.

 https://soundcloud.com/localdegenerates
 http://lyricaloverdoselod.bandcamp.com/
 https://soundcloud.com/cabbeats





Change My Ways - (Alchemist Dub) - Bigg Taj & Spee Six Nine


Spee Six Nine & Bigg Taj drop some new words over an Alchemist beat on that Boom Bap steez.


Spida Lee (Interview)

We take some time out for our first interview on this blog. With an artist based in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire. Spida Lee is a longstanding Hip Hop citizen as you will soon find out, with a massive back catalogue and a number of ventures on the horizon.

Let's get into it.

Can you give as a little introduction to you as an Artist?

Yo this Spida Lee aka Carriacou Jack, i am a Artist from the Uk, born and raised in Huddersfield West Yorkshire.

How long have you been making music?

I have been making music, since 1996 with my boys rapping into tape cassette recorders with the vinyl spinning in the back ground lol. On a serious tip av been doing it since 2005

How many songs /albums have you released to date?

1st was in a group called  practical headz with an album called "who is it"


2nd Verbal Assassin single produced by Beat Butcha on cd and vinyl

Free Download

Video


3rd victims of society Ep on vinyl and cd ft production from my self Beat Butcha and Brutal Artistry and a rapper named j lyric aka pick pocket

Video


4th The foundation album on cd ft production from my self Beat Butcha, Brutal Artisry and mc from the practical headz and others

Free Download Sampler


5th Original Soundtrack Ep produced by Brutal Artistry


6th Fuck you pay me ft Klashnekoff produced by Beat Butcha, remix from Irn Mnky and Tony Phorse

Dnb remix video


7th Carriacou Jack 99% Ep ft Production from Beat Butcha, Dj Q, Apa tight plus more and ft Klashnekoff with some cuts from DJ456

U cant rap pt2 video beat  by Beat Butcha  from carriacou jack ep


8th Jabjab produced by Brutal Artistry

Video


9th We Don't Care (meek mills cover)

There are others with dnb and rock which are on my soundcloud
Or check my video playlist at Youtube


Can you tell us about your new project and the background and inspirations behind it?

My new project is still in the making, all being well should drop in the spring/summer. Am a old skool head but do have some tracks what are new skool, I do believe in rolling with the times so u can expect some old skool with abit of new skool, not sure if its gonna be a ep/album or mixtape you will have to wait and see ;-) lol

How have you ended up in the music industry?

Muisc in my blood my grandma brother were in a band, my dad is a musician, he had a uk top 30 chart  hit back in 1990, so av been surround by the music all my life, but I gotta big up my aunties my paps sister they showed me proper hip hop from ice cube, black sheep, run dmc, de la soul,tribe called quest, 3rd bass, I could go on for ever lool

What do you think of the music industry at the moment?

Hmmm am getting use to it, like I said i do believe in rolling with the times, but it taken me a while to get use to this new skool hip hop (but am not down with that techno sounding shit)  Am getting use to this free downloading thing its like everybody putting there music up for free download, so u cant really make money off music, unless u some super star lol, cause everybody expect free download all the time. So u gotta build a fanbase and hope ur fans buy your shit, cause its like nobody wants to buy music anymore, thats why I do clothing to help shift my cds,  buy my Carriacou jack clothing u get a free cd. But yeah the industry kinda mad at the mo.

Who inspires you when you make your music?

Alot of 90s music inspires am a 90s head, but am listen to new skool too, I like joey badass, j cole, kendrick lamar

Who have you collaborated with so far in your Career?

Av done ft with Brutal Artistry, Beat Butcha, klashnekoff, DjQ, Apa Tight irn Mnky and other producers and mc's

Who would you like to collaborate with in the future?

Anybody whos good, and wants to make good music, but I would like to have rock from heltah skeltah on a track lol

What was the first album u bought?

My 1st album I bought was a group duo called illegal tha untold truth. it was lil malik from the west coast, and jamal from def squad from the east coast, Eirc sermok produced most of the Lp, shit I paid £18.99 for that shit on import haha still got it too

Whats your favorite song at the moment?

Cru - just another case

If you had to sell your music collection tomorrow, what album would you leave in your drawer?

Add rather stay broke, I couldnt sell them you would have to kill me haha

What do you think of TV music talent show competitions?

Load of bullshit and they are all fixed, but thats Saturday TV for ya haha

What do you do when your not making music?

Concentrate on my clothing line called Carriacou Jack, push and promoting the garms check them out i got college jackets, jumpers, t shirts and beanie hats at  BigCartel

How many followers do you have on twitter?

600 and change

How do you feel about Underground Hip Hop at the moment, do things need to change?

I know its underground but alot of these artist aint get the credit they deserve, and ppl fans need to support the artist they they rate and radios dj need to give us abit more air play too.

Anything else you would like to add?

Yh big up all that dope shit for this interview, hopefully we can do another one when my new shit drops,

To keep up to date with what am up to Follow me on:

Twitter @spidalee
Facebook
Soundcloud
Bandcamp
Website

Peace!!

Just wanna say thanks to Spida Lee for taking the time out to do this, and say that there will be more exciting interviews to come from Artists featured on the blog. Hope You all enjoyed it.

Gajah & Mute Speaker - Kids These Days Ft Ceschi & Tommy V (Music Video)



Album link: http://www.apple.com/itunes/affiliates/download/
Label website: http://www.acidlabrecords.com/ 
Song: "Kids These Days" by Gajah produced by Mute Speaker featuring Ceschi and Tommy V. Video filmed by Caddy One and Graves 33.

 Edited by Graves 33.

Young Planet - Thought Police (Music Video)

Tag Alexander - The Muscle Ft Ty Farris (Produced By Chief K Dot) (Single)

'The Muscle' is a song that speaks to many of those out there with the heart of a champion; that go and get it spirit. If that describes you, then this is your anthem. The single is by Detroit's newly ordained Tag Alexander (formerly Nametag), along with Michigan mainstay Ty Farris, produced by Chef K Dot. The single will also be available on iTunes and other digital outlets on January 21st.

This track is part of the 'Tag Alexander' single series. A set of singles being released during the first quarter of 2014 in digital stores incl. iTunes, Bandcamp, Spotify via his company, L.A.B.L. (Lead And Be Legendary). The purpose of the series is get new and current listeners familiar with the new "Tag Alexander" brand, moving forward and evolving as an artist.

Boogieman Dela - What If? (Music Video)

Fugitive 9 - Carbon Harbingers (Album)

Featuring original production from Chad Hugo, Sik Sense, Deep Thawts, Whyze Oner, Fan Ran and Qase, "Carbon Harbingers" marks Fugitive 9s third release. With guest verses ranging from Canibus to King Magnetic(AOTP), "Carbon Harbingers" defines itself as one of the most versatile, imaginative highlights in modern Hip-Hop. The Norfolk, VA crew hailed as the next Wu Tang clan, has been blazing stages opening for Canibus, Souls of Mischief, Blu, King Magnetic and Adlib all in their first year performing together. Their chaotic, sometimes even violent live shows have become revered and as evidenced by the big names associated with this album: these cats aren't to be slept on.


Album:
http://fugitive9.bandcamp.com/

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/Fugitivenine

Youtube:
http://www.youtube.com/user/Fugitive9tv

Michael Merlot - Family Tree (Music Video)

UK Runnings #EstateLife - Volume 001

January 2014... it’s a brand new year and brand new vibe for the legendary UK Runnings mixtape series. Established back in 2001, UK Runnings was created by Hip-Hop enthusiast Tricksta to help promote unsigned and independent artists from the UK. Now thirteen years on its still remained true to it’s essence as it continues to help push and spread the word on UK acts. #EstateLife is a brand new mixtape series that will always feature eighteen tracks with no host or no rules. Tricksta explains…

“I just wanted to take it back, back to how I used to drop it back in 2001. I know a lot of people like it when I host mixtapes, but I thought ‘how about something that is more of a free flowing mixtape, something that is more about the music’? So here it is, #EstateLife a new series that is more of an audio journey. I want each volume to flow and have a vibe as well as exposing that real underground talent from all corners of the UK. Forget your demographic, if it’s UK and its good I’m going to support. For me it’s all about the music.”

Volume 001 features Tricksta, Wordsmiff, Big Ben, Supar Novar, Genesis Elijah, Big Dutty Deeze, Micall Parknsun, KNers, Shakezpeare, Lost Alliance, LATE & Juttla, TBear, Unseen, Big Ribzy, Lullaby, Ragz Sweet Jones, King Respone, K.O.T.T , S.Kalibre, Multiple Skillz & Reaper On Beatz, Kapps, Nature The Kidd, Skriblah DanGogh, MC Stern, Izzie Voodoo, DJ Case, ALEXis and Leah Lyriqe.

UK Runnings Presents - #EstateLife Volume 001 (Track-list):

01 - Tricksta Feat. Wordsmiff, Big Ben & Supar Novar - For The Slums
02 - Genesis Elijah - Dear Kanye
03 - Big Dutty Deeze - Pentagram
04 - Micall Parknsun - Land Of The Lost
05 - KNers Feat. Genesis Elijah - Keep Bringing It
06 - Shakezpeare - Rydah Music
07 - Lost Alliance Feat. Barnett - Take Action
08 - LATE & Juttla - Manifesting Rhymes
09 - TBear - The Riddler
10 - Unseen Feat. Big Ribzy & Lullaby - The Way It Goes
11 - Ragz Sweet Jones, Supar Novar & King Respone - Outlaw
12 - K.O.T.T - Death Moves
13 - S.Kalibre - Lunge Slice Death
14 - Multiple Skillz & Reaper On Beatz Feat. Kapps - Daily
15 - Nature The Kidd - Skys The Limit
16 - Skriblah DanGogh - Move On (Remix)
17 - MC Stern Feat. Izzie Voodoo & DJ Case - Everywhere I Go
18 - ALEXis Feat. Leah Lyriqe - She Won't Go

Download Links:
http://www.estatelife.bandcamp.com/album/uk-runnings-estatelife-volume-001
http://www.datpiff.com/UK-Runnings-estatelife-Volume-001-mixtape.571225.html

100% Homegrown Hip-Hop... support UK Hip-Hop!
Promoted & marketed by www.ParkStreetPR.co.uk

Compiled, mixed & mastered by Tricksta
Send MP3's to info@parkstreetpr.co.uk

Pleaese follow:
http://www.twitter.com/TrickstaUK 
http://www.twitter.com/UKRunnings 
http://www.twitter.com/ParkStreetPR

J Live - Money Matters (Single)


Money Matters is the first single from J-Live's 10th record and 6th full length album "Around The Sun"

http://www.realjlive.com/
http://www.facebook.com/mortiermusic
http://twitter.com/#!/mortiermusic
http://www.youtube.com/mortiermusic

Theme Ft. Ray Vendetta & Tesla's Ghost - Rapper's Worst Nightmare (Official Video)



Official video for Theme ft. Ray Vendetta & Tesla's Ghost - Rapper's Worst Nightmare.
You can download the previous EP for FREE by clicking here.

DJ Jabbathakut Ft Spitfire - Look Into My Eyes (Music Video)



Rough video shot in New York for a track taken off DJ JABBATHAKUT'S forthcoming album , look out for this release early in 2014.

https://soundcloud.com/jabbathakut

http://spitfireukofficial.bandcamp.com/

http://outdaboothclothing.bigcartel.com/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Spitfire-uk-official/262305020458925?fref=ts

Upfront - What People Say Ft Res & Chikaya (Music Video)

Truez - Sarcasm (Music Video)



Watch & Listen to Truez gear up for his 2nd Mixtape "Damn My Lifetime" as he unleashes a lyrical demolition on the game.

Produced by. Hennessy Music Group
Directed by. GT Films

http://www.facebook.com/trueznation
http://www.twitter.com/trueznation
http://www.youtube.com/trueznation

Ralph The Architek - RawFare (Ft. Ilohshix, Young & Diabolic)



Download RawFare on iTunes: https://itun.es/i6FL8LG
Limited Edition CD on BandCamp: http://architek.bandcamp.com

RawFare is a single by Ralph The Architek, a hiphop producer/lyricist from The.XS Collective. The Architek is known to craft sonic blueprints for other artists but on RawFare, the beatsmith decided to utilize the microphone and destroy his own beats with raw raps.

This single features Ilohshix & Young from The.XS Collective as well as a special guest by the name of Diabolic; an unrestrained New York-based emcee with an underground cult status. This SG to NY international collaboration aims to bridge gaps across continents with HipHop music.

RawFare is the first single for Ralph The Architek's upcoming EP which lean towards a more hardcore boom bap hiphop sounds laced with raw lyricism.

The single RawFare which also includes the instrumental & acapella versions for remix purposes is now available across various digital music stores:-

Website: http://rawfare.xs1.sg
iTunes: http://itun.es/i6FB9qQ
Bandcamp: http://architek.bandcamp.com
Amazon: http://amzn.to/17vCAd1
Spotify: http://spoti.fi/1aM93Kv
Deezer: http://www.deezer.com/album/7060053

Artists Links:
Ralph The Architek on FB: http://fb.com/thearchitek
Ralph The Architek on Tweeter: http://twitter.com/thearchitekxs
Ilohshix on FB: http://fb.com/ilohshix
Ilohshix on Tweeter: http://twitter.com/ilohshix
Young on FB: http://fb.com/youngxs1
Diabolic on FB: http://fb.com/diabolicfans
Diabolic on Tweeter: http://twitter.com/diabolichiphop
The.XS Collective on FB: http://fb.com/xs.one
The.XS Collective on Tweeter: http://twitter.com/thexscollective

Verbal Kent - Raponomics

Hard beats & hard rhymes; both have been core staples of Hip-hop since the culture’s inception. And while artists of today often circumvent this with gimmicks, an LP that combines the two cannot be denied. It's a simple formula that is and will always be effective.

Chicago's Verbal Kent brings this formula to the masses on his upcoming LP, Sound Of The Weapon, produced entirely by North Carolina's Khrysis. The two have an established track record for bringing fans heat. Verbal Kent is a member of Ugly Heroes, a group with Detroit's Red Pill and Apollo Brown. Together, the three released there self-titled debut LP, Ugly Heroes, in 2013 to critical acclaim.  Meanwhile, Khrysis hails from the 9th Wonder-helmed Soul Council, and has produced for Little Brother, Cormega, Torae, Jean Grae, Tanya Morgan, Evidence, Slum Village, Rapsody, Talib Kweli, Elzhi, Masta Ace, Smif N Wessun, Sean Price and Mac Miller, among others.

Sound Of The Weapon is a 13-track LP packed with raw rhymes and crisp, soulful production. Verbal Kent is not one to hide behind, or need a bunch of featured artists either; and to prove it--there are none on the LP. Instead, he punches his weight throughout the new LP taking on Chicago violence, lesser emcees, and even revealing his own story through the three part track “Now Or Never”. Khrysis keeps the production crisp, with a variety of sounds to keep heads nodding. As an added bonus, the Verbal enlists the aid of 9th Wonder for a bonus track remix of the LP’s title track.


Deshawn Supreme - Take Cover

Take Cover or Take Damage. Real Spittaz are safe. Enjoy #TheDemonstration

Step Brothers (Alchemist & Evidence) - Step Masters (Music Video)



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You get the first single "Step Masters" instantly from both pre-orders!

The debut album from Step Brothers, Lord Steppington is due out 1.21.14 on Rhymesayers Entertainment.

Directed By: Jason Goldwatch http://jasongoldwatch.com/

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J.Brew & Jon Allen - Have a Nice Day (Music Video)

Parallax - Walking On

Sleep (2 Man Cypher) - Project 48 (Music Video)



Download the full album "Queen City Bastards" free at http://2-mancypher.bandcamp.com/

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2 Man Cypher is a two man group consisting of Sleep and Cain from Cincinnati, OH. Also a part of the online supergroup "The Fraternity". Project 48 is a song/video to introduce the 2 lyricists to the rap game.

VNova - Intro (Music Video)



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Sarge f/ Termanology - Shut It Down (Music Video)


Shut It Down f/ Termanology: "Big Music" coming soon...

Stess The Emcee - Original Gangster EP

 On Air Personality - Bad Ass MC - Host of Diggin In the Crates.

 Sundays on Blazin 1023 Tallahassee FL,

Contributor -  JayBlazeShow Greenville NC Kiss 101.9,
Contributor to UGR on 89.7 Tallahassee FL,

Contributor Sean D Show on V96 Valdosta GA

EP Features include Sha Stimuli, Boog Brown, Joe Scudda, C-Red, and Derm DZL as the Rev. Slickgrease.





Second Womb - Merkaba EP

Here it is, folks, Merkaba, the highly anticipated debut EP from the Hip-Hop duo Second Womb. Featuring guest verses from Drew Mills and All Day Jay, Merkaba is destined to cement Second Womb into their own distinct lane of Alternative Hip-Hop .

Second Womb is, Producer, Father Earth, and MC, DookieBrownFlow. Spread the word and keep your ears and eyes open. Much Love!



Keem De La Soul - Army of One


Keem De La Soul of 3rd Dimension performing the song "Army Of One".

AGE - Been Weiiird Since I Looked In The Mirror

This project is a blend of very 90's jazzy sounding instrumentals mixed with lyricism and intricate flows. I view this project as a mental trip.














Fredro Starr - Everyday Hell Produced by Audible Doctor (Music Video)



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D Murph feat. Brando - Holy Ghosts (Music Video)

RoQ'y TyRaiD - ELYSIUM (prod By M Slago)

Fresh off of the release of his Wake Up Show Unplugged Video w/ Sway ,Tech, & Revolution, RoQ'y TyRaiD is here to kick off the year with an ode to the spirit of competition, "Elysium", which hook also pays homage to the legends of yesteryear. The beginning of the song acknowledges a change in the climate of hip-hop, as people once again celebrate artistic excellence. This s--- is "Russel Crowe meets Hustle & Flo" , "dope beats & dope rhymes" as the old L.B. mantra went!!! Gladiator rap. Produced by the talented M Slago . Artwork by Scott David. SINGLE IS OFF UPCOMING ALBUM --- THE DICHOTOMY OF RoQ'y TyRaiD --- enjoy.. 

GIT x HUBBS Times Like This (Music Video)



Off the upcoming GIT x HUBBS "Piece of Mind" LP, to be released 1/21/14.

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John Jay - Are You In



Real Hip Hop: John Jay: "Are You In" Follow @TeamJohnJay