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In his college years, Grammy/Emmy-award winning J. Ivy was known around campus and his native Chicago simply as “The Poet”. Soon after, he was storming the stage of Russell Simmons’ Def Poetry, soon followed by the studio where Kanye West and Jay-Z invited him to guest on “Never Let Me Down”, a track on Kanye’s Grammy-winning College Dropout album. He has performed and collaborated with everyone from RZA to Erykah Badu to Bo Diddley to Martha Stewart. He gave the soul singer formerly known as John Stephens the name John Legend. His voice and lyricism have been heard on national programs like the TV show ER, HBO Boxing, and Sunday Night Football. And now, he proudly presents the music video for “War”, as seen on MTV Jams. “War” is a track from his latest album Here I Am, released on Ivyous Entertainment. J. can also be seen as a host on the new segment of Fuse Network’s Hip Hop Shop.

 

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Making its world premiere as the 18th entry in The DJBooth and Event Electronics 20/20 Music Series, this newly-leaked album cut from Strong Arm Steady comes backed by a sampled instrumental that’s smooth even by Statik Selektah’s lofty standards. Over the Boston heavyweight’s dreamy strings and delicate piano chords, Krondon, Mitchy Slick, and Phil Da Agony drop witty, ever-so-slightly blunted rhymes about their skills, their home streets and their witty bars. Those who think Classic lives up to its title can find it, and much more besides, on the crew’s StereoType LP, scheduled to drop in December. Look forward to two more 20/20 entries before the month’s end.

 

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It’s getting harder and harder to ignore the effects of human carelessness on the world around us. Unwilling to sit back and watch as everything goes to sh*t, Ras Kass raises consciousness regarding the former issue while doing his part to combat the latter on single numero uno off his forthcoming full-length. Making its world premiere as entry #17 in The DJBooth and Event Electronics20/20 Music Series, this jam finds Doc Hollywood crafting a dreamy, retro-informed instrumental backdrop (complete with an eerily familiar sitar riff) as the Cali underground mainstay uses ecology as a springboard for some characteristically irreverent, allusive lyrical flames. Holes is just one of many quality cuts set for inclusion on Ras Kass’ FILA (F*ck It Loseit All) LP, which is set for a December release. Additionally, keep it locked for further world premieres throughout the remainder of November.

 

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Making its world premiere as the 14th entry in The DJBooth andEvent Electronics20/20 Music Series, this newly-released single finds the Cali spitter admonishing listeners against letting the lust for luxury goods get the better of their ethical principles. Frequent collaborator Ro Blvd does his thing on the production tip, crafting a heavily syncopated synth-percussion groove to back the U-N-I alum as he recounts how two enterprising (and girl-crazy) youths’ scheme to “dress high-end off of credit-card scams” backfired when the boys in blue caught wind of their con. A sage cautionary tale and a dope record to boot, this joint is exclusive to the 20/20 Music Series. Fans can look forward to further DJBooth-exclusive entries throughout the remainder of November.

 

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On November 15, Jane’s Addiction drummer Stephen Perkins will present his first foray into the world of visual art with “Time”, the second collection in the groundbreaking “Art Of Drums” series, which puts the musical masterstrokes of the world’s most respected drummers literally onto canvas. “Drums” is the brainchild of SceneFour, the Los Angeles-based creativity house that has spearheaded the ‘collaborative art’ movement through groundbreaking canvas work with the likes of RZA of Wu-Tang Clan, Chuck D of Public Enemy and Bootsy Collins. G’N’R/Velvet Revolver drummer Matt Sorum was responsible for the first collection, and Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen and P-Funk sticksman Frankie “Kash” Waddy are among the other world-class talents slated. Learn more about “Time” at TheArtOfStephenPerkins.com.

 

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Cali underground rap legend Murs proudly presents the music video for “S.K.I.B.E.A.T.Z.”, his newest from Love & Rockets Volume 1: The Transformation, his new album produced entirely by Ski Beatz, the man behind classic tracks for Jay-Z, Mos Def, Camp Lo and many more. The song also features Bay Area emcee Locksmith. Love & Rockets comes courtesy of BluRoc, the fledgling imprint headed by ex-Roc-A-Fella co-owner Damon Dash, who also counts rappers Tabi Bonney and Da$h, singer McKenzie Eddy and musician Sean O’Connell on his roster. The BluRoc crew is currently on the road for the MTV/Sirius/Adidas-sponsored Hip Hop & Love Tour, on track to hit 50+ cities between September 27 and November 26. Love & Rockets‘ cover art was designed by Dave Barnett, the talent behind covers for Curren$y‘s Pilot Talk series. The album features O.C., Dee1, Tabi Bonney, Ab-Soul and Locksmith, and is available on iTunes, Best Buy and mom ‘n pops worldwide.

 

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Los Angeles based duo Self Scientific are concerned with one thing and one thing only: partying in expensive clubs. Actually, what I meant to say is that Chace Infinite and DJ Khalilare only concerned with the exact f**king opposite, as new release State of Man, making its worldwide premiere right now, once again so aptly illustrates. Behind the board Khalil puts together a simultaneously spacey and darkly epic beat that see-saws between synths, strings and pounding percussion. It’s the perfect backdrop for Chace to deliver lyrical reminders that we the people – not politicians, not preachers – are the ones who truly possess the power to improve our current state. Fans can also find this cut and much more dopeness on Self-Scientific’s Fear & Propaganda album, due out in January of 2012. In the meantime, keep it locked for further entries in the Event 20/20 Music Series throughout October and November, and click here to learn how you can win a pair of Event’s new 20/20 BAS monitors.

 

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On “Classical Music”, REL!G!ON reached out to his four favorite emcees – Ras Kass, Planet Asia, Jasiri X and Torae – and created a fictitious rap super group called the “Dangerous Alliance” based on the famous sports entertainment wrestling stable of the same name. “Hearing these four rappers together is a dream. When I was younger I would imagine rap superstar stables, guys that I thought would sound nice together. I do the same thing with wrestlers, it’s very serious for me,” says REL!G!ON. He sent the instrumental first to Ras Kass’ people, then sent that edit to Torae’s people, then Planet Asia jumped on, followed by Jasiri X. The result is “Classical Music”, four of the hardest lyricists over a REL!G!ON beat that he says he uses to secure victory in beat battles. “I would love it if these guys would join together and form a supergroup. I would produce that in a second. They all have their own style but the one thing they have in common is hard ass lyrics! I’m going to try and make that happen”, says REL!G!ON. “Classical Music” (The Dangerous Alliance edit) is featured on REL!G!ON’S soon to be released album called REL!GULOUS through Wandering Worx Music.

 

What would rap be without The Guns? Though many would rather firearms didn’t loom so large in hip-hop’s visual and aesthetic lexicon, the bloody consequences of their prevalence in the inner-city streets makes them tough to ignore. On his latest album leak, and the 10th world premiere in The DJBooth and Event Electonics’ 20/20 Music Series, Oh No tackles the“real-life horror” of gun violence head-on. Over his own diabolical boardwork, jam-packed with cap-busting sound effects and laced with classic vocal samples (from 2Pac‘s 3 Messages, Ice-T‘s Colors and other classics) the Oxnard, Cali rapper/producer is joined on the mic by three fellow underground spitters; Stone’s Throw labelmate MED, St. Louis representer Pok Dog and Motown emcee Guilty Simpson lend their own aggressive lyrical stylings to the record’s latter portion. Keep it locked for further entries in the Event 20/20 Music Series throughout November.

 

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As those who tuned in for Rapper Big Pooh‘s last Booth feature are already aware, the Little Brother alum doesn’t give one iota of attention to what They Say —which is a damn shame, since “their” (that is, Booth readers’) reaction to the record, single numero uno off the artist’s forthcoming full-length, were overwhelmingly positive. Or perhaps word did get around to the N.C. mainstay—in any case, he’s giving his people more of what they’re clearly craving in the form of a fresh remix, making its world premiere on our front page as entry #9 in The DJBooth and Event Electronics 20/20 Music Series. Joining Pooh to showcase their own mic skills (and their non-f*ck-giving attitudes) over jazzy, string-laced sample work are two fellow crew members-turned-solo spitters: Tribe Called Quest emcee Phife Dawg gives us a window into his professional life on the middle, and Slum Village‘s T3 brings the record home with a poetic closing verse. Fans can find the original version of this cut and much more on Pooh’s Dirty Pretty Things LP, due out Nov. 1. Keep it locked for further entries in the Event 20/20 Music Series throughout October and November.

 

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If DJ Babu and Trek Life were books, the Dilated Peoples DJ/producer and the West Coast rhymesayer would be shelved in the Non-Fiction section—they’re simply too real to fit in anywhere else. The eighth exclusive world premiere in DJBooth and Event Electronics’ ongoing 20/20 Music series, this gritty selection finds Babu crafting a slow-rolling synth-sample beat (complete with a hook sampled from U.T.F.O.‘s classic Leader of the Pack) to back Trek’s unfettered display of lyrical aggression: “ Loadin’ up rhymes and start blastin’ / I spit with a passion, so my comparison to guns is more realistic than you imagine.” The end result is a hard-hitting, gimmick-free banger sure to impress anyone with a taste for that raw ish. Those who like what they’re hearing can keep it locked for further entries in the Event 20/20 Music Series throughout October and November, as well as heading over to Event’s official site for information on their new 20/20BAS Monitor Speakers.

 

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Fresh from his western Canada tour, Jasiri X leaks a free single from his upcoming Ascension album with REL!G!ON called “Pittsburgh Press”. Jasiri spits the ugly truth about street life in Pittsburgh. While in Canada Jasiri X had the opportunity to finally meet REL!G!ON in person, and shot a video for another single called “Raise Your Flag”.