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Jonathan Emile & Kendrick Lamar | MIDI Mafia | Honey Cocaine | Rick Allen (Def Leppard)
Jonezen & Gucci Mane | Substance Abuse & Tash of Tha Liks | Planet Asia| Cab Cabernet
Les Claypool of Primus | Victor Wooten | Stanley Clarke | DJ Nu-Mark | Strong Arm Steady
Rockie Fresh | Exile | Thurz | Stephen Perkins (Jane's Addiction) | Matt Sorum (Guns N Roses)
Toy Art Gallery | R&R Gallery | Rapper Big Pooh & Phife Dawg | 9th Wonder | Fashawn
Verdine White (Earth Wind & Fire) | Super Mart Produce | Kill Paris | Sixo | Roc Marciano
Miz MAF & Freeway | DJ Rhettmatic | Phonte | Quickie Mart | Gypsyphonic Disko
Kurupt & Boldy James | Oh No & Guilty Simpson | Phil The Agony | Shabaam Sahdeeq
China Mac & Jadakiss | Mr. Complex | Radioinactive | Sick Jacken | John Robinson
Myka Nyne | S.O.U.L. Purpose | Ricky B | Larry Graham (Sly & The Family Stone)
Hasan Salaam & Immortal Technique | Rheteric Ramirez | IamOmni | Yamin Semali | DJ Babu
V. Nova & Smif-N-Wessun | Bamboo Bros | Voice | Boycott Blues | Harn Solo | Pavy
Gotham Green, Kool G Rap & Nature | Lodeck & Omega One | Montage One | Signif
J. Rawls & Masta Ace | Maimouna Youssef | Menacin Johnson | J. Ivy | Self Scientific
Super Chron Flight Bros | Hieroglyphics | Black Silver, Ras Kass, Rakaa | Clan Destined
Paranoid Castle | Digi Crates | Jose Pasillas (Incubus) | Sonny Seeza (Onyx)
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Cali emcee Murs presents the Hobostewd-directed music video for “Animal Style”, the Embassy-produced track from his recent BluRoc release Love & Rockets Volume 1: The Transformation. “Animal Style is a song I did for many reasons,” Murs explains. “The first was to be an advocate for people close to me who are out, and those who have yet to come out. It’s also a love song, which is nothing new for me. But with this one I wanted to challenge the listener to ask themselves: Is the love shared by two people of the same gender really that different than the love I have for my partner of the opposite sex? And finally, I just felt it was crucial for some of us in the hip hop community to speak up on the issues of teen sui cide, bullying, and the overall anti-homosexual sentiment that exist within hip hop culture. I felt so strongly about these issues and this song that I had to do a video that would command some attention, even if it makes some viewers uncomfortable. Even if it came at the cost of my own comfort.”
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Detroit producer/DJ House Shoes comes second only to his late collaborator J Dilla as a tireless champion of the D’s contemporary hip-hop scene. He is best known for his King James Version Dilla mixtape and his hectic worldwide touring schedule, working alongside talents like Slum Village and Mayer Hawthorne. Now he presents “Sweet”, featuring emcee and fellow Detroit representative Danny Brown. “Sweet” appears on The Time, House Shoes’ new EP out now on Tres Records. The Time is a precursor to Let It Go, Shoes’ debut full-length production opus featuring OH NO, Alchemist, Roc Marciano, Moe Dirdee, Shafiq Husayn, Big Tone, Black Milk, Guilty Simpson, Nottz, MED, Co$$, Danny Brown, Chali 2na, FattFather, MarvWon, Black Spade, Quelle, Jimetta Rose, J1, SelfSays and Fat Albert Einstein. Let It Go drops June 19.
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Producer/dj Quickie Mart and Ben Ellman of funk/jazz band Galactic are Gypsyphonic Disko, presenting a free download of “Booty Poppin'”, a song from their new free full-length NolaPhonic Volume 2, the New Orleans natives’ second foray into their unique fusion of bounce and Balkan music. “Booty Poppin'” features boucne star Katey Red, widely regarded as the first homosexual rapper and pioneer of “sissy rap”. Quickie Mart produced three volumes of the Haze Diaries mixtape series with East Coast emcee Gotham Green, and recently released Space Monkey Radio EP, five artist-approved dubstep remixes of tracks from Freddie Gibbs, Ricky B,Slightly Stoopid and more. Galactic’s most recent studio album is Ya-Ka-May featuring Irma Thomas, Rebirth Brass Band, Trombone Shorty and more. Volume 2 also features Juvenile, Gift of Gab, Lateef the Truthspeaker and Big Freedia. The GD crew performs Sunday April 29th at Republic New Orleans (828 S. Peters).
LA emcee Radioinactive was part of Log Cabin, the ’90s crew that included a young Murs and Eligh. Rolling Stone and URB co-signed him soon after he rapped as a goat on “Farmer’s Market Of The Beast” from producer Omid‘s 1998 compilation Beneath The Surface, also featuring Dilated Peoples and Freestyle Fellowship. He dropped the solo albums Pyramidi, Free Kamaal and Soundtrack To A Book. He collaborated with his crew Shape Shifters on Shape Shifters Was Here, and Daedelus and Busdriver on The Weather. Now, fresh back from three months traveling the Sahara Desert with a band of Tuaregs, he dons one of Quincy Jones‘ old suits in the Tucker Capps-directed music video for “Mint Tea”, the first single from his forthcoming album The Akashic Record. French duo La Caution produced “Tea”, originally heard as “The A La Menthe” on the soundtrack to the 2004 movie Oceans 12 starring George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts. “Tea” also f eatures 2Mex, the LA emcee known for his work with The Visionaries, Project Blowed, Sage Francis, Slug of Atmosphere and many more. The “Mint Tea” single drops April 9.
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Murs presents “Gods Gone Crazy”, the first exclusive track from Yumiko: Curse Of The Merch Girl, his album and graphic novel collaboration with Josh Blaylock, available only on Murs’ Kickstarter page until this Wednesday. dropping this Wednesday and available only until then on Murs’ Kickstarter page. The album and novel unite to tell the story of Yumi Morales, a girl living the fabled tour life working the merchandise table for her boyfriend Dominick‘s band Murder Acts. The 124-page graphic novel is illustrated by Jose Garcia, written by Josh Blaylock and the ten-song album – whose lyrics are printed in their entirety throughout the novel – is produced entirely by DJ Foundation. Yumiko is available only via the project’s Kickstarter page, where a range of different pledge options will get you everything from the novel and CD to exclusive apparel, custom download cards illustrated by David Mack and Jim Mahfood, and a personal thank-you note and Twitter follow from Murs. Followed by the release of the album and book, an animated music video will officially be unveiled at Murs’ party during the Comic-Con convention in San Diego. “Yumiko is hip hop and comics done correctly,” says Murs of the project. “Comics have always been a huge inspiration to me. And having the chance to publish my own comic is truly an honor. Working with my partners to create this book was a lot of fun and we are looking forward to making our dream a reality with the help of the fans.” Murs can also be seen reviewing recent issues of Batman, Catwoman and Wolverine for G4TV’s Fresh Ink Online blog (click here).