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”.

 

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“Slained Sick” is founded on a soulful, sample-based beat from producer G Rocka that provides plenty of room for the west coast vet and the Coka Nostra member to roam into some serious dark rhyme territory. In other words, this is some of that really real rap. If this song’s so dope you feel like you need to hear it twice, you’re in luck. Fans can first cop it when it appears on the DJBooth-hosted Event 20/20 Music Series and again when it anchors Jacken’s upcoming Outdated album. For info on the newly-released 20/20 BAS studio monitors, check out Event Electronics’ official site – and keep it locked to DJBooth.net for further entries in the series throughout October and November.

 

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The road to Event/DJBooth.net’s 20/20 album has been paved with dopeness from the likes of Phonte, Exile and Gold Chain Military. The next brick in that road is being paved with the premiere of “Live Ones”, by Beat Junkies turntablist/producer DJ Rhettmatic, and Detroit mic rocker Frank Nitt and Cali representer MED. On top of that, North Carolina-based crew The Away Team present “Terrorist Attack”, produced by Khrysis. While this joint didn’t make it onto the duo’s album, fans can hear more where this came from on the crew’s just-released Scars & Stripes LP. In addition, keep it locked for 15 more DJBooth exclusives leading up to the arrival of Event’s 20/20 Music compilation.

 

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Cali underground rap legend Murs proudly presents the music video for “316 Ways”, premiering today on MTV to celebrate today’s release of 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. 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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As those who have bumped Phonte and Exile’s contributions already know, DJBooth’s new Event 20/20 series has started out with a bang. Well, today we crank up the volume once again with the premiere of Montage Øne and the Gold Chain Military’s head-nod inducing “Black SpaceShips”. The aforementioned head-nodding beat comes courtesy of producer FredWreck, who wraps an organ line around boom-bap influenced percussion to spark the track. Fanning those flames are Gold Chain Military members TriState and Planet Asia, along with GCM general Montage, who throw lyrical jabs on the mic aimed at knocking out glass jaw emcees. Throw in a well-timed hook from Washeyi and you’ve got a cut destined to make hip-hop heads happy twice over: first when it appears on the DJBooth-hosted Event 20 /20 Music Series and again when it anchors Montage One’s 10.6.3 OGX album, due out in January of 2012. For info on the newly-released 20/20 BAS studio monitors, check out Event Electronics’ official site -and keep it locked to DJBooth.net for further entries in the series throughout October and November.
 

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Last week, DJBooth.net and Event Electronics kicked off their 20/20 Series with Phonte‘s “Eternally”. Today, Exile steps into the Booth with entry #2, newly-leaked album cut “Klepto”. A soulfully-produced jam which finds Exile trash-talking his insufficiently dope rivals, the record can be found on new mixtape 4TRK MIND (due out October 4). For info on the newly-released 20/20 BAS studio monitors, check out Event Electronics’ official site—and keep it locked to DJBooth.net for further entries in the series throughout October and November.

 

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From will.i.am to Lil B, Royce Da 5’9 to King Mez, Phonte is nothing less than a chameleon when it comes to the work (and collaborators) he has amassed over the past few years. While fans of his work, the entirety of Little Brother and music in general have already checked out his brand new Charity Starts At Home solo album, one of its standout tracks, Eternally, is being exclusively released for free download as part of DJBooth.net‘s new Event 20/20 Music project. Produced by 9th Wonder, who of course flips a soul sample into a supremely mellow beat, and featuring the always creative Median on the mic alongside Phonte, who’s just as comfortable referencing Pixar as he is ATCQ, Eternally is the first in a series of records commissioned to celebrate the recently re-launched 20/20 BAS studio monitors. Keep an ear out for more exclusive tracks dropping throughout October and November, with our 20/20 compilation album due to blow up your speakers in November. If you’re a fan of dope hip-hop, dope speakers and listening to dope hip-hop on dope speakers, be sure to hit up Event Electronics to learn more about the 20/20s.

 

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RZA‘s canvas sits on the wall facing a display case full of original Picasso plates. Chuck D‘s takes its place beside Salvador Dali‘s celebrated Surrealist Piano scuplture. The Art Of Drums collection occupies the interior wing across from the Marilyn Monroe prints. This is the world-famous Andrew Weiss Gallery in Beverly Hills, home to “Come Together”, a two-month exhibition of the artwork of Los Angeles creativity house SceneFour and its iconic collaborators: RZA of the Wu-Tang Clan, Chuck D of Public Enemy, Bootsy Collins of Bootsy’s Rubber Band, P-Funk and the JBs, Hieroglyphics Crew, DJ Qbert, Shavo Odadjian from System o f a Down, George Lynch, Matt Sorum from Velvet Revolver/Guns N Roses, Frankie “Kash” Waddy from Parliament-Funkadelic, Angelo Moore of Fishbone and Page Hamilton of Helmet. With the help of their legendary friends, SceneFour partners Ravi Dosaj and Cory Danziger are spearheading a new movement in the art world: collaborative art. And based upon the September 14th opening night party, a kick-off to the exhibit which runs until November 1 at Andrew Weiss Gallery in Beverly Hills, the exhibition is set to be a blockbuster.

“Come Together” is unlike anything ever attempted in the art world, as a discerning group of musical icons from rap, hip-hop, rock, heavy metal, and funk worked together over the last several years on their own fine art creation with SceneFour. At the conclusion of each collaboration, the team releases artwork, all numbered and signed by the artist. Andrew Weiss, a legend in the art world for four decades, saw the merit in SceneFour’s collaborative art movement early on. “When Warhol had his factory, people thought it was a joke at the time,” says Weiss. “[The ‘Come Together’ collection] is reminiscent of that. You have the artists, designers and printers all involved in the creation of the art.”

This exhibition marks the first time all of these creations are available to see and purchase in one location. Viewed as a whole, the collection is sprawling, yet unified in tone and vision. RZA, ODB and The Genius reinterpret the American Revolution on Victory Or Death, named “The Greatest Painting Of 2010” by Village Voice. Chuck D stands at the Arizona/Mexico border of an Orwellian America not too far into the future in “By The Time I Got To Arizona”. And the Art Of Drums collection takes a stab into the future of art, using a shortlist of the world’s most acclaimed drummers to literally capture sound on canvas. Opening night’s attendance was unprecedented, with artists like Danger Mouse, David Yow of The Jesus Lizard and Jurassic 5’s Chali 2na present alongside Chuck, Shavo, Q-Bert and the rest of SceneFour’s collaborators.

 

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DD172/BluRoc label head Damon Dash appears alongside his roster – Tabi Bonney, McKenzie Eddy, Ski Beatz, Da$h and Sean O’Connell – in the fifth installment of the exclusive behind-the-scenes peek at the making of Love & Rockets Vol. 1: The Transformation, Murs‘ new album dropping October 11. The Hip Hop & Love Tour kicks off September 27 in Tempe, AZ featuring Murs and the whole gang, and will make its way around the country before wrapping up in Tucson on November 26. Visit HipHopAndLoveTour.com for tour dates and more.