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The Open Call Resin Toy Juried Show is open to any and all artists and toymakers with an original resin toy. All entries will be judged by a prestigious panel of toy art connoisseurs and winners will be awarded fantastic prizes in a variety of categories! No entry fee required, but there are a few caveats to participation.

Requirements for entry:

– Must have examples of previous work (preferably resin)
– Must be original sculptor/creator of entry piece (no platforms/painting existing work)
– Up to three entries/pieces per artist

Final submission deadline is June 3rd, 2011. Please submit all inquiries to info@toyartgallery.com, subject “Open Call Resin Toy Juried Show Submission”.

Panel of Judges include:
John Stokes (spankystokes.com)
Jeremy Brautman (jeremyriad.com)
Ayleen Gaspar (toybreak.com)
George Gaspar (toybreak.com)
Julie B (prettyinplastic.com)

The Open Call Resin Toy Juried Show opens June 10, 2011 and runs until July 1st.

directed by Chris Le | produced by Waes One | single on iTunes | SubstanceAbuseHipHop.com | on Facebook | on Twitter

Eso Tre and Subz are L.A. duo Substance Abuse. The former URB Next 100 picks dropped their debut Brand New Crime in 1998, following up with 2006’s Overproof which featured Motion Man, Saafir and Rasco and received four-star marks from URB and Scratch. “We”re big fans of Tha Alkaholiks and have fond memories of going to the Coast II Coast release party back in the day, so working with Tash was a pretty surreal experience,” says Eso. “We tried to capture a little bit of the vibe from the 21 & Over and Coast II Coast albums with this track but with a more updated feel. We wanted to have a party jam but still keep the lyrical content, and Tash definitely came through in that respect. Tash also was really proactive in coming with ideas for how to flip the video and we appreciate how involved he was in that. We also got to perform with him the night we filmed the final sequence of the vid which was a lot of fun.”

video: Substance Abuse f. Kool Keith, “Night On The Town” (2006)

Substance Abuse ft. MF DOOM, “Profitless Thoughts” (2004)


directed by Thaione Davis
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See-Me-On and Race are veteran Chicago duo The Primeridian, presenting their Tye Hill-produced single from Da Crack-A-Dawn mixtape in conjunction with All Natural, DJBooth.net, Ruby Hornet, and Jugrnaut. Da Crack-A-Dawn features Buff1, Adad, Black Spade, Pugz Atomz, Rashid Hadee and more. Of “Dro p The Needle”, See-Me-On says “The foundation was the drums: pulsating and hard-hitting.”


Mok Vurban, “Just Smoke & Watch”
Roc Marciano, “MVG”
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Beats & Bullets : Soundtrack To A Shootout is a project designed as an instrumental sound score to a shootout cinema/street scene. Features all-star Digi Crates Records producers Kyo Itachi (France), King AL (Sweden), Miedlev (Sweden), Tape Roc (Sweden) and DJ Kryptonite (UK), as well as Roc Marciano of Fat Beats/Decon contributing his production to the project.


The first single from CRY AMERICA, the new album from the West Coast’s best kept secret IamOmni, produced fully by UK trip-hop pioneer TRICKY. Directed by Mark Yamamoto. Omni’s previous albums include collaborations with Fatlip of Tha Pharcyde, Aceyalone and Mikah Nine of Freestyle Fellowship, WildChild of the Lootpack. Their collaboration album is available May 3rd, exclusively at rvca.com.

Says Omni of working with Tricky:


“Working with Tricky has been nothing short of an amazing experience, I worked with him in the past on material and for lightening to strike twice and me being able to do a complete project with him is mindblowing. I am forever in his debt.”


The second video from Murs and Terrace Martin’s collaboration album MELROSE, out today exclusively on iTunes and at mursworld.com.


Peep the whole story online here. Thanks to Gustavo Turner and Liz Ohanesian at LA Weekly.


Dedicated to Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles. The first video from Murs and Terrace’s forthcoming collaboration album Melrose, dropping February 8. Murs and Terrace first worked together on Murs’ 2008 Warner Bros debut Murs For President. “That album was so serious and such an intense process for the both of us, and we just wanted to do something fun and different,” he says. “And as different as we are from one another, we found a common ground in music and women. Add that to the fact we had both just broke up with our longtime girlfriends and were wilding out. So we definitely had a lot material and real life experience to draw from.”


Directed by Jon Mazyck. From Murs & 9th Wonder’s Fornever album. Premiering early 2011 on MTV.


Benchmark Music | Bamboo Bros on Facebook | Kurious Jorge on Twitter | Dave Dar on Twitter

Uptown NYC true school legend Kurious Jorge (of A Constipated Monkey and Operation Doomsday fame) and emcee/producer Superstar Dave Dar, the secret weapon behind many of NYC indie label Rawkus‘ classics, are the Bamboo Bros. Their forthcoming album American Jibaro drops spring 2011 featuring Pete Rock, Talib Kweli and more.


Directed by Cee Brown. Produced by SamIyam. The second video from P.U.D.G.E.’s I Didnt Know!!! U Rap??? album (link) featuring Sum, Voice and Malkovich, and production from Dibia$e, House Shoes, Ras G and more.


Bootsy Collins Art – website

BOOTSY COLLINS, the starry-eyed funkateer who literally put the bass in contemporary music by way of his legendary releases with James Brown, Parliament/Funkadelic and Bootsy’s Rubber Band, has announced the crossing of another milestone in his storied career: the release of the first Bootzilla fine art collection. On December 1, 2010, Collins will unveil the result of a lengthy process involving photography, greenscreen, found images and archived elements, undertaken with the aim of isolating and visually replicating what’s going on in his imagination.

Every piece in this limited-edition line of 300 will be a one-of-a-kind collectible, each bearing a unique funk mantra created and applied to the canvas by Bootsy himself. He will also number and sign each piece, and add his handprints in acrylic paint. Each piece will feature a number of hidden elements for its owner to discover. 250 of the 300 will measure 40″ x 30″, while the remaining 50 will weigh in at a whopping 80″ x 60″. The first 1,500 people to sign up for more information at bootsycollinsart.com will receive a ‘golden ticket’ which will allow them to preview the piece on November 29th, two days before its official public unveiling.

Earlier this year, Collins made waves with the opening of The Funk University (thefunkuniversity.com), the online bass guitar academy masterminded and supervised by Collins himself, with help from guest professors Les Claypool, Meshell Ndegeocello, Victor Wooten, George Clinton, T.M. Stevens, John B. Williams, Divinity Roxx, Thee Ram Jam, Frankie “Kash” Waddy, Bakithi Kumalo, P-Nut and Blackbyrd McKnight. Bootsy’s Funk University is produced by SceneFour, the L.A. creativity house responsible for projects with Al Gore’s Current TV, MTV-U, Nine Inch Nails, the RZA, Marilyn Manson, The Pixies, and Beck.