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Diamond District - First Step
(Prod. Oddisee)

Produced by Oddisee. From the upcoming return of Diamond District “March On Washington” October 14th. Diamond District is yU, Oddisee, and Uptown XO.

When Diamond District dropped In the Ruff on Mello Music Group in 2009, the gritty drums and grimy raps combined as elementally as hydrogen and oxygen. The D.C. Voltron of Oddisee, yU, and X.O. dusted off and revitalized a sound once consigned to the catacombs.

Hailed as an instance classic, its impact reverberated throughout the underground and mainstream. The Washington D.C. City Paper called it the city’s best album in many years. During an era when lyricism was deemed too intellectual and samples too dated,Diamond District overturned conventional logic. They preserved the raw and made it righteous.

A half-decade later, the holy trinity has returned with March on Washington. The truths remain timeless. Wisdom over rhythm. Slang turned into testament.

http://twitter.com/MelloMusicGroup
https://twitter.com/ODDISEE
https://twitter.com/yUthe78er
https://twitter.com/uptownxo

Ugly Heroes - “Naysayers & Playmakers”

Produced by Apollo Brown
vocals by Red Pill & Verbal Kent

After Ugly Heroes’ 2013 classic self titled LP, Apollo Brown, Verbal Kent and Red Pill are back again with a new EP coming out August 19th. The new EP features five new songs (including a Murs feature) and 4 bonus track b-sides. Ugly Heroes will also being touring Europe for a few weeks this August, starting with the legendary Hip-Hop Kemp Festival before hitting London and a number of other spots (all the dates will soon be up on the MMG Event Calendar). The new EP will first be available digitally with a vinyl edition to follow late in the year. Original artwork by illustrator Paul Grelet.

http://twitter.com/MelloMusicGroup
https://twitter.com/ApolloBrown
https://twitter.com/BIG_VK1
https://twitter.com/redpillrap

El-P & Killer Mike = Run The Jewels - “Blockbuster Night Part 1”

El-P’s self-produced Cancer 4 Cure reanimated Brooklyn rap last year with his signature lyrical conviction and bruising production; he also handled all of the beats for Mike’s R.A.P. Music LP, which dropped a few weeks earlier. Both won the acclaim of media and fans across the globe and led to 2012′s legendary, hugely successful “Into The Wild” tour. One year later, the duo return to satisfy fan demand and their own creative urges as Run The Jewels, cementing their musical alliance with a full album of uncompromisingly raw, forward thinking hip-hop on Fool’s Gold.

https://twitter.com/runjewels
https://twitter.com/therealelp
https://twitter.com/KillerMikeGTO
https://twitter.com/foolsgoldrecs

R|A - “Us” (ft. TommyBunnz) [Official Music Video]

R|A has finally released the visual to the buzzing song “Us” which features none other than Marble Hill’s own TommyBunnz. The visual was shot in the Bronx by one of the hardest working New York City directors out there, Jaison Blackrose. Watch the video and see why R|A is feeling confident enough to feel no one is stopping him.

Twitter: R|A: https://twitter.com/touchmoney_ra
Jaison Blackrose: https://twitter.com/jaisonblackrose

(Source: youtube.com)

NAVARRO - “Maybe” (Produced by THEMpeople)

Navarro, formerly known as Scheme*, releases new music produced by THEMpeople. Maybe, is a spoken word piece; an audio interpretation from a piece Navarro wrote and released a few weeks ago, which was shared by major Latino websites, as well as NBC Latino news analyst and more. He considered restructuring it into a “rap song format,” but this was not that. This had to stay the way he wrote it; every word. This isn’t anti-police. It is anti-authority figures, taking advantage of their authority. This is a means to understand why some of us have a certain perspective of law enforcers. It is an aide to help us each understand, that what we once were, doesn’t always resonate who we will become.

The painting for the artwork is by artist Chantala Kommanivanh (www.chantalism-art.com).

Written by NAVARRO and THEMpeople
Produced by THEMpeople

Twitter: @SchemeNavarro | @THEMpeoplemusic
Sites: NavarroMusic773.com | @THEMpeoplemusic

*The reason for the name change is due to the refocusing of music in both Spanish and English for Navarro. Scheme wasn’t the easiest name to translate into Spanish for new fans and editorials, so Navarro chose to use his last name as his artist alias starting now. This is his 1st release under Navarro. Same music, only difference is the message is now worldwide. Same rebel, new cause.

Caskey - “Plop Plop” [Official Video] (YMCMB)

Signed to Cash Money a few years back, it looks like Caskey is ready to get some shine! So far from what we hear over hear at ForDaFresh, dude really has lyrics!! Another win for tha Cash Money Team!!

https://twitter.com/Caskey407
Song Produced by: The Avengerz http://www.TheAvengerz.com
Video Directed by Legit Looks

http://bakingwithcaskey.com/
https://twitter.com/TheAvengerz
https://twitter.com/LegitLooks

(Source: youtube.com)

DiV.W - “I Missed The Summer”

(Prod. by J.Good of Str8OutDaDen & Ace Harris)

DiV.W tells the story of his absence from music this summer with a record appropriately titled “I Missed The Summer.” Produced by J.Good of Str8OutDaDen and Ace Harris of PKOneDay, this one will definitely stay on repeat for a while.

Follow DiV.W on Twitter @DivanceW
Follow J.Good on Twitter @Str8OutDaDen
Follow Ace Harris on Twitter @AceHarrisMusic

Kennys keys & ADaD = EULORHYTHMICS - “EXTENDED PLAY”

Kennys keys and ADaD’s first release on ALLNATURALINC.

MCADAD.COM

https://twitter.com/MCADaD
https://twitter.com/KenCarter1987

Shabaam Sahdeeq - “Darkness” (ft. El Gant, Masta Ace, Ras Kass, & Pawz One)

Prod. by Jake Palumbo

SpaceLAB Recordings / 22 Ventures / Marvial Entertainment Presents:

"Darkness" - brand new promotional street single by Shabaam Sahdeeq featuring El Gant, Ras Kas, Masta Ace & Pawz One, available for free download or donation at "Name Your Own Price" via the SpaceLAB Recordings Bandcamp store, right on time for the 2014 Hip-Hop Kemp Festival.

Hip-Hop Kemp will kick off at Festival Park in the Czech Republic Thursday August 21st through Friday August 23rd, and will feature live performances from Shabaam Sahdeeq, Ras Kass, El Gant & Pawz One, plus features from Cee-Lo Green, KRS-One, Dilated Peoples, Onyx, & many, many more.

For more information on Hip-Hop Kemp visit www.hiphopkemp.cz

Courtesy of 22 Ventures Ent., & the artists themselves, all proceeds donated at “Name Your Own Price” via the SpaceLAB Bandcamp store will be donated directly to the Recovery Fund for Lisa Vick, mother of the songs’ producer Jake Palumbo. Ms. Vick was diagnosed early this summer with an aggressive form of breast cancer, as well as the rare blood disease Hemochromatosis. She has recently underwent a double mastectomy surgery, & will begin aggressive chemotherapy this month to begin the long road to becoming cancer-free. Needless to say, medical bills shall begin piling up quickly, & any contributions to the fight no matter how small are valued.

Mama Palumbo sends her love, thanks & support to the hip-hop community for all the emails, Facebook messages & even donations she has received from fans, rappers & the community alike. Get well messages may be sent to bluebug59@gmail.com

For more information on how you can help with the fight against Breast Cancer please visit www.bcrfcure.org or www.cancercare.org

Written by Shabaam Sahdeeq, El Gant, Masta Ace, Ras Kass & Pawz One

@ShabaamSahdeeq
@ElGant
@mastaace
@RasKass
@PAWZ1
@jakepalumbo

Mixed at SpaceLAB Recordings
251 W. 30th Street
New York, NY 10001
(212) 643-4020
www.spacelabrecordings.com
Twitter: @TheRealSpaceLAB
IG: @spacelabrecordings

Lil Bibby – “Free Crack 2”

Download the mixtape here: http://onsma.sh/vzvsm

The Chicago rapper’s new mixtape is available now.

All Lil Bibby knows is hustle on his new mixtape, Free Crack II, which dropped Friday (August 29).

The 15-track set, which is hosted by DJ Drama, features three bonus tracks, including the much-anticipated remix of “Water.”

The Black Metaphor-produced update gets a soulful assist from Anthony Hamiton and a clutch verse from Jadakiss.

“I’m somethin’ like Picasso how I paint pictures, I done touched six figures, I’m the same n—a/ And when you touch seven watch out for these hatin’ n—as, it’s real,” the 2014 XXL Freshman raps.

On tracks like the T.I.-assisted “Boy” and the Juicy J and Wiz Khalifa-assisted “For The Low,” the gruff-voiced Chicago rapper serves up gritty street tales hinged with the pathos that hovers over his beleaguered hometown.

Free Crack II is available for download at Datpiff.com.

https://twitter.com/LilBibby_
https://twitter.com/DJDRAMA