Vinnie Paz releases video for DJ Premier-produced single

On October 22, 2012, Vinnie will release his sophomore solo album God of the Serengeti featuring production by DJ Premier, Havoc (Mobb Deep), Psycho Les (Beatnuts), Marco Polo, C-Lance and more with guest appearances by Scarface, Mobb Deep, Immortal Technique, La Coka Nostra, Army of the Pharaohs, Kool G. Rap, R.A. the Rugged Man and others. The 18-track album promises to add another chapter in the growing legacy of Vinnie Paz's uncompromising brand of hardcore hip-hop. Check out the new video for "The Oracle" here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1wWUsShu2Bo&list=PLB4893150AADC40F4&index=1&feature=plpp_video which is a track produced by DJ Premier. Vinnie Paz's upcoming sophomore solo-album God of the Serengeti is available for pre-order here https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/g

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Tech N9ne heading to Europe on tour in November

European hip hop fans are for a treat who Tech N9ne heads to the other side of the pond next month for his "Live in Europe" tour. Over 22 days, the artist will perform at venues in England, Germany, Finland, France, Belgium, and other countries. 2012 has been a vintage year for the artist, what with commercial successes that independent artists dream of. He was among the top 20 hip hop earners in 2012. He also enjoyed huge success participating in the "Hostile Takeover 2012" tour which had 90 shows over 99 days. Tour itinerary below. 11/08 – Islington, London @ Islington Academy 11/09 – Manchester, UK @ Club Academy 11/10 – Brussells, Belgium @ De Vaartkapoen 11/11 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Melkweg Oude Zaal 11/12 – Cologne, Germany @ Luxor 11/13 – Hamburg, Ger

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Zion I release new album fusing hip-hop and electronic music

Zion I's seventh album ShadowBoxing is now available online and in stores. Zumbi and Amp Live seamlessly blend a mix of Hip-hop and Electronic music together, a task often attempted but rarely accomplished and produced with an organic sound. Zumbi's lyrics creatively express the endurance and perseverance of internal conflicts, a theme present throughout the album named after the same concept. ShadowBoxing features Collie Buddz, Goapele, D.U.S.T., The Grouch & Eligh, Martian Luther, and production from Amp Live, Dexbeats, Traxamillion, and Timeline, along with a Bassnectar edit. Zion I's ShadowBoxing album is available in stores everywhere and it can also be previewed and purchased here http://zionicrew.bandcamp.com/album/shadowboxing or on iTunes now.

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Fearce & BeanOne release "That Aint Hip Hop???" single

Although Seattle's Dyme Def hasn't released new music since last December's full length release of Yuk The World, group members Fearce & BeanOne have been steadily dropping new material, which include their mixtape There Goes The Neighborhood, in addition to several leaks, as well as a hail of videos for their songs "Let It Be," "I Want It All," and "Bully," the latter of which shed's light on the international epidemic. For the duo's latest leak "That Aint Hip Hop???," Fearce challenges your right to judge what is or is not Hip-Hop over BeanOne's moving guitar loops and boom-bap percussion. This song has not been tied to any forthcoming projects, however you can rest assured that more material is underway. "What a feelin' to be a villain, I'll burn your village/ Give music to your

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Skyzoo and Chi-Ali team up for Jansport Strings Remix

In the early-'90s, Chi-Ali created a buzz for himself as a child rapper rolling with the Native Tongues family. (He was the voice behind the Jeff character on certain De La Soul b-sides.) By the time of the new millennium though, Chi’s name was better associated with an appearance on America's Most Wanted after he went on the run following the fatal shooting of someone his sister was dating. It was a rise and fall that resonated strongly with another young New Yorker, Skyzoo, who invoked Chi-Ali's story on his plucky 9th Wonder-produced single "Jansport Strings." Now Sky's pulled off a creative coup by getting Chi-Ali, who was recently released from jail, to rhyme on the remix of "Jansport Strings." The remix showcases Chi-Ali's first freedom rap since he was locked up and has him dec

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Dezert Eez prepare to release Life Illustrated album

Dezert Eez (consisting of members O’Nill, 5-Star & Nivek) took shape at Western Michigan University (Kalamazoo, MI) and all three members have known each other for close to a decade now. The name Dezert Eez (Desert Eagle) is symbolic of a weapon created in Israel and then later brought to the states to be manufactured; much like the "Original Man." In early 2005, Dezert Eez released its first mixtape, The Realness, which won widespread critical praise that focused especially on the group’s lyrics. The buzz leapt to a bigger stage in 2008 when 5-Star teamed up with C-Rayz Walz, Killah Priest (Wu-Tang) and Bronze Nazareth (Wu-Tang) to form The Almighty, which was released on Babygrande Records and featured collaborations with Canibus, Keith Murray, and Planet Asia. In late 2010, D

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