The Local Love Corner: WAKE SELF

 Shining Some Light on the Nation's Up and Coming Emcees WAKE SELF of Albuquerque, New Mexico Andy "Wake Self" Martinez has been instrumental in expanding Albuquerque's local hip-hop scene for years now. From his project with Zoology to his recent solo efforts, his concentration on the hip-hop community has been intense. His time to shine has arrived and it's no coincidence his first video off of his new upcoming album, Healing Process, is for the track, "Sunshine." The positivity he radiates is infectious and he's got the skills to prove it. Martinez took a second to talk to RAPstation about Gang Starr, the first time he heard A Tribe Called Quest and his healing process. –Kyle Eustice There are so many "rappers" these days. What sets y

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2013 Winter NAMM Show - reviewed by Paul Cortez

2013 Winter NAMM Show and Music Production's Hottest Products for the upcoming year By Paul Cortez for RAPstation.com The 2013 Winter NAMM Show has officially ended, but, as always, left us wanting more. Rather than just focusing on the free key chains, there are guest lectures and appearances, music education sessions, and after parties (with a particular special appearance by Stevie Wonder, who couldn't help but jump on stage and show us why we write about him on history books). This year, we have concentrated on the highlights of the show that will help you kick off the year with an eye on the upcoming products to make your music the freshest sound, whether beginner or professional. Not to mention, new toys for your studio make you feel like it's Christmas all over again. For

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BLU to release deluxe cd & vinyl edition of No York

Los Angeles emcee Blu's oft-delayed masterpiece has been the talk of the internet for years, but has never seen a proper retail release. Now, the album (which includes production from Flying Lotus, Exile, Shafiq Husayn of Sa Ra, Daedalus, Dibia$e, and Samiyam) will be released in deluxe CD and vinyl editions, available on March 26th, 2013. CD includes 12-page booklet plus an exclusive poster, and the vinyl comes in a limited-edition four-LP set with three non-CD bonus tracks. All pre-orders include instant free download. Please visit https://store.nature-sounds.net/store/bluyork/ to pre-order the album and check out the official tracklist below. 1. Doin Nothin (ft. U-God) (prod. Flying Lotus) 2. Everything's OK (ft. Jack Davey) (prod. Flying Lotus) 3. Everybody Nose (ft. S

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Demigodz prep official debut album for March release

It's been over a decade since Demigodz took the Hip-Hop world by storm with the release of there Godz Must Be Crazy EP in 2002. That EP resulted in the group being courted by a slew of major labels and would eventually result in Apathy inking a solo-deal with Atlantic Records. While signing to Atlantic as a solo artist may have seemed like a bad deal for group, Apathy readily assures it only strengthened the Demigodz' relationship. "I know people would probably assume that's wack, but Celph and I were completely fine with it. We're like Redman and Method Man, or Ghost and Rae, we're partners no matter what. Celph was worked into the contract and was happy, because he didn't really wanna make that jump yet, but we do stuff regardless, so it was a perfect scenario," says Apathy. In the r

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Hannibal Stax releases new DJ Premier hosted mixtape

Brooklyn rhymesayer and GangStarr Foundation member Hannibal Stax has come together with The DJBooth to bring listeners his latest street release, The Honorable Mixtape. Hosted by DJ Premier and mixed by PF Cuttin, the project packs 25 tracks worth of original records and freestyles from the underground emcee. Included is previously-featured lead single "Str8 Smashin." The Honorable Mixtape features guest appearances from Afu Ra, H. Stax, NYG'z and Torae and the late, great Guru. In addition to production by DJ Premier, the project features beats by Marco Polo, Mike Rone, PF Cuttin and Si Spex. Please visit http://www.djbooth.net/index/albums/review/hannibal-stax-the-honorable-mixtape to download now and check out the official tracklisting below. 01. DJ Premier - The Honora

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REKS preps upcoming Revolution Cocktail mixtape

Never one to bite his tongue for anyone REKS is starting this new year off with select words for those who extend one hand while holding the dagger in the other. Brought to you by garglegrenades.com, 'Revolution Cocktail' is a warm up for what promises to be another productive year for REKS . With "Judas," produced by California's monster beatsmith Lee Bannon, we have the first leak off of REKS "Revolution Cocktail" mixtape which will be released on iTunes on 1-22-2013. Please visit https://soundcloud.com/macmediapromo/reks-judas-produced-by-lee to check out REKS new single and make sure to follow him on Twitter @therealreks.

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