Cas One - The Monster And The Wishing Well album review

I was blessed with an advanced copy of Cas One's second full-length album The Monster And The Wishing Well. I felt like I was sitting on an incredible new drug and I couldn't wait to give you all this feeling. This record will breathe life into the forever-thirsty masses of knowledge seekers and the underground free radicals alike. It's truly refreshing without the harmful side effects of monotony because it's all natural with no record labels involved, just Cas One and his crew. Cas definitely doesn't walk alone through this 16-track composition. Two of his main production crew consists of his long time friends Eric Hunter and an electro wizard known as Figure, all three of them are straight out of Evansville, Indiana. Unusual suspects Bitter Stephens, Prolyphic & Metermaid

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French producer Alterbeats releases new Class Struggle album

Class Struggle is the sophomore producer compilation from ALTERPROD's in-house producer, Alterbeats. The album expands upon the creative direction as its predecessor The French Revolution, by adhering to a social commentary on class struggle, while addressing the current global economic crisis. The album boasts guests appearances from both legendary and upcoming underground mainstay emcees Tragedy Khadafi, Neek The Exotic, Shabaam Sahdeeq, Copywrite, Rockness Monstah, Bekay, Verbal Kent, Skeezo, and Mic Handz, among others. Class Struggle is now available in both digital format through all major digital retailers, as well physical CD, where it will be sold through several record shops and online outlets. STREAM/DOWNLOAD: Class Struggle - DJBooth.net

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DOOMTREE announces Blowout Nine scheduled for December

It's a tradition in Minneapolis for it to be cold in December and for Doomtree to hold a Blowout - both of those will continue to happen this year. Blowout 9 will be held December 13th, 14th, & 15th at First Avenue Mainroom. Tickets will go on sale Friday, November 1st at noon CST. Members of Doomtree will be at The Depot this Saturday from 2:00-4:00pm selling tickets hand to hand. This year the crew has chosen four charities that the Blowout will be benefiting. They include Tubman Center, Southside Family Nurturing Center, Kicker Project, and True Food Council. When they take the stage together, they're an unstoppable storm of knuckle tattoos, fedoras, high-tops, and sensible flats - they're funny together, desperately serious together, and their loyalty to one another is pa

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Truth Universal releases new single with Rakaa Iriscience

"Since about 1992 I've religiously followed the West Coast Underground. In 1997, living in Bentonville, AR, of all places, and copping 12" records in Fayetteville and Tulsa, OK, I happened on this label ABB. Many are familiar with this label for their release of Little Brother's "The Listening" LP. By frequenting Mission Control in Fayetteville, the shop in Tulsa (I forget the name), and bumping Maxmillion mixtapes, I became familiar with some of my West Coast favorites by virtue of their appearances on ABB records: Planet Asia, Defari, Phil Da Agony, Self Scientific, Krondon, Ahmad Jamal, Superstar QuamAllah, and Dilated Peoples. When I got this beat from Kev Brown and dropped these 8 bar verses on it, the scheme reminded me of "Worst Comes to Worst" by Dilated. I IMMEDIATELY heard Raa

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Mic Crenshaw debuts new video featuring dead prez

Mic Crenshaw and dead prez debuted their collaboration 'Superheroes' this past spring, hitting #2 on rapattacklives single charts. Now they return with a powerful music video to go with it. Directed and produced by Payam Sadri and Kevin Hasenkopf of Salmon 109, the video speaks to the true everyday "Superheroes" that support their families, guiding them to help tackle the current and future problems facing the planet. Mic Crenshaw, born in South Chicago, is one of the definitive Hip Hop Artists to grace the Northwest. Crenshaw spent his formative years battling the emergence of white supremacist gangs in the streets of Minneapolis. Now as a musician, he uses his music, time and resources to help inspire others to take positive paths in their lives. Crenshaw’s non-profit; Glob

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Archie Bang releases new Apollo Creed single for free download

Flatbush representative Archie Bang is not your typical "started from the bottom" story. Yes, his past caught up with him, putting his rap career on hold. But he knows what it takes to make it in the big leagues; after interning at Rawkus Records while in high school, Archie was eventually signed to J Records. Archie originally started as a DJ but then discovered the cash flow he was receiving was mostly recycling back into new equipment. So he opted for the pen and pad, quickly garnering respect from his peers. From honing his skills with the group, Dirty Water, in Little Rock, AR, Archie Bang eventually found himself at the same table as Clive Davis to discuss business. Archie's upbringing in a musical house where his father was a Haitian Jazz musician and his mother constantly pl

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