SA Martinez of 311 launches Los Stellarians side project

SA Martinez (vocalist / DJ of 311) and musician/producer Ryan Siegel have joined forces as Los Stellarians. Los Stellarians' debut album Cholo Soul (out 8/26) is a collection of covers of soul songs from the '70s - and a tribute to some unheralded masters of classic soul and funk. Martinez curated the project and is lead vocalist. Siegel handled recording and production along with rhythm guitar, bass, keys and backing vocals. "In many ways, this has been a dream album," Martinez admits. "I've always wanted to do a covers record of songs that inspire me on a soul-enriching level. There was a definite focus in mind, which was to cover some of the more underplayed sides of the American Soul canon."          "I've been an avid vinyl collector for

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Ugly Heroes Announce New EP + Single

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 be 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. Please visit https://soundcloud.com/mellomusicgroup/ugly-heroes-naysayers-playmakers to check out the new single by Ugly Heroes now.

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Blueprint releases new video from his Respect The Architect album

Blueprint just finished his final leg of his Respect The Architect Tour in Albany, New York on July 11, 2014, but he's making sure the party doesn't stop and continues to drop stellar videos from the new album, which is still resonating through the music community. The official video for Perspective was just released by Weightless Recordings and has Printmatic rapping humbly on a cityscape rooftop under some awe inspiring storm clouds. As Blueprint raps, he's backed by his own production as always, and this time he's armed himself with harmony featuring a gospel inspired choir and some soulful keys. The message is quite simple and clear: we are all equal on this earth and should act accordingly. Please visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9dx1gMTn7DQ&feature=youtu.be

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Illa Ghee releasing album featuring hip hop veterans

Longtime Brooklynite lyricist Illa Ghee is getting ready to release his third solo full length LP, Social Graffiti, which is set to drop through the Brooklyn emcee's IMOR Entertainment imprint on July 8th. The album features guest appearances from industry veterans Sean Price, O.C., Fame (of M.O.P.), Guilty Simpson, JuJu (of The Beatnuts), Royal Flush, General Steele (of Smif-n-Wessun), and boasts production from legendary beatsmiths such as Large Professor (Nas, Busta Rhymes), Ayatollah (Mos Def, Ghostface Killah) and Team Demo (50 Cent) among others. Check out the official track list below. 01. Social Graffiti (Intro) (prod. by William Giovanni) 02. Salute The General (feat. Fame) (prod. by DJ Skizz) 03. Speak To 'Em (feat. Sean Price) (prod. by Crummie Beats) 04. Murda B

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