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Wednesday, May 13th, 2015
1:49 pm
Типси Тип - новое видео: Штора Про - Неуловимо (специфическая акустика)
26 апреля в Москве состоялся эксклюзивный живой концерт Типси Типа при участии других исполнителей «Шторы» - объединения музыкантов, которые на одной волне воплощают свое творчество в жизнь.

Уникальность выступления заключается в том, что вместо характерных для рэп-исполнителей битов, со сцены звучали живые инструменты, которые в совокупности со стараниями музыкантов подарили давно излюбленным и широко известным песням совершенно иной характер, подачу, форму и настроение. Привычная уютная обстановка, характерная выступлениям Типси Типа и других участников «Шторы», приобрела еще больше душевности и драйва!

Новое  звучание не оставило равнодушным слушателей, большинство из которых  предложили выпустить  альбом, состоящий из треков, записанных в подобном формате. У каждого из вас есть возможность проникнуться в атмосферу акустической версии концерта, посмотрев новое видео!

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011
12:19 pm

Asia J has done it again, with her new hit single "Lite Them Up". The superstar that Asia J has grown to be, is taking the hip hop World by storm. Lite Them Up is one out of seven singles on her album 13 Scrolls, which in many people's eye sight is a Grammy album.
Asia J has accomplished to beat down all competition in many hip hop charting systems, including reverberation, holding down the number 3 spot next to Da Troopa and Philadelphia's own Meek Mills.
Wow with hits like "Lite Them Up" it's not a surprise why Asia J is blowing up globally and showing up as a feature artist on national and international websites everywhere. The truth about the matter is that, Asia J has what it Takes to make not just amazing songs, but to be seen as a brand name talented and business that will change the music scene for many life times to come.
The official release date for "Lite Them Up" is set for September 6, 2011

Monday, August 1st, 2011
2:18 pm
David Cash - "City of Angels"

David Cash's "City of Angels," is a sobering look at the war that's going on in the inner city neighborhoods of LA that people tend to ignore because of the glitz and glamour of Hollywood. With hard hitting, thought provoking lyrics like "It's a long way from heaven/In the city where the Angel's from/From the streets to Hollywood dreams/In the city of LA/," Cash reminds us that in the place nicknamed the "City of Angels," it's far from heavenly as many continue to fight day to day just to survive the mean streets of LA far from the spotlight of celebs.
The video is simple, but effective and gets its message across with a look at the "other" side of LA where life is much different than many of u can imagine. With a throng of peeps from his streets, Cash's video doesn't add any extras that aren't needed to distract from the main message. Though the song itself has a great beat and is musically solid, it makes the viewer/listener want to think more than dance, accomplishing its purpose with excellence and simplicity in a well -conceived video.

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011
3:42 pm
The Game Takes Flight With David Cash In New Video Release

It's not many newcomers that can step into the arena spitting with the likes of The Game on their debut single or have their mixtape laced with lyrics specifically provided by J. Cole and Pharrell. But David Cash isn't your typical wanna' be artist. The Venice, Cali native on Nu West World Records, is breathing flames into the West Coast rap scene with a style that is infused with heat and fury. His lyrical fire smokes not only the competition, but also any notion that west coast rap is yesterday's news. The City of Angels has birthed a new rap sun, and David Cash is re-birthing the inferno that started it all!
With his new video release "City of Angels" Cash serves up a visual reminder of why southern Cali is the envy of the rap music scene nationally. Fully laying claim to the concept that 'Los Angeles is where you wanna' be,' Cash pierces our senses with a soundtrack and scenery that captures the essence of the land of La La, from the streets of South Central to the sunny shores of Venice Beach. Native son, The Game joins him in the video, adding credence to the emergence of this rising artist, alongside American Idol beauty Asia'h Epperson who lends a sizzling serenade with the song's refrain.
Take flight with the "City of Angels" at http://www.youtube.com/user/NuWestWorld and download "In Living Color" for free at http://www.iamdavidcash.com/

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011
3:56 pm
F.L.Y. DreamStar - "Kush and Pain"

Set in the backdrop of the inner city, F.L.Y. DreamStar’s video “Kush and Pain” is a cool slow tempo hip hop/rap track. The talented rapper uses his rhymes to tell the world that that he’s moving on and up. He proclaims that “Life’s a bitch and she’s having fun with me,” and it does indeed appear that he’s taking it all in stride, having fun and just rolling with it all. Interesting visuals as the video keeps it simple and real, shot mostly on railroad tracks surrounded by trees. The railroad tracks seem to be symbolic of his journey to “move on.” The music is a low mix of guitar and a smooth band, making this a groove that you can drive to or just sit and chill to. It’s a smooth display of this artist’s talents as his flow is unique as well as his voice.

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011
6:39 pm
Precise - "It's On Me"

“It’s On Me” by Hip hop/rapper Precise is one of the freshest tracks to be released in a long time. The video and track are all about taking responsibility for one’s life, family, and community and not blaming your problems on other people. The video begins by showing a loving father going home with his two sons to his wife – a strong black family united and in peace. Shot in various locations like tunnels, a museum, and with murals, snow, and city skylines as the background, this song couldn’t be any more real or needed. The beat and hook are tight, and the lyrics are solid and thought provoking: “Try to blame the other man, but I can’t/If I fail without a plan, guess what? It’s on me.” Precise makes it known that he is mindful of what has been called the lost generation with other lyrics like “Time is standing still, a generation is lost/Blame it on the “C’s” when you know it’s our fault” and “For the youth we struggle/Try to keep them out of trouble.”
“It’s On Me” should make viewers and listeners take a deep look at themselves. It is a hard hitting, no holds barred, but truthful, meaningful and thoroughly entertaining piece of work.

Monday, July 4th, 2011
5:07 pm
"Rucktuk Girl" by Dezi Boyd

“Rucktuk Girl” by Dezi Boyd is a reggae track with just a hint of country to make it interesting. Featuring the rap of Ms. Lady Kane which is perfect and tight, the song is one that you can get your groove on to or just listen to while riding. Unconventional and unique, the song salutes Rucktuk girls who are obviously well liked by this artist with “everything in the right place, and bodies swirling.” The back and forth play between Dezi Boyd and Lady Kane make “Rucktuk Girl” a jam full of flavor, guitar, percussion, and reggae soul.

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011
6:02 pm
Mr. Garth-Culti-Vader - "Windows Tinted Grey"

The video, "Windows Tinted Grey" by hip hop/rap master Mr. Garth-Culti-Vader jumps off with a very nice beat and the chant "Windows Tinted Grey/Rollig down the highway/." It's a smoking testimony to getting your high on in motion. The track is absolutely one that will make anyone hit the dance floor and party hard, and this groove will give you a high all by itself. The SUV/minivan that Mr. Garth-Culti-Vader is driving as he slams down very tight lyrics reminds you of the front of an airplane, but with the way this song and video take off, it's all good. This artist takes the art of making nice beats with cool lyrics to a new level, and the result is funk-tastic!

3:31 pm
Lloyd Banks, Fred Da Godson, & Oun-P Perform At The The Bronx Knows Concert For HIV Testing

For the first time ever, the New York City Department of Health, NYC Knows, Hot 97 and its partners, hosted one of the most talked about concerts in New York: The Bronx Knows Concert for HIV Awareness.
The message of "Stay Safe, Get Care, & Get Tested" was conveyed through a series of PSAs that appeared in the greater NYC area.
The NYC DOH offered free tickets to the concert at the Paradise Theater in Bronx, NY, in exchange for getting an HIV test on or before June 24th -- the headliner of the concert being none other than golden child Lloyd Banks, who, in this past year, has become one of the most prominent forces in hip-hop...so much so, in fact, that none other than the NY Times named Banks (real name: Christopher Lloyd) "the most important rapper" in New York City.
And Banks, of course, kept his steady, stealthy pace at this performance: blazing through a 30 minute set in a deluge of sweat, he ran the gamut from old ("On Fire" & "I'm So Fly," both from his debut album HUNGER FOR MORE) to new ("I Don't Deserve You" & "Start it Up," both from his recent offering, HUNGER FOR MORE 2).
Banks, however, is at his best when he lets his guard down -- when he eschews the groupie-chasing "Blue Hefner" persona in favor of his true person: a wise "G" who has taken the road less traveled (which, as Robert Frost would say, makes all the difference) & has a bit of life experience to impart to the masses.
Other performances included Fred Da Godson, Oun-P, & several local area artists.
FOR EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS FROM THE EVENT, VISIT www.bernadettegiacomazzo.com

Monday, June 27th, 2011
4:47 pm
Blasians Unite On Yani Simone's Hit Single "After Hours"

Atlanta recording artist Yani Simone has released her much anticipated debut single "After Hours" on Outliers Music Group Label (OMG) www.outliersmusikgroup.com. Yani collaborated with up and coming Asian Rapper Vickz on the After Hours single.
Yani, an Atlanta native currently residing in Chicago, is the first artist signed to the OMG record label. Having been in Outliers Music Groups artist development program, Yani has transitioned into a true 360 degree performer being that she is a trained actress, songwriter and recording artist. Yanis songwriting and vocal skills are on display in her new single "After Hours." www.yanisimone.com
"After Hours" features collaboration with Vickz, and seamlessly blends Vickz Urban and Yanis Pop styles, dynamically pumping life and grit into whats sure to be a classic club banger.
Yani has international appeal. Yanis single After Hours is currently playing in rotation on Jango Radio http://www.jango.com/music/Yani+Simone?l=0 where she has accumulated nearly 2500 Fans located throughout the world who has contributed nearly 600 comments about Yani and her music.

Thursday, May 5th, 2011
2:37 pm
Video: O.D - My Town

"My Town" by O.D. is a strong hip hop/rap piece with a fresh flow! With a catchy hook, and a nice flow to the track, O.D. is banging out beats with a steady buildup to get the ballers on the dance floor. The video shows O.D. and his crew in several different public sites in London as he flexes his musical muscle and declares that it's his town. The lyrics are smooth and flow well to good club beats with a nice horn and synthesizer background. The bass is pumping, bodies are bumping, and when you see it, you'll know "It's A London Thing!!!"

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011
9:42 am
Backstory: How NY's Sugar Bar Gave Birth To MarilynMusic's "IMA B A Celebrity"

MusicDish's Eric de Fontenay sat down with MarilynMusic founders Michael Gaines and Casey Conrad to discuss the story behind their latest song "IMA B A Celebrity." Taking a page from the expression coined by the Black Eyed Peas, they describe as poignant, satirical, and fun, but also a really great pop tune featuring vocalist Wallace Gary.
Casey & Michael met Wallace at the Sugar Bar, a venue owned by the legendary singer/songwriter team Ashford & Simpson one Thursday night while searching to replace a singer for the song. Casey notes "we needed someone with more chops and more power." Wallace, who has sung backup for Ashford & Simpson, Chaka Khan, and others, was performing that night... the rest was musical history.
"IMA B A CELEBRITY" is available for purchase at iTunes at: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/ima-b-a-celebrity-feat-wallace/id429255018 and at Amazon.com at: http://www.amazon.com/Ima-Celebrity-feat-Wallace-Gary/dp/B004UCMAJS/ The video can be viewed on the MusicDishTV YouTube channel at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hqLL9O4PRYk

Friday, April 8th, 2011
10:36 am
MTHDS - "Positive Movement"

The video "Positive Movement" from Colorado based hip hop and funk group MTHDS (Music That Heightens Different Senses) features the six member group (L, Don Dilly, Johnny, Neil, Chip and Durtee) dressed as zombies, bloodied by the battle of life. But a funky beat, great harmony and absolutely positive lyrics soon reveal the intended message: "Never in my life did I imagine there'd be peace/In a world of poverty and constant tragedy/Then I found music and used it as release/Started a movement and started spreading positivity". The desire for positivity and unity, the ultimate theme of the video and song, are creatively expressed in a manner that captures and hold the viewer's attention. With pop/hip hop/rock influences, the video shows the group members in various acts of kindness and humanity – everything from rescuing a cat and returning it to its owner, to a scene where a mass of people are engaged in fellowship and unity, and finally to clips of the band playing live. It's a great song, a great video, and a message that needs to be spread widely and continuously.
The video was filmed, directed and produced by Ryan Gaddis, Tyler Kellogg, Laura Hemler, and Joe Deats (CAM Records/UCD).

Thursday, March 31st, 2011
2:38 pm
MarilynMusic Releases Hip Hop-Dance Single & Video "IMA B A CELEBRITY"
Songwriting, production and publishing company MarilynMusic announced the release of their latest single "IMA B A CELEBRITY" on iTunes and Amazon, as well as video release on YouTube. The song and video feature the vocal talents of Wallace Gary, who has worked with such esteemed artists as Ashford & Simpson and Chaka Khan. Gary is also the vocalist on other upcoming MarilynMusic tracks, including "Jump" and "Calling All Girls".
"IMA B A CELEBRITY" is available for purchase at iTunes at: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/ima-b-a-celebrity-feat-wallace/id429255018 and at Amazon.com at: http://www.amazon.com/Ima-Celebrity-feat-Wallace-Gary/dp/B004UCMAJS/ The video can be viewed on the MusicDishTV YouTube channel at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hqLL9O4PRYk&NR=1
Saturday, March 19th, 2011
12:28 pm
Jesse Dangerously - Humble and Brilliant
With his latest report, Humble & Brilliant, Jesse has authored a text that is at once a manual, a novel, a treatise, an open letter, a critique and a confession. He is the hip hop Schopenhauer-slash-Rabelais, and he’ll leave you breathless with dazzlement and shame. Jesse is tortured by his own brilliance, and appalled by the myriad transgressions of wack and mutinous MCs everywhere. Yet his sense of humour is very much intact, and there’s always a hint of a smile shading his litany of invective. - Buck 65

Track listing (and links to listen to individual songs)

1. file_id.diz
listen to it because: It samples Kimya Dawson
amazing line: Believe me, I don't need to be too conceited. I just believe in myself, like Jesus joined Jews for Jesus.

2. Professional Widowmaker
listen to it because: My ex-husband's name is played backwards in it.
amazing line: Your mouth falls open, all hopin’ forever wrecked. Kids get sick of you like Paul Hogan in retrospect.

3. Halifax Rap Legend
listen to it because: It shouts out to Hope Larson!
amazing line: I know you’re thinking, “What’s with the macho shit, Jesse D? You’re more like the opposite!” Yes indeed, but I uh thought it was... funny?

4. Tim I said no guests!
listen to it because: Tim and Jesse have such adorable chemistry.
amazing line: We deliver shows to the third dimension to make ‘em say, “EAU,” like thirsty Frenchmen.

5. Bring Your Girlfriend To Rap Day
listen to it because: I RAP ON IT AND DO A TAPDANCE SOLO!
amazing line: Jesse D and I are aces when our faces hurt from smiles, spending hours in the grocery store, rolling in the aisles. [THIS IS MY LINE! I WROTE MY OWN RAPS]

6. Holocaust Cloak
listen to it because: kira_lynn does shouts on it! So does liliyuki ! And me!
amazing line: I must have been sick the day they asked everyone to answer the question of whether to mess with the Status of Women Canada. If that isn’t bad management of the mandate the land handed ‘em, dammit, son, then I’m not Jesse D: the most handsome man on planet Earth (and I am, for sure).

7. How Shall I Send Thee?
listen to it because: The drums will blow your mind
amazing line: You digital, hexadecimal, intellectually less-than-vegetable...Since when is this respectable? It used to be detestable and wack to lack keenness. I grew up idolizing Black geniuses!

8. Write Protected
listen to it because: It's a fascinating exploration of Jesse's difficulty forming memories
amazing line: My video cam is gonna shoot you, so you can live forever in the future. I practise permanent taxidermy and that way, I know I’ll never lose you

9. Mudane Arcana & Eldritch Lucidity
listen to it because: It finishes with a sample of the best moment in television history.
amazing line: Tuesday: Blues at bay from the radio morning show mediocre media rodeo, here we go!

10. Make Hymn Cry
listen to it because: The lyrics are from a Ralph Ellison short story
amazing line: Yes, I'll kill it. I'll make it cry. Even if it's God, I'll make God cry. I'll kill him. I'll kill God, and not be sorry.

11. Triptych I: Hot Commodity
listen to it because: Jesse is a rapping Andrea Dworkin apologist
amazing line: I admire strangers as objects in proxy sex but is it dangerous? The answer's not yet obvious, but how could it not be yes? So is it like cars where we shrug and accept the casualties? Why is it men can fuckin' dismiss the threat so casually?

12. Triptych II: Hot Property
listen to it because: It will break your fucking heart
amazing line: The responsibility becomes an afterthought when one remembers the reasons they should've stopped; there's no pretending that you forgot.

13. Triptych III: Cold Comfort
listen to it because: It's an examination of intoxication from someone who doesn't drink
amazing line: The drama was a waste? I think not. I promised her a place to drink scotch and monitor the plot of the modern Madonna's honour guard. They thought of her as common, but hot as a sauna – not a problem.


That's the whole thing!! Please check in out, even if only the songs that sound the most compelling to you. 

If you want to buy it (support!), you have two great options here:

1. $7 as just a download
2. $10 to also get a chapbook with lyrics, liner notes, and a forward by Buck 65

This album is a really big deal.

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011
5:50 am
JOMO - What I Want

JOMO’s hip hop track “What I Want” isn’t your average hip hop song. Featuring clever lyrics that are backed up by a strong beat and a nice hook, including horns that come in and really put the funk in it, “What I Want” packs a lyrical punch and is actually reminiscent of 2Pac’s sound.

Monday, October 18th, 2010
2:13 pm
Beatbox in da MIKS

Promo music- video for cafe MIKS, St.-Petersburg, Russia

Gookie Crew VS unknown russian babushka, bhah)))
Friday, January 29th, 2010
2:30 pm
Friday, December 18th, 2009
3:10 am
J-Urban Music Downloads
You must join yakuza_alley in order to download any of the music below.

Noa - LUCY LOVE -Season II-
TIGARAH - The Funkeira goes BANG!
Sweet Vacation - pop saves the world!!
SAKURA - Real Love
Yumi Shizukusa(滴草由実) - ENDLESS SUMMER
m.o.v.e - anim.o.v.e 01
MEG - journey
capsule - FLASH BEST
Sweep - I'm READY
cro-magnon - 4U
DJ Honda - dj honda IV (Japan Edition)
MoNa(Sad Girl) - Sadgirl on the streetRead more...Collapse )
Wednesday, November 25th, 2009
9:57 pm
June 2009 J-Urban Albums
To get any of the albums below, click here! You must join yakuza_alley in order to view the page.

Nao - The Light
"E"qual - DOPE BOY
0 SOUL 7 - zero soul sevenⅤ
Daisuke Mori(森 大輔) - the PRESENT
GReeeeN - 塩、コショウ
54-71/Kool Keith - Idea Of A Master Piece
COPPU - One placeRead more...Collapse )
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