Kevin Cossom: KC Takes Over NYC (Video)

Singer/Songwriter Kevin “KC” Cossom recently spent 3 days in NYC on a promo tour for the release of his brand new mixtape “By Any Means”. Starting with a mixtape signing party in Brooklyn at Vinnie’s Styles, and then an interview on 98.7 Kiss FM with the legendary Lenny Green. Followed by online media interviews, photo shoots, a live show for BET Music Matters, and a listening session for his next release “Hook vs. Bridge 1.5″. We accompanied KC throughout the 3 days and are proud to present to you the Official promo tour series: Kevin Cossom – KC Takes Over NYC.

Here is part 2 — featuring clips from his interviews with DrJays.com, TraceTV, KarmaloopTV, a photoshoot with ConcreteLoop, his performance for BET Music Matters and more. Check it out!

Khaizer Noel: California Dreaming (Prod. Lucky Dice)

Yea it’s late…oh well. Since you are here though, peep this Khaizer Noel jawn entitled “California Dreaming,” produced by Lucky Dice. This cut comes off Khaizer Noel’s forthcoming project titled “Rather Unorthodox.” Khaizer Noel is a Flatbush native but, refers to “California Dreaming” as a lifestyle, a way of life, living out your dreams no matter what obstacles you been thru, wanting more for ones self outside of the hood, obstacles, and a harsh environment.

Download: Khaizer Noel – California Dreaming (Prod. Lucky Dice)

Neako: LOUDpack: TREE (LPTree)

Neako has delivered the third project in his LOUDpack series, LOUDpack:TREE [LP:TREE], which includes 11 original songs and 11 remixed and remastered tracks from LOUDpack2:HIGHlights. Staying with the theme of the LOUDpack series, Neako takes inspiration from a variety of composers and artists like Woodkid and Fela Kuti. LOUDpack:TREE features Juicy J of Three 6 Mafia and several of Neako’s World Team Olympics artists, with production from the artist himself, Cashous Clay, Talen Ted, Chase N Cashe, and more. – DJBooth

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Diamond District: In The Ruff (Intrumentals)

Last week MMG gave fans a free download of Mental Liberation, and to continue the series, this week we are giving away the classic Diamond District “In The Ruff – Instrumentals” free all week!

The group, composed of three DC members, Oddisee (Producer & Emcee), yU (Emcee), and X.O. (Emcee), dropped the critically acclaimed album with MMG in late 2009 and never looked back. Currently the group is in production on their follow up album “March On Washington” which is expected late this year!

The 15 track album was produced by Oddisee with a few dope guest producers for good measure: Kev Brown, Dunc of DTMD, and Slimkat78.

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Pistol Mcfly: Bong Rips & B.A.R.S (Mixtape)

If you are looking to treat your soul with some good music, then you my friends have come to the right place. If you didn’t know before, you will now. So let me “YNMD” introduce you to Pistol Mcfly a 21 year old straight outta South Central. #POW!

This mixtape will leave you with quatables for days. Pistol displays both conscious thinking, metaphorical word play that rivals some of the best. He displays a fun relaxed vibe and spirit as you dive into his sound with ease. Sit back and get in the zone with this one!

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Gotham Green & El Prez: Inhale (Prod. Twigg & Stone)

#POW! This ish goes!

Gotham Green and El Prez have come together to bring you all the “Inhale EP”. The 6 track project consists of them two switching verses back and forth with only one song having 3 features. Presented by Ashley Outrageous & DJBooth.net, here is the first leak off of the project entitled, “Inhale”. You can download the EP in it’s entirety this coming Thursday, May 5th! – Ashley O

Download: Gotham Green & El Prez – Inhale (Prod. Twigg & Stone)

SMKA’s The 808 Experiment: Vol.3 Release Party (Event)

Always gotta show love to my SMKA fam.

This is one of the livest hip-hop events in Atlanta. SMKA’s annual project – The 808 Experiment – brings some of the best hip-hop artists in Atlanta and beyond together on one project and for one night at the Loft. Now in it’s third year SMKA brings the event to the Loft… and include performances from over 15 different artists with SURPRISE GUESTS in store.

$10 Tickets Available @ Vinnie’s Style (Little 5) or New Era Flagship…… Store [Very Limited]

$15 = Pre-Sale

$18 @ the Door

$50 = VIP (Includes Access to VIP Room with Artists, Media and Free Stuff) [Limited]

Purchase: SMKA’s The 808 Experiment: Vol.3 Release Party (Tickets)

4-Ize: People (Prod. Von Pea)

The Unique Squared Mobile Studio team is now set to begin the promotional campaign for The Official SXSW Mixtape, presented by Quality Control Marketing & UniqueSquared.com. Following the precedent set by the first Unique Squared Mixtape, Mobile Studio brainchild Amond ‘AJ’ Jackson, along with Program Director Soul Wallace were determined to set the bar once again. For the mixtape’s first leak, the ATL beast 4-Ize links up with Brooklyn producer Von Pea of Tonya Morgan to bring us ‘People‘. This song also serves as the music to their SXSW recap video, which you can view below. Be sure to download “People” and check the cover artwork as viewed in your iTunes media player to receive your 10% off discount code, good for any purchase at UniqueSquared.com!

Download: 4-Ize – People (Prod. Von Pea)

Kokayi Feat. Substantial & Tamara Wellons: Summery

There is no feeling like the first summery day after a long, arduous winter, and Kokayi’s latest single, “Summery,” is the anthem for that feeling. The Grammy-nominated Washington D.C. native has been shining brightly as a multi-faceted musician since he debuted in 2007 with Mass Instructions, with side projects ranging from recording tracks for ESPN with Stalley to becoming an in-house producer for QN5 Music. His last album, Robots & Dinosaurs, released late last year, was highly acclaimed across the board, and his video for “RoxTar” recently garnered a mtvU.com Freshman Five win.

Now, as Kokayi preps a remix EP for Robots & Dinosaurs, he’s releasing for the first time a song that had previously online seen release on vinyl, “Summery.” The track starts off with a “WOO!” which is the appropriate reaction to stepping outside on a warm day. “I wanted to try and capture that sunny feeling; I wanted people to pump this as they drove with the big 18′s in the trunk, so the bass knocks,” says Kokayi, citing The Fresh Prince & Jazzy Jeff’s “Summertime” and the general feeling of the coming season as main inspirations for the song. Kokayi also brought on Baltimore MC and fellow QN5 label mate Substantial and soulful songstress Tamara Wellons to complete the funky, carefree production. “Substantial is the homie; his perspective and voice always mesh well with the sonic creations I come up with,” explains Kokayi. “Tamara was a no-brainer. She is a good friend and I love the tone of her voice, it just oozes sunshine.”

Download: Kokayi Feat. Substantial & Tamara Wellons – Summery

Cutlass Reid Feat. 9thMatic: Eviction Notice (Prod. 9th Wonder)

9th Wonder invited Cutlass Reid down to North Carolina to work with him and his IWWMG crew. “Eviction Notice” was the first song that Cutlass & 9th recorded together for Cutlass upcoming mixtape “One Day At A Time”. 9th not only produces the track, he pens a verse as well. Look forward to hearing more music from Cutlass Reid working with 9th Wonder, The Soul Council, and the rest of the IWWMG camp. The “Eviction Notice” video is coming soon!

Download: Cutlass Reid Feat. 9thMatic – Eviction Notice (Prod. 9th Wonder)

J Rawls Revisited (Podcast)

With a new album coming May 17th, J Rawls is ready to re-introduce himself to the hip-hop masses. For those who aren’t familiar with Rawls’ discography, we’ve got a history lesson. DJ O-Sharp of the Usual Suspects crew has put together a mix full of Rawls’ classic productions for the likes of Talib Kweli, J-Live, John Robinson, All Natural, Middle Child, as well as his own groups, Lone Catalysts and The Liquid Crystal Project. Available free on iTunes. If you don’t know, now you know.

Download: J Rawls Revisited (Podcast)

Chicago Welcomes the Return of 4Eva Tour (Video)

Big K.R.I.T.’s Return of 4eva tour hit Chicago’s Bottom Lounge on April 9th. The sold out show featured performances by Chicago’s YP, Big Homie D.O.E., and BBU as well the tour’s Jackie Chain, Smoke Dza, Mookie Jones, and of course Freddie Gibbs. The night featured a historic surprise appearance from Young Jeezy, who officially welcomed Freddie into the CTE camp. Watch how everything went down in this video by Tony Shane. – RubyHornet

Cojack Feat. Wes Restless: Work (Video)

Last week I hit Reggies Rock Club for Mikkey Halsted’s MC battle and Cojack just happened to be one of several local MC’s competing for that number one spot. As soon as he hit the stage I truly didn’t know what to expect, but homie came with fire and tore shit up. Cojack came with it and ended up taking that number one spot that night. Overall he is a great performer and an ILL lyricist, a true master of ceremony. I would now like to share with you something of Cojack’s I just happened to stumble across. This here is one of his more recent videos entitled “Work,” which features Wes Restless. Expect more of his material in the near future, homie got my attention.