YNotMyDream Merger with GowhereHipHop

As many of you have seen by now I will officially be leaving the nest and flying off to bigger and better things. The GowhereHipHop crew has asked me to come in and become one with the team and I have happily accepted. Running my own movement for the past two and a half years has been a sweet ass deal. I’ve not only come to discover and learn so much, I’ve also come to appreciate so much more as well. Hopefully you my homies will continue to ride with me. I love and appreciate every single one of you and you’re all a big part of my life. This site and the whole YNMD name and brand is literally you and none of these power moves would be possible without you, so I thank you greatly from the bottom of my soul. Now please join in and raise your glass with me….To a combination of great minds, may we be able to continue to bless you with and endless amount of quality music and our dedication to the game. Let us all live in this moment and soak in it. This only means great things ahead for you, the city of Chicago, and the universe. #BETDAT!

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Rob Jay Feat. John Dew: Wise Man

Next week, on October 24th, Rob Jay will release Millionaire Before 30, a new EP, produced by Drums & Ammo’s Ammbush, that serves as both a personal goal and a pledge from the up-and-coming Houston rapper. Before then, though, Rob Jay is excited to release the John Dew-featuring “Wise Man,” a brand new single from the eight-track project.

For Rob, the new single serves as a testament of dedication, delivering what he calls “an old school type of message.” He goes on to explain, “The hook is a saying that my cousins dad always says, and at the same time it was like a message to the fans almost like telling them, ‘I’m still that guy’.” Ammbush’s soulful sample provides an ample perfect foundation for Rob Jay and John Dew to trade their insightful lyrics, and they do just that, with the chemistry between the three artists nearly effortless. “This song really was stress free, out of all the songs it was probably the easiest to record.”

Download: Rob Jay Feat. John Dew – Wise Man

Mach Five: Carla (Video)

I’m looking forward to more. Lets see what these young up and comers out of the ATL are really made of.

Artemus Jenkins brings us a new visual from the latest Mach Five project, Best Friends, about a car named car “Carla.” Where they take us on a ride through the streets of Atlanta in a thugged-out version of Speed Racer’s Mach 5, an ’88 Chevy SS Monte Carlo.

Kris Kasanova: WARPAINT (Album)

Brooklyn emcee, Kris Kasanova returns back to the scene with his sophomore project “WARPAINT”. Laced with diverse, quality production from Ibe & story filled & hunger pained verses from Kris, the 23 year old Brooklynite is set on setting himself apart from others with this project.

Features include Phil Ade, Rocki Evans, Lisa Gray, Jarv Dee, Ibe & more. Released on October 13th, “WARPAINT” is currently approaching 2,000 downloads.

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Delusionists Feat. Super Dertie: Elevator Music

Nice overall vibe, I say good f*ckin sh*t.

This one originally came about around the time Mr Loop & Ben collaborated on Loop’s 2nd album, Music From The Tanhauser Gate. Super Dertie turned in a typically smooth guest verse but we struggled to settle on a version of the track that we were all happy with (democracy eh?). Several re-workings held things up for around a year until some big news within the group prompted one final re-write in September 2011. Slim Pickens and DBF added some background vocals and Elevator Music was finally a wrap.

Download: Delusionists Feat. Super Dertie – Elevator Music

Lyriciss Feat. Ray J: Stop Scheming (Prod. DJ J-Scrilla & Chop-La-Rok)

Lyriciss with a little assistance from Ray J unleashes a new song, “Stop Scheming,” aimed at all the posers of the world. “Stop Scheming” produced by DJ J-Scrilla and Chop-La-Rok will be featured on Lyriciss’s debut album The Balance. Lyriciss has broken his debut album into four pieces Money, Power, Respect and Heart and will release each part as an EP exclusively through DJBooth.net. The first of four EP’s Respect will be available for download on November 7th.

Download: Lyriciss Feat. Ray J – Stop Scheming (Prod. DJ J-Scrilla & Chop-La-Rok)

Pac Div to Release “The Div” x The Greatness

After years of much anticipation, the Southern California hip hop trio Pac Div are set to release their debut album, “The Div”, on November 8, 2011, through a joint venture with RBC Records. The album is already being touted as a classic, with production from No I.D. (Common, Kanye West, Jay-Z, Drake, Rick Ross and more), Swiff D and the group’s very own, Like, and features from long time friends, Bleu Collar, Asher Roth, Casey Veggies (Sleeping in Class”), Tiron and Skeme. “The Div” is by far one of the best collections of the who’s-who of emerging artists.

Pac Div consists of two brothers, Like and Mibbs, and long
time friend, BeYoung. Formed in 2005, while still in the high school, Pac Div was originally an eleven-member crew that shrank to three when it became apparent that a group of that size just wasn’t feasible. . While most young rappers were under the spell of “microwave” music, these three were doing their hip-hop homework, studying rap’s pioneers, honing their skills and developing their own styles. From their music to shows to videos, and unique approach to creating, the group proves to showcase undeniable talent in everything they do.

Pac Div’s first mixtape, Sealed for Freshness: The Blend Tape, along with their first video, F.A.T Boys, was released in 2006 to much critic acclaim. Focusing on their lives as “regular guys” growing up in Southern California, their music resonated with kids from all walks of life. From hipster to hood, there was something everyone could relate to in their sound. This universal appeal began their success and garnered them the attention of numerous famed magazines, including Billboard, Rolling Stone, Source, Vibe and XXL. It also gained the approval of hip-hop hotshots: Ludacris, ?uestlove, Pharrell Williams, Talib Kweli, and 9th Wonder. Their continued success drew international attention as they opened for big names like Nas, Q-Tip, Busta Rhymes, Ice-T, Ludacris and N.E.R.D. Following the release of Sealed for Freshness: The Blend Tape, the group dropped two more mixtapes, Church League Champions andDon’t Mention It. Church League Champions featured the now classic, “Mayor”, while Don’t Mention It, contained the fan favorite, “Don’t Forget the Swishers,” featuring rapper Chip tha Ripper. In the Spring of 2011, the trio teamed up with Grand Hustle Management and released their fourth mixtape, Mania!, hosted by DJ Don Cannon, featuring the hit single, “Anti-freeze”. With over a million downloads, Mania! is their most successful project to date.

As 2011 comes to a close, Pac Div is excited to see the debut of their first nationally televised commercial for Phiten Athletics, featuring the group’s performance of their original song, “Flexin’”, as well as appearances by professional NBA stars, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, Eric Gordon and Derrick Williams.

Look for the “The Div” at any digital retailer or catch Pac Div on the road as they continue to perform around the world, with tours currently scheduled across the United States, South Africa, and Europe.

Download: Pac Div – The Greatness

RJ & Technique: Jackie (Video)

After a year long absence, R.J. and Technique are set to return with a new full-length album titled “Gosu.” Set for a release date of 10/31/11 (Halloween), they release the first single and music video for the project. Directed by Katie Kesling, “Jackie” is a song that details a love triangle whereas the video depicts the consequences of their actions. The album features production from Danimal, Hannibal King, MARSZ, Uncanny, and more.

NAIRA Feat. Young Scolla & D Julien: inkDREAMING (Video)

Late this summer, NAIRA released the “See Me, See Trouble” mixtape which took America and the rest of the world by tidal and by storm. Today, we at Avant-Garde Exchange would like to announce the debut of the “inkDreaming” music video, which features noted lyricists Young Scolla and D Julien. You get to uncanny opportunity to travel through the pages of their rhyme books, their dreams and their reality.

Don’t sway in the slumber of her creativity too long! We invite you to share in the experience and have a look and listen to another masterful burst of inspiration as its being transported from thought to sound. Naira is currently preparing for the official album release of Fearless: The Art of Letting Go.