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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D.Son to release new single “Higher” on 10.24.11

Fresh off his most successful project yet with #SummerTimeCHI, D.SON is readying a follow up effort for the new year! D.Son’s new project is entitled #Co12 (Class of 2012), which will be a short EP of roughly 6-8 tracks with production from in house Tru Legend Producer “LawBeatz” as well as sounds from Doc Da MindBenda, ZoeMane Productions, and The Room Ent’s “Two”. “I consider the #Co12 project to be just a taste of what is in store for 2012. A small taste. We’re planning #SummerTimeCHI2 for next June/July, as well as my debut album which will hopefully arrive next October. We haven’t been idle at all. We’re working towards a BIG 2012 campaign”. “Higher” which is the EP’s single, will be released Monday, October 24th LIVE during an interview on the internet radio station windycityunderground.com with radio host Jr.Bang! D.Son will also be releasing Pt.1 of a 3 part documentary called “Don’t Cost Nothing” the same day. “We try to keep it nice for the eyes and ears man. This is no different”.

Trademark Da Skydiver & Young Roddy to Release New Album “Jet Life”

Curren$y’s Jets fam Trademark Da Skydiver & Young Roddy to Release New Album ‘Jet Life’ November 29th

Curren$y, Trademark and Young Roddy didn’t just climb the ladder of success – they soared above it. The Jet Life movement took off after the success of Curren$y’s seminal album, ‘Pilot Talk’ on which Trademark and Roddy’s skills were showcased on the hit “Roasted.” Trademark and Young Roddy continued to garner attention with the commercial release of Trademark’s Super Villain mixtape series and the duo’s collaborative effort with Spanish production team Cookin’ Soul. Curren$y’s Jet Life Movement has quickly become one of the most dominant forces in hip-hop, culminating in Curren$y releasing his last album, ‘Weekend At Burnie’s’ on Warner Brothers.

Both Trademark & Young Roddy were featured in prominent roles on Weekend At Burnie’s and have since collaborated with Smoke DZA, ScHoolboy Q and Sir Michael Rocks of The Cool Kids, among others. The crew’s steady incline will surely keep them elevated as they perform in 35 cities on this year’s Smoker’s Club Tour with Method Man, Curren$y, Big K.R.I.T., Smoke DZA, Fiend and more.

“We’re very pleased to partner with Curren$y and his Jets Intl. label on this release. The 1st single off Jet Life features Curren$y and will be released shortly along with the video.” – Dan Green, Director of Marketing iHipHop Distribution

Gensu Dean Signs w/ MMG x The CL Smooth American Me Remixes (FreEP)

Gensu Dean signs multi-project deal with Mello Music Group! First up will be a new collectors edition 7″ w/ Large Professor to be released in January 2012 and then Dean’s debut album “Standard Life” set for February 2012 release!

Based out of Dallas, Texas, Gensu Dean is a producer who has been quietly laying down some heavy tracks in Hiphop. His first production credits were on Crooked Letterz (David Banner) debut record Grey Skies. Since then Dean has had production featured on Brand Nubian’s Lord Jamar’s The 5% Album and Sadat X’s Black October, and Melatone’s Memoirs & Melodies. Gensu Dean has been called upon by labels to remix projects from CL Smooth to Ol Dirty Bastard. Dean is known for his classic use of the Emu SP1200, the result of which has earned him co-signs from legends like DJ Spinna, DJ Premier and the King of Rock, DMC of the world renowned Run DMC. His debut album is ready for 1st quarter release and promises to have heads spinning with a dense line-up of classic emcees over top of some rugged production.

Gensu Dean was called upon a few years back to remix the American Me album from CL Smooth. The project was never officially released, but the stellar collection of remixes did garner some attention from serious heads. To celebrate Dean’s signing to Mello Music Group and the release of his upcoming album “Standard Life”, Gensu Dean decided to bless future fans with the complete CL Smooth American Me remixes

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Odd Future Records Signs Young Ni**a

hmmmm….curious in hearing what the kid has in store now.

Odd Future Records is extremely excited to announce our first official signing, Young Ni**a. While our original intent was not to sign anyone to the label we simply could not pass up the opportunity to sign somebody this talented. Young Ni**a embodies the DIY ethic and persona of Odd Future along with a commercial appeal that transcends demographics. We will be premiering his first single today at 3pm PST on http://www.oddfuture.com

Ski Beatz Says Curren$y’s Pilot Talk Beats Are 15 Years Old

Wooooord……..Well God damn.

Great music withstands the test of time. Count “Audio Dope II” and “Address,” from Curren$y’s 2010 album Pilot Talk, as examples of that. Ski Beatz, the producer of the tracks, recently told XXLMag.com that the beats were a decade and a half old when he gave them to Spitta.

“We was in Jamaica with Stalley and Curren$y and I was about to make a beat, and Dame [Dash] was like, ‘Yo, why don’t you go to your hard drive? I know you got mad beats on your hard drive!’” he remembers. “I’m like, aight. So I went through every song. I had, like, thousands of songs on the hard drive. Hours. And I found ‘Audio Dope [II].’ I found ‘Address.’ And those were beats that I made in like ’96, ’97, some shit like that. I had never used [them], but they were always there.”

Surprisingly, Ski says not much was changed on either beat from their original form during from the Reasonable Doubt days. “We added a bassline [for both], and that was it,” he says.

Though those two were definitely gems, the veteran producer says he won’t be pulling any more tricks out of his hard drive. “I done went through the stash,” he laughs. “The stash is done.”

Keeping with his recent trend of pairing with artists for full projects, Ski recently teamed with Murs to produce the entirety of Love & Rockets, Volume 1: The Transformation. – XXL

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Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s Return To The 36 Chambers Re-Released As Wallet Box

Ohh…It’s your old man.

Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s iconic solo debut, Return To The 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version, is being re-released as a one-of-a-kind deluxe box set. The re-issue will be accompanied by a number of rare, limited edition, and value-added goodies, and will be available for purchase on November 22 via burgeoning imprint Get On Down.

The Return To The 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version Wallet Box includes a re-mastered double CD that includes original album as well as remixes, a capellas, instrumentals, and other rarities. In addition, there’s a vintage “On Tour” poster, extended artwork, promotional sticker, detailed liner notes, and an exclusive billfold wallet, where you will be able to put your complimentary laminated Ol’ Dirty Bastard food stamp card. “We all knew that if we were going to do this, we had to include a physical version of that card, there was no other way to do it,” explains Get On Down General Manager, Rob Reilly. “We really wanted the packaging to compliment the creative genius that is Ol’ Dirty Bastard.”

For Get On Down, it was important to make sure that the special edition transcend all types of fans. “The box set,” claims Reilly, “is a collector’s item for people who aren’t even collectors.” Get On Down, the self-proclaimed “music imprint for music nerds by music nerds,” has released and reissued over 50 albums, such as GZA’s Liquid Swords and Muddy Waters’ After The Rain. But crafting this ODB box set holds a special place in their heart. “We firmly believe Dirty was an icon,” says Rob Reilly. “There is truly no way anyone will ever be able to emulate that style of his. The rap game just is not the same without his presence.”

Purchase: Ol’ Dirty Bastard (of Wu-Tang Clan) – ‘Return To The 36 Chambers (Wallet Box)

Childish Gambino signs to Glassnote Records

Hopefully this means nothing but great success for the young up and comer. Shouts to DrivenByBoredom on the flick.

Childish Gambino, the moniker for actor Donald Glover, has joined the label as the first hip-hop Artist on the roster and is currently in the studio putting the finishing touches on the debut full length LP, CAMP, due out in early November.

“There’s a tremendous sense of rock ‘n’ roll about Childish Gambino, an irreverence and an authenticity,” says Glassnote President Daniel Glass. “He fits in with our roster because he’s alternative.”

Childish Gambino has emerged as one of the most exciting young talents in music. With a unique blend of hip-hop with multiple genres, combined with lyrical genius, Childish Gambino has gone from a viral cult following to a mega sensation. Spin Magazine praises, “…[his EP’s] all have showcased Glover’s fiercely clever, plugged-nose flow, which recalls both Lil Wayne’s verbal skywriting and Kanye West’s vulnerable-braggart defensiveness.”

Childish Gambino has released two mixtapes,” I Am Just A Rapper” and “I Am Just A Rapper 2″ and in March 2011, Childish Gambino released an untitled EP that featured the hit “Freaks and Geeks”. Most recently, Childish Gambino wrapped the sold out I AM DONALD TOUR, played to over 10,000 people at the Bonnaroo Music Festival and is continuing to wow crowds at the travelling Rock The Bells Festival through October.

PremRock & Willie Green announce the release of “Diary Of A Dreamer”

New York emcee PremRock and producer Willie Green have combined forces for a full length album, set for a Sept. 28th release date. The frequent collaborators have inked a deal with Isolated Wax Records for the self-titled album, which will boast guest features including C-Rayz Walz, Soul Khan, Open Mike Eagle and Has-Lo.

The two met at a New York City open mic in 2009 and worked together to record, mix and master Prem’s debut album “the build.” The record went on to gain considerable buzz in New York City as well as overseas as Prem completed a self-booked tour throughout 17 cities in Europe from London to Istanbul the Spring of 2011.

As for Green, few can match Willie’s prolific output The former standout drummer and Berklee College of Music graduate traded in his sticks for a drum machine, all the while turning in an impressive discography and laundry list of production credits over the past few years. Whether crafting a concept instrumental album such as “…Of Heroes and Villains” or working with both knowns and unknowns on production features, Willie indelibly leaves his mark on a listener’s ear.

Prem and Green will be following the release with an international tour, with US dates beginning late September and European dates in October. The duo provides a live stage show that will capture the energy of the record, with Prem on vocals and Green playing the beats live via drum machine.

Download: PremRock & Willie Green – Diary of A Dreamer

The Wrongguy: Welcome To The Wrong Side (Artwork)


“Welcome To The Wrong Side” is the debut mixtape from Cleveland duo The Wrongguys. It is entirely produced by The Wrongguys’s M. Stacks and will feature a “who’s who” list of MC’s in the game right now. “Welcome To The Wrong Side” is an accurate reflection of their gritty, street-wise sound. M. Stacks provides a more hard-edged style of production than that of his previous work. The mixtape showcases Skean’s signature multisyllabic rhyme style with lyric topics ranging from Mafioso, materialism, bragadocio, to love. This mixtape is characterized by grimy soul samples, crispy drum loops, and creative wordplay. The project is presented by two of the biggest co-signers in the game, Roc Nation’s Mick Boogie, and Terry Urban.

Doomstarks to Release “Victory Laps” Single

It’s been five years in the making, but DOOM and Ghostface Killah are finally set to unveil their first single together as DOOMSTARKS. Following on the heels of the limited-edition cassette tape released earlier this month, the two supervillains will release the single “Victory Laps” tomorrow (July 26th) at iTunes, Amazon, and all other digital music services. The digital single features the previously-unheard original version of the track, plus the Madvillainz Remix (produced by DOOM and Madlib) found on the cassette tape, and instrumentals to both versions.

The single will also be available as a 12″ Serato single, on picture-disc vinyl. See details and tracklisting below. The picture-disc is now available for pre-order HERE.

R.A. The Rugged Man Launches New Website x Contest

Not only is R.A. The Rugged Man an underground rap legend, he’s also a boxing buff and a movie producer, director, and screenwriter. His own unique (and slightly twisted) viewpoint has landed his writings on hip-hop, boxing, and movies in the pages of popular magazines like The Source, Vibe, King, Complex, and more. Now, he’s launching a website covering all three of his passions: ratheruggedman.net

Already, the site features R.A.’s take on Jay-Z vs. Kool G Rap, interviews with iconic film directors Wes Craven and David Cronenberg, and analsys of Zab Judah Vs. Amir Khan, with more posts coming every day. As R.A. explains: “There’s three things that I know, and that’s hip-hop, boxing, and movies. Ask me about geography or science, and I don’t have a clue. But if you want a demented take on those three things, look no further.”

To celebrate the launch of the site, R.A. is also launching an MC contest. The “Murderous Lyricist” competition will give one lucky MC the chance to appear alongside hip-hop royalty like R.A., Kool G Rap, Jedi Mind Tricks, RZA, Celph Titled, Atmosphere, Killah Priest, Apathy, Smoothe the Hustler, Inspectah Deck, and more on the upcoming Bad Biology compilation album. Entry details and more can be found here. Be sure to stay tuned to ratheruggedman.net as R.A. puts the finishing touches on his new album, coming soon.

Common & 9th Wonder tweet Add-2’s new song “Iron Mic”

I always show love to my homies.

Last week Add-2, who is working on his newest project “Save.Our.Souls”, released a new song titled “Iron Mic” produced by Sundown of Actual Proof which received thousands of plays, downloads and posts on some of the top Hip Hop sites on the internet. The song traveled around so much that it found its way to one of Add-2’s biggest heroes, fellow Chicago native Common. Add-2’s song “Iron Mic” managed to get the attention of the legendary Hip Hop emcee who RT’d it to his followers and followed Add-2 on twitter as well. Add reacted by tweeting “Without a doubt @Common RT’ing my song “Iron Mic” is something I won’t ever forget. EVER. #ChicagoAllDay”. The good news continued to spread as Grammy award winning Producer 9th Wonder also tweeted the song and link to his followers.

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Mac Miller Announces Debut Album (Video)

Rostrum Records is proud to announce the debut album from Mac Miller entitled “Blue Slide Park” which will be released this Fall. Since signing with Rostrum Records in 2010, Mac has released two classic mixtapes “K.I.D.S.” and “Best Day Ever” along with a dozen videos. His digitally released EP “On and On and Beyond” has sold over 40,000 copies since being released in March. The 19 year old Pittsburgh prodigy has been hard to miss in 2011, with international media coverage and features in such online and print publications like Rolling Stone, XXL, RESPECT, and Antenna. His “Incredibly Dope Tour” sold out shows nationwide over a 6 month span, as Miller toured both as a headliner and periodically with labelmate Wiz Khalifa. Miller’s videos have gone viral with over 85 million views worldwide on his personal Youtube channel and now significant airplay on MTV, FUSE, and BET.

Last night Mac took to Ustream to announce the title to his fans. The announcement quickly became a lead trending topic on Twitter with the hashtag #blueslidepark trending worldwide. The majority of “Blue Slide Park” has been created and recorded by the hometown team in Pittsburgh. This includes producers E Dan and Big Jerm of ID LABS. Check out the video below that Mac created to announce “Blue Slide Park” shot at ID LABS in Pittsburgh.

Blu’s Jesus To Get Proper Release

Recently, a mysterious album titled Jesus turned up on the popular music site Bandcamp, uploaded by an artist calling himself “B”. Soon, the LP was discovered to be the latest work from enigmatic L.A. rapper Blu, and within hours, it was the talk of the blogosphere. The album was soon removed, but now it’s back, this time in physical form. New World Color is proud to present the latest lo-fi masterpiece from one of hip-hop’s most intriguing figures, in stores everywhere on August 30th, 2011.

Featuring production from Madlib, Alchemist, and Hezekiah, and an appearance from Planet Asia, Jesus features some of the most intriguing collaborations of Blu’s career. With fully mastered audio, plus CD and vinyl editions, this important edition to Johnson Barnes’ catalog will finally be heard as it was meant to be. Officially the debut for alter-ego “B”, Jesus is sure to satisfy the cult-like fanbase that’s been steadily growing around the artist most famously known as Blu.

Pre-order: Blu – Jesus (Album)

The 10 Mixtape Commandments

The mixtape has become one of the most powerful tools in a musician’s arsenal; it has plucked artists like 50 Cent and Drake from obscurity to the top of the Billboard Charts, re-birthed the career of Chris Brown and helped a slew of others to remain relevant. The mixtape is now one of music’s most championed forms of releasing music as it allows the artist to create and release music that they have a passion for sans the pressure from label executives to deliver bubbly pop records. Every year hundreds of artists (both signed and unsigned) release mixtapes in hopes of revitalizing their careers or duplicating the success of 50 Cent, Drake, Wiz Khalifa or J. Cole, but most mixtapes fall under the radar do to poorly conducted campaigns. Here is the definitive guide to making sure your next mixtape doesn’t go unnoticed. – FWDF

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