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Beatmakers To Spar At Producers Faceoff

Thursday, October 27th marks the date of the next beat battle in the Producers Faceoff series at Albany’s own, Linda Performing Arts Center. This time, there are 16 producers going mano-a-mano in a 4 round, single elimination style tournament. From what I hear, there are some major contenders this time around. Make sure you don’t miss this one.


Whitney Coleman – Stranger Part2: Love Me

Whitney Coleman - Stranger Pt. 2 Love Me

This is what happens when multiple art forms come together and they are all of high quality and are in sync with each other. Whitney Coleman’s latest is a dynamic, heartfelt, emotional song reflected through a very unique and appropriate video that contains intimate photography and un-corny, believable acting, which is very uncommon for an independent music video. Great job all around with this one. Directed by Jace.

Stay updated with Whitney Coleman on www.whitneycolemanmusic.com


Mr. Cheeks ft. Chaz Money & FretDem – Blowin On Jamaica

Earlier today, Funkmaster Flex debuted the latest Mob Muzik joint “Blowing On Jamaica” with Mr. Cheeks, Chaz Money and the newest member, dancehall artist, FretDem. Check it out below.

Mob Muzik, Mr. Cheeks & Powerful


Mr. Five O’Clock – City Lights

Mr. Five O’Clock and his backup dancers, Mr. Five O’Clock and Mr. Five O’Clock, are putting on a show for the ladies on this bouncy, ping ponging, yet somehow still sensual beat.

This is off his new mixtape “Happy Hour” dropping October 28th.


Chaz Money – Headlines Freestyle

Chaz Money and director Dillz are back with another dope video. This time refashioning Drake’s “Headlines” beat and making it his own. The material Mob Muzik and Mob Media are putting out is looking better and better.

Make sure you get The Money Book by Chaz Money

With Loaded Lux on a tour stop in Harlem.

On the road.


MIRK – Beautiful Music ft. Mr. Cheeks

The “Beautiful Music” video by MIRK ft. Mr. Cheeks dropped today. Great music, great visuals provided by Michael Dispenza. I missed this shoot by 15 minutes. F my day job.


Jaja Gibore – No Exit (Hades) ft. Cocoa G&R

Jaja Gibore No Exit

Inspired by the French play by Jean-Paul Sartre, “No Exit (Hades)” is the first single from Jaja Gibore’s “Mount Olympus: Home of the Gods.” Much like its inspiration, the song “No Exit” plays around with the idea that hell is not the traditional place of fire and brimstone that we often imagine, but we all are tortured with our own specific hell. Cocoa G&R lends a bed of silky vocals for the track and undeniable eye candy for the video.

Here it is. “No Exit (Hades)” Directed by Intell Hazefield.


Mr. Five O’Clock With Beanie Sigel

Mr. Five O’Clock is doing work right now in the Mid-West. Here is some footage of him opening for the Broad Street Bully along with some backstage bars from Beanie himself. Hopefully he releases the extended version soon.


More from Mr. Five O’Clock

Mr Five O'Clock Beanie Sigel


King Dreams Nominated For Mixtape Of The Year

I introduced you to Connecticut rapper/producer, King Dreams, back in June when he dropped “If Tomorrow Never Comes.” King Dreams is getting some recognition at the 2011 Connecticut Hip Hop Awards. He is nominated in a couple of categories, but what I’d really like to see him win is Mixtape of the Year.

VOTE FOR TOMORROW NEVER COMES HERE 2011 Connecticut Hip Hop Awards

Download If Tomorrow Never Comes

King Dreams If Tomorrow Never Comes


Rick Gonzalez AKA Realm Reality – What I Want

Dope rhymes + dope beat + Creative Control. Seems like Rick Gonzalez knows the formula for a great hip hop video and some instant exposure for his rapping debut as Realm Reality. You may remember him as the dude from Coach Carter, but he definitely has exceptional skill with the flow and lyrics.

Download his mixtape “The Invisible Man” from his website
Rick Gonzalez AKA Realm Reality
“What I Want” on Vimeo

On YouTube

Seems like there’s another actor recently trying his hand at music.

Idris Elba singing/rapping on a 9th Wonder beat.


Latest DG Production: Livewire ft. Joe Budden – Winning

Upbeat, bouncy, energetic, fun. These are all words that can be used to describe the latest tracks from DG Productions as well as the man behind the music, Daniel “DG” Glavin. A ferocious go-getter, hidden behind a friendly smile, DG is a networking monster whose tenacious drive is only rivaled by his equally powerful beats. Check out DG’s latest notable production, “Winning.” It comes along with a crazy-flow-spitting, Livewire, and a feature from moody rapper, Joe Budden.

More Exclusive DG Productions Here

Previously… another DG Production


Zues Lytning – Zues Juice

Early this morning, Zues Lytning (formerly INFman) released his self-produced debut album Zues Juice. Zues Juice crosses the genres of hip hop, pop, r&b, and electro giving it widespread appeal, while Zues’ hearty, bass-heavy, bouncy beats and catchy melodies tie the project together. A myriad of featured artists all put their spin on the carefully produced tracks.

Download this 100% original album for free ZUES LYTNING: ZUES JUICE.

Artwork by Intell Hazefield.


Whitney Coleman – Dreams

Two years ago, I had the pleasure of sound engineering a concert put on by Whitney Coleman at the impressive, EMPAC, located on the RPI campus in Troy, NY. Whitney Coleman is a special artist. Her soulful, inspirational music is deeply rooted in gospel, but you can’t help but feel comforting qualities of Goapele in her voice in her neo-soul/R&B-like tracks or be impressed by her versatility, reminiscent of Lauryn, when she seamlessly switches to hip hop.

“Dreams” is her second official music video off of her new album “The Love Chapter: Lessons From A Human Heart”. The concept of the song is “Always keep dreaming…believe in your dreams.” This idea is translated through shots of Whitney running through the woods, jumping over metaphoric obstacles, falling, getting back up and continuing her journey. I love that she’s releasing music videos, but if you get a chance to see her live, do it; she really puts on a show. For those in the Indy area on September 17th, you’ll be able to check her out at the Oranje arts and music showcase.

WHITNEY COLEMAN’S ALBUM “The Love Chapter: Lessons From A Human Heart” on iTUNES

Behind the scenes on “Dreams”


Feelings ft. Alpha Live


High5Collective’s Visual Interpretation of “No Church In The Wild”

High5Collective makes official unofficial videos and they do it damn well. Their mantra is “We make art for artists that inspire us.” Check out one of their latest for Kanye West and Jay Z’s “No Church In The Wild.” The concept and its execution are awesome. Reminds of what a Lupe Fiasco “All Black Everything” video might look like.

via High5Collective


Zues Lytning – TaTs R Us ft. Jo Biggs, G Bags, Kwamizzle and QuaStar

Producer/occasional rapper/part-time Greek god stunt double, Zues Lytning, drops the self-directed video for his first single, “TaTs R Us,” off of his debut album “Zues Juice.” Producing 100% of the album, “Zues Juice” will be an exhibition of Zues’ production skills while he recruits various artists to lend verses over the original tracks. Check out the album cover (Intell Hazefield design) and the video for “TaTs R Us” below.


Chaz Money – Money Book Intro

Touring the entire eastern seaboard these past couple of months, Chaz Money has literally touched down in more states than Hurricane Irene. Here is the first video to drop off of his Money Book street album. Footage taken from various places while out on tour. Director, Dillz, promises that there are more videos to come.


518-Bred Vashtie Directs Kendrick Lamar’s “ADHD”

I love good videos. I love quasi-celebs from the 518. So when Vashtie (Albany-raised, NYC-based visionary and socialite) directs a Kendrick Lamar video, I’m definitely posting it. Enjoy.

via Vashtie’s Blog


Hand Gunz High – Are You Afraid Of The Art?

Exactly six months after the release of their debut project By Any Means Hand Gunz High releases “Are You Afraid Of The Art?” This project has dark overtones with songs based loosely around horror themes. Every track on this project is conceptual, with each verse lending a different take on the specific song concept.

Expect profound lyricism, emotionally charged songs, great original production from Intell Hazefield (Heatwave Blackout & Marionette), Benji Blanco (Prelude To A Nightmare), and Commissioner Castro (Outro), and features from Altez, Sonny Black, Jo Biggs, G. Bag$, Zues Lytning, Zon3, Benji Blanco, Flee and fellow Trusicians, Ali Sifflet and Ses Da Great.

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KassCrook – For My City

Off that Breaking Point mixtape, KassCrook gives you visuals for his take on J. Cole’s “For My City.” TRUSIC Music and Beatz Brokerz own Mr. Moore provided some crispy camera work and direction. I especially love the shot of the buildings in downtown Albany taken from street level. Dope.

DOWNLOAD KassCrook Breaking Point


Are You Afraid of The Art? Drops This Saturday

Hand Gunz High’s horror-themed project “Are You Afraid Of The Art” drops this Saturday, August 6, 2011; exactly six months after “By Any Means.”

You’ll be able to find it here, DunDemWorld, and over at TRUSIC Music.
Check the cover art done by yours truly.


Kaimbr – Mr. Miyagi (Beat Tape)

Producer, Kaimbr pays homage to the original musicians of the original Karate Kid by sampling the soundtrack. Listen to some of his work and download the free beat tape below. He also released in album with co-production by Kev Brown called The Alexander Green Project. I’m just finding out about this guy today, but I like his work.

Download MR. MIYAGI HERE

via Crate Kings


Chaz Money – Money Book

Fresh off of a three city tour with Joe Budden, Chaz Money drops his street album*, “Money Book.”

(*Street album = Thematic content and all original production! though not officially sold and released. Prod. Beatz By Pyro, INFman/Zues Lytning, Intell Hazefield)

When you read the title you may think, “alright, another compilation of self-absorbed, superficial songs talking about how much money and women he has.” Well, what would that say about you if you were to judge it without listening? Sure, it has some of those themes, but this is much more.

“Money Book” as I see it, means “Chaz Money’s Book.” It’s the recording of his rhyme book, which to a rapper can be as personal as a diary. This intimacy is prevalent in numerous songs. In “Money Book Intro” he takes a step back and gives a nod to hip hop legend Rakim, “MJ Ready” connects the significance of his age (23) to the performance of a young Michael Jordan, in “Life Switch” Chaz tells a woman he’s pursuing that leaving her negligent boyfriend is almost as easy as turning off a light, and “Laid Off” is a song about being laid off from his job, but never working harder than he has now (also produced by and featuring me).

A lot of dope content on here. Check it out below.

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The Breakthrough Tour with Joe Budden


Mr. Five O’Clock – Professional Vacation

In “Professional Vacation” Mr. Five O’Clock drops the blazer and loosens the tie to deliver an array of metaphors and double entendres. Dude’s got bars.

This track will be on his follow up to Pardon the Interruption, called “I Beg Your Pardon,” due to drop in August 2011.


Flight Team – I’m Fresh

Flight Team. These dudes are blowing up in New Haven, Connecticut. Their content and style seem characteristic of many of today’s young, popular, swagged-out groups, but something is telling me that they may have more behind the façade. Besides, my younger cousin is their producer and from what I’ve heard, I’m impressed with their grind.

Curious to hear their future material. I’ll keep a watchful eye out on this group.