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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.


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.

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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.


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.

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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.


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


Chaz Money To Tour DMV With Joe Budden

Mob Muzik’s Chaz Money jumps on Joe Budden’s The Breakthrough Tour to bring his style of New York rap music to the DMV area. Another step in the right direction for all rappers in Upstate NY. I recently heard from an industry insider that to many, Albany, NY is known as a musical and cultural “Dead Zone”. Let’s change that popular misconception, Chaz.

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VENUES – DATES:
Paradigm – Norfolk, VA – 7/5/11 – Ages 21+
U Street Music Hall – Washington, DC – 7/6/11 – Ages 18+
Fish Head Cantina – Baltimore, MD – 7/7/11 – Ages 21+

via FMA Blog


Airline Jay – Almost Famous

A year in the making, Almost Famous is a testimony of Airline Jay’s skill as a rapper who can switch roles from a thoughtful lyricist, constructing less-than-straightforward punchlines, an artist who can portray a mood on a track, or a tactful remixer who can take an industry beat and seamlessly make it his own. He gave his fans a treat. Definitely cop this.

“Much love and support in my city for this young rapper who’s quickly garnering more and more fans by the week. AirlineJay has a dedicated team that helps him promote his music as well as an awesome graphic and video crew. I could only imagine being able to engineer his own music is just as valuable to him as his support system.”
via DunDemWorld

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First Class – The X Men Project

First Class (Jo Biggs, Ace Gifted, Sonny Black and producer Icon-J) are known for tough rhymes over tough beats and a contemporary sound. Speaking about being current, they are right on time with The X Men Project (while it’s still in theaters). Though the name of the mixtape is coincidentally convenient, once you hit play you will realize these lyricists aren’t with the gimmicks. Be prepared for some crowd pleasing beats, wordplay, and enough witty punchlines to even make the most stringent of hip hop purists press rewind.



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Kass Crook – Breaking Point

Breaking point. The title is indicative of a moment you’ve reached where something drastic is going to happen. Kass Crook can hold his own in any street corner cypher, but he is now taking his energy and putting it towards making a cohesive piece of work. In Breaking Point, Kass Crook talks about his crossroads in hustling, life, love, and music. You can definitely hear the growth throughout the mixtape even if you haven’t heard his past work.

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D.A. Jay – Must Be Doing Something Right and She Loves Me Not

Check out the latest videos I directed for Joe Boy Productions recording artist, D.A. Jay.


QuaStar – Something Epic

The curly fro-wielding heartthrob with the slick tongue is back with a mixtape to make you laugh, smile, and cry. Something Epic shows the discord of a young mind in this world. Listening to this tape, you’ll realize the themes are abundant. You’ll hear freestyle tracks like “Paper Stroll” and “People’s Choice”, deep, introspective songs like “Me, Myself, & I”, some tracks fit for the club, and plenty of tracks letting you into her love life. With 25+ joints, this mixtape really is Something Epic! Qua Star is on her grind.

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Mob Muzik at S.O.B.’s sponsored by The Source Mag

Mob Muzik was the featured act for The Source Magazine’s Ghetto Metal show at S.O.B.’s this past Tuesday night. Performing was Mr. Cheeks, Mirk, Chaz Money, and King Dreams.

I’m proud to see artists out of Albany on The Source’s site. I’m even more proud that it’s my family.


All I can think of is the line “Smiles every time my face is up in The Source”.

Photos via the original article at The Source Magazine.


G. Bag$ Working On Y.F.F.R. 2


Filled with witty punchlines and accounts of the crests and troughs of hood life, the first Y.F.F.R. (Your Favorite Fat Rapper) was received with much acclaim from the internet and underground hip hop communities. Still running off of the steam of this first mixtape, G. Bag$ is now in the studio recording and promoting the second installation, due to be released July 4th of this year. Y.F.F.R. 2 is going to be loosely themed off of the classic movie in the hip hop community, Juice.

Here’s a leaked track from off of the upcoming Y.F.F.R. Part 2: Who’s Got The Juice Edition.

Get the original Y.F.F.R. here.
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G. Bag$ records at The Lab Multimedia Studio 314 Delaware Ave. Albany, NY 12205. 518-858-5098


Mob Muzik Inc.

Mob Muzik Inc. is a joint venture from Powerful Productions and Management (PPM), Mr. Cheeks, and Avid Artist Management, which recently signed a record label deal with IMG/Universal Records.

Right now, the roster includes: rapper – Chaz Money, band – Mirk, and rapper/producer – King Dreams. Expect big things from this team.

MIRK (formerly Mirk and the New Familiars) has been making noise around the 518 for quite some time now with their hip hop, rock, funk style. Here’s “Beautiful Music” from MIRK and Mr. Cheeks. The piano riff on this one reminds me of Jay Z’s “Politics As Usual”.

Chaz Money and King Dreams put their spin on the classic “Lifestyles of the Rich and Shameless”.


Kane – Catch The Sun ft. Lyrical VanGogh and Jaja Gibore

Kane recruits Lyrical VanGogh and Jaja Gibore in his ode to Mary Jane. Kane came to me with the concept of the song along with ideas for the video; I loved both and then took it from there. Here’s the result.


B Way – Loud ft. Altez, Es. K, and Nells

Just in time for 4/20, Kloqwork’s finest lend you an ill song (and video) to rock to while you’re enjoying the holiday. Off of B Way’s upcoming mixtape 4:15.

Nells on the visuals.


Italian TV Show Features #518 Businesses, Kings of Culture Studio

So apparently this past winter, Domenico Nesci visited the Capital Region for an episode of his Italian TV show, “Living In America”. Watch as Nesci visits local businesses including Richter’s on Central Ave to get a “rapper look”, gets a haircut at Enother Blessing in Troy, and even lays down some rap vocals at Kings of Culture’s studio. It was really great seeing Kings of Culture on there because I just recently began collaborating with their immensely creative team.

This is a great look for the Capital Region.

Check it out here.

Screenshot from the show.


Kwamizzle – Kwam E. Coyote

If you’ve listened to that By Any Means tape then you’ll know that Kwamizzle is the member of Hand Gunz High with the smooth 90′s voice, but modern flow that will smack you with witty yet subtle punchlines. Kwamizzle routinely touches on such a diverse number of topics that you’re guaranteed to want to grab the nearest search engine and do further research; happens to me all the time.

The lyrical anvil, Kwam E. Coyote, is a “loosely themed tale of trying to achieve the seemingly inevitable, success.” Make sure you look out for me on the track “Good Morning,” where we deliver words in a fashion similar to an early morning stream of consciousness exercise.

This is Kwamizzle’s first solo project and the first of three that you should expect out of the Hand Gunz High camp.

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By Any Means Mixtape – Hand Gunz High

A half a year in the making, the mixtape is finally out. You’re going to like this. By Any Means – HandGunzHigh


Mr. 5 O’Clock – Cool Kidd

He has a distinctive voice that slices through a beat like a hot knife through butter. Detroit, Michigan’s own, Mr. 5 O’Clock drops some cold rhymes while recording this video in chilly Upstate, NY. Directed by yours truly.

Mr. 5 O’Clock


Hand Gunz High – Start It Up Freestyle ft. Kass Crook

Hand Gunz High release their 2nd music video. This time it’s over Lloyd Bank’s instrumental “Start It Up”. Topics include… Humphrey Bogart, “Kid Dynamite”, politics vs. strippers, and all types of hood matters. Look out for their mixtape “By Any Means”, releasing on February 6. #LyricsStillMatter


Don’t Try This At Home! (nor the underbelly of NYC)

But then again, I’m sure someone told Urban Historian, Steve Duncan, and Indie Filmmaker, Andrew Wonder the same exact thing. Thank God they didn’t take heed or we wouldn’t have this awesome short film giving us a glimpse into some unique, secret locations in NYC without risking being arrested, seriously injured or even death. Steve knows his stuff, but Andrew also gets a lot of credit for being able to film under volatile situations while running, squeezing through manholes (ayo), scaling a bridge, and watching out for the rollers.

Must watch.

UNDERCITY from Andrew Wonder on Vimeo.