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September 05, 2004

Newswrapup September 5th, 2004

New Movie: Hair Show
There’s a new movie for you to take your date to. It’s called “Hair Show”, stars Mo'Nique, Kellita Smith, Joe Torry, Gina Torres and Taraji P. Henson, with special appearances by Serena Williams and Vivica A. Fox. Opening on the 15th of October, the story’s about Peaches (Mo'Nique), a hair stylist from Baltimore, and her estranged sister, Angela (Kellita Smith), the owner of an upscale salon in Beverly Hills. They get reacquainted when Peaches decides to attend a celebration for Angela in L.A. The reunion is bittersweet and worsens when Angela finds out that Peaches is on the run from the IRS and has only a few days to pay $50,000 in back taxes.You can watch the trailer here Lo Fi Hi Fi and go the website

Tru Reign Records (home of A.D.O.R., you know the "Let It All Hang Out" guy, read a review) has produced a 30 minute special on A.D.O.R. that includes an interview and all his videos. This show will run in different markets beginning in October. It however will also be available in its entirety at soon.

Wordsworth album "Mirror Music"
Don't miss the Wordsworth album "Mirror Music" coming out on Halftooth. It will feature the single tracks "Gotta Pay" and "Trust" (read the review) but 18 more songs, including contributions by Masta Ace, Punchline, Kenn Starr, Oddisee, Ayatollah, Da Beatminerz, Sebb, Belief and many more.

Press Release: Saul Williams self-titled LP out this fall.
As one of the world's most recognized poets as well as a rising actor and a highly acclaimed musician. In the music world, Saul made noise with sometracks in the mid to late 90's on the "Eargasm" and "Lyricist Lounge" compilations, to name a few. The songs he released during this time periodwere grounded in hip-hop but were a far cry from the traditional rap that was gaining popularity at the time. He released 2001's "Amethyst Rockstar", which was co-produced by Rick Rubin and won him critical acclaim all overthe world (The Times of London named it best album of the year), leading to him touring with Blackalicious, Cursive and The Mars Volta.
On September 21st, The Fader Label will release his latest album, simply titled "Saul Williams". In Saul's own words, "the tracks range from politics to relationships to the politics of relationships. What I ended up with was something that captured the authoritative cool of hip- hop, the playful angst of rock and roll, the raw emotional torment of emo and the fuckoffness of punk." He adds, "If it has the power to make a nation nod their heads then it can help society change it's face."
Listen to the track "List Of Demands (Reparations)"

Alchemist video "Hold You Down"
The song is from the forthcoming "1stInfantry" album, which will be released on 9-21-04. Windows Media Hi Fi Lo Fi
Real Audio Hi Fi Lo Fi

Press Release: Ali Shaheed Muhammadbrings Garden Seekers Productionsto Penalty Recordings / Ryko
August 9, NY, NY - Penalty Recordings/Ryko sign worldwide deal with the legendary artist Ali Shaheed Muhammad through his Garden Seekers Productions.
Ali Shaheed Muhammad is a founding member of the most influential hip-hop act of the 90's, A Tribe Called Quest. ATCQ created and perfected the hip-hop alternative to hardcore and gansta rap. They were a major force in the urban music, known for their groundbreaking jazz-rap revolution and expressive conscious views. Their music, based around laid-back samples, managed to cross over to the alternative crowd with startling live performances; most notably the 1993 Lollapalooza tour, HOB's Smokin' Grooves tour and the Tibetan Freedom festival.
ATCQ disbanded in 1998 and Ali quickly reinvented himself as one of the founding members of the Hip-hop/soul super-group Lucy Pearl. The band consisted of the multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Raphael Saadiq and then ex-En Vogue member Dawn Robinson.
"We're extremely excited to have Ali join our family and look forward to helping bring his vision to the forefront. Working with Ali, Mike Jones and Monica Talavera from Garden Seekers Productions is going to be a real musical journey for us" says Neil Levine, President of Penalty Recordings.
"Arthur Mann and Neil Levine are respected icons within the music business," says Ali, "I am inspired by what they have achieved and am eager to learn from their experiences. My Garden Seeker Productions family and I are ecstatic about the new partnership. We plan to turn the heat up with Penalty by our side. Lookout. 'Elevated Orange' baby."
Ali, always a student of music, has shied away from the use of samples and has implemented the use of self performed live instrumentation by way of guitar, bass, and wood-shedding on the keyboard. Ali's new direction has allowed for even more creativity. The collaboration of like minded artists whose instrumentation helped give birth to "Shaheedullah & Stereotypes" which is due to hit stores in October.

New Tableturns single with all star lineup
Tableturns has released its latest single featuring Rob Swift, Large Professor, Akinyele, Dr. Butcher, and Invisible. Check their website at:

Brick Records: three strikes and you're
Brick will release three albums within the next couple, and considering what they are, we're in for some treats. First there'll be (or is) Insight ( and "The Blast Radius", featuring Inisight beats and appearances by Edan, A.G. and Edo G. (And the record is really good, by the way). Then there will be Main Flow with his album "Hip Hopulation" and contributions by Talib Kweli, Hi-Tek, Black Thought, J.Rawls, Defari, Planet Asia, Killah Priest, Dante of Mood, DJ Vin ROc, 7L & Esoteric, eLone, Masta Fuol, Mikah 9, Soulstice, Medusa and special commentary from Raekwon and David Blaine. And finally, there's the Odd Couples album "Alcohol/Ism". And if you wonder who the Odd Couples are, that's louis logic, J-Love and the Avid Record Collector.


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