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October 13, 2004

newswrapup: october 13th 2004

Okay, some rap news. But to 'keep it real', go to urbansmarts.com. we asked a couple of artists, like Wordsworth, Sole, Alaska of Hangar 18 and Thaione Davis if they are going to vote, why it's important to vote and what the most important issues are right now. With that out of the way, moving on to the news:

Jamie Cullum does Neptunes
Jamie Cullum is a young British Jazz artist who now enjoys enormous success with his album "Twentysomething". That itself wouldn't be worthy of a post here. But on the special version of his album, he does "Frontin'", as popularized by N*E*R*D and Jay-Z. I haven't heard it so I dunno if it's good.

Dooley-O does a mixCD
For his "The Beat Segment" mixCD, Dooley-O's returns back to the scene with this lively and lush Funk-mix. As a precursor to his upcoming debut album of all new material "I Gotcha", DJ Dooley-O pulls out the breaks and songs for both the skilled-in-the-trade crate digger as well as enthusiastic music fan. Mixed exclusively by Dooley for Female Fun Records, this is the man who found one of hip-hop's greatest breakbeats "It's A New Day" by Skull Snaps which was subsequently used by partner Chris Lowe on the seminal "It's My Turn" by Stezo, some fifteen years ago.

Immortal Technique hangs with Babygrande
Viper Records and Babygrande have announced that they will partner up to release Immortal Technique's next album "Middle Passage". The album will be released world-wide some time in 2005. Babygrande and Viper are also discussing the release of a DVD documentary about Immortal Technique's life and experiences as a hip-hop artist.

Wagon Christ's new single
Wagon Christ's album "Sorry I Make You Lush" is really good. If you know, you know. If you don't then make sure you listen to these Audios (and Video) of his new single:
- Shadows: Real Windows
- Shadows (Video): Real Windows
- The Groove: Real Windows
- Loose Loogins: Real Windows
- Deux Ans De Maia: Real Windows

Wu-Tang "Disciples Of The 36 Chambers" DVD Trailer.
Check out this video trailer for WU-TANG’s DVD “Disciples of the 36 Chambers”, in stores October 19!
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Massive Attack's new album
Get at taste of Massive Attack's new "Danny The Dog / Unleashed" album/soundtrack by going to this player: http://www.massiveattack.co.uk/danny/

New Xzibit songs
Off the album "Weapons of Mass Destruction” (in stores December 14, 2004 on Columbia Recrods), you can listen to two new Xzibit songs off that record:
- "Hey Now": Windows Lo Windows Hi Real Audio Quicktime
- "Mutha Mutha (Clean Version)": Windows Lo Windows Hi Real Audio Quicktime

The Mad Men II Project
In February 2005, the Mad Men team up again. The project obviously features Declaime, Kazi, Medaphoar and Coach D. and production by Oh-No, Kankick, J-Rawls and K.O.S. Productions (Zion I).

New Sampling Laws passed
A three-judge panel of the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati ruled that recording artists must clear each and every sample they use in their productions - even if that sample is minor or unrecognizable. Yes: unrecognizable. Those wishing to sample someone else’s work need to get legal permission to do so, or face the consequences of their actions if they do not, the court ruled. The penalties for copyright infringement range from compensating the copyright holder for the amount of money that should have been paid if permission had been sought and granted; punitive damages from $750 to $150,000 per incident; an injunction against further selling or distributing the work, and if the work is already publicly available, forcing the infringer to physically remove the work from store shelves nationwide; destroying the material in which the infringed work is present; band jail time.
Oh isn't it a great greedy world?

Vordul Mega(llah) "The Revolution Of Yung Havoks"
Everybody awaits the release of Vordul (of Cannibal Ox fame) record, right? Well you'll only have to wait until November 2nd and the album will drop on Nature Sounds. And after listening to both Vordul's and Vast's solo album, the conclusion is obvious: they are better together. Plus, the too often rhyme over mediocre beats. Nevertheless, here's the tracklisting?
1. Neva Again (produced by Opto)
2. Spitamatic feat. C-Rayz Walz (produced by Ruddy Rock)
3. Holla III (produced by Soul Purpose)
4. Hell Yeah (produced by Belief)
5. Hard Times (produced by Dev 1 aka The Prof.)
6. Blade (produced by Belief)
7. Stay Up (produced by Belief)
8. In The Hood feat. Karnage (produced by Dev 1 aka The Prof.)
9. Pray (produced by Belief)
10. Believe feat. Jean Grae (produced by Belief)
11. Struggles (produced by Blockhead)
12. Handle That feat. Vast Aire (produced by Omega One)
13. Megallah (produced by Belief)

Vordul, Kong, Karneige and others form new Supergroup
There's a new 'supergroup'. It consists of Kong and Spiega from MIC, Vordul of CanOX, Priviledge, Stretch Nyce, Akir (as heard on Immortal Tech's "Revolution Vol. 2), Karneige (Def Jux), Killarmy's PR Terrorist, Hasan Salaam and Backwoodz' Billy Woods. The album title is "Terror Firma" and they are toying with a couple of group names, while nothing is definite. For more information, check backwoodzstudioz.com

Typical Cats return with "Civil Service"
Representatives Qwel, Qwazaar, denizen Kane and DJ Natural - along with special delegate Kid Knish - return with the thirteen song heavy new album. No guest, all beats by DJ Natural, live instrumentation. Of course on galapagos4 Records. You can listen to some of the songs here:
- Easy Cause It Is
- Justice Coming
- Butterfly Knives

Planet Asia and Main Flow Europe Tour
"The Goldchain Music Tour" with Planet Asia, Main Flow and DJ Architect will come to your town, if you live in these towns:
Oct 27 - Paris (F), Nouveau Casino
Oct 29 - Wil (CH), Remise
Oct 30 - Praha (CZ), ITF
Oct 31 - Köln, Stadtgarten
Nov 3 - Nürnberg, K4
Nov 6 - Biel (CH), La Coupole
Nov 9 - Berlin, Knaack
Nov 11 - Aachen, Bar Museo
Nov 14 - Düsseldorf, Unique
Nov 16 - Kiel, Luna club
Nov 17 - Copenhagen, MWB
Nov 18 - Leipzig, Conne Island
Nov 19 - Münster, Skaters Palace
Nov 20 - Madrid (ES), Clamoris
Nov 21 - Weinheim, Cafe Central

Zion I US-Tour
Zion I are on the road in conjunction with the "Family Business Mixtape".
Oct. 13, 2004: Santa Barbara, CA - UC Santa Barbara
Oct. 14, 2004: Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst
Oct. 15, 2004: SACRAMENTO, CA - COLONIAL THEATER
Oct. 16, 2004: LOS ANGELES, CA - EL REY THEATER
Oct. 17, 2004: POMONA, CA - THE GLASS HOUSE
Oct. 18, 2004: OFF
Oct. 19, 2004: SAN DIEGO, CA - EPICENTRE
Oct. 20, 2004: TEMPE, AZ - OLD BRICKHOUSE
Oct. 21, 2004: ALBUQUERQUE, NM - SUNSHINE THEATER
Oct. 22, 2004: SAN ANTONIO, TX - THE SANCTUARY
Oct. 23, 2004: HOUSTON, TX - ENGINE ROOM
Oct. 24, 2004: AUSTIN, TX - EMO'S
Oct. 25, 2004: OFF
Oct. 26, 2004: ORLANDO, FL - THE SOCIAL
Oct. 27, 2004: ATLANTA, GA - EARTHLINK LIVE
Oct. 28, 2004: CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - STARR HILL
Oct. 29, 2004: WASHINGTON, DC - 9:30 CLUB
Oct. 30, 2004: OFF
Oct. 31, 2004: PHILADELPHIA, PA - TROCADERO
Nov. 1, 2004: NEW YORK, NY - BB KINGS
Nov. 2, 2004: NEW HAVEM CT - TOADS PLACE
Nov. 3, 2004: NORTHAMPTON, MA - PEARL STREET
Nov. 4, 2004: BOSTON, MA - THE PARADISE
Nov. 5, 2004: KILLINGTON, VT - THE PICKLE BARREL
Nov. 6, 2004: TORONTO, ONT - PHOENIX THEATER
Nov. 7, 2004: LONDON, ONT - PHOENIX NIGHTCLUB
Nov. 8, 2004: OFF
Nov. 9, 2004: DETROIT, MI - ST. ANDREWS HALL
Nov. 10, 2004: CHICAGO, IL - HOUSE OF BLUES
Nov. 11, 2004: BLOOMINGTON, IN - BLUEBIRD THEATER
Nov. 12, 2004: COLUMBUS, OH - LITTLE BROTHER'S
Nov. 13, 2004: MADISON, WI - THE BARRYMORE
Nov. 14, 2004: MINNEAPOLIS, MN - THE QUEST
Nov. 15, 2004: OFF
Nov. 16, 2004: BOULDER, CO - FOX THEATER
Nov. 17, 2004: FT. COLLINS, CO - AGGIE THEATER
Nov. 18, 2004: COL.SPRINGS, CO - 32 BLEU
Nov. 19, 2004: SALT LAKE CITY, UT - SHAGGYS
Nov. 20, 2004: PORTLAND, OR - ROSELAND
Nov. 21, 2004: BEND, OR - DOMINO ROOM
Nov. 22, 2004: SEATTLE, WA - SHOWBOX
Nov. 23, 2004: EUGENE, OR - MCDONALD THEATER
Nov. 24, 2004: SAN FRAN, CA - THE FILLMORE

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