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November 18, 2004

newswrapup: november 18th 2004

Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids on DVD
Fat Albert and the Cosby kids, which aired from 1972 to 1984 enjoyed one of the longest and most successful runs in Saturday morning, cartoon history. It’s a series about a group of urban adolescents growing up in a Philadelphia neighborhood. The show was based on Bill Cosby's ‘60's stand up comedy monologues about his childhood. Topics ranged from social issues to personal introspection and were blended with humor and music.
On December 14th, Urbanworks entertainment will release a DVD containing five episodes of the series: “Creativity”, “Take Two, They’re Small”, “Smoke Gets In Your Hair”, “Sweet Sorrow” and “Poll Time”
View the 30 seconds TV spot here.

J-Live signs with Penalty Recordings/Rykodisc
Now, being an avid reader of this page, there’s no doubt you know J-Live. If not, he burst unto the scene back in 1996 with his first single, "Longevity" b/w "Braggin' Rights". After going the obligatory route of getting signed, not seeing his album come out, he finally had “The Best Part” and “All Of The Above” drop. On his deal, J-Live says, “I'm extremely excited about being the latest addition to the Penalty/Rykodisc family. This is a huge step forward in my career. I'm working on my 3rd full length album. I'm confident that with Penalty Recordings, my music will be able to reach more ears than ever. I feel like I'm in the right place at the right time.” The album will drop Spring 2005.

Unknown Prophets Show Dates...
The Unknown Prophets are coming to a town near you. So make sure you attend these happy get togethers:
- Thursday, December 2
The Otto Bar; Unknown Prophets w/ Black Sheep; Baltimore, MD; $10-$12, 18+; theottobar.com
- Saturday, December 4
The Brew River; Unknown Prophets w/ Written Prisms; Salisbury, MD; 10 pm; $5, 21+; writtenprisms.com
- Thursday, December 9
Unknown Prophets w/ Black Sheep; New York City, NY; Doors 5:30 pm; Show time 7:00 pm sharp
- Saturday, December 11
Hudson Duster Entry; Unknown Prophets w/ Meaty Ogre (Galapagos 4); 40 Third St.; Troy, NY
- Thursday, January 20, '05
Zebra Cocktail Lounge; Unknown Prophets w/ Kanser; Bozeman, MT
- Saturday, January 22, '05
Fox Theater; Unknown Prophets w/ Heiruspecs, Kanser, and DJ Swych; Boulder, CO$15 in Advance, All Ages; Purchase tickets online at foxtheater.com

Ol’ Dirty Bastard featured on “The Future Of Hip Hop Is Now” by BeKay
The hip-hop world mourns the passing of Wu-Tang Clan member and co-founder Ol’ Dirty Bastard. ODB, born Russell Jones, passed away Saturday in a Manhattan recording studio.Recorded earlier this year, ODB’s vocals are a huge part of the action on fellow Brooklyn native BeKay’s new disc “The Future of Hip Hop is Now,” with ODB featured on the stand-out track “Where Brooklyn At?” The disc was released earlier this month on TSOB (The Sound of Brooklyn). ODB took also part in a video shoot for “Where Brooklyn At?” in late October; the clip, directed by Ragin’ Nation Films (Styles P, Stretch Armstrong) and featuring director of photography Cliff Charles (Mos Def, Wyclef Jean, Lil’ Jon and the Eastside Boyz), will soon be edited and ready for the air. Bekay’s previous videos garnered airplay on MTV2, Fuse and BET. 24-year-old BeKay was featured on BET’s “106th and Park” and at shows at the Cheetah Club, SOB’s, the Pyramid, CBGBs and the Knitting Factory. BeKay also ended up in the top 40 finalists (among 40,000 hopefuls) for a spot on MTV’s “Making the Band II” and was one of 27 finalists (among 1,000 entrants) in MTV’s 2003 search for the best on “MC Battle.” BeKay’s tracks have been featured on New York’s HOT 97 and Z100. For more information on BeKay and “The Future of Hip Hop is Now,” visit bekayrap.com.

Snicka presents Biggie Blendz
So Snicka got his hands on a few acapellas from the late great Notorious B.I.G. went in the lab and blended them with some beats out right now. Ever wonder what Biggie would like over a Kanye track? Biggie on some Reggaeton? Well, this is where you can find out how that’d sound like. Snicka has Biggie rhyme over beats from Dr. Dre, Just Blaze, Lil Jon, The Neptunes, Timbaland, Mannie Fresh, Eminem and more. And he’s also giving you 12 bonus tracks of Biggie in Concert Live in London. Listen to snippets here and visit Snicka’s webpage here: snicka.com.

Soul Dojo gives you 9th Wonder material
Kaze’s “Spirit of ‘94 Version 9.0” album remixed by 9th Wonder is now available on the web. Check out cdbaby.com/kaze3. The project includes 8 tracks from Kaze’s original, debut album remixed by producer 9th Wonder. The album also contains a different 9th Wonder mix of the song “Soul Dojo”, which did not appear on “Enemy of the State” or the 12” Single. This CD also features the previously unreleased “Last Laugh”. More information on souldojo.com.

Quickies
Prince Paul will release an album with our friends Female Fun in 2005. You heard it here first. +++ Our good friend Waxfactor along with partner Mr. Trick do a great and exciting radio show called Rhythm Incursions, playing everything that can be considered an update of rap music. Make sure you check out their website for archived shows. rhythm-incursions.com. +++ Visit the website of Tes One (the artist not the rapper): tesone.net. His art is great and he’s selling it. +++ Ludacris’ new album will drop December 7th. It’ll feature production by Doug E. Fresh, Green Lantern, KLC, Lil Jon, Organized Noize and Timbaland, as well as guest appearances by DJ Quik, DMX, Lil Jon, Nas and Nate Dogg. +++ Eminem has redone the video to “Mosh” (for obvious reasons). The new end might even be more powerful though. Watch it here: Windows : Real Audio. +++ Watch Mos Def's new videos "Ghetto Rock" here: Windows Lo : Hi - Real Lo : Hi - Quicktime Lo : Hi and "Sex, Love & Money": Windows Lo : Hi - Real Lo : Hi - Quicktime Lo : Hi +++ Oh, and there’s a ‘reunion’ about to happen that will blow the socks off every underground hip hop head. Man, I wish I could tell you more, but damn, this is so secret they tried to kill me after they told me.

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