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Fat Beats LA Announces In-Store Performance Schedule For Final Week Fat Beats LA Celebrates Final Week With Appearances From Rhettmatic, Ras Kass, Dilated Peoples, Bishop Lamont, Kurupt, and More

Fat Beats LA Announces In-Store Performance Schedule For Final Week Fat Beats LA Celebrates Final Week With Appearances From Rhettmatic, Ras Kass, Dilated Peoples, Bishop Lamont, Kurupt, and More

Fat Beats is excited to present yet another send-off worthy of their hip-hop legacy. Following the recent close of their New York location and a successful string of in-store performances from such artists as Just Blaze, DJ A-Trak, Pete Rock, and DJ Premier, Fat Beats is planning a week long series of in-store performances and music industry panels for to close out the Los Angeles location. These in-stores will provide an opportunity for fans to celebrate the legacy of one of the strongest music brands in the company of their favorite artists, while learning about the history of Fat Beats and what the future holds for the music industry. Everyone is welcome to come and all events are free.

Today marks the official start of the week and a half long in-store series for the Los Angeles location. This location will host artist performances every day starting this weekend until it closes its doors for the final time on Saturday, September 18th, 2010. Additionally, the Los Angeles Fat Beats location will be selling limited edition commemorative t-shirts, as well as discounted music and merchandise. Says owner, Joseph Abajian aka DJ Jab, “California has supported us since day one and we’re looking forward to putting on great shows for our final week.”

The schedule for the Los Angeles location is as follows:

Tuesday, September 14th: Trek Life, Percee P & Mellow Man Ace & others
Wednesday, September 15th: Tiron, Ayomari, Bambu, Tunji, & others
Thursday, September 16th: Producer Showcase – Exile, Rhettmatic, HouseShoes, Shafiyq, & others
Friday, September 17th: Kurupt, Bishop Lamont, Dilated Peoples, EM Eiht, Ras Kass, Planet Asia, Affion Crockett, Funkdoobiest, Strong Arm Steady, & others
Saturday, September 18th: Special guest DJ’s and performers all day
*FINAL DAY* Sunday, September 19th: DJ’s Showcase – DJ Revolution, Rhettmatic, J Rocc,& others

Despite these farewells, Fat Beats will continue doing what it does best – bringing hip-hop to the people. Fat Beats Distribution has been renamed FB Distribution and continues to work with both independent and major labels. Likewise, Fat Beats Records is pllaning rleases from a number of artists from their impressive roster, including ILL BILL, TruMaster/KRS-One, Black Milk, Trinity, Sha Stimuli, Q-Unique and more. The company’s online store, FatBeats.com, which carries everything available in their retail locations and more, will remain the number one destination for hip-hop fans for all their music needs. Though these two landmarks may be closing, Fat Beats’ persistence during tough times for the record industry proves it is still very much alive and well.

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Hip-Hop Heavyweight Frank Nitt (of Frank-n-Dank) Releases Debut Solo EP on Delicious Vinyl Detroit’s Gritty Frank Nitt Enlists Shiny Cali Kings Terrace Martin, Kurupt, & DJ Quik for Jewels In My Backpack

Hip-Hop Heavyweight Frank Nitt (of Frank-n-Dank) Releases Debut Solo EP on Delicious Vinyl Detroit’s Gritty Frank Nitt Enlists Shiny Cali Kings Terrace Martin, Kurupt, & DJ Quik for Jewels In My Backpack

Underground mastermind MC Frank Nitt of Frank-n-Dank, has teamed up with L.A. rap dons for a six-track EP that transcends styles, proving that Frank Nitt holds the verbal dexterity to rock over any beat. The EP is being released by the legendary label, Delicious Vinyl, known for their classic releases from The Pharcyde, Masta Ace, Tone Loc, and many more. Frank Nitt’s Jewels in my Backpack hits virtual shelves today.

The beauty of Jewels is in the organic chemistry of Terrace Martin and Frank Nitt’s fusion of sound and style. A highly accomplished producer, Martin has arranged tracks for such artists as Snoop, Talib Kweli, and Warren G to name a few. His highly developed musical technique provided a bright array of beats on which Nitt unwound his signature gritty prose. The EP is a blend of the artists’ two worlds. “He’s [Martin] much more glossy than where I come from. His production has a shinier sound, which are the jewels. And here I am as this underground artist, a backpack MC who can rock over these jewels” explains Nitt. The end result is a powerful hip-hop hybrid that seamlessly blends regional aesthetics of both their hometowns.

Having released four albums as the Detroit-based duo Frank-n-Dank with Dankery Harv, Frank Nitt is no stranger to the rap game. His previous works boast the production mastery of hip-hop legend J. Dilla, and command attention and respect across the globe. Breaching into the realm as a solo-artist, Nitt now has full control of his musical endeavors. “It’s all on me. Being solo raises the stakes but I’m confident in the music I make,” professes Nitt. The EP has guest appearances by Kurupt and DJ Quik, beefing up the credentials to this classic-in-the-making.

Frank Nitt’s Jewels In My Backpack EP boasts 6 songs that cover topics from partying n’ bullshit to girls to love to adjusting to the LA party scene and more. “Psychedelic Freaky Girls” is a technicolor steamer trunk of a track, bursting with Terrace Martin’s musicality and the randy croon of J. Black. The single, “Go Girl,” featuring The Problem pays homage to the ladies and delivers a deep riding bass that drives Frank’s true-to-life lyrics through the speakers.

Frank Nitt’s contribution to the future of hip-hop is available starting today on iTunes and Amazon while the vinyl version will be availbale soon.

Check out the video for “Go Girl” feat. The Problem:

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J. WELLS RETURNS WITH DIGITAL MASTER VOL. 2.1, INCLUDES CAMEO’S FROM SNOOP DOGG, ESTELLE, KURUPT, WC, MACK 10, THA LIKS, DA BRAT, RAH DIGGA, ROSCOE, BIGG GIPP.

J. WELLS RETURNS WITH DIGITAL MASTER VOL. 2.1, INCLUDES CAMEO’S FROM SNOOP DOGG, ESTELLE, KURUPT, WC, MACK 10, THA LIKS, DA BRAT, RAH DIGGA, ROSCOE, BIGG GIPP.

Album Drops April 14th 2009 On J. Wells Own Bonzi Records Imprint Through Fontana Distribution

“J.Wells is at again, he never quits, I’m behind him 100%”

-Kurupt

Los Angeles, CA—In 2005, J. Wells completed his debut album, Digital Master, which featured Bishop Lamont, Method Man, Mitchy Slick, Goodie Mob, Tha Liks, Jayo Felony, Kurupt, Roscoe and Planet Asia.

More recently, J. Wells released a collaborative LP, Digital Smoke (2007), with Kurupt on his Bonzi Records label and the project garnished great reviews from The Source, XXL, Allhiphop.com, LA Times and many other media outlets.

There has been a surge in demand for J. Wells after having his tracks featured on multi-platinum albums such as “Work It Out” on Keyshia Cole’s “Just Like You”, and taste-maker shows such as, The Sopranos and Six Feet Under, and F. Gary Gray’s blockbuster film and soundtrack Be Cool. J’s songs are also featured in the video games: EA Sports, Tiger Woods Golf and EA Sports, Fight Night, as well as commercials for major corporations including McDonalds, Smirnoff, Starbucks, and Coors Light.

J. Wells is currently in the studio working with Ne-Yo, Glasses Malone, Bone Thugs, E-40, Rakim, Mister, Bobby Valentino, Cashis, Katt Williams, and Doll Phace, amongst others

On 4-14-09 J. Wells will release his sophomore album, Digital Master Vol. 2.1, and it will feature appearances from Snoop Dogg, Estelle, Kurupt, Da Brat, WC, Roscoe, Tha Liks, Rah Digga and Mack 10 among many others. A lot has been made of the OG’s not supporting the new talent arising in California, but J. Wells relays that has not been an experience he is familiar with “I have a lot of my big homies on this album, some of these new dudes may say that the OG’s on the West coast don’t support the new talent, but I beg to differ. Snoop, Kurupt, WC, Mack 10 & Tha Liks have always looked out. It’s all about your attitude and the music you deliver.”

Tracklisting and credits for J. Wells “Digital Master Vol. 2.1”:

1.) So Many Faces f/Shorty, Roscoe & Flambz
2.) Street Hustle
3.) Already Famous f/Da Brat, Mister & Kurupt
4.) Big A – Interlude
5.) All My Bitches f/Snoop Dogg
6.) You Don’t Love Me f/Estelle
7.) Cadillac Music
8.) We Don’t Give A Fuck f/WC
9.) Gotta Have That f/Big Gipp of Goddie Mobb
10.) Ode 2 Mary Jane
11.) Not No More f/J Ro of Tha Liks
12.) Likwit Tribute
13.) Brand New f/Rah Digga
14.) Infiltration f/ Mack 10 & Stacey Adamz
15.) Epic Omega
16.) Exhale
17.) Ticket f/ Doll Phace (****Bonus Track)

(All tracks produced by J. Wells)

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B-Real of Cypress Hill Preps SMOKE N MIRRORS For A February 24th, 2009 Release Featuring Snoop Dogg, Damian Marley, Buckshot, Kurupt, Too Short, Sen Dog, & Young De

B-Real of Cypress Hill Preps SMOKE N MIRRORS For A February 24th, 2009 Release Featuring Snoop Dogg, Damian Marley, Buckshot, Kurupt, Too Short, Sen Dog, & Young De

B-Real, a rapper of Mexican and Afro-Cuban heritage, is best known for being the lead rapper in the hip hop group Cypress Hill. Since the group’s formation in 1988, the pioneering rap-rock quartet Cypress Hill — founders B-Real, DJ Muggs, and Sen Dog, along with newest member Eric Bobo — have come a long way from the streets of South Central L.A. Over the course of its 17-year history, Cypress Hill has sold more than 17 million albums worldwide, including more than 11 million records in the U.S. alone. The group has garnered 15 multi-platinum, platinum and gold certifications from the RIAA; headlined Lollapalooza, Woodstock and the group’s own Smokin’ Grooves tour. B-Real has appeared on “Saturday Night Live,” all the while breaking down the musical and cultural barriers between hip-hop, alternative, metal, rock, reggae, ska and Latin music.

Recently, B-Real, along with Cypress Hill received a VH1 Hip Hop Honors, to celebrate the vision and innovation that the group continues to bring to Hip Hop, strengthening its force around the world. Other artists honored in 2008 were De La Soul, Naughty By Nature, Slick Rick and Too Short.

In B-Real’s first ever solo effort, “SMOKE N MIRRORS”, he wanted to showcase his musical talent over beats produced by Alchemist, Scoop Deville, & Sick Jacken (from Psycho Realm). B-Real produced several songs on the project as well, including the lead track “FIRE” with Damian Marley. “Smoke N Mirrors” also features tracks with Snoop Dogg, Buckshot, Kurupt, Too Short, Sen Dog, of Cypress Hill, & Young De.

B-Real is confident his fans will appreciate “Smoke N Mirrors” stating: “I am excited to be putting out my first solo project. It’s been in the works for a while now. I want to show my fans a different side to my creative abilities including my own production. I am also excited to have teamed up with Duck Down. They have a strong team and I believe they will push my project to the fullest.”

Two Videos will be filmed off “Smoke N Mirrors” for “Don’t Ya Dare Laugh” featuring Young De and “FIRE” featuring Damian Marley.

SMOKE N MIRRORS is in stores February 24th, 2009, courtesy of Audio Hustlaz/Duck Down Records.

Tracklisting and credits for B-Real’s Smoke N Mirrors:

1.) Children of The Night f/ Bo Roc (produced by Scoop Deville)
2.) Gangsta Music f/Bo Roc (produced by Soopafly)
3.) Don’t Ya Dare Laugh f/Young De (produced by Scoop Deville)
4.) Everything You Want f/Buckshot (produced by Soopafly)
5.) 6 Minutes f/Young De & Tek (produced by Alchemist)
6.) Pyscho Revolution f/ Sick Jacken (produced by Sick Jacken)
7.) Fire f/Damian Marley (produced by B-Real)
8.) 10 Steps Behind f/Young De & Tek (produced by J. Turner)
9). Get That Dough f/Mimi (produced by Fifth)
10.) Dr. Hyphenstein f/Snoop Doog, Young De & Trace Midas (produced by B-Real)
11.) Stack’ N Paper (produced by J. Turner)
12.) 1 Life f/Send Dog and Mal Verde (produced by B-Real)
13.) Dude VS. Homie (produced by J. Turner)
14.) When They Hate You f/Mimi (produced by Salaam Wreck)
15.) When Were F*cking f/Too Short, Kurupt and Young De (produced by J. Turner)

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Kurupt & J Wells – All We Smoke video

Kurupt & J Wells collaborative project, Digital Smoke