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!LLMIND x DUB MD “BLAPS, RHYMES & LIFE VOL. 5” FEAT. CROOKED I, SKYZOO, MASTA ACE, FORTILIVE, TORAE + MORE “100% OF TRACKS PRODUCED BY “THE KING OF BLAPS” !LLMIND”

!LLMIND x DUB MD “BLAPS, RHYMES & LIFE VOL. 5” FEAT. CROOKED I, SKYZOO, MASTA ACE, FORTILIVE, TORAE + MORE “100% OF TRACKS PRODUCED BY “THE KING OF BLAPS” !LLMIND”

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Fresh from releasing a trio of albums this year and last with his groups Fortilive & Smokey Robotic, along with the collaborative effort with Skyzoo, super producer !llmind and the UK’s Dub MD return after a brief hiatus from the highly successful “Blaps, Rhymes & Life” series, with Volume 5 as they showcase !llmind’s latest production with the usual blend of mainstream and upcoming artists.

This double disc volume features legends new and old with the likes of Masta Ace, Ed O.G., Redman, Skyzoo, Crooked I, Brother Ali and highlighting some new artists like Elion The Great, Rita J, I.F., Jesse Abraham and more. Stay tuned for updates/news on all things “Blaps” via www.illmind.biz.

Disc 1:
01.) Laws – Audio Savior
02.) Smokey Robotic – Voices In My Mind
03.) Emilio Rojas – Champion (feat. Voodoo & Laura Reed)
04.) Jared Evan – Falls Down Again
05.) The Problemaddicts – Dedication (feat. Masta Ace & Ed O.G.)
06.) Copywrite – Trooper (feat. Sean Price)
07.) Skyzoo, Torae & Curta!n$ – The Incredible
08.) Redman – Fly
09.) Naturel – Burgundy & Gold
10.) Fortilive – Shaka Back (feat. Tassho Pearce & Wun)
11.) Ican & Ab-Liva – Job Well Done
12.) Gliffics – Your Favorite Pharoahe (feat. Lenny Harold)
13.) Siege – Keep It Real
14.) Illest Rhyme Droppaz – True Colors (feat. Skyzoo)
15.) Cap D – King Of The Mountain (feat. Brother Ali)
16.) Big J – Crystal Meth
17.) Sun Zoo – Get Down
18.) Planet Asia, Thoth & Mistah Fab – Turn Heads

Disc 2:
01.) D-Black – Busy Makin Money
02.) MokeOut & Tone – Respect (feat. Crooked I & Mr. Met)
03.) Smokes – I Get High
04.) Elion The Great – Get It In
05.) I.F. – You’re OK (feat. Skyzoo & D “SkyHigh” McClain)
06.) Rita J – Body Rock (feat. J.C. Brooks)
07.) Flipstarr – Don’t Let The Sun Set
08.) MindsOne – Keep Building
09.) Hydroponikz – Ain’t I
10.) Pat-Lee – So Good
11.) Head Stimulata – Move
12.) Ron Verbal – Nothing 2 Lose
13.) James Dean – Stick To My Guns
14.) Sonny Jim – The Purple Patch (Part 3)
15.) Jesse Abraham – Raucous Lawlessness
16.) Skyzoo – Speakers On Blast (Remix) (feat. Lloyd Banks & Maino)

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Torae & Marco Polo Set to Release DOUBLE BARREL Album On June 2nd: Featuring Lil Fame of M.O.P., an intro by DJ Premier, Sean Price, Guilty Simpson, Masta Ace, Saukrates, S-Roc & cuts by DJ Revolution

Torae & Marco Polo Set to Release “DOUBLE BARREL” Album On June 2nd: Featuring Lil Fame of M.O.P., an intro by DJ Premier, Sean Price, Guilty Simpson, Masta Ace, Saukrates, S-Roc & cuts by DJ Revolution

Digital Deluxe-Edition of “Double Barrel,'” which includes the complete album, an exclusive bonus track, and Marco Polo’s instrumentals, will be available exclusively through iTunes worldwide for only $9.99

Rapper Torae & Super-Producer Marco Polo have joined forces to release the New York rap album that fans of raw, hardcore Hip-Hop have been waiting for.

When it comes to beats and rhymes, Canadian producer Marco Polo and Brooklyn MC Torae don’t play, just check the résumé. On his 2007 critically acclaimed album Port Authority, Polo recruited a who’s who of MC’s like Kool G Rap and Kardinal Offishall to ride over his hard-hitting instrumentals. Torae, on the other hand, has certified his rep as one of the game’s illest lyricists in a similar fashion, with remarkable wordplay on his highly touted 2008 street album Daily Conversation. So, in the spirit of great hip-hop duos, the producer and the MC signed with Duck Down Records to release their collaborative album “Double Barrel,” on June 2nd.

“He’s bringing the hardest production that he can bring, I’m bringing the hardest rhymes I can bring; together its like a double barrel blast,” says Torae of the album’s persistent theme. The two first hooked up when Marco tapped the MC to guest on his Mick Boogie-helmed mixtape, The New Port Authority, in 2007. In turn, Marco went on to produce “Casualty” on Tor’s Daily Conversation. “I think we just had a connection in the studio,” says Polo, “We wanted to make an album that we wanted to hear with banging beats and aggressive rhymes.”

Sonically Double Barrel pays homage to New York’s mid-‘90’s rap scene, when artists like Gang Starr and Wu-Tang Clan reigned supreme. The album’s lead track “Party Crashers” is a definite standout, harkening back to that era with its chest thumping percussion and rock solid rhymes. So rather then try to fit in with Hip-Hop’s pop set, Torae & Marco chose the unconventional route. “I think the sound of the album is not the most popular or trendy, but we’re going to crash the party,” says Tor, “ We’re coming in with this sound and we’re coming in doing what we want to do.”

Songs like the dramatic “But Wait” and the free associative “Word Play” display Tor’s forward-thinking conceptual abilities, while the rock-infused “Danger” stands as one of Marco’s finest productions to date. Overall the album is chock-full of the street-influenced rap that fans have come to expect from the two Hip-Hop upstarts.

Torae sums up the collaboration perfectly when he spits, “He makes violent beats, I’m from the violent streets/That Double Barrel sound, that’s where violence meets.”

Torae & Marco Polo will also be hitting off the vinyl heads with both a 12″ and LP of the album.

The 12” line up is:

Double Barrel

Hold Up featuring Sean Price & Masta Ace

Combat Drills (exclusive cut not found on the Double Barrel CD)

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EMC – “What It Stand For” video

For those who don’t know: EMC = Masta Ace, Wordsworth, Stricklin and Punchline.