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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

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)


Dee Vazquez Sits Down with Big K.R.I.T., Skyzoo, Torae, Uncle Murda and Jason Rodriguez (Part 1)

Dee Vazquez Sits Down with Big K.R.I.T., Skyzoo, Torae, Uncle Murda and Jason Rodriguez (Part 1)

In Part 1 of The Sitdown With Dee Vazquez, the panel discusses blog rappers versus street rappers. Skyzoo talks about balancing blog presence and street presence. Jason Rodriguez and Torae talk about Lil B and what it means to go “viral”. And Big K.R.I.T. calls in to discuss online presence and what his career path has been like so far. itstheBino was there to cover it. Be on the look out for part 2.

Instrumental By Jake One

Press Releases

Hip-Hop Book Drive w/ Tanya Morgan, Buckshot, Skyzoo, Torae and More

On Friday, April 30th Tanya Morgan presents the First Book Charity Concert and Book Drive at Crash Mansion. Curated by Tanya Morgan and Move Forward Music, the book drive concert will feature performances by hip-hop legend Buckshot, his Duck Down labelmates Skyzoo and Torae, and of course the Brooklynati trio themselves, plus many more special guest appearances.

Presented in association with Black Apple Intl., proceeds from the concert will be donated to First Book, a non-profit that provides books to underprivileged kids across the U.S. and Canada. In their 20 years of public service, First Book has donated 65 million books to children in need, combating one of the most significant problems in U.S. literacy and education: access to books. Right now, more than 80% of preschool and after-school programs serving low-income populations have no age-appropriate books for their children, which has led to 30 million people over age 16 in the U.S. who don’t read well enough to understand a newspaper story written at the eighth grade level or fill out a job application.

This is our chance to take part in making a change. Join us for this incredible concert, and get down with the cause!

When: Friday, April 30th 7:30 – 10pm
Where: Crash Mansion, 199 Bowery
Admission: $12 (donated to First Book), Used Books also welcome!

Blitz the Ambassador & Das Racist at Le Poisson Rouge – 5/13

Blitz the Ambassador
Ghanaian artist Blitz the Ambassador gained popularity with his 2009 release “Stereotype”, recognized as Album of the Year by The Society of Cinema and Arts. Blitz tests the limits of hip hop with his use of live instruments, heavily influenced by Ghanaian High Life, creating a complex sound of cross-cultural musical exploration. He performs live with the six-piece Embassy Ensemble.

Das Racist
Brooklyn-based trio whose deconstructionist
approach to music has everyone from the New York Times to Perez Hilton scratching their heads, and ultimately, bopping them. Part high art, part dance music, and entirely hip hop, the group is fresh off the release of their debut mixtape “Shut Up, Dude” and is already changing the face of rap music as we know it.

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CHICAGO ENTREPRENEURS FORM UNIQUE PARTNERSHIP TO CREATE A NEW MODEL OF RECORD MAKING First Installment Of Closed Sessions Offers New Music From Bun B, Curren$y, Kidz In The Hall, Tanya Morgan, Rhymefest, GLC, Skyzoo, Big Pooh & Emilio Rojas

CHICAGO ENTREPRENEURS FORM UNIQUE PARTNERSHIP TO CREATE A NEW MODEL OF RECORD MAKING First Installment Of Closed Sessions Offers New Music From Bun B, Curren$y, Kidz In The Hall, Tanya Morgan, Rhymefest, GLC, Skyzoo, Big Pooh & Emilio Rojas

To truly make a mark in the digital age, you have to be ahead of the curve and Chicago’s recently Closed Sessions label may very well be at the forefront of a new movement in the digital music age. With each of the Closed Sessions founders having years of experience in their respective fields, they combined their expertise in Audio Engineering (Mike Kolar who is chief engineer and owner of Chicago’s SoundScape Studios), Media Technology (Omar Solis) and Viral Media (DJ RTC EIC of and also a renowned DJ who has performed and worked hand in hand with numerous labels and artists) to create a one-stop shop that caters to everything an artist requires to create compelling music.

The premise of Closed Sessions revolves around using their hometown of Chicago as a backdrop to further influence the creative process and experience. All of the sessions recorded for Closed Sessions: Vol. 1 are recorded organically with artists who were either visiting the city while on-tour, or in a few cases those who already call it home. Working with a variety of talented producers, Closed Sessions is supplied with with original and high quality production, which is then stored in the catalog at SoundScape Studios. When a participating artist comes to Chicago, they are taken to SoundScape Studios with’s full video team and the studio is equipped and catered to fit their individual needs. Once comfortable, they are able to cycle through the Closed Sessions catalog and pick the beat of their choice. Once they have chosen their beat, they are left to do what they do—make great music. Adding to the intrigue, Closed Sessions participants work with other artists and producers that they may have not previously met and may not typically work with, which creates very compelling music.

Each Closed Session is videotaped and photographed, giving fans a candid look into the recording habits of Hip-Hop’s top artists, well as providing them with new and high quality music from their favorite artists. The finished song and video are released virally via and reposted throughout the web by other leading music and culture websites. The songs are released individually, as well as collectively via multi-media EPs that include music, videos, photos, and stories all focusing on the Closed Sessions experience.

The majority of Closed Sessions participating artists are provided with a number of additional experiences including, but not limited to, a concert or party organized in part by RubyHornet, as well as a tour of the city in which artists are taken to various cultural hotspots introduced to Chicago’s industry players and personalities.

Since conducting the first Closed Session with New Orleans’ recording artist Curren$y, artists such as Amanda Diva, Kidz In The Hall, Tanya Morgan, U-N-I, Bun B, Donnis, Rhymefest, Skyzoo, Big Pooh, and many others have participated. The first Closed Sessions EP, presented and mixed by DJ RTC, will be released in March 2010 and will contain nine songs. The collection will be distributed digitally as a free download.

While each artist is different and their recording process differs, their individual experiences and testimonials all shed light on how Closed Sessions is poised to brand its name throughout the Urban Music world.

“Going to Chicago is always good… Seeing GLC in Chicago is even better…
Recording in Chicago with GLC and RubyHornet is guaranteed classic!” —-Bun B

“Closed Sessions made sense for me because I always felt like I wanted SoundScape Studios to be the one place that my artist friends could hang out and feel comfortable when in Chicago. DJ RTC, being my personal friend and Mixtape DJ and Mike Kolar being my engineer made my involvement very logical. Closed Sessions is creating snapshots of some of the great moments in Chicago Hip-Hop through song.” —-Naledge of Kidz In The Hall

“Closed Sessions was THAT SHIT. I got to meet and build with some really great talent and eat some good ass nachos (haha). The record turned out crazy and Chicago is a great place to be. Ruby Hornet is putting together great collaborations, bringing artists together in person the way it should be done – none of that email back and forth shit.”—Emilio Rojas

“I think has begun something great with their Closed Session series. A lot of fans want a closer look at their favorite artist and this is a way to let them in on the writing and creative process of creating music. Even the casual listener may gain a greater respect for the process as well as the artist after viewing an episode of Closed Session.” —Big Pooh of Little Brother

“Closed Sessions is like being in the club when it’s poppin’ minus all the
hatin’ ass ni***z.”—Rhymefest

Tracklisting and credits for Closed Sessions Vol. 1:

1.) Curren$y: “Rapper Weed” (Tony Baines)
2.) Truck North and Big Pooh: “Dutch Dalton” (Tony Baines)
3.) Amanda Diva: “I Can See” (Slot-A)
4.) Kidz In The Hall, Chip Tha Ripper, Mikkey Halsted, Donnis: “Fresh Academy” (Double O)
5.) Tanya Morgan: “Posted” (Tony Baines)
6.) Emilio Rojas, Scheme, Astonish: “Helluva Year” (Dario)
7.) U-N-I, Hollywood Holt, CurT@!n$: “So Cold” (Million $ Mano)
8.) Skyzoo and Rhymefest: “Crack The Code” (K-Salaaam and Beatnik)
9.) Bun B and GLC: “Happiness Before Riches” (The Weathermen)


QN5 Videos

PackFM with Masta Ace, Sadat X, Skyzoo, Poison Pen, Sha Stimuli & More – We F*cking Hate Rappers video

PackFM with Masta Ace, Sadat X, Skyzoo, Poison Pen, Sha Stimuli & More – We F*cking Hate Rappers video

Q: What do Masta Ace, Iron Solomon, DMC, B Real, Sadat X, Skyzoo, and Poison Pen all have in common with PackFM?

A: They F*cking Hate Rappers too!

When one man takes a stand against something its very easy to write it off as “hating”. But if everybody speaks up, it becomes much more. “I F*cking Hate Rappers” is not just your typical bash against the “wack mc”, it’s a call to action for people to raise their standards and show respect for the art form, in an age where “rapping” is the last thing rappers are known for.