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Common - Blue Sky (Official Lyric Video)

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Action & Statik Serve Up Collaborative LP On 11-22-2011 On DCide Records, Produced Entirely By Statik Selektah


Qualified chef-turned-rapper from Queens, New York, newcomer Action Bronson has built up a loyal following since he decided to leave the kitchen for a recording studio only 18 short months ago. However, the man Rolling Stone Magazine recently called the “Artist to Watch” didn’t stray too far from the kitchen, as he is well known for rapping about his culinary delights. Action’s experiences lend a unique flavour to his rhymes, where you’ll find witty mentions of duck prosciutto, Tunisian olives, smoked brisket and other delicacies along with vivid imagery of a modern-day Viking pillaging his way across New York.


Action recently linked up with Producer Statik Selektah, and a couple tracks turned into a whole project. What do you get when you combine one of the best Producers in the game and one of the best upcoming lyricists? Action Bronson & Statik Selektah call it Well Done. 

This is an album hip-hop fans around the world have been yearning for. In the vein of classic producer & emcee albums; Bronson & Statik deliver one that will stand the test of time.


Well Done will be released on November 22nd courtesy of DCide Records and is now available for Pre-Order on iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/preorder/well-done/id473288366.

The project’s lead-single, "Cocoa Butter," features Nina Sky and a video was recently shot in Bronson & Nina Sky's home base of Queens.

Action & Statik will be touring extensively
in support of the record, from the US to Canada to Europe


Action Bronson & Statik Selektah announce Well Done album & DCide Records signing (video): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-Sxwz_Ohq0


Tracklisting & Credits for Action Bronson & Statik Selektah "Well Done" LP:

1. Respect The Mustache
2. Time For Some ft Lil Fame of M.O.P.
3. Cocoa Butter ft. Nina Sky
4. White Silk
5. I Don't Need No Love
6. The Stick Up
7. Central Bookings ft. Meyhem Lauren
8. Cirque Du Soleil
9. The RainMaker
10. Love Letter
11. Not Enough Words
12. Terror Death Camp ft. Meyhem Lauren, Maffew Ragazino, & AG Da Coroner
13. Miss Fordham Road (86' 87' 88')
14. Cliff Notes
15. Bon Voyage'

Well Done Tour Dates:

   Friday Oct 21st New York, NY Action Bronson at Highline Ballroom - XXL CMJ Event w/    Machine Gun Kelly, Dom Kennedy, French Montana, Kid Ink, Chris Webby



Saturday Oct 22nd Brooklyn, NY Statik Selektah at Williamsburg Music Hall -Duck Down vs. Blacksmith CMJ Event w/ Talib Kweli, Pharoahe Monch, Buckshot, Jean Grae, Smif N Wessun, Kidz In The Hall

Saturday October 22nd New York, NY Action Bronson at Good Units - Fools Gold CMJ Event w/  N.O.R.E., A-Trak, Party Supplies, Danny Brown

 Saturday October 22nd  New York, NY Action Bronson - Converse CMJ Event at Santos Party House w/ Araab Muzik,  Mr. MFN Exquire

  Thursday Nov 3rd Montreal, Quebec Action Bronson at TBA
 Friday November 4th Toronto, Canada Action Bronson at The Rivoli


Saturday Nov 5th Salt Lake City, UT Statik Selektah at Hotel Elevate

Monday Nov 7th at Salt Lake City, UT Action Bronson & Statik Selektah at Hotel Elevate

   Wednesday Nov 9th New York, NY Action Bronson at Sullivan Hall
Monday Nov 12th Chicago, IL Action Bronson at TBA

Thursday Nov 17th Los Angeles, CA Action Bronson at The Wiltern w/ Chromeo


Saturday Nov 19th Rotterdam, The Netherlands Action Bronson at Exit

Friday Nov 25th Cambridge, MA Action Bronson at The Middle East w/ Slaine

Friday December 16th Lowell, MA Statik Selektah at The Brewery w/ Termanology


About DCide Records

DCide is a privately held, DC based independent record label. The label was started in summer of 1995 by founding partners Jeffrey B. Clyburn, Burton Gray and Mark Thorp. Their first act Nothingface sold over 500,000 records worldwide and is widely recognized as one of the standardbearers for the new metal genre. In 2002, DCide entered into a partnership with Geffen Records to release the debut record from TRUSTcompany out of Montgomery, Alabama. TRUSTcompany's guitar driven rock evokes memories of the Smashing Pumpkins' with Deftones-like vocal stylings and bottom heavy riffing reminiscent of Led Zeppelin. TRUSTcompany enjoyed both critical and commercial success as their debut album "The Lonely Position of Neutral" went on to be certified Gold. TRUSTcompany’s sophomore record "True Parallels" was released by DCide/Geffen in March of 2005. 

In 2009, DCide/Templar Label Group released the debut EP's from Shabazz Palaces, the new project from Ishmael Butler, the creator, rapper and producer for the Grammy award winning rap group Digable Planets. DCide began its relationship with Butler with its 2003 release of his first post Digable Planets project; Cherrywine.


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Nas - Nasty (Official Video)

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Aftermath Presents Slim The Mobster - "Marta" Ft. Prodigy (of Mobb Deep)

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  Slim The Mobster "Marta" Feat. Prodigy of Mobb Deep by SlimTheMobster


Description: New song off of Slim The Mobsters upcoming street album War Music. Executive Producers Dr. Dre, Snoop 
Dogg and Sha Money XL


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David Dallas "Feel Like Oasis" feat. Tayyib Ali & The Kid Daytona

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New music from David Dallas off his upcoming 'The Rose Tint' deluxe album out November 8th in North America & November 14th in New Zealand & Australia on Dawn Raid / Dirty MGMT / Duck Down Music Inc. 

David Dallas's 'The Rose Tint Deluxe' project features 4 new bonus records + a second disc that contains album instrumentals.

For more information on David Dallas visit http://www.daviddallas.co.nz

Follow @ddotdallas 

LISTEN & DOWNLOAD FOR FREE: http://bit.ly/pcis88 

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Who Is Slim The Mobster?

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--Boston Local Wins Spot to Compete against Nation’s Best Freestyle MCs in Finals--


Boston—October 6, 2011 – Last night, eight of Boston’s freshest freestyle MCs headed to the Royale to battle it out at Red Bull EmSee but only one walked away the champion.  In a night filled with piercing punch lines and lyrical acrobatics, MCs Rage 617, D MAT, Resurch, Sir Locksley, Day Parks, Chilla Jones and One Life came ready to throw down, but it was Pat G’s quick wit and lyrical flow that earned him the champion title after an intense series of heated battles.  He’ll advance to the Red Bull EmSee national finals in Atlanta later this fall.  Last night’s battle, hosted by rapper Bun B, was judged by a panel of hip-hop heavies including Rakim, Pharoahe Monch and Jean Grae.

The Red Bull EmSee competition format puts a spin on the traditional rap battle by providing random prompts and cues on screens that the MCs needed to hit in each of their flows, challenging them to truly spit rhymes off-the-dome.  Winner Pat G explained his experience, “The key to this whole thing is happiness, original lyrics and having a good time out there.”  He continued, “The situation only humbled me. There is still work to do. I want the whole thing.” Pat G was able to impress all of the judges with his enthusiastic freestyle skills - Rakim noted that his “he had flow and originality with his rhymes.”

In between rounds, fans and competing MCs were treated to special performances by the judges but it was Rakim’s conclusion of the night that really got the crowd excited.

Pat G is originally from Hartford, Connecticut but has been located in Boston since 2003. At first, he was strictly into making beats until he gave into peer pressure and entered some freestyle sessions at the local youth center. His talents became evident and his witty punch lines plus his comedic style of rap quickly got him recognized as a series force when it comes to battle rapping. Pat G has amassed a long list of victims when it comes to battling, he also has similar success with his production skills. Pat began to work the Boston Hip-Hop show circuit. He opened for Canibus, Curren$y, Big K.R.I.T., Wiz Khalifa, DJ Premier, Artifacts, Reks, and Mr.Lif. Pat G decided it was time to step out of the shadows and linked up with Bridge Life Entertainment. Since then, Pat has produced songs for Reks, Termanology, Akrobatik, Edo G, Mr.Lif, Ripshop, and Big Shug just to name a few. Be on the lookout for this aspiring Emcee and Producer.

If Pat G indeed wins the national finals, he will be heading into Red Bull Studios in Santa Monica to work with a producer of his choice from a select panel.  But first, he’ll have to go up against some of the best freestyle MCs from around the country.  The next Red Bull EmSee battle will be hosted in DC on October 24, 2011 at The Fillmore.  For more event information, visit www.redbull.com/EmSee.



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Talib Kweli PSA From The Colbert Report

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Prior to Talib Kweli & Mos Def's Black Star performance tonight (Oct. 5th) on the Colbert Report, Kweli sat down IN Colbert's chair to announce the upcoming Duck Down VS Blacksmith CMJ Showcase on October 22nd at Music Hall of Williamsburg. The showcase features performances by Talib Kweli, Pharoahe Monch, Jean Grae, Buckshot, Smif N Wessun, Kidz In The Hall, Promise & a special 'Population Control' music set by Statik Selektah. Fans outside of the New York Tri-State can watch a live stream of the performance exclusively at redbullusa.com

Tickets available now at http://bit.ly/pjhFC2 


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Jedi Mind Tricks "Target Practice" (Remix)

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For more than fifteen years, the name Jedi Mind Tricks has become synonymous with raw, gritty underground hip-hop.  From their debut album, The Psycho-social, in 1996 to their seminal sophomore release, Violent By Design, to their musical expansion heard on Servants and Heaven, Kings in Hell, JMT has made an indelible impression on the independent music scene (with over 400K units sold) while arguably forging its own subgenre of rap.  Led by the fiery vocals of controversial front man, Vinnie Paz (who also released a critically acclaimed solo-LP, Season Of The Assassin in 2010 which featured the underground smash “Street Wars” f/Clipse & Block McCloud and also guest apperances from Paul Wall, Freeway and Beanie Sigel), and his venerable rhyme partner, Jus Allah, the group has built one of the most critically-acclaimed and commercially-successful careers in independent music.


Though JMT rarely appears on Billboard charts, their success is most accurately measured in the passion and respect of their growing legions of hardcore fans who have packed JMT shows around the world from Boston to Bogota to Bucharest.  JMT’s music is defiant and their longevity is a testament to their blue-collar work ethic; born from the bloodlines of their hometown, Philadelphia, PA.   


On October 25, 2011, JMT is set to drop its seventh studio album, “Violence Begets Violence”, through Vinnie Paz’s own imprint, Enemy Soil.  Though JMT fans can expect more of the uncompromising, unrelenting brand of hardcore rap music that has become the group’s signature sound, “Violence Begets Violence,” marks a change (something the group has undeniably become accustomed to over the years) as longtime JMT producer, Stoupe, hands over production duties to a new wave of talented producers honed in on the JMT sound; but set on creating a fresh take on a classic formula.


Jedi Mind Tricks “Violence Begets Violence” will be available on CD, vinyl, and via digital download on October 25, 2011.

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Confirmed Jedi Mind Tricks Tour Dates:

11/9/11- New Haven, CT- Toad’s Place

11/10/11- Northampton, MA- Pearl St.

11/11/11- Boston, MA- Paradise Rock Club

11/17/11- Kearney, NJ- The Irish

11/18/11- Philadelphia, PA- The Trocadero

11/19/11- NY, NY- The Studio at Webster Hall

11/27/11- Pomona, CA- The Glass House


Jedi Mind Tricks will also be invading Australia for the first time:

12/2/11- Adelaide, Australia- HQ

12/3/11- Brisbane, Australia- The HiFi

12/8/11- Sydney, Australia- The Factory

12/9/11- Melbourne, Australia- Billboard

12/10/11- Perth, Australia- Villa

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Duck Down VS Blacksmith CMJ Showcase Saturday, October 22nd at the Music Hall of Williamsburg

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Performances by:
Talib Kweli 
Pharoahe Monch
Jean Grae
Smif N Wessun
Kidz In The Hall
Music by Statik Selektah with a special 'Population Control' set featuring artists on the album

Date: Saturday, October 22nd
Location: Music Hall of Williamsburg 
Address: 66 N 6th St (between Kent & Wythe) Brooklyn, NY 

Doors Open 8PM / Show Starts 9PM 
This Is An 18 & Over Show 

The First 150 CMJ Badge Holders Enter For Free 
For Tickets, Visit: http://bit.ly/pjhFC2 

For Fans That Won't Be Able To Make The Show In Brooklyn, Watch The Live Webcast At RedBullUSA.com 

For More Information & The Latest Updates, Visit: www.duckdown.com & www.yearoftheblacksmith.com
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Slim The Mobster ft. Snoop Dogg - "What Goes Up"

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 The upcoming War Music street album is set to come out late October and executive produced Dr Dre and Snoop Dogg, and produced by Sha Money XL and Vikaden. The street album will be hosted by DJ Whookid and DJ Skee.


 Slim The Mobster "What Goes Up" Feat. Snoop Dogg by SlimTheMobster 


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