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Daily Archives: October 30th, 2007

pack.jpgJive Records recording artist, The Pack, who created one
of the most original and infectious songs of last year with “Vans,” a
song that Rolling Stone selected top 5 in their “100 Best Songs of
2006” round-up , are set to take it one step further with their debut
full length album BASED BOYS. Always the trendsetters, The Pack defy
classification by creating the genre that they call “based music”. Their
influence can be felt throughout the hip hop landscape – from kids in
every hood embracing skate fashions, to Swizz Beat’s own twist on their
signature sound with his hit “Money In The Bank”. These boys are ahead
of the curve.

BASED BOYS is 17 tracks of body movingrhythmsproduced mostly by in
house production whiz – Young L. The album also features production from
Mr. Collipark (Ying Yang Twins, Bubba Sparxx), DJ Speedy (Young Jeezy)
and Pit (Shop Boys – “Party Like A Rockstar”). The first single “In My
Car” picks up right where “Vans” left off with the video helmed by MTV
VMA nominated director Dale “Rage” Resteghini (SouljiaBoy, Jim Jones,
Young Berg).

The Pack’s infectious personalities, sheer talent and youthful charisma
have earned them much acclaim in a very short time.Their enormous
onlinefan-base- over 17 million plays on Myspace and millions of
YouTube views – has translated into more mainstream attention.MTV
added “I’m Shinin” to its Elite 8 based solely on the fact that The Pack
was one of the most popular groups on it’s website. So popular in fact,
that their episode of “You Hear It First” was the most viewed/downloaded
show in history. The low-budget video that was originally shot
only for YouTube quickly became the #1 video on MTV2! They have had more
requests for MTV’s Super Sweet 16 than any other group – filming 3
different episodes already, including Chris Brown’s special edition
Super 18.Publications like Spin, Blender, XXL, Vibe and Thrasher have
all done features on them – all without a full album out.

Theanticipationwill be over on 10/30 when The Pack release BASED
BOYS on Jive Records. If the present buzz is any indication of things to
come, the sky’s the limit for these four teens. Catch them on tour with
Gym Class Heroes this fall.

Advertisements announced the second group of semi-finalists in their $100,000 on-line rap competition today.  With six of the nine semi-final spots now filled, the next ten weeks will be the final opportunity members have this year to earn a chance at the money and a deal from SRC Records.

Grabbing first place and $25,000 for his efforts, North Cak emcee Drop ( won over the judges with a smooth, charismatic flow and an impressive following on the site.  Coming in second and earning $15,000 was South Carolina’s Dirty Rap (  Hailing from the Boston-area and taking the $10,000 third place prize was The Franchise King (  All three noted that they maximized the interactive features on and used other outside web sources to increase their exposure.

“I had mad people helping me out this time around,” Franchise said.  “I won a round in the first ten weeks but didn’t get picked.  This time, though, we pounded the site even harder and it worked out.  To be here, you have to love the culture first, with the music as an extension of that.  But you also need to realize it’s a job, too.  If somebody asked you if you wanted to get paid to write raps, what would you say, you know?  This is how it happens.”

The and SRC Records A&R Department review all submissions, and music from the narrowed pool of weekly winners goes through SRC’s top brass before a decision is made.  Coupled with the payout of $50,000 for each semi-final round (in addition to the grand-prize winner’s $100,000 purse), the entire process speaks to the level of commitment put forward from everyone involved with the site, be it the high-profile producers, the execs in the building, or the unsigned emcees that make the site function.  Co-chairman of and hip hop pioneer Steve Rifkind commended the contestants on their efforts.  As head of SRC Records, he will be the man guiding the career of the ultimate winner.

“We had some incredible submissions this round, and these are the top three that emerged,” Rifkind said.  “There was a lot of debate because the voting in-house was so close, and we’re happy about that.  It is a great example of commitment on both ends and, more important, it shows the direction is moving.  This is a community-first site and we expect it to produce top-notch talent.  This is an exciting time for everyone.”

All three winners were featured in exclusive interviews on their respective hometown urban radio stations this past week.  The Franchise King was in-studio on WJMN JAM’N 94.5 in Boston at 3pm Monday, Dirty Rap visited KTTB Hot 103.9 in Columbia at 1pm Tuesday and Drop chopped it up on WQOK K97.5 in Raleigh at 12pm Wednesday. is currently featuring print interviews with the latest semi-finalists.



Hailing from North Carolina, Drop is almost a throwback to the rhymesayers that dominated the game during rap’s golden era – socially conscious, sick flow and in touch with the culture.  Drop fronts the FIF GANG, with FIF standing for F.irst I.n F.light (“because North Cak niggas was the first to be fly,” he says. “My passion speaks more than my lyrics. I got a song for every occasion and I’m making enough music to live eternally. I’m socially conscious.  I speak on poverty, police brutality, racism, single mothers, deadbeat fathers and lack of education (in our system).  When I speak, the world listens.”  Drop is associated with producers that have worked with Lil Wayne and Dipset, among others, and has a mixtape out right now, “Plead Da FIF Vol. 1,” available for sale.


At 28, Dirty Rap is no hip hop spring chicken.  Splitting time between Arizona and South Carolina, he’s been around, having opened shows for Clipse, Juelz Santana, Ying Yang Twins, Devon the Dude, Twista, Paul Wall, Chamillionaire, Mack-10 and a host of others.  He’s put out three solo albums and four albums with his crew, the Gnac Boys (Yak Boys).  And he’s spoken to a lot of people.  But what’s interesting is his unorthodox approach and perspective in making music. It’s a mature and calculated process, yet at the same time very much in the moment.  Check out more of the “deep, aggressive voice and suitcase full of hope” at


It’s pretty arrogant to call yourself The Franchise King.  But like The Game and King Tip before him, Sunny Shines is more than just swagger and flow.  Repping just outside Boston in Dover, NH, Franchise is quick to point out that to make the music he makes, you have to love hip hop first.  First piece of evidence – instead of a biography, he lists a set of rules (see “Commandments”) about how to go about your business.  He’s opened for KRS-1, has an upcoming show with Wordsmith and Rhymeswell and is getting set to drop on Boston stages this winter.  His crew’s mixtape “Everybody’s Listening Vol. 1” moved over 1,000 units independently, and Vol. 2 is on its way.  Get on-board at


LOUD.COM is an online competition, open to all registered users. offers users the ability to download professional beats from Hip Hop’s hottest producers for just .99 cents, use a unique on-line recording tool to overlay raps over the tracks, have the songs judged by celebrity producers and compete for $100,000 and a record deal with SRC Records, home of multi Platinum, Grammy Awarding winning artist such as Akon and David Banner.  LOUD producers have made hits for The Notorious B.I.G., 50 Cent, The Game, Jim Jones, Lil Jon, Rick Ross, Talib Kweli, Mary J. Blige, Kanye West, Busta Rhymes and many more. Log on to LOUD.COM now!

yung-ralph.jpgYung Ralph is quickly making a name for himself with his single ‘Look Like Money’ from his upcoming album Most Unexpected (Universal). His single is currently growing on radio stations nationwide and receiving rotation on BET.

The earlier days of Yung Ralph began when he was in the Atlanta group Throwback Boyz. Ralph gained a heavy street buzz with the songs ‘Stacks on Deck’ and ‘Ahh Man’ feat Gucci Man and decided to go solo. His consistent grind has led him to work with some of Atl’s finest such as Lil Jon, Jeezy, Pastor Troy, and a few others.

When asked for one word that defines who Yung Ralph is, he doesn’t hesitate for one second. I’m Universal – just like the label I am signed to!!!”


Radio Edit –

Dirty Version –

To view the video to Look Like Money, click on 

or paste the URL in your browser.


Tyra in the studio working on her single Givin Me A Rush.


Check out the new track by  *Sun-E,  the Brown Boi* featuring Mississippis
own *Donnie Cross* and
GA Durts finest *Playboy Tre*!

This banger is produced by *Mark Angelil*, one of the hottest producers
coming outta Europe!!





Or just download the whole zip package

DJs* : If you need drops (all three artists are open to do some), please
send your script and for what you want to use them to:
* ****

Please support this record wherever and however you can!!


There is no need for multimillion dollar theatrics or special effects on
the brand new Sean Paul video for the song “Watch Dem Roll” featured on
the hot Stephen McGregor Tremor Riddim and the new Reggae Gold 2007
album. This purely dancehall video directed by Rich Newey brings wicked
dance moves, sex appeal and simplicity.


ft. Dancehall’s and Reggae’s Finest

IS IN StORES November 26th

Strictly The Best series provides the hottest catalog of
dancehall/reggae music for the Winter Season. Whether it’s currently on
the top the Jamaican charts, a huge underground seller on the streets or
the massive club jam sweeping the dancehalls,  the award winning
compilation has become a highly anticipated release whose popularity has
increased leaps and bounds year after year.  

The annual series is divided into a 2 separately sold discs, providing
cutting-edge dancehall hits on Volume 37 and the latest tunes in Roots
and Lovers Rock on Volume 38. This year the STB 37 series will feature
the #1 hit “Whine Up” by Kat Deluna ft. Elephant Man,  “Mamacita”  by
Collie Buddz,  “Pick It Up & Drop It” by Sean Paul ,  “Back It Up” by
Beenie Man, “We Love The Girls” by Assassin,  “Empire Army” by Vybz
Kartel  and many more. STB 38 series features “She’s Royal” by Tarrus
Riley, “Roots” by Etana, “Cottage in Negril” by Duane Stephenson and
“Below The Waist” by Queen Ifrika.  Full track listing is available
upon request.

With the release of his latest offering ‘Foreva’ in stores now, Wayne
Wonder, the international dancehall reggae superstar with the undeniable
hooks, velvety voice, and electrifying beats on his critically-acclaimed
release, will deliver all of these attributes on the big stage during
his U.S. tour spanning from the California to D.C. See below for dates
(more TBA).

Thurs. Nov 8 – Jamaica Live (@ The Dragonfly) – Hollywood, CA

Fri. Nov 9 – Club Six – San Francisco, CA

Fri. Nov 16 – Raleigh Music Hall – Raleigh, NC

Sat. Nov 17 – Neighbor Hood Theatre – Charlotte, NC

Sun. Nov 18 – Remix VIP – Greensboro, NC

Sat Nov 24 – Club H2O – Washington, DC