Grammy award winning producer Doc Ish to release “The First Treatment”

“The First Treatment” will be released on May 11, 2010. Star-Studded LP Features Appearances From Jay Electronica, Joe Budden, Crooked I, Sean Price, Joell Ortiz, Talib Kweli, Bun B, Max B, Saigon, Nipsey Hussle, KRS-One, Kool G Rap, Buckshot, Bizarre and many more.

Pharoahe Monch prepares for W.A.R., tours with Slaughterhouse

Pharoahe Monch is on the front lines once again and this time it’s bigger than just album talk. Monch is gearing up to release his new project W.A.R. (We Are Renegades) through a partnership with Duck Down Music, while establishing his company W.A.R. Media as a viable entertainment portal. W.A.R. is the follow-up album to Pharoahe’s “Desire” project from 2007. Fans can expect what they’ve come to love from Pharoahe on the new LP; complex rapping techniques that are both intricate and intelligent.

The legendary Mr. Kane/Kokane to release new solo LP “Gimme All Mine” on June 1 (free mp3 download)

To say that music courses thru Kokane’s veins would be an understatement, as besides being an accomplished multi-dimensional artist (writing, producing, rapper, singer) in his own right, he is cousins with Big Hutch of the groundbreaking California duo known as Above The Law and made numerous appearances on their “Uncle Sam’s Curse” LP and he is the son of legendary Motown composer Jerry Long who composed hits such as “Just My Imagination,” “Ball Of Confusion” and “Still Waters Run Deep” (among many others) as a key contributor in the shaping of Berry Gordy’s Motown Records.

Closed Sessions: Chicago entrepreneurs form unique partnership to create new record making model

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.

Wu Tang: Return of the Wu and Friends (mp3 download and video)

Since their debut album, 1993’s Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), Wu-Tang has become synonymous with gritty, direct lyrics and beats that draw from classic soul, horn-blasted funk, cinematic curios, and dirty guitar licks (among many others.) With each successive album, the group solidifies their hold on hip-hop, watching over the years as rappers, trends and ephemeral styles come and go and become musical footnotes in the game.