The Microphone Masters Radio Show features two special guests this week!

First up we have DubCNN alumni and friend of the show – Balance – he talks about his new project, Bay Area’s Finest, taking the approach from the A&R point of view, screen-writing and how to find the right artist for the right beat.

Next up we introduce Sole2Dotz – the Minnesota by way of Illinois resident talks about recording his opus, Maverick: Memoirs of a Loner and the cathartic process. He shares what it has been like trying to fit into a new scene in a new city.

Attention! Attention! Do not miss the classic rant by Starr Saxxxon in the Last Words Segment as he takes a blowtorch to the Clippers. All Lakers fans (including J-Luv) will stand and applaud. And you will bust a gut laughing!

Also DubCNN & the MM Crew wanted to take a moment to say Rest in peace to Blues legend, B.B. King.

Peep tracks from Blackalicious, Damar, D Woodz , Masta Ace, Balance, Big Krit, Crown City Rockers, Defari, Sole2Dotz, E-40 and more.

Reach out to the show at mm@dubcnn.com and check us out on Facebook!

Microphone Masters Radio Episode 94 (05-20-15) Tracklist

Big K.R.I.T. feat B.B. King – Praying Man
Intro: RIP B.B. King
D Woodz & J Schmoe – Running Man
E-40 feat B-Legit – Rear View Mirror
Masta Ace Incorporated – Jeep Ass Niguh
Segment 1: Balance Part 1
Blackalicious – Your Move
Defari – Curveball
Damar – Luhv
Segment 2: Balance Part 2
Balance feat Pooh Hefner, Rich Rocka, Philthy Rich, J Stalin – Erryday
Balance feat Beeda Weeda & HBK Skipper – Hella
Balance feat HD & the Hoodstars – Can’t Stop
Segment 3: Sole2Dotz Part 1
Crown City Rockers – Astroshocks
Maxwell Spyk – Trees and Liquor
Segment 4: Sole2Dotz Part 2
Sole2dotz – Cultivated1
Sole2dotz – Reg Day Shit
Outro: Last Words
B.B. King – The Thrill is Gone

Microphone Masters Radio Episode 94 (05-20-15Show (Stream/Download)

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Kola aka Kola Mac dropped his latest single “Cook Sumthin” back in January. That track – this first since September last year when he released an album with The WiccedSide Council (Kola Mac, Slime Balla and G Fly) – was the first from his upcoming “Eat Or Don’t Volume 3″ mixtape.

The project was delayed but will drop in June on DubCNN.com but today he’s dropped his new leak “The Pressure” – produced by Nice – give it a spin below.

Kola Mac – The Pressure (Audio)


This weeks Microphone Masters Radio Show linked up with up and comer Hodgie from the great state of Ohio. Never heard of Hodgie? Here is why you should put him on your radar,

“I’m definitely a fan of music and appreciative of the culture. So when I’m doing what I am doing I definitely have a story to tell.”

His album, American Dreamin’ speaks to Hodgie’s desire to achieve success and the ups and downs experienced along the way. Hodgie states,

“…to be honest, that’s what we are going through right now. Trying to get it (our American Dream). Trying to hustle and chasing those dreams. I try to give those vibes that relate to that.”

Along the journey to make a dream become reality there are choices to be made that can impact your short and long term future. Hodgie had a chance to sign with R&B star Ginuine years ago but passed up on that opportunity. While the two are still friends he chalked his chose as a matter of timing.

“As far as that American Dreamin’ goes, could that have been my idea of the American dream? For me, it wasn’t at the time. This whole American Dream movement is about chasing what’s right for you…because everybody’s idea of the American dream can be different.”

From a quick glance at the tracklist of his project it becomes quite clear that Hodgie wants to be known for his work sans guest appearances. In fact, there are only three features on the 15 track offering.

“I’ve worked on this album for quite some time. I have dropped numerous mixtapes and things like that with a lot of different features. I have worked with a lot of different artists…I’ve done joints with Freeway all the way to Gucci Mane. With this album a lot of the records really relate to my life story and I’m telling a story on there. I had a lot of personal sessions…I feel like it came out dope.”

Peep the full conversation and hear Hodgie’s take on ghostwriting and how he will know when he has elevated to the next step in his career on Episode 93 of Microphone Masters Radio Show.


Keith Murray on Microphone Masters Radio Episode  93 (05-13-15)


Back in 2012 DubCNN dropped the Treacherous Records compilation “The Mint Room” for stream and free download.

The project featured Treacherous artists including Crooked I, K-Young, One-2 & Horseshoe Gang alongside a host of Westcoast talent such as Fashawan, Ab-Soul, Schoolboy Q, El Prez, Jay Rock and more.

It was a huge success and now the team are back again with the sequel, “Mint Room 2.” With 14 original tracks the album sees labelmates KXNG CROOKED, Horseshoe Gang, K-Young, Niqle Nut and One-2 featured with guests including Bridge, Demrick, El Prez, Fashawn and Raven Sorvino,among others. Aktive, Dae One, Jansport J, Komplex, and Tabu, to name a few, lend their talents behind the boards. Stream or download below!

Treacherous C.O.B Presents: Mint Room 2 (Album Stream & Download)


Treacherous C.O.B Presents: Mint Room 2 (Tracklist)

01) Ya Boy Rich Rocka + Quiz + Mitchy Slick + Tray Deee “Welcome to California” (Prod. by Aktive)
02) KXNG CROOKED “Mr. I Don’t Give a Fu€k” (Prod. by Jonathan Elkaer & Tabu)
03) K-Young + Horseshoe Gang + One-2 “Same Ol’ Thing” (Prod. by Tabu)
04) Fashawn + K-Young + One-2 + El Prez “Something About Mary” SoulStarZmuseeQ
05) Niqle Nut + One-2 “C.O.B” (Cash Over Bitches) (Prod. by Komplex)
06) One-2 + K-Young + Horseshoe Gang “Back Against The World” (Prod. by Tabu)
07) Lyric Jones + iLL Camille “I used to Love Him” (Prod. by Jansport J)
08) Niqle Nut “On The Low” (Prod. by SoulStarZmuseeQ)
09) Raven Sorvino “Lifestyle Freestyle” (Prod. by Aktive)
10) K-Young + One-2 + Demrick “Let’s Party” (Prod. by Dae One)
11) Bridge + One-2 + Roc $tedy “Curtains Closed” (Prod. by Tabu)
12) K-Young + Niqle Nut “On My Mind” (Prod. by Tabu)
13) K-Young + Tim West + One-2 “Lost” (Prod. by Tabu)
14) KXNG CROOKED + K-Young + One-2 “This Is The Life” (Prod. by Mike Cash)

Mint Room 2


Mint Room 2 Back Cover


Treacherous C.O.B’s Niqle Nut is back his latest video for “Ingelz.”

The visual – shot and edited by Status Visuals – can be watched below.

Niqle Nut – Ingelz (Video)


Last night at the 2015 Billboard music awards, Taylor Swift unexpectedly released a remix as the fourth single from her most recent album 1989.

The video for “Bad Blood (Remix)” sees Swift as her action hero alter ego “Catastrophe” alongside Kendrick Lamar, as “Welvin Da Great” with two brand-new verses and a switched up instrumental!

The Joseph Kahn directed visual features a long list of celeb cameos including model Cara Delevingne and Girls creator Lena Dunham.

The video to the track – said to be documenting her falling out with Katy Perry – also sees appearances from Hailee Steinfeld, Ellie Goulding, Hayley Williams, Zendaya, Jessica Alba, Karlie Kloss, Lily Aldridge, Mariska Hargitay, Ellen Pompeo, Selena Gomez and more

Watch the video for Bad Blood here and let us know what you make of Kendrick hopping on this below?

Taylor Swift – Bad Blood (Feat. Kendrick Lamar) Video


Recently, we caught up with former Terror Squad member, and hip-hop/R-n-B heavy hitter, Tony Sunshine, for an exclusive interview!

We talk about his new single and project, get his top 5 MC’s, and get exclusive insight on how it was working with the legendary Big Pun!

Interview conducted in May 2015.

Questions Asked By: West Haven Blast

DubCNN: DubCNN checking in with hip-hop/r-n-b heavy hitter, and former Terror Squad member, Tony Sunshine. What’s up fam?

What’s good Boy!


DubCNN: You recently dropped a new banger Tony (which you can check out below)…is this song for an upcoming album?…and if so, what can hip-hop heads expect on the project?

It’s for my EP entitled “no filter” it’s going to be a free mixtape that my fans are going to be able to download for free on the web, once it’s done. It should be out the first week of June. You can expect to hear the Tony Sunshine that everyone has been waiting for.


DubCNN: How did you get your start in this music game Tony?

I grew up in a very talented neighborhood. The Bronx, New York. With artists like Lord Finesse, DiamonD, Show Biz & AG, Cocoa(lead singer from SWV), etc. Everyone heard that I could sing. And once I showcased my talent to Fat Joe, the rest became history.


DubCNN: What initially inspired you to pursue music as a career?

I use to sing along to Salsa music when I was 5 years old. That’s when my mom first discovered that I could sing. I went to a music festival with my mom, and she made me sing for this salsa singer name Raphly Sabatel. I blew his mind with my voice at such an early age. And that’s when I knew what I wanted to do for a living. SING!


DubCNN: Any real hip-hop head knows that you were the one behind all the dope hooks, and melodies, on the late legend Big Pun’s projects. What was it like working with Pun fam?

He was my big brother. It was easy, because he respected & understood my talent.


DubCNN: Do you have a favorite collaboration of all-time?

My favorite collaboration has yet to happen. Because I would love to do a record with Nas.


DubCNN: Nice! In it’s best days, what was it like being a part of the Terror Squad Camp?

It was a blessing & an honor to be a part of the legendary Terror Squad. With secured respect, our moment in history was finally secured & undeniable.


DubCNN: What is your personal opinion on the game today?

Hip-Hop & RNB has evolved. I respect all the young cats in the game, but nobody is doing anything that is amazing in my eyes.


DubCNN: Are there any new artists you are feeling fam?

Right now, I’m just working on me & my career, so I can’t sit here and say who my favorite artist is at the moment, ’cause I’m not listening. I’m focused on me!


DubCNN: No doubt! What was it like for you growing up in NY?

It’s the capital of the world. If you don’t stop & look around once in a while, you could miss it. I loved growing up in the Bronx, NY. I wouldn’t change it for nothing in the world. It made me who I am.


DubCNN: Who are your top 5 MC’s of all-time?

1. Kool G Rap, 2. Rakim, 3. Big Daddy Kane, 4. Nas and 5. Big Pun – who will always be number 1 in my eyes.


DubCNN: Dopest Big Pun song of all-time?

Fire water


DubCNN: Dope! Any projects fans can purchase online as of right now?

You can listen to most of music on soundcloud.com/iamtonysunshine or hit me on Twitter, IG, FB – or for bookings call or text Los at 610-570-3749


DubCNN: Thanks from DubCNN fam. Any last words Tony Sunshine?

I would just like to thank each & every fan who has stuck by me & supported me for all these years. Tony Sunshine is still here. And I ain’t going nowhere. PEACE!


San Diego’s own Mash released his free 12 track album “So Cal Profiles” earlier this year on DubCNN.com

The LP featured production from Tank and Rez!n with features from Sir Jameson, Boog Bloss, Vic Jayy and Matios.


Today he’s dropped the Sinjin Owen directed video for track two off the album, titled “Higher” – watch it below, drop a comment and follow @mash_scp.

MASH – Higher (Video)