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Curley The 5th – Modern Day Slave


Discovering his insatiable interest for music at the age of sixteen, the self taught jack of all trades known as Curley the 5th began tampering with his step father’s computer & music programs, developing both his skills and passion for hip-hop and music as a whole. After arranging an entrance song for his Pop Warner football team, Curley found himself in full pursuit of making music his focus and livelihood as he grew into a fully independent artist, producer, videographer, editor and engineer. A Dorsey High alum, the well rounded talent drew influence from west coast legend & innovator Nate Dogg (RIP), 50 Cent, Cassidy and Kanye West, just to name a few; leading him to his introductory tape Modern Day Slave, whose cover alone resonates a strong feeling of rise and retribution.


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Receiving production from Grammy award winners 1500 or Nothin’, The Makers, as well as himself, the February release remains as strong as it felt on its debut. Aiming to carry a positive message in a language familiar to the streets without losing the let loose energy, the artist living only two blocks from me (literally), hopes to show others in his community that anything is possible with the right approach and attitude. With his gripping video “Black America” spear heading his for now localized movement, look for Curley the 5th to further his name & become familiar with those finding him new on the block, showing he’s only a slave to his craft but more a master of his own world above all.

(Official Video) Zee Will – Arcade feat. Corrin Cruz & M!


Delivering his official video “Arcade” featuring both Corrin Cruz and M!, a stand out record off his recently released & self titled album Zee Will, the Fresno native provides a stellar and vibrant visual to capture his rhythmic style, as he skates on the track with a genuine guile and grace. With his eyes on the prize, the gentleman slash gamer fittingly shows his token of appreciation to the lucky lady he hopes to win over, letting her know he’s not about the games even with all the coin slots around. Recently spotted working with west coast renown producer Scoop Deville, only creates the promise of more music to come, following up his highly praised project, and continuing the consistency of quality work he is now recognized for.

Al B Smoov – Can I Get A Light? feat. Warm Brew


Dropping the first, of what will hopefully be a string of singles off his up & coming project Al B Cool, the heavily bearded beatmaker calls on usual suspects and Westside spitters Warm Brew to lace his new blazing joint “Can I Get A Light”, setting the tone with another record for smokers looking to light up and exhale their stress. With his producer prowess growing by the beat, Al B Smoov’s name has gradually grown producing alongside/for Hugh Augustine, Villain Park, Polyester the Saint, and of course Warm Brew, and looks to expand his reach with his forthcoming project, creating an undeniable excitement in anyone who has followed the now sought out sound stylist for the last two to three years. Only right that the first released joint features his WB brethren, as they have collectively made a name together, and just the other night, scorched The Belasco stage at Red Bull’s 30 Days in LA event with Pro Era’s patriarch Joey Bada$$ and Chicago’s Lil Herb, keeping them amongst esteemed company & talent, while emphasizing the high caliber of artistry they embody. Peace Al B.

MED x Blu x Madlib – Bad Neighbor LP


Coming together in another collaborative effort, Oxnard’s own critically acclaimed producer Madlib, teams with master rhymer Blu and fellow west coast wordsmith MED, formally known as Medaphor, on their first full length LP entitled Bad Neighbor. Letting two years pass since their first run at it with The Burgundy EP, this triangle offense of beats and rhymes started off this 4th quarter with the project’s leading single “Knock Knock”, featuring the coveted and rarely seen phantom of Hip-Hop, MF Doom. Adding on an accredited line up of lyricists with the likes of Oh No (Gangrene), Phonte (Foreign Exchange) and even recruiting one of the west’s newest high risers, Anderson Paak. Thorough in content and sound, this project builds beautifully off their last endeavor together, highlighting the growth of their creative chemistry & stylistic symmetry. Purchase and download your copy of their latest work here & check out the animated visual above featuring a cartooned version of Doom making himself more than comfortable in a quick time of need.

(Official Video) Gavlyn – Sad Grl


In her feelings to say the least, Gavlyn releases her third single and official video “Sad Grl” off her soon to be released album #MU4YBU, and expresses her more volatile side, vibing out to her sadness deeply seeded in relationship issues and her own complexities. All under her independent imprint Peace House, the video was shot by partner Blimes Brixton (formally known as Oh Blimey), and highlights her emotional lows & understandings with a storied visual to better present her down and depressive mood, and creating the feeling of being seen or treated as damaged goods. With three singles and a pair of videos already unleashed in these past few months, Gavlyn’s forthcoming album is setting itself up to be her best, yet most musically dynamic body of work to date. Embracing all her imperfections, insecurities, and insight, the sadly galvanized artist provides an up tempo record opposite the self conflicting content, only boosting her bittersweet sentiments & search for solace felt in this latest release.

Villain Park – Same Ol’ Shit EP


Having finally released their highly anticipated EP (and rightfully so), the recent victors in Villain Park dropped Same Ol’ Shit with backing from prominent brand & tastemakers LRG, and deliver not only one of the most potent and well arranged projects of this 4th quarter, but from throughout this entire year for that matter. The forcible foursome of Smokey V, Niftee, Classicko and KilaM impress with their equally vigorous verbal skills & abilities to compliment one another’s individual styles, creating a chemistry unique and unprecedented these days. Whether the title implies a simple day in the life of this young & yearning crew, or a shot at the generic sound flooding the stations, this EP is worth more than just a listening, it deserves to stay in rotation & allowed to radiate as the bright spot that it is. With unoriginality and lack of meaningful content plaguing the culture, VP have quarantined themselves from this epidemic, yet maintaining an ill approach to their craft, all while capturing the origins & essence of Hip-Hop culture in their music and image. Making this is a local Westside effort, the project features big homies Hugh Augustine and Ray Wright of Warm Brew, as well as production from Al B Smoov, Smoke Dawg & K. Solar, only to support the fact that these Villains are on the rise with fair reason; giving listeners that nostalgic head bop with rhymes reminiscent of times where you were required to write what you live & live what you write.

Microphone Masters Radio Episode 117 with Ben Rhinesmith aka Benny Blue

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Microphone Masters is back and this episode J-Luv is joined by Ben Rhinesmith aka Benny Blue, the owner of Blue Public Relations. In honor of National Sandwich Day, J & Benny Blue talk about their favorite sandwiches before getting into what public relations is all about. As you can imagine, he is faced with artists at both ends of the talent spectrum so how does he go about turning down artists that don’t meet his standards?

With the barriers to entry for music being pretty much non-existent it is easy for anyone with a computer to throw their hat into the proverbial ring. The attention to detail can suffer and in this case it is the live aspect of being an artist. J and Ben talk about why this may be.

Check out tracks from Sola, Erk tha Jerk, First Division, Rapper Big Pooh, Fashawn, NOK, Serial Killers, RoQy TyRaiD, Asher Roth and more.


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Microphone Masters Radio Episode 117 (11-4-15) Tracklist


Intro: Sandwiches
Asher Roth – Muddy Swim Trunks
Cyhi Da Prince – Elephant in the Room
First Division – Brand Recognition
Sola – Entrepreneur
Segment 1: Who is Ben Rhinesmith aka Benny Blue?
Erk tha Jerk – All the Time
Fashwan & the Grizzly City Boys – You Know
Serial Killers – Hang em High
Rapper Big Pooh & Nottz – 300Z
Segment 2: The Live Element of Hip Hop
Dax – Blogitics
NOK – Broken Wings
Troy Ave feat Camron – Big Business
Nicky D’s – Fly Away
RoQy TyRaiD – Hey You!
Bryant Stewart – American Pie
Outro: Last Words
LL Cool J – Murdergram
Outro: Last Words & Urban Motivation Quote

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DubCNN Exclusive: Kool Boy and the West Coast Poplockers “The Pinnacle” DVD Release


On 09/25/2015, Kool Boy and the West Coast Pop Lockers held a DVD release party for “The Pinnacle”.

DubCNN was in the building to cover this event. Artists such as Big 2 da Boy, Kay Nine Tha Boss, and YOG Westwood were also in attendance for this groundbreaking venture.

All too often, one of the most essential elements of hip-hop culture is overlooked. Hip-hop dancing. Kool Boy and The West Coast Pop Lockers are spearheading the movement to eventually reverse this dynamic. Break Dancing and Pop Locking are relative in this artistic field, and have simultaneously paved the way for the expansion of hip-hop culture. In contrast, the two have also endured unintentional neglect, due to the evolution of the art form. Nevertheless, hip-hop cannot exist without ALL elements implemented. And if Kool Boy’s cameo in the Kendrick Lamar video to the hit song KING KUNTA is any indication, the dancing element of the art form is on the verge of a Spring Equinox. Pop Lock Luv.

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