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Ja Rule Prepares The Renaissance Project [Upcoming Releases]

• September 11, 2010 • Comments (1)

Ja Rule

Ja Rule

Former Murder Inc frontman Ja Rule is getting ready to release his newest album The Renaissance Project.

Ja Rule was initially going to name his new album Venni Vetti Vecci 2010, but has now changed his mind on the name and the direction of the album.

The rapper explains his reasons with an exclusive video with MTV and XXL.

“I changed the name of my album from Venni Vetti Vecci 2010, first of all, Venni Vetti Vecci was my baby; that was my first album,” explained Ja regarding the title change. “You can never duplicate that era in time. That was my whole life’s work in that album up until that time.”

Ja Rule then explained that a trip overseas gave him some perspective about the direction of his next album. “And then number two, I went to Africa, it took on a hold of me, when I was doing my album and the whole project, what I was going through right now, with the new beginning, I’m not with Murder Inc. anymore, but they’re still the family. I’m on my own venture, so it was a sign of a new beginning, new ambitions, new everything. They built this statue out there, it’s called The Renaissance, and it’s a statue of a man holding his baby on his shoulders with his wife in his arms, pointing to the heavens. To me, it just symbolized what I’m about right now and just the word, fresh start, I said that’s what I want to call my project, The Renaissance Project and it represents what I’m about…”

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Black Milk – Closed Chapter Feat. Mr. Porter

• September 10, 2010 • Comments (0)

Black Milk - Closed Case Feat. Closed CaseBlack Milk releases his next single “Closed Chapter” Feat. Mr. Porter from his next project “Album of the Year”.

Thanks to Stuart Hallick from WeAintBuiltTheSame.net

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Mikey Vegaz – The Game Aint Prepared For Me

• September 10, 2010 • Comments (1)

Mikey Vegaz - The Game Aint Prepared For Me

A 2007 Source Magazine”Unsigned Hype” award winner and fresh off his Murder Dog Magazine cover appearance, last week Mikey Vegaz released the first leak, “One Hit Wonder” f/E-40, from his forthcoming solo-debut, The Premature Millionaire, which is due to be released this fall.

Thanks to Stuart Hallick from WeAintBuiltTheSame.net

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Wiz Khalifa x Fashawn – In The Cut Remix [Music]

• September 8, 2010 • Comments (0)

Wiz Khalifa has teamed up with Fashawn for their collaborative single “In The Cut Remix”. Following Wiz Khalifa’s mixtape release “Kush and Orange Juice” having over 250,000 downloads on DatPiff.Com, the original track has been remixed with Fashawn’s influence. Fans who haven’t heard of Wiz Khalifa can download his 2009 album “Deal Or No Deal” on the link below, however you can also listen to Wiz Khalifa x Fashawn – In The Cut Remix on the player below.

Wiz Khalifa – Deal Or No Deal DOWNLOAD Link

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J Cole – Villematic [Music]

• September 8, 2010 • Comments (2)

UPDATE – The Hip Hop world is on edge waiting for the brand new mixtape from J Cole called “Villematic”. Taken from the classic Nas albums “Illmatic” and “Stillmatic” J Cole has released a sample track (also titled Villematic) to kick the buzz for the campaign. I’ve now updated with the mp3 and the download link which you’re more than welcome to share. You can view the J Cole – Villematic mixtape cover below, along with the download link for the mp3.

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J Cole - Villematic

J Cole - Villematic

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The Heaviest Hookups Interview [Exclusive]

• September 1, 2010 • Comments (0)

Here’s something a little different. I’ve spoken with The Heaviest Hookups, a U.K based marketing firm who promote unsigned and unheard music to fans across the globe. With a huge list of artists on the CV, the Heaviest Hookups speak to me for an exclusive interview.

HHK: Thanks for speaking to Hip-Hop Kings guys. Can we give readers an insight into the operations of The Heaviest Hookups, and how you work behind-the-scenes?
THHU: Thanks for having us! What we do is provide a great platform for artists to get promotion, and also exposure, that they perhaps otherwise wouldn’t get. A lot of artists only promote to a niche audience, and because we work behind the scenes with artists from all different places, making all different types of hip hop, we can promote to a huge variety of different fans! We put together our mixtapes to sound different to everything else, and we think we achieve that!
HHK: You work with both U.K and U.S artists. How do you find your projects differ between the two? And is any nation generally easier than the other to promote:
THHU: The projects do differ, definitely. The UK mixtapes often have a wider variety of styles, from Road Rap, to the Lyrical Hip Hop that British MCs often produce. The US mixtapes are usually mainly street orientated. We feature a lot of Gangsta Rap, and Street Hip Hop, with a spattering of real lyrical talent, but the American mixtapes often don’t have as wide a spectrum of different styles! And I wouldn’t say that one nation is easier to promote to, I just feel that I have to promote different mixtapes to different audiences. Some UK Fans wouldn’t get some of the US mixtapes i have done, and some US Fans might not appreciate certain UK mixtapes. You have to be selective to draw people in, and then show them a broader spectrum!
HHK: If you could promote a project from any artist who would it be and why?
THHU: Honestly, if I could work with Giggs on a project, that’d be fantastic! I rate the guys music, and his work ethic. He’s one of the only people who has stuck to his sound even after being signed. I mean, how many other rappers get signed, and still include songs like Matic on a mainstream album? I’d also really like to work with Enlish on a project. I think he makes a different type of hip hop to most other artists, and lyrically he’s dope! We’ve spoken before, and thrown ideas about, so hopefully we can make something happen in the future!
HHK: We’ve seen a lot of artists hire P.R companies and managers rather than signing to labels and agreeing to the 360 deal. What does the future hold for independent artists trying to be recognised on either a national or international level?
THHU: I think that there are a lot of benefits to signing with a major, but you have to be careful, as there will be sacrifices. If you get the right deal, with the right people, then signing with a major can be the best way. If you want to really stay true to yourself, and the fans who you’ve gained so far, it seems that for the most apart, with only a few exceptions, staying independent is the only way to truly achieve that! Which is a real pity!
HHK: Do you find the music industry to be as negative as a lot of rappers claim in their lyrics? And vise-versa, what positives do you see when running campaigns for artists?
THHU:  I don’t think it’s negative. I think people are about their business, and have much more of a business mind. Artists I deal with know that they have to work with companies like The Heaviest Hook Ups to really reach a big number of fans. We’re still growing, we’re still getting the brand known, but there are other organisations like us that help rappers get to where they need to be. So I don’t think the music industry is negative, I think that artists are finally accepting the fact that more often than not, the music industry requires subtle changes to be made, although if artists are forced to change their sound beyond recognition, then i’m inclined to say it is negative. You just have to be careful. The positives I see are that so many artists are welcoming, always happy to send tracks, do exclusives and much more!
HHK: Which projects are you currently working? And what are your other plans for 2010?
THHU: We’re working on pushing our ‘The UK Ain’t A Joke’ series of mixtapes, we’re trying to push the solo mixtapes we’ve done with American artists such as Jav Tha Yungsta, XSF, Young Steve, Peanut, Dev Tha Chaser and Sixx Figgaz. We’ve got lots of things coming out in the rest of the year. A dope project with a rap group from California called Grand Angel, some projects with The Dragons, also from Cali. I work closely with the whole Gorilla Pits family from out in America as well. I’m working with AG from Arrangatang Gang on a mixtape, I’m working with Young Joose on something as well. We’re also starting up an Irish Hip Hop mixtape series, so that should be very big! When it comes to the UK projects i’m working on, I have some work with Newcastle rapper Suus coming out, a project with Grove, who is from Plymouth, a mixtape with Koinz, a project with Math out of Birmingham,
HHK: Is there anything further you’d like to add to the interview? And where are the best places readers can check for updates?
THHU: I’d like to give a few shout outs. Thanks to everybody who has been down since the start. Big ups to: Grand Noble, Archangel, El Tumi, XSF, K-Loc, Tone Bone, Remy Red, Tre Mak, Green 2th, Young Marv, Haji Springer, Pablo Fetti, Quest Mcody, So O.D., JSB, Dev Tha Chaser, Peanut, Merksmilez, Young Byrd, Rob Baysicc, Mack Wasey, Grizzly, Yarrow Slaps, Sixx Figgaz, Steve Da MLB, Young Steve, Ricta, Jav Tha Yungsta, Bigboy Strikes, Late, Tricksta, Everybody at Wolftown, Ramone Jones, Arrangatang Gang, Shigady, Purp Reynolds, Koinz, Math, Grove, Young Joose, Taktikz, Canibal Lecture, Fem Fel, Gorrilla Sawnoff, Switchblade, Youngs Teflon, S.A.S., Sincere, and every other artist i’m working on projects with or has sent me tracks!
The best place to go to check the mixtapes is: http://www.datpiff.com/profile/HeaviestHookUps/mixtapes/
Every mixtape is on there. It’s free to listen without an account, and it’s free and easy to set up an account at datpiff.com, then you can download the mixtapes!
Follow us on Twitter @HeavyHookUpsUK If you’re a UK Artist, or @HeaviestHookUps if you’re an International artist!
If you’re a rapper, email us your tracks to theheaviesthookups@gmail.com
Thanks Hip-Hop Kings for the interview!
HHK: Thanks again for speaking to Hip-Hop Kings.Com. Good luck for the rest of the year and keep in touch!
Interview by Ryan Maxwell

HHK: Thanks for speaking to Hip-Hop Kings guys. Can we give readers an insight into the operations of The Heaviest Hookups, and how you work behind-the-scenes?

THHU: Thanks for having us! What we do is provide a great platform for artists to get promotion, and also exposure, that they perhaps otherwise wouldn’t get. A lot of artists only promote to a niche audience, and because we work behind the scenes with artists from all different places, making all different types of hip hop, we can promote to a huge variety of different fans! We put together our mixtapes to sound different to everything else, and we think we achieve that!

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DJ Green Lantern – Invasion Radio 2K10 [Free Download]

• September 1, 2010 • Comments (1)

To kick off a new affiliation with DAM (Download A Mixtape) I’d like to share DJ Green Lantern‘s latest release called Invasion Radio 2K10. The guys at DAM are credited with being the U.K’s biggest mixtape website, where fans can listen and download all the newest mixtapes for free. Invasion Radio 2K10 features the likes of Nas, Jay-Z and Fabolous. Please click the link below to view the mixtape details. You can also check out the artwork for DJ Green Lantern – Invasion Radio 2K10 below.

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DJ Green Lantern - Invasion Radio 2K10

DJ Green Lantern - Invasion Radio 2K10

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DJ Muggs x Ill Bill x B-Real x Vinnie Paz – Kill Devil Hills [Video]

• September 1, 2010 • Comments (0)

To celebrate the release of DJ Muggs and Ill Bill”s collaborative album “Kill Devil Hills” I have the official video for the album titled track. The cartoon-style video has been directed by MoreFrames, and the video has had over 3000 youtube views so far. Cypress Hill’s B-Real and Vinnie Paz also lend their rapping skills to the track. Please support the Hip-Hop genre by purchasing Kill Devil Hills from the amazon link below. You can also watch the brand new video for DJ Muggs x Ill Bill x B-Real x Vinnie Paz – Kill Devil Hills on the video player below.

DJ Muggs x Ill Bill – Kill Devil Hills DOWNLOAD Link

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Skyzoo x Illmind – Speakers On Blast [Music]

• August 31, 2010 • Comments (1)

Ahead of Skyzoo and Illmind‘s upcoming album “Live From The Tape Deck” I have the leaked single from the duo titled “Speakers On Blast”. Live From The Tape Deck will be available in stores and online from 5th October 2010, and new fans of Skyzoo and Illmind can listen to the song to get a great feel of what to expect from the album. The project will be released through Duck Down Records, and we expect to see an official video in the forthcoming weeks. You can listen to Skyzoo x Illmind – Speakers on Blast below.

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Skyzoo x Illmind - Speakers on Blast

Skyzoo x Illmind - Speakers on Blast

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Ruinz Ason – Archie Mitchell [Video]

• August 30, 2010 • Comments (1)

Here is a dedication from Ruinz Ason to whom he classes the biggest villain of the last ten years (Archie Mitchell). The track is taken from the “Hero and a Villain” camp and is featured on the Ruinz Ason mixtape/album “Hoodstarz and Villains”. Produced by J Flames and directed by Jurgen, the video has been credited with over 1000 youtube views. You can watch Ruinz Ason – Archie Mitchell on the player below.

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