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Grieves - 88 Keys & Counting [2008]

>> Tuesday, 30 March 2010




Artist: Grieves
Release Title: 88 Keys & Counting
Date Of Release: 2008
Website: www.myspace.com/grieves

As we draw to a close of yet another month in 2010 (is it me or is it time passing ridiculously fast?) that means we also draw to a close the Speakerbox Presents The Underground: March 2010 artist spotlightee, Grieves. At points throughout the month i've posted the album which introduced us all to him, his first release - 'Irreversible', i've also posted a newly released 'Confessions Of Mr Modest EP' and shown you just one of his old music videos. There is only really one more thing left to post, and that's his sophomore album. And here it is, '88 Keys & Counting'.

1.Intro
2.Catapults
3.Kings
4.October in the Graveyard
5.Dead in the Water
6.Live in the Hive
7.Gwenevieve
8.Identity Cards (ft. Luckyiam)
9.Nature vs. Nurture
10.Lock Down
11.Learning How To Fall
12.The March
13.Greedy Bitch
14.Cloud Man
15.Eciting the Hive
16.88 Keys & Counting

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Army Of The Pharaohs – The Unholy Terror [2010]

>> Thursday, 25 March 2010




Artist: Army Of The Pharaohs
Release Title: The Unholy Terror
Date Of Release: 2010
Website: www.myspace.com/armyofthepharaohs

01. Agony Fires (feat. Vinnie Paz, Planetary, Celph Titled & Apathy)
02. Ripped To Shreds (feat. Vinnie Paz, Celph Titled & Demoz)
03. Bust ‘Em In (feat. Reef The Lost Cauze, Apathy & Celph Titled)
04. Prisoner (feat. Vinnie Paz, Planetary, Doap Nixon & Demoz)
05. Godzilla (feat. Vinnie Paz, Jus Allah, Celph Titled, Apathy, Planetary & King Magnetic)
06. Suplex (feat. Des Devious, Demoz, King Syze & Vinnie Paz)
07. Contra Mantra (feat. Crypt The Warchild, Esoteric & Celph Titled)
08. Drenched In Blood (feat. Planetary, Demoz, Crypt The Warchild, King Syze & Vinnie Paz)
09. Spaz Out (feat. Apathy, King Magnetic, Esoteric & Celph Titled)
10. 44 Magnum (feat. Crypt The Warchild, Des Devious, Vinnie Paz & Demoz)
11. Dead Shall Rise (feat. Demoz, Celph Titled, Planetary, Reef The Lost Cauze, Vinnie Paz & Apathy)
12. Cookin’ Keys (feat. Doap Nixon, Des Devious, Crypt The Warchild, Demoz, Planetary & Reef The Lost Cauze)
13. Burn You Alive (feat. Block McCloud, Doap Nixon, Vinnie Paz & Planetary)
14. Hollow Points (feat. Planetary, Demoz, Vinnie Paz & Doap Nixon)
15. Suicide Girl (feat. Planetary, Doap Nixon & Apathy)
16. The Ultimatum (feat. King Magnetic, Des Devious, Reef The Lost Cauze, King Syze, Vinnie Paz, Celph Titled, Planetary, Apathy, Crypt The Warchild & Journalist)


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Nas & Bob Marley - Relatives Abroad [2010]

>> Friday, 19 March 2010




Artist: FreshNerd of 100 Akres Productions
Release Title: Relatives Abroad
Date Of Release: 2010
Website: http://100akres.com/

This right here is a mash up album featuring Nas songs and Bob Marley songs. It was put together by a dude called FreshNerd of 100 Akres Productions. He calls it a prequel to the upcoming Nas and Damian Marley project 'Distant Relatives'.

1. Intro (bob is like) 00:45
2. Life's A Pimp's Paradise 03:32
3. youknowmy(rub-a-dub)style 03:04
4. Ether Train 03:14
5. Say Somethin' 03:40
6. Work and Blaze 03:02
7. We and Dem World 02:22
8. Outro 02:02


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Grieves - Unedible [VIDEO]



Here is the video to Grieve's song 'Unedible'. The video is pretty cheaply made, but that's what you get when your on a budget. Now he has signed to Rhymesayers maybe we can expect some better quality videos. The song is from his album 'Irreversible', which i posted earlier this month.




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Devin The Dude – Do Not DistHerb [2010]




Artist: Devin The Dude
Release Title: Do Not DistHerb
Date Of Release: 2010
Website: www.myspace.com/devinthedude

The E.P. is a prequel to his appropriately titled album, "Suite #420," which will be released on April 20th, 2010. " Suite #420 " features The Odd Squad (Jugg Mugg, Devin & Rob), Smit D (originally from the Facemob), 14K, Tony Mac, Ced-B, Kory-B, School-Boy, Alpha-Bet-D with production by Mirawge & Big Baby, Mike Dean, Rob Quest, Luster Baker, C-Ray, Q-Stone, Reggie Coby, and Devin The Dude himself.

The E.P. contains 6 songs from Devin's forthcoming album, including the first single, "What I Be On."

01. Twitta
02. What I Be On
03. We Get High
04. I Gotta Ho
05. That Ain’t Cool
06. Where Ya At


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Marco Polo & Ruste Juxx – The Exxecution [2010]

>> Wednesday, 17 March 2010




Artist: Marco Polo & Ruste Juxx
Release Title: The Exxecution
Date Of Release: 2010
Website: http://www.myspace.com/marcopolobeats / http://www.myspace.com/rustejuxxkcg

Marco Polo & Ruste Juxx have combined forces to bring fans a serious dose of hardcore Hip Hop. The eXXecution is entirely produced by Marco Polo with Ruste Juxx providing gut-wrenching vocals over heavy hitting drums.

01. The Exxecution Intro (Feat. DJ Revolution) 02:41
02. Death Penalty (Feat. DJ Revolution) 03:40
03. Rearview 03:44
04. Take Money 03:56
(Feat Rock from Heltah Skeltah & Freddie Foxxx)
05. I Am on it 03:44
06. Lets Take A Sec (Feat Black Moon) 04:16
07. Bread on Ya Head 03:43
08. Wings on Your Back 03:19
09. Nobody 04:23
10. Fuckin Wit A Gangster (Feat Sean Price) 04:17
11. Watch Yo Step 04:46
12. You Cant Stop Me 04:07


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Input & Dope Fiction - Lessons Learned [2010]

>> Tuesday, 16 March 2010




Artist: Input & Dope Fiction
Release Title: Lessons Learned
Date Of Release: 2010
Website: www.myspace.com/inputhiphop / http://famelessmusic.blogspot.com/

1. Intro
2. GO! Featuring Reason The Citizen
3. The Beginning
4. My World
5. Greener Scenery Featuring Reason The Citizen & Medik
6. What Do I See?
7. Locked Out
8. Fall Apart
9. Lessons Learned Featuring Time & Satyre
10. Cheers The Sky
11. She's Leaving
12. Yesterday & Tomorrow


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MetaMorph - Chain Reaction [2010]

>> Saturday, 13 March 2010




Artist: MetaMorph
Release Title: Chain Reaction
Date Of Release: 2010
Website: http://www.metamorphicmusic.net/

"Chain Reaction" is a 17 track LP started by the romanian producer MetaMorph which features sick emcees from 6 different countries and raw hip-hop production!

This is a big project which took almost one year to complete and is now available for free download! What can be better than free Hip-Hop which is from all around the globe?


01. Off The Hook feat. Newest Nuisance
02. After After feat. Matt Eps
03. Rap Overdose feat. D.R. & Flash
04. Double Penetration feat. PDG, Thomas & DJ Centrix
05. Too Many Emcees feat. Agonee Bogard
06. Off My Medication feat. Thomas
07. Underground Detonation feat. 10Vers, Flexo & DJ Nox
08. For Those Times feat. Newest Nuisance
09. Collision Course feat. Apaulo Treed & Ream
10. Wandering Stranger feat. Subtil
11. March On feat. Ream & JG
12. Impatient feat. Newest Nuisance
13. Get My... feat. Cyborg AOS
14. Triple Penetration feat. PDG, Thomas & Don Pini
15. March On (Remix) feat. Ream
16. Chill Out (bonus instrumental)
Bonus track: Clash Of The Titans feat. Apaulo Treed


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Grieves – Confessions Of Mr. Modest [2010]




Artist: Grieves
Release Title: Confessions Of Mr. Modest
Date Of Release: 2010
Website: www.myspace.com/grieves

So, as you know Grieves is our artist spotlight of the month. Here is a brand new EP from him called 'The Confessions Of Mr Modest'. 'The Confessions Of Mr. Modest' is an EP released by Grieves which came free with the pre-order of his re-released first album '88 Keys & Counting' which was released earlier this month on Rhymesayers. Luckily you can however, buy it separately.


01. A Song for Mr. Modest (2:33)
02. Ghost Ship (2:58)
03. Dirtnap Nightmares (3:29)
04. Heat Stroke feat. Cunninlynguists (3:59)
05. Out of My Mind (5:25)
06. Smile for the Blade (3:27)
07. I Ate Your Soul (Remix) feat. P Smoov (3:58)
08. War for the Crippled feat. P.O.S. (4:04)
09. Windchill (2:52)
10. Purgatory Music (2:56)

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Reflection Eternal - In This World [VIDEO]

>> Wednesday, 10 March 2010



New video from Reflection Eternal, for the song 'In This World', off of the upcoming album "Revolutions Per Minute" which is out on April 6th.

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Input - Lessons Learned Promo [VIDEO]


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Strange Fruit Project – Laudz M.A.S.K. EP [2010]




Artist: Strange Fruit Project
Release Title: Laudz M.A.S.K. EP
Date Of Release: 2010
Website: http://www.myspace.com/strangefruitproject

Last year The Strange Fruit project released the M.A.S.K (Making Art Sound Kool) EP. This release is a remix version of that EP. The remixes are courtesy of a Brazilian DJ/producer called Laudz who decided to add his touch to the songs after SFP released the instrumentals and acapella's shortly after the original release.

The remix EP showcases his knack for infectious melodies and larger than life production. There is no doubt Laudz took these acappellas and made them his own. As a member of the Elementality family, Laudz has produced tracks for artists like Silent Knight, MadKem & M. Josephine as part of DJ K.O.’s Living Out A State of Mind EP series.

01. Intro To Laudz M.A.S.K.
02. Crash (Remix)
03. Home (Remix) feat. Tre of Mojoe
04. Sepia Tone (Remix)
05. Day By Day (Remix) feat. Supastition
06. Fresh For Life (Remix)
07. Sunrays (With Me) (Remix)
08. Why Does The Summer Have To End (Remix)


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Kidz In The Hall - Jukebox [VIDEO]

>> Friday, 5 March 2010



To follow up the last post - here is Kidz In The Hall's most recent video, and the first video to be taken from the 'Land Of Make Believe' album in support of the album's first single 'Jukebox'.

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Kidz In The Hall – Land Of Make Believe [2010]




Artist: Kidz In The Hall
Release Title: Land Of Make Believe
Date Of Release: 2010
Website: http://www.myspace.com/kidzinthehall

The Chicago group, Kidz In The Hall are well known throughout the underground scene. They made an impact with their first album 'School Was My Hustle' in 2006 and then followed that up with their second album 'The In Crowd' in 2008. Now they are back in 2010 with their third album 'Land Of Make Believe'.

On their third album, the duo of Naledge and Double-O take a look at themselves as artists and examine where they are and where they should be, which is what The Land of Make Believe references. With this new introspection comes a new sound, with lead singles "Flickin'" and "Jukebox" going in an even glossier direction than previous cuts like "I Got It Made" and "Love Hangover." Expect Double-O to handle the bulk of production once again.

01. Intro
02. Traffic
03. Flickin
04. Out To Lunch (Feat. The Kid Daytona)
05. Bougie Girls (Feat. Russoul)
06. Jukebox (Feat. MC Lyte)
07. L O V E
08. Will II Win (Feat. Marsha Ambrosius)
09. Take Over The World (Feat. Just Blaze & Colin Munroe)
10. Fresh Academy (Feat. Chip Tha Ripper & Donnis)
11. Simple Life (Feat. Amanda Diva)
12. Running (Feat. Tim William)
13. Do It All Again (I Am)
14. I Am (Reprise)
15. Rise & Shine (Feat. Russoul)

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Speakerbox Presents The Underground: March 2010

>> Tuesday, 2 March 2010

We are back again with the artist of the month..

For the month of March it will be Chicago native, Grieves. I couldn't decide whether or not to put him up as it seems that some people have heard of Grieves, and some others haven't. But then i thought, well if your one of the ones that hasn't then it's about time you did, and rest assured you will as he has recently just signed to one of the best labels for underground Hip-Hop and that's Rhymesayers. His first release on Rhymesayer's is the reissue of his sophomore album with Budo '88 Keys & Counting' is released today.

You'll love Grieves if you like the nerdy white boy emo rap aka Atmosphere....okay, not really...well yes really but to just bluntly put it like that would be a disservice to Grieves, who has got great skills on the mic. This album, Irreversible, is his first album which is a well put together CD and it possesses moments of absolute greatness. Check it out.




Artist: Grieves
Release Title: Irreversible
Date Of Release: 2007
Websites: www.myspace.com/grieves

Since his birth in Chicago, IL, Benjamin Laub (bka Grieves) enjoyed a diverse musical upbringing, exposed at an early age to the city’s local jazz and blues clubs by his father. After relocating to Fort Collins, CO and eventually Seattle at age 19, Grieves had broadened his array of musical influences to include punk rock and eventually became completely immersed in Hip Hop as an art form.

Following his debut album Irreversible in 2007, Grieves began collaborating with local Seattle-based producer Budo, a talented multi-instrumentalist that helped complete the organic-yet-intense sound of 15 melodic, sample-free tracks that became 88 Keys & Counting. Following rave reviews of the album’s mainly digital release, Grieves and Budo hit the road once again to set up shop in New York City, where they are currently at work on the follow-up to 88 Keys, due for a Fall release this year on Rhymesayers. Untethered to common restraints of the hip-hop genre, the combination of Grieves’ singing and rapping with the refreshing horn, guitar, and keyboard driven production by Budo presents Grieves strongest work to date”

01. Fly Away
02. Unedible
03. Bottom of the Bottle
04. He Won't Answer
05. I Ate Your Soul feat.P Smoov
06. Irreversible feat.Mr. Lif
07. *Skit*
08. Capitol Hills Girls (that look like Capitol Hills Boys) feat.P Smoov
09. Front Foot Planted feat.Symmetry, Type
10. Another Love feat.Helen Chance
11. Scar Gardens
12. Get Down
13. Half Empty
14. Rebecca
15. If Luck Was a Lady
16. The Room We Hide In feat.Mad Son, Kublakai
17. Lazt Kall feat.Type, Rik Rude, P Smoov
18. Heroin Music

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Nametag - The Soul System EP [2010]




Artist: Nametag
Release Title: The Soul System EP
Date Of Release: 2010
Website: http://www.myspace.com/nametag

The Soul System EP is the newest project from Detroit's Nametag, produced entirely by Black Bethoven. The concept of the "Soul System" is, "One producer, One emcee, One concept...One EP." It came about originally with Black Bethoven preparing to release an instrumental CD to follow up 2009's "Da Ear Hustle" but with an idea inspired by Dub MD, the emcee and producer decided to team up and create a music piece that provides food for thought you wouldn't find in your local grocery aisle. With tracks like "Time" which is the EP's leading single, Nametag and Black Bethoven prove that soul music has a permanent spot in the hip hop genre.

After a plethra of mixtapes and EPs, Nametag is finally releasing his first official solo album titled "The Name Is Tag". Although there is no set release date yet, Nametag has confirmed the album will be a 2010 release. The production for the LP is a definite eyebrow raiser with beat contributions from international producer Black Milk, Black Bethoven and Chris Sholar. It is also filled with guest features from groups such as Street Justice, Cold Men Young, and champion-esque collabs with Finale, Quest M.C.O.D.Y, Buff 1 and Ro Spit. It's safe to say that "The Name Is Tag" will be an undeniable album, stay tuned.

01.) Time (Produced By Black Bethoven)
02.) Beast Mode (feat. Kopelli) (Produced By Black Bethoven)
03.) Can We Try (feat. Journey) (Produced By Black Bethoven)
04.) The Product (Produced By Black Bethoven)
05.) About You (Part 2) (Produced By Black Bethoven)
06.) Visionz (Produced By Black Bethoven)


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