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Monday, September 26, 2011

New visual from Spokenword artist Nene Ali "Hopeless"

Fresh new visual from this dynamic young lady, Nene Ali. Check back soon for an Freedom's Ink exclusive interview.

Please join NeNe Ali's facebook fan page at:

Dove Hagan's unofficial video for the timely and soulful track "Invisible"

Check out the Unofficial video for Dove Hagan for her new song "Invisible."

Has-Lo releases free download EP "Illegally yours" (MelloMusicGroup)

After Has-Lo's  brilliant debut, In Case I Don't Make It,   the producer/emcee has stayed busy working on his upcoming project, a re-envisioning of ICIDMI, entitled Conversation B.  To hold fans over until the November 15th release of Conversation B,  Has-Lo decided to team up with Illegal Promo to put out some music from his vaults.  The result, Illegally Yours, a free ep.

About the Ep:
 Fidgeting in his dusty archives, Has-Lo found some gems that made their way onto the project ''Illegally Yours".   The five track ep highlights work Has-Lo had done prior to his debut album release.  Illegally Yours features production from Odin Smith, DJ Soulclap, Danny Diggs, and Has-Lo himself, along with a feature from iCON the Mic King.

Enjoy the free EP, feel free to post & share!

[Free Ep Download]
Has-Lo "Illegally Yours"

[Support Has-Lo's Debut Album]
Has-Lo "In Case I Don't Make It"


Friday, September 16, 2011

LaRue "Rise Up" offcial video from Saturn Returns

Music video for LaRue's "Rise Up" off of the album, Saturn Returns.

Co-written and co-directed by Aidan Martin & Rich Phelps
DP - Heath Ward
DP2 - Tony Tibbets
Edited by Rich Phelps
Effects and Color by GolPost Productions (Jim Golingo and Danny Dahlquist)

St. Matthew - Real Talk


Jermaine Edwards Feat. Lypher - In My Life


Evidence - Inside Cats & Dogs: The Red Carpet feat. Raekwon & Ras Kass

Pre-Order Cats & Dogs on iTunes:
Pre-Order Cats & Dogs CD:
Pre-Order Cats & Dogs Vinyl:
Bundle your CD/ Vinyl with a t-shirt for 10% off order!

Learn more about the 3rd track featuring Raekwon and Ras Kass off of Evidence's upcoming album Cats & Dogs, available worldwide on 9/27.

Jean Grae Uh Oh - live (Raleigh Southland Ballroom)

Jean Grae performing Uh Oh -
live @ (Raleigh Southland Ballroom)

Filmed by Homebase Music Group

Soul Khan - Speeding Bullets (Live)

Get the single on iTunes & EP at

Performance at Arlene's Grocery New York City

Featuring Akie Bermiss & DeeJay Element
Shot & edited by

Trachead Family "We On Now" Official Music Video

Fresh Visual from Trachead Entertainment's upcoming album entitled 'WE THE BLESSED. Check out "We On Now"

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Apollo Brown & Haasaan Mackey New Daily Bread track "MegePhone" + Album On Vinyl Today!

Apollo Brown & Hassaan Mackey's Daily Bread is officially available everywhere today on Vinyl! The special edition vinyl comes with a free bonus 45 that includes two album remixes. To celebrate MMG is giving away one of the albums most popular tracks, Megaphone.

About the song:
Megaphone starts off with the recollection of a dream before Rochester Emcee Hassaan Mackey starts in with descriptions of fistfights and shots ringing.  Hassaan's tale of battle and survival resonates over Apollo's rugged, solid, straight forward drums and slightly ominous, bent brass horns that carry the song like a beleaguered soldier over the city's sidewalks.  "Just Another Day In The Hood, And I'm, Gonna Tell The Whole World About It"

About the Album:
Daily Bread is a deafening welcome into Hassaan Mackey's world of distress.  Each song's gritty emotional truth echos over Apollo Brown's heavy, head-nodding production.  Hassaan's gravelly voice etches out a world among brass horns, sharp snares, and booming bass.  HipHopDX aptly compared Daily Bread to works from veterans like O.C., Kam and Tragedy Khadafi.  A storyteller's album produced by Detroit's newest star, Apollo Brown.


Enjoy the new song, feel free to post & share!
[Free Download] Apollo Brown & Hassaan Mackey  "Megaphone"

[Buy The Album] Apollo Brown & Hassaan Mackey "Daily Bread"
Out Now On Deluxe Edition Vinyl!!!

Also Available On CD & Digital

Tuesday, September 6, 2011


Old Brown Eyes Black Frank Sinatra sings are your greatest hood hits.

Halo's "The Blind Poet" free Download Presented by and Jamla Records.

Underground buzzmaker HaLo has hooked up and Jamla Records to bring fans his latest street release, The Blind Poet.
The follow-up to this February’s acclaimed Heat Writer II, the project is a tribute to the great blind African American musicians. Included on its tracklist is reader-approved leak “Lines.”
Joining HaLo on the guest tip throughout The Blind Poet are 9th WonderSkyzooCharlie Smarts,RapsodySean BoogThee Tom HardyMedian,GQSundown and Big Remo. Production comes courtesy of 9th Wonder, Khrysis, AMPE. Jones,Eric G.FatinSinopsisVitamin D and Kash.-From

Xen - Stare Way To Heaven (Spoken Word)

Spoken word piece from Xen a dope MC from Rockford, IL. You can find him here on FB.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Throwback- Athletic Mic League "Hip Hop Quotables" and more

The 7 man crew known as the Athletic Mic League came together while still attending high school in Ann Arbor, MI. buff1, 14KT, Grand Champ, Sunny Star, Texture, and Vital joined forces with DJ Haircut and after two years of love and support from the local hip-hop community they made it official. Athletic Mic League was out to show the world what their brand of hip-hop was all about.

By 1998 AML had blessed high school talent shows, house parties, and hip-hop nights across Detroit. Following up with their underground classic demo The Thrill Is Gone, the buzz grew to deafening levels. In 1999 they settled in Jersey City, quickly building their reputation and skills in the neighboring New York hip-hop scene. 

They capitalized on their growing notoriety by dropping their debut album Sweats & Kicks which received rave reviews from the streets and hip-hop tastemakers alike. It also afforded them the opportunity of a lifetime. Their music was heard by Yasser Khan, an upstart manager out of Detroit’s Barak Records. He was enthralled by their sound, and immediately set out to find what he knew was a once-in-a-career group. He introduced them to Barak’s CEO, RJ Rice. Rice, a well-known record industry executive and the man behind seminal Detroit  group Slum Village, recognized that AML had their finger on the pulse of what hip-hop needed: an infusion of energy and originality.- From

Pete Rock & Smif N Wessun "Roses" Music Video feat. Freeway (Director's ...

Music from Pete Rock & Smif N Wessun's "Monumental" album out now on Duck Down Music. Click here to purchase the album today:

Video directed by Calvan Fowler of Daydream Filmworks.

New video "Breakdown" by Nobody Gets Killed

New video from one of my favorite bands!
"Breakdown" by Nobody Gets Killed

From the Album JUST A SEED

Download the song for FREE at
video produced by GUManagement

Dove Hagan chats with Freedom's Ink about her latest album, why you need to see her live and more.

Dove Hagan is an ingenuously soulful Soul/R&b artist out of Jacksonville, Fl. My attention was captured after hearing a few of her tracks from the then upcoming In the Key of G album. Now released it has absolutely fulfilled all of her fans expectations. Incredibly written, wonderfully performed, a exquisite blend of soul, jazz and spoken word. We had the opportunity to ask Dove a few questions about her love of music, her love of music, and her latest project. Enjoy. 

FI-What is your background in music? Were you inspired by your family? 
DH- I began singing at the age of 9yrs old in the school's chorus and much of my love for music and eagerness to participate in the school's choir was initiated by my mother.  She was a beautiful singer and I always tried to mimic her sound.  A day never went by that she wasn't playing a diverse mix of Soul, R&B, Rock or even Country.  I never forgot how I felt in those days and used music to hold on to the better memories of my early childhood.

FI-When did music become your passion and you decided that you wanted it to become a career? 
DH- Music became a passion for me early in life and as I matriculated through school I was fortunate enough to have music educators that kept my interest alive.  I knew I wanted music as a career after high school, but for practical purposes never saw an "in" that would support the drive.  I was finally able to put forth a valiant effort in 2004 to start my first studio album.

FI-What has been your happiest moment in your career? 
DH- My happiest moment was at my CD release party.  I was able to see a tangible product from years of hard work and share the success with people that were genuinely happy to see my dreams materialize.

FI- What does the phrase 'I made it' mean to you? 
DH- "I made it' means that others that hear my music are able to see my vision and without material gain, share my ministry to others in their circle that may benefit from my words, trials and experiences.
FI- Tell us about your current album. Do you have another project coming? 
DH- My debut album "In the Key of G.." was released in October 2010 and focuses on how nature and man work in concert with God (the G.. in the title) to make beautiful music that people rarely take the time to slow down and admire.  The wind blowing leaves, oceans roaring, animals baying or singing are all a part of the sound of the Universe and I wanted to capture as much of that "sound" as possible on the project.  The spoken word intro, which pays homage to the elders before us is produced in the music key of G.  I worked on my next project in conjunction with the first, so I'm almost ready to share it with the world.  The title is "Elements of One Love" and focuses on how the elements: Air, Water, Earth, and Fire correlate to human emotions.  The album itself will explore social issues and bring awareness to a lot of taboo topics. 

FI- Tell us why we should see Dove Hagan live?
DH- Dove Hagan live is an organic and spiritual experience.  Connecting energies is the goal of my music and being able to physically interact with the crowd gives me a "charge" and intuition to know exactly how the song needs to be delivered.  The exchange between myself and the audience personalizes our relationship and gives them a unique takeaway from the event

Click here for Dove Hagan's "In the Key of G" on CdBaby
Click here for Dove Hagan on Reverbnation

Saturday, September 3, 2011

DAJAY - Seek the Father


Lypher - Nah Guh Stop (Decibel Riddim 2010)


"FORCE OF NATURE" Poetry performed by Chuck Byrd

Incredible poem performed by Chuck Byrd.

BLACK STAX(@blackstax) releases new video "Spell On You" Dir. by @TheNotework

This track is so ill and the video is blazin!!!
Black Stax (@BlackStax) "Spell On You"
Produced by: Amp Fire (@AmpFire)

Directed by: The Note (@TheNotework)
Assistant DP: Deven Morgan (@demo8799)
Editor: The Note
Production Assistant: Deven Morgan

JJ Bola (@jj_Bola) - (If You Cut) We All Bleed - New Spoken Word Poetry about the London riots and looting.

Spoken word poetry. JJ Bola - (If You Cut) We All Bleed.
(music by JJ Bola).
About the London riots and looting, that spread to other cities across the nation.

Facebook: JJ Bola
Twitter: @ JJ_Bola

Friday, September 2, 2011

Soul Khan - Lost Ones Freestyle & download the track here:

Hasenpfeffer Inc. & In The Blink Prod.

Directed by Dane Eckerle
Produced by Samuel Syrop
1st Cam - Dane Eckerle
2nd Cam - Alex Foley
Edited by Dane Eckerle & Samuel Syrop

Thursday, September 1, 2011



Free Download-Daily Bread "Elephants" Oddisee Remix

Daily Bread(Hassaan Mackey &Apollo Brown) continues to release new music as they campaign for their self-titled album Daily Bread.  Today they've reached out to label mate and producerOddisee (whose albumRock Creek Park officially comes out everywhere Sept 6th on CD)remix the standout trackElephants. 
The Oddiseeremix ofElephants  is being made available on a special edition bonus 45 record that FatBeatswill release on 9/13 with the 2xLP vinyl edition of the new popular album Daily Bread.
The remix brings Oddisee's  distinct drum patterns and  Hassaan Mackey's gruff flow at it's best: "some down to earth shit the world aint ready for...verbs from the soul adding light to the mic."
Enjoy the remix & feel free to share!
Free Download: Daily Bread "Elephants (Oddisee Remix)"
Buy The Album:
Hassaan Mackey & Apollo Brown - Daily Bread
Digital Album @  iTunes  eMusic  Amazon
CD Available @ FatBeats 
Vinyl Pre-Order @ FatBeats

Free Download-DTMD "Keep On" (MelloMusicGroup)

Dunc on the beats and Toine on the mic, the moniker Dunc and Toine Makin’ Dollas (DTMD) is a nod to the classic East Coast act EPMD, but the sound is DMV.  Dunc & Toine both have worked closely with standout producer/emcee Oddisee to polish their crafts at a very young age (yeah these guys are like 20 years old, but have the skills of some serious vets). You may recognize Dunc from his contribution to Diamond District’scritically acclaimed album In The Ruffor Toine from his appearance on "Different Now" with Oddisee. Last week 2DopeBoyz featured DTMD in their (2)Dope to Sleep On series.  After putting out a stellar EP calledThe Basics, they signed to Mello Music Group and are releasing their debut album Makin' Dollas September 20th!
Enjoy the new song, feel free to post & share! 
[Free Song] DTMD "Keep On (feat. yU)"
[Pre-Order The Album] DTMD "Makin' Dollas"

Free Download-Kidd Called Quest "Lyrical Slaughter" ft. REKS, INNO, Moz & Skyzoo

Kidd Called Quest "Lyrical Slaughter" ft. REKS, INNO, Moz & Skyzoo New music from up and coming producer Kidd Called Quest (aka Jay Quest) "Lyrical Slaughter" featuring REKS, INNO, Moz & Skyzoo, taken off his upcoming compilation album Put Your Headphones On .