In support of his latest release, Self Explanatory, Canadian hip hop artist Classified has tested the creativity of the hip-hop community at Indaba Music by challenging them to drop rhymes over the beat of his single, “Trouble.” The contest is now in the voting period. You do not have to be a member of Indaba to vote.Log in now and check out the fresh raps. The winning track will be professionally produced by Classified and the song will be digitally released through HalfLife/Sony Music Canada and a cash prize.

R.I.P. | One of music’s most cherished pioneers, Detroit’s Amp Fiddler, lost his only child, 18 year-old Dorian A. Fiddler. full info | Fundraiser

R.I.P. | Renowned American painter Ernie Barnes made his final transition last week at the age of 70. full info

NextAid & DubSpot drop the next compilation CD in the the NextAid benefit series this week, raising funds for education centers for youth affected by AIDS near Johannesburg, South Africa: FUNK AID FOR AFRICA mixed by DJ OBAH. This pure fiyah! comp features music from Ticklah, The Pimps of Joytime, Ursula Rucker, King Britt, The 7 Miles Per Hour Band, J Boogie ft. Jennifer Johns, and more… Get it on iTunes or via

Causes 2 is the second album from Waxploitation’s ongoing benefit series for Darfur. 100% of the profits from the album go to Human Rights Watch, Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders and Oxfam America.

The album includes rare and exclusive songs from Black Moth Super Rainbow, The Decemberists, Devendra Banhart, Diplo, Federico Aubele, Gnarls Barkley, LCD Soundsystem, Matthew Dear, Mum, My Morning Jacket, Neon Neon, Richard Swift, RJD2, and Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings

CONTEST: Grandmaster Flash Mixtape Contest (Win Traktor Pro & More) until June 1st


HIP HOP HOWL MIXTAPE SXSW TAKEOVER: FREE DOWNLOAD with 27 smoking tracks! Full Tracklisting


The Funky People Panama Tour ’09: Memorial Day Weekend vacation trip May 22-26

Movement: Detroit’s Electronic Music Festival ’09: May 23 – 25 Fusicology Imeem Playlist | Lineup

International Soul Music Summit: New Site for the Sept 2009 Conference.

The 2009 A3C will be taking place on October 1-3, 2009 – New Dates, New Atlanta Location more…



Tortured Soul | New Album


Robin Thicke & Jennifer Hudson

Eric Roberson


We Are Hunted: Aiming to quantify music popularity in a way that traditional charts no longer can

Mixcloud: Like the YouTube of the audio world

Grooveshark: Music search engine

Unique visits to MySpace dropped by 5 million FEATURES

INTERVIEW: Planet Asia

PODCAST: Tais (Next 1000)


Submit Your Demo To URB’s NEXT 1000

Win A Pair Of Tix To Movement 2009 In Detroit!

Win A Nike + De La Soul Care Package!

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