The Underground Report (Paid Dues, EMC, QN5)

posted February 01, 2007 12:31:20 PM CST | 4 comments

Last month, we let you all know that Paid Dues would be coming back for a second round. The Independent Hip-Hop Festival is hitting California March 24. Since we last updated, a few artists have been confirmed and new information has been obtained, so we will hit you with a run down of the line up now.
Felt (Murs and Slug), Ant, Sage Francis, Brother Ali, Blackalicious, Jean Grae, Visionaries, Mr. Lif, Cage, Zion I & The Grouch, Devin Da Dude, Evidence (w/ Alchemist), Pigeon John, Los Nativos and Hangar 18 with DJ's Mr. Len and Maji. It will be hosted by Murs' fellow LL representative Lucky I Am. Let's hope he gets a better reception than Chingo Bling got last year.
Once again, for those who missed it: Tickets will be available February 2. However, there is something that just came up: MySpace users can cop tickets a day in advance, for $5 less. More info can be found on the Paid Dues profile.
Chang Weisberg (of Guerrilla Union ) released a statement noting that Paid Dues may actually become a national tour and a documentary film soon.
It's not an easy thing to do, but Murs has put himself out there to support his friends and colleagues. The support from artists, labels, managers, media partners, and agents has been overwhelming," he added.
A fellow legend who will not be at Paid Dues is Bicasso. He recently spoke with us about his upcoming tour and the possibility of the new Living Legends LPsort of.
When asked about the new LL album, he had little to say. While unable to offer any real details, he did let us know that the crew may still record together. Once Murs didnt tour with the camp, the rumors began flying around. But Bicasso knows hes got to hold his own for now so he's hitting the road.
"The road's been good...about to hit it again with OneBlock [Radius] and get back at
'em, cuz you can't let the fans forget what it feels like,"
he told us.
The dates for this tour are below:
Golden State of Mind Tour w/ One Block Radius
02.01.07 Portland, OR, USA (With Scarub - no OBR)
02.02.07 Salt Lake City, UT, USA
02.03.07 Denver, CO, USA
02.05.07 Tempe, AZ, USA
02.06.07 Tucson, AZ, USA
02.09.07 Sacramento, CA, USA
02.10.07 San Francisco, CA, USA
So, he won't be at Paid Dues, but Slug and Ant will. Which reminds me that Rhymesayers recently launched their YouTube Channel. Currently, there are only ten videos on the channel, but I expect that to grow soon. The batch of clips include P.O.S' latest vid which features Slug and old favorites such as Atmosphere's Say Hey There from '06. Take a look, just for fun.

Now, last month, we also gave readers a look at EMC, the new group formed by Masta Ace, Wordsworth, Stricklin and Punchline. Recently, we spoke with Strick, and he let us in on whats in store.
First up, the crew may just release solo mixtapes. Stricks The Resume is already finished. Its got some heat and it features Masta Ace, Punch, Words, Royce Da 5'9 and Skoob of DasFX. The crew has already filmed their latest video 4 Brothers, which you can find in our Multimedia Section. Expect more from EMC in our next installment.
In somewhat related news, the QN5 Fam is prepping the release of Asterisk 4, which features new music from their line up including acts like CunninLynguists, Tonedeff, PackFM, Session, Mr. SOS. This comp will include production from Domingo, Kno, Deacon, Elite & Tonedeff.

Sean Price, Masta Ace, Bad Seed, Copywrite, Poison Pen will join the cast on this project. It features highly anticipated work for Tone and Kno's Chico and the Man project as well as a track from Scribble Jam Champ Illmaculate.
What's that? You want a tracklist? You got it:
1. Intro
2. QN5 All-Stars Fifth Gear [Produced By Tonedeff]
3. Fresh Daily, Deacon The Villain & Supastition - Rising [Produced By Tonedeff]
4. PackFM & Mr. SOS Stop/Start [Produced By Tonedeff]
5. PackFM Stomp Remix (f/ Sean Price, Copywrite, Bad Seed, Poison Pen, Session & ArchRival) [Produced By Elite]
6. The Plague Alive [Produced By Tonedeff]
7. Session You Aint Shit [Produced By Deacon The Villain]
8. IllMaculate & Okwerdz Rossi-Bomb [Produced By Tonedeff]
9. Freestyle (of The Arsonists) Little People (f/ CunninLynguists) [Produced By Kno]
10. Inverse Look Around [Produced by Kno]
11. Mr. SOS T.H.E.Y. [Produced By Tonedeff]
12. Tanya Morgan Sunshine (f/ Deacon The Villain) [Produced By Kno]
13. Tonedeff Optimist [Produced By Tonedeff]
14. Substantial Its You (I Think) [Produced By Kno]
15. Poison Pen Brooklyn Board of Tourism
16. PackFM Great God [Produced By Tonedeff]
17. ArchRival Try All You Want [Produced By Tonedeff]
18. PackFM & Tonedeff Ruthless [Produced By Domingo]
19. Elite & Leo D. Eyes [Produced By Malachi]
20. Substantial & Tonedeff Punk (Megashow Mix) [Produced By Ferry Corsten]
21. Natti Baby [Produced By YoungLORD]
22. Cashmere The Pro I Do: [Produced By Kno]
23. Debut & Substantial Heads or Tails [Produced By Domingo]
24. Session Oh Snap (f/ Poison Pen) [Produced By Domingo]
25. Masta Ace Play Hard [Produced By: Kno]
26. Chico & The Man My Lady [Produced By Kno]
Finally, Jin has released the video for his first single off the ground breaking American Born Chinese record, which was made in Cantonese.
Want a preview? Hey, there are subtitles. Here's the vid for his first single.

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