-- Basic Vocab has just released their album A Better Way. The album will officially receive its nationwide release on April 27th, but they did a special iTunes early release this past Tuesday where you can get the album at $7.99 for a limited time. Conscious hip-hop from Miami never sounded this good. Basic Vocab consists of smooth beats and smooth rhymes. Their first single "Just Dance", which features Amir is out now as well making its rounds. Get the album today. [iTunes]
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-- South Florida based Jim Jonsin recently opened up about getting to work with Eminem on his newly named project The Recovery. Jim said he had a great time working with Em, but didn't want to divulge much information just yet. He did however note that the fans are going to love it and that the new album will feature songs reminiscent to Eminem back in his early days. [MTV News]
-- Jacki-O prepares to hit the music scene once again after taking her stab authoring a book. She's slated to release a new mixtape hosted by New York's DJ Kay Slay. The mixtape is called Griselda Blanco: La Madrina, obviously inspired by the female drug kingpin famously showcased in the Cocaine Cowboys documentary. She's released a couple teaser records off the tape recently, but will release the tape in its entirety in a couple weeks. [Twitter]
-- Artofficial is preparing to release their long awaited The Payback project on April 23rd. The 12-track album will be available free of charge at numerous websites including ArtOfficialMusic.Net, Illroots.Com, DJBooth.Net to name a few. Expect a dozen tracks of quality music done the best way that Artofficial knows how. [ArtOfficial]
-- Rick Ross has been ordered to pay $300,000 to DJ Vlad after a violent altercation that left Vlad with a broken eye socket. The alleged incident took place at the 2008 Ozone Awards in which Vlad claims he was set up by Ross and his associates. A New York Federal court jury seemed to see some validity to the incident and awarded Vlad with $250,000 in punitive damages and 50,000 in compensatory damages. Rick Ross dismissed the decision by telling MTV that, "after court expenses, the plaintiff may get $40 or 50K. I'm blessed to be in the situation I'm in. Four mil was at stake. It's behind me." [Allhiphop]
-- Pitbull is preparing to tour the U.S. in what seems to be his biggest tour to date. Pitbull has teamed up with AEG Live for a 25 city tour that starts on May 25 at the 1stBank Center in Denver and continues through June 28 with a final show at the Milwaukee Summerfest. While no Miami dates were added to the tour, rest assured that there have been and will be many opportunities to see Pitbull perform in Miami free of charge. So no need for us Miamians to feel left out. [The305]