Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Free MP3: Break by MindsOne produced by Kev Brown

Just caught wind that Kev Brown just produced this new MindsOne joint Break. Download it for free below.

Free Mixtapes: DJ Rhettmatic

DJ Rhettmatic (of the World Famous Beat Junkies and the Visionaries) had the honor to spin on 93.5 K-Day the day after Christmas. Rhett just uploaded his 2 hour mix to his mixcrate profile for free download. Look a little harder and you'll find a few more mixtapes up for grabs as well.

Check it out here.

Video: Low Budget Christmas Party

The Low Budget Crew gave back to the community this past Christmas by holding another fundraiser having people donate coats for the cold East coast winter. Check the video to see Roddy Rod kill it on the 2500 and Kenn Starr & Kaimbr kill it on the raps.

Monday, December 20, 2010

6th Annual 2Mex X-Mas Show

The 6th Annual 2Mex X-Mas show will be held at the Grand Star Jazz Club in Los Angeles, CA on Friday, December 24th, 2010.

LMNO is dead

LMNO's final album of 2010, LMNO Is Dead, is available now to the digital world. The album is completely produced and features vocals from KeyKool of the Visionaries.

iTunes: http://bit.ly/hgxUks
Amazon: http://amzn.to/evwiPu

Thursday, December 9, 2010

LMNO LA Times Article: 10 Releases In 12 Months

LMNO was recently featured in the Los Angeles Times for his 10 releases this year. Read below:

The conference room at Up Above Records has James Kelly’s name all over it. Well, his rap name, anyway. The wiry, 36-year-old plants his tattooed forearms on a sprawling, wooden table inside the sleek meeting area, swiveling gently in a leather chair. The wall behind him is crammed with a patchwork of glossy LPs released by the Long Beach label. Kelly’s moniker, LMNO, deftly overpopulates the collage.

Read the whole article here.

Lord Zen - The Moment (Live)

Lord Zen of the Visionaries performed a brand new track this past weekend at the LA Fresh event. Check out The Moment (and check out KeyKool on the tables!).

Free Download: Low Budget Christmas Mix

It's that time of the year again...Kev Brown and the Low Budget Crew present A Low Budget Christmas for 2010. You can only celebrate the holidays one way - low budget.

Download here

DJ Nu-Mark - Take Me With You

Our good friend DJ Nu-Mark is dropping a new album in 2011, and to keep us waiting in anticipation, he dropped this incredible free mix Take Me With You.

Download here

2Mex And A Couch

2Mex just wrapped up his Europe tour and this video sums up his trip. 2Mex, a couch and a microphone.

Check out 2Mex's new youtube page here

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Lord Zen & Dannu of Visionaries live in LA 12/4

Lord Zen & Dannu of the Visionaries will be performing live at 2nd Street Jazz in Los Angeles, CA on Saturday, December 4th, 2010.

I don't know if they're performing solo material or Writer's Block material. All I know is that these two guys are dope as hell and please perform NO MORE NO LESS for me.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

2Mex Europe Tour Nov. 20 - Dec. 8

2Mex is touring Europe right now supporting his new album My Fanbase Will Destroy You out now!

LMNO & KeyKool - Hiatus - Live Video

LMNO & KeyKool of the Visionaries performing "Hiatus" live at Tommy's Place (USC) taken from the LMNO, KeyKool & 2Mex album "Blessing In Disguise" out now on Up Above Records.

2Mex & Pierre the Motionless

2Mex is in Europe killing shit.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

LMNO & KeyKool FREE show at USC - Nov. 19th

KeyKool & LMNO of the Visionaries will be performing live at Tommy's Place on USC Campus.

Hot off the release of their album with 2Mex ("Blessing In Disguise") LMNO & KeyKool also collaborated for LMNO's 10th album of the year, "LMNO is dead." Completely produced and featuring KeyKool, expect to hear some the greatness at the show.

FREE SHOW!!! Set time: 10pm
All Ages // 21+ to drink
Tommy's Place - Ronald Tutor Campus Center
3607 Trousdale Pkwy, TCC 427. Los Angeles, CA 90089

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

LMNO & Dj Babu "No Apologies" LP out now

Two of the West Coast's finest team up for one of 2010's most raw, polished and underground LP's. The Visionary LMNO brings forth his 9th album of 2010 teaming up with the turntablist DJ Babu, the Dilated Junkie, for "No Apologies" with Babu on all the beats & scratches and LMNO taking command on the raps.

iTunes: http://bit.ly/dejiHG
Amazon: http://amzn.to/cOkaW0

Sunday, October 31, 2010

LMNO, KeyKool, 2Mex - Hiatus (Music Video)

LMNO, KeyKool & 2Mex album now on

Itunes: http://bit.ly/BLESSINGINDISGUISE

more info: http://UPABOVE.COM/10PACK

Visionaries members LMNO, KeyKool & 2Mex come together to create a new album "Blessing in Disguise." Produced entirely by KeyKool, featuring Evidence of Dilated Peoples, Kev Brown, yU of Diamond District and LD.

The album is available digitally, and in the limited edition LMNO x LRG 10 Pack, which includes 10 new LMNO albums in 2010.

2MEX - My Fanbase Will Destroy You OUT NOW

The record features 2Mex in the finest hour of his storied 15-year career. Over fifteen tracks, the gifted emcee showcases his charismatic, versatile flow, delivering razor-sharp observations and a signature lyrical wit over a varied selection ground-shaking and groundbreaking sounds from underground hip hop’s finest beatmakers. Appearances and production are contributed by Murs (Felt, Living Legends), Prince Po (Organized Konfusion), Busdriver, Ikey Owens (The Mars Volta), Ceschi, and many more. The album includes the lead single “Dead Hand Control”, produced by Owens and Deeskee (Shapeshifters).

Access Music: http://bit.ly/cQUSMu
iTunes: http://bit.ly/91B62C

Mr. Brady - Labor Of Love OUT NOW

Our brother Mr. Brady of Deep Rooted has just released his compilation Labor Of Love featuring appearances by LMNO, Aloe Blacc, Blu, Exile, Sene and too many more dope rappers to mention - ALL PRODUCED BY MR. BRADY!

iTunes: http://bit.ly/d6oIRv

Monday, October 25, 2010

Free Download: FWMJ's Rappers I Know presents J.Bizness 3P Series [Vol. 7] - LMNO

With no surprise, LMNO unexpectedly drops three gems with producer extraordinaire J.Bizness. Did I mention they are offering these tracks for free?!?!

Download for free here: http://bit.ly/9AZBnE

LMNO, KeyKool, & 2Mex - The Rush feat. Evidence

This track has been getting a lot of love from the fans.

LMNO, KeyKool & 2Mex The Rush feat. Evidence
taken from the full-length LP Blessing In Disguise

Support and buy this album!
iTunes: http://bit.ly/aI7uBz
Amazon: http://amzn.to/agx79T

Or cop LMNO's "10 Pack" here: http://www.upabove.com/10pack

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

LMNO, KeyKool, 2Mex - Blessing In Disguise LP OUT NOW

LMNO has paired up with some of the most talented names in hip-hop for his epic 2010 journey, but for his 8th album of the year, LMNO brings it back home to the people he started with. LMNO enlisted fellow Visionaries members KeyKool and 2Mex for "Blessing In Disguise," a concise 10-track album filled with lyrics of raw emotion and "break your neck" beats provided entirely by KeyKool.

Blessing In Disguise is out now featuring guest appearances by Evidence of Dilated Peoples, Kev Brown, and yU of Diamond District.

iTunes: http://bit.ly/aI7uBz
Amazon: http://amzn.to/agx79T

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Supernatural Freestyle in London :: Mahogany Rap Session

The good people at Mahogany Sessions sent us this incredible video of the one and only MC Supernatural freestyling in the parking lot. Supernat never ceases to amaze me...

Thursday, October 14, 2010

LMNO "10 PACK" Available Now

LMNO of the Visionaries has just released his prolific "10 Pack" in conjunction with LRG Clothing & Up Above Records.

10 full-length albums, one box set.

For more info click here.

LRG Presents: LMNO - 10 Pack from LRG on Vimeo.

Dannu "Free"

Dannu of the Visionaries has just released the lead single "Free" (produced by Exile), off his forthcoming debut solo album "Virgo Summer" coming out sooner than you think!

Click here to listen and support!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Under Construction: LMNO & Theory Hazit "Determined To Fly" Album Review

via Cubescript.blogspot.com

ITUNES: http://bit.ly/bGFujX
AMAZON: http://amzn.to/cATG59

Having duos in hip hop? Hmmm… maybe as singers it could work out pretty easily but it’s pretty hard to come across two guys doing rap music and doing it well enough that you don’t notice that one is outshining the other. I can only think of a few successes; Redman & Methodman, The Lox, Everyday Process… but the subjects of this review, LMNO & Theory Hazit seem to possess this chemistry that enables them to come hard enough to get them appreciated. It’s like LMNO’s the knife that cuts the meat and Mr. Hazit does the rest.
On Determined to Fly the dynamic duo serve a vintage hip hop album with no strings attached, unadulterated game, more than convincing delivery and the type of beats that got me hooked on the beautiful genre in the first place. Almost everything on the album’s perfect even down to the album art, a fish with outspread wings leaping above some water and the mere sight of that even without hearing single scratch from the album is enough to bless you. It’s a beautiful tribute to a beautiful art form seeing how very few people put much thought into album art nowadays.

Songs that definitely should be on constant repeat on this project include “Boombaptism”, “Money” with Suzi Analogue, “Born to Write” and the title track “Determined to Fly” a really dope jam and my favorite “Full Motion” especially because of the last verse where Theory Hazit merged analogies on both sports and different music genres together! Pure bliss I tell you. Of course there’s the seemingly inevitable drawback of this album being the type that not everyone in your class or down at choir practice would be into. That’s probably intended because the album comes across as targeted at only a select few, the “conscious/underground hip hop heads”.
Whatever the case may be, Determined to Fly is a 4.5 star effort that makes 2010 a happy year musically for anyone with good ears. Peace!!!!

2Mex Freestyle on Breakbeats & Rhymes Radio

2MEX My Fanbase Will Destroy You out October 12th worldwide!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

2Mex & Free Moral Agents Fall Tour 2010

2Mex of the Visionaries is on tour now in support of his forthcoming album "My Fanbase Will Destroy You" which he will have available on tour. Get it directly from him! Ikey Owens of The Mars Volta (and Look Daggers) will also be on tour with his band Free Moral Agents who are all awaiting the release of their album "Control This"


06 WED - Las Vegas, NV @ Las Vegas Country Saloon
07 THU - Tempe, AZ @ Stray Cat
08 FRI - El Paso, TX @ Republic
09 SAT - Austin, TX @ Cheer Up Charlie's
10 SUN - Corpus Christi, TX @ Revolution
11 MON - San Marcos, TX @ Triple Crown
12 TUE - Lafayette, LA @ Grant Street Dancehall
13 WED - Montevallo, AL @ Eclipse
14 THU - Atlanta, GA @ 5 Spot
15 FRI - Knoxville, TN @ Clarence Brown Theatre, Univ. of TN
16 SAT - Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall
17 SUN - Virginia Beach, VA @ Hangar 09
18 MON - Raleigh, NC @ Pour House
19 TUE - Washington DC - TBA
20 WED - Cambridge, MA @ Middle East upstairs
21 THU - Newark, DE - TBA
22 FRI - New York City, NY @ CMJ
23 SAT - New York City, NY @ CMJ
24 SUN - Philadelphia, PA - TBA
25 MON - Providence, RI @ Met Café
26 TUE - Portland, ME @ Asylum
28 THU - Chicago, IL @ Beauty Bar
29 FRI - Midwest - TBA
30 SAT - Pontiac, MI @ Pike Room
31 SUN - Madison, WI @ Frequency


01 MON - Kansas City, MO @ Czar Bar
02 TUE - Denver, CO @ Casselman's
03 WED - Pueblo, CO @ Smitty’s Greenlight Tavern
04 THU - Salt Lake City, UT @ Bar Deluxe
05 FRI - Missoula, MT @ The Palace
06 SAT - Portland, OR @ Slabtown
07 SUN - Seattle, WA @ Nectar Lounge
09 TUE - Humboldt, CA - TBA
10 WED - Sacramento, CA @ Sol Collective
11 THU - Visalia, CA @ Cellar Door
12 FRI - Los Angeles, CA @ Airliner
13 SAT - Merced, CA - TBA
14 SUN - Stockton, CA @ 856 Club

Sunday, September 26, 2010

LMNO's Limited Edition "10 Pack" is now available for pre-order courtesy of LRG and Up Above Records.


To top it all off, you can order the Limited "10 Pack" with an EXCLUSIVE LRG "James Kelly" t-shirt only available at UPABOVE.COM. We only have a few shirts so get it while you can.

Check the video below to watch LMNO's "10 Pack Commandments" music video and get familiar with the "10 Pack"

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

LMNO & Mr. Brady at Royal Dive in Oceanside, CA: 9.23.10

By popular demand, LMNO and Mr. Brady will be headlining ANOTHER show, this time at he Royal Dive in Oceanside, CA.

Also performing is Dark Time Sunshine (Onry Ozbourne of Grayskul)

Where: 2949 San Luis Rey Rd. Oceanside, CA 92058
21+ // $8 before 10pm

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Photos: LMNO at Urban Underground

LMNO of the Visionaries had an incredible show the other weekend. If you weren't there, you might have heard about it. I wish I took some video, but pictures are 1,000 words, right?

LMNO killed the crowd performing new tracks from his 10 albums this year - Cali Queen from Push That Work, Good Gawd from Selective Hearing Part 2. And oh yeah, Mr. Brady (Deep Rooted) made a special appearance ripping through tracks from their Banger Management LP.

To cap off the night, 2Mex and Lord Zen of the Visionaries came out to bust some Visionaries tracks with their brother LMNO. You'll hear the new jam soon enough, but 2Mex performed his verse from Hiatus, an upcoming track from the LMNO, KeyKool & 2Mex album, Blessing In Disguise - part of LMNO's 10 Pack.

Chaz Ortiz Gatorade Commercial #2 - Music by KeyKool

World famous pro skateboarder Chaz Ortiz (Zoo York skateboards, DC Shoes, Gatorade) has a new Gatorade commercial featuring music by Visionaries own KeyKool. Check the video below.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

LMNO at Angelo's in Pomona, CA - 9/21/10

LMNO of the Visionaries will be making a very special appearance o The Make A Darwish Tour!

Performing live: Dark Time Sunshine (Onry Ozzborne of Grayskul), LMNO, Chemikillz (Awol One) and more.

Where: Angelo's - 135 E. 2nd St. Pomona, CA

ONLY $5 // 18+

Thursday, September 2, 2010

LMNO - Opening Statement [Official Music Video]

Stop Sleeping!

LMNO "Opening Statement" from the full-length LP "Tripping On This Journey" completely produced by Astronote. Album #7 of 10 in 2010 // Limited Edition LRG 10 Pack 10.10.2010!

Show Support!
iTunes: http://bit.ly/cNIoft
Amazon: http://amzn.to/bpZ3dz

Filmed by: LMNO family.
Edited by: KeyKool

Thursday, August 26, 2010

LMNO at The Airliner (Urban Underground) September 3, 2010

LMNO of the Visionaries will be performing at The Airliner for the Urban Underground weekly event on Friday, September 3rd, 2010. If you haven't been to an Urban Underground event, you're missing out on some great hip-hop, and with LMNO releasing 10 albums this year (7 already out), you know his set is going to be INSANE!

Get tickets here

LMNO's "10 Pack" coming 10/10/10

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Record Review: LMNO - Tripping On This Journey

Bloggerhouse.net album review for LMNO's latest, Tripping On This Journey:

First things first, this has gotta’ be some kind of world record, LMNO’s “Tripping On This Journey” (which actually dropped on Tuesday, the 10th) marks Leave My Name Out’s 7th (!) full-length album of 2010. Of course, you’ll probably recall how we raved about LMNO last LP, his collaborative effort with Mr. Brady (Deep Rooted), “Banger Management”, but at some point you would have to think that LMNO would deplete his rhyme pool. Not the case my good friend. As with each album that arrived prior to “Tripping On This Journey” they (the albums) all battle with each other for LMNO’s top outing of the year. Really though, if you extracted 12-15 cuts from all LMNO’s albums that have dropped in 2010 and combined them into one final product, it would be very possible that you’d have an album that would contend for album of the year honors. Yet, what’s most awe-inspiring with each of LMNO’s collaborative LPs with the likes of the aforementioned Mr. Brady, Dert, Theory Hazit, etc., is that none of them have lacked “chemistry” or sound “rushed” or “forced” in the least bit, and that my friend, is a difficult chore to complete in this day and age. However, you’ve gotta’ give LMNO his props for his unmatched work ethic and flexibility when collaborating with all the different production personas.

Honestly, as much as I loved “Banger Management” (for one, being such a huge Deep Rooted fan), I was even more amped to review “Tripping..” when I discovered that the producer whom would be paired with LMNO on this album would be the man responsible for my 2nd favorite cut of 2008. Hailing from Paris, France, my first introduction to the newest member of the Asideworldwide roster Astronote, was indeed via his production for for Now On’s “All You Ever Knew” (from their highly underrated LP, “Tomorrow Already”). I mean, “All You Ever Knew” isn’t just a track that was cool two years ago, I still probably play that track at the very minimum, every other day of the week. I’ve even read where fellow labelmate Buff-1 stated that “All You Ever Knew” is his favorite track of ALL-TIME! However, this is 2010, not 2008 and we’re talkin’ about “Tripping On This Journey”, not “Tomorrow Already”. Having already lent his production talents to the likes of Donwill, Talib Kweli, Buff1, Donwill, Joell Ortiz, Guilty Simpson and Mayer Hawthorne, Astronote is soon to be a household name with his performance on “Tripping..”.

As solid as LMNO has been ‘year ’round lyrically, it’s definitely a positive when you have a musical canvas courtesy of Astronote to rock over for 12 tracks. I can’t even front, this may very well be an LMNO “album” per se, as well as being released (as have all of LMNO’s LPs this year) on the Up Above imprint, yet Astronote’s star shines brighest on “Tripping..”. Don’t get it twisted, I’m not speaking in DJ Premier/Group Home terms, but rather Pete Rock/CL Smooth terms, if you feel me?

The album features what is quite possibly the best “opening” track that I’ve had the pleasure of listening to all year. The appropriately titled, “Opening Statement” which not only finds LMNO at his lyrical apex, but the Astronote production is jaw-dropping. With enough “build-up” to achieve the maximum adrenaline rush, “Opening Statement” is truly on some “Rocky entering the ring” type ‘ish, as this track has suited me quite well for my early morning workouts this week. The album’s first leak “Hard To Do” served as the perfect introduction to the LP, as the nice sample selection suits well with LMNO’s “in your face” verbal attack. My second favorite cut from the LP, “Face To Face” features a neck-jerking backdrop from Astro that incorporates elements of Funk and Electronica yet still has that “knock factor” to keep it street. Trust me, if you love the LabTechs and 14KT, Astronote is right up your alley.

Even though the album tails slighly off near it’s completion, I’d have no qualms what so ever stating that “Tripping On This Journey” would be a valid purchase for your CD/LP collection. With no features, yet again, LMNO has proved that he has an amazing ear for production, as well as being one of Hip-Hop’s most dedicated and open-minded emcees.

2Mex, LMNO, Awol One, Busdriver & more - Live August 21st

2Mex, Awol One, LMNO, Busdriver and many more will be at Hollywood Park & Casino on Saturday, August 21st. Check the promo video!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Record Review: LMNO - Tripping On This Journey

As I expected, the critics are loving the new LMNO album "Tripping On This Journey" (available 8/10) completely produced by Astronote. Peep the OC Weekly review below:

The Hype: Rhyming solo on the seventh installment of a 10-album project, Long Beach rapper LMNO emerges with another new album this year. And though it's been a long marathon so far, Tripping On This Journey (out Aug. 10 on Up Above Records) has him sprinting towards the finish line with sought-after French producer, Astronote. Working together and trading beats and lyrics off and on since 2006, the pair go at it again with inventive, intergalactic boom bap as a canvas for sharp-edged observational flowetry. Judging by the release of the album's lead single, "Hard To Do," we're anticipating very few stumbles on this 11-track trip.

The Judgement: Over the course of seven albums, we've seen LMNO try to synthesize his flows through a number of different producers while sharing bars with some very capable MCs. But listening to the impassioned, solo delivery of his new album, it's odd that his most diverse and inspired album thus far would be one without any guest features. Not to mention working with a producer who he's traded beats with (via Internet) for years.

If there's one thing that this album does prove, it's that when all else fails, write songs what you know. In this case, LMNO uses Astronote's searing, synth-laden psychedelic boom bap as a spray canvas for songs about fatherhood, maturing in the rap game and, of course, clearing the hip-hop scene of wack-MCs. But even though those are some bread and butter topics for LMNO, the way he delivers them--on songs like "The Gift" and "Hard To Do" (the album's lead single) are seeping with an honest and intense delivery that doesn't skimp on the production value for the sake of keeping things "underground."

With no guest rappers or forced cameos to cloud the focus on LMNO's distinct, hard-syllable staccato, songs like "Face to Face" allow him free reign to a construct complete and compelling song about the dangers of gangster glorification in hip-hop that clash with his experience as a real everyday hip-hop hustler with a back pack full of his records and a sturdy can-do attitude. Built on a hybrid of big beat production and shards of Eastern percussion and mysticism, the tracks of the album take LMNO's vivid observations on everyday subject matter and elevate them into something that will compel you to take stick with this voyage of self-discovery and stay satisfied for all 11 tracks.

The Grade: A

Video: DJ Rhettmatic at Primitive BBQ

DJ Rhettmatic (Beat Junkies/Visionaries) was the guest DJ at Primitive's BBQ this past weekend. Check the video as Rhett takes you back to school.

Astronote & DJ Graffiti - Bigger & Better (The Notorious Remixes) hosted by Talib Kweli

Astronote has been quietly killing the game for a few years now. In 2009, Astronote and DJ Graffiti made this remix album of some Notorious BIG hits. I know you're saying you've heard a million B.I.G. remix albums...but not like this!!!

The Astronote produced LMNO album "Tripping On This Journey" comes out next week on Up Above Records. This is THE album to get if you've been sleeping on LMNO.

Bigger & Better (The Notorious Remixes)
Originally released: 2009

All songs performed by Notorious BIG
All songs produced by Astronote
Mixed by DJ Graffiti
Hosted by Talib Kweli


01. Intro
02. Young G’s (ft. Talib Kweli)
03. N*gg*s (ft. Buff1)
04. Don’t Stop (ft. Big L)
05. Everyday Struggle (ft. Bahamadia)
06. Interlude #1
07. Party & Bullshit (ft. Erykah Badu)
08. Whatchu Want
09. Dangerous MCs (ft. Guilty Simpson & Busta Rhymes)
10. Let’s Get It On (ft. Heavy D, 2Pac & Grand Puba)
11. Dead Wrong
12. Interlude #2
13. I’m F*cking You Tonight
14. Come On (ft. Sadat X)
15. Crush On You (ft. Junior Mafia)
16. Victory (ft. Puff Daddy & Busta Rhymes)
17. Outro
18. Bonus: Don’t Stop Pt.2 (ft. Big L)

Free MP3: LMNO - Hard To Do
-Lead single off "Tripping On This Journey" out 8/10 produced by Astronote

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Music Video: LMNO & Mr. Brady - Banger Management

Moving forward with LMNO's 10 albums in 2010, we've dedicated ourselves to not only release a new LMNO album once a month, but to accompany that release with a visual - one music video per release.

Up Above Records is proud to present the music video for LMNO & Mr. Brady's title track "Banger Management"

Banger Management
iTunes | Amazon

Monday, August 2, 2010

Visionaries - Blessings (Live at Unity/Bigga B Tribute Show)

Here is the Visionaries performing their J.Rocc produced hit Blessings at a crazy packed house this past Friday for the Unity/Bigga B Tribute Show at El Cid in Los Angeles, CA.

What this video doesn't have is the actual feeling you get by being at a live Visionaries show. But I guess it'll have to do.

"A Video Will Never Replace A Live Show"

Friday, July 30, 2010

LMNO & Mr. Brady at 2nd Street Jazz Club in Los Angeles, CA: Sat. July 31st

LMNO & Mr. Brady will be performing live at 2nd Street Jazz Club in Los Angeles, CA. The two just released their collaborative album "Banger management" on Up Above Records and will be performing a BUNCH of tracks from the LP. This will probably be the ONLY time you'll hear these tracks performed live!

Also, there will be a 16 Man Beat Battle and performances by N3utron, Co-Exist, Pawz-One and more!

Where: 366 E. 2nd St. Los Angeles, CA
Cover: $10 // Ladies - $7
Doors: 9pm - 2am

2Mex in Reno, NV: July 31st, 2010

2Mex will be headlining the Independent Hip-Hop Showcase at The Underground in Reno, Nevada. Hosted by Sellassie.

Doors: 9pm // 18+
Cover: $10
Where: 555 E. 4th St. Reno, NV

Thursday, July 29, 2010

LMNO & Theory Hazit - Party People (Music Video)

Not too confuse you with so many LMNO records this year, but here it is, the music video for "Party People" from LMNO & Theory Hazit from their full length LP (the 5th from LMNO this year) "Determined To Fly" out now on Up Above Records.

Determined To Fly
iTunes | Amazon

Visionaries Show at Unity - Friday, July 30th, 2010

This will be the first Visionaries show with all 6 members in about 3 years!!! Not only that, but it's also a tribute to our brother Bigga B who was a huge part of the Unity shows since the beginning.

Get there early and make sure you get in!

When: Friday, July 30th
Doors: 9pm // $20 cover
Who?!?!?! People Under the Stairs, Visionaries, Prince Po, Percee P, Trek Life, Mykill Myers. DJ's Mark Luv, C Minus, Kiilu, Daz, Marvski

DJ Nu-Mark at Shine in Vancouver - July 29th, 2010

DJ Nu-Mark of Jurassic 5/Blendcrafters will be performing at Shine Night Club in Vancouver tonight! I heard he's got a special set with some goodies up his sleeve so I wouldn't miss out!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Astronote: The Remixes Volume One

For all of you not fully convinced by me saying Astronote is probably the best producer you've never heard about, let's start by looking back at his few remix albums.

The Remixes Volume One came out at the end of 2009, and it is jam packed with some of the hottest tracks of the year, remixed by the man himself, Astronote.

Download here: Astronote - The Remixes Volume One

LMNO full-length LP "Tripping On This Journey" produced by Astronote
Available in all digital outlets August 10th
Download free MP3: Hard To Do

Monday, July 26, 2010

LMNO - Hard To Do (Free Download)

LMNO "Hard To Do" from the full-length LP "Tripping On This Journey" completely produced by Astronote available in all digital outlets August 10th, 2010.

Download this track free: http://bit.ly/9NoLhT

Show Support!
iTunes: http://bit.ly/cNIoft
Amazon: http://amzn.to/bpZ3dz

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Breakbeats & Rhymes Radio: LMNO Interview (Video)

In our last post, you got to download the audio version of the 2-hour Breakbeats Radio show. The hosts, Rebels To The Grain, were nice enough to film LMNO's interview segment and post it on youtube. Check it out below:

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

LMNO on Breakbeats Radio - Free Download

LMNO of the Visionaries was live on Break Beats Radio (90.7 KPFK) this past weekend to showcase his latest music and update the world on what's to come from LMNO. Hosted by Rebels To The Grain, LMNO went on to discuss his widely publicized "10 Pack" (10 albums in 2010), and amongst other things, his travels, his past, present and future.

Rebels To The Grain graciously sent us the audio files and decided to have the entire 2 hour show available for free download for those of you who missed out. The download link expires in one week, 7/26, so don't sleep!

Part 1: http://bit.ly/cckYrM
Part 2: http://bit.ly/ctxU5T

Check out http://breakbeatsradio.com/ every Saturday night from 2-4am on 90.7 KPFK.

Kev Brown Produced "It's Almost Time" by yU on ESPN

The Kev Brown produced track It's Almost Time from yU's (Diamond District) solo album "Before Taxes" is featured on an ESPN video. Congratulations guys.

LMNO & 2Mex - A Portion - Live at Safari Sam's

I'm pretty sure this is the only time LMNO & 2Mex have performed this song live. A Portion can be found on LMNO's 2005 album "P's & Q's" on Up Above Records. The two are putting the final touches on their new album together with KeyKool for one of LMNO's 10 albums in 2010. Expect greatness...

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Up Above Records Radio - Youtube Page

With all our songs being put on youtube by random people, we finally decided to just make an "Up Above Records Radio" youtube page. We'll be consistently throwing up some new tracks on there, as well as past hits and unreleased gems.

For now, check out a few tracks from the LMNO & Mr. Brady LP Banger Management. AND SUBSCRIBE!

Up Above Radio: youtube.com/upaboveradio
Up Above Records: youtube.com/upaboverecords

LD of Technicali - Artist Profile

LD of Technicali has an awesome profile spotlight that just dropped on youtube. If you don't know who he is, he's an incredible DJ, producer and engineer and has worked with just about everyone in the LA underground and beyond.

The multi-talented artist has shined on the cuts for a majority of LMNO's albums, as well as producing the kick-off LP for L's 10 albums in 2010 run, Push That Work. LD is involved with so many things, it's sometimes hard to keep track.

Follow LD on twitter: twitter.com/LDonthecut

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

LMNO & Mr. Brady - Live at 2nd St. Jazz Club - July 31, 2010

LMNO & Mr. Brady will be live and direct at 2nd St. Jazz Club in Downtown Los Angeles, CA on Saturday, July 31st. This might be the only time you'll see LMNO & Mr Brady perform tracks from their new album Banger Management ever!

Also going down is a 16 person Beat Battle!

LMNO & Mr. Brady - Banger Management - OC Weekly Review

The good people at OC Weekly continue to cover LMNO's epic run of 10 albums in 2010. This time around, the subject is Banger Management, the incredible collaboration between LMNO and Mr. Brady. Check the review in full below:

The Hype:
Getting over the hump on his 10-album endeavor, our Long Beach rapper-in-residence LMNO released his sixth aural offering alongside rastafied, San Diego rapper, Mr. Brady. Teaming up to record Banger Management (released July 6 on Up Above Records), we see LMNO finally working with a cat in the same state. Brady happens to be one of his dopest collaborators thus far--and that's not just West coast favoritism. A former recording artist for Battle Axe Records, co-founder of SD hip-hop hybrid, Deep Rooted, and beatsmith for artists like Killah Priest and Blu, his talents were bound to positively alter LMNO's hip-hop universe.

The Judgment: Blips, bloops and 8 bit-beats abound on LMNO's latest collab with Mr. Brady. Even though these aren't the sounds you'd anticipate from an album titled Banger Management, there are some odd and diverse beat structures, tailor made to create a soundtrack to your next video game/toke session. That's the best utilization we can think of for this album. Maybe it's because Brady sounds high as fuck during most of it. His loose baritone flows sit well in the lucid, Brick Breaker dreamscapes created on joints like "Original" and the aptly-titled "Arcade," featuring other (less impressive) verses by Declaime and MED. As for LMNO, is delivery is hit or miss. Buzzing, oddly timed beats tend to clash with his enunciated, herky-jerky flows.

Though Brady's production leans towards the pedigree of Flying Lotus, at times some of the boom bap elements fall into a sterile trend. The middle tracks bleed together into something you can't wait to fast forward. But the album finds itself again quickly, thanks to LMNO's razor sharp delivery of "Climate," which will snap you back to attention all the way to the album closer, "Hands-Up." We wonder why they save the one bass-rattling song that really bangs until the very end. But hey, at least it's there. Like we said, this is a gamer's album. You're gonna need a solid hour on the couch with PS3 controller in hand and a bong at arms distance to really get into it.

Nuetron feat. LMNO and LD & Ariano - I Got My Wings

LMNO featured on the dope new Nuetron single, I Got My Wings, also featuring LD & Ariano! Download the track FOR FREE below!

Download here: http://bit.ly/ctr1VN

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

LMNO & Mr. Brady - Banger Management - Album Review

The LMNO & Mr. Brady album gets rave reviews from Bloggerhouse. Check the article out in full below:

Can you really believe that “Banger Management” marks Visionaries alum LMNO’s sixth (!) LP of 2010? I mean, c’mon son, that sh*t is INSANE! Talk about work ethic, cats don’t have nothin’ on LMNO this year! Having already toured with one another, LMNO and Deep Rooted’s Mr. Brady decided to link up for “Banger Management” last year. Recording just a few tracks over the span of 2009, it wasn’t until LMNO announced that he was dropping ten(!) studio jawns for 2010 that these two really put their heads together, with Brady handling all of the production duties for the album. However, you’ll also find the underrated Mr. Brady more than capable of sharing the mic alongside one of the most recognizable voices in all of the underground. As early into it’s release as it may be (the album actually dropped TODAY), it’s safe to say that of all the different artists/producers that LMNO has collaborated with for each project, the sixth outing is the finest to date, much in part to the contributions of the multi-faceted Mr. Brady.

Of course, I may be a bit biased, Deep Rooted has been one of my favorite underground groups since their inception. Their workings, “D.E.E.P.R.O.O.T.E.D”, “The Second Coming” and “A New Beginning” have remained in rotation over the years, but Brady does offer something truly special to the album. His beats have a futuristic-funk appeal to them, yet tracks such as the bareboned, raw drums of “Stomp” will have you snapping your neck while causing much damage to your preferred audio system. Brady’s production shines most on “Banger Management’s” three opening cuts: the title cut is personified funk as LMNO & Brady flow effortlessly over a bluesy guitar lick laced with subwoofer shaking bass knocks. And while some could mistake LMNO & Mr. Brady’s deliveries on the aforementioned cut as “lackadaisical”, both emcees coast over one of the funkiest cuts of 2010. Both “Original” and “Shoot” find Brady upping the ante as the two tracks jump out of the starting blocks with frantic drums and well placed synths that truly capture the essence of Mr. Brady’s signature production style.

At only 12 tracks, “Banger Management” is void of all filler. Straight to the point lyrics, with precise production is the album’s primary focus, and it does not disappoint. With LMNO releasing albums at a rapid-fire, record pace it’s easily to overlook his past efforts (and unfair) with the likes of Theory Hazit, Dert, etc., but if you’re gonna’ put some hard-earned dollars on an LMNO album this year, “Banger Management” is that album. Oddly enough, it’s the album that LMNO sounds most at ease with, as Brady’s backdrops mesh seamlessly with Leave My Name Out’s “no frills” lyricism and delivery. Don’t get it confused, Brady is no slouch on the mic either. Nearly two decades into the game, it’s easy to forget that Mr. Brady has been lacing mind-bending productions with his signature blunted, laid back flow that is well known and respected on the Left Coast.

Of all the albums that dropped today, including the long-awaited Big Boi LP, guess which one is downloading in Itunes as I type this? Yep, you guessed it, and in my humble opinon, “Banger Management” is the better release as LMNO and Mr. Brady stayed true to their roots and have successfully made hip-hop for the underground, their loyal fanbase, not Top 40 radio.

Banger Management
iTunes | Amazon

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

LMNO & Mr. Brady - Banger Management - New LP Out Today

BANGER MANAGEMENT - the 6th (of 10) LMNO albums to be released in 2010. Entirely produced by Mr. Brady.

Banger Management
iTunes | Amazon

LMNO of the Visionaries is back with his sixth full-length album of 2010 collaborating with longtime friend, producer/emcee Mr. Brady for Banger Management. The hard hitting, head nodding 12-track album is jam packed with pure hip-hop featuring guest appearances by Declaime, MED, Kev Brown and LD on the cuts.

FREE Download "Both Sides Spin": http://bit.ly/b04z2k