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
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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:

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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:
Part 2:

Check out 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:
Up Above Records:

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.

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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!

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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
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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
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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.

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Monday, July 5, 2010

Mr. Brady - Leftovers (Free Download)

Mr. Brady is definitely an underrated producer/emcee. Having been in the game since the early 90's, he's risen the ranks to produce for Diamond D, Blu, Oh No, Guilty Simpson, and Aloe Blacc, not to mention his work with his group, Deep Rooted, and his solo releases with Battle Axe records. Talk about a legit resume.

Tomorrow, July 6th, marks the release of the LMNO & Mr. Brady album BANGER MANAGEMENT. Some say its been a long time coming, and personally, I have to say it is well worth the wait - the album is incredible.

To celebrate the albums release, and for you to get to know Mr. Brady a little bit more, we're offering Mr. Brady's two mixtapes fo free download. It features so many guests you're just going to have to listen to find out.

Download Leftovers Vol. 1:
Download Leftovers Vol. 2:

And don't forget BANGER MANAGEMENT is out tomorrow, July 6th!

iTunes Pre-order:
Free Download: Both Sides Spin