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REVIEW: Bobby Shmurda – ‘Shmurda She Wrote’ EP

Artist: Bobby Shmurda
Album: Shmurda She Wrote
Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

After a summer that sent him rising from a nobody to one of the most blogged about names in urban music, Bobby Shmurda has all the hype in the world and none of the work to back it up. Though he’s become a household name in many parts of the country, not to mention having been seen rubbing shoulders with the hip-hop elite on the strength of his breakout hit, the young man behind “Hot Nigga” was nowhere to be found on the biggest must watch lists of up-and-coming emcees released …

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Stream Bobby Shmurda’s New EP, ‘Shmurda She Wrote’

Before the “Shmoney Dance” broke out through the United States late this year, Ackquille Jean Pollard, more commonly known as Bobby Shmurda, was relatively under the radar.

Having signed to Epic Records not too long ago, the breakout rapper from Brooklyn is scheduled to release his debut EP, Shmurda She Wrote, on November 10. The 5-track EP features his viral Billboard chart single, “Hot Nigga,” whose music video acquired over 30 million hits in just a couple of months,. In addition to this, the EP also contains four other new tracks, two of which feature rapper Ty Real.…

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Bobby Shmurda Announces ‘Shmurda She Wrote’ EP

You’ve got to hand it to Bobby Shmurda for embracing the numerous puns his name is able to create. If nothing else, at least he has a sense of humor.

Now that the heat from “Hot Nigga” has begun to die down, Epic Records is looking to make back their Bobby Shmurda investment money with the release of the young emcee’s Shmurda She Wrote EP on November 10. The five-track digital release will be the rapper’s first since signing with the label earlier this year. You can view the artwork and track list at the end of this …

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ALBUM STREAM: Chevelle – ‘La Gágola’

La Gágola, Chevelle’s seventh full-length release, is set to drop next week via Epic Records, however, as of today, you can stream the ten-song effort in its entirety exclusively through iTunes Radio.

This latest attempt will act as a follow-up to 2011′s Hats Off to the Bull, and features the outfit’s previously released singles, “Hunter Eats Hunter” and “Take Out the Gunman.”

The Grayslake, Illinois trio will be hitting the road next month with Middle Class Rut in support of the release; check out a full list of dates here.

If you’re a …

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UTG INTERVIEW: Steve Rennie, Manager of Incubus, Founder Of Renman Music & Business

From time to time, a chance to interview someone we’ve long admired comes up that we simply cannot resist. Stevie Rennie is a music industry expert who started as a promoter in Los Angeles, became a record executive for Epic Records, and ended up managing Incubus. He’s now started his own website for those who want to learn about the music industry, Renman Music & Business (or RenmanMB), and launched an Indiegogo campaign to support it. We were able to catch up with him on a Friday before the itch to golf took over.

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Death Grips Launch Their Own Label Thirdworlds

Death Grips have not had the best luck with finding a stable label home and today they create their own sanctuary, called Thirdworlds. The label’s official logo can be seen to your left in the feature image box.

Thirdworlds isn’t exactly all that independent though. A quote from the press states that the home to Death Grips was “created via a very unique relationship with Harvest/Capitol, to be distributed by Caroline.” We can all expect a new album from the group in 2014.

Catch DG on tour in North America and watch Zach Hill drum handcuffed by simply clicking on …

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Yo Gotti States He Did Not Sign To T.I.’s Label

In an interview at the BET Awards, Yo Gotti clears up the misunderstanding that he was signed to T.I.’s label, Hustle Gang. Gotti states he is currently signed to himself with CMG (L.A. Reid / Epic Records). Read the short quote below and check out the interview segment on the red carpet through the jump!

“No, no. T.I. the big homie. Salute to T.I. and Hustle Gang,” he said. “But, I am signed to myself with CMG. We got a partnership with L.A. Reid and Epic. That whole thing, the blogs just went crazy. They put their own words in

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Vinny Cha$e Signs With Epic Records

Harlem native Vinny Cha$e has finally decided to place his career in the hands of Epic Records.

If you look to your left you can see Cha$e pictured with label head LA Reid. Be sure to follow the rapper on Twitter to learn of his upcoming shows, album news, and much more. Under The Gun cannot wait to hear new material from Vinny Cha$e in the coming months.…

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HOLY SH!T: Death Grips Dropped From Epic Records

Earlier today, I commented that I still thought the Death Grips versus Epic Records battle was a publicity stunt; maybe I was wrong.

Epic Records have dropped Death Grips in light of their on going battle over the release of No Love Deep Web. Epic release this statement: “Epic Records is a music first company that breaks new artists. That is our mission and our mandate. Unfortunately, when marketing and publicity stunts trump the actual music, we must remind ourselves of our core values. To that end, effective immediately, we are working to dissolve our relationship with Death Grips.

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Death Grips Battle With Epic Records Continues

We anticipated this sort of dispute here at UTG. A major label signing one of the most risky and unusual acts surprised us early this year, with Epic Records signing Death Grips as odd as an odd couple gets. Over a month ago, the hardcore rap group released a stream of their most recent album, No Love Deep Web, on their website without the label’s apparent permission, taking their website up and down a few times in the process (and for a while when it was up, leaving us with a mugshot of a penis with writing on it. …

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MUSIC VIDEO: Ca$h Out Ft. Wale – “Hold Up”

Ca$h Out teams up with MMG star Wale for his new single “Hold Up” and has premiered the music video.

This video catches the rappers blowing money fast and having a great time in the process. The song is off of Ca$h Out’s debut album, Patience, that will be dropping through Bases Loaded/Epic Records soon so watch out.

UTG will have more news on both artists in the weeks to come.…

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REVIEW: Fiona Apple – The Idler Wheel is Wiser…

Artist: Fiona Apple
Album: The Idler Wheel is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Chords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Ever Do
Genre: Indie
Label: Epic Records

Preferentially speaking, I have always been drawn to the dark and creepy side of both the arts and popular culture. With shelves cluttered with books by Chuck Palahniuk, walls covered with serial killer artwork and bookcases filled with research about sideshows and ten-in-ones, it comes as almost a shock that prior to this moment I had never let Fiona Apple seep into my world. Combining all of the things …