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ID Labs in Lawrenceville keeps Pittsburgh on the hip-hop map

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Nobody thinks about coming to Pittsburgh to make a hit record.

Hey, that’s their loss.

For planet-spanning rappers Wiz Khalifa and Mac Miller, it was at a cozy little music studio in an industrial section of upper Lawrenceville where they found the sounds that would put them on top of the music world.

ID Labs Productions doesn’t look like much on the outside. It has no sign on the door. Boards cover the windows — courtesy of some knuckleheads who decided to shoot out the glass with a BB gun. It’s just another anonymous unmarked building in an area full of them.

Step inside, though, and you’re more or less in Eric “E.” Dan’s living room, surrounded by his record collection. Conspicuously absent are platinum records, expensive booze on ice, or a restive entourage of bodyguards. Instead, the colors are warm, the lights are low. Cigarette smoke curls through the air. Posters and framed records of Jimi Hendrix, Bob Marley and Fela Kuti gaze down from the walls, as if lending their tacit approval.
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BLASFOME :: Night Vision Sunglasses

Just in time to beat the heat Index, BLASFOME Night Vision Sunglasses hit the shelves! Modeled after the classic Ray Ban Wayfarers Blasfome Night Vision Sunglasses come in all black and feature a white Blasfome Logo print on both the left and right temples.  We don’t doubt these selling out in the next two weeks.  Quantities are limited so get them while we still have them in stock.    http://blasfome.com/collection/night-vision-sunglasses/

These are hot! I have a pair on right now! Check out http://blasfome.com

Dope New Musik:Beedie – The Beat Bully [Album]

Beedie has been working to create a buzz in his own lane over the last few years and is now poised to be one of the next stars to rise out of PittsburghThe Beat Bully LP is Beedie’s first official street album. Featuring 12 tracks all original productions plus 4 bonus tracks, it has been in the works for over a year. The process of crafting the album involved instrumentation from Beedie himself and other musicians throughout the project. This Hip-Hop masterpiece is eager to push down the boundaries of the usual formula and is only a glimpse into the musical mind of Beedie. Later this year Beedie and Jon Quest will be bringing you the Varsity Squad album.

Download: Beedie – The Beat Bully [Album]
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Hit the jump for more videos of Pittsburgh MC, Beedie.
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Pyrex Press – Pogo Boyz

Pyrex Pre$$ of Moola Gang follows up last weeks release of “Pogo Boyz” with the visual. The track will be featured on his upcoming solo mixtape entitled Rex Romo and is produced by in-house Moola Gang producer Kilz. Rex Romo drops 8/9/11! For all updates on Moola Gang visitwww.moolagang.com and follow Pre$$ on Twitter @PyrexPress.

Wiz Khalifa Nominated For “Best New Artist” At VMAs

Wiz Khalifa continues to rack up the accolads, this time he is nominated for his first ever VMA award. Wiz Khalifa’s “Black & Yellow” video will be facing off against other new comers for the “Best New Artist” award at this years VMAs. This would be Wiz’s biggest award yet and would compliment his best new artist awards he won at the Woodie Awards and B.E.T. Awards. Wiz will be competing with:
Foster The People – Pumped Up Kicks
Tyler The Creator – Yonkers
Big Sean Ft Chris Brown – My Last
Kreayshawn – Gucci Gucci

Vote For Wiz Khalifa now here!

PYREX PRE$$ – REX ROMO MUSIC VIDEO

ROMO! ROMO! Pittsburgh music is on another level these days Besides Wiz Khalifa and Mac Miller, others have begun to shine in 2011. The 58′s are having a big year, so is Moola Gang. Today, Pyrex Press of Moola Gang dropped off the visuals for his latest track titled “Rex Romo”. Check it out below, and show some support.. Visit Moola Gang and Pyrex online at http://moolagang.com and be sure to follow them on Twitter at http://twitter.com/moolagang.

Pyrex Press – Rex Romo (Ca$h Cowboy Mixtape)
Hosted By Dj B. Chenk (8/9/2011)
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Wiz Khalifa: Rapper turned Baller

wiz khalifa chuck taylors basketball

If Wiz Khalifa hadn’t spent so much time working on his mike skills, he probably could have been a baller.

At 6-foot-4 or so, the Pittsburgh rapper has the height and the long arms.

And you know he loves the Converse Chuck Taylors.

On Monday, he took a break from his “Rolling Papers” tour to represent, with his Taylor Gang, in the Converse Band of Ballers three-on-three basketball game at La Salle High School in New York City.

It was hosted by MTV’s Sway, with play-by-play commentary by Bobbito Garcia, courtside correspondent by “Greg the Puppet” and beats by DJ D-Nice.

Challenging the Taylor Gang for the “Golden Speaker Trophy” were reigning 2009 and 2010 champs Jim Jones + Jones Family (Cam’ron), Team Brooklyn with Matt & Kim, Chiddy Bang + Team Swell and YMCMB (Lil Twist and Cory Gunz).

The winner will be revealed in an on-air special on MTV2 to air in mid-August.
How much of a shot do you give indie-pop duo Matt & Kim?

-shoutsout to Scott Mervis at the Post Gazette

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Mac Miller Announces “Blue Slide Park” As Debut Album Name

Mac Miller just announced via ustream that his debut album will be entitled “Blue Slide Park”. Mac Miller’s first album will be released through Rostrum Records before the end of the year. Stay tuned for more details as we will continue updating you until its release. Look for Mac Miller’s 1st single off Blue Slide Park coming in the next few weeks! Below is the video of Mac which contains the album title.

Wiz Khalifa Wins BET’s Best New Artist Award

Wiz Khalifa Best New Artist Award

Wiz Khalifa took home the Best New Artist award at the 2011 BET Awards held Sunday night in Los Angeles. Wiz Khalifa‘s rise to fame is attributed to social media sites such as twitter, youtube, etc. When your mom likes songs by Wiz Khalifa, you know he’s big. His rise to fame is apparent with over 9 million “likes” on Facebook and 2 million followers on Twitter, proving he will be around for quite some time. This is a great award for the Pittsburgh native and we’re glad to see him taking home this award. Proof that hard work pays off.

Wiz Khalifa said “They need a taller mic for me I am not used to winning stuff. I want to thank everyone at rostrum records, everyone at atlantic, all my fans, The Taylor and all the young people who promote positive and just enjoying yourself, this is for y’all.”