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Dear esteemed LA-based journalists,

You are cordially invited to the press listening party for veteran rapper via the historic Queensbridge Projects Blaq Poet this coming Thursday evening at the Fat Beats store on Melrose. Blaq Poet is releasing The Blaqprint on June 29th on DJ Premier’s Year Round Records via Fat Beats. Billboard Magazine already claimed that the single “Ain’t Nuttin Changed” is a “much needed return to raw beats and rhymes in this era of ringtone rap.”

This will be your first opportunity to hear the album in its entirety. You’ll be getting a jumpstart on pitching stories for this project because I haven’t sent music out to anyone yet! Both Blaq Poet and DJ Premier will be hosting the party.

When: Thursday, April 30th
Where: Fat Beats Records: 7600 Melrose, Suite J (2nd Floor) btwn N. Cursing and N. Stanley.
When: The party is from 7-9pm. The listening party starts promptly at 7:30pm - please don’t be late.

Also, Blaq Poet is available for interviews all day Thursday (4/30) and Friday (5/1) so please let me know if you’d like to interview him via phone or in person in the Hollywood area.

RSVP to:

For Blaq’s bio and to check out his EPK, amongst other goodies, please visit:

Web editors contact Nora (at) audibletreats.comfor interview requests. Print editors contact Michelle.

Like what you hear? Keep up with Blaq Poet and other artists like Freddie Foxxx, Ill Bill, and Black Milk on the Fat Beats Blog where you can learn about upcoming performances, releases, and in-store appearances.

Also, check out this video on the history of Fat Beats Records, bringing you fresh, independent hip hop since 1994.

The Background:

Blaq Poet, a Queensbridge, NY native, first made a name for himself in 1987, entering his name into the legendary battle of Queens vs. The Bronx with his song "Beat You Down," a scathing attack on KRS-One. Later, honoring a dead friend and namesake, he formed the hardcore rap group Screwball, comprised of other QB spitters Hostyle, Solo, and Poet’s cousin KL. Elsewhere, he appeared on the anthemic LP Nas Presents Queensbridge’s Finest, alongside Jungle and Cormega on “Straight Outta Q.B.” Blaq Poet’s refusal to dilute his subject matter or soften his cadence attracted the interest of rap’s most legendary producer, DJ Premier. Preemo, along with fellow luminaries Pete Rock and Marley Marl, laced Screwball’s Y2K album with Poet’s beloved boom-bap. A second album, Loyalty, would follow the next year, thereafter the Screwed Up compilation in 2004. Premier also lent his sonic signature to Poet’s 2006 solid solo debut, Rewind: Deja Screw. Preemo then inked Blaq Poet to his own Year Round Records label. Blaq Poet's new album, Tha Blaqprint, will be available this spring via Year Round Records via Fat Beats Distribution.


Tha Blaqprint EPK with DJ Premier:

Ain't Nuttin' Changed

Bio, pictures, and streams available here:


Fat Beats:

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