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With the closing of 2009 comes end-of-the-year lists. We at Audible Treats would love for you to consider some of our most successful campaigns for your top tens, twenties and hundreds. Below, I present to you our short list:

The Contenders:

Finale - A Pipe Dream & A Promise (Interdependent Media) April 7th, 2009
"Motor Music" produced by Black Milk
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Detroit's Finale used to work for the Big Three but quit seven years to fully immerse himself in his real passion, which is rapping. Although few people had heard of Finale prior to working this album, the feedback was phenomenal;'s hip-hop writer will be including it in his top 10 rap albums of the year. Praise:
  • "Every track is solidly produced and full of simple but smart rhyming."
  • Detroit Metro Times: "Finale's off-kilter delivery may intimidate some, but dedicated listens will reveal a filler-free album from one of Detroit's current best."
  • "Take away the vloggers and the mixtape-flooding, and you would be hard-pressed to find a more inspiring artist in 2009 than this talented and righteous emcee right here."
  • "A Pipe Dream And A Promise reaches well beyond competence and, by way of supreme lyrical deftness sprinkled over an everyman appeal, Finale should be one to outgrow most in this year's crop of budding emcees."
  • TheSmokingSection: "Every year countless rappers enter the industry with dreams of making it big, but A Pipe Dream And A Promise is clear cut evidence Finale has the skills to make his pay off."
  • Pitchfork: "You'll probably be listening to this album a lot: first to get the hang of Finale's slippery, torrential style, and, then, eventually, to marvel at it."

D-Lo - The Tonite Show (Clear Label Records) April 7th, 2009
"No Hoe"
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Unless you live in California or keep up on things that Californian teenagers listen to, you may not have heard of D-Lo, but Mr. No Hoe is HUGE on the West Coast. His single "No Hoe" has proven so infectious that Snoop Dog made his own (unauthorized, but no one is complaining) remix of the song featuring Daz of Dogg Pound (coming soon). With 7.2 million MySpace, YouTube, and Vimeo plays and rumors of a looming major labor deal, D-Lo is one to watch in 2010.
  • Currently on tour with Too $hort for the "Still Pimpin'" tour
  • 7.2 million MySpace, YouTube, and Vimeo plays
  • Featured in Murder Dog Magazine, Youth Outlook Mag (Cover), XLR8R, and has an upcoming feature in The Fader.
  • L.A. Remix by multi-platinum producer DJ E-Swift of Tha Alkaholiks is in production and will feature Glasses Malone, E-40, Mitchy Slick, and E-Swift.
  • San Francisco Bay Guardian feature:
  • Inclusion in Fool's Gold's "Rappin Ass Thursday":
  • The Fader: "Produced entirely by DJ Fresh & The Whole Shabang, The Tonite Show's whole steez seems pinned on making already crazy lines sound crazier and then pounding the whole thing to death with colossal bass, cavernous claps and the hollowest space pings since Alien... By any means, it is indicative of this album's rightful place in your late summer rotation."

El Michels Affair - Enter The 37th Chamber (Fat Beats Records) April 21st, 2009
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The Brooklyn-based production house from Truth & Soul put out this second album from the heralded El Michaels Affair band through Fat Beats Records this spring. In a nutshell, they re-interpreted classic Wu-Tang tracks to create new versions full of cinematic soul. Think Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings meets The Wu. Praise:
  • Beyond Race Magazine: "Ripe with ingenuity and depth"
  • "What's notable about this project is that El Michels Affair doesn't always do straight-on soul takes on Wu-Tang tracks...there's a lot to dig about both the recognizable and subtle takes that El Michels Affair bring to the table."
  • Time Out New York: "The 37th Chamber is a niche release with limited appeal, but one that could reasonably attain the same sort of cult status as the original recordings that inspired RZA and El Michels to begin with."
  • Whole Life Magazine: "A collective featuring members of some of the top local Brooklyn projects - Sharon Jones & The Dap Kinds, the Budos Band, Antibalas-has formed to create quite possibly the greatest hip-hop tribute album ever."

Tanya Morgan - Brooklynati (Interdependent Media) May 12th, 2009
"So Damn Down"
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Tanya Morgan has been perhaps one of the most buzzed about groups this year. Rumor has it that they've passed the first round of Grammy eliminations to be a nominee for Album of the Year. This year they released Brooklynati, which is not only an album, but a concept, fictitious city, and alternate reality that lives on the web. The bio provides most of the details, which I won't recount here. However, here are some highlights: Praise:
  • Boston Herald: "If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Tanya Morgan's second full-length can be considered a love letter to hip-hop's golden age."
  • MSNBC: "Brooklynati is Tanya Morgan's latest project and it basically cannot disappoint."
  • "This album is for the silent majority of Hip-Hop fans who decry radio hypnotism and can't seem to find albums they can listen to with their children.
  • : "Tanya Morgan are like the sons of De La Soul-- soulful, stressed, effortlessly smart flows, intricate production, the whole package."
  • The Onion AV Club: Score: A-, "A huge evolutionary leap forward from the group's charming 2006 debut Moonlighting, Brooklynati brings together the whole package: gorgeous beats, thoughtful rhymes, strong song concepts, and a laid-back, cohesive vibe. Even the skits are clever. With Brooklynati, Tanya Morgan comes of age. It's gone from paying homage to the albums and groups that inspired it to putting out a classic of its own."
  • Vibe: "...on their second full-length album, Donwill, Ilyas, and Von Pea, collectively Tanya Morgan, have crafted an expansive tour de force...Tanya Morgan is bolder and braver than forbearers like Black Star and Slum Village."

Blaq Poet - Tha Blaqprint (Year Round Records/ Fat Beats Distribution) June 30th, 2009
"Ain't Nuttin' Changed" (Prod. by DJ Premier)
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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. Blaq Poet's refusal to dilute his subject matter or soften his cadence attracted the interest of rap's most legendary producer, DJ Premier, who inked Blaq Poet to his Year Round Records label for the release of Tha Blaqprint.
  • Front page MySpace video premier of "Ain't Nuttin' Changed"
  • Billboard Magazine / "The sound of 'Ain't Nuttin' Changed' is a much needed return to raw beats and rhymes in this era of ringtone rap.
  • "If you are looking for hardcore, street, boom-bap, classic, authentic hip-hop, by all means continue - this is it in it's purest form. Straight out of Queensbridge comes Blaq Poet."
  • Time Out NY: "He continues to trade in the gothic thug-rap aesthetic that flourished among his fellow Queensbridge Houses rappers in the '90's."
  • "Tha Blaqprint is gritty, NYC street rap that will have your head nodding from beginning to end." AND: "Real rap is back. Don't sleep."

K'Jon - I Get Around (Universal Republic) August 4th, 2009
"On The Ocean"
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The K'Jon story has been organically building over the course of almost two years, which is somewhat of a rarity these days. It was the slow, organic build-up of immense support from Chicago's stepper club scene that eventually attracted the attention of Universal Republic. The Detroit native wrote the single "On The Ocean" as his last attempt of making his dream of becoming a musician a reality. The song has been heralded as a great inspiratioal work about never giving up hope on accomplishing your dreams and was on the Urban AC charts for six weeks, making it the #1 longest run for a new artist in 2009.
  • "On The Ocean" was # 1 on Urban AC chart for 6 WEEKS! Longest #1 for a new artist in 2009
  • K'Jon is # 1 NEW Urban AC artist of 2009
  • Currently has 2 songs in the TOP 25 on Urban AC (for 12 weeks)
  • I Get Around has sold 120K albums
  • This fall, K'Jon opened up for Babyface, Kem, Chrisette Michele, Avant, Charlie Wilson and Frankie Beverly & Maze and more!
  • New York Times: "One of this year's most promising R&B albums and also one of its least expected."
  • USA TODAY: "Sophisticated Soul"
  • Detroit Free Press: "From-the-heart songwriting paved the way for K'Jon's R&B breakthrough"
  • People Magazine: "K'Jon serves up soothing soul on his debut."
  • WBLS / New York: "K'Jon is one of the promising artists to watch for"
  • iTunes Fans: ***** (perfect 5 star review on the single "On The Ocean")

Diamond District - In The Ruff (Mello Music Group) October 27th, 2009
"I Mean Business"
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The release of this Diamond District album turned a lot of heads as journalist after music lover after industry vet praised its freshness, envelope-pushing production, and real deal topics. A new group made up of members Oddisee, X.O., and YU, Diamond District spend the majority of their record defining the experience of growing up in black middle class Maryland; In The Ruff is poised to become the official soundtrack for the DMV region. Praise:
  • Posdunos of De La Soul: "It's one thing to be motivated to write because it's your job. it's another thing to be motivated due to good rhymes & music. Diamond District is motivation at it's best!"
  • Phonte Coleman of Little Brother: "Shame on you if you ain't bumpin the Diamond District album right now. Rawest hip-hop sh*t I heard in ages"
  • J-Live: "I'm still bumpin the sh!t out of Diamond District in the whip. Playing @ a stop light near YOU... in Decatur!!!"
  • Washington, DC City Paper: "Nice slice of boom-bap that nods subtly to Marley Marl and Pete Rock with one foot in the present tense"
  • J Edward Keys - Rolling Stone: "Limber lyrics and clean, precise flow characterize this DC producer's throwback rap tracks"

Kam Moye aka Supastition - Splitting Image (MYX Music Label) October 27th, 2009
"Let's Be Honest" (Prod. by Veterano)
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Kam Moye, aka Supastition, has a discography to be proud of. He has not only experienced success and critical acclaim with his previous two albums and three EPs, but has also been featured on projects with KRS One, Little Brother, Royce the 5'9, Rhymefest, Elzhi (Slum Village), Akrobatik, and many others. In 2008, he released his free EP, Self-Centered, which received over 4,000 downloads in less than 24 hours. With Splitting Image, Kam created one of hip-hop's most honest looks at such personal subjects such as suicidal depression, the difficulties of parenthood, and feeling reassured of being in a healthy relationship. Praise:
  • "For all his average concerns, Kam Moye is not an average artist - and anyone who adds Splitting Image to their collection will be able to attest to that."
  • The Onion's B+

Souls Of Mischief - Montezuma's Revenge (Hiero Imperium) December 1st, 2009
"Proper Aim" (Prod. by Prince Paul)

After a nine-year hiatus, Souls of Mischief have reassembled to create a hotly anticipated new full-length album, Montezuma's Revenge. Legendarily innovative producer Prince Paul (De La Soul, Handsome Boy Modeling School, Gravediggaz) was brought onboard to take Souls' sound to a new level. Emcees A-Plus, Opio, Phesto, and Tajai have a created an album that critics are already hailing as an instant classic that will take it's place alongside past classics 93 'til Infinity, No Man's Land, Focus, and Trilogy: Conflict, Climax, Resolution.
  • Confirmed reviews in SPIN, Under The Radar, Juice (Germany), Boulder Weekly
Early Praise:
  • 9/10

Thank you so much for your continued support throughout the year and we look forward to beginning the new decade with you!

The Audible Treats fam: Michelle McDevitt, Gavin Rhodes, Dan Friedman, Paul Gartner. Gabe Gold, Jason Jones, Kate Sano, and Mochi the wonder pooch!

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