Jul 142014

It’s that time again! Submissions are now open for the 5th Annual Madison Hip-Hop Awards, which will be held on Saturday, November 8, 2014 at the Barrymore Theater. Awards categories include artists, producers, DJs, dancers, fans and more! Click How to Enter for complete submission guidelines.


Jun 262014
Steve Frye (born February 8th, 1988), better known by his stage name Dollaz, is an American rapper. Dollaz was born in Winchester, Virginia and relocated to Appleton, Wisconsin in his late teens. Dollaz released his highly anticipated first mixtape Platinum Dreamz on February 8th of this year. The mixtape was a a collection of dope hard hitting beats from Mr. Lotto, Jay All Day, Lexi Banks and more. Currently Dollaz is sponsored and backed by Dip n’ Dash Clothing and he is also working closely with producer @MrLottoBeatz. Dollaz has pushed out several new music videos for tracks off the Platinum Dreamz mixtape titled “Pussy Money Weed”, “Steady Makin’ Moves”, “Platinum Dreamz Intro” and “Musik Iz 4 Life”. Since his mixtape release Dollaz has been working on his first untitled album and has already pushed out his first single titled “Flexed Up” which is available on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, Ect. Along with the single Dollaz pushed out his best music visual yet for Flexed Up which features Alison Pink, a stunning 20 year old dancer with you guessed it… Pink hair.. Check out the official video below. Dollaz is planning to release his first album near in the fall and also has his follow up mixtape, Platinum Dreamz 2 coming before the album. Stay up to date with this unsigned talent.
OFFICIAL VIDEO – DOLLAZ – FLEXED UP. Request it at your local radio station or club! #FlexedUp
Produced by TwanBeatMaker
Recorded and Mixed by Blaise Theimer
Filmed and Directed by LukasVH Media @LukasVhMedia

Available on iTunes: http://goo.gl/3H2oim
Available on Google Play: http://goo.gl/Dy44HH
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 Posted by at 8:00 pm
Jun 122014
Check out “Diamonds Only” by iREY. The song is basically a turn-up song; something you play at a party or hear on the radio. It has a very catchy and memorable hook followed by dope lyrics. Here is what iREY has to say about this track:
I worked really hard on this & I want my hard work to show. With this song I wanted to speak on something that we as people are in love with…DIAMONDS!!!!!. That’s one thing that makes us feel like we are the s!#$. I hope you guys give it a listen & if you really like let the streets hear it.
Click the picture to find the song on iREY’s mixtape, Underdog.
 Posted by at 11:23 pm
Jun 122014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Madison-based non-profit Urban Community Arts Network (UCAN) announces its free Summer Hip-Hop concert series entitled “Back on the Scene.”  UCAN, the organization responsible for The Madison Hip-Hop Awards and a variety of other urban arts events, will hold these live concerts both at area parks and on the capitol square.

Confirmed event dates:
Saturday, June 28      James Madison Park

Saturday, July 5         30 On the Square
Saturday August 16   Penn Park

Each event, made possible by grants from the Madison Arts Commission and Dane Arts (and fiscal receiver, Arts Wisconsin), will allow for a minimum of six performances from the underrepresented local urban artist community, for an approximate total of forty artists for the concert series.  UCAN, in collaboration with the Boys and Girls Club Creative and Performing Arts director Greg Doby, will include youth performers in these events as well. As the events take place in public spaces, the concerts are free to attendees of all ages.

These events not only showcase the often overlooked urban music genre in Madison but also bring the urban arts community together, provide free entertainment to underserved neighborhoods and provide performance opportunities for artists without creative outlets.

 Events in James Madison Park and Penn Park will be held from 1-7pm, with performances from 2-6pm including a mix of rap and dance performances.  Between sets, a DJ will spin Hip-Hop music and we will feature beats made by local producers. We will provide some refreshments, card tables, cards, and dominoes to create a comfortable, family-BBQ style atmosphere.

 Events at 30 On the Square will be held from 5-7pm on Saturdays.  Approximately six rappers will perform in this time period as State Street and Capitol Square patrons walk by.  As this performance space can only be booked three weeks in advance, dates will be announced as they are scheduled.



 Posted by at 11:17 pm
May 062014

This is the first music video for Madison, WI hip-hop duo “neu dae”, consisting of rapper neumy and producer evaridae. They shot this video at Murphy’s Tavern with the help of Cal Beier. neumy edited it himself in Final Cut. The song is titled “drowning myself” and is all about drinking, we hope you enjoy!

Find out more about neu dae:

Mar 312014

Check out Merch, the latest project from Madison based hip hop group, 3rd Dimension. A lot of time and energy went into creating this project and it definitely shows from start to finish. Soulful samples and heavy percussive drums lay the foundation of this project. Probz, Spaz, Half Breed, and Reeks bring their experiences to life through their hard hitting lyrics and ability to play off of each other’s styles. Production from Burn Sampson is the icing on the cake that brings it all together.

Click here to listen and download!

Merch Cover


Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/3DMusix
Twitter: http://twitter.com/3rdDimension

Feb 252014

It’s going down Saturday, April 26!

Featuring performances by Jilla, Havoc, and Braka ft. DJ Sixteen, Lil Chief and Yung Saint!

Join us in the community space at 633 W. Badger Rd, South Madison Center for Culture and Community (same building as Fountain of Life). Proceeds support Urban Community Arts Network programming.

$5 to watch
$25 to battle (in advance, $30 day of event)

Come early (4-5pm) for a Q&A and networking session with our judges Jimi Kendrix (producer for Tupac, Jay-Z, Rick Ross), DJ Pain 1 (producer for Young Jeezy, Meek Mill, Public Enemy), and Godxilla (producer, professor, associate dean of MMI).

Producers interested in competing may reserve a spot by emailing madisonhiphopawards@gmail.com.

1st place winner gets $200 cash, a Keith McMillen QuNeo MIDI controller, DJ Pain 1′s drum kit, a free iStandard membership, a free teaser kit and a free slot in the iStandard event on July 29th (a total value of over $700).

2nd place winner gets a pair of Sennheiser HD205 II studio headphones from Guitar Center, an MPC t-shirt from Crates Clothing, and DJ Pain 1′s drum kit.

Battle Format

>>Round 1: one 60 second beat
>>Round 2: one 60 second beat
>>Round 3: one 60 second beat
Final Round: two 60 second beats


  1. Producers must have a separate beat for each round. Beats should be “all ages” appropriate.
  2. Bring that heat! On a labeled CD or flash drive no exceptions.

See you there!

We appreciate our sponsors: RemedyBornMuzik and Anthony Joseph Arlotta Reconsiderate.

To battle, email madisonhiphopawards@gmail.com and pay your entry fee here before April 25:


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