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After stepping into the indie music scene with the Hood Hop 2 digital project in February, J-Kwon will unleash an entire collection of new music with Gracie Productions/EMI on July 28. The album Hood Hop 2.5 offers 13 original tracks from the St. Louis dynamo, as he offers a remix contest for budding producers and prepares a new online reality show in conjunction with the release.

J-Kwon’s new single “Louie Bounce (I Smacked Nikki)” is produced by songwriter J Skillz da Bandman and features emcee Gino Green. The single is a classic J-Kwon smash giving much love to his native St. Louis. Other standout tracks on Hood Hop 2.5 include “Tipsy 09,” an update of J-Kwon’s smash 2004 hit “Tipsy,” and “Do The Stevie” – yet another surefire dance favorite.

Now a vet in the industry at only 23-years-old, J-Kwon enjoyed formidable success while still in high school as a part of Jermaine Dupri’s reign at Arista. His rough upbringing gave way to edgy lyrics that became hit songs like “Tipsy,” “You & Me” and “Hood Hop” in 2004 and his collaboration with Bow Wow and Jermaine Dupri “Fresh Azimiz” in 2005. A hiatus from the hectic pace of the industry gave J-Kwon fresh insight for his future.

“I am happy to be giving my longtime fans music that excites me,” explains J-Kwon. “Hood Hop 2.5 is another chapter of my growth as an artist, and I look forward to giving the my generation what they want. From party songs to lyrics about life – I can do it all. I have a long career ahead of me, and I hope the fans are ready to take this journey with me.”

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Putting an end to months of speculation about who would be the premiere artist signed to Tag Records, the New York-based venture led by hip-hop entrepreneur Jermaine Dupri, Island Def Jam Music Group and global giant Procter & Gamble (P&G), it was announced today that Brooklyn’s own “Q” will be the first young rapper to be launched on the new label.

To the legions of hardcore fans who have logged over 50,000 profile views on Q’s MySpace website ( over the past 12 months, he is ready to take over the mantle of BK supremacy established more than a decade ago by Notorious B.I.G. and Jay-Z. Check out wordmaster Q’s freestyle chops on the four tracks posted at his website: “Hero Freestyle,” “Soulful Music,” and “How I Wish.”In conjunction with P&G’s leverage of TAG Records as part of its re-introduction of TAG this summer, Q will be on the receiving end of one of the biggest promotional campaigns ever devised, including television, print, radio, digital and event marketing. This unprecedented launch is a cornerstone of TAG’s initiative to cultivate relationships with the urban community through development of programs that provide opportunities for aspiring hip-hop talent. P&G will showcase Q and Dupri across TAG’s various advertising and marketing initiatives throughout 2008.

Q (aka Kareem Savage) was a former member of Da Franchise with fellow Brooklynites Red Café and Gravy. Q started his solo career as a contributor to mix-tapes by DJ Clue, Kay Slay, DJ Khaled and others. Relocating to Atlanta, it was inevitable that he’d cross paths with Dupri – who quickly recognized Q’s talent and put him in the studio.

Q landed his first major feature on Da Brat’s “World Premiere” and the Drumline hit movie soundtrack. Ever since signing to JD’s So So Def/Virgin imprint in the summer 2006, Q has been heard on a string of top-charted remixes including “Make Me Better” by Fabolous featuring Ne-Yo, “No One” by Alicia Keys, “Fine” by Mary J. Blige, “Can’t Help But Wait” by Trey Songz, and more. At the same time, Q’s humanitarian side and dedication to youth culture comes out via the Glenn Toby Organization and the Book Bank Foundation.