King RA - "Champ"

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"Snapple fact, I'm really that mean." Yes you are, King RA. Everything about this is grizzly as fuck, straight BARS.

Michael Christmas - "Who?"

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Michael Christmas is one of those cats I really fuck with but don't get to hear enough of. His new project What A Weird Day drops this fall, and he'll be on tour with Mac Miller. For now, we just have some quirky bangers with Qreamybeats on deck.

P.SO & 2 Hungry Bros. ft. Tanya Morgan & Substantial - "Go Nuts"

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"Headphone Diaries" was fire, but "Go Nuts" is the truth. If that first verse doesn't make you a fan of Tanya Morgan's Von Pea, I don't know what to tell you. Dude makes me laugh; my kind of intelligent ignorant rap. This hazy, jazzy cut is on Feasts of Legend, which is out now.

This Is What Hip-Hop Radio Used to Sound Like

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When I started rockthedub nine years ago, one of constant images was the boombox. Yeah, those Radio Raheem ghetto blasters were my shit, but a lot of my teens was spent with a blank tape in my own stereo, waiting to record some heat from Power 99 or WPRB 101.3. I got so much education from what I was hearing as a freshman and sophomore in high school, and this 20-year-old radio recording that DJ Eclipse recently unearthed is right up my alley.

We're talking Method Man over Mobb Deep instrumentals, remixes of "Mad Izm" by Channel Live, Redman's "Can't Wait," and a ton of that hip-hop from that era. This is my youth being brought to me as a grown-ass man. Wish I still had some of those tapes. I can relive that time with shit like this, though.

Here's Eclipse on the recording: "DJ L.E.S. joins Marley on this episode of Pirate Radio. After LL's "No Airplay", L.E.S. jumps right into a blend mix of instrumentals and acapellas along with the latest music. Guests in the place are Queens' own Kamakaze (KL & Kyron) (16:49) and The Grand P.O. aka Blaq Poet (18:13). After their freestyles L.E.S. goes back into the mix with more blends and new music."

DJ Priority Remixed Your Favorite Ghostface Killah Records

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Jersey's DJ Priority is not only nice on the wheels, he's nice on the beats... and a Wu head supreme. So much so that he found a grip of Ghostface Killah acapellas and put his spin on some of your favorite GFK bangers. And for the heads out there, yes, those instrumentals are included as well. If this doesn't get you pulling out gems from Starks' catalogue, nothing will.

30 and Over League ft. Toke Jones - "Times Have Changed"

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The 30 and Over League is exactly what you think it is: grown-ass MCs who don't have time for the little kid rap shit. This Vanderslice-produced head-nodder is the perfect entrance into their cipher.

The Month of August Has Basically Been "TEKLIFE" Month

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I almost just wrote "Chicago's TEKLIFE crew," but it's way past that. Sure, the crux of the squad is a gang of producers and DJs from the Chi, but the sound and style has gone global. This month in particular has been pretty amazing for the squad, and instead of chopping up different posts, I figured a dope collection of what's been going on with the crew in one spot would make sense. Hit the jump and get educated... and some free tracks!

Christian Rich Dropped a Fire Mix of J Dilla and Timbaland Productions

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With their FW14 album out now, Christian Rich have been in everyone's mouths. Their productions are fire, but their thoughts as DJs is even doper. What's better on a Friday night than a set featuring tracks from the studios of Timbaland and J Dilla? Any mix with Busta Rhymes' "Hardcore" as the second track in is a winner.

Sango Shares a Gang of Tracks From 2009-2012

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If he hasn't been on your radar, Sango needs to be at the top of your "producers I fuck with" list. Dude's coming into his own, and it's dope to see where he WAS five and six years ago. Today he dropped 37 instrumentals from the last six years, 2009—2012 Tapes, which he uses to showcase not only how far he's come, but takes you into his mindstate for each year of his life as a producer. It's all free; stream the release and check out his thoughts on each year below.