Jewel Runners, welcome back. With RTJ3 on the way soon, they release the first single from the third Run The Jewels project, "Talk To Me." Produced by El-P (with co-producer credits given to Little Shalimar and Wilder Zoby), this one is a serious banger, with some fire scratches from Trackstar the DJ. Mike and El always come correct, and this one is nothing different. One of those cuts you'll need to run back...then run back again. Then pick your melted face from off the ground and run it back once more.
"Talk To Me" is available for free via Adult Swim.
In the mood for a new edition of Scott Melker's "Soul House" mix series? You got it, and if your musical diet was dire need of some '90s hip-hop classics, complete with scratching and doubling up, he's got you covered. Something about the crispy fall air that means more hoodies and more brisk walks with headphones and banging tunes.
If you're in Miami, Scott's throwing down at the 1 Hotel South Beach Rooftop every Thursday. If not, you can stream—and download—this mix right now. Get right.
Earlier this year, Frank Ocean dropped two projects: the visual album Endless and Blonde 24 hours later. While they both had the Internets going ham, I wasn't really tripping. I remember first getting into his music via remixes; his vocals can be dope, but I was never a huge fan of the music around it.
While both albums are ineligible for the 2017 Grammys, I'm cool, because this Cousin Cole edit of Blonde's "Solo" is all I really need. Something about those crispy, Prince-y drums take "Solo" to another place. If the album had drums like this all over, I'd be perfect.
Over the summer, J.Lately toured his Good Panda EP, and on "Trust The Music," he links with Panda producer Space Cadet to give heads an update on his life since he got back from what sounds like a dope experience. He didn't become a millionaire, but it sounds like he made more than he spent, and got high for the free.
Word is he's hitting the road with Locksmith this November; keep it locked to his socials for more details on that 13-date trek. For now, just trust the music.
A couple of months ago, I noticed that DJ Nu-Mark was putting together these "Zodiac Tracks" collections, paying homage to some of the illest in music during their birthdays. Never posted one because I'm a Libra, and purposefully waited for this collection. Turn up as he drops music from 20+ artists in around seven minutes on four turntables. All vinyl.
"Libra is the sign that magnetizes me the most. Each Libra I encounter has a broad creative palate while being incredibly open and entertaining. I'm honored to share another episode of Zodiac Tracks this month as we say Happy Birthday to George McCrae, Snoop Dogg, Cut Chemist, Marly Marl, DJ Qbert, Kool Keith, Flying Lotus, Black Thought, Mark Farner, Slimkid3, Dizzy Gillespie, Fela Kuti, John Lennon, Talib Kweli, Gloria Jones, Lil Wayne, T.I., Donny Hathaway."
Ever since hearing Boogie's "Oh My," which was taken from his second mixtape, The Reach, I've been a fan, and it made me go back his first Thirst 48 mixtape. Outside of Kendrick, Boogie's my favorite voice out of California right now. For some reason, he's still seen as underrated, but hopefully Thirst 48 Part II, which just hit Spotify and iTunes yesterday, will turn these sleepers around.
There's a human quality about Boogie that I appreciate; we're both fathers who are big on talking shit but also delivering messages, and Boogie isn't afraid to open his heart and let listeners come in. Hell, there are a number of cuts on here dedicated to his up-and-down relationship with his girlfriend Jamesha. Featured artists include the legend DJ Quik and K Camp, with production from Keyel, Swiff D, and more. If you dug previously-released tracks like "Sunroof," this is all you. Stream below.
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When it comes to the Art and Entertainment scene in the city of Trenton, NJ, there are a few constants: murals from Leon Rainbow, Will Kasso, and the SAGE Coalition. Good drinks (and better company) at watering holes like Trenton Social or the Mill Hill Saloon. Great art exhibits at Artworks. One thing you'll also notice is one person: Ahmad Shakir, a.k.a. DJ ItsJustAhmad, who is probably on the 1s and 2s, giving up the funk while educating the masses. You've probably seen one of his DJ master classes at Art All Night - Trenton, or caught him backing up acts like Old Sol or Agudos Clef, or just providing the sounds at the monthly Jersey Fresh hip-hop shows at the Mill Hill Basement, not to mention spinning at Trenton Social for the last five years. It's just inevitable; if there's music to be played, it's probably the 38-year-old Ahmad with his fingers on the decks and in the mix, or providing an extra batch of sonic oomph to some of the area's finer hip-hop acts. Sure, Trenton's only 7.648 square miles of land—everyone is going to meet each other at some point; but at some point, one has to wonder how Ahmad went from a selector in a pool of DJs to That Dude around #TheTown.
Here's his story, which surprisingly enough involved hating DJing initially.
Still in that mode where "if it's (almost) my birthday, you guys get some gifts," although I'm not sure how many of you wanted a new episode of rockthedub radio. Either way, there were some jams that I had to throw into a podcast—like that new Lil Yachty and Gucci Mane—alongside some shit that made me laugh (like that "Norf Norf" rant and a hilarious reaction from D&B Nation). Jidenna's "Long Live the Chief" is in there because Luke Cage, and there are some other bits in here, too.
Stream below, download via iTunes, and check the tracklist down bottom.
Newest latest from the Cap City crew is from Rocky, a Trenton-born/Bronx-based rapper who's also the Cap City co-founder. "Man Down" (which is available for free download) is one for the ready-to-rumble crew out there. Just something about a cut that bigs up preemptive strikes that fits my mentality right now.
Word is Rocky and iLL-Omega have a joint project, King of Kings on the way. If you rock with this, get ready for THAT.
I love seeing cats like Theo Martins still outchea doing their thing; he's someone that we've covered a lot over the years, and it sounds like he's still impressive. His latest is "Bad Tendencies," the first single from Why I Left, a collaborative project he has with the mighty Thelonious Martin. Something about the way these two link up and craft magic.
On the track, Theo breaks down what it's like leaving home and expanding to see bigger things. He wants to make sure of one thing, though: "I love Rhode Island, that can be misread so I’d like to avoid that by comparing it to the West Coast. It’s a relatable scenario for anyone looking to explore outside of their comfort zone." Any of you away-from-home ass college kids know the score. This might be your anthem.