5 Releases You Need to Buy On Record Store Day 2017

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Saturday, April 22, 2017 marks the 10th annual Record Store Day, which is celebrated by hitting your local independent record store and actually buying music. It's a novel idea, but if we want these mom & pop spots to stay in business, we need to frequent their businesses, you smell me?

As I did with the Black Friday Record Store Day 2016 releases, we wanted to help you diggers out there with a quick look at some of the hip-hop-related releases out there. We have everything from a classic song being turned into a children's book to an iconic soundtrack getting a vinyl release. Check out our picks below, and for the full list, hit up the Record Store Day website.

JR & PH7 x St. Joe Louis ft. Rah Digga - "Duck Duck Goose"

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It's been a smooth five years since JR and PH7 dropped their My Favourite Demons EP with Jersey rhyme sayers St. Joe Louis and Brokn.Englsh, so it's dope to see JR, PH7, and the trio of SJL linking up for a new one, especially since the mighty Rah Digga drops a dynamic feature.

This appears to be taken from the forthcoming Coral Cadavers album; you can cop the single via Bandcamp, and stream the single while watching the video down below.

DJ Cable Turned 'More Life' Into a Proper Mixtape

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Off the rip, Drake made sure that people knew his new release More Life wasn't called an "album." Most people thought that meant it was a mixtape, while he was calling it a "playlist." It has a mixtape feel, but isn't mixed, so our UK bredren DJ Cable decided to actually mix it, turning More Life into More Mixed. Smart.

And truth be told, this is what we need until OG Ron C and The Chopstars release More Chops, their chopped not slopped take on More Life. Until then, you can stream Cable's More Mixed down below, and snag a download of it while you're at it.

'Wölfe Presents' 11 Bangers For In:flux Audio

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Growing up, I used to hate house music. If it wasn't Daft Punk or something with fat basslines and crunchiness all over, I wasn't that into it. I needed breakbeats, which spawned my love for drum & bass. As I got older, and more styles of house emerged—as well as the hypnotic sounds of UKG and grime hit my stereo—I eased up on my "no house" stance, but I still need a chunky bassline to keep me interested.

Props to labels like In:flux Audio, who pride themselves on what feels like a bass-first campaign. They also love collaborating, allowing artists to essentially guest-pick tuns from artists they are feeling for their 'Presents' series. For their latest in that project, which hits shops on March 27, 2017, they let the trio known as Wölfe step up for a lethal dose of bassline badassery.

The release is 11 tracks deep and features a number of my favorites, including Kozee, who's following up her Untitled EP with the long-awaited "So For Real." GHSTGHSTGHST is back like he left something, and Dr. Cryptic's "One Of Those" is a personal favorite from this release, which you can preview down below.

You can grab this via Juno on March 27; if you're looking for the post-SXSW, pre-Miami Music Week audio assault, In:flux Audio's got you covered.

Talking My Favorite Diss Tracks On The 700 Block Podcast

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I don't normally get invited to do much in the way of press; I believe the last time I was even interviewed was almost two years ago, after DoAndroidsDance? folded into Complex.com. I like talking; must be why I do so many interviews. Whatever the case may be, shouts to Flaw 700 for having me on The 700 Block Podcast to talk about my Top 10 diss tracks.

While I wouldn't call myself a dramatic person, I love the drama and competition of a good hip-hop beef, so this was fun. We also spoke on our favorite Notorious B.I.G. tracks, some of my favorite interviews while I've been at Complex, and some talk about Drake's new playlist More Life and Rick Ross' recently-released Rather You Than Me.

You can stream and download the full episode down below, and make sure you vote in the poll about Nivlac Lemaj's "Thoughts I'm Thinking," which is this week's "Dope Or Nope" track. If you like what you hear, please subscribe. And if you like the hoodie I'm wearing, you can grab something just like it.

HI$TO Wants You to #GetPSYCHD About His Forthcoming 'PSYCH'D OUT' Project

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When it comes to my normal music selections, it's been a dope rotation of hip-hop, drum & bass, Jersey club and the infectious footwork sound, which has roots in Chicago but has turned into a legit worldwide phenomenon. One of the producers that hit my radar during the DoAndroidsDance? days, HI$TO, hit me with a new mixtape of his, #GetPSYCHED, which is a primer for his upcoming project PSYCH'D OUT, and I'm highkey floored.

If you like to hit the dancefloor and feel like you're immediately transported into the middle of the bassbin by some kind of voodoo trickery (or a dope hit of LSD), that's what HI$TO's sound is going for. It's dark, it's dynamic, and it's trippy. His #GetPSYCHD mix is a trek through that sound, featuring material from PSYCH'D OUT (which drops in April) as well as material from future releases.

Stream the full project, and check the tracklist down below.

Kozee Unleashes Long-Awaited 'Untitled' EP

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If you're not up on the Left Coast bass master known as Kozee, you better get to know. I pegged her as a woman to watch in the electronic music scene a few years back, but truth be told, she's been putting in work for well over a decade. She's recently dropped gems via Moveltraxx and Influx Audio, but today she's finally sorted out a three-track EP that I've been salivating for.

I feel like she first hit me with the dubs of these back in 2015, and I was instantly hooked by the Minnie Ripperton sample she threw in there. Her Untitled release is three different takes on this riddim. The main mix is a bit more garage-y; it's hypnotic but isn't as thunderous as the "Detroit Edit" of "Untitled," shouts to WhatupDetroit. To round things out, she laced the Detroit Edit with some vocals from Tinchy. It's a banger.

You can grab the full release via Bandcamp for whatever tf you want to pay, and if you're down in Austin for SXSW, we highly suggest you keep it locked to Kozee's Twitter and her Facebook page, as she's set to be pretty busy while she's down there (although truth be told, you need to be following her anyways). WHEEL!

Tone Liv Is Out Here 'Catching Flies With Chopsticks'

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Every time I see Tone Liv in the wild, he tells me he has a grip of material going down. I think the last time I saw him was in Trenton last summer. I don't know if he mentioned this project to me, but just based on the talent on the release alone, this one is a who's-who of fire producers. We're talking DiBia$e, DJ Priority, The Custodian of Records, A-Sharp, Divine Drummah, and Ment-Plus, as well as rhymes from Pace Won, El Da Sensei, and others.

Liv is always Liv—dope and untouchable—and you really need to rock with this. Grab it for whatever you want to via Bandcamp, and stream the full release below.

Rukus Returns On A "U.F.O."

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Feels like its been forever since I heard new material from Rukus; it's been even longer since I've posted new stuff from him. On his latest single, "U.F.O.," he's back with a more conscious vibe to his material, which is all kinds of necessary. Check out the full video for his latest banger, and keep it locked for more material from the Texas-based emcee.

Life After Death: Download These Tributes to The Notorious B.I.G.

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While it's customary that we at rockthedub pay tribute to The Notorious B.I.G.'s legacy by sharing this now-nine-year-old mix that we did, today is a bit different; today marks the 20th anniversary of his death. It's a big one, and should be recognized properly.

That said, check out some of these tribute songs, mixtapes, and more to the memory of one of the greatest to ever do it. Rest in peace, Biggie.