Archive for 11/01/2008 - 12/01/2008

Joe Budden vs. Ransom: Wargames 3

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I am 100% co-signing what Jay Smooth says in here; I knew someone had to break it all down, and that's why I didn't have to comment on this shit.

[video] Obama On 60 Minutes (12/29/2008)

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"Road To The White House":

[video] "Nas Killed Hip-Hop"

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Soulja Boy, you are one ignant nigga; if you truly think the term "Hip-Hop Is Dead" came from Nas, you whylin':



"the shit is hilarious to see a remedial mind at work" - Enigmatik

Big S.I.N. "Arab Money Freestyle"

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Big S.I.N. "Arab Money Freestyle": My homey S.I.N. goes in over that "Arab Money". He stupid for that "you could give me welfare money, I'll be good". Mind Of A Mad Man is set to drop Jan. 200Shine. He's doing big things (movies included); keep it locked for a forthcoming RTD interview with the god.

Bonus Beats Brandy ft. Big S.I.N. "Right Here (Remix)"

Jadakiss "Letter To B.I.G."

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Jadakiss ft. Faith Evans "Letter To B.I.G." (prod. by Needlz) [clean / dirty]: Shake liberated the Dirty/CDQ version of Jada's kite to Christopher Wallace. This is some real talk shit; I almost feel like I shouldn't be hearing it. From the forthcoming Notorious soundtrack.

EDIT Clockwork Music blasted the clean and dirty versions in this thread. Holla!

Bonus Beats The Notorious B.I.G. "Microphone Murderer (radio rip)" [via Nah Right]

[rock the dub Interview]: Kosha Dillz

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I get a lot of interview requests, and have been slacking on getting them done/posted. Here is one I have had finished for about a month, and just haven't gotten to. If you've not heard Freestyle vs Written from C-Rayz Walz & Kosha Dillz, you're missing out on some ill Hip-Hop. Kosha grew up in NJ, is doing his thing in Cali, and is getting some crazy press. Get on this bandwagon early, for the train will be flying out of here ASAP...

khal: First off, how did you get started out within Hip-Hop? Were you always trying to be an MC, or was it something you just fell into?

Kosha Dillz: I’d say in high school, from the parties. The freestyle session. People reciting Wu-Tang lyrics. I was never tryin’ to be an MC, I was tryin’ to be in a band. I did want the attention of a band or a guy in front of a crowd. I got that a lot as I wrestled in high school. One-on-one competition in front of lots of people. With rapping, I found myself in battles a lot.

khal: I know you're reppin' Beverly Hills, but I just found out that you are Jersey born and went to Rutgers. What was it about Rutgers U that drew you in? What are your thoughts on the NJ Hip-Hop scene?

Kosha Dillz: Ha I’m actually rapping in Beverly Hills. I’m going to the studio right now. I’m posted up in Koreatown, Los Angeles on a couch. I’m in the studio all day recording the Beverly Dillz album with Belief while promoting Freestyle vs Written, the album I have with C-Rayz Walz. Rutgers U drew me in from its education prestige, wrestling program, and proximity to home of Edison, NJ. The NJ Hip-Hop scene is very spread out. You can do a show in New Brunswick, North NJ, South NJ: I would not know about it. Princeton. NJ is quite big. It just has not filtered; the only scene to be North NJ and New Brunswick. Pace Won. Yak Ballz is here. Mr. Green. Cymarshall Law. Silent Knight. These guys are getting super amounts of burn locally in NY and globally. 8thW1 as well, but I know lots of us migrate to NYC for the show.

khal: I know many heads have just been introduced to you via the Freestyle vs Written disc, but how long have you been releasing music?

Kosha Dillz: This is my first release. I know how to make music. What worked with ourselves and Modular Moods was that we came together to present it.

khal: Let's get into the FvW CD; how did you first meet C-Rayz, and how did that meeting spark you guys doing a full project together?

Kosha Dillz: Ive known C-Rayz for a long time I met him 9 years ago and bought a cd off of him (The Prelude). He saw me drunk many times on stage making a fool of myself. He saw me get booed. I saw him perform many a few times in NYC. I started booking shows for him and getting on like that. I continued to get better, and when I kept getting better I approached him at a sort of time where myself and Kentron Da Mastodon thought we needed to make a move. The good thing is, we approached him and asked him to do something he never did before. If anyone knows him, they know he is the type of guy not to turn down a challenge, although I feel like he excels best in freestyle, especially after seeing him do it all over the USA.

khal: Now the title is a pretty obvious nod to how you guys worked, i.e. Walz freestyled all of his rhymes, while you wrote yours, and I read this came about due to his situation at the time, needing to get the project done. How did the recording actually work – did you have your parts done, with Walz filling in the gaps, or vice versa?

Kosha Dillz: We had like 3 sessions. One day it was an EP we did 6 songs in like 7 hours. The next time we went to Belief's and he did 4 more songs in 4 hours. Our last session was a mixing session and we ended up freestyling two songs on the spot. I had a vision for this project and wanted to make a custom collabo project to introduce a new vision that can bring me out and bring him out, and Kentron as well. It benefited everyone, including the engineer. As someone who has been very impulsive, I felt this could equally benefit us all with its cultural diversity and conceptual format.

khal: How does it feel to be getting feedback from magazines like Spin and URB? Were you expecting this project to get that kind of shine?

Kosha Dillz: It feels great. We worked very hard to get this project and I must thank the help of Diwon and Y love, my label mates form Modular Moods/Shemspeed. They really pushed for us all as a team to get out in to the mainstream. We are the only rappers in that section, besides the obvious Charles Hamilton and B.o.B.. That was from the grind though.

khal: Any plans for a future project with Walz?

Kosha Dillz: No plans, but we both are not people who have been known to make plans.

khal: Now, your name is definitely a play on your Jewish heritage. Do you feel like you're pigeonholed as being a "Jewish rapper" as opposed to just being a rapper?

Kosha Dillz: No. I'd rather be that though. I think that makes me who I am. And if I am good enough to be in magazines and tour the world with my music, and places like rock the dub interview me, than I am not pigeonholed! I am on lots of Jewish press and more so mainstream press. Lots of my friends are like "the Jewish rapper." Only non-jews say that though... haha. Jewish people don't; funny right?

khal: Who are some of your favorite MCs and producers going down right now?

Kosha Dillz: Belief, Bishop Lamont, Black Milk (3 b's hahah), U-N-I and my homies; basically Yak Ballz, Flex Mathews out of DC and this kid Roebus One who I'm bringing up. Yak's new album is gonna be sick; Murs of course, Aesop Rock and Grayskul. And Shi 360 of Israel. These are people I have performed with and they are truly the stage energy I'd like to bring to the table.

khal: What's next up for Kosha Dillz? Word has it you're working on a sample-free project with Belief?

Kosha Dillz: Yeah, Beverly Dillz. Strictly for the movies. Its very musical and it will for sure shock many people with the stuff I'm doing. I like being shocking. Finally I have been getting to do it in a good way. Shocking like "hey I'm Beverly Dillz!", not shocking like 4 years ago, "hey mom I'm in jail... again... and again... and again..."

khal: Where would you like to see your music career be in the next, say, 5 years?

Kosha Dillz: I'll have broke the mainstream, for sure. Be on top of the world and continue to better myself on every album that is presented to the public. Count Bass D told me to just make the music and make all of the people come to you. I like that mentality.

khal: Do you have any final thoughts or shout outs before we wrap this up?

Kosha Dillz: Freestyle vs Written is an incredible album. Please buy it at the links below here. rock the dub will put them here and click away, what do you say, hey! Oy vey! Shalom yo... now it's off of this person's Mac and to Belief's studio.

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koshadillz.blogspot.com \ www.myspace.com/koshadillz4life \ www.koshadillzmusic.com
www.freestylevswritten.com \ www.myspace/com/freestylevswritten \ www.modularmoods.com


Make sure you cop Freestyle vs Written from the following outlets:
Amazon \ UGHH \ HipHopSite.com

Eslam Jawaad ft. De La Soul "Rewind DJ"

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Eslam Jawaad ft. De La Soul "Rewind DJ": Here's a leak from Eslam Jawaad's The Mammoth Tusk album, which is set to feature production from The RZA, Focus and Damon Albarn... talk about diverse! Don't sleep on this track...

[video] Mazzi - Walking Blog #16

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Trackstar the DJ x RTD 1993 x 2008

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I'd have to go through my Gmail, but I'm honestly not sure of where I first got introduced to Trackstar. I think he hit me up on the random about some Hip-Hop, but it doesn't matter, we're cool now. And I've covered an ish-load of his mixes over the last year or so (and I am normally one of the first); dude has a great grasp of great Hip-Hop, whether it's that current fire or that classic flavor. Track has also introduced me to some of St. Louis' finest, including heads like Wafeek, Tech Supreme and Tef Poe, just to name a few. He is a hard-worker, too - both myself and Track share a love of ideas... whether they pan out is another story, but the journey from idea to completion is the best part, no?

This compilation here is all Track's idea. I hit him up about the "Best of 2008" series, just saying "hey, throw in your favorite 2008 tracks", but he flipped the idea: he realized that so many artists from 1993 dropped dope tracks and/or albums in 2008, and decided to explore this in depth. I loved the idea, and when I got the final mix, I was estatic. Superb selection that really shows homeboy's ear for the essense of this thing of ours. I present to you 1993 x 2008...

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Tracklist:

01 Q-Tip "Move"
02 A Tribe Called Quest "Oh My God"
03 Oddisee ft. Buckshot "Where I Be At"
04 Black Moon "I Got Cha Open"
05 Ice Cube "Gangsta Rap Made Me Do It"
06 Ice Cube "Check Yo Self (remix)"
07 Common "Gladiator"
08 Common Sense "Soul By the Pound (remix)"
09 Pete Rock "Don't Be Mad"
10 Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth "Lots of Lovin'"
11 Method Man & Redman "Broken Language 2008"
12 Wu-Tang Clan "M.E.T.H.O.D. Man"
13 Redman ft. Oh No "Lay You Out"
14 Redman "Tonite's Da Nite"
15 Scarface "High Powered"
16 Scarface "I'm Black"
17 The Alchemist ft. Snoop Dogg, Jadakiss & Pusha T "Lose Your Life"
18 Snoop Doggy Dogg "Gz and Hustlers"
19 Saigon ft. Lil' Fame "World War IV"
20 M.O.P. "How About Some Hardcore"

Once again, massive props to Uri for the sick covers. And once again, 'nuff respect due to Trackstar for this work, and his other sick mixes. The Lou is in the building!

Pugs Atoms ft. Wes Restless "Sunset"

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Pugs Atoms ft. Wes Restless "Sunset" (prod. by Grant Parks): This is off a forthcoming compilation produced solely by Grant Parks entitled Thou Shall Not Hate - A Change Has Come - Part 3; this is the first of four free weekly downloads from this compilation, which will be released in its entirety on January 20th, 2009. Keep an eye out for Coalmine and Grant Parks' sites, as they will be the main spots to peep on that date. Chicago looks like its ready to rock in 2009!

related KRS One ft. Twista, Syleena Johnson, Phil G, Crucial Conflict, Kenny Bogus, Straw & Pugs Atomz "Self Destruction 2009" (prod. by Grant Parks)

[video] One Day Trailer

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Taken from the press release: Premiering at the Galaxy Theatre in Raleigh N.C., Becauseus Films in association with M.E.C.C.A. Records presents "One Day". This biopic chronicles a day in the life of the emerging N.C. rap group. The film includes exclusive live performance footage and studio sessions with some of the industries most notable figures like Skyzoo and 9th Wonder. This film will give fans to get an inside look on this groups grind to the top and the blood sweat and tears that went into their debut album "The High Life" set to drop in the 1st quarter of '09.

Juan Epstein x N.O.R.E.

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I love how, on days where I think life is about to be CRAZY, shit like this comes up. Thank God for Juan Epstein. Fucking Juan Epstein and N.O.R.E.!?!? You already know what it is.

RiotControl Fourteen

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Here's a note about the latest edition of the RiotControl NYC podcast:

RiotControl’ers,

During our holiday vacation to the beautiful beaches of Brooklyn, NY, we put our daiquiris down just long enough to bring RiotControl 14 to you in all of its tropical glory. We think this is the perfect theme music to accompany pool basketball, limbo competitions, shuffleboard, and sunset drinks under a bar made of palm branches. Just insert RC 14 and go.

Actually RC 14 has very little in common with the islands except for shared high temperatures (did we really just write that?). That must be our minds wandering amidst the frigidness of NYC right now. Actually, this is a great new episode that we’re very excited about and it's now available for your listening pleasure.

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Tracklist:

RiotControl Theme - Burt Fox
Lightworks RMX - Flying Lotus
Oops RMX - Hudson Mohawke
Untitled - Burt Fox
Poison Dart - The Bug and Warrior Queen
Gully Brook Lane - Joker
Cruisin - Short Dawg
Boyz N Da Hood - Eazy E
Everlasting Bass - Rodney O
It's Funky Enough - The D.O.C.
Salota - The Very Best (ft. BLK JKS)
Misdemeanor INSTR - Foster Sylvers (Mr K RMX)
Return To The Planet Of The Bass - Maggotron
Get Busy - Wink D f Candy Fresh
Red Alert - DJ Laz
Rap Da Felicidade - Cidinho and Doca
Township Funk - DJ Mujava
Run - Simian Mobile Disco (White Label)
Something - Lord Skywave
Bodium - Mikkel Metal
Estrangé - Shed
Death (Crystal Castles RMX) - White Lies
Police In Helicopter Dub - John Holt

Straight to the MP3 player. Shouts to the RiotControl fam.

Excess Bangers 6: Untitled

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Highbrid Nation done done it again with the latest edition of their Excess Bangers series...

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Tracklist:

1. Busta Rhymes Feat. Ron Browz, Juelz Santana, Jim Jones & Jadakiss - Arab Money (Part 3)
2. Fat Joe Feat. Ron Browz & Lil Wayne - Winding On Me
3. 50 Cent Feat. Ciara - Slow Down (Remix)
4. Mims Feat. The Notorious B.I.G. - Bread N Butter
5. Freeway - Diesel
6. Stat Quo - In California
7. Keri Hilson Feat. Busta Rhymes - Turnin Me On (Remix)
8. Ron Browz Feat. N.O.R.E. - Jumping Out The Window (Remix)
9. Swizz Beats Feat. Fat Man Scoop - Get Loose
10. Joell Ortiz Feat. Joe Budden - Move On
11. Jim Jones - Scarz
12. Termanology Feat. Big Pooh, Chaundon & Joe Scudda - Pay Jay
13. Termanology - Circulate
14. Young Chris - Status Of The Game
15. Curren$y Feat. Mistah FAB - Life’s A Bitch
16. Mims Feat. Letoya Tuckett - Love Rollercoaster
17. Freeway - Long Money
18. Freeway feat. Hesikiya - As I Ever Been
19. Freeway Feat. Neesh - For The Better
20. Royce Da 5′ 9” - Part Of Me
21. Jay Electronica - Swagger Jackson’s Revenge

I laugh everytime I hear Ron Browz say "ether boooooy", b/c with the tear he's on right now, no one is even realizing that he produced "Ether"!

Ali Vegas ft. Goldenchyl "If I"

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Ali Vegas ft. Goldenchyl "If I" (prod. by J Nice): Here's a fresh cut from Ali Vegas off that Generation Gap 2, which you can cop from iTunes right now. I didn't realize heads leaked ish on Saturday afternoons. Bless 'em. Shouts to Mike for this one!

Botchmania 63

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T-Pain "Can't Believe It (rock the dub VIP)"

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T-Pain ft. Akon, Kardinal Offishall & Busy Signal "Can't Believe It (rock the dub VIP)": I'm making some CDs for my family and hooked this blend up for my weed-smoking cousin. It's pretty simple: one part "Konvict Remix", one part "Smoke Some High Grade". Enjoy that.

Black Friday II 2008 playlist

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This Black Friday II shit is nuts. Why am I at work?

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Why isn't Hip-Hop more like this every now and again?

Public Enemy ft. Ice Cube & Big Daddy Kane "Burn Hollywood Burn"


Enjoy your Black Friday Part Deux. Hopefully the rest of my work day flies by quickly...

rock the dub presents Nick Argon

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Here's the next installment of my "Best of 2008" mix series. Nick Argon is the head of Argon Records, one of dubstep's finest, most consistent labels. I believe I got put on to Argon first via Skynet's dubstep releases, when I was first really trying to listen to all the dubstep I could. Since then, he's had a bunch of talents cats drop sick productions on Argon; I'm talking heads like Tes La Rok, Babylon System, 12th Planet, Cotti and others, including Matty G, who released his Take You Back album on Argon this year. Argon is one of those spots where there is no real "defined" sound... they just put out quality music, fullstop.

I think Nick was kind of shocked that I asked him to be a part of this "Best of 2008" series, but I had featured a few episodes of Argon Radio, and loved his take on dubstep mixing. What he did was throw up some released and forthcoming Argon material into a slick 30 minute dubstep journey, exclusive for the RTD dubsteppas. Check it out...

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Tracklist:

1. clouds featuring tiiu - under the dancing feet - argon 14a
2. uncle sam - round the world girls (tes la rok vip mix) argon 17a
3. clouds - worms - argon 14b
4. clouds featuring tiiu - under the dancing feet (tes la rok remix) - argon 17b
5. babylon system & spl - shevil - argon 15b
6. 12th planet - element 16 (sulfur) - argon 16a
7. cotti vs mr. party featuring jammer - dem fi know - argon 18a
8. tes la rok & desto - low - argon 20a
9. babylon system & noah d - examination of time - argon 15a
10. babylon system & antiserum - california style - argon 19b
11. matty g - cuttin' n scratchin' - argon lp01a

I want to shout out Uri for knockin' out the beautiful artwork that accompanies this mix. You'll be seeing more from her on this site and in my other ventures. And once again, shouts to Nick Argon, and cheers to Argon Records. We wish you nothing but continued success in 2009, and beyond.

Wafeek "Bad Check"

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Wafeek "Bad Check": The homey Wafeek dropped this onto my on Christmas Day. This is taken from a forthcoming project he's working on entitled The Flux Capacitor, which will feature 'Feek over a boatload of of beats (he sent over two more tracks he flipped, using instrumentals from 808s & Heartbreak); yes, there will be some Auto-Tune on it. This is Wafeek coasting over DJ Shadow's "High Noon". Its the shit. Enjoy it!

related TSS x Trackstar x Wafeek The Aristocats Mixtape

L.E.G.A.C.Y. & DJ Flash The NC Chainsaw Massacre

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This is one I've been definitely waiting on; the homey L.E.G.A.C.Y. hit me with his long-awaited mixtape, and its the shit. Mixed by the one like DJ Flash, we get a host of new material (including two joints I've leaked), featuring production from the homey Khrysis, K Hill, Soul Professa and others, with MCs like Spec Boogie, Sean Boog, Joe Scudda, Median and many more thrown in to boot. Don't even attempt to sleep on this one!

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Tracklist:

1.Intro produced by Soul Professa
2.Off The Man f/K Hill,Panama G.A.T. produced by Khrysis
3.Leatherface(freestyle)
4.That Me Shit f/Sean Boog produced by Khrysis
5.Heat Rises f/KAZE,Nervous Reck produced by Khrysis
6.I'm A Star(remix) f/Joe Scudda,Chaundon,Median produced by 9th Wonder
7.No Regrets pt 2 f/Lunatic Messiah,Spec Boogie,Dynas produced by K Hill
8.4 Cornered Room produced by Khrysis
9.freestyle
10.The Underworld pt 2 produced by Soul Professa
11.freestyle
12.Man Next Door produced by Dox
13.14 Grams produced by Khrysis
14.freestyle

Perfect soundtrack to Black Friday II. SIN MUSIC GROUP!

RIP Eartha Kitt

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When you want to talk about mixed-race Americans making a mark in the Entertainment field, Eartha Kitt's name better be one you mention. I think I remember her most as the older seductress in Boomerang, as well as her turn as Catwoman in the classic Batman TV series, but I mean, I was rocking to "Santa Baby" with my wife just the other day. Truly a gifted, talented woman, and one that will be sorely missed in the Black community. Rest in power, ma.

Little Jinder "Polyhedron (Konrad Old Money Remix)"

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Little Jinder "Polyhedron (Konrad Old Money Remix)": Here's some fuzzy Electro-infused numbers to help you wake up on what the media is called Black Friday II. Hopefully you guys picked up that Scarepeutic EP!

Bonus Beats Donnis "Party Works (Konrad Old Money Remix)"

Biancardi Dj - Breakbeat Session

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This mix is exactly what it says on the tin...

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Tracklist:

#01-A-skillz - Happiness
#02-Minuit - Fuji (Funkinslocuts remix)
#03-Krafty Kuts ft. Dynamite MC - There they go
#04-Slyde - You're my fix (Utah Saints remix)
#05-Stanton Warriors - Pop ya virus
#06-Slyde - Vibrate to this (Trouble soup! mix)
#07-The Ragga Twins vs Dj Go - Everybody hype
#08-Aquasky - Overneath
#09-Deekline Wizard - Angels (Napt remix)
#10-Elite Force - Cross the line
#11-Deibeat - Time to rock (Drumattic Twins remix)
#12-Drumattic Twins - Hyperspeed
#13-Rennie Pilgrem & Arthur Baker - Dancin in my head
#14-The Rouge Element - Backbreaker
#15-Slyke - Kiss kiss bang bang
#16-Dj Icey - Cross eyed sally (Robotic Ragga mix)
#17-Ed Solo & Skool of Thoughts - Babylon breaks
#18-Aquasky vs Master Blaster - 777
#19-Krafty Kuts - Lock the hype
#20-Splitloop - Both knees (Breakfastaz remix)
#21-Breakfastaz - Girl money drink and drug
#22-Hustle Athletics - Lekker

For those unaware, Hustle Athletics = Noisia. Enjoy this! And hit Biancardi Dj's website for more like it.

Junclassic "Reel Raw"

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Junclassic "Reel Raw" (prod. by Iron Curtain): Jun hit me with this cut last night; I saw it on 2DB, and realized I didn't have the shit! This is off the forthcoming Iron Soul EP, which drops in the new year. Jun hit me with a cut for a project I'm working on, and it hits harder than the hobgoblin. You've been warned!

[video] What Christmas Really Is

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the trillbies present freep001

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Shouts to the folks at TRiLLBASS for this free EP. Happy Holidays, jerks.

DALLASPENN.COM NYC HOODRAT X-MAS SPECTACULAR

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"INTERNEEEEEEEEETS!" Merry Christmas, DP:

Dollar Store Santa (December 2008)

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Hot on the heels of "That Dilla's Crazy" is the 14th edition of my Dub Sessions series. It was really brought on by a few things: my finding DZ's "What You Won't Do For Love", DJ Food's "The Breaks Of Wrath" and Cookin' Soul's "Home Alone Riddim". The rest of the mix came about kind of quickly, and is just a patchwork of shit I love, but haven't thrown in mixes for whatever reason. It's scatterbrained by design, as this is also a replica of how I get down when I'm kind of tipsy, although none of this was made while under the influence. You get a lot of shit when you cop from the dollar store, nahmean?

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Tracklist:

01/intro: Katt Williams / Cookin' Soul "Home Alone Riddim"
02/DZ "What You Won't Do For Love"
03/SPKTRM "Machine March" / Saul Williams "Sha-Clack-Clack"
04/Saul Williams "Ohm"
05/Edward Oberon "Jackson"
06/Edward Oberon "Mr. Smith"
07/Charlie Murphy "Rick James Sketch Origin" / Mr. Scruff ft. Danny Breaks "Bang The Floor"
08/Coki vs. Movado "Gangsta 4 Life (Remix)"
09/Richard Pryor "Freebase" / Gridlok "Gutterfuker (Ground Down Mix)"
10/DJ Food "The Breaks Of Wrath"
11/The Chemical Brothers "(The Best Part Of) Breaking Up"
12/Coldcut "More Beats & Pieces (Beans & Pizzas StrictlyKidTeeba Jam)"
13/Brittany Bosco "Glitch"
14/Dwizz "Good Times"
15/outro: Larry Davis x Leon / Cookin' Soul "Home Alone Riddim"

Merry Christmas, fam. You like how I threw in some older joints in there alongside some of that fresh freshness... some ill cuts to sip on some rum, get a plate of good food and vibe with.

Tay Zonday "Twas The Night Before Christmas"

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[video] Juelz Santana ft. Starr "Jingle Bellz"

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Designer Drugs "Xmas Fun Time"

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Designer Drugs "Xmas Fun Time": Here's a quick & jolly club banger from the good folks over at Designer Drugs. Go get some of that good good and stab out to this one!

Via IHEARTCOMIX!.

Happy Birthday Black Jesus!

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[video] Mad Decent Xmas: Angels with Filthy Souls

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Botchmania 62

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C-Rayz Walz & Kosha Dillz "Holiday (Remix)"

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C-Rayz Walz & Kosha Dillz "Holiday (Remix)": Here's a remix of "Holiday", from the C-Rayz Walz & Kosha Dillz album Freestyle vs. Written. I still need to post this finished Q&A I did with Dillz - next week, I'm positive. Enjoy this one!

Cookin Soul & Santa Claus Merry Little Xmas (Rap The Carols Edition)

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Cookin' Soul is building on the "Home Alone Riddim" featured this weekend, but dropping an entire mixtape (in conjunction with the NMC) of Christmas carols hooked up by the CS fam. Grab these, hit the studio, and get your rhyme on!

Brenda Lee x DJ Cable

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Brenda Lee "Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree (Cable's Quick Bmore Edit)": If you hit up the recently posted Xmas Mix from DJ Cable, you'd have heard this quick bootleg Cable hooked up. I loved it so much I asked, and he hit me with the special Xmas Eve present! Props to him!

Crack Music 2

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It's been about a month since I dropped the first edition of Crack Music; if you remember, that selection focused on Kanye West's tracks where he is the main attraction. Crack Music 2 goes in on some of my favorite Kanye West productions, as well as some featured MC work on original tracks as well as remixes. Some varying styles here, showing the flipside of Kanye's artistry...

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Tracklist:

01/intro
02/Jay-Z "Lucifer"
03/T.I. ft. Kanye West, Jay-Z & Lil' Wayne "Swagga Like Us"
04/J Dilla ft. Frank-N-Dank "We F'd Up"
05/Lil' Wayne "Let The Beat Build"
06/Beanie Sigel "The Truth"
07/Scarface ft. Jay-Z & Beanie Sigel "Guess Who's Back"
08/Keyshia Cole "I Changed My Mind"
09/Alicia Keys "You Don't Know My Name"
10/The Game ft. Common "Angel"
11/Shyne "More Or Less"
12/Diddy ft. Nas & Cee-Lo "Everything I Love"
13/Talib Kweli ft. Kanye West & Roy Ayers "In The Mood"
14/Usher ft. Shyne, Kanye West & Twista "Confessions II"
15/T-Pain ft. Kanye West, UGK & Trey Songz "Buy U A Drank (Remix)"
16/E-40 ft. Kanye West, Ice Cube & The Game "Tell Me When To Go (Remix)"
17/Estelle ft. Kanye West "American Boy"
18/Kid Sister ft. Kanye West "Pro Nails"
19/N.E.R.D. ft. Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco & Pusha T "Everybody Nose (Remix)"

Hopefully you guys have enjoyed this trek through Kanye West's pre-808's output. Hopefully his forthcoming material will continue on these paths...

related Crack Music: The Music Of Kanye West

A Funkadelic Christmas

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Here's a compilation from Funkadelic Freestyles, That Real Ish & DC to BC. I love comps like this, and had seen this on a few spots; the homey jben.ok let me know this has hit 1100 downloads in a little over 36 hours. Pick this one up, and hotbox the whip to this soundtrack...

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Tracklist:

Present 01. Sufjan Stevens - The Winter Solstice
Present 02. James Brown - It's Christmas Time
Present 03. Tony! Toni! Tone! - My Christmas
Present 04. Weezer - The Christmas Song
Present 05. Vince Guaraldi Trio - Christmas Time Is Here
Present 06. Snoop Dogg - Santa Claus Is Going Straight To The Ghetto
Present 07. De La Soul - Millie Pulled A Pistol On Santa I
Present 08. The Roots - Millie Pulled A Pistol on Santa II
Present 09. Christmas Is Cancelled?
Present 10. The Jackson 5 - Give Love On Christmas Day
Present 11. The Temptations - Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
Present 12. Killer Mike - A Christmas Grind
Present 13. Ludacris - Ludacrismas
Present 14. Bing Crosby - White Christmas
Present 15. Sufjan Stevens - Jingle Bells With The Simpsons
Present 16. Daniel Merriweather - Wonderful Christmas Time

Peep this drop on Funkadelic Freestyles for more info.

Egg Nog Pimpin'

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The homey Kid Hum hit me with these mixes, spotted over on Colorado Rap Report, that feature some pretty ill Hip-Hop Christmas tracks. Two mixes of that FUNK:

Volume 1: Egg Nog Pimpin'

Tracklist:

01 - Reverend Run and the Christmas All Stars - Santa Baby
02 - Run DMC - Christmas in Hollis
03 - Jim Jones - Bad Santa Intro
04 - Outkast - Players Ball
05 - De La Soul - Millie Pulled a Pistol on Santa
06 - Ludacris - Ludacrismas
07 - Eazy-E - Merry Muthafuckin’ Christmas
08 - Dipset - Dipset X-Mas Time
09 - Snoop Dogg - Santa Claus Goes Straight to the Ghetto
10 - David Banner - It’s Christmas Time
11 - Mel Matrix, Riz, and Shoota - Christmas Like This
12 - Killer Mike - A Christmas Grind
13 - Busta Rhymes ft. Jim Carrey - The Grinch Who Stole Christmas
14 - Snoop Dogg and Nate Dogg - The Night Before Christmas
15 - Ying Yang Twins - Ho! Ho! Ho!
16 - Jim Jones - Christmas Eve
17 - Run DMC - Christmas Is
18 - Dirty Boyz - All I Want For Christmas
19 - OFTB - Christmas In The Ghetto
20 - Ras Kass - Jack Frost
21 - Ghostface – Ghostface X-Mas

Volume 2: Three Ho's Like Santa

Tracklist:
01 - Rudy Ray Moore - Merry Christmas Baby
02 - Kurtis Blow - X-Mas Rappin’
03 - Big Daddy Kane and Biz Markie - XXX-Mas
04 - Jim Jones - Have a Happy X-Mas
05 - Master P - X-Mas in the Ghetto
06 - Dana Dane - Dana Dane is Coming to Town
07 - Juelz Santana - X-Mas Song
08 - Spyder-D - Ghetto Santa
09 - The Dogg Pound - I Wish
10 - King Sun - Christmas in the City
11 - Jim Jones - Ballin’ On X-Mas
12 - Starr ft. Juelz Santana - Jingle Bellz
13 - Treacherous Three - Christmas Rap
14 - Jim Jones - If Every Day Was X Mas
15 - Disco 4 - He’s Santa Claus
16 - Sweet Tee - Let the Jingle Bells Rock
17 - Three Six Mafia ft. UGK - On Some Chrome
18 - Jim Jones - Wish List
19 - Princess Superstar - I Hope I Sell A Lot of Records This Christmas

Pop open some of that egg nog and enjoy yourselves!

Fat Joe ft. Ron Browz & Lil' Wayne "Winding On Me"

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Fat Joe ft. Ron Browz & Lil' Wayne "Winding On Me" (prod. by Ron Browz): Skraight from OnSMASH HQ is this fresh new cut from Joey Crillz. Some chill shit on this one, Joey straight coasts over another Browz Auto-Tuned banger. Enjoy?

Black Santa's Soulful Christmas

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Last week, my mom asked me to make her a Christmas CD (she even e-mailed me the tracklist - a first). Now, ever since I got a CD burner for my HS graduation gift, I always flipped mix discs for ma dukes, whether it was Mother's Day or some random Wednesday. The CD came out kind of fresh, and I think readers who grew up in Black households will hold some of these Christmas gems dear, with some jawns you've probably heard but never gotten identified before...

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Tracklist:

01/Whitney Houston "Joy To The World"
02/The Whispers "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town"
03/Donny Hathaway "This Christmas"
04/The Whispers "Happy Holidays To You"
05/Luther Vandross "At Christmas Time"
06/Sounds Of Blackness "Soul Holidays"
07/Salsoul Orchestra "Merry Christmas All"
08/Boyz II Men "Let It Snow"
09/Nat King Cole "The Christmas Song"
10/The Emotions "What Do The Lonely DO At Christmas"
11/Marvin Sapp "Never Would Have Made It Without You"
12/Quincy Jones & Various Artists "Hallelujah!"

Enjoy these, burn it for your parents, uncles, aunties, grandparents and third cousins. Merry Christmas, bitches.

Dre is a Lucky Nigga

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Yes, that is Cool & Dre's Dre with his chick, Christina Milian. Yes, that is his hand on her beautiful ass. Miami niggas get to have all the fun.

Pic via The YBF.

Mikkey Halsted "No Christmas"

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Mikkey Halsted "No Christmas": Chi-town's favorite MC goes in on his beliefs about Christmas. Many of you might not share these feelings (my wife included), but hear dude out.

Via OnSMASH.

DJ Cable's Weekly Mix #51

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DJ Cable drops his 51st Weekly Mix just in time for Christmas, and its a special Christmas throwdown. I bet you've seen a bunch of these... well, so what, it's Christmas time!

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Tracklist:

01. Frank Sinatra - Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
02. Eazy-E - Merry Muthaf---in' Xmas
03. Run-DMC - Christmas in Hollis
04. Jim Jones - Ballin' On Xmas
05. The New 2 Live Crew - 2 Live Christmas
06. Poison Clan - Christmas Spliff
07. Kurtis Blow - Christmas Rappin'
08. Disco 4 - He's Santa Claus
09. Treacherous Three - Xmas Rap
10. 69 Boyz, K-Nock & Quad City DJs - What You Want For Christmas
11. James Brown - Santa Claus Go Straight To The Ghetto
12. Brenda Lee - Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree (Cable's Quick Bmore Edit)
13. Dirty Boyz - All I Want For Christmas Is To Get Crunk
14. Ludacris - Ludacrismas

Yes, Cable, I'm definitely gonna need that Brenda Lee Bmore refix! Happy Holidays to you and yours... $20 to whomever gets Grandma to rumpshake to this one!

DivaSpeakTV: Episode 38

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Dear John Witherspoon: Walkie Talkies

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[video] La Coka Nostra ft. B-Real "I'm An American"

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[video] Teriyaki Boyz "Work That"

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Featuring Pharrell & Chris Brown:

Pandemonium Jones Splendid Moments 2008

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I've known Pandemonium Jones for a little over a decade. While we haven't been the kind of friends who are trading IMs and e-mails every day, we definitely have a special bond; hell, without him initially schooling me in Drum & Bass & Jungle, I might be in the position I am today.

Now, if the name Pandemonium Jones rings a bell, you definitely know about Caps & Jones, the DJ duo who have received critical acclaim for their multi-genre mixes, remix work and exciting club performances. For the end of 2008, I asked some of my favorite DJs (and good friends) to do some "best of 2008" mixes for me. This is the premier mix, and while its not on some Hippity-Hoppity, nor is it on some thugdubsteppery, it has, in Panda's words, "some well regarded joints that sound good together". Grab this one, and be prepared for the other mixes I'm set to drop before 2008 comes to an end...

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Tracklist:

01. Soy Un Caballo - Robin
02. SALEM - Streets Of Philadelphia
03. Kanye West - Say You Will
04. Fleet Foxes - Blue Ridge Mountains
05. Black Mountain - Wucan
06. Portishead - Magic Doors
07. No Age - Eraser
08. Atlas Sound - On Guard
09. Animal Collective - Cobwebs
10. Hot Chip - We're Looking For A Lot Of Love
11. Nico - I'll Keep It With Mine (Pocketknife's Odd Beauty Remix)
12. Cut Copy - Strangers In The Wind
13. Hercules & Love Affair - Blind (Frankie Knuckles Remix)
14. Amadou & Miriam - Sabali
15. Bon Iver - Lump Sum
16. Benoit Pioulard - Idyll
17. Wolf Parade - Language City
18. Deerhunter - Nothing Ever Happened
19. M83 - Graveyard Girl
20. Beach House - Gila
21. Fennesz - Grey Scale
22. Grouper - Heavy Water/I'd Rather Be Sleeping
23. Mount Eerie With Julie Doiron - Voice In Headphones


Hit up Jones' post about this mix, as some other info, including the Caps & Jones throwdown at Savalas for NYE 2008:


Caps & Jones
NYE 2008
@ Savalas
285 Bedford Ave Between S1st and Grand St
BROOKLYN
21+ 10pm - 6am (!) $10
RSVP to CNJNYE2009@GMAIL.COM for free entry all night

Enjoy! And shouts to Panda Jones for the serious sounds, as per usual!

[video] Beyoncé "Halo" x "Diva"

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"Diva"


"Halo"

[video] Camp Lo "Pop Champagne"

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[video] Plies "Street Light"

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Featuring Sean Garrett:

Pugs Atomz "Roof Top"

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Pugs Atomz "Roof Top" (prod. by DJ Vadim): Here's the latest leak from Pugs himself; this is taken from his forthcoming album, Roof Top. If you dig this combination (which you should: beatfreaks know Vadim is a legend, and Pugs is cooked coke on the mic), wait for Vadim's LP on BBE, which Pugs rocks a three-peat on. Chicago bull, forreal.

[video] Shawn Hewitt "1 On One"

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DJ ?uestlove At SOB's (Dec. 29th 2008)

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EDIT I'm bringing this to the top because, the fam over at Urban Prestige is allowing heads a $5 rebate on this event; just send and e-mail to urbaneprestige@gmail.com with the subject RSVP (be sure to include your full name in the e-mail). This is a beautiful deal, and one of the treats for checking out rock the dub! Shouts to Ruel.

DJ Cable's Weekly Mix #50

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The homey DJ Cable comes correct, this time on the UKHH tip.

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Tracklist:

01. Lethal Bizzle Feat. Jim Jones & Juelz Santana - Pop Champagne (Remix)
02. Klashnekoff - Murda
03. Giggs - Talkin' The Hardest (Freestyle)
04. Fallacy - Big 'N Bashy
05. Bigz - Cor Blimey
06. Wretch 32 - Be Cool

#51, AKA The Xmas Mix, is said to drop tomorrow.

Gallic Wars Signs Fresh As Tommi

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Cesar from Gallic Wars just hit me with some info on a new group Gallic signed to a management deal:

London based music group Fresh As Tommi (F.A.T) sign Management deal w/ Gallic Wars!!

"I am very excited to welcome Fresh As Tommi to the Gallic Wars family. With a massive international following, they will only compliment the brand. As the strongest & most promising entertainment company, we will ensure the success of their music career." - Caesar, CEO & President of Gallic Wars

The entertainment industry is now graced with the presence of 3 multi-talented females who are set to change the world. Three crazy, sexy & cool music artists known as Fresh As Tommi (F.A.T) hail from London, England and are currently proclaimed "the best music group out". The group consists of two sexy R&B singers "Juice" & "Bambi" who are exceptionally talented and have a massive worldwide following. The third member of the group is a rapper who goes by the name "Peeks". She has the ability to captivate any ears that appreciate the art of hip hop and will grace you with her sex appeal. The girls are official models for Nelly's Apple Bottom clothing line which enables them to continue to garner attention not only from the music but model industry as well. F.A.T released a new video called 'No Dibby' which is receiving an overwhelming positive response from the general public. The mixtape 'The Long Weekend ' will be released shortly and will feature a DVD with behind the scenes footage. The awesome trio have also written, sung and appeared in a promotional TV advertisement for a brand new fragrance called So Superstar. They also shot a short film called ' Broken Doll house' which received world wide exposure. To date, Juice has been featured in a TV show called Rimz & is featured in the new show "'Miss Naked Beauty'". Peeks has her own music show called "Unsigned" on sky TV which is set to commence a second series. It doesn't stop there! Bambi is producing her own dating show on sky TV which we are all excited about. Also look out for the cartoon called Diamond Angelz that also features the girls. Fresh As Tommi are currently writing more songs and preparing to launch their highly anticipated album entitled 'The Long Good Weekend'. The group will also be releasing a free digital mixtape project via Gallic Wars which is projected to debut on over 100 websites, blogs & e-zines combined. To See clips of all their TV and film projects check:
www.mo-am.com.

Good luck to both of them!

Barack Brains

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Shouts to Different Kitchen for putting me onto this shirt. Eff off if you wanna claim "oh you late"; you should've put me on! I wanna grab one of these...

[video] Alfamega "My Window"

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[video] Vida Guerra On The Grind Photoshoot

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Oomph.

[video] Amy Winehouse's Topless Dance?

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Apparently, this is Amy Winehouse doing a topless dance on some balcony:

Black Jesus: In the Club

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DJ Drama "Daydreaming"

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DJ Drama ft. Akon, Snoop Dogg & T.I. "Daydreaming":The good folks at OnSMASH just passed this one on to me. Word is this is the first single from Gangsta Grillz The Album, Part 2; I'm not as into this as I thought I'd be, but I could see the ladies winding to this one. Maybe I'm just over Akon's "singing". Keep locked to that OS post, DJs: clean/instrumental versions are on the way!

[video] Donny Goines "Ricky's Story"

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Inverse ft. Deacon "So True"

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Inverse ft. Deacon "So True": From Tunji's blast... My group Inverse is dropping a free EP on New Years Day (following in the tradition of our project So Far (The Collection), which we released on the first day of '08). Here's a link to the first leak off The So True EP, the title track, featuring Deacon The Villain of CunninLynguists, and produced by Decapbeats. It's some laid back, soulful Cali groove type ish. The whole track is clean, so go ahead and throw it on air if you're feeling it.

If I still burned the sensi, I'd definitely float some greenery pon de air. Fresh cuts!

[video] Sugar Tongue Slim Demand More 1.2 Trailer

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STS explains the concept behind Demand More 1.2 "Rappas Ternt Sangas Edition":




Bonus Beats Sugar Tongue Slim ft. AC "Jumping Out The Window Freestyle"

Old Money Scareapeutic EP

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You probably heard "Gangster With An A", a cut which spread through the blogs a week or so ago; here's the EP it came from. Shouts to Old Money for hitting me with this. Enjoy that free music!

[video] Current's Top 5 Mixtapes Of 2008

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Shouts to nation for the heads up.

DJ Cable's Weekly Mix #49 - 80s Edition Vol. 3

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DJ Cable goes in for another round of that fine 80s sound.

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Tracklist:

01. Madonna - Holiday
02. Human League - Don't You Want Me
03. Alexander O'Neal Feat. Cherelle - Saturday Love
04. Ollie & Jerry - There's No Stopping Us
05. Madonna - Get Into The Groove
06. Run-DMC - Mary Mary
07. Lipps Inc. - Funky Town
08. Rockwell - Somebody's Watching Me
09. Run-DMC - It's Tricky
10. Depeche Mode - Just Can't Get Enough
11. Eurythmics - Sweet Dreams
12. Gary Numan - Cars
13. Pat Benatar - Hit Me With Your Best Shot
14. AC/DC - Back In Black

You know you want it. Funky-town!

Excess Bangers 5: Wintercamp Style

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The fam over at Highbrid Nation just hit me with the new edition of Excess Bangers...

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Tracklist:

01. Gnarls Barkley - Whos Gonna Save My Soul(Rmx) (Ft.Jota Flowers)
02. Billy Danze ft.Busta Rhymes - Undescribable
03. Freeway - Doing Anything
04. Mickey Factz, Naledge & Fresh Daily - Stop What You Doing
05. Fashawn - Freedom
06. Freeway - Get It Started
07. Jamie Foxx Ft.Lil Kim - Cover Girl
08. Joell Ortiz - Morning
09. Styles P ft.Snyp Lyfe & Bully - Ride Or Die
10. Freeway - Street Music
11. Joell Ortiz - Day N Nite(Williamsburgh/Greenpoint Brooklyn Remix)
12. Blvd Benny Ft.Jadakiss, Fabolous - Rock It Out(Rmx)
13. Busta Rhymes ft.Ne-Yo & Missy Elliott - Freakin You
14. Jamie Foxx Ft.Rick Ross - Swag
15. Fabolous, Red Cafe & Paul Cain - There He Go
16. Justin Timberlake ft. T.I. - If I
17. Freeway - Start Wildin
18. Kardinal Offishall -Set It Off(Rmx)(Ft. Dr Dre & The Clipse)

previous Excess Bangers 4: Agents Of Chaos

[video] Slaughterhouse Studio Sessions

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Dallas Penn, you are the dude:

Part 1


Part 2


Part 3 (Joell Ortiz ft. Joe Budden "Move On")


Damn, this is definitely my favorite half of Slaughterhouse.