Archive for 12/01/2008 - 01/01/2009

The Notorious B.I.G. "Microphone Murderer"

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The Notorious B.I.G. "Microphone Murderer": Big up to nation for leaking the Dirty/CDQ version of this gem. He's right - there has been a lack of posts on this event, the forthcoming release of Notorious. I'm reserving my words on it; Ciph and Rosenberg commented recently - this shit is too new. It's been a lil over a decade since Big passed, and its still so fresh...

Bonus Beats The Notorious B.I.G. "Guaranteed Raw"
Bonus Beats The Notorious B.I.G. "Love No Hoe (Original Demo Version)" [via Cipha Sounds]
Bonus Beats The Notorious B.I.G. ft. CJ Wallace "One More Chance (Legacy Remix)" [via Nah Right]

Armyfatiuqe presents The Initiation Sampler

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Armyfatique The Initiation
I've dropped a few joints off of this, but you should check that sampler... then go cop that album!

Shouts to the homey Matt @ Coalmine.

Heltah Skeltah LIVE In Philly (Feb. 21st, 2009)

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Evergreen & Public Axis are at it again - Heltah Skeltah, Reef The Lost Cause, MAGr AND Silent Law!? Amazing!

[video] Mariah Carey "Hero 2009"

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[video] YN Reading... The Source?!

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SMK, all day...

Eminem ft. Dr. Dre & 50 Cent "Crack A Bottle"

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Eminem ft. Dr. Dre & 50 Cent "Crack A Bottle": I'm posting this, then I'm done with it. I did enjoy Em's massacre in that first verse. I guess 2009 is the year of the Aftermath...

Shouts to MEDIASTARR and Clockwork Music for the dueling leaks.

Donuts Are Forever 3

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Keep it locked to for more details.

Soulbrotha "Twitter Song"

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Soulbrotha "Twitter Song" (mirror): The boy SB just threw this track my way. I'm not sure if a lot of cats are dedicating tracks to their trials/tribulations on twitter, which is wild b/c I did just recently listen to Take It Personal #1, where they spoke on the powers and outright FUN you can have on twitter. It's that new ish, and yes, I'm on it too.

And to put icing on the cake, the bwoy definitely ripped one of Aeon's beats. Say word.

[video] Theo "Dillagence"

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related Theo "Roberta Flack Revisited"

J.A.M.E.S. Watts "A Better Tomorrow"

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J.A.M.E.S. Watts "A Better Tomorrow": Here's a self-produced cut from J.A.M.E.S. that he hit my inbox with earlier today: "this self-produced song tells the story of a superhero/secret agent type who's out to rid the world of all evildoing and malice. However, the track only explains the early part of his day, and the beginning of his mission, as I may choose to elaborate further on his adventures in the near future". The strings in the intro will definitely get you hype...

PS Photo credits go to Jameel Morrison.

[video] Behind The Scenes: Inverse

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The So True EP has hit a bit of a delay, but Tunji says it will be out today. To tide you over, check out these videos, taking during the sessions recording So True:

I'll post the EP later, when I get it.

Joulz Il "Imagine That (Pain Remix)"

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Joulz Il "Imagine That (Pain Remix)" (mirror): Word to Entity for hittimg me with her latest remix to Joulz Il's "Imagine That", which was featured on disc 2 of The Lighthouse Project. Here's her words on how this came about: "More recently we were checking out T-Pain's 'Thr33 Rings' Deluxe Edition album and noticed he had used the same sample I did on the original song for his song "Phantom". I bet Joulz Il could re-create T-Pain's rendition of the track and flip it and after that the rest is history."

Imagine that... hold tight, though. I have some more Joulz Il fire that is set to be dropped.

The TwoThousandAndMine Mix CD

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Remember when I hit you guys with the preview last week? I told you this was coming! Shouts to the Coast 2 Coast Mixtapes fam for posting this. Grab it now, and enjoy!

Small Eyez & Radiohead "Eye Reckon"

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Small Eyez & Radiohead - Eye Reckon/Wreck 'Em
All I'm saying is, you need this in your life. It's a bit leftfield, so its essentially right up my alley. Click the pic for the link, or head on over to Che Sing for the scoop.

[video] Cymarshall Law On VIMBY

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[video] Mazzi - Walking Blog #17

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Donwill "Star"

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Donwill "Star" (prod. by Von Pea): Here's a rough mix of a personal track from the homey Donwill. I feel him on this one - I actually lost the only grandmother I ever knew on December 29th, 1995, and the holidays still get me kind of bugged. Keep your head up, Don.

This is coming off the forthcoming Reiteration LP, which is being produced entirely by Von Pea. Let Don tell you all about it, though.

[video] eMC ft. Lady Bug "The Show"

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[video] Bow Wow "Roc Da Mic"

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Featuring Jermaine Dupri:

Theo "Roberta Flack Revisited"

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Theo "Roberta Flack Revisited" (prod. by Flying Lotus): If you checked out OnSMASH's Back 2 The Basics 2 mixtape, you heard a snippet of this track; I think this is the first time I've heard Theo sing (damn, DJ ternt rappa ternt sanga?), and it's pretty ill. The video for "Dillagence" is premiering OnSMASH tomorrow, felons. Keep it locked!

PS Now that I think of it, Theo told me about this track a week or 2 ago via Twitter; damn it's dope!

[video] J.A.M.E.S. Watts "The Gray Area" (commercial)

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Bonus Beats J.A.M.E.S. Watts ft. DJ Jae Dee "The Gray Area" (prod. by Golden Child)

Tigersapien "Right Angles"

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Tigersapien "Right Angles": Tigersapien is an Electro/Rock outfit out of Philly... and Brooklyn. They are down with the Shotgun Audio camp, and just finished an EP for Shotgun that's being released for free. Here are the first cuts from this EP; they have an ill vibe to them, kind of remind me of Chromeo, but with a bit more of the FUNK that I like to hear. Word is that Designer Drugs (aka the guys behind Shotgun Audio) remixed one of Tigersapien's tracks, so be on the lookout for that.

Also, that artwork is my shit right now.

Bonus Beats Tigersapien "Used To Be"

Pat-Lee "Fashion Gangsta"

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Pat-Lee "Fashion Gangsta" (prod. by The Best Kept Secret): I don't know what a fashion gangsta is, but I doubt I am one. One thing I do know is dope beats, and Alabama's own Pat-Lee knows how to rep over this one in just the right way.

Bonus Beats Pat-Lee "#1" (prod. by The Best Kept Secret)

[video] STS' Auto-Tune PSA

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Bonus Beats Sugar Tongue Slim "I Can't Believe It (DM 1.2 Remix)"

Reno Chinati "What You Gone Do"

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Reno Chinati "What You Gone Do" (prod. by Grant Parks): Here's leak two of 4 from Grant Parks' forthcoming Thou Shall Not Hate: A Change Has Come, Part 3. If you're feelin' this, you might want to head on over to FSD to vote for the Best Producer from Chicago for 2008; I'm kind of heated that J. Slikk isn't on the list, but to each his own!

related Pugs Atoms ft. Wes Restless "Sunset"

World Class Wrecking Crew "Guillotine"

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World Class Wrecking Crew "Guillotine": Brokn.Englsh, Internal Quest & Deal The Villain formed like Voltron to massacre the "Onslaught" instrumental. In terms of Hip-Hop, New Jersey is the state that never sleeps... and is not a state to be slept on!

And for those keeping score, here's the order that the MCs spit in: Myk Dyaleks/Lyriq To Go/Internal Quest/Deal The Villain/Cion Burris. Enjoy!

Jay-Z "Brooklyn (We Go Hard) (rock the dub VIP)"

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Jay-Z ft. Santogold, Joell Ortiz, Uncle Murda & Fabolous "Brooklyn (We Go Hard) (rock the dub VIP)": This blend does exactly what it says on the tin: Jay-Z is the lead-off batter, and down the line, each MC goes in on what they are to Brooklyn, and Hip-Hop in general. Came together pretty easy, I just wish that each one was truly CDQ - some of the mixdowns on each cut are off. C'est la vie!

PS I can't help but wish I was from Brooklyn, the way I rep MCs like B.I.G., ODB, Jay-Z, Mos Def and others. Whattup Elucid!?

Jansport J The 2 AM Tape

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Jansport J hit me on the 1st of Jan. about this tape that he's dropping today; here's his words on it: This project is an instrumental concept album revolving around all of the common characters, events, and thoughts that take place in the middle of the night...2 AM. The album provides a soundtrack to these events, and takes the listener through a journey through the goings on of 2 AM..

DOWNLOAD: sharebee \ zShare


01. The 2 AM
02. The Kickback
03. The Sweet Nothings
04. The Sex
05. The Munchies
06. The Grind
07. The Anxiety
08. The BreakUp
09. The OutLook
10. The Dippin Corners
11. The Pressure
12. The Wyno
13. The Shooter
14. The Get Her Back
15. The Prayer
16. The Death
17. The 6th Hour (6 AM)

If you like what you hear, make sure you check out J via his blog, as well as his MySpace page.

[video] Sean Price x Cymarshall Law

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Here's some video of the homey Cymarshall Law and one of my favorite MCs, Sean Price, locked in the studio working on the Vimby mixtape:

Word is this was produced by Cook Classics. Sounds like a heatrock!

[video] 8thW1 "Flawed" LIVE

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The homey 8thW1 links up with Che Grand and Von Pea to perform their cut "Flawed" LIVE at The Delancy in NYC on Dec. 29th, 2008:

Shouts to Ka5p for this video; he has a load of others from this night.

Joell Ortiz LIVE In Philly (Jan. 30th, 2009)

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Shouts to Aubrey @ Evergreen for hitting me with this flier. Looks like him and my homies over at Public Axis are collaborating for a dope show in Phillytown: Joell Ortiz and Fel Sweetenberg?! Fresh shit. You cats definitely need to check this one out if you're in the area!

[video] Katt Williams On New Years Eve

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I heard that Katt Williams went in on some people recently, but was waiting for video; check out these two clips, see for yourself:

Katt on Steve Harvey

Katt on T-Pain

I'm glad he spoke on the BET Hip-Hop Awards shit. Katt is still that dude.

Big S.I.N. "West Coast Shit"


Big S.I.N. "West Coast Shit" (prod. by Jackel Hyde): Here's another leak from that Mind Of A Mad Man mixtape, which is being hosted by Slip-N-Slide DJ J-Chase. This beat sounds just like it should - fresh - and S.I.N. continues to coast over these beats like only he can. Keep it locked for more from the Mad Man!

Gallic Wars Presents Po Politickin Volume 3

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Sink your teeth into this fresh new mixtape, hosted by Po, that features a host of new shit from the likes of Jadakiss, Lil' Scrappy, Serius Jones, Tame One, Cory Gunz and others!

DOWNLOAD (mirror)


1. Intro - Po
2. Grinding- Archie Eversole
3. 4 Da Fam Freestyle - Jadakiss
4. Diva Freestyle - Corp ft. Rafiq
5. Party Life Remix - Jay-Z ft. Jaiden "The Cure"
6. Tame One Interview (snippet)
7. Action Word - Tame One
8. Gamble On Me - Cory Gunz ft. T-Pain
9. Hustlers Anthem - Cashus C.R.E.A.M.
10. Impossible - Jamie Jones
11. Head in the Clouds - Roccett
12. Good Guy - Serius Jones
13. The Original White Folks Interview (snippet)
14. I'm Dat Nigga - B.O.B. ft T.I.
15. Get Paid - Lil Scrappy ft. Nell
16. Amalgam Money - Max B
17. Good Evening - King Kan and Product
18. Late Night Creep - Myko Slim
19. So Fly Remix - Baby Doll and Rafiq
20. Crazy - Deshara Renee
21. Oops.. Ya Head - Cashus C.R.E.A.M.
22. How You Like Me Now - Archie Eversole
23. Outro - Po
Bonus: My President Freestyle - Tito Lopez
Bonus: Hip Hop Party - Omega Red & KRS- One

'Nuff respect to the Gallic Wars camp for this one!

[video] Richard Raw LIVE

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Here's the homey Richard Raw performing live, acapella, in Delaware:

[video] Kaboose ft. Royce Da 5'9 "Goin' Outta Control"

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[video] House Of Repz "U Gotta Love Us"

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Vote Division East

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I'm a sucker for supporting NJ in anything I'm diggin;' the homies at Division East are currently battling in the Focus Skateboard Mag Face-Off Friday competition:

If you're digging that video, hit the link and vote for DivEast.

Black Jesus Is The Cure

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Excess Bangers 7: Internet Killed The Video Star

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Them Highbrid Nation cats are at it again with some of the newest latest cuts out there.



1. DJ Khaled Feat. T-Pain, Jay-Z & Kanye West - Go Hard (Remix)
2. Eminem - Crack A Bottle
3. Lloyd Banks - New P****
4. Jadakiss Feat. Faith Evans - Letter To Big
5. Three 6 Mafia Feat. Project Pat - Damn
6. Josh Xantus Feat. Busta Rhymes, Red Cafe & Jadakiss - Let's Ride
7. Ne-Yo - Can I Keep You Company
8. Stat Quo - Deliver Me
9. Freeway Feat. James Blunt - When I Die
10. G. Dep - Hold On
11. Termanology Feat. Sheek Louch, Joell Ortiz, Bun B, Saigon & Freeway - Say It
12. Freeway - I Wanna Be Free
13. Reks - System
14. Lloyd Banks - My Brother's Keeper
15. MC Lyte - Brooklyn
16. Print Feat. Mickey Factz - Super Friends
17. Freeway - Dont Tell Me Its Over
18. Skillz - 2008 Rap Up

Roll something and blast this, loud.

The Rub x 2008

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This is a tad late, but I just got put onto this via TSS:

Happy New Year everyone! 08 was great but we're gonna make 09 fine, and thanks for all of your support!

- To commemorate this year, and to get in the mood for New Year's Eve 2008, we put together a "Best Of 2008" mix for download. It's 2+ hours of our favorite jams of the year.



Q-Tip - Gettin Up
Erykah Badu - Soldier
The Roots ft Wale & Chrisette Michelle - Rising Up
B.o.B. - I'll Be In the Sky
Jadakiss ft Ne-Yo - By My Side
Lloyd ft Lil Wayne - Girls Around The World (DJ Ayres Blend)
Big Boi ft Raekwon & Andre 3000 - Royal Flush
Rick Ross ft T-Pain - The Boss
T-Pain - Can't Believe It (Benja Style Blend)
Movado - Am So Special
Serani - Play It Straight
Mavado - Money Changer + Get Money Remix
Lil Wayne ft T-Pain - Got Money (DJ Ayres Blend)
Stephen & Damion Marley - The Mission
Santogold - Creator
Ludacris ft T.I. - Wish You Would
Bun B ft Lil Wayne - Damn I'm Cold
Young Jeezy - My President
Big Tuck ft Trae & Slim Thug - Not A Stain On Me (Houston remix)
John Legend & Andre 3000 - Green Light
Tittsworth ft Pitbull & Nina Skye - Here He Comes (DJ Day remix)
Busta Rhymes - Don't Touch Me
Robin Thicke - Magic
Estelle - Wait A Minute (Just A Touch)
Q-Tip - Move
J-Boogie ft Zumbi of Zion I & Rithma - For Your Love
Raphael Saadiq - Never Give You Up
Marvin Gaye - What's Going On (DJ Day Alternative Mix)



Shawty Redd & Big Gipp - Drifter
Kanye West & Mr Hudson - Paranoid
Estelle - No Substitute Love (Treasure Fingers Remix)
Common & Pharrell - Universal Mind Control
Fully Fitted - 100 Million
Pase Rock - Get Money Kids (OG + Nacho Lovers Remix)
Treasure Fingers - Cross The Dancefloor (Laidback Luke remix)
A-Trak & Laidback Luke - Shake It Down
Blaqstarr - Get Your Handz Up (Nadastrom Remix)
Crookers - Big Money Comin
Fake Blood - Blood Splashing (Fake Blood Theme)
Boy 8-Bit - The Cricket Scores
Studio Apartment - I'm in Love (Rasmus Faber Epic Remix)
Osunlade ft Divine Essence - My Reflection (DJ Gregory Remix)
Surkin - White Knight 2
Nacho Lovers - Acid Life (DJ Eli Remix)
Juan Maclean - Happy House (Lee Douglas Remix)
Hercules & Love Affair - Blind (Frankie Knuckles Remix)
MGMT - Kids
Santogold - You'll Find A Way
Think Almost Twice - Chikiba
N.E.R.D. - You Know What

That about does it, no? Shouts to Cosmo Baker & The Rub.

The Admiral Deeper Than You Think


Praverb hit me with this instrumental album from The Admiral (aka 1/2 of Cold Legistics); here's Ad's words on how this came together: "The whole project was inspired by Madlib's Shades of Blue, I bought it on vinyl a few months ago and listened to "Montara" on it and it sparked the light. J-Dilla's production also provided inspiration for the project".



1. Dream
2. Sample Interlude
3. New Phenomenon
4. The Fourth Letter
5. The Dap Dip (Skit)
6. Soft Walking
7. Didn't Want To
8. Fox News
9. All I Ever Wanted
10. 2 Minute Break
11. What's Going On
12. Protect Your Investments
13. Watered Down
14. Deja Vu
15. Love
16. Traffic Interlude
17. Lost at Sea
18. Coming Home
19. Peace
20. I'm Gone

Leave a comment with your thoughts. Props to P-Viz for this one.

[video] A. Pinks "Spit Ya Game"

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This is taken from BET's The Deal:

[video] T-Pain ft. Chris Brown "Freeze"

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Skream vs. Mike Jones & Slim Thug

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Skream vs. Mike Jones & Slim Thug "Still Tippin' (championsoundshow THUGSTEP Refix)": There are two things that I love reading - that my blog is being read worldwide, and that cats have been influenced by stuff I post and working their own funk into it. This cat Duczi from championsoundshow in Poland sent over this fresh Thugstep take on Skream's "Hitch" and Mike Jones' massive hit, "Still Tippin'". I could see cats sippin' on 3, 4 cups of lean and rockin' to this. Refixes like this here = the true definition of rockin' the dub. Good show, fam!

January 2nd, 2009 playlist

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Happy new year... here's a grip of leaks from the past week, as per usual.




This week's BoomBoxxMixtape pick is something I was vibing too during that VH1 documentary on NWA, which I just watched over the holidays; I forgot how much I loved this track when it first came out:

Eazy E "We Want Eazy"

Enjoy your weekend. 2009 is on us, leanin'; get busy before you get bodied.

[video] Matisyahu, C-Rayz Walz & Kosha Dillz "Childhood" LIVE In NYC

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Bonus Beats C-Rayz Walz, Matisyahu & Kosha Dillz "Childhood"
related [rock the dub Interview]: Kosha Dillz

[video] Robbie Madison's New Year's Bike Jump

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This shit is wild:

This video didn't have one of his homies saying "Robbie Madison, you are the fucking man!", which ESPN couldn't bleep out on live TV.

Ilyas ft. Donwill & Von Pea "Real Hip Hop Don't Die"

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Ilyas ft. Donwill & Von Pea "Real Hip Hop Don't Die": Here's the first single from Ilyas' The Prelude, an album that he has set to drop later this month. It's a solo project from him, but includes from Von Pea, Sal Dali, Ill Poetic, Mysterious, Klimatic, and SlimKat. This cut features i-El linking up with his Tanya Morgan fam, and this shit knocks! No standing on the wall when this one drops!

Keep it locked to RTD for more info on The Prelude; props to Elucid for the assist.

Idle Warship "Try It On (howwedoitoverhere)"

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Idle Warship "Try It On (howwedoitoverhere)": Talib Kweli, Res & Graph Nobel keep this Idle Warship thing moving, going in over "How We Do It Over Here", which you probably didn't hear on Busta's The Big Bang album, because a lot of you slept on it. The Year Of The Blacksmith is definitely upon us; if you guys live out in LA, Idle Warship will be touching down for their first official LA show on January 16th at The Roxy on Sunset.

Shouts to Tunji for blasting this; speaking of Tunji, the new Inverse EP is set to drop on Monday, so keep your eyes peeled for that one.


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It looks like Freedom Entertainment (which is ran by Cymarshall Law, Skit Slam and The Beatnickz) are kicking off 2009 right with a mixtape entitled The TWOTHOUSANDANDMINE Mix CD, which will be mixed by DJ G.I. Joe. This tape will feature joints from Cy, Skit Slam, Pacewon, Supastition, El Da Sensei and Swedish Jazz singer Mary Lou. The homey Aubrey hit me with a few of the joints from this release; check them out:

I don't have word on when this drops, but once I get more info, I got you. Looks like Coast 2 Coast is in on this one too? Righteous!

Lil Fats Young Hustle Vol. 2


Shouts to Coast 2 Coast Mixtapes for the heads up; you can listen to the mixtape in its entirety here, and download via zShare.

J. Slikk The New Year's Gift Basket

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I was taking a nap and awoke to a gChat message from J. Slikk that looked exactly like this:

read my blog for the details!

Me being the curious nigga that I am, I hits up his MySpace blog and read the following:

For the first time in over 6 years, i did absolutely NOTHING on new years but watch Talledega Nights (SHAKE N BAKE lmao) for the 3rd time and a South Park marathon. I didn't even feel like counting down lol. It just got old for a year.

SO with my free time last night into the wee morning hours I cooked up 4 CD's worth of music for you!

GET EVERYTHING HERE..but read the description below!

1. An ep from Cy Yung made up mostly of joints from the earlier days of our collaborative efforts (circa 2005-07) in spirit of the big album coming!

2. An ep from R.O.E. again made up mostly of joints from the earlier days of our collaborative efforts (circa 2006-07) in spirit of the big album getting ready to get kicked off in the next few months!

3. An ep of some of my various Non-Hip hop (R&B, Soul etc.) collaborations ranging again from 2005-2008!


4. A BRAND NEW BEAT TAPE!!!!!!!!!! Although only loops, they're all long enough for anybody to get the point.

so there it is. 4 CD's for you to burn. 43 songs for your listening pleasure. and all 4 you on this new years day to kick your new year off!

things are only going to get better from here on all ends. For me AND you! Let's go out and get it for 09 and leave all the bullshit behind the best we can. It all starts today!

Dogs... a 12 track beat tape, EPs featuring classic material from Cy Yung and ROE, and a fresh compilation of R&B-flavored Slikk loveliness. You cannot go wrong with this one! BPA, what?!!?

Cy Yung ft. Hanan "Special"

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Cy Yung ft. Hanan "Special" (prod. by Centric): Here's a special treat; I'd been telling you about Cy Yung & Centric's forthcoming album, Back 2 Lyfe; here's the first single to that monster. BPA is putting some serious wheels in motion... consider the door being opened!


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Birdman & Lil' Wayne vs. Luke Envoy "Stuntin' Like My Daddy (DJ Nappy THUGSTEP Refix)": This particular refix is one of the best THUGSTEP jawns DJ Nappy did, and it's also one of the most hated by the "proper" Dubstep community; I believe Luke Envoy himself wasn't feeling this one. In my eyes, this is an anthem, for those who are trying to get those ends, trying to floss their wears, and just rock the dub with a styrofoam cup. Stunt on, fam.

Ill Poetic "Souled Out"

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Ill Poetic ft. Reef The Lost Cauze & Eternia "Souled Out": Props to Ill Poetic for sending out this joint; this trio recorded this while on tour in Europe last year. They merk this massive beat, best believe.

Remembering Pun

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Listening to the most recent Juan Epstein made me think about Big Pun and old school Noreaga. I grabbed some shit last night, but hit YouTube, searching for some clips. Just creep with me as we rock these. I don't wanna say we need a new Pun, but where the suave, gangsta-ass Puerto Rocks at?

Big Pun & Fat Joe "Twinz" (Live)

Big Pun ft. Donnell Jones "It's So Hard"

Big Pun ft. Tony Sunshine "100%"

Noreaga ft. Nature, Big Pun, Cam'ron, Styles & Jadakiss "Banned From TV"

What's your favorite Pun shit?

DALLASPENN.COM Economic Bailout Program

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[video] Strong Arm Steady "Night After Night (Stripper Pole)"

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Inta 2009

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2009 is our year. 2008 is gone, and hopefully we grow into a better people and a better nation. I'm thankful for my wife and kids, my family, and for everyone who is down for the cause, from peers to readers. Mad love to you and yours in this new year. This shot of Absolut is yours.

Botchmania 64

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Mick Boogie x Terry Urban - Cornerstone Mixtape #112

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Here's a best of 2008 mixtape from the homey Mick Boogie and Terry Urban.



Intro (6th Sense)
So Fly (Slim f Biggie - Mick Boogie Mix)
Announcement (Common f Biggie - Mick Boogie Mix)
I Luv Your Girl (Dream f Jay-Z MB/TU Mix)
Paper Planes (MIA - Terry Urban Mix)
Swagger Like Us (Jay-Z - Mick Boogie Transition)
Jockin My Wonderwalls (Jay-Z & Oasis)
Diamond Girl (Ryan Leslie f Kanye West - Mick Boogie Mix)
Paris Tokyo (Lupe Fiasco f CL Smooth - Mick Boogie Mix)
Girls Around (Lloyd f Rakim - MB/TU Mix)
Drivin Down The Block (Kidz In The Hall f/ El-P)
Gettin Up (Q-Tip)
Milli (Lil Wayne - Wonder/Excel Mix)
Love Lockdown (Kanye West f LMFAO)
Falsetto (Dream - Terry Urban Mix)
Day N Night (Kid Cudi f Jay-Z - Terry Urban Mix)
Lollirock (Lil Wayne & Kanye West - Kickdrums Remix)
Dangerous (Kardinal f Akon)
The Boss (Rick Ross f Lil Wayne - Mick Boogie Mix)
Out Here Grindin (Khaled)
My President (Young Jeezy f Nas)
Black President (Nas f Young Jeezy)
American Boy (Estelle f Jay-Z and NERD - Terry Urban Mix)
Everyone Knows (NERD - Sammy Bananas Remix)
Dont Touch Me Remix (Busta Rhymes f Nas)
Magic (Robin Thicke f Jay-Z - Mick Boogie Mix)
The Light 08 (Common)
How We Rock (Termanology f Bun B)
Rising Down (The Roots f Mos Def & Styles)
Viagra (88 Keys and Kanye West)
Midnight 08 (Q-Tip)
Go All Out (9th Wonder and Buckshot)

I'd say this is pretty much all that needs to be said. Via ThePressPlayShow.

Wordsmith The 2008 Resolution & Re-Cap Mixtape

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Wordsmith is like the epitome of gridning. Dude is consistently out there, making moves, putting out that good music, and getting loads of love. For his latest mixtape with HipHopDX, he goes in on a host of cuts he released throughout the year. If this is your first time getting into Words, get ready to have a perfect mix of thought and funk thrown at you, all expertly mixed by DJ Dublee.



01 The First 6 Months (prod. Capish)
02 Not A Second to Waste (prod. Street Level)
03 Senor Wordsmith (prod. Strada)
04 Hip Hop’s Cold Shoulder f. Black Knight & Excetera (of The Camp) (prod. Strada)
05 The Mic Breaker f. Kontact & Black Knight (prod. Professa)
06 Judged in Da Cipha f. RhymeZwell & Black Knight (prod. Professa)
07 Game, Set, Point f. Skyzoo, UnLearn, Donny Goines & RAtheMC (prod. Street Level)
08 Levitation f. D-Dub, Kontact & Black Knight (prod. Professa)
09 The Ghost In My Dreams (prod. Guilty J)
10 That Feel Good Flow 2: The Goodness (prod. Rednaz Beats)
11 Peaceful Journey: Blue Waters f. Kimia Collins (prod. Strada)
12 Wordz for Remediez (rmx) 2004 (prod. Wigged Wax) [BONUS]

Via HipHopDX.

Skillz "Rap-Up 2008"

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Skillz "Rap-Up 2008": You already know what the deal is with this one. Skillz will always be one of my favorite MCs, and I love that he is keeping this series going!

Via Mr. X.

EDIT Rizoh has uploaded all of Skillz' Rap-Ups, from 2002 through now.

K-Murdock The Producer's Showcase EP

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Here's a free EP of cuts from Panacea's K-Murdock, brought to you by Funkadelic Freestyles & Start.Of.The.Line. jben.ok got the OK to post these cuts for free, and he's blessed us with this teaser to the forthcoming Panacea remix album (The Re-Route), which drops on Jan. 20th.



1. Nicolay & Kay - As The Wheel Turns (K-Murdock Remix feat. Raw Poetic)
2. 51 Band - Spiritbomb (feat. Raw Poetic) [Prod. by K-Murdock]
3. Jay-Z - Say Hello (K-Murdock Streets of Rage Remix)
4. Random - The Beatdown [Prod. by K-Murdock]
5. Braille - Playing My Role [Prod. by K-Murdock and Cuts by Damu]
6. Ebony Bed - Skyscraper [Prod. by K-Murdock]

Don't even try to sleep on this!

Entity Starr Production Sampler 4Q

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Entity Starr is one producer you should not be sleeping on, and one that I hope gets more shine in 2009. She uploaded a sampler on the 19th, and I forgot to post it. Here it is.

[video] Statik Selektah "Get Out The Way"

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Featuring Bun B & Cory Mo:

DJ Cable's Weekly Mix #52

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The homey DJ Cable has done it; he's flipped a mix for every week of 2008, in varying styles, and has done it well. I have to say, my nudging him to do a DnB mix is how this one came about. He drops some of the years best (including the mighty "Tear You Down"), and does it in fine quality.



01. Auld Lang Syne Intro....
02. DJ Hazard - Machete
03. Original Sin - D For Danger
04. Matrix & Futurebound Feat. Cat Knight - Reflection
05. Total Science - Stone Love
06. Brookes Brothers - Tear You Down
07. Agent Alvin Feat. Fiasco - Don't Look Back
08. High Contrast - Magic
09. Lenzman - String City
10. Nu: Tone Feat. Natalie Williams - System (Matrix & Futurebound Remix)
11. Brookes Brothers Vs. Futurebound - Dawn Treader
12. Chase & Status - Take Me Away

All you need, really. Big up again to the one like Cable; 2009 will be even more fresh, I'm sure!

rock the dub presents DJ Mayday

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Due to some unforeseen circumstances, I ended up a) becoming the Editor over at Dogs On Acid, and b) needed an Assistant Editor. My boy Jeryl put me on to this magnificent writer straight out of Canada by the name of Cara. She hooks up the ill feature work, as well as reviews, but I then found out that homegirl is a DJ by the name of Mayday. She flips all styles, and one of them happens to be Drum & Bass. Over the last few months, Cara and I have become fast friends, helping each other out, trading music and the like. She hit me off with this quick mix of her favorite picks for 2008, focusing on the DnB side of things, and she's hooked up some top selections!

DOWNLOAD (mirror)


[01] Top Cat - The Sweetest Thing (Benny Page and Marcus Visionary Mix)
[02] Chase and Status - Music Club
[03] Dope Ammo and Shortston - Better Believe (Muffler Remix)
[04] Clipz - Loud and Dirty feat Shiv
[05] Cause for Concern - Never Acid Again (*Mayday's Pick for Tune of the Year*)
[06] Break - Is This What You Want?
[07] Shimon and Sparfunk - The Smoker
[08] Fortress - Captivity
[09] Noisia - Stigma
[10] Dieselboy, Evol Intent and Ewun - Midnight Express

Once again, thanks to DJ Mayday for this nice and tidy mix; massive respect to Uriela for the cover art; cap off your New Year's Eve funkery with this one!

[video] Mikkey Halsted ft. Kaye Fox "Karma"

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previous Mikkey Halsted ft. Kaye Fox "Karma"

[video] ATV#7: Edo G

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Digiwaxx Presents "Go Hard Or Go Home" Cypher

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This went down on December 18th, and featured spitters like A.Pinks, Emilio Rojas, Che Grand, Donny Goines, Gata, David Rush, Goods and Murda Mook:

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Most Official I'm Your Guy EP

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Mikkey Halsted ft. Kaye Fox "Karma"

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Mikkey Halsted ft. Kaye Fox "Karma" (prod. by No I.D.): Shouts to Andrew FSD for hooking up this latest leak from Halsted's forthcoming Chicago: The Photo Album debut. Word is a video for this cut will be dropping sometime this week. Shouts to FSD for consistently dropping that Chicago heat, whether its fresh exclusives like this or vaulted gems that no one else is putting out there.

rock the dub presents Just Jeryl


My "Best of" 2008 series would hardly be complete without some Drum & Bass. One of the cats who I consider as a mentor is the one like Jeryl. He's helped me get my foot into the DnB journalism (hey, stop snickering!) door, and is probably one of THEE voices in terms of what's hot or not, whether you like it or not. So, asking him to hit me with a mix of his favorite cuts of 2008 is no nonsense - I know the quality is there. Now, instead of me blabbing on about him and this mix, let me just hit you with his words about each track...

01. Bjork - All Is Full of Love (Chris.SU Remix)

This isn't out yet, but it got sent to me in 2008 and it's literally one of the most beautiful tracks I've heard in a long time. Hungary's finest export since, um, whatever else the hell Hungary exports, slides in a smoothed out reese bass and subtle trance elements with Bjork's inimitable vocal stylings floating over the top. Stunning.

02. Break - Destiny Comes Ringing

Easily one of my favourite producers of the year, Break knows how to throw down proper dance floor destroying drum & bass that never delves into cheese. This piece on Commercial Suicide was a cornerstone of my sets from the moment I got my hands on a TP.

03. Chase & Status - Streetlife

These boys know a thing or two about diversity and this track from their debut album 'More Than Alot' is without doubt one of my favourites. Simple but highly effective, the bassline is deadly deep!

04. Alix Perez - Stray

I've loved Alix' tunes for a long time but something about 'Stray' grabbed me more than usual for some reason. Maybe it's the pure simplicity, the effortless class that seems to drizzle itself over the edges of this track. Who knows, or cares? Beautiful music.

05. Spectrasoul - Alibi

My boys Spectrasoul have been on fire for a good while now. 'Alibi' is easily their best tune in my opinion though, it's just got absolutely everything you could want, a touch of soul, nice production and some filthy bass. This one dropped on Kasra's Critical Music label earlier this year.

06. Brookes Brothers - Tear You Down

Oh lord! Easily the biggest drum & bass track of the year, played by everyone and their mother including daytime playlisting on Radio 1, this track is a fat slab of unashamed dancefloor goodness. Brimming with hefty beats and bass all topped with a slight sprinkling of cheese which is enough to get your mum bopping along to it while not turning your stomach in disgust.

07. Telemetrik & Black Sun Empire - Magnet

I nearly pissed my pants when I first heard this beauty. Released on Telemetrik's debut album 'My Lightyear', this one is absolutely disgusting and features more twists and turns than a labyrinth designed by Escher.

08. Break - Is This What You Want?

I wanted to add a track from Break's rather awesome album and this one instantly stood up and begged to be included. The bass on this one when it drops is just stupid, so incredibly heavy it's not even funny.

09. Unknown - Greater Love

I heard this track on one of Kasra's studio mixes ages and ages ago but it finally came out on a sneaky white label this year and it practically made me moist with excitement. Such a great little bootleg, now, if someone could just remind me what the original is, it's been doing my head in for weeks!

10. Roni Size & DJ Die - Music Box (Sigma Remix)

Without doubt one of the finest updates of a track I've heard in a long time. When I first heard "Music Box remix..." and "Sigma" in the same sentence I was a little concerned as I'd only heard quite in your face dancefloor tracks from them, which is fine, but not what you want in a remix of a jungle classic. Thankfully they completely respected the original and worked out a tidy little rework that supposedly closes the book on the Full Cycle release schedule for good.

11. D.Kay - Wax'd (Remix)

My favourite Austrian steps up with a massive rework of 'Wax'd' for the Metalheadz Platinum Series album, and it doesn't disappoint. So many good tracks on that LP but this one overshadows them all for pure amen and LFO bassline fun. Dutty like Ken (that one's for you, XO).

12. Zero T ft. Steo - Walk Away

Literally made sex mess in my pants when I first heard it. The sampler to Zero T's incredibly Irish debut album 'Cheap Shots' released on CIA earlier this year, this one is all about that incredible vocal and warm, warm bass notes. Slick liquid business.


I only made this mix 12 tracks long for a few reasons, firstly because I'm marginally lazy, secondly because I thought it was rather neat that it represented a different track for each month of the year, but thirdly because there were so many other great tunes I just couldn't fit in for one reason or another, either they just didn't mix in key or the vibes were too different etc. So to finish things up I want to shout out to Apex and the Lifted Music crew, definitely wanted to slip something from them in, and Blame for 'Stay Forever', I didn't even include any of my Westbay releases so a big shout to Nathan and all the family. Can't wait to hear my favourite tunes of 2009!

DOWNLOAD Just Jeryl's DnB Best of 2008 Mini Mix (mirror)

Those of you who don't know how to keep up with Jeryl, I'd suggest becoming a fan of him, and of the Westbay Music Group, which he runs with Atlantic Connection. If you want to learn more about Jeryl , check out this "anti-interview" a lot of us did with him earlier this year. Once again, my homegirl Uri did the awesome cover art; hit up her new blog to see more of her sick designs, and get info on how to request her services. Enjoy!