Archive for 07/01/2009 - 08/01/2009

Che Grand "King ✖ Grand"

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Che Grand "King ✖ Grand": Che Grizzly flipped Dilla's "King" on Friday, only to then hear about Baatin's passing the following day. Rest in power to all the soldiers we've lose.

MP3 spotted over on Xclusives Zone.

Botchmania 85

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Botchmania 84

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Botchmania 81

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[video] Major Lazer "Pon De Floor"

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Here's a link that's not embeddable for whatever reason.

[video] Road To The Release Episode #9

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[video] Black Milk Broadcast: R.I.P. BAATIN

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Eve "Me N My (Up N Da Club)"

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Eve "Me N My (Up N Da Club)" (prod. by Salaam Remi & Benga): I was totally prepared to ignore this track. Eve hasn't excited me... ever. Then I saw Mista Jam tweet about dropping this on the radio soon, and I said "wait, Benga produced this!?!?!?"; Benga's Diary of An Afro Warrior was my shit, and I KNOW his contribution has been used previously, if nowhere but on that very disc! Hip-Hop has found another convert, eh? What'd Salaam Remi do to this, exactly - sounds just like the original Benga jawn... I'm at work, can't confirm WTF the original is, but when I get home I'll update.

MP3 via TSS.

Bonus Beats Benga "E Trips"... someone let me know what Salaam Remi did with this track, if anything? Maybe I'm the only one who cares, or noticed (well, aside from Dart Adams), but it perplexes me. Can Benga not stand alone, or did Remi really throw some magic in there?

Lessondary "We're All In Power"

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Lessondary "We're All In Power": Elucid told me yesterday that he'd have a leak for me today, and I wasn't sure what to expect. "We're All In Power" is taken from the Lessondary crew's forthcoming Lessondary Radio project, which finds them flippin' cuts from Exile's Radio album (remember DIS!!??!). Given the flavor of this track, I'm extra hype to hear more - these niggas sound perfect over this one. Damn.

And not for nothing, but Dondub blacked out on this one.

Wordsmith "Half Bar, Half Amazing"

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Wordsmith "Half Bar, Half Amazing" (prod. by Strada): This is the third leak (the second is below) from Words' forthcoming The Overdue & Underrated mixtape, which drops August/September 2009 via HipHopDX & 2dopeboyz. Bridging The Gap hits retail stores this month, as well, and is available on iTunes right now!

Bonus Beats Wordsmith "The Great" (prod. by Street Level)

Brown Bag AllStars "Make Way (J57 Remix)"

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Brown Bag AllStars "Make Way (J57 Remix)": Latest joint from the Brown Bag Season culminates with the release of The Brown Tape, a mixtape that the BBAS released with Coalmine Records on iTunes (cop it today); J57's "Make Way" remix (cuts from DeeJay Element) is one of the two iTunes bonus cuts, so make sure you grab that tape early and support that quality ish out thee. Shouts to KONCEPT and J who hit me on the batphone last night, 7 beers in.

Oh No Ethiopium Snippets Mix

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Shouts to the homies at Stones Throw for hitting me with this snippets mix. Oh No is doing an album using Ethiopian samples entitled Dr. No's Ethiopium (that Oxperiment album was my ish). He's done a snippet mix of the album, and I recommend you rock to this today.

DOWNLOAD Oh No Ethiopium Snippets Mix

L.e. "Bulldog BMX"

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L.e. "Bulldog BMX": Honesty is me telling you I'd never heard one Fly Union track... not one I remember, anyways. Honesty is me not really knowing what to expect when TC told me to peep these tracks. Honesty is me telling you that this track is bangin', and you should check for dude's The Anti-Parachute Theory mixtape, which is endorsed by Nike and drops sometime this month.

Bonus Beats L.e. ft. J. Rawls & DJ O. Sharp "American Idol"

Quite Nyce "Breaking Point (A.I.P. Remix)"

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Quite Nyce ft. Q-Unique & Seek "Breaking Point (A.I.P. Remix)": Quite's Hello, My Name is Quite Nyce mixtape drops on the 16th, and this third leak was a pleasant surprise! Many of you underground Hip-Hop fans should've been up on The Arsonists, so you know how Q-Unique gets down. I love the beat on this one - great sunshine day, waking up for work type music. Rock to this in your cubicles today.

previous Quite Nyce "This Is My Life"

Juju ft. Don Carlos "Young Girl"


Juju ft. Don Carlos "Young Girl": Shouts to KNOWxONE for hitting me with this pleasant surprise. Dubstep and DnB fans should know how Juju gets down, and for those who are fans of Black Uhuru, Don Carlos' voice should be a pleasant surprise. I'm not sure how these two got together, but this is a fat slice of roots-flavored dubstep for your earholes. Boh!

EDIT Photo credit: Marcus Rydling.

Azage "Whatever You Want"

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Azage "Whatever You Want": Azage's Bars Outbreak continues on, with Consequence's new record getting rinsed. This project is kind've like a beast machine, don't you think?

[video] Good Hair trailer


FH Interview: Tanya Morgan

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Just wanted to hit you guys with my interview with Tanya Morgan for Flawless Hustle. Of course we touched down on Brooklynati, as well as get some info on what they have cracking for the future - crazy solo projects. Lessondary album as well! Shouts to audibletreats for hookin' this up.

Jay-Z Blueprint 3 Cover+Tracklist(?)

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Why did Hov go all 808's and Bjork odd on the cover? I'm really not feeling this. Peep the tracklist.

1. What We Talking About (Produced by Kanye West)
2. D.O.A. (Produced by No I.D.)
3. Weigh Me Down Feat. Kid Cudi (Produced by Kanye West)
4. Unforgiven (Produced by Kanye West, Additional Production: MGMT)
5. Run This Town Feat. Rihanna & Kanye West (Produced by Kanye West)
6. Empire State Of Mind Feat. Nas (Produced by Kanye West & No I.D.)
7. When It Comes To This (Produced by Timbaland)
8. Always Feat. Drake (Produced by Kanye West)
9. Scenes From The Past (Produced by No I.D., Co-produced by Kanye West)
10. Everyday A Star Is Born Feat. Mr. Hudson (Produced by Kanye West)
11. Already Home (Produced by Kanye West)
12. Forever Young Feat. Mr. Hudson (Produced by Kanye West)
13. Thank You (Produced by No I.D.)

Bonus Tracks:
14. Sound Of The 70s (Produced by Kanye West)
15. We Made History (Produced by Kanye West)

What's Timbaland doing on this? Why do I not feel good with "additional production" credits from MGMT? I'm losing hope on this one. 2009 has been a bust in terms of quality Hip-Hop releases... at least from major labels. My favorite albums are free. Via 2DBz.

EDIT RapRadar has a good point: there's still a month until Blueprint 3 drops; everything is subject to change, so don't be surprised if this cover and/or the tracklist changes by September 11th.

EDIT Here's the most recent tracklist, via Nah Right:

1. What We Talkin’ About (Feat. Luke Steele of Empire of the Sun) (Produced By Kanye West and No I.D.)
2. Thank You (Produced By Kanye West and No I.D.)
3. D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune)” (Produced By No I.D.)
4. Run This Town (Feat. Kanye West and Rihanna) (Produced By Kanye West & No I.D.)
5. Empire State of Mind (Feat. Alicia Keys) (Produced By Al Shux)
6. Real as It Gets” (Feat. Young Jeezy) (Produced By The Incredibles)
7. On to the Next One (Feat. Swizz Beatz) (Produced By Swizz Beatz)
8. Off That (Feat. Drake) (Produced By Timbaland)
9. A Star is Born (Feat. J. Cole) (Produced By Kanye West and No I.D.)
10. Venus vs. Mars (Produced By Timbaland)
11. Already Home (Feat. Kid Cudi) (Produced By Kanye West)
12. Hate (Feat. Kanye West) (Produced By Kanye West)
13. Reminder (Produced By Timbaland)
14. So Ambitious (Feat. Pharrell) (Produced By The Neptunes)
15. Young Forever (Feat. Mr Hudson) (Produced By Kanye West)

Old Money "Ackee & Saltfish"

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Old Money "Ackee & Saltfish": Here's the first leak from Old Money's forthcoming No. 1 Champion Sound EP. This shit bangs. Lovin' their hybrid sound... every track gets 'nuff spins from me, trust.

Yes, Old Money and Das Racist will be touching down at the Bowery Ballroom on Thursday, August 6th. Advanced copies of No. 1 Champion Sound (complete w/ show-only exclusive tracks) will be sold. Advanced tickets can be purchased via Ticketmaster. More info over on Facebook.

[video] Lotus & Troy Dunnit "Fly With Me" [trailer]

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previous Who Is Anti-Cupid?

[video] Quest MCODY "Get'em Cody"

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[video] The Paxtons In NYC (7/21/2009)

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These clips are from their WORK release at Atmos in NYC on July 21st:

"Just Tonight" with RaTheMC & AP:

The rest of the set:

Tef Poe The Redeemer


Here's the latest batch of tracks from STL's Tef Poe. Dude's recently opened up for Lupe Fiasco, rockin' 5K Hip-Hop fans, and I have a feeling his stock is only going to rise. Loads of new production on this tape, mainly by the homey Tech Supreme & the nigga Black Spade.

DOWNLOAD Tef Poe The Redeemer

[video] Crew54 "Pay Us No Mind"

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Bonus Beats Crew54 "Pay Us No Mind"

Wordspit "Joystick Madness"

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Wordspit "Joystick Madness": Here's the first leak from Spit's The Coolest Bboi Stance, which drops on August 24th. I must admit, I'm a sucker for dope Hip-Hop tracks that place an emphasis on video gaming. I grew up on both, so when they get together, I geek out. Spit goes in, with loads of bits thrown in for those who loved Street Fighter as a kid.

I wish there was an arcade near me...

[video] Mac Miller "Got A Clue"

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This is dope. The female in the video has an ill look, too. "Got A Clue" is taken from The Jukebox Mixtape; props to (long-time) reader Matty C on the assist.


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Two for one today; the month of July was nutzo for me. I went to LA at the end of June, and when I got back I just felt SWAMPED. I got ish done, but absentmindedly forgot to post the FOTM for July '09 a month ago, so its in here alongside this month's FOTM. Dirty beats...

Yung Joc vs. Juju "Going Down (DJ Nappy Extended THUGSTEP Refix)": "beat in my trunk, bought it just fo da freaks"; so goes Joc's intro into the game. This uptempo banger from Juju sounds tailor-made for Joc's party-ready anthem. Can you still do that motorcycle move?

Rich Boy vs. Benga "Throw Some D's (DJ Nappy Extended THUGSTEP Refix)": Rich Boy's entrance into the game came from this Cadillac-lovin' ode to the pursuit of twinkies. That bottom-heavy riddim from Benga should have the block rockin' when it pumps through your speakerbox, trust. Polow Da Don even comes off on this one!

RIP Baatin

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This is going to be the soundtrack to August, trust.

EDIT AHH's report on Baatin's passing; looks like T3 confirmed earlier this week that Baatin had rejoined Slum Village.

EDIT Straight Bangin' has some notable jams from SV up now.

EDIT The above shot is a pic from Mel D Cole, of Slum Village and Pete Rock from this year's Rock The Bells.

EDIT The Detroit Free Press has posted an article on Baatin's passing.

EDIT All Hip-Hop has a piece up today; was Baatin smoking crillz?

Death Of Anterior Cruciate Ligaments

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Ever since "D.O.A." dropped, Enigmatik and myself will gchat new lyrics to the song, some funnier than others. Here's a lil' ditty we drafted (working title "D.O.A.C.L.") this morning, while reflecting on Drake's recent injury:

only nigga to dance on stage, fall on his face
"Drake is illest rapper"?, get ya leg replaced
hold up!


(good riddance)

niggas turns ain't tight
his left ain't right
screaming in pain all night


Grab the instrumental and fill in the gaps.

Botchmania 83

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Botchmania 82

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Excess Bangers 37: Get Reigned On

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Newest latest from the Highbrid Nation camp. They blasted this last night, but I was in the True Blood zone, realizing what I can't get into.



01. Eminem - The Warning
02. Lloyd Banks - They Mad
03. Drake ft. Saukrates - The Search
04. Lil Wayne - Million Dollar Baby
05. Freeway - Free Moolah
06. Gucci Mane ft. Yo Gotti & Slim - Strong
07. Havoc – H Is Back
08. Crooked I - 8-11 (Pt. 2)
09. Lloyd Banks - Best Kept Secret
10. KiD CuDi - Call Me Moon Man
11. Lil’ Scrappy - Black Diamonds
12. Raekwon feat. Inspectah Deck, Ghostface Killah & Method Man - House of Flying Daggers
13. Lloyd Banks - Lights, Camera, Packin’
14. Freeway feat. Shay - Grindin
15. DJ Honda ft. Mos Def - Magnetic Arts
16. Fat Joe Ft. Pleasure P – Aloha
17. Peedi Crakk - Smile (You Mad)
18. Cory Gunz - Plenty Money
19. The TC’s ft. Snoop Dogg - Shut You Down

Happy August!

[video] Jay-Z At All Points West

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"Run This Town"


Props to illRoots. HHNM had more footage.

[video] Playaz Circle "Look What I Got"

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[video] Drake Collapses During Concert

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Miss Info has all the details. Gotty has some insight.

[video] 50 Cent "Touch Me"

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[video] Pitbull "Hotel Room Service"

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[video] Hardcore Gentlemen "Hardcore Gentlemen"

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Bonus Beats Hardcore Gentlemen "Hardcore Gentlemen"

Friday, July 31st 2009 playlist

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Enjoy these, I'm over here trying to figure out what's up with this Slaughterhouse album.


RTD_PLAYLIST_(7-24-2009-7-30-2009).zip ~915MB


Shouts to Michelle at audibletreats for putting me onto this cat...

K'Jon "On The Ocean"

Enjoy your weekend, fam. Keep it cool.

Slaughterhouse ft. Fatman Scoop "Onslaught 2"

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Slaughterhouse ft. Fatman Scoop "Onslaught 2" (prod. by Emile): August 11th came two weeks early... I'm not sure if this one bodies the original, but I mess with this, even though I'm not sure why Fatman Scoop (sans Crooklyn Clan) is on this. Ortiz FTW, by the way.

Oh, and the album sounds like just what you think it would, for good or ill. I'd do a vivid review, but Enigmatik's live-blog of his first listen mirrors my thoughts.

previous Slaughterhouse "Cuckoo"

Raekwon "House of Flying Daggers"

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Raekwon ft. Inspectah Deck, Ghostface Killah & Method Man "House of Flying Daggers" (prod. by J Dilla): Here's a clean CDQ version from the homey nation. Damn.

EDIT Dirty CDQ via Nah Right.

previous Raekwon "House of Flying Daggers" [radio rip]

[video] Shakira "She Wolf"

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Raekwon "House of Flying Daggers" [radio rip]

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Raekwon ft. Inspectah Deck, Ghostface Killah & Method Man "House of Flying Daggers (radio rip)" (prod. by J Dilla): First off, shouts to Alex at Killer Beez for this one. Now, I have to be real with you - I've been getting sick of the hype Chef has been getting. I want OB4CL2, not to hear him speak on it every other day. This is more like it. Over a HYPE, driving Dilla instrumental, they revisit the "Clan In The Front" hook and see all four of these niggas wild the fuck out, lyrically. Everyone sounds like they need to. While I'm not going to bug out and think the album is God's gift before I hear it, I'm definitely rockin' with this one.

Bonus Beats Angela Yee Interviews Raekwon [via Team Yee]

EMS x RTD: ThrowBack Thursday 012

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M-Dot & Grime "You Know My Steeze Freestyle": No one can explain it better than the homey Rev... "So week 12 of EMSxRTD is upon us and this week I bring to you a raw cut that screams "East Coast" from the beat the the hard boom-bap rhymes. Some of you will recognize the beat from Gangstarr's "You Know My Steeze" and M-Dot & Grime decided to bless it for a French Mixtape by DJ Quash. Check out this dope cut, I'm telling you this isn't one to miss if you are a fan of multi-syllable rhyming and hard hitting punchlines. If you enjoy this, then check out M-Dot & Grime's album "Neighborhood Knock" which was presented week 2 of EMSxRTD".

[video] Jeremih "Imma Star (Everywhere We Are)"

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Oddisee "We On To Something"

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Oddisee "We On To Something": Check out the first leak from FWMJ’s Rappers I Know x Funkadelic Freestyles Volume 1: The Off Season, a mixtape that will be dropping on August 4th. This project features all new and original music from artists like Oddisee, Danny Brown, X.O., Finale, Kay of The Foundation, Che Grand, Senor Kaos & DJ Spinna, Trackademicks, Akrobatik, Mr. Lif. Christ. Dynamite MC is on it, too. Fuck. This is going to be the joint!

Eminem "The Warning"


Eminem "The Warning": Damn, this is the Eminem I love hearing. I'd had "Nail In The Coffin" stuck in my head over the last week - wasn't expecting this at all. Damn. So many quottables. Em won, and this shit BETTER not be over!

MP3 via Nah Right; shouts to RapRadar.

FuseBox Radio (Week of July 30th, 2009)

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Direct mp3 Download (right click and "save as")
Direct mp3 Download Backup (right click and "save as"; via Blip.TV)

This is the latest episode of the syndicated FuseBox Radio Broadcast with DJ Fusion & Jon Judah for the week of July 29, 2009 with some new and classic Hip-Hop & Soul Music, news and commentary.

Our commentary this week focused on the latest happenings with the Dr. Henry Louis Gates arrest and it's implications in the mainstream media and beyond in regards to people dealing seriously with race & class issues, the Nas/Kelis divorce settlement and some other things here and there.

This week we don't have new Black Agenda Report segment. The Direct EFX segments will return at the end of the HBCU's college summer break period in September.

Feel free to check out some recent episodes of the syndicated FuseBox Radio Broadcast here on - all of the shows are clean/radio friendly.

FuseBox Radio Playlist for the Week of July 29, 2009 (in no particular order)

45 King feat. Lakim Shabazz/When A Wize Man Speaks/White Label
DJ Hurricane feat. Public Enemy & Money Mark/Freeze The Frame/TVT
The Jacksons/That What You Get (For Being Polite)/CBS
Rakim/Holy Are You/RA Records & SMC Recordings
General Steele feat. Buckshot/A Toast to Bucktown/Duckdown
MC Lyte/Rocking With the Beat/
Jay Electronica/Exhibit A/Decon
The Roots/How I Got Over/Okayplayer & Def Jam
Georiga Ann Muldrow/Roses Pt. 2/E1
Nappy Roots feat. Anthony Hamilton/Down 'N Out/Nappy Roots Entertainment Group
Nucci Reyo/Plain Ol' Jealousy/G State Ent.
Red Cafe feat. Pete Rock/Heart & Soul/Konkrete Kaos
Poison Pen/BK's Fat Boy/Gold Dust Media & K7
Freeway/Freeway's Beard/Free Money
Enoch 7th Prophet feat. Zay/Sick 'N Tired/Divine Chakra Edutainment
Sonny Bonoho/Judge Brown/Blackworld Ent. & TwentyFifty
Hustle Simmons feat. U City/Raise The Bar/Bee Eater Recordings
B.o.B. feat. Playboy Tre & Killer Mike/Say What You Want/White Label (
Phil Ade/Going Off/368 Music
Ashy L Bowz/Hood/ODS Management
Lil' Jon feat. Swizz Beatz & Snoop Dogg/I Do (inst.)/Universal Republic
Tanya aka T6/Get It Off (inst.)/Vacant Lot
Arab feat. OJ Da Juiceman/Kitchen Musik (inst.)/Angry Chimp Music Group
Black DaDa/I'm A Zoe (inst.)/Universal Republic
T.I. feat. Rhianna/Live Your Life (inst.)/Grand Hustle & Atlantic

PLUS Some Extra Special Hidden Tracks in the Jon Judah Master Mix w/ Old School Classics and more Independent Music Finds

Current FuseBox Radio Broadcast Radio & Internet Affiliates (as of this week):'s The Mix Internet Radio Station - UN Power Jam Radio (owned by Urban Network Magazine), Radio, Progressive Blend Radio, Sprint Radio Extra/mSpot (via the Worldwide Alpha Communications Network), SouthBound.FM, DeadBeat Radio,, Best Jams Radio, FlyTunes.FM/FlyCast ,Planet Urban (Austrailia)/,,, , FONYE Radio , VI Radio , , Beyond.FM ,, Rutgers University Radio, WRSU 88.7 FM, Stop Beefin' Start Eatin' Radio, Ceesiety Radio, Mixshow Blast Radio, Slip-N-Slide DJs Podcast, The Best Jams, ExtravaGangsta Radio, , Digiwaxx Presents: The Blast , White Folks Get Crunk for DJs, Legion Music & Media,, MixLaWax Radio, Trunk Hustlers Online, 907 Jamz. The6.FM, Nilo Radio, 1.FM Jamz, Blayze University Radio, Blip.TV,, Miro,, True Fire Radio, (Streets Mos Magazine Radio), Rock The Dub, Last Word Online, Soul Pitch Hustle, Black Soul Rhythms, Honey Magazine, i95.FM, The PRess Junkie, (Coming Soon), Gutta Muzik (HD) Radio (Coming Soon)

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Chopped Not Screwed Vol.1: 808’s & Hadee

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Here's the first in a series of mixtapes from Chitown producer/MC Rashid Hadee. Check out his interpretation of Kanye's latest, with mic support from the likes of the Chapter 13 crew (Augustine & Melatone), Decay, Pugs Atomz and The Primeridian. I wonder what the next installment will be?

DOWNLOAD Chopped Not Screwed Vol.1: 808’s & Hadee

QN5 Megashow 2009 (8/7/2009)

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Should be an ill show; the CunninLynguists will be performing A Piece Of Strange in its entirety, with a band! That's gonna be worth the price of admission, trust. Make sure you check otu Strange Journey Volume One, which is available for purchase right now! 2DBz are sponsoring this, so that should be a treat.

Cymarshall Law "Run This Town Freestyle"

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Cymarshall Law "Run This Town Freestyle": When I posted the instrumental, I was waiting for this to hit the inbox. I see a few are flying around the Internets, but this is the first to come to me. Cymar finished the Creator's Kid EP, looking for a good situation - wait for that Creator's Craft Mix CD as well. Jersey!