Archive for 05/01/2010 - 06/01/2010

Tom Chase "Hello Again"

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Tom Chase "Hello Again": Here's the first leak from Chidda's 200 Yard Dash mixtape, showcasing this St. Joe Louis member going ballistic over an Oddisee beat. Been waiting for some sick Chidda spit, so its good to know that he is going to follow-up 100 Yard Dash in style.

QuESt "We're Going Down"

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QuESt "We're Going Down" (prod. by Ace2euce) [clean | dirty]: Wow.. I wasn't expecting this from QuESt, and I don't like it. He's a talented MC, and showcases a few different flows on this, but the beat sounds like it needs T.I. and/or DJ Khaled rhyming over it. Reminds me of what happens when artists try a bit too hard to get some radio spins. This is taken from The Reason: A Defense Mechanism, so be on the lookout for that, although I wish it has a lot less of this.

NickNack "Strangest Secret"

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NickNack "Strangest Secret": Here's some interesting instrumental noodling from NickNack's Dearly Departed album, which is set to drop on June 15th. Some nice movements in here - reminds me of that classic turntablist/balls to the wall vibe from the late 90s, shit that made people ask if I smoked weed on the reg, when I barely touched the stuff. Open your mind.

<a href="http://nicknack.bandcamp.com/album/dearly-departed">Strangest Secret by NickNack</a>

[video] Gucci Mane "911 Emergency"

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[video] Kelly Rowland ft. David Guetta "Commander"

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Klashnekoff ft. D.Ablo "Klash Anthem"

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Klashnekoff ft. D.Ablo "Klash Anthem": Been a minute since I've heard something from Klashnekoff; this is taken from Back To The Sagas, which is available now on iTunes, and will be out physically on June 26th. UKHH does the damn thing.

Trumayne ft. Big Shug "Kids Get Up"

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Trumayne ft. Big Shug "Kids Get Up": The future of the Gangstarr Foundation going in over that classic Jackson 5 ish. Sounds mad grimey, but he's rapping about drinking Nestle's Quik and whatnot. Gotta love this - be on the lookout for Juvenile Swagger. Big up to Mal Moe.

Smoke DZA "Sour Hour"

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Smoke DZA "Sour Hour" (prod. by Ski Beatz): Word from GFCny was that this was to be on Smoke's T.H.C. album, but it got leaked and they was like "fuck it". Glad they did - this sounds like something to throw on right after the dutch gets rolled and you're kickin' back with that sour deez. Carry on.

Nucci Reyo ft. Elete "Mean What I Say"

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Nucci Reyo ft. Elete "Mean What I Say" (prod. by Blunt): St. Joe Louis' Elete links with The King's Kid for this exercise in letting niggas know why we say what we say. Shit might hurt you, but it's better to catch a stern talking to than getting fucked the fuck up when some real life shit that you could've avoided is staring right at you - you feel me? This is taken from Nucci's The Odysee mixtape, which is solely produced by Blunt. Watch for that tape, as well as his In Due Season mixtape to drop this month.

FLY-C ft. Theo Martins & Paul Lowe Jr "Higher"

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FLY-C ft. Theo Martins & Paul Lowe Jr "Higher" (prod. by The Trackslayerz): This beat is kind of crazy. Love how they faded it out during the hook - really BIG sound right here. FLY usually sorts out freestyles every week, but wasn't able to that and coasted this collaborative BANGER on the masses. If you're digging this, be on the lookout for his Over Night mixtape.

Judah The Amber Rose Freestyles

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Looks like nuff MCs loved those Amber Rose Instrumentals that Judah put out with Dub MD back in January, and now in conjunction with Kevin Nottingham and mixed by DJ Dublee, we get The Amber Rose Freestyles, with MCs like Dominique Larue, tabi Bonney and others, including cats from Mexico, Australia and a number of other locales, add verses to these exquisite beats. Hit the jump for download link and tracklist.

Apollo The Great "Call It Quits"

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Apollo The Great "Call It Quits" (prod. by YFAME): Here's some straight up '90s vibin' Hip-Hop straight out of Camden. This is the first single of homey's H.I.M. 2 album, which you can download right now via ApolloIsHIM.com. I'm seeing this weird thing - older artists are doing what they consider "staying young", while a number of the younger cats (Apollo's 20) are hearkening back to the "classic" styles heads fiend for. Not mad, just some shit I'm picking up on...

The Roots ft. John Legend "Doin' It Again"

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The Roots ft. John Legend "Doin' It Again": Yup, this is my jam right here. The Legendary flipped Legend's "Again" into this awesome banger. I imagine this is the kind of sound Rick Ross wishes he was rapping over. I'm truly ready for this album now... I need an extended version of this - it can be 2 mins of rapping, but like 3 or 4 minute spazz out with solos and shit. I'd pay just to see them ride this out live. Damn.



MP3 via OKP.

previous The Roots "Dear God 2.0"

FSM Presents First In Flight, Last To Land

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The FSM camp, alongside YNotMyDream, Refined Hype & Hail Megatron, have put out their new mixtape, First In Flight, Last To Land, which showcases FSM members Young Rush, The Mecca Of Rhymes, Jones Andrews and Hendrix Law coasting over found beats and original productions. Talented group of brothers, and with some of my peers giving this the stamp, it just makes sense to grab. Hit the jump for the goods.

Homeboy Sandman x Spec Bogie Album Release Party At SOBs (6/1/2010)

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Donwill has the specifics up. Elucid will be performing. Booyah.

Quite Nyce & GMJ "Promise Me"

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Quite Nyce & GMJ "Promise Me": RADIx might be promoting a project with Statik Selektah, but it looks like 1/2 of the crew, Quite Nyce, has a digital EP (For My People) dropping with France's GMJ on the 22nd of June. Nyce won a contest that showcased GMJ's production, and this "summer anthem" is one of the fruits of their collaborative effort.

Seanie Mic "I'm Quitting You, Facebook"

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[video] Dumhi w/ Random & Ethel Cee "Cannons"

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<a href="http://music.dumhi.com/album/dumhi-cannons-philly-cousins-single">DUMHI Cannons w/ Random &amp; Ethel Cee by dumhi</a>

Grafik ft. Jermiside, B Wash & Fashawn "Flavor In Ya Ear 2010"

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Grafik ft. Jermiside, B Wash & Fashawn "Flavor In Ya Ear 2010": Four MCs coasting over the classic "Flava In Ya Ear (Remix)" instrumental? Lessondary vet Jermiside and Fashawn? That's worth the price of admission right there. This is from Fresno's own Grafik and his LL Cool Graf mixtape. 'Shawn mighta got this one off the illest, but you know.

[video] Macca "0'10 (Spaceship Anthem)"

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Via DJ Cable.

Malicious "In The Air"

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Malicious "In The Air": Not mad a this right here. @Mr_Malish reps Montreal, Canada, and produced this cut, as well as the bulk of Life's Not So Sample and Life's Not So Sample 2. Shit has a nice vibe to it - love the vocals chopped in that beat. Check this out then rewind on homey's output.

Botchamania 133

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Botchamania 130

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[video] Mic Wilson "Ain't My Fault" LIVE

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My favorite track off of Square One. Shouts to Ka5p.

Drake "Best I Ever Had (DnB Bootleg)"

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Drake "Best I Ever Had (DnB Bootleg)": I previewed this what it seems like ages ago. Good timing, considering his album drops next week... DJs beware - this is a dirty version - now "youtheyouthe besss" in the chorus at all. Nice liquid vibes, though. Should go off well for the drunken Soulsters in the club.

[video] Hi Stakez "I Just Can't"

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Track produced by Jett I. Masstyr; video directed by John Carillo.

Digiwaxx Presents Memorial Day Mixtape

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Here's the soundtrack to this weekend, mixed by DJ Gyvis, from the heads at Digiwaxx. Features include Kanye West, Dirty Money, T.I., Mike Classic, Rick Ross, French Montana and many others. Hit the jump.

MiLKMEN "Ms. Fat Booty Freestyle"

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MiLKMEN "Ms. Fat Booty Freestyle": Them milky niggas are still on that Served With Milk & Honey, and revisit some classic Mos Def. One of my favorites, and I've been loving how they are re-imagining these jawns. Enjoy.

Dutch New York "Miss Me Freestyle"

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Dutch New York "Miss Me Freestyle": DNY has a new mixtape, Katrina Flood, dropping on the 25th of June, and this is the first leak from that project. Dude's nasty. Fuck you for sleeping.

Purpose "Rising Sun"

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Purpose "Rising Sun": Here's a serious banger from the Better Than Your Album mixtape, which will more than likely be better than most niggas albums. Too much malarky on major label CD releases... but you knew that already.

Gripz "Chosen One"

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Gripz "The Chosen" (prod. by Vherbal): Gripz is still on his Poetic Literature 3 ish (which should be dropping via 2DBz and this very site sometime soon), and this is the newest latest jawn, not even 24 hours old. Enjoy.

The Boondocks S03E05: "Stinkmeaner 3: The Hateocracy"

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previous The Boondocks S03E04: "The Story Of Jimmy Rebel"

[video] Lil' Wayne "Get A Life"

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[preview] Heist "I Need Killers"

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I first heard this sick sick SICK tune on Heist's Sumo Beatz Podcast #1, and was immediately floored. I don't get too deep into labels and such, but this "drumstep" craze has me hooked. Criss Criss and Youngman have a "drumstep" mix of their "Kick Snare" tune coming on Technique, but this was the first tune from that genre that really had me going:

Heist - I Need Killers [radio rip]


So menacing. DJ Cable said it made him want to smash up his furniture. Sick tune. And you might've heard Skream rinse the dubstep edit of this one:

Heist - I Need Killers (140 Edit) [radio rip]



I need more tunes like this in my life.

[video] Lil' Wayne ft. Nicki Minaj "Knockout"

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[video] UFC 114: Rashad Evans vs Rampage Jackson

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I wasn't around to stream this last night, but here's last night's fight, plus the post-fight interview. Enjoy:

[video] Willie Joe "It's Ova"

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I need a video for "Lil' Rascals", but this will have to do.

Boondocks Season 3 Promo: "Stinkmeaner 3: The Hateocracy"

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Armond Snooze Button II

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Been waiting for this one to drop - dude's deep. I can't even explain it better than this:

Snooze Button II is your alarm clock. You hit the snooze, you get 15 minutes of rest. You're sleep but you're really not sleep, nodding in & out, letting the sun hit your face. And then you snap up & start your day.

From 2007-2010 I hadn't wrote much of any music. And for somebody that writes everyday, that was incredibly difficult. But it was almost like a beaver dam inside of me that got punctured & suddenly things pour out, and continue to pour out.

Normally after I do a project, I take a few months off from writing, thinking, conceptualizing & give my brain a break. But after Dreaming Out Loud, things kept coming to me. It felt like 2002 when I could only write 60 bar verses & my hooks were terrible. So I decided to take it back.

The mixtape has become the "poor rapper's album" now. I remember when the mixtape was take a bunch of beats & go off & that's exactly what I did. No underlying theme, if anything a simple introduction to some & "a hey how ya been" Facebook message to others.

And with that, I give you...Snooze Button II.

&amp;amp;amp;lt;a href="http://armondwakeup.bandcamp.com/album/snooze-button-ii"&amp;amp;amp;gt;Intro by Armond&amp;amp;amp;lt;/a&amp;amp;amp;gt;

Trenton's Own DJ Juice

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After posting DJ Books' Classic Blendz Season 1 mixtape, I perused The Thieves Theme and fell upon some classic Trenton mixtape madness from the likes of DJ Juice, who is one of the area's more well-known mixtape DJs.What I've always loved about Trenton is the mixture of sounds - its obviously very Hip-Hop loving, but the community is a mixture - Puerto Rican, Haitian and many more. Music from the Caribbean, especially when it comes to Reggae and Dancehall. DJ Juice had a knack for taking a lot of these genres and creating some slick mixtapes, and I figured I'd post a bit of what I've stumbled upon for you right here!

One of the things I'm trying to do in 2010 and beyond is highlight New Jersey, and if I can, Trenton. What's funny is, my wife went to school with Juice, as well as Wise Intelligent, and she tells me I was born too late LOL! Love my city, love the talent born from my city and my state, and I'll continue to bring forth more going forward. If you're having any kind of cookout or family get-together this weekend, throw any of these on. Instant win.

The Thieves Theme Presents Classic Blendz - Season 1

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I don't know about you, but I LOVE a dope blend. Not a mash-up or whatever you want to call it in 2010, but a dope blend. Ted Smooth still puts out quality blends, as do some others, and this mixtape from DJ Books (who represents The Thieves Theme and The Diggers Union) is taking it BACK with this one. Back to the DJ S&S days. Back before DJ Vlad was a journalist. Hit the jump for download links and the back cover. Proper Memorial Day steelo.

Wais P "Run Freestyle"

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Wais P "Run Freestyle": This is easily one of my favorite RZA beats, ever.

C'mon Son 14

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[video] Lil' Wayne ft. Shanell "Runnin'"

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[video] Rihanna "Te Amo"

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[video] Rey Resurreccion "Spaceships"

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RIP Gary Coleman

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How many of us remember him most fondly...

I won't go into the trials and tribulations of Gary Coleman's life. No need to joke on the man any more. Sadly, Gary died today in Utah, after suffering a fall and hemorrhaging earlier this week. I was a big fan of Different Strokes, and felt for dude's struggle in the years after the show was cancelled. He's forever a legend for being "Arnold Jackson", and will be sorely missed.

Peep some Different Strokes Minisodes, and hopefully some TV station will be playing full episodes of Different Strokes this Memorial Day weekend.



Rest in peace, Gary.

Friday, May 28th 2010 playlist

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The unofficial start to summer playlist...

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RTD_PLAYLIST_(05212010-05272010).ZIP (~590MB)

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Here's the new video for Junk Science's "Really, Man"


Enjoy your Memorial Day Weekend. Hope you have three glorious days of chillin' and reflecting. And thanks for your support!

CCDNB 24 Producer Showcase: Marcus Visionary

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Kanye West ft. Dwele "Power"

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Kanye West ft. Dwele "Power": OK so I woke up to heads talking about a new Kanye leak, and when I see people like Cipha Sounds say its kind of tough, my interest heightens. Thing is, I get to work and it's some bullshit. It's GREAT to hear Kanye rappin', but what the hell is he rappin' on? Sounds like a Country band trying to make some backyard Hip-Hop. I'm not too interested in where the sung loop comes from, nor is this the Kanye I was waiting for. Sorry. I'm with you, Ant.

[video] Lil' Wayne "Da Da Da"

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[preview] Stadium Status

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Here's a preview of the new Internets Celebrities video, which I got to see the other day, and it's dope. Very well done, from the tone to the visuals. Insightful. Anyways, on June 1st, they IC's are showing it at the Brooklyn Public Library (RSVP via Facebook). Once this thing hits the Internets, I got you.

Protoman "Runnin' From The Law"

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Protoman "Runnin' From The Law" (prod. by Numonics): Here's a cut that didn't make Being Cool Doesn't Pay The Bills, but is hyper dope nonetheless. Beat is fon-key, and Ft. Lauterdale's Protoman has a dope style he brings to this. Just download it, bitch.

[video] Kil Ripkin "Not You"

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Seuclasis Presents Who Run It?! (6/17/2010)

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Just Blaze "A-Team Theme (Murdock Mix)"

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Just Blaze "A-Team Theme (Murdock Mix)": I hit you with the behind the scenes peek on how Just crafted this Bmore-heavy remix of the classic A-Team theme song, and now the full track leaked. He might need to say fuck Hip-Hop and craft more gems like this - he gets it.



MP3 via Meka.

[video] Rick Ross "Money Maker"

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Bonus Beats Rick Ross The Albert Anastassia EP [via OnSMASH]

previous Rick Ross "Money Maker"

Dub Nation Brooklyn (5/28/2010)

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Dieselboy doing a DnB/dubstep set? Wow. More info HERE. Shouts to Down:Low.

Soul Litchfield "Dice Toss"

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Soul Litchfield "Dice Toss": I love when people give projects titles that just make a whole lot of sense. Soul Litchfield is the new moniker for King Britt's experimental beats project Headnod Acrobatics Vol. 1. Judging by the backyard funk in "Dice Toss", he wants to see how flexible your neck is, based on a series of top-shelf homebrewed beats. Feels like proper Pluto cookout jammin' on this one. Crack a beer (and/or a dutch) and enjoy.

Sean Paul x Ted Smooth "Wine It"

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Sean Paul x Ted Smooth "Wine It": @TedSmooth's "Memorial Day Massacre" begins with this track, and it's a doozy. I've actually been hearing a GRIP of "Hold Yuh" versions, I think Cipha Sounds played like three or four during yesterday's morning show. I get tired of them after a while, but Ted punched this one up with harder-hitting drums. Nice shift for a track, and should be a nice gem to set a Memorial Day Weekend jam off PROPA!

[video] Pugs Atomz & Grant Parks "Rocket Love"

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previous Pugs Atomz Kinda Like A Mixtape

FuseBox Radio (Week Of 5/26/2010)

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Mic Wilson "Lights Out"

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Mic Wilson "Lights Out": Well goddamn! I told Mic I was callin' him #MerkEarly, because he has come out the box DUMB QUICK with these tracks on your newest/latest rapper's jawns. We already went with the "Rajon Rondo", and now homey goes in on that new Drake ft. Jay-Z "Light Up" cut that's had your Internets going bananas overnight. Not sure how he does it, but I'm glad he does. Phase Two is on the way, trust and believe!

Rich Boy x N-Type

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DJ Hipnotikk
done done it again!

Gerald Walker "Silent"

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Gerald Walker "Silent": Anthony YNMD hit me with this new Walker jawn, taken from his I Remember When This All Meant Something project, which is due out July 16th. This is dropping in the morning, but this is one of those jams you play during those late night love sessions, that's my word.

Sene "Love, Me"

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Sene "Love, Me" (prod. by Daniel Oshima): Here's a follow-up to "WonLover" that didn't end up making it on Reality Bites. Like my boy J57 says, "Love is love, but love don't keep the lights on".



EDIT Here's a video of Sene's CDR Freestyle

The Making Of The Majesticons Bedford Park Artwork

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The new LP by The Infesticons comes in one of the highest quality packages we've ever put together. Designed by Oscar and Ewan (Wiley, Roots Manuva,) it includes a screen-printed outer sleeve with gold text, full colour inner sleeve with battle scene design by Mike Ladd and heavyweight 180 gram vinyl with download codes. Best of all, each copy is hand signed by Mike Ladd, and hand numbered 1-1000. Some copies even have extra scribbles and lines written by Mike during the process. You can see some film and images of the making of the sleeves here... This truly is a collectors' item and lovely release to own - there's only 1000 for the world, so snap yours up quick!

Styles Davis Crunkstep

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@DJCable hit me up about this new mixtape from LA's @StylesDavis, who is a talented DJ and lover of dubstep and Hip-Hop. In what @DJNappy christened as #thugstep, and DJs like Cable and DJ Tipz continued on, Styles flips his own brand of dubstep riddims underneath Hip-Hop lyrics. His technical skill brings forth some amazing mixes - that first 9 minutes is spectacular, and it just gets better. Hit the jump for download links, a tracklist and a stream.

[video] Big Boi "Shutterbug"

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previous Big Boi "Shutterbugg"

The Mad Blogger's Weekly Podcast, EP9

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Newest latest podcast from The @MadBloggers, with cuts from The Roots, TheSekondElement, YC The Cynic, Donwill & Von Pea and many more!

Dyme Def "Do It Better"

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Dyme Def "Do It Better" (prod. by Tha Bizness): Seattle's Dyme Def and Tha Bizness link up for this bouncy romp, taken from their Sex Tape, which drops on June 1st and is being done in conjunction with T.I.T.S.. No Kendra, but you know, if you spit some of this slick to a female, you might be able to twist her out. Try it!

Copywrite "Last Laugh"

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Copywrite "Last Laugh" (prod. by Khrysis): Here's a cut from @Copywrite's T.H.E High Exhaulted 8th Anniversary Edition, which oddly enough celebrates the 8 year anniversary of the release of The High Exhaulted, which is now ridiculously out of print. Shit, "Fuck Soundcheck" is still one of my all-time favorite Hip-Hop tracks. In the late 90s/early 00's, Copywrite was one of the only MCs I had known to be so lyrical and witty out of Ohio. Their whole crew was the truth, and dude still has it. He went in, recording new material to go along with the re-release, and this is one of those gems. Lookout for it on June 1st, followed by his next full LP, The Life and Times of Peter Nelson, which is dropping this Fall.

Neako "Madonna"

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Neako "Madonna" (prod. by Neako) [clean | dirty]: Proper party starter from Newark's own @Neako. This is taken from Rubix Cube Yellow Edition, which is set to drop on June 23rd. Nothing too crazy going on here lyrically - dude's just paying homage to a sick looking female. DJs, get on this one!



Shouts to GFCnewyork.

Madvillain "Papermill"

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Madvillain "Papermill": Hip-Hop Confession: I wasn't too into the Madvillainy album. Not sure what it was - I wasn't head over heels into the DangerMouse/DOOM album either. Something about DOOM for me is all about him over his own beats. Just how I got into him, right? I fucks with this, though. I think my appreciation for Madlib's output in the last year or two specifically has me seeing him in a different light than I was years before. This is the first bit from the forthcoming Madvillain album, which is still being worked on. This is also the 2nd in a series of Adult Swim Singles, so keep it locked for more of that. Anyone got an instrumental for this?

[video] Grip Plyaz ft. Aleon Craft "Step Out

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Via TSS.

Hatcha, Lost, Tes La Rok & Crazy D On Kiss FM (5/25/10)

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YC The Cynic At Show & Prove (5/20/2010)

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