Archive for 11/01/2010 - 12/01/2010

Curly Castro "TeenAger" / "Wise"

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Philly spitter, dreaded lyricist, Curly Castro has finished his Winston's Appeal album, right? What's the one thing he forgot about, though? Promo, nigga! So here's a double single that he flung into my inbox over the weekend, full of flavorful musings and sharp darts.

Curly Castro "TeenAger" (prod. by Green Lidget Position): Not sure who GLP is, but this Hip-Hop/Jungle hybrid shit is RIGHT up my alley. Castro takes the "back in the days when I was a teen-ager" line and really let's you peer into the windows, alleys and basements where he and his compadres let loose and lived life. When one's an adult, it's hard to not reflect on the "glory days", or the "gory days", depending on how you spent those days. Love the aggression in Castro's delivery, thrown against a massive wall of sound.

Curly Castro "Wise" (prod. by Ta'raach): Castro channels Slick Rick and the other cinematic MCs out there, and tells a wild tale about some Jungle Fever that turns into a rape case. You'd think, in the Obama-run America, race issues wouldn't be running, but I could seriously imagine a story like this hitting the news wire, like, tomorrow.

Heavy single for you lot out there - and I know Cas has a number of fire tracks up his sleeve. Winston's Appeal drops in January, so we'll see what else pops up!

Reef The Lost Cauze Raiders Of The Lost Art

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No matter how many names are thrown on the covert art (peace to NoPhrillz and Benja Styles), this tape is essential. A sick mix of freestyles over a number of cuts, as well as some SICK features that Reef The Lost Cauze has done recently, you get a great glimpse at one of the staples of the Philly Hip-Hop scene. Dude puts me in the zone of a Sean Price, a cat with wit and raw lyrics just beasting over any beat thrown at him. And if you're not up on the Haj-produced "Philly Cousins", you're playing yourself.

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[video] Show Dem Camp ft. May D "Farable"

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1Xtra Dubstep Takeover: The Sound Of Dubstep 2010

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MistaJam, Annie Mac & DJ Nappy's future babymomma Katy B take a look back at 2010's year in dubstep, with the likes of Benga, Skream, Nero & Chase & Status chiming in. Shouts to Fried My Little Brain for this one!

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Dreamsblend x Po Politickin x Roccett San Andreas Fault Volume 1

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Dreamsblend.com and PoPolitickin.com present "San Andreas Fault Volume 1". Hosted by Get Your Green Up recording artist Roccett, "San Andreas Fault Volume One" features exclusive music from Roccett, Glasses Malone, Jay Rock, and Cali Swag District. Mixed by DJPete Blue, SAF vol 1 also showcases the best in indie rap with tracks from Jumz, GQ Bugs, Astro, and more.

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[video] Dr. Dre ft. Snoop Dogg & Akon "Kush"

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Aside from Akon, I'm not really mad at this one. Has a nice bounce to it. Is it a "Still D.R.E."? Hell naw, but I'm not HATING this.

John Legend & The Roots - BBC Radio 1 Maida Vale Session

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Recently, John Legend & The Roots performed tracks from their Wake Up! album at BBC Radio 1's legendary Maida Vale studios. I posted MistaJam's show from earlier this week where he played the entire recording, but hadn't seen anyone just posting this awesome session, so I took the liberty of ripping it and such. They even performed "Ordinary People". Lovin' it!

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R.O.E. Vlog, Episode 1: Working With J. Slikk

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R.O.E. stays working, and has a dope project on the way. I know I NEED that beat Slikk drops, though. Lemme find out...

1Xtra Dubstep Takeover: Dubstep Download Mix (12/12/2010)

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Skream, D1, Lost, Starkey & MRK1 go in with some special, exclusive mixes. Seeing as these have been made available for download on the BBC Radio 1 website, but only to UK Internets, I figured it made more sense to at least post the entire broadcast.

DOWNLOAD 1Xtra Dubstep Takeover: Dubstep Download Mix (12/12/2010) [via QRIP]

Crissy Criss - 1Xtra Dubstep Takeover: The Future of Dubstep (12/12/2010)

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[video] Maffew Ragazino "Get It Together" LIVE

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Labwerx ATL & The Freak Beat Present Dubstep Uncovered

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The one like DJ Hipnotikk flipped a special mix for the bredren over at The Freak Beat, but with an interesting concept behind it. I'll let @zone3 describe it: "The concept I have been dreaming of for this mix was to create a mix of dubstep cover songs and remixes to make something accessible to those that don’t normally listen to dubstep. Hipnotikk realized my dream with this crazy 1hr+ long dark journey into dubz".

DOWNLOAD Labwerx ATL & The Freak Beat Present Dubstep Uncovered [via The Freak Beat]
Labwerx & The Freak Beat Pres: DUBSTEP UNCOVERED (Mixed By DJ Hipnotikk) by djhipnotikk

1Xtra Dubstep Takeover: The Dubstep Soundclash (12/11/2010)

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This is the shit I had been waiting for during this BBC Radio 1/1Xtra Dubstep Takeover we've been documenting all week. MistaJam hosted a special Dubstep Soundclash last night, featuring the likes of DJ Plastician, MRK1, Flux Pavilion, P Money and many more going head to head, proper Soundclash style.

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Breakage & Skream - 1Xtra Dubstep Takeover Dubstep M1X (12/11/2010)

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Breakage drops 2 hours of massive tracks including the track that got him into Dubstep & his artist to watch for next year! Plus for the last hour of the show it’s Skream, recorded live at Outlook Festival in Croatia, with heavyweight MC’s P Money & D Double E on PA duties!

DOWNLOAD Breakage & Skream - 1Xtra Dubstep Takeover Dubstep M1X (12/11/2010) [via QRIP]

[video] RAtheMC "Champion"

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[video] City Slickers "First Round"

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[video] Rasi Caprice ft. Ras Kass & Wais P "Playing With Fire"

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Bonus Beats Rasi Caprice ft. Ras Kass & Wais P "Playing With Fire"

Scuba & Hot Flush Recordings - 1Xtra Dubstep Takeover M1X (12/12/2010)

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This week, Hot Flush Recordings head-honcho, Scuba came to Radio 1Xtra as part of the Dubstep Takeover, bringing a heavy-weight selection of friends with him! With mixes from Sepalcure, Boddika, and George Fitzgerald, as well as getting on the decks himself, Scuba also had Pangaea’s live set recorded at Outlook Festival in Croatia this summer. And if that wasn’t enough, Joy Orbison and Mount Kimbie dropped by for a chat. If you want to hear a selection of tracks from across the dubstep/bass music spectrum, this is the show for you.

DOWNLOAD Scuba & Hot Flush Recordings - 1Xtra Dubstep Takeover M1X (12/12/2010) [via QRIP]

[video] Cymarshall Law "Best Kept Secret"

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Bonus Beats Cymarshall Law "Best Kept Secret"

[video] PNC ft. The Checks Let Your Lover Know"

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Benji B - Future Beats (12/09/2010)

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RTD Playlist (Week of 12/10/2010)

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Get bent.

[video] Tricky "Ghetto Stars"

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First track from Tricky in a WHILE that gives me that feeling that his first couple of albums had. Not production-wise, but with the back and forth on the vocals. Kind of fly to see Tricky in his hood, too.

The Combat Jack Show (12/10/2010)

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Another great show in the bag! Big shout outs to the PNC Radio family and all of our supporters (Salutes to Dart Adams, Robbie, Nation, Khal etc.). 2011 is upon us and we definitely have some great things in store. With that being said, there has been a lot of moving and shaking in radio land. You want to know what Combat Jack, Dallas and myself think about all that? Haha, peep the podcast below. Shots or no shots, you make the call. Also in the building with us was legendary “American Gangster” and founder of Black Hand Entertainment, Chaz Williams and their very own Queens-born MC, Grafh. You know we got the homie to spit some bars too! Friends, colleagues, haters and biters we see you in technicolor. #BLAOW

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The Combat Jack Show 12-10-10 (Chaz and Grafh) by PNCRadio

Grafh Freestyle x The Combat Jack Show by PNCRadio

[video] Progression of J NiCS

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[video] Sheek Louch "Jungle Music"

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Benji B - 1Xtra Dubstep Takeover Dubstep M1X (12/09/2010)

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[video] The GTW ft. Danny Brusco "Blow Me Away"

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[video] Domo Genesis ft. Ace Creator "Super Market" LIVE

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One of my favorite tracks from Rolling Papers, LIVE:



Bonus Beats Domo Genesis ft. Ace Creator "Super Market"

[video] Riz MC "Dark H earts"

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FuseBox Radio (Week Of December 8th, 2010)

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Dear araabMUZIK

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Before you go onto interviews talking about how disgusted you are about Kanye West using the MPC during the VMAs, realize that DJ Shadow, Cut Chemist and Nu-Mark had been "Pushin' Buttons" during live shows for years.



Come on, man. You get props for the way you rock the MPC, but these niggas have ROUTINES, been had routines, using nothing but MPCs. Fall back.

Hype Men Podcast, Episode 17: Vashtie

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Hip-Hop renaissance woman Vashtie joins the Hype Men to discuss burritos + Air Jordans + Andre Agassi pumps + the origins of Rosewood + the HawthoRNe movement + directing Justin Bieber’s first video + the future of Child Rebel Soldiers + true New York City artists + Spike Lee + making Def Jam cooler + the aging problem in hip-hop + Xzibit memes + more!

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MistaJam On BBC 1Xtra (12/08/2010)

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MistaJam has highlights from an amazing night at the BBC’s Maida Vale studios which saw John Legend and The Roots come together to record a very special session. Plus Jam Hot artist Emalkay picks his 3 favourite tracks not from the genre he’s known for and Mistajam delivers another Daily Dose Of Dubstep.

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So Kodak: John Gotty

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Good to see niggas like @JohnGotty getting some RESPECT.

[video] Michael Jackson ft. Akon "Hold My Hand"

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[video] Young Dro ft. Gucci Mane & T.I. "Freeze Me"

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[trailer] Transformers: Dark Of The Moon

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Hip Hop Karaoke NJ (12/9/2010)

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The Dubstep Show On Kiss 100 (12/08/2010)

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[video] Red "Something"

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D-Black Long Story Short…

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True story: I tweeted with D over copping thermals for the cold weather, and I got sent this project. This EP is dope because it’s long-awaited, and features tracks that have waited a long time to get released. New Black City dropped a while back, and these cuts span creation dates from late 2008 until some point in 2010, and feature beats from Illmind (like four o’ ‘em!), Epik, Lab Ox (Roc Nation) and my nigga Matik. Dude has a new album, Success Story, on the way, but why not catch up on the other novels in this evolving series?

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The Sole Vibe Leaks Two New Jawns

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These niggas thinking they just gonna leak two tracks at one time? I hope ya dog dies!

AV "The Quiet" (prod. by Nice Rec): Wow. This is one of those tracks that has such an odd beat to it, once you hear it actually drop and get a groove going, you almost HAVE to rewind the damn thing. You might not be up on AV, so this track might be the shit you will need to decipher and let soak in, you smell me? And any Salute Your Shorts reference is A-OK with me.

Mario Dones ft. Kam Moye "What More Could You Want?" (prod. by Keelay & Zaire): With a dope feature and a dope beat from some dope producers, how much more dope do you want, smackhead!? See what I did there? Anyways, this futuristic thump comes courtesy of Kee & Z, while Dones and Moye ride it perfectly. Surfin’ ass rappers. Realistically, there’s not much more you could want. Well, the video could have Amber Rose dancing… real slow. In those leggings. #swoon

Koncept x Tranzformer "Day Dreaming"

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Koncept x Tranzformer "Day Dreaming": BBAS has put their stamp on 2010 with a grip of fly releases and other shits. And alcohol consumption. Anyways, Kon and Tranzformer have a “FreEP” on the way, and this is the first leak. Just what you’d expect from this tandem: inspirational real life spit atop some illustrious samples and textures upon a drumbeat. Just saying, 2nd verse is the truth. Fucking J57 didn’t say when this “FreEP” drops, so fuck him. He wants to fight anyways, so maybe it’ll be out on the day we finally throw down and have a show down. Yeah. Or maybe in the next month or so. Who knows?

Maffew Ragazino "Foreign Exchange Student"

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Maffew Ragazino "Foreign Exchange Student": Maffew Rag is currently killin’ it right now – he does nothing but that on this one. Gotta love a pair of loops having the ability to take you elsewhere, and I love Maff’s interpretation of “foreign exchange student”. I don’t get fly like that with my gear, but I respect the game.

Seven Day ft. The Alumni "OurLife"

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Seven Day ft. The Alumni "OurLife": I recently leaked a cut from Concepts 2, and now bring you this hypnotic jam from the Seven Day collective. Beats like this crack me up – you get that feeling that this couple of seconds is heaven, and just keep bringing it back. Rewind production. And a perfect soundbed for lyricists to coast upon. Light up to this one.


Shabaam Sahdeeq ft. Big Lou, Chino XL, Thirstin Howl III "Latin Connection"

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Shabaam Sahdeeq ft. Big Lou, Chino XL, Thirstin Howl III "Latin Connection": I have a feeling cats slept on this, but truth be told, all of these MCs get slept on. Over a simple yet effective beat, these four kind of abuse the track. Jersey to Cali collaborating, and I can’t help it – Chino kind of shitted on this track. He starts out a bit slow, but starts weaving those tough bars as his verse builds. Shouts to Dot Got It for this one!

Supreme Team "Interview #4080"

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Supreme Team "Interview #4080": New Madlib, who alongside Kareem Riggins form the Supreme Team. Glad to hear that the “your last name plus my last name equals our group name” stee isn’t continuing. January finds Madlib dropping Medicine Show #11, and features Oh No, AG, Strong Arm Steady and some Jaylib-era Madlib & Dilla from their unfinished second album. Wait, unfinished second album!?! Fuck. This track is banana split, though. Love it.

Supreme Team (Madlib & Karriem Riggins) - Interview #4080 by stonesthrow

Aaron LaCrate ft. Greg Nice & Flavor Flav "Ayo Ayo"

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Aaron LaCrate ft. Greg Nice & Flavor Flav "Ayo Ayo": It’s funny to hear artists stretch out and embrace different sounds. Wasn’t expecting Greg Nice and Flav to jump on some club-thumping dubstep shit like this, were you? I do hate when MCs who have some semblance of talent rapping like they don’t think they can do more than party chants and whatnot on tracks that aren’t “Hip-Hop”. As a matter of fact, outside of the mix, this track is kind of booty. Decent DJ tool, and Flav should’ve gotten more time to spit, you feel me? This is on Nice’s The Popcycle, but if he wanted to fuck with dubstep, he could’ve done more than this!

Sean J The Ego Egg Mixtape

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The last week or so has been kind of wild for me, for no real reason, so I’m sorry this didn’t get posted when this tape dropped last week. Sean J has that confidence mixed with fresh talent that puts him heads and shoulders above a bunch of niggas that get more shine than him, especially when he links up with Soy to form Flip Them Guys, who presents this mixtape with Domination Recordings, but that’s not to say that Sean isn’t nice over beats by other producers – the nigga Unselftitled laced the beat for “Elevate”, as well as Nine Six and Mental Abstracto, as well as featuring a grip of dope MCs, although with an ego the size of Humpty Dumpty, it’s hard to see this as anything but Sean J’s showcase.

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Dubstep Takeover Dubstep M1X (12/07/2010)

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True Tiger are next up with a special dubstep mix as 1Xtra’s dubstep takeover continues. Stanza, Bluebear, Sukh Knight & Stenchman are in the mix plus MC Chunky blesses the mic.

Introducing The Freestyle iPhone App

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Shouts to Alex at Move Forward Music for hipping me to this Freestyle App for the iPhone: "The Freestyle iPhone App, a portable recording studio for your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, has created quite a buzz in the hip-hop community since the new and improved version 2.1 hit the Apple App Store last week. Combining a notepad, recorder and 14 original built-in instrumentals, Freestyle 2.1 allows MCs and writers to capture their creativity and record lyrics on-the-go, and then upload songs to Facebook, Soundcloud or Twitter as soon as they are recorded". That's kind of fly, right? Hit the jump to check out MCs like Sene & Koncept using this new tool for you MCs out there...

[video] T.I. ft. Rick Ross "Pledge Of Allegiance"

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Crissy Criss - Dubstep Takeover Dubstep M1X (12/06/2010)

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On the 11th of December, dubstep will be taking over BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra. This is kind of a kick-off mix, although it's truly a three-hour dubstep show, with Crissy not only dropping some of the illest tracks, but conducting interviews with True Tiger & Scuba!

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Juan Epstein with Redman

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Ciph and Rosenberg take their Juan Epstein podcast to NJ with the one and only this week. I'm with eskay - why Miguel had to be all over this shit is beyond me, but Red still got his jokes and real talk in there. He speaks truth about a number of topics, and reps for Jersey all over this. Listen to this, then go cop Red's new album, Reggie.

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[video] Chase & Status ft. Liam Bailey "Blind Faith"

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[video] Weapons of Audio "An Ode to Mannish Boy"

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Download this track over on DJ Booth.

[video] Obie Trice "Anymore"

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[video] Lloyd ft. 50 Cent "Let's Get It In"

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M-Dot Making Doubters Over Think

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Newest/latest mixtape from Beantown's finest M-Dot, which is presented by HipHopDX, DJBooth, KevinNottingham & 5StarHipHop... I think the Michael Scott Paper Company also had an in on this. "Recent winner of the 2010 Boston Music Awards "Hip-Hop Artist of the Year" and winner of the 2010 Boston Phoenix "Best Hip Hop Act," M-Dot, brings you his highly anticipated mixtape "Making Doubters Over Think." This is the follow up to '09's "Money Doesn't Own Thought" and the 2nd mixtape in M-Dot's acronym series. Proving the work ethic he is known around New England for, this is his second CD in just 4 months. He recently dropped the critically acclaimed "Run MPC" album in August on Soulspazm, which is a collaborative CD with French producer/DJ, Jean Maron. And with co-signs from Chuck D, Billy Danze, Craig G., DJ JS-1, A.G. and others, Run MPC has become a Hip-Hop Fan Favorite. So now M-Dot brings you this brand new 24 track CD to hold fans over until his official solo debut in 2011".

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A.Sesay Presents The A Special EP

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I got the video for the Wordsmith feature a while ago; here's the full EP from producer A.Sesay: "Producer A.Sesay collaborates with 19 amazing artists from the DMV (D.C., Maryland, Virginia) to create The "A Special" EP A debut project which he says "Is for the common man/woman--this EP is for every person that is trying to do more with their lives." Whether you're trying to become an entrepreneur or trying to move up in your company one promotion at a time...The "A Special" EP is definitely for you!".

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So Motivational Tour: BKLYN (12/8/2010)

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[video] Philthy Rich ft. Mitchy Slick & Messy Marv "Project Nigga"

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[video] Dirt Platoon "Almighty"

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Bonus Beats Dirt Platoon "Almighty" (prod. by Tom Delay)

Cop Deeper Than Dirt via iTunes or Brake Fast Records.

Stones Throw @ Red Bull Culture Clash LA (12/3/10)

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Needless to say, they won.

[video] Dutch NewYork "Can't Hide"

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Shy FX Raver EP

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I've been championing this track for a bit - I first heard it over three months ago on MistaJam's show, and was instantly amazed. It's everything I loved about Jungle and Drum & Bass, from the perfectly-utilized source material to GOOD lyrics and all other kinds of Soul infused in it. Hell, it even gets on its Carnival ting at the end, which I didn't even realize was part of the same tune at first! The video dropped last week, and made me wish I could've cameo'd in it - all kinds of scene luminaries are spotted in there, giving the track a kind of unifying quality with the scene, which at times can be very segregated. Good music brings us all together, no? Well, anyways, I know the MJ Cole remix was given away, but this free download, which costs nothing but being added to the Digital Soundboy mailing list, also includes two mixes from Shy FX: the original and a more dancehall version. They also give out the Breakage version, which touches on a lil' hardcore jungle techno ting, and is one of the highlights of this EP. Big tune overall, and it costs you nah-ting. Hit this link and get some quality music for the beginning of your week!

[video] Joell Ortiz "Battle Cry"

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[preview] Nicki Minaj "Your Love (Silent Dust Remix)"

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About a year ago, I'd just wait for a bootleg or refix of a track by someone who has a body as bangin' as Nicki Minaj - her backside is a thing of beauty, and if you don't believe me, ask Regis. I have to give it up to my boys Silent Dust, aka Hobzee & Zyon Base, two producers who started out doing Drum & Bass together and have morphed their sound into so much more. I think a lot of people fucked with the original Minaj track due to that very immediate sample, but you can invoke the same kind of airy emotion using your own homegrown sounds. SD kept it minimal on this, with a motivational kick and bass thump, with some really clean and calm guitars floating around. It's a real moving track, something to slow dance/jam to on a Sunday afternoon, curtains drawn, maybe some candles lit. I was lucky enough to have a copy of what's becoming their debut album for Soul:R on the external for a bit, and hope to be getting some kind of feature over on DOA for them soon, but until then, rock to this...

Nicki Minaj - Your Love (Silent Dust Remix) by SilentDust

[video] Chali 2na "Step Your Game Up"

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RTD Playlist (Week of 12/03/2010)

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Let's play catch-up...

[video] Kid Capri "I Turn It Out"

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This really isn't necessary, is it?

The Combat Jack Show (12/03/2010)

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Fresh off of the Misgiving Thanksgiving holiday, PNC Radio is back and in full effect. Special guest Editor In Chief of Complex Magazine, Noah Callahan-Bever stopped by the show for a rare up-close and personal interview. N_C_B discusses his early beginnings as a journalist, print media, the evolving of Complex Magazine as well as his recent illness (which he overcame). Of course Combat and Dallas take me to trial as to why the station was on hiatus hence no “Black Friday Edition” for the show, lol! All that and much much more. You know the drill...

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Combat Jack Show 12-3-10 (Noah Callahan-Bever) Full by PNCRadio

The Emilio Sparks Experience Special Edition – The Waka Elliott Episode with Elliott Wilson

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Hip-Hop is a funny thing, especially among the cats I look up to, or whom people would say are my peers. While I don't build with heads like YN or Emilio Sparks regarding Hip-Hop, but Pro Wrestling? We go ham. Maybe it's because I stay tweetin' about WWE and TNA (TNA has a PPV this Sunday!), but the Hip-Hop Journalism set fucks with me on some Pro Wrestling shit. Anyways, I had no idea Sparks had a podcast, but he and Elliott Wilson linked up for a special chat. Grab this shit NOW!

[video] Singapore Kane "Tom & Jerry"

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[video] Cypress Hill "Light It Up"

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It's definitely been a year since I first heard this one...

[video] Gangrene "All Bad"

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Via Nah Right.

[video] The Clipse ft. Pharrell & Kenna "Life Change"

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Joell Ortiz On The Combat Jack Show

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While most sites sleep on The Combat Jack Show, you RTD readers should've already listened to their 11/19/2010 show, which featured the mighty Joell Ortiz. A King shot over three videos from the ill interview conducted, and you can watch them shits if you hit the jump. Yaowa. And make sure you check out The Combat Jack Show, Thursday night/Friday morning, 12AM - 2AM, on PNC Radio.

FuseBox Radio (Week Of December 1st, 2010)

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Redman Pancakes & Syrup Mixtape

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For whatever reason, Def Jam isn't trying to promote Redman, even though his new album, Reggie, drops on the 7th of December, which is next week. Fucked up, right? Red being Red, he sorted out a new mixtape, featuring cuts like "Def Jammable", as well as niggas like Saukrates, Ready Roc and more. Realistically, it's Redman, so you need this. Period, nigga.

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Benji B - Future Beats (12/02/2010)

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The Dubstep Show On Kiss 100 (12/01/2010)

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[video] Ill Legit & Wes Restless "Pipe Dreams"

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Hype Men Podcast, Episode 16: Nick Catchdubs

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Fool’s Gold Records honcho / DJ / hip-hop historian Nick Catchdubs joins the Hype Men to discuss Fader.com + who rapped over the Cheers theme song + going from graphic design jobs to interviewing Snoop Dogg on set of a Dylan McDermott movie + the return of the early 2000’s + what happened to the white girl from the Missy Elliott videos + the best DJ drops + why Kid Sister’s Family Reunion didn’t work + working with Kid Cudi and Wale + J.Cole’s logo + more!

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MistaJam On BBC 1Xtra (11/29/2010)

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[video] Strong Arm Steady ft. Too $hort "On Point"

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Bonus Beats Strong Arm Steady ft. Too $hort "On Point"

[video] Astroid Boys "Welcome To The Zoo"

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[video] N.O.R.E. ft. Imam T.H.U.G. "Blam"

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Soul Khan's Sucker Freestyle

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D/Will & Dominique Larue Carpe

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This is one of those projects that, when I got asked to present it, it was a no-brainer. I randomly got a blast featuring Dominique Larue's music a while ago, and was glad to hear a female who had flow. With ladies like Nicki Minaj only showcasing one side of the coin to the mainstream, I love when ladies like Jean Grae, Eternity, Zane One and Dom Larue let it be known that it's not just dudes going ham on the mic. I'm proud to present this EP of nothing but Dom over beats produced by D/Will. They have a pretty organic feel, as if Dom was the only MC that needed to be on these. The project also flows well - while each track has it's own ebbs and flows, they all maintain the same vibe. Someone gave Dom the green light, and "it's on, nigga, it's on...".

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FOTM: THUGSTEP #29

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Dizzee Rascal vs. Lazer Sword "Fix Up, Look Sharp (DJ Nappy THUGSTEP Refix)": I first want to apologize - while I've posted 'nuff DJ Nappy refix material in the interim, I've not posted a FOTM post since September 2009. Realistically, the hard drive that had EVERYTHING of his died, and I literally didn't get all of those jawns until a few weeks ago. What's funny is, this first refix isn't even from that older batch! This is a new(er) refix, flippin' what can be argued as Dizzee's largest crossover hit with a bangin' synth-party from Lazer Sword. While it's not an Old School breakbeat workout, or a charged-up Grime instrumental, this new school Electro bop fits perfect under Dizzee's boasts, don't you agree?

Now that the floodgates have been opened, expect these to come back up. Both new shit and old gems that need more press. We're far from done...