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This is a fucking time capsule. I remember Cipha Sounds talking about this on Juan Epstein a few times (check the end of their episode with Pete Rock), about how Biggie's "Ten Crack Commandments" was originally a promo Jeru did for Angie Martinez' countdown show. Sure enough, this radio rip hits the Internets, and it's better than I could've ever imagined. Well, seeing as in Philly and Jersey, our countdown shows didn't have dope intros like this, it's dope to hear how on point Hot Nine Seven was with things like this.
DOWNLOAD Jeru The Damaja's Hot 97 Promo [radio rip] [via DJ Premier Blog]
On this day of dope releases, Jansport J releases his Save My Soul LP, full of some motherfucking gems. And by motherfucking, I mean if you throw this on around your boy's hot mom, you might have to smash when he runs to the store to cop some milk. This some grown man, "I just put my paycheck on the light bill" music. Sip some cognac and tell your kids to shut the fuck up while Daddy chillin' shit. Or maybe that's just what I do.
DOWNLOAD Jansport J Save My Soul [via Kevin Nottingham]
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Aside from January 1st, today has been a date that a lot of artist's set to drop their latest projects on. Suave The Ape put on his black beret, his leather jacket and got kind of conscious on this one. I love hearing cats who are kind of young getting that knowledge and kicking some elevated shit on their tracks. Suave got in the pocket with those mid-90's vibes in the beats and the lyrics, and has really come into his own. At least that's how I hear it. Jersey Ape Committee ripping faces, showing you the nonsense underneath.
DOWNLOAD Suave The Ape The Dead Nation EP
Here's a fly exclusive from RTD and the Backpacker's Anonymous camp. Cy Yung had spoken with me a WHILE ago about compiling and releasing some of his slept-on cuts (the jawns that "blew by you"), but with projects like Soul Train Dancer and other things needing completion, this fell to the wayside. Glad we could finally catch everyone up on this one! Production from J. Slikk, J-Rell, Centric, Cynergy Soundz, Heartbeat, Cyrano himself and other producers, this one is a true testament to an emcee who will NOT be denied.
DOWNLOAD Cyrano The Blue Bayou Project
Tanya Morgan performs my favorite track from Brooklynati at Public Assembly in Brooklyn last month. They are still on The Value Menu Tour with Big Pooh, Roc C and special Hall of Justus members! Here are some current dates, via MFM:
Friday – Jan 21 – Portland, OR @ Backspace (also w/ Freeway & Jake One)
Saturday – Jan 22 – Bellingham, WA @ The Wild Buffalo
Sunday – Jan 23 – Bend, OR @ Mad Happy Lounge
Tuesday – Jan 25 – Santa Cruz, CA @ Moe’s Alley
Wednesday – Jan 26 – San Francisco, CA @ 330 Ritch
Thursday – Jan 27 – Sacramento, CA @ Blue Lamp
Friday – Jan 28 – Santa Ana, CA @ Malones
Saturday – Jan 29th – Phoenix, AZ @ Chasers (also w/ Freddie Gibbs)
Sunday – Jan 30th – Los Angeles @ On The Rox
In part two of her new Round Table series, Dee Vazquez sits down with Karen Civil, B.Dot, Lady Luck and Nina B to chicks in clicks and cosigns. Lola Monroe also calls in to give her point of view. itstheBino was there to cover it.
previous Dee Vasquez' Round Table (Part 1)
First Combat Jack show for 2011, and they bring the pain. They have the #Mixxie niggas in studio, breaking down their sudden rise to Internets fame (if you wanna call it that) and freestyling, Jack officially announces his position at The Source, dead birds and they really listen to Lil' B - for good or ill. Should be an interesting year for what should be your favorite (eff yo) radio show, period.
DOWNLOAD The Combat Jack Show (1/07/2011) [via PNC Radio]
The Combat Jack Show 1-7-11 (#mixxie) by PNCRadio
This is like a hop, skip and a jump from my crib. Seriously. Big Daddy Kane, Roxanne Shante, Dana Dane, Nice & Smooth AND MC Shan!??! Sad part? I'm 29, and this is "fellas must be 30 and older". Why?!?! Am I not cool enough to rock to "Raw" or "Dwyck"? Come on. If you're old enough (yawn), go cop tickets via TicketLeap.
EDIT Looks like, if you hit the TicketLeap spot, they say that the 25+/30+ are for the after-party. Definitely not spelled out right on the flyer. The show is all-ages.
As part of her new Round Table series, Dee Vasquez sits down with Karen Civil, B.Dot, Lady Luck and Nina B to discuss femcees, Lauryn Hill, turntable hits and if you have to be sexually appealing to be a successful female MC. Rah Digga also calls in to give some input. itstheBino.com was there to cover it.
If you're like myself, you're a classic Jungle/DnB enthusiast. I was kind of taken aback that DJ Trace uploaded this time capsule of a mixtape, Journeys Into Jungle, to the Internets, but I guess with the number of new school DnB fans, you HAVE to give them some history. Tracks from this S.O.U.R.-presented project come from artists like Shy FX, DJ SS, L Double, Trinity (aka Dillinja), T Power, Grooverider, Ed Rush and Trace himself. many of these artists are found under their numerous AKAs, BTW. Enjoy this.
DOWNLOAD DJ Trace Journeys Into Jungle [Side 1 | Side 2]
Rob Jay "Generational Curse": Been a minute since I've heard some new Rob, and this one is dope. Harkens back to the days where MCs spit cautionary tales of life's ills. Many cats talk that thugged out gangsta swag shit, but never think about the seeds who grow up seeing that, living around that - what are they going to turn into? You hope for the best, but this is the tale of someone who flows into the worst...
Comedian and Cracked Out rapper Jon Daly joins the Hype Men in Los Angeles to discuss the most misogynistic rap songs + his history with Brett Gelman + the boy with eight limbs + meeting The RZA + the best videos on BET: Uncut + Snoop Dogg’s relevance + how they split the money in Black Eyed Peas + working and hanging out with Fabio + Kim Kardashian’s sex tape + more!
DOWNLOAD Hype Men Podcast, Episode 21: Jon Daly [via Hype Men]
Last week, we brought you the first single from Super Chocolate Black Simian (which is still due out on the 11th of January). This week, the second single is here, and it's a motherfucking DOOZY! Flippin' tracks from Breakage and Jamie Vex'd, Elucid continues to take us further down the rabbit hole, providing us some noise terrorism and anthems for the next generation of rebel soldiers...
DOWNLOAD Elucid "Together" x "Pain Parade"
Emcee Jermaine "The Crazy 88": One of my favorite scenes in Kill Bill is when the Crazy 88s enter and give The Bride a serious workout. Deadly acrobatic ninja ass mufuckas, flippin' styles effortless. Jermaine takes that mindset and shapes it into 88 bars of death, which you have here. I know you're mad that Trenton, and Jersey as a whole, breeds some of the dopest MCs out there. Jermaine makes it a point to kick his rhymes with intellect, humor and style - it's just some perfect Hip-Hop ish, with a beat that flips a CLASSIC breakbeat. You need this - and make sure you remember homey's name. It's simple. Jermaine, he's an MC. Jersey stays active...
Here's the last Combat Jack show for 2010, recorded live during the PNC Radio Christmas party. Sounds like it was RAMMED in there, but DP and CJ hold it down, as per usual. Congrats to them on their multiple successes in 2010, and to the endeavors for 2011.
DOWNLOAD The Combat Jack Show (12/23/2010) [via PNC Radio]
The Combat Jack Show Holiday Edition (Al Lindstrom , Flud, Dopplegangaz, FT) by PNCRadio
Lyle comes with the third installment of his Twilight Zone-themed series, but from a different angle: "his time around, I decided to focus on one episode/narrative instead of a bunch of episodes like previous installments. Time Enough At Last is one of the most iconic (and pessimistic) episodes in show's history, and I thought it would be fun to take on the challenge of balancing the episodes humor and despair via music.
I've been working on this project since I dropped the last volume back in October, but watching The Twilight Zone on New Years Day, as I do by tradition every year, lit the fire up under me to finish. For our final trip to the 5th Dimension, I present: Who Are We? (Part Three: Time Enough At Last)".
DOWNLOAD Lyle Horowitz album name Who Are We? (Part Three: Time Enough At Last)
Keon Supreme "Entrance (Interlude)" (prod. by Jansport J): Gotta say, while this track is capped off by vivid imagery from Keon Supreme, let me first just get this out of the way - that beat from J is tough. Being as Supreme's Just Cause project is a concept album, this is a dope take on what goes through an artist's mind when they enter the venue, thinking plenty thoughts before they get to touch the mic. Love how quickly this one comes and goes.
Crew54 "Impala Music" (prod. by The Dopplegangaz): This is fly. I love "Maybach Music" and "Aston Martin Music", but this is some shit to cruise to. Has to be nighttime, though, with an Impala sitting super clean, candy paint, with the streetlights reflecting off that ho so pretty. Love hearing some good dudes putting out that flyness. Something for you grown niggas. Saving checks to cop that whip you've been eyeing since your youth, just to put some time and dedication into it. I smell y'all.
Crew54 Impala Music by crew54
@DJFranchise says: "The ReIntro Part 2 ends my two-part mix for my fellow lovers of hip-hop who are hesitant to give the new generation of MCs, DJs, and producers an open ear (much less heart). Like many of us who grew up on this culture, we’ve been scorned. We see the art being substituted for commerce. Our exclusive “club” of friends and associates who you recognized loved hip-hop because of the way they nodded their head is now accessible to your grandparents and other unrecognizables. My effort here is to let my circle of influencers, my 5%ers, know that the music we love is well and strong. The quality is now in the minority but the impact is no less effective. While Part 1 focused on earning your respect and was a subtle, approachable blend; Part 2 pushes the listener to engage in the lyrics and beats like we did when we walked the streets with headphones or in our rooms with speakers on blast. Partake!"
The Jake ft. Elite Assembly "Give It My All": What better way to celebrate a new website than to drop an unreleased BANGER? The Jake is preppin' for his Dream Pusher EP, and figured unleashing this EA-assisted unreleased heatrock out there to the public. That beat just screams "merk me!", and Jersey's finest beasts. Period, point blank, end of story, bitch nigga. Hopefully 2K11 features more work from all of these parties involved.
Back in early November 2010, we leaked "The Reign", a new cut from Hellz Yea!; on the last day of 2010, he released his Reign EP, which is an appropriate introductory statement for cats who might be sleeping on the BK representer. He's definitely just speaking to you niggas, in both LOUD and quiet tones, and the aim is the same: Hellz is here, don't sleep. You might learn a likkle something.
DOWNLOAD Hellz Yea! Reign EP
Aside from The Nigga Net for BGDB, the only 2010 "Best of" list I contributed to was to @Rizoh's TheRapUp.net. I got asked to speak on some of this past year's finest, and some of my words are available in this ill Top 20. I'm always critical of my words, so when heads I respect ask me to get down, I still geeks. Enjoy it.
Shouts to Brother DP for the heads up.
Simple and plain, dope producers have beats that they send out and they get slept on. No one's fault, really - sometimes, MCs are looking for one kind of sound. Or they feel a certain track might get a better look. The homey J-Rell compiled a number of beats he cooked up and sent to cats in 2010 that got slept on, and gave them out for free in this dope beat tape!
DOWNLOAD J-Rell 2010 Leftovers
J-Rell - 2010 Leftovers (Beattape) by J-Rell
The New Year's Day releases keep rollin' in, with a tape I've been anticipating for a bit. Straight out of Trenton, NJ, we've got Money First's Boom Blake linking up with Genrokka for their long-awaited Credit Union album, with beats provided by Divine Drummah, Ill Kayn, Sinitus Tempo and plenty more. These cats are about ends, and the money talk is long, but they also take time out to speak about life, with heartfelt tracks like "Black Woman" rounding out what turns into an unexpectedly diverse tracklisting here. I also love the throwback samples in a number of these tracks - love hearing cats from my era dipping back into classic sounds.
DOWNLOAD Boom Blake & Genrokka The Credit Union [mirror]
Azage "I Made It" (prod. by Ching Ching): I told you niggas that a lot of projects were dropping today, and it looks like movements are coming to a head today, too. Azage's looking to drop his next project, Good Riddance, in "early 2011, and this is the first leak from that project. In his words, "you will see a lot of the project's visuals relate to the Cosby Show. Good Riddance is Azage's reference to saying bye to his far from perfect childhood to moving in with the Huxtables (so to speak). More than often viewers of the Huxtables found the family to be picture perfect".
Hip-Hop is built, to a degree, on boasts. When a nigga like Señor Kaos, who's on his steady grind year in, year out, goes in and says he's The Most Interesting MC In The World, you have to take notice. Dude's definitely got multiple facets to his MC being, and showcases that on this project, which is being presented by Dot Got It and The Kaos Effect. Features on this include talented cats like Homeboy Sandman, 8th W1, Donwill, Buff1, Binkis Recs and more, with beats from 2 Hungry Bros., DJ Eleven, Illastrate and plenty other heads. Download this and figure out if his boast is true - how interesting are the OTHER niggas in your playlist?
DOWNLOAD Señor Kaos The Most Interesting MC In The World
I know a few cats have projects set to drop today, the 1st of January in the 2011th year of our Lord. We'll start with the nigga Moruf, a 22 year old Jersey spitter who's got an ear for fly beats. He has scooped up a grip of beats and introduces you to his Garden State Of Mind. This is a mixtape of moods, almost like picking up a box of old Polaroids and thinking back to various stages of your life. Using those experiences to forge your way in the new year, or to the next goal in your journey. You Ready To Live? Let this be your soundtrack...
DOWNLOAD Moruf Ready To Live
David Banner ft. Lil' Flip vs. Skream "Like A Pimp (DJ Nappy THUGSTEP Refix)": I was going to randomly leak some new new new neaux shit for the new new new year, but with Nappy in love with that new Banner/9th Wonder album, I had to dip back. And then I realized that this didn't get it's own proper post (unless I'm Jack Trippin'). This was one of my favorite flips. This blend took one of my favorite ignant anthems and paired it up with one of my early favorite jams from Skream's back catalog. Just undeniable flavor on this, and it fits too perfect... throw this one on and po' a lil' mo in ya cup, chief. Drank up and celebrate this new year!
Newest release from the OFWGKTA camp. Kind of bugged out space journey on this one, with features from Tyler, The Creator, Hodgy Beats, Mike G and more, with Ty and Left Brain on additional production. For those of you out there who think Odd Future is just some MurderDeathKill/teen angst shit (which it can be), this shows their range. A lot of this reminds me on the experimental tangents N*E*R*D* takes their music on. Some of this shit is spaced out - you might be a bit buggy if you puff a blunt before rockin' to this, but that might also be your steelo. Highly recommended.
DOWNLOAD The Jet Age Of Tomorrow Journey To The 5th Echelon [via Odd Future]
This week, I had wanted to drop a #niggameme a day, showcasing some of the videos related to niggas that had me rollin' all year. Of course that didn't happen. Oddly enough, @EnigmatikBGDB got two treats from me on NYE - his Bulls beating my Nyets made me change my twicon, and I threw all of these #niggamemes into a glorious NiggaNet post for BGDB. These are the YouTube videos I couldn't stop watching, from General Larry Platt to "Shawt Bus Shawty" to the Epic Beard Man. Not sure you know what I'm talking about? All the goods are HERE. If you fuck with that, PLEASE leave a comment. I'm trying to do those yearly.
Mr. Peter Parker does what it says on the tin. If you're looking for some of the hottest (above ground) flavors from Hip-Hop, this mixtape more than likely has it on it. If you're going to be spending NYE home (like me) and want to recap the year while you drink it away, this should be your soundtrack.
DOWNLOAD Mr. Peter Parker's Best of 2010 Mixtape [mirror]
Bekay "2010 Year In Review": Like we always do about this time, capable MCs are attacking some of the year's finest instrumentals, recapping the year we're winding out of. Bekay flips J Cole's "Who Dat" to bring us his 7th consecutive "Year In Review", and boy does he keep it pushin'! All I need is Skillz to finally drop his 2010 Rap Up (he's still doing that, right?), and I'll be good! Cheers to you, Bekay!
Genrokka "This Is The Life": With Teena Marie’s recent passing, I was halfway expecting mad cats to start flipping her tracks. That hasn’t happened, which is probably for the better – I need to find out who made this beat. They flipped “Portuguese Love”, a personal favorite from her back cat, and really lay down some proper grown man bars about living your life your way, realizing the consequences for your actions, good or bad. The way they slid Lady T into that hook is so beautiful, too. Just enforces what Genny spits throughout the jawn. Something to sip something to and really think about your life and actions. Trenton’s got this on lock, you smell me?
Datahowler "Prophet": You should’ve known about Datahowler from a previous AKA, but we won’t go in depth into that. New guise, new sonics, same top notch quality. “Prophet” is the first single from his forthcoming Slowdrifter album, which you can support via Kickstarter right now. This cut takes me back – it has a throwback synth funk to it, but on a slightly slower edge. Synths like this are usually used for bouncier tracks, but the cold melancholy that the sampled vocals bring in make this one a bit more introspective, taking things a bit inward. Word is Slowdrifter (which is due out on the 25th of January), is a vintage-loving project, with some limited cassette copies of the LP even dropping. Tough stuff. Need to grab this one!
Prophet by Datahowler
EDIT The man himself says NO samples were used in this track!
With 2010 winding down, I figured I'd make a list of shit that really got me through the year. Shit I may or may not have championed on this very site, but things I think you need to make sure are in your stash for Entertainment, as the shit is dope.
Word Life, The Rapture & Dow Jonez ft. Money Stax "Run For Cover" (prod. by M Slago): Dallas does the damn thing – and is still making hot shit. These Tejas spitters are lining up for their Rampage EP – M Slago on all of the beats, with Word, Rapture and Jonez dismantling the production. “Run For Cover” is the perfect introduction to these guys – the beat has a different swing to it – love the way that sample is flipped throughout the track, and these cats don’t come up for air. Guerillas swinging through the jungle, slicing whomever is in their path – move with or move over.
During the Christmas weekend, the homies over at Substance Abuse released a free EP from two sick producers I have the privilege to converse with, Fused Forces. These two deal with my boy DJ Cable a lot, and make some sick dubstep and Grime tunes. I wish I could leak some of the stuff I have, but for now, this four-track BANGER is what you need to dissect. What I love is that these four tracks actually showcase four different sounds – nothing like a dubstep producer who will continuously throw out the SAME basstones or whatever. We go from the more subtle cuts (“Molten Rock”) to the sinister crackers (“Time Perception”) to cuts like “Sabotage”, which is reminiscent of the sounds that made me first fuck with dubstep. Whether you’re trying to spice up your sets or just throw on something dope from someone you might not be up on, grab this EP. Happy Holidays!
DOWNLOAD Fused Forces Cold Turkey EP
The one like High Rankin runs through some of his favorites from 2010. If I was a DJ, I'd make a mix similar to this for 2010. Only more Elucid and HOODLUM refixes. Sue me.
DOWNLOAD High Rankin - 2010 Round Up Mix
High Rankin - 2010 Round Up Mix by High Rankin
Money First ft. Richie Lane "We Soaring" [clean | dirty]: Trenton's finest drop this slick single right before the end of 2010. These cats are realistically some of the cats I could see going mainstream. They have the sound down pat, and grind enough to really make an impact. Oddly enough, I've never built with these dudes, and they live in the same damn area as I do! In any case, their digital LP, Digital Money, is on the way, as well as a video for "We Soaring", so expect to hear more from these fly niggas in the new year.
EDIT You can cop this now via iTunes.
All praise due to GRANDGOOD for this one. Amazing.
Bonus Beats Remarkable Mayor ft. John Robinson "No Swag Needed (SciFi Stu Remix) "
Bonus Beats SciFi Stu From The Heaviest Heart To The Coldest Soul LP Sampler
Purple Tape Pedigree uploaded this SERIOUS Hip-Hop lesson right here. This past Christmas Eve, Funkmaster Flex & Kool DJ Red Alert (with Mister Cee) went IN on an old school mix, as well as some real Hip-Hop history talk. Anyone doubting a) Flex's pedigree on the decks or b) what classic Hip-Hop is needs to get on this mix, early.
2010 has been a wild ride for J. Slikk; some projects got finished and released, while real life took it's toll. Throughout it all, he's still made beats, and his Tribute To Jen DeLeon is a testament to his quest for the perfect beat, no matter the sound. Hell, he even includes the BANGER that was heard at the end of this R.O.E. vlog. My LAWD! I'll let the beats speak for themselves. After you download, hit the jump for Slikk's words on this project, and more!
DOWNLOAD J. Slikk A Tribute to Jen DeLeon
On November 3 1987, BBC 6 Music and then Radio London DJ Dave Pearce introduced hip-hop group Public Enemy live on stage at London’s Hammersmith Odeon. The next year, the band sampled Dave’s intro for the opening track of their 1988 album ‘It Takes A Nation Of Millions to Hold Us Back’; the record which propelled the band to stardom worldwide. Since then, ‘Nation of Millions’ has been proclaimed as the greatest hip hop album of all time, feted by everyone from Rolling Stone magazine to Jay Z. Two decades on, Dave and Public Enemy front man Chuck D meet to reminisce about the birth of rap music in the US and UK and how things have changed in 2010. The pair discuss how they met, how Dave ended up becoming the first person to play them on UK radio, and the role the band played in bring rap music to the mainstream on both sides of the Atlantic. They also discuss the firebrand politics which came to characterize their lyrics and the role they played in taking rap from an underground sound which wasn’t played on daytime radio to becoming the pre-eminent sound in mainstream music. Chuck D also picks a selection of music which soundtracked the era including LL Cool J, Stetsasonic and the World Famous Supreme Team and plays the music which informed his childhood including James Brown. There’s also a chance to hear live music from the infamous 1987 Hammersmith Odeon show, last heard on radio over two decades ago.
DOWNLOAD Dave Pearce Meets Chuck D - 6 Mix (12/26/2010)
Back in May of this year, I was speaking to Elucid on gChat, and the phrase super chocolate black simian came about. That quip spawned sessions of trading beats and drafts, and on January 11th, 2011, Elucid's Super Chocolate Black Simian will be unleashed pon the world. To whet your appetites, or to introduce you to the man if you niggas are like "@elucidwho?", here's the first glimpse at this awesome project.
From Elucid: "Its a privilege to introduce some of the first sounds taken from my upcoming release Super Chocolate Black Simian. More dark hearted negromancy cataloging otherworldy journeys into rap, dub, and noise terrorism".
DOWNLOAD Elucid "Dream On" x "Nigga"
Jeryl, who owns Infectious PR, is one half of Cutline, and is just an all-around dope guy, is one of my favorite people in the world. Dope personality, talented on a number of points, and just great individual. With his boy Danny, they've gone on a number of (ad)ventures within the industyr, and their Cutline guise has scored a number of wins, including remixes that have been signed for Hospital and Infrared. A little over a week ago, BBC Radio 1's Annie Nightingale pressed play on a guest mix they did for her show, and I've been itching to post. It's the bees knees, and something you genre-benders need to get into your life. Enjoy.
DOWNLOAD Cutline - Annie Nightingale Guest Mix (12/17/2010)