Archive for 12/01/2010 - 01/01/2011

Juan Epstein (1/18/2011)

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The first Juan Epstein of 2011, and it's a doozy. After Cipha's recent suspension, this is the first Juan Ep since he's returned, and it also features the one and only Talib Kweli. I loved when Reflection Eternal was on Juan Ep, and it's good to hear these guys go in for the new year. Glad everyone's back!

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Double Entendre (1/28/2011)

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Curly Castro's Winston's Appeal release party, featuring Has-Lo and hosted by Zilla Rocca? For FREE? Amazing. You need to be there.

[video] Ninjasonik ft. Spank Rock "Global"

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[video] Magnetic Man ft. John Legend "Going Nowhere"

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Dallas Penn vs. Lil B "Wonton Soup"

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@EnigmatikBGDB needs this one LOL. Dallas stays winning.

Boot Selection, Vol. 1: DJ Cable

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Reboot Records is smart: they have their Boot Sequence series, which is not only used to showcase what's going on with their own imprint, but also feature bits that are big in the scene. DJ Cable starts the series off, with a selection of Reboot gems, both released and forthcoming, with some ill Project Midnight bangers thrown in as well!

Pandemonium Jones - Splendid Moments 2010

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I was actually talking to the homey Nappy about how long we've known the one like Pandemonium Jones. While he doesn't produce/release nearly as many mixtapes and projects that he did a few years ago, he's consistently done a best-of mix for the past few years. Here's his offering for 2010.

Hello world. Happy belated new year from The Land'o'Monium. Somewhat late but somewhat great (I certainly enjoy it, anyway.) Here's the third installment in my series of year-ending mixes. If you liked parts one and two, this one's for you! As always, it's warm and fuzzy to help you endure slings and arrows of Seasonal Affectedness Disorder and salty slush. It's a great soundtrack for snowy dogwalking. Also suitable for sipping scotch to. Tell yo' friends!

[video] Blake Symphony "Little Miss Ivy Leauge"

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The Market Bizarre (1/28/2011)

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[video] Dula-Mite "Pulse Of The City"

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[video] Breakage ft. Jess Mills "Fighting Fire"

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I definitely JUST dropped a preview of this, and now the video for Breakage's latest single (which I have no doubt will be impacting UK radio once it touches down) is out.

[video] Birdman ft. Lil Wayne "Fire Flame (Remix)"

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The Hip-Hop Word Count: A Searchable Rap Almanac

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If you fuck with this - which is probably one of the more interesting Hip-Hop-related projects I've seen in a while - definitely support right now!

[preview] Breakage ft. Jess Mills "Fighting Fire"

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New tune from Breakage; this single drops on the 27th of February on Digital Soundboy, and features Jess Mills. What's funny is DJ Nappy has been out of the loop for a bit, and only heard some of Breakage's more recent output. I had to put him onto a number of Breakage's cuts, and just charting dude's progression in the last 10 years is awesome. Truly one of my favorite producers at the moment. Shouts to Shy FX for signing Breakage and allowing him to spread his wings.

The "Fighting Fire" single also includes a Drum & Bass remix from Loadstar (which you can hear in Hype's latest show), as well as this banger of a remix from Foamo:

Breakage - Fighting Fire (Foamo remix) by Foamo

[video] WhiteOut & RT-FaQ "On & On"

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GetDarker TV 081: Fused Forces

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Those Fused Forces boys are just making their mark, yeah? Recently touched down on Hatcha's show, now Get Darker had them step in for their 81st edition. Dropping a serious selection in this, but you already knew that. Now they just need to release more tracks!

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[radio rip] Kutz "Untitled" "Superman"

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A lil' late night dubstep ting. I think I first heard Kutz' "Hypno" on Hatcha's Kiss100 show, so it's fitting that my current I NEED THIS TUNE dubplate is a Kutz tune, played on Hatcha's radio show recently. The actual tune isn't that intricate - I'm just a sucker for aggressive use of the amen break. Most of the time, amens thrown in a dubstpe tune are done at a more normal speed, but he actually has it running a bit slower, and really rolls it out over the harder dubstep beat. That hypnotic bass just brings it all home, really. I need this. Who knows. I need this, though.

DOWNLOAD Kutz "Untitled" [radio rip]

EDIT Kutz threw this tune up on his SoundCloud, and it's called "Superman"
Kutz - Superman by kutzuk

[video] The Garden State Hip Hop Cypher 2011

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This is raw, and features RTD favorites like Deal - The Villain, Daniel Joseph, Rhymageddon and Silent Knight. Peace to GSHH.

Skream & Benga - In New DJs We Trust (1/13/2010)

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During the great 1Xtra Dubstep Takeover of 2010, it was announced that Skream & Benga were going to be dropping serious vibes for Radio 1's In New DJs We Trust series. Not sure if either of these dubstep mavens could be considered "new", but they are new to the Radio 1 hierarchy. If you're already a fan of this tandem, be it as producers in their own right, or as 2/3 of Magnetic Man - or as DJs period, you need this. New dubs, fierce released tunes, and even a slick mash-up or two are found in this week's edition. I'm already a few beers into a long night, and this is definitely my soundtrack for the evening.

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[video] Crew54 "Impala Music"

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previous Crew54 "Impala Music"

Kasso: American Original (Part 1)

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Via Jersey Graf.

[video] Dutch New York "Honor Me"

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RTD Playlist (Week Of 1/14/2011)

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OH MY GOD WEIRD GOD...

[video] Copywrite ft. MHz "Mega Mega"

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[video] Skream & Example "Shot Yourself In The Foot Again"

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Shouts to Fried My Little Brain.

[video] Starkey "Robot Hands"

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Big up to Clap Cowards.

[video] DJ Nappy "Thugstep Architect" Party

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A new edit from the footage taken during the night THUGSTEP came alive.

The Jake ft. J. Gunn "A Song About Sex"

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The Jake ft. J. Gunn "A Song About Sex": If you guys have ladies and need to know what to write in your sexts, you might wanna lift some of Gunn’s rhymes from the beginning, then mimic his moves as he goes on. This track does exactly what it says on the tin, and is a great way to pass the time during these storms that are blanketing the US. Or something to do when the electricity’s cut off. Or when you’re drunk. Or angry. Just go have sex with someone, seriously. Dream Pusher EP is on the way.

Money Making Jam Boys "Tear It Down"

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Money Making Jam Boys "Tear It Down": I am a fan of Slaughterhouse, in theory (the album wasn’t my shit), but the MMJB is more my flavor. Just hear STS beast that first verse. That’s a cat I’m proud of – I remember first hearing him and making sure he got some shine here, and to see his name popping up, and just hearing him excel? Shit’s dope. All the Jam Boys come off over this sparse beat – it’s dope, but is really just something that allows them to body their respective verses. Feels like pea coat rap. Video is on a dark corner, one street light, lots of spitting, seeing the hot air fly out of niggas mouths. Maybe a different light for each MC. Who knows. And don’t get me started on Black Thought’s bit. That nigga should be your idol. I believe Shake did the artwork in this post, so big up to him.

Slaughterhouse ft. Dres "Back On The Scene"

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Slaughterhouse ft. Dres "Back On The Scene" (prod. by M-Phazes): See, when Nicki Minaj hooked up “Roman’s Revenge”, you figured she would have gotten Busta Rhymes to feature on it, due to that “RUH RUH LIKE A DUNGEON DRAGON” shit. So, kudos to Slaughterhouse for getting Black Sheep’s Dres to mimic his shit from one of the Hip-Hop scene’s finest early 90s anthems. This beat is some fly shit, allowing these four to do what they do – massacre everything. They have a self-titled EP dropping in February, and since they recently revealed that they signed to Shady, I’m assuming that’s where it’s dropping? Who knows, I just need to hear more Ortiz. That Puerto Rock is a mufucking problem!

Andreya Triana "Far Closer (Mr Scruff Remix)"

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Andreya Triana "Far Closer (Mr Scruff Remix)": The other day, I was on Dogs On Acid and saw a post regarding our favorite artists on Ninja Tune. I’m a very big fan of their pre-2000 stuff – when I couldn’t find music that fit my taste/need in sound, cats like The Herbaliser, DJ Food and Coldcut filled a void. I said my 1-2 in the post, but forgot to mention Mr. Scruff! Oddly enough, I’ve had this “Far Closer” single for a bit, and while it drops on the 7th of February, I had to throw this one out there. One of my favorite tracks of 2010 was a Mala remix of an Andreya Triana tune, and this track is an early fav in the new year. Scruffiness comes with a bouncy bass, with some perfect clicks and bleeps, adding to the funk of the main line. Her voice is awesome, and is oddly suited for these leftfield excursions, you dig? For those who need to know, the “Far Closer” single features the radio edit (with is a Bonobo production), and alongside the Scruff remix and a live version, Tokimonsta also lent a lounge funk remix to the package. Great addition to Ninja Tune’s immense catalog.

Main Course Blood, Sweat & Tears: A Soulja's Course

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I love great producer/MC tandems. Cats who really link up and go in on some music shit. KhemLab member Main Course and producer Holy Soulja have some 50 tracks in the can, recorded between 2008 and 2010, and this project assembles some of the gems, and is the first of two albums from these two (Kane Courso is on the way). MC is one of those cats who puts it all on the line, for the music. Dude’s got a lot of heart, and dips his pen inward, bleeding on the pad. Soulja has a dope, varied style, allowing MC to take the beat and go on a different journey than the last. Book your flight now – it’s free!

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Oscah "Right Now"

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Oscah "Right Now" (prod. by Cynergy Soundz): Looks like 2011 is, randomly, going to be the year BPA kicks it into high gear. Recently, Cyn sent over this cut from Oscah’s The Recall project, which is his current opus, and their description of a “2011 Marvin Gaye” really isn’t far from the mark. Definitely feels like some of the music you niggas were conceived too, with that multiple harmonizing thing and subdued funk going on. Oscah also has an album penciled in for a mid-2011 release, entitled Anatomy Of The Ear, so if you’re fuxing with this, and need some R&B in your life, there’s another serving coming your way soon.

Zero Star The Ink Pen Method

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Zero’s a cat I don’t know much about. I got this three-song release sent a few weeks ago, and finally got a chance to peep it. Instantly enamored with “Hanging Out”, which is kind of like Star hopped in a Delorean, traveled back to a stoop where some niggas were singing doo-wop and passing some cognac back and forth, and he decided to spit over some of their harmonies. Dude has a dope conversational poetic about him, and I think… yes, I need to hear more from dude.

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FuseBox Radio (Week Of January 12th, 2011)

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[video] Double A.B. "Hit Em"

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Featuring Vast Aire & Swave Sevah:

[video] Machine Gun Kelly "Salute"

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Dee Vasquez' Round Table (Part 3)

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In part three of Dee Vazquez's Round Table series, the panel talks about the Nicki Minaj and Lil Kim beef and Rah Digga comments on what it takes to have mainstream success.

previous Dee Vasquez' Round Table (Part 2)

Curly Castro Winston's Appeal Promo Videos 1+2

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For some reason, I forgot to post the Winston's Appeal promo video that I got sent last week. Coming back from a quick, exhausting trip, I can't even chisel down my inbox to an acceptable level of unreads. Shit's just dropping to page 3. Anyways, here's Promo Video 1, followed by the 2nd vid, which hit my inbox this morning:

"A Gentleman's Guide To Getting Fresh"


"West Indian Rum"


Winston's Appeal, brought to you by Clap Cowards B2B RTD - very soon. Word from Zilla is that Curly Castro will be performing at the Double Entendre show in Philly this month, with Zilla hosting and Has-Lo as the special guest. Fiyah!

Benji B - Future Beats (1/13/2011)

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The Dubstep Show On Kiss 100 (1/12/2011)

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[video] Emalkay "Crusader"

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[video] Astroid Boys ft. Beatbox Major "FREE?STYLE"

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Dude did a Grime riddim on the beatbox!?!? Amazing. Shouts to Kaptin for this one!

Bonus Beats Astroid Boys "Rawdeee"

Hype Men Podcast, Episode 22: Scott Vener and Ben Baller

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Industry OG Ben Baller and Entourage music supervisor Scott Vener join the Hype Men to discuss how Loon was the real Fresh Prince + David Faustino being more hip-hop than everyone else + rolling around with Eazy-E + what the most expensive song used on Entourage was + House of Pain showing up to high school parties + how meeting Denzel Washington led to working for Dr. Dre + Jeweler beef + the rapper who was originally pitched to play Saigon's part in Entourage + clearing a Jay-Z and Pharrell sample + who Nicki Minaj is actually stealing from + much, much, much more!

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Che Grand ft. Donwill "Watch My Feet"

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Che Grand ft. Donwill "Watch My Feet": Earlier today, Che Grizzy leaked a trio of cuts from ZFTP VIII: Uche The Great, which I'm not sure of the release date. They both spazz on this spacey track, but this is a BKLYN Lessondary ting - that's standard. Che was one of the artists who I really connected with when RTD started taking off, and seeing his transition into a nigga that MAD heads are looking for? Love that. Stay in tuned to what Uche has cracking off in 2011, trust.

[video] Elucid "Together"

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Boombaye FTW.

previous Elucid "Together" x "Pain Parade"

Jeru The Damaja's Hot 97 Promo

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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]

Jansport J Save My Soul

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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.

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[video] RAtheMC ft. Uptown XO, Gordo Brega & AB The Pro "4 The Belt"

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Bonus Beats RAtheMC Victory Lap

Suave The Ape The Dead Nation EP

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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.

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Cyrano The Blue Bayou Project

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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.

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[video] Tanya Morgan "Just Not True" LIVE

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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

Dee Vasquez' Round Table (Part 2)

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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)

[video] Gucci Mane "Gucci Two Times"

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If I say "Gucci" two times in the mirror, does Gucci Mane visit me and sneeze or something?

[video] Isaiah Toothtaker "Intruder"

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The Combat Jack Show (1/07/2011)

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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.

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The Combat Jack Show 1-7-11 (#mixxie) by PNCRadio

Old School Show, Part 2 (1/29/2011)

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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.

[video] Indiana Rome ft. Vega HBK & Hakeem The Dream "Celebration"

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[video] Apollo The Great ft. Verb Spielberg "Action"

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[video] F. Stokes "Soul Clap"

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Independent's Day Showcase (1/19/2011)

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Dee Vasquez' Round Table (Part 1)

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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.

DJ Trace Journeys Into Jungle

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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.

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Botchamania 159

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Rob Jay "Generational Curse"

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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...

[video] Cymarshall Law & The Beatnikz "Love"

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[video] Dave Raps "In The Morning"

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Bonus Beats Dave Raps "In The Morning"

This Is A Big OC Diesel PSA

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Hype Men Podcast, Episode 21: Jon Daly

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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!

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Elucid "Together" x "Pain Parade"

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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...

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Emcee Jermaine "The Crazy 88"

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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...

[video] Marsha Ambrosius "Far Away"

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The Combat Jack Show (12/23/2010)

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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

[video] Laelo Hood "Fooling Myself"

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Grab Hood's Fuck The World via iTunes right now.

[video] Murs & Terrace Martin "On Melrose"

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Eli Porter Disses 50 Tyson

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[video] Those Chosen "Act Like You Know "

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The video footage is of Those Chosen & DJ Blenda rock'd at one of the final in-store performance at Fat Beats Los Angeles. And of our pilgrimage to Fat Beats New York breaking bread with DJ Eclipse and for the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival 2010.

Trackstar the DJ Boogie Bang 25

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Damn, Trackstar, 25 Boogie Bangs already!? Here's his latest edition of this fresh series, hosted by The Smoking Section's own David D.

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Lyle Horowitz Who Are We? (Part Three: Time Enough At Last)

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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)".

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Keon Supreme "Entrance (Interlude)"

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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"

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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

DJ Franchise - The ReIntro Part 2

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@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!"

[video] Copywrite "Serotonin"

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Botchamania 158

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[video] Jansport J "Forever"

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A week after the record leaks, Jansport J drops a dope video. Save My Soul touches down, like so many other projects, on January 11th.

The Jake ft. Elite Assembly "Give It My All"

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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.

[video] Genesis Elijah "Watch What I Do"

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Via Friedmylittlebrain.

Hellz Yea! Reign EP

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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.

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[video] Rick Ross "9 Piece"/"Even Deeper"

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I'm selling dope, straight off the iPhone - copper, please!

The Rap Up's 20 Best Songs of 2010

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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.

[video] Thirstin Howl The 3rd ft. Professor X "What It Iz Brother Lo"

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Shouts to Brother DP for the heads up.

[video] Bishop Lamont "Sadatay"

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J-Rell 2010 Leftovers

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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!

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J-Rell - 2010 Leftovers (Beattape) by J-Rell

Boom Blake & Genrokka The Credit Union

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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.

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Azage "I Made It"

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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".

[video] The Wrongguys ft. Naledge "Awesome"

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Bonus Beats The Wrongguys ft. Naledge "Awesome"

Señor Kaos The Most Interesting MC In The World

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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?

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[video] Ghostface Killah "Starkology"

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Double Tony Starks! Via DP.

Moruf GSOM: Ready To Live

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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...

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FOTM: THUGSTEP #30

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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!

The Jet Age Of Tomorrow Journey To The 5th Echelon

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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.

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