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

William H. & Indiana Rome Eastern Conference Finals

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While I love the NBA, and will always follow what goes on, I’m no where near into the game like I was in the ‘90s, when seeing cats like Michael Jordan and Reggie Miller go at it with a lot on the line had the rest of my life shut down until the game was over. William and Rome want to bring that back, and use that exact feeling to attack this project, going hard like it was 1998! Beats from Rome and the homey Tech Supreme, with some serious woofer-destroying bass on some of these jawns. You might wanna put this on repeat and grab a pick-up game or 2. Better than 5 hour energy!

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[video] Curly Castro "Da Ingredients"

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Winston's Appeal, Three Pistol Music x RTD, 1/28/2011.

previous Curly Castro "Eulogy To L"

Soulbrotha & Rukus "Starbreaker"

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Soulbrotha & Rukus "Starbreaker": Esbee and Ruk come back like they left something over a proper warning alarm/hammer banger track. The title isn’t just some kind of witty random word affixed to an MP3 – these two really dig into their views on what’s ailing the current state of the scene, in many facets. And they don’t mince words. And what’s better is their un-minced words fit along with what many of my peers feel. Soulbrotha says he has an untitled EP currently in production, while Rukus has the following up to his latest mixtape, The Hunger, on the horizon. 2011 just got a lot hotter, and more aggressive.

Legit "So Far Gone"

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Legit "So Far Gone": Legit is another cat who I think has a bright future if the right machine gets behind him or gives him a chance. Leg dialogues an episode outside of his relationship, and appropriates a Curtis Mayfield sample to help tell his story. Shit’s kind of deep, and I hate to keep harping on it, but shit like this makes me feel like the future of music will be OK. This is a throwaway (!!) cut from his forthcoming mixtape, Coloring Outside The Lines, which is due out by this Summer (!!). I’ll add a couple more !!!! in there. Someone look this kid out.

BLKHRTS BLK S BTFL

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Jesus. I have no idea where the BLKHRTS idea came from, but I’m loving this vowel-devoid project from King Foe, Yonnas & Karma. There’s an ill sonic slant on this – there’s a feeling throughout most of this of really going “there”, keeping that fly Hip-Hop appeal but almost forcing oneself to channel the darker part of the heart and sitting in the muck, exploring what the fuck turns your mood black. Or BLK. This EP is for rainy days, or dark, cold nights, before a riot. I’d love to see these cuts performed live!

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Intuition vs. Equalibrum Inna Live Meltdown

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Botchamania 160

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Seven Day CNCPTS II

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This actually dropped on the 11th of January, I believe, but I didn’t hear about it until a few days later, and haven’t been in the proper mindstate to vibe to this. CNCPTS II is some shit you zone to while you’re in that, ahem, session with your peoples. Let the smoke marinate and permeate the area while you’re blasting this. Put the intro on and you can smell whatever strain you really vibe off of, seen? Love “1234”, and I won’t like, it’s primarily b/c Versis is featured on it. He’s one of the next, I can feel it. Anyways, you need to get into this project. Even if you don’t chief Ls. Fuck with this, then be on the lookout for their debut LP, Dusk ‘Til Dawn.

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Curly Castro "Eulogy To L"

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Curly Castro "Eulogy To L" (prod. by Zilla Rocca): Remember that “Boomin’ System” remix that Zilla Rocca did? Back then, word was that Cas was going to jump on this, and the nigga takes Rocca’s flavorful revamping of one of my fav LL Cool J tracks and really explores some shit that needs to be studied – the evolution of Uncle L. I know a number of cats who aren’t feeling this niggas progression for murderous MC to whatever the fuck he thinks he’s doing now. Castro doesn’t hold back, and I’m glad for that. Winston’s Appeal is out on Friday, January 28th, and is presented by Three Dollar Pistol and Rock The Dub. There’s another cut that Cas sent this morning that I’ll be featuring on Wednesday, so be on the look for that, SEEN!?!?! Props to Fresh for the bomb artwork. Check out Part 1 of 33jones' interview with Cas.

[trailer] Tef Poe "Mel Gibson"

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Rob Jay "Stick To Your Dreams"

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Rob Jay "Stick To Your Dreams": This is a dope track, and some shit most heads only reserve for people who’ve passed, or are in bad spots and reminiscing about “what could’ve been”. They say you need to let people know you appreciate them as they are alive, and with Rob seeing his boy Chris B. Young’s path from being a minor league baseballer to getting called up to the Diamondbacks and paralleling that to his own journey through this murky game of being noticed as an artist. Damn. Rob’s got that vision, and is set apart from not only his peers, but from the majority of the game out there. Take notice to neph, trust. I’ll have another cut of his dropping in a few days, so keep it locked.

The Sit Down w/ Dee Vazquez: Bloggers vs. DJs

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[video] Versis "The Journey(4U)"

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Via 2DBz.

preview Versis "The Journey(4U)"

[video] The Kid Daytona "On The Hill"

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Via L-R-G.

previous The Kid Daytona The Interlude

[video] Criss Lyric "Happy"

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[video] MiLKMEN & Dutch New York "Black & Yellow" LIVE

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[video] Catch Wreck "1Tyme4UrMynd"

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Donwill Laura's Tape [Unmixed]

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@Donwill dropped his "Laura's Tape" on 2/11 of 2010, and released the unmixed version on 1/22 of 2011. i see you, nigga. #Lessondaryless than a minute ago via web



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My WWE Raw Report (1/21/2011)

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Yesterday afternoon, I saw a tweet from @Trentonian, saying they had free tickets to the WWE Raw World Tour show at the Sun National Bank Center last night; all one needed to do was hit their Facebook page with your favorite pro wrestling memory. Anyone who knows me knows I stay abreast to what's going on, but I've been a fan of the sport since I was three years old. I drew back and remembered this gem, and how I wrote a letter to the WWE about my support for the Hulkster, and received back a dope Hulk Hogan friendship bracelet. Needless to say, I won seats to the show, and was asked to take pictures and possibly write a report on the show. I did both, and not only has my report (in full) has been posted on the Trentonian's website, but a condensed version will be in tomorrow's paper! I have Joey Kulkin to thank - he even had some great words to say about my writing. Nice to get some recognition for my work - especially outside of the Hip-Hop/Drum & Bass circles. And I have to thank my wife, for if not for her nudging me on even entering the contest, none of this would've even happened.

[preview] Chase & Status ft. Sub Focus & Takura "Flashing Lights"

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With about one more week for Chase & Status' No More Idols album release, I have been surprised no leaks have come about as of yet. In talking with DJ Nappy, I'm also surprised this tune hasn't been rocked more. Combining the efforts of C&S and Sub Focus, we have a mixed bag here - you get one part mellow, guitar-driven vocal dubstep, and the second half comes with a NASTY riddim. One for the dancefloors - and the charts, I reckon. I believe their "Blind Faith" single drops on Monday, with No More Idols out on the 31st. At least, that's what I was told.

I ripped this from the 1Xtra Dubstep Takeover "Sound of Dubstep 2010" show.

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[video] D1 ft. Jenna G "Flood Of Emotions"

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I like when EDM videos have people interacting, and not a bunch of random shit. That said, not sure what's up with dubstep producers getting videos for their tracks that aren't really dubstep - this is that ol' skool Jungle vibe in the beat. In any case, D1 wins on this emotional track.

Euphemia (4/02/2011)

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Dope LOCAL art supporting a dope GLOBAL need. This could also be the last Euphemia in Trenton! Make sure you make it out there!

Wise Intelligent ft. Tye Austin "Sow Djezuz"

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Wise Intelligent ft. Tye Austin "Sow Djezuz" (prod. by Masada): Someone hit me up the other day, asking if Wise was as ill as he was during the PRT days. Let this track be an example - dude's bars never fell off. You might not be hearing from someone on the norm, but don't think they've let their flame dwindle. Hearing this, it sounds so effortless - Wise transforms into his Djezuz Djonez guise and goes in, deep. Some cats question when a man calls himself God, but if you break down the similarities, you'd realize that most Black men might wanna start calling themselves God! This is one of those tracks that brings some heavy mental but doesn't skimp on the dope beats. Wise Intelligent Iz...The UnConKable Djezuz Djonez drops digitally on the 8th of February - hit the jump for the full tracklist, then cop it when it drops on iTunes, Amazon, eMusic and other digital music outlets.

RTD Playlist (Week Of 1/21/2011)

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TGIF

[preview] DJ SOLO "Apache Zombie Deathkill"

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Hah, the homey SOLO likes sending exclusives that I can't download. This is a fierce "Apache"-sampling drumstep tune that "is an original production based on a movie I have in my head about Native American Zombies rising from the dead and taking back America". Sounds like some shit Tarantino should use in an homage to zombie flicks.

Apache Zombie Deathkill by DJ SOLO

[video] The Niceguys "Toast"

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FuseBox Radio (Week Of January 19th, 2011)

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DJ Books Classic Ruff Ryders

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Jersey's own DJ Books has been hyping up this Thieves Theme x Diggers Union mixtape, showcasing some of that classic Ruff Ryders sound. You remember, back when the East reclaimed the Hip-Hop game, with niggas like DMX, The Lox, Swizz Beats, Eve and others ran rampant. You're gonna hurt someone when one of these tracks drops, trust.

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[video] J NiCS "Road To The Riches"

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Benji B - Future Beats (1/20/2011)

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J Rocc joins Benji B for this week's episode; dope preview of his album.

[video] Neako "LOUDERpack"

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[video] Tone Trump "Mobbin'"

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[video] Phi-Life Cypher "2, 3 Break"

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Love the way they flipped those sounds. Their album, The Professionals, is on the way. Proper Hip-Hop, ill lyrics from the UK. If you don't know, get to know.

Hype Men Podcast, Episode 23: Paul Scheer

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Comedian and actor Paul Scheer joins the Hype Men to discuss LL Cool J on NCIS + scamming Columbia House + working at Blockbuster + Method and Red on FOX + Human Giant working with Ghostface + Ice-T’s Twitter army + Mark Wahlberg and Eminem on MTV together + Big Boi’s album listening party + The Jerky Boys + sports team nicknames + the Weekend at Bernie’s / 2Pac connection + much more!

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The Dubstep Show On Kiss 100 (1/19/2011)

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[video] Talib Kweli "I'm On One"

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previous Juan Epstein (1/18/2011)

[video] Richard Wright "Marry Mary Jane"

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Bonus Beats Bombay's #RandomBeatTape

[video] Signif "Lovely Imperfections"

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Bonus Beats Signif "Box Of Sigarettes"

[video] Kingpen Slim ft. Edley Shine "21 Gun Salute"

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[video] Isaiah "Its Still A 187"

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[video] Lukey ft. Lil Fame "Off The Corner"/"Who The F*ck"

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Coachella 2011 Line-Up

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I've never been to a festival this massive, and not sure I'd want to be. Pretty diverse line-up over three days, from heads like Magnetic Man, DJ Zinc, High Contrast, Mary Anne Hobbs, Andy C, Breakage and other DJs/producers to Kanye West, Nas & Damian Marley, Lil' B, Erykah Badu, Odd Future and others, to mad Rock and other acts, spread out over three days? Actually, this sounds like something I'd try and do sometime - minus the smelly kids and the drug-abusing Black actors. Definitely not in 2011. Big up URB for the heads up.

[video] Wispers "No Love"

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Bonus Beats Wispers "No Love"

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.

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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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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!

DOWNLOAD Hype Men Podcast, Episode 22: Scott Vener and Ben Baller [via Hype Men]

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.

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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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