Archive for 02/01/2011 - 03/01/2011

Falling Down. 03/2011

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Felt like having a mix this afternoon. Nothing too crazy here, just a bunch of dubstep I'm feeling at the moment. New tracks from the likes of Distance, Rusko & Reso, Dodge & Fuski, Kromestar, Pixel Fist and more, with a few gems from Rusko and Joker to round things out. Enjoy.

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[video] The Primeridian "Drop The Needle "

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Legit ft. Connoisseur "Seeing Is Believing"

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Legit ft. Connoisseur "Seeing Is Believing": Chitown's finest sent over the first single from Coloring Inside The Lines, which truly should be highly anticipated from those in the know, or for niggas who dig fresh Hip-Hop from new(er) MCs. Connoisseur contributes both the hook and third verse, while Legit brings that "wise beyond his years" touch to his rhymes. Perfect track to blast on a Saturday afternoon, trust we. Proper throwback appeal to the sample used, and they both just cut through the track like a knife. On those days that I miss Common's old shit, I look to Legit for the next phase of that def poetry.

[preview] 2011 NJPAC Alternate Routes Hip Hop Festival

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Here's some info on this year's NJPAC Alternate Routes Hip-Hop Festival, which goes down April 7th through April 9th, with a ton of talented artists:

MellowHype ft. Casey Veggies "LESS"

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MellowHype ft. Casey Veggies "LESS": A lot of shit isn't known about this track - it's leaked as a MellowHype tune, but Pitchfork says it's a Hodgy solo track. Outside of it will be on the re-release of BlackenedWhite, this is fresh. White blazer rap; picture OFWGKTA doing a parody on some kind of spy flick, you could see these niggas really camping it up on the espionage tip. I'm hoping this is a Left Brain production, as I think dude's a great producer who needs some more love. Not that OF really needs more press - them niggas are on a run that seemed unimaginable this time last year. In any case, this is a different flavor for the crew, and something nice to rock to on a mellow afternoon.

MellowHype - LESS (Feat. Casey Veggies) by The Up-Turn

[video] Apollo The Great "Destiny"

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FuseBox Radio (Week of March 23rd, 2011)

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[video] DviousMindZ "KeysofLIFE"

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[video] Isaiah Toothtaker "Faith No More"

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[video] Nero "Guilt"

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RTD Playlist (Week Of 3/25/2011)

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Cat vomit.

Slim's Sugar Shack (Part II)

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[preview] Break & Die "Slow Down Remix"

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Here's a radio rip of the official remix of one of my favorite Drum & Bass tunes of 2010, taken from Bailey's most recent 1Xtra show. I remember when I previewed the original, I was so enamored by their use of classic R&B vocals in a pretty sparse riddim. I'm not sure if it's just Break on the remix, but it definitely retains all of the brilliant qualities of the original piece, while injecting a nice edge into the proceedings. With a multitude of the EDM scene down in Miami, this time of year is one of the best for DnB, with new releases and dubplates galore, so I figure the timing on this one emerging is perfect. No word if/when this will drop, but enjoy this rip.

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[video] Start Your Own Rebellion "Right Here"

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Babylon Cartel x Dj Ambush Presents: CHILLmatic

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Chill Moody goes HAM over a grip of Nas instrumentals, blended by DJ Ambush.

Bonus Beats Chill Moody x Babylon Cartel x DJ Ambush "CHILLmatic"

Jermiside ft. Donwill & Spec Boogie "The Cookout"

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Jermiside ft. Donwill & Spec Boogie "The Cookout" (prod. by Von Pea): Real fucking Lessondary party on this one! Let me just say, that beat that Von Pilsner cooked on this one? Straight off the grill. Feels like some shit your parents would get hype to during a Labor Day cookout. When Lessondary gets together on tracks like this, it's nothing but quality Hip-Hop, and with that BBQ beat and these meaty rhymes? Wild gems. Fucking radical, nigga. You need this.

This is taken from Live & Let Live, the follow-up to Die Jerm Die.

Slim's Sugar Shack (Part I)

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[video] Freeway & Statik Selektah "The Flow"

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The Combat Jack Show (3/25/2011)

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Aww man! Another one in the bag. Big ups to DJ Ben Amin (@PleaseDontStare) who came through and spun on The Combat Jack Show. Tonight’s show was our last show on the Thursday nights/Friday AM timeslot. Please be sure to tune in to our new slot each and every Wednesday nights 10pm-Midnight. Our special guest tonight was none other than (journalist Newmanati) Editor -In-Chief of The Source Magazine, Bonsu Thompson. So many stories he spoke on from his tenure at XXL Magazine, working for Elliott Wilson (YN), Benzinogate and so much more. Shout outs to the homies Premium Pete and DDotOmen who were also rockin’ out with us. WARNING: There’s a lot of “pausing” going on, lmao!!!!!! Yall know what to do…..

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The Combat Jack Show 3-25-11 (Bonsu Thompson) by PNCRadio

[video] Red Eye ft. DJ Qvali "Never Relate"

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Raplord.com Global Presents Big S.I.N. Live at The Brewery (3/12/2011)

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Grab S.I.N.'s State Of Emergency via iTunes.

A History Lesson For Chris Brown

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Jay Smooth for Mayor of The World.

Benji B - Exploring Future Beats (3/24/2011)

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Jelani "Paradise"

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Jelani "Paradise" (prod. by Durkin): Jelani, I hate you – how you gonna blast this out and say some shit like “if a beautiful Saturday afternoon had a soundtrack, *this* would definitely be on that CD”? That sounds like some shit I’d say! Jelani said he fucks with music pon the regular (like, on some all day shit), and made this while thinking of the niggas he converses with on your Internets from the hours of 9AM to 5PM, where us unlucky fucks are usually chained to a desk, punching clocks and pushing pencils. An escape from planet Monday kind of thing. It definitely has that “I just got off work early on a sunny Friday afternoon, let me go drink and smoke this roach” vibe to it. That 3rd verse is the shit, too – when it’s just bangin’ drums and dude going ballistic with the flow? This is the stuff that makes quality Hip-Hop. Ride those horns, soldier.

Cymarshall Law "Cymar Fades Em All"

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Cymarshall Law "Cymar Fades Em All": While Camp Lo and Pete Rock have their own collaborative effort(s) dropping on that ass this year, it looks like Jersey’s own Cymarshall is cooking up his Pete Rock Tribute Mix CD, Hip Hop In The Soul Brother #1, and this freestyle over the remix of Jamal’s “Fades Em All” (which in itself is a classic block banger) is a great intro to Cymar’s project, which is due out in April. Aside from this, check for Cy’s “Zion Land” video to drop next week (that joint was filmed in France, should be a fly one), as well as a new Everliven Sound LP, which is produced by a bunch of Dutch cats, as well as a new Cymarshall Law & Mr. Joeker project, Hip Hop In The Soul 2! This dude doesn’t sleep, apparently.

UllNevaNo x Logic Marselis "Wowsers"

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UllNevaNo x Logic Marselis "Wowsers": The DMV is heavy on this track, with VA’s Logic and Bmore’s UllNevaNo linking up for a mixbullies.com-presented Instant Messengers FreEP that’ll be out sooner than you can imagine. This is some dope Hip-Hop, no additives or preservatives, created in a proper Internets style (trading vocals and beats via broadband connections). Love the way Logic keeps introducing the original sample, so you can hear how fly his beat is when it drops back in. Kind of shit you would ride to, waiting to hop into the cipher. Need a Jansport to fuck with this one properly!

Trinity "The Bronx"

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Trinity "The Bronx": Here’s one for you fans of gritty NY rap and the rappers from that era. Trinity = A.G., Sadat X and DJ Jab. Full blown New York spit. The Bronx, to be specific, and this is their anthem to their borough. The hook is cool – I love homegirl’s message, but her singing doesn’t work well enough for that beat, in my opinion. I love hearing Sadat rhyme – he almost sounds like he’s going to fall right off the beat, but picks it back up. When it works, it’s awesome. This is a dope anthem, for the old(er) gods, and has been getting the trio a lot of love, from New Era commercials to other notable spots. Their debut LP drops on Fat Beats (which Jab owns) in late 2011.

Camp Lo "80 Blocks Intro (For Pete's Sake Freestyle)"

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Camp Lo "80 Blocks Intro (For Pete's Sake Freestyle)": Respect to Trackstar for using a Rosenberg/Pete Rock conversation as the intro to the intro of the forthcoming 80 Blocks From Tiffany’s mixtape, which is due out next week, I believe. And props to dude for being such a Camp Lo fan – I remember being heavy into their album when I really started understanding flows. They were never the deepest MCs, but they had their characters and flows on point, and really did some fly shit… that ultimately got slept-on. Nothing like a Pete Rock collabo album to get people recognizing your chi – even if they’re 80 blocks from reality in their claims. We know what Sonny and Geechi been doing. Serve chilled.

80 Blocks Intro (For Pete's Sake freestyle) by djtrackstar

Aleon Craft ft. Backbone "Ghetto Dope"

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Aleon Craft ft. Backbone "Ghetto Dope" (prod. by SMKA): The vibe between SMKA and Craft must be awesome to see creating music. There’s no need for a corny intro or some theatrics – Aleon comes on the 1 and flies into that fuzzy bass, gats blazin’. Something hot to shake this random winter chill out of the air. Just a fly track to wake the hood up with, so when the slowpokes peek out their window, they’ll see you, dutch in hand, blowing good in the air, posted on the side of your whip. Or, since this drops on Mothership Decatur, you’ll probably be posted on the side of your UFO (sitting on 20s). That DJ Smallz-hosted tape drops early April, so make sure you’ve got your flux capacitor fixed for the impending trip.

The Dubstep Show On Kiss 100 (3/23/2011)

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Whitefolkz "I’m A Dogg"

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Whitefolkz "I’m A Dogg" (prod. by Benny Rome): In about a month’s time, Nu Revolution representer Whitefolkz will be dropping his Year Of The Dogg via Coast 2 Coast Mixtapes and Revolt Radio, so why not start promoting that jammy? ‘Folkz is kind of like the party man of the crew – Words has a lot of raw lyricists in the crew (not to shit on Folkz at all), so it’s refreshing to hear Whitefolkz come in with some ish that’s easily digested and ready for club consumption. He’s been on the low bubbling – I think I first heard about his ish a couple of years ago, and he’s moving up and on. I kind of hope they drop a video to this track, it has the basis that a funny visual could help elevate, I think.

[video] Big K.R.I.T. "Dreamin'"

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DJ MadLogic x Five Steez Yard Rebel

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Here’s the 2nd Five Steez mixtape I’ve received recently, and I’m not mad at this Jamaican MC. This time, he links with DJ MadLogic, who is a Guyanese-American that’s based in Germany, but with the true ish spit and spun on this mixtape, the phrase “it ain’t where you’re from, it’s where you’re at” rings true. This is a mixture of freestyles and shit over original production, with Steez staking his claim to be heard. I’m actually more fond of the original beats on here – makes me want to hear some more of Steez’ original tracks. In due time, I guess. Five Steez and DJ Ready Cee will be following up Momentum: Volume One with a 2nd volume, dropping sometime in the Summer. Both of these projects lead straight to dude’s debut album, War For Peace, a title which makes sense when you hear the duality of dude’s subject matter. Should be an interesting time for Steez, nahmean?

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NatStar ft. Bad Azz "Coast 2 Coast"

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NatStar ft. Bad Azz "Coast 2 Coast": What’s funny about geography and Hip-Hop is, when I was a shorty, tracks like this made sense but not as much as they do when you actually go to LA or any ill spot in Cali and take those 20 minute drives from inner to outer city. Or fly a plane, escaping the chill of winter to some fucking beautiful sun. Feel good music to the nth degree. Big up Vick for this one – is that nigga doing promo for Nat? Who knows. I do highly doubt niggas ain’t drinking or smoking to this, though. Has that bounce – that “I’m trying to rub my pelvis on Big Booty Judy” bounce.

The ILLZ - THE GOLD (EP.4)

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J.Good Look On The Brightside

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I’ve been patiently waiting for this project to get released; judging by the leaks I’ve already posted, it’s a no brainer – this shit knocks. J.Good is a competent MC, who isn’t afraid to speak on whatever he’s got on his mind. I did have a concern: I didn’t want the quality of the features (with MCs like Von Pea, L.E.G.A.C.Y., TiRon, El Prez and others) to overshadow dude’s skill, or be “the reason niggas check for it”, and I’m proud to say homey holds his own. “Crazy Dreamin’”, is an open and honest knocker, and not the only opportunity Good gives you to step into his world. With beats from Nefarious, Jansport J and others, the sonic liquor cabinet is well stocked. It’s all wins, really – and with a day like today, where it’s all rainy/snowy and dreary, you need tapes like this to help you search for that sunshine.

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[video] Theo Martins ft. Plan B "Turn It Up"

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my life needs more @theomartins over dubstep. seriously. he gonna front on me but imma put it out there in the wind. nigga. do it.less than a minute ago via web

[video] Distance ft. Alys Be "Falling"

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Kind of wish they played more off the lyrics in the song in the video, but I guess you can't win 'em all! Big tune nonetheless.

Hype Men Podcast, Episode 32: Boobs Radley

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Twitter genius Boobs Radley joins the Hype Men to discuss raunchy twitter DMs + horrible movies + rumors about Left-Eye Lopez + the Celebrity Herpes Game + why Alicia Keys makes Jensen cry + hooking up at a funeral + watching sex scenes with parents + celebrity paramours + more!

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Bonus Beats Hype Men Podcast, Episode 31: Sean C

[video] Pugs Atomz ft. Anton Genius "They Ain't"

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The Combat Jack Show (3/18/2011)

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This episode of The Combat Jack Show featured the almighty editor-in-chief/journalist/COO pioneer, Sir Datwon Thomas. Datwon is currently the COO of Global Grind and Editorial Director of VIBE Magazine. Also he is the founder and former EIC of KING (best magazine in life, word to the inmates in prison). Nothing but jewel(z) and pure humor as always. You want to know how many KING mag vixens Datwon finger-banged? Or how he made his way through this trifiling-ass industry? Hit that play and/or download button below.

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The Combat Jack Show 3-18-11 (Datwon Thomas) by PNCRadio

[video] DviousMindZ "GHOSTS"

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Bonus Beats DviousMindZ 002 Live From Rexdale

Half Past Never Band Cubicle Coma (Sampler 1)

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Like what you hear? Pre-order Cubicle Coma today! It's officially out May 4th.

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The Garden Variety Show (4/01/2011)

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[video] Kooley High ft. Median "Somethin' Outta Nothin'"

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Narduwar vs. Odd Future

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Even more Odd Future footage from SXSW, this time being interviewed by Narduwar. Via Miss Info. This is great.

[video] Tali "Dark Days"

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This track (produced by Ed Rush and taken from Tali's Dark Days, High Nights album), coupled with the recent release of Distance's "Falling", has me VERY excited for dubstep continuing to permeate the mainstream. Big tings! Sending this one out to DJ Nappy.

[video] Has-Lo "Utero"

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And to clarify a previous post, it looks like the pre-release of In Case I Don't Make It is available on iTunes today. Good ish, great Hip-Hop.

AWKWORD ft. Y-Love "Mr. President (Wisconsin)"

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AWKWORD ft. Y-Love "Mr. President (Wisconsin)" (prod. by The White Shadow): While we don't keep it political on RTD all the time, we're not just all music all the time. We come from the era of Public Enemy, where the music was a tool that helped the outside world understand what was going on. Also helped those within the scene get a better understanding of the ills that life tried throwing at us. On this leak from the forthcoming rockthedub fifth anniversary compilation, FiF, AWK and Y-Love don't hold back in trying to educate those who might sleep on the ills of the GOP, using the crazy shit with Governor Walker in Wisconsin as a jumping-off point. Crazy to think you could have so much taken from you while trying to provide for your family. Shit like this happens a lot, and with decisions like this going on, these two are right - it's only a matter of time that something like this spreads like wildfire across the country. Open your ears, Obama - don't let this go down!

Mr. President (The Wisconsin Song) ft. Y-Love (prod. The White Shadow) by AWKWORD

[video] Skream ft. Sam Frank "Where You Should Be"

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[video] Indiana Rome ft. Erick Richardson "Let's Get Higher"

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Apollo Brown ft. Has-Lo "Heirlooms"

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Apollo Brown ft. Has-Lo "Heirlooms": Oddly enough, I was at my mom’s over the weekend, trying to figure out why she has Vista and IE8 and wonders why her PC is fucked the fuck up. While updates updated, I went to the lower and top levels, looking over the things still left in her crib, mainly some old toys and a couple crates of vinyl. As Has does atop this jacked beat from MMG-bredren Brown’s Clouds LP, it’s fun to trip down memory lane and see how those old items can spark memories, or help you use those memories to chart your own personal growth. Has’ growth has built up to In Case I Don’t Make It, which is set to drop next week, and highly recommended by nigga’s like me.

Whiz Kid & TSB "Lace Em Up (Chuck Taylors)"

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Whiz Kid & TSB "Lace Em Up (Chuck Taylors)": I used to rock Converse back in the day (when I was like seven), and love the kicks, but I don’t think my grown-up style affords me the ability to rock them. I’d like to fuck with them and khakis on the reg, but I don’t rock khakis on the reg, and I’m not sure if I’m trying to rearrange my style for a pair of kicks. I might have to, b/c I fuck with their look the way Whiz and TSB do in this tribute track. Bouncy horn-driven beat opens these cats up about how they rock their Chucks. Need to open the closet door on a Saturday to this, trying to decide how you’re properly going to lay them jeans atop the Chucks.

[video] BLKHRTS "OVR" (Couch Performance)

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A Few Words For Nate Dogg

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Via Ill Doctrine.

What's Poppin at SXSW? Peter Rosenberg + Odd Future Pt. 3

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Also, the tracklist for Tyler's Goblin has been revealed.

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DJ Hipnotikk Future Soundboys Vol. 1

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Wake yo punk ass up! This mix has been sitting around for a bit, for no good reason, so I'm glad Hipnotikk hit me up and asked if we could drop this future thinkin' tape to all of you freaks out there. As future soundboys, you have to not only have your ear to the ground, but the ability to sift through the muck and the bullshit for the true gems. On this hefty mix, Hipnotikk's done just that - loads of Hip-Hop mashed with dubstep and drumstep. I mean, you know we've been championing this sound for a while, but it always help to re-establish our pole position, throw a pigeon back so you guys can get our message. DJs included on this project include DJ Nappy, RidZilla, DJ Pinto, Griffey and others, including 'nuff refixes from Hipnotikk and the one like Daddy's Money. Something fresh to get your week started with, really. Put on the headphones and enjoy the ride...

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[video] MiLKMEN "Nerd Struck Freestyle"

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Kjell "Grand Groove"

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Kjell "Grand Groove": Normally, I'd just post this on DPD and call it a day, but damnit, the laurels that make up rockthedub.com are built on hybrid sounds like this. Drum & Bass/Jungle like this takes me back to when I used to let a plethora of sounds emit through my speakers. Not to say my appetite for BASS is a single path, but these days it's only a few sounds taking up my normal aural meals. This feels like an odd track found on a dope Trip-Hop compilation, with it's heavy use of amen breaks and jazzy piano... Christ almighty. Just too good. Late night hype, you smell me? Apparently Kjell will be posting free tunes from time to time via SoundCloud, so follow him and listen to everything. Big up to Perpetuum for putting me onto dude.

Kjell-Grand Groove by kjell

What's Poppin at SXSW? Peter Rosenberg + Odd Future Pt. 2

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Bonus Beats Mike G "Forest Green" (prod. by Left Brain) [via StartOfTheLine]

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RayDawn "Heir"

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RayDawn "Heir" (prod. by Cashous Clay): I love being asked to present projects, then getting sent something from the project that brings a smile to my face. Riding a flipped Boyz II Men Shai sample over some fat bass, RayDawn is doing the damn thing as we prep the release of Controlled Chaos 2, which RTD will be presenting alongside SMKA and YNotMyDream on April 29th. Esteemed company to be in, nahmean? Ray stakes his claim to the thrown with some shit you can't help but rockin' to. Niggas hear THIS coming out of your speakerbox down the block, they might get on one knee and send praise. Feels like the SUMMER is here right now!

Botchamania 164

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RTD Playlist (Week Of 3/18/2011)

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Jakk Frost x Benja Styles Charlie Sheen Meets Mel Gibson EP

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You need a proper funtime soundtrack for an ill Friday afternoon like this. Enter and Jakk Frost and Benja Styles, with their Charlie Sheen Meets Mel Gibson EP. Inspired by the offbeat ranting(s) of Sheen and Gibson over the last year, Jakk channels their aggro sides and beasted out this seven track EP. Add some heavy basslines and crackin' snares, and it's nothing but #winning, duh.

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[video] Versis "Life Story (Story Of My Life)"

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B. Brown ft. Hollywood Floss "Love Changes"

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B. Brown ft. Hollywood Floss "Love Changes": Apparently, this nigga Brown been on some “Wednesday Buzz” shit – I’m kind of tired of weekly leak series, but if all of B(enton) Brown’s shit sounds as dope as this, I might give him a pass. This one features the homey Flawse on this track that’s perfect for the incoming Spring. There’s a lot of sucker for love ass niggas out there, still boo’d from cuffing season, who aren’t ready for the change. That’s right, every situation changes, but some dudes and chicks don’t think/aren’t grown enough to realize that that’s a part of growing up. That “fake you” façade fades and the real nigga or bitch in you comes out, and smacks the other person in the face. Watch yourselves. Don’t get caught out there – once shorty or duke does something that leaves you confused, it’s fight or flight, people. Keep your guard up. Now B Brown used to be known as Boogi Milli (thanks for changing your name), and represents Miami by way of BKLYN. Be on the lookout for his new project, The Brenton Brown Affair, which should drop whenever these Wednesday Buzz jawns run out.

Frankie Phre$h "Who's Fault Is It"

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Frankie Phre$h "Who's Fault Is It": Uh oh – new Spitzwell! Over Raekwon’s “Ice Cream” instrumental, Frankie just goes ham. Bacon flavored ice cream. Dude runs down the ills of a number of things going on – sounds like he took a look at nonsense on Facebook or twitter and decided to speak on some of the bullshit out there. There’s a lot of shook niggas who turn heavyweight behind QWERTY keyboards, but twitter definitely makes things hectic. I hope niggas keep fouling up, so we can get more dope freestyles like this.

Benji B w/ Chris Moyles - Exploring Future Beats (3/17/2011)

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[video] Emalkay "Fabrication"

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[video] Kozzie "Spartan (Remix)"

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Featuring Marger, Merky ACE, Rival, Ego & Scrufizzer:

DallasPenn.com: Frankly Speaking

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Tranzformer Snacks EP

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The other day, I dropped an instrumental from Tranzformer, and he recently sent over the EP it’s from. The Snacks in the title must reference the munchies, b/c after “Blunt Running”, this is a soundtrack to an afternoon smoke out. Blasting this loud, blunt in hand, vibing to music or talking loud in the party. Love the bouncy bass in this one, too – nice mixture of more “organic” sounds with the synth funk. The bits with Honey Brown are personal favs (“The Shine” is so ill!), as well. And when it’s done, all you’ll want to do is light another one. #winning

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snacks ep ( preview ) by Tranzformer aka Dirtydome

[video] Six Reasons "Hello Goodbye"

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What's Poppin at SXSW? Peter Rosenberg + Odd Future Pt. 1

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Common - The Supa MC & Friends (mixed by DJ Books)

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Picking up where he left off, DJ Books comes correct with a grip of classic collabos that Common did with the likes of Dilla, Q-Tip, De La Soul, Kanye West and plenty other MCs, as well as some fly freestyles. Happy Belated birthday to Com - enjoy this one while you're eating that leftover cake, nigga.

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DJ Trax + Assorted Anonymous Transmission 01

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Being as today's St. Patrick's Day, this is the EP you need, namely for one track: "Pub Crawl". This EP comes from DJ Trax, who I initially knew for DnB (but also knew he had a great love for Hip-Hop), and the Assorted Anonymous crew out of the Midwest. This entire project was an Internets collaboration, but the fusion of AA and Trax's beats fits like a glove. Transmission 01, from what I'm understanding, is just the beginning, too. Oh, and AA have a track on RTD's FiF - hah!

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Co$$ The Future's Past

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Many heads only know the NEW Co$$ - we're all not privy to niggas before they get some fame, so projects like this, that document a cat's material over the last few years, become dumb essential. Co$$ says: "'Future's Past' is a collection of material circa 09- present that I did not have exact destinations for. It is apart of the C.O.R.E.(collection of rejected excellence) series started by Blu and carried on by Sene and I a few years back. My first C.O.R.E. release was Tomorrow's Yesterday, this is the follow up....Some songs were cut from my debut project, 'Before I Awoke', and other songs were leaked on to blogs during the last year or so....I have dropped a lot of random material and I wanted to put it all on one project so heads who may have missed the leaks the first time get a chance to hear the songs..This is not my official mixtape, I'll be dropping that in the next month or so. The 'Sleep Walking' mixtape will feature 16 new songs, all original production, followed by my debut, Before I Awoke, being released on Tres Records early summer".

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[video] Drea ft. Yasin "Legacy"

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Camp Lo & Pete Rock "Mic Check"

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Camp Lo & Pete Rock "Mic Check": To further promote the forthcoming 80 Blocks From Tiffany’s mixtape, instead of leaking just another freestyle, Track threw out a (tagged) track from the Camp Lo and Pete Rock ALBUM! Over a pretty minimal beat (claps, tom toms and air horns), the Camp Lo boys waste no bars. It’s actually dope – instead of vibing to a sick flow, this is more old school, lunchroom bangin’ on the table shit, letting Camp Lo just get theirs. And no Pete Rock verse! Winning!

80 Blocks from Tiffany's-Mic Check by djtrackstar

Bonus Beats Camp Lo "Summer Love (Trackstar's Skinz Blend)"

Vandalyzm "Nothing Ass Verse With A Hook On A Beat"

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Vandalyzm "Nothing Ass Verse With A Hook On A Beat": To cap off SXSW, and to prove a point, Vandalyzm brings some no frills Rap to the scene. Straight up heat, everything done by Van… just some dope shit for dope shit’s sake. His album, Vandalyzm Is The Stepfather, is on the way, and features cats like Tanya Morgan, Naledge, Diz Gibran, Marvwon, Nickelus F, and others. Should be dope, and devoid of “rappin’ ass rappin’” in favor of some real spit. Or maybe it’s just a bunch of dope fi dope sake. I don’t know. I got the big beat, though.


Roulette Music ft. Grafik Ruffin & Jermiside "Winnin'"

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Roulette Music ft. Grafik Ruffin & Jermiside "Winnin'": Based on the title and the Charlie Sheen mania going on over the last 2-3 weeks, I was waiting for the chorus on this track to feature a lot of samples from Sheen interviews. Nah, just some blah. With Nate Dogg passing away, makes you kind of look at all the hooks coming out right now. The beat on this isn’t bad – Roulette Music has an album, No Handouts, on the way, and their instrumental is nice. It’s got a nice bop to it, sounds like a HBCU marching band did the sounds, nice live feel to it. And Lessondary member Jermiside does the damn thing, as per usual, but that hook just irritates me.

E Dot Dizzy Flying Colours

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I first got to speaking with E Dot via twitter, long before I knew he was an artist, and on Flying Colours, the God not only makes comparisons to the story of the Phoenix, but also weaves some sly bars, all heavy with bedroom eyes. No loud cracks or monstrous bass, this is all quiet storm smooth, and the subject matter doesn’t stray far from the fairer sex, be it love, lust or get the fuck out of my face. E Dot has gone from being homeless to now working and living life, so the comparison to The Phoenix is apt, although with the multitude of rhymes about women, I wonder if E Dot is more Scott Summers, wrestling with his infatuation of Jean Grae/The Phoenix Force. You play the tracks, you be the judge.

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The Dubstep Show On Kiss 100 (3/16/2011)

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Odd Future At The 2011 MTV Woodie Awards

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Tyler performs the beginning of "Yonkers", and Hodgy joins in for "Sandwitches", AKA they drop the only tracks we see video for, maybe because these are the only tracks available for sale. I'm not mad at OFWGKTA - this post right here is pure comedy. I also feel bad everytime I hear them self-edit - I know it's a necessary evil, but it always sounds weird. I also don't get how MTV will censor "goddamn" in "Yonkers", but will let "ashing blunts" fly. God > Drugs, I guess. Big up yardie.

[video] Mr. Sobers "Hustle"

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[video] Action Bronson "Barry Horowitz"

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[video] Pusha T "Push It Down"

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Small Eyez ft. Antonio Dye "2 The Sky"

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It's been a minute since I've heard some new bits from Small Eyez; actually - it was SXSW 2010 when I got sent a freestyle from duke! He's got a new project sorted out for late Spring 2011, but right now he and a grip of other indie niggas *and some shark-jumpin' ass artists* are down in Austin now preppin' to go ham. Peep the track below, love it and revel in it, and get amped for the forthcoming release!

2 The Sky ft. Antonio Dye by CheSing

The Combat Jack Show Catch-Up

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Finally, the last two Combat Jack shows have been uploaded today. They are from the 18th of February and the 11th of March, as PNC Radio is doing some renovations and whatnot. Glad we got these, I forever miss the show live. Via PNC Radio.

The Combat Jack Show 2-18-11 by PNCRadio

The Combat Jack Show 3-11-11 by PNCRadio

RIP Nate Dogg

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RIP to one of the true G-Funk stalwarts, Nate Dogg. Dude's health was bad over the last couple years, suffering two strokes about 3-4 years ago. Not sure what the final cause of death is, but this is a blow to those of us who grew up on the early Death Row classics. Started out as the sangin'-ass member of 213 with Warren G and Snoop, it's his memorable turns on tracks like "Regulate", "The Next Episode", "Can't Deny It", "21 Questions", "Area Codes" and others that we all will remember... dude had a way of flippin' and bouncin' his voice, sangin' but keeping it so gangsta. I hate when an R&B singer tries to sound adult by cursing - Nate sounding like a G who just happened to harmonize.

Is there still time to trade Akon to get Nate Dogg back?less than a minute ago via web


We wish, young Ivan. We wish. Rest in power, Nate.

EDIT I contributed to "The 10 Most Memorable Nate Dogg Hooks" post over on TRU (big up Rizoh & Jaap); there's also a dope mix that dropped months back that's been doing my head in all day...

Nate In '08 (mixed by DJ Steve1der)
NATE IN '08 (MIXED BY DJ STEVE1DER) by DJ STEVE1DER

And finally, here are a few refixes that got posted today:

Eminem & Nate Dogg - Warrior Part 2 (Santi Junior Thugstep Refix) (Nate Dogg Tribute) by Santi Junior

Warren G - Regulate ft. Nate Dogg (Disc Jockey Nappy vs. Die vs. Clipz R.I.P. D&B mix) by djnappy