Archive for 03/01/2011 - 04/01/2011

FiF

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Why yes, it's definitely been five years since I first started rockthedub (back when I still had a "blogspot.com" attached). It's been a wild journey - I went from needing a spot to let some of my unpublished interviews and reviews breathe, and turned into a destination for heads who want a different take on the normal shit you find on music blogs. As we always do around this time, I felt like I needed to drop a special compilation, and tried to assemble a load of previously -unreleased/exclusive material, so on this project you'll find new shit from Brown Bag AllStars, Zilla Rocca, Curly Castro, Elucid, Scripts N Screwz, Pugs Atomz & DJ Vadim, The Two. Fifteens, Whygee, an exclusive remix of a J NiCS track from Numonics, two DJ Nappy refixes, Mario Dones, Rickie Jacobs with Artic, and plenty more tracks.

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I also got a grip of tracks that didn't fit the 80 minute length I place on my compilations, so here's a batch of Bonus Beats featuring heat from JSWISS, Elucid, Deal - The Villain, E Dot Dizzy, SUICIDER, R.O.E., Triple J, Stealth, Kenny Kenny and others.

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That's a total of 34 tracks, for free. Not a number that's divided by five evenly... sue me. Big up to EVERY artist who sent me a track for this, or ever sent anything my way, as well as any head who has visited the site in the past five years. I do this for all of you. Shouts to my wife and my family for holding me down. I hope you enjoy this compilation, and help us celebrate our first five years. Thanks again!

EDIT I wanted to big up all of the blogs who've shown FiF love:

2 Dope Boyz | Passion of the Weiss | Knuckle Rumbler | Flawless Hustle | Audible Hype | Dot Got It | The Grind Daily | The Mad Bloggers | TRU | Boo Goo Doo Boom | Banana Clipse | Rickie Jacobs | Donwill | AWKWORD World View | Clap Cowards | Know The Ledge | YNotMyDream | Fly Definition | DEF!NITION OF FRESH | GYMRblog (if I missed your site, let me know!)

Thanks for your continued support. And big up to everyone sending well wishes to @khal via twitter! Loving the love! Share http://bit.ly/RTDFiF with your people. Appreciate that. Back to your regularly scheduled posts tomorrow.

EMS x RTD: ThrowBack Thursdays 021

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So after a year hiatus from the EMS x RTD "ThrowBack Thursdays" series we bring it back and it's only right we kick it off with the EMS general, M-Dot, who is currently touring in Europe. This is a NEW remix of an Old track off the "Run MPC" album released last August (on Soulspazm). Remix by DJ Duke of France. Look out for the Exclusive M-Dot interview coming soon on RockTheDub and grab M-Dot's new mixtape "More Doubters Over Thinking" for FREE D/L.

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M-Dot & Big Shug - Tap Out (DJ Duke Remix) by DJ DUKE

The Dubstep Show On Kiss 100 (3/30/2011)

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[video] Action Bronson "Forbidden Fruit"

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Dallas is sick for this one. Make sure you check out The Combat Jack Show tonight from 10PM to 12AM on PNCRadio.fm.

Intuition I Ruined These Songs For You Too

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I forgot to post these ruined jams on Tuesday when Intuition dropped them. That's my bad. With five years of rockthedub touching down tomorrow, I'm able to slip up, yeah? This Hellfyre Club affiliate cooked up some new (unauthorized) remixes of tracks from Erykah Badu, Raphael Saadiq, Frank Ocean, Sublime, Icona Pop and others. What's an Icona Pop? I don't know, name sounds dope. And these versions sound better than the originals I never foxed with. Thank you for your ruining, Intuition!

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Blast: The Launch Event (4/05/2011)

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Donwill says TM has special performance lined up for this event, which features complimentary Blast by Colt45. If you're in the NY area (this goes down at Southpaw), you need to be there.

[video] Jean Grae ft. Styles P & Talib Kweli "R.I.P."

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Lyle Horowitz ft. PreZZure & St. Vincent "Chain Reaction (Remix)"

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Lyle Horowitz ft. PreZZure & St. Vincent "Chain Reaction (Remix)": I actually got to hear this remix a week or so ago, and instantly fell in love with PreZZure’s “I Gave You Swagger” take on the track’s title. So much so that I implored Lyle to do some kind of project with the two of them, on some narrative shit. Cohesion and all. Who knows if that present will ever be delivered, but PreZZ as a chain is dope in and of itself. This alternate remix (with the full St. Vincent sample) is taken from Horowitz’ Auteur: Director’s Cut LP, which finds Lyle updating his 2009 release. You need that.

Donny Goines ft. Bobby Creekwater & Mikkey Halsted "For The People"

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Donny Goines ft. Bobby Creekwater & Mikkey Halsted "For The People" (prod. by SMKA): I almost feel like this track should’ve dropped in February for Black History Month, but each month should be dedicated to representing and remembering where we came from. This is another jawn from SMKA’s The 808 Experiment, Vol. 3, which drops on the 26th of April, and features a shitload of MCs – check that artwork above to get a glimpse of the talent SMKA has sorted out. Hell, he got three heavy hitters on one track right now! 40 artists, quality Hip-Hop. You need that.

[video] Curly Castro "Flatbush & Church"

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Camp Lo & Pete Rock 80 Blocks From Tiffany’s Mixtape

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We’ve been loving what the homey Trackstar the DJ and DJ Mark Divita did on this tape, based on the batch of freestyles and blends that have been leaked, so just enjoy this complete mixtape, which blends classic Camp Lo acapellas with vintage Pete Rock beats, as well as some new freestyles and album cuts. It’s a well-rounded mixtape, something that only a true fan and student of Camp Lo, Pete Rock and Hip-Hop in general could pull off. With the tempartures rising, this is definitely the shit you need to be blasting as you open up your windows and let the sun shine in.

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[video] Koncept & Tranzformer ft. Jefferson Price "Change"

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[video] Kyle Rapps "Me"

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Re-Edutainment is out now.

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Skream & Benga - LIVE At Fwd>> + Rinse (Boxing Day 2010)

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Recess x DNA

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Elucid "My Blank Verse"

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Elucid "My Blank Verse" (prod. by Small Pro): On the low, Elucid and Small Pro have a lot of material on the horizon, together and separately. This track just got passed over to me Sunday night for my rockthedub five year anniversary compilation, FiF, which drops on Thursday, March the 31st. It brings the best bits of both MCs - crisp beats and poignant rhymes. I was speaking to Small Pro earlier this evening, and he's got an album and a mixtape on the way - both should be out before the Fall. Elucid has this track and 2 others (3 if you count a refix Nappy did) on FiF, as well as two EPs (produced by Von Pea and Aeon, respectively), his Save Yourself album and other projects on the way, including the Concrete Sound System noodlings. I'm glad to have been featuring these cats during RTD's first five, and hope to continue seeing their creativity flow. For now, check out some blank verses.

Juan Epstein: Snoop Dogg & Daz (3/28/2011)

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For the latest edition of Juan Epstein, Snoop Dogg makes his second appearance, and brings Daz along. Obviously, with Nate Dogg's recent passing (and Ciph's love of West Coast Hip-Hop from that era), the spend a good amount of the podcast speaking on their fallen brother. RIP, Nate.

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[video] Rome Cee "By Your Side"

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Has-Lo "Fiber Optics"

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Has-Lo "Fiber Optics": Loving this one. Has-Lo has sorted out one of the early favorites for the Best of 2011 with "In Case I Don't Make It. He was introduced to me as a rapper/producer, and while I LOVE his beats, I'm more partial to his lyrical fury, which is properly showcased on this track, dripping in calls for you niggas to escape the mental shackles. I'd go in depth, but just peep the lyrics here. In Case I Don't Make It is out today, via iTunes and UGHH, so if you're complaining about needing some proper Hip-Hop for your audio diet, go get fed.

junclassic "What It Is"

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junclassic "What It Is" (prod. by J Slikk): Two of my favorite BPA niggas collaborate on this one. I’d go on about how I wish jun and Slikk would work together more, but I mean, I just deal with the few gems of their collabs that I possess. jun says that he was inspired by a piece he saw at 174 Street and Park Ave in the South Bronx, so I guess I need to accumulate a load of Slikk beats and take that nigga on a trip to varying graf murals. I could get the album I need in my life.

Jonny Walker "No Games"

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Jonny Walker "No Games": Been a grip since this Superinternational nigga hit me with some new music, but at least he comes correct with the bounce. Walker is a smart nigga, Superintellectucal really, but knows that you need to get the brains to the party (and, coincidentally, AT the party), so he isn’t afraid to kick his bars over something a bit bigger. The hook feels kind of sparse – but I guess when you are truly “playing no games”, you don’t need to concoct some lamebrain chorus. Right? Just rock to this, hands in the air.

No Games by Jonny Walker

J. Capri ft. Charlie Smarts "All For You"

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J. Capri ft. Charlie Smarts "All For You" (prod. by The Counselor): I apologize for holding onto this track, but say no more – this is ill. Love the strings over those weighty kicks. Something to instantly get your head nodding if your woofers are tuned that low. You already know Kooley High’s own Smarts, and Capri is capable as well – so capable that Refined Hype & BOTTOM SHELF are dropping J.Capri’s Face In The Crowd (which will also feature King Mez and beats by Johnny Juliano and The Best Kept Secret) on April 1st. Or maybe that’s just a joke.

St. Joe Louis "Show For It"

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St. Joe Louis "Show For It": It's been a minute since we helped released 30,000 Feet High And Rising, and since then I've been trying to get tracks for the RTD digital imprint sorted out. I finally got a release date for SJL's "Good Morning" / "30,000" single (April 19th), but oddly enough, I'm NOT here to expound on that. This trio has been working on their next project, Basquiat Boyz, and I have a feeling I'll feel better about them using my favorite artist's name instead of niggas like Swizz. Even odder is this track isn't even on that release! Just something their recorded over this previous weekend, and on a more methodical, brooding tip. Also a motto for them in 2011 - niggas don't have time to hop on EVERYTHING, but at least have something to show for the time you do have. Be on the lookout for a split EP with Brokn.Englsh, produced by Jr and Ph7, as well as (hopefully) more projects from these EA representers. Jersey STAYS active.

Daddy Nino "Fuck Tha Police Freestyle"

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Daddy Nino "Fuck Tha Police Freestyle": Damn skraight. Well, I don’t mind the popo – the ones who are doing the right thing and upholding the law. It’s the jakes who abuse and misuse their authority for their own gain, or to put another nigga down, those are the ones who need to be fucked the fuck up. Anyways, ATL’s own Nino follows up an awesome mixtape to weave a bad jake tale over some classic Lord Finesse. Dude must work a lot – he already has Something About Bowie, his next mixtape, penciled in for May. Keep on, fam.

Dave Ghet "Wake Up"

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Dave Ghet "Wake Up" (prod. by Hezekiah): Here’s a fly, up-tempo track from Dave Ghet, ½ of Hustle Simmons. Love the way this track evolves – has some fly keys thrown atop that funk. Dave doesn’t water his bars at all, which I love; I hate cats trying to switch up their styles to “fit” different tempos. Do you, regardless of the tempo. My only wish? I need an extended version of this!

Bonus Beats Dave Ghet "On The Run Freestyle"

Wake Up + On The Run (Freestyle) by Dave Ghet

[video] Montana x Easy Yves Saint "Leaving Flo'"

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[video] Cane "I Do Work"

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B Breaks "Someone Important"

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B Breaks "Someone Important": Here’s some interesting shit from Las Vegas way. 20 year old B Breaks drops off this cut from Wingless Pigeons // Brent Wraps. I’m not sure who dude is, so I don’t know if his chants of being “someone important” are braggadocio or reality. Like a great man said, though, you can speak things into being, so I’m not mad at ALL. What I personally fuck with in this track is the fact that the feel is more someone rhyming over their garage band guitarist’s riffing than someone really getting fat beats. Instead of blowing the party up with this, this is more of a dusty reel made at 3AM, after many of the “in-crowd” leaves and a core group of in-the-know patrons are sitting in a dimly lit rec room, passing a bong and just styling. Who knows what the rest of homey’s output is like, but I’d like more of THIS than some of the ish that’s out. Diversity, bitches.

Chill Moody ft. 5Grand "Open Up Ya Eyes"

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Chill Moody ft. 5Grand "Open Up Ya Eyes" (prod. by Jahlil Beats): I recently got introduced to Chill Moody, and honestly wasn’t expecting this. It almost reminds me of when I first got introduced to Wiz Khalifa – off a cheesey sample. I won’t front – I’m not a fan of Jahlil’s beat. I understand that the BPM is making him use that loop at a certain speed, but it annoys me. On the flipside, though, this has potential to really touch the radio. It has that sheen of shit I could see cats mobbing to in the club. Philly’s got a lot of different zones, and this spaced-out trunk rattler has it’s place.

Dutch New York "Broadway Show"

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Dutch New York "Broadway Show" (prod. by Broadway): I swear, DNY loves that araabMuzik sound – he might as well link up with araab and get the authentic block bangin’ shit, instead of the duplicated shit. This shit can be kind of intoxicating, and I figure if I was ¾ into a bottle of O.E., I’d be hypnotized. Sober? I’m nodding but not swerving. DNY is raw, though. Dude’s got that concrete hard flow. Sounds like anthems he spits while whippin’ up the babies.

[video] Tragic Allies "The Basics Freestyle"

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[video] Tone Liv ft. DohBoi "Amazing"

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[video] Tef Poe ft. Theresa Payne & Rockwell Knuckles "Crazy"

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Bonus Beats Rockwell Knuckles You're Fuckin' Out, I'm Fuckin' In

Kyle Rapps "Me"

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Kyle Rapps "Me" (prod. by Kev Brown): Jersey’s own is on his Re-Edutainment shit, dropping some shit that I need to blast in my hood to wake the dumb up. Dude took the success in his life and doesn’t sound like he’s boasting – he doesn’t have a full head or bloated ego; hell, he’s more apt to show you how to do it, too, than brag on his accomplishments. Within the scene today, that’s fucking DIFFICULT to find, so I’m glad we could hear him reppin’ himself and making you, the listener, feel good is just grand. Re-Edutainment drops tomorrow, March 29th.

Hodgy Beats "Mystery"

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Hodgy Beats "Mystery" (prod. by Bambeeno): Thank you, Hodgy. Thank you for keeping your cool, being you and riding with this OFWGKTA ship. I feel like so many people get caught up with Tyler and Earl (for good reason), and assume (incorrectly) that all OF is “horrorcore”, as if they are spitting shit as terrifying as Brotha Lynch Hung or worse than Eminem Slim Shady (I don’t know if OF has done anything as disturbing, content-wise, as shit like “’97 Bonnie & Clyde”, FWIW). On this recently-leaked cut, Hodgy shows that OF is essentially just young niggas making quality music, not young niggas specifically trying to scare old niggas. Dude knows how to ride a beat and showcase his personality on any beat he touches, be it something dark and brooding or more flute-driven. No word on where this ends up, and really, who cares? You got it. Wolf Gang. Free Earl.

Nametag ft. Guily Simpson "Raw-Dirty-Filth"

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Nametag ft. Guilty Simpson "Raw-Dirty-Filth" (prod. by Nameless): This is perfect. This track has a solid, West Coast-feel in the synth and melody, adding to the lazy drums perfectly. Nametag sets shit off, and I hope I’m not disrespecting, but beats like this are MADE for Guilty, who doesn’t disappoint at all. Something to vex to while mid-cipher with your crew – I dare a nigga to get mad when you run this one back! DubMD says this is the lead leak from ‘Tag’s Classic Cadence Vol. 3: End Credits, the end of the Classic Cadence trilogy. Vol. 3 is due out May 23rd, and features Nametag alongside cats like Black Milk, Flawless Tracks and more, with a grip of freestyles, collaborations and remixes, as per usual.

M-Dot "While I'm Breathing" [NoDJ]

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Dear EMS crew,

Wwhat’s up, fam? It’s me, khal from rockthedub.com. I’ve been supporting you guys for a bit, presenting some projects and series at times, or just enjoying the dope shit you guys have been doing. I just wanted to say THANK YOU for providing the DJ-less version of this "While I’m Still Breathing" track. I don’t know if it’s Explizit One’s use of that vocal in the beat, or the message that M-Dot kicks in his rhymes, but this was one of my favorites from More Doubters Over Thinking.

Sincerely,
khal

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[video] Meyhem Lauren ft. Action Bronson "Got The Recipe"

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Dallas' use Hulk and Herc as Meyhem and Action is so choice. Taken from Lauren's Self-Induced Illness.

Bonus Beats Meyhem Lauren ft. Action Bronson "Got The Recipe"

[video] Rob Jay "Do You Believe in the Rap Phenomenon?"

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[video] MiLKMEN "Ransom"

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[video] King Fantastic & Rusko "Why? Where? What? (Troublemaker Edit)"

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This video is NSFW, but so worth it (the track is hot, and so is Kristina Rose). If you want to peep the censored version, head on over to YouTube. And if you want the full track, sashay over to The King Fantastic.

[video] Nico The Beast "Wake The Beast"

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[trailer] The Upsetter: The Life and Music of Lee Scratch Perry

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Raphael Saadiq x Intuition "Good Man (Remix)"

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Raphael Saadiq x Intuition "Good Man (Remix)": Intuition is a proper track ruiner. You can always count on him to take some shit you like and properly drop his essence all up in it. Pause. He leaked a Phantogram remix he did last month, and said I could go ahead and leak this Raphael Saadiq track he hopped on. Both of these are taken from his forthcoming I Ruined These Songs For You Too, which drops Tuesday (March 29th). Hopefully you will enjoy the ruining of tracks by the likes of Frank Ocean, The Strokes, Sublime, Erykah Badu and other bands I don't know 2 things a bout. Proper violations.

[video] Boog Brown "U.P.S."

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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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Bonus Beats Apollo The Great "Destiny"

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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previous Slim's Sugar Shack (Part I)

[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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Bonus Beats Start Your Own Rebellion "Right Here"

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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[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.

previous [preview] Half Past Never Band ft. Jon?Doe "Letters"

The Garden Variety Show (4/01/2011)

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