Archive for 04/01/2011 - 05/01/2011

Trick Daddy x Redlight x Disc Jockey Nappy

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Trick Daddy vs. Redlight "Drop (Disc Jockey Nappy THUGSTEP Refix)": You know how we do round here - we are dub-carrying members of the "get it early" committee. Redlight's "Source 16" has been on the dub circuit for a bit, and is a fucking MONSTER. Proper infectious riddim, and the perfect bed for what might have been one of Trick Daddy's last singles. Don't know what it is, but it sounds like he vocal'd this specifically. That "low low low looow" chant fits PERFECTLY when the beat drops in "Source 16", and is just some shit to get tipsy to. "Source 16" dropped today on Digital Soundboy, so we figured it made sense to drop this as well. No pun intended / all puns intended. Also, this is an apology for missing May 1st for a Nappy refix - my bad, cousin! But trust - the pipeline is about to get dumb backed up this month - Nappy's returning VERY soon!

Trick Daddy - Drop (Disc Jockey Nappy vs. Redlight Thugstep Mix) by djnappy

Botchamania 170

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[video] Chance "Daddy's Home"

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[video] Azad Right "Spiderwebs"

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If you dig this, go grab Azad's Piece Of Mine EP.

FuseBox Radio (Week Of May 4th, 2011)

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[video] Dula-Mite ft. Blaylock "Live Your Life"

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[video] JP ft. Boom Blake "Big Money"

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[video] Justina "Reputation" x "Hard To The Body"

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RTD Playlist (Week Of 5/06/2011)

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Not only are you not funny, but the joke was over a while ago.

Villainous Volume 17

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I actually glanced over the above image earlier this week and reminisced on the days when DTV would drop the Villainous Volume and Deal Dub podcasts. Don't know if I willed it to happen, but Deal surprised the Internets with volume 17 of his Villainous Volume series, back with a vengeance after a lot of changes in his life. Still the same raw shit though. Loads of music you SHOULD be up on - and if you're not, you're welcome. Something to get your weekend right to. Sip on something, you summamabitches!

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[video] LOL "Squeeze Me"

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Bonus Beats LOL "Squeeze Me"

Benji B - Exploring Future Beats (5/06/2011)

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Fresh Daily The Quiet Life

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The press release that got sent out with Fresh Daily’s The Quiet Life mixtape was that it had more of a mature quality. I felt that instantly – this feels like some grown man shit. It’s dope – dope as fuck, trust, but it’s not dope in the “yeah nigga let’s smoke 3, 4 blunts and play Super Smash Bros. to this”. It’s on some “let’s put the kids to bed, have a couple of close friends over in the den for a game of cards” music. With some premium red wine. Just some shit to truly kick back and enjoy life to. Word is homey started this in March 2011 and finished it in two months. Not bad, considering how fly these tracks are. “Say Yes!” is an early anthem for us pushing 30/over 30 Hip-Hop fiends, who can spot samples but still like to joke with each other over some drinks on the back porch. Producers on this project include Shuko, Fonty, Theory Hazit and MNDSGN, with MCs like ScienZe, Suede Jury and Chris Faust being featured. This is Hip-Hop for clean mouths, no dirty shit. Intelligence. Excellence. Clean lines and fun times.

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[video] Don Streat "Go Ahead Take It" / "Heat Rocks"

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[video] DJ Brans ft. M-Dot "Pull Me Down"

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JSWISS ft. Noelle Leader "In The Sun"

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JSWISS ft. Noelle Leader "In The Sun": Here’s this week’s new leak from the homey SWISS. Homey lifted a beat from Swiff D’s LaDDers beat tape and took it’s airy, summertime vibe to pen a cut for you summer lovers out there. The weather’s been back and forth lately, but these nice days are peeking out when they want to. Sunshine is on the horizon, and this is one of those early afternoon, long walk in the garden type tracks. With your lover, nahmean?



Bonus Beats JSWISS “April Rap Up

Nato Caliph ft. Family Affair & GLC "Consumption"

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Nato Caliph ft. Family Affair & GLC "Consumption" (prod. by Trifeckta): Don’t know if you’ve noticed, but The Force has been collaborating with the homey GLC lately. Poebama had GLC featured on the “Out The Kitchen” remix, and now G hops on this new Caliph jawn, alongside the Family Affair. This is some of that edutainment shit – cats bring the heavy with the lyrical content, but bring it forth in a package that’s good for your speakerboxes. Love seeing the Midwest click up and bring forth some quality Hip-Hop. No word on where you’ll find Caliph ending up, but I imagine them niggas have some kind of project (or projects) on the horizon.

The Combat Jack Show (5/04/2011)

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The homey @AKingPNCRadio came through with the link for last night's show up dumb early. Classic Internets show here - Combat and Dallas are joined by 2DBz' Meka and the homey DJ Franchise, as well as the homegirl Amanda Bassa and others. Everything from Odd Future to Thor is brought up. Yesterday was a wild day/night. Thank you Grace God. EDIT Do take a listen to Meka's words on the OFWGKTA situation - homey said Earl's not even in Samoa anymore. He said he has heard that Earl's recorded with them but due to his parent's ish and his age, it can't be released. The plot thickens...

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The Combat Jack Show 5-4-11 (Meka & DJ Franchise) by PNCRadio

[video] Elzhi "Halftime"

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Bonus Beats Elzhi "Halftime"

Jelani "Clarity"

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Jelani "Clarity" (prod. by Durkin): I’ve been slackin’ on some of these write-ups – I think this track has been in my on deck circle for almost a week. My bad. Fuck it, Jelani and Durkin need to do an album together. These two “get” each other, it feels. Jelani says he had this Durkin BANGER of a beat in his BlackBerry for a while, and would rock to it, often. He’s like me – an observer, and when he decided to pen this one, he took the listener into his head and allowed cats to see their surroundings through his eyes/words. Intriguing idea, and it works well. Especially with a fawnky beat like this.

Nico The Beast "40 Bars Freestyle"

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Nico The Beast "40 Bars Freestyle": Nico is one of the realest, period. Dude’s pen touches the pad and paint more vivid pictures than the finest quality camera could snap. On this ALC instrumental, he takes us on a quick journey through his life. Dude’s had a lot going on leading up to this point, and has no qualms in delivering his reality to you, as a guide or just as an examination of the man he’s become. Hate it or love it, you have to respect it. Dude’s gonna roll with you or over you – how would you like your meal served? This is just one of a grip of misc. tracks Nico's uploaded to his Bandcamp - indulge!

Spotlight Live (5/09/2011)

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Shouts to @BuckMarleyXXX for the heads up; more info via @SpotlightNJ.

Hype Men Podcast, Episode 38: Angela Yee

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Loved this episode of Hype Men - I knew Angela Yee's past, but I got to hear a different side of her. Didn't realize she had SO MUCH experience in the industry before she started doing radio. Love her personality and attitude. The Wu-Tang stories alone are worth downloading this.

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The Dubstep Show On Kiss 100 (5/04/2011)

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[video] Vakill "I Came 4 U"

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Vakill's Armor Of God drops June 14th.

[video] Wais P "You See It"

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[video] Dave Raps "Best Worst Day Ever"

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[video] Twin ft. Budah the Rueger & Dutch New York "Get Serious"

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[RTD Interview]: Danny!

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The nigga named Danny! is a lot of things to a lot of people: some see him as a mysterious, inaccessible artist. Others see him and want to spit on him. Many remember him as a college kicked-out, and a Grammy nominee. To others (primarily, record labels), Danny Swain is a one-man music machine, writing his own songs, producing his own tracks, then hyping them to the community. He was previously signed to Def Jux, but in a downward slope that included his "baby" of an album (Where Is Danny?) prematurely leaking, causing rifts and seclusion. Recently, Interscope discovered his talents, and have inked him to a deal. The leaks from the all-Danny! produced Where Is Danny? have hit and are hits, and we got a chance to speak to Swain about his progression, from around 2007 to today. Kick your feet up and help us chart homey's journey to now.

[video] Animal Farm "Pop Music"

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[video] Phuture "Stupid Dope Moves"

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[video] Blitz the Ambassador ft. Corneille "Best I Can"

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Catch Wreck "Bonkers"

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Catch Wreck "Bonkers": Here's another flip of Tyler's "Yonkers" to drop a scathing track about the state of Boston Hip-Hop. Judging by the cover art, looks like Catch ain't feeling that Sam Adams cat. Not mad at him for that - it's the perfect instrumental to go in on a nigga that many perceive to be an imposter ass nigga. The homey Wreck has also recently dropped an LP, ADHD, which features cats like O.T.O., Illiam Savant and others, and continues his trek into the depths of true Hip-Hop. You truthfully need both of these.

Bonkers by Catch Wreck

[video] Kosha Dillz "Yom Hashoah Freestyle"

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[video] Sweatshop Union "Makeshift Kingdom"

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P Money "P Money's Bass Cannon"

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P Money "P Money's Bass Cannon": Disgusting. I think there's an unreleased DJ Nappy refix of this Flux Pavilion banger, but P Money went IN on this one. The track is heavy enough, and in his decimation of the track, he even gives a shout to the homey DJ Cable. This cut is taken from his IBeatTheTune.com FreEP. He also goes HAM over beats from Emalkay and The Prodigy. Loving everything about this, ya get me?

[video] Raekwon "Butter Knives"

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Random Axe On Toca Tuesdays (4/26/2011)

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Sean Price over "Yonkers"? Big up Al Lindstrom.

Brown Bag AllStars "In His Shoes (DJ Brace Remix)"

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Brown Bag AllStars "In His Shoes (DJ Brace Remix)":J57 doesn't do too many nice things in life. He is a thorn in my side, and a pain in my neck. But the fucker can bring me some sick tunes. If you believers are doing your homework, you should know that this track actually first got heard on FiF. Loved this one right off the bat when homey sent this one. Brace's remix has that ill groove to it. Reminds me of the instrumental Hip-Hop I used to geek off of back in the mid to late '90s. Some shit to pull the L and rock to. Taken from BBAS' Brown Bag Season Vol. 1 CD, which drops on the 17th of May. Enjoy that.


previous Brown Bag AllStars "Crumbling Down"

[video] Versis "Slow Down"

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[video] REKS "Mascara"

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Hip Hop Karaoke NJ (6/04/2011)

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[video] DELS "Trumpalump"

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The Compound (5/26/2011)

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More info on this night as I get it - should be a super treat, though! EDIT Here's the Facebook Event page - send this to your friends! Buy some tickets! Get involved!

Freddy's Dead: Osama Death Celebration @ Ground Zero

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@DPZ4Reezy goes where most Internets won't/don't, further establishing as the Internet that could, can and does. Check out his BTS reporting BTS. Some magical shit going on here!

[video] Matth Damon "Coming Around"

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The Combat Jack Show (4/26/2011)

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This episode of The Combat Jack Show is pure Internets - featured guests include Robbie from unkut.com, as well as FWMJ of RappersIKnow.com. The video up above is just a taste of this episode - I rocked this at work the other day, and legit LOL'd a few times at my desk. Dopeshit from one of the best shows around.

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The Combat Jack Show (Unkut & FWMJ) 4-26-11 by PNCRadio

The Can You Dig It? Remix Contest

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Attention Producers...break out the MPCs!! Coalmine Records joins forces with the online pro audio giant UniqueSquared.com to present you with the Can You Dig It? Remix Contest. In what Coalmine considers to be most dynamic remix contest to date, they have combined El Da Sensei's Global Takeover 2 (GT2) album campaign with the promotion of their five year anniversary compilation, Can You Dig It?. Producers are required to remix "Everyday In The Street" featuring Sean Price & Bekay off the GT2 LP, using "The Warriors Theme Song" as the sample. The winning producer will have their remix featured on El Da Sensei's forthcoming The Nu World Remix EP and will receive a generous prize package that will include gear and promotional goods, courtesy of UniqueSquared.com. Get started now by downloading the audio files and rules/itinerary document. If any producers experience any difficulty in downloading or unzipping the files, please send an email to coalminerecords [@] gmail.com and they will attempt to resolve your issue. All remixes are due no later than Monday, May 16th.

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[video] Redman "Cheerz"

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Featuring Ready Roc & Melanie Rutherford:

The Holodeck Remixes: Event Horizon EP

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It was just about a month ago when the Internets got ignited with the Three Pistol Music Remix of Starkey's "Holodeck", featuring lyrical swordsmen Curly Castro and Zilla Rocca setting their light sabers to "murder everything moving", and commenced to do so. Out of nowhere, the diabolical Zilla Rocca passed a leftfield lazy writer (ahem, myself) the acapella and asked if any producers had the knack to attack it. I sent it out to a few compadres, and the young lions DJ Nappy and Santi Junior gave this a proper THUGSTEP rerub, with Nappy flippin' a hectic Coki riddim over these lyrics, while Santi plays it interesting with a previous beat of Starkey's that works well, on a different level. Add these to the maniacal version SixTen turned in? Yeah, you're basically just reading all of this to get to the download links, yeah? Hard bars paired up with boisterous bass, hitting you from every angle. I hope you've got some armor, your Bannertech shields are fully functional, and you have some kind of teleport ready to get you out of here when you can't stomach it. Everyone's #musicmonday needs an #eventhorizon, you feel me?

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MIRRORS mediafire | hulkshare | nukeshare

Can't forget about Starkey, who has his Space Traitor 2 project dropped on the 6th of June, and features Curly Castro, with remixes from Om Unit, Distal, The Elementz and more. Here's a preview of his latest opus:

Starkey - Space Traitor Vol. 2 (Preview) by starkey

[video] Pennywise "Have A Little Fun"

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[video] MiLKMEN "Another Freestyle"

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[video] JC Poppe "Audio"

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[video] Skrewtape At Garden Variety (4/30/2011)

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[video] Kilogram ft. Big Ooh & O.Z. "One-Two"

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Shouts to Jah Yummy.

[video] Skrew "The Road"

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Another
cat I met at #gardenvariety last night, this psychadelic video is from Elevated Records fam Skrewtape (whattup Expo!??!), produced by T.C.O.R.. Skrew also hit me with a copy of Mushroom Cloud, which you can download here.

Apollo The Great Apollo 21

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Pardon me if I'm on some Jersey shit a bit tough today - after experiencing some homegrown Hip-Hop in my hometown, that hometown pride gets kind of heavy! The latest tape from Apollo The Great dropped the other day, and I KNOW mad heads were waiting for this. Dude's hard with his, and is pretty ambidextrous with his. You're getting a cavalcade of fly shit on this tape, with features from beasts like Sean Price, Freeway, Joell Ortiz and more. The tape is hosted by DJ Omega, and bangs. I know it's Sunday, but your neighbors shouldn't be too upset if you blast this loud while you drink good and smoke good... right?

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[video] Surg & Hellfire "Necessary Roughness"

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Another cat I met at #gardenvariety last night; this cut is taken from Surg and Hellfire's The Activator. Word is they have a new project on the horizon - be on the lookout!

[video] Jermaine "The Crazy 88" LIVE (4/30/2011)

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Here's some BlackBerry camera footage of Jermaine's performance of "The Crazy 88" from last night's Garden Variety show in Trenton. I actually had to dip not too long after this performance - I heard Jermaine killin' shit even more as I was walking out. Things went well last night - I love that outdoor feel that The Galamo gives you. Peace to the cats I built with last night - Kasso, Rain, Skrew, Venemous and the rest of you Jersey artists. Skrew hit me with a CD of his and Expo's, as well as some more music and info. I saw Self out there, Divine Drummah was going IN on the decks - his production is tough, plus he's a dope DJ. Black Collar Biz was out there reppin' - that kid feels like one to blow, he's grinding out there! NJ Hip-Hop is the movement. Trying to highlight more of that on RTD, as I should. But any ways, rock to this video, I'll be uploading some of the better stills I took last night as well. I hope Self can bring this to Trenton more often!

Kardi The Valedictorian

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With standardized tests and plans for graduation(s) going down, it makes sense that the nigga Kardi shows us a young, black and educated nigga doing his damn thing. Calls himself "the opposite of that Flocka shit", which is refreshing to hear from a cat who is in that demographic. Dude's wise beyond his years, and iller on the mic than most of the niggas his age. Cuts like "Homecoming", with it's hypnotic marching band flavor... awesome. The raw reality of "Busy", which throws the life of a cat who wants to make better for himself - without the aid of crillz or gats - it's inspiring shit. Awesome project to get you motivated - be it to mack a chick or plot your next power move. Strive to be the head of your class, folk.

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[video] Dane The Beautiful Monster ft. Proph "Warriors"

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[video] Adebisi "Fuck the Dollar"

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Shouts to Q for this one.

[video] Sneakas "I'm An American"

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previous Sneakas "Hebonics 101"

[video] Children Of The Stars "Masquerade Ball"

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FuseBox Radio (Week Of April 27th, 2011)

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RTD Playlist (Week Of 4/29/2011)

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Awkward.

Tyler, The Creator "Tron Cat"

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Tyler, The Creator "Tron Cat": Had to stop everything I was doing to post this. I don't think I've been this hype about a new album in a bit - and I do get hype about some shit. Goblin is due May 10th, and I have a feeling a full leak is upon us, but for now, it's good to hear this cut, which I believe was part of that whole subvert advertisement shit they had going on a month or so ago on some of your favorite Hip-Hop blogs. And can I just say - I'm genuinely happy that some alternative niggas can get proper support and press while not compromising their music? Tyler's dropping the exact same shit he had popping before most of these fuckwad blogs and punters knew what a Bastard was. And he's still fucking young. Massive respect to that nigga. And fuck you for not looking deeper. This track is all wins. MP3 via illRoots.



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[video] Neak ft. Simeon Viltz "You Gave Me Life"

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4-Ize "People"

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4-Ize "People" (prod. by Von Pea): HAH! Von Pea is a silent killer on the boards. You'll know the sample he USED, but not be prepared for where the nigga takes it. Perfect shit to cruise to, while 4-Ize takes us on a trek. This sick sick SICK jawn is the first leak from The Official SXSW Mixtape. SXSW been finito, but this mixtape (which is brought to you by Quality Control & Unique Squared) is sure to be a sick piece of Hip-Hop. And in the spirit of "doing it for the people", throw this MP3 into your iTunes - view the cover art in your iTunes and get a 10%-off discount code. Forreal - shit works, negro. Go get you some good tunage, and be on the lookout for the next leak! (And for you DJs, hit the Bandcamp for clean/main/instrumental versions as well!)

[video] V White & The Politician ft. Casual "Panda"

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Introducing Thurnis Haley

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Goblin drops May 10th.

RayDawn "Golden Ticket (Freestyle)"

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RayDawn "Golden Ticket (Freestyle)" (prod. by Jahlil): I know, I know, Ray's Controlled Chaos 2 was set to drop today. It's actually been pushed back to the 13th of May, but trust, the quality of the release when it drops has been pushed up. Not to leave you lot totally devoid of heat, Ray flippeda SICK beat from Jahlil. Pure gutter shit - turn up the woofers in your trunk and let this one knock HARD. You've been warned.

[video] Dinner at the Thompson's ft.Guilty Simpson "Rice N Beans"

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Bonus Beats Dinner at the Thompson's ft. Guilty Simpson "Rice N Beans"

[video] Zion I & The Grouch "Healing Of The Nation"

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dancehall

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Sometimes, I prefer getting a detailed e-mail, giving a bio on the artist, their recent releases and their thoughts on the dynamic shit they sent. Other times, I like some interactive weirdness. While I won't divulge the conversation I've had over the last day with dancehall (or whomever operates dancehall's e-mail account), I will say that I've not been excited by a project in such an odd way. I'm still not even sure what I'd call this - there's a number of found samples and familiar textures in this, but it's thrown up against a wall of sound and through a broken filter that just feels right. An evolving dream with no ending or beginning, just a whole lot of nows that point in a vast number of directions. You lot can geek on The Weeknd, I'll have another helping of this.

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[video] The Freeze Tag "The Voices"

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The Freeze Tag = Cassettes Won't Listen & Bisco Smith.

Benji B - Exploring Future Beats (4/28/2011)

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[preview] Soul Khan ft. Akie Bermiss "Meant to Be"

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As I was saying the other day, you need to pay some respect to Brown Bag AllStars, as they have contributed a grip of quality music over the last couple of years. Shit, I rarely am like "eh, this is wack" when I get something new from them. The homey Soul Khan is the cat at the battle that ignorant fucks would clown, wondering why he was there... only to eat their food and make their momma come get them once the shit was over. He's lyrically gifted, and more than most, he knows how to take that talent and craft quality tracks. If you fucked with Soul Like Khan, his most recent free release, you know that. Well, the homey DeeJay Element has produced Khan's latest EP, Acknowledgement, which can be purchased right now at www.soulkhan.com. It's a four track opus, plus a bonus and the video version of "Soul Like Khan", and is WELL WORTH the FOUR DOLLARS they are asking for. Don't deny your Hip-Hop cravings. Support some true shit, for all of the music they've hit you off with - give a cat some funds. If anything, it'll be a lil bit of scrilla for the keg kitty. And that'll only end up meaning - you guessed it - more bangers for you to enjoy. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is the true definition of #winning.

Garden Variety Preview: Jermaine

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I'm HOPING you fox with Emcee Jermaine; he'll be rocking at this Saturday's Garden Variety Show in Trenton, and you NEED to be there if you support Jersey Hip-Hop. I'll be in the place to be, too, so shout me out!

[video] Jakk Frost ft. Peedi Crakk "Code Of The Streets"

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[video] Theo Martins "Up & Away"

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[video] Pusha T "Can I Live"

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[video] dead prez "The Beauty Within"

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Nardwuar vs. Lil Wayne

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For remedial shits and giggles.

[video] Alpha MC "Still Bangin"

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[video] Ras Kass ft. Frankie Finch "ADIDAS"

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Danny! ft. Von Pea "Hoedown Showdown"

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Danny! ft. Von Pea "Hoedown Showdown": Still on the promo for the all-Danny! produced Where Is Danny? album, and we revisit a track that had me open for this project almost two years ago. I loved the "original", but I love how Danny flipped this one - starts out with some sick drums, and in flies a sly bassline that builds into some pure slick shit. Love that flavor that flows in. Also love how well the lyrics hold up - I realized I must've rocked the fuck out of this track, I'm playing hypeman right now. Don't sleep, you hockeypucks! Word is Danny's LP is due out August 2011.

The Dubstep Show On Kiss 100 (4/27/2011)

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SigNif Significant Wizdom

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I love EPs that feature one MC and one producer really exploring each other. NYC (by way of Milly Waukee) spitter SigNif linked up with producer Gee Wiz for this eight-track exercise, and I’m in heaven. I loved “Round Here”, but had no idea they were flippin’ a full project together. Shit isn’t that long, either – just under 22 minutes, Sig sinks deep into each instrumental, and really squeezes out the rawness from her pen. Love how tough she is, too – a lot of female MCs are coming on the underground right now, but not a lot of them attack their words the way Sig does. Ferocious is probably one of the better words I’d use to describe it. Whether it’s real life or just expressing her skill, she can do a lot, and Wiz is the perfect producer for her brand of spittery. “Ready4War” is the shit. Trust.

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Damani "PSA"

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Damani "PSA": Introducing… Damani. Homey reps Philly, and has a new mixtape, Story Of Our Lives, which will be out this summer. Love this one immediately – has a laidback Hip-Hop flavor to this, and D let’s that allow him to deliver this PSA on the womens. It’s hard to be a real nigga and have these dimes pass you by for some dumb ass rockhead nigga for WHATEVER reason. Well, it was – I’m murried now, but I gotta say, if what Damani spits in this cut is true, you might need to go find the nigga. Talented mufackoos who are keeping it real are in a minority, you smell me?


Bonus Beats Damani "So High"

Jhene Aiko ft. Daddy Nino "Stranger"

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Jhene Aiko ft. Daddy Nino "Stranger": I think the majority of the tracks Nino has sent have been solo dips, so I appreciate him dipping into his catalog and showing his diversity. He’s prepping Something About #Bowie (which drops June 1st), and I’m not up on Jhene Aiko – so thanks, nigga, for putting me onto this jawn from her Sailing Souls project. Beat on this one is kind of crazy, has a different vibe entirely from what I’ve normally been fucking with the last few days. Shit’s fly, but it’s in a different lane, slowed a bit, nothing too crazy – just hypnotic sounds that coax you in and let you sit next to Bowie’s bars. Fly shit.

Fresh Daily "Say Yes!"

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Fresh Daily "Say Yes!" (prod. by Shuko & Fonty): New shit from the Daily Fresh ass nigga? Why not! Fresh has a new project, The Quiet Life, dropping on May 3rd, but with this first leak feels like some shit that’s going to make me scream YES! like I was about to… whoa, slow down. just some feel good shit to rock to, windows open style. New sneakers and a crisp fitted shit. Fresh’s email with this spoke about a lot of owning the summer, so I imagine he’s about to slap the fucking shit out of you and make you love it over the next few months. Be on the lookout for the video.

Camp Lo "Tall Glasses"

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Camp Lo "Tall Glasses" (prod. by Smoking Apples): The homey Gotty and the TSS camp have leaked another Camp Lo-ah track, dedicated to niggas who chill in the VIP and shit. I’m too un-jiggy and too much of a homebody to relate, but this shit feels like something you need to blast while puffing some clean weed in the back of a stretch limo, sipping champagne out of a heavy glass. Or, if you’re me, you’d rock this in your backyard, during a summer night, rapping into a tiki torch with a beer in one hand, rib in another. That’s my high life. Backyard Saturday Night, I’m still.

Brown Bag AllStars "Crumbling Down"

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Brown Bag AllStars "Crumbling Down" (prod. by Mr. Green): Despite the inevitable brawl that J57 and I will have to have someday, BBAS is my shit. Talented crew, who gets a LOT of love these days. I fuck with that. No matter how many shows, blogs or labels put out their shit, I know if I need something musically, those cats have my back. Word from J57 is that the crew has their debut album due out sometime next year, and they’re putting in that work to make it as special as it should be – while sorting out their own individual projects and such. For those who need a fixing before that, be clear – the BBAS have a double-disc project of unreleased and rare material set to drop on the 17th of May, and this beautiful track is from it. Love Green’s instrumental here, and of course cats like Soul Khan excel, always. Hearing all of the cats spitting on the same track, after seeing them plant their own individual seeds, is beautiful. Also love the hook. Just an overall fly cut. Jah bless the BBAS!