Archive for 05/01/2011 - 06/01/2011

The Garden Variety Show (6/25/2011)

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Told you guys this was happening monthly! Same Jersey flavor, different venue - if you guys have been to any of the Jersey Fresh Graf Jams in the past, you know where the Terracycle building is. Dope spot, too. Off in the cut (kind of how the Galamo is), but it's a lot bigger on the inside. Should be a dope event. Returning cats include Divine Drummah, Rhymageddon, Mr. Fickle, Blackout, Steve Smiff and more, with dope cats like Shawn Lov, Tone Liv, Fizix, Zu Ninjas and more added to the bill. I imagine that cypher is going to be TOUGH! $5 donation, great night of Hip-Hop. The crowd from the last GV Show was larger than the one in April, so I hope this one is bigger than the May show! Tell a friend to tell a friend - all info is over on Facebook. Big up to Self and Kasso and the other cats who are helping put this together. Dope event!

N.O.R.E. ft. Pharrell & Lil' Wayne "Finito"

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N.O.R.E. ft. Pharrell & Lil' Wayne "Finito" (prod. by The Neptunes): Not sure who leaked this originally, but I’m sort of glad they did – we got the CDQ (clean) version sent out today, and it shows the crack that The Neptunes cook with both NORE and Lil’ Wayne. Is this the first time Noreaga and Weezy did a track together? This one isn’t crazy on the beat, it’s fly enough with the little piano twinkle and weird melody, allowing both of these two to spit some fly shit. I swear I heard Wayne flick a lighter before his bit… just saying. I kind of wonder what NORE would sound like over a beat like “Yes”, though. Maybe next time?

Kanye West "Mama's Boyfriend"

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Kanye West "Mama’s Boyfriend": Being a boy who had to deal with my mom having a boyfriend, I get what Kanye is talking about here. I also dig how this sounds like that pre-808’s flavor, digging into his past over that vocal-driven Soul on the beat. Plus, I got into the same situation – but ended up going all the way with that situation. It’s crazy, experiencing both sides of the whole “that’s my mama boyfriend” shit. Oddly enough, the track ends up working better in concept/theory than execution, mainly because it doesn’t feel fleshed out enough. Shit like this reminds me of “All Falls Down”, but at least on that, Kanye added some more substance to the theme. It’s one of those jokes that has the premise and humor in the explanation, but to truly make it fly, it needs some kind of resolution. Possibly why this didn’t make it to any official projects, and just got leaked out the other day. In any case, shows how Kanye still knows how to open up his heart and speak from his mind, without sacrificing honesty or humor.

EDIT Looks like this version is bogus - apparently someone got their mitts on the Kanye acapella and put their own beat under it or something? Oh well.

[video] Random Axe "Random Call"

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Random Axe is out today for $2 (digitally) over at Amazon. Don't be stupid.

Roni Size Chris Brown'd His Ex?


The other day, on twitter, I was actually asking people if they remembered Redman's Doc's Da Name 2000, which ended with the Roni Size-produced "I Got A Secret". I was a HUGE Roni Size fan back then, from New Forms to a lot of his solo work, so to hear that this Mercury Prize-winner is said to have shoved his ex-girlfriend down some stairs, then smiled when she asked him to dial 999, I was definitely taken aback:

The mother-of-three suffered a shattered heel after the Mercury Prize winner – real name Ryan Williams – allegedly attacked her at his home.

They had a furious row about who she was with the night before and Size, 41, is said to have flipped after she told him: ‘This relationship is over.’ He grabbed her by her hair, head and armpits before pushing her down the stairs, the court heard.

Ms Andrews told jurors how she landed in a heap screaming in agony. ‘I watched my leg go over and I didn’t touch anything else before I hit the bottom,’ she said.

‘My bone came out all the way – it was like a mushroom cloud when a bomb goes off. I sat there crumpled.’

She said he asked him several times to call an ambulance but he stood on the stairs and ‘just kept smiling’.

She was forced to drag herself out of the house and flag down a passer-by who dialled 999. The attack left her on crutches for months.

So she feels that he got some cash, got a white bird, then got possessive/aggy when she tried to do anything? I don't condone any violence towards women, and I try to be on some "innocent until proven guilty" shit, but is THIS part of the reason Roni's not really been on form as of late? Who knows. I hope this all gets sorted out, and I pray he's not really rough-housing chicks.

Juan Epstein x Bad Meets Evil

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Here’s the hour plus interview that Ciph and Rosenberg did with Eminem and Royce Da 5’9 in Detroit for the Hot 97 Morning Show. They go in on a lot of stuff, from the Hell: The Sequel album (which I contributed some words about with the Brain Trust over on TRU) to the scene in Detroit, thoughts about grading rappers, working on classic projects and other bits. They actually touch on a LOT of topics (moreso than the Shade 45 Spotlight they did last week), and of course the Juan Ep spin that can get thrown on this (from questions about Dilla to wisecracks about porn) make this one a must-listen.

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And if you fuck with all of this, go cop Hell: The Sequel, and peep the ill Complex piece on these two. You'll love it, trust.

Lyle Horowitz Smiles Of A Summer Night

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Random. Lyle Horowitz hitting me with a Bandcamp link like Saturday night or whenever it was, with this album? Fucking random. Smiles Of A Summer Night is said to have been in the production stages over the last year and a half, not too long after Auteur’s release, and Lyle feels this is his strongest work. Definitely feels a bit different – it’s immediately a bit “brighter” than a lot of the stuff I’ve heard from him, which might be due to the jazz and folk influences he admits to having on this project, but I also noticed a lot more names being shared on production: guys like Cashmere Brown, Adam Prince, Charles Hamilton, MidPoint and Chionesu all feature on this. I noticed that Fresh Daily’s “Easy”, one of my favorite cuts off of The Quiet Life, is featured, as well as cats like PreZZure, who is featured on three tracks. This isn’t just a Hip-Hop thing, though – you’ve got some singing (Dana LaRock has a great voice) and poetry in the mix as well. This is some Sangria shit – but you have to make sure you have the pieces of strawberry and other fruits in there. Really tropical and intoxicating, but only for the summer months. Maybe by a fire, maybe before some hot steamy sexual encounter. Who knows. No winter moods on this, though.

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Eric Roberson ft. Chubb Rock "Summertime Anthem"

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Eric Roberson ft. Chubb Rock "Summertime Anthem": I had to support this one. Jersey’s own Erro was in Trenton last month, and my wife was MORE than impressed, so to hear him come with this backyard funky anthem to the Summer is very necessary. You know the sample when you hear it, and to have a fly piece of the track set aside and really built upon was the good move. You could throw this on and have your mom and your shorty vibing to it, with old niggas and young cats scheming. Some shit to set your family BBQ off RIGHT, trust. Chubb Rock is the perfect cat to throwback on this one. Be on the lookout for Erro’s Mr. Nice Guy? album, which I believe drops August 23rd.

Tef Poe "Words I Never Said Freestyle"

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Tef PoeWords I Never Said Freestyle”: When he’s not engaging in real talk on your twitters, Tef Poe is steady working. His War Machine got ‘nuff respect (although it deserves much more), and he’s been working on a rumored mixtape full of freestyles, that’s rumored to be worked on with the Hip-Hop Billy Ho himself, Trackstar the DJ. Poebama continues to amaze and enlighten niggas on beats he stole and got straight up, so if you’re uninitiated, prepare to be amazed. Or insulted. On the factual side of things, Poe and Rockwell Knuckles are working on their prestige Worldwide EP, and word is that the War Machine 2 project will be on the horizon as well. Hopefully he doesn’t get into any scuffles before that one drops. Yeah I said it.

Villainous Volume 19

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One of the TWO Villainous Volume podcasts that RTD will be featuring this week, which are part of four total that will be dropped this week from representers from the Elite Assembly camp. DTV is in studio with Daniel Joseph and Myk Dyaleks on this one, and both of them have their own podcasts that you’ll get this week as well. In any case, all three are in studio, chopping it up about varying things, as well as bringing some HEAT. Feels like the EA camp has a lot of shit coming – espee has a number of things going on, Myk is getting on his shit, and I know cats like Tom Chase are doing their damn thing as well. Anyways, fuck all that, it’s about the beats, and featured artists on this edition include MadVillain, Earl SweatShirt (which does bring a dope Odd Future conversation) and a number of other jawns you ain’t up on, I’d imagine. I kind of wish I had the funds for a station for shows like this – just honest, grown-up Hip-Hop heads who don’t just listen, but actually create, so they know how to approach certain conversations. Need more of these? I’ll drop VV 20 later this week!

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hasHBrown ft. The Boy Illinois & John Dew "Collector's Edition"

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hasHBrown ft. The Boy Illinois & John DewCollector's Edition” (prod. by Chris Rockaway, co-prod. by Jett I. Masstyr): The Rap Mayor drops the latest leak from his Sa(1)me EP, and that bass in the beat is so tough. The beat isn’t too crazy – just a steady groove with some added lovelies atop, but that’s all you need, especially when cats like hash, Illinois and Dew can merk that bounce. Sa(1)me drops in August, with features from Hollywood Floss (FLAWSE!) and El Prez. Ungh!

hasHBrown- Collector's Edition ft. The Boy Illinois & John Dew by JettIMasstyr

Bully Mouth "High Tops"

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Bully MouthHigh Tops”: The homey Daniel Joseph sent over this demo from his Bully Mouth crew, who were bubbling around 2003-2007, and are working on a new project. D Joseph (aka espee ONE) and Eggz All Mighty spit on this, and espee even produced it. The four-man crew (which also features JS Krillz and Capicooo), and if it sounds anything like “High Tops”, you might need to really open your mind. I mean, I’m ready for that shit – weird shit is my all day uniform – but some of you think you’re forward-thinking, but truly aren’t ready for that hidden chamber shit. Welcome to Bully Mouth.

DJ Absurd ft. Jaz-O, Copywrite & Mela Machinko "Flying Colors"

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DJ Absurd ft. Jaz-O, Copywrite & Mela Machinko "Flying Colors": I LOL’d when I saw that eskay posted this over on the Nah Right; at May’s Garden Variety show, the homey Pryme Prolifik hit me with a flier about this album, and I was in shock – the features list includes cats like Craig G, Pacewon, Big Lou, Blaq Poet, Trife Da God, Ransom and more. I was also mad, because I wanted to hear it dumb early, so thank you eskay for posting this wild track. Copywrite murders this beat – that track is cool, but he goes HAM on that shit. It’s almost unfair. Absurd’s album drops on the 28th of June – maybe Diamond will sort some more info soon?

[video] Jon Connor "The Heist" / "Hustlin Is Always A Option"

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[video] Lyric Jones "Trapped In The City Lights"

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Bonus Beats Lyric Jones "Trapped In The City Lights" (prod. by Mr. Fish)

Cold Heat ft. Nico The Beast, SR, Neta & Meyhem Lauren "Spanish Guitars"

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Cold Heat ft. Nico The Beast, SR, Neta & Meyhem Lauren "Spanish Guitars": The boy Nico’s been going through some ish in his life, but out of the pain comes the determination, and he hit me with this gem over the weekend from the Cold Heat boys, featuring not only Nico, but the homey Meyhem Lauren. This track is crazy – it definitely features a lonely Spanish guitar loop, with a bunch of grimey cats stomping the shit out of it. The track flips weird, too – goes from those guitars into some other shit, deep. Just one of those really open cuts that allows an MC to really kick their feet up and make it theirs. Heavy.

[video] Black Collar Biz "The Introduction"

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One of Trenton's best kept secrets. Hey @whatupcollar, need the MP3 of this!

MiLKMEN The 2nd Preview

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They loved the first preview so much, they decided to hit you again. The MiLKs continue to ride that wave that emerged when Drake really got some burn, but these niggas can sing way better than Wheelchair Jimmy does. Ont his one, the bulk of the project is produced by Robi, who has definitely been able to get the best out of these two, but there’s definitely fly shit from the likes of Mistah Sandman, Ludwig Persik and deadpresidentz510. I like the progression on this one – it starts out a bit slower, then builds into this monster. I feel like there’s a story in there, but I’ll let you decide.

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[video] MeyHem Lauren "Lost Souls"

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Nas "Nasty"


Nas "Nasty" (prod. by Salaam Remi): I believe a tagged version of this leaked earlier, but props to Steve-O at BoBO for sending over the dirty CDQ. Some new Nasty Nas for the summer, fucker, taken from his forthcoming Life Is Good album. Feels like when "Made You Look" and other tracks of that ilk dropped - Remi + Nas is all you really need. Straight dirty Hip-Hop shit - that track is no melody, and Nas just slices right through it. This is the Nas you niggas been waiting for, you feel me? Take the razor out of your mouth, sip a 40 and play this one on repeat.

"I never see the whips niggas be claimin' they driving/I guess entertainment means blatantly lying..."

[video] Wale ft. Rick Ross & Jadakiss "600 Benz"

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Rawse got the Heat cap on. Aww. Best track off that Self Made coaster. Via Complex.

[preview] BET Bars On Deck

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If you've been listening to The Combat Jack show, you've heard @AKingPNCRadio talking about the BET Bars On Deck project they've been working on. In this preview, you get a sampling of what exactly this will be about, featuring cats like Oddisee, Das Racist, Homeboy Sandman & Blu.


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Released today via Not Quite Millionaires, JSWISS drops his latest project, #AllForUs. Loving JSWISS' sound right now - dude is real, he can rap, and he has a great ear for the right beat. Producers featured on this include J Roc, Diverse, The Colombians and SWISS himself, with featured MCs including Tab-One of Kooley High, K-Hill, Jones Andrews, Noelle Leader and more. I've posted enough on dude, just grab the cotdamn tape!


[video] The Co-Op "Rap Money"

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[video] Illa Ghee ft. Sean Price "Price To Be Illa"

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[video] Money Making Jam Boys "Tear It Down"

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Via Nah Right.

[video] Mellowhype "64"

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Wow. BLACKENEDWHITE drops July 12th - pre-order now.

Tommie Chase "Gibberish"

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Tommie Chase "Gibberish": Taking things into a different lane, St. Joe LouisTom Chase didn’t have any plans when he turned on the mic – he just tackles a dope beat (the same sample J-Live made uber-famous) and just lets loose. Almost like a zombie that just goes for the jugular. Not one of those Night of the Living Dead niggas, but one of them 28 Days Later niggas. You don’t want this one to end, either – just hit repeat and let Tommie talk that good humor to you about nathan.

[video] Math Hoffa "Black Speakers"

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[video] Killer Mike "Burn"

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[stream] [video] MTV2 Unplugged: Lil' Wayne

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EDIT Brought you the stream last night, now here's the full show, via Yardie... for good or ill. Some Hip-Hop just doesn't sound right with a live band, no matter how energetic the frontman is.

Botchamania 176

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Botchamania 175

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[stream] NBA Finals, Game 6 (6/12/2011)

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[preview] Please Listen To My DEMOS, Volume 2

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Got a lil' leak info on the next edition of the Please Listen To My DEMOS mixtape, which drops this Thursday via HiPNOTT, Unique Squared and DJ Booth. Hit the jump for the tracklist, which features cats like RayDawn, SoulKlap, Lyric Jones and more! Make sure you grab the first tape as well.

Starkey ft. Curly Castro "Bricks"

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Starkey ft. Curly Castro "Bricks": Outside of guys like Elucid, I gotta give it up for Curly - he has the voice and the flavor to really open up and explore these EDM beats. I've actually got an EP coming with Curly going over beats from Definate, Skream and others, but right now, check out this cut from Starkey's Space Traitor Vol. 2, which RWD threw out for free. Gotta love how Curly can weave an imaginative tale atop Starkbot's cinematic synth noodling. Heavy low-end from the jump that just turns into some other other. We've been trying to tell you, but you keep unlistening. Try to relearn what's going on here, bruv.

Starkey Ft. Curly Castro - Bricks by RWDmag

[video] Chase & Status ft. Tinie Tempah "Hitz"

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DJ Cable's KMag Guest Mix (June 2011)

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As Cable truly moves from strength to strength, and continues to add more accolades to his resume, I present this guest mix that Cable's done alongside the nice feature Knowledge did for his Triangulum imprint. Brief chat about what he's been doing and his plans for the label, and a doooope look at the sound he's trying to provide as a label head. Gwarn, Cabes!

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Westwood On 1Xtra (6/10/2011)

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Aside from dropped fresh new bits from the likes of Joker, Jakwob, Waka Flocka, Soulja Boy and others, the UK badman himself Westwood had the Wu-Tang Clan in studio talking Hip-Hop, touring and Prince William and Kate. Yeah. Not your typical Hip-Hop show, but I figure you Wu heads would be into this, for the archives.

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ForteBowie "The Night Out"

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ForteBowie "The Night Out": What's funny about me is, while I fuck with Odd Future more than most, I never really got into Frank Ocean (I remember him from MellowHype's "Hell" before anything else), so I'm kind of discovering him through these freestyles and remixes I'm hearing. Bowie, who likes to release music in milestones, threw this one in my inbox the other night when he hit his 600th follower on twitter (@fortebowie). This non-Something About #Bowie composition is over Frank's "Novocane", which is getting dumb burn on the radio. Forte takes the obvious late night creep flair of the beat and crafts a track about encountering a female during a night out. You can see it, like a Zenith. Crispy quick visual shit. By the way, Something About #Bowie will be presented by Refined Hype, Donuts & Milk and rockthedub. More deets on the release date and such should be rollin' out next week.

previous ForteBowie "The Thesis"

STEF. Menace To Sobriety 2: The Re-Up

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This is some shit I got put up on a bit ago, and never really sunk my teeth into. I also, truthfully, don’t know much about STEF., but I fuck with this. This came from my quick obsession with Avion, who is featured on “Mothership”; I have this thing where I’m definitely getting older (I’ll be 30 later this year), but I am almost drawn to the new breed of cats. There’s a shitload of young cats out there who have dumb talent, and just don’t give a fuck. They’re making music, primarily for themselves, and don’t really care if you don’t hear it. I respect that. Move in your own circles and keep it rockin’. Most of the production on this comes from local DMV producers like Enduhstreatz, Deuce The Music, Jamal Gray and Blackheart, and the results are varied – you’ve got cuts that are more sample-based, while others just hit you with homegrown synths and aggression. STEF. Sounds ill over either style, and will share his weed – features include Fresh Daily, the aforementioned Avion, Kingpen Slim and more. Some shit to play when you’re blowing trees with the homies, doing nothing, or really out there creating. Soundtrack for the anti-establishment. Or just gaming on bitches. You decide.

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The Combat Jack Show (6/08/2011)

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Newest latest episode of Combat Jack's show, featuring a recap of the most recent Hot 97 Summer Jam, how you niggas need to be operating on twitter, LeBron James scoring eight points and mad other points that bring up, what? Comedy. Great show, fam.

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The Combat Jack Show 6-8-11 by PNCRadio

2011 Run MPC Remix Contest

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In 2010 “Run MPC” was released on Soulspazm Records to much critical acclaim. Receiving high praise from websites like HipHopDX and 2dopeboyz, as well as newspapers like the Boston Globe and Boston Phoenix. The album featured legendary hip-hop artists such as Masta Ace, Billy Danze (M.O.P), Tek (Smif-N-Wessun), Kool G. Rap, Keith Murray and more in addition to some of the hottest new comers like Torae, Sha Stimuli, Termanology. It spawned 3 successful videos and a European Tour. Now iStandard, Beat Society & Soulspazm Records are presenting your chance to become part of this memorable project by entering the “2011 Run MPC Remix Contest”. Download the acapellas, create your remix of a song, a few songs or the whole album & upload it to for your chance to win a free iStandard account (valued at $99), a producer spotlight on & have your remix EP released on iTunes.


[video] Heathen "Idiot Box"

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T.S.B. Presents The Sampler FreEP

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Good to hear that a couple of the leaks the Spitzwell Brothers have been sending are now on a proper project. This FreEP finds the TSB over beats from Ced Hughes, Damu The Fudgemunk and Syd Justice, eschewing thoughts on how fly they are, how ill they are and just thoughts on what the fuck is going on in life – theirs and in general. It’s funny – at times, I listen to their shit and realize how old I’m becoming, but then a track like “Crystal Ball of Dreams” will come on, and it sounds JUST LIKE the shit I grew up vibing to when I was trying to find the perfect beat. Don’t sleep on ther TSB, trust. I’ve got a feeling their live show is just as fly as their gear.

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Donny Goines "One By One"

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Donny Goines "One By One" (prod. by Simon Illa): Senseless violence is a bitch. Everything definitely happens for a reason, but there's no reason why kids need to be getting killed for nothing. Donny knew Tysha Jones, the woman who was killed during the recent Brighton Beach shooting, and he uses his art to both remember her life and question why things like this happen in the first place. RIP Tysha.

RTD Playlist (Week Of 6/10/2011)

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Calm down.

[video] Brookes Brothers "In Your Eyes"

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My favorite cut from the recently-released Brookes Brothers album, featuring vocals from Johnny Osbourne.

General Monks ft. Ras Kass, Killer Ben & Montage One "Kill Ya Self"

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General Monks ft. Ras Kass, Killer Ben & Montage One "Kill Ya Self": This is some beast music. General Monks is Planet Asia and TriState bringing that fury from the Left. Esbe Clothing and Wandering Worx helped present their Each Step Becomes Elevated, and this track off of it is a fucking MONSTER! No nonsense, straight to the jugular bars over a haunting, intense beat. Features also include Krondon, Phil The Agony, Killa Kali and more, with beats from Evidence, Jansport J, Lee Bannon and other heatmakers. If you’re trying to get in the mood for that forthcoming Random Axe, I’d recommend putting this on to 10.

Kill Ya Self - General Monks (Feat. Ras Kass, Killer Ben & Montage One) by Wandering Worx

[trailer] Von Pea "Thanks For Your Children"

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Featuring Elucid & Che Grand:

Video coming soon? Cop Pea's Gotta Have It now.

The ILLZ "In Between Us (Remix)"

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The ILLZ "In Between Us (Remix)": Love the way ILLZ is presenting his music – he’s not just thinking about a dope album cover, or a fly hook. He will put out some music, then figure out how to appropriate his shit into a different theme or medium. This cut is taken from Let It Fall, a four-part story that ILLZ and Kristopher Rey-Talley have created, based around tracks from ILLZ’ The Pursuit LP. Not sure how they will be weaving the project when it’s finished, but A for effort and A+ for execution on this first piece of the puzzle.

In Between Us (Remix) by TheILLZ

[video] Aabaraki ft. Soul Khan "Karate"

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Skream & Benga - In New DJs We Trust (6/09/2011)

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JSWISS "Mirror"

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JSWISS "Mirror" (prod. by The Colombians): Not sure how many more leaks SWISS is trying to throw out before All For Us drops on the 13th (via Not Quite Millionaires), but this one is perfect. Great summertime light shit. Some shit to blast on a sunny beach, drink in hand. Dude gets real with it – fire some shots at cats who think they are really doing it, hoping they heed his words of how quickly hot niggas become not niggas. Diggin’ this one more than I thought I would!

Each One, Teach One (6/10/2011)

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Jermaine told me about this the other day, didn't see info pop up on it until now. Shouts to Leon Rainbow and the entire Vicious Styles Crew. Those guys really use their gifts for the community, and this showcase will let you see that. Tonight at Cafe Ole. Details via Facebook.

[video] J The S ft. Lisa Bello "Thunder & Rain"

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Gerald Walker "Shackles"

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Gerald Walker "Shackles" (prod. by J.LBS): Been seeing Walker get his weight up over the last few years, and he keeps it pushing. I was surprised to see that this cut might be a demo for something from his Grand Hustle-presented mixtape, The Other Half of Letting Go, as when I put it on, it felt like the furthest thing from Grand Hustle. Dude definitely doesn’t hold his tongue, but he also does that Drake thing of blending his rhymes and his sangin’ mid-verse. And the nigga does it with ease. It’s good to have an artist free from the shackles, really doing what the fox they want to do with their music.

Benji B - Exploring Future Beats (6/09/2011)

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K-Sise Rewind+Replay Album Release Party (6/10/2011)

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If you're in Astoria tonight, you need to be at BELIEF Skateshop & Boutique for this ill record release party. K-SISE, junclassic, Brown Bag AllStars, Ceez and more - with free beer? Get in early, BBAS might drank all that up.

Bonus Beats K-SISE ft. junclassic "Lost & Found"

And as an added bonus, the homey Praverb recently interviewed jun - kind of in-depth! Check it out. I imagine K-SISE and jun will have a grip of material for you guys in the very near future.

FuseBox Radio (Week Of June 8th, 2011)

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[video] Kool Keith "Bushman"

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Don't ask.

[stream] Sub Heat (6/09/2011)

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Oh yes, we've got a live-stream of tonight's Sub Heat party in Chicago. For all details, hit this post, and if you're in Chicago - what the fuck are you watching a live-stream for!? Go down to V-Live and get BASSED!

ForteBowie "The Thesis"

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ForteBowie "The Thesis": I'd like to hit you with a little exclusive from the nigga Bowie, who has asked rockthedub to be one of the presenters of his Something About #Bowie project. I heard about six or seven cuts from it yesterday, and my gosh - this shit is ridic. Dude's style is just intoxicating - he knows the right beat to rock to, and once he gets in the pocket, it's over - he owns that shit. This cut rides a slow funk groove, and he just drops some slick shit over it. With each line, each bar, each progression, you get more into the track. Not too many MCs have that power, to ride a beat and make a beat excel, but this shit right here, nigga? Proper introduction for those who might not be up on neph.

The KickDrums ft. The Kid Daytona "Take Shape Automatically"

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The KickDrums ft. The Kid Daytona "Take Shape Automatically": In listening to old Juan Epsteins (like, from 2008), it’s crazy to hear how often Daytona got mentioned. You’d almost feel like he should be in a bigger space right now, but he’s definitely been grinding. He sent over this cut from The KickDrums’ Ghost mixtape, which features The RZA, Machine Gun Kelly, Freddie Gibbs, GLC and more, and is a precursor to their Meet Your Ghost album (due out June 28th). Kind of a different flavor, hearing him on more Rock-tinged tracks, but he rides it effortlessly (like a true MC should), and shows his range. I guess he got the instrumental and took shape to it, automatic. Spark something to this.

Jon Connor "Big City Dreams"

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Jon Connor "Big City Dreams" (prod. by Rob 'Reef' Tewlow): Been a bit since Sav put the Internets onto Flint’s own Jon Connor, and his stock has fucking RISEN! On the 12th of July, he’s dropping an EP entitled Salvation via iTunes, and this is the first leak. Over a big beat, Jon speaks on his big dreams, with a lot of big bars full of tough rhymes. Dude’s hungry. I have a feeling this forthcoming project is going to expose him to a lot of cats, and do a LOT of good for his career. Or I can hope it does. And I will forever respect Undertaker references.

The Dubstep Show (6/08/2011)

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Dysfunkshunal Familee ft. Agony & O.C. "Just Keep Holding"

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Dysfunkshunal Familee ft. Agony & O.C. "Just Keep Holding": Kind of crazy – I’ve been going through old Juan Epsteins, and listened to Fat Joe from 2008, talking about how he was the final decision to have O.C. added to the DITC camp. Anyways, this is the 2nd single from Dysfunkshunal Familee’s Family Reunion LP, which got a lot of love – including an honorable mention in Preemo’s best of 2010 list. This shit right here? Fun throwback feel. The message is dope, and the beat is perfect for the warmer weather. Put this on and open up your windows, let some sun (and hope) shine in, you smell me?

Dysfunkshunal Familee (feat. Agony & O.C.) - "Just Keep Holding" by Diamond Music Group

Brown Bag AllStars "Get Ready (DJ Brace Remix)"

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Brown Bag AllStars "Get Ready (DJ Brace Remix)": BBAS, as a crew, probably have four or five projects in the can, ready to be released, but tightfisted J57 isn’t in a sharing mood. He wants to keep sharing shit from their brilliant double-disc Brown Bag Season Vol. 1 compilation, which was recently dropped via Fat Beats. I can play that game, bastard. Shit like this are my kind of beats – dope low-end, funky drums and some fly pianos. Just some big body shit. Rock to this and hope J57 is in a giving mood next time, fucking Scrooge McDuck.

[video] Zumo Kollie "It Was On My Mind"

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Bonus Beats Zumo Kollie "It Was On My Mind"

Skrillex - The Mothership 001 (6/04/2011)

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Of course, after Nappy and I have some convos wondering why there's no real dubstep/Bass music representation on satellite radio, Skrillex pops up with a show. I'm not sure how often he's on - hell, they don't have him listed in their DJ list, but this happened. He drops a load of his own bits, as well as a shitload of bangers. Need more of this!

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OTiS CLaPP ft. YC The Cynic & Top $ Raz "High Road"

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OTiS CLaPP ft. YC The Cynic & Top $ Raz "High Road" (prod. by Miles): Here’s a cut YellowCake The Cynic sent over that he did with his homies. Can’t front, though – he outshines OTiS and Raz on this. No diss to them, but dude’s just too fly with his. I guess that’s why he’s rocking last on it, though. Goes in with his verse, too. Something to kick your feet up to and contemplate life about, you feel me? Really try and figure out what you’re doing in life. To each his own.

[video] Haze Brown ft. Heathen "End Game"

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Kontact & Black Knight “Free”

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Kontact & Black KnightFree” (prod. by Benny Rome): Took long enough, but it looks like Wordsmith’s Nu Revolution camp is going in with their own project. Tact N Black have their Eye Of The Storm mixtape dropping on July 25th, and they released this first leak, which works wonders. Not to say you wouldn’t know who these two cats are, but with a dude on his grind like Words is, it can be difficult to get them their own spot, so after putting on Whitefolkz, it makes sense for these two to get theirs. Rome’s cooked up a banger for them, and they ride that shit to perfection. Great intro.

[video] Jansport J "Wishing"

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J's Save my Soul album got re-released on iTunes, with two new cuts - "Wishing" is one of them

The Emilio Sparks Experience: Special Edition 3 (The After School Special)

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I’ve gotta say, this more than any edition of Emilio Sparks’ podcast has hit me harder than any other they’ve done. Shouts to Mike for opening up about his depression/addiction – I went through a similar situation, and while I had people to speak to, I wasn’t trying to open up about that stuff. Not to say this episode is all down and deep and serious, but sometimes you need to have those real conversations, especially when it comes to mental health. Respect for bringing this part of your life out, fam. Really appreciated, and I hope anyone who is feeling down and is self-medicating, listen to this and know there are options for you. Keep the faith and get that help if you can/need.

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D.Julien Ready For Tomorrow

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Been a bit since we got a full project from D.Julien, eh? However long it’s been, it feels like it was too long, so to get this new project from Ju, with only two features? I’m all about that. It’s almost criminal to not mention D.Ju in those conversations about dope MCs on the come-up. Dude’s got nothing but talent, and knows how to parallel the issues in his life with the bigger picture, and sees how he fits within the game. The title track is poignant, a definitive statement in a nation that many feel is lost, and D.Ju coasts over every track on here, dropping gems and gaining new fans with every 16. You need a glimpse of tomorrow’s finest? Throw this one on and get an advanced look into the future.

DOWNLOAD D.Julien Ready For Tomorrow Presents The South

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REUPSpot has been coming correct, not only bringing themed tapes, but really showcasing hidden talent within those themes. Most cats might see “The South” and will look immediately for Lil Jon, Bun B or some hybrid of the two. For their mixtape, cats like Pat Lee, NatStar, Tunk, Kyle Hubbard and others rep their region, but aren’t defined by their region. Early favorites are Vice Gripp’s “I’m Charlie Sheen’n”, which does what it says on the tin, or tracks like “Black Rock” from Jon Black. Just a dope addition to those who grew up on Houston, Memphis, Atlanta and other Southern cliques, but wanted some fresh faces to swang to.

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Kosha Dillz "Span-Hebrish (Ech Ani Olech)"

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Kosha Dillz "Span-Hebrish (Ech Ani Olech)" (prod. by Shuko): This hit my inbox a day after Summer Jam 2011, but Kosha Dillz performed at the 2009 and 2010 Hot 97 Summer Jams, to much praise, so this time of the year is kind of good for him, yeah? This tri-lingual (Spanish / Hebrew / English) track actually got performed at the NYC Israel Day Parade on the 5th of June, and is a great alternative for the Summer jams you normally hear. The instrumental is perfect – primarily an infectious beat, with some percussive elements and other bits thrown in to really accent that riddim, with Dillz going in with his seemingly effortless blending of three languages in the same rhyme! This cut is found on Gina and The Garage Sale, which is out now!

Kosha Dillz - Span-Hebrish (Ech Ani Olech) by Diamond Music Group