Archive for 06/01/2011 - 07/01/2011

[video] Magnetic Man ft. P Money "Anthemic"

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[video] Revalation ft. Mayhem "The Goods"

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[video] Esohel "Bleed"

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Allindstrom.com x Best Of Both Offices (Part 1)

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NYPD Brutality After Pete Rock/Smif-N-Wessun Show

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After a recent Monumental show in New York, a fight broke out outside of the venue. Does that mean the NYPD needed to wail on these cats like they did? This shit seriously has to stop. Being scared of the police doesn't help ANYONE, you feel me? It brings fear, and hate, to them, and a real sense of "we've got no protection". Which leads to a bunch of other stuff. Shouts to HipHopIsCoolAgain for this one.

[video] Apathy "Check To Check"

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The Dubstep Show On Kiss 100 (6/29/2011)

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[video] Whitefolkz "I'm A Dogg"

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[video] Skrillex LIVE At Dex Fest 2011

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Via Definate Films.

DMG x !llmind Presents - The "Destiny" Remix Challenge

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Calling all producers!! Diamond Music Group has paired up with b.l.a.p. frontman !llmind & the NY based boutique tee-shirt brand Classic Material NY for The "Destiny" Remix Challenge. The remix is for the Illmind produced single, "Destiny" off Moke & Tone's recently release Shot Heard Round The World LP, which is now available. The producer with the winning remix receives limited edition tee-shirts courtesy of the good folks at ClassicMaterialNY.com. Get started now by downloading the audio files and rules/itinerary document. If any producers experience 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, July 19th, good luck!!

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I.C. NYC Episode 3: A Fare Slice

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In 1980, New Yorker Eric Bram noticed that for twenty years the price of a subway token had tended to match the price of a slice of pizza. Thirty years later, his hypothesis still holds true. The question we wanted answered is WHY. Are the MTA and the various supposedly independent pizza shops involved in collusion - or who's taking their pricing cues from who? And what about the dollar pizza spots that have been popping up all over Manhattan recently -- could these be predicting a lower cost transit authority appearing in our future?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_New_York_Pizza_Connection

[video] Pete Rock & Smif-N-Wessun ft. Styles P & Sean Price "That's Hard"

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Via Nah Right.

DNAEBEATS ft. Psalm One & Mistah FAB "Let Me Hit That"

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DNAEBEATS ft. Psalm One & Mistah FAB "Let Me Hit That": Weird – I had no idea DNAEBEATS has worked with cats like GM Grimm, Gift of Gab and Quannum. On some shit that I wish I could make happen, DNAEBEATS’ “Disko Blunt”, which was found on the Seclusiasis releae Secrets Worth Dying For has been vocaled by FAB and Psalm One. Some sly funk right here (slunk?), and provides a dope electro-tinged weed anthem for you spaceraiders out there. This is on a two-track single that exclusively dropped via Beatport on the 27th of June , and on July 3rd, word is the Secret release part will be in Philly, with DNAEBEATS, Dev79 and more. Lemme hit that slunk!

How The BET Awards Changed My Life

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Jay Smooth wins.

Surock ft. Pro'Verb, K-Beta, yU, Lyriciss & RAtheMC "Blasphemy"

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Surock ft. Pro'Verb, K-Beta, yU, Lyriciss & RAtheMC "Blasphemy": The story behind this DMV posse cut sounds like one of my situations. Last August, Surock rounded up some elite individuals to go in on a track that was to be a bonus on his Suck My Disk SP1200 beat tape. As usually goes on when more than 2 people are working on some shit, the track didn’t get completed in time. I’m just glad it got sorted out – this is some fucking heat! The beat is some straight throwback hustler music, and each MC destroys this instrumental. Real smooth, cognac flows. Video on the way. I hope they have leather jackets on!

ForteBowie ft. Aleon Craft "Decatur"

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ForteBowie ft. Aleon Craft "Decatur": Second single from Something About #Bowie finds Bowie and ATL's own Aleon Craft sending some love to one of ATL's havens. No big booty bassline anthems here - just a down-home guitar and some subtle percussion. Tracks like this have worked well for both artists, so I'm not surprised they linked up for this anthem. See, rappers, you can praise your city without an Auto-Tune'd T-Pain hook!

Esohel ft. Astonish & Kenlo Key "Take Notes"

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Esohel ft. Astonish & Kenlo Key "Take Notes" (prod. by Dynamic): Guess which don got flipped on the hook? eS brings another Essential leak, alongside Moleman Astonish and Tha Intavention’s Kenlo Key, beating this brutal instrumental into submission. This is some big body music right here. Something to recite while counting your stacks, or contemplating on getting some. End of the day, once it’s past family, it’s funds. This one goes hard, trust. Was kind of surprised, actually. Need a video for this one, dunn.

Signif x KnowSum "Let's Figure It Out"

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Signif x KnowSum "Let's Figure It Out": Whoa! I just flipped a Signif/Gee Wiz track yesterday, and get this snappy number for Sig and this cat KnowSum. I love the vocal bass thing he has going on here, with the strings starting and stopping? Tough. Not sure if this is really going to be going anywhere – but knowing Sig, she’s going to make more happen with dude. She weaves a crazy tale, sounds like the kiss-off to a wild relationship on the side of someone who gets cut off before their lover leaves. Fuck ‘em though, right? Nah, you think on it, ponder it over the Summer… even while you’re hugging and loving. Maybe the school year will bring you two back together? Figure that one out.

[video] 3-60 ft. Big Ooh! "Im A Get At You"

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[video] Tricil "One Day Soon"

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[video] Aaron Evans ft. DJ Deprave "Jazz Is Freedom"

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[video] Legit "Thirteen"

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Directed By Scotty Summers.

previous Legit "Thirteen"

[video] DJ Nappy LIVE In Atlanta (June 2011)

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This is literally the entirety of Nappy's set in Atlanta a few weeks ago. Storms caused his time to be cut right after the first mix. @zone3 from thefreakbeat.com got all of the footage.

Boomboxed Radio 3

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The boy Daniel Joseph switched locations, sorted this podcast out with the one like A Sharp. Words is Phace stopped in and dropped an exclusive on that ass. Dope tracklist here, featuring cats like Divine Drummah, Venemous2000 and DJ Priority, Koncept, Run CMD and more. I saw Phace drop some lyrics at Saturday’s Garden Variety, and he’s got a tape on the way. Pop this on during your job and cool out. Forget your work, you feel me? Fucka job, just max. Then go rob somebody.

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Rome Cee The Extra Mile

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Bmore has some talents. I think Articulate was the first Baltimore spitter I really got into, and that put me onto Rickie Jacobs, who just blew minds with his consistency. I don’t know how or where Rome Cee fits into that mixture, but dude definitely has a drive all his own, truly going that “extra mile”. He already had USM, PedX and Spksmen putting this out, and hit me up to help spread the word. Had to oblige, especially when I realized how sick everything he had was going. I love the sound of this – has a lot of Soul soaked into these tracks, with beats coming from J. Cardim, E Hill, Swiff D and others, with features including Sean Price, E Major, UllNevaNo and more talented spitters. Rome is someone I imagine would be fun to get drunk with. Not “ha-ha”, tipping cows fun, but someone who’s natural and would be at home having a real conversation as well as just shooting the shit. Has that respect for his family, as well as a dedication to the goals he’s set for himself. If that’s you, let this be your soundtrack.

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SigNif "Wish Her Well"

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SigNif "Wish Her Well" (prod. by Gee Wiz): Love how Wiz and Sig have heat like this, after sorting out a dynamic EP like Significant Wizdom. Wiz has those beats that you can smell on the SPOT, knowing full well they’re going to be fantastic. Has that bounce and that screwface factor that are ready to get you cats fucked the fuck up. Sig keeps it sharp with her bars, letting you know why she should be in your “my favorite MC is…” conversation(s). Word is a video for “S.I.G.M.A.T.A.” is on the way, so be on the lookout for that, but blast this during these forthcoming scorching summer nights.

Jon Connor "Someday"

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Jon Connor "Someday" (prod. by Reef): Each one of these Salvation leaks lets me know that my early appreciation of Connor’s music had basis. Over an ill beat that feels like a the backing band’s theme music for a regular nigga like me, walking to the bank, Jon Connor essentially gives you haters the middle finger, and let’s you know that he was fully aware of where he was going to. Dude’s talented, and can twist verses that tell stories and also come lyrically correct, while still keeping it concrete. New visionary for the sidewalks and alleyways out there.

Mirandom "So Far"

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Mirandom "So Far": Mr. Miranda and Random have a dope collaborative project on the way entitled The Memorandum, and they figured they’d grab Common’s “The Food” and speak on how they are more concerned with what lies ahead than what they’ve left behind. You definitely need to know where you’ve been to know where you’re going, but if you don’t keep your eyes on the prize, how the fuck will you know where you’re going? I see it, and this is my motivation music.

DistantStarr For Them Vol.1

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The boy DistantStarr has been working on shit, I know, but he ain’t been releasing shit. Well, he did, and I fucking forgot to post it. My bad, nigga. But you kept the good public waiting, so we’re even. Anyways, he brings his brand of futuristic funk on this one, in both concept and execution. Collaborations include the homey 2ew Gunn Ciz, Scanz, Reggie B and more, with stand-outs (in my opinion), including “For Them”, “Nike SB’s (I’m Fly)”, “Night Shift”… fuck it, it’s really all fly. Blaze to this one, forreal. Actually, Distant and Aleon Craft should link up… someone make this happen!

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C-Rayz Walz & Dub MD Presents All Blvck Everthing (The Prequel)

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Had no idea the homey Dub MD was linking up with one of my favorite MCs, but I smiled when the first free project from C-Rayz Walz touched my inbox today (pause?). Word is All Blvck Everything (The Prequel) is not only the taster, if you will, to his All Blvck Everything: The Album, is not only a death march for his old ways, but also the death march for all competition. Walz doesn’t disappoint here – alone and on the collabo tip (with the likes of M1, iCON The Mic King, Mike Eagle, NoCanDo and more), with beats from 9th Wonder, Marley Marl, Bronze Nazareth and plenty more, he goes in with the twisted wordplay. I was always intrigued by his dominance over beats, and stayed for the intellect, and I’m glad I’ve got a grip of new jawns from him. Also kind of intrigued with what he has down the pipeline – where the fuck is C-Rayz going!?

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[video] ForteBowie "The Thesis"

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Thelonious Martin [Super]

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When he’s not doing amazing shit like graduating high school and representing what a dope producer from Jersey can be, Thelonious Martin watches [Adult Swim]. Inspired by the bumps betwixt commercials/shows, 1Up presents his 7th beat tape from this last year, [Super], with a equal nods to Soul and video games. AKA what I figure I’d have been making if I spent less time smoking weed and more time not being frustrated by my lack of patience when it comes to shit like making music or DJing. If you’re an MC, I’d say grab some of these beats now, and get your swim on. Bitch.

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"He must have thought it was white boy day..."

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After seeing that both Eminem and Action Bronson recently released some murderous videos today, it reminded me of one of my favorite scenes from True Romance. Check both clips out now.

Eminem "Space Bound"


Action Bronson "Brunch"

[video] Blackout & Tone Liv LIVE At Garden Variety (6/25/2011)

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Outside of Terracycle, Tone was talking to myself and Jermaine about how trying to match Blackout's energy almost threw him off his game. Black's got that Busta presence when he touches the stage.

Tom Chase "Scattered Thoughts" / "Machine Gun Brothers" (ft. Elete)

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It's not Tuesday, but Tom Chase has a slick two-fer for you niggas. On the first half of this special, he literally flips some "Scattered Thoughts" over Kendrick Lamar's "Hi Power" #noOTKL, making me wish he had touched down at Garden Variety this past weekend. Just disgusting over a sly beat. On the flipside of the file, Tom and Elete link up as the "Machine Gun Brothers", taking Fat Joe's "Massacre On Madison" and Swiss cheese the track. Seriously - I don't care how many of you niggas out there are spitting, you ain't merkin' tracks like this, trust we.

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[video] Mr. Fickle LIVE At Garden Variety (6/25/2011)

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Fickle was talking about his The Streets Can't Tell Me Nothing mixtape, which you can grab for free via DatPiff right now.

Rome Cee ft. Sean Price & Jay Mastermind "So Insane"

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Rome Cee ft. Sean Price & Jay Mastermind "So Insane" (prod. by Jay Mastermind): Nice little leftfield flavor for your Monday morning. Bmore's own Rome Cee hit me up a bit ago, and I was impressed by dude. I went in with no expectations, and got really hype off his shit. He asked if RTD would help present his The Extra Mile mixtape, and I said let's go. This track definitely comes hard, but on a different vibe. Been hearing a lot of organs in tracks lately, and this one digs into a dope organ paired with some fly drums. Just that hint of quirk that makes me keep pressing rewind. And anytime P! touches on a track, you know it's a problem. Soak this leak up today, and get prepared for The Extra Mile tomorrow.

[video] Paperface ft. Prep Star "She's Like A Star"

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Saw Paperface on Saturday night, and was truly blown away. Love the originality and the concept. Check out this video, and grab The Paperboy EP.

[video] K-SISE "Player Shoes" LIVE

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Bonus Beats K-SISE Rewind + ReplayLink

[video] Knowledge ft. The Cause "I Used To Dream"

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Bonus Beats Knowledge ft. The Cause "I Used To Dream"

DJ Absurd Flying Colors EP Release Party (7/03/2011)

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That line-up is kind of classic. #jerseysalliknow more details via Facebook.

Midnight Marauders (7/09/2011) w/ 9th Wonder

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[pics] Garden Variety (6/25/2011)

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I just uploaded a bunch of pics from last night's #GardenVariety show that went down in Trenton (check them out via Facebook). It was good to finally meet Tone Liv, as well as see brethren like Jermaine, Self, Kasso, Leon Rainbow, Mr. Fickle, Rhymageddon and more. Other Jersey fam there included DJ Absurd, Blackout, Steve Smiff, Spitatainment, Shawn Lov and The Cause & Knowledge. Feels like each of these GV shows in Trenton are better than the last. Some highlights: Spit and Divine passing an L - mid-performance, the one and only Paperface going in, Self's insane freestyle, host Popa Chief's "FIYAFIYAFIYAFIYA", DJ M.Fasis with the straight 45 set, Blackout's performance, Tone's commanding of the stage and just the cipher itself. Always great seeing NJ Hip-Hop properly represented. I have a few videos I'll be uploading as well. Big up to the heads who made it out there, and I hope more make it out next month!

Botchamania 179

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The Combat Jack Show (6/23/2011)

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I knew they weren't gonna have a show at the regular time on the 22nd, due to Dallas hosting the Random Axe show - I had no idea they were still doing a show this week. The first half hour is dope - this year's BYOB BBQ is going to be memorable - and they had special guest Jean Grae in the building. You already know!

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The Combat Jack Show 6-23-11 (Jean Grae & Mike Herard) by PNCRadio

[video] Nutso ft. Mic Geronimo & Royal Flush "This Is My Hood (Amazing Maze Remix)"

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[video] Rome Cee "We Improvise"

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[video] Seven Day "Untitled"

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Custees Choice: Episode 2

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The homey Self has the next installment of the Garden Variety shows in Trenton tonight at Terracycle (details HERE), and I've been sitting on the second edition of his "Custees Choice" podcast. Very Jersey-centric here: El Da Sensei, Surg, Dopplegangaz and more are featured, and it's just some ill Hip-Hop to get you ready for tonight, you feel me? Heard Self and maaaaad Trenton area MCs kill Side B Radio last night on WPRB. If you missed that one, I feel sorry for your mother. Anyways, make it out tonight!

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DeeJay 007 - Power Hour (June 2011)

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I haven't heard from 007 in a MINUTE, so of course he randomly sends over his latest mix. This is more current than I know he prefers to spin, but for a great afternoon, this is the kind of shit you can blast, keep the honeys bouncing and drink to. Nice mix of Hip-Hop, Club, Bmore, Dancehall and more. Get crunk to this one.

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DeeJay 007 Power Hour (June 2011) by DEEJAY 007

YN At East Village Radio

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Dope interview with YN, as well as a look behind the scenes at his recent East Village Radio "Respect The Jux" show, which you can stream (but I'd love in MP3). Via Rap Radar.

FuseBox Radio (Week Of June 22nd, 2011)

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J.Rocc - Michael Jackson We Love You

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Two years ago today, the world lost the King. Not just the King of Pop - without Michael Jackson, music might not be where it is today. His constant consistency helped push others to either be more like him, or take the natural abilities he had and work it in their own fashion. But I'm no acclaimed journalist, and this isn't that kind of post.

I had to re-up this mix J.Rocc did two years ago, a mix that doesn't leave my BlackBerry music folder. This 79-minute trek through MJ's musical catalog is fly. Kind of plays heavy to the older, teen MJ, as J.Rocc tends to love that more disco/party/Club vibe when he's mixing. He just knows how to blend perfect bits - he has comedy bits in here (draws out a thing MJ did for The Simpsons), but also brings out just bonafide classics, as well as some gems that you might have forgotten about. In any case, put this on and reminisce. Or rediscover. Whatever you do, honor the man.

RTD Playlist (Week Of 6/24/2011)

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You already know...

The Summer Of Luvstep

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Generation Bass and RTD are proud to present The Summer Of Luvstep, two mixes of pure Luvstep sounds from DJ UMB and DJ Nappy. If you're not up on Luvstep, you can hit up GenBass' post to get a full history lesson on the sound, or just check both of these mixes after the jump. Get your drink on, grab your luv and get your step on.

[video] Hawdwerk & Jansport J "You Aint Sayin Nada"

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Dominique Larue ft. M-Dot & Revalation "We Are"

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Dominique Larue ft. M-Dot & Revalation "We Are" (prod. by Onederkid): Of course I didn't know that Dom Larue had her Sam Jackson Project dropping via Dub MD (whattup, fucker) on the 29th of August. of course I didn't know that she linked up with two of the EMS heads (whattup, fuckers) for this BANGER. Why would I know? This is pure heat. Those strings make everything feel bigger than usual, and I love how Onederkid flips those drums randomly Just a heavyweight record. Something for supreme MCs to go dumb over. And they definitely make this track retarded.

Cold Heat feat. Sadat X & J-Love "Taking It All"

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Cold Heat feat. Sadat X & J-Love "Taking It All": I'm sorry, but Sadat X is all wins, everytime. I've always been a fan of the way he spits, from that distinct voice to the almost offbeat rambling at times. Even with his adlibs and doubles, it's crazy. over this sub-heavy cut from Cold Heat's Raising The Bar, which is available for pre-order, but drops on July 19th. Hell they even got J-Love rapping!??! This is some shit to crack dutches and down brew to, forreal. And probably stomp a nigga out to as well. Queens!

Cold Heat (feat. Sadat X & J-Love) - "Taking It All" by Diamond Music Group

[video] The ILLZ "In Between Us"

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Villainous Volume 21

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These BrainstormLive ass niggas on they job with the podcasts. DTV comes in and brings his brand of Hip-Hop to the masses on VVR #21, alongside Daniel Joseph and Myk Dyaleks, who bring the funny. A lot of the selections this edition are classics – I was actually commenting (to myself) about how much I loved those Heltah Skeltah jams from the ‘90s, and to hear the Fab 5 on this? Amazing. You cats need those fly Hip-Hop tracks from back in the day every once in a while, right? Nigga even drops my favorite jawn from the Afro Samurai soundtrack, forreal. Respect.

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Wingspan "Wait A Minute"

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Wingspan "Wait A Minute" (prod. by Copywrite): Many heads know Copywrite as a supreme MC, but lately (at least) I’ve heard more from his batch of beats, and this one is a moving track. Written during a particularly dark period in Wings’ life, he just tells it like it is, pouring his emotion into the track. He didn’t’ think he’d make it to his next birthday, but he recently celebrated his 21st, and leaked this Growing Wings track the other day. It can’t all be party and bullshit, you feel me?

Esohel "Let Me Show You"

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Esohel "Let Me Show You" (prod. by Serious): This instrumental is so… nah, I won’t throw a pun in there. That beat is some shit to move to – be it on the train or just in the recesses of your mind; on this, eS paints three pictures for you, giving you that vivid lyricism that you wish more heads would bring forth. City stories, mostly, from a couple of different takes. Part of that brand of Hip-Hop I grew up on, and still yearn for, to this day. His next album, Essential, drops on the 12th of July for $free.99 via UDotFam.com.

Small Professor Beats & Rhymes Jawns

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I'm glad that Small Professor is finally ready to start this crazy promo run. Dude's got a few serious projects (as well as a tough remix I have been waiting on for a minute). Dude's part of that new breed of Hip-Hop producers, both from Philly and just hitting my ears over the last few years, that I've genuinely been excited about. And while dude's new, he still maintains some of those old school vibes about him. He does have a bit of that quirk in him as well, which you catch on this short EP of, well, beats and shit. You've heard a few of these if you mess with his SoundCloud, but to get them all in high quality is essential. Keep your ear to his Bandcamp for the next Small Pro release(s), seriously.

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Lewis "LION"

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Lewis "LION": NO idea who Lewis is, but this is intriguing. The instrumental flies in differently – loads of snare hits, synths and eerie sounds that pairs up perfectly for that guttural fury that homey spits. Nothing nice or a joke around here – although he does allow himself to flow fiercely on this one. Something to rock to with the lights off… and your sobriety out the window. I might have to see what else this nigga has going on…

LION by Lewis Allen

[video] J.Rocc "Play This Also "

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[video] Thelonious Martin "Super"

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Congrats on graduating high school without killin' niggas.

The Two. Fifteens The Commute Vol. 1

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New compilation of sick bass-fueled bangers from The Two. Fifteens. I've had a couple of these on deck, like "Tap Dance Massacre", "I Shake. Now" and more, and it just has all of the shit I need. "Tap Dance Massacre" is straight dubfunk with a bit of those eerie Aphex Twin melodies creeping around, while in other spots, they bring the sick sublow fury to Nas & Damian Marley's "As We Enter". This is proper dub - they really melt a lot of genres into their cipher, and spit out some pure rum punch on this one. Everyone from Rihanna to Busta Rhymes has a voice on here, with loads of BPMs being touched. Don't sleep. And don't approach this without an open mind. This is the precursor to Effective When Used After, so if you're tardy to the party, this will be your boarding pass. Hop on!

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Boomboxed Radio 2

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Dan Joseph goes in, starts out episode two of his Boomboxed Radio podcast with the mighty "Baggage Handlers". Bong bong. From there he goes into making some grown-ass cup of coffee for Deal, and it’s craziness after that. Dude is such a character, it’s great to hear niggas with personalities and shit. Big up to BrainstormLive for presenting these, although they ain’t sending them out. I’m not saying, I’m just saying. Lots of Wu in this episode, heavy. You need this.

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Skrewtape ft. Young Zee & Copywrite "Aint Nothin' Slick"

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Skrewtape ft. Young Zee & Copywrite "Aint Nothin' Slick": At May’s Garden Variety show, I spoke to Skrew briefly and let him know that his networking game is on POINT! I can always count on him to send over some track that has just ill features on it. Over some laidback funk, Skrew links up with Jersey’s own Young Zee, as well as Ohio’s Copywrite for some expert lyricism. Something to blow a fine L and bounce to. Shouts to DJ Rhino for the ill cuts on this one. Expect to hear this and more on the Jersey Fresh Graf Jam mixtape, nahmean? Still accepting tracks, hit me up!

Jelani "Race Matters"

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Jelani "Race Matters" (prod. by Durkin): Taking the lead from the Race Matters book from Dr. Cornel West, Jelani speaks on a number of issues affecting the Black race right now, from Fox News to racial profiling. Oddly enough, a nigga at my job had made mention of Willie Lynch, and that Talib Kweli line hit me in the head. I spent an hour at work being mystified at word that the "Willie Lynch speech" wasn’t real, or can’t be confirmed as legit. Oddly enough, while I hate spreading falsehoods, the shit in there mirrors what has gone on in America. Whether it’s us vs. them or us vs. us, we have been put into some fucked up predicaments that only we can reverse. Get educated and move forward.

Tone Liv ft. Sol Zalez & B. Stilt "State of Emergency"

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Tone Liv ft. Sol Zalez & B. Stilt "State of Emergency" (prod. by A Sharp): Here’s some more of that dope NJ Hip-Hop for you heads out there. Word is the Remarkable Mayor is due out in Trenton this weekend for the Garden Variety Show, and I imagine Sol will be there as well. This is taken from Tone’s Jersey’s Junkyard Dog, which will be available for free download very soon. “Jersey’s all I know” is the anthem, indeed.

The Dubstep Show On Kiss 100 (6/21/2011)

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Jay Cue "Awesome Sauce"

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Jay Cue "Awesome Sauce": You might’ve seen me comment on the multiple emails I received regarding this track. If not, it doesn’t matter, this is all about a cat who’s reppin’ with the NRK camp out of Georgia. Another young cat that kind of reminds me of Tyler and the OF guys – mainly for how he comes across in his rhymes, and the downright leftfield beat that he’s spitting over. He actually has a few OF ties, as Vince Staples and ½ of The Jet Age Of Tomorrow were featured on his Pyramid Life album, which dropped in March. As the email states, this is for cats who are living in a “why am I living this life” kind of status… let that album be your soundtrack. Definitely has that feeling of depression/dread, but instead of crying and giving up, taking that frustration and building something with it. Interesting work, check it out.

[video] Vakill "Armor Of God"

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You Need Some Ice?

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I don't care how old "Bling Bling" is, nothing says "I made it" like getting some ill Hip Hop Jewelry, right? If I did, I'd fuck with a watch up like the one up above. I'm personally not too into crazy chains, but if you need some Hip Hop Jewelry, check out Trax NYC. Forreal.

The Two. Fifteens "As We Enter (RMX)"

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Tomorrow, The Two. Fifteens will be dropping their The Commute Vol. 1 mixtape, which features a number of leftfield bass masterpieces, further showcasing their love and experimentation with dub, Hip-Hop, IDM and other forms of trickery. This particular track is a futuristic dub take on Nas & Damian Marley's "As We Enter", complete with otherworldly bass, pulsating kicks and some of that fly back and forth flavor from Jr. Gong and Nas. Kinda wish the majors had seen this and put this on a UK release of the single, but you know how that goes.

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[video] Neak "It's Your World"

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ForteBowie "3 Stax Back"

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ForteBowie "3 Stax Back": Love how Bowie flips the "____ Back" craze that the MMG started, asking for Andre3000 to come back and save the ATL Hip-Hop scene from the "trap". Plus, he used the beat from "Spottieottiedopaliscious". 3 Stacks ain't been around for a bit, but when he does rear his head, he merks shit. I'd be up for his return. Something About #Bowie is due out July 8th, and will be presented by Refined Hype, Donuts And Milk and RTD.

[video] J Rawls ft. Casual "Find A New"

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[video] Rapper Big Pooh "Wooden Wall Silverware"

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junclassic & Jazz Spastiks "Busta Ya Melon"

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junclassic & Jazz Spastiks "Busta Ya Melon": I saw some footage of jun ripping through this during K-SISE’s release party, and it looked like cats were all about this one. This is taken from their Mode 7 album, which HiPNOTT picked up and will be dropping on the 26th of July. That Busta sample in the hook, paired up with that throwback jazz in the track? This is the kind of shit I used to vibe out to years back. Back to my essence. Undeniable.

Rickie Jacobs ft. Artic "Free John"

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Rickie Jacobs ft. Artic "Free John" (prod. by The Arsenals): Who’s John? They talking about Starks, Studd or Stamos? Legend or Lennon? Anyways, The Arsenals drop a track reminiscent of something Rick Rawse would spit over. Artic and Rickie go straight stupid on this one, but really, there’s nothing else to do over a riddim like this. What you gonna do, rap about art and saving the children over a track that’s essentially made for fat asses to bounce to? Come on, dude. I legit LOL’d at “you should give me brain, bitch, because I’m about to be famous”. Whoever John is, someone should be popping a pussy for him.

Jon Connor "Broken Mirrors"

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Jon Connor "Broken Mirrors" (prod. by Reef): This leak from Connor’s Salvation hit the inbox the other day, and I can’t help but feel refreshed when I heard dude spit. He’s one of those cats who genuinely knows how to spit, but also knows how to construct songs. Almost like he’s cut from the Joell Ortiz cloth, ala “Kawl Me”, or a L.E.G.A.C.Y.. Dumb talented, but doing it for the people? Take heed to this one. July 12th!

Bonus Beats Kid Ink ft. Kevin Cossum & Jon Connor "Hold It Down" (prod. by APB)

Jermiside "I'm A Man"

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JermisideI’m A Man”: Dear Jerm, I already knew you were a man. Hah just joking, nigga. I’m guessing Jerm is about my age, and I’ve definitely been on some reflective shit about where I’m going for the next phase of my life. Especially when I think about my son and how he’s starting kindergarten, and how I’ve got a daughter who’s overcome dumb obstacles to win Principal Awards during her recent graduation. Proud man, proud father shit, but it’s a weird tightrope. Balancing act, if you will. Part of being a man is family first, and I’m learning that more this year than any other year in my life. Anyways, enough about me – Jerm’s Live & Let Live tape, which is presented by KevinNottingham.com, should be out soon. This is the second leak from it, and a sound that I wish we heard more of in the Hip-Hop.

Advent Venture II

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I don’t know why, but for some reason I was not expecting them EA niggas to bounce back with new editions of their podcasts so quickly. The posts had barely cooled down in my RSS feed and I had three new episodes sent over! Continuing as he means to go on, Myk Dyaleks takes you into a deeper side of the game, showcasing his love (passion?) for Soul and RnB. This is some late-night shit. I don’t wanna call it incense sounds, but it’s definitely some shit you wanna blow a tree and straight relax with your loved one to, trust. A good bit of this edition features a promo type ting for Mara Hruby, too, which is dope. Love that they knocked out the ‘casts (VVR and Boomboxed Radio) in the same session, something they are birthing with/for Brainstorm Live. Dope shit.

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