Archive for 07/01/2011 - 08/01/2011

PreZZure - The Reset Button

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It's been a minute since a full project from PreZZure came over... hell, he wasn't even PreZZure when it dropped. Over the last half of a year, homey has been going through some ish - from female strife to whatever other shit goes on in the mind of a young Black male. I don't prod - that's my dude but we don't go in like that in conversation. Maybe we should... but then again, we'd not get interesting .zips full of interesting shit like this. Very leftfield - he opens the album over a dubstep hybrid sound, and other tracks are definitely Hip-Hop, but utilize odd bounces and wild samples to get their ish across. The kind of shit that I really fuck with, nahmean? There's a lot of cats who want to forgo their regular lives to get on that music shit. Not a lot of them are as talented as PreZZure is. A cat from NOW who knows about THEN but is making music for the future. Even features a cut produced by Lyle Horowitz. The two of them have some SHIT cookin', hopefully I get to leak one particular banger before Summerslam on the 14th. Just trust. Until now, go up to your console, hit that reset button and recalibrate what the fuck you thought was going on.

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Dave Raps "The Deep End"

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Dave Raps "The Deep End": #DAVEDAZE continues on, with Raps acquiring J. Cole's "Work Out" instrumental and works out without gymnastics references. Some applause. This beat isn't as bad as niggas made it out to be, IMO.

Dave Raps - The Deep End by DAVE_DAZE

Steve Smiff - Street Dreamz Vol. 1

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Praise Jah for the Garden Variety shows - they helped me get a better idea of the proper talent going down in the Garden State. Also introduced me to the music of Steve Smiff, who dropped Volume 1 of his Street Dreamz series today. Or last night. Fuck it, whenever it dropped, it dropped, and it's fucking ill. Mixed by DJ A-Sharp and hosted by Phace, this is a gutter look into homey's cipher, and he goes from spitting about hood love to how much iller than you he truly is. Plus, the picture on the front cover is a pic I took of him back in June! He smashes a number of your favorite beats here, from Nas to Lil' Wayne, making everything his own. Reminds me of how The LOX go in, truthfully. Fuck with this one.

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[video] Spitatainment Presents "Dartin'"

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Divine's dancing kills me. Fire track.

[video] Das Racist ft. Lakutis "Amazing"

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[video] Sene "Poh It."

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[video] Chad B "Hit It"

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I never claim to be up on EVERYTHING - I had heard that the Bmore and Philly Club music scenes had made it to Jersey, and damn near go insane when I heard the kids around my way throwing parties and hearing nothing but BASS bangin' all night. I guess they was rockin' to shit like this. Mad Decent Mondays went in with this ish, for good or ill. What say you? Is this the Bass Music scene making its way into the hood?

[video] Phene "Married To The Night"

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Dream Season Preview, Week 3

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For Week 3 of this Dream Season promo, we have an exclusive preview of the entire EP via Earbits. Catch up on Week 1 and Week 2, and get prepared for next week's promo, which should be an interview with The Jake. Boom!

Feed Me x Ludacris "Cloud Low (Smash + Destroy Mashup)"

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Feed Me x Ludacris "Cloud Low (Smash + Destroy Mashup)": I've actually been kind of lax on posting the refix pressure (got a nice DJ Nappy refix that got mastered to post for you lot), so I was glad when this Feed Me x Ludacris refix came through. Smash + Destroy = Smash Gordon & Dieselboy, and this cut was featured on Smash Gordon's Smash Your Fucking Face Volume 3, which you need to fox with if you mess with the dubstep riddims. Word is Smash + Destroy will be rippin' shit in Los Angeles on the 19th of August, get them tickets early. This refix right here? Love how the sexy synths of the Feed Me original aren't touched, and Luda only touches down when the bass really gets ramped up. Tough. Enjoy.


Feed Me x Ludacris - Cloud Low (Smash + Destroy Mashup) by Dieselboy

Carmega & Lewis "Poor Brave Soldier"

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Carmega & Lewis "Poor Brave Soldier": Now this is the kind of shit I'm trying to hear right now. Really intriguing, story-like verses, delivered with loads of impact, with a beat that provides enough intrigue and rhythm, but doesn't overpower the points being driven home. Don't know much about Carmega or Lewis, aside from Lewis being a NJ cat, but damnit, I need more. Dude really knows how to string together those thoughts. Really hits home in a few ways. Awesome.


Poor Brave Soldier by Lewis Allen

Dave Raps "Less Fight, More Light"

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Dave Raps "Less Fight, More Light":#DAVEDAZE is on day 15, and damn, Raps sounds like he got a lil' tipsy before he sorted this track out. Something feels off IMO - like Dave had a few ways to knock this one out, and started out swerving. He cleans it up as the track progresses, though, as real niggas do. Maybe I'm just not a fan of sangin' when Dave is in the booth, LOL.


Dave Raps - Less Fight, More Light by DAVE_DAZE

Killah Priest "Listen To Me"

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Killah Priest "Listen To Me": Priest be talking some shit. I don't get down with all of the knowledge, wisdom and understanding that he does, but that's kind of his enigma, right? It doesn't feel like false, Lupe Fiasco-type intelligence, and when you break down his lines, you feel the weight. There's a LOT going on here, and if you just, um, LISTEN to the nigga, you'll get hit with some shit. Or you can just let the flow and that hypnotic beat intoxicate you. Multiple rewinds on a rainy night, refilling up the goblet with fine cognac. The Psychic World of Walter Reed is on the way.


Serge Severe "Back On My Rhymes"

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Serge Severe "Back On My Rhymes" (prod. by Universal DJ Sect): After such a real Hip-Hop night like I had this past Saturday, tracks like these are usually the kinds of jams you'd think I need. Portland's Serge Severe recently dropped Back On My Rhymes, and felt like letting this track fly. I'm glad he called it "back on my rhymes" and not something else; just not too hype over this one. The beat is dope, and dude has some "music for the true heads", but without a hook - and sharper darts - I'm not sure how hard this one will hit. He actually references Biggie a few times... for no real reason. I don't know. I'm not like two thumbs down on this, just kind of ho-hum.


Serge Severe- Back On My Rhymes by sergesevere

Jeff Spec "ijuswannachill"

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Jeff Spec "ijuswannachill": You should've seen a number of posts on RTD, featuring Jeff Spec's more recent work. If not, you're in for a treat. Homey is working on a new project, Specnology (which drops September 6th), but leading up to that, he will be dropping a number of tribute tracks that The Mad Bloggers will be hosting. The other day I got the first cover, which finds Spec dropping science over that classic Large Professor. He actually remade the beat, and appropriated the rhymes/theme in his own direction, but trust, it works well up against the original. Some cool shit to mellow out to, nahmean? Keeping your eye on the prize music.

Psynum "The White Stripes"

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Psynum "The White Stripes": Well damn. Out of the blue, the homey Psynum creates one of those instrumental odes to Hip-Hop that I went through high school memorizing in my headphones. "Funky Drummer" breaks, leftfield samples and scratching? I'm all about this. Not even sure if this has a home. Well, it does now. Something to be like "hey, I fucking love music" to.


The White Stripes by Psymun

Mary Anne Hobbs On Xfm (7/30/2011)

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[trailer] Rickie Jacobs Die Brilliant

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Die Brilliant is the name of Rickie's next project. Coming soon.

[video] L PRO "Good Morning"

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[video] Raymond Strife "Place Your Bets"

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One of the cats who lit up July's Garden Variety show; this cut is taken from Strife's Self-Loathing Egomaniac album, which is available now.

[video] MiLKMEN ft. Kris "Go To Sleep"

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Creep show.

Bonus Beats MiLKMEN ft. Kris "Go To Sleep"

Mean Doe Green - Hard Hats & Grenades

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DJ Rasta Root's The Best Of Tribe Vol. 1

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Gods'illa x Erykah Badu - CPR The Blend Tape

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Daniel Joseph x Tone Liv x Phace (7/31/2011)

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I literally took this video with the BB Torch about 12 hours ago, outside of last night's Garden Variety show in Trenton, NJ. I finally got to meet Elite Assembly members Deal - The Villain, Daniel Joseph and Myk Dyaleks (as well as the lovely @haikuguru). Deal, Myk and I spent a good couple of hours chopping it up outside of the venue, and it ended with DTV dropping a load of beats from a few forthcoming projects. After the last cipher, Deal dropped this instrumental and as you can see, we successfully got Espee to spit right there in the middle of the street. Wasn't expecting Tone to jump in, but that's what he and Phace did. Great shit to capture. Great night (check out some pictures via Facebook). And I definitely heard Tone and Daniel birth a brilliant idea: TONE JOSEPH. This collaborative project needs to happen. Write your congressman. And get ready for the Jersey Fresh Jam, which is going down at Terracycle in Trenton on the 20th of August.

Curtiss King - 90s Nickelodeon Snick @ Nite

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Kontact & Black Knight - Eye of the Storm

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Kyle Lucas x Captain Midnite - The Sky is Falling and I'm Fine EP

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Dave Raps "Etiquette"

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Dave Raps "Etiquette": I'm not too familiar with a Chiddy Bang, but for the latest #DAVEDAZE, Dave touches down on just that. This some shit to bang round the camp fire.

Dave Raps - Etiquette by DAVE_DAZE

FuseBox Radio (Week Of July 27th, 2011)

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Night Creatures' Mash-Up Medley

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Lyle says "As MidPoint & I begin work on Night Creatures 2, we decided to give the fans one last visual before laying the first Night Creatures project to rest. Enjoy this 20-minute mash-up medley featuring four Night Creatures jams: “At Midnight I Take Your Soul”, “The Clockwork Wizards”, “Go To Sleep!” and the instrumental for “Bellevue Dick” set to footage from one of my favorite horror films: The Abominable Dr. Phibes."

[video] Strong Arm Steady ft. Kobe "Gangsta's"

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[video] 151 Feva Gang "Kush Groove"

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Bonus Beats 151 Feva Gang "Kush Groove" [clean | dirty]

Dave Raps "Motivated"

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Dave Raps "Motivated": I'm assuming this is that Kelly Rowland jawn - my mainstream R&B knowledge is lacking in 2011. Sorry, shit that isn't Frank Ocean doesn't stick. Anyways, Dave Raps is at #DAVEDAZE 13, going ham on this one. And by ham I mean, fucking so good the bed smells like bacon. Making love isn't on the menu with this one. Straight up drunken marathon smash. Pussy, nigga.

Dave Raps - Motivated by DAVE_DAZE

[video] DELS ft. Roots Manuva & Joe Goddard "Capsize"

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[video] Diggy Simmons "Copy, Paste"

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Cyclops ft. e.d.g.e. "Asteroid M"

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Cyclops ft. e.d.g.e. "Asteroid M" (prod. by Tokyo Cigar): Here's a new cut off of Rap Scott Summers, which Cyclops will be dropping alongside YNotMyDream and RTD this Fall. This track is kind of crazy. It's hype but when you break down each piece, it's really kind of simple. Tokyo Cigar is a monster with this one! Love that Cyclops takes this comic shit seriously - from his name to the mixtape title to this track's title to the X-Men references throughout the track. Something hype to get lost in.

[video] Tone Liv ft. Class "Sgt. Slaughter"

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Rock Steady 34th Anniversary (7/31/2011)

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The Combat Jack Show (7/27/2011)

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While I sit and wish that the Combat Jack show members would just learn to stop worrying and love their differences, check out the latest show - you know, the reason we are all here. Dallas Penn had to see Chocolate Snowflake, so CJ asked Tanya Morgan's Donwill to join in as guest host - although DP eventually joined the broadcast, and told stories of kicking cat ass. They bring the funny, and the knowledge, and I feel like I have to have an intervention to get these niggas doing what we all know they need to be doing. #BYOBBBQ2 - August 20th.

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The Combat Jack Show (Don Will) 7-27-11 by PNCRadio

[video] Kosha Dillz ft. Mojo Hanna "All These Years"

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[video] Sheen Bros ft. Greg Nice "It's So Hot"

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RTD Playlist (Week Of 7/29/2011)

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that's life

Milly Esquire "Never Give Up"

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Milly Esquire "Never Give Up" (prod. by JVZZI): I'd love to go into some long, wild description for this one, but it really does what it says in the title. Milly paints pictures around the mantra of never giving up. That's what you lot need to really get through your head - there's no "quit" if you've got goals. Sure, you have hobbies and all that other shit, but if you have somewhere you're trying to go - be it as an MC, lawyer, whatever. Just do the damn thing thing.


Never Give Up by Milly Esquire

Dave Raps "How You Want It"

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Dave Raps "How You Want It" (prod. by Justin W): Not sure who Justin W is, but he dropped this instrumental on Dave. Sounds like a chiptune flipped with skittery drums ala Timbaland's "Ayo Technology" instrumental. Shit's fly, though. I fuck with it though. Half expecting Missy to jump out and start crooning. Need more chiptunes in Hip-Hop. Oh, #DAVEDAZE - 18 mo' to go!


Dave Raps - How You Want It (prod. by JUSTIN W) by DAVE_DAZE

Hell Rell ft. M-Dot & Benefit "Nothing To Fool With"

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Hell Rell ft. M-Dot & Benefit "Nothing To Fool With" (prod. by FRZ): I had to hit up M-Dot when I got this one - when I hear Hell Rell, I don't expect to hear my nigga from the Beantown on a track with him. No disrespect to either party, just wasn't expecting it. But that FRZ instrumental? Fits both well. Rell talks his hood elegance over those sick horns, while M-Dot brings that rugged demeanor with his verse. Something laidback but hard at the same time, dope flavor for your Friday session(s).


[video] Big Ooh "Shot Caller"

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[video] Roach Gigz "F A Chorus"

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Taken from Roach Gigz' Bitch, I'm A Player mixtape.

Real Nigga Freestyle

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Bonus Beats Remy Banks ft. Domo Genesis "More Clouds"
Bonus Beats Frank Ocean "Thinking About You"

[video] Freeway ft. Sean Rose & Gilbere Forte "Want It All"

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Bonus Beats Freeway ft. Sean Rose & Gilbere Forte "Want It All" [via 2DBz]

[video] Juga-Naut "Ivory Throne"

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Juga-Naut spits over some Mobb Deep, taken from his JUGANAUTOLOGY mixtape.

Karrueche x 1TWO

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I don't mess with Chris Brown, but his girlfriend Karrueche looks VERY nice in this recent 1TWO "Made You Look" photoshoot (which also features Aurielle Rousanville). I mess with 1TWO's designs - including this "My Favorite Rappers Are Dead" tee. Check 'em out!

[video] MadKem ft. Silent Knight "Slow Burner"

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BURNTmd ft. DJ Green Lantern "Bang Out"

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BURNTmd ft. DJ Green Lantern "Bang Out" (prod. by Reef Ali): Here's the latest jawn from BURNTmd, which says it features Green Lantern, but I believe it might just be because it's taken from The Green Invasion mixtape. I'm not sure. BURNT goes in over another banger of a beat from Reef. Love that ill piano and those crisp snares, and BURNT just goes in. Bars for bars for bars for bars. Heavyweight Hip-Hop shit.



BURNTmd (feat. DJ Green Lantern) - "Bang Out" (prod. by Reef Ali) by DiamondMedia360

Dave Raps ft. Jhene Aiko "Bad News"

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Dave Raps ft. Jhene Aiko "Bad News":#DAVEDAZE 11, and I believe ForteBowie recently fucked with Aiko's moody "Stranger". I mess with that instrumental, and this is perfect for the lane Dave has been cruising in during this daze of leaks. Even if he's moving to deliver bad news. Just how it goes, sometimes.


Dave Raps - Bad News (featuring Jhene Aiko) by DAVE_DAZE

[video] The Kid Daytona "In The Meantime"

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Daytona isn't sure how this made it online, but it's here. Enjoy.

[video] Jon Connor "Ain't No Future 2011"

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Here's Jon's tribute to MC Breed, taken from his recently-released Salvation.

[video] King Reign "Brand New"

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[video] Mayhem "Everyday Struggle"

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Taken from Mayhem's Early May 3: Mo Retro.

Hassaan Mackey & Apollo Brown "Tell Me"

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Hassaan Mackey & Apollo Brown "Tell Me": I figured the pimp flavor was only going to reside in the intro, but the way that sample was flipped? Need a crisp New Era to rock to this one. I'm not too familiar with Mackey, but I fuck with his rhymes, but moreso his delivery. It's called low-key, but I think he is just subtle, and the beauty in that is when you understand what the fuck he's spitting about, it smacks you in the face with how vivid his descriptions can be. Grab Daily Bread now - or wait for the vinyl on August 16th!!

Thad Reid "Work"

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Thad Reid "Work" (prod. by Rich Young): Not sure what the homey Thad's been up to, but apparently this cut is from his Unadulterated Reid project. I throw this up now, at 8AM, because I know a lot of you niggas are either at or on your way to your 9-5, trying to get enough motivation to push pencils, stack boxes or watch other people's money until you are "free". I have to do it, you have to do it, just make it work (no pun intended). This Rich Young beat is bouncy - I'd like to hear this beat played by a live band. Has that flavor to it.


Thad Reid - Work (Drudgery) (Prod. by Rich Young) by thadreid

Pavy "Hip Hop Is My Home"

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Pavy "Hip Hop Is My Home": Ant YNot put me onto Pavy recently, and sent this cut over the other day. Pavy reps Chicago, and is definitely one to watch. I personally thing Legit is the next young cat on the rise from the Chi, but Pavy also occupies a space Legit doesn't. Pavy sounds more sure of himself, and definitely leans more to the mainstream, although the echo'd shit in this beat? My kind of shit. This might sound crazy if you're, you know, on drugs. Enjoy that.


[video] Rich P. "Back Burner"

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[video] Ozy Reigns "Envy"

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[video] The Pricks feat. B-Real & Smoke DZA "GhettoBlaster (Remix)"

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[video] Crown Royale ft. Eric Bobo "Say What"

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[video] Donny Goines "What Up Bro"

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Bonus Beats Donny Goines
"What Up Bro" (prod. by Canei)

John Dew "King On A Throne"

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John Dew "King On A Throne": Good to see that New Houston getting some love as of late. Dew's one I've featured a number of times on RTD, and I see he has a new project with DJ Cozmos on the way, Tech-NASA (which stands for Taking Earth Children Higher, Navigating Audio Sonic Amplifications). Sounds like he and Aleon Craft need to do some shit together, too! This one has that intergalactic flavor to it, I think those are the acid twists on that bass, which I fucks with. While "King On A Throne" is the first real declaration of dominance I've heard from Dew, I'd imagine you niggas could utilize this as your own celebratory anthem. Chuuuch!


Zero Star ft. Maggz "Bonus Track"

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Zero Star ft. Maggz "Bonus Track": To cap off Don't Look Now, Zero brings a bonus entitled "Bonus Track", and it's the perfect encore to a great set. Literally - after that final show track, you hear this beat kick in? Keep the party going! Word is a video for "Bonus Track" is on the way - due out August 15th, even! Digging Zero Star's flavor. Check out his shit, trust.

Topaz Jones Hello My Name Is

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Topaz Jones, one of Montclair, NJ's finest, is doing the damn thing with his, and has cooked up this new project, Hello My Name Is (which is being presented by Tastemakers NJ and Dope Couture), to sort of introduce you cats to a lyricist you need to get to know. Thelonious Martin produced "like 90%" of this, and it just goes to show how fly these two Jersey cats get when they collaborate. Loving the samples used, and Jones has a knack for manipulating his style to match each cut. Shit, I'm almost 30, and sometimes it feels like these cats look at me like I'm an old ass nigga, but fuck it, I fucks with this. Love that new breed of MC, especially those coming out of Jersey. Don't sleep, trust.

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Tranzformer ft. Remarkable Mayor "All Good"

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Tranzformer ft. Remarkable Mayor "All Good": Well damn. Back before I even really started writing, I always imagined myself as a producer. I was big into Jazz at the time, and Miles' Kind of Blue was my shit. I always wanted to hear "Blue In Green" flipped in a Hip-Hop way, and this is the second time in the last year that I've heard a flip of this. This is actually an older cut from Tranzformer and Mayor - check out Tranz' Raw & Homemade for more of his cipher. Niggas still ain't touch the part of the track that I wanted to use, so I might still have hope!



Tranzformer- All good ft Remarkable Mayor ( Raw and homemade ) by Tranzformer aka Dirtydome

Big Shug feat. Avirex, Singapore Kane, Krumb Snatcha & M-Dot "Think Twice (EffiscienZ Remix)"

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Big Shug ft. Avirex, Singapore Kane, Krumb Snatcha & M-Dot "Think Twice (EffiscienZ Remix)" (prod. by DJ Brans, Cuts by DJ Djaz): France's DJ Brans cooked up a chill guitar for this remix, which I have to say adds a cool element but allows the ferocity of the lyricists' bars to be felt more. Word is Preemo dropped the original on his show, and I know I've seen the blogganatti all over this track... and for good reason. Beantown goes ham.


Small Professor Elderly Jawns

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Know how I know Small Professor is from Philly? He likes using the word "jawn" a lot. Know how I know he's a dope producer? He can start out a project with a track that will have fans of Busta Rhymes and Kill Bill excited. And it works. If you fucked with Beats Rhymes & Jawns, his new project, Elderly Jawns, should be right up your alley. If you're a longtime fan of Small Pro (and really, why would you be?), you will remember some of these cuts from his 2009 remix albums (apparently there were two of them), but this is the first time neph decided to give them proper releases as instrumentals. A lot of dusty material, but a guy like Pro works on a LOT of shit, just doesn't release it as often, so while I might joke and kid with him, I'm glad he finally decided to unearth these gems. It's not too short (the full jawn clocks in under 40 minutes), but it's well worth it. Helps flesh out the full picture before he unleashes his full album later this year. Enjoy.
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Dave Raps "Hardly Ever Will Smith"

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Dave Raps "Hardly Ever Will Smith": Here's Dave's latest #DAVEDAZE cut. Number 10 to be exact. Love the acting/Will Smith line over this hazy Wiz & Curren$y jawn. Some mellow shit to sip sangria to while watching the game, although I wish he had went in more. One 16, but it sure was mean!


Dave Raps - Hardly Ever by DAVE_DAZE

Willie The Kid ft. Termanology "No Reissue"

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Willie The Kid ft. Termanology "No Reissue": WTK is one of those rappers I should probably highlight more often on RTD. There are qualities in his shit that I really love, but mainly he just has that edginess that I never expected. I don't know what I thought he'd be, but what I find myself loving more with his shit is just that rawness. He has his abstract lines and then those sly bars, plus he always picks ill tracks. For this track, I would've picked someone like Action Bronson over Termanology (I get tired of cats who laugh at their own lines mid-rhyme), but what can you do. Willie's #TheCrates drops on the 2nd of August.


Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Ab-Soul & Schoolboy Q - Toca Tuesdays Freestyle

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I'm not that knowledgeable of the Black Hippy crew, but I did finally give Section.80 a full run through, and all I have to say is possible best project of the year. That damn good. Anyways, check the crew during a recent Toca Tuesdays appearance.

[video] Physical Graffiti "Mind Moves Feet"

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[video] The Others "First Flight"

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If you dig that, learn more about The Others via their Dogs On Acid interview.

[video] Headnodic ft. Raashan Ahmad & Moe Pope "Red Line Radio"

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[video] Rheteric Ramirez "Break Tha Bank"

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[video] Slaine "Trail of Blood"

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[video] The Band Called FUSE "Love and War in the City"

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Dave Raps "Blind to It All"

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Dave Raps "Blind to It All" (prod. by Corn-Mill Productions): They tried to punk Dave b/c of the sample used in this one, so they took it to tumblr for the latest #DAVEDAZE leak. I love those hi-hat heavy jawns. And the horns. Some lovey dovey shit. Feels kind of personal/deep, too. Not just bragging and ass grabbing, you feel me?

Cee One "Incredible"

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Cee One "Incredible" (prod. by BTONE): BTONE went in with this track - has a laidback cool to it that still keeps your head nodding (oh what solid drums can do for a track). Cee is dope on this one. Represents Long Island, and is a straight up spitter. He hydroplanes over this beat easily. He's got a mixtape on the way (Thoughts Become Things), which is an oddly-intriguing title. We'll see what he has up his sleeve. Right now, just bask in the glow of "Incredible".


En Stereo ft. Kam Moye & Prince Po "The Essence"

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En Stereo ft. Kam Moye & Prince Po "The Essence": Here's one of those "foundation of Hip-Hop" tracks that you think of me when you hear. It's got a thumping beat, with a number of cut-up lines in the hook. Gotta say, Kam and Po outshine En Stereo on this one. I'm also on some odd shit with tracks like this nowadays. The older I get, the more I'm about showing and proving, and instead of rapping about rapping or making tracks that reminisce on the golden era, just be creative, and SHOW niggas why a certain style of Rap should still be in the forefront. Kind of how Kanye did with "Otis" - yeah, it's on some BBC shit, but it's also got the huge sample-based beat to it. Bridge the gap, and give the aura of "real shit" without having to say "real shit". But maybe that's not logical. Who knows. If you fucks with this track (which you ultimately should), go cop the En Stereo album.

Boom Blake ft. Topzilla & Tranzatick "Cut The Check"

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Boom Blake ft. Topzilla & Tranzatick "Cut The Check" (prod. by Boom Blake & QuestGod): I posted the latest Money First track last week, and just got that new Boom Blake yesterday. Love the sample used in this one! Throwback flavor in the hook, with a straight break to spit over. Has that vintage, dusty fingers flavor, with three cats bringing their new school style overtop. As you know, Money First is dropping Digital Money on the 10th of August, and Boom will be dropping his debut LP (The Manual Procedures) soon after. This track will NOT be on the project, though (probably because of the aforementioned sample), so grab this one dumb early and get on that Money First bandwagon before it's too cramped. And like Boom Blake's Facebook Page.


Also, I leaked a Genrokka track earlier today - word on the street is that Boom and Genny have The Credit Union 2 set to drop January 1st, 2012! Something to look forward to from Trenton's finest.

Genrokka ft. DJ Bark Da Ripper "The Cook Out"

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Genrokka ft. DJ Bark Da Ripper "The Cook Out": You already know. Growing up as a kid, one of the things I loved about the summer was cookout season. I was a fan of grilled food, and being around my family. As I grew older, I was the one burning cooking the food, and was a fiend for getting my Old Black People Music collection on smash, so my mom wouldn't be asking me to change the song every five minutes (#jukekhal). Anyways, Genny goes IN over that classic Maze for a track that us (getting) older niggas can bounce to. I'll be 30, so I heard my mom singing this one, and I hope to impart both the (bugged out) shit I listen to alongside classics like this to my son. Give him more to listen to than "Boom Boom Pow". Oh, I should probably mention that Genrokka's DJ Bark Da Ripper-hosted James Bernard Mixtape Series Vol 1 is dropping soon. Hope more flavors like this are included!


Cymarshall Law & Mr.JoeKer "Everyday"

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Cymarshall Law & Mr.JoeKer "Everyday": Whoa. Awesome left-turn this beat took. Got all jazzy and lovely, then JoeKer hits you with the fuzzy bassline. This first single is taken from Hip Hop In The Soul 2, which drops on the 4th of October (someone can cop that for me for my bornday). I love hearing a producer/MC combo really growing with each other, and Cymar & JoeKer bring the true shit, period. Cymar's worldwide via Jersey flavor brings in a lot of different flavors - peep how he does that Mos-esque singing flow, really adding another dimension to the beat. Something different to spice up your mix, this one is. #yodaout


[video] Stalley "Pound"

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[video] Blade Gordon ft. Kash "Straight No Chaser"

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@TefPoe sent this one over. Didn't send an MP3 though. This is bananas. Kash reps the STL, but is living in Arizona now, and grew up with Poebama and Billy Ho. Dope track.

[video] Vakill "Appetite to Kill"

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[video] MiLKMEN "5AM Freestyle"

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Dream Season Preview, Week 2

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Following up last week's preview, we wanted to bring you the visual for "Pinot Noir", one of the three solo tracks J. Gunn blessed on The Jake's Dream Season (which drops on the 9th of August). This is an excellent example of how well this MC and this producer work with each other:



Bonus Beats The Jake ft. J. Gunn "Pinot Noir"

We'll have a full preview of the EP up next week. And why don't you guys help me convince Gunn and Jake to rock a full project together!?

junclassic & Jazz Spastiks Mode 7 Release Party (7/26/2011)

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This goes down tomorrow night at the Panda Bar in NYC - drink special all night, with jun alongside K-SISE and the Brown Bag AllStars! More info via Facebook.

The Southpaw Cypher

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You see that line-up, right? This is real deal raw Rap, fam. Word is that Bekay had a show at Southpaw and I don't know if it was just a joke or a real sick plan, but homey decided to use the mobile studio that PR Dean brought to the venue with a beat from DJ Concept and ask a number of the MCs in the venue to go downstairs and lay down some FIRE. The result? almost eight minutes of uncut flyshit. Featured MCs include Shabaam Shadeeq, FT, El Gant, Nutso, Bekay and more. Even Bekay's 15 year old prodigy, Dov, goes in and holds his own. Feels like some Lyricist Lounge shit!

DOWNLOAD The Southpaw Cypher (ft. Shabaam Sahdeeq, El Gant, FaMo$o, Nutso, FT, Bekay, Dov, Flo, 151 Proof & Climax) (prod. by DJ Concept)