Archive for 09/01/2011 - 10/01/2011

blackrasslin podcast 003

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I know I just dropped episode 002 on Friday, but I was at work and the Spirit hit me. With WWE Vengeance in the can, I wanted to vent about the PPV, as well as give some scenarios regarding where the WWE might be headed, especially considering that The Rock is returning VERY soon. Also dropped some tracks, featuring heads like Company Flow, Quelle Chris, Roc Marciano, Random Axe, Scienz of Life and a snippet of a forthcoming cut from The Woodside Boys. Take a walk with me.

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[recap] Garden Variety (10/22/211)

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I always enjoy myself at the Garden Variety shows. Shouts to Self and Kasso for continuing to shine the light on the Jersey Underground, and for heads who come out and experience these shows. In my side convos with guys like Mr. Fickle and Sol Infinite, as well as building briefly with Phace and Divine Drummah, there's not only a shitload of music that I need in my possession SOON, but there's still the ever-present Internet fame vs. Real World fame thing going on. Shows like this help me actually SEE people, and not just admire cover art, but there's a next level that our scene desperately needs. Hopefully 2012 can help us all achieve our wishes. In any case, as per usual, I've snapped a grip of pictures, which you can check out via Facebook. Hit the jump for video from the performances by Rap/Music, Joey Dynomite and Earl Grey. See you next month!

YNG_BMC - TheEP

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Here's a dope release that I've been waiting to drop. The boy B. Young, now known as YNG_BMC, recently dropped this EP, which is produced entirely by Tha S Ence out of Philly. Dude's flow fits perfectly with S Ence's brand of Hip-Hop. Seriously some dope shit to wake up and get your day right with. I have been a fan of dude's work for a bit, and in passing he let me know that he's got more work he's putting in, so hopefully over the next couple of months I'll have some new treats, but dig in to these with a bowl of Wheaties (or weedies). Getcha mind right.

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That's Rocawear: L.A.

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The girl L.A. rocks "I'm Alive" for a Rocawear ad. Props to her!

rockthedub presents The KhemLab

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Finally. It's been two years since Kid Hum and RTD dropped Offshore Drilling. Two years since guys like Cy Yung, Whygee, Sky 7th, junclassic and others joined forces with Main Course, Deal - The Villain, The Jake and a merry band of features (including the one like Nico The Beast) aligned themselves as The KhemLab. Two years of starts and stops, and finally a powerful push over the last few months to get this done. And it's hear. 20 tracks full of raw lyrics, tough beats and a bevy of topics, ranging from murder fantasies to cuts devoted to needing new kicks. I'm excited for you guys to hear this project in it's entirety, mainly because it started from nothing and became something I'm truly enjoying. The crew also flips cuts from Diamond District and DJ Concept & DJ Mickey Knox' BYOP EP, alongside a serious grip of original beats - shouts to Anno Domini, Centric, Four Finger Ring, Sharp, 2 Deep, J57 and the rest of the 'Lab. But enough from me - take this journey with us. Don your labcoats and help us decipher this thing called Hip-Hop, and experiment with what the music can really become.

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[preview] Kid Hum - Love to Give

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With the hoopla from #TheKhemLab taking over the last two weeks, I forgot that the homey Kid Hum was dropping a new album! From his last correspondence, Love To Give drops on the 24th of October (AKA this coming Monday), and I know he said it will be available on Bandcamp. I'll have the full details up on this when they become available, but if you peep the tracklist (after the jump), the album features "Abbey's Psalm", the lone instrumental track that you hear on The KhemLab project that dropped today. Fucks with that, and get prepped for the rest.

hasHBrown ft. Delo "New Polos"

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I was never a Polo nigga. I never had the money to get into all of that stuff, and while these days, I support New Era and New Balance, I don't pledge to one brand for all that shit. Mainly because I still don't have the loot for it. hasHBrown stays fly with his, so it makes sense that this cut highlights his fashion sense, as well as how he outshines the game. Break Something is still due later this year, and this is a heater from that project. Bong.

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hasHBrown - New Polos ft. Delo-prod. by Jett I Masstyr -Chris Rockaway-2011 by JettIMasstyr

Rob Jay ft. John Dew "Wise Man"

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Rob Jay drops a track that plays like an autobiography of how I see him. He's one of those "wise beyond his years" niggas, and this track shows that, effortlessly. Millionaire Before 30 drops on the 24th of October, and typing that, realizing I hit 30 recently, fucks me up - I'm so far from that number in my bank account. Oh well, still have millions of memories fucking with this music, and Jay is a big part of what I'm coasting to currently. Enjoy dat.

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[video] Sonnyjim "Zone One (Kosyne Remix)"

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[video] Raymond Strife ft. Swisschz "America's Finest"

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#OccupyWallStreet: Outing the Ringers

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Jay Smooth, you're the man.

[video] Ess Vee "Just A Touch"

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[video] Mean Doe Green ft. Black Zeek "Flowmasters"

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The KhemLab "Ya Gone"

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Here's the final leak from #TheKhemLab project that we're dropping tomorrow. I won't go too ham into the shit, but I finally got everything sorted out last week, and feel that this is a strong compilation... that most of you will sleep on. Anyways, atop an instrumental from DJ Concept & DJ Mickey Knox's BYOP EP, Main Course, Whgyee and Sky 7th go hammer over some sly horns. One of the more powerful/immediately impactful bangers from this compilation, these three really brought their individual flavor to this one. Shouts to Main Course, who has helped a LOT in getting this project completed. Grab this, and rock to "Put It To Rest" and their "Streets Won't Let Me Chill" flip, then get ready for our opus when it drops, tomorrow morning!

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"Making Beats, Straight Off The iPhone"

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@DivineDrummah makes a dope beat, using an iPhone 4. Peep that Jennifer Hudson sample. 

[video] Everliven Sound "The Lone Ranger"

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Their Everlations album drops January 2012 on Beats Broke.

Cypher Thursday (10/20/2011)

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[video] Jasiri X "Occupy (We The 99)"

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Hat tip: Bol.

Bonus Beats Jasiri X "Occupy (We The 99)"

[video] NAIRA ft. Young Scolla & D.Julien "inkDREAMING"

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The Dubstep Show On Kiss 100 (10/19/2011)

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[video] Strobe & Essex ft. Edo G. "Walk Tall"

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[video] C-Rayz Walz "Miss It"

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[video] Azad Right "The Fire"

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[video] DJ Jazzy Jeff & Ayah "Forgive Me Love"

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Botchamania 189

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Bonus Beats Botchamania 188

[video] Phil Adé "Deadlines"

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[video] Statik Selektah ft. Sean Price & Termanoloy "Population Control"

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Statik's Population Control drops on the 24th of October, but you can pre-order via iTunes today.

[video] Spoken Thought "The Formula"

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MF DOOM "My Favorite Ladies" The Hank McCoy Remixes

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First drop from the #MONTHOFTHEMASK series finds Hank McCoy putting his own spin on MF DOOM's "My Favorite Ladies", which may be about females... or about shit that can get you loose(r). Part of the allure of DOOM's spit was when I realized "hey, he twisted a rhyme that could be smoked a few different ways". Not groundbreaking shit, but he always surprised me. Still does. Hank provides a couple of remixes to this sly one, sampling a couple of solid throwback sounds, giving you different ways to rock to this one. Big up to #DSTRCT9, RTD-approved shit. Enjoy that.

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Emilio Sparks Experience – Episode 24: The Farewell Michael Episode

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Been waiting for the latest episode of the podcast. Looks like Michael Bongiorno is leaving the Emilio Sparks podcast; all is explained here, and the one like Joe So Delicious is also in the house.

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Sa'id "Heartbreak Hotel Remix"

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Dope remix, with an even doper breakdown. Sa'id, the man behind the awesome Beat Tips Manual, cooked up this Jackson 5 remix, but took it a step further and went IN on the different ways to attack sampling a track. It's pretty insightful, and thorough, but the thing is - that Beat Tips Manual goes in WAY deeper. Read up, listen to this, then grab the book. Trust.

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[video] J.Good "Rolling Stone"

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[video] S.U.H."Material Girl"

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Via YNotMyDream.

[video] City Slickers "Phenomenal"

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[video] King Fantastic "On Q"

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[video] A.P. "All I Seen"

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[video] Dave Raps "Cognac Shades"

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[video] Smoke DZA "He Has Risen"

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[video] Kooley High ft. King Mez "Skyview"

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Kooley High presents... David Thompson coming Dec. 6th, 2011.

Side-B Radio (10/16/2011)

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Newest latest episode of Side-B, which featured Guru's nephew Justin Elam-Ruff speaking about GURU, as well as his current projects. Hook also plays a grip of fly shit, from Max B, DJ Priority, Venemous2000, Jedi Mind Tricks, Big Ooh and plenty more!

The Woodside Boys "Clappin'"

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LinkLove this shit at times. Lyle will randomly hit me like "can't WAIT to send you this track PreZZure annihilated", and I'll be like "hmmm". Then he'll say he flipped the same track RZA flipped for "Liquid Swords", but a different section, THEN say PreZZ gets his Kendrick Lamar on. And I'm like - I NEED THIS NOW! Hour or so later? Fucking megaton bomb in the form of a laidback organ x PreZZ' signature blend of comic relief and biting reality. One of my favorite tracks from him, hands down. The Woodside Boys project is still set to drop on RTD on Halloween, and this is on it. As is "I'm The Best". You're scared now, ain'tcha?!?!

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[video] Big Quarters "C'mon"

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[video] B.A.D Company "Fight Music"

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Bonus Beats B.A.D Company "Fight Music"

Support Bowie

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Bowie is looking for some FANancial Aid in getting his album, Passion & Confusion, completed. $1500 is all he's asking for. Hit up Kickstarter for more info.

[video] LANSTARR ft. Cochese "#WIN"

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[video] Young Lyxx "The Real"

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[video] Polo Donatello ft. J. Cannon "I'm Throwed"

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So this is how you Kentucky kids do it. Johnny Juliano beat sounds like it wants to rival those Lex Luger bangers.

[video] Karizma "Bad Boy"

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This bad boy is produced by Starkey.

[video] Delta Heavy "Hold Me"

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Pre-orders are available now.

[video] Wise Intelligent ft. Rahzii Highpower "ZION"

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This video was shot during this summer's African American Pride festival in Trenton.

[video] Kid Daytona "Fly Lullaby"

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Spooky - Mix & Blend Promo Mix

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The madman Spooky flipped this promo mix for the Mix & Blend party, which goes down on the 27th of October in London. He also recently celebrated 100 posts in two years. Shit, I wish I could space my shit out that way! In any case, get more info on the Mix & Blend party HERE.

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Mike Classic "Battle Cry"

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Classic said he wrote a Bible of rhymes. Ponder that a minute. I usually use these spaces to expound on why I think a nigga needs or does not need your attention, but anytime it comes to Classic, I end up saying it - and you keep sleepin'. Let the man give you his battle cry, then tell me he's not worth another listen. Dude's a fucking problem, and I definitely see him needing some bigger buzz. Homey is determined, and has the bars to back it up.

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D/Will & Les Izmore "Eyes In The Sky"

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Something about hearing the dusty vinyl in a sample that makes me wish I had a turntable here to just listen to shit. In any case, the way D/Will flipped that beat does feel like some floating in the sky shit, with Les Izmore looking up, philosophizing about shit like "who am I? Where am I going?", those questions that makes man man. The discovery has to be in the application, but your best bet is to plot it out before implementation. Or did I go too deep? The Granny Smith Theorem drops Halloween 2011.

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Atari Blitzkrieg "Striving 2wards Freshness"

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Am I the only one who chuckled about a cat named Atari Blitzkrieg doing a project that pays homage to the Super Nintendo, Super? Anyways, 'Tari Blitz dices a sick Krohme instrumental (that has heavy use of the Amen break), painting pictures of a '90s kid living in Hip-Hop and video gaming. I was never a huge SNES head - I fucked with that Genesis, but the SNES was definitely superior. Super features MCs like Big Pooh, Motion Man, Breez Evahflowin, John Robinson and more, with beats from marink d and Jazz Spastiks. Check for Super, and enjoy this cut from it.

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Starrskream ft. Al Mighty "Starving"

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While the Starrskream duo is DistantStarr & Le N?ko, I had to post this cut that features Starr's MAGr homey, Al Mighty. What's fly is, MAGr was the first cats I heard rocking to Hudson Mohawke tracks, bridging that Hip-Hop/EDM gap, so Starr x Le N?ko are like an extension of that. "Starving" is how I'm feeling right now (need a meal), and the bass in this cut is what your woofers are needing right now. This cut is taken from The No Sleep Project, which you can cop for less than a nickle bag on Bandcamp. Philly meets France, and it's sho is fawnky!

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[preview] #MONTHOFTHEMASK

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The homey DJ Ambush asked me if I'd like to present a #MONTHOFTHEMASK series, celebrating the works of the one like DOOM, aka MF DOOM and a bunch of other aliases. No hesitation on my answer. With Halloween and my birthday in the same month, it was a no brainer. I can't wait to showcase the music of the DSTRCT9 familia, as well as the other mixtapes and visual art that will be part of this series. Hit the jump for an idea of what you'll get, as well as two of the covers for different #MONTHOFTHEMASK projects. More on this as I receive it. #ALLCAPS

Rome Cee "Virtue"

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Rome Cee keeps it moving, dropping the second cut from Grey Area, and goes ham over some Audio Games production. Feels like his word explain this one better than mine ever could: "I wrote Virtue from the perspective of King, Don or Boss, in constant battle everyday to maintain control and power in a world with no morals. I feel these are the values and lifestyles of some of the long forgotten leaders of the past". Preach.

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The Plexiglass Fountain "We Got Today"

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With all of the "Occupy ______" protests going on worldwide, Cyclops & Tokyo Cigar dropped a pretty poignant track on the Internets last week. Although, their sentiments lean more to how guys like Dallas Penn see things, it's dumb easy to get lost in the strife, worries and bullshit of the daily grind. Do you for you right now, instead of waiting for an inevitable. Carpe diem, my nigga. Carpe diem. The Year of the Dragon: 2012 A.D. is on the way...

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[video] Hardaway Smith "Pillows and Linen"

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AWKWORD: The "I" Freestyle x Cultural Hangover Radio Interview

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On September 1, I joined The Cult (DJ Reese, Add & Ciana Monet) for Cultural Hangover Radio at Montclair State University's 90.3 FM Studio. The Cult and I chopped it up about the origin of "AWKWORD" & "The People's Champ"; my upbringing in Connecticut; my World View project; and what it's like collaborating with Hip Hop legends. The chemistry was palpable, and the interview shifted seamlessly from comical to serious throughout... then, I freestyled for nearly 50 bars over the classic DJ Premier beat Jay-Z used for "So Ghetto".

I (Freestyle) [Live on Cult Hangover Radio] by AWKWORD

Cultural Hangover Radio Interview x "I" Freestyle by AWKWORD

The High Life - Iller

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Dre Robinson - Starvin 3.5: This Is Me

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Hi-Def Presents: The Boom Bap Volume 1

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D-Man x Producers I Know Present: Cuffing Season Has Returned

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Praverb the Wyse - Professional Hobbyist

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2woLetterz - Chasing Dead People Vol. 2

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Ced Hughes - Ced Colossus!?

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[video] Kendrik Lamar "Rigamortis"

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My favorite cut off of Section.80.

Pugs Atomz "Who R U"

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Weird day today. Sometimes, niggas wear so many hats, and I'm not talking bout 59Fiftys. Anyways, it's hard to know who you are and what you're doing when you're pulled in fifty 'leven places. Or maybe you replace those you's with me's. Or is that I? Anyways, I need more beer in me, and you need this Pugz dismantling of a Toki Monsta instrumental. Interesting bit here doe. Enjoy that. Get high to this.

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Drake ft. Nicki Minaj "Make Me Proud"

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Not posting this because it's a dope song - it isn't. Not even going to sit here and grandstand about any of the current discussions on the Hip-Hop/dubstep genre-bending that seems to be primed to fuck radio in the ras. All I'm gonna say is - when this chapter in history is written, you might not even mention me. Mention DJ Nappy, and mention THUGSTEP. That'll do.

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[video] Sincerely Yours "Keeper (Remix)"

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[video] Puck "UpWord Kid"

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[video] John Dew "King On A Throne"

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Skream & Benga - In New DJs We Trust (10/13/2011)

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[video] Laelo "Trading Places"

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Action Bronson "Blue Chips"

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Here's a new jawn that BamBam Bronson dropped via twitter. Really love the swing of this one - it goes through a couple of different variations, perfect for Bronson's flow. Him and Party Supplies really go in together. Paper in the fucking sweatpants, man. Wifey would love the Guy Fieri reference.

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Help Kickstart 1 More Hit

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If you remember, I posted about the documentary on Pharcyde-producer J Swift's drug use, abuse and hitting rock bottom, 1 More Hit, three years ago. I've really been wanting to see this since before then, and heard over the Summer that DVDs were ready to be sold. Looks like they are securing distro, and have opened up a Kickstarter to raise the $17K needed to get this one out there, including the final cut, digital transfer and music clearance (word is Swift did a gang of music for the movie over the last four years), as well as marketing. Your pledges of $25 and more will get you a DVD version of the flick, among other things, so really, get on it. Check out the trailer and clips of the flick, and contribute. Crack is wack, and this movie will continue to help people realize that.

[video] Vasco "Tio Otis"

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The Dubstep Show On Kiss 100 (10/12/2011)

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The Combat Jack Show (10/12/2011)

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Ill show from the Combat Jack famalam. Uncle Murda was scheduled (again) and canceled (again), but the legendary Milk Dee of Audio Two stopped by. The crew also chatted a number of things up, including use of the word "nigga", Jack possibly ditching his BlackBerry and other points of interesting interest. You already know!

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The Combat Jack Show (Milk D) 10-12-11 by PNCRadio

Tragedy Khadafi "Ill-Luminous" (Fanboy Video)

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Another @Dallas_Penn production. Fingers crossed for DP to use some Loganime in one of these somday!

EDIT Part 1 of Jaap's Tragedy Khadafi interview is up on TRU today.

[video] AP the Mayor "When I'm Dust"

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[video] Tenacity "I'm Different"

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[video] Jersey Demic "Top Gunnerz MC Anthem"

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Anthem for the Top Gunnerz, or any of you ridaz.

TheloniousMakesABeat

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[video] DaVinci ft. Roach Gigz & C Plus "Beer, Bitches, & Bullshit"

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[preview] Concrete Sound System ft. Elucid "Pushin In The Red"

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Does what it says on the tin... and so much more.

[video] Front Page "Pay (per) CutS"

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Not sure what's iller, the fact that homey took it back to Dummy-era Portishead, or honeydip in her undies.

[video] Jon Hope "Consequences"

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[video] YC The Cynic ft. Soul Khan, Von Pea & Sene "More & More"

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YellowCake links up with three of the finest MCs you niggas sleep on, over a beat from J57. #McDuckBack, and not being stingy. Video directed by a nigga named PhotoRob. That name rocks.

My Man Shafe "I'm Cookin'"

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The boy Fresh hit me with Shafe's latest single from Who's That?! My Man Shafe..., which is now being held off until a release at the end of the year. Possibly. Hopefully. Rocking over a Budos Band sample, Shafe gets his cook on - but not in the Lil B #letthatboycook sense, the classic "we're marinating some serious funk" cook. No hard drums, which allows Shafe to get a nice flow overtop. Seasoned just right IMO. Homey actually performed this in Philly at The Khyber this past August, check the performance. Need that album, Shafe!

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MistaJam On BBC Radio 1Xtra (08/10/2011)

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The homey Spooky stopped by MistaJam's show the other night, and brought forth a SICK mix. No #ThisIsAnger, but I'm not sure niggas is ready for that one.

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[video] Tyler, The Creator ft. Jasper And Taco "Bitch Suck Dick"

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[video] Nas "Nasty"

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Lots of good things dropping on my #Dirty30.

The Garden Variety Show (10/22/2011)

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I told yall the Garden Variety show was going down twice in Trenton! On the 22nd of October, they're hitting the Trenton Atelier once again, featuring the likes of Black Collar Biz, Myk Dyaleks, Surg, Sol Infinite, Earl Grey, Phace, Ceez and plenty others. Sounds by Divine Drummah and Super Brown Bum, and hosted by Edobeci. $5 donation, doors open at 9PM. What other excuse can you POSSIBLY have?! Hit the Facebook for more details.

Eleven Eleven Podcast 10.11.11: DJ Nappy

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Earlier today, Hera and the Eleven Eleven Agency dropped their latest podcast, featuring the homey DJ Nappy dropping a number of tracks that we first used to fuck with when we got into dubstep in 2005. Oddly enough, the timing of THUGSTEP was so hectic, he didn't give these the proper listen then, so he rocked them now and came up with a DOPE mix for 11.11. Nice throwback on that dubstep I remember being enamored with. And it's a dope mix that dropped on my birthday.

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11.11 Agency Podcast 10-11-11 by Disc Jockey Nappy