Archive for 12/01/2011 - 01/01/2012

[BUY] Emcee Jermaine Jermaine's EP

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That's right, Emcee Jermaine's Jermaine's EP is out today. Currently, I'm only seeing it on iTunes and Amazon (even if you're in the UK), but I'll be updating this with more links. Support quality Hip-Hop! And if you're a Rap father in need of clean, dope Rap? Jermaine is so dope, he doesn't use curses on this entire EP.

And if you need enticing, download "Rap Casserole" and "The Crazy 88", both which are cuts from the EP, for free!

[video] Logic "Young Sinatra III"

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[video] Maffew Ragazino "Short Yellow Bus Theory"

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Shouts to Splash.

Star Destroyer: The Prequel

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Young & Reckless Presents Reckless Wobbles

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New tape from DJ E-V and Benzi, rocking the fuck out of the #THUGSTEP sound (although they'd never say that), with remix pressure from Styles & Complete, Crizzly, Figure, Heroes and Villains and plenty more.

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MarQ Spekt "Do It 2 Death"

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Building off the love showed for his Machete Vision album, MarQ Spekt is letting fly some cuts from Persona NonGrata, his EP with the homey J-Scrilla. This is some shit to sip red wine and smoke a black to, forreal. Actually, let me rewind this to the front and do just that...

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Co$$ "Next Chapter"

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Shouts to Numonics for passing this C0$$ leftover to me over the weekend. This is the kind of hypnotic track that I need in my life. Just some heavy stream of consciousness flows, which are some of my favorite kind of tracks. I like hearing shit that doesn't make the album but showcases the true origins of the mental of these MCs. Niggas play like they don't have a lot going on, but a track like this sucks you right in, and wraps you in a quilt of bars, exposing the shit that makes niggas tick.

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Knowledge Medina "You Don't Really Care"

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I'm over here catching up on inbox gems, and of course Numonics seemingly comes out of nowhere for this flavorful gem from Knowledge Medina, who I know fuckall about. This cut is taken from their collaborative EP, Never Enough, which drops on February 7th. This is one of those open letters to the loved one that's been through the muck and the miracles and still has a spot in their heart for you. Not a full disclosure shit, but sometimes men need to let these emotions out. And this beat is perfect for that.

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L.E.G.A.C.Y. "Necromance"

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Been a minute since some new L.E.G.A.C.Y. has hit my inbox. Shit's kind of crazy - this isn't something you can just throw on. This track is part of the heavier side of his catalog, and an example of why I fucks with dude. Forreal - don't bitch out after pushing play. Word is the official version of this track will drop on Amerikkkan Psycho, which I'm told is on the way. Heavyweight psychopath sounds.

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Ray Dawn "Fill Banks"

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With word reaching earlier this year that my boy Ray Dawn will be touching down at SXSW this year, this is some celebratory shit right here. Powered by an awesome SMKA-produced cut, Ray lays it all on the table with "Fill Banks", the firsw leak from #PassportDreams, which will be dropping around the end of February. Just awesome, anthemic sounding shit. My boy The Jake is also on the EP. Word on more when I get the OK, slowpokes.

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Emcee Jermaine "Rap Casserole"

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Wild how the world runs, isn't it? Back in May of 2010, I got introduced to Emcee Jermaine, who was hosting the Hip Hop Karaoke night in Trenton. That night, I not only had a dope conversation with dude, but heard a track of his entitled "The Anti-Anthem", and was instantly a fan. Over the last year and change, we'd kept in touch, and always managed to run into each other in and around the city. He had been talking about an album he wanted to release, prefaced by an EP that I am lucky enough to be dropping digitally tomorrow, entitled Jermaine's EP, which features "The Anti-Anthem", "The Crazy 88" and this cut, "Rap Casserole".

See, Jermaine and I were cut from the same cloth, and I don't hesitate to recognize how KRS-like his music feels to me. Take "Rap Casserole". We've heard cats compare Hip-Hop (and other things) to food. But with the consciousness that Jermaine eschews, I don't think I've heard an extended comparison between good and bad food and good and bad Rap in this manner. Over a funky, throwback track, Jermaine conjures up many examples of the benefits of good Hip-Hop and good nutrition. As with any of his tracks, he blends wit and knowledge with his skill for penning acrobatic bars. It's edutainment for a new age. And one of the stand-out cuts from the EP.

Jermaine's "Crazy 88" was featured in Steady Bloggin's "Overlooked Gems From 2011" compilation for Passion of the Weiss, and has been performing around the tri-state whenever he's able to. A release party for his EP should be going down soon, as well as a video for "The Crazy 88". Grab the EP, holler at Jermaine and thank him for staying true to the game. He didn't even have to curse.

DOWNLOAD Emcee Jermaine "Rap Casserole"

Sol Infinite "Rumble, Young Man Rumble"

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One of the Jersey artists I got the opportunity to learn of, and share some laughs with, was Sol Infinite. Dude embodies some of my favorite bits of the shit that helped mold me, sonically, and on this cut that's inspired by The Greatest, Sol Inf takes all of everything that was Ali and embodies that when putting pad to pen. More MCs (and peoples in general) need to get with that.

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Hip Hop Karaoke NJ (1/27/2011)

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Due to The Court Tavern's closing, last week's scheduled HHKNJ was canceled. They are rolling it out on the 27th, though, at the Fire N Ice Hookah Bar in Fords. Full details in FB.

[video] Surge ft. Pyxis "Leech"

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[video] Declaime "Ship's Doctor"

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The Revolutionary Riot Report Volume 20

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[video] Moe Green ft. Netta Brielle "Glory"

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J The S - The Last Days

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[video] Rusko "Somebody To Love"

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DJ Concept - Flight Patterns

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J. Capri - BornStars

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DJ Jazzy Jeff & Señor Kaos "Peter Piper"

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Not sure what prompted this, but I'm all about this Jam Master Jay tribute. Kaos does his thing on the mic, breathing new life into that classic Run DMC jam, and Jeff does Jay well. Love Hip-Hop. EDIT Looks like Jay's birthday passed recently.

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Bonus Beats Funkmaster Flex's JMJ Tribute [via herfection]

ESSO - Son of SAMO EP

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[video] Mr. Complex "Holy Smokes"

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Pavy - Middle Class Ignorance

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[video] D-Risha "In The Music (Purple Bastard Remix)"

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Gripz - 2DBZ Freestyle Friday Series

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[video] Shady Nate ft. VT "Getting Paid"

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FuseBox Radio (Week Of January 18th, 2012)

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Small Professor ft. Guilty Simpson & Reef The Lost Cauze "Spare Razor"

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I see Prefix got the honors of premiering this one. I've been trying to tell yall, Philly's Small Pro ain't nothing to sleep on. On this cut, taken from his Gigantic, Vol. 1 album (which drops on the 24th of January), he gets Reef and Guilty to sharpen their blades and leave this Wu-centric beat diced to pieces. Doesn't even make sense to try and sleep - if you've been in dire need of some new shit for your Jansport, tune in and turn it up. Gigantic.

[video] Jarren Benton "Shut Up Bitch"

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The "Shut Up Bitch" remix competition is winding down...

[video] Young Drummer Boy "We Livin This"

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[video] R.O.E. "I Won"

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[video] Rich Mahogany ft. Pryme Prolifik & Tre-L "Rapping On Tapes"

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BTS: JR&PH7 X Brokn.Englsh X St. Joe Louis "New High/Try"

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My Favorite Demons is out now.

DJ Wonder - Wonder Mix (1/18/2012)

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The one like @DJWonder drops more of the dubstep/THUGSTEP in this Wonder Mix than the last mix of his we I featured. Keep calling me crazy. I'll wait until you come around.

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L-Boy Catches Us Up On Forthcoming OFWGKTA Shit

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Rappers: Stop Promoting Drunk Driving!!

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Shouts to @rosenbergradio for this one.

[video] Nicholaus Kane "Prayer for Haiti"

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[video] Koncept "Awaken"

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Produced by McDuck J57. Awaken is out now on Soulspazm.

The Cloud Club Series (1/24/2012)

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St. Joe Louis held several open studio sessions last year and invited their friends to visit. Sometimes this actually created something other than a mess of bottles, ashes and burgers. They dubbed it :The Upstart Cloud Club. Out of those sessions has sprung a concert called The Cloud Club Series. The first event is January 24th at Submerged Art Gallery (210 Market Street, Newark NJ).

Skrewtape ft. Tone Liv & Joey Dynomite "No Question"

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Some more #GardenVariety all-stars right here, these three linked up for another gem from Skrew's Skumbag Millionaires album. Some shit to roll up and blow out to. Shit you used to blast in your walkmans, early. Not sure if all three of these cats will be in Trenton this Saturday, but you'd be playing yourself if you're in the area and not checking for them. Cuts by DJ 456.

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FurSun "Treat Me Right"

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Been a minute since I got some heat from FurSun, and seeing this on Side-B's blog had me cracking up. My boy flipped a classic Chubb Rock track and managed to both pay homage and show how niggas do it in 2012. I remember when I first featured homey on RTD, and it's good to hear his progression since then. Need more like this, troop!

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[video] Dane The Beautiful Monster ft. Proph "Dial Tone"

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[video] Indiana Rome ft. Vega HBK "Primetime"

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Math Problems 12: J-Zone

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[video] Ground Up "Clutch"

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[video] Black Spade "Running and Gunning"

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[video] Mista Encore "Just Might Make It"

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Danny! ft. Collette "Keep Your Head To The Sky"

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#nofilterday So Danny! gonna act like I didn't see this earlier today, right? And then like an hour later leak some shit that samples one of my legit favorite tracks, ever? Forreal, on the right (wrong?) day, "Optimistic" might make me cry real man tears. The right cut leaked for MLK Day, too - this one is all having dreams and pursuing your goals in the face adversity and bullshit. Or just doing your school work like Kid in House Party 2. Fuck. Now this is going to be stuck in my head all day. Payback is due out next week. Or not.

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[RTD Interview]: Mouce

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#nofilterday I didn't even know this dropped. Saw it come up on my timeline last night. Shouts to Mouce for this, though. I threw some questions, they answered, came out dope. Like hearing niggas TALK, you smell me?

Bonus Beats Mouce "Female Hustler" (prod. by DJ Burn One)

Al-Kayduh x Krash Battle x Elete Wright x Kusher Mickjagger "I'm On One Freestyle"

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When I peeped (and fell in love with) the NJRFSU Our First Mixtape the other day, I was kind of surprised to see Elete Wright (of St. Joe Louis) featured on it a few times. No diss on anyone, just didn't know they were down like that. With this new leak, which is a freestyle over "I'm On One", I guess it's solidified. Jersey Boys. I wonder if Elete and NJRFSU will do a collaborative project together?

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Mos Def Yasiin Bey "Niggas In Poorest"

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#nofilterday Is it Mos Def or Yasiin Bey? I mean, Nah Right is one of the pinnacles of Hip-Hop bloggering, and if they have it up, it has to be official, right? Well, Dante calls himself Yasiin on this track. And anyway, can we really believe Mos Yasiin? He's been in some pretty high profile movies and TV shows, right? I know he has kids, so is he that fucked with his money that he considers himself poor? And why did he spend so much time cutting the beat out of this bootleg version of the "Niggas In Paris" instrumental? Y'all wanna keep laughing, but he should've just spit over "2 Niggas And A White Dude Play "Niggas In Paris" In Paris" and called it a day.

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Sub Focus ft. Kenzie May "Falling Down"

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#nofilterday While many of you are new to dubstep and bass music in general, but want to blog like you're the authority to this, we'll continue to be true to this. Just dropped this free download from Ram Records' own Sub Focus, who is dropping his sophomore album sometime this year, although it took him a few years to get his debut album finally out in 2009. Shit happens, but you pinheads already knew that, right?

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Today is #nofilterday

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Today's the day: unfilter your tweets, and let the world know what's really on your mind. I'm doing it. @RealLifeKaz is doing it. Everyone's doing it... I hope. Let's go, in the name of Kurt and MLK!

MLK Freeway

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San Diego emcee, Real J. Wallace refuses to be one of the silent “good people.” Armed with a purpose and a pen, Wallace is a modern day philosophical prophet. A writer of every day experiences, Wallace’s latest project “The J∆hFather of So(u)l Cal” was inspired by his excursions on the Martin Luther King Jr. Freeway (94 West) in San Diego, California. Each track was formed by his state of mind during his numerous drives to and from downtown. Wallace combined his love for the blues and the soul of hip hop to create an assortment of tunes distinctively his own...

Wallace showcases his vulnerabilities on this first project and hopes to expand on his ideas to include a documentary that sheds light on the surge of gang violence in South East San Diego, a tragedy which resulted in 30 people being shot over the span of one month during the summer of 2011. Moreover, it will examine the apparent disconnect between Martin Luther King Jr.’s message and the evident acts of violence found on Martin Luther King Jr. streets.

SmCity - The Indie Life: Hate, Love & Money

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Ben Z & hunkE Present Soundcloud Cypher #2

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The cypher challenges each MC to answer the question of what he would do if he died tomorrow, and each responds with skillful, introspective lyricism over a tightly sampled, emotional and acoustic beat. The emcees featured include (in this order) Sphinx the Unfathomable, Outsider Muzic, BioLogic, Brasc0, and Ben Z. The track is produced by hunkE.

[video] Kyle Lucas & Captain Midnite "Bye Bye Beautiful, Don't Bother to Write"

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Chuck Platinum - I AM LEGEND

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Super Market Knife Attack - Best of 2011 Instrumentals

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Scheme x Slot-A - Life That I Chose EP

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The World Famous Tony Williams - Some of My Best Rappers are Friends

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REMINDER 2: #nofilterday (1/16/2012)

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Kurt's patiently waiting for tomorrow, which is #nofilterday on twitter. Unfilter your thoughts like Kurt's Pall mall cigarettes. @RealLifeKaz is doing it, and you should too. Speak your mind, no repercussions. Well, unless you really go in. Try it.

PleaseDontStare x HipHopIsRead Presents Root Beer & Sour – The Top Samples Of 2011

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This tape does exactly what it says on the tin, and is a great way to wake up on a lazy Sunday. DJ BenHaMeen and Ivan Rott linked up for this hour-long journey through over 200 tracks that have been sampled in 2011. Great show, fellas.

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FuseBox Radio (Week Of January 11th, 2012)

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DRT DWG - LOC'D OUT VOL. 1

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I fucks with this, but when I read comments like "FINALLY SOME AMERICAN GANGSTA SHIT HAS COME TO DUBSTEP!!!", I cringe. And that's no diss to Craze. But come on. Grab this over on Media Contender.