Archive for 12/01/2012 - 01/01/2013

AMiAM ft. Young Zee & Rah Digga "Wildin"

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This cat AMiAM is from Florida, and comes recommended from Phil at Side-B; he also has two Jersey vets on this cut. This is taken from his album The Combine, and if you need that classic rap? Highly recommend this one. Cop it for half a buck.

#MFM EP84: Jay Griffy

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The Combact Jack Show: Why Rae & Ghost Are the EPMD of Wu-Tang

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Artic "B-Town II"

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It's been a while since we've heard from Artic, but I hear he's working on some new music. It's been over four years since he dropped "B-Town," and in the spirit of the Ravens being in the Super Bowl this coming weekend, he revamped the original into this. Enjoy, and keep an eye out for the god.

[video] Everliven Sound "Come Correct"

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[video] Brown Bag AllStars "BRWN (J57 Remix)"

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[video] Astroid Boys "Taylor Swift"

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This was produced by Dellux, and will be released on his Bare Trap EP on January 30th.

Nico the Beast - "Palace"

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While Nico the Beast's biography and catalog are mostly unsung to the public, they read as a movie script in the making. Those that have followed the Philadelphia emcee since his 2009 release of the critically acclaimed Dinner is Served mixtape have since had a front-row seat to a dark artistic progression fueled by near-death experiences and untimely losses of loved ones.  Through the brush of cinematic stories and grizzly vocals that mark his more recent releases, Nico's brilliance with pure lyricism and wordplay is sometimes lost in the mix...
This is why Public Axis, Maad Management and RocktheDub.com are proud to announce the 2013 release of Dinner is Served Vol 2, Nico the Beast's deliberate, carefully planned sequel to his "most hip-hop" project to date... and what better way to get the war drums rolling than a Clams Casino favorite.

The Combat Jack Show (1/23/2013)

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Via TheCombatJackShow: "Due to popular demand (and a last minute cancellation by Brooklyn’s own Joey BadA$$ and Dyme-A-Duzin) there were no special guests on this week’s show—but we did get to have the Cheat Code Just Blaze call in to talk about his current smash hit “Higher” with Baauer, Dallas Penn recapped his LoEnd Theory event, we got to interview two new potential interns and delivered a hilarious prank call to Premium Pete’s aunt, in which the cable company encourages her to start watching BET. Plus, DJ Benhameen continues to kill with his mixes. It don’t ever stop. #Nemanati!"

XXL Freshman Cover Predictions- The Truth With Elliott Wilson

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DJ Wonder presents AnimalStatus EP12 (01/23/2013)

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Wonder goes in on this episode; he drops a WORLD PREMIERE on his track "Ouija," as well as cuts from ETC!ETC! and Mic The Drums; then he goes the total opposite and drops some Billy Joel among the Kendrick Lamar, Killer Mike, and Scarface. Always rocking all angles, fuck the dumb shit.


DJ Wonder presents AnimalStatus EP11 (01/16/2013)

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Once again, it's on. DJ Wonder's AnimalStatuS went everywhere, from new Green Lantern to some fucking Gnarls Barkley, with a grip of Carnage, Jay-Z, CRNKN, A Tribe Called Quest and much more. Diversity, snitches. Deal with it.

The Combat Jack Show: The Raekwon Episode

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Via TheCombatJackShow: "Raekwon stopped by to drop some Lost Jewels on the crew as we tried to cram 20 years of rich history into one show. We talked about his love for house music, what makes him and Ghost stand out from the rest of the clan, living under the Rza dictatorship, how he made the Ralph Lauren Snow Beach ‘Lo piece a classic and what his name is via the Wu-Tang Name Generator. The Chef also drops a few bars on beats supplied by Just Blaze. Verbal intercourse indeed."

Dom O Briggs - "The Lurk"

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Taken from Dom O's forthcoming EP, Mr. Briggs. Although I call him #damnbriggs

Educated Villains Radio Episode 2

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Hopefully you didn't miss episode 1. You better not miss episode two: Killer Mike spits over "All Gold Everything!" Get that iTunes subscription popping as well.



Hit the jump for the tracklist and the flier for the R.A.P. Music European tour dates.

[video] Cymarshall Law & Mr. Joeker - "No Sleep"

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[video] Chels "Level Up"

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The Combat Jack Show (1/10/2013)

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Randomly got to see Combat, Dallas and Matt yesterday. Love the #newman family. Via TheCombatJackShow: "New York Times Pop Culture critic Jon Caramanica helped us kick off 2013 as he talks about his journey to the Grey Lady, how artists like Rick Ross are able to survive in Hip Hop’s “post truth” era, how Chief Keef is just as important to the culture as your favorite rapper’s favorite rapper and more. We’re back. Newmanati!"

The Truth with Elliott Wilson: Should rappers do reality shows?

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[video] Earl Sweatshirt ft. Tyler, the Creator "Pigeons"

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One of my favorite cuts from EARL finally gets a video. Wow. Via RR.

[video] Sean Price "Bully Rap"

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Saw the god @Dallas_Penn yesterday on the random. He didn't tell me he hooked up the perfect video for this Sean Price track. #newman

PleaseDontStare & RockTheDub Present Face Melting Material

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You should know BenHa Meen from a number of spots, either as the man behind PleaseDontStare.com or the DJ for The Combat Jack Show. He's been bitten by that dubstep bug! He wanted to put together a mix of dubstep tracks, especially tracks that remixed r&b, soul, and rock tracks, and I helped him with some tracks. This mix is the result. You may have even heard him spin part of this mix on Combat's show a few months back. Everyone from The Weeknd and Frank Sinatra to Ellie Goulding and Future get flipped in this explosive, face-melting mix. It's officially face-melting material. Shouts to the mighty Theotis Jones on the sick artwork!

DOWNLOAD PleaseDontStare & RockTheDub Present Face Melting Material

PleaseDontStare.Com & RockTheDub.Com Present Face Melting Music (A Dubstep Mixtape) by Ben Ha Meen on Mixcloud


Sneaker Fiends Unite: The Best Shoe of 2012

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DAD: The Revenge of the Rave: Why 2013 is the Year EDM Goes Mainstream

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Now that I've got the podium, I have to show you how I view things. DAD isn't about sitting the background - we're in your face, letting you know what time it is! Check out the State of EDM, and where we think it'll be heading as 2013 progresses.

Introducing Do Androids Dance

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I announced back in August that I got hired by Complex, but didn't go into details. Now, I can do just that!

Last summer, I saw Complex EIC Noah Callahan-Bever tweeting about EDM writers. I threw my name in the hat for two reasons: one, because I figured "why the fuck not?!", and two, I was kind of tipsy (it was literally like 10 minutes after an episode of Monday Night Raw). What I DIDN'T expect was the pouring of support and props from people I've interacted with over the years, name I won't be out here dropping because I don't play those games, but people like YN and that crew knew the score.

Now, the thing is, no one knew that Complex was starting an EDM blog. I figured they wanted to expand the Music channel with more dance music, but when I got word that there was going to be a legit dance music blog that they owned and operated? It's one of those things where I know it's right up my alley, but I don't want to psych myself out. LONG STORY SHORT, we discussed particulars and I ended up getting the gig...of running the EDM blog. Which debuts today.

YOU DON'T KNOW HOW LONG I'VE WANTED TO JUST BLURT THIS INFORMATION TO ALL OF YOU. THIS PAST WEEKEND HAS BEEN CRAZY WITH ME KNOWING THE SITE IS RIGHT THERE BUT I CAN'T LET THE BLOG OUT OF THE BAG.

Pardon my excitement. In any case, head on over to DoAndroidsDance.com, where I'll be covering EDM and how it relates to the musical world we live in on the regular. Check out what Complex has to say about it, and spread the word. Follow us on twitter and Facebook, and tell a friend to tell a friend.

Shouts to everyone at Complex, including NCB, OJ, Jacob, Joe, Jack, and the whole crew, especially Julian and Cedar (#superFuchsia). Props to my wife and family for always believing in me. Huge respect to the entire Pigeons & Planes crew, readers and fans for putting up with my EDM posts as well. Shouts to everyone who fucks with anything I've been doing, or anyone who's ever given me a chance to cover music. It's been a long road to now, and we're just getting started!

[video] Theo Martins ft. Maryann Velasquez "Killer"

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Taken from Wonderland. Via Pigeons & Planes.

[video] CAS "All Hallows"

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Produced by SKYWLKR. Mind = blown.

DJ Wonder presents AnimalStatus EP10 (1/02/2013)

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New year, new edition of AnimalStatuS from DJ Wonder. He drops the serious world premiere from ETC!ETC!, but also touches on some A$AP Rocky, Trinidad Jame$, a dope Miguel remix by Figgy and a shitton more. You already know!

"It's A Trap" (mixed by Disc Jockey Nappy)

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2012 was undeniably the year of the Trap. The EDM scene flocked to this sound (thanks, Flosstradamus!), and cats who might've been making dubstep or Moombahton were now bringing out the 808s. Maybe it's the influx of rap tracks produced by Lex Luger, maybe it's just a desire to start something anew, but Trap was in. And will be in, with players like Baauer, Clicks & Whistles, TNGHT, and others making even more noise. My buddies at TheRapUp (whattup, Jaap?!) got put onto the sounds, and figured it'd make sense to educate the masses on some of the best examples of the sound in 2012, and who else to bring it to you than the one like Disc Jockey Nappy?! 50 minutes of 808 delight. Maybe you should peep the trailer, grab your sabers and hit play! Full tracklist after the jump; click "Buy" to download.


2013 NYE DJ Tools

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I know there's a lot of DJs out there, right now, getting their playlists ready for whatever NYE gigs they have popping tonight/tomorrow morning. Figured I'd round up some bits that will get dancefloor bouncing, especially around the midnight hour...

Complex's The Biggest Internet Videos of 2012

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@MissInfo FTW.

My Favorites of 2012

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I spend a fuckload of time listening to music. I judge how much I fuck with the music by how long the shit stays on my BlackBerry (fuck you, I ride for mine). Here's the top tracks that I just couldn't delete from my life. Hopefully they were a part of yours...

[video] NoEmotion "Excited Egg Sighted"

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The Combat Jack Show: Bomani Jones

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Download the episode HERE.

Donwill "We Are Notre Dame"

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Rashid Hadee - YIM2012

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Reso - Red Bull Studios London Mix

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Nick Catchdubs - New Year's Eve Party Mix

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