Archive for 09/01/2014 - 10/01/2014

Ka - "Lost Prophet Report"

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I could listen to this all day.

John Michael ft. Black Collar Biz - "Like A Drug"

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No matter how much you think you're up on things, you can never see everything. Case in point: I thought I was up-to-speed on everything Black Collar Biz had out there, but definitely missed this month-old feature on John Michael's "Like A Drug." This is pure, hip-hop inspired R&B music with Collar dropping some fly lyrics in this feature. You all know you have those people you properly feen for, right? Cuffing season's upon us - don't get caught out there!

Willie Green - A Suite For Souled People

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These might be the only tracks I want to hear living in a post-Ferguson world. Well, it's the world we've lived in, but the nonsense is front and center. Willie Green said he felt some kind of way after Ferguson, and put together this project:

"The recent events in Ferguson, Missouri (as well as Staten Island, Beavercreek, Ohio, and Los Angeles) have lifted a veil of comfortable ignorance across this country. The murder of Michael Brown, resultant cover up and egregious treatment of protesters has shown that the perception of Black people in America has changed little since the Civil Rights movement of the 1960’s. Americans live in a country where the oppressed are dehumanized and told to be quiet and gracious about their anger; and where the oppressors are harbored by our government and rewarded by our peers. Where the media warps facts to prove agendas against citizens and digital voices rush to play devil’s advocate to conceal their own bias. These are terrifying statements and not exaggerations. I’m no revolutionary. But I am someone who wants to look his children in the eyes and say when his country showed its worst, he did something."

Elucid, billy woods, and Curly Castro do their thing on this one.

M-Dot - "Praverbs"

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M-Dot's shared a tribute to Praverb. Here's what got sent over with the track:

"One of my best friends, for over 12 yrs and the most selfless and humble person I have met passed away today, Praverb The Wyse" - M-Dot

A tribute to the emcee/blogger Praverb that we all knew and loved. He had called M-Dot the night before he passed and when M-Dot got the News yesterday, he took to the studio to vent the only way he knows how over this beat by Jerz. RIP Earl.

RIP Praverb

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It's with confusion and sadness that I report this... word from Earl "Praverb" McNease's family is that the Florida-based MC, has passed away suddenly. While there's no official cause of death, this note was posted to his personal profile from his wife, Vanessa:

"To all of Patricks friends and family , it is with great sadness I share that we have unexpectedly lost our beloved friend, husband, father, and son , Earl Patrick McNease this morning. We are still unsure of what happened that took my love from us, but appreciate all of the support shown. I'm sorry to share such news via social media, but Patrick wouldn't have had it any other way. Please keep us all in your thoughts and prayers as we grieve and uplift us as we try and pick up the pieces of our lives and raise our beautiful son Matthew. He was everything to his daddy, and so was his music.

The best way to honor my husband would be to continue to share his love of hip hop and the word of God through his websites, this was his aspiration."

I'm definitely in shock. For one, I'm pretty sure we were around the same age. Secondly, he was one of those cats that I'd been following for the past six years, trying to show love when it felt like so many would sleep on him for one reason or another. He was hip to how things worked on the 'Net, and was always ready to show love for his material being posted... but I think the biggest thing about Praverb was how selfless he was with the information he gained.

Just check out his website. While I'd fallen out of knowing how often he'd been putting out music (primarily because my day-job kept me out of the loop with a lot going on), I was always seeing the different pieces he'd write trying to help educate MCs on the come-up being shared on Twitter. He was putting together hip-hop blog directories and publicists, giving tips on how to market yourself, and so much more. Dude was really about helping instead of hindering, and I know personally that MCs were either just impressed with his skills or in debt with his knowledge. Guess he wasn't known as "P The Wyse" for nothing.

Damn. It's sad as hell to hear this info, and I know our international hip-hop community will take some time and really dig into his material. Do the knowledge on his site, then hit the jump and stroll through a playlist of his material. It also looks like donations are being taken to help cover funeral costs.

Rest in power, Praverb.

(And for those looking for a little bit of Praverb, check out Professional Hobbyist, The Gospel Is Free 2: The Rebirth, and Center of Attention. Dude had a gift.)

Run The Jewels - "Oh My Darling Don't Cry"

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Run The Jewels 2 is due out on October 27. El-P and Killer Mike went OFF on this one. #murdereverything

DJ Mister Cee & Funkmaster Flex's "Ready To Die" 20th Anniversary Tribute Mix

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This went down last night. Hit the jump for Flex, Cee, Red Alert, Method Man, and Diddy discussing Ready To Die.

Leo*Leo ft. Black Collar Biz - "Dancing Queen"

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When I was interviewing Black Collar Biz for this piece, he told me about this track. He told me that this Boston-based duo Leo*Leo was looking to collaborate with him, so he he dropped some bars on their Side One EP track "Dancing Queen." Perfect sounds, really.

Capo ft. Skrewtape - "Labor Day"

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Good seeing the homey Skrewtape at Jersey Fresh. Newest/latest. "Still ahead of dudes," indeed.