Archive for 07/01/2015 - 08/01/2015

Mr. Carmack Released His Ridiculously-Lit 'Red' EP

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For those who are unaware, Mr. Carmack's been the truth. Working with everyone from Kehlani to Donnis, dude has perfectly embraced the leftfield, quirky beats scene while allowing more melodic, hypnotic melodies to permeate. It's a dizzying space that will have you turnt, tearing up, and hitting repeat.

Today he dropped his Red EP as a BitTorrent Bundle; I'd recommend just subscribing, as you will get the entire jawn for the cost of your email address. Shit makes sense. Bang out.

FYI: DJ Sara is Now 16 Years Old

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Just a friendly reminder that DJ Sara, who many of us saw before she was a teen, is now a 16-year-old scratch phenom.

Gerald Walker & The Family - "No Heart Feelings"

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Beautiful new one from Gerald and the Family's forthcoming album TARGET.

St Joe Louis Proves That It's Truly 'Cloud Club > Everything'

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Yeah, yeah; it took St. Joe Louis five years to follow up their debut project, but fuck it, good things come to those who wait. As they put it, Cloud Club > Everything was born from "multiple smoke-filled studio sessions [that] became debaucherous all night parties," and that them to finally "manage to piece together a complete project from top to bottom. The results of the cave dwelling, bacchanalian chaos, the movement dubbed "The Cloud Club" was born."

Featuring everyone from Fresh Daily and Peter Hadar to Nemo Achida and Nameliss, this is a VERY necessary follow-up. Lose your minds to this.

Oddisee - "Belong To The World"

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One of those tracks that really helps you understand your place on this insane planet. You can grab this track for $free.99.

Erykah Badu Just Wants the World to Feel Better

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Music, just like herb, can heal the nations, and with her new mixtape, Erykah Badu just wants the world to feel better.

LOVE, ms. badu

These sounds should soothe the soul.

King I Divine x ScienZe x Noveliss - "Get Up"

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King I Divine has been doing the damn thing for a minute, and this week he unleashed this heavenly excellence with ScienZe and Noveliss, feeding the world with some unadulterated hip-hop shit. "Get Up" is the first jawn from Lost Jewelz, an EP of unreleased songs and instrumentals that Divine made on the MPC 1000. You need this.

DonMonique ft. Noah Caine - "Fifty Kay"

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I first heard DonMonique at the last No Ceilings showcase that P&P and Staple put on, and I wasn't mad. If you haven't peeped, she dropped her Thirst Trap EP this week, produced entirely by Stelios Phili. If you want some of that slick talk, she's got you covered.

Apollo Ali - "Gravity"

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In a track dedicated to the city of Camden, NJ, Apollo Ali (fka Apollo The Great), we hear something we've not heard from Apollo before: sangin'. And I respect it. It's still hard enough to mob to, but this is more cruisin' slow while reflecting on life in the urban jungle.

This is taken from Contradiction, which is out now.

Jay Griffy - "25th Hour"

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There's a lot going on here, and I can't front: this is the most impressed I've been with Jay Griffy. Love the risks he took in the video, and the bigger feel of the track overall.

Here's the Official Jersey Fresh Jam 2015 Flyer

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Mark your calendars: the 10th Anniversary of the Jersey Fresh Jam goes down on August 22nd, 2015 at TerraCycle in Trenton. Alongside the 50 dope graf writers and street artists throwing down (and up) LIVE, there's a stacked music line-up featuring two seriously ill special guests: Cappadonna and El Da Sensei!

Also included is an amazing collection of Jersey-centric artists, featuring Venomous2000, DJ Priority and Tone Liv, Molly Rhythm, Black Collar Biz, Skrewtape, Mr. Fickle, and many, many more. Check out the full performance line-up down below, and be sure to be there!

Keep it locked to for more details and updates.

Doc Reevez & 2 Hungry Bros. ft. Reef tha Lost Cauze and k​.​Gaines - "Frun Gru"

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With their Recipe for Disaster album set to drop on August 4, it's great to see Doc Reevez and 2 Hungry Bros. unleashing heat with Reef tha Lost Cauze and k.Gaines for you to sink your teeth into. Fans of that neck-snapping boom bap, it's your's.

St. Joe Louis ft. Nemo Achida - "I Rise"

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Following up the "Gold Slippers" teaser from last week is a new one from St. Joe Louis, "I Rise," featuring another name you should have your eyes on, Nemo Achida. This is the first official single from Cloud Club Over Everything, and finds the squad getting reflective over this intoxicating instrumental.

Cloud Club Over Everything drops on July 26th.

Junclassic Releases "The Soul Thief" EP

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While Rap Twitter has gone in on this Drake vs. Meek Mill beef today, it's dope to have great artists pushing ill music. The homey Junclassic sent over his Soul Thief EP, which he says is "a passionate excursion through the 'hood detailing the trials and tribulations of the urban environment and one's ambition to thrive despite being surrounded by despair and discouragement."

So while others are either chiming in on the convo or spending their nights slandering those chiming in on the convo, you can at least have a fire soundtrack to go along with it.

Stray Might Have Dropped the Best Mix of 2015

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Not sure about you, but I listen to mixes all of the time. I love those journeys. Ever since I got hooked on the music Stray makes, I realized that he's one of my favorite DJs doing it right now. He takes all of those influences and knows how to weave them perfect. Total mood music, and it keeps me going. His latest, to hype his recently-released (and very dope) Paradise EP, is 90 minutes of pure bliss, trust we. If you love jungle music just as much as you love J Dilla, you need this.

WizKid ft. Drake & Skepta - "Ojuelegba (Remix)"

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Previously debuted on the first episode of OVO SOUND RADIO on Beats 1, this new take on WizKid's "Ojuelegba" gets certified co-signs from Drake and Skepta, and is one of the best cuts that hit my ears this summer. Throw this shit on repeat and keep it running.

Uncle Ralph McDaniels and Sacha Jenkins on Juan Epstein

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This is important: "Sacha Jenkins just directed a new film called "Fresh Dressed" about the history of hip hop fashion. He also happens to be man behind Beatdown, Egotrip, and now Mass Appeal. He brought Uncle Ralph who has stories upon stories from his years in the game as the man behind Video Music Box. This episode is one of my favorites in a minute. We're back! Everyone chill!"

Joell Ortiz and !llmind ft. Emilio Rojas, Bodega Bamz, Chris Rivers - "Latino Pt. 2"

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Taken from Joell Ortiz and !llmind's new album Human.

Statik Selektah ft. Young M.A, Smif N Wessun, Buckshot - "Murder Game"

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Young M.A. be spitting that wild shit.

Killa Kali x DirtyDiggs - "Kalimari Kalcium" EP

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For those of you who need something dusty and dynamic for your dinnertime excursions.

Young B Emcee Was 'Born Blessed'

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"I keep the rapping cocky, but the deen humble." If you're not up on Young B Emcee, aka Brandon Young, you need to be. You've seen him before; he played reporter Mike Fletcher on the final season of The Wire, and has also been featured on shows like Bones and Do No Harm. He's an LA-based, Philly-born MC I've had my eyes on for a bit, though, and I'm glad he laced me with his new Born Blessed EP. He's that amazing mixture of lyrical swiftness and grown man assuredness that speaks to someone like me.

Everything on this is produced by Reverb except for the HaZ SOLO-produced "Speech is free.," which also has a video. It even features some real talk from Andre Royo, aka Bubbles from The Wire on a track called "Baltimore." You need this.

Michael Cardigan & Tommie Chase - "Gold Slippers"

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For those who really rock with the dub, you'll remember this five-year-old St. Joe Louis release, 30,000 Ft. High and Rising, which we helped distribute with Refined Hype and Potholes in my Blog. To celebrate that five-year marker, the trio is back with another release, Cloud Club Over Everything, which is due out on July 26th. To get you hyped for that, two-thirds of the crew (Michael Cardigan and Tommie Chase) went in over some heavenly Swiff D production for "Gold Slippers." Short and sweet; something to get your appetite ready for the real shit. CC/Everything.

Statik Selektah ft. Royce Da 5’9” “Crystal Clear”

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This forthcoming Statik Selektah album Lucky 7 might be my most anticipated right now. His latest, which got a Rap Radar premiere, has Royce Da 5'9" swerving inside and out of this fresh instrumental. Real niggas doing real shit. With Lucky 7 due out on July 7, this might be the last bit we hear. So fresh.

RIP Prolyfik

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Damn, this is nuts. While I can't find details on his passing (I've reached out to a few heads regarding this situation), I'm getting word that South Philly's Prolyfik, of the mighty Mortal Shellz, passed away earlier this week. Pro isn't someone I can say I knew, but I definitely knew of him. As I started attending the Garden Variety shows in Trenton, as well as the Jersey Fresh Jams, his was a friendly face that was always around... and always down to rip a mic, especially when his brother Esoge was with him.

UPDATE 7/03/15 6:17PM: While unconfirmed, word is that Prolyfik (real name Jason Nigro) was involved in a car accident on Route 55 in South Jersey. There was an accident on June 30th that took the life of one man after a car collided with a tractor-trailer. An obituary for Jason Nigro hit the papers today, saying that he passed away on June 30th as well—for those wondering, there will be a memorial celebration for Prolyfik at the Vincent Gangemi Funeral Home in Philadelphia this coming Tuesday night. Prolyfik is survived by his parents, two brothers, a fiance, and many other relatives. He was 33-years-old at the time of his passing.

UPDATE 7/03/15 8:03PM: Friends of Prolyfik are confirming that it was in fact the accident on Route 55 on June 30th that took Prolyfik's life.

Our condolences go out to Prolyfik's family, friend, and crew. As I get more details, I'll update this post. Word is this Sunday's edition of Side-B Radio will be dedicated to Prolyfik. For now, dig into some of his old bangers.