Archive for 08/01/2015 - 09/01/2015

King RA - "Champ"

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"Snapple fact, I'm really that mean." Yes you are, King RA. Everything about this is grizzly as fuck, straight BARS.

Michael Christmas - "Who?"

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Michael Christmas is one of those cats I really fuck with but don't get to hear enough of. His new project What A Weird Day drops this fall, and he'll be on tour with Mac Miller. For now, we just have some quirky bangers with Qreamybeats on deck.

P.SO & 2 Hungry Bros. ft. Tanya Morgan & Substantial - "Go Nuts"

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"Headphone Diaries" was fire, but "Go Nuts" is the truth. If that first verse doesn't make you a fan of Tanya Morgan's Von Pea, I don't know what to tell you. Dude makes me laugh; my kind of intelligent ignorant rap. This hazy, jazzy cut is on Feasts of Legend, which is out now.

This Is What Hip-Hop Radio Used to Sound Like

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When I started rockthedub nine years ago, one of constant images was the boombox. Yeah, those Radio Raheem ghetto blasters were my shit, but a lot of my teens was spent with a blank tape in my own stereo, waiting to record some heat from Power 99 or WPRB 101.3. I got so much education from what I was hearing as a freshman and sophomore in high school, and this 20-year-old radio recording that DJ Eclipse recently unearthed is right up my alley.

We're talking Method Man over Mobb Deep instrumentals, remixes of "Mad Izm" by Channel Live, Redman's "Can't Wait," and a ton of that hip-hop from that era. This is my youth being brought to me as a grown-ass man. Wish I still had some of those tapes. I can relive that time with shit like this, though.

Here's Eclipse on the recording: "DJ L.E.S. joins Marley on this episode of Pirate Radio. After LL's "No Airplay", L.E.S. jumps right into a blend mix of instrumentals and acapellas along with the latest music. Guests in the place are Queens' own Kamakaze (KL & Kyron) (16:49) and The Grand P.O. aka Blaq Poet (18:13). After their freestyles L.E.S. goes back into the mix with more blends and new music."


DJ Priority Remixed Your Favorite Ghostface Killah Records

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Jersey's DJ Priority is not only nice on the wheels, he's nice on the beats... and a Wu head supreme. So much so that he found a grip of Ghostface Killah acapellas and put his spin on some of your favorite GFK bangers. And for the heads out there, yes, those instrumentals are included as well. If this doesn't get you pulling out gems from Starks' catalogue, nothing will.

30 and Over League ft. Toke Jones - "Times Have Changed"

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The 30 and Over League is exactly what you think it is: grown-ass MCs who don't have time for the little kid rap shit. This Vanderslice-produced head-nodder is the perfect entrance into their cipher.

The Month of August Has Basically Been "TEKLIFE" Month

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I almost just wrote "Chicago's TEKLIFE crew," but it's way past that. Sure, the crux of the squad is a gang of producers and DJs from the Chi, but the sound and style has gone global. This month in particular has been pretty amazing for the squad, and instead of chopping up different posts, I figured a dope collection of what's been going on with the crew in one spot would make sense. Hit the jump and get educated... and some free tracks!

Christian Rich Dropped a Fire Mix of J Dilla and Timbaland Productions

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With their FW14 album out now, Christian Rich have been in everyone's mouths. Their productions are fire, but their thoughts as DJs is even doper. What's better on a Friday night than a set featuring tracks from the studios of Timbaland and J Dilla? Any mix with Busta Rhymes' "Hardcore" as the second track in is a winner.


Sango Shares a Gang of Tracks From 2009-2012

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If he hasn't been on your radar, Sango needs to be at the top of your "producers I fuck with" list. Dude's coming into his own, and it's dope to see where he WAS five and six years ago. Today he dropped 37 instrumentals from the last six years, 2009—2012 Tapes, which he uses to showcase not only how far he's come, but takes you into his mindstate for each year of his life as a producer. It's all free; stream the release and check out his thoughts on each year below.


The Custodian of Records' Summer Beat Mix

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Been a while since I've heard some new material from The Custodian of Records, so it's dope to hear this beat tape from him as I'm chillin' in the castle before this afternoon's Jersey Fresh Jam. Not sure if TCOR will be in the building, but he'll be here in spirit.

His words: "made earlier this summer for shittz n giggz. some of the beats are recent / older / posted and unreleased. this is nothing. just a lil something to keep the hoards of people awaiting my next release at bay.. sike lol. enjoy"

Here's a Look at the Artists Performing at the Jersey Fresh Jam 2015

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This one snuck up on us, huh? Tomorrow afternoon at TerraCycle in Trenton, the Jersey Fresh Jam celebrates 10 years of bringing hip-hop, graffiti, and positive vibes to the city of Trenton. You should already be up on who's performing this year, but if not, I put together a quick playlist featuring the live acts who will be doing the damn thing. We're talking eight hours of music in the city... get ready!

Oh and if WiFi permits, I'll be documenting the proceedings as they go down. Say what's up if you see me!

Pugs Atomz x Awdazcate - "FRFR"

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Love the hypnotic vocal in the beat, and Pugs knows how to crush these Awdazcate tracks like no one else, frfr.

Trae Tha Truth on Juan Epstein

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Trae has forever been a real one, and on Juan Epstein he's no different.

R.O.E. Has Released a New Live Album

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R.O.E. has been an artist we've followed for a while, and over the last few years he's really come into his own in terms of rocking with a band, so much so that he and the Soulvillians have released a new live LP. ROE says that he gives "1000% every time I’m on stage. I want to create a memorable moment for fans whenever they attend a concert. The type of moments they cannot get by listening to the studio recorded material." This live project, recorded at the Double Door in Chicago, the album features Taylor Mallory, Erthe St. James, and Jeff Gibbs (from The Jeff Gibbs Quartet), and even has a cover of Common's "The Light" on it.

You can stream the full project down below, and cop it digitally today.

Sean Price - "Planet Apes"

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Sean Price is gone but he left us with some gems; this PF Cuttin-produced cut is taken from Songs In The Key Of Price, which is still due out on August 21. Check out this banger below, as well as the three-hour Sean Price tribute from Rap Is Outta Control, which featured special guests (black) Torae and DJ Premier. And you can still donate funds to P's fam.



[video] RoQy TyRaiD - "Nonpareil"

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You should already be up on this gem; here's the video.

Guilty Simpson ft. Fat Ray - "Fractured"

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With Sean Price's untimely passing, I was on some "let me listen to everything of Price's," bringing me back to the Random Axe project, which featured Price alongside Guilty Simpson and Black Milk. Eerie timing, but this week Stones Throw announced that Simpson's dropping his Detroit's Son album on September 11th. Check out the rock-y Katalyst-produced banger "Fractured" below.

[video] Tone Liv - "Manute Flo"

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It's hot out there today; if you're nursing your tall can today, the homey Tone Liv (who will be performing alongside DJ Priority at this year's Jersey Fresh Jam) has a gem for you.

Nato Caliph ft. Ackurate, T - Dubb O, and Tef Poe - "EVEN"

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Feels like it's been forever since I've repped some new Nato Caliph and the St. Louis squad in general. With the Mike Brown shit still ruminating in our sphere, hearing those voices is important. "EVEN" features another RTD vet in Tef Poe, and the entire squad goes in over this track.

This is the first cut from Nato's new EP, A Prequel to God, which is out now and available for free via natocaliph.com. Don't play yourself.

Remembering Sean Price

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I love seeing the hip-hop community coming out to show love for Sean Price, who is gone WAY too soon. Since news of his death was announced on Saturday, my Twitter timeline has been riddled with tributes and words of appreciation for the god MC. As you can see up above, Meres One painted a sick mural of Price in Brooklyn.

For anyone looking to help out Price's widow and children, Duck Down is looking to raise $50,000 for Price's family (the Crowd Rise goal is halfway there).

Combat Jack not only penned some beautiful words about P! for Complex, but also touched down during Peter Rosenberg's Sean Price tribute on Real Late, which you can hear below.

Hell, P! even made NPR.

I'll be keeping this updated with dope tributes and other bits about Price's life if y'all are down.

Spit Gemz & Chris Rivers - "Akuma VS Gouken"

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This hypnotic banger is taken from Cole James Cash's Street Champion project; file this cut under "buddha smoking gamers who love fighting games and blasting hip-hop."

DJ Smitty Dropped a Fierce Sean Price Tribute Mix

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Real hip-hop fans know what it means to lose a mic great like Sean Price. When I said RTD was "the least jiggy and the most no frills," MCs like Sean Price embodied that, from the way he spit to the way he lived in life. His reference were always on point, he never said more than he needed to say, and was hilarious—and ferocious—in his execution. Being a fan of the BCC, the better part of my formative years had Sean Price rhymes in them.

I was going to really try and sort out a mix, but I came across this set from Level One Radio's DJ Smitty that spans Price's career, from the Heltah Skeltah days throughout his expansive solo career. If it's nice out and you're trying to mourn with a case of beer, this is what you need.

Rich Quick Announces Debut Album, 'The Everywhere Man'

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If you've been rocking with the dub, you should know about Rich Quick. Dude's been on his grizzly for years, setting the Tri-State on fire, and word is that he embarked on his "Buy Me A Beer" tour of the UK this week that'll run through Swindon, London, Redditch, and other cities before it's done.

Quick also announced that his debut album, The Everywhere Man, is set to drop via Soulspazm on September 28th, and features a host of collaborators: featured MCs include Reef the Lost Cauze, Skrewtape, Miilkbone, Jakk Frost, Ryshon Jones, and many others, along with beats from Divine Drummah, J57, STANKFOOT, The Wurxs, and Snowgoons, who produced the title track, which is the lead single you can hear below.

I'm hoping he's back stateside so I can dap him up at Jersey Fresh, and I also hope we get to catch a couple of glimpses from what should be a fire album before the month's out. Pre-order The Everywhere Man today via iTunes!



Money Carsin - "Slow Down Baby"

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Tracks like this are why I say support your favorite local DJs. Phil Jackson, who helms Side B Radio on WPRB, posted this video from Jersey's Money Carsin, and the track had me open. Well, shorty in the black bikini first caught my eye, but the boom bap in the drums, with those horns blaring and James Brown's "baby baby baby" in the track certified it, with Carsin spitting some real shit in the track. Something big and bombastic to have blowing up the speakers during the summer.

If you're rocking this, grab Carsin's Next Nobody mixtape, which is hosted by Power 105's EmEz.

Danny Brown & Clams Casino - "Worth It"

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I'd been in the mood for new Danny Brown for a minute, and when I saw him say he had new material with Clams Casino on the way, I was into it. Didn't realize it was going to drop so soon, though. Too turnt for a Monday.

Deuce Eclipse & J.Lately Keep It Light on 'The Setup'

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Straight out of the Bay Area, Deuce Eclipse and J.Lately go in over a host of freshness. Nothing too crazy on this in terms of content, which is perfect for a playful Sunday afternoon, TRUST.

Greg Grease Wants to Drop Some Free Music, Blessed Us With His 'Motif' EP

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"I just wanted to give out some free music, there will be more to come. Collaborated with a different producer for each EP. They are free but you can also donate via the bandcamp page if you feel inclined. First one with producer Javi Santiago out of South MPLS. Peace. "- Greg Grease

Silent Knight - "Walking"

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Some chilled late-night hype from Silent Knight's forthcoming Weaknd EP, produced by The Audible Doctor.

P.SO & 2 Hungry Bros. - "Headphone Diaries"

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I mean, you could listen to this on your stereo and imagine those by yourself musical journeys, but I'd say keep this to yourself. This is the first single from P.SO and 2 Hungry Bros.' Feast of Legend, which is due out on August 28.

JSWISS - "Time to Shine"

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JSWISS took "Heaven & Earth" from Petestrumentals 2 and made it his own.