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A-Trak Releases '90s Backpacker Rap Set


For Boiler Room's MIXTAPE series, they decided to get A-Trak to drop a guest mix, in which he took it back to the '90s for a special backpack rap set. Loads of '90s NYC hip-hop, from MF Doom and Mos Def to J-Live and CRU, among many more. Recently, Boiler Room shared the video for the set, but it was unfortunately it was only half of the set!



A-Trak, being the stand-up dude that he is, had the full audio from the set, and decided to share it via SoundCloud. Anyone rocking with this site should know what time it is with the tracklist, which is below. Perfect Sunday house cleaning (or weed smoking) material.



Tracklist:


Mos Def - Universal Magnetic (instrumental - intro)
Mos Def & Talib Kweli - Definition
The High & Mighty ft. Mike Zoot, Mos Def & El-P - B-Boy Document
Big L - Ebonics
Rasco - Unassisted
Dilated Peoples - Work The Angles
De La Soul ft. Common - The Business
Jurassic 5 - Concrete Schoolyard
Reflection Eternal - Fortified Live
Natural Resource - Bum Deal
The High & Mighty - Open Mic Night
Frankenstein - The Rain Is Gone
Street Smartz ft. OC & Pharoahe Monch - Metal Thangz
D.I.T.C. - Day One
Company Flow - Vital Nerve
Company Flow - 8 Steps To Perfection
Defari - Bionic
Gang Starr - The Planet
Show & AG - Spit
Large Professor - The Mad Scientist (Instrumental)
Kazi - A.V.E.R.A.G.E.
Ill Bill - Gangsta Rap
Mos Def - If You Can Huh You Can Hear
Da Bush Babees ft. Mos Def - The Love Song
MF Doom - Gas Drawls
Slum Village - I Don't Know
Erule - Listen Up
Arsonists - Session
Bahamadia - UKNOWHOWWEDU
Lootpack - WhenImondamic
L-Fudge ft. Shabaam Sahdeeq, Talib Kweli & Skam - What If?
Blahzay Blahzay - Danger
J-Live - Braggin Writes
D&D All-Stars - 1,2 Pass It (Remix)
Royal Flush - Worldwide
Crooklyn Dodgers - Crooklyn
East Flatbush Project - Tried By 12
Afu-Ra - Whirlwind Thru Cities
Shadez Of Brooklyn - Change
Non Phixion - Black Helicopters
Big L - The Big Picture
Cru - Pronto
Smut Peddlers - One By One (Instrumental)
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DJ Filthy Rich Drops Tribute Mixtape, 'A Clan Called Wu - Enter The Marauders'


On November 9, 1993, two of the most important albums in my growth as a hip-hop fan (and as a man, to be fair)—Wu-Tang Clan's Enter the Wu: 36 Chambers and A Tribe Called Quest's Midnight Marauders—hit shelves. Trying to speak on how vital they are to the world is pointless 25 years later. I usually just listen to them ad nauseum (and watching the Wu perform on GMA) and go on with my life. This year? Shit's a little different. DJ Filthy Rich cooked up A Clan Called Wu - Enter The Marauders, a fresh blendtape putting the Wu's lyrics from Enter the Wu over the classic instrumentals of Midnight.

When speaking on the tape to 2DBz, Rich said "The intent was not to improve on the originals in any way… that would be impossible, as I consider them both to be perfect bodies of work. Rather, it was about orchestrating a fun concept, and putting a totally new spin on these well-worn classics. The contrast of Wu’s gritty street raps over Tribe’s jazzy production works in a pleasantly unexpected way."

Welcome to your weekend soundtrack.




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PREMIERE: Zilla Rocca ft. Curly Castro "Name On The Buckle"


This sounds like heaven. On November 9, the Philly-based rockthedub-fav Zilla Rocca will be dropping his first completely-solo album in eight(!) years, Future Former Rapper, via POW Recordings (shouts to the squad). Because of how long we've rocked with Rocca and company, and what we've done over here for what feels like eons, we've been given the go to premiere the Starkey-produced(!), Curly Castro-featured cut from the LP, "Name On The Buckle." And it's murdaaaaaaah (word to Ja).

This Philly trifecta really lean into the "street bass" tag that Starkey and the Seclusiasis crew have been championing for years with this heavyweight, anthemic electronic beaut of a tune. Zilla and Curly are two emcees who've always understood how to slide into the pocket of these dense grooves, retaining lyrical potency while lounging in the pocket with a few fingers of fine brown liquor. Starkey does what Starkey does: channel integalactic excellence into bassbin-rumbling numbers, washing hypnotic synths atop like its nothing. It's insane to think that this is their first collab since Curly and Zilla linked up for their "Holodeck" remix years back.

You can stream the full track below, and on Spotify, and be sure to grab Future Former Rapper (which features production from Small Professor, Messiah Musik, and more) when it hits on November 9.

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Jaxtella - Rainy Dayz


With the Indian Summer finally breaking over here on the East Coast, Jaxtella returns with a massive boost of liquid drum & bass for your speakerboxes.

The Trenton-based DJ is still working through months of dnb releases, and turning them into sixty-plus minute rinseouts. This pack is from the month of August, and includes a number of Degs "sprayouts" from his impressive Hospital mixtape, as well as bits from Friction, Pola & Bryson, Danny Byrd, Villem & McLeod, Djah, and more.

For those of you looking to get your weekend off on the good food, Jax's got you covered. Stream and download this mix below, and be sure to check out that full tracklist.


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A Boogie ft Davido "Way Too Fly (Benja Styles "KING OF ROCK" Remix)"


Benja Styles always comes correct with his blends. His latest remix finds a way to take A Boogie's "Way Too Fly" and throw it over Run DMC's "King Of Rock," which sounds like it shouldn't work, but turns out to be a serious banger. Stream and download the clean version below; just make sure you have fire extinguishers on hand for the fire that'll be flying out of your speakers.


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Reckonize Real & Guilty Simpson ft. Georgia Anne Muldrow "Got Your Back"


The other day at work, heads were talking about loyalty and the lack thereof these days. Listening to this Reckonize Real & Guilty Simpson track from their forthcoming album Carved From Stone, I think back to that convo. Something about getting older and trying to be a better man, themes like being loyal and protecting your day ones get deeper. Press play on this one down below if you don't know what I'm talking about.

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DJ Ends Serves Up Some Piping Hot 'Kraut Juke'


I couldn't tell you any real facts about Germany, especially German music. I mean, Kraftwerk is German, and they are the shit, so maybe I just lied on myself. Either way, Munich's DJ Ends recently linked up with District160 to release Kraut Juke, which does exactly as it says on the tin. Ends took a number of German songs and gave them a 160 BPM jukeout. Don't ask me to identify any of the original tracks. Just press play and turn up to these.

You can download this five-track release via District160's Bandcamp, and stream it in full down below.

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Zack Fox "Square Up (Ase Manual Remix)"


If you're not up on Zack Fox, your social media timelines are hella dry. Over the last month or so, he's been killing it with his #squareupchallenge, so much so that he dropped a whole Kenny Beats-produced track. A viral moment wouldn't be authentic if it didn't get the Jersey Club treatment, so shouts out to Ase Manual for being quick to the draw with his new "Square Up" remix. Stream and download that bad boy below, via Bandcamp.

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J.Lately "Fun's Up"


The guy J.Lately's always down for some fun, and even though the fall's creeping in for most of us (weather-wise), J's latest Space Cadet-produced single "Fun's Up" is, in his words, "a reminder to cherish the good times and keep the party rolling." Learn the words now, as we imagine he'll be performing this during his next tour.

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Small Professor Returns With Some 'Free Jawns'


Longtime readers of this site should be up on Small Professor. He's worked with some of our favorite emcees—literally everyone from Zilla Rocca to Guilty Simpson—but some of our favorite releases from the producer are in his Jawns series. His latest, Free Jawns (which was premiered over on Passion of the Weiss), is a project he worked on while working on his forthcoming LP, and is proof positive that he's just as capable of making cohesive songs sans rappers than he is as giving these emcees fire instrumentals.

Seven songs, available for the low price of $4. Stream below, cop via Bandcamp.

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