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Rasheed Chappell and Kenny Dope Link Back Up For 'First Brick'


There was a time when I was on my dean as a blogger. At that time, I stayed hearing new Rasheed Chappell. At some point, I got a day job that kept (keeps?) my mad busy, but he's always been one artist I'd been looking out for, so it's dope that, in my own weekly game of catch-up, I get to experience a project like First Brick, which finds Rasheed linking back up with the legend Kenny Dope, seven years after Future Before Nostalgia.

For those looking for that real hip-hop shit, Ra and Kenny have you. This isn't just boom bap for boom bap's sake; Chappell is weaving tales, dropping jewels, and all-around making me proud to have been a fan back then to hear this right now.

You can stream (and download!) the full First Brick project (which features everyone from O.C. to Lil Fame) below, via Audiomack, or stream it through the usual suspects.

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Manny + Rolow "Find Ya Wings 2020"


The TEKLIFE camp can't miss. Even their freebies are fire flames. For the footworkers out there, DJ Manny has a new one for you to sink your teeth into. In collaboration with Rolow, he dropped "Find Ya Wings 2020," which is in the pocket of luscious jazz loops and frantic bass and percussion. A true headbanger.

Full stream and download of "Find Ya Wings 2020" below.

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Mija Gave Away Her Latest EP, 'Just Enough'


About a month after dropping Mixtape_02, LA's Mija is back with a new two-track EP, Just Enough. It dropped ahead of her tour of the same name, and finds her really expanding on the worlds of house music and electronica in general. I normally hate using the term "electronica," but this EP specifically reminds me of the mid-to-late '90s dance music craze, in how free-form it could be. There are house grooves, spoken word, and more all throughout this release.

Stream a snippet below, but you can either check it out in the usual digital outlets or download it for free.

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Hesk Returns With 100% Footwork On His New EP, 'My Jeep'


For a while, I was mad concerned for Toronto, Ontario's HESK. After covering a lot of his material over on DoAndroidsDance? (RIP), he'd seemingly dropped off the face of the Earth the internet for a while. We're talking like three years of no word from this prolific producer. This past June, he returned with a bang, literally dropping 100 tracks spanning a massive amount of time, and it looks like he's far from done.

This week, he posted My Jeep, a six-track footwork EP spanning material from 2015 to 2018. It does exactly what it says on the tin, giving you 100% footwork for 100% free. Stream this thunderous release below, and download it for however much you want to pay for it over on Bandcamp.

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Ren Thomas "In The End"


Ren Thomas is one of the nicest in the Garden State doing it. Hopefully a cut like "In The End," which caps off his #RensDay series with a heavy dose of real talk, can get some of those sleeping heads to wake up.


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Jean Grae & Quelle Chris "My Contribution To This Scam" (Video)


If you're talking best albums of 2018 and not mentioning Jean Grae and Quelle Chris' Everything's Fine, your list is off. One of the best tracks from the project, "My Contribution To This Scam," gets a dope visual, animated by Crackbunny. It does a great job of playing off of the fuckery in the hip-hop game that Chris and Jean bring up. And it's also just a beautiful piece of art. Watch it in full below.


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UllNevaNo and Illien Rosewell Suit Up for 'Confidence Is Everything 3'


"Playing every day like it's game seven" is a great way to look at life, and is the mantra that runs through the first track on UllNevaNo and Illien Rosewell's third project, Confidence Is Everything 3. Feels like it's been forever since we've dropped new material from Bmore's UllNevaNo, and it's great to hear that he's still at it, churning out these tracks.

You can stream the full project below, and grab it via Bandcamp.

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Homage CVG and Waldo from Cincinnati ft. Jermiside "Power Windows"


After only becoming familiar with Homage CVG's material via his recently-released Hacienda LP, it's great to see that CVG's back with another one. CVG's next project, Used Cars, which was made in collaboration with Waldo from Cincinnati; it's a sequel to their 2017 smash Grocery Choppin'.

Kudos to them for linking with Jermiside on the lead single from Used Cars, "Power Windows". It's just as dope as you'd imagine it'd be, all light and airy and hypnotic. Run this one back multiple times.

You can stream "Power Windows" in full below, and cop it via Bandcamp today.

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Valona Denise "Love Jones" (Video)


To close out 2017, Trenton's own Valona Denise dropped SBTP, which we loved for its intoxicating effect. Roughly nine months later, she takes one of the more gorgeous and soulful tracks from that release, the Iamnobodi-produced "Love Jones," and dropped a dope visual for it. Check it out below.

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Jett I. Masstyr Returns With 'The Upside Sessions'


The homie Jett I. Masstyr is no stranger to this URL. We've seen him grow and evolve for a while now, and each new project feels like the next chapter in his sound. The Upside Sessions, which dropped roughly a week ago, is no exception.

"The Upside Sessions," Jett shared, "is a collection of tracks made mostly in 2017. They remained unused until now. I always use where I am at in life to guide my inspiration behind projects."

"Once you reach certain levels in life," the Houston-representing producer continued, "you can find yourself at a new bottom, and another level in front of you to achieve. There's a level of optimism needed to be successful. Even when things aren't the most positive around you...you can control that. I'm definitely searching and looking forward to the upside."

Deep, motivational words for a truly intriguing project. Stream it in full below, and download it from one of these digital retailers today.

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Heavee Releases New Album, 'WFM'



Not sure if Fall is truly made for Footwork, but the Teklife camp definitely drops some superior releases during the chiller months of the year. Keeping with that tradition is Heavee, who unleashed his long-awaited album WFM this week; it was truly worth the wait.

Clocking in at eight tracks, there's truly no fat or filler on this release. Many of you will remember his DJ Rashad collab "It's Wack" from Grand Theft Auto V, but that just scratches the surface of this release. "Cloud Ride" (featuring DJ Phil) is a ready-made club anthem, while his Sirr Tmo collab "What U Waiting For" is the space-y footwork trip that the newer school of Teklife producer specializes in.

You can stream WFM in full below, and cop it today. Heavee also dropped a mix for Rinse FM, which you can stream (and download) right now.



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Cymarshall Law ft. AceWonda & DJ Phillip Lee "The Warning" (Video)


Cymarshall Law breathes Jersey hip-hop swagger. We've been covering him for a while, and his latest album, Imperfectly Perfect, finds him in peak form. Just press play on the video for "The Warning." With that hypnotic sample and those razar sharp bars, along with Cymar's styling, this is one cut you'll keep on repeat.



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Drake and Meek Mill Celebrated the End of Their Beef With a Game of Ping Pong


For the last three years, Drake and Meek Mill haven't fucked with each other. I want to say it started when Drake didn't tweet something about a song he did with Meek, but I don't know. I just remember Meek calling Drake out for not writing his verses (which, who was actually surprised, then or now?), and then Drake overcoming the odds by handing Meek his own ass. Twice. Meek took forever to respond, and when he did, the shit was trash, and he got turned into all of the memes.

While the beef peaked during that OVO Powerpoint Fest of Meek memes, there have been stray shots and trolls since, but it felt like their situation was a) dead and b) a warning for anyone trying to beef with somebody in the Internet Age. For example, the clock is on Eminem to respond to MGK during whatever this thing is they are engaging in currently.

While no one was thinking of whatever this Meek/Drake beef has turned into (especially since Pusha T made Drake a fool in their situation), Drake decided to bring Meek out during his Boston show last night, effectively deading their beef. Drake had Meek perform, but also spoke on the situation: “This right here is a long time coming. This right here is important. This one of my favorite rappers, for real for real."



So, their beef is over. If you don't believe that show of solidarity, don't worry: someone had their phone ready to record this epic $20,000 ping pong game between Meek and Drake. "This is how we will teach kids to settle their differences" one caption read.



Hey, if you like it, I love it, but wasn't ping pong called "honkey ball" in South Central? Do kids in the hood play ping pong like that? And what if they get into a heated $20 ping pong battle and the beef isn't squashed? Do they go to the basketball court NBA 2K19? When are jokers allowed to take it to the streets ala Rocky and Tommy Gunn? That's how Philly bols do it, right Meek?

Fair play either way; just don't throw up no brick when the inevitable collab drops.
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GRIP ft. Tate228 "Jail Pose" (Video)


ATL spitter GRIP is slowly becoming one of my favorite up-and-comers in the game. Pigeons & Planes put me onto him over the summer, and I've been a fan of his PORCH release ever since. This week, he dropped another thought-provoking video, this time for the Tate228-produced "Jail Pose," which is a great way to get introduced to his sound. Watch the visual down below.

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Mr. Mitch "Settle"


The UK-based producer known as Mr. Mitch has been dropping heat for Planet Mu in the form of two albums over the last four years, and is now ready to "settle" back at his imprint, Gobstopper, for his next EP, Primary Progressive. Get it? Not funny? I'll stop.

Either way, this is a truly intriguing look at how electronic music can do more than motivate your ass to the dancefloor. Sure, Primary Progressive is set to be more club-friendly than a number of the recent Gobstopper releases as of late, but it'll also find Mitch dealing with the emotions he's felt during his father's journey with MS into beautiful tracks.

The first single from this EP, "Settle," is available for download now. Stream it in full below, and cop the full release when it drops on October 26.

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Lando Chill ft. Swansuit "Dah Vapor"


There's something about Lando Chill's music that gets me every time. Something about the mixture of hazy cool and a tinge of quirk that sets me on a cloud each and every. Take "Dah Vapor" as exhibit A. This Black Ego cut is set off on a breeze of melodic vibes, and even Swansuit's more brash flow still sounds perfectly at home.

Stream "Dah Vapour" in full below, and be sure to download Black Ego when it hits on October 12.

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TT the Artist and UNIIQU3 Are Your 'Club Queens'


When it comes to the infectious sounds of Baltimore and Jersey Club, TT the Artist and UNIIQU3 are two of the artists really waving the flags for their respective moments. It makes sense that they'd link up for Club Queens, Vol. 1, a project that also serves as the debut release for TT's Club Queens label. It's also a tribute to the OG Bmore club queen, DJ K-Swift, and is a dope blend of the Bmore and Jersey club sounds.

You can stream the full seven-track EP below, and then head over to iTunes to download it.

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RIP Rich Quick


The rap game just lost a real one. While details are scarce, social media has lit up with word that Rich Quick, one of the nicest and most memorable artists in this area, has died. If you've been rocking with this site, you've definitely come across a post we've done on his music.



I want to say I first got introduced to Quick back in 2011, during one of the many Garden Variety shows in Trenton. I'd continue to run into him in Trenton, and we struck up a rapport. It was his I'm With the DJ tape that really made me appreciate what Quick did as a lyricist for the area, but it went deeper than that project. He just felt like he was always on the pulse. He was one of the first I remember migrating to SoundCloud. One of the few taking the time to craft songs with live instrumentation, even after cats started making beats at home. He just thought different. Might be why, over the last few years, he was doing way more painting and way less writing.



I guess we won't be able to hear what Quick's pen would sound like after this hiatus. I'd love to know what his next chapter would've included. All I have are these tracks, all of those daps and laughs, his warm greeting whenever we ran into each other in the Town. I'm genuinely going to miss this dude, just like anyone who entered his cipher during his way too short time on this Earth. So while we all try to pick up the pieces, lets loudly blast the music Quick left us. Rest in power, Rich.

A GoFundMe to help out Rich's family is here; you can also read his obituary

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Jaxtella: 60 Minutes of Madness (Aug. 2018)


With the return of rockthedub radio, we got Jaxtella back on the decks for the first of what's becoming many drum & bass sets. His secret is also out: Jaxtella is the dnb alias of Patrice McBride, and from what I'm being told, he's set to really go in with this Jaxtella sound. That appears to be including regular mixes, which you can stream and download to your heart's content.

Need something to help you return to work and/or school? Here's a power hour of insane drum & bass from this summer. Featured artists include Phace, Signal, Hamilton, Heist, Cod3x, and many more. It's a belter. Full tracklist below.


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Cashmere Cat ft. MØ & SOPHIE "9 (After Coachella) (R3LL Remix)"


While R3LL might not have been able to drop his Certified Club Music mixtape when he wanted to, he more than made up for it with the release of this Cashmere Cat remix.

R3LL is one of the few Jersey Club artists bringing the sound to the masses, and his Dim Mak affiliation definitely helps when it comes to the wider EDM audience; this is remix should be blasting out of everyone's daddy's Prius come the end of the year. Or at least throughout Indian Summer.

Stream this rework below, and download it ASAP.

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K. Sparks "Systematic"


Did you dig the last gem from K. Sparks that we shared but needed more? Here's the latest single from his next album, Note to Self, "Systematic".

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HI$TO "INVASION"


The homey HI$TO from Bmore has been on my radar for years; during the tail-end of the DoAndroidsDance? days, we were steady supportive. He's got a new EP on the way, and this week, he gave away the title track. If you're footworkin', you're in need of this. Stream and download below.

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Cymarshall Law "The Same Guy" (Video)


If you missed this year's Jersey Fresh Jam, don't worry; this new video from Cymarshall Law will make it feel like you were there. He shot the clip for "The Same Guy" during this year's Jam, and released it just in time for the release Imperfectly Perfect, which drops on September 7th.

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RIP Spirit


The drum & bass community has been rocked by word of the death of Duncan Bisto, better known to fans as Spirit.

For anyone checking out drum & bass from '96 onwards, something Spirit has done has to have rocked you. While a number of his earlier productions were released via imprints like C.I.A. and Timeless, it was his material with Digital that really cemented his legacy early on, with cuts like "Mission Accomplished," "Remote Control," and the absolute anthem "Phantom Force" coming from their collective studios. Over the years, Spirit not only released material through some of the finest imprints in the scene (Metalheadz, Commercial Suicide), but also set up his own imprint, Inneractive Music, which he continued to drop material on.



News of Spirit's health issues hit less than a week ago, with Digital (who had just recently dropped an EP he did with Spirit over on Phantom Audio) recently sharing that Spirit was in the hospital in critical condition since August 13. He shared that Spirit had suffered a cardiac arrest, and that there had been irreparable brain damage. The family was told to prepare for the inevitable. On Sunday, Digital shared the tragic news that Spirit had passed.

It's also sad when the drum & bass community loses one of their own; last fall, Spirit released a single he produced with Marcus Intalex, who himself passed in May of 2017.




For those looking to remember Spirit, there's no doubt going to be a number of tributes on the way. For starters, check out this interview UKF did with Spirit back in 2017, which looks back at the reasons why he's regarded as one of the best and most prolific producers the scene has ever produced. Spirit was also very active in remastering and re-releasing the Inneractive Music back catalog via Bandcamp; take some time reminiscing through those classics, especially his stellar 2005 album Puzzle Box.

For now, here's a three-hour set Spirit did back in 2016. We also put a bunch of his gems into this Apple Music playlist. Or just check out the mixes we've thrown down below. Rest in power, Spirit.


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Lil Pump "Esketit (Kozee Edit ft. Stormzy)"


One day, Kozee asked me if I realized how grime-y Lil Pump's "Esketit" was. I hadn't, because I don't rock with Pump's music like that. Sure enough, I peeped the track and agreed. She's since double-backed and hit the world with an edit, complete with some Stormzy bars, to prove how grime-y this new school cut is. Stream below, and make it yours via Bandcamp.

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Apollo Brown & Joell Ortiz "Decisions"


On October 26, a collaborative album, Mona Lisa, from Apollo Brown and Joell Ortiz, is dropping. To help announce that, they gave away the first single from the album, "Decisions," for free. Just hearing that the Detroit-based producer and the NY spitter linked up for a project should have you pre-ordering what's sure to be a banger ASAP. Fully ready for #hoodieseason with this one.

Stream and download "Decisions" via Bandcamp.

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Young Thug "Chanel (Ase Manual Remix)"


With everyone feeling their way through Young Thug's Slime Language, Jersey club destroyer Ase Manual decided to turn "Chanel" into a certified banger. This is one for the DJs who need a proper DJ tool with a Thug touch for their late summer sets. Tell 'em who sent ya.

Stream the remix below, and grab it via Bandcamp.

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K. Sparks ft. Leslie Carron "April In Paris"

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November 6 is a while from now, so shouts to K. Sparks for sharing the second single from his upcoming Kurser-produced album Note to Self, "April In Paris". It definitely blends what sounds like a serene spring day in France, but with a hypnotic hip-hop flavor. Peep that second verse; Sparks kicks some ill rapid-fire flows.

Stream "April In Paris" below, and pre-order Note to Self via Bandcamp today.

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Black Collar Biz "The Get Back is Amazing" (Video)


Because I've been rocking with Black Collar Biz for a minute, I know that he's never truly left the rap game. He's had situations go down, and real life is always a mother, but it's not like he's dropped tracks on the low. That said, his new album, The Get Back, is Collar's official return to the game, and "The Get Back is Amazing" is a mission statement for what he's been doing, where he's going, and a reminder that he does, in fact, do this.

Collar's practically an elder statesman for the emcees coming up in the Trenton area, which makes sense, consider all of the accolades he's received over the years as an artist. This nine-track project is one of my favorites of his catalog, and something you need to ride out the rest of the year to (at least).

Check the Jubee-directed video for "The Get Back is Amazing" below, and grab the full project via iTunes.

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R.O.E. "No Time to Waste" (Video)


R.O.E. and J. Slikk fit perfectly together; it does help that I heard R.O.E. spitting over Slikk instrumentals eons ago, but it's dope that they've continued to churn out material together. This XBT 91-directed video takes this jazzy number to new heights.

If you need the actual track, grab it from R.O.E.'s latest album, Better Late Than Never. Peep the video below.

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DJ Snoopadelic x Green Lantern 'Live From the Mothership' Mix


What do you get when you have Snoop Dogg, Green Lantern, some bomb weed, a stack of classic funk, soul, and R&B, and an empty studio? Live From The Mothership, a mix from Green and Snoop's DJ Snoopadelic alias. They took classics, added some hip-hop flavor to it, and let Snoop go ham on the mic (at times). Clean the house or fire up the grill to this.


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Virgil Abloh Gets Busy for Solid Steel


While Virgil Abloh has been known for being everything from one of Kanye West's creative partners to being the genius behind Off-White, he's also been on his DJ grind as of late. That persistence has ended up with the Louis Vuitton Creative Director of Menswear getting an hour's worth of time for his exclusive Solid Steel mix, which he recorded in London.

"DJing in London is always a great time," Abloh says, "because I like to create a contemporary dialogue with the audience but also root it in vast history of the many sub-genres that makes London super unique."

This set features an interesting selection of tunes; everyone from Pearson Sound and Donae'o to Roy Davis Jr. and Boddika get some shine. Stream and download ASAP, and peep the tracklist below.


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DJ Ends Drops His Latest, 'Walkin'


Been interesting to see DJ Ends develop his sound. Obviously influenced by the likes of the TEKLIFE camp, he's been sending his own edits and originals our way for what feels like the better part of the last year or so. With his new album, Walkin, it feels like he finally honed in on what makes him unique while maturing his sound. This eight-tracker will definitely have something for everyone who loves to get their footwork on, trust. Stream below, cop via Bandcamp.

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Reckonize Real & Guilty Simpson ft. M-Dot and Mayhem "Can't Runaway"


Detroit legend Guilty Simpson linked with Queens-based producer Reckonize Real for Carved In Stone, which isn't out until October 26, and this week they dropped off a hypnotic cut entitled "Can't Runaway" featured two cats from Massachusetts' EMS camp, M-Dot and Mayhem. It's been a minute since they used to damn-near run roughshod over this site, so it's hype to see them still out here building. Stream the full cut below, and be sure to pre-order this one via Bandcamp.

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Illingsworth ft. Denmark Vessey "DnD"


While mostly instrumental, Illingsworth's forthcoming album You're No Fun has some, well, fun moments to it. Or maybe I'm just that hungry for Denmark Vessey bars. Something about the way he dominates a track is clearly what I need more of in my life.

You can grab their collab, "DnD," for free over on Bandcamp, where you can also pre-order You're No Fun before it drops on September 28.

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Kaytranada Is the Only Person Who Should Be Remixing Sade


When it comes to funky, club-ready edits, Kaytranada's owned that bag for a minute. He proved so recently during a spree of four uploads to his SoundCloud account. The most dynamic is his take on Sade's "Kiss of Life," which feels like what the grown and sexy bop to during Friday happy hour at the bar. Proper adulting with a stiff drink in your hands.



Kaytra didn't end there, though; he kept that exact same energy on his edit of A Tribe Called Quest's "Midnight," turning the opening loop of the 1994 classic into an early-night club banger.



He added a couple of gems as well, for good measure. These spring 2018-produced cuts aren't available for download, but work perfectly for your Sunday vibe.



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Noisia & Two Fingers "Dzjengis"


Back in June, Noisia's Thjis linked with Amon Tobin in the studio. The result was "Dzjengis," which they describe as a tune coming from a "dark place". One for the Mezcal (and Tonic) sippers who are trying to work out their problems over menacing, brooding material. Stream below, and cop it ASAP.

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Lando Chill ft. Quelle Chris & REY - "Peso"

Image by Taylor Noel Photography

LA's Lando Chill is back with another album, Black Ego, which is due out on October 12. What better way to hype us for that than with a new single featuring Quelle Chris and REY? "Peso" has a massive blunted on reality vibe, and there's something about the styles of Lando and Chris merging; it's unique.

Stream "Peso" below, and pre-order via iTunes today.

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Von Pea & The Other Guys ft. Donwill "The Twist"


Less than a year after releasing their 2017 album The Fiasco, Von Pea and The Other Guys are back with another EP, I'm Good Luv, Enjoy, and most recently, they dropped the first single, the Donwill-assisted "The Twist". It's a dope way to reintroduce us to their cipher, seeing as the first time Pea and the Guys linked up was a collab with Tanya Morgan.

"The Twist" is a chilled cut, perfect for your Sunday loungin'. Stream it in full below, and pre-order I'm Good Luv, Enjoy, which drops on September 14, via Bandcamp.

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Root for the Villain Preps AGN7 Audio Release With Special Mix


On Friday, August 24, the AGN7 Audio crew is dropping a new two-tracker from Root for the Villain, a name that you might not be aware of. If you are drum & bass with a tinge of juke, you should be all about this. The single ("Got This" with Jimmy Hoffa b/w "Special Guest") finds intriguing ways to well in that bouncy 160 BPM range while still keeping things rough for the dancehall.



To prep for this mix, and ultimately to get you into his zone, RFTV cooked up a promo mix featuring material from this single, Chimpo, Sully, Dexta, J:Kenzo, and others. Stream that below, and cop the release when it drops on Friday.


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Random Tracks of Flyness


Years back, when I realized I had no time or money to be a DJ, I started making these odd mixes using old software. I guess I woke up this morning with a song (well, a bunch of songs) on my heart and decided to churn this out. There's lots of radio static, a bunch of random sounds and sketches that might only be funny/clever to me, but this also represents a bunch of material I dug during that timeframe of not making rockthedub radio mixes. #shrug.

Featured artists include Elucid, Pusha T, Westside Gunn, DJ Paypal, DJ Manny, Wen, 03 Greedo, and others. It's also the first time using hearthis.at, which allows you to not only upload shit, but give it away. Trying to figure my life out with this. Stream and download the demo; tracklist is below.


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Slim K is Back For 'Purple Children 8'


Slim K's Purple Children 8 has been on repeat for most of this week. If you aren't up on his Purple Children series, it's where Slim makes sure to chop mostly new school rappers for the next generation. This edition has some really ill chops on it; I'm a personal fan of his chop of Valee's "Juice & Gin". That's my type of hype, and that cover from AWGE's Rob Gallardo fits the vibe perfectly.

Stream the full project below, and cop it via Bandcamp. Then go back and run through his chop of Jay Rock's whole Redemption LP.

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Eprom & ZEKE BEATS "Humanoid 2.0"


In August of 2016, EPROM murdered my brain cells for the rest of the year via his Solid Steel mix. It was so dub-laden that cuts from it are just now getting out. The mix kicked off with his collaboration with ZEKE BEATS, "Humanoid 2.0," which is a bass-drenched, robotic-voiced banger that highlights exactly why both producers are the cream of the crop. It dropped this week via Division, and is a scorcher. Stream it below, and cop it ASAPula.

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Method Man "Grand Prix"


Some unexpected heat from Method Man? We'll take all of it. This Dame Grease-produced cut "Grand Prix" is from Meth's The Meth Lab: The Lithium, which is being billed as a "collaborative album". That project is set to drop later this year, and hopefully "Grand Prix" is one of many gems on the release. Check out Meth's ginsu-sharp wordplay on this one.

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UNIIQU3 "Phase 3"


The Jersey Club dynamo UNIIQU3 is back with a brand new EP, Phase 3, set to drop via NLV Records on August 24. This week, she unleashed the title track, and it's a monster. The cut, which finds the Jersey Club Queen infusing a number of throwback sounds into a futuristic club stew, also features UNIIQU3 rockin' her shit on the vocals. Not too many producers are doing it like her, on such a consistent level, but that's just how Jersey does.

Stream "Phase 3" below, and if you need it in your playlists, cop that shit.

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Cloudy Uchiha ft. 1iSinny "Shot Caller"


I don't know Cloudy Uchiha, 1iSinny, or DJ Creecha from a can of paint. Not sure how they found me. I will say is Creecha did the damn thing with this beat. You know the horn, but throwing it under a trunk-rattling set of drums and bass like that? This cut from the Detroit spitter could've gone a different way if it wasn't for that instrumental. Facts.

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blctxt "Time"


The other day, the homie blctxt hit me saying he had some new material. I feel like it's been forever since I've heard him do his thing, so it's dope to see that he's back at it. Speaking on his new song, "Time", blc says "Reality binds us with the concept of time but in our minds, time is almost nonexistent. The cool Jazz flip with big drums is produced by Cheeze Beatz (co-producer of "Bartier Bardi") while blctxt explores this theory of handling time in the verses with Joshua Worden crooning on topic via the chorus."

Peep the dope visual below, and keep your eyes on blctxt; I have a feeling he's got some more fire up his sleeve.

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Ase Manual "Oh Okay"


Ase Manual is someone UNIIQU3 put me onto. They collaborated on her cut "2 The Floor", and I was a big fan of his Black Panther: The Album remix project. On "Oh Okay," some hypnotic guitar strums play on a loop as he lets some club-ready percussion boom on the under. Big body track that makes for a very unexpected banger. Grab it over on Bandcamp.


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Jansport J's Feeling "blue"


Jansport J has been a favorite of this site for a while, so we're loving news of a new instrumental album from him. LOW, his ninth instrumental project, is set to drop on September 28, and this week he let "blue" go. The track's lead by some chopped vocals and moving pianos. Great Sunday soundtrack, trust. You can cop "blue" today, and pre-order the full project via Bandcamp.


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Milo and Elucid Team Up For 'Nostrum Grocers'


Crazy how these things work. According to the receipt I found stuck under the driver's seat, Nostrum Grocers (aka the collaboration from Milo and Elucid) was born almost three years ago, when Elucid flew out to Milwaukee to chop it up with Rory. They then sat on the project, not getting back into the project until 2017. Interesting enough, during the time this album was conceived to when it was released, both emcees became fathers. You can hear growth and optimism in the lyrics, although it packs equal amounts of black power and clarity in the 10-track opus as well.

Stream and cop this album via Bandcamp, and if you're in the NY area, you can hear it performed live on August 19 at Elsewhere (Zone One) in Brooklyn.

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