Friday, July 29, 2011

Flowback Fridays: Go Outside... [Video]


The Cults: Go Outside

Tabi Bonney: Go Outside

Aulister Mark Interviews Oddisee [Video]

Oddisee gives his take on the importance of "keeping rap humble."

Hypebeast Interviews RZA [Video]

Ron English & Tara McPherson @ Safewalls [Video] Interviews Talib Kweli [Video]

Talib breaks down Prisoner Of Conscience and sheds light on what Idle Warship has planned.

The Kid Daytona: In The Meantime [Video]

The Kid continues to drop visuals from The Interlude, which remains on our playlist to this day.

Fiend: Cool Is In Session [Mixtape]


International Jones lets loose of his fourth tape of 2011, featuring Smoke DZA and Corner Boy P.

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Scarub: The California EP [Mixtape]


Legendary Music has teamed up with Soundcloud to present The California EP, the latest project from Scarub (of Living Legends). Download provided courtesy of TheMashUP916.

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Stik Figa & D/Will: Space Madness [mp3]


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The Weeknd: Live At The Mod Club [Mixtape]

We posted the video of The Weeknd performing High For This yesterday, and then shortly thereafter the Toronto concert (in its entirety) was offered as a live mixtape. Capturing the essence of the audience gave this rendition of House Of Balloons a whole new life.

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Thursday, July 28, 2011

OBEY GIANT: Peace Elephant [Art]


Shepard Fairey, with the help of several friends, has created a mural of a Peace Elephant (his largest mural to date), alongside the library in West Hollywood.

Raphael Saadiq: Movin' Down The Line (Don't You Go Away) [Video]

Honestly, we adore Raphael Saadiq (who in their right mind doesn't?) But we can't deny that we also long for the collective talent (and at least perceived rapport) of Lucy Pearl.

Mr. Green: Live From The Bedroom (Part 6) [Video]

We brought you Part 5 back in June, and now Mr. Green hits us with Part 6, featuring C.R.E.A.M.

Fiend: Devil In A New Dress [Video]

Featured on Life Behind Limo Glass.

Roundin' Out: A Tribe Called Quest [Video]

Roundin' Out enlists three solids - Masta Ace, Marco Polo, and PackFM - to debate the intricacies of Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels Of A Tribe Called Quest, revealing just how much the group influenced each of their careers.

Curren$y @ Melkweg [Video]

High Snobiety Interviews RZA [Video]

RZA explains how and why he and WeSC partnered to produce his line of Chambers headphones.

MTV News Interviews Wiz Khalifa [Video]

Wiz sheds light on what's really behind the recent run of tracks from the trio.

REi: Item 9 [Mixtape]


Nzone Entertainment emcee REi has put together a 14-track project over a backdrop of knock from DJ Toomp, Nesby Phips, and others. Presented by DJ Booth, Kreemo, and Flud Watches.


Crown Royale f. Eric Bobo: Say What [Video]

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

A Conversation With Faith47 [Video]

Faith47, the Cape-Town artist whose socially- and politically-inspired pieces at B-Girl Be struck us by their simplistic, yet overtly complex, nature describes her approach to her art, what inspires her (both positively and negatively), and the message that she aims to convey through her paintings.

MTV News Interviews Mac Miller [Video]

Fonzworth Bentley: Bunkin' [Video]

The Weeknd @ MOD Club [Video]

The Weeknd performs High For This during a recent show in Toronto.

The Early Days of Def Jam [Video]

Russell Simmons speaks briefly on how he met, and ultimately partnered with, Rick Rubin leading up to the early days of Def Jam Records. For those who have not ever read Def Jam, Inc. by Stacy Gueraseva, educate yourselves (the story of the historic label is a lot more complex than most would imagine).

eLZhi @ MOD Club [Video]

Footage of eLZhi prior to and during his recent performance in Toronto. Word to The Come-Up Show.

Break On A Cloud Interviews Laws [Video]

Bjork: Crystalline [Video]

Directed by Michael Gondry, Crystalline will be featured on the forthcoming Biophilia.

The Return of Beavis & Butthead [Video]

Since everything else from the 90s is returning, why not resurrect good ol' B&B (cue Gwar's Breaking The Law).

3 Little Digs: 9th Wonder [Video]

Jamla chief 9th Wonder gives Groove Chambers his 3 Little Digs.

Gods'Illa: CPR Blendtape [Mixtape]


They knew I was gangsta when I hit the do'...


Lyrics Born f. Sam Sparro: Coulda WOulda Shoulda [Video]

LB links up with Sam Sparro for the third single from As U Were, available now.

Stalley: Pound [Video]

Pound can be found on Lincoln Way Nights, easily one of the best projects of the year.

Lab Life: Rick Ross & Alchemist [Video]

Ricky Rizzle gives fans a taste of what Alchemist is cooking up for God Forgives, I Don't.

King Boom: World Domination [Video]

Featured on Cataclysmic Boom, he describes World Domination as "the plan one has over others when we can all just turn the bass up and let the drums roll, a lively instrumentation by jams himself."

The Olympiks: Teflon Don Beats [Mixtape]


The Olympiks let loose of Rozay's throwaways for someone else's good use.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Bootleg Kev Interviews Talib Kweli [Video]

Bootleg Kev chops it up with Kweli about Rock The Bells, what the true potential is for another Black Star album, and his thoughts on the death of Amy Winehouse.

Jet Life Tour: Boca Raton [Video]

We told y'all we would highlight every single stop on the Tour. And we did.

Detooz Films & Miss Casey Carter Interview Big K.R.I.T. [Video]

Detooz Films and Miss Casey Carter talk with K.R.I.T. to find out how he maintains creative control and who we can expect on Live From The Underground.

Ski Beatz: 24Hour Karate School (Part2), Episode 2 [Video]

Ski tells the tale of how he and Gangsta Gibbs began working together.

GoWhereHipHop Interviews Mac Miller [Video]

DJ E (GoWhereHipHop) sits down with Mac Miller in "the kick-it room" to discuss tour tales and the fun of having friends along for the ride.

Wu-Tang: Drunk Tongue [Video]

Legendary Weapons, available now.

Big K.R.I.T. @ Mercy Lounge [Video]

Produced by Break On A Cloud. Presented in conjunction with Rocksmith Tokyo, The Smoking Section, The Source, and Lovenoise.

CoCo Vixen Interviews Prodigy [Video]

CoCo sits down with P to talk about fighting sickle cell, rapper relations, and the future of Mobb Deep.

Mister Cartoon @ MOCA (Art In The Streets) [Video]

Off The Wall TV captured Mister Cartoon speaking on his Art In The Streets installation at MOCA in Los Angeles.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Watch The Throne (Trailer) [Video]

Daily Chiefers Interviews Chevy Woods [Video]

Buff Monster In Hollywood [Video]

Beyonce: A Spring Afternoon In Paris [Video]

Falside: Snare Conditioning (Teaser) [Video]

Snare Conditioning, the new beat tape from Falside, arrives August 11th.

Winners Circle: Winners Circle Lifestyle (Episode 3) [Video]

That sticker scene says it all...

Friday, July 22, 2011

Flowback Fridays: Drivin' Down The Block... [Video]


Masta Ace, Jeep Ass Ni**a:

Kidz In The Hall, Drivin' Down The Block (Low End Theory):

Remix Artist Collective (RAC): Nintendo Vs. Sega [Mixtape]


As if the new work from Aled Lewis did not get our video game brains working enough yesterday, today RAC brings us back to the glory days of karts, ducks, and dragons. Although there are many different variatins of video game-based mixes on Bandcamp, Soundcloud, Mixcrate and others, RAC seems to have the best handle on the genre.

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The Amazing Spider-Man (Trailer) [Video]

Eduardo as Spidey?

Q-Tip @ The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival [Video]

Presented by KarmaloopTV.

Bounty TV Interviews Terri Walker [Video]

Bounty TV talks with Terri Walker about the musical moments that have inspired her, and even convince her to perform one of her top 90s tracks, Don't Take It Personal (Monica).

Chase Moore & Hippie Sabotage: Episode 1 [Video]

The general overtone and subject matter of the introductory conversation is why we have stuck with this culture so religiously. We talk about it like pundits talk politrixxx.

Wax & EOM: Coins [Video]

I'm sick of y'all saying y'all spit well, when y'all shit sounds like dog shit smells...

Mac Miller: Best Day Ever [Video]

Smoke DZA f. The Kid Daytona: Cool Shit [Video]

DZA and Daytonaa go head to head in a friendly game of putt-putt in the clip for Cool Shit, featured on The Hustler's Catalog. Produced by LRG Films, directed by Derek Pike and Woodworks.

Wale: The Making of Ambition (Part 1) [Video]

Wale takes viewers behind the scenes as he creates Ambition, alongside Roscoe Dash, DJ Toomp, and more.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis: Wings [Video]

That very same posted hung on the ol' dorm room wall back in the day...

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Wiz Khalifa @ The Roots Picnic [Video]

Okayplayer shares some sweet footage of Wiz performing Black & Yellow and Roll Up.

Aled Lewis: Pixel Art [Art]


You may remember our first Aled Lewis feature back in January, in which we highlighted his clever mash-up of well-known 8-bit characters and real-time photos, each reflective of their original, digital scenes. Now he has created a series of over-pixelated images, keeping true to his affinity for video game references, but blending them in a way that bends the social standard. Lesbian Chun-Li? Princess Monroe? Not to mention that Paperboy image made us want to run to the nearest pawn shop and cop a vintage NES right now.




Dennis Coffey: Outer Galaxies (Re-Worked) [Album]


Funk and soul guitarist Dennis Coffey (a Motown legend), is famous for his performances on several hit records such as War, Could Nine and Someday We'll Be Together, and is also well-known for his score of Black Belt Jones, the classic Blaxploitation film. However, he is revered by the hip-hop community for Scorpio, the instrumental sample heard on close to 20 tracks, including (but not limited to) Mos Def's Universal Magnetic, Roni Size's Share The Fall, The Fugees' The Score, and Rage Against The Machine's Renegades Of Funk. Now, as a testament to the pioneer, several artists have re-worked his Outer Galaxies album to celebrate and educate those unfamiliar with his work.

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Audra The Rapper: No Such Thing Does Exist [EP]


That cover art is on point.

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CatchMeBC Interviews Malice [Video]

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Snoop Dogg & Dr. Dre @ Gotha [Video]

Phil Ade: A Different World [Mixtape]


Phil's sophomore effort features production from 9th Wonder and appearances from Mac Miller, GLC, and U-N-I, among others.

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Radiohead @ Glastonbury 2011 [Video]

Sean Rose & GilbereForte: Downtown [Video]

Directed by Coodie and Chike (Creative Control), Downtown is featured on Rose To The Occasion.

Sean Rose: Rose To The Occasion [EP]


Great title, even better cover art. Originally released in October 2010 (better late than never).

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Angel Haze: King [Mixtape]


After reading several rave reviews of this project and some of her recent live performances, it was hard to ignore the buzz surrounding 20-year old up-and-comer Angel Haze. As a birthday gift to her fans (and also as a prelude to her upcoming full-length, Men, Women & Clocks), she delivers King, 15 tracks worthy of all of our attention, specifically her ferocity on Roman's Revenge.


DJ Cuzzin B: Average White Mixtape (Volume 2)


Right on time, as promised, DJ Cuzzin B drops off his latest collection of flipside freebies, featuring original sounds from AWB, Teena Marie, Jamiroquai, and even Smokey Robotic. We hope these first two installments are just the beginning in a long run of this series.

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Mick Boogie: Excursions (Rarities And Remixes Of A Tribe Called Quest) [Mixtape]


Need we say more?

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Aleon Craft: Craft Singles [Mixtape]


From Aleon Craft:

Craft Single is a collection of songs by a few of the artists that I vibe out to on my down time, and who I highly respect. Come take this ride with me, and I know you’ll enjoy it.

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Muhsinah: Gone [EP]


The Golden Girl presents her double-disc EP, one part Urban, one part Suburban.


Tuesday, July 19, 2011

The Dark Knight (Trailer) [Video]


Jay-Z: A World With Amnesia [Video]

Hov touches on (as he has iterated many, many times prior) why he has and continues to use Biggie lines, either outright or as reference points.

Smoke DZA f. Big K.R.I.T.: Gotta Get Paid [Video]

Our top track from T.H.C. gets the visual seal of approval.

Caesar & PSTARR: War Music [Mixtape]


There are many notable tracks on War Music, including the standout Styles P single Where The Angels Sleep.


Sene: good thymes [Video]

Crafted in the same fashion as exit,us, good thymes lends visual appeal to Chapter 6.

The Budos Band: Unbroken, Unshaven [Video]

Featured on Budos Band III.

Pac Div: The Series (Trailer) [Video]

Sledgren Beats (Trailer) [Video]

Monday, July 18, 2011

3 Little Digs: King Mez (In-Studio) [Video]

The last time we featured any updates on King Mez
was back in November after first spotting his ad with Stussy in the pages of the Upper Playground catalog. Now he lets 3 Little Digs into the studio with him as he prepares for the release of his forthcoming King's Khrysis EP, featuring the single Reaching Out.

Fab 5 Freddy Interviews Theophilus London [Video]

Bambu: Fish [Video]

A Soul Assassins exclusive, directed by Estevan Oriol.

DJ Semtex On Tour With Wu-Tang Clan [Video]

Beatnick Dee Interviews Co$$ (Part2) [Video]

In Part 2 of Beatnick Dee's discussion with Co$$, the collaborative team talks Co$$ comparisons to Ice-T, his desire to work with Warren G, and which projects he has in store.

City Sparks: To The Next [Video]

Catch City Sparks in his Clusterfunk Collective tee while he, Pookie, and Brail Monday spend a day in the life.

Michael Uzowuru: Paisley Palm Trees [Beat Tape]


The name may sound familiar to some of you. We originally featured Michael Uzowuru lastApril when upon the release of his instrumental mixtape, The Mellowest Trip, and now a little over a yearlater, the SoCal beatmaker is back with another blend perfect for a Bay to LA drive.

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City Sparks: Here By Day, Paris By Night [EP]


Sparks lets loose of his latest project, Here By Day, Paris By Night, featuring the lead single Last Words, Keep Flying (alongside Nesby Phips), and Vizionz (which we have secretly hoped that he would throw on this joint).

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Friday, July 15, 2011

Flowback Fridays: Cherchez La Funk [Video]


Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band: Cherchez La Femme

Ghostface Killah: Cherchez La Ghost

Closed Sessions: Heads Of The Heads [Video]

DECON goes behind the lens to catch GLC and Freddie Gibbs discussing their joint effort that will be featured on Heads Of The Heads.

Gilbere Forte & Sean Rose f. Freeway: We Want It All [Video]

And why wouldn't we?

Atmosphere: The Last To Say [Video]

The sound of Slug's voice will forever make us feel like we're still sitting outside on the deck in St. Paul...

Vandalyzm: The Proposal [EP]


From Vandalyzm:

...Vandalyzm's back, and he's making an honest women out of "her". But will her "son" get in the way of his goal of commitment? Listen and find out...

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Ski Beatz: 24 Hour Karate School (Part 2) [Cover Art]


The X-Ecutioners Pay Tribute To Roc Raida In London [Video]

The Hip Hop Chronicle (HHC) was on-hand at the UK DMC Finals to catch The X-Ecutioners pay tribute to the late Roc Raida.

Phil Ade: One In A Million [Video]

One In A Million can be found on The Letterman, and Phil's forthcoming project, A Different World, is slated to drop July 20th.

We Stole The Show Interviews !llmind [Video]

We Stole The Show presents a very comprehensive interview with !llmind, in which he speaks on proper networking, what has changed from ten years ago, and the ways in which he has taken advantage of the digital age to further his career.

Be sure to DL The Shark & The Helicopter, !llmind's latest project created alongside Seer, Father Dude (great name), and Konrad (collectively known as Smokey Robotic) below:


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Fresh Rhymes and Videotape [Video]

DECON Records has put together a series entitled Fresh Rhymes and Videotape, marrying sound to scene by combining new tracks with visual interpretations frolm several established artists. The first video features footage of the tour of the same name, with 88-Keys, Aceyalone, Dilated Peoples, and Alchemist performing the official anthem.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

PAS Skateboard House


Pierre Andre Senizergues, legendary skateboarder and founder of Etnies, has created the “ultimate dream home" for skateboarders (images are only prototypes). This makes Pharrell's new digs look a lil' weak. #justsayin



Theophilus London: Girls Girls $ [Video]

Timez Are Weird These Dayz, out July 19th.

Idle Warship: System Addict [Video]

We were beginning to wonder if we would ever hear anything more from this collective, especially seeing as how Jean and Kweli each have dropped solo recently. Regardless, we arethrilled to see that they are producing more music and cannot wait for the next full-length project.

Fiend f. Street Wiz: Street Lights [Video]

Fiend enlists Street Wiz for his second video from Life Behind Limo Glass.

Wugazi: 13 Chambers [Album]


Cecil Otter and Sweet Andy present Wugazi, a collection of Wu rhymes blended with Fugazi tracks.

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Asher Roth f. Quan: Summertime [Video]

Nardwuar Interviews Mac Miller [Video]

Nardwuar chops it up with Mac Miller about the early days of his career in PA, his love and respect for Big L,

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Master Shortie: Social Groups [Video]

Creative Control lend their visual talents to the lead single from Master Shortie's (who sounds eerily similar to Dizzee Rascal) forthcoming mixtape, Studying Abroad, mixed by DJ Benzi.

Alex Chapman Interviews The Cool Kids [Video]

Alex Chapman of URB sits down with Chuck and Mikey to discuss When Fish Ride Bicycles, what makes this album different than other projects from the duo, and their growth from the Black Mags days.

Entourage, Season 8 (Trailer) [Video]

DJ Jazzy Jeff & Ayah: Back For More [Album]


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Nesby Phips: Circles [Video]

J. Period & Black Thought: The Live Mixtape [Video]

DJ Burn One: The Ashtray [Mixtape]


During the Method Man and Redman concert last year in ATL, a friend turned us onto Burn One, referencing his work with Yelawolf. For those that know, it took us longer than usual to catch onto Yela's style, and our newfound love for the artist can be largely attributed to his overall sound, crafted in part by guys like Burn One.

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Zo!: Just Visiting Three [EP]


The third installment of the Just Visiting series features appearances from Foreign Exchange members Sy Smith, Phonte, and of course production from Nicolay.

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Pusha T @ Key Club [Video]

Dom Kennedy @ Slim's [Video]

EF Cuttin: MTV Gen 1 [mp3]


EF has put together a mix for the ages (literally), referencing some of the most well-known music of the 80s in a one-take mix for those who had MoPeds,Honda Scooters, and BMX bikes.


Adele @ iTunes Festival 2011 [Video]

Adele runs through a set of covers like scissors run through paper during her recent performance in London.

Ski Beatz: 24 Hour Karate School Japan (Episode 2) [Video]

If you haven't already, view Episode 1.

DJ Cuzzin B: Average White Mixtape


Unfamiliar with DJ Cuzzin B, we were prompted to give this project a listen based on past project from the Point Blank DJs and our love of AWB. It was announced yesterday that there will be a second installment in the AWB series, but before we get to that it's only right to hear the first. Take some time to tune out with this mix until the next arrives.

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Monday, July 11, 2011

Consequence: Public Eye [Video]

One thing about the public eye - it never blinks.

Common f. Nas: Ghetto Dreams (Trailer) [Video]

No one needs to put out a trailer to convince us how cohesive this creation will be.

Wiz Khalifa: Hella Trees [Video]

Behind the scenes of the Rolling Papers Tour.

Max Tannone: Ghostfunk [Mixtape]


Max Tannone, well-known for masterpiece mixtape mashups (most notably his two Jaydiohead installments, Mos Dub, and Dub Kweli) now he throws his hand at blending Tony Starks verses with African funk.

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Oakland Faders: Flea Market Treats [Mixtape]


DJ Platurn dropped the dime on this tape-only gem via Twitter so we couldn't help but scoop a copy (as you should).

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City Sparks: Last Words (For You) [mp3]


As Sparks preps for the premier of Here By Day, Paris By Night, he gives listeners an idea of what can be expected from the project by offering his Last Words (For You).

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City Sparks: Here By Day, Paris By Night [Cover Art]


Be sure to scoop a copy July 18th.

Wise: Buzzworthy [Album]



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Saturday, July 9, 2011

Headnotic f. Latyrx & Kat: Movin' On Up [Video]

Be sure to scoop a hard copy of Red Line Radio, hitting shelves July 26th. The set includes a limited-run 5" micro vinyl record featuring two exclusive songs. The album features Latyrx, Gift of Gab, Mr. Lif, The Grouch, One.Be.Lo, and People Under The Stairs, plus many more.

Young Guru: Genesis [Video]

EricPowerUp: Mario On Paper [Video]

Mario, South Park style.

D*FACE: Pool Paint Attack [Video]

Vandalyzm: MM/R [Album]


Back in May we received an email asking us to give MM/R a listen, and although well-intended, the project got lost in the vortex that is our inbox. Until now. In our efforts at spring cleaning we had a chance to revisit the note, and we have to admit that we should have given dude a feature far earlier. Praised by highly respected artists such as Phonte and 9th Wonder, Vandalyzm is in a class of his own in terms of St. Louis artists in that he does not sound the same as many other acts coming out of that particular area of the Midwest. But that is the best part. He captures the essence of St. Louis, then matches that with the production cadence of Flying Lotus and 14kt, and Black Spade even makes an appearance.


State of the Art: Jean-Michel Basquiat [Video]

State of the Art, a series of documentaries about the visual arts in the 1980s, was originally seen on Channel 4 in Britain, and then shown in more than 20 countries. The films explore the intellectual context of the time and the ideas of post-modernism.

Leroge: I Don't Need A Mic [Mixtape]


Combine elements of Prince, The Weeknd, George Clinton, and Bilal an you'll have Leroge. He states it best: soul crimes via Marz rhymes.

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Friday, July 8, 2011

DJ Pizzo Interviews Dres (Black Sheep) [Video]

Dres (Black Sheep), sits down with DJ Pizzo to share his thoughts on the infamous ATCQ documentary, the Native Tongues reunion, and his virtually unknown (although hands down one of the best of the year) album, From The Black Pool Of Genius.

Karmin: Party Rock Anthem [Video]

Nick and Amy go in over LMFAO's club banger.

Film Skool Rejekts: Mind Ya Business [Mixtape]


As we mentioned last homage.

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Monstabeatz & J Dolla @ Bourbon Street Ballroom [Video]

Jets ova ya head, Monstaz unda ya bed...

Coffee Talk: Method Man & Masta Killa [Video]

First Kweli and Maseo glimpsed the glorious pages of Hip-Hop: A Cultural Odyssey, now Meth and Masta Killa give the book a look.

SB.TV presents The Producers House: Ski Beatz [Video]

Sene: exit,us [Video]

As an accompaniment to Chapter 1 of exit,us, Sene visually iterates his thoughts.

Sareem Poems: Black & Read All Over [Album]


Mello Music Group continues Free Fridays, this time sharing Sareem Poems' album, featuring Pigeon John, Scarub(Living Legends), and Akil (Jurassic 5), with production from Oddisee and Theory Hazit. The play on words title is pretty clever as well.

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Chels: Woke Up Dreaming [Album]


It's imaginary lyricism. Heart threw up on the paper. - Chels

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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Obey & Non Toxic Revolution: Street Team New Orleans [Video]

From NonToxic:

Non Toxic Revolution’s mission is to inform, educate and inspire young people to revolt against the dangers of toxic chemicals in their environment and food supply, especially those linked to the initiation of breast cancer. Its aim is to focus on prevention as a means to maintaining long-term health and well-being. NTR also provides alternative choices so that young people everywhere can make smart changes. NTR is part of The Keep A Breast Foundation’s mission to encourage youth to embrace prevention as a deterrent to breast cancer and other breast diseases and cancers.

DrozDailySteezin Interviews Black Milk [Video]

Prior to his show at Roskilde Festival in Denmark on June 30th, Black Milk sat down with DrozDailySteezin to give his take on several topics, including the new Bad Meets Evil project, Freddie Gibbs' potential, and Yeezy's MDBTF.

Rocawear x Tranzformers [Video]

Game: Dr. Dre Will Rhyme On The Red Album [Video]

Believe it when we see it. Word to @gfunkinyotrunk.

Kreemo Interviews Wiz Khalifa [Video]

Pyramid West TV Intevriews Big K.R.I.T. [Video]

Live From The Underground is slated to hit shelves September 23rd.

Raekwon f. Nas: Rich & Black [Video]

Nas is the KING of contradiction. How can hip-hop be dead, yet you're still participating? Plus, how can you be rich when Kelis is STEADY convincing the judge to up your tab? Not hatin', #justsayin. We love Sincere as much as the next, but it is what it is...

A-Plus: Pepper Spray [Mixtape]


From A-Plus:

Hip Hop fans who also enjoy the sounds of alternative rock group The Red Hot Chili Peppers will rejoice when they hear Pepper Spray, an EP release from A-Plus of Souls of Mischief/Hieroglyphics and production team Compound 7. The 7-song EP is a reimagining of some of the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ most epic tracks as a backdrop for MCs A-Plus, Del and Knobody. The brainchild of Compound 7 member AAGEE (who suggested an EP release with production based entirely off the Chili Peppers), PEPPER SPRAY is a specialty project, according to A-Plus.

“The whole purpose is a Hip Hop tribute to the Red Hot Chili Peppers, inspired by their music and dedicated to their work. The cover is going to be a spin-off of one of their most popular covers – it’s a theme all throughout,”
he explains. “The songs are all topic-oriented, sonically as well as lyrically. It’s a conceptual EP, certainly. I don’t want people to look at this like it’s MY new album, it’s something I worked on but it’s obviously in a different lane,” emphasizes A-Plus. “I’m stepping outside of my paradigm to do something new, different and artistic.”

Standout cuts on Pepper Spray include Californication, which features Del. A-Plus explains the significance of Californication – “The way the song is set up, you have to hear it, its two verses then the beat changes, then the verses again, like a refrain. I instantly thought of Del after we finalized the beat. The subculture of California is snaky but its home, that’s what the Chili Peppers’ song is about so I just rapped about what California is for me in the same way - the positive and negative.”

Memories and experiences of tours & being on the road are a recurring theme of the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ music as well as on Pepper Spray. “Road Trippin’ is a song about leaving to go on the road, and what it entails. Just being out from an artist’s perspective and how it’s a very hard but amazing job,” A-Plus reasons. “By the Way is another song about being on the road, but more of a specific story, of our tour bus getting pulled over, smelling like weed, me getting arrested, it’s a story – they’re both tour-story oriented.”

Pepper Spray, in drawing from one of the greatest alt-rock bands of this century and turning their sound into a Hip Hop format will undoubtedly draw new fans toward both genres of music and beyond. One thing is sure; Compound 7’s Pepper Spray is like nothing you’ve heard before.

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