Wednesday, August 31, 2011

The Planty Herbs & Moods: 24-Hour Beat Tape


The tape is just what the title insinuates, yet so much more. PH&M's jazzy soul beats are akin to Hidden Beach's Unwrapped series, and although the project was put together quickly, it in no way sounds rushed.

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Exile: Intro To The Outro [Mixtape]


We scooped a free hard copy of this project at Rock The Bells this past Saturday, and although we heard a few of the tracks, including Co$$' Leimert Park prior to, we had no idea just how many tracks (and artists) were featured on the project. Twenty-five tracks in total, plus verses from Blu, Mobb Deep, Talib Kweli, MED, Pharoahe Monch, MF Doom and more, this mixtape reads (and sounds) more like an album.

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Graffiti Lovers Marker [Video]

The Black Sunn & 810: United Division [Album]


If you've heard 810's Glass Half Full and/or The Black Sunn's GodSound, then you understand exactly why we're posting a collaborative project between the two. Each just as underrated as Coolroy, OnCue, and many other up-and-comers, United Division finds the two minds intertwined like fine wine, the end result a honest to goodness album on which even King Mez makes an appearance.

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Sean Rose: Freebase [EP]


SR drops off four tracks to satiate listeners until the arrival of Overdrive later this year.


Rock The Bells 2011: Prodigy

One half of Mobb Deep talks about his introduction to rhyme, sampling jazz classics, and the work that went into making The Infamous just that.

STS: Cliche [Video]

STS gets his frat on in the first visual from The Illustrious.

Nefarious!: II [Beat Tape]


You may remember Nefarious from his For The Nighttime project, which premiered back in September of last year. Following similar suit, he has crafted several instrumentals and paired them with existing Soundcloud singles to create the second of what we hope are many tapes to come.


Jet Jam [Video]

Spitta grants access to film he and the Jets during a recent recording session in ATL.

The Kickdrums: Burning River [Video]

Meet Your Ghost, available now.

City Sparks: Life In The Red Room (Part 1) [Video]

Sparks gives viewers a glimpse of Life In The Red Room, hitting your eardrums September 11th.

BTS: Case Windu & Nesby Phips [Video]

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The Street Aesthetic of New York City [Video]

Filmed by Christian Andersen.

Coffee Talk: Too $hort [Video]

Like Kweli and Maseo, Meth and Masta Killa, Too $hort takes time out to explore Hip-Hop: A Cultural Odyssey from a Left Coast perspective.

Yelawolf: No Hands [Video]

From Ubisoft:

Inspired by Ubisoft's Driver San Francisco video game, the music video was shot at several of San Francisco's landmark locations and features Yelawolf driving the real-life Driver car throughout the City by the Bay. Driver San Francisco is in stores starting September 6th, 2011.

The Weeknd: Lonely Star [Video]

N.O.L.: Cumin' Together [Single]


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Sims: Wildlife [EP]


As Doomtree gets set for another album, Sims drops off a 5-track EP to hold listeners over.


Above The Dust [Video]

Filmed by Leo Zuckerman at The Whistler Bike Park.

BlowHipHopTV Interviews Cool Kids [Video]

Chuck and Mike talk about the difference between mixtapes and albums (yes, they still need to clarify for the rock dwellers), the meaning behind C.A.K.E., and how their approach is similar to early Wu-Tang Clan.

Curren$y @ Rock The Bells 2011 [Video]

Since we missed Spitta at RTB in San Francisco this past Saturday, we might as well post his performance on the Los Angeles stop of the festival.

Murs: Love & Rockets, Volume 1 (The Transofrmation) [Cover Art]


Love & Rockets, produced by Ski Beatz, hits shelves and desktops October 11th.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Digable Planets: Live In Seattle (1995) [Mixtape]


The curtain call came far too early for one of most prolific, yet obscure, hip-hop groups of the 90s. In February of 1995, they closed the door on their collective career in the home of alternative rock, and the show can be relived in its entirety via this vintage LIVE recording.

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Dom Hans van der Laan: Digital Alphabet In Stone [Video]

Shepard Fairey: The Rise [Video]

Shepard Fairey takes time out to talk about the heavy hints at the influence of punk, skate, and graff within his work, not just in terms of style, but also in regards to form.

OG Ron C: Thursday (Chopped & Screwed) [Mixtape]


OG Ron C tries his hand at The Weeknd's sophomore effort, chopping Thursday the same way he did House Of Balloons.

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Out Da Box TV Interviews Erykah Badu [Video]

Out Da Box TV splices performance footage with an intimate conversation with Lo Down Loretta Brown, in which she explains how she maintains a work/life balance and also details the significance of the visual for Window Seat.

City Sparks f. Faze-O: Ridin' High [Single]


The homie Sparks is preparing to premier his fourth project of the year, Life In The Red Room, on September 11th. Hosted by EF Cuttin and presented by Shooked Soul in conjunction with The Dopest Nerds.

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Phonte f. King Mez & Charlie Smarts: In The 336 [Single]


Phonte and King Mez link up with Charlie Smarts (Kooley High) to pen an ode to the state that raised them.


J. Period, DJ Spinna & Spike Lee: Man Or The Music 2 [Mixtape]


J. Period continues to make good on his promise, partnering with DJ Spinna and Spike Lee to release the second annual tribute tape to the late King of Pop, Michael Jackson.

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Del Tha Funky Homosapien: Funky Leak Pack [Mixtape]


Damn near dead on the heels of his triple-disc release, Del drops a ten-track tape featuring Bukue One and A-Plus.

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Chuuwee: U Cartoon Foos [Video]

Chuuwee lays down lines over #15 StrwbryChpstck from Rappers Jst Rap Onit (Rufio).

Beats Per Minute: Evidence [Video]

Friday, August 26, 2011

Rock The Bells 2011


FOLLOW US as we make our annual mecca to the hip-hop promiseland...

Flowback Fridays: Pink & Blue Ain't Nuthin' But Numbers... [Video]


Aaliyah: Age Ain't Nuthin' But A Number

Outkast: Pink & Blue

DJ Remike: A Tribute To A Tribe Called Quest [Mixtape]


Kevin Nottingham and The Diggers Union have linked up with DJ Remike to pit several artists against ATCQ sounds, some songs well-known and others unreleased, for a fresh outlook on the group's work.

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DJ Shadow f. Afrikan Boy: I'm Excited [Video]

Shadow says that his next album, The Less You Know, The Better, will not drop until next year. With so much activity though (not to mention the title), we think it may arrive sonner than he'd like us to think.

Jill Scott: Hear My Call [Video]

The latest visual from Ms. Scott's chart-topping fourth studio album, The Light Of The Sun.

Prodigy: Serious (The New Message) [Video]

Some unreleased material from P...

Goapele: Play [Single]


On October 25th, Goapele graces us with her next studio album, Break Of Dawn. Until then enjoy lead single, Play, which will be available on iTunes August 27th. That, did you see that cover? *slides off chair*

Co$$: Leimert Park [Single]


Co$$ cust an ode to his hometown that will be featured on Exile's upcoming mixtape, Intro To The Outro, which will be passed out for five fingers this weekend at the LRG Booth at RTB. For those not in attendance, be sure to scoop a copy when it drops on August 31st. Also, do not do yourself the disservice of skipping Before I Awoke, the latest album from Co$$.

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Ski Beatz: 24 Hour Karate School (Part 2) Episode 7 [Video]

Ski Beatz brings Nicole Wray and Stat Quo into the dojo to record Amnesia.

Black Einstein: Brain's Beats [Video]


Some of you may remember Black Einstein from when we posted his David Bowie-inspired project, Whatever Happened To Major Tom?, back in November of last year. Now he has offered up the instrumentals to My Last and Best Album. Not to mention, the cover art is simplistically sick.

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Al Pacino Thanks Hip-Hop [Video]

Big K.R.I.T.: The Vent [Video]

After much anticipation, K.R.I.T. lets loose of the visuals for The Vent, likely the most personal and introspective track from on Return Of 4Eva.

Rock The Bells 2011: Raekwon [Video]

With RTB SF only one day away, The Chef reflects on Only Built 4 Cuban Links and his past work with Nas.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

DJ The Honorable Caps: U R Missed (Parts 1 & 2) [Mixtape]


Originally released in 2008, this two-part collection of solo, collaborative, and remixed tracks celebrates the life of Aaliyah Haughton and, more important, her contributions to not only R&B, but to music as a whole. Her talent shined brighter than anything except her smile. Always delightful, never a diva.

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Word To Woodrow Radio Show Interviews Chuuwee [Audio]

Miss Special and MykBlauuw chop it up with Chuuwee about his latest project, Be Cool (produced by Jonathan Lowell), the respect received from a multitude of producers (such as 9th Wonder and Cookin' Soul), and future plans.

Lil Wayne: How To Love [Video]

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Talkin ’bout baby money? I got your baby money, Kidnap your bitch, get that ‘how much you love your lady’ money.


The Making of Hip Hop & Love (Episode 2) [Video]

George Harrison Documentary (Trailer) [Video]

Martin Scorcese, in conjunction with HBO, has set out to give the "quiet" member of the Beatles a voice, opting to focus the film on the non-musical ventures (such as directing movies) and also his solo success. The doc airs October 5th on HBO.

J Dilla: Last Donut Of The Night [Video]

We can only imagine that Dilla himself would be proud of this one...

The Weeknd f. Drake: The Zone (Dubstep Remix) [Single]


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Bilal f. ADaD: Robots (Tensei Remix) [Single]


Tensei throws his spin on a Robots redux.

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Kendrick Lamar: A.D.H.D. [Video]

Presented by Rocksmith. Directed by Va$htie.

Justin Padron: The Dub Below [Mixtape]


Damn that EDUB. Got us dumb for dub these days. Then again, how can you go wrong with 'Kast in any form?

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Neako f. Juicy J: Flossin' [Video]

Neako gives the go-ahead for his joint jam with Juicy J to see the light of day. The Number 23 arrives September 12th.

Pyramid West TV Interviews Dead Prez [Video]

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The Story of Art In The Streets [Video]


OUTSIDE IN is a celebratory and historical look at street art and graffiti through the lens of the Museum of Contemporary Art's groundbreaking exhibition Art in the Streets. The film features renowned artists Shepard Fairey, Lee QuiƱones, Swoon, Futura, Mister Cartoon, Revok, Martha Cooper, Invader to name a few. Director Alex Stapleton (Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel) documents the artist's creative process, their pitfalls with the law, the poetic impermanence of their craft and the artists' evolution from the back seat of a cop car to the walls of a well-respected institution.

Bjork: Moon [Video]

The latest preview to surface from Bjork's upcoming studio album, Biophilia, comes enclosed with a live visual, courtesy of her website.

Pyramid West TV Interviews Stik Figa [Video]

Stik Figa touches on the differences between the sound of Crown & Coke versus previous project, which tracks are his favorites from the album, and the superb pairing of he and producer D/WILL.

DJ Shadow f. Posdnuos & Talib Kweli: Stay The Course [Single]


(Im)pateintly waiting for The Less You Know, The Better, scheduled to arrive September 27th.

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STS: The Illustrious [Album]


As if STS' lyrical prowess were not enough, he solicited the help of Alchemist and The Knux (among others) on the boards and also brought along Yelawolf, Dice Raw, and the Mad Violinist to make the project truly Illustrious.

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DJ Applejac: Playin' Favorites [EP]


Aside from select remixes and obscure singles, we haven't heard too much from Applejac since The Doug & Patty EP last December. Now he is letting loose of some of his best tracks via his Bandcamp, which also happen to be some of his personal favorites.

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ca7: Set Fire To The Rain (Adele x Skrillex Mashup) [Single]

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Rock The Bells 2011: Lauryn Hill [Video]

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Kilian Martin: A Skate Illustration [Video]

Synchronized skateboarding filmed by Brett Novak.

Karmin Covers Lighters [Video]

Carlitta Durand: Nostalgic Nights [Video]

The sultry, soulful, and (at times) sullen voice of the Foreign Exchange lets light into her Nostalgic Nights.

Adje & Curren$y: Great Minds Think Alike [Video]


In this video Curren$y and Dutch rapper Adje chop it up just as Spitta steps off stage after a recent performance in Amsterdam. Curren$y goes in on the hiphop game and tells Adje how he was oblivious to the blogsphere. After seeing the impact of his first digital release he quickly embraced the blogs, which gave his career and independence a boost. He stresses the importance of his work ethic and the two also show admiration for each other's love of cars.

Tabi Bonney: The Summer Years (Episode 1) [Video]

The Summer Years start on September 27th.

Cults: Go Outside (Menahan Street Band Remix) [Single]


One of our favorite ensembles, Menahan Street Band, threw their hand at remixing Cults hit Go Outside (although in our opinion Tabi's rendition was better).

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Chuuwee f. Consequence: 6 Feet Deep [Single]


6 Feet Deep is featured on Cons' Curb Certified mixtape.

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Mos Def: Umi Says (Zero 7 Remix) [Single]


Honestly, the only Zero 7 track that really threw us back was Destiny, however, they can create a mean remix. With that being said, they are the only group (in our opinion) to have remixed Umi Says and do it any more justice than the original. This is one single that you do not want to miss.

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DJ Eleven, DJ Dopeshoe & DJ Still Life: Str8 West Coastin' [Mixtape]


DJs Eleven, Dopeshoes, and Still Life have compiled 48 tracks worth of Left Coast greatness, from Warren G to Trackademics to King Tee to Dam-Funk - this tape has some classic tracks and several unreleased singles.

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HardKnockTV Interviews Mac Miller (Part 2) [Video]

Yesterday Part 1, today Part 2.

Tabi Bonney & Murs: Hip Hop & Love [Video]

When are Tabi and Murs coming to your city?

GLC & Tator Chip: I Know Who You Pimped Last Summer [Mixtape]


GLC and Tator Chip present the follow-up to The Fellowship Of The Ism. When you listen to the production and read the track names, it is easy to see why they named the album I Know Who You Pimped Last Summer.

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Falside: Snare Conditioning [Beat Tape]


Falside falls through with his latest project, an 8-track brawl with the beats.

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Fiend f. Dee-Low & Corner Boy P: Coupe Top Back [Video]

Curren$y: Verde Terrace [Mixtape]


Spitta teams up with DJ Drama for his second mixtape and third official project of the year, Verde Terrace. Pay homage, the founder's in the house...

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Monday, August 22, 2011

Rock The Bells 2011: Cypress Hill [Video]

Cypress Hill is one of the best, yet least-talked about acts set to perform at this years' Rock The Bells. Gearing up to give fans a live rendition of Black Sunday, the trio sits down to reminisce about the process of creating the classic.

Kendrick Lamar @ The Music Box [Video]

Passing of the torch...

HardKnockTV Interviews Mac Miller [Video]

Mac takes time to talk to Nick Huff Barili (HardKnockTV) about the forthcoming Blue Slide Park, why he opted to forego guest appearances, and explains why no one should give a damn about Donald Trump's opinion.

Jean Grae f. Talib Kweli: Uh Oh [Video]

Uh Oh is dually featured on Kweli's Gutter Rainbows and Jean's Cookies Or Comas.

Consequence: Movies On Demand 3 [Mixtape]


Cons drops off the third installment in his Movies On Demand series, featuring the standout track Comic Book Flow.

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Street Wiz: Return Of The Jeti [Mixtape]


The wizard of the streets strikes back with Return Of The Jeti, featuring no but the man himself (a rarity in music these days).

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Friday, August 19, 2011

Flowback Fridays: My Eyes Could See Sweet Green Fields [Video]


Seals & Crofts: Sweet Green Fields

Busta Rhymes: Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See

Mac Miller: Frick Park Market [Video]

Mac drops a video for the lead single from his debut full-length, Blue Slide Park.

BFPSP: Just Blunts [Album]


Hundreds of blunts were killed during the creation of this album...

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FreshNerd: The Eddie Murphy Beat Tape


FreshNerd highlights the hilarity of Eddie's musical endeavors by splicing How Could It Be with audio clips from RAW. #goodtimes

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SoulCultureTV Interviews The Bullitts [Video]

From SoulCultureTV:

SoulCulture TV sat down with the creative brain behind the innovative audiovisual experience known as The Bullitts, Jeymes Samuel and fellow collaborator Jay Electronica following their energetic performance at the Big Chill Festival 2011, held earlier this month at Eastnor Castle Deer Park in Herefordshire, UK as the pair have an animated chat about the experience of working together on their joint EP, their mutual musical appreciation and how their forthcoming album came about -- with a line-up that includes actors Idris Elba and Lucy Liu.

'This man is an amazing musician,' New Orleans emcee Electronica says of Samuels, explaining why he was driven to get involved in the Bullitts project whilst Jeymes describes their work as 'a portal into our train of thought,' gushing, 'As a fan first and foremost, imagine being onstage with Jay Electronica, Lucy Liu and Idris Elba -- all people that you love... It was almost surreal for me; before I'm an artist I'm a fan, and I make music from that standpoint.'

The Weeknd: Thursday [Mixtape]



OG Ron C: Section 80 (Chopped & Screwed) [Mixtape]


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Cookin' Soul: Summer Waves [Mixtape]

From Cookin' Soul:

'Summer Waves' is a musical journey inspired by the hottest season of the year...From soulful slow jams to uptempo funk and disco tracks, also including Spanish, African, and Brazilian vibes...Creating the perfect atmosphere for to enjoy the sun while drinking a cocktail by the pool, beach, balcony, yacht...A fresh breeze for your ears selected by the Cookin' Soul DJs...

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Superbuddah: Watch The Couch [Album]


From Superbuddah:

This presented album is a monumental piece to the puzzle. On a cold winter night in Jamaica-Queens in the late quarter of 1998, what started as a simple play of satire, grew and flowered into a quintessential body of work. That night great minds conspired to bring about what could be the most herald, most anticipated album of the pre-millenia and decades to come. With guest appearances from high capacity minds and close mates like Micah Freeman and Father, to special auditory stimulating vocals from the lovely siren-esque India Shawn and The RedFox, we oblige that you check out what we have hand crafted over a span of a monolithic 5 days of grueling work. So without further adieu SUPERBUDDAH and Awfully Creative present: 'Watch The Couch'.

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Consequence: Movies On Demand 3 [Cover Art]


The third installment in the Movies On Demand series is on its way...

N.O.L.: Taylor Gang (Freestyle) [Single]


The homie N.O.L. drops a dime over the TG anthem.

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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Big K.R.I.T.: Last King 2 (God's Machine) [Mixtape]


As a pre-Live From The Underground warmup, Krizzle gives takes fans on a ride in God's Machine.

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¡MAYDAY!: B!tch, I'm Back [Video]

Footage of ¡MAYDAY! performing at Transit Lounge following their most recent tour.

Wale: The Making of 'Ambition' (Part 2) [Video]

Sean Rose @ Vegas Streats [Video]

Footage of Sean performing More My Speed on August 13th.

Stalley: Chevys & Space Ships [Video]

Lincoln Way Nights will be re-released on October 25th, and although we already own a copy, we will surely cop the hardback edition.

DJ Drewbyrd: Biggie Starr'z [Mixtape]


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The Kickdrums f. GLC: Colors (Remix) [Single]

The Kickdrums enlist GLC for the remix to Colors, which can be found on Meet Your Ghost.

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Corner Boy P: Blind Side (Volume 1) [Mixtape]


...and that it exactly what P did with his fourth project of 2011. Going in over some of the sickest sounds of the year, including Gucci Gucci, assisted by Fiend and Dee-Low, P leaves listeners (im)patiently awaiting Volume 2.


Rock The Bells 2011: Nas [Video]

As he gears up to perform Illmatic front-to-back at this year's Rock The Bells, Nas takes time to reminisce about creating the classic.

Nardwuar Interviews The Cults [Video]

Nardwuar talks with the band behind Go Outside about how they began working together and how the name came to be.

Aloe Blacc: Green Lights [Video]

Consequence: Comic Book Flow [Video]

The Bullitts: Landspeeder [Video]

They Die By Dawn & Other Short Stories, the debut album from The Bullitts, is coming soon.

Red Hot Chili Peppers: The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie [Video]

I’m With You, produced by Rick Rubin, is the band's tenth studio album and is slated to hit shelves August 30th.

Atmosphere: Summer Song [Video]

Tunnel Vision (Teaser) [Video]

First the trailer, now the teaser. For scratch enthusiasts, this is one tour that cannot be missed.

The Art of Blending [Video]

A musical experience curated by The Roots & Q-Tip.
An all-access documentary captured by Thibaut de Longeville.

Featuring Erykah Badu, Mary J. Blige, Chaka Khan, Jay Electronica, E.V.E., Bobby Brown, Ronald Isley (The Isley Brothers), Mike Posner, Daniel Merriweather, D-Nice and more.

OnCue: Feel Tall [Video]

Cuey is preparing to release his fifth free project, Can't Wait, this September.

Wale: Eleven One Eleven [Mixtape]


To celebrate his one million followers on Twitter, Wale keeps good on his word and drops a new mixtape. Ambition is on its way...

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