Thursday, May 31, 2012

Chromatics: These Streets Will Never Look The Same [Video]

Tabi Bonney: Senior Year [Video]

Tabi throws it WAY back, resurrecting a set of classic 80s visuals for the lead video from The Endless Summer.

Voice of Art: Illegal Billboards (Part 2) [Video]

View Part 1 here.

M83: Reunion [Video]

M83 uses the newest visual from Hurry Up We're Dreaming (the follow-up to Midnight City) as an opportunity to subliminally tribute MCA.

Atmosphere, Evidence & Aesop Rock @ Soundset 2012 [Video]

The three Rhymesayers spit Late For The Sky before the clouds (literally) collapsed on the festival.

Big K.R.I.T. @ Soundset 2012 [Video]

Evidence @ Soundset 2012 [Video]

Kendrick Lamar @ Soundset 2012 [Video]

Atmosphere @ Soundset 2012 [Video]

Curren$y & Young Roddy @ The Opera House [Video]

Jack White @ Roseland Ballroom [Video]

Jack White closes his NYC performance with the White Stripes anthem, Seven Nation Army.

Karen Civil Interviews Mac Miller [Video]

El-P @ Santos House Party [Video]

Rap Radar presents Breaks: Curren$y (Parts 1-4) [Video]

The Roots Cover Paul Revere [Video]

?uestlove and company take on the Beastie Boys at UCLA's annual Jazz & Reggae Festival.

Wiz Khalifa: The Grinder [Video]

Taylor Allderdice really IS the shit...

Wil Madden: 93 til... (Instrumentals) [Beat Tape]


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REi: Enter The Street Runner [Mixtape]


REi pounds the pavement, releasing his long-awaited Enter The Street Runner, fit with production from DJ Toomp, Cardo, and others, plus features from Fiend and Mack Maine.

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Cocaine 80s: Express OG [Video]


The Chicago collective compiles a host of leaks into one compact catalog.


Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Voice of Art: Illegal Billboards (Part 1) [Video]

Young Roddy: Kyle Watson [Video]

Roddy gives his Good Sense opener the visual treatment.

Fuse Interviews Birdman [Video]

Love 'em or hate 'em, no one can deny that YMCMB has become a staple in the game and helped to open the flood gates for Southern artists to crack the ceiling.

Wordsmith: Music For The Masses [Video]

King Noah will be available online and in-stores June 19th.

Nas: Daughters [Video]

TruthStudiosTV: Chuck Inglish (In-Studio) [Video]

Fuse presents Crate Diggers: Pete Rock [Video]

Take a peek inside of more Crates here.

DD172: Pause... (Episode 1) [Video]

The Beat Tape Project presents The Chronicles of Viktor: The MF'in DOOM Beat Tape [Video]

Okay producers, it's that time again. Send in your best Doom-inspired beat. To me Doom is all over the place with his production, so try your best. To submit, send tracks to I will send Viktor to kill you if I see comments asking to where to send the tracks. The beat tape will be released the 4th of July. You have a little more than a month to create something. If anyone has any Doom acapellas, please feel free to send a blend over your ORIGINAL production. Sharing is caring....Holla...BTW I don't agree with Viktor. Just Blaze, top 5 dead or alive...

The Hip Hop Chronicle UK Interviews Oddisee [Video]

Macniffy f. Kick Gunna: Tsunami Flow [Video]

Mac enlists Knick Gunna for the latest visual from the Foreseeable Future.

Nardwuar Interviews Curren$y [Video]

Wiz Khalifa: Work Hard, Play Hard [Video]

Slaughterhouse: Welcome To Europe (Episode 1) [Video]

The Live Room (Ed Sheeran Edition) [Video]

View more from The Live Room here.

Stalley: Savage Journey Through Europe, Episodes 2-4 (Paris & Belgium) [Video]

A-Trak @ The Boiler Room [Video]

Tall Black Guy: Tempo Dreams, Volume 1 (Promo) [Video]

Join Tall Black Guy June 19th in his Tempo Dreams, along with Tensei, Ta-Ku, DJ Applejac and more.

Tolly & Sledgren: Beat Knock [EP]



Diplo: Blow Your Head 12 (Moombahton 2K12) [Mixtape]


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Hevehitta: The Writers Bench [Mixtape]


Inspired by the movie 'Style Wars', I (Hevehitta) have decided to drop a free mix called 'The Writers Bench.' This 15-track mix focuses on the art of graffiti by the way of hip-hop music.

If you are not familiar with The Writers Bench, it was a meeting place located at 149th Street Grand Concourse where graffiti writers would talk graffiti, make plans, sign black books and settle disputes. The main activity was watching art on the passing trains (known as benching). The writers would admire and criticize the latest paintings.

To put my own personal touch on the mix. I have included recorded dialog from classic hip-hop films such as Style Wars, Wild Style and Beat Street.

Meyhem Lauren, KRS-One, Typical Cats, Atmosphere, Futura 2000 and the Artifacts are just some of the artists you will find on this mix.

Enjoy and be educated.


Tuesday, May 29, 2012

J57: The Ports [EP]



Okayplayer presents The Official Roots Picnic 2012 Mix [Mixtape]



Sound FX: Medusa [EP]


Medusa is about life situations that leave us immobilized; and women who make it difficult to love. While working on our debut album 'The Sunset LP' we often times get side tracked and distracted, as is the nature of creative arts, 'Medusa' is the outcome those random thoughts and unforgettable life experiences. This project is bit more experimental than 'Still Dreaming' but not as ambitious as the 'The Sunset LP' Enjoy.


Jonwayne: Jonwayne Fucks Disney [EP]


Jonwayne jolts the collective jugular of the soccer mom set, rearranging samples of Disney classics like Alice In Wonderland and The Little Mermaid.

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Juicy J: 20 Zig Zags [Video]

Juicy J gives one of his Blue Dream & Lean bonus tracks the visual treatment.

Paid Dues 2012 Recap [Video]

Soundset 2012 Recap [Video]

Murs: Epic Salutations [Video]

Corner Boy P: Fendi P 2 [Mixtape]


Corner Boy delivers the follow-up to Fendi P, featuring the usual suspects and fitted with production from Cardo, Jimmy Ramos, Trakk Sounds and more.


GLC & Blended Babies: Cathedral [Mixtape]


GLC blends with the Babies build Catheeedral. Chuuch!

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Bama Love Soul presents Y'All Feel That? Erykah Badu Remixes, Flips & Covers [EP]


From Bama Love Soul:

It’s no surprise that this Southern Girl has continued to mystify and amaze us 15 years after the release of her genre busting debut album Baduizm. Not only is she unique, she has continued to push the boundaries on each of her subsequent releases. Closely aligned, it seems, with every musician that matters (she was a core member of the Soulquarians for crying out loud!) she’s always able to create songs that either confirm or confound your musical sensibilities. For this reason, amongst many others, we love the Analogue Girl!
Alas, there are those that feel they can perfect what Badu has done in the studio or just want to add their personal spin to her musical offerings, heck, some have even been commisioned; It’s these remixes, flips and covers that fuel this mix. Y’all Feel That is a collection of some of our favorite tricked out treats, lovingly mixed and offered to you and your mp3 players. Enjoy!

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Nesby Phips: The Floorsleepers 4 [Beat Tape]


Looking for the first three installments in Phips' Floorsleepers series? Find them all here.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Talib Kweli, Rakim, KRS-ONE, Nas & Big L: 5 Legends [Video]

Charles Bergquist: The Everyday Project (Skate) [Video]

Encore Sessions #04: Little Dragon [Video]

View more Encore Sessions here.

Talib Kweli @ The Shrine [Video]

Footage of Kweli performing Cold Rain LIVE in Chicago.

DJ Nu-Mark f. J-Live, M3, Erica Dee: Tonight [Video]


Stevie Wonder & Alicia Keys @ Billboard Music Awards

Oddisee: People Hear What They See (The People's Verdict) [Video]

Pre-order People Hear What They See on iTunes, out worldwide June 12th.

Slaughterhouse @ La Bellevilloise [Video]

Jadakiss f. Swerv: Thangs On Deck [Video]

Jadakiss lets loose of the latest visual from Consignment.

MTV POV Interviews Kendrick Lamar [Video]

Lushlife f. Styles P: Still I Hear The Word Progress [Video]

Casual f. Mr. Town: Sushi [Video]

Download Sushi here.

Camp Lo & Ski Beatz: Fort Apache [EP]


Camp Lo and Ski Beatz reunite for Fort Apache, six songs sicker than the majority of albums that will drop this year.

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David Banner: Sex, Drugs & Video Games [Mixtape]


Following his aggressive marketing campaign, a host of interviews, and several song leaks David Banner delivers his damning disc, Sex, Drugs & Video Games. Featuring heavy hitters Big K.R.I.T., Bun B, Snoop Dogg, Weezy and more.

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Bobby Tre: Void of Vagueness [Mixtape]


Another month, another tape. Bobby makes good on his May tape, this month going in over Chuck Inglish, Fun, and more.

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Monday, May 21, 2012

Big Boi: Frames [Video]

Jay Smooth (Ill Doctrine): The Hidden Truth About Hip-Hop Conspiracy Theories [Video]

The hip-hop blogosphere has been throwing fits over an anonymous letter entitled 'The Secret Meeting that Changed Rap Music and Destroyed a Generation' ( and only Jay Smooth can see the secret order behind this shadowy intrigue.

Music by Sabzi of Common Market

Mickey Factz (as Mickey Mau5e): Heart (Scene 6) [Video]

Directed by Erikson Corniel & Michael Mejia, Scene 6 picks up with MauSe and his girlfriend Daisy. After seeing her flirting, tensions rise leading to a climatic finish. Produced by Mickey Factz and The Observers Bureau, this scene is only a preview to the rest of the short film. Presented by GFCnewyork, The Black Apple, Ronin/SS, Magnum Opus and Right Angle Mgmt. Gaffer: Joshua Douglass.

Jay Smooth (Ill Doctrine): Don't Freak Out About The White Babies [Video]

Jay Smooth helps America adjust to the news that for the first time in history, a majority of American babies born in the last year were minorities.

The New Renaissance: Fool Me [Video]

Simian Mobile Disco: Pareidolia [Video]

Bassnectar f. Amp Live: Ugly [Video]

Feel free to add your pictures to our Facebook wall or tag with @Bassnectar, or tweet @Bassnectar with #bassface, if you want to attract as much attention to your ugly visage as possible, but you have to post something on this page to be eligible to win. Contest closes Thursday May 24th @ 9:00 AM PST.

Our favorite submission will win two tickets to a festival of your choice from our touring schedule.

Goodie Mob @ Billboard Music Awards [Video]

The Dungeon Fam foursome pay tribute to the Beastie Boys.

Behind The Beats (Gadget Edition) [Video]

Global Grind Interviews Voletta Wallace [Video]

Dee-1 f. Murs & Syreeta Neal: Ridin' By Myself [Video]

Don't miss Dee-1 and Murs on tour this Summer.

The X Theorist: Music of the Night [Mixtape]


Famous for their piano cover of the Weeknd's High For This, the X Theorist is offering other covers for free, all in one neat little tape.

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Flow Patrol & Dirty Def: Jet Lag [EP]


After listening to Flow Patrol stroll over The Dusty Seventeen it became a no-brainer to post the collaborative EP with Dirty Def.


Beats Antique: Cat Skillz [Video]

To celebrate the release of their new full-length album, Elektrafone, the band from the Bay delivers a freelease accompaniment, Cat Skillz Remixes, to the lead visual of the same name.



Friday, May 18, 2012

Flowback Fridays: Love To Love You, Baby... [Video]


Rest In Peace Donna Summer

Donna Summer: Love To Love You Baby

Timbaland & Magoo: Luv 2 Luv Ya

30 Years of Hip-Hop Music History: Video Music Box [Video]

Ralph McDaniels talks about his 30 years hosting the hip hop show 'Video Music Box' and the birthday party where Notorious B.I.G. and Jay-Z serenaded him with 'Get Money.'

D/Will's Cartoon Beat Emporium: Chapter Four (Hey Arnold!) [Video]

DJ Pizzo: Record Collection [Video]

The 2012 Soundset Skateboard Showdown [Video]

Masta Ace: Rare & Real [Video]

Blu: K E E P U S H I N N [Video]

DJ Booth Interviews Big K.R.I.T. [Video]

El-P On Late Night [Video]

El-P performs Stay Down alongside Nick Diamonds LIVE on Late Night.

Bootleg Kev Interviews Evidence [Video]

Prodigy f. Cory Gunz: Great Spitters [Video]

Prodigy links with YMCMB's Cory Gunz for the latest visual from H.N.I.C. 3.

VH1 Storytellers (Jill Scott Edition) [Video]

Sledgren: One Night In New York [Video] Interviews Brother Ali [Video]

Ab: His-Story [Video]

Mid City Ab shares His-Story on The Prelude.

MTV Hive presents In My Room (Kendrick Lamar & Schoolboy Q Edition) [Video]

Stalley: Savage Journey Through Europe, Episode 1 (Lisbon, Portugal) [Video]

HardKnockTV Interviews Lecrae [Video]

Young Roddy: The Plot [Video]

From sun down to sun up I'm plottin' on my know. What they call that? Good Sense.

Durand Bernarr: Durrand Bernarr [Album]


Cleveland singer/songwriter Durrand Bernarr made a name for himself by covering soul cuts from Erykah Badu, Maxwell, Jill Scott, and Earth, Wind & Fire just to name a few. The self-professed "quadruple threat" is offering the majority of his current catalog for free, which you may want to grab now because once the world takes notice of the novice they may not be.

Durrand Bernarr

DJ M-Rock: The Best of Donna Summer [Mixtape]


I’m celebrating the music of another great artist – someone who inspired dance music as we’ve always known it, whether we’re talking about the sexy slower grooves, or straight up techno music. This tape doesn’t have one single scratch technique on it, but I got a pretty serious juggle in there. I turned it around in less than one day. Prepare for some disco, and if you’re not into that, go listen to the Best of the Beastie Boys. Donna just passed yesterday, and I hope I can do her music justice. Enjoy an hour of the lovely voice of Donna Summer and have a happy family day weekend.

Illustration by Jerome Sebastian.

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Tabi Bonney: The Endless Summer [Mixtape]


Following a slew of videos, Tabi gives the gives the go-ahead on The Endless Summer, produced entirely by Ski Beatz.

The Endless Summer

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Pharrell Williams presents i am OTHER [Video]

Stalley: Savage Journey Through Europe (Trailer) [Video]

Slaughterhouse @ HMV Forum [Video]

The Shady crew kickoff their European Tour in London.

HipHopWired Interviews Scarface [Video]

J.A.E.: Throwed [Video]

J.A.E. stays Throwed on the road to Fruition.

The Cool Kids: On The Road (Part 4) [Video]

Kermit Ruffins @ New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival [Video]

Kermit Ruffins performs with the Barbecue Swingers LIVE in NOLA.

Shepard Fairey Talks OBEY Awareness [Video]

OBEY Awareness began in 2007 as a way to educate and fundraise for causes and organizations that OBEY supports. It is a unique program in that it constantly evolves to support important emerging issues and organizations. Each season the OBEY Clothing line features dedicated product to raise funds for these causes. All profits generated from the sale of OBEY Awareness product are donated to the cause at hand. We encourage you to learn more and make a difference.

Illogic & Blockhead: Matter of Minutes [Video]

Preparing For Capture, Illogic's joint project with Blockhead, is slated for June 5th.

Slaughterhouse: Welcome To Our House (Episode 6) [Video]

Miss Special Interviews Rocky Rivera [Video]

Ski Beatz f. Terri Walker: So Hard [Video]

Big K.R.I.T.: Road Less Traveled (Episode 4) [Video]

Flying Lotus @ Sonar [Video]

Fly Lo tributes Dilla during his recent set in Brazil.

Michael K. Williams Talks ODB [Video]

Percee P & Madlib: Master Craftsman [Video]

The legendary Percee P partners with Madlib to remix tracks from his latest LP, Perseverance, available now on iTunes.

Shaheem Reid Interviews Curren$y [Video]

Naledge & Tony Baines: A Night At The Elysian [Mixtape]


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DJ Platurn: Platurn - The EP [EP]


DJ Platurn let loose of this self-titled EP back in 2008, yet it was only just brought to our attention via The Bones video, produced in partnership with John Coyne. Be sure to scoop a copy of the 5-track tape, and if you're in the Bay Area this Friday, don't miss The 45 Sessions at Disco Volante.

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Del Tha Funky Homosapien: Root Stimulation [EP]



Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Nesby Phips: Whole Nutha [Video]

Phips flips Tried By 12, flowing in front of the famed Chinese Kitchen alongside Spitta, K.R.I.T., Big Sant, and more. Be sure to scoop a copy of Ode 2 Old School & Classics if you haven't already.

Trackstar The DJ & Devil's Pie present The Best of Organized Noize: Out of the Darkness [Album]


2DopeBoyz team with The Smoking Section and Devil's Pie to bring you The Best of Organized Noize, 50 tracks worth of straight Southern slap.

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Oddisee: Renditions (Volume 001) [EP]


Mello Music maker Oddisee goes in over some of his favorites, including Marvin Gaye, k-Os, Metronomy and Bon Iver.

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LRG Artists Driven Series (Episode 1): Bangkok [Video]

The Neville Brother @ The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival [Video]

Dom Kennedy: This Is Dom Kennedy Tour Vlog #4 [Video]

Good Fella Radio Interviews Macklemore & Ryan Lewis [Video]

The X Theorist: High For This (The Weeknd Cover) [Video]

The X Theorist does it again, this time covering The Weeknd's High For This.

CNN Interviews Jay-Z [Video]

Mayer Hawthorne: Henny & Ginger Ale [Video]

A Day In The Life (?uestlove Edition) [Video]

Mansions On The Moon: Leaves Fall [Video]

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DubCNN Interviews Brother Ali [Video]

Rugz D. Bewler: Woosah [Video]

Bewler lets loose of the latest visual from By Any Means Necessary.

Murs Interviews DJ Quik [Video]

We really hope Murs plans to continue interviewing other artists because the topics, the perspectives, and the hilarity that ensues are excellent.

Smoke DZA: New Jack [Video]

DZA drops the lead visual from the Harry Fraud-produced Rugby Thompson, arriving June 19th. Pre-order here.

Rebirth of Detroit (Trailer) [Video]

Beastie Boys: Sabotage (Kids Edition) [Video]

This is great. James Winters incorporates his wife, kids, and nephew to tribute Adam "MCA" Yauch.

Kash: The Jamla Files [Album]


Collection of Jamla Instrumentals released over the past 2 years with a few special surprises....

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Tensei: One & Two [EP]


In the past, we've featured several Tensei remixes, yet (for no particular reason) we never managed to post their personal projects. Until now. Catching up a bit, we decided to highlight One and Two, the production duo's two standouts on Plug Research. We hope you enjoy the two as much as we do.





Monday, May 14, 2012

DJ Rhettmatic: Excerpts From The SP1200, Volume 1 (1994-1998) [Mixtape]


Ah yes, the E-MU SP-1200…..the vintage drum machine sampler that has been used on a lot of classic Hip Hop albums. I remember when i first got my SP back in 1991, when they reissued the SP1200 with the black finish. The original version had grey finish; i bought mine for $2000…..that was a lot of me back in the day. This machine was made popular by producers such as Marley Marl, Dr. Dre, DJ Muggs, Large Professor, Q-Tip, Madlib, & of course Pete Rock...i was inspired to get one because all of my favorite producers during the late 80's & early 90's were using this to make all the classic Hip Hop songs that we all know & loved so well. My first official SP1200 beat on wax was the Key-Kool & Rhettmatic's 'E=MC5' song with Ras Kass, LMNO, Meen Green, & Voodoo…..

Speaking of Pete Rock, this particular music project was inspired by a picture taken two years ago, which had Pete, Babu, & myself, that posted up on Instagram a few weeks ago. When i posted up the picture, i went to my home studio and was just staring at my SP1200…..I haven't used that machine in such a looooong time. On some sh*t & giggles, i decided to hook up the SP and just listen to old beats; some were pretty dope, & others i was thinking 'what the hell was i thinking?!'…haha! Just for archive purposes, I decided to dump the beats on to Protools.

Fast forward to 2012, listening to these beats definitely brought back memories. Obviously, most of these beats haven't seen the light of day…..some of them I tried to shop them, but they mostly ended up in the archives when i switched to the Akai MPC 2000. I currently use the Propellerhead 'Reason' music software & It's very interesting to hear my own progression in music production…..After listening to my old SP1200 beats & going down memory lane, i thought it would be cool if people had a chance to listen themselves…..well, I wouldn't say I was excited to put it out….LOL! I took some Instagram pictures of my little session, & people were leaving comments saying that they wanted to hear them. Because of their 'influence', i decided to hear them. Luckily, my friend FWMJ of RappersIKnow was willing to help me out & help disperse the music into the worldwide web (he was actually one of the people on Instagram that encourage me to share the music).

So now, what you hear right now is some of old stash of SP1200 Beats that were made from 1994-1998. I actually recorded the beats straight from the SP1200, without any additional mixing…..just straight arrangement, & added scratches & sound effects to keep a little things interesting. What you hear is straight, raw, gritty, 12-bit texture, mono SP1200 beats with the ringy tone samples & smacking drum sounds. I hope you enjoy listening to them (& hopefully you're not making fun of them) while walking down memory lane with me. Who knows, if the response is positive, i might put out more beats to listen….& maybe actually make some new ones too!

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Fuse Interviews Ed Sheeran [Video]

GLC f. Tenille & Nico Segal: Custom Detail [Video]

GLC gives a glimpse of what can be expected from his forthcoming project, produced entirely by Blended Babies.

Thisis50 Interviews Juvenile [Video]

Prodigy f. Esther: Gangsta Love [Video]

Dee-1: They Will Hear Me Now (Part 2) [Video]

Catch Part 1 here.

Chevy Woods: Gangland (Trailer) [Video]

Dynamic Producer: Bilal [Video]

Modeselektor f. Thom Yorke: This [Video]

The Hundreds Interview Revok [Video]

Stalley @ Lincoln Way Theater [Video]

Stalley returns to the city that raised him.

Miya Bailey: Outside The Lines (Trailer) [Video]

The film is the brainchild of one of the world's most widely recognized black tattoo artists, Miya Bailey. For over 5 years the idea has always been in his head to create a film that not only sheds light on the artform, but also allows the artform to be represented in the right way. There are a lot of stigmas attached to black tattoo artists and their side of the culture; ranging from a lack of creativity to overall poor quality of work. This in turn has lead to artists from other backgrounds and those in the black community choosing to take their business elsewhere in search of quality work.

The primary purpose here is education, basically if people knew better they would do better. There are dozens of black artists who are trained and highly skilled in any form of tattooing one could ask for. Once people watch this film we really want them to have a better understanding of their options and a deeper appreciation for the art form.

Sene @ Swiss Confederation [Video]

Sene debuts his brooklynknight in Switzerland.

Lecrae: Church Clothes [Mixtape]


Newcomer Lecrae links with Don Cannon for his feature-heavy freelease featuring production from 9th Wonder and others.

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Hevehitta & DJ Unexpected: Shaolin Rescuers [Mixtape]


On February 27th, Hevehitta and DJ Unexpected released Duel of the Iron Fists, a concept mixtape starring Ghostface Killah and DJ Premier. The mixtape combined Ghostface Killah’s epic wordplay over DJ Premier’s boom-bap backdrops. The mixtape even included a break beat and sample section for said artists.

Shaolin Temple Strikes Back is a continuation of Duel of the Iron Fists but with more Wu-Tang Clan members and a new producer, the Alchemist. Shaolin Temple combines the Witty Unpredictable Talent and Natural Game of the Wu-Tang Clan with the underground flavor of the Alchemist. A 20 minute Alchemist break section is also featured.

These two titles combined give you Shaolin Rescuers.

The first of its kind, Shaolin Rescuers holds two different projects on one CD. If you have been following the Hevehitta and DJ Unexpected catalog for quite some time, you know they are not afraid to try different ideas with their projects. Shaolin Rescuers also features the famous Shaw Brothers movie dialog – all recorded by Hevehitta and Unexpected – that you have heard on previous Martial Arts Mixtapes. This is a mixtape movie presentation, with Hevehitta and DJ Unexpected as the directors.

Enjoy and be educated.

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Priceyall: The Spice Is Right [Mixtape]


Priceyall parts with several mashup tracks, selfp-described as remixes, mashups, loops, edits, samples, & so forth usually off a coffee high (and we can relate to that).

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DJ Nyack: Black Star [Mixtape]


Brazilian beatbreaker DJ Nyack has collected and combined 20 tracks from the duo, including a couple of each artist's solo tracks as well.


Jan Dulay Covers Ni**as In Paris [Single]


The Vallejo vocalist tones down the tenacity of The Throne, unplugging Ni**as In Paris. We have featured her work on the site before and will continue to do so. Her instrumental aptitude paired with her savvy songwriting skills make her an invaluable innovator and a force to be wreckoned with. Stay tuned for more to come, and in the meantime, take time to visit her Soundcloud and Bandcamp pages.

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Friday, May 11, 2012

Flowback Fridays: Strawberry & Sound [Video]


***EDITORS NOTE: 'Safe & Sound' also samples Prince's 'I Wanna Be Your Lover', which is not shown here because the artist blocks all online content.

The Brothers Johnson: Strawberry Letter 23

DJ Quik: Safe & Sound

Blek le Rat: Stencil Pioneer (Documentary) [Video]

Marvin Gaye: Ain't That Peculiar (Oddisee Remix) [Video]

BET Interviews E-40 [Video]

Nelly Furtado: Big Hoops (The Bigger, The Better) [Video]

Montreality Interviews EPMD [Video]

Jadakiss f. Trae Tha Truth & Styles P: We Gettin' Money [Video]

Consignment, out now.

Beanie Sigel: A Day In The Life (pt. 1) [Video]

QuESt: Gambler [Video]

Fear Not Failure, out now.

Rap Radar Interviews Scarface [Video]

Cypress Hill, Rusko & Travis Barker: Lez Go [Video]

Cypress Hill, Rusko, and Travis Barker turn their Smokeout 2012 performance into the official visual for their collaborative single, Lez Go.

Stalley: Savage Journey To The American Dream Tour Vlog #2 [Video]

Maroon 5 f. Wiz Khalifa: Payphone [Video]

Hip-Hop POV Interviews Mac Miller [Video]

Tabi Bonney f. Terri Walker: Castles On A Cloud [Video]

3 Little Digs: Eric G [Video]

J57 f. Koncept: Pulp Fiction [Video]

Keep an eye peeled for J57's upcoming EP, 2057, arriving May 22nd.

Pharrell Williams: Dissecting Creativity (pt. 1) [Video]

As Pharrell Williams touched down in Hong Kong last week to attend Carrera Presents Liberatum Hong Kong International Festival of Culture, the multi-faceted creative had a chance to sit down with HBTV amidst the pre-opening for Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin Hong Kong to converse about his personal interest in art as well as his creative process. With a resume that spans a vast range of creative mediums from music, film scoring, industrial design, sound design, and fashion design, Pharrell is one of the few individuals who are able to balance a diversity of projects while seamlessly maintaining consistency in his own identity as each endeavor unfolds. In our first colloquial dialogue with Pharrell — of which there will be an eventual two parts — he touches on everything from art, managing projects, his thoughts on the difference of American and Asian cuisine as well as sharing memories from his past experiences with NIGO.

Curren$y f. Daz Dillinger: Fast Cars, Faster Women [Video]

Spitta enlists the assistance of Daz for the cameo-heavy visual from The Stoned Immaculate, coming soon.

Showbiz & AG: Preloaded [Album]


Stamped with Premo's seal of approval, Showbiz and AG deliver the prequel to their upcoming LP.

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Sinopsis: The Skywalker [Album]


After hearing Sinopsis' The Buzz Factory (Vol. 1), we knew he would magically manipulate Kooley High's . The Skywalker remixes the trio's latest LP front to back, enhancing each track with his own experimental sound.


Fela Kuti: Live In Detroit (1986) [Album]


Previously unheard Fela Kuti live material. Need we really say more? We're extremely pleased to offer a document of the inimitable architect of Afrobeat, recorded shortly after his release from Nigerian prison. Fela Kuti Live In Detroit 1986 is out this week on 2xCD, 4xLP, and digital download.

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Kanye West: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (The Samples) [Mixtape]


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Swift Rock, Lean Rock & Skeme Richards: Dream, Mobilize, Execute [Mixtape]


Recently we've been working on an ultimate 90s mix, careful to incorporate select tracks that take us back to a specific place and time, and although Dream, Mobilize, Execute does not focus solely on the last decade of the century, it is easily one of the illest overall mixes we've come across in a minute. Opening with a slew of bangers, Swift, Lean and Skeme succeed by setting their sights strictly on some of the sickest songs of all time.

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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Paul Gambaccini Interviews Depeche Mode [Video]

Radio DJ Paul Gambaccini interviews the members of Depeche Mode at home and in the studio in episode 1 of this exclusive documentary footage from 1993 for From The Vaults on The Warner Sound.

Big K.R.I.T.: Road Less Traveled (Episode 3) [Video]

Karmin: I Told You So [Video]

DJ Pizzo Interviews Alchemist [Video]

Yasiin Bey, Dead Prez & Mikeflo: Made You Die [Video]

Go behind the scenes of Made You Die.

DJ Whoo Kid Interviews Wiz Khalifa [Video]

Locksmith: The Pit [Video]

Labyrinth, out now.

Bootleg Kev Interviews Styles P [Video]

The Ghost put down one of livest performances we've seen in a minute (as Kev points out). Taking time to talk while in Arizona, he touches on what it's like to work and tour with Spitta and what's next for the Lox.

Young Dirty Bastard: Son [Video]

We had the pleasure of meeting YDB on the flight back from Rock The Bells 2010, and dude is an eery reminder of his late father. His slapper of a single, the appropriate Son, picks up where ODB left off.

Serato Icon Artist Series: Erykah Badu [Video]

Tab One (Kooley High) f. Napoleon Wright II: Sunshinin' [Video]

Sunshine everywhere...oooh yeah. Madflowridiculous, coming sooner than later.

Serato Icon Artist Series: Fatboy Slim [Video]

Slum Village: God Sent/Hunger [Video]

Dirty Slums, out now.

A-Trak: Fool's Gold Radio (May 2012) [Mixtape]


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DJ M-Rock: Best of the Beastie Boys [Mixtape]


I dropped a mixtape on Friday called 'Keys Over Kanye' and nobody cared. Then, I read the MCA had passed, felt so sad but the hustler in me kept pushing my new tape. After a few hours, I realized promo-ing my shit was selfish, and had to look into maybe doing a Best of Beasties. It’s only right. Mixtapes come together well when you actually love the artist. RIP MCA aka Adam Yauch and much respect to the Beasties. They went from being the most offensive group when I was 2 feet tall to playing tonnes of instruments and having a long career. This group was old school when the word old school didn’t exist – messy but banging production, a tonne of samples, sillyness inserted everywhere, and lots of that old 70s funk. I’ve had little sleep over the past few days because I committed to getting this out, so I’m going to depart from paragraphs and go into bullets…brrrrap. Here’s a few highlights of the Beastie Boys:

•Never recorded one record to be mainstream yet were the biggest thing when they came out: Their debut was the first hip hop album ever to go #1 on the Billboard 200.
•MCA was the freshest in the group – his voice was super ill, and although he wasn’t as energetic as Ad Rock, he delivered that cool but rugged voice nicely everytime. The other 2 occasionally annoy me, but on stage, they hold it down better than MCA in my opinion.
•These guys are humble. They’re legends yet they still talk about having studios to work in as a blessing and that rapping is their dream.
•Paul Revere is Run from Run DMC’s idea. He came late to the studio, so they were waiting outside for him and then he shows up, screaming out the words. What an amazing story.
•They’re the original hipsters, except it’s not a trend, they’re dressing or acting a certain way, because they are grown kids and really don’t give a **** what ppl think.
•When they did 'Get It Together' with Q-Tip (whose favourite album is 'Paul’s Boutique' btw)., nobody could front on them – that was a DJ Premier level beat with a nasty hook…10/10. Turns out the break is real mooged out on some uptempo Dilla shit.
•When DJs were obsolete, they brought out Mix Master Mike at the MTV Awards in 1997 and destroyed it with him – Rappers don’t really support hip-hop culture like this, and usually if they do, they’re soft. They actually killed that gig.
•There’s not enough time, there’s so much I can say about these guys.
•Lastly, even though they haven’t been in their prime for a while, it’s sad to see MCA go, and probably take the band with him. When their music is on, it’s fun, it’s conscious, it’s innovative and always classic still. RIP MCA and enjoy the mix.
•The mix is an hour long, and somehow I got it done in 3 days. I’m kind of a monster with the Macbook, I can’t front, so don’t front.
•Now that I did my due diligence, get my 'Keys Over Kanye' tape that I dropped on Friday. It’s Alicia Keys’ vocals over Kanye beats and together they sound incredible. Trust me, get it.
•Illustration by Dan Santat.

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Bobby Tre: Obliged [Mixtape]


Another month, another mixtape. Our Bronx brethren Bobby Tre delivers 12 tracks to set the month off right, plus one leak to give listeners a glimpse of what he has in store for the start of the Summer.