Friday, June 29, 2012

Flowback Fridays: Le Monde de l'hiver [Video]


Cortex: Chanson D'un Jour D'Hiver

Smoke DZA: The World

Ferrari In Formula 1 (Parts 1-7) [Video]

New Jeremy Fish Exhibition Coming To Frisco [Video]

Coming soon to FIFTY24SF...

Jay Smooth (IllDoctrine): Why You Should Feed The Trolls If You Damn Well Need To [Video]

AraabMuzik @ Gretchen [Video]

Little Dragon: Sunshine [Video]


Big K.R.I.T. Gives The Background On Gossip [Video]

Kendrick Lamar @ The Electric Ballroom [Video]

Footage of K-Dot performing Cartoons & Cereal LIVE in London.

SoulCulture presents My Favorite Verse: Mac Miller [Video]

Aesop Rock: ZZZ [Video]

Yesterday the trailer, today the full-length. Pre-order Aesop's latest, Skelethon, on iTunes.

DJ Manipulator: Dusted The F​#​%​k Out (Vol. 1) [Album]


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Ayentee: Remixes [Mixtape]


Berkeley b-boy Ayentee impressed us with Mos Common Thought mixtape, a mashup of Mos Def, Common and Black Thought and the fist installment in his Frankensteined series. Then just yesterday we ran across these 5 tracks, reworking Jay-Z, De La Soul and more.


Peter Anthony Red: The Projectionist [EP]


Peter Anthony Red makes his recorded debut with the release of 'The Projectionist' - a sweeping conceptual EP which follows a short, yet powerful narrative of a forgotten man working through the emotional roller coaster of a breakdown and subsequent search for personal reinvention.

Stay tuned for the forthcoming full-length album, 'Hyperrealism'.

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Joey Bada$$: 1999 [Mixtape]


New York newcomer Joey Bada$$ spits as vicious as some veterans, and he's only warming up. Packed with production from MF Doom, J Dilla plus CFUNK favorite Freddie Joachim, his premier is perfect for those who prefer the potent prose and production of that particular period in the era.


Thursday, June 28, 2012

Leica Portrait: Jonathan Mannion [Video]

The Beat Junkies: For The Record (Trailer) [Video]

What struck a cord with me for the rest of my life was cool it was to meet your idols and have them be so humble and welcoming.

Lupe Fiasco: Around My Way (Freedom Ain't Free) [Video]

Thank goodness, the real Lupe has stood up. This is what we expected from Lasers, and although it's later than expected, it's still better than never.

Aesop Rock: ZZZ Top (Trailer) [Video]

D/WILL & Dominique Larue: Circulate [Video]

Grab a copy of the original edit of Circulate here plus the remix, alongside M. Dot and Boycott Blues, here.

Art Moves Collective presents Herfection Diaries (King Mez Edition) [Video]

In this episode, King Mez travels to NYC for a busy promo week prior to the release of his album 'My Everlasting Zeal.' We travel to SOBs, Santos, Rocksmith, Stussy, Stadium Red, Sirius Radio, Karmaloop, XXL, and many other locations all the while King Mez tells of his upraising and breaks down the message behind his album title.

OnCue: New Religion [Video]

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Nardwuar Intervies Asher Roth [Video]

MMG f. Kendrick Lamar: Power Circle [Video]

Priceyall: Wavy [EP]



Justice League: Myles James presents Summer Tape [Beat Tape]


It's too bad that this tape did not arrive in time for the trip to Tahoe.

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KenoSobi & Ranmecca: Fela Beat Tape (Celebrating The Music of Fela Kuti)


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Quelle Chris: Delicious Vinyl DTV Session [Mixtape]

Motor City multi-talent Quelle Chris melds together a meal of his exclusive, instrumental, and unreleased music for Delicious Vinyl.

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Slaughterhouse: House Party [EP]


In preparation for the long-awaited Shady Records’ Slaughterhouse debut, 'welcome to: OUR HOUSE', DJ Pizzo cooks something up to hold the heads over. As a resident DJ at the top nightclubs in both Las Vegas and Los Angeles, Pizzo selects many of Joe Budden, Royce Da 5’9, Joell Ortiz, and Crooked I’s freestyles into one continuous, smoothly blended 'club mix.' Pizzo remastered and remixed many of the freestyles to include the songs’ original hooks, hence the title 'House Party.'

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Prince: The Glory Years (Documentary) [Video]

Black Milk & Bling47 Break Down Shake It Down [Video]

J.A.E.: Fruition [Mixtape]


NC native and NYC transplant J.A.E. has been Running Laps to make his dreams come to Fruition.


OkayplayerTV Interviews De La Soul [Video]

Strong Arm Steady: Premium [Video]

Grab a copy of Premium here.

Gensu Dean: Lo-Fi Fingahz (Instrumentals) [Album]


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iHipHopDistribtution Interviews C-Plus [Video]

Krayzie Bone: Cashin' Out (Remix) [Video]

Den10: 10 Minutes of Fame [EP]


Frequent DZA collaborator Den10 goes solo for the dolo, delivering a 7-track EP via Soundcloud.

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D/WILL's Cartoon Beat Emporium: Chapter Five (Beavis & Butthead) [Video]

Aesop Rock Breaks Down Leisure Force [Video]

Be sure to scoop a copy of Skelethon July 10th.

Jansport J: Sport Did It Tho (Volume 1) [Mixtape]


Movemeants I and II made us jones for more Jansport J, and that is just what we have with Sport Did It Tho. Appearing to be the first volume in what will undoubtedly be more to come, the initial installment serves to share several exclusive remixes and shines even more light on his production prowess.

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

THURZ f. BJ th Chicago Kid: Hell's Angel [Video]

You know how dope LA Riot is by the fact that THURZ is still dropping visuals from the pertinent, yet severely underrated project.

DJ Premier & Bumpy Knuckles: B.A.P. [Video]

Wait for the signal, Premo scratch...

Dwele: What Profit? [Video]

Sene f. Blu: backboards [Video]

Sene lets loose of his Blu-assisted track from brooklynknight.

SB.TV presents The Warm-Up (Wiz Khalifa Edition) [Video]

Mac Miller: Missed Calls [Video]

Mac Miller gives one of the better tracks from Blue Slide Park the visual treatment.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Flowback Fridays: Eye on the Traitor [Video]


Menahan Street Band: The Traitor

Da$h f. Bobby Tre: Eye of the Dreamer

Bobby Tre: Universal Substance (In-Studio) [Video]

Universal Substance, out now.

Jay Smooth (IllDoctrine): Ugly Shoes & Good Intentions [Video]

Philipp Schuster: Skate Villa [Video]

Crack & Shine: Katsu [Video]

J.A.E.: Fruition (Trailer) [Video]

Join J.A.E. on June 26th on his way to Fruition.

Simian Mobile Disco: Your Love Ain't Fair [Video]

David Banner: Who's That [Video]

Sex, Drugs & Video Games, out now.

Wax, Herbal T, EOM, Andrew Kurchinski & Yesica Rodriguez: Milk In My Sippy Cup [Video]

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Slaughterhouse f. Cee-Lo: My Life [Video]

Stalley: City of 30,000 Wolves [Video]

City of 30,000 Wolves - just one stop on the Savage Journey To The American Dream

Dokter Who (Sol Precision Crew): Mosdeelicious [Mixtape]


Created over three years ago for personal use and just released to the public in February 2011, the project pairs prose from Mos Def (Yasiin Bey) with beats from the legendary J Dilla.

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Falside: East Toast [Album]


Last summer Providence-based beatsmith Falside blessed us with Snare Conditioning, a beat tape so full of good vibes it had people young and old running barefoot through the streets, cracking fire hydrants and shedding clothes. A year later, and with several other projects securely under his belt, Falside marks his return with East Toast, an instrumental album that serves as another high-definition display of the young producer's ever-growing versatility. On East Toast Falside's production runs the spectrum: he shows off how purposefully he can handle samples, how intricately he develops original compositions, and how nimbly he can change gears from some complex, deep shit to the feel good shit he does so well. Falside also brought the two very talented luminary MC's Has-Lo and Ceschi along for the ride. Please share, spread, post, and enjoy!


King Mez: My Everlasting Zeal [Album]


At long last King Mez comes through with My Everlasting Zeal, presented jointly by Life + Times and DJ Booth. The project featuring the standout singles Reign and Monte Carlo.

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Dom Kennedy: The Yellow Album [Album]


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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Waajeed & Bling47 Breaks Down The Look of Love [Video]

Shepard Fairey Paints Keith Haring [Video]

Tony Williams: Rainy Day [Video]

Slum Village: Reppin' [Video]

Dirty Slums (alongside by Mick Boogie), out now.

High Times Interviews Smoke DZA & Harry Fraud [Video]

C-Plus: Lightweight Famous [Video]

C-Plus gives the Cardo-produced track from Viernes Negro 2 the visual treatment.

Nardwuar Interviews Metta World Peace [Video]

E.D. Nix: Can't Go Wrong [Video]

Sweat The World: Stalley & Jonathan Mannion [Video]

Ski Beatz & Camp Lo: Did You Know [Video]

Fort Apache, out now.

Clams Casino: Instrumental Tape 2 (B-Sides) [Beat Tape]


Clams Casino double-backs to deliver the B-Sides to his Instrumental Mixtape 2.

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El-P, Killer Mike, Despot & Mr. MFN eXquire : Into The Wild Tour [Mixtape]


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AMP: AMP On The Beat Like (Volume 1) [Beat Tape]


Jamla jam-maker and Soul Council member AMP puts down 20 inviting instrumentals ripe for innovative verse.


Malik Ferraud: DAMN [Mixtape]


DAMN melds the mindful musings of Maryland MC Malik Ferraud with mood music from Nefarious, Hannibal King, and Flying Lotus, including the standout track Traffic Jam alongside Phil Ade.


Monday, June 18, 2012

Amerigo Gazaway: I Can't Get Off Of The Facebook [Video]

Gummy Soul producer Amerigo Gazaway got jokes, huh?

SoulCulture presents My Favorite Verse: Big K.R.I.T. [Video]

Jazzanova: Let It Go (Funkhaus Sessions) [Video]

Be sure to scoop a copy of Funkhaus Studio Sessions on iTunes.

Rakim: "We're meant to be a little more involved with the cause than we are..." [Video]

Rakim takes time out to talk to Montreality about how he maintains focus after all these years and getting fresh via less than baller-esque means early in the game.

Chuuwee: Hustleman [Video]

They runnin' a strange program y'all...

Potholes In My Blog presents Space Toast [Beat Tape]


The good folks at Potholes put together a pile of beats from Bahwee, Jansport J, Skywalkr, Falside and more, wrapped in one classic piece of cover art.

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DJ M-Rock: The Best of Tupac [Mixtape]


Here’s a tape I definitely did for his fans. I’ve put a pretty exhausting schedule on myself for the next few weeks, so this is my first tape without a signature M-Rock intro, just because time’s an issue for June. Expect a really big tribute next week, hopefully my biggest yet. Every time I make a tribute mix, I learn interesting things about the artist. I had no idea Dre and Tupac didn’t like each other. I never noticed the line in ‘To Live And Die in L.A.' where he says 'California love part 2, without gay ass Dre'. Kinda crazy actually – California Love was Dre’s track, a joint that would hopefully blow him up again after the Chronic, and Suge made sure he gave it to Tupac strictly because they were labelmates, and at that time, both signed to Death Row. Listen to the Dre-produced 'Can’t C Me'. It sounds identical to Snoop’s 'What’s My Name', or better yet, a crappy version of the snoop track – it had me thinking Dre gave him a poor effort simply out of spite. It’s weird because throughout my little life battling, DJing, I’ve had small beefs and people biting my work, but I can’t imagine what these guys were feeling. Two of the biggest artists in hip-hop history, working during a time of a silly west-east coast beef, and they didn’t even like each other. Pac sounds like he might have been really difficult to work with in the studio, but he cranked out a lot of work, with a lot of range – Enjoy 80 minutes of everything 2Pac, from his original samples, to Dave Chappelle’s skits about how Pac still lives, to his first joints with Digital Underground. Peace.

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Bobby Tre: Universal Substance [Mixtape]


Six down, six to go. Bobby Tre wraps up the first half of 2012 with Universal Substance, featuring production from Chuck Inglish and Skywlkr, plus appearances from Clams Casino, Da$h and more.

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Friday, June 15, 2012

Flowback Fridays: Yes Or No? [Video]


Coldplay: Yes

M.i.: NoThing

Adult Rappers (Trailer) [Video]

Please support this project at Kickstarter.

Big Fun In The Big City [Video]

Big Fun in the Big Town is about hip-hop when artistry in the game was still at its center. When skills, not hype, got you your first record deal. When Run-DMC took the reins from Doug E Fresh and Grandmaster Flash, paving the way for hundreds of other hitmakers to follow. When a chart-topping LL Cool J still lived with his Grandmother. When the Latin Quarter was the club to be at on any weekend night. And when artists from all backgrounds could taste their own pop chart dreams, just beyond their reach but still seemingly attainable.

This essential, fast-paced documentary shows hip-hop from just about every angle, and approaches its subjects with a journalistic sobriety and respect rarely given to this oft-misunderstood artform and culture, even to this day. It presents worldwide superstars and aspiring rappers, dancers and beatboxers on an even playing field, reminding us that rap was once a wide-open game for anyone with talent to grab at the brass ring of fame.

KAWS: Nowness [Video]

Vava Voom Spring Tour Recap [Video]

LRG Asia Art Tour (Part Two): Hong Kong [Video]

Don't miss Part One here.

Illpoetic: Gone [Video]

This video was made for people brave (read:stupid) enough to jump off the cliff and follow their dreams & passions. Leaving my job and life behind to do this as a potential career is easily the craziest, scariest, dumbest, smartest thing I’ve ever done. The video is also a token of appreciation for all the people, places, and memories Cincinnati has given me.

Ski Beatz: The Making of Balcony Music [Video]

Boldy James: Miss Jones [Video]

Not long after signing with DECON, Boldy James lets loose of his latest visual from Consignment: A Favor For A Favor

Big K.R.I.T.: The Making of Live From The Underground (Documentary) [Video]

The Rap Pack: Alphanumerics [Video]

HypetrakTV presents Kendrick Lamar: A Legend In The Making [Video]

MF DOOM: Illustrated Lyrics (Parts 1 & 2)[Video]

!llmind: THROWBLAPS! (Volume 1) [Mixtape]


As promised, here is the infamous ‘THROWBLAPS’ compilation. I had this idea a long time ago, but was always reluctant to put it out. I’ve got more than 3,000 beats I made over several years, on several hard drives. I knew most of them will probably never see the light of day, until now! This edition is a collection of random beats I made between the years 2000 and 2002. It was an exciting time for me because I had ZERO placements, I had JUST copped an Ensoniq ASR-10 keyboard, and I was making, like, 10 beats a day. It was crazy. I was still pretty wet behind the ears, and after hearing it, you will notice the heavy J Dilla influence (R.I.P.).


Flosstradamus: Live For The Funk [Mixtape]



Thursday, June 14, 2012

The Dream Team Documentary (Parts 1 & 2) [Video]

Nas & 1500 Or Nothin': Live In Japan [Video]

Stalley: Live At Blossom [Video]

Stalley's Savage Journey To The American Dream succeeds where many fail - it gets better and better with every listen. It is one of those rare representations of an artist as he truly is, and each spin reveals elements not noticed on prior plays. The second single, Live At Blossom, lends to a layered lucidity that bodes well for the Ohio native.

The Roots Picnic 2012 Recap [Video]

Doomtree: Beacon [Video]

Doomtree gives MTV the exclusive premier of the visual accompaniment to the lead single from No Kings, Beacon. Also, don't miss the live rendition on 89.3 The Current below:

SIDENOTE: We had the pleasure of catching Doomtree before they were "discovered" while living in Minneapolis a few years back. It is unfortunate that the venue that introduced us to the collective of creatives, The Dinkytowner, closed its doors during our last trip to Minneapolis.

Slaughterhouse: Welcome To Europe (Episode 2) [Video]

14KT: Blessed [Video]

Blessed was basically all shot on a random Sunday. Andy (film director) and I just grabbed the camera and press record. Most of the video wasn't planned. I wanted to give everyone a mini-photo album of candid 'normal' moments that I get to experience daily. As 'normal' as these things may look, many people don't get the opportunity to experience what many may consider a 'normal' life. Hence the title, Blessed.

Wiz Khalifa: Day Today (Ofiice Hours) [Video]

D/WILL & Les Izmore: The Line [Video]

You may remember Les Izmore's Granny Smith Theorum, alongside CFUNK favorite D/WILL, from last November. The project introduced us to Les' lyrics and furthered our fondness for D/WILL's production. In preparation for their joint full-length, Heartfelt Anarchy, the two have let loose of the video for The Line.

Living Legends: Trojan Horse [Video]

The LA super group come together to pair prose with picture, unveiling the video for the single, Trojan Horse.

Yin Yang Wilma (Flintstones Rap Remix) [Video]

PORTALS: Summer [Mixtape]


PORTALS puts together a premier mix for the Summer, featuring the standout, Crystal Gazers, from Datahowler.


Life + Times presents Troublemaker: Pantystep (Vont Très Bien Ensemble) [Mixtape]

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Life + Times links with Troublemaker for a Soundcloud set featuring Bobby Womack, Beyonce, Beat Culture and more.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Questlove: "It's turned into the very thing that we were against..." [Video]

?uest gives his take on the Summer Jam incident (there is at least one every year), and explains how he perceives the growth of the game. Isn't is about time someone said it?

Chevy Woods: Speed [Video]

Chevy gives his horn-heavy Gangland opener the visual treatment.

Locksmith: Labyrinth [Video]

Welcome to the Labyrinth, where ni**as kiss ass to keep pace...

Rocky Rivera f. Raven Sorvino, Plane Jane & Oh Blimey: GRLZ (Remix) [Video]

Rocky enlists Raven Sorvino, Plane Jane and Oh Blimey for the fierce flip of GRLZ from her Pop Killer mixtape.

Kooley High: Regular S**t [Video]

Tabi Bonney: On Jupiter [Video]

If the latest heat wave in the Bay is any indication, it is definitely going to be an Endless Summer.

GLC: Nation Piece [Video]

Step inside the Cathedral and open your mind to this ism.

Young Roddy: Uncle Bull [Video]

Roddy uses his stop in Boston as the backdrop for Uncle Bull. What that is? Good Sense.

Quest f. Crockett: So Shakey [Video]

Quest shares his sentiment on the oh-so-familiar shift and shake of the shady world we live in these days (and we thought it was just us).

Oddisee f. Olivier Daysoul: You Know Who You Are [Video]

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Curren$y f. Pharrell: Chasin' Paper (BTS) [Video]

Aesop Rock Meets Pete Rock (None Shall Pass As Accompanied By The Expert) [Mixtape]


None Shall Pass reimagined as the stepbrothers Rock are exactly the types of projects that propel us.

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Mick Boogie & DJ Jazzy Jeff: Summertime 3 [Mixtape]


After two successful summers worth of sounds for the season, Mick Boogie and DJ Jazzy Jeff continue the Summertime series, delivering the third installment just in time.

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Friday, June 8, 2012

Flowback Fridays: Sawed Off The Pump [Video]


Cypress Hill: Hand On The Pump

Redman: Sawed Off Shotgun

Juvenile: Ya Sleepin' On Me [Video]

The comeback kid wakes up fans and critics alike with his latest video from Mardi Gras.

¡Mayday!: Roaches [Video]

Killer Mike f. T.I. & Bun B: Big Beast [Video]

David Banner: Malcolm X (A Song To Me) [Video]

Be sure to scoop a copy of Sex, Drugs & Video Games if you haven't done so already.

Montreality Interviews Styles P [Video]

G.O.O.D. Music: Mercy [Video]

This. Shit. Goes. HARD.

Noisey Interviews Curren$y [Video]

Evidence f. Aloe Blacc: Liner Notes [Video]

MC Melodee & Cookin' Soul: [Mixtape]


Fitted with production from Cookin' Soul and Chuck Inglish, plus appearances from OhNo and Chuuwee, MC Melodee is poised to gain placement among some of the premier players in the game.


Chevy Woods: Gangland [Mixtape]


Taylor Gang's number two, Chevy Woods, delivers 23 tracks inspired by Gangland.


Freddie Joachim: The Joachim Remixes (Volume 5) [Mixtape]


After sharing several singles, including his remix of D'Angelo's Left & Right, CFUNK favorite Freddie Joachim unveils the fifth installment in his Joachim Remixes series, featuring Stevie Wonder, Talib Kweli, Little Dragon and more.

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The Roots: Live In Montreaux, 1994 [Mixtape]


Just as the title states, this is the full Roots set from the 1994 Jazz Festival in Switzerland. You're welcome.

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McKenzie Eddy: El Presidente [Album]


DD172's El Presidente drops her fourth freelease, featuring Ski Beatz, Sean O'Connell and Jim Jones. Don't miss the visual from the project's lead single, Retrograde, below:

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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

D'Angelo Covers Funkadelic's Soul Mate [Video]

Robin Thicke: Exhale (Shoop Shoop) [Video]

Converse presents Rubber Tracks: Theophilus London [Video]

Rubber Tracks is on-hand to capture TL drop the dime on the background behind Lisa.

The Seshen: Oblivion [Video]

Sounding similar to Morcheeba (but boasting more than twice the members), Bay Area band The Seshen offer a ticket to a black and white Oblivion, the title track from their self-titled release (available on Bandcamp).

Just Blaze & 1500 Or Nothin' (In-Studio) [Video]

Juvenile f. Rick Ross: Power [Video]

Juve The Great enlists Rick Ross The Boss to build steam for Rejuvenation, coming soon.

Thisis50 Interviews Chevy Woods [Video]

Curren$y f. 2 Chainz: Capitol [Video]

Spitta calls on 2 Chainz for the second visual from The Stoned Immaculate, out today.

Nas & Lauryn Hill @ Summer Jam [Video]

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


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Clams Casino: Instrumental Tape 2 [Beat Tape]


CC lets loose of the second set of instrumentals, this time featuring backdrops for Mac Miller, Main Attrakionz, The Weeknd and more.

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Bahwee: Flavors 1 & 2 [Album]


DOWNLOAD Flavors 2

Bahwee caught our attention last year with the release of Flavors, at the time thought to be the alternative artistry (but really just a precursor) to Sketches. In similar fashion, the SoCal beatmaker delivers Flavors 2, a prelude to his full-length LP The Gap, due out later this year.


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Steely Chan: Left of the Golden Era [Mixtape]


Toronto track twisters Steely Chan marry several golden era hip hop vocals with the hard funk rhythms of Lefties Soul Connection.

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Monday, June 4, 2012

Voice of Art: Illegal Billboards (Parts 3- 5) [Video]

M.i.: NoThing [Video]

M.i. lets loose of the latest visual from The Coldplay Sessions.

E-40 f. Snoop Dogg, Daz, Kurupt & Kokane: What You Smokin' On? [Video]

E-40 takes a page from The Block Brochure, breaking it all down with Tha Dogg Pound and Kokane.

Stik Figa: Flaudgin' [Video]

Take a spin through Topeka, Kansas with Stik Figa in his video for 'Flaudgin', a carefree joyride through the blue-collar Midwest.

Sure, Stik can get on his MC ish when need be, he can kick a thought-provoking verse when the occasion calls for it, but the Midwest rhymer is just as comfortable crafting something smooth for you to ride to. 'Flaudgin', a standout cut from his Mello Music debut 'As Himself', is just that, music for the Cuttys, Regals, Chevys and prices that represent Stik's native city. The title term is local slang for frontin' or otherwise posturing, just like the weave-equipped woman who's hair Stik calls out in the track, right after the former calls him out on his rented ride.

The straightforward and subdued video plays out like a mellow cruise through Stik's hometown. There's no million-dollar budgets here, no pyrotechnics or CGI, but Stik injects every shot with down to earth personality, making even the simplest of sceneries exude charm.

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Locksmith: Hallelujah [Video]

Labirynth, out now.

GLC: Honored Society, Season 1 (Episode 1) [Video]

Stalley: Savage Journey Through Europe, Episode 5 (London) [Video]

3 Little Digs Interviews REi [Video]

Be sure to scoop a copy of REi's latest, Enter The Street Runner.

The Red Bull Emcee Battle 2012 Recap [Video]

Global Grind Interviews Teedra Moses [Video]

The Kickdrums f. Casey Veggies: Thieves In The Choir [Video]

Follow The Leaders, out now.

SoulCultureTV Interviews Mac Miller [Video]

Def Sound f. Nikko Gray: Birds I View [Video]

Have you ever listened to a hummingbird heart through a tulip? Well, this is what happens when the sky switches with the sea and Def Sound and Nikko Gray let Brook D'Leau perform open eye surgery on them and turn their eyes into projectors. The results are both sexy and thee most distorted version of beautiful.

Live From The Control Room: Session Three [Video]

Quality Control Marketing and SAE San Francisco present Live from the Control Room Session Three featuring San Francisco/Fillmore's own DaVinci and Berkeley based producer Ion The Prize. Filmed by none other than Casual, the Hieroglyphics Rap God, this session and track titled 'Purple Sky' were recorded at the SAE San Francisco campus, by SAE students. SAE San Francisco is the newest campus in SAE's long legacy of training students for success in the Audio and Entertainment Industries. The top notch studio facilities are used for education purposes only and students never have to worry about losing out valuable practical time to commercial projects. The SAE staff are dedicated to the success of their students and work with them to develop their personal interests in recording, producing, mixing and mastering great music.

The video and track are the result of the 'Live from the Control Room' Beat Battle which took place late 2011 at 330 Ritch in San Francisco. Ion the Prize was one of the finalists and decided to pair up with DaVinci, who was a judge and performer. The song will be featured on the 'Live from the Control Room' EP along with the other participants including A-Plus of the legendary Souls of Mischief/Hieroglyphics crew, Lateef the Truthspeaker from Latyrx/Quannum, Vallejo's own Moe Green, and Fillmore's own DaVinci, known as one of San Francisco's most capable lyricists. The winning producers, Cache, Poetiq Beetz, Lambo Got Em' and Ion the Prize provide the backdrops and the Bay's finest hold down the rhymes. Stay tuned for Session 4, the videos (all shot by Casual) and the official release of the 'Live from the Control Room' EP coming in the upcoming months. Make sure you log onto and for any and all info.

Shome: Daydreamin' [Video]

Tarheel transplant Shome gets caught Daydreamin' in his latest video, directed by Devin Johnson.

Masta Ace: MA_DOOM Web Series (Episode 1) [Video]

Pacewon & Mr. Green: My God [Video]

From the album 'The Only Number That Matter Is Won'
available September 4th on Raw Poetix Records
featuring guest appearances from Snoop Dogg,
Lee Scratch Perry and Masta Ace.

Rick Ross: Touch-N-You [Video]

Rozay and Diddy are a riot...

Redman: Sawed Off Shotgun [Video]

Sawed off shotgun, hand on the pump...
Sippin' on a forty, puffin' on a blunt...

The Flaming Lips f. Erykah Badu: The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face [Video]

Blueprint: Wanna Be Like You [Video]

Blueprint's Adventures In Counter-Culture is available on iTunes and also at Fifth Element.

Janelle Monae: Oh, Maker [Video]

This follows the story of a droid, Cindi Mayweather (57821), freed from the clutches of the Government by a man named Anthony Greendown, who she has fallen in love with.
Watch as we are taken into her world, running away from the Droid Control Marshall trying to capture her, disassemble her and take away her cybersoul.

Cindi Mayweather is "...not human, she is a custom synthetic; a representation of everything that worked in the past...the only thing she can't do is fall in love." Even computer codes, like law, is made to be broken.