Friday, September 28, 2012

Flowback Fridays: Impeach The Slick On The Subway [Video]


Digable Planets: Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)

The Last Poets: On The Subway

The Honey Drippers: Impeach The President

Led Zeppelin @ Royal Albert Hall (Full Concert) [Video]

Brock Berrigan: Pura Vida [Album]


Brock Berrigan is "addicted and happy" seeking samples and hunting for hip-hop heaters - living the quintessential Pura Vida - and the sentiment seeps through his sound. Checkpoint Charlie and Mountain View Road are out top tracks.


SIDENOTE: Brock and Atmosphere. That would be a great pairing.

J-Finesse: $3.00 & 6 Dimes of Erykah Badu [EP]


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Face To Face: Brother Ali [Video]

Lee Fields & The Expressions: Faithful Man [Video]

Gary Scouse: Rare Groove [Mix]


UK crate-digger Gary Scouse has put together a rare groove mix highlighting his vinyl veracity.

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Bama Love Soul presents Y’all Feel That​?​ Erykah Badu Remixes, Flips & Covers (Pt. 2) [EP]


Given the success of the first installment, Bama Love Soul double-backed for a second helping of Badu bliss.

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Lil Wayne Opens Trukfit Skate Park [Video]

Regardless of how you feel about Mr. Carter, it is hard to deny that instituting this type of interactivity into a city sadly known more for its crime statistics and charter schools than its creativity can only be positive.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

42 (Trailer) [Video]

Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures are teaming up with director Brian Helgeland for '42', the powerful story of Jackie Robinson, the legendary baseball player who broke Major League Baseball's color barrier when he joined the roster of the Brooklyn Dodgers. '42' will star Academy Award(R) nominee Harrison Ford ('Witness') as the innovative Dodger's general manager Branch Rickey, the MLB executive who first signed Robinson to the minors and then helped to bring him up to the show, and Chadwick Boseman ('The Express') as Robinson, the heroic African American who was the first man to break the color line in the big leagues.

Robot Orchestra: Amplified [EP]


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Hy-Definition: The Voices [Album]


From Blue Bottle Records:

Hip-Hop duo, Hy-Definition (which consists of Producer SoulChef and Lyricist K.Wiz), present their latest project 'The Voices'.

The Voices pays homage to five distinguished artists who have inspired Hy-Definition’s sound. The music of Sam Cooke, Marvin Gaye, David Ruffin, Michael Jackson, and Selena represent the dichotomy between talent and tragedy. Each Song on the EP is sampled from these 5 legends. These artists were all taken from us before their time and all we have left are their voices their recordings.


Soul Monk: The Rough Sessions [EP]


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DDay One: 40 With 45 [Mix]


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The Bee Shine Interviews Chops [Video]

Jean Grae: Kill Screen [Video]

Scoop a copy of the single here.

HighSnobietyTV Interviews Metronomy [Video]

Curren$y f. Styles P: WOH [Video]

Spitta brings Styles P along for the ride on his Harry Fraud-driven Cigarette Boats.

DJ Enki: The Vapor Room [Mix]


From DJ Enki:

I made this mix back in 2009 as a little something for the good folks at The Vapor Room -- a fantastic business that, tragically, was forced to close on July 31 due to some ridiculous legal technicalities. Like I say in the scratch intro to this mix, The Vapor Room was a family affair, and that family was not just the VR staff and customers, but the entire Lower Haight neighborhood where it was located. Seldom will you find a business more committed to community service. I made this mix to be something fun for The Vapor Room family; now I'm posting it as a memorial to a great business that will be missed. (There's also a sequel that I will be posting in the not-too-distant future. Stay tuned!)

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AbJo: We Run The Night [Album]


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DJ Franchise: Futurized Funk [Mix]

Easy Mo Bee was instrumental in some of the most ground-breaking productions of hip-hop artists in the 90s era. Widely known for his influential musical presence with B.I.G.'s 'Ready to Die', Easy Mo Bee brought a futurized funk to a genre that was unheard of. His work with so many greats still demands to be recognized. This mix helps serve that purpose.

Dedicated to and inspired by my good friend, Matthew Africa (RIP)

Mike Mictlan: SNAXXX [Album]


Seemingly out of nowhere, Doomtree's Mike Mictlan lets loose of a 15-track freelease featuring P.O.S. and more.


Blackbird Blackbird: All [Video]

Frequently featured as part of our SΔTURDΔY S1NGLES series, Frisco's own Blackbird Blackbird gives his newest single, All, the visual treatment. Stay tuned for his forthcoming EP, Boracay Planet, due October 16th.


Wednesday, September 26, 2012

12 Original Players: Ten [Video]

Bobby Womack & Damon Albarn On Jimmy Fallon [Video]

The Souljazz Orchestra: Conquering Lion [Video]

Ontario jazz outlet Souljazz Orchestra go live in the lead video from Solidarity, available now on iTunes.

Ed Sheeran: Lego House (Acoustic Rendition On Fuse [Video]

No Doubt: Push & Shove (Produce by Major Lazer) [Video]

Al Lindstrom Interviews Kim Osorio [Video]

Al sits down with Source editor, Kim Osorio, who has recently returned to the magazine to "finish something" that she did not have the opportunity to during her first stint with the media outlet.

MC Melodee & Cookin' Soul: Don't Front [Video]

MC Melodee Don't Front for one moment on her Cookin' Soul-produced project, Check Out Melodee.

Def Sound: We.are.instrument(s).Vol.Ayyye ! [Mix]


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Chrome Canyon: Mix II (Soundtracks) [Mix]


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Mẳdi: Purple Mood [Beat Tape]


While travelling from Lyan to Cannes, Mẳdi melded music from multiple sources, blending nature sounds and bits of electronica into chilled cuts. Back In New Orleans and All Alone are two of our top tracks.

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Maiya Norton: SONIC BOOM (Vol. 1) [Album]


The Sonic Boom Series is a monthly compilation that will appear on These volumes will be filled with new or exclusive material from a myriad of artists from different genres. You will always hear something new, every time. Enjoy.


Sama’an Ashrawi Interviews Yasiin Bey [Video]

Lupe Fiasco on Fuse [Video]

After listening to LASERS, we did not necessarily hide our distaste. What made things worse was that Lupe would not admit his part in the sub-par project. Sure, the labels locked him down, but they did the same to Pac. In our opinion, there were avenues available that would have augmented the audio and appealed to at least the loyal side of his fanbase, if nothing else.

That aside, Food & Liquor 2 is shaping up to be his rhyme resurrection. Watching live performances such as the clip above remind us of adolescent Lupe - you know, the Kick, Push kid - and makes us all giddy over the gift of a grown-up, self-professed dirty ghetto kid spitting politically-charged prose in only the way he can.

Radio France Interviews Geoff Barrow [Video]

Little Dragon: Little Man (Acoustic Rendition In Cape Town) [Video]

Good Fella Radio Interview Joey Bada$$ & Pro Era [Video]

Murs & Fashawn: This Generation [Video]

Be sure to scoop a copy of This Generation, the duo's joint debut, on iTunes.

Wax Unplugged: The Adventures of Larry & Tina [Video]

Quelle Chris: Milky [Video]


DJ Applejac: Studda Steppin' [Mix]


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DJ Mickey Knox: Rawkus Classics [Mix]


Just over a decade ago, Rawkus reigned supreme, boasting one beast of a roster that included Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Pharoahe Monch, and the late, great Big L among others. Originally mixed in 2006, Mickey Knox has made the comprehensive collection, which includes favorites like Ms. Fat Booty and Oh No, available again for those that missed it on the first go round.

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dL: Slow Burners (Vol. 1) [Mix]


I have re uploaded this for mix for a few different reasons, firstly it remains as one of my personal favorites, secondly this mix was a real turning point for me in terms of editing songs to suit what I wanted out of them, every song in this mix has been what I call sympathetically edited, in that I attempted to edit the song to be what I wanted it to be in the transitions whilst still trying to be as respectful to the original as possible. It was called Slow Burners because I originally made it for a friend of mine to listen to whilst he drove the whole way around Australia in his Kombi Van and I tried to select songs that he would not normally be familiar with and put them into a mix he would grow to like over tie rather than a mix of familiar music that he would tire of quickly. I also tried to put small nuances in all of the transitions that would only be noticable over time and many repeat listens. The 3rd reason I have uploaded it is my hard drive is still out of action so I havent been able to finish my Jazzy Joints Vol IV still!!!!

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J. Period & Zion I: Bomb First [Mixtape]


From J. Period:

Since the emergence of their highly acclaimed Mind Over Matter LP, Oakland underground standouts ZION I have stood at the forefront of progressive hip hop, foreshadowing the merging of electronic music and hip hop years in advance. Producer Amp-Live’s intricate soundscapes, combined with soulful, intelligent lyrics from MC Zumbi, have earned co-signs from hip hop icons as diverse as Too $hort and Talib Kweli, along with legions of die-hard fans. In 2012, it is time for the rest of the world to meet ZION I.

To aid in this effort, and in anticipation of their upcoming release SHADOW BOXING (October 2, Live Up Records), ZION I joins forces with Brooklyn mixtape master J.PERIOD (remixer/DJ for Q-Tip, The Roots, K’NAAN) to present BOMB FIRST, a pre-emptive strike on the stagnating state of commercial hip hop. Featuring new music from a who's who of talented young artists, BOMB FIRST finds ZION I once again at the forefront of progressive hip hop—this time foreshadowing the emergence a new generation of artists dedicated to the preservation of the art.

On BOMB FIRST, ZION I & J.PERIOD shine a light on hip hop that is inspiring THEM in 2012. The result is a fun, diverse and soulful listening experience designed to inspire a new crop of fans, and re-ignite the spark in die-hard fans still hungry for quality hip hop.


Tuesday, September 25, 2012

DJ Parler & Bling47 Break Down Trashy [Video]

D/WILL & Fried Pixels: Wait [Video]

Be sure to scoop a copy of D/WILL's Cartoon Beat Emporium: Chapter 2. SIDENOTE: Fried Pickles? GREAT name.

Ta-Ku: Cutting With Textures (Ode To Chet Faker) [EP]

Not sure who Chet Faker is, but we're about to find out via Ta-Ku's Ode.
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Audible Doctor: I Think That... [EP]

Multi-talented BBAS member Audible Doctor delivers a dose of dope dialect, and also features Soul Khan, Chuuwee and more.
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Fool's Gold presents Foolcast 034: Cardo On The Beat [Podcast]

In anticipation of his new instrumental EP, Fool's Gold dedicated their latest podcast to Cardo.
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Bobby Tre: Roadhouse (LEAK) [Mixtape]

It doesn't seem like it has been a full year since Bobby Tre announced his plan for twelve tapes in just as many months. Yet, as we near the end of one the busiest years for new talent, he has succeeded in doing just that, and at the same time stretched his reach well beyond the borders of the Bronx. The path of creativity that he has paved for himself is on that will serve him well in the years to come. #SALUTE
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Murs & Fashawn Interview Each Other [Video]

Bizarre Tribe f. Black Moon: Pharcyde of the Moon [Video]

The Bee Shine Interviews Redman [Video]

Joey Bada$$ & Capital STEEZ: Survival Tactics [Video]

Joey joins Capital STEEZ for the latest visual from 1999.

Schoolly D Instrumentals [Album]

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Freddie Gibbs: Baby Face Killa [Mixtape]

Gangsta Gibbs graces us with his Baby Face and brash beat-breaking on his newest freelease, featuring Curren$y, Dom Kennedy and Krayzie Bone.
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DaVinci: XLIX

DaVinci drops seven songs to satiate fans until The MOEna Lisa drops November 6th.

theWHOevers: The Red Tape [Album]

This is one of those rare occasions when the cover art alone identifies a dope disc. Dotkom and J. Arthur lay down 15 fresh freestyles commingled with enough retro references to make you want to yell out "BOOMSHAKALAKA!"

Fuse Interviews Kendrick Lamar [Video]

Rocky Rivera: Bulletproof [Video]

They say my gender is my destiny, but fuck that...

Miss Special Interviews Audible Doctor [Video]

Phonte f. Carlitta Durand: Gonna Be A Beautiful Night [Video]

DJ Food: Flashback Megamix (DJ Shadow Mx1 & Mx2 [Mix]

From DJ Food:
Created for the XFM radio DJ Shadow special 20/09/12 - the main 23 minute mix using tracks, remixes, productions for others and the odd sample from Shadow's career to date. I took the lesser-known compilation track 'Flashback' as a theme to rapidly look back through his back catalogue.

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Keor Meteor: Inner Space [Album]

Keor Meteor caught our ear with The City, an 14-track album featuring beats inspired by as many cities. This time, the French beatmaker takes us into Space, sampling and splicing to shape the sphere of his sound.
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Condensed Milk: Dusty Milk Crates (Vol. 1 & 2) [Album]

The aim of the compilation is to increase awareness, raise support, and expand the scope and influence of the emerging beat scene, both generally as a genre, as well as on a regional level.
In a climate where commercial media has set a prescribed and formulaic approach to the dissemination of art, Condensed Milk is an independent collective of like minded graphic designers, beat makers, DJs and crate diggers. Condensed Milk is a digital hub for music as well as art and culture, sourced from varying media sources from all corners of the globe. The collective features artists from Melbourne, Auckland, and Paris, and will continue to cultivate, promote and represent talent from as many diverse backgrounds as possible.
This is our 2nd installment from the 3 volume series of Instrumental Compilations. Condensed Milk have carefully selected a number of beat makers that we feel embody the essence of creativity outside of the status quo and represent a part of their city’s involvement in the beat movement. Condensed Milk are proud to have each artist on board the Dusty Crates project as we hope to bring theIr music to a much larger audience.
Much love and respect to all the great talented individuals involved in this compilation, and of course the supporters.

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Paper Tiger: Beat Tape [Beat Tape]

Talk of this project has been circulating through the rumor mill for a while now, and after much speculation, it is finally here. The Doomtree puts together 15 pieces that play more like an instrumental album than a beat tape (yes, there is a marked difference), with out particular favorites being Bomb Shelter and Upper Deck.
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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Free Angela & All Political Prisoners (Trailer) [Video]

Marijuana Death Squads @ Icehouse [Video]

Dee-1 f. Murs & Tabi Bonney: Failure Ain't An Option [Video]

Dee-1 keeps his Focus as he readies the release of his next mixtape, hosted by Mannie Fresh, on October 9th.

Antibalas On The Current [Video]

Moe Green f. Erk Tha Jerk: Window Seat [Video]

Moe maintains his mellow in his Erk Tha Jerk-assisted visual for Window Seat.

JENESIS Magazine & Reel Deal Films presents A Night With Smoke DZA [Video]

Lupe Fiasco: Food & Liquor 2 (Trailer) [Video]

The Bee Shine Interviews Nastee [Video]

Nas: Cherry Wine (Trailer) [Video]

Angie Martinez Interviews Bobbito Garcia [Video]

MS MR: Dark Doo Wop [Video]

Dark Doo Wop from MS MR on Vimeo.

Unfamiliar with MS MR, but typically in agreement with the indie selections featured on Life+Times, we were immediately drawn to the Dark Doo Wop that permeates the Candy Bar Creep Show EP. Be sure to scoop a copy on iTunes. It's well worth the listen.

The Bee Shine Interviews Kwame [Video]

Adele x Daft Punk: Something About The Fire (Carlos Serrano Remix) [Video]

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88 til infinity: The Journey of Discovery (Compilation) [Album]

88tilinfinity_thejourneyofdiscovery_2012 Boasting beats from Ta-Ku, Beatsofreen and more, this Journey of Discovery takes listeners from "conception to its life changing conclusion." DOWNLOAD The Journey of Discovery (Compilation)

DirtyDiggs presents Chainstrumentals (Vol. 2): Stash Box [Album]

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Thelonius Martin: MCMXCII [Album]

theloniusmartin_mcmxcii_2012 Thelonius Martin describes MCMXCII as "20 years of life, 20 chapters turned." DOWNLOAD MCMXCII

Curren$y & Wiz Khalifa: Hollywood Forever [Video]

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Voice of Art: Graffiti Against The System (Parts 1-3) [Video]

Akai presents MPC Minute Series [Video]

Brother Ali On The Current 89.3 [Video]

Nelly Furtado: Parking Lot [Video]

After unleashing the new single a few days ago, the Canadian singer unveils the official video for the track. We've also included her AOL Session performance below:

Dam-Funk: I Don't Want To Be A Star [Video]

Flying Lotus: Putty Boy Strut [Video]

October 2nd. That is all.

Analog Division: Golden (Instrumentals) [Album]


Analog Division break and blend bits from ATCQ, Keith Sweat and more.

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BK Beats & PBZ: Time Is Of The Essence [Album]


From Potholes In My Blog:

Together, Albuquerque, N.M. producer BK Beats and frequent collaborator/close friend PBZ have crafted a cohesive, 10-track release in the Time Is Of The Essence EP. In addition to showcasing their ever-evolving talents as producers—particularly on cloud-rap jam 'HOME' and vibrant opener 'Carlton Dance'—the project features guest vocals from some choices MCs.

On 'Soul Fly', which rides out on its own, you’ll hear a collage of rhymes from Charlotte, N.C.’s Deniro Farrar, Detroit’s Boldy James, and Oakland’s Shady Blaze. Together, they bring complementary and rugged verses across BK and PBZ’s trunk-rattlin’, guitar-laden canvas. Elsewhere, Bay Area rap duo Main Attrakionz keep it languid and introspective on the ethereal 'My Only Wonder'.

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Trackstar The DJ: Still Dreamin' 8 [Mix]


How fitting that as he preps to tour with RZA that Trackstar remind us he is Still Dreamin'

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Outasight: Now Or Never [Video]

Outasight is still riding the high of his successful single while crafting his next mixtape alongside 6th Sense.

Stalley f. Wale: Home To You [Video]

Stalley gives his Wale-assisted single the visual treatment. We've also posted the live performance of Home To You (sans Folarin) below:

Chuuwee: Chez!!?…Chill!!! [Video]

As he nears the release of Wildstyle!, Chuuwee lets loose of the last official visual from Chez!!?…Chill!!!.

The Bee Shine Interviews Brother Ali [Video]

Mister Cee presents Best of Tuesdays: Ruff Ryders Edition [Mix]


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G.O.O.D. Music: Cruel Summer (Samples) [Album]


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Bahwee: Flavors 2 (Remastered) [Album]


Flavors 2 has not vacated our playlist since its release back in June, and although it will now, it's only to replace the original edits with the Haruto's remasters. Also, don't miss the video for Don't Have Time below:

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Slaughterhouse: To The Fans [Video]

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Matthew Africa & DJ B-Cause: Soul Boulders 2 [Mix]


Big thanks to DJ B-Cause for posting Soul Boulders 2, the second installment in the series created alongside our friend Matthew Africa.

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DJ Spinna & Bling47 Break Down Thelonius [Video]

DJ Enki: Liknuts Freestyle @ The 45 Sessions [Mix]


When we think about the rare, yet extraordinary parties that are purely perfect, the last 45 Sessions is the first to come to mind. Anyone in attendance undoubtedly understands why this mix is so amazing. Big thanks to DJ Enki for unleashing this via Mixcrate.

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Fuse presents Crate Diggers: Cut Chemist [Video]

Lotta Lolla Love: Doomtree [Video]

Toki Wright: High Definition [Video]

Out Da Box TV Interviews Sy Smith [Video]

Elzhi, Big K.R.I.T., MC Melodee & Cookin Soul @ Boogie Down Breda Festival [Video]

Sickest Addictions Interviews Freddie Joachim [Video]

Brown Bag All-Stars f. Akie Bermiss: Say It Now [Video]

BBAS brings Akie Bermiss along for the lead visual from Brown Bag 2 EP.

D/WILL: Cartoon Beat Emporium [Mixtape]


D/WILL delivers the second installment in his Cartoon Beat Emporium mixtape/video series. Don't miss the latest video accompaniment below:

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0hbliv: blkcodes​.​ep [EP]


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