What’s good boys and girls? Another day, another dollar (if you are lucky) and some more ventures into the overflowing email inbox of a hip hop blogger. It’s a scary thing, but interesting none the less. I get everything from the latest bling bling rapper trying to be heard on HOT 97, to the bedroom producer just trying to be heard. I get emails to check out clothing lines, emails to check out scantly clothed models (keep those coming), invites to industry shindigs that I probably would never catch myself dead in (nor would anyone ever have a clue who I was) and everything in between.
One of the interesting things I received recently was from St Petersberg Times. Hip Hop is world wide, no doubt about it. I always find the whole love affair the rest of the world has with hip hop as an extremely interesting situation. John Pendygraft, a reporter for the Times, sent me a link for a video documentary that he put together on hip hop in Gaza, West Bank, and Jersualem. I’m not about to touch the whole conflict going on there. To be honest, I really haven’t explored deep enough into the whole situation to come to an educated conclusion. What should be noted though is how hip hop is a release for those in a postiton that most of us Americans will, hopefully, have no idea what it’s like. I found it extremely interesting and well worth the watch, so feel free to check it out…..
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Fokis – Show Me The Money produced by G.C.
New WYDU affiliate (more to come on that), OGHipHop presents it’s weekly collection of tracks for all to hear…
Aight, edtion three. To all the new followers, what you’ll find here is a collection of what we consider to be the best tracks that leaked last week. And the last week was crazy. Raekwon’s own version of “Brooklyn (We Go Hard)”, the Smirnoff Signature Mix of “If I Ruled The World”, some new Red & Meth and not to forget the new banger of rap’s new super group Slaughterhouse.
The weekly mix, your weekly fix…
And while you are there, check out the incredibly dope video of jazz pianist, Eric Lewis…..
Former Spotlight Artist, UllNevaNo Rockin’ a Show
CULTURE VI INTERVIEW WITH JOELL ORTIZ
A lot of people have been asking me to interview Joell Ortiz – so here it is! We sat down during a recent studio session to talk about the Free Agent album, how Joell got discovered (you GOTTA hear this story), and his “Piano Lessons” track with Colin Munroe.
Part 2 coming soon!
Also – Joell and my artist Poizun just did a track together – and WOW!!!!!!!
And my exclusive interview with Royce coming soon!
New video from Krumb Snatcha, “Feelin” (produced by Da Beatminerz)
taken from Krumb’s upcoming LP Hidden Scriptures.
Emilio Rojas drops his highly anticipated new mixtape “Recession Proof,” presented byand Legend. After dropping a slew of singles, popping up on radio shows, a steady stream of live performances, and MTV video play, Emilio follows up with his first official mixtape, featuring appearances by Stat Quo, Fashawn, Donny Goines and more, while Illmind, M-Phazes, Khrysis and others check in on the production tip.
Check him out at myspace.com/emiliorojasmusic
You can check out some of the joints untagged on, check the links below:
Emilio Rojas – Just One Night [prod. by Deheb]: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3yovKT00ck
Emilio Rojas feat. Mela Machinko – Don’t Go [prod. by DJ Noodles]:
Emilio Rojas – Keys to the City [prod. by Midnite]: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pxz5LzdQBrM
Emilio Rojas feat. Donny Goines & Mela Machinko – Murder [prod. by Illmind]: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2gCy4vfaRqw
Now Backwoodz Studioz is proud to present Guilty Party, a brand new collaborative project with MarQ Spekt and producer Lex Boogie From the Bronx. One producer, one MC; Guilty Party is a stylistic return to the gritty mid-nineties basement sessions that Spekt hones his craft in. It’s a return to lo-fi, extra filthy samples and hard-as-granite lyrics. Spekt is an Mc’s MC, but on this project he expanded his palette by co-producing beats with Lex Boogie as the two came to boil down the essence that is Spekt.
MarQ put it best saying “This free album is a dedication to raw hiphop coming from the heart. No million dollar studio tricks or Autotune, or even big name collaborations. This is just sky diving with the pen.”
Download Guilty Party Now: http://backwoodzstudioz.com/sounds/MSPEKT_GuiltyParty.zip
Free Download: DT (of Clan Destined) “Nowhere/Now Here” sampler
Our existence is evolution. At one point or another we all take a look back at our lives and consider our own evolution. And as individual as it can be for us, there is a common link thru that same evolution that binds us all. It is with this understanding that DT shaped the album “Nowhere/Now Here”. Just as the name implies, “Nowhere/Now Here” attempts to identify the different stages in our evolution along with demonstrating some of broader aspects that connect us all. Following the guidelines of the ancients and their wisdom, “Nowhere/Now Here” is set to 7 stages of growth. From the emptiness that surrounds us before we come to be to the eventual ascension we make into a higher form, this album is an instrumental voyage through our very souls. And remember, there are so many levels to our own growth. This album lets you, the listener discover his or her own path to understanding it all, by simply providing a soundtrack to your enlightenment. DT hopes you enjoy the album, and above all take its message of growth to heart.
Free Download: DT “Nowhere/Now Here” album sampler
“Nowhere/Now Here” will be available in April on Domination Recordings!
01 Intro- Nueve (Evidence- Pest Instrumental)
02 Feat. & Ghostface- Wu Ooh
03 Pacific Division- Pac Div
04 CNN- Grand Royal
05 M.O.P.- Blow The Horns
06 Focus Feat. Big Pooh, & Kurupt- Homage To Pete Rock
07 Saigon- The Rules
08 DJ Wich Feat. Little Brother- Give It Up
09 Feat. Skyzoo & Reks- Bars 4 The Stars
10 Braille & S1- For Life
11 Jazzanova Feat. Phonte- So Far From Home
12 Kaze- From Dusk Till Dawn
13 Termanology Feat. , , Bun B, Saigon & Freeway- Say It
14 Focus Feat. Royce 5’9, Phonte & Stat Quo- Homage to Premier
15 Blaq Poet- Aint Nuthin Changed
16 Termanology Feat. Lil Fame- Thugathon
17 Torae- Hats Off
18 Ms One Feat. Black Milk & Big Pooh- 2 MC’s
19 JR&PH7 Feat. & Black Milk- Top Rank
20 Termanology Feat. Steele- Enemies
21 Talib Kweli- My Favorite Song
22 Q-Tip Feat. Busta, Raekwon & Lil Wayne- Renaissance Rap (Remix)
23 Mos Def- Life Is Good
24 Nueve- Outro (Kev Brown- Good Times Instrumental)
In preparation for Access Immortal up and coming new collaboration album with DJ Ruckspin, he joins forces with Dub MD to present you with this exclusive free compilation entitled “The Scrapbook: Volume 1″ a collection of tracks from the past, present and future. This new mixtape features collaborations with Karniege, Medinah Starr, Oktober, Golden Child, Mello and Emaze, along with production from Ruckspin, 9th Wonder, Vanderslice, J-Zone, The Wisemen and many more. If your a fan of that classic 90′s style New York boom bap, your gonna love this one!
Brooklyn born Access Immortal and DJ Ruckspin are on the verge of releasing their debut as the newly formed duo Project Gotham as they prepare to release the new album “Birth Of A Dream”, which is due to hit shelves sometime this Spring 2009 via indie imprint Introspect Records. The new album features the likes of Vast Aire, Karniege, SiLent Knight, Fresh Daily, C-Rayz Walz, Poison Pen just to name a few, with 100% of the production handled by Ruckspin, so make sure you pick up 5 copies!
01.) The Scrapbook (Intro)
02.) The General (Produced By 7L)
03.) Ring The Album (feat. Golden Child) (Produced By Ruckspin)
04.) Monday Night Raw (Produced By J-Zone)
05.) Everything I Know (Produced By Ruckspin)
06.) Fuck The Rap Game (Produced By Access Immortal)
07.) Welcome To The Hood (Produced By GreenSteez)
08.) Culture Shock (Produced By Ruckspin)
09.) Styles Upon Styles (feat Karniege & Medinah Starr) (Produced By Nygh)
10.) Acc The Villian (Produced By Ruckspin)
11.) Days Go By (Produced By 9th Wonder)
12.) The Reign (feat. Oktober) (Produced By GreenSteez)
13.) Million Dollar Rapper (Produced By The Wisemen)
14.) I Will Not Lose (Produced By Lawz Spoken)
15.) The Mechanic (feat. Mello & Emaze) (Produced By Alchemist)
16.) Resident Evil (Produced By Vanderslice)
17.) The People (feat. Medinah Star) (Produced By Kanye West)
18.) M.V.P. (Freestyle) (Produced By DJ Premier)
19.) DJ BMV (Freestyle) (Produced By Pete Rock)
20.) New York (feat. Ph7) (Produced By Ph7)
21.) The Scrapbook (Outro)
1.Welcome To Triple H (Prod.By Bueller)
2.The Case Of The Mornings (Prod.By Boston George)
3.Corner Boys Memo (Prod. By Andy Rockwell)
4.Wants & Needs Feat. GRAMZ (Prod. By TONY)
5.Classified Feat. Syndee (Prod. By Bueller)
6.Ex-Posed (Prod. Kedar)
7.America’s Top (Prod. By Boston George)
8.Inside Your Mind (Prod. By Boston George)
9.Big Hand On The Money (Prod. By Boston George)
10.Over Coffee (Prod. By Dnyce)
11.The 7 R’s (Prod. By Boston George)
12.What Happen (Prod. By Kedar)
13.SUnday Service (Prod. By Blackmale)
14.Glory (Bam’s Gift To Bueller) Prod. Exile
Out of New York City has come tons of emcee’s that can spit hard bars, but few of them have the originality to get their music heard and felt worldwide. Lee Bueller is one of those few emcees (born and raised in Queens) that definitely has the talent and drive to get his music heard and felt throughout the continents. His latest release, Triple H: Haze, Hardbeats & Heartache was released in the spirit of Valentine’s Day to show his talent much beyond your typical “DJ screaming over tracks” mixtape. Triple H is all original production (Dnyce, Exile, Boston George, and even Bueller himself) with an instantly-charismatic lyrical assault in a perfect unison.
In the next coming months, Lee Bueller is releasing his “Bueller: 7 Series” which will consist of 7 original releases with completely different themes conveying Bueller’s song-writing ability. In April, Bueller is releasing, “Coming off The Toilet Chasing Dreams.” Most emcees come up with marketing schemes of monikering whom they are as an artist to gain exposure; Lee Bueller lets his music speak for itself.
Canibus Central Mixtape Vol. 4 : The Frequen-C
1. Intro feat. Sinapse (prod. by Askani’ Son)
2. The Shift (Askani’ Son, Weapon-X, & Sinapse) (prod. by High-Def)
3. Living Nightmare (Grymm Soprano) (prod. by Herc)
4. Asylum For Wolves Who Cried Sheep (Psykosus)
5. Bartock Tick (Adam Kadmon)
6. Momentum (Sinapse) (prod. by Askani’ Son)
7. Sketchbook (Askani’ Son) (prod. by The Banana Hammocks)
8. Got Something To Say (Rylan)
9. Artifacts (Jon Dough)
10. Pain (AnP) (prod. by Taekwon)
11. Victorious (Fable) (prod. by Nemonic)
12.The B-Funk (Louis Mackey & Artikulate) (prod. by The Banana Hammocks)
13. Pop Song (Thirtyseven) (prod. by DJ MSP)
14. Attack of the Killer Grapes (Devastate) (prod. by The Banana Hammocks)
15. The Other Side (Mayo feat. Prolix)
16. God’s Hotel: Earth (Savior Breath) (prod. by 7 Oddities)
17.Two 1 Man Armies (Last Of The Po’ Ricans) (prod. by Pavaul)
18. The Kiss Of Death (Grievous Bodily Harm) (prod. by Louis Mackey)
19. Try To Understand (Weapon-X) (prod. by Clockwork)
20. Outro feat. Sinapse (prod. by Askani’ Son)
When you get a moment, check out the one-one-one ScholarMan had with thein regards to his recent EP “A Meeting With .” The Washington City Paper is one of the best sources for whats good in the for music and more!
Check out the interview below:
Standout Track: No. 4 “Not Give Up,” which layers ScholarMan’s dense grind-minded lyrics over a lush orchestral string sample. The track exemplifies the seamless marriage of classical music and classic hip-hop that takes place on ScholarMan’s tribute to theRussian conductor/arranger, who died in 1980.
Musical Motivation: Last year, an odd sleeveless record mysteriously appeared in one of the Bowie, Md.–based MC’s crates. “I put it on, put the needle down, and was cleaning, eating, doing other things, but I kept hearing good sample chops,” he says. Struck by the music, ScholarMan did some research and discovered the recording was of an orchestra performing Kostelanetz’s classical pop. He decided an all-Kostelanetz project was a good move from both an artistic and business standpoint. “A lot of my fanbase is in Russia,” he says. “When people show me love, I show them love back.”
Press Pause: When first mapping out “Not Give Up,” ScholarMan thought the track needed something more than just his lyrics and Kostelanetz’s music. He eventually decided to layer in a sample and started hunting for hip-hop snippets in keeping with the track’s theme of perseverance. He ended up choosing a
R ead this interview/review at the Washington City Paper: http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/display.php?id=36881
In anticipation of their forthcoming debut EP, Brooklyn’s Big Urban brings us “Snap To The Future,” a song with a straightforward sound but an intriguingly deep message. Scott Thorough’s electro-infused beat provides Kray with the perfect platform to pontificate on NYC’s velvet rope culture. The song is told from the point of view of a guy who grew up on the outside looking in at the rich girls behind the velvet ropes and their supposed lives of glitz and glamour. Kray is at once fascinated and disgusted, explaining, “…rich girls have an air about them; they’re spoiled and ignorant sometimes, but their stubbornness just makes them sexier to me. I’m screwed.”
Big Urban is the collaboration of emcee Krayola Spectrum on the mic and producer Scott Thorough on everything else. Both native to Brooklyn, Kray and Scott are members of the Nuclear Family, a Brooklyn hip-hop collective also including Baje One, DJ Snafu, Tone Tank, Probe Cellsplitter and N.E.M.C. Kray and Tone Tank make up the group Iller Than Theirs, who released their self-titled debut album on Embedded Records in 2007 and a follow-up, Wash, Rinse EP, in 2008. Scott is also a member of The Boys & Girls Club and also does production for Baje and Snafu’s group Junk Science. Big Urban describes their music as “a failed attempt to make popular commercial rap music that failed horribly but came out sounding weird and interesting anyway.” Their debut EP It’s Not So Much The Heat, It’s The Humidity will be released via Embedded Records this spring.
“Snap To The Future”
– Staten (We Go Hard)
. Mistah F.A.B (Prod. by Zach Morris)
Chi-King – Order (Off The Big Record)
The Big Record LP dropping April 1st. Will be on a 10-day tour in April with, and G-Dep.
1. Midnight Madness (snippet):
“Midnight Madness” – Heltah Skeltah feat. DJ Revolution (snippet)
TAKEN FROM THE FOUNDATION (drops 3.31.09 on Coalmine Records)
Coalmine Records is pleased to announce the lead single to the official release of Shuko’s producer album, The Foundation which drops March 31st. This album is a mixed discography of new, previously released and remixed hits produced entirely by German super producer, Shuko. Hosted by the incredible rap team, Heltah Skeltah and mixed by DJ Dutchmaster, The Foundation includes guest appearances from Rakim, Papoose, Talib Kweli, Sean Price, Skyzoo, Jae Millz, Canibus,Torae, R.A. The Rugged Man and more. Click on the image to download a snippet, click here to download the full length version on iTunes.
SLIM SHADY IS BACK!! EMINEM’S ‘RELAPSE’ SET FOR RELEASE MAY 19TH; FOLLOW-UP, ‘RELAPSE 2’, COMING BEFORE END OF THE YEAR
SANTA MONICA, CA – March 5, 2009 – Eminem, the biggest selling music artist of the decade, officially announced the street date of his eagerly awaited new album; his first original studio album in over four years. Relapse (Interscope/ Aftermath/Shady) will be released on May 19, 2009. The first single from the album and its accompanying video will see a simultaneous release on April 7th.
Anticipation for Relapse has been building since the fall, when Eminem first announced the album title and debuted the freestyle, “I’m Having A Relapse,” during an interview on his Shade 45 satellite radio station. Last month, the release of “Crack A Bottle” from Eminem, Dr. Dre and 50 Cent brought that anticipation to a head. The track soared to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 (Eminem’s second #1 after 2002’s “Lose Yourself”) and set a Nielsen SoundScan record for opening week download sales (418,000). The recording ranked third in the history of all weekly download sales. “Crack A Bottle” will be included as an album track on Relapse.
With the announcement of the release date for Relapse also comes confirmation of something that had been rumored in recent weeks: Eminem is already working on a follow-up album, Relapse 2, that fans can expect in the second half of 2009. “A lot of people were expecting Relapse to drop last year,” said Eminem. “I was one of them. Then Dre and I went back in the studio in September for a few days, and that turned into six months. We were on such a roll; we wound up with a ton of new music produced by Dre. Putting out Relapse 2 will let everyone get all of the best stuff.”
Eminem has sold more than 75,000,000 albums worldwide. His previous studio album, Encore, reached #1 and dominated the charts in late 2004. Certified quadruple platinum and spinning off four Top 40 Hot 100 hits, the Grammy-nominated disc has sold more than 11,000,000 copies around the globe. The #1, double platinum, 2005 greatest hits collection, Curtain Call: The Hits and #2, platinum, 2006 various artists compilation, Eminem Presents: The Re-Up, followed. In October 2008, Eminem released “Eminem: The Way I Am”, a book compiling thoughts, stories, and memorabilia from various points in his life. The book entered the New York Times Best-Seller list at #11.