Friday, December 28, 2012

Sha Stimuli & Dynamite Bruhz - The Present

Aye, we still messin' with Sha Stimuli AKA one of the best new emcees comin outta Brooklyn that you need to be followin a lot closer..

"The Present" is his latest effort and the 12th entry in his #TheRentTapeSeries that you can google or tweet and do the knowledge on..

More great work from him here as he workd with the Dynamite Bruhz and lines up a bevy of great features including Skyzoo, Big Pooh, Reks, Senor Kaos, Planet Asia, Playboy Tre, Wordsworth, J-Live and many others..

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Jean Grae - Ho X 3. A Christmas Thingy.

In continuing to catch up with all the X-Mas EP and tape releases (I know, I'm late) here is what Jean Greasy herself had to add to the proverbial pot..

If you love Jean's wonky, yet uber-skilled approach than pile into this 5-track freEP, "Ho X 3. A Christmas Thingy", that she so kindly dropped on Christmas day.. You can stream for free and DL for $5 bones..

Video/Trailer: Slum Village - Dirty Slums 2

Ahhhh man, can't wait for this! The first one was that deal, you know how Slum Villa and Mick Boogie do...

January 29th is comin right up man... get ready!

Torae - Black Christmas EP

Even tho X-Mas is now two days in the books, Tor has a lil' somethin brand new fa us..

The Coney Island emcee that we all love to root for is dropped his new EP "Black Christmas" on X-Mas day, but ya know, things get crowded and backed up and so on and so forth and yeah, we're gettin around to it now... and you'd be foollish to pass it up..

The 5 track EP features production from Haz Solo, E.Jones, Khrysis and the Kush Broverz... enjoy..

Single: Raekwon - Neither One Of Us (freestyle)

Rae over a Gladys Knight loop? I'm there..

Here, The Chef gives us "Neither One Of Us", a laid back ode to all things dope that Rae likes to rhyme about and a single that marks his new and free EP that drops tomorrow, "Lost Jewelry"....

Video: Journalist 103 - The Foundation

Journalist 103 with that real spit for ya.. fresh off his new album "Reporting Live", which is available now..

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Green Lantern - Altitude Mix

So this is a bit unorthodox for Green, but yet, here it is; a 40 minute mix of what he describes as "beats, sounds, remixes, songs I made and like" ... So there it is.. Merry X-Mas kiddies..

22 cuts in all, among them are joints from Kendrick Lamar, Bro Safari, 2 Chainz, Carnage, Sidney Sampson, RL Grime and Dillon Francis among others..

Single: Skillz - Rap-Up 2012

Yup, it's that time of the year, so you know, Skillz' "2012 Rap-Up" is what's goin down..

As always, it's clever, it's witty, it's honest and maybe even slightly mean, but always creative and Skillz lives up to his name..

Reef The Lost Cauze - Reef The Lost Cauze Is Dead

New Reef The Lost Cauze baby... you know what time it is..

The Philly tuff doles out a brand new collection of songs, 16 to be exact, all of which (except for one) are produced by Caliph-NOW, a producer that is def. gifted in his pursuits..

Peep this out and long live Reef!

Singles: MF Doom - Doomsayer (Young Guru Remix)

Who's ready for their holiday dose of Doooooooom???

You get just that here, with Young Guru's remix of "Doomsayer", that as a cat who's heard his fair share of Doom remixes, is really that deal man.. nicely done.. hopefully Young Guru puts out more of his production and remix work...

Shafiq Husayn Presents The Pre-Alignment Volume 1

The beatmaking, DJing and auditory talent that is Mr. Shafiq Husayn returns to us with a bit of a soft prep for his latest LP, with a free download.. peep game on what the Sa-Ra member is cookin up now, below:

In preparation for his upcoming album, The L∞P the follow-up to his movement-defining Shafiq En’ A Free Ka LP Shafiq has put together a series of previews, dubbed Pre-Alignment, to lead up to this highly anticipated release. 
And it all starts now, with Vol. 1: Beatstrumentals & Dialog a 26 minute mix of just that, specifically released today, 12/21/12 the long-prophesied end of an era and beginning of a new, hence…. the staring point of The L∞P.

Freeway - Bad Santa [EP]

Philly Freezer is back and hittin us with a creative new EP, titled "Bad Santa" and as per usual, you can expect Freezer to go off as only he can..

DJ Self is on board with the hosting duties for the 9-track offering, which also boasts "Roc Reloaded", a track that's been making the Internet rounds and sends all of us old Roc-A-Fella fans back to another time!

Single: Kaimbr - Quiche (prod. by Kaimbr)

New one from Low Budget crew member Kaimbr, who supplies ya'll with some X-Mas joy in the form of his new teaser "Quiche", off his upcoming mixtape "Release The Kraken", set to drop real soon...

Some real hard hittin', DMV goodness here..

Joey Bada$$ and Pro Era: PEEP: The Aprocalypse

So yeah, I been down awhile (yet again) but while so, I still have had the opportunity to peep a few things, and in all honesty, this one right here stands alone at the top in terms of dopeness...

Joey Badass links with his skilled crew, jumps in Micheal J. Fox's time machine and guns it to 1994 for "Peep The Apocolypse"; a 17-track compilation of some of their newer work that must be peeped.. MUST..

Excellent production and rhymes all over this..

Joey Bada$$ and Pro Era: PEEP: The Aprocalypse

Monday, December 10, 2012

Single: Nemo Achida - Hi end (intro)

"Climax Shit II" is the name of Nemo Achida's new EP that's coming on the 18th, here's a taste of what's to come..

Mr. Achida breaks us off the intro, "Hi end" that if any indication, will set up a fuzzy, sexually charged, yet smooth project filled with bangers..

Single: Yancey Boys ft. Frank Nitt - The Throwaway (prod. by J Dilla)

Any day with new Dilla, is a good day..

In a digi-only release from Delicious Vinyl, Illa J AKA Dilla's baby bro and fellow Detroit emcee Frank Nitt go to friggin work on a beat from none other than the passed on legend, Dilla, whose music is still alive and well preserving his memory boldly..

New hook and verses over this gem from Dilla's "Lost Scrolls" catalogue that Nitt is the curator of... enjoy!

Single: Cool Nutz ft. The Grouch and Arjay - Mine

Real dope cool out meets boom bap vibe on this one here from Portland's own, Cool Nutz..

It's a track from his "Portland Ni%#a" LP, that combines his real speak with that of The Grouch, of Living Legends fame and the soulful vocalizing of Arjay. Real nice record here and if you haven't peeped "Portland Ni%#a" out yet, do so, it's also quality..

Single: Truck North ft. Asher Roth & Black Thought - Capital Crime (prod. by The WURXS)

Truck North drops the fourth single off his upcoming "Our American Cousin" EP, coming back out to play with the assistive services of Asher Roth (who has strangely enough, been a lot more bearable since "Pabst & Jazz") and none other than Philly rhyme high priest, Black Thought..

I'm quite liking this.. WURXS minimalist, yet dope concoction is a righteous pallet for which Black Thought gets to murder Asher over.. lol.. nah, but seriously, great verses all around, but yeah, Thought's still got it..

Single: JR & PH7 ft. King Mez & Roc Marciano - Makin Moves (JR's Dirty Version)

Just when you thought it couldn't get no dirtier... it does..

JR of JR&PH7 unleashes this beast of an exclusive remix that will be on the B-side of the duo's new EP; "Humid Nights"... 

The lush keys and the emotional strings are powerful here as Mez and Roc Marciano give you their "real boss shit"...proper work here..

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Q-Tip - Beats, Rhymes & Features Mixed by Colm K

I'll never get enough Q-Tip "best of" type compilations... never...

This time out Ireland's DJ Colm K goes ahead and gives us an outstanding mix of Kamal's best beats, verses and guest features...It checks in at 20 tracks and one hour and nineteen minutes long...

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Single: DāM-FunK - High 4 You

New, and very funked out, spaced out, bubbly track from Stones Throw instrumentalist and all around cool muthafucka, DāM-FunK..

This smooth and airy work that combines a unique west coast feel with Dam's increasingly signature sound is just what the doctor ordered...He's decided to drop it on our heads for free..

Freddie Joachim - Overture

The good folk(s) over at have put together a really tight and concise mix of producer Freddie Joachim's best remixes and instrumentals... so yeah.. you DEF need this in ya life.. .

Freddie is one of those cats that really can bring character into his music.. Jazz, soul and downtempo vibes spill wonderfully from his catalog and slowly but surely the former DJ is really establishing his superiority in that arena of beatmaking.. Take a listen for yaself and then maybe go get into some of Freddie's excellent instrumental series'.

Freddie Joachim - Overture

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Single: Blue Scholars - The Decisive Moment (un-mastered version)

Aye, we ain't frontin on un-mastered versions ova here... "The Decisive Moment" may not be studio quality yet, but guess what, it's still dope..

Sabzi and Geologic dropped this newbie off b4 it was fully cooked to to show us how nice it is (presumably) before it's mastered.. Thanks to both of them for the look.. They've promised more new stuff is on the way as well...

Single: PremRock ft. Billy Woods & Jeanette Berry - Temptation (prod. by Zilla Rocca)

PremRock returns with the 2nd single from his new and forthcoming LP; "Mark's Wild Years", that is  set to be entirely produced by Zilla Rocca who handles the beat duties here masterfully..

Billy Woods and Jeanette Berry guest here on "Temptation" and make it that much more ill.. .

Small Professor - Yokozuna

Small Pro gives us his latest freelease, "Yokozuna" as promised and on time...

If you don't know abt the Philly native's gift for reworking tracks and just production in general, it's time to get familiar, you're extremely late..

Here you get to listen to remxes Small Pro did utilizing the vocals of Guilty Simpson & Reef The Lost Cauze, Von Pea and Has-Lo....and, as an added bonus, you get the instro's as well..

Bilal - The Retrospection Curated By Vikter Duplaix

Hey, if you know what Bilal is about than this tape needs little to no hype...

Soul, smooth and Neo at times is what this man continues to serve up, with a few new variations for the times, but nothin that will alienate his longtime fans rest assured...

It's free and it's from one of the best out there doin it.. Grab it while it's hot, a "like" and a "share" on FB is all you need in order to get ya download on.. I know nuthin' abt what that truly entails (not on FB yet) but it don't sound like a whole lot..

Bilal - The Retrospection Curated By Vikter Duplaix

Exile - Cassette

Since it's the season for giving, Cali beatmaker and MPC wizard, Exile is dropping off a new mixtape titled "Cassette" that has a heap of unreleased and cutting room floor material for ya ear pieces..

You'll be getting songs from Exile's vaults circa 1996 thru 2009, as well as demo versions from his debut LP "4TRK MIND" and demo's from his work with Blu and Aloe Blacc... Everything on here was recorded on a 4 Track cassette recorder with the exception of the Kankick produced jawn, "Like That".

Exile - Cassette

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Ali Vegas - The Book Of Ali (Album)

Now see, just when you go and forget abt a cat, he goes and puts out a new street album...

Ali Vegas was once heralded by me and many others as the next Nas... The brash Jamaica, Queens-bred emcee was massively talented and could paint visuals inside your head with his vivid wordplay... It seemed for a time that his debut LP would never see the light of day... It leaked over and again, time passed and while Ali kept busy recording mixtapes here and there, he somewhat vanished off the radar..

Fortunately for Ali, there's still cats like me around that remember the P.O.N.Y.'s promise and look forward to his new releases.. like this brand new street album, "The Book Of Ali" that features 10 tracks and three skits from Ali, who holds down mic duties with few to no features and has Sha Money XL along producing the entire thing..

Ali Vegas - The Book Of Ali 

Single: CACHEBeats ft. Pslam One - Behind Screens

Tracy, CA producer CACHEBeats links with Chicago femcee Psalm One for this highly enjoyable, new lil' jaunt...

As per usual, Psalm is in excellent form here and laces the upstart producer with a nice track for his catalog..

Single: Mr J Mederos - Two Light Beams (prod. by Stro Elliot)

Who does the Hip-Hop blues better than this man? Using a melancholy gem supplied by his Procussions groupmate Stro Elliot..

Just good music that reflects kind of the times we livin' in right now man.. delivered by one of the most slept-on writers in a long while..

Monday, December 3, 2012

TxE - Tetherball EP

Portland rap collective TxE (pronounced T & E) return with a new EP to slap ya fuckin head against the wall to bruh..

These youngins pack some true heat and the vibe they bring is something that I can get with.. the three man group (Tope, G_Force, EPP) recorded this in one weekend and made sure to pack the Summer time vibes along with it as well...

Single: Small Professor ft. Guilty Simpson - The Easiest Way

The diminutively named Philly producer with the big boom bap sound known as Small Pro continues his onslaught of dope releases (hit the search button up top to see what I mean) with a new single that features one of the better hardcore emcees in today's game; Guilty Simpson..

"The Easiest Way" stems from Small's upcoming "Yokozuna" release that is dropping in a couple days.. perk ya ears up for the Breaking Bad sample in the beginning boys and girls..

Single: Jamall Bufford - 10,000 (prod. by 14K)

This man 14K AKA Jamall Bufford took the time to let us all know how many f*ckin ppl he knows via a dope track that he produced himself that goes ahead and flips the numerology on us nicely..

Definitely a coo look, and a track that will get you thinkin to yaself on how many folks you know ya damn self... hint: it ain't damn near no 10 thousand.. not in my fuckin case anyhow..

Single: Raekwon ft. Altrina Renee - 86' (prod. by DJ Thoro)

Ahhhh, nuthin like when The Chef uses those tried and true recipes eh?

Over a highly familiar sample loop Rae preps us all for his new EP that he's promised us titled "Lost Jewelry", that is set to precede his new LP...

Friday, November 30, 2012

Single: The Weatherman - The Only Weatherman Song (prod. by EL-P)

Today they're known primarily as MHz Legacy, but back in the day they were called The Weatherman... Who you ask? Read the names of stellar Ohio emcees on the cover art for this, a new single they've dug outta their vaults...

"The Only Weatherman Song" is a landmark recording to the group and it's fans b/c it's one of the few times that all of the names involved were in the studio together...

Copywrite refelcts on the occaision:

“This song was recorded around the time I was working on my debut album, The High Exhaulted, and Cannibal Ox was working on their album, The Cold Vein. It was a rare occasion to have Tage Future, Camu Tao, Jakki Da Motamouth, Cage, Cannibal Ox, El-P, and myself all in the same room at once, so I told them we needed to seize the moment and record something. El started pulling up beats and we all instantly agreed on this one. The beat played and we wrote – whoever had their verse first hit the mic booth, which, at that time, was El-P’s closet, and the rest is history. Camu was probably smokin’ a blunt with Vordul, so neither of them is on the song; I don’t know why El didn’t drop a verse. Back then we titled it “The Only Weathermen Song,” since it was so tough to get all of us together at the same time.”

Single: Wais P - Live My Bars (prod. by Grussle)

Wais P is determined to bring the "pimpin" and reality to his music like no other new cat outta The Apple in quite some time..

Here, over a simply boisterous beat from Grussle, Wais expounds; "I do this shit cause' I'm winnin' / I do this shit for a livin' / I really live my bars / rap about my cars, talk about my broads, you niggas frauds /".

 Yup, this is def. one of the better street records to come across my desk all week... If you're with it, prepare yourself for Wais' upcoming "PV$$Y Rich" mixtape due out next month.

Single: Yaasin Bey - I Don't Like (freestyle)

Don't say us old 90s heads never tried reaching out to you youngins via ya own mediums...

Here, Yaasin Bey AKA Mighty Mos Def takes on Chief Keef's "I Don't Like" instrumental to vent on things that Chief Keef himself likely never will...

That's that ish' I like..

Video Interview: Dead Prez for OutDaBoxTV

Anytime Stic and M1 speak, ya better perk ya ears up and listen...

OutDaBoxTV gives the two longtime group members a chance to sound off in this interview from a couple months back about everything that's on their plate at the moment...

The group also took the time to speak on the effect of Barack Obama's first term (what we should've learned?), as well as the issue of apathy and violence re-occurring among young americans. As the interview progressed, Dpz took the time to reflect on the success of their "Turn Off The Radio" mixtapes, as well as their loyalty as a group, remaining comrades/partners in music for so many years.

Single: Bilal - Too High

Few modern soul crooners are almost automatic posts on PHH... one such is none other than Bilal...

Hittin us off with his new single "Too High" from his forthcoming new mixtape "The Retrospection", Bilal sounds right at home over the bouncy, yet jazzy arrangement..

Look for that tape real soon.. Dec. 5th to be exact...

Captain Murphy AKA Flying Lotus - Duality Mixtape (Deluxe Edition) & The Duality Instrumentals

Ya man FlyLo been a busy bee.. real busy... that's why we're not only getting his brand new mixtape "Captain Murphy" in deluxe format;-- that features the names like TNGHT, Just Blaze, Teebs, SAMIYAM, Madlib and Alejandro Jodorowsky (all you film buffs will be excited abt that)--but also he's hooking up the "Duality" instrumental tape as well so all of you can rock the eff out even further...

Peep out both below!

Captain Murphy AKA Flying Lotus - Duality Mixtape (Deluxe Edition)

Captain Murphy - Duality Instrumentals

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Videos: Sean Price, Freeway and Buckshot & 9th Wonder

Man, videos can really pile up on ya! Since I'm late on all three of these I'mma try doin a lil' platoon post to catch up with the rest of the Internets..

Included are two new products of the Duck Down roster; in Sean P's new video "Haraam", for his also new "Mic Tyson" LP, which is out now and 9th Wonder & Buckshot's new vid for "Crazy" off their new album "The Solution" which is also available now.

Also, I threw in Freezer's new one, "Jungle" b/c cats still don't seem to know how nice Freeway is man.. recognize and go grab his brand new album "Diamond In The Rough" available now.

DJ Deadeye Presents: Wu-Block The Mixtape

A lot of verdicts are already in, and yeah, that new "Wu-Block" album is being throroughly enjoyed by many a hardcore D-Block fan as well as the always diverse and open minded Wu heads...

SO, in that case many of you who either fall into category A or B will likely find this mixtape of things that didn't make it off the cuttuing room floor for the album..intriguing.

Thrown together by DJ Deadeye (that's Termanology's DJ for those wondering) this beheometh registers in at a clean 34 tracks deep and features many of the usual suspects, i.e. Sheek, Ghost, Jada, Trife, Bully, The Gza, Raekwon, etc., etc..

DJ Deadeye Presents: Wu-Block The Mixtape

Video: Soul Khan - Not Like That

Now just in case you were looking for advice on how NOT to treat the ladies.. well, you may find this new one from BBAS member Soul Khan pretty eye (and ear) opening..

Pay attention young padwons.. to the message contained and to the Internets for when Soul Khan drops his new Psalm EP... that's set for a 12.11.12 release...

J Rocc Presents: The Madlib Remixes (1997-2007)

Now we all know how ill those damn Stones Throw podcasts be, and how they frequently have crazy nice exclusives and unheard ish'.. well, this one is no exception as J Rocc curates a host of GREAT remixes from none other than Madlib...

The remixes span the late 90s all the way into 2007 and yeah, there's some heat on here that any real Lib' fan owes it to him or herself to peep out...

Single: Sean Born - Flood & Drain (prod. by Kev Brown)

Hardcore DMV emcee Sean Born of Low Budget Crew fame, has decided since it's the season of giving that he'd go ahead and break ya'll off with one of the bonus cuts off his debut release, "Behind The Scale"..

As per usual when he links with Kev Brown, the results are damn near flawless for any fan of what they do on the regular...def. to my liking anyway...

Single: Doujah Raze ft. Sean Price - The Way I Look (prod. by Shuko)

Ha! Time for some new Doujah Raze in the 2012...

The skilled underground talent that the D.C. born and Alexandria, VA-raised producer emcee has wielded toward our ears over the years has always been one that garnered my nod of approval.. Although he leans heavily on a sound that many find reminiscent of 90s NYC, this new joint that features the razor edged barbs of Sean P sound great in the 2012..

Prepare yourself for Doujah's upcoming release "The Eighth House" that dropped two days ago and is available via iTunes.

The Kid Daytona - Lost Luggage EP

Brand new EP look from The Kid Daytona and the story behind this release is damn good..

The man apparently recovered some luggage that he'd previously thought lost when this past Summer he returned home from Europe only to be informed that his baggage was missing...Not all of it, of course, lol.. the bags with his gear made it back to the states no problem..the one that contained a whole hard drive's worth of music... NOPE.

Time to rejoice though, because the good folks at whatever airline Daytona flew, several month later have returned his bag containing his coveted hard drive.. that's how we get this new EP..

The Kid Daytona - Lost Luggage EP

Cover Art: Oh No - Disrupted Ads: Audio Dispensary System

One of the west's best producer/emcee's, Oh No is readying his latest project; "Disrupted Ads: Audio Dispensary System", which will feature 17 tracks worth of music and unreleased instrumentals.

The guest list is tantilizing as well as Oh No has recruited names like Chali 2na, Roc C, Psalm One, MED, Blu, Declaime, his frequent collaborator The Alchemist and more..

The ads roll out on January 29th...

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Tokyo Cigar Presents: WU2 ( Wu-Tang Clan vs. U2 )

Blend/mashup alert!

For all of you that gotta have your blend and mashup fix, look no further, Tokyo Cigar; a highly talented producer who's known for recreating that good ol' fashioned Wu sound in all it's glory, has gotten a lil' ambitious and decided to mashup the Wu with the sounds of ya pappy's fav. rock group (or not) U2...

You can download the whole 15 track album for free on Cigar's bandcamp page.. this is puro goodness man...

Interview: Ghostface Killah Talks About The Time Wu-Tang Clan Got Run Outta Houston

We all know Ghostdeini keeps it more than thoro, and here we get yet another timeless story from him about the early days of the Wu, when things could still get very, very dicey with the fans out on tour in unfamilar hoods..

As told to Complex mag in a recent interview, for their 'Tour Stories' segment, back in the day, H-Town wasn't shown the clansmen no love:

"I remember [a Southern crowd] chased us out of Texas back in ‘92 or ‘93. If it wasn’t for Ol’ Dirty, we would’ve been fucked up," he said. "We were in Houston in the Fifth Ward. They had a big mural of Scarface on the wall. So I felt it, I’m a spiritual dude. I told Killah Priest, 'Yo, listen man, shit don’t feel right in here. Let’s stick together'...we’re on stage and RZA is talking. We got one little knucklehead nigga in the crowd. He’s like, 'Get the fuck outta here with that shit. Get the fuck out! We don’t want to hear that shit.' So RZA’s like, 'What? What you say?' So RZA gave him the mic. Dude took the mic and was like, 'I said get the fuck out of here. We don’t want to hear that shit.' So RZA, he passed the mic back and shit, so RZA up there still doing his shit. So money just took his shit and threw his cup on RZA. But RZA had the Heineken bottle in his other hand and just trashed him [and hit him over the head with the bottle]. And it was on!"

 "You can carry guns over there. So we was on stage, we ran outside that side door, and these niggas came but we was all in the van. We rushed in, all of us got in the van, but we had nowhere to go. All of a sudden Dirt was like, 'Yo, make a left this way, go through here.' Word is bond. Out of nowhere, it was freedom, freedom. Free at last! And we just made it right to the highway nigga. And we got beat. Because that’s when we was getting $100 a show and we’d have to split it $10 a piece. We had the money and it was a fake hundred dollar bill."

Read the whole interview here