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Thursday, March 31, 2011

(Audio) Jim Jones ft. Prodigy, Lloyd Banks & Sen City - ''Take A Bow''

Dam P killed this.....this just makes me more amp'd to hear what else he has to say. Jim Jones "Capo" LP due in stores April 5, 2011 on E1.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

(Video) @SadatX & @WillTellNYC 's - "True Wine Connoisseurs" Ep. 12 Season 3 ft. @Beatminerz

Man, seems like forever since the last episode....but finally...yes finally!!, my favorite show on the net is back with a new episode!! In this episode of T.W.C., Sadat X and Will Tell host the Legendary Beatminerz!

New: (Audio) Cormega [ @realcormega ] - ''Intermission''

Purchase DJ Deadeye's debut "Substance Abuse" at http://amzn.com/B004O3YI98.

(Video) Quick snippet of Mobb Deep [ @ProdigyMobbDeep & @TheRealHavoc ] in the lab working.

Beat def sounds like some vintage IMD.

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Click here to watch the snippet via: Infamous Studios.

(Video) Meyhem Lauren [ @MeyhemLauren ] ft. Action Bronson [ @ActionBronson ] - ''Got The Recipe'' (Dir. by @DP2ftv )

Shouts to DallasPenn.com. This is hilarious but I like it. Off the debut album from Meyhem Lauren - 'Self-Induced Illness'. Over 40 songs for $9.99? You can't go wrong with that!! Get your copy now!!!! Visit http://meyhemlauren.com/ for more info.

(Video) Maffew Ragazino [ @RagazinoSr ] - ''Zen Master''

Spotted on Rapmullet.com. Off Maffew Ragazino's 'Rare Gems: The Collection'.

(Video) @TRAGEDYKHADAFI7 & @araabMUZIK in the studio.

Tragedy Khadafi in the studio working on something new for his upcoming "Last Reporting" album.

(Video) Grafh [ @Grafh ] - ''Kush Freestyle''

Grafh is not playing this year. Download available on http://grafhonline.com.

(Download) POTENT PRODUCT PT. 5 (DJ RATED R & DJ WOOGIE) @CARTELFILMCEO @DJWOOGIE

POTENT PRODUCT PT. 5 - "Got That Charlie" Edition.

(Video) Grafh [ @Grafh ] - ''Showing Off Again Freestyle (Roman's Revenge)''

Some visuals for the freestyle that had everybody talking towards the end of 2010. For all things Grafh log onto: http://grafhonline.com/. Directed by Theo Skudra.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

(Artist Spotlight/Audio) Billy Bang @TheBillyBANG - ''Trifecta''

Dope freestyle from the homie Billy Bang.

(Video) Max B - ''Blowin' My High'' off the album 'Vigilante Season' available now on Amalgam Digital

#FreeMaxB. Vigilante Season available now on Amalgam Digital.

(Video) Saigon [ @TheRealSaigon ] - ''Bring Me Down Pt. 2''

(Artist Spotlight/Audio) Sese ( @SeseSeason ) - ''What A World'' Freestyle

Sese is one of the most consistent artist featured in our Artist Spotlight section. This is heat!!! Peep the previous joint we posted aswell. That was fire too!!!


Sese - ''What A World'' Freestyle

MP3 - http://www.zshare.net/audio/88111068b470da6b/

Twitter @SeseSeason

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"Sese - Your Favorite Rappers Worst Nightmare"
Free @ www.YFRWN.com

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(Artist Spotlight/Video) AJAXXX [ @Ajaxxx ] - ''Blow''

Something different. #Orlando. Produced by June25th.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

(Video) ILLA GHEE [ @ILLAGHEE2K ] - ''STREET FAME'' Via @rebelbible

Video for "Street Fame" off of Illa's new mixtape "Illa Spectrum" that drops on March 28th!! Co-directed, shot, & edited by Dom Dirtee & Qiydaar Foster. Filmed in Brooklyn, NY.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

(Video) Prodigy's Exclusive First Post-Prison Interview With TheSource.com


Last week (March 7, 2011), Prodigy (Albert Johnson), 1/2 of the legendary Mobb Deep crew was released from a 3 1/2 year prison bid for a gun charge conviction. The Source had the opportunity to meet with and interview him last Friday.


(Video) Maino ft. Swizz Beatz, Jim Jones, Jadakiss & Joell Ortiz - ''We Keep It Rockin'''

NY looks pretty unified on this one.

(Video) Pharoahe Monch [ @pharoahemonch ] talks Twitter. Via: @allhiphopcom

Pharoahe Monch talks to AllHipHop.com about his many "faces" of Twitter.

 

(Video) Nutso [@NutsoPPM ] ft. Panchi/Torae/Punchline - ''Street Corner''

Sunday, March 13, 2011

(Artist Spotlight/Video) KAI - ''A Day In The Life In Three Freestyles" [Dir. by @LuckyCatFilms ]

Something different. I like the way they put this together. Real dope. Shouts to @LuckyCatFilms.

(Instant Replay/Video) La The Darkman [ @CEOLAD ] & Willie The Kid [ @theWILLIETHEKID ] - ''WELL RESPECTED''

Had to bring this one back.....love this record.

(Audio) Black Rob, Snaggapuss & Doo Wop - ''Live At The State Building''

(Instant Replay/Video) Max B [ @MaxBiggavelli ] - ''Money Make Me Feel Better'' (Pd. by @DameGrease )

#FreeMaxB. First single off Max B's debut album "Vigilante Season". Album available March 29th, 2011 on Amalgam Digital. Cop the single here.

(Instant Replay/Video) Cormega [ @realcormega ] - ''Rapture'' (Directed by @QButta )

New visuals for Cormega's highly slept on album "Born & Raised". Produced by Ayatollah. Available on iTunes.


(Video) 100 Grand [ @THISIS100GRAND ] - ''CARRIE'' (DIR. BY @SHATEK )

Spotted on ForbezDVD. New video from Queens rapper 100 GRAND off his QB2 LP. Available for download here. Also, be sure to follow @Shatek & check out GETYAHEARD.COM.

(Video) Young Dice [ @MaybachDice ] - ''All I Need (Freestyle)/ 20/20 Preview''

Decent.

(Video) Bang Em Smurf ( @bangemsmurf_fdw ) Presents: Carnival 2K11 in Trinidad

Perfect visuals & tunes for a Sunday morning.....

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

(Artist Spotlight/Video) Stoneface [ @RealStoneface ] - ''Third Eye'' (Dir. by @MasarMasar )

Thumbs up. First single off of Stoneface's debut EP "BP Presents...Stoneface" on Gemstarr Regime. Free download available soon.

(REVIEW) Lecrae - ''Rehab''

For more content from our guest contributor Gary Anderson log on to http://www.searchingforchetbaker.com/.


Growing up I was raised Christian, and some of the kids in the church I went to would encourage me to listen to the Christian rock and rap music that they would listen to.   However when I listened to it, 90% of it was garbage.   The production was straight trash, the words were overly simplistic and had the subtlty of a hammer to the face.

As a result, I tended to look down on Christian music, although I was always wanting to find something I could listen to and not feel embarrassed at the end result.  Too often the Christian hip hop would come off like watered down hip hop that wouldn't offend the old white parents of the target audience, which in effect made it unlistenable.

Over the years, however, there seems to have been a trend of truly talented artists that have emerged on the scene that combine the quality production and talent of the more mainstream music, not to mention the quality of writing, and the message of the Christian faith, that has made it more accessible and less embarrassing.

Artists like Canton Jones, Shei Atkins and Lecrae has utilized the music of the mainstream to get their message of Christianity to the masses, and it's an overwhelming success.

Lecrae recently released his album "Rehab", and as I'm listening to it I'm genuinely shocked.   This is, by all account, an excellent album.  The production values are through the roof, the guest spots are top notch, and the lyricism is on point.

In what is probably the best song on the album, "Killa", the production is a thing of beauty, the female vocalist is really good, and the quality of the lyrics are pretty amazing, particularly for the genre:

Her feet go down to DEATH, so don't let her consume you
Even though her heart is black, her exterior's beautiful
She'll take your life away, strip away your joy
Pretends that she gon build you up but she's just gon destroy you
My friends fell low, when they was so high
Got me running scared of myself, no lie
And I know I'm gon die, I tried cold turkey
But when I'm feeling worthy, Satan's sure trying to merk me
I'm doing myself dirty, flirting with whats perverted
I should follow the Word but I guess I'd rather be murdered
Excuse me I mean martyred 'cause I'm killing myself
My sin conceived a baby, and we gon name it death, breath
(Gasps) -Taker, she take my breath away
Replaces it with poison and I'm so swept away

That's an example of the embrace of the metaphor, which is an aspect that has been sorely missing in the genre, and is why it's been so easy to dismiss Christian hip hop in the past.  Lyrics that are getting the message across, without hammering someone over the head with it.   Telling his story, spreading the word of God, without being overbearing and "preaching".   That's a fine line to walk where you want to say what you feel blessed and inspired to say, yet you want to do it in a way that is able to be received.



I'd never heard of Lecrae before this album, but I've heard so much about him since it dropped, and when I've been buying music off of Amazon's MP3 site, I kept seeing that cover, but didn't know who it was.  I thought it was just some random new hip hop album that I'd probably not like, so I paid it no mind.

Now I'm listening and can't stop.   The beats on this album are no joke, and as I said the production overall is top notch.   I think Lecrae represents the best that Christian hip hop has to offer, and can do wonders for the entire genre, and bring over some that would normally never listen to Christian music.  Because of the lack of production and talent, it's been very easy to simply dismiss it.  Now, with artists like Lecrae leading the movement, it's becoming more and more difficult to do that.
 

Listening to "Rehab", it's virtually indistinguishable, quality wise,  from any album from a handful of popular artists.  Some of the songs, I could definitely hear an artist like Drake singing on, and one particular song, "Divine Intervention" actually sounds like it could be a Drake song.

The future of Christian hip hop music is here, and Lecrae is at the forefront ready to embrace all the stragglers who haven't made the cross over.

What are you waiting for?

RATING: 5/5

STANDOUT TRACKS: Killa, Divine Intervention, Used To Do It To





(Artist Spotlight/Download) Lord Nez [ @LordNez ] Presents: Mean Streets

Solid project right here by the homie Lord Nez. #Hollis. #Queens. Q-HH Approved.

(Video) Pharoahe Monch ( @PharoaheMonch ) - ''Clap (One Day)'' Extended Music Video

Pharoahe Monch premieres his first visual from W.A.R. (We Are Rengades) out March 22nd. A 10-minute short film, Pharoahe Monch evokes raw emotions as he brings viewers on a journey of a police raid gone dramatically wrong.

"Clap (one day)" is directed by Terence Nance. Original score by Lion's Share Music Group. Starring Gbenga Akinnagbe (The Wire), Kim Howard & Josiah Small. Fans who buy Pharoahe Monch's W.A.R. album from iTunes will receive the short-film with purchase.

Previously....
(Video) Pharoahe Monch ( @pharoahemonch ) ''W.A.R.'' Album Listening Session
(Video) Pharoahe Monch ( @pharoahemonch ) - ''Clap'' [Live Performance]
(Video) D-Nice Presents: True Hip-Hop Stories: Pharoahe Monch
(Live Performance) Pharoahe Monch @ QB Park
(Live Performance) Jay Electronica + Pharoahe Monch @ Red Hook Park

(Live Performance Video) Cormega [ @realcormega ] Live @ Tammany Hall N.Y.C.

Cormega Performs at Tammany Hall N.Y.C. for his Coat Drive Benefit Concert with HousingWorks.org. Filmed By @Krookonline.


(Video) Rhyme Addicts (XP & ILLwerd) IM3 WEST - ''Sandpaper Smooth'' Album Promo

Promotional segment for the "Sandpaper Smooth" album by the Rhyme Addicts coming soon.

(Video) Reks [ @therealreks ] ft. Lil Fame & Attica Barz - ''Cigarettes'' (prod. by Fizzy Womack)

Worst habit I ever picked up in my life. Song is dope tho. Directed by HotMopFilms. R.E.K.S. Rhythmatic Eternal King Supreme album out now.



 Previously....

(Video Game Preview) NEW!! Mortal Kombat LOOKS SICK!!!! (PS3, Xbox 360)

Release: 4/12/2011

Mortal Kombat Liu Kang Story Trailer [HD]  

Mortal Kombat Noob Saibot Trailer [HD]  

Thursday, March 3, 2011

(Video) Pharoahe Monch ( @pharoahemonch ) ''W.A.R.'' Album Listening Session

Spotted on http://www.1073wkcr.com. Pharoahe Monch held an album listening session for his new album W.A.R. (We Are Renegades) at NYU's Cantor Film Center. Pharoahe Monch talks about moving from Universal Records to Duck Down Records. Dru Ha & Jean Grae were also in attendance. Shot & edited by Joanne Juele. W.A.R. (We Are Renegades) in stores March 22nd.

(B.T.S. Video) A-Mafia ( @MafiaTheBoss ) - ''Shootaz On Deck''

A-Mafia stay puttin' in that work.

(Artist Spotlight/Video) Dave Knickz [ @DaveKnickz ] - ''I Dont Give a F**k'' (Directed by @SebastienPinHD )

Queens, NY Rapper Dave Knickz shoots his new music video in Miami.

(Video) Cormega [ @realcormega ] - ''Rapture'' (Directed by @QButta )

New visuals for Cormega's highly slept on album "Born & Raised". Produced by Ayatollah. Available on iTunes.


(Video) C.O.A. Coat Drive Concert Recap ft. @REALCORMEGA @PLARGEPRO @MC_CRAIG_G @NeekTheExotic

Filmed By @KROOKONLINE.

(Video Game Preview) Battlefield 3: Official Fault Line Gameplay Trailer

Via IGN. Get ready for an online multiplayer shooter like never before in Battlefield 3.

Featured Release

"Nuclear Winter represents many things. It represents dark times in our lives, it represents the state of NY hip hop & how I feel about it, & it represents my blueprint on how I think the music should be done going forward into the future. This is my manifesto to all the people that doubted me & the kryptonite to all selfishness. It's a journey from darkness into light, & from bondage & the huge amounts of weight on our shoulders to breaking free and regaining our freedom. Nuclear Winter we're coming to take shine....." - Willie Maze

The Generals consist of emcees Willie Maze & Dime.

Released 17 July 2012 Art & Direction: Willie Maze

For Booking & Info Contact: Williemaze@gmail.com

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All Songs Recorded & Mixed by SPKilla Muzik

Cover Artwork: Miami Kaos

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