Sunday, March 28, 2010

This was captured during a secret show put on by Erykah at a venue called Good Units.
The track, "20 Feet Tall", was produced by Erykah in collaboration with 9th Wonder and is slated to be the first track on her new album, New Amerykah Part II: Return of the Ankh. The LP drops Tuesday.

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After their performance at SXSW, Nas and Junior Gong sat down briefly with Vevo TV to discuss their collaborative project, Distant Relatives. Topics include their first visits to SXSX, the writing process, working together across genres, working with K'Naan, and more.

Check out the tracklisting for the album below the video.

Distant Relatives
1. As We Enter
2. Tribal War (feat. K’NAAN)
3. Strong Will Continue
4. Leaders
5. Wisdom (Sabali)
6. Count Your Blessings
7. Disappear
8. The Promised Land (feat. Dennis Brown)
9. Nah Mean
10. Angola (Friends)
11. My Generation (feat. Lil Wayne and Joss Stone)
12. Africa Must Wake Up (feat. K’NAAN)
13. Ancient People (feat. Junior Reid) (Bonus)

Saturday, March 27, 2010

If you know St. Louis hip-hop, then you know The Force.
Far from your average batch of local wannabes, The Force is a group of hard-working artists, getting love from across the nation. They recently took SXSW by storm and the results were powerful as expected.

Jake One cosign...

IndyGround represents...

Taking the streets of SXSW by storm...

'Nuff said.

New Amerykah Part II: Return of the Ankh drops Monday.

B.o.B.'s latest project is quickly approaching. He recently sat down with the Hip-Hop Chronicle to discuss certain aspects of the album: London weather, the superhero concept of the album cover, album details, working with Eminem, Lupe, and T.I., and more.

The Adventures of Bobby Ray drops April 27th.

Check it:

Another new track from lady Badu. Catch New Amerykah Part II on Monday.


The track is produced by frequent collaborator Ta'Raach of the Sa-Ra Creative Partners.

Listen below (under photo).

Last week I dropped this amazing freestyle by Brother Ali and Rob Kelly live on RTE Pulse radio. This week, we get the followup.


A while back somebody leaked an image that was said to be the cover of Nas and Damian Marley's new collaborative effort, Distant Relatives:

Today, however, a new image has been revealed. I'm not sure whether the first one was just a piece of fan art or if Nas and Damian decided to change it. Either way it's cool looking.

Simple and direct, but pretty damn serious.

Which do you prefer?

Friday, March 26, 2010

Just got a new freestyle from my dude Orie. He went in on B.o.B.'s "Nothin on You" and killed it.

If you dig this, be sure to catch Orie on the upcoming Features EP alongside Jonathan Toth from Hoth, Tef Poe, Jonezy, Original Sin, Corey Black, Bryant Stewart, and other St. Louis MCs.

Also, catch Orie's (aka Orie the Producer's) MySpace page HERE for the latest updates and music.

DEMO up.

I seriously tried to stay up to watch this, but I got too tired and fell asleep. Talk about old man shit. (I had a job interview in the morning if that makes it any less lame.) Luckily somebody recorded it and tossed it online.

Anyway, check out Lupe with Carson below. The major topics include the Summit on the Summit climb and his collaboration with Mike Shinoda and Kenna on the Download to Donate for Haiti compilation.


Thursday, March 25, 2010

I'm Rick James bitch.
Fuck yo couch.

Recent rumors have suggested that Kanye is working extensively on his new project Good A** Jobb alongside fellow producers/MCs RZA, Q-Tip, Pete Rock, Drake, and Pusha T of The Clipse, just to name a few.

Apparently Ye wasn't alone on all those creative trips to Hawaii.

We'll see how such high-profile collaborations pan out.

Tip and RZA on the same album? Good ass job, Kanye.
Erykah's new album, New Amerykah Part II: Return of the Ankh drops next Monday.

To help bide the time, feel free to indulge in the enjoyment that comes from listening to her newest single from the album. This one is called "Get MuNNy."


Yet another leak from Ski's highly anticipated mixtape/album 24 Hour Karate School. This one features a HUGE lineup - Stalley, Terri Walker, Mos Def, Curren$y, and Whosane all slamming on one track.

Enjoy that shit. And be sure to cop 24 Hour Karate School whenever it happens to drop.
The next track off Cudder's Man on the Moon: The End of Day album to get the video treatment.

-Mike- KiD CuDi - Soundtrack 2 My Life (Directed by Jason Goldwatch) from DatNewCudi / DP on Vimeo.

Been waiting for this video to drop for a bit. The outcome is amazing though. Definitely worth the wait. It's amazing how technological advancements make it possible for underground artists to collaborate from different corners of the country and provide such a solid product.

You can catch Prince Ea's verse on the Waitin for the DJ Live Mixtape freestyle remix of "Forever" as well alongside verses from other St. Louis MCs Tef Poe, Corey Black, and Mic Young.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Via the RFT:
The year 2010 is finally upon us. Instead of the hover cars and jet packs we'd hoped for, however, all we've gotten so far is that damned iPad. Technological shortcomings aside, a new movement has emerged from the banks of the Mississippi — one which is ready to elevate and expand hip-hop culture within St. Louis and push it in all directions across the map.

The clique is known as the Force. Cofounders Finsta and Tech Supreme describe the organization as "a collective of forward-thinking innovators" that aims to change the local scene by "being as creative as possible and staying true to their art." Affiliates of the Force include many of the area's top emcees, singers, producers and DJs, as well as promoters and bloggers. Tech and Finsta unofficially started the organization in the fall of 2008, but this not their first rodeo by any means.

Finsta recalls cutting his teeth at the now-infamous Hi-Pointe Mondays. "Myself, the group called Fat Trash, DJ Expo and DJ K-Nine were there every Monday night, which was the least-popular night for hip-hop," he recalls. "But later on it grew — it popped and really changed people's perspective as to rap and what was going on in the city. That's when Q95.5 came in and put us on the radio, because they felt like it was something positive they could put on the air and have an impact on the city — and it did."

You could say that the Force rose from the Hi-Pointe's ashes, because several other members got their start at the now-defunct venue. "There's a picture on Tef [Poe's] Facebook page from a showcase we did back then with pretty much everybody that's in the Force now," Finsta says. "You'll see Rockwell Knuckles, the whole Pangea crew, Tef [Poe], Gotta Be [Karim], Vandalyzm — that's kind of how the whole thing started."

Tech Supreme, a New Jersey native, connected with the scene when he moved to University City as a teenager. "I met Young Thunder [of Honors English] in high school, and we formed a rap group," he says. "As I started producing more and more, I hooked up with Soul Tyde, started using their equipment, and I branched out from there. I was doing beats for Young Thunder, Tef Poe and Family Affair really early on, before anybody knew us musically."

Eventually Tech crossed paths with Finsta at Hi-Pointe, and in 2007 the duo hooked up with Trackstar the DJ to host Integrity at Blueberry Hill. The short-lived weekly event offered an outlet to local rappers and producers, featuring beat-battles judged by the crowd and an open-mic cipher at the end of the night. Their venture into hosting successfully increased their exposure (and helped Tech Supreme and Trackstar the DJ earn RFT Best Of awards the following year).

The Force is currently gearing its resources toward endeavors like last January's Haitian relief concert at the Atomic Cowboy (which raised around $1,000) and its two-and-a-half-hour set at SXSW last weekend. Besides the aforementioned artists, the roster rotation also includes veterans such as Nato Caliph and Black Spade and up-and-comers such as Blake Symphony and Teresajenee.

The group also focuses on promoting projects from its artists. Finsta is currently the host of the Sunday night radio show Home Jamz on WHHL (104.1 FM), where he spotlights local talent. Trackstar the DJ is a contributor to the popular website the Smoking Section, which endorses unsigned artists. Factor that in with a built-in network of DJs, artists and promoters, and it becomes clear that membership has its privileges....

[For the rest of the article, head over to the RFT.]
Another killer track from Brother Ali's Us album gets the video treatment. This time it's "Tight Rope."

Here's the lowdown on the track:
Brother Ali’s “Tight Rope” tells a story in three parts. Verse 1 tells of the Somalian refugees who try to find home and hope in Ali’s native Minneapolis. Verse 2 touches on the all too familiar subject of the broken home and the insurmountable obstacles of going on like normal when there’s really no such thing. Verse 3 boldly explores the psyche of a young man outcast by homosexuality, desperately trying to hold up what’s left of an open identity.

Powerful as always. If you don't follow Brother Ali, now would be a good time to jump on board. Don't miss out on him.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Wu Massacre drops March 30th.

Read the full article HERE.

Asher Roth is back again with a new mixtape and a new subject matter. Look for features from Blu, B.0.B., and Talib Kweli just to name a few. Also catch beats from RZA, 9th Wonder, Will i Am, and others.

DOWNLOAD Seared Foie Gras With Quince & Cranberry HERE
Kinda like a blond Bob Saget/Ash can get nasty.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Here's a quick review of Waitin' for the DJ's current projects...

The Men With Beards is a collaborative project beginning with producer MikeGDammit! of St. Louis & MC Tucker Booth of Los Angeles. However, while the core of the group rests on the backs of these two, the list of official members (known as the Men With Beards) is potentially endless. Confirmed so far are a wide range of MCs, musicians, and DJs from St. Louis to DC to Cali and elsewhere, with more to be added as projects develop.

Look for the introductory The Dark Side EP in early 2011 and a full-length LP to follow. For updates, be sure to follow (and "like") the group on facebook HERE. Also, check Waitin for the DJ for updates on the status of the EP, LP, and other projects and news in development.



The Waitin for the DJ Live Mixtape is comprised of a series of live freestyles, remixes, and exclusive tracks from some of St. Louis' most prominent hip-hop artists. It's unique, not only because it is the first (that I know of) completely live recorded mixtape, but also because it is made up of completely spontaneous performances, with every track only getting one take. It definitely has a live studio spontaneous vibe that couldn't really be captured any other way.

This project is a collaborative effort between Waitin for the DJ, The U (UMSL Student Radio Station), Ghetto Blastic, The Soulition DJs, MadeMonarchs, and The Frozen Food Section.

Featured artists:
Prince Ea
Black Spade
QB of Family Affair
Tef Poe
Corey Black
Teresa Jenee
Rockwell Knuckles
Nato Caliph
Jabari Pendelton
Bryant Stewart
Shaun Li
MK Stallings
Indiana Rome
Wayne Scott II
Will Hump
Mic Young

Featuring local beats from:
Hawthorne Headhunters
As well as industry and indy beats

The first official Waitin for the DJ Summer Jam Tape is here. Be sure to slap this shit on CD-R and crank it up in the car with the windows down (unless you have the AC on - save that shit).

Also, download and/or purchase the projects available from all the featured artists. (You can get most of them for $0.)

Catch the download, tracklist, and links below.

Peace. Cool out.


01 Rockwell Knuckles: Bad Guy ft. Tef Poe (Choose Your Own Adventure)
02 Jonathan Toth from Hoth: 'Member That? (Sick Boys)
03 Black Spade: The Cool Out ft. El Prez & Vandalyzm (Build and Destroy)
04 Orie: Walk Away (What a Black Man Wants)
05 Teresa Jenee: What You Want ft. Bryant Stewart (Single)
06 Prince Ea: 4321 Freestyle (Single)
07 Jonezy: Top Notch ft. Spark1Duh? (Mr. FillintheBlank)
08 Vandalyzm: Dear Moleskine ft. Finale (Vandalyzm is Not the Father)
09 Nodzilla: A Better Way ft. Tef Poe (Nodzilla's Baadasssss EP)
10 Splitface: The Autumn (The Autumn EP)
11 Corey Black: Sex, Drugs, and Rock N Roll (Play it By Ear)
12 Steddy P: Format ft. Approach, DJ Mahf, & Reach (Format Digital 12")
13 Hawthorne Headhunters: Never Give Up (Hawthorne Headhunters Mixtape)
14 Earthworms: Circles ft. Raashan Ahmad (Nightcrawlers: 101 Mixtape)
15 Heavyset: Your Favorite MC (Heavyset EP)
16 William H: '96 Bulls (DOF: 103)

The Features EP is a bit different from other Waitin for the DJ projects. It features all original beats by MikeG (aka DJI). The music is heavily sample-based and relies almost exclusively on classic era movie clips and soundtracks.

Featured MCs include:
Jonathan Toth from Hoth (aka James Blond)
Original Sin (of the group Pandelerium)
and others still to be confirmed.

Since it is still in the early stages of production, the tracklisting and list of featured artists is continually changing and being updated. (That's why the cover changes continually.)

To get an idea of the sound of the album, check out some samples of the instrumentals here:

Look for this to drop this season. As always, stay posted to for details as they develop.


Sunday, March 21, 2010

Catch Prince Ea and Tef Poe on the upcoming Waitin for the DJ Live Mixtape, which is currently being mastered by Jonathan Toth from Hoth. As a matter of fact, you can catch that same Prince Ea verse but with even more passion.

The Force of course.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Cosmogramma, the latest project by Flying Lotus, will drop May 4th. A demo of a new track off the album was recently debuted on BBC Radio 1.

The song is called "...And the World Laughs With You" featuring Thom Yorke.

The track can be heard HERE. Skip to 48:48 to catch it.

Also, here's the tracklisting for Cosmogramma:
01 - Clock Catcher
02 - Pickled!
03 - Nose Art
04 - Intro//A Cosmic Drama
05 - Zodiac Shit
06 - Computer Face//Pure Being
07 - ..And The World Laughs With You ft. Thom Yorke
08 - Arkestry
09 - Mmmhmm ft.Thundercat
10 - Do The Astral Plane
11 - Satelllliiiiiteee
12 - German Haircut
13 - Recoiled
14 - Dance Of The Pseudo Nymph
15 - Drips//Auntie’s Harp
16 - Table Tennis ft. Laura Darlington
17 - Galaxy In Janaki

Remember: May 04, 2010.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Via Frolab...
The first time I heard Robert Glasper’s music was in the summer of 2007. I was hanging out with the homie phinydee in the jazz record shop he used to work at, in Paris. We were trying to finish Changes Of Atmosphere at the time, so quite often I would stop by the shop so we could discuss featurings, label deals, yadda yadda.. So anyway, Phinydee had In My Element playing in the background, and of course Dillalude caught my ear… “hold on, what is this ?!” But shortly we got back into babbling about distribution, mastering, budget and all that, so I didn’t get to give the album a proper listening. Until october 2009. A that time, Robert’s latest, Doubled Booked, was on heavy rotation at the crib, and after I twat (twitted ?) about it, twitters @FROactiv and @fwmj advised me to get my hands on In My Element. A couple weeks later I found a copy in Archambault in MTL, so I copped it, went home and played it and… DAYMN! This album is 1) very dope 2) absolutely full of samples. Some of the interludes are basically hip-hop beats already… So.. I was like, I can’t sample the whole album and get away with it, can I ? Can I ??? I felt guilty already, so I figured I might as well do it, but call it a remix album or something.. And I started making these beats. So there you go now, The Robert Glasper Beattape is up for free download. If you like it, please support good music by copping In My Element, you’ll like it too. It’s on iTunes, and you should be able to find the CD in the jazz section of your nearest record store.. Enjoy !

Via Billboard...
Nas and Damian ‘Junior Gong’ Marley brought heat to the warm Austin, Texas witching hour last night (March 17) with a hot South By Southwest gig at Emo’s just after midnight.’s cameras were there to capture the scene as the New York rapper and the reggae scion traded verses in the tiny club packed with screen-waving fans.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

The Features EP is quickly taking shape.

Confirmed features include Jonathan Toth from Hoth (aka James Blond) and Orie (aka Orie the Producer). Dealings are in the works on additional guest spots, but I won't spill the beans just yet.

Production is almost complete. To whet your appetite for the finished product, here is a short compilation of beat samples I put together.


Wednesday, March 17, 2010

6 days ago, British rapper Kano announced that he would be challenging himself on his next mixtape...

Via DJ Semtex...
Kano announced on Twitter that he will be dropping a mixtape in 7 days. That's right, from front to back, writing, recording and dropping it all in 7 days time. Oh and its gonna be called Jack Bauer.

My album is almost wrapped up and will be out very soon, but f*ck it I’m bored, So i’m recording a Mixtape in 7 days. Yep I’m giving myself 7 days on some ring activity to record and drop the Mixtape. – Kano

Just 24 hours left. Will he make it?


Let no man say that the MC Blu does not test boundaries. It seems like every project the man puts forth is different in some way from the last.

The latest release from the Johnson&Jonson frontman comes in the form of a video.

Compiled over the course of his recent European tour, "ParieArtNommee" features 5 previously-unreleased Blu tracks with cameos by Fashawn, Exile, and JKim.

Just so you know before you watch, the video gets a bit graphic at parts, so don't pull it up at work or anything.

Just sayin.

01 theOne
02 CatLetGo
03 WinterWine
04 Chasin'Doves
05 BlackHome

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

The Features EP is still in the works, but I wanted to get the word out early (plus I wanted to show off the graphics thus far).

So far, Jonathan Toth from Hoth and Orie are both confirmed for feature slots. I don't want to mention anybody else just in case it doesn't work out, but there are some other big St. Louis names tentatively in the tracklisting.

Stay posted for details as they develop.


St. Louis' own Rockwell Knuckles dropped his latest project, Choose Your Own Adventure, today.

There are two versions of the album art, so pick your favorite (PERFECT for an album with this name).

Features and production by The Force members Teresa Jenee, Theresa Payne, Family Affair, Trackstar the DJ, Tech Supreme, Stoney Rock (aka Black Spade), and Trifekta, among others.

Let the adventure begin.
Heh heh.

Via DDotOmen...

“It’s funny, because the track is called ‘My Generation,’” Damian answered with a chuckle. “It’s definitely geared towards that. [Lil] Wayne really showed a lot of respect in his verse, in the way that he handled it. He handled it exactly would’ve really loved him to. I don’t have any criticism at all about what he did. I think it’s a great and blessed track. That’s all I can really say about that.”

This is the third time this track has been released (FIRST as a teaser vid and SECOND as a radio rip).

This time around it comes in the form of a full version and an official release. It's not just Mos anymore though. Now we've got Pangaea's finest, Whosane in the mix as well.

This tape is gonna be huge.

Monday, March 15, 2010

(MF) DOOM's protegee John Robinson recently dropped a new freestyle alongside Cymarshall Law for the WKCR Radio Anniversary Show.

Check it out below...

Via TSS...
For Marcy To Madison St., our favorite DJ brings together the works of Jay-Z and Lupe Fiasco, two artists whose careers don’t seem linked until Track uncovers the clues like a master sleuth. ...And of course, the tracklisting/scorecard for those who want to keep a running tally of which emcee bodies each beat the best.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

I mentioned this video early (HERE) when discussing Blu's new video, but it looks like I never actually posted it.

So here it is: "Amnesia" by Blu.
Excellent video, simple concept.

(And don't forget to hit that link above to check out his new video as well.)

When I initially found this online, I thought it was a promo mixtape for Nas and Damian Marley's upcoming album, Distant Relatives. Upon further inspection however, it turns out that it's just a mashup of Bob Marley and Nas tracks. Pretty cool in and of itself, but definitely not as exciting as I initially hoped.

Ah well. Enjoy it regardless.

Just like his previously-released video for "Amnesia," Blu here samples old black-and-white French film footage as the backdrop for his song. Both tracks are from the HerFavoriteColo(u)r Mixtape which you can download HERE.

If you're not fucking with Blu, I don't know what the damn problem is.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Skewby's mixtape has been out for a while, but apparently I've been sleeping on it and him. Skewby's dude just emailed me with the info. Here's what he had to say:
Skewby is a Writer/Rapper/Producer/Model/Engineer His inspiration comes from everyday life and the pure love of music!

The mixtape "Proving You Wrong Since 1988" is inspired by 1988 the year hip hop exploded (also the year Skewby was born).

Nuff said. Check out Skewby's official website HERE and be sure to download Proving You Wrong Since 1988 below, followed by a video of Skewby in action with a 9th Wonder cosign.

"If you don't know him now, then you will soon."
-9th Wonder


Friday, March 12, 2010

Questo on Jacko:
“There was a ‘I'm still Black' undertone to a lot of his work. I don't think it's a mere coincidence that he turned into a black panther. It could have been a horse, could have been a lion. He was Black Panther. That was a message. That was no accident.”

Chicago's own Common is once again breaking out his acting skills. This time he's in the lead role alongside Queen Latifah in “Just Wright” [a romantic comedy about a basketball star (Common) that falls in love with his physical therapist (Queen)].

Says Comm on the part:
I'm very very excited for ya'll to check out the new Just Wright trailer. I really dig it and can't wait for it to come out May 14. (It's my first lead ya'll!) Check out my hoopin skills and let me know what you think.

Look for it in theaters May 14.

K'NAAN "Waving Flag" -Celebration mix- Dir: NABIL from nabil elderkin on Vimeo.

New video for the official anthem of the 2010 Fifa World Cup in South Africa.
(Check out Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley juggling the futbol at 1:40.)

In the previously mentioned interview with Lupe at the Summit on the Summit release, Mr. Fiasco also dropped this little gem in regards to collaborating with Jay Electronica:
“I reached out to him a couple of days ago with some real serious ideas, Let’s put a program together. Something that works out and makes sense for the both of us.’ He’s a very talented MC. One of the few MCs that I actually listen to what they’re saying. I don’t listen to 98 percent of the rappers out there. But he’s one of the MCs I listen to and I’m inspired to do so. A collaboration is in the works.”

Another St. Louis rapper making waves, Tef Poe can be found rocking out at the upcoming SXSW festival in Austin, TX.

Til then, be sure to catch his latest project, Money Never Sleeps, presented by TSS and St. Louis' own Trackstar the DJ. [Via iRepSTL:] Guest appearances by Bryant Stewart, Theresa Payne, Teresa Jenee, and Rockwell Knuckles. Beats by Tech Supreme, Rome, Trifeckta, Nodzilla and more.

Also, be sure to catch Tef, Bryant, Teresa Jenee, Rockwell, Rome, and Nodzilla all on the upcoming Waitin for the DJ Live Mixtape, dropping soon.

Via RapRadar...

In a recent interview on the red carpet at the release of the Summit on the Summit documentary, Lupe Fiasco was given a chance to clarify his recent remarks regarding the hip-hop mogul who executive-produced his first LP:
[My comments were] just an example using him of how people rate success. There’s an idea of the status quo that every rapper wants to be Jay-Z. Nah. Every rapper does not want to be Jay-Z. Every rapper don’t wanna be Kanye West. Everybody don’t wanna be Lil Wayne. They wanna be who they are. You’re a fool trying to chase that success down and manage it like that. I always look at my success as further than a dollar sign, further than record sales. Everybody thinks because you’re black and you’re from the ‘hood, you wanna be Jay-Z. There’s kids who wanna be astrophysicists and don’t care about rap. That should be OK. You should be OK just being you, working your regular job and being happy. That’s why I made that statement. I felt it need to be said.”
In related news, rapper/auto-tune-superstar T-Pain just cleared up his supposed "beef" with Jay-Z as well:
"We talked at the Grammys. It was a pretty big thing. Word for word, he said, 'That's f---ed up the way you took that song.' I'm a [crazy] n---a, so we gonna take the song like that. That's how we take songs. He was like, 'I didn't mean nothing by that.' I was like, 'I already put out my apology song. So there you go. My bad. I apologize. Apologize for taking the song like that.' We shook hands, did the little chest bump. That was the end of that."

Catch him in this RapBasement clip holding a funeral for auto-tune and "burying his big ass chain."

This lighthearted track features De La Soul and Gruff Rhys. Be sure to cop the Plastic Beach album immediately. If you're still unsure, check my interview HERE.

Also, if you haven't seen the first video for the project, "Stylo," you NEED to see it now. The track features Mos Def and Bobby Womack and the video features an appearance by a special celebrity guest. Watch it in high definition HERE.


This was quite possibly the most bizarre Gorillaz music video out there. There's not a single appearance by any of the animated band members, nor do we see any of the artists featured on the track.

Weird. They're saying it's the official video though.

Ah well.

This is the 3rd tracklisting to be published for this album. The first one is HERE and the second one can be found HERE.

Looks like they've cut two songs out of the lineup. Still, regardless of which way the tracks are arranged, this collaboration promises to be amazing. Look for it to drop May 24th.

Also, if you haven't heard anything about this project yet, be sure to check out the details HERE. Definitely worth the listen.

Distant Relatives tracklisting
1. As We Enter
2. Tribal War (feat. K’NAAN)
3. Strong Will Continue
4. Leaders
5. Wisdom (Sabali)
6. Count Your Blessings
7. Disappear
8. The Promised Land (feat. Dennis Brown)
9. Nah Mean
10. Angola (Friends)
11. My Generation (feat. Lil Wayne and Joss Stone)
12. Africa Must Wake Up (feat. K’NAAN)
13. Ancient People (feat. Junior Reid) (Bonus)

Thursday, March 11, 2010

The new mixtape from the Cons drops March 15th. It features appearances by Asher Roth, Kanye, Diddy, Common, Cudi, John Legend, Q-Tip, Pharoahe Monch, Talib Kweli, and others.

Definitely don't miss out on this one.

What the shit?

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

For whatever reason, DOOM has been messing around with his US fans at live shows for the past couple years. Over in Europe though, he seems to come through. In recent gigs in London and Brussels, the villain actually showed up and gave it his all.

DOOM in London:

Also, check him out here in Zurich, Switzerland actually lifting up his mask to show the crowd that it's really him!
"It's really me! It's really me!!"

Via 2DopeBoyz...
Rhymefest records at New York’s legendary Baseline Studios w/ super-producer Just Blaze. Problems arise when Fest has unexplained troubles in the recording booth–but like all great artists, Fest delivers in the end.

Via MTV...
“I have to admit, you know, a few years ago, I wouldn’t have admitted this — or maybe I wouldn’t have been conscious of it in a way to admit or be embarrassed — but in my earlier years from when I first left home, I was embarrassed from being from the South. Not in general, but as a rapper because all of the negative things that people in the States put on the South. Like, “The South, they’re slow. They move slow, they think slow, they’re less intelligent. They’re less exposed, they’re underexposed, they’re more sheltered.”

So as a rapper — I’ve been rapping since I was 10 years old — I always had a feeling of ‘I’m gonna show you’ because we down here doing it. Not that I was embarrassed necessarily — I don’t know if that’s the correct word — but I know that when I left home, if someone had heard my accent and heard where I was from, the door was immediately closed.”

Electronica said he had to adapt and become a chameleon on the mic. While trying to break into the music industry, he moved between different cities such as New York, Atlanta and Chicago.

“I kind of stiff-armed my roots for a couple of years,” the Brooklyn transplant continued of his journey. “Then my sister told me one day, ‘You know, you act like you’re ashamed of being from home.’ It was like a reality check. I checked myself. I mean, this is years ago, but now I’m at a place where I understand where I’m from. I understand my culture and I’m more proud to be from there than associate with somewhere else.”

Despite trying to hide his roots early on, Jay thinks back to the early days of New Orleans hip-hop with a smile.

“I’m from New Orleans and there’s a certain type of music,” he explained. “I come from a bounce culture — bounce music. You been to New Orleans a couple times, you probably heard of the bounce music. It’s a part of me; I grew up with bounce music. It’s call-and-response, it’s trance, it’s tribal, it’s communal, it’s African, it’s based in Africa … the energy of it.”
As the countdown continues to Erykah's New Amerykah Vol. 2: Return of the Ankh, hopefully fans can rest easy after a couple of teasers below.

First, here is a trailer video featuring her second single off the album called "Window Seat."

Second, here is some live footage of Miss Badu performing at Jazzfest Jamaica.

ERYKAH BADU: JAZZFEST JAMAICA from Creative Control on Vimeo.

If both of those combined won't calm you down while you wait for the album to drop, then you're just fucked.

That's all.
Off the Haiti: Relief compilation...

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Just went and picked up my copy of the Plastic Beach album, delux ("Plastic Beach Experience") edition. The album is nothing short of amazing and the same can be said of the extensive recording footage on the DVD - you get a glimpse into the whole creative process, everything from Mos Def and Bobby Womack recording to the crew building a scale model of Plastic Beach for video shoots. Incredible stuff really.

If you don't believe me, check out "White Flag"...

As goes without saying, the art is friggin awesome. Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett deliver again.

If you're looking for something a bit refreshing amidst the sea of rubbish (pun intended), definitely pick this album up. Stay tuned for further videos and releases as it continues to sell sell sell.

Check out some of the artwork below.



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