Wednesday, June 30, 2010

I actually like the way this track sounds live better than the actual release of it.
Still no word on whether Act II will ever happen.

DOOM is dropping another compilation album on Gold Dust records following his recent b-sides/rarities collection, Unexpected Guests. The next release will be a live album titled Expektoration Live.

Here's the official word on the disc:
Before all the hype about “DOOM-posters,” MF DOOM was regarded as one of hip-hop’s finest live performers, delivering flawless versions of his tongue twisting rhymes while ratcheting up the energy behind his deadpan delivery. Expektoration returns the focus to DOOM’s live abilities, showcasing the artist at his best. Look for Expektoration Live Featuring Big Benn Klingon September 14th on Gold Dust.

Looks like DOOM might be interested in clearing his name. More likely, however, he's trying to grab a quick buck. Fine by me, I'm always in the market for some new villain.

Presumably, the album will feature cuts from before he dropped the MF, or at least that's the case with this preview track.

Check out "Beef Rap" live below.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

With Black Sheep jumping back into relevance with their recent Kia commercial, now seems like the perfect time to drop some new material.

Check out "For the Record" below...

DMC is back with a new solo project entitled Origins of Block Music. Check out the latest here...

From RF's new album, El Che.

Andre once again defies categorization by dropping a new cover of a classic Beatles track.

His rendition of "All Together Now" originally appeared in a recent Kobe commercial (check it below), but the full version has surfaced on the web.

Check it out...

Here's the original context:

The Mighty Mos hit up the annual Brooklyn Afro Punk Festival, performing a long list of new and classic hits, including "Umi Says", "Travellin Man", "Casa Bey", "Auditorium", and more. Check em out...

Monday, June 21, 2010

I still don't really know what the fuck this dude is talking about.

If you didn't catch the story last year, here's the basic run-down: Black Spade (local St. Louis hip-hop/soul artist, nice dude, friend of the blog) went to SXSW and happened to catch Charles Hamilton's set. Charles did a song over a beat that sounded exactly like one that Black Spade had produced called "Shinin'". Spade went up to Charles after the show to give him props on his rendition of the song, at which point Charles started claiming that he was the one who produced it in the first place.

A short while after all this happened (and blogs started blowing the entire thing up), Black Spade sat down in front of the camera with Octavious from Made Monarchs and re-created the beat to show exactly how he had made it. Check that out HERE.

(A short while after that Charles Hamilton got punched in the face by an interviewer and fell off the map completely - until very recently when he made a resurgence as a member of Lupe Fiasco's All City Chess Club.)

After a year, an interviewer posed the question to Charles, and he responded like this...

Thursday, June 17, 2010

In support of the game, Method Man and Redman invaded E3 to deliver a performance featuring classics such as “Time 4 Sum Akshun” and “Method Man” as well as some of their collaborative efforts, including “How High,” “Da Rockwilder” and “A-Yo.” If you thought a convention setting would prevent the duo from going ape sh*t for registered attendees, you thought wrong. Real wrong. Their 45 minute set featured the water-throwing, crowd-dissing and super-energized antics (not to mention the requisite “F*ck You Redman” chants) that have made their stage show so popular over the years. – DrJays.

And if you missed any of the video game announcements from this year's E3 Convention, check these two out...

Unlike Lil Wayne, Kid Cudi did not know he was going to jail right after finishing his next project. "REVOFEV" is the first single off his sophomore album, Man on the Moon: The Legend of Mr. Rager.

Rager indeed.


Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Some things just take time.
Fucking best hip-hop album promotion ever.

"The title of the song is 'Prosperity' and it’s about televangelists and religious leaders that exploit people. One night I was watching TV and the televangelist said 'GAWD, wants to change your life!' and it inspired me to write the song. In order to get the actors and actresses for the song, I sent out an open call through Twitter, Facebook & Myspace, and lots of people came out. My character Minister Mischief wants to save your soul and lighten your burden by lightening your pockets!"

In related news, St. Louis residents can catch Rhymefest July 16 with Gotta Be Karim, Vandalyzm, Tef Poe, and others. Check it out HERE.


In the latest episode of the Milq, Stalley and Creative Control take a trip to Massillon, Ohio where Stalley visits his alma mater and checks in with his high school basketball coach.

Nuff said.

Tef Poe - "Show Stealers" from Joseph Lombardi on Vimeo.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Less than a week after attempting to find redemption for punching a fan in the face last year, Kid Cudi fucks up big time once more. Allegedly, Cudder stole a woman's phone, smashed it to tiny pieces, and then ripped her door off its hinges (in some bizarre fit of rage?) before the police arrived. When the cops showed, they found a "glass bottle of controlled substance" in his possession.
The substance he was found in possession of was liquid cocaine, according to a report in The Guardian. Per police sources, it is unclear whether he was intoxicated at the time. -CNN
In the end, Cudi got stuck with felony criminal mischief and possession of a controlled substance.


Sunday, June 13, 2010

This is exactly what we need right now.
Soak it in.
"Ten years later ain't shit changed / but the players in the games / still ahead of the pack."


Saturday, June 12, 2010

A few weeks ago it was announced that the Wu-Tang Clan would be performing 36 Chambers at this year's Rock the Bells. For whatever reason though, when the lineup was announced, GZA's name was left out of the list. Not really sure why this is, but this interview verifies his appearance scheduled for the show.

He also talks about his new project, Liquid Swords II, another sequel album from a veteran rapper.

Check it out...

Friday, June 11, 2010

Mia and Shawn hook up to deliver the first remix off her 2nd new single, "XXXO".
Props to 2DBz.


Thursday, June 10, 2010

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Eli Porter reference?? Nice.

Kanye West is on a path of redemption, or so it would seem. Yesterday, Ye, along with his friends and cohorts Lupe Fiasco and Common, made stops at three different Chicago public schools to perform "mini-concerts" for the students there.

The shows were part of the Kanye West Foundation's "Stay In School" Program. "We want to congratulate you on the incredible job you've done in school," said Common. "Whatever you do, be the best at it."

Prior to these shows, Kanye has remained relatively reclusive for the past eight months. Save for one brief club appearance, he has not made any public appearances until now.

It seems that these performances mark the beginning of the return of Kanye into the limelight. It was announced today that he will be performing at the 27th annual BET Awards later this year.

Whether or not he will continue to act in his typical Kanye-Acting-Out-At-Awards-Shows manner is yet to be determined.

I for one am hopeful.

EDIT: Lupe just posted a video...

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

If you've ever taken the time to check out the list of links to other blogs located on the bottom right of this page, you may have noticed that it is a relatively short list. One of the pages that made the cut was the Made Monarchs.

Believe me when I say that these guys (and gal, Twig) are "doin the damn thing" (to borrow a phrase from Nesbitt). I caught Octavious the other day at his job to buy two tickets for the Made Monarchs Prom (check out the details on the Monarchs site), and I ran into Skipper when I was out to eat last night (not going to spoil the location by telling you where - it's a family favorite).

Tech Supreme over at iRepSTL sat down with the Monarchs to discuss the blog. If you don't fuck with the Monarchs, "then I don't fuck with you" (to borrow a phrase from Octavious). Check them out HERE.

Black Thought's new side project, the Money Making Jam Boys, features him, Dice Raw, PORN, STS, and Truck North. A video just dropped of the MMJBs doing what they do best live on DACAVE Radio. Check it out:

Curren$y is the big name to arise out of Dame Dash's DD172/Creative Control projects, but if you ask me, Stalley is the one you actually outta be paying attention to. Watch as he and Ski Beatz rip apart a new track called "Harsh Ave." After that, do your homework HERE.

According to the Gorillaz mythos up until today, the young Japanese guitar slinger Noodle (who incidently initially joined the band some years ago after FedEx'ing herself to the US) died in a flaming crash sometime after the release of Gorillaz' second album, Demon Days, when the band's floating windmill island was shot down by military helicopters into what looked like the Grand Canyon.

You following so far?

As you perhaps already know, the expansive mythology behind the Gorillaz band is wrought with twists and turns. Now, less than a couple months after the release of their third album, Plastic Beach, the Gorillaz have revealed the next of these twists: Noodle is indeed still alive and has made it to Plastic Beach (which is made up of all the flotsam, jetsam, and compacted trash that humanity has discarded into the ocean up to this point, and which band leader/bass player Murdoc discovered while fleeing the grasp of pirates and eventually decided to renovate and habitate).

Thanks to an exclusive video from TheSun, we now have official video footage of Noodle's arrival on Murdoc and the rest of the band's new home/hideaway. She also appears to be under attack from pirates, but (unlike Murdoc), refuses to run and hide. See for yourself below. Also, look for the release of the Gorillaz next official music video, "On Melancholy Hill", at which point fans will get a more detailed glimpse at Noodle's return. The video drops June 15.

See you then.


Sunday, June 6, 2010

If you haven't checked out Janelle Monae's "Tightrope" remix featuring Lupe Fiasco and Bobby Ray, you should do so immediately right HERE.

There, now that that's settled, check out this image of Lupe and BoB on the set of the music video for the same song.

Now just wait around for the video to drop. You know where you can see it right? Try HERE.
"Not Afraid," the first single off Eminem's new Recovery LP, just got the official video treatment. Check out the project below. Catch the album June 22.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Back in December of '09, Kid Cudi went a little nuts and punched a dude in the face (check that out HERE). Then, the following February, Cudder made an official apology to the guy who's face he damaged (check that out HERE).

NOW, perhaps still haunted by the same demons that caused the outburst, The Kid from Cleveland brought the man out on-stage with him while performing "Pursuit of Happiness" at the Sasquatch Music Festival last week. Referencing the incident on stage, Cudi says...
You remember when I punched that kid in Vancouver? This is him! We're about to hang out.
Check it out below. He makes his appearance at 3:29 into the vid.


Eminem just dropped another track from his upcoming Recovery album. Surprisingly (at least to me), the song features female pop artist Pink. What's your verdict?

In other news, Em has graced the cover of Respect Magazine's third issue. In the article, he speaks on his multiple personalities, his past troubles with addiction, and more. Check out the cover shot below:

Kil Ripkin hit me up with his new video for the track "Not You". Here's what he had to say about it:
Peace and Love Family Finally I Present to you the long awaited video by Kil Ripkin titled "Not You" Directed by Science Projects and Produced by Eric G
The Balancing Act out Soon
All in all it's a nice song with a good video to go along with it. Check it out...

"Not You" music video from Kil Ripkin of The Coalescence. Produced by Eric G. Directed by Science Projects

Thursday, June 3, 2010

The new Roots album, How I Got Over, drops in 3 weeks. The new Roots x John Legend collaboration album drops in November. To remind fans of both, The Legendary Crew has dropped a new single from How I Got Over called "Doin it Again", which is a remix of Legend's classic track, "Again." Here's what OkayPlayer has to say about the track...
This is track 10 from the album, The John Legend featured jam, "Doin It Again" - A Rootsified version of Legend's song "Again." Enjoy this one... again and again, and look for the "Dear God 2.0" video coming soon. How I Got Over will be in stores June 22nd.

Give it a listen here:


Ash is back already after his last mixtape made some waves somewhat recently. This is a bit more of an upbeat, happy song. Works well for him though. Download below. Listen below that.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Don't believe me? Fine then, check this shit out...

Told you so.

The Cool Kids are back with a new mixtape. Tacklebox promises to be some good, ole fashion summertime music. Enjoy.

1. Fishing Lessons (Prod. by Chuck Inglish)
2. Flying Kytes (Prod. by Chuck Inglish)
3. Freak City (Prod. by Chuck Inglish & Old Young)
4. So Neat (Prod. by Chuck Inglish)
5. Going Camping (Prod. by Chuck Inglish)
6. Volume II (Prod. by Chuck Inglish)
7. Birthdays (Prod. by Ski Beats)
8. Great Outdoors (Prod. by Chuck Inglish)
9. Strawberry Girl (Prod. by Chuck Inglish)
10. Systems (Prod. by Chuck Inglish)
11. Good Afternoon (Prod. by Producktionix)
12. Parking Lot (Prod. by Chuck Inglish)
13. Summer Nights feat. Tenille (Prod. by Chuck Inglish)
14. LA Leakers Outro
15. Gettin’ Flicked (Prod. by Chuck Inglish)


Curren$y has just released the first images of the cover art for his new project, Pilot Talk. The album will be released through Dame Dash's Bluroc records, which is an affiliate of BlakRoc Records and falls under the umbrella organization DD172 (also owned and run by Dash). Here's what DD172 says about the art...
Heres the first official look at Curren$y’s Pilot Talk Album Artwork set to drop
mid-summer 2010, illustrated by David Barnett, who worked directly with Curren$y on the look and feel of the cover.
You heard it, look for the album this summer.


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