Thursday, September 30, 2010

I'll tell it like it is - pretty much every day I work there are some co-workers who I would be willing to kill. I wasn't planning on naming names, but I'm talking about you, Jon.

Yeah I know you read this shit. What are you gonna do, ask me tomorrow at work "Oh hey dude, by the way, did you mention killing me on your blog yesterday?" Yeah, fuckin doubt it. Just act like you didn't see this post and things will continue to go smoothly. And watch your back, beech.

Ha!

Anyway, Flying Lotus is the shit. Here's proof (off his new Pattern & Grid World EP).

"Kill Your Co-Workers"



Fallon and Timberlake take a tour through a brief history of hip-hop, starting with the Sugarhill Gang and touching on everything else you can imagine, including the Beastie Boys, Biggie, Snoop, Jay-Z, Run DMC, a lil Roots (of course), and a buncha other shit. Hell, they even threw a Rihanna track in there for good measure.

I'm not gonna lie, I thought this was pretty cool, as cheesy and scripted as it was.
Whateva.

Check it out.



JTxWaajeedxBlackSpadexSimeonV - "Styles Beyond Many" by JT Donaldson

Produced by JT Donaldson And Waajeed for The Hue Collective 2010.
Featuring Black Spade aka Stoney Rock and Simeon V.

Another amazing track from Black Spade as he is featured with frequent collaborators Waajeed and Simeon V.

Enjoy.
-Mike-

Wednesday, September 29, 2010


The Force of course.



Corey Black is one of the strongest forces in Midwest hip-hop right now.
Do not sleep on this dude.

(Also, check him out on the Waitin for the DJ Live Mixtape right HERE.)

Peace.
-Mike-

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Via OkayPlayer TV...


Sir Michael Rocks - S.S. (Ft. Latif) from illRoots.com on Vimeo.



The Cool Kid had this simple message to accompany the video...
I hope ya’ll enjoyed this summer man. I know it’s fall now but take this and hold onto it until the snow hits the ground.


Hoooly shit, Kanye just nabbed another stellar hip-hop force to add to the already powerful GOOD Music roster. With the edition of Mos Def, Getting Out Our Dreams Music looks something like this:
  • Kanye West
  • Mos Def
  • Common
  • John Legend
  • Kid Cudi
  • Big Sean
  • GLC
  • Pusha T
and more.

Catch more info on the deal along with Kanye's cover story in the next issue of XXL.

MTV had this to say about the signing and Mos x Kanye in general...

The rapper/actor and Kanye first collaborated on the Chicago MC's College Dropout, for "Two Words," and then again on "Drunk and Hot Girls" from Graduation. On "Lord, Lord, Lord," Mos Def opens the slow-moving track.

"Cool ruler standing still, sweatin' through the shade," Mos says. "He knew those lights only grew bright to fade/ Dead-wrong pageantry, lottery and games/ Sleight of hand provided by extravagant and fake."

With the signing of Mos Def, West continues his movement, pulling in MCs — often with a devoted following outside the mainstream — who come ready to break down creative barriers.

Sunday, September 26, 2010




This track actually dropped a lil while back, but without any features. (Also, Brother Ali dropped a version of this track a few months ago too.)


Looks like Kanye's new album is going to be chock full of features in the best way possible. According to Q-Tip, Ye is aiming for a return to his pre-808s style. I can definitely hear that on this track -- it's got the feel of Graduation with a little leftover flavor from 808s. Nahmean?

In other news, Kanye dropped a few details on his collabo project with Jay-Z. This one going to be a feature-heavy, all-star album as well.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010


Mayer & Co. just dropped another new throwback jam called "No Strings".

Rock to this while you buy your tickets online for one of Mayer's many tour dates through the US (including St. Louis, fuck yeah).

(You can download the song over HERE...or just listen below.)

Mayer Hawthorne - No Strings (Classixx Original) by stonesthrow

Tour Dates:
3 Oct, Sun: Ft. Lauderdale FL at Culture Room
4 Oct, Mon: Orlando FL at The Social
6 Oct, Wed: San Antonio TX at Kurova
7 Oct, Thu: Dallas TX at The Loft
8 Oct, Fri: Austin TX at Antones
11 Oct, Mon: Memphis TN at Hi Tone
12 Oct, Tue: St. Louis MO at Firebird at
13 Oct, Wed: Grand Rapids MI at Intersection
15 Oct, Fri: Toronto ONT at Opera House
16 Oct, Sat: Philadelphia PA at Theatre of Living Arts
17 Oct, Sun: New York NY at Webster Hall
18 Oct, Mon: Brooklyn NY at Music Hall of Williamsburg
19 Oct, Tue: Boston MA at Paradise
21 Oct, Thu: Washington DC at Black Cat
22 Oct, Fri: Atlanta GA at The Masquerade
23 Oct, Sat: Birmingham AL at Bottletree
24 Oct, Sun: Nashville TN at Mercy Lounge
25 Oct, Mon: Asheville NC at Orange Peel
27 Oct, Wed: Chicago IL at Park West
28 Oct, Thu: Columbus OH at Basement
29 Oct, Fri: Cleveland OH at Grog Shop
30 Oct, Sat: Madison WI at Rathskeller Hall at UW
1 Nov, Mon: Indianapolis IN at Vogue
2 Nov, Tue: Minneapolis MN at Varsity
3 Nov, Wed: Lawrence KS at Bottleneck
4 Nov, Thu: Boulder CO at Fox Theatre
5 Nov, Fri: Salt Lake City UT at Urban Lounge
7 Nov, Sun: Seattle WA at Neumos
8 Nov, Mon: Vancouver BC at Blitmore Cabaret
9 Nov, Tue: Portland OR at Aladdin Theatre
11 Nov, Thu: San Francisco CA at Bimbo's
12 Nov, Fri: Los Angeles CA at Music Box (Henry Fonda Theatre)


Dam is back with another super chill track. This is the second video connected to the album Toeachizown, a vocal version of “Hood Pass Intact” directed by Henry DeMaio.
From IlldotLogic:
I'm working on a new album called Dreams In Stereo, its kind of like a little bit of everything, not just hip hop… and this is the first single "Follow Me"

Its produced by John Dough Productions, it has kind of an indie rock feel to it. The video is directed by Ryan Lightbourn who recently directed Big Sean's Bullshittin' video.


llldotLogic - "Follow Me"
Directed by Ryan Lightbourn
Track Produced by John Dough
From the upcoming album Dreams In Stereo

Download the track on iTunes HERE.

Another one from the inbox archives. Mic Smitty hails from Chicago, Indiana. Ironically enough, he's got that chilled out stoner charm a la the Cool Kids, who are based out of the more popular Chicago, Illinois.

And like the Cool Kids, Smitty's subject of choice for this track is (you guessed it), gettin blowed.

Nice track. Check it out below.





Peace.
-Mike-



Got this in the inbox a little while ago but just got around to giving it a thorough listen. All-in-all I like what I hear. It's got that Dilla-esque, Sa-Ra, futuristic-electro vibe to it. Very nice.

Check it out...

<a href="http://rapohnelizenz.bandcamp.com/album/rapohnelizenz-the-beat-tape-vol-1">Rapohnelizenz - The Beat Tape Vol.1 by rapohnelizenz</a>

They have an entire tape available for free download. I recommend it personally.


From the group:
Hello Digital World // Hello Hip Hop People

Here it is. Our first very own Beatcompilation.

When we started this blog about a year ago, living together in the same building, sharing the same passion for music, we were passing on links of the stuff we found online. It´s a bit like digging for wax - a lot of crap but then at the end of the box you find a beautiful piece of music. So the next step was to share what you find on an bigger platform. While browsing the web and selecting everyday what stuff is worth promoting, we meet artists who catch our attention. We just wanted more of their dope music. We invented this compilation as fans and asked our favorite underground producers to contribute. We´re happy to deliver you a selection of mainly unreleased beats. We thank all artists for contributing with us to make this happen. At the Bandcamp site you will find all important links about the artists. Feel free to post & share the Beat Tape // Please use our Bandcamplinks // Thx. Get your Mp3-Player ready, leave a comment and let us know what you think.

Tracklist:

01. Boom Baptist - 8-Bit-Try
02. Xperiment Beats - Sound Barrier
03. Jon Phonics - Face Music
04. Chemo (Telemachus) - Dirt Digler
05. Das Geraet (Cutcannibalz) - Beck's
06. Dibiase - Choke Ya Hood
07. Anatol Atonal - A-tzeton
08. Torky Tork - Signal Rap
09. DDay One - Give And Take
10. Suff Daddy - Message Break
11. Boom Baptist - Asian March
12. Bugseed - Break of Dawn
13. Elaquent - Good Fortune
14. J. Bizness - Biz Reason 105 Nevermind
15. Pigeondust - Wingless Believer

From Gold Dust Records:
Given his obscured identity, deadpan delivery, and thick wordplay, one could be forgiven for thinking DOOM's music might be difficult to translate to a live show. But one listen to his new live album Expektoration should clear up any worries right quick. Simply put, DOOM gets live as hell. Covering a range of indispensable material from his Mm.. Food disc, his Madvillain collaboration with Madlib, and his debut Operation Doomsday, Expektoration is a document of one of the world's finest emcees doing what he does best. Though he'll always be something of an enigma, this performance should leave no question as to his abilities in front of a crowd.

Expektoration Live is now available on CD and Digital Download.

You can get a free download track right HERE.

Enjoy.
-mike-

Monday, September 20, 2010


Alright, now this is the type of shit I want to hear. The best drummer in the world (as proven again and again in international competitions - no joke) and two of the chillest lyricists in hip-hop right now get together to kick something out.



EDIT: Aw shiz, the link doesn't work. Try this one here: RIGHT HERE!

Travis Barker's new project is called Give the Drummer Some and comes out sometime...sometime.

Honestly, I'm really not into this Bruno Mars dude's vocals at all, but I can't pass a new Lupe verse.

So here it is.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Nodzilla is one of if not the wildest DJs/producers in this city.
Check out his remix of the classic Mobb Deep cut, "Survival of the Fittest."


Saturday, September 18, 2010



This is likely from Cons' upcoming LP, Cons TV.
Produced by Q-Tip, originally from Amerie.

Kanye is back again this weekend with another GOOD Friday (ahem...Saturday) release. This time he's got the Mighty Mos on a track alongside the Chef, Swizzy, Charlie Wilson, and himself.

Check it...


Friday, September 17, 2010


Cudder is back on the cover of Complex Magazine. This time he addresses some serious topics including drug use, having a (secret) daugher, and more.

Catch some excerpts below.


Courtesy of NahRight...
On not getting along with Wale:

Complex: Speaking of Wale, when you hit that fan at your show last December, he came out with a line about it ["Throwin' 'round wallets like the dude that Kid Cudi hit," from "Thank You Freestyle"].

Kid Cudi: It wasn’t a shot, it’s just a simple-ass rhyme by a simple-ass rapper. You can’t let that shit faze you. That’s one of those raps that just shows the world that you wack. Why would you even use that as a metaphor? Everybody think they Hov. Niggas ain’t got the magic like they think they do; there’s only a couple of wizards in this game. I’m a wizard and I know it.

Are your peers not seeing that?

Kid Cudi: The last album, I let people dis me, throw out those jabs in their verses and have their little slick remarks. This time around, I’m not fucking around. I have no time to think about other niggas. These other motherfuckers like feeding off another nigga’s energy, so they mention their name. You hear me talk about niggas? I don’t even talk about Kanye, and that’s my homeboy! They talk about Kanye like they’re bosom buddies with this nigga. Talking about “I be in Hawaii”—man, shut the fuck up, why you got to tell everybody everything? Then people like Wale get mad that ‘Ye ain’t give him no beats—’Ye ain’t give you no beats because we ain’t fucking with your raps. It’s not a conspiracy theory. We don’t fuck with you musically, so we’re not going to provide music for you. The shit is a service, it’s a quality of a certain standard. Niggas are just so thirsty it’s ridiculous. I’ve been eating humble pie forever, and people still call me an asshole. These people don’t know my fucking life—now I’m going to give them something to talk about.

On his cocaine use:

Complex: How heavy did the drug use get?

Kid Cudi: I started doing cocaine to get through interviews, ’cause people wanted to know a lot about my personal life and I wasn’t prepared for a 60 Minutes interview every time. Doing bumps I was able to get through the day, but then I would smoke weed to calm me down—it was the only way I could get through the day without people noticing I was doing it.

Did you ever feel like you had a problem?

Kid Cudi: I never thought it was a problem, but I was definitely high-fiving death a couple of times. It took a lot for me to talk about shit like this on the album. I don’t feel like I need to explain myself to anyone besides the fans. My fans don’t believe shit until they hear me say it. And those are true Kid Cudi fans. I want them to know the story.

On his baby daughter that nobody knew about:

Complex: That’s a lot to go through.

Kid Cudi: There’s another thing people don’t know. I have a daughter, born March 26th of this year. Her name is Vada, and she’s fucking awesome. That was eating me up, and it was stressing me out that nobody knew about her. I was trying to escape from that, too. Just trying to figure it out and make everyone happy, it’s a lot for somebody my age to handle. I was manning up and dealing with it in what I thought was the right way, but it was the wrong way. I want to be around for her. I can honestly say she was the wake-up call. The reality that it’s bigger than just you now—you have a responsibility and there’s no more time for mistakes. It’s time to stop fucking around.

That’s intense.

Kid Cudi: I was scared as fuck. I need to be a dad now, and I’m not with the girl—how does that work? Because having money isn’t it. I just wanted to be a great dad, and I didn’t think I was capable. Then I thought: When she gets here it’s either nut up or shut up. She’s my best friend and she doesn’t even know it. That’s why I always told myself I’m going to make these songs for my kids, so they can follow along and know my story, if something was ever to happen to me. No matter what motherfuckers are saying or haters are putting in their ear. She can put on my records and be like, “Fuck all that other shit, my dad was like this.” But I might make sure she doesn’t listen to this album until she’s 40. [Laughs.] I’m excited about watching her grow, I’m excited to be a papa.


Tuesday, September 14, 2010

I seem to have missed this when it came out last month.
Beautiful video with a pretty simple but powerful message and image.
Peace.

EDIT: Oh shit, and catch Jay Elect cruising the streets alongside the man Stalley.



In commemoration of the upcoming 5th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina (Aug. 29, 2010), Director and New Orleans' own Brandan "BMike" Odums and 2-Cent (www.2-cent.com) present Stalley in "Babblin'" (Prod. by J. Rawls).

BMike was inspired to capture the current state of New Orleans by creating a visual accompaniment to Stalley's "Babblin'", off of the Ohio native's "The Autobiography" (download at http://stalley330.bandcamp.com/), because he felt the song unintentionally represented the existing dichotomy in his city so well. Today, tourists and residents alike enjoy all that New Orleans has to offer, but many never visit the ninth ward or acknowledge the remnants of destruction that remain.

The imagery in "Babblin'" serves as a blunt reminder that the Katrina tragedy should not and cannot be forgotten, but through it all we must unite and rejoice to ensure life and the beautiful city of New Orleans live on.

www.2-cent.com

Monday, September 13, 2010

This track is fucking hilarious.
Here's a toast to the douche bags.

Oh, and this is the CDQ, not that sharty concert rip that hit the net the other day.
Rock this.


-Mike-

PS: How did Ye manage to perform these lyrics on TV?



Saturday, September 11, 2010


Kanye's "GOOD Friday" song leaks have created a buzz over the past few weeks. This time he take the title for the track and adds some powerful guest features to beef it up a bit. Check it out below.




Peace.
-Mike-
In hip-hop nowadays, it seems as though no age group is off limits. As more and more of our favorite rappers get older and older, the spotlight still remains on whoever manages to make the hottest songs. Naledge reached out to us a few months ago with the interest in having illRoots present his next solo mixtape, the well rounded Twenty Something with DJ Moondawg. A really great project with features from Freddie Gibbs, Skyzoo, GLC, Murs, Mikkey Halsted and others.




This vid sort of serves as a promo for the Public Enemy box set.

Check it out...


Friday, September 10, 2010

JL&R drop another new track, plus a behind-the-scenes look at the new album.
Check it ooooout...
































Thursday, September 9, 2010


Philly resident Truck North has been working hard this year. He's got a new mixtape in the works with the Money Making Jam Boys (alongside Black Thought and others), a project with The 3rd, and the I Told You So... album in collaboration with Bear-One.

Amidst all that he had the time to spit this new freestyle, titled "What's Happening?", over Reflection Eternal's "In This World" beat.

Directed & edited by Monsee for Media Den.

Check it...


Wednesday, September 8, 2010


William Upski Wimsatt is coming into town and we're going to welcome him with style.
Music by Nato Caliph and 18&Counting.
Live art by Screwed Again.
The book signing.
All around a killer party.
PLUS, I designed that flyer.
Fuckin eh.
Be there!
-Mike-

Check the latest promos below and DOWNLOAD THE MIXTAPE FOR FREE, FOOL!





Le Messi of Japanese Cartoon is working on a solo remix project. Here's the latest victim of his tinkering.

It's pretty much an 8-bit instrumental if you can dig that.

Kid Cudi - Pursuit Of Senselessness - (Death By Disco Remix) by Death By Disco

I don't really like that it's The Roots ft. Black Thought, but that's what the official release says so we'll go with it.

This is another track from the upcoming collaboration between Legend and Roots. This time they cover the Baby Huey standard "Hard Times". If it seems like they've been dropping a lot of cover tracks, that's because most of the album (in fact all but one track) is covers. Catch up on the concept HERE.

Download the track below. Listen below that. Catch the live in-studio below that.




Tuesday, September 7, 2010


The so-called "People's Champ", Eli Porter is back again. This time he's teamed up with Lil' Jon.
With a documentary set to drop this year and a mixtape on the way, Eli is grinding gears trying to reverse his YouTube infamy.
Check out info on the documentary HERE.
And download the new track below...

I did it.
-Mike-

Monday, September 6, 2010

Rocky's on that shit again. Check him out doing a verse over the Hawthorne Headhunters' "Shining Star" beat down below.

Also, be sure to catch this track and all the other live cuts on the Waitin for the DJ Live Mixtape right HERE.


I met this guy on accident down at Messhugah Cafe the other day. Nice dude, real down to Earth.

That being said, check out his new video for "Running".

And be sure to check out his new project Be Everywhere on iTunes.
Peace.


Saturday, September 4, 2010

Friday, September 3, 2010

Alright so all of my English-speaking readers might be a it lost with this but trust me, Eli Efi is the realest Brazilian dude around. Check out the documentary Estilo Hip-Hop to catch him in action.

And if you speak Portugese, check out the video below...


Thursday, September 2, 2010



This comes from Asher's next project, Spaghetti Tree. PLUS, below he explains what the fuck a spaghetti tree is.




Ya dig.
-M-

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

This one goes out to Doc Oct and Nichols Accomplished.

The track is from the new Foreign Exchange album, Authenticity, which drops October 12.

















Another new Cudi track that might appear on his upcoming Mr. Rager project.
I could really do without the damn tags though.

Sage Francis just dropped a new video from his latest LP, LI(F)E. Check it ooooout...


Just about everyone caught the text-based video for Cee-Lo's new track, "Fuck You". As far as text vids go, it was actually really awesome.

But not to be outdone by any ole graphic designer, Cee-Lo sets the record straight in the official video. Catch it below...


EDIT: Well, fuckin Facebook won't let me share the video, so check it out HERE.

 

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