Sunday, July 10, 2011

We've Moved

It seems we've outgrown ourselves. But not to worry! You can find us at in the coming days. Thanks for visiting and we'll see you over at the new and improved site!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

The ILLZ x Kristopher Rey-Talley: Let It Fall (Official Trailer)

"A genre bender in the true sense of the word, Let It Fall is not quite a music video, nor is it a short film, but rather a mix of both. It's a surrealist, dreamlike experience. Chronicling the emotional journey as a couple deals with a breakup, the piece moves in and out of reality, meant to be experienced on an emotional and visual level.

The whole piece is like a puzzle. Each chapter is a thematic sequel to the one before it, but the worlds in each video are very much their own."

Monday, June 27, 2011

D. Rose & Big Sean in Adidas’ “What’s In A Number” Remix Commercial

I just bought some of these on Saturday. We'll see how they play tonight.

Freddie Gibbs & Statik Selektah: Keep It Warm For Ya ft. Smoke DZA & Chace Infinite

Another dope joint from Freddie and Statik. I need to get my hands on The Lord Giveth, Lord Taketh Away EP!!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Dom Kennedy Live At Power House 2011

(June 25, 2011) Dom Kennedy performs 1997 & CDC (went in on some of Casey Veggies verse). Trying to see him on Thursday!

Show Tufli: Ready For It All

Off Show’s upcoming Cool, Calm & Collected mixtape.

Freddie Gibbs & Statik Selektah: Rap Money ft. Daz Dillinger

Off the EP, Lord Giveth, Lord Taketh Away. Freddie Gibbs is dope! I'd love to obtain some rap money. That is all.

Kendrick Lamar: Hol' Up

This came out a few days back. I'm lazy. You've probably already heard it. Fuck it. #Section80 July 20th.

The Weeknd: Trust Issues (Remix)

Just by chance I heard Drake's "Trust Issues" joint the other day in the car. Is it just me or does he just keep doing the same song over and over? Not a fan of R&B Drake at all. But thanks to Moe Green I now know who The Weeknd is and I thought I'd switch it up a little bit. Check it.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Who'd They Sample? Saturdays: D Scree- Departure

Off Scree's debut mixtape "No Days Off".

And now John Denver...

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Brandon Dramatic: Cold Cheese Pizza ft. Element & Roshin

This is the first time I've heard dude and I'm definitely giving Domino Jones a download when it drops this Tuesday based off this one play. "Mac Milla, Vanilla, your flow sound delicate, all funky homo, not enough Del in it." Whoa! This track is some dopeness right here.

Curren$y: She Don’t Want A Man

Fashawn: Big Dreams (Prod. by J. Cole)

Off of Higher Learning 2.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

The ILLZ: In Between Us

I've always liked The Illz' music but he's definitely moving up towards the top of my favorite musicians.

"For the record we are extremely against domestic violence. Glad to be shedding light on that issue with this video. We're strongly against it and hope that it can inspire people dealing with domestic violence to break free from it."

A Day in the Life of Skewby: Nashville Edition

Big K.R.I.T. x Dee Goodz x Skewby?! Damn I wish I was at this concert.

Dee Goodz: No Showers

You already know the sample. Dee goes in freestyle for us.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

France: Freeze

I don't know too much about this Philly spitter but this track is nice!

Pac Div: Your Fuckin' Song

Fresh off the burner. "Posted, toasted, no goin' through emotions, pulled her at the Coliseum had to use a Trojan."

Monday, June 20, 2011

Moe Green: 707

I posted this song a couple weeks back when it came out. Now we get the visuals! Sample: The Weeknd’s “Glass Table Girls”.

Kendrick Lamar Live In Brooklyn

"I'ma kill this shit for Nate Dogg, Pac and Biggie."

Freddie Gibbs: A Cold Day In Hell (Preview)

This is gonna be dope! Gibbs’ Cold Day In Hell is set to drop in July. Featuring the likes of Young Jeezy, Bun B, Juicy J, BIG K.R.I.T, Alchemist, Statik Selektah and more.

Gamboi: Freshman of the Year EP

The 15 year old spitter from Ann Arbor, Michigan lets loose this 6 track EP. What were you doing when you were 15? Exactly. Download below.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

XV: 30,000 (Feet Up In The Sky)

After reaching 30k followers on Twitter, XV put this one out.

Kendrick Lamar Celebrates His 24th Birthday In Toronto

Starts spazzing around 3:45. Kendrick's lyricism is amazing.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Who'd They Sample? Saturdays: My Well Smokes Good- Devil Inside of Me

Appreciate the dude @gMentay for sending this one over. Laid back!

"In The Valley Of My World" (1973) by The Independents off their album "Chuck, Helen, Eric, Maurice".

Friday, June 17, 2011

Chuuwee: This One For You

The track is from Chuuwee x Lee Bannon's Hot N' Ready mixtape which you can check here:

The video was directed by CaliGraphi Multimedia.

Damn this Chuuwee x Ooloo T-Shirt collab is dope! I def need to get my hands on one of those!

You can check out Ooloo here & on their Twitter and you can find the dude Chuuwee here

Kendrick Lamar: Ronald Regan Era ft. The RZA

It's a good morning when you wake up to some Kendrick. Here's another Section80 leak.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

The ILLZ: The Pursuit (ILL Tal Remix)

The ILLZ sent this one over yesterday and I'm just barely playing it now. What was I thinking sleeping on this for a whole day? Shit is dope. "Produced by ILL Tal, off of the upcoming ILLZSENTIAL: The Essential ILLZ Collection due out July 6, 2011. The project is a special collection for fans and the perfect introduction for those that have to yet to lend a ear to the upcoming emcee. The project will feature over 15 tracks as well as 5 BONUS REMIX CUTS!"

The ILLZ: Speaks On Production, The Industry & More

This is dope. I like how he corrected himself on Lykke Li's name lol.

Kris Kasanova: Break Up

This is pretty nice. And god damn this girl fine. Off of Kris' Long Way Home FreEP.

Chuuwee: Scott Heron ft. Bam Circa 86 (Prod. By Abjo)

Visuals. "Hunger turned greedy with an appetite."

Dee Goodz: Still Grind'n

The Nashville spitter kicks some bars over Dom Kennedy's "Grind'n".

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Thr33zy McFly @ Common Ground

Thr33zy hit the stage in Riverside,CA on Sunday. That Better Breeze joint was clean live. Dope.

Gameboi: Act Right ft. Rapper Big Pooh

This is the first time I heard dude but this is dope! And this beat is nice. Off his upcoming Freshman of the Year mixtape, which drops this Friday.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Steve Breaston: A League Deferred

This is dope! Dudes got talent!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Dasanto "Flying Boat"

The dude TreaZon told me to check this one out. That's dope. Normally artists these days only care about pushing their own stuff. Once I pushed play and started listening I'll be honest, after hearing just the intro I was thinking I knew exactly how the rest of the album was gonna play out. And to think I just made a post-it note to myself last night telling myself to not be so judgmental. By the second track "From Me To You" I was nodding my head to every note. Track number three hits with an Incubus sample! Dope! And I'm not even that into Incubus. Track four had me noddin' for sure. Matter of fact pretty much every track did! I can't wait to listen to this more so I can get a better view on this art! Just download and enjoy. For real.

Friday, June 10, 2011

TreaZon: Battousai Flow

I don't know anything about the Japanese cartoon that Trea is referencing but oh my this shit is dope!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Blu: Up All Night

Just thought I'd throw something up that I've been currently listening to on repeat for days on end now. The average listener doesn't even understand how sick Blu's rhyming pattern actually is. "So leave your pencils and your pistols out the door please, or be smashed by the Cadillac-a-jack, shit I smashed last night, she told you she on the rag? Nah, she was on her back, tried to hit it from the back, but when I tried to get an inch in, she told me just relax, so homie just relax, I'm on some O.G. Mister Mack, and hoes know me but only from the oldie pimpin' mags, on the cover with this Mag, like this motherfuckers bad." Dope!

Dom Kennedy: Grind'n (Prod. Cardo)

All I gotta say is WEST$IDE II 6.28.11!!

Raven Sorvino (of Language Artz): Je Ne Sais Quoi

Have I really not posted this yet? I swear I've tried to post this a handful of times now but I always get pulled away to do something else somehow. Anyways... have you ever seen something in a female that attracts you to her but you don't know exactly what it is? That's je ne sais quoi. This is the dopeness.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

SLik d: High Vibes

Put down your Bruno Mars cd and give this a listen for a change. To check out more of SLik d hit up & on Twitter @SLickdizzle .

Moe Green: 707

Such a sick sample of The Weeknd’s “Glass Table Girls”. Moe Green reppin' for his hometown Vallejo! Dope joint here! Moe went tough on this one. Albuterol was my shit back in the day lol.

Big K.R.I.T. - The Vent Preview

You get the idea. Dope.

Chuuwee: May 22nd

From The With Love EP. That was dope. Now it's off to work.

Fashawn: Down That Road ft. Sam Hook

I dunno how I missed this one a couple weeks back...

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Nardwuar vs. Curren$y Pt. 2

Curren$y and Nardwuar make peace in round 2.

Nipsey Hu$$le: Keys to the City

Off of Neighborhood Nipseys Marathon mixtape.

Blu "EverybodyNose" Live In NYC

"L.A. rapper Blu stopped by New York in May '11 for a secret show presented by Nature Sounds and New World Color. Catch him performing some material from his new album NoYork, coming soon. Blu's latest project "Her Favorite Colo(u)r" is in stores now." Did somebody say "make up show"?

Big K.R.I.T. – Country Sh*t (rmx) f. Ludacris & Bun B


Pac Div: VladTV Freestyle

Some Pacific Division for you. Not sure about this one...

Pusha T: Alone In Vegas

Directed by Orson Whales (Shahan Jafri + Alex Germanotta). "Sunk leather seats softer than an angels kiss, but they devil red, tires double tread, I post and parks up, that gets me double head, tight rope walking tryna keep a level head, the bright lights blind look at what the devil did".

Monday, June 6, 2011

Izova the Khemist "The Fixtape"

Props to @_itSjkeyS for sending this one over.

Jonathan Lowell: John Lee (The 2009-2011 Sessions)

Here's a dope 25 track mixture of Jonathan Lowell production and remixes. Dude is talented no doubt. Preview (Three Trillion ft. Chuuwee) and download below.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Fice: In The Kitchen

I been writing to that Brotha Lynch "24 Deep" instrumental for the last two months and Fice comes out and kills my shit haha. Dope.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Mara Hruby: The Panties

A Mos Def classic. Casey Veggies also went in on this beat. Mara covers it. Ultra dope!

KiD CuDi: Marijuana

The video would have been better if it came out a few months back... CuDi doesn't even smoke anymore (or so he says)!

The Niceguys: Die Later

James Kelley EP dropping soon.

Monday, May 30, 2011

C Plus: Kush Rolled Up (Prod. By Hippie Sabotage)

Just press play. Off Plus' debut album "All C.I.T.Y."

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Chuuwee: Scott Heron ft. Bam Circa 86 (Prod. By Abjo)

Chuuwee's that dude. Paying tribute to the late Gil Scott Heron. R.I.P.

D Scree: Wake Up Call (Prod. By Jontahan Lowell)

Off Screes debut mixtape titled "No Days Off". " 'And that be cool just to hear me on the radio, but I'll be cool if only you just really play me though." Dope! This beat gives me good vibes. Download "No Days Off" HERE.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Thr33zy McFly: Hey Boo Boo

McFly kicks a little freestyle for you and this three day weekend. "You rap like cell phones no service, thats no bars."

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

tabi Bonney: Sunlight

Dude directs his own videos. Enough said.

Kendrick Lamar: HiiiPoWeR (Prod. J. Cole)

I need not explain!!

Skeme: Krazy (Ape Sh!t)

Sox! Off that Statement tape.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Recess: How Do You Sleep? ft. Blu

A little Blu is always welcome. Off Sene and The Clubhouse’s collaborative Recess EP. I'm gonna have to give that one a look now.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Curren$y x Alchemist: Covert Coup (FreEP)

This has been sitting in my inbox entirely too long. Curren$y comes with a new tape faster than my lazy ass has motivation to post them. Shouts to Diamond Supply Co. for presenting this one.

Blu: jesus (Album)

Bam! Production by Alchemist, 9th Wonder, Madlib and more.

The ILLZ: ILLYTAL (Portishead Remix)

The ILLZ is dope. He on that other sh*t!

Big K.R.I.T., Ludacris & Bun B: Country Sh*t (rmx) BTS (Video)

Sneak peek.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Thr33zy McFly: It's Alright ft. Uness

New joint from that dude Thr33zy.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Dom Kennedy: Designer Sh*t

I've been waiting for Dom to put a video to this joint! And the visuals are dope! That Casino scene? Haha Dom's a dummy.

Zion I: Infatuation

New visuals off Zion I’s 2010 release, Atomic Clock.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Kendrick Lamar Impersonating Wiz Khalifa

Haha this is funny. Pretty spot on too. "I'm soundin' like Curren$y now" haha.

C-Plus: Do What You Want (Gone)

I don't know how I missed this one when it came out... So dope! I need that jacket!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Thr33zy McFly: Better Breeze ft. Raven Sorvino

Smooth joint right here. Every time I press play I'm transported to the Spanish Islands.

SunNY: Life After Soul of a Hustler

Tayyib Ali: Do It

I just heard this 18 year old MC from PA the other day for the first time and I'm definitely impressed. Make sure to grab Tayyib's "Keystone State of Mind" mixtape.

Skeme: Let It Breath (Prod. By The Futuristiks)

Off Skeme's upcoming tape The Statement which was set to drop back on April 20th. Hurry up and wait I guess.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Trey Songz Sampled Brand New?

Really now?

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Phil Ade: De La Soul

Latest installment off of #PhilAdeFriday. PA goes in over De La Soul's Prince Paul-produced single from ‘93, Breakadawn.

Who'd They Sample? Saturdays: Fashawn- In the Rain

This is so dope! The Dramatics (formerly The Dynamics) were a American soul music vocal group, formed in Detroit, Michigan in 1967. They are best known for their 1970s million- selling hit songs, "In the Rain" and "Whatcha See is What You Get".

Atmosphere: Scapegoat Live

Slug performs this classic to a SOLD OUT show at House of Blues in Boston. Place was jammin'!

Grieves: Bloody Poetry

Off the homie Grieves upcoming Rhymesayers debut, Together/Apart, due out June 21st.

eLZhi: Halftime

Off his elmatic project that drops Tuesday. Dope.

C-plus: Game Changer ft. Moe Green & Uptown Swuite

One of my favorites off of C-Plus' ALL C.I.T.Y.

Diz Gibran: The Return (Prod. Moonshine)

Dizzy! Off his next project, Just In Time For Always.

Rockie Fresh: About It (Prod. Cardo)

Ok, ok. It's the weekend and I can finally catch up on some posts I've been meaning to do for the last few weeks. Off of Blog Or Die’s forthcoming Supply & Demand compilation.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Thr33zy McFly: Don Juan Flow (Prod. The Formula)

"I'll never let a bitch Lil Bow Wow me". Thr33zy deserves more attention. Dude is dope.

Famous: Slow Down ft. Rich Kidd

This beat is "literally"dope.

Kendrick Lamar working on Ronald Reagan Era ft. RZA

Sneak peak of Kendrick Lamar working on Ronald Reagan Era off Section80 project. Dope.

Lawrence Frazier: Get Up, Get By ft. GIBBY & Sham

Off "The 2nd Theory" tape. Dropping next Tuesday. Mellow dopeness of a beat.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Dave Raps: Best Worst Day Ever

This is probably the best track I've heard from dude yet! Shit is dope.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Big Sean on the Cosmic Kev Show

This beat is dope! In case you were wondering it's a Nas instrumental (the track's called "No Idea's Original", off The Lost Tapes).

Instrumental for all you that wanna give it a try.

Dready Black: On the DL

Just heard this joint from this dope MC hailing out of Santa Cruz, Cali. "Good beer, micro brew, Lagunitas 6 pack, keep talkin' shit man, y'all gonna need a Tic Tac."

Saturday, April 30, 2011

The Doppelgangaz: Suppository

The second release off Lone Sharks coming Summer 2011.

Big K.R.I.T. - The Vent Live

Krizzle performs The Vent for the first time live. I can't believe people are talking in the crowd! My ass would be completely silent.

Nardwuar vs. Lil Wayne

Kendrick Lamar: HiiiPoWeR Preview


Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Nas & Damien Marley: Nah Mean

This video is pretty tough! "We celebrate like I finished probation."

Consequence: The World Is Watching

"I use to hear the term "TroubleMaker" and equate it as something negative. I now regard it as a term of endearment. With that being said, if what you're about to witness makes me a "TROUBLEMAKER" then indeed... It's time to start some TROUBLE. The moments depicted in this clip have been in front of US all along. I hate to be the "Bearer of Bad News" but 'Movies On Demand 3' will be the MOST CONTROVERSIAL project that Hip-Hop has seen in some time."

Theo Martins: Up & Away

Brand new visuals from the Rhode Island spitter.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

SMKA: The 808 Experiment v.3 Mixtape

I can't explain the dopeness that is SMKA. Just download. Tracklist and link below.

01 In The Laboratory
2 Laws ft. Thee Tom Hardy – “Live My Life”
3 Spodee – “Who Run It”
4 DaVinci – “Slide Through”
5 Aleon Craft ft. Grip Plyaz & Tuki (of Hollyweerd) – “My Girlfriend”
6 Donny Goines ft. Bobby Creekwater & Mikkey Halsted – “For The People”
7 Nesby Phips ft. Phil Ade – “Do Re Mi”
8 STS ft. Tony Williams & Freddie Gibbs – “Cloud of Endo”
9 Sam Dew (of Cloudeater) – “District in the Dark”
10 Jack Preston ft. Spree Wilson – “Mechanical Love”
11 brandUn DeShay ft. Young Lyxx & RE – “Quite the Fiasco”
12 Scar ft. El Prez & Aleon Craft – “Smoke & Ride Out”
13 Jackie Chain ft. Rittz, Jarren Benton & Young Scolla – “Certified Shit”
14 A-1 the Supergroup ft. Raye Rich (of FKi) – “After Party (Hotel)”
15 Casey Veggies ft. Young Scolla & Skewby – “On Everything”
16 Mike Schpitz ft. XO (of Diamond Distrcit) – “So Cruel”
17 PRGz – “Rocks & Rolls”
18 Goines ft. K.Sparks – “Less Than Zero”19 4-ize – “Four 16s”

Monday, April 25, 2011

Fam-Lay: What's My Name

The video that's got the whole internet buzzin'. I think every single rapper in the world has tweeted about this one lol.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Self Scientific: War Stories ft. Big K.R.I.T.

Wow this is dope! Do yourself a favor and press play.

Kanye West Live At Coachella

I had so many mixed feelings as I watched this last Sunday lol. Shit was dope, stupid, funny... had me saying "I can't believe he just did that" in both good and bad ways. Just watch.

XV: Watch Me Go (Prod J. Cole)

Definitely gonna be bumping this joint this summer. "Now watch me go".

Phil Ade: Something True

It's the weekend! Time to catch up on some music that was released in the past week. This Phil Ade joint is so dope! "That Devil in a skirt can have a Devil in her skirt, and my state got one of the highest rates on earth, I searched to know why that shit is always in the hood, and why Magic is our only ni**a with it thats good." And what Phil says about Health Care? Damn thats real talk.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Thr33zy McFly: Upper Classmen (Prod. Tha Adjicktivz)

Such a dope sample! "Ho's love me on twitter so they follow me in person". Oh yeah and umm... picture me rollin'.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Kendrick Lamar & Dr. Dre In The Studio

Brother Ali Performing Live At Earlham College

This shit has me so annoyed right now lol. I showed this one Jawn Brother Ali and she hated on him. But once she found out he was Muslim she gave him a second listen. Now he played at her school and she probably got to see this shit for free! SMH!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Pusha T: My God

The church scene cuts are pretty dope. "Started with Similac powder in a baby bottle."

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Dom Kennedy Speaks On The Original Dom Kennedy

Press play.

Thr33zy McFly: Moodswings (Prod. Tha Adjicktivz)

"Today we release a record from the Language Artz records archives, from Thr33zy McFly “Moodswings”.A snippet was featured on Thr33zy’s 2008 mixtape, and was suppose to be the first single from the Language Artz collaboration album “Beautiful Language” which will remain unreleased. Standing the test of time as one of Thr33zy’s best songs, the full version is now available for new & old fans. Enjoy!"

Friday, April 15, 2011

Curren$y: Scottie Pippen ft. Freddie Gibbs (prod. The Alchemist)

Filthy! "Windy City Bulls Mitchell & Ness, wool jacket, some sweats and some Scottie Pippens." And Gibbs kills it like always! Covert Coup dropping 4/20.

Dee Goodz: The G-Code ft. Matic Lee

Yahtzee! This beat goes! If you haven't, I suggest you go get Floetic Justice v.2: B.O.T.H.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Add-2: Dream Catcher ft. Nida Nasheeda

Off of "Tale of Two's City Vol.4: Better Days". So soulful! "She rather she be used than not be used at all."

Dom Kennedy: CDC ft. Casey Veggies & cARTer

I had no clue Veggis was in high school! That shit is crazy! Dude's killin' it. No introduction needed for Dom!

Kendrick Lamar: HiiiPoWeR (Prod. J. Cole)

And then there was Kendrick. Here's the first single off his third solo album titled, #Section80. Oh and J. Cole on the beat!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Big K.R.I.T.’s Return Of 4eva Tour ep.1

Krizzle on the road in Houston.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Chuuwee: D'evils

Some unreleased music hot off the press from Sac's finest. So dope.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Atmosphere: She's Enough Teaser

I can't bring myself to say what I feel. I have too much respect for dude. Click play and you be the judge.

Macklemore Performs "My Oh My" Live At Safeco Field

Props to the Mariners as an organization for having an eye on Macklemore. Dope!

Friday, April 8, 2011

C Plus: Louder ft. Chuuwee

I don't know what you other fools are talking about... shit is dope.

Freddie Gibbs: Rock Bottom


Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Pac Div: Anti-Freeze

"You 'aint really that tough homie that's the liquor."

Chip Tha Ripper: The Entrance

"We’re taking ‘em back with this on, nostalgia at it’s finest for one of the most refreshing tracks off Gift Raps. Appropriately placed as the intro, ‘The Entrance’ follows Chip out in Cleveland telling the story of his come up and rise to greatness. Grinding in the streets time after time, making every dollar imaginable to be the freshest dude in the game isn’t an easy hustle, but who more suited than Chip Tha Ripper? Did we mention that he produced the track as well alongside the homie Big Duke? Crazy. We’re not done yet, more videos in the works. We in this hoe." – iR

Lykke Li: I Follow Rivers (Live on the Moon)

This is too dope!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Return of 4Eva Review

First off I would like to say that I'm thoroughly impressed by K.R.I.T. (time and time again). I guess what they say is right, the best things in life are free! Throughout listening to this tape I found myself gradually turning the volume up with each and every song that I listened to. I've never been to the South before but every time I hear a K.R.I.T. track I can almost smell the Magnolia's. I'm dumbfounded on how a rapper from this generation has so much soul. It's really rare these days and without a doubt a blessing. With an intro song that has more substance and playback potential than most of these other rappers singles (you rappers should play this track before you go on stage). This is what I call hands-free music. Just press play, sit back and enjoy.

Here's a handful of the songs that stood out to me (at least for the first few times I've played the tape).

Rise and Shine
Something you should do if you're still sleeping on Krizzle! "Prayin' for the future but I'm dealin' with the past." Such a simple lyric but there's so much emotion in those few words. "Tired of sittin' on the couch, watchin' celebs pout about the troubles of a million dollar house." Damn! So ill!

R4 Theme Song
You can get your head noddin' with this one. Such a feel good beat! People forget that K.R.I.T. produces too! Super human dude right here.

This is one of the dopest beats I've heard in a while and instantly one of my favorite K.R.I.T. tracks. Krizzle sampled the Brothers of Souls song "Dream". "In a class of my own but I was scared to raise my arm."

Sookie Now ft. David Banner
Ahhhh shit! Surprisingly I was really excited when Banner came on track. I haven't really listened to him since his "Mississippi" album. Head stays noddin' throughout this track.

American Rapstar
"An A&R once told me “you can determine the worth of a song within 15 seconds of it playing”. With complete n utter lack of the fact that it takes takes all 3 minutes and 40 seconds of a song to comprehend what I’m sayin’. It aint a single if it don’t fly. It aint a hit if it don’t ride. Now he couldn’t tell me the components of a smash but the ringtones were their all-time high. And a rappers only as big as his chain, the flashier the better." I love how K.R.I.T. believed in something and stayed true to it. Throughout this tape he sheds light on the music industry and how he waited until it was right. I'm really glad he had the courage to not listen to what others were saying.

Officially the theme song for Rail Road Hip Hop! This beat and K.R.I.T.'s flow on this one = dopeness! "I know you hear this train comin'."

Another Naive Individual Glorifying Greed and Encouraging Racism
This one right here has to be my favorite track on this whole tape! So much pain and passion in that intro. This one will be on repeat for some time! Beautiful music from a beautiful human being.

The Vent
Honestly almost teared up on this one. "How can the devil take my brother if he's close to me?" Such a dope Tupac lyric sample. Then the rhyming pattern off the first few sentences on "Changes". So good. "The radio don't play the shit I used to love, or maybe I'm just growin' up." Man K.R.I.T. is so easy to relate to.

All in all this is one of the dopest pieces of combined music I've ever heard. K.R.I.T. you've officially cemented your place in time.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Donny Goines: For The People ft. Bobby Creekwater & Mikkey Halsted (Prod. SMKA)

Off The 808 Experiment: Vol 3. This right here is pretty nice!

A Yo: Ayomari Interview

Briefly describe yourself as a person and as a rapper.

I love great songs, movies, food, and women.

I heard somewhere that your father was a musician. What type of music did he do and how did that influence you to do what you do?

My father IS a musician that does a variety of styles ranging anywhere from blues to rock to country. Unfortunately, I wasn't raised around him for most of my life, so he never had the opportunity to pass down his knowledge of music until I was much older. Although he tried. My mother always promoted music as important and supported its role in my life. Of course over the years I've received a lot from both including other family members.

For me the West's hip-hop scene right now is producing the best overall sound hands down. How do you think this resurgence came about?

I don't know exactly, the talent had already been here, it was just a matter of hard work and getting the music out. Eventually if enough people are talking about it, it becomes undeniable. But this has been going on for years.

Who are you currently listening to?

Currently this very moment, I'm listening to "Kaili" by Caribou, I like that new K.R.I.T. song "Time Machine", this guy Alexander Ebert, Deerhunter, and some of this new stuff The Cafeteria Line has been working on.

Do you have a favorite song or beat of all-time?

Charlie Brown's "Christmas Time Is Here"

Out of the LA MC's such as Dom Kennedy, Kendrick Lamar, Pac Div, Diz Gibran etc. What are your personal favorite tracks from them?

Local's Only is my favorite Dom joint, Michael Jordan is my favorite Kendrick joint, Taste is my favorite Pac joint, Run Around is my favorite Diz Gibran joint, Might As Well is my favorite J Davey song, Figg Get Da Money is my favorite Schoolboy Q joint, Muddy Jane is my favorite U-N-I joint, there's a lot.

How do you feel about social-networking sites such as twitter?

Great tool for networking. I never really read the twitter timeline, I mostly only read about anything pertaining to The Cafeteria Line, or whatever may catch my eye. Twitter can be like high school sometimes, but it's very useful.

What's right with hip-hop? What's wrong with hip-hop?

What's right with hip hop is that it's completely unique. It's still the voice of the youth, and right now is the best time to be yourself.

Whats wrong with hip hop is that people, hip hop included, don't respect the art forms enough, which in turn results in a lowered respect towards it. There are obvious exceptions, but for example, being a virtuoso in rap isn't held in the same regard as being a virtuoso in piano. I'm sure there are those, probably most, who would say you can't compare the two in technical difficulty, but you can. The learning curve may be different, but the voice is the most diverse instrument in the world. It may be easy for a person to rap, but how many rappers have you heard do what Eminem used to do? Eminem took rap so far, he had to come back and dumb it down because people weren't keeping up.

The issue with hip hop is that there isn't a balance between the artform and the industry. The industry has such a foothold on the culture that natural progression of it has been stifled. Hip Hop has almost become a recycled parody of itself. It's exploited in every facet of media for financial gain which is the nature of the industry and that's fine. The problem is that all of this happened before the culture had enough time to establish a solid foundation with respect to the world's understanding and acceptance of it. The culture was basically taken out of the hands of the people who created it before they were able to sell the world their vision for it. So now, what the world gets is an abridged version of hip hop in a controlled setting from capitalist. That's why you have so many run of the mill rappers; bitches, money, cars, drugs is all they talk about. The industry has people truly believing that in order to make it, you must be like what you see on tv. I could go on and on.

If you weren't making music what would you be doing?

Making music

Favorite sports memory?

I never was into sports. I did play tee ball when I was a kid lol, my team was The Giants. I was never bad at sports but my heart was in art.

Do you have a fascination with food and why?

It's food! lol if you were going to be fascinated with anything, wouldn't it be food? It's amazing how many people don't explore all of these different types of foods in the world, it's crazy. And great food puts you in a great mood.

Describe your writing process.

It varies, sometimes I record random patterns to a beat to find out how I want the flow to be, take bits and pieces and put words to them. I'm one of those people that still uses paper and pencil to write, I feel as if my energy is actually traveling from my hand, through the pencil and into the paper lol. Sometimes my paper has lines scratched out all over, other times every line is written perfectly from beginning to end with no misstep. Freestyling is a big part of the writing process also, it's important to go from feeling and not force the song. I always know when I have it because the feeling is unmistakable. That excited, surprised and "yeahhh" moment.

What are you looking forward to?

I am looking forward to one day actually being paid for my talents. I'm looking forward to that Doom & Thom Yorke project. To finishing A Sucker For Pumps. I'm looking forward to seeing where I'm at by the end of 2011.

Describe Ayomari's perfect day.

A bomb meal, in bed with the perfect movie.

Any words of encouragement for young up and coming rappers out there?

Study study study, don't believe the hype, get the skill down and everything else will fall in place. Don't try to skip classes you need just because the opportunity is there. It'll come back to bite ya ass!

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