Monday, February 28, 2011

Chip Tha Ripper Gift Raps Mixtape

Presented by ILLROOTS & Karmaloop and produced almost entirely by Chuck English of The Cool Kids. Did I hear somebody say no features?? So refreshing! I'm downloading currently and can't wait to check this one out! Enjoy!

Chuuwee: My Place ft. J.Good

This be the 2nd leak off Chuuwee’s "Be Cool" EP. Produced by Jonathan Lowell.

Jay-Z: Evolution of My Style

Jay-Z opens up about how his style has evolved over the years. More people need to write like this. Meaningful words and emotions go further then delivery and flow in my opinion.

DaVinci: Blame Game

Here's the latest single from the Fillmore spitter. Produced by Al Jieh using the same sample Kanye used in My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. DaVinci has a couple projects dropping this year; Feast Or Famine and The MOEna Lisa.

Nice & Smooth: No Delayin'

This be that classic Nice & Smooth! "Throwback Video with a modern twist 1st of it's kind." Dope concept.

Big K.R.I.T. - Dreamin'

Such dope artwork! I can't wait to get my hands on this album! "This is the 1st leak of my new Album “Returnof4eva” (artwork by Eric Bailey). The song is called “Dreamin” I produced the beat as well. I feel this is a perfect representation of my music at this exact moment in time bc it could have gone either way for me. This was all a dream a year ago. Now i am living out my dreams everyday. This is a personal & special record to me & i hope it inspires you to follow your dreams like i did. Motion Family shot the video for this yesterday, thats coming soon. In the meantime u can get the song & all updates from me at" – Big K.R.I.T.

SonReal: Clap For Me

I'm a little late on this! But the Vancouver based hip-hop artists does his thing on track. "Been a stick a dynamite this year we f*ckin' blasted."

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Jae Apollo: Rule The World

Jae Apollo is a 20 year old rapper from Brooklyn. Now listen!

Chill Moody Freestyle

"Summertime them heaters cocked them guns out, So I don't even smile when the suns out." So dope! Make sure to check out Chill Moody's debut album "wESTchilly".

Lykke Li Wounded Rhymes Album Preview

Just skimmed through the album real quick and I think "I Know Places" will be my favorite song off the album (just a feeling).

Caribou: Odessa

I'm really feeling this one right now. Maybe I've been playing to much Fifa...

Blu talks No York and New album with Exile

In part 1 of this interview Blu gives Hard Knock TV insight into his new album and Major label debut, No York, which is going through its mixing stages right now and will be out this summer (with enough songs to make it a triple album).

Blu also states that he is experimenting with an electric hip hop type sound. Production for No York, includes Dibiase, Flying Lotus, Knxwledge, Sam I am, Exile, Madlib, Shafiq, Bilal, J*DaVeY and Sa-Ra. As far as MC collaborations on No York, Blu states that you can expect Edan, Donel Smokes, Double-O, Definite and Nola Darling.

Blu says that there is another album with him and Exile that is complete but besides what the rumors say it's not going to be called Below the Heavens 2. He also says that he has put producing on the side for a bit because he had a hunger to get back on the raps and pick up the pen again. Part 2 with Blu next week.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Time is Now Documentary | Black History Month Tribute

"Black History Month serves as an influential reminder to all of us of the lives, dedication and passion that went into music, arts and culture and the lives that were given so that we have what we have today.

There seems to be a constant disconnect between the history of black and urban music and what is being produced today, #teamtimeisnow came together to make a stand and dedicate an original song to this historic month.

Witness now what has been documented and said about this historic song & the people behind the music." Props to Jules Ms Understood for sending this one over.

Who'd They Sample? Saturdays: Dom Kennedy- Guess Who It Is

This is such a dope song off Dom's mixtape "25th Hour". "But now I ride around with me now in the trunk, Yellin' get out the way my ni**a it's me now in the front, I'm about to buy a Porsche put the cheese down in a month, like come out the house ma that's me down in the front."

"Beat produced by Kanye West. Guess Who's Back, track 4 from 'The Fix'. The Fix is the first album released by Def Jam and seventh overall album from rapper Scarface. Scarface became the president of Def Jam South the year before this release. This album was highly acclaimed, receiving the last 5 Mic rating from The Source Magazine before the latest 5 Mic album, Lil' Kim's The Naked Truth. Guests include Jay-Z, Beanie Sigel, Nas, Faith Evans and WC."

Black Hippy: Constipation

Jay Rock, Kendrick Lamar and ScHoolboy Q join Ab-Soul for the latest leak off his upcoming project, LongTerm: Mentality, dropping April 5th!

J. Cole: Nothing Like It

That new new!

Punch: Project Window ft. Kendrick Lamar

The art they used for this is dope. Good word play and all that. Produced by @Sounwave.

The Road To Paid Dues Tour: Seattle

Ab-Soul, Long Term Mentality, Black Hippy, HiPower!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Mic Stewart: Oooh

Off his Time to Rhyme Mixtape. This is dope.

Skeme Speaks On The Statement

LAUNFD / SOX Gang rapper Skeme talks upcoming showdates, future project with Diamond Supply Co. and release date for his upcoming mixtape "The Statement".

Erk Tha Jerk: Reach the top ft. J. Myers

From the album "Nerd's Eye View". Spotted at Broccoli City.

Genesis the GreyKid: Here We Are

Common passed on this beat but Genesis does not!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

CinematicTV: Big K.R.I.T. Working On Live From The Underground

"CinematicTV : Big K.R.I.T. Spittin some shit from his song "Live from the Underground" which will be a bonus cut off krits new project "Returnof4eva" Which is dropping 3.22.11. at krits new site" This is so dope!

ScHoolboy Q Live in OKC

A little Q before sleep? Indeed.

Chip Tha Ripper: Cool Points

Dunno how I missed this one when it came out a couple weeks ago. Don't worry Chip, you'll be in that XXL Freshman class next year. "F*ck the mainstream the world don't deserve this."!

"Nowadays, being cooler than your competition is one of the most important elements of the hip-hop industry. Whether it's dressing better, rapping better or smoking more tree, Chip Tha Ripper is one of the few artists who doesn't even have to try when kicking out new raps. With his Gift Raps project finally set for release on March 1st, Chip is getting ready to turn things into high gear. Stay tuned as we have a lot coming up with the Cleveland emcee who will be cutting zero slack in 2011."

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Senica Da Misfit & V-12: Fly

It's about bedtime but I just gave dude a listen and I'm definitely diggin' this track (I'll have to give his other songs a listen and report back). Shouts out to Skyy at Skyyhook Radio for putting me onto this.

XXL'S 2011 Freshman Cover

I'm real glad to see Kendrick Lamar and Big K.R.I.T. on this! Even though I think they easily belong there, you never know how XXL chooses there ten freshmen ( in this case eleven this year). But what about Dom Kennedy? Pac Div? I guess the likes of Diggy Simmons and Lil B can thank their lucky stars for hype. What are your guys' thoughts?

Monday, February 21, 2011

Ab-Soul: Moscato ft. Kendrick Lamar

This that new P & P for you! Off Ab-Souls Upcoming Project "LongTerm Mentality".

Drake x Kanye West x Rihanna Live At 2011 NBA All-Star Game

Rihanna be killin' me with some of those looks she gives. I dunno about you but I enjoyed this. Yes sir!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Los: Fall For Your Type

Directed by John Colombo. "How could you diss me this me, kiss me dismiss me just leave, bitch we history, mystery haunts me how you smile dont miss me."

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Kanye West: All Of The Lights ft. Rihanna & KiD CuDi

Visuals off Kanye West’s album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Directed by Hype Williams. "All Of The Lights" by Kanye West ft. Rihanna and Kid Cudi with vocals by Fergie, Charlie Wilson, John Legend, Tony Williams, Alicia Keys, La Roux, The Dream, Ryan Leslie, Alvin Fields and Ken Lewis.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Adele: Someone Like You Live At Largo

Oh my! Sometimes you hear the perfect song for your mood and on this cold and stormy day today, this is the perfect song. Her emotion on tracks is always remarkable. I can't get the video to stop auto-playing so hit it up after the jump!

Curren$y: Muscle Car Chronicles (Trailer #3)

Off Spitta’s upcoming Muscle Car Chronicles album/short film. The guitar, vocals and Spittas raps sound dope all rolled up in one! Bart Scoot voice, "Can't wait!".

The Doppelgangaz: Tell Them

Capes and shit.

ScHoolboy Q: Fantasy ft. JHene Aiko

New visuals from Q. Dope! Directed by Jerome D.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Smoke DZA: Ralph Lifshitz (Prod By. Boi-1da)

Off T.H.C. Directed by slick jackson. Rrrright!

Atropa BellaDonna: The Pay Back ft. CaLaura

Directed by Paper Films. Thoughts? Download the song here:

The ILLZ: To Know Your Place in the Universe

Three posts in one day for The ILLZ? Sure why not.

Dom Kennedy x Jay West x BJ the Chicago Kid Previews So Hard

"Here is a sneak look at a recent late-night studio session in Atlanta, where some talented artist got together for some shit talking, drinking and most important to MAKE MUSIC. Dom Kennedy, Jay West and B.J the Chicago Kid hooked up with Sweatbox Music to craft some goodness amongst friends. Look out for song to drop later this week."

The ILLZ: November Sky

Second single off the New Jersey representative’s upcoming project, :03 From Gold.

Ron Artest: Who Are You ft. Nas & Xin Xin

Oh Ron-Ron. Nas has two verses on the track which is all you need to know.

Fashawn: Nothin' For the Radio (Prod. J. Cole)

Off of Fashawn’s Higher Learning II.

Download Mixtape

The ILLZ x TiRon x Hot Mop Films - THE GOLD: Episode 2

Episode 2: The ILLZ and TiRon at PNC's Crack Distributors Radio. TiRon had some real intelligent things on his mind. "You think Paul McCartney went in there and was like, I gotta body Michael." Haha!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Casey Veggies Live at the Key Club for Kendrick Lamar

I was gonna make the trip down south to go to this. I can't believe I didn't. What a jackass.

Monday, February 14, 2011

J. Cole: In The Morning ft. Drake

Twitter buggin' out because of this! And Youtube! Flooded. Official video madness.

Kendrick Lamar Talks Detox, Compton, etc

"Thisis50 & Jack Thriller recently sat down with Kendrick Lamar. He talks about the difference between East Coast And West Coast music, growing up in Compton, how he was discovered, rapping at 13 years old, being inspired by Tupac, working closely with Dr. Dre, his ultimate goal, being on the "Detox" album & much more!"

Coolroy: Charlie Mixtape

"So here it is.... "Charlie". To make it simple, this is just the story of a kid trying to figure out life, and where he fits in the world.... if at all.

Joining me throughout the project are emcees Tunji and H.O.P.E., as well as L.A. singer/songwriter Jhene Aiko. Beats come courtesy of Like (of Pac Div), Ratatat, Roosevelt, The Automatiks, Taebeast and Epik the Dawn. E. Hammer contributes additional string arrangements."

Kendrick Lamar Previews Tempation w/ J. Cole

Here's some more footage from Kendricks In-Store.

Skewby: Sunny

From Skewby's Second Mixtape, "More Or Less". Directed By Skewby. Freshness.

Grieves & Budo: Pack It Up

In an attempt to make the whole world feel loved this Valentine's Day, Grieves and Budo are giving you this free track and brand new video called "Pack It Up". Download the track here:

MENT Nelson: Last Hope

Rarely do I get a submission that I dig but when I heard this joint from the spitter outta South Carolina I was definitely noddin' head. For more music by MENT you can go to:

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Ellie Goulding: Lights (Bassnectar Remix)

Bassnectar's remix of Ellie Goulding's Lights. This is kinda off the path for me but I dig it. It must be the weed, I mean shoes.

Shad: Keep Shining

Note from the Director:
"To me, the "Keep Shining" video is an ode to the strong and often under-appreciated spirits of women. This video was designed as a candid and thought/emotion-provoking concept. My goals were to create a candid and uplifting experience that featured a wide diversity of women and girls and to also unearth what I felt lay beneath the lyrics: A call to claim one's voice. Early on, I realized a key to this concept: Shad barely appears in the video. The ladies own the lyrics. For me, it's as if Shad is saying "take it, own it, your voice belongs to you." It was my intention to show strength, vulnerability, joy, catharsis and reclamation of the spirit of all those who appeared in these 3 minutes and 44 seconds. My hope is that it will speak to women, girls, men and boys and everything in between. Let's all "Keep Shining"."

TiRon & Ayomari: Good Food

Mmm time to roll up. Be on the lookout for an interview with Ayomari!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Genesis the Greykid Interview

Miles Beyond sits down with Genesis the Greykid for Rail Road Hip Hop. You can follow Genesis on twitter@hi_im_genesis and on Facebook: Russell Genesis McGee

For Mixtapes by Genesis you can go to:

For Videos by Genesis you can go to:

Part 2


Atmosphere The Family Sign (Artwork x Tracklist)

"Atmosphere returns with their 7th official studio album and the newest addition to their unparalleled body of work. The Family Sign comes from a place well refined and firmly planted, from a universal perspective. It’s about being okay with losing friends and strengthening your bonds with others, celebrating the person who’s been the most positive in your life, your kids, your homies, leaving the people you need to behind, and bringing the ones you love with you. It’s about your family, your time and the time you have with them. It’s about living and dying. It’s the truth about family, that it comes from loyalty as much as biology. It’s about breaking down your perceptions of family and really appreciating the people who’ve made you who you are and continue doing so.

The Family Sign is Atmosphere’s most personal and intimate album yet; it involves and engages the listener like never before. Slug’s signature voice weaves in and out of Ant’s ASR-born production, Nate Collis’ bluesy guitar riffs and the sound of Erick Anderson’s unmistakable keys giving The Family Sign a fresh, unique edge without sacrificing Atmosphere’s signature sound."

01 My Key
02 The Last to Say
03 Became
04 Just For Show
05 She’s Enough
06 Bad Bad Daddy
07 Millenium Dodo
08 Who I’ll Never Be
09 I Don’t Need Brighter Days
10 Ain’t Nobody
11. Your Name Here
12. If You Can Save Me Now
13. Something So
14. My Notes

Coolroy: Charlie Preview #3

You already know!

The Kid Bilal: Shooting stars

Shooting stars off "Dedication" the Mixtape Hosted by Dee Jay Russ. Spread this. "Tell some friends".

Pusha T: My God (prod. Hit-Boy)

Solo! No point in a description just listen! My god!

Who'd They Sample? Saturdays: Chip Tha Ripper- Don't Come Into My Hood (Bone Thugs Cover)

I mean I knew Chip had a cool, laid back flow but damn! He's got that BTNH flow down so good! Gets Krayzie on it!

Here's what wiki says about the song: "Days of Our Livez" is a single by Bone Thugs-n-Harmony. The instrumental is primarily based on "Tender Love" by Force MDs and "Making Love in the Rain" by Herb Alpert. It was released on the soundtrack to the movie Set It Off and is featured in the film. The song also appears the group's 1998 compilation album The Collection Volume One and Bone's greatest hits album. It reached number 53 on the UK Singles Chart, and was later certified Gold by the RIAA. It is also considered an underrated classic and one of Bone's greatest hits with its slow, melodic tone similar to that of "Tha Crossroads".

Friday, February 11, 2011

Spree Wilson: Transition ft. Novel

This is the second song I've heard from Spree and I must say I'm pretty impressed. 2 for 2 in my book.

L.E.P. Bogus Boys: Lust For Life

Dope visuals.

Freddie Gibbs: Something New ft. YP

I posted this song months ago. Now here are the freshly made visuals.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Los: Moment For Life Freestyle

I was just listenin' to this Nicky Minaj song today thinking to myself, "wow I actually like this song". But it's purely because of the beat. So I'm glad an actually lyricist came along and went in on it! Props to Los.

Chuuwee: JJ Evans

Chuuwee goes in over a passed up DJ Premier beat. Smooth.

Ab-Soul: Hell Yeah ft. Schoolboy Q

Another banger from the TDE camp! P.S. I don't think Soul is dissin' anyone at the end. He's just hungry!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Kanye West: Power (To The People Remix)

"This is a video in support of #jan25 in Egypt, connecting the lyrics of Kanye West’s “Power (Remix)” featuring Jay-Z, with sounds from the actual site, images, flickers, openings of the interval, the opening of history as such. I just think it’s important that Western youth really get enthused by it, especially hip hop culture, and Kanye’s fashions and lyrics especially in this remix: “power to the people” I seen people abuse power, “use power, misuse and then lose power, power to the people at last, it’s a new hour” “the world in our lap”. So I take those particular snippets. “but you could at least grab a camera shoot a viral.”

So I made this video particularly for that reason, since this is a historic event that I feel not only validates the fact that history is never over, which is valuable for hood youth for sure, but it also validates hip hop in another sense, and finally I just hope to see more talk about this event in hip hop culture as a whole."

XV: F.I.F.A. presents in association with Restless Films & Same Plate a music video directed by Court Dunn ONE SHOT: XV "F.I.F.A" produced by Seven.

In ft. Blu, Freddie Gibbs & Homeboy Sandman

HomeBase Presents Live At The Clubhouse Vol. 1

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Richie Cunning on the road w/ Hieroglyphics

"In late January, Richie Cunning hit the road with Oakland’s legendary Hieroglyphics crew. They did a total of eight shows together traveling from Arcadia, CA down to Flagstaff, AZ, touching down in Petaluma, San Jose, Oakland, Modesto, San Diego & Los Angeles in between.

On the tour, photographer extraordinaire Trevor Traynor made this short documentary of some of the crazy crowds and travel mayhem. Trevor’s work is also featured in the new book Hip Hop: A Cultural Odyssey which is also debuting this week at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles."

Props to the Rec League for getting some playing time.

The Burnerz: Get Free

The Burnerz (Zumbi X the Are) bring you another video off their self-titled LP.

Kendrick Lamar: Young Black

I can't stop bumpin' this K-Dot song! So refreshing to hear this kind of hip-hop time after time with this young talent. Such a good sample of Jay-Z's "99 Problems". "Middle finger up like I practice celibacy, I don't give a f*ck."

Jhene Aiko: Stranger (Teaser)

What do you guys think of this one? Off of Sailing Soul(s) 3:16.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Coolroy: Charlie Preview #2

Here is the second "Trailer" for Charlie!Dropping 02/14/2011.

Kendrick Lamar: F*ck A Hook

If you're unfamiliar... you know what to do. "In a stolen Cavalier like I took LeBron, locked him in the basement and amputated his shootin' arm."

Sore Losers: The Epic Outro

This is the last song off the Sore Loser's mixtape, "Free Loaders: The Soundtrack". TDE!

tabi Bonney: Where We Gonna Go ft. Lykke Li

A while back Lykke Li did a cover to the Kings of Leon song "Knocked Up" (a dope cover by the way). Anyways just check out this video and song because it's nice!

Nas & Damien Marley: Patience

Visuals for my favorite track off of Distant Relatives. So dope when they played this at the show I was at in SC.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Dom Kennedy: It Was Beautiful

Love this one. Can't take my finger off the play button. "Them promises I made that I was gon get us out the hood, Never come back, probably get us out for good, If this was '94, I'd probably get us out through Suge." And the piano? So graceful.

Theo Martins: The Letter

This song is sick so I had to throw it up. It's olderish but hey, it's good.

Fly.Union: Like That ft. Dom Kennedy

Ultra laid back.

KiD CuDi: Ghost Unofficial Video

"Ghost! was inspired by Basquiat's first feature film "Downtown 81". While watching, I realized that CuDi looked alot like Basquiat. I Thought it would be cool to see him play the role of KiD CuDi while his music told the story of Basquiat."

Pac Div: Take Me High Teaser

Another joint from Pac Div’s upcoming *Mania!* mixtape called Take Me High.

Friday, February 4, 2011

DJ Kay Slay: Put the Mic Down ft. Fred the Godson, Jon Connor, Kendrick Lamar & Jay Rock

Off Kay Slay’s upcoming mixtape, The Soul Controller. Kendrick and Jay Rock did their thing of course!

Actual Proof & 9th Wonder SportsCenter Shout Out

Haha I thought I was trippin' when I heard John Buccigross shout out Actual Proof (Sundown and Enigma) on Sportscenter Top Plays. Nope!

Schoolboy Q: Druggys Wit Hoes ft. Ab-Soul

The official video is here! Not much more I can say about TDE. Dope.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Cris Cab: Black & Yellow Cover

Cris Cab, a 17 yr old singer/songwriter from Miami, FL. Cab writes, sings, plays guitar and produces. Cris decided to put his own twist on Wiz’s smash “Black & Yellow”.

Coolroy: Charlie Preview #1

"If I worked as hard as I could, I'd be in the league, crossin' over Kobe, throwin' dimes, hittin' threes, but instead I'm at the house, fuckin' dimes, hittin' trees." Illin! And the hook? Oh my! "Charlie" the mixtape will be available for download on the 14th of February. This is the first of a few previews that will be released over the next few days.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

TiRon & Ayomari: What You Waiting On

Definitely a different kind of music video haha.

Fashawn: Santiago's Revenge Live

Another one from the Dej Jam Ciphers in NY. Probably my favorite Fashawn track.

Stalley: The Tune Up

More visuals off Stalley’s upcoming project, Lincoln Way Nights (Intelligent Trunk Music), which is dropping February 8th.

Paid Dues 2011 Lineup

Damn this lineup is nice! I made up my mind, I'm going! Black Hippy and Dom and Blu and Black Star oh my!

Lupe Fiasco: Words I Never Said ft. Skylar Grey

Off Lupe Fiasco's new album "Lasers" album in stores March 8th. "You ever have an artist that you love but feel like they haven't made their best work yet? I've always known Lupe Fiasco was incredible. I love the fact that he keeps heavy emphasis on lyricism and always has a message. But THIS is the one I've been waiting for. Hats off to you Lupe! This sh*t is fire!" -Brother Ali

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Kendrick Lamar The Heart Pt.2 Live

"The Heart Pt. 2" by Kendrick Lamar Live at SOBs for Def Jam's Ciphers Sessions (West Coast Edition) in NYC on January 31, 2011. Motha fu** a double entendre!

Atmosphere: Minnesota Nice ft. Felipe Cuauhtli, Prof, Mr. Gene Poole

"What better way to celebrate Atmosphere's "Welcome To Minnesota Tour" than with a deep posse cut of all the rappers performing on the tour?"Minnesota Nice" features Slug, Prof (Stophouse), Mr. Gene Poole & Felipe Cuauhtli (Los Nativos). Don't forget to head over to Fifth Element to check out their exclusive line of "Minnesota Nice" apparel. Exclusive & limited designs will be available on the "Welcome To Minnesota Tour" in February."

Dom Kennedy Live In San Francisco

Crack. In 1997 I began my teenage years, the Bulls were playing the Jazz in the finals and playing Ken Griffey on my Super Nintendo was an everyday thing.

Kendrick Lamar: Vanity Slave Pt 2 ft. Gucci Mane

Brand new Kendrick featuring Gucci Mane.