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!

Also, be sure to check out for all of our music. Follow me on twitter @ayomari. And stay up to date at

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Who'd They Sample? Saturdays: Big K.R.I.T. - Dreamin

I've been trying to find this sample ever since I heard that Krizzle joint. So good! They use to say!

Nardwuar vs. Big K.R.I.T.

Another Nardwuar interview from SXSW. I think it's safe to say that this interview went smoother than the Curren$y interview. Krizzle is a cool dude. Straight up humble.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Nardwuar vs. Curren$y

Haha. Nardwuar interviews are always a good! Shipes getting some face time! Curren$y really getting mad though? He didn't like that mic so close to his face! He came up on some vinyl though!

Kendrick Lamar: Outrageous

Here's a double-dose of Outrageous. First, off the XXL 2011 Freshmen Class mixtape comes this little nugget of dopeness. "That boy 15 and he holdin' a 45, 30 years apart, 30 years before he realized." Damn!

Some footage of Kendrick at SXSW. This dude has so much passion and emotion! That along with his lyricism is why he's in my top 3 MC's right now without hesitation. Footage via AshleyOutrageous.

Skewby: Don't Understand

"I met a 90's kid that never heard of Tupac, it's kinda random but it stuck in my mind, I bet he think radio really play good music." This song concept is nice, the flow is on and the beat is dope! Props to Skewby for this one.

Ab-Soul’s Road to Paid Dues: Philly

Press play.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Mateo: Don't Shot Me Down ft. Goapele & Ab-Liva

Some insane vocals going on here! Personally I think the song would be a lot doper if this was an original beat but none the less it's still a nice track! "Love & Stadiums" coming soon!

Big K.R.I.T. - Dreamin

"Big K.R.I.T. releases visuals for his record "Dreamin" off his new project "Returnof4eva" which drops for free download on March 28th. For anything Big K.R.I.T. check out his official site"

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

J.Good: Cali So(u)l ft. TiRon

Man they got somethin' cookin' over there at TUS! And it smells good! I listened to J.Good before on a track or two but I never really pursued his music. This right here is gonna get me payin' that measly $5 to check out the rest of his project. Too bad I just heard this... I'm gonna be up all night hittin' replay! The West right now! Got me feeling like Pusha T my god!

Kooley High: Somethin’ Outta Nothin’ ft. Median

Kooley High makes "Somethin' Outta Nothin' " and then shares it with us. Off their Eastern Standard Time project. Ill!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Alexander Spit: Hella

Off of "Until Next Summer". #Late Pass.

Ab-Soul: Nothin New


League of Extraordinary G'z: We Gon Make It

"Music video directed by Sonny Castillo for the Austin collective League of Extraordinary G'z. This song come from the highly acclaimed Concealed Weapons 2 mixtape which can be downloaded at Song features Reggie Coby and Esbe Da Bully from Dred Skott and Lowkey of Southbound and was produced by Matt Schad."

ScienZe: History (Play By Play)

Visuals from the Brooklyn MC. Hall Pass out now. "Seeing titties for the first time, I expected somethin' different."

Zion I & The Grouch: Rockit Man

And go!

Babylon Cartel x Dj Ambush Presents: CHILLmatic

Chill Moody for y'all to vibe with. Illadelphia stand up!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Daughter: Run

From the Demos EP. So beautiful. Some lines I wrote:

if pain could show, you'd see right through me
if pain could show, what you do to me
if pain could go, i'd ship it out to sea
if they dont know, i'd never let it be

J. Cole: The Good Son Pt.1

Unreleased J. Cole dopeness.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

ScHoolboy Q: Live Life

One of my favorites from Q off the album Gangsta & Soul.

SonReal: Who I Am

Yeah I'm late. Just vibe.

Kendrick Lamars Favorite Verse

One of my favorites from Kendrick as well!

Mentay Freestyle

"Do it for every ni**a on the block in every city who chasin' his last dreams with another bottle of henny." "Day dreamin' in the booth I'm never wakin' up I got a bed inside my mind that's why I never make it up." So ill!

Who'd They Sample? Saturdays: Phil Ade- The Letter (Speech)

Thanks to the help of Phil Ade himself I now know where he got this dope speech from! My Saturday night will consist of renting ONE on ONE and bumping me some Ade!

Friday, March 18, 2011

CunninLynguists: Looking Back (Acoustic) ft. Anna Wise of Sonnymoon

"Impromptu acoustic performance of "Looking Back" ft. Anna Wise of Sonnymoon from their upcoming album, Oneirology. The trio's 5th studio album will be released Tuesday, March 22, 2011 via RBC Records & Bad Taste Records." Oh my this Anna Wise has a nice voice!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Big K.R.I.T. – American Rapstar

My head automatically starts to nod every time I hear Krizzle. You're looking at the future right here and the future is his present.

Chuuwee Live at the Chico Club

6 Feet Deep up top & a freestyle over Kriss Kross' Jump down below. This takes me back to when I was in the 2nd grade and me and a buddy performed Jump at the talent show haha.

Keko: How We Do It

Music from Uganda! "Murda dem slow when I flow on a nice beat." I know you like this! Yeah you!

Versis: Life Story (Story of My Life)

This is clean! Almost sounds like Blu on this one...

Pac Div: Anti-Freeze Live In SF

Just go!

Exile – Sound Is God ft. ADaD

From Exile's "Radio AM/FM" lp. This is dope!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Ab-Soul: Picture That ft. Javonte

Long Term Mentality 4.5.11

J. Cole: Killers

"Celebrated creative mind Alex Haldi has collaborated with some of music’s biggest stars including Jay-Z, Rihanna, Big Boi, Wu-Tang, Ludacris, J. Cole & LL Cool J, and is putting the finishing touches on his own solo art event May 12, 2011 in NYC at World Monuments Fund Gallery. Exploring the human fascination with organized crime, ‘The Glorification of Gangster’ showcases some of the key players and criminal lifestyles across the globe and many generations. The art at the show will consist of three elements: Fine art (including mixed media paintings on wood), Oversized Typography Murals, and Retro Pop-Art Illustrations. Portions of work sold will be going to charity.

A promotional mixtape is to be released in the next month which will include a series of original music, mash-up remixes, and classic covers by a number of different acts that are all linked thematically with ‘Crime’. The talent will vary across different musical genres (hip-hop, rap, rock, electronic, etc.), and includes music from artists like J. Cole, Kris Kasanova, Voli, Andrew Maury (Ra Ra Riot producer and RAC), Jon Connor, Elite, Ritz, Lyn Charles, Loyal Divide, Neitherfriends, and many more. The download will be free, with a link to donate money to our charity."

MENT Nelson: Like This

"F*ck being rich I just wanna couple stacks."

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Criss Lyric: Happy ft. Nickelus F & Chuuwee

Off of Sumnar: The THC Project. Produced by Zulu. Smoke one, listen to this and be Happy!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Lee Bannon & Del The Funky Homosapien: The Things

Who says this picture is NSFW?! Lee Bannon's (aka Gnarlon Bando aka Lee Diamond Phillips) Big Toy Box 2 drops on March 29th.

LADT: Who, What & Where Mixtape

This is the first time I've heard of the Los Angeles Dream Team, who consist of emcees GIBBY and Sham and I must say they're not half bad. I'm currently listening to the tape and I'm only on song seven but so far it's got a real laid back feel. Give Bruno Mars a rest and pay some respect to some underground cats. Support the struggle and just vibe.

Skeme: Look At Me Now Freestyle

Statement 4.11

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Wiz Khalifa: The Race

I like this one more than the other stuff he's been putting out lately. Rolling Papers out March 29th.

Bambu: Something

"March, in case you were unaware, is Women’s History Month. Los Angeles’ own, Bambu, leaks a song that takes a look at domestic violence from a personal perspective. The song speaks on his family history with violence in the home, as well as his own struggles with it, even touching on the normalcy of such violence against women in our own Hip Hop culture. For this one, DJ Phatrick stepped out from behind the turntables to produce, sampling Adele’s “Someone Like You.” A video is set to drop at the end of the month and the song will also be included on Bambu’s …Exact Change… re-release bonus EP, Short Changed, dropping on April 29, 2011 through Beatrock Music Label." Wow.

Dom Kennedy - The Original Dom Kennedy Mixtape

This one dropped out of the sky! There's no need to promote when you're a dope MC such as Dom. I can't wait to hear this!

Chuuwee Live @ The Krutch Theatre, UC Berkeley

I swear the best concerts are the cheapest! And this one is free?? If you're a hip-hop fan (which I'm guessing you are if you're on this site) and you live in the area you definitely gotta go check this one out! And when these dudes blow up one day you can tell your friends that you got to go see 'em play for FREE! So get on your bike, drive your car, kick/push/coast on your skate, bust out your walking shoes, or take the Bart and go see this concert! Seriously! You won't regret doing so.

Atmosphere: Family Therapy pt.1

"This video demonstrates how the behavior of each group member affects both the emotional reactions of the other individuals and the effectiveness of the group as a whole. You will see how the encouragement of direct dialogue between members of the group helps them to effectively communicate and resolve their interpersonal conflicts. The series of videos will show how a variety of therapeutic techniques change the dynamics of the group to create more synergistic creative energy.

I hope you find these videos instructive in your own psychotherapy practices."

The ILLZ: The Sun Doesn't Know It's a Star

This is dope. I love the Hov interviews he be sampling.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Big K.R.I.T. - Time Machine

New Krizzle! Go!

Grieves: Light Speed

Here's the first track off of the homie Grieves' upcoming Rhymesayers release Together/Apart. Produced by Budo.

R.I.P. Biggy

May 21, 1972 – March 9, 1997

Fly.Union: Top Of The World ft. GLC

The Greater Than Club drops next month.

Add-2: Chicago Blues

Smoothness! Was that a Kyle Korver reference or am I just trippin?

Blu Talks Common, The Roots, Andre 3000 & More

"In this segment Blu tells Hard Knock the story of when he first heard Common's I used to Love H.E.R and how that influenced him to want to be an MC. "From then on my brain hasn't been the same". Canibus, Common, Chino XL, Redman.... Black Thought then Pharoahe Monch, Andre...I slept on Andre 3000".

Blu goes on to talk about how he linked up with The Roots to work on two songs for their album How I Got Over and what it was like to be in the booth with Black Thought, whom he used to listen to in high school.

Blu confirmed the rumors that he thought about signing to Death Row at one point and told us the story of how he rapper 100 bars in front of Suge Knight and a bunch of his homies.

Blu says that it's dope to reflect on his Freshmen XXL cover and how he feels a bond with the artist on it like Curren$y, Asher Roth, Cudi, Wale, B.o.B, Charles Hamilton.
Blu concludes this segment by saying that there is some heat coming from LA rappers like Kendrick Lamar, Pac Div, U-N-I, Dom. "I think we got it right now." Look out for Dre and Detox.

Part 3 with Blu next week."

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Chuuwee: Sativa

Off "The Series of Unforchunate Events ep by Chuuwee. "My eyes so low, she give me my space when I need solo."

Sha Stimuli x Sheek Louch x Joe Budden: Hood 2

I'm down with it.

Curren$y & Da$h: Muscle Car Chronicles/ Caveman Files

I'm stoked for that new Curren$y. This Da$h joint is ill! I first heard of dude when he went in on Drake's "Fear" and I'm excited to hear more.

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

Me and Bart Scott can't wait.

Monday, March 7, 2011

ScHoolboy Q: Can't Do ft. Jay Rock (Prod. Willie B)

The latest from Q. TDE all day! "We all on fire"!

J. Good: The Rush ft. Ayomari & Keno (Prod. Jansport J)

I'm a little late on this but you know what they say... This is nice and laid back! "This is where we part ways and I'm chuckin' up the deuce."

Pac Div Mania! Mixtape

I'm downloading this as I type. We shall see how it sounds! Download below.

Atmosphere: Just For Show

The first single off of The Family Sign, dropping April 12th, 2011.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Abstract N!njaa: Shaffron Shook Ones Ft. Chuuwee

This is the first time I've heard Abstract and I must say he's pretty dope! Lovin' the mellow beat. Chuuwee rips the mic as per usual. Off the "Imaginary Commercialism Mixtape".

Na'Tee: Back 2Da Block

I wish the sound quality was better. Beats bangin!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Chuuwee: Slow Down

Don't be one of those people who come into the classroom late and make the teacher pause their schoolings. Get familiar! From the delivery to the story-telling Chuuwee is always on point.

Fam-Lay: What's My Name

I don't know much about dude but this is dope. Beat is bangin!

Planet Asia: Boiler Makers

Off Asia’s Crack Belt Theatre. Produced by Madlib. Nice beat. Nice flow. I like.

OnCue: It Usually Goes

I guess this isn't on "Can't Wait". Cool vibe though.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Chuuwee x Jonthan Lowell x Be Cool Promo

Haha shit's dope! Can't wait for this to drop! Oh and did I mention I'm gonna be publishing for Chuuwee and TUS? Yes sir!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Clyde Carson: What Would I Do

I would make another banger like "Bottles Up" if I was Clyde but that's just me. This is cool though...

Chuuwee: Day & Night

Off the Styles1001 project "The Solution". Been bumpin' this on repeat for a few days now. "I'm layin' in my grave, shorty pregnant with my baby." Damn!

The Kendrick Lamar Experience : Documentary Trailer

This is dope! Can't wait for this to drop!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

The ILLZ: To Know Your Place in The Universe

Here's the official video for the first single from the ":03 From Gold" EP coming March 2011. Directed by Kristopher Rey-Talley.

Chip Tha Ripper: Plural

Probably my favorite song off Gift Raps. "I like my girls like I like my blunts and that's two goin' at once."

Sha Stimuli: Wake Up & Go

This be the first video leak from "The Break-Up Part 2: The Proposal", which is dropping soon. Dope sample!

Kendrick Lamar’s 2011 Freshman Class Freestyle

Compton! TDE! Black Hippy! The world's not ready!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Freddie Gibbs Live On Last Call With Carson Daly

Shits dope! Makes me wanna see Gangsta Gibbs live! Props to Yardie.