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By   |  23 December 2012 21:33 pm  |   Editorial
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This week’s Heroes & Super Villains installment is not Holiday-themed (like you really need another spoonful of gross, insincere commercialism shoved down your throat, right?) There are no songs dedicated to Saint Nick, lyrics telling of romantic, snowy mornings or catchy, seasonal jingles, because, let’s face it, Christmas is so not hip-hop. But while you are enjoying the blessings of the Holiday season, here’s five releases from this week that any grumpy hip-hop head can bump in their headphones (because I know you’re not humming to any radio tunes). Merry Christmas, y’all – shouts to Asher Roth, The Yancey Boys, Erick Arc Elliott, Talib Kweli and Maffew Ragazino for the dopeness.

 
 

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By   |  6 December 2012 16:57 pm  |   Audio
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Since his brother’s passing in 2006, Illa J has made it his mission statement to uphold the legacy of J Dilla, one of the greatest composers in hip-hop’s history. The Yancey Brothers win the opportunity for a conceptual reconciliation on this heavily funky new cut, “Throwaway,” featuring Frank Nitt (of Frank-N-Dank), who now holds the title of chief curator of Dilla’s catalog. Originating from the mid ’90s, this track can be streamed below and purchased on Amazon from December 18.

 

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Greg Grease – “Forward”

 

 

If you’ve managed to get this far during the week, you probably deserve a break. And what good timing to introduce Greg Grease‘s latest video for “Forward”, a stripped down, less-is-more banger that doesn’t need to be overdramatic to get it’s point across. Directed by Adam Dunn as a part of his #LABB (Lights and a Backdrop) series, the visuals are as minimalistic as it gets, allowing the Grease, his DJ and his turntable to play centre stage. Check it out and be sure to pick up Greg Grease’s Black King Cole EP if you don’t already own it.

 

  1. Blu & Nottz (feat. Rashad) – “End of the World”
  2. CJ Fly (feat. A La $oul & Phife Dawg) – “Seek Well”
  3. Boldy James (feat. Earl Sweatshirt, Da$h & Domo Genesis) – “Reform School” (prod. by The Alchemist)
  4. Danny Brown (feat. Scrufizzer) – “Dubstep”
  5. Black Milk – “Dismal”
  6. Alterbeats (feat. Guilty Simpson & The Rockness Monstah) – “Fruit Punch”
  7. Snow Tha Product (feat. CyHi The Prynce) – “Hold You Down”
  8. Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – “Harold’s”
  9. Childish Gambino – “Yaphet Kotto”
  10. Stan Ipcus – “Wifey Material”
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