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By   |  18 April 2013 14:15 pm  |  
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Guru

With tomorrow marking three years since Guru‘s untimely passing, Marco Polo rounds up his Gang Starr partner DJ Premier and Talib Kweli for this tribute track, “G.U.R.U.” What’s more, it’s the lead single from Marco’s PA2: The Director’s Cut album (out July), which will also feature Organized Konfusion, Styles P, Inspectah Deck, Large Professor and Posdnuos.

 

R.I.P. Keith Elam

 

Via: Complex

 

 

Tomorrow marks the three-year anniversary of the passing of the legendary G.U.R.U. of Gang Starr. I decided to this leak this record one day early to ensure DJ’s and everyone can have it ready for his anniversary and it can be played tomorrow. This is one of the most important records I’ve ever been a part of. Thank you to Talib Kweli and DJ Premier for being a part of this incredible record! We will also be premiering the “G.U.R.U.” video very soon (which is directed by Todd Angkasuwan) so stay tuned. Please help share this record and celebrate the life of an artist who influenced myself and so many others in Hip-Hop and music period! R.I.P. Keith Edward Elam aka G.U.R.U. (Gifted Unlimited Rhymes Universal)! – Marco Polo

 

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By   |  12 April 2013 19:33 pm  |  Editorial Editorial
FridayFlips

The motherlovin’ saga continues.. for our sixth installment of Friday Flips, Refined Hype‘s Nathan S. and Takin’ Mines once again join forces, this time breaking down the Premo produced “Rhyme No More” interpolation used on Pusha T’s “Numbers on the Boards” single which lit up the internet this week. Hit the jump as we serve up that edutainmment. In the wise words of Swizz Beatz, “y’all gonna learn today…”

 

Jay-Z – “Rhyme No More” (prod. by DJ Premier)

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By   |  15 March 2013 19:22 pm  |  Editorial Editorial
FridayFlips

Yo it’s about that time, to bring forth the rhythm and the rhyme. Yes, I just quoted Marky Mark, but I’m feeling rather giggity giggity cause it’s Friday.. and you know what that means – it’s another installment of #FridayFlips beeitches. Now although we took a brief hiatus over the past two weeks, we’re back, and we got a real humdinger for ya’. This week, we breakdown Pat Streater‘s use of Ahmad Jamal‘s “The Awakening” on “Visionary Music,” from Manny, featuring J57. The song, which managed to make its rounds on the interweb earlier this week, also borrows the infamous Melvin Bliss “Synthetic Substitution” drum loop, which the homey Nathan S. of Refined Hype breaks down. So without further adieu, hold on to your seats kiddies and hit the jump as we drop some more edutainment on that ass…

 

STREAM: Manny (feat. J57) – “Visionary Music” (prod. by Pat Streater)

 

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By   |  16 August 2012 19:45 pm  |  Editorial Editorial
IsntThatIronic

Hip-Hop has journeyed through several eras over the years, but none not quite as ironic as the genre’s current state of affairs. From rap’s Golden Era of the mid-late 80’s through the early 90’s, to the commercial vs. underground rift of the mid-late 90’s that’s sparked a cultural diaspora, have we come full circle, or are we lost as sea? They say that to know where you’re going, you need to know where you’ve been, and Hip-Hop more than any other cultural phenomenon has neglected these ethos, leaving us to wonder – where are we now? It seems safe to say that we have now embarked upon an era marked more by it’s irony then by its cultural solidarity. Welcome to the Era of Irony..

 

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By   |  17 July 2012 14:36 pm  |  Audio Audio
Guru

It’s been well over two years now since the untimely passing of Keith Elam a/k/a “Guru” of the legendary Gang Starr. Today would mark the 51st birthday of the iconic pioneer who lost his life at the age of 48 due to complications from cancer. Although most everyone at the moment is at work, I thought it would be fitting to post arguably one of my favorite Gang Starr tracks of all time, appropriately titled “Work” off their classic fifth studio album Moment of Truth. I remember studying abroad in London when I first heard this song on a mixtape (yes, TAPE) and although it’s short and sweet at just under three minutes, this track really captures the incredible chemistry between DJ Premier and the late Guru, a sound that defined their fifteen plus year run as one of the best Hip-Hop groups of all time. Happy Birthday Guru!

 

STREAM: Gang Starr – “Work”

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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.

 

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  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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