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By   |  2 June 2013 12:09 pm  |  
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In the run-up to the release of his new Piece Maker 3 (50 MCs Reunion) album on June 9, DJ Tony Touch is liberating plenty of gems from the vault, including this footage of Busta Rhymes and Ol’ Dirty Bastard freestyling back in ’93. The latest unreleased goodie is this Wu-Tang cut, “Unorthodox,” featuring Raekwon, JD Era, Ghostface Killah and RZA. This will live on Tony’s aforementioned LP.

 

 

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By   |  8 May 2013 13:49 pm  |  Reviews Reviews
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The Brooklyn native’s fifth solo studio album, Prisoner of Conscious, is a 17 track masterpiece that straps you in and doesn’t stop from start to finish. Perhaps it’s his personal and very human connection to the subject matter. Kweli expressed to Billboard. Well, the proof is in the pudding; Kweli uses these themes to hook into the common threads running deep through all of us. Check out the rest of our review for Kweli’s latest effort after the jump – Spotify album stream included.

 

I feel like when people talk about real life emotions and real life feelings they resonate longer, longer than rappers who talk about gangsterism, sex and violence and longer than rappers who just talk about Hip-Hop, how real they are how and how underground they are. I wanted to make an album that really spoke to the lives that people are living.

 

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By   |  2 May 2013 23:56 pm  |  Audio Audio
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I hope RZA never stops working. Ever.

 

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By   |  19 April 2013 11:00 am  |  Reviews Reviews
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The main reason you will like this album is its lack of need to be put into a thematic box to be relatable. It’s not strictly stoner Hip-Hop or emo Hip-Hop. The lyrics combined with the beats make for a project that stands apart from anything that’s been released in recent memory. Sonically, Kid Cudi has created a blend of The Doors and Kanye’s full orchestra arrangements, with some crushed barbiturates sprinkled on top. Add to that the fact that Kid Cudi portrays himself as a socially awkward pariah in the industry and boom, you have the perfect fodder for kids around the world who feel like no one else will be their friend but Scott Mescudi. See if you want to be his friend with the rest of the review and a Spotify stream after the jump

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By   |  5 April 2013 11:37 am  |  Audio Audio
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Thanks to his incredible “Retrograde” video, James Blake is probably the most cherished UK musical export here in the States right now (honorable mentions to The xx and Jessie Ware, of course). One American stalwart has taken notice, anyway; RZA, who guests on his new Overgrown album leak, “Take a Fall For Me.” Bobby Digital waxes introspective rhymes, each one pouring with more emotion, over Blake’s somber, shadowy beat. The Londoner even mirrors the Rzarector’s vintage sound with some weighty keys. Needless to say, we’ll be playing this well beyond Overgrown‘s April 9 release.

 

 

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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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