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By   |  10 December 2012 13:53 pm  |   Audio
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With his fifth studio album, Jesus Piece, just a day away, The Game delivered his final #SundayService offering yesterday–and boy did he bring it to a close. We all know how star-studded his LP is, but the vintage, jazzy “Murder” boasts its own VIP guests in Geto Boys O.G. Scarface and Compton’s new king, Kendrick Lamar (that’s three separate generations of hip-hop represented right there). As you can see in the snapshot below, this track would have slotted nicely into the flow of Jesus Piece, but sample issues demote it to a free release. Shit, we’re not complaining.

 

 

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By   |  5 December 2012 19:08 pm  |   Audio
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Dare we say The Game has an album to compete with The Documentary on his hands? The title track from his forthcoming fifth LP, Jesus Piece, certainly suggests so. Here, the Compton MC gathers some G.O.O.D. company in Kanye West and Common to deliver a soulful, streetwise and very slick sermon over a piano-enriched choir, courtesy of producers Boi-1da and The Maven Boys. ‘Ye and Com aren’t the only VIP guests on Jesus Piece; the album also features Kendrick Lamar, Lil Wayne, Pusha T, J. Cole, Rick Ross, Meek Mill, Young Jeezy, Wiz Khalifa, Big Sean, Fabolous and 2 Chainz–so yeah, pretty much a who’s who of today’s mainstream rap climate. It arrives in stores December 11.

 

 

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By   |  3 December 2012 12:50 pm  |   Audio
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The Game’s got us feeling like it’s 2005 all over again with all this on-point music. For the sixth sermon in his Sunday Service series, the Compton MC aligns himself with Kanye West (who doesn’t rap, but does lend a melodious intro hook as well as a heartily soulful beat, with a little help from Cool & Dre) and some of Texas’ finest, Trae Tha Truth, Z-Ro, Paul Wall & Slim Thug, for “Rollin’.” A cool piece of trivia: this track was initially recorded for Game’s ’05 debut, The Documentary, according to Fake Shore Drive. And per the man himself, it was also intended for his upcoming Jesus Piece LP (out Dec. 11), but sample issues renders it a freebie for our collections. We’ll take it.

 

 

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By   |  25 November 2012 16:13 pm  |   Editorial
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Given the turkeys we all feasted upon this past week, it’s only right that this week’s post rant shows a little gratitude to the things us hip-hop heads often overlook. We’re thankful for Danny Brown’s stories (this one is just the best); the decline of “YOLO” (thank God); SoundCloud, Audio Mack and other good quality music sharing sites which keeps this engine we call music running; independent talents-turned-mega music superstars like Kendrick Lamar and Frank Ocean; and the frequency of old school legends teaming up with some of the new school’s finest. Just take our first pick of this week’s best-releases-you-might-have-missed after the jump. Shouts to Rah Digga, The Game, Fabolous, Captain Murphy, Jabee and more.

 

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By   |  19 November 2012 10:20 am  |   Audio
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The Game (oh yeah, he’s finally re-added the “The” to the beginning of his name) is on a tear right now. Not only is his star-studded (Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Kendrick Lamar, 2 Chainz, Common, Meek Mill, Rick Ross, J. Cole, Pusha T… this thing is seriously star-studded) fifth album, Jesus Piece, awaiting arrival next month, but the Compton MC has been keeping the streets honest with a series of free releases coming on the Sabbath as part of his #SundayService. Yesterday the congregation was blessed with three new tracks, and this particular Master P-assisted, DJ Premier-produced cut was a sure standout. Not only does The Game actually sound like The Game here, but Percy Miller delivers a hearty, soulful sermon to help bring the bouncy and soulful beat to a close. This sounds far from anything we’ve heard from Premo in the past, which just goes to show that the 46-year-old vet still has a few tricks up his sleeve. Repent of your weekly sins with “HVN4AGNGSTA” below.

 

 

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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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