Monday, October 31, 2011

A$AP Rocky - Live.Love.A$AP [New Mixtape]

The most anticipated mixtape of the day is finally here! 
A$AP Rocky and the rest of his A$AP crew stormed out of Harlem and onto blog sites everywhere seemingly overnight.  His buzz right now is probably the biggest out of all of the new artists dropping projects this week, and Live.Love.A$AP will prove whether the hype is justified or blown way out of proportion.  Check out "Bass," his latest release below along with footage of his LLA listening party.  Let's see if this $3 million record deal with Polo Grounds/Sony was worth it!

Stream Torae's "For The Record" For FREE!

Torae's For The Record will be available for sale tomorrow, but as a bonus, he's given DJ Booth the rights to stream the album for free!  I will definitely be playing this tonight!  Peep the full tracklisting and the stream link after the jump!

Skyzoo - Written In The Drums [Music Video]

Skyzoo may be one of the best lyricists in the game right now.  Check out The Great Debater after the jump if you're not sure that you agree, but first watch his latest video for "Written in The Drums" below!

New Music: Pusha T - Peso (Freestyle)

Although there are 893498 new projects dropping today, Pusha still managed to get all eyes on him with the freestyle to A$AP Rocky's "Peso."  Fear of God 2: Let Us Pray EP drops on Nov. 8th!

Pusha T - Peso (Freestyle)

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Jim Jones - Vampire Life [New Mixtape]

After teasing us today with the Maino featured track "So Athletic (Mike Vick)," Jim Jones finally releases the 24 track mixtape Vampire Life.  Download the tape and peep the full tracklisting below, which includes features from 2 Chainz, JR Writer, Yo Gotti, and more!

Alexander Spit - These Long Strange Nights [New Mixtape]

Out of all the mixtapes dropping today, Alexander Spit's These Long Strange Nights is nothing to sleep on.  If you don't believe me, take a listen to "The Kids Are Bored" below and download TLSN after the jump!

Alexander Spit - The Kids Are Bored

Kid Cudi - Maniac [Short Film Directed By Shia LeBeouf]

Kid Cudi's had us waiting a long time to view the Shia LeBouf directed short film, Maniac, in which "a film crew follows two serial killers documenting their exploits."  Just like Childish Gambino's "Bonfire" video, these visuals are very graphic and are perfect for Halloween.  Watch below, and let me know how you feel about the Cudi - LeBeouf pairing by commenting or hitting me up on Facebook or Twitter!

Props to OS

Previously: Wale ft. Kid Cudi - Focused

New Music: Uncle Murda - Warning (Remix ft. Mariah Carey, 50 Cent & Young Jeezy)

Uncle Murda brought in some huge names for the "Warning" Remix.  Thankfully it includes Mrs. Cannon and not Mr. Cannon this time.  Listen below as 50 Cent and Young Jeezy also jump on the smash single "Warning."

Uncle Murda - Warning (Remix) ft. Mariah Carey, 50 Cent & Young Jeezy

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New Music: Trey Songz - Sex Soundz

Trey Songz will drop TWO mixtapes tomorrow in preparation for his upcoming album, and we've got another Anticipation II leak for your listening and literal pleasures.  Check out the #Sertafied track "Sex Soundz" track below and make sure you're back here tomorrow to download Anticipation II and #LemmeHolDatBeat2!

Trey Songz - Sex Soundz

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Behind The Scenes of Ludacris & Waka Flocka's "Rich & Flexin'" Video Shoot

Waka Flocka Flame & Ludacris seemed like they had a lot of fun together while making the music video to their 1.21 Gigawatts collab "Rich & Flexin." Watch below as Ludacris tells Waka that he's not retiring and working at Wal -Mart!..... :-(

Props to JumpOffTV

Previously: Ludacris ft. Big K.R.I.T. - I'm On Fire

New Music: Jon Connor - That's What He Does

Jon Connor raps over Lil Wayne's "Interlude" and arguably drops verses better than the greats like Andre 3000, Tech N9ne, Nas, and Bun B did over the track.  Be on the lookout for Season 2 to drop. This dude is a beast.

Jon Connor - That's What He Does

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New Music Video: Neako - Ghost!

New Jersey Taylor Gang representer Neako drops off some more visuals from his dope mixtape The Number 23.  Get familiar!

Props to YHTN

Previously: Neako - In Every City [Music Video]

L.E.P. Bogus Boys - Now Or Neva [New Mixtape]

Chicago duo Moonie and Count are sure to do their city proud because their anticipated mixtape Now Or Neva has finally dropped! The L.E.P. Bogus Boys bring you 19 tracks with help from DJ Green Lantern, Meek Mill, Mobb Deep, and more! Hit the jump to download the project that's made especially for the streets.  It's free!!

New Music: Lloyd Banks - "We F**kin'" & "Love Shots"

I'm not sure why I thought Cold Corner 2 was dropping today, but it's not coming for a few weeks.  In the meantime, DJ Camillo leaked "We F**kin'," another solid track from the mixtape.  Check it out below and check back for the CDQ version!

Lloyd Banks - We F**kin' [Clean, CDQ]

Bonus: Lloyd Banks - Love Shots [Clean]

Hit the jump for mobile friendly streams/downloads!

New Music: Jim Jones ft. Maino - So Athletic (Mike Vick)

Before Jim Jones releases the full mixtape Vampire Life later today, he dropped off the track "So Athletic (Mike Vick)" featuring Maino.  Good constellation for the time being!

Jim Jones - So Athletic (Mike Vick) ft. Maino

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New Music Video: Childish Gambino - Bonfire

Childish Gambino comes through with a video perfect for Halloween.  Watch Donald Glover in the very graphic music video for "Bonfire" where he finds himself the subject of a scary story. Check it out below and make sure to cop Camp when it drops on November 15th!

Props to OS

Previously: Childish Gambino - Twistclip Loop Freestyle

Young Chris & Cardiak - The Revival [New Mixtape]

Young Chris has proved repeatedly that he hasn't lost one ounce of hustle since the rocky dissolution of Rocafella Records after consistently dropping mixtapes and features.  After dropping his last mixtape L.I.F.E. specifically for the ladies, Philly veteran Young Chris made sure to hit the streets hard with The Revival, a mixtape produced entirely by Cardiak

Download/Stream The Revival after the jump!

Freddie Gibbs - A Cold Day In Hell [New Street Album]

After being recognized as one of XXL's Top 10 Freshmen of 2010, many feel like Freddie Gibbs didn't live up to the buzz that came with the honor that year.  In 2011, Freddie Gibbs burst back onto the scene with filterless interviews and a record deal with Jeezy's CTE label.  Today, he faces the ultimate test of perfecting his balance between his innate street mentality and creating mass appeal.  

Download A Cold Day In Hell HERE or HERE! (or after the jump!)

New Music: Elite - Everybody But Me

Elite samples indie favorite Lykke Li for "Everybody But Me," his second single from the upcoming 11.11.11 project Awaken.  Check out the self produced track below, and make sure you come back to download the project!

Elite - Everybody But Me

New Music Video: Sir Michael Rocks - Wassup

Jet Life's newest addition, Sir Michael Rocks, just premiered the newest visuals from his Premier Politics mixtape.  Just looks like they're having a good time, and you can't be mad at that!

Props to OS

Previously: Sir Michael Rocks Discusses His Recent Signing to Curren$y's Jet Life Label [VIDEO]

New Music: Dawn Richard - SMFU (Save Me From U)

Why I'm up right now, I have no idea. Looks like insomnia has its benefits because Dawn dropped some new music on #TeamNoSleep.  Check out the beautiful GoldenHeart track "SMFU" and get familiar if you haven't already!

Dawn Richard - SMFU (Save Me From U)

Mobile friendly stream/download after the jump!

New Music: Trey Songz - Boop!

I randomly saw this track on Twitter, and I'm pretty sure that "Boop" will be featured on Trey Songz's 11.1.11 mixtape Anticipation II.  It's perfect for this time of night and has all of the elements of a catchy lovemaking R&B track. Kellz would be proud!


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New Mixtape: Fat Joe - The Darkside, Vol. 2

Now's the moment of truth. After a few releases, not so Fat Joe is aiming to prove that he can still rhyme with the best of 'em.  Download The Darkside Vol. 2 HERE and let me know if this is a solid return to the game from Joey Crack!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Upcoming Releases: 10.31.11 & 11.1.11

Is the world ending in a few days or something (Knock on wood)? I feel like I should be releasing a mixtape or something tomorrow just because it seems like the thing to do.  Monday and Tuesday will undeniably be a music blogger's simultaneous dream and nightmare, but I'm excited for everything coming out so that I can work on overcoming the candy relapse that seems imminent this Halloween.

Where do I begin? With Wale, Black Milk & Danny Brown, Rapper Big Pooh, Torae leading the iTunes Hip Hop takeover, there are also artists like 2 Chainz, Elite, Young Chris, A$AP Rocky, Fat Joe, Trey Songz providing free downloads.  Hit the jump to get a breakdown of all the projects dropping Monday (10.31.11) and Tuesday!

J. Cole's Interview With Blink 182 Frontman Mark Hoppus [VIDEO]

J. Cole and Mark Hoppus had a lot to talk about, especially given that J. Cole beat out Blink 182 on the Billboard charts with his number one album Cole World: The Sideline Story during their opening weeks. Watch below as J. Cole tells Mark Hoppus about the terrible rap aliases he had and the evolution of his rhyming skills!

Props to RM

Previously: New Music Video: J. Cole - Lost Ones

New Music: Elite - Gone

Rapper/producer Elite has been paying his dues long before linking up with J. Cole as a producer for the Ruff Ryders, and now he's finally getting the recognition he deserves with his own solo project, Awaken.  Check out the debut single, "Gone," below, and be on the lookout for Awaken to drop on November 1st!

Elite - Gone

New Music: L.E.P. Bogus Boys ft. Meek Mill - Rush Hour

Here's another song about cookin white to get you crunk tonight. And by white, I'm definitely referring to baking soda.  Check out the L.E.P. Bogus Boys' Now Or Neva track "Rush Hour" featuring Rookie of the Year candidate Meek Mill below!

L.E.P. Bogus Boys - Rush Hour ft. Meek Mill

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New Music: Fat Joe ft. Jadakiss & Dre - Dopeman

Fat Joe's mixtape The Darkside, Vol. II drops tomorrow, but he gives another sneak peek with the Jadakiss & Dre featured "Dopeman."  Not too sure how I feel about it yet.  Joe's flow sounds a little recycled to me.  Listen to the track below and let me know what you think about "Dopeman" by commenting or by hitting me up on Facebook or Twitter!

Fat Joe - Dopeman ft. Jadakiss & Dre

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Kendrick Lamar Performs "The Spiteful Chant" [VIDEO]

If I was a little more carefree, I would set "Spiteful Chant" as a voicemail message for calls I decline.  Of course, I'll never do that but I LOVE this song!  Watch below as Kendrick & Schoolboy Q get the crowd hype during his show in Fort Lauderdale!

Props to RM

Previously: New Music: Schoolboy Q - Oxy Music

Big K.R.I.T. Announces January 2012 Release Date For Live From The Underground [VIDEO]

In a recent interview with WGCI's DJ Moon Dawg, Big K.R.I.T. announced that his debut album Live From The Underground will be released in January 2012 after a delay due to sample clearances.  Watch below as he also discusses his recent features with T.I. and Ludacris, explains his history with Def Jam, and his relationship with fellow Mississippi rapper David Banner.

Props to HHDX

Previously: New Music: Ludacris ft. Big K.R.I.T. - I'm On Fire

Jay-Z & Kanye West's Watch The Throne Tour Opening [VIDEO]

Hov and 'Ye kicked off their Watch The Throne this weekend with two shows in Atlanta.  From what I heard, they had an incredibly deep set list that included solo songs from both megastars as well as their collaborations.  Watch below as they performed "Niggas In Paris," and hit the jump to watch them perform "Otis," "Jesus Walks," "Jigga What, Jigga Who," and more!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

JoJo Performs Live At The Hard Rock Cafe [VIDEO]

It's been five years since we've heard a studio album from Boston bred singer JoJo, but she's definitely preparing to make her mark once again when her upcoming album Jumping Trains comes out next year.

She just wrapped up a U.S. tour with Joe Jonas, and stopped by Hard Rock Cafe to perform some original material and some covers of popular songs.  Watch below as she smashed Bruno Mars' "Grenade."

Hit the jump to watch her perform a dope mash up of Beyoncé' "Crazy In Love" & Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy!"

The Making of Beyoncé 's 1+1 [VIDEO]

Beyoncé 's "1+1" music video dropped a while ago, but I saw this montage of clips from the production of the video and I've gotta say that I like it better. Check it out!

Props to OS

Previously: Beyoncé - Party ft. J. Cole [New Music Video]

New Music: Tyrese ft. Jay Rock - I'm Home

Tyrese kept it in the neighborhood for "I'm Home," the opening track to his upcoming album Open Invitation.  In this smoothed out track Tyrese asserts that he's back for good and is ready to put R&B back in the forefront. We'll see when his album drops on Tuesday!

Tyrese ft. Jay Rock - I'm Home

Hit the jump for a mobile friendly stream/download of "I'm Home!"

2 Chainz's T.R.U. REALigion Listening Party [VIDEO]

That's debatable, but 2 Chainz might be right.  Whether you hate him or love him, he's been EVERYWHERE lately working with artists like Jadakiss, Lloyd, T.I., Raekwon, and Kreayshawn.  This mixtape will probably land him a huge record deal, and a lot of money in his pocket.

Tity 2 Necklaces held a listening party in Atlanta and spoke on the importance of this mixtape.  Check out some new music below, and see some of the other people responsible for the production of T.R.U. REALigion.

Props to RM

Previously: Nelly ft. 2 Chainz & T.I. - Country Azz Ni**as

Odd Future Brings Out Waka Flocka In Atlanta [VIDEO]

Atlanta had a busy night yesterday. Jay-Z and Kanye debuted their Watch The Throne tour, Wale was in town, and Odd Future had a big show.  To make things crazier, OFWGKTA brought out Waka Flocka Flame who brought a ton of energy to the show. Check it out below as they performed Waka's "Karma!"

I have no clue what they were saying, so I just pretended every syllable was "BOW!"

Props to IFWT

Previously: Waka Flocka Flame ft. Drake - Round of Applause (Mastered)

Justin Timberlake & JImmy Fallon Perform "The History of Hip Hop Pt. 3" With The Roots

Jimmy Fallon & Justin Timberlake are hilarious together.  JT may not be making as much music as I'd hope, but when he performs "The History of Hip Hop," he makes it all okay.  Watch below as he and Jimmy get their rap on to everything from Naughty By Nature's "Hip Hop Hooray" to Nicki Minaj's "Super Bass!"

Hit the jump to see Parts 1 & 2!

Friday, October 28, 2011

New Music: Day 26 - Made Love Lately

Day 26 is doing it on their own now without Diddy and also without former bandmate Q.  Check out Will, Mike, Rob & Brian on their new track "Made Love Lately" below, and hit the jump for the trailer for their   new Webseries, A New Day!


New Music: YP & Rockie Fresh - Insane

YP & Rockie Fresh, two of Chicago's freshest, join forces on "Insane." This is a perfect song for the weekend, so listen up! Hit the jump for a mobile friendly stream/download!

YP & Rockie Fresh - Insane

Rockie's Driving 88 will be out soon, and YP's Still Awake is available now!

Keri Hilson Gets Rushed By A Fan On Stage & Hit With a Water Bottle [VIDEO]

Why won't people let Keri be great? I peeped a tweet from Kid Fury that said she was mobbed by a fan and got hit with a water bottle, so I had to watch the video.  Yep. It happened.

Keri looked like she was about to go OFF after that water bottle hit her!

Previously: Beenie Man Falls Off Stage During Show in Costa Rica [VIDEO]

Jill Scott ft. Paul Wall - So Gone (What My Mind Says) [Music Video]

Jill Scott and Paul Wall team up to give us some sexy visuals for her The Light of the Sun slow jam that vocalizes the prevalent battle between the brain and the flesh.  Go get the album now!

Props to OS

Previously: New Music Video: Jill Scott - Hear My Call

New Music Video: Common - Blue Sky

Common's video for the inspirational "Blue Sky" is finally here after multiple teasers for the The Dreamer, The Believer track. Check it out and make sure you go for dreams just like the people in the video!

Props to OS

Previously: Album Preview of Common's The Dreamer, The Believer

New Music Video: Mary J. Blige - 25/8

This has been a busy week for Mary, who dropped two anticipated tracks from her upcoming My Life II...The Journey Continues (Act I).  Now we get the first set of visuals from the November 21st release. Check out "25/8" below!

Props to OS

Previously: Mary J. Blige ft. Rick Ross - Why

New Music: Yelawolf ft. Kid Rock - Let's Roll

Yelawolf pulls some of his country connections and lands Kid Rock on the hook of his new Radioactive track, "Let's Roll." The album's coming November 21!

Yelawolf - Let's Roll ft. Kid Rock


Hit the jump for a mobile-friendly stream/download of the track!

New Music: Bun B - The Life [Prod. by 14KT]

Bun B linked up with last year's Red Bull Big Tune winner 14KT for the introspective track "The Life."  Watch the producer talk about their collaboration below, and hit the jump to download the Michigan-Houston link up!

New Music: A$AP Rocky - Bass

Rumor has it that A$AP Rocky's debut Live.Love.A$AP is dropping a few days on Halloween.  A$AP also stated that he was paid $3 Million for his deal with Polo Grounds/Sony.....Those are 2 things I'm doubtful of, but I am sure that A$AP Rocky is an incredible talent.  

Check out his new track "Bass" which will appear on his highly anticipated project, and let me know if you believe that A$AP was given a $3 million advance!

A$AP Rocky - Bass [Prod. by Clams Casino]

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Kendrick Lamar Explains How He Joined The Club Paradise Tour & Chooses His Fantasy Tour Lineup

Kendrick Lamar's career has skyrocketed this year and rappers like Drake have taken notice.  K. Dot will be joining OVO's own on the Club Paradise Tour along with A$AP Rocky and Chase N. Ca$he, and he explains how the connection came about.  Watch below as he also chooses rappers, outside of TDE, that he'd like to go on tour with if he could.

Props to Good Fella

Previously: Kendrick Lamar - 5 Fingers of Death Freestyle

New Music: Phil Adé - Not Enough

It's Friday, so you know what that means! Another installment of #PhilAdeFriday!  This weeks track is called "Not Enough"and is dedicated to legendary producer J. Dilla. R.I.P.

Phil Adé - Not Enough

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