Wednesday, November 30, 2011

New Music: The Kid Daytona ft. Action Bronson - Ivory Coast Crime Scene

This is probably the most interesting song title I've seen in a while.
The Kid Daytona is back with another great track from his upcoming project Interlude 2.  This time he grabs fellow NY spitta Action Bronson and gets busy over a 6th sense produced track that definitely has African influences.

Check out the song below, and make sure you prepare yourself for December 19th when Interlude 2 drops!

The Kid Daytona - Ivory Coast Crime Scene ft. Action Bronson


Hit the jump for a mobile friendly stream of "Ivory Coast Crime Scene!"

Ghostface Killah Weighs In On Ludacris Vs. Big Sean & Drake Beef [VIDEO]

Ghostface Killah may often be mistaken for the hilarious, trash talking impersonator/blogger Big Ghostface, but the Wu Tang legend is not about starting beef.  What he is about is making sure he lets the people know what he's working on. Watch below as he chops it up with Montreality about the recent Ludacris vs. Big Sean & Drake beef and announces the upcoming joint Wu-Block project!

Props to HHDX

Previously: Playdough x Heath McNease - Wed White and Wu [New Mixtape]

Wale Talks Relationship With Rick Ross & Announces New Project With Mark Ronson + New Track With J. Cole [VIDEO]

The Rap-Up caught up with Mr. Ambition and got him to spill the beans about his upcoming releases. According to the man himself, he's got a new track called "Traffic" with his "brother" J. Cole, and he's working on a full length project with former collaborator Mark Ronson.  Can't wait to hear that!

Peep the full interview below, and let me know what you think about Wale's music and business moves since signing to MMG!

"Who wants to celebrate right now? We got work to do."

Props to Rap-Up

Previously: Wale - Barry Sanders [VIDEO]

Vado Freestyles On Cosmic Kev's The Come Up Show [VIDEO]

Last week, Dipset UN's Vado had the internet (esp. Twitter) going nuts when he dropped his highly anticipated mixtape Slime Flu 2.  Recently he stopped by Cosmic Kev's The Come Up Show in Philly and let loose some CRAZY bars!  Watch the full freestyle below, and let me know what your favorite lines were!

One of my favorites: "Slime Flu, call sick with it when I be spittin..."

Props to RM

Previously: Vado - Slime Flu 2 [New Mixtape]

T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle - God, Family, Hustle [Episode 1]

Although the series premiere of T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle doesn't premiere on VH1 until Monday night, streaming the episode has been made available to all of you who may want to catch it early.  Watch the full episode "God, Family, Hustle," below, and make sure you hit me up on Facebook or Twitter to let me know what you think about the reality show!

Props to Miss Info

Previously: T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle [Trailer]

A$AP Rocky's Made A Fan Out Of Pharrell [VIDEO]

In a recent sit down with Janice Llamoca, A$AP Rocky talked about everything from his upcoming OG Ron C remixed mixtape to the fact that Pharrell expressed to him that he's a fan of his work.  Check out the full interview below, and let me know what you think of the newcomer who's getting props from everyone in the game right now!

Props to HHDX

Previously: Drake Joins Team A$AP [VIDEO]

MTV RapFix Live Starring Young Jeezy, Big K.R.I.T. & A$AP Rocky Is On Right Now!!

It's 4 PM (ish) on Wednesday, so you know what that means! Sway's MTV Rap Fix Live is on now with special guests Young JeezyBig K.R.I.T. (whom Jeezy almost signed back in '05.) and A$AP Rocky. Watch below, and hit me on Twitter so we can discuss as the show moves along!

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Elle Varner Performs Acoustic Versions of "Only Wanna Give It To You" & "So Fly" In Dallas [VIDEO]

After reading up on Elle Varner, I learned that she's more than a typical R&B singer.  She comes from a family of songwriters and has been playing musical instruments since the age of six.  Recently she stopped by Dallas' 97.9 The Beat and gave us a sample of what she's really about as she performed her hit "Only Wanna Give It To You" and demo track "So Fly" with just a guitar and the help of beat boxer Anointed S.  Watch the extremely impressive performance below, and be on the lookout for her debut album Perfectly Imperfect!

Props to DJ DSCOTT

Previously: Elle Varner - Refill

2 Chainz Performs "Spend It" & "KO" Live On Sway In The Morning [VIDEO]

2 Chainz stopped by Shade 45's Sway In The Morning early yesterday morning and performed the popular tracks "Spend It" and "KO" from his latest mixtape T.R.U. REALigion.  Watch below as he and hype man Sway get busy to ATL's anthem, and hit the jump to hear what Tity Boi has to say about Ludacris's diss record "Bada Boom!"

New Music Video: Ryan Leslie - Beautiful Lie

Ryan Leslie is slowly but surely piecing together his visual album Les Is More as we now have the second of ten music video installments.  Check out the music video for "Beautiful Lie," where Ryan Leslie adds more stamps to his passport as he wines and dines a beautiful Parisian model.

Hit the jump to watch the visuals for "Glory," the first music video from Les Is More!

Big Sean Talks To Ness Nitty About His Gift From God & Working With Nicki Minaj In Hilarious Interview [VIDEO]

Big Sean's a skinny dude, so I've often wondered why he decided to put "Big" in his name.  Thankfully radio personality Ness Nitty put the rumors to rest and asked Big Sean to tell us what he's really working with.  He also talked about Nicki Minaj's involvement on the "Dance (A$$)" remix and watched as a professional dancer got busy to his latest hit. Sorry in advance fellas! It'll be worth it at the end!

Props to Necole Bitchie

Previously: John West ft. Big Sean - Already There [Music Video]

Scram Jones - Wildside

Scram Jones rhymes over the classic A Tribe Called Quest record "Can I Kick It" on "Wildside," a dope track that didn't make the cut on the NY emcee's recent mixtape The Hat Trick. I think it stands perfectly on its own. Listen below and tell me what you think!

Scram Jones - Wildside


We mobile! Hit the jump for a mobile friendly stream of "Wildside!"

Playdough x Heath McNease - Wed White And Wu [New Mixtape]

18 years ago, the Wu Tang Clan completely changed the course of Hip Hop with their debut Enter The Wu Tang (36 Chambers).  As a salute to the legendary collective, ATL representer Heath McNease joined forces with Dallas emcee Playdough to create the DOPE project Wed White And Wu

On Wed White and Wu, which debuted at #1 overall on Bandcamp, the two add a more humorous twist to some of 36 Chambers' biggest hits without making any lyrical compromises.  Stream the full mixtape below, and be sure to visit their Bandcamp page to purchase the album and to take a look at their Wed White and Wu merchandise!

If you enjoyed Wed White and Wu, hit the jump to listen to Heath McNease's latest mixtape Straight Outta Console: The Nintendo Thumb Mixtape.  It's a must download for gamers everywhere!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Jay-Z, Kanye West, NIcki Minaj & Maroon 5 Add Star Power To The 2011 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show [VIDEO]

The 2011 Victoria's Secret fashion show just went off the air moments ago, but thanks to Yardie, the highlights of the show have been captured.  Musical guests Kanye West, Maroon 5, Jay-Z and Nicki Minaj definitely brought energy to the fashion show that I haven't seen in years.

Watch below as Kanye performs "Stronger," which he dedicated to his late mother. Hit the jump to see Jay-Z join 'Ye for "Ni**as In Paris" and to watch Maroon 5 and Nicki Minaj hit the stage!

Kanye West- "Stronger"

Juicy J - Blue Dream & Lean [New Mixtape]

Three 6 Mafia veteran and newly inducted Taylor gang member Juicy J is back with another mixtape for the streets with Blue Dream & Lean. While I don't always admire his music, I respect his hustle and I'm gonna give this a chance.  After all, his last mixtape Rubba Band Business 2 was viewed over 800,000 times on Datpiff & Live Mixtapes!

Update (3/7/12): The No DJ Version of Blue Dream & Lean has been released. 

Stream/download Blue Dream & Lean below, and feel free to let me know what you think Juicy J's new tape!

T.I. & Tiny - The Family Hustle [Trailer]

It's been a while since I've been able to consistently watch a VH1 reality show, but T.I. and Tiny's The Family Hustle may just break my viewing drought.  Check out the trailer for the show that aired last night in between the Basketball Wives LA reunion and Love and Hip Hop. The series is scheduled to premiere on Monday Dec. 5th at 9 PM EST!

What did you think of the trailer? Will you be tuning in?

Props to YHTN

Previously: T.I. Acknowledges Eminem For Helping Him Overcome His Drug Addiction [VIDEO]

New Music: YONAS - It's Time Now

Bronx spitter YONAS just let loose a freestyle he recorded in 2009 over an exclusive beat by Sean Ross.  Not sure why he held on to it for so long, but I'm not complaining!!


Props to GMAD

Previously: YONAS - Can't Knock Me Down (Freestyle)

Big K.R.I.T. Shouts Out DJ Wally Sparks For Being A Key To His Success [VIDEO]

As an aspiring A&R and an up and coming DJ, I've come to learn how important it is to have a well rounded team in all aspects of the industry-- managers, producers, hype men,  DJs, etc..  Big K.R.I.T. is one of the few rappers who attributes a lot of his success to his DJ, and with the help of Plutonium Music N Films, K.R.I.T. explains the role that DJ Wally Sparks has played in his long journey in Hip Hop.  Watch Part 1 below!

Props to Big K.R.I.T.'s blog & Team BIG KRIT

Previously: Ludacris Performs "Country Sh*t" With Big K.R.I.T. [VIDEO]

New Music: PenStation - Invisible Bullies

PenStation comes through with another exclusive from their upcoming project Mike Tape, Vol. 2.  Check out "Invisible Bullies" below, which features Riddles & Wryteous rhyming nonstop over a Michael Jackson sampled Riddles production.

PenStation - Invisible Bullies [Prod. by Riddles]


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The Roots - undun [Full Album Stream]

After giving us a scattered painting of the Robert Stephen's tragic journey, The Roots have made their entire concept album undun available for stream on NPR.  Listen to the supergroup's thirteenth album in full, below and let me know what you think of the tale!

Props to HHDX

New Music: The Roots - One Time ft. Phonte & Dice Raw

I think I've found my favorite song from The Roots' upcoming album undun in "One Time." Listen to the track below, which features Phonte and frequent collaborator Dice Raw and listen to the story of Redford Stephens unfold.  undun will be in stores December 6th!

The Roots - One Time ft. Phonte & Dice Raw

Previously: The Roots - Sleep [Music Video]

New Music Video: Phil Adé - Coming Home

Phil Adé continues to show us how strong his hustle is with visuals to the A Different World standout "Coming Home." Watch below as the DMV representer spits some real sh*t over a Sunny Norway production, and make sure you check out A Different World if you haven't already!

Props to XXL

Previously: Phil Ade - No Place Like Home ft. Kevin Ross

Thurz - Dope [Music Video]

Thurz teamed up with Red Bull USA for the exclusive premiere of the LA Riot visuals for "Dope," one of my favorite tracks on the album.  With help from director Mister Whitmore, the video perfectly captures the feel and style of the song. Don't sleep on the homie Thurz!!

Props to Red Bull

Previously: Thurz - Niggas [Music Video]

New Music Video: Schoolboy Q - Sacrilegious

After a few leaks, we finally get some visuals from TDE representer Schoolboy Q.  Check out the music video for "Sacrilegious," an incredible track from his upcoming project HnC.  I'm SO ready for  Habits n Contradictions to drop, and I can almost guarantee that this project will further propel him from the shadows of his homie and fellow Black Hippy, Kendrick Lamar.

Props to The End Is Deep

Previously: Schoolboy Q- My Hatin' Joint

New Music: Drake - The Motto (LA Remix) ft. YG, Nipsey Hussle & Snoop Dogg

Drake & Mistah F.A.B. on the set of "The Motto" Video Shoot
Drake's Bay influenced track "The Motto" has the West Coast catdaddyin', jerkin', goin' dumb (okay I quit), and now the remix makes the track an authentic Cali record as YG, Nipsey Hussle and Snoop Dogg add their own verses.  Check it out below, and let me know which version you prefer!

Drake - The Motto (LA Remix) ft. YG, Nipsey Hussle & Snoop Dogg


We mobile! Hit the jump to stream this remix on your phone!

New Music: T-Pain ft. Chris Brown - Look At Her Go

T-Pain's got some serious heat on his upcoming album rEVOLVEr, and I'm ready to walk straight to the club when I hear his newest track "Look At Her Go" featuring Chris Brown. Listen to the track below, and make sure you go cop T-Pain's album when it drops on December 6th (preorder it here)!

T-Pain - Look At Her Go ft. Chris Brown


We mobile! Hit the jump to stream "Look At Her Go" on your phone!

Game Dispels Beef In Interview With Tim Westwood [VIDEO]

A hoarse Game couldn't be in London without chopping it up with Tim Westwood, and he spoke without a filter about his marriage proposal, his rumored beef with Big Sean, Jay-Z and 50 Cent, and about the LAPD searching through his tweets.  Is it me, or is the Game nuts? Let me know!

Props to DDotOmen

Previously: West Coast Legends Pass The Torch To Kendrick Lamar [VIDEO]

T.I. Acknowledges Eminem For Helping Him Overcome His Drug Addiction [VIDEO]

In a recent sit-down with, T.I. spoke about his admiration for Eminem and revealed that Mr. Shady was a huge help in helping him get over his own addictions.  Watch below as T.I. gives Eminem props for signing Yelawolf and Slaughterhouse, for putting out Bad Meets Evil with Royce Da 5'9'', and for killing the BET cypher!

Props to HHMN


Childish Gambino Talks Kanye West & Do-It-Yourself Rappers On HardKnock TV [VIDEO]

Childish Gambino sat down with Hardknock TV for an in depth interview about how Kanye West has been able to create the lane that he finds himself in and which newer rappers he has respect for in Hip Hop.  Watch the full interview below, and make sure you purchase Camp. It's a great album!!!

Props to RM

Previously: Childish Gambino, Tyler The Creator & MC Lyte Guest Star on The Regular Show [VIDEO]

Young Jeezy - A Hustlerz Ambition [Trailer #1]

When Young Jeezy releases TM:103 A Hustlerz Ambition on December 20th, the album will be accompanied by a Samuel Jackson narrated documentary of the same title.  To promote the joint release, the snowman's put together 5 trailers featuring important clips from the film.  Check out the first clip below!

Props to JumpOff TV

Previously: Young Jeezy ft. Jay-Z & Andre 3000 - I Do

New Music Video: Meek Mill ft. Rick Ross - Work

Meek Mill takes a lesson from Rick Ross in sexy on the visuals to the Dreamchasers track "Work."  Will someone put a shirt on??????????

This weekend Meek Mill announced the name to upcoming debut album. Hit the jump to find out the title!

Monday, November 28, 2011

New Music: Amy Winehouse - Halftime

Another Hidden Treasure from Amy Winehouse hits the net in the form of the Salaam Remi produced track "Halftime."  The song was recorded years ago, but didn't make the cut to be released on the 3rd album that was scheduled to be released before her passing.  It's also rumored to be a product of the "supergroup" she formed with Questlove and Remi.  Hope there's more to come!

Amy Winehouse - Halftime


Lioness: Hidden Treasures will be released on December 6th, but you can preorder it on iTunes now!

Hit the jump for a mobile friendly stream of "Halftime!"

New Music: Jon Connor - Church On The Move ft. GLC & Caas Swift

Jon Connor continues to show off his versatility as he recruits GLC and Caas Swift for the pimptastic "Church On The Move." Get familiar with Jon Connor now because once Season 2 drops, he's going to be EVERYWHERE!

Jon Connor - Church On The Move ft. GLC & Caas Swift


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Rita Ora Covers OutKast's "Hey Ya!" [VIDEO]

Rita Ora let's us know that she's just not another pretty face in the industry as she performs an acoustic cover of Andre 3000's "Hey Ya!" I was a little skeptical of her at first because there wasn't anything on the Internet showcasing her music talent, but she's definitely got a nice voice.

Check out the full video diary below, and let me know what you think of Roc Nation's newest diva!

Props to Rap-Up

Previously: Rita Ora Video Diary #1

New Music: Raheem DeVaughn - Lotus Flower Bomb (Remix)

Raheem DeVaughn may be busy running his music label 368 Music Group and his radio show, but he's still finding time to jack for beats! Check out his latest remix, "Lotus Flower Bomb," below as he croons so smooth that you forget that there was even an original.

Raheem DeVaughn - Lotus Flower Bomb (Remix)


Hit the jump for a mobile friendly stream of the track!

New Music: Lloyd - Me & You (This Christmas)

Lloyd provides us with another Christmas song for this holiday season with the ballad "This Christmas."  Check out the original song below, and let me know what you think about Lloyd's holiday cheer by hitting me up on Facebook or Twitter!

Lloyd - Me & You (This Christmas)

Props to Rap-Up

Previously: Lloyd Performs "Dedication To My Ex" At The Soul Train Awards [VIDEO]

New Music: Juicy J ft. Wiz Khalifa - Stoners Night Pt. 2

Juicy J announced that he's officially a part of Wiz Khalifa's Taylor Gang over his new track "Stoners Night Pt.2."  Check out the smooth track below that gives you a sneak peek into what's to come for the two rappers, who are planning to release a joint project very shortly.

Juicy J ft. Wiz Khalifa - Stoners Night Pt. 2 [TAGS]


Hit the jump for a mobile friendly stream!

B.o.B - EPIC (Every Play Is Crucial) [New Mixtape]

Since B.o.B understands that Every Play Is Crucial, he's dropping off some heat free for the people before his sophomore album Strange Clouds hits the shelves. With features ranging from Mos Def to 2 Chainz, it's guaranteed that there's gonna be something on here for you to love.

Check out the full tape below, which features damn near everyone including T.I.Meek Mill, Playboy Tre, Roscoe Dash, Mos Def, Eminem, 2 Chainz and more!


Previously: B.o.B Performs "Strange Clouds" With The Roots [VIDEO]

Kendrick Lamar - The Musical (The Original Samples) [New Mixtape]

Kendrick Lamar is an artist that has an amazing team of producers behind him.  Of his producers (Sounwave, THC, etc.) many talents, their main seems to be finding the perfect songs to sample. They do it so well, that sometimes it's hard to tell that something was sampled at all.

Thankfully, Mike Blud & Babylon Cartel put together this dope mixtape giving shine to the the original songs sampled on Kendrick Lamar's Section.80, Kendrick Lamar EP, and O(verly) D(edicated) projects.


Prodigy Speaks On Tupac, Jay-Z & Saigon Beef [VIDEO]

Prodigy sat down with Pete Rosenberg and Cipha Sounds at Hot 97 and spoke openly about his health  as well as his beef with Tupac, Jay-Z, and Saigon.  Watch below as he Prodigy calls Jay-Z a "bitch" for claiming that he held NYC down during the East Coast/West Coast rivalries of the 90s.

I don't the Prodigy/Hov beef really squashed?

Props to This Is 50

Previously: Mobb Deep Performs "Shook Ones" & "Quiet Storm" on Sway In The Morning [VIDEO]

New Music: Neako - ← ↓→ ↑ (Left, Down, Right, Up)

Neako comes through with another dope original track with "← ↓→ ↑." This man has been putting in work!! Don't sleep on this New Jersey spitta!

Neako - ← ↓→ ↑ (Prod. by Com Truise)


We mobile!! Hit the jump to stream this on your phone!

New Music Video: Lil Cease ft. Black Rob & Peedi Crakk - I Don't Know

WHOA! I was just telling my sister that Black Rob was back! The NY spitter joins Lil Cease and Peedi Crakk, two other vets in the game, for the Mazi-O directed visuals to Cease's "I Don't Know."

The moral of the story: Stop Snitchin!

Props to HHDX

Previously: Peedi Crakk - God Bless The Lyrical ft. CyHi The Prynce

New Music: MadGibbs (Freddie Gibbs x Madlib) - Thuggin'

When MadGibbs (CTE emcee Freddie Gibbs and Cali producer/emcee MadLib) get together, we get pure hip hop in the form of gangsta rap over a soulful track.  Check out the title track from their latest EP Thuggin', and hit the jump to purchase the full project!

Freddie Gibbs x Madlib - Thuggin'

Lloyd Performs "Dedication To My Ex" On The Soul Train Awards [VIDEO]

Lloyd added to the list of dope performances at The Soul Train Awards when he came out and performed "Dedication To My Ex" channeling the spirit of James Brown. Watch the full performance below, and see the King of Hearts bust a split on the microphone stand!

Previously: Lloyd - She's All I Want For Christmas

Robin Thicke Performs "Love After War" On The Soul Train Awards [VIDEO]

Robin Thicke was among many of the talented performers at the Soul Train Awards as he gave an energetic performance of his hit single "Love After War." You can't help but get up and grab the nearest person and dance to this one! The album is coming December 6th!

Previously: Robin Thicke - Love After War [Music Video]

Cee Lo & Melanie Fiona Perform "Fool For You" At The Soul Train Awards [VIDEO]

Cee-Lo may have been the MVP of this year's Soul Train Awards as he hit the stage at least three times and won the STA for Best Male R&B & Soul Artist. Watch below as the beautiful Melanie Fiona joined him to perform their soulful duet "Fool For You!"  Love this song...

Previously: Cee Lo Green - Cry Baby [Music Video]

Common Performs "Blue Sky" With Marsha Ambrosius At The Soul Train Music Awards [VIDEO]

Common continued his television domination last night when his Soul Train Awards performance of "Blue Sky" with Marsha Ambrosius aired on BET.  Watch the two kill it below, and make sure you go cop The Dreamer, The Believer when it goes on sale on December 20th!

Miguel Performs "Girls Like You" On The Soul Train Awards [VIDEO]

After winning the Soul Train award for Best New Artist, Miguel took to the stage to perform the standout track "Girls Like You" from his self-titled debut album.  I like that he made the song more edgy by adding a rock vibe to his performance and shaking things up a bit.

Watch the full set below, and make sure you let me know what you think of his "Girls Like You" performance!

Previously: Wale ft. Miguel - Lotus Flower Bomb [Music Video]

New Music: Swizz Beatz - Off The Cuff

Swizz Beatz comes through with another track today, but this time he's on his own addressing all of the people who have something to say about him.  Like Kevin Hart, he's got "37 Off The Cuff." REAL RAP RAW people!

Swizz Beatz - Off The Cuff


Hit the jump for a mobile friendly stream of "Off The Cuff!"
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