Tuesday, January 31, 2012
In the music video to David Guetta's hit dance single, "Turn Me On," the world famous producer takes on the role of mad scientist and puts together his ideal woman, who turns out to be Nicki Minaj. I choose this over "Stupid Hoe" any day.
Props to Necole Bitchie
Previously: Nicki Minaj & David Guetta Open The AMA's [VIDEO]
N.O.R.E. is putting in work this week. After celebrating with Action Bronson, he's got a new track perfect for shutting down a party. Check out his new track "Lehhhgooo" below, which features a Chris Brown-sampled and Busa Buss-assisted hook, along with verses from Game, and Waka Flocka!
N.O.R.E. - Lehhhgooo ft. Busta Rhymes, Game & Waka Flocka [Prod. by Charli Brown Beatz]
Download: N.O.R.E. - Lehhhgooo ft. Busta Rhymes, Game & Waka Flocka
Crack On Steroids is coming soon!
Props to D.SCOTT
Props to Rap-Up
Bilal's weekly countdown to Valentine's Day continues with his second acoustic track. He turns the Airtight's Revenge standout "Move On" into an even smoother song to prep those who hope to attend his New York Valentine's Day Concert at SOBs.
Bilal - Move On (Acoustic Version)
Download: Bilal - Move On (Acoustic Version)
Props to okayplayer
Previously: Bilal - Think It Over (Acoustic Version)
Young Gliss - No One Can Stop Us Now ft. Prodigy, Killer Mike, Jon Connor, Lo Keys & Just Shawn
Download: Young Gliss - No One Can Stop Us Now ft. Prodigy, Killer Mike, Jon Connor, Lo Keys & Just Shawn
Sometimes the truth is painful to live with, and Bei Maejor expresses this fact perfectly in his new music video. Watch below as the Upside Down singer finds himself in a love triangle that is really up for interpretation. Best video I've seen in a while.
Directed by Kurt Zhuang
Props to D.SCOTT
Previously: Bei Maejor - Angel On The Sky
After dropping three incredibly d(^_^)b-worthy singles, Cris Cab's Echo Boom mixtape is finally here! Check out the Miami singer's Billionaire Boys Club-presented project below, which features the talents of Pharrell, Wyclef Jean, Melanie Fiona, Mavado, Shaggy, 88-Keys and more!
Download: Cris Cab - Echo Boom [Mixtape]
Alt. Download (Hulkshare)
Props to Cris Cab
Previously: Cris Cab - Rihanna's Gun ft. Wyclef Jean & Mavado
Fresh off the release of the Mike Tape, Vol. II, Mr. Write and Riddles show no signs of slowing down. Check out PenStation's freestyle over Common's latest single "Raw," and be on the lookout for more freestyles in the near future!
PenStation - Raw (Freestyle)
Download: PenStation - Raw (Freestyle)
Previously: PenStation - Destiny
Maino and PUSH! Montana's real ni**a anthem "Last Of The Mohicans" has been blazing the streets since it dropped on PUSH!'s latest mixtape, and they finally have the music video for us, that completely matches the song's intensity. FRESSHHH....
Props to RM
Rumors had been spreading this week that 2 Chainz had inked a major deal with Def Jam, and Tity 2 Necklaces confirmed the rumor today in an interview with XXL. Looks like the hottest free agent finally has a home!
“It’s the Real University, Two Gun Gang, Street Executives. It’s not DTP no more. I’m actually behind [Ludacris], he’s still my homie. I just took another route as far as running my own company and bossing up. But on the other hand, I’m still working with him. He has an album coming out this year, as well. Matter of fact, we are label mates, now, which is crazy. So, yeah, that’ll be cool. I’m looking forward to that."Tomorrow, he'll make his official announcement on MTV's Rap Fix Live at 4 PM, so I'll make sure to keep you posted!
Props to Rap Radar
Previously: Nicole Wray ft. 2 Chainz - I Like It [Music Video]
Lil Wayne gets artistic on the music video to The Carter IV's most introspective single, "Mirror" with Bruno Mars. Watch below as the tatted up Martian covers up his reflection with the help of some buckets of paint, and let me know what you think of the comments by hitting up the comments below!
Lil Wayne ft. Bruno Mars - Mirror Lyrics
Props to RT Now
Astronaut Status rapper Future finally linked up with T.I. to film the video to their "Magic" remix that the king recorded fresh out of prison. Check out the visual's end results below, which shows the two ATLiens at Magic City with some colorful ladies.
Props to Kev Knows
R&B singers are coming through in the clutch with #Sertafied music right in time for Valentine's Day. Check out the remix to Verse Simmond's SexTape Chronicles 2 standout track "Strip Tease" featuring Q Da Kid below, and make sure you add this song to the collection!
Verse Simmonds - Strip Tease (Remix) ft. Q Da Kid
Download: Verse Simmonds - Strip Tease (Remix) ft. Q Da Kid
Monday, January 30, 2012
DMV emcee Napoleon Da Legend made a lot of waves this month when he dropped "Oxygen" feat. Raekwon, and now he's proving that he's just as impressive rocking a track on his own. Check out his exclusive freestyle for Thermal Sound Waves radio below, and be on the look out for his first solo album, Symphonies of a Lost Soul, that's coming soon!
Previously: Napoleon Da Legend ft. Raekwon - Oxygen
N.O.R.E. and Action Bronson are celebrating their success on their new collaboration "Mazel Tov," which leaked a few days on DJ Whoo Kid's radio show. Now the CDQ version has surfaced and Action, the former cook, definitely steals the show on this one to me. What do you think of this new track? Hit up the comments and let me know!
N.O.R.E. - Mazel Tov ft. Action Bronson (CDQ)
Download: N.O.R.E. - Mazel Tov ft. Action Bronson
Props to 2dopeboyz
Meek Mill stopped through Hot 97 and gave them an EXCLUSIVE freestyle over Rick Ross's "Stay Schemin" that lasted near 5 minutes. Definitely some quotable lines on this one. Peep the "rental" bars around 2:15...
Hit the jump to hear Meek's full interview with Angie Martinez!
Black Cobain is at it again with a very well done official music video by Ant Films for his "Pe$o"freestyle. He's repping the Board Administration and the DMV all day, and it's pretty clear after watching this that he's got the whole region behind him!
Oh yeah. BLU~OOP!
Props to BC himself
Previously: Black Cobain & Wale - Rack City (Freestyle)
One of the reasons I refuse to turn on the radio is because 9 times out of 10 I hear Miguel belting "Looooootus Flower Bomb, Firefly..."
It looks like I may be able to unplug my iPod soon because Wale is setting up another single for the ladies. Check out the official lyric video to "Sabotage" his Ambition collab with R&B crooner Lloyd. Do you think this is a good single choice? Hit up the comments and let me know!
Wale ft. Lloyd - Sabotage Lyrics
Props to UHTN via the Twitter homie
There comes a time when you have to look back on your life and just accept the fact that a newborn baby has accomplished more than you. It's cool though, Blue Ivy. I'll let you have your shine. And your lullaby.
Thanks to the Hipster Orchestra, Beyonce and Jay-Z's progeny has the dopest lullaby in the world that consists of both Jay and B's biggest hits. Watch the performance below, and hit me up on Facebook and Twitter with your thoughts!
Props to Tanning Of America
M.I.A. took a little time off after releasing /\/\ /\ Y /\ and giving birth, but now the Bangladesh born musician is back with the first single to her upcoming album, which is due out this summer. Check out "Bad Girls" below, and hit up the comments to let me know what you think about the Danja-produced track!
M.I.A. – Bad Girls Lyrics
Props to 2dopeboyz
After premiering a Making The Video-esque behind the scenes look of the shoot on Google Music, the final product of Busta Rhymes' video for "Why Stop Now" is finally here. Check out the Hype Williams-directed and Chris Brown featured visuals below, and let me know what you think of Busta's new single by hitting up the comments below!
Crazy effects on this one!
Props to Free's World
North Carolina Hip Hop has come such a long way since I moved here in 2000. Thanks to the efforts of 9th Wonder, DJ D-Cutta, Phonte, Big Pooh, and J. Cole, NC's presence on the rap game has undeniably been felt. Check out UNC-TV's segment about their roles on shaping North Carolina's urban culture below, and let me know how Hip Hop's shaped your town!
Props to RM
Props to LargeUp
Previously: Cris Cab - Put In Work [Prod. by Wyclef Jean & Sedeck Jean]
Here's another loose one from Stalley that can be added to the Songs By Me, Stalley collection. Check out "Cash and My Cutty," a Ski Beatz produced joint that will hopefully help hold you over until his next project Savage Journey To The American Dream drops.
Stalley - Cash & My Cutty [Prod. by Ski Beatz]
Download: Stalley - Cash & My Cutty [Prod. by Ski Beatz]
Props to GWHH
Previously: Stalley - City of 30,000 Wolves ft. DJ Khaled
With muscles like Saigon's I guess you've always gotta eat. Check out the music video to his Warning Shots 3 single "Hungry" below, and check out the mixtape if you haven't already!
Props to VHH
Previously: Saigon - Warning Shots 3: One Foot In The Grave [New Mixtape]
Maffew Ragazino pledged that he wouldn't offer anymore freestyles for radio shows this year, but he'd already guaranteed Fresh Out The Box radio some bars. Thankfully, he followed through with that promise and absolutely murdered his freestyle. Enough already. Just watch!
Props to UHTN
Previously: Maffew Ragazino Sr. - IFWT Freestyle
Say what you want about Wiz Khalifa and his music, but you can't deny how much he's worked to reach the level that he's at. Check him out below as he speaks on his strategy for maintaining his success. Thanks to 3 Little Digs for the footage!
Props to TTM
Previously: Wiz Khalifa, Pharrell, Busta Rhymes, Kendrick Lamar & Mac Miller In The Studio
If you want to learn if Kirko Bangz actually has some skills behind the auto-tune, check out his brand new mixtape, Progression 2: A Young Texas Playa. The Houston rapper sheds all of the gimmicks on his new song "Touch the Sky," where he addresses those who have something negative to say about him. Check out the music video below, and hit the jump to stream or download his new tape!
For the second episode of his behind the scenes webseries, XV gives us an inside look at his Midwest State Of Mind tour where he gained new fans every show. Watch below as he describes the rise of his Squarian movement and explains the value of small town shows. This dude better be a 2012 XXL Freshman!!
Props to XZ
Previously: XV - Squarian Anthem ft. Sez Batters
Ryshon Jones is more than consistent with the music so it's hard to picture him having a case of writer's block. Fortunately, his inner struggle to come up with the right subject matter for Rollin Mills' beat transformed into the inspiration to his new track "Fighting With My Conscious":
“this song was inspired by a talk i had with the producer of the song,I heard the beat and I was contemplating on what to say on it and i ended up bein to self conscious of what i should say,and the end i ended up making a song about whishing I lost the ability to not think at all video coming soon" -RyshonRyshon Jones - Fighting With My Conscious
Download: Ryshon Jones - Fighting With My Conscious
Props to Ryshon's Tumblr
Previously: Ryshon Jones - Nightmare In Philly
Sunday, January 29, 2012
I guess this is why "Drake Is Canadian" was trending on Twitter...
Tonight, the Toronto representer traveled to Ottawa to perform his Take Care hit "Headlines" for the NHL All Star Game. Watch below as the players are just as excited as the fans to see Drake perform!
Previously: Mary J. Blige ft. Drake - Mr. Wrong [Music Video]
Right after ScHoolboy Q dropped the video to "Nightmare On Figg St.," Ryshon Jones couldn't help but rhyme over the dark A$AP Ty Beats production. Listen below as Ryshon brings the nightmare to Philly, and make sure you check out Brightest Nights Darkest Days if you haven't already!
Ryshon Jones - Nightmare In Philly
Download: Ryshon Jones - Nightmare In Philly
Props to Ryshon's Tumblr
Previously: Ryshon Jones - Forgot About You
Dutch producer Nubbz is dropping his first project, In A Minute, in February, which will consist of six blends incorporating his soulful beats with classic hip hop verses. Check out the first leak, "Get Em High," which highlights Common's verse on Kanye's College Dropout below, and hit the comments with your thoughts about the blend!
Nubbz - Get Em High (Common Blend)
Download: Nubbz - Get Em High (Common Blend)
Yesterday, Christina Aguilera paid the highest honor to the late Etta James by belting out the legendary singer's most famous hit, "At Last." After an emotional and heartfelt intro, Christina sang a breathtaking rendition to Etta and everyone who attended the funeral.
“I have to first of all say what an amazing honor it is for me to have been welcomed here today, invited here, to pay tribute to the great Ms. Etta James,” said an emotional Christina. “I went around the world throughout all my career saying that Ms. Etta James was my favorite singer in the whole wide world."
R.I.P. Etta James. Through your music you'll live forever.
Props to Rap-Up
Previously: Maroon 5 ft. Christina Aguilera & Mac Miller - Moves Like Jagger (Remix)
Busta Rhymes's Hype Williams-directed video for "Why Stop Now" featuring Chris Brown drops tomorrow at noon and Google Music did an extensive behind the scenes feature to let you know what it took to create the visuals. Watch below to view Busta's reaction to fan made covers of the track and to see Chris Brown busting out the acrobatics for the shoot!
Props to Rap Radar
Thankfully I was doing some twitter prowling and stumbled across this dope new video from R&B visionary Kalenna. I've been cranking "Go To Work" for a minute now, and I can't wait until her new mixtape Chamber of Diaries drops in February. For now enjoy "Matte Black Truck," the second viral video from the project, which shows the Philly bred singer animating her every lyric!
Previously: Kalenna - Go To Work [Music Video]
Pill continues his independent hustle with "Yeen Gon Believe," the second leak from his upcoming mixtape The Epidemic. Check out the dark, southern track below and let me know what you think about this new one from the ATLien by hitting up the comments!
Pill - Yeen Gon Believe
Download: Pill - Yeen Gon Believe
Props to Dajaz
Previously: Pill - New Clothes, New Shoes [Music Video]
¯\_(ツ)_/¯ At this point, what's one more?
Yelawolf dropped off this freestyle with the LA Leakers, and he's the first to really get original with the flow on "Rack City." Check it out below, and hit up the comments with your thoughts!
Yelawolf - Rack City (Freestyle)
Download: Yelawolf - Rack City (Freestyle)
Props to TTM
Previously: Yelawolf ft. Rittz, Young Struggle & Big HUD - Far From A Bitch
It's been a while since Chris Brown dropped something #Sertafied. Check out the full version of his duet "Touch Me (Like You Touch Urself)" with his frequent collaborator and Richgirl frontwoman, Se7en. Do you think this track deserves to make the album? Hit up the comments and let me know!
Chris Brown - Touch Me (Like You Touch Urself) ft. Se7en
Download: Chris Brown - Touch Me (Like You Touch Urself) ft. Se7en
Props to SoulCulture
Previously: Chris Brown - Turn Up The Music
Instead of finding times when Ke$ha, Lil Wayne, Andre 3000, T.I., AND Wiz Khalifa were all available to shoot the video to her "Sleazy" remix, the pop star went completely left field and called up...Pedro? And crossdressers. Watch below, and let me know what you think of the visuals in the comments below!
Props to JumpOff TV
Previously: Ke$ha - Sleazy Remix 2.0 ft. Wiz Khalifa, Andre 3000, Lil Wayne & T.I.
DMV spitter Lyriciss linked up with Virginia-based producer Soulful! and the world reknowned DJ I-Dee on "Get It & Go," the standout track from The Balance EP: Money. Watch below as Lyriciss takes you to his home of Washington, D.C. and demonstrates why his name is a perfect fit. Download The Balance EP: Money after the jump!
Harlem's own Rugz D. Bewler is going to make it in this game By Any Means Necessary, and his hunger and talent has been proven on his latest project. Check out the Anthony Sylvester-directe music video for the title track "By Any Means Necessary," below, and make sure you don't sleep on this emcee! He's got it!
Props to Bewler's Disciples
Previously: Rugz D. Bewler - By Any Means Necessary [New Mixtape]
D'Angelo will forever be one of my favorite R&B artists of all time. Despite his run ins with the law and his other personal issues, I'm pretty sure the world is glad that he's back to doing what he does best. Recently, the Richmond, VA born singer took to Stockholm, Sweden to make his debut as a performer for the first time in eleven years.
Watch below as a super-swole D'Angelo hops down from the keys and performs his brand new track "Sugar Daddy!" More clips after the jump!
Before his album The Day After Tomorrow finally drops on February 28th, Maino's giving us a pre-album of sorts to show us how hard he's been working. Check out the DJ Green Lantern & DJ Infamous-hosted mixtape I Am Who I Am below, and let me know what you think of the tape in the comments!
Previously: Maino - That Could Be Us ft. Robbie Nova [Music Video]
There's a "Nightmare On Figg St." in this new Jerome D-directed music video. ScHoolboy Q flips a few "Niggas In Paris" lines on this Habits & Contradictions as he and his team walk through Q's stomping grounds of Figueroa Street in L.A. Watch the music visual below, and make sure you go get #HnC!!
No luxury rap here!
ScHoolboy Q - Nightmare On Figg St. Lyrics
Props to TDE
Previously: ScHoolboy Q - Hands On The Wheel ft. A$AP Rocky [Music Video]
Jon Connor is a real emcee, but he's a musician first. On Season 2 he shows how versatile he can be while still bringing the heat lyrically. During a recent sit down with ThisIs50's Young Jack Thriller, he talked about his typecasting as a freestyle rapper and spoke on the inspiration behind his name and his music. Get to know the Flintstone Jon Connor, because he's definitely next up!
Props to ThisIs50
Previously: Jon Connor - Go Get Season 2 Pt. 2
J. Cole Explains "Lights Please," "Sideline Story," "Never Told," & "Cole World" With Muve Music [VIDEO]
J. Cole continues to relive the making of Cole World: The Sideline Story with Muve Music on Episode 3 of his commentary. Watch below to hear the stories behind "Lights Please," "Sideline Story," "Never Told," and "Cole World!"
Which of these songs has the most significance to you? Hit up the comments and let me know!
Props to Nah Right
Previously: J. Cole Commentary, Ep. 1 & 2 [VIDEO]