Thursday, February 28, 2013

[Music Video] MED x Blu x Madlib ft. Jimetta Rose - "Burgundy Whip"

Blu and M.E.D., two of the west coast's finest with the mic teamed up with Stones Throw Records and producer extraordinare Madlib to create The Burgundy EP.

"Burgundy Whip" featuring Jimetta Rose, one of the most addicting tracks on the project, deservedly gets the visual treatment as the two emcees cruise in what else but a...




Whenever I get the chance to go on about who and what I can't stop listening these days, I always mention SZA and her project See.SZA.Run.  With a voice that's airy yet full of range, a way with words that conveys her sometimes twisted thoughts in a way that it's for pure artistic release and not for shock value, the New York resident is definitely going to be someone everyone will know soon. The fact that she was bred in my second home of St. Louis, is only icing on the cake for me.

Already at work on her sophomore project S, SZA gave Gorilla Vs. Bear the green light to premiere the EP's Felix Snow & Patrick Lukens produced "ICE.MOON."

Grab a G Late Pass and stream/download See.SZA.Run after the jump...

Big K.R.I.T. ft. Bun B - "Shine On"

Big K.R.I.T. and Bun B just joined forces on Jordan theme song "Check The Sign," and if they keep working like this, I'm gonna need them to consider a joint EP or something. UGK for life though, of course.

Meanwhile, Krizzle's King Remembered In Time is due out soon, and he recruits the legend Bun on the self-produced "Shine On."

Previously: Bun B & Big K.R.I.T. - "Check The Sign"

[Music Video] Trinidad Jame$ ft. T.I., Young Jeezy & 2 Chainz - "All Gold Everything"

T.I.Young Jeezy, and 2 Chainz all snapped on Trinidad Jame$'s "All Gold Everything" remix, and they take their support of the ATL overnight sensation to another level by stomping with the King Midas of bicycles in the official music video.


Wednesday, February 27, 2013

[New Mixtape] Kris Kasanova - '24K'

Kris Kasanova spent over a year crafting his new project 24K, and the work he's put in on this tape definitely shows. Even if the promo cuts "Kasanova" and "Moshpit" weren't on the NY emcee's third release, it'd still be in the running for best tape of 2013.

Stream and download 24K below, which features Rocki Evans, SZA, Skeme, Flatbush Zombies, 10ille, and more.

[Kris Kasanova]

Previously: Kris Kasanova - "Kasanova" (Prod. by Canei Finch)

Monday, February 25, 2013

[Video] Usher, Ludacris & Lil' Jon Perform At So So Def's Reunion Concert

Jermaine Dupri played a very important role in Usher's career, and the R&B vet paid homage to his mentor and producer as he joined JD on stage at the So So Def Reunion for over 20 minutes. To make things better for the sold out crowd, Ludacris and Lil Jon performed "Lovers & Friends," "Yeah," and "Welcome 2 Atlanta."


Frank Ocean - "Eyes Like Sky"

Frank Ocean is starting off 2013 with two Grammy Awards under his belt and about 11 songs crafted for his sophomore album.  While we wait to hear what Frank has in store with producers like Pharrell, Danger Mouse, and Malay, take a listen to the previously unreleased "Eyes Like Sky."

Though the track didn't make the cut for Channel Orange, "Eyes Like Sky" definitely deserved to see the light of day. Your girl's got puns.


Previously: [Video] Frank Ocean Performs "Forrest Gump" Live At The Grammys

[Video] Jay-Z & Young Jeezy Perform At So So Def's 20th Year Reunion Concert

I'm still slapping myself for not going to the So So Def 20th reunion concert because it's all the city's been talking about since Saturday.

Along with the impressive roster of So So Def artists who took the stage, JD had some trump cards in his hand as he brought out Jay-Z, Young Jeezy, Lil Jon and more. Watch below as Hov and Jermaine perform "Money Ain't A Thang" before Jay passes the mic to Young Jeezy.

Hit the jump to watch Jay-Z close out with "PSA," "Niggas In Paris," and "Clique."

Friday, February 22, 2013

[Music Video] Kendrick Lamar ft. Drake - "Poetic Justice"

"Poetic Justice" may be the most commercial/radio friendly track on good kid, m.A.A.d city, but leave it to Kendrick Lamar and his TDE family to take the record to a deeper level with powerful visuals. Watch the video below as Drake is ignorant to the tragedy that just hit his Club Paradise Tour peer.


Thursday, February 21, 2013

Bonobo ft. Erykah Badu - "Heaven For The Sinner"

British producer Bonobo has been one of my recent inspirations, as I closed off my first edition of Poor Little Rich Girl with his Bajka featured track "Walk In The Sky"

As Bonobo prepares to release his fifth album The North Borders on April 1, he reveals "Heaven For The Sinner," his collaboration with the oh so diverse Erykah Badu.


Previously: MeLo-X x Erykah Badu - New Amerykah 2 Remix EPT

Juicy J ft. The Weeknd - "One Of Those Nights"

Much like his Taylor Gang brother Wiz Khalifa's "Remember Me," Juicy J lets The Weeknd take the lead on his new single. Check out "One Of Those Nights," a dark club record that's sure to keep Juicy J's momentum high leading up to the release of his forthcoming album Stay Trippy.


[Music Video] Miguel - "Candles In The Sun"

Sometimes it's easy to get caught up in our own worlds and we forget that some of our brothers and sisters need a helping hand.

Miguel addresses the human condition in the visuals to Kaleidoscope Dream's closing track "Candles In The Sun:"
"It's so easy to ignore what's right in front of us sometimes. I wanted to create a song and visual that addressed my everyday concerns of life as I know it in the world that we live in."


Previously: J. Cole ft. Miguel - "Power Trip"

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

[New Mixtape] ForteBowie - 'Vice Haus'

I showcased ForteBowie's soon to be smash "Gucci Mane" a few weeks ago, and now you have a chance to learn more about the ATLien by downloading his debut project Vice Haus. The free album is entirely produced, written and performed by ForteBowie.

Contrary to popular belief, originality is at an all time high in Atlanta. Vice Haus is more than enough proof.

[Music Video] French Montana ft. J. Cole & Rick Ross - "Diamonds"

French Montana's been busy promoting his upcoming debut album, but he showcases the standout from his mixtape Mac & Cheese 3 as J. Cole and Rick Ross join him in the visuals to "Diamonds."

Bun B & Big K.R.I.T. - "Check The Sign"

Bun B and Big K.R.I.T. contribute to Jordan's  XX8 Days Of Flight movement as people are already preparing to stand in line for a decade if necessary to cop the next pair of Jordans.

Even if you're not a fan of the upcoming Air Jordan 28's, "Check The Sign" is still well worth the listen.


[New Mixtape] araabMUZIK - "For Professional Use Only"

AraabMUZIK isn't just a producer. The man is a bloodthirsty animal when it comes to his beats.

He's found new ways to promote his talent by rocking crowds of thousands with the help of his MPC to now releasing a 20 track set of instrumentals collectively known as For Professional Use Only

Skyzoo - "Floor Seats With Young"

Today, Skyzoo will be performing life at MIST Harlem with a full 7 piece jazz band for his Writings Of Skyzoo concert. If you're in the NYC area, get your tickets here.

If not, you can still enjoy the sounds of the Dream Deferred emcee as he presents the third episode in his Band Practice series--"Floor Seats With Young."

Previously: Skyzoo - "Grew Up On Kool-Aid"

[Album Stream] Bilal - 'A Love Surreal'

Bilal has provided us with innovative R&B music for over a decade, and the Philly born musician plans to continue leading the creative revolution with his new album A Love Surreal.

Bilal's fourth album doesn't hit stores until February 26, but NPR was great enough to include a full stream of A Love Surreal with their review. Stream it HERE.

Previously: Robert Glasper Experiment Performs "Always Shine" With Lupe Fiasco & Bilal Live On Letterman [VIDEO]

[Music Video] DJ Drama ft. Roscoe Dash, Tyga & Wale - "So Many Girls"

DJ Drama definitely has a hit with "So Many Girls" and the Philly DJ gathered TygaWale, and Roscoe Dash for the visuals to the Quality Street Music standout.

Sorry men. I don't know the names of all the women in the video, but trust that I wish I did.

Directed by Alex Nazari


Monday, February 18, 2013

[Music Video] STS - "The Heavy"

STS has been working "Heavy" overseas, but thankfully he's still providing music to his home country as he prepares for the release of Gold Rush 3. Watch below as STS flips "Short Change Hero" by The Heavy, and be sure to check out Gold Rush HERE and Gold Rush 2 after the jump!

[Full Episode] Oprah's Next Chapter: Beyoncé

Not only did Beyoncé take over Super Bowl Sunday; she took over primetime Saturday as she prefaced the premiere of her HBO documentary Life Is But A Dream with an intimate interview with Oprah on the OWN Network.

In case you missed it, watch below as Bey opens up about her pregnancy, her relationship with her father, her drive to keep performing, and her beautiful new family.

[Miss Info]

Previously: [Video] Beyoncé's Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Kris Kasanova - "Kasanova" (Prod. by Canei Finch)

Save some room on your hard drives for Feb. 21st when Kris Kasanova's project 24K hits the net. Fresh off of the visuals for "Mosh Pit," Kris leaks the Canei Finch produced "Kasanova." If you didn't know the name before this record, you definitely will after hitting play!

Previously: [Music Video] Kris Kasanova - "Mosh Pit"

Saturday, February 16, 2013

[New Mixtape] Problem & IamSu! - Million Dollar Afro

Individually, Problem and IamSu! have become two of hardest working musicians to come out of Compton and The Bay. Now the Welcome To Mollywood 2 and $uzy 6 $peed rappers have together to present their joint project Million Dollar Afro.

Hourglass Pick: "Understand Me"

Previously: Problem ft. Bosko - Let's Get Gone

[Music Video] Kris Kasanova - "Mosh Pit"

Kris Kasanova's next project 24K is set to drop next week on February 21st, and the Brooklyn emcee reveals the project's first visual offering, "Mosh Pit."

Directed By This is Butta


Previously: Lotta ft. Kris Kasanova - "Gymnastics (Remix)"

Big K.R.I.T. - "Reign On" (Prod. by 9th Wonder)

It seems that "Gettin' Mine" wasn't all that Big K.R.I.T. & 9th Wonder had been crafting in the studio. The pair teamed up with Crown Royal to present "Reign On," which samples the classic "For The Love Of Money" by the O'Jays.

"Reign On" is set to appear on Krizzle's forthcoming mixtape K.R.I.T. (King Remembered In Time), and this has me looking forward to what else he's got up his sleeve.

Outkast: Remixed by WoodysProduce [Free Album]

Cali producer Woody continues his streak of remix albums as he takes on Outkast's most beloved tracks and adds his signature style to "B.o.B," "ATLiens," "International Players Anthem," and more.
"OutKast is the greatest duo in music. Ever. Since they are not getting back together anytime soon, I wanted to shed new light on some of my favorite songs and give people some new Kast to bump. Hey @BigBoi, you checking this shit out?" - WoodysProduce

Kevin McCall - Definition [New Mixtape]

Kevin McCall has been the producer and writer behind a lot of Chris Brown's most popular tracks, but K-Mac tends to keep his best music for himself as heard on Eargazm and Uninvited Guest.

Kicking off lovers' season 2013, stream and download his latest project Definition, which features Problem, 2 Chainz, Tank and Travis Porter.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Usher - "Go Missin'" (Prod. by Diplo)

Exactly one year ago, Diplo mysteriously released Usher's hit single "Climax," and now the pair are making Valentine's Day releases a tradition with the premiere of "Go Missin'." Will this single see the same amount of success?

Previously: Usher - Dive [Music Video]

Stacy Barthe - "P.S. I Love You" [FreEP]

Whether you're spending a quiet night at home wrapped up in a blanket solo or with a special someone, don't forget to download Stacy Barthe's 3rd EP P.S. I Love You, which couldn't have dropped on a better day. While the previously released "Hell Yeah" is a standout, there is definitely way more to Love about this project. Listen and download below!

Direct Download


Previously: Stacy Barthe ft. Rick Ross - "Hell Yeah"

[Music Video] Justin Timberlake ft. Jay-Z - "Suit & Tie"

Justin Timberlake is sticking with the grown and classy route leading up to the March 19th release of his album The 20/20 Experience as he reveals the visuals to "Suit & Tie." Get your two step dance move game up as you watch Justin, Jay-Z and his band collaborate for a classic show.


The-Dream ft. Fabolous - "Slow It Down"

The club's been full of turn up music lately, but The-Dream is trying to switch things up with his new single "Slow It Down" featuring Fabolous. Look for his next album Four Play to hit stores on May 7th via Def Jam, and hit the comments with your thoughts on "Slow It Down."



J. Cole ft. Miguel - "Power Trip"

"Miss America" was a nice introduction to Born Sinner, but J. Cole's finally put out the single that he'll hopefully be riding comfortably with through radio waves for quite some time.

Check out his new single "Power Trip" featuring Miguel, which serves as retribution for Cole's assistance on Miguel's debut "All I Want Is You."


Tuesday, February 12, 2013

J. Cole - "Truly Yours" [FreEP]

Can you say best surprise ever????

J. Cole's been pretty lowkey regarding his next moves musically, but today he took to his blog DreamVillian to release the EP Truly Yours. Peep the letter to his fans after the jump!

[Music Video] Rihanna ft. Mikky Ekko - "Stay"

Only days after Rihanna's Grammy performance of "Stay" with Mikky Ekko, she reveals the visuals to the Unapologetic ballad. Although she usually carries a confident demeanor, in this video she shows off her vulnerability, which may hit close to home for a lot of you G's. Not only do we use emoticons; we've got emotions too.

Previously: [Video] Rihanna & Mikky Ekko Perform "Stay" At The 2013 Grammy Awards

[Music Video] Big K.R.I.T. - "Rich Dad Poor Dad"

Big K.R.I.T.'s "Rich Dad Poor Dad" is one of the most personal records on Live From The Underground, and it's great to see such an artistic visual for the record. K.R.I.T.'s debut album is in stores now!!


Previously: [Music Video] Joey Bada$$ ft. Big K.R.I.T. & Smoke DZA – "Underground Airplay"

Monday, February 11, 2013

LL Cool J ft. Chuck D, Travis Barker, Tom Morello & Z-Trip - “Whaddup”

Not only did LL Cool J host the Grammy Awards last night; he closed the show out with a performance of his new single "Whaddup" with Travis Barker, the legendary Chuck D, Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello, and DJ Z-Trip.

Catch the performance after the jump, and listen to the studio recording of "Whaddup" below. Authentic is set to hit stores May 17th.

Purchase (iTunes)

Justin Timberlake - "Mirrors" (Prod. by Timbaland)

If the commercials and performances weren't indications that Justin Timberlake is in high gear promoting the March 19th release of his third album, stream "Mirrors," the latest reveal from The 20/20 Experience.

Previously: [Video] Justin Timberlake Two Steps To "Suit &Tie" At The Grammys With Jay-Z

Add-2 - "The Almighty Add-2" (Prod. by J-Rell)

"Spazzing" is the only term I can use to describe what Add-2 does over his new track "The Almighty Add-2." Hear for yourself as the Chicago emcee rips a J-Rell production that it set to appear on his forthcoming More Missed Calls project.


Previously: Add-2 - Ain't Shit Change

Mac Miller ft. Prodigy - "Confessions of a Cash Register" (Prod. by Alchemist & Mac Miller)

Mac Miller's been a little lowkey lately with fans awaiting release dates for his sophomore album Watching Movies With The Sound Off and Pink Slime, his joint project with Pharrell.  Today, he took to Twitter by dropping a loosie featuring Prodigy, and I must say this track is nice.

Stream the Alchemist & Mac Miller co-produced "Confessions of a Cash Register" below.


[DJ Booth]


[Music Video] Masspike Miles - "I Got It"

Masspike Miles has come to far to give up now, and I'm glad to see the MMG singer still grinding and promoting his latest tape Skky Miles 2. Check out the visuals to "I Got It" below, which was shot during his Skky Miles tour between Belgium and Toulouse.

Late pass stream/download of Skky Miles 2 after the jump!

Directed by Rymer & Co

[Video] Maroon 5 & Alicia Keys Take The Stage Together At The 55th Annual Grammy Awards

Photo: Getty Images
Alicia Keys has justifiably been the recipient of a lot of Twitter slander lately due to her vocal performances of late, but tonight she redeemed herself a bit by performing her single "Girl On Fire" alongside Maroon 5. Watch the mash-up performance below, as Alicia trades in her piano for a pair of drums.




[Video] Frank Ocean Performs "Forrest Gump" Live At The Grammys

Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP
Frank Ocean had quite the showing for his first Grammys as he took home 2 awards--Best Urban Contemporary Album for his debut Channel Orange and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for his part on Watch The Throne's "No Church In The Wild."

Watch below as he performs "Forrest Gump," one of the more controversial tracks on Channel Orange, and hit the comments with your thoughts on the performance!



Previously: Frank Ocean ft. Big Boi & Andre 3000 - "Pink Matter" (Remix)

[Video] Rihanna & Mikky Ekko Perform "Stay" At The 2013 Grammy Awards

Rihanna not only looked great when performing Unapologetic favorite "Stay" with Mikky Ekko at last night's Grammy Awards. She sounded great. Listen for yourself below, and click HERE to watch her pay tribute to Bob Marley along with Bruno Mars, Damien Marley, Ziggy Marley and more.




[Video] Miguel & Wiz Khalifa Perform "Adorn" At the 55th Annual Grammy Awards

Before announcing the winner of Best Country Solo Performance, Miguel and Wiz Khalifa brought love into the aisles with a quick performance of "Adorn." Congrats to Miguel who took home Best R&B Song for the hit single!




[Video] Bruno Mars, Sting, Rihanna, Ziggy & Damien Marley Pay Tribute To Bob Marley At The 2013 Grammy Awards

Photo: Reuters
Bruno Mars and his band sure know how to put on a show. Thankfully, his stage presence and voice were put to great use at the Grammys last night as he paid tribute to musical icon Bob Marley along with Sting, Ziggy Marley, Rihanna and Damien Marley. This was definitely my favorite performance of the night, and it looks like the crowd enjoyed it more than anything. Rest in paradise, Mr. Marley!




[Video] Justin Timberlake Two Steps To "Suit &Tie" At The Grammys With Jay-Z

Kevin Mazur/WireImage
Justin Timberlake wasn't eligible for any awards at last night's 55th Annual Grammy Awards, but he was one of the ceremony's biggest winners. After performing his new hit "Suit & Tie" with Jay-Z and debuting his follow up "Pusher Love Girl," it was clear how refreshing his return to the music world truly is.

Watch below as he puts on a well rounded show, and hit the comments with your thoughts on his performance!




[Music Video] Drake - "Started From The Bottom"

This video dropped before Drake took home the Grammy for Rap Album of the Year, but the honor makes "Started From The Bottom" even more fitting. "HYFR" was a pretty hilarious video, but this may take the cake as Drake gets upgraded from a stockboy to night manager to superstar while bringing his friends up with him.

Directed by X & Drake

Previously: Drake - "Started From The Bottom" (Prod. by Mike Zombie)

Sunday, February 10, 2013

[Music Video] Melanie Fiona - "Wrong Side Of A Love Song" (Co-starring Omari Hardwick)

There's way too much fine in this video for my eyes to handle. And to make things more difficult, Larenz Tate was behind the camera directing the action in Melanie Fiona's latest video for "Wrong Side Of A Love Song."

Watch below as she reflects on a love lost, and hit the jump to view the amount of chemistry Melanie and her on screen beau Omari Hardwick had while shooting. The MF Life is in stores now!

Nas Lost To Whom?!?! A complete list of Nas' Grammy Snubs

When someone's had a career as fruitful as Nasir Jones has, it goes without saying that he should have more than a few Grammys under his belt. To the horror of many hip hop fans (myself included), Nas boasts 0, despite being nominated a whopping 9 times.

Immediately I wondered, who took home the golden award? Were the victors the rap reincarnation of Milli Vanilli, or were they deserving opponents? Take a look at Nas' Grammy snubs over the years, and wish him luck as he's nominated for 3 awards tonight thanks to the commercial and critical success of Life Is Good.


Best Rap Solo Performance for "If I Ruled the World" ft. Lauryn Hill

Lost to: LL Cool J - "Hey Lover"


Best Rap Album for "I Am..."

Lost to: Eminem - The Slim Shady LP


Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for "The Essence" (with AZ)

Lost to: Outkast ft. Killer Mike - "The Whole World"

Best Music Video, Short Form for "One Mic"

Lost to: Eminem - "Without Me"

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