Wednesday, December 30, 2009

DJ Drama & Cam'ron - Boss Of All Bosses 2 Promo


You heard it from King Jaffe Joe himself. Drama & Killa's 2nd Gangsta Grillz collabo, Boss Of All Bosses 2 drops Monday, January 4th.
Cam even kicked a quick freestyle to whet your whistle (Pause, nhjic).

Bonus:
Motivation TV (?) caught up with Cam's latest protege, Vado, for a one on one and they chopped it up about the status of The UN albums and Vado's own Slime Flu mixtape, the meaning of "Slime" and the origins of my favorite new slang from '09, "Stop It 5!".

Monday, December 28, 2009

Lloyd Banks - V5 (Mixtape)



The fifth installment of the 5 And Better Series has finally arrived. After Curtis killed any thoughts Banks had of releasing a double CD, I wondered if this tape would even see the light of day. Banks output has been spotty as of late but he's released enough hot joints in '09 for me to still wanna give this tape a listen. And for the rest of y'all who still give a shit...

Lloyd Banks - V5




Update:
V5 is crack music. Banks still got it.

Charles Hamilton - Normalcy EP



So Charles Hamilton Is Back after a brief hiatus and the music seems to be better for it. Dude gets more then his share of internet hate, but I've always been a supporter and this Normalcy EP is a step in the right direction for young Hamilton.



Normalcy EP

Props to Where Is Charles Hamilton for the linkage (pause)

Don Cannon & The Cool Kids - Merry Christmas



I know, I know, I'm late with this one, but the holidays had me a lil' sidetracked. Here's the FreEP (Four tracks recorded in four days) featuring production from both Don Cannon & Chuck Inglish.



Don Cannon & The Cool Kids - Merry Christmas

Bonus: Here's a clip of Mikey, Chuck & Don in the studio with Boldy James, recording, "Tires"...



...And illRoots had a sit down with the Kids and a number of topics got brought up, including the status of their official LP...

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Drake- It's Been A Pleasure




Just when I start to feel the hype was beginning to overshadow the talent, a new song from Drake surfaces on the 'net and it reaffirms why this kid deserves alot the accolades and attention he's been getting this year. With the ATL shoutouts and name drop towards the end of the verse, "It's Been A Pleasure" sounds like Drake's half of a collaboration with Young Jeezy and even without hearing Jeezy's vocals, it has single written all over it. The verse/hook is typical Drake, bouncing from debaucherous playboy right back to unheralded underdog, all balanced with a self awareness that reveals the calculated broad appeal of Drake.




Emotions in this game run deep so before these haters kill me in my sleep
I'd like to say it's been a pleasure
Reppin' to my last second, crew done alot of shit they'll never get to do
I'd like to say it's been a pleasure
Honored to be somebody they mention but before these niggas stop payin' attention
I'll just say it's been a pleasure
You'll never be somebody they need, tomorrow ain't guaranteed so tonight we gonna do it like this

Uh
Set up the occasion, I'm up in the place and
If amazin' was a young bitch, I'd be goin to jail cause I'm fuckin Amazin'
What's up for the taking? I'm ready & I'm willing, why the fuck are we waiting?
Yeah
And baby you should bring your best friend
Then you should persuade her to let me get some sex in
Don't get offended baby, that's just a suggestion
Really we can do it however (hey!), you (hey!), like (uh)
I'm prolly in your hotel tonight, whatever floor that me and 40 stayin' on, it's smellin riiight
Yeah
Just know we grindin' till it's light out
Show up to your city, turn that muhfucka right out
Yeah
Tell me who controls kings?
I don't follow rules, stupid ol' things
I'm ridin' through the city in a coupe with those wings
My team deserves some muhfuckin' Super Bowl rings
Uh Yeah
And I know we gon' get it, me & Jeezy bout whatever shawty, holla if you wit it
Even though I want it to, this shit don't last forever
But better late then never honestly, I'd like to say it's been a pleasure


Dude might have one flow but he uses it effectively every time out and we all know, "Repetition is the father of learning" (c) Lil' Wayne. I'm not sure if this is supposed to make TM103 or Thank Me Later (or either, seeing as how Drake used the Super Bowl line on the Young Money album), but either way, I still wanna hear a finished version.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Lifted Research Group Presents Outasight - Further (Mixtape)



I try not to fall for the blog hype. You know, those artists that seemingly come out of no where and recieve all sorts of acclaim from the bloggersphere without the actual content to back it up. I have a sixth sense for shit like that and I do my best to steer clear. But once in a while I actually take a listen to a new artist that makes me kick myself for being such a know it all.

Outasight is one such artist.

The Yonkers bred singer/rapper has been steadily building up his buzz, and even though I initially wrote him off for looking more like an English Lit professor then an MC, the homie TC strongarmed convinced me to sample his mixtape with Mick Boogie, From Here To There (Album Prequel), and surprise, surprise, the guy had some spit to him and could actually carry a note. His 2nd EP, Radio New York, showed more promise, but what sold me on Outasight actually had little to do with his music and more to do with his whole outlook on his chosen profession. Peep...

Off The Wall Sessions - Ep. 2 Outasight from OFF THE WALL SESSIONS on Vimeo.


He never comes off forced like he's trying to be something he's not. There's something genuine about his character that bleeds through his songs and I think that's what's so appealing about his music. It's honest. Backed by indie producers like 6th Sense, D/Will & Cook Classics, Outasight has quietly built up a quality resume and his latest tape continues that trend. Further is prolly Outasight's best work to date and is a perfect snapshot of what's special about his sound. Soulful but very much rooted in Hip-Hop. With a freshly inked deal at Asylum Records and his debut LP in the works, the future looks bright for Outasight. Get in on the ground floor.

Here's a quick sample to show you what you've been lunching on...


"Brand New Day" (Produced By 6th Sense)


"Here We Go Again" (Produced By Table For 6)


Lifted Research Group Presents Outasight - Further

Friday, December 18, 2009

Scram Jones feat. Saigon, Nino Bless & Crooked I - 3rd Degree


Producer/rapper Scram Jones (Raekwon's "Broken Safety", Lloyd Banks' "Work Magic", Black Rob's "Ready") is gearing up for his own album, Beast Music, featuring artists like Raekwon, Styles P, Ghostface, Cam'ron, Slaughterhouse and more. Don't sleep, Scram got bars too.

Expect Beast Music to be unleashed Spring 2010 on Nature Soundz.

BTW - Crooked murks this beat.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Iron Man 2 Trailer



This is basically an edited down version of the footage shown at this year's San Diego Comic Con (and subsequently leaked on YouTube) with a couple of new scenes thrown in for good measure and even though the dialogue seems cheesier than the first flicks, that last couple of seconds of Iron Man fighting alongside War Machine gave me an instant erection (Sorry Ma!).

Iron Man 2 will arrive in theaters May 7th, 2010. I just don't know if I can wait that long.

Pray for me.

Raekwon - Pyrex Vision (Video)


Off of the best Hip-Hop album of 2009.

BTW - If you couldn't tell from that screen cap, this vid is definitely NSFW.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Obie Trice- Special Reserve EP



Detroit's Obie Trice releases his first project since his split with Eminem and Shady Records. This one is entirely produced by DJ Premier’s protege, MoSS. After a quick scan, I'd say this joint is well deserving of the buzz it's been gaining the past couple weeks. Here's a clip of MoSS explaining how this project came to be...

Obie Trice 'Special Reserve' (The 411)- Album Avail. DEC 15th from International Green on Vimeo.



This is a digital/physical release, so if you like what you hear, show your support and spend your $$$.

1. Welcome
2. Got Hungry
3. You’ve Been Slain
4. On & On
5. I Am
6. 4 Stories
7. Roughnecks Ft. Deuce Wonder
8. Cool Cat
9. What You Want
10. Jack My Sh!t
11. Dope, Jobs, Homeless (Bonus Song)

Obie Trice- Special Reserve EP

Lil' Wayne Feat. Eminem - Drop The World





From Weezy's perpetually pushed back Rebirth album. Wayne does his thing but there's no question that Marshall steals the track.

Maybe Rebirth won't be so shitty after all.

Juelz Santana Feat. Chris Brown - Back To The Crib” (Video)



Another look off of Elz's upcoming Def Jam album, Born To Lose, Built To Win. This time, Santana re-teams with everyone's favorite convicted felon/pop star, Chris Brown, over Polow The Don's best Timbaland impression and the results are custom fitted for the club. Chris Breezy may not be the most popular co-star at the moment, but Juelz has got a hit on his hands. Let's see if Def Jam knows what to do with it.


Download: Juelz Santana feat. Chris Brown - Back To The Crib

Monday, December 14, 2009

Dub MD & Illmind Presents Blaps, Rhymes & Life Vol. 4



As the festive season grows closer and closer, Illmind and Dub MD are back with an early Christmas present for everyone following the movement, with the fourth installment of the "Blaps, Rhymes & Life" compilation series. This edition is a little special, and the first of its kind, comprising of 2 Discs with double the dose of classic !llmind production. Volume 4 showcases the usual mixture of mainstream/upcoming artists: KRS-One, Keith Murray, Erykah Badu, Big Pooh, Skyzoo, Jared Evan, Reef The Lost Cauze, D-Black, Thoth and many more.

If you've downloaded any of the previous volumes, you know exactly the level of dopeness to expect. And if you slept, consider this a wake up call....

Disc 1: Blaps, Rhymes & Life
01.) Thoth - Get Your Game Right (Produced By Illmind)
02.) Clap Cognac - I'm Gonna Do It (Produced By Illmind)
03.) Fortilive (!llmind, Mushmouf & Slo-Mo) - Gimme (Produced By Illmind)
04.) Mistah F.A.B. - Follow Me (Produced By Illmind)
05.) Brooklyn Academy - Hide (feat. Fresh Jones & Keith Murray) (Produced By Illmind)
06.) Seer - Ill Mind (Produced By Illmind)
07.) KNGDM - Gazillion (Produced By Illmind)
08.) KRS-One & Buckshot - Survival Skills (feat. DJ Revolution) (Produced By Illmind)
09.) Contra - Fall Back (Produced By Illmind)
10.) Skyzoo - Say What You Say (feat. Rapper Big Pooh & Naledge) (Produced By Illmind)
11.) Verbal Kent - Examples (feat. Lance Ambu) (Produced By Illmind)
12.) Truck North - Hot! (Produced By Illmind)
13.) BURNTmd - Let's Get ILL (feat. Reef The Lost Cauze, Copywrite, Phil Da Agony & Reks) (Produced By Illmind)
14.) Naps N Dreds - Call It Quits (feat. Thirstin Howl III) (Produced By Illmind)
15.) Roscoe Umali - Blow Your Mind (Produced By Illmind)

Disc 2: Blaps, Soul & Life
01.) D-Black - No Ordinary Love (Produced By Illmind)
02.) Gliffics - Call Me Crazy (feat. Chanj) (Produced By Illmind)
03.) Strange Fruit Project - Get Live (feat. Erykah Badu) (Produced By Illmind)
04.) Jared Evan - They Don't Know (Produced By Illmind)
05.) Eric Roberson - Remember When (Produced By Illmind)
06.) Daria Jones - Stay (Produced By Illmind)
07.) Rae - So Sexy (Produced By Illmind)
08.) Grynch - The Right Way (Produced By Illmind)
09.) 3D - If I Want To (Produced By Illmind)
10.) Naeem Oba - Julia (feat. BrikAbrak) (Produced By Illmind)
11.) Hydroponikz - The Blues (feat. Jay Legaspi) (Produced By Illmind)
12.) Sleek - We Rock The Mic (Produced By Illmind)
13.) Last Days Fam - What You Doin It For (Produced By Illmind)
14.) Naturel - We Don't Play (Produced By Illmind)
15.) Black Irish - Kick Rocks (Produced By Illmind)

Dub MD & Illmind Present Blaps, Rhymes & Life Vol. 4

The Redland - Dont Know What It Means (Video)



Off the strength of the nod to Kurt Cobain...


Critically acclaimed Atlanta based hip-hop duo The Redland present the video for their single "Don't Know What It Means." From their praised debut, "The Free Album," "Don't Know What It Means" tells a story of a young boy growing up in the projects who idolizes rappers and entertainers he sees on TV. He dreams of counting money, driving fancy cars, and sipping champaign, but he is not yet old enough to understand the repercussions of the fast lifestyle.

Star Blasts Beanie Sigel a.k.a Ol' Gut & Butt



Harsh is not even the word lol.

As much as I felt Beans was justified in going at Jay-Z, there's still alot of truth in what Star is saying in this clip. That being said, this is just another example of Jay shitting on Beans. I mean, weren't they supposed to be friends? Jay has neither responded with a dis track or that phone call Sigel seems to be begging for. Aside from that "What more can I do for him?" clip, Jay has remained silent, showing that he doesn't feel Beans is even worth a response.

Should Beanie move on? How can he? He jumped out there and his only lifeline was Jay-Z.

Back to the drawing board.

Just A Thought: Is it me or does it seem every one would rather focus on clowning Beanie and the allegations he made about Jay's shady behavior get pushed to the background? That's the one part of this whole "beef" I don't understand.

White Men Can't Dance


I know there are exceptions to the rule but guys like this just perpetuate that ugly stereotype.

P.S. - My dude goes in lol.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Gucci Mane - Heavy (Video)



Either Gucci is a bamma Nostradamus and filmed all these videos in advance cause he predicted getting locked back up or dude planned all this shit ahead of time...including his jail stint.

What do you think?

Song still goes extra hard. Shawty Redd got heat.

The State Vs. Radric Davis
in stores now.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Curren$y - Famous (Produced By Monsta Beatz)





Some new Spit Vicious, courtesy of Monsta Beatz off of their Monsters On Mars digital release, available on iTunes.

The Jet$ don't stop.


Boosted from OnSmash

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Juelz Santana feat. Yelawolf - Mixin' Up the Medicine (Video)


Rik Cordero behind the lens.



The first official single of Juelz' upcoming, Born To Lose, Built To Win, featuring the tightest white rapper from Alabama (prolly the only white rapper from Alabama but who's counting?), YelaWolf. Yeah, I chumped that whole Skull Gang movement off, but this, I can't ignore. Santana has a banger on his hands and dude is as charismatic on screen as he is behind a mic. Born To Lose, Built To Win is definitely on my radar.


Just A Thought:
The first thing I thought about when I saw that title was this classic Cam quote...

I knew him since he was 15 years old. He stayed with me for a while. Like, that was my man. That was my little dude. But he started drinking sizzurp. You understand what I’m saying? He was getting high. And we smoke enough weed. Why are we drinking Robitussin? And we’re not sick. You got to the studio, he got 100 Hawaiian Punches mixed with Robitussin, swerving. We’re not from Houston…..

It’s not a New York Thing. And when you get caught up on that- and you know, I called his mother about it. I asked her about it. She know about it. She said she was asking him to stop. I called the people that were in his circle. They’d say, “Nah, Cam, it ain’t that much. It’s just a little bit.” That’s like saying you only smoking a little bit of crack. So, at the end of the day, I stopped speaking to him…
"

Guess he was just "Mixing Up The Medicine" lol.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Timbaland feat. Drake – Say Something (Video)



Off the craptacular Pop debacle, Shock Value II.

As corny as Drake comes off sometimes, you just can't help but dig his music. Funny, cause the same thing applies to Timbaland. But even his mediocre verse can't derail this record, which I pegged as a hit the second the unfinished version hit the net. If anybody knows how to make big records, it's Timbaland. Drake should stay close.

I'm still debating who makes the weirder faces in this clip. I'll give it to Timothy. He's had years of practice.

50 Cent feat. Governor - Do You Think About Me (Video)



Curtis comes thru with some better then average visuals for this joint off of Before I Self Destruct and it's a Cougarfest. I for one am not mad at all.

Just A Thought: Why do I get the feeling the role Vivica Foxx is playing isn't too far removed from who she really is?

And is it strange that I find her all the more attractive for it?

Another Thought: I'm still not certain how, but I'm pretty sure this is a loss for one Joe Budden.

The Game - Turn Off The Lights





Even though I'm expecting Bobby Valentino to jump in at any minute, this joint has some potential. Kinda sounds like a sequel to "Special", and that's a good thing. 2/3 ain't that bad but I'm still not sold on The R.E.D Album just yet. Aren't a couple of guys named Dr. Dre and Pharrell supposed to be executive producing this one? This song s cool but I'm anxious to see what those two have cooked up for Jayceon this go round.


Props to the NMC for the hookup

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Triple C's feat. Game - Gangster Shit


Off that Custom Cars & Cycles, directed By Spliff TV.

Cats front, but that Triple C's album wasn't as horrid as you'd think. And say what you will about Ross, but his viral game has been on point for a good minute.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Young Money feat. Lloyd - Bedrock


The 2nd look off of that upcoming Young Money album, We Are Weedcarriers Young Money. Decent enough video, all things considered (one of those "things" being having to sit through that Tyga verse, but I digress).

Since I neglected to post this when it hit the web, I'm making this post a 2fer. Here's the Young Money artwork and tracklisting...


1. Bedrock ft. Lil Wayne, Gudda Gudda, Nicki Minaj, Drake,Jae Millz, Tyga & Lloyd
2. New Shit ft. Gudda Gudda, Jae Millz, Mack Maine & Lil Wayne
3. Pass Me The Dutch ft. Lil Wayne, Gudda Gudda & Short Dawg
4. Wifebeater ft. Jae Millz, Tyga, Mack Maine & Lil Wayne
5. Fuck The Bullshit ft. Nicki Minaj, Gudda Gudda, Lil Wayne, Drake & Birdman
6. Ms. Parker ft. Mack Maine, Gudda Gudda, Jae Millz & Lil Wayne
7. Target ft. Drake, Lil Wayne, Tyga, & Nicki Minaj
8. Sacrifice ft. Shanell, Mack Maine, Lil Wayne & Gudda Gudda
9. Every Girl ft. Lil Wayne, Drake, Jae Millz, Gudda Gudda & Mack Maine
10. She Is Gone ft. Lil Wayne, Jae Millz & Gudda Gudda & Pleasure P
11. Girl I Got You ft. Lil Twist & Lil Chuckee
12. Gooder
13. Roger That ft. Nicki Minaj, Tyga & Lil Wayne
14. Steady Mobbin’ ft. Lil Wayne & Gucci Mane

We Are Weedcarriers Young Money hits stores December 21st, the same day as Wayne's "Rock" album, Rebirth. After hearing the 1st couple of songs from each album...

We Are Weedcarriers Young Money > Rebirth

But that's just me.

Just A Thought: I don't know who's spastic movements are more distracting, Nikki's or Drake's.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Cory Gunz - Cannon (Video)



Off that Heir To The Throne, young Gunz looks to Tarantino's Pulp Fiction for inspiration for this clip.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Math Hoffa Vs T-Rex

For those tuned into the battle scene, this matchup has been anticipated for a minute. I usually side with Rex, Mook and them cause I watched them come up (118th & Manhattanville, what up?) but I can't front, Hoffa spit some clever shit. Who won? I can't call it. You be the judge...



...chill, who am I kidding? Hoffa got busy lol.

Raekwon - Surgical Gloves (Video)



I coulda swore OB4CL2 made enough money to have a decent video budget. Rae shoulda holler'd at Rik.

Still, this clip is serviceable and this song is definitely among my favorites on the album.

OB4CL2 is an album of the year contender and this song is a strong reminder why.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Bishop Lamont - My Mama & I'm Ill



New music from Bishop Lamont, who's apparently still on Aftermath. Go figure. Regardless of where he's signed or who's making the beat, Bishop is dope. Now whether he'll ever get a major push or not remains to be seen.


I'm Ill


My Mama

Bonus: The first leak off the long awaited Team America (Fuck Yeah): Special Forces mixtape with Indef. Songs crazy. Tape should be dropping any day now.




Team America: Fuck Yeah

Pilfered from 2DopeBoyz

Booty Talk: Melyssa Ford's Thick Skin vs Thin Skin



Video Vixen/Model Melyssa Ford got with photographer Derek Blanks for this photo & I know there's some sorta high concept at work here but y'all know why I posted this pic.

That make-up job is amazing.

The Kid Daytona ft. Kardinal Offishall - Contact

The Kid Daytona - "Contact!" feat. Kardinal Offishall (Video) from The Kid Daytona on Vimeo.


One of the most slept on new jacks to hit the scene this year, The Kid Daytona drops off another clip from his debut (one of my favorita albums of '90) Come Fly With Me, this time featuring Canada's other major rap act, Kardinal Offishall. "Contact" is about as radio ready a song as you're gonna get from an "internet" artist like 'Tona and with the right push, this joint could be all over the airwaves. But all good things come in due time and with the level of music he churns out, it's only a matter of time before some A&R realizes the potential.

And when it happens, you can say I told you so.

Previously: The Kid Daytona - 1st Class Upgrade

Monday, November 30, 2009

Keri Hilson @ The 2009 Soul Train Awards



This performance reminded me why I used to lust after Ms. Keri. I don't care if she's got a Lick Her License or not, I'd do turrible, turrible things to her.

But in a good way.

Props to yardie a.k.a Mr. World Premiere on the vid

Sunday, November 29, 2009

The Clipse - Footsteps



The Clipse's Till The Casket Drops leaked last night and it's all I've been playing since I snatched it up. I know, I've been hard on the first group of songs that I've heard from the album, and maybe that was just due to how highly I thought of the sound and direction they went with on Hell Hath No Fury.

In comparison, Till The Casket Drops is lighter sonically as well as lyrically but don't mistake that for the Clipse falling for the crossover. Nah. In fact, I think Malice and Pusha have fully distinguished themselves from one another and I credit that to Malice seemingly finding his true voice. Not downplaying Pusha's contributions but there's an reflective spirituality to his verses throughout the album and while he's touched on similar subject matter in the past, it seems like Mal is totally comfortable rapping from this perspective which adds an optimistic new wrinkle to the group dynamic that pushes this new album past alot of other releases this year. One of my early faves is the DJ Khalil produced Footsteps. The Clipse have balanced the coke rap with some real talk and the results are still just as potent.



Till The Casket Drops in stores December 8th and it's sounding like a must cop.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

"I Know You, Dog"

More real talk from Beanie Sigel.

AllHipHop got some time with Beanie while backstage at 50 Cent's MySpace show at The Highline Ballroom here in Manhattan last week. Sig confirms that he's not actually signed to G-Unit as of yet but like the last few interviews he's done, the interesting parts of the interview are his feelings on Jay-Z.

I can't understand the heads that are frowning on Beanie's recent comments/songs about Jay-Z. I was already thinking alot of shit that Beans is saying but now someone from Hov's inner circle has finally stepped up to validate what I've seen for the longest. Jay is a shady dude. But I'll let Sig tell it.



Sounds like Beans has more then a few valid points. We're all still waiting for Jay-Z to make one.

Bonus: Here's more footage from that MySpace show where Fif and Beans performed "I Go OFF".

Monday, November 23, 2009

Slaughterhouse - Microphone


One of the best Hip-Hop songs of 2009 gets some visuals but you could play this song with a black background and I'd still get hyped lol.

John Colombo behind the lens.

Slaughterhouse in stores now

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Meet Bangs



Sudanese MC Bangs new song, Take U to The Movies has got the internet going nuts. Lord Seer & Rude Jude got to holla at Bangs on Shade45 and the record definitely got a strong response lol.

Friday, November 20, 2009

This Is The Remix




Angels (Remix) (Feat. Rick Ross)


Love Come Down (Remix) (Feat. Jim Jones, Fabolous & Red Café)

Plus, Funkmaster Flex got to dick ride interview Diddy and Dirty Money and actually asks Puff some good questions about Ma$e, Black Rob and Shyne along with his opinion on the Jay-Z/Beanie Sigel/50 Cent "beef". Peep...





Thursday, November 19, 2009

Juelz Santana feat Chris Brown - Back To The Crib (Mastered)


The first single off of Juelz's 3rd album, Born to Lose, Built to Win, produced by Polow Da Don featuring Chris Brown. That lineup just sounds like a hit. They shot the video for this one in the city last week and I think this is gonna be Juelz biggest single yet.

I know Cam said it's over, but swear I can hear a remix of this joint with Killa & Jones.


Juelz Santana feat Chris Brown - Back To The Crib (Mastered)

Here's some behind the scenes footage from the video shoot...

Behind The Scenes With Juelz Santana & Jim Jones! from the.LIFE Files on Vimeo.



Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Saigon feat. Lil Fame From M.O.P. - Rusty Gunz


Off that Warning Shots 2.

Boo Boo TV playing WorldStarHipHop videos?

Curtis is crazy lol.

Real Talk With Dame Dash



Dame reflects on a number of things, including the break up of Roc-A-Fella and The Diplomats as well as his current relationships with Jay-Z, Cam and Jim Jones.

Dame seems mellowed out after that messy split with Jay. He had a few lean years but with a couple of new ventures it seems he's back on the road to getting his name back to a respectable place. Good for him.


Bonus:
More talk from Dame, this time touching on the gameplan behind DD172 as well as some insight into a hustler's mindset in the recession.




Via Mixtape Monster

Beyoncé feat. Lady GaGa - Video Phone (Extended Remix) (Video)


Beyonce's 8th single (you heard me right, 8th!) off of I Am...Sasha Fierce gets new life with a remix featuring Lady GaGa. I've been trying to think of something clever to say, but I've watched the video a couple of times and all I can think of is...

Beyoncé is a bad muthafucka.

Maybe I'll come back to this when I can think of something more tactful.

Or maybe not.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Pill - 4075: The Refill (Mixtape)



He already gave ya'll The Prescription, now Pill comes back to give the fiends another hit with The Refill.



Pill, DJ Skee & The Empire - 4075: The Refill

This tape is brought to you by DJ Skee & The Empire, and much props to them both, but me? I'm going with the No DJ version.

Update: I've been somewhat of a lukewarm supporter of Pill. With his first batch of songs, I could hear the potential but I still hadn't bought into him as a credible artist, especially when you have a talent like Freddie Gibbs in the exact same lane, putting out top notch material. But after giving this new tape a listen, it appears Pill has stepped up to the plate and delivered some of his strongest music to date. Here's a sample...


Pain In They Eyes

Bonus: Because I slept on posting this when it dropped...

Pill - Trap Goin Ham from Motion Family on Vimeo.



"...the trap keep a nigga fresher than a peppermint, white house got me a pocket full of Presidents..."

This Is The Carter....



When I first caught wind of QD3's Lil' Wayne documentary, The Carter, I was immediately intrigued, being that Wayne is about as complex and, for lack of a better word, weird as he is talented. The film debuted to rave reviews at this year's Sundance Film Festival but it also incurred the wrath of one DeWayne Carter. Wayne eventually ended up suing QD3(and losing)citing breach of contract, fraud by intentional misrepresentation, constructive fraud, and invasion of privacy. The word was the film painted Wayne in a less then favorable light, spotlighting his excessive drug use but let's be real. We all know that boy loves some syrup.

Miss Info got a hold of the first 10 minutes of the film and after seeing this little bit, I'm completely sold. This might just be up there with Tyson for my favorite documentary of the year.

Monday, November 16, 2009

The Kid Daytona - 1st Class Upgrade


"Ayo, gimme some rice pilaf in this shit!"



New heat rock from Tona and 6th. Emphasis on the Rock. This song is fire!

I think Daytona successfully shed the "hipster" label with his free album, Come Fly With Me, but even with the quality work he's already put in this year, he still manages to get slept on crazy, lost in a sea of freshman MC's with more hype and bigger machines. But for the new jacks coming out of New York, I'm putting money on Daytona in 2010. Good music can only stay off the mainstream radar but so long.

Look out for that "Contact" video featuring Kardinal Offishall off of Come Fly With Me later on in the week.

The Clipse feat. Cam’ron - Popular Demand (Popeyes) (Video)





It's almost worth sitting through Pusha and Cam's so-so 16's to get to Malice's gem filled verse. The visuals are particularly hood (Brooklyn, what up?!). I'd credit that to Rik Cordero (Little X on a budget).

Bonus:
The good people over at Hypebeast got to sit down with The Clipse for a interview where alot of topics get discessed, notably the brothers Play Cloths line, KAWS and some insight into past projects as well as the new album.

The Clipse - Further Down the Road to: "Til the Casket Drops" from Kellen Dengler on Vimeo.



Til The Casket Drops...December 8th.

Just A Thought: I know times are hard and Crime Pays didn't sell that many copies, but Cam looks like he's starving. I mean, literally. Look how son is going in on that snack box lol. The day Cam peels off that fitted to reveal some cornrolls is the day I officially give up on the Dips. I'm dead fucking serious too.

Ryan Leslie – Sound Decisions (Video)

Yahoo Presents "Sound Decisions" - Ryan Leslie Doc from Ryan Leslie on Vimeo.


R-Les has a new mini documentary as part of his promo for his new album, Transition. The video finds Ryan on the streets of Harlem discussing his career and mingling with the natives. For casual fans of Ryan Leslie's music, it's worth a look.

Transition in stores now, but if you were on your game, you'd already have that on your iPod lol.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

DJ Kay Slay feat. Plies Yo Gotti, Busta Rhymes, Jim Jones & Ray J - Blockstars (Video)





The video for the first single off of DJ Kay Slay's upcoming album, More Than A DJ (Sans Plies bitch ass).

Just A Thought: Am I the only one who sees that Ray J is a horrible singer? How does this nigga get work outside of reality TV?

The Hot Boyz Reunited...


...Well, not really, but this is as close as we're gonna get to a real reunion for a while.

Both Juvenile and B.G. are back on the scene with new music (Cocky & Confident & Too Hood 2 Be Hollywood, respectively). Seems like forever since we've gotten a solo set from either one of these guys and as a huge fan of the OG Cash Money movement, I'm happy to see the cats who put Cash Money on the map (Mannie Fresh included) back at it. Now if only B.G. can manage to stay out of jail before Wayne and Turk come home (which considering his latest legal drama, doesn't seem likely). Hopefully we'll get an official Hot Boyz reunion one of these days, but I'm not holding my breath. Here's some new videos from Juve & Gizzle to hold us over...


Juvenile - Gotta Get It
Cocky & Confident in stores Dec. 1st


B.G. - My Hood (featuring Gar & Mannie Fresh)
Too Hood 2 Be Hollywood in stores Dec. 8th

Freeway, Jake One & Don Cannon – The Beat Made Me Do It (Mixtape)


Philly Freezer links up with Don Cannon to bring you the prelude to his upcoming album entirely produced by Jake One, The Stimulus Package.



This tape has been in the works for a minute and if you're a Freeway fan and were disappointed by his last couple of releases (Philadelphia Freeway 2, Streetz Is Mine) this one is well worth the DL.



Freeway, Jake One & Don Cannon – The Beat Made Me Do It



The Stimulus Package
should hit retailers February 16th on Rhymesayers Entertainment and I'm gonna be checking for it.


Bonus:
I thought this song was supposed to be on The Beat Made Me Do It but seeing as it's not and it's been getting nuff play on the iTunes, I figured I'd throw it up for those who may have overlooked it.


Freeway - Free Moolah (Produced By Phoe Notes)

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Game Time?




Big Money (Clean) Produced By Cool & Dre


Krazy feat. Gucci Mane & Timbaland Produced By Timbaland

These songs are ancient in internet time but I had to let these ride with me for a minute before I spoke on em. My first impression? Trash. The beats for both tracks sounded amateurish considering the big name producers behind them (well, maybe not so much Cool & Dre, but definitely Timb...well, considering his recent output, not him either), and lyrically, Game sounds the same as he has since his first album. Take that how you will. Having tuned out "The" Game awhile back (right around the time he dropped L.A.X. to be exact), I knew just going off my initial reaction wouldn't be fair to these shitty songs so I chilled, even the thought of this still makes me cringe.

Funny thing is, even with an open mind, forgetting the fact that "The" Game has contradicted everything he's ever said on and off wax, I cannot tell a lie, thses songs just aren't very good. Cool & Dre serve up a decent track that actually sounds like it was intended for a West Coast artist (good for them) but Game's on cruise control lyrically and the hook is a lazy Willie D jack. Is that the best you can do Jayceon? Timbaland hooks another sucker with this weak Shock Value 2 leftover of a beat and a verse that clearly shows Game doesn't give a fuck what goes on his albums. Gucci Mane takes the hint and coasts with a hook that's a re-tread of his own single, "Wasted", and a 16 that sounds like he was nodding off in the booth.

This street/official single line up is the weakest of his career. Unless the rest of the album is produced by Dr. Dre or he and 50 have a collabo track going at Jay-Z, I don't see The R.E.D Album making it out of the red.

Is "The" Game's time up?

Cory Gunz - Gettin' Money



I've never been sure where to put Cory Gunz on that long list of up and coming MC's. The talent is apparent and it's been that way for a while now. I'd heard talk of Peter Gunz (from Lord Tariq & Peter Gunz fame) having a son that could rap but I remember seeing him spit for the first time on SMACK DVD, this little dude completely ripping Cam's "Get Em Girl" instro to shreds.



Over the years dude hasn't been the most consistent artist and he failed to capitalize on the heat he had after he stole the spotlight on the OG version of Lil' Wayne's "A Milli". Still, from time to time he'd drop a joint that would remind me of his potential. My problem with Cory Gunz is that his rapid fire style started to lose some of the cohesiveness it once had. Words were rhyming at a rapid pace, but the couplets didn't always connect. Style started to overtake substance. This joint, where Cory jacks Juvenile's song with Plies (off Juvie's new album Cocky & Confident) gave me some new hope that Cory's figured it out. He finds the balance on this one and even when he speeds up the tempo, the punchline continue to make sense.

Cory's Gangster Grillz mixtape with DJ Drama, Heir To The Throne, didn't get as much attention as he might have liked but if he can stay locked in and continue to rhyme at this level, people won't be able to overlook what he brings to the table.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Gucci Mane - My Own Worst Enemy (Video)



Well that was quick. Guess they had this ready to go. Lucky for them seeing how Gucci won't be available for any video shoots in the next 6 to 12 months. You can scroll down a few posts for the MP3 or just click here.

Just A Thought: Blame it on my natural skepticism, but Gucci going to jail for not doing his community service (again!) right before he's set to drop his most anticipated album to date? Anyone else thinking publicity stunt?

Update: Shaheem Reid over at MTV.Com spoke with Gucci Mane's legal team to get the specifics of his sentence.

Dirty Money feat. Drake - Hurt (Loving You No More)




This got leaked along with a couple of other Drake tracks from the (unofficial) Heartbreak Drake Pt. 3: The First Semester mixtape and it's another heat rock from Diddy and Dirty Money. Diddy goes back into singer mode for this one and the even though his vocals are auto-tuned beyond recognition, it works. Dawn and Kalenna lend their talents to the backing vocals and adlibs, but I wouldn't be surprised if they lent their pens to this one as well. Very grown and sexy but still with a Hip-Hop edge which has basically been Diddy's trademark from the jump. The subject matter is familiar ground for Drake who drops in for a quick sixteen (a slightly generic sixteen, you ask me).

This makes it 3 for 3 off that Last Train To Paris. He tried to tell you that they wouldn't stop and at this point, you can't help but believe him.

You can grab that Drake mixtape here...