Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Luke Christopher - Rooftops (feat. Asher Roth)

Luke Christopher and Asher spit some shit I'm feelin.

Vast Aire - Thor's Hammer (feat. Raekwon & Vordul Mega)

CAN OX with the reunion, oh ya and some how they got the chef on a track.

Shabazz Palaces - Black Up (Album)

Shabazz Palaces is the project of former Digable Planets jazzcat Butterfly, now based in Seattle. He and a select group of collaborators regularly bang out futurisitc post-apocalypse indie rap that makes for a very interesting listen. This most recent offering proves Shabazz hasn't lost a step.
Black Up

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Bad Meets Evil- Fast Lane (Video Preview)

Bad Meets Evil is the new collaborative duo made up of Detroit veteran emcees Eminem and Royce Da 5'9". Some of the leaks have been good and others not so much but this track is my favorite so far and I'm loving the feel of the upcoming music video. And believe it or not, I'm enjoying Royce's rhymes more than Em's.

Young Jeezy- The Real Is Back (Mixtape)

Earlier we featured the stellar leak "Stripes (Run D MC) (feat. Freddie Gibbs)" and now the full tape has dropped.

Young Jeezy- The Real Is Back (Download)

Friday, May 27, 2011

Chip Tha Ripper- Everyday Chillin' (prod. Chuck Inglish) (Video)

Chip Tha Ripper and Chuck Inglish's Gift Raps has got to be one of the best releases of 2011 thus far. The stripped-down golden era beats from The Cool Kids' mastermind melds perfectly with Chip's laid back baritone. Chip Tha Ripper is a rapper who rarely has put out a bad song and is co-signed by some of the best in the game (Kid Cudi, Cool Kids, etc.). Similarly I would consider Chuck Inglish the best new-era producer, so the combination is beyond jizz-worthy. Check out this video for one of my favorite tracks from the project. And you know what, fuck it, here's the link for the whole thing, peep the album boy.

Chip Tha Ripper- Gift Raps (prod. Chuck Inglish) (Download)

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Chiddy Bang- Guiness Flow + Pros Freestyle 1.0

Rapper Chiddy and producer Xaphoon Jones' project Chiddy Bang has never gotten the artistic recognition they deserve. They have a new mixtape, Peanut Butter And Swelly, dropping Monday fresh off of Chiddy's recent world-record longest freestyle. This leak finds him flaunting his new title over one of Xaphoon's most sparingly new-age beats. Also, while I'm at it, I'll share one of my favorite Chiddy Bang tracks "Pros Freestyle 1.0" from the older tape, The Swelly Life.

Chiddy Bang - 9. Pro's Freestyle 1.0

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Asher Roth- Last Man Standing (feat. Akon)

Yes, the chorus is fucking gay and I'm not and never have been an Akon fan. That being said the "snow nigga" Asher Roth busts off a few multisyllabic tonuge twisters in between the uplifting chants. The wordplay, particularly in the first verse, really demonstrates Asher's progression and ultimately his skill as a rapper.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Kendrick Lamar- HiiipoWer (prod. J. Cole) (Video)

The visuals have finally dropped for this J. Cole produced track from Black Hippy's Kendrick Lamar. If you don't know this song yet, get familiar.

Lil Wayne- Young Money (feat. Gudda Gudda)

Well, here's an interesting Weezy track released without any detail. The self-titled song feature YM's own Gudda Gudda, who delivers a surprisingly bearable first verse, but Wayne's presence on the track is entirely more fascinating (especially when he proclaims: "my guns look like they in kindergarten".. ?). Dwayne delivers his usual absurdity over a bounce of orchestral hits, in the model of MMG'S "Tupac Back".

The Notorious B.I.G.- Kick In The Door (J. Period Remix)

Old-school head J. Period does work on the classic Biggie song. Click the link, then click "Click to listen" to hear the rare music. J. Period masterfully melds Wu-Tang-esque pan-90's New York to set a distinctively plausible yet alternative atmosphere. The new perspective is always stimulating when in the right hands.

The Notorious B.I.G.- Kick In The Door (J. Period Remix)

Sene- Return2gold (feat. Britain Parker)

This is simply a beautiful hip-hop song from Brooklyn rapper Sene. The track, off of his tape Metropolispeaker, pulsates with woozy off-beat strings and culminates in a slick hook from singer Britian Parker. Sene is known for working with Blu on the mixtape Adaylateandadollarsort and has a decent reputation in the New York indie scene. Sene keeps it real and always delivers thought provoking lyrical content.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Monday, May 23, 2011

Dom Kennedy- CDC (feat. Casey Veggies & cARTer) (Video)

Dom's recent mixtape The Original Dom Kennedy was filled with stellar tracks, but here, my favorite get the visual treatment. The staccato steel drums kill me every time.

Berner- Yoko Ono (feat. Big K.R.I.T. & Wiz Khalifa)

I don't know who Berner is and frankly, I don't care. This Krizzle produced track still sticks with me even after a few weeks circulating the interwebs. This is a tribute to those bad bitches out there.

Killer Mike- Ready Set Go (Remix) (feat. Big Boi & T.I.) (Video)

Here's some visuals off of Mike Bigga's recent album PL3DGE. I love the vocal sample in No I.D.'s masterful, eastern-tinged banger. Plus Sir Lucious stops by for a fatty verse.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

GZA the Genius- Killa Hills 10304

Time for a little old-school rewind. This track is from one of my all time favorite records, GZA's Liquid Swords. The album is entirely produced by RZA and even today is one of the most solid hip-hop albums from beginning to end.

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GZA the Genius- Liquid Swords (Download)

Trae Tha Truth- So Far To Go (feat. Meek Mill & Pusha T)

Two of my favorite rappers hop on a track from veteran Trae's new mixtape, Undisputed, dropping Monday. It's got a soulful beat and every verse is right on the money.

Wiz Khalifa - Reefer Party (feat. Chevy Woods & Neako)

A fat remix to Waka Flocka's "Grove St. Party." Wiz back with that hard and that loud.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Sir Michael Rocks- Bat Phone (Remix) (feat. Smoke DZA)

Sir Michael Rocks of The Cool Kids links up with DZA for this woozy gem. Love this beat but it's late so fuck a description, just bang the shit.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Ground Up- Up Late (Mixtape)

Ground Up is an underground crew from Philadelphia that Daniel Swaggerous was lucky enough to meet and see at a basement show in New Brunswick. Well, let me tell you these dudes are hot. EVERY TRACK ON THIS MIXTAPE IS FIRE. If they don't blow up, it'll be a damn shame. Note: props for the diversity (black rapper, latin rapper, white producer). Anyways, I couldn't find the streams anywhere online just download the damn tape. Peace

Ground Up- Up Late (Download)

Trademark Da Skydiver & Young Roddy- Pilot Seats (Video)

A while back, Curren$y affiliates Trademark Da Skydiver & Young Roddy had a run of releasing a track a day, over their favorite beats. Almost every one slaps real nice and they just dropped the video to one of 'em, "Pilot Seats." Also peep the song "6th Gear" which features a dope beat change and a guest appearance from the Hot Spitta himself.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Smoke DZA- Loaded (prod. Lex Luger) (Video)

Smoke DZA is a rapper from Harlem known for touring with the likes of Big K.R.I.T., Curren$y and Freddie Gibbs. He just dropped the video for this Lex Luger-produced banger from his recent album THC: The Hustlers' Catalog. Note: Smoke DZA really really likes smoking that fresh bud.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Jim Jones- Tragedy Freestyle

This beat originally appeared on a Nicki Minaj song called "Tragedy" which was a diss aimed at Lil Kim. The song was rumored to be appearing as a Lil Wayne track on the upcoming Carter IV. Now, Jim Jones goes in adding his own chorus ("twist dat!") and a blunted verse. Check the fatty produck.

Blu- J e s u s (Album)

Blu, a great Tribe-esque rapper from LA, dropped this LP without any warning and it's pretty fat, with beats from Madlib, 9th Wonder, Alchemist and more. Haven't listened yet, but it can't be anything but good

Fiend - Life Behind Limo Glass (Mixtape)

That car-ah-mel smooth voice gets people wet. Support a veteran in every sense of the word.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Meek Mill- Ham Music

Meek Mill goes in on a new track produced by Jahlil Beats. Meek's really starting to gain steam now after all the Maybach Music hype, and this track is sure to add more to the Meek Mill bandwagon.

Big K.R.I.T.- Return Of 4eva (Album)

Big K.R.I.T. WILL save the South. This Mississippi rapper/producer pays homage to legends like UGK and 8Ball & MJG with his down-home lyrics and crisp, southern production guranteed to rattle the trunk. The real kicker is, he hasn't even made a commercial release, all his music is free. That being said, go and cop his debut K.R.I.T. Wuz Here and give this free album a listen. I've included streams for the songs "My Sub" and "Time Machine (feat. Chamillionaire)" both produced by Big K.R.I.T, as well as the tracklist.

Big K.R.I.T.- Return Of 4eva (Download)

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Lil B- Cold War (prod. Clams Casino) (Video)

Lil B's low-budget music videos come a dime a doze, some verging on brilliant, others barely bearable. When Lil B gets into a serious mindset, he can really lay down knowledge on a track. And when he's matched with a perfectly experimental beat, it can turn sublime, "masculine niggas actin' hard for the reaction." Here, Clams Casino's beat finds him leaving his usual sundripped psychedelia for booming drums and a vocal sample. Note: he's a great producer and I highly recommend copping his Instrumental Mixtape

Cassidy Arrested in New Jersey

One of E Swag's most favorite rappers was arrested yesterday for a probation violation, but is suspected in one murder and two attempted murders. Get the full story here

Prodigy- 600 Benz (prod. Red Spyda)

Prodigy, one half of the classic duo Mobb Deep, just published his autobiography My Infamous Life after serving a multiple year stint in the big house. This track came as a bonus to his audiobook version, and was previously unreleased. This song's shimmery beat by Red Spyda really drives it home. Note: this track is not to be confused with Maybach Music Group's recent song of the same title, this was actually made first.

Killer Mike- Animal (feat. Gucci Mane) + Untitled Snippet

Killer Mike's booming voice serves almost as commanding as Rick Ross' bombastic gruff but with a distinctively southern feel. He's a diverse rapper, able to appeal to a wide range of audiences as is demonstrated in these two tracks. The first is a song from his upcoming Pl3dge featuring big Gucci. Then he switches it up on a track produced by El-P (of Cannibal Ox fame) from a rumored collaborative project. El-P's distopian dope makes an interesting counterpart to Mike's wizened southern cadence. Check the shit, mang; they're pictured here in studio with Big Boi.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Ab-Soul- Hell Yeah (feat. Schoolboy Q)

More sensational Black Hippy shit. Ab-Soul goes ham over a maddening orchestra and Schoolboy contributes an exceptional verse. Try and spot the Kendrick Lamar cameo. "Motherfuck the government motherfuck the system"

XV- Textbook Stuff (feat. Kendrick Lamar)

XV is young a rapper from Virginia with a surprisingly expansive-albeit overlooked catalog. This track featuring Kendrick Lamar from his recent tape Zero Heroes finds both rappers rocking intimate, complex verses over unexpectedly epic production.

Slaine- The American Way (prod. Statik Selektah)

Slaine is a really great overlooked rapper from Boston who always come with that grimy Mystic River flow. His partner in crime, Statik Selektah produced this beat that swims with emotional 70's electric guitar. This is slated to appear on Slaine's long-delayed project A World With No Skies 2.0 dropping August 23rd.

Zion I & The Grouch- Drop It On The 1

Amp Live's beats are always some of the most creative, incorporating elements of electronica, reggae and dubstep into a greater hip-hop context. This track is from the recently released Heroes In The Healing Of The Nation which I highly recommend everybody go and cop.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Ab-Soul- Gone Insane (Video)

I love what the Black Hippy crew (Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Ab-Soul, Schoolboy Q) does so much and Ab-Soul's recent album Longterm: Mentality is another great offering from the Los Angeles collective. Ab-Soul plays the role of most absurd and is possibly my favorite member (although Kendrick's wordplay is undeniable). Anyway, this song lives up to name with Ab-Soul invoking the names of Jimi Hendrix and John Lennon over a crisp acoustic backdrop.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Charles Hamilton- Everybody

Here's a new song by the long-quiet Charles Hamilton, who is one the most creative producers and rappers in the game. Like most of his songs, he produced this beat himself, and it glimmers through a dark mist with light sitar and piano keys. This track was unreleased for a while and has finally seen the light of the day.

Lil B- My Lifes Changed

The Based God is of course a personal favorite of the site. His swag is so tremendous that I'd let him fuck my bitch. Anyway, B laces this stringy track with his usual non-sensical wit. "But check me out though, I'm in my house" From his Red Flame: Evil Edition mixtape.

Maybach Music Group- By Any Means

More of that Maybach Music Group (Rick Ross, Wale, Pill, Meek Mill) from the upcoming Self Made Vol. 1 dropping May 23rd.

Boldy James- Jimbo (prod. Chuck Inglish) (Video)

Assuming you have no idea who he is, Boldy James is a Cool Kids-affiliated MC with a unique voice and a staccato flow perfect for Chuck Inglish's post-Golden Era beats. He first appeared on The Cool Kids' "Tires" and later on the bonkers siren-track "Gettin' Flicked." This video's from his upcoming project, Trappers' Alley: Pros & Cons and is rockin that Chuck produck. Here's the stream for the classic "Gettin' Flicked" as well.

Kanye West - Live @ Coachella

Pick it up at the link below. So much energy. And a orchestral H.A.M. intro? Over.

Big Sean - I Do It

Go ahead, hate on Big Sean.

Curren$y - Scottie Pippen (feat. Freddie Gibbs)

Scottie Pimpin to Scottie Pippen. "Breakfast: had two titties, two blunts & a turkey bacon sandwich"

Monday, May 9, 2011

The Cool Kids- Clicking (Video)

For those of you that never caught this video or song, and I'm assuming that's most, it's one The Cool Kids' best tracks. Chuck Inglish's beat samples sirens, heavy guitar chords and, well, just a bunch of stuff that sounds damn good. The raps stay slick as ever and the video/commercial/awesome thing embellishes it beautifully.

Rick Ross & Meek Mill- Tupac Back

Tupac back? I don't know about that one Ricky, but this song goes in regardless. A hard orchestral production perfectly compliments Meek Mill's unchained ferocity. This offering may or may not be appearing on Maybach Music Group's upcoming album Self Made Vol. 1, but either way its some dope ass dick.

Curren$y- I Don't Fucks With Em (feat. Nipsey Hu$$le & Wiz Khalifa)

Those of you who are elderly enough to have been listening to Curren$y last year might remember this from Spitta's Smokee Robinson. This track chimes with simple bell notes and features a still candy-coated but a little less sugary hook from a younger Wiz Khalifa.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Schoolboy Q- Options (prod. THC)

Schoolboy's back with both the baddest hoes and the finest weeds. This offering features a scuzzy, speaker-engulfing beat from THC and Schoolboy's buoyant "yeah" ad-libs.

Cam'ron & Vado- Gunz N Butta (Album)

Pick up the album and respect that harlem spit. make me wanna grab some cheddar myself. "look good so I hit her wit a quick line, "take my watch, hit me up when you get time."" Harder than Humbert Humbert on a playground.

1. Killa
2. American Greed
3. Heat In Here
4. Face-Off
5. I Luv U
6. Put A Bird Up
7. Monsta Muzik
8. Breathe
9. Fuck-A-Freestyle
10. Lights, Camera, Action (feat. Skylnn)
11. Stop It 5
12. Speaking In Tungs
13. Hey Muma
14. We All Up In Here
15. They Don't Like You
16. Be With Me
17. Hey Muma (Instrumental)
18. We All Up In Here (Instrumental)

Cam'ron & Vado- Gunz N Butta (Download)

Freddie Gibbs- Stripes (Run D MC) (feat. Young Jeezy)

And here's the first track we're rocking. This the new CTE collabo between Young Jeezy and Freddie Gibbs. Its got a hot Dr. Dre circa 2001-sounding beat and features a rockstar chorus from the gravel-throated Snowman.