The Dean’s List title their latest after my future wife. I’m telling you it is just a matter of time before The Dean’s List blow up.
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Drake – Find Your Love (Prod by Kanye West)
The second single off Drake’s debut album Thank Me Later. Produced by Mr. Kanye West. All singing on this one but it’s definitely a winner.
Thank Me Later drops June 15th.
Eminem’s first single off Recovery, produced by Boi-1da. Beat is nice. Can all rappers sing now or what’s up with that?
spotted at illRoots.
No explanation. Just watch.
A-Trak – Trizzy Turnt Up (Right Click + Save As)
I never really cared much for the vocals on Roscoe Dash’s “All The Way Turnt Up.” But I do think its one of the best beats I’ve heard in the past few years. Hi haters.
A-Trak does what he does best on this one. Stripping the original track of it’s beat and giving it a life of it’s own. The first track (I’ve seen) off A-Trak’s forthcoming Dirty South Dance 2. Throw your dancing shoes on for this one.
If you don’t have the orginal Dirty South Dance. Do yourself a favor.
spotted at The Fader.
The official promo video for Soundset 2010. Best hip-hop experience on the planet. No lie.
Soundset.com will answer all your questions.
A few words from Toki Wright. Respect!
Dear Family and Friends,
Yesterday at approximately 1:30pm I was having a conversation with my
community organizer/poet friend Emmanuel Ortiz about the Senate Bill
1070 (SB 1070) that recently was signed into law in the state of
Arizona. The bill says that “all immigrants must carry documentation
verifying their immigration status. It also stipulates that police
officers have the authority to ask to see the information from any
individual that is deemed “suspicious” or when there is “reasonable
suspicion” that the person may not be legally in the country.” This
new bill signed into law in a nutshell legalizes racial profiling. If
you “look like an immigrant” you can get hauled off to jail.
Emmanuel says, “somebody needs to redo By The Time I Get To Arizona”
by Public Enemy. Arizona is that same state the didn’t want to
recognize Martin Luther King Day when Chuck D originally wrote the
song. For years I wanted to write a “By The Time I Get To Minnesota”
version but never got around to it. I started doing more research on
the new bill and was outraged. By 2:30 I contacted BK-One to locate
the instrumental that he used elements of in Brother Ali’s old set.
BK was on the road and said that I would have to piece it together
from the original Mandrill and Jackson 5 songs. Not having any luck
finding quality versions of either I went in a did some Frankenstein
cut and paste work to the original PE version.
By 4PM I was done piecing together the beat. By 7pm I rewrote the
song with updated information. I wanted to follow Chuck D’s exact
cadence so I had to go back in line by line. By 8pm I was listening
to a rough vocal. By 10:00pm I was in the studio with Reggie Reg.
The process included going in and listening to Chuck, trying to match
his scheme, and recording my version. Wash, rinse, repeat. By
midnight the vocals were recorded. By 3am we added all the bells and
whistles and here is the finished product.
All day I’ve been saying “hell…I’m going to get in trouble for this
one.” But you know what? The truth needs to be told. Biting your
tongue only makes you hungry and your mouth hurt. Hope you enjoy it.
Pass it along.
I’ve been waiting for this one! Every morning for the past 2 weeks I have turned on my iPod and “Rollin” is the first song I play. Incredible new mixtape from west coast trio by the name of Pac Div. Guest verses from Pill, Chip Tha Ripper, Dom Kennedy and Colin Munroe.
Don’t sleep on this one. You will not regret checking this one out.
“They keep talking this new west, but dude we been here you left..” – Pac Div
I love this one. This is easily a highlight on B.o.B.’s already amazing debut album. It’s good to see T.I. back too. Party track right here.
B.o.B. Presents: The Adventures of Bobby Ray is in stores now. Available on iTunes.
Em slaughters Drake’s “Over” and Lloyd Banks “Beamer, Benz Or Bentley.”
Word is that Eminem is dropping a track off his new album this Thursday.
This is first single off J. Cole’s debut album Cole Way. “Who Dat” is produced by Elite and J. Cole. I think this track is unbelievable. J. Cole is the first artist signed to Jay-Z’s Roc Nation.
shouts to 2dopeboyz.
Cam’ron and Kid CuDi? It sure sounds appetizing. What do you think of the final product? Oh did I mention Alchemist holds it down on the production?
spotted at 2dopeboyz.
A brand new one from the South Minneapolis MC who is also the most entertaining person I follow on Twitter. Follow him @FranzDiego.
Franz says a new mixtape is a month or so away. We win.
Listening to Big Quarters justs makes feel like I’m back home in the Twin Cities. The fellas release a free one off their montly series Big Quarters Direct. Love this one. Production by Mux Mool.
If your not familiar with Big Quarters Direct, it is a monthly subscription service where the fellas will give you 5 new tracks for $5. More information can be found at their blog/website.
Big Quarters third album Party Like A Young Commie, should be dropping sometime this fall.
Photo by Andrew MacDonald.
The King is back. Do y’all like this song? I heard this track over a sound system this weekend…..BANGER.
King Uncaged drops August 17th. Huge circle around that date on my calender.
On a recent stop in Madison, WI Toki Wright and Rhymesayers 1st Lady Psalm One discuss upcoming music, cheese curds, and rap marriage. Also shots of F. Stokes and Noam the Drummer.
I didn’t realize that Ice Cube even had a new album on the way….but damn this track will knock you off your feet. This is the first single off I Am The West.
spotted at illRoots.
I feel like I have been waiting forever for this album to drop. I haven’t lost interest but I’m not as hyped as I was when I first heard about this project. I’m probably just impatient. I hope this album shapes up to be one of the best this year.
Distant Relatives drops May 18th.
Brand new mixtape from Game presented by DJ Skee. Some notable guest verses as well. Take a look at the tracklist below.
spotted at illRoots.
YEAAAAAHHHHHHH! Well…this goes hard.
These guys bring more energy to a live show than anyone else I have ever seen. Can’t wait to see both of these fellas at Soundset.
spotted at Midwest Broadcast.
Early rumors are that this off Lupe’s upcoming album. It still might be but this turns out to be a track that Lupe originally recorded for Alicia Keys’ album back in 2007. No matter what this song is worth checking out. Lupe…Alicia and Chad Hugo of The Neptunes all on one track?
shouts to Fake Shore Drive.
These guys really are doing everything right. Incredible new visuals from Chiddy Bang. I see more buzz about these guys everyday. The Passion Pit sampled single can be found on their mixtape The Swelly Express.
Damn these visuals are WILD. Brand new video from Dave Coresh for his track “Breathe” featuring production from the very talented Maja 7th.
Directed by Fly Kite Media.