Friday, September 30, 2011

Kobe Bryant to Sign $3 Million Contract With Italian Basketball Team

According to Italy's Virtus Bologna owner Claudio Sabatini via Sportando there is a deal about 95% done that will earn the Los Angeles Laker's superstar Kobe Bryant $3 million for the first 40 days of the Italian League season beginning October 9th. In the meantime, the NBA has delayed the start of training camp and canceled 43 exhibition games through October 15th.

"Italy is my home," said Bryant, who has three years and $83.5 million left on his Lakers contract. "It's where my dream of playing in the NBA started. This is where I learned the fundamentals, learned to shoot, to pass and to [move] without the ball...all things that when I came back to America, the players my age didn't know how to do because they were only thinking about jumping and dunking."


Gilbere Forte feat. Big K.R.I.T - Black Soul

Here's a new joint from Gilbere Forte off of his upcoming Some Dreams Never Sleep EP, set to drop next week. This track features a new verse from Big K.R.I.T, and some clean production from Don Cannon & Raak. Peep the official trailer for the EP down below.

Download: Gilbere Forte feat. Big K.R.I.T - Black Soul


Thursday, September 29, 2011

California Counties Set to Gain Authority to End Incarceration for Drug Possession

As of Saturday, October 1st, when Assembly Bill 109 (called "Realignment") takes effect, most people convicted of drug possession in California will no longer be sent to state prison but will be kept under supervision in their home county. AB 109 gives counties increased flexibility in responding to low-level offenses like personal drug possession, including innovative alternatives to conviction and incarceration. Advocates call on counties to use this new authority to end incarceration for drug possession and relapse, and to implement health-centered drug policies instead.

This is certainly a step in the right direction in the attempt by many to end the failed War on Drugs!

Read the full article here.


Hodgy Beats & Jonti - Nagoya

Odd Future's Hodgy Beats and Stones Throw's Jonti link up for this funky jam called "Nagoya". If you don't know about Nagoya, it is a city in Japan known for its amazing architecture, bustling squares and towers that light up the night sky. How that relates to this song, you can be the judge.

Download: Hodgy Beats & Jonti - Nagoya


Planet Asia & G_Force - Camouflage Jackets Album Teaser

Keeping it West Coast again, we have a video teaser from the upcoming album by Cali legend Planet Asia and Northwest mainstay G_Force, which will be named Camouflage Jackets. The album should be available sometime next month, so be on the lookout for that here.


Hi-Res - Beats For The Ride

[via Fresh Selects]

Despite it being his most compact offering to date, Hi-Res still manages to bare a wider range of styles than ever before; his repertoire now including a few upbeat joints that venture a little bit closer to the eclectic dance side of things - surely ripe for the Ableton beatsets of the day - as well, of course, w/ a few more nighttime-ish smokey headnodders & that perfect, extended hidden album track/beat interlude feel that we’ve come to know him for.

Always one for the straightfwd, he’s dubbed this set simply Beats For The Ride. But take that as a mere suggestion & do what them what & where you will.

Download: Hi-Res - Beats For The Ride


Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Tyga feat. Drake - Still Got It

For some reason I haven't heard much of Tyga's music, but this record is pretty dope. I've been a fan of Drake since his backpack days, however, so it's always nice to hear something new from him and you know the song will be decent. Throw Supa Dups & 40 on the boards and you know it's bound to be a hit.

Download: Tyga feat. Drake - Still Got It


Jay Rock - M.O.N.E.Y.

Here's the latest video offering from Jay Rock for the single "M.O.N.E.Y.". You can find this joint on his new LP Follow Me Home, which has gained much success since it's recent release.


Funny Photo Of The Day

"1st Place Mullet"


4 Brand New Kindles From Amazon

Founder & CEO of, Jeff Bezos has announced that there are now four brand new versions of the already popular Amazon Kindle available. Bezos has written a special note on the front page of that states, "There are two types of companies: those that work hard to charge customers more, and those that work hard to charge customers less. Both approaches can work. We are firmly in the second camp."

He continued to discuss the new Kindles as follows, "We are excited to announce four new products: the all-new Kindle for only $79, two new touch Kindles – Kindle Touch and Kindle Touch 3G – for $99 and $149, and a new class of Kindle – Kindle Fire – a beautiful full color Kindle for movies, TV shows, music, books, magazines, apps, games, web browsing and more, for only $199."

For all the book reading fanatics out there, this is quite a steal. I applaud Mr. Bezos for considering those going through tough times financially who simply can't afford to drop $500 on an iPad or other expensive tablet.

These new Kindles are sure to bring some competition as they are supposedly the best Kindles Amazon has ever made. Kindle and Kindle Touch have the most-advanced E Ink display technology available, and the 3G Kindle Touch adds free 3G wireless – no monthly fees and no annual contracts. Kindle Fire brings everything they've been working on at Amazon for 15 years together into a single, fully-integrated experience for customers – instant access to Amazon's massive selection of digital content, a vibrant color IPS touchscreen with extra-wide viewing angle, a 14.6 ounce design that's easy to hold with one hand, a state-of-the-art dual core processor, free storage in the Amazon Cloud, and an ultra-fast mobile browser – Amazon Silk – available exclusively on Kindle Fire.


J Dilla feat. Phat Kat - Detroit Madness

My week has been made. Finally a new track from the vault of the late great J Dilla has leaked, by way of "Detroit Madness". Although it's only a snippet, this Phat Kat collaboration confirms the rumors of a new Dilla album called The Rebirth of Detroit, which is sure to boast a huge lineup of features, and an even bigger set of unreleased beats.

Download: J Dilla feat. Phat Kat - Detroit Madness


Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Eligh & Amp Live - Therapy At 3

Eligh & Amp Live drop the first teaser from their forthcoming collaborative project, Therapy At 3. Follow Eligh through the streets of Los Angeles as he gives you a taste of what him and Amp Live have cooked up. Mark your calendars, the therapy session begins on November 15, 2011. Pre-Order packages will be available on October 12, 2011.


Having Fun At Rick Perry's Expense

Republican presidential hopeful Rick Perry shares a few poignant thoughts via some very Bad Lip Reading.


Amazing Treehouse Homes

Treehouses can no longer be seen as just child's play. While they still do serve as playhouses for the more fortunate kids, they've taken on new functions as private home offices or studios, as elevated guest quarters, and as hotel accommodations, as well. Some are even real houses that just happen to be located in trees.

Modern treehouses are also typically quite eco-friendly. They have traditionally been built using salvaged materials, and now designers and builders have taken it further with energy-efficient features, such as composting toilets, or utilizing solar panels and fuel-cell power.

Check out this slideshow for more photos of jaw-dropping treehouse homes.


An Economists View On Why Drugs Should Be Legalized

Few economists support the war on drugs, and the grandfather of free-market economics, Milton Friedman, is no exception. Take a look at this archival footage of Friedman speaking out against the war on drugs.


Chip Tha Ripper - The Truth

Cleveland spitter Chip Tha Ripper lets loose this new track off of his upcoming mixtape Tall Ya Friends, which is supposed to drop here pretty soon. "The Truth" is one of the better songs I've heard from Chip so I'm hoping the trend continues throughout his next release.

Download: Chip Tha Ripper - The Truth


ScHoolboy Q feat. Ab-Soul - Druggys WitH Hoes Again

One half of the Black Hippy crew, ScHoolboy Q and Ab-Soul revisit their original fan favorite with some fresh new production from Chicago’s own Nez & Rio. If this is your jam, try and remember it’s from Q’s upcoming release Habits & Contradictions, because you’re bound to forget.

Download: ScHoolboy Q feat. Ab-Soul - Druggys WitH Hoes Again


Hawdwerk & Jansport J - Respect

Another overlooked group hailing from Southern California is Hawdwerk (rapper) and Jansport J (producer). And to prove they belong in the discussion for the hardest working crew in the game, they have released this dope new video entitled "Respect", which features a classic boom bap laden track from Jansport J and Hawdwerk on the rhymes touching on some very serious topics.


Monday, September 26, 2011

Man Survives 4 Days In Utah Desert With Broken Leg

A North Carolina man crawled four days across the Utah desert after breaking his leg on a solo hike, inspired by the movie 127 Hours, about a man who cut off his own arm to save himself after being trapped by a boulder in the same canyon.

Amos Wayne Richards, 64, of Concord, North Carolina, is now recovering at home. He said he was inspired to hike Little Blue John Canyon after he saw the Oscar-nominated movie 127 Hours, but fell 10 feet during his trek on September 8th.

Read the full story here.


Sunday, September 25, 2011

B.o.B feat. Lil Wayne - Strange Clouds

New single premieres October 3rd, but you can cop it here first. While you're at it, go to B.o.B's official website, upload your pictures of "Strange Clouds" with Instagram by tagging #StrangeClouds. They will show up on the homepage.

Download: B.o.B feat. Lil Wayne - Strange Clouds
Music Video Trailer: YouTube


Saturday, September 24, 2011

9th Wonder feat. Warren G, Murs & Kendrick Lamar - Enjoy

This is one of the more anticipated tracks from 9th Wonder’s upcoming opus The Wonder Years, as he links up Warren G, Murs, and Kendrick Lamar, all respective legends from the West Coast on this beautiful track he calls "Enjoy" and that’s exactly what I'm doing.

Download: 9th Wonder feat. Warren G, Murs & Kendrick Lamar - Enjoy


Mac Miller - Smile Back

Mac Miller drops off the second single from his upcoming album Blue Slide Park, and it comes in the form of this new video called "Smile Back".


David Banner - Swag

David Banner is back with a brand new video for his newest single, "Swag". The video addresses some very public issues about the music industry, society and more. This video was well thought out and leaves a message to all. Cop the single here on iTunes for 99 pennies.


Physicists Create Magnetic Invisibility Cloak

The sneaky science of "cloaking" just keeps getting richer. Physicists and engineers had already demonstrated rudimentary invisibility cloaks that can hide objects from light, sound, and water waves. Now, they’ve devised an "antimagnet" cloak that can shield an object from a constant magnetic field without disturbing that field. If realized, such a cloak could have medical applications, researchers say.

Read the full article here.


Workaholics: I'm Barfing

Adam has a stomach of steel, and not even science can make him vomit. Workaholics, my new favorite show. Check out Comedy Central's website here for news and info.


Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Casey Veggies feat. C-San, Dom Kennedy & Kendrick Lamar - Ridin' Round Town (Remix)

Cali spitters C-San, Dom Kennedy, and Kendrick Lamar hop on board for this dope remix of Casey Veggies "Ridin' Round Town". Sleeping In Class available here.

Download: Casey Veggies feat. C-San, Dom Kennedy & Kendrick Lamar - Ridin' Round Town (Remix)

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