Monday, October 31, 2011

Freddie Gibbs - Cold Day In Hell

For those who didn't already know, Freddie Gibbs delivered his highly anticipated street album Cold Day In Hell earlier today. The record features the likes of Young Jeezy, Freeway, and Dom Kennedy including production from The Olympicks, J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, DJ Burn One, Cardo, Big K.R.I.T. and more. Shouts to LRG!

01. Barely M.A.D.E. It feat. BJ The Chicago Kid (prod. by J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League)
02. Rob Me A Nigga feat. Alley Boy (prod. by Big K.R.I.T.)
03. 187 Proof (prod. by J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League)
04. Anything To Survive feat. Freeway, Sly Polaroid & Adrian (prod. by Beatnick & K-Salaam)
05. Twos and Fews feat. Young Jeezy (prod. by SC)
06. Let Ya Nuts Hang feat. Scrilla (prod. by Arkatech Beatz)
07. Let ‘Em Burn (prod. by The Olympicks)
08. B.A.N.ned (prod. by Cardo)
09. My Homeboy's Girlfriend (prod. by Cardo)
10. So Amazin’ (P.S.A. Part 2) feat. Sebastian Mego (prod. by Ateam)
11. Natural High (Even Higher Learning) (prod. by DJ Burn One)
12. Str8 Slammin’ feat. Juicy J (prod. by SMKA)
13. Menace II Society feat. Dom Kennedy & Polyester (prod. by Cardo)
14. Neighborhood Hoez feat. 2 Chainz (prod. by Speakerbomb)
15. Heaven Can Wait (prod. by Beatnick & K-Salaam)
16. My Dawgz (prod. by Cardo)
17. Sittin’ Low feat. Young Jeezy & Scrilla (prod. by Mike WiLL Made It)



Violator Radio Presents: T3 - 3illa Madness Mixtape

DJ Scrap Dirty, DJ Supa, and Rappers I Know present the official new mixtape from Slum Village's T3, titled 3illa Madness. Sixteen tracks deep with new material and remixes of some old joints.

01. Boomerang feat. Vice Verse
02. Do It 2 Def
03. Story Goes feat. Que D.
04. T3 & Baatin Speak
05. Come Down
06. Lights Out
07. Ghetto
08. Dirty Mit
09. They Say feat. Rapper Pooh & Phife (Legendary Remix)
10. What You Want
11. T3 Speaks
12. Give Me A Beat feat. Focus, Vice Verse, Kida, Young RJ & Keys (Remix)
13. Madness
14. I Work
15. The Hard Way feat. Focus & Joe Scudda
16. Throwback



Sir Michael Rocks - Wassup (prod. by Cardo)

Sir Michael Rocks hits us with a new video for his track "Wassup" off his most recent mixtape, Premier Politics. Having just signed a deal with Curren$y's Jet Life label, Mr. Rocks has got more reasons to flaunt than normal.


Saturday, October 29, 2011

The Boy Illinois - Inhale Pt. 4: Horai

Chi-town representer The Boy Illinois has hooked up with DJBooth to bring listeners Horai, the fourth and final entry in his Inhale series. Named after the three Greek goddesses who controlled the flow of time, Inhale Pt. 4: Horai features 16 fresh records from the up-and-coming MC, divided into movements representing the seasons of the year.

Download: The Boy Illinois - Inhale Pt. 4


SigNif - Embracing Rejection

"When you listen to SigNif you hear a young woman that is articulate, clever, confident, and creative. She is NOT a trend. She is NOT a fad. Plain and simple, SigNif IS Hip-Hop and she IS the future of the art-form that so desperately needs more people who are dedicated to rising above a status quo that unfortunately champions cultural regression instead of the power of enlightenment."


MF Doom, Melodious Monk & Vast Aire - Da Supafriends (Remix)

Da Supafriends was originally released on Vast Aire's "Look Mom No Hands", and now we have the remix created by Melodious Monk. Shout out to IGC Recordings for the exclusive freebee!


LRG Presents: 5th Annual Snowboard Season Party

LRG sponsors Utah's snowboard season kick off party featuring performances by Statik Selektah, Action Bronson, & DJ Juggy. Over $10,000 in snowboard giveaways from LRG, Skull Candy, Oakley, DC, Spy, Special Blend and many others! Click here for more information on this event.


Friday, October 28, 2011

Common - Blue Sky

Common has finally unleashed the visuals for his latest single "Blue Sky." The clip directed by Parris features various different people, a ballerina, an artist, a violinist, and a basketball player, chasing their dream while keeping their heads held high. The inspirational song is taken from Common's new studio album The Dreamer, The Believer, which is set for release on November 22nd.


DJ Premier & Bumpy Knuckles - B.A.P.

Here we have a new single for DJ Premier & Bumpy Knuckles upcoming collaboration album The Kolexion out soon on Works of Mart/Gracie Productions.

Download: DJ Premier & Bumpy Knuckles - B.A.P.


Rockstar Jones - Bombs

This is just what I needed to brighten my spirits on this gloomy day in the rainy Northwest. I've never heard anything from this cat before, but my eyes are open now and I'm a fan. Here is the official music video for Rockstar Jones' debut single "Bombs," produced by V(eye)bes. Stay tuned for Rockstar's debut album #BetterThanGood, dropping on Halloween.


Yelawolf feat. Kid Rock - Let's Roll

This is definitely not what I was expecting when I glanced at the feature for this record, but nonetheless it turned out to be a banger. Kid Rock takes a break from his new-found country music venture to assist Yelawolf on the hook of his latest single, "Let's Roll," off the upcoming Radioactive LP. I am really interested to know who made the beat for this heat-rock, so if anyone knows please share.

Download: Yelawolf feat. Kid Rock - Let's Roll


M.E.D. - Blaxican (prod. by Madlib)

Check out the brand new video for M.E.D.'s "Blaxican," produced by Madlib and taken from the album Classic dropping next week, November 1st.


Bun B - The Life (prod. by 14KT)

Just a few days ago we caught a glimpse into the making of this track, and today we are treated to the official full version of "The Life." Listen as the Trill O.G. Bun B spits a personal story and positive message over 14KT's funky, boom-bap production.

Download: Bun B - The Life (prod. by 14KT)


Mark Ronson feat. Erykah Badu, Mos Def, Trombone Shorty, Zigaboo Modeliste & The Dap Kings - A La Modeliste

Mark Ronson was one of five influential DJ's and producers asked by the Grammys and the Re:Generation Music Project to take a specific genre and record a new track within that style with a collection of high-profile collaborators. For Ronson's track, titled "A La Modeliste," he teamed up with Erykah Badu, Mos Def, Trombone Shorty, members of the Dap Kings and drummer Zigaboo Modeliste for a dynamic, hip-hop accented take on jazz.

[via Rolling Stone]


Rhymesayers European Tour Stories (Amsterdam)

What do Slug, Brother Ali, Evidence, Blueprint, Grieves, and Budo think of Amsterdam, and what are they looking forward to in the city? Find out now before the tour hits Melkweg on November 8th. Click here for more info on the Rhymesayers European Tour.


Phil Adé - Not Enough

For this week's installment of #PhilAdeFriday, Phil Adé drops "Not Enough" which is dedicated to the late great J Dilla. Have a listen and vibe out as Phil spits some fresh bars of Dilla's beautiful "Won't Do" instrumental.

Download: Phil Adé - Not Enough


Tech N9ne feat. Krizz Kaliko & Kutt Kalhoun - Slave

Tech N9ne will be dropping his upcoming collabos album Welcome to Strangeland on November 8th. The independent rapper phenomenon has definitely been on his grind lately, and the trend continues with his newest single off the album called "Slave," which features additional verses from Krizz Kaliko and Kutt Kalhoun. Download link is not currently available, but you can preview the track in full below.


Vote Weeds for People's Choice Awards 2012

It's time to voice your choice to determine this year's nominees. The top five will become the official nominees of People's Choice Award 2012! Vote often and share with your friends to make sure your favorites make the cut!

Click and vote here to nominate Weeds for Favorite Cable TV Comedy for People's Choice Awards 2012.


Nina B feat. Skyzoo - Picture This

Up-and-coming female MC Nina B has stepped into the booth with her latest street album, The Bo$$stress 2 (B*tch I'm Back). The sequel to her 2008 debut mixtape, the project features 14 original cuts from the Bronx-born, Brooklyn-raised spitter. Joining Nina B on the 2nd official single, "Picture This," is fellow Brooklyn MC Skyzoo. Production on the track comes courtesy of 6th Sense.


Thursday, October 27, 2011

ScHoolboy Q - Oxy Music

ScHoolboy Q has been continuously dropping heat as of late, and his newest cut "Oxy Music" is certainly no different. With a hypnotizing, head-nodding beat from THC and ScHoolboy's unique delivery, flow, and intriguing lyrics, this joint will be getting steady repeats for a long time. Stay tuned for HABITS & Contradictions, which will undoubtedly be one of the best mixtapes this year.


HALFMANHALF & G_Force feat. Tope - Satellites

Keeping things flowing with some more Northwest freshness, HALFMANHALF and G_Force present the Satellites video featuring Tope, Michele Wylen, and cuts from DJ Ozrok. Grab the duo's free album Glow, right here.


Illmaculate feat. J. Rome & Only One - Last Warning

Here's some brand new music from Portland's own Illmaculate. Off the upcoming Skrill Talk EP, "Last Warning" features vocals from J. Rome, a verse from Sandpeople's Only One, and some heavy production from !llmind. Also check out Illmac on the Skrill Walton Tour in a West Coast city near you.

Download: Illmaculate feat. J. Rome & Only One - Last Warning (prod. by !llmind)


Immortal Techique - The Martyr

We're living in tough times right now, and just at the right moment, Immortal Technique blesses all his fans with a free mixtape. This has never happened in the history of his career, but we recommend people to actually listen to what he's saying. We've learned plenty of lessons from the man through previous albums, so this should serve no different. [via OnSMASH]

01. Burn This
02. The Martyr (prod. by Southpaw)
03. Angels & Demons feat. dead prez & Bazaar Royale (prod. by DJ Green Lantern)
04. Rich Mans World (1%) (prod. by Shuko)
05. Toast To The Dead (prod. by J Dilla)
06. Eyes In The Sky feat. Mojo of Dujeous (prod. by Southpaw)
07. Goonies Never Die feat. Diabolic, Swave Sevah & Gomez (prod. by Southpaw)
08. Running Nowhere (prod. by Southpaw)
09. Natural Beauty feat. Mela Machinko (prod. by SlimFass)
10. Civil War feat. Killer Mike, Brother Ali & Chuck D (prod. by Southpaw)
11. Mark Of The Beast feat. Akir & Beast 1333 (prod. by Memo of The Molemen)
12. Black Vikings feat. Styles P, Vinnie Paz & Poison Pen (prod. by Southpaw)
13. Conquerors feat. John Henrik Clarke (prod. by Engineer)
14. Young Lords feat. Joell Ortiz, CF & Pumpkinhead (prod. by Southpaw)
15. Ultimas Palabras (prod. by Immortal Technique & Southpaw)
16. Sign Of The Times feat. Cornel West, Cetan Wanbli & Lockjaw Nakai (prod. by Southpaw)

Download: Sendspace | Mediafire


A.Dd+ - Genocide

Dallas, Texas duo A.Dd+ links up with producers Brain Gang Blue and Picnictyme for this very interesting new single called "Genocide." Enjoy the ride and follow this link for the lyrics and a free download.


Wale - Ambition (Album Preview)

Preview Wale's entire new album Ambition right here before you buy it on November 1st. Just click any track you want to hear and they should play automatically.


Smokey Robotic - B(LAST 0)FF

With Halloween just around the corner, Smokey Robotic decided to drop this new music video full of monsters and creepy creatures.


This week will be filled with dreams.
And in the haunting, there are realities to embrace that come in different shapes.
Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it.
Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many.

Shhhhhh...Let us be that ship that takes you up...


Magestik Legend feat. Fes Roc & Audible Doctor - Feel What I Feel (Audible Doctor Remix)

Brown Bag AllStars member The Audible Doctor has been busy this year working on his solo projects, Brown Bag projects and producing tracks for various artists. To hold the fans over until the upcoming releases are finished he's decided to drop a remix project featuring some of the artists he's currently working with. Today we bring you the first leak off the project, a remix of Magestik Legend's "Feel What I Feel." The full 2011: Year Of The Audible Doctor Remix project is set to drop later this year.

Download: Magestik Legend feat. Fes Roc & Audible Doctor - Feel What I Feel (Audible Doctor Remix)


Notes to Self feat. Fashawn - Mr. Polite

Notes to Self connects with Fashawn for their new song, "Mr. Polite". Notes recorded with Fash in Toronto earlier this year, courtesy of their mutual homie, Evidence. The song that emerged shows a different side of Notes to Self, a departure for both themselves and Fashawn.


Killer Mike, THURZ, & Aleon Craft - Bitches & Drugs

During Atlanta's A3C Hip Hop Festival, Grooveshark teamed up with the legendary Stankonia Studios and the production teams Royal Flush + SMKA to create an exclusive mixtape. The project features original songs from artists playing the festival as well as some hometown heroes, and will be available November 16th to stream for free exclusively on Grooveshark. The tracks will be accompanied by several behind the scenes videos featuring the artists and production teams creating the songs from start to finish.


DJ Premier feat. Nas & The Berklee Symphony Orchestra - Regeneration

VIBE recently linked up with DJ Premier, Nas, and the Berklee Symphony Orchestra as a part of their RE:GENERATION project. Presented by Hyundai Veloster, RE:GENERATION is a documentary film that follows DJ Premier, Pretty Lights, The Crystal Method, Mark Ronson, and Skrillex as they remix, recreate and re-imagine five traditional styles of music. Learn more at


Mac Miller - Party On 5th Ave.

Mac Miller continues to drop clever songs alongside some really adventurous and interesting videos, and "Party On 5th Ave." is no different. This is the latest and likely final single to drop prior to the release of Mac's full-length Blue Slide Park LP. Shout out to all the haters, the kid is doing his thing and doing it well.


Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Pac Div feat. Asher Roth - Useless

The Pac Div crew is back with another banger, and a much different feel than their last No I.D.-produced single. We are treated to some vintage Pac Div on "Useless" as the crew spits more witty punchlines over a very minimal, but hard-knocking beat. The Div also enlists Asher Roth who adds a dope verse to the joint. Get ready for The Div, dropping on November 8th.

Download: Pac Div feat. Asher Roth - Useless


Beyoncé feat. J. Cole - Party (Remix) (prod. by Kanye West)

Beyoncé plays hostess and invites you to her colorful, retro-themed video for the J. Cole assisted "Party." The sixth video off her platinum selling 4 album features cameos from Kelly Rowland and her sister Solange on the 1's and 2's, including some funky fresh production from Kanye West.


Ralph Dog feat. Papoose, Sean Price, Sadat X, Blaq Poet, Reef The Lost Cauze, Kurious, Pacewon, & Hell Rell - We Don't Give A Fuck

Noisemaker Media presents Ralph Dog and his comeback single "We Don't Give A Fuck" featuring Papoose, Sean Price, Sadat X, Blaq Poet, Reef The Lost Cauze, Kurious, Pacewon, and Hell Rell. These old school legends get together on a rambunctious posse track and produce an indelible street anthem over some hard-hitting production from K-Def.


CYNE - Enter Killmore

I haven't heard much from these guys in quite some time, but here's some new music from CYNE (Cultivating Your New Experience). With a different, more experimental sound, "Enter Killmore" is the first single off their upcoming cassette tape and digital release Wasteland Vol. 1, out December 6th.


Proh Mic feat. Georgia Anne Muldrow - I Remember

Peep Proh Mic's newest single "I Remember" featuring the modern day Queen of funk, Georgia Anne Muldrow. The song appears on Proh's Rhythm For Days album, in stores now.


Slim The Mobster - Fuck You

Yet another dope song from Slim The Mobster I previously hadn't heard. And in his usual fashion, Slim decides to drop a music video to give you a deeper look into the track. You can find "Fuck You" on Slim The Mobster's upcoming War Music mixtape, dropping November 8th.


Wale - The Making Of Ambition (The Finale)

The untouchable Maybach Music Group empire presents the final stage in the making of Wale's upcoming album, Ambition. Watch as Wale puts the finishing touches on his sure to be classic LP. Make sure you go cop the album, available everywhere on November 1st.


Lloyd Banks - Make It Stack

Off the upcoming Cold Corner 2 mixtape, Lloyd Banks is back with some new heat and a good lesson to learn from on "Make It Stack."

Download: Lloyd Banks - Make It Stack


Willie The Kid - The Guilt

Nothing like some new Willie The Kid first thing in the morning, especially when it includes a dope storyline and impeccable production from Bronze Nazareth that brings us back to that boom bap, golden era sound. Willie The Kid makes his return with "The Guilt," a new single that will be featured on his forthcoming digital-release only EP The Cure 2.


Tuesday, October 25, 2011

NYPD Officers Arrested for Alleged Gun Smuggling

Eight NYPD officers and one New Jersey corrections officer have been arrested on charges that they were running a gun-smuggling ring that trafficked more than $1 million in illegal weapons and stolen goods.

The officers arrested include five active-duty officers assigned to Brooklyn and three retired NYPD officers, although two of the retired officers were active when committing the alleged crimes, prosecutors said. All those arrested were picked up by FBI agents and NYPD Internal Affairs investigators early Tuesday.

According to the criminal complaint, some of those arrested smuggled 20 firearms as recently as September 22nd. The cache included three M-16 rifles, one shotgun and 16 handguns, most of which had their serial numbers removed.

One officer bragged to an informant in July, as an associate displayed a shotgun for sale, that it was a "sample" and that they could get anything "from A to Z."

[via MSNBC]


Black Milk & Danny Brown - Black And Brown EP

Black Milk and Danny Brown have been two of the most consistent and prolific hip hop artists in recent years. After collaborating on the track "Black and Brown" in 2010 for Black's Album Of The Year, they've joined forces for a full EP, out November 1st on Fat Beats Records. Peep the new voice change-up from Danny Brown, it's much easier to listen to in my opinion.


The Kid Daytona feat. Goapele - God Is Good (prod. by Statik Selektah)

Lifted Research Group presents The Kid Daytona's latest single, "God is Good" featuring vocals from the lovely Goapele, including classic production we are accustomed to hearing from Statik Selektah. Be on the lookout for The Kid Daytona's new album, The Interlude 2, dropping soon.


J. Cole - Lost Ones

J. Cole premieres the powerful visuals for "Lost Ones", one of my personal favorite songs off his debut album, Cole World: The Sideline Story. According to J. Cole, "Lost Ones" is "a song with dealing with young pregnancy, when you're around that age of either late teens or early 20's or whatever age you are, it explores all of that from both sides.


Poetik Force feat. Dae One & Smokey Lane - So Special (Jansport J Remix)

Although I thoroughly enjoyed the original version of "So Special", Jansport J decided to remix the soulful joint from Poetik Force, featuring Dae One and R&B singer Smokey Lane. If you haven't gotten a chance to hear Poetik Force's Elevens EP, you definitely need to check it out.


Ludacris feat. Big K.R.I.T - I'm On Fire

Ludacris recruits Big K.R.I.T once again, but this time for Ludacris' upcoming mixtape, 1.21 Gigawatts (Back To The First Time) dropping next month. With Mike WiLL on the beat you know it's gonna bang.

Download: Ludacris feat. Big K.R.I.T - I'm On Fire


In The Lab With 14KT & Bun B

Red Bull Big Tune winner 14KT hits the studio to record with the legendary Houston rapper Bun B of UGK.


XV - U.F.C.

XV continues to make his mark as one of the best hip hop artists in the game, and to prove his worth he has decided to drop the official music video for "U.F.C. (U Fuckin' Crazy)," which can be found on his latest mixtape, Zero Heroes. The video was shot and edited by Ian "Rex Arrow Films" Wolfson.


Dom Kennedy - When I Come Around

Here's the official music video for "When I Come Around," the newest single off Dom Kennedy's latest album, From The Westside, With Love II. The video was directed by The Infamous Green Streets, with production on the song from J.LBS.


Has-Lo - Never Was Yours (prod. by Kev Brown)

Mello Music Group spitter Has-Lo enlists the help legendary beatmaker Kev Brown for this revamped version of "Never Was Yours" off his latest release, Conversation B. The Philly MC's re-envisioned version of In Case I Don't Make It drops November 15th.


Big Sean - Finally Originals

Big Sean's entire Finally Famous album gets the remix treatment by DJ Mo Beatz and Adidas, swapping out all the original beats for the likes of some well-known and not so well-known producers, shown below.

01. Intro (prod. by KeY Wane)
02. I Do It (prod. by KeY Wane)
03. My Last (prod. by Dj AC Slater)
04. Wait For Me (prod. by Filthy Rockwell)
05. Marvin & Chardonnay (prod. by Xaphoon Jones)
06. Dance (A$$) (prod. by KeY Wane)
07. Donald Trump (prod. by The Olympicks)
08. Memories Pt 2 (prod. by Drumma Boy)
09. High (prod. by DJ Bonics)
10. So Much More (prod. by Cardo)
11. My House (prod. by The Olympicks)
12. 100 Keys (prod. by Bei Maejor)

Download: Big Sean - Finally Originals


tabi Bonney feat. Nicole Wray - Feeling More (prod. by Ski Beatz)

Ski Beatz and tabi Bonney are back at it again, this time with a new music video for their single "Feeling More." This joint features vocals from soulful songstress Nicole Wray and can be found on tabi and Ski's recently released mixtape, The Summer Years.


David Dallas - Start Looking Round

From Papatoetoe to New York City, David Dallas pays homage to the All Blacks winning the Rugby World Cup by releasing his latest video for "Start Lookin Round" off the deluxe edition of The Rose Tint out November 8th in the U.S. and November 14th in New Zealand/Australia.


Ro Spit - The Glass Ceiling Project


Monday, October 24, 2011

Rapper Big Pooh feat. Phife Dawg & T3 - They Say (Remix) (prod. by Focus...)

Check out the official remix to Rapper Big Pooh's original track that leaked last week. Big Pooh enlists the legendary Phife Dawg and Slum Village member T3 for the "They Say" remix, as well as brand new production from Focus. This is just a taste of what you can expect to hear on the November 1st release of Pooh's upcoming album Dirty Pretty Things.

Download: Rapper Big Pooh feat. Phife Dawg & T3 - They Say (Remix) (prod. by Focus...)


Jon Connor - Reppin 4 Flint

Jon Connor puts on for his city with his new "Reppin' 4 Flint" video directed by Andre Ward. The Midwest MC's movement has been reaching more ears nationwide thanks to his potent flow and solid catalog of raps. While working on some new projects including Vinny Chase: Season 2, Jon Connor also made an appearance on Statik Selektah's LP Population Control which was released today.


Freeway feat. State Property - 666 (prod. by Jake One)

State Property is back with a new banger produced by Seattle's own Jake One. If you are having a case of amnesia and can't remember State Property, they are a crew comprised of rappers Beanie Sigel, Freeway, Young Chris, Omillio Sparks, and Peedi Peedi. This joint can be found on Freeway's new album The Intermission, scheduled for release tomorrow.

Download: Freeway feat. State Property - 666 (prod. by Jake One)


Derek 32zero feat. Talib Kweli - Lift 'Em Up (prod. by Nottz)

Super producer Nottz and his imprint, Raw Koncept Media Group present Virginia MC Derek 32zero. And things get started off with a bang as Derek 32zero enlists the help of legendary spit-kicker Talib Kweli for "Lift 'Em Up," the first single off of Derek 32zero's upcoming project titled, I'm Not Bargaining. With a beat previously heard on Nottz' "Cars (Remix)," Derek 32zero; brings his conscious, aggressive, and progressive brand of hip-hop to the table laying down the foundation for more bangers to come.


Quan - Get Away (prod. by Nottz)

"Get Away" is a powerful song Quan wrote when his son Kayden passed away. Laced with crisp production from Nottz as usual, Quan gets his story out in a beautiful way. You can find this song on Quan's newest mixtape The Struggle. Keep your eyes peeled for his forthcoming Glorious Struggle album, dropping sometime next year.


Sunday, October 23, 2011

7.2 Quake Hits Turkey, 138 Casualties Confirmed

Today, cries of panic and horror filled the air as a 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck eastern Turkey, killing at least 138 people as buildings pancaked and crumpled into rubble. The death toll was expected to rise as rescuers sifted through the rubble and reached outlying villages.

Tens of thousands fled into the streets running, screaming or trying to reach relatives on cell phones as apartment and office buildings cracked or collapsed. As the full extent of the damage became clear, survivors dug in with shovels or even their bare hands, desperately trying to rescue the trapped and the injured.

Continue reading the story here via Associated Press.


Common - Let's Move

From the vaults of the underground comes a never before heard tale from Chicago's greatest street poet. Common's graphic story comes to life with the assist from visual artist and producer dsteele.


Evil Needle - Mood (Album Sampler)

Evil Needle is a heavily slept on producer out of France and today has decided to give us a sneak peak at his newest instrumental project entitled Mood. What you can expect prior to listening to Evil Needle for the first time is a sensation in your ears you probably aren't accustomed to hearing. So do yourself a favor, put some headphones on or turn them speakers up, and vibe out to this incredible musical journey. Also, stay tuned for the full-length album scheduled for release on Halloween day.


David Blaine's Fashion Shoot With Great White Sharks

If you were on the menu as the main dish, the last thing you're thinking about is dressing for a black-tie affair. Not the case with designer Adam Kimmel, who invited escape artist David Blaine to a most memorable luncheon in the middle of Pacific Ocean. The guests of honor? Carcharodon carcharias or better known as Great White Sharks. Donned in Kimmel's latest creations, Blaine got acquainted with the prowling sea creatures, who gave him several top-down inspections before going their ways.


The Boy Illinois - Yer.

The inaugural leak, "Yer.", off the Windy City rappers forthcoming mixtape Inhale, Pt. 4: Horai finds The Boy Illinois showcasing his rhyme skills over an upbeat, sampled instrumental by Rel Elite.

Download: The Boy Illinois - Yer.


Junclassic - Stunnin'

Junclassic and Jazz Spastiks' latest project Mode 7 has been getting a lot of love lately and now the single "Stunnin'" gets a video treatment. For "Stunnin'" we find Junclassic's flowing over Jazz Spaztiks' soulful production pulling listeners in and making us want to hear more. The video, set on world famous Coney Island, gives "Stunnin'" a fresh, clean look and compliments the song.


Saturday, October 22, 2011

Sol - Albert Einstein

Sol, one of the more talented MC's out of Seattle, tries to capitalize on the success of his last project, Dear Friends Vol. III, with a new record entitled "Albert Einstein." And stay tuned for Sol's forthcoming album, Yours Truly.


Proh Mic feat. Coultrain - Turn It Over

Here's a little something for the funk lovers out there. "Turn It Over" is a brand new jam from the multi-talented producer Proh Mic and features vocals from Coultrain. You can find this song on Proh's upcoming Rhythm For Days album, out this Tuesday.


Hannibal King - Flowers For Pamela

New York beatsmith Hannibal King releases the visuals for the title track off his upcoming instrumental album, Flowers for Pamela, dropping November 5th. Hannibal comes through with fresh beats constantly and this one is no different.


Friday, October 21, 2011

Police Violently Tear Apart Occupy Melbourne

Last night, a large gathering of protesters in Melbourne, Australia was violently disrupted by police, with activists forcibly thrown out of a public park. The struggle ensued after roughly 100 protesters defied an order to leave City Square, and police said about 20 were ultimately arrested. The number of activists grew to about 400 as police began moving in, according to The Herald Sun. About 20 people suffered minor injuries in the melee, according to The Associated Press. Only two were officers.

Read the full story here via The Raw Story.


Slim The Mobster - Gun Play

Aftermath's Slim The Mobster has been steadily releasing new music and visuals leading up to his War Music mixtape, dropping November 8th. The Los Angeles-based rapper got Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg on board as executive producers, so you know it's going to be big. "Gun Play" is the latest single from the project and features some heavy hitting production from Sha Money XL and Vikaden.


College Kid Causes Stir by Streaking at UCLA vs. Arizona Football Game

For those who haven't seen this already, last night during the UCLA Bruins vs. Arizona Wildcats game a college kid fan dressed as a referee runs on the field, blows a whistle while waiving his hands and stops the game, which was airing live on ESPN. Mayhem and fights between the two teams broke out after the incident ending with two players being ejected.


LRG Park Crashers

In this installment of Park Crashers, the LRG skate team stopped by the Active park and ripped it for a bit. Check it out!


Kyo Itachi & Ruste Juxx feat. R.A. The Rugged Man - No Prints

Check out the official music video from Brooklyn rapper Ruste Juxx and French producer Kyo Itachi. The first single "No Prints" features R.A. The Rugged Man, and can be found on their upcoming collaboration album Hardbodie Hip Hop.


Cocaine 80's feat. Common - Six

Without warning yet again, Cocaine 80's have released another EP called Ghost Lady, and much like the last project, there is another collaboration with Common. This joint called "Six" should hold fans over until Common's upcoming LP The Dreamer, The Believer drops at the end of the year.

Download: Cocaine 80's feat. Common - Six


Obama Announces Complete Withdrawal of U.S. Troops From Iraq by 2012

After a decade of the failed war in Iraq, President Obama announced earlier today that the United States is pulling all its troops from the country by the end of the year.

According to a White House official, "this deal was cut by the Bush administration, the agreement was always that at end of the year we would leave, but the Iraqis wanted additional troops to stay. We said here are the conditions, including immunities. But the Iraqis because of a variety of reasons wanted the troops and didn't want to give immunity."

"So that's it. Now our troops go to zero," the official added.

"We will have a very robust diplomatic presence. But it will be a normal diplomatic presence like we have in many countries."

"This country also wants to have its independence. They’re producing 2.5 billion barrels of oil a day. They just paid something like $1.6 billion for something like 20 F-16s. They have a deal now with GE. By the end of next summer they will surpass Iran in oil production. They could surpass Saudi Arabia in a few years. This will impact the whole equilibrium in the Middle East."

"We want to have a new relationship with this country."

At approximately 11:30am EST today, President Obama convened a secure video conference with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to talk with him about this news, a source said.


The Incredible Design Of A Barcelona District

[via PBH] Constructed in the early 20th century, Eixample is a district of the Spanish city of Barcelona known for the urban planning that divided the district into octagonal blocks. Influenced by a range of schools of architecture, Eixample was designed in a grid pattern with long streets, wide avenues, and rounded street corners. Despite being in the center of a thriving European metropolis, the district provides improved living conditions for inhabitants including extensive sun light, improved ventilation, and more open green space for public use. And of course, the result from the grid-like structure is astounding from above:

View full-size images here.


Thursday, October 20, 2011

Secret Government Report - What If The U.S. Debt Was Paid Off?

Planet Money has obtained a secret government report outlining what once looked like a potential crisis: The possibility that the U.S. government might pay off its entire debt. It sounds ridiculous today. But not so long ago, the prospect of a debt-free U.S. was seen as a real possibility with the potential to upset the global financial system.

The report is called "Life After Debt". It was written in the year 2000, when the U.S. was running a budget surplus, taking in more than it was spending every year. Economists were projecting that the entire national debt could be paid off by 2012.

Read the full story here via NPR.


Statik Selektah feat. Styles P, Saigon, & Jared Evan - New York, New York

Statik Selektah keeps things moving with some more new music from his forthcoming album, Population Control, in stores on October 24th. This time around Statik enlists veteran rappers Styles P and Saigon, as well as some smooth vocals from Jared Evan.


Drake feat. Lil Wayne - The Real Her

Just a day after turning in his sophomore album Take Care, we are treated to "The Real Her," one of the more anticipated tracks off Drake's new LP. "The Real Her" features raps from Lil Wayne and production by StreetRunner. The revised scheduled release date for Take Care is now November 15th.

Download: Drake feat. Lil Wayne - The Real Her


Buckshot, Smif N Wessun, & Promise - Run To Remember

Earlier this year Dru Ha (co-owner of Duck Down Music) lost his Father to a 10 year battle with Alzheimer's. In his Father's honor, Dru Ha announced that he will be running the ING New York City Marathon on November 6th in an effort to raise donations & awareness about the horrific disease that affects over 5 million people in the United States alone. To date, Dru Ha has raised over $10,000 in donations.

Duck Down artists, Buckshot, Smif N Wessun, Promise & Double-O, of Kidz In The Hall, dedicated their time to creating an original song, "Run To Remember," in recognition of Dru Ha running the NYC Marathon. Double-O produced the track.


J.A.E - XO

Here is some brand new heat from Brooklyn spitter J.A.E and producers 78 West, entitled "XO." This is the latest single off J.A.E's new project Just My Time, set to drop on November 15th.

Download: J.A.E. - XO


Ro Spit feat. Fat Ray, Black Milk, Fatt Father, Guilty Simpson, & Marv Won - Detroit 101

From Ro Spit's forthcoming Glass Ceiling project, the Michigan rapper lets loose his latest single, aptly titled "Detroit 101." This heat-rock features some major star-power from the Great Lakes state including Black Milk, Guilty Simpson, Marv Won, Fat Ray, and Fatt Father. Glass Ceiling is scheduled for release on October 25th, so make you sure you mark your calendar and support Detroit music by copping the album.

Download: Ro Spit feat. Fat Ray, Black Milk, Fatt Father, Guilty Simpson, & Marv Won - Detroit 101

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