February 29, 2012

Melanie Fiona - This Time ft. J. Cole

Melanie Fiona gets some help from her Roc Nation label-mate J. Cole for this new single off her upcoming album, The MF Life, due out March 20th.

Jon Connor - Broken Mirrors [Video]

Off Jon Connor's The Salvation album that's out now.

Previous: Jon Connor Freestyle on Toca Tuesdays [Video]

Gorillaz - DoYaThing ft. Andre 3000 & James Murphy [Video]

Three of the most influential artists of our generations join forces for this collaboration sponsored by Converse. It's pretty cool to see a cartoonized 3 Stacks and even cooler to get a dope, rare verse from him.

Rita Ora - How We Do (Party) x R.I.P. ft. Tinie Tempah

Meet Hov's newest Roc Nation signee: Rita Ora. He announced the signing of the 21-year-old British pop star last week on New York's Z100 radio station and debuted her first Biggie-inspired single, 'How We Do (Party)'. Now we have her newest single featuring Tinie Tempah that was actually written by Drake. Is it possible that Jay-Z may have another Rihanna caliber artist on his roster? Let us know what you think.

Chiddy Bang Speaks On 'Breakfast' [Video]

As part of Muve Music Sessions' video series, Chiddy Bang broke down the making of their new album that dropped yesterday, Breakfast. The Philly duo has given us quite a good amount of free music over the past few years, so do them (and yourself) a favor and go cop that now.

Previous: Chiddy Bang - Zeros

February 28, 2012

Curren$y & Styles P - #The1st28 [FreEP]

Damn, this one really came out of nowhere. After releasing an EP in the beginning of the month and an album in the middle of the month, Curren$y has now released a collaborative EP with Styles P. There are very few artists in hip hop that work as hard as this dude. Here are 5 new tracks with features from Fiend, Daz, and Deelow. Hit the jump for the tracklist and download link.

Previous: Curren$y - Livin' [Video] x Point of View ft. Berner

Miguel - Art Dealer Chic Vol. 1 [FreEP]

After singing the hook for one of my favorite tracks of 2011, R&B singer Miguel is looking to start off 2012 with a bang. He'll be dropping off free mini projects, such as this one, in the following months leading up to the release of his sophomore album. Hit the jump for the tracklist and download link.

Previous: Wale - Lotus Flower Bomb ft. Miguel [Live on Conan]

Chip Tha Ripper - The Jam ft. Casey Veggies

Didn't know that artists could "turn down" the XXL Freshman cover, but apparently that's what Chip did when XXL came to him for the honor. Whether it's true or not, the list seems to have lost most of its credibility so this could be a better move for him in the long run. We'll have to wait and see. In the meantime, check out this Casey Veggies assisted cut with a Cam'ron sampled hook.

Previous: Chip Tha Ripper - Tell Ya Friends [Mixtape]

Action Bronson - Nothing To Worry About

Action Bronson spitting bars over a Peter Bjorn and John track? I think I've heard it all now. This is just a little something to  hold us over until he drops some music with his new super hip hop collective.

Previous: Action Bronson & Statik Selektah - Cirque Du Soleil [Video]

Slaughterhouse - Hammer Dance (prod. AraabMUZIK)

I think G.O will agree with me when I say that the Slaughterhouse crew has a lot to prove with their upcoming second album, welcome to: OUR HOUSE. Take a listen as Joe Budden, Royce da 5'9", Crooked I, and Joell Ortiz go in over a AraabMUZIK beat for their newest single. What more do you need to know?

Previous: Slaughterhouse - The Illest

ScHoolboy Q - Druggys WitH Hoes Again ft. Ab-Soul [Video]

One of the rising stars of the TDE crew drops yet another video for a track off his Habits & Contradictions album that's out now. This one features another Black Hippy member, Ab-Soul. This one's gotta get you going.

Previous: ScHoolboy Q - NigHtmare On Figg St. [Video]

Jon Connor Freestyle on Toca Tuesdays [Video]

For the past two years, Jon Connor has been murdering freestyles all over radio shows across the country. It's a damn shame to see him get snubbed from that XXL Freshman List among many other artists. I'm pretty sure I should just be focusing on getting my own list off of my chest before every post I do turns into a complaint at this point.

Previous: Jon Connor - The Blue Album [Mixtape]

KiD CuDi Throws Shots At His "Weak Ass" Label

For the two of you out there that may have gone out to buy a hard copy of KiD CuDi's newest side project, WZRD, at your local major music store (Best Buy, FYE, etc.), you may have been disappointed to see that there weren't any on the shelves. Here's your answer why.
"Ok so just a heads up, my weak ass label only shipped 55k physicals cuz they treated this like some indie side project tax right off. So i apologize on behalf of my weak ass major label. And I apologize for the lack of promo, again, my weak ass major label. They tried to rush me thru this so i can just give em another MOTM, but guess what? Fuck that, next album is WZRD. MOTM3 on hold til 2014. who mad??? not me and @DotDaGenius :) So its def gonna be tough to find one in the stores guys, I’m sorry about that. I gotta go out and find one too, becuz my weak ass label never even gave us a copy of our own album. FAIL!!! Im lettin Universal Republic have it, fuck it. What they gon’ do, spank me?? hahahaha. Ok let me go out here and try and find my album y’all. Enjoy the jams!! Play them LOUD. Upset your parents and the neighborhood :) peace" - Scott Mescudi
I prefer buying the hard copy myself, but the record can also be purchased today on iTunes for those of you out there that can't bare to wait any longer. You can also hit the jump to check out some behind the scenes footage of CuDi and Dot speaking about making the album.

Previous: Kid Cudi - Dose of Dopeness (prod. Dot Da Genius)

XXL Freshman Class of 2012 Announced

Let the debating begin. You'll have our answer to the cover as soon as we can get it to you. In the meantime, hit the jump to give us your opinion on how XXL did this year with their picks. We're expecting a lot of disappointment from most...

February 27, 2012

Boldy James - Consignment: Favor for a Favor, The Redi-Rock Mixtape

Boldy James' follow-up mixtape to last year's Trapper's Alley: Pros & Cons is finally upon us. Not your ordinary "trap rapper", Boldy takes his drug rap lyrics to a whole new level on this dope project. Consignment is loaded with 26 tracks of material with features and production from Sir Michael Rocks, YG, Blended Babies, Chuck Inglish, The O'My's, and many more. Hit the jump for the full tracklist and download.

Previous: Boldy James - Consignment

Ski Beatz - Blu Tops [FreEP]

Less than two weeks after the release of his newest segment of the 24 Hour Karate School album series, Ski Beatz is responsible for the production on all five tracks on this Blu Tops EP that also features Cam'ron, Vado, & McKenzie Eddy. Hit the jump for the tracklist and full download.


Bei Maejor - Special

Here's one last track from Bei Maejor's upcoming Upscale EP before it's finally released this Wednesday. With track's like 'Light Down Low' and 'The Truth' already scheduled to be on that project, it's shaping up to be a great follow-up to his MAEJORmaejor release of 2011.

Previous: Bei Maejor - Trouble (remix) ft. Wale, T-Pain, Trey Songz, & J. Cole

Bon Iver - Towers [Video]

This is just the type of video we would expect out of a new single from Bon Iver. Fresh off their "Best New Artist" Grammy award, Justin Vernon will release the single on March 6th or you can find it on their highly-praised, self-titled album, Bon Iver, that was released in 2011.

February 26, 2012

Chiddy Bang - Zeros

This past Friday, Chiddy Bang took to the stage of Jay Leno's show to perform their single, 'Ray Charles', in promotion of their recently released album, Breakfast. To keep the hype rolling, they also released a new cut called 'Zeros' that didn't make the final mix of the album. We'll see soon enough how the album's sales have been doing in the past week as it was released digitally on Tuesday and the number should be rolling in at the beginning of the week. Hard copies of the album hit stores tomorrow.

XV - The L7 Motto ft. Sez Batters [Video]

Vizzy has some fun with Drake's instrumental as he comes up with his own motto. L7: Love, life, loyalty, and living long like legends. I always said that XV needed that viral track/slogan to get his campaign really going. Could this be it?

Previous: XV - Batteries ft. Trae The Truth [Video]

Outasight - Tonight Is The Night (Timeflies remix) [Video]

As difficult as it is to remix a Top 40 hit, we all know that Timeflies is capable of extraordinary things. Take a listen to this dope spin they put on our man Outasight's current radio smash. The outcome is a completely original sound compared to that of the first version. That is how you make a remix.

Previous: Timeflies - Alcohol [Video]

Joe Budden - Climax (remix)

Jumpoff Joey continues his slaughter of other people's beats with this remix to Usher's newest single. You better believe that new Slaughterhouse album is gonna be huge when it finally drops this year.

Previous: Slaughterhouse - She Will Freestyle

Teyana Taylor - D.U.I. ft. Fabolous & Jadakiss

The lords of the R&B features jump on this Teyana Taylor track to complete her new single. For those not familiar with Teyana's work, think 'Christmas In Harlem' chorus. Wouldn't be surprised to hear some more from her on the upcoming G.O.O.D. Music compilation album. Track produced by Hit-Boy.

Curren$y - Livin' [Video] x Point Of View ft. Berner

Spitta drops the new video for a track off his most recent freEP, Here. You can also check out a featured verse from him on a Berner track that was recently released.

Previous: Curren$y - Muscle Car Chronicles [Album]

Diggy - 88 ft. Jadakiss [Video]

As much as I hate to actually like this kid..he kills it. And if you have a feature from Kiss, then you're pretty ok in my book. Check out the official video to this single off Diggy's upcoming album Unexpected Arrival, out March 30th.

Previous: Diggy Simmons - Copy, Paste [Video]

February 22, 2012

G-Eazy - Marilyn ft. Dominique LeJeune

While G-Eazy has been busy doing shows with Outasight and Zak! Downtown, he had some extra time to record this new Marilyn Monroe inspired track with fellow New Orleans native Dominique LeJeune. According to G-Eazy, the track is a very personal one to him as it talks about the highs and lows of a tense relationship. You can expect a video for this track to be dropping very soon.


Ro Ransom - Sorry Ms. Ransom

You probably could have guessed from the title, but take a listen as Ro Ransom kills the classic Outkast instrumental. Ro continues to impress with his new stuff after he had taken such a long break from dropping music.

Previous: Ro Ransom - Let's Try This Again

Timeflies - Alcohol [Video]

Timeflies takes it to the local bar and flips Jamie Foxx's track for the newest installment of Timeflies Tuedays.

Previous: Timeflies - Under The Sea [Video]

Spree Wilson - Rare Moments

Already three leaks into his upcoming project, The Spark, and Spree Wilson is already leaving us wanting more. That release just can't come soon enough.
“‘Rare Moments’ is the closest I’ve ever come musically to my Nashville roots,” Wilson tells American Songwriter. “Growing up in Nashville, I’ve been a fan of country music, with songwriters like Johnny Cash and Gram Parsons being my absolute favorites. In some crazy way it’s probably my own little tribute to them. As for songwriting, I absolutely love a strong melody, so I always start with that first. The majority of the time it dictates the mood of the song and the lyrics. For me, songwriting is always unpredictable, so I never go in knowing exactly what is going to come out. It’s almost spiritual in that way … like going to church on Sunday and catching the Holy Ghost.”
Previous: Spree Wilson - Sharpshooter [Lyric Video]

B.J. The Chicago Kid - The World Is A Ghetto ft. Kendrick Lamar

These two have some amazing musical connection when they get together on a track. This one comes straight off B.J.'s Pineapple Now-Laters album that just recently dropped. Would be pretty dope to see these two put together an EP.

Previous: B.J. The Chicago Kid - His Pain ft. Kendrick Lamar

Jon Connor - The Blue Album [Mixtape]

Serious late pass on this new Jon Connor project that dropped on Valentine's Day, but there was no way I was going to completely leave out a Jon Connor project in which he takes on Jay-Z's classic 6th studio album. Hit the jump for the tracklist and download.

Previous: Jon Connor - Best In The World

Logic - The Spotlight [Video]

Young Sinatra just spazzed on this new track. The DMV area continues to spit out dope rappers and Maryland-born Logic is absolutely no exception. If his Young Sinatra mixtape didn't make you a fan, then 'The Spotlight' and whatever other project he's got cooking up next certainly will.

Previous: Logic - Young Sinatra III [Video]

Jared Evan - Kill Me (prod. !llmind) [Video]

With already two monster singles and music videos down, Jared Evan's upcoming The 4th Chamber EP is shaping up to be killer. Jared's another one of those genre stretching artists that has the ability to reach out to so many different fans of music. That characteristic of sound makes it very possible to see him blow up in the near future.

Previous: Jared Evan - Traffic Light (prod. !llmind) [Video]

Emilio Rojas - Stay Schemin' Freestyle [Video]

Emilio goes HAM over Rozay's monster of a beat. Has anybody not taken their shots at this instrumental yet? Damn, I feel like even I should give it a try...not. Make sure you go check out his Breaking Point mixtape if you haven't done so already.

Previous: Emilio Rojas - One Last Time ft. Emanny [Video]

Ester Dean - Gimme Money ft. Nicki Minaj

Here's a little knowledge for you: Ester Dean wrote Nicki Minaj's 'Super Bass' single. Also, doesn't this track seem a bit too much like 'Starships'? I think I've said enough.

Previous: Nicki Minaj - Dirty Money (Unreleased) x Freestyle [Video]

Slaughterhouse - She Will Freestyle

Is there any doubt that this group contains 4 of the best MCs out? Is there any doubt that Eminem is a genius for signing these guys when almost no one else would? Is there any doubt that this is much better than the original?

Cris Cab - Rihanna's Gun ft. Wycelf & Mavado [Video]

Cris hits us with the visual from a killer track off Echo Boom. The video features tour and studio footage that showcase Cris in concert. This kid is going to be a big deal people, figure it out.

Previous: Cris Cab Performs Cover Of Sublime's 'What I Got' [Video]

Ughmerica - No Swag ft. Clinton Sparks (Rocwell S & Volkan Saki remix) [Video]

If you didn't already download Clinton Sparks' My Awesome Mixtape 2, then you're missing out on one of the greatest party mixes of the entire year. This dance remix to Ughmerica's 'No Swag' is just a small part of what you can expect of Clinton Sparks' appropriately titled project. So go download it now and thank us later.

Previous: Clinton Sparks - My Awesome Mixtape 2 [Mixtape]

J. Cole - Grew Up Fast

In celebration of hitting two million followers on his Twitter machine, J. Cole blesses us with this new track. New Cole verses have been few and far between since the release of Cole World: The Sideline Story, so take advantage of this free download.

Previous: J. Cole & Big K.R.I.T. Touring Together

Odd Future - The OF Tape Vol. 2 [Artwork & Tracklist]

After the release of their newest music video last night, the Odd Future crew is getting ready for the release of their next album, The OF Tape Vol. 2, on March 20th. Above is the official artwork and you can hit the jump to check the full tracklist of the project.

Previous: Domo Genesis - Ground Up ft. Wiz Khalifa

3 New Wiz Khalifa Tracks

A bunch of random Wiz tracks have hit the internets in the past few hours. Something tells me we'll be hearing a lot more from Mr. Amber Rose in the next few days as we grow closer to the release to his upcoming mixtape, Taylor Allderdice.

Wiz Khalifa - Morocco
Juicy J - Cup ft. Wiz Khalifa & Chevy Woods
Chevy Woods - Home Run ft. Wiz Khalifa

February 21, 2012

2012 Governor's Ball Lineup Annouced

The second annual Governor's Ball Music Festival will be taking place on the weekend of June 23rd and 24th. The two day festival will include artists such as Atmosphere, Duck Sauce, Santigold, and many more. Hit the jump to check the full lineup by days.

Previous: 2012 Coachella Lineup Announced

moe. - Downward Facing Dog

For over 20 years these boys from Buffalo, NY have been jammin' their faces off purely for the love of the game. Well, guess what folks? They ain't done yet. Moe. has just released their 15th studio album titled What Happened To The La La's. Check out this brand spankin' new upbeat, free spirited, classic sounding track titled 'Downward Facing Dog'.

Fistful Of Mercy - Buckets Of Rain (Bob Dylan Cover)

To honor one of the great folk artists of all time dozens of musicians including Fistful Of Mercy were gathered to celebrate the legendary Bob Dylan. Artists such as Dave Matthews Band, State Radio, Maroon 5, Elvis Costello, and even Ke$ha are featured on this tribute album titled Chimes Of Freedom: The Songs Of Bob Dylan. Here is just a taste of what the album has in store with Fistful of Freedom performing 'Buckets Of Rain'.

Hodgy Beats, Domo Genesis, & Tyler, The Creator - Rella [Video]

Here's the first look at Odd Future's upcoming mixtape. They're certainly going to some extreme weirdness with this one. Look for the tape to drop on March 20th.

Previous: Tony Hawk Speaks With Tyler, The Creator [Video]

February 20, 2012

Chris Brown - Turn Up The Music (remix) ft. Rihanna

The rumors have been floating around for quite some time and now the official return of Breezy and RiRi is here with the remix of Chris Brown's newest single. Next up is the remix to Rihanna's 'Birthday Cake' track.

Previous: Chris Brown - Turn Up The Music [Video]

B.o.B - So Good (prod. Ryan Tedder)

Even though Bobby Ray's sophomore album has been pushed back, he just let go of his newest single 'So Good'. This track has that classic B.o.B sound and is getting us really excited for Strange Clouds to finally drop on May 1st. Head on over to iTunes later tonight to cop this new single.

Update: 'So Good' is now available on iTunes.

Previous: B.o.B - Rack City Freestyle [Video]

Evans Blue - Halo

The Ontario born alternative rock quartet are just putting the finishing touches on their fourth studio album titled Graveyard Of Empires. The album is set to grace our presence April 17th of this year. These guys will most definitely get your blood pumpin'. Check out their first single titled "Halo".

Shakira Signs To Roc Nation Management

Her hips don't lie and neither do we. According to XXL, Shakira has become the newest superstar under the Roc Nation management watch. This is great news for the already worldwide phenom as she takes another path into her music career.

N.O.R.E. - Lehhhgooo ft. Busta Rhymes, Game, & Waka Flocka

No idea how it took so long for somebody to flip this Chris Brown sample since it seems like nearly everybody says "Lehhhgooo" nowadays.  That sh*t got annoying fast, but this track is actually pretty dope despite having a Waka Flocka feature.

B.J. The Chicago Kid - Good Luv'n [Video]

Maybe it's just his affiliation with TDE, but this dude is slowly becoming one of my favorite R&B artists. His Pineapple Now-Laters album will be a monster when it finally drops tonight at midnight.

Previous: B.J. The Chicago Kid - I Want You Back [Video]

Nicki Minaj - Dirty Money (Unreleased) x Freestyle [Video]

"Damn, look at the state of hip hop. What's going on?!". Those were some of the last words spoken by Nicki in this video after she had just finished killing an on the spot freestyle. To answer your question Nicki, you're the problem. She used to be a hard femcee from Queens that many knew for her appearances on the Come Up DVD series. Now she's turned into a fake hip hop pop icon that is loosely labeled a rapper. Stop being Barbie or Roman and start being Nicki. It's a damn shame to see what some people will do to their credibility to become rich and famous.

You can also hit the jump to check out what Waka Flocka had to say about Nicki's Grammy performance. Spoiler alert: the word "Illuminati" is thrown around.

Previous: Nicki Minaj - Starships

Kendrick Lamar & Danny Brown Cover The Fader Magazine

Two very different, yet equally dope rappers will be blessing the cover of The Fader magazine's upcoming issue. You can go check out Kendrick's and Danny's cover stories right now and be sure to pick up the issue when it hits newsstands.

Kate Upton x Vonnegutt [Video]

Even though the music video for Vonnegutt's lead single isn't supposed to be dropping until March, I think that this "unofficial video" will do just fine...

Tyga's Album Is Rumored To Be Recalled

Just a day before it's scheduled to be released, Tyga's Careless World: Rise Of The Last King album is reportedly being recalled on a count of a Martin Luther King Jr. speech sample that was not properly cleared. Although Tyga has reported no official push back on his Twitter machine, if the rumors prove to be true then the reshipping and processing of the album could take quite some more time. Shouts to The Source.

Previous: Tyga - Rack City (remix) ft. Wale, Fabolous, Young Jeezy, Meek Mill, & T.I.

August Alsina - Party & Bullsh*t ft. CyHi Da Prynce [Video]

Not too familiar with what an August Alsina is, but at just 18 years old he could be the next big thing in R&B. The New Orleans representer links up with G.O.O.D. Music's CyHi Da Prynce for this smooth track with a 'Jazzy Belle' sample. Be on the lookout for his upcoming mixtape, The Product, to drop soon.

Previous: CyHi Da Prynce - Cold As Ice [Video]

KiD CuDi - Dose Of Dopeness (prod. Dot Da Genius)

Just eight days away from the release of CuDi and Dot Da Genius' collab WZRD album and this cut that didn't make the album's final tracklisting has recently surfaced. For more previews of the new album, head over to DatNewCudi to check out samples of each track.

Previous: KiD CuDi Announces WZRD EP

MTV's 2012 Hottest MCs In The Game

Debate on the Top 2 Spots

Each year, a group of MTV panelists sit down to discuss who they think the hottest MC in the game is and each year the final list of top ten candidates are scrutinized by just about everybody. While the list doesn't always necessarily contain the most talented artists out there, they certainly do a great job of ranking the "hottest" artists. Which I guess is what it's all about, right? After all, this may be the only list we'll ever see again where the names Jay-Z and Meek Mill are placed right next to each other. This year the crown when to Maybach Music Group leader Ricky Ross. "M-M-M-Maybach Music". Need I say more?

Hit the jump to check out the full top ten list and make sure you hit the comments section to let us know who your top ten is.

SOJA - Sonic Live Jacob Hemphill Interview

SOJA frontman Jacob Hemphill sits down with Allison Hagendorf from Sonic Live and talks influences, Facebook, and even some folk. Check it out.

Previous: SOJA - Don't Worry

Chris Cornell - I Will Always Love You (Whitney Houston Cover) [Live]

From avid fans to gritty grunge frontmen, Whitney Houston has touched the lives of music fans throughout the world. Houston had a voice that was bold and uplifting and it truly is a tragedy in losing this wonderful talent. Here is Chris Cornell's tribute to the late great Whitney Houston.

Previous: Chris Cornell - The Keeper

Styles P - Exhibit A Freestyle [Video]

After getting the mp3 earlier last month, The Ghost is back with a video to go along with his newest freestyle. Looking forward to hearing much more from SP in 2012.

Introducing Rap Supergroup "M.A.R.S" (Cormega, Action Bronson, Roc Marciano, & Saigon) [Video]

Some of the most raw rappers in the game are coming together to form a powerhouse of a group. M.A.R.S., made up of Mega, Action Roc, and Saigon, are getting ready to drop their first single (produced by Large Professor) and music video very soon. You're not gonna wanna miss this one.

Previous: Saigon - Warning Shots 3: One Foot In The Grave [Mixtape]

Wale - Slight Work ft. Big Sean [Video]

One of many stand-out tracks from Wale Folarin's sophomore album gets the music video treatment. An interesting note about this video: it was directed by Chris Brown. Whoa! What's the next video everyone would like to see from Ambition?

Previous: Wale - Lotus Flower Bomb ft. Miguel [Live on Conan]

Chuuwee & J.Good - Sacramento Cypher [Video]

Two of the nicest up and comers now were recently part of this "Sacramento Freshmen 2011 Cypher" that included some other young rappers coming out of Sac-town. I knew Sacramento had hella talent, but really had no idea that it ran this deep. Damn.

Previous: Chuuwee - Watching The Throne [Video]

February 17, 2012

Mick Boogie & Terry Urban Present: Obamify!

Ever wonder what kind of music our president listens to? Well, President Barack Obama (or more likely an intern) just recently published his first playlist on Spotify. The list contains music from artists such as U2, Al Green, No Doubt, Aretha Franklin, Florence & The Machine, and many more. Since the flow of the tracks didn't make sense at some points, Mick Boogie and Terry Urban decided it would sound better if the tracks were actually mixed together. Result: almost 30 continuous minutes of Obamified music.

Outasight - Snowstorm Music Tour (Episode 1) [Video]

Check out what Outasight has been up to behind the scenes of his current tour with Gym Class Heroes and T-Pain.

Previous: The Catch Up: Outasight [Mix]

Atmosphere - Became [Video]

Hit the jump to watch the video

Creativity at its finest. Atmosphere's story-telling adventure from their latest album, The Family Sign, is finally put into some visuals. Check out the awesome project put together in collaboration with the Minnesota School of Business, MTS Digital Media Academy, and many more.

Previous: Behind The Scenes Documentary of Atmosphere's 'Became' Music Video [Video]

Boldy James - Consignment

The concreature is busy working on the follow-up project to his incredibly slept on Trapper's Alley: Pros & Cons mixtape that he dropped all the way back in May. 'Consignment' is the title track to the new LP and shows off the fresh street style that Boldy showed off in his first. Just like Trapper's Alley, Consignment: Favor for A Favor (Redi-Rock Mixtape) will contain incredible production features from the likes of Blended Babies, Chuck Inglish, and more. Look for the full project to drop on February 27th.

Previous: Boldy James - What's The Goodie Bag (prod. Exile) [Video]

Robin Thicke Arrested For Possession

The famous Grammy award winning American-Canadian R&B singer has been making it onto posts here for all the wrong reasons. Yesterday, he was cuffed in NYC for possession of marijuana. No details on exactly how much, but he will receive a desk appearance ticket in the upcoming days. We'll keep you updated.

Jason Mraz - I Won't Give Up [Video]

Ok, so you've all figured out that I'm bored at work, so I'm overloading you with posts! This one is the new video for Mraz from his newest project, which received a title and release date: Love Is a Four Letter Word will hit stores on April 17.

Usher - Climax

I don't know how we missed this release from Usher Raymond on Valentine's Day. He keeps his streak going of working with the biggest names in dance music with this track produced by famed DJ Diplo. 'Climax' is full of sexual and relationship innuendos perfect for the holiday. The R&B track features a very electronicy/dubby beat that's expected from a Diplo track.

Previous: David Guetta - Without You ft. Usher [Video]

Chris Brown - Turn Up The Music [Video]

After performing the new single from Fortune just last weekend, CB releases a music video for the track. The video is pretty standard Chris Brown work; He gets drunk, goes to the club, and ends with dance sequences like only he can...Not even one hint of someone who looks like Rihanna in HIS new video *Hi Rihanna*, but there is a rumor going around that Brown will be featured on the official remix of Rihanna's track 'Cake' from her latest album. BE careful RiRi, we don't want you turning into the next Whitney and Chri..I mean Bobby Brown. (too soon?)

Previous: Chris Brown - Mona Lisa ft. Kevin McCall

Wiz Khalifa - My Favorite Song ft. Juicy J

Wiz is finally back with some new music off his upcoming Taylor Allderdice mixtape. 'My Favorite Song' features recent Taylor Gang signee Juicy J and will be found on the new project when it finally drops.

Previous: Domo Genesis - Ground Up ft. Wiz Khalifa

The Cool Kids - Rush Hour Traffic [Video]

Hit the jump to watch the video

One of many stand-out tracks from Mikey and Chuck's last album, When Fish Ride Bicycles, finally gets its own music video. Not only does this track have that standard Cool Kids sound, but these visuals seem to match their music perfectly. Take a look as they cruise around their home city of Chicago.

Previous: Buddy - Agitated ft. Sir Michael Rocks (prod. Chuck Inglish)

February 16, 2012

Jared Evan - Kill Me (Behind The Scenes) [Video]

Another video for an !llmind-produced Jared Evan track is on its way. For now, check out some of the behind the scenes footage from the shoot. His forthcoming project, The 4th Chapter, is coming soon!

Previous: Jared Evan - Kill Me (prod. !llmind)

Skyzoo: Friends With Words [Video]

To help start off their new "Friends With Words" series, Karmaloop reaches out to the incredible Brooklyn emcee Skyzoo. For this series, the featured rappers are given 12 words on slips of paper and are asked to add those words to a freestyle on the spot. I think it was good choice letting Skyzoo go first to set the bar high. We're interested to see who they bring on next. Who would you like to see take their try at this?

Previous: Skyzoo - Could've Struck The Lotto [Video]

J. Cole & Big K.R.I.T. Touring Together

J. Cole is teaming up with Big K.R.I.T. for Reverb's Campus Consciousness Tour Series. Starting April 11th, the tour will hit 13 schools across the country in an effort to raise awareness about environmental impact. Read the full description below and hit the jump to see what schools they'll be visiting.
Half tour, half environmental campaign, CCT aims to inspire and activate students in an electric atmosphere while leaving a positive impact on each community the tour visits. In addition to educating and mobilizing students, the tour includes many greening elements and is run to have a minimal environmental footprint.
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Erick Sermon - Breath Of Fresh Air [Mixtape]

Oh, Erick Sermon is making a comeback?! Time for him to help put Long Island back on the map. This new 23-track project includes features from Method Man, Redman, Rick Ross, KRS-One, and more. Hit the jump for the tracklist and download.

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Damian Marley - Affairs Of The Heart [Video]

Even though Jr. Gong's new single dropped on Valentine's Day, we figured it would be more appropriate to wait until two days later when the video dropped to share it with y'all. This track is now available for download on iTunes. Now lets hear more about that Distant Relatives 2, huh?

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Sidewalk Chalk - Water Song [Video]

It's not too often anymore that you can compare hip-hop music to poetry, but this Chicago-based crew is finally bringing that idea back. Their jazzy/hip-hop/pop mix creates a sound that is easily listenable for any kind of music fan. This track will be featured on their upcoming Corner Store project that we know we're gonna have to give a listen to when it drops on March 6th.

Luke Christopher - Pretend We're In Love [Video]

Not only is the young Luke Christopher a great multi-dimensional artist, but he also has a great team behind him promoting his music and making music videos like this that could help make him the next big thing. For a catch-up on some of his music before he hits it big, check out his most recent mixtape, Building Skies.

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Redman - I Just Don't Give A F**k Freestyle

If you asked Eminem, he would tell you that Redman is right at the top of the list of best rappers of all-time. Proof: Eminem's second verse on 'Til I Collapse'. Em raps "I got a list here's the order of my list that it's in. It goes, Reggie, Jay-Z, Tupac and Biggie, Andre from OutKast, Jada, Kurupt, Nas and then me." Reggie meaning Redman, there's no denying that Red's music had a huge influence on Em's career. Now take a listen as Reggie pays homage to one of Marshall's tracks from his debut album.

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Pete Rock & Smif N Wessun - Top of the World ft. Memphis Bleek [Video]

Probably my favorite song off my favorite album of the year. SNW & Pete Rock collab with Memphis Bleek for the visuals for what I'm calling the hottest track from Monumental.

Young Mel - Melroy Jetson

Local talent Young Mel hits us with a new track, produced by Ballistik Beatz. Melroy Jetson, a clever play on the 90's cartoon, is a track filled with anything but a cartoon feel. Mel kills it bar after bar...of course. The stock on this kid is rising and if you haven't already, it's time to buy in.

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Jo Budden & Joell Ortiz - Stay Schemin [Freestyle]

One half of the Slaughterhouse crew has at the Rozay beat. Although they did with in seperate freestyles, you can't help but feel like they were in the studio writing these together. Enjoy both freestyles as we await the newest Slaughterhouse project set to drop May 15th.

Affion Crockett - The Serenade [Video]

Some late night comedy entertainment for those of you still up. Affion Crockett is out to prove that chivalry is not dead (Dave Chappelle would disagree) by trying to serenade a woman. Like usual, his impressions are spot on. This time he takes on John Legend, Chris Brown, Trey Songz, and more.

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February 15, 2012

KiD CuDi Announces WZRD EP

Since the full-length WZRD album was pushed back to a February 28th release, we've heard nothing but good news from CuDi and Dot Da Genius including the second single, 'Teleport 2 Me, Jamie'. During Monday night's WZRD LP listening party, Cudi announced that another 5-track EP would be released sometime during the Spring or Summer.
“We are doing an EP already and it’s going to be coming out in a couple months,” Cudi told the crowd. “We just can’t stop making records. I made a new record the other day that’s really, really, really phenomenal. So we’re gonna put out this five-track EP just to fuckin’ put out some jams.” While Dot added, “The EP is gonna be great. Expect greatness.”
 Too soon to say if this is good news or bad news since we haven't heard enough material from the duo's first album, but at least we know that CuDi is serious about this new sound.

Curren$y - Muscle Car Chronicles [Album]

There was a lot of buzz around Curren$y's Muscle Car Chronicles album during the late summer months, but the talk seemingly dropped off out of nowhere and discussion about the album ceased. Now months later, he dropped the album on iTunes yesterday in a move that you would only expect from someone like Curren$y. With all of the free music he's given us over the year, like his most recent Here EP, head on over to iTunes to support Spitta's newest album.

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