Monday, June 30, 2014

Saigon - "Blown Away" - {Video}

Saigon's single Blown Away is off his album The Greatest Story Never Told - Chapter 2: Bread and Circuse just one of his few gems on the LP, you can get it here.  This single is just a glimpse to what you can expect on the album it is truly dope and politically correct.  You have to give credit and respect to the few artist who rap about real political issues.  We all know these kind of topics do not yield huge profits which is why major labels will not sign artist like Saigon. Artist like him will continue to be underground if we change out mental perspective on life.  Because selling a million units to a million idiots only benefits major corporations while our culture continue on a downward sparrow. 

Sunday, June 29, 2014

KRS-ONE - "Disaster Kit" - {Video}

The legend himself KRS-ONE has a single called Disaster Kit, produced by none other than Mad LionKRS-One is really dropping some knowledge on this new release preparing the hood for a possible apocalypse type situation. Here he explains it in his own words. "This is an opportunity to show the world what Hip Hop is capable of. This is joint is about knowledge and survival; I truly hope the world benefits from his words. By memorizing the lyrics of this song, you at least prepare yourself with a mental checklist against natural and man-made disasters." -KRS-ONE

Friday, June 27, 2014

Slaughterhouse - "Goodbye" - {Video}

 Slaughterhouse‘s Boi-1da produced “Goodbye” was by far my favourite track on the supergroup’s debut album, Welcome To: Our House. The song is about saying “goodbye” to loved ones- Joe Budden to the identical twins he was supposed to have with Esther Baxter;  Crooked I to the uncle who helped bring him up; and Ortiz to his late grandmother- and the different experiences of loss are movingly rendered by all three rappers.
The video pretty much functions as a reconstruction of each verse, alternating between shots of the trio sitting with relatives or partners by hospital beds and close-ups as they recount their individual stories in an empty hospital corridor. The most abstract thing about it is the decision to employ a beautiful angel of death (I don’t think it’s the vocalist herself) to act out the sampled chorus. Whilst her attire might seem a little bit fancy-dress, her appearance brings a new lease of life to the deathly hook. Indeed,when she appears rather ghoulishly in the foreground as Joell consoles his young son in the background, it’s hard not to be won over to the device. Alongside that shot, the shattering of the ultrasound image of Budden’s lost twins is also a true tug on your emotions.  Checkout the video below

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Phoniks Presents "Summer Nights" - (Jay-Z - "Change Clothes") Remixtape Series Vol VI) - {Audio}

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Phoniks is a HipHop producer from Portland, Maine known for his vintage-90's boom bap production style and melodic jazz and soul samples. The 23-year old producer has released three full-length albums, 2013's "Return to the Golden Era" with Emcee Awon, 2014's "Stories from the Brass Section" with Anti Lilly and "Dephacation" with Awon & Dephlow. As well as a series of 6 remix tapes between 2011-2014. 

Six weeks after producing the collaborative effort "Dephacation" with Virginia Emcee's Awon & Dephlow, the sleepless Portland, Maine Beatsmith Phoniks releases a new 8-track remix tape for free download through his website. Known for his classic boom bap sound Phoniks is closing out a year long run that has seen him rise out of complete obscurity last July to produce 3 full-length albums and 4 mix tapes, amassing millions of Soundcloud plays and several Bandcamp chart toppers in the process.

"Summer Nights" is an upbeat collection of 8 remixes featuring tracks like Jay-Z's "Change Clothes" and Nas "Thief's Theme" given new life through the use of swinging jazz and funk rhythms. The album is being released as a free download on June 21st to celebrate the first day of Summer and should become a fan favorite for HipHop heads looking for new Summer cruising music.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Jack Thriller Presents: "16 Or Better" Cypher EP14 (Ft. Leon Marin, Hommy Hom, Ayodele, William Wilson, & Cancun) - {Video}

Need I say more, for those who don't know HipHop music started in the Cypher on the block.  It has evolved into to more sub-genres than I can name.  But when it's all said and done the Cypher separates the REal Emcees from the wannabes.  Checkout the video below and watch Leon Marin, Hommy Hom, Ayodele, William Wilson along with Cancun rip the Mic.  If you are a Emcee don't be shy go to test your skills, the contact info is above.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

City of God 10 Years Later Documentary - {Video}

 It’s hard to believe that City of God, one of my favorite films of all time, is already 12 years old. Back in 2002 the film entered the spotlight out of nowhere, quickly acquiring the attention of both critics and audiences alike. An ode to some of the tragic occurrences in the favelas of Brazil, the film, directed by Fernando Meirelles, centered on two friends growing up in a violent part of Rio de Janiero who end up following different paths, one becoming a photographer and the other becoming a drug dealer.
One of the most endearing aspects of the film was its gritty realism, largely in part due to the fact that the majority of the cast were from real favelas and weren't professionally trained actors. When the film was released and gained critical acclaim, winning over 55 awards and garnering over $30m at the box office, it was easy to see that it would change the lives of everyone involved, from those behind the camera to the actors themselves.
The new documentary City of God – 10 Years Later catches up with some of the talents, including Douglas Silva and Leandro Firmino who played Lil Zé at different ages, actress Alice Braga and actor/musician Seu Jorge, who played the unforgettable Knockout Ned, all of which talk about how the film changed their lives, whether for better, worse or not at all.

Courtesy of SoulCulture

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Machine Gun Kelly Talks About The Art Of Raging And Diddy’s Antics - {Article}

Remember that kid you picked on for not having the latest kicks? Or the one you made fun of for having problems at home? How about the one you beat up in the gym just because? Well that guy is now the most popular kid in school, and he goes by the name of Machine Gun Kelly.
Growing up was never easy for the Cleveland city native. Sleeping on other peoples couches, seeing close friends go to prison for life and witnessing family members just disappear became a regular occurrence. However, that’s all changed now after some seriously hard grafting, which in turn lead to him securing a record deal with, a man who knows a little thing or two about the music industry, Diddy.
Sitting down with SoulCulture on a brief trip to the UK, MGK, unusually cool, calm, and casual – his video antics sit him at the completely opposite end of the emotional scale – gives us an insight in to what a not-so-renowned hip-hop city looks and sounds like, explains his hate for the word YOLO, and informs us that DMX in the booth is just as you’d expect him to be.
With his debut album now in stores, Lace Up is the result of many years grinding it out on the Cleveland underground scene. With smashes such as ‘Chip Off The Block’ and ‘Cleveland’ putting him on the map, the rapid fire spitter has definitely earned his stripes as far as hip-hop goes.
“Everything you’ve heard on record is not fabricated,” he explains. “Everything I’ve spoken on so far have all been pertained to my life, and I haven’t had to reach out and use other peoples stories yet because I’m not at that point in my career where I’ve rapped so much that I’ve run out of shit from my life to talk about.” With so many trials and tribulations, MGK’s rap sheet as far as his life makes Joe Budden’s past look like a Toy Story sequel.

One record that cuts deep into these turbulent times is “The Return.” Featured on the Bad Boy signee’s 2010 mixtape Lace Up, he discusses his violent home life, tiresome school days, and a relative that endangered his life.
Particularly interested in the lines, “My schizophrenic cousin tried to end my life while I’m sleeping,” we asked MGK to elaborate. “[He] was actually someone I grew up with,” he says. “His name’s Marco. He was my dad’s older brother’s son. My dad’s brother had died in a car crash so my dad took him in.”
Outlining that he believed his uncle’s side of the family had a history of mental deficiencies, he continues to describe Marco. “He was like the older brother I never had. He was in my life before I was even born. He was really smart, [and] definitely my dad’s favourite. He had schizophrenia, but this mother fucker went to Pepperdine which I’m pretty sure is an Ivy League school. So he was really really smart but [in the end] it just came down to him stopping taking his shit.”
Recounting the events that lead to the above mentioned line, MGK admits, “Basically he isn’t around anymore because of the statement I made in the song.” He continues, “My dad actually told me everything when I turned 18. Me and my dad got in this huge argument, it was kinda like the falling out argument that we had, I had blamed him for [Marco] not being around and shit.
“I always thought my dad had killed this mother fucker or some crazy shit [like that]. My dad ended up telling me that when I was asleep one night [Marco] had come in my room, left, sat next to him and told him that he didn’t think I should… It was really creepy the exact statement that my dad [said to me]. It was some shit like I shouldn’t be in the house anymore or I shouldn’t be around anymore. He was hinting at the fact he [thought I should die], and after that, when he kinda threatened my life, my dad sent him away. I guess he’s still in a psychiatric ward.”
Big on his city, Kelz was a hometown hero way before the national and international fame. With the only major names, other than himself, to come out of the Forest City being Bone Thugs-N-Harmony and KiD CuDi, we’re told that Cleveland is a funny town as far as hip-hop goes; “We hold down the weird people,” he says. “It’s like Gucci Mane came [once] and he was bigger than Jay-Z. It’s weird.”
Quick to come to the defense of his city he adds, “I think that’s what was sweet about it. We had our own little scene there. Growing up in Cleveland was cool because we had this really internal scene. There was a point in like ’05/’06 where Cleveland was so hot but none of y’all knew about it because it was very very internal. So I grew up idolizing weird people.”
Admitting an admiration for southern music, MGK sits back with a smile on his face to recount a chance meeting with the King of the Grillz, Paul Wall. “What was cool about Cleveland was the south got a lot of their start through Cleveland. So I got to watch [the likes of] Paul Wall, Mike Jones, and Chamillionaire [blow up]. I got to watch them come to the place I used to work at before they had any of the chains and shit that they [now] have. You know what I’m saying? The place I was working at was this airbrush shop and [one time] Paul Wall didn’t have any clothes for his show, and I remember witnessing this and being like, ‘Oh my God! We just gave this mother fucker a shirt. That’s crazy’.”
Being that his flow is of a high octane nature, we decide to visit the rapid rhymers influences as far as emcees go. Surely Twista we ask, to which he replies, “Definitely Twista,” and then adding, “Definitely Bone Thugs, [and] what’s cool about that is we actually have a good relationship now. We just saw them in Sweden the other day. How weird is that man? Machine Gun Kelly and Bone Thugs in the same town overseas in Sweden. It’s fuckin’ weird. We went and partied together.”
Also touching upon an artist who appeared on the remix to his Billboard smash “Wild Boy,” MGK states, “Mystikal was big. There was certain rap that I was allowed to play in the [airbrush shop] and Bone Thugs was one of them [while I could also play] any No Limit [Records]. So I think Mystikal was a big inspiration on how my flow developed.”

Besides Machine Gun Kelly, Cleveland is also the starting point for the act of raging. “Raging is taking negative energy and turning it in to positive energy, which sometimes can end as negative energy because you can do dumb shit that [puts] you in places like jail, which is negative,” he explains with a grin on his face.
Describing one of the craziest raging moment he’s ever witnessed, Kelz laughs and says, “We did a show in Bowling Green. It was sold out and you couldn’t get in. [This guy] broke the fucking window with his head to get in. He spent like three weeks in a hospital, and after he got out of hospital he went to jail.
“I was thinking, “God damn dog. Was the concert really worth it?” You know what I’m saying? He busted it down and all the people rushed in and he didn’t even get to see the show. He was the one laying on the ground all bloody while people trampled over him to go and see the show.” Showing us an injury he sustained recently raging at a show, he adds, “It always involves blood man. Even this was just from one show. You know what I’m saying? We’re always coming home with battle scars after our shows.”

While never claiming he started the act of raging, fellow Cleveland native KiD CuDi last year caught a few feelings over the word raging. Posting on his Tumblr page, “There’s only one original rager, and that’s me. I started this rage shit. The lifestyle, the term, the whole new meaning and definition of the word,” he didn’t directly call out MGK, but a few jabs were steered at one another. Admitting, “I was actually really upset about it [because] I was like, “Dude, it’s a fucking word.” You know what I’m saying?,” we move swiftly on.
While moving away from CuDi, beef is still on the menu. This time it’s with Eminem protege Yelawolf. With a slight period of going back and forth with each other earlier on in the year, the pair seem to have now stopped taking pot shots. “We talked about doing a record together when I first saw him after confronting him about the whole situation,” the young rhymer informs us. “He gave me his number. I texted him and was like, “Yo, we should do [a record]. Let’s make it happen.” [However] I never got a response.”
Breaking down what actually happened, MGK goes in to a bit of detail – “There was the one interview where he was like, “Machine Gun Kelly fans mistake me for him and I’m just like fuck it yeah I’ll sign your Birkenstock.” He was putting me in this category [as if] I have these preppy rich fans, and that’s so the opposite of the case. I just came off the Tech N9ne tour which is a very very very grungy [event]. I don’t need to speak on the types of fans I bring out. Shit, we just came from Germany. We were bringing out straight punkers over there.”
Explaining his disappointment in how he handled the situation first time around, MGK says, “I had so many peoples opinions in my ear that I came off like this regretful mother fucker, when really my first reaction in any situation when someone says some smart shit to me is like, “Fuck you.” I’m a very, very, very, very un-soft mother fucker so when I see the response to this day I’m just disgusted that I even let peoples opinions get to me.”
Thinking a little bit more, he adds, “I’m the type of mother fucker now that’s like, ‘Dude, whatever man.’ At the end of the day that guy has had a lot of great opportunities. I’m a fan of his image and his work. If anything I think me and him should have done a record. I think that would have been the best move.”

Another two things you can associate with Machine Gun Kelly include Lace Up and EST, but what exactly are they? “Lace Up is like a mantra. A lifestyle. It’s a sign. A greeting. Lace Up is something that you kinda find your own definition to and you attached it to yourself or your life however you like,” he explains.
He uses an example from his European trip to describe its impact; “That’s why you have all walks of life that has it tattooed on them because it’s so broad. [I’ve] even witnessed it over here with people who can’t even speak English but you can do this (demonstrates the Lace Up ‘L’ with the thumb and index finger) and they’ll understand you perfectly. That’s very unique.”
As for EST, he says pointing to his EST tattoo on his collar bone, “It stands for Everyone Stands Together. It’s also the obvious; established [followed by] the year you were born. We cross out the year you were born because it doesn’t really matter when you were born. We speak for the young, the old, the middle aged. Even on mine the 1990 is crossed out.”
Making the mistake of comparing ‘Lace Up’ to the worldly popular YOLO, hilariously MGK let’s his distaste for YOLO comparisons show – “I fuckin’ hate YOLO! Fuck YOLO dude. YOLO is the worst thing ever. Death to YOLO. I hate YOLO and I hate anyone who supports YOLO.
“I hate white bitches that have that shit tattooed on their fuckin’ thighs. That shit is the worst. Fuck you! That’s so whack man. It’s honestly like… it’s a fun expression but the second shit gets commercialized that’s the second it becomes corny. That’s why I never describe what Lace Up means.”
With a slight grimace on his face, he continues with, “I never want just dumb ass drunks or College bitches that have no attachment to the meaning of my music walking around on campus like, “Why don’t you just fuck him? Fuck it… Lace Up!” I don’t want that. Just yesterday we were going up the Eiffel Tower and we had to go up that fuckin‘ elevator, and I fuckin‘ hate elevators, it was just like, “Fuck it just get on that bitch. YOLO.” It’s just funny. We say that shit as a joke. It’s funny. It’s not some shit that means something to us. Lace Up is something very, very strong.”
Telling us a few funny stories about how he came to be a part of Diddy’s Bad Boy imprint, the first involves leaving the music mogul hanging when his presence was requested.
“The first time I talked to Diddy I was in my basement. I had just got back from New York meeting with all these labels. I was laying in bed and my manager was like, “You’ll never guess who’s gonna call your phone in thirty seconds.” I was like, “Who?” She said, “Diddy.” I was then like, “Get the fuck outta here.” Sure enough thirty seconds later my phone rang – “Hello. Is this MGK? OK, I’m going to connect you to Puff.” [Diddy comes on the phone] “What’s up kid?” We started chopping it up. He wanted me to come out and see him, and I was like, “Ok.” Then I hung up the phone and was like, “Nah I’m not gonna go out and see him,” and I didn’t. He called back a week later and people were like, “What the fuck were you thinking? Why would you just play Puff?”
Obviously meeting him eventually, MGK’s first party experience with Puff was one to forever remember for more than one reason. Flying to Las Vegas, the city that never sleeps, Kelz remembers acting a bit like a big girls blouse – “We got stuck in an elevator together for like twenty minutes with 15 other people, and I was about to be the biggest pussy ever. Like I said [before] I fucking hate elevators. So I was [feeling] claustrophobic. The air was thinning and everyone was drunk.
“I almost told Puff to shut the fuck up because we pressed the help button and the lady was like, “Hi, what’s going on? Is there a problem?” Everyone was drunk and Puff was like, “Help Mother Fucker!” He was joking around about the shit at first. I was sitting there like, “Shut the fuck up. Tell them that we need help mother fucker for real.” They thought we were a bunch of drunk mother fuckers so they just hung up and no one came to help us and we ended up just getting ourselves out of that elevator. We had to climb out halfway between floors. It was so sketchy.” Adding a bit of information regarding the time spent outside of the elevator, he excitedly states, “This mother fucker showed me the craziest time. He took me to nine different clubs.”
Touching briefly upon his debut album, Lace Up, the Cleveland City representer describes an album with its fair share of genre hopping.
“I definitely dance around with genres on it. [Do] you remember on Chicken-n-Beer by Ludacris [and] that ‘Southern Fried Intro’? It’s a great intro. A crazy intro. I’ve tried to mimic how intros used to be. I got Avenged Sevenfold on it, well I got Matt Shadows who is the lead vocalist, and I got Citizen Gates, one of the lead guitarists. Avenged Sevenfold for those that don’t know are a metal band, and obviously from the opening track I already played with the genres. [On it] I’m rapping very, very, very hard bars. Fast bars [in fact] over a hip-hop beat but at the end you kinda hear the guitar shredding, and you hear the vocals scream.”
Listing a couple of other guest spots that feature on the album, MGK announces, “Me and Lil’ Jon took it all the way back to ’03, with an Eastside Boyz feel [to it]. Explaining the way in which he delivers his bars on this go round, he simply says, “I just attacked any fucking track I had.”
Admitting he is and always was a huge DMX fan, Kelz explains how they came to work with one another. “DMX had heard that I was such a big fan,” he explains. “I kept putting the vibe out there that I was a huge DMX fan and I guess one of his assistants ended up hearing about it and was a fan of my shit as well. So we got together and he gave me a chance. It took us about four hours to even listen to any music because we just got so caught up just talking to one another. We found so much common ground between conversations.”

So what was it like working with one of his idols? “When I got in the studio with him it was exactly how I pictured DMX to be. He was just very DMX. He was exactly how you’d think he would be. He’s crazy as fuck. He talks from the heart. He switches it up and gets fucking mad in a second. You know what I’m saying? And when he raps in the booth it’s some shit to see. It’s definitely some shit to see. He punches the air and shit. He barks. He means it. It’s not a gimmick. It’s really trippy.”
Eating into important tour schedule time, our time with MGK comes to a standstill. However, before he darts off to wherever he’s required in the world next, knowing DMX the way he does now, we just have to get his opinions on X’s recent belittling of both Drake and Young Jeezy. “I think that when DMX, or any [other] artist, says another artist’s name I think it’s awesome. I thought that’s what hip-hop was about,” hestates.
Finishing up he adds, “When Drake came to my city he had the balls to bring me out before I was even really hot. I mean, I was hot in my city, but I wasn’t hot nationally or even hot enough for a mother fucker of his stature to even bring me out. So obviously I’m not gonna speak down on him at all. But when DMX is saying these things about the Aaliyah album and the Drake thing it makes sense man. That was DMX’s old girl.
“What if Aaliyah didn’t like [Drake]. You know what I’m saying? As big a Nirvana fan as I am, or Sex Pistols fan, I never really play with their stuff because I’m kinda like, ‘Kurt [Cobain] could’ve hated me.’ So I don’t even like to delve in to the that.”
Machine Gun Kelly’s debut album, Lace Up is out now through Bad Boy/Interscope Records. 

Courtesy Of SoulCulture 

Friday, June 20, 2014

JJ DOOM (MF DOOM/ Jneiro Jarel) - Guv'nor - {Video}

After several years consisting of a handful of features and tracks, MF DOOM is finally back with a full-length album. This time, he's spitting over a series of instrumentals from Jneiro JarelDoom has taken a somewhat new direction with this latest collaboration.  The tracks are eerie in a dope kinda way which goes perfect with DOOM's style of rap.  Checkout this video, Real HipHop heads will appreciate this.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Born Allah & Erule - "CLASSIC" Boom Bap Remix (Ft. Planet Asia) - {Video}

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Born Allah of Tabernacle MCz, just releases his new joint, "CLASSIC" which was produced by Longevity and featuring Erule and Planet Asia.  If you don't know these are 3 of the most popular underground artist in the California region.  I mean before there was Kendrick Lamar these guys have been holding the West Coast with that REal HipHop Underground music.  The kind of lyrics that will make you change religions and cringe your stomach like.."Oooooooohhh" !!  Trust me I've been following these guys for years now, check them out below and you'll see what I'm talking about.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Dee-1 - "Jay, 50, & Weezy" - {Video}

After graduating from Louisiana State University with a bachelor’s degree, Dee-1 taught middle school in Baton Rouge by day to help fund his musical dream. After two years of being “Mr. Augustine” by day and “Dee-1″ by night, he finally decided that his passion for HipHop was too strong to ignore. Armed with righteousness, realness, and the strong desire to be relevant, Dee-1 set his sights on becoming the type of rapper his students could be proud of. Sleepless nights being a full-time teacher and part-time rapper were now replaced by sleepless nights being a “full-time dream chaser,” as chronicled in his courageous song, “The Announcement.” from his I Hope They Hear Me Vol 1mixtape.
In March 2011, Dee-1 released the mixtape, “I Hope They Hear Me Vol 2 packed with 18 high energy joints that has already reached thousands. This was a life changing mixtape for Dee-1 as several singles received extensive radio play and regular airplay on MTV Jams. Most notably was his single “Jay, 50, and Weezy,” which created a huge internet buzz that allowed him to take his career and music to the next level.  Dee-1’s latest project, “The Focus Tape,” (hosted by legendary Dj Mannie Fresh) was released on October 9, 2012, Followed by “Psalms of David,” (featuring hit song “Work” ft Lecrae) which was released on February 20th, 2013 have both reached over 100,000 people worldwide each. After the huge announcement of Dee-1 signing a major record deal, he released his latest mixtape, “Psalms of David II” on October 19th, 2013. 
You haven’t witnessed Dee-1′s true star power until you have seen him live in concert. He is known for giving jaw-droppingcrowd-surfing performances and electrifying audiences whenever he hits the stage. As Dee-1 says, “It feels way better to actually win over an audience rather than just brag on how good I am. I’d rather prove it to you.” Since 2011, Dee-1 has been on four successful nationwide tours, the “Grind and Hustle Tour,” the “Too Focused to Fail Tour,” the “Ridin All By Ourselves Tour,” the “Heist Tour,” and the “Tetsou and Youth Preview Tour.”

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Small Professor - "Yokozuna" [Remix EP] - {Audio}

Named after the highest rank awarded to Sumo Wrestlers, Philly Beatsmith Small Professor returns to the ring with his latest offering, Yokozuna. The eight track projects consists of remixes taken from his noteworthy debut producer compilation Gigantic, Vol. 1, which was released back in January. As an added bonus, Small Professor offers a new cut titled "The Easiest Way" which once again features Guilty Simpson over a Pro's hypnotic use of strings and keys. This track should also come as a welcomed surprise by fans of Breaking Bad for its well timed dialogue sequence between Walter White and Jesse that takes place moments before Guilty delivers his lyrical assault. The duo make a fitting emcee/producer combination, so hopefully we'll be hearing from from these two sooner than later. Yokozuna is available HERE for only $6.00. You see not only is Real HipHop better than mainstream its affordable, Com'on son I can you beat that?

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Swerve - "The Cleansing" Barrelhouse Edition (Compilation) - {Audio}

Lately, Swerve has been dropping left over tracks from his latest projects so that heads can hear some dope joints that didn't make the cut. But these are still some really dope tracks. This is leftover tracks from his solo effort The Barrelhouse.  Swerve purposely left the instrumentals open on the end of all these tracks so anyone can jump on and make there own version. Find out more info on my mans site @

Friday, June 13, 2014

Smah Brovaz - The Kitchen (Ft. Richie Sosa) - Official Video

The Toronto based group Smash Brovaz, are act it again with their new single release The Kitchen off the album Think It’s A Game? From the sound of this dope track I feel its going to be a classic.  Checkout the video below...

(J. Lindo, R. Scott-Wood, O. Forbes)
Produced by Junia-T for 3-5 Playa
Recorded at Belvia Sound | Toronto, ON
Mixed & Mastered by Blaow for World Rydah Studios
Art Direction + Design by HNZ for Unknown Collective

Thursday, June 12, 2014



With the previous drop of his song "Drama", which was produced by two producers in Germany, Martin decides to handle the production himself on this one. 

It isn't going on his next project, but Martin is working on a small EP which he plans to finish by the end of the summer and drop in the early fall. In the next few weeks/months expect a ton of new content including tracks from this upcoming EP. No title as of yet.
Also, Martin drops an entirely new and improved

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

D'zyl 5k1 - "Papers" - {Video}

Uproar Nation's own D'zyl 5k1 (pronounced Diesel 5001) is a lyrical beast just listen to his madness it's insanely impossible to imitate. His new,
double cd, entitled, "The Sauce"-Released in April 2014, is irrefutable proof that he is here to contribute his ideals on
a grand scale. He believes that your only limitation is your imagination, or lack thereof. This latest release of his, 
consists of one disk being his personal album, and the other disk-a collaboration album comprised of songs that 
he has been working on with others since his last album, 2012's "Not Your Average Bear". They are to be viewed as 
two separate Cds, but part of the same body of work, for he created them simultaneously ..all the while putting 
out an EP, "D'zyl Prime", and a group Cd, "MAximum Capacity"-both in 2013.  His second single, "Papers," Is an inspirational
declaration of ownership, empowerment, and self acceptance. Directed by Art Barz.  I also a an extra video called "RampageD'zyl 5k1, King Jesk, and True Am as Maximum Capacity featuring Dlemmuh, this is one of my favorite tracks and it goes hard.



Sunday, June 8, 2014

K-Rino - " Grand Deception" (Illuminati HipHop Song) - {Video}

Amazing..., I've been saying this for years and K-Rino just wrapped it all up in a 5 min track that you will never hear on the airwaves. Besides most people don't want justice and truth they want to drop it like its hot, do the stinky leg, get laid, get drunk, get high and get money. It's this kind of mentality why 90% of the wealth is made by 10% of the population(90/10 rule). Because 85% of humans are caught up in the Great Lie, and they love it,...this song was designed to wake you my friend. Ask yourself, are you a leader or a follower? Are you really doing what you want to do or doing what you've been trained? Leaders make their own path followers just get in line. Where do you stand?

Saturday, June 7, 2014

The Boomjacks - "Moments in Space and Time" EP - {Audio}

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The Boomjacks are beatmakers from Kuopio, Finland. The duo consists of brothers Jyri & Villejam, both having a strong musical background. The brothers started making beats separately but eventually ended up working together in late December 2008. The production of The Boomjacks could be characterized as eclectic HipHop and BoomBap
After a couple of years of making beats for MC’s only, The Boomjacks decided to alter their approach to beats and began releasing their instrumentals for listeners. In January 2011 The Boomjacks started with Beats Series, a very straight-forward, well received continuum of beat tapes that spans to four volumes at the moment. In November 2012 The Boomjacks released a conceptual instrumental album, Beats of Ice and Fire, which was inspired by George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire novels and HBO's Game of Thrones tv series adaptation. It was shortly followed by a jazz-funk inspired instrumental release Butter & Jam. In July 2013 The Boomjacks released a collaborative EP together with the Pennsylvania based MC Apollo’s Sun, The Ownlife Sessions, Vol. 1. The last months they have spent working on new instrumental material for Moments in Space and Time.  Checkout their unique sound below.

Friday, June 6, 2014

The Other Guys - "Blow My Mind" (Ft. Tanya Morgan) Off The Upcoming Album "Seeds Of Ambition" - {Audio}

After years of producing for artists such as Homeboy SandmanSubstantialTanya MorganSadat X (Brand Nubian), yU, and Fresh Daily as well as releasing their music independently, DMV duo The Other Guys sign toHiPNOTT Records to release their official debut album, Seeds of Ambition.

To kick off the album's first single The Other Guys team up with Von Pea and Donwill of Tanya Morgan for the feel good single, "Blow My Mind".  Produced by Mighty Joe of The Other Guys, "Blow My Mind" embodies everything right about good hip hop. With The Other Guys' Isaiah trading raps with Von Pea and Donwill, the guys make the track sound effortless and gives us a nice preview of what's to come with Seeds of Ambition.

Seeds of Ambition will be available July 15th on HiPNOTT Records. Pre-order the album now on iTunes (mp3) and UGHH (Compact Disc). Digital pre-orders made via iTunes and Bandcamp will receive an immediate download of the first single, "Blow My Mind".

Mighty Joe & Isaiah “Insanate” Mensah are the alternative hip hop group The Other Guys, and yes before you ask, their name predates the Will Ferrell movie. The two musicians are both cousins and hail from the Washington, DC area. The Other Guys began producing together back in 2006. They have produced for and worked with artist such as Homeboy SandmanSubstantial,Tanya MorganSadat X (Brand Nubian), yU, and Fresh Daily.
In 2012, The Other Guys walked away from panhandling beats to underground artist, and began releasing their own EPs independently. “The Other Album” which they released in 2012 was received with critical acclaim. Their Instrumental project “The Week EP” was rated as one of the Top 25 Instrumental Projects of 2013 by DEADENDHIPHOP.
Utilizing an eclectic assortment of samples, live drums, analog keyboards, and discussing “everyday man” issues, The Other Guys’ music is a testament to what hip-hop music used to be, as well as what it could be.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

GoldLink - "When I Die" - {Video}

Born in D.C, raised in Maryland and now living in VA, rapper GoldLink entered the hip-hop climate last year awarding us a handful of experimental tracks that left most of us somewhere between outer space and Ginuwine. GoldLink calls this “Futuristic Ass Bounce” or “Future Bounce” for the more conservative among us, although ‘conservative’ isn’t quite in his vocabulary.
When asked about his style, GoldLink had this to say:
“I think it’s compared to like the Beach Boys mixed with R. Kelly from The Chocolate Factory album mixed with Beethoven Symphony shit mixed with Ke$ha meets Kim, the R&B singer.”
Whether that’s a lofty insight or a comical retort, one thing is for certain: GoldLink isn’t of the norm.

Loyal to this progressive stance, GoldLink first stoked us with his convulsive remix of Ta-Ku’s “Electronic Relaxation” that first demonstrated his impressive dexterity. While the volatile flow that he possesses can easily box in a weaker rapper, GoldLink’s art shines in the ability to dance between topics, beats and tempos.
Tracks like the Galimatias & Joppe produced “One Step Back” sit – at first glance – uncomfortably alongside other pieces such as the TLC-sampling “Creep,” but that’s where the beauty resides. This type of juxtaposition creates an excitement in the unknowing. From track to track, verse to verse or line to line, you’re likely to find a new style emerge as many times as you care to listen.
This passion for evolution creates a mystique with every release, an eagerness to find out where’s next. Typically, what’s next is found in the past or the future, but rarely in the present as he conveys, “I’m all into progressing music into a new form that has never been heard before, while also helping the listener experience nostalgia, as far as emotion goes.”
This enlightened mindset is often found at the beginning of most artist’s rise or fall from relevance; we’ve been told by artists that they’re about to change the game so much that we must of come round in a entire circle. Once in a while though, you get someone who is willing to help you out of that hamster wheel, and while it’s obviously too early to call for the DMV’s GoldLink, his modest yet rich portfolio of work is a small inclination of where things could go: absolutely anywhere.

Courtesy Of SoulCulture

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Drama - "Psalms 151" LP - {Audio}

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Following up with his previously released singles entitled "Hoopty Music" and "You", Drama is back at it again with his third single "Letter To A Queen" ft. Tylamar, produced by Trac-Qaeda. This track is dedicated to the women who stay by the side of a man who is on the path of hustling and grinding until their dream is achieved.

Drama's album, "Psalms 151" , was released on May 1, 2014 and is now available on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, Spotify, XBOX Music, PlayStation Network and other various outlets.  Checkout the snippets below, Drama is a Lyrical Beast.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Devine Carama Pays Tribute To The Late Great Maya Angelou - "A Phenomenal Woman" - {Audio}

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Underground HipHop wordsmith Devine Carama, just released a tribute to Maya Angelou called "A Phenomenal Woman" f. Talor Hall (produced by Andrew Lopez) a day after her passing. He used some dope samples of her on his recent FreEPThe Dream Walker. She will definitely be missed and admired for years to come, her work has inspired many people of all colors.
"She was a true inspiration and I wanted to write something that paid homage as well as speaking to the next generation of girls that will carry her torch. This track will most likely land on my fall album, Believing In Forever" - Devine Carama

Monday, June 2, 2014

AWKWORD - "World View" LP - {Audio} Editor-In-Chief Kinge and Managing Editor Yoh31 recently sat down with rapper/activist AWKWORD to talk threats of imperialism, prisons, suicide, Aaron Swartz, Chuck DHip Hop and rap, his mother and working with more than 100 artists for his 100% for-charity album World View, released February 2014 via DJBooth.


Sunday, June 1, 2014

Childish Gambino Performs "I'd Die Without You" Live At The 1Xtra Live Lounge - {Video}

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Whilst in the Big Smoke for the London installment of his ‘The Deep Web’ tour, Childish Gambino dropped into the BBC Radio 1xtra Live Lounge for a performance of cuts from his latest album release Because The Internet and in addition he delivered a seriously impressive cover of P.M. Dawn‘s 1992-released love song “I’d Die Without You”.