Listen To Esta’s Smooth New ‘Self Help’ Mix Of Unreleased Music

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Soulection‘s Estadropped a mix on his birthday for you and yours to enjoy. The mix, which runs a little bit over thirty minutes, is titled Self Help. Esta mentioned that the mix contains tracks to which he lost the project sessions for due to an unfortunate hard drive crash. Take this as a warning folks, back up the data then back it up...

Isaiah Rashad Extends ‘Lil Sunny Tour’

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TDE signee Isaiah Rashad has announced the extension of his Lil Sunny tour. Rashad dropped his stellar album The Sun’s Tiradeback in September. The tour was originally announced a few weeks back and will now wrap up in March instead of February. Jay IDK and fellow TDE signee Lance Skiiiwalker will accompany Rashad on the...

#NoDAPL: Dakota Access Pipeline Temporarily Halted

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Photo by Dallas Goldtooth

The controversial and environmentally destructive Dakota Access Pipeline has, for now, been halted. The Army Corps of Engineers relayed their decision in a statement made to their website:

“Today, the Army informed the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Energy Transfer Partners, and Dakota Access, LLC,...

The Elusive Frank Ocean Opens Up In New Illuminating Interview

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Frank Ocean is one elusive dude, as far as pop stars go. After the release of his critically acclaimed debut studio album, 2012’s Channel Orange, Ocean, outside of a few features, shunned the public eye. Rumors of a new project swirled and then began to swirl some more. A tumblr post. Dates came and went. Boy’s Don’t Cry...

Dice Raw Continues To Educate On New Jim Crow With ‘The Last Jimmy’ Soundtrack

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Will you fight in Trump’s America? If you’re like Dice Raw, we surely hope that you will join the front lines as the awareness is needed now more than ever in this country. His play, The Last Jimmy, which was inspired by Dr. Michelle Alexander‘s book The New Jim Crow, has explored race, socio-economics and mass incarceration in a...

Hold On: Songs of Resilience, Hope and Healing [Playlist]

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Suppose we’re all searching like Roy Ayers today. Searching for sources of resilience, hope and healing in a broken world. This was already the case before last night’s presidential election, only crystalized now that Trump’s heist of the American political system is complete.

Some folks are packing their bags, others are looking...

Martin Shkreli Leaks New Wu-Tang Album In Reaction To Trump Win

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If there was no better time to announce that Wu-Tang heist film with Bill Murray then today was the day. Instead, the second most hated man in the U.S., Martin Shkreli has decided to celebrate Donald Trump‘s presidency win with an exclusive leak from the mysterious Wu-Tang Clan album, Once Upon a Time in Shaolin.

The ex-pharmaceutical...

Election Day 2016: Common, the White House + the Black Imagination

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How the White House functions for black America in the past eight years has always fascinated me. It can serve as a type of canvas for the black American imagination in an impactful way. For those of you who have studied your American history, the White House was built by slaves and when occupied by then-president George W. Bush it became an...

Tanya Morgan Goes Off Majorly In New Cut, “Stoop (turnitout)” [Premiere]

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Artwork from Abandoned Theme Park album created by SOAP Goods Creative.

Tanya Morgan is one of our favorite rap groups in the game. They met in our message boards if you didn’t know! Since then, Von Pea and Donwill have had successes as a group and as individuals, which have taken them around the globe and then some. Now, the tandem is fresh...

Cedric The Entertainer, Meagan Good, Russell Simmons + More Urge Folks To Vote

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Election day, which falls on November 8th, is quickly approaching.  The country, excluding thousands of felons, will vote for who will replace President Barack Obama. Despite multiple candidates on the ballot, the United States’ next head of state will undoubtedly be one of two people from the entrenched two-party ruling system. The...

Body Language’s “Mythos” Has Legendary Grooves You Need [Premiere]

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What happens when you mix dance music with hard-hitting funk grooves? The answer: Body Language. This Brooklyn-based electro-dance quartet has been riding the wave ever since dropping their Social Studies LP in 2011. Now, the group is bankrolled with approvals from everyone like FADER to The Guardian, and we’re excited to roll-out the...

Syd tha Kyd Injects Her Soulful Talent Into Another Modern-Day Love Song (Audio)

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As the frontwoman for the Internet, Syd tha Kyd has proven herself to be one of this generation’s most talented artists, combining elements of classic R&B with more contemporary stylings of Neo-Soul and PBR&B. But, strip all those labels away and what’s left is bona fide Soul music. Earlier this year, the Internet released its...

Macy Gray Releases The Realest Christmas Song, EVER (Audio)

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Starting last week, many radio stations, retail stores, and festive audiophiles began breaking out the holiday music. Macy Gray is one artist who has release plans for the Christmas season. The veteran Soul/Pop songstress released a new tune called “All I Want For Christmas.”

However, if Heads were expecting a 2010s rendition of the...

Happy Birthday, J. Holiday!

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Hip-hop and R&B has its share of rappers and singers who get a high amount of hype before they blow up. Some live up to expectations, but most never really do. One artist who fits the latter description is crooner J. Holiday. The Chocolate City native, who’s still a respected singer-rapper in some circles, turns 31 years old today (Nov....

Stream KRS-One’s New Album ‘Now Hear This’ In Its Entirety

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At long last, KRS-One has returned with an entirely new LP. It’s been dubbed Now Hear This, and features the Bronx MC rhyming in tones as enlightened and energized as ever. Longtime fans and young newcomers alike will find a great deal to enjoy amongst its 18 tracks. We’ve already heard first-hand evidence of how strong KRS is keeping...

Need Gift Ideas? Read Okayplayer’s Holiday Shopping Guide To Black Friday 2015

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Since its establishment, Black Friday has been a consumer freak-out of the highest order. It has incited riots, compelled the madcap deal-seeker to pitch tents outside of big box retailers and burned countless Turkey Day calories in thrown elbows and in a mad-dash for beyond-belief bargains.Too often, however, the high of Black...

OKP Premiere: Watch Myke Bogan’s Trippy New Video “Aye Aye”

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For this evening’s OKP premiere we get up with Portland/LA rapper Myke Bogan. Earlier this summer, the West Coast lyricist dropped his latest mixtape, Casino Carpet. Today, we get the visuals for track #2 “Aye Aye.” Live from Slab City, CA we get these glitchy visuals shot at an abandoned WWII site. Real trippy shit, let Myke...

Killer Mike Endorses Bernie Sanders Calls Him a Revolutionary (Video)

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Last night, Hip-Hop and politics merged in what may be the most powerful way in a generation. Killer Mike hosted presidential candidate Bernie Sanders in his hometown of Atlanta, Georgia, where the two shared a meal, had a one-on-one discussion, and took the stage for a rally. Killer Mike (born Michael Render) has been an activist involved in...

M.O.P. vs. ONYX May Make Heads Ante Up Slam Down Some Cash (Video)

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M.O.P. and ONYX both emerged on the scene around the same time. These early 1990s New York City Hip-Hop crews won over Rap fans and beyond with an energy that at times, was Punk Rock and Heavy Metal. Both acts loved yelling, screaming, and barking into the microphones, as they rapped about realities of Brooklyn, Queens, and parts of the five...

Around the World, Street Art is Embracing Paris Celebrating Its Resiliency

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The recent terrorist attacks in Paris have dominated international headlines, and while certainly not the only incidents of tragedy happening in the world today, tributes to the city, its victims, and its spirit have loomed large. Since the November 13 events, millions across social media platforms voiced support, and now the globe’s street...

Bun B Knights LE$ As An Underground King. Curren$y Cosigns Too. (Video)

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Jet Life Records affiliate MC LE$ has been rolling with Curren$y for years now. Along with Roddy, Trademark Da Skydiver, and Cornerboy P, his team is coming. Houston, Texas native LE$ previously cut his teeth with Slim Thug’s Bo$$ Hog Outlawz, before linking with Louisiana’s Spitta. On “UGK’z,” he gets some sacred...

One Street Artist Takes Aim At Homophobia With Spray Paint Murals

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Once again, street art’s potential for spreading awareness of social and political issues is being proven, this time in Copenhagen. The Danish capital is home to a vibrant arts scene, and its reputation for being the world’s most livable city has led to an influx of tourists and international residents, resulting in a wonderfully...

The Decade Missy Elliott Waited to Release a New Album May Have Saved Her Career

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It’s been ten years since Missy Elliott released an album, and in the years since, many Heads have argued that her absence was noticeable. The endlessly creative MC, producer, and visual artist has always been the front-runner when it comes to game-changing music videos, and her unabashedly brave sense of personal and musical styles make her...

Listen To Abra’s Latest Joint, “Sick Girl”

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The first lady of Awful Records, Abra, has really been making waves in 2015. Her debut project, BLQ VELVET, was cool, but it was her early summer EP, ROSE that really made me a fan (so much heat on there, I suggest you peep, if you haven’t already). Today, the Atlanta singer/songwriter/producer returns with this new joint, “Sick...

New Balance 574 Military Green

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The New Balance brand is stronger than ever these days and if you’ve never had a pair, the 574 is the perfect starter model. Even better is that the iconic model was just spotted in a colorway that is as on trend as ever and has never looked better.

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Watch Justin Bieber Perform “Sorry” w/ The Roots Live on The Tonight Show

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I know plenty of Beliebers lurk on these pages on the low, so this one is for you. Last night, Justin Bieber was the musical guest on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon. Bieber was on board to promote his soon to be #1 album, Purpose (already #1 on iTunes). Watch below as Bieber performs his single “Sorry” with a little help from Th...

Yolanda Nicole

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Yolanda Nicole Malone born January 30, 1992 to Erika Malone and Orlando Charles Malone. She is the younger sibling of Orlando (Trill) Malone. Yolanda Nicole comes from Dallas, TX. She moved to Reno, NV at a very young age. She aspired to sing but did not gain the drive until she was around 21 years of age. Yolanda Nicole has now put all her efforts into her music, working full time to support her dream. She hopes to touch just one person with her voice and one day touch the world. Her inspirations are Beyonce Knowles, Whitney Houston, Jennifer Hudson and more.

 

 

 

 

 

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Happy Birthday, Obie Trice!

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On Eminem's song "Without Me," Obie Trice spits, "Obie Trice / Real name, no gimmicks." When it comes to the Detroit native, that quote is very accurate. The former Shady Records artist turns 38 years old today (Nov. 14).

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OKP Exclusive: Phife Teases New J Dilla-Produced Track “Nutshell” + More

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Phife has always been the under-rated underdawg of A Tribe Called Quest–one of the most important groups in hip-hop history–even as Q-Tip was acknowledged as the group’s ambassador and charismatic frontman. If ATCQ is rap’s Clash or Rolling Stones then Phife and Tip are the genre’s Keith Richards and Mick Jagger,...

Pete Rock Torae Are Here To Remind Us Who&rsquo;s Been Putting In Work (Audio)

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Coney Island, Brooklyn’s Torae continues to prove himself as one of New York’s most consistent MCs, releasing classic material with fellow underground heroes like DJ Spinna, Marco Polo, Pumpkin Head, Rapper Big Pooh, Shabaam Sadeeq, and Skyzoo during the more than ten years since releasing Make Room At The Top. Collabs with the likes...

More Than Hardcore: Lil’ Kim’s Overlooked Feminist History In Hip-Hop

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Feminista Jones –  a prominent author, activist, and social media presence – has penned an article celebrating the contributions and legacy of Lil’ Kim, an MC whose talent is doubted by few, but who suffers from the same condition as most women who pick up a mic. In describing the Lauryn Hills, Rah Diggas, Bahamadias, and...

Rakim Ain&rsquo;t No Joke Neither Is This Quiz About The God MC

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From the moment he touched the microphone, Rakim proved to be something different for Hip-Hop. The MC half of Eric B. & Rakim raised the standard of flow, style, and rhyme patterns over the last 30 years. As a soloist later in his career, The R made albums that upheld Hip-Hop’s tenants of “dope,” while seemingly always being...

Missy Is Joined By Pharrell In Another Game-Changing Video

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Missy Elliott’s long-awaited return to her solo career has finally arrived, and immediately out of the gate, she is reminding Heads why she continues to be one of the most musically and visually stimulating artists in history. The songwriter, MC, and producer hasn’t released an album since 2005’s The Cookbook, and the decade away...

Dox Boogie & BZdaGod

Brace Yaself" is the lead off, taken from the upcoming full-length album from NY veteran music producer Dox Boogie and rising star MC, BZdaGod (Jack Thriller's Thriller Gang). The self-titled "Dox Boogie & BZdaGod" features 2 Chainz, Super Scrull and pop singer Tori Franco, recorded, produced and mixed entirely by Dox Boogie. "Brace Yaself" is a lyrical attack and rhyme scheme barrage by BZdaGod over a grunge influenced banger. "Dox Boogie & BZdaGod" LP is 18 tracks, 3 skits, 1 secret song and all that we loved growing up on hip-hop. It's a versatile album, comprising of radio joints to club bangers, to introspective and pain, to bass thumping street music. Expect to hear the album sometime 4th quarter this year via Brain Kave Music Group / 6ixth Floor Entertainment.

 

D'Angelo Javonn Williams (born March 20, 1991), goes by the stage name Enspeare from Las Vegas, Nv. Since the age of five he was already drawing attention for freestyling around people young and old from school, parks, swimming pools, and parties. At the age of thirteen he started writing music and poetry which he would post online and receive positive responses from peers and audience.With the advantages of being a songwriter and poet from a very young age writing one of kind true lyrics becomes easy. Every since 2012 Enspeare has been recording singles and freestyles to build a presence in the hip hop scene now 2015 with the release of his ep (#WhoAmI?), he shows no signs of stopping!

Twitter: @Enspeare

Vice’s New TV Channel Re-Invents the Way the World is Shared (Video)

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Vice has unveiled a bold, ambitious new venture that aims to change the way stories about the world are shared on television. Viceland – a 24-hour cable channel – will piece together thousands of video packages covering a host of topics, all of which tell the stories, both big and small, of our global tapestry. Director Spike Jonze, an...

A Redman Dr. Dre Collaboration? It&rsquo;s Possible. Redman Speaks (Video)

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In his extensive, nearly 25-year career, Redman has worked with a plethora of great producers. A protege of EPMD’s Erick Sermon, Red’ would eventually help introduce the masses to Rockwilder. Additionally, the Newark,  New Jersey MC made songs with The Ummah (J Dilla, Q-Tip & Ali Shaheed Muhammad), RZA, and Timbaland &...

Eminem’s Lyrical “Genius” Only Grows With His Latest Partnership

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For many years, Rap Genius was the go-to place for Heads looking to peep the lyrics to favorite songs, making the website one of the first to cater to the needs of a particular genre demographic. Now they’re just Genius, and their user-submitted arsenal of song lyrics continue to be accompanied by annotations provided by fans and the artists...

A New Book Catalogs The History of Hip-Hop Through Hard To Find T-Shirts

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Forever an influence on fashion, nostalgia for a certain era is prevalent in all elements of couture, from the high-brow clothing found on catwalks to the mass-produced tour tees sold at concert venues. It used to be that in order to purchase your favorite artist’s merchandise, you had to attend a show or visit a specific retailer who...

TIDAL Is Developing Its Own Original TV Comedies Dramas

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TIDAL has enjoyed quite a run this year, establishing itself as the only true competitor to Spotify and Apple Music in the cloud wars. But it appears that music will be far from its final frontier, as Variety reports that the artist-owned company will soon be dipping its feet into the original scripted and unscripted TV programming pool,...

Dive Deep with WoodzSTHLM’s New Single, “Underwater”

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I’m new to the music of Swedish producer WoodzSTHLM, but the Swedish producer definitely has me hooked with his new single, “Underwater.” The moody track features Flores & Olle Grafström and will appear on WoodzSTHLM’s upcoming EP, Lighthouse. WoodzSTHLM describes the song: “my way to depict one of my...

ScienZe Reminisces on Georgia Love w/ New Single “Decatur”

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ScienZe is definitely a Brooklyn representer through and through, but his new project shows nothing but Georgia love. ScienZe’s #GeorgiaTape will be out later this month, as he explains:

“The whole project is inspired by my trips to Georgia as a child and in these past few months visiting my family and reconnecting with alot of my...

Aston Martin

 

Back with another conceptual audible incarnation (previously "Fresh Gordon"), Delaware denizen FreshfromDE (formerly dFresh) this time around embodies the fictional Ian Fleming character known as 007. In the extremely catchy concept single "Aston Martin" produced by Dutch beatsmith Roca Beats, in concurrence with last weeks motion picture release of "SPECTRE." This particular single is taken from the forthcoming FreshfromDE X Roca Beats (Netherlands) collaborative full-length LP, which is currently "Untitled" but will feature around 10-12 tracks by the international duo, no concrete release date yet (1st quarter, 2016) but expect to hear it sooner rather than later, in the meantime...
 

*Written & Performed by FreshfromDE
*Produced by Roca Beats [Netherlands]<

Happy Birthday, Nelly!

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Even though his big hits seem to be behind us, Nelly is always going to hold a special place for anyone who's over 20. The man was everywhere and pushing a massive amount of units in the early 2000s. And that's quite the cause for celebration. Nelly turns 41 years old today (Nov. 2).

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Your Old Droog Shows Why He Looks Back to Move Hip-Hop Forward (Video)

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Over the last year, Your Old Droog has carved out a lane that is reminiscent of 90s-era New York Hip-Hop, but which is distinctly contemporary. Droog’s cadence is influenced by predecessors like Kool G Rap and Nas, but his subject matter and wry sense of humor have allowed him to forge a style that is all his own. On Droog’s song...

Kenn Starr

Kenn Starr
The Definition (feat. Melanie Rutherford)
prod. Black Milk
 
New Song + Free Download

 
The second single from Kenn Starr features Michigan songstress Melanie Rutherford who has been featured on everyone from Slaughterhouse to Redman, Slum Village to Random Axe - she's a true staple of Detroit soul. None other than Detroit's Black Milk handles production, crafting a perfect throwback for the Low Budget All-Starr, Kenn's crystal clear eenunciation and razor sharp wordplay.  Enjoy the free download and get ready for the new album "Square One" coming 1/27.
 
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Kenn Starr - Square One
 
Album Artwork by Gene Pendon of HVW8

 
About The Album:
The new album, Square One, comes out January 27, 2015 on Mello Music Group.
 
Kenn Starr sees his career at square one, despite being regarded among the elite of the DMV scene, being in the inner circle of producers Oddisee and Kev Brown, and having his newest album signed to Mello Music Group. Eight years since his debut, Starr Status, Kenn Starr is baggage free on his sophomore album, Square One.

Largely produced by Kev Brown with a nice block of vintage production by Black Milk, and additional work by 14KT, Roddy Rod, and Kaimbr, Square One is Kenn Starr getting back to his foundation to begin anew. The laid back flow remains intact—complementary to the Kev Brown’s vintage soul-crate production—but the perspective is written with a wisdom earned through seeing opportunities that overpassed his doorstep. On “Cigarettes & Whiskey“ he addresses his history with passing fancy and a buried hatchet, “please pardon my view points / Starr Status wasn’t a classic but had a few joints,” and makes no qualms about his hiatus. Square One is the only album Kenn Starr could write in order to bid farewell to days past and move forward.

With the firmest of grips on reality, Kenn Starr has kept his Low Budget Crew ties in toe, including Sean Born who makes appearances on “Product Of The Basement” and album closer, “Farewell”. Kenn also enlists Mello Music standout yU, and long time compatriot Wordsworth, as well as the lush voice of singing star Melanie Rutherford. Square One is built from the underground-up as Starr still writes from the mindset of being a product of the basement.

 
 

Lyrical Jeanius

Jeanius
 

Jeanius (Jean Exantus) drops his newly released single "Shine", produced by label mate Centric, featuring R&B artist Lauren Liparulo, who takes the lead on the chorus. Jeanius was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. He eventually relocated to Japan where he started off as a DJ/MC known as MC Hook. Jeanius has since then relocated back to the east coast, where he joined forces with Free At Last Music Group in 2012. Jeanius was also featured on Centric's single "Ignorant" featuring Sadat X last year to critical acclaim. "Shine" is the first single off his debut EP which will feature production by Centric, Ty and Swizz Beatz.