Cormega Gunplay Flow Together Like Guns Butter (Audio)

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Cormega is known for his laid back delivery. While he can spit his words quickly, the Queensbridge veteran never needs to raise his voice to drive a point home. Maybach Music Group’s Gunplay is a bit different. The Miami, Florida MC is one who amplifies tracks with his raw emotion, and often bark-style approach with manipulated cadence. Both...

Hear How Muhammad Ali Malcolm X Met And Why They Parted Ways (Audio)

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Today marks the anniversary of former heavyweight champion boxer Sonny Liston’s 1964 defeat at the hands of Cassius Clay, a young boxer who boasted that he would “float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.” Later changing his name to Muhammad Ali, the new heavyweight champion would go on to secure himself a permanent place in the...

Santigold Gets Interactive w/ New Video “Can’t Get Enough of Myself”

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Santigold continues to bring creativity to all she does. For her latest trick, Santigold comes through with a completely interactive video for her Patrick Berger produced single, “Can’t Get Enough of Myself.” The video features Santigold all around town and co-stars YOU. Yes, by allowing access to your comp’s webcamera, the...

Ras Kass Planet Asia Burn It Down. No Fire Drills (Audio)

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It was three years ago this month that Planet Asia and Ras Kass released “Kings.” The song was produced by South Florida’s Numonics. The producer and two California lyrical monarchs return together on “Fire Drills.”

This song is not just a bell-ringer, it delivers heat as the MCs from Carson and Fresno, California fire...

John Oliver Shows Just How Deep Hollywood Whitewashing Goes (Video)

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Next week, Hollywood’s biggest night will take place when the 88th Academy Awards take place in Beverly Hills, California. It will transpire amid a cloud of controversy related to the lack of racial diversity of the nominees in the more major categories including Best Actor & Actress and Best Supporting Actor & Actress. That...

Never-Before-Heard MC Hammer Song Written By Tupac Has Surfaced

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The mythos of Tupac Shakur and MC Hammer are intertwined and prolific to the story of hip-hop. The ties that bind these two together comes when the former signed to Death Row, which featured the latter as another signee. In that time after Shakur’s release from prison, he went into overdrive that has since influenced every lyricist from...

Los Angeles Street Art is Highlighting the City’s Failure to Address Homelessness

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Los Angeles conjures up images of beachfront properties, endless avenues decorated with palm trees, and a year-round climate that is so close to perfect it has become a number-one destination for millions. However, the rich and famous are not the only ones who benefit from the area’s weather. Mild temperatures and hardly any rain make it a...

Joey Bada$$ Gets Fans “Ready” For His Next LP Via This New Single

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It looks like Joey Bada$$ is back and sounding as hungry as ever. While on Apple Music’s Beats 1 Radio this afternoon, Ebro announced that Joey Bada$$ has plans of releasing his sophomore album later this year. Along with the news, Ebro also premiered this new cut from Joey, the aptly titled cut, “Ready.” Statik Selektah provides...

George Clinton Pulls In Ice Cube For A Funky Remix With Kendrick Lamar (Audio)

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Last year, George Clinton and Kendrick Lamar made some of the funkiest music in years together. When Kendrick decided to root his album, To Pimp A Butterfly, in the music that influenced Dr. Dre, Warren G, DJ Quik and other West Coast MCs before him, he went straight to the source, Mr. Parliament/Fukandelic himself. While Clinton only officially...

Rick Rubin Shares Memories Of His First Time Ever Recording With LL Cool J

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LL Cool J’s career is greatly owed to Rick Rubin, at least his discovery. And perhaps Rick Rubin’s own success is largely owed to the gravitas of LL Cool J. The breakthrough Def Jam Records artist would be one of the earliest label acts, on the fledgling imprint launched by Rubin and Russell Simmons.

On 1985’s Radio, LL would work...

DJ Premier Does For Yuna What He Did For D’Angelo. Made A Soul Classic (Audio)

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Yuna has enjoyed an extensive career over the last decade, crossing over from Malaysian Pop into a flagship artist at the storied Verve Records imprint. She has worked with The Neptunes (both Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo, individually), and Sa-Ra Creative Partners’ Om’Mas Keith. On her new single “Places To Go,” Yuna...

First Look Friday: Witness The Power Of The DMV’s Own Chaz French

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Rapper Chaz French had a stellar 2015, stunning the industry and music fans alike with his debut mixtape, Happy Belated. As an artist, the sonic-loving populace has taken to this young MC’s galvanizing tales about his bouts against alcoholism, depression and survival in the rough and tumble Northeast...

EK & Mitymaose

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African born / Boston bred EK drops a collaborative effort with vocalist Mitymaose for his latest single "I Got You" produced by Bueffard Mallary. This song about falling in love with a deceitful women, a cleopatra but whole heartily submitting to her deceitful ways, despite knowing its not towards your best interest. "I Got You" is off EK's "Life In C Minor" available soon.

 

 

Prodigy Returns With A New Sound And A Heady New Message on “Tyranny” (Audio)

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For more than 2 decades, Prodigy and his Mobb Deep partner Havoc have been associated with grimy tales from the streets of New York. From Juvenile Hell to The Infamous Mobb Deep, Havoc has flipped dark samples while Prodigy laid verses about survival in the hood and fallen comrades. As the times change, however, so does the music. After the...

Alabama Shakes Extend Spring/Summer 2016 Tour

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Coming off a massive night at the Grammys on Monday, Alabama Shakes have just announced that their already expansive spring and summer 2016 travels will be getting an extra leg. At the very end of the itinerary, Brittany Howard & Co. have added a pair of shows in Chicago, as well as a stretch of shows with Kurt Vile and a tour closer...

Ghostface Killah Rips Apart A Slick Rick Break Like It’s A Park Jam (Audio)

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Most songs that are less than 100 seconds long just aren’t worth the attention. However, when it’s Ghostface Killah lyrically going for broke on a 1970s breakbeat it changes things. On “Disco Airlines,” Tony Starks makes the style of music that Heads can imagine he was making in Stapleton Houses in the late 1980s.

He and...

Yelawolf Revs Up His Flow Angst Over Travis Barker Drums (Audio)

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Yelawolf and Travis Barker’s working relationship has long been established, thanks to “Psycho White.” Both artists blend their love of Hip-Hop with Rock & Roll, and Punk culture. Today (February 12), Sway In The Morning premiered the pair’s latest collaboration, “Out Of Control.”

The song features Travis...

NYPD Officer Peter Liang Found Guilty Of Killing Akai Gurley

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Justice has been served in the case of Akai Gurley as his shooter, NYPD officer Peter Liang has been found guilty.

After a two-week trial, a jury ruled Thursday (Feb. 11) night that the rookie patrolman committed manslaughter against Gurley. Liang fatally shot and killed the unarmed man in a Brooklyn housing project in 2014.

The 28-year-old was not...

Kool Moe Dee Melle Mel Brought the Block Party to the World in 1990 (Video)

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With just a few days until the 58th annual Grammy Awards, there may not be a more fitting time for a retrospective on a particularly noteworthy Grammy moment in Hip-Hop history. The year was 1989, and as the world was still getting acquainted with the blossoming New York City youth culture that had an entire movement behind it, the one and only...

Snoop Shows Why He’s The Boss Dogg on This 20-Minute 1996 Freestyle (Audio)

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1996 was a tumultuous year for the artist known as Snoop Doggy Dogg. The Long Beach, California Rap superstar was acquitted for a murder trial that had started shortly after his skyrocketing fame. In the exhalation of that, he was soon faced with the murder of close friend and collaborator Tupac Shakur. That very same year, Snoop’s mentor,...

KOOL A.D. Gets Trippy In New Video For Toro Y Moi Produced “Santeria”

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While we wait for KOOL A.D. to drop O.K. The Novel, we continue to unpack his ambitious 100 song O.K. mixtape of the same name that dropped at the end of 2015. Today, we get visuals for track #3 off of the tape, the Toro Y Moi produced “Santeria.” The video starts off normal enough, with a zebra painted donkey being ridden by a cowboy...

Del The Funky Homosapien Sets Out On 2016 Tour

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It appears that Del The Funky Homosapien will be hitting the dusty trail in 2016, announcing a lengthy romp of the good ol US of A throughout the next few months. The tour jumps off in The Bay Area, naturally, with a secret show planned for this Saturday, February 13th, picking up again at the end of the month and hitting all of the major markets....

Leon Bridges Releases 5 New Songs

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This past Friday, the incomparable Leon Bridges dropped a deluxe version of his 2015 breakout album, Coming Home. The deluxe edition features 5-more soul-tingling tracks from Bridges, “There She Goes,” Daisy Mae,” “Mississippi Kisses,” Here In My Arms,” and “Outta Line.” You can stream the 5 new...

Did Kanye West Just Change His Album Title Again?

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Ok, my Yeezy fatigue is reaching all time high levels at this point. According to Kanye‘s twitter, it seems he may be changing his album title… again. From So Help Me God, to SWISH, to Waves, and now, T.L.O.P?

In some early AM tweets, Kanye announces “there may be a new secret album title.” We’re left with the...

Watch Beyoncé Win Super Bowl 50 w/ Her Halftime Show

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Okay, we admit it. When Beyoncé‘s name was announced as a co-bill for Coldplay‘s Halftime performance at Super Bowl 50, it felt kind of like Bill Clinton stepping in to endorse Jim Webb for President. Who is Jim Webb, you might ask? Our point exactly. The regal co-sign only served to underscore the...

Rest In Eternal Power, Big Kap! | 1971 – 2016

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In the ’90s, when hip-hop was filled to the brim with multi-platinum artists like Jay Z, Lil’ Kim and DMX, there was one place you would find these acts and others when it came down to having a good time: New York City’s The Tunnel.

Big Kap, a celebrated DJ and one of the lords alongside Funkmaster Flex at the Gotham staple, has...

New York City DJ Icon Big Kap Has Passed Away

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In a developing story, multiple sources have confirmed that veteran DJ and producer Big Kap has died.The New York mixmaster born Keith Carter was a DJ for The Notorious B.I.G., Nas, and others. Kap was also a fixture of 1990s NYC venue The Tunnel, a club notable for introducing some of Hip-Hop’s most classic records of the era.

The cause of...

Nas Usher’s Demand For Social Revolution Gets A Symbolic Video

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Usher’s single “Chains” is as heartfelt as anything ever released from the R&B/Pop icon. Joined by Nas and Bibi Bourelly, the record is a cry for not just change, but revolution. The 2015 song’s intricate lyrics reference “The Pledge Of Allegiance,” and some of the martyrs (Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Sean...

MC Lyte Rapsody Recount Racist Assaults Open Up About Being Women in Hip-Hop

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February 1 marked the beginning of Black History Month, a yearly occasion during which African-American stories, issues, art, and conversations are shared with more visibility than perhaps the rest of the year. In today’s atmosphere – where “Black lives matter” is not just an aside in a casual conversation and social...

Jay Prince Reaches New “Heights” with His Latest Track

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After a strong 2015 that saw the release of two EPs (BeFor Our Time & Beautiful Mercy), Jay Prince keeps the heat coming in 2016.

Prince gets things started with this catchy new single, “Heights,” produced by Brazilian producer Deryck Cabera. Take it high with Jay Prince, below.

Jay Prince will also be setting off on his first...

A Film About a Slave Revolt is Breaking Records. Has Hollywood Really Changed?

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As the Academy Awards inch closer and closer, the discussion about diversity in Hollywood continues to rage on. One of the highest-trending topics on Twitter, #OscarsSoWhite is a reaction to the announcement of Oscar nominees and in particular the fact that no people of color are represented in the top four categories and far too few are nominated...

Now That Barbie Has A New Body, Will Hip-Hop Stop Glorifying Injections?

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The relationship between pop culture and body image is decades old, but with Hip-Hop’s unmatched global dominance in every realm of life, there is a need for a conversation about how images portrayed by or celebrated in the music affect the way people – mostly women – feel about their bodies. With influence in art, dance,...

Like Father, Like Son. Watch Stephen Curry Light Up Dell in 8th Grade (Video)

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By now, it’s crystal clear the apple did not fall far from the tree when it comes to Stephen Curry’s NBA skills. His father, Dell, spent 16 years in the league and was one of its most feared sharp-shooters. But, when did the talents of young Stephen, a leading candidate for this year’s MVP Award, start to reveal themselves?

The...<

Sneaker of the Week: Jordan Brand Holiday 2015 Preview

Sneaker of the Week: Jordan Brand Holiday 2015 Preview

The cold weather is the last thing you want to think about, considering the freezing temps that have hit much of the U.S. this winter. But if you're into sneakers, you know the cold is a sign of the holidays and Nike likes to send us all into a tizzy by dropping some massive colorways ever year around the Christmas season. This year will be no...<

Ab-Soul Sets an Alchemist Track on Fire with 47 Bars (Audio)

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Ab-Soul spits some of the most complex rhymes in Hip-Hop these days. The TDE all-star’s labyrinthian lyrics often play out like a Davinci code of insider references and hidden messages for those willing to go deeper and step outside the trap.

Alchemist laces Soulo with a spaced out track and Ab goes to work with a verse he says is...<

John Forte Ignites A Slow Burn On New Track “Light Work”

John Forte Ignites A Slow Burn On New Track “Light Work”

John Forte has returned with a new mindful track, the dark and dramatic slow-burner “Light Work.” Built out of a subtle kick and barely-there snare loop, the song is a steady rise toward self-affirmation, loaded with introspective lines that may come off as boasts but are in fact jewels of truth. The oft-times Fugees collaborator...<

Logic Big K.R.I.T. Show Why The Future of Hip-Hop is Blindingly Bright (Audio)

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Logic and Big K.R.I.T. are two of the most talented MCs in Hip-Hop, currently. Each artist consistently raps about a litany of subjects from raw and authentic points of view, and both can flow with the best of them. The Def Jam label mates have united on Logic’s new song titled “Top Ten.”

Logic reflects on his new found fame,...<

Action Bronson Is The Wizard of Oz. Take A Look Behind the Curtain (Video)

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Action Bronson’s five-year plan has paid off. Once an underground New York Hip-Hop MC, Bam-Bam is now a major label artist, hitting the charts, and starring in an HBO-distributed food series. He’s working with Rap’s elite veteran class, and still has the humor, charm, and gritty imagery that brought him here.

The visual to the...<

Nick Catchdubs Goes Wild On “Full House” (ft. Heems Troy Ave)

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Nick Dubs has just dropped a brand new vibe session, and if you’re feeling mellow, this is not the joint for you. Snugly set atop a staccato guitar line and echoing bass drum, “Full House” brings MCs Heems and Troy Ave in for a party session as wild as any Hollywood cinema scene. With a not-even-a-little naughty hook, the track...<

Diamond D Gets Some Super Hero Theme Music From DJ Scratch (Video)

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Diamond D is an iconic Hip-Hop producer. So who does he turn to when he needs a beat? Another legend, of course. DJ Scratch (EPMD, Jay Z, Method Man & Redman) laces Diamond with an anthemic track fit for a super hero on “Superman,” from Diamond’s The Diam Piece album.

The slick black and white video finds Diamond stunting...<

Chance The Rapper Breaks Down The Approach To Surf, Clarifies Druggie Image (Video)

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Chance The Rapper and his bandmate Donnie Trumpet recently stopped by The Breakfast Club to chop it up with DJ Envy, Charlamagne Tha God and Angela Yee. While he does give some more detail about his upcoming album (which is revealed to not exactly be his—as first thought), the interview touches on many other topics. The conversation starts out w...<

Kanye West Cries During Expansive Interview with Zane Lowe [VIDEO]

Kanye West Cries During Expansive Interview with Zane Lowe [VIDEO]

Kanye West has done plenty of interviews in the past few weeks, some of which were very revealing and informative. On Thursday (Feb. 26), Yeezy visited BBC Radio 1 host Zane Lowe again for an expansive interview in which he discussed a myriad of topics including his new Adidas sneaker collaboration, his relationship with Kim Kardashian and new...<

Pharcyde Hit-maker J-Swift Facing Deportation From USA

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Back in January of this year, members of The Pharcyde were on tour, doing a show in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. It was all good, until they tried to return home to Los Angeles, California and producer J-Swift was denied entry into the United States. The 43-year-old was born in Spain but had lived in L.A. since the age of two, and was...<

Lupe Fiasco Nikki Jean x The Roots “Little Death” Live On The Tonight Show

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Tonight’s airing of The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon featured a performance from OKP favorites Lupe Fiasco and Nikki Jean. Lupe was on hand to perform his stand-out track, “Little Death,” off his recently released LP, Tetsuo & Youth. The song, which features Nikki Jean on the hook, already has a live sound to it, but, as often is the...<

Alex Wiley “Right Right (prod. Hippie Sabotage)” feat. Kembe X

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Alex Wiley hit us with that warm up a week ago, but now the Chicago emcee switches gears with this more uptempo jam, “Right Right.” Hippie Sabotage supply the production, while fellow Chi town lyricist, Kembe X, comes along for the guest verse. Look for Wiley to drop his new project next month. NYC: Catch Alex Wiley and Kembe X (along with Tunji...<

A.Chal “GAZI”

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I was a little worried that NY/LA producer/artist, A.Chal, was just teasing a return with the recent release of his Gotham Mix Vol.2, only to return to hiding for the next two years. Lucky for us all, that’s not the case. The highlight of the aforementioned mix was undoubtedly the closing track, and A.Chal just released the full version – j...<

Erykah Badu Stuck At The Airport on CBS Local News

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Yeah, so remember that time when Erykah Badu crashed a PIX 11 live news broadcast to kiss-bomb the anchor live on air? I really thought we were going to have another one of those moments. Queen Badu recently made her return to local news, this time in her hometown of Dallas, Texas. While stranded, due to delays, at DFW Airport, CBS intentionally...<

Charlie Wilson x The Roots “Touched By An Angel” Live On The Tonight Show

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This evening’s musical guest on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon was the timeless Charlie Wilson. This man always seems to have a new album out (that’s a good thing), and today is no different. His latest LP, Forever Charlie, hit shelves last month, so Uncle Charlie is on that promo run. When I saw that he had a performance on The Tonight...<

Blended Babies “On My Own” feat. The Cool Kids Lorine Chia

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After unearthing that Vic Mensa gem a week ago, production team, Blended Babies, keep it Chicago with their latest release. Blended Babies link with Chi town favorites The Cool Kids for “On My Own” also featuring vocals from Cameroonian born (L.A. based) singer, Lorine Chia, on the hook. This is yet another one from the vault, hopefully Blended...<

Elzhi The Great Spits A Blizzard of Bars on “February”

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In case you needed a reminder, Elzhi The Great is still one of the best lyricists on the planet. But don’t take my word for it, listen to Elzhi’s latest, “February.” Listen to the Detroit emcee link up with 14KT (also not one to be slepped on) to pay tribute to the month that is. Storytelling game on 10. Elzhi paints a perfect emotion filled...<

Puma for Slam Jam 25th Anniversary Pack

Puma for Slam Jam 25th Anniversary Pack

Slam Jam looks to celebrate their 25th anniversary in a major way with a little help from Puma. For the momentous occasion, the Italian retailer is bringing two clean collaborations to life that are both decadently decked out in luxurious materials.

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Big Sean “Dark Sky (Skyscrapers)” [Official Video]

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With his album hitting stores today (Tuesday), Big Sean is making sure to stay at the top of your timeline, releasing his second joint of the evening. For his next release, the Detroit emcee provides a visual for his LP’s opening track, “Dark Sky (Skyscrapers).” Video directed by Dylan Knight & Andrew Hines. Big Sean’s Dark Sky Paradise...<

Mary J. Blige Performs 'Doubt' at 2015 BET Honors [VIDEO]

Mary J. Blige Performs 'Doubt' at 2015 BET Honors [VIDEO]

Leave it to Mary J. Blige to close out a show with grace. The singer looked regal with platinum blonde 'do and a shimmery black gown as she brought down the house as the final performance at the 2015 BET Honors. The show, which aired on Monday night (Feb. 23), surrounded the theme of excellence and Mary embodied it in every way.

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Versis Makes His Return With A New Joint Entitled “???????”

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I’m gonna have to get at the homie Versis about hitting us with music a little more regularly. For now, I’m just happy to hear some new ish from the Cali emcee. Versis keeps it brief over BMB’s production (and some throwback DJ Clue mixtape era drops) for this new joint entitled, “???????.” No word on where this one will end up or when we can exp...<

Was Kevin Garnett the First Hip-Hop Athlete? Da Kid Goes Back Home.

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Many see Allen Iverson as the prototypical Hip-Hop athlete. Iverson entered the NBA from the Georgetown Hoyas in 1996, full of swagger with his cornrows, jewelry and baggy jeans. However, it was perhaps Kevin Garnett, who was drafted into the league straight out of high school a year earlier, who was the original embodiment of Hip-Hop in sports.

Las...<

Raekwon Goes Wall to Wall with Busta Rhymes French Montana (Audio)

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After releasing twenty-one freestyles over Soul classics last year, as part of his Throwback Thursday series, Raekwon is gearing for a new solo album. The LP is titled F.I.L.A. (Fly International Luxury Art) and the latest single, “Wall to Wall,” features guest appearances from French Montana and a typically animated Busta Rhymes....<

Adidas Crazy 8s – Brooklyn Nets

Adidas Crazy 8s – Brooklyn Nets

All-Star Weekend is over but a tangible reminder of its existence are the models left in its wake. Adidas is ensuring that their presence is felt outside of Kanye West’s Yeezy Boost sneaker with a Brooklyn-inspired take on an iconic basketball silhouette.

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Ever See This Cipher Between Tupac, Grand Puba and Treach? (Video)

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Back in 1992, before the East Coast/West Coast beef was in full effect, Treach, Tupac and Grand Puba found themselves together backstage and decided to have an impromptu cipher. The moment was caught on tape and has made the rounds over the years, but it’s still amazing to see the three legendary MCs together rhyming just for the sport of...<

Could Ricky, Raheem and Cain Have Survived? OG Maco Flips the Remix (Audio)

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Manolo Rose’s “Run Ricky Run” is a sonic tour de force. The song taps characters and storylines from Boyz N the Hood, Menace II Society and Juice, as cautionary tales for how to survive in the streets. Rose’s delivery is simultaneously jarring and intoxicating.

OG Maco adds a verse to the song, in an unofficial remix, that...<

Sneaker of the Week: Nike Air Max 1 V SP Monotone Pack

Sneaker of the Week: Nike Air Max 1 V SP Monotone Pack

The Nike Air Max 1 goes full on utilitarian with this latest look, which feels somewhat military-inspired based on the choice of materials alone. We've seen the runner dressed in all types of fabrics but this pair almost feels like a combat boot and that in itself is intriguing enough to become the Sneaker of the Week.

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Raekwon, Styles P, Sheek Louch Vado Line Up The Lyrics For DJ Kay Slay (Audio)

DJ Kay Slay’s Rolodex weighs a ton, and the Hip-Hop mainstay is never afraid to use it. The Drama King “declares war” calling in 2/3 of The LOX, along with Raekwon, Vado, and Rell. “I Declare War” is four MCs, one singer, and an iconic mixmaster/radio personality.

Coming from The Industry Purge, this lyrically-driven...<

THEESatisfaction – EarthEE [LP Stream]

THEESatisfaction – EarthEE [LP Stream]

If you come around these parts often, you’re more than aware that we’re quite THEE fans of Seattle duo, THEESatisfaction. We’ve been not so patiently waiting for an extended listen to their new LP, EarthEE, after we were sucked in by a few of their outer-worldly sounding singles. Luckily we won’t have to wait another week, as the EarthEE LP is...<

Alex Wiley “Ready”

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Chicago emcee/producer, Alex Wiley, makes his first of appearance of 2015 with a new joint and a few announcements. First up is his hazy new single, “Ready.” Wiley looks to the future with an optimistic viewpoint on this brief and smooth jeffRX co-produced joint. If you like what you’re hearing, expect more, as Wiley also announces a new mixtape w...<

Trade Voorhees “Norman” [Official Video]

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I was a little disappointed the homie Trade Voorhees didn’t drop part 4 of his Saturday The 14thmixtape series this past weekend. But I suppose a horror themed tape dropping on V-Day may have been a little much, for some. The good news is the 14th lands on a Saturday next month, as well, and Voorhees plans on dropping a new project on that date....<

Tinker Hatfield Nike Roshe Grimm

Tinker Hatfield Nike Roshe Grimm

The Nike Roshe Run Mid is already a groundbreaking shoe but leave it to designer Tinker Hatfield to break even newer ground with it. In a creation inspired by NBC hit series ‘Grimm,’ he’s recreated the sneaker to make it even more one of a kind.

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Nike LeBron 12 Wheat

Nike LeBron 12 Wheat

We may be paranoid but does anyone else get the feeling that LeBron James wants you to only wear his sneakers at all times -- no matter what the weather forecast is? Case in point is the fresh new Nike LeBron 12 colorway that is clearly meant to replace those 6" Timberland Wheats you've been rocking.

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Watch The Weeknd Perform “Earned It” Live On The Tonight Show

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Canadian wild man The Weeknd stopped by The Tonight Show last night, bringing with him a full band as he cruised through a live rendition of his latest single “Earned It,” off the 50 Shades of Grey film soundtrack. Backed by a four piece ensemble, Abel Tesfaye delivered a surprisingly high-brown performance, given the film in question...<

Drake Upstages Everybody With The Ultimate Sneak Attack Move

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Thursday, February 12, 2015 may be a day to remember in Hip-Hop history. In New York City, Kanye West formally launched his Adidas Yeezy, with a high-profile fashion show. Amidst the model choreography and high-brow fashion, Jay Z, Beyonce, Puff Daddy, Rihanna, Anna Wintour, Cassie, Justin Bieber, Russell Simmons, Kim and Khloe Kardashian, along...<

Suzi Analogue + Swarvy “I Must Be” [Official Video]

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Suzi Analogue and Swarvy team for yet another video off of their collabo LP, Love Affairz Vol. 1, a project inspired by actual published love letters written by Beethoven, Frida Kahlo, and others. This time around, Suzi’s hazy vocals are on full display for the album cut “I Must Be.” Says Suzi: “The video is inspired by a vision I had while diving...<

Maestro Fresh Wes Rich Kidd Unite The Toronto Hip-Hop Scene (Video)

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Toronto’s Hip-Hop scene has been making some noise lately, with Drake skipping the Grammy Awards to host a King Of The Dot battle-rap event, and now Maestro Fresh Wes and Rich Kidd releasing a new music video for “Born In Toronto”. For those who don’t know, Maestro Fresh Wes is a Toronto Hip-Hop legend, releasing six albums...<

NxWorries (Anderson .Paak x Knxwledge) “Suede”

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Ah man, I’m real glad I didn’t skip over this one. Anderson .Paak aka Breezy Lovejoy aka one of the most soulful brothas out, and head-nodd generator, Knxwledge, have joined forces to form the duo, NxWorries. A potentially lethal combo right there. That potential is realized with the release of their first single, “Suede.” It’s some smooth ass pimp...<

Tunji Ige “For Us” [Official Video]

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Philly emcee, Tunji Ige, makes his return today with some crisp and thought provoking visuals for his hard hitting The Love Project intro track, “For Us.” Says Tunji of the video: “’For Us’ I feel is a critique on the social climate as well as what someone like me has to battle through, being myself, especially with where I’m at....<

Jordan Brand 2015 'Laser Pack'

Jordan Brand 2015 'Laser Pack'

Jordan Brand is pulling out all of the stops in 2015, especially, with the NBA All-Star Game festivities happening this weekend. It also marks the company's 30th Anniversary and to celebrate, they are releasing a few laser-etched versions of their most popular silhouettes.

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Khary Durgans “Self Centered/Twenty – 3″

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I’m admittedly new to the music of emcee, Khary Durgans, but dude definitely got my attention with his new dual-track, “Self Centered/Twenty – 3.” After combing through his soundcloud page, I have a feeling you’ll be seeing plenty more from the Providence, Rhode Island emcee around these parts in the future. Check the Jeauxsmeaux and James...<

Fashawn “Guess Who’s Back” [Official Video]

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We’ve been waiting on Fashawn’s sophomore album, The Ecology (executive produced by Nas), for more than a minute now, but we’re only two weeks away from its’ release, at this point. Fash takes some time out to re-introduce himself to the world with his second single, “Guess Who’s Back (prod. Beewirks).” Follow the Grizzly City emcee as he skates t...<

A-1 “Good People” [Official Video]

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A week ago, Bay Area lyricist, A-1, tackled the subjects of stereotypes and assumptions we make of people we don’t know with his latest joint, “Good People (prod. BEAR//FACE).” Today, A-1 brings said good people to life in all of their 1400 frames per second glory with the official video. The visual, was shot with a high speed phantom camera out o...<

Producer A.Chal Makes His Return with Gotham Mix Vol.2

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I’ve been waiting on this one for more than a minute at this point. But better late than never. The end of last week saw the return of L.A. DJ/producer/emcee, A.Chal. He teased us with a production spot on the homie Youth is DEAD’s track, “Smoke In The Water,” last year. Outside of that, we hadn’t heard much from Chal since the release of his s...<

It’s A Backroads Drag Race For Yelawolf’s Down (Video)

It’s A Backroads Drag Race For Yelawolf’s Down (Video)

In the Ghet-O-Vision days, cars added a ton to Yelawolf’s videos. Now with the added value of Shady Records backing, ain’t nothin’ changed. For “Down,” the Shady XV single, a lifted ’70s K-series Chevrolet pick-up truck and a 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle (as seen in other Yela’ videos) lead the charge in a...<

Pro Era’s Kirk Knight Gets Rowdy On His First Album Single (Audio)

With Joey Bada$$ making maneuvers on the charts, Heads can expect the Pro Era team to be ramping up retail production. Kirk Knight, who’s been a star within the circle, might just be next. Although details are extremely slim surrounding Kirk’s album—including so much as a title, the Brooklyn, New Yorker is showcasing his first single.

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Better Late Than Never. Kendrick Lamar Wins His First Grammy

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After the 2014 56th Grammy Awards, there were many Hip-Hop Heads who were left frustrated after Kendrick Lamar left the Award Ceremony without a single statue after being nominated seven times and most notably in losing the “Best Rap Album” award for good kid m.A.A.d. city to Macklemore, Ryan Lewis’ and their album, The Heist.

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DJ Mister Cee Mix Will Rocks a Free-Form Mix for True Music Lovers (Audio)

No longer at his afternoon post at HOT 97, DJ Mister Cee is in transition. The iconic DJ for Big Daddy Kane, mentor to The Notorious B.I.G., and mainstay at tri-state radio reportedly left the signal to maintain his beliefs of what should be played, when, and not conforming to commercial pressures of what Hip-Hop ought to be.

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Planet Asia Keeps The Free Goodies Coming, Alongside DirtyDiggs (FreEP)

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For the second time in 10 weeks, Planet Asia gives his faithful another free EP of music. This time, one-half of the Cali Agents teams with regular collaborator DirtyDiggs for 2010 A.D. The four-track effort is sparse beats, textured deliveries, and that sharp Fresno, California insight.

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Rah Digga Teaching Music Hip-Hop Classes To Newark, New Jersey Youth

It’s a great thing when MCs walk it like they talk it. Rah Digga is one of the greats at that. The Jersey City, New Jersey MC has signed on to teach 17-21 year-old locals in Newark, based on her more than 15 years in the music industry.

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Hip0Hop, Introduction To The Music Industry, Recording Processes, and Building Images and Brands are three...<

Bad Day For Super Heroes, Black Dynamite TV Series Cancelled After 2 Seasons

“Black Dynamite,” the Adult Swim animated adaptive series following the action film ran for two seasons. Film director and writer Scott Saunders joined actor Michael Jai White for the cartoon, including vocal contributions from Kym Whitley (“The Boondocks”) and Tommy Davidson (“In Living Color”). After some cult...<

Curren$y’s Pilot Talk 3 is on the Way. Here’s the First Visual (Video)

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Over the last 5 years, there is perhaps no artist more prolific than Curren$y. Spitta has averaged six mixtape/album releases per year for each of the last three years, and shows no signs of slowing. Pilot Talk is one of his most celebrated series. Volumes one and two of the catalog found Curren$y laid-back in the cut of several deeply soulful...<

Nike Sportswear Constellation Collection

Nike Sportswear Constellation Collection

Nike is pulling out all the stops for this year's NBA All-Star game and the next drop really shoots for the stars. The Nike Sportswear Constellation Collection includes four models that incorporate five-point, four-point and single-point stars in their design.

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Sneaker of the Week: Yeezy Supply

Sneaker of the Week: Yeezy Supply

We've sat back and watched Pharrell and Nigo pump out a few releases but the Kanye West and adidas collaboration has, at times, felt like a pump-fake. Well, the long road to Yeezy's adidas sneaker just took a turn for the interesting and it almost goes without saying that we had to make it the Sneaker of the Week.

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JMSN Is Out To Settle The “Score” w/ A Ghostly New Visual

JMSN Is Out To Settle The “Score” w/ A Ghostly New Visual

JMSN has quickly built a reputation for churning out visuals that are at once transient and deeply unsettling. Today he unveiled yet another contribution to that visual legacy with the official video for “Score” off his recently released self-titled album (which has been getting plenty of burn over the past few months.) The new clip...<

A Handwritten Letter from Tupac Confirms He Had Plans to Unify the Coasts.

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A handwritten letter from Tupac has been unearthed that confirms he was seeking to do an album which would unify the coasts. In the letter, Tupac tells a friend he is working on an album titled One Nation, which would include Greg Nice, Buckshot, Smiff-N-Wessun, Scarface, E-40 and…OutKast. While the note also makes it clear that Pac’s...<

BJ The Chicago Kid “Strawberry Bubblegum” [Official Video]

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While Belly had one of the best (relax, I sad ONE of the best) soundtracks made in the era of hip-hop inspired soundtracks (remember that?), BJ The Chicago Kid still went on ahead and added music of his own to some of the most memorable scenes from the flick. This isn’t just background noise though, BJ drops one of my favorite jams off his recent T...<

Lee Bannon – Cope [Album Stream]

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Almost let this one slip through the cracks. Multi-genre producer Lee Bannon has so much heat in the stash, that he’s still blowing minds in 2015 with joints he made 5 plus years ago (you’ll remember we posted the title track off this one some 3 years ago). Anyway, Bannon reaches into the back catalog once again for his latest project, which hit...<

Extra Butter x Reebok Ventilator 'Street Meat'

Extra Butter x Reebok Ventilator 'Street Meat'

Don't get it twisted, one of the best things about living in New York City is the food carts. While it's not quite considered fine dining, certain spots, like the Halal Guys, are held in high regard. Extra Butter used the cart's cuisine as inspiration for their latest Reebok collaboration.

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Sudie “Bruise”

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This past summer, we got our introduction to Texas singer/songwriter/producer, Sudie, by way of her captivating single, “Spill.” Today, she makes her return with this new track, “Bruise.” Says Sudie of the song title: ““You see, a bruise will eventually go away, but it’s for damn sure you will never be prone to them. Sometimes one just shows...<

dFresh - The Strangest Secret

 

As January concludes, we remember the resolutions we've set and whether or not we've followed through with them (if you're a gym goer, things should go back to normal within the next few weeks, if not already.) Why do some people succeed with setting goals while others fall back on their habits? Famed self development forefather Earl Nightingale would say that those who aren't successful do not set goals and are reactive to those around them, forcing their dreams to take the back seat in favor of simple pleasures. Though these distractions may arise, don't think that dFresh will succumb to them.

In practicing with the Nightingale ethos, "The Strangest Secret," which is named after one of his seminal works, has the Delawarenative going through the daily grind. Simple and to the point, the video throws away all of the glitz and glamour, allowing us to take inFresh's lyrics directly. dFresh's upcoming "Universal Laws: Chapter 1" doesn't have a release date, but let's hope it comes out soon so we've got something to bump while we stay on our path of success.

 

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Watch DJ Premier Rehearse With His New Live Band

Watch DJ Premier Rehearse With His New Live Band

For those that don’t know, DJ Premier debuted his brand new live band for the good folks in Japan last week. And while we don’t know what the full set was like, we do know the players (some better than others.) In a short clip from their rehearsal footage, Preemo plays maestro while NYC bass-man and producer on the come-up Brady Watt ha...<

Rick Rubin Reveals His Insider Stories Behind Songs He Produced

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In recent years, RapGenius has been the go-to website to decipher your favorite Rap lyrics, but it often works best when the artists themselves log on to give their insight. Artists who have created verified accounts to do this include Nas, Kendrick Lamar, GZA, Common, Joey Bada$$, and many more, but now a producer with one of the biggest bodies...<

Sango “Maluco” (Sunny Gabe Edit)

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The tables get turned, as well known editor, Sango, gets one of his jawns remixed here. Last year, Sango came through with his heater “Maluco” off of his Brazil inspired beat project, Da Rocinha 2 – replays for days. The track inspired Virginia based Electro Indie duo, Sunny & Gabe to take a stab at it. The result is a sped up and...<

The Purist x Mick Jenkins “Touch Me”

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I should hope by now you’ve all entered to win tickets to see Chi-town lyricist, Mick Jenkins, and Pro Era representative, Kirk Knight, live in concert in a city near you (it’s not too late if you haven’t). Either way, Mick gives you another sample of what you’re in store for via his guest spot on UK producer, The Purist’s, new track, “Touch Me.” T...<

Suge Knight Officially Charged with Murder. Could Face Life in Prison.

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Less than one week since the January 29 hit-and-run incident, killing Terry Carter and injuring Cle “Bone” Sloan, Marion “Suge” Knight has been formally charged with one count of murder, and one count of attempted murder. ABC7.com reports the breaking news. Additionally, the Compton native was charged with two counts of hit-and-run with an allegat...<

Freeway Sheek Louch Join Forces with Rap P on Another One (Audio)

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Freeway and Sheek Louch form a State Property and D-Block union on Rap P’s “Another One.” The song, a Shroom production fueled by a 70’s soul sample, is high energy and each MC matches the tempo with a spirited flow.

Freezer and Sheek are no strangers to one another, having worked together on multiple songs in the past, and...<

Nike SFB Mountain 'Military Brown'

Nike SFB Mountain 'Military Brown'

Nike continues to prove that they are one of the most versatile footwear brands out by easily shifting gears from the hardwood to the woods. The Nike SFB Mountain looks like it could go up against Mother Nature in a wrestling match and come out on top.

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Stimuli

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Stimuli' is the latest visual offering from C-Rayz Walz taken from his recent album release 'Almighty: The Solar Facts', produced by Kentron The Mastodon, featuring L.I.F.E. Long (Stronghold), John Robinson and Jasiri X, directed/edited by C-Rayz Walz.

Almighty: The Solar Facts' is the manifestation of godly bars. Part 1 of a 9 album cycle from C-Rayz Walz, with features from a myriad of collaborators including Wordsworth, Q-Unique, Afu-Ra, Sadat X, Reef The Lost Cauze, King Magnetic, Akir, Icon The Mic King, Tragedy Khadafi, listing only a few.

 

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Drama Class

 Drama Class

Conflicted EP’ is the latest offering from Brooklyn NY's Drama Class (Mr.Live x Earl Blaize) (of Anti-Pop Consortium), the 8 track project dives straight into the topics from 'Artistry vs Fast Food Music', to 'Quality over Mediocrity' and 'Love over Money.' Standing on a platform based on feeling, Drama Class delivers a solid, well produced, well rounded project that challenges every listener to examine the question “What is more important to self, love or social acceptance”.

This Dub MD presented EP features exemplary instrumentals by Earl Blaize, Dotmatic, Jahlil Beats, 14KT, Madlib / Drumma Boy, Oddisee and T. Dragonette. Drama Class is providing music that will sound and feel like something you would come to expect from artists upholding the tradition of the genre, and not compromising their craft for conformity.
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released 27 January 2014
*Executive Produced by Earl Blaize (of Anti-Pop Consortium)
*All Vocals Written & Performed by Mr. Live
*Additional Voiceovers / Adlibs by Karen 'Sapphire' Alvarez
*Presented by Dub MD / Cover Art by Jumpster

 

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Raz Simone

Raz Simone

In the video for Seattle rapper Raz Simone‘s ‘Still Mobbin’  rides through his city at night reminiscing about his first kilogram, strap and first time whipping up in the trap. The black and white video moves from nighttime solitude to camaraderie and crew love in the daylight.
As the song moves into its sing-song coda, Simone mobs with featured singer Ariana DeBoo and a large number of his affiliates. “I don’t wanna kill / Swear to God I don’t want to kill / But I got a son and a momma still / Therefore I will, I’m still mobbin’,” he says as this more joyous section starts.
‘Still Mobbin’ is a cut from Simone’s upcoming ‘Cognitive Dissonance: Part One.’ The video is directed and edited by the Black Umbrella collective’s Andrew Imanaka and Simone himself.