Don Cheadle Has Harsh Words For Donald Trump In Scathing Tweets

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Don Cheadle is no fan of Donald Trump, as we have already seen time and time again throughout the presidential vetting process. Now, in a firestorm of vitriol from the award-winning actor and filmmaker, Don Cheadle has let off some heat toward the Republican presidential candidate after he attempted to use the shooting death of Chicago Bulls star...

Luke Cage Is Bulletproof (But His Clothes Aren’t) In New Clip

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Luke Cage, the next special Marvel series to hit Netflix, can’t come any sooner. The show’s September 30 premiere date is getting closer and closer, and Netflix is doing a good job of keeping us curious.

A new teaser clip has dropped in which Cage effortlessly beats up several guys in what appears to be a boxing gym.

“I guess you...

Listen To A Potent Unheard J Dilla Mixtape From 2000

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J Dilla is one of the few artists known to have a record collection equally as impressive as his own original catalogue. Those waxy 12-inch pressings are the very bones from which some of our favorite cuts are built. And while his beat tapes are a thing of legend, his mixtape game is practically unheard of. Cue: Boiler Room’s...

Watch A Recap of DJ Jazzy Jeff’s Star-Studded Playlist Retreat 2016

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As he always does about this time of year, DJ Jazzy Jeff recently held the 2016 edition of his Playlist Retreat. The Playlist Retreat is an intimate gathering of progressive artists for the purpose of inspiration, motivation and collaboration. It is an organic exchange between people who believe in the greater purpose of expression through music.

W...

Premiere: Travel The World With Benin’s Own, Shirazee, In “Different” Video

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Star players sometimes wait in the dugout, hitting the plate just when they’re needed at bat. For newcomer, Shirazee, the Benin hopeful has been waiting and building for a couple years now, and he’s ready for the challenge of stretching into the status quo.

The multi-talented West African has worked with everyone from Twista and Ty...

Lloyd Releases Grainy Visuals For Single “Tru”

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Lloyd, the New Orleans born, Georgia raised R&B singer, a man who possesses possibly the coolest born name ever, Lloyd Polite, Jr., just dropped some grainy visuals for his new single “Tru.” The track, his first single in five years, was originally released back in May. From his 2004 debut solo album Southside&nb...

NY Producer Suzi Analogue Releases Her Latest Beat Tape ‘Zonez V.2’

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It’s been a minute since we last checked in with NY residing producer/songwriter Suzi Analogue, but she makes thunderous return tonight. The head of Never Normal Records comes through with the latest edition of her audio/visual beat tape series, ZONEZ V.2. The tape is laced with 11 original Analogue creations, as well as the debut of Workflow...

Simone Biles Makes History With Fourth Gold Medal

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Earlier today we wrote about how Simone Biles is a super hero and, well, that might actually be true (ok, not entirely but kind of). The 19-year-old Olympic athlete completed her run at the 2016 Rio Olympics today, and earned another gold medal.

Biles, alongside her Final Five teammate Aly Raisman, took the top two spots in the floor exercise...

Simone Manuel Is The First African American To Win Gold In Swimming

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It’s a great day to be a Simone!

The Olympic-sized hype for Simone Biles is due to her historic run at obtaining five gold medals in gymnastics. Last night, Simone Manuel was at the center of it all after competing in one of the most exciting races during the Rio Olympics. The 20-year-old game changer secured her place in history by racing to...

Hear Raury + Jaden Smith On New Track “Losing Your Mind”

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The Netflix produced series The Get Down is making waves. The show takes place in the New York City borough of The Bronx during the 1970’s as hip hop and its unique culture began to be created and subsequently flourished beyond the borders of New York. While on Beats 1 with Ebro,Raury and Jaden Smith, talked about the show, hip hop,...

M.I.A. Drops New Track “Bird Song”

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M.I.A. is about to drop a new project, purportedly her last, so that she can focus on raising her child. M.I.A’s last album was 2013’s Matangi. In the buildup to the new album, which will be called AIM, we have been blessed with a new single called “Bird Song” scroll down to listen to it below. The choppy...

Watch 6 New Trailers For Donald Glover’s FX Series ‘Atlanta’

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As the air date draws closer, the trailers for Donald Glover’s new drama series, Atlanta, continue to stack up. I haven’t read up on the show, so all my knowledge of it has come from the not-so-telling trailers that have bee coming out the last few months. While I’m somewhat hot and cold on Childish Gambino (more hot than cold...

Watch Kehlani Get “Gangsta” In Her New Vid off The Suicide Squad Soundtrack

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I’m still yet to get to the theaters to catch it, but Suicide Squad the movie is killing it at the box office. After opening this past Friday it has grossed 135 million in the U.S., making it the biggest August opening in history. The star-studded soundtrack isn’t doing so bad either, with Suicide Squad: The Album peaking at #1 on...

UPDATE: Chill Out, No One Is Selling Prince’s Paisley Park Compound

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UPDATE: It appears that TMZ got it wrong, as the announcement that Prince‘s Paisley Park home “could soon hit the open market” was misreported. According to multiple sources, the special administrator of Prince’s estate, Bremer Bank, issued a statement saying that TMZ’s write-up was...

Black Atlass Makes His Return w/ “Haunted Paradise”

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It’s really only a matter of time before Black Atlass becomes a household name. It’s been relative silence since he released his Jade project earlier this year, but it’s looking like Black Atlass will be making a strong 4th quarter push. The Canadian singer/songwriter/producer just dropped his latest single, “Haunted...

Tower Records’ Place in Music History Is Being Remembered in New Doc (Video)

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It goes without saying that every generation of music fan has its earliest, almost primordial memories of when and how it fell in love with music. For some, these memories conjure up images of a live show or a particular lyric that sounded like it was written just for the listener. For others, falling in love with music is inextricably linked to...

Heartbreak Of Late: How Katrina, Taylor A Tragic Loss Shaped Kanye West

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In the last 15 years, has an artist used the medium of music videos as profoundly and as dynamically as Kanye West? At last night’s (August 30) 2015 MTV Video Music Awards, Mr. West received the honorary Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, placing him in the company of not only the award’s namesake, but in a 31-year gallery that...

Talib Kweli Redesigns Currency For His Anti-Capitalism Campaign (Video)

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MC and activist Talib Kweli has loaned his voice to various social and political movements over the course of his career, most recently as a guest on Real Time With Bill Maher, where he shared his thoughts on the Black Lives Matter organization and the upcoming presidential election. His loudest proclamation in recent weeks, however, came from...

Toro Y Moi Just Dropped A Massive Surprise Mixtape/Album For Free

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Toro Y Moimay very well be hitting every damn stage across this occasionally great nation, but time has proven that that certainly won’t deter him from gracing the world with new tunes whenever he so pleases. Case in point: the surprise drop of a compilation tape today, featuring cuts that host the likes of KOOL A.D., Rome Fortune, Washed...

Bishop Nehru Celebrates His Birthday With 4 Songs Including A Visual (Audio/Video)

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Bishop Nehru has accomplished a ton in just a teen-aged life. Turning 19 today (August 26), the Mass Appeal/Lex Records MC celebrated in a way that aligns with his tireless work ethic. The Spring Valley, New York native released four new songs, one of which already receives a standalone video.

Starting with the visual, “The Alert” (also...

Rakim, Smif N Wessun + More To Perform At Upcoming #24HrsOfPeace Show In N

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Prompted by a seemingly never-ending a string of violent deaths in America, many of them involving police officers and unarmed civilians, community organizers in New Jersey well rally in Newark Friday to celebrate the fifth annual #24HrsOfPeace, a moment of music, discussion and demonstrations in the name of stemming violence in the streets of...

1986 Was A Good Year… In Big K.R.I.T.’s Life In His Garage (Audio)

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Today (August 26), Big K.R.I.T. turns 29 years old. Born in 1986, the Meridian, Mississippi MC/producer named Justin Scott has risen to the top of the creative ranks in Hip-Hop since his mid-twenties. The Cinematic Entertainment artist was surprised with a special birthday present: a Chevrolet Monte Carlo.

The white box-style Chevy came with red...

Happy Birthday, Bilal!

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Perhaps one of the century’s most underrated R&B artists is Bilal, who was part of the famed Soulquarians collective during their heyday. Now an independent artist, Bilal turns 36 years old today (Aug. 11).

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Chris Rivers Cory Gunz Flip a Brand Nubian Joint on Latest Freestyle (Audio)

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In the latest addition to his ever-growing arsenal of Friday freestyles, Chris Rivers has enlisted the help of Cory Gunz for a flip of a Brand Nubian classic. After dropping verses on tracks originally by the Clipse, Dr. Dre, N.W.A., Jay Z, Black Moon, Big Pun, and more, the South Bronx MC continues to diversify his portfolio on a weekly basis in...

Dave Chappelle Announces 16 US Tour Dates For Fall

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UPDATE: Two days following the 13 dates Dave Chappelle announced, the comedian has added three days in New York City. In a residency at the Gramercy Theater, where he did the same in 2014, Dave will perform on September 28, 29, and 30. All three of those dates will feature two sets per day.

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Two years ago this month, Dave...

Jay Rock – 90059 [Artwork + Tracklisting]

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Jay Rock has been steadily building momentum all summer long, and now it looks like the TDE emcee is not far from a release date. Earlier this evening, the artwork and track listing were released for Rock’s next LP, 90059, the title paying respect to his hometown Watts zip code. The album is set to feature guest appearances from Busta...

Black Dynamite

 

Black Dynamite is a newly formed hip-hop group based in California, consisting of Centric and emcee C. Keys. Centric has garnered the attention of a plethora of international DJs, blogs and fans with the success of several singles he produced for other members of his Free At Last Music family as well as other known hip-hop acts & legends. Keys has appeared on the'Wake Up Show' with Sway & Tech on several occasions and is known as the first artist to freestyle answers to Sway and Tech's questions live on air. Together Centric and C. Keys have formed a dynamic hip-hop duo called Black Dynamite. Check out the new street single from the westcoast group titled "Fly Talk" featuring Freeway and NJ emcee Trife.
 

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A$AP Rocky Sued by Fan for Vertebra Injury at 2013 Concert

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Concerts can get a little crazy, especially when it comes to hip-hop. Just look at the riot that happened during a Travi$ Scott show at Lollapalooza earlier this month. When crowd surfing comes in to play, safety is a concern too. Now it looks like A$AP Rocky is in hot water as a result of one of his A$AP Mob members doing just that.

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New Music Releases – September 2015

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Now that have a new Dr. Dre album for our listening pleasure, what could September possibly do to top August? The answer: Not that much. Although there are no album releases of the Dr. Dre caliber, there are still a few to take note of as we roll into the autumn months.

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Cam’ron Raps. He Acts. He Can Also Run A Human Resources Department (Video)

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Frequently, major companies make the news for questionable practices regarding employee rights. Human Resource departments are put in place to enforce best ethical relations in making a work space, both internally and externally—with everybody’s rights respected.

Larry Wilmore’s “The Nightly Show” opted to make light...

Funk Giants Cymande Will Release Their First Album In Nearly 35 Years

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Perhaps some of the Okay-realm is familiar with the immeasurable dopeness that was/is the calypso-tinged UK funk ensemble CymandePerhaps some of you are even aware that the troop has been on a hard-set hiatus since roughly 1981. But it appears come this November, a sampledelic sound that’s been diced, spliced and sliced by the...

Wu-Tang Affiliate Hell Razah The Subject Of Upcoming Documentary

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Since the mid-1990s, Hell Razah (a/k/a Heaven Razah) has been a prominent figure within the Wu-Tang family tree. A founding member of the Sunz Of Man, Razah—alongside Killah Priest, Shabazz the Disciple, Prodigal Sunn, and 60-Second Assassin would eventually tackle the Billboard Top 20 through 1998’s The Last Shall Be First.

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In the...

Little Simz Shares A Brooding New Video For “Dead Body”

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Fire-spitting MC Little Simz is roaring once more with an excellent new video ahead of her debut LP release. The clip is for “Dead Body,” which appears on the long-awaited A Curious Tale Of Trials + Persons and is truly something to treasure. Opening with tones menacing, even half-demonic, the song falls miles deep into a canyon of...

50 Cent Recalls Painful Memories on '9 Shots'

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You're certainly not a diehard 50 Cent fan if you didn't know he was shot nine times in 2000. Fortunately for the Queens native, he lived to continue on with his rap career after the harrowing ordeal. Now he releases a new song, "9 Shots," that touches on the pain surrounding the number nine.

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Talib Kweli Tells Money-Lusting MCs What They Can Do With It…(Audio)

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So much of Hip-Hop is centered around money. There are songs about how much money MCs are making through illicit means, whether it be through the sale of drugs, stick ups or pandering. Others flaunt how much money they have through boasts about their cars, homes, fine art and ability to “make it rain.” It’s created a culture...

From MPCs to Robots? Technology is Changing How Music is Created

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The marriage of music and technology has been around for millennia, but the major strides made in the last few decades alone have brought music tech to more exciting and progressive places than ever before. In a recent development, a program has been developed that is exploring the realm of musical improvisation without the presence of human...

James Fauntleroy “Black Ship Wreck” x “All We Do”

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Looks like James Fauntleroy is at it again. Fauntleroy has once again taken to his soundcloud page with some tunes for us to rock to. The first track, “Black Sea Ship Wreck” was apparently made in 2009 – though nothing sounds dated at all about this one. Fauntleroy slows things down a little with the second cut, “All We...

Homeboy Sandman “Arrows” + Tour Dates

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Homeboy Sandman is about to set off on tour this month. But Boy Sand never leaves without dropping some gems off on the way. Boy Sand comes through with this new Mondee produced cut titled “Arrows.” The track opens up and closes with Homeboy Sandman listing his top 5 favorite emcees – I can’t argue with most of that list....

Mike Dean Works With Rap’s Masters. So Who Does He Consider The Best? (Video)

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Mike Dean is one of Rap’s most prolific producers of the last 25 years. Dean has been responsible for much of Rap-A-Lot Records 1990s and early 2000s successes, before joining Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music production team, and relocating to New York City.

From Scarface and Devin The Dude, to Seagram and Tha Dogg Pound, to Watch The Throne...

Happy Birthday, Kurtis Blow!

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The great thing about some birthdays is how they give us a chance to remember some of the greats’ contributions to the culture. Today’s example is Kurt Walker better known as Kurtis Blow. The legendary rhymer turns 56 years old today (Aug. 9).

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Adidas Stan Smith Signature Logos

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When it comes to branding it seems like as of late we’ve been seeing a lot of looks from Adidas that are taking the minimalist approach. To effectively buck that trend the Stan Smith model just popped up in a style that is so logo heavy that it looks like a Nascar racing jacket.

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OKP Premiere: JONES Offers A Touching Sparse Take On &ldquo;Deep&rdquo;

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It takes only a few seconds for the music JONES to feel like home. The East London native draws upon a childhood love of soul music, and in her recordings a kind of pure, young wonder radiates in all directions. It’s on full display throughout her newest release, a stripped-back solo take on “Deep,” which is making its world...

Nike LeBron 12 Low Court Purple

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LeBron James may not have been on the winning team during the NBA Finals this year but he is still continuing to win the sneaker game as he does time and again. He just dropped another killer colorway of the Nike LeBron 12 Low and it proves that a dope kick doesn’t need a special theme to succeed.

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Mac Miller Compares 100 Grandkids To A Hundred Grand (Video)

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Mac Miller has been more careful to release product than at any time in the last five years. However, the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania MC/producer is definitely hard at work. “100 Grandkids,” his formal re-entry confirms as much. The showman uses a school-production musical theme to show his versatility in another stream-of-consciousness...

M.O.P. Apollo Brown Collaborate on Detonate and It&rsquo;s Explosive (Audio)

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In recent years, M.O.P. have explored with their sound. The Brownsville, Brooklyn duo of Lil Fame and Billy Danze have made some of their hit records with the likes of DJ Premier, D/R Period, Just Blaze, and manager/producer Laze E. Laze, in addition to board-work with Statik Selektah, Snowgoons, and Fame (as Fizzy Womack).

However, Apollo Brown...

Macklemore Ed Sheeran Present Lessons To His Daughter All Of Us (Audio)

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After dominating 2012-2014, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are back. The Seattle, Washington MC and producer tandem are masters at finding Pop sensibility through making Hip-Hop songs about issues that seemingly relate to us all.

Mack’ and his wife recently welcomed their daughter Sloane Ava Simone Haggerty into the world (in May, before...

Don’t Wear Purple Raekwon Only Built 4 Cuban Linx Sneakers On Rainy Dayz…

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This past weekend, Raekwon’s solo debut, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx… celebrated its 20th anniversary. The Staten Island, New Yorker and co-founder of the Wu-Tang Clan released his Loud/RCA Records debut to Top 5 fanfare and an eventual gold plaque. Famously called “The Purple Tape,” the RZA-produced effort was manufactured on...

Guilty Simpson Takes Aim w/ His New Single “Animal”

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Guilty Simpson is back, and if you think he’s toned down on the aggression at all… you’d be wrong. This time around, Guilty has the boys in blue in his cross hairs. The Detroit emcee drops the hard hitting “Animal,” as in what the police are treating us like. Listen to Guilty beat the beat up while dropping some...

Soundz – SAD (Slow Ain’t Dead) [EP]

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We got an introduction to singer/songwriter/producer Soundz about a month ago with the release of his track, “Kissing On Your Neck.” The song definitely got my attention, and now we get 5 more for you to digest and make up your own mind on the rising talent. Soundz comes through with this new EP, SAD (Slow Ain’t Dead). As...

The Foreign Exchange Take You To Work w/ Their New Vid “Asking For A Friend”

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The Foreign Exchange is back, and the duo is here to make you dance with this one (work!). Phonte and Nicolay just released a video for their latest single, “Asking For A Friend.” This one kind of sounds like a song that started out as a joke and then ended up as a very dope song. Watch as Phonte takes you from the break room to the...

What Does Ice Cube Think About Ghostwriting In Hip-Hop? (Video)

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Ice Cube is widely regarded as one of Hip-Hop’s most influential MCs. Whether with N.W.A., Westside Connection, or a multi-platinum solo career, the Los Angeles, California MC has written songs that have defined years, eras, and Rap music as a whole.

Notably, Cube has written for others along the way, most notably his N.W.A. band-mate,...

Guilty Simpson Fights Back Against Police Treating People Like Animals (Audio)

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Guilty Simpson’s Stones Throw Records return is shaping up. The Random Axe MC who made a lot of noise upon 2008’s Ode To The Ghetto is back in form. “Animal” puts racist cops in the cross-hairs, as the Detroit, Michigan native looks at recent events as an awakening to a longtime epidemic of law enforcement treating...

Adidas Blue Boost

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The Adidas Blue Collection is where luxury and performance meet and while the run of products they produce may be small they are always impressive. This next shot employs our favorite technology to come from the adidas as of late and even names the shoe after it.

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Ever See This Big Pun Terror Squad Cypher in the Back of a Limo? (Video)

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Here’s a look back at a behind the scenes moment with Big Pun, Prospect and Cuban Link from Terror Squad, and Charlie Hustle. In an experience that was much like a true to life segment from Wu-Tang Clan’s Enter the Wu-Tang Clan: 36 Chambers, the crew was in the back of a limo, kicking back, for a ride that was part cypher and part...

Signif

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Milwaukee-bred, NYC-based emcee Signif presents the "Play 2 Win", her new single featuring Detroit rapper Elzhi. Produced by JBM Beatz, "Play 2 Win" is the newest single from her forthcoming album Friction, set to feature Sadat X, Aldrick, and Genesis Renji as well as production from Skeff Anselm, Fate, DJ Puerto Roc, Radio Raheim, and Tay Lee. Signif describes "Play 2 Win" as "Elzhi and myself reflecting on the social ills of our surroundings and how it's so easy to get caught up in the wrong situations in life. It takes much effort to pull away from most social norms while having a positive outlook on life. We reached out to Elzhi's camp and he was down to do the track after listening to some of my music, it's definitely a honor to be on a track with El." Friction drops September 9 on Intelligent Dummies.

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Nitty Scott

Still haven’t copped Nitty Scott, MC‘s latest EP, which has been available to stream since last September? I can’t begin to fathom what’s holding you up but, hey, there’s no time like the present. If you need a little extra convincing, newly-released single Skippin’ Clouds should be just the thing to whet your appetite for the full project. Here, Yuri Beats provides a dreamy, low-key instrumental backdrop for quirky bars dedicated to the Brooklyn, New York emcee’s favorite smokable substance. This stratospherically blunted jam receives an injection of gravity courtesy of director Kendra MacLeod, whose visuals examine the diverse faces of drug culture. Feeling it? Then what are you waiting for—click here to cop Boombox Diaries Vol. 1.

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