The Cypher Effect (S2E22) (Freestyle Session)

The Cypher Effect returns with the third rap freestyle session from their Official San Diego Chapter, this time featuring freestyles from Gremlin, Bleezie, NuNu, Zaid Tabani, Sage One and Destruct. The cypher was lead by DJ LALA and was shot by JDS Films at Dynazty Cuts. Very ill. Check it out below.

Peezy - LateNightJazz EP

Boston emcee Peezy returns with his latest EP, "LateNightJazz." As you can tell by the title, the production is Jazz influenced and provides a nice laid-back atmosphere for Peezy to spit over. Very dope. You can stream or download the EP for free below. Also make sure to check out the video for the track "Persevere" by Chin and Peezy that I posted up a few weeks back.

CONFZ - Name and Number

East London emcee CONFZ returns with the first single from his upcoming original project which is set to drop in the next few months. The song is called "Name & Number" and has CONFZ rhyming in a slower, more mellow flow than his usual over an original production. The track also features harmonies from fellow up-and-comer Jamal Woon. Check it out below.

PFM and Iron Ora - Pomegranate Sunset

Despite dropping back in February of 2012, I was just recently put on to this dope album by PFM and Iron Ora called "Pomegranate Sunset." The album is produced entirely by Iron Ora himself while PFM holds it down on the mic. The beats are dope, having a smooth boom-bap feel and PFM rips them in his rugged flow. This shit is fire. Definitely give a listen when you have a moment.

Fat Joe - The Darkside 3 (Review)

Fat Joe - Darkside III

"The Darkside 3" is the third installment in Fat Joe's "Darkside" series of mixtapes. The mixtape features guest appearances from Dre, Action Bronson and Nick Shades as well as production from DJ Premier, Diamond D, 9th Wonder and others. It was released on August 26, 2013 and is available as a free download over on Datpiff.com.

Awon and Phoniks - Return To The Golden Era (Review)

Awon and Phoniks - Return to the Golden Era

"Return to the Golden Era" is the first collaboration album between Newport News, VA emcee Awon and Portland producer Phoniks. The album features guest appearances from Dephlow, Tiff The Gift and Pel while all production is handled by Phoniks himself. It was released on July 30, 2013 and is available as a "name your price" release on the groups website.

ST 2 Lettaz - Flashlight (Video)

Huntsville, AL emcee ST 2 Lettaz just dropped the latest video off of his album, "The G...The Growth & Development," which was released back in March of 2013 and is one of my top albums of the year. The video is for the track "Flashlight", which just happens to be one of my favorite tracks on the album. Check out the video and then head on over and peep my full track-by-track review of "The G...The Growth & Development."

Reps Reppatwa - August 19th

18 year old hip-hop artist Reps Reppatwa (pronounced Repertoire) returns with his latest track, "August 19th." The song is produced by Motel Eola and will appear on his upcoming "Reppalations 21:2" EP, which is due to be released later in 2013. Also make sure you check out his other track, "Believe in Yourself (MLK)", which was released earlier in the year.

Vita Et Mors - Nostalgia (feat. Negrostotle)

Vita Et Mors is an 18 year old emcee who is dedicated to keeping the art of hip-hop alive. He recently released a track called "Nostalgia", which features verses from both Vita Et Mors and Negrostotle and is produced by Thelonious Martin. The track is dope and was released as a quick freebie before he drops his untitled debut EP, which will hopefully be released before the end of the year.

Grilly - Pour Up A Player (Mixtape) and Zilla - Book of Trill (EP)

I got a couple of Block Beattaz releases for you today. The first is from Huntsville, AL rapper Grilly in the form of his latest mixtape, "Pour Up A Player", which is entirely produced by Mali Boi of the Block Beattaz. It's no surprise that the beats on here are banging and Grilly's smooth flow sounds great over them. Check it out below.



Next up is the "Book of Trill" EP by another Huntsville emcee, Zilla. The EP is full of lush, trunk-rattling Block Beattaz instrumentals as Zilla spits honest rhymes about his life growing up in Alabama. Dope shit.

Supastition - Best Worst Day (Video)

"Best Worst Day" is the latest music video from North Carolina emcee Supastition. The song is produced by Dirty Art Club and is taken from Supastition's latest EP, "The Blackboard." The beat is smooth and perfectly compliments Supastition's dope flow and vivid storytelling as he raps about a day that slowly goes from good to bad to worse. Check out both the video and the full EP below.



Rediculus - Iron Fist (featuring Blaq Poet)

Chicago producer Rediculus returns with another banger, this time for the song "Iron Fist" which features Queensbridge legend Blaq Poet. The beat is dark and grimy, which is the perfect backdrop for Blaq Poet's intense flow and street lyrics. Very dope. Peep it below.

Skanks Feat. El Gee - In My Mind (Prod Kyo Itachi)

Crown Heights native and Bankai Fam member Skanks comes through with a new video from his upcoming album "The Shinigami Flowfessional." The song is called "In My Mind" and features Skanks and El Gee kicking rhymes over an ill Kyo Itachi banger. This shit is fire. "The Shinigami Flowfessional" is coming soon on Shinigamie Records.

Ceazar - Render The Throne (Hosted by Raekwon)

"Render The Throne" is the latest mixtape from Raekwon and ICEH2O Records emcee Ceazar.
The mixtape is hosted by DJ Whoo Kid and features appearances from Raekwon, Fred The Godson, Scram Jones, JD Era, JoJo Pellegrino, Aye Wun and others. Below is the video for "The Brewery" (which features a verse from Raekwon) as well as the full mixtape link from DatPiff.com. I also posted up the video for Ceazar's latest single, "So Amazing", earlier this month so head on over and check that one out as well. Dope shit. Don't sleep on this dude.




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Norman Dean - Lost (Video)

Norman Dean returns with the latest video from his new mixtape,"Hippy High", which dropped on August 21st over on Datpiff.com. The song features Norman rapping over Maxwell's "Bad Habits" instrumental and it's really dope. Check out the video and the full mixtape below.




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Juicy J - Stay Trippy (Review)

Juicy J - Stay Trippy

"Stay Trippy" is the third solo album by Three Six Mafia member Juicy J. The album features guest appearances from Pimp C, Project Pat, Trey Songz, Wale, Big Sean and others as well as production by Young Chop, Mike WiLL Made It, Timbaland and others. It is set to be released on August 27, 2013 via Taylor Gang Records, Kemosabe Records and Columbia Records.

Jay Sinificance - The Fountain Of Popular Talk (Single)

"The Fountain of Popular Talk" is the first single from West Chester, PA emcee Jay Sinificance's upcoming album, "Renovations." The song is self-produced by Jay Sinificance and it's really dope. Hopefully the rest of the album has songs of this quality. Peep the single below and then check back in the next few months for more news on the album once it becomes available.



Malkovich - Through The Trees (feat. Sum and Chris Clarke)

Irangeles (Iran/Los Angeles) emcee Malkovich returns with his latest video for the track "Through The Trees", which features Malkovich, Sum and Chris Clarke kicking a few rhymes over a dark Computer Jay instrumental. The song is the most recent single from Malkovich's most recent album, "Great Expectations", which you can stream or download below. Dope shit.



Big Sean - Hall of Fame (Review)

Big Sean - Hall of Fame

"Hall of Fame" is the second studio album by GOOD Music emcee Big Sean. The album features guest appearances from Nas, Juicy J, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj and others as well as production by No ID, Key Wane, Da Internz and others. It is set to be released on August 27, 2013 via GOOD Music and Def Jam Recordings.

D.Focis - Born Loser (Video)

"Born Loser" is the latest single by Detroit emcee/producer D.Focis, which features the rapper reminiscing on his life growing up in Detroit, MI.
"Attending a dozen public schools led to constant issues with fighting and being bullied as the "new kid", which created deep feelings of inadequacy, but this is no sad song. This is a celebration of all those who were born without a path to success, and respond by creating one of their own."
The song is self-produced by D.Focis and it's really dope. Peep the video below and then head on over to his website to download the track and check out some of his other work. Don't sleep on dude. This shit is fire.

Endemic - High Society (feat. Tragedy Khadafi, Ruste Juxx and Afu Ra)

UK producer Endemic comes through with his latest single, "High Society", which features Queens rapper Tragedy Khadafi and Brooklyn emcees Afu Ra and Ruste Juxx. The song is the first single from his upcoming album, "Terminal Illness 2", which will also feature Masta Killa, Roc Marciano, Cappadonna, Planet Asia, Skyzoo, DJ Switch, Bronze Nazareth, Kevlaar 7, Salute Da Kidd, P.R. Terrorist, Killah Priest, Hell Razah, Shabazz The Disciple, Bugsy Da God, Cyrus Malachi, Tesla's Ghost, Ray Vendetta, Sav Killz, Supreme, Darkim be Allah, Prodigal Sunn, William Cooper and M9. What a crazy lineup. "Terminal Illness 2" drops October 29 on IDC / No Cure Records. 

Shawn Chrystopher - The Lovestory LP (Review)

Shawn Crystopher - The Lovestory LP

"The Lovestory LP" is the second studio album by Inglewood, CA emcee Shawn Chrystoper. The album features guest appearances from Dom Kennedy, Polyester, Ashly Breshe and Janai Evans as well as production by Zaire Koalo, Shawn Chrystopher and Cameron Wallace, among others. It was released on July 23, 2013.

Sterling Duns - Closer (Video)

"Closer" is the latest video from Sterling Duns, a 25 year old emcee from Philadelphia who tries to spread positive vibes with his unique take on hip-hop. The song is dope and features Sterling kicking some ill rhymes over a smooth Clouded Slum instrumental. "Closer" is the opening track from Sterling's latest mixtape "Summer Home", which is available as a free download over on his website. Definitely check this out.

Earl Sweatshirt - Doris (Review)

Earl Sweatshirt - Doris

"Doris" is the debut studio album by Odd Future emcee Earl Sweatshirt. The album features guest appearances from Vince Staples, Domo Genesis, Tyler The Creator, Frank Ocean, Mac Miller and others as well as production by The Alchemist, Pharrell, RZA and others. It was released on August 20, 2013 via Tan Cressida and Columbia Records.

Apollo's Sun and The Boomjacks - The Ownlife Sessions, Vol. 1

"The Ownlife Sessions" is a small collection of tunes by York, Pennsylvania lyricist Apollo's Sun and Finnish production duo The Boomjacks. The music on the EP could be described as abstract hip-hop or indie hip-hop and it's really dope throughout.
"The term "Ownlife" was an idea introduced by author George Orwell in his classic book, 1984. The word is defined as such: "Ownlife refers to the tendency to enjoy being solitary or individualistic, which is considered subversive. Winston Smith comments that even to go for a walk by oneself can be regarded as suspicious."
The EP is currently available for free or "name your price" over on the groups Bandcamp page, while limited edition CD's will be released sometime later. Definitely check this out.

Chin and Peezy - Persevere (featuring Phacade)

"Persevere" is the latest single from Chin and Peezy's upcoming mixtape "The Mind's Eye", which is due to be released sometime in the next few months. The song is dope and features all three emcees kicking verses over a soulful boom-bap instrumental. The video was produced at 3MG (Motion l Music l Media Group), shot by Mcsergio "Poppz" Estany, directed by Chin, Peezy and Phacade, and edited by Chin. Very nice. Check it out below.

The Cypher Effect (S2E21) (Freestyle Session)

The Cypher Effect returns with the second rap freestyle session of their Official San Diego Chapter, this time featuring freestyles from A-Lowe, M.O.G., Apaulo 8, Main Flow, Savy D and Ric Scales. The cypher was lead by DJ Tramlife and was shot by JDS Films at Tribal Gear Lower Left. Dope shit. Check it out below.

ASAP Ferg - Trap Lord (Review)

ASAP Ferg - Trap Lord

"Trap Lord" is the debut album from ASAP Mob member ASAP Ferg. The album features guest appearances from ASAP Rocky, Bone-Thugs-n-Harmony, Schoolboy Q, Onyx, B-Real and others. It was released on August 20, 2013 via ASAP Worldwide, Polo Grounds Music, and RCA Records.

Apex Zero - Chaotic Revolt (Video)

"Chaotic Revolt" is the latest video from West London emcee Apex Zero, who will be releasing his debut album "Reality Provoking Liberation" on 28th October. The video was released on August 6th, 2013, which marks the 2nd anniversary of the London riots. The full album will include features from Triple Darkness' newest member Iron Braydz, Amy True from Caxton Press, London's Invincible Armour and Hasan Salaam. 

AWKWORD - Throw Away The Key (Video)

New York rapper AWKWORD comes through with a video for the track "Throw Away The Key", in which he takes a stand against police violence and mass incarceration. The video is a RapGenius World Premiere and is sponsored by the New York Civil Liberties Union x Occupy The Hood.
"All proceeds go to World View charity Guns 4 Cameras, a 501c3 nonprofit that goes beyond the gun-exchange program, working to eradicate street violence through the Hip Hop-inspired education and empowerment of our at-risk youth."
Peep the video below and then head on over to his Bandcamp page to download the full track.

Mickey Boston and Regimental Oneton - The Krylon (Video)

Mickey Boston and Regimental Oneton come through with their latest video for the song "The Krylon", which is a song off of their debut album "Enter the 36 Tentacles." The song is produced by XEptional and features the turntablism of DJ Overflow with cameos by Meres One and COPE2. "The Krylon" is poised on highlighting ideals of the graffiti culture in it's lyrical narrative in which the two emcees rhyme about nostalgic and contemporary notions of their experiences and memories of the art form. The video is directed by Nestor Narvaez and Alberic Finhol and features the art of Regimental Oneton, while paying specific homage to 5Pointz where part of the video was shot.
"As 5Pointz was to become a Mecca for Graffiti by means of attracting legendary writers from the likes of Stay High 149, SPE, Tracy 168, COPE2 and Tats Cru, it was also to become a location menaced by the interests of corporate real-estate and big-money capitalism. In essence, 5Pointz was to signify a meeting point of various styles converging from five boroughs into One Voltron. Little was anyone to know that the location was to bring artists from around the world to come together."




Very dope. Also make sure to check out Mickey Boston and Regimental Oneton's full debut album "Enter the 36 Tentacles", which is available for streaming below and as a free download over on the duo's Bandcamp page.



Substance Abuse (feat. Percee P and Myka 9) - Paper Tigers

Los Angeles duo Substance Abuse (consisting of emcees Eso Tre and Subz) return with their latest video for the track "Paper Tigers", which features guest appearances from Percee P and Myka 9. The song is taken from their most recent album "Background Music", which dropped in late 2012.
"Background Music marks the long awaited return from one of hip hop’s most revered and critically acclaimed groups, Los Angeles based outfit Substance Abuse.  Known for rhymes and beats that evoke what has now come to be known as hip hop’s golden era, Substance Abuse has tracks that will endear modern audiences to a style of music that is consistently yearned for but seldom made"
Very dope. Make sure to pick up the full album over on iTunes and support real hip-hop.




Stalley - Honest Cowboy (Review)

Stalley - Honest Cowboy

"Honest Cowboy" is the latest mixtape by MMG artist Stalley. The tape features guest appearances from Scarface, Schoolboy Q, Joi Tiffany and Crystal Torres as well as production by DJ Quik, Cardo, Block Beattaz and others. It was released for free on August 8, 2013 via various mixtape websites.

Self Provoked - Dear Vida (Video)

"Dear Vida" is the latest video from Sylmar, Los Angeles emcee Self Provoked. The song is produced by Anthro Beats and was featured on Self Provoked's "SP77" mixtape. The video was shot in Los Angeles, CA and was directed and edited by JDS Films. The full song is available for download over on Self Provoked's Bandcamp page and the full mixtape is available for streaming below. Dope shit.





Confz - Underground Airplay (Remix)

About two weeks ago I posted the audio for the latest freestyle from East London emcee Confz, which featured Confz rapping over the instrumental for Joey Badass's "Underground Airplay." Today we get some visuals to accompany the freestyle. Very dope. Check it out below.

Freestyle Rap Battle Website - YaBattle.com

I got an interesting email the other day about a website that is the first website to launch that hosts rap battles and freestyles over a live video stream. The site is www.YaBattle.com and the concept sounds kinda dope.
"How it works is two users get matched up (which I will explain next) and then a beat plays with a 1 minute timer where one user is muted so the other can rap and then they alternate. There is also a 10 second period between rounds where users can both communicate/talk trash etc.

User's can select to "Quick Battle" and get paired with randomly anyone around the world (sort of like a chat roulette of rap). Or they can "Start a Battle" and in 2 clicks post a tweet/status with a link to their battle (and pre-generated text explaining what it is) to Twitter or Facebook that invites their friends to join their battle.

In the future, we are going to have a new feature called "Ranked Battle" and it will pair users randomly, and that is when we are going to implement voting, comments and rankings/leaderboard. There are many features to come especially on a social networking side, but we just want to keep them under wraps for now.

All in all, we wanted to create place for rappers, hobbyists, and fans alike, because there really is no real-time place for them to interact on the internet and this is it. Producers will also have the opportunity to have their beats used in battles and they can send them to beats@yabattle.com. We can be found on Facebook & Twitter."
I'm not a rapper myself, but I figured some of you may be interested in participating in some freestyle rap battles, especially against your friends. Head on over to www.YaBattle.com and check it out.

Manni Festo - Reality (Video)

New Jersey rapper Manni Festo comes through with a dope new video for his track "Reality." The song features Manni Festo spitting in a classic hip-hop style over a lighthearted instrumental by Topaz Jones. "Reality" is taken from his "Revival of the Fittest" album, which is available as a free download on Manni Festo's Bandcamp page.






Kojey Radical - Cathartic Release (Video)

Kojey Radical returns with the penultimate piece in the Chapter Two Project, "Cathartic Release." The spoken word performance "relates drug culture to perusing goals and dreams using social pressures, family, understanding and race as a catalyst." Very nice. Check it out below.

DJ Czarny and Tas - Time to Build (Album)

"Time to Build" is the sophomore album from Polish duo DJ Czarny & Tas. The album has fourteen tracks and features a wide variety of influences ranging from hip-hop to soul music and drum'n'bass. The end result is pretty dope and is definitely worth a listen if you like the more expiremntal side of hip-hop music. Check out the full album stream below.

Madchild - Lawn Mower Man (Review)

Madchild - Lawn Mower Man

"Lawn Mower Man" is the latest solo album from Swollen Members emcee Madchild. The album features guest appearances from Prevail, Slaine, Sophia Danai, Bishop Lamont and JD Era as well as production by Rob The Viking, C-Lance, Chin Injeti and The iKonz. The album was released on August 6, 2013 via Battle Axe/Suburban Noize Records.

Theo3 - In A Heartbeat (Video)

Toronto emcee Theo3 just released a video for the third leak off his upcoming "Enticement FreEP", which will feature production by Psycho Les of the Beatnuts and NYC producer Audible Doctor. The video is for a song called "In A Heartbeat" and it showcases Theo3's dope mic skills as he spits rhymes over a head-nodding Phat Tony instrumental. Peep it below.



In case you missed it, here is the video for the track "Clouds" with DJ Riccachet and production by Audible Doctor. This track will also appear on the "Enticement FreEP", which should be dropping some time next week.


D Dand - BHLAAAOW

"BHLAAAOW" is the first single from the as of yet Untitled upcoming project between New Jersey emcee D Dand and producer Good Food (Guiding Our Own Dreams & Finding Out Our Destination). The song is dope and features D Dand dropping gems over a raw, head-nodding Good Food instrumental. Definintely make sure to check this one out. Full length project coming soon

Klassy - Sweet Awakening (Video)

Los Angeles, CA emcee Klassy just dropped her latest video for the song "Sweet Awakening." The song is produced by iSick and has a nice, carefree, summer vibe to it. The video was shot in Echo Park,CA and was directed and edited by JDS Films. The full song is available for download over on Klassy's Bandcamp page. This is some real dope hip-hop right here so don't sleep!

Currensy and Jet Life - Red Eye Mixtape (Review)

Currensy and Jet Life - Red Eye Mixtape

"Red Eye Mixtape" is the latest free mixtape from New Orleans emcee Currensy and the members of his Jet Life crew. The mixtape features verses from Currensy, Young Roddy, Fiend, Juvenile and others as well as production by Cardo, Sledgren, Thelonius Martin, Monsta Beatz and others. It was released on August 2, 2013 and can be downloaded for free over on DatPiff.com.

Napoleon Da Legend - Knees of Atlas (produced by DUS)

Here is a dope new video for the track "Knees of Atlas" which features Napoleon Da Legend spitting fire over a banging DUS instrumental. The two dropped their albums earlier this year, respectively - Napoleon with "Awakening" (Earth Spinz) on April 2nd and DUS' "Ambassadors" (Brothers Grimm) on June 25th. "Knees of Atlas" is featured on both LP's. Check out the video below and then peep my full review of DUS' album "Ambassadors."

Ed Rowe and Concept - Essenchill (Album)

Ed Rowe and Concept have just released their collaborative hip-hop album "Essenchill." The album is a relaxed/soulful boom-bap project containing 17 tracks and is currently available digitally via Bandcamp and iTunes with CD distribution via UGHH.com coming in the near future.
"Emerging from the haze of polluted sound waves comes a breath of fresh air: 'Essenchill'. Amidst a chilled collective of soulful, jazzy, boom-bap rhythms, flows vitally poignant lyricism, embodying perspectives on meditation, family, and overcoming life's obstacles. Essenchill will engage listeners of all ages and backgrounds, while still appealing to true hip-hop heads."
This shit is very dope. You can stream or purchase the full album via the Bandcamp link below or head on over to iTunes and pick it up there. Expect my full review in the near future.

Pete Rock and Camp Lo - 80 Blocks From Tiffany's Pt II (Review)


"80 Blocks From Tiffany's Pt. II" is the second collaboration mixtape between Bronx, NY duo Camp Lo and legendary hip-hop producer Pete Rock. The mixtape features guest appearances from Talib Kweli, Mac Miller, Ab-Soul, M.O.P. and others and is fully produced by Pete Rock. It was released on July 30, 2013 for free over on DatPiff.com.

Howard - The Light Freestyle

Palm Beach, Florida emcee Howard comes through with a dope new freestyle over Common's "The Light" instrumental. The freestyle should serve as a quick teaser of his upcoming mixtape, "Howard", which is coming out in late August 2013.

Ceazar - So Amazing (Video)

Staten Island emcee Ceazar comes through with a new video for the song "So Amazing" off of his upcoming mixtape "Render The Throne." The track features Ceazar rapping about a chick who's got him hypnotized over a smooth G.U.N. Productions instrumental while Junii provides the chorus. Dope shit. The full mixtape should be out later this August.

Pharaoh Phresh - Psyborg Dolphin Race

Pharaoh Phresh is an artist hailing from Utica, NY that classifies his style of music as "psychedelic, sci-fi hip-hop." He recently released a new song, titled "Psyborg Dolphin Race," off of his upcoming mixtape "Phorrest Phunk." The track was produced by TべたTOPAZ GANG and its really dope. It's always nice to hear something creative and different from whats currently out there on the radio. Check out "Psyborg Dolphin Race" as well as the video for his other single, "BLOCKA!," below.



Platini - O.T.D (Off The Dome) Volume 1

South Florida emcee Platini returns with his latest mixtape, "O.T.D (Off The Dome) Volume 1." The mixtape finds Platini teaming up with GoWhereHipHop.com to show off his freestyle skills over a series of classic instrumentals.
"Using no pen and no pad, Platini lets his skills do the talking through out the mixtape showcasing his lyrics."
Very nice. Check it out below.