Jay Sinificance - Tax Free Vol. 2 (Conscious And Running)

West Chester, PA emcee Jay Sinificance is back again, this time with his latest single "Tax Free Vol. 2 (Conscious And Running)". The song is the second release of a few other upcoming volumes, the first being "Tax Free Vol. 1 (200 Bars and Running)", which dropped a few weeks back. Jay is releasing each of the volumes in preparation of his official mixtape, "#Renovations", which is set to drop in mid-April early May 2014. Dope. Check it out below.

Bleezie - Dead End (Video)

The Cypher Effect Alumni Bleezie comes through with her latest video for the song "Dead End", which features the Houston emcee kicking rhymes over a head-nodding Eztayla instrumental. Very nice. Check it out below.

Darnell Little - LittleLotus (Darnell Little x Flying Lotus)

Darnell Little is back, this time with his latest mixtape, "LittleLotus", which is his take on Flying Lotus' "Cosmogramma" album. I've given "Cosmogramma" quite a bit of play since it first came out so it's really nice to hear these reworked versions of the songs. Dope shit. Check it out below.

Reps Reppatwa - Keep Going (Video)

18 year old hip-hop artist Reps Reppatwa (pronounced Repertoire) is back, this time with a video for the track "Keep Going". The song is a promotional track for his upcoming free album, "Reppalations 21:2", which is due to be releaed in early/mid 2014. It is produced by Loopz, but will not be featured on the album itself, so consider this one a loosie. Dope shit.

AWKWORD - World View (Album) and Dedication (Single)

New York rapper AWKWORD is back, this time with a new track, "Dedication", as well as details on his upcoming album "World View". As far as the song goes, "Dedication" is produced by Dismas (from Romania) and Trilian (from Serbia) and tells the story of how "World View" came about. It will be featured on the Bonus Disc of "World View", which will be released one month after the album drops. For the album itself, "World View" has a strong and positive message behind it -
"World View is the first-ever 100% for-charity global Hip Hop project, sponsored by DJBooth.net and The Morgan Stanley Foundation. Featuring contributions from EVERY Continent and EIGHTEEN (18) Countries, showcasing our interconnectedness created through Hip Hop culture and rap music, World View will be available for sale February 2, 2014. ALL proceeds from World View are being donated to Guns 4 Cameras, a 501c3 nonprofit that goes beyond the gun exchange, working to eradicate street violence through the Hip Hop-inspired education and empowerment of the youth in our communities."
Check out the full tracklisting, as well as "Dedication", below.

01. “Gas Land (Frack Off)” ft. Chaundon [prod. by Numonics]
02. “Throw Away The Key” [prod. by L.Ment (Canada)]
03. “Bars & Hooks” ft. Sean Price, The Kid Daytona & The Incomparable Shakespeare [prod. by Harry Fraud]
04. “Penny” [prod. by Dismas (Romania)]
05. “The People’s Champions” ft. Shabaam Sahdeeq, Punchline & Beretta 9 (of Killarmy) [prod. by Harry Fraud]
06. “Got Class?” [prod. by Fresh Nerd]
07. “Notorious” ft. Wordsmith, Jasiri X, Jus Daze & Capital X [prod. by Amin PaYnE (Australia)]
08. “Doctor Doctor” ft. GuessWho? [prod. by MajoR R.E. (Malaysia)]
09. “Requiem” ft. SoulStice, Ess Vee & CuzOH! Black (add. vox by Jay Daniels [Australia] & Mark Deez) [prod. by ATG]
10. “Melting Pot (Made In America)” ft. Chaundon [prod. by Numonics]
11. “Rape” [prod. by Fafu]
12. “Rap Genius” ft. Chino XL & Perseverance [prod. by The White Shadow (Norway)]
13. “It’s Not Possible” [prod. by Recluse Crew (Finland)]
14. “#AaronSwartz” ft. L*A*W [prod. by Steel Tipped Dove]
15. “The World Is Yours” ft. Sha Stimuli & Viro the Virus [prod. by Dominant1 (Malawi)]
16. “Imperialism” ft. C-Rayz Walz & REKS [prod. by Jonny Lupo (Moldova)]
17. “Radio 2.0″ ft. KRS-One, Dug Infinite, Brimstone127 & Mista Lawnge (of Black Sheep) [prod. by Vice Souletric]
18. “Metal Music” ft. El Gant, ILL BILL, Tenacity & Blame One [prod. by Tranzformer]
19. “Go!” ft. Joell Ortiz, Slug (of Atmosphere) & Maya Azucena [prod. by Domingo]

CeasRock - All My $ (Video)

Montreal rapper CeasRock comes through with a video for his track "All My $", which is the latest single from his "Zero Gravity EP." The song is produced by 514IndoRecordz, who handled most of the production duties on the EP. The full project also features Uness, Loe Pesci, I.Blast and Boy 6lue as well as additional production by Vincent Pryce and DeeJay IZ. Check out both the video as well as the full album below.



Lyrically iLLz - Down To Earth

New York City based emcee Lyrically iLLz recently dropped his latest mixtape, "Down To Earth", back on December 17, 2013 over on his Bandcamp page. I gave the tape a good listen and its dope, with Lyrically iLLz and guests kicking rhymes over a variety of instrumentals. The beats range from more traditional boom-bap bangers to Wale and Portishead reworks while the rhymes take it back to an era where lyrics were actually important. Check it out below.


Paranom and Purpose (of Tragic Allies / 7 G.E.M.S.) - Life Outside The Frame (Review)

Paranom and Purpose - Life Outside the Frame

 "Life Outside The Frame" is the first collaboration album between Purpose (of Tragic Allies) and the latest member of Tragic Allies, Paranom. The album features guest appearances from Relentless and Estee Nack (of Tragic Allies) and is fully produced by Purpose himself. It was released on December 10, 2013 via Ill Adrenaline Records.

Pawz One - The Luv (featuring Ariano and Masta Ace)

Los Angeles emcee Pawz One recently released the first single from his upcoming album "Face The Facts". The song is called "The Luv" and features Pawz One, Ariano and the legendary Masta Ace kicking rhymes over an ill Default instrumental while DJ Indjnous provides the cuts. The full album is set to be released on February 18, 2014 and will feature guest appearances from Rakaa Iriscience (of Dilated Peoples), Ras Kass, Termanology, 2Mex and Masta Ace. For now, check out video for the single below.

Da Beatminerz - Sumthin' (Beatminerz Remix) (featuring Tash (of Tha Alkaholiks) and Rah Digga)

Ill Adrenaline Records and Da Beatminerz come through with two unreleased remixes coming straight out of the vaults from Mr. Walt and Evil Dee. The first remix is for the track "Sumthin'", which features Tash (of The Alkaholiks) and Rah Digga spitting fire over a dark, gritty instrumental. This version of the song was recorded back in 1998 along with the original version, but has never been released until now. The b-side remix is of Black Star's "Another World" track, which is also it's first time seeing the light of day. Check out the remix of "Sumthin'" below and then head on over to iTunes and pick up the full single.



Talib Kweli - Gravitas (Review)

Talib Kweli - Gravitas

"Gravitas" is the sixth solo album by Talib Kweli, following this years "Prisoner of Conscious" album that was released back in May. The album features guest appearances from Raekwon, Black Thought, Rah Digga, Mike Posner and others as well as production from Khrysis, Oh No, Statik Selektah, J Dilla and others. It was released on December 15, 2013 via Javotti Media.

Tonedeff - Demon EP (Review)

Tonedeff - Demon EP

"Demon EP" is the second installment from Tonedeff's second album "Polymer", which consists of four EPs that, when combined, will form the final album. The EP features no real guest appearances besides some backing vocals by Danish singer-songwriter, FJER and is fully produced by Tonedeff himself. It was released digitally on December 10, 2013 through his Bandcamp page.

Kid Vishis - Look At All My $**t (Single)

Detroit emcee Kid Vishis, who happens to be Royce da 5'9"s younger brother, dropped off the second official release from his upcoming album that is due out in March of 2014. The song is called "Look At All My $**t" and showcases Vishis's lyrically prowess over a Hippie Sabotage/Chase Moore instrumental. The full album will include production from Freddie Foxxx and Shady's Mr Porter and will be dropping on Seven 13 Music.

Murs - Christmas Rules Everything Around Me

Los Angeles rapper Murs comes through with his latest single, "Christmas Rules Everything Around Me", which is produced by Curtiss King. I never really thought of flipping Wu-Tang's acronym for C.R.E.A.M. into a Christmas track, so I'm diggin' the originality here.
"If you know me you know I LOVE Christmas," says Murs. "I've always wanted to make Xmas song. It's corny it's silly it's fun and I LOVE it!"
Dope.

MisterrCha - Standing EP (Instrumental Album)

MisterrCha is a 17 year old music producer from the UK who produces a mix of hip hop, trap and EDM/Electronica instrumentals. He recently released an instrumental EP, entitled "Standing EP", back in November which features a broad range of beats from upbeat electronica instrumentals to more traditional boom-bap inspired beats. Check it out below.

LOTenI - The Edge of The Universe (Video)

LOTenI is a 23 year old emcee from Windhoek North, Namibia who is currently residing in Washington DC and who recently just dropped an ill video for the track "The Edge of the Universe." The song is dope and is his take on Canadian trio Down To Erf's 1996 track "Learn To Earn", which is some great throwback boom-bap. Check it out below.

Vers'tyle - Rogue Of The Mold

"Rogue Of The Mold" is the second album from Montclair, NJ emcee Vers'tyle. The album features guest appearances from Rob Deech and Lynx as well as production by ANS, Kashmill, AxL Beatz and Superstar O.
"This album is a declaration of my defiance as an artist. Stating that I no longer feel the need to blend in, or make tracks like what is already out (my approach in the album The Unveiling). Knowing that a sound that's different is the road less traveled, but once people catch on, it's the same road that keeps listeners on-board."
Nice. Peep it below.

Murs - S.O.S. (featuring Kosha Dillz, Jabee, Reverie, Cash Lansky, Marley B and Optimal)

Los Angeles emcee and hip-hop veteran Murs comes through with a music video for his track "S.O.S', which features Kosha Dillz, Jabee, Cash Lansky, Marley B, Optimal and Reverie. As you can tell, the song is a posse cut and is being put out under Murs' new imprint, Label 316.
"I started this label as a platform for all the hard working artists out there  I felt deserved a more. I for one believe that this game is 10% talent and 90% work ethic. And you won't find one lazy artist on this roster."
Dope shit.

Marchtect - 2 Weeks Notice (Album)

Marchitect (from the Hip Hop group The 49ers) is back again, this time with the followup to his "Marc: My Words" album that dropped back in September. The latest album is called "2 Weeks Notice" and is another full length project featuring Marchitect kicking rhymes over ill boom-bap instrumentals. The album is fully produced by Equinox Productions, with Marchitect handling all of the verses with no guest appearances. Check out the first video from the project, "Killemceez4fun", as well as the full album below.



Jay Sinificance - Tax Free Vol. 1 (200 Bars and Running)

West Chester, PA emcee Jay Sinificance returns, this time with his latest single "Tax Free Vol. 1 (200 Bars and Running)". The song is the first release of a few other upcoming volumes in preparation of his official mixtape, "#Renovations", which is set to drop in mid-April early May 2014. 
"The reason why its called Tax Free is because no label is taxing my flows to get released. It’s also just a bar for bar mix to show the fans and listeners that don’t know much of me where my lyrical skills are."
Nice. Check it out below.

ERAMATICS - L.A.B. (Video)

"L.A.B." is the latest single from Brooklyn, NY trio ERAMATICS (which consists of TahJmall, Ziiion, and LEXINGTON). The song is dope and builds off of that boom-bap sound of hip-hop's "Golden Era", but modernizes it to make it still sound fresh. The trio is currently working on their debut project, which is untitled as-of-yet and is set to be released in the second quarter of 2014.

Busta Rhymes and Q-Tip - The Abstract and The Dragon (Mixtape)

Busta Rhymes and A Tribe Called Quests Q-Tip released a new mixtape yesterday over on Livemixtapes.com. The tape is called "The Abstract & The Dragon" and had me thinking that it was going to be all new material, but it turns out to be mostly remixes of older songs with a few new tunes sprinkled in. Regardless, the new tracks are fire and the older tracks are dope as hell. Hopefully we get a full EP of original tracks or something from them in the near future. Check it out below.

Roc Marciano - Marci Beaucoup (Review)

Roc Marciano - Marci Beaucoup

"Marci Beaucoup" is the third studio album from Hempstead emcee Roc Marciano. The album features guest appearances from Evidence, Ka, Guilty Simpson, Cormega, Action Bronson and others and is fully produced by Roc Marciano himself. It was released on December 10, 2013 via Man Bites Dog Records.

Yamin Semali - Senior Dues: Yen Dollar Music, Vol. 2

East Point, GA rapper/producer Yamin Semali recently released his latest album, "Senior Dues: Yen Dollar Music, Vol. 2", which features guest appearances from Tha Dogg Pound's Kurupt, Count Bass D, J-Live, Boog Brown, Phene, Small Eyez, Joe D and Sa-Roc as well as production from Yamin himself, Illastrate, Dublohskytzo and Sam Brown. The album is ill, with many of the tracks having a soulful vibe while also feeling more aggressive than many of his previous releases. Check out the full album below.

Lil Champ, Fway, Prez P and J NiCS - Rollin' Clean

Miami rappers Lil Champ, Fway, Prez P and J NiCS deliver a video for their latest single, "Rollin' Clean", which features the four emcees kicking some rhymes over a smooth Mr. Sisco instrumental. The track is dope and will end up appearing on Champ's upcoming album, "Heavy Gunz & Gold". Check out the video, as well as Prez P's recently released "The Ambiance" album, below.



CJ Trillo - Volume 1: Nostalgia

Chino Hills emcee CJ Trillo stops by with his latest mixtape, "Volume 1: Nostalgia", which was released on November 5, 2013 and is actually his fourth mixtape. I gave the project a listen earlier today and was impressed. The beats are consistently dope throughout the tape and CJ Trillo's delivers lyrically with clever rhymes and a smooth flow on each track. Dope shit. Check out the full mixtape below.

Art Morera - 12:01

Miami, FL emcee Art Morera recently released a new EP, entitled "12:01", which is the sequel to his debut mixtape, "12:00AM". The EP is fully produced by Nixon and Mydus as 'illMurray' and consists of five songs, all of which are quite dope. The project comes with visuals for each track, all of which you can view below, that portray a night in the life of Art Morera. Very nice.

Junoflo - Soul Season (Mixtape)

San Diego by way of Fullerton, CA emcee Junoflo recently put me on to his latest mixtape, "Soul Season", that he dropped back in late November 2013. I gave the mixtape a good listen and its really ill, combining Junoflo's witty lyricism and smooth delivery with West Coast inspired instrumentals from Inphy, Nubbz, Freddie Joachim, Bahwee, SoulChef and more. Dope shit. Check it out below.

Paranom and Purpose (of Tragic Allies / 7 G.E.M.S.) - Microphone Phenomenal (Video)

"Microphone Phenomenal" is the latest video from the album "Life Outside The Frame", which is a collaborative project between Purpose (of Tragic Allies) and Paranom. The song is banging and features Paranom ripping a beautiful Purpose instrumental full of soft chimes and head-nodding drums. "Life Outside The Frame" drops today on Ill Adrenaline Records, so head on over to iTunes and pick yourself up a copy. I hope to have a full review of the project up in the next couple of days.



Moss Da Beast - Lebron Jordan Kobe (Album Review)

Moss Da Beast - Lebron Jordan Kobe

"Lebron Jordan Kobe" is the first official album from Nashville by way of Chicago emcee Moss Da Beast. The album features guest appearances from Young Syns, Jboos, Yella the OG and others as well as production from BlockBeattaz, BandPlay, Frank Lucas and others. It was released on November 19, 2013 via BeastMode Music Group.

Apex Zero - Transcendental Emcee

London's Apex Zero returns with a brand new joint called "Transcendental Emcee", which features Apex kicking some rhymes over a dark Frank Freeman instrumental. The song is just a loosie and is not featured on his latest album, "Reality Provoking Liberation", which was released back on October 28th and is one of the better albums of 2013. Very nice.

Rod McCoy – Bittersweet

Military veteran and emcee Rod McCoy comes through with his latest track, "Bittersweet", which features Rod spitting some meaningful lyrics over a head-nodding J1K instrumental. The beat is ill and Rod McCoy rips it, spitting vivid lyrics in a smooth flow.
"The song is a narrative story of a woman who fell in love with the man of her dreams, better yet, a shell of who this man really was. After reaching the highest point of their relationship, on the daily she was brought down to the lowest. The man that was once her everything, had now become only the father of her son and her constant nightmare. When hustling defines your income there's always a risk of demise. Bullets have no name and the streets have no referees. For one reason or another, this woman's boyfriend had his life taken and her conscious was left in a constant battle of emotions. Bittersweet was the thought of her son's father losing his life; in one hand, the only man she has known is now gone - in the other, so is her dictator and abuser. Constantly she questions how she "should" feel but who's to provide the answer?"
 Dope.

Aruzo and DJ Slime - Remixed It 2

Aruzo and DJ Slime dropped a collaborative remix album back in September that I thought was pretty dope. The album features Aruzo's take on classics from Little Brother, Slum Village, Evidence, Erykah Badu and more while DJ Slime provides the cuts. It's always nice to hear alternate versions of classic tracks and I'm really feelin' the smooth sounds crafted by these two. Check out the tracklisting and full album below.

1) Akrobatik x Little Brother - Be prepared
2) Little Brother x Carlitta Durand - Life of the party
3) Slum Village - Lock it down
4) Evidence - The layover
5) Erykah Badu - Honey
6) Erykah Badu - Bag lady
7) Royce da 5’9 x Elzhi x Supastition - Best to do it

Reason - The Intro (Video)

Brooklyn emcee Reason comes through with an official video for the track "The Intro" off of his "1 Reason Only LP." I don't know much about Reason as an emcee, but what little I do know has impressed me. My first time really hearing him spit a verse was on Raekwon's "The Brewery" (off of his "Unexpected Victory" mixtape that dropped in 2012), but I haven't heard much since then. Until now. The full "1 Reason Only LP" is dope and showcases Reasons rough and rugged delivery over some hard ass instrumentals. Check out both the video and the LP below.



Paranom and Purpose (of Tragic Allies / 7 G.E.M.S.) - Interlude To Your Mood (Single)

"Interlude To Your Mood" is the second single from the upcoming collaboration album between Purpose (of Tragic Allies) and up-and-coming lyricist Paranom, who is also the latest member to be inducted into the Tragic Allies collective. The track is ill and features Paranom spitting fire over an head-nodding Purpose instrumental full of chopped up vocal samples and energetic drums. The full album,"Life Outside The Frame", will be produced entirely by Purpose is set to drop on 12/10/2013 via Ill Adrenaline Records.

Endemic - Terminal Illness 2 (Review)

Endemic - Terminal Illness 2

"Terminal Illness 2" is the followup album to UK producer Endemics 2009 project "Terminal Illness." The album features guest appearances from Masta Killa, Roc Marciano, Cappadonna, Planet Asia, Hell Razah and a ton of other emcees while all production is handle by Endemic himself. It was released December 3, 2013 via No Cure Records.

Cormega - Honorable (featuring Raekwon)

Queens emcee Cormega links up with Wu-Tang Clan's Raekwon and releases a fire track entitled "Honorable." The song features both emcees spitting darts over a head-nodding boom-bap banger. I didn't see any word of where this track is going to end up, but it might be a cut from Cormega's upcoming album, "Mega Philosophy", which will be fully produced by Large Professor. No matter where it ends up, the track is definitely ill.

Endemic - Cardinal (featuring Darkim be Allah and Supreme) (Video)

UK producer Endemic is back yet again, this time with his latest video, "Cardinal", which features verses from Darkim be Allah and Supreme. The song is the latest in a line of singles released from his album "Terminal Illness 2", which also features Masta Killa, Cappadonna, Planet Asia, Skyzoo, DJ Switch, Bronze Nazareth, Salute Da Kidd, 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. The full album is in stores now with digital releases dropping December 17, 2013.

Andrew Kelley and DJ Mekalek - Some Songs I Made For RZA (Album)

Andrew Kelley, producer and A&R for RZA's Soul Temple Records label, recently dropped a compilation album of some of his favorite cuts from the albums he has worked on for the label. The project features songs taken from Wu-Tang Clan's "Chamber Music" and "Legendary Weapons" albums as well as RZA's "Man With The Iron Fists" soundtrack and Ghostface Killah / Adrian Younge's "Twelve Reasons to Die."
"Kelley says 'I am fortunate enough to say I have had the opportunity to work with the greatest rap group of all time. Putting together songs & albums that I hope have added to their legacy.  I wanted to say thank you to all the Wu Tang fans for your support throughout the years.'" 
Also included on the project are some unreleased remixes and exclusives, all expertly mixed by Kelley's long time collaborator DJ Mekalek. Peep it below.

Chi King (of Brooklyn Zu) - Let Me Thru (featuring Prodigal Sunn)

Brooklyn Zu and Wu-Tang Clan affiliate Chi King comes through with his latest track, "Let Me Thru", which features Chi sharing the mic with fellow Wu affiliate and Sunz of Man member Prodigal Sunn. Chi King has been around for quite a while now, making appearances on various Wu-Tang mixtapes and tracks throughout the years, and he is just now gearing up to release his first solo album, "Radio Vol. 1 The Big Record." Hopefully this song is a taste of things to come. Peep it below.

AWKWORD - Go (featuring Joell Ortiz, Slug and Maya Azucena)

New York rapper AWKWORD returns with his latest track, this time with the main topic being perseverance, survival and success. The song is called "Go" and features AWKWORD, Joell Ortiz (of SlaughterHouse) and Slug (of Atmosphere) kicking rhymes over an energetic Domingo instrumental while Maya Azucena provides the hook. Very nice.

Ceazar - Showtime (featuring Fred the Godson) (Video)

Ceazar returns with the latest video from his "Render The Throne" mixtape, this time for the track "Showtime" which features the Ice H20 artist sharing the mic with Fred the Godson. The mixtape is hosted by Raekwon and features verse from JoJo Pellegrino, Raekwon, Fred the Godson and others as well as production by Scram Jones, G.U.N. Productions and others. Peep both the video and the full mixtape below. Dope shit.




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DJ Dister - Roll Wit Dis (Review)

DJ Dister - Roll Wit Dis

 "Roll Wit Dis" is the latest album from hip-hop producer DJ Dister. The album features guest appearances from The Artifacts, Masta Ace, A.G., Kool G Rap, Jeru The Damaja and others and is fully produced by DJ Dister himself. It was released on August 27, 2013 via Born 2 Roll Records.

U Call That Love - Sounds Across the Globe (Album)

"Sounds Across the Globe" is the first free compilation album from U Call That Love. I gave the album a good listen today and it's dope as hell, featuring appearances from The Audible Doctor, King I Divine, Moods, Concept, Parallel Thought, P.R, maticulous, Pawcut and many others. Check out the tracklisting, as well as the full album, below. Don't sleep on this shit.

1. The Boomjacks - Pilvet
2. Nix - Encore feat. Percee P
3. Customary - Still Yours
4. Pawcut - Walk on by
5. Souls Rest - Small Triumph
6. Maverick - The Rise and the Fall
7. Concept - With You
8. The Audible Doctor - Get 'Em feat. Guilty Simpson
9. maticulous - Wind feat. Black Sun & Hubbs
10. King I Divine - SSS (Scattered Sun Showers)
11. Moods - Mr. Clean
12. Pseudo Slang - Till It Ends (prod. Rawhead)
13. Exact Change Project - Keep It Jazzy
14. P.R - Next Destination
15. Piece Of Mind - Rhyme Training feat. Abdominal (Remix)
16. Arcka - Just Another Day
17. Kool Keith  - Stuck In The Past (prod. Keith Science)
18. olywok - Don't Matter
19. Parallel Thought - Mad iLL
20. DJ Czarny & Tas - Too Close
21. Praverb the Wyse - The Social Network feat. DJ Grazzhoppa
22. foka - Knew You Was Fake
23. Jaze Baqti - Escape