Archive for the 'Freestyles' Category

Video: Taylor Bennett – Chiraq Dreamin (In-Studio)

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

The younger Bennett sibling goes nuts on an in-studio freestyle over the “Forgot About Dre” instrumental at Truth Studios.

Previously: Taylor Bennet ft. King Louie – New Chevy (Video)

Video: Emilio Rojas, Maffew Ragazino, Black Dave, HD & Kirk Knight – DJ Booth City Cypher #1

Monday, July 28th, 2014

DJ Booth sets off their new City Cypher freestyle series with a few of New York’s finest.

Previously: Emilio Rojas – Lonely | Maffew Ragazino, Livin Proof & Cortez – No Chance

Video: Vic Mensa – Warm Up Sessions Freestyle

Monday, July 28th, 2014

Out in the UK, Chicago’s Vic Mensa spits some bars for SBTV’s Warm Up Sessions series.

Previously: Vic Mensa – Fire In The Booth Freestyle (Video)

Vintage Video: Kanye West Freestyles at Fat Beats Opening (Extended)

Friday, July 25th, 2014

After sharing that gem of a clip of a 19-year old Kanye flowing at the opening of the iconic Fat Beats vinyl outlet a couple of weeks ago, DJ Eclipse today leaks an extended version of the clip (via 2DBZ) that also features bars from Al Tariq, Butter Lee & Black Attack.

 

Some context:

I’m sure most of you have seen the Kanye clip from the grand opening of Fat Beats by now. Like I had mentioned before there were so many dope artists performing that day. Here’s the extended clip that the Kanye footage came from along with some back story. Al Tariq from the Beatnuts came through that day and brought some of his people with him. His people being Butter Lee from Rawcotiks, Black Attack and Kanye West. Both Rawcotiks and Black Attack were featured on Tariq’s “God Connections” album which came out on Correct Records in ’96. Another artist that was on Correct Records was Grav who was from Chicago and put out an album called “Down To Earth” (also in ’96). Not only was Tariq featured on that album as well, but it would also feature the first appearance of Kanye West on the mic on a song called “Line For Line” (which he also produced along with half the album). In addition to that connection, Kanye was a student of No I.D. & Dug Infinite who were producers that had been working with Common (Sense). Common was signed to Relativity Records as was the Beatnuts. So when Kanye started making trips to New York to “make it” in the music biz one of his first stops was at Relativity Records. There was a person who worked at Relativity named Peter Kang who was heavily involved with the Beatnuts and also took an early interest in Kanye West and started managing him. So whenever he would have the Beatnuts out and about he would bring around Kanye. And that’s how Kanye ended up at Fat Beats that day. Happy 20th anniversary Fat Beats!

I wonder what else Eclipse has in the stash?

Previously: Kanye Covers GQ’s August Issue

Video: Vic Mensa – Fire In The Booth Freestyle

Sunday, July 20th, 2014

Vic Mensa stops by BBC Radio 1 to give a 10 minute freestyle for the “Fire In The Booth” series.

Previously: Vic Mensa – Major Payne

In The Lab with araabMUZIK

Friday, July 18th, 2014

It’s hard to believe, but araabMUZIK has been putting in work on the boards for damn near a decade already. Sometime around the middle of the previous decade we started to hear his signature production style on mixtapes and street singles from various Dipset affiliates, and by the time Cam’s Crime Pays album dropped in 2009, he had made a name for himself as a guy you could trust to give you a banger.

Since then he’s earned a similar reputation in the world of EDM while still finding time to construct killer beats for some of our favorite MCs. With his new project For Professional Use Only 2 now in the streets, we caught up with the MPC maven to ask him about his production process, preferred studio setup, his approach to rocking festivals and working with OG producers such as Alchemist and Swizz Beatz.

Click here to read In The Lab with araabMUZIK

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Raekwon – Could It Be I’m Falling In Love

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Rae flips “Could It Be I’m Falling In Love” by The Spinners for this week’s Throwback Thursday freestyle.

Previously: Raekwon – Ooh La La La | Raekwon Brings Out Bobby Shmurda, Troy Ave, Papoose at BK Hip-Hop Festival

Video: Sir Michael Rocks – Toca Tuesdays Freestyle

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Last week, Sir Michael Rocks stopped by Toca Tuesdays to promote his upcoming album Banco and proceeded to drop a freestyle for DJ Tony Touch.

Previously: Sir Michael Rocks ft. IAMSU! & Casey Veggies – Bussin

Consequence – Studio Freestyle

Monday, July 14th, 2014

“So how dare any rappers try to rap after me on NahRight”

For his latest trick, Cons hops on ScHoolBoy Q’s “Studio”.

Previously: Audible Doctor ft. Consequence – No Future

Video: Joe Budden vs. Hollow Da Don

Monday, July 14th, 2014

It went down Saturday night at the Eminem sanctioned Total Slaughter battle event at the Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC. Joe Budden, a popular MC with a fanbase and a history of selling records, squared off against battle champ Hollow Da Don. The debate over who actually won is still ongoing, but the majority of opinions that I’ve seen on social media since Saturday give it to Hollow, which shouldn’t be a huge surprise to anybody. Props to Joe for putting his reputation on the line in such a public forum, but these guys do this shit for a living.

Previously: Hollow Da Don vs. Joe Budden (Trailer)