Archive for the 'Freestyles' Category

Vintage Video: Talib Kweli And Friends at Fat Beats Circa 1998

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

DJ Eclipse continues to drop vintage gems. Here’s footage of a fresh faced Talib Kweli participating in a cypher at the NYC Fat Beats location in 1998. Joining him in the session are L-Fudge, Shabaam Sahdeeq, Skam2 & A.L. Skills. Kweli spits a verse that that contains lines that would eventually end up on tracks such as the Beatles influenced “Lonely People”, and Black Star’s “Twice Inna Lifetime”. I’m pretty sure I see my man DJ Peter Parker standing on the sidelines.

Eclipse explains:

In 1998 both L-Fudge and Shabaam Sahdeeq released 12″ singles on Rawkus Records. Rawkus had been around for a minute, but it was with this era of releases that they really started making some noise (along with Company Flow, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Sir Menelik, The High & Mighty and others). Here’s footage from the Fat Beats NYC in-store celebrating the release of these two singles. Like most FB in-stores, it was never limited to just the advertised artists. In this clip you’ll see L-Fudge, Talib Kweli, Shabaam Sahdeeq, Skam2? & A.L. Skills all performing. Shout out to Max Glazer on the wheels although he’s unseen.

Previously: Common Freestyle at Fat Beats Circa 1997 | Kanye West Freestyles at Fat Beats Opening (Extended)

Video: Remy Ma on Sway In The Morning

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

Remy Ma took her promo run to Sway In The Morning to talk about being in prision, being a mother, favorite new rappers and much more. She also proceeded to spit a quick freestyle.

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Cozz – Window Shopper

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014


LA up-and-comer and Dreamville signee Cozz snaps all over 50 Cent’s “Window Shopper”.

Previously: Cozz – Knock The Hustle

Video: Dilated Peoples – Toca Tuesdays Freestyle

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

Evidence, Rakaa and DJ Babu drop in on Tony Touch at Shade 45 and of course a quick spit session was in order. DP’s new Directors of Photography LP, their first as a group in 8 years, is available now at your favorite digital retailer.

Previously: Dilated Peoples ft. Aloe Blacc – Show Me The Way

Gunplay – Hot Nigga Freestyle

Friday, August 8th, 2014


Don Logan is the latest contestant in the 2014 “Hot Nigga” sweepstakes.

Also, the dance:


Previously: Torch ft. Gunplay – Not Neva

Vintage Video: Common Freestyle at Fat Beats Circa 1997

Friday, August 8th, 2014

DJ Eclipse does it again with some more rare footage from the glory days of Fat Beats. In this clip with have Common, days before the release of One Day It’ll All Make Sense, spitting over DJ Premier’s “You Know My Steez” instrumental with NYC underground legend Lord Sear.

Some context from Eclipse:

Here’s a clip from Common’s Fat Beats NYC in-store for “One Day It’ll All Make Sense”. The in-store was actually a few days before the album was released so we only had his single for sale that day. We were also pushing No I.D.’s “The Black Album” (w/Dug Infinite) which had come out early that week. This Common album was the last time that No I.D. and Com would do an album together until 2011. Like most in-stores at Fat Beats it was never limited to just the artist who’s in-store it was. Many times other artists would pop in and perform and on this day Lord Sear (Stretch & Bobbito/Shade 45) had stopped by and got on the mic with Common. Shout out to Mista Sinista from the X-Men/X-Ecutioners who not only did all the scratches on Common’s earlier albums, but was present this day to provide the music. In fact, his album “X-Pressions” with the rest of The X-Ecutioners had dropped earlier that week as well.

Hit the jump for a bonus: Common calling into #NW3RADIO with Dharmic X to talk about performing in front of Jay-Z at Tramps back in 1996, his Dilla tribute on the new album, working with up-and-comers like Vince Staples and Dreezy and more.

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Video: Ab-Soul & Retch – Showoff Radio Freestyle

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

Ab-Soul and Retch spit some freestyles on Showoff Radio with Statik Selektah.

Previously: Ab-Soul – To The Max (Prod. by Statik Selektah)

Video: Dave East, Sean C & LV on Sway in the Morning

Monday, August 4th, 2014

Harlem’s Dave East is starting to make a little bit of noise and he recently stopped by Sway in the Morning with producers Sean C. and LV, who workied with him on his just released Black Rose mixtape. The trio takes calls from listeners and Dave bodies a few of Sean and L’s beats live on-air.

Part 2 below.

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King Louie – Hot Nigga Freestyle

Friday, August 1st, 2014


Louie hops on that Bobby Shmurda.

Spotted: FSD

Previously: King Louie – Till I Meet Selena (Video)

Video: Willie The Kid – The Backroom Freestyle

Thursday, July 31st, 2014


Willie The Kid spis an acapella freestyle on 106 & Park’s The Backroom.

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