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Nas – The Season (Prod. by J Dilla)

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

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After teasing it at a Run The Jewels event in Brooklyn last night, Nas gives us “The Season”, which employs the late J Dilla’s “Gobstopper” instrumental.

And just because:

It’s a NY & Detroit thing! @madonna

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Previously: Nas Finds His Roots with Henry Louis Gates Jr.

Video: Boogz Boogetz – Intoxicated

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

After premiering “Feel Right”, his new track with Black Cobain right here on Tuesday, Boogz liberates a video for “Intoxicated”, the latest leak from his new project, C.O.O.L. 2 (Creating Our Own Lane). Look out for the album to drop on Nah Right in November and keep an eye peeled for Boogz upcoming project with Prodigy.

Previously: Boogz Boogetz ft. Smoke DZA – Overdose (Video)

Video: Fred The Godson – Try Me Freestyle

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

Frederico is back with a new video for his “Try Me” freestyle.

Previously: Fred The Godson – Hot Nigga Freestyle

Kyle Rapps & Hefna Gwap – European Tic Tacs (EP)

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

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Jersey and Palo Alto connect as Kyle Rapps and Hefna Gwap drop their European Tic Tacs project, presented by Mishka. Aaron Cohen and Abgohard make guest appearances, among others.

 

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Jarren Benton ft. SwizZz – Hallelujah

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

Jarren Benton taps fellow Funk Volume MC SwizZz and producer Kato for his latest #Blacktober leak.

Previously: Jarren Benton ft. Micah Freeman – Lost Kings

Nas Finds His Roots with Henry Louis Gates Jr.

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

Last night, PBS aired the Nas episode of Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates Jr. On the show, the Harvard professor helps guests trace their heritage back through their family tree to track down long lost ancestors and help them find a better understanding of where exactly it is they come from. During his sit-down with Gates, Nas learns about several generations of his family that beared the surname Little, the plantation owner that owned them and even gets to look at a record of the bales of cotton that his great great grandfather picked. The other two guests on this episode are actress Angela Bassett and White House adviser Valerie Jarrett.

Previously: Listen to Pete Rock’s Time Is Illmatic Mix

Rah Digga – Thinkin Out Loud

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

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Digga goes in over the “6 Deep” beat from !llmind’s recent !lluminati instrumental project.

Previously: Rah Digga – Angela Davis

How to Pick a Good Movie with Bodega BAMZ

Monday, October 27th, 2014

Most motherfuckers from the hood judge a flick by how many bodies drop or the quality of the stip club scenes, but my man BAMZ offers some solid insight and advice in this Rap PSA about picking a good film for Netflix Night at the crib.

Previously: Electric Bodega ft. Bodega BAMZ – Lady Laura

Video: Calvin Harris ft. Big Sean – Open Wide

Monday, October 27th, 2014

Big Sean joins club god Calvin Harris on his new single “Open Wide”.

Previously: Big Sean ft. E-40 – IDFWU (Behind the Scenes)

Made in Ohio: Stalley & Rashad on Ohio Culture and Music

Monday, October 27th, 2014

Rashad and Stalley

Words by Paul Meara (@PaulMeara)

Ohio has long been a hotbed for musical talent. The birthplace of Rock & Roll and home of the genre’s hall of fame, everyone from Trent Reznor and The Black Keys to Marilyn Manson and David Grohl call the Buckeye State home. Ohio is also known for its funk roots. Bootsy Collins, Roger Troutman, Lakeside, and The Ohio Players all hail from the Dayton and Cincinnati area. It was the funk sound that laid the foundation for a lot of hip-hop, most of which would be founded far from its base. Compton natives Dr. Dre and DJ Quik, in particular, heavily sampled Ohio’s brand of funk and painted a sonic picture heavily influential in donning the G-Funk era. But what about Ohio?

Ohio’s hip-hop culture wouldn’t gain wide-scale exposure until Bone Thugs-n-Harmony hit the scene during the early to mid 1990s. It’s no surprise why Eazy-E had his eye on the Cleveland quintet. But even their style had its biters (or maybe they bit, you’d have to ask Three 6 Mafia). Regardless, many of those who had heard B.O.N.E. post 1994, even in Ohio, would have dubbed the group a band of Midwestern emcees with a West Coast sound. But it wasn’t West Coast. Ironically, it was a sound born right in their backyard.

As the years passed many who made names in hip-hop music from the country’s heart did so with a wide arrange of melodies. From Hi-Tek and RJD2 to even newer acts like King Chip and Kid Cudi no two artists bore the same sound wave. It’s still difficult to define Ohio’s tenor but in 2014, but a major label artist is attempting to tackle the feat. Massillon native and Maybach Music Group signee Stalley is determined to create his version of what he believes his home state’s sound is. It’s precisely the reason he titled his major label debut Ohio. His rust belt roots and Midwestern humility embody the personality of someone from his blue collar town.

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