Video: Eli Reed Skates the Playboy Mansion in “Lost Paradise”

Pro skater Eli Reed recently teamed up with Playboy for the short film “Lost Paradise.” The piece sees Reed taking a nasty spill in New York City’s Chinatown before consequently waking up in the Playboy Mansion. Playmates Kayla Collins, Ashley Doris, Carly Lauren, Crystal McCahill, Jaslyn Ome, Tiffany Toth, and Dani Mathers then dress Reed in a pink Marc Jacobs suit, an ensemble hand-selected by Mordechai Rubenstein, aka Mister Mort, before giving him free reign of the mansion.

Audio: Homeboy Sandman x Knxwledge – “Problems”

Homeboy Sandman teams with Knxwledge to drop the new track “Problems” ahead of his forthcoming HALLWAYS LP, due out September 9th via Stones Throw. The track is an introspective stream that finds Sand waxing poetic about everything from the mundane to the unfortunate side-effects of the dirt people do. Check the track below to listen to “Problems”, and stay tuned for more from Homeboy Sandman.

Audio: Ty Dolla $ign “$ign Language” Mixtape

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Before releasing his debut album Free TC, LA-based singer, songwriter and producer Ty Dolla $ign shares his highly anticipated mixtape $ign Language. Featuring 11 tracks, each stylistically weaved together, the relaxed beats include contributions from the likes of Rich Homie Quan, Big Sean, Juicy J, Wiz Khalifa and more. Check out the compilation below.

Audio: Raekwon – “I’ll Be Good”

Raekwon takes his fiery verbal to Rene & Angela‘s “I’ll Be Good.” The Shaolin Island microphone champ comes correct with that rugged & raw, gracing the triumphant R&A blapper with an introductory verse before letting the track ride out in a blaze of sophistofunk glory, adding yet another stellar episode to a long of list retooled and repurposed remixes by the chef.

Audio: DJ Scratch x Das EFX – “Real Hip Hop” (Unusual Remix)

DJ Scratch returns with another remix of a golden era track, this time dropping a previously unreleased rework of “Real Hip Hop” By Das EFX. The latest joint packs a healthy amount of swing as DJ Scratch combines the 1995 classic with a loop of the famous horns from Tom Jones‘ (and Carlton Banks) signature theme, “It’s Not Unusual.” The quirky rework is a truly unusual approach to a golden era favorite that somehow manages to work. Check the track below to listen to “Real Hip Hop” (DJ Scratch Unusual Remix).

Audio: DJ Mitsu The Beats – ‘Celebration of Jay’ LP

Japan’s DJ Mitsu The Beats has compiled an impressive slate of original Dilla-fied jawns, putting one up for the GOAT with a proper tributary LP. From start to finish, the drums are tight and crunchy, the chops are pin-point and soul-drenched and the AUDIBLE experience is fluid, yet dynamic, bearing many of the sonic marks of the rap-game superhero without faking the funk.
“The intension of this album is not to imitate, but to present myself while reflecting on how his influence has helped me to find my own style. This is a dedication of my style to him, which would not have been possible without his influence. I will CONTINUE to respect him. Thank you Jay Dee / Jay Dilla. “

Audio: Captain Murphy – Cosplay

Flying Lotus treats his loyal following with the release of this new track called “Cosplay” under his alter ego. The psychedelic number features raw baselines by label mates Thundercat and a spacey beat by Flying Lotus, which is overlayed by th rapper’s vibrant lyrics. Hit play above and let us know what you think of Captain Murphy’s latest delivery.

Audio: Statik Selektah x Action Bronson – “Long Time”

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Statik Selektah certainly knows how to pick ‘em, as Action Bronson makes way to his latest single “Long Time” off the upcoming #WhatGoesAround LP. This latest offering was limited to but one feature and Bronosolinio comes through with that burley, lighthearted flow. The production is standard Stat, flipping jazzy loops over some cold drum programming, with an unnamed vocalist rocking the hook.

Audio: Diamond D x Pete Rock – “Only Way 2 Go”

Diamond D teams with the equally legendary Pete Rock for the single “Only Way To Go” from his forthcoming Diam Piece LP, dropping September 30th. The Chocolate Boy Wonder holds down the mic with a proper dose of lyricism while Diamond D does the heavy lifting on the beat, which features an Akon sample. The track is the latest from the project which also boasts tracks from Skyzoo, Alchemist, Fat Joe, Talib Kweli and more. Check the track below to listen to “Only Way 2 Go” featuring Pete Rock.