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.

Audio: Raekwon – “Yearning For Your Love”

Raekwon applies his signature touch to yet another r&b classic with the release of his latest Throwback Thursday one-off track “Yearning For Your Love.” His rework of one of the many celebrated recordings from The Gap Band‘s catalog only serves to reiterate the singularity of Charlie Wilson‘s lead vocal and the importance of the time-honored groove. Rae’s choice of jams continues to give fans a glimpse at the true depths of his soul music acumen. Check the track below to listen to “Yearning For Your Love”, and stay tuned for more from Raekwon.

Audio: Bilal x Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad – “Sirens II”

Bilal returns with “Sirens II”, the first single from his forthcoming full-length LP produced entirely by Adrian Younge and slated to arrive by February 2015. The project also features co-production from Ali Shaheed Muhammad of A Tribe Called Quest. “Sirens II” is a rework of the Adrian Younge Presents: Something About April standout “Sirens”, which featured prominently on “Picasso Baby” from Jay Z‘s 2013 Magna Carta Holy Grail LP. Seamless harmonies volley with Bilal’s cold falsetto solo to create a sweat-soaked lullaby addled with sugar and salt and sex. The result is a beautiful beginning that suggests Bilal’s next chapter will be even more airtight than the last. Check the track below to listen to “Sirens II.”

Audio: Statik Selektah x Bun B, Posdnuos & Jared Evan – “God Knows”

Statik Selektah, Bun B, Posdnuos and singer Jared Evan dedicate “God Knows” from the forthcoming What Goes Around LP. The emotionally charged track touches on the more difficult times in life as the MC’s spit contemplative verses. Jared Evan’s weeping falsetto and a tender melody anchor the laid back production from Statik Selektah. This joint is the latest from What Goes Around ahead of the project’s August 19th release. Statik Selektah dedicates the track to comedian Robin Williams, who passed unexpectedly on Monday at the age of 63. Check the track below to listen to “God Knows”, and pre-order the What Goes Around LP via iTunes.

World’s Largest Record Collection

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Zero Freitas, 62, a wealthy Brazilian businessman who’s spent his life collecting several million vinyl records, recently shared his story with The New York Times. Freitas has bought records from some of the world’s biggest collectors such as former music-store owner Paul Mawhinney and renowned West Coast collector Murray Gershenz.

“I’ve gone to therapy for 40 years to try to explain this to myself,” said Freitas who suggests his obsession is tied to childhood memories of his father playing records. Freitas bought his first record as an adolescent in 1964, and by the time he finished high school he owned around 3,000 records. After he graduated from studying music composition in college, Freitas took over the family business, a private bus line that serves the Sao Paulo suburbs. At age 30 had about 30,000 records. 10 years later, the bus company prospered and made him rich. Around that time, Freitas split up with his wife and that’s when his buying habits escalated, soon adding six figures to his collection. “Maybe it’s because I was alone,” Freitas said.

Freitas now has a team of international scouts in South Africa, Nigeria, Cairo, New York and Mexico City, all of whom represent his mainstay, negotiating deals and shipping records back to Brazil every month. Alongside a dedicated team of interns who help catalog his ample collection, Freitas has began to set up the Emporium Musical, a non-profit organization and music library that digalitizes as much of the collection as possible.

Audio: Trackstar x No I.D. Mix

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Trackstar The DJ has mixed together an hour and twenty minutes of No I.D.‘s best beats. Featuring everything from his work with Common, Jay Z and Nas to Pusha T, Kendrick Lamar and Rick Ross, this covers the wide-spanning imprint the Chicago producer has had on music. Presented by FSD & The Smoking Section, this mix will catch you up on any beats you may have somehow missed by the the talented No I.D. Peep the tracklist and stream below.

Tracklist:
1. Intro/First Day of School
2. Common – Resurrection
3. Jay-Z/Nas – Success
4. Kendrick Lamar – Control
5. Jay-Z – D.O.A. (Death of Autotune)
6. Kanye West/Swizz Beats – So Appalled
7. Nas/Large Professor – Loco-Motive
8. Common – Kingdom
9. Twista/Raekwon – The Heat
10. No I.D./Dug Infinite – State to State
11. Jay-Z – All Around the World
12. Common Sense – Soul by the Pound
13. Common – Communism
14. Common/Canibus – Makin a Name for Ourselves
15. Common – Sweet
16. Kanye West – Dark Fantasy
17. Jay-Z/Kanye West – Primetime
18. Killer Mike/T.I./Big Boi – Ready Set Go Remix
19. Nas/Rick Ross – Accidental Murderers
20. Ghostface Killah – Metal Lungies
21. Bump J – Letter to My Competition
22. Beanie Sigel – Man’s World
23. Nas – Daughters
24. Common – Invocation
25. Mikkey Halsted/BJ The Chicago Kid/Freddie Gibbs – Field N**** Blues
26. Common/Nas – Ghetto Dreams
27. Jay-Z – Fallin’
28. Rick Ross/Cee-Lo – Tears of Joy
29. Pac Div – The Greatness
30. Rhymefest – Stolen
31. Mikkey Halsted – Karma
32. No I.D./Dug Infinite – The Real Weight
33. Pusha T/Future – Pain
34. Rhymefest – Chica Go Rillas
35. Common – Hungry
36. Kanye West/Kid Cudi – Gorgeous
37. Naledge – Broke Diaries
38. Big Sean – 10 2 10
39. Kanye West/Charlie Wilson – Bound 2
40. Killer Mike – God in the Building
41. Infamous Syndicate – Here I Go
42. Big Sean – I Do It
43. GLC/Really Doe – Success
44. Jay-Z – Thank You
45. Vince Staples – Turn
46. Slaughterhouse – Get Up
47. Common/No ID – In My Own World
48. Common Sense – Breaker 1/9
49. G-Unit – Smile
50. Cocaine 80s/Common – Six Ft. Over
51. Common – Rewind That
52. Common/Lauryn Hill – Retrospect For Life
53. Common – I Used to Love H.E.R.

Audio: Souls Of Mischief – “Panic Struck” (Prod. by Adrian Younge)

Souls Of Mischief come through with the second drop off the forthcoming Adrian Younge crafted There Is Only Now LP with “Panic Struck.” Descending flute licks and dissonant electric church organs paint this thing four shades of boom-bap glory with the homies spitting some introspective lines over Younge’s cinematic score, providing us with a healthy dose of those verbal fundamentals. Peep the latest offering from Souls Of Mischief and stream “Panic Struck” below.

Video: Gosha Konyshev’s “Effect of Growing Fury”

Not the one to do anything in half-measures, Gosha Konyshev‘s putting Russia on the map for skateboarding with his latest feature in “Effect of Growing Fury.” The Russian skater shows his deftness on the board, looking to every urban, concrete slab as an opportunity to flaunt his raw, no-frills style. Clocking in at just under three minutes, check out “Effect of Growing Fury” here.

Audio: Talib Kweli x 88-Keys x Nemo Achida – “Upper Echelon” (Top Tier Remix)

Talib Kweli‘s Prisoner Of Conscious standout “Upper Echelon” gets a remix from super producer 88-Keys with the arrival of the “Upper Echelon” (88-Keys Top Tier Remix) featuring Nemo Achida. 88-Keys turns the trapped out lyrical monster into a percussive beast that may remind Kweli followers of the advent of his Kanye West produced 2002 smash “Get By.” Heavy on the rudiments and hi-hats, the production is a super dope alternate take rooted in hard spitting and a great piano chop. Check the track below to listen to “Upper Echelon” (88-Keys Top Tier Remix).