Audio: Wale – Festivus (Mixtape)

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Just in time for Christmas, Wale delivers a brand new mixtape, inspired by by the famed 1997 episode of his favorite TV show, Seinfeld. The tape was produced in collaboration with A-Trak, and features 11 new tracks with guest spots from the likes of Chance the Rapper, Pusha T, A$AP Ferg, and Ab-Soul, with production from Tone P, Raak, and Best Kept Secret.

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Audio: Joey Bada$$ – “Curry Chicken” (Prod. by Statik Selektah)

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Joey Bada$$ comes through with the new Statik Selektah heater “Curry Chicken” off his forthcoming B4DA$$ LP. “Curry Chicken” finds him delivering a flurry of introspective rhymes over a production that channels the wavy wonderment of Blessed Coast production to a tee with whirling synth licks and a break that flips from boom-bap to dance-floor fodder without any warning. Rock with Joey Bada$$ and Statik Selektah’s “Curry Chicken” below.

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Audio: Dom Kennedy – “Represent” (I Like That)

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Dom Kennedy resurfaced this week to break his silence with the brand new track “Represent” (I Like That) produced by J LBS. The track marks the end of a lull in activity during which Dom was rather quiet on the solo tip but remained consistent about popping up on guest features for the likes of Fashawn, DJ Quik, Ty Dolla $ign and others. Dom returns strong on the laid back jam to show love to all of the ladies across the zodiac. Check the track to listen to “Represent” (I Like That), and stay tuned for more from Dom Kennedy.

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Audio: Wale – ”Miracle On U Street”

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Wale gets back to his roots in The District with the new loosie “Miracle On U Street” produced by Tone P and That Boy Good. The track follows news of the impending Festivus mixtape featuring A-Trak, which will prime fans for The Album About Nothing and Wale’s Simply Nothing tour, both slated for 2015. The track, not included on the album, is one Wale’s core fanbase will be siced about, as he lays the go-go flavor on pretty thick with a dope groove and relentless percussion constructed to match his equally sick flow. Check the track to listen to “Miracle On U Street.”

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Audio:The Notorious B.I.G. x Fafu – “Somebody’s Gotta Die” (Serial Remix)

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The Notorious B.I.G.‘s Life After Death LP classic “Somebody’s Gotta Die” gets the remix treatment from filmmaker/musician/producer Fafu for the Serial Podcast, a weekly series dedicated to unfolding one nonfiction story over the course of a season. The sinister remix is a decidedly fresh take that breathes new life into the track and compliments Biggie’s notoriously dope delivery. Check the track to listen to the “Somebody’s Gotta Die” (Serial Remix).

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Audio: Tuxedo (Jake One & Mayer Hawthorne) – “Wonderful Christmastime”

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The fellas of Tuxedo (AKA Mayer Hawthorne & Jake One) are giving you something to two-step with for the holidays, dropping their boogified take on Paul McCartney‘s classic “Wonderful Christmastime” just in time for the eggnog to start flowing. The bright and upbeat OG cut gets a much needed update with back crisp claps that cut, weeping G-funked-out synth lines and just generally a more straightforward groove for you fireside merriments come next week. Thought it serves as a proper dose of holiday fawnkin’, it will not be featured on the duos forthcoming full-length debut, slated to arrive on March 3rd, 2015 via Stones Throw Records. The cover comes as a fine follow-up to the lighthearted and hilarious clip for “Do It” and their stud three track EP, which is still in rotation. You can download and/or stream Tuxedo’s upgraded spin on Sir Paul’s “Wonderful Christmastime” above, and keep it locked for all the sophistifunk these two have on the way.

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Audio: Diamond District – March On Washington Redux LP [Stream]

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Diamond District celebrates the release of the highly-anticipated March On Washington Redux LP with a full stream of the project, out today via Mello Music Group. The project boasts an impressive roster of producers including Large Professor, Nottz, Apollo Brown, Black Milk, Paul White, Diamond D, Oh No and more. Putting their respective stamps on the Oddisee originals, the …Redux LP finds these beatsmiths serving up a kaleidoscopic collection of alternate takes that hits just as hard as the March On Washington LP while allowing fans to experience the project and Diamond District’s stellar wordplay through a different lens. Check the tracks above to stream the March On Washington Redux LP.

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Audio: The Audible Doctor x Guilty Simpson – “Leave Me Alone” (Remix)

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The Audible Doctor celebrates the release of the CD version of his Can’t Keep The People Waiting LP with the “Leave Me Alone” (Remix) featuring Guilty Simpson. The remix and CD follow the release of the 8-track project, which arrived at the end of November and boasts features from Simpson, John Robinson, Hassaan Mackey, Consequence and Bumpy Knuckles. The remix is a soulful deviation from the organ stabs and tough chatter peppering the hard-hitting original. Check the track below to listen to the “Leave Me Alone” (Remix).

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Audio: Joell Ortiz x Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me”

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Slaughterhouse and Brooklyn representative Joell Ortiz steps to plate with his latest take on a Top 40 track with the new “Stay With Me” produced by The Heatmakerz. The track from his forthcoming Yaowa Nation EP is a tale of triumph over adversity dense with the gritty imagery of life growing up within the limits of an unforgiving city. The Heatmakerz toss in a decent bit of swing and add a tinge of pop to the pensive original from Sam Smith. Combined with Joell Ortiz’s hard delivery, the production is a success. Check the track above to listen to “Stay With Me”.

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MTO “DEATH OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD” MURAL

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MTO is still in Miami for Art Basel where he just completed another mural in the Wynwood district, which has been going through some gentrification as of late. The new piece is a statement on the subject. “The east side of N Miami avenue in Wynwood is only one block away from Wynwood walls, Panther coffee, hipster shits, business craps and all the center of gentrification activities,” says the French artist. “However the few dead ends by the railway along the avenue are still remaining developing areas, full with graffitis and barely used warehouses… well… at least for now.”

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Audio: Chief Keef x Kanye West – “Nobody”

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After floating around the web for a few months, Chief Keef‘s Kanye West assisted track “Nobody” gets a proper release ahead of the Chi-Town rapper’s forthcoming project of the same name, due out December 16th. Keef holds down the auto-tune on the track with his signature drunken delivery while Ye lends his vocals to the hook. The soulful track may sound a bit familiar to fans of Chance The Rapper, who employed the same Willie Hutch sample for his single “Lost.” Check the track above to listen to “Nobody”.

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Audio: J.Rocc East Coast Flavors Mix

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Last week we brought you DJ Spinna’s “West Coast Flavors” mixtape, a set comprised of some of the very best cuts to come off of Tupac, Snoop and Casual releases. Spinna’s confident J.Rocc gave East Coast Artists the same loving treatment and so it’s only fair to give him and his region its due. Lords of the Underground, Raekwon and more grace this tape, and when listened back-to-back with Spinna’s West Coast tape, it becomes clear that geographical rivalries are a lost cause, both sides of the continent keep it equally real and dope.

J.ROCC's EastCoast Flavors Mix 2014 Edited by Footlong_Development on Mixcloud

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Video: TEAM DREAM TEAM

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Detention, school’s version of jail. Being forced to sit in a room and wait for your time to be up might not be such a bad thing. For one it might get your creative, daydreaming juices flowing. Just like in this video titled “Team Dream Team” which tells the story of four skaters all stuck in detention who end up imagining what it would be like skating in the strangest of situations. The short video was the finalist, and winner for Most Creative in the international Skateboarding, Filmmaking and Photography competition, Connect The Dots 2014. Check it out above and let us know what you think.

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