Just this weekend Jazzy Jeff stopped by Philadelphia’s Johnny Brendas to drop a two hour J Dilla tribute set. Loaded with obscure Jay Dee beats, more known joints and then finally some modern jams inspired by the late great Yancey, Jazzy’s set is a juggernaut session, made by a master for the sake of a legend. Joints like Joey Bada$$’s “Snakes,” Slum Village’s “Tell Me,” and Dilla’s own “African Rhythms” mark some highlights of the set, but you already know every single bar of this mix is going to knock just right.
DJ Big Texas has homed in on a crucial anniversary: it’s been 20 years since Smif N Wessun‘s Dah Shinin hit stores. And so drawing on all of that 1995 Brooklyn Hip-Hop goodness, Big Tex has delivered a chopped and faded tribute mix to the Bucktown crew, and it definitely goes. Loaded up with many of the original 70s and 80s records that were sampled on Dah Shinin, this one’s for all you classic heads and turntable junkies.
DJ Revolution has been getting buzz for his Rakim tribute mixtape, a chop session of some of the rapper’s most crucial gems. Loaded with joints like “It’s Been A Long Time,” “The Saga Beings,” “Microphone Fiend,” the mix is a proper journey through some of the best bars. Revolution’s scratching work is borderline brilliant, and his fades are entirely correct, making this both an easy listen for longtime Rakim fans and a surprising new entry into the turntablism canon.
Blu is currently touring South America and recently finished his latest mural somewhere on the streets of Sucre in Bolivia. The Italian Artist once again provides some clever social commentary with a large hand holding a scale balancing money and the people.
Open Mike Eagle and Oddisee link for another collaborative loosie, unveiling their extra smooth cut “Celebrity Reduction Prayer” off Mello Music Group‘s forthcoming Persona compilation. Mike delivers a thoughtful deconstruction of contemporary fame worship, riding supremely over the frothy piano-chops and super-smooth drums of his labelmate and resident beat constructor. The track offers another taste of the already impressive Persona LP and should have you chomping at the bit to get it into rotation with a list of features that includes Apollo Brown, Rapper Big Pooh, Quelle Chris, Oh No, Masta Ace and more. Listen to Open Mike Eagle and Oddisee’s contribution “Celebrity Reduction Prayer”, and preorder Persona on iTunes today ahead of the album’s March 10th release.
The Hip-Hop history lessen set that pairs vintage 20th century material with the songs that eventually sampled them to great success. Futuronostro, a sonic portmanteau of French imprint Cosmonostro and DJ collective NOw FUTUR, have delivered a tape that blends past and present with a keen sense of selection and a foremost emphasis on groove. “Sims Samples” is an hour and a half of classics from the likes of A Tribe Called Quest, Wu Tang Clan, Dr. Dre, Jaylib, Mobb Deep and more, cut with the songs that made each one possible in the first place. The Frenchmen have put in copious work to highlight the art of the sample, and minute after minute the mixtape delivers the sonic goods. Listen to the full set above, and scroll down for a complete tracklist.
DONALD BYRD – Places And Spaces
PETE ROCK & CL SMOOTH – All The PLaces
MINNIE RIPPERTON – Inside My Love
A TRIBE CALLED QUEST – Lyrics To Go
DAVEY DEX – Get On Down
WU-TANG CLAN – Method Man
PATRICE RUSHEN – Settle For My Love
SHYHEIM – Shaolin Style
DONNY HATTAWAY – Little Ghetto Boy
DR.DRE Feat SNOOP DOGG – Lil’Ghetto Boy
THE MAIN INGREDIENT – Summer Breeze
NOTORIOUS BIG – Things Done Changed
HOWARD ROBERTS – Dirty Old Bossa Nova
A TRIBE CALLED QUEST – Jam
DEBARGE – I Like It
GRAND PUBA – I Like It
GEORGE BENSON – Face It Boy, It’s Over
ED O.G & Da BULLDOGS – Love Comes & Goes
AHMAD JAMAL TRIO – Dolphin Dance
COMMON – Resurection
THE FIVE STAIRSTEPS – Danger ! She’s A Stranger
OUTKAST – Two Dope Boyz In A Cadillac
GWEN MCCRAE – Rockin Chair
BLAZHAY BLAZHAY – Danger
JERU THE DAMAJA – Come Clean
SAM & DAVE – Rich Kind Of Poverty
ONYX – Slam
THE MOHAWKS – The Champ
LOU REED – Walking On The Wild Side
A TRIBE CALLED QUEST – Can I Kick It
DOROTHY ASHBY – Canto De Ossanha
PHIFE DAWG – Ben Dova
TRACY CHAPMAN – Fast Car
NICE & SMOOTH – Sometimes I Rhyme SLOWWhat do you think?
SYL JOHNSON – Different Strokes
WU-TANG CLAN – Shame On A Nigga
THELONIOUS MONK – Black And Tan Fantasy
DONALD BYRD – Wind Parade
BLACK MOON – Buck Em Down
ISLEY BROTHERS – Make Me Say It Again Girl
NAUGHTY BY NATURE – Hip Hop Hooray
ERNIE HINES – Our Generation
PETE ROCK & CL SMOOTH – Straighten It Out
JEAN PLUM – Here I Go Again
MOBB DEEP – Win Or Lose
AL KOOPER – Love Theme
ALCHEMIST – Hold U Down
JERRY BUTLER – I M Your Mechanical Man
METHOD MAN – Bring The Pain
NINJA MAN – Test The High Power
BARRINGTON LEVY – Black Roses
PACEWON – Any Champion
CRIS WILLIAMSON – Shine On Straight Arrow
JAYLIB – The Red
CATALYST – Uzuri
FAB 5 – Leflaur Leflah Eshkoshka
GEORGE BENSON – Face It Boy, It’s Over
PETE ROCK & CL SMOOTH – I Get Physical
STAN GETZ, LUIZ BONFA – Saudade Vem Correndo
PHARCYDE – Runnin’
MICHAEL JACKSON – Human Nature
NAS – It Ain’t Hard To Tell
KOOL & THE GANG – N.T Parts 1&2
BLACKBYRDS – Mysterious Vibes
PARIS – Days Of Old
GRAND FUNK RAILROAD – Nothing The Same
MASTA ACE – Music Man
SKULL SNAPS – It’s a New Day
TOWER OF POWER – Sparkling In The Sand
DIAMOND D – Sally Got a One Track Mind
ROGER – You Should Be Mine
EPMD – Crossover
CAL TJADER – Never My Love
Cannibal Ox has been putting in work for a minute now, but it’s time to get with the full-stream of their 14-years-in-the-making Blade Of The Ronin LP. We’re getting the full body treatment well before the album’s March 3rd release.
Compton rapper Problem returns with his first new release of 2015, a mixtape titled OT: Outta Town. The mixtape consists of 20 new tracks with features from T.I., Young Thug, Future, Rich Homie Quan, Jermaine Dupri, 2 Chainz and August Alsina, among others. On the beats, Problem hooked up with Mike WiLL Made-It, League of Starz and Jahlil Beats. The DJ Holiday hosted release serves as an appetizer for Problem’s Diamond Lane America album, coming this Spring.
Listen to Elzhi’s latest, “February.” The Detroit emcee links up with 14KT to pay tribute to the month that is. Elzhi paints an emotion filled picture of the memories the month evokes, he also pays homage to the great J Dilla with his last few bars.. Look for Elzhi’s new album, Lead Poison, to drop in May via his new label, GLOW365.
Bay Area rapper/producer Iamsu! returns with a new project, entitled Eyes On Me, his first since 2014′s Sincerely Yours. The release features seven new songs, including the DJ Mustard-produced “Nothin’ Less”, as well as collabs with Tyga and fellow HBK members P-Lo and Jay Ant.
There’s no use fighting it, we’re going to be immersed in love-loaded Valentine’s Day mixes from now until the beginning of March. Shout Out NY x United Crates‘s new Box of Chocolates mixtape brings some of the tenderest boom-bap ever made. Joints from Method Man & Redman, Common, Slick Rick and more, they’re all here with the mission statement of making a little love in the club.
The gritty, soulmatic goodness that is Ghostface Killah & BADBADNOTGOOD‘s collaborative Sour Soul LP is here and it’s pretty damn glorious. If you’ve been anywhere in the vicinity of the rap blogosphere over the last few months, you’re probably more than aware of the unconventional pairing’s undeniable chemistry. It seems it’s time to get the full treatment from the wonderful folks over at Lex Records, who have gifted the world an early peek at the project that just keeps on giving. While the stream is available above, you won’t have to wait much longer to add the album to your collection, as it drops next Tuesday, February 24th with special edition gold vinyl being pressed (via Fat Beats) and the digital available on iTunes.
Neil Armstrong presents For The Love of Queens set, an all “hold your boo” mix of love tunes that feels just a little more club-ready than the sensual Warm & Fuzzy affair. Made up of rare and not-so-rare tracks released all within the last six years, the mixtape is also top-notch Neil and flows effortlessly from bar to bar.
01. Drake – “Hold On We’re Going Home” (OVO Sound/Young Money)
02. Eric Bellinger ft. Treasure Davis – “What You Want” (Exclusive)
03. Mapei – “Don’t Wait” (Downtown Records)
04. Jordan Bratton – “You Said” (1009 Record/RCA)
05. Drake – “Best I Ever Had” (Young Money/CASH Money)What do you think?
06. Maxine Ashley – “Between You & I” (i am OTHER entertainment)
07. Daley – “Look Up” (Republic Records)
08. Tinashe – “Midnight Sun” (Exclusive)
09. Jennifer Hudson – “No One Gonna Love You” (Arista/Sony)
10. Lee Fields & The Expressions – “My World Is Empty Without You” (Truth & Soul)
11. Kendra Morris – “If You Didn’t Go” (Wax Poetic Records)
12. Lee Fields & The Expressions – “Do You Love Me (Like You Say You Do)” (Truth & Soul)
13. Marsha Ambrosius – “Far Away” (J Records/Sony)
14. Kendra Morris – “Today” (Wax Poetic Records)
15. Maxine Ashley – “By Your Side” ( i am OTHER entertainment)
16. Adrian Marcell- “My Life” (Republic Records/Universal)
17. Elli Ingram – “High Love” (MTA Records/Island)
18. Adrian Marcel – “Wrapped” (Republic Records/Universal)
19. Janelle Monae ft. Miguel – “Primetime” (Bad Boy/Atlantic/Warner)
20. Mayer Hawthorne – “Thin Moon” (Stones Throw Records)
21. Anthony Hamilton – “I’ll Wait” (To Fall In Love) (RCA/Sony)
22. Charles Bradley & The Menahan Street Band – “Strictly Reserved for You” (Daptone Records)
The Originators is proud to present Raw & Rugged: Gold Edition, a set of all-90s Hip-Hop that cuts through the clutter with its relentless boom-bap. Rampage has made big waves in recent years as Lauryn Hill‘s live DJ, and his Rampage Sound Global collective is a force to be reckoned with. The Big Daddy Kane hits early, and De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest, Gangstarr and EPMD all follow in proper fashion. It’s been a while since we did it this golden-age proper, so enjoy the gems.
Animator, Antonio Vicentini and Brazilian designer, David Galasse have put together a short and entertaining short video that runs through the history of skateboarding.
In steps the frequency freaker known as Statik Selektah to add that rhythmic support to Big Sean’s “One Man Can Change The World”. While the remix will likely live in internet purgatory for the time being, the original can be found on Big Sean’s forthcoming Dark Sky Paradise, arriving February 24th via Def Jam.
New mixtape from West Coast legend and Cypress Hill frontman B.Real “The Prescription.” Features on the mixtape include Ab-Soul, ASAP Ferg, Dizzy Wright, Snoop Dogg & more…
Three months since the drop of Droog’s full-length debut, the instrumentals to the album, all 18 of its tracks, have been put up for streaming. Now you can sink even deeper into their dry drums, roving bass parts, spy flick guitars and all manner of other production goodies. Listen to these top-shelf tasteful instrumentals, sometimes beats.
The steady downpour of new Big Sean cuts continues. The GOOD Music MC has dropped a new track off his upcoming 3rd LP Dark Sky Paradise, a ceiling-shaking joint that seems to have it some monstrous bass, rattling trap hi-hats, moody choral lines and, a Kanye West feature. “All Your Fault” found its way online earlier today and carries the dark, maximalist aesthetic that has come to define the GOOD sound at almost every sonic juncture. Listen to “All Your Fault”, and prepare for the LP’s February 24th release.
Asher Roth makes a welcome return with a new joint with Nottz. Take a listen to Asher’s lyrical display on “Blow Yr Head” and let us know what you think…
Back in December, as part of the st+art mumbai festival, Bombay-based Artist Ranjit Dahiya painted a tribute to the father of Indian cinema, Dadasaheb Phalke. The massive mural was completed with the help of Artists Yantr, Munir Bukhari and Nilesh Kharade. At 120 x 150 feet, it’s the largest mural of the country.
Brian De Palma’s 1983 gangster classic, Scarface, is a favorite among many. Ever wonder what the movie would look like as an arcade game? CineFix recently reimagined the film’s highlights via 8-bit GRAPHICS, complete with an 8-bit style soundtrack and subtitles. It includes Tony Montana’s slaying of his boss Frank, killing his longtime friend Manny after catching him with his sister, and even the classic ending, where he’s high on cocaine and takes on an army of Sosa’s henchmen.