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Audio: @JRocc x @SangoBeats – “Adventures In Stereo” 5-17-15 Mix

J Rocc and Sango, are two progressive heroes of Hip-Hop that never seem to take a break; the former a Stones Throw legend and the latter a Soulection stalwart. The two collided on J Rocc’s regular “Adventures in Stereo” program earlier this month, and the results were glorious. Rocc’s set of mostly-new oddities serves as the perfect appetizer to Sango’s brainy excursion.

J Rocc Tracklist:
Embryo – Tala Tarangini
De La Soul – God It feat. Nas
Chris Clark – LAFD feat. Blvme & Double K
J Dilla – F*** The Police (Super Blast Remix)
Space Suits – Speedy
Roc Raida – Ill Colabo
Roc Raida – OC Joint
Frank Nitt – Slippin feat. Illa J
Mobb Deep – Waterboarding
Earl Sweatshirt – Warlord Leather
Action Bronson – Terry
Ras G – Lord of Lords
Bosq – Bad For Me (Late Night Dub)
Spacek – Who Cares
lek.lun – Okay
Kamasi Washington – Re:Run HOME
Seven Davis Jr. – No Love Lost
Church Boy Jeedo – Alright Paulapella
Lil Silva – Drumatic
Special Request – Hackney PARROT (Special Request VIP)
House Shoes – Slaves
J Dilla – Dorthy Ashby
The Unit – Ain’t No Need (Live)
Thundercat – Them Changes

Audio: @DJRahdu – Mental Evolution 2 Mix

“Mental Evolution 2″ is a blend of soul and grade-A Hip-Hop that makes it all to easy to see the connection between the sounds of then and now. Rahdu has crafted a mix that looks to the future with songs of freedom, revolution and dedication to a cause that’s higher than any of us. Songs for a better tomorrow that, in turn, make today all the more powerful.

Tracklist:
(Mental Evolution Intro)
A Tribe Called Quest – Ham & Eggs
Donny Hathaway & Roberta Flack – Be Black For Me
Donnie – Cloud 9
Black Star – Brown Skin Lady
Angela Davis – Targeting Women
Various Artists – Freedom
The Roots – Pussy Galore
Queen Latifah – U.N.I.T.Y
Sarah jones – Blood
Mumia Abu Jamal – A Rap Thing
Mental Evolution Interlude
Aretha Franklin – Young Gifted and Black
Dick Gregory – American Lies
Boogie Monsters – Mark of The Beast (R.S.V.)
Common – Gaining One’s Definition (G.O.D.) feat Cee-Lo
Obeah the Intellectual – Probable Cause
Richard Pryor – Niggers vs Police
Talib Kweli – The Proud
Boogie Down Productions – You Must learn (Live From The Caucus Mountains)
Chasing Amy Movie Excerpt
Earth Wind & Fire – Keep Your Head to the Sky

Audio: @ChanceTheRapper & The Social Experiment – “Hiatus (Broadcast)” [@DonnieTrumpet]

Today Chance lets loose a short and sweet repurposing of Hiatus Kaiyote‘s “Fingertips” on the masses, something he likes to call “Hiatus (Broadcast)”. And while we were all aware of the impact of the Aussie future soul quartet’s sophomore LP Choose Your Weapon, Chano’s trying his hand with the album’s delicate number proves that we weren’t the only ones listening and praising. There’s virtually no way that we’ll see this offering on Chance, Donnie Trumpet and The Social Experiment’s forthcoming, highly anticipated Surf LP, but we can certainly hope, at the very least, that we’ll get something in the form of an extended take. And if not, we’ll always have this short little treat to hold us over until Surf finally makes its way to the masses. Hear Chance The Rapper’s “Hiatus (Broadcast)”, and hold tight for the next transmission. Out.

Audio: @YourOldDroog – “Senseless Killin’ II”

While we were all kicking back over the weekend, it appears that Your Old Droog was putting in extra work. The Ukrainian/Brooklynite MC has just shared “Senseless Killin II”, an especially relaxed new track that features very bluesy production from his frequent collaborator DJ Skizz. It’s a track loaded with boasts, toasts and more than enough one liners to keep you rewinding back over and over again. Droog had this to say about it all:
“Before I head out across the pond for The #EuroDROOG Tour, I’m dropping this joint produced by my man, DJ Skizz, that showcases my famed yet underutilized ‘George Benson from Remulak’ impression—it’s basically me scatting and rhyming along with the different sounds in the beat. (Peep the Kid ‘N’ PLAY reference in the song, too). If you’re in London, come check out the virtuosity live in the flesh on June 8 at the Jazz Cafe (hence the jazzy joint). Bring tea for the Republican Teaparty National Convention! Cop the Your Old Droog LP and Kinison EP on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon and all that shit, and check for the Kinison EP on vinyl from July 10 too.”

Listen to “Senseless Killin’ II”, and check out the full list of #EuroDROOG Tour Dates below:
6/6 – Dublin, Ireland – Twisted Pepper
6/7 – Suffolk, England – Boom Bap Festival
6/8 – London, England – Jazz Café – Camden
6/10 – Lyon, France – Sonic Lyon
7/4 – Tilburg, Netherlands – Woo Hah Festival
7/9 – Frauenfeld, Switzerland – OpenAir Frauenfeld
7/10 – Paris, France – Le Social Club
7/12 – Gräfenhainichen, Germany – Splash Festival
7/17 – Dour, Belgium – Dour Festival

Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG “Varsity Red” [@Jumpman23]

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The icon is back. The Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG is making a comeback this month in its OG “Chicago” colorway, officially dubbed “Varsity Red.” The high top silhouette features a leather upper with black Swoosh complemented by black “Wings” logo tab. It also adheres to its OG characteristics, omitting the Jumpman branding on the heel, which was first introduced to the Jordan series with the 3′s onward. The Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG “Varsity Red” drops May 30 at Jordan Brand retailers and online for $160 USD.

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Audio: @DJGravy + @iamCoreyChase — Double Barrel: Reggae Samples and Hip Hop Classics Mix

The ties between Hip-Hop and reggae have always run deep, but on DJ Gravy and DJ Corey Chase’s new Double Barrel mixtape they’re brought a little closer to the surface. Loaded with blend after blend of vibrant reggae material and the Hip-Hop classics that sampled it, the mixtape is an education for both heads and dreads, exactly the kind of temporal, cross-genre excellence we love to feature. We recommend pushing play; this is what hard work and high concept can accomplish in the mixtape realm.

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Audio: @AsvpxRocky x @ScHoolboyQ – “Electric Body”

A$AP Rocky teams with ScHoolboy Q on the new track “Electric Body” from his highly-anticipated forthcoming At.Long.Last.A$AP LP. The dark, brooding slapper features production from Hector Delgado, Danger Mouse, Teddy Walton and THC. “Electric Body” is a perfect palette for this pair of MC’s, both of whom specialize in monstrous deliveries and bodying tough production. Check the track above to stream “Electric Body”.

Audio: @CookinSoul Drops ‘The Lost Tapes 1.5′ Instrumentals

Cookin Soul follows the 2010 release of their take on Nas‘ The Lost Tapes LP with the 16-track instrumental version of The Lost Tapes 1.5 remix project. Five years after the arrival of the compilation, the celebrated production duo toasts the anniversary of the project hosted by Don Cannon with the release of the instrumentals. Stay tuned for more from Cookin Soul.

Audio: Team Demo Presents – Biggie & Isaac Hayes – ‘Notorious Hayes’

After releasing the Barry White sampled, ‘Notorious White”, in recognition of the 18th anniversary of the passing of the late Biggie Smalls, Viriginia’s heavy hitting production crew, Team Demo are pleased to present ‘Notorious Hayes”. This mash-up is produced using only Isaac Hayes samples, and boasts 15 tracks that are seamlessly interwoven with classic Laurence Fishburne soundbites. ‘Notorious Hayes’ is now available for free download. Hurry up press play, and prepare for this rap killin’. Team Demo will soon be every rapper’s best friend as they plan on releasing the instrumental version on Friday, July 31st. Stay tuned.

@JayShells Brings @TheRapQuotes Project To The ATL

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In March of 2013, Street Artist Jay Shells launched his “Rap Quotes” project in New York, whereby he installed street signs emblazoned with rap lyrics in the specific locations that said lyrics called out. The series was so well received by the public and the rappers he quoted that he went for another spin around the city and then took it on the road to Los Angeles, Philadelphia and most recently, Atlanta.

“The plan has always been to get all of the major cities in the U.S. represented,” said Shells about his latest trek down south. “Atlanta has such a rich and vibrant Hip-Hop culture, it was a must to get down there as soon as I could and the fine folks from the A3C festival helped to get us down there and showed us a great time.” Shells says he plans to go back in October and add some more lyrics that he missed the first time around.

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Audio: Notorious B.I.G. – “Me & My Bitch”

Today, Biggie Smalls aka Christopher Wallace aka THE Notorious B.I.G would have turned 43 years old. Let’s remember Mr. Wallace as the game changer he was. Thanks to the good people at Randomrapradio, we’re happy to bring you a taste of what could have been. A jazzy unreleased take of Biggie’s crude but earnest Ready To Die ballad “Me & My Bitch,” with the wordplay intact, but fit to a breezy octave guitar loop and big, knocking drums permeating the cut. The song contains the uncleared Minnie Riperton “Take A Little Trip” sample. According to egotrip, the track arrived at Preemo‘s radio show on NY’s 107.5 WBLS in 1994 for him to spin during his late-night set. Sit back, twirl the buddha and rock with this airy, unreleased bit of audiotape that’s sure to give you the full spectrum of feels. Happy birthday Biggie Smalls. Still the illest!

Audio: @KendrickLamar & @LadyGaga – “Partynauseous”

It’s common knowledge that Kendrick Lamar and pop megastar Lady Gaga linked for good kid, m.A.A.d city cut “Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe,” recording a version that was ultimately left on the cutting room floor but has since made it’s way to every corner of the internet. “Vibe” apparently wasn’t the end of their collaborations. Now a new song has surfaced featuring both Lamar and Gaga.

With a bedrock-breaking beat, “Partynauseous” sees Kendrick sussing out the feeling of having such a good time that things ultimately feel terrible. Partying till one’s nauseated and dealing the regret of a thrills reduced to pangs. Things get even deeper when Kdot wades into Blood/Crip territory, dishing out lines like “I see red flag / I see blue flag / I pick a color then make sure I don’t give you a pass.” Enough talk, the track has arrived. Listen to “Partynauseous” above.

Audio: @AdrianYounge – ‘Linear Labs: Los Angeles’ Compilation [Full LP Stream] [@Raekwon @RZA @AliShaheed]

Today, Adrian Younge delivers the sample compilation from all of his musical magic-making; the expansive, analog soul bearing Linear Labs: Los Angeles LP. It rallies cuts and players on one wholly convenient little compilation, peppered with vintage sonic constructions and loose instrumentals for the retro-soul lover in all of us. Adrian Younge’s Linear Labs: Los Angeles compilation is available for you to stream, so plug in your phones and get to it.

NEW MURAL BY @AXELVOID IN ITALY

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Axel Void is currently in Italy where he recently completed this stunning mural in the eastern part of the country in a town called Mosciano. The Spanish-American Artist had this to say about the piece:

This mural is situated in the main plaza of Mosciano, a small town in the region of Abruzzo. This town holds a strong historical identity; around 1750 it was a poor town located just outside of Borbonic Napoli and it remained separate, regardless of many attempts to be included. It still holds some of the fascist architecture from the fascist regime, including an old stencil of Mussolini on one of the houses, and there’s a strong presence of the Catholic church. It oscillates from the left to the right but still remains with its own strong identity and sense of community.

The mural stands on the top of where the “Anunciatta” church used to be. It was a symbolic church in the town that was demolished in 1962 and replaced by a now abandoned bank. There was a small metal flag on top of the church that showed the wind’s direction and also represented change in human kind.

I went to a nearby church to see some of the sculptures that were recuperated from the “Anunciatta” church and I found a figure of baby Jesus that I interpreted for this mural. The piece shows the figure split in half, negating its spiritual nature and therefore treating it as an object that means nothing without human’s interpretation. This is what this mural talks about. Symbols, ideologies, theories or religions don’t mean anything with out human interpretation.

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Audio: @JRocc x @Nas & @quietAZmoney – “Life’s A Bitch” (Super Blast Remix)

J. Rocc follows a stellar showing as one-half of AXEL F with the “Life’s A Bitch” (Super Blast Remix), a rework of the Illmatic LP classic from Nas and AZ. The track from the forthcoming Beats On Tap(e) 2 LP is a hard-driving flip of the celebrated original that expands and contracts over a tough break beat. Stay tuned for J. Rocc’s Beats On Tap(e) 2 LP, coming soon.

Audio: @GhostfaceKillah, @RZA, @Raekwon & @AdrianYounge – “Return Of The Savage”

Musical madman Adrian Younge strikes again, unleashing yet another retrofit heater, this time enlisting the services of some Shaolin’s finest on his latest cut “Return Of The Savage.” It’s an easy recall to the Golden Age of Wu; gritty, menacing boom-bap, with twisted and tight narrative weaving from the likes of Ghostface Killah, Raekwon and the RZA. Rock with Ghostface Killah, RZA, Raekwon and Adrian Younge’s little slice of early-90s goodness “Return Of The Savage” above, and hold tight for the new in the days to come, as there’s plenty more on the way. Trust us.

Audio: @BreakBeatLou – Dubspot Radio Podcast Mix

Breakbeat Lou pulled through the Dubspot Radio studios to drop a mix comprised of nothing but classic breaks, from “Passin Me By” to J Dilla’s “Stop” to some Jay Electronica, Snoop, Mix-A-Lot and more. It’s the sort of old-meets new, eminently funky set we love to showcase on Mondays, so get to getting while the gushy stuff is good.

Audio: DJ Monk One – Back To Brooklyn Mix [@MonkUno]

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DJ Monk One has returned to his old radio program on New York’s listener-supported WBAI Radio. His first show went a little something like this: a stellar throwback session of old cuts from James Brown, Gang Star, Waajeed and many more. A somewhat Bucktown-centric mixtape, “Back to Brooklyn” was crafted by Monk One to commemorate WBAI’s studio relocation to BKLYN. Listen above and let us know what you think of the mix.