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Audio: @LAKIMisAlive Mix [@MassAppeal @Soulection]

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Soulection’s Lakim took a turn atop the decks for Mass Appeal, with fantastic results. Hear vibrant cuts from Krs, Sango, Rihanna and of course D.R.A.M. The West Coast selector pushes forward toward the cutting edge of beat music. Listen above and let us know what you think of the mix.

Tracklist:
Sam Gelliatry – “Aeroplane”
Young Dro – “FDB (LAKIM Remix)”
Rihanna – “BBHMM (Starro Remix)”
Michael Jackson – “Off The Wall (Jasper Staal Remix)”
Lean Quatifah – “Hair Game On Fleek”
KRS. – “Gwan Bad”
LAKIM – “Variations”
Rambow – “Wut U Want”
BCTOB – “404”
Daddy AOL – “Fall Off”
D.R.A.M – “Cha Cha (Lehvi Remix)”
Marvel Alexander – “Babe, Please Don’t Curve Me”
LAKIM – “Superb”
Kush Jones – “Howard”
Tony Yayo – “Pimpin (LAKIM Remix)”
LAKIM – “Maga Body”
Sango – “Espero Que Si”
Hwood – “No Good Without You (LAKIM’s Thuggish Edit)”
BI5CUT – “Stakes Is Deep”

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Audio: Sam Herring – “Streetsweeper” [@Madlib Remix] [@Rappcats @FutureIslands]

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A few weeks back, Trouble Knows Me was thought to be the title-track of the Madlib and Future Islands ambassador Sam Herring‘s debut collaborative EP. We now know that to be the unconventional duo’s operative moniker as they officially drop pressings of their first time out on Lib’s Rappcats imprint. They’ve dropped a celebratory remix of one of the album’s cuts, taking “Streetsweeper” to the shop and reworking Herring’s vocal to suit a minimal, penetrating new concoction that’s anchored by flutes, slightly-swung drums and Herring’s grip of tuff wordplay. Clocking in at just a minute and sixteen seconds, the cut may be considered criminally short to you die-hards, yet it offers a heaping dose of the alchemy these two have cooked up in the bomb shelter. Madlib & Sam Herrings’ Trouble Knows Me is now out, and can be copped via Rappcats.

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Audio: @Disclosure Feat. @GregoryPorter – Holding On [@DaMFunK Re-Freak] [@StonesThrow]

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Disclosure may be the twin kings of modern disco and house, but one man is poised to bring the boogie back to the dance floor. Dam-Funk has has stepped up, injecting Disclosure & Gregory Porter’s summer smash “Holding On” with big, clean synth scapes and his patented karate-chop claps punctuating what was already the smoothest dance song of the season. Hear it above, and grab a copy of his absolutely stratospheric Invite The Light LP ahead of its official release this Friday, September 4th.

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Audio: @JayRock Feat. @KendrickLamar & @SZA – Easy Bake [Prod. @ThankGod4Cody @TheAntydote @ChrisCalor]

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As we continue to wait for Jay Rock‘s forthcoming 90059 album, or at least for news concerning a finalized release date, a new offering from the LP has hit the net. Produced by ThankGod4Cody, The Antydote and Chris Calor, Easy Bake is a menacing effort that also features fellow Top Dawg comrades Kendrick Lamar and SZA.

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New Mural by CÉCÉ in France

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French Artist, Cécé recently completed this piece on the beach of Siouville-Hague, in France. This is what the Artist had to say about the piece: “I am forwarding a project that I’ve realized these days, made with paint and graffiti bomb on 3D pattern, the basic idea was to revitalize an abandoned place full of history: a world war 2 blockhaus, collapsed, almost lying on its side. At first it was about to humanize this place with some poetry: before, the eye of the soldiers were watching the dead coming from the sea, and now there is this big blue eye, looking at the life and moves coming from waves movements, talks and answers, interactions of two creations coming from man and nature.. and then also I’ve wanted to point out the damage that may make human at some sites (into the pupil, the silhouette of the nuclear power plant from la hague).”

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@RobbieMaddison – Behind The Dream Part 1: The Making of “Pipe Dream” [@DCShoes @RedBull]

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On August 2, Robbie Maddison made history, when he became the first person to surf on a motorcycle. DC Shoes documented the moment, which they dubbed “Pipe Dream. Now they offer a behind the scenes look at the unbelievable feat. This is the first video in the three-part series, where we find out just how Maddison was able to make history.

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Audio: Travi$ Scott & @KanyeWest – “Piss On Your Grave” [@trvisXX]

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After months of chronic delays, Scott’s major label debut Rodeo is due on physical and digital shelves this Friday, September 4th with a massive list of guest features including The Weeknd, Toro Y Moi, Schoolboy Q and Mr. West himself, who graces today’s leak “Piss On Your Grave.” The track itself is sort of a nonsensical arrangement, beginning with heavy, Hendrix-styled guitar work and then slipping into something a little more industrial, veering towards the Yeezus side of things. Hear Travi$ Scott & Kanye West’s “Piss On Your Grave” above, and preorder Rodeo on iTunes today ahead of its Friday drop.

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Audio: SHIFT: All City Mixtape [@Rhettmatic @FreeTheRobots @PlannB]

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In 2009, SHIFT was conceived inside a small, forward-thinking venue just outside of Los Angeles called The Crosby as a sonic collaboration between the World Famous Beat Junkies’ DJ Rhettmatic, experimental producer Free the Robots and Los Angeles dance party staple PLANN.B. In an experiment to bring their wide-ranging musical tastes together under one roof, a new sound was born that bridged Hip-Hop, experimental beats, electronic, soul, and house music. What resulted was a 6-year run that saw the residents cutting loose for capacity crowds alongside guests like Prince Paul, Dam Funk, J. Rocc, Maseo, DJ Numark, B-Real, DJ Day, Houseshoes & Soulection just to name a few. The three residents decided to drop this freebie mix as a thank you for all the support they’ve received over the years. This is what a night at Shift might sound like.

Full Tracklist:
PART 1: DJ RHETTMATIC
01. Kano – Can’t Hold Back (Your Loving)
02. George Benson – Give Me The Night
03. Positive Force – We Got The Funk
04. DJ A1 – Baby
05. Zikomo – Fly Love
06. Sy Smith – Gettin Down (Remix)
07. Black Ivory – Mainline (Flaunt Edwards Edit)
08. Esta – Only One
09. J. Rocc – Star (Remix)
10. Church Boy Lou – Show Me
11. Ant Acid vs. B.T.W. – Party Time (Re-Edit)

PART 2: FREE THE ROBOTS
01. Cohen Beats (ft. Shafiq Husayn) – Rimona
02. Free the Robots – Take Flight
03. Danny Scrilla (ft. Om Unit) – Hunch
04. Co.fee – Mango Pickle Edit
05. Betty Ford Boys – Two
06. Chief & Dehab – It’s All About Love (Flipped)
07. Cazal Organizm – Ask My N***a Cazal
08. Zackey Force Funk – Out of my Mind
09. Danny Drive Thru – VirtuaRap
10. Sapan Chakraborty / R.D. Burman – Baby Let’s Dance Together
11. Dimlite – Fridge Note
12. Free the Robots – Unreleased Flip (Sorry)
13. Pigmeat Arkham – Here Comes the Judge
14. Roy Ayers – Searching
15. Keren Dun & Cohen – What’s on Your Mind
16. Golden Hands – Country Scenes
17. William Onyeabor – Body & Soul

PART 3: PLANN.B
01. DJ Rashad & DJ Spinn – Luchini VIP
02. MNDSGN – Maintenance
03. Mikos da Gawd (ft. Mr. Carmack) – Get Lo
04. Penthouse Penthouse – Going Out
05. Wantigga – Like That
06. Kaytranada – Killa Cats
07. Jon Wayne – The Come Up (Part 2)
08. Astronote – Liquid I
09. The Clipse (ft. Camron & Pharrell) – Popular Demand
10. Thugli – What Happened?
11. Jailo – Smoke (‘Til I’m Gone)
12. Milo Mills – Sweeter Than Rice Cake
13. Nikes x Lefty x Moondoctor – $mokin Ha$h
14. Patrick Brian – Gold Card
15. Missy Elliot – Work It (R4 Edit)
16. The Freshest – Buggin’ (Kutcorners & Marvel Canadian Club Edit)
17. Jay-Z – N*gga What, N*gga Who
18. Raven – Is It Real?
19. Kendrick Lamar – 2U (C. Justice Bootleg)

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Audio: @LupeFiasco – Pharaoh Height Mixtape

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Lupe Fiasco has shared a free mixtape of brand new material, Pharaoh Height. Built of six tracks that seem to offer up a message, based on their titles, the mixtape appears to to include no features. Pharaoh Height sounds as lyrically put together as anything he’s dropped in recent memory. If this is the new continuation of his Fahrenheit mixtape series, then fans of the series have plenty to be happy with. Check the release’s above, where you can both stream and download it. Thanks Lupe.

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Audio: @MarcoPoloBeats – “Music VS Gunz” (Rhythm Roulette Beat) [@MassAppeal @MassAppealRecs]

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Producer Marco Polo lets loose his contribution to Mass Appeal‘s Rhythm Roulette series entitled “Music Vs Gunz.” This joint arrives with a threat from MP to turn the track into a proper song: “One day I will spruce this bitch up and a song will be born from it but for now enjoy the raw version I made that day.” Check the track to listen to “Music Vs. Gunz.” Scroll down to check out the 2013 episode of Rhythm Roulette that gave birth to this beat, and purchase Marco Polo’s PA2: The Director’s Cut LP via iTunes.

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RIP Chocolate Thunder – Darryl Dawkins Dead at 58 [@NBA]

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Darryl Dawkins (January 11, 1957 – August 27, 2015) was an NBA basketball player, most noted for his days with the Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Nets, although he also played briefly for the Detroit Pistons and Utah Jazz late in his career. His nickname, “Chocolate Thunder”, was bestowed upon him by Stevie Wonder. He was known for his powerful dunks, which notably led to the NBA adopting breakaway rims due to him shattering the backboard on two occasions in 1979. He made history in 1975 by becoming the first player ever drafted directly from high school into the NBA. Dawkins passed this morning and will be missed by the NBA family and beyond! A Pioneer lost too soon.

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Audio: @TheUnderachievers – “Allusions” [@TheUALifestyle] [Prod.@abecade9]

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Last week, Brooklyn duo The Underachievers teased their upcoming album, Evermore: The Art of Duality, with a three-part movie featuring snippets of three songs. Today, the hardest song of the trio sees a full-length release; the hazy Ashton Benz production called “Allusions”. The Underachievers sophomore album, Evermore: The Art of Duality, will be out September 25th.

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Audio: @BigKRIT – “86” + Upcoming Tour Dates

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Yesterday was Big K.R.I.T.‘s birthday, and while the hard-work MC/producer deserves a slice of celebratory cake, it seems that we’re the ones getting gifts to mark the occasion. Big K.R.I.T. shares a brand new hard-banging, carefree track that he produced; it’s dubbed “86” and is an apparent tribute to his favorite ride, the ’86 Chevy Monte Carlo. With guitar and bass work from Mike Hartnett, clattering drums and a vocal hook that’s irresistible in its hot-shot simplicity, it’s a sure sign that the 29-year-old’s upcoming year is going to be his strongest yet. Turn the ignition on “86” above, and check out his live itinerary after the jump.

Big K.R.I.T. Fall/Winter Tour Dates:
10-22 | NORFOLK, VA | The Norva
10-23 | CHARELOTTE, NC | The Filmore
10-24 | RALEIGH, NC | The Ritz
10-25 | CHARLOTTESVILLE,VA | Jefferson Theatre
10-27 | WASHINGTON, DC | The Howard Theatre
10-28 | NEW YORK, NY | Highline Ballroom
10-30 | CLEVELAND, OH | Grog Shop
11-01 | DETROIT, MI | St. Andrews Hall
11-03 | LANSING, MI | The Loft
11-04 | CHICAGO, IL | The Metro
11-05 | COLUMBUS, OH | Park Street Studio
11-06 | LOUISVILLE, KY | Mercury
11-07 | ST. LOUIS, MO | The Ready Room
11-08 | MINNEAPOLIS, MN | First Avenue
11-10 | LAWRENCE, KS | Granada Theater
11-11 | LINCOLN, NE | Bourbon Street
11-13 | DENVER. CO | Cervantis
11-15 | RENO, NV | Knitting Factory
11-16 | SAN FRANCISCO, CA | Slims
11-17 | LOS ANGELES, CA | The Regent
11-18 | SANTA ANA, CA | The Observatory
11-19 | SAN DIEGO, CA | North Park Theatre
11-24 | HOUSTON,TX | Warehouse Live
11-25 | SAN ANTONIO,TX | Alamo City Music Hall
11-27 | DALLAS,TX | Bomb Factory
11-28 | AUSTIN,TX | Emo’s
11-30 | NEW ORLEANS, LA | House Of Blues
12-01 | BIRMINGHAM, AL | Iron City
12-02 | TUSCALOOSA,AL | Druid City Music Hall
12-03 | MEMPHIS, TN | Minglewood Hall
12-04 | MERIDIEN, MS | Temple Theatre
12-05 | JACKSON, MS | Hal & Mal’s
12-06 | MOBILE, AL | Soul Kitchen
12-08 | COLUMBIA,SC | Music Farm
12-09 | ASHEVILLE, NC | The Orange Peel
12-10 | CHARLESTON, SC | Music Farm
12-12 | MACON,GA | Cox Capitol Theatre
12-18 | ATLANTA, GA | Masquerade

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Audio: @DaMFunK – ‘Invite The Light’ LP First Listen + Tour Dates [@StonesThrow @NPR]

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The mighty Dam-Funk‘s first record in six years is upon us. Invite The Light is here for you to bask in, courtesy of the good folks at NPR Music. Q-Tip, Snoop Dogg, father and son Sylvers, and boogie pioneers Steve Arrington and Junie Morrison join Dam for the ride, and it’s all here for you to vibe with on this lovely Thursday morning. You can put an early ear to Dam-Funk’s Invite The Light LP. Be sure you bust out the bucks for this thing once it officially drops next Friday, September 4th via Stones Throw Records, which also has the full 3-LP vinyl treatment for sale over on their site. Preorder the physical or get the digital on iTunes today ahead of the release.

Upcoming Tour Dates:
Fri 9/04 || San Diego, CA || The Casbah
Sat 9/05 || Los Angeles, CA || Teragram Ballroom
Sun 9/06 || San Francisco, CA || The Independent
Tues 9/08 || Portland, OR || Doug Fir Lounge
Thurs 9/10 || Vancouver, BC || Venue
Sat 9/12 || Jackson, WY || Pink Garter Theatre
Sun 9/13 || Salt Lake City, UT || Urban Lounge
Tues 9/15 || Denver, CO || Cervantes
Wed 9/16 || Albuquerque, NM || Sister
Fri 9/18 || Las Vegas, NV || Bunkhouse Saloon

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Video: @ActionBronson – ‘Fuck, That’s Delicious’ + Tour Dates

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Today, Bam Bam’s back with the first installment in the new season of Fuck, That’s Delicious, the show that feeds your belly and your brain. In This episode, Bronson takes to the golden sands of Hawaii to master the art of making poke, which is a regional fish and rice dish that he and Alchemist apparently scour the earth for. He even puts on a clinic to show you how to fix it up yourself. Watch as Action Bronson debuts his sublime poke recipe on the new installment of Fuck, That’s Delicious above, and check out his upcoming tour dates below.

Tour Dates:
Aug 29 @ Shrine Expo Hall & Grounds – Los Angeles, CA
Sep 10 @ The Academy – Dublin, Ireland
Sep 11 @ Bestival – Isle Of Wight, United Kingdom
Sep 13 @ The Roundhouse – London, United Kingdom
Sep 15 @ 02ABC – Glasgow, United Kingdom
Sep 16 @ The Ritz – Manchester, United Kingdom
Sep 18 @ Institute – Birmingham, United Kingdom
Sep 19 @ 02 Academy 1 – Bristol, United Kingdom
Sep 21 @ Le Trianon – Paris, France
Sep 22 @ Le Trianon – Paris, France
Sep 23 @ Melkweg – Amsterdam, Netherlands
Sep 25 @ Essigfabrik – Cologne, Germany
Sep 26 @ Muffathalle – Munich, Germany
Sep 27 @ Ancienne Belgique – Brussels, Belgium
Sep 30 @ Store Vega – København V, Denmark
Oct 02 @ Debaser Medis – Stockholm, Sweden
Oct 03 @ Rockefeller – Sankt Hanshaugen, Norway
Oct 04 @ Samfundet – Trondheim, Norway
Oct 30 @ Freaky Deaky – Bridgeview, IL
Oct 31 @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre – Morrison, CO

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