Lee Bannon - Me & Marvin


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Dope new album from Sacramento, CA producer Lee Bannon, which is conceptually comprised purely of Marvin Gaye samples. If you're like me and you love that golden era boom-bap sound, mixed with some new school flavor, then this is a must listen.

01. Introduction To The Man feat. S.O.L.
02. Paid My Dues feat. Singapore Kane, Termanology & Big Shug
03. Volume (EP Mix) feat. Skyzoo, Sha Stimuli & Skyzoo
04. A New Song feat. S.O.L., Torae, Reks & Superstah Snuk
05. Dark Light feat. Uptown Swuite, The Jacka & Kali
06. The Phase
07. Shadows feat. C Plus & Uptown Swuite
08. Props To Marv feat. Uptown Swuite & S.O.L.

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Studio 43 Presents: XO - Monumental


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01. Good Morning feat. Ms. Mimz
02. F.R.N.O. (For Real Niggas Only) feat. Allison Carney
03. Crabs In Barrel
04. Time Out feat. Allison Carney
05. All I Had
06. 43ever
07. She Just Wanna Go
08. Go Hard
09. Idle Hands feat. Gordon Brega
10. I Had Enough
11. Man In My City
12. I Do It For Yall feat. Ihsan Bilal

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Naledge (of Kidz In The Hall) - Focus (Music Video)



In support of Naledge's "Chicago Picasso" Mix CD in stores today world-wide, watch the latest music video off the album for his track "Focus."

Directed by Noah Banks, the video took three weeks to reach completion as it's comprised of over 3,000 still photos and zero video footage.

Naledge's "Chicago Picasso" Mix CD, hosted by Mick Boogie and DJ Timbuck2, is a 20 track album that features 100% original music, as well as guest appearances from Bun B, Curren$y, Mickey Factz, Jay Electronica, Chip Tha Ripper, and Rhymefest.

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2009 One Stop Shop Producers Conference



Official promo video for the annual Hip Hop conference in Phoenix, AZ.

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ZKPRZ (Mattic x Madwreck x Catt Magle) - ZKPRZ


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The Others' Madwreck (Producer for Supastition/Kam Moye), Mattic (MC for Wax Tailor) along with Catt Magle (Producer for Sonny Cheeba & Phonte) have released a free album called ZKPRZ. It's a dark, soulful, and sample heavy record. We wanted to give something to all hip-hop heads out there to show them some appreciation.

Don't sleep on this album. Madwreck always holds it down on the production side and makes nothing but top notch professionally mastered records. Matter of fact I've yet to hear a track I didn't like of his. This is honestly one of the best albums I've ever heard that was released for free...

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D.Black Set To Release New Album


Born and raised in Seattle, Washington, D.Black's musical roots are deep, with his mother and father both involved in pioneering hip-hop groups in the Seattle music scene. In 2006, D.Black released his debut album, The Cause & Effect, a huge regional success, allowing the emcee to share the stage with Nas, Freeway, Bun B, Clipse, Paul Wall, The Boot Camp Click, and more.

After being mentored by Vitamin D, a staple and veteran of the Seattle hip-hop scene, D.Black began making a name for himself by working on projects with producer Jake One. One such collaboration resulted in D.Black being featured on Jake One's White Van Music, on the track "God Like," helping to cement the Seattle emcee as a household name beyond the Pacific Northwest. Jake One and Vitamin D were also both instrumental in helping D.Black create his new album, offering guidance and production on the record, along with D.Black, whose own production work has been featured on projects from former G-Unit rapper Young Buck. D.Black's new album, Ali'Yah, will be available September 15 via Sportn' Life Records/MYX Music Label.

Check out "Keep On Going" from D.Black's new album, featuring and produced by Vitamin D. The beat was also recently taken by 50 Cent from an old Vitamin D beat CD and used for the track "London Girl," which is featured on 50 Cent's War Angel LP:

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Episode #4: Eternia & MoSS - Road To Release Day



Episode #4 features Eternia receiving an Encore @ the legendary Lyricist Lounge show in NYC, while performing unreleased tracks from the new album "At Last" for the first time. Jeru the Damaja hosts the event and speaks on Eternia’s skills, and Eternia leaves a fan from NJ at a loss for words. Over the next 6 months, Eternia will release steady video & audio leaks leading up to the highly anticipated release of Eternia & MoSS's debut album, "At Last". Follow them as they shop for a record deal, promote the album, and countdown to the release date. And you just never know what special guests may pop up... stay tuned!

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Keelay & Zaire EPK: Ridin High



There's no question you've heard the music. Now, find out more about the producers behind the music as Keelay & Zaire, the bi-coastal production duo, give the world a closer, more personal look in their new EPK. Live performances, press clippings, and studio footage abound as highlights of the two producers quickly bring viewers up to date on how they met and the story behind their music, including the concept and inspiration behind their latest release, the critically acclaimed Ridin High. These are two young producers very aware of their music, and with the depth and foresight displayed in this new EPK, it becomes clear Keelay & Zaire are two names you'll be hearing about for a long time. Ridin High is available now via MYX Music Label.


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Destruct & KG Boom - Raw Slice


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01. Deadly Kid
02. Yo (What Up)
03. Galaktik Funk
04. Keep It Live
05. Turn It Up feat. Free Verse
06. Forget Dat
07. Frukost
08. 007’s feat. Gavlyn
09. Rugged feat. EQ
10. Raw Slice feat. Rogue Venom
11. 2muchbassbiz
12. All N All (Remix)

Free album from L.A. MC, Destruct who connects with Swedish producer KG Boom, who has produced tracks for none other than Tha Connection.

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Destruct - Rebel-Minded


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01. Class Begins
02. Know Worth
03. Time Wastin'
04. Play Yo Position
05. Renditions ft. Sirah
06. Check The Method
07. Write Some More ?
08. True Essence
09. Rhyme & Reason
10. Back Pack Rap
11. Smoke Break
12. Untitled (Love Song)
13. Slight Change
14. Groundwork
15. Cause & Effect
16. Class Adjourned

This album is dope as hell, the first unskippable album I've heard in ages!!! This right here is real hip hop in it's purest form, from the beats which take you right back to the 90's to the ultra nice flow from Destruct. A definite sleeper album, don't sleep, check it out and make sure you lock down a copy of his new album "Warheads" which drops July 10th!! You can peep samples direct from his myspace.

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Analog Architects - Skematics


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Whats goin on world, this is your man 3xplicit th3sis of the Analog Architects here to address the Skematiks mixtape releasing in a few weeks. Just to give y'all some general information and what not. The mixtape is 22 tracks of epic underground flavour for your enjoyment and not only that but its going to be ABSOLUTELY 100% FREE! Thats right FREE. We understand we're in an economic situation where a lot of people cant afford to be spending money on CD's right now so Analog Architects have your needs in mind! The mixtape also has some features from non Analog Architects artists such as: Brail Optiks, M16 and also DJ 2quared who layed down some cuts for us as well. All tracks on the mixtape are original tracks produced by Poseidon's nephew the submerged genius (@quatic Son) a few tracks co-signed by Lotis Yelo.

So I know some of y'all are probably thinking: "How is this a mixtape if y'all are using all original tracks?" Well the way we see it, an album has a theme or a foundation that you work around when you arrange your songs, we had no type of theme or foundation whatsoever its basically whatever we were feeling at the time which gives the mixtape a real personal feel. It's not some "Look at me I'm shining, I'm rich I'm a baller, I'm at the club all the time gettin loose smackin bitches." type joint you would cop in the "hip hop/rap" section @ Sam Goody or hear on the Radio. This is real life and real situations. Also, we don't want to call it an album because we feel you get paid for an album and this is free. we feel that since this is our developmental LP, it has no theme, and its free what better name than Skematics? But don't get me wrong just because the LP wasn't themed doesn't mean we were just being lazy, A LOT of hard work and dedication went into this mixtape so we hope you all enjoy it.

I know we've kept y'all waiting for a while but we've had some ups downs, sideways turnarounds and any other obstacles you can think of. But we just wanted to make sure it delivered that official underground sound NEXT DAY AIR to your ear drum, ya heard! But on the real, thanks to family, friends, and all supporters of the cause. Much love! And in good faith we have leaked a few of the new tracks so check them out. To close out here is a complete track listing. Stay up y'all, eye's up y'all!

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01. Thesis Statement (No Pun Intended)
02. Hip Hop 101 feat. DJ Squared
03. This Is For You (Throwback)
04. Dope
05. Sucka (Skit)
06. Sucka Free
07. A Long Time Coming (Interlude)
08. Scotia 2 Cali feat. Brail Optiks
09. Tha Muzik
10. Eight & Noon feat. DJ Squared
11. No One Gets The Prize
12. Fix Yo' Self
13. Bed Of Roses
14. Cloud 9
15. Best Served Cold
16. Real Talk
17. Body Rocc
18. Ocean's 11
19. Been A Long Time feat. Brail Optiks
20. Doomsday feat. M16
21. Phone Drops (Outro)
22. One Mic (@quatic Son Remix) (Bonus Track)

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Revalation & EMS Productions Presents: The Push Back Mixtape


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So it's finally here. I present to you "The Push Back" Mixtape. A collection of older, unreleased, and collaborative material put together to make one BANGIN' mixtape. I took a long time arranging and picking out tracks and didn't just throw this together because I wanted the listener to get a unique feel to what's to come on "The Revelation Will Be Televised" Mixtape droppin' late summer/early fall. The Push Back Mixtape features my crew EMS (M-Dot, Mayhem), also artists like Grime Tha MC (of The Camp), XL (of the Kreators), my other crew the Mic Murderers, and more... Beats from Kenshin & DJ Jean Maron (who's worked with Termanology, Reks, Akrobatik, etc.), just to name a couple. Here is the precursor to my next mixtape so I hope you enjoy and if you love real Hip-Hop, be on the look out for the Free Album Revalation & Catalyst - Killa Tape 09 coming July 4th, 2009!!!

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Self Scientific - The Self Science


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Few hip hop acts are able to appeal to both the commercial hip hop fan and rap purist in the same breath. Enter Self Scientific, one of the most critically acclaimed groups to emerge from the City of Angels and a group that's earned the respect of gangstas and underground heads alike. Part of L.A.'s unique hip hop scene, Self Scientific - the duo of Chace Infinite and DJ Khalil present their groundbreaking debut album, The Self Science.

01. Opus
02. The Covenant
03. Best Part
04. The Long Run
05. Cash Craft
06. Three Kings feat. Krondon & Planet Asia
07. We All Need
08. Murderation
09. You Can’t Fall
10. The Self Science feat. Jade Tiger
11. Duality
12. Love Allah feat. Krondon
13. Dead Honest
14. Anguish
15. Return

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Black Sheep - Non-Fiction


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Black Sheep's second album, Non-Fiction, was seen as not living up to the group’s well-established talents. Due to virtually no promotion and a generally poor reception, the album managed only lackluster sales. Titus and McLean would separate soon afterwards to attend to various independent projects. In 2000, they reunited to record a track for the movie Once in the Life.

01. Non-Fiction Intro
02. Autobiographical
03. B.B.S.
04. City Lights
05. Do Your Thing
06. E.F.F.E.C.T.
07. Freak Y’all
08. Gotta Get Up
09. Let’s Get Cozy
10. Me & My Brother
11. North South East West
12. Peace To The Niggas
13. Summa Tha Time
14. We Boys
15. Who’s Next?
16. Without A Doubt
17. Non-Fiction Outro

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Scarub - The Answer 2wo The Meaning


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01. The Meaning
02. Even So
03. Gypsy’s 98 feat. Eligh & Murs
04. Koncreet Jungul
05. What Is feat. Style M.I.S.I.A.
06. X-Zistance feat. Knose & Praverb
07. Very Lost Angelenose feat. Very & Knose
08. All Things Considered
09. Earth Is Doomed
10. Sometymes
11. The Answer
12. Wouldn’t U Like 2 Know
13. Somothing Extra feat. Sunspot Jonz & Arata

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Hangar 18 - The Donkey Show Volume 1


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Every now and again, people of the world are hurt and long for a change. Many times they don’t even know it until the feeling hits them square in the chops, knocking them into next week. Enter Hangar 18, the greatest power trio since Rush. Hangar 18, or “The Hangar” as millions of fans have affectionately dubbed them, is made up of Alaska, Windnbreez, and paWL, and they are making some of the best hip-hop this side of New Guinea.

01. Donkey Intro
02. Hip Hop Babylon
03. Shit Talk
04. H-A-N-G-A-R to the 1-8
05. Keeps It Movin’ (Cryptic Remix)
06. Like This
07. Beatslope (Blockhead Remix)
08. One Night (Hey Ladies Remix)
09. Try To Remember feat. Aesop Rock
10. The Ultimate feat. Blueprint & Bill G.
11. Rumors Of War
12. Where We At? (Yer in the Jungle Baby)

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Bliss N Eso - Flying Colours


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From Australian Hip Hop Trailblazers Bliss N Eso, comes their 3rd and most dynamic album to date, "Flying Colours". Rich with vivid poetic imagery entwined with soulful samples, Flying Colours showcases the crews’ classic sound while demonstrating an impressive growth both in production as well as lyrical maturity and subject matter. Recorded in across three different continents over 12 months, the album features some amazing talent including Illmaculate (World freestyle and Scribble Jam champion), a 20 piece African Zulu Choir (The Zulu Connections Choir), Debaser (U.S.A) as well as local artists Hyjak and Phrase.

01. The Beginning
02. Woodstock 2008
03. Eye Of The Storm
04. Bullet And A Target
05. Happy In My Hoody feat. Hyjak & Phrase
06. Destiny Lane
07. Zion Bash
08. The Sea Is Rising
09. Gorilla Militia
10. How Do I Listen Part 1
11. Climb These Cliffs
12. At Midnight
13. Royal Flush
14. $5 Steak
15. The Truth feat. Illmaculate & Sapient
16. Never Give Up feat. Changes
17. Field Of Dreams feat. Paris Wells

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Eagle Neblua x Georgia Anne Muldrow - Cosmic Headphones


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Eagle Nebula bursts out of the box with her bright brand of optimism. Forging high poetics and left field boom bap, Eagle creates a unique and fresh style that makes her one of the most unique hip hop artists the game has seen in a while. Described on okayplayer.com as “down to earth and otherworldly”, she is an electric force of nature headed for the heart of hip hop.

In the fall of 2008, she released her debut album “Cosmic Headphones” on the Epistrophik Peach Sound/Groove Attack label with producer and labelmate Georgia Anne Muldrow. Also in 2008, she had been spotted tearing down stages at Le Poisson Rouge in NYC with Pete Rock, J-Live and Akrobatik and with the Ladies Love crew at Sputnik in Brooklyn. Don’t sleep good people! GO COSMIC!

01. Intromercial
02. Daily Debut
03. Ether Cash
04. Page 2
05. Street Shrine
06. What I Like
07. Fonktion 101
08. Jitterbug Fonk
09. Celebrity Stylist
10. Funny (Hip Hop)
11. Napp Rocks
12. Spaceship Earth
13. Clear Blue Sky

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ArtDontSleep Presents: From L.A. With Love


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ArtDontSleep Presents From L.A. With Love. ArtDontSleep created an underground community of music and art lovers through legal and illegal parties throughout L.A. From L.A. With Love is a collection of new music from L.A.’s most ingenious, original electronic producers, creating an exceptional record that is not only amazing musically, but is a true reflection of a brand new underground music scene.

01. From Leaf to Feather - Night Sun
02. Nobody Presents: Blank Blue - All the Shallow Deep
03. Sound Directions - Wildflower
04. Tarek "Dj Dusk" Captan - Let me know
05. A Race of Angels - Just Begin
06. Adventure Time - This Dome Is Our Home
07. Nathan Yell - Goodbye
08. Coleman - No Strings Attached
09. Computer Jay feat. The Gray Kid - 1000 Fold
10. Exile - In The Night 22
11. Georgia Anne Muldrow - Killa Peach
12. Flying Lotus - It's A Secret
13. Take feat. Gaby Hernandez - Walk Away
14. Yesterdays New Quintet - I Remember John Coltrane
15. The Gaslamp Killer feat. Gonjasufi - Kobwebs
16. Free Moral Agents - Sound At Sea
17. Carlos Nino & Miguel Atwood-Ferguson - Nag Champa

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DJ Murge - Search And Rescue


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DJ Murge
is Eclipse Record’s foremost DJ and producer. In 1989, DJ Murge lived in Vancouver B.C., where he started listening to the music that would later shape his life. Eventually he naturally became interested in creating the type music he was hearing, and began working on his first beats, and opening his recording studio Search Studios as a joint business venture with one of his close friends. This in turn led to birth of Eclipse Records in June 2001, and his first release the “Search And Rescue” compilation featuring Swollen Members, Moka Only, Buc Fifty, Abstract Rude, L.M.N.O., Son Doobie, that were to go alongside tracks featuring the likes of Living Legends, Hobo Junction, Slug, and Eyedea. Since it’s release in the summer of 2002, the album has received much praise from many corners of the globe, and has sold over 7,000 copies worldwide.

01. Abstract Rude - Search And Rescue
02. Son Doobie - Shake 'Em Down
03. Mr. Brady - Refreshing
04. Aesop - Intelligent
05. Just B & Ishkan - S.C.P.
06. The Grouch & Bicasso - Silhouettes
07. Slug & Eyedea - Gotta Love 'Em
08. Eligh & Basik - What It Used To Be
09. Luckyiam.PSC - Student Ov Life
10. Swollen Members - Chewing Concrete
11. Sunspot Jonz - Drown In The Mainstream
12. Buc Fifty - Nigga Heaven
13. Ishkan - Where I've Been
14. Moka Only - Worth Your While
15. Hobo Junction - Metting Victoria
16. Jeff Spec - Got The Get
17. Kirby Dominant - What You Got
18. L.M.N.O. - Up & Up

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Us3 - An Ordinary Day In An Unusual Place


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With a definite latin influence, the Us3 trio have evolved, though intelligence and social awareness are still the driving force behind the beats. Not so much a rebirth, An Ordinary Day in an Unusual Place is a reexamination and plots a new, exciting course for the group.

01. An Ordinary Day In An Unusual Place (Part 1)
02. Get Out
03. You Can’t Hold Me Down
04. Let My Dreams Come True
05. India
06. Sittin’ On My Park Bench
07. Dead End Street
08. Enough
09. Enough (Bonus Beats)
10. World No More
11. Pay Attention
12. Sugar Sugar (She She Wah Wah)
13. Why?
14. Shady People
15. An Ordinary Day In An Unusual Place (Part 2)

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Living Legends - Legendary Music Volume 2


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01. Living Legends - She Wants Me (Prod. by The Grouch)
02. Afro Classics (Scarub & Very) - Rap Fanatic (Prod. by Jon Christian)
03. Bicasso - Controlled Substance (Prod. by Beatstreets)
04. Luckyiam - Useless (Prod. by Mike Gao)
05. Eligh & Jo Wilkenson - By and By feat. The Grouch & Paul Dateh (Prod. by Eligh)
06. Aesop - Smoker’s Anthem (Prod. by Hecktik)
07. The Grouch - Never Die (Prod. by The Playmakers)
08. Sunspot Jonz - SunSpeezy (Prod. by Sunspot Jonz)
09. Murs - 1st Love (Prod. by Terrace Martin)
10. The Grouch & Eligh - Say G&E! (Prod. by Eligh)
11. Living Legends - Watch Out! (Prod. by Sunspot Jonz)

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Grieves x Budo - 88 Keys & Counting


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Since the release of his first full length album, Irreversible, Grieves has been called a breath of fresh air, a breakaway phenomenon, and a lyrical mastermind. Touring constantly, Grieves stunned crowds all over the country with his distinctive voice, lyrical precision, and unparalleled style. Following Grieves' encouraging reception and a stint on the CMJ Top 20 Hip Hop charts, fans speculated on what would be next for the emergent artist.

88 Keys and Counting
is the response. A joint venture with friend and renowned Seattle based producer, Budo, 88 Keys is a matured record with themes that will challenge fans old and new alike. Armed with a distinct and fluid sound that will delight your ears and rouse your cerebrum, Grieves' second effort is not to be overlooked.

01. Intro
02. Catapults
03. Kings
04. October in the Graveyard
05. Dead in the Water
06. Live in the Hive
07. Gwenevieve
08. Identity Cards feat. Luckyiam
09. Nature vs. Nurture
10. Lock Down
11. Learning How To Fall
12. The March
13. Greedy Bitch
14. Cloud Man
15. Eciting the Hive
16. 88 Keys & Counting

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9th Uno - Unassociated Press



9th Uno is a force to be reckoned with on an international level. 9th brings traditional fundamentals of lyricism with a new school swagger over the illest of beat production.

9th has performed with KRS-One, GZA, Boot Camp Click, Marco Polo, Ill Bill, Mr. Lif, Cage, Camu Tao, Jedi Mind Tricks, Saukrates, Daetona, Brass Munk, The Beatnuts, D.I.T.C. and Redman/Method Man.

Accolades include 2006 Winner of the National Just Entertainment Demo Battle against hundreds of Canadian artists, 2006 Winner of the Mixtape Massacre intro contest in which 9th's song "CKLNVEY" is featured every Saturday 1-4 PM on the legendary 88.1 CKLN timeslot. 9th has also been featured several times on the hiphopcanada.com's 'Choice Cuts' showcase which features some of the best hip hop music coming out of the country.

9th Uno's Unassociated Press is a street album featuring some of hip hop's most celebrated producers and DJ's, such as Marco Polo and Moss. Ladies love him, the streets respect him, and the most critical of official hip hop heads praise him.

01. Intro
02. Terrorists
03. Eye Of The Storm (Prod. by Vokab)
04. Dont Get It Twisted (Prod. by Moss)
05. Vices (Prod. by Moss)
06. The Drill
07. Rize Up (Prod. by Beatwyze)
08. Killyourself feat. D-Sisive (Prod. by Moss)
09. The Whole 9 (Prod. by 9th Uno)
10. Sleep (Prod. by Marco Polo)
11. Letter P
12. The Machine (Prod. by Beatwyze)
13. Press (Prod. by Beatwyze)
14. Angst (Prod. by Beatwyze)
15. Backbone
16. Bringin It feat. Shylow (Prod. by 9th Uno)
17. Paper Think feat. Tyranny
18. Get Your Mind Right (Prod. by Arkeologists)
19. Priceless
20. For Free (Prod. by Amir)
21. Monsters Ink feat. Tyranny (Prod. by Arythmetic)
22. Outro

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Q-Tip - Abstract Innovations


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Recorded nearly 2 years ago. The 3rd un-released album by the man gets a timely indie release. Some tracks have turned up on his recent "Renaissance" album, but most are
unreleased. It's a mix, but on the CD, every track has a 2 second gap so it can't be ripped with a .cue. Enjoy!

01. For The Nasty Remix feat. Busta Rhymes
02. Scram Jones
03. That's Sexy feat. Andre 3000
04. Fever
05. Black Boy
06. Passes You By
07. Good Thing
08. I Got Rhythm feat. Royce Da 5'9" & Lena Horne
09. I Believe feat. D'Angelo
10. The Official
11. Johnny Died
12. Listen feat. Heavy D
13. Not Gon' Have It
14. Request
15. Lisa
16. Hey
17. Poetry feat. Erykah Badu

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Move.Meant - The Good Money EP


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Champ, Just, and Spider return with The Good Money EP, a prelude to Move.meant’s forthcoming debut LP, The Scope of Things. A bona fide blue collar anthem, the title track, Good Money, reflects the reality of the everyday grind over a driving, melodic beat. The offering is further strengthened by cuts like Move On, an uplifting banger, and the political commentaries, Problems and STR8UPDOWN, which were also featured in the movie Crash. An enhanced disk, complete with the Good Money video and a couple of official remixes, this EP is a must have.

01. Good Money
02. Str8upndown
03. Move On
04. Problems
05. Move On (Remix)
06. Good Money (Step Fam Remix) feat. Trek Life, Blest & Crush One

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DJ Jazzy Jeff - Hip Hop Forever III


The one and only DJ Jazzy Jeff returns as compiler for the third installment to one of the best loved hip-hop compilations of all time. Sit back and enjoy a fine mix by possibly the greatest hip-hop DJ's of all time.

01. Tear Shit Up - Biz Markie feat. Jazzy Jeff
02. Passing Me By - The Pharcyde
03. Whatever You Say - Little Brother
04. Ijustwannachill - Large Professor
05. Top Ten List - Masta Ace
06. Visualize - Mister Complex
07. Speed - Little Brother
08. Ebonics - Big L
09. Play Dis (Clean) - Saukrates
10. Players - Slum Village
11. Runnin' - The Pharcyde
12. Fuck the Police - Jay Dee
13. Eric B. Is President - Eric B & Rakim
14. Droppin' Science - Marley Marl
15. The ? Remainz - Gang Starr
16. Mass Appeal - Gang Starr
17. Full Clip - Gang Starr
18. Boom - Royce Da 5’9”
19. Award Tour - A Tribe Called Quest
20. Don't Nobody Care About Us - Phat Kat
21. Quiet Storm - Mobb Deep
22. Who Got The Props - Black Moon
23. Let’s Get Dirty (I Can’t Get In Da Club) - Redman feat. DJ Kool
24. The Choice Is Yours (Revisited) - Black Sheep
25. Looking At The Front Door - Main Source
26. Them That’s Not - J-Live

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Kruse - True Stories


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Tales of struggle, frustrations, and everyday livin’, MC/Producer Kruse returns with some breezy summer beats and a little help from friends like Luckyiam, Himself, Pigeon John, Eligh and Sunspot Jonz. While his Raw Materials EP gave you a glimpse into Kruse the MC, his newest full length finds him both lyrically and musically on the up and up.

01. Introduction
02. A True Story
03. Gain Control
04. Daydreaming feat. Pigeon John & Luckyiam.PSC
05. Rock That Music feat. MDA & Himself
06. The Sidewalk
07. On Demand feat. Luckyiam.PSC & Himself
08. Feeling The Effects
09. Slide Up feat. Luckyiam.PSC, Sunspot Jonz, & Eligh
10. If You Rap...
11. Dying Slow
12. Walking In The Dark feat. DWP
13. The Same Old Shit feat. Heard
14. Chill...
15. Insomniac
16. Feeling The Effects (Remix) (Bonus)

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Fugees - Blunted On Reality


The Fugees translated an intriguing blend of jazz-rap, R&B, and reggae into huge success during the mid-'90s, when the trio's sophomore album The Score hit number one on the pop charts and sold over five million copies. The trio formed in the late '80s in the New Jersey area, where Lauryn Hill and Prakazrel Michel ("Pras") attended a local high school and began working together. Michel's cousin Wyclef Jean ("Clef") joined the group (then called the Tranzlator Crew), and the trio signed to Ruffhouse/Columbia in 1993. After renaming themselves the Fugees (a term of derision, short for refugees, which was usually used to describe Haitian immigrants). Though the group's debut album, Blunted on Reality, was quite solid, it reflected a prevailing gangsta stance that may have been forced by the record label.

01. Introduction
02. Nappy Heads
03. Blunted Interlude
04. Recharge
05. Freestyle Interlude
06. Vocab
07. Special News Bulletin Interlude
08. Boof Baf
09. Temple
10. How Hard Is It?
11. Harlem Chit Chat Interlude
12. Some Seek Stardom
13. Giggles
14. Da Kid from Haiti Interlude
15. Refugees on the Mic
16. Living Like There Ain’t No Tomorrow
17. Shout Outs from the Block
18. Nappy Heads (Remix)

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Eligh - Poltergeist


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The crew had been very busy after Almost Famous was released, people started to wonder where the solo albums were. There were so many side projects happening, so much touring going on, and demand was high…but finally after what seemed like an eternity since Gas Dream was released, Eligh was ready and completed this long awaited follow up. He’d honed his producing skills with two Gandalf albums and was making beats for just about everyone else in the crew in the time that had passed. He put a lot of thought, heart and soul into the lyrics to create the Poltergeist, which had become an entity that surfaced in his absence.

01. They’re Here! (Intro)
02. Worldwide By Word Of mouth
03. Pattern Traps
04. Born To Pay For The Past
05. Ancient Grandfather
06. The Mountain
07. Funk feat. Bicasso
08. Universe Will Provide
09. Thought Process feat. Murs & John O’Kennedy
10. 3 Minute Rip Down
11. Dreamscape 7 (Window To The Next Plane)
12. The Lot
13. Outhouse (Remember Back) feat. Bicasso, Murs, Luckyiam.PSC, The Grouch, & Sunspot Jonz
14. M.I.C.helle feat. Basik
15. A Poet Sits... feat. Abstract Rude & Robert Miranda
16. To Angela (The Last Love Song)
17. Meditation feat. Jo Wilkinson
18. Bring it Back Down feat. John O’Kennedy (on Guitar)

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Zion I - Break A Dawn


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01. Rebel Intro
02. Act Right feat. Ms. Marianna
03. Target Practice feat. Deuce Eclipse & D.U.S.T.
04. Count It Down feat. Rashaan Ahmad
05. My Life
06. Understanding
07. Beat Aquariouns
08. Let’s Go
09. Oxygen
10. Heaven’s Gate
11. One
12. Live 4 Today
13. Yes Yes feat. Gift Of Gab & Lyrics Born
14. Borderline

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Crown Royale (DJ Rhettmatic x Buff1) - Artist Of The Week



MC Buff1 and DJ Rhettmatic are Crown Royale. The two discuss their upcoming collab project. Stay tuned for more info.

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Lefty (of Bash Bros.) - Best Of: Circa 2002-08


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For more than half a decade the Bay Area California representative Lefty a.k.a the LEFT has been running loose throughout the international hip hop scene. As one half of the groundbreaking duo Bash Bros he has sold records in every corner of the world & has garnered thousands of fans in the process. Here is a collection of work to date ranging from 2002-present. Enjoy. Long live Lefty!

01. 3.14FM WLEFT (Intro)
02. Live & Direct
03. Point Blank
04. Be the 1
05. Tick Toc (Clockwork)
06. Comin Thru
07. World Still Burns
08. Don't Talk to M9.
09. D.V.B.
10. Mo'Better
11. Hustlen All my Life feat. Karim of Boom Bap Project, Piseas, & Deuce Eclipse
12. G'z & Hustlerz
13. Twisted Woman
14. When Hell freezes over feat. Piseas
15. the L.E.F.T.
16. Priceless feat. Piseas
17. Where the Sun Sets feat. Piseas, Rhyme Persuader, Style Misia, Esoin, & A-Dash
18. Dreamz (Lefty)

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DJ Premier & Blaq Poet - Ain't Nuttin' Changed Remix (Behind The Scenes Video)



In anticipation of Tha Blaqprint dropping June 30 on DJ Premier's Year Round Records, we get a sneak peak not only at the making of the music video for the "Ain't Nuttin' Changed Remix" featuring MC Eiht and Young Malay, but also into the making of the album as described by Blaq Poet and DJ Premier themselves. Shot on the west coast, the good folks at Year Round Records give us an early look into the making of the video with behind the scenes footage of Poet, Premier, Young Malay, and MC Eiht doing what they do best. From there, we hit the studio as Premier and Poet talk up the album, giving fans a taste of what to expect, including the dope guest artists and some insight on how the project finally came together. Tha Blaqprint will be available June 30 via Year Round Records and Fat Beats Distribution.

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Sims - False Hopes XIV


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"Dang! 14, There are 14 false hopes now. That feels good to say. And really 14 is no joke, when I was 14 things were really real. I was in a skateboard gang, I had crushes on girls, and developed an overwhelming phobia that I would soon have major memory loss. Anyway, this is Sims, and yeah he is currently killing it. He told me he made this entire CD while working the night shift for UPS, if fact almost all of the beats were made in the back of Sims' UPS truck while driving around delivering packages. That was a fun week, but now its over, and Sims has since left UPS due to a conflict with the general manager."
-Doomtree.net

01. Like You Mean It
02. With the Fire In Its Palm
03. Pay No Mind
04. TC AG
05. Birds and Earthworms
06. Something Crazy is Happening
07. Up For Grabs
08. Rap Practice
09. Roll Down
10. Pay No Mind Redo

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Analogic - In Case You Missed It V.1


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If you were as fortunate as I was to have been introduced to Analogic's beats before this tape was released yesterday, then you will probably recognize most of the joints on here. If this is your first time hearing of Analogic and/or feel like you may have slept on a few tracks, then do yourself a favor and download this free mixtape, and prepare to beat ya' speakers up! Be on the lookout for his solo project, It's Only Rocket Science, coming soon on Soulspazm Records.

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Dibiase - Up The Joystick EP


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Hailing from LA’s very own Watt’s, Dibiase a.k.a Diabolic’s productions run the gambit from 8 bit video game classics to seductive soul to raw grungy bangers. This 12 time beat battle champion and runner up of the Los Angeles Red Bull Big Tune Beat Battle has no limitations. No sample is safe.

01. Tetris
02. Mario Galaxy
03. Cosmic Funk feat. Hardware
04. Mega Gutta
05. Metroid
06. Code Of Life feat. U-N-I
07. Slugfest (No Biters Allowed)
08. Brass Knucks (Double Drag)
09. Arcade Fashion feat. Amiri Dialect
10. MC Pro Am feat. Fifth P & DJ Deprave
11. Contraband

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Scarub & Very (Afro Classics) Present: The Classic EP


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Afro Classics
(AC's or Classics) is a rap duo consisting of Scarub from the west coast rap group Living Legends and Very of Us Pros. Los Angeles based, they have been working together since 1999. In 2001 they released their first group album self entitled Afro Classics, which was followed by two Japan tours, and numerous performances up and down the west coast of The United States. Now back with a new perspective on music, Afro Classics have brought forth The Classic EP. This beat driven, well versed, EP consists of six (6) progressive, hard-hitting cuts. Their songs cover a range of topics such as relationships, succession in life, and perseverance. It has been long time coming since their last release, and now in 2009 Afro Classics present The Classic EP.

01. Boom In It
02. Woah
03. Do Thangs
04. The Follow Through
05. Live From Los Angeles Part 1
06. Lemonade

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Elaquent - In Colour Vol. 3


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Elaquent, an extremely slept on producer from Toronto, Canada, has just released the 3rd installment if his In Colour series. Full of rich and illusory foundations wrapped in blankets of jazz, Elaquent has a knack for uplifting a listener with his sounds. If you haven't already, make sure to peep Elaquent's After Midnight album, which can be downloaded for free on the sidebar of this very blog.

01. Everything (Sepia)
02. Missing Link (Amber)
03. Bonus Level Swing (Ivory)
04. Ronin Code (Xanadu)
05. Neon Glow (Turquoise)
06. Pixelated Mess (Taupe)
07. Are You There? (Peach)
08. Twighlight Afternoon (Baby Blue)
09. Another Day (Crimson)
10. Above and Beyond (Teal)
11. Probably (Saffire)
12. Flyy (Magnolia)
13. Journey to Marseille (Olive)
14. Robotnik (Periwinkle)
15. Bread Crumbs (Jade)
16. Settin the Pace feat. On5Th Coalition & Self Lion [Bonus]
17. On My Way feat. Solar C [Bonus]
18. Steezneez feat. Trakz [Bonus]

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Bambu - Quit (Prod. by Illmind) (Music Video)



Video from Bambu off his latest album, Exact Change. The song "Quit" was produced by and the video was directed by IllmindAndrew Graziuso, produced by Roger Jimenez, and edited by P. "PG" Graziuso.

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Zion I - Mind Over Matter


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Innovative and engaging, Zion I's Mind over Matter succeeds because of its impressive conceptual execution. The Bay Area trio of Zion, Amp Live, and DJ K-Genius set the tone with the old-school energy of "Revolution (B-boy Anthem)," reawakening hip-hop's subversive impulses. Spiritual--not economic--uplift is the focus of this album, and Zion's meditative lyrics deconstruct materialist craving ("Venus") and deliver stream-of-consciousness musing ("How Many"). Zion I avoid being overly earnest, tossing in no-frills bangers ("Critical" with Planet Asia), and also tastefully embrace drum & bass on the previously released single "Inner Light" and the soothing instrumental "Metropolis." This versatile and progressive musical ambience, courtesy of the knob-twiddling of 418Hz Productions, mirrors their lyrical tone, serving up a nourishing blend of beats and rhymes.

01. Creation
02. Revolution (B-Boy Anthem)
03. Critical feat. Planet Asia
04. Mysterious Wayz
05. Tha Choice
06. Koncrete Jungle
07. Metropolis
08. Oh Lawd
09. Trippin’
10. How Many
11. Elevation
12. Little Change
13. Fools Gold
14. Venus
15. Rap Degreez
16. Silly Puddy feat. The Grouch
17. Inner Light
18. Big Ups
19. All tha Way feat. 427, Eclipse 8, Knowmatic, & Rasco
20. One
21. Inner Light (Remix)

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Chicharones (Sleep & Josh Martinez) - Swine Country


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01. Untitled Intro
02. Once Upon A Time
03. The Put Out
04. Taco Wagon
05. GFY!
06. On My Own
07. Pet's Sounds
08. One Is Not So Bad

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D. Black - The Cause & Effect


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D.Black's music has been compared to Biggie, Jay Z, Dr. Dre and other various artists of that nature. His music has just enough street and pop appeal to please the masses. D. Black is not only an artist but a gifted producer with an extraordinary creative vision.

01. Intro
02. Black Again
03. Like Me
04. Get Loose
05. Fuckin With Me
06. Get At Me
07. About Mine
08. Survive
09. Pop a Bottle
10. The Story of Roger
11. This is Why
12. Welcome to the Life
13. Secret Place
14. In Case
15. Crazy
16. Jump
17. Nobody
18. Lies for Love
19. See my Death

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Dirty Dozen: The Alchemists Top 12 Rapping Producers



The Alchemist sits down with nodfactor.com to talk about his favorite beatmakers who also rap, of all time. If you got a second, why not take a minute to post your favorite producer who also raps?

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The Roots - Illadelph Halflife



Philly never gets its props, but the City of Brotherly Love has pioneered its fair share of hip-hop innovations. Schooly D was the first gangsta rapper; DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince perfected rap comedy, and the Roots became the first rap act to put together an impressive live show without samples and sequencers. On their third album, "illadelph halflife," the Roots capture in the studio the same chemistry between rhymes and live instruments that they've generated on stage. The album does include samples, but they're samples of the band's own exploratory jam sessions in Philadelphia's legendary Sigma Sound Studios.

01. Intro
02. Respond/React
03. Section
04. Panic!!!!!
05. It Just Don’t Stop
06. Episodes
07. Push up Ya Lighter
08. What They Do
09. ? Vs. Scratch (The Token DJ Cut)
10. Concerto of Desparado
11. Clones
12. UNIverse at War
13. No Alibi
14. Dave Vs. Us
15. No Great Pretender
16. Hypnotic
17. Ital (The Universal Side)
18. One Shine
19. Adventures in Wonderland
20. Outro

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Dezmatic & Mr. Dibbs - Bigfoot's Dick


MySpace: Dezmatic
MySpace: Mr. Dibbs

Upstate New York rapper Dezmatic dropped a mighty fine debut, Behemoth, on the defunct Fingerprint Records, then disappeared.

Ain’t shit changed with Dezmatic though. He’s still raunchy and vicious with the bars and he’s back with a new mixtape featuring hip hop’s sucker punch break-cutting DJ Mr. Dibbs.

Big Foot’s Dick is not for the weak at heart or the politically correct. Recommended listeners should enjoy prank calls, sex on Camaro hoods and scratch routines with porno clips.

01. B
02. I
03. G
04. F
05. O
06. O
07. T
08. ‘
09. S
10. D
11. I
12. C
13. K

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Kan Kick - Beautiful: Opus of LOVE, Deeper Than Flesh Vol.1 / Vol. 2


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Kankick has made a name for himself in the West Coast hip-hop scene alongside fellow Oxnard natives Madlib and Oh No, crafting laid back, smoky instrumentals, occasionally releasing an album with guest spots such as, "From Artz Unknown", in 2001.

"Beautiful: Opus of Love Deeper Than Flesh" continues Kankick's tradition of low-key loops and fuzzed-out jazziness. "Thursdays at the Good Life" rocks a lounge piano and background bells, "Black Women Candle Wax" uses a little static to augment the simple synth melody, and a river of bubbling crowd noise percolates under the mellow loop that powers "Continued Togetherness."

Piano figures heavy on "Beautiful," and some of Kankick's best work throughout the disc's 58 minutes is anchored on lilting, mid-range keywork ("NightTime Beauty," "Serenade the Outdoor Visitors," and what kind of sounds like an electric piano played in reverse on "OX Coming at Ya").

If you're looking to get your party started, "Opus of Love Deeper Than Flesh" might not be quite the right vehicle. But once the party's winding down, and you and your people are just settling in during the late night hours, it's the perfect accompaniment for slowly nodding your head and drifting into a daze on the couch.

01. The Bomb Butterfly
02. Thursdays At The Good Life
03. Herb Honey
04. Black Women Candle Wax
05. This Is A World Export
06. Continued Togetherness
07. Pop Tunes, Morning Paper
08. Don’t Lock My Heart Away
09. Shrooming Birds Morning Song
10. Night Time Beauty
11. Serenade The Outdoor Visitors
12. C’Mon Love, Let’s Dance
13. Take My Hand
14. Warped Dayz
15. O.X. Coming At Ya
16. I’m Going to Take U Out To Dinner
17. Can’t Escape Space (Love Quakes)
18. Enter The Inside (Yeah)
19. The Revelations Of Sadness
20. Westwinds Of Truism (For Otis)
21. The Tribes Chant

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9th Scientist - Illatron Magnetic


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9th Scientist of Little Rock, Arkansas is back with his sophomore release "Illatron Magnetic" on Domination Recordings. "Illatron Magnetic" is 22 tracks of blazing thought provoking hip hop straight from the streets of Illatron aka Little Rock. Featuring guest appearances from Lil Sci (of Scienz of Life), Infinito 2017, 607 Poisoned Fetus (of Superiority Complex), Quantic, Angilas and Ill Chemist (of Bru Records). Production brought to you by John Robinson, Kid Stress, DJ Swift, DJ G-Force, Trek 19 and 9th Scientist. "Illatron Magnetic" also includes the underground favorite "Do You Love Me?".

01. The Purpose
02. Learn To Love
03. Do You Love Me
04. Orange Crush
05. Forenzics
06. I Love You
07. Verses feat. Ill Chemist
08. Illatron (Skit)
09. Green feat. Quantic
10. Supreme Grand feat. Lil Sci (Of Scienz Of Life)
11. Hurts So Good
12. Myths
13. La La
14. Eye Thought She Was Feeling Me feat. Infinito 2017
15. Skit
16. Niggas Talk Shit feat. Poisoned Fetus and 607
17. Skit
18. Flying Saucers feat. Angilas
19. I Love Hip Hop
20. Sol N Tha Hole
21. Jibba, Jibba, Yabba, Yabba feat. Sunjata Salaam, Trek 19 and OsyrusThaGod

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Tha Connection - Trapeze


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The most raw and soulful duo never heard! Hailing from Hempstead, NY, Tha Connection (Hus and SmooVth) come with their debut via Domination Recordings entitled "Trapeze" for digital release in November 2008. Filled with undiscovered gems to keep the underground boom bap and love soul alive. First appearing on 12bits Rawkus 50 release "Stranded On Planet Rock", Tha Connection represented 11 out the 23 tracks on the Rawkus album. With a recent vinyl appearance via Germany's Melting Pot Music that was released in August 2008, on Fella Vaughns produced "Love Song" and another release via Swedens Peakaboo Music entitled "SmooVth and Drums EP", these young men with old souls are on the uprise. "Trapeze" is kept in the true underground classic form, dope beats and dope rhymes all the way through!

01. The Realness (Prod. by AGQ) + Intro (Prod. by Moksha)
02. Takeover (Prod. by Don C)
03. Understand Us (Prod. by DJ Kryptonite)
04. Ill (Prod. by Sci Fi)
05. Theme Song Of Foul Play (Prod. by Vans Cal)
06. Raw Skills (Prod. by 12bit)
07. Short Milk (Prod. by AGQ)
08. Love Song Remix (Prod. by King AL )
09. Still Waiting (Prod. by Beta 7, cuts by DJ Bizkid)
10. Rock A Boat (Prod. by KG Boom)
11. Eleven (Prod. by Vans Cal)
12. I Am Remix (Prod. by Darkitect)
13. Moon (Prod. by DJ Kryptonite)
14. Tears (Prod. by The 4th)
15. Take It Higher (Prod. by Vans Cal)
16. Maximum (Prod. by Moksha)
17. 3 Tha Hardway (Prod. by KG Boom)
18. Venerable Leash Remix (Prod. by AGQ)
19. Passin' Thru (Prod. by Sci Fi)
20. She Says Nothin' (Prod. by Vans Cal)
21. Helpless Remix (Prod. by Robinbankz)
22. Thunderball (Prod. by Vans Cal)
23. Skys (Prod. by Vans Cal)
24. The Real (Prod. by 12bit)
25. Zen Remix (Prod. by Brother Beatbox)
26. Sincere (Prod. by DJ Kryptonite)
27. The Real Remix (Prod. by Olive Oil)

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