Raekwon feat. Inspectah Deck, Ghostface Killah, & Method Man - House Of Flying Daggers (Prod. by J Dilla)


The newest leak off the highly anticipated upcoming sequel to Raekwon's legendary album, Only Built For Cuban Linx. Rae brings along fellow Wu members Inspectah Deck, Ghostface Killah, & Method Man, all who spit straight fire over a brand new Dilla beat. The album is set to be released on September 8th, so mark your calendars now.

Download: Raekwon feat. Inspectah Deck, Ghostface Killah, & Method Man - "House Of Flying Daggers" (Prod. by J Dilla)

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Akro Van Tension - The "Absolute Value" Remix Project


D-Tension remixes Akrobatik's 2008 album “Absolute Value” using only Van Halen samples. Check it out for free.

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DJ Honda - Street Sampler (Mixed by DJ Shu-G)


DJ Honda linked up with Japan's own DJ Shu-G and put together this Street Sampler which includes his classics plus all new material. Make sure to check for DJ Honda's newest album "IV" on August 5th!

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Brother Ali - Us (Prod. by Ant)


Here is the first official and self-titled single off Brother Ali's upcoming album, Us, which hits stores the 22nd of September, but can/should be pre-ordered here via Fifth Element Online. And as a bonus, all pre-orders will be entered in a drawing to win and iPod Touch loaded with ALL of Brother Ali’s past and present music including “Rites of Passage” (currently out of print) and a variety of Ali and other Rhymesayers’ artists music videos.

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Rashid Hadee - 808's & Hadee: Chopped Not Screwed Vol. 1


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With lyricism that has garnered as much love and respect as his production Rashid Hadee shares with you his interpretation of an album he simply feels is honest (no pun intended). If you wonder why he chose 808’s to “chop not screw” instead of one of the more openly loved releases from Kanye’s college themed trilogy, Hadee will simply tell you 'because 808’s & Heartbreak is pure genius!'

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Advanced Placement (Adjust & Product) - Where Do We Sign?!!?


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During a time when the integrity of music is constantly in question, one band is determined to re-establish what was once the staple in artistic freedom. The world is fragile and becoming more volatile with each moment. With this reality on the minds and in the hearts of many of us, the alternative message that Advanced Placement provides is essential in today's music industry.

Advanced Placement began as a spin-off project from the now well known Bottom Brick collaborative. Dedicated members, Adjust; an aggressive, driven emcee, and Product; an educated and seasoned DJ, put their talents together to form a new style of Hip-Hop. With their first release came the well received mixtape, "Where Do We Sign!??!". The streets of Columbus, Ohio were buzzing with anticipation for their full length project. Now, with the city waiting and the industry pleading for originality, A.P. is poised to release their debut album. As a two man crew, Adjust and Product stand tall, strong and conditioned. They are here to provide promise for the artists again. The day has come for the carbon copy musicians and bands to step down and concede. It's time for the change that people have been searching for. It's time for Advanced Placement.

01. Intro
02. The Musician
03. Line By Line
04. Rawar
05. Renovation
06. Place To Be
07. Gunz Klapp
08. F U
09. $ Bank
10. Hood Rat
11. Get Down
12. Clear My Bowl
13. Cap City Says
14. Take Cover
15. What’s Up
16. Warning
17. Pushaman

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Bottom Brick - The Groundbreaking


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With the perpetual decline of consciousness in the music industry today, Bottom Brick stands as a Hip Hop crew willing to push for a change. The world of Hip Hop and its creative spirit is being overshadowed by a mundane, uninspiring blend of bland music. Bottom Brick hopes to emerge from behind that shadow and regain a sense of integrity that once was the appeal to so many musicians and fans alike.

Formed in early 2006, the three-member crew merged together after years of independent solo careers. With many of the same musical influences, ranging from Hip-Hop to Classic Rock, the band members grew extremely close in an abridged amount of time. Their vast musical abilities extend anywhere from turntablism and production to emceeing and engineering. In addition to managing themselves, Bottom Brick handles all of their own promotion. They also create their own artwork as well as record, mix and master all their albums in their own studio dubbed, “The Brick House”. With all of this group’s attributes and separate skills, these three musicians embrace the fact they can rely on themselves to bring their passion to the music business.

In an industry constantly changing and evolving, here is a crew who offers some consistency in an otherwise chaotic existence. The simplicity of their message is proof of their worth. At a time when originality is becoming increasingly scarcer, the idea of “relaying the foundation” lifts Bottom Brick up into a class of their own.

01. The Stick Up
02. Science
03. The Medicine
04. 6th Sense
05. Anthropology feat. Illogic
06. Double Vision
07. Just Like You
08. D.I.Y.
09. Die Alone
10. As It Is
11. Life
12. Cool Out
13. Our Turn feat. Grimm Diabolic
14. Cadillac Rap feat. Blueprint
15. More The Merrier
16. Last Stop

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D.Black - The Return (Prod. by Jake One)


Seattle emcee D.Black returns with the track "The Return" from his forthcoming album, Ali'Yah. Produced by the renowned Jake One, "The Return" is a proclamation of a track, announcing the impending, D.Black-assisted return of real hip-hop. D.Black also believes "The Return" is a more complex challenge, "There's a lot of boasting and glorifying negativity in rap these days. I kind of wanted to boast the positive things, the "sport" that life has to offer. I think that even in a song like 'The Return', where I challenge others to reassess their rap content, it also challenges the listener to think about the trashy music they're listening to. The goal is to make it hurt you deep if your on the wrong side of the sword." A hybrid of hip-hop styles backs up D.Black's argument, as Jake One mixes a ?uestlove-like ultra-laid back drumbeat, large string sections, fine guitar licks, and a little Jay-Z sample for added flavor. Be sure to check out "The Return" and the rest of Ali'Yah when it drops September 15th on Sportn' Life Records/MYX Music Label.

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Eternia & MoSS - Road to Release Episode #8



Eternia will be Live on Stage this Friday, July 31st @ DROM in NYC!

In Episode #8, E visits Canada, Mexico, U.S.A., & Australia in a trip down stage-show memory lane. E invites the world to "Come See Me" & presents her compelling invitation w/ co-signs from Agallah, Big Zoo (EODUB) & more!

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!

Bonus DL: Eternia - "The Mega" (Prod. by M-Phazes)

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iCON the Mic King feat. Awar - Fall From Grace (Music Video)



iCON the Mic King returns to film with the release of his second video from his latest project, Headphone Classics. The music video for the track "Fall From Grace" begins with a violent iCON armed at a murder scene, setting the tone for the rest of the video. Guest emcee Awar, who was also featured in the first track and video from Headphone Classics, joins in on the action with his own dose of getaways, gunshots, and aggressive rhymes. iCON looks to bring all the metaphors of the track to life, highlighted by his 'fall from grace' depicted by his suicide. The video wraps up with the murderous Mic King leaving his calling card: a king of clubs. Look for more of iCON's material in the Headphone Classics series.

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Quite Nyce - Jazzolution x This Is My Life


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For the next month, Massachusetts MC Quite Nyce will be sharing tracks from his upcoming free Mixtape, Hello, My Name is Quite Nyce (August 18th), as well as his digital solo album, Through My Eyes (August 25th).

As one of the North East’s most prolific MC's in the game today, Nyce has completed three world tours with legendary hip hop acts such as Das Efx, Onyx, Lords of the Underground and Afu-Ra. Quite Nyce has continued his success into 2009 with perhaps the biggest year of his career to date. On top of his exciting upcoming Mixtape and solo album, Nyce has already released the critically acclaimed collaboration album with Raydar Ellis entitled, The Champs vs. The League, and began recording his album with Geoff from Portishead.

Below are the first two tracks that have been released thus far, Jazzolution & This Is My Life.

Don't sleep!!

Download: Quite Nyce - "Jazzolution" (Prod. by MoO)


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Skyzoo - Beautiful Decay (Prod. by 9th Wonder) (Music Video)



Official music video for Skyzoo's first single off his upcoming album, The Salvation, available September 29th via Jamla/Duck Down Records.

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Brother Ali - Us (Artwork x Preview)


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Brother Ali has turned his gaze inward, and started examining the human condition from the outside in. A profound personal glimpse into a vulnerability seldom seen or heard in music, Us touches on the strengths and flaws of the human condition, exploring drug abuse, divorce, homophobia and many more topics that most people are scared to touch in their own lives, much less on an album for the world to see.


This clip is a sneak peek of what to expect from Brother Ali's new album, Us, which is set to for release via Rhymesayers on September 22nd. To pre-order your copy, visit Fifth Element online.

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Duck Down Records Signs With Blue Scholars


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Walking away from numerous record label offers, Blue Scholars will release several upcoming projects through a unique partnership formed with Duck Down Records, and Seattle’s Caffe Vita Coffee Co.

On August 25, 2009 Blue Scholars will release “OOF!” their newest collaborative multi-media project and the first release to be distributed through their new venture. On September 1st, they will re-issue their 2007 album “Bayani”, which has already sold over 20,000 units. “Bayani Redux” will include one brand new track and two songs that were previously available only via digital retail outlets. There will also be a brand new full-length Blue Scholars album and other projects coming soon.

The sales and distribution model developed by the group for their upcoming releases will allow them to maintain complete ownership of their music and total control over how it is marketed, sold, and even given away.

Instead of signing a standard artist/record label deal, Blue Scholars hired the label Duck Down to run point on marketing for all of their upcoming releases. As a major player in the current and ever-changing record label industry, Duck Down Records saw this deal as an opportunity to get creative and experiment with strategies for record labels to continue evolving as viable businesses.

Dru Ha, CEO of Duck Down Records states, “I believe Blue Scholars is positioned to be one of the next important groups, not just in hip hop, but in music worldwide, and I want Duck Down to be a part of that. They bring their progressive ideas not just to their music and lyrics, but also in the way they think about and do their business.”

Duck Down’s current distribution partner, E1 Entertainment, the largest independent distributor in the United States, will handle distribution of Blue Scholars’ physical product. Digital sales and distribution will go through Tunecore. Direct-to-fan marketing and sales will be developed by the members of Blue Scholars themselves, using Topspin web marketing tools.

Says Geo, of Blue Scholars, “After weighing all the options, remaining independent is without question, the best look. Duck Down shares that vision and their track record speaks for itself. With them, we get that national and international push while still owning and controlling our music. "

To finance all the upcoming projects, Blue Scholars have formed a strategic brand relationship with Seattle independent coffee company, Caffe Vita. The coffee company will also play a role in the sales and distribution plan by selling upcoming albums in all of their retail outlets and marketing the releases via their online presence.

Blue Scholars DJ/ Producer Sabzi says in regard to their partnership with Caffe Vita - “their innovative marketing, their justice and equity in business practices, and their premiere quality of product and presentation, make Caffe Vita an ideal brand to partner with. I intend to do with our music what Vita does with their coffee.”

"Coffee is both International and local, it effects the lives of millions, and it has tremendous ability to generate culture. We believe strongly in the work of the Blue Scholars and their power to look beyond the basic commodity that music has become. We are honored that Sabzi and Geo see that Vita is striving for the same goals." Mike McConnell, founder Caffe Vita

Blue Scholars have sold over 60,000 albums and played over 400 live shows. They have developed a dedicated following in the Northwest (selling over 4,000 tickets for each of their last few Seattle performances) and have shared the stage with an impressive list of nationally acclaimed artists such as Kanye West, Q-Tip, De La Soul, Immortal Technique, Hieroglyphics, GZA of Wu-Tang Clan, Matisyahu, Zion-I, Flobots and the Coup.

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Big D O & M-Hott - War Of The Words


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New Street Album from indie/underground producer BIG D O and Syracuse NY's finest M-Hott AKA Double T. A partnership forged through the love of dope underground hip-hop, the duo finally has put forward their debut street album "War Of The Words" that is being released for free digital download on Foresight Records. Recorded mostly in M-Hott's apartment basement and a studio apartment in south Denver the frequent collaborators take pride in the raw and dusty sound that comprises their music and the process that was recording it. Now as they release what is sure to be one of the many LP's they drop together over time, the two are proud to give the many fans and seekers of "genocide free music" a project that is un-scathed by the corporate world's massive reach and unapologetic in it's brutal honesty about the current state of Hip-Hop music, urban entertainment as a whole and dedicated to the true esthetic of great Hip-Hop music.

01. Introduction
02. Circles
03. Boom Bap Is Back
04. Forsee The Way
05. House On The Hill
06. The Roaring 50's
07. Am I Ill
08. Keep Hatin'
09. They Want Love
10. Nomination time
11. Such Devotion
12. Rainy Night (Sad Story)

I thought I'd do a re-up on this as I'm listening to it again right now after about a year or so. This still sounds dope with smooth lyrics from M-Hott & Big D O supplying the soulful backdrop to this album, which was free by the way... anyways, here's a couple bangers that might get your attention if ya missed this first time round!

"Circles"


"Such Devotion"


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Fresh Daily - Untucked Nunchucks (Prod. by Ski Beatz)


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The first official leak off Fresh Daily's upcoming, Gorgeous Killer In Crimes Of Passion, album. The LP is scheduled to be released on August 18th via High Water Music and contains features from Tanya Morgan (among others), and production from DJ Spinna, Illmind, Exile, 88-Keys, & OhNo.

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Mr. Mecca feat. Skyzoo, Sha Stimuli, Pinks, & Torae - Over Here (Music Video)



The official video for Mr. Mecca's smash single "Over Here," the 3rd single from "The Cover Run" mixtape.

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Grey Matter – The Problem


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Grey Matter consists of Illustrate and TEMPERMENTAL. One MC and one Producer. It’s a formula that allows each member to showcase their individual craft and allows their music to have a consistent vibe. The group formed in 2001 in Orlando (Ozone), Florida and soon after they released their first single on vinyl “No Question b/c The Problem”. It achieved regular rotation on college radio and was picked up by “Music Choice” for the cable TV hip-hop channel. In 2007, they completed a 40 city US tour with the very talented Solillaquists of Sound. They are currently working on music and performing. Outside of music both TEMP and Illa teach audio engineering at Full Sail University in Orlando. Grey Matter has shared the stage with: KRS-One, Nas, Wu-Tang Clan, Pharoahe Monch, Killah Priest, Guru, Common, Grandmaster Flash, Solillaquists of Sound, Immortal Technique, Chino XL, Talib Kweli, Dead Prez, Kev Brown, Blakout, The Heart and Brain, Oh No, The Transcontinental, C-Rayz Walz, Butta Verses, Grayskull and Asheru of Unspoken Heard.

01. Strange Times
02. The Kickboxer
03. Same Old Story
04. Dishwater
05. Its All Included
06. The Problem

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King Medallion Vs. Arch Angel - Blak Majik


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01. Intro
02. Supernova
03. Black Music
04. Kausion feat. Rasco
05. Tombstones
06. Pt. 2
07. Malcolm X Vs. Mr. Marcus
08. Claps
09. Nonstop War Monger
10. This It
11. Science
12. Impulses
13. Stay
14. Fallicies feat. Del Tha Funky Homosapien
15. Precedent
16. Switch feat. Holekost
17. Omega Outro

Allegedly this was a Japan only release by Planet Asia & Architect (known for his productions on the Encore & Executive Lounge albums) under their aliases King Medallion Vs. Arch Angel.

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Raekwon - Only Built 4 Cuban Linx 2 (Artwork & Tracklist)



This is the legit trackist as far as features and production credits but there will probably be a few cuts left off the final version but for now... look and start gettin amped coz this looks pretty damn hot!!!

01. Return To The North Star (Feat. Papu Wu) (Interlude) (Prod. Bt)
02. House of Flying Daggers(Feat. Inspectah Deck, Ghostface Killah & MethodMan) (Prod. J-Dilla)
03. Sonny’s Missing (Prod. Pete Rock)
04. Pyrex Vision (Prod. Marley Marl)
05. Cold Outside (Feat. Suga Bang & Ghostface Killah) (Prod. Atl)
06. Godfather (Feat. Inspectah Deck) (Prod. Rza)
07. New Wu (Feat. Method Man & Ghostface Killah) (Prod. Rza)
08. Penitentiary (Feat. Ghostface Killah) (Prod. Bt)
09. Criminology 09 (Feat. Ghostface Killah) (Prod. Bt & Rza)
10. Fat Lady Sings (Prod. Rza)
11. Canal Street
12. 10 Bricks (Feat. Cappadonna & Ghostface Killah) (Prod. J-Dilla)
13. G-hide (Feat. Ghostface Killah) (Prod. Necro)
14. Rockstar (Feat. Inspectah Deck & Gza) (Prod. Rza)
15. Catalina (Feat. Busta Ryhmes) (Prod. Dr. Dre)
16. 40 Deuce (Feat. Jadakiss & Styles P) (Prod. Scram Jones)
17. Walk Wit Me (Prod. Scram Jones)
18. We Will Rob You (Feat. Slick Rick, Gza & Masta Killah) (Prod. Allah Justice)
19. Have Mercy (Feat. Beanie Sigel)
20. Surgical Gloves (Prod. The Alchemist)
21. Nigga Me (Prod. Dr. Dre)
22. Mean Streets (Feat. Inspectah Deck) (Prod. Allah Mathematics)
23. Kiss The Ring (Feat. Inspectah Deck & Masta Killah) (Prod. Scram Jones)
24. Ason Jones (Prod. J-Dilla)

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E.Ness & 9th Wonder - The W.ide W.orld Of W.rap


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9th Wonder has been super busy these days working on mixtapes for up and coming artist. His newest collabo is with philly mc E. Ness. For those of you who don’t remember exactly who E. Ness is, you may have to take it back to Da Band. The music that Diddy had Da Band making really didn’t suit his style. Well he’s back here behind some of 9th Wonder’s best production to date. Not many features here which is all the better.

01. Floww On (Prod. By 9th Wonder)
02. Can't Do What I Did (Prod. By 9th Wonder)
03. Temptation feat. Big Pooh (Prod. By 9th Wonder)
04. Return Of Da Mack (Prod. By 9th Wonder)
05. I Wanna (Prod. By 9th Wonder)
06. I See You feat. Keisha Shontelle (Prod. By 9th Wonder)
07. Number In Da Phone (Prod. By 9th Wonder)
08. Think It Over (Prod. By Fatin)
09. Talk Dirty (Prod. By Khrysis)
10. Get Ur Paper Out (Prod. By 9th Wonder)
11. Too Ill (Prod. By 9th Wonder)
12. Khrysis (Prod. By Khrysis)

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DJ Spinna Album Release Party: John Robinson Performing "Lights Out"



Live footage of John Robinson performing his track "Light's Out" off DJ Spinna's newly released album, Sonic Smash. And if you have only $15 to spend on your next album purchase, I highly recommend spending it on this one.

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J-Rawls - Hotel Beats Vol. 1


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"J-Rawls gives fans a free download for Hotel Beats Vol. 1 presented by clothing powerhouse, Mighty Healthy NYC. Comprised of 21 instrumentals that were made completely from a hotel room less than two months ago, J-Rawls also premieres his joint with John Robinson for the duo’s JAY ARE project, which is a Hip-Hop ode to jazz music, dropping on Polar Ent./Groove Attack on September 15th, for their song ‘The Lee Morgan Story.’"

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Low Budget Crew & Mello Music Group Presents: Kenn Starr - It's Still Real...


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Another full-length free download from the Low Budget Crew - this time from rapper, Kenn Starr. Entitled It’s Still Real..., the unmixed non-tape is a discography update of sorts - collecting the guest appearances and collaborations Kenn has done his 2006 debut, Starr Status. Included are production & appearances by the likes of 9th Wonder, Kev Brown, Marco Polo, Oddisee, Raheem DeVaughn, Wale, and more.

01. Let It Be Known feat. Hassaan Mackey & Silent Knight (Prod. by Analogic)
02. The Truth feat. Kaimbr (Prod. by Roddy Rod & Kev Brown)
03. In Check feat. Oddisee & Supastition (Prod. by Oddisee)
04. DJ Flexx Freestyle (’01 Throwback) (Live on WPGC Washington, D.C.)
05. It’s Time feat. Soulstice, Eternia & Tiffany Paige (Prod. by M-Phazes)
06. Low Budget All Stars feat. Kev Brown, Oddisee, Cy Young & Kaimbr (Prod. by Marco Polo)
07. Represent feat. Akir & Oddisee (Prod. by Oddisee)
08. That’s How We Kick It feat. J. Sands (Prod. by Chief)
09. Price 2 Pay feat. Asheru, Oddisee & Darien Brockington (Prod. by Oddisee)
10. DJ Eclipse Freestyle (’04 Throwback) (Live on WNYU New York, NY)
11. Wonder Why feat. Wale, Big Sean & Mike Posner (Prod. by9th Wonder)
12. Q&A feat. Oddisee (Prod. by Oddisee)
13. The Dropoff feat. JLaine (Prod. by JLaine)
14. Kemistree Meets Low Budget feat. Hassaan Mackey, Kev Brown & Gut (Prod. by Young Cee)
15. DJ K.O. Freestyle (’04 Throwback) (Live on WRSU New Brunswick, NJ)
16. Coming Of Age ‘09 (Prod. by Nick Tha 1da)
17. Hennessey Pt. 3 feat. Kev Brown & Raheem DeVaughn (Prod. by Kev Brown)
18. Sum Ish For Dave feat. Haysoos (Prod. by 9th Wonder)

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iLLiTe - The Champion (Mixtape) (Hosted By Nick Speed)


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Detroit emcee, Subterraneous affiliate, and one-half of a group with fellow Detroit emcee OcTaNe are a few ways to describe iLLiTe if this is your first time hearing of him. But to get an idea of what he is bringing to the table of hip hop music you must first listen to the album. So, stop reading now and click download below. On the other hand, if you have heard his music before then you already know you're in for a treat.

Kic Sounds Intro (Prod. by Jaye Burough)
Be It
Reach Out (Prod. by Baby Paul aka Bpzy)
Classic 'ish (Prod. by Mules)
Burn (Prod. by Zhao-Ski)
Part of the Game (Snippet) (Prod. by Vitamin D)
All City (Prod. by Decompoze)
Embrace (Prod. by Shawn King)
Tell Me Why (Prod. by Nick Speed)
Time Machine rmx w/ Eric Roberson (Prod. by Nick Speed)
Believe N U (Prod. by Vitamin D)
Hymns of Kings (Prod. by Tre Styles)
Double Time (Prod. by Baby Paul aka Bpzy)
Just the Way (Prod. by Nick Speed)
Then What feat. Buff1 (Prod. by Magestik Legend)
Arts & Crafts feat. Fes Roc & OcTaNe (Prod. by Frank Dukes)
Threat (Prod. by DJ Phrikshun)
OH! (Prod. by 14kt)
Caroline (Prod. by Denmark Vessey)
Time w/Marvin Gaye (off Marvin Gaye’s “Hear my dear”)
Be Alright (Prod. by Nick Speed)
Rock-a-Bye (Prod. by Nick Speed)
Off the Heart (Prod. by 14kt (off the “Golden Hour” soundtrack)
Nobody (Prod. by DJ Phrikshun)
Champion (Prod. by Astronote)
Goodbye (Prod. by Nick Speed)

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Akademiks Presents: Monsters Ink - Ink Made Me A Monster (Mixtape)


"Monsters Ink, which consists of Dynas, Lex One, Mike Beatz, Numonics and Streets Buchanon, releases its awaited mixtape, Ink Made Me A Monster. The tape is mixed by Mick Boogie and Terry Urban and features the likes of 9th Wonder, Freeway, Little Brother, DJ Spinna, U-N-I, BK Cyph, Street Runner and more. Ink Made Me A Monster is presented by: Akademiks, IM KING, The Press Play Show, illRoots.com, XclusivesZone.net, the305.com and djbooth.net."

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Babu The Dilated Junkie Presents: Duck Season Vol. 2


While autumn may be the most wonderful time of the year for hunters, Babu's ongoing Duck Season series makes it excellent as well for beat-digging fans. This second volume balances quite a few Babu-produced breaks for friends and fam (Talib Kweli, Phil da Agony, Defari, and his Dilated Peoples bandmates) with up-to-the-minute shots from the hottest producers in street-level rap (Madlib, DJ Premier, Evidence). The mix gets harder and darker during the first half, reaching a horrorcore peak with an '80s-B-movie production by Alchemist on 1st Infantry's "Serious (The New Message)." From there, Babu pulls back with some soul sauce courtesy of some prime West Coast talent: a remixed DP joint ("Behold My Life"), Planet Asia's "Right or Wrong," and a soundclash with Stones Throw affiliates Medaphoar, Oh No, and Wildchild on "Time to Rep." Near the end, Babu has some fun scratching on tracks from two classic artists: Gang Starr ("Deadly Habitz") and KRS-One ("Underground").

01. Intro
02. Raise The Bar
03. Street
04. Do For Self
05. The Official
06. Ends To Means
07. Elevate, Build, & Create
08. Serious (The New Message) feat. Prodigy
09. Live From Defcon (Skit)
10. Behold My Life (Remix) feat. Dilated Peoples
11. Right Or Wrong
12. Time To Rep
13. Think Fast
14. The Big Duck Hunt (Skit)
15. Deadly Habitz
16. The Song
17. I Got This
18. Underground
19. Booyakah (Click Click) (O.G. Version)
20. Outro feat. Rhettmatic, J. Rocc, & Melo-D

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Babu The Dilated Junkie Presents: Duck Season Vol. 1


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On the second release for the Sequence Records imprint under the Virgin/Ultra canopy, Babu, acclaimed DJ for crews the Beat Junkies and Dilated Peoples, steps out solo with his own mix CD. Featuring new tracks and mixes of De la Soul, Pete Rock, the Visionaries, Quasimoto, Jurassic 5, and Big Daddy Kane just for starters, this collection exceeds the expectations of most mixes and comes through with a listenable compilation packaged with a loose but lovable duck theme. Though lacking the scratching that is part of the Babu repertoire, Duck Season Vol. 1 is still an outstanding representation of one of turntable's greatest ears and wrists.

01. Duck Season Intro
02. Watch Out feat. Jose "Perico" Hernandez
03. Kronkite feat. Phil Da Agony
04. Duck Season feat. Al Tariq
05. Concrete Nigga
06. Patch Up The Pieces feat. Freddie Foxxx aka Bumpy Knuckles
07. Follow Instructions
08. Cake feat. The U.N.
09. Sight For Sore Eyes feat. The Visionaries
10. Stand Clear feat. Crushall
11. Behold My Life
12. Microphone Mathematics (Remix)
13. Center Of Attention
14. Gold Chain Music feat. Planet Asia & Evidence
15. The Man / The Icon
16. Ducky Boy

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Dub MD Presents: Junclassic - Southside's Savior


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Dub MD and Junclassic are proud to present "Southside's Savior", a mixtape comprised of 22 tracks and nearly 80 minutes of music. Yes, Southside's Savior will fill an entire CD-R! Great for long drives and romantic hood barbeques! and maybe even a midnight bar brawl depending on the track selection and part of town you in.

Half of the mixtape is a collection of raw original tracks featuring production from both established and up and coming heavyweights including DJ Husky, J-Zone, and Blakasper of The Plague. The other half of the tape consists of various beat jacking that vary in tempo, genre, and even that beloved Boom Boom Bap that we can never quite get enough of.

Junclassic's new album "Imaginary Enemies" will be in stores September 8th, 2009 on Classified Recordings, Limited Edition collectors item, produced entirely by DJ Husky. Physical copy only: put down that f&**ing iPod and cop a muthaf**&kin CD and appreciate some incredible artwork, courtesy of new york urban painter Alan Coogan-Prieto, the anti-digi movement begins September 8th!

Make sure you check out Dub MD & Nametag Presents Classic Cadence Vol. 2 droppin online August 10th for free download, along with various other projects throughout 2009 including the likes of Judah, Karniege, Dominique Larue and more.

01. Neva Gon' Stop (Prod. by Statik Selektah)
02. Real Shit (Prod. by DJ Qualls)
03. Accordianz feat. Monsta X (Prod. by Madlib)
04. Reel Raw (Prod. by Iron Curtain)
05. Best Around (Prod. by DJ Husky)
06. Everybody (Get Money) (Prod. by Groove Groove Medley)
07. Lovin Life feat. Lejon Lewis (Prod. by The Neptunes)
08. Mama Used To Say (Prod. by Junior)
09. Clocks (Prod. by Coldplay)
10. The Owner (Prod. by DJ Husky)
11. Forever In His Childhood (Prod. by DJ Premier)
12. Google Game (Prod. by WK)
13. Yesterday (Prod. by Jumpster)
14. I'm Ready (Prod. by Heatmakerz)
15. Renaissance feat. Monsta X, Ravage The Meccagodzilla & Ceez (Prod. by Q-Tip)
16. I Can Tell (Prod. by Rick Rubin)
17. Try feat. Cy Yung (Prod. by By Black Milk)
18. 950 (Prod. by 950 King)
19. Waitin In Vain feat. Bob Marley (Prod. by Blakasper)
20. The Dope Song (Prod. by J-Zone)
21. Livin In This Dream (Prod. by Licks)
22. Yes! (Prod. by Krohme)

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Abstract Mindstate - Chicago's Hardest Working Vol. 1


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After a series of white label (12inch) releases, an independent ep release, a national release (through a bad record deal) and a highly anticipated unreleased album, Abstract Mindstate still stands as Chicago’s hardest working rhyme duo. Internationally known and heralded by the music industries most recognized and respected publications (hardcopy & online) the male/female emcee team of E.P Da Hellcat aka The White Lotis and Olskool Ice-Gre aka Tha Gud Dr. created a legacy as Chicago’s purveyors of golden era Hip Hop. Also referred to as the Wonder Twins this Westside/Southside collabo held the city down effortlessly, commanding attention from both coasts as well as the south. Abstract Mindstate feels it’s their duty as artist to create thought-provoking music. The group believes the commercial success of Hip Hop has given the extremely untalented and uncreative room to latch on to the art and use it for their own personal gain with no regard for the culture. Abstract Mindstate is about artistic integrity and respect for the culture which is why the group is still considered one of the best live performance Hip Hop acts to emerge from Chicago’s music scene. Their 3 part mixtape series aptly titled; Chicago’s Hardest Working Mixtape Vol.1, 2 & 3 is a testament to the time and energy the duo has put into making sure Chicago’s contribution to Hip Hop is properly represented. The group is humbled by the love and respect the city has given them over the years but it’s really good when the music industry as a whole appreciates and respects the level of quality Hip Hop they have created.

01. Leave
02. No Song Without a Meaning feat. Profound
03. Like This Yall feat. Rashid Hadee
04. What's Ya Hustle
05. N.A.I.M.A (No Art Is Man Alone)
06. Go Clap
07. Gravy - Trizonna McClendon feat. EP Da Hellcat aka The Wit Lotis
08. Showed Ya
09. Soulful 4 U feat. Dre Cagney
10. Shock Treatment
11. What Happened To Me feat. Suffer & Struggle (of Usuall Suspectz)
12. Derelicts of Dialect
13. Don't Know What You Got feat. John Legend
14. My Life
15. How We Do
16. Rock This City
17. Extra Special - Trizonna McClendon feat. Olskool Ice-Gre
18. Listen (The Melody)
19. 3 & Out feat. Rashid Hadee & Dre Cagney
20. High School
21. Believe feat. Profound
22. Insanity
23. God's Creature - Saige Walker feat. Abstract Mindstate

Tracks 3,5,9,12 & 18 produced by Rashid Hadee
Track 22 produced by Kanye West
Track 16 produced by Xtreme
Tracks 14 & 19 produced by Absolut
Track 20 produced by Panik (of Molemen)
Tracks 2 & 21 produced by Profound
Track 11 produced by Jeff Jones

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Low Budget Crew - Budget Is Low Vol. 001 (Mixtape)


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01. Kev Brown - Another Random Joint
02. Oddisee - Hip Hop Is Cool Again
03. Sean Born - Go Hard
04. The Al Green Project (Kaimbr & Kev Brown) - Grits
05. Kenn Starr - Say Goodbye
06. Kev Brown & Roddy Rod - Down By The Riverside
07. Grap Luva feat. Kev Brown - Git Mines (Prod. by Roddy Rod)
08. Diamond District - I Mean Business
09. Roddy Rod feat. yU & Finale - Neva Find Me
10. Roddy Rod - Take In Stride (Prod. by JLaine)
11. Roddy Rod feat. Phonte & Carlitta Durand - This Time Around
12. Kaimbr feat. Kenn Starr - The Truth
13. Roddy Rod feat. yU & XO - UNI-VERSE
14. Sean Born - Take It & Run
15. The Al Green Project (Kaimbr & Kev Brown) - Songs (Hands Up)
16. Oddisee - Camera
17. Critically Acclaimed - Appreciation
18. Kev Brown feat. yU - Marvelous
19. Isaac Jones (Sean Born & Kenn Starr) - Keep It Movin
20. Kev Brown feat. Raheem DeVaughn & Kenn Starr - Hennessey pt.3
21. Critically Acclaimed - Triple D

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Pac Div - Church League Champions


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http://churchleaguechampions.com

01. Dick Vitale
02. We The Champs (Duke v. Carolina)
03. Pac Div
04. Mayor
05. For You
06. No No
07. Knuckleheadz
08. Whiplash
09. Underdogs (Interlude)
10. Shut Up
11. Young Black Male
12. Never
13. Back

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Evidence Signs With Rhymesayers



Grammy winning rapper and producer Michael "Evidence" Perretta signs multi album deal with Indie powerhouse Rhymesayers Entertainment. As one-third of the venerable Los Angeles Hip Hop staple Dilated Peoples, Evidence has spent the better part of his decade plus in the game, touring the globe and collectively selling well over 700,000 units. In addition to his Dilated work, Evidence has produced tracks for the Beastie Boys, Linkin Park, Defari, Planet Asia and more, including co-production on Kanye West's debut The College Dropout.

In 2007, Evidence set out to solidify his solo career with the release of the critically acclaimed The Weatherman LP. Followed up by 2008's The Layover EP and over 200 shows, Evidence has spent the last couple of years building a foundation of supporters, fan by fan. With this momentum Evidence knew he needed a team that could match his current pace and energy. When asked about his choice of partnering up with Rhymesayers Evidence explained, "This is the most natural move I could have made to further the evolution of my career, while maintaining my identity and passion for the music. Rhymesayers has a proven track record of being focused and dedicated to their artists and I'm excited to be a part of that."

Evidence will be touring this Fall as direct support on Brother Ali's Fresh Air Tour while putting the finishing touches on his Rhymesayers debut Cats & Dogs slotted for release early 2010.

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Tayler Buys "Double Barrel" & Votes at MTVU.com



I'm Hip Hop and I'm 7 Years Old. Watch young Tayler purchase Marco Polo & Torae's "Double Barrel" album at iTunes and vote for their "Party Crashers" video at MTVU.com. If she can do it, so can you!

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Skyhie & Destruct - Warheads (Video)




Make sure you cop the album "Warheads", I'd say it's one of the illest albums released so far this year. Destruct is mad nice on the mic for a young man (I think 22) and the beats... well they're off the chain, dunno much bout Skyhie but this album should def get him some recognition, his beats here are sublime to say the least. You can cop the album (via paypal) from his myspace page, not sure if any stores sell it yet. You NEED to pick this up, this is FILI's top recommendation for this year, ya heard!!!

Listen to a cut from the album which I thought would get ya hungry for this album... cover and tracklist below also.

"Trail Blazin"



01. Intro
02. 94′ Break
03. New Angle feat. Detane
04. Ghostly Flows feat. EQ
05. Warheads
06. Top Notch feat. Impress
07. Let Go
08. Burnin’ feat. K-Dub
09. Trail Blazin’
10. Outro

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Nametag feat. Skyzoo - Back On My Shit (Prod. by Black Milk)


Here's an exclusive new track from Detroit's Nametag, off his up coming new project "Classic Cadence Vol. 2", the track is entitled "Back On My Shit" and features Brooklyn emcee Skyzoo, along with international heavyweight Black Milk behind the boards!

Download: Nametag feat. Skyzoo - "Back On My Shit" (Prod. by Black Milk)

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Exile & DJ Day - Michael Jackson Tribute Rehearsal



Rehearsing in the hotel the day after Michael's passing. Putting together a tribute for a show that night. All live, no loops.

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ScholarMan - In My Life (Prod. by Lagbara)


Brand new heat from Maryland's own ScholarMan entitled In My Life. The beat is produced by North Carolina's Lagbara. Show your support and vote for ScholarMan at the MTV Ourstage contest here.

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Skyzoo - Beautiful Decay (Prod. by 9th Wonder)


Most of you probably already checked the music video trailer I posted a few days ago, but now here is the official mp3 for Beautiful Decay, which is the first single off Skyzoo's upcoming album The Salvation, set to be released on August 25th via Duck Down/Jamla Records.

Download: Skyzoo - "Beautiful Decay" (Prod. by 9th Wonder)

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Toki Wright - A Different Mirror (Live on The Current)



Toki Wright performs "A Different Mirror" live on The Local Show from 89.3 The Current. If you haven't copped Toki's debut album yet, I recommend you do so as soon as possible. You will not be dissapointed.

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DJ Spinna Viral Listening Session



The 1st ever viral album listening session presented to you by High Water Music and Noisemaker Media. DJ Spinna plays and breaks down "Lyrics Is Back" feat. Torae off his new album Sonic Smash. Filmed and Edited by Mark Carranceja of Noisemaker Media. Sonic Smash is available July 21st on High Water Music.

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Eternia & MoSS - Road To Release: Episode #6 - Making Grown Men Cry



In Episode #6, Eternia revisits the playground w/ 88-Keys & makes a grown man cry in Queens, after an impromptu performance on the block w/ Mauikai. 88 & E reminisce over recorded tracks that never leaked (including a song w/ Kanye West... & E?!) & Skyzoo recalls the 1st time he saw E spit @ Squeeze Radio.

In the upcoming 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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PH (Formerly Pumpkinhead) - My Era (No Skinny Jeans Allowed)


It’s a 12 song free download that will be available by June/July and I will have physical copies for the road . It’s 12 tracks over 90’s hip hop beats, shit that I came up on that was classic in my eyes and also a warning to those hipster strictly do it for nostalgia rappers who try to re-invent my era and fail horribly stop the fucking madness you suck it’s over with find your own niche…

The mix CD will feature Chino Xl, Donny Goines, Blitzkrieg, Gms, Mazzi of Soul Purpose (walking blog fame), Jean Grae, 88 keys, Homeboy Sandman and more.

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The Armada - Downtime


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01. Back It Up (Explicit)
02. Be Easy Feat. Crypt Of Outerspace (Prod. JbL)
03. Keep It Moving
04. Microphone Killah
05. Won’t Be (Remix) Feat. Banish, Aims & Randam Luck
06. Let Em Know
07. Bring That Feat. Doap Nixon
08. Straight Hip-Hop Feat. Randam Luck
09. I’ve Been (Prod. by JbL)
10. The Jump Off
11. That’s Wassup Feat. Reef The Lost Cauze (Prod. by Hitfarmers)
12. Gunz Still Hot (Remix) Feat. Keepers Of The Light
13. Scarz (Remix)
14. Nothing Else Matters (Prod. by Vanderslice)
15. Oh Yeah (Prod. by JbL)
16. Affirmative Action (Remix) Feat. Outerspace
17. Always Survive (Prod. by JbL)
18. Hard 2 Manage Feat. Planet Asia (Prod. by Vanderslice)
19. Armada Music (Prod. by Hitfarmers)

Dope mixtape from this new group consisting of 2 MC's (James Heated & Johnny Teflon), 1 DJ (DJ Rybe) & 1 producer (JbL) who you might be familiar with as he's produced for the likes of AOTP, Canibus & more and he also dropped a really ill mixtape called "Alien Warfare" in '07. This is just a little introduction into the group as they spit flames over well known beats and some brand new ones to. Other production credits on the mix are Vanderslice & Hitfarmers! I need to hear more of the MC's as i can't really say whether they good or not but the new beats by JbL are crack, just listen to this one below... enjoy!



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Cymarshall Law & Mr. Joeker - King With 4 Wives (Music Video)



King With 4 Wives is the newest music video off Cymarshall Law & Mr. Joeker's album Hip Hop In The Soul, which if you don't have by now, I suggest you cop immediately.

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iCON the Mic King feat. Awar - Drifting With The Tide (Music Video)


Following the first track from his new series Headphone Classics, iCON the Mic King returns with the video for "Drifting With The Tide." iCON and guest artist Awar, who recently signed with iCON's new label, Master Works Unlimited, rap to the track while roaming alongside the water they so frequently refer to in the chorus. Between riding in a car and wrestling each other into the water, iCON and Awar take a straight-up hip-hop approach, facing the viewer head-on to deliver their message. As we move from alongside a waterfall to above the clouds, it's hypnotizing to hear "Drifting With The Tide" bumping along to so many gorgeous shots. "Drifting With The Tide" is produced by Vanderslice, who has previously produced for Sean Price, Jedi Mind Tricks, and more and is also signed to Master Works Unlimited. Matt Hobbs directed the video.

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Sha Prince - Visible Concepts


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Dope new mixtape from Sha Prince which he describes as real honest down to earth underground jazzy boom-bap 90s sounding hip hop with lyricism. Don't sleep on this one!

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Sareem Poems feat. Pigeon John & Akil - Lower The Boom


Here is the first single off Sareem Poems' new album Black & Read All Over, which drops July 28th. "Lower The Boom" features Pigeon John & Akil of Jurassic 5, with Theory Hazit on the production. Word on the internets is that there will be an Oddisee remix of this joint featuring Kenn Starr to be released soon.

Download: Sareem Poems feat. Pigeon John & Akil - "Lower The Boom"

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Monsters Ink: Dynas - Get Ya Mind Right (Prod. by Illmind)


Monsters Ink consists of Dynas, Lex One, Mike Beatz and Streets Buchanan. Their upcoming mixtape, "Ink Made Me A Monster" is presented by Akademiks, The Press Play Show, illRoots and Xclusiveszone and boasts an incredible lineup of accompanying MC's and producers. With features from Little Brother, Freeway, U-N-I and production from Streetrunner, 9th Wonder and Illmind. Monsters Ink showcases what’s great about hip hop and sheds new light on these emerging artists.

Download: Dynas - "Get Ya Mind Right" (Prod. by Illmind)

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Step Brothers (Alchemist x Evidence) - Just Step


Super hot shit off the highly anticipated collaboration album from Alchemist & Evidence (Step Brothers), which drops later this year.

Download: Step Brothers (Alchemist x Evidence) - "Just Step"

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Krondon feat. Chace Infinite & Curt@!n$ - Eyes On Me


The second official preview off Krondon's upcoming release, Let Him Live. This joint features Chace Infinite of Self Scientific, and Curt@!n$.

Download: Krondon feat. Chace Infinite & Curt@!n$ - "Eyes On Me"

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KRS-One & Buckshot - Robot (Music Video)



Watch KRS-One & Buckshot's "Robot" Music video directed by Todd Angkasuwan. KRS-One & Buckshot "Survival Skills" album in stores September 15th on Duck Down Records.

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