American Poets 2099 Present: Pro The Leader & Nova Kane - Know The Names

MySpace: American Poets 2099
MySpace: Semantix Tha Sorcera

Nova Kane and Pro The Leader have been on their grind for a few years now, having release a slew of internet albums and mixtapes in the last five years. In 2009, they're about to unleash the American Poets 2099 movement. But first, they want people to Know The Names. The album is produced by Semantix Tha Sorcera and features American Poets 2099 member The Holocaust, plus Timbo King, C-Rayz Walz, Solomon Childs, NLZ, Makeba Mooncycle & more. This album has been pushed to the side for the last two years and it’s now finally available.

01. Intro
02. The Names
03. Destruction Overload feat. Holocaust
04. Hitting The Stage
05. Back 2 Back
06. Gots To Love It feat. C-Rayz Walz
07. Rap Throwbacks
08. New Day feat. Semantix Tha Sorcera
09. Reincarnation feat. Rasul Allah
10. Must Maintain feat. NLZ & Makeba Mooncycle
11. Distress Call
12. One Hand Wash The Other feat. C-Rayz Walz
13. Swift Illusion feat. Holocaust & Semantix Tha Sorcera
14. Swift Illusion 2 feat. Timbo King, Holocaust & Solomon Childs
15. Outro

Here's another gem I found not to long ago. What really stood out more than anything else were the beats (done by a UK producer called Semantix Tha Sorcera) which were damn sick to tell you the truth, the track "Swift Illusion 2" is on some next level shit! The MC's themselves ain't too bad either, they compliment each other well, even if the lyrical skill is not always on point. Pro & Nova aside, the guests (especially C-Rayz & Timbo) add another layer of quality of the smoked out, soulful, wu-tang inspired beats. Not to be slept on!!!

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Cymarshall Law feat. DJ JS-1 - Harder Than Thou

Making his debut on HiPNOTT Records, here’s the first single off Cymarshall Law’s upcoming EP, Creator’s Kid. "Harder Than Thou" is the first track off the EP and features DJ JS-1 on the cuts. Look out for the video dropping next month, as well as the whole EP on January 19, 2010.

Download: Cymarshall Law feat. DJ JS-1 - "Harder Than Thou"


Felt (Murs x Slug) - Chewed Up (Prod. by Aesop Rock) (Music Video)

Check out the first official video off the newly released album Felt 3: A Tribute to Rose Perez, for one of my favorite cuts, "Chewed Up." Felt 3: A Tribute to Rose Perez is available now for $7.99 via Amazon, so put those Thanksgiving gift cards from Grandma to good use by supporting good hip hop!


iLLiTe - Creme De La Creme


FILI Review:
This album is a certified classic in my book! Released in '08 as iLLiTe's debut album after the '06 album release with Octane called "The Forgotten...Chosen", this album was slept on haaaaard, I mean you'd be hard pressed to find a lot of info regarding this release if you google it but anyways, when I first heard this from beginning to end I couldn't understand how this stayed under the radar. iLLiTe has a real nice flow and really grabs your attention when he's spittin, and the beats are just bananas. You need this in your collection, whether download or hard copy, either way, just take a listen and see what I'm talkin' bout, ya heard!

01. Intro
02. Mirrors & Smoke
03. You Ain't Gotta Love Me feat. Magestik Legend
04. Intuition
05. Callin' Me
06. Searching feat. Zo!
07. The Feeling feat. Fes Roc
08. Get Busy
09. Move
10. Can't Give Up feat. Kashia Bleu
11. Life Lessons
12. Do You Remember?
13. Dreams feat. Magestik Legend
14. Creme De La Creme
15. The Champion
16. Lean (If We Fall)

Production by: Magestik Legend, Nick Speed, Zhao-Ski, Astronote, Explicit 1, Vitamin D, Leef Mayfield & Eddie Logix.



Souls Of Mischief - Proper Aim (Prod. by Prince Paul)

Just in time for your Thanksgiving mixtapes, Souls Of Mischief are proud to announce the release of the first single from their new album Montezuma's Revenge, which will be available next Tuesday, December 1st. Entitled "Proper Aim," Tajai says the song was chosen as a single, "Because it showcases our lyricism, plain and simple. There's no deeper meaning. Prince Paul's beat gave us the perfect foundation to just let it rip." So on Thursday, when you're looking for some way of fighting off a tryptophan coma, throw this track on and let the turkey-butt stomping begin. No promo drops on these versions either!

Download: Souls Of Mischief - "Proper Aim" (Prod. by Prince Paul) | Clean | Instrumental
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DJ K.O. - Just So You Know b/w The Epidemic (Digital 12")

"Just So You Know" is the lead single off DJ K.O.'s upcoming EP, Living Out A State of Mind Vol. 2. The track introduces Elementality's newest emcee, MadKem, to the world over a soulful Analogic beat.

Keeping with the traditional formating of the vinyl days, we've got a "B-Side" to liberate for this new Digital 12". "The Epidemic" again features MadKem on the mic with DaveNotti providing that grimey rawness on the boards that hip-hop heads have come to expect with B-Sides.

Back on November 10, 2009, DJ K.O. embarked on a year long campaign to release 12 EP's in 12 months. Vol. 2 is set to drop December 15th and pick up right where Vol. 1 left off. If you happened to miss Living Out A State of Mind Vol. 1 feel free to head on over to Elementality Productions right now to check it out!

Download: DJ K.O. - "Just So You Know" b/w "The Epidemic" | Mediafire | Bandcamp


Damu The Fudgemunk - Prosper (Live)

Check out the latest video in Damu The Fudgemunk's collection of live recordings. The instrumental performance for "Prosper" was Filmed at a BBQ in Brooklyn, just a day after Damu started making the beat.

The completed version of this track along with several other new songs are available on Vinyl and Digital now via Kilawatt Music/Redefintion on Damu's latest EP, Kilawatt V1.


KRS-One & Buckshot - Survival Skills (Music Video)

KRS-One & Buckshot debut the video for their title track, "Survival Skills," directed by Todd Angkasuwan. Follow the two legends through a maze of obstacles as they show what it takes to sustain longevity. Survival Skills is in stores now, go cop it.


Slum Village - Fantastic Vol. 2.10 (Album Info x Tracklisting)

Now this is some exciting news! January 12th 2010 marks the date of the re-release of one of my all time favorite records, the classic Fantastic Vol. 2 from Slum Village. The 10th Anniversary Limited Edition Fantastic Vol. 2.10 will be released as a double-disc set containing material that has never been released, the way J Dilla aka Jay Dee wanted his original production. The way is should have been, unedited and uncensored, without corporate politics. Peep the official new tracklist below.

01. Intro
02. Conant Gardens
03. I Don’t Know feat. Jazzy Jeff
04. Skit #1
05. Jealousy
06. Climax
07. Hold Tight Remix feat. Q-Tip
08. Tell Me feat. D’Angel
09. Skit #2
10. Fourth & Back feat. Kurupt
11. Untitled
12. Fall ‘N Love (Original)
13. Get Dis Money
14. CB4
15. Once Upon A Time feat. Pete Rock
16. Players
17. Eyes Up
18. 2U 4U (Live Drums)
19. Hustle
20. Hustle feat. Busta Rhymes
21. Skit #3
22. We Be Dem #1 (Bonus Cut)
23. We Be Dem #2 (Bonus Cut)
24. Get It Together (Bonus Cut)


The Find Magazine x Mellow Orange x Organology - Bridgework

Netherlands based magazine The Find presents us with yet another free release from the good people of Mellow Orange & Organology. This time around we have a 50-minute mix of jazzy/soulful music that you're accustomed to hearing from these groups. The first half of the mix features Mellow Orange producer Yusai and representing Organology on the second half is producer Freddie Joachim, who has not released a beat I didn't thoroughly enjoy from start to end. Bridgework includes unreleased tracks by 20syl (Hocus Pocus), Othello, Profile (The Sound Providers/The Upstarts) and Freddie Joachim himself.

Yusai (Mellow Orange):
01. 45 – Tokyo Jazz Freak
02. Till Bronner – No Fusion Generation
03. Shin-Ski of Martiangang – Do It 4 The Children
04. Gagle – Sokokugo Zenya (Instrumental)
05. Grooveman Spot A.K.A. DJ Kou-G – Chit Chat Cut
06. Levitatorz – Pure Mathmatic
07. Shin-Ski of Martiangang – A Night At Savanna
08. Bulljun – Lil Mo Coke
09. The Green Tea – Something Like This
10. Shin-Ski of Martiangang – A Night At Sydney
11. Oddisee – Viva Brasil
12. Grooveman Spot A.K.A. DJ Kou-G – Grooveman’s Soul Clappin’
13. Dela feat. L – Changes of Atmosphere (Outro)

Freddie Joachim (Organology):
14. Suff Daddy – Join The Club
15. Suff Daddy – One for Rawls
16. Othello – Trip To The City (Unreleased)
17. Dela – SP Jawn (Unreleased)
18. 14KT – The Meaning
19 14KT – T&A
20. Baatin – Magic (Instrumental)
21. Kooley High – Kooley Is High
22. Pete Rock – One Life To Live (Instrumental)
23. DJ Cam Quartet – Rebirth of Cool
24. Gagle – Love Note (Seoul City Remix)
25. 20Syl – Unreleased
26. 20Syl – Unreleased
27. Reflection Eternal – Love Speakeasy
28. Common – Come Close (Remix)
29. Dajla – Interlude
30. Kev Brown – Unreleased
31. Freddie Joachim – One More Night
32. Freddie Joachim – Let Go Now
33. Profile – Unreleased
34. Freddie Joachim feat. Othello – For Her (Unreleased)
35. Full Crate – She Was Fly feat. Mar

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Ras Kass - Amazin' (Prod. by Veterano) (Music Video)

While you're hopefully busy downloading the Quarterly project below, take a few moments to check out this new video from Ras Kass for the featured single and Veterano produced "Amazin'". This video was directed by Charles Barcelona & Lorenzo Escalante for Right Lane Ent. / HomeGrown Outfitters. Also, make sure to check out Veterano's Latest & Greatest mixtape if you haven't done so.


Ras Kass - Quarterly

Ras Kass’s The Quarterly mixtape is now available for download and contains brand new music in addition to the previously released tracks. Guest appearances on the album include Killah Priest, Mista F.A.B., 40 Glocc, Krondon and others, with production from Pete Rock, Veterano, Sir Jinx, Da Riffs, Tha Bizness, and Thayod Ausar.

The Quarterly is being offered with a "name your price" option, there is no minimum. Download of full album includes artwork and Bonus content. Help support Ras Kass!




Croup - Nothin' But A Beat Thang

If you're like me and are a fan of soulful boom-bap production similar to the likes of J Dilla and M-Phazes, then you as well will love this beat tape. Hailing all the way from Cologne, Germany, Croup is making a name for himself by handling production duties for top notch artists in the States such as Royce Da 5'9", Supastition, Reef the Lost Cauze, Craig G, AZ, Chaundon, Tonedeff and many more. This tape was released in 2008 and features 44 tracks (mostly instrumentals) ranging anywhere from 21 seconds to 4 minutes, all of which are sure to keep your head nodding the entire way through. Check out more from Croup here:




Mellow Orange Music Presents: Last Resort

Mellow Orange Music is proud to present the Last Resort EP. An album inspired by artists staying true to their art form and doing what they do best. This album and its music is the last resort in a world that is truly dominated by commercial/radio contemporary music. However it may also be the last resort in an effort to find a place in music that people have been waiting for. Features on the album include Braille, Othello, Freddie Joachim, Dibiase, Raashan Ahmad, Vigilant, Jacewon, Navery, and Addullessence. Last Resort is available for purchase via iTunes for a mere $7.92, but you can preview the EP in its entirety on the Mellow Orange Bandcamp site. Below are two tracks from the album available for free download, "Meditation" and "Refined Devine (Revisited)." Don't sleep!

Download: Mellow Orange - "Meditation"
Download: Mellow Orange - "Refined Devine (Revisited)"


LMNO & Yann Kesz - Never Stop (Music Video)

Check out this brand new video for the lead single off the LMNO & Yann Kesz full-length album Devilish Dandruff With Holy Shampoo, which is in stores now on Up Above Records.


The Rising Sun Quest - Fire In The Sky (Music Video)

The video for "Fire in the Sky" was shot at "Holy Land U.S.A" which is an abandoned park that sits on a hilltop overlooking Quest's hometown of Waterbury, CT. It was directed by Arjen Noordeman of Elasticbrand. The Rising Sun Quest's new EP Hydrostatic Equilibrium is available now for digital-download via Bandcamp.


M.anifest - The Birds & The Beats

"The Birds & The Beats" was previously a full length album consisting of fourteen original tracks to be released commercially. It's now a sixteen track digital-only album, fourteen original tracks and two re-interpretations of D'angelo and Shafiq Husayn (Sa-Ra) songs. M.anifest has provided this album free of charge, but he does ask in return that you kindly consider sending a gift to support Young Entrepreneurs Africa (YE,A), a nonprofit organization empowering underprivileged youth in the motherland to turn proverbial lemons into lemonade.




Dub MD Presents: Dominique Larue - End Of Regulation

"A breath of fresh air offering an unique and artistic perspective for modern day hip hop."

With skilled female emcees on what looks like an indefinite sabbatical, minus a handful, "it is time for a change" Ohio emcee, Dominique Larue explains. Ms. Larue is definitely up for the challenge of filling in the shoes of some of the all time greats such as Queen Latifah, Lauryn Hill, and MC Lyte, all females who have shown time after time to be competent representations for women in hip hop.

01. Epic Intro (Prod. by Antman Wonder)
02. The Best (Prod. by Boonie Mayfield)
03. Fall '96 (Prod. by Ghost Rydah)
04. Kill That Sh*t (Prod. by Antman Wonder)
05. Indian Movements feat. Junclassic (Prod. by drielb)
06. Where Are All The Female Emcees (Prod. by Tye Hill)
07. I'm In Love (Prod. by Rashid Hadee)
08. Take It 'Uh Over feat. Prefyx (Prod. by Antman Wonder)
09. Off It (Prod. by Focus)
10. Pose (Prod. by Antman Wonder)
11. Nothin To Me feat. Wordsmith & D/Will (Prod. by Severe)
12. He Got Me Like (Prod. by T.Dragonette)
13. Dope Sh!t (Prod. by drielb)
14. Longtime feat. Cyrano Sinatra (Prod. by D/Will)
15. Sassy (Prod. by Rashid Hadee)
16. You're A Star (Prod. by Antman Wonder)
17. We Keep It Movin' feat. Savant (Prod. by drielb)




Mac Lethal - Speak Low (Music Video)

Off of Mac Lethal's newest album Love Potion 5 (Deluxe Edition), here is a very dope new video for the song "Speak Low". The video was directed by Kyle Harbaugh, with production by Jeremy Willis & Mac Lethal. Below are Mac Lethal's personal thoughts on the video, and camera, if you are interested in reading them:
I am very, very excited about this video. The song we chose for the video doesn't really require action, blood, or pyro or anything. So we decided to go balls out and use the RED camera. Anybody reading this who is involved with film should know about the RED. I'm not super savvy when it comes to cameras, but from my understanding it has this insane ability to sponge a wide spectrum of hues of colors, and can capture very detailed wide shots. It's the same camera they used to film Jumper, and Coraline and shit. So I am absolutely amazed by the quality.


Dres (of Black Sheep) - Forever LuvLee (Music Video)

I posted the audio version of this new Dres heatrock a few days ago, but now you have some visuals to go along with it. The featured song "Forever LuvLee" can be heard on the upcoming Black Sheep EP The Black Pool Of Genius: The Prelude, which will be available December 1st.


The Prime (Luckyiam x Sapient) - S.I.S.D.

Luckyiam (of Living Legends) and Sapient (of Sandpeople) have collaborated minds and talents to create a super-group called The Prime, and they are destined to mash on the industry and all music on Earth as a whole. Their new album One Uppers is scheduled to be released on November 24th, but is available for pre-order now via Access Hip-Hop. The track below is a humorous ode to all the "baby" rappers out there.

Download: The Prime - "S.I.D.S."
Bonus: The Prime - "Common Place"


Buff1 x Diz Gibran x Shawn Jackson - The Best Are Full of Love (Prod. by Cook Classics)

Here's a joint that was originally supposed to be on Shawn Jackson's The New Classics mixtape, but has just this evening been brought to the surface with additional verses from Buff1 & Diz Gibran. "The Best Are Full of Love" will be featured on Buff1's upcoming album 1derful Life (available December 2nd) as well as Shawn Jack's mixtape, which should be coming out soon.

Download: Buff1 x Diz Gibran x Shawn Jackson - "The Best Are Full of Love"


D-Sisive - Jonestown

Fresh off his release of Let The Children Die earlier this year, D-Sisive returns with his follow up album, Jonestown, which was thoughtfully planned out to be released on the 31st anniversary of the Jonestown Massacre.
"It’s the Kool Aid," describes D-Sisive of his newest LP. The Juno nominated artist decided to take a break from his dark/depressing content to focus on the "punchline/battle-rap" style he became known for in the late nineties. The album boasts production from heavyweights Muneshine (Sean Price), Moss (Ghostface, Obie Trice), Anonymous Twist (Planet Asia), Murr (LAL, formerly of The Grassroots), Toronto-born/NY-based Marco Polo (Heltah Skeltah, Masta Ace), 9th Uno and Shinogo. Toronto artist Slim Twig (paper bag records) also makes an appearance on the Shinogo produced "Around The World". The Muneshine produced single "West Coast" is already charting across the country.




The Grouch - Whatever I Say

Here is the first single, "Whatever I Say" from The Grouch's upcoming album Three Eyes Off The Time, available on December 8th. And if you happen to be near Stateline, NV tomorrow night, do yourself a favor and go check out the final stop of the How The Grouch Stole Christmas Tour with special guests Fashawn, Exile, and Mistah Fab.

Download: The Grouch - "Whatever I Say"


DefamTV Interview With Akrobatik

Boston's Akrobatik chops it up with Defam about his views on today's hip hop and the consistency on staying true to himself.
Defamnation: This Artist Profile we had a chance to get up with Boston's very own Akrobatik. He explains where he is at currently within the game and what his plans are for the future. Akrobatik isn't your everyday hip hop artist, he's been in the game for many years and is a staple in today's local hip hop scene. If he isn't coming up with fresh rhymes daily for Jamn' 94.5's Sports Wrap-up and NESN or perfecting his craft and laying down bars for upcoming solo and collabo projects; then he is out in the field crushing bodies with his football team. Akro is a beast in the studio and a monster in the field.

Akro is a very level headed and intelligent person and knows how to deal with the pressures of todays critics and media. With his positive mentality he continues to overcome any obstacles that the culture may throw at him and overcome to still sit at the top.

Akrobatik is a perfect example to the Defam crew, continuing to make moves but not letting things get to your head. If it happens, and you made it happen, that is more rewarding then anything else.

This Winter, he heads off to Europe to do a string of dates with Edo.G and Masta Ace. Check for more info.

And expect a collabo to drop early 2010.


Sene - Departure Time (Prod. by Numonics)

South Floridian producer Numonics has a new project in the works cleverly titled "Being Cool Doesn't Pay The Bills", featuring vocal appearances from QuEST, Donny Goines, Co$$, Butta Verses, and more. Check out the first single off the album "Departure Time" featuring Sene, who recently released his collaboration album with Blu, A Day Late And A Dollar Short.

Download: Sene - "Departure Time" (Prod. by Numonics)


JsouL feat. Substantial & Eric Roberson - Potential

JsouL, Baltimore native and soul sensation, has been making a name for himself for years in the independent R & B scene. If you have Substantial vs. Samurai Champloo, then you might remember hearing him on the remix of Inverse’s "Spark My Soul", trading vocals with Steph the Sapphic Songtress. He’s getting ready to drop his new album, entitled Black Sinatra. Here is the latest single, "Potential", featuring QN5's own Substantial & Eric Roberson, known for writing the hit song "Hold On" by Dwele. Those of you who love a smooth and mellow joint to vibe with, will not be disappointed. Be sure to keep an eye out for more JsouL and Substantial collaborations in the future.

Download: JsouL feat. Eric Roberson & Substantial - "Potential"


Muhsinah - That Day (Prod. by Oddisee)

The Oddisee produced record "That Day" is the first official single off of Muhsinah's latest installment in her Oscillation series. The Oscillations: Triangle album is set to be released on the 1st of December and will feature production from the likes of Flying Lotus, Oddisee, Exile, and Mike Slott, as well as Muhsinah herself.

As a bonus, I've included a Muhsinah/Jake One collaboration that was released in the summer of 2008 following the Red Bull Music Academy in Toronto that year, and was previously unheard by myself until today.

Download: Muhsinah - "That Day" (Prod. by Oddisee)
Bonus: Muhsinah - "You" (Prod. by Jake One)


The ILLZ - Faded

Check out this new joint off the upcoming LP The Pursuit from New Jersey's own The ILLZ.
For those of you who know The ILLZ, understand how honest his music is. The latest installment "Faded" gives us a feeling of vulnerability and over coming obstacles. Through his motivational music he pushes you to keep climbing to your goal and never give up.

Download: The ILLZ - "Faded"


Scheme - Westside (Remix)

This morning the homie Scheme (of Molemen) sent over this dope new cut off his upcoming project Same Rebel, New Cause, which is nearing completion. The project will feature two seperate versions, the mixtape version, and the album-like version with all original music. Features will include Mikkey Halsted, Emilio Rojas, Astonish, among others.

Download: Scheme - "Westside (Remix)"


Strange Fruit Project - M.A.S.K. (Making Art Sound Kool)

The Strange Fruit Project (Myth x Myone x S1) return from their nearly three year leave of absence from making albums with their newest effort, M.A.S.K. (Making Art Sound Cool). The EP features appearances from Supastition, Thesis, & Tre (of Mojoe), as well as production from 9th Wonder, Picnic, and Caleb (in addition to the other beats from S1), and is available below for free download. M.A.S.K. is simply a prelude to the full-length LP coming from SFP in the Spring of 2010.

01. M.A.S.K. Intro (Prod. by S1 & Caleb)
02. Crash feat. Thesis (Prod. by Picnic)
03. Home feat. Tre of Mojoe (Prod. by 9th Wonder)
04. Sepia Tone (Prod. by S1)
05. Day by Day feat. Supastition (Prod. by S1)
06. Fresh for Life feat. Thesis (Prod. by S1 & Caleb)
07. Sunrays (Prod. by S1)
08. Why Does Summer Have to End (Prod. by S1 & Caleb)




Sareem Poems feat. Kenn Starr - Rude Awakening (Oddisee Remix)

After a critically acclaimed original release, Long Beach native Sareem Poems is releasing an unusually comprehensive Deluxe Edition of his album Black & Read All Over. The Deluxe Edition will include all fourteen of the original songs along with instrumentals for each track. The album's most unique feature, however, might be its remixes. Sareem chose to remix the album's centerpiece track, "Lower the Boom" not once or twice, but half a dozen times. Each remixed version of "Lower the Boom" was given a different name, and each features a different producer and new guest verses.

"Rude Awakening" is the first of the "Boom" remixes, and features typically fantastic contributions from DMV super-producer and Diamond District emcee Oddisee, as well as lyrical contributions from up-and-coming rapper DMV rapper Kenn Starr. Released by Mello Music Group, the remixes simply had produced too much good feedback for the label to keep them unreleased. Michael Tolle of Mello Music Group simply had no choice- "the promotional remixes started coming back from Oddisee, Fabio Musta, and Nick Tha 1Da and garnered so much attention, had so many people asking 'what album is that on?' that we felt we had to re-release the project with them included. We really wanted to make it worth people's while since the project had already dropped, so we figured we'd give people the whole package." The whole package is about to be delivered. Watch out for digital release of Black & Read All Over: Deluxe Edition, coming December 1 on Mello Music Group.

Download: Sareem Poems feat. Kenn Starr - "Rude Awakening" (Oddisee Remix)


Damu The Fudgemunk - Wonka Beat 1

Damu The Fudgemunk and Raw Poetic (of Panacea) have teamed up under the London based label Kilawatt Music, and will be releasing their project entitled Kilawatt: V1 on November 23rd. Kilawatt: V1 is a six track EP that will feature two original joints with Raw Poetic on the mic ("Day By Day" x "Prosper") as well as the instrumentals, plus two additional "Wonka Beats." Download the first of the two "Wonka Beats" below and get your ice packs ready, your neck may be sore after hearing this beat!

Download: Damu The Fudgemunk - "Wonka Beat 1"


The Grouch - Three Eyes Off The Time (Info x Tracklisting)

On December 8th, Living Legends member The Grouch will be releasing his newest project entitled, "Three Eyes Off The Time."
This project is me acknowledging what is going on in the world around me, and even though I utilize all the web tools available to me, I refuse to participate at the levels of foolishness that have become the norm. I think that it's time that people relaize just how powerful we really are.

In today's maniacally fast paced, and highly interconnected world filled with 140 character updates, constant availabilty, and staggering voyeurism it is so easy to become overwhelmed with it all. This winter, I'm urging you to join me as I unplug and reconnect with the physical and spiritual world. I brought along my DJ, DJ Fresh, who is handling the production on the project, be on the look-out for a leaked single soon. Track listing is below.

01. Intro
02. Daddy's Home feat. Rankin Scroo
03. Whatever I Say
04. I Love This Game
05. The Dangers of Online Dating
06. Make 'Em Think feat. Marty ...



k-os feat. Saukrates - I Wish I Knew Natalie Portman (Music Video)

Peep the official video for "I Wish I Knew Natalie Portman" by Toronto emcee k-os. The video was directed by X and features k-os and Saukrates throwing it down, western style. k-os' new record, Yes!, is currently out in Canada and will be available in the U.S. on November 17th.


DJ K.O. - Ladder Of Success Remix Contest Winner Announced

DJ K.O. & Beat Society recently got together for the "Ladder of Success" Remix Contest. The contest aimmed to give producers a chance to come up in the game and climb the "Ladder of Success" by remixing a track from DJ K.O.'s album Picture This... that featured verses from Phonte, Wordsworth, K-Hill & Masta Ace. Check out the winning submission below from SeeMore, a UK producer, that will be featured on the upcoming Picture These Remixes via Soulspazm Records on January 19, 2010.

Download: DJ K.O. feat. Phonte, Wordsworth, K-Hill & Masta Ace - "Ladder Of Success" (SeeMore Remix)


Pac Div - Whiplash/Young Black Male (Music Video)

Check out the newest video from the Cali-trio Pac Div for the track "Whiplash," off the Church League Champions mixtape they released earlier this year. And as a bonus, the video also features visuals for the song "Young Black Male," so enjoy this very dope two-in-one hip hop experience.


M-Dot - Backstabbers/No Turning Back (Music Video)

Here are the official visuals for M-Dot's "Backstabbers/No Turning Back" off the mixtape, M.usically D.riven O.ver T.ime on EMS Productions. The track is produced by Gajos, and the video was directed by Zach Voytas. The tape features guest appearances from Masta Ace, Big Shug, Edo G, Akrobatik, Sha Stimuli, Krumbsnatcha, Singapore Kane & more. With production by 7L of 7L & Estoteric, DC The Midi Alien, D-Sharp, Snowgoons, Explizit One, DJ John Maron, Kore, Kenshin & more.


810 - Glass Half Full (Mixtape), 2DopeBoyz and illRoots are proud to present 810’s brand new mixtape, Glass Half Full. Produced almost-entirely by Mydus (two songs are produced by DCypher), the Glass Half Full is an "optimistically-titled endeavor that showcases the wide-ranging mic skills of the Baltimore up-and-comer."

According to 810, "This mixtape is about an unwillingness to give up, when it feels like the whole world is against you. If you are a underdog then this is for you. I just wanted to keep it real."




Amp Live feat. Trackademicks & Mr. Micro - Gary is a Robot (Music Video)

First video from Amp Live's solo project, Murder at the Discotek out in 2010. Gary is a Robot features Trackademicks and Mr. Micro and has been turning heads world wide.
Jay-Z may have killed autotune, but AmpLive wasn’t ready to let it go without giving it a proper eulogy. Amp bids farewell to 2009's warm old safety blanket (Snuggy?) on the lead single from his upcoming 2010 solo debut Murder at the Discotek. The song features Bay Area emcee/ producer Trackademicks and Mr. Micro.

"Gary is a Robot" is a video about, well, a robot named Gary. Created by mad scientist Dr. AmpLive in his California laboratory, Gary was conceived of equal parts swag, autotune, and duplication. Gary is a masterpiece to the ladies but his tendency to bite the swag of others rubs dudes the wrong way. This tendency to jock others' style is to be his downfall. Trackademicks, whose verse serves as the centerpiece of the song, says, “It’s about the originality that's attached to everything. It's great when someone comes up with a novel idea, but it's their idea." In short, "You can only do you."

The song, much like it's robo-namesake, is overflowing with swag and makes excellent use of the aforementioned autotune. Unlike Gary, however, AmpLive copied no one in creating the electro-symphony that is the track itself. "Gary" is the rare track that's both addictively club-ready and has an on-point message. As Trackademicks says, "Lines have gotten blurred in 2009- people are getting away with things that wouldn’t have used to fly." As autotune, and all the line-blurring that goes with it, rides off into the sunset of 2009, AmpLive invites you to get an advance look at one of 2010's hottest tracks right now.


Strange Fruit Project feat. Thesis - Crash (Music Video + Audio)

The Waco, Texas trio of Myth, Myone, & Symbolyc One, better known as the Strange Fruit Project, are finally back and gearing up for a new release entitled M.A.S.K. (Making Art Sound Kool). The new EP will be available on November 17th, with an exclusive video for the Picnic-produced song "Crash" featuring Thesis dropping the day before. For now, please just enjoy the audio before the video is released. Spotted the visuals for the track on S1's vimeo page and this video has actually been up for five days now, so my apologies for the false reporting! Enjoy.

Download: Strange Fruit Project feat. Thesis - "Crash" (Prod. by Picnic)


Madlib & Guilty Simpson - The Paper

Madlib is launching the Madlib Medicine Show, a once-a-month, twelve-CD, six-LP series. The Madlib Medicine Show will be a combination of Madlib's new hip-hop productions, remixes, beat tapes, and jazz, as well as mixtapes of funk, soul, Brazilian, psych, jazz and other undefined forms of music from the Beat Konducta's 4-ton (yes, it is really that much) stack of vinyl.

Madlib Medicine Show No. 1 is Before The Verdict featuring Guilty Simpson, a 17-track album mixing remixes and new material, something of a prelude to Madlib & Guilty Simpson's forthcoming OJ Simpson album.

Download: Madlib & Guilty Simpson - "The Paper"


King Magnetic & Reef The Lost Cauze - Troublemakers

Here's a brand new exclusive joint off the upcoming King & The Cauze EP, which is set for release on November 24th via iTunes. After hearing this single as well as the first two that previously leaked, this is shaping up to be an extremely dope album. This track was sent to my e-mail with hardly any details, so I'm not sure who is on the production tip or any additional info (tracklist/credits/etc.), but if anyone knows please leave a comment.

Download: King Magnetic & Reef The Lost Cauze - "Troublemakers"


Black Sheep - Forever Luvlee

Dres is back to represent the legendary group Black Sheep with "Forever Luvlee," the first single from his forthcoming EP, From The Black Pool Of Genius: The Prelude. The song showcases Dres' unmistakable flow, proving, yet again, that although he is one of hip-hop's originators he has yet to loose a step. Different from some of Black Sheep's earlier records, this track has a distinct smoothness that represents growth and maturity in production and recording. The title would have the listener thinking it is a hip-hop love ballad, but the track is far from it. When asked what the message behind the song was Dres had this to say, "Don't put things before people, keep God in your heart always (whatever you call him). Try to find balance in these chaotic days - be Luvlee." The lyrics speak to Dres's "essence of his presence" staying "Forever Luvlee" in a world of ice and bubbly. The lyrics are clever and ironic and let the listener know that regardless of the success he has experienced, it hasn't changed who he is, as he raps, "I like hot sauce on all I eat, my Kool-Aid too sweet... " The EP From the Black Pool of Genius: The Prelude will be released December 1st, followed by a full-length album release scheduled for spring 2010.

Download: Black Sheep - "Forever Luvlee"


Intuition - Al Bundy (Prod. by Dibiase)

Intuition is an artist I was previously unaware of, until yesterday. Intuition is an emcee that was raised in North Pole, Alaska (of all places) but is currently residing in Southern California. His influences range from A Tribe Called Quest to Wu-Tang and is said to have a pretty dope stage show; opening for the likes of Method Man, Lupe Fiasco, Murs, Brother Ali, Living Legends, Sean Price, Sage Francis, Dilated Peoples, Rhymefest, Blackalicious, Little Brother, Busdriver, Josh Martinez, Pigeon John, Zion-I and countless others. "Intuition is a rapper. You should be his listener."

Download: Intuition - "Al Bundy" (Prod. by Dibiase)


Ro Spit - The Oh S#!t Project

One of the most coveted independent albums to come out of Michigan in 2009, Ro Spit drops his first solo project. Known for the fly guy emcee style, Ro Spit has chosen to take the path less traveled by labeling his Oh S#!t Project as more than a mixtape, but not quite an album. The project features the likes of hip hop greats like Bun B, Curtains, Marvwon, Big Sean, Monica Blaire and Stretch Money. Sponsored by Acapulco Gold and Burn Rubber, the tracks on the project prove to be just as fresh.

01. Too Easy (Prod. by DL Jones)
02. What A Feeling (Prod. by Astronote)
03. Hold My Strap feat. Big Tone (Prod. by Big Tone)
04. Scream @ Me (Prod. by Vaughan Tee)
05. Eff The Po’s (Prod. by Tre Styles)
06. I Do Me (Prod. by Koen)
07. Leave Me Alone (Prod. by 14KT)
08. I’m Booked feat. Ron Dance & Marv Won (101) (Prod. by Mike Posner)
09. Burn Rubber (Prod. by 14KT)
10. Needing To Win (Prod. by 14KT)
11. Muthafuckas (Prod. by CA$HCADE)
12. #1 feat. Curtains & Bun B (Prod. by Frank The Butcher)
13. 80’s Baby (Prod. by Soji)
14. Levi Denim (Prod. by Nino Brown)
15. Warm It Up feat. Marv Won (Prod. by Big Tone)
16. Arts & Crafts feat. Fes Roc & iLLiTe
17. Stop, Drop, Roll (Prod. by Koen)
18. Do You feat. Earl Mac (Prod. by Jay John)
19. Yours Truly feat. Stretch Money & Monica Blaire (Prod. by Koen)
20. Verse Collage
21. Renaissance State Of Mind feat. Monica Blaire (Prod. by DBit) (Bonus)



Bekay - Bloodsport (Prod. by Shuko) (Music Video)

"Bloodsport" is Bekay's follow-up video to his long awaited album Hunger Pains which dropped today on Coalmine Records. Directed by MonStar films, "Bloodsport" was shot & directed in the world famous Gleason's Gym, which was once the training facility for boxing legends Muhammad Ali & Mike Tyson. Be sure to support quality hip-hop and get yourself a copy of Hunger Pains today.


Substantial - Don't Stop [Vagrancy] (Prod. by Tsutchie)

Here’s a leak from Substantial's surprise bonus release, Substantial vs. Samurai Champloo, entitled "Don’t Stop [Vagrancy]". The original beat, "Vagrancy", was produced by Tsutchie, who handled the majority of the original soundtrack production for the Samurai Champloo animated series.

Download: Substantial - "Don't Stop [Vagrancy]" (Prod. by Tsutchie)


9th Wonder's De Blog Jam: The Fornever Movie Pt.1

9th Wonder and Murs have a nice treat for you. Are you ready? Assuming you’re familiar with SoundOff, you’ve probably seen 9th Wonder’s name sprinkled in the headlines a good three or four times. Well, 9th and his team of video goons are back, but this time they’ve taken to the streets/studios of L.A. for a new mini movie series entitled, "The Fornever Movie."

I hate spoiling surprises, so I’m going to let this visual ride out. Sit back and enjoy the sounds and visuals of 9th Wonder & Murs creating magic for both of their forthcoming LP’s. ENJOY! - LowKey


Hawdwerk & Jansport J - High Power Moves

Presented to you by &, here is the new album from Cali duo Hawdwerk & Jansport J, High Power Moves. Words from Jansport J:
First off, on behalf of Hawdwerk and myself, we wanna say THANK YOU to everybody who has supported the singles and the anticipation of this project. Your energy gave us energy to plug through and put together a solid album. Feel free to tell as many people as possible about this project! Also, as you may be aware, putting together an independent album costs alot of $$$. For those who want to support this project in monetary terms and allow us to continue to do what we do, feel free to purchase a digital copy of the album on our band camp site. We will also have Physical copies available in the next couple of weeks! If you want to order one of those, let us know. Either way, the most important thing to us is that you hear this album.Once again, we thank you for all of the support.
Download | Usershare | Band Camp


DJ K.O. - Living Out A State Of Mind Vol. 1

A little over a year ago DJ K.O. burst onto the scene with his debut album Picture This... which featured some of hip-hop's illest emcees and producers. The compilation paired up artists like Talib Kweli, Royce Da 5'9", Phonte, eLZhi and more over beats from the likes of 9th Wonder, Black Milk & !llmind to name a few.

He's now returned to the scene again with Living Out A State of Mind Vol. 1, the first installment of a year long series of EP's that will be released on a monthly basis.

01. Living Out A State of Mind Pt. 1 feat. Silent Knight
02. D A M A G E feat. East & Silent Knight
03. Time With You feat. East
04. Ain't Friends feat. East, MadKem & Silent Knight
05. Stone Cold Lover feat. M. Josephine
06. 80's Babies feat. East & Silent Knight

Download | Mediafire | Band Camp


Macklemore x Ryan Lewis - Otherside

Check out this new joint from Seattle artists Macklemore and Ryan Lewis titled "Otherside". Macklemore has recently put out The Unplanned Mixtape, and is for sale for a mere $5 via his blog:
Beginning in the winter of 2008, MC Macklemore and producer Ryan Lewis linked up to create their debut EP entitled “VS.” Based off an idea to sample relevant, contemporary bands, the EP exposes Hip-Hop fans to genres they may be less familiar with, with the hope of appealing to hipsters (let’s be real). “VS.” re-imagines the sounds of Beirut, The Killers, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Arcade Fire and many more. The EP will be a completely donation-based release dropping at the end of November. “Otherside” (the first leak from the project) mashes big drums and orchestral pieces over Anthony Kiedis’ classic song about battling with heroin addiction. Macklemore now tells the story of Hip-Hop’s experience with drugs and a first person narrative about his own struggles with drug addiction and rehabilitation.
Download: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - "Otherside"
Bonus: Macklemore - "I Said Hey"


J.J. Brown feat. Block McCloud & Celph Titled - Froze Prose

Off the upcoming Connect The Dots LP from J.J. Brown, here is the latest leak "Froze Prose", which features Brooklyn Academy member Block McCloud and Demigodz affiliate Celph Titled. Connect The Dots hits stores this Tuesday so get out and show your support with a purchase of the album.

Download: J.J. Brown feat. Block McCloud & Celph Titled - "Froze Prose"
Bonus: J.J. Brown - "The World's A Stage"


Brown Bag AllStars - The Workhorse

As the final installment of this year's Brown Bag Season, the Brown Bag AllStars have released this Audible Doctor laced cut, "The Work Horse". The Brown Tape is available now on iTunes via Coalmine Records, go cop it.

Download: Brown Bag AllStars - "The Workhorse"
Bonus: Brown Bag AllStars - "It's The And..."


Graymaker (Grayskul x Maker) - Crazy Talk

Rhymesayers/Oldominon emcees JFK & Onry Ozzborn, better known as Grayskul, have teamed up with indie superstar beatsmith Maker to form Graymaker! Their new self-titled album was released on October 27th via Strange Famous Records and is definitely worth the purchase. "Crazy Talk" is the first single off the album and is available for download below. As a bonus, I've also included another dope cut off the album, "In The Know." Enjoy.

Download: Graymaker - "Crazy Talk"
Bonus: Graymaker - "In The Know"


Sleep - Orchestra of Strangers (Music Video)

"Orchestra of Strangers" is the first official video from Sleep of Oldominion’s Hesitation Wounds, which is out now on Strange Famous Records. Video was directed by Trinity Webber.


Kam Moye - Let's Be Honest (Music Video)

Here's the first official video from Kam Moye for the lead single "Let's Be Honest," off his newest album Splitting Image, which you should've purchased by now.


810 - Issues x Shame On Me (Prod. by Mydus)

Off the upcoming mixtape Glass Half Full from Baltimore, MD emcee 810, here are two new tracks that will be featured on the project, which is set for release on November 12th. The mixtape is hosted by DJ Booth, 2dbz, & illRoots and by the sound of these first two Mydus produced joints, it should be pretty dope. Stay tuned.

Download: 810 - "Issues" (Prod. by Mydus)
Download: 810 - "Shame On Me" (Prod. by Mydus)


DJ K.O. feat. East & Silent Knight - 80's Babies

"80's Babies" is the latest single off DJ K.O.'s soon to be released EP which brings together two of Elementality's finest emcees on the mic yet again. On this particular track you'll even find that K.O. has gotten behind the boards to craft the sonic backdrop for East & Silent Knight to reminisce on being a child born and raised in the 80's.

Over the course of the next year, DJ K.O. will be releasing free EP's every month. Living Out A State of Mind Vol. 1 is slated for release on November 10th. Hit the link below for a download including the clean, dirty, instrumental and acapella of "80's Babies".

Download: DJ K.O. feat. East & Silent Knight - "80's Babies"


Lawz Spoken - Standing In The Rain


The official release of Standing In The Rain from Portland producer Lawz Spoken is here and is now available for free download. This album is a twelve track collaboration between Lawz Spoken and some of NW’s & Grind Time’s best kept secrets on the rhymes including Illmaculate & Only One, Okwerdz, Epp, Chase Moore, Sapient and many more. Timed perfect for Fall of 2009, you can almost taste the Portland weather through your speakers, defining Northwest hip hop with every beat. Stay tuned for The Rap Life EP in 2010.

01. Intro [Wake Up Everybody] feat. Illmaculate
02. Sleep This Off feat. Epp, Illmaculate & Chase Moore
03. A Love Thing feat. Tope
04. Cash Rules feat. DaiN
05. Roll Green Weed feat. Only One
06. Guns Money & Bitches feat. Illmaculate, Okwerdz & DaiN
07. Standing In The Rain feat. Anonmis
08. My Legacy feat. Sole Pro
09. Get Up feat. 9DM
10. Babylon feat. Introspective
11. Different Dreams feat. Epp & Tope
12. Outro [It Keeps Raining] feat. Illmaculate
13. That [Black Out] feat. Sapient (Bonus)

Download / Preview


Sapient - Famine Friends

Famine Friends is Sapient's response to the "famine" occurring in the field of indie music – his response is naturally a flood of content. Upholding his promise to "make more", Sape brings you another album, showcasing his uncanny consistency as an emcee and producer, in hopes to raise the standard of DIY music...if diamonds were free, why pay for garbage? Produced entirely by Sapient, and accompanied by three music videos, Famine Friends is a FREE gift to the heads, and a "fuck you" to the majors.

01. Famine
02. She Doesn't Love Me
03. Hands On feat. Illmaculate
04. Crumb Getta
05. Proceed With Caution Remix feat. IAME
06. Thoughts Behind Me
07. Listening (Instrumental)
08. Proper Know How
09. Hate Aside Remix feat. Sandpeople
10. Likeness
11. Convince Me Remix feat. Onlyone
12. Slamper (Instrumental)
13. Cold How We Keep It feat. Grayskul
14. Anything feat. Luckyiam
15. Go Shortly
16. Hitman




CunninLynguists feat. Freddie Gibbs - Imperial

CunninLynguist emcee Natti trades verses with up-and-coming, buzz-heavy Indiana emcee Freddie Gibbs, imploring peasants and wack blog rappers alike to kiss the crown. Over a haunting organ track produced by Kno, CunninLynguists' "Imperial" is the fourth and final leak from Strange Journey Volume Two, the second installment of this year’s double release from the trio. Strange Journey Volume Two is available as of today, so make sure to cop it immediately, it's another classic.

Download: CunninLynguists feat. Freddie Gibbs - "Imperial"


Attention Producers: Bekay - I Am Remix Contest

Here is yet another opportunity for you aspiring producers out there to get your name out and talents heard by many. Peep the info below for your chance to be a part of this exclusive digital remix single which will be featured on Bekay's Hunger Pains Remix EP, out late-December or early-January. Winning producer will also be awarded a watch of choice courtesty of

Attention producers, please email all submissions to no later then Friday, November 13th. Only one submission per producer will be accepted. The files for the remix contest include an MP3 file of the original version of the song in addition to a WAV file of both the acapella and the sounds effects. Both the acapella and sound effects are zero pointed so they will synchronize properly. It’s not mandatory to use all sound effects, however, it is encouraged that you use the scratch hook, which is on the sound effects file. Music should be in an mp3 format and should default to any iTunes player. Sample-free remixes are allowed, but not required. File should be labeled accordingly with song title first, followed by the producer’s name and Remix in parenthesis, ie: I Am (Joe Smith Remix).mp3. Please include your email address in the comment field of the iTunes info panel. In your email, please provide us with your MySpace URL, your discography to date along with a bio/epk if possible. Please include a few sentences about yourself and your production background. Good luck!

1.11.03 (Tuesday): Contest begins. will premier the contest that will be virally promoted through other lifestyles, sites and blogs throughout the week, courtesy of Diamond Music Group. The contest will also be reinforced through an e-blastcampaign.

2.11.13 (Friday): Submission Due Date

3.11.14-15 (Sat/Sun): Winner will be selected through a judging panel consisting of the staff at, Bekay & Matt Diamond of Coalmine Records.

4.11.16-20 (Mon-Fri): The winning remix will first be announced to all contestants via email. Following the announcement, will premier the footage of the judging panel. Shortly after, Diamond Music Group will virally promote the vlog footage through all major hip-hop blogs & lifestyles.

Download: Bekay - "I Am" (Acapella x Original)


Del The Funky Homosapien - Lyrics To Go 2009

DJ Chong Wizard has joined forces with, & Vita Morte Clothing to present the first single off his forthcoming A Tribe Called Quest tribute mixtape, Eclectic Relaxation. This single features none other than Del The Funky Homosapien from the legendary Hieroglyphics crew. Being that Del is also an honourary member of the Native Tongue posse and a close friend of Q-Tip's, it was only right to get him involved in the project.

Download: Del The Funky Homosapien - "Lyrics To Go 2009"




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