Thursday, 31 October 2013

Stalley - Gettin' By (Video)


MMG's Stalley drops off another new visual from his "Honest Cowboy" mixtape with the track "Gettin' By". Another example of why he is, in my opinion, head and shoulders above the rest of his label mates artistically.

Scram Jones - Dead Giveaway (Free EP)


Not one to miss out on the Halloween music freeness, Scram Jones delivers his "Dead Giveaway" EP which he's been cooking up for a few months. Guests include Raekwon, Uncle Murda, Saigon and Troy Ave.

Xzibit, B-Real & Demrick - Serial Killers Vol.1 (Mixtape)


The West Coast's Xzibit, B-Real and Demrick release the first volume of "Serial Killers". Expect appearances from Ill Bill, Jon Connor and Kurupt, amongst others.

Download link on LiveMixtapes.

DJ Doo Wop - Halloween Candy (Mixtape)


The Bouncemasta DJ Doo Wop releases a nice new mixtape of R'n'B and rap remixes. It's titled "Halloween Candy" and has nothing to do with Halloween but is a great selection. Worth the free download!

Yelawolf & DJ Paul - Black Fall (Free EP)


Yelawolf and DJ Paul join forces for a free EP named "Black Fall".

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Allen Iverson Officially Retires


Tonight one of the greatest basketball players of a generation will officially retire. Allen Iverson will be honoured at the Philadelphia 76er's season opener against the Miami Heat. Despite not suiting up in an NBA uniform for three years, AI will be officially retired in the city he called home for much of his career.

He never managed to get that elusive championship with the Sixers, although he came very close in 2001, but the numerous awards, personal accolades and the numbers he put on the board over the years speak volumes. The only thing I can really do is show some video highlights of his career and to wish him well. It's a sad day.

Watch his retirement press conference followed by some highlights.

DJ Scratch on Crate Diggers (Video)

DJ Scratch

One of the most amazing DJs I've ever witnessed in person is the latest guest on "Crate Diggers". DJ Scratch opens his vinyl collection with some rare treats and stories too.

Also, after his episode, check him remembering the late Jam Master Jay. JMJ died 11 years ago today.

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Jonny Dub - Songs For Sinners (Mix)

Jonny Dub

Jonny Dub, the Manchester DJ/producer and boss man at legendary night Hoya:Hoya, releases a nice mix of tunes just in time for Halloween. Taking from horror genre spanning 40 years, this is something to accompany the upcoming festivities and earlier dark nights.

Jonny Dub -

"Probably the most out there mix I have done, straight from Vinyl (well mostly) featuring some of the horror genre's most boundary pushing and original pieces of music from the last 40 years. Please I hope you enjoy the journey.... If you like drums, synths and weird shit, then this ones for you!!"

The Kid Daytona - Savoir Faire (Free Album)


Finally! I've been posting videos and single leaks for a few months now but The Kid Daytona has now released his new free album "Savoir Faire". This is a collaboration with French clothing company Space Monkeys and features 15 new tracks from the man. If you've never heard anything from The Kid Daytona before, I suggest you download this and listen to what you've been missing. Juice Up!

Cory Mo - A Lot More To Give feat. Talib Kweli (Video)


The Houston representative and UGK affiliate, Cory Mo, drops the video to his collaboration with Talib Kweli. "A Lot More To Give" is taken from his new album "Take It Or Leave It".

Yancey Boys - Quicksand feat. Common & Dezi Paige (Video)


Illa J and Frank Nitt AKA the Yancey Boys drop a visual for the brilliant "Quicksand". Over an unheard Dilla beat (like the rest of the new album) the two lay verses with help from Common and features Dezi Paige on the hook.

This track is taken from the new project "Sunset Blvd." which is out now on Delicious Vinyl.

Monday, 28 October 2013

Timeless Truth - Alliance (Video)


Corona, Queens own Oprime of Timeless Truth goes for self on the track "Alliance" off the duo's album "Rock-It Science". The whole album is entirely produced by El RTNC and is not an album to be slept on. Check the video below along with the other solo track from the album "What A Life" performed by the other half of TT, Superbad Solace.

Redman - Remixxes (Mixtape)


After dropping random freestyles for the best part of two years, Redman decides to release "Remixxes" with them all in one place. He goes in over classic instrumentals new and old.

"Muddy Waters 2" is slated for an end of year release. I'll believe that when I see it!

Friday, 25 October 2013

Jon B. at Jazz Cafe Plus Q&A Presented by

Jon B.
December sees the return of R'n'B/Soul star Jon B. to our shores, with two live shows at London's Jazz Cafe. He will have a full live band in tow and it's really not one to be missed if you grew up listening to him. I'm even hoping to venture to London for the first time in YEARS!

As an added bonus, on the second of the two dates (19th Dec), there will be a Q&A session before the main show. The interview is the first in a new venture named "The Authentic Series." This will be filmed exclusively for

Please note that a ticket for the second Jon B. show on the 19th of December does not admit access to "The Authentic Series" before it. A separate ticket will be required. Ticket links below.

Jon B. With Full Live Band (18th December) Tickets

"The Authentic Series" #001 Presented by Ill Will (19th December) Tickets

Jon B. With Full Live Band (19th December) Tickets

Termanology - American Dreamin' (Video)


With the release of Termanology's "G.O.Y.A." project barely being a month old, he continues to drop videos to accompany it. The next one up is "American Dreamin'".

Oddisee - Own Appeal (Video)


After releasing the track "Own Appeal" for free download a few weeks back, Oddisee returns with the visual for it. Love this track. Such a fresh but nostalgic beat. Shouts to Cru!

This will be included on the retail release of "Tangible Dream".

Thursday, 24 October 2013

Tanya Morgan - Eulogy (Video)


Tanya Morgan hit us with another video from their brilliant album "Rubber Souls" with "Eulogy". Watch the video below and also, if you missed it, check out their collab with Nitty Scott, MC; "Never Too Much".

Marco Polo - Astonishing feat. Large Professor, Inspectah Deck, O.C., Tragedy Khadafi & DJ Revolution (Audio)


Marco Polo doesn't let us forget that his new album is on the way as he unleashes this posse cut that absolutely slaps. "Astonishing" features a slew of Hip-Hop legends in the form of Large Professor, Wu-Tang's Inspectah Deck, D.I.T.C.'s O.C., Queens' own Tragedy Khadafi and The Wake Up Show's DJ Revolution on the cuts. I can't wait for this album!

Check the track below.

Jus'Liam - Optimus Backpack (Audio)


A preview track from an up and coming emcee from Manchester; Jus'Liam. First, a little background.

"18 year old North Manchester emcee Jus'Liam has been rhyming from the age of 15. After leaving high school he began studying at Music Base College in Manchester. Currently working with Kuartz, the two met briefly many years ago when Kuartz was still working with the whole AOA clan. At the time, although Kuartz recognised Liam's talent, he knew it wasn't the right time to start mentoring him until he had high school behind him. Liam has independently released various bits and pieces on a solo tip but also as part of the duo Prodigal Sons alongside MC Devaughn Trey. The pair dropped their debut joint EP back in October and now Liam is currently working on his solo mixtape 'Prodigal' which is due out winter 2013."

Check Jus'Liam over a particularly gritty beat from 9th Wonder.

Run The Jewels - Get It (Video)


El-P and Killer Mike put together tour footage for what is probably my favourite track from their Run The Jewels project. "Get It" is definitely something to annoy the neighbours with. That bass.

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

The Combat Jack Show: Biggie Stories (Video)


Following on from the Nas stories clip a few weeks back, The Combat Jack Show also has a few Biggie stories up its sleeve. Guests such as DJ Premier, Styles P and Busta Rhymes recall some of their favourite moments with Biggie Smalls.

CJ Fly on The Mixdown (Video)


Pro Era's CJ Fly sat down with Fuse TV's "The Mixdown" to breakdown some tracks off his recently released mixtape "Thee Way Eye See It".

Watch the interview below and get the album for free here.

Bobby Esmond - Wiped Out feat. Dr. Syntax and Mia Wilson (Video)


Producer / rapper / sandcastle destroyer Bobby Esmond enlists the help of  Dr. Syntax and Mia Wilson for his track and video "Wiped Out" from his album "It's Not What You Know...". You can download the album for any amount of money you wish over at his Bandcamp page. Can't say fairer than that!

Check the video below.

Caxton Press - This Ain't Livin' / Hunger (Videos)


Can't believe I missed these two tracks! Better late than never though. London's Caxton Press released the single "This Ain't Livin'" at the end of September and dropped a visual to go with it. On the flipside to the single is the banger "Hunger" which also got the visual treatment a couple of weeks later.

The single "This ain't Livin'" B/W "Hunger" is still available here. Check both videos below.

Verb T - Old And Grumpy (Video)


Today sees the release of the much anticipated new album from Verb T. To accompany the project's release, he's also dropped a video for the track "Old And Grumpy". Don't worry Verbs, that's how we're all getting.

The album "I Remain" is available now through High Focus. Check the video (with a few cameos) below.

Jonwayne - The Come Up Part 1 feat. Scoop DeVille (Audio)


Stones Throw Records' artist Jonwayne is gearing up to release his first album "Rap Album One" on the 29th of October and has given a preview with the first single. "The Come Up Part 1" features Scoop Deville over some quality production. Listen for yourself.

Lewis Parker - Summer With Asakala (Video)


It's always good to hear new material from Lewis Parker. Here he drops a video for "Summer With Asakala" which will appear on his upcoming album "The Puzzle/Episode Two/The Glass Ceiling". The new project will be available next week through King Underground.

For now, check the video. Also, hearing the vocal samples at the end of the track transported me back to this old record of his.

DJ Lee Majors - Come Correct Mix Series Volume 1 (Mixtape)

Lee Majors

Manchester's DJ Lee Majors relaunches his "Come Correct Mix Series" for his own sanity. His words, not mine. Expect to hear fresh music from the likes of Dom Kennedy, Willie The Kid, Pusha T and much more. Get it downloaded and embrace 'the realist series'.

Stream/download below and follow @leemajorsMCR

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

14KT - Slo Swerve feat. Jamal Bufford & JMSN (Video)


Michigan's 14KT delivers his new video from his album "Nickel & Dimed". The track, "Slo Swerve", is one of the few to feature any vocals. In this case, they come from Jamal Bufford and JMSN.

"Nickel & Dimed" is available now through Mello Music Group.

Koncept - Live On EP & Not For Nothing Music Video


Been waiting for this for a while now! The new free "Live On" EP from Koncept of Brown Bag AllStars. The EP features five new songs all produced by Numonics and you can check out one of the videos from it released today too.

Find the download/stream below, followed by the video for "Not For Nothing".

Friday, 18 October 2013

RJD2 on Crate Diggers (Video)


The producer and instrumentalist RJD2 is the latest guest to open his vinyl collection to the world on Fuse's Crate Diggers.

In The Loop 4th Birthday!


Tonight sees the 4th birthday of Manchester mainstay In The Loop. DJ A-Up and Agent J will be setting up the party nicely on the ones and twos with Bedos on hosting duties as usual. This month's guests are two favourites in this city and will be bringing some classics and party bangers. Guest selectors will be Air Adam and Andy Peek. Get down to this as it's not one to missed!

Check out all the details on the Facebook event page here.

Scoe - Tha Influence (Mixtape)


Philadelphia's Scoe (formerly Roscoe) releases his latest project through DJ Booth with "Tha Influence". Admittedly, I'm not too familiar with his back catalogue other than a few tracks here and there with his brother Kurupt but the production credits and features were enough to hold my interest. With tracks with Xzibit and Kendrick Lamar and music from the likes of Jake One, Just Blaze, Statik Selektah, Hi-Tek, Nottz to name a few. Yeah, I downloaded it straight away too.

Stream and download below or visit the DJ Booth page here.


Life MC - Power Of The Mind feat. Genesis Elijah (Video)


Life MC drops a video from his new album "Gift Of Life". With Genesis Elijah sharing mic duties and production from Nappa, "Power Of The Mind" is a track that sets the bar high for any UK release. In fact, it doesn't even need the UK label. This is just great Hip Hop.

Check the video below. "Gift Of Life" is available now on Life's Bandcamp.

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

The Neighborhood with DJ Clark Kent (Video)


Complex takes a walk through Crown Heights, Brooklyn with super producer DJ Clark Kent as he visits his old stomping grounds and favourite spots growing up.

Beginnings: Black Moon - Enta Da Stage (Short Documentary)


This year, a number of Hip-Hop groups have been or will be celebrating the 20th year anniversaries of their debut albums. One of those celebrating this coming weekend are Black Moon. In this short documentary, DJ Evil Dee, 5FT and Buckshot look back at their beginning and making of that first album; "Enta Da Stage".

BET Cyphers 2013 (Video)


The BET Hip Hop Awards released their annual slew of "The Cypher" videos with contributions from TDE, Slaughterhouse, Action Bronson, Rittz, Jon Connor, Rapsody to name just a few. It'll come as no surprise that the standout cyphers came from Slaughterhouse and a particularly venomous display from Kendrick Lamar from the TDE camp. Long time Yelawolf collaborator Rittz also stood out from a lot of mediocre verses.

Check the TDE, Slaughterhouse videos below as well as the video Rittz was a part of.

TDE (ScHoolboy Q, Jay Rock, Ab-Soul, Isaiah Rashad and Kendrick Lamar)

Slaughterhouse (Joell Ortiz, Crooked I, Royce Da 5'9 & Joe Budden)

Wax, Rapsody, Emis Killa, Rittz and Jon Connor

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Yelawolf - Hustle featuring Paul Wall (Video)


Yelawolf releases a new visual for his track with Paul Wall named "Hustle". This appears on Catfish Billy's slept on mixtape "Trunk Muzik Returns" from earlier this year. Make sure you get that at Livemixtapes.

Watch the video below and after that check out Yelawolf's appearance on the Da Mafia 6ix (previously known as Three 6 Mafia now without Juicy J) "Go Hard" video released last week.

Monday, 14 October 2013

Eminem - Rap God (Audio)


It's very apparent that at this stage in his career Eminem isn't trying to win new fans or necessarily trying to cater for the people who've listened to him since 1997. He can do what he wants at this point. While I'm not crazy about the beat here, his technique and ability is undeniable. Now whatever the content may be, Marshall sure knows how to rap. Just listen to how the momentum picks up from verse to verse. Impressive.

"Rap God" will be available on iTunes from midnight. Listen to the audio below.

Devin The Dude - Probably Should Have (Video)


I think I've seen maybe a total of three videos, including this one, from Devin The Dude. Well here goes his latest visual for "Probably Should Have" from his new album "One For The Road" which will be available any time now.

Eddie B & Harry Fraud - The Johnny Utah Story (Mixtape)


Eddie B and Harry Fraud drop their latest joint EP for free with a Point Break theme. 6 tracks and the instrumentals thrown in too. Quality.

Find the download here at Dat Piff.

Doctor P & Adam F - The Pit feat. Method Man (Video)


It would seem that Adam F is on a dubstep steez these days if his latest collaboration is anything to go by. On his new track he joins forces with Doctor P and also enlists Johnny Blaze himself, Method Man, to lend his vocals to the proceedings. It's different and I like it.

Expect the single to drop on the 28th of October. Check out the animated video below.

Manchester Marauders Exhibition Launch


We're now only a couple of days away from the opening night special of the Manchester Marauders exhibition brought to you by Air Adam. If you've no idea what I'm talking about, get familiar by reading on.

"Manchester Marauders is an exhibition of my photography celebrating the Manchester Hip-Hop scene and some of the people from it who have influenced me since I came to the city. 

Twenty years after the release of A Tribe Called Quest's "Midnight Marauders," the centrepiece of the show is a re-imagining of that famous album cover - featuring 49 respected Manchester-connected Hip-Hop figures - on display for the very first time.

This opening event will be headlined by a cipher from a number of the "Marauders" themselves - MCs and DJs featured on the piece throwing down live! 

Also on the night, DJ sets from;
Mikey D.O.N (Krispy, Night of the Living Dread)
Lee Majors (More Bounce, Superbad)
DJ A-Up (In The Loop)
Omas & DEEJAY13 (At Large) - special Tribe breaks & samples set!

Prints of the main piece will be available to buy and take away on the night - maybe just a small future piece of local history? ;)

FREE ENTRY - please come down and enjoy the work!"

The evening starts at 6pm with a short film from In The Loop's Agent J and Bedos followed by the unveiling of the "Manchester Marauders" centre piece of the exhibition. Then there will be DJ sets and a cipher from the artists mentioned above.

Here's a small teaser trailer to give a little idea of what the exhibition is about.

Joey Bada$$ - Hilary Swank (Video)


Joey Bada$$ lets go of a new video for his Lee Bannon produced track "Hilary Swank". This is taken from Joey's "Summer Knights" project released in July. An EP for purchase is due at the end of October with a selection of tracks from "Summer Knights", a remix of "My Yout" with Maverick Sabre and a bonus cut featuring Flatbush Zombies, Chuck Strangers and Underachievers.

Saturday, 12 October 2013

Jay Z & Ron Howard: Made In America (Documentary)


Last night, the U.S. saw the premiere of Ron Howard and Jay Z's documentary "Made In America". With appearances by Kanye West, Janelle Monae, Pearl Jam, The Hives, Jill Scott, D'Angelo, Skrillex and many more.

“Made In America” — directed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ron Howard — recounts Jay-Z’s rise to rap supremacy, as well as his preparations for the titular music festival he both curated and headlined.

Check out the trailer below below followed by the link for the full documentary.

Friday, 11 October 2013

Termanology - Straight Off The Block feat. DJ Kay Slay, Sheek Louch & Lil Fame (Video)


From his recently released album "G.O.Y.A.", Termanology drops a new video for the track "Straight Off The Block" featuring DJ Kay Slay, Sheek Louch of The LOX and Lil Fame of M.O.P.

The Making Of Ice Cube's "Today Was A Good Day" (Video)


Complex continue their fantastic "Magnum Opus" series with the making of Ice Cube's classic cut "Today Was A Good Day". The track is probably one of the most well known songs from any catalogue in Hip-Hop, especially when you consider the time it was released and who it was created by. If you asked anyone, particularly a non Hip-Hop fan, to name an Ice Cube song, "Today Was A Good Day" is a strong contender for their answer.

This episode of "Magnum Opus" explores the inspiration for the song and the crossover appeal it garnered, with quotes from Ice Cube himself as well as others.

Watch the episode below followed by the full video beneath.

Thursday, 10 October 2013

Vado - R.N.S. feat. Jadakiss and Troy Ave (Video)


Vado releases the visual to "R.N.S." from his "Slime Flu 4" mixtape. The track, which is easily my favourite from the project, features Jadakiss and Troy Ave.

Check the video below.