Friday, 31 January 2014

J-Live - Money Matters (Video)


The musical triple threat J-Live reveals the video to his new single named "Money Matters". This time he leaves the production to Oddisee and lays a few verses that will definitely relate to listeners who actually work for a living and to support their craft.

The single will appear on J-Live's forthcoming album "Around The Sun". The single is available now.

Thursday, 30 January 2014

BVA - This Love Is Love (Video)


Four Owls and 3 Amigos member BVA is set to release a new solo album called "Be Very Aware" in February. Here we see the video for his track "This Love Is Love" produced by Leaf Dog.

"Be Very Aware" is available for pre-order through High Focus.


Ramson Badbonez - January - In Da Blitz Time (Video)


Ramson Badbonez releases an animated video for the track "January - In Da Blitz Time". The track is lifted from his new album "A Year In The Life Of Oscar The Slouch" which is out now on High Focus.

The Foreign Exchange - Better feat. Eric Roberson and Shana Tucker (Video)


From their album "Love In Flying Colors", The Foreign Exchange release the visuals to "Better". With guest vocalists Eric Roberson and Shana Tucker on the assist, Phonte and Nicolay deliver another great track and video.

"Love In Flying Colors" is available now.

Isaiah Rashad - Soliloquy (Video)


The first video from TDE's Isaiah Rashad new project dropped a couple of days ago along with the video for "Soliloquy" taken from it.

The album "Cilvia Demo" is available now.

Mr. Green on Rhythm Roulette (Video)


New Jersey producer Mr. Green takes a shot at creating a nice beat from three random records on Mass Appeal's latest episode of "Rhythm Roulette".

Monday, 27 January 2014

Melo-X - Drunk In Lust (Video) and Yoncé-X EP


Brooklyn producer Melo-X recently dropped an EP of a handful of Beyonce tracks named "Yoncé-X". Revolt TV captured Melo-X performing "Drunk In Lust" from the project.

Watch the video below and download the EP.

Friday, 24 January 2014

DJ Kay Slay - The Rise Of A City (Mixtape)

Drama King

As the drama king DJ Kay Slay prepares to release his album "Rhyme Or Die" this year, he still has time to drop a mixtape or two full of exclusives. Here he delivers "The Rise Of A City" with a couple of noticeable collaborations with long time rivals Fat Joe and 50 Cent on a track together as well as The Game and Young Buck, both formerly of G-Unit.

Stream or download the mixtape for free below.

The Incomparable Shakespeare on Showoff Radio (Video)


On his promotional run for "By Any Dreams Necessary", The Incomparable Shakespeare recently appeared on Statik Selektah's Showoff Radio to kick a few rhymes. You need to watch this. There's only so much I can say.

Check the video below and pick up his album for free here.

Shouts to Al Lindstrom, Rob Markman and Statik Selektah.

Tay Walker - Karma (Video)


Gearing up to release his just announced upcoming album "25 Hours A Day", Tay Walker drops the video to "Karma" which will appear on it. After turning a few heads with his self titled EP and appearance on The Internet's "Feel Good" album, 2014 should be a big year for Tay.

Chris Paul and Kendrick Lamar Interview (Video)


NBA superstar Chris Paul and TDE artist Kendrick Lamar both appear together on the January edition of ESPN The Magazine's "Music Issue". During the photo shoot they were interviewed and a short video was put together.

The NFL's Calvin Johnson and some guy called Eminem appear on an alternate cover too. A third cover with Kobe Bryant and Nicki Minaj will be available also.

Check the video below.

Otis Clapp - #ATB (Free Album)


This week saw the release of Otis Clapp's sophomore album "#ATB". If you can't tell what that stands for from the album cover, it'll become apparent after a few seconds in to the first track. Coming in at 18 tracks, this project from Otis displays his versatility over equally schizophrenic beats. That's a good thing.

Stream or download the album for free below.

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Evidence & Alchemist on The Mixdown (Video)


Evidence and Alchemist join Fuse TV's Esteban Serrano to talk about their new Step Brothers album "Lord Steppington" and break down a few tracks from the set.

"Lord Steppington" is available everywhere now.

TJ Mizell & DJ Scratch - Jam Master Jay Tribute (Video)


Yesterday, on what would have been Jam Master Jay's 49th birthday, his son TJ Mizell and the turntable whisperer himself, DJ Scratch, paid tribute to Jay in appropriate fashion. A tag team turntable display in front of the JMJ memorial in Hollis, Queens.

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Phife - Dear Dilla (Audio)


A couple of hours ago Okayplayer premiered the new single from A Tribe Called Quest's Phife named "#Dear Dilla". Just in time for Dilla week, the track is a fitting tribute to arguably one of the best producers we've seen (heard). The song is brilliantly put together by DJ Rasta Root and features soundbites from some of Dilla's more well known productions.

Check the audio below along with the press release and be on the look out for an upcoming solo album from Phife this year named "MUTTYMorphosis".

Thanks to Jeff of the Soul Twins for the link to the track.

Phife is set to release his new single ‘#dearDilla’ on Tuesday, January 21st. on Smokin’ Needles Records. #dearDilla is an open letter to his long time friend and producer, the legendary J Dilla (James Dewitt Yancey), who passed away on 2006 from complications from a rare blood disorder. With a soundscape created by DJ Rasta Root, Phife talks to Dilla about the current state of music and how much he and his work are missed.

“Before J Dilla passed, he and I were playing phone tag, I didn’t even know he was that sick until it was too late,” Phife said. “We didn’t realize we were both going through a lot with our health and never got to sit and talk about it together.”

I felt like this song is that conversation. “I’ve been wanting to record a dedication to J Dilla for the longest, it just seemed to finally be the right time to do it,” said Phife from his home in Oakland, CA. “It was very therapeutic for me to do this. There are a lot of people dealing with renal failure and I wanted to make this a conduit, a way for people to put their health issues out there.”

#dearDilla combines the drum loop that Dilla used for Slum Village’s “Hold Tight” layered with Dilla’s distinct ad-libs sprinkled through out the track. Rasta Root enlisted the help of the DMV’s own V.Rich for the beautiful keys that make up the song’s hypnotic melody and a warm bassline by Atl’s own “DETOXXX”.

“The song organically came together piece by piece. Originally I looped it up to just have a new way of mixing in that song. Then it snowballed in to what you hear today. I wanted fans of Dilla and Phife to feel right at home with this track. I am very proud of Phife for opening up like this and giving the world this musical gem.” said Rasta Root from his Atlanta home studio.

#dearDilla also has an amazing visual directed by Chicago’s own Konee Rok. They shot the video over three days in Chicago and Detroit. ‘This is the most heartfelt project I’ve ever been blessed to be a part of.’ said Konee. ‘and represents the return of honest Hip Hop.’ Of the song, Konee also adds, ‘This is not just another rap song, but meaningful music. Art. If this was my last video, I would die happy.’

The visual for #deardilla will have a premier in Atlanta on Feb. 6th at the Midtown Art Cinema (7:30-9:30pm) with a Q & A. Then also premiere at Dilla Day in Detroit on Feb. 7th.

Monday, 20 January 2014

Emilio Rojas in The Hot Box with DJ Enuff (Video)


Emilio Rojas is the guest this week on DJ Enuff's "The Hot Box". First Rojas starts off with his own track "Lean" and then speaks to Enuff briefly before going over 9th Wonder's beat "Threat".

Check the video below followed by his music video for "Ice Cream 2K12" which I think a lot of people missed.

Ice Cream 2K12

Sunday, 19 January 2014

Killer Mike - Ghetto Gospel (Video)


Killer Mike revisits his brilliant album "R.A.P. Music" from 2012 with a video for the track "Ghetto Gospel". Mike, along with the track's producer El-P, has been busy this past year or so with the release and tour of this album along with the Run The Jewels project. We can expect a follow up Run The Jewels album this year, so we'll be seeing and hearing a lot more from Killer Mike in the near future.

Saturday, 18 January 2014

Otis Clapp - Fiona feat. YC The Cynic and Devo D (Video)


Queens emcee Otic Clapp releases a video for his track "Fiona" featuring YC The Cynic and Devo D. This is taken from his upcoming album "#ATB" due on the 20th January.

Pusha T - Suicide feat. Ab Liva (Video)


Pusha T continues to release videos from his album "My Name Is My Name". This time he drops "Suicide" featuring a verse from long time collaborator Ab Liva.

Thursday, 16 January 2014

Happy Birthday Aaliyah


Today would have been the 35th Birthday of Aaliyah. Still missed by so many. 

Damu The Fudgemunk on Rhythm Roulette (Video)


Mass Appeal welcome Damu The Fudgemunk as their next guest on Rhythm Roulette. This time the format is changed as Damu recreates and performs drum breaks on a drum set and explains why he won't use certain records to make beats. He also talks a little about how he got started making music.

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

The LOX on Sway's In-Studio Concert Series (Video)


The LOX recently appeared on Sway's In-Studio Concert Series on Shade45. They performed  tracks and talked with Sway and Heather B about their hiatus as a group and their subsequent return.

The Cut with DJ Revolution and Marco Polo (Video)


The Cut followed Marco Polo and DJ Revolution around New York as they went record digging. They also go through the process of record making while Marco plays some music from his recent album "PA2: The Director's Cut".

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

The Doppelgangaz - Holla x2 (Video)


Peace kehd! The Doppelgangaz today dropped the video to their first single "Holla x2". This is taken from Matter Ov Fact and EP's upcoming album "Peace Kehd" released February 18th. An album to definitely look forward to.

A Look at Hip-Hop at Harvard feat. Nas (Video)


Last year you may have heard about Harvard University's introduction of the Nasir Jones Hip-Hop Fellowship. A design firm named Ammunition have made a video showing a little insight in to what the course will actually involve and what it means for Hip-Hop at Harvard.

The Incomparable Shakespeare - By Any Dreams Necessary (Mixtape)


The Incomparable Shakespeare finally drops his mixtape "By Any Means Necessary" after a slew of leaks and freestyles last year.

Check the mixtape stream below or download.

Cappadonna - Winter Warz (Video)


Cappadonna takes it all the way back with this new visual for his classic verse from "Winter Warz". Originally appearing on Ghostface's "Ironman" LP, the video has been put together in collaboration with Outbreak Boards who have designed a line of skateboard decks and garments.

The video was directed by Doggie Diamonds who has been putting in work for YEARS with his Forbez DVD interviews and videos. Check his site for a whole lot more.

Watch the "Winter Warz" video below.

Monday, 13 January 2014

The Cool Kids - Computer School and Chop (Audio)


The Cool Kids are back. Sir Michael Rocks and Chuck Inglish have reunited for their comeback album "Shark Week" which is due later this year. To whet fans' appetites, they've dropped two tracks. The first is "Computer School" and the second is called "Chop" and features West Coast group The HBK Gang. The songs are exactly what you'd expect if you've listened to their music before. Throwback sounding but completely up to date at the same time.

Check the tracks below.

Evidence & Alchemist on Sway In The Morning (Video)


With their new "Lord Steppington" album on the way next week, Evidence and Alchemist have started their promotional campaign for the project. The Step Brothers have just touched down in Europe for a tour out here (no UK dates though) but before crossing the pond they made an appearance on Sway In The Morning to discuss a few things. Watch the interview below.

Hip Hop Is Read also put out a compilation of Evidence and Alchemist tracks in anticipation of the new record which you can stream beneath the interview video or download here.

Friday, 10 January 2014

!llmind - #BoomTrap (EP)


Producer !llmind releases an 8 track instrumental offering exploring his signature 'boomtrap' genre. Expect to hear heavy 808's with old school breaks and !llmind's sinister synthesizers.

Stream below or download here.

Kydro x Jaroo - FreaKingdom (Video & EP)


Coming from an EP of the same name, Manchester based producer Kydro and Blackpool transplant Spider Jaroo release the video for "FreaKingdom". Over a dark and spaced out backdrop from Kydro, Jaroo lays some laid back but menacing vocals.

The track is featured on the collaborative project on the Room 2 recording label and features appearances by Goshin, Dubbul-O, Fabz and Sparkz.

Watch the video below and head over to Room2MCR to cop the name your price EP.

Thursday, 9 January 2014

DOOM For Clarks Originals (Video)


As I'm sure many are aware, DOOM has collaborated with Clarks to create his own line of Clarks Originals. In this short video, DOOM talks a little about the teaming up with Clarks and how he's left his mark on the iconic shoe.

There is also a new song a video on the way in support of the project.

Bishop Nehru - Mobb Dizzle (Video)


Young spitter Bishop Nehru drops another video for his track "Mobb Dizzle" which he originally shot visuals for last year. The track can be found on Bishop's "strictlyFLOWZ" mixtape which you can get here.

Bishop Nehru signed to Lex Records late last year and is slated to drop a project with DOOM. Keep an eye out for that. He talks about that with Fuse TV and how he toured with the Wu-Tang Clan in Europe in the short interview below the "Mobb Dizzle" cut.

Jonwayne - the Come Up feat. Scoop DeVille (Video)


Stones Throw artist Jonwayne drops the video for "The Come Up" from his debut "Rap Album One". The track features guest Scoop DeVille, the son of Kid Frost. You already knew that though, didn't you?

Check the video below and as a bonus, I've added his appearance for Boiler Room early last year.

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Common - War (Audio)


Here we have the new single from Common named "War". The track is produced by Cocaine 80's but will be part of his largely No I.D. produced album "Nobody Smiling" due later this year.

Check/download the single below and also see when Revolt TV caught up with him earlier this week.

Monday, 6 January 2014

Jus' Liam - Prodigal (Mixtape)


After a couple of track leaks and videos, Jus' Liam releases his mixtape "Prodigal". With original production and some you will have heard before and a couple of guest features, there are 12 tracks of great Hip Hop here. The stream or a name your price download is available below.

The Alchemist Interviewed by Dead End Hip Hop (Video)


On Christmas Eve, the Dead End Hip Hop crew dropped part 1 of an interview they had with The Alchemist. Part 2 dropped yesterday, so I decided to put both of the parts in one post.

Feefo, Myke C-Town, Kinge and Beezy (with Modest Media) all fielded questions to ALC and he not only answered them but also got in to a few stories too. Great interview!

Check both parts of the interview below.


Saturday, 4 January 2014

Gensu Dean & Planet Asia - Listen (Video)


Producer Gensu Dean and West Coast emcee Planet Asia have partnered up for a new collab album named "Abrasions". They recently dropped the video to "Listen" taken from the LP. Crazy production on this!

Watch the video below. "Abrasions" is available now.