Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Locksmith - House Of Games 2 feat. RA The Rugged Man (Video)


Locksmith releases his latest video "House Of Games 2" with a guest verse from RA The Rugged Man. The two head to Europe on tour soon and this track will appear on Locksmith's upcoming album "A Thousand Cuts".

Buddy - Idle Time (Mixtape)


Californian rhymer and Pharrell Williams affiliate Buddy drops off his debut mixtape named "Idle Time". The production credits and features are pretty impressive for someone yet to make an impact on the scene. This should do it.

Production and guest spots come from Freddie Gibbs, Kendrick Lamar, Asher Roth, Pharrell, Boi-1da and The Cool Kids, Robin Thicke and,um, Miley Cyrus among others. Sounding fresh on first listen. It's free so give it a listen.

Amerigo Gazaway - Yasiin Gaye: The Departure (Side One) (Album)


Amerigo Gazaway finally drops his Mos Def and Marvin Gaye mash up. Stream or download available below.

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Talib Kweli - Rare Portraits (Video)


Here we have the new video from Talib Kweli's new project. The visual for "Rare Portraits" is taken from the album "Gravitas" which you can get direct from Kweli here.

Chief Xcel on Crate Diggers (Video)


Bay Area producer and one half of Hip-Hop group Blackalicious, Chief Xcel is next to talk about his vinyl collection.

Monday, 17 February 2014

No Malice - Blasphemy feat. Fam-Lay (Video)


The elder of the brothers Thornton, No Malice, drops his latest video from the highly slept on "Hear Ye Him" album. The new video for "Blasphemy" features long time collaborator Fam-Lay on the chorus and we see a throwback theme in the visuals.

The Clipse reunion is still on hold indefinitely but Pusha T does appear on his brother's album on the track "Shame The Devil". Watch the new video below and also check out an old video from Fam-Lay which is taken from the fantastic "The Neptunes Present The Clones" LP from 2003.

Happy Birthday Michael Jordan


Happy Birthday to Michael Jordan, who turns 51 years old today.

Trombone Shorty & Friends NBA AllStar Game Half-time Show (Video)


New Orleans was definitely represented for the half-time show of the NBA AllStar Game with the city's very own Trombone Shorty and his band Orleans Avenue setting it of with some Nawlins funk. They were joined on stage by legendary artist Doctor John, as well as Guy Clark Jr., a show stealing Janelle Monae and the timeless Earth, Wind & Fire.

This was one of the better half-time shows in recent memory.

Video below.

Pharrell Williams & Friends Introduce The NBA AllStars 2014 (Video)


Last year was one of the biggest and most successful years in Pharrell Williams' career so far. It was no surprise then, to see him as the musical guest to introduce the Western and Eastern Conference AllStars last night in New Orleans for the 2014 AllStar Game.

Performing a medley of some of his biggest hits over the years, he brought his own all star line up of guests to help him out. Appearances came from Nelly, Puff Daddy, Busta Rhymes, Snoop Dogg and even a brief but welcome guest spot from Neptunes partner Chad Hugo.

Watch the full introduction video with medley below.

Saturday, 15 February 2014

Big L 15 Years

Big L

Today marks the 15th anniversary of the passing of Harlem's finest, Big L. Throw ya L's up one time.

Friday, 14 February 2014

Oddisee - Caprice Down (Video)


Taken from his instrumental album "The Beauty In All", Oddisee releases a beautifully shot video for "Caprice Down". The theme is simple. Three skateboarders enjoying life, set to a perfect soundtrack.

Check the video and get yourself "The Beauty In All" and more at Mello Music Group. More info about the skaters in the video can be found on the video's YouTube page.

Marsha Ambrosius - Stronger Than Pride (Video)


Former member of the much missed Floetry, Marsha Ambrosius is back once again. She returns with a new single and video for "Stronger Than Pride" which is a remake originally recorded by Sade. Marsha freshens it up with the ill Jeru Tha Damaja sample from "Come Clean" and makes the song her own. I think she's done a great job here.

"Stronger Than Pride" will appear on Marsha's new album "Friends & Lovers".

The Doppelgangaz - KnowntchooTahLie (Video)


Ahead of their album dropping next week, The Doppelgangaz uncloak the video to their second single "KnowntchooTahLie". Aaagh. Some people need a wash.

The album "Peace Kehd" is available from the 18th February through Bandcamp.

Quickstrike Valentine's Day Edition featuring Alicia Keys (Video)


Complex TV's Quickstrike host a special Valentine's day edition of the show just in time for the NBA AllStar Weekend. New sneakers that are dropping are discussed (including the Jordan VI Infrareds), what NBA players will be rocking this weekend and they invite special guest Alicia Keys to talk about her current women's collection for Reebok. Packed show. Get on it.

De La Soul To Make Their Entire Discography Free...For 25 Hours

De La Soul

De La Soul are set to make a lot of people very happy this Valentine's Day. As the trio prepare to celebrate 25 years since their debut album "3 Feet High & Rising", they will be making the whole De La Soul discography available for free through their official site.

The anticipated new album (the first since 2004's "The Grind Date") "Your Welcome" is said to be just around the corner, so that's definitely something to look forward to. You never know, they might do a Beyonce and drop it today unannounced! Here's hoping!

Check back on the official site from 4pm in the UK and 11am in The States. You only have 25 hours, so don't let this pass you by.

Onyx - WakeDaFucUp feat. Dope D.O.D. (Video)


Onyx return with a video for the title track from their upcoming album "WakeDaFucUp" which will be entirely produced by The Snowgoons. This single features Netherlands representatives and Duck Down Records affiliates Dope D.O.D.

Check the video below and get the single on iTunes. Onyx also have a double headlining show with Capone-N-Noreaga in Manchester this coming May, so get your tickets for that.

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Binkbeats Performs A J. Dilla Live Mix (Video)


Producer, vocalist and percussionist Binkbeats performs a live medley of J. Dilla beats as part of his "Beats Unraveled" series. This guy is incredibly talented.

The tracks are Make 'Em NV, E=MC, Won't Do and Fall In Love.

Thanks to Cee Lopez for the link.

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Capone-n-Noreaga and Onyx Live In Manchester

Big news for Manchester. This Is Hip Hop have landed two of Hip-Hop's most iconic and celebrated groups to hit the city on May the 17th at Club Academy. Capone-N-Noreaga and Onyx!

"The War Report" by CNN is widely regarded as a classic as is "BACDAFUCUP" from Onyx. Of course both saw continued success with multiple hits on subsequent albums both as groups and with solo albums (most notably N.O.R.E.).

This is definitely not one to miss. Tickets will be on sale from the 13th February.  Tickets available now at See Tickets and Ticketline

Check the official flyer below followed by a couple of videos to remind you!

Ink 13 & Omas - Golden Blends (Mixtape)


DJs Ink 13 and Omas of Manchester's At Large have released an new old mix. "Golden Blends" pretty much speaks for itself as it journeys back to the Golden Age blending classic acapellas with classic instrumentals. Not to be missed.


"So here it is. A blends mix myself and fellow At Large DJ, Ink 13 recorded a good 7 years ago. Eventually destined to be left on the scrap heap for various reasons, we decided to polish it up and put it out for the people to hear. A little rough around the edges, think DJ Babu meets Ron G."

Also, keep an eye out for the next date for the new night "At Large @ The Zombie Shack".

Stream and download the mix below. Track list included underneath the Embedded player.

Ink n Omas - Intro
Audio Two - Top Billin w/Return Of The Crooklyn Dodgers
Nas - It Ain’t Hard To Tell w/Wrong Side Of the Tracks
A Tribe Called Quest - Oh My God Remix w/Whats Real
The Pharcyde - Why w/Ode to Billy Joe
Big Daddy Kane - Smooth Operator w/How Many Emcees
Lord Finesse - Strictly For The Ladies w/Return Of The Life
Q Tip - Let’s Ride w/The Real Thing
Biz Markie - Nobody Beats The Biz w/Turn the Party Out
Nas - Nas Is Like w/Dynamite&Respiration
The Beatnuts - Hellraiser w/I Like It
The Bomb - Instro w/I Got To Have It w/Ink n Omas Cuts

Ink n Omas - Intro
Lords Of The Underground - Chief Rocka w/Contact Blitt
Diamond D - Sally Got A One Track Mind w/Gold Digger
Showbiz and A.G - Fat Pockets Remix w/It’s A Boy Remix
Rakim - Heat It Up w/Pass Da Mic
Artifacts - Whayback w/Bassline loop
A Tribe Called Quest - Scenario remix w/Here Today, Gone Tomorrow
Terminator X - To The Edge Of Panic w/All For One w/Ink n Omas Cuts
J.V.C Force - Strong Island w/Duck Down
Main Source - Looking At The Front Door w/They Reminisce Over You
Ultra Magnetic MC’s - Give The Drummer Some w/Connections


The Doppelgangaz - Peace Kehd (Album Stream)

With the new album "Peace Kehd" dropping in less than a week, The Doppelgangaz have made their new project free to stream on Soundcloud. Awesome music right here!

"Peace Kehd" is available from February 17th.

Wu Tang Clan - Y'all Been Warned (Unreleased Video)


13 years after the release of their album "Iron Flag", a previously unreleased video for "Y'all Been Warned" has surfaced. Nothing spectacular visually but it's a Wu video in 2014!

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Sean C & LV Making Loud Dreams


Producer duo Sean C & LV are gearing up to drop their album "Loud Dreams Vol.1" in March, presented by Play Cloths. The album boasts a stellar line up including Busta Rhymes, Big K.R.I.T., Dom Kennedy, Jadakiss and Prodigy to name a handful of the artists.

Take a behind the scenes look in the video from Creative Control with the track list and collaborators below.

"Tomorrow May Never Come" feat. Styles P, A$AP 12vy and CharlieRED
"Better Get My Money Up" feat. Tree, Bun B, 100s and J Ivy
"Look At Us" feat. Smoke Dza, Big K.R.I.T and Dom Kennedy
"Burn It Down" feat. Asher Roth, Devin the Dude, Smoke Dza and Hypnotic Brass
"Live For Today" feat. Fabolous, JadaKiss, Bun B, Rob Zoe and Anthony King
"Pandemonium" feat. Al Doe
"Light Fantastic" feat. J. Ivy and Keon Bryce
"Where's Your Leader?" feat. Prodigy, Remy Banks, CharlieRED and Bun B
"Hand In My Pocket" feat. Pusha T and A$AP Ferg
"BreakFruit" feat Raekwon
"Busstop" feat Busta Rhymes

Phife - #Dear Dilla (Video)


Phife Diggy premiered his new video for "#Dear Dilla" on Okayplayer earlier today and it doesn't disappoint. In tribute to his late friend Jay Dee, Phife visits Detroit and with a few cameos in tow, does him proud. Not only is it in remembrance of Dilla, but at times is a sad reminder that Phife isn't in the best of health himself.

Check the video below and support the track on iTunes. All proceeds go to his daughters.

Shout to Ill Will for the reminder!

Yo Gotti - Cold Blooded feat. J. Cole and Canei Finch (Video)


From his album "I Am", Yo Gotti releases the video to "Cold Blooded" with a little help from J. Cole and Canei Finch.

Tech N9ne - Fragile feat. Kendrick Lamar, Mayday! & Kendall Morgan (Video)


After dropping his single "Fragile" last July with Kendrick Lamar, Mayday! and Kendall Morgan, Tech N9ne finally releases a visual for the track. MTV premiered it a couple of days ago but now it's available everywhere. Including here!

Friday, 7 February 2014

Children Of Zeus (Tyler Daley and Konny Kon)

This is something that people in Manchester have been waiting on for a long time. Further afield than Manchester even. With word of an upcoming album and live performances here and there, Tyler Daley and Konny Kon have finally confirmed that new music is on the way.

"The name of the project is Children Of Zeus which consists of two of Manchester's most respected artists; Konny Kon (Broke'n'£nglish)& Tyler Daley handling all production. Both coming from a Hip-Hop background but combined with Tyler's soulful vocals, Children Of Zeus came to restore a feeling missing from music when the focus seems more to be satisfying the clubs and radio."

Below are three tracks (old and new) as a preview of things to come. Keep an eye out for more new music soon.

Happy Birthday J Dilla

Happy Birthday to one of the illest. 8 years have passed by so quickly and he's sorely missed yet Jay Dee is talked about like he's still with us. Today would've been his 40th birthday.

Hug your loved ones, people.

Thursday, 6 February 2014

Pete Cannon & Dr. Syntax - Do What We Wanna Do feat. Jehst and Del The Funky Homosapien (Video)


Now I don't even remember how long ago I heard about this collaboration, but I'm glad to say it's finally arrived. Appearing on the upcoming album "Killer Combo" from Pete Cannon and Dr. Syntax, the duo enlist the vocal stylings of UK and US legends Jehst and Del The Funky Homosapien for the track "Do What We Wanna Do". Legends all round then!

Not only has the track materialised but we also have an animated video courtesy of El Tacodor.

"Killer Combo" drops in March and the single will be available from the 17th of February. Enjoy!


Combat Jack Holds TED Talk: Living Inside and Outside The Hip-Hop Revolution (Video)


Host and founder of The Combat Jack Show, Reggie Ossé, held his first TED talk in Brroklyn, New York at the tail end of January. His subject was the apparent lack of inclusion in a culture he was/is a part of. This explains it better:


"Reggie Ossé has been on the front lines of Hip Hop culture since it began. Growing up in NYC, eventually becoming an attorney for up-and-coming Rap stars (Jay-Z and Damon Dash to name a few), and now as the host of The Combat Jack Show podcast, Ossé didn't just witness Hip Hop's ascendency to popular culture, he also helped create it. But as the culture he knows and loves became assimilated into the mainstream, he could not help but feel pushed to the outside... influencing but not participating in an America in which he is an icon."

As a long time fan and listener of Combat's podcast, it's great hearing his perspective on this. I could easily have listened to another 30 minutes as it's such an interesting subject. Hopefully this is the first of many more talks from him. If you get a chance, please check out The Combat Jack Show.

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

The Doppelgangaz - KnowntchooTahLie (Single Download)


In a couple of weeks The Doppelgangaz will unleash their new album "Peace Kehd" on the unsuspecting public. If you don't know, you better ask somebody. In the run up to the release, Dopp Gang have made their second single a free download. Matter Ov Fact and EP open up about untrustworthy ladies on "KnowntchooTahLie".

Free download below and album pre-order here on Bandcamp.

Ugly Heroes European Tour


Following the success of their debut album last year, Apollo Brown, Verbal Kent and Red Pill aka Ugly Heroes are set to embark on their first European tour. The tour includes a couple of UK dates, notably at Band On The Wall in Manchester on Thursday the 6th March.

This is a group I've been following for some time and Apollo Brown's production for even longer, so I'm definitely looking forward to this live show. If you want to experience some great Hip-Hop from the Mid-West of The States, get yourself down.

Full list of appearance dates below. Also, have a listen to "Long Drive Home" from the album after the date list.

Eric Roberson - Anymore (Live Video)


It's a busy week for Eric Roberson. Not only is it the week he starts a run of UK shows (including Manchester's Band On The Wall on Saturday the 8th February), but today also sees the release of the first of two new albums this year. The album is named "B-sides, Features and Heartaches". The second brand new project is expected later this year.

Erro dropped this video from a rehearsal yesterday performing the track "Anymore" from the new album. Check the video below and get yourself a copy of the LP here.

Monday, 3 February 2014

How Nas Has Changed Hip-Hop (Video)


VIBE recently honored Nas at their second Impact Awards and talked to his peers, friends and acquaintances on how he has changed and helped shape Hip-Hop.

His opus "Illmatic" will celebrate its 20th anniversary this year and Nasir Jones shows no signs of slowing down. The video below is just a reminder of how great he really is.

The Mouse Outfit - Never Get Enough ('FD' Acoustic Session Video)


While on tour in Dijon, France, The Mouse Outfit took time out to record an acoustic version of "Never Get Enough". This time sans Dubbul-O but mic duties held down by Sparkz and Dr. Syntax. Enjoy.

Recently voted as Wordplay magazine's album of the year, The Mouse Outfit's "Escape Music" is still available, so make sure you pick that up.


Sunday, 2 February 2014

Jordan Brand's Flight 23 Store Opening (Video)


Saturday the 1st of February saw the opening of the first all Jordan brand store open on NYC's 42nd Street. With appearances from DJ Envy, Spike Lee, Footaction CEO Jake Jacobs and even casual shopper 50 Cent, Complex was there for a first look. They chat to sneaker fanatics who'd been waiting in line for days and also have a look inside the store itself.

Take a look at the video below and also a few photos.

Dom Kennedy - Still Callin' (Video)


Dom Kennedy premiered his new video for "Still Callin'" on MTV Jams earlier today. The track, featuring TeeFlii, is taken from Dom's current album "Get Home Safely" available now.

Props to Yardie for the rip.

Saturday, 1 February 2014

Amerigo Gazaway Presents Yasiin Gaye - Inner City Travellin' Man (Download)


Despite receiving a cease and desist order for his brilliant remix project "Bizarre Tribe: A Quest To The Pharcyde" in 2012, producer Amerigo Gazaway hasn't let that stop him. Here we have the first drop from his upcoming "Soul Mates" album with the reworking of Mos Def's (Yasiin Bey) "Travellin' Man" with the brilliant "Inner City Blues" from Marvin Gaye. "Inner City Travellin' Man" is born.

Look out for a full album to be released on the 25th of February. Teaser video below followed by the single (with instrumental) that can be streamed or downloaded for free.