Events / Hip-Hop / NYC Hip-Hop / NYC Underground

Random Axe Perform “Hex” and “Random Call” Live at Southpaw (video via

I had the severe misfortune of not being in attendance when Random Axe performed earlier this week in celebration of the release of their self-titled debut album,. I pretty much hate myself for missing out, but thankfully I have’s video of the trio kicking Hex and Random Call to ease the pain. It looks … Continue reading

(New) Music / Hip-Hop / Media / NYC Hip-Hop / NYC Underground / Reviews and Releases / Videos

Talib Kweli is Mr. International – Watch the Video

Talib Kweli’s latest album, Gutter Rainbows has been out for some time now, though you might not know this if you’ve looked for it in a Best Buy, Target, or one of the few other North American brick and mortar retailers who still sell music on CD. That’s because the album was only released digitally … Continue reading

Electronic / Funk / Media / Mixes / Reviews and Releases / Soul/R&B / Throwbacks

Saturday Soul Search: ShawnDub – Promo Mix (50 Minutes of Funky Feel-Good Music)

I recently had the opportunity to meet ShawnDub, along with fellow Brooklyn turntablist/beatmaker, Engine NumberNine, and I was immediately impressed with their skills on the wheels, in addition to the depth of their love and knowledge of music. On his Promo Mix, ShawnDub showcases this with just about 50 minutes of feel-good eclectic rhythms that are … Continue reading

(New) Music / Hip-Hop / Media / Reviews and Releases

Watch and Listen to Kendrick Lamar – HiiiPoWeR (#Section80)

  This Kendrick Lamar video isn’t exactly new, but we haven’t posted it yet and feel very obligated to. Whenever I ask someone if they’re up on this dude and they say “no”, I get a little aggravated. Posting the video and audio for HiiiPoWeR is the first step in Surreal Soundscapes’ campaign to make … Continue reading

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West Wednesdays: Tyler the Creator ft Frank Ocean – She (The Video)

  Last Friday, Tyler the Creator’s video for She was released, serving as confirmation to many that the kid is deeply disturbed. He may be, but what’s disturbing to me is that he seems to be one of the few disturbed Americans (which I’m pretty sure is most of us) who has embraced his polluted mind … Continue reading

Industry News

Pandora Data from ComScore’s “Total Universe Report” Shows Importance of Mobile Music Distribution

ComScore, a major player in web analytics, has released the first beta data from it’s brand new, yet to be fully unveiled, Total Universe Report (TUR). The goal of the report is to measure “100 percent of a site’s traffic, including usage via mobile phones, apps, tablets and shared computers such as Internet cafes.” To demonstrate the power … Continue reading

Funk / Hip-Hop / Hybrid / Jazz / Media / Soul/R&B / Throwbacks / Videos

Watch “B Movie – Gil Scott Heron” on YouTube

I was planning on posting this yesterday, but it didn’t work out as planned. This video of Gil Scott Heron performing “B-Movie” shows his political side and the political times that hip hop and many of its 70s and 80s baby fans were born into. Even though this track isn’t very melodic, I think it’s … Continue reading