Watch AWKWORD – “Throw Away The Key (on Police Violence, Prisons)” + a bonus
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Watch AWKWORD – “Throw Away The Key (on Police Violence, Prisons)” + a bonus

NYC Emcee/activist/sociologist Awkword has a new video for his song “Throw Away The Key (on Police Violence, Prisons)”, which is meant to inspire people to take a critical look at the entire law enforcement and criminal “justice” system and realize that it amounts to what he (and many, many others) describe as modern day slavery. … Continue reading

(Ridiculous) NEW MUSIC VIDEO: Action Bronson – “Strictly 4 My Jeeps”, Plus Audio Stream
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(Ridiculous) NEW MUSIC VIDEO: Action Bronson – “Strictly 4 My Jeeps”, Plus Audio Stream

The song isn’t new but the video is a fresh release. Action Bronson‘s visuals for his soon-to-be Summer smasher “Strictly 4 My Jeeps” presents the outlandish, hyper-ratchet aesthetic we’ve come to expect from the Queens emcee. Riff Raff contributes with an appearance as do some eye-catching female talent, including the impressive lady seen in the above … Continue reading

New NYC Hip-Hop: Jean Grae – “Kill Screen” (Audio, Video, Download)
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New NYC Hip-Hop: Jean Grae – “Kill Screen” (Audio, Video, Download)

Here are some new stimulating sights and sounds from Jean Grae. The unusual video for the new single, “Kill Screen”, that Grae directed herself supposedly is packed with hidden messages and may even be a prequel to a future video project. Feel free to try to decipher the code or figure out what Jean’s dark … Continue reading

New Music: DJ Vadim – “This DJ (Dubstep Ting)” ft. JMan, “Leader” ft. Yarah Bravo (Videos)
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New Music: DJ Vadim – “This DJ (Dubstep Ting)” ft. JMan, “Leader” ft. Yarah Bravo (Videos)

Veteran UK DJ/producer DJ Vadim has two new singles out called “This DJ (Dubstep Ting)” and “Leader”. The official single version of the former features lyrics by his countryman, JMan who you can hear and see via the first video right below. For a few bucks you can now purchase this version http://www.bbemusic.com/data.pl?release=BBE225SDG, along with … Continue reading

Chris Lighty Dead at Age 44 of Suspected Self-Inflicted Gunshot
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Chris Lighty Dead at Age 44 of Suspected Self-Inflicted Gunshot

Chris Lighty, the founder of Violator Entertainment* and a major force in New York hip-hop as well as the industry overall, was found dead this morning outside of his apartment according to the NY Daily News. There is speculation concerning how Lighty’s finacial situation and recent divorce may have factored in his death, but the … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Macklemore X Ryan Lewis – “Thrift Shop” feat. Wanz
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NEW MUSIC: Macklemore X Ryan Lewis – “Thrift Shop” feat. Wanz

At an earlier point in this blog’s young exisitance, there was brief period where I experimented with doing regular Wednesday posts featuring quality westcoast music and talent. It was a good idea but wasn’t really well-thought out at the time, so I dropped it thinking that the feature could be brought back in the future. … Continue reading

NEW HIP-HOP: EarthTone ft. Spring – Arbor Day (video)
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NEW HIP-HOP: EarthTone ft. Spring – Arbor Day (video)

Marijuana music, reefer rap, or whatever you want to call it (you prob don’t wanna call it “marijuana music” or even USE the word “reefer”) is a trend that doesn’t seem to be going anywhere and neither does the trend of people ‘smokin’ trees’. Fortunately, the latter isn’t getting played-out as fast as the former … Continue reading

FREE CONCERT TONIGHT: Robert Glasper Experiment and Lalah Hathaway at Marcus Garvery Park
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FREE CONCERT TONIGHT: Robert Glasper Experiment and Lalah Hathaway at Marcus Garvery Park

If you have yet to hear or see the Robert Glasper Experiment perform their amazing fusion of jazz, hip-hop, soul, and even alternative, now’s your chance to join in on the fun times. Obviously, the quickest and easiest way to watch and hear the ensemble is to check out the embedded videos below. The first … Continue reading

WATCH & LISTEN: Snarky Puppy – “Bent Nails” + More from GroundUP
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WATCH & LISTEN: Snarky Puppy – “Bent Nails” + More from GroundUP

A band that I recently became aware of, Snarky Puppy, has a pretty new album and DVD titled GroundUP. It’s pretty unique in that it was recorded AND PERFORMED over three days in Matt Garrison’s Brooklyn space – Shapeshifter Lab – in front of an audience. The music in itself is a pretty unique quality … Continue reading

Listen to Ron Artiste’s (Chali 2na & Roc C) Mixtape and Watch “Ron’s Theme” Feat Ed O.G. (VIDEO)
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Listen to Ron Artiste’s (Chali 2na & Roc C) Mixtape and Watch “Ron’s Theme” Feat Ed O.G. (VIDEO)

Cali boom bap purveyors Chalie 2na and Roc C have teamed up to form a rap group who’s name pays hommage to the athelete formerly known as Ron Artest. I wonder if they toyed with the idea of naming the duo “Mega World Peace”… is that already taken? Anyhow, they dropped a new joint featuring … Continue reading