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It's a great day for underground rap…which is a nice segue into the #8 reason why 2010 is the best year ever in hip-hop: The Return of the Underground.

This one is a bit of a contradiction.  The incredible underground releases this year certainly contributed to the musical strength of the year overall, but underground rap is consistently pretty

Swizz Beatz continues his Monster Mondays with Hustle Hard ft Ace Hood.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3aPMIThddU Click here to download..

10 reasons why 2010 was the best year ever in hip-hop: #10 Don't call it a comeback…but this was the year for some of the best ever.

Now that the year is winding down and new music is slowing to a trickle, it’s the perfect opportunity to take a look back at 2010 and what made it

Diggy Simmons jumps on yet another classic track from a Queensbridge great. This time it's Nas again on the DJ Premier produced Nas is Like.

Fortunately Diggy keeps doing these songs justice.  If he can get some original material this tight he’s going to have a very bright future. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ARYQH_Q4fZw Click here to download.  If

Rick Ross' 9 Piece ft T.I. sounds like the third part of a trilogy that started with MC Hammer and B.M.F. What do you think?

Click here to download.  Here are parts 1 and 2 of the “trilogy”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rdNLClvoqro http://www.vimeo.com/13285609.

Wiz Khalifa is like the 2010 version of Snoop Dogg. Check out the side by side comparison on Black & Yellow (the G-Mix) ft Snoop Dogg, Juicy J and T-Pain

So what are the similarities?  Both have silky smooth, sing-song flows (say that 5 times fast), are tall and lanky, are super laid-back, are eminently likeable and each have a

Ab-Soul is cool like that. Check out how he handles the classic Digable Planets track on his new song Titsenas

That cat’s range has impressed me.  He dropped All Feelin’ earlier in the year and it was a totally different sound but still dope.  Props to NahRight.com. Click here to

DJ Quik is one of the most underrated producers of all time. He is the best producer from the West Coast not named Dr. Dre. Check out how newcomer L.E.$ just murders this Quik track.

Real talk, these 2 sound like they’ve been music together for years. RIDICULOUSLY hot G-Funk: Click here to download.  And here are 2 of my favorite DJ Quik joints of

It's official. It's O.G. day. I'm generally not a fan of posthumous 2Pac music but damn this track with Spice 1 is hot!! Check out Can't Turn Back.

This is from Spice 1’s upcoming album Notorious Bastards, Vol. 1, which drops next week: Click here to download..

Here's is yet another dope track from Big K.R.I.T. This one is called Moon & Stars (remix) ft Curren$y and Killa Kyleon and it's another reason to download his mixtape.

If you’ve been rockin’ with me for a minute, you know how I feel about Big K.R.I.T.  This one is soulful: Click here to download.    .

While we're celebrating dope producers from the 90's, check out this new track Large Professor did for this Nas verse.

This is a remix to Nas’ No Ideas Original.  The drums Large Professor used for the remix are reminiscent of those he used for Nas’ Halftime. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GYjbFuTmS0 Click here to

Ever heard of Mr. Brady? He gets major props for doing a song with Blu and Diamond D called Get Choze. Check it out.

Blu has been making a comeback as of late.  He and Exile supposedly have another project coming out next year.  In the meantime, here’s how he gets down with Mr.

Ladies and gentlemen, Lil Wayne is back in the booth…and it's like he never left. The new single is called 6'7" and ft Cory Gunz. Check it out.

Click here to download. Also, here’s Wayne’s first interview post-prison.  He called into DJ Drama’s radio show on Shade 45 to discuss the new single, video and many other things:

Swizz Beatz' Monster Mondays have almost made up for the lack of G.O.O.D. Fridays. Almost…Check out We Keep It Rockin' with Maino, Jadakiss, Jim Jones and Joell Ortiz.

They go in on the classic beat used by the Ultramagnetic MCs on Funky and then 2Pac and Dr. Dre on California Love. Click here to download.  Here’s California Love

There are no more G.O.O.D. Fridays but that won't stop CyHi The Prynce from putting out G.O.O.D. Music. Check him out on Law's song called Honor.

This one is more smoothed out but CyHi still murders it.  Laws is pretty dope too. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vOsHq-r0E2I Click here to download..

Curren$y's album Pilot Talk 2 came and went so now it on to the next one. This freestyle over Rick Ross and Kanye's Live Fast, Die Young is not a bad preview for his upcoming mixtape.

The song is called Daze of Thunder and the mixtape will be titled Return to the Winners’ Circle. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rYC9prqTfw Click here to download..

It's so dope to see Redman back. His album Reggie is in stores now. Check out his new song Cheerz and show some love.

Redman feat. Ready Roc & Melanie Rutherford – “Cheerz” (prod. by M-Phazes) by Diamond Music Group Cheerz features Ready Roc and Melanie Rutherford.  Click here to buy the album.  If

There's a reason Jay-Z (the G.O.A.T.) signed Jay Electronica. He's incredible. Check out Jay E's tribute to the mighty GURU. The song is called Jazzmatazz but the sample is The Beatle's Yesterday.

The intro is crazy long but it’s worth the wait: Click here to download.  Here’s the classic Beatles track: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lwS_YDzxH3M  .

And just when it seemed like this day was done…Yelawolf steps up with Swagger Killer ft Mz Shanti. Check it out.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=01SuItIE7oA Click here to download..

It's been another slow night for new hip-hop so let's go back (a bit) to a dope artist who never got his proper shine. Ohmega Watts always brought heat. Check out Model Citizen.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ffMvaFCbaJ4 If you like this, you will definitely feel his album The Find. It’s incredibly hard to find full tracks from that album to stream, but you can listen to

Curren$y's Hold On is another quality cut. This one has a different track from the version on his album Pilot Talk 2 which is in stores now. It's worth picking up.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1x8MGapyqhc Click here to download.  Click here to buy Pilot Talk 2 for only $4.99….

Redman's mixtape dropped earlier in the week. Lite 1 Witcha Boy ft Method Man and Bun B is from his upcoming album and it's got that flame on it. Check it out.

Redman’s album Reggie drops on 12/7. Click here to download Lite 1 Witcha Boy. If you missed Redman’s mixtape Pancake & Syrup click here..

Slim Thug brings some good ole southernplayalistic funk with Slim Thugga Pimpin'. Check it out.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9kyfu6ceUY Click here to download..

Sean Price is the latest to rock the Rising to the Top track on Sabado Gigante. He does it justice. Check it out.

Click here to download.  Here’s some of the hip-hop lineage for this track: This one is for the new heads: Any old heads in the house? And here’s the classic

Joell Ortiz and Fat Joe go IN on One Shot (Killed for Less). This joint is fire.

This is some East Coast gangsta sh*t. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MxBJGvKWotc Click here to download..

Jim Jones sounds like he's been listening to KiD CuDi…A LOT (like everyday, all day). Check out Perfect Day ft Juelz Santana.

What do you think?  Not a bad look but very unexpected. Click here to download..

T.I.'s Poppin' Bottles is the dopest track I've heard off his new album, so far. Not surprisingly, it features Drake.

Click here to download.  T.I.’s album No Mercy drops on 12/7..

Diddy. Dirty Money. Swizz Beatz. Ass on the Floor. Let's go.

Click here to download..

Remember The Outlawz? Yeah. 2Pac's homies. They have a new song called 100 MPH ft Bun B and Lloyd…and it's actually pretty dope. Check it out.

Click here to download. This was my favorite joint they did with 2Pac back in the day: .

B.o.B. and Wiz Khalifa??? Yeah. It's as ill as it sounds. Check out F*ck the Money.

Is anybody else getting excited for Wiz’s album to drop? Click here to download..

Do you dig The Joy by Kanye West ft Curtis Mayfield, Jay-Z, Charlie Wilson and KiD CuDi? Pete Rock's instant classic track was originally set for a group called Strong Arm Steady and was called "Makings of You." Check it out.

Props to NahRight.com for the scoop.  If you missed The Joy, do yourself a BIG favor and cop it right now here.  It’s arguably the best of the G.O.O.D. Friday

If you missed the 1982 album, it's one of the doper ones of the year (and that's saying a lot). They just released a free EP bonus album. Check it out.

In case you missed it, 1982 is the group formed by Statik Selektah and Termanology.  Here are some previous posts about them to give you a taste.  These are 2

Nicki Minaj, Jim Jones and Ricky Blaze (who??) Feel Free. Check it out.

The song actually belongs to Ricky Blaze and word has it Nicki recorded this verse a couple of years ago.  Strange, it sounds a lot like the pop stuff she’s

People Under the Stairs created an underground classic with their 2002 album titled O.S.T. They have some other bangers since then and their latest video is an ode to beer called Beer…it's deeper than that though. Peep the legacy.

Props for the Laverne and Shirley spoof in the beginning. If you’re not up on People Under the Stairs, they are West Coast retro backpackers.  They’re rhymes are all about

It's hard to believe but Nicki Minaj actually made a POP album…and it's really good.

I resisted the Nicki Minaj bandwagon for a really, really long time.  At first, I thought she was a Young Money puppet– a female extension of Lil Wayne.  Her clothes

Emilio Rojas has been getting a lot of coverage from other blogs lately but this is the first joint of his I kinda feel. It's called Tell No Lies (which I didn't) and it features B.o.B. Check it out.

Click here to download Tell No Lies. If you’re really feeling it, you can download his whole mixtape Life Without Shame, presented by Green Lantern, here..

Keeping it on the Kanye tip, check out this new track called That's My B*tch ft Kanye and Jay-Z.

This one is not as strong as anything on My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (or even G.O.O.D. Friday for that matter) but it’s worth a listen.  It also features Elly

Nicki Minaj is the new girl in town but Jean Grae has been holding it down for the ladies for the better part of a decade. Check out Bridge, produced by the innovator RJD2.

Click here to download.  Both Jean Grae and RJD2 are dope at their craft but each has taken a backseat to others in the game who have achieved more popularity

Swizz Beatz has been steady grindin' with his Monster Mondays. This week's edition is Bad One ft Busta Rhymes.

The beats are predictably FRESH.  Busta Rhymes is also in good form.  Check it out. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DKYJfmEGPiE Click here to download.  If you missed them, check out Y’all Don’t Really Know