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Reks wrecks a DJ Premier beat on 25th Hour. This is vintage Primo. Check it out.

There are tags on this one but I’m betting you won’t care by the end. Click here to download. .

Saigon’s album is sounding like it’s going to be a classic. Here’s another hot joint called Clap from the forthcoming Greatest Story Never Told. It features Faith Evans singing the best gospel heard on a track since Jesus Walks.

Once again, Just Blaze provides the fire on the track. Click here to download.  The Greatest Story Never Told drops on 2/15. Here’s some more of that gospel rap: And,

Actual Proof’s Talented Tenth album dropped on Dr. King’s birthday. There have been a lot of great leaks from this one the last few days. Here’s one more and a link to download the album. They’re giving the album away for free but it would have been worth buying.

Click here to download the album from DJ Booth’s site.  Here’s the official description of the album: Fresh off their DJ Booth approved single Breathe, Sundown and Enigma, together known

Something about TiRon and Ayomari’s Good Food reminds me of The Pharcyde. What do you think?

Both groups have similarly light-hearted, melodic flows and the ability to rhyme about silly subjects but still keep them engaging. Click here to download.  And here’s a little Pharcyde for

This week’s playlist is an ode to some of the G-Funk greats of the 90s. Some will be expected–Dre, Snoop, DJ Quik, Ice Cube–but there may be a couple of surprises that make your head nod a little harder.

I was catching up on some reading today and finally read the Wiz Khalifa article in the October 2010 issue of XXL magazine (the whole issue was incredible).  There was

Here’s a 4th track from the upcoming Actual Proof project called The Talented Tenth. These dudes are serious. Serious lyrics, serious beats, serious talent. This one is called The March.

The track is produced by Khrysis who Little Brother fans might remember from some quality collaborations.  If you missed the other Actual Proof leaks, click here.  Or, wait to get

How could I not post a new joint by Showbiz and KRS-ONE ? This one is called We Love This and also ft Fred Tha Godson

Click here to download.  And, here are a couple of classics from Showbiz and the blastmaster KRS-ONE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cDyYHIDJ1CQ.

Mickey Factz made some noise in the fall of 2010 but then he disappeared. He’s back with a new song called Black Tearz pt 2. Part 1 was cool, but part 2 is fire. Check it out.

Mickey Factz’s Paradise had a sonic feel that was similar to Public Enemey #1.  This one is much more smoothed out. Click here to download.  Here’s Black Tearz part 1,

Once again it’s the man with the master plan, they call him Sam and I think u better recognize. Here’s a “new” Sam Sneed joint called Lady Heroin.

Judging by the looks and sound of this however it’s much more likely an unreleased gem from the early 90’s.  Not mad at that though.  It was a classic era

Here’s more Actual Proof that they are dope. This one is called Great Minds. Their album The Talented Tenth drops on MLK’s bday. Not a coincidence…

Click here to download.  If you like what you hear, click here for more Actual Proof..

Stalley is one of the freshest cats to hit the underground scene in a while. Check out The Tune Up.

Click here to download Monkey Ish, another super hot track from Stalley. Click here to download..

Good things come in 2s. 2 nights, 2 strong cuts from Actual Proof. Dream was produced by 9th Wonder and Breathe sounds like it was produced by DJ Premier but was produced by AMP. Still underground…and hot.

Actual Proof are 9th Wonder’s new project (sorry LB fans).  9th and Phonte recently squashed their long-standing beef but there are no plans for a Little Brother reunion.  In the

Mike Jaggerr’s Cruise Control with Big K.R.I.T. dropped a few nights ago. Here’s the mixtape.

If you missed it, here’s Cruise Control (or listen below). Click here to download from the official web site.  Here’s the tracklist: .

Here are 2 dope joints straight from the underground. Check out Varsity Blues 2 by Murs and I’ma Murder by Jarren Benton.

Murs’ Varsity Blues was produced by Aesop Rock and I’ma Murder was produced by SMKA.  Both showcase lyrics first but the tracks are still official.  I might blow up but

NEW KANYE WEST AND JAY-Z. NUFF SAID. It’s called H.A.M…you’ll figure it out.

This is a dark track with big strings.  Need to give it a few more spins.  What do you think? Click here to download..

Outasight continues dropping hot joints. Losing My Mind is more on the jazzy underground tip. He’s another one poised to blow in 2011.

Outasight been killing it for a minute and continues to stretch the boundaries of hip-hop. Click here to download..

Next up for Swizz Beatz’s Monster Mondays? Rick Ross. Check out The Transporter.

This isn’t the strongest Monster Mondays offering, but it’s cool.  The old school joints he did with Rakim and DMX were super on point. Click here to download..

Whoa. Up and coming producer Phonix sliced and diced We Are the Champions like a Samurai on Fashawn’s Manny Pacquiao. It’s worth checking for the sonic experience alone.

He sets it up nicely by letting the original ride for a minute in the beginning.  Click here for more Fashawn. Click here to download.  Here’s We Are the Champions:

Keeping it on the Nas tip here’s another (relatively) new joint called Courthouse.

This one first dropped a few months ago, but this version is tagless. Click here to download..

Will Nas and DJ Premier do a whole album together? Hear what Omar Akil has to say on the matter in the latest installment of PREEM-EAR.

This ep of PREEM-EAR is more anecdotal than a “display of hidden hotness”.  I found this little clip of Primo calling out Nas in the motherland.  You’ve heard the rumors.

Can you be hard rocking a Sade beat? Killa Kyleon will Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ to pull it off. Check it out and tell us what you think.

Click here to download.  If you missed it, check out Killa Kyleon truly killin’ this Bill Gates track.  Here’s the original Sade song Get Rich or Die Tryin’ samples (classic):

It’s going to be a long cold Winter for Rick Ross haters. For everybody else he brings the HEAT with his new song Pandemonium ft Meek Mill and Wale. Get ready.

Click here to download.  He starts it off with the ill Boyz N the Hood sample to let you know it’s about to be murder (starts at 3:25): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QVQx3OLEi0&feature=related.

Yeah. Uh Huh. You know what it is…the second collabo from Big Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa. It’s That Good.

We’ve already said these 2 were like brothers from another mother (and in a different generation)…Snoop calls them the new Cheech & Chong. However you slice it (lick it and

Wow. Terrace Martin, Kendrick Lamar and CyHi Da Prynce sound GOOD on this Stevie Wonder track. Check out Thirsty.

Click here to download. Here’s the Stevie original called Rocket Love: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_9Js4VNzZLk.

Kanye West’s new song Eyes Closed didn’t make the album…but it’s Kanye so you know it’s worth a listen (or 10). Check it out.

Click here to download.  And speaking of songs that didn’t make the album, whatever happened to this one?.

It’s the real…hip-hop…courtesy of Saigon and Just Blaze in The Greatest Story Never Told. Check it out and some of Saigon’s classic mixtapes.

With Saigon, J. Cole and Big K.R.I.T. there’s a resurgence in rappers talking about real things. Saigon has been putting in work for over 10 years. It’s good to see

CyHi Da Prynce is the 2nd best rhymer on G.O.O.D. Music…and he may just be coming for Kanye. Check out how he gets down on XV’s All For Me also ft Vado & Erin Christine.

CyHi killed his verse on So Appalled and MURDERED his freestyle on Shade 45.  Dude is poised to come up in 2011.  Could G.O.O.D. Music become the Young Money of

Smoke DZA drops another hot one. He’s consistently keeping it grimy and soulful. Check out King Me.

His last song sounded like Wu-Tang Clan making gangsta rap.  This one is more laid-back 70’s soul but the lyrics are still g. Click here to download..

Skillz’ 2010 Rap Up is SICK. Ya boy covers everything from Drake to Antoine Dodson and everything in between.

Skillz continues to be slept on but dude is super-talented: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_PWUXrX6eBE Click here to download..

Fashawn, Common and John Legend ride a track that samples both Nina Symone and Terence Trent D’Arby on Strange Fruit. Ill combo.

Click here to download.  Here the Nina Simone and Terrence Trent D’Arby songs below: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FcUmIRw0N5w.

New Wiz Khalifa–Teach You How to Fly…Hmm, wonder what that means?

Cool song. It has a chill out beach house kind of sound to it. Dude is crazy versatile. Click here to download..

Curren$y makes his Return to the Winner’s Circle with another mixtape. 2011 is starting off just fine.

Click here to download.  Listen and view the tracklist below: Download Mixtape | Free Mixtapes Provided by DatPiff.com .

Nas spits for the philosophical heads on Who Are You. We haven’t heard him like this in a while.

Looks like his time with Damien Marley reignited the introspective Nasir Jones. Click here to download..

Tis the season to sample songs from movies. Lil Wayne samples One Night Only from Dreamgirls on his new song.

Wayne’s version maintains the darkness of the original Jennifer Hudson version. Click here to download.  Here’s the Dreamgirls version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yRJAOzzg1nE.

Remember the blood bath scene in the movie Blade? Akon uses the music from it for his new song Drop Down ft Ludacris.

Always thought this music was dope in the movie.  I guess Akon did too… Click here to download. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9OFgZQabR3g.

The good music continues right into 2011. Check out 2 new joints from 1982 called Money Is Reality and Start It Like This.

The underground never sleeps… Money Is Reality Click here to download. Start It Like This Click here to download. Both of these tracks are on 1982’s new EP titled The

Nipsey Hussle’s Bigger Than Life ft June Summers sounds like it’s going to be worth the wait for his delayed album.

Bigger Than Life may not be on the album but it’s clear Nipsey is staying focused. Click here to download..

New Eminem and he brought Jay-Z, Dr. Dre and 50 Cent with him. Check out Syllables.

Stat Quo and Ca$his are also on the track, but I think Eminem, Jay-Z, Dre and Fitty got your attention… Click here to download..

Keeping it on the smooth tip, Swizz Beatz wraps up his Monster Mondays with a new joint from wifey, Alicia Keys. This one is called Speechless ft Eve and it rides that Devil in a New Dress beat from Kanye’s album. Hotness.

Click here to download.  If you missed any of Swizz Beatz’ excellent Monster Mondays, click here for a great recap from Nahright.com. .

Vado and Raheem DeVaughn make some gangsta Quiet Storm hip-hop with It’s You. Check it out.

This one is surprisingly dope.  Vado and Raheem mesh much better than you would expect. Click here to download.  It’s a fine line between corny and laid back, but when