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It's not Friday but check out Kanye West's new song All of the Lights ft Rihanna, John Legend, The-Dream, Ryan Leslie, Alicia Keys, KiD CuDi, Fergie and Elton John(??!!)

You may remember this one from Runaway.  It was the track that played during the “parade” with the Michael Jackson float.  Click here to listen and download the full track

50 Cent and El DeBarge? For real? The song is actually pretty good…plus, you have to give props to DeBarge for the original to one of Biggie's best songs ever.

The song is called Switch Up the Format. Click here to download. And the Biggie sample? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=–TCriRfCS8.

Dayumm. This new Devin the Dude joint is funky. Check out I Like What U Do.

Click here to listen to I Like What U Do, courtesy of Rap Radar.  Here’s another joint called Gotta Be Me which is the title of the album which drops

Ever heard of Mac Miller? His song Trippin' Out is pretty dope. Check it out.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lld-78Kx_nI.

Brother Ali takes on slavery in his song and video for Breakin' Dawn. It hasn't been done this well since Public Enemy's Can't Truss It.

The video is a creative use of black and white animation.  The track is pretty ill, too.  It’s got an Indian/Middle Eastern feel with the sitar sample.  This is a

Saigon always comes with that intelligent gansta ish. The video for I Want It All is no different. Can you dig it?

Saigon is definitely making a bit of a comeback.  He recently dropped a song with Statik Seletah and now this.  Welcome back. .

Little Brother fans probably remember Chaundon from some of his choice cameos with LB. Check out his new video for his upcoming solo project called No Excuses.

The video is called Y’all Don’t Want It/No Excuses. And, in case you missed those Little Brother/Chaundon collabos, check this out.  Hotness! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZGnaDTBluo.

Curren$y's album Pilot Talk 2 drops on 11/22. Here's Address, an oldie but goodie, to hold you down until then.

It’s exactly what you’d expect from Curren$y…some good old gangsta soul music. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R9EuIRsXoL8.

Does Swizz Beatz get his props as being one of the best rap producers of all time? Check out his new song Bang Bang ft Pharrell and Pusha T.

You hear a lot about Dre, Kanye, Timbaland and Pharrell, but Swizzy seems to hang below the radar when it comes to recognition as one of the all-time great producers. 

Omar Akil is on a roll. Check out his re-ordering of The Roots How I Got Over in his latest installment of New World (AU)DER.

NEW WORLD (AU)DER: THE ROOTS HOW I GOT OVER The way you sequence an album can make or break its success, and affect its acclaim. For thier 11th studio album,

Rick Ross has some of the best ears in hip-hop. He consistently picks the most soulful tracks in the game. Fountainebleu with Diddy is another one in the collection.

Diddy’s and Ross’ collaboration as the Bugatti Boyz is slated to drop later this year. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2vbxH1B9e8M.

Black Thought is one of the best MCs ever to do it. Period. Check out his “live mixtape” with J. Period and you’ll get a taste of his greatness.

Click here to download the J Period & Black Thought Present The Live Mixtape: Illadelph Edition Nahright.com had this to say about Black Thought: Black Thought is the ultimate “emcee.”

Curren$y spits some of that new G-Funk on Still Choppin’ ft Boo Sledge–laid back gangsta rap. Check it out.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2KdubjxCTI0 Click here to download. .

The latest installment of PREEM-EAR is here. This week Omar Akil drops a jewel with Joell Ortiz.

PREEM-EAR: Joell Ortiz “Project Boy” Got another one!  Or should I say Joell got ONE!!!  I’m hoping that, at this point, there is no need to familiarize you all with

Ski Beatz' 24 Hour Karate School came and went quietly but he's already working on a project featuring Miles Davis remixes. Check out Blue and Green.

If you missed the 24 Hour Karate School project, it’s worth copping.  Here’s Blue and Green ft Nesby Phips: BLUE AND GREEN from Creative Control on Vimeo. …and the original

Wow. This song was a surprise. Persuasion by JR & PH7 ft Sean Price and Olivier DaySoul is about as funky as it gets. Live drums, ill verse and vocals reminiscent of vintage D'Angelo. Get with this.

There’s even a G.U.R.U sample.  The video is tight too.  Very different visuals than you would expect with the audio. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RK23K-sF-qs&feature=player_embedded.

If Big L had lived would he be in the discussion as the Greatest Of All Time?

You heard him go head to head with Jigga (the actual G.O.A.T., right?) on the Bobbito show in ’95.  Here’s a previously unreleased track from his upcoming second posthumous album

Big Boi just dropped his remix to Tangerine and he added Bun B, TI (11 more months homie…) and Rick Ross. Check it out.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XW4vwBCaczw Click here to download..

Speaking of Jay-Z classics, if you have not heard the battle between him and Big L from '95 prepare yourself. It does not get better than this.

Here’s the 7-minute version… …and recently this 10-minute version surfaced.  Click here to download while you can..

Diggy Simmons is the latest to flow on the Dead Presidents track with his song As I Am. Who rocks the track better between Diggy, J. Cole and Jay-Z?

The answer is clearly Jay-Z, but it’s closer than you might think.  Take a listen: Diggy Simmons – As I Am http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tt6wiO3M-HA J. Cole – Dead Presidents II (click here

CyHi Da Prynce drops his Royal Flush mixtape.

Kanye has been putting him on through G.O.O.D. Music.  This is his chance to stand on his own.  Does he live up to the G.O.O.D. Music brand?  Here’s what CyHi

Nottz breaks down The Cycle of how some leave the pen just to go back in…

Nottz rides a jazzy chopped up loop ft Joell Ortiz.  This is the 3rd or 4th hot joint from his upcoming album You Need This Music which drops on 10/26. 

Phonte (formerly of Little Brother) and Nicolay continue to push the boundaries of hip-hop as The Foreign Exchange. This is their story.

The Foreign Exchange have dropped 2 stellar albums, but the 2 men comprising the group have kept a relatively low profile.  Here’s what they have to say about the group

CyHi Da Prynce might be that next dude…especially with a co-sign from Kanye West. Here's what he has to say about his mixtape Royal Flush which drops on 10/14.

It’s been a G.O.O.D. couple of weeks for CyHi.  He had a G.O.O.D. look on Kanye’s  So Appalled and he was a standout in the G.O.O.D. Music Cypher on BET’s

Lupe Fiasco gets some help from his friends on the I'm Beamin' remix ft Asher Roth, Blu, The Cool Kids, Charles Hamilton, Dosage and B.o.B. There's strength in numbers…

Lupe and his crew have taken on the name All City Chess Club.  It’s not a stretch to assume they would not be offended by the term “backpackers.”  It’s good

You’ve seen the official Cyphers. Now check out Skillz’ version. You will not be disappointed.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=evGF596N1I4 If you like what you hear, check out Skillz’ new mixtape with Jazzy Jeff..

Check out the Cyphers from BET's Hip-Hop Awards ft Kanye West, Common, Pusha T, Big Sean, Raekwon, Ice Cube, Diggy Simmons, Wiz Khalifa, Yelawolf and many more.

The BET Hip-Hop Awards have been featuring Cyphers for years and they’ve taken a life of their own. Last year’s launched the career of Nicki Minaj. This year’s are the

Von Pea has a nice EP called Pea's Gotta Have It dropping on 10/19. Check out the sneak preview.

This one is for the backpackers, but it’s a good listen if you need a break from BALLIN’. [bandcamp album=73813169 size=venti bgcol=FFFFFF linkcol=4285BB.

KiD CuDi drops his video for Erase Me ft Kanye West

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICaTsTkBPV8&feature=player_embedded#!.

Curren$y draws inspiration from one of the most unforgettable scenes in New Jack City for his Audio Dope 2 video.

Welcome to his version of The Carter: and in case you haven’t seen the original in a while: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bRuGqLgnzkE&feature=related.

Ever heard of OUN? You will soon. He sounds like a hungry Jadakiss…but maybe even nicer….

Check out this freestyle, starting at 2:22. Even if he wrote it and rehearsed it 100 times, it’s ill…if he is coming off the top, MCs beware.  Vado looks like

Rick Ross' Aston Martin Music might be the coldest song on Teflon Don. Here's the behind the scenes on the making of the video.

And, in case you missed the making of the Aston Martin Music track, click here to check it out (it’s serious).  .

In case you missed 8 Mile, check out Eminem's interview on 60 Minutes. You'll also learn about 5 words that rhyme with "orange.'

There’s also a fairly intense moment when Anderson Cooper (who is openly gay) questions Em about his reputed homophobia. Check it out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCbtvBEPPs8  .

G.O.O.D. G*d!!! Kanye West MURDERS his verse on Lloyd Banks' ft Kanye, Swizz Beatz, Ryan Leslie and Fabolous.

G-Unit x G.O.O.D. Music = Fire.  You want a problem?  Start it up.  Start it up. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JbVHhYfxveQ&feature=related Click here to download.  .

Curren$y's nickname is "Spitter." Check out his new single Michael Knight and you'll understand why.

This is off Curren$y’s upcoming album Pilot Talk 2 which drops on November 16th. Click here to download. The chords and dark feel of the track are reminiscent of this: