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Check out Beat Street to pass some quality time.

Complete with cameos by Kool Moe Dee, Doug E. Fresh, The System, Kool Herc, New York City Breakers, Rock Steady Crew and Grandmaster Melle Mel and the Furious Five…it’s still

Ummmm, this is all you need to know about this week’s Preem-Ear: If you listen long enough, you’ll hear damn near every track Premier ever produced (plus the original sample he used). ‘Nuff said.

PREEM-EAR: DJ PREMIER BLOG TV And that’s not all…If you missed it, check out ROSCOE P. COLDCHAIN ft. AB LIVA “Imma Kill This Ni^^A” Forget “dream”, it is hotness deferred.

Here’s a double dose of Consequence and both tracks are produced by hip-hop legends.

First up is Screenshot produced by Havoc from Mobb Deep. Click here to download. Next is The Consequences ft Q-Tip and produced by the legendary J. Dilla.   Be on the

OK I’m reloaded! Here’s some fire for your weekend. Check out Put The Mic Down ft Fred The Godson, Jon Connor, Kendrick Lamar and Jay Rock.

The track is from Kay Slay’s upcoming mixtape, The Soul Controller. Click here to download.

In this week’s Brain Candy, Kidz in the Hall break down what it means to be a Star.

The full track which features Tabi Bonney & One Chance is available below. Click here for more Brain Candy. Click here to download.

Can’t wait for XXL’s Freshman issue? Check out this article from The Well Versed on 10 MCs to watch in 2011.

You will no doubt see many of the same faces on the XXL cover when it drops. The site also has a cool post on the 10 best mixtapes of

The mixtape by Money Making Jam Boys–Black Thought’s side project with Dice Raw, P.O.R.N. Truck North and STS–dropped today.

It’s called The Prestige.  Listen to the full mixtape below and download it here. Download Mixtape

Emilio Rojas’ video for Ex-Girl ft Mickey Factz is WAY TOO HOT FOR TV.

It’s even too hot for AFH…The song is hot too though, so…click here if you want to check it out.  If you’re offended by nudity, it’s not for you.

CyHi Da Prynce starts out his new video Ring Bellz with an intro from Curtis Mayfield’s Little Child Running Wild from the Superfly soundtrack.

It just gets deeper from there. The video intersperses footage of him and images from the Civil Rights era. Not sure what the visuals have to do with the vocals…but

Lupe Fiasco’s new single Words I’ve Never Said is typically brooding and introspective. He stays true to his voice.

Skylar Grey’s vocals on the hook and the rock vibe give it a KiD CuDi/Eminem/B.o.B.-type feel.  Check it out.

Here’s another super hot (but short) joint by Consequence called Bi-Polar.

That’s 2 in 2 days for Consequence. Click here to download.

Got G-Funk? The legendary DJ Quik drops a vintage West Coast track. You can almost feel the LA sun with Luv of My Life.

Click here to download.   And, if you missed it, here’s a G-Funk playlist for you.

Remember Kev Brown? He produced the best version of The Black Album other than the official version.

Here is a video featuring a couple of new songs from his upcoming project with Kaimbr under the name Alexander Green. This one is strictly for the underground. If you

Kendrick Lamar dropped a cool laidback heatrock with Vanity Slave.

Dude should definitely be in the discussion with Wiz, Curren$y and J. Cole as one of the best newcomers out there.  The track also features Gucci Mane on the hook.

The 1982 album by Statik Selektah and Termanology was one of my favorite albums last year. Here’s the video for The Radio off that project.

Like its title suggests, 1982 is throwback hip-hop.  The sound does not reach back to the 80’s though.  Instead, it lands in the early to mid-90’s, the golden age, and

Be on the lookout for The Kid Daytona in 2011.

I didn’t give his mixtape The Interlude the proper amount of attention when it first dropped in November but it was one of the better ones of last year. If

Consequence has always been on the verge but he never had that hit to take him to the next level.

He had an incredible pedigree–his big debut was on A Tribe Called Quest’s Beats, Rhymes and Life, he was Q-Tip’s cousin and he became closely affiliated with Kanye West, ultimately

It’s been 14 years since the death of Biggie Smalls and even longer for Tupac Shakur. Still, the murders remain unsloved.

Earlier this month, news broke that new leads in The Notorious B.I.G.’s murder have been uncovered and the case has been re-opened. Will we finally learn the truth? In the

Smallville is one of the dopest tracks J. Cole has produced but he didn’t save it for himself…

Instead, he gave it to XV.  The song is called Smallville. Click here to download.

Kidz in the Hall Pledge Allegiance To the Dope with Curren$y and Mikkey Halstead. Strictly hotness. Check it out.

This is the second installment in their weekly Brain Candy series which also features weekly video previews.  It’s sounding like they’re about to have a strong album. Click here to

Black Thought, Fat Joe, Eve, The Game, Jermain Dupri and Diggy Simmons all on one song???

Yessir. And that’s not even all. The song is Young Chris’ Philly Sh*t and it also features Fred The Godson and Young Malc. Check it out. Click here to download.

Dr. Dre’s second release from Detox, I Need a Doctor ft Eminem, could not be more different than Kush.

The word is Kush does not reflect the overall direction of the album. It is Detox after all…Which direction do you like better? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G3WlVhvyMnY

Wiz Khalifa’s new song Roll Up is a cool flip of Cyndi Lauper’s 80’s classic True Colors.

And, no, the song is not about the medicinal.  It’s actually a love song…Props to Wiz for changing it up. Click here to download.  Here’s Cyndi Lauper’s True Colors: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPn0KFlbqX8.

Been keeping it old school with the playlists, but this week decided to focus on some of the better tracks to drop recently.

You’ll find tracks from Stalley, The Kid Daytona, Big K.R.I.T. + Gillade, Saigon, Terrace Martin, Wiz Khalifa, Yelawolf, Reks, Jay Electronica and more.  Press play, sit back and enjoy.

Ever see the movie Dazed and Confused? Mac Lethal just dropped a verse and video where he summarizes the entire movie in 2 minutes.

You have to see this to believe it.  Dude may be the fastest rapper in the world. If you haven’t seen the movie before, it’s a classic.

When’s the last time you heard a rap with no curses that wasn’t the “clean” version? Check out Lo Fi Love by Theo Martins.

He talks about Africa, family, faith and real life concerns without coming across as preachy. The verse and the track are on point.  It’s a rare and good look. It’s

When’s the last time you heard a tuba on a hip-hop track not made by The Roots? Look no further than Stalley’s SLAPP ft Rashad.

Here’s the video. It’s another Creative Control production. Props to Damon Dash for constantly reinventing himself just when you count him out (again). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C5Je_KUzZYo&feature=player_embedded Click here to download.

Run 4 Ya Life by Problem is 70 seconds of pure heat.

There’s no hook, just rhymes and MONSTER beats.  Check it out. Click here to download.

Laws’ song Honor ft CyHi Da Prynce dropped in December. Here’s the video. Dope song, if you missed it before.

CyHi goes in (as usual). Click here if you want the download.

Here’s the first full visual from Big K.R.I.T.’s project with the band Grillade. It’s an in-studio performance of Hometown Hero, shot stylishly in black and white.

Big K.R.I.T. gets MAJOR props for branching out like this so early in his career. Few rappers take on the live band aspect and when they do it’s after they’re

Dr. Dre’s tracks always bring out the best in The Game.

Check out their latest collabo called The Ocean. It’s on The Game’s new mixtape Purp & Patron which you can also listen to and download here. The Ocean Here’s Purp

Talib Kweli’s Cold Rain dropped a few weeks ago. Here’s the video.

It’s a cool concept.  He does his spin on The Book of Eli but the precious thing he’s protecting is music.  Talib has always been a heady MC.  It’s good