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So it seems Lupe actually rocked Nothin' on You BEFORE B.o.B.

According to Nahright, Lupe was the original rapper on Nothin’ on You, but Atlantic chose B.o.B. for the track.  Though I love Lupe, after taking a listen to his version

If you haven't heard the new Roots album yet, check out this sneak preview sampler. Props to OkayPlayer for always keeping it fresh.

I’ve posted quite a bit from and about this album over the last couple of weeks.  Now that I’ve heard the full album, I feel fully justified.  It’s an instant

Can you truly connect with someone on Facebook? Do you really want to?

How did you become friends with your best friend?  Why did you fall in love with your loved one?  The author of this article argues that human connections are formed

If hip-hop was dead it lives again with Drake and The Roots

With yesterday being Tupac’s birthday, it seems fitting to take a few ticks to reflect on the current state of hip-hop.  It’s been a bleak couple of years (with some notable exceptions

Happy birthday to the homie Pac. Here’s one of the best mixtapes of his music ever made to celebrate his bday

DJ Vlad, Dirty Harry and DJ Green Lantern dropped Rap Phenomenon II over 5 years ago and it still stands up as arguably the best 2pac mixtape ever.  Click here or

Miguel drops the video for All I Want is You, ft. J. Cole (Official Video)

I posted a bit on Miguel a while back.  I’ve seen him at a showcase since then and, while the performance didn’t kill me, I still think he has a lot of

Pharrell discusses the importance of education and his responsibility as an artist to promote that. Could he be more dope? (Video)

Pharrell continues to demonstrate why he is a cut above the rest with his new initiative to promote kids staying in school.  If you haven’t seen it yet, also check out

In My Lifetime – Ayah

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FoSH90bSl08 Ayah is the great DJ Jazzy Jeff’s latest protege.  She puts her spin on the sample of the timeless Everybody Loves the Sunshine by Roy Ayers, previously taken on

Talk My Sh*t – Rhymefest (Official Video)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXJkO7JGMEs This one grew on me in verse 2.  I met Rhymefest a few months ago at SXSW.  Good dude.  Never got his proper respect.  Speaking of Rhymefest, check out

Pharrell on Christian Rich

Check out the co-sign of Christian Rich’s The Decadence..

The Decadence Mixtape – Christian Rich

This mixtape is more like an album than a mixtape and it’s pretty dope.  It also got a serious co-sign from Pharrell.  It gets no heavier. .

The Fire – The Roots ft. John Legend

This is the second collabo between The Roots and John Legend off The Roots upcoming album How I Got Over dropping on June 22nd.  Perhaps it’s a result of The

Lookin' 4 Ya – Big Boi ft. Andre 3000 and Sleepy Brown

Big Boi = Dope.  Andre 3000 = Dope.  Outkast?  Priceless.  Big Boi and Andre bring some more space funk while Sleepy Brown smooths it out.  Damn.  I miss Outkast, but

The Invitation Mixtape – Donnis

Donnis returns with another cool mixtape.  This one does not have as many original tracks as Diary of an ATL Brave did.  He’s probably saving those for his Atlantic debut,

T.I. Speaks One On One With Jamie Foxx (Video)

T.I. and Jamie Foxx chop it up mano a mano.  This is the best interview of T.I.P. I’ve seen since he got out.  The friendship and respect he and Jamie Foxx have

So Soulful

Listening to Rick Ross talk about his soulful musical influences inspired this playlist.  It features Curtis Mayfield, Mary J. Blige and others cited by the Teflon Don.  Tracklist below. Summer Madness

Doin' It Again – The Roots ft. John Legend

Is Black Thought the most underrated MC ever? Did the fact that The Roots are a live band and ?estlove’s presence take attention away from the fact that he consistently spits fire? 

Rick Ross Discusses Teflon Don on Fader TV

Rick Ross is soulful.  You can hear it in the rolling bass of Super High.  You can hear it in the way he rides tracks like an instrument in his

Tightrope Remix – Janelle Monae ft. B.o.B. and Lupe Fiasco

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3obVteEVLI Lupe and B.o.B. fit with Janelle Monae.  They are 3 artists who are pushing the boundaries of their genres.  B.o.B’s and Janelle’s albums are 2 of the most solid

Beautiful Monster – Ne-Yo

Wow.  Ne-Yo is on a whole different level.  This is a club BANGER.  You have to hear it LOUD to really feel the power of the unyielding build of the

What is Google TV and Why Should You Care?

Do you ever use your computer or laptop while watching TV?  Soon there will be no need because you can do everything you want to do on your TV screen. 

If it Ain't About Money – Fat Joe ft. Trey Songz

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7SZsYhMh1Pg Funkmaster Flex spun this joint with straight venom in his voice when he premiered it.  He was on a tear about some local DJs who were hating on his

What About the Numbers? – De-Coding the Mysterious Numbers on LOST

The mystery of the LOST numbers illuminated by Kunal M: So, while Lost ended last night with a very emotional episode that I actually thought was pretty good, the mystery

JayPhilla – Phil Nash

  Phil Nash is ill.  I took notice after hearing him lace a Jazzy Jeff beat on Mick Boogie’s Change Makers mixtape (click here for the download), so I decided

Black and White: An Interview With Sean Combs – Man and Machine

[vimeo=http://vimeo.com/10065469 This is Diddy raw and uncut, intimate—maybe even vulnerable—like you’ve never seen him.  This is 1 part of the 2006 BET doc in the style of Tyson..

What Do Dreams Mean?

Ever wondered what your dreams mean or why you keep having the same one over and over again?  Ever “wake up” and realize you’re still asleep?  Ever wonder if you’re

Set Me Free – Lloyd ft. Mystikal

In the words of Jay-Z and Beanie Siegel, this is that “Ignorant Sh*t” but man is it hot!  Mystikal spits fire likes its 2001 and he and Lloyd rock a

I'm Ill – Red Cafe ft. Fabolous (Official Video)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QV1czq6MQVI Really feeling this right now.  Definitely a party starter and could end up being the Summer anthem.  Diddy still has that ear for ill hip-hop….

Meditations on Hip-Hop, Vol. Too

Think of this as hip-hop for chilling, sitting back and relaxing or just marinating.  It’s hip-hop for a rainy day.  Just hit play, sit back and let it ride.  Tracklist

Stairway to Heaven – Mary J. Blige

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-nEiWSeO-vc The incomparable Mary J. Blige puts her stamp on one of the greatest rock songs of all time.  Like it or not, you have to respect the artistry.  Randy

All Night Long (Miss Me) – Drake ft. Lil Wayne

Another banger from Drake produced by Boi-1da.  They are becoming a can’t miss team having already killed it together on Best I Ever Had, Forever and Over.  Could they bet

Find Your Love – Drake (Official Video)

As with most sad Kanye beats (808 & Heartbreak, Kid Cudi’s Man on the Moon), this track gets better with each listen.  Drizzy invests some time and energy in a

Sound Control – The Slow Death of High Fidelity

  The sound quality of music has been going down for years while the volume has been going up.  Is it still music to your ears?  Click here for the

Amorous – Jesse Boykins III (Official Video)

[vimeo=http://vimeo.com/11454106 “‎​​I am a reawakening of the Romantic Movement ; an observer of Love and the Power it holds. So when given the opportunity to document my priceless experiences and connect

Email Rage?

Studies now show that people are more prone to snap than before—especially when using computers.  Click here to read the full story..

The Drought is Over Mixtape – Drake

There are a couple of new joints here (notably What I’m Thinking Right Now), but it’s mostly a compilation of Drake’s best mixtape material ahead of the new album.  Download

I'm Beamin' – Lupe Fiasco (Official Video)

He’s baaack…Lupe Fiasco returns with a cool breezy new joint.  This is vintage Lupe..

Where They Do That At? – K. Michelle

Wow.  She can sang!.

Miguel Playlist

The 80’s are definitely back.  In some cases, that’s a bad thing.  Some hairstyles should never return.  In the case of Miguel, however, it’s a good thing.  He has a

Who Dat – J. Cole

The first single from the heir apparent.  Is his official debut as strong as Lebron’s was?.

Super High – Rick Ross ft. Ne-Yo (Official Video)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xtY2wHs44qI Another instant classic from Rick Ross.  The first single off the Boss’ new album, Teflon Don, featuring Ne-Yo.  Regardless of his street cred, dude’s music cannot be denied.  Click here

It Ain't Easy – CJ Hilton (Official Video)

Meet CJ Hilton.  At first glance, he may seem like another R&B cat spewing hip-hop lyrics.  Take another listen.  Hear the live bass line, drums and keys.  Then, realize they

DJ Premier Guru Tribute Mix

Here’s the Guru tribute from the legendary DJ Premier (one of the greats–producer, DJ and person): Keith "Guru" Elam Tribute Mix by Dj Premier Blog Radio on Mixcloud .

Fall Out Day

[vimeo=http://vimeo.com/1953792 Check out this spoof on Groundhog Day featuring Pete Wentz from Itsthereal.com..

Is Facebook the New Internet

Is Facebook integrating itself into all things on the web and potentially mobile?  Click here to read Mark Cuban’s take..

Gang Starr’s Guru Dead at 43

Keith “Guru” Elam died on April 20, 2010 at the age of 43 after a long battle with cancer.  I knew Guru personally and he was always nice and humble

What is the Future of Media?

This comprehensive study of the media consumption habits of 8-18 year olds offers a preview of how media primarily will be used in the future.  Click here for the article.

Biggie Playlist and Rap Phenomenon Mixtape

Any day is a good day for a biggie mix.  Also, click here to download the classic Notorious B.I.G. Rap Phenomenon mixtape by DJ Vlad and Dirty Harry. And, you

Jay-Z: He Came, He Saw, He Conquered

  This Jay-Z documentary is a couple years old, but it remains one of the 2 best ever produced on him (the other being Fade to Black).   See a whole