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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

The Kid Daytona flew under the radar in 2010 but dude is DOPE. Get ready to hear a lot more from him in 2011. Here’s the video for his song On The Hill.

He takes it back to the nineties, kicking hot lyrics over a super-jazzy sample. You may recognize the sample from when Biggie and Jay-Z murdered it on Puff Daddy’s Young

Ever see the movie Wildstyle? It was the first hip-hop film ever.

While it was fiction, it plays almost like a documentary, transporting you back to 1983 for a look at the early days of hip-hop culture.  It covers all 4 elements

This joint with TiRon ft Asher Roth and Blu is a heatrock. It’s called The Richers and it’s got that vintage 80’s R&B sound to it.

TiRon dropped another cool joint last week.  That one had a kind of playfulness to it that The Richers doesn’t.  The Richers is just plain spit kicking over a nice

Pharoahe Monch’s Clap (One Day) sounds like it could have been produced by DJ Premier. The track has Primo’s signature boom bap.

The track is actually produced by M-Phazes and features Showtyme and DJ Boogie Blind. Click here to download.  Pharoahe’s biggest track is Simon Says (Get the f*ck up), but like

Here’s some new J. Cole for you. My bet is on him to have the rookie album of the year. The song is called Pass Me By and features B.o.B. on the hook.

There were some incredible first albums last year from B.o.B., Drake and Nicki Minaj. Who’s got next this year? J. Cole? Wiz Khalifa? Click here to download.

With all the beefs it’s easy to forget that sometimes 50 Cent is a really funny dude. Check out Happy New Year to hear his (dark) sense of humor on display.

“I got a dog named Oprah and a cat named Gayle…”  50 once described his music as lyrical cinema.  When you listen to it from that perspective, it takes on

Kidz in the Hall are one of my favorite groups to drop in the last 5 years. Here’s a video preview for their new song Amzin (yep, that’s how it’s spelled…).

Apparently, Kidz in the Hall are also going to start dropping weekly product to set up their new album (told ya Kanye started a revolution).  They’re branding their campaign “Brain

When’s the last time you heard Xzibit? Check him out on Don’t Believe You by Slim the Mobster.

The track is produced by Nottz. If you missed Nottz’s album, it was one of the better ones of 2010. Click here to download.

Rewin(d) – AFH Samples (Video Playlist)

We recently posted a documentary about sampling so it seems fitting to make this week’s playlist one dedicated to some classic samples. You’ll find music sampled by Jay-Z, Dr. Dre,

It’s a good day for hip-hop. Check out the full stream of Talib Kweli’s upcoming album Gutter Rainbows.

The album drops on Tuesday, 1/25.   Props to MySpace for the preview. Click here to stream the album.

The art of sampling is nearly as fundamental to hip-hop as MCing. Check out this documentary on the history of sampling and its impact.

In the early days of sampling, it was done liberally and, at its finest, was used to create completely new sonic landscapes. Public Enemy’s It Takes A Nation of Millions

I usually don’t post concert videos from phones but: 1. the sound quality is good on this, and 2. It’s Common…Check out his new song Believe.

Sounds like Kanye may have done the track: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-2nFwPdFsk&feature=player_embedded#!

Ever heard the name Steve Stoute? You definitely know his partner…Jay-Z. Even without the Jay affiliation Steve is one of the most powerful people in hip-hop. Check out this video to see why.

This is from a series called INFLUENCERS.  The description of the series is below. INFLUENCERS In-depth Series features Steve Stoute, Founder and CEO of Translation, a brand management firm that

Okay. Back to laid back and funky (er…was it soulful?). MeLo X’s Orgasmic Audio is both.

It gives a new meaning to G-Funk.  Fans of New Jack City will recognize one of the samples here.  This is the remix. Click here to download.   And, here’s the