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Contrary to the name, Sweet is one of the hardest songs Common has put out in years. Check it out below.

Sweet may be the hardest rhymes Common has spit since...ever (or at least since Dooinit). When discussing the song, Common said it was 20 years in the making. The Dreamer, The Believer drops in December. It's going to be special. Till then, check out Sweet. As with all the rest... Read more

The Roots – Life, Love & Loot (Remix)

Here's a pretty ill rock song from The Legendary Roots Crew. Black Thought sings, getting his full Lenny Kravitz on (reminiscent of Always on the Run). Check out the remix to Life, Love & Loot. Click here to download.  Here's Lenny Kravitz's Always on the Run: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=em8JuUW-OOE&ob=av2e... Read more

Rockie Fresh – Doesn’t Matter

Here's the latest from Rockie Fresh. It features an atmospheric sample from Cold Play.  Check out Doesn't Matter.... Read more

The Kid Daytona – Fly Lullaby (Video)

9th Wonder chopped up a Billy Joel sample something lovely for The Kid Daytona's Fly Lullaby. Check out the video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2oODg09svQ&feature=player_embedded Here's the Billy Joel track used on the sample. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G5hPp2cRd9I... Read more

Pac Div – Shadowboxin’ Freestyle

Pac Div goes in on a classic Wu beat.  Check out Pac Div's Shadowboxin' Freestyle. Click here to download. And, here's the original: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A4HkcfLCXiA... Read more

Khrysis & Sean Boog (The Away Team) – The Road to Redemption (Video)

Here's a new video from The Away Team. They chop up Marvin Gaye's song I Want You on the track. Check out The Road to Redemption. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=_nmQAHJ38KA Here's the Marvin Gaye original song used on the sample. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dmZ03Q7AoaU... Read more

Curren$y – Corvette Doors

Curren$y flows over one of the hottest tracks on Pharrell's In My Mind album.  Check out Corvette Doors. Click here to download.  And, here's Pharrell's original. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zgLfJuKUWiw... Read more

Chuuwee – Dolla Bill Cosby

Here's another strong effort from Chuuwee. In the vein of many others before him (Wu-Tang Clan and Zion I to name a couple), he gives his take on the power of the $$. Check out Dolla Bill Cosby. Click here to download. Wu-Tang Clan's C.R.E.A.M. is probably the best known... Read more

The Tribe & Big Cats! – Good Life ft Smoke DZA (Video)

Minneapolis has a rich music history, but it is not particularly known for hip-hop. The Tribe & Big Cats! are trying to change that. They had their debut earlier this year and now have a series where they will release a new song each month with a special guest. This... Read more

Florence + The Machine – Shake it Out (The Weeknd Remix)

The Weeknd did an incredible remix of Florence + The Machine's Shake It Out.  It works so well, it sounds like they wrote the song together.  If you like The Weekend's sound or get down with folks like Portishead, Tricky and DJ Shadow, this one should move you.  A version... Read more

Nitty Scott, MC – Auntie Maria’s Crib

Nitty Scott, MC is a dope up and coming MC who happens to be female.  Her voice has hints of Jean Grae and Lady Bug Mecca from Digable Planets, but, her style is all her own.  She just dropped a dope new song called Auntie Maria's Crib.  Check it out... Read more

Sir Michael Rocks – I Can’t Go

Sir Michael Rocks kicks some verses over the same track Talib Kweli used on Country Cousins, his collabo with UGK. Check out Sir Michael Rocks' I Can't Go. Click here to download. Here's Country Cousins by Talib Kweli ft UGK.... Read more

Gerald Walker – It’s All Real

Here's another tight song from Gerald Walker. It's a slow, g-funk joint in the vein of some of the more laid back productions you would hear from producers like Daz or DJ Quik, and it features a flow reminiscent of old Freestyle Fellowship. Check out It's All Real. Click here... Read more

Showbiz & AG – Here and Now

Here's a new track from Showbiz & AG of the legendary Diggin' In the Crates crew. They have a new album that features most of DITC dropping soon. Check out Here and Now. Click here to download. And, here's a gem from back in the day by Show & AG... Read more

Here’s a new 9th Wonder joint that brings some of that 80s funk, along with a vocoder (not to be confused with autotune), and features by Terrace Martin and Phonte. You’ll also find a link to a 9th Wonder-inspired playlist. Check out One Night.

Need more 9th Wonder in your life? Here's a joint that brings some of that 80s funk, along with a vocoder (not to be confused with autotune). Oh, and it features Terrace Martin and Phonte. Check out One Night. If you missed 9th Wonder's No Pretending featuring Raekwon and Big... Read more

Erykah Badu – The Interview (Video)

Here's a really good interview of Erykah Badu.  She goes deep on lots of topics, including family, music and the controversial filming of the Window Seat video.  There is also a lot of great concert footage.  Check it out. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ghc9jTEBt_E&feature=player_embedded Though she's labeled as Neosoul, her influences are steeped in... Read more

Big K.R.I.T.’s The Vent is special. It’s a thoughtful and thought-provoking rhyme accompanied by dark, brooding chords. It is almost prayerful. Here’s the official video. Check it out.

There also have been some incredible videos of K.R.I.T. performing the song live. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xVEa0SMxFg&feature=player_embedded For me, The Vent strikes a similar emotional chord as this one. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tbs7wWLXLpw... Read more

Kris Kasanova – Just Anotha Day (Video)

Just Anotha Day by Kris Kasanova is a throwback to times when hip-hop was just dope rhymes over hard beats.  Kris runs down the everyday happenings in his neighborhood, and it plays out like a cross between It Was A Good Day and 99 Problems.  Check out the video for... Read more

Jill Scott – Hear My Call (Video)

Jill Scott is not hip-hop but she has deep hip-hop Roots...and she's a phenomenal talent. Here's her latest video. Check out Hear My Call. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=VtapoGukzCA And, here's one of her hip-hop collabos. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4b5lNKnqp_o... Read more

Raekwon Speaks on Only Built 4 Cuban Linx

This is installment #2 in a dope series Reebok has done in conjunction with Rock The Bells. #1 was Lauryn Hill discussing The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. Now, it's Raekwon's turn to discuss his hip-hop classic. Rather than discuss the whole album, he focuses on how Nas got involved with... Read more

Planet Asia – Inspiration (Video)

Here's a new video from West Coast underground OG, Planet Asia. Check out Inspiration. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zersOpYxUG0&feature=player_embedded And here's one of my favorite joints from Planet Asia and Rascoe (aka Cali Agents) from back in the day. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-GHQwlgJc4... Read more

Sound FX – Don’t Listen to My Heart (With Your Heart)

Here's a reflective song from Sound FX about dealing with everyday struggles. It uses the same sample featured on J. Cole's You Got It but evokes a completely different mood. Check out Don't Listen to My Heart (With Your Heart).... Read more

Kendrick Lamar – Hail Mary Freestyle & Interview (Video)

Kendrick Lamar paid a visit to the Bootleg Kev show, recently.  He did an interview and dropped some verses over Makaveli's Hail Mary track.  Check out the video below. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1tc1PH6_69c&feature=player_embedded And, in case you need to hear the original... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6iaQrh4YtuQ... Read more

Stat Quo – Summertime Grind

Here's another take on Kool & The Gang's seminal Summer Madness (aka the foundation of DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince's classic Summertime). This one comes from Stat Quo and, as the title suggests, it's much darker than the Fresh Prince or Kid Daytona versions. In many ways, the... Read more

Stalley – Chevys & Spaceships (Video)

Stalley dropped the audio for Chevys & Spacehips a few months ago.  Here's the video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dYpmsOGlrzc&feature=player_embedded Stalley rocks over a Stevie Wonder joint that Terrace Martin, Kendrick Lamar and CyHi The Prynce also killed last winter. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KWMnpBMCa2U&feature=player_embedded Click here to download and check out the original Stevie Wonder song.... Read more

CyHi Da Prynce – Feelin’ It + Mahd – Where I Live

Here are a couple of other new takes on classic 90's tracks. First up, is one from CyHi Da Prynce who flows on Jay-Z's Feelin' It (produced by Ski Beatz--click here for our Ski Beatz playlist). Check it out (with tags from Funkmaster Flex). Click here to download.  And, here's... Read more

Statik Selektah on AZ (Video)

Statik Selektah breaks down his thoughts on why AZ is one of the most slept on MCs.  During his analysis, he reminds folks that at one time AZ, Nas, Jay-Z and Biggie were considered peers.  Check it out. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rvFhm4_gfwU&feature=player_embedded Here's the video Statik Selektah referenced as proof of AZ's status... Read more

J-Live – A Day in the Life

J-Live jumps on Diamond D's classic track with Brand Nubian. He lays down hot lyrics and does them in the original flow of each of Diamond D, Sadat X and Lord Jamar. Dude has skills (that's why you named him one of the most underrated MCs of all time--click here... Read more

Here’s a parody music video called In the Flow from Affion Crockett where he’s created a fake collabo between Jay-Z, Kanye West, Lil Wayne and Cory Gunz, and in which he plays ALL FOUR. His impersonations are scary good…Check it out.

His new show premieres Sunday on FOX. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WKifdd6_ZXo&feature=player_embedded In case you're not familiar with Affion (or you just want to see them again), here are 2 more classic spoofs from him. Run This Town http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTw5wZXunyU Hip-Hop Dishonors http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AUfQBEcW7wc... Read more

Evidence – Same Folks ft Fashawn (Video)

Here's a cool new solo joint from Evidence of Dilated Peoples. Check out the video for Same Folks ft Fashawn. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NoLzPumZyrY&feature=player_embedded And here's some Dilated Peoples, in case you forgot how they put it down... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sevZEOUXpw4... Read more

Omar Aura – 1,000 Palm Trees ft Fashawn

Omar Aura and Fashawn jump on a classic sample from the Blackbyrds. Check out 1,000 Palm Trees. Click here to download. Kurious killed this back in the day: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUQ6K91tVwk And, Horace Brown flipped it on the R&B tip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EwHtWZh72eQ Here's the original by the Blackbyrds, Mysterious Vibes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ihx5zBJYSok&feature=player_embedded... Read more

Masta Ace – BK (We Don’t Play)

Here's a previously unreleased Masta Ace song from the early 2000s. The track is produced by Paul Nice and you may recognize it as the track that DJ Premier flipped several years later in his remix of Classic. Check both songs out below. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Xg8TbsQQMI Here's Primo's Classic (literally): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YCU-qgR_4bM... Read more

3 Little Digs – 9th Wonder (Video)

A lot of new 9th Wonder tracks have been dropping recently (including the ones featured on this Actual Proof mixtape).  Here are some words from the man himself.  Check out this video where he breaks down 3 of his passions to 3 Little Digs.  Lovin' it... http://vimeo.com/26794127 If you're like... Read more

After 25 years in the game The Beastie Boys are still innovating.

Check out the video for Don't Play No Game That I Can't Win ft Santi Gold, Ken, G.I. Joe and others. Not surprisingly, this is from the mind of Spike Jonze who also directed this for Kanye West: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-0siK1w3eM... Read more

Chuuwee continues to show his 90’s influences on The Livest One.

The song features a vintage Chuck D sample and jazzy keys.  Check it out. Click here to download. Something about the chords on the keys reminds me of this joint (Side Note: Questlove spun this the first time I saw The Roots perform live back in '95): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFAkSI9lSD8... Read more

New Phil Ade. Check out the video for One in a Million.

It's a hip-hop love song that's not corny...kinda like this one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pKveOqw5ukY... Read more

Chuuwee is a student of the game. You can hear it in his rhymes and the beats he chooses.

He made it clear in JJ Evans, his open letter to DJ Premier, and his new track, Get Yours, is no exception. There's a Nas sample on the hook and the track is reminiscent of early Reflection Eternal. Check it out. Click here to download.  Here's the Reflection Eternal track... Read more

Rapsody got her turn on Toca Tuesday Freestyles and she ripped it.

She went in on the beat Primo did for EDO.G, held it down for the state of NC and paid hommage to her brothers in rap and residence: Little Brother. That's a lotta ground in 60 seconds. Check it out. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zeb7TfZBv_I&feature=player_embedded Speaking of Little Brother, here's one of Phonte's illest... Read more

Saigon re-ups on his vows to hip-hop on Married to the Game. Check it out.

Click here to download. If you missed his first declaration of love for hip-hop, check this out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJ6ZiJKGJI0... Read more

Ice Cube’s Behind the Music drops tomorrow. Here’s a sneak preview.

Tags: Reality TV Shows, Reality TV Shows 6 I know what I'm going to be rockin' tomorrow: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4UqMyldS7Q... Read more

El Prez’s Steady Mobbin’ is not a remake of Ice Cube’s classic, but he does kick verses about self-empowerment and a corrupt system–much like vintage Cube.

Check it out. Click here to download.  And, here's some of that vintage Cube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k8jO3KcMlWE... Read more

J Rawls and Casual (of Hieroglyphics) made an incredible video and an even better song.

J Rawls blesses us with a laid back, jazzy track and Casual spits some monster lyrics.  Check out the video for Find A New. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oXRdUY5lY4o&feature=player_embedded Neither of these cats ever had mainstream success, but they both have made great contributions to hip-hop. Here's a jazzy cut from another MC whose... Read more

Ready to Go by Demrick (Young De) sounds like a joint from the late 80s. It’s just an ill drum beat and dope rhymes.

The song features Xzibit and Brevi and Scoop DeVille is on the track. Check it out. Click here to download. The track is reminiscent of something from these cats: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x0CZkhQt8xw... Read more

Cooking Soul laced The Cool Kids with an ill track for the remix of Gold Links.

It's got a hard beat and samples from Eric B. and Rakim and Erick Sermon. Check out the video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=39g3Phr6hYU&feature=player_embedded And, here are the Eric B. and Rakim and Erick Sermon joints. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnNkaO1EMyQ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JpeBTDpW71c... Read more

Moe Green kicks a few verses over a track from The Weeknd. Check out the video for 707.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ByeWYIZ6WI&feature=player_embedded Click here to download.  And, if you haven't downloaded The Weeknd House of Balloons album, you can listen to the whole thing and download it below.  The track Moe Green used is called Glass Table Girls. Download Mixtape... Read more

Royce Da 5’9″ + DJ Premier = FIRE. They first linked up in 2002. Here’s their latest collabo.

Check out Second Place.  The Nickel Nine is busy this year.  In addition to his Bad Meets Evil album with Eminem (click here for their new song with Slaughterhouse), He's dropping a solo joint later this Summer.  Be on the lookout for Success is Certain. Click here to download.  Here's... Read more

Kidz in the Hall have been doing it BIG for years but they have never made it big.

They will get their chance starting Sunday as their new reality web series, Here Now, debuts Sunday on www.kidzinthehall.com and  suckerfree.mtv2.com.  They also have a new album, Occasion, dropping later this Summer.  Here's a new video from Occasion, which features a trailer for Here Now, at the end.  Check out... Read more

Kids These Days are a dope hip-hop BAND. They have a hot spitter, guitar, trombone, saxophone, drums and more…

Check out their new video called Summerscent. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MAopeQdGe8Y&feature=player_embedded Click here for more Kids These Days.  And, speaking of hip-hop bands, these cats were one of the first (and no, it's not The Roots). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJ2pArGnXJ8... Read more

Here’s some new J. Cole. This is one of the hottest joints he’s been on in a while.

You might recognize the beat from this sick Side Effekt beat we posted a while ago, called The Essence.  We actually asked who you thought would rock the hardest on the track...Looks like Cole answered that....Check out How High. Click here to download.... Read more